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Big brands are now using blockchain to fight ad fraud and fake views

Remember when advertising was simple? That all changed when the industry became a digital one. Now that more and more ads are shown on mobile devices, advertisers cannot be sure if every impression they pay for is shown to the right audience. Moreover, the procedure of real-time bidding and publishing has become more...

2018-02-15
Here’s a digital marketing playbook — and it’s yours for under $10

It’s almost malpractice at this point not to have a well-constructed, finely-tuned social media marketing plan for any business or cause. Thankfully, you’ll have the background to put that plan into motion with the Complete Digital Marketing Course, available right now for just $19 (over 90 percent off) from TNW...

2018-02-15
Microsoft’s Panos Panay On Surface Pro’s First Five Years

The tablet/laptop combo started as a bold gambit to shake up the PC industry—and established a new class of device that turned out to have staying power. Five years ago this month, following a dramatic onstage unveiling the previous June, Microsoft shipped the original Surface Pro. Part iPad rival and part...

2018-02-15
Peter Thiel reportedly abandoning tech industry over its views on conservatism

The billionaire investor is reportedly shifting away from the tech industry because of what he sees as its intolerance to conservative points of view, reports the Wall Street Journal. Sources told the Journal that Thiel is relocating his home and personal investment firms from San Fransisco to Los Angeles and has...

2018-02-15
London thinks Uber should offer “women-only” rides

Amid Uber’s ongoing appeal of losing its license in London, Transport for London (TfL) has issued a new policy statement making suggestions for ways Uber could improve its service, reports Engadget. One such was is to make women-only vehicles available for hire. In the policy statement, TfL says:...

2018-02-15
Facebook will launch two smart speakers this year, says DigiTimes

The social media giant is reportedly getting into the ever-crowded smart speaker market, according to DigiTimes. The site says Facebook will launch two smart speakers in July. The smart speakers will reportedly each have a 15-inch touch screen with the code names Aloha and Fiona. Aloha will reportedly be the high-end...

2018-02-15
Facebook will need to re-obtain consent from all European users

Under the EU’s new ePrivacy law, which comes into effect by 2019, Facebook will need to re-obtain the consent of all its users in Europe to keep and store any data they keep on users, reports Business Insider. The law is significant because it does not simply require Facebook and other companies to obtain...

2018-02-15
McDonald’s is ditching cheeseburgers in Happy Meals, kinda

The fast-food chain is getting rid of the iconic Happy Meal staple as part of a drive to appear as a healthier place to eat. By June all advertised Happy Meals will contain 600 calories or less. In order to obtain that calorie goal the entree choice for a Happy Meal will now either be … Continue reading...

2018-02-15
Uber CEO: We could be profitable–we just don’t want to be

CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said he’s not worried that Uber lost $4.5 billion last year and claimed the company could “turn the knobs” to be profitable if it wanted to–it just doesn’t, reports TechCrunch. Khosrowshahi made the comments at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet...

2018-02-15
Facebook’s Messenger Kids is now on Android, but there’s something you should know

Following its iOS launch last December, Facebook’s Messenger Kids app is now available on Android. It’s like Messenger, except it comes with parent-friendly features like the ability to manage your child’s contact list, a registration process that’s independent of the social network, and persistent messages so...

2018-02-15
Here’s how Google Chrome will block ads starting today

Google has previously outlined its plans to kill annoying ads on web pages in its Chrome browser, and it’s turning the feature on in version 64 of the desktop and mobile app today. Essentially, an industry group called the Coalition for Better Ads – of which Google is a member – has defined standards for what...

2018-02-15
Florida school shooter’s Instagram account shows a gun-obsessed, deeply troubled teen

At least 17 people are dead after a Florida teen opened fire on his former school. The shooter, identified by the Associated Press as 19-year-old Nicolas “Nick” de Jesus Cruz reportedly fired the first shot at around 2:30pm local time, moments before students were dismissed from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High...

2018-02-15
Google becomes the latest tech giant to join the ‘let’s rip off Snapchat’ club

Google this week announced a feature called AMP Stories, a shortform visual medium through which Google could deliver curated news. Within minutes of this announcement, everyone was calling it a copy of Snapchat. I checked out the feature and, yeah, it’s pretty much Snapchat. Specifically, it’s very similar to...

2018-02-15
BuzzFeed Food appears to have blatantly plagiarized a funny tweet

In the world of online content, anything is fair game if it can be monetized. The history of viral content began with people posting funny things, some of them making money of it, and then others cribbing–if not outright stealing–others’ content and also making money off of it (The Fat Jew is...

2018-02-14
Report: Facebook releasing its own smart speakers in July

Facebook is reportedly releasing two smart speakers later this year to compete with the Amazon Echo. The two devices, apparently codenamed “Fiona” and “Aloha,” could be released as early as July. Reports about the speakers first surfaced last year, with Business Insider naming Aloha. Bloomberg later...

2018-02-14
Apple’s HomePod bested by Google Home Max, Sonos in blind test

Apple’s HomePod has, by all measures, been a huge success. In a week of reviews, I’ve yet to stumble on any strong criticism of the device, or any notable shortcomings that can’t be fixed via a future software update. Noted Apple fanboy John Gruber even waxed poetic about the power cord, of all things: The power...

2018-02-14
NBC releases 200k deleted tweets from the Russian propaganda machine

NBC News today made available a database of more than 200,000 tweets from the (allegedly) state-sponsored Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Association (IRA). The accounts responsible for the tweets come from the list Twitter submitted to congress last year as part of the ongoing US investigation into...

2018-02-14
Study: Even Apple and Google engineers can’t really afford to live near their offices

That’s according to the Y Combinator-backed real estate startup Open Listings, which looked at median home sales prices near the headquarters (meaning within a 20-minute commute) of some of the Bay Area’s biggest and best-known tech companies. Using public salary data from Paysa, Open...

2018-02-14
Facebook is so desperate for engagement, it's spamming users via their 2FA numbers

Facebook is feeling lonely these days.  The social media behemoth has seen a decline in traffic in recent weeks along with millions of users leaving its platform, and it appears to be taking rather drastic measures to win them back. Specifically, spamming the hell out of them in a most unfortunate...

2018-02-14
Can new Snapchat analytics lure back creators who left for Instagram?

At last, Snapchat grants creators what they’ve been clamoring for: data and analytics that go beyond who viewed your Stories on any given day. For years, Snapchat has not treated influencers very differently from regular users, which is part of the reason many of them were drawn to Instagram Stories....

2018-02-14
Google’s awesome doodle-guessing AI gets an update for Chinese New Year

Google is ringing in the Chinese New Year with a dog-themed update to its doodle-guessing AI game. The game is called “Quick, Draw!” and it’s powered by an experimental AI that tries to figure out what people are sketching in real-time. Playing is simple, all you have to do is visit this website for the year of...

2018-02-14
Here are all the annoying ads going away on Google Chrome

Tomorrow Google Chrome is introducing a long-awaited update that will block some of the most annoying online ads. The announcement has caused many digital media companies to fear the impact it could have on their businesses, but the truth of the matter is these ads are just bad and annoying and the internet will be...

2018-02-14
Badass Milo Ventimiglia doesn't follow the rules of Instagram

Milo Anthony Ventimiglia is back on Instagram and you'd better believe he's playing by his own rules. Die-hard fans may recall the This Is Us star quit Instagram in January 2013 after feeling like people were no longer paying attention to his photos. (We get it, Mi.) He shared a memorable final post captioned...

2018-02-14
Report: Messenger Kids advocates were Facebook-funded

A growing chorus of academics, parents, and technologists has been sounding the alarm about kids and social media. Throughout 2017, new research highlighted increases in anxiety, loneliness, sleeplessness, and dependence among teens, who are social media’s most dedicated users. Last month, Apple CEO...

2018-02-14
TV Shouldn’t Need A $400 Box To Fix Its Problems

Apple, Amazon, and Google won’t work together as they invade our living rooms. That creates an opportunity for neutral parties like Caavo—but also challenges. While watching television last week, I did the impossible: I controlled my Apple TV with an Amazon Echo.Read Full Story

2018-02-14
Magic Leap’s AR headset will start at around $1,000

The company’s first entry-level AR headset will set users back a grand, Magic Leap’s CEO Rony Abovitz suggests, reports Engadget. Speaking at the Code Media conference Abovitz revealed the company’s first headsets will span several different models, sizes, and price points with the entry-level one...

2018-02-14
Google is bringing AI-powered one-tap replies to all your messaging apps

Smart Reply, my favorite Gmail feature that lets you respond to emails by simply tapping on a contextually relevant message, is coming to a bunch more apps, thanks to Google’s experimental division, Area120, reports Android Police. The new superpower will arrive in the form of Reply, an app that the company is...

2018-02-14
The women of Atari spoke. Why isn’t the gaming industry listening?

Multiple women have come out in support of Atari’s co-founder after a viral campaign stripped him of an award. Their words cast new light on the history of the gaming industry, and why the judgement heaped upon one person may have been unfair and reactionary. It began when the Game Developer’s Conference announced...

2018-02-14
YouTube Could Be Blocked In Russia Over “Bribe” Video Of Oligarch Linked To Trump Campaign

A Russian court is demanding the Google-owned platform remove the video, which was posted by Vladimir Putin’s most prominent political foe. YouTube has yet to decide how to respond to a Russian court order to take down videos and photos posted by Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader and Vladimir...

2018-02-13
Are deepfakes legal? Here’s what the law says about the creepy video mashups

The latest online hysteria revolves around what’s known as “deepfakes,” which are pornographic videos that use algorithms and other computer coding tricks to graft celebrity faces onto porn-star bodies. Naturally, they first gained notoriety on Reddit, and have slowly gotten more and more popular....

2018-02-13
Amazon’s curious job postings hint at live-streaming video ambitions

Amazon has a curious job listing that’s been online for a few months now. The title is “Sr Digital Content Producer,” and it is part of a “new live streaming video initiative.” According to the job description, this content lead would develop and produce video projects. The ideal...

2018-02-13
Facebook and Google could lose $2B in ad revenue over ‘toxic content’

Mega-advertiser Unilever is threatening to pull ads from Silicon Valley’s hottest properties if the industry doesn’t get its act together in stopping “toxic content.” Chief marketing officer Keith Weed told the LA Times: Fake news, racism, sexism, terrorists spreading messages of hate, toxic content directed...

2018-02-13
Step aside slime, these ASMR soap videos are the newest trend on the internet

People are finding interesting ways to repurpose ordinary bars of soap lying around their homes. The result is intense visuals and sounds of cutting, carving, and crunching soap. According to experts, watching or trying this activity can have some surprisingly therapeutic effects.  Read more...More about...

2018-02-13
Facebook Messenger offers new couples old features for Valentine’s Day

Facebook today announced it was bringing Valentine’s Day flair to Messenger for couples who change their relationship status tomorrow. Now, within minutes of making it “FB official”, Messenger will encourage you to customize your “chat with bae.” That squeaking noise you hear? That’s my face cringing so...

2018-02-13
Facebook’s colorful new feature makes public to-do lists a ‘thing’

People can post just about anything to Facebook: photos, videos, emo song lyrics, GIFs, stickers, shower thoughts with fancy colored backgrounds, etc. But you know what Facebook needs more of? Lists, apparently. That’s now changing. Back in January, our social media guru Matt Navarra spotted a feature that allowed...

2018-02-13
Prepare to see everyone's to-do lists on Facebook now

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2018-02-13
Flu symptoms: Go to work? Stay home? Here’s what people on Twitter say they do

Widespread influenza activity is still being reported in 48 states and Puerto Rico, according to the latest data from the CDC, and unfortunately the agency says the worst may be yet to come. Hospitalizations for the fifth week of 2018 rose to about 60 people per 100,000, and could break records for people in the...

2018-02-13
Couples beware: Facebook Messenger is about to drown you in love and heart-eye emojis

Facebook wants you to break up with your bae or risk drowning in a sea of ❤❤❤ and ❤ emojis. Starting tomorrow (or as romantics call it, Valentine’s Day Eve), if you change your Facebook relationship status and make it “FB official,” a Messenger...

2018-02-13
Advice for your new media startup: Don’t block people en masse on Twitter

Let’s set the scene: You’re starting a new company–a venture, as some people call it. And you want people to use your new product or service. One thing you shouldn’t do is block everyone who disagrees with you on social media. It seems Verrit, the Hillary Clinton-endorsed sort of media...

2018-02-13
This LinkedIn Expert’s Tips For Nailing Nontraditional Job Interviews

Recruiters and hiring managers are getting more and more interested in reinventing the interview experience. Here’s what you need to prepare. Standard interview tactics still dominate the job market, but they might not for long. Here at LinkedIn, our 2018 Global Recruiting Trends report found that a majority of...

2018-02-13
Google is bringing AMP to Gmail to make emails more interactive

Google has announced it is bringing its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) technology to Gmail in order to make emails a lot more engaging and interactive. The technology, which was originally designed to speed up websites by stripping down the unnecessary clutter, will power the new Gmail Developer Preview...

2018-02-13
Political ads on Facebook are running without adequate disclaimers

A report by ProPublica has found that hundreds of federal political ads running on Facebook are failing to use adequate disclaimer language, likely making them in volition of Federal Election Commission rules. The political ads in question come from both sides of the aisle, including the Democratic National Committee...

2018-02-13
YouTube’s CEO says Facebook should “get back to baby pictures”

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki made the comments when asked about what she thought of Facebook’s video ambitions, reports CNBC. Speaking at the Recode’s Code Media conference, Wojcicki was asked if she was worried about Facebook’s increasing moves into video. At first Wojcicki replied diplomatically:...

2018-02-13
Apple and Facebook work out news subscription deal

In October Facebook launched a new program that would allow publishers to sell subscriptions to their news sites on Facebook–-including in the Facebook mobile app. The program would allow publishers to be able to potentially make recurring revenue from articles shared on Facebook’s platforms. However,...

2018-02-13
Amazon is reportedly creating an AI chip to process Alexa commands on-device

After Apple, Google, and Huawei, Amazon is the newest kid on the AI chip block, according to a report from The Information. The outlet noted that the ecommerce giant is developing its own artificial intelligence processor for its Alexa-powered hardware, which presently includes the Echo lineup of smart speakers. The...

2018-02-13
Need labels for your product? A new logo? A new website? Have AI design them

As we’re sliding into 2018, it’s safe to say AI-powered machines can do just about anything. They can detect breast cancer. Paint a new Rembrandt. Even tell us if there’s fresh coffee in the kitchen. So it was only a matter of time before artificial intelligence found its way into design. Last year, we used the...

2018-02-13
Facebook employees are next-level paranoid the company is watching them

A recent Wired profile details the lengths at which Facebook employees are willing to go to ensure the company isn’t monitoring their communications. The piece examines two years of Facebook’s struggles, detailing everything from its Trending Topics debacle, to the dismissal, acceptance, and regret surrounding the...

2018-02-13
Facebook will now let you hang out with your interest group in VR

While Facebook is eager to get more people using its social virtual reality initiative Spaces, it has until now limited the people users could connect with to their friends or family members on Facebook. But even as Facebook has been making moves recently to make the experience of its core service more familiar...

2018-02-13

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