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  • Top 5 Google Labs projects

    In the 1990s, many people knew the Internet by a different name: AOL. America Online was the lens through which millions viewed the Web. At the time, there was little reason to look anywhere else. In 2011, Google has come perhaps the closest to once again luring people into a single vision of the Internet – from Google search and YouTube to Gmail and Android phones. To keep people in the Google way of life, the company constantly launches new services. In fact, Google has an official "20 percent" rule that asks every employee to spend "one day a week working on projects that aren't necessarily in our job descriptions." These extracurricular experiments live at, a self-described "playground" where anyone can try out the almost-finished projects. Recent alumni include Google Maps, Alerts, and its SMS text message directory service. The current collection showcases 50-plus "bubbling test tubes." There's no guarantee that any will graduate to full Google status, but here are five projects that are worth donning a virtual lab coat to test for yourself.
    01/03/2011 05:28 pm

  • Opinion What Muslim nations can learn from the 'infidels' -- how to fight corruption

    Forget strict enforcement of sharia law. If Muslim leaders want to gain moral high ground, they have to fight corruption. On Transparency International's corruption index, only four Muslim majority countries ranked in the top 50. It's time to take a cue from the countries who did.
    12/06/2010 02:55 pm

  • Difference Maker She uses paint, brushes, and volunteers to clean up graffiti and build communities

    In Philadelphia, Jane Golden oversees the Mural Arts Program, which gets citizens involved in painting over graffiti while celebrating their history and culture.
    11/15/2010 09:10 am

  • Middle school trick play: Top 5 trick plays

    Middle school trick play from Texas has caught the eye of many web video junkies. You've probably seen the Corpus Christi middle school trick play that resulted in a game-tying touchdown( We wanted to check out some other football trick plays on the web and came up with these five. Go team!
    11/09/2010 04:08 pm

  • Trick or treating? These seven firms can add some scare.

    Americans are expected to dole out a total of $5.8 billion on Halloween, an increase of nearly a billion dollars over last year, according to the National Retail Federation. This represents a return to 2008’s Halloween spending levels and marks an opportunity for Halloween-themed businesses to wring some dollars from trick or treating before the scary season gives way to Christmas carols and gift-giving. Here's what seven 'scary' firms have to offer:
    10/30/2010 12:30 pm

  • Paper Economy Policy wonk food stamp extravaganza!

    None of the policy talking heads will discuss doing away with food stamps, but they'll argue for hours about whether recipients should be able to use them to buy soda.
    10/21/2010 09:31 am

  • Tony Curtis remembered for acting versatility and artwork

    Tony Curtis died at his Las Vegas-area home late Wednesday night. A World War 2 veteran, Tony Curtis acted in both film and television. He also painted and wrote his autobiography later in life.
    09/30/2010 10:59 am

  • In Pictures Hillary 2016: Will she or won't she?
  • Paper Economy The 'first-time goldbuyer' tax credit

    Government looking for an exciting new stimulus policy? How about a tax credit for first-time gold buyers? Housing is out … Gold is in!
    09/07/2010 06:17 pm

  • David R. Francis Do benefits outweigh the social costs of casinos?

    Casinos are usually judged on the dollars they'll bring in. But what about the social costs, for problem gamblers and the community?
    09/03/2010 09:46 am

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Endeavor Global, cofounded by Linda Rottenberg (here at the nonprofit’s headquarters in New York), helps entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Linda Rottenberg helps people pursue dreams – and create thousands of jobs

She's chief executive of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit group that gives a leg up to budding entrepreneurs.

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