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This Is What It's Like To Film a Comedy Show On a Moving Bus

Paul Scheer talks to Co.Create about the making of his new comedy special, Crash Test, filmed on a moving bus. Until recently, the weekly LA comedy show Crash Test was never in danger of actually crashing. But that doesn't mean it was ever safe. Read Full Story

How An Hour Of Meditation Transformed My Workday

Earlier this week, Fast Company staff participated in a meditation session for creativity. Here's how it changed my workday and attitude. At Fast Company, we write a lot about how to do your best creative thinking. Unfortunately, continually hearing this insight from the best in business doesn't always save me and my colleagues from hitting our own creative ruts. Read Full Story

Google Strikes Back Against Europe's Antitrust Charges

"Improving quality isn't anti-competitive," Google wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Google published a blog post on Thursday responding to the European Commission's claims that some of its practices are anti-competitive. The commission,...Show More Summary

An Uber Competitor Is Coming To New York's Taxi Fleet

The new app will allow you to bypass surge pricing and Uber's $2 cab-hailing fee. One of New York's largest providers of taxi cab tech is teaming with a startup to take on Uber. Queens-based Creative Mobile Technologies, which provides...Show More Summary

Could Working Dads Be Underserved, Too?

A small study of working fathers reveals an identity crisis and the need for better work/life balance. There is a subtle, but potentially seismic shift happening in the workplace. From sweeping diversity initiatives and radical strategies...Show More Summary

Apple Announces Next iPhone Event: September 9

Expect new iPhones from Apple on September 9, but no miniature iPhone 6c. Apple's upcoming iPhone event is taking place on September 9, and the press blitz is coming fast. While Apple itself has kept mum about what its latest set of announcements will focus on, there are already a few hints. Read Full Story

Unilever Makes Like A Tree, And Leaves The Forest For The Streets

The global corporation creates a film to raise awareness of deforestation ahead of UN Conference on Climate Change. At the end of November, leaders from more than 190 countries will gather in Paris for the latest United Nations Conference on Climate Change to discuss a potential new agreement on climate action. Read Full Story

At Long Last, Instagram Ends The Tyranny Of The Square

The image-sharing service now lets you go wide—or tall—for photos and videos that don't fit into its iconic square frame. In its own way, it's been as defining a restriction as Twitter's 140-character limit. Instagram photos (and videos) come in one format: square. Show More Summary

Yamaha's Player Piano Brings Auditions To The Cloud

Students audition for music schools on the other side of the world with cloud-connected pianos that record and re-create how they played. Getting into a top music school like UCLA (where John Williams studied) or Boston College (where conductor Robert J. Show More Summary

Amazon Dismisses "Dozens" Of Engineers Who Worked On Failed Fire Phone

The e-commerce company is also cutting back on other projects from Lab126, its hardware research and development division. Amazon has sent packing "dozens" of engineers who worked on its ill-fated Fire phone, according to the Wall Street Journal. Show More Summary

Yes, Anti-Facial-Recognition Glasses Are Coming

The perfect gift for that person in your life who wants to take their privacy protection offline, too. But is it just window dressing? Has the encroachment of facial-recognition software made you a little uneasy? Are you concerned that...Show More Summary

Airbnb Is The Latest Tech Company To Hire Big-Name Political Talent

Former Bill Clinton advisor Chris Lehane is Airbnb's new head of global policy and public affairs. Airbnb announced on Thursday that it had hired Chris Lehane, a former advisor to President Clinton, as its new head of global policy and public affairs. Read Full Story

The Big Bad Wolf Gets A Rebranding

An endangered species is worthy of our care, not fear. Ever since the publication of Little Red Riding Hood—and even long before—wolves have gotten a bad rap in pop culture (with the possible exception of wolf-themed indie band names). Show More Summary

This Mind-Numbing Machine Lets You Experience Making The Minimum Wage

Turn a crank for a whole hour, and out pops 8 bucks in pennies. It's actually a much better bargain than most low-wage gigs. Blake Fall-Conroy's Minimum Wage Machine "allows anybody to work for minimum wage," and represents the grinding futility of those jobs that pay it. Show More Summary

In Africa, Chinese Developers Are Building A Mini-China

A photo investigation of the Chinese-sponsored apartments, highways, factories—and even entire cities—that are sprouting up in Africa at an astounding pace. On the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, a small sign points to "Beijing Road," where a new housing development called the Great Wall Apartments looks like the concrete towers you'd find in a Chinese city. Read Full Story

3M's Forthcoming Design Center Riffs On The Archetypal Minnesota Cabin

"The creative cabins are a hint to the Minnesota lifestyle," says 3M's chief design officer 3M is the poster child for successfully forging a culture of innovation, but what about nurturing a culture of design? Well, the brand's Minnesota HQ is about to overhaul one of its buildings to house a new design center. Read Full Story

With Obi Smartphones, John Sculley Takes Old Lessons From Apple--And Pepsi--To New Places

These cheap phones for emerging markets are designed by an Apple veteran. And they'll be marketed like a cola. John Sculley's new smartphones are not coming to a store near you anytime soon. Read Full Story

Hot Sauce, USA

Where once was Tabasco, there is now Sriracha, Cholula, and Gochujang. This is what the condiment aisle says about American consumers. Ted Chung is a man who has thought long and hard about hot sauce. "It's something I take very personally and spiritually," the founder of Cashmere, a marketing agency that targets multicultural millennials, tells Fast Company. Read Full Story

Should Ashley Madison Members Lose Their Jobs?

Does an affair affect your ability to do your work? We explore if getting fired for cheating on your spouse is ever justified. The consequences of adultery are on a lot of people's minds these days, including employers. Read Full St...

Are These Gorgeous Opening Images The Key To "Mr. Robot"? Creator Sam Esmail Explains

The man behind one of 2015's most exciting new shows talks about why its ever-changing title cards are such a big part of its aesthetic There are lots of good reasons to be excited about Mr. Robot, the USA Network's summer thriller about...Show More Summary

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