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10 Great Social Media Tools to Boost Online Success
Social Media

10 Great Social Media Tools to Boost Online Success

If you aren't able to get your message and your content in front of the right online audiences, your business is unlikely to succeed.
Sujan Patel
4 Smart Money Habits to Help You Earn Your First Million Dollars
Money

4 Smart Money Habits to Help You Earn Your First Million Dollars

Wealth accumulates through restrained spending, well-managed debt and sober investment. Success is enjoying the process.
Firas Kittaneh
What Employers Need to Know About the Hottest Trend In Health Insurance
Health Insurance

What Employers Need to Know About the Hottest Trend In Health Insurance

Consumer-driven health plans require high deductibles but allow tax-exempt health savings plans.
Matt Straz
Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here's a Brief Guide.
Internet of Things

Out of the Loop on the Internet of Things? Here's a Brief Guide.

An expert weighs in on how Web 3.0 will affect small businesses.
Mikal E. Belicove
Have a Patent? Now You Can Sell It to Google.
Patents

Have a Patent? Now You Can Sell It to Google.

The tech giant has launched an experimental online portal to buy patents.
Get More From Temps, Your Company's Most Undervalued Asset
Managing Employees

Get More From Temps, Your Company's Most Undervalued Asset

Temps fill gaps when needed while offering a rare opportunity to audition a potential permanent employee.
Heather R. Huhman
Chipotle Becomes the First National Restaurant Chain to Go GMO-Free
Sustainability

Chipotle Becomes the First National Restaurant Chain to Go GMO-Free

Two years after beginning to label GMOs on the menu, the burrito chain has stripped genetically modified ingredients from all offerings.
Kate Taylor
Brands as Publishers: Success Follows Successful Content Marketing
Branding

Brands as Publishers: Success Follows Successful Content Marketing

How two household names -- LinkedIn and Red Bull -- figured out that big content is key to big user engagement.
Rohan Ayyar
How Self-Publishing Can Establish You as an Expert
Self-publishing

How Self-Publishing Can Establish You as an Expert

Because of self-publishing's increased legitimacy, it's become a viable branding strategy for entrepreneurs who want to establish themselves as thought leaders.
Dorie Clark
9 Common Mistakes Made by New Entrepreneurs
Mistakes

9 Common Mistakes Made by New Entrepreneurs

Just because mistakes are inevitable, it doesn't mean you have to make the same ones everyone else does.
Jayson DeMers
Stephen Hawking, Via Hologram, Tries to Reassure One Direction Fans About Zayn Malik's Departure
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, Via Hologram, Tries to Reassure One Direction Fans About Zayn Malik's Departure

In another universe, not only is Zayn still a member of One Direction, but you're married to him.
Laura Entis
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: Merger With Yahoo Is a 'Dead Notion'
Mergers and Acquisitions

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: Merger With Yahoo Is a 'Dead Notion'

Like Netflix and Yahoo, AOL is pushing into the market for original content.
Watch This Whiz Kid Solve a Rubik's Cube Faster Than You Can Read This Headline (VIDEO)
Viral Videos

Watch This Whiz Kid Solve a Rubik's Cube Faster Than You Can Read This Headline (VIDEO)

Speedcuber Collin Burns beat the previous record by a hair, a seriously impressive one. Don't blink or you'll miss it.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
5 Amazing Inventions That Are Helping the Visually Impaired
Technology

5 Amazing Inventions That Are Helping the Visually Impaired

From shoes that tell you which direction to turn to an app that makes your iPad Braille-friendly, here are some of the coolest innovations for the blind and visually impaired.
Carly Okyle
Watch Apple's Three New Smartwatch Ads
Apple Watch

Watch Apple's Three New Smartwatch Ads

After months of waiting, Apple's debut smartwatch is finally here. And the company has three new videos to tempt you with.
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