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Maxwell Strachan is a business editor at The Huffington Post. He previously worked at Salon, the Center for Governmental Studies and

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Apple Quietly Discontinued The iPod Classic This Week

(93) Comments | Posted September 11, 2014 | 12:25 PM

The iPod Classic quietly passed away this week. It was 12 years old.

If you didn’t notice its death, don’t feel too bad. Apple didn’t make an announcement. It simply pulled the product from its website, while the world gawked at the Apple Watch and the...

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The Entire Argument For Blaming Sexters, Destroyed In 1 Tweet

(545) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 6:15 PM

Perhaps you have a friend who thinks all those celebrities whose nude photos were leaked on Sunday deserved what they got. "Anyone who doesn't want their naked photos going public shouldn't have ever taken them," your theoretical friend argues.

Well, your friend surely wouldn't feel the same...

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Apple Fixes iCloud Bug Blamed For Massive Leak Of Nude Celebrity Photos: Report

(72) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 3:55 PM

Apple appears to have fixed a bug that some have speculated could be the possible source of this weekend's massive online leak of celebrity nude photos.

The bug, known as "ibrute," appears to have been first noted on the social coding site Github....

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White People Create App To Avoid, Um, 'Sketchy' Areas

(552) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 9:49 AM

Two white people are launching an app that seeks to help people avoid "sketchy" areas.

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Watch out for all that sketchiness!

That would all be well and good, except that the app depends in large part on a Yelp-like rating system...

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Gmail Makes It Easier To Unsubscribe From That Newsletter You Hate

(4) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:33 PM

If you’re like 99 percent of people, you regret 99 percent of all email lists you’ve ever signed up for. Do you really need to know the latest about that mediocre band you once drunkenly bought a T-shirt from? No, you don’t.

Mercifully, the Gmail team...

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18 Ways English Differs From Whatever The Hell Language It Is We Text In

(27) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 9:32 AM

The English language is famously adaptable. In just the past few years, the Oxford Dictionaries have added such words and phrases as "vacay," "refollow," "death stare," "geek chic," "lulz," "tweeps" and "facepalm."

That’s impressive. But it’s really nothing when compared to what’s happening on smartphones all across America....

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McDonald's Unveils Terrifying New Character Named 'Happy'

(211) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 6:41 PM

The guys over at McDonald's introduced a new character named Happy today, and, well, just take a look for yourself.

If your reaction...

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GM PowerPoint Told Workers Not To Say ‘Cobain,' ‘Deathtrap,' 'Rolling Sarcophagus' And More

(141) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 6:22 PM

If you're ever preparing for a presentation at General Motors and wondering whether to try and somehow sneak in the phrase "rolling sarcophagus," the answer is no.

The phrase is one of 69 that the company urged workers not to use in a 2008 PowerPoint presentation on...

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U.S. Companies Often Assume Black Job Applicants Do Drugs

(410) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 12:02 PM

More than any other group, black job applicants are being turned away by U.S. companies under the implicit assumption that they are using illegal drugs, according to a new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

The study’s author, University of Notre Dame economics professor...

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アメリカの「スーパーリッチ」が世界の所得格差を拡大させる 0.1%の最富裕層が世界の富を独占

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The U.S. Is Even More Unequal Than You Realized

(1655) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 8:28 AM

When it comes to income inequality, no other developed economy does it quite like the U.S.A. If you need some proof, here it is:

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The chart above, from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) using the World Top...

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Being A Hot Dude Still Really, Really Great, Study Finds

(102) Comments | Posted March 21, 2014 | 3:00 PM

Despite what you may have heard from conservatives about the supposed "War on Men," being a guy is still a pretty good deal. Especially if you're hot.

A new study finds that attractive men are much more likely than women to convince people that they...

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Two Charts That Will Enrage Everyone (Well, Except Bankers)

(775) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:58 PM

Take every single dollar made by full-time workers earning the federal minimum wage last year. Now double that pile of cash. OK, now we’re in Wall Street bonus territory.

Wall Street pulled in $26.7 billion in cash bonuses last year, according to estimates revealed Wednesday by...

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We Need To Fix The Economy Before This Chart Becomes Our Reality

(621) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 10:46 AM

One of the saddest truths about the so-called economic recovery is that the middle-class jobs lost in the recession are being replaced by low-paying ones. But the even sadder truth is that the situation isn't going to improve for a while.

Over the next decade, a significant...

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The Maddening Truth About SAT Scores

(215) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 7:46 AM

The College Board, the nonprofit company that owns the SAT, announced a number of changes to the college admissions test Wednesday. In large part, the changes are an attempt to level an unfair playing field when it comes to test prep for high school students across the country....

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These 26 Companies Pay No Federal Income Tax

(222) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 2:38 PM

Many American companies are paying federal income taxes at far below the 35 percent rate often cited as the highest in the world. And many of the most profitable companies are effectively paying no taxes at all, according to a new report by the left-leaning...

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I Just Racked Up $26 In ATM Fees And I Want To Die

(128) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 7:01 AM

Like any good New Yorker, I would rather get punched in the face by my best friend than be forced to look at my monthly bank statement.

It's not that I'm some sort of reckless spender who blows money on ridiculous things like cab rides or vegetables. I just...

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