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The Problem With Giving Employees a Stipend to Buy Health Insurance

If an employer pays each worker the same amount of money to cover health insurance premiums, older employees will have to pay a larger share of their premiums than their younger colleagues. Is that legal?

Micro self-storage will stow single boxes for 24 hours

The UK's LOVESPACE self-storage company will take even just a small box of items off customers' hands for as short as one night.

5 Things You Need to Know Today

A roundup of the day's news curated by the Inc. editorial team to help you and your business succeed. 1. Unwearables Hardware founders take note: Naveen Selvadurai, the co-founder of Foursquare, isn't convinced the future of tech is all wearable. Show More Summary

10 Ways to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Your comfort zone feels great, but it isn't where you need to be. To push your company forward, you have to take risks. As entrepreneurs, we crave a challenge. It's a critical component of peak performance because it provides stimulation. Show More Summary

Heartbleed: What You Do and Do Not Need To Worry About

If you have a business website, you’ve probably already heard, and are worried, about the Heartbleed Bug. Simply put, the Heartbleed Bug is a flaw in the SSL certificate used by some websites. That flaw might allow passwords, credit card numbers and other data to be leaked as a result. Show More Summary

Cities, Economic Uncertainty and Job Hopping

TechCrunch's How Burrowing Owls Lead to Vomiting Anarchists (or SF's Housing Crisis Explained) is a long an rambling article on why housing has gotten so hard to find and pay for in San Francisco. The part of the article I...

Technology and Smiles: Brooklyn’s One Girl Cookies Brings In the Dough With iPad POS, Analytics and Customer Service

New York City is filled with all kinds of neat bakeries and little shops to please your palette. What separates those who succeed and those who don’t succeed are two things. First, an executive and team who has the vision and passion to make a great product and treat customers well. Second, is the strategic [...]Show More Summary

The Sky is the Limit as Google Acquires High Altitude Drone Company

Google has come one step closer to making its balloon-powered Internet initiative, Project Loon, a reality. The tech giant recently acquired Titan Aerospace, a New Mexico-based company that builds drones for high altitudes, the Wall Street Journal reports. Show More Summary

Back 9 Links: Does Google read too much sci-fi?

Upstarts, newsmakers and influencers who caught our attention on Wednesday, April 16. Google’s “science-fiction” thinking is actually a limitation.The strange odyssey of AOL Instant Messenger.Counterpoint: The Washington Post and The...Show More Summary

4 Reasons IBM’s Massive $500 Million Private Cloud Hartford Deal Is Symbolic

IBM recently landed a huge deal – a $500 million, six-year private cloud whopper with insurance colossus, The Hartford. The Hartford will move to a private cloud-based infrastructure on IBM’s PureFlex System. Under the $500 million agreement, IBM will also provide a number of other services related to mainframe, storage, backup and resiliency. Show More Summary

A big banker bets on upstart brewers

Craft beer might not immediately spring to mind at the mention of big banks, but a brewery boom has spurred plenty of business interest in the sector. Bank of America, for instance, has a Southern California-based beverage industry group focused on wineries, breweries, distilleries, distributors and suppliers. Show More Summary

Exonerated hacker plans hedge fund launch to profit off corporate vulnerabilities

Andrew Auernheimer, aka, “Weev,” was released from the Allenwood Federal Correctional Center in Pennsylvania last weekend after serving 13 months of a 41-month sentence for distributing email addresses of 114,000 iPad users collected...Show More Summary

How One Tiny Business is Dominating Social Media

Online retailer The Brooklyn Circus has an award-winning social media strategy, despite having only two people dedicated to it. Last week a group of media moguls, business leaders and entertainment stars named the best and the brightest on social media at the Shorty Awards in New York City. Show More Summary

Social Media Hiring Isn't Just for Late Night TV

Seth Myers might have a leg up on most business leaders when it comes to social media recruiting. Okay, you probably don't need to hire a comedy writer. (Though maybe the tone of your daily email slog would benefit from doing so.) But...Show More Summary

How a VC firm shook up a college business plan competition

There was a lot of money flying around at the 2014 Rice Business Plan Competition, held April 10-12. And Mercury Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Houston, was partly responsible. Mercury Fund gave a $1 million investment...Show More Summary

Strange bedfellows: Young Turk's Cenk Uygur teams with Republican Buddy Roemer to take on Cable TV

As YouTube channels go, Cenk Uygur's The Young Turks is practically an institution (the progressive-leaning news show started on satellite radio in 2002 and joined YouTube in 2005). More than a decade into its existence, Uygur just raised...Show More Summary

The Pipeline: Google sells out Glass, Marissa Mayer slows mergers, Tumblr stays in NYC

A look the hottest deals, business moves and upstart entrepreneurs for April 16 from around the country, as reported by The Business Journals and other local business publications. Deals and money plays Silicon Valley…Marissa's merger slowdown: Marissa Mayer's appetite for buying companies may be sated. Show More Summary

Alibaba founder Jack Ma has a real way with words. Here are 10 colorful quotes.

The buzz over Alibaba's upcoming initial public offering is building, with reports saying that the Chinese e-commerce company could file a prospectus as early as next week for what experts say will be the largest IPO in the United States...Show More Summary

'Come back to daddy!!!' Kim Dotcom celebrates returned assets, slap in the face to U.S. courts

The New Zealand High Court isn’t playing nice with the United States anymore, following an order today declining to extend a hold on Kim Dotcom’s frozen assets, according to a New Zealand Herald report. In January 2012, cars, cash, and...Show More Summary

Airbnb gets ready for regulation battle on its home turf of San Francisco

San Francisco Board of Supervisors President David Chiu Tuesday unveiled what will surely be controversial legislation aimed at regulating short-term apartment rentals, a practice that has become widespread as a result of online services such as Airbnb and VRBO. Show More Summary

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