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China presents opportunity, challenge for U.S. tech firms - SFGate

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Dine: Good eats at Google - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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After five years, Mr. Keener says he's gotten the hang of menu planning here, a challenge as he monitors daily input from Googlers on Google Plus about products and ingredients.
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People in Business

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Onsite Woodwork Corp., a high-end architectural woodwork company, announced the promotion of Robert R. Byrd to regional manager over the Texas division. Tanya Castro has joined Cadence Bank as senior vice president, trust officer, in charge of business development for the Houston region, supporting the court-created trust division. Norton Rose Fulbright announced the appointment of Richard Krumholz as its U.S. head of dispute resolution and litigation and Daryl Lansdale Jr. as its U.S. head of business law. Krumholz will oversee a dispute resolution and litigation group of 350 lawyers, while Lansdale will manage a business law group of 300 lawyers. Hines, an international real estate firm, announced that David Steinbach has been appointed as chief investment officer of Hines Global REIT. Comcast announced that Joey Aguilar has been appointed vice president of business operations for the company's Houston region.
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Business calendar

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Tuesday The After Hours Network Meeting: 6-8 p.m., Little Napoli, 6445 Westheimer. Cost: $15. Information: www.afterhoursnetwork.com. Homebuying Class: Hosted by Redfin. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Mi Cocina Restaurant, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. Cost: Free. Registration: www.redfin.com/buy-a-home/classes-and-events. Information: Tara Waggoner, 832-721-2225, or tara.waggoner@redfin.com. Wednesday Services Cooperative Association: Meeting. 7:15-8:30 a.m., H.E.S.S. Club, 5430 Westheimer. Speaker: Janet Scudder. Topic: Financial Foundations. Cost: $22 with reservations, $30 without reservations. Reservations: 713-932-7495, ext. 48, or www.servicesca.org/crossroads.htm. Friday Houston LPC Association: Monthly meeting. 7-8:30 p.m., Houston Baptist University, Moody Library. Cost: Free to members, $5 for non-members. Information: 281-243-8401, ext. 6441.
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Prof. Bernard Lietaer On Bitcoin - YouTube

Recording date: 23. April 2014 Location: School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University Speaker: Prof. Bernard Lietaer Title: In conversation What i... (Prof. Bernard Lietaer On Bitcoin PLEASE!

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Study on 'native advertising' finds benefits for brands, risks for publishers | ZDNet

Study on 'native advertising' finds benefits for brands, risks for publishers | ZDNet | Digital-News on Scoop.it today | Scoop.it
In one of the largest studies of people's attitudes towards native advertising, 62 percent said that it didn't help to enhance the reputation of news sites, but brands were seen to benefit from appearing on highly trusted media sites.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 27, 2:02 AM

Good look at native advertising and consumer reaction to it.

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Sponsored Content Has a Trust Problem | Relevance

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...As noted above, publishers’ widespread assumption that they’re communicating clearly and transparently when they label a post as “sponsored content” may not be true.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 27, 1:37 AM

Consumers are confused and they don't trust nor do they scroll native ads.

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Colombian student faces almost a decade in jail for sharing a research paper online

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The masters student is being supported by the Colombian digital rights group Fundacíon Karisma, which has put out a statement saying "it should be clear that the actions of users, non-profit activities, and sharing, are not crimes… In a society that...

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Digital Coupons Drive Sales | VR Marketing Blog

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Everyone loves a deal. This infographic from the folks at Vouchercloud outlines the growth in digital coupons, who’s using them and how they’re being used.

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Consumers have greater access to coupons acquired from emails, social, and coupon-specific sites. Check out how offering coupons can drive sales.

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The Doctor is Online: Social Media Guidelines for Physicians

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Credibility and integrity form the cornerstone of success and longevity in any profession, the medical field included. For years, these factors have been associated with maintaining professional boundaries in physician-patient interaction and colleague communication.

These lines seem to have blurred, however, with the rapid evolution of social media and the burgeoning influence of online engagement. Doctors now have opportunities to communicate with patients and fellow physicians outside clinics, hospitals and conferences through blogs and social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

For doctors who wish to keep up with these developments, how do they extend their services online without the risk of crossing professional limits?

(from left to right) Dr. Remo-tito A. Aguilar, Atty. Ivy Patdu-Calaquian, MD, and Dr. Ivan Vicente

In a recent symposium on social media use, misuse and abuse among doctors, orthopedic surgeon and co-founder of HealthXPh Dr. Remo-tito A. Aguilar discussed how physicians can create a professional online presence by giving patient education, providing wellness motivation, and managing patient support groups.

He cited Dr. Willy Ong’s Health Tips, a Facebook page featuring health advice posts that are shared thousands of times by Dr. Ong’s followers, who have reached over 87,500 as of this writing. “His frequent, consistent and regular updates also contributed to the popularity of his page. By providing proactive wellness motivation, Dr. Ong [has become] an active participant in his community’s health and wellness,” noted Dr. Aguilar.

He also mentioned how his fellow HealthXPh co-founder Dr. Iris Thiele Isip-Tan uses social media to direct patients to her blog, The Endocrine Witch. On her Facebook page, she posts “picture quotes” with links to her blog posts—an approach that Dr. Aguilar described as “simple, succinct and visual sharing of information” that not only catches readers’ attention but facilitates message retention as well.

Dr. Narciso Tapia’s Smiling Kidneys Club, on the other hand, was cited as a model for patient support groups. Dr. Tapia, himself a dialysis patient, uses Facebook to manage the Cebu-based support group for patients with kidney disease. Dr. Aguilar explained, “The shared experience for social media bonded them together and has since [helped them support] each other emotionally and, sometimes, financially.”

As for physician-to-physician engagement, Dr. Aguilar suggested online peer collaboration through platforms such as HealthXPh, which supports quick, easy sharing of public health alerts and medical specialty concerns and issues. He added that those who belong to healthcare institutions could use social media to provide patient support services, as long as the sites are regularly monitored and patients’ queries are promptly addressed. Monitoring of service delivery as well as raising of brand awareness can also be done via social media.

Following Dr. Aguilar’s talk, Atty. Ivy Patdu-Calaquian, MD, and Dr. Ivan Vicente discussed the dangers of social media use among doctors, and how these can be avoided.

They gave specific examples of how physicians, albeit unintentionally, misuse social media through posts that breach patient confidentiality and online activities that violate professional boundaries between doctor and patient.

Patient confidentiality may be violated by sharing photos that accidentally show patients in the background. It can also be breached with a status update about a tough day at work, with details about patients that may not include names but other information that may reveal their identity. The mere act of actively adding patients as Facebook friends may also violate this.

One might also commit online misconduct by granting consultations online—whether in the public feed or via private message. Some doctors might post selfies on duty or while engaging in activities that could negatively affect their credibility, such as drinking alcohol, while others may rant and post defamatory statements against colleagues.

These, however, can be prevented by avoiding the sharing of sensitive and unprofessional posts anywhere on the Web—even on accounts set to private—as any post can still be copied, screenshot, saved and forwarded without consent.

“Doctors may also consider having separate personal and professional social media accounts, which can help in maintaining appropriate boundaries between physician and patient.”

Doctors may also consider having separate personal and professional social media accounts, which can help in maintaining appropriate boundaries between physician and patient.

 

They are also advised to monitor their internet presence by routinely searching their name online to ensure that none of their private information is compromised.

Finally, physicians have the responsibility to call the attention of colleagues—discreetly, of course—when they notice any online misconduct. As Dr. Vicente pointed out, “We should remember that as physicians, we have the professional commitment to safeguard the reputation of colleagues and other health professionals.”

With these guidelines in mind, doctors would be digitally equipped and savvy as they navigate the new frontiers of health and wellness engagement.


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Ecuador Bans Bitcoin In Favor of Own National Cryptocurrency

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  On the 23rd of July, the government of Ecuador effectively banned bitcoin, along with all other cryptocurrencies, reports the PanAm Post. The legislation forms part of a reform of the country’s monetary and financial laws. The bill was approved by 91 members of parliament, with 22 votes against and 3 abstentions. President Rafael Correa, …
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Apple Stores unify employee shirts as major customer service enhancements ... - 9 to 5 Mac

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Study: Social Media May Be Just As Addicting As Other Vices, Drugs and Alcohol - CBS Local

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The study shows that disclosing information about yourself via social media can trigger the same sensations as eating or drinking.
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Take Google Glass for a Test Run on Saturday in the South End - BostInno

Take Google Glass for a Test Run on Saturday in the South End
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Google is giving Bostonians the chance to try on the futuristic wearables this weekend as part of a fresh sales and marketing push for the gadget.
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Genius Offline Marketing Campaigns that Online Tech Companies are Using - Tech Cocktail

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But they also know that our lives are not only lived online. A good chunk of eyeballs are not in front of computer screens at any point of the day.
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Small-business Q&A: Branding can help build solid customer base

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Every small business needs a brand - a fundamental message or impression about its products or services that punches through the clutter and anchors itself in the customer's memory. Longtime marketing expert and SCORE mentor John McClymonds says it can create a loyal following of customers, and it can build a solid customer base for the business. "By understanding your market, your customers and your competition, you can begin to create a competitive edge that is consistently and constantly reinforced in all your internal and external communications," McClymonds adds. SCORE volunteers provide free, confidential business mentoring and free or low-cost training workshops to small-business owners and those intending to become small-business owners.
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Small-business resources

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Tax Considerations for the Self Employed: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Business Plan Basics: 9 a.m.-noon, UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Marketing to Prime Contractors: 9-11 a.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Making Sense of the Numbers: 9 a.m.-noon UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200. Discover the ease of developing financial statements, reducing costly errors, determining profitability. Google Apps for Business: 10-12:30 p.m., UH SBDC, 2302 Fannin, Suite 200.
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Stigmergy as a Universal Coordination Mechanism - P2P Foundation

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"The concept of stigmergy has been used to analyze self-organizing activities in an ever-widening range of domains, from social insects via robotics and social media to human society.

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Are travelers giving up on loyalty programs? | Elliott

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It’s finally happening.After years of putting up with blackout dates, broken promises and bait-and-switch games, American travelers — particularly air travelers — are saying “Enough!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 27, 1:49 AM

Loyalty programs may soon be suffering from a lack of loyalty from consumers.

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Shifting attitudes about media make a case for integrated communications | Digital Park

Shifting attitudes about media make a case for integrated communications | Digital Park | Digital-News on Scoop.it today | Scoop.it
... Gallup’s Poll shows that people trust newspapers the most, followed by the Internet, with television news bringing up the rear.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 27, 1:16 AM

With decreased trust in media, public relations has a bigger challenge ahead.

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The Cost Of Permission Culture: Or Why Netflix Streaming Library Sucks Compared To Its DVD Library | Techdirt

The Cost Of Permission Culture: Or Why Netflix Streaming Library Sucks Compared To Its DVD Library | Techdirt | Digital-News on Scoop.it today | Scoop.it
Why can't movie-streaming sites deliver the selection of movies that customers obviously want? This was the question posed by a recent New York Times column, comparing undersupplied services like Netflix with unauthorized platforms like Popcorn Time.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 27, 1:10 AM

Interesting look at how Hollywood's practices impact consumers choice of videos.

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Nostalgia effect: Do consumers spend more when thinking about the past?

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"Say you are out clothes shopping and you spot something that brings you back to a special time from your childhood when you were surrounded by friends and family ..."

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Professional Development | Stay on top or get pushed off

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Professional Development is key to staying on top. With this fast moving information age, we must keep educated using the right tools and strategies. Here's some ideas.
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Framing Interventions | Graham Scambler

It is one thing to explore options and alternatives, for education or health systems for example, but quite another to construct a blueprint for a post-capitalist society.

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Leadership Is Swell, But Your Receptionist Makes Or Breaks Your Business - Forbes

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