Daily Archives: August 23, 2013

16 Things You Should Do At The Start Of Every Work Day

The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity over the following eight—so it’s important you have a morning routine that sets you up for success.

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Ben Affleck As Batman, And The Price Of Artistic Freedom

As I’m sure most of you heard last night, Warner Bros. announced that they have found their new Bruce Wayne/Batman for the Superman/Batman team-up Man of Steel sequel set for July 17, 2015.  Your new Batman in the (presumably) 3D IMAX adventure helmed by Zack Snyder is not Christian Bale (who apparently turned down Warner Bros.’ offer of all the money) or Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but Ben Affleck. What this buys Warner Bros. is a major added value element, one of the bigger stars of the last fifteen years playing Warner’s most iconic character, with all of the free publicity and audience awareness that comes with that.  What this buys Affleck is a lifetime of artistic freedom as a producer and/or director.

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How Microsoft's Surprisingly Strong Xbox One Video Game Lineup Gives Them An Early Edge

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is out.

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U.S. repositions naval forces, no decision on Syria strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday was repositioning naval forces in the Mediterranean to give President Barack Obama the option for an armed strike on Syria, although officials cautioned that Obama had made no decision on military action. read more

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DealBook: Hedge Funds Win Ruling in Argentina Bond Case

A group of hedge funds secured a victory in a federal appeals court in a case that could affect international bond markets, parts of the banking system and the nation of Argentina. read more

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Drivewyze Raises $7.5M From Emergence, iNovia To Streamline Commercial Trucking

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Drivewyze, which helps commercial trucking companies save time by bypassing weigh stations through a mobile app, just raised $7.5 million in a round led by Emergence Capital Partners and iNovia Capital. read more

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Yahoo Acquires Image Recognition Startup IQ Engines

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Oh, so you thought Yahoo’s acquisition spree was over? Not even close. A Yahoo spokesperson has confirmed that the revitalized web giant has snapped up yet another company — this time its a image recognition startup called IQ Engines. read more

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Guardian teams up with New York Times over Snowden documents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Guardian has agreed with the New York Times to give the U.S. newspaper access to some classified documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, both papers said on Friday. read more

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New Mexico judge orders clerk to issue same-sex marriage licenses

SANTA FE, New Mexico (Reuters) – Jubilant gay and lesbian couples crowded county offices in the artsy southwestern community of Santa Fe on Friday seeking marriage licenses after a judge ruled that it would be discriminatory to deny same-sex couples the right to wed. read more

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Obama's national security team to meet on Syria this weekend: official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s security advisers will convene at the White House this weekend to discuss U.S. options, including possible military action, against the Syrian government over an apparent chemical weapons attack earlier this week, a U.S. official said on Friday. read more

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San Diego mayor says will resign over sexual harassment scandal

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, facing a sexual harassment lawsuit and a string of allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women, said on Friday he would resign as the head of California’s second-largest city. read more

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Two Nevadans held in plot to kidnap, kill officer, police say

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – A man and a woman arrested in Las Vegas on charges of plotting to kidnap and kill a police officer were under investigation for months on suspicions they belonged to an anti-government movement, authorities said on Friday. read more

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Citizens Without a Country Wage Battle With Liens

An increase in the filing of liens under the anti-government ideology known as the “sovereign citizen” movement has posed a challenge to law enforcement and court officials. read more

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Colombia peace talks suspended after FARC call for pause

BOGOTA (Reuters) – Colombia’s government and Marxist FARC rebels suspended their participation in peace talks in Cuba on Friday, throwing into disarray nine months of painstaking negotiations aimed at ending five decades of bloodshed. read more

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