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Facebook's Atlas takes digital advertising beyond the cookie — here's how

For years, digital marketers have been shackled to an increasingly outdated technology known as cookies, which are still used to measure and target digital ads.<p>Cookies — bits of code dropped into web browsers — are known to generate poor approximations of how many people view a digital ad, …

The impact of new technologies on global remittance costs and flows

A new report from the World Bank shows that alternatives to cash are helping to drive down the cost of remittances around the world. The global …

Sub-Saharan Africa

A Hong Kong startup is dragging the international shipping industry into the 21st century

International shipping is a US$700 billion per year industry across land, air, and sea. The people keeping those trucks, trains, planes, and ocean …

Neat Algorithms - Paxos

This is an explanation and demonstration of an extraordinarily neat algorithm called Paxos. Paxos is a family of algorithms for teaching a whole …

How to set up stress-free SSL on an OS X development machine

One of the best ways to reduce complexity (read: <i>stress</i>) in web development is to minimize the differences between your development and production …

Announcing Hologram, taking EC2 Instance Roles everywhere

Back<p>We love Amazon Web Services here at AdRoll. All of our production, test, and staging infrastructure runs on AWS. Really, the only systems we …

Travel Money Transfer Startup WeSwap Raises $7.5M

More funding activity in the so-called peer-to-peer money transfer space. WeSwap, the London-based startup that helps travellers get a better exchange rate when changing currency in advance of a trip, has closed a decent-sized $7.5 million series A round, adding to the $2 million previously raised. …

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How MasterCard became a tech company

Ajay Banga loves to talk about the wonders of a cashless society, but every now and then it can backfire. At his first offsite leadership meeting …

How To Launch A Startup Without Writing Code

A startup should be about solving a customer problem -- which does not always mean building a product from scratch.

Startups

How statically linked programs run on Linux

In this article I want to explore what happens when a statically linked program gets executed on Linux. By <i>statically linked</i> I mean a program that …

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Reinventing the To-Do List: A Multi-billion Dollar Opportunity

Gotta love Dan Markovitz’s post decrying to-do lists. Contrarian, yes. But it unfortunately ignored the digitally-enhanced tomorrow made possible by the very device you’re reading this on.<p>To-do lists, in fact, will likely be the internet’s next multibillion dollar global innovation. The only …

The Six Things That Will Change the Future of Payments

Well, it’s that time of year … summer is (sadly) coming to a close, the kids are headed back to school and 2014 strategic planning sessions are …

The Startup Reading List: Must Read Books For Every Startup - Product Demo Videos, Premium Explainer Videos & Book Trailers

Books are still vital. Ask the CEOs of the <i>successful</i> companies and you will find that they are well read.<br>Ask the top people everywhere and they read …

Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?

There are three popular explanations for the clear under-representation of women in management, namely: (1) they are not capable; (2) they are not interested; (3) they are both interested and capable but unable to break the glass-ceiling: an invisible career barrier, based on prejudiced …

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Nutrition experts contend that all we need is what's typically found in a routine diet. Industry representatives, backed by a fascinating history, argue that foods don't contain enough, and we need supplements. Fortunately, many excellent studies have now resolved the issue.<p>On October 10, 2011, …

Do You Make These 5 Database Design Mistakes?

Look, everyone makes mistakes. It’s true. But not all of us have the chance to make mistakes that end up costing millions of dollars in hardware and …

The Uncanny Valley of a Functional Organization

<i>Consider this Part 2 in an accidental series on Microsoft’s recent reorganization, and functional and divisional organizations. Part 1 focused on a</i> …

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Made with China -- Makers in Shenzhen

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Silvia Lindtner, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Irvine and at Fudan University in Shanghai. She teaches, …

Top 10 Marketing Books of All Time | Inc.com

In previous posts, I've identified the best motivational books of all time and the best sales books of all time. Today, I've selected 10 books about marketing that I believe should be in every business library.<p>Some of these books explain how technology has changed the strategy and tactics of …

Marketing

The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

What's the 'Internet of Everything' worth? $613 billion, Cisco reckons

Cisco Systems wants its customers to know that there is a huge amount of money to be made if they focus their strategy and IT budget on what the company and others call the Internet of Everything.<p>That's the idea that more than half of the people and 99 percent of the things on the planet are …

Internet of Things

The One Cost Engineers and Product Managers Don't Consider

<i>Kris</i> <i>Gale, VP Engineering at Yammer, joined us recently for First Round CTO Summit and blew everyone away with his talk on "why the traditional</i> …

7 financial terms every serious entrepreneur should know

<i>Jed Simon is the chief executive officer of FastPay, an online finance company focusing on digital businesses.</i><p>There are brilliant technologists and business leaders in today’s tech world, but while startups have their own, great talents, we’re seeing one common weakness: lack of understanding …

Be Like Water: The Philosophy and Origin of Bruce Lee’s Famous Metaphor for Resilience

With his singular blend of physical prowess and metaphysical wisdom, coupled with his tragic untimely death, legendary Chinese-American martial artist, philosopher, and filmmaker <b>Bruce Lee</b> (November 27, 1940–July 20, 1973) is one of those rare cultural icons whose ethos and appeal remain timeless, …