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California Enacts New Digital Privacy Laws 9 Oct 2015, 10:05 pm

California governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the strongest digital privacy rules in the U.S.

A new set of laws is giving Californians the strongest digital privacy rights in the U.S. The Electronic Communication Privacy Act, signed by Governor Jerry Brown late Thursday, bars law enforcement agencies or investigative entities from handing over any sort of digital communications or metadata without a warrant. The law is by far the most public-friendly in the country.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

China Allegedly Arrested Hackers To Comply With The U.S. Government's Demands 9 Oct 2015, 9:15 pm

If true, things just took an interesting turn: The U.S. has long struggled to coerce China to take action against its prolific hackers.

Every once in a while, the cold cyberwar between the U.S. and China takes an unexpected turn. The Washington Post reported on Friday that Chinese authorities recently arrested several hackers at the request of the U.S. government. The arrests were allegedly made a few weeks before Chinese president Xi Jinping's state visit to Washington last month.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Apple Took Down An Ad Blocker For Apps Over Privacy Concerns 9 Oct 2015, 7:05 pm

Been Choice, which allegedly blocks advertising within iOS apps, has been flagged by Apple due to customer security issues.

A new, turbocharged ad blocker for iPhones has been removed from the App Store over security concerns—and it may signal just how far is too far when it comes to iOS ad blockers. Been Choice, which just launched this week and blocks advertising even in native apps like Apple News, was removed from circulation due to concerns that the app was tracking user traffic.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Why The Steve Jobs In Aaron Sorkin's Movie Could Never Have Saved Apple 9 Oct 2015, 5:00 pm

Steve Jobs biographer Rick Tetzeli argues the film doesn't capture the Apple cofounder's ability to learn and change.

As I left a recent screening of Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs, I overheard two women ahead of me on the escalator descending to the street talking about the movie. "I thought I knew a lot about him," said one. "But I didn't know all that!"

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Rick Tetzeli

This Trippy Credenza Is An Optical Illusion For Your Living Room 9 Oct 2015, 4:00 pm

How deep is it? You can only tell from the side.

Many shelves aren't deep enough. These shelves are both deeper and shallower than they look, thanks to a clever optical illusion that gives each nook its own separate, misleading depth.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | John Brownlee

Elon Musk: "If You Don't Make It At Tesla, You Go Work At Apple" 9 Oct 2015, 3:50 pm

In an interview, Tesla CEO Musk called Apple the "Tesla graveyard."

Tesla CEO Elon Musk had some fighting words for Apple in an interview published last month: Speaking to German newspaper Handelsblatt, Musk said he wasn't threatened by Apple's play for the electric car market. He also addressed rumors that Apple is hiring away prominent Tesla engineers, arguing instead that those employees were let go by Tesla.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Pavithra Mohan

Steve Jobs, The Movie: 11 Things That Aren't True About The Apple Cofounder 9 Oct 2015, 2:30 pm

Not everything in Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle's biopic about Apple cofounder Steve Jobs is true to life.

Steve Jobs, the new movie from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director Danny Boyle, opens widely today. Its energetic, crackling direction showcases the kind of whiplash dialogue that Sorkin is famous for. Film critics have already started weighing in, with mostly positive reviews. Theatergoers will get their chance to watch the film today. The one thing they won't get is a chance to see a movie that's actually about Steve Jobs.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Rick Tetzeli

Square Says Its Super-Simple Email Marketing Tools Are Paying Off For Small Businesses 9 Oct 2015, 1:48 pm

Six months after introducing Square Marketing, the company has data that shows its digital coupons increase sales.

If you pay attention to news coming from Square, you know that it's been a long time since all it did was process credit-card payments using its itty-bitty swiper. The expansion of its small-business services began in earnest back in 2012, with an app that transformed an iPad into a cash register. In May 2014, it turned receipts into miniature customer surveys and started fronting money to small businesses that they could repay a little bit at a time from their Square transactions. In April of this year, it launched Square Marketing, a service that lets businesses send digital offers such as discounts to their customers. And in August, it started to help businesses schedule appointments.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Harry McCracken

How Well Do You Know The News? Take The Fast Company Quiz 9 Oct 2015, 12:33 pm

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for October 9, 2015.

Did you follow the news this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. cool-face

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | P. Claire Dodson

Cartoonist Kate Beaton On Staying Creative, Respecting Your Audience, And Poop Jokes 9 Oct 2015, 12:20 pm

The Hark! A Vagrant cartoonist is back with a new collection of comics, and it's every bit as weird and hilarious as her first.

Kate Beaton is lost.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Dan Solomon

Gaze Upon The Slobbery Faces Of 91 Dogs From "Lick" Photographer Ty Foster 9 Oct 2015, 12:00 pm

Who's a good boy? Who's a good boy??

There are two kinds of people in the world: Those who love a big, slobbery dog face, and human monsters. If you're the former kind, you will want to immediately check out the photographs of Ty Foster, whose book Lick captures a number of furry pups in the middle of sticking their tongues out.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Dan Solomon

Spy A Trove Of Whimsical Paper Planes Found On NYC Streets 9 Oct 2015, 11:30 am

Artist Harry Smith's collection is plane genius.

Folding a paper airplane is a rite of passage for many kids. With a few strategic creases, anything from a page ripped out of a magazine to piece of card stock could become airborne. While they're never going to be a marvels of aviation design, paper planes are clever little case studies about problem-solving: How do you tweak the shape to make the damn thing soar?

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Diana Budds

Turn Your Emails Into A Symphony With Typatone 9 Oct 2015, 11:30 am

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Last year, we covered Jono Brandel and Lullatone's addictive site Patatap, which turns keyboard strokes into sounds and animations. Now they're are back at it with Typatone, an app that turns text into a lovely little xylophone melody.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Meg Miller

These Mechanical Cat Legs March Us Toward The Robopocalypse 9 Oct 2015, 11:00 am

When the robots come, what horrifying form will they take?

In order to better understand cats, researchers at the University of Electro-Communications, Tokyo, Japan built robot cat legs. The result of their labors is documented in this video, which shows the terrifying prospect of disembodied feline legs rendered in metal, leaping to 1.3 times their own height.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Charlie Sorrel

Exchange Your Skills For Free Services With A Different Kind Of Bank: A Time Bank 9 Oct 2015, 10:45 am

A new sharing economy app actually involves sharing.

Instead of paying for a service—whether you need an accountant or carpenter or Spanish lessons—imagine you pay with something else: your own time. Each hour you give your skills to someone else, you earn an hour you can spend with someone else.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

Conflict-Free And Easy To Repair, The Fairphone Is The World's Most Ethical Phone 9 Oct 2015, 10:00 am

Maybe you should reconsider that new iPhone.

The Fairphone is a modular handset designed with repairability and ethical sourcing of its materials as headline features. It sold 60,000 units. Amazingly, for what sounds like a nerd-phone, almost half of those buyers had never owned a smartphone before.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Charlie Sorrel

5 Great Free Gmail Add-Ons To Make You More Productive 9 Oct 2015, 10:00 am

Snooze your messages, get to know your contacts better, cut down on junk mail, and more.

Ah, email. They said social media would kill it off, but still it remains. It's arguably the sturdiest nerd of the tech world.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Doug Aamoth

When It's Necessary To Be A Jerk At Work 9 Oct 2015, 9:56 am

Sometimes you just have to make everyone uncomfortable in order to achieve your goals.

Andrea Cutright thinks it's important to be a jerk at work—at least sometimes. She believes that it's a skill you can and should develop as you get further along in your career, in the same way you would hone negotiation and team building.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Lydia Dishman

9 Things Freelancers Should Do To Get Higher Rates 9 Oct 2015, 9:30 am

If you have the right conversations now, you can raise your rates and keep your best clients, too.

If you're one of the 53 million freelance workers in the U.S., no one's going to decide to give you a raise. If you want to earn more, you'll need to negotiate with your clients for a rate increase.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Laura Vanderkam

8 Successful People Share How Not To Find A Mentor 9 Oct 2015, 9:00 am

Finding someone to help you navigate your career path is crucial to success, but make sure to avoid these mistakes.

Now, don't get me wrong—mentorship is one of the biggest keys to success. But believe it or not, there is a right and a wrong way to seek out a mentor and build a mutually beneficial relationship. In many cases, the best mentoring happens without the formal label "mentoring." Nobody asked anybody to go steady, nobody sent a note saying, "Would you be my mentor?" followed by yes, no, and maybe boxes to check. Questions were asked, thoughts were shared, and advice was given. Voilà, an effortless mentor relationship is born.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Amy Elisa Jackson, Levo League

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