Business

Google Talk Discusses ‘Frugal Innovation’

Google posted a new “At Google” talk today, dealing with the topic of doing more with less. The speaker is Navi Radjou, author of the book Frugal Innovation: How to Do More with Less,” which was published by The Economist. Radjou is a Silicon Valley-based “innovation and leadership advisor,” who spoke at TED Global 2014, and won the 2013 Thinkers50 …

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Uber Steals Facebook’s Chief Security Officer

Uber’s just put a likely considerable amount of money where its mouth is, in regards to its promise to beef up the app’s safety and security. The on-demand ride company just poached Facebook’s Chief Security Officer. Joe Sullivan will move from Facebook to Uber and hold a similar title. This is the first time that Uber has ever had a …

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Airbnb Is Now Operating in Cuba

It appears that Netflix isn’t the only tech company looking to take advantage of the “Cuban Thaw”, the recent decision by the Obama administration to warm up trade and travel relations between the US and Cuba after decades of restrictions. Home rental service Airbnb has officially expanded into Cuba. “We believe that Cuba could become one of Airbnb’s biggest markets …

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Facebook Wants Your Business To Learn From Its Accessibility Efforts

This week, Facebook announced the launch of the Accessibility Toolkit, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at the company’s efforts in product usability for the blind and vision-impaired, and offers resources for helping other companies approach the subject. “When Facebook formed its Accessibility Engineering team in 2011, we experienced the same daunting challenge that many companies face: How do you incorporate …

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Here’s What The GoDaddy IPO Looked Like [GDDY]

GoDaddy held its initial public offering today with shares jumping as much as 34% after the stock’s debut. It opened at $26.15, 31% over the IPO price, and worked its way up to $26.84. It’s fallen a bit since then, and is at $26.15 as of the time of this writing. GoDaddy is trading as GDDY on the New York …

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Uber Driver Tried to Rob Woman’s House After Dropping Her Off at the Airport

Tried is the operative word here, as our cunning Uber driver forgot that people oftentimes have roommates. Fifty one-year-old Gerald Montgomery was arrested on Tuesday and is facing attempted burglary charges after police say he picked up a women, drove her to the airport, and immediately drove back to her home and attempted to rob the place. Unfortunately for Montgomery, …

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A Pinterest Stat Businesses Shouldn’t Ignore

You’ve heard over and over again that your business should be using Pinterest, but are you really taking this advice? And if so, to what extent? Are you paying as much attention to it as you should be? Probably not, you know why? Because business is HUGE on Pinterest. Probably more so than you ever realized. Is Pinterest part of …

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Charter to Buy Bright House for $10.4B, As Fourth-Largest Cable Provider Snatches Up Sixth

Good Tuesday, everyone. Here’s some news you’re sure to love, if cable companies consolidating is your thing. Charter Communications has agreed to acquire Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. This means the US’ fourth-largest cable provider is buying the sixth-largest. According to a release, Bright House serves about two million video customers in central Florida, as well as in Alabama, …

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Facebook’s New Frank Gehry-Designed Office Opens Up – and Here’s What It Looks Like

In September of 2013, Facebook broke ground on its giant new campus – the one designed by Frank Gehry. The new 433,555 sq. ft. building is expected to be filled with some 2,800 Facebook employees. It also features a giant rooftop space – a park and a garden, complete with a bunch of solar panels. Well, Facebook just moved in. …

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Flipboard Magazines Get More Business-Friendly

Two years ago, Flipboard launched its now-fundamental Magazines feature, which turns all users into content curators. Now, the company is launching a highly-requested feature with private group magazines, which it says are ideal for classrooms, clubs, work groups, friends, and families. “With millions of Flipboard Magazines already being curated publicly by Flipboard users, this new private capability opens up new …

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Yelp Documentary Puts Out Call For Stories From Businesses

Yelp documentary-in-the-making Billion Dollar Bully met its Kickstarter funding goal on Friday after generating a fair amount of exposure in the media, most notably with a back-and-forth between filmmaker Kaylie Milliken and Yelp VP of Corporate Communications Shannon Eis on CNBC. So far, the film has raised over $64,000 from 534 backers, and continues to seek additional funding to cover …

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Amazon Starts Handpicking Local Service Businesses To Put In Front Of Customers

Amazon announced the launch of a new service called Amazon Home Services, which lets customers browse, buy, and schedule appointments with professional services via a marketplace of services in categories like home improvement, computer & electronics, lawn & garden, lessons, automotive, and others. This appears to be what we learned about last summer, which was then called Amazon Local Services. …

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