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News Bites: DAM Shutterstock, Vizify Yahoo and More

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So much news in just the past week: WebDAM joins Shutterstock, Vizify joins Yahoo, new features come to Evoq Social, an e-commerce package comes to Silverpop and Citrix opens up video for remote support. 

Working in Pajamas: The Downside of Telecommuting

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Working from home is the best job ever ... as long as you're willing to tether yourself to technology, produce twice as much as you would in an office, blur every possible work-life boundary and have the discipline to bite your tongue when someone asks you if you ever plan to get a "real" job.

Telecommuting is a disaster for anyone who is unmotivated, disorganized, thin-skinned or has fantasies about working in pajamas. Trust me. I'm speaking from experience.

And remember this: it's the wrong choice if you expect to have regular lunch or coffee breaks (a blessing in disguise, actually, because you often won't have time to avail yourself of the restroom, either.) Your boss will call the minute you step away from your desk, creating suspicion about whether you're working at all. Differences in time zones mean calls at almost any hour of the day (or night).

No wonder those spoiled, entitled, forever-whining tech-obsessed millennials (aka Gen Y) are just so over this whole telecommuting thing. And guess what? They aren't alone.

What Else Could Hatch from the Google Nest?

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Google put down a big marker for the Internet of Things with its Nest acquisition, having previously invested in the company via Google Ventures. We take a look at what the other companies Google is backing and what its portfolio could bring to the race to be the next big thing. 

From Bitcoins to office temperature control, global food prices to web testing and mobile apps, Google has its fingers in many pies ... or nests, as the case may be.

How Much More Pain Can Yahoo Email Users Take?

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer described last week’s massive email outage as “unacceptable” and something the company is taking very seriously. However, apart for promising remedial work to ensure it doesn’t happen again, she hasn’t outlined what the company is going to do about its ongoing problems — or given users any reassurance to hold on.

Social Media Briefs: Facebook Wants Your Money, Tumblr's Sponsored Trends

shutterstock_148618595.jpgSocial media was once considered a free medium where brands could organically build their networks of fans and followers. But it has become a competitive marketplace where sponsored content reigns supreme. Will it pay off?

Smarter Than Siri: Yahoo Acquires SkyPhrase

If you’re anything like me, you want your mobile device to fetch exactly what you ask for without requiring much effort on your part at all. And though Siri and Google Voice Actions do pretty well when you give simple commands or ask simple questions like “What temperature is it?” or “Why is Tom Daley trending on Twitter?” they are less likely to be able to come up with a list of your beloved’s favorite restaurants from the conversations you’ve had via email.

Document Mgt Roll-Up: Document Capture is Still Big Business, Yahoo Enhances Mail

This week in the world of document management there have been a number of upgrades and releases, including the introduction of multi-tasking for Yahoo Mail and enhanced search from dtSearch. In addition,  new research shows document capture is still big business and Microsoft continued to extend the market reach of Office 365.

Reports of the Death of Remote Working Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

Social Business, Reports of the Death of Remote Working Have Been Greatly ExaggeratedAt the beginning of 2013, it seemed that ever-improving mobile technology and home broadband speeds were finally delivering the “work anywhere” nirvana that so many of us had looked forward to. But since then, two unexpected announcements have caused many organizations to stop and reconsider whether they really want their workforce so widely distributed.

Social Media Briefs: Facebook Makes It Easier to Create Ads, Find Users

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The US government is still shut down, but social media is wide open. This week, Facebook makes it easier to create and measure ads, while making it harder for users to stay hidden. Another week, another user interface update at Yahoo. 

Apple Acquires Cue, Another Personal Assistant, As the Buy Out Frenzy Continues

applelogo.pngOver the week, we heard that social and personal assistant Cue (formerly known as Greplin) was shutting down. The reason for that is now apparent with Apple confirming they have acquired the company to bolster its own personal service efforts. 

Social Media Briefs: My Yahoo Updates, Promoted Pins, YouTube Anywhere

Social Media Briefs: My Yahoo Updates, Pinterest Plans to Promote and YouTube Lets You Watch Offline

Yahoo covets iGoogle users, while Pinterest plans for a future of promoted pins, and YouTube works to make video content available offline. 

New Logo Fails To Impress As Yahoo Continues To Re-Invent Itself

New Logo Fails To Impress As Yahoo Continues To Re-Invent Itself

Yahoo continue its image makeover today, this time with the unveiling of a new logo that comes with a dancing exclamation mark. The new design, which went live this morning, has been met by some very large yawns by an industry that probably thinks Yahoo has more things to worry about than its logo. 

Google Updates Gmail for iOS With Improved App Integration

 gmail_app_logo_ios.jpgGoogle seems to finally be getting up to speed with its iOS email app, with each update since the 2.00 relaunch adding valuable features. The latest 2.40 tweak adds direct links to other Google apps, and improves the attachments experience. 

Social Media Briefs: Facebook Apps, Social Ads, and Hashtag Help

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Social media is a work in progress. This week, Facebook shows us that there's always room for improvement, while Yahoo makes a play for video and Twitter teaches us how to choose the right hashtag.

Yahoo Leads comScore Report, Not Everyone Convinced of Success

customer experience: yahoo comscore resultsYahoo’s redesign seems to be paying off as the media company pulled ahead of Google for web traffic according to a report from comScore.

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