April 15, 2021

Business

Business to Biden: Join us

THE THROW DOWN — Business to Biden: If you raise the bar on climate, we will, too.

Big investors and a list of blue-chip corporations asked President Joe Biden to commit to cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade by at least 50 percent from 2005 levels.

Audacious? Maybe. But the fact is that plenty of companies already are well on their way there, with or without Washington. And in a letter to Biden on Tuesday, they made him an offer.

“If you raise the bar on our national ambition, we will raise

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The global business of professional trolling

Professional political trolling is still a thriving underground industry around the world, despite crackdowns from the biggest tech firms.

Why it matters: Coordinated online disinformation efforts offer governments and political actors a fast, cheap way to get under rivals’ skin. They also offer a paycheck to people who are eager for work, typically in developing countries.

  • “It’s a more sophisticated means of disinformation to weaken your advisories,” said Todd Carroll, CISO and VP of Cyber Operations at CybelAngel.

Driving the news: Facebook last week said it had uncovered a massive troll farm in Albania, linked to an Iranian militant group.

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APIs Aren’t Just for Tech Companies

Application programming interfaces — more commonly known as APIs — are at the heart of the most successful digital companies, powering everything from Amazon’s cloud business to Google ads to Facebook likes. APIs enable mobile experiences, connect companies on the web, and enable platform business models. The idea of an “API economy,” in which APIs create new value for companies, is over a decade old, and many established enterprises correctly view APIs as a key to unlocking their digital transformations. But it’s not just the digital giants that can benefit from APIs.

While we’re firmly living in the

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Can businesses require proof of vaccination? Experts say yes

As companies rush to develop so-called “vaccine passports” and as access to COVID-19 vaccines expands, the debate about whether businesses can require proof of vaccination from employees and patrons is heating up.

And Americans’ support for requiring proof of vaccination depends on which activity the proof would be needed for, according to exclusive polling. 

Tech companies, including IBM, Microsoft and Oracle, have been working on vaccine credentials that can be flashed at ball games, concerts and airports for entry, and some businesses are wondering whether they can or should require employees to show proof of vaccination before returning to work

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Better Business Bureau warns about Rogersville teenager’s business; teenager responds

ROGERSVILLE, Mo. (KY3) – The Better Business Bureau warns consumers to avoid doing business with Ascend Ahead Agency LLC, after they say the owner doesn’t provide promised services, refuses refunds, and makes unauthorized charges.

Owner Soren Dewey says it’s a big misunderstanding, but he understands why people think the way they do.

The business builds brands by teaching clients through coaching and courses to get more followers and ultimately make more money off of their social media platforms. He says he works a lot with fitness influencers.

“If I was to hear a story about me I would say that

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Northglenn dry cleaning business needs help paying $40,000 in back rent

NORTHGLENN, Colo. — Time is running out for a family-run dry cleaning business struggling to survive after 25 years in business.

Gerridette Schiavone and her husband, Jerry Rosenbaugh, own The Naked Hanger, a dry-cleaning business in a strip mall in Northglenn.

The couple isn’t sure how much longer they can keep their doors open. Schiavone says sales dropped 98% at the beginning of the pandemic, and while sales have slowly grown to 60%, they owe $40,000 in back rent.

“I’m heading into my 60s, my husband is in his 60s and we don’t have a retirement fund,” Schiavone said. “Everything

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