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Starbucks Expands to Include Alcohol Sales Starbucks Expands to Include Alcohol Sales

First an Oprah-branded chai … now this. Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffeehouse chain, recently announced that they will rolling out alcohol sales, as well as a “light bites” menu, to more of their 11,500 U.S. stores in the next few years. …

Infographic Looks At B2B Social Media Potential For 2014 Infographic Looks At B2B Social Media Potential For 2014

UK-based Real Business Rescue has gathered some findings about B2B social media use to project what’s in store for the remainder of the year. Data comes from a bunch of sources including eMarketer, Social Media Examiner, InternetRetailer, BusinessInsider, MediaBistro, AdAge …

Comcast/Time Warner Merger Now Being Reviewed by Multiple States As Well Comcast/Time Warner Merger Now Being Reviewed by Multiple States As Well

When the largest company in any arena announces plans to purchase the second-largest company in the same arena, you can hear whatever crumb of competition that currently exists slowly falling from the market. It sounds like the faint cries of …

SimCity Can Finally Be Played Offline SimCity Can Finally Be Played Offline

Publisher EA this week finally released a patch for SimCity that allows the game to be played offline. The feature had been requested from gamers since the game’s troubled launch. SimCity players will now be greeted with a “Single-Player” option …

Netflix Announces New Comedy Series ‘Grace And Frankie’ From ‘Friends’ Creator Netflix Announces New Comedy Series ‘Grace And Frankie’ From ‘Friends’ Creator

Netflix just announced a new original comedy series called Grace and Frankie, which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and is written and created by Friends creator Marta Kauffman along with Howard J. Morris. Here’s the description: The single-camera comedy …

Pandora Hikes Price, Cites Rising Royalty Rates Pandora Hikes Price, Cites Rising Royalty Rates

Like most music streaming services, Pandora’s users are mostly the non-paying kind–the ones who are perfectly content to deal with some ads in order to avoid paying a monthly subscription fee. If you’re one of those 200 million+ people, you …

North Dakota Creates Campaign to Attract Workers North Dakota Creates Campaign to Attract Workers

When one conjures up images and words associated with North Dakota, the list is bleak and barren, filled with words such as cold, boring, droll, and cold. Also heard is the ever-present statement made in association with North Dakota: “I …

Google Launches New Tools For Mobile App Businesses Google Launches New Tools For Mobile App Businesses

Google announced on Tuesday that it is adding Google Analytics to mobile ad platform AdMob and launching new content experiments for Google Tag Manager. Analytics will be available within the AdMob interface on a new “Analyze” tab, which should be …

Companies Struggling To Retain Their Best Workers, Says LinkedIn [Infographic] Companies Struggling To Retain Their Best Workers, Says LinkedIn [Infographic]

LinkedIn surveyed 7,530 of its members in the US, Australia, Canada, India and the UK who recently changed jobs. The company is calling this its “Exit Survey”. We’re assuming there will be more of these in the future. The findings …

Google And Viacom Settle Once And For All Google And Viacom Settle Once And For All

Google and Viacom have finally settled their lengthy legal battle over copyright once and for all. The companies both announced the news Tuesday morning. Here’s their joint statement: “Google and Viacom today jointly announced the resolution of the Viacom vs. …

Netflix Acquires Streaming Rights To Two Feature-Length Pilots Netflix Acquires Streaming Rights To Two Feature-Length Pilots

Netflix has secured exclusive streaming rights to a couple of feature-length films from Fox Digital Studios, which are meant to serve as pilots for half-hour shows, reports Variety. One of these films, How to Be a Man, is already available, …

Colin Powell Is Now On The Salesforce Board Of Directors Colin Powell Is Now On The Salesforce Board Of Directors

Salesforce announced on Friday that it has appointed retired four-star general (and former National Security Advisor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Secretary of State) Colin Powell to its Board of Directors. His position actually went into effect …

Amazon To Open Another Fulfillment Center In Washington Amazon To Open Another Fulfillment Center In Washington

Amazon began its life in Washington state in 1994. Since then, the online retailer has set up shop in numerous states and countries around the world. Now the retailer is returning home bringing with it jobs and a new warehouse. …

Google-Backed Renaissance Learning Gets Acquired Google-Backed Renaissance Learning Gets Acquired

One of the first three companies to get money from Google Capital announced today that it is being acquired. Learning analytics company Renaissance Learning will be acquired by Hellman & Friedman for $1.1 billion. Google announced the launch of Google …

Yelp Expands Into Mexico (Its 25th Country) Yelp Expands Into Mexico (Its 25th Country)

Yelp announced that it has launched in Mexico. Mexicans can now create accounts on Yelp.com.mx. Business owners should go to biz.yelp.com.mx. This is Yelp’s 25th country across five continents. Last year, it launched in New Zealand, the Czech Republic, Brazil …

Amazon Prime Price Increases $20, Now $99 Per Year Amazon Prime Price Increases $20, Now $99 Per Year

Well, you can’t say they didn’t warn you. Amazon has officially announced that the price of an Amazon Prime membership is going up. It’s a $20 increase, meaning that an annual subscription to the service that offers free two-day shipping, …

Netflix Said To Be Shooting For Fall Launch In France Netflix Said To Be Shooting For Fall Launch In France

We’ve been hearing for months that Netflix has been working on trying to get launches going in France and Germany. Now, it’s looking like at least one of those will become a reality later this year. Variety is reporting that …

Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games Google Acquires Part Of Green Throttle Games

Guitar Hero creator Charles Huang (along with Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend) announced the launch of Green Throttle Games roughly a year and a half ago to focus on gaming hardware. Its first project was a controller for Android devices. …

Yelp Gets Blasted By Business Owners And Celebrity Yelp Gets Blasted By Business Owners And Celebrity

Yelp is taking some harsh criticism in the media once again. Its handling of fake reviews is coming under fire, as is its worth to consumers. Business owners are speaking out (as usual), and celebrity chef/TV personality/food writer Andrew Zimmern, …

‘Hemlock Grove’ Season 2 Release Date Announcement Expected Soon ‘Hemlock Grove’ Season 2 Release Date Announcement Expected Soon

Less than a month ago, Netflix released the second season of House of Cards. Shortly thereafter, it announced a release date for its other big name show Orange is the New Black. But don’t forget, there was another show that …

Small Business Loans:  Bank Loans On The Rise Small Business Loans: Bank Loans On The Rise

It appears as if banks are loosening their grip on those small business loans, at last. At one point, just getting a mortgage loan was nearly impossible, but now it is getting easier, leading to the hope that the economy …