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Is Seattle’s Rising Minimum Wage Helping Or Hurting Low-Wage Workers?

A new study finds the city’s rising minimum wage means low-wage workers are getting paid more but working fewer hours. Is it right? As the minimum wage goes up in Seattle–with with workers now required to make as much as 15 an hour,Show More Summary

Someone Important Just Quit–Here’s What To Do, In This Order

Your step-by-step guide to moving on without letting your whole team go down in flames. I started my company a decade ago with my husband, a good friend, and my sister–who eventually quit. We’d grown from our scrappy team of four toShow More Summary

What It Really Takes To Get An Internship At Google, Facebook, Apple, And More

Former interns at tech giants share their paths to scoring their dream gigs. As technology companies continue to creep into every aspect of our lives, they’re also becoming some of the hottest places to work. Whether it’s the prestige,...Show More Summary

Here’s Every Single In-Joke From The Title Sequences Of “Silicon Valley”

This eight-minute video reveals all the little jokes about startup culture you may have missed from four seasons of “Silicon Valley” opening credits. WHAT: A thorough breakdown of all the jokes during the credits of each Silicon Valley season. Read Full Story

How Trump Has Changed How We’re Giving To Charity

Democratic giving is up 50%, Republican giving is up 28%. In terms of sheer cash contributions, the Trump presidency is turning out to be a boon for philanthropy. The average amount that Democrats intend to donate this year went up 50% during the president’s first 100 days in office. Among Republicans, it jumped 28%. Read Full Story

SZA Goes On “The Pharcyde,” Haim Does A One-Take: This Week In Music

These are the songs we recommend for your Productivity Playlist, volume six. Welcome back to another week in music. Forgive the slight delay in our regularly scheduled Friday post, but this past week had some late releases that were crucial for the playlist. Show More Summary

Amazon Echo Show Review: The Power Of Alexa, A Touchscreen, And A Camera

An on-screen presence makes Amazon’s voice assistant harder to ignore. This is embarrassing to admit, but I probably use Amazon’s Echo speaker to brew coffee more than anything else. Being an insufferable Aeropress snob involves precise...Show More Summary

This Is Exactly What To Put On Your Resume To Get An Interview

There isn’t a straightforward answer, but relevancy plays a big part. Whether you are well into your career or have a gap in your employment, it can be tough to decide what to include on a resume. This is especially true when you reach a point where you question whether your work experience happened too long ago to include on your resume. Read Full Story

Anki Wants To Use Its Toy Robot To Hook In Kid Coders

A new upgrade to Anki’s Cozmo app lets kids control the robot with a drag-and-drop interface that transitions to real programming languages. What do college robotics students and grade-school kids have in common? Both can now learn programing with Anki’s $180 Cozmo robot. Show More Summary

The Top 5 Ads Of (Last) Week: Cannes Lions Grand Prix Edition

A banking sci-fi film, Burger King hacks the Home, Whirlpool goes to school, Adidas isn’t finished, and Channel 4 gets superhuman. As expected and widely predicted, State Street Global Advisors’ “Fearless Girl” has been a Grand Prix juggernaut at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Show More Summary

Microsoft’s New Surface Pro Tablet Is Stellar Hardware Weighed Down By Windows

For all the ways it’s gotten better and better, Microsoft’s tablet is running out of time to outdo the iPad. Microsoft has been using its Surface line to chase the dream of a laptop that transforms into a tablet for almost five years now. Show More Summary

Burger King’s Five Tips For Marketers On How To Suck Less

Burger King CMO Axel Schwan and head of brand marketing Fernando Machado outline how brands can make their relationship with ad agencies–and the resulting work–better. If you talk to anyone in advertising long enough, often the rootShow More Summary

What It’s Like To Transition At Work

Many people want to support their trans colleagues but aren’t sure how. Air Force veteran Shannon Scott has a few firsthand pointers. Growing up outside of Great Falls, a small Montana city, Shannon Scott worked on a ranch with what she remembers were “rough and tough” men—bailing hay, riding four-wheelers and horses, and branding cattle. Show More Summary

Four Signs That You’re The Office Debbie Downer

Could you be chronically negative and not know it? Here’s how to figure out if you are unintentionally bringing down the whole office. It’s easy to recognize negative people. They’re the ones who find the bad in any situation and never seem to be happy. Talking with them makes you feel heavy or tired, and you find yourself doing what you can to avoid them. Read Full Story

This Electric Bike Company Will Search The Entire World If Your Bike Gets Stolen

The Dutch cycling brand VanMoof is using the data collected from its GSM-tracking-enabled SmartBikes to get customers their rides back—and build a better picture of the global bike theft trade. In mid February of this year, Brent van...Show More Summary

The Al Gore Interview: Full Transcript

Our entire conversation with the former vice president. This is a full transcript of the condensed and edited interview, which you can find here. Read Full Story

Everyone Secretly Hates Your “Friendly Reminder” Email

It might seem like the polite thing to do, but it’s actually really annoying. How many times have you gotten this type of message? “Just sending a friendly reminder to please...” And how many times have you sent it? Read Full Story

Ice Cube Is Betting Big On The Future Of Three-On-Three Basketball

The rapper/actor’s newest venture BIG3 is a professional three-on-three basketball league. Just don’t call it the NBA. Back in April of last year, Ice Cube was watching Kobe Bryant close out his 20-year career in his final game with the Los Angeles Lakers. Show More Summary

Want To Be More Creative And Successful? Fight The Urge To Focus

A wandering mind can be an asset if you learn how to use it. In 1987, Mark Frauenfelder read an article in Whole Earth Review about the indie magazine revolution and thought to himself, “I’ve got to do a zine.” The next year, he and his wife started Boing Boing, a pop culture and technology publication. Show More Summary

The Newest Burger At Sonic Blends The Beef With Mushrooms So You Eat Less Meat

Want people to eat a little less meat? Fill the burger with something else (that tastes as good). The menu at Sonic Drive-In–a fast food chain that launched in the 1950s, where some servers still deliver food on roller skates–contains the standard burgers and fries and milkshakes that it always has. Show More Summary

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