FTC: Google is not calling you

FTC: Google is not calling you. “Have you gotten a robocall at work, telling you that you have to take action or your Google business listing will be removed? Or maybe even marked as permanently closed? That kind of thing could be tough for a business — if the threat was real. But those calls are not legit—and not from Google.”

Harvard Business Review: Employees Who Use Social Media for Work Are More Engaged — but Also More Likely to Leave Their Jobs

Harvard Business Review: Employees Who Use Social Media for Work Are More Engaged — but Also More Likely to Leave Their Jobs . “Social media can be a powerful communication tool for employees, helping them to collaborate, share ideas and solve problems. Research has shown that 82% of employees think that social media can improve work relationships and 60% believe social media support decision-making processes. These beliefs contribute to a majority of workers connecting with colleagues on social media, even during work hours.”

Taking a step back: Why do we care so much about public registers of beneficial ownership? (Transparency International)

Transparency International: Taking a step back: Why do we care so much about public registers of beneficial ownership?. “You might have seen us celebrating the UK government’s decision last week to require British overseas territories to introduce public registers of beneficial ownership. This means that companies based in places like Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Turks and Caicos and the British Virgin Islands will soon have to reveal the identity of the real individuals behind companies — the beneficial owners. We’ve called this ‘a major victory in the fight against cross-border corruption’. You might be wondering: why do we care so much about registers of beneficial ownership?”

Santa Monica Daily Press: New site aims to help voters follow the money

Santa Monica Daily Press: New site aims to help voters follow the money. “A new website from a former middle school geography teacher aims to help consumers navigate the political implications of their spending habits by tracking major campaign donations by corporations. The beta version of the website Ethiq launched Monday. ‘In essence, it’s a dating app but instead of matching you with men and women, it matches you with businesses that match your values,’ said Darren Bates, the website’s founder and a 15-year Santa Monica resident.”

CBS Minnesota: Database Helps Consumers Tap Into 700K Women-Owned Businesses

CBS Minnesota: Database Helps Consumers Tap Into 700K Women-Owned Businesses. “Anyone interested in boosting businesses owned by women will want to see what two Twin Cities women just created. [MAIA Community] is an online directory that puts the names, addresses and phone numbers of 700,000 woman-owned businesses at your fingertips.”

Financial Post: Finally, a free open-source database for all Canadian startup information

Financial Post: Finally, a free open-source database for all Canadian startup information. “Hockeystick’s open database won’t include the private financial information the company’s clients currently pay for. But it already includes basic data – company name, industry, principals and funding sources – on 7,000 startups, as well as listings for 157 VC firms, 44 angel groups, 200 accelerators and 600 government programs. Hockeystick founder and CEO Raymond Luk hopes the database will help founders locate support programs and angels in their own cities, while giving investors more accurate information on promising companies.”

‘Dirty money’: U-turn as Tories back plans to make tax havens transparent (The Guardian)

The Guardian:
‘Dirty money’: U-turn as Tories back plans to make tax havens transparent
. “Britain’s overseas territories will be forced to adopt public registers of company ownership at the end of the decade after the government conceded it would have to support a backbench amendment designed to stem the global flow of ‘dirty money’.”