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Fake news-wary Indians are resolving not to trust WhatsApp in 2019

Indians are becoming increasingly aware of the dangers of fake news. Almost half of the respondents in a survey by public-opinion research firm YouGov said…...

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Nike’s new $350 “smart” shoe is its most unusual sneaker yet

All around you could hear the motors going, a slight mechanical wheeze announcing the tightening or loosening of sneakers. It was constantly in the background…...

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Support for a wonky transit tax is a great sign that cars are going out of style

How do you get people to use cars less? Try making driving more expensive. Support for congestion pricing, a tax designed to mitigate traffic by…...

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Congress’s new female vets will oversee the US military’s massive budget

A powerful Congressional committee charged with overseeing the Pentagon’s vast $700 billion annual budget is now stacked with female military veterans, after the lan...

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Antarctica’s ice sheets may melt faster than we thought, accelerating sea level rise

The story of Antarctic melt is a tale of two ice sheets. The West Antarctic Ice Sheet rests on a base that is below sea…...

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Martin Luther King’s abundance mentality matters today more than ever

Ninety years ago, on Jan. 15, 1929, Michael King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He would grow up to become the great peace and…...

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Is it time to quit your ambitious job?

Adam Moss, the editor of New York magazine for 15 years, announced today (Jan. 15) that he would be stepping down from his post in…...

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There may never be a better time to engage in insider trading

A depleted US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will struggle to keep a lid on insider trading and other types of fraud during the continuing…...

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Virgil Abloh spent three years developing this necklace. It’s paperclips

Virgil Abloh is releasing his first jewelry pieces under his own name, and they’re made of paper clips. “It’s a paper clip, but it’s also…...

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Gillette’s new ad tells men that toxic masculinity is their problem to solve

I already know what the trolls are going to say. They’ll call me a snowflake, and the problem with America, for praising a new Gillette…...

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The UK parliament rejects Theresa May’s Brexit deal in historic fashion

Parliament issued a stinging rejection of prime minister Theresa May’s proposed agreement to leave the EU tonight (Jan. 15), with 230 voicing opposition. The lopside...

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A history of Netflix US price hikes, charted

Netflix is raising prices in the US more—and more frequently—than before. The streaming-video service raised the price for new signups today (Jan. 15) by 13%…...

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Analysts are disappointed JPMorgan only made $7.1 billion in profit last quarter

For the first time in nearly four years, JPMorgan Chase, the biggest bank in the US, had bad news for investors today (Jan. 15): Fourth-quarter…...

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There’s good news for endangered sea turtles and marine mammals

If you’re on a beach late one evening, and you’re very lucky, you might someday see the birth of baby sea turtles. The sand beneath…...

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The death rate for opioid use has surpassed car crashes in the US

According to a new report from the US National Safety Council, accidental deaths from opioids overtook deaths from car crashes in 2017. Since 1999, the…...

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Facebook is spending $300 million on reviving local news

Facebook announced today (Jan. 15) that it is giving $300 million in grants to various organizations that are trying to help local journalism thrive in…...

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The Pinkertons still exist, and they’re coming for video game royalties?

Who could forget the Pinkerton National Detective Agency—the private American security company known best for protecting Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War (whoops); wagin...

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Be very skeptical of probiotic ice cream

Chocolate, vanilla, pistachio—there are many reasons to eat ice cream. Gut health is not one of them. Culture Republick, a new brand of ice cream…...

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All the startups the PayPal Mafia have invested in since 1995

For all the talk of Silicon Valley’s meritocracy, who you know often matters most. Venture capital firms rarely, if ever, accept unsolicited pitches. Email addresses...

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The foul bootleg liquor of Prohibition gave us today’s craft cocktails

With America in the middle of a flourishing craft beer and craft spirits movement, it’s easy to forget that Prohibition was once the law of…...

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Dianne Feinstein gets William Barr to commit to leaving Robert Mueller alone

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning of Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee William Barr at confirmation hearings today (Jan. 15) has centered...

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Zimbabwe’s government shut down the internet after fuel price protests turned deadly

After five people were killed in widespread protests against what could be among the world’s highest fuel prices in Zimbabwe, the country’s government responded by...

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Iran’s satellite launcher isn’t “virtually identical” to a ballistic missile

An Iranian satellite launch failed yesterday after its rocket left the atmosphere, Tehran said after launching the spacecraft despite criticism from the United States. It&...

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Trump finally got the White House banquet of his dreams

Donald Trump’s appetite for fast food is well documented. He’s discussed his McDonald’s preferences with Anderson Cooper. His disdain for elabora...

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The democratic case for giving foreign aid to authoritarian regimes

Should democracies give foreign aid to countries that are not democracies? Democratic aid donors don’t have enough money to do all the things they want…...

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Our need to make polite chitchat has deep anthropological roots

It can be quite fashionable to talk trash on small talk. I’m an introvert, one might say when declining an invitation to a networking event…...

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What the NBA can teach Wall Street about winning

Goldman Sachs bestows the esteemed title of “partner” to about 500 people in its organization, a number matching the total number of active players in…...

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An upscale Nairobi building complex is under attack by terrorist group al-Shabaab

Explosions and gunfire ripped through a business complex in Nairobi on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 15), sparking fears of another deadly terrorist attack in the Kenyan…...

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Chimamanda Adichie is leading the rise of an African literature wave in China

Dear Ijeawele is a forthright and frank book, a 15-step letter about how to raise a feminist child. But when it’s published in China around…...

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The “I’d prefer not” mindset can teach overachievers that success means doing less

These days, when I think about failure, I think about a quote from my favorite Herman Melville story, Bartleby, the Scrivener. Published in 1853, the…...

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How we build national institutions plays a crucial role in ensuring prosperity for developing nations

Even with most institutional reform projects failing, it is understandable why trying to change a poor country’s institutions feels so urgent. In many poor countries,&#8...

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The disturbing timeline of events surrounding the first Trump-Putin meeting

Donald Trump’s secretive meetings with Vladimir Putin are raising new questions about the American president’s ties with Russia in light of two reports issued over&#82...

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Bad UX is keeping hospital prices lists opaque despite new transparency law

Thanks to new US law, we now know the standard price for a cotton ball at the New York Presbyterian Hospital is $1.15. The list…...

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The best hope for the American main street is the self-care industry

All across America, malls and main streets are becoming littered with empty spaces, which suggests stores of all sorts are dying. The reality, though, is…...

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The small ways NASA still cooperates with China’s space program, despite a ban

In its recent landing on the far side of the Moon, China had help from scientists from a handful of countries, while more and more…...

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Alibaba’s Taobao has been a massive success—now it needs to grow up

E-commerce platforms like Alibaba’s Taobao—where just about anyone can sell goods to just about anyone—have created markets and fortunes across China over the past decad...

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Alibaba’s plan to reinvent retail

The conventional narrative when it comes to e-commerce Goliaths is they’ll wipe brick-and-mortar retailers clean off the face of the Earth. Which is why it&#8230...

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Hike shows why super apps don’t work in India the way they do in China

In China, WeChat—a mash-up of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Yelp, Paypal, Twitter, Uber, Kindle, and more—has become an indispensable part of everyday life for people. Th...

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The Indian Ocean is now at the heart of global geopolitics

In recent days, Australia’s foreign minister Marise Payne announced efforts to strengthen Australia’s involvement in the Indian Ocean region, and the importance of working...

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A German mint just released a coin commemorating 70 years of currywurst, and it’s unspeakably ugly

It’s a shiny piece of metal that combines two German favorites: cash and bratwurst with curry sauce. This seemingly priceless combination can be yours for…...

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Most middle-class Indians believe dieting is pointless

Look out, new year’s diets: Indians will only go so far when it comes to giving up their favourite dishes. If they had to choose…...

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The cotton seeds China carried to the moon have sprouted

Humans have been able to grow plants in the space—including zinnias, sunflowers and leafy greens on the International Space Station—but never on the Moon. Now…...

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India’s courts are unlikely to fix the crypto crisis anytime soon

The courtroom battle between India’s cryptocurrency exchanges and the central bank is set for its next hearing today—but nobody expects an end to the stalemate.&am...

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Cycling to work could save India $255 billion every year

Cycling is healthy, of course. But, it may be so healthy that entire nations can pedal their way to prosperity. Wide-scale adoption of cycling in…...

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Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest religious festival, begins in India

The world’s largest religious festival is kicking off today (Jan. 15) in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. For the next eight weeks, millions…...

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Ahead of a crucial Brexit vote, Brits are hoarding gold

Britain teeters on a cliff’s edge. Tomorrow (Jan. 15), the country’s politicians will come together to have their say on UK prime minister Theresa May’s&...

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An influencer’s failed “creativity workshop” tour is the Fyre Fest of Instagram

Step aside, Fyre Festival. There’s another disastrous influencer-sponsored event for the internet to obsess about: a series of now-canceled “Creativity Wor...

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Congress members donate salaries during the shutdown, but not Trump appointees

Over 70 members of Congress are refusing their salaries or donating them to charities that are helping federal workers during the government shutdown, now in…...

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Miuccia Prada gives a masterclass on how not to respond to accusations of racism

On the heels of her fall/winter 2019 show in Milan, Prada head designer Miuccia Prada gave an interview (paywall) with fashion site WWD reflecting on…...

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Guillermo del Toro’s Twitter feed is the best free online film course

Who needs film school when you can just follow Guillermo del Toro on Twitter? The Oscar-winning director of The Shape of Water and Pan’s Labyrinth…...

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What to watch for in William Barr’s confirmation hearings for US attorney general

On Jan. 15, William Barr, Donald trump’s nominee for attorney general—replacing Jeff Sessions who resigned in November—will go before the Senate Judiciary Commit...

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The surprising way coffee is fueling migration to the US

The largest group of unauthorized immigrants headed to the US comes from Central America’s “Northern Triangle,” which spans parts of Honduras, El Salvador, and G...

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Three numbers out of China gave investors a big scare today

The world’s second-largest economy could be in trouble—and it risks bringing the global economy down with it. That’s the worst-case-scenario conclusion m...

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The US government owes federal workers over $5 billion in back pay

The US government shutdown has blown a nearly $5.3 billion hole in federal workers’ finances. That’s the amount of back pay that has accumulated since…...

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The mayor of Gdańsk died after a stabbing onstage at Poland’s biggest annual charity event

Paweł Adamowicz, the popular mayor of the Polish city of Gdańsk, died earlier today (Jan. 14) from injuries sustained in a stabbing the previous night.…...

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Flowers are talking to animals—and humans are just starting to listen

When flowers speak to bees, it’s different from when people chatter, of course. The petals don’t conjugate verbs or use adjectives to tell a bee…...

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An almost-extinct Afrikaans dialect is making an unlikely comeback in Argentina

The Patagonian desert in southern Argentina is a harsh environment. Little seems to thrive on its seemingly endless red plains and parched land. Yet in…...

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Nigeria’s tech startups have become a political talking point to sway young voters

Nigeria’s tech ecosystem has come in for praise over the past decade given the rise of startups solving problems and serving addressable market needs using&#8230...

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China is launching a biennial expo this year to boost reciprocal trade with Africa

A date has now been set for the first joint Sino-African trade expo. Between June 18 and 20, the China-Africa Economic and Trade Expo will…...

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The US shutdown underscores most food isn’t inspected for safety at all

Last year was a bad year for salad lovers, and the start of 2019 isn’t looking much brighter. Still reeling from massive food recalls connected…...

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In an open letter, Emmanuel Macron asks every French citizen to answer 20 big questions

France’s “yellow vest” protests, now in their ninth week and showing no signs of stopping, have put president Emmanuel Macron in the unusual posi...

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Transhumanist science will free women from their biological clocks

Women’s biological clocks drive human conception—and, in turn, human history. Biology’s inflexible window of female fertility is generally agreed to be between the ages...

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“Toxic” behaviors that society has normalized, according to Reddit

In 2017, researchers at Yale University published a paper published in the journal Cognition demonstrating that what people consider normal behavior appears to be a…...

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Global tourism had its highest growth since 2010—driven by visits to Africa

With over 1.3 billion travelers on the move, the world experienced the highest growth in international tourist arrivals since 2010. Much of the rebound was…...

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The retail industry is loaded with risky debt

A lot of the retail business is in a shaky state right now. A number of companies are propped up with risky, leveraged loans, leaving…...

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A Chinese official explained how the country’s electric-car surveillance system works

China’s electric vehicles have been sharing information with the government for at least a decade, according to an official who heads a national center to…...

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A Flipkart co-founder is backing Ola with $21 million

India’s largest home-grown ride-hailing venture, Ola, has found a new backer in one of the country’s most celebrated entrepreneurs, Sachin Bansal. The Flip...

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Five key things you need to know about Alibaba

Alibaba has been moving fast, and so has the news surrounding it. Next time you find yourself in a conversation about the company, keep these…...

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A complete guide to Alibaba

Last November 11th was Singles Day in China, an unofficial national holiday that was originally designed to celebrate single men and women (hence a date…...

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OnePlus is crushing Apple’s iPhone dream in India

In 2018, Apple Inc in India witnessed the stuff that nightmares are made of. iPhone sales in India fell nearly 50% year-on-year last year. The…...

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A spectacular collection of Indian language literature is coming online via Amazon

Around 65 years after it was established by the Indian government, the country’s national body of letters, the Sahitya Akademi, is going online to boost…...

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Why India Inc. needs to invest in social justice

We received good news recently that India had climbed 23 points to the 77th rank (out of 185 countries ranked) in the Ease of Doing…...

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Investigators will finally hear what happened in the cockpit before Lion Air’s deadly crash

Indonesia announced today (Jan. 14) that the cockpit-voice recorder of Lion Air flight JT610, which crashed into the Java Sea in October, has been found.…...

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India’s IT majors are back to increasing their headcount

Indian IT outsourcing firms are making a comeback in the job market. In the last two quarters of 2018, the net employee addition by India’s…...

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PayPal says e-wallets will soon be extinct in India

India’s transformation to a cashless economy is beset with difficulties. While the number of payment firms in the country has grown rapidly, the volume of…...

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Meet the new Quartz Pros: Azeem Azhar, Peggy Johnson, Natasha Lamb, Suzy Ryoo, Nicole Stott, Bradley Tusk

Quartz recently launched a new app for civil discussion by smart people about the news. We’re working hard to build that community and quickly add…...

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Palestine’s head of mental health services says PTSD is a western concept

Palestine has some of the highest rates of mental illness in the world. A quarter of Palestinian adolescents have made suicide attempts; about 23.2% have…...

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Trump’s fight for a border wall is earning the blame he asked for

In his testy meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Dec. 11, Donald Trump was clear about who would bear responsibility for a government…...

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Air travel in the US is getting bumpier thanks to the government shutdown

Airports are starting to show the strain of the partial shutdown of the US government, which has now eclipsed the three-week mark to become the…...

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What happened to the $600,000 raised on GoFundMe for Brett Kavanaugh?

US military veteran Brian Kolfage, who has so far raised $20 million for Donald Trump’s border wall with #FundTheWall GoFundMe campaign, said Friday (Jan. 11)&#8...

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A simple “nyet” would suffice, Mr. President

Donald Trump was given the opportunity last night (Jan.12) to address the most important question posed by a New York Times report that the FBI…...

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Africa will have some of the world’s fastest-growing economies in 2019—and a looming debt crisis

Trying to get to grips with what to expect from Africa’s economies in 2019 can be broken out into three categories of discussion: the good,…...

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American educators are treating Trump’s presidency as the ultimate teachable moment

Stephen Uhlhorn teaches social studies to seventh- and eighth-graders at Western Hill High School in Ohio. And in every class, regardless of the historical period…...

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Six indie games that show why we’re in a golden age of video game artistry

If you look under the metaphorical hood of most video games, you won’t find a Bandersnatch-style demon, government control study, or interconnected multiverse—you...

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The best way to keep fit changes as you age

The effect of exercise on health is profound. It can protect you from a range of conditions, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some…...

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Three easy, delicious tacos for weeknight dinner or a party

Taco night once a week is a blessing for working parents—an easy, kid-friendly feast that always feels a bit celebratory. At our homes, sometimes the…...

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