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Hotel Rooms Of Their Own: These 12 Writers Will Sleep At The Ace And Pen Letters To Guests

fastcompany.com — In some ways, the Ace Hotel was never supposed to be a hotel at all: Alexander Calderwood, the man who dreamed the place up in the '90s, imagined that it would be a modern-day salon, where artists-both local and out-of-towner-would hang out and share ideas in a caffeinated frenzy fueled by Stumptown coffee.
Jan 30, 2015

First @Amtrak, now the @acehotel: writer's residencies! I'd have to opt for writing + @Stumptown coffee at the Ace. bit.ly/18Csf0g

Jan 30, 2015

A silly stunt perhaps, but I love it. @AceHotel inviting 12 authors to spend the night and write a letter to guests. bit.ly/1JW2dmc

The Surprising And Powerful Links Between Posture and Mood

fastcompany.com — The next time you're feeling sad and depressed, pay close attention to your posture. According to cognitive scientists, you'll likely be slumped over with your neck and shoulders curved forward and head looking down. While it's true that you're sitting this way because you're sad, it's also true that you're sad because you're sitting this way.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @FastCompany: The surprisingly powerful links between posture and mood f-st.co/XyNLgxb

Jan 30, 2015

Stand up! Why feeling taller tricks your brain into making you more confident fastcompany.com/3041688/how-sl…

The New Habit Challenge: Can The Right Kind Of Music Fix Open Office Distraction?

live.fastcompany.com — The open office debate has been widely chronicled here at Fast Company , and one of the major issues we have with this floor plan that we've yet to overcome is how distracting the whole arrangement can be. Apart from the times that you want to collaborate with those around you, this no walls atmosphere is just not conducive to focused work.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @jessleber: About to do a fun live chat about how music can help you work better in an open office. Follow/ask questions here: live.fastcompany.com/Event/The_New_…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @FastCoLead: What do you listen to at work? Send us your playlist/favorite song: f-st.co/KNd7ds7

Jan 30, 2015

About to do a fun live chat about how music can help you work better in an open office. Follow/ask questions here: live.fastcompany.com/Event/The_New_…

Everything You Know About Passwords Is Wrong

fastcompany.com — If you're like most sophisticated Internet aficionados, you probably have a very clear idea of what a good password is, and have had to follow the formula to create one over and over again. And, admit it: You probably have just a handful that you re-use across all the websites you visit.
Jan 30, 2015

Great, clear-headed debunking of password dogma, plus advice on how users and sites could do better, from @GlennF: fastcompany.com/3041471/everyt…

Jan 30, 2015

Everything you know about passwords is wrong. (@glennf's first Fast Company story!) fastcompany.com/3041471/everyt…

Meet Dr. Armpit, Changing Body Odor With Bacteria

fastcompany.com — Here's an undeniable fact: In samples collected from seven of New York's subway platforms, scientists discovered that we're surrounded in plumes of microbes wafting off other people's skin. Here's another undeniable fact: Those bacteria colonize all of our glands and follicles and the entire epidermis. They make our skin smell.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @harmancipants: To find underarm odor, you might want more bacteria, not less. @petersm_th introduces us to Dr. Armpit fastcompany.com/3041388/body-w…

Jan 30, 2015

To find underarm odor, you might want more bacteria, not less. @petersm_th introduces us to Dr. Armpit fastcompany.com/3041388/body-w…

Today in Tabs: What Happened?

fastcompany.com — What happened was: [via] Brian Merchant at Motherboard we now know what happened to Carles . This whole story is 'brutally real' and 'authentic' (not 'alt-authentic'), and internet fame should be a controlled substance somehow. Meanwhile MTV is rebranding and this is the design brief: " We want something that feels in development, experimental, and made by a person, an artist, not a company."

Why You Won't See Many "Super Bowl" Ads On Sunday

fastcompany.com — The NFL charges a hefty fee to any brand that says "Super Bowl." But "Big Game" Free as a jay bird! So whether you're rooting for the Seahawks or the Patriots on Sunday, here's one idea that can unite us all: our love of the "Big Game!"
Jan 30, 2015

RT @heyfeifer: Why you should rejoice every time an advertiser says "Big Game" instead of "Super Bowl" fastcompany.com/3041687/the-29…

Jay-Z Buys Music Streaming Aspiro For $56 Million

fastcompany.com — Jay Z just bought into the streaming music industry. The rapper's holding company, S. Carter Enterprises LLC, agreed to buy Swedish company Aspiro for $56 million. That's a far cry from the $3 billion that Apple paid for Dr. Dre 's Beats product line and streaming service-but Aspiro isn't a juggernaut.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @FastCompany: Jay-Z buys music streaming service Aspiro for $56 million bit.ly/1tFpGnF

Gap Ousts Designer Rebekka Bay

fastcompany.com — Today Gap, Inc. announced Rebekka Bay, the designer recruited in 2012 to help reboot the iconic brand, is out of the company. "In evaluating the right leadership structure for the brand" Gap is "eliminating the Creative Director role, resulting in Rebekka Bay's departure from the company, effective immediately," the company wrote in a press release.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @peterlattman: "Can Rebekka Bay Fix the Gap?" asked @business last March bloom.bg/1wF3pRI Guess not, as she was ousted today bit.ly/1ChKGUo

Jan 29, 2015

"Can Rebekka Bay Fix the Gap?" asked @business last March bloom.bg/1wF3pRI Guess not, as she was ousted today bit.ly/1ChKGUo

Jan 29, 2015

Retailer @Gap ousts head designer Rebekka Bay. Who will fill the void? We fantasize @Jcrew Jenna Lyons? bit.ly/1uFSFTv @FastCompany

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Robots Learn To Cook Food By Watching YouTube Videos

fastcompany.com — Back in 2012, Google created a simulation of the human brain, able to learn to recognize particular concepts, such as cats, by simply watching YouTube videos-and without ever having been told what a "cat" is. Jump forward a few years, and a group of researchers from the University of Maryland has taken this idea to its next logical point-by incorporating a robot into the mix.
Jan 30, 2015

Yea same. “@FastCompany: Robots learn to cook food by watching YouTube videos f-st.co/LWPRXcl

Why An Apple Employee Created A Company To Help Him Lose Weight

fastcompany.com — A little over a year ago I was a much bigger guy than I am now. And when I say "big" I mean big. To be exact, I weighed 280 pounds. The U.S. Center for Disease Control says a person of my height (6'1") and age (at the time I was 35) should weigh 140 to 189 pounds.

The Recommender: Carly Migliori, The-Almost Professional Tap Dancer

fastcompany.com — Name: Carly Migliori Role at FC: Production Director - I get to work on every part of the Fast Company brand. On the print side, I manage the day-to-day of the edit and art departments, and on the web side, I work with our editors on scheduling and help transition our print issue to the web.
Jan 30, 2015

I had no idea my super awesome colleague @clmigliori tap danced! Tippity tap: fastcompany.com/3041694/the-re… via @cayleighp

Google Admits Glass Didn't "Have The Impact We Hoped For"

fastcompany.com — Google announced it's fourth quarter earnings Thursday with revenues of $18.10 billion-compared to analyst estimates of $18.46 billion. Overall, however, the search company did improve in several areas, including year-over-year revenue. "Google's full year revenue for 2014 was $66 billion, up 19% year on year," said Patrick Pichette, CFO of Google, "and this quarter, our revenue was $18.1 billion, despite strong currency headwinds."

Free App Friday: 5 Painless Ways To Be More Productive At Work

fastcompany.com — As the old saying goes: Work smarter, not harder. Never has that been more possible than with modern technology. Here are a handful of ideas about how to handle messages, automate repetitive tasks, and get things done more quickly. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more fully featured free email app than CloudMagic Email ( Android, iOS).
Jan 30, 2015

Celebrate Free App Friday by checking out these five tools for being more productive at work. fastcompany.com/3041670/app-ec…

Today in Tabs: Everything You Never Needed To Know About Media, In One Simple Chart

fastcompany.com — I had a theory that every major publication and media org could be sorted on a quadrant chart, where one axis was the publication's voice on a scale from " snark" to " smarm" and the other axis was the business orientation of the publisher, whether it primarily wants to be a media company or a technology company.

The FCC Just Set A High Standard For Broadband Performance

fastcompany.com — Until now, Internet service providers in the U.S. have only needed to deliver 4 Mbps downstream and 1 Mbps upstream to provide service which qualified as broadband. That will change now that the Federal Communications Commission has voted to change the definition of broadband to mean at least 25 Mbps down and 4 Mbps up.

One Year Later: The Woman Who Quit Her Job On A Live Superbowl Ad

fastcompany.com — Quitting a job in a theatrical way created some viral videos last year, but do you ever wonder what happened to the people who publicly burned bridges? Last year, Gwen Dean quit her job in one of the most public ways imaginable: on a Super Bowl commercial for GoDaddy.
Jan 30, 2015

One year on - The woman who quit her job live on a Super Bowl ad fastcompany.com/3041544/hit-th…

Jan 29, 2015

Remember the woman who quit her job in GoDaddy's Super Bowl ad? A year later, no regrets: ow.ly/I9SV2 pic.twitter.com/eZWBljQU5R

Jan 29, 2015

RT @scrumptiousmke: One Year Later: The Woman Who Quit Her Job On A Live Superbowl Ad ift.tt/18ykx7s #getsocial via fastcompany

Microsoft Completes Its "Office Everywhere" Vision With Outlook For iOS And Android

fastcompany.com — By now, it's no longer news that Microsoft Office is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, in versions that are slick and surprisingly powerful, with basic features available for free and some advanced tools reserved for paying users of the Microsoft's Office 365 service. One major Office app has been conspicuously absent, though.
Jan 29, 2015

I'm hearing good things about Microsoft's new Outlook for iOS and Android j.mp/1CDplTW

Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft Outlook for iPad? Sounds weird, but it makes sense as part of Office for iPad. bitly.com/1DjSSR1 pic.twitter.com/xj7OOA7PID

Jan 29, 2015

RT @harrymccracken: Microsoft is rolling out Outlook for iOS and Android, thanks to its December 2014 Acompli acquisition. fastcompany.com/3041641/micros…

Jan 29, 2015

Microsoft is rolling out Outlook for iOS and Android, thanks to its December 2014 Acompli acquisition. fastcompany.com/3041641/micros…

Getting the Band Back Together: Why The Justin.TV Mafia Returned to Y Combinator

fastcompany.com — This past October, Justin Kan and Michael Seibel spent a week reading Y Combinator applications. Kan did his part while hunkered down at London's Ace Hotel; Seibel read the applications from the Philippines while on a round-the-world trip with his fiancee.