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Survey: one in four IT workers are worried that their skills could become obsolete

For the most part, IT workers like their jobs: 79% claim they are satisfied with their positions (up from 73% in 2015) and a whopping 45% are “very satisfied,” according to the new industry report “Evaluating IT Workforce Needs.” However,...Show More Summary

This Facebook Exec’s Secret To Keeping Her 400-Person Team Focused

Product VP Fidji Simo has found weekly check-ins for setting her own intentions can radiate outward, keeping everyone chasing the same goal. Fidji Simo polled her team at Facebook about her top skill as a manager, and there was quick...Show More Summary

The Trailer For Daniel Day-Lewis’ Final Film Will Make Your Heart Skip A Beat

Oh yeah, it’s also the next Paul Thomas Anderson movie, so get excited. What: The first trailer for Phantom Thread. Read Full Story

Snapchat’s poor-selling Spectacles are another bitter blow for smart glasses

When the company behind Snapchat introduced a set of video-capturing eyeglasses in the fall of 2016, tech observers lined up to argue that Snap’s Spectacles wouldn’t be Google Glass all over again. By making smart glasses cheaper, cooler, and a little less creepy, the argument went, Snap would have a better shot at mainstream success. Show More Summary

The World Lost An Area Of Trees The Size Of New Zealand In 2016

Cutting down trees is a big problem–but climate-fueled fires are even worse. The Amazon rainforest doesn’t usually catch on fire. But when 9.1 million acres burned in Brazil in 2016, it helped the world break a new record. Last year, more tree cover was lost globally than in any other year, covering an area roughly the size of New Zealand. Read Full Story

Amazon should put its new headquarters in Puerto Rico

Despite the fact that 80% of the island still doesn’t have power, Puerto Rico has just put in a bid for Amazon’s coveted new headquarters—and Amazon should take them up on it. The island, which is struggling to rebuild in the wake of...Show More Summary

Andy Rubin’s hyped-up Essential phone is already slashing its price

After just two months on the market and a whole lot of hype, the Essential phone is getting a $200 price cut. It now costs $500 unlocked through Essential’s website. (Sprint has already been leasing the phone at half price.) Essential...Show More Summary

CNN’s New Ad Campaign Takes On “Fake News” Accusations

The broadcaster effectively uses a simple analogy to illustrate the importance of real facts. What: A new ad campaign from CNN that touts facts and mocks accusations of “fake news.” Read Full Story

Five Steps To Make Your Dry, Boring Work Writing Less Terrible

Your job might not require you to be a good writer. That’s part of the problem. Chances are you’re a crappier writer than you realize, and your job is at least partly to blame. Like most people, you write most often when you’re texting or sending emails rather than composing formal documents, which your job might not require you to do very often to begin with. Read Full Story

How This Unique Tooth Floss Turned A Dull Ritual Into A Luxury Treat

They love it at Goop and Sephora, but can Cocofloss, a newfangled take on a dental hygiene staple, sell wide at $8 a roll? “Flossing is always associated with dread, neglect, or guilt,” says Chrystle Cu, a dentist and cofounder of Cocofloss. “I really wanted people to think about flossing differently.” And she has. Read Full Story

WeWork just bought N.Y.C. coding bootcamp Flatiron School

In a move that represents how WeWork is trying to become a hub for all of your professional life needs, the shared-workspace company has acquired the New York City-based coding bootcamp Flatiron School. The terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Show More Summary

This Is Why No One Understands What You’re Saying

No matter what the specific issue is, it’s your problem to fix. Here’s what to do about your office miscommunications. There are some days when it feels like no one is listening. Your boss isn’t understanding the project problems you discussed. Show More Summary

This Simple Task Can Help Curb Your Constant Worrying

There’s a lot to worry about, but taking a few minutes to do this task every day can help redirect your brain. Whether it’s an upcoming presentation, a performance evaluation, or an important meeting with a client, 38% of us are worried about something every day, according to the “Worry Less Report” by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Show More Summary

Netflix Offers A Rare Look Inside Its Strategy For Global Domination

With season two of Stranger Things as a case study, the team at Netflix responsible for the global reach of its shows explains how they’re expanding. When it comes to the Netflix series Stranger Things, no two fans are exactly alike–something that Netflix considers when it markets the show to its users. Show More Summary

When Artificial Intelligence Meets Actual Life

As powerful as tech alone may be, it is culture that will ultimately define our future. Six years ago, Fast Company‘s editorial team had an insight: that Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google were increasingly expanding into contiguous businesses. Show More Summary

Encrypted phones are “a huge, huge problem” for FBI

FBI director Christopher Wray made the comments at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia on Sunday, reports the BBC. There he revealed that the FBI has been unable to access the data on 7,000 phones in their possession. Show More Summary

Facebook’s translation software got a man wrongly arrested

Israel police wrongly arrested a Palestinian man after Facebook mistranslated his simple greeting into a terror threat, reports Sky News. A Palestinian construction worker had taken a photo of himself next to a bulldozer in an Israeli settlement where he works and then posted the photo of himself to Facebook, writing “good morning” in Arabic. Show More Summary

N.Y.C. has been ordered to share the source code for its DNA evidence software

A federal judge has ordered the source code for software used to identify DNA developed by New York City’s crime lab to be made public so it can be examined by independent software experts, reports ProPublica. The move comes after ProPublica...Show More Summary

Kaspersky Labs’ software will undergo an independent security review

The company will submit the source code of its popular anti-virus software to “the broader information-security community and other stakeholders” in an attempt to win back the trust of consumers, the company has announced. Kaspersky Lab’s anti-virus products were barred from being used by U.S. Show More Summary

This Three-Story Tiny House Fits In The Footprint Of A Parking Space

With a floor for working, another for sleeping, and a greenhouse on the top, the Tikku house is designed to replace a city’s parking spots with living space. In Helsinki, like many cities, there isn’t enough housing to keep up with demand. Show More Summary

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