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Facebook's New Groups App Is An Act Of Unbundling That Makes Sense--At Least For Me

fastcompany.com — Confession time: Over the past year or so, I've been using Facebook more than ever. But almost all of the incremental time I spend with it happens within Facebook Groups, the service's feature which lets people with a shared interest engage in sharing which can be public, semi-private, or extremely private.

Now Square Lets Its Merchants Sell Gift Cards

fastcompany.com — Over the past year, Square has been busy staking its future on an ever-growing, ever more far-flung portfolio of small-business services-everything from cash advances to customer surveys to a better way to order coffee.

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Review: A Little More Than A Gimmick, A Little Less Than A Breakthrough

fastcompany.com — At the CES conference back in January 2013, Samsung showed off a prototype smartphone with a striking feature. In effect, it threw the cell phone industry a curve. The top, bottom, and left-hand sides of the screen were just as rigidly rectangular as those of any garden-variety phone.

Satya Nadella's Microsoft Wants To Make Productivity Sexy, Inspiring, And Futuristic

fastcompany.com — In July, Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, issued a memo to employees about the company's strategic direction. The company posted all 3000+ words on its web site, but one 38-word sound bite pretty much summed up Nadella's message: At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.

Scribd Takes On Amazon's Audible With All-You-Can-Listen Audiobooks

fastcompany.com — Thirteen months ago, San Francisco startup Scribd launched a service which aims to do for books what Netflix does for movies and TV shows. It offers a large-but-not-utterly-comprehensive collection of e-books, readable on iPhones, iPads, Android devices, and the web, for one fee of $8.99 per month.

With New Freemium Versions for iPhone and Android, Microsoft Office Really Is Everywhere

fastcompany.com — When Microsoft brought its Office productivity suite to the iPad last March, it was a moment rife with symbolism. By putting powerful versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on Apple's tablet, the company made clear that it was serious about reaching people on the devices they wanted to use-whether or not they used an operating system with "Windows" in its name.

Two New Jawbone Up Fitness Bands: One's Cheaper, One's Sleeker And Smarter

fastcompany.com — Since they first appeared in 2011, Jawbone's Up fitness bands have provided an ongoing reminder that the fact you wear a gadget around your wrist doesn't mean that it's necessarily a smartwatch--or that it has to be even slightly watchlike.

Khrushchev Visits IBM: A Strange Tale of Silicon Valley History

fastcompany.com — In September of 1959, Nikita Khrushchev, the premier of the Soviet Union and first secretary of its Communist Party, spent 12 days touring the United States.

Finding Stuff To Read In Flipboard Just Got A Whole Lot Easier

fastcompany.com — Once upon a time, there were two clever personalized magazine apps for tablets and phones. Flipboard found most of the things it showed you by pulling them from online sources you specified yourself, along with links shared on your social networks.

HP's Sprout Is A Bold Attempt to Reimagine The Desktop PC

fastcompany.com — When was the last time you saw a desktop PC that did something truly new? Sorry, Apple's new Retina-screen iMac doesn't count. It's gorgeous and I want one, but it runs exactly the same software as every other Mac. As for other recent contenders--well, I can't think of any.
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Nov 27, 2014

Niece & nephew have been binge-watching Charlie Brown specials and are now on one involving WWII graveyards. pic.twitter.com/rgTly8s7Cc

Nov 27, 2014

@hmltn I've wanted one ever since they unveiled it at the last Craignote.

Nov 27, 2014

Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina contemplating presidential bid. If she wins, maybe we'll acquire Canada. washingtonpost.com/politics/carly…

Nov 26, 2014

@mkhill one of the many things about these signs which have mystified me for forty years now.

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