Facebook finally create a dislike button

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It seems that Facebook has finally given in to the demands of its users and is working on a ‘dislike’ button.

Whilst it seems to be the perfect companion to their world famous ‘like’ system, it’s something that Mark Zuckerberg and his team have strenuously resisted in the past, fearing that the ability to dislike somebody’s news, tastes or updates will create an antagonistic atmosphere.

Of course you can already argue with your Facebook friends to your heart’s content in the comments section but most people are socially aware enough to not just jump in with two feet whenever you don’t like something, that’s usually reserved for more ideological disagreements.

Facebook say they want the new feature to express condolence or sympathy, because lets face it you shouldn’t be ‘liking’ somebody’s upsetting news. I can’t help feeling they should have called it a sympathy button instead of the harsh dislike. Maybe the huge global presence should have tried something different instead of sticking so closely to its brand on this one.

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Lyle & Scott unveil contactless payment jacket

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In news I’m going to call ‘dangerous’, Lyle & Scott have unveiled a smart jacket with contactless payment technology built in to the sleeve, effectively letting you pay for anything with the wave of an arm!

Gone will be the days of juggling shopping bags whilst struggling to unearth a purse and the cards within. Pretty exciting, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Unfortunately it’s only available for men at the moment, and for £150 at that, but once somebody else gets round to making something similar for busy, tech-savvy women then I’ll probably be near the front of the queue.

The only problem I can see is that you might make yourself look a bit silly should you go out in a different coat and forget that you can’t pay with your cuff…

International Women’s Day

Women have an increasing role in business and yet all day I’ve heard reports on the radio highlighting a distinct pay divide that remains.

One thing for certain is that the opportunities of education and development that are offered to men are, on the most part, now also offered to women. In honour of our female heritage, surely we owe it to ourselves to grab those opportunities by the proverbial and show the world what we’re made of?

As it’s International Women’s Day tomorrow, I thought I’d take the opportunity to share three of my top women entrepreneurs – from who I take so much of my inspiration and drive:

Tamara Mellon

Tamara Mellon

One woman that certainly springs to mind when discussing female entrepreneurship is Tamara Mellon, former Chief Creative Office and co-founder of Jimmy Choo.

After meeting cobbler Jimmy Choo in the mid nineties, Tamara secured a £150,00 loan from her father and turned it into a £500 million pound business with 100 shops in 32 countries.

The website of her latest self-titled venture explains: “Tamara Mellon was born out of a simple, but groundbreaking philosophy: we are living in a world where women want to buy now, wear now.”

Michelle Mone

Michelle Mone

Ladies around the world have Michelle Mone to thank for the Ultimo bra. Now recognised as a lingerie tycoon, Michelle is a classic story of rags to riches. She grew up penniless in a Glasgow tenement, but it was whilst on holiday in Florida that her fortunes turned.

Whilst reading about the latest craze of plastic surgery, Michelle realised that putting silicon in a bra had the same effect as a boob job – just minus the surgery!

She’s quoted as saying: “You have to work your socks off, there’s no shortcut. Always think big in life. You are just as good as anyone else.”

Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey

Hilary Devey is another “rags to riches” tale that I really admire. She left school at sixteen and began work in sales and logistics. It seems as though one day she had a light bulb moment and within just three years she was a millionaire!

Articles suggest that the banks initially shunned her approach to logistics and freight, and Hilary had to sell her own house and car to make her £112,000 business model happen.

Fifteen years later, her company PAII-Ex is recognised as having revolutionised haulage and turns over £100 million a year. Her advice to start-ups: “Focus and tenacity: understand the market, people, competition and the opportunities.”

 

If I were to share any advice myself, I would have to paraphrase a statement that I gave to the Entrepreneurs Forum: “Anyone can have a big turnover, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are making a profit. It’s a lesson I firmly believe all would-be entrepreneurs need to learn.

“For me, the driver is the passion and the ambition to do something. I’m big on profit. Profit means you can grow, it means you have security and it means you can take on staff.”

If you’re a female entrepreneur, I’d love to hear your story! You can find me on Twitter @Danielle_DDCA or by liking my company page on Facebook.

 

[Images courtesy of the BBC and Yahoo Finance]

Paying the Pryce

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News was announced today that Vicky Pryce was found guilty of perverting the course of justice by accepting liability for speeding points on behalf of ex-cabinet minister Chris Huhne.

Ms Pryce, whom was once married to Huhne claimed that she was forced to accept the points so that the former MP, who already had nine penalty points, would avoid prosecution and the loss of his license.

In 2011, the AA estimated that some 300,000 Brits might have taken similar action to avoid the firm hand of the law.

I know several people who have been caught speeding and have paid the price of undergoing a speed awareness course. Generally this has proved enough to put them off exceeding the speed limit again.

I wonder how many of you out there wouldn’t think twice about off-loading your penalties. Or indeed which of you would sacrifice your clean license to help out a friend in need.

Should the government look into more advanced driver recognition technology perhaps? Or should UK drivers just man up and take responsibility for their own actions?

Join in the debate over on the DDCA Facebook page.