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Luxury candles are so last year!

In the 21st century, most of us wear perfumes by spraying them on our bodies. When we get ready in the mornings, we spritz our wrists and necks, then step out into the world, where we emanate fragrance to those around us. But in the past, people wore fragrances very differently. In the Middle Ages and during the Renaissance, it was common for people to wear scented jewelry on their belt or neck.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: August 21, 2019, 11:00 am

Being nice is great, but it can also have a real downside if you’re prioritizing niceness over honesty.

Being considered nice is, well, nice, but it can come with a cost at work. Prioritizing niceness often means not being honest or critical, and sometimes that can hurt the company or your career in the long run.

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Author: Stephanie Vozza
Posted: August 21, 2019, 11:00 am

Netflix’s new “Latest” section puts new and upcoming releases in one place.

Netflix has added a new section called “Latest” to its TV apps, and it’s the one place where auto-play preview videos feel welcome. The section, which you can access through the app’s left sidebar, has just three rows: one for Netflix’s new releases, another for this week’s upcoming releases, and another for what’s coming next week. For those upcoming releases, you can set reminders to watch them when they arrive.

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: August 21, 2019, 10:54 am

“The cautionary tail for this is, what people think your reasons are may be different from what they genuinely are,” says Washington State University professor of psychology Chris Barry.

The selfie is the portrait of a generation. It’s why Snapchat automatically opens to show you your own face. And it’s why every smartphone on the market has a front-facing camera.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: August 21, 2019, 10:00 am

Why are some people calm and rational, while others become fearful and paralyzed? According to a former military psychologist, it all comes down to training and experience.

There is a classic scene in any disaster movie: The tsunami, or earthquake, or alien descends, and everyone runs, screaming.

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Author: Anisa Purbasari Horton
Posted: August 21, 2019, 10:00 am

The most powerful pioneers in the sextech industry are women who won’t wait for brands to catch up to their needs. They are developing technology and products and shaping the conversation themselves.

When the game-changing micro-robotic vibrator, the Osé, invented by tech pioneer Lora Haddock, was banned at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, it ignited a firestorm, particularly given the show’s history of showing love (or lust) for sextech in the past—as long as the products were for men. VR porn has been a mainstay at CES since 2017, various sex robots for men have launched on the show floor, Trojan Condoms has exhibited sex toys, and an adult film company exhibited the same year the Osé was blocked.

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Author: Kristin Flor Perret
Posted: August 21, 2019, 10:00 am

You can compost Vollebak’s Plant and Algae T-shirt, and it will decompose in just three months.

Our landfills are crammed with clothes. The EPA estimates that 10.5 million tons of textiles are thrown into them every year, representing 7.6% of all landfill waste. The problem is that most of our clothes contain some sort of synthetic material, which takes hundreds of years to decompose, so they take up space on our planet long after we’re gone.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: August 21, 2019, 9:00 am

If your distributors or customers won’t pay you market rates, it is time to make a change.

Editor’s Note: Each week, Fast Company presents an advice column by Maynard Webb, former CEO of LiveOps and the former COO of eBay. Webb offers candid, practical, and sometimes surprising advice to entrepreneurs and founders. To submit a question, write to Webb at dearfounder@fastcompany.com.

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Author: Maynard Webb
Posted: August 21, 2019, 9:00 am

Instagram’s favorite museum is opening a flagship location in NYC this fall. Here’s how the company is building a more permanent business from a pop-up.

The Museum of Ice Cream, which opened its first pop-up experience in New York City three years ago, is announcing today that it is returning to the city with a permanent installation this fall.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: August 21, 2019, 9:00 am

The latest attack on Section 230, the law that built the internet, focuses on home-sharing platforms.

The tech industry’s favorite law is facing another attack on Capitol Hill, this time from a congressman looking to curb errant rental listings on Airbnb. In an unsurprising twist, the lawmaker also has ties to the hotel industry.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: August 21, 2019, 9:00 am

Unpaid internships have long been criticized for favoring privileged students while others who face down a record-high $1.6 trillion in student loan debt are expected to work for free, essentially setting up income inequality before their careers even begin.

This story is part of Fast Company’s editorial package “The Intern Economy.” In the spirit of back to school and new opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, we’ve collected the personal stories of interns and managers to reveal what this step on the first rung of the career ladder means for the future of work. Click here to read all the stories in the series.

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Author: Pavithra Mohan
Posted: August 21, 2019, 8:00 am

A new bill requires the FAA to better regulate shrinking airline seats, but politicians are impatient at the agency’s apparent lack of progress.

Air travel is terrible. In part because the airlines have continually shrunk seat size over the past four decades in an attempt to maximize the total number of people who can fit on a plane and, in turn, the amount of tickets they can sell. The reason the airlines could do this, of course, was that there was no law to stop them.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: August 21, 2019, 8:00 am

The hoax originated on Facebook all the way back in 2012.

If you follow a lot of celebrities and influencers on Instagram, you might have seen some of them post an image of an alarming block of text in the last 24 hours that claims Instagram is about to change its privacy and photos rules, and anyone who does not explicitly post that they do not consent to the changes will see their IG private messages made public and that the copyright to every photo they’ve ever published on the site will revert to Instagram, which the company can then use for any purpose it wishes.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: August 21, 2019, 7:11 am

The Jigsaw CEO tells us his media diet

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Author: Yasmin Gagne
Posted: August 21, 2019, 7:00 am

It’s part first-class lounge, part office, and part red carpet for the ultra-wealthy customers who will take flight beginning next year.

If space-obsessed billionaires get their way, people who can pay a whopping amount of money—about $250,000—will be hopping on a commercial rocket for a space flight in the next few years. At Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, astronauts are scheduled to fly as soon as 2020, and the company is now readying its spaceport for its first customers. Where will these wealthy space tourists hang out before they get on their spaceship? Inside a gorgeous lounge full of natural materials, featuring a view of the New Mexico desert and not a piece of technology in sight.

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Author: Katharine Schwab
Posted: August 21, 2019, 7:00 am

The We Company sees itself as a world-changing tech platform. But it’s used the same easy-to-guess password and dated Wi-Fi security for years.

“Technology is at the foundation of our global platform,” declares the We Company, parent of coworking behemoth WeWork, in the prospectus for its upcoming IPO. With a valuation of $47 billon, the company is certainly priced like a tech giant. And it has lofty visions of using a bevy of sensors, proprietary software, and big data to revolutionize work in ways that go far beyond the mundane business of renting office space to startups.

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Author: Sean Captain
Posted: August 21, 2019, 7:00 am

Pizza delivery by e-bike is faster, cleaner, and makes everyone happier.

If you order a Domino’s pizza for delivery later this year in several cities across the U.S., the chances that it will arrive by e-bike—not by a car stuck in traffic—are pretty high.

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Author: Eillie Anzilotti
Posted: August 21, 2019, 7:00 am

Talking about money can be really uncomfortable, no matter how strong your case is for deserving a higher salary. Here’s how to frame the conversation and what to avoid saying at all costs.

No one ever taught me about negotiating, and for the first several years of my career, I was so happy to get any job offer. When the hiring manager stated the salary, I simply said, “Okay, thank you.” The idea that I could ask for a higher number, and that my skills and talent were worth more than the company’s initial offer, never crossed my mind.

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Author: Kathleen Davis
Posted: August 21, 2019, 7:00 am

So far the reviews for ‘American Factory’ have been off the charts. Currently, it’s got a 97% Tomatometer rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

In May 2018 former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama inked a multiyear agreement with Netflix to produce original series and films for the streaming giant, and today the first of those is available to watch. Called American Factory, the documentary follows the events of when a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio and hires 2,000 blue-collar American workers to work alongside Chinese immigrants. As France24 explains:

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: August 21, 2019, 6:42 am

We are running out of space to bury people, and cremation has an enormous carbon footprint. So people are finding new ways to dispose of the bodies of their loved ones.

Matt Baskerville has served as a licensed funeral director in Illinois for the past 24 years. In that time, he’s seen his industry—and what people want after their deaths—change dramatically.

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Author: Eillie Anzilotti
Posted: August 21, 2019, 6:00 am
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  Lots of small towns have a good handle on the importance of the arts. Some have arts councils and arts festivals, and most are starting to better value rural artists. What about the larger concept of culture? Culture is usually only mentioned around urban areas. Rural is almost thought of as the opposite of […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: August 19, 2019, 3:19 pm
Sheila Scarborough and Leslie McLellan of Tourism Currents laid out a simple starting point for all your social media efforts. Good news: it’s as easy as filling in the blank. Fill in the Blank (Our company) is where (our customers) find (the thing we offer) with (this benefit) So all you have to do is […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: August 5, 2019, 1:11 pm
Is there a distinction between wishing and hoping? Wishing is feeling or expressing a strong desire for something that is not easily attainable. It’s like wishing to win the lottery but you don’t buy a ticket. Hoping is to look forward with desire and reasonable confidence that something can happen. You can hope that you win the […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: July 27, 2019, 11:23 am
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 26-28, 2019. 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: July 26, 2019, 9:54 am
  Our friend Maury Forman of Washington state, sent us this idea from Madras, Oregon: On February 16 the Madras Downtown Association and Petite Sweets hosted the first-ever Cookie Crawl. Participants paid $5 and received a box and map that listed all the locations where the beautifully decorated cookies were available. Petite Sweets decorated cookies […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 22, 2019, 1:13 pm
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 19-21, 2019. 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: July 19, 2019, 10:52 am
  If you need outside funding to get to the next step in your rural small business, your next step is too big. Before you bet big on your business idea, test it with small steps. Make some sales from your front yard, then try a booth, then a trailer, then think about moving up […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 17, 2019, 10:54 am
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 12-14, 2019. 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: July 12, 2019, 11:50 am
  Looking for the perfect instant summer business idea for young entrepreneurs? Try phone clinics. I saw this idea pop-up in a meeting that involved a cross section of the town of Cathlamet, Washington. People of all ages were there: students from the high school, county commissioners, chamber of commerce members. One of the adults […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 8, 2019, 11:52 am
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 5-7, 2019. 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: July 5, 2019, 1:48 pm
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