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Amazon is testing out a 30-hour workweek

Instead of the normal 40-hour week (or, more recently, the 50-, 60-, or 70-hour week), the world's second-largest retailer will let roughly a dozen "part-time" employees cut back to just 30 hours at 75% the typical salary, but still retain all their benefits.<p>"A lot of companies have talked about …

Employment

Call Center Software Maker Genesys to Buy Rival Interactive Intelligence

Genesys Telecommunications Laboratories, a provider of call center software, said it would buy rival Interactive Intelligence Group for about $1.4 …

Red Hat

World's largest vertical farm grows without soil, sunlight or water in Newark

AeroFarms has put $30m into a green revolution that seeks to produce more crops in less space, but whether it’s economically viable is an open question<p>An ambitious, almost fantastical, manifestation of agricultural technology is expected to come to fruition this fall. From the remains of an …

Aquaponics

Eataly Co-Owner Says the Restaurant Industry Makes You 'Bleed Money'

"Your whole management strategy needs to center around saving money and shaving down costs," says Joe Bastianich.<p>If anyone knows the value of a …

World Trade Center

Public space and public values

Copenhagen-based architect Helle Søholt discusses why residents of cities are the center of her urban-planning projects.<p><b>Helle Søholt</b> is a founding …

Urban Design

Macy's Is Teaming Up With IBM's Watson to Make Shopping Easier

As technology continues to advance, so does in-store shopping.<p>On Wednesday, Macy’s launched a shopping assistant called “Macy’s on Call” at 10 …

eCommerce

Why Birchbox Just Laid Off Another 12 Percent of its Staff

The subscription beauty start-up became a victim of its own success.<p>Subscription services aren’t an easy business. For Birchbox, which sells sample-sized versions of beauty products, the market has only grown more crowded. Start-up competitors like Ipsy and brick-and-mortar retailers like Sephora …

Startups

Istanbul airport attack: 36 dead, 147 injured, Turkish officials say

<b>Istanbul, Turkey (CNN) —</b> Gunshots, screams and explosions pierced the air Tuesday as three terrorists armed with bombs and guns killed at least 36 people at Istanbul Ataturk Airport in Turkey.<p>Witnesses described deadly carnage and crowds in a panic as the attackers struck one of the world's busiest …

Extremism

This Is the World's Most Expensive City for Expatriates

An annual report by global consultancy firm Mercer has declared Hong Kong as the world’s most expensive city for expatriates to live in. The survey …

Hong Kong

A startup that wants to end world hunger is starting with a tiny indoor vertical farm

It’s not quite farm to table, but one Berlin supermarket is trying to make urban farming mainstream with a high-tech vertical garden in its produce aisle.<p>A pilot project between wholesale supermarket Metro and indoor farming startup Infarm, the Kräutergarten (‘herb garden’) uses hydroponic …

Aquaponics

5 Things You May Not Know About CVS (But Should)

CVS Health is well-known as a pharmacy business. But in recent years, it has moved to rebrand itself as a health care company, including expanding …

Health Care

South Korea's Economic Future Depends On This Bold Business Experiment

With the end of the Korean war in 1953, South Korea experienced an intense era of rapid economic development. Known as the “Miracle on the Han”, the country rallied around a rigorous hard work and labour ethic that propelled a war torn and impoverished South Korea into a G20 powerhouse.<p>But all this …

South Korea

Bubble trouble in France as Marseille's finest soapmakers in bitter split over 'true' recipe

It is as French as croissants or champagne, but an attempt to protect the world famous Marseille soap from cheap foreign imitations has got its producers in a lather.<p>With Chinese and Turkish soap flooding the market, manufacturers want the “savon de Marseille” to be granted a “geographical …

France

What Public Squares Mean for Cities

A new essay collection offers 18 perspectives on how these open spaces function.<p>In their most basic function, public squares are cuts of negative space between buildings. But they are also arteries through which the life and history of a city flow and are suspended: inside a square, the past and …

This 14-year-old turned down a $30M buyout offer

Taylor Rosenthal is ready for the big leagues. The 14-year-old is exhibiting his startup idea -- a vending machine that dispenses first aid products -- at TechCrunch Disrupt this week in Brooklyn.<p>The first-time entrepreneur doesn't sound nervous. He's actually looking forward to the trip from his …

Startups

China's Largest Ghost City Is Now Almost Completely Full - But There's A Twist

Would you believe me if I said that Ordos Kangbashi, “China’s largest ghost city,” is now almost completely full? Maybe you would cite the work from one of the long procession of photographers who went there to take pictures of empty buildings, or the myriad news reports which called the place a …

Urbanism

What Are Trees Worth to Cities?

Meet the U.S. Forest Service scientist putting a dollar value on urban forests.<p>David Nowak whittles down 30 years of studying the economic value of forests to this advice: If you can only plant one tree, plant it in a city.<p>After all, in an era of overwhelming need for urban infrastructure …

FTC Goes After 5 'Natural' Companies for False Claims

The Federal Trade Commission has brought charges against five companies that falsely claim their products are made of “100% natural” or “all-natural” …

FDA

Lumphini Park, view from Sofitel So Bangkok

Bangkok view from Baiyok Tower

A Digital Library for All Your Community-Building Needs

The People’s Design Library gives neighbors the reins on public-space projects.<p>There’s a lot to consider in designingeffective public space: accessibility, walkability, a pleasant ratio of infrastructure to greenery. But there’s also a consensus: community action is essential.<p>A new resource …

How is public space changing in European cities?

From regeneration and grassroots activism to privatisation and security, public space in Europe’s cities is shaped by a variety of urban developments. Share your stories of the changes you’re seeing with GuardianWitness<p>There has been a significant backlash recently in London about the loss of …

Urbanization

PUBLIC SPACE TO TRANSFORM AREA AROUND RAILWAY STATION

New public space has opened outside Chester Railway Station, marking the gateway to the city’s £100m Central Business Quarter.The Grade II listed …

Railway Stations

This brilliant illustration shows how much public space we've surrendered to cars

Most roads in the US are built for cars, not for pedestrians. Whether we're happy or unhappy with this, most of us are aware of it.<p>But this brilliant illustration, made by Swedish artist Karl Jilg and commissioned by the Swedish Road Administration, shows just how extreme the situation truly is — …

The privatisation of cities' public spaces is escalating. It is time to take a stand

In the first of a series on the changing nature of urban space, academic geographer and gonzo urbanist Bradley L Garrett discusses ‘Pops’ – privately owned public spaces – and asks who our cities are really for<p>London’s public and private spaces - can you spot the difference?<p>I was recently sent a …

Urbanism

If L.A. wants to be a world class city, it needs to stop micromanaging its public spaces

In recent years, Los Angeles has invested mightily in its public spaces in efforts to create a "world class city." From the loudly-hyped debut of Grand Park, to Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative, to the pop-up parklets and plazas being created along the L.A. River and all around the …

AIB Made A Website For Indians To Enjoy Public Spaces, Because We Don’t Actually Have Any

It's like porn... but with parks and beaches.

Shaping Toronto: Public Space Philanthropy

From High Park to Under Gardiner, how private donations shape our public realm.<p><i>Shaping Toronto looks at the decisions, processes, and trends that</i> …

Toronto

ParkedBench from WMB Studio is a portable micropark that replaces two London street parking spaces with a parklet for pedestrians.

In recent years, cities around the world have begun to embrace the parklet—a miniature rest stop for pedestrians that extends public space from the …

Urban Design

"Moskva: Urban Space" Investigates the Future of Moscow's Public Realm at the 2014 Venice Biennale

In their collateral event for the debut of the Moscow pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the exhibition "<i>Moskva: urban space</i>" explores the historic …