Google Is Warning About “Intrusive Interstitials” (What?) and Other Small Biz Tech News This Week

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(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – WhatsApp and Facebook will begin sharing user data for ad targeting.

In its newly released privacy policy, Facebook says it willbe stepping up how it handles encryption and protecting its users from snooping by advertisers. Except, it seems, for WhatsApp, the messaging service purchased in 2014 for $19 billion by the social media giant. Facebook said that it plans to share information about who your friends are, where they are and what content they like based on data collecting from WhatsApp.

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There’s surprising news about start-ups this year

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Start-ups are on the upswing, according to the entrepreneurship think tank, the Kauffman Foundation.

The 2016 Kauffman Index of Start-up Activity State and Metro Trends found 33 states experienced higher aggregate levels of new business activity compared to the prior year and 23 of the largest 40 metropolitan areas in the country also saw an increase in the number of new companies.

“Entrepreneurship is recovering from the Great Recession slump,” said Arnobio Morelix, senior research analyst at the Kauffman Foundation said in a statement. “While there is considerable variation from one locale to the next, the aggregate data bodes well for business startup activity around the country.”

That’s good news.  But there’s surprising news from the study too. Read More…

Quick: What’s 15 Percent of $129?

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

I’ve met lots of successful business owners and many of them share similar traits. Many are hardworking and optimistic. Many are also intelligent and creative. Some have a good way with people. Most lead with self-confidence. Others are disciplined and fair and goal-oriented. Not all of them share all of these characteristics. But there is one trait that they do share. Math.

Quick, what’s 29 percent of $3.35? If you don’t know that off the top of your head then your margin on a sale might be too low. Which means that the sales is not covering enough overhead, which in turn means you’re losing money. Read More…

Could Bookstores Be The Next Start-Up Boom?

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(This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post)

According to recent data released by research firm Statista, the bookselling business is on a rebound. After a number of years in decline, sales picked up in 2015 (a 1.9 percent increase from the previous year), and the trend continued into the first half of 2016 with revenues up another 6.1 percent. Is this a fluke?

No, it’s not. The bookselling business is back. The number of independent booksellers has increased 25% since 2009, according to the American Booksellers Association. And it’s all thanks to small business.

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Your office is freezing and it’s hurting productivity

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

It’s August, so naturally you want the air conditioning on. You want to make sure your office is comfortable, cool and a good working environment for your employees. But there’s a problem.  Your air conditioning is set too high and it’s costing your company in a big way other than your electric bill. It’s hurting your people’s productivity.

A 2010 study that measured employees’ computer activity, including errors made, found “noticeably” lower results in output and productivity in offices with temperatures in the low 70’s (which is typical for most companies) when compared to workers in offices with temperatures in the higher 70’s. Read More…

GoDaddy is hiring grand-daddies

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Remember that movie with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway called “The Intern?”

It was a warm and touching story about how a hard-driving, successful small business owner (Hathaway) hired an out-of-work middle aged guy (guess who?) as an intern and he not only helped her business, but he taught her a few lessons about life. The movie even got a 7.2 on IMDB, which isn’t too shabby. Read More…

Your employees are now officially allowed to complain about your business on Twitter

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Thinking of reprimanding or terminating an employee because he bad-mouthed your company on social media?  Not anymore, you can’t, according to this report from Eater.com. Read More…

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