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  • Etsy makes concerted effort to change fear-of-failure culture
  • Etsy engineers "send company-wide emails confessing mistakes they made"
  • Company bases this on the idea that "blamelessness makes people more accountable, and more willing to admit mistakes"
  • "1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family."
  • Zuckerberg: "This was the first time we reached this milestone, and it's just the beginning of connecting the whole world."
  • "Using solar-powered planes [to deliver basic internet services] the company [is positioned] to grow its reach even further."
  • "Many of the biggest brands now have programs in place to clean up their supply chains."
  • Nike has "concrete quantified plans to improve" environmental and social impact.
  • "Millennials place value on ethical practices, so implementing them can influence whether you get their business or not."
  • Netflix "expects to spend $5 billion on content next year, with roughly 10% going to original programming."
  • HBO, Showtime, Amazon, and Starz combined spent $4.5 billion on programming last year.
  • Netflix DVD business makes hundreds of millions of dollars per year. Netflix streaming business is about to break even in 2016.
  • Hotels are experimenting with including WIFI as part of loyalty programs
  • As laptops, smartphones and tablets increase, hotels lose profits from in-room telephones and entertainment
  • Surcharges and fees at hotels in the United States were on track to reach a record $2.25 billion in 2014
  • Energy Future Holdings, -$6.4B; Apache, -$5.4B; Caesars, -$2.8B
  • Anadarko Petrolium, -$1.8B; Sears Holdings -$1.7B; Target, -$1.6B
  • Freeport McRoran, -$1.3B; KBR, -$1.3B; Genworth Financial, -$1.2B
  • The items take a little longer to prepare, then they're delivered to your table
  • Kiosk allows diners to order and sit down instead of waiting in line
  • McDonald's hasn't changed its basic system of taking orders since its founding in the 1950s
  • Audi, Amazon and DHL now partnering for a pilot program in Europe that allows Amazon to ship packages directly the trunk of an Audi.
  • ""The service will operate through temporary authorization for keyless access to the car’s luggage compartment."
  • 63% of Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans state that mobile internet has “greatly improved” their lives.
  • Highest ranked aspects: “Better access to education, entertainment, ease of paying bills and staying in touch with friends and family."
  • Kenya has 31% smartphone and 70% mobile penetration; Nigeria 29% and 72%.
  • TomTom location accuracy and speed meets the safety requirements for computer assisted driving; self-driving cars.
  • TomTom's recent innovations in digital mapping architecture led to big contracts in recent months
  • Revenue now diversified with fitness watches and a line of 'GoPro'-style action cameras launched this week.
  • the UK has the second-lowest rate of productivity out of the leading G7 industrial nations
  • employee culture of wanting to be seen to be available by email at all times was causing stress and depression; making workers less efficient.
  • IT services giant Atos, which banned email in 2011, believes that social media tools can solve many of email's problems if used properly
  • For the first time, Amazon shared financial details of its cloud computing unit, Amazon Web Services; The unit's operating income grew 8 percent to $265 million.
  • Amazon shares rose $26.01 to $416.
  • Chief Executive Jeff Bezos shared in a written document that Amazon Web Services is a $5 billion business and its growth is accelerating.
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