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What becoming the last critic standing at a major Boston newspaper—and getting cursed out by Steven Tyler—taught me about our clickbait-fueled era.

“Is this the prick who ripped my new album?” Steven Tyler shouted through the phone.

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Author: Jed Gottlieb
Posted: February 23, 2019, 10:05 am

We all fall hook, line, and sinker for handwritten menus. That’s in part because McDonald’s wouldn’t dare try to give us one.

It’s easy to love that little cafe in your city–you know the one. The tables are too cramped. The prices are too high. The scallops are too done. And the handwritten menus are downright illegible in the soft glow of candlelight. But it has so much soul! You can feel the love!

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: February 23, 2019, 7:00 am

Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Stop fetishizing being busy. Unplug not just from your screen–but from the clock.

Before the Civil War, the Sabbath was the only time that most free, working Americans had off. In the late 1860s, while there were a few unenforced eight-hour-day laws on the books, most Americans worked 10 to 12 hours a day. In fact, the word weekend did not even exist until the 1870s. The first documented use of the word was in 1879, when a British magazine explained, “If a person leaves home at the end of his week’s work on the Saturday afternoon to spend the evening of Saturday and the following Sunday with friends at a distance, he is said to be spending his week-end at so-and-so.”

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Author: Jon Staff and Pete Davis
Posted: February 23, 2019, 6:00 am

Americans have a different view of what “retirement” means for them, and the workplace should take note.

The association of old age with inevitable decline runs deep. To carry on with work–or indeed with anything more demanding than afternoon lectures, a movie, and an early dinner–during the traditional retirement years seems cute at best and depressing at worst.

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Author: Chris Farrell
Posted: February 23, 2019, 5:00 am

The employees, many of whom have worked on the product for years, say they want HoloLens to be used for good, not war, per a new $480 million Army contract.

A group of Microsoft employees who worked on the company’s HoloLens headset are angry that the U.S. Army plans to use the augmented reality device in battle, not just in training.

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Author: Mark Sullivan
Posted: February 22, 2019, 8:18 pm

As advertisers such as Disney and Epic Games punish the platform with a boycott because of videos of minors used by pedophiles, marketers and agencies are coming to grips with the trade-off between scale and safety.

Here we are again. Once again, content control on YouTube is being questioned, and once again advertisers are pulling out over concerns that their brands are appearing alongside inappropriate content. This time, it’s how videos of minors are being used to create what one video blogger called a “soft-core pedophilia ring.”

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: February 22, 2019, 5:00 pm

“There are many dangers,” warns the narrator, who speaks only in meows.

Japan’s largest auto parts and service chains, Yellow Hat, takes traffic safety seriously for all of Japan’s citizens. To help promote careful driving and encourage mindful pedestrian behavior, they have teamed up with a group of psychologists from Kyoto University to create a high-impact traffic safety video that targets those most vulnerable to traffic. Specifically, cats.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: February 22, 2019, 4:10 pm

The federal government shutdown may be over, but it has created a hunger crisis among food stamp recipients that continues to linger.

When the U.S. government shut down in late December, the USDA’s budget expired and the agency was forced to use an emergency 30-day provision to distribute its next round of monthly SNAP benefits (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, colloquially known as food stamps) to low-income recipients. Those vouchers, meant for February, arrived early–around January 20.

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Author: Ben Paynter
Posted: February 22, 2019, 3:00 pm

The recent documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” likely helped bring his case to a head.

It took decades, but it looks as though R. Kelly’s past has finally caught up with him.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: February 22, 2019, 2:34 pm

(Male) pilots and (female) flight attendants are reportedly treated differently.

The flight attendants’ union has filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that American Airlines discriminated against its predominantly female flight attendants by enforcing attendance policies more strictly than for its predominantly male pilots.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: February 22, 2019, 1:42 pm

Kinsa has taken the data from its smart thermometers and mapped where people are getting sick.

If you’re wondering where illness is spreading in the U.S. right now, the official CDC flu map might not be particularly helpful; it’s based on data that’s both delayed and not very local. Instead, try this new map that uses anonymous data from smart thermometers. When someone gets a fever, the data helps build a detailed picture of who’s sick.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: February 22, 2019, 1:30 pm

Signia Hilton gets down to work.

If you’re looking for a space for your next conference or want a shiny new spot for a team retreat, Hilton has a new brand just for you. Today, the hotel chain announced its latest addition–Signia Hilton, meant to give business travelers, conference planners, and digital nomads everything they want in an all-in-one hotel and work space.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: February 22, 2019, 12:48 pm

Superlative much?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took rhetorical superlatives to a new level today when he stated that Amazon’s decision to cancel a planned headquarters in Queens was a catastrophe with no equal.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: February 22, 2019, 12:45 pm

Qantas has the largest carbon offset scheme of any airline in the world.

Qantas is getting rid of some of the extra baggage it has been carrying around. The Australian airline just announced a plan to become the world’s first airline to reuse, recycle, and compost at least three-quarters of its trash by the end of 2021. Since plastic still doesn’t biodegrade or easily recycle, Qantas also plans to remove more than 100 million single-use plastic items that it uses in flights and lounges by the end of 2020. It also announced a new Frequent Flyer initiative to increase voluntary carbon offsetting. This may be the most ambitious waste reduction target of any major airline anywhere on the planet—and the planet really needs the help.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: February 22, 2019, 11:17 am

What other 2018 film was as well-made, important and–crucially–awesome as “Black Panther”?

The rule in Wakanda is that, on Challenge Day, any warrior from one of the nation’s five tribes may battle the newly anointed king for the throne. Although Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma is the odds-on favorite to win Hollywood’s own personal Challenge Day, the Academy Awards, only one challenger is mighty enough to pull off an upset on coronation day. And don’t you dare say it’s Green Book.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: February 22, 2019, 11:15 am

The CEO of ZipRecruiter believes now is a great time to start a business–if you’ve spent time working for someone else.

If you ask someone how Steve Jobs started Apple, they’re likely to mention a particular Silicon Valley garage, but not the time 12-year-old Steve Jobs worked on an assembly line at Hewlett-Packard as a summer intern. Was Jobs a phenom? Of course. Did he wake up one day, drop out of college, and invent the iPhone? Of course not.

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Author: Ian Siegel
Posted: February 22, 2019, 11:00 am

IARPA is seeking proposals to keep AI from leaking sensitive training data and avoid hidden bad behavior.

The U.S. spy community’s R&D agency is looking into how to keep AI software from unwittingly divulging information about sensitive training data and from secretly being trained to be malicious.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: February 22, 2019, 10:55 am

The class action suit says inmates were promised they would keep purchased music forever, then lost access when the prison system switched media providers.

A Florida prison inmate filed a federal class action lawsuit saying he and other prisoners bought digital music on special players for $1.70 per song, then lost access when the Department of Corrections switched tech vendors.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: February 22, 2019, 10:47 am

Don’t blame the messenger.

Much as I find this baffling, a sizable segment of the moviegoing population apparently does not agree with me that The Favourite should win best picture this year.

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Author: Christopher Zara
Posted: February 22, 2019, 10:35 am

It’s the fifth age-discrimination lawsuit Ikea is facing in the United States in just over a year.

Ikea has been hit with its fifth lawsuit in just over a year in U.S. courts, alleging age discrimination.

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Author: Mark Wilson
Posted: February 22, 2019, 10:32 am
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About sunrise on Thursday, November 16, 2017, there was report of strong smell of petroleum and a potential oil leak along the TransCanada pipeline that runs through Marshall County, South Dakota. The leak was identified by a farmer 10 miles west and north of Langford (where I live) and approximately 10 miles from Britton. By […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: February 23, 2019, 12:36 pm
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for Feb 22-24, 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: February 22, 2019, 12:33 pm
  You do some events that are open to the public, right? Here’s the tip to get more locals to attend. When you hold an event that is open to the public, put up a sign that says, “Open to everyone! Come on in!” Of course you know it’s open to the public, and of […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 18, 2019, 12:47 pm
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for Feb 15-17, 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 […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: February 15, 2019, 5:24 pm
  You know I’m a big fan of answering customer questions. That’s been part of my marketing advice for 10 years now. Should I blog for my small business? Yes, answer customer questions Talk less about you, more about them Top small business blogging questions answered But there’s a deeper layer to serving your customers. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 11, 2019, 12:31 pm
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for Feb 8-10, 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: February 8, 2019, 12:20 pm
  I loved this restaurant marketing idea from the Texas Downtown Association: Collaborative Marketing for Local Restaurants In order to compete with new chain restaurants, a group of Longview restaurateurs decided to band together to form a local marketing collective to help encourage people to “Chews Longview”. The marketing campaign urges people to support local […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: February 4, 2019, 12:00 pm
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for Feb 1-3, 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: February 1, 2019, 5:54 pm
  For years, we’ve all worked on SEO, or Search Engine Optimization, to get our names out there and associated with specific words and phrases we knew our customers would type into a search engine to find us. Now that customers are saying their searches out loud, how does that change things? Today’s voice searches […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: January 28, 2019, 12:46 pm
Guest post by Paula Jensen The Langford Area High School boys’ basketball team made it to the State B tournament for the fifth time in the past six years. As I travel across South Dakota for my job people ask me, “How can Langford (being such a small school) continue producing winning teams year-after-year?” My […]
Author: Paula Jensen
Posted: January 26, 2019, 12:26 pm
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