A BlackBerry Acquisition, Online Fakes and More





If you’ve missed some of the top news stories important to small business owners and entrepreneurs this week, don’t worry. Running a business is a full-time job. We understand. That’s where the Small Business Trends editorial team comes in. We collect the news most important to you all in one place so you won’t miss a thing.

Let’s get started.

Mobile News

BlackBerry acquisition worth $4.7 billion. Stock holders won’t be happy if it happens, but for small business owners things might not be bad. If the company goes private, it might mean more focus on business solutions.

Microsoft Surface 2 tablets unveiled. After considerable buzz, Microsoft’s second generation of Surface tablets were announced this week. One aspect potential buyers — including small businesses owners — may have trouble with is the cost.

McDonald’s offers mobile payments. The fast food chain is testing the service currently in select cities. Is your small business offering a mobile payment option? Here’s where the trends are headed.

Nokia to unveil largest Windows phablet. If photos bouncing around the Internet are to be believed, the new Nokia 1520 will have a 6-inch full 1080 p HD display. We’ll see how this one stacks up to the competition.

New NVIDIA tablet will cost only $119. The Tegra Note may not be perfect, but it has some features that might be appealing to small business owners. And one of the biggest selling points may be the price.

Counterfeits, Online Fakes and Resellers

Alibaba takes on counterfeiting. The Chinese website that has become a wholesale marketplace and ecommerce powerhouse is finally working to address counterfeiting among some sellers. What steps can you take to make sure you aren’t a victim?

Fake reviews fetch $350,000 in fines. If you’ve ever been tempted to write one of those fake reviews praising your own business on Yelp or elsewhere, don’t do it. This post will show you what can happen.

Etsy struggles with reseller issue. The site was founded for artisans and craftspeople creating one-of-a-kind handmade products. For many of these small business people, reselling of mass produced items on the site is a major blow.

Products & Services

Windows 8.1 available. Business owners and other users who don’t yet have Windows 8, will have to pay for the upgrade to Windows 8.1. But it’s still available, if you want it. To get Windows 8.1 for your Windows 7 or other device, here are the costs and other specifics.

Pay whatever you want for CRM. Anita Campbell, CEO and founder of Small Business Trends, gives us a look at this new product for keeping track of your contacts. It’s Zoho’s new ContactManager, and the cost for small businesses interested in getting started may surprise you.

American Express promotes tech investment. American Express says data shows small businesses are ready to invest in tech. A new offer for Business Gold Card holders gives incentives to do just that. What do you think?

Health Care

Small business health insurance keeps rising. In fact, last year it rose faster than inflation, according to the 2013 Kaiser Family Foundation Health Benefits Survey. Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University Scott Shane has more.

More delays with Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, delays continue with the U.S. Affordable Care Act. For small businesses who want to sign up to provide coverage for your employees, you’ll have to wait another month to do so online. Read more of the ongoing saga.

Other News

NASE has new leadership. The National Association of the Self-Employed is the voice for America’s 23 million self-employed and micro-business owners. Meet the organization’s new president and CEO.

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  1. Counterfeits is prevalent in some places and they are sold openly in the market including eCommerce like China’s Alibaba. You cannot avoid them totally as there will always be a market for such products at lower costs as compared to the originals.

  2. It looks like it has been a busy week while I was gone. I definitely have some catching up to do on my reading! 🙂

  3. Aira Bongco

    I’m excited about McDonalds mobile payments. It can really change the way we do shopping. I am more excited about what will happen after the experiment is finished. If it is a success, then we can expect other food joints to do the same.

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