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How The Far Right Became An Ethnic Minority

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:23 GMT

It’s no accident that white nationalists and their fellow travelers have appropriated the language of civil rights movements.

When Google fired the writer of a controversial document, in which he insisted that the company’s lack of female employees stems from biological differences, the company didn’t realize that it was handing the extreme right a poster boy.

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This App Tracks Political Ads To See Who Is Targeting Your Vote–And Why

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:15 GMT

Who Targets Me is a U.K.-based project that monitors your Facebook feed to see which parties and candidates are trying to influence your vote. Their goal is to increase transparency in election advertising, and to keep a lasting record to hold politicians accountable for their advertisements.

Who Targets Me is a U.K.-based project that monitors your Facebook feed to see which parties and candidates are trying to influence your vote. Their goal is to increase transparency in election advertising, and to keep a lasting record to hold politicians accountable for their advertisements.

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How A Burning Man Camp Project Became A Multimillion-Dollar Business

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 05:00:12 GMT

Thousands of $1,500 Shiftpod shelters have been sold, and are being used in disaster relief areas globally. Now the company has its own cryptocurrency.

It began in the middle of the night: a nagging idea that Christian Weber couldn’t shake. That there had to be a better way. That he had the better way.

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California’s Housing Crisis And Long Commutes Are Slowing Its Progress On Climate

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 01:00:01 GMT

The state has its work cut out for it to keep up with its impressive environmental record.

Jerry Brown, the governor of California, is not one to be cowed by federal backtracking on environmental regulations. His promise back in December that California “will launch its own damn satellites” should Trump defund the NASA operations that track climate change has become something of a rallying cry for the environmental resistance.

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Here’s What The Solar Eclipse Looked Like From Delta’s Flight Of A Lifetime

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:58:53 GMT

Lucky passengers on one transcontinental flight got to experience totality from miles above the ground. Here, they describe the experience.

This morning, Anna Ruth Williams and Cooper Pettway found each other in the Delta Sky Club in Portland, awaiting a once-in-a-lifetime experience. They were going to fly with the eclipse.

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Blue Apron gets hit with lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 18:41:29 GMT

Blue Apron shareholder Ahmed Chaudhry has filed a complaint against the meal-delivery company for “misleading” and “untrue statements” in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission leading up to its public offering. The suit also takes aim at the underwriters of Blue Apron’s IPO (Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Global, and Barclays Capital) and is filed on behalf of … Continue reading “Blue Apron gets hit with lawsuit accusing it of misleading shareholders”

Blue Apron shareholder Ahmed Chaudhry has filed a complaint against the meal-delivery company for “misleading” and “untrue statements” in its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission leading up to its public offering. The suit also takes aim at the underwriters of Blue Apron’s IPO (Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Citigroup Global, and Barclays Capital) and is filed on behalf of all purchasers of Class A common stock.

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Corporate America Couldn’t Just Let Us Enjoy The Eclipse

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:15:52 GMT

Because everything, even the moon temporarily blotting out the sun, is a commercial opportunity.

There was a moment in modern marketing–and it was just a moment, right around the time social media still felt like a new, fun club we all just joined, but not yet a required media outlet–that a well-timed tweet from a brand to acknowledge, pay tribute to, or joke about a cultural event would be well received, and maybe even thoroughly enjoyed. The Oreo dunk heard ’round the (advertising) world, perhaps a well-timed Denny’s or Arby’s tweet. But then, as with all great ideas, soon rumbled the rest of the herd, and before you knew it White Castle was #NeverForgetting.

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This Salad-Making Machine Will Make You The Perfect Salad In 60 Seconds

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 17:00:47 GMT

The Sally robot wants to find a place in corporate offices next to the junk-food filled vending machine.

If you want a salad from the market at the Calafia Cafe in Palo Alto, a restaurant, and market run by the ex-Google chef Charlie Ayers, you can pick a pre-packaged salad from a case or visit a salad bar. But you also now have a third option: Sally, a salad-making robot, can prepare one of a thousand possible custom salads in around 60 seconds.

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Naturally, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is exploding on Spotify

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:33:34 GMT

Here’s something Bonnie Tyler probably didn’t foresee when she released her soon-to-be hit song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in 1983: That in the futuristic-sounding year of 2017, there would be a literal total eclipse (of the sun, in this case) and that, in the process of getting pumped for the rare event, millions of … Continue reading “Naturally, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” is exploding on Spotify”

Here’s something Bonnie Tyler probably didn’t foresee when she released her soon-to-be hit song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” in 1983: That in the futuristic-sounding year of 2017, there would be a literal total eclipse (of the sun, in this case) and that, in the process of getting pumped for the rare event, millions of people would listen to her song on little computers that stream music from signals beamed wirelessly from the sky, as if by magic. But here we are!

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Android’s next version is called “Oreo,” and it’s coming soon

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:27:12 GMT

Google and Oreo appear to be teaming up for the latest version of Android. The operating system once code-named Android O is now officially named “Android 8.0 Oreo,” marking the second time Google has gone corporate for its dessert-themed nicknames. (The company used “KitKat” for Android 4.4 back in 2013.) Android Oreo’s main features include stricter battery-saving requirements … Continue reading “Android’s next version is called “Oreo,” and it’s coming soon”

Google and Oreo appear to be teaming up for the latest version of Android. The operating system once code-named Android O is now officially named “Android 8.0 Oreo,” marking the second time Google has gone corporate for its dessert-themed nicknames. (The company used “KitKat” for Android 4.4 back in 2013.) Android Oreo’s main features include stricter battery-saving requirements for apps, picture-in-picture mode for videos, and a snooze button for notifications.

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A Former Arts Committee Member Explains What Took So Long For Them To Ditch Trump

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:51:21 GMT

“There is no ‘America’ as we know it without the arts and humanities.”

Last Friday, actor and comedian Kal Penn issued his letter of resignation from the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, following Donald Trump’s refusal to outright condemn the actions of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Penn’s letter was also signed by the other 16 members of the PCAH, creating a mass exodus of the committee that president Ronald Reagan instituted in 1982 as “an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues”–an idea that was all well and good until Trump.

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Facebook has a “Facebook-nevers” problem, and it’s getting worse

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 14:29:10 GMT

The eyeballs of tweens and teens are always coveted by advertisers. According to new data from eMarketer, both Instagram and Snapchat will see usage rates rise in the double digits among the younger demographic in the U.S. and U.K. over the next year. Meanwhile, Facebook’s growth will continue to slow. In fact, Facebook will see a … Continue reading “Facebook has a “Facebook-nevers” problem, and it’s getting worse”

The eyeballs of tweens and teens are always coveted by advertisers. According to new data from eMarketer, both Instagram and Snapchat will see usage rates rise in the double digits among the younger demographic in the U.S. and U.K. over the next year. Meanwhile, Facebook’s growth will continue to slow.

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VR companies keep slashing the prices of their high-end headsets

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:14:02 GMT

It’s a race to the virtual bottom! HTC said today it is slashing the price of its Vive VR headset and ecosystem from $799 to $599, and it will keep it at that price for the “foreseeable future.” In a blog post today, Vive’s Matthew Gepp said the price reduction will “make the system available to … Continue reading “VR companies keep slashing the prices of their high-end headsets”

It’s a race to the virtual bottom! HTC said today it is slashing the price of its Vive VR headset and ecosystem from $799 to $599, and it will keep it at that price for the “foreseeable future.” In a blog post today, Vive’s Matthew Gepp said the price reduction will “make the system available to an even broader audience,” which is a nice way of saying c’est la vie to all those annoyed customers who paid the old price. The move comes less than a month after Facebook-owned Oculus slashed the price of its high-end Rift and Touch VR bundle for the second time this year. Last month, our Daniel Terdiman wrote that cutting prices is one of the main things the consumer VR industry needs to do if it wants to bring the technology mainstream.

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This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:45:23 GMT

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves. But if you think the fusion of artificial intelligence and music is bound to produce soulless, robotic-sounding tunes, Taryn Southern urges you to give our weird future another listen. The singer and internet personality is prepping what she calls the world’s first AI-composed album, I AM AI. … Continue reading “This new AI-composed pop song sounds like something from a Spotify playlist”

Note by note, machines are learning to express themselves. But if you think the fusion of artificial intelligence and music is bound to produce soulless, robotic-sounding tunes, Taryn Southern urges you to give our weird future another listen. The singer and internet personality is prepping what she calls the world’s first AI-composed album, I AM AI. Of course, others have dabbled in AI-generated music, and the finished product is not entirely computer-composed (the lyrics and vocal melodies were written by Southern), but the human intervention is minimal. The output isn’t exactly Grammy material, but it’s not far off from something you might hear on a pop playlist on Spotify.

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Why A Bad Interview Doesn’t Always Mean You Won’t Get The Job

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:30 GMT

Candidates share their experiences on interview fails that still turned into a job offer.

Just wrapped up a job interview that couldn’t have gone worse? Don’t freak out yet. Plenty of candidates thought an interview went terribly and lo and behold, found out they scored the job in the days or weeks afterward. It might sound like a rare occurrence, but it happens more often than you’d think. To come out on the other end with a job in hand, it’s all about rebounding as quickly and efficiently as possible, and in many cases, having a little luck and a compassionate interviewer on your side. Here are three stories of bombed interviews that had happily employed endings.

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RIP Jerry Lewis, Whose Advertising Work Included Polaroid, Coke, And More

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:16:24 GMT

Check out the variety of ad work the comedian managed to fit into his six decade career in show business

Hollywood and comedy legend Jerry Lewis died on Sunday at the age of 91. Over such a long, epic career, Lewis covered stand-up, song-and-dance, film, television, and perhaps best-known for his celebrity telethons supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association every Labor Day weekend from 1966 to 2010. Well, that and probably the most awkward last media interview ever.

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This investor thinks Uber should merge with Tesla, but don’t bet on it

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:00:40 GMT

Uber has had a rough 2017, and its investors are eager to fix its foibles. One of them, Jason Calacanis, is so eager that he thinks the company should sell to Tesla. Calacanis told CNBC that putting the two companies together would give Uber the self-driving tech it needs, while giving Tesla an opportunity for market expansion. … Continue reading “This investor thinks Uber should merge with Tesla, but don’t bet on it”

Uber has had a rough 2017, and its investors are eager to fix its foibles. One of them, Jason Calacanis, is so eager that he thinks the company should sell to Tesla. Calacanis told CNBC that putting the two companies together would give Uber the self-driving tech it needs, while giving Tesla an opportunity for market expansion. “If those two companies were together, they would beat everybody at transportation,” he said in the interview.

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Nearly half of jobseekers lie on their resumes

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:49:08 GMT

Do you know someone who misrepresented themselves on their resume? If so, you’re among 46% of over 1,000 workers and the more than 300 senior managers who reported that they know someone who included false information on a resume. Those lies are on the rise, according to this new survey from staffing service OfficeTeam, a … Continue reading “Nearly half of jobseekers lie on their resumes”

Do you know someone who misrepresented themselves on their resume? If so, you’re among 46% of over 1,000 workers and the more than 300 senior managers who reported that they know someone who included false information on a resume. Those lies are on the rise, according to this new survey from staffing service OfficeTeam, a Robert Half company, as it indicates a 25-point increase over the past six years.

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Liberal or conservative, extreme politicians are more popular on Facebook

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:47:02 GMT

While this shouldn’t come as quite a shock, a new report from Pew Research does shed light on why, perhaps, American politics seem so overtly divisive online. The research organization crunched some numbers about members of Congress on Facebook and found that politicians who were more ideologically extreme had bigger Facebook followings than those who were more moderate. “The most liberal … Continue reading “Liberal or conservative, extreme politicians are more popular on Facebook”

While this shouldn’t come as quite a shock, a new report from Pew Research does shed light on why, perhaps, American politics seem so overtly divisive online. The research organization crunched some numbers about members of Congress on Facebook and found that politicians who were more ideologically extreme had bigger Facebook followings than those who were more moderate.

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