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I hope you had a great Memorial Day, and spent some part of the day thinking about those who gave their lives to defend our freedoms. The New York Times used the holiday weekend for a different purpose: to do its latest takedown of executive pay. It noted that CEO pay packages climbed in 2016 after slipping in 2015, and credited the "Trump bump" in the post-election stock market for much of the surge. The story included this interesting statistic: President Trump has met with 307 "highly paid ex...
After returning to the U.S. from his first international trip, President Donald Trump said the relationship between Germany and the U.S is”very bad” and “will change.” Trump’s early Tuesday morning tweet also slammed Germany’s trade surplus and defense spending and comes after he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among other leaders, gathered at the G7 summit in Italy last week. “We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS tha...
Actress Jessica Chastain has emerged as a champion of women in Hollywood, speaking frequently about the entertainment industry’s wage gap and her own efforts to achieve pay parity with her male counterparts. The star of Zero Dark Thirty and The Help further cemented that reputation on Sunday when--as a jury member of the 2017 Cannes Film Festival--she spoke candidly at a press conference about the “quite disturbing” way women were portrayed in the movies she viewed at the annua...
President Donald Trump has unsettled a number of the United States’s allies--and Americans themselves, Senator John McCain said during a speech in Australia on Tuesday. McCain, who is one of Trump’s most vocal Republican critics, told the crowd in Sydney that he understands why Australians and other U.S. allies would doubt America’s commitment to them after Trump took office. “I realize that I come to Australia at a time when many are questioning whether America is still ...
Good morning. I hope you had a great Memorial Day, and spent some part of the day thinking about those who gave their lives to defend our freedoms. The New York Times used the holiday weekend for a different purpose: to do its latest takedown of executive pay. It noted that CEO pay packages climbed in 2016 after slipping in 2015, and credited the "Trump bump" in the post-election stock market for much of the surge. The story included this interesting statistic: President Trump has met with 307 "...
R&B star Ne-Yo is sponsoring a software coding camp at San Francisco’s Holberton School of Software Engineering this summer. The program is part of Holberton’s mission to find and train minorities in software programming skills that are in high demand in the city and surrounding areas. The camp is born out of Ne-Yo’s previously announced investment in Holberton--he participated in a $2.3 million round announced in February, and he has since joined the Holberton board of tru...
Denny’s calls itself America’s diner, a description that evokes coffee, club sandwiches, and pies, as well as late-night restaurant hours and bar stools. But now, Denny’s says it wants to take the diner experience to your doorstep. On Tuesday, Denny’s denn is announcing it will embrace digital ordering with a new mobile and online ordering system that will allow customers to place an order for takeout or delivery. The diner will als...
U.S. President Donald Trump ruffled feathers during his visit to Europe last week. Aside from pushing past Montenegro Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and engaging in a hand-shake-off with new French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump scolded Germany for its trade surplus and did not commit the U.S. to staying in the Paris climate accord. German Chancellor Angela Merkel seemed to issue a response in a Bavarian beer tent in Munich during a campaign rally on Sunday. She signaled that Europe can no long...
Ever since Bitcoin first appeared on the scene several years ago, fans of the cryptocurrency have been searching for a way to apply the idea that might capture the public imagination and broaden the use of the technology beyond just geeks and programmers. Now, some believe that application has appeared with the rise of the “token” economy, in which companies or startup ventures fund their operations by handing out units of cryptocurrencies. Some companies have even done what are know...
Chancellor Angela Merkel believes firmly in strong German-U.S. relations and is simply being honest with the United States when she flags up policy differences with Washington, her spokesman said on Monday. Merkel sent shockwaves through Washington and London by saying on Sunday that Europe must take its fate into its own hands, implying that the United States under President Donald Trump and Britain after its Brexit vote were no longer reliable partners. She made the comments after Trump critic...
Tesla’s self-driving car technology has helped make the company a $54 billion success story. But the system still has flaws, according to a Stanford University robotics researcher, who says it shows a disturbing inability to recognize cyclists. Heather Knight is an expert in human-robot interfaces with a PhD from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and is doing post-doctoral research in social robotics. She published an essay about Tesla’s self-driving tech on the b...
Peloton, a maker of Internet-connected fitness bikes, is riding high after raising $325 million in new funding this week, valuing the company at $1.25 billion. The newly minted “unicorn,” which was founded by CEO John Foley, sells a $1,995 bike that comes with an attached tablet for streaming spinning and exercise classes live. Customers pay $39 monthly to ride along during an unlimited number of classes. The bike’s sensors collect data like revolutions per minute, speed, and d...
Senator John McCain said Monday that he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin poses a greater threat to the world than ISIS. “I think ISIS can do terrible things. But it’s the Russians who tried to destroy the fundamental of democracy and that is to change the outcome of an American election,” McCain told ABC News Australia. “They just tried to affect the outcome of the French election,” McCain continued. “So I view Vladimir Putin -- who has dismembered Uk...
As Memorial Day rolls around again, we pause to remember those who have sacrificed their lives in defense of our nation. My own military career exposed to me to hundreds of leaders and units, operating in a wide variety of situations, including combat, crisis response, and rapid organizational transformation. My personal lessons and observations are innumerable, but a few key ones stand out because they have helped me become a more effective business leader: Keep crises in perspective It's impor...
AlphaGo, the A.I. that has consistently defeated the world's greatest human Go players over the last two years, is retiring from the game. The robo-grandmaster will go out on top, after defeating China's Ke Jie, the world's top-ranked player. The team behind AlphaGo, part of Google's DeepMind unit, say they still plan to publish an academic paper detailing what building the A.I. has taught them, as well as working on tools to teach humans to become better Go players. But AlphaGo itself "is stepp...
Ride-hailing platforms Uber and Lyft are both expected to return to operations in Austin on Monday, when Texas Governor Gregg Abbott will likely sign a bill overturning the state capital's strict driver screening rules. It's unclear, however, what kind of reception the companies can expect after winning a dirty fight with one of the country's largest, most influential, and most cantankerous cities. Both Uber and Lyft ceased operations in Austin last year because of those rules, first implemented...
Nordstrom’s $425 jeans covered in fake mud caused quite a stir last month, but now a new denim product may spark similar outrage. Shopbop is selling a $445 dress made out of two pairs of jeans. Designed by the brand 6397, the “2 Jeans Dress” appears to be constructed out of upside down jeans that were woven together with adjustable shoulder straps. Extra denim fabric is used to close up any openings in the dress as well. The construction of the dress also means the pockets are ...
The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America's startup scene contribute answers to timely questions about entrepreneurship and careers. Today's answer to the question, "What should budding entrepreneurs know about building a business?" is written by Warren Webster, president and CEO of Coveteur. Building a business is one of the most exciting, rewarding, and frustrating experiences you can have. If you're serious about leavi...
Increasing numbers of drones in the sky raises the risk to people and property below being hit when those devices have mechanical problems. That's why NASA researchers are building technology to help drones automatically spot the best places to crash-land without hurting anyone on the ground. Patricia Glaab, an aerospace technologist at NASA Langley Research Center, said she and her fellow NASA colleague and husband, Lou Glaab, have developed crash-landing software for drones. Based on eight tes...
The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today's answer to the question, "How do you make a great first impression at work?" is written by Frank Talarico Jr., president and CEO of Goodwill of Orange County. The first days at a new office are really no different than those paramount opening minutes of a blind date. If they don't go well, you could find yo...