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Apple Pay’s new partner has one big advantage over Square


Apple announced a new partnership last week with PayAnywhere for a new device that helps merchants accept Apple Pay transactions.

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis is ordered to jail for refusing same-sex marriage licenses


Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, was found in contempt of court and ordered to jail by a federal judge in Kentucky.

84-hour-work week, picket-line crossing: This may be the worst Craigslist job posting ever


More than 2,000 union workers at Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies have been locked out of their factory since August 15 as part of a contract dispute.

Hungary’s leader is determined to keep Europe for Europeans, even as refugees die


On Sep. 2, an intercity train carrying roughly 500 migrants was stopped in the Hungarian town of Bicske, about 30 kilometers (~19 miles) west of Budapest.

Viral images of a drowned Syrian child are forcing politicians to rethink their refugee policies


Photos of a three-year-old Syrian boy who drowned off the coast of Turkey have sparked a social media storm in recent days.

Japan is building a giant robotic lettuce factory


Indoor lettuce-growing is in vogue. And it’s being taken over by robots. In 2016, Japanese vegetable production company Spread plans (pdf) to begin building a lettuce factory in Kyoto that produces 30,000 heads of lettuce per day, or 10 million heads annually, using a growing technique that’s almost entirely automated.

As SodaStream leaves the West Bank, it blames its critics for hurting Palestinian workers


SodaStream, a maker of machines for carbonating beverages at home, has a factory located in an illegal settlement in the Israel-occupied West Bank, so it has been seen by some in the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement as complicit in the oppression of Palestinians.

Why Samsung’s new smartwatch doesn’t run Android


Samsung has released some more information on its next generation of smartwatches, the Gear S2. Unlike most of the spate of non-Apple watches being released this week, it’s not running Android Wear.

In a generational about-face, teens don’t care about television anymore


Televisions seem to get cheaper, bigger, and flatter every day. But according to a new report by the mobile firm Ericsson, Generation Z is not watching them.

Inspired by “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” NASA plans to hitch rides on comets using harpoons and tethers


If this were the creation of some space-obsessed civilian, it would probably be written off as ludicrous.

Arabs are calling out their governments for not doing enough to help refugees


Warning: This post contains distressing images. The devastating photos of a Syrian boy who drowned trying to get to Europe has sparked international outrage.

Oil bulls are subject to a hard fact, which is that US shale is a stubborn bear


Oil prices continue to swing wildly, but they are subject to a hard fact—the incessant flow of US shale oil, which, according to a leading energy research firm, is likely to dip only slightly this year before rising again by next summer.

In a powerful video, a 13-year-old Syrian boy nails the truth of the refugee crisis

A video of Kinan Masalmeh, a 13-year-old Syrian refugee interviewed this week by Al Jazeera in the Hungarian town of Szeged, has gone viral on social media, probably because it eloquently explains a powerful truth about the refugee crisis: Refugees would much rather be at home than in Europe.

The market thinks the ECB is bluffing again


Though the European Central Banks’ governing council left interest rates alone when it met this morning, monetary policymakers have cause for concern.

It’s time to say goodbye to the wedding industry’s most unnecessarily extravagant fantasy


A few months ago, I was downsizing my possessions as part of an experiment in minimalism. Like many women, my most copious source of possessions was my wardrobe, complete with its crown jewel—my year-old wedding dress.

How exactly to help the refugees flooding Europe—and how not to


Disturbing images of distraught refugee families and, most recently, a drowned toddler, are flooding the media around the world.

Survey: Only 12% of people in China have a favorable view of Japan, and it’s worse in the other direction


Today China held a military parade in Beijing to celebrate its victory in World War II—or the “War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression,” as it is also known in China.

Index Awards: These prize-winning, game-changing designs tackle some of our toughest global challenges


“Design’s purpose is to improve lives,” explained this year’s jury chair Mikal Hallstrup of the design industry’s Index Awards.

No pain, no gain: Backstage photos reveal what it takes for a model to be cat-walk ready


The word “effortless” is often used to describe fashion’s ideal look: Models of the moment should appear polished, blemish-free, and achingly cool, but not as it took too much work.

10 things managing a pizzeria in Montana taught me about work and life


When I was 22 I moved to Bozeman, Montana with no job. I had a degree from UCLA and a year of work experience at a non-profit.


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