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11 tips that will land you a job at a small companyOpen in a New Window


This article is part of DBA, a new series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

If you’re hoping for a job at a business like the one I cofounded — Of a Kind, where a team of four sells the pieces and tells the stories of emerging designers — then here’s something you should know: The hiring process is very different from that of a company with a massive human resources division. So how do you get yourself noticed and employed? Below are 11 things that will make you stand out.

1. Pitch yourself right out of the gate

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Dueling hashtags of dissent as protesters march in New York following NYPD shootingOpen in a New Window


Tensions between some police supporters and anti-police brutality protesters have reached new heights following the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, on Saturday.

The situation has led to increased debate on social media around the issue of U.S. police and their interactions with the community, a discussion that grew into dueling hashtags on Twitter on Sunday, as some mourned and others marched in New York City

Many of those focused on offering condolences to the families of the fallen officers, as well as those arguing against the ongoing marches, have adopted the #BlueLivesMatter hashtag on Twitter, a phrase that appears to repurpose the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag construction that gained popularity in recent weeks Read more...

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Sony wants 'The Interview' out soon, but on Crackle? Not so fastOpen in a New Window


LOS ANGELES — Sony is hellbent on releasing The Interview as soon as it's able, but reports that the battered studio is debuting the movie on its free online streaming service Crackle are false, Mashable has learned.

Sony considers The Interview to be merely delayed, David Boies, a lawyer for the studio, told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd on Saturday afternoon.

"It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet. But it's going to be distributed," he said.

SEE ALSO: A complete recap of 'The Interview,' the movie Sony may never show you

Earlier on Saturday, the New York Post reported that The Interview would be offered on Crackle, but a person with direct knowledge of the studio's thinking told Mashable that report was premature, adding that many factors and options are being weighed at the moment.

Sony maintains it pulled the film from its Christmas Day slot only after the major movie theaters decided en masse not to show it. Boies said the company is "fighting" to release the film some way, while also keeping the safety of the public a top priority Read more...

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NYPD cop killer told passers-by to 'follow him on Instagram' moments before shootingOpen in a New Window


Moments before shooting dead two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday, Ismaaiyl Brinsley told two passers-by to follow him on Instagram and said "watch what I am going to do."

Brinsley also took a Bolt bus to New York from the Baltimore area on the morning of the attack, arriving on Manhattan's west side around 10:15 a.m.

The new details of the attack emerged during a NYPD press briefing on Sunday afternoon where investigator began to paint a picture of the hours before the attack. NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that while Baltimore Police had faxed a wanted post of Brinsley to the department, it came in just one minute before the attack. According to Boyce, the fax arrived at 2:46 p.m. EST and "a minute later is the homicide." Read more...

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Police departments across the U.S. display 'mourning bands' to support NYPDOpen in a New Window


Following Saturday's murders of two police officers in New York, dozens of police departments across the U.S. have sent messages of support to the NYPD.

The New York Police Department changed its Twitter profile photo on Saturday night to an image of a police badge with a black "mourning band" around it


Screen shot of @NYPDNews Twitter account

Image: Twitter @NYPDnews

NYPD precincts and other departments followed suit. Some, such as Los Angeles Police Department officers, wore the black mourning bands in solidarity with the NYPD. Read more...

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North Korea accuses U.S. of helping produce 'The Interview,' issues warningsOpen in a New Window


North Korea is accusing the U.S. government of having direct involvement in the production of The Interview. Kim Jong-un's regime also made what appeared to be threats against the White House and Pentagon.

In a statement published Sunday on state-run news site Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea's Policy Department of the National Defence Commission described a "counteraction" plan that hints its government is capable of more than derailing "just a single movie production."

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Florida police officer shot and killed after responding to noise complaintOpen in a New Window


A Florida police officer was shot and killed in Tarpon Springs early Sunday morning after responding to a 911 call for a noise complaint.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office reportedly said in a statement that the shooting occurred around 3 a.m., local time, in the city 36 miles north of Tampa Bay. It added that a suspect had been taken into custody.

The Tarpon Springs Police Department identified the victim as 45-year-old Charles Kondek, a 17-year veteran of the local police department. Originally from New York, Kondek previously served on the New York City Police Department for more than five years, authorities said. Read more...

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Video shows emergency response moments after New York police murdersOpen in a New Window


A new video shows the aftermath of the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers, who were killed in New York City Saturday, in what officials called an "execution style" assassination. The attack, carried out by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, took place in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.

The footage (see above), taken from a nearby apartment on the corner of Tompkins and Myrtle Avenues in Brooklyn, shows the massive emergency response immediately following the attack. Moments after the shooting, dozens of emergency responders arrived at the grisly scene. Some can be seen performing CPR on the victims Read more...

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Critics slam New York Mayor Bill de Blasio in wake of police murdersOpen in a New Window


The war of words has begun against New York Mayor Bill de Blasio following Saturday's murders of two NYPD police officers, who were shot "execution style" in their patrol car in broad daylight.

Critics have slammed de Blasio in the wake of the attack, with some blaming the mayor, following his response to recent protests against police brutality in the city.

Since the start of large-scale protests demonstrating against a Staten Island grand jury's decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, tensions have been mounting between de Blasio and New York police unions, among others. Read more...

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Elton John got married and posted the photos on InstagramOpen in a New Window


Longtime partners Elton John and David Furnish have officially tied the knot.

The couple, who formerly had a civil partnership in 2005, shared photos of their Sunday nuptials on social media, using the hashtag #ShareTheLove. Together for the past 21 years, the couple has two sons together: Zachary, 3, and Elijah, 1.

The ceremony and reception are playing out in real-time on social media, with John and his guests uploading photos throughout the day. Celebrity attendees include the Beckham family and singer Ed Sheeran. The wedding ceremony took place at the couple's Windsor estate in Berkshire, England. Read more...

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New video shows Boko Haram killing captivesOpen in a New Window


MAIDUGURI, Nigeria — A new video from Nigeria's homegrown Boko Haram extremists shows gunmen mowing down civilians lying face down in a dorm, and a leader saying they are being killed because they are "infidels" or non-believers.

In the video, there are so many corpses that the gunmen have difficulty stepping to reach bodies still twitching with life. Most appear to be adult men.

"We have made sure the floor of this hall is turned red with blood, and this is how it is going to be in all future attacks and arrests of infidels," the group leader says in a message. "From now, killing, slaughtering, destructions and bombing will be our religious duty anywhere we invade." Read more...

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13 fun holiday crafts to DIY with kidsOpen in a New Window


When kids are home from school for winter break, they're bound to get bored and restless

Keep them occupied and active with easy holiday craft projects they can do themselves or with the help of an adult.

From jingling ornaments and salt dough cutouts to paper trees and cardboard gingerbread men, there's a DIY for every age and crafting ability

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Life-sized Cristiano Ronaldo statue is wearing some very tight shortsOpen in a New Window


A statue of Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled on Sunday in Madeira, Portugal, the island where the star soccer player grew up. And it's ... something.

The statue, pictured below, depicts Ronaldo in some extremely body-hugging shorts.

Cristiano Ronaldo's statue was unveiled in Madeira today. It's... well, look at

— Alexandre Queirós (@alexqueiros) December 21, 2014

Some on Twitter pointed out that the statue seems to depict a bulge in the soccer player's shorts

@ThatsWaq @SteffanM the bulge literally deters from anything else. is this intentional?!

— Paddy (@_Paddy_White_) December 21, 2014

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Kristen Wiig crashes Amy Adams' 'SNL' monologueOpen in a New Window


Kristen Wiig knows how to crash a monologue in style

During Amy Adams' Saturday Night Live opening, Wiig made a grand entrance, carried in by her crew of Christmas hunks. The former SNL cast member stopped by to coach Adams on how to excite audience members with a Christmas-themed musical number

How does Wiig jazz it up? By dancing with her Christmas hunks, throwing in some maracas and awkwardly doing the splits — twice. Watch it all go down, below:

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Emotional scenes in New York as police mourn two of their ownOpen in a New Window


New York is a city in mourning following the violent shooting deaths of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday.

Two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, were shot in their patrol car in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in broad daylight on Saturday afternoon.

NYPD Officers Shot

Image: Mark Lennihan/Associated Press

In a statement released by the White House late Saturday night, U.S. President Barack Obama condemned the killings, and urged people to remain peaceful in the wake of the attack. Obama is currently on vacation in Hawaii for the holidays. Read more...

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11 last-minute DIY Christmas treesOpen in a New Window


A real Christmas tree that's cut from the woods and installed in your home, requires time to care for. And a fake one, while less likely to set your house on fire, calls for yearly dusting and a complicated set up

For those who just don't care to assemble a traditional tree, there are holiday alternatives that may be better suited for your needs

Consider these alternative trees geared toward beach-lovers, bookworms, serious recyclers and more.

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Dr. Evil is frickin' pissed about North Korea's Sony hackOpen in a New Window


Of course Dr. Evil is friends with Kim Jong-un

Mike Myers stopped by Saturday Night Live to reprise his villainous character from the Austin Powers series

Naturally, Dr. Evil is frickin' pissed about the massive Sony hack, and is angry at both Sony and North Korea for giving "evil organizations a bad name." So, he hijacks a TV channel currently playing a very somber Christmas special with Sam Smith (featuring cast member Taran Killam doing a bang-up impression) to gripe about it

"It's like watching two bald men fight over a comb. Who cares?" Dr. Evil groans

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Subscription boxes have just gotten way out of controlOpen in a New Window


It's understandable. People like getting mail. But the subscription box industry — those startups that periodically ship a "curated" collection of products to your doorstep — has become insane. Companies pop up almost every week, targeting every imaginable demographic, from stepmoms to rock collectors. Late in November, a company called OuiPlease ($150 for each monthly shipment) introduced a box that offers a "selection of the finest Parisian products," such as cheap jewelry and chocolate. There's also HeavenSent ($32.50, monthly), which sends "beautiful Christian inspired" women's tops, and Dive Bar Shirt Club ($22, monthly), offering T-shirts from "unusual" bars across America. Read more...

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'Serial' is on to suspicious Santa Claus in 'SNL' parodyOpen in a New Window


It was always tough to believe in Santa Claus.

That’s what makes him a perfect case for Serial host Sarah KoenigSaturday Night Live parodied the popular crime podcast to tackle the story of a little boy who wakes up on Christmas morning to find his dream toy under the tree. But if his mom didn't do it, who did? Santa

Cast member Cecily Strong does a nearly perfect Koenig impression. She interviews the boy's mom, Christmas elves and Kris Kringle himself — who's calling in from jail

SNL got everything down perfectly: Koenig’s conversational tone, Mail Kimp, the Nisha call. Now maybe this will tide us over until Season 2 of Serial. Read more...

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Genetic study shows how much America really is a melting potOpen in a New Window


Many Americans who identify as European actually carry African ancestry just as many Americans who identify as African carry European ancestry, finds an extensive new genetic analysis.

DNA tells no lies, so the findings, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, reveal just what a melting pot of different racial and ethnic groups exists in the United States.

"Our study not only reveals the historical underpinnings of regional differences in genetic ancestry, but also sheds light on the complex relationships between genetic ancestry and self-identified race and ethnicity," study author Katarzyna Bryc of 23andMe and Harvard Medical School said in a press release. Read more...

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Sony hackers apparently mock the FBI; Anonymous threatens more hacksOpen in a New Window


Guardians of Peace, the group that hacked Sony Pictures in late November and released a trove of the company's corporate data to the public, apparently has a new message, this time directed to the FBI

The message cynically "praises" the FBI's investigation into the hack, with a link to a video that repeats the phrase "You are an idiot" over and over again

The message reads:

The result of investigation by FBI is so excellent that you might have seen what we were doing with your own eyes.
We congratulate you success.
FBI is the BEST in the world.

You will find the gift for FBI at the following address.

Enjoy!

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D'Angelo's 'Black Messiah' is a protest album for the agesOpen in a New Window


Some messiahs take their time

It took 14 years, but D'Angelo's third album, Black Messiah, finally landed on Dec. 15. And its timing is impeccable

The politically charged record dropped in the middle of unrest over police brutality, particularly the killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Activists have led street-sweeping protests, calling for reform against decades of minority deaths at the hands of cops. Crowds chanting "Black lives matter!" and "I can't breathe!" have shut down major highways and bridges, disrupting everyday life

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6 inspiring mantras to help you master work-life balanceOpen in a New Window


As CEO of eight different companies, it’s become a conscious decision for me to maintain a positive work-life balance. Over the last 20 years of entrepreneurship, I’ve learned that the key to maintaining this balance is managing my time efficiently; to help myself and my fellow entrepreneurs achieve this, I created Taskworld, an online task management program

To further help balance work and my personal life, I abide by the following six mantras, which I encourage everyone to follow. These simple tips have helped me stay productive while still enjoying life to the fullest Read more...

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Orkut, we hardly knew ye: 10 tech products we lost in 2014Open in a New Window


Every year, the tech industry brings us unexpected surprises and long-predicted changes, and among those ups and downs are usually a few endings to some of our favorite technology products.

This year was no different, with some of the biggest names in tech shuttering products and services beloved by many, and even a few successful upstarts deciding to call it a career and close up shop.

Perhaps the biggest ending of the year, and maybe even the decade, was Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP. The move effectively left millions of users around the planet wondering whether they should fend for themselves, find an alternative or surrender and begin using Windows 8.1. Read more...

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Aussie comedian brilliantly parodies 'Humans of New York'Open in a New Window


"Humans of New York" took the world by storm for showcasing captivating stories about, well, the humans of New York

But not everyone who wants to be on the popular blog gets their wish

Enter Australian comedian and TV personality Hamish Blake who, on a recent trip to New York City, was forced to take matters into his own hands when he couldn't grab the attention of the official HONY photographer.

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Woman, 37, charged with murder of eight children in Cairns suburbOpen in a New Window


A 37-year-old woman has been charged with murder for allegedly stabbing and killing eight children in a house in the Cairns suburb of Manoora on Friday, local time.

The woman, who was not identified by police in a statement released Sunday afternoon, was charged with eight counts of murder

D/Insp Asnicar: Post mortoms are still being conducted, around 100 statements have been taken#Manoora

— QPS Media Unit (@QPSmedia) December 20, 2014

She is the mother of seven of the eight children, who range in age from 18 months and 15 years old. She is an aunt to one of the children. She was arrested Saturday. Read more...

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Hundreds of police brutality protesters disrupt holiday mall shoppersOpen in a New Window


Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota on Saturday, forcing parts of the building to close and ignoring the mall's warnings that the protest could result in arrests.

At the height of holiday shopping season, similar demonstrations were planned at malls across the country Saturday, including Philadelphia's King of Prussia Mall and shopping centers in Cleveland, Atlanta and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The events are part of the protests that have swept the nation in response to a spate of police killings of unarmed black males.

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New York Mayor: 2 NYPD officers assassinated 'execution style'Open in a New Window


UPDATED 10:50 p.m. ET

The two officers killed in Brooklyn Saturday were assassinated "execution style" by 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton said during an evening press conference at Woodhull Hospital, where the injured officers were taken after the shooting

"Today two of New York's finest were shot and killed with no warning, no provocation. They were quite simply assassinated, targeted for their uniform," Bratton said.

Officers, possibly hundreds, standing at attention as the body's of two fallen officers are escorted from hospital

— Dan Bowens (@danbowensfox5) December 21, 2014

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New Ray Rice footage shows handcuffed couple kissing after elevator punchOpen in a New Window


A surveillance video that surfaced Friday reveals more footage of the night Ray Rice knocked his now-wife Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator. In the video, Rice and a tearful Palmer are seen kissing after both were put in handcuffs and arrested

The nearly 45 minutes of casino security footage, obtained by ABC News, shows the events immediately following the elevator assault

ABC released two minutes of the video (see below), which begins with hotel employees warning Rice to stay away from Palmer, his then-fiancée. A visibly shaken Palmer is then seen crying, as casino staffers give her first aid, while Rice is kept at a distance. ABC reported that the footage shows Palmer physically pushing Rice immediately following the assault, but this is not shown in the two-minute clip. Read more...

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Uber apologizes after South African singer accuses driver of sexual harassmentOpen in a New Window


Uber's bad PR streak continues.

Nikki Williams, a South African singer-songwriter, tweeted on Saturday that she had reported an Uber driver for sexual harassment after he allegedly tried to "grab and kiss" Williams in her driveway.

Just reported my Uber driver for sexual Harrassment. He tried to grab & kiss on me in my own driveway. Fought him off and ran inside#WTF

— Nikki Williams (@nikkiwilliams) December 20, 2014

Uber said it has since deactivated the driver, and apologized for the incident

“Uber has zero tolerance for this behavior, and we apologize to Ms. Williams for this terrible experience. We immediately deactivated the driver, and have begun an investigation,” Kaitlin Durkosh, a spokesperson for Uber, told Mashable. Read more...

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