7 Things You Need to Know Today
1. Net Neutrality
It looks like President Barack Obama wants a neutral Internet, too. Obama positively responded to a White House petition aiming to restore the FCC's Net Neutrality rules: "Absent net neutrality, the Internet could turn into a high-priced private toll road that would be inaccessible to the next generation of visionaries," he wrote.--The Verge
2. Minimum-Wage Debate
The Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would cost the U.S. economy 500,000 jobs--but it would lift nearly 1 million people out of poverty by 2016. It might also cause small businesses to shed low-wage, low-skill jobs in favor of technology upgrades and to hire more highly skilled workers.--Wall Street Journal
3. Delivery Deal
Postmates, the San Francisco startup whose couriers deliver just about anything in under an hour, raised a $16 million Series B investment on Tuesday. Expect to see Postmates in more cities soon--and for e-commerce, retail, and food businesses to rethink the way they deliver their goods.--Recode
4. Dot NYC
New York City is throwing a bone to businesses. The city announced Tuesday it will allow anyone with a trademark to apply early, in May, for a new .nyc domain name. That's earlier than even government entities can apply.
5. Green for Green
Attention, organic and natural product makers: there's a new investmen fund in town--and it has $10 million to spend. Chicago-based Abe's Market, the natural and organic e-commerce marketplace, in partnership with Mistral Equity, is looking to back eight to 10 new companies. --Inc.
6. Apple Wearables?
There could be a new and powerful player in the wearable-technology market. Apple has filed a patent to bake a full "sports monitoring system" into something you're already wearing: earbuds. --VentureBeat
7. Future of Payments
Merchants, you may see some odd behavior at the register starting today. It's a new kind of mobile wallet--but don't worry, it doesn't require a new point-of-sale system. --Inc.