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Many view the concept of abundant thinking as self-help fluff, but this neuroscientist disagrees.

If you’re familiar with self-help literature, you’ve probably come across the idea of “abundant thinking.” It’s a term that unscientific and “inspirational” gurus often throw around, so you may have been tempted to dismiss it as self-help candy floss. But if we take a serious look at it, it is possible to take a common-sense view that science supports. Let’s explore the concept.

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Author: Tara Swart
Posted: October 15, 2019, 11:00 am

Thank means right now no quick fix is going to be available for identifying the score of false information propagating across the web.

There been a lot of hope pinned to advancements in machine learning that could help identify fake news before such posts went viral and spread misinformation. However, two recent studies show that while it’s relatively easy for computers to create fake news without much input from humans, machine learning is poor at identifying fake news, reports Axios.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:48 am

AMC Theatres Video On Demand isn’t much different from other rental services, but at least you can earn points toward popcorn.

AMC Theatres is okay with you not going to the movies—provided you rent from its own streaming service instead. The new AMC Theatres On Demand service is yet another store for renting and buying movies on streaming devices, with a similar catalog to existing stores such as iTunes, Amazon Video, and Walmart’s Vudu.

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Author: Jared Newman
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:46 am

Toy startup Lovevery just landed $20 million from investors like Google Ventures and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

The $28 billion toy industry is buzzing with high-tech battery-operated gadgets for kids. And yet, Silicon Valley investors, including Google Ventures and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (founded by Mark and Priscilla Zuckerberg), have just invested in a startup called Lovevery that makes low-tech, old-school toys. The company just landed $20 million in this Series B round, bringing its total investment to $32 million, setting it up to become an important player in the world of toys.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:36 am

Two new Nest products articulate Google’s understated blitz on your home.

Isabelle Olsson, design lead at Nest, has a simple test when designing new products. She brings them home to her three-year-old daughter and asks, “What is this?”

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:33 am

Everlane and other brands are nixing virgin cashmere for a recycled variety, citing environmental problems with the fabric.

Is that cosy fall outfit you’re wearing contributing to climate change? I’m sorry to say that it might be.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:06 am

Slack’s new Workflow Builder democratizes automation by letting you turn your organization’s essential processes into software.

If you try to lump Slack into some established product category, you may end up defining it as something like “enterprise messaging,” indicating that it’s a place to talk to your coworkers. You wouldn’t be wrong. But the service’s very tagline—”Where work happens”—spells out its higher ambitions. Slack doesn’t just want to be a place for productive conversation about work. It aspires to help organizations actively get stuff done, including the mundane but unavoidable daily tasks that sometimes threaten to overwhelm those that matter most.

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Author: Harry McCracken
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:00 am

The Visible Collective founder Jessica Richman explores the impact of Instagram’s unintentional algorithm that discriminates against fat bodies.

I have heard for months that Instagram had an algorithm that disproportionately flagged images of fatter bodies. This September, my fears were confirmed.

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Author: Jessica Richman
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:00 am

Instead of sidelining gender to women’s and reproductive rights, candidates need to mainstream other election issues like Social Security, healthcare, higher ed, and the middle class.

The most diverse pool of Democratic presidential candidates has left out one vital campaign issue: gender mainstreaming.

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Author: Katica Roy
Posted: October 15, 2019, 10:00 am

If writing makes you procrastinate like no other task, you’re not alone.

For many people, the easiest thing to procrastinate about is working on a big report, or really anything that requires a substantial amount of writing. With each new assignment, you tell yourself, “This one will be different. I’ll get started right away.” But it’s hard, so you put it off. And then even when you finally convince yourself to get started, it’s easy to let almost any other task take precedence. Eventually, there’s no way to put it off more—the deadline is looming—and so you have to make a panicked sprint to the finish.

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Author: Art Markman
Posted: October 15, 2019, 9:00 am

Gita may sound pricey—but its creators envision it replacing a second car for suburbanites.

As I walked down a New York City street on a beautiful fall day, people stared. But they weren’t looking at me. They were fixated on the small round robot that followed a few feet behind me, stopping when I stopped, speeding up when I picked up my pace, and carefully rolling down the curb as I started to cross the street.

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Author: Katharine Schwab
Posted: October 15, 2019, 9:00 am

Ooh la la!

Grab your Stanley thermos and your Patagonia puffer vest, because it’s time to see some fall leaves! Let’s drink some cider and appreciate autumn.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: October 15, 2019, 9:00 am

Will your next flight have a screen or not? The industry is divided.

For years, the in-seat infotainment system has been a mainstay on aircraft. A natural progression of in-flight movies—a phenomenon that first launched way back in 1921—these personal, seat-back screens allow you to stream a film, order a drink, or see your flight progress on a little map.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: October 15, 2019, 8:00 am

Figuring out just how formally to dress is tricky—and when you’re up for a big job, it’s a high-stakes decision.

While it may seem like the interview suit is a thing of the past, a fair number of hiring managers may disagree.

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Author: Gwen Moran
Posted: October 15, 2019, 8:00 am

The news outlet was one of the biggest pro-Trump advertisers on Facebook until it was removed from the platform in August.

If you’ve been seeing a lot of ads online from the Epoch Times, you’re not alone. The newspaper, founded in 2000 by adherents of the Falun Gong religious movement “as an antidote to communist propaganda,” has reportedly been spending millions of dollars to reach new readers with its pro-Donald Trump message.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:46 am

A new report from LeanIn and McKinsey finds that the biggest barrier is the glass ceiling, but it’s not where you might think.

Although we have a long way to go to achieve gender equity in the workforce, a study done jointly by LeanIn.Org and McKinsey & Company shows that we have made progress over the last five years.

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Author: Lydia Dishman
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:32 am

The Reid technique has been panned by researchers claiming the method creates false testimonies—and now it’s created a lawsuit.

When Ava DuVernay’s miniseries When They Us premiered on Netflix back in May, her retelling of the 1989 Central Park Five case, where five black and brown boys were falsely accused and convicted of rape, looked a little different depending on which side of history you were on.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:30 am

The settlement is for the largest data breach in history.

Back in 2016, Yahoo revealed that three years earlier, in 2013, the company experienced the biggest data breach in its history with 1 billion of its users’ login information stolen. But in 2017 Yahoo revised that number to 3 billion accounts hacked—basically every Yahoo account. In 2019, Yahoo agreed to a settlement of $117 million for victims of the breach.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:12 am

From the first female congresswoman elected in 1917 to the four women who will take the stage tonight during the latest presidential debate, dressing as a political candidate has never been simple.

When Kamala Harris spoke to members of The Wing about her presidential run earlier this year, she wore a loose-fitting electric pink suit with gold buttons that telegraphed both feminist empowerment and a chill California vibe. Cynthia Nixon showed up to the state Democratic Convention last year while running for New York governor in a dapper, masculine, double-breasted suit with pointy white loafers that signaled she was ready to take on a position that had only ever been held by men. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez arrived on the House floor to argue for the LGBTQ Equality Act in a bold, attention-grabbing black and fuchsia suit that reflected the color and vibrance of the community she was fighting for.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:00 am

Having trouble distinguishing your Away suitcase from all the others at the airport? Try one of these instead.

With all due respect to Away, whose hard-sided suitcases have become something of ubiquitous travel accessory for the Everlane-and-Rothys set: But isn’t variety the spice of life—and travel? (Yes, we know, there’s now an Away soft-shell case.) That’s why we rounded up eight other duffels, rolling suitcases, and flight-ready carry-ons that are innovative, beautiful, practical, and worth a breakup with your current luggage. Get carried away, literally.

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Author: Lauren Steele
Posted: October 15, 2019, 7:00 am
Small Biz Survival

Small Biz Survival

The small town and rural business resource

  By Paula Jensen Having a passion for rural community development and leadership is what drives my personal and professional life. My personal vision statement reads, “I will be a clear voice for rural people and places by mobilizing and empowering rural changemakers to build vibrant communities.” It has taken me a number of years, a […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: October 12, 2019, 11:30 am
Events that showcase your non-retail small business  You want people to learn about your business. Events sometimes help with that. You’re just not sure how to create an event for non-retail businesses that people will come to. Who goes to the insurance agency if they don’t need insurance? Who goes to the packing plant unless […]
Author: Deb Brown
Posted: September 11, 2019, 1:25 pm
  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
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