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All hail email, the anti-collaboration tool

We may be abandoning Gmail for chats on Facebook Messenger (500 million monthly users) and WhatsApp (600 million monthly users), but for most of us, email remains the mainstay of our working lives — and it’s a mainstay we hate.

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Meet the best poker players in Silicon Valley

“In general, great businessmen are great poker players. There’s a reason these guys made so much money in the real world. Those skills translate to poker,” Phil Hellmuth says.

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Sorry, Taylor: Spotify is going to be part of the Billboard charts

Billboard and partner Nielsen SoundScan will soon start counting streaming services like Spotify and Beats Music in its signature ranking, the Billboard 200, reports The New York Times’ Ben Sisario.

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5 founder-friendly financing terms that give power to entrepreneurs

For many startups, the hot venture-capital and exit markets mean an increase in deal leverage when negotiating with venture investors. As a result, founder-favorable terms are increasingly a part of formation and financing documents where they wouldn’t have been just a year or two ago.

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International payments services are flocking to China

More than a few international payments services recently said China had become one of their biggest markets, as an increasing number of Chinese Internet/mobile companies are actively expanding overseas.

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Too much transparency will not kill you

There is no greater motivation for founders than to be in a glass house, accountable not only in front of investors and teammates, but in front of the whole world.

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5 things powerful people never say at work

Powerful people understand that their words carry a lot of weight — so they tend to choose them very carefully at work, and speak in a “healthy way, combining the right blend of confidence and humility,” explains Chris Deaver, an HR business partner at The Walt Disney Company.

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Apple Pay highlights a fragmented market for mobile payments

Apple Pay is aligned with major banks, Visa and MasterCard, which take a cut of every transaction, typically two to three percent. Retailers, operating on razor-thin profit margins, would like to cut or eliminate those fees.

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3 years after opening up to Chinese developers, Tencent eyes global partnerships

Tencent’s annual business partner conference has been rebranded as its “Global Partner Conference”. The two-day meeting started yesterday, with some interesting foreign faces in attendance. What’s even more interesting, chipmakers Intel and Broadcom showed up as partners of Tencent, a business long known as a software company.

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Here's where the real investment opportunities are in health care IT

Since startups operating outside healthcare organizations face such severe and entrenched institutional barriers to effective integration, investors should look instead to seeding the already established and trusted IT incubator programs within hospitals.