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Poor Farmers Swap Fair-Trade Premiums For Ownership Of Their Own Global Companies

Fair trade might be good. But owning your own supply chain is even better. For small farmers with a patch of forest, new ventures (...)

2013-06-13
“Jony Ive Redesigns Things” Is The Best Tumblr This Week

Not sure how you feel about iOS 7’s unicorn color palette? Wait until you see it applied to stop signs and Star Wars. (...)

2013-06-13
Google to retire Chrome Frame for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, cease support and updates in January 2014

Google today announced it is retiring Chrome Frame for Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, a plug-in that brings Chrome’s engine to (...)

2013-06-12
Live now: Watchtower’s founder answers questions via video. Get involved!

Got a question for Brennan? Use the chat feature above to get it answered live. Brennan White is the CEO and Founder of Watchtower, (...)

2013-06-12
Edtech startup Treehouse turns to gamification to help fuel growth as it passes 35K users

After hitting $3.6 million in revenues and raising $7 million earlier this year, tech education startup Treehouse announced (...)

2013-06-13
Funny Or Why? 5 Tips To Help Your Brand Culture-Jack The Right Way

Using social media to capitalize on current events is risky business. But if done correctly, the payoff can be huge and provide (...)

2013-06-12
Young Baseball Fan Throws First MLB Telerobotic PItch

Google Fiber enables a young baseball fan’s dreams. Last night, the first-ever telerobotic pitch was thrown at a major (...)

2013-06-12
Photog Captures The Charm Of Endangered Rest Stops

Ryann Ford shoots portraits of highway architecture: a disappearing relic of midcentury road-trip culture. Along with Willie (...)

2013-06-12
The U.S. May Be Rich, But It Leaves A Lot Of People Hungry

For such a wealthy country, we’re not doing so good on the feeding everyone front. For a rich country, the U.S. has a (...)

2013-06-12
Floome: A Personal Breathalyzer That Plugs Into Your Smartphone

This handy gadget packs the performance of a law-enforcement breathalyzer into a tidy little package. Everyone has their own (...)

2013-06-12
Bill McDonough’s Latest Initiative: Helping Companies Cut Down On Packaging Waste

The Cradle To Cradle guru is teaming up with Waste Management to consult with companies about using less and using smarter. (...)

2013-06-12
What Does It Look Like When You 3-D Print Music?

These sculptures were made by a printer as it screeched out classics with its motor. 3-D printing has been hailed as a technology (...)

2013-06-12
No One Can Patent Genes, The Supreme Court Rules

In a landmark decision, the court invalidated company’s attempts to control sections of our genetic code that they had discovered. (...)

2013-06-12
Look, A Table With No Legs!

Ingo Maurer took a quick break from lighting design to create this mind-boggling table for Established & Sons. Let’s (...)

2013-06-11
Facebook’s Secret To Building Friendships: Many Small Interactions

The design minds behind Facebook share the social network’s most important view--that friendships aren’t made in a (...)

2013-06-12
Beyond IQ: 5 Ways To Reframe Success And Smarts

Some of the most successful people were "ungifted" according to traditional measures of intelligence. Here, insight from Scott (...)

2013-06-12
Creating Meaning In Your Consumption, With The Stories Behind Stuff

You care most about your personal objects that have heartwarming backstories. The founders of online retailer Madesmith are betting (...)

2013-06-12
60 Ingenious Knot Designs From The “Man On Wire”

High-wire artist Philippe Petit’s rigging explained in Why Knot?, his new book on the art of knot tying. When Philippe (...)

2013-06-12
What It Feels Like To Be Hit With Turkish Tear Gas

Inside the Gezi Park protests, a reporter comes face to face with the crowd control methods of the Istanbul police. In Istanbul, (...)

2013-06-12
The Making Of “The East” And How a Good Collaboration Is Like Meditation

Zal Batmanglij, director and co-writer of The East and Sound of My Voice, explains how collaborating with actress and co-writer (...)

2013-06-12
Mapping Where Americans Eat The Most Fruits And Vegetables

An apple a day… but only in some states. Nutrition fads come and go, but fruits and vegetables are always trendy--they’re (...)

2013-06-12
Thanks To This Startup, You Can Now Text E.T.

A historic satellite complex built for Apollo 11 is now beaming messages to potential extraterrestrial life--and you can send any (...)

2013-06-12
Joy Of Specs: This Unauthorized Commercial For Tic Tac Will Make You Feel Funny

Warning: not safe. Period. Somebody decided to make a spec commercial for Tic Tac--and the brand can’t be too thrilled. (...)

2013-06-12
Google Reader’s Death Will Vastly Improve The Way You Read

As the July deadline approaches, reader apps are going to start competing to make you pay for RSS--something that might just be (...)

2013-06-12
Wrapp raises $15M from American Express and others to bolster its social gifting service

Social gifting app Wrapp has raised $15 million for its Series B round. The new capital comes from new investors American Express, (...)

2013-06-12
Myspace co-founder Chris DeWolfe’s SGN buys Zynga-backed Mob Science to expand its games portfolio

The cross-platform social gaming company SGN (Social Gaming Network) has agreed to purchase the mobile games studio Mob Science in (...)

2013-06-12
Disney ports its Marvel: Avengers Alliance Facebook RPG to iOS, Android coming soon

Disney has released its popular Facebook RPG Marvel: Avengers Alliance on iOS and announced plans to release the game on Android (...)

2013-06-12
Facebook Finally Gets Hashtag Support

Hashtags are coming to Facebook to help users better surface conversations. Support for the all-but-ubiquitous topic organization (...)

2013-06-11
Twitter design lead Josh Brewer leaves the company to build something new

Today Twitter’s Josh Brewer announced that he will leave Twitter to build something new, and spend time with his family. Fittingly, (...)

2013-06-11
Google updates Gesture Search for Android with support for over 40 languages and transliteration

Google today updated its Gesture Search app for Android with support for over 40 languages. You can download the new app now directly (...)

2013-06-11
Parse grows 25% in month after Facebook picked it up, powering 100k apps with aggregate API service

Mobile back-end platform service Parse revealed today that it powers more than 100,000 mobile applications. That figure is a 25 percent (...)

2013-06-12
How To Make Content Marketing Work For Your Business

Guest post by Josh Pigford, founder of Temper Content marketing may be the new buzz word in digital media, but many businesses are (...)

2013-06-11
The New Abnormal In Movies: Why Charm Is Dead, Sequels, Reboots, And Marketing Moguls Rule (And The One Bright Spot)

Film and TV producer Lynda Obst explains what went so terribly wrong with movies in her new book, Sleepless in Hollywood. Here, (...)

2013-06-11
A Wondrously Simple, Tactile Comic Book For The Blind

Philipp Meyer re-envisions the comic book in a Braille-like format. His simple story uses basic shapes but packs an emotional punch. (...)

2013-06-11
Building Blocks For Creating A New Generation Of Women Engineers

A new kind of toy called Goldie Blox aims to inspire young girls to explore engineering, with wheels, axles, belt-drives, and pink (...)

2013-06-11
Synthetic Glow-In-The-Dark Houseplants: Brilliant or Science Crime?

A Kickstarter project to create eerily glowing vegetation is causing an uproar among critics of genetic modification, amid fears (...)

2013-06-11
Here Are Some Alternative Uses For The Money You’re Spending On Cannes

It’s another robust year for Cannes submissions. But the sheer amount of money being spent to compete could be used for so (...)

2013-06-11
Send A Digital Kiss, Courtesy Of Burberry

Lay a wet one on your mobile device and watch it (the kiss) wing its way to your beloved. Want to add a personal touch to your (...)

2013-06-11
The Kind Of App Experiment You’d Only Find In NYC

As the technology scene grows in cities like NYC and L.A., we’re going to see all kinds of experiments that solve those cities’ (...)

2013-06-11
A Designer Overhauls The NSA’s Atrocious Powerpoint Presentation

Slide show expert Emiland De Cubber transforms the NSA’s clunky Prism deck with minimalist cool. When news of the NSA’s (...)

2013-06-11
Why Myspace Owners Tim And Chris Vanderhook Think Their New Music-Streaming App Is Bigger (And Better) Than Apple’s

Myspace used feedback from users of its revamped web interface to power a new, mostly human-curated, artist-driven streaming radio (...)

2013-06-11
A Global Invention Lab With One Goal: Stop Climate Change

The Ocean Invention Network is trying to invent our way out of planetary catastrophe. Climate change, as British economist Sir (...)

2013-06-11
Sony’s New Campaign For PlayStation 4 Promises Greatness

Sony’s ad for the forthcoming PlayStation 4 aspires to greatness. Sony put in a strong showing at announcements]E3 this (...)

2013-06-11
Beautiful Pics Of Trash, Inspired By Botanical Drawings

Barry Rosenthal’s series of jewel-toned garbage collections sheds new light on litter. Before photography and the Internet, (...)

2013-06-11
Infographic: This Chart Will Turn You Into A White Wine Snob

A handy chart offers 20 new ways to talk about el vino blanco. Not too long ago I met a winemaker who said, “I believe (...)

2013-06-11
High-Fructose Corn Syrup Is Bad For Everything: It Might Be Killing The Bees

The latest suspect fingered in colony collapse disorder is a familiar villain. Colony collapse disorder, the phenomenon where (...)

2013-06-11
Survival Of The Fittest: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg On “This Is The End” And Keeping Your Best Ideas Alive

Their directorial debut, "This Is the End," may be about surviving an apocalypse, but the screenwriting duo of Seth Rogen and Evan (...)

2013-06-11

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