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I personally started unplugging one day a week, I’ve done it now for almost 3 years with my family, and it’s changed my life.

Tiffany Shlain, digital filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards. 

When is the best time to unplug? Here, some options.

Perhaps because I wasn’t always getting updates on events happening in faraway places, I focused on the world around me, especially nearby Vanderbilt Avenue, which turns out to be quite a place, especially for food. Late one night, I entered a restaurant called Cornelius, lured by large-print signs in the window advertising meat. Whiskey. Oysters. I could not resist.

Baratunde Thurston on the happenings of the first week of his digital detox
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A million Samsung phone users are about to get Jay-Z’s new album three days early and for free! Those lucky ducks.  
Google is combatting child porn with a number of measures including a new image identification system.
Police in 26 states are using facial recognition technology to fight crime.
Netflix is happy right now. The video streaming service is hooking up with DreamWorks for its biggest partnership to date.
Local radio stations can now place targeted ads in their desktop and mobile streams.
This week, a group of homing pigeons will tweet their way across Europe using tiny digital backpacks. 
Word on the street is that Facebook is going to reveal a video functionality for Instagram. But that may not be a great idea…
Today the Supreme Court made some big decisions pertaining to an Arizona voter registration law and a drug patent case.
More from our NSA secret surveillance tracker: Edward Snowden says, “I did not reveal any U.S. operations against legitimate military targets.”


Now you can use Skype’s video messaging app on your computer, iPhone, or Android device.
Have a great week! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
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Have a great week! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

Baratunde Thurston unplugged from his digital life for 25 days and is sharing his experience. “The greatest gift I gave myself was a restored appreciation for disengagement, silence, and emptiness. I don’t need to fill every time slot with an appointment, and I don’t need to fill every mental opening with stimulus…”

To help you embark on your own digital detox, we’re putting together a guide to unplugging. This will be something you can print out and take with you. To do this, we’re soliciting pieces of advice from our readers on the best ways to unplug. Got some thoughts? Submit them here, or tweet them at @FastCompany with the hashtag #unplug

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Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 
In a pro-consumer attempt to foster innovation, European regulators are banning roaming fees. 
Now you can use Microsoft Office on your iPhone (if you suscribe to Office 365 and you have access to their cloud).
Pandora is being sued by the songwriters’ rights association, BMI, after it purchased a small radio station in an attempt to pay lower royalty rates.
Google is winning big in mobile advertising. This year the search engine giant is expected to take home more than half the mobile ad revenues generated worldwide.
Seasoned directors and movie industry kings Steven Spielberg and George Lucas warn film students that the tech industry will cause a “massive implosion” of Hollywood. 
President Obama has approved giving U.S. military aid to Syrian rebels after it was confirmed that the Syrian government used chemical weapons.
And more news from our NSA secret surveillance tracker: U.S. government agencies routinely swap data with civilian firms.
Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
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Daily Fast Feed Roundup

Good morning and happy Friday! Here’s a quick rundown of what you need to know today: 

  • Pandora is being sued by the songwriters’ rights association, BMI, after it purchased a small radio station in an attempt to pay lower royalty rates.

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

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If you fail, don’t associated yourself with that failure. It’s an event, it’s not who you are.

Jason Sosa, founder of IMRSV, one of Time.com’s 10 startups to watch in 2013, shares his thoughts on perseverance in the face of challenges. 
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The French court ordered Twitter to hand over names of racist and anti-semitic tweeters to the French Union of Jewish Students.
U.N. put the official death toll of the Syrian conflict around 93,000. This number includes 6,561 children.
MTV has launched a new digital content-creation lab called MTV Other.
A flying bike built in the Czech Republic had its first successful test flight.
Lululemon Chairman Dennis ‘Chip’ Wilson sold $50 million in stock right before the CEO’s surprise departure this week. 
Watch out Snapchat, you’ve got a copycat. Clipchat is an app that does the same exact thing… only maybe better?
Facebook has opened its first international data center in Sweden. It is apparently ”one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world.”
TV startup Boxee is looking for around $30 million or a buy out from investors.
Perhaps in an attempt to demonstrate its advertising potential (and potentially gain new revenue streams), Twitter is letting everyone use its data-analysis platform.
An activist’s parody shows what may happen if the LA Times and a number of other papers are ‘Kochified.’

Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger
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Have a great day! —M. Cecelia Bittner and Jessica Hullinger

This week, Apple gave the world its first peek at iOS 7, the software that will power iPhones and iPads starting later this year.

Helmed by hardware guru Jony Ive, the update will bring the most dramatic visual overhaul of Apple’s mobile OS to date. As expected, it embraces a flat aesthetic that allows for layering based on functionality. For example, you can peek behind icons to see your wall paper. So while the UI may be flat, the UX is anything but.

Just how different is iOS 7 compared to the software we’re running now? Take a look for yourself.

Social media is a bliss. I even tweeted to Jack Dorsey, thanking him for inventing such a big thing that gives all information to people who want to stay impartial and get to the real knowledge through checking through all this information and using their minds.

25-year old Esin, who has been active in the Turkish protests, both in Gezi park and online. 

How social media forced Turkish news to change course

Take big risks and take big challenges. The worst thing that can happen is that you learn.

We asked Jason Sosa, founder of IMRSV, one of Time.com’s 10 startups to watch in 2013, what advice he’d give to people trying to get a startup off the ground. 

IMRSV is the company behind Cara, a software that allows developers to turn any webcam into a real-time video analytics sensor. In a fast-food restaurant, it could track how many people are standing in line. In a house, it could help control the temperature based on who is home. It could even monitor a driver’s attention, alerting him if he falls asleep…

Apple’s WWDC event kicked off yesterday, with Apple announcing a new OS X, a MacBook Air with better battery life, a redesigned iOS 7, among other things. Here are some WWDC resources to help you keep up: 

Other resources:

We’ll be updating this list as new, great resources come to our attention. Feel free to flag great Apple or WWDC reads for us in the comments. Have you found any?