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Muslims United For Manchester Is Raising Money For Victims Of The Terror Attack

LaunchGood, which raises money for both projects and cause work that empowers Muslims in need, and for the Muslim community to return the favor, is helping respond to the Manchester attack.<p>ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 22 people, including children, and …

Philanthropy

Is Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Ho-Hum? Nope, Just Mature Technology

For years, Microsoft made big, frequent changes to its tablet. The fact that its pace has slowed is a sign of success that many would not have predicted.<p>Slightly less than a half-decade ago, Microsoft made one the most memorable announcements in its history: For the first time, it would design and …

Microsoft

Pinterest’s New AI Features Let You Snap Your Meal And Find The Recipe

The ability to search and explore recipes directly from your “food porn” pictures puts the app in direct competition with cooking sites.<p>Today Pinterest announced new ways for users to collect, search, and explore recipes–positioning the popular image-collecting site to further compete with cooking …

Pinterest

Facebook Adds New Live Features To Keep You Closer To Your Friends

Facebook’s new Live features include a friends-only comment section and the ability to co-host a live broadcast.<p>Since launching in 2015, Facebook Live has been a huge focus for the social network. Originally just a live-streaming option for celebrities and special events, the service became …

Facebook

Most Men Ask Their Phone For Advice Before Dad, So Gillette Made An App For That

The brand’s new Father’s Day ad, “Go Ask Dad” is most definitely trying to make grown men cry.<p>According to Gillette’s research, 84% of guys said their go-to source for information is their phone, while just 13% said they turn to Dad first. And 72% of guys said their phone was the one source of …

Father's Day

The Unicorn Craze, Explained

Humans have been fascinated with unicorns for centuries. Now they’re all over cosmetics, pool floaties, and bagels. What’s driving our current obsession?<p>A month ago, the Melbourne-based skincare company Frank Body announced on Instagram that it would be launching a new body scrub that leaves your …

Makeup

PayPal Alleges Pandora Ripped Off Its Logo

And not only that–PayPal says Pandora is actually benefiting from users who confuse the two logos.<p>When Pandora unveiled its new app icon logo last October, the company said that the change was meant, in part, to differentiate the brand even further from a jewelry company of the same name. But …

Paypal

Freelancers: Here’s The Secret To Getting Long-Term Clients

Freelancing doesn’t have to be all about the hustle when you find and keep clients for the long term. Here’s how some savvy soloists did just that.<p>The ranks of freelancers are growing. An October 2016 report by Upwork and Freelancers Union puts the number of independent workers at 55 million–a …

Freelancing

Airbnb Adds Reservation Booking Through Resy, In San Francisco For Now

Airbnb tests its first integration with an outside party.<p>If you’re perusing Airbnb offerings in San Francisco, you might notice something new: reservation booking through Resy. Last November, Airbnb announced it would be integrating Resy’s reservation booking into its Trips platform, but this is …

San Francisco

Warby Parker Cofounders Tell New Grads It’s Fine To Make It Up As You Go Along

“You’re more likely to get to your destination if you dream big but fail small. “<p>Before Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa started Warby Parker with their fellow cofounders Jeff Raider and Andy Hunt, they felt the way a lot of new grads do: extremely well-educated in a narrow range of really specific …

Customer Service

Your Sunscreen Is Probably Failing You

Nearly 75% of products on the market don’t actually provide the protection they advertise, and some might exacerbate the sun’s harmful effects or have otherwise toxic ingredients. Read this before heading to the beach.<p>As someone whose skin is so pale it veers into blue, I funnel an absurd amount of …

Skin Care

The Onion Has Leaked 117 Of The Most Damning Trump Documents

WikiLeaks, take note.<p>Since Donald Trump began to gain prominence in last year’s election cycle, how to cover candidates and vouch for basic facts began to shift rapidly. Cut to Trump’s win and the subsequent cascade of scandals, and whatever existent media rulebook before the most unconventional …

Donald Trump

Five Jobs That Will Let You Get More Sleep

The CDC estimates that more than a third of U.S. adults don’t get enough sleep, but some jobs offer more shut-eye than others.<p>Find yourself regularly burning the midnight oil or getting into the office extra early just to get your work done? Then you might be wondering if a career change is in …

United States

Seoul’s New High Line Acts Like A Plant Nursery For The Rest Of The City

A 1970s-era overpass that once cut through the city is now a public garden.<p>Seoul, South Korea, is the latest metropolitan city to follow in the footsteps of New York’s High Line by transforming a 1970s highway overpass, once slated for demolition, into a public park.<p>The Dutch architecture firm …

Cities

Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o Will Now Star In A Movie Thanks To The Internet

Based on a viral photo with an irresistible concept as a caption, Rihanna, Lupita, Ava DuVernay, and Issa Rae are coming together for a film. Bow. Down.<p>Remember that photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting front row at a Miu Miu fashion show that someone later captioned “Rihanna looks like she …

Fashion

How TED Chooses The Young Changemakers Who Become TED Fellows

The fellows get a chance to present their ideas at TED to an enormous global audience. Want to join? You’ll need a great idea, authenticity, and a willingness to collaborate.<p>In Pakistan, Nighat Dad helps other young women fight online harassment. In France, Romain Lacombe is building tools to help …

Innovation

Despite French Election Setback, Russian Hackers Still Hungry For More Attacks

There’s no sign that Fancy Bear has slowed down or changed tactics since the recent elections, say cybersecurity experts.<p>Fancy Bear may have stumbled in the French election but they’re still wreaking havoc across Western Europe. And despite the failure of what many suspect was their attempt to …

Security

What Does Helvetica Taste Like? Finally, We Know

The typeface everyone loves–or loves to hate–is now a coffee.<p>Helvetica. It’s the most famous typeface of all time, used in public transportation systems around the globe. It’s renowned for its streamlined design, meant to render information as clearly and neutrally as possible.<p>Okay, okay, but how …

Coffee

IBM’s Remote Work Reversal Is A Losing Battle Against The New Normal

One CEO explains why IBM’s latest directive is retrograde and likely to backfire.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.</i><p>Until recently, IBM was one of the first and biggest proponents of remote work. But no longer. In March, the …

The Workplace

Terry Crews’s Next Act? Designing Chairs

Before he was an NFL player and actor, Crews studied art. Now, he’s returning to his roots.<p>These days, Terry Crews is best known for playing Terry Jeffords, the chiseled police sergeant with a soft side on the sitcom <i>Brooklyn Nine-Nine</i>. Which is why it’s both enthralling and somewhat jarring to hear …

Graphic Design

Diary Of An Ex-Facebook Intern

“I had one of the best summers of my life, and I can’t imagine it being any better.”<p>Facebook has had a huge impact on our lives: The company essentially owns a large part of the world’s social media user base with its products from Facebook itself, to Instagram, to WhatsApp playing an integral part …

Software Engineering

Your Old Ikea Furniture Could Be A High-Priced Collector’s Item Today

Maybe hold on to that $80 accent chair.<p>Young people may flock to Ikea because of its clever Scandinavian design, but in reality many of us commit to our first collections of Hemnes, Ektorp, and Bjursta for a very simple reason: the price is right. But against all odds, vintage Ikea furniture from …

Furniture

Sweden Has Listed The Entire Country On Airbnb

It’s a tourism campaign, but it’s a pretty damn cool one.<p>In Sweden there’s a constitutional right they call <i>allemansrätten</i>. It’s a national concept of “freedom to roam” that allows anyone the right to access, walk, cycle, or camp on any land (the only exceptions being private residences, as well as …

Sweden

Can A Font Be A Whole Brand? YouTube Thinks So

With the launch of YouTube TV, Google wanted to make a statement. And it made it with a typeface.<p>Go to YouTube TV’s website or app, and you may notice something that feels remarkably, well, non-Google: the typeface. It’s full of personality, with joyful curves that contrast against aggressive …

YouTube TV

This Super-Efficient Renovation Is A Model For Lowering A House’s Energy Footprint

The HouseZero project’s renovation of this nearly 100-year-old house has added windows that control the temperature by opening automatically, geothermal heating, and windows that eliminate the need for lights during the day.<p>When workers finish their work retrofitting a 1920s-era house near …

Harvard

Why It’s So Difficult To Investigate Trump’s Russia Ties

The FBI and other agencies will have a hard time building a case due to the complexity of the politics and the opaqueness of international financial transactions.<p>It’s going to be a long, hot summer–or as they say in Russian “жарко как в Аду” (translation: “it’s hot as hell”)<p>For over a year now, …

Corruption

Riz Ahmed Is Starring In This U.K. Political Ad Because “Blacks Don’t Vote”

The Rogue One and HBO star is part of a new campaign to raise awareness around boosting voter turnout in the U.K. among minority communities.<p>Riz Ahmed has had a busy couple of years, first gaining pop culture and critical attention in HBO’s acclaimed <i>The Night Of</i>, then in the hit <i>Star Wars</i> prequel,</i> …

Saatchi & Saatchi

The 5 Books On Bill Gates’s Summer Reading List–From Jimmy Carter To Trevor Noah

If you are worried your beach reads might be a little too easy this summer, Gates has some more heady suggestions for you.<p>As one of the world’s top philanthropists, perhaps it makes sense that Bill Gates is treating beach reading like an intellectual cause: Each year, he offers up his list of the …

Books

On Amazon Echo And Google Home, Notifications Could Be Brilliant–Or Brutal

With voice assistants, Amazon and Google have a chance to reinvent notifications and stop the madness we already get from our phones.<p>Amazon Echo and Google Home would like your attention now. Or at least they will in the near future.<p>The two tech giants have both recently announced proactive …

Google Home

Amber Tamblyn’s Directorial Debut Marks Her Vision For Complex Women

“Paint It Black” signals Tamblyn’s shift to tell more stories about layered and imperfect women.<p>There’s a crazy scene in the new movie <i>Paint It Black</i>, based on the novel by Janet Fitch, where Josie (Alia Shawkat) attends her boyfriend’s funeral. Upon arrival, she’s grabbed by her boyfriend’s mother …

Sexism