The Best Articles We’ve Read This Week: The Feb 27 HitList

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Every Some Fridays The Daily Anchor offers up the best articles we’ve read all week. Most are recent, some are old, but hopefully they’ll all be useful, interesting or entertaining. The list isn’t huge and it isn’t exhaustive, because if it were there’d be no chance you’d read them all.

We invite you to email us throughout the week to share any articles you think should make the cut and we’ll consider them for inclusion.

1. Apple launches Safari 4

Safari 4 just launched, and Apple claims it’s now the world’s fastest browser and the faster renderer of Javascript, with rendering speeds 30 times faster than Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 7 and three times faster than Mozilla’s Firefox 3.

Long ago I abandoned Safari in favor of Firefox, but I think it’s time to dust it off and upgrade to check it out. I must say, though, that despite all the new features I don’t see myself abandoning my plugin-packed Firefox for a shiny new interface. Time will tell.

It has a host of other new features, including ‘Top Sites’, which shows users the most frequently visited Web pages, ‘Full History Search’ for searching through not only the URLs and titles of visited pages, but also the complete text within the page itself, and incorporates Apple’s Cover Flow for browsing bookmarks, in the same way album art can be browsed in iTunes.

Hit up the download page here.

2. Smoothing Your Way to Self Employment

via the NY Times, an article that weighs the attractiveness of self-employment.

3. Some Things to Keep in Mind Whether You’re Employed or Unemployed

The Wall Street Journal published some excellent tips on how to weather layoffs while you’re working, when the layoff announcement comes down, in the first 6 months of unemployment, and 6 months and beyond

4. Top 10 networking sites for finding a job

Mashable compiled the list, you can read it here. There were actually a few sites I hadn’t heard of. I recommend you steer clear of #9, though: JobFox. I used it in 2007 and found it to be built on an exceptionally attractive and revolutionary platform, and yet a disasterous waste of time and resources, and about as successful as handing out your business card at a soup kitchen.

5. CNBC Replays its Reporters Tirade

On Thursday of last week, CNBC uploaded a televised rant by Rick Santelli about President Obama’s plans to address the housing crisis, and by Sunday it had been viewed nearly 1.7 million times, making it CNBC.com’s most popular video clip ever.

By doing so, the network injected the reporter’s opinions publicly, and the widely replayed video clip even provoked a response from the White House the next day.

Mr. Santelli is normally a strait-laced newsman; he has reported live from the Chicago Board of Trade for 10 years. But in an appearance on the morning show “Squawk Box” on Thursday, he suggested a “Chicago Tea Party” to protest the administration’s housing plans.

6. Pentagon ends photo ban on war dead return

It only took 8 years (the length of two Presidential terms, hmm…), but the Pentagon has lifted the ban on photographing and filming the return of the war dead to US soil. The policy was instituted in 2001 under the guise of respecting the dead, but I’ve long held that it was nothing more than a PR ploy; keep photos of the dead bodies of Americans out of the press and the Iraq war will ruffle far less feathers. If we don’t see pictures of dead Americans, then they didn’t really die, right? Good PR tactics, awful transparency, awful policy. Kudos to the Obama Administration for reversing the policy.

7. 51 Creative Business Cards That Will Make You Look Twice

Here’s a collection of 51 awesome business cards. A few are awful or impractical (um, your contact info on a razor blade? no,) but they’re all interesting.

8. Why Do CEOs Still Love Ayn Rand?

BNET’s Kim Girard discusses how Ayn Rand’s writings and philosophy have influenced many thought leaders and CEOs. I’m a fan of Ayn (that actually doesn’t rhyme, btw,) so give the article a read, but more importantly pick up one of her novels and give that a read. Atlas Shrugged is one of my all-time favorite books, and I enjoyed The Fountainhead but it didn’t have quite the same impact.

Here’s Girard’s quick summary of Rand’s Objectivist philosophy — which calls for facts over feelings, reason over mysticism, individual over state, and selfishness before altruism

  1. Reality is an objective absolute. Facts trump man’s feelings, wishes, hopes, and fears.
  2. Reason is the only way to perceive reality and the sole knowledge source. It is man’s only guide to action and means to survival.
  3. Every man exists for his own sake. Pursuit of his own rational self-interest and his own happiness is his life’s moral purpose.
  4. The ideal political-economic system is laissez-faire capitalism.

9. VIDEO: Here Comes Another Bubble v1.1 – The Richter Scales

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10. VIDEO: Matt Cutts on the State of the Index: Google search indexing in 2008 and 2009

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11. VIDEO: Seth Godin on social networking

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12. VIDEO: Motivating your team after layoffs

Layoffs can leave the surviving members of your team feeling unmotivated and afraid. Tanya Goodwin-Maslach, Executive Coach at Elevati Inc., suggests having an informal meeting to discuss the things employees are personally concerned about aside from the business. If you approach the meeting with a positive mindset, you can go a long way towards alleviating their fears.

13. VIDEO: The Credit Crisis Explained

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What about you?
Stumble across anything great lately?
Throughout the week, we invite you to email us any articles you think should make the cut and we’ll consider them for inclusion.

Image credits:

The HitList: MatchStick Productions
Self Employment: Sean Kelly

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