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Lyft Pays $300K to Settle New York Lawsuit

Lyft Pays $300K to Settle New York Lawsuit

Lyft and the New York Attorney General’s office have settled a year-long beef, and Lyft has agreed to pay $300,000 in penalties. The settlement resolves a dispute born in July, 2014, when New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the New York State Department of Financial Services filed a lawsuit against Lyft claiming the on-demand ride company let its …

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Salesforce Unveils ‘Wave Analytics’ Application

Salesforce Unveils ‘Wave Analytics’ Application

Back in October, Salesforce announced Wave, the Salesforce Analytics Cloud, marking the company’s entry into the $38 billion analytics market. On Thursday, it unveiled its first Wave Analytics App, Sales Wave Analytics. Sales Wave Analytics marks the inaugural app for the Wave Analytics Apps line of apps, more of which will come later. Sales Wave Analytics will provide sales teams …

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Facebook Is Requiring Minorities Be Considered for All Open Positions

Facebook Is Requiring Minorities Be Considered for All Open Positions

Facebook has a diversity problem. Facebook is far from the only company in the Valley with a diversity problem, but it exists nonetheless. When it comes to the company’s over 10,000 employees, the landscape is very white and very male. So, what’s Facebook doing about this? It’s in the process of instituting its own “Rooney Rule”. Established in 2003, the …

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Uber Sued for $2M over Teen’s Sexual Assault

Uber Sued for $2M over Teen’s Sexual Assault

Uber is facing yet another lawsuit after one of its drivers assaulted a passenger. The mother of a 13-year-old Virginia girl is suing the ridesharing company for $2 million, claiming that Uber and its lax screening processes are responsible for her daughter’s sexual assault. The assault itself is not in dispute. In April, 39-year-old former Uber driver Isagani Morin was …

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Magic Johnson To Join Square’s Board of Directors

Magic Johnson To Join Square’s Board of Directors

It’s been an interesting week for Square. Not long after it announced its new reader, which will feature Apple Pay, news came out that CEO Jack Dorsey is to take over the helm (on a supposedly interim basis) at Twitter, which he co-founded, as CEO Dick Costolo steps down. There has been speculation that Dorsey will take on the Twitter …

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Google Sheets Now Lets You ‘Do More With Your Data’

Google Sheets Now Lets You ‘Do More With Your Data’

Google announced an update to Google Sheets, its spreadsheets application. Users can now add data labels to display exact values of bars or points. When the user uses line or scatter charts, they can change the shapes of data points, including stars, triangles, pentagons, etc. When you’re working with spreadsheets, it’s important to turn your raw data into a story. …

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Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says Calif. Labor Commission

Uber Drivers Are Employees, Not Contractors, Says Calif. Labor Commission

In a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for Uber and the whole ridesharing industry, the California Labor Commission has ruled that Uber drivers are actually employees. According to Reuters, “the ruling earlier this month and filed Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, said Uber is ‘involved in every aspect of the operation.’” Of course, Uber has always argued …

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Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber Steals Another Google Exec

Uber has poached another Googler. According to a report from Re/code, former Google engineering VP Brian McClendon is set to join the on-demand car company and will head its new Advanced Technologies Center. McClendon worked for over a decade as Google’s head of Maps, Google Earth, and Street View. McClendon will continue to work on Maps and location services at …

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Yelp Tells Businesses How To Respond To Reviews

Yelp Tells Businesses How To Respond To Reviews

Businesses have a tricky relationship with Yelp. On the one hand, it can be a great way for customers to find a business, and a positive Yelp presence can encourage the customer to actually visit. On the flipside, negative reviews can be very damaging, and have led to plenty of defamation suits. Do you interact with negative reviews of your …

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Etsy Aims To Help Sellers Grow Their Businesses With Crowdfunding

Etsy Aims To Help Sellers Grow Their Businesses With Crowdfunding

Etsy announced that it is piloting a new crowdfunding platform called Fund on Etsy, which is aimed at helping sellers grow their businesses and create new products. Think of it as a Kickstarter for Etsy products. The company says Fund on Etsy is a new way to expand the “Etsy Economy,” which it is also trying to expand by way …

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Include These Types Of Content In Your Business App To Get More Sales

Include These Types Of Content In Your Business App To Get More Sales

People are spending more and more time with mobile apps, and that includes those that let them buy things. The problem for businesses hoping to break into that increasing app usage is that the number of apps people are using isn’t really growing along with the time they’re spending using apps. New changes Google has been making could (and should) …

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LinkedIn Is Giving Away Free Business And Tech Training Courses Through Lynda.com

LinkedIn Is Giving Away Free Business And Tech Training Courses Through Lynda.com

Back in April, LinkedIn announced that it was acquiring Lynda.com, an online learnings site that enables people to learn new business, technology, and creative skills – the kinds of skills that you’d want to showcase on your LinkedIn profile and that businesses are looking for when hiring. It seemed like a pretty good fit. Lynda.com has been rebranded as “A …

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