Portfolium raises $6.6 million to get college students into jobs where they’ll kick butt

Saving for education A San Diego startup called Portfolium has raised $6.6 million to help college students get jobs where they are likely to succeed. Portfolium CEO Adam Markowitz said he was inspired to build what he calls the “largest student talent showcase,” after his own job-hunting success. A former rocket scientist, he was able to land a dream job working on NASA’s space shuttle… Read More
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LinkedIn courts users in India with LinkedIn Lite, online job placement tests, business tools

linkedin-india As LinkedIn continues to wait for the close of its $26.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft, it continues to build out its business, with the latest developments on the international front. Last week, LinkedIn announced that it had hit 100 million users in Asia Pacific (around one-quarter of its total), and today at an event in Bengaluru, India, it unveiled three new products it’s rolling… Read More
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Why app development is going micro

micro-apps Application development has long been fraught with peril: Projects become bloated, expensive and never ship. The “micro” trend in application development is focused on delivering bottoms-up, simple solutions to complex problems. Micro services, apps and flows offer a new way to weave existing systems in novel, organic ways in order to deliver solutions immediately. Read More
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When’s the best time to share on Facebook?

Montage of lots of people using laptop computers There’s all manner of advice and guidance on the web for online publishers looking to optimize their social media efforts: CoSchedule, Fast Company, HubSpot, ShortStack, Forbes, Hootsuite, QuickSprout and others all claim to have the answer. However, many of the strategies used by publishers for optimizing engagement and boosting referral traffic from social are flawed. Read More
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Facebook steps in to prove the value of chatbots with Tommy Hilfiger

tommy-hilfiger-bot Here come the fashbots, and this time they might actually be useful. Facebook’s seemingly half-baked chatbot platform soured many on the potential of conversation user interfaces. The first bots built by outside developers back in April were clumsy and more trouble than just using a website. So Facebook’s Creative Shop is getting involved, working with bot creator Msg.ai and the… Read More
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Facebook restores censored nude ‘napalm girl’ photo due to “historical importance”

268d5cb1-673e-4231-a1ef-c9767d3494f1 Facebook has backtracked on its decision to censor a Norwegian journalist and newspaper’s posts, reinstating the nude photo of a child fleeing napalm during the Vietnam war. Facebook had originally told The Guardian that “We try to find the right balance between enabling people to express themselves while maintaining a safe and respectful experience for our global community.”… Read More
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Snapchat could buy startups without raising money via new credit line

Snapchat Ads Buying cool is the best way for big companies to stay cool. Snapchat rightly believes in itself, and now it’s getting bankers to bet on that vision without selling its precious equity. Snapchat has secured a line of credit led by Morgan Stanley, potentially with other banks participating, according to Recode. Snapchat can borrow against that credit line and pay it back later if it… Read More
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