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6 Things You Need to Know Today

A roundup of the day's news--curated by the Inc. editorial team--to help you and your business succeed.
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1. Tweet It and Weep

Turns out, the best platform for engaging your customers isn't Twitter but Instagram. That's according to Forrester, which analyzed 2,500 posts on seven social networks and found engagement on Instagram was nearly 60 times higher than on Facebook. But don't take it from them, take it from Red Bull. When the energy drink posted a snowboarding video on Facebook, it drew a paltry 2,600 likes from 43 million fans versus 36,000 likes from 1.2 million Instagram followers.--Mashable

2. Beyond Heartbleed

At the same time that the Heartbleed bug exposed many consumers' personal data, it exposed a dilemma that potentially could give rise to other huge cybersecurity problems in the future. While many companies rely on open-source software, few dedicate any time or resources to making sure it's secure. For example, the group of developers who work on OpenSSL, the software in which Heartbleed was found, received just $2,000 in donations last year.--MIT Technology Review

3. Time to Bring R&D Back

The House Ways & Means Committee voted to make permanent what had been a temporary R&D tax credit for businesses. The full House is expected to approve it in May.--WSJ

4. For Your Reading List

In addition to creating an engineer visa and a no-work-emails-after-6pm law, France has struck another chord in the international business world. French economist Thomas Piketty's book "Capital" topped Amazon's bestsellers list this week. The book, released in March, dives into modern wealth and inequality.--The Guardian 

5. Privacy Alert

The Supreme Court today heard arguments as to whether a person's cell phone can be searched without a warrant after he or she is arrested. Given the photos, personal data, financial information and social media activity stored on phones --all information which could easily affect people other than the suspect -- the decision could have big implications for online privacy.--CNET

6. Labor Outrage

"We are ill-treated and work like slaves for 13 hours every day producing these bags in bulk in the prison factory." This was the text of a note, reportedly written by a Chinese prisoner, found by a New York City shopper tucked into the bottom of a brown paper shopping bag from Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks and its parent company, Hudson's Bay Company, launched an investigation into its supply chain and stated they both have strict zero-tolerance for goods made by forced labor.--DNAInfo




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