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Vermont and Hallquist are making history.

Vermont has made history by electing Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, to be the Democratic nominee for governor. This is the first time in the United States that an openly transgender person has been a major party nominee for governor. Hallquist is used to making waves, though, as she also lays claim to the title of being the first CEO in the country to transition while in office.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: August 15, 2018, 10:07 am

A podiatrist launches a glamorous shoe startup, making the case that the ultimate luxury is being able to walk without pain.

Women who love buying luxury heels–the kind of sparkly, expensive, Italian-made shoes worn to red carpet events and black tie galas–have, until now, had to accept a few harsh realities.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: August 15, 2018, 10:00 am

“Late Night with Seth Meyers” writer Amber Ruffin recreates the work of tainted male artists.

What: A recreation of art by problematic men, designed for guilt-free enjoyment.

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Author: Joe Berkowitz
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:40 am

On Spit, which premieres today, host Baratunde Thurston talks with musicians about their DNA test results.

Spit has come a long way. It used to just be the gross thing your brother would occasionally launch in your direction. Now, it’s that, plus the basis for things like bone marrow matches and genetic testing–hence the name of a new podcast presented by 23andMe.

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Author: Melissa Locker
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:00 am

Designers can’t simply make digital products easier to use. They have to think about what’s in the best interests of the user, writes Adobe’s Khoi Vinh.

To their own detriment, designers prefer to think about “how” much more than “why.” Here’s a good example–or perhaps it would be more appropriate to call it a bad example.

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Author: khoi vinh
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:00 am

Deals are now closed over spreadsheets more than rounds of golf.

By now we’ve all heard how important science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is for the jobs of the future. But there are certain jobs that are more people than technology focused, right? Well, maybe not.

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Author: Jared Lindzon
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:00 am

First announced a year ago, the integration was supposed to happen by the end of last year, but the two companies “wanted to make sure we got things right.”

Nearly a year ago, Amazon and Microsoft said they had worked out a deal to integrate their two digital assistants, Alexa and Cortana. You’d be able to get your Amazon Echo device to do things like check your Exchange email or set or check calendar appointments, while also being able to use Cortana to get Alexa to do things like turn on the lights, play Jeopardy, place orders on Amazon.com, access Alexa skills, and so on.

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Author: Daniel Terdiman
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:00 am

The duo behind the comedy/true crime podcast want to use their success to help other podcast creators find audiences.

The people behind the insanely successful podcast My Favorite Murder are expanding their reach with a new podcasting network.

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Author: Cale Guthrie Weissman
Posted: August 15, 2018, 9:00 am

Homeless encampments, glassy offices, RVs, and tech buses.

The story of inequality in the United States is written in its streets. In Silicon Valley, it looks like a homeless encampment carved out of a scruffy patch of land that’s separated from Facebook and Instagram headquarters by the expressway filled with private tech buses. In Baltimore, it looks like an empty highway that displaced thousands of families and was never even completed. In Detroit, it looks like a cinderblock wall that was built in the 1940s to separate black and white neighborhoods and shape the street grid.

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Author: Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan
Posted: August 15, 2018, 8:00 am

Your next first interview may be with a chatbot. Here’s what you need to know to get to help you get to the second interview.

The chatbots are coming. And you may need to impress them to have a shot at your next job.

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Author: Gwen Moran
Posted: August 15, 2018, 8:00 am

Roundup’s weed-killing poison, glyphosate, has been found in 43 of 45 cereals tested.

Last week Monsanto was ordered to pay $289 million to a man by a jury that ruled its Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer. The landmark verdict was a watershed moment for those who have long maintained the company’s products can harm and kill people. But in related and unsettling news, the Environmental Working Group has released independent laboratory test results that found that Roundup’s weed-killing poison, glyphosate, has been found in 43 of 45 cereals tested, including those we feed our children.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:08 am

In a change that has been as seismic for McDonald’s as the drive-through window in 1975, McDonald’s has reintroduced its signature burger with fresh—never frozen—beef. And that’s just the start.

A cryptic missive went out last spring to all 3.6 million people who follow McDonald’s on Twitter. The tweet read, simply: “100% Fresh Beef + John Goodman = ASMR(ish)” and included a link to a video. In the split-screen clip, the Big Lebowski and Roseanne star stares into the camera and—somewhat unnervingly—whispers a carnal ode to the fast-food giant’s Quarter Pounder burger, accompanied by the sounds and visuals of an appetizing-looking patty sizzling on the grill. “Hey, you,” Goodman murmurs intently. “McDonald’s new fresh-beef Quarter Pounder is hotter and juicier. It’ll leave you speech-less. I can almost feel that juice sizzling. . . . Oh baby, the melted cheese is hugging every corner of that grilled patty. . . . That cheese is so hot, so melty.”

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Author: Jonathan Ringen
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:00 am

A recent study of how employees communicate in open-plan offices seemed to be the final nail in the coffin of this popular workplace design. But the study had an essential flaw, writes architect Ashley L. Dunn.

Recently, a team of Harvard researchers set out to determine whether open-plan offices help employees interact with each other. Open-plan offices have come under intense scrutiny, as studies link the design to poor acoustics and employee performance, but companies continue to build them, because they’re cost-effective, and they’re believed to foster communication and collaboration among employees. The Harvard study wasn’t exactly encouraging, at least not at first glance: It concluded that wall-free offices encourage workers to talk less and email more. Collaboration appeared to be reduced in the subjects’ workplaces.

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Author: Ashley L. Dunn
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:00 am

The burger chain rolled out its new Impossible Slider in a matter of months, making new audiences—and competitors—salivate.

Privately held White Castle, which operates nearly 380 restaurants in the U.S., launched an experiment this past spring that’s in some ways even more radical than fresh beef:

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Author: Jonathan Ringen
Posted: August 15, 2018, 7:00 am

It will reportedly be Apple’s next star product.

That’s according to respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a virtually impeccable track record predicting what Apple products will launch when. In a research note to investors and obtained by MacRumors, Kuo wrote:

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: August 15, 2018, 6:38 am

“These are not actual codes, just random typing by someone who might play an instrument and uses a qwerty keyboard.”

The anonymous conspiracy theorist known as Q who posts coded messages on boards including 4Chan and 8Chan might just be typing randomly, according to Mark Burnett, a security consultant who has analyzed millions of passwords (via Motherboard). Q’s theories, known as QAnon, that the Bushes, Obamas, and Clintons secretly run the government and control the media, are the latest to have gained traction by some on the far right. But Burnett says the supposedly “coded” messages QAnon’s followers eat up are likely just gibberish.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: August 15, 2018, 6:31 am

Twitter suspended Jones’s account because of a video in which he said, “Now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”

Twitter has finally followed other giants like Facebook and Apple by pulling the conspiracy theorist from its platform–but only for a week. News of the suspension of Alex Jones’s personal Twitter handle was first shared by one of Jones’s Infowars colleagues on Twitter and later confirmed by Twitter itself, reports CNN. A Twitter spokesperson said the reason they suspended Jones’s account now was because of a video he published to Twitter on Tuesday in which Jones said, “Now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag.”

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: August 15, 2018, 6:10 am

After getting a bad reputation for its aggressive maneuvers, the electric scooter company is trying to win friends in cities by putting up money for better infrastructure.

Five years ago, Portland, Oregon, created a new policy: Protected bike lanes should be the default choice on major streets. But relatively few of the lanes–which use a physical barrier instead of a simple stripe to keep cars away from people on bikes–have been built. Part of the reason is funding, since lanes with concrete barriers on a two-way street could cost the city as much as $2.8 million a mile.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: August 15, 2018, 6:00 am

It Portfolia succeeds, it will funnel over $1 billion into startups that women care about by 2022.

Trish Costello, founder and CEO of investing platform Portfolia, holds the giveaway up high, offering the 60-plus conference attendees gathered in this Boston ballroom a chance to take a look. Dubbed vSculpt, the product is a vaginal rejuvenation device designed for women who suffer from low bladder control and other pelvic floor issues, post-childbirth. At any other conference, vSculpt might prompt some awkward throat-clearing (“leakage,” anyone?). But here, in a room full of women angel investors, the crowd lets out a whoop.

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Author: Ainsley Harris
Posted: August 15, 2018, 6:00 am
Small Biz Survival

Small Biz Survival

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To stay in business, people need to buy your products and/or services. That statement should come as no surprise. Yet routinely, I encounter business owners who have not made any attempt to categorize potential clients in terms of their desire and need to buy. Not doing so means you may be missing your best opportunities. […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: August 15, 2018, 2:07 pm
  We’ve all had times when we weren’t able to deliver what we promised to our customers. Maybe you’re going to be able to do it, but not when you promised. Or maybe it’s not going to be quite the way you said. Maybe a supplier didn’t deliver to you on time. Maybe you had […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: August 13, 2018, 12:27 pm
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 10-12, 2018. 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: August 10, 2018, 11:41 am
Starting a business is a risky endeavor. But knowing does not stop many small-business owners. Every day owners open the doors to their business. Some end up satisfied with the results but many others decide, at some point, to close the doors. The reasons for such closures are often not a secret. Talk with any […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: August 8, 2018, 2:24 pm
We’ve missed you! Since I secured this site with https, you haven’t been receiving our emails. It was my fault for not updating our feed for delivery through MailChimp. I’m sorry. But you’re back now! Here are a few of the great articles you’ve missed lately… From me: The giant checklist of social media marketing […]
Author: Small Biz Survival
Posted: August 7, 2018, 3:51 pm
  Norfolk County, Ontario, is home to dozens of real businesses started by kids in grades 6 through 12, part of their Student Start Up project. Kids can apply with a simple “business plan” template and may receive $200 in start up funds to kick them off. This year (2018), they funded 39 student entrepreneurs. […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: August 6, 2018, 11:06 am
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 3-5, 2018. 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: August 3, 2018, 11:13 am
Empty buildings in small towns are often empty for a reason, and that reason is often that they need work before any business could use them. Remodeling costs can be astonishingly expensive, so people often ask where they can find grants, loans or other funds to help them. Here are some of my favorite “usual […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: July 30, 2018, 11:17 am
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 27-29, 2018. 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 27, 2018, 11:05 am
First impressions are so important to your business!!! If you are a regular reader of this blog, you have read about the importance of first impressions. Those first impressions may be of the outside of your store and your sign. It also covers what people see as they enter the door and how you act […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: July 25, 2018, 2:37 pm
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