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  • Is Ello the site that could challenge Zuckerberg's Facebook empire?	(Photo illustration courtesy images via Getty Images, Ello.com)

    Ello isn’t the Facebook alternative you were promised

    by Robert W. Gehl  | via The Week | he remedy for Facebook and Twitter’s relentless surveillance is pretty clear: Go elsewhere. But while many sites have tried to become viable contenders for the social media crown, the mostalternative of the alternatives have faced one insurmountable challenge: Attracting enough people. If no one’s there to hear …

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    8 Ways a Simple Notebook can Change your Life

    by Eric Barker, Barking Up The Wrong Tree | Want to stick to goals, get happier, and improve your relationships? Get a notebook. Go buy a notebook Many people have written to me saying they love all the research on bettering themselves but need that first step on how to shoehorn it in to their day-to-day …

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    Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

    via Tech Crunch | by Sarah Perez | On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on …

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    10 Tips To Make a Deck That Communicates Your Idea

    via Ted | Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for …

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    Why VCs Are Not Your Friends

    by Steve Blank | One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make is not understanding the relationship they have with their investors. At times they confuse VCs with their friends. Let’s Go to Lunch At Rocket Science our video game company was struggling. Hubris, bad CEO decisions (mine) and a fundamental lack of understanding that we were in a “hits-based” entertainment …

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    Why Being Well-Regulated Is Good for Business

    by Daniel Solove | After Apple announced that it wouldn’t provide law enforcement with an easy back door to access data on people’s devices, we heard loud whining coming from the FBI and various security proponents that this would be bad for security. Staunch security proponents cheered when the U.S. Supreme Court failed to apply the Fourth …

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Lessons from the Mavericks

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    Six Tactics for Successfully Marketing to Millennials

    by Dave Hawley  | As Millennials—the generation born in the US between 1980 and 2000—gain greater buying power and increasingly influence commerce, marketers and brand managers are looking for new ways to engage them. Developing a Millennials-focused marketing strategy is a must: They are, after all, the largest generation by number, comprising 79 million people, and they …

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    How to Build an Influencer Marketing Strategy

    by Andrew Cravenho  |  Today, consumers are bombarded with messages from marketers about how those marketers’ products or services are better than those of others, and how their offerings will fulfill consumers’ needs and expectations better than the offerings of competitors. As they receive competing marketing messages from different brands, consumers become cynical about which brands to …

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    Do Free Giveaways Impact on Your Business Strategy?

    by Heather Holdorf | via InsideView | Every trade show is overrun with free giveaways and tchotchkes – and has been for decades. We all look forward to winning the newest tablet, and we’ve all come home from the big conference in Vegas or Houston with a bag full of engraved pens and stress balls with logos …

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    How Visual Storytelling Can Make Your Brand Beat All Competition

    by Ivan Serrano | The old saying goes that a picture is worth 1,000 words. Considering the attention span of your average internet user, that single picture might as well be worth all the words you have to say. That being said, it’s important to make an instant impression that brings an audience in, and …

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Business Travel & Leisure

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    Innovation: Smart Luggage

    via The Week | Airbus is developing a new “smart luggage” product that will help link travelers with their bags, said James O’Toole at CNN.com. Working with luggage-maker Rimowa, the jet manufacturer has developed a device called Bag2Go, which features a radio-frequency identification chip and GPS technology to help owners track their luggage in transit. While Bag2Go is …

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    8 Best Hotel Gyms in the World

    via Executive Travel Magazine | We’re not just talking about spa resorts. Urban, business-minded hotels are rocking the fitness market. “Gone are the days of a couple of old treadmills in the basement,” says Jason Friedman, general manager at The Siam, one of central Bangkok’s newest boutique properties. “We know that the size and quality of …

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Money | Success

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    Eight Cool Apps That Save You Money On Your Groceries

    via Tech Crunch by Sarah Perez | Call it #RealWorldTech: the following eight mobile apps can help you save money on your groceries – even if you don’t have time to clip coupons. The latest, of course, comes from Groupon which has been steadily expanding beyond the daily deals space. But it’s only one of now …

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    7 Celebrity-Backed Startups That Totally Nailed It

    by Alex Wilhelm, Anna Escher, via Tech Crunch | Earlier, TechCrunch highlighted a number of startups and products that were founded or heavily backed by the glitterati, and failed. The list was surprisingly long. This time around, we’re flipping the script, and showing off some companies that have taken celebrity buzz and cash, and used …

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    Why That Guy Keeps Reminding You He Went to an Ivy League School

    by Paul Bisceglio, Pacific Standard | Unlike kids at Harvard or Princeton, students at the University of Pennsylvania are in the awkward position of being Ivy League-educated but not always instantly recognized as smart. Harvard is known around the world as the pinnacle of Western intellectual life. Though University of Pennsylvania ranks alongside the other Ivies at the nation’s …

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Retailing Tips & Trends

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    Retailers See Growing Impact of Mobile on Consumer Behavior

    by Ivan Serrano | Today the world stands connected through almost 10 billion connected devices and over 1.5 billion people subscribed to a social network. Over 1.5 billion of the 10 billion connected devices in the world are represented by smartphones, whose owners can be connected practically anytime and anywhere. The marketing world has in …

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    Retailers Not Giving Up the Battle Over Credit-Card Swipe Fees

    by Catherine Clifford | via Entrepreneur | The retail industry and credit-card issuers have been locked in a fight over swipe fees for years, and while a settlement was approved in December to end the legal battle, the retail industry has stood back up and vowed to keep fighting. The National Retail Federation (NRF) formally filed an appeal with …

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