In Norway, you can browse everyone’s tax returns, but there’s a good reason you might not want to

Everyone’s tax returns are open for inspection in Norway. This means you can see the income and financial history of colleagues, lovers, frenemies, enemies, and in-laws. But there’s a catch: Everyone can also see exactly who’s looked at their tax returns. It’s a classic example of decision theory, the mathematics field that looks at the most rational…

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This pioneering tech company figured how to make work-from-home work

In this series, Perfect Company, we are examining pockets of excellence in the corporate world. No single company is perfect, but together they show what the corporate ideal could look like. The platonic ideal “We like to give people the freedom to work where they want, safe in the knowledge that they have the drive…

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Hillary Clinton’s husband wore a fetching pantsuit to honor her nomination for US president

Tuesday night (July 26), Bill Clinton, the husband of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, took the stage at the Democratic National Convention to honor his wife’s historic achievement. Bill’s stately-but-approachable appearance and middle-of-the-road fashion choices make him a terrific candidate for the supporting role of first spouse of the United States.

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The code that took America to the moon was just published to GitHub, and it’s like a 1960s time capsule

When programmers at the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory set out to develop the flight software for the Apollo 11 space program in the mid-1960s, the necessary technology did not exist. They had to invent it. They came up with a new way to store computer programs, called “rope memory,” and created a special version of the assembly programming language.

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Neuroscientists say multitasking literally drains the energy reserves of your brain

Does your morning routine consist of checking emails, browsing Facebook, downing coffee, heading to the train while Googling one last idea, checking notifications, more coffee, and going through your work email? The myriad activities crammed into your morning, and the constant switching between them, is likely making you very tired.

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The IRS is using a system that was hacked to protect victims of a hack-and it was just hacked

It ain’t easy being an American taxpayer. The US Internal Revenue Service said last week that the number of records it lost in a 2015 data breach is higher than it previously thought. When the agency first announced in May 2015 that hackers had broken into its website and stolen tax transcripts, it said that about…

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Donald Trump is not a joke: A warning to Americans from an Italian who survived Berlusconi

“Of course if you listen to the pundits, we weren’t expected to win too much, and now we’re winning, winning, winning the country. And soon the country’s going to start winning, winning, winning. […] We won with young. We won with old. We won with highly educated. We won with poorly educated.

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You probably know to ask yourself, “What do I want?” Here’s a way better question

Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk…

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Jack Dorsey’s jargon-free firing memo, edited to remove the jargon

Jack Dorsey isn’t wasting time in his new appointment as Twitter’s permanent CEO. He’s planning to fire over 300 people in an attempt to get the struggling company back on track. And he’s trying not to waste words, either. In a memo to the staff released today, he wrote, “Emails like this are usually riddled with corporate speak so…

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There is literally a US government conspiracy against vegan mayo

This post has been updated. Hampton Creek, the food technology company, has apparently been the subject of much discussion at the American Egg Board-an egg research and promotion program overseen by the US Department of Agriculture. Newly released documents show high-level members of the American Egg Board, a USDA employee, and an outside PR firm discussing strategies for dealing with…

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Entrepreneurs don’t have a special gene for risk-they come from families with money

We’re in an era of the cult of the entrepreneur. We analyze the Evan Spiegels and Tory Burches of the world looking for a magic formula or set of personality traits that lead to success. Entrepreneurship is on the rise, and more students coming out of business schools are choosing startup life over Wall Street.

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Millions of Facebook users have no idea they’re using the internet

It was in Indonesia three years ago that Helani Galpaya first noticed the anomaly. Indonesians surveyed by Galpaya told her that they didn’t use the internet. But in focus groups, they would talk enthusiastically about how much time they spent on Facebook. Galpaya, a researcher (and now CEO) with LIRNEasia, a think tank, called Rohan Samarajiva, her boss…

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Pilots have organized a ferocious, at times threatening, response to Quartz’s story about Instagrams in the sky

Quartz’s investigation of commercial airline pilots taking photos and videos of their flights provoked a furious response from the aviation community. Hundreds of pilots and their fans have been harassing the reporter who wrote the story with vitriolic comments and, at times, threats of violence. The outcry started even before the piece was published on…

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Read what happens when a bunch of over-30s find out how Millennials handle their money

This morning, one of us posted a link about the announcement of a new bluetooth-based payments app into one of Quartz’s editorial chat rooms. We often use these chats to discuss how to cover news. This time, however, the result was a rather revealing clash of generational cultures about money, privacy, and over-sharing.

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Jerry Seinfeld ripped apart the advertising industry on its biggest night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHWX4pG0FNY “I love advertising because I love lying,” comedian Jerry Seinfeld told a banquet hall full of advertising executives at the industry’s annual awards show on Oct. 1. He didn’t appear to be joking. The deadpan acceptance speech for his honorary Clio award drew cheers and applause from the crowd, apparently full of gluttons for punishment.

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PayPal is finally free-let the real mobile-payments battle begin

It’s finally happening: eBay is officially spinning PayPal off as a separate company. And it comes at a crucial time, just as the budding mobile-payments industry-which many see as the future of payments and commerce-is getting interesting. While PayPal has very done well for itself-payment volume grew 29% from a year earlier in the June quarter to $55…

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The makers of WordPress learned years ago that the ultimate office perk is not having an office

Tech behemoths and startups alike spend a fortune on creating plush offices with lots of perks. But arguably the biggest perk is allowing employees to work wherever they want, whenever they want. This is something Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg understood a decade ago when he launched the online publishing platform WordPress.

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AOL still has 2.3 million dialup subscribers-and they’re very profitable

AOL has spent the last decade-since the broadband era really took off-trying to build a business around online advertising. But its legacy dialup internet subscription business is still generating a big portion of its sales-and most of its profits. At the end of June, AOL had 2.3 million subscribers, paying an average of $20.86 per month,…

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The next thing Silicon Valley needs to disrupt big time: its own culture

There’s a problem with Silicon Valley and the subcultures that imitate it. It’s a design bug woven into people’s identities and sense of self-worth. Influential and otherwise very smart people will deny till their last breath that it even exists. But I believe it does and should be fixed before it gets any worse.

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