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  • Investing 101: What Are Your Options?
    By on August 11, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments


    An option costs only a fraction of the cost to buy 100 shares. For example, after the trading day closed on August 10, 2010, McDonald’s (MCD) shares were selling for $72.84, so that 100 shares cost $7,284. But you could control those shares by buying one 72.50 September call for only $157, or about 2% of the cost of buying those 100 shares.

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  • The FarmVille Ruse: How It Ruins Gaming and Steals Your Time
    By on August 7, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    As of July, FarmVille was hosting the digital homesteads of 61 million users. But you probably know all that already. What we’re going to examine is why Zynga and FarmVille got that large, why they will continue to grow, and how they have changed the face of gaming.

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  • Google Nabs Patent To Monitor Your Cursor Movement
    By on July 28, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    bool2 writes “Google has been awarded a patent for displaying search results based on how you move your mouse cursor on the screen… Google’s plans are to monitor the movements of the cursor, such as when a user hovers over a certain ad or link to read a tooltip, and then provide relevant search results, and ads, based on that behaviour. It means that it does not require users to actually click a link to know that they were interested in it, opening (more…)

  • Stuck In Your Online World? Give This a Shot
    By on July 23, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Attention Second Lifers: Are you afraid, even in your fantasy worlds, of new experiences? Your avatar might be a candidate, then, for a psychotropic drug called, Virta-Flaneurazine, designed to treat Wanderlust Deficit Disorder — in other words, Internet addiction.

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  • Your Feces Is a Wonderland of Viruses
    By on July 14, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes “Thanks to an anlaysis of fecal samples from four sets of Missouri-born female identical twins and their mothers, researchers have concluded that human guts harbor viruses as unique as the people they inhabit; the viral lineup differs even between identical twins. Even more surprising? These viruses may be doing good work inside of us.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

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  • Step Off the Ledge! Your Team Can Still Turn It Around
    By on June 2, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    You might think all is lost if your team goes 22-28 through its first 50 games. This baseball fan shows you how to dig into the numbers and find reasons to stay hopeful.

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  • How BPA Just Comes Up Short of Making Your Penis Fall Off
    By on May 30, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    A new study from Kaiser Permanente finds that exposure to BPA — which, as we’re learning, is everywhere — has a wide range of negative impacts on mens’ sexual performance. The study found decreased sexual desire, more difficulty having an erection, lower ejaculation strength and lower level of overall satisfaction with sex life.

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  • Is your school this nuts about its spring game?
    By on May 6, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The Top 10 spring football game spectacles. In the words of Urban Meyer, “Go play golf or something.”

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  • Who Should Own Your Smartphone?
    By on March 24, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    snydeq writes “The great corporate barrier against employees using personal smartphones in business contexts has been breached, writes InfoWorld’s Galen Gruman. According to a recent report from Forrester Research, half of the smartphones in use among US and Canadian businesses are not company-issued equipment. In fact, some organizations are even subsidizing employees’ service plans as an easy way to avoid the procurement and management headaches (more…)

  • The Lowdown on Bike Types and How to Choose Your Ride
    By on March 13, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Likes Like shoes, it’s wise to only buy a bike that fits properly. This means not only that the geometry of the frame suits your body, but also that gearing matches your pedaling power.

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