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Paypal launches chip-and-pin device

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Paypal launches a chip-and-pin device to offer new payment methods for small businesses that have traditionally relied on cash trade....
Paypal launches chip-and-pin device

Free Get Satisfaction is back: moderation, Hootsuite, other features added to make it useful for SMBs

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Customer service platform, Get Satisfaction, has revived its long-hidden free product, sprucing it up and adding some new features to it to make, what it hopes it will be, a useful and accessible product for small- to medium-sized businesses. Although a free plan had long been available, today’s announcement brings...
Free Get Satisfaction is back: moderation, Hootsuite, other features added to make it useful for SMBs

Facebook shares stats about businesses using pages and promoted posts

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Facebook today announced that more than 300,000 pages have promoted 2.5 million posts since Promoted Posts launched for businesses in June. More than one-quarter of those businesses have been new advertisers on Facebook. The stats, shared Facebook’s Director of Global SMB Markets Dan Levy at BIA/Kelsey’s Interactive Local Media West...
Facebook shares stats about businesses using pages and promoted posts

FB’s Biggest Ecommerce Platform Payvment Lets Its 165K Sellers Instantly Buy Ads

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The “Taste Graph” is Payvment‘s secret weapon. Facebook’s top ecommerce platform has spent two years finding out what Facebook users Like and buy, and starting today its 165,000 merchants can use it to auto-target ad campaigns. See many businesses don’t have know how to A/B test, target, or manage Facebook ad bids,...
FB’s Biggest Ecommerce Platform Payvment Lets Its 165K Sellers Instantly Buy Ads

Mark Cuban unloads on American patent system, says bad patents are 'crushing small businesses'

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Mark Cuban unloads on American patent system, says bad patents are 'crushing small businesses'

Google-backed Rocket Lawyer buys LawPivot adding 'ask-an-attorney' feature to its legal advice service

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Online legal service provider Rocket Lawyer has announced it acquired the legal question and answer service LawPivot. Now, millions of users that use Rocket Lawyer will not only be able to receive “affordable and simple legal service”, but also leverage the question and answer service it picked up. Started in...
Google-backed Rocket Lawyer buys LawPivot adding 'ask-an-attorney' feature to its legal advice service

SEC moves closer to making crowdfunding a reality

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JOBS Act provisions eases restrictions, up to issuers to make sure investors are accreditedWhen the JOBS Act was passed back in April, the most talked about part of the new law were its crowdfunding provisions, which were meant to ease restrictions on small businesses so that they could raise more...
SEC moves closer to making crowdfunding a reality

Mobile Roadie now lets you easily create custom iPad and mobile Web apps [Interview]

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The self-service app-building platform Mobile Roadie now lets users create iPad and mobile Web apps, the company announced today. This comes in addition to the platform’s existing iPhone and Android products. As part of its announcement, Mobile Roadie is also introducing new pricing, and we decided to ask its CEO Michael...
Mobile Roadie now lets you easily create custom iPad and mobile Web apps [Interview]

Infratel Raises $3 Million For Facebook Connected Cloud-Based Telephony Service

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Go to almost any small business Web site and you will find you can’t make a call.  A real call where you talk to someone simply by clicking a button. Infratel hopes to change all that. The Seattle company has received $3 million in funding from Prostor Capital and Runa Capital...
Infratel Raises $3 Million For Facebook Connected Cloud-Based Telephony Service

FastPay Raises $25M To Tackle Digital Media Cash Flow

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FastPay, a startup offering credit lines to digital media companies, says it has raised $25 million in new funding. That may sound like a weirdly specific business model, but founder and CEO Jed Simon tells me via email that FastPay is solving a big problem in the online advertising industry...
FastPay Raises $25M To Tackle Digital Media Cash Flow

This Startup Opened An Office In Seattle Specifically To Poach Ex-Microsoft Staff (MSFT)

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PaperG, a startup dedicated to giving small and medium-sized businesses a self-serve platform to create full-blown web and mobile banner campaigns in seconds, has opened an office in Seattle simply to poach talent that's bailing out of Microsoft Advertising, CEO Victor Wong tells us. Microsoft's advertising unit has had a...
This Startup Opened An Office In Seattle Specifically To Poach Ex-Microsoft Staff (MSFT)

Yelp Offers Local Businesses New "Revenue Estimate" Tool

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Today must be the day of ROI calculators. Google just introduced one for mobile and Yelp, last night, debuted its “revenue estimator” for small businesses. The tool is free to all businesses that have claimed their Yelp profiles. The Yelp revenue estimator is the same for advertisers... Please visit Marketing Land...
Yelp Offers Local Businesses New "Revenue Estimate" Tool

Tradeshift partners with Intuit to bring its social invoicing platform to more than 5m QuickBooks users

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Tradeshift, which already has some pretty big partners on its books, has today announced a “multi-million dollar” deal with Intuit that will see the company’s social invoicing and payments service made available to users of the QuickBooks accounting software. Tradeshift started out as a fresh way to handle invoicing online,...
Tradeshift partners with Intuit to bring its social invoicing platform to more than 5m QuickBooks users

MetaLab Updates Ballpark to Help Small Businesses, But Don't Call it a Revolution

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This is awkward. Just one day after Sarah explained why there hasn’t been a small business software revolution, MetaLab has decided to update its long-standing invoicing app aimed at – you guessed it – freelancers and small businesses, Ballpark. Based in the maybe-not-so-great White North, MetaLab has been working on this Ballpark...
MetaLab Updates Ballpark to Help Small Businesses, But Don't Call it a Revolution
MoonClerk Allows Non-Programmers To Use Stripe For One-Time Or Recurring Payments

Finding the mystery man behind FunnyJunk

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Last month's legal faceoff between Tucson lawyer Charles Carreon and online cartoonist Matt Inman devolved quickly into a sideshow, but it was spurred by a quite serious initial letter asking for $20,000 in cash. Carreon originally represented a user-generated content humor site called FunnyJunk, which was upset about comments Inman had...
Finding the mystery man behind FunnyJunk
Internet Sales Tax Passes -- Tax Lawyers Get Ready to Go Boat Shopping

Small Businesses Await Crowdfunding Rules

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A law that would allow small businesses to raise up to $1 million a year by selling equity stakes to investors online is stalled as regulators mull over the rules for such crowdfunding efforts....
Small Businesses Await Crowdfunding Rules

Google Acquires KikScore Technology And Assets To Complement Trusted Stores

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In an effort to expand the kind of information available to online shoppers via its Trusted Stores program, Google has acquired the technology and certain assets of KikScore, a trust seal company serving mostly small businesses. The cost of the acquisition wasn’t disclosed. According to a... Please visit Search Engine...
Google Acquires KikScore Technology And Assets To Complement Trusted Stores

Facebook's First Intern Has A Startup That American Express Invested Millions In (AXP, FB)

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Radius makes software tools to help marketers reach small businesses. It has 10 million users and just raised $12.4 million from a group of investors including American Express. Founder Darian Shirazi, who started the company as Fwix a few years ago, was Facebook's first intern and worked for the social...
Facebook's First Intern Has A Startup That American Express Invested Millions In (AXP, FB)

Why It's Time For Local SMBs To Get On Board With Mobile

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While attending BIA/Kelsey’s SMB Digital Marketing 2012 Conference in Chicago last month, I was surprised by the results of a recent LCM study, which showed that only 20 percent of local businesses said they have experience with mobile marketing. Small businesses today operate in a time when... Please visit Search...
Why It's Time For Local SMBs To Get On Board With Mobile
Square debuts flat-rate pricing for small business transactions
Thumbtack Revamp Makes It Even Easier To Find A Service Provider

Ex-Yahoo Product Boss Blake Irving Talks About Being A CEO Who Wears T-Shirts And Shorts

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Before Marissa Mayer took over Yahoo last summer, the company's most recent product boss was a guy named Blake Irving. Irving ran Yahoo product for a couple years. Before that, he was known for helping Microsoft establish itself on the Internet. Today, Irving is the CEO of domain registrar GoDaddy....
Ex-Yahoo Product Boss Blake Irving Talks About Being A CEO Who Wears T-Shirts And Shorts

Feds say users will likely never get Megaupload files back

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Notorious file-sharing service Megaupload was shuttered last year as part of a multinational sting that did nothing to curtail illegal file-sharing and everything to place Megaupload creator Kim Dotcom in the limelight. While the flamboyant founder has vowed that the service will return in one form or another, federal prosecutors say...
Feds say users will likely never get Megaupload files back

Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

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As Google continues to push businesses to embrace mobile advertising, it’s trying to make that process a little less intimidating with a new publication titled “The Mobile Playbook: The Busy Executive’s Guide to Winning with Mobile.” The playbook is co-written by Jason Spero, Google’s head of mobile sales and strategy...
Google Releases A Playbook For “Winning With Mobile”

Ziff Davis Trades Hands Again

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Ziff Davis has a new owner: “Cloud services” company J2 Global has bought the tech publisher from private equity firm Great Hill Partners for $167 million. J2 runs a portfolio of cloud-based services generally aimed at consumers and small businesses, like eFax, Onebox and eVoice. The company says it acquired...
Ziff Davis Trades Hands Again

Square Debuts Monthly Pricing Option For Small Businesses With Zero Swiping Fees

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On the heels of announcing a mega-deal with Starbucks, mobile payments processing company Square is announcing another piece of key news—specialized, lower pricing per swipe for small businesses. Basically, Square is going to offer small businesses who make less than $250,000 per year the option of either paying the set...
Square Debuts Monthly Pricing Option For Small Businesses With Zero Swiping Fees
LocBox pulls in $5.1M to put the nail in the daily deals coffin

Crowdfunder.com Closes $400K Seed Round, Launches Public Beta

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Crowdfunder, the Los Angeles-based startup creating an online platform for the “crowdfunding” of startups and small businesses, has launched the first public beta version of its site this week. The launch comes on the heels of Crowdfunder closing on $400,000 in seed funding from a group of angel investors earlier...
Crowdfunder.com Closes $400K Seed Round, Launches Public Beta
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