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1. Immigration Action

House Republicans are expected lay out their party’s stance on immigration reform this week. The outline is likely to contain a proposal for increasing the number of visas for foreign workers, which potentially would expand the labor pool for businesses. --Arizona Republic

2. Smart Buy

Google confirmed it's buying stealthy artificial intelligence startup DeepMind for a reported $400 million. While you may have thought Google already knew all, the addition of DeepMind's technology may mean Google will soon know what your customers want--before they know themselves. --Re/code

3. Bypassing Congress

Ahead of this week's State of the Union address, aides to the President suggested he’d take action on inequality even without an act of Congress. While it's unknown what the President will call for exactly, it's possible that some small-business owners may see higher taxes or some incentives disappear. --WSJ, various sources

4. The Grit Factor

Success in America might come down to three traits: a superiority complex, insecurity (yes, ironically) and impulse control, according to two Yale professors. No doubt you’ll be hearing more about this theory as their forthcoming book, The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America, sparks further debate.  --New York Times

5. Selfies Matter

If you've ever wondered why Snapchat is worth experimenting with, CEO Evan Spiegel offers his take on how it's changing communications. For those who live their lives online, ephemeral  messaging is more like having an in-person conversation. --Re/code 

6. Snapchat, Continued 

Want to know the secret to Snapchat's success?  In a speech at AXS Summit, Spiegel said it's because Snapchat has capitalized on three major trends in the start-up space: Internet everywhere, media that's fast and easy to create, and ephemerality. --Scribd

Last updated: Jan 27, 2014




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