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Friday Five 07/07-07/11

Nenad Tadic

Happy Friday! Here's a roundup of industry news for the week.

Microsoft CEO vows to 'reinvent productivity' - CNBC

Explaining that tech respects innovation and not tradition, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told employees to "reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet," according to this CNBC article. Microsoft's stock has risen 15 percent since Nadella took the helm in February. It'll be interesting to see what changes will occur at Microsoft following this announcement.

10 Tech Trends That Are Too Big To See - Fast Company

This article provides a list of trends defining the tech industry. Everything from coworking spaces for hardware hackers to Google's Space Elevator project (Google X) is covered in this Fast Company list.

7 Apps to Help You Do Your Chores -

Chores are the worst. But they can be easy with these 7 apps as recommended by Some of the apps are free, while others are up to $4.99. All have one thing in common--they'll act as your mobile personal assistant and help you get the difficult things done.

Why You Need to Take a Vacation (Even When You Can't Afford One) - Inc.

Are you guilty of never taking some much needed down time? This article sheds light on why vacation, or at least getting away from the office for a day or two, is important. Doing things like kayaking or biking can do wonders for your brain. Giving yourself some space from your company will allow you both to grow. Read more in Inc.

5 Places to Look on Social Media for New Business Ideas - Entrepreneur

Organizations and individuals sometimes struggle with where to get new ideas, but they need look no further than social media. Customers voicing opinions and trending topics can help entrepreneurs discover the next big thing.