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Here we highlight selected innovation related articles from around the world on a daily basis.  These articles related to innovation and funding for innovative companies, and best practices for innovation based economic development.

ocean wave

As you’ve likely heard, the ocean’s health is in trouble. You’re probably aware of overfishing and the harmful practices of fisheries driving a third of the planet’s fish stocks toward extinction, and you surely know about the unconscionable amount of pollution, in particular plastic, that we dump in the ocean. But that’s not the worst of it. The ocean is steadily warming; its oxygen levels are falling; and it is becoming more acidic, making conditions for life below the waves ever harder. Planet- warming greenhouse gases are the common enemy in that trio of changes. And by now we all know who has been creating those gases.

 

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Aytekin Tank

When he isn’t busy working on the company that changed the internet forever, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has some interesting hobbies: ultimate frisbee, springboard diving and flying trapeze, to name a few.

The internet entrepreneur encourages his team to take up fun, physical activities, too. He’s reportedly led Google employees on bonding events at the Circus Center, a training facility in San Francisco where students learn high-adrenaline hobbies like -- you guessed it -- flying trapeze.

 

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US cities and towns with more Spanish than English speakers Business Insider

September is Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic-Americans are described as people who descent from Spanish-speaking countries. According to the Pew Research Center, 41 million people speak Spanish in the US, and the majority of Latino adults are bilingual. In some areas of the US, especially in cities around the Southwest, you're more likely to hear Spanish than English.

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Consumers aren t finding minimalist logos likable or authentic Business Insider

It turns out the on-trend logos are, the research says, getting it wrong.

We've become used to seeing simple, elegant logos for many companies in recent years (think Mastercard, Dunkin', or Slack). But as new research suggests, many minimalist logos aren't effective because they don't indicate what the company does. An effective logo hints at what product or service is being offered. This translates to making a brand more profitable.

 

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money tree

Turkey is establishing five venture capital funds with a total initial size of 628 million liras ($110 million) to support start-ups in the technology industry, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said.

The funds, which will include capital from local and foreign investors, as well as the Treasury and Finance Ministry, are expected to grow to 1.1 billion liras, Varank said, according to local media including BloombergHT television.

 

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immigrants

If you wanted to devise a solution to some worrisome trends on the horizon for the U.S. — threats to continued GDP and employment growth, an under-funded Social Security trust fund — you might consider a mechanism called immigration. Forecasters see challenges in the ability of a limited U.S. population expansion to support economic growth. An influx of immigrants is one obvious answer.

 

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social networks

Love them or loathe them, online social networks pervades almost all aspects of our lives, including the workplace. Some 77 percent of workers in the United States report using social media at work, regardless of whether their employer has a policy to regulate the activity. For companies and the career-minded, the question is how to harness online social networking to boost the bottom line or become better at one’s job.

 

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