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See How The Telecom Industry Is Quietly Changing The Shape Of Our Cities

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 06:00:42 GMT

As wireless service providers roll out what they promise to be faster and better networks, they’re also slowly installing more and more gear in our urban spaces, as the photographer Rian Dundon captures.

Once the photographer Rian Dundon began seeking out cell-phone towers and transmission boxes, he started seeing them everywhere. “I realized I was walking by a few of them just on my way to work every day,” Dundon says, even though before he began photographing them, they’d barely registered.

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82% of all the wealth in the world went to just 1% of its people last year

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:58:15 GMT

That wealth inequality is the latest sign things are continuing to move in the wrong direction according to an Oxfam study (via CNBC). The report comes on the heels of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos this week. Among other findings in Oxfam’s reports: Just 42 people own as much wealth as 50% …

That wealth inequality is the latest sign things are continuing to move in the wrong direction according to an Oxfam study (via CNBC). The report comes on the heels of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos this week. Among other findings in Oxfam’s reports:

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Facebook will open three new digital training centers in Europe

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:43:44 GMT

The social media giant announced on Monday it is committed to training 1 million people in the next two years through the centers, reports Reuters. The centers will open in Spain, Poland, and Italy and offer training in media literacy, online safety, and other digital skills. The old and young, refugees, and people with limited …

The social media giant announced on Monday it is committed to training 1 million people in the next two years through the centers, reports Reuters. The centers will open in Spain, Poland, and Italy and offer training in media literacy, online safety, and other digital skills. The old and young, refugees, and people with limited access to technology will be the main groups targeted by the centers. In addition to the training centers, Facebook also announced it’s investing another 10 million euros into its French AI research facility.

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Apple teams up with the Malala Fund to support girls’ education

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:32:42 GMT

The iPhone giant has partnered with Malala Yousafzai’s Malala Fund, becoming its first laureate partner, reports TechCrunch. The fund’s goal is to extend secondary education to more than 100,000 girls in developing nations. Apple’s involvement with the fund will allow it to double the number of its grants to girls. Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel …

The iPhone giant has partnered with Malala Yousafzai’s Malala Fund, becoming its first laureate partner, reports TechCrunch. The fund’s goal is to extend secondary education to more than 100,000 girls in developing nations. Apple’s involvement with the fund will allow it to double the number of its grants to girls. Yousafzai became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner in history in 2014 for her advocacy of girls’ access to education.

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How To Design Performance Reviews That Don’t Fail Women

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:00:03 GMT

For starters, let’s stop evaluating “leadership style.”

“You women find it more difficult toward your path to directorship. You are naturally consensus builders. We are looking for a specific profile.”

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Checking Out Amazon Go, The First No-Checkout Convenience Store

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 10:00:47 GMT

The cashierless shop, which uses AI to ring up your purchases, could be a key part of Amazon’s expanding vision of retail’s future. And it opens on Monday.

Every part of the U.S. has a different local term for a convenience store: the bodega, the corner store—even “the Wawa,” a chain name that Northeasteners use generically. Now Amazon wants to extend its brand to the notion of a grab-and-go shop with Amazon Go, a store that literally lets you grab and go. On Monday, more than a year after the company unveiled the concept and began a beta-test phase open only to its own employees, the first Amazon Go in Seattle will welcome all shoppers.

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Getting Called Out For A Slur Taught Me How To Take Criticism

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:00:23 GMT

You can ask someone to rethink the language they use without mocking or belittling them–and probably, you’ll both feel better about it. Here’s how.

It didn’t take long for me to embarrass myself in public after moving to New York City in my early 20s. I was a naive but curious kid from Idaho, and I had a few lessons to learn about myself, the world, and social grace.

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Here’s What It Was Like The First Time I Stood Up To Sexual Harassment

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 05:00:23 GMT

I’ve been groped on the subway and touched inappropriately at industry events. When a man made a lewd remark to me while networking last month, I spoke up.

“How much do you charge for PR?” a man at a networking event asked me last month. We’d been talking for a few minutes about an event he was planning to host with his firm. I told him my rates, interested in the possibility of a new project.

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Google says it feels responsible for protecting “facts and objective truth”

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:40:46 GMT

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki say their companies feel a sense of responsibility for the misinformation and hate that flourished online during the 2016 election and are making changes. The company says it’s hiring 10,000 people to locate bad content on Google’s platforms, including fake news or hate videos on YouTube. …

Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki say their companies feel a sense of responsibility for the misinformation and hate that flourished online during the 2016 election and are making changes.

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Can we trust Facebook’s users to decide what news we should trust?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:22:29 GMT

Facebook really, really wants people to stop thinking of it as a forum for the spread of fake news. So it’s been making changes, like those earlier this month to the News Feed algorithms that will prioritize posts from friends and family and downplay those from brands. Now, Mark Zuckerberg’s company says it’s going to …

Facebook really, really wants people to stop thinking of it as a forum for the spread of fake news. So it’s been making changes, like those earlier this month to the News Feed algorithms that will prioritize posts from friends and family and downplay those from brands.

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“I don’t regret it at all”: Top Google execs on firing James Damore

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:05:56 GMT

Last summer, Google fired James Damore for violating its code of conduct after the engineer circulated a memo arguing that women may perform less well in technical jobs than men because of biological differences between the sexes. After his termination, Damore became a hero to some conservatives who see Silicon Valley as an echo chamber; …

Last summer, Google fired James Damore for violating its code of conduct after the engineer circulated a memo arguing that women may perform less well in technical jobs than men because of biological differences between the sexes. After his termination, Damore became a hero to some conservatives who see Silicon Valley as an echo chamber; this month, he joined a proposed class-action lawsuit against the company.

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Google CEO: AI is a bigger deal than fire or electricity

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 17:35:28 GMT

During the taping of an MSNBC town hall on jobs with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in San Francisco–it’ll air next Friday-hosts Kara Swisher and Ari Melber introduced a segment on artificial intelligence with a clip of HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey’s scary-smart computer, and a topical question: In 2018, should people …

During the taping of an MSNBC town hall on jobs with Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in San Francisco–it’ll air next Friday-hosts Kara Swisher and Ari Melber introduced a segment on artificial intelligence with a clip of HAL, 2001: A Space Odyssey’s scary-smart computer, and a topical question: In 2018, should people be scared of AI getting out of control and endangering jobs or even humanity?

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Google execs: Silicon Valley shouldn’t make immigration an us-versus-them issue

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:59:21 GMT

The two spoke at the taping of the new Kara Swisher/MSNBC show “Revolution: Google and YouTube Changing the World.” 

Google’s Sundar Pichai and YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki spoke in unison on the subject of immigration today in San Francisco, saying that most regular folks, and even politicians, could agree to a fair approach.

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Want To Topple Telecom Oligopolies? Support Locally Owned Broadband

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:30:27 GMT

Rural communities seeking better broadband have options beyond big telecom.

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

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Is hot yoga full of hot air? Study suggests little benefit to heat

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:15:11 GMT

Is hot yoga–the practice of holding poses under hot and humid conditions–better for you than normal, non-sweat-inducing yoga? A new study published in Experimental Physiology suggests the increased temperature (also known as Bikram) might be wholly unecessary. “The addition of the heated environment did not produce additional beneficial adaptations,” reads the study, published Thursday. “These …

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Despite Story Studio’s Demise, Oculus Has A Big Presence At Sundance

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:42 GMT

Five of the 19 VR projects at the festival’s New Frontier showcase were funded by the Facebook-owned VR company.

Last spring, in a surprise move, Facebook-owned Oculus announced it was shutting down Story Studio, its groundbreaking in-house VR storytelling shop.

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This Time-Lapse Mural Shows How Artists Can Help Communities Heal

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:00:03 GMT

In Puerto Rico, Save the Children is delivering supplies and solar lamps–but also rebuilding and refurbishing community spaces.

Immediately following the devastation from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, recovery priorities included restoring communities’ access to food, power, and clean water, along with helping people dig out from the rubble. But as basic needs are met in parts of the territory, there’s also a need to do something more intangible, like find ways to boost optimism and hope.

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Eaze has a plan to diversify the Bay Area’s way-too-white weed industry

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:03:23 GMT

A few months ago, MarketWatch reported that marijuana delivery startup Eaze was burning through $1 million a month. That isn’t uncommon for a startup frequently lining its coffers with venture capital money. (Eaze just secured another $27 million in funding.) But it does highlight the disparity between a company like Eaze and the countless cannabis …

A few months ago, MarketWatch reported that marijuana delivery startup Eaze was burning through $1 million a month. That isn’t uncommon for a startup frequently lining its coffers with venture capital money. (Eaze just secured another $27 million in funding.) But it does highlight the disparity between a company like Eaze and the countless cannabis startups led by people of color that receive little to no funding.

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A dangerous fake news story about flu shots spread like a virus on Facebook

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:30:29 GMT

With recent moves like changing its News Feed algorithm to better surface posts from users’ friends and family, Facebook is paying lip service to the idea that it wants to crack down on the spread of fake news. And it might well work over time. But according to Media Matters for America, a recent false …

With recent moves like changing its News Feed algorithm to better surface posts from users’ friends and family, Facebook is paying lip service to the idea that it wants to crack down on the spread of fake news. And it might well work over time. But according to Media Matters for America, a recent false news story about the deadly flu epidemic has been spreading like wildfire on the social network.

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No Fewer Than 4 Films At Sundance Deal With Donald Trump

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:13 GMT

As the Sundance Film Festival gets underway, a look at the four entrants that have to do with the 45th president of the United States.

Chaotic political times are typically boon times for art. But there has been nothing typical so far about the Trump presidency.

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