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Feds Also Say That Oracle Underpaid Women and Minorities In a new filing, the US Department of Labor says Oracle underpaid women and minorities at its headquarters complex by $400 million over four years. Details
Google Gives Wikimedia Millions—Plus Machine Learning Tools  When the tech giant helps Wikipedia, it’s also helping itself.  Details
'Black Panther' and Netflix Just Got Historic Oscar Nominations Unprecedented Oscar nods for Netflix and Hulu, 'American Gods' returns, and more of the week's top culture news Details
Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster: Pricing, Specs, Release Date Fender's new American Acoustasonic Telecaster has a unique digital system on board that gives it a tremendously varied sonic palette. Details
Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible Visually impaired creators are a lifeline for those who share their disability—and they’re educating and making allies of sighted people along the way. Details
Slack Tips and Tricks: Notifications, Channels, Mute, Do Not Disturb The deluge of notifications. The crowded list of channels. If it's all too much, follow our guide to Slack happiness. Details
We Can Still Avoid a Repeat of Last Year's Deadly Flu Season It's peak flu season, and almost 10 million people across the US have already been sickened by the virus. Details
For Women Job Seekers, Networking Like a Man Isn't Enough A new study finds that male and female job seekers need different kinds of peer networks to get ahead. Details
Photo Gallery: Think the Rust Belt Is Struggling? Welcome to Romania Bucharest-born photographer Ioana Cîrlig documents the decline of former factory towns across the country. Details
Don't Expect New 'Star Wars' Movies on Disney+ Those films are made for theaters—and they'll stay that way.  Details
Thank the Old-Timey Telegraph For Your Garage Door Opener The electric relay makes all kinds of household devices possible, but they don't get much love. Until now! Details
Do You Need a Digital License Plate? One Startup Thinks So It can pay your tolls and display Amber Alerts and track your location. But at several hundred bucks a pop, maybe your EZ-Pass will do for now. Details
Always Too Hot or Cold? The Embr Wave Is Your Personal Thermostat Press a button on this wrist-worn wearable to raise or lower your body temperature. Details
The VA Wants to Use DeepMind's AI to Prevent Kidney Disease Alphabet's DeepMind artificial intelligence unit is mining data from Veterans Administration patient records, looking for clues to acute kidney injury. Details
Creative iPad Pro Apps: Procreate, SketchBook, Assembly, Comic Draw Whether you’re a casual scribbler or seasoned illustrator, the iPad Pro, paired with its Pencil, can be a serious artistic tool. Details

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Farmers have a beef with plant- or lab-grown ‘meat.’ Should you care? 

How we speak can say a lot about how we think ​– and it can influence how we spend. Consider a rancher-led battle over food labels, where ‘plant-based meat’ is either an oxymoron or cutting-edge Earth-friendly cuisine.

Employees ‘taken hostage’: the ethics of the US government shutdown 

Compelling people to work without pay is fast becoming more than a legal issue for the federal government. Viewed as a social compact, it raises serious ethical questions, too.

Sears dodges liquidation, stores to stay open – for now 

The company's chairman and largest shareholder won a bankruptcy auction for the chain, which hasn't seen a profitable year since 2010. If Sears keeps its lights on, the company could save tens of thousands of jobs across the United States.

US-China trade: How dose of reality is pushing both sides to deal 

During 2018, the outlook seemed to grow steadily worse for relations between the world’s two largest economies. Things are shifting as both sides see the risks of a trade war.

Recession is a risk in 2019. But maybe one that policymakers can avoid. 

A number of key trends in the economy are positive, from wage growth to low interest rates. Some of the biggest wild cards are trade policy and central bank actions.

Stocks dive, again. Does Wall Street foresee a recession?  

After several strong years, stock markets look rattled as 2018 draws to a close. A mix of factors signal a heightened risk of a slowdown, but an outright recession is far from certain.

Where local residents help birth the businesses that serve them 

Often new businesses rely on financing from a top-down system where bankers call the shots. For places that feel left behind, often communities of color, some new models are springing up. 

From hemp to organic foods, farm bill embraces change in rural US 

Passage of the farm bill is a rite of Congress that often borders on the arcane. But this year’s version signals how American farming is gradually embracing a vision beyond the industrial model.

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.