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  • OKCupid Publishes Findings of User Experiments

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    OKCupid on Monday published results of three experiments it recently conducted on users. In one test, it obscured profile pictures. In another, the site hid profile text to see how it affected personality ratings. And in a third, it told some hopeful daters that they were a better or worse potential match with someone than the company’s software actually determined. “If you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site,” Christian Rudder, president of OKCupid, wrote on the company's blog. “That’s how websites work.” The research found that if an OKCupid user was told that another user had a high compatibility score instead of a low one — the numbers are based on a mathematical formula created by the company — the user was slightly more likely to reach out with a message. Those who believed they were corresponding with a good match were almost twice as likely to send at least four messages compared with people who were told they were a low match.

  • 22 cars that won't be back next year

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The best new cars of the 2015 model year are springing to life, but what about the walking dead -- the cars that are meeting their demise, timely or untimely? asks Yahoo Autos. View the Death list 2015: 22 cars that won't be back next year, and some will surprise you.

  • Americans Think Women, People With Business Experience Govern Better - The Numbers - WSJ

    Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    More than 80% of Americans think the U.S. would be better governed by people with business experience or women, the Wall Street Journal reports. Results from a  Gallup Poll published Monday showed business experience, women, compromise and moderates were top traits Americans think lead to better governing. About 81% of respondents said they thought the country would be better governed by people with business and management experience, while 63% said they thought better governing would come from women and people who think it is more important to compromise to get things done than to hold firm to their principles.

  • 1 in 7 girls living in developing countries is married before her 15th birthday

    Published: Sat, Jul 26, 2014

    After she got married, she had to drop out of 7th grade. This is the beginning of a story I heard at the +SocialGood event last month from Miriam Enerstrida, a young woman who escaped child marriage in Zambia, Huffington Post reports. When she was in 7th grade, Miriam was sold into marriage. Her husband's family kept her in their basement, naked, so she could not run away. When she asked about going back to school, she said she was beaten and they made her repeat the phrase "school is for boys and not for the girl child." I'm sure just by reading this you can tell what is wrong here. Although marriage below the age of 18 is not permitted in most countries, social norms and discriminatory laws often allow the practice to continue even where laws are on the books. Every day, 39,000 girls under the age of 18 will be forced into early marriage. One in seven girls living in developing countries is married before her 15th birthday.

  • Wendy's: Tests build-your-own burger

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Wendy's is joining the build-your-own parade, USA Today reports. The burger chain is testing, in two Columbus-area locations, a "build your sandwich" program that allows customer to choose the kind of meat, bun, cheese, sauce and toppings they want on their sandwiches. "This is a very limited operational test," wrote spokesman Bob Bertini in an e-mail. He declined to discuss the test "for competitive reasons."

  • John Stancavage: Gasoline price war breaks out again at two nearby convenience stores

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    War has broken out again. For the second time in two weeks, two Tulsa convenience stores are battling over who has the cheapest local gasoline price, Tulsa World reports.

  • UK Supermarket To Power Itself With Food Waste

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Where does all the leftover food go when the grocery store closes at the end of the day? Maybe it's repurposed somehow or thrown out , but what if it could help a supermarket become energy independent? A Sainsbury's supermarket in the United Kingdom will soon power itself with leftover food waste and disconnect from the National Grid, Huffington Post reports. Sainsbury's is partnering with Biffa, one of the U.K.'s largest waste management companies, to make this possible. Sainsbury's trucks its food waste from all over the U.K. to Biffa's plant in Staffordshire. Biffa then converts it into biogas, and this biogas is then burned to meet the energy needs of a location in the town of Cannock.

  • GM to pay victims $400 million to $600 million

    Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    General Motors expects to pay between $400 million to $600 million to compensate victims of ifs faulty ignition switch tied to at least 13 deaths. The families of those killed and people injured in crashes involving the ignition switch can start filing for payments next month. The automaker has been under fire from Congressional, Justice Department and federal safety regulators for the delay and could face criminal charges.

  • You're more likely to get a raise now

    Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Workers rejoice: Economists say their companies are granting more pay raises this year, according to CNN. Forty-three percent of economists surveyed by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) said their firms have increased wages in the last three months. That's up from last year, when only 19% of economists were reporting wage gains. Even if wages aren't going up at your workplace, the tide of cutting wages might be done. No one reported pay cuts at their firm, while 57% said wages were flat.

  • New York Is the First State to Propose Bitcoin Regulations

    Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    New regulations may make Bitcoin safer, reports. But some people think they will also ruin what made virtual currencies attractive. Bitcoin may have just taken a huge step toward entering the financial mainstream.

  • Oklahoma's one of the best states for recent grads since the recession, according to Forbes

    Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Though CNBC recently found Oklahoma to be one of the country's very worst states to live in , it seems that the Sooner state has at least one thing going for it: a favorable economy for recent college graduates. In a study published on Forbes, contributor Ben Taylor found that comparing tuition costs of four-year public institutions with income and unemployment figures resulted in a number-two ranking for Oklahoma, sandwiched between fellow oil-rich states Wyoming and list-topper North Dakota.

  • Google's Street View cars help locate gas leaks in US cities

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Google's Street View cars have a checkered history; they carry some truly incredible technology, but have also landed the company in hot water, The Verge reports. But a few of Google's cars have taken on an additional task while logging miles across the US. Instead of sniffing for Wi-Fi networks, they're sniffing for gas leaks. Three Street View cars equipped with specialized sensors capable of detecting methane were dispatched in Staten Island, Boston, and Indianapolis. They took 15 million readings in all across those locations, which were chosen because of aging pipelines and other infrastructure issues that make leaks more likely. And the hunches proved correct; Google's cars measured one gas leak for every mile they traversed in the city of Boston, though other test spots like Indianapolis fared significantly better. Methane leaks contribute to climate warming and can even cause explosions under the right circumstances.

  • 5 Things Women Entrepreneurs Can Teach Men

    Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Research conducted by Zenger Folkman, which is a company that trains companies in leadership, found that women are generally more effective leaders than men simply because they build better teams and are more liked and respected than men, Huffington Post reports. Another study by the Dow Jones Venture Source found that businesses with women senior executives are more likely to succeed than companies with only men in charge. With all this data, it is safe to conclude that women make great entrepreneurs and leaders.

  • U.S. woman rescued at sea with family sues satellite phone company

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - A U.S. woman rescued with her family from a Pacific Ocean sailboat after her infant daughter became ill has filed suit against her satellite phone company for cutting off service, a move she said led the family to seek an emergency rescue and ultimately to scuttle their boat, her lawyers said on Tuesday. The complaint filed in San Diego Superior Court by Charlotte Kaufman on Monday alleges that Whenever Communications LLC deactivated the family's satellite phone's SIM card even though the family's $240 a month bill had been paid in full since August 2012, according to Reuters.

  • 113,000 janitors in the U.S. have at least a bachelor’s degree

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    According to the most recent census, 113,000 janitors in the U.S. have at least a bachelor’s degree, Mic reports. And, over 18,000 have a master’s degree or Ph.D. If there was ever a sign that today's job market for young people is screwed, it's in the GIF above. Many of today's best and brightest young people are graduating from college to mop floors. So much for college being the golden ticket to economic success.

  • Man records nightmarish attempt to cancel cable, Comcast apologizes

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult -- breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible. Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone. Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud.

  • Medical Journal: Electronic Devices Can Cause Nickel Allergies To Flare Up

    Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We use our electronic devices for all sorts of things – from talking and looking up information to playing games. But as CBS 2’s Elise Finch reported Monday, the frequent use of such gadgets is actually making some people sick.

  • How brain imaging can be used to predict the stock market

    Published: Sun, Jul 13, 2014

    Some shares have new owners every second. Today much of the buying and selling is done by computers, but some still rely on human intuition—the gut feeling of the experienced trader, Quartz reports. “Nobody can predict the market, but traders are expected to,” Richard Taffler, professor of finance at the University of Warwick said. “This creates anxiety.” So emotions must play an important role in driving financial markets. Understanding what happens in the brains of traders as prices move up and down could possibly tell us something about the markets future developments.

  • Sex Valley: Tech's booming prostitution trade

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Startups are transforming into multi-billion companies. And the staffs are overwhelmingly male. Sex workers tell CNNMoney they have a growing clientele who have plenty of excess cash. Two recent events have raised concerns. The arrest this week of an alleged prostitute, Alix Tichelman, in connection with the death of Google executive Forrest Timothy Hayes has prostitutes worried about the impact on business.

  • Female Yahoo Exec Sued By a Female Employee for Sexual Harassment

    Published: Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    Maria Zhang, a top executive at Yahoo, is being sued for sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and intentional infliction of emotional distress, Gawker reports. The complaint was filed today by Nan Shi, an engineer supervised by Zhang, and names Yahoo as a defendant. As a senior director of engineering, Zhang helps lead the troubled company's attempts to improve its mobile efforts.