15 Important Small Business News Stories from 2014

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These are some of the newsworthy events affecting small business during 2o14 and that readers found useful and of interest.

Among them were appointment of a new SBA chief, more Microsoft changes at the newly acquired Nokia, news of the planned PayPal spin off from eBay, a new Canadian anti-spam law and a long anticipated IPO for GoDaddy. Read on.

Postage Rates Go Up Jan. 26: Stamps, Bulk Mail, Packages

The year began with a price hike for businesses using the U.S. Postal Service for shipments.

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Top Small Business Tips and Advice Stories from 2014

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These are some of the top small business tips and advice stories that caught your attention this year. Enjoy the top titles from 2014 here on Small Business Trends.

Top 10 Social Media Plugins for WordPress

Facebook, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn and more — social media channels are one of the most effective methods of spreading the content on your WordPress site. You can share your content on your own social channels, of course. But with the right plugins you can also encourage your visitors and fans to do the same.

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#3 Most Read Article of 2014: Index Your Content Faster With the Fetch as Google Tool

Have new content that you’d like to be discovered and found in Google’s search results more quickly? Within Google Webmaster Tools is the Fetch as Google tool, which gives users the opportunity to submit new URLs to Google’s index.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – December 31, 2014

Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Kremlin critic arrested after defying first day of house arrest to join anti-government protest, Malaysian government criticized for slow response to devastating floods, scientists trace ebola outbreak to tiny Guinean village, and former Korea Air executive detained over ‘nut rage’ incident. RUSSIA Putin Critic Sentenced, Then Detained for Violating House Arrest Alexei Navalny was convicted on fraud charges on Tuesday. He was later arrested after leaving his home to join an anti-government protest in Moscow. MALAYSIA Government Criticized Over Delayed Response to Devastating Floods Prime Minister Najib Razak was slammed for being on holiday in the U.S. as the chaos unfolded across the country. GUINEA Ebola Outbreak Traced to Toddler’s Village Playground Scientists discovered a hollow tree that once housed a colony of fruit bats is likely where a two-year-old contracted the deadly virus. SOUTH KOREA Former Airline Executive Detained Over Bizarre Rant On a flight from New York to Seoul earlier this month, Heather Cho threw a tantrum after a steward served her macadamia nuts in a bag rather than on a plate. Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews

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Samsung Re-imagines Famous Self-Portraits as Selfies

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A self-portrait painting from centuries ago is the predecessor of the selfie. Samsung cleverly capitalized on this fact in recent ads for its NX mini camera. In the ads, Vincent van Gogh, Albrecht Dürer and Frida Kahlo use the camera to take pictures of themselves, which turn out to be their famous self-portraits, as you can see in the camera display screen. To enhance the camera advertisements, Samsung adds a witty slogan about the camera, how it is “for self-portraits, not selfies.”

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BovControl is a Cow-Tracking App for Farmers

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Brazil has 200 million cattle. That means there are actually more cows than humans. And because of that, the country is the world’s largest exporter of beef.

Clearly, beef is a huge industry in Brazil. But with so many cows, how are ranchers and food producers supposed to keep track of them? Well, there’s now an app called BovControl that aims to help farmers, food companies and even consumers track and gather information about cattle.

The app is currently available on Android platforms, and an iOS version is due out in early 2015.

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What Caused the Declining Popularity of Daily Deals Online?

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There was a time when group buying virtually snatched the popularity away from all other e-commerce models. But that day is long gone. Today, group buying is anything but sought after.

The falling popularity of group buying as an e-commerce model both saddens and surprises me and I never stop wondering what actually went wrong.

In this article, I attempt to piece together all the findings that my research in this area has led to. I do hope once the dots are all connected, the reason behind group buying and its fall from popularity won’t remain a mystery to us.

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