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Alabama mayor: 'Poop train' finally empty; sludge gone

ATLANTA (AP) — The last train car full of New York City sewage sludge that has stunk up a small Alabama community for more than two months has finally been emptied, the town's mayor said this week.<p>For more than two months, the sludge has blown an unbearable stench throughout the tiny town of …

New York City

Texas city drops its bus service in favor of ridesharing vans

Ridesharing companies often dream of changing the face of public transportation, but one of them is going a step further -- it's becoming the only option for public transportation in one community. Arlington, Texas is replacing its bus service with Via's ridesharing platform. Pay $3 per trip ($10 …

The Ticking Time Bomb for Suburban Retail

Lightning-speed deliveries and autonomous cars could accelerate the current big-box implosion.<p>Thanks largely to the rise of e-commerce, chains like Macy’s, Toys “R” US, and Best Buy are shuttering faster than analysts predicted even a year ago, with at least 24 major retailers planning store …

Real Estate

Xi Jinping to cement his power with plan to scrap two-term limit

China’s Communist party chiefs propose constitutional change to allow president to stay on<p>Has China’s strongman forgotten the perils of power?<p>The Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, already considered the country’s most dominant since Mao Zedong, looks to have further cemented his grip on power after …

China

4 Self-Improvement Myths That May Be Holding You Back

Advice on how to improve one’s self is everywhere. It accounts for about 2.5% of all book sales in the United States. Add in speeches, training programs, TV programs, online-products, coaches, yoga, and the like, self-help is a $10 billion industry per year, and that’s just in the U.S.<p>However, …

University of Chicago

The French City That Shocked Citizens By Making Transit Free

Even though fares pay for a fraction of transit’s total cost in Dunkirk, free buses seemed like magic.<p>With an aging, dwindling population, and polluted air, something needed to change in Dunkirk, France. So when Patrice Vergriete became mayor of the post-industrial city by the sea in 2014, he …

The Great Retail Retrofit

The “retail apocalypse” affords a unique opportunity to turn retail stores and malls into more productive community spaces.<p>In late October of this year, the office-sharing startup WeWork announced that it was buying Lord & Taylor’s flagship store in New York City. Coming as this did in the wake of …

From Bezos to Walton, Big Investors Back Fund for ‘Flyover’ Start-Ups

When Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of AOL, first met J. D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” the best-selling book about the industrial decline of the Midwest, Mr. Case told him, “I really love the book but there is a part of it I don’t love.”<p>Mr. Vance listened patiently.<p>“It helped frame …

Silicon Valley

A Local Journalism Experiment Pops Up In Calgary

<i>The Sprawl</i> lived to cover a single mayoral race. Then it died.<p>Jeremy Klaszus was one of many Calgary residents who wished aloud that somebody would create what became <i>The Sprawl</i>, a hyper-local digital news outlet aimed at the city’s younger residents. But it was Klaszus, a former alt-weekly …

Thinking About Design Thinking

I had a great morning convo with my Automattic Design colleague Mike Shelton that took me down the rabbit hole of successive Google image searches …

The former vice chairman of GM just predicted the car industry’s future: it has no future

It’s not every day a titan of industry predicts the demise of his own. But Bob Lutz, the former vice chairman of General Motors, believes the auto industry is not long for this world.<p>“It saddens me to say it, but we are approaching the end of the automotive era,” he writes this month for Automotive …

Silicon Valley

Waymo is first to put fully self-driving cars on US roads without a safety driver

Going Level 4 in Arizona<p>Waymo, the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, Google’s parent company, reached an important milestone recently: since mid-October, the company has been operating its autonomous minivans on public roads in Arizona without a safety driver — or any human at all — behind …

Autonomous Cars

The Case for the Commons

Private property is a relatively new invention. What’s the future of sharing stuff and services?<p>At the Sharing Depot, a storefront in Toronto, $50 a year buys tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of tools, camping supplies, furniture, games, toys, sports equipment, and much else. At least on a …

The One Set of Skills Every Leader Needs (but Many Lack) | Inc.com

The answer varies widely depending whom you ask. Whether you're talking to researchers or practitioners, there's not a lot of consensus. But there's one trait that most agree can mark the difference between a good leader and a great leader.<p>Strangely enough, it's also a skill that many leaders …

Self-awareness

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Parenting

Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

At the end of the 19th century, New York City stank. One hundred fifty thousand horses ferried people and goods through the streets of Manhattan, producing 45,000 tons — tons! — of manure a month. It piled up on streets and in vacant lots, and in 1898 urban planners convened from around the world …

CSR

Microsoft's new iPhone app narrates the world for blind people

The app uses AI to recognize people, objects, and scenes<p>Microsoft has released Seeing AI — a smartphone app that uses computer vision to describe the world for the visually impaired. With the app downloaded, the users can point their phone’s camera at a person and it’ll say who they are and how …

Artificial Intelligence

Avis signs on to manage Waymo’s self-driving vehicle fleet in Phoenix

Waymo has entered into an agreement with rental car company Avis that will see Avis manage its autonomous vehicle fleet in Phoenix. Phoenix is the site of Waymo’s first commercial self-driving car service, with the Alphabet-owned company launching an on-demand ride pilot in the Arizona city earlier …

Autonomous Cars

Here’s why cities need to plan for the arrival of driverless cars

Trials of autonomous cars and buses have begun on the streets of Australian cities. Communications companies are moving to deploy the lasers, cameras …

Australian Universities

Amid Brick-and-Mortar Travails, a Tipping Point for Amazon in Apparel

SEATTLE — If future anthropologists want to study the rubble of early-21st-century retail, a good place to start will be what Amazon.com did to apparel shopping in the few years before and after 2017.<p>The outlook for physical retailers is grim, the sector roiled by store closings, layoffs and …

eCommerce

When car ownership fades, this parking garage will be ready for its next life

One of the country's biggest apartment developers is working on plans for a grand residential complex in downtown Los Angeles that includes what appears to be an ordinary garage.<p>There will be row upon row of lined stalls at street level and two floors underground to store nearly 1,000 cars of …

Amazon Wants to Crush Your Store With Its Technology Might

SEATTLE — Last Sunday in Palm Springs, Calif., Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, climbed into the cockpit of a 13-foot robot and began flailing his arms as though warming up for a workout, causing the robot’s enormous appendages to mimic his movements.<p>“Why do I feel so much like …

Enterprise Tech
France

Facebook defamation leads to $500K settlement

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A false remark on a Facebook posting that implied a woman got drunk and caused the death of her child has resulted in a $500,000 defamation lawsuit settlement, which one law professor describes as a "stunning" amount.<p>Asheville resident Davyne Dial, the general manager of the …

Social Media

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

Management

Your Career Needs Many Mentors, Not Just One

These days everyone knows that finding a mentor is valuable. But it’s increasingly rare that we actually have one. In an in-depth study of professional service firms, Harvard Business School professor Thomas DeLong and his colleagues discovered: “Everyone we spoke with over age 40 could name a …

Leadership

What does it take to be a great leader in times of change? We asked six experts

<i>Watch a Compact for Responsible Business Leadership and Responsive and Responsible Leadership in 2017 from the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting</i> …

A Job Title Doesn't Define You. Now Go Change the World. | Inc.com

I remember thinking there would be a moment, like the scene in <i>Jerry Maguire</i>, when I would look at the business card that finally had a prestigious title on it and I would say, "You complete me." And I really would be completed. I would feel like I'd arrived.<p>I would have what I always wanted: …

Social Security

3tags.org

Four Secrets to Learning Anything, According to Neuroscience

Learning is no longer something we just do in schools.<p>The future of work is all about innovation and agility. We have to be prepared for ever-changing circumstances, and that means being open to learning new things.<p>Learning is no longer something we just do in schools. We can't rely on just the …

Learning