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Filled With Blood And Drugs, These Delivery Drones Are Saving Lives In Africa

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:00:55 GMT

You might still be waiting for pizza delivery by air, but in Rwanda (and soon in Tanzania), drones are already in the air, and doing much more important work.

Inside a drone delivery center in Rwanda–the first in the world to make medical deliveries at a national scale–staff answered an emergency call in July. A hospital needed blood for a 24-year-old woman who had just given birth by caesarian section. The hospital had transfused her with two units of blood. But she bled out of those units in 10 minutes.

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The Amazon-Whole Foods merger just cleared a big hurdle

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:56:13 GMT

The feds are shrugging their shoulders over Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market. The Federal Trade Commission said today it has no plans to stand in the Seattle behemoth’s way, as the merger poses no apparent violation of federal antitrust laws. Here’s the statement from Bruce Hoffman, acting director of the FTC’s competition bureau: … Continue reading “The Amazon-Whole Foods merger just cleared a big hurdle”

The feds are shrugging their shoulders over Amazon’s proposed $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market. The Federal Trade Commission said today it has no plans to stand in the Seattle behemoth’s way, as the merger poses no apparent violation of federal antitrust laws.

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Maybe Don’t “Pivot To Video” Unless You Want To Pivot To Food Video

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:35:21 GMT

An analysis of 100 million videos on Facebook is another reminder that video won’t save your news media company.

Despite the fervent call for all media companies to double down on video, what news organizations expect from the medium may not jibe with what people are actually watching.

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Uber just released some glossy growth metrics, but it still has no CEO

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:26:37 GMT

Uber’s rides and revenue are up, up, up, according to new metrics reported by Axios. Bookings were up 17% from last quarter and the ride-hail company’s net loss shrunk 14% year-over-year. Here are the numbers: Gross bookings: $8.7 billion Adjusted net revenue: $1.75 billion Adjusted net loss $645 million If these metrics seem rosy, they are, especially for a company that’s … Continue reading “Uber just released some glossy growth metrics, but it still has no CEO”

Uber’s rides and revenue are up, up, up, according to new metrics reported by Axios. Bookings were up 17% from last quarter and the ride-hail company’s net loss shrunk 14% year-over-year. Here are the numbers:

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Can We Trust Dating Apps And Music Services To Police Hate Speech?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:00:03 GMT

Post-Charlottesville, apps and media services are clamoring to zap hate speech. But none of them will tell us how.

In the aftermath of last weekend’s neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville, we’ve watched tech companies scramble to quash hate speech online. And its not just infrastructure-level providers like GoDaddy, Cloudflare, and Google. Media services and social apps are declaring their own war on offensive sentiments within their respective platforms as well.

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These Young Entrepreneurs Are Focusing Their Efforts On The Sustainable Development Goals

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:30:12 GMT

At the second annual Young Sustainable Impact conference in Oslo, Norway, 25 innovators–all under 25, from all around the world–are coming together to develop solutions for global issues.

As a four-time entrepreneur, 25-year-old Virginia resident John McAuliff is no stranger to startup pitch competitions; he’s participated in many and won a few. But when he arrived in Oslo, Norway on August 13 for the second annual Young Sustainable Impact (YSI) conference, he knew he was in for something different. Most pitch competitions are a couple days long; YSI is two weeks. And while some events are more about the idea, YSI is determined to produce results. At the end of the conference, the five teams of five entrepreneurs apiece are expected to have a fully fledged proposal for a startup addressing one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a series of metrics in areas like food, health, and poverty that member nations are trying to hit by 2030.

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#Happy #tenth #anniversary #to #the #hashtag

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:13:51 GMT

One of the defining things about Twitter has always been the degree to which its own users have shaped the service. And 10 years ago today, a Twitter user named Chris Messina proposed a new way to make it easier to find tweets about a given topic. He suggested marking keywords with a pound sign—a convention … Continue reading “#Happy #tenth #anniversary #to #the #hashtag”

One of the defining things about Twitter has always been the degree to which its own users have shaped the service. And 10 years ago today, a Twitter user named Chris Messina proposed a new way to make it easier to find tweets about a given topic. He suggested marking keywords with a pound sign—a convention that quickly caught on and became known as the hashtag.

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Dave Davies says Instagram banned him for impersonating Dave Davies

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:55:55 GMT

For the last few hours, Dave Davies, a founding member of legendary rock band the Kinks, has been engaged in a one-man war with Instagram. His account has apparently disappeared from Instagram. Based on the screenshots he is posting on his verified Twitter account, it seems that Instagram thinks he’s impersonating himself—or someone. (Admittedly, his brother Ray … Continue reading “Dave Davies says Instagram banned him for impersonating Dave Davies”

For the last few hours, Dave Davies, a founding member of legendary rock band the Kinks, has been engaged in a one-man war with Instagram.

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The National Park Service is now giving 360 tours of lesser-known parks

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:42:37 GMT

If you never leave your desk, don’t worry. You can fake a vacation with the help of the National Park Service. They just posted a 360 tour of one of their lesser-known parks, and the tour is comprehensive enough to let you get away with pretending you’ve been there. The Parks 101 series focuses on exploring the … Continue reading “The National Park Service is now giving 360 tours of lesser-known parks”

If you never leave your desk, don’t worry. You can fake a vacation with the help of the National Park Service. They just posted a 360 tour of one of their lesser-known parks, and the tour is comprehensive enough to let you get away with pretending you’ve been there.

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The Way We Board Planes Spreads More Disease

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:45:35 GMT

In the event of a major disease outbreak, airlines need to have procedures that minimize exposure to potentially sick travelers, rather than ones that minimize exposure of first class passengers to people in coach.

From the SARS outbreak in 2003 to the Zika epidemic last year, airplanes have often served as ideal vehicles for propagating disease. The forced proximity. The long journey time. The mix of people from different locations. These factors all help illnesses to jump from one person to another, and from one continent to another.

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This Grocery Store Cleared Its Shelves Of Foreign Foods To Make A Statement About Racism

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:34:47 GMT

German chain Edeka pulled its Spanish tomatoes, Greek olives, and the like to illustrate just how limiting xenophobia can be.

The incendiary rhetoric surrounding refugees and immigrants has drawn deep divisions among citizens and politicians worldwide. A wide range of companies like Airbnb, Starbucks, Tecate have issued supportive campaigns and policies, and now one of Germany’s biggest supermarket corporations Edeka has something to say–or pull, rather.

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Americans slept worse than usual after the eclipse

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:31:48 GMT

Watching the sun slowly get swallowed up by the moon may have been fun, but it seems to have had an adverse impact on our sleep. According to data from Eight, a mattress brand that tracks the sleep data of more than 10,000 people with its app-connected mattresses, Americans slept poorly on Monday night. On average, Americans went … Continue reading “Americans slept worse than usual after the eclipse”

Watching the sun slowly get swallowed up by the moon may have been fun, but it seems to have had an adverse impact on our sleep. According to data from Eight, a mattress brand that tracks the sleep data of more than 10,000 people with its app-connected mattresses, Americans slept poorly on Monday night. On average, Americans went to sleep an hour and 23 minutes later than usual. They also tossed and turned 32% more than on the previous 90 days.

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This Program Is Aiming To Improve The Lives Of Girls Through Business And Innovation

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:05:33 GMT

Spring Accelerator helps businesses in Africa and South Asia create life-enhancing products and services for adolescent girls ages 10-19. Their goal is to reach over 200,000 girls by 2019.

Spring Accelerator helps businesses in Africa and South Asia create life-enhancing products and services for adolescent girls ages 10-19. Their goal is to reach over 200,000 girls by 2019.

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You Will Never Watch A Heist Movie The Same Way After Watching This

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:03:06 GMT

This is every “putting the team together” scene from every heist movie.

What: A pitch-perfect send-up of perhaps the most beloved and fun scene in any heist movie.

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This Is How To Nail A Job Interview With A Bumbling Hiring Manager

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:00:08 GMT

It can be hard to stand out when the interviewer is distracted, but it’s not impossible.

Everyone has left an interview feeling they could do the job, but that the interviewer didn’t ask the questions that would allow them to showcase their skills. This problem could cost you a job offer.

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Flying food comes to Iceland with a fully operational drone delivery system

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:53:40 GMT

The drones are coming—and they have your lunch. Drone technology company Flytrex just teamed up with AHA, which is basically Iceland’s version of Seamless, to bring food to hungry Reykjavikers via drone. Simply place your order for chili con carne on AHA, and soon one of Flytrex’s flying drones will drop it off at your house or office.  The … Continue reading “Flying food comes to Iceland with a fully operational drone delivery system”

The drones are coming—and they have your lunch.

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Snap is going to produce scripted content, because why the hell not?

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:48:35 GMT

Some might call it a pivot to scripted video. At an event in Edinburgh, Snap’s chief content officer, Nick Bell, said the company had plans to run scripted content by year’s end, according to The Hollywood Reporter. These programs, he said, would be “complementary” to TV shows–whatever that means. The idea, it seems, would be … Continue reading “Snap is going to produce scripted content, because why the hell not?”

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Since Americans Don’t Take Enough Vacation, JetBlue Made Office Souvenirs

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:23:05 GMT

Office printer snow globe? HR scented candle? JetBlue Vacations wants to remind people to take more time off.

What: JetBlue created a collection of office souvenirs to cheekily remind us all to take more time off.

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Google Home can’t shop on Amazon, so it’s working with Walmart instead

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 11:01:13 GMT

Shopping by voice is getting a bit easier on the Google Home connected speaker through a partnership with Walmart. The world’s largest retailer will start shipping items through the Google Express delivery service in late September, which in turn will allow Google Home users to buy Walmart products with voice commands. Connecting a Walmart account will also … Continue reading “Google Home can’t shop on Amazon, so it’s working with Walmart instead”

Shopping by voice is getting a bit easier on the Google Home connected speaker through a partnership with Walmart. The world’s largest retailer will start shipping items through the Google Express delivery service in late September, which in turn will allow Google Home users to buy Walmart products with voice commands. Connecting a Walmart account will also provide personalized shopping recommendations, along with the ability to replenish previously ordered products. Google Express already works with Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Kohl’s, PetSmart, Staples, Target, Toys R Us, and Walgreens, TechCrunch notes.

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