Is Google Chrome Blocking Your Ads?…And Other Small Business Tech News This Week


(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 — Google’s Chrome ad blocking arrived this week.

This week, Google enabled its built-in ad blocker for Chrome. Chrome’s ad filtering is designed to weed out some of the web’s most annoying ads and encourage website owners to stop using them. Google will only be blocking ads on sites that repeatedly violate Coalition for Better Ads standards, including full-page ads, ads with autoplaying sound and video, and flashing ads. (Source: The Verge)

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Have you seen this new media company’s video clips? Kevin Durant thinks you will.

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

I spend too much time on Instagram, mostly laughing at funny videos, dog photos and people acting crazy. Recently, another site slipped its way on to my radar and was so compelling that I followed it. Which is exactly what Kevin Durant wanted me to do.

It’s called Overtime and Durant and a few other high-profile investors like venture capital firm Andreesen Horowitz and former NBA commissioner David Stern have put their money behind the Brooklyn-based start-up. The company recently closed a $9.5 million round of funding and is getting a lot of buzz because of its model. Read More…

Ever Wonder Why YouTube Hasn’t Destroyed America’s Funniest Home Videos?

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

The football game is over. Your dinner is settling somewhere near your stomach. You’re flipping through channels on a Sunday night, looking for something to watch when you pass by America’s Funniest Home Videos. Wait…what? Is this a re-run from the ’90’s?

No, it is not. The show is now in its 28th season. It runs Sunday nights on ABC where, having completed more than 600 episodes, is the longest-running primetime entertainment show on the network. It is syndicated in over 50 countries and 193 territories around the world. According to the Los Angeles Times, an average of 5.5 million people watch this show every week in the U.S. alone. During the summer it consistently wins its time slot for the valuable 18-49 year old age group. Read More…

More and more ski resorts are going into the energy business

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

A lot of businesses have to rely on a supplier. But if you’re in the ski resort business, there’s probably no supplier more important than your energy supplier. The problem is that energy is expensive — and some of it is not so good for the environment. That’s why more and more ski resort businesses are getting into the energy business. Not only is that good for their carbon footprint — it’s also good for the bottom line.

It takes a lot of power to operate a resort, what with lifts to run, snow to make and vehicles to fuel. Which is why ski resorts are oftentimes the largest customers for their local utility providers, particularly during the winter months. That buying power has created opportunities. Read More…

Tech Check: How Artificial Intelligence Is Having a Big Impact On This Company


(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Is your company’s technology up to speed or out of date? What’s hot and what’s not? What technologies are other businesses using that you should be considering?

That’s the purpose of the Tech Check. Each week, we’ll do a quick survey of a small businesses to see what technology they’re using because we’re all interested in keeping up with the Jones’s, right? So how do you compare?

This week, we’re doing a Tech Check with Jonathan Cherki, President of ContentSquare. Founded in 2012, ContentSquare is an experience optimization platform for online and mobile businesses designed to help increase conversions. It has 220 employees and is located in New York, London, and Paris, with other locations coming soon. Read More…

Santa Fe’s U.S. Chamber of Commerce considers a ‘Happy Toilet’ program

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Problem: stores aren’t thrilled about letting people use their bathrooms unless they’re paying customers. Solution: Happy Toilets! That’s the name of a program under consideration by Santa Fe, N.M.’s U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The idea is receiving a mixed reaction from local merchants.

The Happy Toilets program would work like this; businesses volunteer to participate by putting a sticker on their window saying that the public is free to use their toilets without any requirement to buy. In return for participating, the businesses would receive a stipend from … well … somewhere (hopefully the city’s tourist agency or the city’s parks and public works departments). The stipend would be enough to cover costs like supplies and maintenance. Read More…

A ‘best burger in America’ award brings nothing but trouble for this Portland restaurant

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

You would think that earning an award for the country’s best burger would be a great thing, right? Maybe not so much.

Last year and after a nationwide search, the popular men’s lifestyle site Thrillist bestowed the award on Stanich’s, in Portland, Ore. Founded in 1949, the legendary diner has catered to the likes of Michael Jordan, Dan Rather, members of the Trailblazers basketball team and other famous and not-so-famous burger lovers. The eatery has received other awards before, but unfortunately, this particularly prize – while very much appreciated – created so many problems that the decision was made to temporarily close.

“It was not only bittersweet, it’s a curse,” the restaurant’s second generation owner, Steve Stanich said in this Oregon Live report. Read More…