Anti-Chipotle advertising, iTunes comics, Amazon's first bookstore.
–The New York Times makes a foray into virtual reality storytelling, creating immersive stories on refugees in Lebanon, Ukraine and South Sudan, and mailing Google Cardboard viewers to many subscribers.
–Drawing attention to the legal haze surrounding our digital culture, artist R. Sikoryak interprets the iTunes terms and conditions as a graphic novel. Via Tumblr.
–Pew Research Center finds American families struggling to maintain work-life balance, showing that those with more education find this challenge especially difficult.
–Guinness goes vegan, removing a key process involving fish bladders, The Telegraph reports.
–How did Organic Avenue, the health food brand that was once the darling of the fashion world, reach a point where it had to shutter stores? The New York Times charts the company’s decline.
–Amid a health scare, a shadowy anti-Chipotle group declares “you can’t spell Chipotle without e. coli.” Via Adweek.
–Dutch restaurant InStock is the latest dining pop-up concept to serve meals made from food headed for the waste bin. Via Fast Company.
–More than 20 years after selling its first book, Amazon opens its first-ever physical bookstore in Seattle, reports The Seattle Times.
–Pew Research Center finds that while fewer Americans are religious, those who remain so have become, if anything, more devout.
–Workplace messaging app Slack reaches a key milestone, with 1 million active users at once, perhaps signaling a shift for workplace communications, writes Fortune.
–A new concept for the future of transportation sees on-demand pods providing an answer for commuters. Via Wired.
–Chanel will present its cruise 2017 collection in Havana next May, the first major fashion production in the country since the US restored diplomatic ties, writes Fashionista.
–Viceland, the new cable channel from millennial media darling Vice Media, will launch in February 2016, writes The Verge.
–In a major sharing economy acquisition, Expedia will buy the Airbnb rival Homeaway for $3.9 billion, writes Fast Company.