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Brace Your Business for Online Fraud During Holiday Season

Retailers should brace for a higher level of online fraud during the holiday season since attempts have increased by a whopping 30 percent just in the past year alone.

Startups born out of Washington University class have raised more than $33 million

ST. LOUIS—About 100 startups launched out of a Washington University class called The Hatchery have raised $33.8 million since 2008, according to the university's research. That figure is about double what the university reported atShow More Summary

S.F. aims to make city world capital of the 'Internet of Things'

SAN FRANCISCO—We’ve been hearing for awhile now that IoT – the ‘Internet of things’ – is poised to take over the world, but its real-world uses remain abstract for many. With a new program launching today, San Francisco and SigFox, a...Show More Summary

This Seattle startup wants to revolutionize trucking

A new Seattle company is hoping to become the Uber for the trucking industry. Convoy, founded in April, allows businesses to book transportation for shipments using the website and app, instead of phone calls through a broker. The site allows carriers to pick up jobs in real time (or schedule them ahead of time) and build their fleets. Show More Summary

Peeple’s people backpedal on app’s premise

SILICON VALLEY—The founders of the controversial app called “Yelp for humans” continue to be the focus of online outrage, even though they’ve scaled back the app to near pointlessness. CEO Julia Cordray and co-founder Nicole McCullough...Show More Summary

Microsoft makes bold move to take control of blockchain app ecosystem

NEW YORK—Microsoft today announced a partnership with a newly-formed blockchain company to create tools that let coders easily build apps using a decentralized ledger technology similar to that which underlies bitcoin. The partnership...Show More Summary

Why this prosecutor's teaming with an NBA legend to pitch legal marijuana in Ohio

CINCINNATI—Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and Cincinnati basketball star Oscar Robertson appear in the latest TV commercials urging voters to legalize marijuana in Ohio on Nov. 3. “I’ve spent my entire career fighting crime, and...Show More Summary

MassChallenge launches full accelerator program in Israel

For three years, MassChallenge has hosted Israeli startups at its Boston accelerator to introduce them to investors, mentors and partners, a type of feeder program meant to capitalize on the country’s massive innovation and startup community. But...Show More Summary

FDA says Theranos used unapproved device, has quality-control-problems

SAN FRANCISCO—Beleaguered Bay Area biotech Theranos now faces complaints from regulators, after the Food and Drug Administration released two reports late Tuesday saying it had used an unapproved medical device, had deficiencies in its...Show More Summary

Why these retail executives unanimously chose to ditch Black Friday

SEATTLE—Rachel Ligtenberg has worked every Black Friday for the last 20 years. This year, though, REI's vice president of retail will be out skiing or possibly climbing Mount Rainier with her two daughters. That's because the Kent, Wash., outdoor retail company will be closed on the biggest shopping day of the year. Show More Summary

Can LivePerson slay the 1-800 time-suck with new mobile product?

NEW YORK—LivePerson, which pioneered the technology that lets brands communicate with customers online via live chat, has released a new platform to help banks, retailers and telcos bring those conversations — and transactions — to mobile...Show More Summary

23 Tips for Choosing the Right CRM Software

CRM software has many benefits to small businesses. But that's only if you're adept at choosing the right CRM software for your particular business. Here's how to do that.

7 Must Haves for Your Holiday Social Media Strategy

If you want to build the type of buzz that leads to sales for your business during the holidays, here are the essential elements your holiday social media strategy must have.

The Best Productivity Habits (Hacks) Are Between Your Ears

The book "The Productivity Habits" guides you through eight productivity habits and hacks that use a system built on simple brain-­hacking habits.

Starting Your Home-Based Business

When people decide that they want to start their own business and become their own boss, they do not always fully understand exactly what it takes to succeed. Let’s look at some tips that will help you start your business the right way. Find Something You Are Passionate About If you are going to start […]

Fintech startup partners with Google-backed app Robinhood

BOSTON — Quantitative finance startup Quantopian is now allowing users to trade securities without paying a commission, through a partnership with the investing app Robinhood. Quantopian is one of four companies that integrated Robinhood’s technology on Friday, the first to offer Robinhood’s brokerage services other than Robinhood itself. Show More Summary

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