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S aleforce CEO Mark Benioff today went on the offensive in reaction to Indiana's "Religious Freedom" measure that makes it legal for businesses to refuse homosexuals and others service.

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Zynga will have a day of reckoning . The maker of "Farmville" will have to defend its IPO.

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Her company benefited when she learned to accept the hard truth: She is a millennial

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L auren Reed was having a generational identity crisis.

She was born in 1982, which marks the beginning of the millennial generation (according to most sources), but she didn't feel like a millennial — especially when she went to work for baby boomers after college.

"Being born in 1982, we are millennials, but we lack so many qualities and experiences this generation is known for," Reed said in  ...

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Facebook creating its own universe of apps, news and Web access


I s Facebook on the path to creating its own Internet environment in line with operating systems like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android? It appears so. Welcome to the era of the Facebook universe.

Developments from Facebook’s F8 conference on Wednesday indicate that the social media platform wants to host your news, your friends, your apps and, basically, your entire life. As Facebook’s  ...

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Indiegogo founder says he’s exploring new equity crowdfunding business model

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I ndiegogo founder Slava Rubin says his company is investigating whether yesterday’s SEC vote to let companies raise up to $50 million by selling stock to unlicensed investors could change his business model. Expect other crowdfunding sites to do the same, even if they don’t exactly jump in the deep end.

“The balanced regulations announced yesterday will not only protect investors but allow  ...

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Slack, Stripe and other billion-dollar ‘unicorns’ snapping up San Francisco offices

by Cory Weinberg Stewart Butterfield

W hen new billion-dollar companies known as “unicorns” lap up equity funding, they’re usually on the hunt for big chunks of office space.

So it’s no surprise that San Francisco’s email-slaying startup Slack – which reportedly got a fresh $2 billion valuation Monday – is in the market for a sizeable 50,000 to 75,000 square feet of space, market watchers say. Katie Wattie, a  ...

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Billionaire Spanx founder Sara Blakely has stacks of advice for teens

by Teresa Novellino Spanx founder Sara Blakely

S panx founder Sara Blakely is a billionaire entrepreneur now, but she hasn’t forgotten how it feels to have a great business idea and just $5,000 to her name from a job selling fax machines door-to-door. Or working at Disney World and wanting to dress up as Goofy and instead being relegated to a chipmunk costume because she was two inches too short.

That’s why last night, when several dozen  ...

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How the University of Maryland will use the Uber platform to create experimental on-demand services

by Kasra Kangarloo Uber Driver

The University of Maryland's new partnership with ride-sharing technology company Uber features a somewhat unusual arrangement in addition to the company's investment in a campus incubator — students and faculty will be able to use Uber's platform to create experimental on-demand services focused on campus life.

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