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Though it doesn't often reach much farther east or north than Reading, Pennsylvania, Sweetest Day is celebrated yearly in the midwest on the third Saturday in October as a kind of second Valentine's Day. This year, Sweetest Day falls on October 18. The holiday's origins are more corporate than religious—invented in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1921 by candymaker C.C. Hartzell—but to its celebrants' credit, they hold few delusions. Efforts were made early on to bring Sweetest...
On Tuesday, the City Council voted in favor of a federal tax break for New York City commuters: up to $130 of pre-tax earnings set aside for transit costs, to be available to employees of businesses with more than 20 full-time employees. A 30-day unlimited MetroCard currently costs $112, or $113 if you have to buy a new one. Because of a tricky thing where some months have 31 days, this means 13 purchases a...
Is your office just too office-y? Is your local Starbucks too much of a Starbucks? Is your house just an apartment and not a minimalist pied-à-terre in the heart of midtown? Sounds like you could use a BREATHER. Specifically, a stay in an office/apartment/quiet space maintained by Breather, a new app that's like Airbnb + Uber (that's Ubrnb), where you can rent a room for an hour to relax, take a meeting, or take a...
If eBay is like a yard sale, then Swapdom, a new service situated squarely in the stranger economy, is like a yard sale across the street from a yard sale, next to three other yard sales, where no one has any money and instead buys stuff with stuff from their own yard sales. Basically, Swapdom aims to become a massive Internet barter system, based on what they call a "circular swap": Based on what item...

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