Bits Special Section: Online Reviews? Researchers Give Them a Low Rating


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Bits Special Section: Online Reviews? Researchers Give Them a Low Rating
Consumer reviews have become increasingly popular both online and off, but they may not be the reliable indicators of quality one might expect.

Entrepreneurship: Tech Incubators on a Mission of Diversity
Several start-ups have dedicated themselves to creating programs, incubators or accelerators to train blacks and Hispanics for tech jobs.

On Money: Behind the Gold Curtain of Donald Trump’s Résumé
Donald Trump promises to bring a business acumen to Washington, but his actual ventures reveal more — or, rather, less — than he intends.

First Words: Is the Election ‘Rigged’?
Talking about politics in terms of cheating reflects widespread frustration — and may also create it.

A Renegade Muscles In on Mister Softee’s Turf
In a recent battle for Midtown Manhattan, a prime selling spot, Mister Softee says he has been pushed out by New York Ice Cream.

Wealth Matters: Needing Cash, Some Small Business Owners Bypass the Bank
For some entrepreneurs, growing their businesses has a lot to do with their risk tolerance and how they think about cash flow and partnerships.

Entrepreneurship: No Venture Capital Needed, or Wanted
Although rare, start-ups have become multimillion-dollar businesses by bootstrapping financing themselves.

Four Questions: The Suit Maker Whose Clients Include Jay Z and LeBron James
Guy Wood, the custom tailor, also runs his own men’s clothing shop, Harlem Haberdashery.

One-Thing Shops: One-Thing Shops: Soda, Los Angeles
Galco’s in Highland Park, which opened in 1897, carries over 750 varieties and draws visitors from around the world.

New Crop of Companies Reaping Profits From Wasted Food
With as much as 40 percent of the American food supply going into the trash, food waste has become a platform for commerce.

Entrepreneurship: Drones Pique the Interest of Entrepreneurs
Start-ups are offering services from news gathering and real estate photography to monitoring of farm fields. But the rules are still being written.

Work a Little, Play a Little: A New Retirement Strategy
The interest in “consulteering” — fusing a life of consulting,volunteering and leisure time — is one sign that traditional retirement no longer satisfies as many older people as it once did.

Cultural Studies: The Age of Consignment
Online stores like Material Wrld, the RealReal and other resale sites aim to make “refreshing” your possessions ever easier.

White House Increases Overtime Eligibility by Millions
A rule to be issued by the Labor Department will state that most salaried workers earning up to $47,476 a year must receive overtime pay when they work more than 40 hours.

Start-Ups Once Showered With Cash Now Have to Work for It
Instead of venture capitalists begging to invest in start-ups, entrepreneurs are begging for cash, and potential investors are making demands.

Entrepreneurship: Small Businesses Worry About Adjusting for Overtime Rules
Many business owners are accustomed to dealing with a scrappy work culture. An hourly time-tracking system may change that.

Long Island Cafe Offers Job Opportunities for Disabled Adults
The Cause Cafe, which opened recently, offers job training for people with cognitive disabilities, like autism, who have limited options once they age out of public schools.

Price for a Green Card: $500,000 Stadium Stake
A Major League Soccer franchise owner is promoting a federal program that benefits those who contribute at least $500,000 to infrastructure projects.

Start-Ups Embrace Arbitration to Settle Workplace Disputes
As new companies grow, they are relying on a tool used by big corporations to shield themselves from potentially expensive class-action court cases.

New Crowdfunding Rules Let the Small Fry Swim With Sharks
Starting Monday, new regulations will permit anyone, not just the moneyed, to invest in small companies in exchange for a stake in the business.

Fraud Charges Mar a Plan to Aid a Struggling Vermont Region
Two businessmen have been accused of perpetrating the biggest fraud in state history, throwing investors’ immigration status into doubt and leaving a hole in the ground.

Entrepreneurship: Crowdsourcing to Get Ideas, and Perhaps Save Money
To innovate, business owners are turning to the masses instead of consultants or focus groups.

Dining | New Jersey: Vintners Discover Their Terroir in Cape May
Known more for its beaches and Victorian-era hotels than for its vineyards, the peninsula is gaining a reputation for its grapes.

Brooklyn’s Wearable Revolution
The borough is becoming the East Coast’s Silicon Valley, with a new development in the Navy Yards and another in Sunset Park.

Agriculture Start-Ups Get Boost From Big Firms and Investors
The AgTech Accelerator being started in North Carolina has backing from two big companies, Bayer and Syngenta, as well as venture capital firms.

Building an Estate Sale Business by Franchising a Name and Brand
The business of estate sales is largely unregulated and fragmented. One company aims to establish credibility via franchising.

Itineraries: Start-Up Airline Idles on a California Runway, Stymied by Bureaucracy
California Pacific Airlines has been waiting for years for Federal Aviation Administration certification. Its 95-year-old owner is getting impatient.

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