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The Truth About Home Depot’s Security Breach: Hacking Was Easy

David Smothers September 10, 2014

Here’s the thing about breaking into a multi-billion-dollar company and stealing the credit card information of millions of customers: It’s just not that hard. Eight months after a security breach brought scorn on Target and resulted in the resignation of its CEO, Home Depot is now the victim of a nearly identical attack. “They didn’t… Continue Reading »

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Samsung Buys SmartThings for a Reported $200 Million

David Smothers August 15, 2014

In another signal that consumers’ homes are the new battleground for tech colossuses, Samsung announced on Thursday that it was buying Internet of Things startup SmartThings for a reported $200 million. Re/code reported the figure, which was attributed to anonymous sources. SmartThings CEO Alex Hawkinson confirmed the acquisition in a blog post, but didn’t describe… Continue Reading »

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Peyton and Eli Manning Rap About Their Football Fantasy

David Smothers August 11, 2014

The Manning brothers are back with more football. And fantasy. Mostly fantasy. As a followup to 2013’s “Football on Your Phone” video, Peyton and Eli promote DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket’s new Fantasy Zone channel with a bizarre rap video. If fantasy football also included space travel, a pegasus and footlong sandwiches, count us in. [via… Continue Reading »

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Heidi Grant Halvorson: The Incredible Benefits of a “Get Better” Mindset

David Smothers February 13, 2014

About this presentation In this talk, researcher Heidi Grant Halvorson explores the mindsets needed to ensure personal growth. Mainly, we should avoid a “Be Good” mindset — one where we are constantly attempting to prove our superiority to the world. Instead, we should embrace a “Get Better” mindset — where we always perceive ourselves as… Continue Reading »

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Marketers Are Putting Their Money and Confidence in Social Media

David Smothers November 1, 2013

Business to business (B2B) marketers are utilizing content marketing strategies more and more in the digital age to promote their brands. They’re becoming confident in creating content supported by the brand, such as magazines, books, articles, how-to guides and more. Social media sites facilitate the spread of this content by allowing customers to share information… Continue Reading »

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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

David Smothers October 15, 2013

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every… Continue Reading »

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The 5 Common Characteristics of Ideas That Spread

David Smothers October 7, 2013

Your success as a creative depends not only on coming up with great ideas and making them happen, but also with getting those ideas adopted by your target audience. Whether it’s the buying public, an art dealer, or just your direct supervisor, getting your work off of your hard drive and into the world is… Continue Reading »

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Bids Tearful Farewell

David Smothers October 3, 2013

After 33 years of entertaining Microsoft fans and critics alike with his onstage antics, company CEO Steve Ballmer is finally stepping down. While Ballmer isn’t due to officially leave Microsoft for months, his farewell to staffers has been captured in a video that reveals the passion and love he seems to have for the Redmond,… Continue Reading »

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Jane ni Dhulchaointigh: The Magic Is in The Process

David Smothers October 1, 2013

About this presentation Inventor Jane ni Dhulchaointigh recounts the roller coaster journey from having a crazy idea about being able to hack everyday objects to the creation and launch of Sugru, an incredible self-setting rubber. Or, as Jane puts it: the six-year process of going from “hmm” to “yay” via “eureka” and “wow.” Her takeaway?… Continue Reading »

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Wal-Mart Will Walk Away From DC If Forced To Pay Workers “Living Wage”

David Smothers July 14, 2013

Wal-Mart is threatening to walk away from at least three planned sites in the District of Columbia after DC lawmakers voted to require the megastore and other large nonunion retailers to provide workers with a mimimum “living wage” of $12.50 an hour. Despite recent efforts to garner good press for the company, Wal-Mart warned legislators… Continue Reading »

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