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Amazon’s Holiday Toy Catalog Is Advertising Parents Actually Want And some people are mad they didn't get one. Details
The Co-Opting of French Unrest to Spread Disinformation In an echo of the US in 2016, accounts linked to Russia and right-wing conspiracy theorists are spreading misinformation on Twitter. Details
Congress Blew Its Hearing With Google CEO Sundar Pichai The House Judiciary Committee spent more time on partisan squabbles than urgent questions around Google's data and privacy practices. Details
Burger King’s 1-Cent Whopper Is a Taste of the Robo-Car Future With the spread of self-driving technology, gimmicks like the Whopper Detour will become much more pervasive—and a little bit creepy. Details
Photo Gallery: A Look at 20 Years of Drought Ravaging Southeast Iran Hashem Shakeri documents the loss of the Hamoun Wetlands in Sistan and Baluchestan Province*. Details
Don't Ask Jude Law About 'Captain Marvel'—He Fears Snipers The actor doesn't want to be the first one taken out for spoiling a secret too soon. Details
Watch Google CEO Sundar Pichai Testify Before Congress Google's CEO will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in a hearing focused on transparency and search practices. Details
Cake's Electric Kalk Motorcycle Is a Silent Dirt Biking Joy Want to get a rookie into off-roading? Let them ride Cake's $13,000, all-electric motorcycle. Details
To Clean Up Space Junk, Some People Grabbed a Net and Harpoon The latest efforts to corral space debris employ a wide-ranging bag of tricks including orbital fishing gear, tiny thrusters, and "space feathers." Details
How Shared, Open Data Can Help Us Better Overcome Disasters Citizen collection of radiation information after Fukushima and of air quality information after California's wildfires should serve as a model. Details
15 Smart-Home Gift Ideas (2018): Ecobee, Dyson, Wemo, and More Robot vacuums, smart thermostats, and more awesome gift ideas for that person in your life who can activate everything in their home with a sneeze. Details
How to Use Siri Shortcuts to Get Through Your Daily Grind Siri Shortcuts might be the virtual assistant's most useful feature yet. Details
Crispr Scandal: How Do You Publish a Scientific Villain's Data? The scientific community is at a loss over how, and whether, to publish the controversial gene-editing work of He Jiankui. Details
Elon Musk Abuses Tesla Autopilot on *60 Minutes*  By ignoring his company's instructions, Musk risked making the public even more confused about how to safely use the semi-autonomous system. Details
Earth's Depths Are Teeming With Otherworldly Microbes Scientists have discovered a vast subterranean ecosystem of microbial life deep underground, stretching our sense of life's limits. Details

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Post-layoffs, GM fights to keep tax credit for electric vehicles 

A $7,500 tax incentive for buyers of electric vehicles is critical for General Motors as it ramps up production in the EV market. But some government officials are hesitant to continue funding the incentive, especially in the aftermath of GM's massive layoff.

Qatar leaves OPEC, cementing distance with Saudi Arabia 

Qatar will leave the world's largest consortium of oil producing countries in a bid to expand natural gas and oil drilling even as oil prices remain low. The departure signals a completion of the political and diplomatic rift between Qatar and the dominant member of OPEC, Saudi Arabia.

Which fork in the road to take? Detroit says both. 

US carmakers appear poised to try two paths forward at once, building more SUVs and pickups, which the US market loves, to pay their way along a road less traveled: electric and self-driving cars.

It’s a wide world of charity out there. Do you know how to navigate it? 

As ‘Giving Tuesday’ arrives, it’s a good time to think about charitable donations. Increasingly, average givers are focusing on the effectiveness of organizations they might support.

Preparing for tech shift, GM cuts thousands of jobs across US, Canada 

The largest automaker in the US, General Motors, announced Nov. 26 that it would cut as many as 14,000 workers in North America. The cuts affect both white- and blue-collar workers, and underscore a major restructuring for the automaker as it prepares for the future.

Instead of amplifying human biases, can algorithms help fix them? 

The rising use of artificial intelligence has become one of the dominant trends in business. On the heels of that trend come questions about fairness and a quest for ethical algorithms.

Ahead of Black Friday, market sees red 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 600 points on Nov. 20 as tech companies and retailers face losses and an oil surplus pushed barrel prices lower. The global economy shows signs of weakening, with the US, China, and Europe facing potential slowdowns. 

Hard times in farm country coincide with a trade war – echoing 1980s 

Farmers are resourceful by necessity. But many face a test as a US-China rift undercuts their exports – a challenge familiar to those who weathered the US wheat embargo against the Soviet Union.

After CEO arrest, Renault-Nissan alliance faces fissures 

Carlos Ghosn, who serves as chairman for both Renault and Nissan, was arrested in Japan on Nov. 19 for alleged financial improprieties. Analysts say this could strain the nearly 20-year-old Renault-Nissan alliance, which collectively represents one of the world's largest automakers. 

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. 

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?

Episode 5: 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.

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.

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. 

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.