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Insiders explain why investors and customers are going crazy for startups that help big companies keep up with Silicon Valley disruptors

“With CI and CD, companies can release changes to customers as often as they want, whether it’s once a month or 20 times a day” writes Rosalie Chan for businessinsider.com. In the old days, customers would have to wait all year for a new software release.Continuous delivery builds off of CI, but involves the processes by which those code changes are released to customers. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Federal energy regulator prompts utilities to pass tax savings on to customers

“FERC’s proposed tax rule would apply to the interstate transportation of energy only, where it has jurisdiction over the wholesale electricity and natural gas markets” reports washingtonexaminer.com. The tax reform bill passed last December cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent beginning in 2018.The nation’s grid regulator moved Thursday to ensure that President Trump’s 2017 tax cuts reduce customer utility bills. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Elon Musk said Tesla customers still have time to guarantee they get a $7,500 tax credit on a new car

“Deliveries taken before the end of this year are eligible for a $7,500 federal tax credit, which will be cut in half for Tesla customers starting January 1” writes Mark Matousek for businessinsider.com. But two calendar quarters after a company sells its 200,000th electric vehicle in the US, the tax credit begins to phase out.Customers who take delivery beginning in 2020 will not receive a federal tax credit. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Lyft adds driver-friendly features including default tipping option

“Lyft is making it easier for riders to tip their drivers, with new features for the Lyft app that allow tipping-by-default and tipping mid-journey” writes Nov Est for theverge.com. Alongside the tipping options, Lyft announced a pair of new features aimed at drivers, not riders.To try and avoid this situation Lyft is making any ride that goes unrated default to a five-star rating.These updates will be available for “select riders” in December, and rolling out to more customers in the New Year. Source: theverge.com Share This:

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forced to shell out $700,000 in refunds and cancel the debt of more than 20,000 Massachusetts customers

“Comcast has been forced to shell out $700,000 in refunds and cancel the debt of more than 20,000 Massachusetts customers after a state attorney general investigation found the company routinely jacks up consumer bills via a bevy of misleading fees” reports vice.com. An investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy found that Comcast routinely advertises one rate, then charges customers up to 40 percent more when the bill for service actually arrives. Source: vice.com Share This:

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PG&E tumbles amid liability risk in California’s rampaging Camp Fire

“The company renewed wildfire liability coverage for a total of $1.4 billion this summer” reports washingtonexaminer.com. Since Monday, crews have restored electrical power to approximately 2,200 customers in areas where that’s possible, but about 23,000 electricity customers and 12,000 gas customers are still without. “There are no words to describe the unspeakable tragedy and loss of life,” PG&E CEO Geisha Williams said in a statement. Source: washingtonexaminer.com Share This:

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Communicating Your Succession Plan with Customers, Clients, and Shareholders

“Failing to communicate succession plans clearly with clients, workforce, and shareholders can result in internal chaos, loss of current and future business, and decline in stock value” reports hbr.org. Within a year of your retirement, introduce your core team to prospects and clients, and highlight their achievements with the firm.The growth of your business may depend on how well you can ensure clients that the company will be fine under your successor’s leadership.Prospects may have been drawn to the company specifically because they heard about the CEO. So customers planning…

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Digital bank Starling heads to the high street following Post Office deal

“App-based start up Starling Bank has arrived on the high street following a deal to launch in thousands of Post Offices nationwide” writes Matthew Field for telegraph.co.uk. As of this week, Starling customers are able to withdraw and deposit money at any of the 11,500 Post Office. Starling Bank chief executive Anne Boden, a former Allied Irish Banks executive, said the deal would help bring the start-ups banking services to 1,500 communities with no local bank branch.The latest move sees Starling establish a physical presence at a time when many…

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Ford, Walmart collaborate to design automated-vehicle delivery

“Ford and its partners are using Miami as a testing ground for automated delivery service ideas and automated vehicle technology” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The project is the latest to grow out of Ford’s broader effort to develop businesses that could use automated delivery vehicles.MIAMI (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co, Walmart Inc and delivery service Postmates Inc will collaborate to design a service for delivering groceries and other goods to Walmart customers that could someday use autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Wednesday.Ford was working with San Francisco-based…

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Would You Pay $30k to Withdraw $1m? What You Need to Know About Bitfinex’s New 3% Wire Withdrawal Fee

“Bitfinex, the 17th largest cryptocurrency exchange by trade volume, has announced a new fee structure for high volume / high value fiat withdrawals” writes Kuldeep Kaul for livebitcoinnews.com. Bitfinex, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges, earlier on Sunday made an announcement on its website revealing a new fee structure for fiat withdrawals.Customers willing to withdraw funds from the exchange could, in theory, resort to exiting by converting to USDT because fiat withdrawals have become expensive. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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