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  • Kim Kardashian: Here's Why I Am Quitting Twitter Tomorrow


    Kim Kardashian is quitting Twitter tomorrow, cutting off all communication with her 5.4 million followers.

    She explains why in our exclusive video interview, found here.

    Kim is the buzzing TV personality of E!'s Keeping Up With The Kardashians reality show, and she recently authored a book, Kardashian Konfidential, along with her sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.

    To support Kim's charity efforts: Text "KIM" to 90999, go to http://buylife.org/

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  • 10 Countries Where Women Have It Way Better Than In America

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    Ninety years since the nineteenth amendment and 50 years since the civil rights era, American women still lag behind men in several key metrics.

    What's worse, America's gender gap is among the largest in the developed world, according to a report from the World Economic Forum.

    The report compares female-to-male professional achievements, educational attainment, health and political empowerment. America scores lowest on politics, namely the number of women in office.

    Click here to see the FULL list of the best countries for women >

    First, here's America at #19
    First, here's America at #19

    Economic opportunities: Tied for #6

    Educational attainment: Tied for #1

    Health and survival: #38

    Political empowerment: #40

    Ratings come from The Global Gender Gap Report. "Economic opportunities" evaluates labor force participation, pay and advancement. "Educational attainment" evaluates enrollment and literacy rate. "Health and survival" evaluates life expectancy and birth rate -- how many female

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  • How Landing a Job is Like Dating: 15 Tips To Make Them Want You

    It's basic psychology. Interacting with people, whether it's a significant other or a potential employer, requires careful relationship management.

    And there are a surprising amount of dating tips that can be applied professionally.

    Think that's total crap?

    In February, Roy Cohen, a career counselor and executive coach who previously handled outplacement for Goldman Sachs, told Forbes that the best book for job-seekers is The Rules: Time Tested Secrets for Capturing the Heart of Mr. Right.

    Then there's RealMatch.com, a site that monetizes this concept. The self-proclaimed "eHarmony of the employment industry" combines the best of employment sites with the best of online dating and has raised $9.5 million in funding.

    If you really want to kill two birds with one stone, brush up on your dating tips -- it could help you land your dream relationship, and your dream job.

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  • Models! Bras! Shoes! Behind The Scenes Of Gilt Groupe's Fabulous Photo Shoots

    Private luxury clothing retailer Gilt Groupe is a very successful startup, with sales estimated to hit $500 million this year.

    A big part of the success is its website, which is more like a living breathing fashion magazine than an eCommerce site.

    Rather than using stock images from retailers, Gilt has its own in-house photo studio set up in its Brooklyn offices where it shoots models wearing different mixed and matched outfits .

    We were invited to tour the Brooklyn office and see how the shoot is done.

    Gilt's Brooklyn office is in the Navy Yard, which is actually quite advantageous for photo shoots.

    Gilt's Brooklyn office is in the Navy Yard, which is actually quite advantageous for photo shoots.


    These interesting sites are used as scenes in the photos.

    These interesting sites are used as the scenes in the photos.


    Here's our guide, Leah Park, VP of Creative. She joined Gilt in 2007, leaving Bergdorf Goodman.

    Here's our guide, Leah Park, VP of Creative. She joined Gilt in 2007, leaving Bergdorf Goodman.


    Gilt has numerous photo studios in its Brooklyn offices. It has the largest in-house studio set-up in New York. Everyone else rents.

    Gilt has numerous photo studios in its Brooklyn offices. It has the largest in-house studio set-up in New York. Everyone else rents.


    Here's a titillating image to greet us as we enter the studio.

    Here's a titillating image to

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  • 15 Ways to Blow Your Job Interview

    Gearing up for a job interview? Don't be like these idiots.

    "John Q. Recruiter" at CBS Moneywatch shares the missteps and faux-pas of a steady stream of hapless job applicants.




    Why not just kick the company dog while you're at it?Why not just kick the company dog while you're at it?




    Um, thanksUm, thanks




    Yes, but when do we get a break around here?Yes, but when do we get a break around here?




    Delusions of grandeur much?Delusions of grandeur much?




    Most importantly, make a great first impressionMore importantly, make a great first impression




    About that odor...About that odor...




    About that odor, 2
    About that odor, 2



    Resume hint: Choose a font big enough to readResume hint: Choose a font big enough to read



    Just what we need: A future sexual harassment lawsuitJust what we need: A future sexual harassment lawsuit



    We're so impressed with your excellent preparednessWe're so impressed with your excellent preparedness



    Everyone loves the cool guyEveryone loves the cool guy




    But you won't hate this job, right?But you won't hate this job, right?




    Are we hiring Romper Room, too?Are we hiring Romper Room, too?




    Hook em horns!Hook em horns!




    The indescribable attractiveness of the girl that no one else wants to date
    The indescribable attractiveness of the girl that no one else wants to date







    Finally, the right way...
    Finally, the right way....
    John Q Recruiter's advice on how it SHOULD be done



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  • 13 Things You Need To Know To Sound Smart About Wine

    The Merlot market was crushed by the movie SidewaysThe Merlot market was crushed by the movie Sideways After Sideways won the Oscar, everyone in the world went nuts about Pinot Noir, says wine expert Peter Slywka. At the same time, they turned up their noses at Merlot, because that's exactly what the lead does throughout the entire movie.

    Apparently this line especially stuck with the industry:

    "Pour any Merlot, and I'm leaving."

    But what's the great wine that the Sideways lead is drinking out of the styrofoam cup at the end? Merlot.

    - Peter Slywka, www.skurnikwines.com

    They really do still stomp on grapes with their feet, just not as much as they used toThey really do still stomp on grapes with their feet, just not as much as they used to Foot treading of grapes is still used in producing a small quantity of the best port wines.

    But there is no where near the amount of stompage that there used to be in the industry.

    - 800wine

    Of course, that could change in early 2011 Of course, that could change in early 2011 The wine industry could really get stomped on by the capital gains tax hike.

    Currently, profits made on wine can be saved from

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  • How To Network Like A Pro

    Learning how to network effectively is one of the most powerful tools an individual can use to advance their personal and professional life. This skill can help you land your dream job, score a promotion, and become close with the leaders in your industry.

    We spoke to networking guru Dr. Ivan Misner, Founder and Chairman of Business Network International, and Matthew Rothenberg, Editor-in-Chief of career content at TheLadders, about the secrets to networking effectively.

    What does the best strategy for networking boil down to? Building real relationships, actively maintaining them, and giving as much as you take. Of course, there's a lot more to it than just those details...


    Click here to see how to network like a pro >


    Why is networking important?
    It's simple: knowing the right people can get you places that you might not reach otherwise.

    Of all the areas where networking can help you, the most important are probably getting new business, finding a job, and having relationships

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  • Five Ridiculous Ideas That Made People Ridiculously Rich

    Everyone has million dollar ideas, but people rarely act on them. For entrepreneurs, one good idea can provide an extraordinary amount of hope. Even though the chances of success are minimal, these ideas give people something to aspire to greater than a boring cubicle and a nagging boss. Not to mention, these ideas make some people obscenely loaded.

    If you're waiting to act on one of these ideas until you think of something brilliant, don't. In fact, you might want to dumb yourself down a notch. With the Icanhascheezburger.com's of the world getting acquired for $2MM, it doesn't take something uniquely awesome to rake in the dough.

    Check out these ridiculous ideas that made people ridiculously rich >



    RIDICULOUS IDEA #1: Yellow Smiley


    Ridiculously Rich People Behind It: Bernard and Murray Spain

    Estimated Profit: $500MM

    Ridiculous Idea #1: Yellow SmileyRidiculous Idea #1: Yellow SmileyYou order takeout and the deliveryman leaves you with a white plastic bag. On the exterior is a goofy yellow smiley face grinning back at you, encouraging you to "Have

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  • 16-Year Old Girl Gives Best Day Ever To Small E-Commerce Site

    Thanks to a 16-year old girl, a small e-commerce site had its best day ever, as they detail in a blog post.

    No, not because of a mad spending spree with dad's credit card, but a viral video.

    A 16-year old video blogger called Blair Flower, a.k.a. Juicystar07, put a video on YouTube extolling Shoes of Prey, a site that lets women design their own custom shoes online and then order them. She encouraged her viewers to create their own design on the site, post it as a comment to the video, and win free shoes. The video then became one of the top viewed on YouTube, with over 450,000 views, which drove over 200,000 visits in one day to the small e-commerce site.

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    The video was a promo -- the site's manager had contacted Blair and sent her a free pair of shoes -- but it worked beyond the site's expectations.


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  • 5 Ways to Ace Your Next Presentation

    As the common pop culture factoid goes, most individuals would rather choose death over presenting in front of an audience. And yet, the ability to give a great presentation is a powerful tool in business, and in life.

    As Tom Peters would put it, referencing Barack Obama's historic speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, "17 minutes [of presenting] can change the world!"

    Don't let the fear of public speaking hold you back. We spoke to a few presentation experts to find out how the greatest speakers captivate their audiences.


    1. It's true: practicing is the best preparation possible

    It's true: practicing is the best preparation possibleIt's true: practicing is the best preparation possibleWinging your presentation is almost always a recipe for disaster. Even the best public speakers don't do it -- it takes lots of practice to appear so effortless.

    Gary Schmidt, International President of Toastmasters International, heeds the old adage of "one hour of practice for every minute that you're speaking." It's not an exact recipe, he says, but it shows you how important practicing is.

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