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Have you ever used a typewriter?

Not professionally...

What's the funniest news-related #hashtag you've seen?

Recently the #muslimrage backlash was fairly hilarious

What tools and software do you use to do your job?

Android (yes Android) phone, Macbook air, Google Docs, Skype, Wordpress

Under pressure to monetize, Yahoo's Tumblr goes big on video — Marissa Mayer has been been playing defense for two years. As CEO of Yahoo, she has weathered critical attacks on her sleep habits, telecommuting policies, Vogue photo shoots, and most recently, her acquisitions. Yahoo has acquired approximately three dozen companies under Mayer's watch, and activist investor Starboard Value posits the company has little to show for them, particularly the largest, her $1.1 billion deal for Tumblr.

Can subway ads bring mainstream users to Foursquare? — Foursquare has come a long way since CEO Dennis Crowley appeared on the cover of Wired UK as "the new king of social media," donning an actual crown. That was 2010, the year the check-in app was so hot that venture firms were fighting to invest. Foursquare's valuation swelled to $600 million.

Hot tech startups get as many perks as they give — Startups are known for their lavish and often ridiculous perks, from acupuncture to personal chefs, " rock rooms" to ball pits, even assistants who wait for the cable guy on your behalf. At one point, the New York e-commerce startup held weekly raffles to give employees $500 in cash.

eBay started as a website about Ebola — The outbreak of the Ebola virus has quickly come to dominate news headlines, to the point that new publications such as Ebola Deeply have launched solely to cover the growing epidemic. In 1995, though, Ebola was a far more esoteric topic-one that interested the entrepreneur Pierre Omidyar enough to create a website about it called Ebola Information that lived, curiously, at

Why Startups Fail, According to Their Founders — News about how to grow, build, and sustain your small business - news from Fortune Magazine about small business.

Native advertising is trolling us all — Over the last year the term "native advertising" has gone from shiny new curiosity to eyeroll-inducing, to worse. New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, who is not a fan of the concept, mig...

When an Internet Stranger is in Trouble, Do You Have to Help? — Sharing frivolous dramas and half-formed longings on social media comes as naturally as breathing for teenagers. Which helps explain why #followateen was so ripe for easy-and relatively harmless-mocking. The hashtag started last year when a group of adults began following random teenagers on Twitter, mostly so the grown-ups could, as a lark, share the hilarious things their teen might tweet.

No, Streaming Will Not Kill Your Radio — But just in case... This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. Read the article below originally published Considering Internet radio has been around since 2000, you'd expect the market to have shaken out by now. But competition has actually become more fierce.

Translation startup Smartling raises $25 million from Iconiq — New York-based company previously raised $38.1 million. FORTUNE - Smartling, a translation technology company, has raised a Series D round of funding worth around $25 million led by Iconiq Capital Partners, bringing the company's total funding to $63.1 million.

Simon & Schuster goes digital as two startups score a "Big Five" publisher — Oyster and Scribd, two "Netflix for books" startups, add backlist titles in the deal. FORTUNE -- When two startups, called Oyster and Scribd, launched platforms last Fall, they were each hailed as "Netflix for books." Like Netflix (NFLX) or Spotify, their platforms offer users unlimited consumption of digital media,
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Oct 23, 2014

@dozzybear yep, lots of startups are doing that to vet people / save time. less creepy than attaching a photo with resume or biz card!

Oct 23, 2014

this has to be the last office in america where you can smoke at your desk…

Oct 23, 2014

@dozzybear my issue is that there are not really any tumblr 'stars' yet.

Oct 23, 2014

@dozzybear @Vimeo @YouTube totally -- video is a rising tide tho. will be lots of winners

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