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Give This End-Of-Year Toast Before The Office Empties Out

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 05:00:44 GMT

Don’t miss your chance to rally your team around their recent wins and set their sights on the year ahead. Here’s exactly how to do it.

Maybe your office holiday party has come and gone, and your team members are beginning to put up out-of-office messages. But before folks start heading home to spend time with friends and family, don’t miss your chance to gather around, sum up the year’s accomplishments, and set everyone’s sights on the year ahead.

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Robert Reich Is Not Impressed By The Corporate Conscience

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 09:00:26 GMT

The former U.S. Labor Secretary explains that CEOs who challenge Trump on immigration and climate are taking “minimal” risks.

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

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39 Movies, TV Shows, Albums, And Podcasts You Might Have Missed In 2017

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 06:00:18 GMT

Take a break from reading Best of the Year lists to discover some of the stuff that fell between the cracks.

Not only have we reached the era of Peak TV, but it’s starting to look like that episode of The Simpsons where Homer climbs to the summit of an enormous mountain (The Murderhorn), only to learn that it is in fact not the summit and there is still much higher to go. Netflix is spending $7 billion on new original content for 2018, and in doing so, I do believe they may be trying to kill us.

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The iPhone X Gave Up On Touch ID, But Fingerprint Sensors Have A Future

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:47:53 GMT

Apple’s shift to Face ID doesn’t mean that fingerprint scanning doesn’t have its advantages. Or that other companies won’t make it usable on an all-screen phone.

After spending six weeks with the iPhone X, I’ve found a lot to like in the device; it’s the most advanced smartphone I’ve ever used. Apple did a masterful job of designing out the iPhone’s iconic Home button–I don’t miss it at all–but I do miss the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that was once co-located with it.

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Now Facebook has to disclose who paid for those political ads you’re seeing

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:54:41 GMT

If you’ve been hoping for increased transparency on political ads posted to Facebook–especially in the wake of the scandal over Russian propaganda spread on social media during and after the 2016 election–you’ve got it. Today, the U.S. Federal Election Commission said that such ads on Facebook must include the same kind of disclaimers that are …

If you’ve been hoping for increased transparency on political ads posted to Facebook–especially in the wake of the scandal over Russian propaganda spread on social media during and after the 2016 election–you’ve got it.

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Meet The Nanotech Scientist Who Used Her Mad Skills To Build A Better Party Clutch

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:50:00 GMT

Some might argue that building a better purse isn’t on the same scale as building airplane parts. Eliana Ghantous begs to differ.

As a nanotechnology engineer, Eliana Ghantous is always mentally deconstructing the items she sees around her, thinking about their fundamental parts. Working at a lab co-owned by Boeing and General Motors, she was tasked with developing the smallest parts of big machines, like sealants for fuel tanks and tiny magnets for cars. So it’s no surprise that whenever Ghantous picked up a clutch to go to a wedding or party, the wheels in her brain began to pick the bag apart, thinking about its components.

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Mother Nature’s revenge: The EPA’s office is reportedly leaking sewage

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:33:29 GMT

To paraphrase Hamlet: “Something is rotten in the District of Columbia.” More specifically, the EPA. The metaphor surely writes itself, but the Environmental Protection Agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., is reportedly facing a serious sewage problem, according to E&E News (paywall). It’s so bad, in fact, that black sludge–read: poop–is allegedly leaking out of the …

To paraphrase Hamlet: “Something is rotten in the District of Columbia.” More specifically, the EPA.

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Facebook got you down? Talk about this post with your friends

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:59:11 GMT

Although Facebook is a money-making powerhouse, 2017 has been rough on Mark Zuckerberg’s company in lots of ways. The fake Russian election ads scandal, for instance, generated countless negative headlines. More recently, a former company exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, made a statement that went viral in all the wrong ways: Facebook and other social media are …

Although Facebook is a money-making powerhouse, 2017 has been rough on Mark Zuckerberg’s company in lots of ways. The fake Russian election ads scandal, for instance, generated countless negative headlines. More recently, a former company exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, made a statement that went viral in all the wrong ways: Facebook and other social media are “ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he said.

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Trump judicial nominee struggles with basic legal knowledge during hearing

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:43:10 GMT

Matthew Spencer Petersen, nominated by President Trump to serve as a federal judge, had a hard time with basic legal questions in a Wednesday Senate hearing. Petersen, who is now a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, quickly acknowledged that he’s never tried a case and had only worked on a handful of depositions during …

Matthew Spencer Petersen, nominated by President Trump to serve as a federal judge, had a hard time with basic legal questions in a Wednesday Senate hearing. Petersen, who is now a commissioner on the Federal Election Commission, quickly acknowledged that he’s never tried a case and had only worked on a handful of depositions during his legal career.

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With AIM and CompuServe’s end, today is the day the old-school net died

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:35:20 GMT

I knew that both AOL Instant Messenger and CompuServe’s forums—both part of AOL, which is part of Oath, which rolls up into Verizon—were going away. But I missed the fact that the actual day of closure for both venerable institutions is today. Which might be a coincidence, but feels like it makes December 15, 2017, …

I knew that both AOL Instant Messenger and CompuServe’s forums—both part of AOL, which is part of Oath, which rolls up into Verizon—were going away. But I missed the fact that the actual day of closure for both venerable institutions is today. Which might be a coincidence, but feels like it makes December 15, 2017, the official termination date for a certaim form of online community, which got its start in the 1980s and has been degrading for years.

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Why One Private-Equity Pioneer Is So Fed Up With The Industry, He’s Ready To Quit

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:30:03 GMT

“Greed is winning,” Leo Hindery of InterMedia Partners explains on the latest episode of “The Bottom Line.”

Leo Hindery, a private-equity pioneer, is fed up with the mores of his $2.5 trillion industry.

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This Company Delivers Reproductive Health Products Directly To Women In The Developing World

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:00:26 GMT

Kasha is using an e-commerce model to circumvent the stigma around contraceptives and sexual health that prevents women from accessing necessary products in Rwanda.

In Rwanda, many women face obstacles to accessing necessary health and hygiene products, like pregnancy tests and birth control. For some, they’re just not available where they live. For others, lingering stigma and shame around sexuality make venturing out to buy them in public a daunting proposition.

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Can Business Schools Make Companies Ethical?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 14:00:15 GMT

In the third part of its “The Business of Change” series, Capital & Main looks at how business schools are teaching ethics and corporate social responsibility.

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

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People who watch “The Crown” are different than other Netflix users in two ways

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:12:57 GMT

As cord-cutting goes more mainstream, Netflix has been looking for ways to attract more TV watchers who fall outside its typical demographic. For instance, it successfully tapped into Gen-X nostalgia with the ’80s-obsessed Stranger Things. Now it looks like it has another success story on its hands with The Crown. Season two of the British …

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How To Succeed When You Don’t Have Access To A Professional Network

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:00:01 GMT

Sometimes, gaining access to a strong professional network means building your own.

I know now that a strong professional network is pretty much mandatory for career growth. But once upon a time, I didn’t have the same sense of pre-professionalism as many of my peers, let alone the network. As a first-generation college undergrad, my parents–Chilean immigrants who worked in the service industry their whole lives–didn’t push me toward a professional path. They never insisted I major in something “practical” or pursue internships that would lead to a financially stable job. They supported me as I explored my intellectual passions, traveled, learned about other cultures, and got to know myself.

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Read Michael Bloomberg’s blistering takedown of the GOP tax plan

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:57:16 GMT

Today, Michael Bloomberg took to, well, Bloomberg to excoriate the Republican tax overhaul bill. He writes: The largest economic challenges we face include a skills crisis that our public schools are not addressing, crumbling infrastructure that imperils our global competitiveness, wage stagnation coupled with growing wealth inequality, and rising deficits that will worsen as more baby …

Today, Michael Bloomberg took to, well, Bloomberg to excoriate the Republican tax overhaul bill.

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From 2018 Barbie To Winning Over Your Boss: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:04 GMT

This week’s top stories explore Mattel’s efforts to modernize Barbie, what it takes to win over an oblivious boss, and how to better organize your workday.

This week, we learned what it takes to compel your boss–no matter how oblivious–to recognize your efforts, what it takes to organize your day for maximum productivity, and how Mattel is trying to keep Barbie relevant in the modern era.

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Sandy Hook Promise Reports On Tomorrow: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:15:07 GMT

Kind Snacks get more than nice, Casey Neistat rides Emirates first class, and Dick’s Sporting Goods focuses on refugees and soccer to inspire.

Yesterday was the five-year anniversary of the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This week, gun violence awareness organization Sandy Hook Promise, co-founded by Nicole Hockley, who lost her first-grade son Dylan in the attack, launched a new PSA that reports on tomorrow’s school shooting. It’s an excellent premise, aimed at highlighting all the warning signs that too often are recognized in hindsight.

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These Are Freelancers’ Top Four Concerns For 2018

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:00:00 GMT

LinkedIn surveyed freelancers who use its ProFinder platform about their top priorities heading into next year. Here’s what they said.

Freelancers are preparing for the future of work just like everybody else, but that doesn’t strictly mean gearing up to fend off an automation-driven apocalypse. There are much more immediate needs and worries that freelancers face, at least according to the data we’ve gathered here at LinkedIn ProFinder, based on a recent survey of over a thousand freelancers on the platform. Here’s what those users say are their top concerns, needs, and priorities heading into next year.

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The Political Dumpster Fire Of Net Neutrality Is Just Heating Up

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 09:00:42 GMT

After the FCC’s vote to scrap its net neutrality regulations, activists will turn to lawsuits, Congress—and the 2018 election.

American net neutrality policy, a decade-old dumpster fire, flared up again this week with the FCC’s party-line vote approving chairman Ajit Pai’s Restoring Internet Freedom order. It scraps the FCC’s own 2015 regulations prohibiting internet service providers from blocking or throttling (slowing down) access to certain web sites and services or charging them extra money for “fast lanes” with better access. The vote was no surprise to the many activists, businesses, and state governments who have already been planning legal counterattacks. With 2018 being an election year, they will argue the case not only to judges but also to voters—pressuring both courts and Congress to take action.

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