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These Are The Companies Winning The Race To Increase Diversity

Diversity Inc's annual report reveals the top 50 large companies who have made efforts in the last year to increase diversity.

Diversity in the workplace is a polarizing issue. On the one hand, science has proven that we tend to favor toiling side-by-side with people who are most like us. Yet multiple studies have shown that diverse teams are more innovative and productive than homogenous groups.

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Hunks Need Not Apply: Abercrombie Loosens Its Hotties-Only Hiring Practices

You no longer have to show your abs to work at Abercrombie or Hollister.

For years, working at Abercrombie & Fitch had one particularly stringent requirement: You had to be totally hot. Today, the youth-obsessed apparel retailer announced that this policy is changing.

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Google Didn't Kill Glass, It's Just Making It Sexier

Google is partnering with the eyewear giant behind Ray-Ban to build its next face computer.

For all the Jetsonian innovation packed into Google Glass, the product just couldn't live down its most glaring flaw: the dork factor. For regular people, the mere idea of a face computer is a creepy nonstarter. To Google, it's concluded Glass's stigma is just a fashion problem.

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Sony's Clever Trick For Taking A Photo Without Touching The Camera

No hands. No timers. No remotes. Just wave your hand for the perfect way to take a lowlight shot.

Anyone who has taken a photo in low light knows that it's very easy to take a blurry shot. That's because your camera's shutter needs to remain open for a long time to suck in all of the photons it can. In turn, the slightest shake or bump can blur your image. Even if you've locked your camera on a tripod, pushing the shutter button can still rattle your shot.

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Kleiner Perkins Wants Ellen Pao To Pay $1 Million For Losing Her Gender Discrimination Case

The VC firm suffered a major PR blow from the high-profile case, but making Pao pay them back for legal costs isn't likely to help their image.

It's been nearly a month since a jury decided that Silicon Valley's prominent VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers didn't discriminate against its former employee Ellen Pao based on her gender. Now that they've won, the firm is asking for more.

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Scheduling App Doodle Tries To Redesign Itself For An American Audience

A popular Swiss app is ditching its utilitarian design for a sleeker look.

Nobody has truly made a huge business out of online scheduling—yet. But Swiss scheduling app Doodle, which launched in 2007, currently has 18 million users in Europe, and 7 million in America. The app was acquired in 2013 by Swedish media giant Tamedia, and Doodle's new CEO Michael Brecht has been charged with expanding into brand-new markets. He especially wants to grab the 312 million Americans who aren't using Doodle yet, and convince them to give it a whirl.

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Take The Fast Company News Quiz

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for April 24, 2015.

What happened this week? Research says that one of the best ways to solidify new information is to be tested on it. Here's a chance to bolster your knowledge of current events—and earn a special emoji badge. cool-face

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Google Removes Image Of Android Robot Peeing On Apple Logo From Google Maps

A prankster edited an area of Google Maps outside the city of Rawalpindi to show the Android robot relieving himself on Apple's logo.

Just outside the city of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, was an Android robot peeing on an Apple logo. At least, it was there on Google Maps, south of the city and west of the Takht Pari Forest, until Google removed the offending map modification along with another nearby.

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BitTorrent Lays Off 40 Employees

The company that pioneered the popular "torrenting" file transfer method has significantly reduced its staff.

BitTorrent laid off 40 of its 150 employees on Thursday, a source told Fast Company. The cuts were made in an effort to streamline business and focus on a smaller suite of products, according to sources speaking to BuzzFeed.

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Debugging The Gender Gap: This Movie With A Mission Seeks To Inspire Women In Tech

Documentary director Robin Hauser Reynolds on the importance of encouraging a generation to start coding.

"Never send a boy to do a woman's job."

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This Elegant, Organic LED Lamp May Be Pricey, But It's The Future Of Lighting

The light bulb's reign is over.

If you thought LEDs were the future of lighting, you would be on the cutting edge, but only be partly right. The more far-out future is something called organic LED (organic light-emitting diodes), which offer several advantages over their conventional LED brethren.

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This Smartphone-Connected Grower Is Like A Keurig For Marijuana

"Companies are trying to rebrand what cannabis is," says Root cofounder Eric De Feo. "It's no longer this whole Jerry Garcia vibe."

When Brielle Pettinelli takes the stage, a subtle, awkward laughter trickles through the room. She's here to talk about marijuana. And this particular crowd, comprised mostly of buttoned-up investors, is still getting used to having this conversation. But as the legal status and public perception of weed slowly evolves, Pettinelli isn't waiting around.

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21 Things I Didn't Know About The Apple Watch Until I Started Wearing One

Initial ruminations on a tiny device that's bursting at the seams with new ideas, features, and approaches.

Today is launch day for the Apple Watch. In some ways, that's more of a ceremonial rite than a statement of practical reality. With Apple's online-only ordering, you can't just barge into an Apple Store and plunk down your money, though you apparently might be able to find one at a handful of boutique shops. Many of the folks who pre-ordered won't get their timepieces until May or June.

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Designers Build Karl Lagerfeld A Giant Paper Castle

In a new exhibit, Lagerfeld's iconic fashions are sheltered by a canopy of delicate paper foliage.

No one could call fashion legend Karl Lagerfeld indecisive: he is known for burning any drawing he doesn't end up making into a garment. Paper is the starting point of every Lagerfeld piece, and imagining all those charred drawings—along with the many that stuck—inspired an installation at Germany's Bundeskunsthalle Bonn museum in honor of the designer's latest retrospective, Mode Methode. Paper art studio Wanda Barcelona laser-cut 15,000 pieces of paper and, over the course of three weeks, arranged them around the exhibit, creating a sort of Lagerfeldian paper castle.

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The Exclusive Inside Story Behind Times New Ramen, 2015's Best New Font

Ryder Ripps on the font's noodly genesis, its surprise endorsement by Kendrick Lamar, and why it will change the type world forever.

Times New Ramen is a new font by the perpetually tongue-in-cheek designer Ryder Ripps, creative director of the progressive brand marketing agency OKFocus and New York Times profiled net artist: a goofy Twitter joke turned into a nigh-illegible typeface that you can actually download. The website claims that the weird font was "endorsed" by Kendrick Lamar, the rapper behind March's To Pimp A Butterfly, so we decided to reach out to Ripps to ask some questions about the genesis of his noodly new font and whether Lamar was really as much of a typography lover as it seemed. Without further commentary, here's what Ripps had to say:

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No More Trucks: Send Packages Through Underground Tubes Instead

The delivery service is a series of tubes.

Here's an idea to cut congestion and pollution around major cities: dedicated freight pipelines that flow from out-the-way distribution centers to urban hubs.

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How Video Games Crept Into Professional Sports

Video games have changed the way we watch sports forever.

How many times have you heard about a new movie that "is like a video game"? Sure, video games have influenced film and TV. But you'll see even more crossover in sports.

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Famous Logos Look Better Lettered By Hand

Burger King has never looked so classy.

In the age of Adobe Illustrator, a sincere, hand-lettered sign or logo is a rare artifact of the past.

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Haunting Photos Of Abandoned Factories Chart Industrialization's Demise

Dramatic shots of disused factories around the world reveal an economic force on the wane.

Korean photographer Taewon Jang grew up intimately familiar with the world of industrialization. His father spent 36 years working for a cement factory, during which time Taewon witnessed the industry's evolution first hand—including the loss of factories and the jobs it provided. "Many of the basic industries that were considered important in the 20th century are now being abandoned due to rapid changes in industrial exploitation," he told Co.Design "I have been trying to document these changes."

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Are You The Cause Of Your Own Stress?

Here are 5 easy ways to de-stress.

We've all been there. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed and it snowballs from there. Then you spend the entire rest of the day trying to play catch-up and feeling your stress level growing. It turns out there are some simple stress-saving tips we can do throughout the day to make ourselves much more chill.

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