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Demand For Ebola Gear In U.S. Further Strains Response In Africa

Shortages loom for treatment centers even as protective suit manufacturers increase their output.

After two Ebola deaths on U.S. soil, hospitals moved fast to implement new safety procedures and buy the full-body protective suits designed to protect doctors and nurses from exposure to the deadly virus. But those well-intentioned precautionary measures are having an unintended consequence: exacerbating gear shortages in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the African countries hardest hit by the outbreak.

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Apple Hits $700 Billion Market Cap—A New Record

The last record was set in September 2012.

Apple's last market cap peak was in September 2012, when it hit $658 billion. The last few years saw AAPL dip until June, when the company seemingly bowed to outside pressure and split its stock.

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Facebook's Abbreviated Privacy Update, Even More Abbreviated

Here's the important stuff.

Keeping up with Facebook's shape-shifting privacy terms can feel like tilting at windmills: It's an impossible task for anyone, even the most digitally savvy among us. It's why Facebook has taken it upon itself to demystify its privacy safeguards with friendlier, easier-to-understand language—but it's still a lot to take in.

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Self-Driving Cars Could Steal The Last Of Your Free Time

New concepts from Mercedes and Ideo reveal something scary. Your commute could be claimed for you...or for your boss.

We know self-driving cars are coming for us—in fact, by 2040, 75% of the cars on the road may be self-driving. But what will your commute look like when it doesn't require you to drive anymore?

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Chase This Holographic Chicken Around Your House Before You Eat It IRL

The "Future Hunter-Gatherer" allows the whole family to participate in a kind of gamified Seamless, if ordering dinner meant killing or harvesting it first.

A lot tends to go missing from the modern dinner. How often do we sacrifice greens, whole grains, or a structured sense of communal ritual in favor of a quick slice on the walk home? But that's not all that's missing from one of the most important meals of the day. Dinner is also missing holographic animals that you can unleash in your house for your children to hunt and kill.

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This Hyper-Local Hoodie Is Made (Almost) Only With Materials Within A 150-Mile Circle

From cotton field to sewing factory, the Backyard Hoodie is a good-faith effort to source a piece of clothing within 150 miles of the brand's California headquarters. But even North Face can't upend a globalized supply chain.

In California, gathering the ingredients for a locally sourced food product is a challenging but attainable goal. Putting together the ingredients for a locally sourced, mass-market item of clothing is not nearly as simple.

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Inside The First Audio Library of Alcohol-Addled Speech (Which Just Might Help Stop Drunk Driving)

Since 2007, German researchers have been getting subjects drunk and recording them.

You get into your car at 3 a.m., sometime in the not-so-distant future, and it won't turn on. It senses something...off. It asks how you're doing (okay), what you ate for dinner (good-but-not-great pad thai) and whether the Leafs won or lost that night's hockey game (the latter, but what else is new). And by this point, your car doesn't even have to ask, because it already knows you're drunk. It offers to call you a cab, doing everything short of pouring you into the waiting driver's back seat.

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How Ebola Is Breaking The Aversion To Using Experimental Drugs

When innovation comes frustratingly slow, some criticize "a tendency to try do no harm at all cost."

When there's a health epidemic, here's how innovation often happens: Lives are tragically lost, then wall-to-wall media coverage leads to public hysteria and then drug companies respond by racing to find treatment.

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Can This Manic Cartoon Dog Make The Internet Safer For Kids?

Ruff Ruffman is ready for his second act.

It's not easy teaching kids about stranger danger these days. When you sit your little ones down to tell them not to talk to strangers, you need to somehow explain that this includes anyone they might encounter online. On the one hand, you don't want to scare them away from the wonders of technology; on the other, you don't want them accidentally handing out their location. It's a tricky line to walk.

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How To Reduce Your Risk of Rejection

Let's face it: asking for a favor or a raise is a nerve-wracking experience. Here's several ways to make it less stressful.

Rejection is the worst. It was painful when you were a child, and it doesn't feel any better as an adult.

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How To Deal With 5 Common Awkward Conversational Moments

Always find yourself stuck in awkward moments? Don't get discouraged—here's how to get through them, dignity intact.

We're devoting this week to difficult conversations, from "you're fired" to "I don't want to be your Facebook Friend" and everything in between.

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What Teaming Up With Another Company Can Do For Your Business

Instead of competing, try collaborating with another company. Here's how to get started.

Strategic alliances are probably the most overlooked form of offline marketing and, yet, they're one of the most meaningful. Two heads are better than one and, in many cases, two companies are better than one—especially when they combine resources or share expertise in order to build new business.

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Why Career Development And Advancement Aren't The Same Thing

If your employees are getting bored and restless, it might have less to do with promotion opportunities, and more about their development.

Every once in a while someone says something that shakes you out of a deeply held assumption.

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Can Facebook's New Platform For Work Actually Compete With LinkedIn? It's Complicated

Facebook's business service is launching in January. But do we really want our personal and work lives to mingle online?

Facebook recently announced plans for a new work platform (aptly titled, for now, "Facebook at Work"). The Financial Times reported that the new site is designed to compete with professional networks like LinkedIn. But are we really ready for Facebook in the workplace? Watch the video above to see Fast Company's Chuck Salter and Mark Wilson discuss the privacy, sales, and design challenges of the service.

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The Top 6 Mistakes Managers Make When Having Difficult Conversations

These mistakes are common, but they can turn a difficult conversation from uncomfortable to disastrous.

If you're a manager, you're no doubt more than familiar with the sweaty palms and butterflies that come with having to deliver bad news. From a poor performance review to firing an employee, the most stressful conversations are those where you're sure tears or anger will ensue.

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No Slacking Off With New Slack Feature That Allows Your Boss To Read Your Messages

Updates to the privacy policy and terms of service will let employers with stricter regulations have access to employee communications.

Slack, the insanely popular office collaboration and communication service that recently entered the billion-dollar valuation club, announced today an updated privacy policy and terms of service befitting a serious enterprise startup rather than a funky chat tool birthed out of a failed video game. Most controversially, bosses will now be able to see all the posts of their employees.

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U.S. Immigrants Are Using Social Media Check-ins To Prove Residency Requirements

All those check-ins you made at McDonald's might not be pointless after all...if you're an immigrant.

Earlier today my colleague wrote about how, generally, technology has failed low-income people living in America, a demographic that has been largely ignored by both developers and growth hackers.

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Meet Andy, The Robot Headed Into The Moon's "Lake of Death"

Astrobotic and Carnegie Mellon plan to land this rover near caves that could one day shelter human inhabitants.

With feats of interstellar prowess on Mars and a comet winding down, another is getting underway a little closer to home.

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This Deodorizing Toilet Seat Makes Your Poop Smell Like Avocados

Kohler thinks its shit don't stink.

Wisconsin-based toilet titan Kohler is determined to design away any potential discomfort involved with disposing of human waste. If a $6,400 heated, remote-controlled home DJ/toilet seems a bit too much for your bathroom tastes, the company is now hawking a toilet seat that merely makes your poop smell like avocados and waterfalls.

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OK So, This Might Sound Crazy, But OK Go's New Album Will Be Available On DNA

The band is working with a biochemist to encode its album, "Hungry Ghosts," into a DNA sequence.

The band OK Go is known for its insanely creative, viral music videos, and now, they are pushing the bounds of creativity again by releasing their latest album, "Hungry Ghosts," on DNA.

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Recipe For That Weird Thanksgiving Donut: One Part Smoked Turkey, Two Parts Collaboration

St. Louis-based Strange Donuts is about as punk rock as pastries get.

At Strange Donuts, the center of the shop's strategy is collaboration.

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Slingbox-YouTube Deal Reboots The Live TV-Digital Experience

The upgraded Slingbox interface gives YouTube suggestions based on what you're watching—and a vision for YouTube's smart TV future.

YouTube and Sling Media have partnered to bring a YouTube experience to Slingbox users watching live TV, Variety reports. The guide functions within SlingTV and Slingbox 500 devices will be upgraded to add a number of features that bring to life the potential for Internet-enabled smart TV. For example, Slingboxes will now include Audible Magic's audio-fingerprinting technology to call up YouTube clips in the lower-third of the screen based on what it hears from the show a user is currently watching. That relevant clip can then be watched in up to 1080p resolution. The new guide also has a tab for trending YouTube videos as well as a standalone app to browse by category.

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Yakety Sax: Why Yik Yak's Huge New Funding Round Isn't As Ridiculous As It Sounds

What Yik Yak raising $62 million means for Sequoia Capital, bullied teens, a spurned cofounder, and bubble watchers everywhere

Yik Yak, the controversial anonymous messaging app popular on high school and college campuses, has raised its third round of funding this year. Sequoia Capital led this $62 million capital infusion in the Atlanta-based startup, putting the company's valuation in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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The FAA Does Not Like Drones

New regulations, if enacted, could severely restrict commercial use.

Amazon may still have lofty ambitions to one day make deliveries via drones, but if new proposed regulations go into effect, those ambitions may be just pie in the sky.

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Japanese Developer Proposes Insane Underwater City

Shimizu Corp believes they could start building in 15 years.

Japanese developers Shimizu Corp have thought up quite a few outrageous ideas in the past: moon bases, floating botanical cities, and an elevator to space, to name a few.

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