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Dropbox: Google hire boosts education business — Online file sharing company Dropbox has made a key hire in its push to recruit universities and other educational institutions to use its service. Jason Katcher, who previously led Google Apps for education in the U.S., is joining Dropbox as head of its education vertical, the company said Thursday.

Amazon's Dash Button is now free — Amazon is announcing the expansion of its Dash Buttons this morning, with new incentives and a number of new brands added to the program. Amazon debuted Dash Buttons early this year as an internet enabled small hardware device where customers could simply order things like paper towels and laundry detergent by just clicking the button.

Uber for Business now has 50,000 companies — Uber's push to make its ride service easier to use for corporate customers is making headway. On Tuesday, the company said it has enrolled over 50,000 businesses into its Uber for Business program. The initiative, which premiered last year, is intended to help companies integrate corporate accounts into Uber's app so that workers can bill their rides directly to employers.

LotusFlare has partnered with Google to be a modern mobile carrier — Mobile phones and the internet have made the world more connected than ever before. But nearly 4.8 billion people are still without a mobile broadband connection. That's why companies like Google are working to bring the internet to rural areas in New Zealand and Sri Lanka using balloons.
Sep 01, 2015

LotusFlare wants to be the mobile carrier for the future via @FortuneMagazine @leenarao

Klarna powers mobile payments for in U.S. push — Payments companies PayPal and Stripe are getting a new competitor in the U.S this week as Stockholm-based payments upstart Klarna makes its first move in the U.S. Klarna said Tuesday that it has partnered with online retailer to power its mobile payments. Similar to PayPal and Stripe, Klarna helps retailers process payments.

PayPal: New digital payment service takes aim at peer to peer payments — PayPal is debuting a new way for users to send money to others and receive it. Called, the service lets users create a personalized web link that can be sent to collect money from friends, family, and business contacts.

iZettle, the Square of Europe, raises more cash — Payments company iZettle said Friday that it has landed a new round of financing along with introducing a lending service for small businesses. The Sweden-based company, which has been compared to the Square of Europe, has raised $67.5 million, led by previous investors Intel Capital and Zouk Capital.

Square's appointments iPhone app lets merchants book on the go — Over the past year, payments upstart Square has bulked up by adding new services for merchants using its point of sale system. These include invoicing, marketing, and even cash advances. Today, Square said that it is making appointment scheduling easier for merchants on the go.

Blackrock buys robo advisor FutureAdvisor — Money management giant BlackRock has acquired financial advisory service FutureAdvisor, which uses algorithms instead of professionals to help manage its clients' investments. Similar to competitors Betterment and Wealthfront, FutureAdvisor's computers analyze customer accounts and recommend investments based on the goals of the account holders. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Y Combinator's new COO — To appreciate the rapid growth at Silicon Valley incubator Y Combinator, consider this: In 2009, it shepherded 42 startups through its boot camp. This year, it will graduate 222. Indeed, Y Combinator, a spawning ground for emerging tech giants Dropbox, Airbnb, and Stripe has had to race to keep up with its ambitions.
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Sep 01, 2015

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Aug 28, 2015

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