Surprise: An 8th Harry Potter book is coming out this summer

Harry_potter_cursed_child_scriptLONDON — Learning that a brand new Harry Potter story was coming to the stage in London was undeniably magical — but the news left many fans across the world disappointed that they wouldn’t be able to see the wizarding world’s next chapter unfold.

Thankfully, our long international nightmare is over. On Wednesday, we learned that anyone who can’t get tickets or make it over to Britain’s capital will still be able to find out what happens in the official eighth Harry Potter story — because the script is being published in print and as an eBook…..read more


This VC Has A Simple Message For Unicorns

This VC Has A Simple Message For Unicorns: Build Real Businesses

Rich Wong was late to get on the call for our interview. A General Partner at Accel, Wong had just finished a board meeting with Sunrun, a solar energy startup that he saw through the IPO process in 2015. Sunrun’s stock dropped some 20% immediately after it went public, but Wong feels that the IPO was successful overall.

The timing of Sunrun’s board meeting was fitting, given the topic I had called him to discuss. In the last five years, private investors have thrown $362 billion into startups, with a whopping 173 now valued at $1 billion or more……read more

The U.S. unemployment rate has dropped below 5percent

Unemployment drops below 5% for first time since 2008

39727285c397401684537dd2a672bb35The U.S. unemployment rate has dropped below 5% for the first time since 2008 and wages are finally on the rise, indicating that the multi-year economic recovery is not done yet.

The Labor Department’s January report found that the U.S. added 151,000 jobs in the first month of the year, putting the unemployment rate at 4.9%.

The paychecks of the average American are also growing, an important element of the broader economic recovery that has lagged behind overall job growth. January wages were 2.5% higher than a year ago.

Personal Disruption: 5 Entrepreneurs Share How To Live With #DisruptYourself In Mind

IPersonal Disruption: 5 Entrepreneurs Share How To Live With #DisruptYourself In Mindn startups, disruptors reap the massive benefits of doing things a new way. Name any unicorn company, like Apple, Amazon, or Uber — in fact, name nearly any great company, and behind its success is a story of disruption. The thing is– companies don’t disrupt, people do. So, pivoting off my latest book, Disrupt Yourself!, I asked 5 entrepreneurs how they live out the “disrupt yourself” mantra…..read more


Google now lets YouTubers raise money for charity with every video

Giving back just got a whole lot easier — at least when it comes to YouTube.

Google announced a new feature on Tuesday that lets YouTubers attach a streamlined “donation card” to their videos, raising money for a verified nonprofit of their choice through the content they create. The new add-on, which appears when viewers click on an information button at the top-right of a given video, allows users to donate quickly through two streamlined steps. First, it asks the amount you want to donate to the selected charity, and then it collects your non-taxed payment via credit card.

5 ways you’re still not taking full advantage of your iPad

CardsappWhile you probably use your iPad every day for web browsing and media consumption, are you really using it to its full potential?

Five years after the first iPad went on sale on April 3, 2010, we have five suggestions for ways to get the most out of your Apple tablet. Having a second monitor setup extends your screen real estate and can make you more productive. There are a number of apps out there that let you use your iPad as a second screen fairly simply and reasonably affordably……read more

Facebook games

Facebook is building a sports hub to rival ESPN called Facebook Sports Stadium

Facebook gamesFacebook has announced the launch of Facebook Sports Stadium, its first shot at trying to provide the kind of real-time sports experience that is dominated by Twitter and ESPN.

“With 650 million sports fans, Facebook is the world’s largest stadium. People already turn to Facebook to celebrate, commiserate, and talk trash with their friends and other fans,” wrote product manager Steve Kafka in a blog post announcing the launch.

Facebook is going to build a hub around each big game to pull in a variety of content including posts from friends, posts from a variety of other pages including experts, teams, leagues and journalists, live stats and play-by-play as well as overall game info such as what TV channel is broadcasting the game…..read more


Meet the heterosexual couples fighting for civil partnerships

Civil-PartnershipsLONDON — Amy Wilson can’t see herself wearing a white dress, or even walking down the aisle, but she wants the protection that comes with marriage, especially as she’s expecting her first child with her partner.

“When it comes to the idea of marriage, a lot of the religious and historical connotations jar with me,” Wilson told Mashable.

The law currently offers no alternative to marriage for opposite-sex couples, like Wilson and her partner, Tom Piercy, which is why they, together with hundreds of other straight couples, are calling on the government to extend civil partnerships beyond same-sex couples…….read more

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