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What Dogs Of Instagram Can Teach You About Millennial Business

Here’s a formula they don’t teach in business school:<p>1. Start an Instagram account about something you love<br>2. Lovingly build a community around that shared passion and watch the numbers grow<br>3. Translate that community into a growing media & a retail business beloved by customers<p>Oh, and along the …

Pets

The Incredible Quick Vegan Meal You Have to Try—Even If You’re Not Vegan

It’s so good, you won’t even miss the meat and cheese.<p>Some guys think vegan food is for wusses. But not all vegan meals are made with tofurkey slices and “nooch.” If you have the right balance of vegetables, whole grains, and seasonings, a vegan dinner can satisfy you just as well as one chock full …

Food

California weather: Why drive 13,235 miles for perfection every day?

You might have seen the widely shared map Alaska climatologist and blogger Brian Brettschneider put together showing a year-long road trip that gets you a normal high temperature of 70 degrees every day-- a 13,235-mile journey, featured this week on CityLab.<p>The journey for perfect weather starts in …

10 spooky Bay Area curses

7 Apps for Better iPhone Photos

Faster, smaller, better — that’s technology’s mantra. Camera phones are no exception to that rule, and you’ll find many accomplished photographers …

The Re-Colonization of Africa by Agribusiness | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

As global agribusiness interests look to expand their profits with the financial backing of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, United …

The Podcasts You Need to Listen to This Week

SO MANY PODCASTS. My phone's about to cave in under the weight of all the shows I've downloaded but haven't listened to yet. Even so, we here at …

Podcasting

How Tech Can Foster Financial Capability For The Underbanked

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Mattias Kraemer is Deputy Director of Asset Building at Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA).</i><p>In 2014, the financial services industry is looking to technology as a vital link between financial capability and under-resourced communities. Investments in these technologies are …

Baidu enters China’s online-payment market

BEIJING (Caixin Online) — Search engine giant Baidu Inc. has thrown its hat in the third-party payment arena with the launch Tuesday of Baidu …

Apple has all the ingredients to cook up a massive mobile payment system, Morgan Stanley says

Apple may be gearing up to build its own proprietary mobile payment system.<p>That’s according to a study titled “Mobile Payments — Blue Paper Revisit, EMV in Focus” from Morgan Stanley’s Research group in Europe. The study was obtained by VentureBeat exclusively.<p>Morgan Stanley’s PR team did not …

GoDaddy Partners With Dwolla On New E-Invoicing Option For Small Businesses

Web host and small business service provider GoDaddy is teaming up with payments network Dwolla, the companies are announcing today, to offer GoDaddy’s business customers an alternative to paper checks and competing online payment services like PayPal when invoicing their customers and vendors. The …

Ezetap Gets Additional Funding From Amex To Expand Its Mobile Payment Platform Across Emerging Markets

Ezetap, a Bangalore-based mobile payment startup that uses a rectangular device to turn any mobile phone into a point-of-sales terminal when plugged in, is raising additional funding from American Express. Last month, the startup had raised $8 million in Series B funding led by Helion Advisors, …

In A Divided San Francisco, Private Tech Buses Drive Tension

<i>Part of a series on</i> income inequality <i>in the San Francisco Bay Area</i><p>If you want to understand the tension between tech workers in San Francisco, who often make six figures, and many of the city's other residents, try standing on the southwest corner of 24th Street and Valencia around 7:30 on a …

The Scramble For Africa Continues — iROKOtv Closes $8M To Be The Netflix Of Africa

Only yesterday German e-commerce incubator and cloning giant Rocket Internet and MTN partnered to develop internet businesses in Africa through Africa Internet Holding (AIH), a vehicle to develop e-commerce businesses across the continent (alongside partner Millicom International Cellular). They …

Apple Turns On iBeacons In All Its 254 U.S. Stores For In-Store Notifications And More

Apple will kick off this weekend by launching iBeacons functionality in all of its 254 domestic U.S. stores, according to a new report by the AP. The location-based tech will work with the official iOS Apple Store app, and will allow Apple to do things like provide you with notifications of when …

The Smart Design Idea Behind Coin, The Digital Credit Card That Could Replace Wallets

Coin could make wallets irrelevant. But its real appeal will be deeply customizable security.<p>By now, you’ve probably heard of the stealth project called Coin. It’s essentially a smart credit card that, with the push of a button, allows you to cycle through your Visa, Mastercard, or Amex–up to eight …

Payments startup Bill.com scores $38M

Bill.com, a payment and invoicing service startup, has raised a fresh $38 million round of funding, the company announced today.<p>The startup has developed a cloud-based system to make it safe and easy for businesses to adopt electronic payments, thus eliminating the need to manage all the cumbersome …

LendUp gets $14M to bring affordable loans to people with poor credit

LendUp, a startup with an alternative to payday loans, has just raised $14 million in its first round of venture funding.<p>We first reported on LendUp in October 2012, when the San Francisco-based company launched its website and mobile app for California residents. The company has subsequently given …

Facebook Sunsets Credits, Transitions To Local Currencies To Boost International Payments

Facebook launched its virtual currency Credits in June 2011 to simplify payments. In reality, Credits caused headaches for international payments due to fluctuating exchange rates. But last night, the sun set on Credits and Facebook completed its transition to local currency payments. It will help …

PayPal Updates iOS And Android Apps With The Ability To Order Ahead, Pay Restaurant Bills, Access Bill Me Later And More

PayPal is announcing a major update to its iOS and Android apps today, creating a more seamless experience when paying for items in stores and retail outlets. Check out our video above for an in-depth demo of the app being used by myself and PayPal VP of Global Product Hill Ferguson in San …

Secret Handshake Lets You Pay With Hand Gestures And Leap Motion – No Phone Or Card Required

One of the TechCrunch Disrupt hacks this year is the brainchild of Matthew Drake, an Atlanta-based employee of advertising firm 22squared. Secret Handshake, Drake’s hack this year, uses the Leap Motion gesture controller, combined with Clover’s shopping cart point-of-sale API, to allow people to …

Alter egos: 12 master tailors to trust

The fit club - 12 master tailors in S.F. to trust with tiny tucks or big-job alterations to transform your wardrobe from functional to form-fitting fabulous<p>Many San Franciscans happily live in hoodies, yoga pants and jeans. But we also wear gowns to the Opera, suits to the Symphony and vintage …

With $1.2M In Seed Funding, Danish Mobile Point-Of-Sale Startup Wallmob Sees Big Potential In New Stand

Danish startup Wallmob is introducing its new mobile point-of-sale specific iPad stand that’s designed to combine the best of both portability and centralized installation of hardware. It’s an aluminum accessory designed and produced in Denmark, Wallmob CEO Ken Villum Klausen tells me, and it’s a …

Facebook Mobile Payments Test Moves Towards Portable Digital Identity

Facebook is testing a new online payments feature for third-party mobile apps.<p>Facebook, which confirmed a report by AllThingsD, said it is doing very early testing of a system that stores credit card data and then charges transactions with PayPal or other providers on third-party mobile apps. …

Apple Fingers Payment Revolution

It was an innocent enough remark but it triggered a storm of outrage: Earlier this week, New York mayor Mike Bloomberg advanced the idea of using fingerprint-based locks in public housing buildings, generating a storm of outrage from candidates seeking to replace him.<p>Meanwhile, the tech world has …

Summer Corn Salad

After a morning run, throw together this healthy fresh salad for a light lunch.<p>When in season, corn is so tender it doesn't even require cooking--just slice it off the cob and toss it in this dish. The vegetable is a rich source of carbs, fiber, and antioxidants. "I love creating a fresh salad with …

Carrier-Backed Mobile Wallet Isis Ties Up With Chase, Amex, Ahead Of Nationwide Expansion

Carrier-backed mobile payments initiative Isis is gearing up support for its mobile wallet platform ahead of the nationwide launch later this year. Today, Isis is announcing Chase has signed on to be a part of the national rollout, following the pilot trials in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake …

Google Wallet Is Removing Support For Gift And Loyalty Cards

Google is removing NFC functionality for gift and loyalty cards stored in Google Wallet — its mobile payments service. The support for such cards will be pulled on August 21, so this means that you need to spend any remaining gift card balances before that. However, if you have the physical gift …

PayPal smartphone app could replace credit cards

PayPal's head of retail services says a payment system that recognises customers by their first name and picture via a mobile phone app will let consumers leave their wallets at home.<p>The PayPal app is being used by retailers in Richmond, London, allowing customers to leave their wallet or purse at …

FinTech

Mobile Payments Platform For Apps Venmo Touch Expands To Android, iOS 7

Braintree-owned Venmo is expanding its one-touch mobile payments platform Venmo Touch today, with a private beta release of Venmo Touch for Android arriving now, alongside the launch of an iOS 7-compatible version of Venmo Touch and the Braintree iOS SDK. This marks the first time the service has …