As the holiday season nears and 2014 comes to an end, we're at the cusp of being inundated with countless lists and predictions about what 2015 holds. Everybody has the desire to gain insight into what's on the horizon. But with such a huge number of resources to turn to, how do you cut through the noise and find what is truly valuable?
While you're reading this blog post, Google is conducting an experiment that could revolutionize the online advertisement business. This small experiment is called Contributor. It works by asking people for $1, $2 or $3 contributions to their website of choice in exchange for being able to read content without annoying advertisements.
In business and technology, it is common to see the underdogs suddenly rise up and knock the incumbent out of the top spot which, in turn, shakes up the industry and changes consumer perceptions and the business landscape. This Fast 50 shows Pinterest, Apple, Microsoft and Alibaba all making moves, some game changing and disruptive, jostling for a top position.
For the first time since Yelp became a publicly traded company, it reported a profit (Q2 of 2014). Today, its valuation sits around $5 billion, and boasts a monthly average of 138 million unique visitors. And while Yelp faces competition from some pretty heavy hitters -- Google, for one -- the future of the company looks promising.
Essentially, there are two key takeaways from Facebook changes that users can expect will only increase for the foreseeable future: First, they are likely to see more high quality content that tends to align better with their interests and behaviour. Second, it is likely that paid branded content will increase as organic reach decreases.
Paisley is one of the most gorgeous decorative patterns humans have ever devised. It is an incredible pattern to work with because it is so full of possibilities; paisley can be done in any scale, multi-coloured, monochrome, simple, or intricate, in a regular and repeating or varied, irregular, and seemingly random pattern.
Well not exactly. But Larry Page, co-founder of Google, does tell us that working a 40-hour week is an out-moded employment model. He believes that through smart design and technology we could work a four-day week or less. Now, with over $32 billion in the bank it is easy for Page to make such lofty assertions, but he might have a point.
There's nothing wrong with raising concerns about respect for privacy with regard to certain commercial practices. But the quantity and quality of data collected, the use to which they are put, and the potential violations of respect for privacy have nothing in common with those of governments and their spy agencie