In this week’s episode Greg talks about the importance of taking time outside of work to clear your mind. Whether it be through exercise, reading or spending time with family and friends, it’s important to maintain a healthy balance. Added stress will ultimately distract you from the work that needs to be done in and on your business.

Show Notes:

Twitter is searching for a new CEO. Their board of directors has made it clear that they will only consider candidates “who are in a position to make a full-time commitment to Twitter.” While this seems like an obvious statement, it appears to be a nod at the current CEO who is running Twitter and Square. http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/22/twitter-board-says-it-will-only-consider-ceo-candidates-willing-to-make-a-full-time-commitment-to-twitter/
Speaking of Twitter…they just announced new capabilities that it says “make it easier to discover products and places.” The company has been moving into e-commerce and rolled out a Buy button last fall. However, a single tweet may not be the best way to sell a product, especially if you don’t know much about it, so Twitter says it’s starting to create pages around some products to provide more information and content.
Those pages will include multiple tweets, but they’ll also have basic product information and the ability to actually make a purchase.
http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/19/twitter-product-pages-and-collections/#.hv0esn:Rf2W
Google has confirmed that acquisition of Agawi, which is a specialist in streaming native mobile apps. Native apps have overtaken the web as the main place where smartphone users go for entertainment, information and more. While Google has been clear they aren’t sharing details, 3 former Agawi employees are now listed as Google employees on LinkedIn. http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/18/report-last-year-google-secretly-acquired-agawi-a-specialist-in-streaming-native-mobile-apps/#.hv0esn:J64d
Best Buy has opened up preorders for the Pebble Time smartwatch, and it’s the only place to get one if you didn’t participate in the record-shattering Kickstarter campaign. The retailer is selling Pebble Time in black, red, and white, with each priced at $199.99. Pebble Time competes with Android Wear, the Apple Watch, and other smartwatches. It’s not quite as ambitious or polished as rival products, but for some people, the Time’s features may cover all the essentials while doing it at a lower price. http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/22/8823781/pebble-time-best-buy-preorders-now-available
AOL is officially part of Verizon. AOL’s fast-growing advertising business is widely viewed as the thing that hooked Verizon on the big acquisition. In May, Verizon said that buying AOL would mark “a significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth.” Verizon’s long-term plans for popular AOL media brands like The Huffington Post, Engadget, and TechCrunch remain unclear. http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/23/8830747/verizon-aol-acquisition-complete
Amazon will begin paying some authors for pages read instead of number of downloaded copies purchased. The new system adjusts how authors receive royalties for books listed on the Amazon Lending Library (included for free for every Prime customer) or Kindle Unlimited, both of which use a subscription model. Specifically, the rules apply to authors enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) Select program, which provides an easy outlet for authors to self-publish their books. It’s not clear how or if the new system will apply to books from major publishers that are included in the Lending Library catalog. http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/21/8820373/amazon-kindle-royalties-based-on-pages-read-not-downloaded-copies
Uber will no longer help armed people get around. New rules quietly published on the ride-hailing app’s website this month now prohibit passengers and drivers from carrying guns while using the service.The new rules come just as gun control is returning to the forefront of Americans’ minds. But Uber says that the rule is not a direct response to the Charleston shooting. A spokesperson tells The Wall Street Journal that the new policy came into effect on June 10th, a week before the shooting. http://www.theverge.com/2015/6/20/8818247/uber-bans-guns-from-vehicles
Taylor Swift on Sunday took another swing at online streaming services, this time taking aim at Apple by keeping her platinum-selling album “1989” off the new streaming service. In an open letter to Apple, Swift criticized the tech giant for its three-month free trial period in which musicians won’t get paid. The cash-rich tech firm, she said, should cover the costs of the free trial and pay artists, producer and writers during the period. Eddy Cue, one of Apple’s senior executives responded via Twitter stating they would change this policy and would pay artists during that three month period. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/business/media/as-quick-as-a-taylor-swift-tweet-apple-had-to-change-its-tune.html?_r=0
A new ag-tech company called CropX says it has part of the answer to California’s water woes. The Silicon Valley-based company just raised $9 million from investors including Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors to fix what seems like a fairly obvious problem: water waste. CropX sells a package of sensors and software designed to help farmers determine precisely how much water to use in different parts of their fields, increasing yields and saving water and other resources by ensuring that no part of the field receives too much or too little water. The idea—called precision agriculture—is nothing new. But CropX is aiming to make it cheaper and easier for farmers to adopt these techniques. http://www.wired.com/2015/06/smart-sensor-farmers-dont-waste-water-drought/
MORE THAN 10 airplanes were grounded on Sunday after hackers apparently got into computer systems responsible for issuing flight plans to pilots of Poland’s state-owned LOT airline. The apparent weak link? The flight plan-delivery protocol used by every airline. In fact, though this may be the first confirmed hack of its kind, it’s very similar to a mysterious grounding of United Airlines planes that happened last month. http://www.wired.com/2015/06/airlines-security-hole-grounded-polish-planes/

Take Time To Clear Your Mind: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/247426

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