Hot Dog Sales Are Red-Hot. These Weiner Businesses are Giving Back.

May 22, 2020 6 min read In normal times, Memorial Day weekend might be the first time you’d consider buying hot dogs since last summer. But of course, these are not normal times, and there’s a good chance you’ve tasted snappy, meaty (possibly microwaved) frankfurter flesh more recently than that. “We’re going into our bigger months of June and July now,” says Joe Quinn, co-founder of Brooklyn hot dog company Feltman’s of Coney Island. “But since March, it’s been like July every month.” Market research from Chicago-based data-analytics firm IRI shows that in mid-March, at the height of panic-buying, hot dog sales were up 127 percent from the same time last year. And people are buying in bulk, too: eight-packs, 10-packs, 24-packs have all been flying off the shelves. That’s probably because hot dogs are an obvious quarantine choice: long shelf life, protein-dense, easy to prepare and kid-friendly. National brands […]

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The Most Watched Shows on Netflix This Week

May 22, 2020 5 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Reelgood.com helps people find out if the TV shows (and movies) they want to watch are streaming, and on what service to find them. It also pulls a lot of data from its 4 million monthly users about what they’re watching and uses that to extrapolate the most watched programming in a given week. Below you’ll find the top shows streamed on Netflix last week in descending order. They’re not all Netflix Originals—some are fantastic programs from other sources that just happen to be rocking the streaming world right now. Use it to compare your tastes—or to get an idea of what you should binge next. Community Dan Harmon’s classic NBC sitcom (which eventually finished its run on Yahoo, of all places) is now streaming in its entirety on Netflix, even that weird last season. If it’s a big enough hit, maybe […]

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Celebrate Memorial Day By Serving Others

A selfless mindset is the best way to honor others’ service and sacrifice. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who died while serving in our armed forces. This three-day weekend is also the de facto celebratory kickoff to spring and summertime fun, and every veteran I know likes the idea of having a party to celebrate the fallen. Honoring and celebrating are what soldiers call Battle Buddies. They go hand-in-hand; they are teammates, and you need both to do it right. So how do we honor and celebrate those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms? The answer: Honor their service by serving others. Let me explain. When I served, there was no SEAL in any of my […]

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5 Tips for Military Vets Transitioning Into a Remote Workforce or Business

With many companies at least temporarily remote, you need to put your best foot forward digitally. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Leaving service is enough of a sea change on its own, but combine that with a worldwide economic downturn, and vets now have to think more carefully about how they seek and submit for job opportunities. With many companies at least temporarily remote, and plenty of them considering how to make it work for the long haul, you need to put your best foot forward digitally. Even if your role will eventually move in-person, there’s a good chance that most of your communication will start out digitally. Know How to Repurpose Your Military Skills There’s no doubt that the military is a world in and of […]

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Facebook Moves to Let More Employees Work From Home Permanently

The only catch? Facebook is indicating it’ll lower the pay for employees who move out of a Silicon Valley, which has a high cost of living. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Facebook says as many as 50 percent of the company’s workforce could end up permanently working from home during the coming decade.  On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the prediction as Facebook is going to let more staffers work remotely on a permanent basis. “I think we’re going to be the most forward-leaning company on remote work at our scale, for sure,” he said during a live stream.  Related: Why You Should Bet On the Future of Ecommerce and Facebook The news is another sign work-from-home policies may be here to stay for the internet industry, which continues to operate […]

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5 Lessons That Will Help Your Business Get Through a Crisis

May 22, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The coronavirus outbreak has thrown us all for quite a loop. What could have been an exciting and prosperous year has quickly turned into overwhelming feelings of uncertainty, fear, and anxiety.  With major corporations in the travel and retail sectors letting go of workers and the media reporting a picture of doom and gloom, CEOs and owners are hitting the panic button. I get it. As a leader in your business, you are facing big decisions that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Should you lay off staff? When should you pull back on expenses? There are tons of questions looming around the relentless mystery of when things will get back to normal. If anything is for certain, it’s that this pandemic won’t last forever. It’s important that we look at past recessions to gain some perspective and remember how […]

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What to Stream This Weekend

Spend your Memorial Day weekend with a pair of Lovebirds, Janelle Monae, a would-be Oscar winner, and cinema’s most famous time travelers. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag The content pile is vast and infinite, and you’ve got the whole weekend to decide how you want to slice it. We’re in the midst of the ever-intensifying streaming wars, and there are too many shows and movies to choose from, spread across too many video-streaming services. So we’re making it easier for you. Each week, the PCMag features team takes turns highlighting the streaming content they’re excited to watch or think you should binge. Fire up your media-streaming device of choice, and get watching. Homecoming Season 2 (Amazon Video) In season one of Homecoming, Julia Roberts worked to unravel the mysteries of a strange Florida rehab program for […]

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Fitbit’s In-App Study Will Determine If Wearables Can Detect COVID-19

It could also help spot other infections before symptoms appear. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Fitbit is venturing beyond its research partnerships to launch an infectious disease study of its own that’s very easy to join. The device maker has introduced a study inside its app that will help determine if smartwatches and fitness trackers can spot early signs of COVID-19, the flu and similar diseases without waiting for symptoms. If you’re at least 21 years old and live in the US or Canada, you can volunteer by filling out a questionnaire regarding your health (such as whether you’ve had COVID-19). Fitbit will combine that with activity data to see if there are any telltale clues and, ideally, build an algorithm that alerts people before they infect others. Related: 4-Step Entrepreneur’s Guide to Surviving COVID-19 The study is available […]

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Volkswagen Will Only Sell Its ID Electric Cars Online

A new ‘agency’ model should make buying an EV more straightforward. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 21, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Volkswagen is switching up the way it sells its electric vehicles. The company’s dealerships will no longer be the primary point of sale for the ID family of EVs. Instead, they will assume the role of an “agent” that facilitates the sale. If you’re in the market for a VW EV, you can now place an order directly with Volkswagen and choose your preferred dealer. Instead of giving you the hard sell when you walk into the dealership, the dealer will now be focused on organizing test drives, facilitating the transaction and making sure you get the keys to your new wheels without a hitch. The price of the vehicle, plus the dealership’s commission, is fixed, […]

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The Future of Internships Is Mostly, But Not Entirely, Virtual

May 21, 2020 11 min read Cecelia Nancarrow had gotten all her ducks in a row for a sought-after internship this summer with manufacturing and retail giant Hormel Foods. The 21-year-old Kansas native and incoming senior at Kansas State University — where she studies sales and data analytics and is a member of the school’s National Strategic Selling Institute  — had been chosen for a temporary relocation to Dallas, where she’d be learning some real-world wheeling and dealing at one of the Austin, Minnesota-based corporation’s numerous satellite offices. But as her junior year neared conclusion and travel plans were booked, a public health emergency came crashing down, instantaneously upending the very opportunity she’d been compiling credentials for. In Nancarrow’s telling, she didn’t waste any time feigning disbelief. “Almost immediately, I didn’t even consider the fact that my internship would not be cancelled,” she recalls matter-of-factly in a phone interview from her home in Manhattan, Kansas. “Restaurants, hotels, […]

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Uber Lays Off Another 3,000 Full-Time Workers

The layoffs come just weeks after 3,700 customer support and recruiting team employees lost their jobs. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 19, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag Uber plans to lay off another 3,000 full-time employees as the COVID-19 crisis looms. Earlier this month, the ridesharing firm dropped some 3,700 workers from its customer support and recruiting teams. Uber drivers, treated as independent contractors, are not directly affected by these cuts. “Given the dramatic impact of the pandemic, and the unpredictable nature of any eventual recovery, we are concentrating our efforts on our core mobility and delivery platforms and resizing our company to match the realities of our business,” CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said in a Monday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. “That’s led us to some painful decisions.” Among them: reducing the workforce by thousands […]

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Dyson Finally Unveils Its Canceled Electric Car

The seven-seater would have had almost twice the range as Tesla’s Model X. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 18, 2020 4 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Having famously killed off its electric car project back in October, Dyson’s automobile remained a mystery to most, with insiders telling Engadget that only a handful of engineers had seen a working prototype somewhere in Wiltshire. But yesterday, the company chose to finally show off its scrapped electric car for an interview about Sir James Dyson — now worth £16.2 billion — topping the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time. According to The Times, Dyson revealed that his electric vehicle, codenamed “N526,” would have been a seven-seater with a whopping 600-mile range per charge. This was largely thanks to the company’s proprietary solid-state batteries, which could apparently sustain such performance “even on a freezing February night, on the […]

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2020 Graduates Can Launch Their Photo Aboard Historic SpaceX Flight

Students around the world can upload an image by Wednesday, May 20, to ‘fly’ to the International Space Station. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 18, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag For the Class of 2020, there are no stages to walk across, no tearful goodbye hugs, no clinking-glass toasts; the COVID-19 pandemic has forced this year’s graduates to get creative. And nothing says pomp and circumstance like visiting the cosmos: SpaceX is inviting global students to submit their photo “to fly on America’s first human spaceflight in nearly a decade.” Anyone who earned (or is scheduled to earn) their diploma this year — from kindergarten to graduate school — can upload a selfie to SpaceX’s Earth mosaic, which will be printed and flown aboard the upcoming Crew Dragon mission to the International Space Station. […]

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Apple Explains How Its Reopened Retail Stores Will Be Different

Visiting an Apple store will involve a temperature check, a face mask and a one-to-one service. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 18, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag We’ve been hearing how Apple intends to slowly start reopening its retail stores in the coming weeks, but now we know how different an experience it will be for visitors. Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s senior vice president of retail and people, published a letter to customers on the Apple website yesterday detailing the company’s approach to reopening stores. The decision to reopen any particular store will be driven by the available data. O’Brien explains, “We look at every available piece of data — including local cases, near and long-term trends, and guidance from national and local health officials. These are not decisions we rush into.” She also makes it clear that if […]

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Do Quibi’s Problems Come Down to a Confusing Name?

Terrible timing has certainly contributed to a difficult start for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s mobile-video platform, but maybe it isn’t just that. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 15, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I will come right out and say that I think Quibi is a confusing name. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Let me explain. Good names are usually only good in the rearview mirror. At the time they are created, they seem risky and sometimes dumb. Are Google and Apple inherently good names, or do they have the benefit of a rosy rear view? Probably the latter.  Terrible timing has certainly contributed to a difficult start for the Jeffrey Katzenberg-founded mobile-video platform, which launched earlier this spring. Still, maybe it isn’t just the timing. Maybe they made bad decisions. Maybe the […]

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Yale’s Most Popular Class Ever Is Available Free Online

May 15, 2020 6 min read Brought to you by Business Insider In the spring of 2018, the Yale psychology professor Laurie Santos unveiled a new course, Psychology and the Good Life. The subject was happiness. Santos’s course was a blend of abstract and concrete. It combined positive psychology with the real-life applications of behavioral science. It debunked popular notions of what makes people happy (like the luxury Mercedes-Benz status symbol) and helped students understand the habits they should build to lead truly happier, more fulfilled lives. The course was launched in the U.S. — home to supposedly only the 19th-happiest population in the world, according to the 2019 World Happiness Report — at one of the nation’s most elite and high-pressure colleges. The reaction was unprecedented. Psychology and the Good Life became the most popular class ever taught in Yale University’s 317-year history and garnered national and international media attention. The university reportedly had trouble staffing it, […]

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TikTok Accused of Putting Children at Risk (Again)

The popular app has allegedly violated an agreement with the FTC to protect underage users. May 15, 2020 3 min read This story originally appeared on PC Mag TikTok may be the app of choice among pre-teens and bored college students, but the popular platform is (once again) under the scrutiny from parents, privacy groups and the U.S. government. A coalition of 20 advocacy organizations on Thursday accused the social network of violating an agreement with the Federal Trade Commission to protect underage users. The FTC last year fined TikTok $5.7 million for illegally collecting the personal data of minors. In February 2019, the agency claimed Musical.ly, the lip-syncing app TikTok absorbed the year before, violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by failing to ask for parental consent before gathering information on users under the age of 13. As part of the settlement, parent company Bytedance agreed to remove all videos made by pre-teens […]

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News Organizations Sue SBA for Refusing to Reveal Which Companies Received PPP

It has reportedly been ignoring Freedom of Information Act requests from the ‘New York Times’ and others. May 14, 2020 2 min read On Tuesday, five major news organizations sued the Small Business Administration for refusing to release details on how the SBA has dispersed the $659 billion that Congress allotted to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Under the Freedom of Information Act, the New York Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, ProPublica and Dow Jones (the publisher of The Wall Street Journal) have asked for insights on which companies received PPP and how much they received, but the SBA has continued to ignore their requests. Now, those publications are filing a joint lawsuit. The SBA hasn’t argued that they should be allowed to keep the details under wraps, but that they plan on attending to FOIA requests at an indefinite later date. “At this time, the agency is focusing its efforts on assisting small […]

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Another 2.91 Million Americans Filed for Unemployment Last Week

The good news it that the numbers, while still stunning in aggregate, are on the decline. May 14, 2020 2 min read The Department of Labor has released its latest jobs statistics, and the numbers once again reflect a record-shattering period of mass layoffs and furloughs. During the week ending May 9, an additional 2,981,000 Americans — according to seasonally adjusted advance figures — filed for unemployment. This is actually a decrease of 195,000 applications from the previous week’s revised total of 3,176,000, continuing a steady downward trend as we find ourselves deeper into nationwide lockdowns but at a further remove from the initial slashing of part- and full-time positions in hard-hit industries like the service and hospitality sectors. Related: House Democrats Share Details of $3 Trillion Heroes Act  More than 35 million American workers have lost their jobs since the economy was all but cordoned off in early to mid-March. […]

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Elon Musk’s Boring Company Completes Excavation of Its Las Vegas Tunnels

The loop transit system is on track to open in January 2021. May 14, 2020 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Elon Musk’s Boring Company has finished excavating the second of two tunnels planned for the Las Vegas Convention Center’s underground loop transit system, according to The Verge. The city’s Convention Center (the LVCC) enlisted the company last year to develop the mile-long system, which could cost up to $52.5 million and is slated for completion in January 2021. It’ll be the Boring Company’s first foray into commercial transit. Related: Here’s What You Need to Know About Elon Musk The project — officially called the Convention Center Loop — will ferry people around underneath the venue via Tesla’s autonomous electric vehicles. It’s designed to move more than 4,000 people per hour across the facility, turning what is at least a 15-minute walk into a quick hop of less than two minutes. A […]

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