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Google Brings Same-day Delivery Service to D.C., Boston, Chicago
October 21, 2014

Google made its name finding things for people on the Internet. Now it is offering to bring them to your doorstep.

Since Oct. 14, the tech giant has expanded its Google Express same-day delivery service in D.C., Boston and Chicago, after launching it a year ago in Northern California and expanding to Los Angeles and Manhattan this spring.

The service, which is being re-branded from Google Shopping Express, allows desktop, mobile or tablet users to order items from a variety of stores and—provided they are within a designated service area—receive the goods later that day.

Ebola Swag Is Here, 'Because Fashion Is Infectious'
October 21, 2014

As countries around the world send supplies to West Africa to aid thousands of people infected with Ebola, crafty entrepreneurs are sending Ebola-themed novelty items to people looking to incorporate the deadly virus into their clothing and decor.

A search for "Ebola" on Etsy turns up more than 100 items, including earrings, a cutting board and an Ebola handbag, "because fashion is infectious," according the the shop's description.

Reached for comment, the shop's owner, who calls himself "Shayne of the Dead," explained his inspiration. "It was a 'what will be hot' this season type of thing," he wrote.

21 Ways to Achieve Wealth and Success
October 21, 2014

In his book, "Rich Habits—The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals," Tom Corley outlines several habits that distinguish the wealthy from the non-wealthy.

It got me to think, how many people operate on autopilot and don’t stop to monitor their everyday patterns? Below I've summarized 19 of his habits for success (nine culled from his book and the next 10 from his recent article in Success) plus two of my own. If you're not actively engaged in these 21 things, you are, in effect, leaving money on the table.

Email Marketing: 5 Ways to Grow Your List
October 20, 2014

Marketing is a never-ending quest to connect with new prospects, new customers and new email subscribers. This makes a high-performing email contact list one of the most impactful tools in any marketing professional's arsenal, no matter what their core business. Unfortunately, the average email list churns by about 30 percent every year. To keep this pool of prospects fresh, marketers must employ a number of tactics to consistently cultivate a vibrant and vested subscriber base. To help, here are a few easy steps to help build your list—and boost your business.

5 Critical Steps Every Entrepreneur Should Take
October 20, 2014

There are five critical steps every entrepreneur should follow to take their businesses to the next level. These steps are essential to providing a clear vision for building a highly effective and profitable business, and for identifying and satisfying customers' needs and desires.

Entrepreneurs are inspired and highly motivated people who have a clear sense of who they are and what they want. By following these steps, you can gain the clarity necessary to push your business in the right direction for long-term success.

Cornell Cuts Apparel Ties Over Bangladesh Accord
October 20, 2014

Cornell University severed its relationships with the apparel manufacturer JanSport over worker and factory safety in Bangladesh.

Cornell first pressed the issue in May when President David J. Skorton sent a letter to Eric Wiseman, CEO of VF Corp., which owns JanSport, asking the corporation to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh by the end of September. Skorton threatened to terminate JanSport’s license for Cornell goods if the company didn’t sign.

On Thursday Cornell did just that, cutting its ties with the company.

Fitbit Says It Will Make Changes to Address Complaints About Allergic Reactions
October 20, 2014

After withdrawing some of its activity-tracking wristbands from store shelves in February, Fitbit says another version of its wearable devices will not suffer the same fate.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has opted not to recall the Fitbit Flex, provided that the company makes some small adjustments to make it safer for consumers.

The wristband now will come with a warning that it contains nickel, a common allergen used in many types of products, and a new sizing guideline to prevent users from wearing the devices too tightly.