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The gender pay gap in the United States starts early — with what you choose as your college major.  Majors that tend to lead to higher-paying jobs are dominated by male college students and majors that feed into lower-paying jobs are dominated by women, Glassdoor found in a new report.  “Because men and women systematically […]

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Students across the world can finally get a sweet deal on Spotify Premium.  The music subscription service just rolled out its half-price deal for students in 33 more countries. Spotify had already offered half-price, or about $4.99, monthly rates for students in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany. A usual Spotify Premium subscription […]

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We’re halfway through the week, and it’s time for a boost of inspiration to keep us going. Our #WednesdayWisdom blog series taps into the minds of industry leaders and disruptive visionaries who are working to build the future of entrepreneurship. We sat down with Susan Lyne to discuss the evolution of the tech industry, a […]

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Venture Beat recently published a piece headlined ‘India’s e-commerce battle is not Indian anymore’ that highlighted the battle between Amazon and China’s Alibaba Group in the world’s fastest-growing e-commerce market. But there’s probably a third player in the game too. And that is Japanese telecom and investment giant Softbank which is suddenly the buzzword in […]

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China’s biggest mobile payments platform is spreading to the rest of Asia. Alipay, from ecommerce giant Alibaba, has a whopping 450 million users in China, who use their phones to pay friends, buy stuff online, and even offline at restaurants and merchants. On Wednesday, Ant Financial, which runs Alipay, announced its merger with HelloPay. SEE […]

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For more than a decade, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly seemed untouchable.  Even when a former producer accused him of sexual harassment back in 2004, O’Reilly’s alleged sleaziness (remember lurid talk of loofah sponges, vibrators, and threesomes?) didn’t doom the conservative talking head. Instead, he paid about $9 million to privately settle the case and went […]

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Petsmart just snapped up pet supply site Chewy.com in what’s reported to be the biggest e-commerce deal in history. The big box store paid around $3.35 billion for the online outlet, according to Recode‘s sources — slightly more than the $3.3 billion Walmart spent on Jet.com in another monster online shopping acquisition last year. The […]

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Over the last few years, the notion of passing a so-called “beer test” has become a pretty popular step of the interview process for deciding which employee candidates may be the next best cultural fit for your brand.   Personally, after years of running a global recruitment firm, I have found that this test – […]

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Welcome to the club, Adidas. The company is the latest in a string of brands to find itself frantically apologizing for doing something stupid.  On Tuesday, the sportswear company had its very own SMH moment after sending out a mass email about the 121st Boston Marathon, which took place on Monday. The email in question […]

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SeatGeek is serious about defeating Ticketmaster.  The ticketing platform just spent $56 million on the ticketing tech company TopTix. SeatGeek paid for that acquisition by raising $57 million in its own Series D funding round. Before this round, SeatGeek had already raised over $100 million in funding.  TopTix is an Israeli company, and a lot […]

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What’s one problem Uber has that’s just the usual level of upsetting, and not totally horrifying? Tipping.  The ride-hailing giant has for years stood strong against letting customers tip their Uber drivers within the Uber app. Lyft started letting riders tip their drivers in 2012, and Uber still hasn’t gotten on board. The issue has […]

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Maybe a million streams on Spotify won’t make a musician rich, but Spotify believes it will help them get rich. Spotify launched “Spotify for Artists” on Tuesday, a one-stop shop for the industry to tap into the company’s listening data.  The pitch is simple: Spotify knows who is listening to what music, where they are, […]

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That India is the world’s most prolific film-producing nation is well-known.  It makes over 2,000 films in more than 10 languages every year — a feat unmatched elsewhere in the world. And grand dreams require grand budgets.  One such is The Mahabharata, a multi-lingual retelling of the Sanskrit epic, that will be the costliest Indian […]

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