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The insensitivity wasn’t confined to employees, but included management too, our source says.

Audio recordings have leaked of LinkedIn’s racially-charged employee town hall meeting on race and diversity on Wednesday. As first reported by The Daily Beast’s Maxwell Tani, during the meeting, some LinkedIn employees made racially insensitive comments about minorities, protests, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: June 5, 2020, 8:16 pm

The National Hurricane Center expects Cristobal to bring tropical-storm-force winds from Louisiana to the Florida panhandle. Here’s how to track it.

Cristobal, the tropical depression that this week became the third named storm in an unusually early hurricane season, is almost certain to intensify into a sizable tropical storm as it makes its way north through the Gulf of Mexico and bears down on the Louisiana coast. By late Saturday night, residents from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida panhandle can expect tropical-storm-force winds, the National Hurricane Center said Friday. Portions of the Gulf Coast from Florida to Texas are likely to be pummeled by heavy rainfall throughout the weekend.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: June 5, 2020, 6:04 pm

The death toll finally reached zero in the epicenter of the outbreak, but data show that the number of cases is rising in many states.

New York City, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., just reported that there were no deaths related to the virus for the first time since March 11. The daily death toll reached a high of 590 on April 7, according to data from the New York City Department of Health.

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Author: Lydia Dishman
Posted: June 5, 2020, 5:30 pm

Donald Trump doesn’t use LinkedIn. But if he did, its general counsel told employees during a town hall, the platform wouldn’t let him incite violence.

LinkedIn held a diversity roundtable videoconference meeting for all employees on Wednesday. During a Q&A portion, the conversation turned to President Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweets and Facebook posts. And Fast Company has received audio of LinkedIn senior VP and general counsel Blake Lawit on the panel suggesting that the company might hold the president to a tougher standard than Facebook, which is currently under fire for its unwillingness to moderate Trump’s posts.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: June 5, 2020, 5:14 pm

These 10 apps and directories help you find Black-owned businesses to support in your community.

There are a myriad of vital ways that you can get involved with the Black Lives Matter movement—even if you can’t join a protest. As Fast Company reported, you can read and watch anti-racist books and documentaries, donate to well-regarded nonprofits (here’s a list!), and vote (find your next local and state election date here). Another option that can help locally is to buy from Black-owned businesses. We’ve compiled a collection of apps, marketplaces, and directories to help you find businesses to support, no matter what you’re shopping for. It’s by no means a comprehensive list, but these directories are constantly being added to.

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Author: Lauren Steele
Posted: June 5, 2020, 4:37 pm

The Microsoft founder has addressed the rampant conspiracy theories sparked by his efforts to develop and produce a coronavirus vaccine.

Among COVID-19 conspiracy theorists, Bill Gates is legend. He has been the subject of several false narratives that either blame him for the outbreak or accuse him of trying to profit from it. None of these stories are true, even though they continue to proliferate on YouTube, Facebook, and darker corners of the internet.

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Author: Ruth Reader
Posted: June 5, 2020, 2:50 pm

If you can’t protest and can’t donate, you can still generate funds by watching these videos (and the ads).

George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police has sparked action against police brutality around the world, from protest to a flood of donations for bail funds and Black Lives Matter to renewed calls for legislation that would reform police departments. If you aren’t able to donate money but still want to financially support the movement, YouTubers are creating monetized videos that allow you to support BLM just by streaming with your ad blocker off.

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Author: Kristin Toussaint
Posted: June 5, 2020, 2:00 pm

National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day, if you insist) has arrived. Krispy Kreme and Dunkin’ have great deals. Or call your local vegan shop.

We all need a sweet treat right about now. National Donut Day (or National Doughnut Day, if you insist) has arrived just in time: Donut shops nationwide are offering free, delectable, delicious donuts. Call your local specialty and vegan shops first for their promotions.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: June 5, 2020, 12:36 pm

Before we offer the usual mix of heartfelt sentiments and practical solutions, those of us in the leadership industrial complex must admit a shameful truth.

The killing of George Floyd, the latest in a string of African American casualties of racial injustice, has not just sparked global protests. It has mobilized leaders in businesses and universities to join their counterparts in politics to make public statements of support for the black community. Expressing outrage and dismay. Calling for justice. Renewing their commitments to fairness, diversity, and equality. We have had enough, many of those welcome statements say, and we are not doing enough. It’s hard to disagree.

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Author: Gianpiero Petriglieri
Posted: June 5, 2020, 12:00 pm

Although series creator Charlie Brooker has confirmed he is not currently working on ‘Black Mirror’ season 6, this new ad suggests that the year 2020 is doing just that.

What: An ad for a season of television that does not yet exist. (Or does it?)

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: June 5, 2020, 11:55 am

Today Apple’s app store is featuring apps that support social justice, one day after the Apple website featured a letter on racism from CEO Tim Cook.

You are your apps. And today Apple’s app store is featuring apps that support social justice, one day after the Apple website featured a letter on racism from CEO Tim Cook.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: June 5, 2020, 11:50 am

There are plenty of ways students can get real-world experience that can bolster their chances of landing a job.

Another fallout from the coronavirus: the college internship. Many students (including my son) had their summer job plans canceled due to the work-from-home transition, state lockdowns, and the economy. A survey from the talent acquisition platform Yello found that 64% of the employers who canceled internships offered no compensation. Seventy percent of students were disappointed but understanding of the situation, while 26% say they’re upset.

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Author: Stephanie Vozza
Posted: June 5, 2020, 11:00 am

The key to getting tasks off your to-do list is to harness the psychological discomfort of dread.

Don’t want to do something? Tell yourself that it will be horrible. The worst. A godforsaken burden.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: June 5, 2020, 10:52 am

A teacher created a reading list for young children to start to understand why there are global protests fighting for racial justice.

Who: Brittany Smith, a New Jersey-based pre-kindergarten teacher.

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Author: Starr Rhett Rocque
Posted: June 5, 2020, 10:35 am

The unemployment rate in the United States dropped to 13.3% in May, according to the latest jobs report released today.

The unemployment rate in the United States dropped to 13.3% in May, according to the latest jobs report released today.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: June 5, 2020, 9:53 am

It’s clear this is just the beginning, but the Walker already has a head start.

As protests continue across the country, cities are being forced to grapple with the realities of police violence and systemic racism. As part of that examination, some organizations are taking a closer look at their relationship with local police departments.

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Author: Lilly Smith
Posted: June 5, 2020, 9:00 am

Scammers can use information on graduation yards signs to steal children’s identities, according to experts. That would ruin their credit histories.

Front lawns across the United States are now studded with colorful declarations of children’s accomplishments, as they graduate from high school, middle school, elementary school, and even preschool. With the picture of a mascot or simply bold letters spelling out “Congratulations,” the names of millions of schoolchildren are on display for friends and neighbors—and identity thieves—to see.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: June 5, 2020, 8:50 am

A superworm can eat about eight times more than other plastic-ingesting insects.

Recycling seems like a simple cure for our plastic addiction: just take the plastic we have and make it into new items. But problems abound. Current technology mostly creates plastic of a lower quality than it was before, many types of plastic aren’t recyclable at all, and much of the plastic is floating in the ocean, not even in the recycling stream. So it’s vital that we find new ways to break down plastic, and scientists have just discovered one: a superworm that can eat about eight times more than other plastic-ingesting insects like mealworms.

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Author: Kristin Toussaint
Posted: June 5, 2020, 8:00 am

7 black interior designers to know right now.

According to the 2019 Design Census, which tracks the demographics and specializations of designers, only 3% of surveyed designers are black. That extends to the home furnishings and interior design industry. A young organization called the Black Artists + Designers Guild (BADG) seeks to highlight the work of lesser-known artists, makers, and designers in this industry.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: June 5, 2020, 8:00 am

Rubber bullets fired on protesters can kill. So why are we using them?

As protests have taken over the U.S., police officers in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Kansas City, Chicago, and more have opened fire on crowds—bruising, maiming, and even permanently blinding peaceful demonstrators and members of the press. The shots fired have primarily been with what are colloquially called rubber bullets.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: June 5, 2020, 7:00 am
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Small Biz Survival

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As different places begin to allow local businesses to open up, you’re not alone if you’re breathing a sigh of relief mixed with a gasp of worry. We all need the money. We all want to get back to being useful for the people we serve. And some or most of us are worried about […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: May 19, 2020, 5:08 pm
  By Chris Brogan I’m originally from Maine. Accents up there come through the nose. Most famously, people from Maine are supposed to say “Ayuh” when we mean “yes.” Midway through high school, I moved to Massachusetts, where you lose the nasal thing, but you also lose all “r’s” from conversation. “It’s hahd to sound […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: May 7, 2020, 10:54 am
By Chris Brogan They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes, it might be worth a thousand dollars, too. Over the last ten years, restaurants and bars who post their best dishes or drinks as photos on sites like Instagram have learned that people love seeing examples of what they’ll get if […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: April 20, 2020, 11:12 am
Survival skills for small town businesses in the Coronavirus era By Chris Brogan As the world starts to ask what’s going to happen when this pandemic is finally over and we can look at what it will take to jumpstart the economy again, one venture capitalist says we have to save Main Street and not […]
Author: Chris Brogan
Posted: April 17, 2020, 12:12 pm
Guest post by Paula Jensen I was on my second video conference of the day earlier last week and a peer in the meeting said, “Time-out! I need to ask everyone a question.” We all agreed, and he said, “What would you be doing this weekend, if the world hadn’t fallen apart?” Some people answered […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: April 12, 2020, 3:16 pm
  Monica Bailey of Rock Port, Missouri, sent in this question that I think you can relate to: Thank you ladies, as always, for supporting small towns! My question is super generic but it is giving me sleepless nights. I am our counties economic/community development director and I’ve been scrambling to support our small businesses […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 27, 2020, 11:41 am
There’s not enough parking downtown! Doesn’t every city have that problem? You’re about to learn a new way to get more parking for your Main Street without having to pave, stripe or get a permit. It doesn’t work in every town, but it very well might work in yours. Finding hidden parking There is only […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: March 7, 2020, 2:55 pm
The drawback to Yeti Blue USB Microphones for podcasting Yeti Blue microphones are widely popular for podcasting and home sound recording. They do have a big drawback of being overly sensitive. They pick up too much background noise even when the gain is turned way down. I know because I bought one for my own […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 17, 2020, 12:37 pm
by Deb Brown At least, the old way of doing them Writing a business plan is an intense project that takes up a lot of your time. You spend weeks and weeks on it, and you’re not even sure everything in it is correct. Your financial projections are just wild guesses. You’re not even open […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: February 6, 2020, 11:54 am
By Paula Jensen Have you ever experienced a time when you could envision what needs to happen but had no idea what to stop doing in order to reach the point of success? Here is a simple example: This year at Santa Day in my community someone asked, “Why do we give away turkeys to […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: January 20, 2020, 11:23 am
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