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How Instagram Rose Into a Cultural Powerhouse – The New York Times

The early days of Instagram’s first launch were pretty normal, maybe an ordinary photo of freeway traffic or trees lining a street. But Instagram’s feed doesn’t look like that anymore. The social media app had transformed to a place where people from celebrities to teens are focused on aesthetic, high-quality posts, and the idea of being your own influencer.

Source: The New York Times

Justworks makes human resources a storybook saga with animated subway posters – The Drum

Storybook motion graphics are taking over New York City’s MTA subway system. Justworks’ #WorkFearlessly campaign released a series of animated posters highlighting its HR services on transit kiosks and digital billboards throughout the NYC subway. Each story illustrates people taking new heights to encourage its audience to climb high.

The Drum


AT&T is trying to be cool by combining a retail store with a coffee lounge – Fast Company

At the end of this month, AT&T will open its coffee shop/store concept called “The Lounge” in Seattle. The Lounge features 3,000 square feet of workspace where customers can order coffee from two Kyoto-style bots and a specifically made “siphon-bot.” The space also features AT&T product tables and large displays with a custom app for customers to order coffee or buy the latest gadgets.  

Source: Fast Company

Walmart, Sam’s Club to put food products on blockchain – Reuters

Large food company’s such as Nestle, Unilever, Tyson Foods Inc., and others have joined IBM’s blockchain technology project. Now, Walmart and its Sam’s Club unit announced is joining in on the blockchain technology. The retail corporation will begin asking leafy green suppliers to implement real-time, farm-to-store tracking through blockchain technology in an effort to lower food-safety incidents.  

Source: Reuters