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Real Estate

Google Business Chief: I Wake Up and 'Worry About Competition'

In addition to his formal role as head of Google’s business efforts, Philipp Schindler has also been working as a de facto ambassador to his native Europe.<p>Speaking in Munich on Tuesday, the German-born Googler, who was promoted to head of its $60 billion-plus sales behemoth in August*, offered …

Google

News, Sports, Weather, Entertainment, Local & Lifestyle

Choose your sign:<p>Disappointment could set in when you realize your assumptions about a friend or partner are not true. However, you have a rare …

Article: Influencers Have Become Measurable Media Channels

TapInfluence has created an influencer marketplace and platform that automates the process of identifying, distributing and measuring influencer …

Marketing

Twitter Considering 10,000-Character Limit for Tweets

Longer tweets are coming soon to Twitter.<p>Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet things longer than the traditional 140-character limit, and the company is targeting a launch date toward the end of Q1, according to multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. Twitter …

Twitter

Snapchat is building an ad technology platform

Snapchat is working on a crucial part of its growing digital ad business: an application programming interface (API) that would let partners start …

Fans rally to say goodbye to popular Disney, Universal rides in Orlando

Out with the old, in with the new.<p>In Orlando, theme park fans are taking one last spin on of some of their favorite rides before they shut down for good to make way to flashier attractions. According to the Orlando Sentinel, some of these rides are so beloved by fans that their closings have turned …

The Future of Mobile Chatting: Commerce

Facebook, others strive to copy China’s WeChat success in linking messaging apps to shopping, services<p>ENLARGE<p>In 2011, Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. TCEHY -0.43 % launched a smartphone app so people could send each other free text messages. Five years later, WeChat’s hundreds of …

Mobile

Wall Street begins year sharply lower after China selloff

U.S. stocks began 2016 sharply lower on Monday, with the Dow marking its worst start to a year since 2008, after weak Chinese economic data fanned fears of a global slowdown.<p>Indexes partly recovered late in the session, following a turnaround in oil prices that caused energy shares to cut losses. …

Stocks

Best Online Reputation Management Services

Credit: fotogestoeber/Shutterstock<p>We know that different businesses and individuals have distinct reputation management needs. Our staff researched …

World’s Largest McDonald’s Shuts to Make Way for Even Larger McDonald’s

The new location will add 7,000 square feet<p>The biggest McDonald’s in the world closed this week to make room for an even larger McDonald’s.<p>McDonald’s shut down the 12,000-square-foot location in Orlando, Fla. in order to open a 19,000-square-foot version of the fast-food restaurant next door in …

Fast Food

Social Media Marketing: 8 Predictions for Social Media in 2016

It’s that time of year when we say goodbye to the past and start looking ahead and trying to guess what will be fresh and new in the coming months. …

Viral Marketing

The New Wifi Will Reach Twice as Far

Wi-Fi

CES 2016: MyCaptR app 3D-scans homes using an iPad

A start-up is developing an app that can 3D-scan a room in about three minutes.<p>MyCaptR can then be used to decide how best to remodel a home or office before calling in the builders and buying new furniture.<p>It will be demonstrated this week by Levels3D at the CES tech show in Las Vegas.<p>The company …

Beyonce’s stylist just created the most narcissistic iPhone case yet

From bizarre accessories approaching <i>Zoolander</i> levels of parody to thieves stupid enough to snap themselves at the scene of a crime, selfies were one of 2015’s most unfortunate trends.<p>Unfortunately it looks like they’ll be continuing into 2016, too, with Beyonce’s celebrity stylist Ty Hunter …

New electric skateboard can be controlled with your iPhone

LAS VEGAS — Best known for its wild powered roller skates, Acton is now entering the growing electric skateboard market and hoping to cruise to success on the strength of an iPhone-based remote control system.<p>The company's new Blink-Board, which it unveiled here at CES 2016, is far smaller than …

General Motors plows $500M into Lyft as part of $1B round and reveals plans to build self-driving cars | VentureBeat | Business

General Motors (GM), the century-old car company behind major automotive brands Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, and Vauxhall, announced today that it’s investing $500 million in ride-sharing company Lyft. This represents part of a larger $1 billion raise announced by Lyft which sees a number of old and …

Automotive

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Deleted Scenes: Darth Vader’s Error, ‘Empire Strikes Back’ Flashback, And More

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Deleted Scenes: Darth Vader's Error, 'Empire Strikes Back' Flashback, And More<p><b>**Spoilers ahead**</b> "I’m not a huge fan …

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Indiana Jones 5 Confirmed By Disney

It’s been rumoured for a while, but now Disney CEO Bob Iger has CONFIRMED that the studio will be making ‘Indiana Jones 5’.<p>Talking to Bloomberg News, …

In Silicon Valley Now, It’s Almost Always Winner Takes All

In September, 2014, after investing in a ride-sharing company called Sidecar, Richard Branson declared that it was “early days and, like a lot of other commodity businesses, there is room for innovators on great customer experiences.” He added that he was not putting his money into a …

Silicon Valley

Creators of $1 million Star Trek fan film sued by CBS and Paramount

While <i>Star Trek: Beyond</i> is grabbing headlines ahead of its premiere next summer, it's not the only <i>Star Trek</i> movie currently in the works. <i>Axanar</i>, a fan-made film set in the same universe as the sci-fi series, has earned more than a million dollars through crowdfunding platforms this year and drawn …

Star Trek

FAA Drone Registration Becomes Official on Dec 21, Costs $5 | Make

In another sign that the Federal Aviation Administration is serious about regulating remote controlled aircraft, the Administration today announced a drone registration program that will launch on December 21—just in time for a holiday season that an FAA spokesperson expects will result in the …

5 Geofencing Tools for Customer Acquisition | Street Fight

<i>Marketers increasingly are using geofencing and proximity marketing to send push notifications to existing customers located at specific events or</i> …

Is venture capital killing startups?

Image by: Heisenberg MediaJust the other day, I had the somewhat unpleasant job of presiding over the shutdown of one of our investee companies. Not …

Venture Capital

LivingSocial Offers a Cautionary Tale to Today’s Unicorns

WASHINGTON — The first thing you see when walking into the headquarters of LivingSocial is row upon row of mostly empty desks, broken up by small street signs that employees once needed to find one another when the office teemed with people.<p>One row, “BYFAD Lane,” was named after a start-up, …

Unicorns

Airbnb Raises $100 Million Only Months After Last Funding Round

The company expects to reach profitability in 2016.<p>Home-sharing startup Airbnb has raised a fresh $100 million in funding at a $25.5 billion valuation, according to a report from the <i>Wall Street Journal.</i><p>This latest round of funding comes only months after a $1.5 billion mega-round the company raised …

Airbnb

Startup Valuations Surge in 3Q, But Data Hints at Pullback

Startup valuations continued to rise at a torrid pace in the third quarter, though there were potential signs the venture-capital tide may have started to turn, according to new data.<p>Fenwick & West today published its latest quarterly report digging inside the terms of venture funding deals for …

Startups

This Is Gonna Be Harder Than I Thought

In the first installment of this new series, food writer Mark Bittman opens up about his decision to join a startup.<p>At first, it seemed pretty straightforward. I met this guy, Andy Levitt, who had started a vegan meal kit company called Purple Carrot. He wanted me to join as a partner because, as …