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I used to wake up, stumble over to my phone, and immediately get lost in a stream of pointless notifications. This digital haze continued throughout the day, keeping me from accomplishing important tasks. I was distracted, anxious, and ineffective as a leader. I knew I had to change but could not seem to break free from the behaviors that kept me locked into the same cycle.

The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus

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620 days ago

So this is how we might picture Winona Ryder, after all these years: the former cool girl in repose, grown into a comfortably complicated adult, not in search of a comeback so much as another great book to read.

Winona Ryder Forever: How the Gen-X Icon Kept Her Cool

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620 days ago

So good for Instagram: Snapchat’s Stories is a great product that has already gone through years of iterations; why, but for pride, would you build something different?

The Audacity of Copying Well

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620 days ago

Why professors, pundits, and policy wonks misunderstand the world.

Intellectuals are Freaks

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620 days ago

Procrastination is like a voice in your head giving you several seemingly valid reasons to avoid doing something. Usually it’s tough to summon a counterargument to overcome it. So instead of shouting over that voice telling you to put something off until later, why not ask it a question?

Four Questions to Help You Overcome Procrastination

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620 days ago

Phelps has faced plenty of distractions in his 16 years as an Olympic swimmer, but nothing like this.

Michael Phelps Relishes the Cheer and Challenge of His New Reality

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627 days ago

Here’s the thing though: your career, like your life, moves forward whether you think about it or not.

How to Think About Your Career

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627 days ago

Absolutely fascinating.

In short, the latest food trend that you're obsessed with may be the result of a government effort to capture the hearts and minds of foreigners through their stomachs.

The Campaign to Make You Eat Kimchi

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627 days ago

Great oratory magnifies the lessons of great writing.

8 writing lessons from Michelle Obama's DNC speech

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627 days ago

Welcome to Zuckerworld.

Welcome to Zuckerworld

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633 days ago

📚 Books for the beach, books for the plane, books for you to feed your brain.

40+ TED speakers recommend the books you need to read right now.

What should you read this summer? A mega reading list

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633 days ago

Lessons from the co-VPs of Product at Reddit, Alex Le and Kavin Stewart.

Product management is really just three things: Brainstorm the list, prioritize the list, do the list. But the devil is in the details.

To Build Great Products, Build This Strong, Scalable System First

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633 days ago

The first of The Economist's new series on seminal economic ideas.

George Akerlof’s 1970 paper, “The Market for Lemons”, is a foundation stone of information economics.

Secrets and agents

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634 days ago

Mark Zuckerberg on his plan to bring the internet to every human on earth.

Whatever else Facebook does going forward, he said, it starts with a connected world. “If we make progress on this, it will be one of the great things that our generation can do to improve lives around the world.”

Facebook 2026

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634 days ago

From photographer and videographer, Benedict Redgrove:

"I was commissioned to make a film and shoot a set of images by ESPN for Wilson, to show the manufacturing process of their tennis balls for the US Open."

How to Make a Tennis Ball

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634 days ago

The following Q&A occurred that day in Brooklyn as well as during a follow-up phone call while he was on the press tour for Star Trek Beyond, which is in theaters this Friday. Cho was candid and cerebral, as we discussed everything from race to his ability to conjure up weed at will to why he pushed to have Sulu’s husband be Asian.

You Haven’t Seen Everything John Cho Can Do

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634 days ago

💡 How to run your first 1:1 as a manager, from Etsy Senior Engineering Manager, Lara Hogan.

Questions for our first 1:1

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634 days ago

Something to inspire your work day.

ne word that best describes how you work: Purposefully.

I'm Justin Rosenstein, Co-Founder of Asana, and This Is How I Work

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638 days ago

This is what we'll be reading this evening.

“When a dish is perfectly seasoned, it will taste simultaneously like it has too much salt and too little salt. It is fully committed to being both at the same time.”

David Chang’s

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638 days ago

Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks.

What Great Listeners Actually Do

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638 days ago

Martha Nussbaum’s far-reaching ideas illuminate the often ignored elements of human life—aging, inequality, and emotion.

The Philosopher of Feelings

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638 days ago

Elon Musk on his master plan.

The first master plan that I wrote 10 years ago is now in the final stages of completion.

Master Plan, Part Deux

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639 days ago

The Darién Gap is a lawless wilderness on the border of Colombia and Panama, teeming with everything from deadly snakes to antigovernment guerrillas.

A Terrifying Journey Through the World's Most Dangerous Jungle

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639 days ago

Kumamon, a cartoon bear created to promote tourism in an overlooked part of Japan, has become a billion-dollar phenomenon. Now, a new academic field is trying to pinpoint what makes things cute – and why we can’t resist them.

The new science of cute

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639 days ago

The principle SEAL taught is what he calls the 40% rule — which essentially means people feel maxed-out mentally and physically, and thus stop, when they are at only 40% of their actual capacity. Going past this 40% capacity is when it becomes uncomfortable. Thus, SEAL’s mantra, “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.”

If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing

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639 days ago

A week with the street preachers of Sin City.

Fear and Trembling in Las Vegas

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639 days ago

Two new books about the painter show that, when it comes to biography, sometimes less detail can give us more perspective.

A portrait of the artist: is it time we looked at Turner differently?

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639 days ago

We're all proud of you, Prado said. And everybody's excited, just to watch you do your thing.

The many phases of Ichiro Suzuki

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639 days ago

I love numbers. They allow us to get a sense of magnitude, to measure change, to put claims in context. But despite their bold and confident exterior, numbers are delicate things and that’s why it upsets me when they are abused.

Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic

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646 days ago

Among the many things New Yorkers pride ourselves on is food: making it, selling it and consuming only the best, from single-slice pizza to four-star sushi. We have fish markets, Shake Shacks and, as of this year, 74 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Yet most everything we eat is fraudulent.

Everything we love to eat is a scam

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646 days ago

Excessive sitting makes our hips very tight, which in turn, can affect our posture and make it harder to perform our best or move freely in general. If you have to sit for work, try a few of these hip stretches daily to keep that important joint healthy.

Eight Hip Stretches That Counter the Effects of Sitting All Day

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646 days ago

“She really taught me that you always talk to people. She was like the secretary of state,” says Chesky.

“Airbnb’s Sheryl Sandberg” Is the Valley’s Quiet Superpower

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646 days ago

So, what makes this game so engaging and, from what we’ve seen so far, potentially very addictive? Let’s break it down into its core pieces.

The brilliant mechanics of Pokémon Go

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647 days ago

If “parenting” is the wrong model, then, what’s the right one? Let’s recall that “parent” is not actually a verb, nor is it a form of work. What we need to talk about instead is “being a parent”—that is, caring for a child. To be a parent is to be part of a profound and unique human relationship, to engage in a particular kind of love, not to make a certain sort of thing.

A Manifesto Against ‘Parenting’

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647 days ago

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism.

When a fact begins to resemble whatever you feel is true, it becomes very difficult for anyone to tell the difference between facts that are true and “facts” that are not.

How technology disrupted the truth

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647 days ago

Faced with a class action suit, the company hired a CIA-linked intelligence firm to look into the plaintiffs and their lawyer, but a judge says they may have gone too far

How Uber secretly investigated its legal foes — and got caught

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647 days ago

Out of all the books I’ve read, I have a small number of favorite books. I always keep them on my desk.

These are the books I refer to often — some books are timeless and get better as you study them. There’s a real difference between reading a book for the first time, and reading it for the second time. And so forth.

5 Practical Books I Reread Every Year To Live A Better Life

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647 days ago

I think the essential lesson for competitive-strategy decision-makers is not so fast, in both senses of the phrase: take your time and don’t be so sure.

Slow Deciders Make Better Strategists

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647 days ago

Ezra Klein digs into why the Clinton America sees isn't the Clinton colleagues know.

Why the Clinton America sees isn’t the Clinton colleagues know

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648 days ago

Gotta catch ém all!

Go actually represents years and years of development by a group of talented people who know what they’re doing.

“Pokémon Go” Is The Most Addicting App In Years. Here’s Why It Matters

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648 days ago

When we dehumanize people in conversation, we give permission for them to be degraded in other ways as well. And even if we don’t participate, our silence condones this language.

How Wall Street Bro Talk Keeps Women Down

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648 days ago

🇫🇮 An edited and condensed transcript of The Atlantic's conversation with Anu Partanen on her latest book.

Is realizing the American Dream supposed to be so stressful?

What’s So Special About Finland?

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649 days ago

Like most restaurant chains, there’s plenty that’s cheesy about Chili’s Grill and Bar. But there is also something special—something that converts its most devoted employees into enthusiastic, unblinking evangelists. These true believers form the Chili’s Dream Team, super-trainers who travel the world opening new outposts and transforming average civilians into acolytes of flavor and flair. Their devotion to The Sizzle is pure, and these are their secrets.

Inside the Church of Chili’s

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649 days ago

"Now go forth and wield your understanding of data to make better experiences for people everywhere."

Metrics Versus Experience

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649 days ago

On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with.

I'm a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing

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651 days ago

There Is No Scientific Method

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651 days ago

But there’s one thing most of us agree on: We don’t want cops to be executed at a peaceful protest. We also don’t want cops to kill us without fear that they will ever face a jury, much less go to jail, even as the world watches our death on a homemade video recording. This is a difficult point to make as a racial crisis flares around us.

Death in Black and White

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651 days ago

The good jobs I’m talking about are the ones that our parents were used to. Steady, consistent factory work. The sort of middle class job you could build a life around. Jobs where you do what you’re told, an honest day’s work, and get rewarded for it.

Those jobs. Where did they go?

The computer ate them.

The computer, the network and the economy

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652 days ago

Aristotle was saying, ‘Stop hoping for happiness tomorrow. Happiness is being engaged in the process.’

A Better Kind of Happiness

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652 days ago

You’ve set the table, lit the candles, and now you’re ready to dig into this meal you’ve been working on for hours. Set the mood with this soothing dinner music playlist.

The Dinner Music Playlist

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