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Activists Target Cloudflare For Enabling Hate Sites

Mon, 29 May 2017 09:00:14 GMT

A San Francisco company providing security to websites is under pressure for the vitriol running through its network.

The growth of the alt-right and other forms of nationalism have reinvigorated neo-Nazi and white supremacist movements in the U.S. and abroad over the last decade. Anders Behring Breivik, who regularly posted on white nationalist message board Stormfront, killed 77 people in Norway in 2011. That horrific killing was enough to shock the site’s owner, Don Black, a prominent leader in the Alabama Ku Klux Klan, who later wrote in a post on the site, “This makes me want to pull the plug on this place and never look back.”

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Three Reasons Your Boss Is Constantly Disagreeing With You

Sun, 28 May 2017 05:00:48 GMT

Maybe you’re too committed to your own ideas—or maybe your boss is just a micromanager.

You know it’s important to speak up at work. But let’s be real: You contribute with the hope that your ideas will be taken seriously. It’s hard to feel that way if your boss is constantly shooting them down and taking things another direction. And it only makes matters worse if it’s not simply a difference of opinion, but you feel that they’re straight-up wrong.

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I Hated Growing Up Evangelical In Sweden, But It Made Me A Better Entrepreneur

Sat, 27 May 2017 05:00:54 GMT

This introverted tech CEO learned the art of product evangelism earlier than most.

I was brought up in a highly religious family in Sweden, where evangelizing was encouraged from a very young age. I was just seven years old when I first had to preach to a crowd of over 700 adults. Soon afterward, I was sent out to go knocking on doors in search of potential converts.

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A Rugged Box Of Education Tech With Its Own Internet Connection, And Other World Changing Developing World Technology

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:29 GMT

Learn about the winner of the developing world technology category of Fast Company’s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards–and the other innovative finalists.

A lot of technologists have worked to wire up the world’s classrooms, but few can claim this: the ability to wire up more or less any school anywhere. That’s what the KioKit does, and it’s one reason the Kenyan-born project won the developing world technology category in this year’s World Changing Ideas Awards (you can see the full list of finalists below).

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Credo Mobile Wants To Help Power The Resistance (And Give Away Millions In The Process)

Fri, 26 May 2017 15:00:40 GMT

The company has a calling plan just for calling your representative, and will let you vote on which progressive causes should get the company’s monthly donations.

Four months into the Trump Administration, political activists with their congressional representatives on speed-dial may be running a tad short on cell phone minutes.

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Bryson Tiller, Carly Rae Jepsen, And That Lorde & Chromeo Remix: This Week In Music

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:33:09 GMT

A few more songs we’re recommending this week.

Fast Company readers, lend me your ears for another week in music recommendations. (Or just scroll to the bottom and take our weekly playlist with you.)

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Five Job-Search Myths That Are (Still) Holding Back Your Career

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:27 GMT

What used to work for your parents might not work for you.

Between parents, friends, colleagues, and common “wisdom,” there’s no shortage of sources you can get advice from when you’re applying to jobs. The problem is, however, that not all of that advice is good advice. While our friends and family often mean well, the labor market changes rapidly enough that one job-hunting best practice is no longer relevant a couple years later.

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Are Tech Companies Funding Online Intolerance?

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00:05 GMT

Sites with views many consider repulsive rely on companies like PayPal, Stripe, and Squarespace to raise money. Should they be cut off?

“Follow the money.” That Watergate-era mantra has been reinterpreted for today’s politics–not as a tip for how to investigate a scandal, but as a road map for how to attack your political enemy. In recent months, activists have organized boycotts of Ivanka Trump products and O’Reilly Factor advertisers, focusing on high-visibility targets. Now some of them are also going after other sources of income for groups they oppose, by pressuring the back-end services such as as PayPal and Squarespace that process their payments or donations. A liberal organization called SumOfUs, for instance, has collected over 200,000 signatures demanding that online store provider Shopify drop Breitbart as a client–eliciting no response from Shopify.

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From To-Do List Hacks To Note-Taking: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 26 May 2017 11:00:15 GMT

This week’s top stories explore the hidden benefits of note-taking, how to beat applicant tracking systems, and CEOs’ top to-do list tips.

This week, we learned how taking notes obsessively can save you from a difficult boss, how to write job applications that actually make it past screening software, and the tips and tricks CEOs use to manage to their to-do lists.

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This Is The Part Of Your Resume That Recruiters Look At First

Fri, 26 May 2017 10:00:50 GMT

If you don’t have their attention in the first 10 lines, you probably never will.

If you want to land job interviews, your entire resume needs to be great, but only one part of it has to be really great. Think of it this way: recruiters and hiring managers are most likely to encounter your resume as an email attachment or a PDF you submit through a company’s online submission form, right? When they open the file, only the top half—at most—is going to fill their screen. That’s the part you need to lavish the most attention on. If you don’t give them a reason to scroll down and read more, it’s all over for you.

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The Best Advice From 2017’s Commencement Speeches

Fri, 26 May 2017 09:00:54 GMT

“Try not to rely only on what you have learned in the classroom.”

There’s no bigger pep talk than a college commencement speech. Someone who has achieved an admirable level of success takes the stage to give advice to those just starting their journey. This year, several speakers took the opportunity to get political, but there were also nonpartisan gems of wisdom that those of us without a brand-new diploma can appreciate.

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This is What Makes A Vacation Restorative

Fri, 26 May 2017 08:00:40 GMT

Here’s how to make sure you return to work fully recharged after your vacation.

Time off helps us recover. When we’re not working, we’re able to rebuild internal resources that we depleted while dealing with the stress of work. But not all time off recharges us equally.

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He Didn’t: An “Arrested Development” Writer On Twitter’s Most-Used Political Meme

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:57 GMT

Emmy Award winner John Levenstein says a meme might be the best way to kill a good joke.

Lately, Twitter has come to resemble the final scene of Spartacus; with untold legions of opinion-havers claiming to be the same person. Rather than the Thracian gladiator, however, these folks are posing as Ron Howard’s narrator from the recently revived Arrested Development.

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Sweden Lists On Airbnb, Gillette Asks Dad: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:00:05 GMT

Netflix gets an official White House photographer for Frank Underwood, Whiskas tells a touching story, and Syoss knows who steals your hair.

You just need to turn on the TV or clickety-clack the internet for five minutes to know that doing anything even remotely original in advertising is not an easy task. Now go look at some tourism ads. It usually goes something like this: beautiful scenery tastefully shot, upbeat soundtrack, ending with “Place Name: Slogan!” Now here comes Sweden, for the second year in a row, with one of the most original ideas around. Last year it was the Swedish Number, and now they go and put the entire country on Airbnb. Maybe next year they’ll invite the entire population of Buford, Wyoming, for a visit. Onward!

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How Veteran-Run Innovation Incubators Are Training Soldiers To Run Startups

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:58 GMT

Bunker Labs and other incubators are helping young veterans start new businesses—including one woman who found her inspiration in Afghanistan’s minefields.

U.S. Army engineer officer Kimberly Jung found her business inspiration in a rather unlikely setting: the minefields of Afghanistan.

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What’s Driving The Billion-Dollar Natural Beauty Movement?

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:53 GMT

A growing number of consumers are rejecting chemical-filled cosmetics for pricey, plant-based alternatives. It’s a thriving sector—one that some experts think could change the beauty industry for good.

When Tata Harper’s stepfather was diagnosed with cancer, his doctors told him to remove all products containing synthetic materials, such as body washes and shampoos, from his home. In solidarity, Harper got rid of hers too. But she found the switch surprisingly difficult.

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These High-Tech Sensors Track Exactly How Fresh Our Produce Is So We Stop Wasting Food

Fri, 26 May 2017 06:00:28 GMT

We throw out over 30% of food because it goes bad before it’s supposed to. A data-driven tracking technology from Zest Fresh is ensuring food stays fresh in transit–to cut down the amount we waste.

How often have you gone to a grocery store, picked out what seems to be a fresh pint of blueberries, and opened the refrigerator door the next day to find half of them covered in mold? If your answer is “all the time,” you’re not alone: Those best-by dates that give us such blind confidence in the shelf life of our produce are nothing more than “a soft assurance,” says Peter Mehring, CEO of Zest Labs, a Silicon Valley-based tech company dedicated to preserving produce and grocery product quality along the supply chain. And in addition to frustrating customers, inaccurate sell-by dates result $30 billion of wasted food in the U.S. each year.

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A Plane Crash, A Glacier, And An Entrepreneur: How Icelandair Opened Up Air Travel For Everyone

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:37 GMT

In 1952, Alfred Eliasson, the scrappy CEO of Icelandic Airlines, came up with an idea to boost his company’s performance. The solution transformed Eliasson’s country—and the world.

In the winter of 1951, Alfred Eliasson’s company, Icelandic Airlines, was about to go under. The founder and his executive team had decided to pull out of the transatlantic market just a few months prior, after established carriers like Pan-Am proved to be tougher competition than expected. Low domestic demand in Iceland, a country of just 200,000 inhabitants at the time, also proved to be a challenge. By December of 1950, the airline known as Loftleiðir in Icelandic had only one scheduled route. It was between the capital city of Reykjavik and a small group of islands off Iceland’s east coast.

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How Google Street View Became An Art Form

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00:58 GMT

A zoom-in on the strange and sublime art of Street View, which turns ten years old this week.

On May 25, Google Street View celebrates its 10th birthday. A feature of Google Maps, it lets users explore cities and towns around the world—and even peer inside businesses and government institutions (including the White House). Games have sprouted out of Street View—like Geoguessr, in which players guess where in the world they’ve been randomly placed—while some users have documented funny images captured by the roving cameras of Google’s cars.

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