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New York’s Famous Chelsea Market Is Expanding To Other Locations Worldwide

The building housing Chelsea Market, a longtime fixture for New York City, was just bought by Google. Instead of perturbing the future of this iconic landmark, though, the acquisition could actually help Chelsea expand to other locations worldwide.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the building Chelsea Market was housed in was purchased for $2.4 billion. The 1.2 million square foot office building includes the market plus 300,000 square feet of development rights. Google gets all of that from the building’s previous owner, an investment management firm called Jamestown. However, Jamestown will be keeping the rights, branding, and ability to operate the downstairs market.

In addition, the influx of cash from the sale is allowing Jamestown to consider other spots to open up new locations of Chelsea Market. The firm is currently scouting “emerging neighborhoods” around the globe, and hopes to announce at least one place to set up a new market in by the end of 2018.

This won’t necessarily mean that we find iconic NYC food destinations in somewhere like Belgium. However, it opens up the opportunity for folks in other parts of the world to come into an established brand, set up their own food business, and hopefully, flourish as a result.

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Google Will Now Tell You The Average Wait Time For A Restaurant

When the food at a restaurant is really good and/or becomes extremely popular, you know that the lines are gonna be long. For some, it’s totally worth it. Of course, we also know that one person whose favorite chicken joint gets a three hour wait as a result and sends texts of frustration. If you’re that friend or know someone who matches that description perfectly, this new Google feature is just what the doctor ordered.

Starting today, about one million restaurants will gain the new “Average Wait Time” feature when you search them on Google via mobile or desktop. By scrolling down to the Popular Times section of the search results, you’ll be able to see the current waiting period for the eatery in question. You can also tap on each hour to see the average wait time for each, making planning dinners, dates, and whole squad outings a lot easier since you can now estimate how long you’ll have to wait.

Of course, the system isn’t a guarantee that you’ll only be there for that average wait time. You could end up in line for more or less time based on all different kinds of factors, like traffic while getting there, a sudden rush of unexpected guests, or other people trying to game the system that end up clogging it instead. If that happens, you’ll have to either practice patience or head somewhere else for a quick food fix.

Google’s aiming to roll this feature out onto their Maps app and to more restaurants as time progresses. They also aim to have grocery stores on there “in time for Thanksgiving shopping,” according to a press release. Thus, you can attempt to beat as much of the holiday shopping rush as possible by using the feature to beat everyone else to the turkeys and trimmings.

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Now Trending Technology

Your Burger Emoji Is Stacked Wrong And You Probably Never Noticed

If you’ve never taken a good luck at the burger emoji on your phone, there’s a good chance that the order of ingredients are totally wrong. From Apple to Google, and even Samsung, no one seems to agree on how the burger should be stacked.

Over the weekend, Google CEO Sundar Pichai acknowledged that there may be a problem with its burger emoji, as it appears to show the cheese below the beef patty, which is clearly wrong.

Pichai responded to the outcry from Twitter user Thomas Baekdal, saying, “Will drop everything else we are doing and address on Monday if folks can agree on the correct way to do this.”

While Apple’s burger emoji seems to get the cheese placement right, it’s questionable why they’d place the lettuce below the meat. Samsung’s might be the most baffling, as it puts its cheese over the lettuce, which doesn’t make sense by any stretch.

Perhaps the most accurate burger depiction comes from Microsoft’s emoji, which goes lettuce, tomato, cheese, and meat between its buns.


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In comparison to some real life burgers, McDonald’s does tend to put cheese under the meat patty, but it usually has an additional cheese slice on top as well.

Interestingly enough, In-N-Out goes veggies at the bottom, with lettuce and tomato under the meat.

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Maybe there’s no “wrong” way to stack a burger, but I think we can all agree Samsung’s cheese over lettuce is a little suspicious. Either way, it’s interesting to see that every emoji has its own way of burger stacking. We’ll have to see how Google actually responds.

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Google Facing Backlash For Controversial Calorie Counter On Maps App

Roughly a week ago, Google Maps began implementing a new and controversial calorie counter function on its app. The counter measured how many “mini-cupcakes” you could burn by walking the distance traveled on your routes. While some reportedly welcomed it as an incentive to exercise, others took offense to the new feature.

The controversial calorie counter app isn’t anything novel, since other apps have this feature built in already. What sets Google Maps’ implementation apart is how widespread and massive the reach of its app is, plus the fact that no instructions were provided as to how to disable for those who didn’t want to see it. Calorie counting can prove to be a source of anxiety for those who suffer from eating disorders. As such, the new feature could’ve proved troublesome to the 30 million people in the US alone that struggle with one.

Google has since told TechCrunch that they have decided to remove the feature. But still, it’s alarming to think that someone at Google thought this feature, with no ability to remove and the potential to mentally harm some, would be a great addition to Google’s lineup.

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“Hotdog Hell” Chrome Extension Replaces Facebook Images With Dancing Hot Dog Filter

By now you’ve probably seen Snapchat’s Dancing Hot Dog augmented reality filter. The animated, breakdancing hot dog that you can place on objects in your environment is quickly becoming this summer’s hottest meme.

While the concept of augmented reality is pretty incredible, some might consider the dancing hot dog as Snapchat’s latest attempt to stay relevant.

Luckily enough, the Snapchat’s dancing hot dog became so popular  — or loathed, depending on who you’re asking — that someone created a downloadable Google Chrome extension that replaces every image on Facebook with an image of the now famous dancing hot dog.

So, if you’re sick of your friend’s traffic selfie posts on Facebook, this “productivity extension,” will give you a break. I downloaded it, and it provided some much needed entertainment.

The extension, aptly named Hotdog Hell, was released on July 10, and now has more than 296 weekly users.

The extension’s developer, an 18-year old mathematics and computer science major, named Kevin Chen, said he created the extension after he fell in love with the vitality behind the bizarre filter.

“I saw the hotdog on Snapchat; a couple of my friends were sending it, and then people started putting it in random memes. It was just so utterly bizarre, and I loved it,” Chen said.

The two-week old extension is now Chen’s first project developed for public consumption on the Google Chrome web store. Still, the attention the “app” is generating was unexpected, according to Chen.

“Definitely exploded a lot more than I thought it would,” he said. ” I was pretty shocked on that first day, and I’m really happy that such an absurd meme gained so much traction.”

What’s interesting is that Hotdog Hell is categorized as a “productivity extension,” which undermines the silliness behind it, but also capitalizes on the meme’s absurdity and humor.

Chen said there was a conscious effort to make the joke of it being a “productivity extension” because it does make Facebook, “significantly harder to use.” Maybe that’s a good thing for some people.

While it seems the Dancing Hot Dog has become the Internet’s hottest meme character, there’s no telling exactly how Snapchat — the originator of the hot dog character — will react.

Although, Chen doesn’t seem worried, pointing to how viral the meme has become.

“So far, I haven’t been contacted by anyone from Snapchat about it, and I think at this point,” Chen continues, “the hot dog has a life of its own.”

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Burger King’s New Commercial Tried To Hack Google And It Terribly Backfired

Okay, Google, tell me how much of a failure Burger King’s new ad was.

The fast food chain tried to “hack” the massive search website by purposefully activating Google Home and Android devices in its latest fifteen-second commercial. In the ad, the actor says that fifteen seconds isn’t long enough to describe Burger King’s “fresh ingredients,” so instead, he gets up close to the camera and says:

“Okay Google, what is the Whopper Burger?”

The ad was able to activate the devices, but not without sparking a ton of Internet outrage.

What’s more, people figured out that Google was just repeating the first sentence of the Wikipedia definition for a Whopper, so they began altering the definition to get devices to repeat negative comments about the Whopper.

Business Insider got a few of the funniest ones, which include someone changing the definition to call the Whopper the “worst hamburger product” sold by the chain and even changing the ingredients to include children and cyanide.

Google eventually caught wind of what was happening and disabled the ad from activating its Google Home and Android devices.

Burger King president José Cil said that the company “thought this was a good way to make a connection and go directly to guests and tell a story about our product.” Instead, consumers have reacted negatively to having their privacy invaded and devices controlled by a large corporation. Definitely not the reaction Burger King wanted from this ad.

If there’s one “whopping” message to take away from this ad, it’s that we can’t have it our way when it comes to who can control our technology.

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5 Of The Best Company Cafeterias You’ll Ever Eat At

The days of the cubicle farm with its slopfest of a corporate cafeteria are gone! Instead, thanks to younger employees, the work-life balance has taking over U.S offices—talkin’ ping pong tables, nap rooms, Beer Fridays. Hell, come 2025, 75% of the workforce will be millennials and they want free food and flexibility. Taking notice, companies are turning their cafeterias into touted destinations, not just grab-and-snack stopovers. Here are five workplace eateries that will make your mouth water and your brain melt.

1. Google

fantastic lunch in google NY. free lunch but awesome. #google #lunch #googlecafeteria

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Mountain View, California; New York, New York

Glossing over the fact that the Mountain View Googleplex straight up has an Indian restaurant called Cafe Baadal, complete with a legit full-service wait staff, Google offices are known for cafeterias and their insane dedication to rad. I mean, according to Payscale, the New York Google office cafeteria serves up braised Mangalore salmon in coconut milk, hanger steak with sauce bordelaise, and beet-marinated tofu with chile-scallion glaze.

2. Apple

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Cupertino California 

At Caffè Macs, the well-known and beautifully designed cafe(teria) of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, it seems to be like that scene from Hook, where you get whatever you imagine. Employees can score breakfast scrambles, quinoa hash, bison cheeseburgers, ramen burgers, tri-tip, or oysters. The menu’s a wild melting pot of tasty ideas. The food’s also relatively cheap, though the apples are free — not kidding.

3. Facebook

Employees go bananas for Halloween at HQ. (Photo: @badmikeyt)

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Menlo Park, California; New York, New York

Facebook’s Menlo Park headquarters are like a millennial-run Main Street. “Cafeteria” is a super loose term here, given that there are 11 joints handing out grub that’s either free or insanely discounted for employees and guests. Despite a renowned if-you-can-dream-it-you-can-add-it salad bar, it’s largely not light fare—try burgers, nachos, and Asian cuisine—though the big madhouse pride is BBQ. There’s a gigantic outdoor grill and smoker, which has cooked up bacon-wrapped meatloaf, 300 pounds of brisket, and a whole pig. Facebook’s New York office also has a widely celebrated cafeteria where, according to The Huffington Post, the cook will sometimes create an employee-specific dish, like a Philippine pork belly-and-rice dish for a Filipino engineer in mind.

4. Pixar

We’re turning lunch Inside Out #InsidePixar. Here’s a slice of life from Cafe Luxo.

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Emeryville, California

Café Luxo, the warm and welcoming cafe of Pixar’s Emeryville headquarters, is run by a celebrated executive chef. You can tell, according to Bon Appétit, given a history of dishes ranging from seared ahi and bok choy to sugar-balsamic pancakes topped with poppy seed crème fraîche. It’s a big open space ripe for collaborative chats over food; fuel the creatives! Plus, there’s always the cereal bar room that everyone on the Pixar campus loves.

5. Hearst

New York, New York

If you’re going to write for the big shots, you have to eat like one, apparently. The entire “first-class dining experience” of Hearst’s cafe57 is so epic and elegant, it sounds made up, from the in-house sushi chefs to the company’s own cattle ranch that supplies the grass-fed beef. Serving 1,200 people a day should make the menu easy and predictable, but it changes week to week, offering delectable dishes like Organic Tofu Asian Chopped Salad and Grilled Sweet Chili Chicken Sandwich with Pineapple Kimchi and Lime Mayo. They also feature guest chefs regularly.

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Microsoft Sent Out A Sketchy E-mail About ‘Baes’ Playing Beer Pong

In a world dominated by the ‘coolness’ of Snapchat, Facebook and Google, Microsoft has become the ugly older sister in the corner that no one wants to chill with, unless you play Xbox all day. So, being the resourceful thing Microsoft is — it decided the easiest way for people to pay more attention to Microsoft would be to get “bae” interns super “lit” on, “lots of dranks” at a post Internapolooza party in San Francisco, on Monday July 11.

Like, hells yeah, right!? Not so much.

The Internet spoiled Microsoft’s date with destiny when people started circulating the crudely worded email. Twitter user, Patrick Burtchaell, posted a screenshot of the email he claims was sent to his roommate.

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Intenapolooza, according to its website, is the largest gathering of interns in the world, where everyone can connect and learn from professionals.

So, what’s wrong with stating just stating the facts?

For example a message that simply said, “You’re invited to Microsoft’s Post-Internapolooza After Party! Hope you can make it!” would have been so legit. With that said, Microsoft’s introductory salutation was, “Hey Bae Intern <3,” and concluded with the phrase, “HELL YES TO GETTING LIT ON A MONDAY NIGHT.”

Really, all caps? Talk about desperate. At least the event is co-sponsored by Snapchat, Google and Facebook, because I don’t think Microsoft has pure intentions.

What the hell is a Yammer beer pong table, anyway? Roomba beer pong is where it’s at.

Sorry Microsoft, I’m really busy that week.