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This Futuristic Water Bottle Is an Edible, Gelatinous Blob
March 20, 2015

In the future, rehydrating on the go might not mean chugging from a bottle, but inhaling a gelatinous, edible blob that looks like water floating on the space station.

That's the messed-up vision of the folks at London's Skipping Rocks Lab, anyway. They've devised a method for home cooks to whip up servings of water encased in algae-based gel. People consume the squishy balls by biting them and sucking out the liquid or—if they have great gag reflexes—swallowing them like oysters. (Better have a friend who knows the Heimlich present.)

The H2O orbs are called Ooho!, perhaps from...

T.J. Maxx Pulls 'Hang Loose' Noose T-shirt
March 19, 2015

An outraged customer took to Twitter to complain about an offensive T-shirt on the racks at a Florida retailer Monday, a move that got the shirt removed from stores.

What's Inside the Giant Swag Bag That Every Attendee at TED Receives?
March 19, 2015

"Well, it looks like all the Apple Watches and BMWs are gone," an attendee shouted in line as I waited to pick up a gift bag at TED.

She was laughing with mock disappointment, but she had a point.

The freebies distributed at most conferences hardly warrant a stop. (You can keep your stress balls and USB drives preloaded with marketing videos.) At this festival of big ideas, where people pay $8,500 to attend, the gifts are so extravagant that they fill a room.

Home Office Tax Deductibility 101—What You Can and Cannot Write Off
March 19, 2015

Taxpayers tend to shy away from taking the home office deduction, assuming that they will be targeted for increased scrutiny from the IRS. That is certainly possible, especially if your deductions are unusually large—but if you truly were entitled to the deduction, why wouldn’t you take it?

Assuming you reviewed IRS Publication 587, “Business Use of Your Home,” and determined that you qualify, what are the home office expenses you can write off? They are covered in IRS Form 8829, “Expenses for Business Use of Your Home” and the corresponding instructions.

6 Ways to Be an Effective Leader
March 19, 2015

One of the greatest challenges of starting a new company is convincing employees, vendors, clients and talent to entrust their futures to an organization with an untested track record. A good leader will steer the company in the right direction, while bestowing confidence in people they work with and hope to work with, making that leap of faith a little less daunting.

When I founded Polis Books, I faced the challenge of attracting distribution, vendors and talent to an unproven organization.

Avoid 'March Madness' Legal Action from NCAA
March 18, 2015

Some business owners might see the March Madness hype as an advertising tool for their business—but they should be careful, unless they want a letter from the NCAA.