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What Diane Greene's Departure Means for Google Cloud Google trails Amazon and Microsoft in the business of renting computing power to other businesses. Details
Kilogram Redefined. The Metric System Overhaul Is Complete The platinum-iridium cylinder has been scrapped, and the kilogram will now be determined by the Planck constant. Details
Space Photos of the Week: A Star Is Born After Gases Crash Stellar nurseries seem cute, but they’re actually mini-Big Bangs. Details
Surveillance Kills Freedom By Killing Experimentation  When we're being watched, we conform. We don't speak freely or try new things. But social progress happens in the gap between what’s legal and what’s moral.  Details
What Is a Bot?   Our in-house Know-It-Alls answer questions about your interactions with technology.  Details
The Best Laptops of 2018: MacBook Pro, Chromebook Pixel, Surface Laptop One of these portable PCs is just your type. Details
A New *Overwatch* Hero and Telltale’s Death Throes Top the Week in Gaming News Also, an indie gem makes a surprising showing on the Game Awards' shortlist. Details
Your Drone Can Give Cops a Surprising Amount of Your Data Crime investigators are gleaning a host of personal information from a recovered drone, such as where its owner lives, credit card numbers, and email addresses. Details
FilmStruck Is Shutting Down: Stream These 10 Movies Now Get a little more art-house in your house with a final binge of the streaming platform’s gems. Details
Gifts Ideas for Travelers 2017: Luggage, Bags, Sleep Aids, Entertainment Make somebody's trip a little easier with these suitcases, headphones, cameras—even a Land Cruiser. Details
These DNA Startups Want to Put Your Whole Genome on the Blockchain Two different marketplaces for genetic data, Nebula and EncrypGen, recently launched with the promise of better protections for their users. Details
Juul Can Breathe After Dodging Full FDA Ban on Flavored E-Cigs The FDA proposed restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes that are similar to policies that Juul adopted earlier this week. Details
Facebook Moves to Limit Hate Speech as ‘Times’ Scandal Swirls Mark Zuckerberg announced a series of major changes to Facebook while defending his company against a scathing New York Times report. Details
Google's Past Data Use Could Impede Its Health Care Push Privacy researchers raise concerns about the planned transfer of a DeepMind project in the UK to corporate sister Google. Details
Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Soul? The Case for and Against Intelligence Squared U.S., the long-running debate show, took on the Valley in a recent episode.  Details

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FAO Schwarz is back: bigger, better, with a focus on 'experience' 

After its Central Park store closed in 2015, legendary toy company FAO Schwarz will reopen at Rockefeller Center on Nov. 16 with a rocket ship stuffed with teddy bears, a toy grocery store, and other delights. Pop-up stores for the holidays will appear around the globe, too. 

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Amazon and the troubling rise of superstar cities 

By picking New York and Washington as its new HQ cities, is the retail giant missing an opportunity to help the parts of America that are left behind?

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A Closer Look at the Gender Pay Gap 

Women take low paying jobs. Women don’t advocate for themselves. The gender pay gap isn’t real. These are some of the myths that persist about gender pay gap. But why does the gap really exist? It’s complicated.

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Dangling a college offer, one rural town tries to hang on to its work force 

A tight job market always forces employers to get creative in hiring. But a worker shortage is especially challenging in places that are often overlooked: small rural towns.

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Amazon could split East Coast location between New York and Virginia 

When Amazon began hunting for a second headquarters in September 2017, it received more than 200 proposals from cities all over the United States. Now, the tech giant is reportedly considering two, not one, locations for its 50,000 workers. 

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NAFTA 2.0: what the Trump-brokered deal may mean 

More steps remain before the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement takes effect. And in the post-deal landscape, separate trade tensions between the US and China still need to be resolved.

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In election run up, voters eye health care as top concern 

Democrats have turned health care into their top theme, attacking Republican positions on Americans with preexisting conditions. The partisan back-and-forth belies a deeper battle over the future of health care.

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Revenge of the Robots 

Who, or what, is stealing American jobs? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not immigrants. In fact, robots are projected to steal even more jobs in the coming decade. A lot of the conversation about lost jobs revolves around fear. But, should it?

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Trailer parks face rising rents. This one's residents found a way out. 

“Manufactured homes” are inexpensive, but increasingly the land where they sit is subject to big rent hikes. The residents of one New England mobile home park see cooperative ownership as an answer.

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An oil threat, but Saudi Arabia less fearsome than it used to be 

Amid furor over the disappearance and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia gave a verbal reminder of its power over oil markets. But using that weapon could hurt the kingdom itself the most. 

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For many African-Americans, buying a home does not build wealth 

Many believe that buying a home is a step toward wealth creation, but this is not always so for many African-Americans. Statistics show that in nearly 20 percent of ZIP codes where most homeowners are black, home values have decreased since 2000.

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As affordable housing crisis deepens, states begin to take action 

In 2017, nearly half of all renters across the country were rent-burdened, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. In response, states from California to Louisiana are beginning to pass legislation aimed at solving the problem. 

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Labor-union militancy revives, from hotels to schools and steel mills 

A strong US economy hasn't resulted in rapid wage growth. Now the labor movement is regaining momentum through bargaining and nontraditional tactics, like union members running for office.

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How rising interest rates are shaking up the economy 

In late September, the Federal Reserve announced another increase in its benchmark interest rate, marking the the third time it has done so in 2018. This explainer goes into why that happened and how it will impact stocks, bonds, and market volatility. 

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Faces of a new capitalism: How Millennials are embracing socialist values 

Many Millennials are rebelling at an economic system that they believe puts profits over fairness and equality. Is capitalism too harsh?  

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