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Trash-Focused Rubicon Global Hires Its First CTO — Rubicon Global, a startup helping customers find money-saving, environmentally-friendly ways to handle their waste and recycling, is announcing the hire of its first chief technology officer - Phil Rodoni, previously vice president of software at Esurance. Atlanta-based Rubicon doesn't haul trash itself, but instead connects businesses with waste hauling and recycling companies through an online bidding process.

OneGo Will Offer Unlimited West Coast Flights For $1,500 A Month — Here's an unusual pricing plan for air travel - instead of paying for each trip, hand over a $1,500 monthly fee and fly as much as you want. That's what startup OneGo is promising. Founder Paulius Grigas told me the idea came from his own needs as a business traveler.

Twitter Gets More Shoppable With Product Pages And Collections — Twitter just announced new capabilities that it says "make it easier to discover products and places." The company has been moving into e-commerce and rolled out a Buy button last fall. However, a single tweet may not be the best way to sell a product, so Twitter says it's starting to create pages around some of those products.

Spot Taps Experts And Friends To Recommend The Best Restaurants, Shops And More — Startup studio Expa is unveiling its newest company today - Spot, which promises to help users to find "the best places in the world." In other words, Spot will deliver personalized recommendations for things like restaurants, bars, stores and hotels. You can use it as a guide when you're traveling, or to explore your home city.

Fitbit’s First Day On Wall Street — As signs outside the New York Stock Exchange declared that "Wall Street Is Getting Fit," activity tracking company Fitbit began public trading today. It quickly surged to 50-plus percent above its IPO price and held steady for the rest of the day.

Routific’s Route Optimization Tools Help Local Businesses Offer On-Demand Delivery — Routific is the latest startup hoping to take advantage of growing interest in on-demand services. It's not trying to build the next Uber or Instacart, but instead giving small businesses the technology to run a delivery business of their own.

BuzzFeed Launches A News App With Customizable Alerts — Are you the kind of person who says, "I read BuzzFeed for the news"? Do you secretly wish you didn't have to wade through all those listsicles and quizzes to get to the serious reporting? Well, today's your lucky day. BuzzFeed is launching a mobile app called BuzzFeed News today, and at first glance, it's pretty much what you'd expect.

So, About That Uber Ruling — Some bad news broke for Uber today - the California Labor Commission ruled that one of the company's drivers was an employee. The company has long insisted that those drivers are independent contractors, not employees, and that's a key part of the company's model. However, Uber's situation isn't nearly as dire as it first seemed.

Optimizely Moves Beyond Web And Mobile Testing With New Personalization Tools — Optimizely has become synonymous with A/B testing, but founder and CEO Dan Siroker told me years ago that his vision testing out different variations of websites ( and now mobile apps) - ultimately, it should allow any online publisher to deliver a personalized experience to their users.

LiveIntent Raises $32.5M For Its Email Ad Platform — Email advertising company LiveIntent has raised $32.5 million in new funding. This effectively doubles the amount that LiveIntent has raised. The round was led by private equity firm FTV Capital, with participation from past investors including Battery Ventures, First Round Capital and Shasta Ventures.
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Jul 01, 2015

RT @clockwerks: 1. innocuous guacamole tweet 2. jokes / fake outrage 3. content, more content 4. mocking 5. MORAL OUTRAGE 6. today in tabs ... 7. academics

Jun 25, 2015

RT @nxthompson: John Roberts' balanced ruling does not make him a liberal; it makes him a judge.

Jun 25, 2015

Meet the surprisingly decent McSpicy Paneer from a McDonald's near Bangalore

Jun 25, 2015

@sharonthomson04 You can email me (address is in my bio) but I'm on vacation until July 1

Jun 21, 2015

@Sidd_Desai A few days in Delhi and then a wedding in Bangalore!

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