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Twitter’s exiting CEO says successor needs to be resilient, self-aware 

Soon-to-be-former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said he’s uncertain about what he’s going to do next and that the company is definitely in an active search for his replacement.

Costolo discussed his future during the Bloomberg Tech Conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Less than a week ago, he announced he was stepping aside, after months of speculation and after Twitter had repeatedly disappointed Wall Street investors with its financial performance.

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Google antes up some cash for Android security flaws, fixes 

Security researchers who want to make some extra cash off the bugs and flaws built into Android now have a way to do just that.

Google on Tuesday launched the Android Security Awards program, offering researchers who seek out bugs and flaws in Android to make some cash on their discoveries. Google has assigned a $500 bounty on “Moderate” severity bugs, but will double that to $1,000 for “High” severity and hand over $2,000 for “Critical” bugs. Google will also up those amounts by 50 percent if researchers can show a test case, and double the standard sum if they can hand over a patch.

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19 Foods to Boost Bad Moods of Every Kind 

Beat a bad mood with food and you’ll be helping to feel as good as you can while supplying the body with what it needs to function properly. These healthier options work better than popular comfort foods, and won’t leave you regretting your decision later.

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22 Detox Soups to Cleanse and Revitalize Your System 

A detox soup takes many of the healthiest ingredients possible and puts them together in one pot. They usually involve pureeing or blending the vegetables up, or at the very least chopping them into bite-sized pieces. This makes the soup easy to digest so your body can absorb and utilize all of the nutrients more easily. The best part about these recipes is that the focus is still on taste, so you’re getting a detox dose of vitamins and minerals without having to suffer through it.

vegetarian hot and sour soup

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The 6 Biggest Skincare Mistakes

The 6 Biggest Skincare Mistakes

You already know it’s a sin to go to bed without washing your face (right?!), but that’s just one ofmany common bad habits that can seriously screw with your skin.

To determine the most unforgivable beauty mistakes, we talked to board certified dermatologistDebra Luftman, M.D., co-author of The Beauty Prescription and dermatologist for Simple skincare.Brace yourself for some tough love—trust us, your skin will thank you later!

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Amazon discloses transparency report for first time 

Amazon for the first time has released a report on the number of government data requests it receives, offering the public more information on how often it hands over its customers’ data to judges and law enforcement agencies.

The e-commerce company, which runs the largest public cloud-infrastructure business in the world, hadn’t previously released a biannual transparency report, despite repeated criticism  from the American Civil Liberties Union and the digital rights advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Ten Ways Being a Dad Improves Your Life

As I look back over now 26 years of being a dad, I can certainly see many ways I have become better by embracing the opportunity to be a father and to try to influence my children for good. What I have felt intuitively over the years is starting to be supported by solid research. So if you are pondering whether or not to become a father, or would just like some validation that you have made the right choice, this list of the top ten personal benefits of being a father is worth your consideration.

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Alibaba chairman: No, seriously, we’re not competing in the US 

NEW YORK — Ever since Wall Street’s interest in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba reached a fever pitch last year, investors and analysts have focused on one major question: When will the company expand into the US and take on Amazon and eBay?

Jack Ma, Alibaba’s charismatic founder and executive chairman, visited New York this week to try to dispel that notion.

“When are you going to come to invade America?” Ma joked, during a Tuesday speech before the historic Economic Club of New York at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. Instead, he countered, “The strategy for us is helping small business in America go to China, sell their products to China.”

While that pitch to help small businesses sounds positive and uncontroversial, US onlookers and competitors could be excused for not believing Ma. The US retail market remains the largest in the world — with China coming in second — so it’s not a stretch to think Alibaba’s long-term plans could eventually include coming to America. That means Amazon, eBay and others may someday be facing a major, new competitor on their shores and US consumers will get to know the name Alibaba.

For now, the company has been positioning itself as a partner for US businesses, hoping it can act as a bridge for them to reach the Chinese market and become a more influential global retail player along the way. To do that, though, Alibaba needs to build trust with US retailers and not appear as a rival.

“I think a lot of this is time frames,” said Scot Wingo, executive chairman of ChannelAdvisor, which provides research and other tools for online retailers. “I think right now [China is] definitely their priority. I think two years from now I’d be shocked if they didn’t have a more direct US presence.”

Alibaba’s focus on small US businesses makes sense in the short-term, Wingo said, since many retailers using Alibaba’s websites have told his company they don’t have enough inventory of Western goods to meet the surging demand of their Chinese customers. ChannelAdvisor is a partner with Alibaba’s Tmall Global, which helps import products to China.

Today, Alibaba makes nearly all its revenue in China and has little exposure to the US. The company opened online retail site 11 Main in the US last year and has a handful of investments in US businesses. While that’s not nearly enough to interest most US customers, Wall Street last year swooned for Alibaba — the largest e-commerce company in China — when the firm raised $25 billion on the New York Stock Exchange, pulling off the biggest initial public offering ever.

Ma doesn’t plan to stop there, saying his goal is to make his company bigger than Walmart and eventually generate annual gross merchandise volume — the total value of goods sold on Alibaba’s websites — of $1 trillion. To get there, though, Ma and Alibaba will likely need more partners.

“We did not come here to compete,” Ma said Tuesday. “We come here to bring the small business.”

Source: Alibaba chairman: No, seriously, we’re not competing in the US – CNET

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75 million-year-old blood cells found in dino bones 

Hold on to your butts: Scientists have found some dinosaur cellular material, and it looks like it might be red blood cells.

Eight 75 million-year-old bones dating back to the Cretaceous in poor condition have been found to contain what looks to be soft tissue remnants, says a new paper published today in the journal Nature Communications.

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Woman tosses $200,000 Apple 1 computer into recycling 

Whenever I see a famous actress waft down the Oscars red carpet wearing $1 million worth of necklace, I think to myself: “Looks like bad taste bits of metal and glass to me.”

The same essential thought process might have passed through the mind of a Silicon Valley woman who took one look at an Apple 1 computer in her house and thought: “This old box is cluttering up my house. It’s got to go.”

And so, as the San Jose Mercury New reports,  she wandered along to her local recycling center (this is California — we’re dedicated recyclers of everything, especially ideas) and dropped it off for mangling.

The recycling company, Clean Bay Area, remains bemused. Victor Gichun, its vice president, told the Mercury News that the woman was cleaning out her house after her husband had died.

Gichun said: “She said, ‘I want to get rid of this stuff and clean up my garage,’ I said, ‘Do you need a tax receipt?’ and she said, ‘No, I don’t need anything.'”

Perhaps that’s true. Perhaps this is a woman who has everything she needs. Perhaps there’s no place for a first-generation Apple computer adorning her garage or her life.

Those of a material bent will mutter: “But it must be worth $200,000.” Indeed it must. At least that much, in fact.

The woman performed her dropoff in early April, but Gichun and his staff opened up the boxes she left after a couple of weeks. At first, he told NBC Bay Area, he thought it was fake.

They now want to give her $100,000. This is company policy. Clean Bay Area sold this Apple I earlier this month to a private collection for $200,000. It insists on splitting the proceeds down the middle.

Some might wonder whether Clean Bay Area got enough money for one of these 1976 artifacts. Two years ago, an Apple 1 went to auction and fetched $387.750. .

Gichun says he remembers the woman. She drove an SUV.

I wonder if she’ll see the publicity and come forward. Should she do so, I wonder what she’ll spend her newfound $100,000 on. Shares in Apple, perhaps?

Source: Woman tosses $200,000 Apple 1 computer into recycling – CNET

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