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4 messages that job postings send talent by mistake

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Erin Kissane of Knight-Mozilla OpenNews recently took an informal survey on Twitter with a simple question:

Straw poll: If you’re a woman or minority in your field, what language turns you away from job descriptions? Language that feels inviting?

— Erin Kissane (@kissane) November 14, 2014

The answers, which Kissane logged in Storify, were insightful and addressed quite a few topics. Some of these things employers may be communicating on…

New York hotel upset after city reserves rooms for homeless

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When a New York City agency booked 100 rooms at a Radisson Hotel for a “government group,” the hotel was happy to oblige.

“When you say they have a government group, as hotel people, we like government groups,” the hotel’s general manager Pierre Merhej told DNAinfo.

The hotel’s welcoming attitude came to an abrupt halt, however, when it discovered that the rooms were being booked for homeless people.

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Hugh Bonneville defends ‘Downton’ dog storyline, denies ISIS connection

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Editor’s note: The following article contains spoilers about the new season of Downton Abbey, which started airing in the UK in September. If you wish to remain spoiler-free until the season starts in the United States on Jan 4, please avert your eyes.

LONDON — She’s the first thing we see in the Downton Abbey opening credits — tail wagging, looking up adoringly at her master, but as the credits rolled on the most recent episode it looked as though the Earl of Grantham’s beloved dog Isis…

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Preorders Outpace Galaxy Note 4 on Samsung’s Home Turf

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The fact that Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have been monster hits in all of their launch countries thus far isn’t a surprise. What is surprising, however, are reports that preorders for the new Apple smartphones are outpacing orders for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea, where Samsung is headquartered.

Analysts are predicting that preorders for the new iPhones have topped 100,000 units since Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal. In comparison, the Galaxy Note 4 had 30,000…

Doctor Who Treated Ebola Patients Isolated in NYC Hospital

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A health care worker who recently returned from Guinea was rushed to New York City’s Bellevue Hospital on Thursday with Ebola-like symptoms.

The man, who was working with Doctors Without Borders, has not tested positive for the virus. The New York City Department of Health and Medicine said in a statement that preliminary test results are expected in the next 12 hours.

Bellevue Hospital has been training hospital workers on Ebola care for…

Government and Students Hold Talks as Hong Kong Protesters Watch On

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HONG KONG — On one side of a conference room in Hong Kong on Tuesday night sat five people in their 20s, dressed in jeans and black T-shirts bearing the words “Freedom Now.”

On the other side were representatives from the government, besuited and decades older than their counterparts.

These were the first talks between students who have spearheaded street protests in Hong Kong for more than three weeks…

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Oscar de la Renta, the Man Who Dressed the First Ladies

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“I still remember when Hillary walked out in that gown,” Bill Clinton once said of the First Lady’s Oscar de la Renta dress she wore 1997 presidential inauguration ball.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God, that’s beautiful.”

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Hillary Clinton, wearing Oscar de la Renta, dances with Dick Kelly at the inaugural ball in January 1997

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Jacqueline Kennedy, the empress of White House fashion, was the first to famously wear de la…

Australian Public in Mourning as ‘The Block’ Shatters Every Single Dream

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SYDNEY – Last night, millions of Australians sat in their lounge rooms with ugly crying faces

This morning, news sites across the country were flooded with stories: ‘THE BLOCK SHOCK,’ they screamed. Fingers were pointed, heads were dropped. Could our favourite reality show really end like this?

The Block, an Australian renovation television show, which follows five teams of two as they each design an apartment in Melbourne over the course of 10 weeks, came to a screaming, wailing halt

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The iPad Mini Is the New iPod Touch

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Apple’s annual iPad event is upon us. The company is expected to release updated versions of the iPad Air and iPad mini, both with Touch ID, faster processors and perhaps new colors.

A year ago, it looked like demand for the iPad mini was on the cusp of potentially eclipsing that of the traditional 9.7-inch iPad. The iPad Air made a strong case for large-screen tablets everywhere, but the market definitely seemed to be trending toward the 7- and 8-inch ones that Steve Jobs so abhorred.

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