What You Need to Know Today: July 17

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Here’s what you need to know


The Double Deuce is the meanest, loudest and rowdiest bar south of the Mason-Dixon Line, and Dalton (Patrick Swayze) has been hired to clean it up. New Reddit CEO Steve “the cooler” Huffman can relate. Yesterday, Huffman made it clear that the site intends to continue efforts to eliminate offensive and abusive content as it seeks to grow its reach and business. Translation: “I will be nice, until it’s time not to be nice.” But cleaning up Reddit is no easy task. Here’s an honest look at the ‘Dark Side of the Internet.’

An entire generation is ruining the U.S. elections. “Gay marriage and the Confederate flag going down everywhere. Tough week for your redneck uncle on Facebook.” When Twitter user @xTomatoez tweeted this, he had no idea his tweet was one of many scrutinized by an analytics firm, whose algorithm took his mocking message seriously and decided it was negative toward gay marriage, says Reuters. Millennials’ ever-present sarcastic tone on social is causing quite the ruckus for computer algorithms in the U.S. election. Full story.

+ The most dangerous stalker in the world was arrested today in Germany.

iPhone lovers read this. Saturo Iwata, creator of Nintendo passed away on July 11th. Had it not been for Iwata inventing the Nintendo DS, the iPhone might never exist. Talk about a guy who could predict trends and innovate, Iwata’s story is a must read for everyone.


So you want to make six figures… When we think of jobs that fork out six figure salaries, we think of jobs that require MBA-level educations. That’s not always the case. Here’s a list of jobs that pay six figures you’ll never believe.

Sophomore hit. Chip Wilson is the founder of the successful sports apparel brand Lululemon. Chip’s wife Shannon, and son J.J. Wilson, founded Lulu’s sophomore company Kit and Ace last year. The company produces sweaters and pullovers made of “technical cashmere,” or machine-washable cashmere. Fortune wrote a feature on Kit and Ace that shares some good insight into this problem solving family.

Cashing in on trends. “I tried breathing deeply, listening to droning CDs and looking for my inner smile. But I only found inner peace from more sleep and another glass of wine…Meditation has been around for at least 2,000 years. It hasn’t yet changed the world, but I suppose one day it might. What it has done, in the last few years at least, is ride the crest of a wave we call fashion. It has been rebranded. It has got itself a new name. It has even been brought in to solve problems at banks. And it has made a lot of money. “Mindfulness” makes an awful lot of money.” – The Guardian


The dark side of flow. In New York Times best selling author Steven Kotler’s book, The Rise of Superman, Kotler explains how the world’s elite tap into what is called “flow states” to achieve consistently high performances. But Kotler’s advice becomes dangerous when it is misinterpreted. Cal Newport explains the dark side of flow and how to really get better at anything: advice from an accomplished pianist.

The secrets of accelerated learning from a square. The Rubik’s Cube World Championship kicks off today in São Paulo, Brazil. And defending champ, Feliks Zemdegs, has some advice on effective practicing. Another guy who has some good tips on how to learn anything in record time is Tim Ferriss.

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