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Why Facebook Bought WhatsApp in a Single Chart

By<p>Reed Albergotti<p>Reed Albergotti<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@reedalbergotti<p>reed.albergotti<p>Reed.Albergotti@wsj.com<p>WhatsApp, which Facebookreed to acquire for $19 billion Wednesday, isn’t well known in the U.S. But it’s hugely popular in other parts of the world, where it’s used as a substitute …

7 Secret Gmail Features You Didn't Know Existed

Let's be real: Most of us are pretty dependent on our email. I mean, don't you guys often wake up to an inbox that looks like this?<p>No?? Remember: No matter how full your inbox is, somebody else always has a crazier one than you do. And even if you think you know everything there is to know about …

The Rise of Productivity Apps

So many screens, so little time.<p>Perhaps it’s because we are so constantly connected, we’ve become a bit overwhelmed with always being “on,” and …

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Tesla’s most disruptive product may not be its cars

“We believe the days when Tesla was known as purely an auto company are numbered,” declared Morgan Stanley analysts in a note this week, after the electric car maker reported another set of stellar results.<p>Endless column inches have chronicled how Elon Musk’s electric car company is disrupting the …

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Funding a New Small Business? Don't Bother With Banks

<b>Question:</b> What steps should I take before applying for a loan to open a small business? I’d like to maximize my chances of getting a good</b> …

It’s App, App and Away for Europe’s App Economy

While Europe may not have yet produced a Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc. or Facebook, it does punch above its weight in sheer number of apps produced.<p>From Angry Birds to Taxibeat, the bloc’s developers are turning out mobile applications at an impressive rate. The European Commission Thursday …

Instagram Is Shaping Up To Be The World's Most Powerful Selling Tool

Amid dire predictions for a mass exodus from Facebook, the social network did make a winning buy with Instagram. The photo app amassed over 150 million users in three short years –twice as fast as Twitter.<p>That quantity has some quality. According to research by L2 Think Tank, Instagram’s community …

5 Tech Trends You Need to Know Right Now

Security, infrastructure intelligence and data analytics will be among the hottest business technology trends of 2014, according to a research paper …

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Dark 'Cloud' Forming: The Struggle to Balance Security and Employee Privacy

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Gone are the days when employees sat at their desks with corporate-issued laptops or when employees would “VPN” into the office just to get their email. And gone are the days when mobile email meant the drab Blackberry.<p>By 2017, Gartner …

Rescue Your Data From the Big Data Landfill

These professionals now have to deal with a data landfill -- mountains of data that enterprises are collecting and trying to use to make business …

Google+ Hangouts for Business Just Got Real

When Google+ first debuted in summer 2011, the feature most lauded was its free, multi-person video conferences called Hangouts. Their usefulness in …

How Successful People Stay Calm

The ability to manage your emotions and remain calm under pressure has a direct link to your performance. TalentSmart has conducted research with more than a million people, and we’ve found that 90% of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress in order to remain calm …

3 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Video Games

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Gaming may often be dismissed as a frivolous and unproductive waste of time. But, yes, entrepreneurs should take notice. There are important business lessons to be learned from video games and the gaming industry itself.<p>We spoke with …

What small business owners should know about the new Obamacare report

Congressional budget analysts on Tuesday released revised estimates concerning the economic footprint of the health care law, spawning another round of headlines declaring that Obamacare will take a massive bite out of workers’ hours and eliminate millions of jobs.<p>Thing is, that’s not what the …

Top Tech for Your Home Office

Working from home -- and making a decent living doing it -- demands discipline, focus and follow-through. Decking your workspace out with some of the latest, greatest office tech doesn't hurt either. Having the right gear just might boost your productivity, that is if you don't let it drive you to …

Want a Mentor for Your Business? Look for These 3 Qualities

When you’re starting a business — or even just thinking about it — the advice you’ll get again and again is to find a mentor.<p>But here’s what’s more …

How to Know When You've Outgrown Your Home Office

There are numerous reasons to run a business out of your home, with cost savings and an easy commute being the top two. However, there may come a …

Is Coin the One Payment Card to Rule Them All?

In the new world of plastic money, technology has provided — in addition to the old standby of magnetic-stripe payment cards — a multitude of readily …

The LinkedIn Settings Mistakes Most People Still Make

Those who read my columns know that I’m a great fan of LinkedIn, especially for its creative “off-brand” and competitive intelligence uses. But when I saw Donna Sapolin’s recent post on How LinkedIn is Thwarting Your Job Search, I had to weigh in.<p>Yes, the auto emails that inform your entire …

5 Ways Your Phone Will Change Your Life over the Next Decade

No one can deny that the smart phone has revolutionized our personal and professional lives. More than just a phone, they are powerful, networked …

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Google Still Wins by Selling Motorola for Cheap

Google jettisoned Motorola Mobility on Wednesday, and at first blush, it seemed like a failure for the ages – a seemingly $10 billion loss that came …

10 Tax Write-Offs You Aren't Using to Your Advantage

You already know that you’re legally obligated to pay your taxes, but that doesn’t mean you should pay more than you owe.<p>Each year, American …

Productivity Hacks: Preserving Creativity in the Era of Reactionary Workflow

<i>This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers share their secrets to being more productive. See all their #productivityhacks here.</i><p>The …

Study: Mobile Ad Spending to Hit $42 Billion in 2017, Eclipsing Radio

Mobile advertising, long criticized for its relatively puny size compared to TV and desktop ads, will hit $41.9 billion in 2017, Gartner …

3 Things to Consider When Deciding If BYOD is Right for You

The business and IT world continues to trend into a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ future, where the company furnish computer and mobile hardware for their …

Case Study: Pizza Chain Uses Customer Data For Targeted Offers | Street Fight

<b>Published:</b><p><b>Merchant:</b> Patxi’s Pizza <b><br>Location:</b> California and Colorado <b><br>Size:</b> 12 Locations <b><br>Vendor:</b> Thanx <b><br>Bottom Line:</b> Merchants should be taking full …

Pinterest Is More Popular Than Email for Sharing Stuff Online

Sometimes, the tech startup world can make your brain hurt. This tends to happen, for instance, when a website where people share pictures of their …

Top 5 mobile marketing metrics that matter in 2014 — and 5 that don’t

<i>This sponsored post is produced by Chethan Ramachandran, the CEO of Playnomics.</i> <b></b><p>The world of mobile marketing moves fast, so why use outdated metrics that are no longer accurate representations of your application’s health? Here are five metrics you should be focusing on — and five you should lay to …