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The regulatory environment under Trump makes it far more possible, but T-Mo may still be playing hard to get.

The regulatory environment under Trump makes it far more possible, but T-Mo may still be playing hard to get.

You might say they're made for each other. In the wireless market you have four main players. Two of them—AT&T and Verizon—tower over the others (T-Mobile and Sprint). A combination of the little guys might actually be able to compete with the big guys. And, believe it or not, even consumers might benefit.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:30 pm

Poor solutions to misinformation by technology companies and others don't address systemic civic problems—and could lead to self-censorship.

Poor solutions to misinformation by technology companies and others don't address systemic civic problems—and could lead to self-censorship.

In his recent manifesto, Mark Zuckerberg asserts that the response to our dysfunctional and conflict-ridden politics is to build a stronger global community based on ubiquitous interconnection. We know of course that Facebook stands to profit from this utopian vision, and we should be skeptical of the motives underlying Zuck's position. But it's worth taking a second look at the idea of working on underlying economic and political issues in our societies, rather than focusing on the effects of online expression—particularly in the context of the moral panic over "fake news."

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Author: Ivan Sigal
Posted: March 23, 2017, 7:00 pm

Take an infographic look at which studios passed on some of the biggest films ever, and the surprising options they didn't pass on.

Take an infographic look at which studios passed on some of the biggest films ever, and the surprising options they didn't pass on.

Hindsight is not only infinitely more accurate than its opposite, sometimes it can be very painful. Especially when untold sums of prestige and money hang in the balance. For movie studios, the only way to learn this truth is the hard way.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:40 pm

Founded by veterans of ILM, Disney, EA, and other media giants, Nomadic plans on building rich experiences that can be refreshed regularly.

Founded by veterans of ILM, Disney, EA, and other media giants, Nomadic plans on building rich experiences that can be refreshed regularly.

I'm standing on top of a building, desperate to cross a wide gap to another rooftop (so I can thwart evil) and to do so, I have to make my way gingerly over a narrow and extremely rickety plank. It's a long fall on either side.

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Author: Daniel Terdiman
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:30 pm

Ro Khanna, a freshman congressman from California, took a trip to build a bridge between the tech sector and "Silicon Holler."

Ro Khanna, a freshman congressman from California, took a trip to build a bridge between the tech sector and "Silicon Holler."

The disconnect between Silicon Valley and the American heartland was one of the issues highlighted by Donald Trump's surprise victory, which was largely attributed to working-class voters who felt ignored by business elites and left behind by the forces of globalization. After all, when you're a 50-year-old in Kentucky who was just laid off at the coal mine, the tech giants aren't likely to help you find a new job, and the digital economy must not seem like it's improving your life beyond offering you expensive new smartphones.

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Author: Marcus Baram
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:00 pm

Walter Iuzzolino is banking on personal branding and hyper-niche offerings to make his service Walter Presents a success in the U.S.

Walter Iuzzolino is banking on personal branding and hyper-niche offerings to make his service Walter Presents a success in the U.S.

The future of streaming is looking pretty narrow—and according to Walter Iuzzolino, that's a good thing.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: March 23, 2017, 2:30 pm

Team One strategy chief Mark Miller talks to Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis about balancing tradition with innovation, and more.

Team One strategy chief Mark Miller talks to Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis about balancing tradition with innovation, and more.

This is the final of a five-part series by Team One chief strategy officer Mark Miller on long-term brand building in contemporary marketing, and balancing long-term thinking with the urgent necessity of short-term action (check out the first installment on The Ritz-Carlton, the second on Taylor Guitars, and third on It Gets Better, and fourth on Girls Who Code).

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Author: Mark Miller
Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:55 pm

And to give us an exclusive sneak peek at Tangled: The Series' opening credits.

And to give us an exclusive sneak peek at Tangled: The Series' opening credits.

As an artist, Claire Keane had the mother of all jobs working at Disney Feature Animation. Over the course of her 10 years at Disney, Keane worked on films including Tangled, Enchanted, and Frozen. It all seemed like destiny, of course, seeing as how Keane is a descendent of cartoon royalty: Her grandfather and uncle, Bil and Jeff Keane, respectively, created the comic strip The Family Circus and her dad, Glen Keane, worked in animation for Disney, bringing characters like Aladdin, Pocahontas, Tarzan, and Beast to life.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:00 pm

It's the biggest cosmetics brand in the world, and it's out to prove that businesses in any sector can make conscious choices to cut their environmental footprint.

It's the biggest cosmetics brand in the world, and it's out to prove that businesses in any sector can make conscious choices to cut their environmental footprint.

Valued at $13.69 billion and employing around 78,000 people worldwide, the L'Oréal Group is the largest and most profitable company in the cosmetics industry. Between 2005 and 2016, it increased production volume across its 34 brands by 29%. But in the same time frame, the company reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 67%. "We are really serious about sustainability across all of our products and services," Alexandra Palt, L'Oréal's chief sustainability officer, tells Fast Company. And that commitment, she adds, can go hand in hand with economic success.

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Author: Eillie Anzilotti
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:00 am

Social and political influences have caused the United States to rank 14th in overall happiness.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:00 am

The new prize for disobedience, funded by LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, wants to reward creative nonviolent protest by activists or government officials who stop illegal acts.

The new prize for disobedience, funded by LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, wants to reward creative nonviolent protest by activists or government officials who stop illegal acts.

"You don't change the world by doing what you're told." So says Joi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, on the nomination form for a new type of award: a prize for disobedience.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:00 am

The secret to making people pay attention in meetings might be to create a soundtrack. Here's how.

The secret to making people pay attention in meetings might be to create a soundtrack. Here's how.

Few of us look forward to meetings, but they're a necessary evil of the business world. In a survey of 1,000 office workers by task management software provider Igloo, the most common word used to describe meetings is "boring."

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Author: Stephanie Vozza
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:27 am

Immersive theatre is on the rise and the virtual world is looking to it for inspiration.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:00 am

As this job seeker's "faith in the front-facing application process eroded into near oblivion," a lower-tech strategy took its place.

As this job seeker's "faith in the front-facing application process eroded into near oblivion," a lower-tech strategy took its place.

I have a great job, and there's no rush to leave. As a director at a national nonprofit I've built some fantastic teams, but over the past year they've gotten so good at what they do that I've begun to wonder whether I'm still needed. So I started slowly casting about for new challenges, initially by applying (perhaps naively) to openings at well-known tech companies like Google, Slack, Facebook, and Squarespace.

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Author: Robert Coombs
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:00 am

Sending a ton of follow-up emails is counterproductive. Take these four steps instead.

Sending a ton of follow-up emails is counterproductive. Take these four steps instead.

There are plenty of frustrations that crop up during your workday. An overflowing inbox, a to-do list that's a mile long, or that coworker who insists on having phone conversations at a decibel level that can only be described as alarming.

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Author: Kat Boogaard, The Muse
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:00 am

If your space is only occupied by early-stage startups and bigger players are staying away, it might not be as hot as you think.

If your space is only occupied by early-stage startups and bigger players are staying away, it might not be as hot as you think.

No one likes waiting in line at a restaurant, watching other people get seated as the smells of freshly cooked food waft past. But while waiting your turn sucks, especially when you're hungry, a crowded space is often a positive sign. It means you have chosen a spot that lots of other people seem to find appealing.

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Author: Aliya Salakhova
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:00 am

Interns at the software giant are paid and get professional recognition for their contributions.

Interns at the software giant are paid and get professional recognition for their contributions.

Landing a summer internship, even one without pay, is crucial for college students to earn a "real-world" credit that can boost a resume without much career experience. Yet most interns end up doing the menial tasks that no one else wants to do.

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Author: Lydia Dishman
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:00 am

The singer also gets real about working with one of his best friends, Friends At Work CEO Ty Stiklorius.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 23, 2017, 9:00 am

With a tiny marker on every grain of cotton, Pimacott can keep labels honest. Now if only the rest of the industry would catch up.

With a tiny marker on every grain of cotton, Pimacott can keep labels honest. Now if only the rest of the industry would catch up.

Cotton is a dirty crop, often tinged with human suffering.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: March 22, 2017, 10:10 pm

The actor-slash-cofounder of Water.org teamed up with a beer company and a massive art installation to tackle the world's water crisis.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 22, 2017, 8:53 pm

A new report looks at how employees feel about companies' diversity initiatives, the fate of diversity under Trump, and more.

A new report looks at how employees feel about companies' diversity initiatives, the fate of diversity under Trump, and more.

Recently, a spate of companies in the tech industry decided to delay reporting on their progress toward making their workforces more diverse and inclusive. Others are still doggedly transparent, even if their gains have been incremental. One thing is missing: how the employees feel about the initiatives.

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Author: Lydia Dishman
Posted: March 22, 2017, 1:30 pm

We're unprepared for the next flu pandemic. A near-future speculation by a top epidemiologist explains the risk we've tacitly permitted.

We're unprepared for the next flu pandemic. A near-future speculation by a top epidemiologist explains the risk we've tacitly permitted.

In an exclusive excerpt from Deadliest Germs, a new book on the threat of emerging diseases, epidemiologist Dr. Michael T. Osterholm and writer Mark Olshaker present a fictional tabletop-­like scenario involving an influenza pandemic in today's world, with the virulence of 1918's H1N1 strain, which resulted in the deaths of 50 million to 100 million people. This scenario has been reviewed by colleagues in public health preparedness and business continuity planning. There is general agreement that it is realistic and possible. Keep that in mind as you imagine yourself and your family living through it.

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Author: By Dr. Michael T. Osterholm and Mark Olshaker
Posted: March 22, 2017, 1:15 pm

The better-informed LinkedIn keeps you about news, the more likely you'll visit frequently, in ways the company can turn into profit.

The better-informed LinkedIn keeps you about news, the more likely you'll visit frequently, in ways the company can turn into profit.

What's the first thing you read in the morning? Unless you're looking for a new job, chances are that it isn't LinkedIn. But the business-oriented social network hopes to grab your attention with Trending Storylines, a new curated experience that brings together the day's headlines with commentary from LinkedIn users, providing an easy-to-digest look at what's newsworthy in your network and beyond.

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Author: Emily Price
Posted: March 22, 2017, 1:00 pm

The Nucleus intercom could be the first of many new devices with an on-screen presence for Alexa.

The Nucleus intercom could be the first of many new devices with an on-screen presence for Alexa.

A few months ago, Amazon quietly revealed a big piece of its strategy for Alexa. Beyond the Amazon Echo and other connected speakers, the company is looking to put its virtual assistant onto more devices that have screens. To that end, it announced new developer tools that would make those devices possible.

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: March 22, 2017, 1:00 pm

Cora, Lola, Veeda, and Conscious Period are disrupting the tampon aisle with a clean and basic approach to periods.

Cora, Lola, Veeda, and Conscious Period are disrupting the tampon aisle with a clean and basic approach to periods.

When she was 20, Molly Hayward, the founder of new tampon company Cora, had a pap smear that showed pre-cancerous cells in her cervix. For an otherwise healthy young woman, this was a rare and frightening diagnosis, and led her to think more deeply about what in her life might have affected her health. In her research, she came upon an everyday drugstore purchase: tampons. "I found that it has been proven that conventional, non-organic, cotton is heavily saturated in pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, reproductive illness, and infertility," she says. "Not to mention direct health impacts for the farmers growing it and environmental devastation in the areas they're applied."

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Author: Helaina Hovitz
Posted: March 22, 2017, 10:00 am

Waves for Water enlists surfers, backpackers, and climbers who are headed to areas without clean water to bring in filters and train locals in their use.

Waves for Water enlists surfers, backpackers, and climbers who are headed to areas without clean water to bring in filters and train locals in their use.

Nearly 2 billion people around the world still regularly drink water teeming with fecal matter and other pathogens, and more still suffer the consequences of contaminated pipes and storage units, as well as poor and irregular water treatment practices (not to mention fraud and illegal access). More than 600 million people still rely on unimproved sources, and even "improved" sources aren't necessarily safe.

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Author: John Converse Townsend
Posted: March 22, 2017, 10:00 am

SereneBook, a subscription-based holistic health network, is betting on the $30 billion alternative medicine industry.

SereneBook, a subscription-based holistic health network, is betting on the $30 billion alternative medicine industry.

Yoga. Juice cleanses. Meditation. Is cupping next?

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Author: Rina Raphael
Posted: March 22, 2017, 10:00 am

A firsthand look at what it takes to be hired by the wildly popular team collaboration platform.

A firsthand look at what it takes to be hired by the wildly popular team collaboration platform.

Isaiah Greene, 29, is a product manager of Slack's search, learning, and intelligence team. He manages teams that build new products to make the Slack platform more efficient. Here's how he got his job.

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Author: Cale Guthrie Weissman
Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:34 am

Those note-taking methods that got you through college don't always cut it in the workplace.

Those note-taking methods that got you through college don't always cut it in the workplace.

Whether you're a student, you're taking down notes during meetings, or you're a regular at industry lectures and conferences, effective note taking is a skill you could probably benefit from.

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Author: Belle Beth Cooper
Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:00 am

The Miscasting of Netflix's Iron Fist and Paramount's Ghost In The Shell proves that race is still a big issue in Hollywood.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:00 am

The £500 bestowed by her dad was the only investment this founder could get. 14 years later, she chalks up her success to coding know-how.

The £500 bestowed by her dad was the only investment this founder could get. 14 years later, she chalks up her success to coding know-how.

When I founded my business at 19, I knew a little HTML but could hardly call myself a coder. Over the course of the last 14 years in business, I've taught myself web development and IT management—because I had to. Learning to code was the only way for me to grow a business from scratch and beat the long odds as a female tech founder. Here's how I did it.

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Author: Lyndsey Burton
Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:00 am

Sometimes the same feedback that works great in one situation is worthless in another. Here's why.

Sometimes the same feedback that works great in one situation is worthless in another. Here's why.

Feedback matters. You know that, even if you don't always like getting it. Someone tells you something, and it sinks in and winds up helping you grow tremendously. Looking back, you feel grateful—maybe even right away.

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Author: Elizabeth Grace Saunders
Posted: March 22, 2017, 9:00 am

How do you get people who are happy with their old tablet to upgrade? Apple's answer: an iPad designed with affordability in mind.

How do you get people who are happy with their old tablet to upgrade? Apple's answer: an iPad designed with affordability in mind.

Nobody knows more about commanding a premium price for hardware—and reaping the reward in high profits—than Apple. But its long-suffering iPad has finally succumbed to the realities of the tablet marketplace.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: March 21, 2017, 10:19 pm

Apple launches a handful of new products, including a larger iPad and a video editing app.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 21, 2017, 9:54 pm

Rather than saddle students with debt, MissionU charges grads 15% of their pre-tax income for three years.

Rather than saddle students with debt, MissionU charges grads 15% of their pre-tax income for three years.

Some college students are there for the keggers. Others want to live amid the library stacks in a state of academic bliss. But the majority of students? They are there because they want to find good jobs.

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Author: Ainsley O'Connell
Posted: March 21, 2017, 8:25 pm

Apple will likely give iPad sales a shot in the arm with its new $329 model, hoping that many of them end up in your workplace.

Apple will likely give iPad sales a shot in the arm with its new $329 model, hoping that many of them end up in your workplace.

Apple's refresh of its iPad line this morning is about more than just demonstrating the company's faith in the product—it's also about the company trying to crack the enterprise market.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: March 21, 2017, 8:00 pm

I thought it was weird that Thinx's founder, Miki Agrawal, had no thoughts on menstrual leave. Was it a sign of things to come?

I thought it was weird that Thinx's founder, Miki Agrawal, had no thoughts on menstrual leave. Was it a sign of things to come?

Last year, I wrote an in-depth story called "Bleeding on the Job" about how periods affect women at work. While many women work hard to make it seem like their menstrual cycles are no big deal in the workplace—after all, there is enough stacked against them when they compare themselves to their male colleagues—getting your period unexpectedly or getting a particularly heavy or painful period can be a burden. I also explored companies that were working to make menstruating at work easier.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: March 21, 2017, 5:00 pm

In an interview in July, the company's cofounder admitted to taking calls on the toilet and revealing personal information in the office.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 21, 2017, 4:39 pm

In an interview in July, the company's cofounder dismissed the idea of giving her employees time off each month for their periods.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 21, 2017, 4:25 pm

In November 2016, more than 200 business and creative leaders came together to connect and share inspiring lessons with 6,000 attendees gathered from around the globe.

Author: FastCo Studios
Posted: March 21, 2017, 4:04 pm
Small Biz Survival

Small Biz Survival

The small town and rural business resource

If you want to increase the sales of your product, you must get it in front of more people. While there are many ways to make that happen, a way used by many small businesses is an affiliate marketing program. It’s simple in the concept, one business agrees to carry another’s person’s products, usually on […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: March 22, 2017, 2:46 pm
When Deb Brown and I spoke at the RuralX Summit, one of the ideas we mentioned was the tiny business village, where businesses pop up inside of storage sheds in Tionesta, Pennsylvania. Dylan Fulton and Camden Breitling, high school students from Miller, South Dakota, heard that idea and ran with it. Together with some supportive […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 19, 2017, 11:20 am
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for March 17-19, 2017. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: March 17, 2017, 11:16 am
Question 1: What product or service in your business adds the most to your bottom line? I hope you answered that question without even needing to take a look at your financials. This may not be the product or service that necessarily provides the greatest return per item. You may sell only one a year. […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: March 15, 2017, 2:22 pm
Seems like every rural downtown has a few: empty buildings or buildings used for storage. Those empty buildings are actually a potential advertising tool. Look at these examples that Vienna Lee showed me in Elkhart, Kansas. Both buildings are empty, with only the front windows used to advertise other businesses.   The hardest part may be […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 13, 2017, 11:02 am
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for March 10-12, 2017. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: March 10, 2017, 11:37 am
“You have to be odd to be Number 1” – Dr. Seuss. What makes your business different from the competition? This question is one to constantly think about. Being different, or being odd as Dr. Seuss writes, is just another way of reminding you to help your customers identify your business and your business niche. […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: March 8, 2017, 3:31 pm
Melissa W. asked: What types of businesses would work in very small communities – less than 100, less than 250, less than 500?  No matter what kind of business you want to start in a really small town, start small. Use the Innovative Rural Business Models (Tiny, Temporary, Together, Trucks and Trailers) to build up […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 6, 2017, 12:10 pm
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for March 3-5, 2017. Bring your good news, big or small, to share with everyone. What can you share in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week celebrate progress, even baby steps congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: March 3, 2017, 12:06 pm
When you head out in the morning, are you sitting in the seat or driving the bus?  Is your business your work or your career? Do you work in your business or on your business? These three questions point out two ways that business owners can look at what they are doing. So often the […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: March 1, 2017, 2:32 pm
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