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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

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Google's YouTube is said to be finalizing a $1 billion acquisition of Twitch, making the San Francisco-based video game streaming service another start-up success story. But just as when Facebook purchased WhatsApp earlier for $16 billion, there will be both celebration and hand-wringing.

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It’s not just your phone and your watch that are smart anymore. These days, many more devices than just your computer are connected to the Internet. As we know, scads of other devices, software and many other tools are now connected and exchanging data – creating this Internet of Things. This exchange includes important things like downloads and status updates needed to make our devices more effective and useful than ever.

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Since its independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has moved decisively to be among the top 50 economies in terms of the ease of doing business and overall economic freedom. On May 23, I joined President Nursultan Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia and Muhammad Yunus, professor of economics, founder of the Grameen Bank and laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 in Astana for a discussion about future prospects in Kazakhstan for entrepreneurs.

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Your job seems normal now. In 15 years, when someone tells you they're a simplicity expert or a robot counselor, you won't blink an eye.

All of the predictions we've seen lately regarding the "jobs of the future" assume that we'll even have jobs once the robots take over. Eventually, we may not. But in the medium-term future, there will still be jobs for the taking (including jobs overseeing robots).

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Two weeks ago the Federal Communications Commission proposed new regulations that, if passed, would dramatically alter the Internet as we know it. The proposal, which would permit Internet service providers (ISPs) to set up “fast lanes” that Web sites could pay to access for speedier content delivery, has attracted widespread, vocal opposition from advocates who say that it will strangle the free flow of information around the Web.  

The FCC has left itself a way out from this debacle—Chair Tom Wheeler announced that the commission invited comment on whether it should reclassify the Internet as a public utility, a move that would sidestep the need for the proposed regulations—but it is unclear if the FCC is actually willing to take it.

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There has been a lot of buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT) over the last year and a half. We are hearing about all kinds of devices being connected to the Internet – anything from home appliances to entire factories. Investors are enthusiastic about smart hardware and wearable tech and IoT startups are popping up everywhere.

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A college diploma is one key to starting your career engine, but learning to be more creative could help turbo-charge it. Just like college coursework, creativity can be learned—you don’t have to be born with these skills. Focusing on them is definitely worthwhile: companies value creativity because it spurs growth and competitiveness. As a recent graduate, you can stand out from the crowd by coming up with great ideas no matter what position you start in.

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It’s tempting to caricature Millennial workers as bright-eyed idealists, given their loudly stated preference for having a social impact through their careers. Either that or as narcissists only out for themselves. But neither is quite true, according to a new paper from The Brookings Institution. It’s easy to cherry-pick from the data to verify a stereotype about Millennials one way or the other, but the holistic picture painted by the paper is more subtle.

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Want to create a high performance team? Want to limit the amount of time you spend settling squabbles between team members? It turns out those two issues are closely related: Our research shows that on top performing teams peers immediately and respectfully confront one another when problems arise. Not only does this drive greater innovation, trust, and productivity, but also it frees the boss from being the playground monitor.

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What proportion of researchers in the country where you live are women? Explore our interactive map to find out.   It might be that you live in a nation where the figure looks promising, at least on the face of it. In Thailand, for example, nearly 86 per cent of researchers are women. But if these posts are poorly paid, is that a good thing? Or perhaps you live in one of the many countries — including swathes of the Pacific islands and chunks of Africa — where data is unavailable.

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Starting a business this summer? After deciding to form a corporation or LLC, you also need to consider which state you plan to incorporate in: Do you want to incorporate where you live (also known as home state incorporation)? Or incorporate in another state like Delaware or Nevada?

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You pick up the phone, and BAM! You’re blindsided. The person on the other end of the line wants to buy your business.

You freeze. You don’t want to say the wrong thing.

Your mind races.

What am I supposed to do now? Are my ducks in a row? Am I prepared to get what I think this is worth? What is this business worth? Is it worth anything?

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