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How To Lead With Empathy

A new breed of CEOs is defined less by “command and control” and more by “inspire and empower.” My first boss was a bully. Just before I started working for him, a rumor circulated that he’d once thrown a desk out the window. Maybe the story was apocryphal, but it didn’t feel that way to those of us under his thumb. Show More Summary

Here’s What It Takes To Win The Grocery Wars

With Amazon pushing into food aisles, physical stores are duking it out to be the grocer of the future. Around the time that Amazon was announcing its intent to buy natural-foods pioneer Whole Foods for $13.4 billion this past summer,...Show More Summary

These are the five teams advancing to the final rounds of the Global Learning XPrize

The XPrize Foundation encourages and supports technological innovation that could benefit all of humanity. The aim of the Global Learning XPrize is to support companies that create scalable solutions that will enable children to teach themselves basic reading, writing, and arithmetic. Show More Summary

9 Newsletters To Make You Smarter

Get a regular dose of insight and inspiration delivered directly to your email inbox. 1. Redef, The melding of media, tech, and pop culture Jason Hirschhorn, a former Viacom and Slingbox executive, is your smart friend who shares must-see articles, videos, and podcasts that illuminate the changes transforming fashion, media, music, sports, and tech. Read Full Story

How Blockchain Could Transform The Way International Aid Is Distributed

A new digital-payment platform from the United Nations’ World Food Programme is bringing efficiency and stability to refugee camps. The future of world food aid arrived, in early May, unnoticed by its first recipients: the grocery shoppers inside a supermarket at the Azraq camp in Jordan, home to 36,000 Syrian refugees. Show More Summary

Satya Nadella Rewrites Microsoft’s Code

Microsoft’s CEO has stopped infighting, restored morale, and created more than $250 billion in market value. All it took was focusing on what matters most. Satya Nadella’s corner office, on the fifth floor of Building 34 at Microsoft’s...Show More Summary

How Microsoft’s Satya Nadella Became A Netflix Insider

One of the defining facts about Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is that he’s been at the company for 25 years–nearly his entire career. But one of the more intriguing tidbits I learned while researching our new cover story on Nadella and...Show More Summary

Here’s How The Latest Sleep-Science Gadgets Affected My Productivity

I tested an ergonomic mattress, sleep tracker, light-blocking drapes, and more, all in a quest for the perfect night’s sleep. I’m not being hyperbolic when I say that sleep is the most important thing in my life. In some ways, it’s more...Show More Summary

Eataly’s New Theme Park In Italy Is The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of

Eataly World will feature more than 40 restaurants, a hydroponic vegetable garden, and cooking classes taught by master chefs. After opening outposts in 31 cities in 12 countries across the globe, the Italian fooderie Eataly is returning to its birthplace with its newest launch: a $118 million experiential park called FICO Eataly World. Read Full Story

Inside Bozoma Saint John’s Plan To Steer Uber Forward

Uber’s new chief brand officer must figure out how to change the troubled company’s narrative. During her three years as head of global consumer marketing for Apple Music, Bozoma Saint John used her branding prowess to tap into powerful...Show More Summary

Can Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone Take On The Smartphone Giants?

The creator of Android wants to unleash innovation in a market dominated by Apple, Google, and Samsung. It won’t be easy. According to Andy Rubin, the modern mobile ecosystem is broken. He should know: He helped break it. Read Full Story

The 7 Books Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Says You Need to Lead Smarter

The well-read CEO recommends books that have informed his own thinking and that of his team at Microsoft in formulating the company’s turnaround. If you spend time with Satya Nadella—as I did on several occasions this year while researching...Show More Summary

Huawei mocks Apple with its video about the real AI phone

The Chinese tech giant has released a video on its social media channels showing the company isn’t too impressed with the iPhone X’s Face ID and artifical intelligence technology. “Let’s face it, facial recognition isn’t for everyone. Show More Summary

The Fashion Version Of Netflix Doubles Down On Original Content

WME-IMG’s OTT fashion network Made to Measure has experienced tremendous growth in just two years. Now the platform is digging into original content. The upward trajectory of over-the-top content doesn’t seem to be slowing anytime soon. Show More Summary

Snap blocks Al Jazeera in Saudi Arabia

The company has blocked Al Jazeera’s Snapchat Discover channel under pressure from the government of Saudi Arabia, reports TechCrunch. The Al Jazeera Snap Discover channel was launched in Saudi Arabia in May of this year. The Saudi government has long accused the channel of being a tool for neighboring Qatar to incite Saudi opposition. Show More Summary

Special counsel Mueller got a search warrant for Facebook’s Russia-linked ads

The social media giant has now handed over the Russian-linked ads that ran on Facebook during the presidential election, reports CNN. According to a CNN source, the search warrant Mueller obtained also made Facebook turn over “related...Show More Summary

The End Of Capitalism Is Already Starting–If You Know Where To Look

One of America’s foremost Marxist economists has never felt so optimistic in his 50-year career. These days, Richard Wolff is feeling pretty glad he stuck around teaching this long. Now in his 70s and lecturing at the New School University...Show More Summary

Google’s new payments app for India uses inaudible sound to transfer money

Called Tez, the Hindi word for “fast,” the payment app takes advantage of audio QR, which as the name suggests is basically an audio version of a QR code. But not to worry, users aren’t going to hear annoying sounds whenever anyone transfers money with Tex. Show More Summary

With SoftBank funding, Slack is now valued at $5.1 billion

The Japanese technology giant was the leader in the latest $250 million funding round for Slack, reports Bloomberg. The latest round of funding closed in the last several days and other investors in this round include Silicon Valley VC firm Accel. Show More Summary

BlackPods let you rebel against the sameness of white AirPods

The company has developed a way of carefully covering Apple’s best-selling wireless earphones in black. Where I live in San Francisco you’re starting to see a lot of people wearing Apple’s AirPods wireless earphones. And there’s only one color of AirPods–white–so everybody’s look exactly the same. Except mine. I am special. I have black ones. Read Full Story

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