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Facebook's Lite App Is A Version Of The Social Network Aimed At Emerging Markets

Enhancing communication in underserved areas? We can "like" that.

After conquering developed markets like the U.S. and Europe, the tech world is eager to expand into the developing world in search of new, untapped populations of potential customers. While that all makes perfect sense in theory, in practice it can lead to challenges.

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Google Deal Brings NFL Highlights To YouTube

A step in the right direction, if not yet a touchdown.

Not long after it was announced that ESPN will be available for streaming over the web, courtesy of the Dish Network, the NFL has signed a deal that will allow viewers to watch official highlight clips via YouTube.

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Analysts: Apple Is Selling More iPhones In China Than In The U.S.

Apple's China strategy is paying off in a big way.

Tim Cook has been outspoken about his belief that China will one day overtake the U.S. in Apple sales, and ahead of Apple's earnings call tomorrow, analysts are predicting that he's been proven right.

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Stop Pirating Pro Tools: Here Comes A Free Version Of The Audio Editing Software

A new, free version of Pro Tools is geared toward beginners.

The name Pro Tools typically conjures feelings of love or hate—or, most often perhaps, anxiety. That might change soon, however, with the upcoming release of Pro Tools First, a free, less-intimidating version of the extremely popular audio editing software.

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In This Lost Interview, Elliott Smith Reveals How He Found His Unique Voice

PBS delivers an intimate, animated interview with the late musician in a new episode of "Blank on Blank."

It's hard to imagine Elliott Smith screaming anything.

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Aaron Betsky Named Dean Of The Embattled Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Betsky, a renowned curator and architecture critic, must help the troubled institution raise $2 million by the end of the year.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has appointed curator and architecture critic Aaron Betsky as the new dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Betsky will be charged with raising funds for the embattled institution, which must transform into an autonomous subsidiary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to keep its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

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This Service Steals Your Money, So You Can Save Without Even Realizing You're Doing It

$5 here and $10 here and (hopefully) it'll all be painless.

Saving money, especially with a mediocre salary, is hard. Have a major illness in the family? There go the savings. Want to take a big vacation? Bye bye, cash. In the U.S., the median retirement account balance is $3,000 for working-age households—hardly enough to survive even a few months in a major city.

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The Poop Diet Wars

Can becoming vegan change #2's sweet scent?

There are three constants in life—death, taxes, and that everyone's shit stinks. Or does it? Though smelly poo has always seemed like a non-negotiable, there's a chance that it may be more about diet than digestion.

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How To Design A Safer Operating Room

Infection in the OR can be deadly. A new design concept by NBBJ aims to reduce the risk.

Mapping How America's Population Will Change By 2030

The coming demographic changes are enormous—as the population gets older and more diverse.

The U.S. is expected to become both older and more diverse in the coming decades, with the elderly and Hispanics in particular taking up a greater proportion of the population.

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Super Logo Bowl: The Design History Of The Patriots and Seahawks

Ahead of Super Bowl XLIX, Co.Design looks at the rise of Pat Patriot and Kwakwaka'wakw.

On February 1, Super Bowl XLIX ("49" for those of us who don't quite get Roman numerals) will take place, and over 63,000 fans will converge on the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. Many of those fans will be sporting the logos of the New England Patriots or Seattle Seahawks. But how did those logos get to us? How were they designed?

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48 Years Later, This Is How Fiskars Keeps Improving On Its Classic Orange-Handled Scissors

Fiskars has been making new kinds of orange-handled scissors since 1967, and after thousands of variations, it's not out of ideas yet.

"This is the holy grail," says Colin Roberts, an industrial designer at Fiskars, as he hands me a pair of orange-handled scissors with a dramatically offset blade. "This is what sewers tell us all the time, that they want a scissors that doesn't lift their fabric."

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The Perils Of Time Tracking

Parsing how you spend your workday can be an effective practice—sometimes. Don't let it become a second job.

For the productivity obsessed, there's no dearth of tools to track and dissect precisely how the workday is spent. Software like Toggl can parse your tasks down to the second; Excel spreadsheets can transform a scattered log of minutes into a tidy pie chart; and, for Luddites, a pencil and pad of graph paper work just fine.

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Review: Sling TV, An Intriguing--But Incomplete--First Draft Of The Future Of Pay TV

The most interesting thing about this streaming service—with ESPN and other channels—isn't what it does. It's what it portends.

For years now, two words have summed up how I feel about my cable TV service: too much. Not only am I paying too much ($88.99 a month), but I'm getting too much—dozens and dozens of channels that nobody in my household will ever watch.

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There's Nothing Fun About An Egg Freezing Party

Dispatch from a night of fertility talk.

The Hudson Hotel in midtown Manhattan is a swanky spot. The entrance opens up onto to a pair of escalators bathed in chartreuse light. The glowing stairs lead up to the lobby, which looks like Brooklyn barfed on a solarium: Ivy trickles down from the glass ceilings onto brick walls. Sturdy wooden surfaces abound.

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The Horrors Of Pumping Breast Milk At Work (And Why Employers Should Care)

The unwillingness to accommodate new moms' needs is a symptom of how women are treated in the workplace—and it needs to change.

For new moms, transitioning from maternity leave back to office life is a rocky adjustment. Suddenly, there you are back on a work schedule (while still being on your baby's anything-goes schedule), navigating child care and getting your game face back all while coping with the emotional terrain of spending less time at home with your child.

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3 Steps To Regaining Your Focus

Deadlines looming? Put down the smartphone. Here's how to limit distractions and increase productivity at work.

It's 9 a.m. on a Thursday. Your inbox has 61 unread messages, you have three meetings before 1 p.m.—not to mention a report due tomorrow. You're feeling overwhelmed, distracted, restless, and unable to focus.

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10 Actionable Ways To Actually Increase Diversity In Tech

It's one thing to say you're committed to diversity in tech, it's another to make actionable steps. Here are 10.

In the last few months roughly 20 tech companies broke with traditional silences around data transparency, publicly releasing their diversity demographics.

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Former Executive Shares The Secrets To How Disney Runs Its Empire

"You don't have to be happy to work at Disney, but you do have to act happy for eight hours. Because we're putting on a show."

During a 16-year run with Disney, Lee Cockerell was an executive vice president who led a team of 40,000 employees and was responsible for operations at 20 resort hotels, four theme parks, and two water parks, among other things.

Disney is an empire built as much on grand expectations—from families who might save up all year to make the trip to Walt Disney World Resort—as it is an empire of scale, one that spans a dizzying area of properties and experiences.

Disney World alone, according to recent figures, sees about 18.6 million visitors a year. In 2014, Disney's parks and resort division contributed about a third of the company's $48.8 billion in revenue for the year, or a little more than $15 billion. For executives on the amusement park and resort side of the company, that necessitates the mastery of formidable organizational complexity to not only accommodate all those visitors, but to present them with a memorable experience that makes the visit worth it.

That's why what goes on behind the scenes at Disney's parks and resorts is a lesson in the leadership of large, sprawling organizations. In fact, when Cockerell retired from the company in 2006 he decided to draw on his time at Disney for insights on leadership, management, and customer service that he could share with other companies and organizations.

While his clients don't have a collection of theme parks and resorts or put on nightly lavish fireworks shows, Cockerell says that plenty of leaders could still learn a thing or two by studying the machinery and motivations behind the entertainment destination that bills itself as "the most magical place on Earth."

"Disney is just like every business, including yours, whatever it may be," Cockerell writes in his book Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney. "It has to make a profit, it has to deal with serious business issues, it faces intense competition, and its strongest competitor is its own reputation."

In an interview with Fast Company, Cockerell explains that one way Disney checks all those boxes is by embedding a fastidious attitude toward the small stuff throughout the company. At Disney, he says, attention to detail is practically a religion.

That's partly because at properties like Disney World, Cockerell says the company regards its interactions with guests as tantamount to staging an epic performance. And one thing out of place, one miscue, one "actor" whose heart isn't in it could end up spoiling the whole thing for a visitor.

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How Facebook's Massive Open-Source Push Delivers Better Code And Better Engineers

Open sourcing hundreds of projects helps Facebook compete for top tech talent and put out better programs, the company says.

On December 16, Facebook announced the release of open-source code the company says significantly sped up its internal artificial intelligence and machine learning projects.

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