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What Tech Talent Shortage? Microsoft Trims 18,000 Employees From Payroll

Like manufacturing before it, the Innovation Economy has reached a turning point, with jobs moving to places where labor is cheaper.

The World Wide Web

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Do Fonts Actually Matter?

On Android’s ever-changing quest to find a working typeface for all of its devices.

The Future of Money

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Why Mobile Wallets Are Failing and Will Keep Failing

Normal wallets are simply too effective, no matter that the technology is millennia old.

In the Classroom

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Cracking the Code of the New Economy: You Don’t Need a STEM Degree to Work in a STEM Field

Don’t be afraid to stick with your liberal arts education. If history is any guide, it could be just as valuable as knowing how to write code.

Our Machine Overlords

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Does Innovation Always Lead to Gentrification?

A new study makes the development of innovation districts sound like a win-win for all parties involved. But a look at some existing districts, like Boston’s Cambridge or Brooklyn’s Dumbo, makes it clear that there are downsides too.

The Future of Money

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Disrupt the Banks

Why haven’t start-ups completely taken over the personal finance industry?

The World Wide Web

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Don’t Fear the Network: The Internet Is Changing the Way We Communicate for the Better

Panic about the rise of social media is largely overhyped and misplaced.

Quick Studies

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What Does the Type of Computer You Use Actually Say About Your Personality?

Macs might be cool and exciting, but PC users just don’t care.

Our Machine Overlords

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The Invisible, Manipulative Power of Persuasive Technology

Amazon’s one-click shopping, Facebook’s News Feed, countless mobile apps: Persuasive technology is being used to influence your behavior all day long—often without you even knowing it.

Culture Essays

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How the Movies of Tomorrow Will Play With Your Mind

A neuroscientist in California is dreaming up a new visual vocabulary for cinema that could revolutionize the filmmaking business.

The Future of Money

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Why Are So Many Silicon Valley Companies Valued in the Billions?

WhatsApp, Oculus, Instagram, Tumblr: These are just some of the technology companies recently valued at $1 billion or more. Whether we’re in a start-up bubble or not nobody can agree on, but one thing is certain: We have no idea what the future looks like, and an investment today could result in huge profits tomorrow.

The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30

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The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30: The Creator of a Police Profiling Database Who Wants to Question the Ethics of Big Data

For the month of April we’re profiling the individuals who made our inaugural list of the 30 top thinkers under 30, the young men and women we predict will have a serious impact on the social, political, and economic issues we cover every day here at Pacific Standard.

Burgh Diaspora

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Happy H-1B Visa Day

Is the Big Tech lobbying effort for immigration reform just a ruse to keep wages low?

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The STEM Talent Shortage Debate

Do today’s high school students prefer to take the AP Art History exam over AP Biology?

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Talent Is the New Oil: OPEC of Tech

Silicon Valley and Chesapeake Energy face the same problem: the cost of extraction. The technology industry needs to get smarter about workforce development, and fast.

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Friends With Benefits: Inside Facebook’s Compassion Research Day

Psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists like Facebook—and Facebook likes them back.

Quick Studies

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In Defense of Studying the Duck Penis

Duck penis expert Patricia Brennan offers a catalog of all the amazing things that would not exist without the pursuit of “oddball” biological research.

Quick Studies

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What Makes a Product ‘Cool’?

Researchers argue that it can’t just be slick and original, it also needs subcultural appeal.

Burgh Diaspora

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Why Technology Firms Are Moving Downtown

Young and inexperienced (and cheap) talent has never wanted to live in the suburbs. It’s just not cool.

 

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Should We Be Allowed to Choose the Sexual Orientation of Our Children?

Imagine a prenatal test that, like the one for trisomy 21 (Down’s syndrome), could show a predisposition to gayness.

 

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The Way We Mourn Now

Could this code be the new way to remember the dead?

 

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Why You’re Able to Spot a Friend in a Crowd, Even When You Can’t See Their Face

And how new research on this common phenomenon will be used to improve controversial facial-recognition technology.

 

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Wait, Could We Make a Computer Out of Our DNA?

Related: Why would we want to?

 

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One of Amazon’s Best-Selling Cameras Is a Fake

Despite dropping crime rates and research proving their ineffectiveness, dummy security cameras keep selling.

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When Men Who Abstain From Premarital Sex Get Married

Young men who take abstinence pledges have trouble adjusting to sexual norms when they become husbands.

Your Brain Decides Whether to Trust Someone in Milliseconds

We can determine trustworthiness even when we’re only subliminally aware of the other person.

Young, Undocumented, and Invisible

While young migrant workers struggle under poor working conditions, U.S. policy has done little to help.

Education, Interrupted

When it comes to educational access, young Syrian refugees are becoming a “lost generation.”

No, Smartphone-Loss Anxiety Disorder Isn’t Real

But people are anxious about losing their phones, even if they don’t do much to protect them.

The Big One

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