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Google Maps

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Google maps is trying to get into the calorie counting game, and users don't want to play.

Google is doing away with a test feature it introduced on its maps app because the public is not pleased. The tool let people know how many calories they would burn if they walked between the two locations they were asking directions for. And while you wouldn't think there was anything wrong with Google encouraging people to make healthy choices, the feature had two problems.  read more »

Bidding for Amazon

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Amazon is looking for a location for its new headquarters, and the courting is well underway.

Right now cities all over the country are hoping to win over the online retailer which along with a new headquarters is promising to bring 50,000 new jobs and a $5 billion investment. And some cities are going all out.

Frisco, Texas a city of just over 160,000 people is pledging to center its entire city around the new headquarters. Philadelphia is pledging the use of three different sites which would collectively span 28 million square feet. Cities including Dallas and Phoenix are offering the company complete use of vacated shopping malls.  read more »

High Tech Interview Questions

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Looking to take your nine to five into the 21st century? Better make sure your interview skills are well connected.

Job interviews are never easy, no matter how much you research the company or talk to former and current employees you never know what you're walking into. Fortunately some employers aren't playing their cards close to the chest. So if you're looking to break into the tech sector Business Insider talked to some of the biggest companies around to see what type of questions you might face.

For example, one of Facebook’s favorite questions to ask is “what are you doing on your best day?” The company's head of recruiting says there is no right answer and the purpose is to tap into the candidate's motivation and drive.  read more »

Having a Hobby

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Want to be successful at work? Get a hobby.

Generally when people talk about a work-life balance they are referring to things such as eating right, getting enough sleep and spending time with loved ones. But what about doing something for yourself just because you enjoy it?

Experts say a hobby such as swimming, a book club or cooking can benefit you both personally and professionally for a number of reasons. For example, having a hobby makes you more interesting of a person. It broadens your identity beyond things such as your job title, wife or father and gives people something else to use to connect with you.  read more »

Villanova Scores

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The NCAA tournament is one of the most watched sporting events in the country, but not everyone is scoring.

Jay wright is starting his 17th year as head coach for the men's basketball team at Villanova University and hoping to win yet another NCAA championship. He says for his players, it's more than just a game.

“It's one of these things now for players that when you play in the NCAA tournament for 3 weeks nationally you're pretty well known and if you get your degree and you work hard you have that behind you that can really create some opportunities for you in life.”

And players are also making a name for themselves off the court.  read more »

Travel Expectations

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Most people have a bucket list of the places in the world they want to go. But what happens when you get there, and the bucket is a little empty?

Some of the most famous places in the world are must go destinations for travelers, unfortunately they can also be the biggest let downs. So to help you manage your expectations MSN Lifestyle has put together a list of the most epic travel fails to prepare for.

For example, the Great Wall of China. The 2,000 year old wall stretches for 13,000 miles and was built to protect the country's northern border. But if you're expecting to aimlessly wander down a deserted path through the countryside think again. In reality you'll be crammed onto the wall with hundreds of other tourists.  read more »

California Pot Farms

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More than a dozen wildfires are burning across California and one of the state's biggest crops is going up in smoke.

It's not just the vineyards in the bay area that are being destroyed by fast moving flames it's also marijuana. Right now California produces over half of the marijuana consumed in the country, with legal cannabis sales expected to hit $5 billion in the next few years.

The California Growers Association says when the fires began members helped people evacuate and escape the flames. Now as they wait to get back to their homes and businesses they're expecting the damage to be extensive. According to a 2016 report between 3 and 9,000 cannabis farmers work in Sonoma county where the fires hit hard and dozens of people are still missing.  read more »

A Strange Economy

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It's been nearly ten years since the great recession and while some people think another bubble burst is on the way others say our current economy is just plain weird.

Economists say that an economy in the wake of a recession usually bounces back. But since 2009's official recovery America has been slow to do that. Instead analysts tell MSN Money the economy is acting strange and there are ten very specific reasons why.  read more »

Life After Death

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In the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the owners of the Mandalay Bay Resort and casino are now trying to determine what will become of it's 32nd floor.

About two weeks ago Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of people at a music festival from his room in the Mandalay Bay after breaking out the windows with a hammer. Now casino owners are wondering what to do with the room and the entire floor.  read more »

Late Christmas Gift

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Planning on getting everyone on your Christmas list an iPhone X this year? Better keep shopping.

Mac Rumors has obtained a report from a man widely considered the best Apple analyst on the planet. He says that the iPhone X will not be available in mass quantities until well into next year and that means not so happy holidays for the tech giant.  read more »