1. Alternative Loans

Several companies are now offering loans to small businesses with rates that fall between those of bank loans and those of the cash advance-like instruments offered by alternative lenders such as Kabbage. If you're a "midprime" company in need of credit, it may be worth considering Dealstruck, Fundation, or Funding Circle.--New York Times

2. Beware the Bots

Advertising company Solve Media reports that bot traffic on mobile devices has gone way up: It now accounts for almost 61 percent of traffic on Solve's network. Bots may sound like a convenient way to make up for real, human traffic to your site but beware: They'll create a false impression of how your marketing campaigns are really doing.--TechCrunch

3. SXSW Guide

The 21st annual South by Southwest festival starts Friday, and the five-day tech bonanza will feature a smorgasbord of high-profile speakers (including Edward Snowden, Ben Horowitz, and Sophia Amorouso). If you don't have time to comb through the 800 sessions to find out what to watch, here's a handy tip sheet.--Inc

4. Update on the Great Telecommuting Debate

Almost a year after CEO Marissa Mayer ordered all Yahoo employees back into the offices--a decision that spurned much criticism--the company's CFO says Yahoo's morale is higher than it has been in a long, long time. The lesson here isn't one in the virtues of office or remote work, but rather a reminder that major decisions require proper time before judgment can be passed.--Quartz

5. March Madness

During the NCAA basketball tournament, companies that allow employees to celebrate March Madness at work may emerge as the real winners, a new OfficeTeam survey suggests. Thirty-two percent of senior managers interviewed said activities tied to the college basketball playoffs boost morale, and 27 percent felt March Madness has a positive impact on worker productivity.--OfficeTeam

6. Sleeping on the Job

We've rounded up the benefits of napping before, but did you know that Winston Churchill took a short nap everyday? If Churchill can beat Hitler without compromising his sleep, you can take a break, too. Plus: New research shows caffeine doesn't work that well.--Washington Post

7. SpaceX and Taxes

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk testified before the U.S. Senate Wednesday, arguing that United Launch Alliance (ULA), a private company that has a non-compete contract with the U.S. government for 36 space launches, has a monopoly and is inflating costs. Why you should care? Musk claims that if competition was introduced to the EELV Program, SpaceX could save taxpayers $280 million per launch.--SpaceX