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Ikea employees are getting VR headsets for Christmas

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:05:10 GMT

Ikea wants to make sure its employees are gearing up for the future—so it’s giving them some gear. The U.S. division of the flat-pack furniture behemoth is giving 14,000 employees virtual reality headsets for Christmas. While the press release it sent out was filled with niceties about how “IKEA understands the world around us is …

Ikea wants to make sure its employees are gearing up for the future—so it’s giving them some gear. The U.S. division of the flat-pack furniture behemoth is giving 14,000 employees virtual reality headsets for Christmas.

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For better or worse, Twitter is finally embracing the tweetstorm

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:15 GMT

For years, intrepid Twitter users have been devising workarounds to allow for greater verbosity than can be crammed into 140 (or even 280) characters. One that has stuck is the tweetstorm—a series of tweets connected to each other as @replies. But unless you knew what you were doing, it wasn’t obvious how you created a …

For years, intrepid Twitter users have been devising workarounds to allow for greater verbosity than can be crammed into 140 (or even 280) characters. One that has stuck is the tweetstorm—a series of tweets connected to each other as @replies. But unless you knew what you were doing, it wasn’t obvious how you created a tweetstorm—and it was even less clear how to read one from start to finish.

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Trans people can join the military beginning on New Year’s Day, but might be banned later

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:31:27 GMT

A federal judge yesterday upheld a temporary pause on President Trump’s ban of transgender service members in the U.S. armed forces, according to the New York Times. That means that–for now, anyway–the Defense Department must allow trans people to enlist starting on New Year’s Day. But don’t call it a victory for trans rights just yet. …

A federal judge yesterday upheld a temporary pause on President Trump’s ban of transgender service members in the U.S. armed forces, according to the New York Times. That means that–for now, anyway–the Defense Department must allow trans people to enlist starting on New Year’s Day.

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Todrick Hall Invites You “Behind The Curtain” Of His Dizzying Hustle

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:25:53 GMT

The YouTube star’s new documentary details the making of his chart-topping musical “Straight Outta Oz”–prepare to have your to-do list put to shame.

If Todrick Hall has ever unfollowed you, don’t take it personally.

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3 Ways To Tell Your Annoying Coworkers To Shut Up Without Being Rude

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:21 GMT

You don’t need to take the passive-aggressive route.

There are obvious benefits to an open office. Have a question for your manager? You can just walk right over to her. Want to have an impromptu conversation with your team? You don’t even need to go into a conference room.

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The Last Jedi Is Thrilling, Answers All Your Questions—And Raises Even More

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:01 GMT

Featuring lots of bravery, incredible evil, plenty of Luke, and the final on-screen moments of Carrie Fisher, Rian Johnson’s new film is a lot of fun.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

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This scented candle startup wants to be the Warby Parker of self-care

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:41:42 GMT

Home scents are a $50 billion dollar industry, according to the NPD group, and scented candles are growing at a rate of 18% a year. Much of this growth is driven by millennials, who spend twice as much on self-care rituals as boomers. Today, a startup called Otherland hits the market with aspirations to be the Warby …

Home scents are a $50 billion dollar industry, according to the NPD group, and scented candles are growing at a rate of 18% a year. Much of this growth is driven by millennials, who spend twice as much on self-care rituals as boomers.

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Nintendo Switch sales hit 10 million units, could outdo the Wii

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:16:46 GMT

Nintendo’s big bet on a hybrid portable and home game system is paying off, with 10 million Nintendo Switch units sold in nine months. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Variety that the Switch could even top first-year sales of the Wii–the company’s best-selling console yet–if momentum holds up through the holidays. Strong sales …

Nintendo’s big bet on a hybrid portable and home game system is paying off, with 10 million Nintendo Switch units sold in nine months. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Variety that the Switch could even top first-year sales of the Wii–the company’s best-selling console yet–if momentum holds up through the holidays.

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Everything You Need To Know About Universal Basic Income In 10 Minutes

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:15:56 GMT

The idea of a program that would cover the cost of living for everyone feels like something out of a far-off utopia. This informative video grounds it in reality.

The idea of giving some, or all, citizens enough money to meet their daily needs was once decidedly fringe. Not anymore. Now, everyone is talking about universal basic income (UBI), including Silicon Valley, the media, numerous pundits, and even some politicians. Several large trials–particularly in Kenya, Canada, and Finland–began this year, and more are planned for 2018.

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Gene Roddenberry’s Foundation Is Now Funding Future-Focused Activists

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:13 GMT

The ideas of the future that the “Star Trek” founder envisioned are living on in these projects focused on increasing rights and tolerance.

Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry dreamed of an inclusive, tolerant, and peaceful world–like the one he made on the fictitious USS Enterprise. In the famously utopian show, race is irrelevant, all religion is tolerated, and technology solves big problems, from how to replicate food out of nothing, to how to fly a spaceship across many galaxies.

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London Breed: 4 things to know about San Francisco’s new acting mayor

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:59:09 GMT

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away early this morning after suffering an apparent heart attack while grocery shopping late Monday night. He was 65, and is survived by his wife, Anita, and two daughters, Brianna and Tania. Lee was in his second term in office as the city’s 43rd mayor, a role he was …

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away early this morning after suffering an apparent heart attack while grocery shopping late Monday night. He was 65, and is survived by his wife, Anita, and two daughters, Brianna and Tania.

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Check your paycheck next month—it might look different if the GOP tax plan passes

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:29:25 GMT

Well, this is scary: The American Payroll Association has reportedly sent a letter to U.S. lawmakers warning them that last-minute changes to the GOP’s tax overhaul plan could wreak havoc on paychecks. Cited by CNN, the letter says employers and payroll service providers would not have enough time to sort out all the changes in …

Well, this is scary: The American Payroll Association has reportedly sent a letter to U.S. lawmakers warning them that last-minute changes to the GOP’s tax overhaul plan could wreak havoc on paychecks. Cited by CNN, the letter says employers and payroll service providers would not have enough time to sort out all the changes in employees’ take-home pay. Per CNN:

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New Gun Violence PSA Looks Ahead To Tomorrow’s School Shooting

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:52 GMT

Sandy Hook Promise marks the five-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

What: Sandy Hook Promise marks the five-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a new PSA that illustrates how tomorrow’s news can be reshaped by today’s actions and challenges the idea that gun violence is unavoidable.

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My Smartest Employees Have Forced Me To Reward Them—Here’s How

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:00:13 GMT

Humu CEO and former Google HR chief Laszlo Bock on how “discretionary effort” (plus modest self-promotion) can win over oblivious or skeptical managers.

There’s a lot about your work life that you can’t control: your coworkers, your assignments, your customers, your boss. Obviously, you can always quit, but when that’s not a realistic option, how you show up each day is everything. I once had a manager who routinely yelled and swore at me and thought the most important thing I could do for the company was clip newspaper articles about him. I knew I should work hard, but seriously?

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Just Reading Over Your To-Do List Can Make You More Productive

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:00:57 GMT

Making a habit of running through your top-priority tasks can cut back on wasted time in your workday–even if you can’t accomplish everything.

If you have a love-hate relationship with lists of all kinds, you aren’t alone. On one hand, making a list–whether it’s a grocery list or a to-do list–gives you a single place to keep all your priorities front and center. But that same list can also be a source of anxiety. The longer it gets, the more you may find yourself avoiding it, knowing that the effort it’ll take to cross everything off is going to be considerable.

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When Your Fear Is The Remote Control: Karen Palmer’s Immersive Cinema

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:45:37 GMT

The filmmaker’s “RIOT” changes according to your particular emotional reactions, and may change them too.

Karen Palmer is out to scare people. For the past three years, she’s been plunging people into a stressful and potentially deadly riot, firmly believing that they’ll emerge changed for the better. The riot is fiction–that is, it’s really just a movie, in which actors play rioters, cops, and protesters–but due to a boost from technology, as well as good old-fashioned tricks from the world of theater, it can feel unnervingly real.

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Groupon’s Andrew Mason is back with “a word processor for audio”

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:03 GMT

In 2013, Andrew Mason was famously fired as CEO of Groupon, a company he cofounded. His second act, Detour, was a startup that created podcast-like audio tours. That involved producing a boatload of spoken-word content. And Mason discovered that working with speech in existing sound-editing programs was a hassle. “Trying to edit waveforms, even once you get …

In 2013, Andrew Mason was famously fired as CEO of Groupon, a company he cofounded. His second act, Detour, was a startup that created podcast-like audio tours. That involved producing a boatload of spoken-word content. And Mason discovered that working with speech in existing sound-editing programs was a hassle.

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Inside Barbie’s Fight To Stay Relevant

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Today’s Barbie is fighting for gay rights, body inclusivity, and open borders. But is she woke enough for millennial parents?

Just before Thanksgiving this year, Barbie had her wokest moment yet. On the official BarbieStyle Instagram channel, she was pictured in a series of photos with another doll, Aimee, wearing T-shirts emblazoned with “Love Wins,” the slogan of the marriage equality movement. The posts were a tableaux of domesticity. In one, the pair is sitting cosily in Barbie’s walk-in closet, stroking a dog and staring into each others’ eyes. In another, they are eating avocado toast at their favorite Silver Lake café.

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Pepsi just ordered 100 of Tesla’s new electric semis

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:57:51 GMT

The sugar-water giant made the announcement on Tuesday, reports Reuters. The pre-order of 100 of Telsa’s new electric trucks is the largest publicly known order so far. That means that Tesla has now received pre-orders for 267 of the new vehicles, according to Reuters’ tally. Besides Pepsi, other customers include Walmart, J.B. Hunt, and Sysco. …

The sugar-water giant made the announcement on Tuesday, reports Reuters. The pre-order of 100 of Telsa’s new electric trucks is the largest publicly known order so far. That means that Tesla has now received pre-orders for 267 of the new vehicles, according to Reuters’ tally. Besides Pepsi, other customers include Walmart, J.B. Hunt, and Sysco. While an order of 100 trucks sounds large, Pepsi currently has a fleet of almost 10,000 other trucks already and annually about 260,000 heavy-duty Class-8 trucks are made in North America.

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Local social media platform Nextdoor has raised another $75 million

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:51:08 GMT

The social media platform aimed at connecting neighbors took in its latest haul sometime in or after August, the Information reports. It’s not known which investors led the series G round, but the new funds now give Nextdoor an estimated valuation of around $1.5 billion–that’s up $400 million from the company’s $1.1 billion valuation it …

The social media platform aimed at connecting neighbors took in its latest haul sometime in or after August, the Information reports. It’s not known which investors led the series G round, but the new funds now give Nextdoor an estimated valuation of around $1.5 billion–that’s up $400 million from the company’s $1.1 billion valuation it received during its last financing round in 2015. The aim of Nextdoor’s platform is to help neighbors communicate about anything local, including crime, where the best parking spots are, or how good that café is that just opened down the block.

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