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5 Expert Tips to Boost Growth of your Small Business | The Startup Magazine

Growing a business is difficult and can be very tiring.  In the beginning, it could mean doing almost everything yourself in the company, including dealing with sales and marketing.  It also means understanding taxes and company policies, everyday interaction with customers, and a lot more. However you look at it, achieving business growth is definitely not easy. There are probably hundreds of business development strategies out there, all of which will show you some things you may not know about growing your business, but these few, hopefully, will also do the same thing.

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Wells Fargo reaches $3bn fake accounts settlement | BBC News

Wells Fargo, a major US bank, has agreed to pay $3bn (£2.3bn) to resolve a government investigation into its sales practices, including opening millions of fake customer accounts.

The bank admitted it had wrongly collected millions of dollars in fees, misused customer information and harmed the credit rating of customers.

The settlement comes about four years after the scandal first erupted.

It has already forced out two chief executives and led to hefty fines.

Since 2018, Wells Fargo has been operating under an order from the US Federal Reserve that limits its growth.

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How Create Music Group Became Inc.’s No. 1 California Company: Proof You Can Profit From YouTube | Inc.com

By the mid-2010s, big-name artists like Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney were railing against YouTube: The site was home to loads of unauthorized uploads of their songs and even the authorized versions paid paltry royalty sums. It was an even harder battle to fight for the much less famous–and less lawyered-up–musicians in the industry. So a lot of them simply put music on YouTube for free and focused on other ways to make money.

It was that “middle class” of artists that Jonathan Strauss and Alexandre Williams had in mind in 2015 when they founded Create Music Group, a platform designed to help musicians monetize their music on YouTube. Their pitch was simple and convincing: It consisted of an Excel sheet that showed all the instances in which a particular rising star’s music had been uploaded without her consent. Also in the doc was a royalty figure–not massive, but for some in the thousands–the musician would be able to collect per month if she signed up with Create.

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Coinbase becomes a Visa Principal Member to double down on debit card | TechCrunch

Cryptocurrency company Coinbase has been working with Paysafe to issue the Coinbase Card, a Visa debit card that works with your Coinbase account balance. The company is now a Visa Principal Member, which should help Coinbase rely less on Paysafe and control a bigger chunk of the card payment stack.

Coinbase says it is the only cryptocurrency company that has reached that level of certification. The company will offer the Coinbase Card in more markets in the future. The new status could open up more possibilities and features as well.

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A Coding School Tuition Model Spreads to 4-Year Colleges | WIRED

One day in 2017, Lauren Neuwirth sank into a chair in her university’s financial aid office feeling out of options. She was finishing her second year at Purdue University in Indiana, a school she’d chosen for its top-ranked engineering program. Neuwirth, who grew up near Milwaukee, was working two jobs to cover her living expenses and quickly running through the money her mother had set aside for college. Federal student loans only covered some of Purdue’s pricey out-of-state tuition. She worried that to remain in school she’d have to take out expensive private loans or join the Army.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Creates iPhone Shortage | Entrepreneur

The coronavirus outbreak has “temporarily constrained” the iPhone supply chain in China, which has been hit hardest by the illness. As a result, Apple expects to miss the $63 billion to $67 billion in sales it projected to rake in this quarter.

“These iPhone supply shortages will temporarily affect revenues worldwide,” the company said in an investors’ note.

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Why You Should Look for Speed and Reliability From Your Internet Service Provider? | Getentrepreneurial.com

Many people searching for an ISP get hung up on whether they should opt for higher speeds or reliability from the service. The fact is, both are important to the overall value of the service, but if you’ve got specific internet needs, you may want to focus more on one over the other. Whether you’re a small business looking for an ISP to meet your business needs, or you simply need service for your home, here are some tips on choosing a service while considering speed and reliability. Here’s why you should look for both speed and reliability.

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Here’s Why Insta Removed Its IGTV Button | CoolBusinessIdeas.com

Instagram is removing the IGTV button from the main screen of its app because “very few” people tap on it.

The decision was confirmed to TechCrunch by a spokesperson for the Facebook-owned company, who claimed that members of the Instagram community are instead “finding IGTV content through previews in Feed, the IGTV channel in Explore, creators’ profiles, and the standalone app.”

The spokesperson said that “very few are clicking into the IGTV icon,” and so there’s little reason to have it there.

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Watch this very good dog invade a pro soccer match | Mashable

Everybody loves a good sports dog. The world was particularly blessed on Sunday when a very good dog invaded a Turkish soccer pitch, trying to get in on the action.

The very furry and adorable incident happened during a TFF First League match between Fatih Karagumruk Spor and Giresunspor in Istanbul, Turkey.

The dog took the field like a new version of Air Bud: World Pup and chased after the ball, interrupting play but embracing sweet, sweet freedom in all its glory.

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Pier 1 files for bankruptcy | CNN

Pier 1, the troubled home furnishings retailer that has closed hundreds of stores in recent years, filed for bankruptcy Monday.

The company, based in Fort Worth, Texas, released a statement saying that it reached a plan with lenders to provide it with $256 million. It will try to find a buyer for the company.

Pier 1 (PIR) previously announced it will close up to 450 stores, including all its locations in Canada. Around 400 stores have already closed or started going-out-of-business sales, according to the statement.

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