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Google unveils expanded, 300,000-sq.-ft. office in Cambridge, Mass.

BY Dan Berthiaume

Mountain View, Calif. – Google Inc. has unveiled its expanded office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The 300,000-sq.-ft. campus, in the Kendall Square neighborhood, combines space in three buildings previously occupied by Google into one connected campus with a combined 12 floors of office and work space.

The office spreads across one whole building and parts of the other two. It features a public rooftop garden, and a private one for Google employees, along with an employee café offering free meals.

The 800 employees employed in the Cambridge facility develop software for Google products and services, including YouTube, Chrome, Google Glass and Android Wear. While Google partially selected the location due to its proximity to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, the company said it will recruit workers from schools across the state.

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Newegg adds new Visa Checkout payment service

BY Marianne Wilson

Los Angeles — Newegg announced the addition of Visa Checkout, a new payment service that simplifies the process of buying online. Visa Checkout can be used when shopping Newegg from a desktop computer and mobile devices.

“Visa Checkout is a great service that helps our customers make their purchases on Newegg quickly and conveniently,” said Soren Mills, chief marketing officer of Newegg North America. “It removes much of the tedium inherent to the online checkout process, especially for our customers who like to shop on mobile devices.”

Enrolling in Visa Checkout involves selecting the Visa Checkout payment option during checkout, and creating a free Visa Checkout account. Once enrolled, members can securely store payment information for cards with the Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover logo. When it’s time to check out at Newegg, enrolled customers simply enter their Visa Checkout username and password without ever leaving the Newegg website.

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TripAdvisor exec joins XO Group board

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer of TripAdvisor, has been appointed to the XO Group board of directors and will serve as an independent director on the board’s Compensation Committee. XO Group is parent company of wedding and pregnancy sites including The Bump, The Nest and The Knot.

Messing will be filling the vacancy created by the departure from the board of Eileen Naughton, who has accepted an overseas reassignment. With this transition, the board will consist of eight directors, six of whom are independent, and four of whom have joined the board in the last two years. Messing will serve in the class of directors to be elected at the 2015 annual meeting.

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