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Forget learning to code, bosses value collaboration and communication

The top priority for developing talent is to train for soft skills,  according to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Learning Report which surveyed more than 4,000 professionals. The report found that while automation is requiring workers to maintain...Show More Summary

Are You Genetically Predisposed For Your Career?

The answer to your career aptitude might be in how your cells respond to your environment. If you’ve ever wondered why one person is drawn to a career in a creative industry while someone else loves to sit in an office and crunch numbers, the answer might be in their genes. Show More Summary

Salesforce And United Way Are Teaming Up To Change Corporate Giving

Their new app called Philanthropy Cloud lets corporate employees have a record of all their matched giving–and will help guide them to other organizations, information, and ways to help in person. In order to magnify their philanthropic impact, many corporate employees donate through company charity programs. Show More Summary

WeWork’s rival Industrious just raised $80 million

Sure, it’s not a $4.4 billion investment like WeWork got from SoftBank, but the $80 million Industrious just nabbed shows the coworking space sector still has room for growth. Industrious raised the $80 million in a round led by Riverwood Capital and Fifth Wall Ventures, reports Axios. Show More Summary

Comcast wants to buy U.K.’s Sky for $31 billion

The U.S. media giant has offered to buy Britain’s most well-known private broadcaster, reports CNBC. The proposal is sure to be a thorn in the side of Rupert Murdoch, whose 21st Century Fox already owns 39% of Sky and had previously proposed to buy the remaining 61% he does not own. Show More Summary

Gobee pulls out of France because kids kept wrecking its bikes

The Hong Kong-based dockless bike sharer had boasted it had 2,000 bikes in Paris alone and over 150,000 users across the country, but now the company is saying “au revoir” because a thousand of its bikes were stolen and almost 3,400 damaged nationwide, reports the Guardian. Show More Summary

Instacart will now deliver from Sam’s Club in select regions

As the grocery industry continues to fret over Amazon, Walmar- owned Sam’s Club is signing on with Instacart for same-day delivery services in Texas (Austin, Dallas) and St. Louis, Missouri. This is the first time Instacart has teamed up with Walmart. Show More Summary

This Reusable Tampon Applicator Aims To Clean Up The Period Industry

Women can use 12,000 applicators in a lifetime–all of which ends up in a landfill. Dame wants to cut down on that waste. When a U.K. startup began selling a subscription service to period products in 2015–the menstrual version of the Dollar Shave Club–they offered both disposable and reusable products. Show More Summary

Stitch Fix CEO Katrina Lake Talks Data, Amazon—and Hot Tubs

In this exclusive interview, the cofounder of one of 2018’s World’s Most Innovative Companies shares her insights on breaking through in retail. Fast Company: You launched three new services over the past year: Stitch Fix for men; premium brands, which brings higher-end lines like Rag & Bone and Theory into your assortment; and plus sizes. Show More Summary

How Amazon Got Swole Just Like CEO Jeff Bezos

The retail giant is one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018 as much for the dramatic effect of its moves as its moves themselves. When Jeff Bezos was spotted striding between meetings at the annual Allen & Company Sun...Show More Summary

Apple is launching medical clinics for its employees

The iPhone maker will be opening two “AC Wellness” health clinics for its employees and their dependents in Santa Clara County this spring, reports CNBC. Santa Clara County is where Apple’s original and new spaceship campuses are located. Show More Summary

Cars without drivers are coming to California roads as soon as April

California on Monday gave the thumbs-up to driverless cars that actually have no driver. If you’ve ever spotted an autonomous vehicle, say from Waymo or Uber, you probably noticed that there was actually someone behind the wheel. But...Show More Summary

Fitbit’s Q4 report has investors counting their steps toward the exits

Fitbit is important because it helped pioneer the “quantified self” movement that’s still alive and, well, somewhat well. While Fitbit has always been strong in wearables, the world has become far more interested in smartwatches, mainly the Apple Watch. Show More Summary

The Hacker Zoo Breaking Into A Computer Near You

Security firm CrowdStrike highlights the growing global threat of both state-sponsored and criminal hackers in a new report. Security firm CrowdStrike says in a new report that the spread of more advanced hacker tools is helping to close the gap between cybercriminal and nation state attack capabilities. Show More Summary

Al Pacino Can’t Stop Playing Disgraced Public Figures In HBO Movies

Here are 10 ideas for which ones he can play next. The sight should be beyond familiar by now: Al Pacino in barely perceptible old-guy makeup, playing a notorious public figure in an HBO movie. A trailer for his latest effort, Paterno, premiered over the weekend, and you can practically taste the headlines from which it was ripped. Read Full Story

Samsung’s Bixby speaker will arrive later than expected

Samsung is targeting the second half of this year for its first smart speaker with Bixby inside. D.J. Koh, Samsung’s mobile chief, confirmed the timing to the Wall Street Journal, and said the plan is to lead with a premium product, followed by more devices in a range of price tiers. Show More Summary

SoulCycle expands further, gets into the HIIT trend

SoulCycle already expanded beyond the bike with SoulAnnex–the cycle-less studio devoted to cardio and yoga–and now the cult brand takes on HIIT. The newly announced SoulActivate is an on-the-bike class that heavily incorporates high-intensity...Show More Summary

A new jet could fly from Beijing to New York in two hours

A new hypersonic plane could rival Superman for the fastest  thing in the sky. A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences just announced that when they tested a scaled-down model of their new hypersonic plane in a wind tunnel it got up to speeds of Mach 7, or 5,300 miles per hour. Show More Summary

This Robotic Wheelbarrow Will Follow Farmworkers As They Pick Berries

An automated helper is designed to be a helpful companion to farm workers, so they don’t have to carry the produce they pick. When farmworkers harvest table grapes in California’s Central Valley in 109-degree August weather, part of the job involves repeatedly wheeling about 80 pounds of grapes hundreds of feet down a long row of grapevines. Show More Summary

This Graphene Filter Makes Dirty Saltwater Drinkable

One simple filter might be able to deliver clean water for a fraction of the cost and energy of our current purification and desalinization methods. The water in Sydney Harbor–which is salty and polluted by sewage, toxic chemicals, and microplastics–isn’t drinkable. Show More Summary

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