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Why Calendars are More Effective Than To Do Lists

If there’s one pattern I’ve come across in dozens of articles, books I’ve read, and the 100’s of people that I’ve interviewed, it’s that the most prolific, productive and successful ones don’t depend on to-do lists, they depend on a calendar.

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Tech Behind Raising $37M in Hurricane Harvey Relief

YouCaring received massive traffic during J.J. Watt’s record-breaking crowdfunding effort—see how Rackspace helped them stay online.

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Why Self-Compassion Beats Self-Confidence

We live in a culture that reveres self-confidence and self-assuredness, but as it turns out, there may be a better approach to success and personal development: self-compassion. While self-confidence makes you feel better about your abilities, it can also lead you to vastly overestimate those abilities.

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Longreads Best of 2017: Science, Technology, and Business Writing

We asked writers and editors to choose some of their favorite stories of the year in various categories. Here is the best in science, tech, and business writing.

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A Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Thinks We're Asking All the Wrong Questions About Inequality

Deaton believes the biggest misconception about inequality is that it causes certain economic, political, and social processes. But that’s backward. Economic inequality is a symptom of processes—some good, some bad—that drive the global economy. It’s the residue of a post-industrialized age.

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What Amazon Alexa Pays the People Building Its Skills

Who's creating Alexa skills? Indie developers and marketing companies looking to profit from voice-controlled computing. Some cash in, and some don't.

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How to Stop Apps From Listening in on Your TV Habits

That innocent-looking mobile game you just downloaded might just have an ulterior motive. Behind the scenes, hundreds of different apps could be using your smartphone’s microphone to figure out what you watch on TV, a new report from The New York Times reveals.

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San Francisco’s Skyline, Now Inexorably Transformed by Tech

Salesforce Tower, which at 1,070 feet is the tallest office building west of the Mississippi, will be inhabited in January, signaling tech’s triumph in the city.

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Why American Doctors Keep Doing Expensive Procedures That Don't Work

The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half.

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Why Birds Matter, and Are Worth Protecting

When someone asks me why birds are so important to me, all I can do is sigh and shake my head, as if I’ve been asked to explain why I love my brothers. And yet the question is a fair one, worth considering in the centennial year of America’s Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Why do birds matter?

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How to Use Firefox’s Killer New Screenshot Tool

If you’re not taking screenshots of your computer screen much, remembering which key combos to hit might be more confusing than convenient. If you hate keyboard shortcuts, Mozilla’s new Firefox Quantum browser makes it incredibly easy to capture what’s on your screen thanks to its built in Firefox Screenshots service.

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