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How Force Touch Will Change How You Use The iPhone 4 Sep 2015, 9:12 pm

A new iPhone feature—expected to be announced next week—could give your phone a very different feel.

When Apple introduces its newest iPhones on September 9, the company may reveal a new trick that could forever change how you interact with an iPhone.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Derek Walter

Staff Recommender: Daniel Taroy, Meryl Streep's BFF 4 Sep 2015, 7:30 pm

The best things on and off the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees.

Daniel TaroyPhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company

Name: Daniel Taroy
Role at Fast Company: Social media producer. I manage multiple social media accounts—for Fast Company and the Co. sites—and engage with Fast Company's audience and followers on a daily basis. The majority of what you read on our Facebook or Twitter comes from me, so...blame me if you hate it (hope you don't!).
Twitter: @danieltaroy
Titillating fact: Meryl Streep and I are best friends. Not actually, but at my last job, I met her at a photo shoot we had in Washington, D.C. I greeted her in our hotel lobby, where we shook hands and her first words to me were, "I'm Meryl" (duh). We made small talk as I helped her into her car to the White House, where the photo shoot was taking place. Then we met up with my other best friend, Michelle Obama. Needless to say, it was a magical day.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Fast Company Staff

Jessica Alba's Honest Company Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over "Unnatural Ingredients" 4 Sep 2015, 6:35 pm

The company's sunscreen is also under fire for allegedly failing to prevent sunburn.

After complaints on social media that claimed its sunscreen was ineffective at preventing sunburn, Jessica Alba's The Honest Company is facing a $5 million class-action lawsuit.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | P. Claire Dodson

Big Egg Scrambles To Beat Vegan Mayo 4 Sep 2015, 6:15 pm

Newly revealed emails show that the U.S. egg industry sees a "major threat" in eggless mayo maker Hampton Creek.

In August, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ruled that vegan food startup Hampton Creek must change the name of its Just Mayo spread (which does not contain eggs) because, the FDA said, products labeled "mayo" or "mayonnaise" must contain eggs.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | P. Claire Dodson

Meet Starliner, Boeing's Space Taxi 4 Sep 2015, 5:25 pm

This capsule-like spacecraft will take passengers to and from the International Space Station.

Boeing has unveiled details of its new commercial space taxi, a small vehicle called Starliner that will ferry passengers to and from the International Space Station starting in 2017. The spaceship, formally titled the CST-100, is currently under construction at a massive facility in Florida. In a press conference at Kennedy Space Center, NASA and Boeing announced the name "Starliner" and plans for 2017 test flights. Before Friday's media event, only sketchy details were known about the commercial space vehicle.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

"A Monk Without Empathy": What Alex Gibney Learned While Making His Steve Jobs Film 4 Sep 2015, 4:00 pm

The new doc Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine is in theaters and on-demand today. What does it mean for the Valley legend's legacy?

There's a moment at the end of director Alex Gibney's new documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine that presents the audience with a blank iPhone screen. The glossy, black surface reflects an image of Jobs that slowly morphs into an image of Gibney—a stylistic nod to Gibney's thesis for the doc: We've all become the men and women in the machine.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | KC Ifeanyi

Human Rights Watch, Transparency Groups Condemn Twitter's Politwoops Ban 4 Sep 2015, 3:45 pm

An open letter asks Twitter to restore API access to a service that automatically saved politician's deleted tweets.

Last month, Twitter revoked access to its API from Politwoops, a network of sites that automatically archived the deleted tweets of politicians.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | P. Claire Dodson

These ATMs In Kenya Dispense Clean Water Instead Of Cash 4 Sep 2015, 2:00 pm

A Dutch engineering firm has developed a clever way to distribute water in developing countries while collecting revenue for the community.

When Dutch engineering firm Grundfos started researching the best ways to distribute water in Nairobi, Kenya, they found that access to clean water wasn't the problem. In most communities, people could go to central spigots and pay a fee for access to groundwater that's both drinkable and readily available.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Meg Miller

How Well Do You Know The News? Take Our Quiz! 4 Sep 2015, 12:30 pm

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for September 4, 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

The New York Subway Still Runs On Analog Technology From The 1930s 4 Sep 2015, 12:01 pm

Upgrading it is slow and expensive work, but the new systems will eventually allow more trains to run on the same track.

The New York subway is old. You see the signs every time you ride it. The paint on the cast iron pillars is layered like the rings of a tree trunk, and if you removed the ads from the walls, the stations would fool any time-traveler from the 1950s into thinking they were still in their own time.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Charlie Sorrel

Here's What Happens When You Unleash A Bunch Of Designers On An Island And Tell Them To Build Their Dream Campsite 4 Sep 2015, 12:00 pm

How do designers go glamping? With a hand-built sauna and pizza oven, naturally.

Armed with a few supplies, two weeks time, and a wealth of ideas, 18 designers descended on the Swedish island of Gotland and built their dream campsite. Hailing from all across Europe and practicing an array of disciplines—from product design to biology and mathematics—the group riffed on the landscape and crafted tents, hand-dyed sails, a hot tub and more all in the spirit of collaboration. Designers on Holiday is the ultimate—albeit all-too-twee—rustic summer getaway.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Diana Budds

The Vivid And Daring Visual Identities Of Airlines During The Jet Age 4 Sep 2015, 12:00 pm

We talk to Matthias C. Hühne about his new book Airline Visual Identity: 1945-1975 and why airline branding used to be so much better than it is today.

When Continental announced its sudden merger with United Airlines back in 2010, they unveiled the very vanilla visual identity that's still in use today. The uninspired new logo—which simply stuck the United Airlines name onto Continental's blue "whiffle ball" logo—replaced the iconic "tulip" logo designed by legend Saul Bass in 1973. It also joined the ranks of countless other airline identities that are playing it safe with competent but bland visual identities—awfully similar as a result.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Meg Miller

The Giant Air Purifier Is Actually A Jewelry Making Machine--And The Jewelry Is Made From Smog 4 Sep 2015, 10:30 am

Every ring holds as much smog as 1,000 cubic meters of city air.

On a trip to Beijing three years ago, artist Daan Roosegaarde looked at a sample of the city's notorious air pollution and got inspired. The tiny black particles were mostly carbon; carbon, at high pressure, turns into diamonds. Why not suck up the city's smog, he thought, and turn it into jewelry?

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

Belgian Streets Got Rid Of Cars And Turned Into Beautiful Parks This Summer 4 Sep 2015, 10:00 am

Sometimes envisioning a life without cars is just as simple as doing it.

The narrow street in front of Steven Clays's house in Ghent, Belgium, is usually lined with parked cars and full of traffic. But for most of this summer, it turned into a makeshift park.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Adele Peters

Shop, Play Games, And Check Twitter--From Your Inbox 4 Sep 2015, 10:00 am

Get ready: Your emails are about to come with a lot more bells and whistles.

Like many tech-conference organizers, the people behind The Email Design Conference made sure to email attendees well ahead of time with the Twitter hashtag for the event.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Steven Melendez

Making The Business Case For More "Me Time" 4 Sep 2015, 9:50 am

It might sound self-indulgent, but "me time" may be more critical to your success than you think.

Taking some "me time" may sound like a luxury reserved for self-indulgent celebrities. In today's hyperbusy world, demands of work and family often supersede spending time doing the things you actually enjoy doing. Perhaps you even feel guilty about taking some time out for yourself, but taking time to rest and recharge are as critical to your success as responding to an urgent email from your boss.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Lisa Evans

Apple Rumor Tracker—What Will Be Revealed At The September 9 Event? 4 Sep 2015, 8:00 am

New iPads? What does Apple have up its sleeve?

The Apple rumor mill is hell-bent on ruining the surprise for all of us.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Jared Newman

Rebecca Minkoff Takes Fashion Tech To The Next Level With Virtual Reality Headsets 3 Sep 2015, 10:40 pm

Get an up-close look at the brand's Fall 2015 runway show with a fashion-friendly spin on Google Cardboard.

Rebecca Minkoff, one of Fast Company's Most Innovative Companies in Fashion this year, has just introduced virtual reality (VR) headsets into its product line, along with clothes, bags, and accessories. The headset requires some assembly—it's a fashion-friendly spin on Google's VR platform, Cardboard—but allows consumers to pop their iOS or Android phones into the box and watch a stream of VR content.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Elizabeth Segran

WeWork's Coliving Spaces Could Debut This Year 3 Sep 2015, 10:05 pm

WeWork's coliving initiative, WeLive, is betting entrepreneurs will want to play where they work—but it may not make a splash right away.

Last year, it was revealed that coworking company WeWork was making an ambitious jump into the coliving space. New documents obtained by The Information show that WeWork's plans to offer combined live-work spaces for small startups and solo entrepreneurs are further along than expected, and that a seamless meeting of work and personal life could be a future profit generator for WeWork.

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | Neal Ungerleider

Should The Kentucky Clerk Who Refuses To Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Be Able To Keep Her Job? 3 Sep 2015, 9:00 pm

Whatever your religious convictions might be, a job's still a job.

Kim Davis is a clerk in Kentucky who refused to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples, based on her religious convictions. Fast Company Senior Editor Kim Last addresses this by pointing out that if we take out the moral implications, this is about an elected official not carrying out the duties of her position. In simple terms, this is an issue where an employee is not doing his or her job. Do you agree? Should Kim Davis resign her position? What do you think should be done? Tell us at #29thFloor!

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Source: Fast Company Fast Company | FastCo Studios

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