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July 30, 2015

Dining Discovery App Savoir Launches In Chicago

Last week, Savoir announced the launch of its free iOS app that helps foodies discover a curated selection of nearby restaurants. Now live with 600+ Chicagoland restaurants, the app offers each user a personalized set of recommendations, reviews, and promotions.

Savoir listings include Yelp ratings and up-to-date, complete menus. Beyond that, the service offers three exclusive perks to enhance users’ experience:

FitLens: food reviews from credentialed health and fitness professionals to help customers dine out while adhering to their diet and fitness goals. InnerCircle: reliable reviews from people you trust, like friends and family. Promos: special promotions from [...]
 
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July 30, 2015

Is The ‘Male Pill’ The Future Of Birth Control?

Over the last few years, researchers have made great strides in the way of male contraception. Some recent developments—including daily pills and an injection that can last for years—look quite promising, and they may just revolutionize your sex life.

 
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July 16, 2015

How To Create Your Own Custom URL Shortener For Free

In the age of social media, link shortening services have become ubiquitous. But many brands have grown tired of sharing the same old Bit.ly and TinyURL links, instead opting to use their own branded shortlinks.

Branded shortlinks not only take up less space—they also look neater and more professional.

Bit.ly and other platforms offer this as a service, but they typically charge a pretty penny to do so. In this post, we’ll take a look at how you can start operating your own branded URL shortener absolutely free.

Ready? Let’s dive in.

Get A Short Domain

The first step to setting up a custom URL shortener, of course, is to get your hands on a [...]

 
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July 16, 2015

eBay Sells Its Enterprise Division For $925 Million

eBay today confirmed that it has agreed to sell its Enterprise unit to a consortium led by private-equity firm Permira for $925 million.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the company has been looking to sell the Enterprise division since the beginning of the year.

eBay Enterprise took a blow last week when Toys ‘R’ Us announced that it plans to take its business elsewhere within a year.

This news comes just one day before eBay will officially split PayPal into a separate publicly-traded company. With eBay Enterprise and PayPal out of the way, eBay will soon be free to start fresh as a standalone company.

 
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July 15, 2015

Google To Offer Free Internet To Public Housing Residents In Its Fiber Markets

In an effort to make the Web more accessible for many people, Google will soon offer free Internet access to public and affordable housing residents in its Fiber markets.

This move is part of the federal ConnectHome initiative, announced today, which aims to bring Internet access to 28 public housing communities in the U.S.

Google Fiber covers four of these areas: Atlanta, Durham, Nashville, and Kansas City. The company will also extend the program to every current and future Fiber market.

Google says it was inspired by its participation in the Unlocking the Connection program in Austin.

Google’s Basic 5 Mbps Fiber tier is already free on a monthly [...]

 
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July 15, 2015

Facebook To Integrate E-Commerce Shops Into Pages

In a major move that could transform online commerce, Facebook is testing shops within Pages—mini e-commerce sites that bring everything from product discovery to checkout inside Facebook.

“With the shop section on the page, we’re now providing businesses with the ability to showcase their products directly on the page,” said Facebook product marketing manager Emma Rodgers.

Facebook will not initially take a cut of product sales on its platform, but its history is littered with instances where it has launched products with favorable terms for brands, only to change them up to increase revenue.

Pinterest, Twitter, and Google have already [...]

 
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July 15, 2015

Imagine Easy Acquires Cite This For Me, Launches New Research Tool For Students

Imagine Easy Solutions, the company behind some of the most popular research and bibliography services on the Web, today announced that it has acquired European citation and research website Cite This For Me for an undisclosed sum. The company has also announced Imagine Easy Scholar, a new research product that helps educators and students collaborate on writing projects.

Cite This For Me is Europe’s most popular bibliography generator. Following the acquisition, it will join Imagine Easy’s network of leading sites, which you’ve probably heard of: EasyBib, BibMe, and Citation Machine.

“Our goal is to set students up for success in the digital [...]

 
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July 7, 2015

Recover Your Grooveshark Playlists With This Tool

When Grooveshark shut down following its long series of legal battles, it left many users out in the cold with no way to export their playlists. But thanks to new music streaming platform StreamSquid, you can get your playlists back with a single click.

StreamSquid makes use of a loophole of sorts to provide a free, no-strings-attached streaming service: all of its tracks are served from YouTube and SoundCloud, and it operates within their requirements and TOS, so it’s unlikely to meet the same fate as Grooveshark.

StreamSquid offers a brilliant tool that allows users to recover their old Grooveshark playlists. Just click here, enter your Grooveshark [...]

 
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July 2, 2015

Take A Look At What’s Inside The ‘Most Exclusive Website’ (Spoiler Alert)

MostExclusiveWebsite.com, the website that only lets a single person in at a time (for 60 seconds), has really blown up over the last few days. At the time of this writing, more than 50,000 people are waiting in line for their one minute of exclusivity.

If you don’t want to wait a month to see what’s inside, check out the full reveal after the jump.

 
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June 30, 2015

Thankbot Writes And Sends Handwritten Letters For Your Business

As an alternative to traditional direct mail, Brooklyn startup Thankbot will write and send handwritten letters on behalf of your company.

The concept is based on the premise that direct mail advertising, in its current state, sucks. We just throw most of it away. But how often do you throw away a handwritten note?

Thankbot was founded by Caroline Keim, who also founded design/development shop Milk & Pixels. She has built websites for a number of other startups, and she’s now taking the plunge herself.

“It was fun to be on the other side of this,” Keim told me in an interview. “I now completely understand why clients want to see [...]

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