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LinkedIn Wants To Syndicate Content From Top Influencers 31 Jul 2015, 9:15 pm

The professional social network hopes to spread its most popular content (and LinkedIn branding).

LinkedIn's most popular posts are often penned by its "Influencers," who are usually notable entrepreneurs and public figures—and, in some cases, their ghostwriters. That content has thus far been republished to digital outlets manually, on a case-by-case basis, but LinkedIn's latest idea is to move those posts past the confines of its site in a more official capacity. According to Re/code, the professional networking service is looking to syndicate content from Influencers to other sites around the world.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Uber Is Now Worth More Than $50 Billion 31 Jul 2015, 8:40 pm

Uber's valuation matches that of Facebook in 2011, the only other startup to have topped $50 billion.

Five years after its launch, Uber is valued at more than $50 billion. The ride-sharing company just announced a new funding round, in which it raised nearly $1 billion.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Black Caucus To Silicon Valley: Hire More Minority Talent 31 Jul 2015, 6:45 pm

The Congressional Black Caucus is meeting with some of Silicon Valley's biggest names.

The tech industry's hiring practices are attracting government attention. Next week, the Congressional Black Caucus's diversity task force is meeting with executives from Apple, Google, Bloomberg, Intel, Kapor, Pandora, and SAP to demand the companies hire more African-Americans.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Anti-Doping Regulations Come To Esports: A Q&A With Electronic Sports League's Michal Blicharz 31 Jul 2015, 5:10 pm

Pro gamers will find it more difficult to seek a competitive edge...if such a thing even exists.

Last week, the esports giant Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced its plan to add anti-doping regulations, making it the first international esports league to do so. Rumors about performance-enhancing drugs in competitive gaming have surfaced over the years, but the blatant admission of PED abuse by a former professional gamer earlier this month raises questions about how widespread PED abuse is in competitive gaming.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | David Lumb

Uber Will Invest $1 Billion In India By 2016 31 Jul 2015, 4:15 pm

The move marks its expansion into yet another global market: In June, Uber said it would invest more than $1 billion in China.

Last month, Uber unveiled plans to spend more than $1 billion this year on expanding in China, even calling the country its "number one priority." The ride-hailing service is now matching that investment in another lucrative market: Uber is looking to drop $1 billion in India within the next nine months, to bring its services to new cities and beat out local taxi-hailing platform Ola.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Pavithra Mohan

Twitter Seeks To Attract More Users With New Homepage 31 Jul 2015, 3:07 pm

The social network becomes a tad more user-friendly.

Twitter revealed marginal user growth—the least it has shown since going public—during its second-quarter earnings call earlier this week. The social network brings in just 304 million active users per month, a number that pales in comparison to Facebook's nearly 1.5 billion monthly users. Twitter has long struggled to market itself successfully, due in part to the fact that new users have to follow the right accounts and use the site regularly to get a grasp on it.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Pavithra Mohan

Inside Spotify's Plan To Take On Apple Music 31 Jul 2015, 1:00 pm

We keep hearing things like "human-curated" and "machine listening," but what does it actually mean for you?

Brian Whitman landed at Spotify just in time. The MIT Media Lab alum and machine listening expert joined the product team at Spotify early last year when the streaming giant dropped a reported $100 million to acquire The Echo Nest, the music data company he cofounded a decade ago. Since his time at MIT, Whitman, along with cofounder and fellow PhD Tristan Jehan, has focused obsessively on the intersection of big data, artificial intelligence, and music, using that sweet spot to try and redefine music discovery in the age when songs flow freely like water and new artists pop up by the hour. Today, he's sitting across from me in a conference room in Spotify's New York headquarters showing me what his team has been building for the last few months.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | John Paul Titlow

Take The Fast Company News Quiz 31 Jul 2015, 12:57 pm

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for July 31, 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 | Rose Pastore

What Happens To A Workplace When All The Salaries Are Public? 31 Jul 2015, 12:21 pm

Getting lucky in a salary negotiation has little to do with being good at your job.

Do you know what your boss earns? Do you wonder what's going on with that guy in HR who always arrives late, but also gets a new car every six months?

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Charlie Sorrel

New York Activist Group Calls For Apple To Ditch The Gun Emoji 31 Jul 2015, 12:00 pm

It's a brilliant marketing stunt, and also a tease of how complicated freedom of expression can be when corporations get involved.

New Yorkers Against Gun Violence (NYAGV), a nonprofit whose mission is pretty much in the name, has aimed the barrel of its latest campaign right at Apple. It's called #DisarmTheiPhone, and it's asking activists across social media to "help convince Apple to remove the gun emoji and take a stand for stricter gun accessibility in America."

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Mark Wilson

This Sensor Will Tell You How Busy The Gym Is Before You Even Leave The House 31 Jul 2015, 12:00 pm

Density is a simple new IoT sensor that broadcasts how busy public places around town are at any given time.

No one likes a bar that's too crowded, or for that matter, one that's too dead. But what if you could pull out your smartphone and see just how jumping your favorite hot spot was before you made your way there? That's the idea behind Density, a simple little sensor that measures the real-time population of bars, gyms, clubs, cafés, and shops, and then broadcasts them over the internet.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | John Brownlee

These Highway Billboards Show Trees And The Night Sky Where The Ads Should Be 31 Jul 2015, 11:48 am

An artist creates an advertising campaign that's not trying to sell you on anything other than a beautiful image.

Instead of ads, two billboards along a crowded Boston highway temporarily showed images of nature instead. If you were stuck in traffic on I-95 in July, you might have seen a photo of a forest hanging over clearcut land. At night, one billboard showed the Milky Way—something that's normally hidden by light pollution from the city.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

Is Space About To Experience A Design Renaissance? 31 Jul 2015, 11:30 am

Will SpaceX and Virgin Galactic push the boundaries of space exploration? Two aerospace experts weigh in.

Getting human beings off the planet is the hardest design challenge mankind has ever undertaken. Yet it's also a solved problem: we've been sending people into space since 1961.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | John Brownlee

How A Design Team Co-Opted Hacker Tactics To Fight Cybercrime 31 Jul 2015, 10:06 am

Cybercrime rings collaborate. Security analysts don't. So IBM built a social platform to track and share information about global threats.

What happens when you throw visually driven designer types into a room full of cybersecurity wonks?

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Elizabeth Segran

This iPhone Accessory Replaces An Eye Doctor's Office 31 Jul 2015, 10:00 am

A $4,000 iPhone gadget replaces a 30-pound, $20,000 machine, allowing eye doctors to visit patients they couldn't reach before.

Anyone who's had an eye exam in the past few decades has stared into an autorefractor—the device, the size of microwave oven and costing up to $20,000, that bounces an infrared beam off the retina to determine the correction needed for an image to come into focus. New York City startup Smart Vision Labs has developed a $3,950 handheld replacement, the SVOne, that utilizes an iPhone's camera, processor, and wireless connection to examine patients anywhere and manage their cases online.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Sean Captain

Boost Your Brainstorming With These Essential Free Apps 31 Jul 2015, 10:00 am

Mind-mapping, note-taking, whiteboarding, and more.

When thoughts get moving a mile a minute, even the most structured brainstorming sessions can get out of hand. These five apps will help you corral your ideas, queue up inspiration, and collaborate with your colleagues.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Doug Aamoth

Scientific Proof That Your Gut Is Best At Making Decisions 31 Jul 2015, 9:54 am

New research suggests that trusting your gut may be more valuable than parsing a pile of facts.

There are two over-arching kinds of decision making. One requires research and careful thought as to probable outcomes. The other simply goes with the gut.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Lydia Dishman

How DAVIDsTEA Is Trying To Make Tea Cool 31 Jul 2015, 9:54 am

Can your grandma's favorite beverage be rebranded? The lessons on the journey to give tea a new image.

David Segal was 27 years old when he opened his first tea shop in Toronto in 2008. He didn't want the space to have the stuffy, pretentious look and feel so many other traditional tea shops he'd been to had—the kinds of places that seemed designed for tea connoisseurs. "You felt like you had to know something to go into these stores," says Segal.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Jane Porter

How To Create Your Own Mini-Retreat 31 Jul 2015, 9:10 am

Make the most of even a little time away with these tips for carving out space to think.

In early 2014, when I was finishing up a draft of a novel, I faced a common writer's dilemma. I could carve out time here and there to work on my manuscript amid deadlines and family duties, but I felt like I wasn't seeing the big picture. I wanted to work with no distractions. To do that, I needed to get away.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Laura Vanderkam

Super Cheap Fast Food Would Still Be Super Cheap If Workers Made $15 An Hour 31 Jul 2015, 3:25 am

Fast food companies can afford a living wage without blinking. And even if they pass it on to you, you'll barely notice at the register.

Fast food restaurants have faced protests all over the nation for the poverty wages they pay their employees. All of us consumers who gladly eat extremely cheap burgers and burritos and chicken wings are implicitly implicated: Workers are paying the price for our dollar menu savings.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Jessica Leber

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