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Here’s How To Feel Like You’re On Vacation All Year

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:00:53 GMT

You don’t have to wait for the holidays to get the benefits of vacation.

With the holidays fast approaching, many of us have vacation on the brain. But despite the well-known benefits of taking breaks, many of us struggle to disconnect from work. More than half of employees end the year with unused time off.

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How I Built A More Emotionally Intelligent Work Culture Than Me

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 05:00:38 GMT

Realizing he isn’t the most emotionally intelligent person, this CEO created a workplace that wouldn’t reflect his more antisocial tendencies.

I’m the first to admit that I’m not always the easiest person to get along with. I can be abrasive. I frequently interrupt and occasionally instigate. I’m often impatient, and bad at reading the room. And while I’m working on all of these habits, they were much worse in my salad says. (I wince to report that I quit my last corporate job by telling my boss to “go fuck himself.”)

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Jony Ive has stepped back into day-to-day management of Apple’s design teams

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:12:19 GMT

Jony Ive made headlines in 2015 when he gave up day-to-day management of Apple’s design teams. The move became the subject of all sorts of speculation, like the theory that it was Ive’s way of edging toward the exit door. Direct leadership of the teams was given to Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, who then …

Jony Ive made headlines in 2015 when he gave up day-to-day management of Apple’s design teams. The move became the subject of all sorts of speculation, like the theory that it was Ive’s way of edging toward the exit door. Direct leadership of the teams was given to Alan Dye and Richard Howarth, who then reported CEO Tim Cook.

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Report: Apple is buying audio recognition app Shazam

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:55:43 GMT

Shazam has been around forever—or since 1999, to be exact. The app can listen to and identify audio in music tracks, TV content, and advertisements. Now TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden is reporting that Apple will buy the company in a deal that could be announced as soon as Monday. She adds that one source said the …

Shazam has been around forever—or since 1999, to be exact. The app can listen to and identify audio in music tracks, TV content, and advertisements.

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Al Franken’s Resignation Is An Important Moment In The #MeToo Movement

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:30:56 GMT

It can be difficult to see men you admire taken down, but it’s a necessary step.

This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.

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This Volcanologist Wants To Bring Science and Logic To Congress

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:30:39 GMT

A trained volcano scientist, a nonprofit founder, a 35-year-old queer woman: Jess Phoenix’s campaign for Congress in southern California illustrates the difficulties outsider candidates have–and the new perspectives they’d bring to the Capitol.

The average Congressperson is 57 years old, male, and a lawyer or a businessman by training. Jess Phoenix is none of those things. She’s a volcano scientist in her mid-thirties who also founded the education and research nonprofit Blueprint Earth to document each of Earth’s seven biomes–from desert to grassland to tundra–in minute detail. She’s done firsthand research on volcanoes in Iceland and Hawaii; she’s seen an avalanche start in Peru when a sheet of ice cracked off the side of a mountain. Under her long red hair, she wears the sides of her head buzzed. She identifies as queer. Usually, you can find her in jeans and cowboy boots. On her ranch, she rescues and retrains former racehorses.

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Finally, A Podcast For The End Of The World

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:20:01 GMT

“Jeopardy” winner Ken Jennings and indie band frontman John Roderick made “Omnibus” to dissect the arcana—The Rachel, smell-o-vision—future generations need.

Like many of us living through these trying times, Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings and Long Winters frontman John Roderick have been thinking about the end of the world a lot lately. The two friends, who met via Twitter, share a love of arcana (how else does one become a 74-time Jeopardy winner?) and they started to wonder what trivia would be lost in the apocalypse. So they came up with Omnibus, a podcast that saves history’s minutiae for later generations.

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This Sweatshirt Lists All the Famous Sexual Harassers Who’ve Just Been Cancelled

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:58:02 GMT

Finally, something to wear to the sexual predator apocalypse!

What: A new concert tour-style sweatshirt celebrating the purge of sexual predators from public life.

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Walter Scott’s Murder And The Unfulfilled Promise Of Citizen Media

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:50:49 GMT

Thursday’s sentencing of Scott’s killer is a brief, moving reminder of the early promise of cameraphones and the mobile internet.

Two and a half years ago, a white police officer named Michael Slager repeatedly shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, in the back. Yesterday, Slager was finally sentenced to 20 years in prison for violently cutting 50-year-old Scott’s life decades short. The killing was, of course, documented on video by a bystander’s phone, and that footage was aired by the media and all over social networks.

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With the bitcoin price exploding, Coinbase sends a warning message to new investors

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:43:03 GMT

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that bitcoin has been in the headlines lately. A lot of it has to do with the price, which has been barreling up for quite some time now. Last week, bitcoin hit $10,000, and then, earlier this week, it exceeded $15,000. This insane growth has …

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that bitcoin has been in the headlines lately. A lot of it has to do with the price, which has been barreling up for quite some time now. Last week, bitcoin hit $10,000, and then, earlier this week, it exceeded $15,000.

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The “Always Connected PC” May Solve Laptops’ Battery-Life Problem

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 14:00:59 GMT

Qualcomm’s and Microsoft’s new PC design, the companies say, will give users an average of 20 hours of battery life.

Battery-life trouble is one of the most vexing challenges for laptop users (not to mention those of us who see our iPhones drop from 20% to 1% in 5 minutes). Qualcomm and Microsoft have announced a new PC design that runs Windows 10S and uses Qualcomm’s 835 mobile processor which they claim will give users an average of 20 hours of battery life. In standby mode the battery can last as long as a week before needing a charge.

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How “Three Billboards” Martin McDonagh & Frances McDormand Created Her Best Role Since “Fargo”

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:30:07 GMT

The Oscar-winning filmmaker opens up about bringing to life the foul-mouthed, unpredictable heart of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbings, Missouri.”

God help anyone who runs afoul of Mildred Hayes.

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Rep. Ro Khanna: ISPs Are Violating Net Neutrality By “Zero Rating” Certain Apps

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:04:25 GMT

As countries around the world adopt rules ensuring ISPs treat all traffic equally, the U.S.’s regulator, the FCC, prepares to relinquish control.

Net neutrality is at the core of what we love about the internet. Put simply, it allows any individual or business equal access to online services. The rest of the world recognizes this. As Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai is proposing to roll back net neutrality rules, India recently recommended a strengthened net neutrality framework. More than two years ago, the European Parliament passed net neutrality regulations that are binding on all 28 European Union countries. And at this point, more than 80% of the Latin American population is covered by some form of net neutrality regulations.

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Meet Linjer, The Most Popular Leather Goods Startup You’ve Never Heard Of

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:01 GMT

The cofounders began by doing market research on a Reddit-like platform for style-conscious men. Three years later, they’ve generated $10 million.

Linjer, an under-the-radar brand known primarily to people obsessed with minimalistic design, has generated $10 million after just three years of being in business. Founded by San Francisco entrepreneurs Jennifer Chong and Roman Khan, the brand has managed to cultivate a cult following of online fans who are willing to crowdfund their latest leather watch and bag designs, then wait months for them to make these products.

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Fox News and the New York Times led Facebook engagement last month

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:51:09 GMT

With Facebook and Google controlling the vast majority of digital ad revenue, all industry eyes are on which media companies perform best on those platforms. For Facebook, the rankings are always a yo-yo, with publishers’ engagement waxing and waning along with the frenetic news cycle and ever-changing algorithm. According to new data from NewsWhip, in …

With Facebook and Google controlling the vast majority of digital ad revenue, all industry eyes are on which media companies perform best on those platforms. For Facebook, the rankings are always a yo-yo, with publishers’ engagement waxing and waning along with the frenetic news cycle and ever-changing algorithm.

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9 Effective-Altruism-Endorsed Organizations For The Most Rational Givers

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:15:30 GMT

From malaria prevention to direct cash transfers, these are the organizations that GiveWell has determined are most effective at doing the most global good with your donations.

The nonprofit charity evaluator GiveWell is known for its rigorous Silicon Valley-style of scientific analysis: In order to be become a recommended recipient for donors, organizations must prove that they can save lives both effectively and economically.

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What Would An HR Department That Works For Employees Look Like?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:39 GMT

We spoke to five human resources experts about how to fix the broken industry.

2017 has been quite a year for workplace scandals. Earlier in the year, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler exposed the ride-hailing giant’s hostile work environment, rampant with debauchery and harassment. Then there were the troubling allegations at the fintech startup SoFi about a work environment centered on “a culture of fear and disrespect.” More recently, we continue to hear more allegations of sexual abuse at work, particularly after the New York Times and the New Yorker published numerous on-the-record accusations dating back a decade against mega producer Harvey Weinstein.

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State Department issues “worldwide caution” travel alert after Trump’s Jerusalem decision

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:05:54 GMT

Scrap those plans to re-create the nativity in situ, because the State Department is urging U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Israel. The move comes after President Trump announced that he was officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move drew condemnation from …

Scrap those plans to re-create the nativity in situ, because the State Department is urging U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Israel. The move comes after President Trump announced that he was officially recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The move drew condemnation from world leaders (including the Pope) and put the Middle East on edge. Both Israel and Palestine consider the holy city of Jerusalem to be their capital.

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From Top Employers To Getting Fired: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 11:00:31 GMT

This week’s top stories may give you employer envy, help you avoid getting fired, and more.

This week, we learned which companies made the cut for the best places to work according to their own employees, the telltale signs that you’re about to be fired, and how Weight Watchers transformed itself from a weight-loss service into a lifestyle brand.

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How to help California fire victims: 11 things you can do for Ventura and L.A. right now

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 10:40:25 GMT

Wildfires are raging across Southern California, burning an area as big as the city of Orlando. As firefighters struggle to contain the blaze, thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes on the outskirts of Los Angeles, fleeing Ventura County and surrounding areas. Many people have lost everything, a loss compounded by the fact that it’s …

Wildfires are raging across Southern California, burning an area as big as the city of Orlando. As firefighters struggle to contain the blaze, thousands have been forced to evacuate their homes on the outskirts of Los Angeles, fleeing Ventura County and surrounding areas. Many people have lost everything, a loss compounded by the fact that it’s only a few weeks until Christmas.

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