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FedEx Follows Amazon Into the Robotic Future – The New York Times

FedEx has taken steps toward a robotic future with its autonomous robots. Jefe, one of the five machines, is used to transport large and unwieldy packages around one of FedEx’s facilities. All of the machines work next to humans, and the company plans to expand the use of robotic labor in the coming months.

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Facebook wants more video creators to compete with YouTube, so it’s rolling out a subscription feature – Recode

Facebook announced the release a new subscription feature to attract more video creators. Its goal is to help creators make money from their Facebook followers. The subscription will cost $4.99 per month, and Facebook won’t take a cut, at least during the test period.

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How Millennials today compare with their grandparents 50 years ago – Pew Research Center

Over the past 50 years, adulthood has seen a major shift in U.S. society and culture across generations. Pew discovered several ways in which Millennials stand out compared to the Silent Generation, a group of Americans old enough to be grandparents of many Millennials. During this era, individuals (especially Millennials) have become detached from major institutions including political parties, religion, military, and marriage.

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As Instagram Shopping goes global, brands look to optimize mobile commerce strategies – Glossy

Instagram launched international shopping posts, after a year of shoppable posts in America. Users in U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Italy, Spain, and Brazil can purchase directly from unpaid brand posts on their feeds. The global expansion will help drive the conversation to a wider audience, allowing retailers to reach a larger percentage of the platform’s 800 million active users.

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