Tax season has arrived, and many people dread it every year. The citizens of Northern Europe, however, are not among those people - their taxes are just too simple to stress about.
Nordic countries file their taxes in a unique way. Instead of filling out papers and answering questions, they receive a completed digital document containing all of their tax information, and can send a simple text to confirm that the information is correct. After that, they’re done.
The only difference between taxes in North America and Northern Europe is who takes care of them. Canada’s residents file taxes individually, or hire someone to do it for them. Finland, on the other hand, has its government handle taxes, and merely asks for confirmation from each resident. This is why they can text “yes” to complete the entire process, unless they qualify as a special case.

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It seems obvious: any company you start is your creation, your baby. But many small business owners make the mistake of assuming everyone knows how they got there, especially after they’ve gone viral in the marketing world. How will people know your journey unless you create your own metaphorical storybook?
When you’re first getting the word out about your business, a quick pitch will always suffice. Possible consumers get an idea of what you offer, what separates you from your competitors, and where you came from. If pitches are well done and presentable everywhere, you gain customers, sales, and therefore financial success.
Once you’ve played up the human aspect of your business, you should start focusing solely on improving its functions, right? Not exactly. While it’s certainly important for new companies to make changes based on their target audience’s needs, it’s equally important to maintain the relatability of the organization. The best way to do that is by turning your simple pitch into an intriguing story.

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Considering getting a business blog up and running? There’s no better time than now. From content marketing, branding and business success, blogs help meet these goals. Business blogs help a business get noticed and you don’t need to be an ecommerce store to benefit. The aim is simply to reach your customer base wherever they are. Lots of Wordpress how-to’s and guides can help get you started too
So here are 5 reasons why there has never been a better time than now to get started.
1.More people are going online than ever
Over 3.2 billion people are going online today. And in developed countries like Canada, Iceland and the US, this rate is above 90%. Anyone can access your content online, giving you the opportunity to find your audience and a niche.
2. Ecommerce is growing
Online shopping has never been more popular. It used to be taboo because people were apprehensive at that time, but those days are over. People are more comfortable than ever purchasing online.

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Separating the real news from the fake news can be a tough job, so why not let your search engine do it for you? Google is following the example set by Facebook at the time of the US election, waging war on fake news sites by integrating a fact checker into their search bar.
When a user types a phrase into Google, a truth scale below the bar alerts them as to how accurate the information is, and includes links to the sources used to prove that conclusion. This way, people are less likely to misinform others about social, political, and economic events.
Google didn’t do it all on its own, however. Several legitimate, well-respected fact checking sites came to its aid in setting up the useful feature. Other sources that have proved to be truthful can also become fact verifiers if they choose to apply, though Google won’t pay for their services.

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Now that Facebook Messenger has copied Snapchat’s story setting, it only figures that WhatsApp, a messaging app released in 2010 and owned by Facebook, would be next.
As expected, the story setting will allow users to post images and videos that remain visible for twenty-four hours, unless deleted beforehand by the poster.
The possibility of a story feature for WhatsApp came to light in November 2016, but nothing was certain until a tweet from WABetaInfo was posted in February 2017, confirming suspicions. According to the photo included in the tweet, users can access the feature through privacy settings.

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The former CEO of Adblock has journeyed close to the world’s rooftop in the pursuit of selling happiness— of the Gross National variety. Gabriel Cubbage is leaving the free adblocking company that started out in 2009 as a tool in the Google Chrome browser arsenal. Bhutan, a remote Himalayan Buddhist kingdom nestled between China to the north and India to the south, is one of the last countries in the modern world tapped to excess by the tourist industry.
Gross National Happiness (GNH) is an edict, first declared by the 4rth King of the spiritually based nation in 1972 that underscores a commitment to non-economic, holistic approaches to wellbeing such as psychological and physical health, cultural diversity, ecological resilience and living standards. Since then GNH has been widely covered by the Western media for tourists looking to find a slice of happiness in its rich foreign culture, centuries-old traditions and exotic natural and manmade wonders.

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Among the SEO Community, webmasters and automated Google tracking tools, there are definitive signs of a Google algorithm ranking update
Starting yesterday morning, an unconfirmed SEO ranking update has been observed targeting the link quality aspect of the Google Search Algorithm.
Industry experts have been calling it the Fred update, which we have decided to adopt as well. It originated from Google’s Gary Illyes, who previously joked that all future updates be called Fred. This time, the name is sitcking.

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A new window is opening with more capabilities aimed at developers following the 10-year anniversary of Microsoft’s Windows desktop operating system.
The company incorporated the Linux Bash shell, a new subsystem that will allow users to run Linux (an open-source OS) commands on Windows 10 as a native operation without the use of any extraneous mixed bag of conversion tools, virtual machines or other aides.
This is a big boon for developers who prefer the Linux tool, but not the additional hassle of incompatibility with Microsoft’s operating systems prior to its latest release of Windows 10. Linux’s Bash shell is its long-time command-line utility that acts as a visual prompt to type in further programming commands automatically. Microsoft added the subsystem for Linux to run in conjunction with Windows applications in a deal with Canonical, the London-based company behind the open-source Ubuntu OS.

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After coming under fire for being a popular foundation to spread false news from, Facebook has finally released a new feature which automatically screens what you’re about to post in the form of a pop up window.
Although it’s not yet functional/visible for all users, some American Facebook users reported viewing a pop up message indicating that the article was proven false by independant fact checkers.

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Fortune 500 has produced a list of the 100 best companies to work for in the world for the past twenty years. Within these twenty years, Google has made eleven appearances. Within these eleven features, the company has been ranked first place six times. The tech giant is worth $75 billion but unlike some soulless rich corporations that exploit its workers and make them miserable, Google makes its working environment a home away from home. Some may argue that it’s even better than any home.
Fortune 500 has a survey that assesses the opinions of workers and their feelings in relation to several issues. One of the first questions is, “What do you want in a workplace?” The truth is, human beings spend more time at their job sites than they do in their homes. It is therefore important for the workplace to be equipped with facilities that enable employees to be as comfortable as possible.

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There is no question that search engines like Google and Bing are becoming increasingly sophisticated. As time goes on, there are many individuals who believe that user signals are going to play a significant role in the future of search rankings.
Thanks to machine learning, search engines have evolved at a rapid pace, particularly over the course of the past several years. The idea has always been to create search engines that will bring users the most relevant results possible—not only in terms of content, but in terms of user experience (UX).
As machine learning becomes increasingly crucial to search algorithims, we also have to consider the potential as it relates to incorporating search sequences, dealing with content quality, and managing both structure and sentiment.

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By now, we’ve all heard stories of bright, engaging entrepreneurs who start new, incredibly profitable businesses from places like their parents’ basement. However, have you ever heard of one of these entrepreneurs having the same kind of success from their van?
It sounds unusual, but that is the story of Mariah Coz, who created a 7-figure income out of a business that she started inside her thirty-five square foot van. She shared the van with her boyfriend as they traveled around the country, and it was under these circumstances that she came up with her big idea. The more you learn about this idea, the more you will likely want to learn about the process that brought her to the point in which she realized she had something extremely successful on her hands.

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The past ten years have been a wild ride, as far as mobile marketing has been concerned. The industry generates billions of dollars in revenue each year and shows no signs of slowing down.
Today’s Marketing Trends
Things are moving so quickly with technology and how that applies to mobile marketing that it’s dangerous to even discuss the trends that are going on right now. It doesn’t take a lot to make information or an idea archaic these days.
Nonetheless, we can still see the current marketing trends that are likely to continue shaping mobile over the next decade, even as other elements compel expected or unexpected change. As you think about these, don’t look at them as the culmination of the previous decade. Think of them as the starting point to where we’re going next.

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Early on, Instagram made it abundantly clear to companies and individuals alike that it could be used as a powerful marketing tool. It simply comes down to understanding how to use Instagram creatively. In recent months, Instagram has added a number of exciting features that can prove to be particularly beneficial to small businesses.
Instagram can be extremely useful to businesses that know what they have. If your small business is struggling to stand out from the pack, your social media game might need a tune-up. This can include diving in to the new Instagram features for small businesses.

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The notion of being able to search photos according to the actual content of the photos may strike some people as a fantastical concept. Facebook’s AI however is committed to allowing you to search for photos based on what’s in them. This measure was initially created to help visually-impaired members of the Facebook community.
Quite naturally, a feature such as this one is too compelling to ignore on a larger scale. The computer vision platform known as Lumos is now powering this feature for use by the world at large. What this means is that you now have the ability to search for images on Facebook using keywords that describe things that might be found in these images. You are no longer limited to using tags and captions.

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Facebook made it abundantly clear during a recent Q4 earnings call that the company plans to focus on short-form content. Facebook sees video as a significant trend and they are actively working on comprehensive video strategies.
Working With Short Form Content:
Facebook plans to generate content on two fronts. They will pay content creators upfront and they will also offer these content creators revenues through ad sharing. According to rumours, Facebook has been in talks with TV studios and is planning to build their own set-top TV box in the future. However, despite these rumours, Facebook makes it clear that at this moment, they aren’t going to dive into the world of funding entire TV shows and films. “Quick clips” are apparently the plan for the foreseeable future, according to Zuckerberg.

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Almost everyday, we’re met with news about how blue light from our computers and mobile devices is harmful to us. Since we all spend so much time looking at screens, it makes sense to try to find a way to decrease the amount of damage that is done. An older app named F.lux used to be available for iOS that would change the screen of your computer or device according to the time of the day. This meant that you'd be seeing less blue light. Recently though, Apple shut down F.lux (which is still available for Windows, Linux, and Android) and created their own version of it available for download via update: Apple Night Shift.

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Alibaba is a Chinese-based e-commerce giant founded in 1999 and it operates online marketplaces for the domestic online trade in China as well as on an international scale. The E-commerce giant, during the publication of its statement of financial position, had a net income of RMB17.12 billion. That’s $2.47 billion and Alibaba’s total revenue stood at RMB 53.25million, which is $7.67 million.
The figures are from financial reports for the third quarter in 2016, with the total revenue having a year-on-year jump of 54%, with its EPS reaching the RMB6.94 mark ($1.00). Alibaba stunned business analysts who had predicted growth to cap at RMB 13.7 billion and a total revenue of RMB50.4 billion.

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In terms of companies that offer an array of SEO services, there is no question that you have a considerable range from which to choose. Marketing in this day and age has to take search engine optimization into account, which means that regardless of the size and particulars of your business, your business needs to take it seriously, too.
However, it’s not merely enough to choose an SEO company that sounds good, leave them to everything, and call it a day. Do your own research as well because some SEO companies have not kept themselves up to date on the best SEO practices.

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Can we expect more than one hundred thousand foldable phone units each from Samsung and LG over the coming year? A number of sources say this is definitely something that is to be expected and that it’s just a matter of when, rather than if. The Korea Herald says that each company could release as many as 100, 000 units over the coming year.

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Mоbilе apps аrе еffесtivе mаrkеting tools because of thеir intеrасtivе nаturе, usefulness, and thе likеlihооd that they'll bе viewed or used оn a dаilу basis. Fеw products mаtсh thе frequеnсу оf еxроѕurе mоbilе аррѕ рrоvidе, givеn that mоѕt реорlе сhесk thеir phones/mobile dеviсеѕ countless timеѕ per dау.
Iѕ thеrе any bеttеr wау to place your company right in frоnt оf its audience? 20 years аgо, рrоmоtiоnаl items kерt a company's logo and mеѕѕаgе before thе рubliс. Prоmоtiоnаl materials were relatively inexpensive аnd рrоvidеd thе customer with ѕоmеthing useful such as pens, nоtераdѕ, and саlеndаrѕ. These wеrе a grеаt way to keep customers thinking about the business in question.

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If you have logged into LinkedIn recently, you’ve probably noticed that things are a little different. You would be right on that front. LinkedIn made a number of changes to their site in recent weeks. These changes are numerous, multifaceted, and certainly significant.
In particular, if you are a marketer, there are several things about these changes that you are going to want to keep in mind.
Breaking Down The Recent LinkedIn Changes
LinkedIn has made several changes, which can make things a little challenging, even confusing for a first-time visitor. You can now find new contacts more easily, interact with a connection more readily, and even write your own posts. These are just a few of the new LinkedIn changes to keep in mind, but there are several additional facets to the subject that marketers are going to want to take note of.

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If you are the kind of person who is eager to try something different, you may want to check out the new three-screen laptop from Razer. A multi-display setup is hardly a new concept, particularly with those who deal in desktop gaming creations. However, no one has ever really tried to create a multi-screen concept with laptops. This means that no matter how powerful gaming laptops become, they still have to deal with the handicap of having just one screen.

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Quick: How many movies can you store on your flash drive? One? Two? As far as storage solutions go, flash drives are designed to address small demands. You can fit a lot on the current crop of flash drives, but you certainly can’t fit anything and everything. If you have storage needs that include HD movies and similar items, you are going to want to look to something like an external hard drive.

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Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook, has maintained that it’s not a social media company, but a tech organization. It seems as though he has recently changed the “company tune”.
In December 2016, the CEO said Facebook is neither a “traditional” social media firm nor a “traditional” technology organization. Why is this a significant distinction? Because Wall Street considers tech companies to have much larger “price-to-earnings” ratios than most media firms.

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