From the Forbes Investment Guide, 8 investment tips for 2014.
High-end headphones are now well into their run as a fashion accessory, and 50 Cent is taking advantage. 50 Cent spoke with Forbes senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg about his SMS headphones at Henri Bendel in NYC. Full story here: http://onforb.es/1iD354N
The Top 5 Best Countries for Business:
2) New Zealand
3) Hong Kong
Forbes determined the Best Countries for Business by grading 145 nations on 11 different factors: property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance. (via The Best Countries for Business 2013 - Forbes)
Sean Parker takes his Spotify playlist, Hipster International, very seriously. How serious? “Sometimes I’ll spend six hours consecutively combing through literally thousands of songs,” Parker tells me. “I probably listen to 500 songs for every song I feature.” (via Why Sean Parker Is Obsessed With His Spotify Playlist - Forbes)
The price of a bitcoin topped $900 last week, an enormous surge in value that arrived amidst Congressional hearings where top U.S. financial regulators took a surprisingly rosy view of digital currency. Just 10 months ago, a bitcoin sold for a measly $13.
The spike was big news across the globe, from Washington to Tokyo to China, and it left many asking themselves: “What the hell is a bitcoin?” It’s a good question — not only for those with little understanding of the modern financial system and how it intersects with modern technology, but also for those steeped in the new internet-driven economy that has so quickly remade our world over the last 20 years.
Bitcoin is a digital currency, meaning it’s money controlled and stored entirely by computers spread across the internet, and this money is finding its way to more and more people and businesses around the world. But it’s much more than that, and many people — including the sharpest of internet pioneers as well as seasoned economists — are still struggling to come to terms with its many identities.
With that in mind, we give you this: an idiot’s guide to bitcoin. And there’s no shame in reading. Nowadays, as bitcoin is just beginning to show what it’s capable of, we’re all neophytes.
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“I feel like in many ways she’s the antidote to disposable pop music. I feel like it was accessible to the same people who listen to Katy Perry, for instance, but there’s obliviously something more authentic and personal to Lorde’s music. I got the sense she represents the return to a singer songwriter approach to songwriting, and yet she has a knack for writing incredibly infectious melodies.” - Sean Parker on Lorde
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Rascal Flatts helped country music cross over to the mainstream, and its adopted hometown of Nashville is singing a sophisticated and eclectic new tune. The trio takes us on a private tour of Music City’s high notes.