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Watch Kerry Washington live at the Fast Company Innovation Festival
The Scandal star discusses the enduring power of live performance at a keynote event in New York. Imagine this scenario for a moment: You’re a beloved TV star, famous throughout the world and coming off one of the top-rated shows on U.S. network television. As your next act, why on earth would you choose the frenzied, frenetic schedule of a play, performing eight grueling shows a week for 800 people in a theater in midtown Manhattan?Read Full Story
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What happened when I used a Bullet Journal for a month
The detailed journaling and list-making method has thousands of devotees, but is it too complicated to make me want to give up my regular to-do list? When it comes to productivity, I’m a 100% paper person. For the past few years, I’ve been using the Planner Pad to organize my schedule, but my daily to-do list is often longer than the allotted space. I end up using separate lists that leave me with multiple places to track. When I (finally) discovered the popular Bullet Journal method, it seemed like the perfect solution, so I decided to try it out for a month.Read Full Story
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Could modular shoes be the next big sneaker craze?
Move over, Nike and Adidas. Sneakers are quickly growing into a $90 billion business–but they’re all built the same way, more or less, constructed out of a combination of soles and uppers. Nike has React and Flyknit. Adidas has Ultraboost and Primeknit. What if we could replace just part of a shoe, rather than the whole thing? It could be greener, cheaper, and more customizable, too.Read Full Story
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Uber wants all-electric cars in London by 2025
It’s also open to buying Deliveroo. The ride-haling firm’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is in London today and dropped a number of interesting tidbits about the company to reporters, reports Reuters:Read Full Story
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Twitter takes down more accounts affiliated with Alex Jones’s Infowars
The accounts tried to get around Twitter’s ban on Infowars. The social networking site has confirmed to CNBC that it has removed more accounts associated with Alex Jones’s conspiracy website Infowars. Last month Twitter permanently banned both Jones and the Infowars website from its platform, citing violations of its behavior policies. But in that time multiple other accounts assisted with Infowars popped up on the service in an attempt to circumvent the ban. So far, Twitter has removed 18 such accounts and will be on the lookout for more.Read Full Story
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Regulators order self-driving school bus test to be stopped
The NHTSA said the operator did not have permission to transport children during the test. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has ordered the French-based transport company Transdev to cease testing a self-driving school bus in Florida, reports the BBC. The NHTSA had given Transdev the green light to import its self-driving vehicle in March, but says it did not give the company permission to use it as a school bus or to transport human passengers.Read Full Story
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Uber’s shot at replacing personal car ownership starts with Jump Bikes
E-bikes and scooters are a key part of the company’s pivot from ride-hailing giant to mobility platform–and integral to its future vision for cities. On a cool, sunny afternoon in mid-June, Jump founder and CEO Ryan Rzepecki is riding one of his company’s bright red e-bikes down Market Street in San Francisco, thinking about the past. He’s been a bicycle evangelist since the mid-2000s when he discovered that commuting around New York City made much more sense on the back of a bike than just about any other way. Back then, he was a grad student in urban planning at Hunter College. He started Jump in 2008–originally under the name Social Bicycles–while working a day job in the bike program with the New York City Department of Transportation.Read Full Story
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This $800 countertop pizza oven is the pinnacle of human achievement
And proof that we’ve reached peak pizza. I’ve eaten 10 pizzas in three days, and I regret nothing.Read Full Story
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How Dara Khosrowshahi’s Iranian heritage shapes how he leads Uber
As CEO Dara Khosrowshahi remakes Uber with an eye toward an IPO, his Iranian childhood and heritage are essential to understanding how he leads. [Editors’ Note: This story was produced for the November 2018 issue of Fast Company, before the suspected murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul. Prior to Dara Khoshrowshahi joining Uber, in June 2016, the company raised a $3.5 billion round led by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund. When Khoshrowshahi became CEO, he negotiated a $9 billion investment from SoftBank Vision Fund, whose largest limited partner is the Saudi Arabian PIF. Shortly after the news of Khashoggi’s disappearance, Khoshrowshahi was among the first CEOs to announce that he would not attend the Saudi government sponsored Future Investment Initiative.]Read Full Story
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Dara Khosrowshahi and 37 other Iranians who power Silicon Valley
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is just one of dozens of execs and investors who’ve shaped the tech industry, from Airbnb to Google to Y Combinator. The Hostage Crisis, Death to America, The Axis of Evil, The Great Satan, The Travel Ban–these are hardly the buzzwords that form the foundation for a fruitful relationship, yet Iranian-Americans have flourished amid the rancor. How they’ve managed to is instructive, not just for the next generation of innovators, but for policy-makers, immigration activists, and anyone wishing to better understand the relationship between the United States and its purported adversaries.Read Full Story
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Tech companies are spending more on lobbying in Washington
With Amazon reaching a company record this past quarter. But Google still spent the most. Most tech giants spent an increasingly large amount of cash this quarter versus previous quarters lobbying U.S. officials on their various interests. Amazon, Google, and Twitter all saw their lobbying expenditures increase in the most recent quarter that just ended last month, Bloomberg reports. Among the major tech and communication companies that have reported their most recent lobbying expenses:Read Full Story
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Cava is giving its 1,600 employees paid leave to vote on Election Day
The Mediterranian-style fast food chain is the first known restaurant chain to be offering the benefit. The Mediterranian-style fast food chain is the first known restaurant chain to be offering the benefit. On November 6th, all of its employees will receive two hours of paid leave so they can get to the polls and vote, the Washingtonian reports. Cava cofounder Ted Xenohristos says that he sees the offer as just another of the chain’s employee benefits, which already includes paid sick, parental, and vacation leave as well as paid community service days for all employees.Read Full Story
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This fleet of underwater robots will help citizen scientists make the case for ocean conservation
OpenROV’s cheap robots help people explore their local waterways, and National Geographic is helping get them to more people so they can map their discoveries. Since David Lang cofounded OpenROV, a low-cost underwater drone company, in 2012, thousands of citizen scientists and explorers have used the bots to explore things like starfish deaths in the Pacific Northwest, or where along the coast of Mexico Nassau grouper tended to spawn. That information launched bigger efforts to study, document, and ultimately try to protect those species and the places they live.Read Full Story
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“The Fall of Donald Trump” is the fantasy we deserve, if not the one we may want
“A ‘President Show’ Documentary: The Fall of Donald Trump” is not here to make you feel good before the midterms. Releasing a mockumentary called The Fall of Donald Trump just before the 2018 midterms seems like nothing short of a Krassensteinian call to arms for #Resistance Twitter. In that sense, the crew who brought you The President Show have honored their namesake by delivering a classic bait-and-switch.Read Full Story
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The Dodo’s humans were upstaged by Dixie the adoptable dog
The animal website regularly features adoptable dogs on Facebook Live, and it knew Dixie was destined for greatness. People gathered at The Dodo’s downtown New York office today to learn about how to take a niche subject (in The Dodo’s case, photogenic animals) and make it mainstream (to the tune of millions of views a month) all the while staying true to your brand’s identity and slowly becoming a traffic behemoth, with billions of video views on Facebook.Read Full Story
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There’s probably microplastic in your poop
The most common forms were polypropylene–commonly used in bottle caps and in packaging for food like yogurt–and PET, commonly used in water bottles. Tiny pieces of plastic have been found in beer, fish, sea salt, honey, and other food. It’s not surprising, then, that a new pilot study also found microplastic in human poop.Read Full Story
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Move over, Oscar: Podcasts are getting their own awards show
The first annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards will be live streamed from Los Angeles on January 18. Public radio folks are going to have slip on their formal Allbirds and head to Hollywood, because podcasts are going mainstream and are getting the awards show to prove it.Read Full Story
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4 ways to track the monstrous Hurricane Willa
This hurricane season is shaping up to be especially eventful for both coasts of North America. This hurricane season is shaping up to be especially eventful for both coasts of North America. After hurricanes Florence, Gordon, and Michael (to name a few) pummeled the East Coast and Gulf states, the newly formed Hurricane Willa is now bearing down on the West Coast of Mexico.Read Full Story
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Stay away from these two phrases when you speak to a customer
You might not realize how condescending you sound. There’s a straightforward rule of customer service–never make your customer feel like an idiot. This might seem obvious, but if you’re not careful, it’s pretty easy to send this message unintentionally. Sometimes, all it takes is a single word.Read Full Story
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Apple Music Beats 1 just opened an NYC studio
If they can make it here . . . Apple Music is ready to take Manhattan.Read Full Story
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Paid time off to vote is on the rise, survey says
An estimated 44% of companies will give workers paid time off to vote this year, up from 37% last year. More companies than ever will offer their employees paid time off to cast their ballots this year, Bloomberg reports.Read Full Story
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“Halloween” just broke this box office record, but what does that even mean?
Headlines are touting its status as the top-grossing film with a female lead over 55 years old, something the internet does not appear to have been keeping track of. Anytime a horror movie has a big opening weekend, the resulting headlines are haunted by familiar puns. “The Exorcism of Some Lady SCARES UP $35M.” “Knifey McKillmurder 2 SLICES UP $47M.” “Son of Chupacabra has MONSTER opening with $54M.” And further examples.Read Full Story
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The 2016 election was so stressful it gave college kids symptoms like they had PTSD
Female and minority students were the most effected. A few months after the 2016 presidential election, some college students experienced levels of stress comparable to what witnesses feel half a year after a mass shooting. A study of hundreds of Arizona State University students in early 2017, published today, found that 25% showed clinically significant levels of stress.Read Full Story
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SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan talks expanding abroad and online
The SoulCycle CEO talks about the challenges of growing the cult fitness company internationally and digitally, while remaining authentic. SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan, in conversation with master instructor Trammell Logan, said that the company will bring its cult fitness classes to London in 2019 as it eyes international expansion. SoulCycle will also increase its digital offerings for customers through its new media division.Read Full Story
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AWS CEO joins Tim Cook in urging Bloomberg to retract its Chinese spy story
Multiple companies have said there’s no truth to the report about Chinese spies hiding hardware on server motherboards. Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy has joined Apple CEO Tim Cook in calling on Bloomberg Businessweek to retract a disputed story claiming Chinese spies placed hidden chips built for espionage on server motherboards.Read Full Story
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They know… that you just uninstalled their creepy app
App makers can harness push notifications to figure out who’s uninstalled their apps. App makers have figured out how to determine who’s uninstalled their software and potentially target them with ads urging them to reinstall, Bloomberg reports.Read Full Story
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“Headless chicken monster” found swimming in Antarctica
No word if Guillermo Del Toro has signed the rights to this story yet. As foretold, scientists have discovered a “headless chicken monster” swimming in the icy waters of the Antarctic Ocean. The headless chicken-looking critter has a webbed veil for flapping, tentacles for crawling, and a transparent body that lets friends and foes alike take a gander at its internal organs. (Surely, it has a lovely personality, though.) Unsure what else to do in the face of such greatness, the Australian government wrote a press release.Read Full Story
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Linus Torvalds is back at Linux while GNU’s Stallman unveils a “kindness” policy
Both moves seem to reflect the contrarian spirit of the open source world. Linus Torvalds is apparently back at the helm of the Linux operating system he created in the early 1990s, after taking roughly a month off after complaints about his brusque, often vulgar communications style.Read Full Story
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Got a job interview? Make sure you bring these 8 things
You’ve done your research, and you’re prepared. Now follow this checklist. When you’re preparing for a job interview, many things go through your mind. Most of them involve what you need to say and the questions you’ll need to answer. But don’t forget–there are also a handful of physical items you’ll want to bring along. Wondering what to bring to an interview? Use this as your checklist:Read Full Story
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Beth Comstock and Rachel Shechtman talk shop
Business icon Beth Comstock and retail innovator Rachel Shechtman show us what successful collaboration can look like. Rachel Shechtman and Beth Comstock are unlikely confidantes. Shechtman reimagined retail with Story, a Manhattan boutique she founded that presents themed installations, or “stories,” many of which are sponsored by companies. Comstock ascended to the top of General Electric, becoming its first female vice chair and one of the most powerful leaders in business. Recently, the two experienced something of a role reversal. Comstock left GE during a management shake-up, while Shechtman went corporate: Earlier this year, she sold Story to Macy’s and became its brand experience officer. Here, the pair discuss the benefits (and risks) of corporate-entrepreneurial collaborations, and what they’ve learned from each other.Read Full Story
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Banksy’s latest prank actually has a long history
Artists have been messing with audiences–and the art world establishment–for a long, long time. When the British street artist Banksy shredded his Girl with Balloon after it was purchased for $1.4 million at Sotheby’s, did he know how the art world would react?Read Full Story
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Trump’s anti-transgender push: 6 things to know
A new policy would hold that sex is determined at or before birth by genetics and bodily characteristics. The Trump administration is considering new policies that would legally define people’s genders to be either male or female as noted on their birth certificates, unless their DNA says otherwise, the New York Times reports. The proposed changes are part of a pattern of anti-transgender policies embraced by the administration, and are perhaps the harshest yet.Read Full Story
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Wear a natural history museum on your feet with these $140 slippers
Ken Fulk, an interior designer known for bold color, eclectic historical influences, and an obsession with animals, just created house slippers for Birdies. Interior designer Ken Fulk is obsessed with animals. In his San Francisco home, an enormous taxidermied giraffe sits above the fireplace, its neck almost touching the 27-foot-tall ceiling above. The interiors that he’s designed for Silicon Valley’s tech giants often feature playful animalia. A house designed for Bebo’s founders has a winding staircase with a zebra-print carpet. At San Francisco’s The Cavalier restaurant, Fulk fills a bright blue wall with stag heads. “I remember visiting the Natural History Museum when I was a kid and wanting to move in,” he says. “My obsession with animals goes back decades. I always try to honor animals in my work.”Read Full Story
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4 tips on how to succeed with Stories
Are you ready for the “storification” of social media? Here are some best practices from successful early adopters. Blame it on Snapchat. Back in 2013, the upstart social network debuted Stories–vertical, ephemeral slideshows made of a mix of pics and videos shot by users over the course of a day. Snapchat’s teen users loved the format, though the rest of the social media universe took little notice . . . at least, not at first.Read Full Story
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Ryanair passenger could get away with racist tirade as “name and shame” campaign picks up
The airline let him keep his seat. Now the internet wants to know his identity. Criticism of Ryanair is growing after the airline failed to remove a passenger who launched into a racist tirade, an incident that was captured in a now-viral video.Read Full Story
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Living in the shadows of the silicon boom
In Silicon City, Cary McClelland finds the voices struggling to navigate the fog of excess that now defines San Francisco. The Ostrich Effect is a phenomenon psychologists refer to when describing the natural human aversion to bad news. We might put off a medical test because we fear the results. We turn off the news when the headlines upset us, even if the information could affect us.Read Full Story
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What it’s like to date and marry out of your social class
In the U.S., people are increasingly unlikely to date and marry outside of their own social class. What happens when they do? Marriage is fast becoming a status symbol. In 2018, fewer people in the U.S. are getting married, but those who do are more likely to be economically privileged. A 2017 research brief found that 56% of middle class and upper class adults are married, but among working class and lower class adults, that number is between 26% and 39%. In 1990, more middle class and upper class adults were married—about 65%—but more than 50% of other adults were married, too. As women earn more, marriages have also grown more equal in terms of pay—which in turn has reinforced social stratification. That’s also because people in the U.S. are increasingly unlikely to date and marry outside of their own social class.Read Full Story
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The U.K. is planning to ban plastic straws
It is estimated that in England alone people use 4.7 billion plastic straws each year. The U.K. government has announced that it is planning on banning the distribution and sale of plastic straws, stirrers, and Q-Tips, CNBC reports. The ban is subject to consultation before it comes into effect, but the government hopes to have it in place sometime between October 2019 and October 2020.Read Full Story
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The people who clean up the mess Burning Man leaves behind
The entire process takes two weeks of literally raking the desert floor. This year, about 70,000 people visited Black Rock City, the temporary town that emerges in the middle of the Nevada desert every year for the annual festival. So what happens when nine days of sex, drugs, and “art” end?Read Full Story
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How your email habits might be making you a worse boss
When managers are overloaded by email, they scale back leadership behaviors, such as motivating and inspiring their team. The average worker receives 124 emails a day, but if you’re a leader, you may want to back away from your inbox. Keeping up with your messages can prevent you from achieving your goals and being a good leader, according to new research from Michigan State University published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.Read Full Story
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Kids aren’t failing school–school is failing kids
For many kids, what they learn in high school isn’t preparing them for success in college or in their career. A new report delves into how our education system is letting them down. Work hard in school, and you’ll be successful. That is something every kid in America hears, and believes. This mandate, though, leaves out an important side of the equation: Is school working for kids?Read Full Story
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Elon Musk: first Boring Company tunnel will open on Dec. 10
It’ll mark a major milestone for the company. Musk teased the opening of the company’s first tunnel in a few tweets.Read Full Story
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How Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail adapted the hit podcast Homecoming for TV
The 10-episode Homecoming, starring Julia Roberts, lands on Amazon in early November. “I’m controlling over anything I create,” says Sam Esmail. “I’m very precious about it.” The writer, director, and showrunner is used to constructing worlds purely of his own design, most successfully with his Golden Globe– and Peabody Award–winning USA Network series, Mr. Robot, a dizzying descent into the mind of a brilliant, paranoid hacker. Esmail’s latest project–the 10-episode Homecoming–is a psychological thriller that lands on Amazon in early November and stars Julia Roberts in her television debut. It also marks the first time he has directed someone else’s material, and a podcast no less. Translating an audio-driven narrative for the screen inspired Esmail to loosen his notoriously tight grip on creative control, while maintaining a firm grasp of his own vision. Here’s how he found the right balance:Read Full Story
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Why you need this AllSaints leather biker jacket
‘Sometimes you have to treat yourself.’ “I had my eye on this jacket and tried it on at the Stanford Mall in Palo Alto. I finally bought it in Santa Monica. I had been on the road for weeks, fundraising, and I thought, ‘Sometimes you have to treat yourself.’ The leather is so soft, but the look is so tough. It’s like startup armor!” —Susan Tynan, founder and CEO, Framebridge ($450, us.allsaints.com)Read Full Story
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Designers, stop talking about empathy!
Talk less, do more. Designers, it’s time to stop talking about “empathy.”Read Full Story
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This self-lubing condom lasts for 1,000 thrusts–and could change sex
How do you get people to wear condoms? Design one that feels better than anything else on the market. With a $100,000 grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation to build a better condom, researchers from Boston University have developed a prophylactic that needs no lubrication to feel slippery. The breakthrough is a polymer coating, which goes on top of an otherwise typical latex condom during the production process.Read Full Story
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Facebook wants to buy a cybersecurity company
The move would help protect users and Facebook’s image. That’s according to a report from The Information, citing sources familiar with the matter. The social media giant is reportedly on a shopping spree looking to acquire a major cybersecurity firm. Facebook has reportedly already talked to several major cybersecurity companies about a possible buyout, though The Information’s sources wouldn’t identify which companies Facebook has had talks with.Read Full Story
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When being too collaborative can hurt your career
Being a team player is a sought-after skill for nearly every position, but placing too much emphasis on gaining consensus can negatively affect your career growth. Being a good team player is an essential skill in our modern workplace. But while the ability to work well with others and collaborate on projects is a sought-after ability in nearly every position, placing too much emphasis on being a good team player can negatively affect your career growth.Read Full Story
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