A glittering page of history will turn on Thursday with the sale of the estate of Hélène Rochas, the celebrated Parisian beauty and jet-set fixture who helped turn the house of Rochas into a perfume powerhouse.   THIS ARTICLE IS FREE   BUT MOST ARE NOT – GET ALL OF OUR EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AND MORE FREE PREVIEW     The widow of couturier Marcel Rochas died last year, leaving behind a vast collection of art and antiques that will be auctioned off at Christie’s in Paris.     Highlights include a painting by Balthus valued at $4.1 million to $6.7 million; four portraits of Hélène Rochas by Andy Warhol; paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Edouard Vuillard and Ben Nicholson, and a plethora of 18th- and 19th-century furniture and objects.     Her son François and daughter Sophie have separately put on the block her 4,300-square-foot apartment, with a private garden filled with white flowers, on Rue Barbet-de-Jouy in the French capital’s 7th arrondissement — a stone’s throw from the residence formerly shared by Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé.     The apartment, which came to symbolize the height of Parisian elegance and taste, is lavishly depicted in the…
LinkedIn is a network for connecting professionals across the globe. Despite the changes in the social media arena, LinkedIn has thrived, growing tremendously at a rate of two new users per second. The network has over 175 million registered users in 200 countries around the globe.   LinkedIn is a way for individuals and businesses to connect professionally, hence enabling the user to use the network as a tool for growing their business connections for furthering their careers. LinkedIn is a versatile medium for professional social networking therefore it’s necessary to understand its dynamics before getting started. Here are seven aspects which will help you to explore the medium’s potential to its maximum in order to aid your business's growth and to make the most out of it.   Company Profile Company profile is a brief introduction to your business; a sort of fan page to which others can subscribe. It includes a description of your business, services, expertise, experience and contact information. A completed company profile is very important in order to give the most information about your services to any potential clients and/or contacts. Group Subscriptions This feature allows you to subscribe to different groups that relate to…
 Nicholas Carlson/Business Insider FBSep 21 10:12AM 22.71 Change +0.12 % Change +0.53% See Also BII REPORT: How To Make Mobile And Social Work Fortune 500 Companies Are Being Grilled About Whether They're Protecting You From Hackers The 15 Richest People In Tech Facebook is in full-on pitch mode, trying to get its ad revenue growth accelerating again. To that end, it flew ad products boss Gokul Rajaram from California to New York to speak at a conference this morning put on by AdExchanger. Throughout his presentation, Rajaram kept putting up slides listing "common mistakes" people trying to market their brands and products on Facebook make. One way to interpret the list was as a list of things Facebook believes marketers who say Facebook suck keep doing and should stop doing. So here goes: Acquiring low-quality fans through incentives or gimmicks.  Rajaram said it's very important for brands to have a well-maintained brand page that has fans, but that those fans shouldn't be fans because of tricks. Focusing on pure quantity of fan acquisition. The point of having fans is that they are supposed to amplify your brand messaging. If focus on getting a huge horde of fans that don't actually care about a brand's products or…
Aaron Greenspan, a Harvard acquaintance of Mark Zuckerberg's, has published never-before-seen IMs allegedly written by Greenspan and Facebook's co-founder over a six-month period in 2004. The IMs cover a range of topics including Facebook's launch, its similarity to Greenspan's company, HouseSYSTEM, and Zuckerberg's high school friend and Quora co-founder, Adam D'Angelo. Greenspan says he found the IMs last week while hunting for information about Charlie Cheever, Quora's recently departed co-founder, from his junior year of college. "It turns out that my 'Other folder' contained some of the most important legal evidence regarding the origins of Facebook, Inc. that I had been trying to find for years, but without much success." Greenspan writes. Greenspan has long been at odds with Zuckerberg. When Zuckerberg tried to trademark the word "Facebook" in 2009, Greenspan opposed him. The pair reached a settlement. Greenspan later sued "The Social Network" movie producers, claiming he should have been included in the story of Facebook's history. For years, Greenspan has been trying to show how Mark Zuckerberg wronged him. "Mark has a pattern of pathologically lying to people," Greenspan tells Business Insider. "It's not just me, it's not just the Winklevosses, it's not just Adam, not just Eduardo. It…
Would you want to be remembered most for the money you made or the money you gave away? These 12 "Titans of Philanthropy," who grace the cover of Forbes magazine for its 30th annual Forbes 400 issue, which ranks the richest people in the world, have clearly chosen the latter path.  The portrait, taken by Forbes contributing photographer Michael Prince in the Trustees Room of the New York Public Library, captures a dozen people who represent a breathtaking amount of wealth -- and good will -- all in one room: not less than $126 billion in net worth for this esteemed bunch of philanthropists, including Oprah Winfrey, who stands over Warren Buffett and Bill Gates like a ministering angel. Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen sits on the lap of her husband, Marc Andreessen, and rocker philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi lounges on the rug. The occasion of the photo was the first-ever Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy on June 26, a gathering of 161 billionaires and near billionaires who, when they're not making pots of money, work on solving the world's most intractable problems. But even among such a rarefied group, these 12 stood, as Randall Lane of Forbes put it, "a notch above." The behind-the-scenes video of the cover…
18 Sep 2012
After flirting with it during the trading day, Apple broke through and hit $700 in after-market trading this afternoon.   The stock was driven by Apple announcing that it got 2 million pre-orders for the iPhone 5, the most pre-orders for an iPhone ever and double the previous record of 1 million for the iPhone 4S.   Later in the afternoon, Gene Munster said at the worst he thinks Apple sells 6 million iPhone 5s during its first weekend of sales. More likely, he's anticipating 8 million sold, which would double last year's opening weekend iPhone sales.   Source: Business Insider   Miami City Social      
Phillis Oeters, new Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce chief, wants the business group to help Miami-Dade companies get into the political game.   In this election year, South Florida’s largest business group now has a political junkie at the top. Phillis Oeters, vice president of government relations at the Baptist Health hospital system, took over this summer as chairwoman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Her work at Baptist puts her on the frontlines of politics as she protects Baptist’s interests at all levels of government. Now the rotating volunteer Chamber chair post gives Oeters a chance to press her pet projects at the industry group, and she’s focusing on putting the Chamber even more into local politics. A major idea: set up a political “hobnob” event — a sort of trade show where politicians could mingle with Chamber members. “A lot of people feel their legislators are unapproachable,’’ Oeters said. “The common people and business leaders don’t have as much access to elected officials as they did in the past.” Oeters is a frequent donor to a range of Florida and national leaders (then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Iowa’s Republican Senator Charles Grassley). She was up past midnight on…
At least 50 Shades richer: How EL James made £20million in 18 months Eighteen months ago no one had heard of Londoner Erika Leonard – or EL James to use her pseudonym – but the woman who invented “mummy porn” is now raking in almost £1million a week. Yes, that’s £1million a week. So, how did she do it? Last month ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ became the best-selling book in Britain of all time. More astonishing is that it began as a “self-published” book, a route to market traditionally taken by less-talented authors who failed to secure a publishing deal. James’ story goes to show that the enhanced royalty rates offered by self-publishing can mean successful writers can end up very rich very quickly. James, a TV executive and married mother-of-two, began writing erotic stories in 2009 when she posted ‘Twilight’ fan fiction online. Originally titled “Master of the Universe” under the pen name Snowqueen’s Icedragon, the stories featured Twilight characters Edward Cullen and Bella Swan. As the stories became more erotic James removed the work from fan fiction sites and published them on her own website. These stories became ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ and sequels ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and…
Facebook A Fad, Say Half Of Americans In New Poll Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network's initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network's expected asking price is too high. The company Mark Zuckerberg created as a Harvard student eight years ago is preparing for what looks to be the biggest Internet IPO ever. Expected later this week, Facebook's Wall Street debut could value the company at $100 billion, making it worth more than Disney, Ford and Kraft Foods. That's testament to the impressive numbers Facebook has posted in its relatively brief history. More than 40 percent of American adults log in to the site _to share news, personal observations, photos and more_ at least once a week. In all, some 900 million people around the world are users. Facebook's revenue grew from $777 million in 2009 to $3.7 billion last year. And in the first quarter of 2012 it was more than $1 billion. Just a third of those surveyed think the company's expected value is appropriate, while 50 percent say it is…
23 May 2012
  The NEW City of Miami Trolley The City of Miami will inaugurate its new Trolley service for the Health and Stadium District on March 1, 2012. The service will run approximately every 15 minutes from 6:30 am to 11 pm, Monday through Saturday. The Health District Trolley route will travel around the district between NW 7th Avenue and NW 14th Avenue and NW 14th Street and NW 20th Street. In late spring the City of Miami will expand the service to include an additional loop along Brickell Drive and Biscayne Boulevard serving the downtown area and an additional loop connecting the Health District and Overtown. Miami Trolley
Sam Nazarian, the Los Angeles restaurant and hotel owner, plans to open a Hyde nightclub at the Miami Heat’s AmericanAirlines Arena as sports venues expand their entertainment offerings. Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Group LLC, owner of Katsuya restaurants and the luxury-lodging chain SLS, expects to open the club in partnership with the Heat Group in time for the next National Basketball Association season. The club will feature multiple bars, lounge areas, flat-screen televisions and a private dining room. SBE, which received a $35 million infusion from billionaire Thomas J. Barrack Jr.’s Colony Capital LLC last year, is in talks with other arenas as more sports venues seek to increase revenue by broadening their appeal. The new $634 million Marlins Park baseball stadium, also in Miami, has a nightclub called the Clevelander and two 450-gallon aquariums embedded in the walls behind home plate. “Arenas want to bring in the next level of experience, such as a nightlife component,” Nazarian, founder and chief executive officer of SBE, said in an interview. “Old arenas like Madison Square Garden The 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) club will have its own entrance and accommodate 200 people, Nazarian said. Admission would be free for game- and concert-goers, and patrons without…
Two Cuban actors starring in a film about defectors have disappeared en route from Cuba to a showing at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Javier Nunez Florian and Analin de la Rua de la Torre, both 20, who star in the film Una Noche, disappeared at Miami airport. Though their fate is unknown, the pair are assumed to have defected. The film depicts three Cuban teenagers trying to escape the poverty of their homeland to begin a new life in Miami. The film's producer, Havana-based Sandy Perez Aguila, said that he last saw the pair at Miami airport during a stopover en route to New York. They failed to turned up at the departure gate but he was unable to report them officially missing until they had been gone for 24 hours. 'Difficult choices' Mr Aguila told the Los Angeles Times on Monday that when he arrived in New York, he opened their suitcases and found them empty. "It was very strange," he said. "We had no conversation about defection on the plane from Havana, or at any other time. They were just excited to come to New York for the premiere." Director Lucy Mulloy said she was…
The US president has described US Secret Service agents caught up in the Colombia sex scandal as "knuckleheads". Speaking at a recording of an NBC chat show Mr Obama said the vast majority of Secret Service agents performed their duties with no hint of controversy. He described the country's Secret Service agents as "incredible". A total of eight agents have resigned after being involved in a night with alleged prostitutes while working in Colombia for a pan-American summit. Two other agents will face administrative action after being cleared of serious misconduct and one has had security clearance revoked.'Will not hesitate' "These guys are incredible. They protect me. They protect Michelle. They protect the girls. They protect our officials all around the world," Mr Obama said while recording the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon television show. "A couple of knuckleheads shouldn't detract from what they do. What these guys were thinking, I don't know. That's why they're not there any more." In a statement, the US Secret Service said the latest measures meant that all 12 of the agents involved in the night out in Cartagena, Colombia, had now been disciplined. "At this point, all 12 have either been cleared of…
The economy has fallen into its second recession since the financial crisis after a shock contraction at the start of 2012, heaping pressure on Prime Minister David Cameron's government as it reels from a series of political missteps.   Britain's Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition has seen its support crumble after weeks of criticism over unpopular tax measures in last month's budget, and is under further pressure from revelations about its close links with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.   With local elections taking place on May 3, there could hardly be worse timing for Wednesday's news from the Office for National Statistics that Britain's gross domestic product fell 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2012 on top of a 0.3 percent decline at the end of 2011.   Most economists had expected Britain's economy to eke out modest growth in early 2012, but these forecasts were upset by the biggest fall in construction output in three years, coupled with a slump in financial services and oil and gas extraction.   The slump in construction and anaemic services growth contradicted more upbeat news from business surveys, prompting many economists to voice doubts about the quality of the official data and echoing those…
Amanda Knox, the American student convicted and then cleared of murdering Briton Meredith Kercher, has reportedly signed a £2.5m book deal in the US.Following a "heated" bidding war, publishing giant HarperCollins announced the as-yet untitled memoir would appear in the shops early next year.The firm said 24-year-old Knox will give a "full and unflinching" account of the events surrounding her arrest and trial.She and her then Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were sentenced to 26 and 25 years respectively for the murder of Miss Kercher in the Italian city of Perugia in 2007.They spent four years in prison before being freed in October.Prosecutors in Italy this week launched a high court appeal against their release.They maintain the couple murdered fellow student Miss Kercher , 21, slitting her throat and stabbing her repeatedly when she refused to take part in a sex orgy.A third defendant, Ivorian Rudy Guede , remains in jail after being found guilty of sexually assaulting and stabbing Miss Kercher in a separate trial.Miss Kercher's half-naked body was found in the apartment she shared with Miss Knox in Perugia .Knox initially told police that bar owner Patrick Lumumba, who employed her as a part-time waitress, was responsible for the…
More deaths have been reported from the cold snap across Europe, which has already claimed more than 200 lives.Ukraine continues to be hardest hit, with another nine deaths overnight. Officials say 131 have now died, most of them homeless people, and 1,800 people have been taken to hospital.Eight people died in Poland overnight, police say, bringing the toll to 53.Transport hubs have also been hit, with London's Heathrow airport expecting to run only 50% of services on Sunday. At least four have died in France since the Arctic spell began and 43 departments in France have been put on alert for "exceptional" weather conditions.The Italian capital Rome has seen its heaviest snowfall in more than 25 years, with runs on essential goods at supermarkets reported."The snow is beautiful, but let's hope spring comes soon,'' Pope Benedict XVI told the small number of pilgrims who braved the cold to go to St Peter's Square.The Italian national rail operator is facing class action lawsuits after hundreds of people were trapped in trains due to the weather, AFP news agency reports.Three helicopters were being used over eastern Bosnia on Sunday to deliver food and pick up people who needed evacuation.A state of emergency…
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