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Big Tech’s toughest critic in Washington just might be this freshman GOP senator from Missouri
We spoke to the tech-savvy GOP senator about Big Tech’s Washington game, antitrust, privacy, and conservatives’ claims that Silicon Valley censors their viewpoints. In the five months Josh Hawley (R-MO) has served in the U.S. Senate, he’s emerged as the smartest guy on his side of the aisle on tech issues. He’s become a burr in the saddle of Big Tech, offering clear, critical views on everything from data privacy to antitrust. We got Hawley on the phone for a quick Q&A on Thursday. Good timing, as the appetite for reining in Big Tech through new regulations has never been greater in Washington.Read Full Story
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5 things that resilient teams do differently
They talk about burnout openly. Challenges are inevitable in any organization—whether they’re an early-stage startup or an established industry heavyweight, and whether they employ 20 people or 1,000. For companies to maintain high-performance and well-being, they need to have resilient teams. This is especially vital when they have employees who regularly carry out high-stake work in challenging environments.Read Full Story
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The ‘Indiana Jones of mezcal’ takes on Big Liquor and tries to save a culture
Erick Rodriguez, who sells unique mezcals from small agave producers in Mexico, is scrambling to compete with giant distributors eager to make money off the fastest-growing niche of the liquor market. In May, I got sunburned standing outside in rural Mexico drinking moonshine from a recycled soda bottle. Sounds like the start to a Cinco de Mayo Hangover movie, but I was there because Erick Rodriguez—the “Indiana Jones of mezcal”—needed to meet with a local distiller outside Puebla, and they’d picked a Catholic feast day at the close of agave season, Día de la Santa Cruz, to do it. Marcelino Garcia’s village was celebrating at his rustic outdoor palenque, passing around plastic jugs of a booze, one of Mexico’s best, that few will ever taste.Read Full Story
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Surprisingly, white men in power aren’t the villains in Mindy Kaling’s ‘Late Night’
‘Late Night’ director Nisha Ganatra explains why “it’s important not to have easy villains” and the nuances of Hollywood’s inclusion problem. Mindy Kaling’s new comedy Late Night dives into the writers’ room of a fictional late-night talk show to spotlight a very real problem of gender and racial disparity.Read Full Story
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‘Software engineering’ was a joke until the mission to the Moon made it the future
Before software came to dominate every aspect of society, we didn’t even know how to spell it. This is the 14th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day. Read Full Story
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These 15 mind-blowing bike projects will make you hate your regular bike lane
The projects featured in the new Bicycle Architecture Biennale–from bike lanes through a pond to soaring bike bridges–highlight just how beautiful and transformative bike infrastructure can be when done right. While some cities still struggle to build safe bike lanes, others are creating infrastructure like a multi-level bike parking garage and an aerial path that connects to transit stations. The Bicycle Architecture Biennale, opening in Amsterdam on Monday, highlights 15 of the most interesting projects. “By showcasing the most dynamic, visual solutions, the BAB inspires a new way of thinking about what cities of the future should look like,” says Adam Stones, strategy director of Bycs, an organization aiming to move 50% of urban trips to bikes by 2030. “And by showing what is possible, it will lead to many more creative solutions being implemented.”Read Full Story
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Whataburger sells out to a Chicago bank and Texans are already worried about the recipes
The family-owned Texas burger chain has sold a majority interest to Chicago-based BDT Capital Partners Whataburger is no longer a family-owned business. Read Full Story
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This major unionization vote at a Volkswagen plant could be a turning point for organized labor
As workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga decide whether to join a union, they could be determining whether organized labor begins to regain power in the U.S. employment landscape. The United Automobile, Aerospace, and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) has been trying to organize employees at internationally owned auto plants in the American South for decades. Automobile manufacturing, historically centered in Detroit, was also historically heavily unionized. But when foreign car makers, like Volkswagen and Toyota, began to expand their manufacturing operations to the U.S., they opened their plants away from Detroit, in the south. Many states in the South have “right to work” laws that make union organizing and operating a union more difficult.Read Full Story
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Your phone addiction is a myth
What many commentators describe as an addiction is actually a powerful social norm at work. The distinction matters. One afternoon last April at a coffee shop deep in suburban Philadelphia, I overheard a curious conversation between what looked to be a teenager and her grandfather. They were discussing the impacts of social media, and the girl bemoaned how depressed it made her feel. As an iPhone ironically buzzed in her palm, she explained that she couldn’t get off social media “because all of my friends are there.”Read Full Story
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Here’s why people are turning their social media profiles blue for Sudan
The #BlueforSudan campaign is taking over social media. Sudan’s military may be trying to prevent word of its massacre of civilian protesters from getting out, but despite an internet shutdown, the word is spreading. To help draw attention to the cause, people on social media are turning their profile avatars blue and posting blue-themed artwork with the hashtag #BlueforSudan.Read Full Story
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7 WTF moments from Trump’s call to ‘Fox & Friends’
From puzzling to scary to harmlessly goofy, here are the 7 most bizarre moments from Trump’s 50-minute Fox & Friends call. Donald Trump began his birthday the same way any terrifyingly powerful septuagenerian would: by calling in to appear on his favorite TV show.Read Full Story
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Companies can stay ahead in the talent war by recruiting from within, says this LinkedIn VP
More and more companies are investing time and money in training their workers. According to a recent study from the Wharton School of Business, companies today fill less than one-third of open positions with internal candidates. That wasn’t always the case. During the postwar era, companies filled 90% of jobs with existing employees.Read Full Story
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5 valuable productivity lessons that preschoolers can teach you
We can learn a thing or two about their curiosity and approach toward solving unfamiliar problems. Play is famously known as “a child’s work.” Play is the best tool children have to learn about the world and connect with the people around them—it’s the most productive way they can spend their time. And anyone who’s seen a four-year-old commit to the role of artist, engineer, or puppy-fairy-dragon knows just how much a preschooler can produce.Read Full Story
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‘The Daily Show’ has a surprise gift for Trump’s 73rd birthday
The show’s Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library is taking a trip to D.C. to try to entice the president to visit, with a special new exhibit praising the First Lady for her work on cyberbullying. Donald Trump is turning 73 years old on June 14. Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah is honoring that by bringing its traveling Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library to Washington D.C.. The pop-up exhibit pays tongue-in-cheek tribute to all the ways Trump’s used the social network to express his strong opinions.Read Full Story
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Toronto Raptors and St. Louis Blues fans are breaking merch records
Two days, two titles. On Wednesday the Blues won the Stanley Cup, last night the Raptors won the NBA title, and Fanatics mobile-first, on-demand manufacturing model is being put to the test. Last night, the Toronto Raptors won the 2019 NBA title by beating the Golden State Warriors in Oakland. And even as Kawhi Leonard was taking those last foul shots in the final seconds, Raptors fans were already buying their championship gear by the bucket load.Read Full Story
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Looking for a mentor? Find yourself a “frientor”: a friend-mentor
While mentors are helpful, they can often be too formal or far-removed. Confiding in a network of friends could solve those problems. It’s hard to find a good mentor.Read Full Story
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‘Full Frontal’ gives hilarious primer on Pride’s roots (hint: brands were not involved!)
Correspondent Patti Harrison delightfully separates Pride as we now know it from the vital protest movement that started it. What: A thoughtful, funny look at the origins of Pride.Read Full Story
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See a proposed redesign of the $20 bill, featuring Harriet Tubman
The New York Times has obtained an early design of the new $20, but there are still doubts over whether it will see the light of day. Today, the New York Times unveiled a previously unreleased design for a $20 bill featuring Harriet Tubman, which dates to early 2016. It depicts Tubman wearing a dark jacket and white scarf, looking stately and pensive.Read Full Story
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Fans respond to awful ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ IMAX poster with their own hilariously bad designs
The new poster for ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ is a cluttered mess. So fans of Peter Parker picked up their pens and produced some very funny parodies. The new IMAX poster for Spider-Man: Far From Home was recently released. Fans are far from impressed.Read Full Story
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How to tell if a job candidate is lying
Bad news: Candidates regularly lie. Good news: There are ways to tell. We all want to stand out during a job search, but for some that can mean fudging the truth. According to the Employment Screening Benchmark Report by HireRight, an employment background-check provider, candidates regularly fabricate parts of their résumés. In 2012, 66% of employers had uncovered a lie or misrepresentation on a résumé, and in 2018 that number grew to 84% of employers.Read Full Story
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Kango, a ride-hailing service for kids, is expanding thanks to new investment
Parents to Kango: Expand faster please! Parents everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief, because Kango, the kids’ ride-hail app that doubles as a childcare service, may be coming to help soon.Read Full Story
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Dominican Republic hotel deaths underscore limits of TripAdvisor’s warning system
Seven Americans have died at hotels in the D.R. in recent weeks. Seven Americans have died and one was brutally assaulted while staying at resorts in the Dominican Republic in recent months, and that is making some American travelers nervous. While there are similarities in the sudden deaths, federal officials currently do not believe they are connected, and the causes are unknown. (Poison? Pesticide? Bootleg liquor? A series of very unfortunate events?) As the FBI moves in to help local authorities investigate and provide toxicological analyses in the hope of finding answers, tourists who had planned to travel to the country may be looking to change their vacation plans. Some may also be looking to find out if hotels they’d booked were the site of any of the unsettling events.Read Full Story
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Everyone’s talking about ethics in AI. Here’s what they’re missing
The rush toward ethical AI is leaving many of us behind. The systems we require for sustaining our lives increasingly rely upon algorithms to function. Governance, energy grids, food distribution, supply chains, healthcare, fuel, global banking, and much else are becoming increasingly automated in ways that impact all of us. Yet, the people who are developing the automation, machine learning, and the data collection and analysis that currently drive much of this automation do not represent all of us, and are not considering all of our needs equally. We are in deep.Read Full Story
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Chicago’s famously terrifying glass “Skydeck” shatters
First of all: Everyone’s fine. Here’s why the glass chamber has experienced multiple cracks. The Willis Tower is the second tallest building in the United States, and its Skydeck observatory, on the 103rd floor, lets visitors step out over the city while supported only by a few layers of glass. It’s designed to be a safe, if terrifying, tourist experience—but after cracking once in 2014, the protective glass flooring on the observatory deck cracked again this week.Read Full Story
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I took my full paternity leave. Here’s how I made it work
With only 17 days notice he would be able to adopt, Bryan Parsons went the non-traditional route and took a full four months off following the birth of his daughter. When my husband Carlo and I began the very lengthy process of adoption, our journey started with a lot of paperwork. Deciding to be fathers meant we interviewed with several adoption agencies, which eventually brought us to the matching phase (think of it as online dating for birth and adoptive parents).Read Full Story
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The Accountability Framework wants to show if companies are actually keeping their promises
Between the Paris Agreement, the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and various corporate and government commitments, it’s hard to know which environmental benchmarks a company has pledged to meet. This new standard hopes to universalize how they measure and report their progress. Companies know they need to do some serious work to reduce the harm they inflict on the environment, and better support the workers and customers who make their business possible. But what’s less obvious are exactly what that means in practice: What environmental and ethical goals are bold enough? Along what timeline should they be implemented? How can progress be measured and demonstrated? And how do they match up with commitments that other companies are making?Read Full Story
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How to give out your business card without seeming like a jerk
Business cards haven’t gone extinct. But there are social rules you should follow. I launched a new company in November of last year, and we still don’t have business cards. At one time that would have been heresy, but none of the executives my partners and I have met with have asked for a card.Read Full Story
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This is the world’s worst airport
Fodor’s Travel airport guide calls Los Angeles’ airport an “improbably stupid design.” The 80-year-old Fodor’s Travel airport guide has a definitive and destructive verdict: LAX is the very worst airport in the world. It’s so supremely bad that there’s not even a runner up (anyone who has traveled through NYC’s airports will probably disagree).Read Full Story
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Why ‘Paris is Burning’ matters just as much now as it did in the ’90s
Before there was ‘Pose,’ there was the seminal documentary ‘Paris is Burning.’ Upon its theatrical re-release, we caught up with director Jennie Livingston about why it’s as relevant as ever almost 30 years later. When Paris is Burning premiered at Sundance in 1990, the film was hailed as “poignant and profound” and a “passionately empathetic piece of documentary filmmaking.”Read Full Story
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The guts of NASA’s pioneering Apollo computer were handwoven like a quilt
Many of the tools that got us to the Moon had to be invented first. And there was no time to wait for manufacturing to catch up, so many essential processes were done by hand. Even the internals of the Apollo computer. This is the 14th in an exclusive series of 50 articles, one published each day until July 20, exploring the 50th anniversary of the first-ever Moon landing. You can check out 50 Days to the Moon here every day. Read Full Story
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