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Four short links: 9 October 2013

carbon monoxide, price floor, In order, Blue Nile

Life with Nest Protect | Nest -- Meet the Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm. Nest Protect wont just start yelling at you. Nest Protect lights up yellow and speaks with a human voice. This gives you an earlier warning if theres an emergency, or allows you to silence Nest Protect if its just a nuisance alarm, like an overly enthusiastic toaster. If theres a nuisance alarm, just stand under Nest Protect and wave your arm to hush the alert. And if you have more than one Nest Protect, they connect so they can speak up at the same time even if Wi-Fi is down. So Nest Protect sounds the alarm and uses a human voice to help kids wake up. Thats why 39 US states have passed laws that make carbon monoxide alarms as commonand necessaryas smoke alarms. You cant see it, but Nest Protect can.

Unveiling Stealth Y Combinator Startup URX | Uncrunched -- However, app discoverability is only one of the challenges of building a mobile app. According to a study by Localytics, a Mobile Measurement Partner, 66% of app users only open apps between one and 10 times. URX believes that product ads will raise the price floor of mobile ad inventory.

Theres a .00006% Chance of Building a Billion Dollar Company: How This Man Did I ... -- For those who dare to be disruptive, he has some advice: When you look at the markets in the world today, you can probably break it apart market-by-market and say, Heres something fundamentally flawed with the way businesses in this market are operating. Ask yourself, what are they doing wrong? If information was once the grist for ideas, over the last decade it has become competition for them we have started to prefer knowing things over thinking because knowing has more immediate value, Friedberg says. Once you have this premise once youve found the right thing to do the strategy is to first know what you dont know, the tactic is to grind, and the value is to remember: there are plenty of places to innovate.

Flash Sales Site For Moms, Zulily Files For $100M IPO | TechCrunch -- Zulily, a private-sale shopping site targeted at busy moms and their kids, has filed its S-1, aiming to raise as much as $100 million in an IPO (this is a placeholder amount and could change). For 2012 and the six months ended June 30, 2013, Zulily reported a net loss of $10.3 million and $2.4 million in net income, which the company says was an improvement from net losses of $11.3 million and $6.2 million in 2011 and the six months ended July 1, 2012, respectively. From June 2012 to June 2013, 82.9 percent of the companys U.S. orders were placed by customers who had previously purchased from Zulily, up from 79.1 percent during the 12 months ended July 1, 2012.

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