Shockingly, the top five queries on the most Googled candidate involved no questions about his infamous coiffure. / Gage Skidmore
The Baffler,  June 18, 2015

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Shockingly, the top five queries on the most Googled candidate involved no questions about his infamous coiffure. / Gage Skidmore
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• Proving that a company can never be too big to pull off that hip, startup vibe, CVS opened a new “digital innovation lab” this week. According to one CVS exec,

The lab focuses on . . . “connected health innovations,” like exploring ways that intelligent pill bottles could remind us to take our daily meds, Internet-linked blood pressure monitors might track data for hypertensives, and cellphone-linked otoscopes could diagnose ear infections in infants more quickly.

These not-at-all-terrifying projects will be carried out in a sleek new office in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, in the hope of attracting young innovators who don’t want to work at the pharmacy giant’s suburban corporate campus.

• Today in presidents: As the president plans a visit to California, locals plan ways to avoid a POTUS-inspired traffic jam. Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s hilarious campaign announcement has been met with no shortage of incredulity from pundits and populace alike. The only race he stands a chance in, it seems, is that of the most Googled candidate—in all but three states, Trump-related queries take the prize.

• In Forbes, Scott Beyer laments—perhaps a few decades late—the flight of San Francisco’s creative class for Portland, with all of their gentrifying moxie in tow.

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