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Facebook’s cryptocurrency effort is about far more than Facebook
Libra’s goals are ambitious and many details remain sketchy. But from Visa and MasterCard to Uber and Lyft, it’s backed by a lot of big names. Facebook’s much-rumored move into cryptocurrency is official. On Tuesday, the Facebook-led Libra Association introduced itself and its mission to the public. This alliance of financial and tech titans will function as an independent not-for-profit organization headquartered in Geneva, responsible for overseeing the development and governance of a new blockchain built for payments. The group aims to create a cryptocurrency that is stable, scalable and compliant, and designed for a mass consumer market that bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have not yet served—including consumers in countries where even having a bank account at all is not the norm.Read Full Story
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Dream summer job alert: Get paid $10,000 to travel the country and swim in hotel pools
It’s the ultimate summer job. Working in an office can be a major summer bummer. (Uh, no offense, boss.) While summer Fridays are nice and all, when the sun comes out, sometimes you just want to spend all day outside, ideally perched in a cabana next to the pool with a cocktail in hand and far, far from a cubicle.Read Full Story
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Madison is the first city to go 100% electric for its bike share
E-bikes are booming in popularity, so Wisconsin’s capital decided to convert 100% of its fleet to electric-assist bikes in the hopes of getting more people to ride. If you ride bike share in Madison, Wisconsin, you’d better prepare yourself for your commute to get a lot quicker.Read Full Story
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Facebook’s Libra could win the crypto game without Facebook winning back our trust
If Libra proves to be convenient and user-friendly, people may gravitate toward it despite broader concerns about Facebook’s data misuse. Facebook has announced some details of its planned cryptocurrency project Libra, slated for launch next year with launch partners including Uber, Lyft, Spotify, PayPal, Mastercard, and Visa. Proponents hope the new digital coin will make it easier to send money online, including internationally.Read Full Story
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‘Alternatino’ creator Arturo Castro explains making the definitive sketch about woke teens
The new sketch show ‘Alternatino’ premieres on Comedy Central tonight. Here, the creator and star breaks down one of its funniest, most incisive sketches. Arturo Castro is an emotional chameleon. He’s inspired fear as a ruthless drug dealer on Narcos and conjured laughter as Ilana Glazer’s simpatico roommate on the late Broad City. It just so happens that Castro is also a physical chameleon, something he demonstrates to thrilling effect with a cavalcade of characters on his sketch show, Alternatino.Read Full Story
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What Netflix’s Oscar winner ‘Roma’ can teach brands about social impact
At the Cannes Lions Festival, director Alfonso Cuarón and Participant Media CEO David Linde talked about how they’re using storytelling to create lasting impact around significant issues. Plus, sensory branding is back! It’s Tuesday on the Croissette. Here’s the buzz on what’s happening at the Cannes Creativity Festival:Read Full Story
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Orlando Sentinel is the first paper to make a 2020 presidential endorsement. Guess who it isn’t?
The paper’s editorial board made their pick for president. Donald Trump is in Orlando, Florida, to kick off his re-election campaign today. While the 2020 presidential election is still a ways off, and the Democrats haven’t selected his opponent yet, the Orlando Sentinel decided to use the president’s proximity to be the first newspaper in the nation to give its editorial board’s presidential endorsement for 2020.Read Full Story
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Google just committed $1 billion to build new housing in the Bay Area
In a blog post, CEO Sundar Pichai says the company wants to help address the housing crisis that the tech boom has helped cause. Tech companies have helped fuel the housing crisis in the Bay Area. But they’re also making attempts to tackle the problem. Google, now one of the largest employers in the area, just announced that it will spend an additional $1 billion to invest in housing.Read Full Story
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Does your new job align with your life’s priorities? Here’s how to tell
It’s a good time to be a job seeker, so you can be selective about making sure that your role aligns with your priorities. You’re thinking about taking a new job, and you’re in the final interview phase. You should be as selective about the role and company as they are about you. After all, it’s a job seeker’s market, the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1969, so you can afford to be picky.Read Full Story
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Cult beauty brand SK-II’s new spokesperson is a total fake
Yumi is the latest member of a growing gang of AI-powered digital humans and faux-influencers. Long before human robots stroll the streets with us, they’ll be posting and socializing right alongside us on the internet, piercing the meniscus between reality and unreality. They are already doing it. Yumi, a new brand ambassador for Japanese cult skincare brand SK-II, is the latest member of a growing gang of digital humans and faux-influencers. What is most remarkable about her is not that she is a fake model doing brand work. She’s not an influencer slinging #spon or hosting an account takeover. Yumi is a one-brand gal and will belong to SK-II, forever.Read Full Story
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Flesh-eating bacteria cases are on the rise, and climate change may be to blame
The ice caps are melting, the world is heating up, and now flesh-eating bacteria? The 1995 film Waterworld offers a glimpse of a future Earth that is addled by climate change, a place where the polar ice caps have melted and the only hope for a ragtag group of survivors is . . . Kevin Costner. That’s a pretty dire portrait of global warming’s effects, but if the filmmakers wanted to be more dire—and more realistic—perhaps they should have included flesh-eating bacteria.Read Full Story
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4 ways to build influence at work, no matter your job title
Even if you’re an entry-level employee, you can create a powerful presence. Being influential has its benefits. People seek out your opinion and listen to you. Your words have power. Those around you believe what you say and give weight to your input. But you don’t have to be a member of the C-suite or a high-ranking employee for this to be true. It’s possible to expand your influence in virtually any role.Read Full Story
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These are the top 100 CEOs in 2019, according to actual employees
It’s also interesting to see who is *not* on the list. Horrible bosses get a lot more attention than good bosses, which isn’t fair. After all, it’s a lot easier to be a horrible boss than a good one. All you have to do is pay yourself 1,424 times what your average employee makes, steal your employees’ ideas and pretend they’re your own, foster a culture of competition and strife, belittle your underlings as often as possible, get handsy at the holiday party, blame people for your own bad decisions, and give yourself a raise and a bonus while cutting costs everywhere else.Read Full Story
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New bill makes Section 230 protections contingent on tech platforms’ “political neutrality”
Bill would make Section 230 legal protections contingent on tech companies proving their “political neutrality” to the FTC. Republican Senator Josh Hawley introduced a bill on Wednesday requiring that big tech platforms to be certified as “politically neutral” in their content moderation practices by the Federal Trade Commission. Without the certification, tech companies would no longer be automatically immune from lawsuits claiming harm from content posted to their sites by users.Read Full Story
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Watch Jon Stewart challenge Mitch McConnell to pass stalled 9/11 bill on Colbert’s show
If the Senate majority leader was annoyed with the former ‘Daily Show’ host’s activism around a 9/11 bill before, he’s probably not going to love this. Mitch McConnell said on Fox News earlier this week that he didn’t know what Jon Stewart was “all bent out of shape” about. Well, now he knows.Read Full Story
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CEOs need to grapple with the populist backlash to corporate power—or they won’t like what comes next
Business leaders have long understood the consequences of ignoring their investors; now they have to anticipate the deeper consequences of ignoring the public at-large. America is seeing levels of populist discontent unknown since the early 20th century. Like then, the public mood today is best summed up in the words of the movie Network—people are “mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore.” This current environment is a product of massive structural shifts in the economy and years of rising income equality and marked by a steep rise in anti-corporate sentiment.Read Full Story
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Interview nerves getting the best of you? LinkedIn’s latest tools may help
80% of millennials admit to getting stumped by interview questions. LinkedIn is offering new ways to practice and ditch the anxiety. Sweaty palms and nervous stomachs are apparently par for the course when interviewing for a job you really want, according to new LinkedIn data.Read Full Story
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For mothers, parental leave is a penalty whether they take it or not
On the flip side, if more parents took time off, a mother’s earnings would increase by about 7% for each additional month her spouse or partner takes off work. Corporate parental leave policies are earning their share of headlines: Netflix offers 52 weeks of paid leave, Microsoft offers 22 weeks to birth parents and 10 to those who don’t give birth (and now will only work with companies that offer paid leave as well), and Amazon offers 20 weeks to mothers and will even shell out for their partner’s parental leave pay—even if they don’t work for Amazon. These are glimpses of progress among companies in a country still behind the curve on parental leave. But even these changes haven’t made a dent in a culture that still is yet to fully embrace the idea of parental leave.Read Full Story
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Microsoft will fix your sexist PowerPoint presentations with AI
A new AI coach will help you think and speak more inclusively. Since 2015, a small AI feature inside PowerPoint has quietly revolutionized the way we work. A tool called PowerPoint Designer analyzes images and words to automatically suggest a handful of visually pleasing layouts–and even turn text into complex timelines–in an attempt to turn everyone into a PowerPoint ace. To date, users have chosen over a billion of these AI-generated slides to be used in presentations. Now, Microsoft is thinking about how AI can continue to make PowerPoint better: to not just make our PowerPoints sleeker, but to make them more inclusive, too.Read Full Story
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Western Union stock tanks after Facebook unveils Libra cryptocurrency
There’s a new cross-border payments player in town. This morning, Facebook finally went public with its big blockchain plans. Its new project, called Libra, is absolutely ambitious and, like all things Facebook, has the distinct possibility of taking a dark turn. But never mind all that because cryptocurrency enthusiasts are likely thrilled; one of the most powerful tech companies in the world is partnering with dozens (potentially hundreds) of other business titans to create a digital currency built atop the blockchain.Read Full Story
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This YouTuber bought a whole town and renamed it Gay Hell to flout Trump’s Pride flag order
Now the ONLY flags allowed to fly in Gay Hell, Michigan are Pride flags. What: An exorbitant, funny purchase, made in the name of protesting a political slight against the LGBTQ community.Read Full Story
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How to stop comparing yourself to others online
Concrete ways to use social media for inspiration, not fuel for negative self-talk. How many hours a day do you spend comparing your life to that of others? It might sound like a strange question, but if you’re an average internet user, you are probably spending more than two hours every day consuming social media content. That’s a lot of time watching other people’s highlight reels.Read Full Story
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Yahoo View and its free Hulu videos are being ‘decommissioned’
You’ll still be able watch recent network TV episodes for free, but not from Yahoo or Hulu. After Hulu shut down the free version of its website in 2016, many of its videos moved over to Yahoo View, which continued to stream recent episodes of network TV shows for free. Now, Yahoo’s website also appears to be shutting down. A message at the top of the Yahoo View homepage says it will be “decommissioned” on June 30.Read Full Story
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How Big Tech is helping build the Pentagon’s all-seeing eye-in-the-sky
After years of more clandestine contracting, the Pentagon has turned to Silicon Valley’s algorithms to build “Enemy of the People”-style surveillance systems. One day in the spring of 2008, Colonel John Montgomery walked into a ground-control station at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada for his regular shift flying a Predator drone over Iraq. The mission that day was an open patrol over Sadr City, a densely populated neighborhood in northeastern Baghdad. Montgomery’s squadron had been watching the area for weeks.Read Full Story
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Lululemon’s first skincare products get you from workout to work without a shower
Lululemon launches Self Care, a skincare line carefully designed to make the post-workout shower unnecessary. Let’s face it: Post-gym showers ruin everything. You plan your day, trying to squeeze a run or spin class during your lunch break. But you worry you won’t have enough time to clean up and make yourself presentable for your afternoon meetings.Read Full Story
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Companies are still ignoring older female workers, and it’s hurting their bottom line
Only 8% of companies even consider age when they design diversity and inclusion initiatives. Many companies love to tout the success of their Diversity and Inclusions programs. Glassdoor publishes an annual list of the Top 20 companies with diversity programs. Fortune partnered with A Great Place to Work to create a list of the best workplaces for diversity. There are many more lists like this, but according to PwC, only 8% of these companies include age in their D&I strategies.Read Full Story
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This kit makes it shockingly easy (and pretty) to farm your own algae at home
Algae is full of protein, cleans the air in your apartment, and looks beautiful. A new project from a RISD grad could make farming it at home as easy as growing a pot of basil. Algae is really good for you. Besides being about 60% solid protein and chock full of vitamins, researchers have also found that it can boost your immune system and even help you exercise longer. But how to get it? You can take a health supplement—or you could grow it yourself using a new, easy-to-use algae farm.Read Full Story
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See inside a prison without walls
California built an open prison in 1941, the California Institution for Men. Here’s what it looked like — and what we can learn from it today. In a country with mass incarceration, horrific prison conditions, and a penal system suffused with racism, some American prison reform activists wistfully look to Scandinavian institutions as beacons of humane prisons.Read Full Story
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Exclusive: Behind the scenes with Childish Gambino as he creates his psychedelic new AR app
We talked to Donald Glover and his crew of creatives about bringing the Gambino universe to AR. And we got exclusive access to a brand new behind the scenes video that goes deep on the people and the tech. When I asked Donald Glover (the artist currently known as Childish Gambino) what his new song “Algorythm” was about and why he wanted to create an augmented reality app around it, his reply was succinct: “Trust the Algorythm.”Read Full Story
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Have kids? This infographic proves that your life is officially over
Counterpoint: Life without kids was overrated in the first place. You used to watch all the latest movies. Take classes to indulge new hobbies. You’d hit all your deadlines by staying later at work. You’d read, sew, see the doctor regularly, and maybe do some drugs.Read Full Story
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