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Coming to Netflix: The Obamas Sign Deal to Produce Shows

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama formally announced on Monday a multiyear production deal with Netflix in which he and the former first lady, Michelle Obama, will produce television shows and films for the streaming service.<p>The deal will give Mr. Obama an international television platform …

Michelle Obama

Google’s early failure to sell itself shows why we can’t recognize good ideas

A newly published interview with David Cheriton, the Stanford University computer science professor known for writing Google’s second check, offers a reminder about how bad most gatekeepers are at picking out the winners among new ideas. When the Globe and Mail (paywall) asked Cheriton about the …

Cirque du Soleil

Vintage EPA photos reveal what Midwestern industrial cities looked like before the US regulated pollution

website<p>http://www.businessinsider.com/epa-photos-pollution-midwest-industrial-cities-vintage-2017-10/#many-documerica-photos-show-scenes-of-general-li …

CNN Is Closing Down Beme, YouTube Star Casey Neistat’s Video Company

CNN acquired Beme in late 2016 with hopes that it would become a major piece of its digital business. Now Neistat’s leaving the company.<p>In late 2016, CNN plunked down millions of dollars to purchase Beme, the video-sharing app started by YouTube star Casey Neistat.<p>CNN had big plans for Neistat, a …

Telegram plans to spend more than $100 million of its mega-ICO on salaries, offices, and consultants

The chat app Telegram hopes to raise up to $1.2 billion in an initial coin offering (ICO), according to Business Insider. This would make it the largest one-off fundraising using the cryptocurrency-based mechanism to date.<p>What will Telegram do with the money? According to documents outlining the …

Iran warns protesters who pose major challenge to country's leadership

LONDON - Iran warned of a crackdown on Sunday against demonstrators who pose one of the biggest challenges to both the government and clerical …

Rhetoric rises as US vows to withhold aid to Pakistan

<b>Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) —</b> In a sign of escalating tensions between the United States and Pakistan, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Pakistan of playing "a double game for years" and confirmed the administration will withhold $255 million in aid to the country.<p>"They work …

Pakistan

Net neutrality complaints rise amid FCC repeal

Internet users are complaining more about net neutrality-related issues since the FCC voted to repeal the existing net neutrality rules earlier this …

Apple reportedly plans to support unified apps on iOS and macOS

Bloomberg reports that next year, Apple will set in motion a plan to support apps that work across iPhones, iPads, and macOS desktops and laptops, without the need for multiple versions.<p>The project, which is codnamed ‘Marzipan’, is expected to be announced at Apple’s next Worlwide Developer …

Apps

US nuclear tests killed far more civilians than we knew

When the US entered the nuclear age, it did so recklessly. New research suggests that the hidden cost of developing nuclear weapons were far larger than previous estimates, with radioactive fallout responsible for 340,000 to 690,000American deaths from 1951 to 1973.<p>The study, performed by …

Glassdoor's 100 Best Places to Work All Have These 8 Things In Common | Inc.com

Every year for the past ten years, Glassdoor announces the top places to work all across North America and parts of Europe. The most unique part of this award? You can only win the award if your employees say so.<p>Glassdoor's methodology for the award includes a collection of anonymous company …

Employee Engagement

Chicago passes 600 homicides for only third time since 2003

Chicago has surpassed 600 homicides for the second year in a row and for only the third time since 2003, according to data kept by the Tribune.<p>As of early Monday, the city has recorded at least 609 homicides. That trails the 711 homicides this time last year but far exceeds previous years. In 2015, …

Guns

With Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, virtual reality is finally ready for prime-time

The Void and ILMxLAB takes guests to a galaxy far, far away<p>Last week, I visited the lava planet Mustafar, infiltrated an Imperial base as a stormtrooper, battled alongside the cantankerous droid K-2SO, and collected data on a piece of secret Imperial cargo that could have far-reaching ramifications …

Charles Manson Dies at 83; Wild-Eyed Leader of a Murderous Crew

Charles Manson, one of the most notorious murderers of the 20th century, who was very likely the most culturally persistent and perhaps also the most inscrutable, died on Sunday in a hospital in Kern County, Calif., north of Los Angeles. He was 83 and had been behind bars for most of his life.<p>The …

Crime

Ground Invasion Only Way to Destroy North Korea's Nuclear Arsenal, Pentagon Says

The only way to locate and destroy with complete certainty all components of North Korea’s nuclear weapons program is through a ground invasion.<p>That blunt assessment from the Pentagon is in response to a letter from two Democratic congressmen asking about casualty assessments in a conflict with …

North Korea

Coda is a next-generation spreadsheet designed to make Excel a thing of the past

From rows and columns to custom apps<p>When Shishir Mehrotra worked at YouTube, he was struck by the relatively pedestrian tools that kept the site running. Mehrotra, who served as the company’s head of product until he left in 2014, managed his team largely using a combination of Google Docs and …

LinkedIn's CEO Jeff Weiner Just Shared Some Brilliant Career Advice | Inc.com

With a 97 percent employee approval rating on Glassdoor, LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner has developed a reputation as one of the most beloved CEOs in the world.<p>Weiner recently shared his advice on what it takes to reach employees on a deeper level:<p>"Inspire, empower, listen & appreciate. Practicing any one …

Leadership

Want to make smarter, faster decisions? Add this third element to your pro-con list

Whenever I have a conflict—Should I take this gig? Move to that apartment? Order a $30 pug T-shirt I don’t need?—my boyfriend suggests that I write a pro-con list. I tend to resist: Pro-con lists can be helpful, no doubt. But they often feel like a zero-sum game—with the extensive costs and …

American Apparel is testing shoppers with identical “Made in America” vs. foreign-made clothes

American Apparel is giving shoppers who want their goods “Made in the USA” a chance to put their money where their mouths are.<p>The company’s freshly relaunched website features a provocative capsule collection with an ethical test: Shoppers can choose between two nearly identical versions of eight …

How a Struggling Artist Seduced the Richest Woman in the World and Caused France’s Biggest Scandal

Author Tom Sancton discusses his detailed investigation of The Bettencourt Affair.<p>In 2013, a curious relationship between <b>Liliane Bettencourt</b>—nonagenarian heiress to the L’Oreal fortune and, according to <i>Forbes,</i> the richest woman in the world—and <b>François-Marie Banier,</b> a much younger, gay artist, …

Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Ambitions Are Grander Than You Think

He’s probably going to seek higher office one day, and it looks like he’s already preparing for the job.<p>A couple months ago, I received a text message from a friend containing a brief video clip that caught me utterly by surprise. It depicted a man giving a rousing speech at Harvard in front of an …

NASA won’t put humans on the first flight of its big rocket after all

It would just be too much money and too challenging<p>When NASA’s next big rocket launches for the first time, chances are good it won’t have people on board.<p>For the last two months, the space agency has been studying what it would take to fly a crew of two on the maiden flight of the Space Launch …

Poll: Unemployed Americans were more likely to vote for Hillary Clinton

Unemployed Americans were more likely to vote for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election -- but they were almost just as likely not to vote at all, according to a new survey out Wednesday.<p>Per the survey, released by Express Employment Professionals, 35% of unemployed …

The Secret Weapon Democrats Don’t Know How to Use

Cheri Bustos of Illinois has lessons about how to win in Trump territory. Are Democratic leaders listening?<p>No Democrat in the House of Representatives did what Cheri Bustos did last November. She wasn’t the sole member of her party to win in a congressional district Donald Trump also took—there …

Sessions weighs return to harsher punishments for low-level drug crimes

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing policy changes set in place by the Obama administration that eliminated harsh punishments for low-level drug crimes and could direct federal prosecutors to again charge drug offenders with crimes carrying the most severe penalties, according to U.S. …

Tornado damages NASA facility in New Orleans

Pictures show significant harm to the Michoud Assembly Facility<p>On Tuesday, February 7th severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes passed through New Orleans, Louisiana, causing significant damage to the area — including communities that were hit by Hurricane Katrina more than a decade ago. The …

No more 'elitism' on the BBC, pledges James Purnell

The BBC has pledged to eradicate “elitism” from its documentaries to help a new generation understand them, as it says its new version of Civilisation will be the “opposite” of the original landmark series.<p>James Purnell, director of strategy, said the BBC would now be a “trusted friend” to guide …

Syria's Assad sees Trump's presidency as 'promising' in war on ISIS

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Tuesday that President Donald Trump's commitment to fighting terrorism and ISIS is "promising," according to SANA, the Syrian state-run news agency.<p>Assad met with a group of Belgian journalists in Damascus and was asked what he expects from the Trump …

Journalists call out White House claims on terror reporting

<b>(CNN) —</b> Journalists are calling out a White House claim that news outlets are failing to adequately report terror attacks.<p>On Monday, the White House issued a list of 78 terror attacks to underscore President Donald Trump's assertion that the media is failing to adequately report them.<p>Trump told …

Pence casts deciding vote to confirm DeVos as education secretary

Vice President Pence cast the deciding vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as education secretary Tuesday after opponents failed amid a groundswell of opposition to produce the additional “no” vote required to sink her nomination.<p>DeVos was confirmed by a vote of 51 to 50 just at 12:30 p.m., with Pence …

Mitch McConnell