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LaunchGood, which raises money for both projects and cause work that empowers Muslims in need, and for the Muslim community to return the favor, is helping respond to the Manchester attack.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed at least 22 people, including children, and wounded nearly 50 others at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in England on Monday night. It’s the latest attack in a string of tragedies perpetrated by the Islamic extremist group, which has staged more than 140 attacks in 29 countries, killing at least 2,000 people, since it became active in 2014.

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Author: Ben Paynter
Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:15 pm

For years, Microsoft made big, frequent changes to its tablet. The fact that its pace has slowed is a sign of success that many would not have predicted.

Slightly less than a half-decade ago, Microsoft made one the most memorable announcements in its history: For the first time, it would design and sell its own PCs, in the form of a new line of Windows tablets known as Surface. And then, for the next few years, the company ignored the skeptics–who were legion–and not only stuck with the Surface, but used it as a tapestry for experimentation.

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Author: Harry McCracken
Posted: May 23, 2017, 4:05 pm

The ability to search and explore recipes directly from your “food porn” pictures puts the app in direct competition with cooking sites.

Today Pinterest announced new ways for users to collect, search, and explore recipes–positioning the popular image-collecting site to further compete with cooking sites like Epicurious.com.

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Author: Rina Raphael
Posted: May 23, 2017, 3:45 pm

Facebook’s new Live features include a friends-only comment section and the ability to co-host a live broadcast.

Since launching in 2015, Facebook Live has been a huge focus for the social network. Originally just a live-streaming option for celebrities and special events, the service became available for everyone in April of last year, prompting an influx of live streams from regular people featuring everything from important breaking news events and documentation of social injustice to concerts and interactive interviews with A-listers. Facebook says that people comment 10 times more on Facebook Live videos than they do on videos that are just posted to the platform. Today it unveiled a few new ways for you to interact with your friends while you’re watching or broadcasting a Live video: Live Chat With Friends and Live With.

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Author: Emily Price
Posted: May 23, 2017, 2:16 pm

The brand’s new Father’s Day ad, “Go Ask Dad” is most definitely trying to make grown men cry.

According to Gillette’s research, 84% of guys said their go-to source for information is their phone, while just 13% said they turn to Dad first. And  72% of guys said their phone was the one source of information they can’t live without, and only 10% said Dad. Those are some sad stats for dads.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:54 pm

Humans have been fascinated with unicorns for centuries. Now they’re all over cosmetics, pool floaties, and bagels. What’s driving our current obsession?

A month ago, the Melbourne-based skincare company Frank Body announced on Instagram that it would be launching a new body scrub that leaves your skin with a sparkly glow. The brand isn’t a fan of kitschy product names, so it marketed the powder (which came in an iridescent pouch) simply as a “Shimmer Scrub.” But the Aussie company didn’t realize that its latest offering had a built-in pop culture hook. Right now, the best way to sell American millennial women anything vaguely shiny, glittery, or colorful is to “unicornify” it. That demographic is mad for the mythical horned creatures: Searches for “unicorns” reached an all-time high in the month of April.

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Author: Elizabeth Segran
Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:30 pm

Freelancing doesn’t have to be all about the hustle when you find and keep clients for the long term. Here’s how some savvy soloists did just that.

The ranks of freelancers are growing. An October 2016 report by Upwork and Freelancers Union puts the number of independent workers at 55 million–a whopping 35% of the workforce.

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Author: Gwen Moran
Posted: May 23, 2017, 12:00 pm

Airbnb tests its first integration with an outside party.

If you’re perusing Airbnb offerings in San Francisco, you might notice something new: reservation booking through Resy. Last November, Airbnb announced it would be integrating Resy’s reservation booking into its Trips platform, but this is the first time we’ve seen it inside the app.

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Author: Ruth Reader
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:30 am

“You’re more likely to get to your destination if you dream big but fail small. “

Before Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa started Warby Parker with their fellow cofounders Jeff Raider and Andy Hunt, they felt the way a lot of new grads do: extremely well-educated in a narrow range of really specific things.

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Author: Rich Bellis
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:00 am

Nearly 75% of products on the market don’t actually provide the protection they advertise, and some might exacerbate the sun’s harmful effects or have otherwise toxic ingredients. Read this before heading to the beach.

As someone whose skin is so pale it veers into blue, I funnel an absurd amount of money into the sunscreen industry each year, starting right around now. It’s an expense, so I tend to grab whatever’s cheapest; if I’m lucky, there’s a buy one, get one 50% off deal at the drugstore.

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Author: Eillie Anzilotti
Posted: May 23, 2017, 11:00 am

WikiLeaks, take note.

Since Donald Trump began to gain prominence in last year’s election cycle, how to cover candidates and vouch for basic facts began to shift rapidly. Cut to Trump’s win and the subsequent cascade of scandals, and whatever existent media rulebook before the most unconventional president in history has undergone major revisions–including at The Onion.

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:30 am

The CDC estimates that more than a third of U.S. adults don’t get enough sleep, but some jobs offer more shut-eye than others.

Find yourself regularly burning the midnight oil or getting into the office extra early just to get your work done? Then you might be wondering if a career change is in order, if only so you can get more sleep.

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Author: Drew Howard—Learnvest
Posted: May 23, 2017, 10:00 am

Based on a viral photo with an irresistible concept as a caption, Rihanna, Lupita, Ava DuVernay, and Issa Rae are coming together for a film. Bow. Down.

Remember that photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting front row at a Miu Miu fashion show that someone later captioned “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and [Lupita] is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the [scams]”?

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Author: KC Ifeanyi
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:19 am

The fellows get a chance to present their ideas at TED to an enormous global audience. Want to join? You’ll need a great idea, authenticity, and a willingness to collaborate.

In Pakistan, Nighat Dad helps other young women fight online harassment. In France, Romain Lacombe is building tools to help people track air pollution. In Somalia, Abdigani Diriye–who fled the country as a child during civil war, and later returned–is helping grow the local tech scene. In the U.S., Mike Gil is studying how fish communicate, and what those interactions mean for the future of coral reefs.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:00 am

There’s no sign that Fancy Bear has slowed down or changed tactics since the recent elections, say cybersecurity experts.

Fancy Bear may have stumbled in the French election but they’re still wreaking havoc across Western Europe. And despite the failure of what many suspect was their attempt to disrupt the victory of Emmanuel Macron’s political campaign, the infamous Russian hackers haven’t yet adapted their tactics, say cybersecurity experts.

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Author: Steven Melendez
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:00 am

One CEO explains why IBM’s latest directive is retrograde and likely to backfire.

This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of Fast Company.

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Author: Stephane Kasriel
Posted: May 23, 2017, 9:00 am

“I had one of the best summers of my life, and I can’t imagine it being any better.”

Facebook has had a huge impact on our lives: The company essentially owns a large part of the world’s social media user base with its products from Facebook itself, to Instagram, to WhatsApp playing an integral part in how we communicate with our family and friends and interact with brands, media, and public figures.

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Author: Michael Grothaus
Posted: May 23, 2017, 8:00 am

It’s a tourism campaign, but it’s a pretty damn cool one.

In Sweden there’s a constitutional right they call allemansrätten. It’s a national concept of “freedom to roam” that allows anyone the right to access, walk, cycle, or camp on any land (the only exceptions being private residences, as well as gardens and lands under cultivation). To get the rest of the world to try it out, they just listed the entire country on Airbnb.

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Author: Jeff Beer
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:00 am

The HouseZero project’s renovation of this nearly 100-year-old house has added windows that control the temperature by opening automatically, geothermal heating, and windows that eliminate the need for lights during the day.

When workers finish their work retrofitting a 1920s-era house near Harvard’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the house will look essentially the same as it did before from the outside–but it will run on almost no energy.

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Author: Adele Peters
Posted: May 23, 2017, 6:00 am
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“Everything gigantic in American [retail] is about to get smaller or die.” James Kunstler wrote that in 2013 in Business Insider. He said big box retailers were on the brink of scale implosion, and that “every element of economic reality is now poised to squash them.” Fast forward to 2017, and we’ve gone over the brink. Washington […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: May 22, 2017, 10:00 am
  The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 19-21, 2017. 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: May 19, 2017, 10:47 am
Late last year, I did a blog post looking at how clustering of competitors may have positive results (http://smallbizsurvival.com/2016/11/competition-and-clustering.html). Recently I was asked about this idea in terms of small rural town cafes. If any of you have lived in the Great Plains region of the country, you know the towns and the cafes I […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: May 17, 2017, 2:45 pm
  SmallBizSurvival.com and SaveYour.Town joined forces to conduct an international rural survey of 250 rural people during 2017. Some of the results don’t match up with the usual stories we hear about rural. A few surprising results: More people mentioned a lack of workers than mentioned a lack of jobs More people were interested in […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: May 15, 2017, 11:24 am
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 12-14, 2017. 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: May 12, 2017, 9:18 am
How often aren’t we told to “trust our gut?” You see this comment made often for people starting a small business or when small-business owners need to make an important decision. Yet a recent article from Entrepreneur challenged this and indicated that this idea may be a myth. So who do you believe? Which view […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: May 10, 2017, 2:44 pm
  Last week, we talked about where to find potential entrepreneurs locally. Then I saw a Tweet from my friend Jon Swanson, saying he’d just opened a tiny storefront online.* That’s when I realized I forgot to list the online places to look for local entrepreneurs. Right now, rural people from all over are making […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: May 8, 2017, 10:52 am
The Brag Basket is open! This one is for May 5-7, 2017. 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: May 5, 2017, 10:55 am
We are right in the middle of SMALL BUSINESS WEEK! Two of the owners of such endeavors are: I’m a small-business owner. Becky McCray is a small-business owner (here at Small Biz Survival, Allen’s Retail, and a cattle ranch). In the last week, I have needed several small-business owners. For example, I: Got coffee several […]
Author: Glenn Muske
Posted: May 3, 2017, 2:40 pm
  You and I talk a lot about encouraging more entrepreneurs in your community. Maybe you’re wondering about where to find those potential entrepreneurs. A couple of people have asked that question lately, so let’s look into it. The more you cut down barriers to entry, the more people will be able to try different […]
Author: Becky McCray
Posted: May 1, 2017, 10:44 am
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