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CHEAP: The Google Pixel 3 for just $489? HECK YES!!!
2019-09-14

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! There has been plenty of chatter around Google‘s upcoming Pixel 4 phone. In June, the company teased its design and confirmed it’ll have a dual-camera setup. A recent leak also suggested the device will feature an...

A shocking 73% of stories on LGBTQ websites are being flagged as unsafe for brands, survey says
2019-09-13

CHEQ research of 15 major media sites found that more than half of neutral or positive stories are still being flagged as unsafe for advertisers. The concept of brand safety has moved from a few backroom meetings to the forefront of any major advertiser’s priority list over the last few years. Simply put,...

Andrew Yang and Donald Trump get more support than Joe Biden from Big Tech workers
2019-09-13

Overall, the most popular candidates among donors who work at Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft were Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders. Poor Joe Biden. He just can’t catch a break—the near-constant inability to utter a sentence without a gaffe, being the human piñata at every debate,...

Twitter’s refusal to dox a cow stymies Republican’s $250M lawsuit
2019-09-13

US Rep. Devin Nunes can’t seem to catch a break. First, despite his memo blaming Obama and the FBI for all the evils in the world, his fellow former members of the Trump transition team keep getting indicted for being bad at crime. And now he can’t figure out which one of his cows is helping his mom make fun of...

Beto O’Rourke’s violent troll shows how easy it is to keep breaking Twitter’s rules
2019-09-13

Politics is ugly on Twitter. Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke took a strong stance against guns—and the Twitter trolls came for him.Read Full Story

Micro moon! Harvest moon! Friday the 13th! Our endless lunar obsession, explained
2019-09-13

If you’re a fan of the moon, there’s a lot to tweet about today. We’ll try to break it down for you. There’s a certain corner of the internet that is very excited for night to fall. This time the excitement extends beyond sky-gazing Twitter and astronomy subreddits, because there is...

Let’s talk about SNL’s most important new cast member: Bowen Yang
2019-09-13

Don’t let the conversation around a certain new SNL cast member overshadow the celebration for Bowen Yang, the hilarious comedian, podcaster, and SNL writer who just got promoted to featured player on the show. For about five hours on Thursday afternoon, Bowen Yang was the toast of the internet and the broader...

Fabric dyes are a toxic problem. These beautiful alternative colors are made out of food waste
2019-09-13

This designer developed a safer, simpler, and healthier solution to conventional fabric dye—using scraps of old fruits and veggies. In the United States alone, more than 15 million pounds of textile waste is generated each year. In response to the environmentally harmful practices of fast fashion—a...

France calls for EU-wide cryptocurrency rules amid Libra concerns
2019-09-13

The European Union needs to establish a common set of rules for cryptocurrencies to counteract risks posed by Facebook’s Libra, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said today. According to Reuters, Libra could pose risks to consumers, financial stability and even “the sovereignty of European states,” Le...

How to Get to 10k Followers on Instagram
2019-09-13

Here are the “secrets” that I used to grow my Instagram to 10,000 followers, fast!

Fitbit’s $199 Versa 2 goes on sale September 15
2019-09-12

Fitbit‘s latest fitness tracker/smartwatch, the Versa 2, was introduced a couple of weeks ago, but the company did not provide a firm release date at the time. Now we know: the Versa 2 will be available this Sunday, September 15. Pre-orders are already open. Compared to the already-good Versa and Versa Lite, the...

LeBron got dunked on by the Trademark Office for Taco Tuesday. How he can steal back goodwill
2019-09-12

With his trademark application denied, LeBron can still flip the script on some bad optics. One of the biggest NBA stories of the last week was the fact that LeBron James applied to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.” The application was looking for...

This new credit card is made from plastic that would have ended up in the ocean
2019-09-12

The plastic we use to buy plastic that winds up in the ocean may someday, too, wind up in the ocean. But not if this card-making company has anything to do with it. Single-use plastic is responsible for somewhere between 4.8 and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic entering the ocean each year. We normally think of...

Science says this is the best time to brainstorm—and it’s not when you think
2019-09-12

On the first episode of the new season of Fast Company’s podcast ‘Creative Conversation,’ we unpack why an unfocused mind is prime time for finding your most creative ideas. Listen to the latest episode of Fast Company’s podcast Creative Conversation on Apple Podcasts, Spotify,...

France doesn’t want Facebook to operate Libra in Europe
2019-09-12

Facebook’s ambitious cryptocurrency project, Libra, has been facing a lot of heat in Europe since its announcement in June. Now, according to Reuters, the French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, doesn’t want it to operate in the EU, as he feels it’s unclear exactly how the digital currency will function. Le...

France to block Facebook’s libra cryptocurrency over fears the company is trying to privatize money
2019-09-12

“The monetary sovereignty of countries is at stake from a possible privatization of money . . . by a sole actor with more than 2 billion users on the planet.” Frances powerful finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, has announced the country will block the development of Facebook’s upcoming libra...

Airbnb, Pinterest, Reddit, Twitter, and Uber leaders urge an expansion of gun control laws
2019-09-12

“Doing nothing about America’s gun violence crisis is simply unacceptable, and it is time to stand with the American public on gun safety,” the leaders say. The heads of 145 American companies have written an open letter to Senate leaders urging stronger “red flag” laws and the...

Legendary creative director Jim Moore talks Instagram, career, and the ‘GQ’ look
2019-09-12

Jim Moore has spent 40 years making ‘GQ’ synonymous with good fashion sense. Legendary creative director Jim Moore has been part of the GQ family for some 40 years, and he’s just released a book, Hunks and Heroes: Four Decades of Fashion at GQ, that highlights his influential body of work at...

Google launches tools to help opioid addicts with resources for their recovery
2019-09-12

The new “Recover Together” site features a Google Maps-powered tool that allows people in recovery to find support and anti-opioid medication. In honor of National Recovery Month, Google has announced it is launching a new site aimed at helping the 23 million Americans with an opioid addiction. Called...

Silicon Valley sucks at diverse hiring. Lesbians Who Tech wants to change that
2019-09-12

With Include.io, Lesbians Who Tech wants to help major tech companies tap into its 50,000-person community—and move the needle on diversity. Since 2014—when Tracy Chou called out Pinterest’s gender imbalance—the tech industry has spouted platitudes about the value of diversity....

Pam and Angela from The Office are re-watching the show for their new podcast
2019-09-12

I’m currently on my 25th or so re-watch of NBC’s hit mockumentary series, The Office, and it’s not because I didn’t get all the jokes the first 24 times. The show is pure comedy gold, thanks in no small part to its phenomenal cast. Now, six years since the show’s season nine finale, actors Jenna Fischer and...

9/11 passes without any major screwups from brand Twitter—almost
2019-09-12

As social media feeds filled up with #NeverForget hashtags today, one thing was markedly absent: tone-deaf tweets and posts from popular consumer brands. As Americans’ social media feeds are filled with #NeverForget hashtags today to commemorate the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, one thing is markedly...

The problem with Trump’s proposed ban on flavored vaping products
2019-09-12

The rash of mysterious vaping-related deaths and illnesses has not previously been linked to flavored e-cigs. President Trump announced today that his administration is preparing to ban flavored e-cigarettes to fight a surge in vaping by “innocent children,” the Hill reports. It’s apparently a hot...

How to Boost Your Digital Marketing Productivity
2019-09-11

Are you struggling with marketing productivity? If you are a digital marketer, then you must often feel like a juggler.  There’s just so much to do on so many different channels and…. ….keeping all those balls in the air can make you feel exhausted.  I know that we all spend hours of our working...

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