Michael Webster

Michael Webster

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With its Stripe Connect product, Stripe wants to make it easier for on-demand and marketplace businesses to not only process payments from their customers, but also make payments to contractors and vendors.In an effort to bolster the tax reporting tools available to them, the company has acquired long-term partner Payable.Payable operates a platform aimed at on-demand companies that simplified the process of onboarding and tracking payments to large numbers of contractors.But the most valuable piece of the business ended up being the company’s tax reporting, allowing businesses to easily generate 1099 tax forms for contractors.Over the years Stripe has been strategically acquisitive, as it looks to add certain features to its product suite that customers find valuable.In the case of Payable, the acquisition came about over multiple years of partnering to make tax reporting easier for businesses that made payouts to contract employees.
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Marketo, specialists in marketing automation software, has apologized to its customers after an embarrassing failure to automatically renew its primary Marketo.com domain, taking it offline and making it inaccessible for clients seeking to log-in to its services for a number of hours.The oversight affected not only the main domain but also a number of associated Marketo properties, all of which were rendered inaccessible until the issue could be rectified, something Marketo now says is ‘largely resolved’.Countering a social media furor which understandably erupted when news of the blunder first broke CEO Steve Lucas moved swiftly to apologise, stating: “I want to sincerely apologize to you and on behalf of the entire Marketo team as we take any disruption to your service very seriously.”Identifying the root cause of the gaffe Lucas went on to say: “We renew thousands of domain name properties we own every year with precision, yet the auto renew process for registering our main domain, Marketo.com, failed.This catalyzed a cascading series of issues, but ultimately human and process error are to blame and again, we take full responsibility.”In response Lucas has personally ‘addressed’ the company internally and commissioned a detailed review of operating procedures to ensure sufficient ‘fail-safe protocols’ are established to prevent a repeat.
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Elon Musk ei niellyt purematta Facebookin toimitusjohtaja Mark Zuckerbergin eilen esittämää kritiikkiä.Zuckerbergin mukaan Musk pelottelee liikaa tekoälyn kehityksellä.Teslan nokkamiehen ulostulot aiheesta ovat Zuckerbergin mielestä edesvastuuttomia.Musk iskee twiitissään takaisin kutsumalla Zuckerbergin ymmärrystä aiheesta "rajalliseksi".I've talked to Mark about this.His understanding of the subject is limited.
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A server where there isn't any trouble.Do you suppose there is such a server, Toto?Hackers have lifted not only the social security numbers and personal information of half a million jobseekers in Kansas – but also records on more than five million people from nine other US states.The server was set up by the department's America's Job Link Alliance-TS to power several state-sponsored job search websites where people upload their resumes and personal information for employers to peruse.Kansas was basically managing this service for 16 US states, although not all were hit in the security breach.A Freedom of Information Act request by journalists has this month shed more light on the cyber-break-in: although the infiltration was discovered on March 12, and the systems were locked down two days later, only now is the full picture coming into focus, particularly the fact that millions of people are affected.
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Are these actions a sign of a slow decline for the globally recognised payments provider?PayPal has moved to invigorate relationships with major US banks, entering a partnership with JPMorgan Chase, and striking a new deal with Citi.Conditions of the partnership with JPMorgan will allow Chase customers the option to collaborate by linking their card directly to its payment services.The merging of the two services goes further still, as Chase reward points will be usable through PayPal services, providing another flexible option.On the other side arrangement, the payments service Chase Pay will be included as an option at merchants PayPal is already established with.This move provides both parties to extend their presence and reach across platforms where the other is recognised.
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But they’re converging on San Jose, Calif., this weekend as developers of games in the world of Roblox, the blocky virtual world that is a cousin of Lego and Minecraft.These teenagers have grown up with Roblox, a place where young developers (both boys and, increasingly, girls) can create their own games and make “robucks,” or in-game currency from them.And as the online world surpasses 56 million monthly active users (up from 30 million in December), those young developers are finding they can make enough money — converting robucks into real money — to pay for college and more.User-generated content (UGC) is thriving, and these teens and Roblox itself are riding the wave.Grace Francisco, vice president of developer relations at Roblox, said in an interview that the company realizes it has an opportunity to change the diversity of the tech industry in a grassroots, bottom-up way.The incubator program is newer, where the developers are encouraged to push the limits of the platform.
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ASX-listed Isentia, a global big data company focusing on media monitoring and analyses, has named Alex Yu as the new general manager for its growing Hong Kong operations.Yu has deep insight in the media sales industry, media groups and mass media, including time with Maxus Communication, HK Cable TV, and JCDecaux Texon.He worked in the advertising sales team of Asia Inflight for 10 years, leading the sales team there to formulate sales strategies and drive business development.He has rich exposure in Hong Kong and China's B2B market and media industry.Along with Yu's hire, the company has moved its Hong Kong office to a more spacious location to accomodate its fast growth in the big data sector.With the acquisition of global content marketing agency King Content and press distribution service China Newswire in the past two years, Isentia has extended its offering from media monitoring and analysis to an all-around business intelligence solutions, by adding actions on real data intelligence.
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That’s where managed private clouds come into play.Vendors have begun offering a variety of approaches that give the feel of the public cloud, but inside the comfort zone of a customer’s data center.Which is not to suggest that it’s an either/or proposition when it comes to public versus private clouds.In fact, many companies go for a hybrid approach where they are running some workloads in the public cloud and some on-prem.Taking care of it for youOne of the earliest manifestations of the private cloud was the open-source OpenStack project, which launched in 2010, just as AWS was beginning to really gain in stature.
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A new report from global enterprise software company, IFS, suggests ease-of-use, familiarity and solutions that are capable of supporting mobile technologies are essential if you want to unlock the potential of digital transformation.that the company’s mobile products are becoming a new de facto standard across many enterprises.We also know that some of the barriers to even wider adoption of Apple’s mobile solutions includes the use of existing business systems that are dated, incompatible with new mobile platforms, or otherwise not fit for purpose.This means they are unable to embrace the digital opportunity their competitors may enjoy, putting them at disadvantages in increasingly competitive markets.Your customers don’t care that your business sales system depends on legacy Windows technologies that don’t enable deployment of modern digital systems compatible with iPads, iPhones, Surface, or even a smattering of super-disposable Android devices.Customers will purchase products from your competitors if their more switched-on digital systems enable faster ordering, lower prices, personalized order management, more efficient distribution or more knowledgeable customer contact points.
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Adding email subscribers usually translates into more sales.But soliciting email signups is often a tradeoff in quality versus quantity.In this article, I’ll explore the pros and cons of utilizing a double opt-in process vs. a single.A double opt-in first requires an individual’s email address via a web form or pop-up box.That data is stored and an email is then sent to the subscriber’s inbox, to confirm.While the CAN-SPAM Act does not require a signup method, industry practices and habits, at least in the U.S., are to seek permission before sending an email.
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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicist has found that, under certain conditions, the magnetic properties of a material can predict the relationship between its elasticity and temperature.His finding may point the way toward controlling the elasticity of certain materials by designing their magnetic properties or applying a magnetic field to them.In the meantime, knowing that magnetism alone can predict how elasticity will respond -- or not respond -- to changes in temperature might help engineers better select or design materials for specific purposes.Binek cited the 1986 disintegration of the Challenger space shuttle as a prominent example of elasticity's importance in engineering design.The hardening and failure of an elastic O-ring on Challenger's rocket booster -- a consequence of cold temperatures -- ultimately caused the shuttle to break apart, killing its seven crew members.The laws of thermodynamics describe the relationships among many factors -- temperature, entropy, volume, pressure -- that affect how heat gets converted into other forms of energy.
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Whether you like Family Guy or not, the use of Adam West as the mayor of Quahog was a surreal delight.The joke isn’t that West was once Batman.It’s just that this man, who happens to be named Adam West, is very weird.I didn’t even realise how West’s moments are some of the only Family Guy memories I have.I remember the screaming contest vividly, the “Adam West” song, and the “this column is mine” moment.The tribute, filled with these moments, is a wonderful sendoff.
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Find out how to optimize your website to give your customers experiences that will have the biggest ROI for your business.For those not familiar, WordPress is the most popular content management software (CMS) on the market, and nearly 27 percent of all websites are powered by it.Plugins are extended pieces of code that can be added to these sites and are used to add specific additional functions that weren’t present before.For every client that we manage WordPress sites for, we make sure that these eight plugins are installed and activated.Almost every WordPress installation comes with a blog commenting feature and this free plugin pre-installed.Spam, just like germs in your house, are just a fact of life, and having Akismet running in the background helps to remove some of that spam before it goes live on your site, giving you more time to create content rather than cleaning it up.
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Storförlusterna continues for Ericsson, inter alia, in the molnaffären.the Ambition is still to become the market leader, but the road is long, " says ceo Börje Ekholm.the Company's latest quarterly report shows a loss before tax of 1.2 billion for the second quarter of the year.Ericsson will also continue to lose in this strategically important business area, it & cloud, where you sell the products to build the cloud service.Ericsson announced its strategy for molnmarknaden in 2015, but it has been difficult for the company to assert itself against its competitors.In the it & cloud is the operating margin of minus 26 per cent, a drop from minus 13 in the previous year, shows the recent quarterly report.
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And while the more advanced UI-adjusting tools tend to be targeted at the power-user crowd, you don't have to be a card-carrying geek to take advantage of what they offer.Just like on your home screen, you can opt to include as few or as many widgets as you want and arrange them in any order you like.By default, the custom widget drawer shows up when you swipe down from the far right side of your screen (and then the regular notifications drawer appears when you swipe down from anywhere else).You can customize the location of that "trigger zone," though, and you can also set the app to respond to upward swipes from the bottom of your screen -- something that can be especially helpful on larger devices, where you can't always reach the top of the display with a single hand.And if you only want to see the snooze prompts for certain types of notifications -- say, those related to email and messaging -- you can configure Boomerang to appear only for a limited range of specific apps.It's nowhere near as native-feeling as Google's own Android O implementation, but until that software shows up on your phone, it'll handily fill the void.
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the Helsinki city councilman, a long-time politician, mr Osmo soininvaara (vihr) does not support the coalition's proposal to increase electric car charging spots by force to the gas station to the highway of the common.the coalition of foreign trade and development minister Kai Mykkänen presented the idea to the Helsingin sanomat last week.at the Same time he told the coalition party to run the proposal for next fall's budget negotiations.the State could Mykkänen also support investment of five million euros to support the program."the Coalition has apparently been with the center for too long the government, when it thinks of all, what is happening in the country, the need for state support", soini risk of picking on his blog.soini of danger tells me that he agrees coalition with the minister the fact that electric cars become more common the need for a dense charging network.
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The video doesn’t even do it justice.I wish you could have seen it in person.A recording can’t quite capture what everyone in the room felt: The need to pay attention for three minutes straight.Every time I get back from a tech conference, my friends and colleagues want to know what the highlight was.I typically give them a half-hearted summary of the food, speakers, and weather.I was at Startupfest this week in Montreal and there was only one thing that everyone wanted to talk about.
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A new service, by the Government, gives companies more control over their apprenticeship schemes, in the hope to boost skills.The Government believes that the scheme, which is powered by Microsoft Azure, will help to give employers greater control by choosing the types of apprenticeships they want to run, that are most beneficial to them.Additional benefits include helping businesses to open up to new types of apprenticeships, helping to increase the quality, and allowing employers access to a larger talent pool and encourage greater diversity.The system works by employers using the service to search for their specific type of apprenticeship training, tailored to their sector, and then finding a provider who offers that training.Next, employers set up an account, which will manage the apprenticeship funding, before posting vacancies to find the right candidates.Skills shortages have been reported across a range of over 60 roles including engineers, IT specialists and accountants.
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Diesel cars fitted with modern particle filters and catalysts emit fewer carbon emissions than their petrol counterparts, new research suggests.Particle emissions from cars are huge contributors to smog and air quality, and while diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide, they do produce more nitrogen oxides and particulate matter because of the way the fuel combusts.Diesel is kicking petrol's arse.The tests put diesel ahead of petrol for reducing emissions, with petrol cars producing 10 times more particulate matter on average when cars are running at 22ºC, and 62 times more at -7ºC.Now, it's worth noting the same size for these tests were relatively small - only six diesel vehicles and 11 petrol vehicles were used in the lab tests.We'd want to see a wider range of vehicles in real-world testing in order to draw a more solid conclusion from the study.
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SHANGHAI—Uber Technologies Inc.’s biggest rival in Southeast Asia is poised to get a huge cash injection that could help it battle the San Francisco ride-hailing company in its home region.Singapore-based GrabTaxi Holdings Pte is raising as much as $2 billion from Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Chuxing Technology Co., people familiar with the matter said.The deal could be completed in the...
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