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Chimps Aren’t People, New York State Supreme Court Judge Rules
By Corinne Ramey, The Wall Street Journal
Two research chimpanzees at a state university on Long Island shouldn’t be considered legal persons and given the rights bestowed by so-called personhood, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled Wednesday. The case, brought by the animal-advocacy group the Nonhuman Rights Project, involved two chimps—Hercules and Leo—who have been at Stony Brook University and are used for research by an anatomical-sciences professor, according to court filings.
Not an Introvert, Not an Extrovert? You May Be An Ambivert
By Elizabeth Bernstein, The Wall Street Journal
Emeroy Bernardo enjoys spending time alone, meditating, exercising and working. When he goes out for dinner or drinks with friends, he sometimes quietly observes people’s facial expressions and body language. Often when he’s shopping or running errands, he ignores people he knows—pretending he doesn’t see them—to avoid small talk. Still, the 27-year-old dance instructor who lives in Glendale Calif., considers himself friendly and meets new people almost everywhere—at the gym, at Starbucks, waiting to board a plane. At parties, Mr. Bernando is often the guy who starts a dance circle and then shows off his break-dancing moves.
4 Productivity Apps Every Professional Needs to Get Work Done Faster
By Hope Restle, Business Insider
Distraction is ubiquitous — practically unavoidable. And mobile and web-based apps usually just add to the distraction while you're trying to work. > Find a job in human resources > Find a job as a product manager However, some apps can do more good than harm to your productivity while in the office (or elsewhere). The following apps, found on ProductHunt, can actually boost your productivity process, rather than just cause more technological distractions:
Spanish town grants human rights to cats and dogs: Weird business news
Yahoo Finance
This week in weird business news… Trigueros del Valle, a small town in Spain, has voted to give dogs and cats the same rights as their human owners. The town is the first in the world to extend such rights to animals. The town council declared that the animals would now be designated as non-human residents. “Dogs and cats have been living among us for over a 1,000 years,” said the town’s Mayor Pedro Pérez Espinosa, who identifies with the socialist party. “And the mayor must represent not just the human residents but must also be here for the others.”
Rent-to-Own Homes Make a Comeback
By Laura Kusisto, The Wall Street Journal
Wall Street firms have found a new way to profit from consumers with blemished credit who can’t qualify for a mortgage: let them rent a home first with the option to buy it later. Rent-to-own programs, once run mainly by small operators, were popular with cash-strapped consumers during the 1990s. They faded a decade later when easy lending made it possible for almost anyone to buy a home with no money down, but with lenders setting a higher bar, they are making a comeback.
Delta is about to offer one of the coolest upgrades yet—to very few flyers
By Justin Bachman, Bloomberg
Delta Air Lines is cooking up what may be one of the most appealing flight upgrades yet: one that allows you to bag a commercial flight altogether and board a private jet. The new upgrade program, targeted at what Delta calls “high-value customers,” will cost $300 to $800, depending on destination. Beginning as soon as this week, passengers who have achieved elite or “medallion” status in Delta’s SkyMiles frequent-flyer program will be eligible for the upgrade offers. But officials stress that the initial number of private jet flights will be small and focused mainly at Delta’s East Coast hubs
Facebook is now the world's most-used tech product
By Hope King , CNN Money
Think Facebook is passé? Think again. At the end of June, nearly 1.5 billion people used Facebook (FB, Tech30) at least once a month, the company reported on Wednesday. That's more than any other technology product in the world, including Microsoft's (MSFT, Tech30) ubiquitous Windows operating system. This tremendous size has allowed Facebook to build a ton of new features that capitalize on all the data it has on its users -- primarily by selling targeted ads.
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