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How To Use Facebook, Twitter, And YouTube To Change Your Career

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:00:46 GMT

It’s all about using social media to establish your credibility in a new field. And no, that doesn’t mean becoming an “influencer.”

Ten years ago, I was graduating law school and going to work in a mid-size law firm in Atlanta as a real estate finance attorney. If you had told me then that I’d go on to become a sports business analyst for ESPN and then found my own boutique publicity firm, I’d think you were crazy.

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The troubling numbers behind the Trump cabinet’s pricey trips

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:52:18 GMT

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price may have violated a federal policy that requires officials to use the cheapest travel options available by repeatedly taking chartered flights, the Washington Post reports. HHS’s inspector general is investigating the matter. It’s just the latest criticism leveled against executive branch officials over costly travel, under an administration in …

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price may have violated a federal policy that requires officials to use the cheapest travel options available by repeatedly taking chartered flights, the Washington Post reports. HHS’s inspector general is investigating the matter.

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As The AI War Rages, Google Assistant Is “Very, Very Likely” Coming To Nest’s New Secure System

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:42:26 GMT

Nest is increasingly leveraging the Google AI brain trust to make its connected home devices smarter.

When Nest introduced a new home security system called Nest Secure at a press event this week, there was one glaring omission from the announcement: An explanation of how natural-language AI created by Nest’s Alphabet sibling Google would eventually control all of it.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lizzo, And Cyrus Vs. Cyrus: The Week In Music

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:49:10 GMT

These are the songs we recommend for your Productivity Playlist, volume 13.

Before we begin this week’s new music roundup, some sad news: Joel Arbaje, original curator of The Week In Music, has departed Fast Company to go kill it as a photo editor at Men’s Health. That means I’m taking over the reigns, though hopefully with the finesse and critical eye Joel would be proud of. Ready For It?

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Report: Graham-Cassidy would cause 21 million people to lose health coverage every year

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:51:33 GMT

Senate Republicans are pushing hard for the Graham-Cassidy bill–the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare. Those pushing it are gunning to get the 50 votes it needs to pass, although John McCain just announced he would not be supporting it, which will very likely hurt its chances of passing. All the same, since they’re trying …

Senate Republicans are pushing hard for the Graham-Cassidy bill–the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare. Those pushing it are gunning to get the 50 votes it needs to pass, although John McCain just announced he would not be supporting it, which will very likely hurt its chances of passing.

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iPhone launch day isn’t what it used to be . . .

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:32:55 GMT

The iPhone X may have taken some of the steam out of iPhone 8 launch day, as well as new buying options that don’t involve waiting in line.

There is a line at San Francisco’s flagship Apple Store to buy the new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, but that may be the exception to the rule. Reports from around the world are saying the lines to buy the new iPhones aren’t nearly as long as on launch days past, if there are lines at all.

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Betsy DeVos just rolled back protections for college victims of sexual assault

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:51:01 GMT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done what many campus safety advocates have been fearing for months: She has decided to roll back Obama-led guidance for universities to more aggressively investigate and adjudicate instances of sexual assault on campuses. Under the Obama rules, colleges were asked to lower the standard of evidence from “beyond a reasonable …

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has done what many campus safety advocates have been fearing for months: She has decided to roll back Obama-led guidance for universities to more aggressively investigate and adjudicate instances of sexual assault on campuses.

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These Solar Farms Have A Secret Hiding Under Them: Mushrooms

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:30:36 GMT

Small farmers in Japan hope the tactic will help stabilize their incomes by letting them sell both energy and produce.

Small farms in Japan are struggling to survive. Rural populations are shrinking, and the average farmer is 67 years old. But two new farms will test a different business model to try to reinvigorate the sector: solar panels with mushrooms growing underneath them.

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Has Purpose Made Brands Forget How To Be Cool?

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:22:59 GMT

BBH London entertainment lead and strategy director Melanie Arrow writes that brands need to add more style to their substance.

I used to think Liam Gallagher was the epitome of cool. He was that old-fashioned kind of rock star who threw actual TVs out of windows, got arrested, took so much crystal meth before a gig that he forgot the words to “Wonderwall,” and turned his acceptance speeches into comedy roasts before they were even a thing: “Right, who’s first then…It’s got be you there with that weird haircut. How many haircuts you got there, four?” Being a bad guy, a nihilistic egotist with slick trainers and a directional haircut, that was cool in the 90s.

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What Mountaineering Taught Me About Building A Company From Scratch

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:12 GMT

You can’t do it alone, and often you have to make up your own rules.

When I first started mountaineering, I would get dropped off by a helicopter at the top of the mountain and ski down. The experience was exhilarating and technically challenging, but I felt like something was missing. I felt like I was cheating and taking the easy way out.

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After London, Uber’s war with Europe is poised to heat up

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:25:47 GMT

Europe is pushing back against Uber. On Friday, London decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, accusing the company of a “lack of corporate responsibility.” The decision was made in part because of Uber’s use of software to evade regulators. The city also says Uber failed to meet safety standards. But …

Europe is pushing back against Uber. On Friday, London decided not to renew Uber’s license to operate in the city, accusing the company of a “lack of corporate responsibility.” The decision was made in part because of Uber’s use of software to evade regulators. The city also says Uber failed to meet safety standards.

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Zuck’s “Political Awakening”? Not So Fast

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:11 GMT

The Facebook CEO points to last year’s primaries as the moment he had a “political awakening.” But do his actions—and words—reflect that?

Since January, we’ve seen story after story offer speculation about whether Mark Zuckerberg will make a bid for the presidency. It won’t surprise you, then, that a Bloomberg profile of the Facebook CEO published Thursday spilled a lot of ink on Zuckerberg’s politicking. One thing we learned was that his “political awakening,” as the story calls it, only took root in early 2016.

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From Bodega’s Apology To Working Smarter: This Week’s Top Leadership Stories

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 11:00:01 GMT

This week’s top stories take a close look at Bodega’s recent apology and consider a few habits you can adopt to work smarter, not harder.

This week, one contributor teased out some lessons from the apology that Bodega cofounder Paul McDonald posted on Medium after the recent uproar. We also picked up some skills for how to be more efficient in your work life, as well as a reading list courtesy of Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

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Instagram automatically made an ad that said “I will rape you”

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:54:03 GMT

Another day, another scandal involving digital ad platforms. Today’s entry comes from Instagram, which made an advertisement of a Guardian reporter’s post that documented a threatening email she received. The message said, among other things, “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!” The reporter, Olivia Solon, discovered the ad when it …

Another day, another scandal involving digital ad platforms. Today’s entry comes from Instagram, which made an advertisement of a Guardian reporter’s post that documented a threatening email she received. The message said, among other things, “I will rape you before I kill you, you filthy whore!”

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How To Stop Boring Hiring Managers With Your Resume

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:20 GMT

Because you’re better than that.

“My resume reads like I’ve been a passive spectator in my own career, not a player. What am I doing wrong?”

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MobilityScore Tells You Exactly How Easy A Place Is To Get Around Without A Car

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:39 GMT

Happy World Car Free Day: This new website lets you look at any city in America and find the most transit-accessible locations.

America is a place where a disturbingly large proportion of people, faced with the prospect of traveling somewhere less than a mile away, get in their car to do so. Around 60% of trips under a mile are made by car, which adds up to around 10 billion miles a year–the equivalent, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, of the entire population of Chicago up and driving to Las Vegas and back in single-occupancy vehicles (SOVs).

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This 24-Year-Old Built A LinkedIn For Weed Jobs, No Experience Required

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:24 GMT

Vangst surfaces job openings in cannabis companies–many of which require no prior industry experience–that established job boards won’t post.

Karson Humiston started a student travel company while she was still an undergraduate at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. But before she graduated, she’d already decided to do something bigger.

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Every Meeting You’ve Ever Been To (In Two Minutes)

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 09:00:01 GMT

We’ve decoded what it really means when people say those phrases we’ve heard a million times.

We’ve decoded what it really means when people say those phrases we’ve heard a million times.

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Seinfeld’s House Of Cards, Another “Blade Runner” Prologue: Top 5 Ads Of The Week

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:01:01 GMT

Mini races in 1964, Harley-Davidson rides into Discovery, and Audi goes back to the future.

If Marvel Entertainment has taught what a well-timed teaser and an expertly soundtracked trailer can do for movie marketing, then 3AM and Ridley Scott have done just as much with thoughtful, complementary creative content. Maybe it doesn’t get the adrenaline up quite like a Hulk x Led Zeppelin combo, but frankly it’s just as exciting.

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These Personality Tests Found Things Out That Only My Mom Knows

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 08:00:30 GMT

I took two assessments to see what they could say about me professionally. Both uncovered things my mom has seen in me since childhood–and some she hasn’t.

“I can think back to you being a fourth-grader with a walking stick. What fourth-grader has a walking stick?” my mother mused on the phone this week. She was reviewing the results of a career assessment I’d taken courtesy of Traitify, a platform that draws on psychological research to deliver personality profiles in just 90 seconds. (For the record, it was a lacquered hiking cane painted with various leaves–aspen, maple, birch–that a budding Ralph Waldo Emerson might encounter on a forest amble.) My “personality blend,” according to Traitify, is “Planner/Naturalist,” which my mom thought sounded mostly right.

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