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These Are The Transformative Technologies That MIT Says Will Shape Our Future

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:45:13 GMT

Dueling neural networks. Smart cities. Welcome to the world of tomorrow, according to MIT Technology Review.

Who doesn’t love a good list, especially when it’s about technologies that have the potential to shape our future?

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Global study shows gender diversity boosts the bottom line

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:44:56 GMT

Diversity–particularly among genders–increases a business’s bottom line, according to a new study from DDI, The Conference Board, and EY. The study, dubbed the Global Leadership Forecast, looked at demographic data from over 2,400 organizations in 54 countries. The upshot was that while women currently represent less than a third (29%) of all leadership roles–most of which are junior management …

Diversity–particularly among genders–increases a business’s bottom line, according to a new study from DDI, The Conference Board, and EY. The study, dubbed the Global Leadership Forecast, looked at demographic data from over 2,400 organizations in 54 countries.

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How Amazon’s Startup Fund Is Betting On An Alexa-Everywhere Future

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:05:41 GMT

Where a traditional venture capital firm might focus on helping companies find their markets and eventually exit well, the Alexa fund also promotes a cause.

Amazon had a significant head start in the voice-based personal assistant wars when it introduced its Echo speaker in 2014. That original Echo, it turned out, was just the first vehicle for Alexa’s artificial intelligence and natural language technologies. Three years later, Amazon is pushing Alexa in all sorts of directions, including new apps, platforms, and gadgets from both Amazon and third parties. And while much of that product vision comes from inside Amazon, the company is wisely looking for the service to be shaped by outsiders, too.

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Believe it or not, Snap and Twitter could eat into Facebook’s ad business

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:58:58 GMT

Mark Zuckerberg’s company may be a money-printing powerhouse, but Twitter and Snap may soon eat into Facebook’s ad dollars. As GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives told CNBC, there’s a number of factors that are boosting the prospects of both Twitter and Snap, at the expense of Facebook. By Ives’s count, about 15-20% of Facebook-exclusive advertisers …

Mark Zuckerberg’s company may be a money-printing powerhouse, but Twitter and Snap may soon eat into Facebook’s ad dollars. As GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives told CNBC, there’s a number of factors that are boosting the prospects of both Twitter and Snap, at the expense of Facebook.

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These are the worst states for women to retire

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:57:40 GMT

If you’re a woman hoping to retire in style or simply grow old in peace, you may want to avoid New York. According to a new study from Expert Market, despite what Taylor Swift would have you believe, New York is not welcoming to older women. American women are almost twice as likely as men …

If you’re a woman hoping to retire in style or simply grow old in peace, you may want to avoid New York. According to a new study from Expert Market, despite what Taylor Swift would have you believe, New York is not welcoming to older women.

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The Four Irreconcilable Foreign Policies Of Donald Trump

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:45:37 GMT

There isn’t just one Trump foreign policy. There are several that frustrate each other and add up to a gaping hole where a strategy should be.

Under Donald Trump, trying to predict, dissect and understand the U.S.’s attitude to the world has become almost impossible–not that plenty of observers aren’t giving it a go. Tellingly, they’re all coming to different conclusions.

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AI is coming for you, warns ominous new study

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:21:32 GMT

If you weren’t already worried about AI, the ominously named The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report has just been released to fuel your nightmares. Written by 26 authors from 14 academic and industrial institutions and think tanks including nonprofit research OpenAI, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and the national security think tank, Center for a New …

If you weren’t already worried about AI, the ominously named The Malicious Use of Artificial Intelligence report has just been released to fuel your nightmares.

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#MeToo Rocks The Boat: Cruise Lines See More Sexual-Assault Reports In 2017

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:15:31 GMT

New data from the DOT gives the first window into sexual-assault trends on cruise ships since the government imposed stricter reporting criteria.

The #MeToo movement is making waves on the high seas.

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The Best Marketing For “Black Panther” Was Making “Black Panther”

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:26 GMT

The director, the cast, and the story are what built Marvel’s latest and most unique phenomenon.

When a movie makes $242 million at the domestic box office in its first four days, it’s not long before we all start dissecting the reasons behind that success. Black Panther obliterated the previous President’s Day weekend record set by Deadpool in 2016 ($152 million), and the only movie to ever make more money in its first four days is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Part of this post-opening weekend reflection involves the marketing strategy around the film and its role in fanning the flames of a phenomenon.

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Here Come The Copyright Bots For Hire, With Lawyers In Tow

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:01 GMT

Anyone can now find infringers, send take-down requests, and quickly demand thousands in damages. Can the trolls be far behind?

Christy Turner will do a lot for a good picture of the night sky. The Calgary-based photographer feeds her passion for the Northern Lights by monitoring weather conditions at home and, whenever she flies over the Arctic Circle, by making sure to sit on the right side of the plane. Her diligence has paid off: Turner’s work has been featured by CNN, HuffPost, and the Canadian edition of Reader’s Digest. Like many photographers, however, she’s also discovered her work elsewhere, even in print, in publications that never contacted or paid her. Recently it was a shot she got on St. Helena, a remote, volcanic island in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

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Digit, with $1 billion saved, turns its attention to consumer debt

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:03:07 GMT

In the three years since its launch, micro-savings app Digit has helped its customers set aside over $1 billion for emergency funds, travel, and more, the company said today. The average Digit customer earns around $50,000 per year and is saving around $2,500 per year. Founder and CEO Ethan Bloch attributes the company’s success to …

In the three years since its launch, micro-savings app Digit has helped its customers set aside over $1 billion for emergency funds, travel, and more, the company said today. The average Digit customer earns around $50,000 per year and is saving around $2,500 per year.

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This Is The Truth About The Shortcut To Entrepreneurial Success

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:28 GMT

An entrepreneur shares his views on why “hacking” your way to growth is often detrimental to your business.

Often times, when I attend a conference or a networking event, I am surprised by how many people operate at the periphery of the tech industry. Social media gurus, SEO “ninjas,” bloggers, etc. It’s a clique of tech “club promoters.” The hype men of the industry.

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Now you can talk to Google Assistant using a Nest security cam

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:00:17 GMT

Back in October, smart-home pioneer Nest announced that it was working on emedding the Google Assistant into its Nest Cam IQ. That feature is arriving today as a free software update that will let you treat that top-of-the-line security camera much like you do a Google Home smart speaker, issuing spoken commands and questions that …

Back in October, smart-home pioneer Nest announced that it was working on emedding the Google Assistant into its Nest Cam IQ. That feature is arriving today as a free software update that will let you treat that top-of-the-line security camera much like you do a Google Home smart speaker, issuing spoken commands and questions that the Alexa-like Assistant service can handle on your behalf.

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This Startup Calculates The Climate Risks For Specific Blocks And Buildings

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:30:46 GMT

As floods, heat waves, and other damaging natural phenomena increase, it’s important for developers and city planners to understand the effects. Jupiter offers incredibly detailed maps of a post-climate change world.

Anyone planning to build a new apartment building in Miami–or Houston, or Boston, or any other city with a growing problem with floods–faces a significant challenge. It’s hard to know if a particular site might be a safe place to build. Most FEMA flood maps are out of date; in 2012, the maps for many of the areas flooded by Sandy hadn’t been updated since 1983. The maps also don’t account for the impacts of climate change, despite the fact that the number of American coastal communities dealing with chronic flooding is expected to double in less than two decades.

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Five Ways To Improve Your Small Startup’s Cash Flow

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:30:24 GMT

Sometimes a credit-card processing fee is all it takes to wipe out your profit margin. But don’t worry–you still have options.

Bootstrapping a small business or setting yourself up as a full-time solopreneur usually means taking some financial risks–and, for a while anyway, a few financial hits. Some are necessary investments in your long-term success; others may be due to inefficiencies or poor strategy in those crucial early days. Here are a few ways to rev up cash flow when every penny counts.

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Hundreds of high school students are walking out of class to protest guns

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:21:16 GMT

As the adults in power fail again and again to take action on gun control, high school students are taking matters in to their own hands. In the wake of the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, last week, teenagers have been spurred to action, fighting for their …

As the adults in power fail again and again to take action on gun control, high school students are taking matters in to their own hands.

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5 Ways To Prevent Decision Fatigue From Ruining Your Productivity

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 11:00:27 GMT

Take these steps to stop yourself from making bad choices when you’re too tired to think.

How many times a day do you open a new browser tab just to Google something quickly? 10 times? 20? 100?

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Vox Media lays off 5% of its staff as the pivot-to-video bloodbath continues

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:39:00 GMT

Vox Media just laid off around 50 people, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The teams most impacted are Racked, Curbed, SB Nation, and the company’s video services teams, said Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff in a memo to staff. About a dozen others are being offered role changes. This comes just a month after Vox Media’s editorial staff successfully unionized. …

Vox Media just laid off around 50 people, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The teams most impacted are RackedCurbedSB Nation, and the company’s video services teams, said Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff in a memo to staff. About a dozen others are being offered role changes. This comes just a month after Vox Media’s editorial staff successfully unionized.

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What To Do When Your Meeting Discussions Become Incoherent

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:30:25 GMT

Wait, what are your coworkers even talking about? And whose fault is it that you’ve lost the thread of the conversation?

You’re sitting in a meeting, and a colleague makes a long comment about a future plan. It starts off sensible enough, but after a moment or two he’s started going off on a tangent–or so it seems to you, anyway. You look around the table. Your other coworkers are still nodding sagely. Now the speaker is throwing out numbers and acronyms and terminology, most of which is soaring clear over your head. Are you just under-caffeinated? Did you miss something? Or is your coworker just speaking corporate gibberish to sound smart?

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