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How TaskUs Bootstrapped Its Way From 2 To 1,200 Employees

The startup founder went from living with their parents and feeling dejected, to running a much-needed, industry-respected service.

Bryce Maddock was 22 when he left his Wall Street finance job to start a frozen yogurt company in Argentina with his high school buddy Jaspar Weir.

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The New Habit Challenge: Work The Exact Amount Of Time Science Tells Us To

You know you should take regular breaks during the workday, but did you know they should be exactly 17 minutes long?

It turns out going hard for eight hours straight every day isn't the best way to get work done.

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NVIDIA Takes On Apollo 11 Moon Landing Deniers--With Technology

Three prominent moon-landing conspiracy theories are debunked using the latest in dynamic-lighting technology.

In 2002, Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, punched Bart Sibrel in the face. Why? According to a Gallup poll from 1999, some 6% of Americans still believed then that the government faked the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969--and Sibrel is one of the more vocal among them. If you search YouTube for moon-landing conspiracy videos today, it's apparent there are still people like him who believe Aldrin and Neil Armstrong never left planet Earth.

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Microsoft Shutters Silicon Valley Research Lab

We hope the coolest part of Microsoft doesn't go next.

As part of a plan to cut 18,000 jobs, Microsoft is closing their Silicon Valley branch of Microsoft Research.

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Facebook Will Surface Timely And Trending Stories Earlier

As Twitter becomes more Facebook-like, Facebook becomes more Twitter-like as well.

During the summer, the outrage over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, and subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, dominated the conversation on Twitter. Facebook, on the other hand, gave momentum to the ice bucket challenge, leading some to speculate that its algorithm was hiding posts about the controversial events in Ferguson.

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A YouTube Movie Is Headed To Theaters Soon. But Don't Expect This To Be A Trend

Lionsgate's release of The SMOSH Movie represents a new embrace of digital stars. At least stars that are really, really popular.

The mainstream-ification of YouTube stars continues--but how far will it go?

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Microsoft Cuts Another 2,100 Jobs

The company pledged to cut $600 million in expenses when it acquired Nokia.

Microsoft, currently undergoing the biggest job cuts in the company's history, laid off 2,100 employees on Thursday.

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Forget The Skyscrapers, Check Out New York City's Basements

A photo series reveals the hidden underground world of New York's basements, where building superintendents often live with their families.

Most visitors to New York City see its underground by way of the subway system. But the city has another subterranean aspect, seen by far fewer visitors: its basements, often inhabited by buildings' superintendents and their families.

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Asthma? High Blood Pressure? You Can Still Go To Space

A new study finds that even people with common medical issues can tolerate space travel.

Just a few decades ago, astronauts were our best and brightest--elite heroes in every sense of the word. Then NASA took a few steps back, the space program started inching toward the private sector, and our idea of an astronaut became Lance Bass. (Who didn't even end up going into space.)

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Boeing Wants To Send You Into Space With NASA

The aerospace and defense contractor's deal with NASA includes room for tourists.

Boeing hopes to include a seat for space tourists as part of its new contract with NASA to shuttle U.S. astronauts between Earth and the International Space Station (ISS), Reuters reports.

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This Kinetic Wall Of Clocks Is Utterly Hypnotic

In A Million Times, the hands 288 analog clocks dance and twirl, animating themselves into a digital watchface.

Some things are just meant to be seen in motion. That's certainly the case with A Million Times, a whirring board of almost 300 analogue clocks that exist in such a beautiful harmony with one another that they can segue from a pattern of rhythmically undulating waves to a full-functional digital watchface. A static image doesn't do it justice.

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California Lawyer Faces Suspension For Fake Photoshops With Dozens Of Celebrities

Her website once showed her posing with President Obama, the Clintons, and more.

A California lawyer has been recommended for a six-month suspension for posting digitally doctored photos to her official website.

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You Can Now Watch Rare Clips Of Famous Comedians Thanks To Just For Laughs

The comedy festival just launched a new YouTube channel featuring unseen footage of Louis CK, Jon Stewart, Mitch Hedberg, Bill Hicks, and many more.

Because the Internet didn't quite have enough entertaining ways for you to avoid that pile of work on your desk, the Canadian comedy festival Just For Laughs is doing us all a favor and opening up its stand-up vaults.

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Filmmaker Creates World's Most Terrifying Traffic Intersection


Fernando Livschitz of Black Sheep films is a master at live video editing, mashing up multiple separate films into a single setting. The Argentinian director's latest video might not seem terribly surreal at first blush, but keep watching. Titled Rush Hour, Livschitz has created the most terrifying traffic intersection ever, in which an endless stream of pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles weave and dance between each other.

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These Athletic Wearables Aim To Stop Injuries Before They Happen

The devices' makers and other experts say the real key will be in harnessing user data to figure out exactly what gets athletes hurt.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Throws Barbs At Facebook And Google In Privacy Letter

"Security and privacy are fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services," he writes.

Earlier this week, Tim Cook appeared on the Charlie Rose show to promote Apple's new products and assuage concerns that the company isn't doing enough to protect user privacy. The CEO emphasized that Apple, unlike Google and Facebook, doesn't rely on advertising and data for profits; the company sells hardware and software.

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A Reinvented Breast Pump Needs To Be Just The First Step In Changing Pumping Norms

MIT's upcoming event to "hack" the breast pump is a great start to improving a poorly designed product--but workplace policies and cultural perceptions of pumping needs to change, too.

Between its many complicated parts, its loud motor, the lack of flexibility and customizability in use, and a laundry list of other design flaws, if ever a product needed a reinvention, the breast pump is it.

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The Slave Laborers Behind Your Computer

Did slave labor help build your computer or smartphone? There's a strong possibility.

Malaysia is one of the hubs of the global electronic industry. By some estimates, the Asian country is one of the 10 largest electronic exporters in the world. The country sends billions of dollars in electronic parts to the United States, China, Japan, Canada, and other global powers annually. And according a new U.S. Labor Department-funded survey, approximately one-third of Malaysian electronics workers are forced laborers.

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Why Peter Thiel Thinks Social Entrepreneurship Is Broken

And how to fix it.

This is an interview with Peter Thiel, an outspoken entrepreneur who and cofounder of PayPal and Palantir, an early investor in Facebook, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager. His book Zero To One was released this week.

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Here's More Proof That Americans Don't Know How To Stop Working

For U.S. workers at both ends of the economic spectrum, work never, ever stops.

Americans are famously bad at achieving work-life balance. It's not just that we're the only advanced economy with no legally required vacation days, or that the average American works around 500 hours more every year than someone in France.

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The Best Way To Protect Your iPhone 6 Without Destroying Its Design

You don't need an iPhone case. Here's a killer design trick for protecting your iPhone 6 without obscuring its design.

No one with design on the brain likes putting their iPhone in a case, but they're a necessary evil. Sure, Jony Ive is one of the greatest industrial designers alive, and covering up one of his designs with a plastic case is like wrapping an Eames lounge chair in bubble wrap. But if you had to fish your valuable, immaculate Eames chair out of your pocket or your purse 20 times a day, maybe you would. Obscuring a design is a small price to pay for protecting it from harm. Right?

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3 Ways Bigger iPhones Will Change App Design

User interface experts tell Co.Design how the bigger screens of the iPhone 6 line will impact app design across the industry.

For a long time, the smartphone industry was split. Apple's iPhones had relatively small screens, while Google's Android phone screens kept getting bigger and bigger. But with the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus, that divide is gone. Big is in.

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A New Stamp Of Approval For Employers Who Are Truly Committed To Gender Equality

The EDGE qualification examines if companies are paying equal wages, promoting women, and offering flexible work. If they're not, soon you'll be able to find out--and send your money elsewhere.

When trusted certification systems gain high adoption and recognition, they provide an effective incentive to encourage companies to be more socially responsible: the ability to brag about their certified status on their packaging or marketing and sometimes charge higher prices. We've seen that with fair-trade coffee and LEED-rated green buildings.

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A Day In The Life Of A Celebrity Wedding Planner

When you are planning Grammy parties and Star Jones's wedding, Pinterest boards just won't cut it.

David Tutera, party planner to the stars, has kickstarted entire industries with his decorating decisions. That whole long table trend happening in farmhouse weddings across America right now--he started that. (Or so he claims.)

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Creative, Painless Networking For The Networking Averse

L'Oreal executive Rachel Weiss is fantastically well-connected, but somehow, it doesn't look like a chore. Here's how she does it.

"I love South by Southwest," exclaims Rachel Weiss, VP of digital strategy and innovation at L'Oreal USA. As the attendance at SXSW grows explosively each year, people have started to find the event overwhelming, but not Weiss: She loves that it attracts so many interesting people.

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