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The Definitive How-To Guide For Conversion Rate Optimization
I’ll share the same processes that I use to consistently boost my clients’ conversion rates – sometimes even doubling or tripling them. (I specialize in industries like finance, gaming, travel and weightloss, where even a 5% increase in conversion rate can generate millions of dollars.)
Source:  SEO MOZ

Why Grow? and Other Wisdom from 37Signals
Comfortably situated in Chicago outside of the “start-up” echo chamber, 37Signals is focused on getting sh*t done instead of chasing the Silicon Valley venture capital death spiral. Financing has it’s place, but it’s a means to an end and shouldn’t be confused with an end.
Source:  Tim Ferriss Blog

RIM shows new operating system, stock rebounds
(Reuters) – Research in Motion gave analysts a sneak peek at a revamped operating system for its BlackBerry smartphone on Monday and said it would launch it next quarter, propelling its shares higher.
Source:  Reuters

Why Are Nerds Unpopular?
The generation question aside – this also raises the question of how to make science and skepticism more popular in general, but especially with the next generation. A listener then sent me a link to the following article: Why Nerds are Unpopular. The author writes:
Source:  Skeptic Blog

Sony to stop manufacturing Floppy discs after 30 years
Remember Floppy discs? In case you haven’t noticed (like I didn’t), Sony is actually still making and selling those discs. But soon it’s time to say goodbye, as the company now said [JP] it will stop production in March next year. Sony rolled out the world’s first 3.5-inch floppy disc back in 1981. And believe it or not, even in 2008, the company could still sell 8.5 million units in Japan alone.
Source:  Crunchgear

Total Number Of Personal Data Records Leaked Since 2005: At Least 358.4 Million
The title speaks for itself, ahh privacy..
Source:  TechDirt

Bonus Signal:

This ones a real golden nugget and makes you think about what you need to start spending money on in the future.  STOCK, but the right ones ;-)

If you spent the money on an original iPod in 2001 on Apple stock ($499), you would have $14,513.78 today.
Source: John Baptiste notes at the Economist

Dear Millennials: Your parents lied to you
I’ve spent the past 15 years teaching and coaching the kids known as Millennials. Some call them GenY. I call them the “self esteem generation.” Millennials were raised by parents who showered them with praise and awarded them athletic trophies for just showing up. Their lives were over-programmed, their parents hovering.
Source:  Tough Sledding

We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint
“It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” General McMaster said in a telephone interview afterward. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.”
Source:  NY Times

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