• GoldieBlox Apologizes to Beastie Boys — Is It Enough?GoldieBlox Apologizes to Beastie Boys — Is It Enough?Earlier this week, GoldieBlox posted a public apology to the Beastie Boys. Four months ago, the toy company enjoyed the spotlight from a viral video featuring the music from the Beastie Boys with re-tooled lyrics. There was just one big problem with their video: They never asked the Beastie Boys if they could use their song.

    Attorneys from the Beastie Boys contacted the creators of GoldieBlox and in response to that, GoldieBlox filed a civil action suit to attempt to declare their video, which they are calling a parody, protected under the Fair Use Doctrine. Instantly things became a battle of boys vs. girls. Supporters of GoldieBlox didn't understand why the Beastie Boys couldn't just let the company use their song and attempted to paint the band as anti-feminist.

    On November 25th last year, the Beastie Boys issued a statement which read, in part, "As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a Read More »from GoldieBlox Apologizes to Beastie Boys — is it Enough?
  • IOS 7.1: What You Need to Know

    iOS 7.1: What You Need To KnowiOS 7.1: What You Need To KnowSo you heard Apple released iOS 7.1, the latest update to its operating system, right? Have you updated? If not, you're not alone. A huge number of people I know either haven't heard of the update or having done it yet. Even the biggest Apple lovers have held off a bit on this update.

    Why? Well, initial reports were bad. Very bad, in fact. Claims of even faster battery drain and trouble connecting to your wireless carrier flooded social media, causing most of us to hesitate on the update. You'll find some great advice here and here when it comes to dealing with battery life issues; I've been using a few of these tricks from since the 7.0 update and haven't had battery problems since.

    But there's plenty of good about the update as well. Here's a roundup of the best new features.

    #1. Major Improvements to Siri.

    I love Siri (and, good lord, so does my daughter), but I've found the functionality somewhat limited. Frankly, I primarily use her if I need to send a quick text but

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  • Secrets from women who have climbed to executive positions across the globe.

    By Victoria Dawson Hoff

    It's not news that there are more women in high-powered positions than ever before. But while the strides we have made in the past 50 years are huge, there's still a long way to go, and much to learn from those women who have managed to climb to executive positions across the globe. Lauren Ready of the International Consortium of Executive Development Research (ICEDR) recognized this, and decided to go straight to the source. She surveyed 60 of the top female executives around the world to find out exactly how they define success. Ready compiled the results of her study into an eye-opening report called "Taking Charge: A Roadmap for a Successful Career and a Meaningful Life for High Potential Corporate Woman Leaders." The entire report is a great read for any career-driven woman, and along with the initial survey results reported by Harvard Business Review, here are some of the most valuable lessons on how to achieve success from Ready's findings:

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    There are no rules to upcycling -- you're taking whatever is at your disposal today and putting it together in just the form you need to succeed. That kind of opportunistic talent will pay off for you in a big way today, and not just because the expenses are so low.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Harmony Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Things are moving so slowly you'll have a hard time convincing yourself they're moving at all. But like time-lapse photography, the changes become noticeable bit by tiny bit until they add up to something big. Keep your eye on the bottom line and you can't miss it.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Numerology Portrait

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You're not paranoid, you're right on the money. Someone is trying to hold you back, and it should be pretty clear why -- profit. Yes, the less people to split the proceeds, the bigger their slice of the pie, pure and simple. You
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  • By Melva Green and Lauren Rosenfeld

    Sometimes our schedules get cluttered the same way our homes do. If you're feeling overwhelmed by endless roles and responsibilities, use this strategy from Breathing Room to find relief, gracefully.

    Here's your mantra. Are you ready? It's pretty simple, and it goes like this:

    Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

    Got it? Good. Because you are going to need it. Starting now.

    When it comes to collecting roles and responsibilities in life, our schedules get cluttered in the same way that our houses do. You bring things in and nothing goes out. There is a mathematical logic to clutter: if you take in more than you let go, your house is going to become an overburdened, draining mess. This is true for your schedule as well. Say yes to everything and you will quickly find yourself in a big heap of overwhelm and exhaustion.

    Here's the good news, and it also depends on mathematical logic: you can easily maintain a healthy schedule, as

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  • Put on Your Proton Pack — Ghostbusters Are Back!Put on Your Proton Pack — Ghostbusters Are Back! Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II are classics, and I will green slime anyone who begs to differ. I've shown clips of the film to my son, and at 5 years old, he doesn't quite get their magical appeal. For a kid in the '80s, they were movie gold. Comedy, ghosts, crude humor, silly songs, and a marketing campaign that was not to be ignored. I think children of the '80s are nostalgic about a lot of films that were released during our youth. Some of these films are sacred, and we would probably riot if they were not handled properly. (Goonies, I am looking at you.) But there are other films that are just ripe for a sequel, and a third Ghostbusters would be ectoplasmic!

    Ivan Reitman was at the helm of both Ghostbusters, and for ages he has been hinting that a third was in the works. He even spent an entire press tour for another film answering questions about whether or not he thought Bill Murray would be game for a sequel. All Ivan would report was, "Bill Murray doesn't hate the

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Things are going wrong, and you have the strong suspicion that it's sabotage. Don't let your anxiety go to your head, though, Aries. Start looking for the trail of breadcrumbs that leads from the money to the exit.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Career Strengths Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    People are feeling so passionate and over-the-top you'll wonder if it's a full moon. Even the most mild-mannered among you is prone to howling at the moon on a day like today. You can parlay this into a profit if you don't let things turn ugly.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Harmony Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Your commitment is deep, but your attention is sometimes so scattered it's hard to be particularly effective. You need to focus on one thing at a time if you really want to get anywhere, Gemini. Start at the top.

    Today's Gemini Reading: Free Sample Celtic Love Tarot Reading

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  • Overwhelmed by that April 15 deadline? Us too. But you'll feel a whole lot better knowing how much of your hard-earned money you can keep. By Holly Mascaro, REDBOOK.

    The first piece of good news: 2013's American Taxpayer Relief Act solidified tax brackets for anyone making under $400K, meaning you don't have to worry about congress doing something funky, and your having to unexpectedly pay more income taxes. And that's not all.

    If you haven't signed up for a healthcare plan
    No doubt you've heard a lot about the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare, but you may not know that if you don't register for a healthcare plan by March 31, you'll face a tax penalty in 2015. According to IRS.gov, it'll cost you $95 per adult and $47.50 for children under 18, or one percent of your income--whichever amount is higher. "Begin by researching your options, and go in knowing that it will take some time and patience to select the appropriate policy," said Howard Hook, a CPA at

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  • The 9 Best Money Apps Out There

    You know how the ultra-rich have "private bankers" to handle their money? Well, these apps will do that for you--soon you'll need "wealth management" too. By MP Dunleavey, REDBOOK.

    1. Billguard is like having your own fraud-protection department. This reliable service flags suspicious charges on up to 10 accounts. (Free)

    2. Simple. Ditch your bank (and its fees and charges) for a free debit card account with no minimum balance; the app enables you to pay bills, track spending, and budget. (Free)

    Related: 9 Sneaky Things Everyone Leaves Out of Their Budget

    3. Square Cash is the easiest way to send money from a debit card to a friend, babysitter, bookie (kidding!). Link up and pay in about 90 seconds--we tested it. (Free)

    4. Level Money is like a gas gauge for your bank account. It tracks your cash and bills, then does the math to let you know how much spending money is left over daily. (Free)

    Related: 25 Lazy Ways to Save Money

    5. Manilla
    offers the delicious

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  • Didn't we all fall in love with Brittany Murphy as the bubbly and zany Tai in Clueless?I remember being excited that someone who wasn't a traditional beauty like the film's star, Alicia Silverstone, was achieving success in Hollywood. After her performance in Drop Dead Gorgeous, Brittany Murphy was on the trajectory to be the next Janeane Garofalo. I'll confess to being weirdly disappointed when Brittany went blond and started losing a lot of weight. Disappointed, but not surprised.

    During her career I always remained a fan. Quite often this was difficult as I didn't understand why she would take on a role that seemed like a poor fit. When she locked into a part she shone brightly. Her performances in Girl, Interrupted; 8 Mile; and even the formulaic Uptown Girls were some of my favorites.

    Related: 16 young celebrities we lost too soon

    In December of 2009, at the age of 32, Brittany Murphy passed away suddenly. At the time of her passing the official cause of death was said

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