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Five Friday Favorites: Riding the Vertical Waves

Closing time is not just radio noise from our 90s memory lane, but another moment when we can gleefully wrap up the week before heading into the weekend. 

 

This week offered meat and heft for digital business news media. TechCrunch hailed Microsoft as the “comeback kid,” and unearthed more information about Google’s upcoming Classroom app. VentureBeat broke the news on privacy implications on a digital legal practice while Forbes capped off Bitcoin’s first birthday with a look at its future.

Read these five trending news articles, and you’ll have earned a hall pass to rock out with your friends and family.

 

Let’s not waste another second; here are our Five Friday Favorites: 

 

Technology Powerhorse – Another reason why we’re proud to have a strategic partnership with Microsoft and integration with Office 365. TechCrunch reporter Danny Crichton noted that “Microsoft seems to have all the requisite product lines to aggressively compete.” To our ears, that affirms that we’re bringing our customers innovative partnerships and integrations that help them “aggressively compete” in the marketplace. ​

 

Teacher, there’s an app for that – Google continues to enhance digital education by releasing a beta version of the Classroom app, part of Google Apps for Education. This is an exciting development in the efforts to streamline the conversations between teachers and students, and help prep students for an all-digital world when they enter the workforce. TechCrunch revealed that the app is only available to testers and will fully launch in September 2014. 

 

Digital Law and Order – VentureBeat dug deeply into the future of the legal field as cloud computing comes of age. Inspired by a recent panel discussion – Privacy and Your Practice: Data Sovereignty for Lawyers – at CUNY Law School, this is a must-read for any practicing attorney planning to transition to cloud data storage. 

 

Visa, Mastercard, and Bitcoin – Forbes staff writer Kashmir Hill recounted her one-week experience surviving only off of Bitcoin currency in San Francisco. Tuck in with this fascinating dive into life with alternative digital currency. Would you chop your bankcards in favor of Bitcoin? 

 

Twitter’s Facelift – For all you social media pros, the time for Twitter’s new profile ebbs closer. Starting May 28, all Twitter accounts will freshen up with a new look. If your brand drives a Twitter feed, check out Mashable’s report and tinker with your brand’s profile to ensure you’re in sync with the launch.

 

Do share if you’re in the Bitcoin mood or have any designs for a new Twitter profile. Unload your thoughts in the comments below!

 

The weekend is now yours! 

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