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The FDA may have been drastically under-measuring harmful chemicals, according to a new study.


Uh-oh. Turns out that BPA, which has long been known as an endocrine disrupter associated with everything from gestational abnormalities to cancer to diabetes and obesity, is in our bodies in much higher levels than thought.

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Four fired Google workers have shared their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board with ‘Fast Company.’ It accuses Google and Alphabet of unfair and illegal treatment.


“And remember… don’t be evil, and if you see something that you think isn’t right—speak up!”

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A new process creates the metal without its usual emissions and Apple—which uses lots of it in their phones and computers—is investing to help create more.


Aluminum is abundant in more things than just soda cans; the metal is used in everything from transportation to power lines. It’s also a component of things like smartphones, tablets, laptops, and TVs. But all that use has a big environmental impact. Mining, smelting, and casting aluminum is a carbon-intense process, and the production of new aluminum alone accounts for 1% of annual global greenhouse gas

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emissions.

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If you’re still paying for cable, don’t expect to be able to scare your provider into giving you a cheaper rate.


Remember that time you called up Comcast or Charter or AT&T? You used a few savvy phrases like “skinny bundle” and “over the top,” and you scared them into shaving 10% off your monthly bill?

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“What’s something you can say during sex but also when you manage a brand twitter account?”


Netflix has built a pretty stellar reputation for how it manages itself on social media as a branded participant in the cultural banter around its shows. It’s done this largely by hiring TV and movie superfans to simply do their thing on behalf of the brand, talking like fans to other fans. And it’s worked! But yesterday they reached out to a different demographic, their fellow brand social media managers.

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Lyft was all too happy to capitalize on its image as a kinder, gentler Uber. Now it’s in the position of having to prove it can be equally transparent.


After years of promising to be more transparent about safety issues on its platform, ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies released its first-ever safety report yesterday, showing almost 6,000 reports of sexual assault in 2017 and 2018, including 464 reports of rape.

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This startup has learned how to save hundreds of in-person hours.


At Proof, a 15-person seed-stage startup where I work on the marketing team, we all wear a lot of hats. We spend time on everything from customer support to interviewing candidates to assembling desks—in addition to our time-intensive primary roles.

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Good data etiquette means distinguishing between the data that your company wants and the data that it needs, then using the latter to build great customer relationships.


Imagine you’re at a party and you’ve met someone new. They ask for your name. That’s normal. But then this person asks for your home address, phone number, and relationship status. Even if there was a legitimate reason to ask, most of us would call this bad social etiquette. Either this person has failed to explain and justify why they need the information, or they are trying to obtain info

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rmation they simply don’t need.

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Jonathan Braylock, Jerah Milligan, and James III have been riffing on representation in pop culture for years on their podcast. Now they’re going next level.


If the members of the assembled group don’t look instantly familiar, give it a moment. Over there is Whoopi Goldberg’s spiritual sherpa, who reunited Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore across the mortal divide in Ghost. Oh, and she’s joined by Will Smith’s legendary Bagger Vance, the mysterious golf-whisperer who caddies Matt Damon to both athletic and romantic breakthroughs. And acros

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s from them is Morgan Freeman’s paradigm-shifting chauffeur from Driving Miss Daisy, the one who helps an old lady discover that prejudice exists.

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They allegedly used malware to steal victims’ bank account credentials and transfer funds without permission.


The Justice Department unveiled charges today against the leaders of a Russian hacking group called Evil Corp (yes, the name of the company from Mr. Robot) that’s alleged to have used malware to steal more than $100 million from bank accounts around the world.

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Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients have a new reason to panic.


Hundreds of thousands of food stamp recipients have a new reason to panic: The Trump administration is stopping benefits to an estimated 688,000 people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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“Focus Mode” shows how more nuanced controls can curb screen time.


Some of my worst smartphone habits occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. That’s supposed to be family time for playing with the kids, having dinner, and putting them to bed. But it’s all too easy to be distracted by some urgent-sounding email or a direct message in Slack.

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Former NFL wide receiver Matthew Cherry’s touching film is dedicated to black fathers learning to do their daughters’ hair. It’s now available to view for free.


Who: Matthew Cherry

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The attorney general rubber-stamped a legally questionable phone records collection program that lasted from 1992 until the Snowden revelations in 2013.


Two high-profile Democratic senators–Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ron Wyden of Oregon–are asking the Department of Justice’s ethics body to look into a legally questionable mass surveillance program approved by Attorney General William Barr during his first stint as AG in the 1990s.

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Artists fed up with T-shirt vendors stealing their work tricked their automated systems into generating shirts with characters such as Mickey Mouse, Pikachu, and Bart Simpson.


Online artists say unscrupulous T-shirt vendors are using bots to search social media for comments such as “I want that on a shirt.” When the bots find them, they quickly take images from the original posts and upload them to T-shirt marketplace sites without regard for copyright or artist credit.

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A staggering $1.7 trillion valuation still fell short of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s goal.


In what is expected to be the largest initial public offering in history, a state-owned oil and gas behemoth in Saudi Arabia is about to become the most valuable publicly traded company in the world.

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Hazel’s little sachets block ethylene, the chemical that ripens fruit, drastically prolonging their life as they’re shipped across the country.


This tiny sachet the size of a sugar packet can be placed in a crate of fruit and it makes the produce last roughly three times longer than usual. The technology, from a startup called Hazel Technologies, was created as a simple way to tackle one piece of the world’s problem with food waste. In the U.S. alone, each year, $218 billion is spent growing, processing, delivering, and throwing out 52 million tons of u

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neaten food, often because it goes bad before someone can eat it. Another 10 million tons of food never makes it off farms.

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The city’s senior policy adviser for climate, sustainability, and resilience explains how it’s using its resources to find natural ways to remove carbon from the atmosphere and embed it in city owned land.


The focus of climate action, until recently, has been almost exclusively on strategies to reduce carbon emissions. This is understandable given that we’ve got a little more than 10 years to halve global greenhouse gas emissions if we want the planet to remain habitable. A focus on reduction, thus, remains critical.

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Forget FOMO. If budgets don’t allow for travel and accommodations, here are some creative strategies to include remote workers in the festivities that can pay off all year.


Remote workers enjoy many advantages over their in-office colleagues: flexible hours, relaxed dress codes, and little to no commute. But when it comes to office celebrations, remote workers can really miss out.

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Remrise enters a crowded sleep-aid market with a holistic, personalized approach. Can it get consumers to switch from Ambien to Eastern medicine?


It’s no secret that Americans don’t sleep enough, with nearly a third of adults getting less than six hours of shut-eye per night. The CDC declared sleep a public health epidemic, spurring Silicon Valley to create a host of gadgets, robots, and even luxe homes to lull the restless back to bed.

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Some of the earliest life on Earth were microbes who built towers of limestone, abandoning the lower levels as the water rose around them. What if cities today did the same as the seas rose?


Human innovation has long been inspired by other organisms, from the wild thistle plant that spurred the invention of velcro to the kingfisher bird that helped engineers design bullet trains. It’s called biomimicry: looking to nature’s systems, designs, and processes for inspiration to solve human problems. So wouldn’t it make sense, then, that as climate change threaten

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s to make our world inhospitable, with rising sea levels and intense heat, we could learn something from the way the earliest life forms survived when Earth had similarly harsh conditions?

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We currently use between 20 and 27 million tons of salt to keep our roads clear every winter—and its not good for the environment or our cars.


Sodium chloride (or as you might know it: salt) is an important ingredient for helping get around in the winter. Spread on roads, it lowers the freezing point of ice, making it melt faster and making roads safer. But all that salt can also be harmful—not only is it corrosive to pavement, concrete, and steel, it can wash into lakes and streams or seep into our groundwater, contaminating water supplies and threatening aquatic

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life. Still, road salt use has been increasing—in the United States alone, it’s estimated that we currently use between 20 and 27 million tons of salt on our roadways each year. But a little reuse of agricultural waste could help mitigate the problem.

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An anonymous teenager writes about his brief infatuation with the alt-right, which made him critical of how big tech platforms influence the way we think.


When I was 13, I was convinced that Jews controlled global financial networks and that black Americans committed homicide at a higher rate than whites. I believed that the wage gap was a fallacy fabricated by feminists, and I was an avid supporter of the men’s rights movement. I accepted all of the alt-right maxims I saw as a Reddit moderator, despite my Jewish upbringing in a liberal household with a tight-knit family

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that taught me compassion, empathy, and respect for others.

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Spotify’s annual Wrapped experience that culls your listening habits over the year will also show you what you had a loop this past decade. Happy rewinding!


It’s that time of year again: Spotify is ready to show you all the songs, albums, and artists you ran into the ground this year with its annual Spotify Wrapped experience.

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Conveniently, the new rules might pad Facebook’s bottom line.


Facebook’s younger, cooler social network would like to know your date of birth, please.

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Retirement “will not exempt you from accountability,” Warren said.


Larry Page may be halfway out the door with Oakleys on now that he’s no longer CEO of Alphabet, but make no mistake: Page and his cofounder, Sergey Brin, still call the shots when it comes to the pair’s voting control over Google.

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19-4052. Classic blue.


It’s the color of blue jeans, blueberries, and the sky at dusk. Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020 is Classic Blue. It’s what the color forecasters at Pantone have deemed to be a comforting, timeless color for a time of change.

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Giving Google’s CEO control of Alphabet makes eminent sense. But dealing with the company’s current cultural breakdown will require everything he’s got.


The last time that Larry Page tweaked his job responsibilities at Google—by creating a new holding company called Alphabet and focusing his energy on “moonshot” projects while Sundar Pichai ran Google—it was one of the most genuinely shocking moments I can remember in big-tech history. Four years later, Page is stepping down as Alphabet CEO, with Pichai succeeding him in that role

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as well as keeping his post at Google. Along with cofounder Sergey Brin, Page is abandoning his executive role but staying on Alphabet’s board. And though the timing is a surprise, the move itself feels inevitable.

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There’s no turning back: “hamjama” has entered our lexicon.


This holiday you can eat like a pig and look like one, too. Today the Honey Baked Ham Company released onesies inspired by ham, complete with “festive lights and decorative pig tails” so that you can “cuddle up to your big ham or celebrate with your little piggies.” And the onesies are glorious.

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The Science Based Targets Initiative has verified cuts of 265 million metric tons of emissions to keep companies in line with the commitments of the Paris Agreement.


Four years ago, a group of nonprofits launched the Science Based Targets Initiative, a project designed to convince corporations to set targets to cut emissions in line with the goals of the Paris climate agreement. Nine companies had targets approved by the end of the first year after the launch. As of today, more than 700 large companies have signed on, and more than 300 of those—from Ikea and Mic

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rosoft to the meat giant Tyson Foods and McDonald’s—have targets that have been approved by the organization.

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Leadership expert Judith Humphrey makes the case for starting a new tradition with your year-end holiday toast.


Writing an effective holiday toast can be daunting—even for experienced speech-givers. The stakes are high, your coworkers are all gathered around, and you want to strike the right tone, without relying on platitudes.

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From handmade craft to architectural brute, these cards are sure to delight the designer in your life.


I know, I know, you were going to get those holiday cards out yesterday. So was I. But here we are, in the prime-time greeting card season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and we haven’t sent any well wishes out to our loved ones, with nary an envelope sealed. There are a few routes to go here: Just don’t send cards, try again next year, or get them out ASAP and keep your design friends (and perhaps, potential networking opportunities) happy with a

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personal note from you delivered straight to their doorstep. If you’re still pondering which cards to send, look no further—I’ve pulled the prettiest holiday cards that are certain to bring cheer. Even in a season filled with shiny objects.

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