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Square Makes It Easier For Hourly Workers To Get Money, Get Paid

Square Payroll could allow employees to get paid more frequently — but it could also highlight the high cost of labor for their employers.

Work, as economics gurus love to say, is becoming more flexible. But, so far, payday hasn’t. Most people still get paid every two weeks, and the payroll industry …


These Instagram Photos Show What Life’s Like For Migrants Stuck On A French Coast

“France is dog life,” one piece of graffiti says in the port city of Calais.

Photographer Phil Le Gal is traveling across Europe to visit both old and new borders for his project “The New Continent.” He’s so far been posting pictures from Calais, a French port city where migrants trying to reach the …


We Dipped Tampons Into Rivers For Science And You Can Too

Want to find out if your local river is polluted with people’s old bathwater? Grab yourself a tampon and a UV lamp, and make like a scientist.

A little while ago, some scientists figured out that you could test whether a river was polluted with “grey water” by dipping tampons into it.

Grey water is …


Proposed Domain Name Rule Threatens Website Owner Anonymity

A proposal to establish stricter identity requirements may strip website owners of the ability to mask their personal information.

To rid the internet of piracy, entertainment companies are willing to greatly reduce privacy, at least where website registration is concerned.

The Internet Corporation …


Dozens Dead In Attacks On Checkpoints In Egypt’s Sinai

Militants affiliated to ISIS launched a wave of simultaneous attacks on military positions in the restive peninsula on Wednesday morning.

Dozens of people have been killed in Egypt’s northern Sinai region after militants affiliated to ISIS launched simultaneous attacks on military checkpoints in the …


Sweetgreen Gets $35 Million To Take High-End Salad National

The quest for the Chipotle of salad continues.

Sweetgreen, a salad chain serving local and organic veggies, has secured $35 million in funding. The round was led by funds managed by T. Rowe Price, with additional funds from Revolution Growth, an investment company founded by AOL veterans Steve Case …

Dunkin' Donuts

Clinton Campaign: Hillary’s Second Email Address Was Old Account

The documents released by the State Department show Clinton received email sent to an AT&T account. A spokesman said Clinton had used the account as a senator, but it remained active for most of 2009 only as a forwarding address.

In the first installment of eight planned releases, the State …


Sidney Blumenthal Passed Clinton Messages From British Officials

The longtime Clinton confidant appears to have been informally offering information about more than just Libya while she was secretary of state.

In addition to advising then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Libya matters, longtime Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal advised her about British …

Bill Clinton

“I Was Duped. I Was Used.”

In 2009, an American aid worker seeking to provide internet service for Cubans was thrown in jail for more than five years. Now, as relations with Cuba finally thaw, the imprisonment of Alan Gross remains a prime example of how promoting American values in countries that don’t want them is a policy …


A Conflict Is Raging Between Young Members And Old Guards Of The Muslim Brotherhood

The younger members of the movement want to take revenge and are shifting the group’s ideology in a more radical direction.

CAIRO — Less than 24 hours after a spokesperson for the Muslim Brotherhood called on the movement to take revenge in the name of the Islamists in May, 19-year-old Ahmed decided …

Muslim Brotherhood

I Wish I Hadn’t Donated My Eggs

A few years ago, when I was broke and faced with a big hospital bill, I got $8,000 for donating my eggs. If I’d known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have done it.

It was our first-ever couple’s getaway. Albert and I were set up in an all-white seaside hotel room in the tony San Diego suburb of La …


Anti-Death Penalty Activists Are Winning The Fundraising Battle In Nebraska

In May, the state abolished the death penalty. Now, the fundraising race is on between groups trying to put the death penalty up for a statewide vote — or keep it off the ballot.

After the Nebraska legislature successfully abolished the death penalty in the state, an expensive battle has begun to …


Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook’s Controversial “Real Name” Policy Can Work For Trans Community

“Real name” on Facebook does not mean legal name, says Zuck.

Facebook has no plans to end its controversial “real name” policy, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the policy can work for those in the trans community advocating for its removal.

In a Tuesday Q&A with the public on his Facebook page, …


Greece Becomes First Developed Country To Default On IMF Loan

At midnight Tuesday, Greece missed the deadline to repay the International Monetary Fund 1.6 billion euros, sending the nation into deeper financial turmoil.

Greece failed to meet a midnight deadline on Tuesday for making a roughly 1.6-billion euro payment to the International Monetary Fund, sending …


‘Black Lives Matter’ Set To Launch Online Recruitment Campaign is meant to link up would-be activists.

WASHINGTON — Organizers in the Black Lives Matter movement are preparing to launch a digital platform designed to connect activists to broaden the movement that developed last year.

The project,, uses a five-minute survey requesting …


Top Senate Democrat: Don’t Listen To What Iran’s Supreme Leader Says About The Deal

“We do not expect the Iranians for local consumption to — they say things, we’re not too concerned about what they say,” said Sen. Ben Cardin. “We’re concerned about what the agreements say.”

Ben Cardin, the Maryland senator and top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said last week …

Middle East

How Metal Is Apple Music?

We convened a panel of passionate experts to get to the bottom of this one mystery.

A major new music product from Apple raises all kind of big questions, many of which our colleagues in music and tech journalism are busy answering right this minute. How does it stack up against the big players in …

Indie Music

The World’s Biggest Keyboard App Is About To Help Decide The Future Of Emoji

Swiftkey is joining the Unicode Consortium in a move that will undoubtedly influence the evolution of one of the world’s fastest growing mediums of online expression.

The Emoji Council Of Elders is about to get a little bit bigger.

As of today, Swiftkey, the predictive keyboard app for iPhone and …


Jeb Said Lack of “Financial Security” Kept Him From 2010 Senate Run

“So I consider it but the problem is right now In my life I need to attain some degree of financial security for my family and pursuits of ambition in politics is just not appropriate at this time for me.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush released 33 years of tax returns on Tuesday, the most by a …


The 27 Drunkest Things Overheard At NYC’s First Country Music Festival

I went to Farmborough NYC and found out country music fans really like to drink.

1.“Why don’t you get drunk and be somebody? Toughen up, honky!”

2. “He’s hot, but he’s short. A hot short man. I should start dating shorter men. They’re probably real good at butt stuff.”

3. “What’s that smell?… What is …

Music Festivals

Mississippi Governor, Attorney General Split On Continued Marriage Ban Defense

In a filing Tuesday, the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office asks a federal appeals court to allow its lawyers to stop representing Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s office is asking a federal appeals court to let its lawyers stop representing the …


U.S. And Cuba To Open Embassies In Each Other’s Capitals

The U.S. will open an embassy in Havana, while Cuba will open an embassy in Washington, D.C.

After decades of icy relations, Cuba and the United States have emerged from historic negotiations with a plan to reopen their respective embassies.

A senior Obama administration official told BuzzFeed News …

Foreign Policy

What Kind Of Insufferable Tweeter Should You Unfollow Today?

Today is the day you do yourself a favor and unfollow someone how has been driving you nuts.

BuzzFeed News Reporter

Twitter is only as fun as you make it with the people you follow. We all have someone we’d love to just go ahead and unfollow, and guess what? It’s time. Make your life better and …


Is It Time For Jennifer Lopez And Ben Affleck To Get Back Together?

Bennifer 4eva!

Sadly, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are no more.

Love is dead.

But does this mean that there’s a chance the original Bennfier could reunite?

Probably not, but let’s take a walk down memory lane anyway.

Let’s be real, Jennifer Lopez brought Ben Affleck’s stunt level to .

Sure, she …

Ben Affleck

Dylan And Cole Sprouse Switched Places At Their Graduation

Because that’s what twins do.

So you know how Dylan and Cole Sprouse graduated college this year?

I know, I know, we are all very old. Well, it turns out the brothers pulled a total ~twin~ move on graduation day.

The Sprouses told Teen Vogue:

Cole: We actually received each other’s diplomas.Dylan: In …

People Are Freaking Out Over Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner’s Breakup


In case you haven’t heard the absolutely devastating news, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are NO MORE.

Sorry, lemme translate this for you: .

I know, I know, this news is obviously heart-wrenching, gut-twisting, soul-breaking to hear.

On Twitter, there are basically two teams. Team …

Ben Affleck

129 Thoughts I Had At NYC’s First Country Music Festival

Never have I wanted so badly to be a cowboy than at Farmborough NYC.

1. Wow. That’s a lot of denim.
2. Moonshine’s a real thing?!
3. I love Moonshine.
4. Sorry Luke Bryan, I know you say rain is a good thing, but I’ve never hated it more than this moment.
5. Holy denim Batman, it never ends! (Applicable …

Music Festivals

Ben Affleck And Jennifer Garner To Divorce

After 10 years of marriage!

TMZ is reporting that Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are ending their marriage.

Per TMZ:

We’re told the couple, whose anniversary was yesterday, will file for divorce.Although they will file for divorce, it won’t be done immediately. They are working things out with a …

Ben Affleck

The Great Wall Of China Is Slowly But Surely Becoming Less Great

Bad maintenance, natural erosion, tourist-made damage, and brick-stealing are taking their toll on the Great Wall.

The Great Wall of China, is UNESCO World Heritage Site and an indisputable symbol of Chinese culture.

Over the course of 2,000 years, various dynasties built up the military defense …


29 Times Tumblr Perfectly Summed Up Social Anxiety

Raise your hand if you’ve ever felt personally victimized by social anxiety.

1. This accurate representation of how anxiety shuts down your YOLO attitude:

2. This post that understands the glory of cancelled …

Social Anxiety Disorder