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LinkedIn Wants To Syndicate Content From Top Influencers

The professional social network hopes to spread its most popular content (and LinkedIn branding).

LinkedIn's most popular posts are often penned by its "Influencers," who are usually notable entrepreneurs and public figures—and, in some cases, their ghostwriters. That content has thus far been republished to digital outlets manually, on a case-by-case basis, but LinkedIn's latest idea is to move those posts past the confines of its site in a more official capacity. According to Re/code, the professional networking service is looking to syndicate content from Influencers to other sites around the world.

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Uber Is Now Worth More Than $50 Billion

Uber's valuation matches that of Facebook in 2011, the only other startup to have topped $50 billion.

Five years after its launch, Uber is valued at more than $50 billion. The ride-sharing company just announced a new funding round, in which it raised nearly $1 billion.

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10 Charming 8-Bit GIFs Depicting Every Day Life In Japan

Toyoi Yuuta's subtly immersive animations perfectly capture the dichotomy of Japanese culture.

Part of the beauty of Japanese culture is the integration of the modern with the traditional. Bullet trains, robotics, and some of the most cutting-edge technology being developed in the world exist alongside feudal architecture and age-old customs. Even inside the brightly buzzing cities, there's an underlying sense of tranquility in Japanese lifestyle and aesthetic.

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Pinterest Hires Mac Design Legend Susan Kare

The creator of the Macintosh's early typefaces and icons will join Pinterest as product design lead.

Susan Kare, the legendary designer behind the original Mac's icons and fonts (and, more recently, a killer set of pixel art tits for Cards Against Humanity), is hoisting her pirate flag at a new Silicon Valley company: Pinterest

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Black Caucus To Silicon Valley: Hire More Minority Talent

The Congressional Black Caucus is meeting with some of Silicon Valley's biggest names.

The tech industry's hiring practices are attracting government attention. Next week, the Congressional Black Caucus's diversity task force is meeting with executives from Apple, Google, Bloomberg, Intel, Kapor, Pandora, and SAP to demand the companies hire more African-Americans.

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This Fake Coral Sucks Up Mercury Pollution For A Cleaner Ocean

Mercury kills coral. This eats it before it gets the chance.

Every year, yellowfin tuna get a little more poisonous to eat. Since 2008, the amount of mercury found in the fish has gone up 3.8% a year, and that trend will probably continue—the amount of the toxic heavy metal in the ocean may double by 2050. But now there may be a good way to start taking it out.

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Anti-Doping Regulations Come To Esports: A Q&A With Electronic Sports League's Michal Blicharz

Pro gamers will find it more difficult to seek a competitive edge...if such a thing even exists.

Last week, the esports giant Electronic Sports League (ESL) announced its plan to add anti-doping regulations, making it the first international esports league to do so. Rumors about performance-enhancing drugs in competitive gaming have surfaced over the years, but the blatant admission of PED abuse by a former professional gamer earlier this month raises questions about how widespread PED abuse is in competitive gaming.

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Uber Will Invest $1 Billion In India By 2016

The move marks its expansion into yet another global market: In June, Uber said it would invest more than $1 billion in China.

Last month, Uber unveiled plans to spend more than $1 billion this year on expanding in China, even calling the country its "number one priority." The ride-hailing service is now matching that investment in another lucrative market: Uber is looking to drop $1 billion in India within the next nine months, to bring its services to new cities and beat out local taxi-hailing platform Ola.

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Nendo's New Modular Chair Lets You Switch Up Your Home Decor On A Whim

With the Twig, you could have a different chair for every day of the week.

Dropping a small fortune on a set of shiny new chairs is a great way to add some style to your home, but if you find yourself on the wrong side of a trend a few years later, repeating the process can be costly. But what if completely transforming the look of those chairs was as simple as adding a new part here or there?

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A Space-Saving Bed That Lowers From The Ceiling

The Murphy bed gets an upgrade.

In apartments where the square footage is measly but the ceilings are tall, maximizing vertical space is key. Streamlined shelves, attic storage and hanging bike hooks all save space by employing the same basic concept: when living space seems limited, look up.

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A Slimey Typeface Modeled After Insects And Undersea Creatures

NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

Somewhere, a mad scientist is growing a menagerie of slimy alien creatures by splicing together the genes of squids and insects. But it's not in some lab below Area 51—it's on the Mac Pro of Ari Weinkle, who's been spending his nights and weekends off from Icon Interactive to piece together this shivers-inducing typeface called Feelers.

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Twitter Seeks To Attract More Users With New Homepage

The social network becomes a tad more user-friendly.

Twitter revealed marginal user growth—the least it has shown since going public—during its second-quarter earnings call earlier this week. The social network brings in just 304 million active users per month, a number that pales in comparison to Facebook's nearly 1.5 billion monthly users. Twitter has long struggled to market itself successfully, due in part to the fact that new users have to follow the right accounts and use the site regularly to get a grasp on it.

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Staff Recommender: Erica Boeke, Who Was Once *This Close* To The Big Leagues

The best things on the Internet this week, curated by Fast Company employees.

Erica BoekePhoto: Celine Grouard for Fast Company

Name: Erica Boeke
Role at Fast Company: Associate publisher, Global Marketing.
Among other things, I get to work with our partners on the fun stuff—like the Fast Company Grill at SXSW, FC/LA: Creativity Counter-Conference, and of course, the Fast Company Innovation Festival in New York this November.
Twitter: @ejboeke
Titillating Fact: I once quit my life to go write a book about sports. To stave off the isolation of writing, I talked my father into becoming an usher with me for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs—a AAA minor league baseball team in Bethlehem, Penn. We did it for practically no money and one free hot dog a day. It was the best summer of my life—and at age 38!

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The Children Of Burning Man

Why would any sane parent bring impressionable young minds to a desert full of 70,000 partiers?

On the barren flatlands of the Nevada desert, children ages 5 to 14 weave unnoticed between ecstasy-tripping ravers, elaborate penis-shaped art cars, and an endless sea of topless young women. The children of Burning Man, and their nearby parents, don't seem to mind the NC-17-rated madness.

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Embarrassing Foreign Language Snafus, Illustrated

You Say "Hair." I Heard "Hat."

If you're a novice Italian speaker, I'd avoid making any disparaging comments about people's roofs. In Italian, the word for roof is tetto, which happens to be very close to the Italian word tetta, meaning tit. One misplaced vowel and you could find yourself in a world of trouble.

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When To Use Material Design On iOS (And When Not To)

Use it, but don't abuse it.

Since its first appearance in 2014, Google's Material Design has been a source of inspiration and debate for designers. More than just a visual design language for Google's products, Material Design also incorporates an entire philosophy for how digital elements should behave on (and off) a screen. Furthermore, it has also become a credible, viable alternative to the design practices found in Apple's iOS and OS X platforms.

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Inside Spotify's Plan To Take On Apple Music

We keep hearing things like "human-curated" and "machine listening," but what does it actually mean for you?

Brian Whitman landed at Spotify just in time. The MIT Media Lab alum and machine listening expert joined the product team at Spotify early last year when the streaming giant dropped a reported $100 million to acquire The Echo Nest, the music data company he cofounded a decade ago. Since his time at MIT, Whitman, along with cofounder and fellow PhD Tristan Jehan, has focused obsessively on the intersection of big data, artificial intelligence, and music, using that sweet spot to try and redefine music discovery in the age when songs flow freely like water and new artists pop up by the hour. Today, he's sitting across from me in a conference room in Spotify's New York headquarters showing me what his team has been building for the last few months.

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Take The Fast Company News Quiz

What happened this week? Here's our quiz for July 31, 2015.

Did you follow the news 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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What Happens To A Workplace When All The Salaries Are Public?

Getting lucky in a salary negotiation has little to do with being good at your job.

Do you know what your boss earns? Do you wonder what's going on with that guy in HR who always arrives late, but also gets a new car every six months?

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Voting Needs A Serious Overhaul And L.A. Might Have The Solution

One way to untangle the mess that is voting in America.

If abysmal election participation is any indication, voter experience in the United States desperately demands an overhaul. In 2014, turnout hovered around just 36 percent. Federal and local governments have been experimenting with ways that technology can streamline services, whether it's obtaining business permits or healthcare. In Los Angeles County, the focus is on a pillar of democracy: voting.

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