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Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Seat In Stinging Rebuke Of Trump/Bannon

Moore may have lost the votes of Alabamians who agreed with his moralist agenda but balked at his own morally questionable actions. The Democrat Doug Jones has defeated Republican Roy Moore for the open Alabama Senate seat. Jones’s victory brings the GOP advantage in the Senate down to 51-49, ...

Do any Republicans oppose the FCC's net neutrality vote? This one does

Whether it should be or not, net neutrality regulation is a nearly lock-step partisan issue in Washington, D.C. Democratic minorities both on the commission and in Congress oppose the rollback of the rules enacted in 2015 during President Obama’s term. But now one Republican has joined the ...

#VoteForRoyMoore was a favorite hashtag today for Russian-linked Twitter accounts

Ever since revelations about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct were first published in early October, the growing list of harassment scandals has dominated social media, including on Twitter accounts linked to Russian propagandists. From Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer to Al Franken ...

Why the once darling social media service Storify is coming to an end

Storify, the beloved digital publishing tool that allowed writers to chronologically arrange social media posts, will soon be no more. The curation service will go offline May 16, 2018, the company announced today. For those who have used the service and want to preserve that content, they’ll ...

The New iMac Pro Is Really Expensive And Really Worth It: Early Reviewers

The machines, meant for Pro users, are super powerful but can’t be upgraded. After much anticipation, Apple has finally said when the new iMac Pro will be available for sale–this Thursday, December 14. The new machines, which design-wise look just like current iMacs, are meant for Pro ...

We Need More Women In STEM: The Girl Scouts Want To Help

The first step is proving to young girls that they can make a difference in typically male-dominated fields. What’s next, and more complicated: Keeping their interest and confidence as they learn. The gender gap in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is a known and ...

The Music Industry's Go-To Collaborator Sampha Just Wants To Understand Himself Better

Sampha has worked with Kanye West, Beyoncé, Solange, Frank Ocean, and others–now he’s trying to find his own sound. Sampha has had a busy year. Then again, to hear the English singer talk about it, he’s been busy for a long while. He’s spent close to the last decade ...

Activists Launch Prankster Protest On FCC's Net Neutrality Vote

Failing to sway the FCC with calls, letters, and comments, advocates for regulation unleash a little online mayhem before Thursday’s vote. My fondest memory from covering Occupy Wall Street was a group of pranksters called the Tax Dodgers who sang humorous songs about economic policy and ...

Ikea employees are getting VR headsets for Christmas

Ikea wants to make sure its employees are gearing up for the future–so it’s giving them some gear. The U.S. division of the flat-pack furniture behemoth is giving 14,000 employees virtual reality headsets for Christmas. While the press release it sent out was filled with niceties about ...

For better or worse, Twitter is finally embracing the tweetstorm

For years, intrepid Twitter users have been devising workarounds to allow for greater verbosity than can be crammed into 140 characters. One that has stuck is the tweetstorm—a series of tweets connected to each other as @replies. But unless you knew what you were doing, it wasn’t ...

Trans people can join the military beginning on New Year's Day, but might be banned later

A federal judge yesterday upheld a temporary pause on President Trump’s ban of transgender service members in the U.S. armed forces, according to the New York Times. That means that–for now, anyway–the Defense Department must allow trans people to enlist starting on New ...

Todrick Hall Invites You “Behind The Curtain” Of His Dizzying Hustle

The YouTube star’s new documentary details the making of his chart-topping musical 'Straight Outta Oz'–prepare to have your to-do list put to shame. If Todrick Hall has ever unfollowed you, don’t take it personally.Read Full Story

3 Ways To Tell Your Annoying Coworkers To Shut Up Without Being Rude

You don’t need to take the passive-aggressive route. There are obvious benefits to an open office. Have a question for your manager? You can just walk right over to her. Want to have an impromptu conversation with your team? You don’t even need to go into a conference room.Read Full ...

The Last Jedi Is Thrilling, Answers All Your Questions—And Raises Even More

Featuring lots of bravery, incredible evil, plenty of Luke, and the final on-screen moments of Carrie Fisher, Rian Johnson’s new film is a lot of fun. Warning: Spoilers ahead.Read Full Story

This scented candle startup wants to be the Warby Parker of self-care

Home scents are a $50 billion dollar industry, according to the NPD group, and scented candles are growing at a rate of 18% a year. Much of this growth is driven by millennials, who spend twice as much on self-care rituals as boomers. Today, a startup called Otherland hits the market with ...

Nintendo Switch sales hit 10 million units, could outdo the Wii

Nintendo’s big bet on a hybrid portable and home game system is paying off, with 10 million Nintendo Switch units sold in nine months. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime told Variety that the Switch could even top first-year sales of the Wii–the company’s ...

Everything You Need To Know About Universal Basic Income In 10 Minutes

The idea of a program that would cover the cost of living for everyone feels like something out of a far-off utopia. This informative video grounds it in reality. The idea of giving some, or all, citizens enough money to meet their daily needs was once decidedly fringe. Not anymore. Now, everyone is ...

Gene Roddenberry's Foundation Is Now Funding Future-Focused Activists

The ideas of the future that the 'Star Trek' founder envisioned are living on in these projects focused on increasing rights and tolerance. Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry dreamed of an inclusive, tolerant, and peaceful world–like the one he made on the fictitious USS Enterprise. In the ...

London Breed: 4 things to know about San Francisco's new acting mayor

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee passed away early this morning after suffering an apparent heart attack while grocery shopping late Monday night. He was 65, and is survived by his wife, Anita, and two daughters, Brianna and Tania. Lee was in his second term in office as the city’s 43rd mayor, a ...

Check your paycheck next month—it might look different if the GOP tax plan passes

Well, this is scary: The American Payroll Association has reportedly sent a letter to U.S. lawmakers warning them that last-minute changes to the GOP’s tax overhaul plan could wreak havoc on paychecks. Cited by CNN, the letter says employers and payroll service providers would not have enough ...

New Gun Violence PSA Looks Ahead To Tomorrow's School Shooting

Sandy Hook Promise marks the five-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. What: Sandy Hook Promise marks the five-year anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a new PSA that illustrates how tomorrow’s news can be reshaped by today’s ...

My Smartest Employees Have Forced Me To Reward Them—Here's How

Humu CEO and former Google HR chief Laszlo Bock on how 'discretionary effort' can win over oblivious or skeptical managers. There’s a lot about your work life that you can’t control: your coworkers, your assignments, your customers, your boss. Obviously, you can always quit, but when ...

Just Reading Over Your To-Do List Can Make You More Productive

Making a habit of running through your top-priority tasks can cut back on wasted time in your workday–even if you can’t accomplish everything. If you have a love-hate relationship with lists of all kinds, you aren’t alone. On one hand, making a list–whether it’s a ...

When Your Fear Is The Remote Control: Karen Palmer's Immersive Cinema

The filmmaker’s 'RIOT' changes according to your particular emotional reactions, and may change them too. Karen Palmer is out to scare people. For the past three years, she’s been plunging people into a stressful and potentially deadly riot, firmly believing that they’ll emerge ...

Groupon's Andrew Mason is back with “a word processor for audio”

In 2013, Andrew Mason was famously fired as CEO of Groupon, a company he cofounded. His second act, Detour, was a startup that created podcast-like audio tours. That involved producing a boatload of spoken-word content. And Mason discovered that working with speech in existing sound-editing programs ...

Inside Barbie's Fight To Stay Relevant

Today’s Barbie is fighting for gay rights, body inclusivity, and open borders. But is she woke enough for millennial parents? Just before Thanksgiving this year, Barbie had her wokest moment yet. On the official BarbieStyle Instagram channel, she was pictured in a series of photos with ...

Pepsi just ordered 100 of Tesla's new electric semis

The sugar-water giant made the announcement on Tuesday, reports Reuters. The pre-order of 100 of Telsa’s new electric trucks is the largest publicly known order so far. That means that Tesla has now received pre-orders for 267 of the new vehicles, according to Reuters’ tally. Besides ...

Local social media platform Nextdoor has raised another $75 million

The social media platform aimed at connecting neighbors took in its latest haul sometime in or after August, the Information reports. It’s not known which investors led the series G round, but the new funds now give Nextdoor an estimated valuation of around $1.5 ...

Microsoft has committed another $50 million to fund AI that helps combat climate change

The software giant has announced an expansion to its AI for Earth program, making the additional $50 million available to organizations that are trying to solve climate change issues through article intelligence, the company announced in a blog post. That $50 mil is a huge boost to the ...

It just became more likely the Hulk will fight Wolverine at the movies

That’s because Comcast has abandoned its bid for 21st Century Fox’s movie and television assets, reports Reuters. Comcast made the announcement on Monday, leaving Disney as the only company left pursuing a purchase. Reuters is saying a deal could now close between Disney and Fox as ...

Is California's Weed Market Ready For Legalization After A Year Of Wildfires?

On January 1, Californians will be able to use pot recreationally. But the huge fires in Northern California in the fall devastated many marijuana growing operations. Will there be enough–or will prices soar? Peter Pietrangeli received the dire news in the early morning of October 9. One of ...

Amazon just opened its second AWS region in China

The company has launched its second Amazon Web Services region in the country by partnering with Ningxia Western Cloud Data Technology, reports TechCrunch. AWS 'regions' are individual geographic locations for the company’s cloud computing tech designed to protect local customers from ...

These ugly Christmas sweaters are guaranteed to last until 2047

While trends come and go, ugly Christmas sweaters stay the same. At least that’s the theory behind Tom Cridland, an environmentally conscious brand that has been embraced by celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Kendrick Lamar. All the clothes within the collection are made of sustainable ...

Everything Wrong With SNL's “Sexual Harassment Charlie” Sketch

It’s not clear exactly what this 'Saturday Night Live' sketch is trying to say about the current crop of sexual harassers losing their jobs, but here’s what it seemed to be saying. Contrary to popular opinion, 2017 is not the best time to be a comedy writer.Read Full Story

Someday, Someone Will Build A Great Dual-Screen Phone—Maybe Even Apple

ZTE’s ungainly new Axon M shows that it isn’t easy to cram two displays into one smartphone. But the concept is still worth pursuing. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been using a smartphone with a superpower.Read Full Story

This Natural Liquid Silk Is Starting To Replace Oil-Based Plastic

There’s a lot of retro-chemicals in products we put on or in our bodies. This company wants to replace it with a new form of silk. Microbeads, the tiny plastic beads used in some facial scrubs and toothpaste that rinse down drains and pollute oceans and lakes, are now banned in 'rinse-off' ...

These Electric Busses Could Start Cleaning Up National Park Travel

A zero-emissions transport fleet is looking pretty good in the face of rolled back federal protections and record-setting park congestion. Under the Donald Trump administration, the national parks and monuments in the United States have entered into an era of unprecedented threat. Earlier in ...

Former Gawker employees are crowdfunding to save Gawker.com from an uncertain fate

Gawker alumni have come together in an effort to save the now-defunct website. As part of the site’s bankruptcy terms, the website will soon be up for auction. Peter Thiel, who helped bankroll Hulk Hogan’s campaign to kill Gawker, has said that he wanted the ability to bid on the site. ...

Twitter sure makes it easy to point out the questionable ethics of politicians

Hey guys, remember the 'emoluments' clause of the U.S. Constitution that restricts a president’s ability to profit from his position? In case you’ve forgotten , President Trump has been accused in at least three lawsuits of having conflicts of interests between his business life and ...

Google just launched its preemptive attack on Apple's HomePod

Google’s high-end Home Max speaker is now available from Best Buy and Verizon, two months after the product was announced. Like the existing Google Home and Home Mini, the Max uses Google Assistant voice commands to launch music, answer questions, and control smart-home devices. But instead ...

In Defense Of Net Neutrality, Internet Pioneers Accuse FCC Of Not Understanding Tech

Tech luminaries tell legislators that the FCC doesn’t know what it’s talking about and ask Congress to pull the plug on this week’s policy vote. On Thursday, the FCC will vote to eliminate regulations that prohibit internet service providers from blocking, slowing, or speeding ...

Try This Simple Trick To Beat Your Public Speaking Anxiety

For starters, stop rehearsing in front of a mirror or on camera. Back in 2001, Gallup researchers found speaking in public was one of the things Americans fear the most, behind snakes, but ahead of heights, needles, and airline travel. And while the world of 2017 is a scary place in many ways, ...

Twitter will feature its own female keynote speakers at CES

The brouhaha over CES’s all-male keynote speaker lineup has prompted a heated discussion not only on Twitter, but also within the company. Senior execs at the social network, especially CMO Leslie Berland, have hammered the Consumer Technology Association for not featuring any women in its ...

Now You Can Fight Sexism At Christmas By Singing Hyrrs, Not Hymns

Agency Grey London rewrote classic Christmas hymns to raise awareness and money for women in need. What: Classic Christmas hymns rewritten to raise awareness and money for women in need.Read Full Story

Mario Batali, six weeks ago: “the reckoning is coming across the board”

Today Eater published a detailed exposé about celebrity chef Mario Batali, describing alleged sexual misconduct that dates back decades. Batali reportedly groped and verbally harassed women in his restaurants for years. The chef himself didn’t deny it to Eater–in his words: I ...

How To Grab Anyone's Attention In These 7 Common Work Situations

You need to draw someone in before diving into your message. Here’s how to do that in meetings, job interviews, and chance encounters by the watercooler. Whether you’re speaking to a roomful of colleagues, your boss, or a group of friends, you can’t wait to draw people in. You ...

My Family Doesn't Approve Of My Career—Now What?

Can’t shake the parental pressure and just do what you want? You’re not alone. I often tell people I have fairly liberal parents, all things considered. As the child of Indian immigrants, it’s something I’ve come to appreciate, especially when it comes to my chosen career ...

Did Nike just bail on the Trump Organization?

The athletic apparels giant has announced it is relocating its Niketown store on East 57th Street to a new space five blocks away come Spring–despite its current lease not expiring for another five years, reports Crain’s. So why the move away from one of the hottest retail avenues in ...

While the Russians weaponized Facebook and Instagram, China weaponized LinkedIn

Germany’s BfV domestic intelligence service has revealed that Chinese intelligence services are using fake LinkedIn profiles to connect with high-ranking German officials and politicians to gather information on them, reports Reuters. Most of the fake profiles used by Chinese intelligence ...

Why Pinterest Deserves The Spotlight

CEO Ben Silbermann is changing the way we think about visual search, and the future. I am often asked how we choose who goes on Fast Company‘s cover. Why Kevin Durant or Shonda Rhimes? Why Chobani’s Hamdi Ulukaya or Microsoft’s Satya Nadella?Read Full Story