The dark side of optimism: How the trait you value most could be ruining you

September 15, 2017

Mark CubanImage: REX/Shutterstock Few people have crushed more bright-eyed, entrepreneurial dreams than Mark Cuban.   At first, that might sound like a rough assessment. After all, Cuban has invested a quarter of a billion dollars in bringing other people’s hopes to life. But, if Cuban’s rejection rate—which hovers right around 80% on ABC’s Shark Tank—teaches us anything, it’s a lesson profoundly contrary to popular wisdom.  “They think,” Cuban said via…

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Here’s Tim Cook’s note to Apple employees denouncing neo-Nazis in Charlottesville

September 2, 2017

Image: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GETTY Apple CEO Tim Cook has no time for white supremacists and neo-Nazis. SEE ALSO: Trump blames ‘many sides’ for violence in Charlottesville He made it pretty clear in a powerful note to Apple employees, which also slams Trump’s “moral equivalence” between Nazis and human rights demonstrators. In the email, obtained by Recode, Cook also announced the company would make contributions of $1 million each to the Southern…

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Here’s how to turn off autoplay videos on Facebook and Twitter

Autoplay can be annoying.Image: Leon Neal/Getty Images Autoplay videos can be one of the most frustrating parts of social media feeds. Facebook and Twitter turn this setting on by default to juice the view numbers for publishers and advertisers. But for users, it can be annoying at the least and, in some cases, downright disturbingespecially around violent news events. But there is hope. It takes less than a minute to…

August 13, 2017
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Tesla’s future will be funded by $1.5 billion in debt

Fueled by debt.Image: Yuya Shino/Epa/REX/Shutterstock The next part of Tesla’s future will be fueled by debt. Elon Musk’s automaker is issuing $1.5 billion in debt to fund its plans. That means that instead of raising funding from investors, the company will offer $1.5 billion of debt a a form of capital. It’s a new move for Tesla, which has always sold off pieces of the company to fund its operations….

August 12, 2017
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10 tips for creating an engaging social presence

Image: Shutterstock / Rawpixel.com As of this year, about 81% of the United States population uses at least one social media platform. That number is growing by roughly 5% per year. At this rate, 100% of the United States will have a social media profile on at least one platform by 2021. Businesspeople searching for the ideal marketing channel to engage prospects should look no further than social networks. Social…

August 12, 2017
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Is TV on the internet still cheaper than cable?

$$$Image: Shutterstock / Pavel Ryabushkin If you pay around $100 a month, you can get old-fashioned cable: every channel, even the ones you don’t want, all bundled together. For just $10 a month, you can get all of Netflix. But is it really that cheapand is it enough? Streaming costs are inching upward as streaming services become more competitive with each other and media companies that want a piece of…

August 10, 2017
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Google could face a class action lawsuit alleging sexism and gender pay disparity

Image: VIRGINIA MAYO/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Software engineer Erica Baker ignited a firestorm inside Google two years ago when she and coworkers listed their salaries in a spreadsheet. The sampling appeared to show that there were differences potentially based on gender and ethnicity. A firestorm, again, is occurring inside Google. It’s a different scenario with software engineer James Damore, but it once again involves a shared document and sexism. Damore published a 10-page…

August 10, 2017
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Disney to pull all its movies off Netflix

Image: DISNEY Disney’s future is becoming clearerand that’s going to mean developing its own platforms to reach consumers. Step onebreak off its relationship with Netflix. Disney announced on Tuesday that it will pull its movies off Netflix in 2019, marking the end of a multi-year relationship that helped Netflix grow into a dominant at-home entertainment company. Step twostart its own streaming platform. Disney also said that it is planning its…

August 9, 2017
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For $400, you can be an Instagram influencer

Image: Getty Images/Cultura RF If you’re on social media, you’ve most likely heard of the side-hustle. Work your 9 to 5, sure, but you also should be making yourself known in the world. Definitely don’t just sit down and watch “fucking House of Cards,” as entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tweeted. Well, here’s one side-hustle you can probably manage while binging all of Netflix’s originals: Be an Instagram influencer. Don’t have a…

August 5, 2017
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A couple of Russians managed to trick Rick Perry into thinking they were a Prime Minister

Oops.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock What follows is an account of something that can, honestly, happen to anyone: getting prank called. Except in this case, the prank callers were Russian and the victim was Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who proceeded to have a 20-minute call with the pranksters over energy policy. To repeat: a member of Trump’s cabinet was pranked hard (twice, as it turns out) by a pair of Russians. It’s as…

July 27, 2017
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Apple Music goes country in latest commercial starring Brantley Gilbert

The company that famously brags about designing things in California is looking toward Sweet Home Alabama. Apple set its sights set on the American heartland in the latest country-heavy commercial for its music streaming service. The Apple Music ad stars singer Brantley Gilbert waxing poetic about open roads and small-town life as motorcycles tear up farm fields and diner patrons smile at one another. It looks more like a spot…

July 26, 2017
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Live! From Tomorrow: A lighter look at the future

Image: Live!fromtomorrow The future is here whether you like it or not, so we might as well have some fun with it. Mashable is pleased to be partnering with “Live! From Tomorrow” a variety show that explores the funnier sides of tech, innovation, and the news of the day. The pilot, ‘Live! From Tomorrow: Blockchain For Business’, with the support of IBM Blockchain, debuts Thursday, July 27 at 7 PM,…

July 26, 2017
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A visual journey through the evolution of the influencer

Image: Sabelskaya/shutterstock Influencer marketing has changed everything. Influencer marketing hasnt changed a thing. Thats the tension todays social media celebrities have created. And its not just marketers, brands, and stars who feel confused. Its everyday customers as well. Especially when it comes to who to trust. In a sense, theres nothing new about influencer marketing. Humans have always been swayed by the endorsements of the people they look up to….

July 22, 2017
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Russian TV network is trolling the U.S. with ads about the election and hacking accusations

Fire so bright, Putin's gotta wear shades.Image: SPUTNIK/KREM/REX/Shutterstock UPDATE (2:05 p.m. ET): Updated to include statement from RT to Mashable. You didn’t think that Russia would just sit quietly and take all this talk of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign, did you? SEE ALSO: Trump and Putin unironically discussed forming a ‘cyber security unit’ RT, the English-language television network, has rolled…

July 20, 2017
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Ed Sheeran is taking on ticket scalpers to save his fans money

Good guy Ed SheeranImage: Getty Images Ed Sheeran may have found a way to redeem himself for his dud of a cameo in this week’s Game of Thrones. The singer has cancelled 10,000 of the tickets to his forthcoming London shows next June to prevent ticket resale sites from turning them around at massively inflated prices. SEE ALSO: Ed Sheeran’s ‘Game of Thrones’ cameo made me extremely angry Third-party dealers…

July 20, 2017
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6 social entrepreneurs whose companies are bettering the world

Image: samasource As the trend of social entrepreneurship takes root in economies around the globe, future-focused impact investors are stepping up to the plate to help build a better world for generations to come. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are a set of 17 objectives to tackle global issues like hunger, joblessness, poverty, climate change, and food waste, among others. Below, we’ve selected six young people as examples of entrepreneurs…

July 19, 2017
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Can Chance the Rapper save Soundcloud from dying?

Image: juannomore/flickr Good news for amateur rappers and podcasters everywhere: Soundcloud may have just gotten a new lease on lifeand it seems Chance the Rapper may be to thank. The Chicago rapper tweeted Friday afternoon that the popular but broke audio streaming startup is “here to stay” after a “very fruitful call” with CEO and co-founder, Alex Ljung. The reassurance comes after reports earlier this week claimed the company may…

July 16, 2017
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In autonomous driving, real-world testing is taking a backseat

Image: imageBROKER/REX/Shutterstock To date, some of the hottest players in the autonomous arena have put their energy into driving endless miles in order to fine-tune their AI-based technology. Its time consuming and expensive, and most approved test driving sites have been in parts of the world with sunny skies and dry roads, hardly indicative of common driving conditions. With this mile-by-mile method, its hard to imagine self-driving could become commonplace…

July 16, 2017
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Twitter hires new CFO, who cut his teeth at Goldman Sachs

Image: getty images Twitter, everyone’s favorite social network for seeing inside President Donald Trump’s mind, has struggled with pleasing Wall Street and struggled to improve its diversity numbers. On Tuesday, the company announced a new member of the flock who might be able to help with the first problem (but sure doesn’t help with the second): Ned Segal will start as Twitter’s chief financial officer in August. SEE ALSO: Why…

July 12, 2017
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50 business ideas you can launch for cheap (or even free)

Image: Shutterstock / Sergey Nivens Its no longer taboo for people to ditch the daily 9-to-5 grind and start their own business. In fact, its beyond easy starting a business for almost nothing these days. But, what businesses are guaranteed to make a million dollars? Heres 50 cheap, or even free, business ideas that will accomplish that goal. 1. Consulting Do you already have knowledge or experience in a specific…

July 12, 2017
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