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How Robots and AI Could Save American Water Utilities Half A Trillion Dollars

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 19:00 +0000

HiBot USA's technology combining robots, big data, and AI could upend the way municipalities replace aging water pipes.

HiBot USA's technology combining robots, big data, and AI could upend the way municipalities replace aging water pipes.

The future of your drinking water may depend on databotics.

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How This Hedge Fund Billionaire Turned Activist Plans To Take On Trump

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

One of Tom Steyer's acts of dissent: Copying the entire EPA website and making it available to the public.

One of Tom Steyer's acts of dissent: Copying the entire EPA website and making it available to the public.

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

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Navy Sends Out An H.O.S. Challenge—Hack Our Ship—To Woo Millennial Tech Talent

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:36 +0000

If you're looking to serve your country with science—but not don the uniform—Uncle Sam has a job for you.

If you're looking to serve your country with science—but not don the uniform—Uncle Sam has a job for you.

Hey millennials: Uncle Sam wants you ...No uniform required.

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The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Travel 2017

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

Airbnb, Marriott, and others are changing the way we see the world in 2017.

Airbnb, Marriott, and others are changing the way we see the world in 2017.

The past year in travel has been marked by consolidation: Marriott created the world's largest hotel company with its acquisition of Starwood Hotels; Paris-based AccorHotels took over the luxury portfolio of Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel; and China's ambitious Ctrip booking platform announced its global ambitions by taking over the U.K.-based travel search engine Skyscanner.

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Stories You Should See, In Case You Missed Them

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Here's your weekly roundup of some of the top stories we're watching at Fast Company.

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From Negotiating Harder To Handy Slack Hacks: This Week's Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

This week's top stories may help you tame Slack notifications, become a better negotiator, and sit up straighter in your next interview.

This week's top stories may help you tame Slack notifications, become a better negotiator, and sit up straighter in your next interview.

This week we learned what not to say during salary negotiations, the top reasons why people are quitting their jobs, and how to correct iffy body language during interviews.

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I Had Career Experts Make Over My Crappy Cover Letter

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

This cover letter I sent in 2013 didn't get me the interview. So I asked the pros to whip it into something that might have been successful.

This cover letter I sent in 2013 didn't get me the interview. So I asked the pros to whip it into something that might have been successful.

When I was a couple years into my career and trying to leave my first job out of college (starting salary: $28,000), I sent around many truly horrendous cover letters. Recently, I discovered one languishing at the bottom of my "sent" folder, where it very much belongs. When I clicked the attachment, I was greeted with a hefty 482-word missive that now makes me shudder, and the hiring manager who never called me in for an interview probably had the same response.

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3 Of The Toughest Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Don't sweat it if you don't know the exact number of fire hydrants in L.A. The question is about more than counting.

Don't sweat it if you don't know the exact number of fire hydrants in L.A. The question is about more than counting.

Job interviews can feel a lot like going on blind dates with prospective employers. While there is plenty of advice for how to answer both the most common and the most annoying interview questions, when an interviewer throws a curveball question, even the quickest thinker can get unnerved.

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Startup Not Scaling? Maybe It's Your Technology

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

When should you stop fixing your tech and just burn it all down? These five questions can help you know what's holding really you back.

When should you stop fixing your tech and just burn it all down? These five questions can help you know what's holding really you back.

Let's say—benefit of the doubt and all—that the tools and systems you put in place when you launched your startup were the best choices you could have made at the time. That day, though, was probably a while ago. For many founders, that means years or even a decade or two ago.

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Your Conference Calls Sound Terrible, But You Don't Have To

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

These five tips can help you get your point across, no matter how crappy the audio or how distracted your listeners.

These five tips can help you get your point across, no matter how crappy the audio or how distracted your listeners.

When I recently asked the CFO of a major retailer if he'd had time to do some "homework" I'd assigned him, he told me, "No, but it's okay, I can do it on my conference call!"

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How A Security Company Learned To Recognize The Sound Of Fraud

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:15 +0000

The same technology that Pindrop uses to flag phone scams could soon let you unlock your car or phone with the unique sound of your voice.

The same technology that Pindrop uses to flag phone scams could soon let you unlock your car or phone with the unique sound of your voice.

Someday soon, you may be able to unlock your car or even log in to your favorite streaming app on a hotel TV simply with the sound of your voice.

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Shopify, Breitbart, And The B2B Boycotts That Are Dragging Brands Into Politics

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:00 +0000

Consumers can't do business with Shopify directly. But they can target the companies that do—and support employees who want to quit.

Consumers can't do business with Shopify directly. But they can target the companies that do—and support employees who want to quit.

Add boycotts to the list of phenomena that have been transformed in the Trump era. In the old days, consumers threatened to stop buying from a company until it changed a specific practice—ending the use of sweatshop labor, for instance. Now activists target companies that do business with other companies, like retailers that carry Ivanka Trump's fashion line or brands that advertise on Breitbart News Network. Case in point: Consumers are going after Shopify, a Canadian company that doesn't even sell to consumers. It's a business-to-business (B2B) platform that provides the backend to over 375,000 online stores—including Breitbart's.

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Some Stars Will Get A Ride To The Oscars Via This Tesla Car Service Company

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:30 +0000

With help from investor Morgan Freeman, MOTEV is refashioning stars' rides to Hollywood award shows.

With help from investor Morgan Freeman, MOTEV is refashioning stars' rides to Hollywood award shows.

Uber to the Oscars? Not for Hollywood's elite.

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Deconstructing A Scene: Hacksaw Ridge

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:45 +0000

Oscar-nominated sound rerecording mixer Kevin O'Connell deconstructs the sound from a pivotal scene in the movie.

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Airbnb Buys Tilt, Signaling Its Growing Interest In Group Travel

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:15 +0000

The deal represents a disappointing exit for Tilt, which had previously raised over $60 million.

The deal represents a disappointing exit for Tilt, which had previously raised over $60 million.

Airbnb has closed on its acquisition of Tilt, a startup for crowdfunding and peer-to-peer payments, in what sources describe as an acquihire. Tilt cofounder and CEO James Beshara will join the Airbnb team, as will Tilt employees with expertise in group payments, an area that Airbnb plans to build out.

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Why Hollywood's Defiant Awards Show Speeches Won't Stop Any Time Soon

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 12:00 +0000

Inspiring speeches, pointed artwork, and other forms of creative defiance won't taper off at the end of a turbulent awards season.

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Race-Based Horror Movie "Get Out" Couldn't Be More Timely

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

Daniel Kaluuya opens up about starring in Jordan Peel's genre-bending directorial debut.

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How Eero Plans To Fend Off Wi-Fi Rivals: Lower Prices And No Distractions

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

The startup's whole-home Wi-Fi system is getting a price cut on its first birthday. Can it stay on top of the market it created?

The startup's whole-home Wi-Fi system is getting a price cut on its first birthday. Can it stay on top of the market it created?

After jump-starting the whole-home Wi-Fi market last February, Eero is celebrating its first birthday with price cuts.

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The 10 Most Innovative Companies In Consumer Electronics 2017

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

Amazon, Google, and eight others are driving the future of consumer electronics.

Amazon, Google, and eight others are driving the future of consumer electronics.

In the old days, every outfit in a list of important consumer electronics companies would have made . . . you know, consumer electronics. Stuff like TVs. But in this era, as more of the products in our lives look like devices, and they're all connected over the internet, a more diverse group of players are setting the agenda.

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Having Trouble At Work? This Corporate Psychic May Be Able To Help

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

The "psychic services" business is becoming a thriving industry, generating $2 billion in revenue last year.

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The Company That Ruined The Bookstore Industry Is Doing The Unthinkable

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

Amazon has surprised everyone by moving into physical retail.

Amazon has surprised everyone by moving into physical retail.

[Photos: GABRIEL OLSEN/FILMMAGIC (BEZOS); DAVID RYDER/GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA (Bezos)]

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The Nigerian Designer Who's Dressed Michelle Obama, Lupita Nyong'o & Solange

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:00 +0000

She says she wants to "dress the world," and she's off to an impressive start. We spoke with Amaka Osakwe about what inspires her Maki Oh clothing line.

She says she wants to "dress the world," and she's off to an impressive start. We spoke with Amaka Osakwe about what inspires her Maki Oh clothing line.

Before Amaka Osakwe can design a single piece of clothing, she tells herself a story. She might spend hours imagining the life of a woman rushing to catch a bus after a long day. She'll give her a name and paint a picture of her family, her friends, her boyfriend.

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How To Channel Your Rage Into Something Constructive At Work

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:42 +0000

These are stressful times. Use anger strategically to create the change you want.

These are stressful times. Use anger strategically to create the change you want.

With career pressure, relationships, and even the future of the country causing stress, there's likely a lot of people with frazzled nerves in your workplace. And when people are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, it's easier for anger to take hold.

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Why Former Tech Execs Are Leaving Google And Twitter To Start Health Care Companies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:31 +0000

Personal and family medical issues are prompting some of the Valley's best tech minds to try to fix our broken health care system.

Personal and family medical issues are prompting some of the Valley's best tech minds to try to fix our broken health care system.

When Stephanie Tilenius, a former senior executive at eBay and Google, decided to start a health-coaching app, many in her network were incredulous. "Everyone thought I was crazy," she recalls. "Some people loved that I wanted to do something to help others, but a lot socially ostracized me."

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Why Becoming A Leader Makes Some People More Unethical

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:30 +0000

A new study reveals how people in leadership positions might be more prone to making unethical decisions.

A new study reveals how people in leadership positions might be more prone to making unethical decisions.

The higher up the corporate ladder you climb, the more likely you might be to engage in unethical behavior.

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Exactly How To Spend The Last Hour Of Your Workday

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Try these 60-minute "soft projects" to wrap up every day of the week.

Try these 60-minute "soft projects" to wrap up every day of the week.

It's 4 p.m. and you're having a hard time focusing. So you stare at your computer and click in and out of lots of tabs. But when you look up, you see it's only 4:03 p.m. Then, you get a glass of water, which takes all of seven minutes. You're not feeling inspired to tackle something important, but ducking out early—or sitting at your desk and twiddling your thumbs for 50 minutes—aren't options either.

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How I've Learned To Hire Remote Employees (And Not Regret It Later)

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Why this founder asks candidates for work samples, a live demo, and a paid trial period before making an offer.

Why this founder asks candidates for work samples, a live demo, and a paid trial period before making an offer.

It's getting more common to hear of startups composed of team members who've never actually met—in fact, I'm founding one right now. If the future of work is remote, getting there will mean figuring out how to hire people you may never be in the same room with, from countries you've never been to.

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For These Startups, A Suitcase Is A Reflection Of Your Soul

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

What does your luggage say about you? A lot, according to new companies that sell upscale suitcases for the modern, fashion-conscious traveler.

What does your luggage say about you? A lot, according to new companies that sell upscale suitcases for the modern, fashion-conscious traveler.

Do you remember the time when traveling by train or aircraft was romantic and glamorous? Neither do I.

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10 Interview Questions To Determine If A Company Is As Inclusive As It Claims

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:00 +0000

Most employers will happily tell you they support diversity and inclusion. Your job is to find out how.

Most employers will happily tell you they support diversity and inclusion. Your job is to find out how.

Ask any company whether they're diverse and inclusive, and they're probably going to tell you "yes." After all, not many hiring managers would want to admit that they have trouble recruiting or retaining members of diverse backgrounds. If you take that answer at face value, you run the risk of joining a company that talks a big game, but ultimately fails to take action. And in a worst-case scenario, this results in anyone from a non-traditional background feeling isolated and uncomfortable at work.

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Beyond The Hype, Verizon's 5G Wireless Rollout Is Just A Baby Step

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:00 +0000

For now, the 5G goodness will flow only to a few hundred homes and businesses—and only to indoor fixed modems, not mobile devices.

For now, the 5G goodness will flow only to a few hundred homes and businesses—and only to indoor fixed modems, not mobile devices.

Verizon said today it will launch "pre-commercial" 5G wireless service in 11 markets by mid-year.

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