Short, Sweet And In Stealth Mode: Quip Is The Name Of Ex-Facebook CTO Bret Taylor’s Next Project
When Bret Taylor announced last June that he would be leaving his role as CTO of Facebook to work on a startup with another ex-Googler, Kevin Gibbs, little else was divulged about what that project would be – except, as he told AllThingsD, that it might cover an area he does not understand well as a consumer, a little like, you know, when he helped create Google Maps. Today, a little more news began to seep out: the startup appears to be called “Quip”; Taylor started to redirect his backchannel.org site to the quip.com domain, but with invitation-only, restricted access; and there is some quiet talent recruitment taking place. We heard about Quip earlier today, and while we were trying to get through to Taylor to ask more, it seems that Business Insider heard about it, too. Now Taylor has responded to us — essentially, to note that the buck stops here for now: “We aren’t releasing anything and aren’t yet talking about what we are working on,” he wrote in an email. “I ...
Why Facebook, The ‘Best Company’ To Work For, Doesn’t Need A Union
Facebook employees don't have strong union protections, but they seem to love their company nonetheless. "[Facebook] is an amazing place. The new HQ is gorgeous and huge. You get to make whatever you want and launch it to a billion people," raved one anonymous engineer, which, along with scores of positive reviews, helped Facebook become the "Best Place To Work," according to the annual nationwide search by Glassdoor. The announcement of Facebook's worker utopia comes on the heels of Michigan's union-crushing right to work legislation and steep decline in labor union membership. While unions still have an influential role througout the United States, it appears they might not have much of a future.
Square Introduces Gift Cards: The Slow Death Of Physical Credit Cards And Cash Continues
When you think about the process of getting someone a gift card, it’s kind of ridiculous. You go to a store, you take out your credit card, pay for it and then hand it to a friend. That’s the gist of it, and it’s a slow process. Today, payment service Square has introduced a new way to send gift cards, through its Square Wallet (or is it lowercase W now?) app. You can now go through all of the businesses that use Square to process payments, pick the right one for your friend or family member, and then purchase them a gift card of in amount of your choosing. Right now, this just works for folks in the United States. Best part is you don’t have to go to that physical store and take out your credit card. It just works. Here’s a video about the Gift Cards product, which looks, feels and sounds very much like an Apple commercial: The process couldn’t be simpler from within the app: Also, when someone buys you a gift card and you have Square Wallet installed, it’ll pop up in your ...
Online Legal Services Company LegalZoom Sues Rival RocketLawyer For Misleading Advertising, Trademark Infringement And More
This is going to get ugly. Online legal services company LegalZoom is suing rival Rocket Lawyer, according to a release issued by the LA-based LegalZoom today. The charges are false and misleading advertising, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Facebook page saves desperate soldier from suicide
When a Facebook page community heard that a member of the United States military was contemplating suicide, they sprung into action, traveling as much as 100 miles to try and find the "battle buddy" in trouble.