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Mike Blumenthal
All local, all time. What else is there?
All local, all time. What else is there?

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Since leaving Google, Mr. Levandowski, 36, has embodied the Silicon Valley ethos that it is better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission

When Uber bought Otto, Mr. Levandowski found a kindred spirit in Mr. Kalanick, who is also known for pushing the rules. In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek in August 2016, Mr. Kalanick said they were “brothers from another mother."

So were Cain and Able.

What a pair... self interest so great that nothing else matters.

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Interesting argument 
In an extensive argument (below), Amazon argues that Alexa interactions are protected free speech. That includes both the human speech commands and the AI/robot responses. 

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This is one way to get into the self driving car business

Waymo is now making a similar argument: “Waymo developed its patented inventions and trade secrets at great expense, and through years of painstaking research, experimentation, and trial and error.” A key difference, though, is that Waymo says its secrets were stolen, whereas Apple alleged Samsung copied its design. “Design patents, which address what products look like, are far less common than utility patents, which cover how products work,” The New York Times reported last year.

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Today’s guest, Aaron Weiche, is the CMO of GetFiveStars – a service that works with companies, large and small, to build out their reviews platform. Ironically, Aaron and his team have found that perfect five-star rankings across the board isn’t the best way to pull in new business – potential customers find four and four and half star averages more believable. So maybe that employee mistake or bad service slip up isn’t such a big deal, as long as you’re listening to customers and responding to their complaints in the long term. And that’s what Aaron and his team preach.

Listen to +Aaron Weiche in this interview

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Join +David Mihm and I for our bi-weekly convo at Streetfight Magaizine. 

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Oak Labs’ dressing-room mirror lets shoppers summon a sales associate and will soon allow them to pay with the tap of a screen.

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It seems that anything goes in GMB naming and reviews these days. 
Are Google My Business Guidelines, spam algos and reporting systems working?

I think not, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
#localseo #googlemybusiness

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Facebook's VP of Ads, Andrew Bosworth, told Business Insider that the feature is rolling out after a Facebook-commissioned survey of small business owners in the US that showed the hardest problem they had is finding the right people to hire.

"They actually put that ahead of finding new customers and getting sales," he said.

Once a Facebook page posts a job listing directly to its page, anyone who visits that page will see the option to apply. To speed up the process, Facebook will offer to autofill application information, like a person's name and location, from an applicant's profile. Employers will be able to respond to applicants through Messenger.

Facebook will let businesses pay to boost the reach of their listings to specific demographics, and listings will also show up in the News Feed for people who have liked a business's page.

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These are questions and answers tied to a specific venue, a focus that could make this stand out from other Q&A products. For example, you could ask how long visitors normally stay at the Kennedy Space Center or if a bar allows dogs or about pricing at a tattoo parlor, then get answers from other users, or from the business owner themselves.

Users can upvote and downvote the answers based on how helpful they are, and they can also sign up for notifications whenever a specific question gets answered.

Product Manager Brian Boshes described this as “great, Yelp-y content” that can help people find the information that’s important to them (which might be mentioned in some reviews, but could be tough to find). He also noted that this is a “potentially limitless way” for someone who’s a supporter or fan of a business to stay engaged with their Yelp page — they can’t keep posting reviews, but they can keep answering questions.

Lastly, Boshes said this provides valuable data for Yelp about what users are looking for. If people keep asking about something (say, the kid-friendliness of a restaurant), then maybe it’s time for Yelp to add that as a piece of information in every profile.

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Uber now has mapping cars on five continents in its bid to overtake Google Maps - The Verge

Uber has mapping cars on the road in the US, Mexico, Canada, the UK, South Africa, and Australia. Singapore is the first city in Southeast Asia.
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