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The Awl is shutting down, and it will be sorely missed

In 2015, the Verge asked this question: “Why are the most important people in media reading The Awl?” The reason is: Because it has always been one of the best blogs on the internet. Now these sentiments will be in past tense. Sadly, The Awl has announced that it is shutting down. Show More Summary

The Government Is Knocking On Amazon’s Door A Lot More Often

Maybe be careful what you say to Alexa. As Amazon expands into new business areas, builds out its platforms, and deepens the level of personal data it collects about customers, the company is becoming a more frequent target of government and law-enforcement officials seeking information to help them with criminal cases and other legal efforts. Read Full Story

This app wants to make a game out of taking your vitamins

When it comes to vitamins, there is only so much you can do to be innovative. Many brands these days are delivering vitamins on a subscription plan, so you never run out, and making the individual packs of pills look so attractive that they are Instagrammable. Show More Summary

Mastercard’s New Platform Helps Kenyan Micromerchants Get Credit–And Restock Faster

Without a financial history, small shop owners struggle to access loans. A new project from Mastercard helps them build up a track record of payments through digitizing their orders from local wholesalers. In Kawangware, an informalShow More Summary

Aziz Ansari Is A Different Conversation Than Weinstein, But It’s A Conversation We Should Be Having

The debate over the Aziz Ansari story revolves around whether what his accuser alleges should be considered assault. There’s much more to the story than that. [Warning: NSFW] Over the weekend, a woman using a pseudonym accused Aziz Ansari of sexual assault, as described in a lengthy, graphically detailed article on Show More Summary

iPhone “throttling” plaintiff asks court to halt Apple battery recycling program

After Apple admitted it had been slowing down older iPhones to extend their battery lifespans, it was hit by a wave of class action lawsuits alleging the company intentionally slowed down the phones to push customers toward buying new ones.  Now, the plaintiff in one of the lawsuits, Harvey v. Show More Summary

Pay by fingerprint? Visa’s new card makes it possible

Millions of consumers already use biometrics technology, like thumbprint scans, to unlock their phones and confirm in-app purchases. Now, similar technology is moving from phones to plastic. With Visa’s new fingerprint card, consumers will be able to avoid four-digit pins and signatures when making in-store purchases. Show More Summary

Levandowski faces more trade secret allegations—in lawsuit filed by nanny

Anthony Levandowski, the former Uber engineer at the center of the company’s intellectual property dispute with Alphabet unit Waymo, faces more allegations of trade secret theft in a lawsuit from a woman who says she worked for him as a nanny. Show More Summary

Donald Trump’s profanity seems to be tripping up Google autocomplete

President Trump’s profanity is making it hard for Google to keep its autocomplete search suggestions rated PG. While Google’s autocomplete searches typically use asterisks to censor the naughty words—or omits them from autocomplete altogether–Trump’s...Show More Summary

Google Wants To Help 10,000 People In Underserved Communities Get New IT Jobs

In less than a year, a person with no experience is ready for a high-tech job. For someone without a college degree looking for a better job, work in IT support makes sense–most jobs in the field ask for only a high school diploma, pay a middle-class wage, and in the U.S., there are currently more than 150,000 open positions. Show More Summary

Using an app for contraception? Well, you may be pregnant

Contraceptive apps are becoming all the rage. These programs–such as Natural Cycles–help women track their menstruation cycles, using data like body temperature, to let users know when they are most likely to be infertile. These apps, however, aren’t perfect. Show More Summary

How Facebook’s News Feed Shift Could Lead To A Big Spike in Xenophobia

A newsfeed that emphasizes posts from friends and family may leave people feeling more like members of tribes than ever–and resistant to outside views. After spending much of 2017 acting like a prospective politician, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new persona this past Thursday: Martyr to his own algorithm. Read Full Story

How To Talk About The Gap In Your Work History

Sometimes, addressing it directly can be your best option. Whether you’re gearing up for a triumphant return to the workforce or grappling with the best way to explain a recent gap in your employment history, addressing time away from the professional world can be a daunting task. Show More Summary

War of the hotel empires: Trump’s Panama staff kicked out Marriott executives

Accused of misconduct, he fires back by punishing his accusers and loudly complaining about their vendetta. Sounds like another day in the Trump White House—except that this time it’s his business empire. The Trump Organization, locked...Show More Summary

Who was Katy Jurado? Here’s the story behind today’s stunning Google Doodle

Film buffs, today’s Google Doodle is for you. The search giant is celebrating what would have been the 94th birthday of trailblazing Mexican actress Katy Jurado. Jurado, who was born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García, roseShow More Summary

YouTube Is Shaping Your Child’s Career Ambitions More Than You Are

Good news: Over half of girls say they want a career in STEM fields. Bad news: Kid’s entertainment is still very gendered. The greatest influence on the career ambitions of today’s children isn’t their teachers, parents, books, or even self-discovered passions. Instead, their ambitions are being primarily shaped by television, movies, and YouTube. Read Full Story

Down goes the price of bitcoin and Ethereum in yet another cryptocurrency plunge

It’s tough out there for cryptocurrency investors. This morning, the price of bitcoin dropped in the double-digit percents–hitting a monthlong low of $11,191.59. Currently the price has risen a bit, to around $12,000, but that’s still a huge drop from yesterday’s $14,094.86. Show More Summary

Airbnb has beautiful homes to rent in “shthole” countries

Airbnb thinks its users will find a lot to love in “shithole” countries. After both the Washington Post and New York Times reported that President Trump referred to Haiti, El Salvador, and all 55 countries that fill the continent of Africa as “shithole countries” during discussions about immigration, Airbnb has formulated a rebuttal. Show More Summary

Some Sad Men Made A Woman-Free Cut Of “The Last Jedi.” (It’s 46 Minutes Long)

The self-described “chauvinist cut” robs the longest Star Wars movie yet of what makes it a movie. Halloween in the 1980s was tough for young, female Star Wars fans. They could either dress up like a man, don the Cinnabon-sandwich hair of Princess Leia, or go as the gender-free but possibly male-identifying R2-D2. Show More Summary

5 Mistakes To Avoid When Asking For A Raise

Make the case that giving you a raise would be good for the company, and whatever you do, don’t issue an ultimatum. In an ideal world, we’d all be compensated fairly for our work and receive raises when we do well in our jobs without having to ask. Show More Summary

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