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Here’s what you need to know


Square launches new app. If you haven’t heard of Square yet, watch this. The popular payment service launched a new dashboard app today on iOS. Square noticed a lot of its customers were checking analytics on their mobiles. So they decided to launch an app that allows businesses to track sales in real time. In a glance, owners can see what products are selling that day/week/month/year. Plus more.

Facebook Saved Links folder. If you’re like me, you might have noticed on Facebook’s mobile app you can save/bookmark links. Cool, right. But where do those saved links go? Mashable wrote an article explaining how to use Facebook’s new bookmarks feature. The social network confirmed it will enable more saved content soon. E.g. posts from friends, groups, and pages.

What we learned from the Ashley Madison scandal. “Most people don’t think about it when they swipe a credit card or give the number to an online retailer, but the transaction actually reveals quite a bit about you,” says Bloomberg. Like your name, address…and in this case…your “most secret sexual fantasies.” This scandal is a good reminder on how to stay anonymous transacting online. Bloomberg shares some tips.

+ Google’s big secret spreadsheet where employees share their salaries.


How to develop a marketer’s mindset. An average person sees evergreens growing along the roadside and thinks that they look pretty, especially when partly covered with snow. An entrepreneur observes the same trees and thinks, “These trees would look good in people’s living rooms at Christmas. I wonder what people would pay for them?” ETR founder Mark Ford explains these two mindsets in How to Think Like a Billionaire. A new article I want to draw your attention to is by another successful business man. He shares 8 tips to put yourself into a marketer’s mindset.

Amazon’s competition. Who is Jet? Jet is a new online mall that launched today. Why shop on Jet? They offer club savings that will match the lowest price on Amazon and websites cheaper than Amazon (because that’s a thing). How much is a Jet membership? $50. Click here for the full story.

+ AirBnB launches new product to attract business travelers.


The Joy of Doing.

From Undiscovered Country, 1946
By Raymond John Baughan

The secret of happiness is in knowing this: that we live by the law of expenditure. We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are. There are tides in the ocean of life, and what comes in depends on what goes out. The currents flow inward only where there is an outlet. Nature does not give to those who will not spend; her gifts are loaned to those who will use them. Empty your lungs and breathe. Run, climb, work, and laugh; the more you give out, the more you shall receive. Be exhausted, and you shall be fed. Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not in the taking and holding, but in the doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things, but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.

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Nick Papple is a regular writer for Early to Rise. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Kinetics from the University of Guelph in Canada.