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Sesame Street tackles iPhone addiction, and Cookie Monster can’t control himself
In honor of Sesame Street’s 50th anniversary, the beloved show released a PSA with a simple message: put your phone away for dinner. The Sesame Street crew–Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, even Oscar the Grouch–have a simple yet powerful message for America: Put your damn phone away.Read Full Story
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Who cares about liberty? Julia Angwin and Trevor Paglen on our big fat privacy mess
A leading tech journalist and artist urge us to forget about “privacy” as we know it, as they discuss their common aim of exposing mass surveillance. This piece originally appeared in The End of Trust: McSweeney’s 54, a collection featuring over 30 writers investigating surveillance, technology, and privacy, with special advisers the Electronic Frontier Foundation. For more on these issues, see our series The Privacy Divide. Read Full Story
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Walgreens, publicly shamed by the FDA, raises the tobacco age to 21
Starting September 1, Walgreens shoppers will have to be 21 to purchase tobacco products in its stores. Walgreens is finally trying to do more to ensure that teens don’t pick up a bad habit. On Tuesday, the retailer announced that, starting September 1, buyers will have to be 21 to purchase tobacco products in its stores.Read Full Story
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How Bird is working to make its scooters a truly sustainable transportation option
The company announced offsets for the energy it takes to charge and deliver its scooters–and an attempt to make them more durable, so each scooter doesn’t fall apart. The scooter company Bird wants to make urban transportation more sustainable by replacing short car trips in cities. But this goal is made more difficult because the company has its own sustainability challenges: the pollution from trips taken to collect the electric scooters so that they can be charged, the power used for charging, and the short life of its vehicles. But it is trying to cut those emissions; today, the company announced that it’s buying renewable energy credits and carbon offsets to mitigate the energy used to deliver and charge its scooters. It’s also continuing to redesign scooters so they last longer on the streets.Read Full Story
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Thanks to user bump, Snap stock is spiking after earnings beat
The company is still operating at a loss, but things are looking up. Even though Snapchat’s parent company, Snap Inc, is still operating at a loss, its stock is seeing a big after-hours jump. This is because it delivered a solid earnings beat this past quarter. Here are some of the big takeaways:Read Full Story
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This macabre pig brain study tells us that “death” isn’t simply black and white
What does it mean that there’s a murky ground between alive and dead? For the longest time, “death” used to be when the heart stopped beating and breathing stopped. Then, machines were invented in the 1930s that enabled people to receive air even if they could not take in the air themselves. In the 1950s, machines were developed to help sustain heartbeat.Read Full Story
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Mayhem at The Markup: Staffers resign en masse at highly anticipated tech news outlet
The yet-to-be-launched nonprofit news site is in a state of panic after its beloved editor-in-chief was let go. Jeff Larson and Sue Gardner likely didn’t anticipate this blowback. The two media executives are the helm of The Markup—a still-in-development investigative news publication that was slated to launch in July—along with ProPublica veteran Julia Angwin. Today, however, Angwin announced that she was being let go from her position as editor-in-chief, due to alleged differences with Gardner. Larson will be taking over as editor-in-chief. And now reporters are leaving en masse.Read Full Story
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We need to stop shaming women for wanting (or not wanting) to return to work
Women are often judged for choosing to stay at home, or for choosing to return to work. This is damaging and has to stop, argues one economist. Nothing in the Mommy Wars takes on as much weight as the choice to return to work or not. A friend of mine has a son who was asked, “What kind of mom do you have? I have a stay-at-home mom,” to which my friend’s son responded, “Oh, I have a stay-at-work mom.”Read Full Story
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Is my measles shot from childhood still working? 5 answers to questions about the outbreak
As measles cases continue to be in the news, you might have some concerns about whether you’re protected. As the measles outbreaks spread, many people are growing concerned. New York City declared a public health emergency and mandated vaccinations in four zip codes where vaccination rates have been low. A Israeli flight attendant is in a coma from being infected with the highly contagious disease.Read Full Story
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Feeling anxious about that stack of books you haven’t read? This video wants to help you
Just in time for World Book Day, filmmaker Max Joseph delivers a visual essay that will soothe your reading FOMO. A recent study found that we spend more than a quarter of the day engaging with digital content. That means, on average, 8.8 hours a day are spent on social media, watching videos, listening to podcasts, etc. And that number only increases with younger generations: 11.4 hours for Gen Z and 10.9 hours for millennials.Read Full Story
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Disney+ subtracts the studio’s racist movie history
The infamous Jim Crow scene in “Dumbo” and the highly controversial “Song of the South” will not be on Disney+. But what about all the other racist content? As Disney+ prepares to open the studio’s lauded vault of classics to fill its digital streaming platform, there are a few movies and scenes that won’t find a home on Disney+, namely Song of the South and Dumbo‘s Jim Crow scene.Read Full Story
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Google spinoff Wing earns first FAA approval for drone delivery
Look! Up in the sky! It’s Wing! An offshoot of Alphabet Inc, aka Google’s parent company, is officially the first drone operator to receive FAA approval to start flying as an airline. While that doesn’t mean humans will be flying in drones anytime soon, it is an important step to giving the company the legal authority it needs to start delivering products to customers.Read Full Story
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What happens when a big business tries to rebrand a neighborhood
There are many ways that neighborhoods get their names–and some are better for residents than others. What if Google tried to rename your neighborhood?Read Full Story
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Doing this one thing can speed up your recruitment process
Creating accurate job descriptions can shave time off from your hiring process. The decision to bring a new employee on board isn’t one to be taken lightly. The average length of the hiring process in the U.S. is about 24 days, according to job site Glassdoor, but in some cases, it could be months from when you first post an open position to when you actually find yourself ready to extend a job offer. If you find that it’s been taking your company far too long to hire for open roles, here’s one thing you can do to improve your turnaround time: Create more accurate job descriptions.Read Full Story
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Luminary has launched. Is the latest “Netflix for podcasts” worth it?
With its roster of shows created by marquee names and podcast veterans alike, Luminary sounds like $100 million. (That’s how much it’s got in funding.) What is a fair price for ridding oneself of podcast ads? Luminary CEO Matt Sacks is betting it’s $8.99 a month. At least that’s how much his just-launched podcast platform charges for its big-ticket roster of premium exclusives.Read Full Story
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This iconic piece of 1960s tech is being re-released by MoMA
And it comes with brand-new Bluetooth guts, thanks to an internal redesign that’s exclusive to the MoMA Design Store. In 1965, architect and designer Marco Zanuso created a tall, narrow radio called the Grattacielo–Italian for skyscraper. The radio, the result of a collaboration with designer Richard Sapper for the Italian electronics company Brionvega, became an influential piece of design from the era. The radio, along with other electronics the duo designed, “became enduring icons of the sleek, minimalist style known as techno-functionalism,” according to Zanuso’s 2001 obituary in the Los Angeles Times.Read Full Story
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The whole Trump-Russia saga, summed up in a single Google search mistake
How do you say oops in Russian? The various subplots of the Donald Trump-Russia saga often feel like they belong less in a Special Counsel investigation and more in the you-won’t-believe-this tabloid pages that made our president famous to begin with. Never a dull moment, at least.Read Full Story
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Elon Musk thinks Tesla can build 1M “robotaxis” in the next year
The Tesla CEO is pinning his company’s profitability on this moonshot. The latest Tesla moonshot is a doozy. On Monday, Elon Musk told an audience that Tesla plans to launch a large fleet of “autonomous robotaxis” in 2020. And not just a few: The Tesla CEO said the company planned to have a million of the self-driving vehicles on the road next year.Read Full Story
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The single most important skill for successful business leaders
At a time of accelerating change, your longevity depends on how well you time your leap from a flattening growth curve to a more promising arc. According to the president of Capital One Financial Services, you should consider three variables before making a jump. How do you measure a leader’s success? Traditional metrics center around growth, revenue, and profit generation. But at times of rapid and significant change, it’s not just how fast you go but how well you jump. How well you make the leap to a new growth curve may ultimately determine your long-term success. But there are good jumps and bad jumps. By managing a few key variables, you can make sure to jump from the right place at the right time in the right way.Read Full Story
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Apple denies using face recognition in its stores after teen sues over false arrest
The false arrest and charges reportedly led to severe stress and hardship. Ousmane Bah has pretty solid alibi during the time frame that police say a thief used his name and ID and stole from an Apple store in Boston. He was at his senior prom.Read Full Story
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Report: 60% of employees would be more loyal to a company that covered abortion care
Americans want companies to speak out, even on the controversial subject of reproductive rights. If we’re seeing more business leaders take on social issues–both within their workplaces and publicly–it’s in no small part because of pressure from customers and even employees. Even in 2019, some CEOs are reluctant to take a stand, especially on more polarizing issues, and would rather focus on their bottom line.Read Full Story
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Most people are focused on the wrong measure of success
In your career, you earn currency with those in power. Unfortunately, most people focus on building up their performance while forgetting to build their relationship currency. Attracting a sponsor takes more than doing good work. It takes more than delivering above expectations and getting it right every time. It takes more than offering to do work outside your scope and beyond your responsibilities.Read Full Story
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See Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos as classical sculptures
Yes, it’s meant to be ironic. But do you know for sure? Jeff Bezos’s steed rears up on two legs. But he is calm, showcasing an awkward smile, seemingly unaware of his own overwhelming show of force. Elon Musk hunches over under the weight of his angel wings, with a flamethrower at the ready on his hip. Sergey Brin looks off into the distance, a latter-day Julius Caesar wearing Google Glass. Steve Jobs sits much like The Thinker, his hand poking at an iPhone rather than resting under his chin.Read Full Story
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“Machine teaching” is a thing, and Microsoft wants to own it
The company’s quest for AI dominance now has its own buzzword. Microsoft is rallying behind a new buzzword as it tries to sell businesses on artificial intelligence.Read Full Story
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Those in power need to stop using black women as props
Too often in the worlds of politics and tech, black women are used to cover up a lack of diversity. I wasn’t raised to be a token, and I want others to learn the same. My grandmother had a saying for when I used to complain about something–“Well, black folks, especially black women, are the mules of the world. We work full-time jobs, are full-time mothers, and are full-time caretakers of the community. We are the original beasts of burden.”Read Full Story
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This clever office furniture helps you hack your open plan office hell
Steelcase noticed that workers often take matters into their own hands to create privacy in their open offices–so it created a furniture line meant to help. The nature of work is changing around us. With the rise of remote work and the cost savings associated with moving to an open plan office (despite employees’ grumblings), companies are using less office space–and less office furniture. That poses a problem for Steelcase, which is the biggest office furniture company by revenue in the world.Read Full Story
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This is what it was like to go through multiple rounds of IVF while I was working
The global CMO of OKCupid’s real talk on living in an in-between of not being pregnant–yet–and simultaneously stressing about how her future family would be impacted by her job. It had become a routine two or three times a week. I’d walk into the fertility treatment waiting room and boot up my laptop. Early morning appointments were standard, but when I came into the office a few minutes after 9 a.m., I felt my coworkers appraise me. “Late again?” their gazes seemed to suggest. Never mind that I’d been online for hours, that I’d spent the morning being poked and prodded, or that I once had to walk out on my doctor mid-exam to take an emergency work call in the hallway. I was in the middle of fertility treatments, and even at the healthcare tech startup where I spent my days on the executive team as a marketing leader, I felt I was somehow breaking an unspoken rule. Sure, fertility benefits for others was great. But for me? Not so much.Read Full Story
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Amazon can leave packages in your garage now
Amazon Key now works in 50 U.S. cities and integrates with Liftmaster and Chamberlain garage door openers. Amazon just launched the in-garage package delivery service it announced with Chamberlain Group in January. If you have a MyQ garage door opener or control hub from LiftMaster or Chamberlain, you can link it through the Amazon Key app for iOS or Android, then choose “in-garage delivery” when placing an order on Amazon. The courier will then be able to open your garage and drop packages inside. Installing the Key Edition of Amazon’s Cloud Cam will let you view a live or recorded video of the delivery, but unlike with Amazon’s in-home delivery service, the camera is optional for garage deliveries.Read Full Story
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The cost of childcare is ridiculous. Here’s how some parents are making it work
When 26% of parents go into debt to pay for childcare and it can even cost more than rent, there’s clearly something wrong. The first time I walked into Kim Perrelli’s office in Ocean Township, New Jersey, it was hard not to notice the babies. Perrelli is executive director of Child Care Resources of Monmouth County, a nonprofit that helps people access affordable childcare. While it’s not a childcare center, the organization’s policy is that new parents can bring infants to work with them for the first six months after birth or until they’re mobile. After that, the office welcomes children as needed by the parents.Read Full Story
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The most important tech boom designers are ignoring
There will be 8 billion voice assistants by 2023. Adobe’s director of product shares four tips for getting your foot in the door as a voice UI designer. Voice assistants are a part of everyday life, and they’re here to stay. Juniper Research recently released a report predicting that by 2023 there will be 8 billion digital voice assistants in use, tripling the estimated 2.5 billion voice assistants in use at the end of 2018.Read Full Story
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