NBC Presents Interesting Facts About Rio Olympics Viewership

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Traditional TV ratings for the Rio Olympics fell from four years ago, particularly among young viewers. But NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp., has maintained those ratings only tell part of the story, since this year’s event also aired on cable networks in primetime and all content was available to stream live.

According to NBCU:

  • Nearly 50 million viewers streamed 3.4 billion minutes across the web and on mobile and connected devices
  • More than half of streamers under the age of 35.
  • Almost 200 million viewers in aggregate who watched the Games across NBCU’s TV networks during the 17 days of coverage.
  • Averaged 3.6 million viewers age 18 to 34 in primetime on NBC
  • Young viewers down more than 30% from the 2012 Summer Games in London
  • Advertisers committed to spend more than $1.2 billion on commercials in advance of the Games, with another $30 million flowing in during…

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Voice Over Tip: Maybe You’re Talking To Yourself

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I often spend time here talking about business or mindset type of stuff. But this is about a voice over journey, so I do like to pass along some lessons I learn about the art of voice over.

This came from the weekly online voice over workouts I do and it related to a common question that you get when taking classes or even doing workouts: “Who are you talking to?”

This happened in my classes all the time. A good coach can tell the difference between you just reading the words off the page and coming across like you’re having a conversation with someone. So if you did a read and the coach asked, “Who were you talking to?”, it was non-subtle code for, “That wasn’t a good read.”

The answer needed to be a very specific person who needed to hear the message of the script. And that person usually couldn’t…

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Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid


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Here are two surprising facts. First, the average American estimates that over 25% of the U.S. federal budget goes to foreign aid. That is wildly off. It is actually only 1% of the federal budget, or $35 billion for all nonmilitary assistance. Second fact: just 1% of that 1% goes toward promoting entrepreneurship.

Why is that surprising? Because entrepreneurship reliably generates jobs, and joblessness — especially among young people or failing states – is probably one of the most significant root causes of the unrest and extremism vexing American foreign policy and threatening American security today.

My research into entrepreneurship’s role in job creation, my professional life as an entrepreneur and investor, and my experience as a one-time government official have led me to one conclusion: Entrepreneurship can solve big problems, but our government has not adequately leveraged this American-as-apple-pie tool in its foreign policy.


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Who defines your definition of success?

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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Rashida Carter

Founder & Owner of:The Randomness that is WE

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Family & Life Writer

When you reach societal success are you really successful? Or do you reach success when you define what success is for yourself and when you reach that goal?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talks about the most valuable thing in life

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is very aware of how he spends his time. He even uses a software dashboard to track how much time he devotes to a given activity.

That’s because, as Nadella told Bloomberg, he views “time” as the most valuable thing we all have.

“I felt that one of the things that we should make sure we do for ourselves is to give people a sense for how are they spending their time so that they can then be more in control,” he said. “The thing that I most love to see is the amount of time I spend with people outside Microsoft versus inside. The other thing that I love looking at is how much time am I spending in meetings versus what I would call ‘focused time.’ You absolutely need to be in meetings, because, after all, you don’t do a…

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To Innovate, Think Like a 19th-Century Barn Raiser

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At 7 AM on May 13, 2014, a group of Amish community members gathered on a construction site in rural Ohio. Their goal was to erect a massive, multi-structure barn for a neighbor. By 5 PM that afternoon, a mere 10 hours later, the completed barn stood atop its foundation.

The entire process can be seen in this time-lapse video:

Barn-raising, a practice popularized by 19th-century U.S. farming communities, accomplishes several things. Most obviously, it quickly creates a barn where one hadn’t stood before. Less obviously — but perhaps more importantly — it leverages community intelligence to produce the best barn design possible, and also creates and reinforces collaborative connections crucial for success in farming communities. At the end of the process, the family that initiates the activity not only has a new barn to use, with the wisdom and insights of the broader community baked into…

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BrandYourself raises $2M to monitor and improve your online reputation — TechCrunch

Reputation management startup BrandYourself has raised another $2 million. It’s been two years since the company raised $3.3 million in Series A funding. Since then, co-founder and CEO Patrick Ambron said BrandYourself has grown to an 80-person team, and it’s become profitable. (Ambron also pitched BrandYourself on Shark Tank last year, though he ended up turning…

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Here Are the 5 Stocks You Should Watch for the Rio Olympics — Fortune

As athletes fight for a spot on the Olympic podium, another battle is also raging along the margins. Companies worldwide will be competing for attention at Rio over the next few days. Already, brands such as Coca-Cola ko , Visa v , and Samsung have been deploying ads, rolling out athlete sponsorships, and planting their…

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This Startup Wants to Bring Microsoft Windows to Virtual Reality — Fortune

You’ve never experienced Windows until you’ve strapped on a virtual reality headset, opened Excel in a virtual world, and watch as charts and tables open like flowers in front of you. A startup, Envelop, plans to introduce software to the general public on Friday that converts users’ Microsoft msft Windows operating systems into a version…

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What I learned after taking over a 13-year-old’s Snapchat account

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Teenagers are serious about their Snapchat game.

Since the launch of the Snapchat “streaks” feature in 2015, a competitive flavor has entered the app. The feature keeps track of how many consecutive days two people have been snapchatting, displaying the number of days on the right side of the friend’s name. While many of us might not care about our streaks, some teens strive to get the highest numbers possible.

But these serious snapchatters have one huge problem during the summer: sleepaway camp (most of which do not allow everyday cell phone usage if any at all). Camp-bound snapchatters knew that their most valued streaks would be in jeopardy. So what do they do? Have someone else maintain their streaks for them. And that’s how I got the gig.

My 13-year-old sister was headed to camp for two weeks. In fear that she would not be able to get…

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Moon Express Approved for Private Lunar Landing in 2017, a Space First

By Mike Wall, Space.com Senior Writer | August 3, 2016 09:25am ET

For the first time ever, a private company has permission to land on the moon.


The U.S. government has officially approved the planned 2017 robotic lunar landing of Florida-based Moon Express, which aims to fly commercial missions to Earth’s nearest neighbor and help exploit its resources, company representatives announced today (Aug. 3).

“This is not only a milestone, but really a threshold for the entire commercial space industry,” Moon Express co-founder and CEO Bob Richards told Space.com. [Images: Moon Express’ Private Lunar Lander]

Previously, companies had been able to operate only on or around Earth. The new approval, while exclusive to Moon Express, could therefore serve as an important regulatory guide for deep-space commercial activity in general, Richards said.

“Nobody’s had a deep-sea voyage yet. We’re still charting those waters,” he said. “Somebody had to be first.”

Moon Express submitted an application to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on April 8. The document then made its way through the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Federal Communications Commission, Richards said.

The interagency approval process “took some time, not because anybody was against or averse to this,” he said. “It’s just that we asked questions that had never been asked before, and that had to be addressed and worked out.”

Moon Express can now focus exclusively on the financial and technical challenges of the 2017 moon mission, which will begin with the launch of the company’s MX-1 lander atop a Rocket Lab Electron booster. (Moon Express signed a multilaunch deal with Rocket Lab last year.)
The main goal of the maiden launch is to test out the MX-1’s performance and capability on the lunar surface. Moon Express representatives also hope to win the Google Lunar X-Prize, a $30 million competition to land a privately funded robotic vehicle on the moon by the end of 2017.

The first team to pull off this landing — and get the vehicle to move at least 1,640 feet (500 meters) on the lunar surface, and beam high-definition video and photos back to Earth — will win the $20 million grand prize. (The second team to achieve all of this gets $5 million, and another $5 million is available for meeting other milestones. At the moment, 16 teams remain in the running.)

“We’re still shooting for the end of 2017,” Richards said of the maiden MX-1 moon mission. “A lot has to go right, but at least we have a shot at our moon shot, given this regulatory approval.”

If all goes according to plan, future Moon Express missions will help assess, extract and exploit lunar resources such as water ice, helping to launch a new era in space exploration, company representatives have said.

“Space travel is our only path forward to ensure our survival and create a limitless future for our children,” Moon Express co-founder and Chairman Naveen Jain said in a statement today. “In the immediate future, we envision bringing precious resources, metals and moon rocks back to Earth. In 15 years, the moon will be an important part of Earth’s economy, and potentially our second home.”

2016 Mid-Year Retail Trends| By |Kevin Cundiff


It feels like everyone was just preparing for the Christmas rush; but—surprise—we’re already over the hump in 2016 and headed toward the holidays once again.

Along the way we’ve noticed a few key retail trends popping up. Take a look at these recent developments to see how you can adjust for success in the second half of the year.

A decline in high-end sales
In what Morgan Stanley analysts are calling a ‘High-end Recession’, retailers who set their sights on wealthier consumers might be in for a challenge. Several key high-end retailers have reported a recent dip in sales. Nordstrom recently noticed that their ‘off-price’ brand, Nordstrom Rack, is performing better than its higher-end counterpart.

Restoration Hardware is also having some issues in the high-end space, with shares dropping 23 percent at the beginning of the year. What’s more, they’re finding that largely discounted sales aren’t doing the trick to…

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Here’s How You Can Switch Careers Without Actually Quitting — Fortune

The MPW Insiders Network is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: What’s your best piece of advice for someone looking to change career paths? 586 more words

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Average broadband speed in US rises above 50 megabits for the first time — TechCrunch

Speedtest has released its mid-year broadband speeds report, and there’s actually quite a bit of good news in there. Speeds are steadily increasing despite machinations within the industry, and in fact the average in the U.S. just went north of 50 megabits for the first time ever. Read More

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The Key to Weight Loss is… Eating More? (3 min read)

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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Nathan Ferreira

-Contributor, Weight Lifter & Bodybuilder, Health & Fitness Trainer, Founder & Owner of Ferreirafitness

I currently work at a nutrition store in Massachusetts and its amazing to see how ill-informed people are regarding nutrition. I have been here for 3 years and the number one question I get is “How do I lose weight? Especially in the stomach area.”

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Frequent password changes are the enemy of security, FTC technologist says

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Shortly after Carnegie Mellon University professor Lorrie Cranor became chief technologist at the Federal Trade Commission in January, she was surprised by an official agency tweet that echoed some oft-repeated security advice. It read: “Encourage your loved ones to change passwords often, making them long, strong, and unique.” Cranor wasted no time challenging it.

The reasoning behind the advice is that an organization’s network may have attackers inside who have yet to be discovered. Frequent password changes lock them out. But to a university professor who focuses on security, Cranor found the advice problematic for a couple of reasons. For one, a growing body of research suggests that frequent password changes make security worse. As if repeating advice that’s based more on superstition than hard data wasn’t bad enough, the tweet was even more annoying because all six of the government passwords she used had to be…

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Bitcoin plunges after hackers breach HK exchange, steal coins

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Bitcoin plunged after one of the largest exchanges for trading the digital currency disclosed it had been hacked.

[HONG KONG] Bitcoin plunged after one of the largest exchanges for trading the digital currency disclosed it had been hacked.

Bitcoin slumped 7.3 per cent against the dollar as of 9:40 am on Wednesday in Tokyo, bringing its two-day drop to 15 per cent. Prices also sank 6.2 per cent on Monday, although it was not clear if that initial move was related to the hack.

Hong Kong-based exchange Bitfinex said on Tuesday that it halted trading, withdrawals and deposits after discovering the security breach. The exchange said it was still investigating details and cooperating with law enforcement, but acknowledged that some bitcoin have been stolen from its users.

“We will look at various options to address customer losses later in the investigation,” it wrote in a blog post.

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Supercars Surpass 200 MPH On Public Roads Of Sun Valley, For A Cause — Forbes Real Time

Imagine you are stopped by a policeman in your sports car on a smallish, two-lane back road just outside of Sun Valley, Idaho. Rather than scold you, though, the officer smiles and gives a “thumbs up.” You respond by lighting up the tires and screaming up a hill into a […]

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The Apology To China: Another New Routine In Doing Business — Forbes Real Time

When actress and model Kiko Mizuhara apologized to China in an online video last month after Chinese netizens dug up material casting her as a Japanese nationalist with anti-China sentiments., the news probably rolled more eyes than eased consciences. Such a parade of performing artists, media outlets and major companies […]

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Theranos’ Highly-Anticipated Defense of Its Tech Is Called a ‘Bait-and-Switch’ — Fortune

Elizabeth Holmes, CEO of embattled blood testing company Theranos, had promised to share information about her controversial diagnostics technology during a highly anticipated appearance at a medical conference on Monday. Instead, she went in an entirely different direction. Rather than address the many regulatory and accuracy concerns about Theranos’ Edison blood testing machine, Holmes pitched…

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Founders tell us three mundane things about running businesses that are anything but

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3. Product Marketing

Of late, marketing technology (martech) has gained steep significance, but taking up these tools can prove a bit intimidating for business owners. Well, the intimidating element is rightly justified because these tools can be complex to use and learning them can be a time-consuming affair. Alas, this means that companies are missing all those products that can help in making life and business much easier.

Thankfully, there are low-cost and even free tools that could be used for departments such as marketing and tech that you can implement from day one to start collecting precious customer and audience data.With these solutions, you could boost your revenue, optimise your time, effort and money. 

Lisa Coffey, IB.com

e27 Pro-tip: Marketing tools work best when you have a solid content marketing strategy for inbound leads coupled with your usual outbound efforts. With your leads coming into your landing page…

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How an intern became VP earning $458,000 in just five years

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I was a sophomore at the University of Texas at Austin when I saw a poster that read: ” Make US$10,000 (S$13,500) for the summer with an internship on Wall Street.”

For a young woman who had US$5 in her bank account, US$10,000 seemed like a fortune and the answer to all her problems. I thought: “That’s where I need to be!”

Even though I was a business major, I knew very little about Wall Street and less about how to land an internship. I soon learned that the odds were not in my favour: I was a woman, I was Hispanic, I had no connections and no legal papers for employment.

Wall Street was a boys’ club, and I didn’t have a membership.

Regardless, I had my eyes set on Wall Street and I put all my efforts into getting there.

After attending an information session…

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35 Copywriting Tips & Tricks from the Pros (10 min read)

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Written by Millionaire’s Digest Staff Member: Amber M.

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With the constant demand for more quality content and the growing need for effective copywriting – one to attract visitors, the other to convert them to leads and customers – consistently producing powerful, high-quality copy is tough.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Augmented Reality: ‘We Continue to Invest a Lot in This’

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Cook, who continually referred to “Pokémon” as “Pokemans,” said Pokémon Go is a “testament to what happens to innovative apps,” giving the

Pokemon GO iOS screenshots

AR can be really great. We have been and continue to invest a lot in this. We’re high on AR in the long run and we think there are great things for customers and a great commercial opportunity. The number one thing is to make sure that our products work well with other developer’s products like Pokémon, and that’s why you see so many iPhones in the wild chasing Pokemans.

Cook went on to say that he believes augmented reality “can be huge.” “We’ll see whether it’s the next platform,” he said. “Regardless, it will be huge.”

In the past, rumors have suggested Apple

Apple has also made a number of augmented reality acquisitions, purchasing companies like

Earlier this year, Cook

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This is what downtown Seattle looks like as Amazon builds an insane spherical greenhouse for employees

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Office ping-pong tables and beanbag chairs are nice, but massive spherical greenhouses are even cooler.

As reported by The New York Times, Amazon is building three plant-filled orbs — which all connect to form one giant structure — for its workers in Seattle, Washington.

Designed by architecture firm NBBJ, the greenhouse will allow employees to work and hang out amidst 20,000 plants.

Tech Insider got a look at the construction. Take a look.

Set to open in 2018, Amazon’s greenhouse will sit in downtown Seattle.

The tech company already owns 30 office buildings around the city. Amazon is also constructing new high-rise and low-rise office buildings around the spheres.

A construction crew is building the three glass spheres (the largest measuring 90 feet tall) that will connect to form one giant space.

Featuring an open layout, there will be five different levels that can accommodate about 800 people in total.

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