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How TED Chooses The Young Changemakers Who Become TED Fellows

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:48 GMT

The fellows get a chance to present their ideas at TED to an enormous global audience. Want to join? You’ll need a great idea, authenticity, and a willingness to collaborate.

In Pakistan, Nighat Dad helps other young women fight online harassment. In France, Romain Lacombe is building tools to help people track air pollution. In Somalia, Abdigani Diriye–who fled the country as a child during civil war, and later returned–is helping grow the local tech scene. In the U.S., Mike Gil is studying how fish communicate, and what those interactions mean for the future of coral reefs.

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Despite French Election Setback, Russian Hackers Still Hungry For More Attacks

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:46 GMT

There’s no sign that Fancy Bear has slowed down or changed tactics since the recent elections, say cybersecurity experts.

Fancy Bear may have stumbled in the French election but they’re still wreaking havoc across Western Europe. And despite the failure of what many suspect was their attempt to disrupt the victory of Emmanuel Macron’s political campaign, the infamous Russian hackers haven’t yet adapted their tactics, say cybersecurity experts.

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IBM’s Remote Work Reversal Is A Losing Battle Against The New Normal

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:00:05 GMT

One CEO explains why IBM’s latest directive is retrograde and likely to backfire.

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

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Diary Of An Ex-Facebook Intern

Tue, 23 May 2017 08:00:24 GMT

“I had one of the best summers of my life, and I can’t imagine it being any better.”

Facebook has had a huge impact on our lives: The company essentially owns a large part of the world’s social media user base with its products from Facebook itself, to Instagram, to WhatsApp playing an integral part in how we communicate with our family and friends and interact with brands, media, and public figures.

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Sweden Has Listed The Entire Country On Airbnb

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:06 GMT

It’s a tourism campaign, but it’s a pretty damn cool one.

In Sweden there’s a constitutional right they call allemansrätten. It’s a national concept of “freedom to roam” that allows anyone the right to access, walk, cycle, or camp on any land (the only exceptions being private residences, as well as gardens and lands under cultivation). To get the rest of the world to try it out, they just listed the entire country on Airbnb.

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This Super-Efficient Renovation Is A Model For Lowering A House’s Energy Footprint

Tue, 23 May 2017 06:00:54 GMT

The HouseZero project’s renovation of this nearly 100-year-old house has added windows that control the temperature by opening automatically, geothermal heating, and windows that eliminate the need for lights during the day.

When workers finish their work retrofitting a 1920s-era house near Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the house will look essentially the same as it did before from the outside–but it will run on almost no energy.

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Why It’s So Difficult To Investigate Trump’s Russia Ties

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:30:59 GMT

The FBI and other agencies will have a hard time building a case due to the complexity of the politics and the opaqueness of international financial transactions.

It’s going to be a long, hot summer–or as they say in Russian “жарко как в Аду” (translation: “it’s hot as hell”).

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Riz Ahmed Is Starring In This U.K. Political Ad Because “Blacks Don’t Vote”

Mon, 22 May 2017 14:03:43 GMT

The Rogue One and HBO star is part of a new campaign to raise awareness around boosting voter turnout in the U.K. among minority communities.

Riz Ahmed has had a busy couple of years, first gaining pop culture and critical attention in HBO’s acclaimed The Night Of, then in the hit Star Wars prequel, Rogue One. But in a new PSA campaign, the actor says this might be his most important role yet because it aims to impact the real lives of ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom.

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The 5 Books On Bill Gates’s Summer Reading List–From Jimmy Carter To Trevor Noah

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:55:31 GMT

If you are worried your beach reads might be a little too easy this summer, Gates has some more heady suggestions for you.

As one of the world’s top philanthropists, perhaps it makes sense that Bill Gates is treating beach reading like an intellectual cause: Each year, he offers up his list of the most important beach reads, none of which have ever featured Fabio on the cover.

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On Amazon Echo And Google Home, Notifications Could Be Brilliant–Or Brutal

Mon, 22 May 2017 13:49:46 GMT

With voice assistants, Amazon and Google have a chance to reinvent notifications and stop the madness we already get from our phones.

Amazon Echo and Google Home would like your attention now. Or at least they will in the near future.

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Amber Tamblyn’s Directorial Debut Marks Her Vision For Complex Women

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:51:46 GMT

“Paint It Black” signals Tamblyn’s shift to tell more stories about layered and imperfect women.

There’s a crazy scene in the new movie Paint It Black, based on the novel by Janet Fitch, where Josie (Alia Shawkat) attends her boyfriend’s funeral. Upon arrival, she’s grabbed by her boyfriend’s mother Meredith (Janet McTeer) who blames her for his suicide. Meredith starts choking Josie, forcing her to crawl away as Meredith pulls the long, expensive rug out from under feet.

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The “SNL” Finale Proves We’ve Learned Nothing From The Election

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:02:44 GMT

On the season finale of “SNL,” the cast seems pretty sure that Trump won’t survive the summer. How did being sure work out last time?

Saturday Night Live concluded its season the same way cast and crew started it: wildly overconfident about the defeat of Donald Trump.

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How I’ve Learned To Stop Arrogance From Silently Hurting My Career

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:00:46 GMT

Those flare-ups of smug self-righteousness are your mind’s attempt to spare you from feeling vulnerable.

Sometimes it starts with an eye roll. Maybe a proposal of yours gets rejected and one you think sounds pretty dumb gets approved in its place. Ugh. You try keeping your feelings to yourself, but your reaction inside is defensive: “They don’t get it!” or, worse, “How could they be so stupid!?”

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This Refugee Camp In The Jordanian Desert Now Has Its Own Solar Farm

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:30:24 GMT

The 35,000 person Azraq camp was spending huge amounts of its aid funding on electric bills and only had sporadic power. With a new two-megawatt solar plant, the camp’s residents have all the power they need.

When the temperature soared to 100 degrees in the Azraq refugee camp in Jordan last week, refugees living there could keep fans running inside their shelters. The camp, which had only sporadic access to electricity for its first two and a half years, is now home to the first solar farm in a refugee community.

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How To Trick The Robots And Get Your Resume In Front Of Recruiters

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:00:18 GMT

Writing a resume that can get past applicant tracking systems doesn’t mean boring recruiters to tears.

Confession time: I hate applicant tracking systems (ATS) with a burning passion. Why? Because in the name of making things easier for companies by “pre-filtering out” unqualified candidates, the peddlers of ATS software have dehumanized the hiring process and sent a terrible message to jobseekers: Conform to the requirements of our machines, or risk being ignored. Does that sound like a great way to attract the best and brightest?

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Why These Gig-Economy Startups Hire Salaried Employees Instead Of Contractors

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:00:16 GMT

A few companies have found there are big advantages to hiring full-time employees to do on-demand gig work.

On-demand startups have weathered criticisms for (among other things) classifying workers as independent contractors and avoiding the higher costs associated with providing benefits and covering payroll taxes for full-time employees.

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How These Recent Grads Landed Jobs At YouTube, Giphy, And SoundCloud

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:00:12 GMT

What it takes to avoid a crappy first job in a competitive job market.

The class of 2017 is joining the workforce with some tough challenges but, according to researchers, with plenty of optimism. But no matter how lofty the speeches on this year’s commencement circuit may be, the reality is that lots of new grads will land in crappy entry-level jobs–if they’re lucky to find jobs at all.

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Exclusive: Interbrand Announces Its Breakthrough Brands Of 2017

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:36:18 GMT

The company’s annual list looks at start-ups and early players in emerging markets like mobility tech, AI, the future of work, and more.

The rules of business seem to be changing constantly, and no one model of success is dominant, so it’s particularly fascinating when a company breaks through the noise. But what are those qualities that allow for one startup to fly while so many others like it fail? That’s what the global brand consultancy Interbrand set out to determine with its Breakthrough Brands report–now in its second year–which names 40 companies that it says represent the next generation of brands across a variety of new, emerging, and evolving categories of business.

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Here’s Exactly How To Procrastinate On Really Hard Projects

Mon, 22 May 2017 08:00:48 GMT

Go ahead, take a break to reward yourself before finishing that task, not just after.

You finally hit “send” on that report you spent all week writing, and you feel great. It was a long slog, but now you can finally pour yourself a well-deserved glass of wine and kick back–or just take a long, guiltless nap. Right?

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Inside India’s Plans To Leapfrog The Western Model Of Car Ownership

Mon, 22 May 2017 06:00:08 GMT

As the country’s growing middle class starts to emulate the developed world’s car culture, the government is trying to chart a different path.

At rush hour, the gridlock on a highway in Delhi, India, looks a lot like Los Angeles. As more Indians are able to afford cars–and as the country’s population soon becomes the largest in the world–traffic and pollution throughout the country could be set to become much, much worse. But the government has decided to try to develop in a radically different direction than America, avoiding further sprawl and car-dependency. By the end of next decade, it wants most–if not all–vehicles in India to run on electricity, most cars to be shared, and cities to be designed for humans rather than cars.

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