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Giphy builds transparent GIF library for Instagram Stories

 Instagram now lets some users slap background-less GIFs sourced from Giphy onto their Instagram Stories. Rolling out for wider testing with a Giphy-branded design, the new GIF sticker engine could further differentiate Instagram Stories from Snapchat, which has yet to embrace the animation trend. It appears that Giphy has worked with Instagram to create a special search engine for a library… Read More
Tags: Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Instagram, Snapchat, Giphy, animated GIF, Instagram Stories


WhatsApp Business finally rolls out for Android — and it’s totally free (for now)

After years of waiting and limited trials, businesses finally have their own WhatsApp solution. The company today launched the simply-named WhatsApp Business, available on Android devices as a free download. The app provides some of the basic functionality you’d want from a business app. You can create a Business profile with additional information like a description, address, and contact information, and enable quick replies for answers to common questions. You can create greeting messages and ...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps


Are those employed by your business satisfied?

When you're a manager or executive, you have a lot on your plate. Between dealing with clients, sales, and reports, it can be difficult to balance everything. However, you have to keep one important group in mind: your employees. Yes, you might pay them and provide them with benefits, but without them, your business obviously wouldn’t exist. However, employee satisfaction often needs to address much more than a source of income. You need to show proper dedication towards your employees a...
Tags: Jobs, United States, Jeremy Sutter


To my European comrades : 5 reasons why you should consider Austin to start with the American Dream

When I landed in Central Texas 11 months ago, I was far from expecting what I experienced in Austin so far. On a cold morning of March 2017, I recall my pap’ driving me to Charles de Gaulle airport in France and us talking about catching horses with a lasso, ending each discussion there with a western inspired punchline and then a look at the desert around me.We still can reminisce of these fantasized times in some cultural and physical manifestations, such as Fort Alamo or San Antonio’s rodeos...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Startups, Facebook, Europe, Texas, Wisdom, Entrepreneurship, France, US, Austin, Cities, San Diego, San Antonio, Howdy, Sxsw


Enzyme.com wants to make FDA compliance easier for startups

 The FDA approval process can be like navigating a minefield for health startups hoping to get through regulations and begin selling to the American public. YC company Enzyme.io hopes to help these small businesses by automating the process for them. Biomedical engineer Jared Seehafer came up with the idea through his own experience consulting with health companies. Read More
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, Fda, Data Collective, Rock Health, Refactor Capital, Science-exchange, Elizabeth Iorns, Y Combinator alumni, Enzyme.io, Soma Capital, Jared Seehafer


Microsoft’s AI is a robo Van Gogh that could change how designers work

Microsoft has developed an AI to draw entirely original images based on nothing more than text. You type it, a computer draws it, and we’re one step closer to a world where using software like Photoshop and Illustrator is a hands-off experience. Researchers created a text-to-image bot that spits out pretty amazing images when fed a series of descriptive words like “this bird is red with white and has a very short beak.” This was accomplished through the creation of neural network called an Atten...
Tags: Startups, Microsoft, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, Van Gogh


SEC cools traders’ hot plans for cryptocurrency-based exchange traded funds

 The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has serious concerns about the securities industry’s plans to create exchange traded funds around cryptocurrency. In a strongly worded letter to the heads of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and the Investment Company Institute, the director of the division of investment management, Dalia Blass said that there were… Read More
Tags: Security, TC, Money, Finance, Tech, Economy, SEC, Cryptocurrency, Decentralization, U S Securities and Exchange Commission, Investment Company Institute, Dalia Blass


Tips On Choosing A Restaurant Theme

Opening a restaurant is not an easy task and takes a huge amount of skill to succeed. If you prepare, plan, and design it properly, your chances of success will be better. Remember that people go out to restaurants to get away from home, get away from their day-to-day lives, and enjoy their meal in a different environment. Know Your Competition. Look around your area and see what kinds of restaurants are already there. You want to make sure there aren’t many, if any, with the same concept as ...
Tags: Startups, Others, Don, Technology Technology, Business Advice, Restaurant Business


iPhones are fragile — and so are their owners

As it has become clear just how luxurious life within the Apple ecosystem tends to be, so too has it become clear why Apple power users — often dubbed “sheep” — tend to behave in the ways that they do. They are the definition of people who pay premiums at every turn — with their time; with their money — they are the type of people who wake up at hours they shouldn’t, wait in lines others don’t, and pay amounts others can’t. As I noted in The Luxury Network, there is good reason for this; life wi...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Tech, Syndication


Facebook's Move to Dial Back News Ratchets Up Drama

Facebook once again has found itself at the center of a media storm, following Mark Zuckerberg's recent announcement of plans to shift its focus away from promoting news and business content and more toward emphasizing interactions from friends and family. The shift follows more than a year of heavy criticism directed against Facebook. It has been blamed for failing to combat fake news during the 2016 presidential election. In addition, concerns have been growing over mental health issues li...
Tags: Facebook, Ecommerce, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook It


Instagram now tells everyone when you’re active, here’s how to hide it

Another day, another feature nobody asked for. Facebook subsidiary Instagram has now enabled activity status in direct messages: this means that practically all of your friends will now be able to see when the last time you were actively using the app was. The feature rolled out as part of the latest updates for Android and iOS – so at least you know everyone is getting the same deal. In case you were wondering how this looks, Instagram now displays a line indicating the last time a user was act...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Social Media, Shareables


Your car knows you’re cheating on your diet (and your spouse)

General Motors (GM) first started tracking customers in 1996. Using its popular OnStar service, those in select GM vehicles could ask for directions, diagnose vehicle-related problems, or even disable a stolen vehicle by contacting a voice on the other end of the line. For around $35 a month, GM provided customers with an on-demand concierge available at the touch of a button. But unbeknownst to many, OnStar required more than just a monthly subscription fee. “Data is the currency of the digital...
Tags: Startups, Cars, Cnn, Gm, Insider, General Motors GM, Intelligent Transportation Systems, Jim Barbaresso, HTNB


Coliving Attracting VCs

While coworking has taken off, coliving has struggled to gain steam. Part of this is venture capital and investment funds have been hard to come by for those trying to build shared living space businesses. This appears to be changing.  The coliving company Common recently announced raising $40 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners.  Common currently has 14 shared living sites and over 400 members. They plan to use the new money to fund expansion. Other coliving companies raising mon...
Tags: Sales, Trends, Coworking, Norwest Venture Partners Common, Starcity Roomi, Global Consumer Trends


Netflix may already be in half of all US homes, but it's still growing like crazy (NFLX)

Netflix is still growing despite widespread adoption. The company is expected to grow its earnings by $1 billion this year, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Ben Swinburne. Watch Netflix trade in real time on Markets Insider. Netflix is now a household name, recognized across the entire US. And that's probably because more than half of the nation's broadband households have access to a subscription. With such a high household penetration rate, you'd think Netflix's growth would start to sl...
Tags: Verizon, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Ubs, Morgan Stanley, Qdoba, T Mobile, NFLX, Swinburne, US Hollywood, Ben Swinburne, Ben Swinburne Watch Netflix, Markets Insider Netflix


Fortnite Battle Royale gets an updated map

 Fortnite, which has topped 50 million players, has released an update to the game in the form of version V.2.2.0. The patch is significant in that it brings a long-awaited update to the Battle Royale map. Fortnite Battle Royale quite literally takes a page out of the PUBG playbook. In it, 100 players are dropped into a map, where they loot for gear and try to take down the competition. But… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Gaming, Tech, Xbox, Ps4, Battle Royale, Fortnite, PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale


Snap Inc. lays off at least two dozen amid slowed user growth and engagement

 Snap Inc. has laid off at least two dozen people across several divisions within the company, according to the Information, which first reported the news. Snap has since confirmed these layoffs, which largely affect those on the content teams in the New York and London offices. Over a dozen of the 24 or so employees laid off today were part of the content team. Snap tells TechCrunch that… Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Apps, New York, London, Drama, Tech, Hiring, Snap Inc


Want an old car? Be careful -- and turn off the TV!

I hate televised auctions and "build-it-quick-to-flip-it" shows, because they present an unrealistic view of the old-car hobby. You can't build a good car cheap or fast, and it's very easy to spend more than it's really worth. Find out all the pitfalls in my story at Autofocus. [Author: Jil McIntosh]
Tags: Money, Cars, Old, Custom Cars, Classic Cars, Auctions, Auction, Autos, Collecting, Restoration, Custom, Antique, Jil McIntosh, Old cars, Antique Cars


4 Tips For Blending 5 Generations Into The Same Workplace

by Sue Hawkes, CEO of YESS! and author of “Chasing Perfection: Shatter The Illusion; Minimize Self-Doubt & Maximize Success”  “A divided country” is a prevalent theme in America today, and simultaneously many business leaders find the need for their employees to work well together has never been more important – or perhaps more challenging. For the first time in modern history, the workforce consists of four and sometimes five generations within a single company. That age/experience difference ...
Tags: Startups, Leadership, America, Management, Workplace Culture, Generation Gap, Workforce Diversity, Thinking Aloud, Sue Hawkes


Tile lays off dozens after a disappointing holiday

 Tile, one of the best known item-tracking gadgets out there, has laid off some 30 people and reportedly froze the potential hires of another 10, TechCrunch has learned. This comes less than a year after the company raised a $25 million B round last May. The layoffs are reportedly due to disappointing sales over the holidays. Read More
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Tech, Personnel


FBI launches investigation of NRA over pro-Trump Russia money

McClatchy DC reports that the FBI is investigating whether a Kremlin-tied Russian banker illegally funded money to the National Rifle Association to help Trump win the presidency. FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of Russia’s central bank who is known for his close relationships with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and the NRA, the sources said. It is illegal to use foreign money to influence federal elections. ...
Tags: Post, Money, News, Guns, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Fbi, Kremlin, Trump, Nra, National Rifle Association, WaPo, McClatchy, Trump Russia, Alexander Torshin


These are all of the cities Amazon could choose for its $5 billion headquarters, ranked by the experts

Amazon has announced a list of the 20 cities it's considering for its second headquarters. Amazon has promised a $5 billion investment and up to 50,000 high-paying jobs in the city it ultimately chooses. We combined seven different rankings to come up with a list of the cities that could be most likely to land Amazon's HQ2. Amazon announced its shortlist of the North American cities that are still in the running for its second headquarters on Thursday. Though 238 states, cities, and regi...
Tags: Amazon, Toronto, Trends, Indianapolis, Wall Street Journal, Cnbc, Justin Trudeau, Los Angeles California, CLEVELAND Ohio, Cincinnati Ohio, Sperling, Citylab, Before Amazon, Moody s Analytics Sperling, BestPlaces Everest Group The New York Times, Indianapolis Indiana Neither Los Angeles


Is it news? Ansari story triggers media ethics debate

What makes a private sexual encounter newsworthy? A little-known website raised that very question after publishing an unidentified woman’s vivid account of comedian Aziz Ansari’s sexual advances while the two were on a date. The story on Babe.net threw a wrench into the #MeToo movement, with some feminist writers dismissing the incident as a bad […]
Tags: Business, News, Aziz Ansari, Ansari, Nation & World


The top cities competing for Amazon's $5 billion headquarters may not be considering one critical factor

This week, Amazon announced 20 city finalists in the bid to become home to the company's second headquarters, HQ2. The top contenders should be discussing climate resilience strategies related to extreme weather and flooding as part of their bids. Climate change-driven events could affect HQ2's workforce and infrastructure.   On Thursday morning, Amazon unveiled the top 20 contenders to become the company's second home. Called HQ2, the $5 billion campus will generate an estimated 50,000 jobs...
Tags: Amazon, New York City, Trends, Atlanta, Austin, New Jersey, Epa, RFP, Houston, North Carolina, Denver, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Cnbc, Raleigh, Austin Texas


Outrunning the bulls: A look into Spain’s developing startup ecosystem

After a devastating economic crisis brought the country to its knees, Spain has started to build itself back up — in part thanks to the country’s developing startup ecosystem. Spain has had a difficult decade, with its unemployment having risen to as high as 26 percent in 2013. However, last year Spain’s economy finally returned to its pre-recession size, with new opportunities for entrepreneurs promising to combat the still-high level of unemployment. This past year I had the chance to visit Sp...
Tags: Startups, Spain, Contributors, Eddie Arrieta


Is This The Best Broker in the Nation? ;)

Brokers have been known to go to great lengths to get agents to work for them but Kelly Johnston takes it to the extreme! When he says he’ll do anything to get you to come work for him, he means it! Enjoy If you like this post you’ll love our other ‘Just For Fun‘ posts!
Tags: Real Estate, Funny, Fun, Radio, Just For Fun, Kelly Johnston


One of these 20 locations could be the home to Amazon's newest headquarters (AMZN)

Amazon has narrowed its search for the site of its next headquarters, dubbed HQ2, to 20 cities.  The list of candidates include Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, and Columbus, Ohio. The company said it will make a final decision this year. Amazon has waded through 238 proposals from cities across the US eager to become the home of its new headquarters, HQ2. Today, the company announced that it has reduced the list to 20 finalists, which included Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D....
Tags: Amazon, New York City, US, Trends, North America, COLUMBUS Ohio, AMZN, Atlanta Austin Boston Chicago Dallas Denver, Atlanta Dallas Washington D C, Holly Sullivan Amazon Public Policy, Atlanta Georgia Austin Texas Boston Massachusetts


Amazon offers these perks to workers — and they reveal why cities are fighting over who gets to host HQ2 (AMZN)

Amazon has narrowed its search for a second US headquarters location, dubbed HQ2, down to 20 cities. The company has said that new offices will provide up to 50,000 jobs. Current Amazon employees receive perks like health and disability insurance, company stock, and paid leave, and it's likely the workers at HQ2 will, as well. Nearly 240 US cities submitted bids to be the site of Amazon's new headquarters, dubbed HQ2. Now, the company has announced that it has narrowed the applicant pool dow...
Tags: Amazon, Disney, US, Trends, Seattle, Business Insider, Hayley Peterson, John Olsen, Robbinsville New Jersey, Current Amazon, Columbus Ohio Business Insider, Business Insider On Glassdoor, Glassdoor Full


Rapper Chamillionaire wants to give financial help to the family of Jorge Garcia, a man who was deported after living in the US for 30 years

Rapper Chamillionaire is trying to help out the family of Jorge Garcia, a suburban Detroit man who was deported to Mexico last week after living in the US for 30 years with no criminal record. On Tuesday, Chamillionaire sent an email to Detroit Free Press reporter Niraj Warikoo, who wrote the story on Garcia's deportation, asking if Warikoo could connect him to the Garcia family. Chamillionaire said in a statement to Business Insider that while he hasn't been connected to the Garcia family, he...
Tags: Mexico, US, Trends, Detroit, Trump, Garcia, Detroit Free Press, Jorge Garcia, Chamillionaire, Niraj Warikoo, Warikoo, On Monday Detroit Free Press


Amazon just made a major change — and it forced me to finally cancel my Prime subscription (AMZN)

I quit Amazon Prime on Friday.  The company had announced that the price of a monthly subscription would increase from $10.99 to $12.99.  I wasn't getting my money's worth with Prime, but had been lulled into complacency. The price increase was the jolt I needed to snap out of it and quit the service.  I've finally canceled my Amazon Prime subscription.  I've been debating canceling my Prime subscription service for a long time, as I have almost certainly not been getting my $10.99 worth eve...
Tags: Amazon, Mississippi, Trends, Amazon Prime, Brooklyn, Dick, AMZN, Jean Claude Van Johnson, Phoebe Waller Bridge However


What the NY Times got wrong about Bitcoin

It’s rare in the days following a cryptocurrency correction to find genuinely good reporting surrounding the issue. The New York Times took a stab at it yesterday, and for the most part, hit the ball out of the park. But it wasn’t without its problems. layer innocent nothing argue pottery winner cotton menu task slim merge maid The sequence of words is meaningless: a random array strung together by an algorithm let loose in an English dictionary. What makes them valuable is that they’ve been gen...
Tags: Startups, Bitcoin, New York Times, Insider, Ny Times, Hardfork



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