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Senators Demand FCC Answer for Fake Comments After Realizing Their Identities Were Stolen

In a bipartisan letter on Monday, two US senators called on the FCC to investigate the identity theft and fraud in public comments collected by the …

Net Neutrality

Parabola raises $2.2 million to simplify programming for employees stuck in Excel all day

While knowledge workers are handling increasingly difficult tasks — ones that may be much easier to handle with just a Python script — Alex Yaseen thinks that in the future not everyone will actually need to learn how to code.<p>Instead, he hopes that tools like the one he’s building, called Parabola, …

Employment

The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur's Handbook: Everything You Need to Launch and Grow Your New Business

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>February 13, 2018</b><p>The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills. Whether you're imagining your new business to be the next big thing in Silicon Valley, a pivotal B2B provider, or an anchor in your local community, the "HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook" is your …

Business Strategy

8 things I learned when I published my debut novel

I started writing my debut novel two-and-a-half years ago.<p>I won't waffle on too much here about the writing process or how I ended up finding my …

Writing

Here are the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards

The best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2017<p>The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is currently holding its annual conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this weekend, and last night, the organization announced the winners of its prestigious Nebula Awards.<p>N.K. Jemisin’s</i> …

Science Fiction

Stephanie Kelton Has The Biggest Idea In Washington

Once an outsider, her radical economic thinking won over Wall Street. Now she's changing the Democratic Party.<p>For most of her career, Stephanie Kelton was accustomed to being ridiculed. It started in grad school.<p>At Cambridge University in the late 1990s, she signed up for an economics course taught …

Economics

Amazon's HQ2 Finalists Offer Tips To Improve Presentation Skills

According to a recent <i>Wall Street Journal</i> article, some the 20 cities on Amazon’s shortlist of potential sites for its second headquarters are seeing an unintended benefit from the presentations they created to pitch themselves to Amazon. The pitches are so impressive, they’re attracting businesses …

Jeff Bezos

Say hello to Google One

Google is revamping its consumer storage plans today by adding a new $2.99/month tier for 200 GB of storage and dropping the price of its 2 TB plan from $19.99/month to $9.99/month (and dropping the $9.99/month 1 TB plan). It’s also rebranding these storage plans (but not Google Drive itself) as …

Google Search

Elon Musk's ultra-high-speed hyperloop will cost just $1 to ride

Elon Musk is sick of Los Angeles traffic.<p>The Boring Company, Tesla and SpaceX CEO said he was late to his own tunnel company's information session at …

Elon Musk

Boeing's folding wingtips get the FAA green light

Passengers on Boeing's new line of 777 planes might not have to take a bus from the gate across the tarmac, despite much larger wings potentially making it difficult for the aircraft to navigate terminals. That's because the company received Federal Aviation Administration approval today for its …

Aviation

The American Housing Crisis Might Be Our Next Big Political Issue

Several new advocacy groups have sprung up to push for better housing policies at the state and national level. Their first job: Communicating how significant the problem really is.<p>The advertising executive Michael Franzini, founder of the nonprofit ad agency Public Interest, has created campaigns …

Housing

This gorgeous indie game is like a Ghibli film brought to life

Forgotton Anne channels Hayao Miyazaki into an emotional platformer<p><i>Forgotton Anne</i> (not a typo) launches today on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and it feels like a game that Hayao Miyazaki would make. (If it weren’t for his infamous dislike of technology, of course.) The game’s art has a distinctly …

Anime

The Rage of the Incels

Incels aren’t really looking for sex. They’re looking for absolute male supremacy.<p>Lately I have been thinking about one of the first things that I ever wrote for the Internet: a series of interviews with adult virgins, published by the Hairpin. I knew my first subject personally, and, after I …

Feminism

Dashdash, a platform to create web apps using only spreadsheet skills, nabs $8M led by Accel

Sometimes I think of spreadsheets as the dirty secret of the IT world today. We’ve seen a huge explosion in the number of productivity tools on the market tailored to help workers with different aspects of doing their job and organising their information, in part to keep them from simply dumping …

Software

You’re Not Just Imagining It. Your Job Is Absolute BS

If you voted for Bernie Sanders, have sea-punk green hair, and wear a pin declaring “Capitalism Is the Crisis,” you may already be familiar with …

Bernie Sanders

A futurist imagines the Earth populated exclusively by the 1 percent

The book hits stores on August 14th, 2018<p>Science fiction is often pretty bad at predicting the future: rather, it’s a better barometer of the present. But every now and again, an author establishes a reputation for insight into what the future might hold. One such author is Canadian writer and …

Self-Pity

Amazon Is Paying Its Employees $12,000 to Train for a Job at Another Company. And It's Brilliant

The forward-thinking company helps employees forward their dream careers--even if it means it's not at Amazon.<p>In a hot job market, it's hard enough to figure out how to spot rising talent and then have a plan for how to keep that talent in your company.<p>So training employees and giving them job …

Employment

How This Artist Makes Money Off YouTube Without Brand Sponsorships

Landscape photographer Thomas Heaton says he's successful because of this decision, not in spite of it.<p><i>In this series,</i> YouTube Icon<i>, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular YouTube channels to find out the secrets of their success.</i><p>Thomas Heaton used to spend his days shooting …

Landscape Photography

A Glossary of Terms for Understanding Incels and the Rest of the “Manosphere”

The what now? We'll explain.<p>In April, Alek Minassian drove a van into a crowded pedestrian street in Toronto, killing ten people. Before the attack, …

Feminism

11 Underrated Movies To Watch On Netflix When You Feel Like You've Already Seen It All

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, …

Box Office

Sure, Unemployment Went Down - Because More People Left The Workforce

Following unemployment numbers is a passion for those who watch the economy. However, current happy talk needs tempering with a closer look at numbers.<p>The announced 3.9% unemployment rate is, as news reports mentioned, a low since 2000. But percentages are expressions of ratios: how much of one …

Demographics

The $20 billion 'umbilical cord': China unveils the world's longest sea-crossing bridge

<b>(CNN) —</b> As we drive down the eerily deserted Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, the murky waters of the Pearl River Delta stretch as far as the eye can see. There is no land in sight.<p>Spanning 34 miles (55 kilometers), this is the longest sea-crossing bridge ever built. Gao Xinglin, assistant director …

Hong Kong

Capitalism is unfolding exactly as Karl Marx predicted

One hundred and sixty years ago, at a time when the light bulb was not yet invented, Karl Marx predicted that robots would replace humans in the workplace.<p>“[O]nce adopted into the production process of capital, the means of labor passes through different metamorphoses, whose culmination is the …

Karl Marx

How ‘Secret Fares’ Might Change the Way You Fly

Jump onto Expedia or Priceline to search for a flight, and you’ll likely see an “opaque” fare: a price with no carrier or even the exact time. How …

Flying

France Plans an Extreme Makeover for Struggling Small Cities

Action Coeur de Ville aims to undo the damage of urban sprawl in more than 200 city centers across the country.<p>France’s city centers are about to get one of the biggest makeovers in their history. Following an announcement last month, the country is launching a vast €5 billion ($6.1 billion) plan …

Urban Design

Amazing plant pods can grow more lettuce in a 10×10 room than a farm can grow on 1/2 acre

Do you live in a tiny apartment and want to grow your own food? Aggressively Organic has an answer. The Indiana-based company offers Micro Growth …

Aquaponics

Our Top Four Spring 2018 Anime Picks

It’s time to pretend you have debilitating pollen allergies and can’t leave your bed, because this spring’s batch of new anime is here.<p>There is a …

Anime

FTC warned Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft about illegal warranties

Last month, the FTC sent letters to six companies informing them that their product warranties were violating US law. Though there are some exceptions, under the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, voiding a warranty because a customer didn't use a specified part or repair provider isn't generally …

Gaming Industry

28 New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Shelves in May

May is here, and the month brings tons of new science fiction and fantasy books for your reading pleasure, including tales of kingdoms in turmoil, …

Books

10 Years After Housing Crisis: A Realtor, A Renter, Starting Over, Staying Put

Ten years ago, a slow-moving disaster shook the entire country: a financial meltdown that did not leave a single state untouched.<p>The main catalyst was a housing bubble.<p>Throughout the early 2000s, housing prices in some parts of the country rose, and rose, and rose. Homes with prices that for …

Real Estate