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Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

BookLamp Apple Feature TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. A second source says Apple bought BookLamp’s employees and technology for a price that was “higher than… Read More Continue reading

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UX designer, OIM developer, senior analyst and 46 more

Every week, Silicon Prairie News presents opportunities in the region’s tech, startup and creative community. From a contract job to a co-founder role, these positions are submitted by companies and gathered from public postings.

To submit a job listing for consideration (free), complete our job board submission form. To feature a job listing (paid), select the duration in the form. Positions submitted by noon each Thursday will be presented in Friday’s weekly post. Contact editor@siliconprairienews.com with questions. Continue reading

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From airplane graveyards to kitchens, Flight tiles have a story

In the hot arid desert in Tucson, Ariz., there’s an airplane graveyard—thousands of retired and junked Cold War-era military aircraft waiting for disposal. Planes are getting retired faster than they could dispose of them.

And now, those same planes can be in your home, as tiles. Continue reading

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JustReachOut Helps Startups Write Better Email Pitches

 JustReachOut, a new startup out of growth hacking consultancy firm Criminally Prolific, recently launched a service that makes PR easier and more affordable for startups by combining its web services with some basic consultancy services. Read More Continue reading

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Amazon Rolls Out A YouTube-Like “Video Shorts” Section On Instant Video

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 12.48.23 PM Amazon‘s Instant Video service has traditionally been thought of as both a rival to iTunes and Netflix, in terms of offering movies and TV shows for rent, purchase or for free streaming via the company’s Amazon Prime membership program. But you might want to add YouTube to that list of would-be competitors, as Amazon has now introduced a new section to Instant Video focused on… Read More Continue reading

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Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design


  

No person is immune from the influence of the people and groups they encounter. As much as we would like to think that every thought we have is original, that every opinion we express is informed by facts alone, the truth is that we use others around us as a reference point for much of our attitudes and behavior. This isn’t a bad thing; it’s human nature.

Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design

Knowing how groups influence people can help you to move from being a common, everyday, work-your-fingers-to-the-bone designer to a strategic influencer of your target audience with relative ease. In fact, whether researchers, designers or managers, everyone involved in user experience (UX) design would benefit from deeper knowledge of how to incorporate social influence in their work.

The post Social Influence: Incorporating Social Identity Theory Into Design appeared first on Smashing Magazine.

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Women Use Pinterest, But They Don’t Run It

2715583000_d3d0c07a8f_o Only 40 percent of Pinterest employees are women, even though the majority of the company’s users are female, according to a report released by Pinterest Thursday. Pinterest’s ratio appears better than other tech companies that have released similar reports — only about 30 percent of employees at Facebook, Google and Twitter are female. But considering Pinterest’s users… Read More Continue reading

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Please Join Us For The 9th Annual August Capital Party In Silicon Valley

9393142521_3dbc3b4d80_k TechCrunch’s annual summer soirée is almost here. As in years past, August Capital will host TechCrunch and hundreds of local investors, founders and developers at its sunny office on Sand Hill Road. All are welcome to the August 1 event, but space is very limited. Read More Continue reading

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Big Omaha furniture partner Hutch moving into bigger space to do more

As Nick Huff likes to tell it, he’s most comfortable in motion. It’s a good thing, too. The co-founder of Hutch has had to move a lot of furniture as of late.

From a two-car garage, to the nethermost depths of the Old Market, to a small storefront in Midtown Crossing, Huff and his business partner, Brandon Beed, have gone from hobbyists to full-blown furniture retailers in less than a year. Continue reading

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“Making It Right”: A New Smashing Book on Product Management For A Startup World


  

You’ve seen this happen a thousand times. An organization struggles with a high level of internal enthusiasm and creative chaos that team leaders don’t know how to handle any more. To bring order into projects, a new product manager is appointed, under huge expectation, and with unclear responsibilities and big goals defined within a very short timeframe. That’s when things usually go south, resulting in failed projects, crushed teams and disappointed clients.

Making it Right, a new Smashing Book by Rian van der Merwe

That’s why we’ve teamed up with our author and friend Rian van der Merwe, a senior product manager with a sociology and UX background, to create a new practical book to help product managers in the digital space manage projects effectively — the right way, with the right strategy, in the right time, with the right team. Making It Right is a book about just that: what product management is, what it isn’t, why it’s important, and how to approach it strategically and meaningfully to get things done well. Available today.

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