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SoftBank's multi-billion dollar investment in Uber is “very likely”

Uber board member Arianna Huffington confirmed at WSJ D.Live that a multi-billion dollar Uber-SoftBank deal is very likely to be completed within the week, reports TechCrunch. The Japanese telecoms giant has been investing in pretty much everything over the past year, including Uber’s ...

How Project Jacquard Created A Smarter Jacket

A closer look at how Google and Levi’s met the design challenges of their smart jacket collaboration. The Commuter Trucker jacket is the first product released by Project Jacquard, the joint effort between Levi’s and Google to create the first mass-produced article of connected ...

Google And Levi's Stitch Up A Connected Jacket

The new Commuter Trucker denim jacket, powered by Google’s smart textiles, can answer your phone and turn up your music. Aside from a couple of visual tells—subtle patches of raised stitches and a plastic button on its cuff—the Levi’s Commuter Trucker looks exactly like ...

This New Ad Campaign Shows The Faces Of Global Poverty-And Opportunity

For World Poverty Day, nonprofit venture capital fund Acumen debuts a series of portraits of people living on less than $5 a day–and shows how the projects it’s funded are helping. 'We live in a moment right now when divides between people are sharp, and growing,' Jacqueline ...

This New Ad Campaign Shows The Faces Of Global Poverty-And Opportunity

For World Poverty Day, nonprofit venture capital fund Acumen debuts a series of portraits of people living on less than $5 a day–and show how the projects it’s funded are helping. 'We live in a moment right now when divides between people are sharp, and growing,' Jacqueline ...

Bob was the obviously problematic Weinstein, says Jeffrey Katzenberg

Everyone has opinions about Harvey Weinstein, but here at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference, venerable Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg spoke from a unique perspective: He was Weinstein’s boss for two years after Disney’s 1993 purchase of Miramax, the film ...

Arianna Huffington wants to keep your Facebook use under control

Here at the Wall Street Journal’s D.Live conference in Laguna Beach, the very first speaker was Arianna Huffington. And the very first question that the Journal’s Dennis Berman asked her was about Uber, where she is a board member who has been especially prominent as CEO Travis ...

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, billion-dollar battle to get you into bed. One day in the spring of 2016 I mentioned to a friend that I needed a new mattress. Mine was a sunken hand-me-down that had become about as comfortable as concrete.Read Full Story

How Data Can Save Us From The Trumpocalypse

In 2017, Americans need as much access to public information as possible, pleads political scholar Sarah Kendzior. This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.Read Full Story

Assange offers reward for info on killer of journalist called a “one-woman Wikileaks”

Daphne Caruana Galizia, a 53-year-old Maltese investigative journalist whose blog drew more traffic than the European island nation’s newspapers, was killed Monday by a car bomb, The Guardian reports. Caruana Galizia had been working extensively with data from the International Consortium of ...

Read the letter NYC's tech leaders sent to Jeff Bezos about Amazon's HQ2

New York City’s tech industry doesn’t seem too concerned about competition from Amazon. In a letter last week, leaders from more than three dozen New York-based companies urged Jeff Bezos to consider building Amazon’s second headquarters in the Big Apple, touting its ...

Alphabet X drones are delivering dinner and drugs to Australians

It may be years before Amazon drones start dropping off items at Americans’ front doors. But down under in Australia, dinner and medications are already arriving from the skies above. That’s thanks to a trial from Project Wing, which is part of Alphabet’s X. In a blog post ...

Netflix stock is skyrocketing after it added record subscribers this quarter

Blockbuster Video may be dead , but Netflix is most definitely alive. Its earnings report just went live, and the video streaming company added 5.3 million subscribers over the last three months–exceeding analyst expectations. That number included 850,000 subscribers in the U.S. and 4.45 ...

On the internet, nobody knows you're a dog … except Google

Google Photos just got either a bit cooler or a lot creepier, depending on how you see things. The photo-sharing service has long offered facial recognition, making it easier for users to categorize photos they upload. Today, that technology goes beyond humans and to the entire animal world. Yes, ...

Google has avoided death by genericide for now—but not these brands

You may use the word 'google' every time you need to look up how to bathe a hedgehog or look up the meaning of 'Mamihlapinatapai' on the internet, but today the U.S. Supreme Court indicated that the term 'google' is still a protected trademark. The nation’s highest court declined Monday to ...

Can Netflix Slay The Mouse?

Disney is dumping Netflix and coming for the streaming giant with a pair of digital services. Can Netflix’s $7 billion content budget give it an edge? In August, Disney sent a missile into the media stratosphere when it abruptly announced that it was creating a pair of digital streaming ...

How Disney's New Streaming Services Could Stack Up Against Netflix

Can Disney’s new services compete against Netflix’s behemoth one? Here’s a closer look. Both Netflix and Disney will have streaming services in 2018, a sign that the digital disrupter and legacy player are coming into direct competition. Here’s a look at how their ...

5G wireless boosters shouldn't get their hopes up, says Morgan Stanley

The next wave of wireless cellular tech, called 5G, is misunderstood all around. Although 5G will be at least 20 times faster than 4G wireless , it’s not all about speed. Wireless companies are excited about additional benefits: 1,000 times lower power use in some cases, virtually no delay ...

Colin Kaepernick filed a collusion claim against the NFL

Former 49er Colin Kaepernick saw his career prospects disappear after he started to quietly protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. Now, he has filed a collusion claim against the NFL for unfairly blackballing him. 'We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under ...

Framebridge just teamed up with Target to bring custom framing to a ton more people

Framing art is a drag. Your options are very limited: Either go to a store to have it custom-framed–a time-consuming and expensive process–or buy a cheap frame and do it yourself. Three years ago, Susan Tynan launched a direct-to-consumer e-commerce business that attempts to use to ...

How To Make A Harvey Weinstein Joke

This weekend, several high-profile people made jokes about Harvey Weinstein to large audiences. Here’s why two of them failed and one didn’t. Saturday Night Live‘s best response to the Harvey Weinstein story may have come during the goodbyes, when host Kumail Nanjiani addressed ...

This Blockchain-Based Energy Platform Is Building A Peer-To-Peer Grid

WePower is creating a new cryptocurrency to help facilitate a more democratic system of funding and buying renewable energy. Residential solar customers are already used to selling power back to the grid. When their rooftop panels produce more electricity than is needed at any time, they can send ...

No, In-N-Out Burger is not hosting a “pop-up” in New York City

This weekend I noticed a rare bit of good news in my Facebook feed: In-N-Out burger was going to host a 'pop-up' in New York City, or so a Facebook event page claimed. Many of my friends were either attending or at least 'interested.' In fact, the event had garnered over 40,000 RSVPs. Starting ...

ThirdLove spent a year designing a bra you can sleep in

ThirdLove, the four-year-old bra company founded by ex-Googler Heidi Zak, is known for its very deliberate approach to product design. Rather than launching cute new bras every season like, say, Victoria’s Secret, the company does extensive user testing to determine what consumers need. ...

A LinkedIn Leader's Top 5 Career Lessons To Learn Earlier

It’s important to plan for both the short and the long game in your career. As the senior director of global talent acquisition at LinkedIn, I get to interact with many professionals and students. In my conversations with people–whether they are students or folks just out of school and ...

Me Too campaign on Facebook and Twitter shows pervasiveness of sexual misconduct

If you ever doubted that sexual harassment and sexual assault were incredibly pervasive in our society, a new social media campaign makes it hard to ignore. Countless women–and even some men–are distilling a lifetime of stories of assault, harassment, and unwanted attention into two ...

We Need A Better Way To Get Lithium, The Element Powering The EV Revolution

Current methods of extracting the element–the key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries–destroy landscapes and take two years to complete. The startup Lilac says it has developed a new process that’s both much faster and more sustainable. Electric vehicles make up just 1% of the ...

Marvel Entertainment Stokes Fans With New, Action-Packed “Black Panther” Trailer

Welcome to Wakanda. What: The first full trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther, set for theatrical release on February 9, 2018.Read Full Story

How to Recognize Your Blind Spots Before They Derail Your Career

From being a bad listener to micromanaging, you may be doing things that are limiting your success without knowing it. Here’s how to stop. Drivers know to watch for their blind spot when they’re on the road, but there are other blind spots in your life you need to look ...

The Weinstein Company might sell itself to a private equity firm

The Weinstein Company said this morning it is receiving an investment from the private equity firm Colony Capital. The company added that it is also negotiating with Colony about a 'potential sale of all or a significant portion of the Company’s assets.' The movie studio has been in throes of ...

With NBA's new AR app, you can shoot hoops anywhere, anytime

Now hoopsters don’t need to find an actual basket to play ball. Today, the NBA unveiled its first augmented reality app–which is, it claims, the first from any professional sports league. Built for iPhones using Apple’s new ARKit, the app lets anyone shoot hoops anywhere, ...

Your Five-Month Guide To Getting A Promotion

If you want a bump in your title you’ll have to start laying the groundwork months in advance. Consider this your step-by-step guide. Landing a promotion are career goals that most of us aspire to sooner or later. But you can’t just pop into your boss’s office, declare yourself ...

Stress Is Making You Micromanage, Which Is Making Everything Worse

Ask yourself these four questions to break the vicious cycle. Are you a micromanager? You will probably say no. Maybe you self-deprecatingly call yourself a 'control freak.' Or just 'hands-on.' You just 'care too much.'Read Full Story

Microsoft built a treehouse for employees

Because why not? Microsoft announced the treehouse in a blog post, where the company revealed it teamed up with builder Pete Nelson of the television show Treehouse Masters to create the new workspace. Twelve feet off the ground, treehouse number one features charred-wood walls and a soaring ceiling ...

IDC: Huawei could overtake Apple in China

IDC analyst Francisco Jeronimo believes that the Chinese firm has a very real chance of overtaking the iPhone maker in one of the most important smartphone markets in the world, reports CNBC. Jeronimo points out that Apple has a 12% market share in the country currently, while Huawei is not far ...

Russian trolls were reportedly ordered to watch “House of Cards”

Individuals who worked for Putin’s Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg were required to watch the hit Netflix series to help them craft messages to 'set up the Americans against their own government,' reports Yahoo News. The information comes from an alleged troll going by the name of ...

Facebook wants to hire people with national security clearances

The social media giant is looking to hire a swath of employees that have national security clearances, Bloomberg reports. Citing a source familiar with the matter, Bloomberg says Facebook thinks the move is necessary to prevent the future manipulation of elections through its network by a foreign ...

The WPA2 security protocol used by virtually every Wi-Fi network has been breached

A team of Belgian researchers has discovered the vulnerability, which allows attackers to eavesdrop Wi-Fi traffic passing between computers and access points, reports ArsTechnica. The exploit is known as KRACK, or Key Reinstallation Attacks. KRACK reportedly hijacks data being sent over the network ...

Qualcomm wants China to ban the iPhone

The chipmaker once counted Apple as one of its most important customers, but now the company is doing everything it can to disrupt sales of the iPhone. Qualcomm says its issue with Apple is that the iPhone maker is allegedly using three of its patented technologies without paying for them, including ...

Qualcomm wants China to ban the iPhone

The chipmaker once counted Apple as one of its most important customers, but now the company is doing everything it can to disrupt sales of the iPhone. Qualcomm’s says its issue with Apple is that the iPhone maker is allegedly using three of its patented technologies without paying for them, ...

Kevin Durant's Killer Crossover

With a new media company and growing investment portfolio, the Golden State Warriors star forward is making new moves—on an unfamiliar court. On a crystalline day this past summer, about eight weeks before the official start of the basketball season, Kevin Durant—the Golden State ...

Why My Company Stopped “Auditioning” Job Candidates

After four years, Buffer realized its six-week probationary period wasn’t getting new hires to do their best work. The 'Buffer Bootcamp' is a rite of passage that’s long been a staple of our culture at Buffer, the 45-day period that all new teammates have embarked upon as they joined ...

Well To Do: Your Guide To The Ever-Growing Health And Wellness Industry

It seems like everyone is concerned about their health and wellness, more than ever before. An entire industry has popped up around people’s need to feel better, get healthier, and live longer. Examples of this can be found in all sorts of markets, with innovation across the board. ...

Netflix earnings preview: Will a price hike and Disney showdown hamper growth?

Netflix is set to report its latest earnings on Monday. Those quarterly headlines tend to contain positive news for the streaming video giant–about its subscriber growth, especially–but what should we expect as the company preps its letter to investors for Q3? $2.97 billion. ...

This VR Exhibit Lets You Witness The Refugee Crisis Firsthand

'Forced from Home,' brings the refugee crisis as close to the American public as possible–and hopes to create more empathy by doing so. Inside the dome at the entrance to 'Forced from Home,' an interactive exhibit created by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontièrs , an image ...

Google gives $1 billion to help the workers it's hurting

At an event in Pittsburgh on Thursday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced it was pledging $1 billion to its new 'Grow with Google' initiative that will help re-train people who are about to lose their jobs due to AI-fueled automation. It’s the company’s biggest philanthropic push ...

States are already planning to sue Trump over his Obamacare subsidy cut

This week, President Trump announced a plan to do away with a key part of the Affordable Care Act: subsidies to insurance companies that helped low-income people pay out-of-pocket costs. This will very likely unravel Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law–insurance companies have ...

This Short Depicts The Horror Of Being Sexually Assaulted On A Crowded Subway

'Laps' is an unnerving short film about one of the many reasons why simply being a woman is a constant minefield. What: Laps, an intense short film about an all-too-common trauma that women who live in metropolitan areas face.Read Full Story

Independent coffee shops are perking up, says Foursquare data

The buzz around coffee is growing, particularly among the so-called third wave coffee lovers, according to new Foursquare research on foot-traffic patterns and store visits. While pumpkin spice and eggnog lattes still drive a lot of coffee shop traffic–with brand loyalists picking up their ...

Chance the Rapper paid for so many Chicagoans to see “Marshall” in a theater today

Chance the Rapper is a film buff and an activist, and today those worlds collided. He bought out every screening at two separate theaters of the new movie Marshall, so as many Chicagoans as possible can see it for free. Marshall stars the Black Panther himself, Chadwick Boseman, and documents the ...