Why this ex-Google employee built a better platform for protesting

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Chloë Cheyenne Rogers turned her family trauma into CommunityX, a platform connecting people around causes and movements. But getting there wasn’t easy. Fast Company’ s podcast Creative Conversation is doing a special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using their backgrounds, skills, and platforms to push for lasting change. Read Full Story

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The internet’s favorite psychiatrist has a game plan for your mental health

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Renowned psychiatrist Jess Clemons gained popularity for helping to normalize the conversation around mental health, particularly in the black community. Fast Company’ s podcast Creative Conversation is doing a special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using their backgrounds, skills, and platforms to push for lasting change. Read Full Story

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The EU just slapped Amazon with antitrust charges over its use of seller data

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The fact that Amazon is both a retailer and a retail platform for competitors has increasingly put it under the lens of government watchdogs across the world. The European Commission has filed antitrust charges against Amazon for “distorting competition in online retail markets.” Specifically, the EC says Amazon is unfairly relying on third-party seller data of those who sell in its online Marketplace to better inform the company’s own retail strategies. Use of such data unfairly benefits Amazon, the EC says, which at the same time hosts one of the largest third-party platforms for sellers, while also competing against them on a number of fronts, including selling identical products or selling its own Amazon-branded competing products. Read Full Story

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The activist behind the Okra Project wants to remind you that Black Trans Lives Matter, too

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Violence against the Black trans community isn’t just an LGBTQ+ issue—and activist Ianne Fields Stewart is here to remind you, in case you forgot. Fast Company’ s podcast Creative Conversation is doing a special three-part series covering specific issues within the ongoing protests for racial equality. Every Thursday this month, we’ll be spotlighting the creatives and professionals using their backgrounds, skills, and platforms to push for lasting change. Read Full Story

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Alibaba is one of Fast Company’s 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators

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The largest mobile and commerce company in the world checks in at number seven on the list. There is plenty of room for small-team innovation at the largest mobile and commerce company in the world. In 2017, Tmall, the largest B2C e-commerce platform in China, launched a retail innovation division called the Tmall Innovation Center. This past year, TMIC partnered with global food brand Mondelez to create snack packs specifically for the Chinese market. The product development cycle was only 130 days—less than half the industry average. Read Full Story

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Content moderators alone can’t clean up our toxic internet

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Tech platforms must invest in more automated solutions that can analyze the full context of online conversations—not just detect keywords. In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests spreading across the nation, Facebook content moderators are revolting over the way the company and its leadership are handling political speech that incites violence, specifically posts from U.S. President Donald Trump. Yet this struggle represents only the latest episode in the long-running saga moderators have faced as they have tried to combat the storm of online toxicity that has plagued the internet. Read Full Story

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The new ‘New York Times’ podcast ‘Rabbit Hole’ sends you down one to see what the internet does to us

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Hosted by Kevin Roose, the new pod expands on the star reporter’s work exposing how YouTube can radicalize viewers. Last year, New York Times reporter and columnist Kevin Roose wrote an engrossing, investigative story about the artificial intelligence behind YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. “ The Making of a YouTube Radical ” was anchored in the experience of 26-year-old Caleb Cain, a college dropout who was turned on to far-right conspiracy theories on the platform. The broader story was a look at how YouTube was shaping the views and actions of many young men like Cain by specifically aiming to keep users engaged for as long as possible. Read Full Story

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How Netflix is helping brands harness the power of interactive content

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30-second summary: Netflix’s Bandersnatch offers a new window into creating a seamless and uninterrupted way to embed branded content into its programming, and in the process, the company may have shown other streaming platforms how to take advantage of an important new revenue stream. More than simply allowing their viewers to choose whether their hero takes a dark path or not, the film also offered them a choice between a pack of Sugar Puff cereal and Kellogg’s Frosties. Bandersnatach also showed that Netflix could leverage its platform and features to make product integrations much less intrusive and more curated around the specific content. As in TV platforms, interactive media is also a great way for digital publishers to engage their audiences and derive new data, complete the feedback loop on their content, and get better insights about what their audiences are interested in. Interactive content experiences are not just for …

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Best Ecommerce Platforms

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Disclosure: This content is reader-supported, which means if you click on some of our links that we may earn a commission. What would you do with an extra $1,500 a day? With a bit of work and the right platform behind you, you can create an online store that generates that kind of revenue (and more). Shilpi Yadav is an excellent example. She quit her job to start an online clothing store based around her Indian heritage. Despite all the risks, the brand now makes more than half a million dollars a year (averaging around $1,500 per day ). She built her online store using Shopify, one of the best ecommerce platforms on the market. However, there are a ton of different options to choose from depending on what you need. And the most significant thing standing in the way of your own $500k success story is deciding which ecommerce …

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