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This high-tech soccer jersey changes colors so fans of rival teams don’t beat you up

Jun 19, 2019

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Women’s World Cup fans don’t need this—yet.

When it comes to soccer, the fans at the Women’s World Cup are pretty civil. But head to, for instance, Argentina, and it’s a different story, as the intense rivalry between Boca Juniors and River Plate has erupted into violence on multiple occasions. They aren’t alone in their ardent support for their team: The Flamengo v. Fluminense game in Rio de Janeiro is known for zealous passion; Liverpool fans love to hate Manchester United; and let’s just say you would not want to be caught in a Roma jersey in Lazio territory when those two Italian teams face off.

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How an Ideo.org designer created a Yelp for refugees

Jun 19, 2019

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At Ideo.org, Jennifer Rose helped develop Kuja Kuja, a platform refugees can use to rate and suggest services. Now she’s Kuja Kuja’s global design director.

Jennifer Rose is the global design director of Kuja Kuja, a platform for tracking satisfaction ratings and ideas from refugees around the world. She spoke to Doreen Lorenzo for Designing Women, a series of interviews with brilliant women in the design industry.

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This skill makes you more employable, no matter the role

Jun 19, 2019

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An employer shares 7 ways to sharpen this skill and make yourself more attractive to recruiters.

I’ve found that one of the most interesting predictors of success is being a good writer—even if the job itself doesn’t require much writing. For this reason, I emphasize hiring good writers and encourage team members to prioritize writing skills. Almost every time I’ve broken the “hire good writers” rule, I’ve regretted it.

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This is the most poetic way to block your phone’s distracting notifications

Jun 19, 2019

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It’s like a Faraday cage, in the form of a beautiful stoneware bowl.

After staring at a screen all day, the last thing I want to do is look at my phone. But inevitably, the texts and notifications roll in, and it’s easy to get sucked into more screen time.

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Is it better to be happy, excited, or satisfied at work?

Jun 19, 2019

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For instance: Satisfaction is a great feeling, but it might take years at a job before you truly feel satisfied.

There are many different positive emotions: anticipatory emotions when you’re looking forward to something; momentary emotions when you achieve something wonderful; favorable emotions when you’re doing something fun. And then, there are sustained emotions that reflect an overall mood or state. But which type of emotion should you strive to feel at work? Is it better to be happy, excited, or satisfied?

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Must Hear TV? NBCUniversal uses “commercial innovations” to cut through the attention economy

Jun 19, 2019

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At this year’s Cannes Lion, NBCUniversal unveiled new strategies to help brands cut through the static.

Much has been said about the perilous state of the attention economy. Some have signaled its collapse, while many have declared it straight up dead. The salve for marketers against dwindling attention spans has always been creating an emotional connection with consumers—supplementing their experience with meaningful content and not being a mere distraction. But with global advertising spending estimated to swell to more than $616 billion this year, that’s a lot of meaningful static to cut through.

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Advice for startup newbies: Think big (but keep the lights on)

Jun 19, 2019

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Two ambitious and confident early-stage founders ask Maynard Webb for advice on next steps.

Editor’s Note: Each week, Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at dearfounder@fastcompany.com.

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Scientists are studying the dust inside homes. Here’s what they’re discovering

Jun 19, 2019

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You vacuum it, sweep it, and wipe it off your furniture. But do you know what it actually is—and how it may affect your health?

Don’t feel bad if you’re clueless about your dust. Scientists are not that far ahead of you in terms of understanding the sources and health risks of indoor air particles. That’s an issue, because people spend a lot of time indoors. Indeed, the average American stays within four walls for almost 90% of their day. So knowing more about how your indoor environment affects your health is vital.

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Want to learn to play piano? This innovative keyboard will teach you

Jun 19, 2019

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Roli’s first keyboard garnered a cult following among musicians. Now, the company is launching the world’s first modular instrument, aimed at beginners and pros alike.

Learning to play piano—or any instrument, for that matter—is difficult. It requires learning a totally new language, an understanding of music theory, and practicing for hours every day to sync your brain with your muscle memory. I should know: I badly play a Nord Piano 2 I bought years ago, a red 88-key beast that can exquisitely reproduce the sounds of a royal grand piano or a funky electric keyboard. Playing it is an amazing sensation, a pure joy—a joy that required sweat and tears over the years, beginning when I was in primary school.

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Need to break bad news to your investors? Here’s how to do it

Jun 19, 2019

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As a founder, odds are good that you’ll have to deliver your fair share of bad news.

Building a startup is not a good project for people easily deterred by setbacks. Between growing a customer base, hiring, managing and retaining talent, striving to meet quarterly objectives, and reporting to investors, startup life is unpredictable at best.

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Should zoos exist?

Jun 19, 2019

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Should the future of educating the public about exotic animals be in sanctuaries and virtual zoos, not places where animals are kept in cages?

The high-profile death of the gorilla Harambe, who was shot dead in 2016 at the Cincinnati Zoo after a young boy fell into his enclosure, sparked a massive outcry—and conversation—about what is still one of the most hotly contested debates involving animal welfare. Just this past weekend, activists turned up at the Bronx Zoo to demand the release of Happy the elephant, chanting in unison that “Happy is not happy.” Indeed, the idea that keeping animals in captivity is morally acceptable has long been questioned by those who argue that zoos infringe upon animals’ freedom. In recent years, an increase in research on the ethics of captivity has helped to dispel the misconception that critics of zoos are simply anthropomorphizing the animals they say they’re trying to help.

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The hologram concert revolution is here, whether you like it or not: Meet the company touring Whitney Houston and Buddy Holly

Jun 19, 2019

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Base Hologram has made its mission clear: create premium holographic shows. But will the ethical questions surrounding holograms keep it from success?

Coachella 2012 set the internet ablaze when Snoop Dogg closed out his headlining set by bringing out a “hologram” of the rapper Tupac Shakur. The reactions ranged from “creepy” to “astonishing”—but all entertainment veteran Martin Tudor could think was, “Now what?”

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Adult performers and models will protest over account removals at Instagram’s HQ today

Jun 19, 2019

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They say Instagram doesn’t provide clarity of why an account is removed, and removals seem to be arbitrary.

If you go past Instagram’s headquarters in Silicon Valley today, you’ll probably notice a large crowd of people outside protesting the company. Those people will likely be dozens of adult performers and models who are angry at what they say is Instagram’s confusing guidelines about nudity on the platform, reports the Guardian.

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This prominent MIT scientist wanted to bet his life by flying to the Moon

Jun 19, 2019

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The legendary scientist who helped design the navigation system that got us to the Moon wanted to be among the astronauts who made sure it got us there.

This is the 19th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day. 

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These 4 designers wear the same thing every day. Here’s how to copy their look

Jun 19, 2019

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“Having a uniform is not just better for you, because it saves you so much time in the morning, but it also means you don’t have to own as much.”

You’ve probably seen Sophia Amoruso in a fabulous gown at a red carpet event or launch party. As the founder of Girlboss, a global community and media company, she occasionally finds herself in situations where she needs to make a fashion statement. But if you bump into her at the office everyday, chance are you’ll find her in a simple, utilitarian jumpsuit. “And not the sexy kind,” she specifies. “The dungaree mechanic-style jumpsuit that screams IDGAF.”

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Twitter disables precise location tagging in tweets

Jun 19, 2019

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The company said people weren’t using the feature.

For years Twitter has given users the option of tagging their precise location, down to the exact latitude and longitude, in a tweet so their followers could know exactly where they were when they tweeted. Soon, that feature will be no more.

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Everything you need to know about the booming business of fighting food waste

Jun 19, 2019

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A new wave of companies is figuring out how to make new products from food that used to end up in the trash, from pulp popsicles to beer bread. Here are 20 to watch.

The label on a bottle of the cold-pressed juice Wtrmln Wtr doesn’t mention food waste. But the problem was the inspiration for the company, which launched six years ago. When the founders learned that hundreds of millions of pounds of watermelon stayed in fields to rot because the fruit was judged too unattractive for sale in supermarkets, they decided to create a product that could help avoid that waste. The juice is now available nationally, and the company is growing 30% year-over-year.

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This Gmail pro tip will change how you think about your inbox

Jun 19, 2019

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With a little outside-the-box thinking, Gmail labels can make your inbox smarter than ever.

It’s easy to think of Gmail’s labels system as a glorified filing cabinet for your inbox—but if you’re treating labels strictly as folders, you’re missing out on some of their most powerful possibilities.

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These are the top 100 CEOs in 2019, according to actual employees

Jun 18, 2019

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It’s also interesting to see who is *not* on the list.

Horrible bosses get a lot more attention than good bosses, which isn’t fair. After all, it’s a lot easier to be a horrible boss than a good one. All you have to do is pay yourself 1,424 times what your average employee makes, steal your employees’ ideas and pretend they’re your own, foster a culture of competition and strife, belittle your underlings as often as possible, get handsy at the holiday party, blame people for your own bad decisions, and give yourself a raise and a bonus while cutting costs everywhere else.

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Facebook’s cryptocurrency effort is about far more than Facebook

Jun 18, 2019

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Libra’s goals are ambitious, and many details remain to be determined. But from Visa and MasterCard to Uber and Lyft, it’s backed by a lot of big names.

Facebook’s much-rumored move into cryptocurrency is official. On Tuesday, the Facebook-led Libra Association introduced itself and its mission to the public. This alliance of financial and tech titans will function as an independent not-for-profit organization headquartered in Geneva, responsible for overseeing the development and governance of a new blockchain built for payments. The group aims to create a cryptocurrency that is stable, scalable, and compliant, and designed for a mass consumer market that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have not yet served—including consumers in countries where even having a bank account at all is not the norm.

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Here is the patriarchy, handily summed up in one Joe Biden image

Jun 12, 2019

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The look on Biden’s face. The forceful, accusatory finger. Her reaction. It all comes together in a photo that captures how certain men see the world.

On Tuesday afternoon, a CUNY professor sent out a series of tweets recounting Joe Biden’s flagrantly horny interactions with women in the audience for his speech. As individual cringey lines began their echo chamber orbit through retweets and screenshots, one crucial piece of context was missing. The speech was from 1973.

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3 things you can do outside of work to boost your resume

Jun 12, 2019

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Former recruiter Andrew Fennell shares some ideas on what you can do to improve your resume when you’re not at work.

You might be a new graduate looking for that first step on the career ladder, a skilled professional with years of experience, or an eager job seeker looking for a foot in the door after an extended career break. If you’re looking for a job, you need to make your resume stand out. Recruiters spend an average of 7.4 seconds looking at our resume, so it needs to grab their attention immediately.

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The Trump administration is holding migrant kids in a former internment camp for Japanese Americans

Jun 12, 2019

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Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.

The Trump administration has decided that an Army base in Oklahoma is the perfect place to hold the growing number of immigrant children it is keeping in custody, despite some incredible symbolism that would have others thinking twice. The Army base, Fort Sill, was once used as an internment camp for Japanese Americans during World War II.

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I study floating cities. I’m convinced offshore living is the future

Jun 12, 2019

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Often criticized as playthings of Silicon Valley billionaires, floating cities have the potential to help coastal regions adapt to climate change, writes researcher Nathalie Mezza-Garcia.

By end of the century, rising seas will flood more than 500 coastal cities, affecting 1.5 billion people worldwide. Some estimates predict surging sea level rise of two meters (6.5 feet) by 2100.

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How to apologize for messing up at work

Jun 12, 2019

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Mistakes happen–and they suck. But there are ways to turn the situation to your advantage.

One of the worst feelings at work is when you realize you totally messed up. You stare in disbelief at first hoping that you didn’t really make as big of a mistake as you think you did. Then, with a pit in your stomach, you calculate all the ways you can hide and hope that nobody notices what happened.

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Why 10 state attorneys general sued to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Jun 12, 2019

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The AGs, all Democrats, say the deal is bad for consumers and workers.

Ten states have sued to block the planned merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, saying the loss of competition would lead to consumers paying more for phone service.

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This astoundingly clever watch will ruin all other watches for you

Jun 12, 2019

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Finally, a timepiece that can easily be put on with just one hand.

I’m a full-grown adult, but putting on a wristwatch is still a small achievement of dexterity each morning. You have to flip one hand upside down, while the other hand—using methodologies that sports technicians using slow motion cameras can still barely deconstruct—must somehow grab both ends of the strap and coax them together through a buckle.

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It’s baaaaack: Here’s your survival guide for Build-A-Bear’s Pay Your Age Day

Jun 12, 2019

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This time there are rules, dammit.

Last year, Build-A-Bear had a great idea: Let everyone come to its family-friendly stores, make a new friend, and then pay a dollar amount that matched their current age.

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Exactly what to do when a team member quits

Jun 12, 2019

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It’s inevitable, so here’s how to handle a resignation with grace and support.

It’s every manager’s nightmare. The day someone you’ve been investing in, mentoring, and coaching decides to fly the coop for greener pastures.

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I wrote down my feelings about every purchase I made for a week

Jun 12, 2019

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What I discovered about money and guilt surprised me.

I don’t have a dramatic money story. I grew up in a financially comfortable family where we weren’t afraid (at least for the most part) to talk about money. For most of my adult life, I lived by three simple premises that my parents drilled into me: Spend less than what you earn; buy things on sale as much as you can; and be selective about what you are willing to spend a lot of money on (one of those should be your health). My dad also drilled into me the importance of investing early–something I ignored in my early 20s, but that’s a story for another day.

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This new marketplace pays farmers to fight climate change

Jun 12, 2019

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Returning to more traditional farming techniques can have a huge effect on emissions. Now companies looking for offsets can help incentivize farmers to do it.

One of the biggest solutions for the climate isn’t as obvious as wind power or electric cars. But if farmers make changes to the way they manage soil on farms—and that happened on farmland globally—it could theoretically suck a trillion tons of CO2 from the atmosphere, or as much as humans have emitted since the Industrial Revolution.

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I think my HR team is coaching job candidates behind my back

Jun 12, 2019

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If you suspect employee prospects have been given the answers ahead of time, change your playbook.

Editor’s Note: Each week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at dearfounder@fastcompany.com.

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The latest leap forward in visual AI is downright mesmerizing

Jun 12, 2019

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A new algorithm, developed by University of Washington and Facebook, can “wake up” people in still photos.

It’s one more crack in the fabric of reality as we know it: Researchers at the University of Washington and Facebook have described their work on software that can take any image containing a human body—whether in a painting or a photograph—and automatically create an animated character that walks through the still image.

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At nonprofits, the “reward” for work still isn’t money

Jun 12, 2019

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Two new surveys find that low salaries are the No. 1 complaint of people working in the sector.

One of the classic refrains about nonprofit work is that those doing it will feel so rewarded. As in, emotionally—not financially. “Most of us who entered the nonprofit field didn’t do so because of the Benjamins,” wrote Vu Le, who runs the popular nonprofit blog Nonprofit AF. “However, it’s gotten ridiculous, and too many nonprofits just suck at determining salaries and paying their staff fairly.”

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Alexis Ohanian on paternity leave, parenting with Serena, and perfecting his dad jokes

Jun 12, 2019

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The Reddit cofounder is on a mission to bring paid paternity leave to all.

Fatherhood is hard, even when you’re the founder of a billion-dollar company and married to one of the world’s most accomplished athletes.

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What it’s really like to wear a capsule wardrobe every single day

Jun 12, 2019

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A new crop of fashion brands are designing shape-shifting pieces that can be worn in many different ways. The idea? Clothing that you can wear every day—for years.

I’ve worn Aday’s wrap dress every day this week, but you wouldn’t know it. The highly anticipated dress—which sold out in two weeks—was carefully designed to be reconfigured in at least three ways, creating slightly different looks. One day, I wore it as an A-line swing dress, and the next, as a pinafore over a T-shirt. Then, with the addition of an adjustable belt to emphasize the waist, it became a more tailored, body-hugging dress.

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Hong Kong protests: Videos show dramatic wave of resistance against extradition bill

Jun 12, 2019

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Demonstrators are protesting a bill that would allow extraditions to mainland China.

A massive protest in downtown Hong Kong turned violent on Wednesday when riot police fired tear gas and high-powered water hoses in an attempt to break up the crowds. Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets this week to protest a bill that would allow people in Hong Kong to be sent back to mainland China for extraditions, a move that has stoked growing anger of China’s control of the semiautonomous territory and the erosion of civil liberties there, as CBS reported.

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This computer changed the world—and you’ve never heard about it

Jun 12, 2019

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NASA needed a supercomputer to get us to the Moon, and it had to be generations ahead of the state of the art at the time.

This is the 12th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day. 

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How to get the ultimate home office, according to 4 CEOs who work remotely

Jun 12, 2019

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The CEOs of Basecamp, Flexjobs, InVision, and Dribbble share the ultimate work-life hacks. Tip No. 1: Make sure there’s a door—that locks.

If you commute to an office every day, working from home is the ultimate perk. But some companies have transitioned completely away from headquarters and have workforces that are entirely remote. Some workplace experts are even calling remote work the “new normal.”

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Facebook Watch claims 140 million daily viewers while YouTube struggles with toxicity

Jun 12, 2019

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With breakout shows from Steph Curry and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Facebook Watch is seeing an upswing in viewers and is paying out more creators, but neither YouTube nor Netflix should be worried just yet.

Since launching in 2017, Facebook Watch has been under intense scrutiny as the latest would-be challenger to rival YouTube. Although Watch hasn’t even come close to capitalizing on what many thought was a built-in audience with Facebook’s 1.56 billion daily active users, new data does suggest positive traction in viewership—and more money going to its creator partners.

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Iceland has a challenge for visitors: Drink the tap water

Jun 5, 2019

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Skip the single-use plastic water bottle.

There’s a hot new premium Icelandic water brand to rival Poland Spring, Evian, Arrowhead, Aquafina, and even Icelandic Glacial spring water. It’s called Kranavatn.

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Startup that aims to dominate new space race raises funds from Sumitomo and Perot Jain

Jun 5, 2019

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Hypergiant, a Texas-based startup that launched a year ago and aims to use big data to dominate the new space race, announced today that it raised funds from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Perot Jain.

Hypergiant, a Texas-based startup that launched a year ago and aims to use big data to dominate the new space race, announced today that it raised funds from Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and Perot Jain, the venture capital arm of Perot Industries. In a release, the company claims to be “on pace to be one of the fastest technology companies to reach $100M in realized revenue.”

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See the classic Eames Shell Chair redesigned 13 different ways

Jun 5, 2019

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A midcentury icon gets a surreal makeover by British artist Chris Labrooy.

There’s something Duchamp-esque about the latest work of Chris Labrooy. The British artist and designer’s ongoing remix project, Garden of Eames, transforms the classic Eames shell chair, designed in 1950, into surreal fine art that packs an absurdist punch.

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These are 4 key signs someone isn’t trustworthy

Jun 5, 2019

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In conducting thousands of interviews and working with more than 100 companies as an investor, I’ve noticed a few red flags to watch out for.

Between the various privacy scandals, sexual misconduct probes, and CEOs charged with buying college admissions for their kids, trust in the business world feels like it’s at an all-time low.

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Why VW decided to reference its scandal in its new electric-car ad campaign

Jun 5, 2019

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Johannes Leonardo cofounder and chief creative Leo Premutico outlines the approach and strategy to bring the brand out of its self-inflicted darkness.

Volkswagen’s newest commercial starts with the Simon & Garfunkel refrain “Hello darkness, my old friend . . . .” and ends with its own line, “In the darkness, we found the light. Introducing a new era of electric driving.” As bookends for the new spot, they also represent the carmaker’s strategy to directly address the ongoing problems stemming from a diesel emissions scandal that began in 2015 in order to move on from it.

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Work at one of these 5 companies if you want a pet-friendly environment

Jun 5, 2019

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These companies get high marks for welcoming furry assistants.

Here’s something that may come as no surprise: 65% of 1,000 pet owners polled in the U.S. believe that having their furry companions along for the day in the workplace would positively benefit company culture. That is (consider the source) according to a new survey from Wellness Natural Pet Food.

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Anyone can turn a wall into a touchscreen with this easy, DIY kit

Jun 5, 2019

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Bare Conductive’s latest product makes it easy to transform walls into interactive sound and projection mapping panels.

At first glance, it looks like just another mural that would look right at home in a WeWork. There are cutesy graphics depicting microphones, thermometers, and cars surrounding interlocking letters that read “Interactivity Everywhere.” But this is no ordinary mural: If you put your hand on the cartoon-like raincloud, you hear the sound of rain, while if you touch the basketball, you hear the sound of it bouncing.

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How to (successfully) change careers at your current company

Jun 5, 2019

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Chances are you already have easily transferrable skills and expertise for where you want to go.

The days of having a single career path until retirement are long gone–and that’s a good thing. Research from Deloitte shows that 43% of millennials plan to leave their current jobs within two years. The reality is, we evolve and so do our interests, along with our ability to take on new challenges. This doesn’t mean that changing careers isn’t scary. It can require going back to school, taking on student loan debt, or sacrificing a comfortable high-paying position for an entry-level one.

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Londoners call bollocks on Trump’s claim that the U.K. loves him

Jun 5, 2019

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U.K. residents on Twitter are correcting the record about Donald Trump’s visit.

Like a crumpet falling out of a lorry on Downing Street, Donald Trump is currently visiting jolly old England. Also currently in England: hordes of angry demonstrators.

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The world’s biggest companies could lose over $1 trillion to climate change

Jun 5, 2019

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And that’s only considering a fraction of big companies, including Apple and Microsoft, that reported risks–the real costs they face will probably be much higher.

The world’s biggest companies have started adding up the financial risks they face from climate change–and for 215 companies that disclosed those potential costs in a new report, the total financial impact could be nearly $1 trillion. Many of those costs could occur within the next five years.

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Exclusive: Vaughn Wallace is taking podcast listeners inside National Geographic

Jun 5, 2019

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First episode: “Humpback Whale Song of the Summer”

Flipping through copies of National Geographic magazine was one of the (few) joys of going to the doctor’s office as a kid. The pages of the yellow-framed magazine contained the entire world, showing glimpses of life on the other side of the planet, in the deepest jungles and driest deserts and coldest terrains.

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This one person will have the most important career advice for you

Jun 5, 2019

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Spoiler alert: It’s not a coach, guru, your boss, mentor, or mom.

In January, I quit my job. It was the first Friday of the New Year, and I’d managed to convince myself over the holidays that I could stick it out, even though I’d been miserable for months. I wanted to do what I thought was the right thing: stay in a secure role while I looked for another full-time gig.

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Air France-KLM’s radical new plane design could change the way the world flies

Jun 5, 2019

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The airline hopes the “Flying-V,” a concept design that it’s helping develop, could cut its fuel costs by 20%.

The aviation industry’s profit margins have been reduced to the bare minimum over the past two decades, and commercial air travel now contributes 2.5% of all global CO2 emissions. In short, we really need to start thinking differently when it comes to airplane design.

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Afghanistan beats the world in depression, and it can barely cope

Jun 5, 2019

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As the toll of war rolls on, demand for professional mental health services vastly exceeds supply.

The Amyali Shrine on the outskirts of the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad is primarily a pit stop for pilgrims seeking God’s blessings, but it doubles up as a temporary shelter for the mentally ill.

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Just graduated? Here are 5 things you need to know about money management

Jun 5, 2019

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Personal finance author Tony Steuer shares the best money tips that every college graduate should consider.

You’ve just graduated from college. Congratulations! You have exciting (and slightly terrifying) decisions ahead of you. Where will I work? Where will I live? How will I make a stable life happen?

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My board doesn’t support my vision. Should I find new members?

Jun 5, 2019

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Before expanding your board, try communicating with your directors.

Editor’s Note: Each week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at dearfounder@fastcompany.com.

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This plugin fixes one of the most annoying things about Google Search

Jun 5, 2019

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Avoid tab-ageddon with Google Results Previewer.

Google took over the world with a search bar, and a long list of blue links beneath it. Google Search has changed significantly over the years–most notably, searches now autocomplete before you can finish typing, and sometimes, Google will just list your answer to a simple query rather than making you click into a site. But the fundamental UI hasn’t changed much in years. You search. You see links. You roll the dice with a click. Maybe it’s what you’re looking for; maybe it’s not.

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Volkswagen aims for feel-good redemption in new major ad campaign

Jun 5, 2019

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Is an electric microbus and Simon & Garfunkel enough to make you forget about the emissions cheating scandal?

Behind the blackness of a blank screen we hear audio of news reports around VW’s 2015 emissions scandal and the ensuing fallout: mistrust, dissatisfied customers, and billions in legal fees and regulatory fines. A switch goes off, the news reports stop. A single figure, a man lit by a lone lamp, sits in studied contemplation. Pencil at lips, hand at forehead, tired, thinking. The iconic first guitar plucks of the Simon & Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence” kick in. “Hello darkness, my old friend . . . .”

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Ikea is quietly debuting robotic furniture

Jun 5, 2019

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Ori, an MIT spin-off that designs motorized, shape-shifting furniture, is licensing its technology to the furniture giant.

Five years ago, MIT debuted a piece of furniture straight out of The Jetsons. It was a glowing robotic box that could transform a 200-square-foot apartment into a 600-square-foot apartment, expanding or contracting at the push of a button to reveal a bed, bathroom, and storage. Eventually the project, then known as Cityhome, became a company called Ori. Today, the startup works directly with developers to integrate its robotic units into apartment buildings, and will even mail you a robotic walk-in closet.

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I’ve trained 5,000 retail employees. Here’s why Sephora’s one-hour diversity workshop is far from enough

Jun 5, 2019

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Three things diversity training needs to include to succeed at any organization.

This week, Sephora will close over 400 of its stores for the morning, to host a one-hour company-wide inclusion workshop, about a month after R&B singer SZA tweeted that she was racially profiled at Sephora’s Calabasas, CA location. Just one year ago, Starbucks similarly closed its doors for an afternoon to hold anti-bias training after a racial profiling incident.

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The simplest whiteboard redesign is also the best

May 29, 2019

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It’s a table for brainstorming and wireframing until you need to present your ideas to a group–at which point it turns into a wall-mounted whiteboard.

Whiteboards are still a ubiquitous part of office life, and despite other recent redesigns and new apps that optimize your sketches, they haven’t changed all that much. But a new product from by Swiss furniture company Moving Walls integrates a whiteboard into a meeting table–which can then be easily hung on the wall for discussion.

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You don’t have to work long hours to be a workaholic

May 29, 2019

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Workaholics find it almost impossible to disconnect from work, even if they desperately want to.

It used to be that being seen as a workaholic was a badge of honor. Luckily, we now know just how severe the consequences are from working long hours. Everyone loves a hard worker, but too much overwork has been linked to everything from increased stress and poor sleep to an inability to communicate, collaborate, and think creatively.

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Hilton launches a global foundation to prove that travel can still change the world

May 29, 2019

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The new foundation will serve as the corporation’s primary international philanthropic arm.

Conrad Hilton thought that travel could make the world a better place. One hundred years later, the hotel group that bears his name is launching a foundation to prove him right.

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Watch live: Robert Mueller gives first public statement about Russian Interference

May 29, 2019

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Robert Mueller is about to give a press conference. Here’s how to watch it live.

This morning, special counsel Robert Mueller made the announcement that he plans to give a public statement regarding his Russia investigation. It’s unclear exactly what he’s going to say, but a rapt nation will surely watch. The press conference begins at 11 a.m. ET this morning.

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Here’s a kids’ podcast that tells native stories with native voices

May 29, 2019

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The eight-part podcast is a prequel to a PBS Kids animated series coming this summer.

Molly of Denali is not just another podcast for kids. The Alaska-set action-adventure series is part Encyclopedia Brown, part American Girl, and all rooted in Native storytelling. The star of the show is Alaska Native Molly Mabray, who lives in the fictional Alaskan town of Qyah with her bush pilot mother and wilderness guide father. The adventure begins when Molly’s birthday cake goes missing just days before her 10th birthday. Being a curious young woman, she sets out to crack the case with the help of a mysterious raven and ends up finding something way better than a piece of cake.

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Should I accept a new job late in my pregnancy?

May 29, 2019

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“In order to do it all, you have to first give yourself permission to live by your rules. You also need to decide what ‘all’ means for you.”

You don’t really want me right now. I’m super pregnant.

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This street mural was inspired by overworked designers

May 29, 2019

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And their messy digital file-keeping practices.

Visitors to the D&AD design festival in London last week would have noticed something on the side of a building that looked wryly familiar, even at several stories tall. It’s an augmented-reality street mural–dubbed “GIF-ifi” by its creator, the U.K. graffiti artist INSA–depicting a designer’s computer desktop, complete with a giant pixelated pointer and MacOS-blue folders labeled “Final Revision,” “Definitely Last Final Revision,” and “Absolutely Last Final Revision.” When visitors point their smartphones at the mural, it comes alive in looping animation through INSA’s GIF-iti app.

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Lyft has spent enough money to offset more than 2 million tons of CO2. Is it enough?

May 29, 2019

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Lyft has spent the past year investing in a company that makes parts for lighter and more fuel-efficient vehicles. But can they really say it’s helping Lyft achieve carbon-neutrality if the company is still supporting polluting cars?

Last September, Lyft announced that their operations were fully carbon neutral. For a company built on a foundation of internal-combustion-engine-car transportation, this is quite the statement. Lyft completes over 1 million rides per day. While Lyft has pledged to help its drivers transition to electric vehicles, it will be a slow process; less than 2% of all vehicles on the road in the U.S. now are electric. And even though Lyft acquired the bike-sharing company Motivate last year and consequently now controls an important green transit option in many cities like New York and San Francisco, it’s still primarily a ride-hailing company.

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I want to build a customer roster but but clients are taking advantage of me

May 29, 2019

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Even startups need to set ground rules for their customers. And be prepared to walk away from abusive clients.

Editor’s note: Each week, Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, will offer candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at dearfounder@fastcompany.com. 

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The world’s leading euthanasia advocate designs a “death pod”

May 29, 2019

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Philip Nitschke’s “Sarco” shines a harsh light on everything screwed up about our cultural attitude toward death.

The industrialized West doesn’t know how to deal with death. Culturally, we only seem capable of engaging with the end of a human being’s life in one way: as a problem. That problem can be “solved” by medicalizing it into a million little pieces, throwing money and fantasy at it, or simply turning away from the people facing its natural approach. Rituals of acceptance, dignity, or even beauty around death are not part of our social firmware–which is why a project like Philip Nitschke’s Sarco may seem sincere, obscene, crass, and humane all at once.

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Amazon introduces $90 “mini” Echo Show with HD and new privacy shutter

May 29, 2019

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The new 5.5-inch screen is still big enough to perform Show’s main functions. Amazon wants you to have one in every room in the house.

Honey, Amazon shrunk its Echo Show smart display! The company announced a much smaller 5.5-inch display version of the device–just more than half the size of the original 10-inch screened version of the device.

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The problems with these 5 dumb (but common) hiring practices

May 29, 2019

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There is a dark side to behavioral questions and personality tests.

It’s very rare these days to get a job without going through some sort of interview process, whether it be over the phone or in a boardroom with two or three panelists grilling you about your skills and expertise. It’s a process that most professionals have accepted and have also probably spent countless hours preparing for.

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These 5 apps can help you find your next big idea, faster

May 29, 2019

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From initial brainstorming onwards, these cool tools will help you be brilliant–in the most efficient manner possible.

They say a mind is a terrible thing to waste. Know what else is terrible to waste? Time! So instead of spinning endlessly in your Herman Miller waiting for inspiration to strike, check out these useful tools that can help you generate new ideas in the most expeditious fashion.

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New York City’s most chaotic design system is its most successful

May 29, 2019

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The branding of NYC’s subway system is a free-for-all, with different styles and ideas all mashed together over the decades. So why does it work?

Like most New Yorkers, I take the subway every day. I know exactly where to stand on the platform to exit at the correct staircase, so as not to fritter away even a second of time on my daily commute. I rush to, on, and off the train. And I studiously observe the unspoken subway riders’ code: Don’t Look Anywhere But Down.

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I’m a former elite athlete and I call BS on tech’s obsession with working long hours

May 29, 2019

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As a champion gymnast, I trained 22 hours a week. Now, as a startup founder, I see how dangerous “hustle culture” can be.

Lots of people in tech are obsessed with putting in long hours. Elon Musk once said that “nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week” and suggested that the correct number was between 80-100 hours. Freelance marketplace Fiverr, with venture funding to the tune of $111 million, came under fire for an ad campaign that described an aspirational lifestyle where lunch is coffee and sleep deprivation is “your drug of choice.”

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Microsoft seems to be planning to revamp Windows with “a modern OS”

May 29, 2019

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The new OS will rely heavily on cloud AI computing and new input methods like eye gazing.

Speaking at Computex in Taipei, Microsoft’s vice president of consumer and device sales Nick Parker took to the stage to tease what could be the most significant revamp to the Windows operating system in years. Maybe. It’s kinda hard to tell because Parker was relatively vague about things.

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Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business share advice for new grads

May 29, 2019

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Innovative leaders from Pinterest, Lyft, The Weather Channel, Andreessen Horowitz, and more offer tips for succeeding in creative fields.

Dream big.

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Are investors willing to pay a “greenium” for sustainable stocks?

May 29, 2019

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Despite the surging focus on environmental sustainability, a new study suggests investors still care about the old kind of green.

“Green” investing is a big business. Virtually every brokerage firm offers a slew of financial products aimed at environmental improvement–green mutual funds, green stocks, green bonds, and green exchange-traded funds.

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Ikea is launching a new, superpowered shopping app this year

May 29, 2019

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Finally, an easy way to order a new couch–from your couch.

Ikea’s global sales have grown sluggish. Profits are down, as consumers ditch the company’s suburban big blue showrooms for online shopping, and the world’s largest furniture retailer needs to plan a second act. So it has started opening smaller downtown stores to entice shoppers who might not want to spend a day (and drive a minivan) just to buy a flat pack table.

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You can use Apple Pay on NYC subways and buses starting Friday

May 29, 2019

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Apple Pay contactless payments will be accepted on all Staten Island buses, in addition to 16 subway stations on the 4, 5, and 6 lines.

New Yorkers, rejoice! If you’re an iPhone user, your days of buying physical metro cards are up (if you want them to be). That’s because starting this Friday, May 31, select MTA subway and bus stations will take contactless Apple Pay payments in lieu of physical metro cards.

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Trump’s trade war means Apple’s earnings could fall by 29%

May 22, 2019

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China can’t compete with America on raising tariffs, so it may choose to hinder American tech giants to show its power.

As the trade war between the U.S. and China sees no signs of abating, investment banking firm Goldman Sachs says Apple’s earnings could take as much as a 29% hit if China decides to retaliate against well-known American companies like Apple. As Bloomberg reports:

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See which Democratic candidate has the best (and worst) typography

May 22, 2019

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You still have time to turn things around, Senator Booker!

Political campaign typography: When it works, it’s iconic (and sometimes it’s so not working that it’s equally iconic). All the other times, it pretty much just seems uniformly meh.

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This is how Planned Parenthood is fighting Georgia’s and Alabama’s abortion bans

May 22, 2019

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The organization wants to amplify one message, in particular, to its patients: Abortion is still legal, its doors are still open. And to the legislators: They are ready to fight back.

Last week, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that seeks to prohibit abortions at every stage of pregnancy, making Alabama the first state to pass an outright ban on abortion. The bill makes an exception for cases where a mother’s life is at risk but does not extend the same protections to pregnancies that result from rape or incest.

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A massive CBD emporium just opened in NYC–and it may be the future of wellness

May 22, 2019

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Standard Dose’s 3-story, 2,400-square-foot store welcomes customers to unwind, relax, and recharge.

Online CBD retailer Standard Dose has opened a one-of-kind self-care hub in the heart of New York City.

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More than 2,000 Baltimore residents now have access to affordable, healthy food, because of this Salvation Army area commander

May 22, 2019

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For bringing a grocery store with affordable, healthy food to one of Baltimore’s food deserts, Gene Hogg is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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The Problem

A 2018 Johns Hopkins study found that nearly a quarter of Baltimore’s residents live in “food deserts,” where poverty and lack of retailers make healthy food inaccessible.

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How a UX designer created a Capital One chatbot so good, some people want to marry it

May 22, 2019

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For creating the first natural-language chatbot for a U.S. bank, Steph Hay is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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After transitioning from journalism to user experience design, Steph Hay found herself at Capital One helping to create an AI assistant that customers would end up loving so much, one invited it to Thanksgiving dinner. “Eno” is the first gender-neutral AI assistant in banking, bucking the trend among companies to render smart assistants female. “We want our customers to relate with and trust Eno,” Hay says. “To do that in the context of money, something so nuanced and personalized, meant we needed to strip away anything about the character that could inhibit trust. Gender is one of those variables.” Today, mil­­lions of customers use Eno–the first natural-language chatbot from a U.S. bank–to manage their accounts, report fraud, and shop online. (Eno is the backward spelling of one, as in Capital One.) Hay’s 70-person team has continued to update the technology since its 2017 debut; moving fraud notifications to Eno’s expanded language capabilities drove up Capital One’s understanding of user responses from 85% to 99%, and reduced user frustration. On top of the dinner invite, Eno has fielded marriage proposals. Eno’s response? “Nah, I’m a young chatbot and still getting to know little ol’ me.”

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Architect Jonathan Marvel is redesigning Puerto Rico’s power grids (and communities) to make them hurricane-proof

May 22, 2019

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For bringing power back to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, and teaching locals how to finance, install, and service their own solar power hubs, Jonathan Marvel is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, in 2017, architect Jonathan Marvel, who was born on the island and now works in New York, saw an opportunity to rethink the island’s infrastructure. He cofounded Resilient Power Puerto Rico (RPPR), a nonprofit that has restored electricity to some of the poorest communities by taking advantage of the island’s abundant sun. RPPR built its first “solar hub” a month after the storm, and has since installed more than 30 at community centers. But instead of just donating solar panels and batteries, RPPR helped recruit and train locals to install them, created a tool kit that communities can use to plan and finance new solar hubs themselves, and set up water-treatment systems that run on the solar power. Marvel is now developing plans for resilient housing communities that can survive future storms better by not being grid reliant. Puerto Rico, he says, “could be an example for the rest of the planet on how to be completely independent, from an energy perspective.”

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How the cofounder of Breaker created a podcast app that (finally) serves listeners

May 22, 2019

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For creating a podcasting app that surfaces what listeners actually want to hear, Breaker cofounder and CTO Leah Culver is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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When Leah Culver started listening to the true-crime drama Serial, it was because everyone was telling her to. (That, and she was training for a marathon.) But when she finished and began sifting through the glut of nearly 660,000 podcasts to find something else, it quickly devolved into “a chore,” says the Dropbox alum. “I wanted to make it more fun.” So she built Breaker, a free, two-year-old podcast app that combines elements from other content-discovery platforms to surface ear-gems tailored to a specific user. A Netflix-style home screen greets listeners with a carousel of new episodes in their subscribed-to series, as well as options like “Continue listening” and “Under 20 minutes.” There’s also a Spotify-like playlist function that allows users to sort and reorder new episodes in just a couple of taps, and an Activity tab that reveals what friends are listening and subscribing to. Today, the average Breaker user spends 25 minutes per day in the app, and new users’ activity doubles between their first and second month—a sign that they’re finding new content they like. Breaker recently introduced a feature called Upstream that allows podcasters to charge users for subscriptions or single episodes inside the app. (The company takes 4%.) “Right now, to make money on a podcast, you have to have a large audience and sell ads,” says Culver. “We wanted to provide an easy, alternate way.”

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Alfonso Cobo’s Unfold app is bringing curated, beautiful Instagram stories to more than 16 million users

May 22, 2019

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For creating Unfold, an app that helps celebrities, brands, and regular users create gorgeous Instagram stories, Alfonso Cobo is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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Kim Kardashian West, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, and other megawatt stars posted Instagram Stories over the past year that looked like high-end scrapbooks, with photo collages curated against minimalist backgrounds. They were created using templates by Alfonso Cobo, the cofounder of the app Unfold. Cobo launched the app in 2018 with templates—inspired by paper products, indie magazines, and analog photography—designed specifically for Instagram Stories. “It’s all related to our shorter attention spans and desire for real content,” Cobo says. Unfold has 16 million users and is No. 1 in the App Store in seven countries. Cobo expects $8.2 million in revenue in 2019, in part through brand partnerships: Unfold’s branded content studio, launched last November, has created custom templates for Equinox, Tommy Hilfiger, the AIDS nonprofit Product Red, and others. Meanwhile, Cobo debuted Unfold Plus in May 2019, which provides users who pay $2.99 per month with exclusive story templates, stickers, and other features—including a camera inside the app.

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How this CVS Health executive is compelling beauty companies to use unaltered images in their ad campaigns

May 22, 2019

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For battling unrealistic beauty standards, CVS Health CMO Norman de Greve is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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In an age when beauty standards have become wildly unrealistic, CVS Health—the country’s second-largest beauty retailer, with nearly 10,000 stores—is fighting back. Under CMO Norman de Greve, the company began assessing a year ago all the images in its stores, social media feeds, advertising materials, and on its website, and applying a “Beauty Unaltered” watermark to those that had not been substantially retouched—and a “digitally altered” label to those that had. Today, some 70% of images have been examined as part of the Beauty Mark initiative, and de Greve is working closely with every brand in CVS, including L’Oréal, CoverGirl, and Revlon, to achieve its goal of labeling 100% of the images in its stores by 2020 and moving the needle toward greater transparency in the beauty industry. “We have a platform that can enable this to happen,” he says.

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Bangkok has a flooding problem, so this architect designs parks that covertly hold millions of gallons of water

May 22, 2019

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For designing infrastructure that embraces Bangkok’s water, instead of trying to keep it out, Kotchakorn Voraakhom is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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As sea levels rise, Bangkok is simultaneously sinking, making the flat, paved-over megacity vulnerable to flooding when it rains. Instead of building infrastructure to keep stormwater out, local architect Kotchakorn Voraakhom designs parks to capture it. “Getting rid of water is an impossible approach, because we’re a city of water,” she says. The wedge-shaped Chulalongkorn Centennial Park, in central Bangkok, for example, which opened in 2017, can hold 1 million gallons of water. An on-site museum with a sloping green roof directs water through wetlands and into a retention pond at the lowest part of the grounds, which helps prevent nearby blocks from flooding. Another park that Voraakhom designed, which will open this summer on a university campus on the northern edge of the city, features a massive green roof that will not only grow rice and other food for students, but also (in conjunction with other “rain gardens” on campus) capture more than 2.5 million gallons of water. Through a social enterprise called Porous City Network, Voraakhom works with communities throughout Southeast Asia to help find other ways to bring back green space and live with water.

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How this entrepreneur found a way to take on the AI giants–with synthetic data

May 22, 2019

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For finding a way to compete in AI without having to amass massive amounts of data first, Element AI CEO Jean-Francois Gagné is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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The AI revolution has been led by a handful of tech giants—think Amazon, Google, IBM, and Microsoft—but Jean-François Gagné‘s Element AI is forging an intrepid path to subvert their dominance. Unlike an Amazon or a Microsoft, startups don’t have ready access to the vast quantities of big data required to train machine-learning algorithms. So Element AI created a clever system for developing algorithms using data the company generates itself through a simulator. “This helps us bootstrap our training process, and then we can fine-tune with the customer’s data and get good performance quickly,” says Gagné, whose clients include the Port of Montreal, in his hometown, which now uses AI to eliminate wait times for truckers arriving to pick up their shipments. In addition, Gagné, whose cofounders include the University of Montreal’s Yoshua Bengio, a living legend among AI researchers, instituted a fellowship program, which allows Element AI to tap the expertise of top university researchers without luring them from academia. The company, founded in 2016, has grown to 525 employees and raised $100 million, and Gagné is looking to bring his approach to AI to the insurance, financial services, and cybersecurity industries.

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How the Diet Prada cofounders became the fashion industry’s most influential watchdogs

May 22, 2019

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For calling out copycat fashion designers and championing new ones, Diet Prada cofounders Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler are among Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.

One of the most influential voices in the fashion industry right now belongs to Diet Prada, an Instagram account with 1.3 million followers. Tony Liu and Lindsey Schuyler, who met while working at the accessories label Eugenia Kim, started the account in 2014 as a lighthearted way to call out knock-off designs, cheekily showcasing side-by-side images of, say, a Marni rehash of a Prada shirt from a few years earlier. In the past year, though, Diet Prada has become a champion for design integrity and accountability in an industry undergoing upheaval. Liu and Schuyler, who fund the project through branded merchandise and partnerships with select fashion brands, continue to call out too-close-for-comfort imitations by well-known designers including Virgil Abloh, Jason Wu, and Christian Siriano. But Diet Prada is now equally focused on revealing how fast-fashion brands and influencer-owned labels peddle knock-offs from designers too small to fight back. “Young creatives don’t have the resources to battle in court,” says Liu. The pair are also using the account to root out examples of model abuse, misogyny, and racism in the industry. The duo’s efforts last November to highlight a racially charged Dolce & Gabbana ad featuring a Chinese model—along with a series of racist DMs that appeared to be from Stefano Gabbana—reportedly reached Chinese officials, who canceled D&G’s planned Shanghai runway show. “There are many problems in fashion beyond knock-offs,” says Schuyler. “We’ve got a community that wants to hear about these things and keep these people accountable.”

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How the founder of DuckDuckGo created the ultimate privacy-oriented search engine

May 22, 2019

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For developing a browser that keeps your online activity private, DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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Gabriel Weinberg‘s privacy-focused search engine doesn’t track users or log their search histories. What it does is offer peace of mind. Weinberg created it 11 years ago after hearing, as an angel investor, pitch after pitch from ad-tech startups about how they could slice, dice, and target groups of users using deeply personal data. “I thought, This is shady, and it’s only going to get crazier,” he says. Today, his engine has a small but devoted following: After growing 50% year over year, it reached 30 million searches a day in 2018, and is poised to grow even faster since Google added DuckDuckGo as a default search-engine option in its latest Chrome browser in more than 60 markets this past March. DuckDuckGo has also introduced a browser extension for Firefox and Chrome as well as mobile apps for iOS and Android devices that mask users’ search histories, block web trackers, and route browser traffic through encrypted connections whenever possible, allowing users to reduce their digital footprint in ways “that don’t involve much of a sacrifice,” Weinberg says. Since launching a little more than a year ago, the apps and browser extensions have been installed more than 10 million times.

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How Adobe designer Khoi Vinh is bringing voice controls to app development

May 22, 2019

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For helping developers incorporate voice controls into their apps, Adobe principal designer Khoi Vinh is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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Apps are getting easier to use largely because they’re getting easier to build: Better software enables designers to experiment with user interfaces without having to enlist coders. But so far, these prototyping tools have focused on visual interfaces. What happens if you want to let users talk to your app? “It’s important for [designers] to be as creative as possible with voice from the beginning,” says Khoi Vinh, who spearheaded a feature inside the Adobe XD design tool kit that adds voice controls to any app prototype. The project began three years ago, when Vinh rallied Adobe to acquire a voice-tech startup called Sayspring and incorporate its technology into XD. Today, designers using the program simply need to place an arrow between two of their proposed app screens and type out the voice command (like “show me movies”) that will move users from one screen to the next. The feature launched in late 2018, and a specific kit that allows designers to incorporate Alexa-based voice commands into apps has been downloaded 15,000 times.

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What do Seth Meyers, an investment banker, and a former nun have in common?

May 22, 2019

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They’re all on Fast Company’s new list of the 100 Most Creative People in Business.

When Fast Company introduced the 100 Most Creative People in Business 10 years ago, it was a watershed. Other business publications ranked individuals by wealth or power, but this publication sought to take stock of something intangible and, as then editor Bob Safian explained, offer a “snapshot of the range and depth of creativity across our business landscape.”

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How “returning citizen” Desmond Meade helped restore voting rights to Florida’s ex-felons

May 22, 2019

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For championing Florida’s Amendment 4, voting rights activist Desmond Meade is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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Florida voters made a landmark decision to restore voting rights to 1.4 million ex-felons via a ballot initiative last November that amended the state’s constitution. Desmond Meade, executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition and a “returning citizen” himself, led the effort, traversing the state for two years to help collect more than 760,000 signatures for the measure and then advocating for its passage. Meade, who obtained his law degree but is unable to practice because of previous felony convictions, petitioned for the amendment in liberal and conservative counties alike, speaking to anyone he could, even those who claimed to be tough on crime. “Our win showed that you can move major policy issues when you’re able to transcend politics,” he says. “We had about 1 million folks who voted for Amendment 4 who voted for [Republican] Governor DeSantis. It was an eye-opener.” He’s now defending the amendment as the Florida Legislature wrestles with how to implement it. But one thing is clear: “Elected officials are going to have to figure out how to engage these potential new voters,” he says, “including myself.”

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Meet the woman raising cannabis to a higher medical standard

May 22, 2019

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For working with governments, growers, and biomedical companies to standardize medical cannabis globally, ICCI’s Steph Sherer is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.


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As marijuana becomes increasingly legal worldwide—it’s now medically approved in 35 countries—the Prague-based International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI), which Steph Sherer cofounded in 2015, is ensuring that medical cannabis products are effective, safe, and consistent. “People are making claims without going through a scientific process,” Sherer says. “They’re taking general clinical trial data and linking it to what they’re selling.” The organization has three focus areas: government relations (working with countries, the UN, and the WHO to help them regulate medical cannabis), biomedical services (developing and running clinical trials and quality tests), and plant science (helping growers genetically monitor, analyze, and refine their crops). ICCI is currently working with more than 250 companies in biotech, agriculture, nutrition, and more to test and develop products. Last year, ICCI developed six proprietary screening technologies, including a metabolic scanner and an AI program that helps growers establish uniform cannabinoid content across growing platforms.

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How the National Theatre’s executive director is opening up theater to the hard of hearing

May 22, 2019

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For her work making theater more accessible to people who are hard of heating, National Theatre Executive Director Lisa Burger is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2019.


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Live theater has historically been less accessible to people with hearing impairments, because performances usually change from night to night and actors frequently skip or improvise lines, rendering traditional subtitles—prepared in advance at many theaters and broadcast on screens in the back of certain seats—unhelpful. “Theatergoers who are hard of hearing could only choose from certain performances and had to sit in specially designated seats, often away from their friends and family,” says Lisa Burger, who has been executive director of the National Theatre in London for 17 years. Frustrated, she spent two years working with Accenture to develop software that “listens” to dialogue on stage, matches it to other dialogue in the script to ensure it is as accurate as possible, and projects it via Wi-Fi onto the lenses of special glasses. The specs, which are provided free to the public, debuted in October and will be offered for the National Theatre’s entire 2019 lineup. Next, Burger will make the tech available to other venues in the U.K.

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Her AI-driven software helps farmers save water and make better decisions. No wonder Coca-Cola is using it

May 22, 2019

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For harnessing AI to help farmers make key decisions about their crops, Agrosmart CEO Mariana Vasconcelos is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People.


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Mariana Vasconcelos, the daughter of farmers in Brazil—the world’s third-largest food producer—saw firsthand how hard it is for growers to make decisions regarding irrigation, harvesting, and pest control. “They would rely on intuition and their neighbors,” she says. But as climate change led to droughts and irrigation limitations, “that made me want to bring technology to farmers so they could be more resilient.” In 2014, when she was just 23, Vasconcelos founded Agrosmart, which creates software that uses artificial intelligence to make agricultural predictions based on data from the soil, weather conditions, and the genetic properties of the crop. The software, which resides on farmers’ phones, analyzes the raw data collected from sensors and transmitted via satellite or lower-broadband 3G network to make recommendations on everything from seed placement to climate modeling. Brazilian farmers using Agrosmart have increased crop yield and saved up to 40% more water, and the company now monitors more than half a million acres, which is four times more than it did in 2017. Coca-Cola uses Vasconcelos’s tech to monitor fruit farms in Espírito Santo.

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CrowdStrike, cybersecurity firm that investigated 2016 DNC hack, filed for IPO

May 14, 2019

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CrowdStrike, which has been involved in some high-profile cybersecurity investigations, filed to go public Tuesday.

The cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, perhaps best known for its role in investigating the Russia-linked hack on the Democratic National Committee in 2016, filed Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to go public.

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Pixel phone owners: Google may owe you $500

May 14, 2019

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Google settles a class-action lawsuit over faulty Pixel microphones.

Google will pay original Pixel owners up to $500 after settling a class action lawsuit over phones with defective microphones. As Fast Company first reported last year, the lawsuit alleged that Google knowingly sold the faulty phones, even after complaints became widespread. A Google employee even appeared to acknowledge the issue in March 2017, blaming a “hairline crack in the solder connection on the audio codec.”

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Buying clothes for your kids’ summer camp? This concierge service is here to help

May 14, 2019

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Primary, a kids’ clothing brand that specializes in basics, will open a Camp Concierge tomorrow to help anxious parents take care of their shopping needs.

Shopping for kids’ clothes can be fun, but not when a teacher hands you a checklist of 50 items you need to buy all at once. Around this time of year, many parents are getting lists of clothes that their kids will need for camp–things like soccer shorts, rash guards, and swimsuits. Suddenly, you’re scrambling to take care of yet another task.

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle criticized for promoting pricey “emotional workout”

May 14, 2019

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The new parents highlighted more than a dozen accounts in the wellness sphere, ranging from meditation to fitness.

In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex shared a few of their favorite brands that promote mental well-being, but not everyone is feeling better.

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Athleisure sunglasses have arrived

May 14, 2019

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They look like regular glasses but are appropriate for sports.

Athleisure has slowly taken over all of fashion, creating a seamless divide between activewear and regular clothing. Many apparel brands now make their entire collections from materials invented for sports, with features like four-way stretch and moisture wicking. Footwear brands now create hybrids between sneakers and formal shoes. So what would athleisure eyewear look like?

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Is this the generation that will trash tampons and pads for good?

May 14, 2019

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What’s behind the rise of reusable period products?

For as long as there have been women, there have been periods. It’s just taken a few millennia, give or take, to shake off the stigma of basic reproductive biology and acknowledge them publicly. And we’re sharing that knowledge, in tweets and in open discussion. Not only is period talk no longer taboo, but a documentary on period shaming won an Oscar this year.

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KFC has been name-checked in some rap bangers–and this KFC-curated Spotify playlist proves it

May 14, 2019

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The brand’s new Spotify playlist “Bucket Bangers” is the foundation for a new campaign in France celebrating its finger lickin’ place in culture.

It may not be the first rap song (or any song, for the matter) to explicitly use KFC in its lyrics, but it has to be one of them. The ninth track on Run DMC’s legendary 1986 album Raising Hell is “You Be Illin,'” and it starts with an anecdote:

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TripAdvisor unveils new safety features after controversy over sexual assault reports

May 14, 2019

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Two new safety features should make travelers feel safer using the site.

TripAdvisor has been at the center of a storm over how it handles reports of sexual assault and other crimes that take place in the hotels it features. Today, it announced a new strategy that hopefully puts travelers’ safety first.

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Google’s new all-encompassing Google Travel features make you your own travel agent

May 14, 2019

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Google Maps, Trips, Hotels, Flights, and Search now all live in one place.

Tell the boss that you’re escaping the relentless rain and taking all your vacation days, because Google is making it easier than ever to book a vacation. The company announced today that Google Maps, Trips, Hotels, Flights, and Search will all live in one place, which means you can figure out where you’re going, where you’re staying, and how you’re going to get there.

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Fox News viewers and Snapchat users are still feeling the Bern

May 14, 2019

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That’s one way to stand out in the pack of Democratic nominees.

In an effort to understand what media diets can tell us about voting preferences, Morning Consult looked at how Democratic primary vote choice varies according to usage of major social media and news platforms. The results of their polling of 33,317 potential Democratic primary voters offer a fascinating portrait of the 2020 presidential election. It also reveals that former Vice President Joe Biden is the most popular candidate.

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This “pocket neighborhood” has 8 houses on a lot, instead of one McMansion

May 14, 2019

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The Atlanta suburb of Clarkston is about to undertake an experiment in smaller living, with a development of 250- to 500-square-foot houses that cost less than half the average home in the area.

On an overgrown vacant lot in the small city of Clarkston, Georgia, a short drive from Atlanta, a new community of eight tiny homes will sit on a half acre that once held one single-family house. “There’s very little available land to build new housing,” says Ted Terry, the city’s mayor, explaining that Clarkston was originally a farming town filled with apartment complexes as Atlanta sprawled closer over time. “We said that the most practical thing to do is to make the most use of the little that we have available.”

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John Cleese has some good recommendations for how to deal with a**holes

May 14, 2019

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The Monty Python legend sat down with Fast Company to talk about a new documentary, which posits that “assholery” is a crisis that threatens the republic.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that there is an emerging intellectual field best described as “asshology”: the study of the assholes who seem to be suddenly all around us, from the assholes who tried to pay their kids’ way into college to the assholes who harass mass-shooting victims and all the way up to, of course, our asshole political leaders.

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Spotify’s new Soundtrap for Storytellers makes it even easier to start that podcast

May 14, 2019

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Edit audio like you’re editing a Google Doc.

Seems like everyone and their dog (and cat) these days thinks they have an idea for a podcast, and now Spotify wants to make it easier than ever for them to live their audio dreams.

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We should hold tech giants to these 5 rules if we want to stop manipulative design

May 14, 2019

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Step one: Platforms should disclose when they are using the tools of behavioral science to influence your behavior.

Uber’s business model is incredibly simple: It’s a platform that facilitates exchanges between people. And Uber’s been incredibly successful at it, almost eliminating the transaction costs of doing business in everything from shuttling people around town to delivering food.

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Why you shouldn’t blame willpower for your lack of self-control

May 14, 2019

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We like to think that self-control comes from having a lot of willpower. But our emotions play more of a role than we think.

If I talk about someone who has great self-control, what comes to mind? Many of you probably picture someone who has a lot of willpower (and maybe looks serious most of the time). But that’s just one part of the puzzle.

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Hulu keeps NBC shows even as Disney takes control from Comcast

May 14, 2019

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Comcast is keeping its Hulu stake until at least 2024, but Disney will run the show in the meantime.

Comcast and Disney have reached an unusual agreement on how to handle the rights to Hulu going forward. Under a “put/call” agreement, Comcast will hold onto its 33.3% stake in the streaming service until at least January 2024. At that point, Comcast can make Disney buy out its stake for “fair market value” (as assessed by independent experts) or $27.5 billion, whichever is greater.

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America just had its wettest 12-month period on record

May 14, 2019

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Think it’s wet? You’re right as rain.

If you feel like it’s been raining forever, you’re not imagining things.

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Five reasons to ignore resumes

May 14, 2019

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There is a minimum 46% probability that you will decide who’s going to get an interview (or not), based on lies and exaggerations.

Most candidates are preselected for an open role using a traditional but not-so-effective method: by screening resumes, checking for the schools they attended, searching for the right keywords, and looking for suitable experience. After interviewing those who successfully passed this stage, somebody gets hired. The problem is at least 50% of the time, the person stays no more than 18 months on the job.

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Watch HBO’s Big Little Lies season 2 premiere at a Wing location near you

May 7, 2019

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Advance screenings are coming to New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

In advance of Meryl Streep’s much-awaited debut on Big Little Lies, HBO is teaming up with The Wing to promote the show’s new season. As part of the partnership, the women’s social club and coworking space will host advance screenings and events at Wing locations across San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C. One such event will be a panel discussion with the stars of the show—Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, and Zoe Kravitz—at the Wing’s SoHo location.

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Walmart is getting into the veterinary business

May 7, 2019

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Look out, Chewy.com

Walmart wants in on the $70 billion-a-year pet industry. That means you’ll soon be able to pick up a party pack of Tostitos, a flat-screen TV, hand towels, and get your dog de-wormed while you shop at the world’s biggest retailer. The megastore announced plans to open 100 veterinary clinics in its stores within the next 12 months, adding to the 21 clinics it has today. It will offer services such as exams, vaccinations, and treatments for minor illnesses at discounts of up to 60% off.

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Last chance to enter the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards!

May 7, 2019

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Innovation by Design celebrates the most creative design in business. Enter by May 10!

The deadline is fast approaching to enter the 2019 Innovation by Design Awards.

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Why Uber and Lyft drivers are striking to protest Uber’s upcoming IPO

May 7, 2019

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On the morning of May 8, you’re going to want to take public transit.

On Wednesday morning, Ubers and Lyfts in several major cities, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, may be hard to come by. Hundreds of drivers across the metro areas plan to go on strike for two hours, between 7 a.m. and 9 am, in protest of low pay and exhausting labor conditions. The timing of this strike is significant: Morning rush hour is a big moneymaking time for ride-hailing, and this work stoppage is planned for the day before Uber is expected to go public to the tune of $90 billion. While a single strike will almost certainly not affect the company’s valuation, the drivers hope to send a clear signal about their perspective on the inequity inherent in the company before it goes public.

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How to tell if a problem is complex or merely complicated

May 7, 2019

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Humans are very good at linear thinking, but we can’t solve complex problems that way.

Have you ever thought about why humankind has successfully traveled to the moon, but companies still have a hard time figuring out how to grow faster than the competition? That we can make interventions using nanotechnology, but struggle to turn around the performance of a business unit? Or that we can build robots that perform delicate surgical operations, but we still can’t find a way to provide good and cost-effective healthcare?

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That Game of Thrones coffee cup was the most preventable self-own in TV history

May 7, 2019

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The cup may be gone, but it actually stole a scene in which showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss made a cameo.

By now you’ve heard that an errant coffee cup became the unintentional star of this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. We’ve talked about whether it was a Starbucks cup or not, and why either way, the coffee giant may have become the show’s most high-profile brand partner.

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Video shows Sandra Bland’s arrest from her cell phone

May 7, 2019

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Bland’s relatives are calling for authorities to reopen the case into her death, which was ruled a suicide.

Newly released video has emerged showing part of the arrest of Sandra Bland from her own perspective, leading her family to call for a reinvestigation into her death.

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The major missing piece in EA’s Netflix for games

May 7, 2019

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EA Access arrives on PlayStation 4 in July, but it’s incompatible with existing Xbox and PC subscriptions.

Nearly five years after launching on the Xbox One, Electronic Arts’ EA Access subscription gaming plan is headed to the PlayStation 4.

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These vases were made with immortal human cells

May 7, 2019

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The future of interior decoration is . . . your own living tissue?

Delftware–also known as Delft pottery or Delft Blue–is a typical white and blue tin-glazed earthenware named for the Dutch town where it has been made for centuries. Typically decorated with plants, daily scenes, and other graphic motifs, Delftware can be traced back to the 14th-century Chinese porcelain that Europeans loved so much, they started to produce their own with different decorations in the 16th century.

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How a kid from the Netherlands and a startup called BeatStars led to Old Town Road

May 7, 2019

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The story of how Lil Nas X’s unstoppable chart-topper came together is just as unlikely as the song itself.

“Old Town Road” is the little country/trap fusion that could–and almost didn’t.

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Sorry Lady Gaga, but this pigeon won the Met Gala

May 7, 2019

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The rising star made its red carpet debut at the annual fete.

The Met Gala is the FOMO-inducing, annual fete thrown by the Met Museum’s Costume Institute. This year’s theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion,” and the celebrities went all-in on the idea of pretending to read Susan Sontag’s seminal essay on fashion. Since *takes off bifocal Snapchat Spectacles, looks around* none of us were invited, we had to watch the festivities unfold on social media.

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Netflix documentary Knock Down the House isn’t just the Ocasio-Cortez story. It’s a call to action

May 7, 2019

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Director Rachel Lears talks about the process of documenting four races in the 2018 election, and the impact those races might have on 2020.

At first, it was simply a matter of geography.

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Hey HBO, Adobe fixed the Starbucks cup in Game of Thrones for you

May 7, 2019

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A brutal roast for a dark roast.

This week’s Game of Thrones episode contained all sorts of surprises. Sansa launched a sustainable fashion line to thwart climate change, Jon Snow turned into the fourth dragon, and Cersei switched to beer.

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Managers, it’s time to give up on the annual review once and for all

May 7, 2019

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There’s plenty of evidence that shows annual reviews don’t improve an employee’s performance. A workplace expert suggests alternatives that companies can adopt instead.

Back in the day, managers and employees across a wide variety of industries and employer sizes lived and died by the annual review. But not only are they a lot of work for everyone involved, they aren’t even particularly useful. Many organizations also provide little or no guidance to managers on how to conduct a performance review, which means that individual experiences can vary tremendously.

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The threat of facial recognition

May 7, 2019

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Do those championing new surveillance technology not realize that they too will be affected by it?

This essay is part of The Privacy Divide, a series that explores the misconceptions, disparities, and paradoxes that have developed around our sense of privacy and its broader impacts on society.

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This is how to use your college career services long after graduation

May 7, 2019

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It doesn’t matter if you graduated years ago, your alma mater wants you to succeed—and may have resources to help you find your next job.

For many college seniors and graduate students, commencement is just around the corner and, with it, thoughts about the future. But what many of these new members of the workforce may not realize is that their alma mater’s career services and alumni outreach offices can be of use to them long after they’ve picked up their degrees.

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These are NYC’s worst landlords

May 7, 2019

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There were 18,007 evictions in New York City in 2018. A new mapping project shows how landlords use lawsuits as a way to drive out rent-stabilized tenants.

One of the worst landlords in New York City is a man named Ved Parkash, who owns buildings that house nearly 1,500 families in the Bronx. According to a new list that reveals the city’s worst evictors, Parkash has evicted 66 families in 2018 alone–along with neglecting his tenants’ needs so much that one person nearly died from a disease spread through rat urine.

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The chaos wrought by climate change is already here–just look at Miami

May 7, 2019

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Photographer Anastasia Samoylova walks through Miami every morning, documenting the small but important changes in a city already reeling from the effects of climate change.

Anastasia Samoylova lives on the “knife edge” of climate change. That’s how the Miami-based photographer describes life on the planet’s coastlines in 2019, where flooding, extreme storms, and erosion are already reshaping communities. Climate crisis is still theoretical for people in some regions. In Miami and other coastal cities, it’s a daily reality.

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You don’t need to wait for authority to be a leader at your company

May 7, 2019

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The most important thing that comes with any role is the ability to control how resources are used within the organization. It requires very little actual authority to lead.

It is tempting to look around the workplace and think about all the ways that you would do something differently if you were in charge. We quickly internalize the hierarchy within any organization and assume that the ability to lead change requires being in a spot on the org chart with lots of people reporting to you.

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Amazon opens its first Go store in NYC–and the first that accepts cash

May 7, 2019

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The move is unexpected, considering Amazon is the major player in the move toward cashless stores.

The first Amazon Go store has come to New York City, and it’s like no other. That’s because the store is the first to accept cash. Located on Vesey Street in New York, the newest Amazon Go store works much like other Go stores: Users scan themselves in with the Amazon Go app and then walk out with whatever they want. The items they take are noted by cameras and other systems, and the customer is billed automatically for the goods to their account.

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Apple stock is spiking after a decisive earnings beat

Apr 30, 2019

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After a rough 2018, Apple may be rebounding.

Apple of course was never going away, but it did have a rough go of it last year. Sales have been lagging–especially for the iPhone–due, in part, to increased competition in China. This caused the company’s stock to plummet last fall.

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Young TV viewers turn to antennae to escape cable’s insane prices

Apr 30, 2019

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Survey says 31% of U.S. households now use an antenna, with 45% adoption among 25- to 34-year-olds.

While it’s no secret that antenna use is on the rise in the age of cord cutting, a new survey by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) includes a surprising detail about just who is turning to this decades-old way to watch free TV. Last year, 31% of U.S. households had an antenna hooked up to at least one television, up from 28% in 2015, but among 25- to 34-year-olds, antenna adoption was even higher than average, at 45%.

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Facebook’s “FB5” is cleaner and Groups-centric (but not much more private)

Apr 30, 2019

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The fifth major revision of Facebook isn’t introducing the privacy focus Mark Zuckerberg touted at F8.

Here at Facebook’s F8 developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg devoted most of his keynote to emphasizing that the company really cares about privacy—though he acknowledges that some will be skeptical—and is working on end-to-end encryption, ephemerality, and other features that will keep users’ data from prying eyes (including those at Facebook itself). Those changes are going to take a while, he said.

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Cheddar, the so-called millennial CNBC, scooped up by Altice for $200M

Apr 30, 2019

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The OTT news channel for millennials is joining one of the old cable ranks.

Cheddar was supposed to be the millennials’ answer to boring old cable television. Now, it’s joining a cable company. Altice, the cable company once known as Cablevision, has purchased Cheddar for a whopping $200 million. The company’s founder and CEO, Jon Steinberg, is being promoted as part of this deal, and will oversee two other Altice-owned news networks, reports the Wall Street Journal.

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The Green New Deal’s supporters hope to harness power of narrative with Federal Writers’ Project

Apr 30, 2019

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The ambitious proposal echoes the legendary 1930s-era New Deal project that employed such greats as Ralph Ellison, Saul Bellow, and Zora Neale Hurston.

Any collective plan to avert planetary disaster will first need to harness the full powers of storytelling and mythology if it’s going to stand half a chance. That’s the main lesson of the wildly popular recent video, “A Message From the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a seven-minute film published by The Intercept (and based on an article by Kate Aronoff). Set a couple of decades in the future, it stands as a “flat-out rejection of the idea that a dystopian future is a forgone conclusion,” as the accompanying article by Naomi Klein puts it. Narrated by Ocasio-Cortez and illustrated by Molly Crabapple, the film offers a peek at a future in which the Green New Deal has come to pass and Americans are benefiting from its life-affirming roster of policies, from Medicare and jobs to regenerative practices and a climate policy that has helped to stop the planet from burning down.

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I heard groans when Facebook announced its new Dating features

Apr 30, 2019

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The company announced the new features at its developers conference in San Jose. They weren’t warmly received.

The groans were audible. I’m serious.

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The newest hot coworking space costs just $2.25 an hour, because it is a parking spot

Apr 30, 2019

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WePark shows that in cities like San Francisco, coworking is unaffordable to many, and the sheer volume of free space allocated to parked cars could be put to much better use.

On Monday, April 29, San Francisco workers from various industries–tech, investing, design, activism–gathered near Civic Center to work for the day. This is not unusual: Of any city in the U.S., San Francisco has the highest proportion of coworking spaces relative to its population, and it’s pretty common for freelancers and remote employees to find themselves working in close proximity to each other, but not exactly together.

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Netflix vows to look into research linking 13 Reasons Why and suicide

Apr 30, 2019

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Researchers found a correlation, but not causation between the controversial Netflix series and a rise in teen male suicide.

recent study links the Netflix show 13 Reasons Why with a spike in teen suicide.

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The Obamas announce their Netflix slate of film and TV projects

Apr 30, 2019

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From Frederick Douglass to kids and their veggies, the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions offers a wide slate of content.

Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s Netflix-based production company, Higher Grounds Productions, has announced its first seven projects, including a feature adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, and a kids’ series, Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents, that takes families on an adventure around the world, telling the story of food. 

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Mark Zuckerberg vows to stop moving fast and breaking things

Apr 30, 2019

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The CEO told developers at the company’s F8 conference that Facebook will rebuild itself around user privacy.

At the company’s developer conference in San Jose, California, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described what he called the “next chapter” in Facebook’s history, meaning the redesigning of its products for a privacy-focused future.

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Device searches at U.S. borders are “unconstitutionally broad,” rights groups say

Apr 30, 2019

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New documents allege that border agencies claim broad rights to inspect electronic devices to find evidence of anything from tax evasion to environmental violations.

While border agencies Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement often say they need to inspect people’s electronics at the border to stop human smuggling, smuggling of child pornography, and terrorism, the American Civil Liberties Union and Electronic Frontier Foundation say the agencies are authorized to search for a far wider range of types of evidence.

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Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift S will ship May 21 for $399

Apr 30, 2019

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The Quest trades some resolution for mobility–it uses no tether to a PC–while the (tethered) Rift S offers new features for PC gamers.

Facebook says its new Oculus Quest and Rift S VR headsets will begin shipping May 21–each for $399.

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Want new affordable housing quickly? Try splitting up existing homes

Apr 30, 2019

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Instead of trying to build new affordable housing, PadSplit is converting existing homes into multiple single-room units.

Affordable housing is expensive to build–and that means construction is happening far too slowly to meet demand. In Atlanta, a startup called PadSplit is adding new affordable units more quickly by reusing rooms in single-family homes instead.

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Instagram will soon let creators tag products in posts for sale

Apr 30, 2019

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Users can click the tags to go to an e-commerce page to buy the products.

Facebook’s Instagram said it will soon start testing a new feature that will let users click and buy products shown in the posts of popular creators like Kylie Jenner.

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Introducing Compass, a new newsletter from Fast Company

Apr 30, 2019

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Please subscribe and thanks for reading!

Today we at Fast Company are excited to announce Compass: Our new email helping you smartly navigate the most important developments in business news, innovation, creativity, and design. Subscribe below!

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Why do so many Spotify users fall asleep to Ed Sheeran?

Apr 30, 2019

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An analysis of 20,000 sleep and relaxation playlists on Spotify reveals the tunes most conducive for getting to the land of Nod.

Ed Sheeran has a lot of laurels to rest on. He’s a multi-Grammy Award-winner, a Game of Thrones cameo artist, and a fashion icon. The singer-songwriter now has a fresh distinction: He’s the musician that puts the most people to sleep.

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When to ditch your work-life boundary and say yes to opportunities

Apr 30, 2019

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Don’t be so stringent that you miss out on growth opportunities.

Whenever you discuss work-life issues, you probably spend a lot of time talking about having appropriate boundaries and how to say “no.” However, you may want to decline less often and say “yes” more of the time–because saying “yes” is the fastest route to developing your talents and growing your career.

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This gorgeous museum is made from old jet fuel tanks

Apr 30, 2019

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Architects turn five aviation containers at a Shanghai airport into a gorgeous arts and culture center called Tank Shanghai.

You’ve probably seen aviation fuel containers at the airport: those giant, rusty cylinders, usually painted white. It’s hard to believe that such ugly structures could be turned into a beautiful art space like Tank Shanghai.

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Halima Aden is Sports Illustrated’s first model to wear a burkini and hijab in the Swimsuit Issue

Apr 30, 2019

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“That’s always been my messaging: Don’t be afraid to be the first.”

Sports Illustrated‘s annual Swimsuit Issue hit a major milestone in representation with Halima Aden as their first-ever model to wear a burkini and hijab.

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Mayhem at The Markup: Staffers resign en masse at highly anticipated tech news outlet

Apr 23, 2019

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The yet-to-be-launched nonprofit news site is in a state of panic after its beloved editor-in-chief was let go.

Jeff Larson and Sue Gardner likely didn’t anticipate this blowback. The two media executives are at the helm of the Markup–a still-in-development investigative news publication that was slated to launch in July–along with ProPublica veteran Julia Angwin. Today, however, Angwin announced that she was being let go from her position as editor-in-chief, due to alleged differences with Gardner. Larson will be taking over as editor-in-chief. And now reporters are resigning.

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We need to stop shaming women for wanting (or not wanting) to return to work

Apr 23, 2019

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Women are often judged for choosing to stay at home, or for choosing to return to work. This is damaging and has to stop, argues one economist.

Nothing in the Mommy Wars takes on as much weight as the choice to return to work or not. A friend of mine has a son who was asked, “What kind of mom do you have? I have a stay-at-home mom,” to which my friend’s son responded, “Oh, I have a stay-at-work mom.”

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Is my measles shot from childhood still working? 5 answers to questions about the outbreak

Apr 23, 2019

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As measles cases continue to be in the news, you might have some concerns about whether you’re protected.

As the measles outbreaks spread, many people are growing concerned. New York City declared a public health emergency and mandated vaccinations in four zip codes where vaccination rates have been low. A Israeli flight attendant is in a coma from being infected with the highly contagious disease.

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Feeling anxious about that stack of books you haven’t read? This video wants to help you

Apr 23, 2019

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Just in time for World Book Day, filmmaker Max Joseph delivers a visual essay that will soothe your reading FOMO.

A recent study found that we spend more than a quarter of the day engaging with digital content. That means, on average, 8.8 hours a day are spent on social media, watching videos, listening to podcasts, etc. And that number only increases with younger generations: 11.4 hours for Gen Z and 10.9 hours for millennials.

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Disney+ subtracts the studio’s racist movie history

Apr 23, 2019

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The infamous Jim Crow scene in “Dumbo” and the highly controversial “Song of the South” will not be on Disney+. But what about all the other racist content?

As Disney+ prepares to open the studio’s lauded vault of classics to fill its digital streaming platform, there are a few movies and scenes that won’t find a home on Disney+, namely Song of the South and Dumbo‘s Jim Crow scene.

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Google spinoff Wing earns first FAA approval for drone delivery

Apr 23, 2019

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Look! Up in the sky! It’s Wing!

An offshoot of Alphabet Inc, aka Google’s parent company, is officially the first drone operator to receive FAA approval to start flying as an airline. While that doesn’t mean humans will be flying in drones anytime soon, it is an important step to giving the company the legal authority it needs to start delivering products to customers.

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What happens when a big business tries to rebrand a neighborhood

Apr 23, 2019

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There are many ways that neighborhoods get their names–and some are better for residents than others.

What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood?

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Doing this one thing can speed up your recruitment process

Apr 23, 2019

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Creating accurate job descriptions can shave time off from your hiring process.

The decision to bring a new employee on board isn’t one to be taken lightly. The average length of the hiring process in the U.S. is about 24 days, according to job site Glassdoor, but in some cases, it could be months from when you first post an open position to when you actually find yourself ready to extend a job offer. If you find that it’s been taking your company far too long to hire for open roles, here’s one thing you can do to improve your turnaround time: Create more accurate job descriptions.

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Luminary has launched. Is the latest “Netflix for podcasts” worth it?

Apr 23, 2019

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With its roster of shows created by marquee names and podcast veterans alike, Luminary sounds like $100 million. (That’s how much it’s got in funding.)

What is a fair price for ridding oneself of podcast ads? Luminary CEO Matt Sacks is betting it’s $7.99 a month. At least that’s how much his just-launched podcast platform charges for its big-ticket roster of premium exclusives.

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This iconic piece of 1960s tech is being re-released by MoMA

Apr 23, 2019

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And it comes with brand-new Bluetooth guts, thanks to an internal redesign that’s exclusive to the MoMA Design Store.

In 1965, architect and designer Marco Zanuso created a tall, narrow radio called the Grattacielo–Italian for skyscraper. The radio, the result of a collaboration with designer Richard Sapper for the Italian electronics company Brionvega, became an influential piece of design from the era. The radio, along with other electronics the duo designed, “became enduring icons of the sleek, minimalist style known as techno-functionalism,” according to Zanuso’s 2001 obituary in the Los Angeles Times.

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The whole Trump-Russia saga, summed up in a single Google search mistake

Apr 23, 2019

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The Mueller report revealed a campaign and presidency defined by bouts of amateurish incompetence and bursts of lawyerly prowess.

The various subplots of the Donald Trump-Russia saga often feel like they belong less in a Special Counsel investigation and more in the you-won’t-believe-this tabloid pages that made our president famous to begin with. Never a dull moment, at least.

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Elon Musk thinks Tesla can build 1M “robotaxis” in the next year

Apr 23, 2019

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The Tesla CEO is pinning his company’s profitability on this moonshot.

The latest Tesla moonshot is a doozy. On Monday, Elon Musk told an audience that Tesla plans to launch a large fleet of “autonomous robotaxis” in 2020. And not just a few: The Tesla CEO said the company planned to have a million of the self-driving vehicles on the road next year.

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The single most important skill for successful business leaders

Apr 23, 2019

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At a time of accelerating change, your longevity depends on how well you time your leap from a flattening growth curve to a more promising arc. According to the president of Capital One Financial Services, you should consider three variables before making a jump.

How do you measure a leader’s success? Traditional metrics center around growth, revenue, and profit generation. But at times of rapid and significant change, it’s not just how fast you go but how well you jump. How well you make the leap to a new growth curve may ultimately determine your long-term success. But there are good jumps and bad jumps. By managing a few key variables, you can make sure to jump from the right place at the right time in the right way.

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Apple denies using face recognition in its stores after teen sues over false arrest

Apr 23, 2019

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The false arrest and charges reportedly led to severe stress and hardship.

Ousmane Bah has pretty solid alibi during the time frame that police say a thief used his name and ID and stole from an Apple store in Boston. He was at his senior prom.

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Report: 60% of employees would be more loyal to a company that covered abortion care

Apr 23, 2019

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Americans want companies to speak out, even on the controversial subject of reproductive rights.

If we’re seeing more business leaders take on social issues–both within their workplaces and publicly–it’s in no small part because of pressure from customers and even employees. Even in 2019, some CEOs are reluctant to take a stand, especially on more polarizing issues, and would rather focus on their bottom line.

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Most people are focused on the wrong measure of success

Apr 23, 2019

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In your career, you earn currency with those in power. Unfortunately, most people focus on building up their performance while forgetting to build their relationship currency.

Attracting a sponsor takes more than doing good work. It takes more than delivering above expectations and getting it right every time. It takes more than offering to do work outside your scope and beyond your responsibilities.

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See Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos as classical sculptures

Apr 23, 2019

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Yes, it’s meant to be ironic. But do you know for sure?

Jeff Bezos’s steed rears up on two legs. But he is calm, showcasing an awkward smile, seemingly unaware of his own overwhelming show of force. Elon Musk hunches over under the weight of his angel wings, with a flamethrower at the ready on his hip. Sergey Brin looks off into the distance, a latter-day Julius Caesar wearing Google Glass. Steve Jobs sits much like The Thinker, his hand poking at an iPhone rather than resting under his chin.

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“Machine teaching” is a thing, and Microsoft wants to own it

Apr 23, 2019

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The company’s quest for AI dominance now has its own buzzword.

Microsoft is rallying behind a new buzzword as it tries to sell businesses on artificial intelligence.

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Those in power need to stop using black women as props

Apr 23, 2019

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Too often in the worlds of politics and tech, black women are used to cover up a lack of diversity. I wasn’t raised to be a token, and I want others to learn the same.

My grandmother had a saying for when I used to complain about something–“Well, black folks, especially black women, are the mules of the world. We work full-time jobs, are full-time mothers, and are full-time caretakers of the community. We are the original beasts of burden.”

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This clever office furniture helps you hack your open plan office hell

Apr 23, 2019

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Steelcase noticed that workers often take matters into their own hands to create privacy in their open offices–so it created a furniture line meant to help.

The nature of work is changing around us. With the rise of remote work and the cost savings associated with moving to an open plan office (despite employees’ grumblings), companies are using less office space–and less office furniture. That poses a problem for Steelcase, which is the biggest office furniture company by revenue in the world.

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In a major reversal, Netflix is about to reveal how many people watch its most popular shows

Apr 16, 2019

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During the streaming giant’s first-quarter earnings call, Reed Hastings and Ted Sarandos revealed that they’d be sharing more data with both creators and viewers in the months to come.

In the streaming Game of Thrones, Netflix reveals: Data is coming! 

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TED just raised $280 million for 8 world-changing projects

Apr 16, 2019

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For the second year, TED is providing significant funding and institutional support to projects tackling some of the world’s most entrenched problems–from climate change to girls’ education to public health crises.

Last year, TED announced the Audacious Project: a massive philanthropic effort to fund projects tackling specific but pernicious issues across the globe. According to Chris Anderson, the head of TED, the Audacious Project “came out of people in the TED community saying, ‘Do more, turn ideas into action.'” TED is now a nonprofit with an annual revenue of over $66 million; its annual conference costs thousands to attend, and draws attendees from the nonprofit, business, and impact communities. People were getting frustrated, Anderson says, that the organization was not doing enough to actively support the kinds of ideas it brought onto the stage.

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Why Apple and Qualcomm made peace now: A 5G iPhone in 2020

Apr 16, 2019

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A report says that after the companies settled their two-year patent dispute, they agreed to a licensing agreement for 5G modems.

After all the fiery language in court filings and court rooms (Apple called Qualcomm’s business model “extortionist,” for example), after all the ego and gamesmanship, the truth is Apple and Qualcomm need each other. And there are good reasons why the two companies decided to make up now.

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Walmart.com just dropped a $48 kids’ clothing subscription box

Apr 16, 2019

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Watch out, Stitchfix Kids! And Rockets of Awesome!

Watch out, Stitchfix Kids! And Rockets of Awesome! Walmart is coming for your lunch.

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Bill Gates isn’t scared of sharks, but he wants nothing to do with mosquitoes

Apr 16, 2019

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It’s the philanthropist’s annual Mosquito Week.

Disease-carrying mosquitoes kill more than a half million people each year–and they’re mostly children. In fact, mosquitoes that transmit malaria and other diseases kill more people in one day than sharks have in 100 years. By the numbers, it’s reportedly 1,470 per day versus just 1,035 every 100 years. Yet these tiny terrors still don’t get a weeklong event on Discovery Channel.

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Jack Dorsey defends Twitter’s anti-abuse AI during heated TED exchange

Apr 16, 2019

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At TED, the Twitter cofounder says algorithms can help solve the platform’s problems with abuse and misinformation, but not everyone’s convinced.

Jack Dorsey knows his platform is flawed. “It’s a pretty terrible situation when you’re coming to a service to learn something about the world, and you spend the majority of time reporting and receiving abuse,” the Twitter cofounder said on the stage at TED in Vancouver, during a conversation with the head of TED, Chris Anderson, and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, TED’s current affairs curator. Dorsey was referencing the fact that a woman is abused on Twitter every 30 seconds, or that the platform, through the proliferation of bots on it, has been accused of influencing elections in the U.S. and most recently, in Israel, or allowing toxic accounts linked with extremist groups to linger.

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After earnings report, Netflix stock fell despite overall beat

Apr 16, 2019

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Despite a healthy earnings report, Netflix’s stock is still slumping.

Despite an overall healthy earnings report, Netflix’s stock saw a steep nosedive–falling as much as 5%. This was likely because the company provided a less-than-ideal outlook for its next quarter’s performance. The stock now seems to be recovering and is only down by a little more than 1% in after-hours trading.

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Qualcomm stock soars after settling Apple patent dispute

Apr 16, 2019

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The two companies have agreed on a patent licensing schedule and have agreed to drop all litigation. Qualcomm stock is up 13% on the news.

Apple and Qualcomm have settled their patent royalty dispute. The two companies have agreed on a patent licensing schedule and have agreed to drop all ongoing litigation against each other.

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Face-recognition tech offers new clues into a very old murder: Abraham Lincoln’s

Apr 16, 2019

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Did John Wilkes Booth get away with it? Don’t bet on it.

A team of sleuths, taking part in the Discovery Channel TV series Mummies Unwrapped, has taken facial recognition technology and used it to offer new ideas about one of the most famous murders in U.S. history—the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

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This stunning new Leica ad celebrates the heroics of photojournalism

Apr 16, 2019

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There are hints and nods to history, but the message would be more powerful if it wasn’t complete fiction.

Photojournalists are the eyes of the world. In both war and peace, they show us the stories happening around the globe, whether it’s victims of armed conflict or a rare glimpse of nature. It’s been more than three years since we first saw the photo of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi lying face down on a sandy Turkish beach, and yet I bet you can still picture it. Its impact on Syrian refugee relief was immediate.

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Paul Allen’s virtual reality “Holodome” went to TED looking for partners

Apr 16, 2019

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The late Microsoft cofounder is having a moment.

If you’re a tech-savvy billionaire, there’s a good chance you’re working on some straight-outta-Star Trek secret project. Such was the case with Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen who, before his death, was working on a pet project—an immersive virtual reality experience that takes users on a virtual trip, no headset required.

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This platform wants to fix the disturbing lack of data on police violence

Apr 16, 2019

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Only one in every 10 people who experience police violence report it. Raheem, which just formally launched in Oakland, enables anyone to easily report an interaction, and aims to collect new data to help drive reform

In 2007, Brandon Anderson lost the love of his life–a man he’d known since he was in third grade in Oklahoma City–to police violence. An officer had stopped him at a light in Oklahoma City and, after falsely accusing him of stealing a car, beat him to death. Anderson was working as an engineer and data analyst for the Army at the time; he had to keep his relationship a secret. When his partner was killed, he disclosed his sexuality and was discharged from the Army, and almost immediately set himself on a path toward using his data expertise to address the pernicious problem of police brutality that took his partner’s life.

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North Face wants to make Earth Day a national holiday

Apr 16, 2019

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Sign their petition and join the celebration.

When it comes to Earth Day, The North Face has a lot of reasons to mark the occasion. Their entire company is built on the idea of exploring and enjoying every corner of the planet we live on, so protecting it is in their best interest both as a corporate entity and as adventurers who appreciate things like breathable air, drinkable water, and clear skies.

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You took your company public, now what?

Apr 16, 2019

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The IPO is just a significant step, rather than a destination, in your business journey.

It’s the first day of the rest of your life, but also the end of the beginning. This is how some entrepreneurs might describe taking their company public. The IPO signifies years of hard work and many impossible decisions along the way, and is a significant accomplishment for any company. But it’s not the end at all.

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Could wave power be the next boom in renewable energy?

Apr 16, 2019

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Several devices that generate electricity from the movement of waves are about to begin large-scale testing in Hawaii.

In a shipyard in Portland, Oregon, a massive new energy generating device is nearly complete. In mid-May, it will begin a three-week journey to Hawaii for the first large-scale test of the tech connected to the grid. Months later, two other new technologies will also head to Hawaii to begin their own tests. It’s one step toward wider adoption of a form of renewable energy that doesn’t yet exist commercially: waves.

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Microplastics are being blown all over the world, and it’s terrifying

Apr 16, 2019

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Plastic has invaded oceans, streams, soil, and now remote mountaintops.

The ocean is filled with plastic, as are many of the world’s rivers and much of its soil, and a study released earlier this year found that 73% of deepwater fish in the North Atlantic Ocean had eaten particles of microplastic. So it should be no surprise that even remote mountaintops are littered with plastic fragments created by humans.

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How your porn addiction can help save the bees

Apr 16, 2019

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Honeybees are dying, causing a multibillion-dollar crisis, and Pornhub is doing its part with its new philanthropic campaign, “Beesexual.”

The dwindling bee population crisis is a serious issue that’s been dogging beekeepers and farmers for decades.

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3 questions to ask yourself to spring clean your career

Apr 16, 2019

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Whether you’ve been at the same job for years or you’re fairly new and are unsure of your direction, take some time for reflection, and identify tasks or roles that should be swept away.

Almost half of Americans are unhappy at work, according to the Conference Board’s latest Job Satisfaction Survey. If you’re among them, perhaps it’s time to act. Whether you’ve been at the same job for years or you’re fairly new and are unsure of your direction, consider doing some spring cleaning with your career. Take some time for reflection and identify tasks or roles that should be swept away, says Cheryl Hyatt, partner at Hyatt-Fennell Executive Search.

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These clever shelves make your books literally float in midair

Apr 16, 2019

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“We are interested in ‘errors’ that occur in perception,” explain designers Naoki Ono and Yuki Yamamoto.

Sometimes design can be so subtle it feels like magic. That’s certainly the case with Shelf, a new project by the two-person Japanese design firm Yoy that premiered at the Milan furniture fair last week. It seems unthinkable: Gravity disappears as a vase, picture frame, and even a stack of books float along the wall in midair.

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Notre-Dame can be rebuilt–if we let go of our obsession with “authenticity”

Apr 16, 2019

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Western notions of authenticity insist on preserving a building’s original materials. But other cultures think differently–and we should look to them when considering how to rebuild Notre-Dame.

The destruction of Notre Dame cathedral is lamentable. A wonderful icon has been largely destroyed by fire. However, we should not despair.

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T-Mobile launches a bloated TV bundle that sounds a lot like cable

Apr 10, 2019

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“TVision Home” is a rebranded version of the Layer3 TV service that T-Mobile bought in early 2018.

After promising a “disruptive new TV service” that would “shake things up and give people real choice,” T-Mobile is launching something that sounds a lot like cable. The company’s new TVision Home service is a $90-per-month TV package with more than 150 channels, served through cable boxes that cost $10 per month to rent. The service will launch on April 14 in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Longmont, Colorado, and T-Mobile subscribers can get a $10-per-month discount.

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The wallpaper of the future is here

Apr 10, 2019

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Design Mario Romano carves building-size murals and patterns into Corian using robotics. The results are unlike any wall coverings out there.

Last year, the Venice, California-based designer Mario Romano invented a new kind of wallpaper. Except this “wallpaper” isn’t made out of paper at all. It has volume and texture you can touch, and it can be carved in a single, continuous design, because it’s made out of Corian, a solid surface material created by DuPont. Romano’s tagline for his product? “Nature doesn’t repeat itself. Nor should your walls.”

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Meet Bendy, the eco-friendly leather shoes that won’t make a giant footprint

Apr 10, 2019

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We’re in the golden age of comfy, eco-friendly shoes.

Meet Bendy, a flat leather shoe that looks like a cross between an espadrille and a huarache. It also happens to have a low carbon footprint, generating only 4.5 pounds of greenhouse emissions compared to the 30 pounds generated by the average sneaker, according to a life-cycle assessment conducted by the MIT Materials Systems lab.

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Here’s the first-ever image of a black hole

Apr 10, 2019

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So that’s what a black hole looks like.

This morning, scientists revealed the first-ever photograph of a black hole. By its very nature, a black hole cannot be seen, because a black hole is an extremely dense object from which no light can escape, and anything that comes within a black hole’s “event horizon” is consumed, never to re-emerge, because of the black hole’s unimaginably strong gravity.

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Netflix originals are nowhere to be found on this list of favorite shows for cord cutters

Apr 10, 2019

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Fun fact: 21% of viewers stream content while sitting at their desk at work.

When it comes to content, cord cutters and other so-called OTT viewers (aka people who use streaming services) aren’t as forward-thinking as you (or they) might assume.

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Cersei is the deadliest killer (198 bodies!) and other terrifically morbid Game of Thrones data

Apr 10, 2019

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An illustrated deep dive from The Washington Post into the many deaths on “Game of Thrones” will help you prepare for the final season.

Woe betide anyone who gets on Cersei Lannister’s bad side. For no matter who ends up sitting on the iron throne at the end of the rapidly approaching eighth and final season of Game of Thrones, Cersei already has a top spot of her own: the highest kill count.

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Healthcare giants flooded political campaigns with cash in 2017, per new analysis

Apr 10, 2019

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The data underscore the political obstacles that advocates of healthcare reform face since almost all of the trade groups that received donations oppose a bigger role for the government in providing health insurance.

The nation’s largest healthcare corporations gave at least $61 million directly to political campaigns, nonprofits, ballot initiatives, and trade associations during 2017, according to a MapLight analysis of newly released data.

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Stop forcing your mindfulness on me

Apr 10, 2019

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While mindfulness is very effective for some, it does absolutely nothing for others, and pushing it on them won’t change that.

I first heard the word “mindfulness” about five years ago, and it feels like I haven’t stopped hearing it since.

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Why you don’t need a clear path to be successful

Apr 10, 2019

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Sometimes, it’s better to start from scratch.

From the moment we start crawling, we’re programmed to look to those around us and mimic what they’re doing. A huge part of growing up is simply learning to replicate other’s actions in order to fit in with family, friends, and society at large.

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Uber Eats is going to stop gaslighting you with confusing design

Apr 10, 2019

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The app is getting a significant update. Here’s what the company’s head of product has to say about what prompted the changes.

First it was supposed to be 6:15. Then the time jumped to 6:28. Soon, the kids grow restless. The spouse points out that ordering in was a bad idea all along. It’s 6:45 and the Pad Thai still hasn’t arrived. What time was it supposed to get here? The new estimate is saying 6:53, but I swear I set the table almost 40 minutes ago.

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I went to Ikea’s first “small” store, and it answered all my prayers

Apr 10, 2019

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The company’s first Manhattan store is nothing like any Ikea you’ve ever been to.

Like many New Yorkers, I live in a small apartment with too little storage space. My closets are overflowing and my hand-me-down chests of drawers are falling apart. Like many people who are interested in buying furniture on a budget, my first thought is Ikea. But trekking out to Ikea’s Brooklyn superstore is a full-day commitment–one that involves lugging my new closet back with me, without a car.

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Luxury fashion is not size inclusive. Universal Standard wants to fix that

Apr 10, 2019

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Luxury fashion label Rodarte just partnered with Universal Standard to create a capsule collection for women size 00 to 40.

Universal Standard, the groundbreaking fashion label that wants to make high-quality, well-designed clothes for women sized 00 to 40, is on a quest to make the entire fashion industry more inclusive. It just announced a collaboration with the luxury fashion label Rodarte to create four pieces available all the way to size 40.

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How I spent my windfall of cash

Apr 10, 2019

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An 80% salary increase, an unexpected inheritance, an injury settlement: Three people tell us how they managed a financial windfall

For many people, a financial windfall isn’t necessarily a life-altering moment. Often, it’s quieter than hitting the jackpot or winning the lottery (which, in many cases, can actually make beneficiaries more prone to bankruptcy). It might come in the form of compensation for a workplace injury or a sudden inheritance; sometimes, it might just be a sharp increase in earnings.

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To find a mentor, think like a mentor

Apr 10, 2019

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5 tips on how to find a mentor and nurture a relationship that could change your career.

Editor’s Note: Each week Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay, offers candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at dearfounder@fastcompany.com.

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Buildings kill 600 million birds every year–and skyscrapers aren’t solely to blame

Apr 10, 2019

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There’s no easy solution, but there are simple ways you can help.

Chicago, Houston, and Dallas. These cities aren’t just hubs for human air travel. They are also on the paths of migrating birds–which, with the rise of urbanization, has made them the three deadliest cities for our winged friends in the U.S.

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Doctors want Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper recalled after deaths

Apr 10, 2019

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The popular infant sleeper has been linked to 32 deaths.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has demanded that Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play sleeper be recalled after a Consumer Reports investigation linked the sleeper to 32 deaths. According to that report:

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5 rituals that spark creativity at Pinterest, Flipboard, and Amazon

Apr 10, 2019

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From fixathons to wake parties.

Creativity and innovation happen when people break the script and make non-obvious connections. Rituals can provide a structure for people to switch to a creative mind-set and push the boundaries of the ordinary. They can also help teams develop a culture of experimentation. Here are five unexpected rituals excerpted from our new book, Rituals for Work: 50 Ways to Create Engagement, Shared Purpose, and a Culture of Bottom-Up Innovation (Wiley, 2019).

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This is when it’s actually good to be a pessimist

Apr 10, 2019

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Your tendency to always look at the negative might actually be really valuable for you if you use it right. Here’s how.

When you have concerns about the future, people often admonish you to look on the bright side and to find the silver lining inside that cloud. And pessimism can sometimes be debilitating, particularly if you become so convinced that you cannot succeed at some venture that you stop trying.

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For the first time ever, Snapchat is expected to lose U.S. users this year

Apr 10, 2019

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And Instagram will benefit the most from Snapchat’s loss.

That’s according to marketing research firm eMarketer. The firm has released its latest forecast on U.S. social network users and says that 2019 will be the first time Snapchat loses users. In 2018, Snapchat had 79.7 million users, but eMarketer says that number will fall by 2.8% down to 77.5 million users in 2019. The firm also says Snapchat will stay below its 2018 user peak for at least the next four years. Matter of fact, between 2019 and 2023, eMarketer forecasts that Snapchat will only add 600,000 new U.S. users.

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Your swimsuit is terrible for the environment

Apr 10, 2019

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Here are the best alternatives–and they’re still not good enough.

In March, with swimsuit season just around the corner, the 10-year-old fashion label Reformation dropped a new line of bikinis and one-piece bathing suits. But the collection came with a caveat. On Reformation’s website and in an email to customers, the brand announced: “These swimsuits are not sustainable enough.”

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How Apple Arcade and other subscriptions could save—or sink—indie games

Apr 4, 2019

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For better or worse, Netflix-like gaming services are a new wrinkle for independent creators.

Last week, Apple announced a new subscription gaming service called Apple Arcade, presenting it as an alternative to the freemium games that have overrun its iOS platform.

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Inside Apple’s shaky plan to deliver a 5G iPhone in 2020 [Updated]

Apr 3, 2019

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Apple is relying on Intel for its 5G modem, and things are not going smoothly between the two companies.

[Updated with Intel comment Wednesday 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time]

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Here’s who Apple wants to sign up for its TV+ streaming service

Apr 3, 2019

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Spoiler alert: Apple is going after young, single men.

Last week, Apple unveiled its Apple TV+ streaming service, and with it came some insight as to who that service is meant for.

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Another Facebook fiasco—over 540 million user records reportedly exposed on public database

Apr 3, 2019

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In total, roughly 22,000 Facebook passwords were openly exposed “for an unknown period of time.”

Facebook has reportedly suffered yet another privacy hit: A new report claims that more than 540 million user records were exposed on a public database.

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A simple fix for stronger and more sustainable cities: solar street lights

Apr 3, 2019

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It’s a sure way for developing cities to create safer streets and more jobs (and lower electricity bills) in their rapidly expanding street networks.

In Uganda, urban populations are skyrocketing. Annual growth rates measure around 3% in cities like Kampala and Jinja, and people are increasingly moving from rural to urban areas. On the surface, this is good for the economy. But what’s happening in these Ugandan cities is money for basic public services, especially in the informal settlements that have developed across the cities, is stretching thin.

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WeWork acquires cleaning services startup Managed by Q

Apr 3, 2019

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Managed by Q connects offices with IT managers, receptionists, inventory management, repair services, and cleaning staff—and it was last valued at $249 million.

WeWork has acquired support services startup Managed by Q as part of its quest to take over the office. The company declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal.

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Disney accused in gender pay gap lawsuit of valuing “male workers more than female workers”

Apr 3, 2019

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“Disney’s leadership tends to value male workers more than female workers,” the suit alleges.

Remember how Minnie Mouse had to wait 40 years longer than Mickey Mouse to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Turns out she may not be the only Disney employee being treated differently based on her gender. To mark Equal Pay Day, a law firm has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co., alleging that the company systematically underpays its female employees.

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Google requiring all temp and contract workers to get health and parental leave benefits

Apr 3, 2019

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Google will require all its vendors to offer the talent they provide to the search giant a guaranteed minimum wage, health care, and tuition reimbursement.

Google will require that the outside companies employing its temporary and contract workers give them comprehensive health care, a minimum wage of $15 per hour, 12 weeks of parental leave, and a minimum of eight days of sick leave, according to an internal memo obtained by The Hill.

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FamilyTreeDNA says it has a “moral responsibility” to share DNA data with FBI

Apr 3, 2019

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The ancestry testing company’s new marketing campaign wants you to share your biometric data with the feds.

FamilyTreeDNA wants you to share your personal data with the feds. The ancestry testing company got in hot water a few months ago when it was revealed that it had formed a partnership with the FBI to help it solve crimes using genealogy data. While the company has since made it possible for users to opt out of sharing this information with the government, it really doesn’t want you to do that.

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Kaspersky says its new app will now flag “stalkerware” used in domestic abuse

Apr 3, 2019

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Kaspersky Lab says its Android security software will now flag commercial spyware often used in domestic abuse and stalking.

Kaspersky Lab says its Kaspersky Internet Security for Android with Privacy Alert app will now flag commercially available spyware, sometimes dubbed “stalkerware,” when it’s found on users’ phones.

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White House aims to crack down on counterfeit goods sold online

Apr 3, 2019

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The hope is to crack down on third-party sellers using sites like Amazon and Walmart to sell fake goods.

If you’re buying Gucci on Amazon, there is a good chance it’s fake—and you probably know it. But if you’re buying batteries or medicine, you may not be aware that you’re buying a counterfeit good, and it can have disastrous results. Unfortunately, it’s much more common than you might expect.

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Former Netflix executive alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired for being pregnant

Apr 3, 2019

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The suit alleges that Netflix “secretly retaliates” against women using maternity leave, too.

A former Netflix executive is alleging that she was fired from the streaming giant after announcing her pregnancy. Tania Zarak was a manager of Netflix’s international originals division, but she found herself excluded from meetings, ignored by her supervisor, and removed from a show she was working on without her knowledge, according to a lawsuit reported on by Variety. In the suit, Zarak alleges that it all started when she disclosed to her manager, Francisco Ramos, that she was pregnant. After noting the change in behavior, she reportedly went to Netflix’s HR department, who called her into a meeting with the manager to discuss the situation.

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Why performance metrics isn’t always the best way to judge performance

Apr 3, 2019

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There are limitations to relying on numbers alone.

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organizations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve termed it “metric fixation.” The key components of metric fixation are the belief that it is possible–and desirable–to replace professional judgment (acquired through personal experience and talent) with numerical indicators of comparative performance based upon standardized data (metrics); and that the best way to motivate people within these organizations is by attaching rewards and penalties to their measured performance.

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“Joker” trailer reveals a dark, creepy drama loaded with nods to classic films

Apr 3, 2019

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We had doubts about Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. (Joaquer?) But this first trailer, with its creepy tone and movie homages, has us putting on a happier face.

The most unsettling part of Adam McKay’s recent Dick Cheney biopic, Vice, was that it presented someone whom many consider a monster as an actual human being. Now it looks like McKay’s fellow comedy director with genre-hopping ambitions, Hangover helmer Todd Phillips, is about to pull off a similar feat with an equally formidable monster, the Joker.

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Algae tiles turn walls into living water filtration systems

Apr 3, 2019

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A team of designers and engineers from University College London are trying to bring bioremediation to wall tiles.

Up to 80% of India’s surface water is polluted, according to a 2015 report. But while much of the pollution comes from untreated sewage, industrial waste water is a major contributor, with textile production releasing dyes and unwanted chemicals into rivers.

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Green New Deal opponents get 24 times more campaign cash from Big Oil than supporters

Apr 3, 2019

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The resolution urges lawmakers to begin outlining the best options for reshaping the nation’s $20.7 trillion economy to mitigate climate change.

The average congressional opponent of the Green New Deal has received 24 times more campaign cash from the nation’s largest oil and gas companies that sponsors of the climate change resolution, according to a MapLight analysis.

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How Paul Scheer is gambling on his own creativity (and winning)

Apr 3, 2019

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From acting to podcasting to penning comic books, Scheer’s career is just as creative as it is random. Here’s how he juggles it all.

Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation featuring actor and comedian Paul Scheer on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, RadioPublic, GooglePlay, or Stitcher.

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These are the companies where most U.S. employees want to work

Apr 3, 2019

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The most sought-after companies today are some of the largest, best known tech organizations.

LinkedIn’s fourth annual ranking of top companies people are clamoring to work at is in. Among the top five, there aren’t too many surprises:

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Britax refused to recall a stroller that injured babies: Report

Apr 3, 2019

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission sued the stroller maker over the decision

Britax Child Safety has a little explaining to do in the wake of a bombshell exposé by The Washington Post that revealed the stroller company had refused to recall a stroller that injured nearly 100 adults and children.

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Why Accenture Interactive buying ad agency Droga5 is such a big deal

Apr 3, 2019

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Is this David Droga’s latest bid to be at the forefront of advertising–or an amiable payday for a modern legend?

In easily the highest profile deal the ad industry has seen in recent memory, Accenture Interactive announced this morning that it has fully acquired creative advertising agency Droga5, which counts Under Armour, HBO, the New York Times, Amazon, Covergirl, and more major brands as clients.

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The world is still run by dynasties

Mar 28, 2019

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Want to get into politics? It helps if you come from the right family.

Our new study, published in the journal Historical Social Research in December 2018, shows that, on average, 1 in 10 world leaders comes from households with political ties.

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Disney Parks will ban smoking and large strollers, and some parents are fuming

Mar 28, 2019

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Strollers greater than 36 inches in width and 52 inches in length will be prohibited.

You already can’t drink or use a selfie stick at Disney Parks. And now, add two more restrictions to the list: On Thursday, the happiest place on earth announced that smoking and oversized strollers are also not welcome.

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Microsoft: Please tax us more (and Amazon too)

Mar 28, 2019

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The software giant is backing an effort to raise the tax burden for Washington State’s two biggest tech companies, in a move that reportedly caught Amazon by surprise.

Microsoft says it’s determined to pay more of its fair share in improving quality-of-life in its home state of Washington. In the process, it also appears to be branding itself as the anti-Amazon.

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Atom Tickets is launching its own version of MoviePass–except it sounds like it might be good

Mar 28, 2019

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The digital ticketing app wants to help theaters roll their own subscription services.

MoviePass may be continuing its downward spiral, but if it proved anything, it’s that moviegoers are open to a subscription service to see more movies in a theater for at least a good, if not too-good-to-be-true, price.

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Do these things to avoid burnout from taking over your life

Mar 28, 2019

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Stress is a natural part of life. But if you don’t learn to manage it well, it can turn into something serious.

Not all stress is created equal.

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Forever 21’s new USPS capsule collection is fast fashion at its worst

Mar 28, 2019

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Forever 21 recreates Lance Armstrong’s infamous U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team uniform, with the Postal Service’s blessing. Why?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of the U.S. Postal Service. I love my November visit to the local post office to pick out stamps for Christmas cards. I love neatly boxing up care packages, then handing them off to my trusty mailman.

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Internal Apple documents undercut claims about your right to repair

Mar 28, 2019

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As the EU and at least 18 U.S. states prepare new right-to-repair laws, Apple may be relenting–or slyly fighting back.

Typically, when your iPhone or MacBook breaks, you have to go to the Apple store and wait in line at the Genius Bar until they can use their proprietary diagnostic tools on your device to tell you what’s wrong and how much it will cost to fix it. If the laptop or phone is out of warranty, it will probably be expensive to fix. While other companies can repair Apple products, the risk is that it can invalidate the warranty, putting consumers in a tight spot. That’s where right-to-repair activists come in. Consumer Reports (CR), the EFF, and iFixit, among others in the growing movement, have been fighting for standards that would force manufacturers to make it legal and practical for consumers, or independent repair shops, to fix devices.

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In MacBook keyboard woes, a weird echo of the TRS-80 circa 1978

Mar 28, 2019

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With technology, whaat goess arounnd comess arouund.

Wall Street Journal personal technology columnist Joanna Stern’s MacBook Air is driving her bonkers. Though only four months old, its keyboard is repeating characters as she types–or failing to register them at all. Other MacBook owners report similar misbehavior, which has been going on for awhile and inspired a class-action lawsuit.

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Vice Media agrees to $1.87M settlement over gender pay discrimination

Mar 28, 2019

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The suit was brought by 675 of Vice’s female employees.

Vice Media, aka, the “Bad Place Where Millennials Want to Work,” was accused of pay discrimination last year when a female employee claimed that a male colleague she hired made about $25,000 more than she did—and was then allegedly given a promotion over her. Now, Vice is paying up. The company has agreed to a $1.875 million deal to resolve a class action lawsuit brought by an estimated 675 of the media company’s female employees.

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Why is this iconic sports franchise in one of America’s most multicultural cities so lacking in diversity?

Mar 28, 2019

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The Los Angeles Dodgers, the franchise that broke the color barrier with Jackie Robinson in 1947 and has been a model for diversity in baseball for decades, will field a starting lineup this year that is nearly all white.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.

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Why our day-to-day routines are a reflection of our character

Mar 28, 2019

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The things we do every day are more than routines to be hacked.

There are hundreds of things we do–repeatedly, routinely–every day. We wake up, check our phones, eat our meals, brush our teeth, do our jobs, satisfy our addictions. In recent years, such habitual actions have become an arena for self-improvement: Bookshelves are saturated with best-sellers about “life hacks,” “life design,” and how to “gamify” our long-term projects, promising everything from enhanced productivity to a healthier diet and huge fortunes. These guides vary in scientific accuracy, but they tend to depict habits as routines that follow a repeated sequence of behaviors into which we can intervene to set ourselves on a more desirable track.

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Everything Adam Schiff thinks is not okay about Trump and Russia, in one viral moment

Mar 28, 2019

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When Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee called upon its chairman to resign, Schiff responded with a cinematic moment Aaron Sorkin might wish he created.

What: A fiery piece of speechifying.

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Office Depot has to pay the FTC $35 million for fake malware scans

Mar 28, 2019

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The FTC intends to use the money to provide refunds to consumers.

If Office Depot and/or OfficeMax said your computer had malware, they may have scammed you–and you may be entitled to a refund.

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EU to ban plastic plates, cups, and cutlery by 2021

Mar 28, 2019

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Leave your plastic at home on your next European vacation.

The European Union is taking the lead in saving the world. The EU parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, plastic cotton swabs, straws, and coffee stirrers as part of a sweeping law aimed at fighting the plastic waste that pollutes oceans and beaches. The ban on single-use plastics will go into effect by 2021 in all EU member states (and maybe the U.K., depending on what happens with Brexit).

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This startup lets users watch ads to get free mobile service

Mar 28, 2019

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Instead of paying your cell phone bill in cash, Moolah Mobile lets you pay for your service as you use it, by putting ads on your home screen.

For a family struggling to survive on minimum wage, paying monthly bills can sometimes mean not having enough money for groceries. Around 50 million American households can’t afford a basic budget for rent, food, childcare, healthcare, transportation, and a phone bill–so every month involves creative juggling of expenses. A new program was created to help with one particular bill: In exchange for looking at ads on their phones, low-income consumers can get free cell phone data.

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FuboTV is the latest live TV streaming service to hike prices

Mar 28, 2019

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With Viacom channels incoming, FuboTV raises its starting price to $55 per month.

The folks who insist that cord-cutting is no cheaper than cable just got some more ammunition. Live TV streaming service FuboTV just announced that it’s raising its prices. Starting today, the price will rise from $45 per month to $55 per month for new subscribers (with a $10 discount for the first month). Details on how this will affect current subscribers will be divulged later.

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World’s most famous nightclub designers create world’s coolest dental office

Mar 28, 2019

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If the Berghain had an attached dental practice, it would look like this.

I hate going to the dentist. But if I lived in Berlin, I would gladly go to The Urban Dentist. Instead of your regular squeaky-clean doctor’s office, this looks like a cool club or a cocktail bar.

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Brunei kicks off tourism push–and death penalty for homosexuality

Mar 28, 2019

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The rules were delayed once after a public outcry.

Earlier this week, Royal Brunei Airlines announced that it was taking over the job as the sultanate’s marketing organization for the national tourist board. According to a story in Skift, the airline was hoping to help attract tourists to the small country on the island of Borneo who otherwise might book tickets to Singapore, Bali, Cambodia, or Oman. Few tourists, however, will rush to purchase tickets to Brunei now as the sultanate just announced that it was putting into effect new laws that allow for stoning people to death for adultery and homosexuality.

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Exclusive: How Equinox is using data to win back rogue gym members

Mar 28, 2019

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Big data, big rewards.

One of the worst parts of going to the gym actually comes before you peel yourself off the couch, strap on some Spandex, and drag your body out of the house. The worst part of the gym begins before you even sign up for the gym, with the relentless marketing material flooding your inbox. And if you happen to quit a gym? The email onslaught is unforgiving and enough to make you never, ever sign on the dotted line at a gym again–and, instead, just burn calories by pogo sticking in the comfort of your home.

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Muji’s new hotel is the greatest ad for Muji yet

Mar 28, 2019

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The 79-room hotel sits on top of the company’s flagship store in Tokyo.

In April, minimalist dream store Muji is opening its first hotel in Japan, the company’s home country. The hotel, located in the Ginza neighborhood of Tokyo on top of Muji’s global flagship store (which also includes two Muji restaurants!), is the best advertisement for the retailer’s products yet.

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Who was Garamond, anyway? The history behind 5 classic typefaces

Mar 22, 2019

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The author of a new dictionary of typefaces explains the origins of some of the best-known type–and their lesser-known namesakes.

Editor’s note: In Sean Adams’s new book, The Designer’s Dictionary of Type, he examines 48 of the most important typefaces, their history, and how they can be put to work. While plenty of these typefaces are modern, Adams also covers the history of classic typefaces and their eponymous creators, who have otherwise been largely lost to history. 

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It’s showtime for Apple, but behind the scenes of its original video strategy, confusion reigns

Mar 22, 2019

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The road to turning iPhones and iPads and Apple TV into the home for Apple-branded original entertainment has been rocky. But maybe the shows will be great.

When Apple sent out invitations to its highly anticipated event on Monday, March 25, the same invitation–emblazoned with the words “It’s showtime”–went out to all invitees, including Hollywood A-listers, some of whom would be gracing the stage when Apple is expected to unveil details surrounding its new video subscription service. But many top-level Hollywood participants, who are used to receiving the white-glove treatment, received no additional instructions about what would happen on Monday, or even whether they should arrive early, to help them plan their trip from Los Angeles to Silicon Valley. 

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Watch out: Your private health app data may impact your credit report

Mar 22, 2019

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Researchers found that mobile apps meant to handle your most personal information are likely sharing your data with third parties.

It’s a sad fact of our late capitalist world that data is one of the hottest currencies. Every move you make online–and sometimes off, too!–is likely being tracked in some way and then sold to the highest bidder. New research shows that even health apps, which often store users’ most personal information, are also sharing the data they collect. To make matters worse, for many of these programs, it’s simply impossible to opt out.

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Indoor farms full of dandelions could be our future source of rubber

Mar 22, 2019

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Rubber plantations are a major source of deforestation, but there’s another place to get the material: inside a dandelion’s roots. Now scientists are engineering the weed to grow in indoor farms–and with as much latex as possible.

Inside a lab at an Ohio State University research center, scientists are genetically engineering a dandelion that could soon be grown in large amounts in hydroponic farms. The goal: to harvest latex from the plant’s roots, which could help supply rubber for tires, flooring, toys, and tens of thousands of other products that currently use rubber from plantations that displace tropical rainforests.

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Landmark bill would ban cosmetics with toxic ingredients

Mar 21, 2019

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California lawmakers introduced the landmark bill on Tuesday, noting that sales of such products would be deemed illegal in the state.

Lawmakers are taking beauty ingredients more seriously.

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On the day of its IPO, Levi’s CEO hints at upcoming tech innovations

Mar 21, 2019

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It’s going to take innovation and marketing to grow the clothing category.

Back in the nineteenth century, Levi Strauss & Co. started by innovating pants for gold miners, basically inventing the blue jean—166 years later, the company’s CEO says he wants to continue to stay on the cutting edge, but this time with software and patents.

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Beer fight! MillerCoors sues Bud over its corn syrup ads

Mar 21, 2019

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A day after launching its own funny response ads, MillerCoors is taking Bud Light’s parent to court.

Remember when you were a kid and you and a friend would pick at each other, and it all seemed in good fun until someone stormed off and complained to Mom? Welcome to the $35 billion U.S. beer industry!

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Are you surprised that the U.S. isn’t one of the 10 happiest countries on earth?

Mar 21, 2019

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Would you be less surprised to learn that people in Scandinavia are much, much happier?

The top three countries with the highest sustained levels of happiness in recent years are Finland, Denmark, and Norway, in that order. Next up, it’s Iceland and the Netherlands to round out the top five. Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, and Austria make up six through 10.

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Comcast’s hedge against cord cutting is . . . another box you have to rent

Mar 21, 2019

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Xfinity Flex offers Netflix and other apps–plus an easy upgrade path to cable–for $5 per month.

Comcast is taking on the likes of Roku and Amazon Fire TV with its own 4K HDR streaming box, though it has some strings attached.

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“Prescribing” fruits and veggies would save $100 billion in medical costs

Mar 21, 2019

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Researchers at Tufts University made the case that subsidized fruits and vegetables could prevent millions of cases of chronic diseases.

Perhaps it’s time for doctors to start prescribing more produce than pills. That’s, at least, what researchers argue in a new study that finds “prescriptions” for healthy foods could save more than $100 billion in healthcare costs.

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The Dignity Museum builds empathy between visitors and the homeless

Mar 21, 2019

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Through virtual reality and storytelling, the first-ever museum dedicated to homelessness wants to further our understanding of the human side of the crisis.

In a parking lot southwest of Atlanta, a new museum brings visitors into conversation with the systemic issues of homelessnessa growing concern in the U.S., and one that’s not often understood.  “We wanted to create a space where the voices of individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty could speak for themselves,” says Terence Lester, founder of the Dignity Museum and the homelessness-focused nonprofit Love Beyond Walls.

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3 productivity killers that you should stay away from

Mar 21, 2019

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Modern life has made it more tempting to give in to distractions.

Whenever I walk into a library, something clicks in my brain. The sight of an unmistakable banker’s desk lamp with a green glass shade primes me to focus and concentrate.

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These board games play out how climate change will reshape our cities

Mar 21, 2019

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Learning how different stakeholders will respond when sea levels rise can help us better understand what will happen as the climate changes.

Jeanette Kim started designing board games about climate change after working on scenario planning with her architecture students at Colombia University–and seeing that the typical process, which architects and many cities use to make decisions, was fairly boring. Board games brought the scenarios to life. “They’re great at mixing together a lot of complexity and making that visible,” says Kim, who now teaches at California College of the Arts and leads the Urban Works Agency, a research lab at the school that looks at the use of architectural design on social justice issues, sustainability, and economic resilience in cities. A series of the games developed by Kim and her students, called Win-Win, is now in an exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

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Millions of Facebook passwords have been stored in plain text, report says

Mar 21, 2019

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This is just the latest in a long line of privacy-related scandals Facebook has endured, further calling into question its ability to keep users secure.

Facebook is currently investigating the extent to which it accidentally logged and stored unencrypted password data, according to security expert Brian Krebs. This is just the latest in a long line of privacy-related scandals Facebook has endured, further calling into question its ability to keep users secure.

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Rent the Runway is now a unicorn

Mar 21, 2019

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With a $125 million investment round, Rent the Runway is now valued at over $1 billion. The female unicorn club just got a little bigger.

Rent the Runway has achieved unicorn status. Today, it announces a $125 million investment from institutional investors like Franklin Templeton, Bain Capital, and T. Rowe Price–along with existing lead investors–bringing the company’s total investment to $337 million. This new funding values the company at $1 billion.

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These Dunkin’ donut-inspired Saucony sneakers might be the best-ever fast food-footwear collaboration

Mar 21, 2019

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Made for the Boston Marathon, this latest collaboration is a near perfect match between a city and one of its hometown brands.

Footwear brand Saucony and fast-food chain Dunkin’ have launched a new sneaker collaboration ahead of the 2019 Boston Marathon on April 15th, combining the Kinarva 10 running shoe model with the donut merchant’s familiar pink and orange logo.

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You can now send Gillette your old razors to have them recycled

Mar 15, 2019

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A new program from the shaving company will help make disposable razors less environmentally damaging.

If you use disposable razors, you might throw out as many as 20 each year. Gillette now wants to keep them out of the trash: In a new program, the company is inviting anyone in the U.S. to send in old razors, blades, and even packaging–from any brand–for recycling.

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Disney rehires James Gunn for “Guardians of the Galaxy 3”

Mar 15, 2019

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After firing the writer/director back in July for offensive, years-old tweets, the studio decided to bring Gunn back for the final instalment of the popular series.

Rocket Raccoon may be the only currently living Guardian of the Galaxy, but now we know another key member will be back for Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Writer and director James Gunn.

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The city of New Orleans is using IGTV to get you to see more than Bourbon Street–and see the potential of Instagram video, too

Mar 15, 2019

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The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation recently launched a new IGTV series meant to uncover the city’s hidden gems. But who’s on IGTV?

The New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation wants tourists to go beyond the French Quarter and Bourbon Street–and they’re using IGTV to do it.

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Why CEOs are still missing the point on social impact

Mar 15, 2019

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Social impact isn’t bad for business. It’s the future of business.

A recent survey of CEOs is a stark reminder of how far our economy still needs to go before social impact is seen as a key business driver.

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Report: Beto O’Rourke was a member of a famed hacking group in the 1980s

Mar 15, 2019

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The hacker group is one of the oldest of its kind, first associating through dial-up bulletin board services.

During Beto O’Rourke’s U.S. Senate run last year, voters learned of his time in a punk band and that he enjoys skateboarding. But a new Reuters report reveals another aspect of his countercultural youth: He was a member of the famed hacking group Cult of the Dead Cow.

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How drones and satellite images are measuring the forests used for carbon offsets

Mar 15, 2019

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Pachama is building a verified marketplace for forest carbon offsets.

For someone who owns forested land, carbon offsets give a financial incentive not to cut down trees. Other businesses that are struggling to reduce emissions can pay to keep the trees standing and sucking up carbon from the atmosphere. Offsets for planting trees are another significant way to fight climate change: Done at a massive scale, tree-planting could cancel out a decade of emissions.

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Here’s how AI is helping reduce the threat of active shooters at work

Mar 15, 2019

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Prepping for active shooters isn’t quite the same as running a fire drill or other evacuation procedure but it’s necessary to prepare employees for all kinds of emergency situations. That’s where AI comes in.

“Every single day there is some sort of event at a workplace.”

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What we talk about when we talk about the New Zealand mosque shooting

Mar 15, 2019

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Journalists are tasked with covering the news, but how should media cover a murder suspect who craves media attention? Harvard professor Joan Donovan discusses the pitfalls journalists fall into.

This morning, a shooter stormed two mosques in New Zealand and killed 49 people, live-streaming the entire event to Facebook. Before doing this, he made his intentions known on online forums and even left a digital document espousing a white supremacist ideology (among other things). The aftermath has left the world shaken, and unsure of how to go forward.

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Muji’s adorable autonomous bus hits the road in Finland

Mar 15, 2019

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The future is here… If you live in Espoo, Finland.

Right now, most self-driving vehicles are limited to operating under relatively strict conditions and locations; the majority of AVs require good weather and well-marked roads. But one autonomous vehicle, which hit the roads in Finland this week, is designed to go anywhere in any conditions.

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Sorry, hosiery haters: We’re in the golden age of tights

Mar 15, 2019

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Warby Parker did it with glasses. Away did it with suitcases. These brands are doing it with women’s stockings.

Yeah, you heard that right. The world of direct-to-consumer tights is blowing up. And why shouldn’t we have high-quality, affordable tights? Warby Parker did it with glasses. Away did it with suitcases. Now a triumvirate of brands is doing it with women’s stockings.

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How Beto O’Rourke shaped his campaign narrative, according to the HBO director who followed him

Mar 15, 2019

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This filmmaker followed O’Rourke for months. And he may have some insight into his presidential bid.

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Earlier this week, Fast Company executive editor Paul Smalera asked filmmaker David Modigliani if he thought Beto O’Rourke was going to run for president. Modigliani would be one to know–he followed O’Rourke’s failed Senate campaign from beginning to end for his about-to-be-released HBO documentary Running with Beto. In response to the question, the documentarian hedged–perhaps he knew or had an idea, but he didn’t want to misspeak.

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How to help New Zealand shooting victims: 6 things you can do right now

Mar 15, 2019

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There are a number of ways to help victims and their families.

Communities across New Zealand are reeling today after a terrorist attack at two mosques left 49 people dead and at least 48 more people injured, including children. The mass shootings took place at the Al Noor and Linwood mosques, with the gunman live-streaming the attacks on social media, apparently inspired by white supremacist and anti-immigrant ideologies.

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Lawmakers opposed to healthcare reform are boosted by industry campaign contributions

Mar 15, 2019

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Senators opposed to three healthcare reform bills have received an average of $14,000 to $24,000 more in campaign contributions from the healthcare industry than sponsors of those bills, the impact of which will threaten their profits.

Senators who have refused to cosponsor bills that would reshape the nation’s ailing healthcare system have received an average of $14,000 to $24,000 more in campaign contributions from the nation’s biggest healthcare companies than lawmakers who have signed on as sponsors of one of three major reform bills, according to a MapLight analysis.

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YouTube star Lilly Singh to replace Carson Daly with her own late-night NBC show

Mar 15, 2019

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Singh will be the first woman to host a daily late-night show for a major network, but can she translate her 14 million YouTube subscribers to TV viewers?

Lilly Singh, who’s best known for her vlogs and comedy sketches on YouTube, is moving to late night with a new show on NBC.

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Your company is not your family

Mar 15, 2019

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The concept of “family” makes conversations much harder.

There was a time where I wholly embraced calling our team–our company–a family.

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One CEO makes a case for getting more personal at work

Mar 15, 2019

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I’m an open book–and my company is stronger for it

I just got back from my honeymoon in New Zealand. The highlight? Hiking the real-life Mount Doom and giving my wife a replica of the one ring to rule them all. (She’s a diehard Lord of the Rings fan.) The funny thing is, I didn’t buy the ring for her–one of my employees did.

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$6 will buy you 30 minutes inside New York’s first coworking spa

Mar 15, 2019

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Tucked away in a corner of Hudson Yards, you’ll find a rather odd space that mixes coffeeshop, coworking space, retail store, airport lounge, meditation and yoga studio, and spa.

The first thing that hits you is the smell. I’m walking through the 720,000-square-foot mall in New York’s brand new $25 billion development Hudson Yards, and it reeks of something chemical that I imagine is marble polish. I walk all the way up to the fourth floor, where, right next to the not-yet-opened observation deck, there’s a business called 3den.

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These oddly satisfying photos reveal the inner workings of everyday objects

Mar 15, 2019

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Mike Warren and Jonothan Woodward use a high-pressure waterjet cutter to show us the internal mechanisms that power the gadgets and appliances you probably own.

Have you ever wished you could look inside the guts of your drill, video game console, or vacuum cleaner? The hidden worlds inside these everyday electronics are on full view in  The Hidden World Inside Everyday Objects, a book of mesmerizing photographs of objects that have been perfectly cut in half.

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6 ways to fake confidence when you feel insecure

Mar 15, 2019

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Feeling nervous about a big job interview or a company-wide presentation? These small adjustments can help you fake it until you make it.

Most of us have heard about “power posing” and the art of faking confidence by using big arm gestures and open body language. Harvard Professor Amy Cuddy popularized this notion and even argues that by faking it, you can make yourself feel strong and powerful.

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This is how to turn down a job but keep a good relationship with the hiring manager

Mar 15, 2019

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You’ve interviewed for a job, but ultimately decided that you don’t want it. How do you let them down easy and leave the door open for future opportunities?

Let’s say you’re on the hunt for a new job. Three interviews in, you realize it’s not the place for you—maybe the position doesn’t seem like a good fit, or you didn’t hit it off with your potential boss. You do, however, want to stay in touch with the hiring manager or recruiter, in case a different role opens up down the road. How do you proceed?

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Meet the startup turning your new favorite podcast into your next TV binge

Mar 9, 2019

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How Wondery built its own podcast-to-television pipeline.

Last year, Bravo released the television series Dirty John, starring Connie Britton and Eric Bana as a dangerous con man. When Dirty John launched, it was Bravo’s most-watched scripted series ever, according to The Hollywood Reporter–with 2.09 million viewers.

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This biotech startup is growing protein-rich vegan pet food in a lab

Mar 9, 2019

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The carbon footprint of pet food is enormous. Wild Earth wants to give pets the same nutrition without the emissions.

While other Silicon Valley startups grow chicken from animal cells for future use in chicken nuggets, one Berkeley-based biotech startup has been experimenting with bioreactor-grown meat for a different audience: mouse treats for cats.

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4 questions to ask yourself before preparing a speech

Mar 9, 2019

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When it comes to giving a good speech, talent is overrated.

Staring at an empty computer screen when you sit down to start writing a speech can be daunting, and not just because every blank page is scary. Many people believe that being a great speaker is a natural gift and that some of us are just more talented at it than others. But if you think that you don’t have what it takes before you even begin, you’ll find it extremely difficult to get started.

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I’ve spent a year living without Facebook, and here’s what I learned

Mar 9, 2019

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The social network’s privacy morass has grown only worse since I quit. I don’t regret my decision–but there are a few things I miss.

It doesn’t quite seem possible, but it’s been almost exactly a year since the story of Facebook’s dangerous liaison with Cambridge Analytica broke wide open.

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Video of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule returning to Earth is pretty stunning

Mar 8, 2019

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Truly a sight to behold.

NASA TV posted raw video of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule splashing into the Atlantic Ocean earlier today, and it’s truly a sight to behold. This particular craft was unmanned, but it’s theoretically capable of carrying human beings into space and then returning them to Earth, marking a huge milestone in private spaceflight.

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Jeffrey Katzenberg reveals that Quibi will have telenovelas, the Snapchat story, and more–in April 2020

Mar 8, 2019

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The ambitious $1 billion video startup will have news, late-night highlights, and serialized two-and-a-half-hour series in less than 10-minute chunks.

During a keynote presentation at SXSW on Friday, Quibi cofounders Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman dropped more teasers about their new, short-form mobile video platform–which, they announced, is going to launch in April 2020. The pair have been making the rounds in Hollywood and Silicon Valley, drumming up investors and talent for Quibi, a $5-a-month subscription service that will take long-form TV and film content and break it up into bite-sized bits between six and 10 minutes long.

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Women’s soccer champs file gender discrimination lawsuit against U.S. Soccer

Mar 8, 2019

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The reining world champions have a few goals.

The U.S. women’s national soccer team is the reigning world champion heading into the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. They are fierce, driven, ambitious, and used to winning. So the U.S. Soccer Federation should be more than a little alarmed that the entire team has just filed a gender discrimination suit against it (on International Women’s Day, no less).

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Visualizing where rich and poor people really cross paths–or don’t

Mar 8, 2019

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These maps show “place inequality”–or why people of different income levels are at different coffee shops.

The two coffee shops occupy the exact same block in Boston. Yet while they’re just a couple minutes walk apart, each serves a different mix of clientele. The first spot caters to people from many different income brackets, but the second caters almost exclusively to people with lower-income levels.

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Here’s how to actually support women on International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2019

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Female entrepreneurs need your support all year, not just one day.

Google is going all in on International Women’s Day. In addition to its excellent Google Doodle, which paired inspirational quotes by 13 (female) trailblazers with illustrations by 13 female artists, the search giant is making it easier to support women-owned businesses—on International Women’s Day or any other day of the year.

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Nike and Mattel on why the least active generation in history needs physical playtime

Mar 8, 2019

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At the Fast Company Grill in Austin, executives from Nike and Mattel, and the Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross talked about the importance of play in the lives of kids–and adults.

Quick question: Have you played today? How about your kids or nieces and nephews? Might want to fix that with a quick bounce of the ball, swing of the racket, toss of the frisbee–or even sprint down the track.

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How a basic income could help stop domestic violence

Mar 8, 2019

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An unconditional cash transfer program in Kenya found that when people in a relationship–especially women–received extra money, rates of physical and sexual violence declined.

A basic income–a periodic, unconditional cash payment–delivers with it numerous personal benefits to people who receive it. In Finland, a cash-transfer program reduced depression rates among recipients by around 37%. In Ontario, an unofficial analysis of a now-closed pilot found that 88% of people who received monthly payments felt less stressed, and 47% felt less marginalized–on top of having greater access to better food and housing.

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Plastic bottles can’t be the only replacement for contaminated drinking water

Mar 8, 2019

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As water quality issues continue to plague many communities, more people want systemic solutions, not just plastic bottled water.

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, began in 2014 and persists to this day–and for many, was a wake-up call to the degraded state of public water infrastructure in the United States. As many as 12,000 children were exposed to lead, which will contribute to health issues throughout their lives.

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Abolish Daylight Saving Time movements keep building. Will they finally succeed?

Mar 8, 2019

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Several states and countries are considering getting rid of the seasonal time change.

Daylight Saving Time is coming to the United States this weekend when clocks spring forward one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. But if some thousands of people have their way, this will be the last time.

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Feminist history, but make it fashion

Mar 8, 2019

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This 18th-century-style toile pattern looks utterly traditional. Until you spot the bra-burning ducks.

At first glance, State Bags‘s newest backpack and belt bag seem totally on trend, with a blue toile pattern featuring pastoral scenes and farm animals, like something you might see on fabric in an 18th-century French manor. But take a closer look and you realize that something’s amiss.

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This is the key to avoiding a productivity slump on a work trip

Mar 8, 2019

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From maintaining a routine to outsourcing what you can.

Traveling for work is a common part of our corporate culture. Each day in the United States alone, 1.3 million business trips occur and millennials are set to take 20% more business trips in the next 12 months. While traveling has its perks (expensed meals, the thrill of a new city, and a change of scenery), it can also pose stress on our daily routines and productivity levels with both our work and personal lives. Planning your next work trip? Here are some tips to keep you on top of your game:

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These are the unexpected symptoms that you’re not getting enough sleep

Mar 8, 2019

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From greasy food cravings to forgetting people’s names, here are some red flags that indicate you need more shut-eye.

You know that irritable, ragey feeling that comes after getting too few hours of sleep? The one that makes you snap at your partner over coffee, or curse out other drivers on your commute? Then you know what it’s like to be tangry.

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Michael Jackson’s erasure from pop culture continues

Mar 8, 2019

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The one-time King of Pop’s voice is slowly slithering away from the cultural landscape.

In the wake of the horrifying, gag-inducing allegations made against Michael Jackson in HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary, the one-time King of Pop’s voice is slowly slithering away from the cultural landscape. Not only are radio stations in Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Canada pulling his music from rotation, but now The Simpsons is pulling the episode he once voiced.

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23 eye-rolling examples of brands pandering on International Women’s Day

Mar 8, 2019

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“You go, girl!”–Christian Dior

Some brands never forget to post on 9/11. They can’t resist the siren’s song of easy Patriotism Points™ on the anniversary of one of the U.S.’s deadliest tragedies. “God bless the U.S.A . . . and also our chicken sliders” seems to be the message from the good folks at White Castle. But while 9/11 is easily the most cringeworthy occasion for brands to use hashtag marketing, it’s far from the only one. Don’t sleep on International Women’s Day (IWD), which is today and coming on very strong.

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92% of truckers are men. These women want to change that

Mar 8, 2019

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They use Instagram and Twitter to connect with other truckers.

If you’ve ever been bored enough on a road trip to try and convince a truck driver to blow their rig’s horn, there’s a 92% chance that the person behind the wheel was a man. Trucking is one of the most heavily male-dominated industries in the U.S. (guessing those Deadliest Catch crab wranglers are even more male dominated), with women making up just 7.92% of the nation’s truckers and 12.5% of the trucking workforce, according to shipping and logistics company uShip.

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Here are the data brokers quietly buying and selling your personal information

Mar 2, 2019

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You’ve probably never heard of many of the data firms registered under a new law, but they’ve heard a lot about you. A list, and tips for opting out.

It’s no secret that your personal data is routinely bought and sold by dozens, possibly hundreds, of companies. What’s less known is who those companies are, and what exactly they do.

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A landmark Vermont law nudges over 120 data brokers out of the shadows

Mar 2, 2019

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Privacy advocates have praised Vermont’s new data broker law, but acknowledge it does little to rein in a largely obscure and unregulated industry.

As of February, businesses collecting and selling data about Vermont residents are required to register under the country’s first law governing the murky “data broker” industry. So far, 121 companies have registered, according to data from the Vermont secretary of state’s office.

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We have to fix fashion if we want to survive the climate crisis

Mar 2, 2019

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The industry churned out 100 billion pieces of clothing for 7 billion people in 2015. The problem is so bad, some brands are burning unsold inventory. The waste has got to stop.

Fashion brands, I’m talking to you: Enough is enough. Stop making me think it is normal to shop all the time, not just when I need something. You make flimsy dresses in cheap factories, and I snap them up. You drop new items every day, then send me emails–freakily customized to my tastes–telling me I must buy them right now, or they will sell out. And I believe you. To make room for new outfits, I schedule regular trips to Goodwill to donate the old ones, which will likely end up in a landfill anyway. (In California alone, Goodwill spends $7 million on dumping clothes.)

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Meet Forest Green Rovers, the British soccer team that’s carbon neutral, vegan, and on a mission

Mar 2, 2019

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The team plays in a sustainable stadium, its players eat a vegan diet (and so do its fans), and it’s pushing its message of sustainability as it moves up the rankings of British soccer.

When the Forest Green Rovers Football Club was founded, they took their name from the neighborhood where the soccer club played. These days, though, “forest green” is taking on an entirely new meaning for the club. The team, based in the Gloucestershire town of Nailsworth, can claim the title of the only vegan football club in the world.  They are the world’s first U.N. certified carbon-neutral sports club, too. FGR’s stadium, The New Lawn, is powered by 100% green energy, some of which is generated by the solar panels on the stadium roof. The team plays on what is believed to be the first organic soccer field with no chemical fertilizers keeping the grass green, which is cut by a solar-powered robot lawnmower, they collect rainwater, the stadium kitchens recycle cooking oil into biofuel, and the stadium is outfitted with electric car charging facilities to encourage fans to travel to games sustainably.

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Why you should consider hiring laid-off employees

Mar 2, 2019

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Recruiters are predisposed to hiring passive candidates, and they often miss out on a valuable pool of talent.

Akin to dating scenarios, we often want to land what is more challenging to acquire–what someone else has. And as such, poaching candidates from other companies is appealing to recruiters.

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Tech workers pledge not to work for DoorDash until it pays drivers better

Mar 1, 2019

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The tech worker movement is building solidarity between well-paid engineers and struggling gig workers.

For the past few years, the tech worker movement has been driven by engineers at giants like Google and Facebook. They have lent support to working-class colleagues, like contract driver, housekeeping, and food service staff. But solidarity between the white collar (perhaps hoodie-collar) and blue collar workers may be growing as contractors at gig companies like Instacart and DoorDash organize to demand a minimum livable wage.

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WeWork says the people it’s laying off are underperformers

Mar 1, 2019

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The well-funded coworking giant says not to take the cuts as a sign of financial woes.

Just months after signing on massive funding, the We Company has laid off roughly 3% of its employees. The cuts are not a reflection of trouble at the parent company of WeWork but instead part of an annual performance review, according to the company.

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How to watch Red Table Talk and join the Facebook watch party

Mar 1, 2019

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Facebook Watch may have finally become must-see TV. Or not.

Since it launched Facebook Watch in 2017, the social network has been trying to break through with its original content, hoping to find something that would resemble event TV. The company has seen a number of fits and starts along the way, recently axing much of its news programming while doubling down on entertainment properties like a forthcoming reboot of The Real World.

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Why “later” is one of the most destructive terms in philanthropy

Mar 1, 2019

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How the philanthropy world can push itself to take bigger risks on bigger bets.

There are a lot more super-rich people in the world compared to just a couple of decades ago. The rate of billionaires, for instance, has jumped sevenfold since the early ’90s–to above 2,200. And while most of those billionaires make an effort to give some money to charity, taking a look at how those extra (extra!) deep pockets help others, however, and you might be disappointed.

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Spotify’s promise to worried Gimlet fans: We won’t “disrupt” podcast magic

Mar 1, 2019

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“If you listen to Reply All, and you listen on Apple Podcasts, you can continue to listen to Reply All on Apple Podcasts,” said Gimlet’s cofounder.

Spotify’s $200-plus million acquisition of Gimlet Media and podcast app Anchor made headlines as the streaming giant elbowed its way into the podcasting industry. While podcast creators and rival networks reeled at the money being thrown around, fans of Gimlet’s shows like Reply All, The Nod, Heavyweight, Startup, and newcomer Conviction had a few questions. Well, one main question: What would happen to Gimlet’s shows now that Spotify acquired them?

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Some academics are taking conspiracy theories very seriously

Mar 1, 2019

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They can shape public sentiment on everything from climate change to public health. Understanding why people believe them is vital, researchers say.

This story was originally published by Undark.

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Ava DuVernay’s new Netflix series about the Central Park Five started because of a tweet

Mar 1, 2019

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Wow, it turns out Twitter still has its positive uses after all.

In July 2017, Netflix announced a forthcoming limited series about the Central Park Five, to be written and directed by acclaimed director Ava DuVernay. It seemed like a natural continuation of the partnership that previously resulted in the Academy Award-nominated documentary feature, The 13th, which deftly exposed the racial politics of mass incarceration in the United States.

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10 things about Lyft’s business we found in its IPO filing

Mar 1, 2019

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After an often-tense battle with Uber, Lyft is first of the two ride-hailing giants to publicly file its prospectus to go public.

After an often-tense battle with Uber, Lyft is first of the two ride-hailing giants to publicly file its prospectus to go public. The company is expecting to be valued between $20 billion and $25 billion, according to Reuters. Here are 10 details we found in its S-1 filing:

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How to get seniors on board with sustainability

Mar 1, 2019

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People 65 and older are most likely to say environmental laws aren’t worth the cost or effort. How can we fix that? A healthy dose of nostalgia.

We are so accustomed to thinking of climate change as a partisan wedge issue that it’s easy to overlook another dividing line: age. Young Republicans are rapidly breaking from older generations on climate change and energy issues. Conservative baby boomers and their elders are the last supporters of increased offshore drilling for fossil fuels, Pew Research found, and as conservative millennials increasingly indicate concern over the effects of climate change, people aged 65 and older are most likely to say environmental laws aren’t worth the cost or effort.

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Couldn’t get BTS tickets? Maybe blame the bots swarming Ticketmaster and other sites

Mar 1, 2019

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A new report shows 39.9% of all ticket site traffic originates from bots.

If you have ever tried to get tickets to see BTS on tour–or Bikini Kill or The National or Bruce Springsteen—you probably know the pain and frustration of not being able to give Ticketmaster your money. As fans know, even if you log in the second tickets go on sale, there’s a good chance the entire stadium is already sold out.

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Why women tech founders should follow these 3 simple (and often underrated) pieces of advice

Mar 1, 2019

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The cofounders of an online academy for kids share their thoughts on being young female founders in Silicon Valley.

Almost four years ago, Nina Burleigh penned an article titled, What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women. For the first time, she exposed a darker side to Silicon Valley–putting a spotlight on “bro culture” and the shocking disparity between how the tech industry treats (and funds) male and female entrepreneurs. It was a watershed moment.

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Watch SpaceX send a dummy named Ripley to the space station

Mar 1, 2019

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The ISS is getting a real dummy.

Another day, another SpaceX launch.

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Exclusive: Why pop star Halsey invested in High Brew Coffee

Mar 1, 2019

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She started out as a customer. Now she’s making the relationship official.

Just a couple of weeks ago, we saw Halsey follow up her chart-topping single “Without Me” by pulling double duty on Saturday Night Live as both host and musical guest, to rave reviews. Not only did she show off some impressive comedy chops, she also painted a giant portrait during her second song performance. In case we needed a little more evidence to make the case for her elevation toward pop-star polymath status, Halsey has become an investor and brand ambassador for Austin, Texas-based High Brew Coffee.

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Zum, the Uber for kids, got more money to service more cities

Mar 1, 2019

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* waits patiently for service to come to New York *

Zūm, the on-demand ride-hailing app that is like an Uber for kids–if Uber were outfitted with car seats and had CPR-certified drivers with deep background checks–just got $40 million in Series C funding.

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5 things that your resume can’t tell an employer

Mar 1, 2019

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Your resume is not the best medium to reflect your personality.

When you’re hunting for that next big career move, your resume will play a big part in your success. But you can’t rely on it to do all of the heavy lifting in your job search. Sure, it’s your No. 1 personal marketing tool, but there are still many valuable traits that your resume can’t convey to an employer. A resume can’t demonstrate how good of a networker you are, or whether or not you’re good at cultivating relationships.

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This is why you always struggle to get your message across

Feb 24, 2019

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This speaking coach shares her tips for how you can identify a connection and get your point across.

How many times has your boss told you to get to the point when you’re trying to explain something–whether it’s giving a speech, or outlining the reason why you chose a particular approach over another? No matter how hard you try, you still can’t seem to do it.

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Who cares if arts critics disappear?

Feb 23, 2019

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What becoming the last critic standing at a major Boston newspaper—and getting cursed out by Steven Tyler—taught me about our clickbait-fueled era.

“Is this the prick who ripped my new album?” Steven Tyler shouted through the phone.

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Why every restaurant has an illegible menu

Feb 23, 2019

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We all fall hook, line, and sinker for handwritten menus. That’s in part because McDonald’s wouldn’t dare try to give us one.

It’s easy to love that little cafe in your city–you know the one. The tables are too cramped. The prices are too high. The scallops are too done. And the handwritten menus are downright illegible in the soft glow of candlelight. But it has so much soul! You can feel the love!

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People fought for time off from work, so stop working so much

Feb 23, 2019

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Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Stop fetishizing being busy. Unplug not just from your screen–but from the clock.

Before the Civil War, the Sabbath was the only time that most free, working Americans had off. In the late 1860s, while there were a few unenforced eight-hour-day laws on the books, most Americans worked 10 to 12 hours a day. In fact, the word weekend did not even exist until the 1870s. The first documented use of the word was in 1879, when a British magazine explained, “If a person leaves home at the end of his week’s work on the Saturday afternoon to spend the evening of Saturday and the following Sunday with friends at a distance, he is said to be spending his week-end at so-and-so.”

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Why older workers are the economy’s hidden asset

Feb 23, 2019

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Americans have a different view of what “retirement” means for them, and the workplace should take note.

The association of old age with inevitable decline runs deep. To carry on with work–or indeed with anything more demanding than afternoon lectures, a movie, and an early dinner–during the traditional retirement years seems cute at best and depressing at worst.

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Microsoft workers revolt against Army’s planned combat use of HoloLens

Feb 22, 2019

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The employees, many of whom have worked on the product for years, say they want HoloLens to be used for good, not war, per a new $480 million Army contract.

A group of Microsoft employees who worked on the company’s HoloLens headset are angry that the U.S. Army plans to use the augmented reality device in battle, not just in training.

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Brands are finally realizing they’ll never be 100% safe on YouTube

Feb 22, 2019

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As advertisers such as Disney and Epic Games punish the platform with a boycott because of videos of minors used by pedophiles, marketers and agencies are coming to grips with the trade-off between scale and safety.

Here we are again. Once again, content control on YouTube is being questioned, and once again advertisers are pulling out over concerns that their brands are appearing alongside inappropriate content. This time, it’s how videos of minors are being used to create what one video blogger called a “soft-core pedophilia ring.”

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A Japanese company made a traffic safety video for cats

Feb 22, 2019

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“There are many dangers,” warns the narrator, who speaks only in meows.

Japan’s largest auto parts and service chains, Yellow Hat, takes traffic safety seriously for all of Japan’s citizens. To help promote careful driving and encourage mindful pedestrian behavior, they have teamed up with a group of psychologists from Kyoto University to create a high-impact traffic safety video that targets those most vulnerable to traffic. Specifically, cats.

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How the Robin Hood Foundation is fighting a hunger emergency in New York caused by the shutdown

Feb 22, 2019

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The federal government shutdown may be over, but it has created a hunger crisis among food stamp recipients that continues to linger.

When the U.S. government shut down in late December, the USDA’s budget expired and the agency was forced to use an emergency 30-day provision to distribute its next round of monthly SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, colloquially known as food stamps) to low-income recipients. Those vouchers, meant for February, arrived early–around January 20.

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R. Kelly officially charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse

Feb 22, 2019

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The recent documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” likely helped bring his case to a head.

It took decades, but it looks as though R. Kelly’s past has finally caught up with him.

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Union: American Airlines work policy treats flight attendants like “second-class citizens”

Feb 22, 2019

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(Male) pilots and (female) flight attendants are reportedly treated differently.

The flight attendants’ union has filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that American Airlines discriminated against its predominantly female flight attendants by enforcing attendance policies more strictly than for its predominantly male pilots.

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Watch the flu spread across the U.S. in real time

Feb 22, 2019

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Kinsa has taken the data from its smart thermometers and mapped where people are getting sick.

If you’re wondering where illness is spreading in the U.S. right now, the official CDC flu map might not be particularly helpful; it’s based on data that’s both delayed and not very local. Instead, try this new map that uses anonymous data from smart thermometers. When someone gets a fever, the data helps build a detailed picture of who’s sick.

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Signia Hilton is the chain’s new brand designed with business travelers in mind

Feb 22, 2019

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Signia Hilton gets down to work.

If you’re looking for a space for your next conference or want a shiny new spot for a team retreat, Hilton has a new brand just for you. Today, the hotel chain announced its latest addition–Signia Hilton, meant to give business travelers, conference planners, and digital nomads everything they want in an all-in-one hotel and work space.

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No, Andrew Cuomo, losing Amazon was not New York’s worst tragedy

Feb 22, 2019

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Superlative much?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took rhetorical superlatives to a new level today when he stated that Amazon’s decision to cancel a planned headquarters in Queens was a catastrophe with no equal.

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Qantas Airways has an ambitious new plan to take out the trash and reduce waste

Feb 22, 2019

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Qantas has the largest carbon offset scheme of any airline in the world.

Qantas is getting rid of some of the extra baggage it has been carrying around. The Australian airline just announced a plan to become the world’s first airline to reuse, recycle, and compost at least three-quarters of its trash by the end of 2021. Since plastic still doesn’t biodegrade or easily recycle, Qantas also plans to remove more than 100 million single-use plastic items that it uses in flights and lounges by the end of 2020. It also announced a new Frequent Flyer initiative to increase voluntary carbon offsetting. This may be the most ambitious waste reduction target of any major airline anywhere on the planet—and the planet really needs the help.

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Why “Black Panther” should absolutely win Best Picture at the Oscars

Feb 22, 2019

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What other 2018 film was as well-made, important and–crucially–awesome as “Black Panther”?

The rule in Wakanda is that, on Challenge Day, any warrior from one of the nation’s five tribes may battle the newly anointed king for the throne. Although Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma is the odds-on favorite to win Hollywood’s own personal Challenge Day, the Academy Awards, only one challenger is mighty enough to pull off an upset on coronation day. And don’t you dare say it’s Green Book.

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How working for someone else helped me be a better entrepreneur

Feb 22, 2019

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The CEO of ZipRecruiter believes now is a great time to start a business–if you’ve spent time working for someone else.

If you ask someone how Steve Jobs started Apple, they’re likely to mention a particular Silicon Valley garage, but not the time 12-year-old Steve Jobs worked on an assembly line at Hewlett-Packard as a summer intern. Was Jobs a phenom? Of course. Did he wake up one day, drop out of college, and invent the iPhone? Of course not.

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U.S. agency wants you–to keep AI from being trained to be malicious

Feb 22, 2019

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IARPA is seeking proposals to keep AI from leaking sensitive training data and avoid hidden bad behavior.

The U.S. spy community’s R&D agency is looking into how to keep AI software from unwittingly divulging information about sensitive training data and from secretly being trained to be malicious.

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Florida inmate files lawsuit after losing access to music files he paid for

Feb 22, 2019

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The class action suit says inmates were promised they would keep purchased music forever, then lost access when the prison system switched media providers.

A Florida prison inmate filed a federal class action lawsuit saying he and other prisoners bought digital music on special players for $1.70 per song, then lost access when the Department of Corrections switched tech vendors.

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This Oscar movie will win best picture based on social love, and it’s not the one you think

Feb 22, 2019

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Don’t blame the messenger.

Much as I find this baffling, a sizable segment of the moviegoing population apparently does not agree with me that The Favourite should win best picture this year.

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How to watch NBC’s “Elvis All-Star Tribute” online without cable

Feb 17, 2019

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A guide for cord-cutters who want to party like it’s 1968.

It’s hard to believe, but the entertainment industry will actually not hold an awards show this weekend. The season will culminate next Sunday with the Oscars—which are certain to attract no controversy and generate zero outrage—and after that, we can all go back to pretending not to care about what the tastemakers in Hollywood deem worthy of kudos.

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The major source of plastic pollution you’ve probably never heard of

Feb 17, 2019

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Meet the nurdle, aka “mermaid tears.”

“Nurdles” may sound cute but they pose a huge risk to the marine environment. Also known as “mermaid tears”, these small plastic pellets are a feedstock in the plastic industry. Instead of being converted into household items, many end up in the ocean, collecting toxins on their surfaces and being eaten by marine wildlife. Not so cute now, are they?

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5 reasons why you’re still sleeping terribly

Feb 17, 2019

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Your phone is not always the culprit to terrible shut-eye.

You probably know that poor sleep habits hurt productivity during waking hours, yet Americans still have endless excuses for not prioritizing sleep. As a result, employees and leaders both end up taking more sick days throughout the year, and, in general, get less done at work when they’re in the office.

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Taxed out: Here’s why your refund may be smaller or nonexistent in 2019

Feb 16, 2019

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Most U.S. taxpayers owe less to the IRS this year under the new tax law, but the average refund is also smaller.

Most Americans have a smaller total federal income tax bill for 2018 than they did in previous years, thanks to the tax law passed by Congress in 2017. But thanks to changing instructions from the IRS on how to withhold tax, many people will see smaller refunds or may even owe money when they file their tax returns.

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Can architecture help you live forever?

Feb 16, 2019

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Seven figures buy you eternal life (or the epitome of New Age pseudoscience) in East Hampton, New York.

Can architecture be conducive to eternal life? The Egyptians certainly believed so–but only in the other world. Avant-garde artists Madeline Gins and Arakawa claimed that their Bioscleave House could stop or reverse the aging process. That four-bedroom house, in East Hampton, New York, is now for sale.

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Will there be a market for the coming explosion of electric cars?

Feb 16, 2019

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EVs will become as cheap to own as gas-powered vehicles in 2022, even with no tax breaks or subsidies. But can we count on car buyers make the rational choice?

Electric vehicles still make up only a tiny fraction of total car sales. But in 2017, the industry reached a new milestone, selling more than 1 million cars. In 2018, sales may have more than doubled. By 2022, according to a recent report from Deloitte, electric cars will reach a tipping point: owning an electric vehicle will be as cheap as owning one that runs on fossil fuels, and sales will grow much more quickly.

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We need to stop striving for work-life balance. Here’s why

Feb 16, 2019

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Work-life balance makes us set our sights too low, according to this sociologist.

Recently, I received a question from a contact on LinkedIn. She asked me whether I thought work-life balance was dead. My answer: I hope so!

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How to watch the NBA All-Star game live online without cable

Feb 15, 2019

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A simple guide for cord-cutting basketball fans.

Break out your smart jerseys, because the NBA’s All-Star weekend is here. The series of games and challenges kicks off tonight and culminates with the 68th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday 8 p.m. ET, where Team LeBron will take on Team Giannis.

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Payless is closing all 2,100 stores in yet another sign of the death of fast fashion

Feb 15, 2019

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It’s not just about the death of malls.

In another sign that fast fashion is dying off, Payless ShoeSource Inc. says it plans to close all of its 2,100 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Two years ago, Payless declared bankruptcy during a wider wave of store closures throughout the country, something we’ve come to describe as the retail apocalypse. At the time, the company shuttered a number of its stores, which allowed it to eliminate hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, according to the Wall Street Journal. But none of this restructuring was able to save it from further collapse.

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Gifts from the 50 biggest donors dropped by half in 2018

Feb 15, 2019

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Tech titans juiced the stats last year by making big donations to their own foundations. This year, things are different.

Within a year, the value of gifts from the country’s 50 largest donors has dropped by half. In 2017, the top 50 contributors in the U.S. gave $14.7 billion to various causes. In 2018, they combined to share just $7.8 billion, according to the Philanthropy 50, an annual report from by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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Report: Twitter is considering a clarification feature to help you explain errant tweets

Feb 15, 2019

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You may not be able to edit, but someday you might be able to clarify your tweets.

While you may never be able to fix that typo in your now-viral tweet, Twitter might eventually let you clarify what you meant.

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Poor scheduling costs hourly workers sleep and happiness

Feb 15, 2019

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The way companies manage workers’ schedules can be incredibly damaging to leading a normal, functional life.

For many shift workers, scheduling can be a nightmare: Not knowing your schedule far enough in advance to make plans for things like childcare or doctor’s appointments can make life nearly impossible, as can having your working hours go up and down at the whim of your manager (or some scheduling software). This is compounded by the fact that shift life is precarious and missing a shift is devastating: For many hourly workers in America, missing just one shift can affect their ability to pay their bills. Not surprisingly, new data suggest that employees subject to chaotic schedules are more likely to report feeling unhappy, not getting enough sleep, and being stressed.

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Trump admits “I didn’t need to do this” during national emergency speech

Feb 15, 2019

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Trump just wanted to build the wall “much faster.”

President Donald Trump bypassed Congress today by declaring a national emergency in order to secure billions of dollars in funding for a wall along the Southern border of the United States. Even Trump, though, admits that this unusual and potentially unconstitutional declaration was unnecessary.

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Finally! Doritos makes a chip bag that cleans your dusty fingers

Feb 15, 2019

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The Doritos Towel Bag solves the age-old dilemma of where to wipe your fingers.

We’ve all been there. Elbow deep in a bag of Doritos, with the sudden need to touch something other than yet another fistful of dust-drenched chips. A quick look left, right, up, down. That’s the moment you decide to wipe those filthy munchie mitts on your shirt, your pants, the couch, anything so you can answer the phone, grab the game controller, find the TV remote–whatever  is demanding that the snacking cease.

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Rachel Johnson strips naked for Brexit

Feb 15, 2019

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Brexit negotiations have gotten wild.

Rachel Johnson has a surefire way to make her voice heard above the crowd—strip naked.

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Carry your kid’s diapers, but make it fashion with this fanny pack

Feb 15, 2019

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Colugo just released a fanny pack-diaper bag combo, and it’s actually very useful.

Here’s the age-old quandary that all new parents face when they try to get out the door with their baby in tow: How the heck do you tote around all the stuff that your infant requires–diapers, extra bottles of milk, endless wipes, a pacifier, a teething toy–while also having your hands free to tend to said infant?

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Facebook’s Portal learned its video skills from some of Hollywood’s best cameramen

Feb 15, 2019

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Fast Company talked to the Facebook engineers who turned to the film industry to train the AI behind Portal’s camera.

Facebook’s Portal home camera has its drawbacks–privacy concerns not least among them–but it does have one undeniably cool feature: its ability to intelligently frame shots and follow the action around a room during video calls. It’s a dramatic improvement over smartphone-based video calling where it’s entirely up to the humans on both ends to position the cameras (this often results in plenty of jitter, wall views, and up-the-nose shots). With Portal, it’s more like a separate human camera operator is thoughtfully framing scenes, moving smoothly from one subject to another.

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The fallout from NYT’s Ryan Adams exposé has already arrived

Feb 15, 2019

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That was quick!

Late on Wednesday afternoon, the New York Times published a damning report about Ryan Adams, detailing a pattern of disturbing behavior toward women, including emotional abuse and sexual misconduct. (Adams has since apologized, unconvincingly, while disputing some facts of the story.)

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Want to cut your work hours in half? Create an A/B schedule

Feb 15, 2019

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If you try and do too many different types of work on the same day, you’re making it hard for yourself.

Entrepreneurs wear many hats.

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Watch the NBA’s smart jersey of the future magically transform for fickle fans

Feb 15, 2019

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Get ready to show your wavering feelings!

The basketball jersey of the future is designed with fair-weather fans in mind. At the annual All-Star Technology Summit (did our invitation get lost in the mail?!), NBA Commissioner Adam Silver unveiled the league’s “smart jersey of the future.”

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Grammy Awards 2019 Highlights: Cardi B makes history, Drake gets cut off, #GrammysNotSoMale

Feb 11, 2019

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Looks like the Recording Academy took all that criticism from last year to heart with a more diverse pool of winners.

The 61st annual Grammy Awards saw several historic wins and took a step in a more inclusive direction. Last year, the Recording Academy faced backlash when only one woman took home a Grammy in a major category. To make matters worse, outgoing president Neil Portnow seemed to blame it on women, asking them to “step up.” This year, the Recording Academy seems like they’re trying to make up for that #GrammysSoMale disaster.

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20 great free streaming services for cord cutters

Feb 11, 2019

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Why spend money on even more subscriptions when you can freeload?

The best thing about cutting the cable cord is that you get a lot more control over your monthly TV bill. Instead of spending $100 per month or so on a bloated bundle of TV channels, you can throw together a few streaming services like Netflix or Hulu and save a lot of money.

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Is SNL parodying how we tweet about women in Congress? Or perpetuating it?

Feb 10, 2019

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SNL’s “Women of Congress” sketch captures the internet obsession with turning politicians into cartoonish memes of feminist badassery. Unless it’s actually doing just that. Hard to tell.

A considerable percentage of the reason Joe Biden is somehow among the front-runners for the Democratic nomination in 2020, despite having not even announced yet, is because of The Onion. The satirical publication’s ongoing portrayal of the former VP as a relatable working class goofball and rapscallion has created a positive association for millions of internet-addled liberals. Biden has undoubtedly benefitted from becoming a meme.

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How to watch the 2019 BAFTA awards on BBC America without cable

Feb 10, 2019

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For the cord-cutters!

Awards season is in full swing in Hollywood right now, but it’s not just a preoccupation in the United States. For anyone looking to skip the Grammys this evening, the EE British Academy Film Awards (aka the BAFTAs) took place tonight (Sunday, February 10) at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The event was hosted by Joanna Lumley, of Absolutely Fabulous fame.

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How to watch 2019 Grammy Awards live without cable

Feb 10, 2019

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Some tips for cord-cutters.

Music’s “biggest night” might not be as big as it used to be, but there should still be plenty of fireworks on hand tonight at the 61st Grammy Awards.

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Do these things to make yourself feel at home in your new job

Feb 10, 2019

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You need to build relationships and study your environment.

There’s more to adjusting to a new job than arranging your desk and finding the best place to grab a bite at lunchtime. In fact, the first few weeks and months at a new job are crucial, and can set you up for success if you make the right moves from the start. According to our career experts, there are at least four key things you need to do to settle in successfully.

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Worried about smaller tax returns in 2019? These 6 tools will help you calculate

Feb 9, 2019

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Early filers disproportionately rely on the extra money they’ve come to expect from tax refunds.

Tax season is here and a lot of early filers are already furious. This week, numerous reports emerged of angry taxpayers airing their grievances on social media as they discovered that their federal refunds for the 2018 tax year would be a lot smaller than they expected.

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In the age of Alexa and Siri, how come most customer-service voice assistants still suck?

Feb 9, 2019

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In a recent survey, 97% of Americans said they’ve experienced frustration with Interactive Voice Response systems. Why hasn’t the voice-computing renaissance spread beyond Amazon, Apple, and Google?

We’ve all been there. You urgently call your bank to ask about an unrecognized withdrawal or unexpected overdraft fee and the voice assistant asks you to repeat your name again and again, as well as your account number, as well as simple words like “representative” or “checking account.” You angrily hang up, slam down your phone, look across the room, and see your kid happily chatting away with Alexa.

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Why 800 numbers are getting their own robocalls

Feb 9, 2019

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Scammers are dialing toll-free numbers and working with phone companies to get a cut of the charges.

Cellphone users have been deluged by spam calls in recent years, but they’re not the only ones dealing with an onslaught of automated messaging.

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Tiny houses have a dark secret

Feb 9, 2019

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It takes more than changing the size of a home to change the mentality of the people who live inside.

Tiny houses are everywhere. They’ve received heavy coverage in the media, and there are millions of followers on dozens of pages on social media. While there is no census for these homes, they have seen a surge in popularity in the decade since the Great Recession–witness the prolific growth of tiny house manufacturers, for instance. Originating in the U.S., tiny homes have also been popping up across Canada, Australia, and the U.K.

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This origami screen turns your windows into solar panels

Feb 9, 2019

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Solgami wants to give apartment dwellers a chance to generate their own solar power–without blocking your natural light.

If you live in an apartment, it’s difficult to have solar panels: Your landlord decides what goes on your roof.  But a new design makes solar panels more accessible to those without a roof of their own. Hanging inside a window, the origami-style blinds generate electricity as light reflects against the folds of the panel. At the same time, the geometry of the design brings more natural light inside.

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5 things I’ve learned working with a women-dominated engineering team

Feb 9, 2019

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Fairygodboss’s chief technology officer shares his lessons learned from managing a team that is 70% women.

In the summer of 2017, a male software engineer published a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto that gained notoriety. He inferred, among other things, that men are naturally more suited to careers in tech.

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No, Amazon probably isn’t walking away from NYC, and here’s why

Feb 8, 2019

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While Amazon might be miffed over the tough time it’s getting from the Big Apple, the likelihood of the company walking away seems slim.

Rumor has it Amazon is thinking about walking away from its agreement to put its next headquarters in New York City. But is it just talk?

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The Green New Deal highlights the stealth connections between trade policy and carbon emissions

Feb 8, 2019

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Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution calls for new trade laws to halt the U.S.’s continued export of carbon pollution to foreign countries.

Congressional Democrats on Thursday unveiled landmark Green New Deal legislation outlining proposals to combat climate change–and the measure does not stop at the American border. The resolution calls for new trade laws to halt America’s continued export of carbon pollution to countries across the globe.

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What can we do to stop the damage of fast fashion?

Feb 8, 2019

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Pollution, human rights abuses, waste: All disastrous consequences of our current fashion industry. Is there a better way?

The facts are clear: The global fashion industry is harming our planet, as well as those who are a part of its supply chains, in an unprecedented manner. Research has shown that the fashion industry is the second largest polluter of the planet and one of the largest contributors to modern-day slavery.

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The continuing adventures of Jeff Bezos, David Pecker, AMI, and Trump

Feb 8, 2019

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Sexts, blackmail, extortion, Saudis, this story has it all.

With the fast-moving saga between Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer reaching bizarre new levels seemingly by the hour, we present this timeline of events for readers who need to catch up:

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These 5 public art projects just won $1 million each to spark discussion about social issues

Feb 8, 2019

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The winners of this year’s Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge examine gun violence, climate change, and food equity.

In the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, the cities of Coral Springs and Parkland, Florida proposed and won their own grant for a joint partnership to expand art therapy services for those affected by gun violence. The Coral Springs Museum will build on an existing art therapy program with workshops and community talks, and help coordinate the creation and installation of a series of large installations throughout the affected communities.

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Spotify’s warning: Use an ad blocker and face immediate termination

Feb 8, 2019

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It may be time to pony up for an ad-free account.

Spotify relies on advertising to pay those pennies in royalties to the artists whose music it streams, so if you’re running an ad blocker, Spotify will block you.

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Washington could be the first state to rein in automated decision-making

Feb 8, 2019

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The bill aims at bias and other risks in the software that governments use for a range of decisions, from criminal sentencing to school placement.

Governments are increasingly turning to automated systems to make decisions for criminal sentencing, medicare eligibility, and school placement. Public officials and companies tout gains in speed and efficiency, and the hope that automated decisions can bring more fairness into bureaucratic processes.

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Thanks, Samsung, but ads predicting the future should be a thing of the past

Feb 8, 2019

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It may have worked for AT&T decades ago, but today there’s little to no upside for brands to make earnest predictions.

Samsung launched a new campaign this week called “The Future,” and it of course gives us a peek at all the amazingly cool tech toys we’ll have in the not-so distant future. A little girl watches cartoons on her home’s giant floor-to-ceiling windows. Minority Report-meets-Top Model as a designer uses three giant mirror screens to create his next collection. A tattoo artist remotely inks someone with the help of a robot arm. A couple shares the magic of an at-home ultrasound. Crowds of people flock to a square as part of a massive multiplayer AR video game. This, dear reader, is THE FUTURE.

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Why the culture of cybersecurity is broken–and how to fix it

Feb 4, 2019

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For too long the industry has cultivated a “dark arts” reputation that discourages diversity and undermines effective communication. A cybersecurity CEO offers a three-step course correction.

Last year saw some of the largest security breakdowns of all time. Half a billion Marriott Starwood customers had their personal data compromised. More than 100 U.S. university research programs had valuable intellectual property stolen. Ransomware attacks disrupted municipal services in Atlanta and Baltimore. In the midst of these spectacular failures, spending on cybersecurity exceeded $80 billion in 2018, more than 2,000 security vendors are operating in the U.S. alone, and corporate executives and boards are carving out more time than ever to consider security risks. In what other arena is widespread success so elusive, and why does this strange anomaly persist in security?

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Exclusive: Meet the 9 startups that Techstars believes can disrupt the music industry

Feb 4, 2019

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From AI replicating famous voices to digital music therapy, these are the 2019 companies being incubated in Techstars Music Accelerator.

The music industry seems more consolidated than ever, but startup accelerator Techstars continues to bet on its future. Because where there are giant players, there are overlooked new market opportunities.

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Why Bud Light’s Knight was killed by HBO’s Game of Thrones in Super Bowl ad

Feb 4, 2019

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Two brands, two ad agencies, one epic Super Bowl ad.

As soon as The Mountain appeared on screen, we all knew this was no ordinary Dilly-Dilly.

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A shockingly large majority of health news shared on Facebook is fake or misleading

Feb 4, 2019

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Upon examining the top 100 articles shares of social media, scientists discovered that many contained misleading or exaggerated claims.

Just how factually accurate are most health articles you come across? You might be savvy enough to sort Goop from the Mayo Clinic, but when it comes to traditional news outlets, you might also be surprised to learn how much false information is really out there.

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When is it appropriate to give up on a goal?

Feb 4, 2019

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We all have limits, and it’s important to be honest about them in the pursuit of our goals.

It’s a month into 2019, and you’re starting to reflect on the progress that you’ve made (or haven’t made) on your resolutions. Have you stuck to your budget? Are you still putting on your running shoes every morning and going for that three-mile jog? Are you still practicing screen-free mornings?

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This chair made from ocean waste hints at the furniture of the future

Feb 4, 2019

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It’s not just recycled plastic–it’s local recycled plastic, and it’s beautiful.

The chair is a stunner. It’s a deep emerald green, with luxurious swirls of marble. Despite its modernist lines and plastic body, it looks opulent.

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Can chatbots make workers more ethical?

Feb 4, 2019

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Thorny issue at work? Don’t worry about reading that thick tome filled with legalese that you may have received on your first day of work.

Some questions in life and work have clear answers. But many are more opaque. Consider a question like this: “I have a small business that I am building on nights and weekends. Is that an issue with my current employer?”

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Google’s new Android apps listen to the world for the hard of hearing

Feb 4, 2019

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One transcribes speech on the fly; the other helps you hear what’s important.

Dimitri Kanevsky has been researching the use of speech-recognition technology as an aid for people who are deaf or hard of hearing for more than three decades—for many years at IBM, and, since 2014, at Google. So when I met him at a recent Google event focused on the company’s accessibility efforts, I asked if he ever dreamed back in the 1980s that technology would ever get as good at understanding spoken words as it is in 2019.

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Here’s the cure for the deluge of scammy, spammy robocalls

Feb 4, 2019

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STIR and SHAKEN have the potential to prevent fraudsters from spoofing Caller ID. But a number of details are yet to be worked out.

Your phone lights up with a number that appears to be not just in the same area code, but the same prefix (the next three digits), indicating that it might be a neighbor or a nearby business.

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For hourly workers, the cost of missing just one shift can be staggering

Feb 4, 2019

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With so many people living paycheck to paycheck, even just a few hours less work a week can be devastating.

An estimated 80% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to cover any unexpected expense like medical bills or car repairs. For hourly workers, the problem is, unsurprisingly, even worse. The financial penalties for missing just one shift are harsh, and often compounding: 49% would need to pay their utilities late. Another 29% would be forced to pay late rent, and 25% couldn’t afford their weekly groceries.

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This coworking space is like a horse trailer, but for humans

Feb 4, 2019

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Is this the office of the future?

No one looks forward to a day at the office–no matter how much free cold brew is on tap. We all dream of that digital nomad life, kicking up our feet at the beach while knocking out a day of emails. Mojitos optional.

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The National Parks’ iconic typeface has never been digitized–until now

Feb 4, 2019

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It’s part of designer and professor Jeremy Shellhorn’s Design Outside Studio, which takes on design projects in Rocky Mountain National Park.

If you’ve ever been to a National Park, chances are you’ve come across signage with the same distinctive lettering. The type, which features rounded edges carved into wood in all caps, has become an icon of the National Parks system.

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JP Morgan to Apple: Buy Netflix

Feb 4, 2019

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The bank recommends the massive acquisition, although it would cost a pretty penny.

JP Morgan has a simple way for Apple to becoming a content leader: It should buy Netflix. It seems simple enough, no? That’s what the bank’s analyst Samik Chatterjee published this morning in a new note, according to CNBC.

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5 ways work culture will change by 2030

Feb 4, 2019

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Technology, talent shortage, and trust are just a few of the issues that will challenge workplace culture over the next decade.

Recent years have seen an exceptional awareness and prioritization of workplace culture by both employers and employees. Culture is a company’s “personality,” including the behavioral expectations, practices, and other norms that influence how people interact both internally and on its behalf. Ignore it at your own risk. Recent research by Hired found that company culture is the second most important factor candidates consider when considering whether to work for a company.

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As GM layoffs hit, a Canadian union aired a scathing Super Bowl ad

Feb 4, 2019

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Despite legal threats, the Canadian union Unifor went public with its searing anti-General Motors Super Bowl ad.

Last year, General Motors announced plans to lay off over 14,000 North American workers. One of the facilities reportedly being shuttered is in Oshawa, Canada–and the union representing those Canadian workers, Unifor, has been fighting for months. Last night, during one of the most viewed programs of the year, Unifor aired an ad that didn’t mince words.

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WhatsApp now lets you secure your messages behind Face ID and Touch ID on the iPhone

Feb 4, 2019

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The added layer of security means you can be more comfortable letting people borrow your phone.

An update to the Facebook-owned messaging app has just been released for the iPhone that adds an extra layer of security for WhatsApp users on Apple’s devices. Users can now choose to enable Face ID or Touch ID to securely keep the app locked down and its messages out of prying eyes.

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The Instagram egg’s creator has been revealed

Feb 4, 2019

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The power of the egg has been put to good use promoting mental health awareness.

And it’s a 29-year-old advertising exec from London named Chris Godfrey, the New York Times reports. Godfrey created the egg account and helped moderate it with two friends, Alissa Khan-Whelan, 26, and C.J. Brown, 29, after learning the world record for the lost “liked” Instagram post was held by Kylie Jenner. That post was of Jenner’s newborn daughter and had almost 19 million likes.

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Stanford professor: How politicians hurt public pension plans

Feb 4, 2019

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They make poor investment decisions because they’re overly influenced by campaign contributions and political considerations, a study finds.

At first glance, it might seem like a smart idea to have politicians serve on the boards of public employee pension funds. After all, according to a recent Pew Charitable Trusts analysis, these organizations hold $3.8 trillion in assets and are responsible for the retirement security of 19 million current and former government workers.

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Self-driving cars will never be moral. Let’s stop pretending otherwise

Feb 4, 2019

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If humans can’t make a moral decision in the split second before an unavoidable accident, why do we think robotic cars can?

Ever since companies began developing self-driving cars, people have asked how designers will address the moral question of who a self-driving car should kill if a fatal crash is unavoidable. Recent research suggests this question may be even more difficult for car makers to answer than previously thought, because the moral preferences people have vary so much between countries.

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Watch the first firing of SpaceX’s new Starship Raptor rocket engine

Feb 4, 2019

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The Starship is the craft that is designed to transport people across the Earth in hours and eventually carry humans to Mars.

Early this morning Elon Musk tweeted a photo and video of SpaceX’s newest toy, the Raptor engine destined for the company’s prototype Starship vehicle. The Starship is the craft that is designed to transport people across the Earth in hours and eventually carry humans to Mars.

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Alphabet’s Jigsaw extends its cyber protections to Europe’s upcoming elections

Jan 29, 2019

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It’s part of the company’s Protect Your Election initiative, designed to protect political organizations from digital attacks.

Jigsaw, the Alphabet unit that aims to make the world safer through technology, is expanding its Project Shield technology that protects against distributed denial of services attacks to European political organizations, campaigns, and candidates, the company said Tuesday.

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This guy holds the Guinness World Record for collecting spreadsheets

Jan 29, 2019

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Ariel Fischman’s office shelves are a veritable museum devoted to the era of VisiCalc, Lotus 1-2-3, Multiplan, and other products that once duked it out for number-crunching supremacy.

In a world in which a 1976 Apple-1 computer can fetch $375,000 at auction, it’s not exactly news that people appreciate the value of our technological heritage. But Ariel Fischman, a financial advisor in Mexico City, isn’t just another collector of vintage PCs. Fischman collects spreadsheet software—boxes full of disks, manuals, and other accoutrements that were standard fare in every office until we started downloading most of our apps. It’s a surprisingly rich hobby, given that the 1980s and early 1990s saw booming competition among software giants, startups, and even unexpected contenders such as Boeing (yes, the aircraft company).

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FaceTime bug lets you eavesdrop if the other party doesn’t answer

Jan 28, 2019

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Until a fix comes out at least, the bug enables an alarming privacy issue.

God knows how, but someone in the Twitterverse discovered a way to listen through the phone of another user of Apple’s FaceTime service even if that person doesn’t answer a call.

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Yes, white men completely control Wall Street

Jan 28, 2019

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Women and minorities manage just 1.3% of the world’s financial assets.

There are some things that everybody knows. To paraphrase the late, great Leonard Cohen, everybody knows the fight is fixed, the poor stay poor, the rich get rich, and that’s just how it goes.

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Here’s how things could get even worse for Apple

Jan 28, 2019

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The company already guided down iPhone sales for the holiday quarter, but its forecast for the March quarter could be ugly, too.

Anybody with interest in Apple–financial or otherwise–knows the company bummed everyone out on January 2 when it warned of a very underwhelming holiday quarter for iPhone sales. The company revised down its expected revenues from $89 billion to $84 billion. That’s bad news because the iPhone provides roughly two-thirds of Apple’s revenue.

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Skittles ruins ruining advertising by singing “Advertising Ruins Everything,” which is great

Jan 28, 2019

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The brand has released a music video for its upcoming Super Bowl ad Broadway show, and it goes full meta.

The basic premise of modern advertising is this: Do something so people will pay attention to you, media will write about it, so even more people will pay attention to you, and then maybe, just maybe, even more people will buy whatever you’re selling. These are the basics underlying Gillette decrying toxic masculinity and those Steak-Umm tweets and everything in between.

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You will never look at a Peloton ad the same way again (i.e., without laughing)

Jan 28, 2019

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This Twitter thread mocking Peloton’s ad campaign is hysterical.

Peloton is an exercise startup that just wants us all to live our best lives. Cool.

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Howard Schultz claims Americans are getting bored with Trump’s tweets. Sadly, no

Jan 28, 2019

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In fact, Trump’s Twitter engagement is going up.

Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz had many Americans spitting out their lattes over the weekend with his big 60 Minutes reveal that he’s thinking about running for president as an independent candidate. Amid his long list of criticisms of President Trump, he also took a shot at the tweeter-in-chief’s digital megaphone with a hint that his prowess on Twitter may be fading.

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Donations to charity peaked in 2017, now they’re in a downward spiral

Jan 28, 2019

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Individual giving is slowing down, and corporations–despite their big tax cut–aren’t picking up the slack.

Two years ago, Americans seemed to be powering a great philanthropic boom: The sector received a record-breaking $410 billion in contributions in 2017, with 70% of that coming from individual donations.

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This U.N. map tracks data protection laws around the world

Jan 28, 2019

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The United Nations’ new Global Cyberlaw Tracker is the first-ever global mapping of cyberlaws.

To mark Data Privacy Day, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has released a map showing how the world is–or is not–protecting the online privacy rights of the human beings that populate the planet. While we prefer to mark holidays with celebratory food, an interactive map and cyberlaw tracker is a pretty cool way to do it, too.

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Let’s unpack Tom Brokaw’s bizarre apology tweets

Jan 28, 2019

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Tom Brokaw stepped in it with his remarks about Hispanics during Meet the Press on Sunday. His efforts to step out of it have thus far been mystifying.

Apologies are the parachutes you need after flinging yourself out of the airplane of Good Standing Within Polite Society (unless, of course, you’re the president, in which case not caring what polite society thinks is the Peter Pan happy thought that allows you to soar majestically through the sky).

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Women need other women to get ahead in the workplace, says science

Jan 28, 2019

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Women with tight female-centric inner circles find more leadership roles.

Turns out that the idea of women helping women is more than just a platitude that your women’s studies professor had posted on her wall. A new study by the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University reveals that women who have a solid support group of other women are more likely to attain high-ranking leadership positions.

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Howard Schultz’s logo looks like he signed it on a Starbucks cup

Jan 28, 2019

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At least he didn’t spell it Howad.

Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is facing criticism from the left as he announces he’s “seriously thinking” of running for president as an independent in 2020.

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This sustainable apartment complex of the future has farms, community space, and bike parking galore

Jan 28, 2019

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The 1,000-unit Mark, in the Dutch city of Utrecht, will be complete by 2023. The majority of its units will be low- and medium-income housing, or “care homes” for the elderly.

In a new apartment complex that will soon rise in the Dutch city of Utrecht, instead of deliveries from an online grocer, you can get boxes of vegetables grown in an intensive greenhouse on the roof or from a smaller unit built into the facade on your own floor. In a courtyard downstairs, you can forage for raspberries in an urban forest. In the parking garage–which is designed to house many more bikes than cars–there’s space for aquaculture.

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Many women are afraid to tell their bosses they’re pregnant–and for good reason

Jan 28, 2019

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Gender equity has a ways to go.

When you’re a teenager, it can be hard to tell your parents you’re pregnant. When you’re an adult, it can be hard to tell your boss–and for good reason. A new study commissioned by Bright Horizons, a childcare service provider, reveals that 21% of women would be worried to tell their boss they are expecting a child. The workplace doesn’t seem to be getting any friendlier to working moms, either, as that number is now nearly twice what it was five years ago.

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How to lift the veil off hidden algorithms

Jan 28, 2019

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In the absence of rules around algorithms, activists, lawyers, and tech workers are hacking transparency through other means.

In 2012, the New Orleans police department quietly partnered with the data mining company Palantir to implement a predictive policing system to help identify likely criminals and victims. For six years, neither the city council nor the courts were told that citizens’ data was being mined to generate police “target lists” and investigate individuals. Questions about the program’s propriety, legality, or value were never addressed. Ron Serpas, the city’s police chief at the time, told reporter Ali Winston last year, when he revealed the program, “It is, to me, something that certainly requires a view, requires a look.”

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How rebels can thrive in a world that doesn’t always reward them

Jan 28, 2019

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If you’re a rebel, you should follow this three-step process. 

When most people think of a “rebel,” they think of a troublemaker–someone who doesn’t like to follow instructions and causes inconvenient disruptions.

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Zoe Kravitz whispers ASMR for Michelob Ultra Pure Gold’s Super Bowl ad

Jan 28, 2019

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Who knew the subtle sounds of a beer could be so calming?

What: Zoe Kravitz stars in Michelob Ultra Pure Gold’s new Super Bowl commercial.

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Can cute dogs, artificial intelligence, and avocados win the Super Bowl?

Jan 28, 2019

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Avocados From Mexico is using IBM’s Watson and a Super Bowl ad to match people with their perfect dog adoption.

Considering the Super Bowl has long been considered the biggest, broadest, most high-profile advertising opportunity for U.S. brands, marketers tend to cast a wide net with their commercials. Hence the onslaught of celebrity cameos. This year alone will feature Chance the Rapper, Lil Jon, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Christina Applegate, 2 Chainz, and more. But Avocados From Mexico is taking a different tack, instead employing a perfect storm of attention-seeking advertising: cute dogs, AI, social good, and of course, avocados.

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BuzzFeed’s layoffs and the false promise of “unions aren’t for us”

Jan 28, 2019

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It’s bleak out there for digital media companies.

Things may have seemed bad a year ago, but we’re entering into an even darker age for the media industry.

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Cambridge University’s brain-training app works like Ritalin without the side effects

Jan 22, 2019

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Concentration? There’s an app for that.

Usually, if you’re idly flipping through your phone, it’s because you’re distracted–or you want to be distracted–from whatever you’re supposed to be working on. But if you have a hard time concentrating in general, don’t worry: There’s an app for that.

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11 burning questions from today’s Oscar nominations

Jan 22, 2019

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“Roma,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” and “Vice” are all vying for multiple awards, but this year’s Oscar nominations raise a lot more questions beyond that of who will win.

In some ways, Oscar Nomination Announcement Day is more exciting than the Oscars telecast itself.

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Supreme Court allows U.S. military transgender ban to go into effect

Jan 22, 2019

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It may be just be temporary.

Like a plot line from a bad horror movie, the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members simply will not die.

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A Facebook star known as “Bikini Climber” dies after falling into ravine

Jan 22, 2019

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The social media star was 36.

Another social media influencer has passed away under tragic circumstances. Gigi Wu, 36, known as the “Bikini Climber” for posting selfies in which she sported bikinis on the tops of mountains, was hiking alone in Yushan national park when she fell down a ravine. While she was able to use a satellite phone to call for help, according to AFP, rescue teams were unable to reach her in time due to bad weather.

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These tactile blocks teach blind kids to code

Jan 22, 2019

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Microsoft’s Code Jumper lets you play with code with your hands.

A couple of years ago, as an 8-year-old trying to learn to code, a student named Theo was frustrated. Theo happens to be blind, and the standard tools designed to teach children to code rely heavily on visuals. But over the last year, he’s been a beta tester for something new: a set of physical blocks designed specifically to teach coding to kids with visual impairments. He’s moved on, and now codes in Python.

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How to help furloughed U.S. federal workers: 6 things you can do right now

Jan 22, 2019

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Here are six easy ways to help.

Some 800,000 U.S. federal workers are still going without pay as the government shutdown enters the record books as the longest in history. The shutdown appears to have no end in sight, leaving many federal employees struggling to pay living expenses and provide basic necessities for their loved ones. While some are at home on furlough, others have been insultingly called back to work, even though they’re not getting paid.

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Copenhagen wants to build its own Silicon Valley from scratch

Jan 22, 2019

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And it plans to build nine fake islands to do it.

The developers behind Holmene, a new development in Denmark, want to create a European Silicon Valley. Their idea? Build nine artificial islands from scratch and turn them into a scientific and technological haven.

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What not to do if you get laid off or fired

Jan 22, 2019

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Dwelling too much on the past can prevent you from moving forward.

When you’re out of work, no matter how you became unemployed, it’s tempting to dwell on what happened. That can be a dangerous road to go down, as focusing on the past can prevent you from achieving your future.

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My wife and I run a business together; here’s how we make it work

Jan 22, 2019

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Building a business with a spouse has its challenges, but it can also yield huge rewards.

Let’s get one thing straight. Balance is hard to come by today’s world. When you’re fighting a losing battle against inbox zero and push notifications, finding space for downtime can feel downright impossible.

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Pinna wants to be the Netflix for kids’ podcasts

Jan 22, 2019

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The new company, a spin-off from podcast network Panoply Media, launches an ad-free, subscription podcast platform for kids.

The daily struggle between parents and kids around the dreaded screen time maaaaay have just gotten a wee bit easier. Pinna has just officially launched its new, advertising-free streaming podcast service for kids that includes pods, audiobooks, and music for $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year.

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UPS and Latch bring their Amazon Key delivery competitor to 10 new cities

Jan 22, 2019

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UPS has teamed up with smart-lock company Latch to leave packages inside multi-family buildings when residents are not home.

It’s so annoying to miss a package delivery just because you weren’t home. It’s even more inconvenient when you have to trek to a warehouse facility to pick it up. Fortunately, relief is coming for residents in 12 U.S. cities, who will soon have the opportunity have their packages waiting for them inside when they get home.

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Why your Nike redesign is bad

Jan 22, 2019

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A letter to myself, as a young designer, about what makes a great redesign.

Dear Eugen,

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This is exactly when and how to tell someone they are wrong

Jan 22, 2019

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Here’s how to correct people without causing embarrassment or ill will.

I have a problem: Many times I find it hard to tell people when they are wrong. And no, I don’t mean when they are intentionally trying to bullshit me, or when I believe they are wrong about something that is subjective, such as politics or who’s a better writer. Rather, I find it hardest to tell people when they are wrong when they honestly believe themselves to be right about some objective fact.

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These cute little robots now deliver late-night snacks to world’s luckiest college kids

Jan 22, 2019

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At George Mason University, a delivery from a campus grocery store will arrive via robot in 15 minutes.

When students at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia want a late-night coffee or meal, they’ll no longer have to walk across campus: The school now has a fleet of 25 delivery robots.

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Why everyone else seems to have more money than you

Jan 22, 2019

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Comparing yourself to others is natural, but it doesn’t always give you an accurate picture of other people’s lives.

Talk to any real estate agent, and they will tell you that you should buy the smallest house in an expensive neighborhood. That way, your home will retain its value. Buying the largest house in a less-expensive neighborhood means that your home value will get dragged down toward the median for the neighborhood.

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Fender’s new Acoustasonic guitars let you easily switch from Dylan to Hendrix

Jan 22, 2019

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New series from the classic guitarmaker lets you easily switch from full acoustic to completely electric with the push of a button.

Like about 99% of the population, I’m a failed wannabe rock star. Buying my first Yamaha acoustic guitar when I was 14, I took lessons, seldom practiced, but somehow expected to blossom into the next Randy Rhoads or Eddie Van Halen. The closest I got was sitting on the roof of our suburban house, with a pickup clumsily hanging off the guitar and plugged into a tiny speaker, and strumming feedback-tainted chords that drove my neighbors crazy.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s mentor handed the feds an argument that could be used to break up Facebook

Jan 22, 2019

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Roger McNamee says that he recently went to the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department’s Antitrust Division to discuss his hypothesis for how to test whether Facebook or other internet companies are in violation of federal antitrust law.

Over the weekend, The Social Network director Aaron Sorkin teased that he’d like to direct a sequel to his much-praised movie about the origins of Facebook. Well, given all that has happened in the last nine years, it wouldn’t be too hard to find material—including a new twist with plenty of Shakespearean drama.

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Ikea’s next big play for smart homes is here

Jan 22, 2019

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A partnership between Ikea and Sonos, launching in August, is a glimpse at the Swedish giant’s plans to design and sell more technology.

In 2017, Ikea announced a partnership with Sonos to sell a custom line of smart speakers. While we don’t exactly know what, now we know when: The Ikea Symfonisk line will launch this August.

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5 women entrepreneurs on the business pivot that changed everything

Jan 22, 2019

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From expanding into a new market before you’re ready to completely changing your core mission, these five women have taken huge risks to see their businesses succeed.

For entrepreneurs who are willing to take a risk on a big idea, the concept of shifting directions and changing up everything can be terrifying. Even so, customer habits change rapidly, along with digital trends, so a tolerance for risk is essential.

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Twitter suspends the account that made the MAGA students vs. Native-American elder confrontation go viral

Jan 22, 2019

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The account @2020fight was found to be using a fake profile photo.

A video of the confrontation between a group of male high school students wearing red Make America Great Again hats and a Native-American elder at the Indigenous Peoples March at the Lincoln Memorial on Friday went viral after it was tweeted by a Twitter user with the handle @2020fight. According to the Twitter bio of @2020fight, the user is a teacher named Talia living in California. On Monday, Twitter suspended the account after CNN found it wasn’t the account of the person it had purported to be.

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Kirsten Gillibrand launches her bid for the presidency

Jan 15, 2019

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The Democratic Senator from New York will kick off her campaign with a visit to Iowa this weekend.

New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand effectively threw her hat in the 2020 presidential campaign ring Tuesday with the launch of her presidential exploratory committee.

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This healthcare giant invests millions in affordable housing to keep people healthy

Jan 15, 2019

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Kaiser Permanente realized that investment in housing is an investment in health, and so it’s offering funds to help keep apartment buildings affordable and finding housing for homeless residents.

In an East Oakland neighborhood on the verge of gentrification, when an affordable apartment complex went up for sale–and tenants there risked steeply rising rents–Kaiser Permanente, the largest private integrated healthcare system in the U.S., helped put up the money to buy the building and keep rent low.

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Attorney general nominee wants to examine the power of tech’s “behemoths”

Jan 15, 2019

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Trump’s nominee for attorney general, William Barr, testified before the Senate Judiciary committee. Several tech-related questions came up.

At the confirmation hearings on Tuesday of William Barr, Trump’s pick for U.S. attorney general, the nominee said he wants his office to take a closer look at big tech companies like Facebook and Google.

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This city is using a “Goat Fund Me” to pay for goats to make it safe from wildfires

Jan 15, 2019

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Nevada City, California, is trying to raise enough money to welcome a herd of goats this winter, because they can quickly clear flammable brush before the next fire season.

Understandably, California is very worried about wildfires. Last year, the state suffered its most deadly blaze on record. For Nevada City, a town of 3,100 people right at the edge of the Tahoe National Forest, the concern is especially heightened.

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Hungry flyers, this app will deliver food right to your boarding gate

Jan 15, 2019

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No need to resort to airplane food.

Tragically underrated comedy writer Erma Bombeck once wrote that, “Some of the best fiction writers got their start writing airline menus.”

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Google’s new employee perk: paid sabbaticals to work for nonprofits

Jan 15, 2019

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Google.org Fellowships will let employees take a break from their day job to work on projects for good.

Google’s nonprofit division Google.org has long committed to donating 1% of the company’s total equity and profits to charity. Based on the $1 billion pledge it made in October 2017, the company has focused on causes like education, economic opportunity, and inclusion. Some groups receiving funding just so happen to also make the online world more accessible, informative, and safe for users. This week, Google extended its humanitarian efforts with Google.org Fellowships, a program that allows its own employees to embed for up to six months at nonprofits with special projects that need the help of experts in computer engineering, data analysis, and artificial intelligence.

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Yes, it’s been 10 years since Sully’s Miracle on the Hudson plane landing

Jan 15, 2019

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It’s been 10 years since Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River.

It’s been 10 years since office drones working on Manhattan’s West Side looked up from their Excel spreadsheets because a giant freaking airplane had just landed in the Hudson River.

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Here’s the Robert Mueller action figure you’ve been waiting for

Jan 15, 2019

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“We’re not trying to be melodramatic here but the Special Counsel sure seems to be the last thing standing between us and utter chaos.”

Is Robert Mueller a hero? It depends on whom you ask, but if you are inclined to see him as an agent in the fight for justice, you may be happy to know you can now purchase the Special Counsel as an action figure.

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The government wants you…to help it build a better lie detector

Jan 15, 2019

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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency is hosting an open challenge seeking ways to evaluate “credibility assessment” technology.

Building a better lie detector has long been a goal for scientists. Polygraph tests, which effectively measure people’s anxiety, aren’t particularly reliable.

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President Trump can’t spell and Burger King is clowning on him for it

Jan 15, 2019

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“Hamberder” has entered the cultural lexicon, and it’s inspiring nearly covfefe-level mockery.

Once upon a time, President Barack Obama ordered a hamburger with Grey Poupon mustard and the temperamental pundits at Fox News went into full-on meltdown mode. No Gulden’s Spicy Brown for this guy, Hannity et al. emphasized, Little Lord Fauntleroy would prefer a more refined accompaniment for his sandwich!

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Cops can’t force you to unlock your phone with your face or finger

Jan 15, 2019

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Don’t give them the finger.

No one wants to end up in a situation where they are arguing with a cop over unlocking a phone. However, if you do find yourself in such a situation, there’s something you should know: Cops can’t force people to unlock a mobile phone with their face or finger.

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Ikea to release a hackable bed that could last a lifetime

Jan 15, 2019

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The Delaktig line of hackable furniture, developed with British design star Tom Dixon, is growing in a big way.

In 2016, Ikea teamed up with the British designer Tom Dixon and design students at Parsons to develop the Delaktig “hackable” sofa–an aluminum daybed with swappable modular components like side tables. The big idea was to rethink the sofa as a full-out “seating platform,” just like apps ever-modify a smartphone to do something new.

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In a win for casinos, a new DOJ opinion makes all online gambling illegal

Jan 15, 2019

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This is certainly a big win for Sheldon Adelson.

Late last night, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new legal opinion that goes against an earlier one from 2011. The opinion says a law called the Wire Act–which prohibits any type of betting that uses wire communication to transmit information–applies to all forms of betting and not just sports betting. The 2011 opinion had originally said the law’s purview was only for sports betting.

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How the era of the remote worker complicates management

Jan 15, 2019

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How do you manage a team when you don’t know exactly what they’re doing or where they are at every given moment?

New York-based startup Muck Rack is a team of 50 people who can work from home whenever they want. About one-third of the company’s team is based outside New York and therefore, always remote. CEO Greg Galant says he set Muck Rack up to be a completely remote company, meaning that if the startup’s building burned down tomorrow, business would go on as usual the next day.

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8 robots racing to win the delivery wars of 2019

Jan 15, 2019

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If these robotics startups get their way, this could be the year delivery robots become a regular sight on city streets.

CES 2019 has brought three new automated robot vehicles to an already hotly contested race to get your dinner, groceries, and packages to your home or office desk.

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Gillette targets toxic masculinity in a new campaign–but still advertises on Fox News

Jan 15, 2019

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“The Best a Man Can Be” pushes back against toxic masculinity. But is Gillette being the best it can be to support that message?

For the past 30 years, Gillette has boldly stated that it was “The Best a Man Can Get.” Now the brand is challenging its own iconic tagline in a new campaign and initiative: “The Best a Man Can Be.”

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These are the 3 components of a great story

Jan 15, 2019

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Our brains are hardwired to hear stories, rather than hard facts.

I was recently coaching a C-suite executive from a multi-billion-dollar company. He started telling me about his background and told me he was from Mumbai. Having spent time in Mumbai, I asked: “where in Mumbai?”

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This doggie wellness startup raised $49M to help your pup eat, feel, and smell better

Jan 15, 2019

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The Farmer’s Dog, a fresh pet food delivery service, aims to cure American dogs of obesity, lethargy, poor odor, and a host of other furry health concerns.

With consumers spending $70 billion a year on pets, one startup is finding success in a trend that was more recently confined to their human owners: healthy eating. The Farmer’s Dog, a direct-to-consumer startup that delivers crafted fresh pet food to one’s door, just closed $39 million in Series B financing. It now boasts total funding of $49 million.

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You know you want to watch the Tappan Zee Bridge explode

Jan 15, 2019

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Early-morning ‘splosions!

The state of our country’s infrastructure has been a political talking point for decades, but usually it’s all talk, no action. Today, there’s going to be a little action. Specifically, they are blowing up New York’s Tappan Zee Bridge.

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Your Netflix subscription is getting a price hike–the biggest one in 12 years

Jan 15, 2019

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58 million subscribers will be affected by the price hike.

Martin Scorsese movies and Shonda Rhimes mega-deals don’t exactly pay for themselves.

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