The great Black Friday swindle

The Black Friday retail sales blitz has become an omnipresent fixture of American popular culture, its intensity and scale seemingly ratcheted up with every annual cycle. And tens of millions of us have been caught up in the madness. Around …

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Taylor Swift dumps Big Machine Records

Taylor Swift is moving on. The singer revealed on Monday that she will be switching record labels, from Big Machine Label Group to Universal Music Group and Republic Records. She will also now own her master recordings for any future …

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Wealth cannot save you from climate change

Money and power can protect you from many things in life. In some cases, they can even protect you from individual climate change-fueled natural disasters like the fires ravaging California. The Woolsey Fire in Southern California, for instance, burned down …

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Why companies are ditching performance reviews

Here are three of the week’s top pieces of financial insight and advice, gathered from around the web: An end to the ratings gameThe traditional performance review is on a “deathwatch,” said Lydia Dishman at Fast​ Company. Companies have coasted …

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When will self-driving cars take over?

The driverless-car revolution is way behind schedule. Is it still just a matter of time? Here’s everything you need to know: What’s gone wrong?Carmakers have been claiming that autonomous vehicles, or AVs, will start filling the roads by 2020 and …

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The Amazon HQ2 conundrum

The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: “The most exciting business news story of 2018 ended with a whimper,” said Matthew Yglesias at Vox. Amazon’s much publicized, yearlong quest for a second headquarters …

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The Brexit crisis, explained

Britain and the European Union have a Brexit deal. Sort of. As you surely know, back in June 2016, the British populace shocked the world by narrowly voting to leave the European Union. This was seen as potentially catastrophic for …

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Why Facebook’s dirty deeds should surprise no one

It turns out that Facebook isn’t so liberal, after all. That’s what we should all take away from a blockbuster story published in The New York Times this week. The reporting details how Facebook officials attempted to head off a …

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China’s Alibaba breaks Singles Day sales record

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba announced early Monday that it set another sales record on its Nov. 11 Singles Day promotion, the world’s biggest shopping holiday of the year. Alibaba said it sold $30.8 billion worth of goods, easily beating last …

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