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The latest Facebook bug sounds almost comically sinister, but Facebook says it already has a fix in the works.

Facebook probably isn’t violating your privacy now any more than it usually does, but an unsettling bug in the company’s iOS app sure makes it look like it’s sneakily accessing your camera in the background.

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Author: Harrison Weber
Posted: November 12, 2019, 5:33 pm

Researchers at Purdue University and the University of Iowa say they’ve found several flaws in the protocol specification for 5G cellular networks.

As cellphone carriers and users await the rollout of 5G networks, researchers at the University of Iowa and Purdue University warn in a new paper that the system may still have some serious bugs to work out.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: November 12, 2019, 4:14 pm

And how quickly can we get back in?

On November 4, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that it planned to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which 196 countries adopted in 2015. The pact is designed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in this century, and if possible, to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Boston University international relations scholar Henrik Selin explains how U.S. withdrawal will affect the prospects for avoiding the worst effects of global warming.

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Author: Henrik Selin
Posted: November 12, 2019, 4:00 pm

Are you tired of making mistakes? Try meditation.

Did you know that 0.5 seconds after you make a mistake, your brain shoots a neural signal called “error positivity”?  It does! And guess what: In people who meditate, that signal is much stronger, according to a new study by researchers at Michigan State University. In other words, meditators still make mistakes, but their brains inform them of those mistakes loudly.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: November 12, 2019, 3:57 pm

Dealing with a mean or hostile interviewer is a tricky matter. But there are ways to do so tactfully.

Other than throwing a few curve balls to see how you react, most hiring managers and interviewers are quite pleasant throughout the interview process. Every now and then, however, you may encounter someone who’s rude, aggressive, or downright mean—which means you’re forced to find a cordial way to respond in the moment.

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Author: Jessica Thiefels—Glassdoor
Posted: November 12, 2019, 1:00 pm

Dean Foods, the largest U.S. milk producer, announced this morning that it has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Got milk? You probably don’t. Or you do, and it’s just a splash in your coffee. Or you do, but it’s not from a cow.

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Author: Zlati Meyer
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:51 pm

Get you a Sonic as memable as this one.

Even for Sonic the Hedgehog, that was pretty fast.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:45 pm

Meteorology terminology can sometimes be overdramatic. Not today.

Catastrophic meteorology terminology (severe! unprecedented! deep freeze! blizzard!) is accurate today, as much of the United States is under an actual arctic blast. It is, quite literally, a fast-moving air mass from the north: You can see it roll over Louisiana here.

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Author: Arianne Cohen
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:06 pm

Designer handbags, black toothbrushes, and a CD player you weren’t expecting to find.

With Black Friday falling late this year—November 29—and just under four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, retailers are scrambling to get people to do their holiday shopping earlier than usual. What that means: they’re posting Black Friday-like deals online well in advance of Thanksgiving. Among the retailers offering early holiday specials is design-savvy Target, known for both its on-trend in-house brands and its smart curation of other products. To save you the trouble of scrolling through hundreds of deals, we rounded up the coolest, savviest, and most exciting gifts on sale right now at Target.

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Author: Lauren Steele
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:00 pm

At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Glossier CEO Emily Weiss and Compass CEO Robert Reffkin discuss how they’re using tech to support their workforces and enhance their customer experience.

When Glossier founder and CEO Emily Weiss pitched her then-burgeoning skincare brand to investors, the number one question she was asked was, “Why start a skincare brand in such a crowded market?” Her answer? She wanted to change the way customers behave. 

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Author: Yasmin Gagne
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:00 pm

The website aims to help women navigate an increasingly complex network of regulations around abortion.

The closest abortion clinic to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is 43 miles away. To qualify for a medical abortion at the Little Rock Aldersgate Road Health Center (the only kind of abortion available) a person needs to be less than two weeks along and make two visits to the clinic—one for an information session and one to get the pill. If this clinic is booked, the next closest clinic is in Tennessee, which has a whole different set of rules around abortion.

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Author: Ruth Reader
Posted: November 12, 2019, 12:00 pm

Cross Colours, the innovative apparel line that gave shape to today’s trends, is the focus of a retrospective at the California African American Museum.

21st-century platforms such as Instagram have made it easier than ever before for businesses to exercise direct-to-consumer advertising. With each swipe through the app’s algorithm, countless influencers and advertisers benefit from eyes on their products. But before technology made this kind of advertising practically omnipresent, brands relied on more traditional methods—such as product placement. In 1990, when Will Smith’s vibrant comedy (and wardrobe) appeared in living rooms across the country during the first season of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the Los Angeles-based clothing brand worn by the lead actor was catapulted to stardom. Cross Colours, founded by designers Carl Jones and T.J. Walker just the year before, became an instant commercial success.

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Author: Evan Nicole Brown
Posted: November 12, 2019, 11:30 am

Endeavor Audio and Wolf Entertainment debut their first “audio fiction series” today, starring Parker Posey as a deputy U.S. marshal.

Producer Elliot Wolf says “podcast” isn’t the right word for Hunted, the new eight-part scripted crime thriller he’s producing under the Wolf Entertainment banner.

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Author: Frances Katz
Posted: November 12, 2019, 11:00 am

“Making excuse is an additional roadblock you put up for self-growth,” says Eric Kapitulik, author of The Program.

The train was late. My phone died. It’s easy to spot someone else making an excuse, but when we’re the one explaining what happened, it often feels more justifiable. But reasons are excuses, says Eric Kapitulik, author of The Program: Lessons from Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performance Leaders and Teams.

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Author: Stephanie Vozza
Posted: November 12, 2019, 11:00 am

Monday’s episode of ‘Jeopardy!’ got unexpectedly emotional when contestant Dhruv Gaur said what we were all thinking.

On Monday’s episode of Jeopardy!, contestant Dhruv Gaur did something quite remarkable. It had nothing to do with breaking some winning streak—in fact, Gaur lost. But it’s how he lost that made him a winner in the eyes of the internet (and host Alex Trebek).

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: November 12, 2019, 10:30 am

Although viewers seem pleased by the user interface, many are unable to watch anything uninterrupted because the infrastructure Disney invested heavily in appears overwhelmed.

“We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot,” Disney head honcho Bob Iger said back in 2017 about the company’s nascent streaming service.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: November 12, 2019, 10:15 am

Chances are that you will compete with friends for jobs several times over the course of your career. Here are three ways to make it less awkward.

Having friends at work is a significant predictor of workplace happiness. But there are times when it can be a drawback as well—particularly when you and one of your friends are vying for the same promotion.

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Author: Art Markman
Posted: November 12, 2019, 10:00 am

Jennifer Kinon, design director of Hillary for America, speaks frankly about reckoning with Trump, authenticity, and the role of design in politics.

November 2016 was a time of reckoning for many, but it was especially so for Jennifer Kinon. In fact, she called the result of the U.S. presidential election that month “the biggest emotional reckoning of my life,” while speaking with co-founder of the Center for American Politics and Design, Susan Merriam, at the Fast Company Innovation Festival last week.

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Author: Lilly Smith
Posted: November 12, 2019, 9:40 am

Don’t say one thing when you really mean another.

When you’re with the same company or with the same boss for years, you are believable. You have history. They know you and what you’re capable of, and they are (presumably) familiar with your track record and achievements. But when you start a new role, it’s a different story. There are new rules, new targets, new bosses. You have to work to become believable.

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Author: Anett Grant
Posted: November 12, 2019, 9:30 am

A wind turbine in India makes a much bigger difference than a wind turbine in the U.S. We should adjust our investments accordingly.

There’s no doubt that the world needs more renewable energy infrastructure. Clean energy options like solar panels and wind turbines help both the environment, by reducing carbon emissions, and our personal health, by decreasing harmful air pollution. But with limited financial resources to invest into renewables, it pays to be smart about where to put them: Renewables that directly eliminate polluting power plants have more climate and health benefits than ones that simply add to already clean grids.

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Author: Kristin Toussaint
Posted: November 12, 2019, 9:00 am
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  Shop Indie Local summary: Shop Indie Local campaign website This campaign’s advantage:  Usable year round, adaptable to local events and needs, not just a single day “Indie” message is resonating well right now, better than plain “local” campaigns Share the right message: People already think they want to shop local, just need a timely […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 11, 2019, 9:00 pm
  Because I’ve been an entrepreneur since junior high school, I’ve been asked to help with all kinds of entrepreneur support over the decades. I’ve taught entrepreneur classes, I’ve been part of day-long entrepreneur events, I’ve taught workshops and I’ve been a mentor in formal and informal ways. And I’ve been thinking lately about what […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: November 4, 2019, 11:21 am
  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
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