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Supreme Court will weigh letting states collect tax on ecommerce sales

2018-01-12 19:02:30

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a challenge to a decades-old ruling that has exempted sales by ecommerce companies from collecting state and local sales tax, reports Bloomberg. That old ruling, 1992’s Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, established a lasting precedent that states could tax only sales by businesses …

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a challenge to a decades-old ruling that has exempted sales by ecommerce companies from collecting state and local sales tax, reports Bloomberg.

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Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is down and it’s causing Mt. Gox flashbacks

2018-01-12 18:29:30

The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has been down since Wednesday night as what was scheduled to be a brief maintenance period has continued for more than 36 hours, Bloomberg reports. “We are still working to track down an elusive bug which is holding up launch,” the company said in a Friday status update. “This …

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The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has been down since Wednesday night as what was scheduled to be a brief maintenance period has continued for more than 36 hours, Bloomberg reports.

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Young black women are the most likely to be harassed at work

2018-01-12 18:25:32

If the last year taught us anything it’s that workplace harassment is a bigger problem than most people ever thought, it’s not only confined to the tech and media industries. A new report from Comparably which polled over 200,000 workers across industries reveals that 26% of women say they have been sexually harassed at work. …

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If the last year taught us anything it’s that workplace harassment is a bigger problem than most people ever thought, it’s not only confined to the tech and media industries. A new report from Comparably which polled over 200,000 workers across industries reveals that 26% of women say they have been sexually harassed at work. That compares to 28% of women in tech and 34% of women in IT. Female executives and engineers also reported high levels of sexual harassment (33%). Sixty-one percent of women in IT say their gender has held them back in their career.

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American Airlines flight attendants have a new weapon for when you get cranky

2018-01-12 18:03:03

What do you do when you’re trapped with an irate customer at 30,000 feet in the air? American Airlines just came up with a solution—empowering flight attendants to dole out frequent flier miles on the spot. Normally if your in-flight entertainment screen goes out 10 minutes into A Dog’s Purpose, a flight attendant would shrug and suggest …

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What do you do when you’re trapped with an irate customer at 30,000 feet in the air? American Airlines just came up with a solution—empowering flight attendants to dole out frequent flier miles on the spot.

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You Say Paywalls Are Back? For The FT, They Never Went Away

2018-01-12 18:00:43

The pink financial paper has used online subscriptions since 2002. After decades of diminishing ad returns, fellow digital publishers are finally catching on.

Late last year, the Financial Times reached a pretty big milestone: It exceeded 900,000 paying subscriptions, both print and digital–up from 780,000 in 2015. That’s no small feat for a media company that, like all other media companies, is facing the constant perils and headwinds of digital advertising.

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Google Hasn’t Cracked The Smart Display’s Complexity Problem

2018-01-12 17:14:41

Navigation remains a challenge for the onscreen versions of Google Assistant and Alexa. But it’s tough to solve without turning a simple device into a PC.

Google knows how to give a slick demo. So it was easy to give into the temptation to be wowed by the “smart displays” that the company was showing off during CES.

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“The Post” Screenwriters On Making A Movie About Exposing Presidential Lies

2018-01-12 16:05:48

Liz Hannah and Josh Singer discuss the uncanny experience of telling a story about Nixon and the Pentagon Papers in an era of “fake news.”

About a month after Sean Spicer insisted, falsely, that Donald Trump had drawn the largest inauguration crowd in history—“period!”—Steven Spielberg signed on to direct The Post, a film about the journalists who exposed a wealth of presidential lies about Vietnam.

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The World’s Biggest Biometric Database Keeps Leaking People’s Data

2018-01-12 16:05:07

India’s collection of citizens’ fingerprints, faces, and irises was meant to simplify identification for 1.13 billion, but it’s ignited a privacy firestorm.

India’s national scheme holds the personal data of more than 1.13 billion citizens and residents of India within a unique ID system branded as Aadhaar, which means “foundation” in Hindi. But as more and more evidence reveals that the government is not keeping this information private, the actual foundation of the system appears shaky at best.

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Denver’s Solution To Its Housing Crisis: Subsidize Rent For Expensive, Empty Apartments

2018-01-12 16:00:31

As its working people struggle to find places to live, the city also faced a a glut of empty luxury units. The simplest solution: put the people who need housing in the housing that’s available.

It’s getter harder for many teachers to live in the cities where they work. In San Francisco, to take one extreme example, a one-bedroom apartment is basically unaffordable on a typical teacher’s income. A fifth-year teacher would need to spend about 70% of her salary to meet what landlords are asking, the Apartment List web site reported last year.

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NASA is cautiously moving ahead with manned flights by SpaceX and Boeing

2018-01-12 15:02:04

The last time astronauts were able to get a direct flight from the U.S. to the stars was in 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis flew its last mission. That could change soon with both Boeing and SpaceX working to convince NASA that they can start serving as a taxi service for astronauts heading to the …

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The last time astronauts were able to get a direct flight from the U.S. to the stars was in 2011 when Space Shuttle Atlantis flew its last mission. That could change soon with both Boeing and SpaceX working to convince NASA that they can start serving as a taxi service for astronauts heading to the International Space Station.

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For Digital Publishers, The “Pivot To Video” Bloodbath Is Here

2018-01-12 15:00:45

Big platform changes are on the horizon, and they likely will hurt the media companies that went all in on video.

If you think 2017 was bad for the media industry, just wait for this year’s bloodbath. Already, it’s promising to be another trash fire of a year–full of closings, layoffs, and panic (and notifications from your journalist friends that they’re now working in PR or marketing or advertising or consulting or as a barista).

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Twitter’s stock flies to two-year high after glowing praise from analysts

2018-01-12 14:32:07

Twitter is flying north for the weekend. Shares of the company soared to almost $26 dollars Friday after a few glowing reports from analysts, a high not seen since late 2015. Doug Anmuth of J.P. Morgan said in a recent investor note that Twitter should see active user growth of 10% this year, as CNBC …

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Twitter is flying north for the weekend.

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How This Former Amazon Exec Gets Top Talent To Accept Job Offers

2018-01-12 14:00:51

They key is to uncover a candidate’s motivations, then pull that thread through the entire interview process. In short: Be closing all the time.

Fledgling engineering teams and hundred-person juggernauts, boom times and lean years–Adil Ajmal has experienced them all. As an engineering leader for nearly 20 years at companies like Amazon, TenMarks Education, Intuit, Posterous and Homestead, he’s repeatedly grown teams from scratch or just three engineers to dozens–before jumping to another brand-new startup to do it all over again. He’s hired for entry-level positions, VPs, and everything in between. Now CTO for LendingHome, having finely honed his recruiting craft, his candidate close rate is exceptional.

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Time’s Up, Woody Allen

2018-01-12 13:45:54

Statements this week from actors denouncing him and an ice-cold reception for “Wonder Wheel” suggest that the end of the legacy filmmaker’s run could be near.

Louis CK was on the verge of releasing a movie about a Woody Allen-like figure when new revelations about the comedian’s sexual misconduct derailed his career, possibly forever. Fortunes change rather quickly in the post-Weinstein era. But the ultimate Woody Allen-like figure, Allen himself, has been making a movie a year since long before his daughter Dylan Farrow wrote a harrowing account in 2014 of how Allen allegedly molested her as a child. The uninterrupted streak continues to this day.

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Here’s How Each Late Night Host Responded To Sh*thole-Gate Last Night

2018-01-12 13:39:50

Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Stephen Colbert, and Jimmy Kimmel react to the president’s latest scandal.

Working on a late night talk show in the Trump era means doing a lot of triage. The question on most days is not “How do we cover today’s scandal?” but rather, “Which of today’s several scandals should we cover?” On Thursday, the apex scandal–that Donald Trump reportedly referred to several predominantly non-white countries as “shithole” countries–broke around 5 pm, forcing a scrum of caffeine-drenched comedy writers to pull together all-new monologue jokes. Although perhaps the bluntest televised critique may have come from CNN’s Don Lemon, who opened up his segment by declaring “The President of the United States is racist,” have a look below at how everyone on the late night talk show circuit handled what we are dubbing “shitholegate.”

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Diversity in business really does boost innovation, according to a new study

2018-01-12 13:33:36

A new study reveals what many people have known all along—diversity in the workplace is good for innovation. Researchers at NC State’s Poole College of Management Gender looked at the hiring policies of the 3,000 largest publicly traded companies in the United States to see if companies with a diverse workforce were better at developing innovative products …

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A new study reveals what many people have known all along—diversity in the workplace is good for innovation.

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Three Ways To Highlight Your Career Successes On Your Resume

2018-01-12 13:00:17

Stop lamenting your lack of work success and make the most of your unique background with these tips for helping your resume stand out from the pack.

It’s amazing how often someone I’m working with will begin lamenting their lack of career success. And almost every time, during the course of our chatting and doing a “deep dive” into this person’s work history, I’ll come away dumbfounded at how wrong they are.

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Fancy Bear is feared to be laying the groundwork to spy on U.S. Senate staff

2018-01-12 12:35:01

In a real-life game of Spy vs. Spy, a cybersecurity firm claims Russian-linked hackers are preparing to spy on the U.S. Senate. (No one tell them about C-SPAN.) The cyberattack is reportedly being led by the same hackers who leaked the Democratic Party’s emails during the 2016 presidential election. According to cybersecurity firm Trend Micro Inc., …

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In a real-life game of Spy vs. Spy, a cybersecurity firm claims Russian-linked hackers are preparing to spy on the U.S. Senate. (No one tell them about C-SPAN.)

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Book Publishing’s Weak Bet On “Fire And Fury”? Blame Data

2018-01-12 12:29:25

The success of Michael Wolff’s Trump tell-all left publisher Henry Holt unprepared to meet initial demand. A big reason is the way data moves (and doesn’t) in the industry.

Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury is exploding. Threats of legal action from the Trump White House–the book’s subject–seem only to have poured fuel on the flames. To date, it’s racked up more than a million orders, more than six times the demand that Henry Holt, Fire and Fury’s U.S. publisher, had anticipated, with 29,000 hardcover copies reportedly selling out within two days of the book hitting shelves. Last week’s “bomb cyclone” snow storm delayed restocking shipments in the Northeast. While Macmillan, Henry Holt’s parent company, scrambles to rush out more copies, pirated versions are circulating online.

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Facebook’s terrifying news feed changes have claimed their first casualty—investors

2018-01-12 12:15:11

Businesses, brands, and media companies are preparing for a Facebook apocalypse after an update yesterday in which CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was refocusing the site’s powerful news feed algorithm so that it prioritizes posts from friends and family. For companies that rely on Facebook as a promotional vehicle, the terrifying takeaway here is that …

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Businesses, brands, and media companies are preparing for a Facebook apocalypse after an update yesterday in which CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was refocusing the site’s powerful news feed algorithm so that it prioritizes posts from friends and family. For companies that rely on Facebook as a promotional vehicle, the terrifying takeaway here is that they can expect to see significantly reduced reach in an environment that has already been delivering diminishing returns.

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4 Common Assumptions That Kill Your Job Search Before It Even Starts

2018-01-12 12:00:24

You might not even realize that your complacency is stopping you from taking advantage of better opportunities.

You hate your boss. You haven’t had a decent raise in years. You’re seriously underappreciated. Or maybe you’ve actually been doing amazing work and feel you deserve to do more of it at an equally amazing company. And yet, after giving it some thought, you still fall short of actually looking for a new job. Here’s what might be holding you back, and what it takes to shake yourself out of it.

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In China, You Can Track Your Chicken On–You Guessed It–The Blockchain

2018-01-12 11:00:47

To guarantee customers that their chickens are actually free-range, Gogochicken is tracking them with an ankle bracelet and putting the information online.

If you buy a free-range chicken in the U.S., it’s often hard to be sure that the chicken ever went outside. No farm inspections are required to make the claim, and some companies with certifications–including a Whole Foods supplier–have been accused of selling “free range” birds that were raised on factory farms. In China, now consumers who want to feel good about their chickens have another option: free-range and organic birds raised with an anklet that tracks and reports every aspect of their lives.

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Here’s What Happened When I Drank Mushroom Coffee For A Month

2018-01-12 11:00:29

I sprinkled medicinal mushrooms in my morning cup of coffee and it had a surprising effect on my mood, energy, sleep, and more.

It’s no surprise that caffeine is considered to be the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance. Think about its well-known benefits, including heightening focus, and its lesser-known advantages like delaying aging and reducing risk of cognitive decline, depression, and cancer. But caffeine isn’t everyone’s best friend. In fact, our favorite productivity fuel can actually trigger some pretty terrible side effects in some people–like anxiety, rapid and irregular heartbeat, restlessness, sleeplessness, gastrointestinal upset, and a host of other health issues.

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This Is When Your New Year’s Resolution Will Fail

2018-01-12 10:00:44

The odds are not in your favor: Here’s when your resolution will likely fail, and how to keep it on track.

Are New Year’s resolutions simply an exercise in futility? By the first week, 27% of us abandon our goals. At the two-week mark, 31% of people quit, and just over half of us make it to the one-month mark, according to Statistic Brain. It seems staying power is a rare commodity, but we could be setting ourselves up for failure in the way we set our goals, experts says.

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Treasury says 90% of workers will see increase in take-home pay starting next month

2018-01-12 09:40:37

The Treasury Department released its withholding tables for the new tax laws on Thursday, which lay out how much tax employers should withhold from employee paychecks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it is expected that about 90% of workers will see an increase in their take-home pay, reports CNBC. That’s good news for many working …

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The Treasury Department released its withholding tables for the new tax laws on Thursday, which lay out how much tax employers should withhold from employee paychecks. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said it is expected that about 90% of workers will see an increase in their take-home pay, reports CNBC. That’s good news for many working people, but unfortunately the tax cuts expire for individual workers in 2025, at which time workers will see their employee taxes rise and see less take-home pay in their bank accounts. That’s unlike the massive tax cuts for corporations, which are permanent.

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Apple’s original ice-cream cone emoji was topped with poo

2018-01-12 09:12:46

That’s according to Apple’s first emoji designer, who began crafting Apple’s emoji’s back in 2008. In an essay for the 10th anniversary of when she began her emoji work with Apple as an intern, graphic designer Angela Guzman writes on Medium: Sometimes our emoji turned out more comical than intended and some have a backstory. …

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That’s according to Apple’s first emoji designer, who began crafting Apple’s emoji’s back in 2008. In an essay for the 10th anniversary of when she began her emoji work with Apple as an intern, graphic designer Angela Guzman writes on Medium:

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A Breakout Branding Master Class from Glossier, Sweetgreen, Away, And Walker & Co.

2018-01-12 09:00:49

How a handful of forward-thinking leaders are disrupting entire sectors by cultivating strong, emotionally invested communities.

Salad. Suitcases. Razors. Face wash. None of these words typically inspire enthusiasm. But when associated with certain fast-growing enterprises, the reactions can be rapturous. Sweetgreen’s Nicolas Jammet, Away’s Jen Rubio, Walker & Company’s Tristan Walker, and Glossier’s Emily Weiss talk to Fast Company‘s Amy Farley about creating products that provoke passion.

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Want A More Innovative Company? Simple: Hire A More Diverse Workforce

2018-01-12 08:00:49

A new study adds to the research that a variety of backgrounds and experiences in the workplace leads to business success.

Companies may have somewhat fluffy reasons for hiring and promoting diverse workforces. A mix of skin colors, genders, and sexual orientations looks good in marketing photo shoots and presents a brand as representing modern America’s rainbow coalition. But diversity is important for another big reason, according to new research: It helps businesses to become more innovative and more successful. “There is a business case for diversity,” says Richard Warr, a professor of finance at North Carolina State University and coauthor of the research. “It’s not just about trying to be nice. It’s good for business. It not only helps in terms of perception. It actually produces better outcomes.”

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Kenzo’s Muse, Ikea’s Pregnancy Test: The Top 5 Ads Of The Week

2018-01-12 08:00:25

Aubrey Plaza talks money with Wealthsimple, Volvo rides with The Goldman Brothers, and Adidas Originals puts a Berlin transit pass on your feet.

You know how to say “consistent” in Swedish? Ikea and Åkestam Holst. Okay, not a straight translation (it’s actually konsekvent) but the insanely creative run of kooky and just plain awesome work the furniture giant and Stockholm-based agency has churned out over the last year or so is impressive. From Game of Thrones rugs and fashion-forward blue bags, to human catalogs and emotionally engaging ads, they’ve run the gamut. Now this week they launched an ad that requires you to pee on it. A crib ad that’s also a pregnancy test, in which the price changes to 50% if the result is positive? Oh, baby. Onward!

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