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Arianna Huffington On The Struggle To Find Work-Life Balance

During a recent talk at the Columbia Business School, Arianna Huffington outlined four ways to achieve what she calls the third metric for success: thriving.<p>Arianna Huffington believes we are living in a brave new world–today’s work environment is somewhere between the dark ages and the renaissance.<p>…

Bigger than Facebook? Chinese tech giant Alibaba plans U.S. IPO

The largest tech IPO of the year will come from a company that many Americans have never heard of.<p>Alibaba -- a Chinese e-commerce behemoth that produces more sales and net income than Amazon and EBay combined -- has decided to go public in the U.S. after months of speculation that it would list in …

Financial Services and Retail band together to fight Fraud

Finally, retailers and banks have agreed to work together to fight data breach incidents, foregoing the finger-pointing of who’s responsible for prevention and recovery.<p>This means both entities will work to improve technology that will protect consumers. Historically, the squabbling consisted of …

Financial Services

4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in U.S. in 2013

A report released Thursday said 4.5 million smartphones were lost or stolen in the U.S. in 2013, up from 2.8 million in 2012.<p>Thefts were largely responsible for the increase in devices that were permanently separated from their owners, according to Consumer Reports' annual State of the Net Survey. …

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 …

A Facebook E-Money Service Could be a Big Hit in Asia

Reports this week suggest that Facebook is preparing to launch an e-money service. The Financial Times believes that the US company is weeks away from gaining regulatory approval in Ireland for a service that would let users store money on Facebook and use it to pay others.<p>Facebook declined to …

Telus set to lock horns with Ottawa in third Mobilicity bid

Telus Corp. is setting up a showdown with Ottawa by trying for a third time to buy a small Canadian wireless company in a deal that the government has already repeatedly blocked.<p>The Vancouver-based carrier announced late on Thursday that it has agreed to purchase Mobilicity, a small wireless player …

Five Things to Know About Alibaba, 'The Hottest Thing in Tech'

Alibaba, the Chinese internet behemoth that's relatively unknown in the U.S., is preparing to file the prospectus for a U.S.-based initial public offering next week, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Recent estimates value Alibaba between $153 billion and $200 billion and indicate that the IPO could …

China

Marissa Mayer’s genius plot to turn Apple against Google

Is Marissa Mayer about to play two of Silicon Valley’s fiercest rivals off each other?<p>Kara Swisher of Re/Code was out with a fascinating scoop on Yahoo late yesterday. According to her report, which cited sources inside the company, Yahoo is looking to convince Apple to dump Google as the default …

5 Ways to Make Your Brand Thrive in the Sharing Economy

Success in this climate requires listening to your customers, establishing their trust, and changing your relationship with them in fundamental ways.<p>Top-down business is dead. People are now bypassing established brands entirely to get what they need from each other. Welcome to the sharing economy, …

Sharing Economy

Facebook Might Be Planning a Very Smart Pivot

A banking license? For a social network? Here's why Facebook's latest move is more forward-thinking than it seems.<p>Facebook wants to bank its financial future on more than online advertising. In fact, the company wants to become a bank.<p>According to the <i>Financial Times,</i> Facebook is awaiting …

The Quantified Other: Nest And Fitbit Chase A Lucrative Side Business

Last year Karl Dalal walked more than 1.5 million steps around Houston, each step tracked by the Fitbit Zip that was clipped to his clothes. “I wear it religiously,” he says. “And so does my wife.” A big reason he cared enough to keep it on was that someone else was tracking those steps, too: his …