Facebook’s Portal Gets Even Creepier. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 17, 2018 1 min read 1. Facebook recently announced the launch of Portal, its new smart home device for hands-free video calling. But in the midst of a flood of Facebook privacy scandals, we’ve all learned something new about Portal: It can track information like who you call, how frequently you call them and which apps you use — and that data could be used to serve you targeted ads on other platforms owned by the company.  2. In other security news, two new companies backed by SoftBank are teaming up to keep hackers from accessing your vulnerable smart home devices. (Think lightbulbs and thermostats.) Most devices that fall under the “Internet of Things” umbrella are notorious for flawed security, meaning hackers could use them to spread malware, access user data or gain control remotely.  3. Ride-sharing giants Uber and Lyft may both be […]

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Beer Takes a Hit From Climate Change! 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 16, 2018 1 min read Bad news for beer lovers: A new study found climate change will double the cost of beer, as extreme heat waves and drought harm barley production. I guess the world had better “hops” to it on combating climate change. Jeff Bezos says the solar system will one day have 1 trillion humans, which is why Blue Origin is “the most important thing” he is working on. Bezos plans to spend a little more than $1 billion on Blue Origin next year. And Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at 65 due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In a statement on Monday, Bill Gates said, “From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear […]

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Sears Closes Shop and Superhumans Are On the Way. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 15, 2018 1 min read After 125 years in business, Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The retail powerhouse dates back to the late 1880s and its mail-order catalog offered everything from toys to tools to, at one point, cocaine and opium. Come for the maple syrup, stay for the weed. This Wednesday, recreational marijuana officially becomes legal in Canada. Maybe it’ll finally chill those wild Canadians out. In less cheery news, the final writings of Stephen Hawking will be published this week and in them, the late physicist predicts that our world will be populated by a breed of genetically engineered “superhumans” and that Artificial intelligence could develop “a will that is in conflict with ours.” Make friends with your microwave oven before it’s too late. Have a great day! Watch the previous 3 Things video: These Are the Top CEO Salaries of 2017 Read_more Related posts: […]

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These Are the Top CEO Salaries of 2017. 3 Things To Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 11, 2018 1 min read 1. You can now buy a ticket to take the world’s longest non-stop flight. After 5 years, Singapore Airlines is relaunching direct service from Singapore to New York. It will only take you 18 hours and 20 minutes to travel 9,537 miles. Hope you brought some good reading material.  2. The major healthcare merger between CVS and Aetna is nearly complete. The Justice Department just approved the drugstore chain’s $69 billion purchase of the health insurance provider. 3. The Conference Board’s annual CEO pay study was released today and found that the top CEO salaries of 2017 belonged to Broadcom’s Hock Tan at $103 million and Frank Bisignano of First Data at $102 million.  Read_more Related posts: If You Could Accomplish One Thing in 2017, What Would It Be? The Average Salaries of Tech Works in Major Cities (Infographic) The Moz Year […]

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Snap Launches 12 Original Shows. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 10, 2018 1 min read 1. Snap Inc. is launching 12 original shows in hopes that new original content — in genres like drama, mystery, horror and comedy — will bring back former users and drive up brand loyalty. New shows include Co-Ed, which centers on freshman college roommates, and Growing Up Is a Drag, a coming-of-age story about teen drag queens.  2. Sears Holdings may file for bankruptcy this week, as the company currently owes $134 million in debt that’s due for repayment on Monday. Its annual sales have dropped nearly 60 percent since 2011, and experts say it needs to raise more than $1 billion a year to stay above water.  3. Some scientists are planning to use Crispr, the latest gene-editing technology, to bring back extinct species. We’re close when it comes to carrier pigeons, and one scientist is making progress on his goal […]

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Toys ‘R’ Us Is Coming Back to Life! 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 4, 2018 1 min read 1. Toys ‘R’ Us is coming back! After closing all of its US stores in June as part of a bankruptcy liquidation, the owners of the remaining assets are looking into restarting the business, the company disclosed in a court filing this week. We’ve missed you, Geoffrey. 2. A hangover is coming. Spirits company Diageo and HBO have partnered on a new Game of Thrones-inspired scotch dubbed “White Walker by Johnnie Walker.” The beverage, according to a press release, is “inspired by the most enigmatic and feared characters on the show.” Cheers? 3. Kim Kardashian is officially the most dangerous celebrity to search for. Cyber criminals are using interest in the reality TV star to trick visitors to got to sites that install malware or steal personal information. So remember — think before you click. Watch the previous 3 Things video: Meet […]

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Meet Apple’s New Emoji. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 3, 2018 1 min read 1. Apple announced over 70 new emoji, and they’ve gotten mixed reviews. Not only will we be seeing more redheads — plus gray-haired and bald emoji — but we’ll also have a llama and a kangaroo at our disposal. The most controversial release has been the bagel, which consumers say has a “plastic” appearance.  2. The FDA raided the headquarters of Juul e-cigarettes, and yesterday the agency disclosed it seized over a thousand pages of documents. It said teen use of e-cigarettes has reached “epidemic” proportions, and in the raid it was seeking materials tied to Juul’s sales and marketing practices.  3. The freelancers network Upwork goes public today on the Nasdaq at $15 per share, and its IPO raised a cool $187 million. Between June 2017 and 2018, Upwork says it enabled 1.56 billion dollars in gross services, across 2 million projects and 375,000 […]

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350,000 Amazon Workers Get Raises. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 2, 2018 1 min read Amazon plans to raise the minimum wage for all employees to $15 an hour starting next month. About 250,000 full- and part-time employees, as well as 100,000 seasonal workers, will see a pay bump. In the first case of its kind, the FBI used a warrant to compel a suspect to unlock his phone with Face ID. The man was later charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. And former students of Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s coding boot camp say it definitely wasn’t worth the $13,200 price tag. Students allege courses were missing instructors, “live” sessions were pre-recorded, and lessons were full of typos and other errors. Watch the previous 3 Things video: Elon Musk Dodges a Bullet Read_more Related posts: Amazon Boosts Minimum Wage to $15 Per Hour Amazon Is Laying Off ‘Several Hundred’ Employees What […]

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Elon Musk Dodges a Bullet. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. October 1, 2018 1 min read As a part of a settlement with the SEC about claims of misleading investors, Elon Musk has agreed to step down as Chairman of Tesla and pay a $20 million fine–but he gets to stay on as CEO. In response to the settlement, he tweeted a link to the seminal 1990s hip-hop classic, “OPP”. We won’t even ask you if you are down. The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against California to block its new net neutrality law, which would prevent internet service providers from blocking or slowing specific types of content. The Justice Department called California’s new legislation  “extreme,” “illegal,” and “burdensome” on internet providers, according to The Verge. Also in California news, a new law enacted this weekend requires publicly traded firms to have at least one woman on their board of directors […]

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Dunkin’ Donuts Announces Big Rebrand. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 26, 2018 1 min read 1. In a name change that has a lot of people talking, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that starting in January, it will be known only as Dunkin’. The rebrand is likely a nod to the company’s beverage sales, but it will remain focused on the breakfast pastry.  2. On Monday, the co-founders of Instagram raised a lot of eyebrows by suddenly leaving their roles at Facebook. New reports attributed their departure to potential disagreements with the company — and founder Mark Zuckerberg — over the platform they had built. On Tuesday, the founder of WhatsApp went public implying he left for similar reasons — even though he was likely leaving $850 million on the table.  3. If you were trying to save money by flying on Tuesday, you probably experienced a travel headache. Delta Airlines had a computer […]

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Instagram Founders Quit Facebook! 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 25, 2018 1 min read Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have handed in their resignations at Facebook. The two have reportedly become frustrated with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s increasing oversight of day-to-day operations at Instagram, which was acquired by Facebook for $1 billion in 2012. Systrom and Krieger said they plan to take some time off before building something new. HBO wants Game of Thrones fans to come to Westeros. The network plans to encourage tourists to visit locations in Northern Ireland used on the show, including sites used for Winterfell, Castle Black and Kings Landing, starting in 2019. And one of the top 25 sources of funding for the United Nations is Bill Gates. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives the UN almost $300 million a year, making it the 25th largest donor.  Watch the previous 3 Things […]

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Mr. Bezos Goes to Washington? 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 24, 2018 1 min read Mr. Bezos goes to Washington? Maybe. Data site Sperling’s Best Places has named the town of Oatlands, Virginia as the likely spot where Amazon’s HQ2 will land. It’s got plenty of space and is close to D.C., making overnight deliveries of Trump Chia Pet heads that much easier. Good news for business travelers: US lawmakers unveiled a bill that requires the FAA to set minimum dimensions for passenger seats — including legroom and width. Spotify is collaborating with Ancestry.com to suggest songs based on the cultures your ancestors came from. I’m from Long Island, so I’m mentally preparing for a lot Mariah Carey and Flavor Flav.  Watch the previous 3 Things to Know Video: Facebook Launches Its Dating Platform Read_more Related posts: Jeff Bezos Reveals 3 Strategies for Amazon’s Success Jeff Bezos Successfully Launched a Rocket and the […]

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Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 20, 2018 1 min read Facebook has begun testing its dating platform today in Colombia. Dating profiles will be separate from regular Facebook profiles and can include up to nine pictures as well as answers to ice breakers. Unlike other dating apps, there will be no swiping. Sony has jumped on the gaming nostalgia bandwagon started by Nintendo with its reveal of the PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the original gaming console that’s pre-loaded with 20 games. Hopefully, one of those is Metal Gear Solid. An investigation has revealed that Ticketmaster has allegedly been working with scalpers, even when they use bots to purchase large amounts of tickets. The report says that the company’s TradeDesk platform further encourages scalping. Watch yesterday’s video: Elon Musk Hit With Criminal Probe. 3 Things to Know Today. Read_more Related posts: Elon Musk’s Mission to Put Wi-Fi on the Moon! 3 Things […]

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Elon Musk Hit With Criminal Probe. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 19, 2018 1 min read 1. The Department of Justice reportedly opened a criminal probe relating to Elon Musk’s infamous tweet about taking Tesla private with “funding secured.” The tweet sent the car company’s shares on the rise at the time. Tesla confirmed it had been contacted by the department.  2. Facebook’s platform allowed companies including Uber to post job ads that are only shown to male users, according to the ACLU. The organization filed a lawsuit yesterday that says Facebook violated the Civil Rights Act by preventing women — and users who don’t identify their gender on Facebook — from seeing some job opportunities. 3. Denmark’s largest bank is embroiled in one of Europe’s worst-ever money laundering scandals. Danske Bank allegedly allowed its operations in Estonia to be used for money laundering from 2007 through 2015 — now, the CEO has announced his resignation and U.S. […]

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Elon Reveals His First! 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 17, 2018 1 min read And away we go! Tonight, Elon Musk will announce the name of the first passenger who signed up to travel around the moon on SpaceX’s BFR rocket. In an Entrepreneur Twitter poll, 67% of respondents said that they’d happily hop aboard if given the chance…and unlimited barf bags. Billionaire Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne Benioff, announced that they will fork over $190 million to purchase Time magazine. With cash. Let me know if you need any help carrying over those bags of money, Marc. Oh Fortnite, is there anything you can’t do? Preserve marriages, that’s one thing. According to a report from UK site Divorce Online, 200 divorce petitions were this year that cited Fortnite as a reason for the separation. Who says romance is dead? Watch the previous 3 Things video: The Impossible Burger Slides […]

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Apple Unveils New Product Line. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 12, 2018 1 min read 1. At Apple’s annual fall event, CEO Tim Cook is expected to present the iPhone XS, a new line of Apple Watches and potentially even new computers and iPads. The announcements will be live-streamed on Twitter at 10 a.m. PDT (1 p.m. EST).  2. Amazon will sell and ship live, full-size Christmas trees this year, starting in November. One seven-foot Fraser fir could cost you about $115.  3. Nearly one-third of Americans experience anxiety over the course of their lifetimes, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the National Institute of Mental Health. That’s contributed to the growth of the “anxiety economy” — things like adult coloring books, weighted blankets and fidget spinners (of which an estimated 19 million have been sold so far, according to market research from the NPD Group). Read_more Related posts: How […]

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It’s Easy to Steal a Tesla! 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 11, 2018 1 min read 1. Don’t have the $75,000 necessary to buy a new Tesla Model S? Well, you’re in luck. A team of researchers have revealed a technique for defeating the encryption used in the electric sedan’s wireless key fobs, allowing green-minded thieves to drive off without a trace. 2. A 9-year-old girl wrote to Taco Bell saying they needed a delivery service after her “mean mom” said she didn’t have time to get them tacos. The fast-food giant then invited her to read the letter at their annual convention in Las Vegas. Well done, young lady! 3. Hurricane Florence is bearing down on the south east, which is bad news for everyone — except pigs. Yes, the severe weather will slow the rate of hog slaughter in North Carolina, the second biggest producer of pork. Our advice? Eat that bacon […]

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John Legend Gets the EGOT! 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 10, 2018 1 min read At last night’s Creative Arts Emmy Awards, John Legend became the first African American man and youngest person to achieve EGOT status. That is, a person who has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award. There are only 15 in history! Pass the barf bag: After a flight was diverted due to extreme weather conditions, an American Airlines pilot bought all 159 passengers Papa John’s pizza. Haven’t those poor people suffered enough? And here’s some cheery news: a study about workplace death found that after falls and car accidents, homicide is the third leading cause of worker fatalities. That’ll make you think twice about stealing your co-worker’s lunch out of the fridge.  Watch the previous 3 Things video: Starbucks to Open Its First Location in Italy Read_more Related posts: 8 Life Lessons From 8 Good Books That […]

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Starbucks to Open Its First Location in Italy. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 6, 2018 1 min read Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said he was originally inspired by Milan’s cafes. Tomorrow, the company will open a location in the city, the first in Italy. The day also marks the 36th-anniversary of Schultz joining the coffee company, which he famously led to becoming the giant it is today. For the past seven years, Sweden has allowed ordinary citizens to run the country’s official Twitter account to give people around the world a look into everyday life in the country. After 356 Swedes posted 200,000 tweets, the project will come to its end at the end of the month. No reason was given. A video game company has just been valued at $2.5 billion, and no, it has nothing to do Fortnite. Roblox, which went live in 2006, is an online community where people both play and create their own games. The company makes […]

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Amazon Surges to $1 Trillion. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. September 5, 2018 2 min read 1. Yesterday, Amazon reached a trillion-dollar market cap for the very first time. That made it the second publicly traded U.S. company to ever reach that benchmark, after Apple five weeks ago. By end of day, share prices had fallen, decreasing the company’s valuation to $995 billion — but it probably won’t stay that way for long.  2. Theranos Inc. will soon be no more. The blood-testing company has been accused of defrauding investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Executives — including Elizabeth Theranos herself — will soon face a criminal trial. The company’s current CEO wrote an email to shareholders, saying, “We are now out of time.”  3. On Monday, Nike’s decision to use unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick in its latest ad campaign was made public. He’s the former NFL player who made headlines for kneeling during […]

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