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This New Wave Of Satellite Broadband Could Challenge Cable And Fiber

2018-03-13 16:49:41

Satellite has always been a last-resort service for people in rural areas. But mass produced, low-flying satellites may bring high-value broadband to the city.

Satellite broadband service has always been that thing your uncle in Idaho uses to connect to the web. He complains about the big dish he had to lug up to the roof and aim at just the right point in the sky. He complains about the cost. He complains about the high latency of the service–the old “click and wait” while the signal travels from the dish out to space and back again. But out where he lives, it’s the best he can get.

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72 Actors Play The Same Role In This Bittersweet Japanese Ad

2018-03-13 16:10:02

Japanese food company Glico transformed a relatively boring piece of data into a charming commercial that’s right on-brand.

What: “71.8-Second Life,” an ad featuring 72 actors playing the same role

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Apple and Google see their reputations tumble in new survey

2018-03-13 16:01:53

Sorry, Google and Apple, consumers just aren’t that into you right now. The annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll came out on Tuesday and, according to the survey of 25,880 people, Google and Apple don’t have the reputation they used to. In this year’s poll, Apple dropped to No. 29 from its previous position at No. …

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Sorry, Google and Apple, consumers just aren’t that into you right now. The annual Harris Poll Reputation Quotient poll came out on Tuesday and, according to the survey of 25,880 people, Google and Apple don’t have the reputation they used to. In this year’s poll, Apple dropped to No. 29 from its previous position at No. 5 (we blame batterygate) and Google dropped from No. 8 to No. 28, perhaps because of YouTube’s fake news and Russian manipulation problem. That said, John Gerzema, CEO of the Harris Poll, told Reuters that he thinks the tumble in ranks is because Apple and Google didn’t release “attention-grabbing products” last year.

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NCAA March Madness live-stream: How to watch the 2018 tournament without cable

2018-03-13 15:50:33

The NCAA’s “March Madness” tournament kicks off tonight and continues for the next 21 days. According to the NCAA, all 67 games will be broadcast on either CBS or one of three Turner-owned channels (TBS, TNT, or TruTV). If you don’t have access to a TV, the action will also be live-streamed on March Madness …

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The NCAA’s “March Madness” tournament kicks off tonight and continues for the next 21 days. According to the NCAA, all 67 games will be broadcast on either CBS or one of three Turner-owned channels (TBS, TNT, or TruTV).

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“Fantastic Beasts 2” Trailer Light On Johnny Depp–Almost As If Embarrassed He’s There

2018-03-13 15:45:54

The trailer for “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald” is here, but the controversially cast actor is scarcely in sight.

What: The first trailer for the sequel to the J.K. Rowling-penned Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Miserable At Work? Here’s When (And When Not To) Tell Your Boss

2018-03-13 15:00:31

There are benefits to sharing your concerns and frustrations about work with your boss, but only in certain circumstances.

Being unhappy at work is something almost everyone goes through at one point or another. Sometimes you outgrow your position and there’s no chance of promotion. Or you get a new boss who shakes up your routine.

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The Soles Of These Shoes Are Made From Recycled Gum

2018-03-13 15:00:26

Gumdrop collects gum that would otherwise end up smeared on the sidewalk and turns it into plastic.

The blue soles of a new brand of shoes are made from an unlikely source: recycled chewing gum. The shoes, which are expected to launch later this year, are the latest project from a U.K. designer who has spent nearly a decade working on ways to turn discarded gum from sticky sidewalk blight into something useful.

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How A Sabbatical Can Radically Hack Productivity

2018-03-13 14:30:16

Elizabeth Schwartz’s five-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail was an exercise in letting go and trusting that work would still be there when she got back.

“Sometimes the best way to improve your work is to stop working,” says Elizabeth Schwartz. She should know. The chief operating officer at Austin-based software startup Square Root took a five month sabbatical to hike the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016, after working at the company for six years.

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This map shows the largest individual political donor in each state

2018-03-13 14:29:57

Linda McMahon likes to dabble in politics the way WWE’s the Undertaker likes to pile-drive into competitors. Over the past decade, the professional wrestling magnate turned head of Trump’s Small Business Administration has made over $68 million in political donations. McMahon is the largest individual political donor in New York (besting Trump himself who donated over $18 million) …

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Linda McMahon likes to dabble in politics the way WWE’s the Undertaker likes to pile-drive into competitors. Over the past decade, the professional wrestling magnate turned head of Trump’s Small Business Administration has made over $68 million in political donations. McMahon is the largest individual political donor in New York (besting Trump himself who donated over $18 million) and in the country, according to new research from Zippia.

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Reporting From War Zones Made Me A Better CEO

2018-03-13 14:00:29

After three decades as a war correspondent, Jeff Kofman became a tech founder. He’s found that a few lessons from the front lines still come in handy.

I spent a lot time covering wars, but I’ve only panicked under fire once.

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Why 24 Hour Fitness Is Going To The Mat Against Its Own Employees

2018-03-13 14:00:19

The fitness chain’s workplace policies have put in the crosshairs of the National Labor Relations Board, which has said the company’s employee arbitration agreements violate federal labor law.

Capital & Main is an award-winning publication that reports from California on economic, political, and social issues.

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Eminem Blasts The NRA In A Politically Charged Freestyle

2018-03-13 13:20:47

During last weekend’s iHeart Music awards, Eminem went off on the NRA in support of Parkland survivors.

What: A live performance from the iHeart Music Awards, with a bit of activism sprinkled in.

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Watch out, Tesla: VW is making a $25 billion push into electric vehicles

2018-03-13 13:14:50

As Tesla factories deal with production issues, Volkswagen is making a major investment in its electric car future. The German automaker has lined-up $25 billion in battery supplies, according to Bloomberg. The report says that by 2021 Volkswagen expects to have 16 factories capable of electric vehicle production, up from three; By the end of …

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As Tesla factories deal with production issues, Volkswagen is making a major investment in its electric car future. The German automaker has lined-up $25 billion in battery supplies, according to Bloomberg.

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How I Got My Dream Job At LEGO

2018-03-13 13:00:40

Here’s how Dan Winger landed a job as one of the few U.S.-based LEGO designers.

Imagine showing up at work every day with the same excitement you had as a kid rushing home after school to play with your favorite toy. That’s what many days are like for Dan Winger, the senior innovation designer at LEGO’s Creative Play Lab in Hollywood, California.

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Amazon may be a trillion dollar company by 2022

2018-03-13 12:53:29

Amazon is already the world’s largest online retailer and thanks to its seemingly endless upward spiral, it could grow almost a third bigger in the next four years. Now, at least one analyst is pretty darn sure that Amazon.com, Inc. will hit the $1 trillion in market capitalization by 2022, if not sooner, Bloomberg reports. It’s …

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Amazon is already the world’s largest online retailer and thanks to its seemingly endless upward spiral, it could grow almost a third bigger in the next four years. Now, at least one analyst is pretty darn sure that Amazon.com, Inc. will hit the $1 trillion in market capitalization by 2022, if not sooner, Bloomberg reports.

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What It Means To Lead An Inclusive City In 2018–And Into The Future

2018-03-13 12:30:40

In Oakland, where Mayor Libby Schaaf is leading the exceptionally diverse city through a period of unprecedented growth and investment–while trying to create an ethos of inclusion.

During a session of Civic I/O, the mayors’ summit at South by Southwest, the mayors of 19 cities around the U.S. gathered to both imagine and plan for their cities’ future challenges. Jake Dunagan, research director at the Institute of the Future, instructed the mayors in thinking like futurists–first assessing problems on the numbers level (for example: not enough housing), then contextualizing them in the prevailing culture to develop solutions that remain sensitive to place while driving change.

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Siri for skiers? Vail’s new bot, Emma, helps you hit the slopes

2018-03-13 12:05:55

Siri may be able to find a song on Apple Music and Alexa may laugh at you in the night, but only Emma will help you on the slopes in Vail. Vail Resorts is launching a new chat bot, billed as a “digital mountain assistant”, that will share real-time information about ski conditions and lift …

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Siri may be able to find a song on Apple Music and Alexa may laugh at you in the night, but only Emma will help you on the slopes in Vail.

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How, Why, And When To Share Your Immigration Status On Job Interviews

2018-03-13 12:00:40

An immigrant and employer of immigrants shares her advice on disclosing your status in a charged political climate.

No immigrant working in the U.S. can ignore the frenzied debates taking place in Washington, D.C., lately: Will spouses of H-1B visa holders lose authorization to work in the U.S.? Will politicians gut the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program that gives international students opportunities to work here before and after they graduate? Who will be the winners and losers if the diversity visa lottery is replaced with a “merit-based” system? What will happen to the estimated 800,000 Dreamers whose legal status the Trump Administration threw into doubt last September, and Congress doesn’t seem willing to clarify very soon?

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We Are Not Living In A Simulation. Probably

2018-03-13 11:40:13

New research suggests it’s impossible, but the Simulation Hypothesis is the modern existential debate that just won’t die.

Good news, everyone: According to new physics research, reality is probably not a quantum computer simulation designed by a hyper-advanced alien civilization.

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Acting NASA chief is retiring, with no clear successor

2018-03-13 11:37:33

Rex Tillerson’s departure isn’t the only example of White House turnover this week. Acting NASA chief Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. just announced that he’s retiring on April 30, leaving no clear successor. Though President Trump nominated Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma to the position last year, he hasn’t been confirmed yet by the Senate and …

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Rex Tillerson’s departure isn’t the only example of White House turnover this week. Acting NASA chief Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. just announced that he’s retiring on April 30, leaving no clear successor. Though President Trump nominated Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma to the position last year, he hasn’t been confirmed yet by the Senate and will likely be opposed by all 49 Democrats, reports Engadget. Bridenstine has aroused controversy with his views on climate change, once telling Congress that global temperatures “stopped rising 10 years ago” and tweeting about “climate change alarmists.”

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Trump fires Rex Tillerson, replaces him with former CIA director Mike Pompeo

2018-03-13 11:26:46

The Trump administration’s chaos continues with news that the president has fired Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and brought in former CIA director Mike Pompeo in his place, The Washington Post reported and the president confirmed with a tweet, Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a …

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The Trump administration’s chaos continues with news that the president has fired Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State and brought in former CIA director Mike Pompeo in his place, The Washington Post reported and the president confirmed with a tweet,

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Fitbit’s New Smartwatch, The Versa, Looks A Lot Like An Apple Watch

2018-03-13 11:10:09

The Versa appears to be the Ionic’s smarter and better-looking younger brother.

When Fitbit CEO Jason Park walked out onto the stage at a launch event for media on Monday, I’ll confess I thought he was wearing an Apple Watch. He wasn’t, of course–it was his company’s brand-new Versa smartwatch, which he was about to announce. The Versa features the same rounded square shape as the Apple Watch, but with some angular lines running around the edges. From a distance at least, the device on Park’s wrist was easily mistakable for an Apple Watch.

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Is Your Morning Routine Making You Less Productive?

2018-03-13 11:00:15

Working smarter doesn’t always mean getting up at 5 a.m.

If you google “morning routine,” chances are you’ll see lots of articles (including from Fast Company) touting the benefits of waking up early–before everyone else in your house gets up. After all, what’s not great about having an hour or two to yourself to do all the things you don’t usually have time to do? You can go to the gym when it’s empty,  have a quiet moment to meditate, and make yourself a nutritious breakfast that you can actually enjoy, rather than scarf yet another granola bar as you sprint out the door. All great things for productivity, right?

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Baths Are So Hot Right Now: The Cultural (And Lucrative) Soaking Industry

2018-03-13 11:00:10

Bath time has become the symbol of self care for stressed American women. Now, numerous industries are cashing in on the soothing suds.

There are hundreds of thousands of Instagram photos dedicated to a simple yet mesmerizing invention: the bath bomb. Countless fans document their fixation with the explosive personal care product—its oozing fizzy charm, colorful swirly paths, and bubbly pearls. Like your bathtub is on a sweet-smelling acid trip.

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I Visited A Shrine For The Patron Saint Of Procrastinators

2018-03-13 10:00:19

Believers around the world call upon St. Expedite for strength from temptation to delay. In a church in New Orleans, devotees offer prayers in pound cake.

On a road in fourth-century Armenia, the story goes, a Roman centurion met a talking crow. The officer had resolved to convert to Christianity, but now this eloquent crow had come to urge him not to do anything rash. The crow had an idea for the centurion: Delay the conversion; don’t rush. Maybe take a day to think about it.

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Facebook looks to launch news programs on its Watch video platform

2018-03-13 09:08:21

The company is working with around 10 existing news publishers to try out various national news show formats that would fit with its Watch program, says Axios. The social media giant is reportedly in touch with both traditional and digital-first news publishers to test daily video news features. Facebook plans to launch the news feature …

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The company is working with around 10 existing news publishers to try out various national news show formats that would fit with its Watch program, says Axios. The social media giant is reportedly in touch with both traditional and digital-first news publishers to test daily video news features. Facebook plans to launch the news feature on its Watch program this summer and then tailor it based on feedback. When Axios approached Facebook about the program, the company’s head of news partnerships Campbell Brown said:

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Google’s cofounder has revealed his flying car

2018-03-13 08:55:24

Google cofounder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page has revealed Cora, the first flying car to come out of Kitty Hawk, a startup Page invested in in 2016, reports CNBC. Cora is fully autonomous and can travel at a speed up to 93 mph. It’s all-electric engine can see Cora fly for just over 60 miles …

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Google cofounder and Alphabet CEO Larry Page has revealed Cora, the first flying car to come out of Kitty Hawk, a startup Page invested in in 2016, reports CNBC. Cora is fully autonomous and can travel at a speed up to 93 mph. It’s all-electric engine can see Cora fly for just over 60 miles on a single charge. Best of all, Cora takes off and lands vertically, so it doesn’t require a runway. Right now Kitty Hawk isn’t planning to sell Cora directly to customers. Instead, it’s planning to launch a fleet of Coras as a flying car taxi service in the next five years.

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Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo just raised $866 million

2018-03-13 08:42:45

The massive haul is the largest investment in a single funding round for a bike-sharing startup, reports CNBC. The funding round was led by Chinese internet giant Alibaba. Ofo says it currently has 200 million users around the world and operates in 250 cities in 21 countries. It will use its latest round of funding …

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The massive haul is the largest investment in a single funding round for a bike-sharing startup, reports CNBC. The funding round was led by Chinese internet giant Alibaba. Ofo says it currently has 200 million users around the world and operates in 250 cities in 21 countries. It will use its latest round of funding to further development in an increasingly competitive market. Ofo’s biggest competitor is Mobike, China’s largest bike-sharing company, which has been rapidly expanding overseas.

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Amazon’s workers in Spain are striking over pay

2018-03-13 08:37:11

More than one thousand Amazon workers in Spain have called a two-day strike, reports Reuters. The strike has been called by Spain’s largest union, the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO). The union says Amazon has been aiming to cut wages, block salary increases, and reduce holiday and weekend pay. The two-day strike will take place on March …

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More than one thousand Amazon workers in Spain have called a two-day strike, reports Reuters. The strike has been called by Spain’s largest union, the Comisiones Obreras (CCOO). The union says Amazon has been aiming to cut wages, block salary increases, and reduce holiday and weekend pay. The two-day strike will take place on March 21 and 22 and include 1,100 employees at Amazon’s logistic warehouse in Madrid.

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Women filed 238 discrimination and harassment complaints against Microsoft

2018-03-13 08:31:34

The complaints were filed between 2010 and 2016 and only included women in technical jobs working in the U.S., reports Reuters. The number of complaints were made public due to a pending lawsuit alleging Microsoft was systematically denying pay raises and promotions to women. The suit is seeking class-action status and hopes to represent more …

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The complaints were filed between 2010 and 2016 and only included women in technical jobs working in the U.S., reports Reuters. The number of complaints were made public due to a pending lawsuit alleging Microsoft was systematically denying pay raises and promotions to women. The suit is seeking class-action status and hopes to represent more than 8,000 women. For its part, Microsoft has denied that it’s ever had a policy of denying pay raises and promotions based on gender.

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MoviePass CEO backtracks on location tracking statements

2018-03-13 08:19:30

MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told TechCrunch that he actually mischaracterized MoviePass’s collection of location data last week at the Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles. During his keynote at the conference, Lowe said: “We get an enormous amount of information. We watch how you drive from home to the movies. We watch where you go …

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MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe told TechCrunch that he actually mischaracterized MoviePass’s collection of location data last week at the Entertainment Finance Forum in Los Angeles. During his keynote at the conference, Lowe said:

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UN: Facebook is a “beast” of dissension and conflict

2018-03-13 08:06:29

UN investigators have blamed Facebook for playing a role in the possible genocide in Myanmar by disseminating hate speech, reports the Guardian. Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country following the murder of their people by Myanmar security forces. Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, said Facebook had …

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UN investigators have blamed Facebook for playing a role in the possible genocide in Myanmar by disseminating hate speech, reports the Guardian. Over 650,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country following the murder of their people by Myanmar security forces. Marzuki Darusman, chairman of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, said Facebook had played a “determining role” in what is happening to the Rohingya Muslims:

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How A Beauty Brand Raised An Army Of 30,000 Political Activists

2018-03-13 08:00:47

Beautycounter enlists its sales team to fight for better regulation in the beauty industry. It’s part of a wave of activist brands taking on Washington.

It’s 10 a.m. in Washington, D.C., and 100 saleswomen from skincare and cosmetics brand Beautycounter have gathered on the steps of Capitol Hill.

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The Tragic Brilliance Of The Toys Rohingya Children Have Invented From Trash

2018-03-13 08:00:00

After fleeing persecution in Myanmar, nearly a million Rohingya are refugees in Bangladesh, where children turn broken, everyday objects into toys.

Persecuted for decades in their native Myanmar, where they’ve been denied citizenship and face violent ethnic cleansing, the Rohingya people fled to bordering countries in waves, with not much but each other.

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The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

2018-03-13 02:00:02

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.

Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe interviews, downloading some new apps can help manage your time and produce better work. Here are some of the best productivity apps for phones, tablets, and computers that launched in the last year or got a substantial upgrade.

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