Michael Koerner

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New Companies Are Redefining What It Means to “Share” Online

A Poshmark profile<p>Lately, I’ve heard a lot of chatter predicting the decline of Facebook as users want to be more selective about what they share …

The bar that won't let you in unless you're a Facebook friend

A Stockton, Calif., bar owner is fed up with undesirables. So he won't let you in after 9 p.m. unless he's already vetted you on Facebook.<p>There are some sentences you never expect to hear.<p>One of those is: "I'm leaving you for a 4'9" circus performer."<p>Another is: "Facebook is the best bouncer I've …

Burlesque

Facebook fudges with News Feed to feature top-notch Page posts

The social network has developed a machine-learning system to identify and feature just the "most interesting" updates from the Pages you follow.<p>Facebook revealed Friday that it has once again tweaked the algorithm for picking content to show in News Feed, this time hoping to appease businesses …

Social Media

Verizon Max promo plan reportedly offers 6GB of data to Edge members for $30

Verizon clearly wants us to stop using unlimited data, but even its Edge upgrade program isn't a strong argument for embracing capped plans. The company may soon have a better lure, however: <i>Droid-Life</i> claims to have details of an upcoming, limited-time Verizon Max promo plan that would offer …

Tour Management Startup TourCommand Upgrades With An Eye On Up-And-Coming Musicians

Given the challenges facing the recorded music industry, touring seems like an ever-more-important way for musicians to make money. Yet TourCommand co-founder Asad Yusupov said there hasn’t been that much done to make it easier to actually manage a tour.<p>“There are very few tools for the backend of …

The top 15 American cities for social media jobs (study)

Sure, San Francisco is one of the top American cities for social media jobs. And New York is hot for Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn marketers.<p>But some of the cities on the list might surprise you.<p>Indeed.com, the world’s biggest job site, has quite a bit of insight into which …

Google is laying the groundwork to build its own self-driving car—without a major auto manufacturer as partner

Once again, Google is apparently working on its own version of hardware at the same time that it’s partnering with mainstream manufacturers of the same kind of device. But this time, it’s a car.<p>A report by Amir Efrati includes details of Google’s exploration of what it would take to build its own …

Autonomous Cars

Facebook tweaks News Feed, adds new algorithm to serve up high quality content

The usefulness of Facebook's News Feed ranking algorithm may not be universally agreed upon, but the social network's dedication to improving it is unquestionable. Today, FB has updated that ranking system with a newly developed algorithm meant to better surface "high quality content" from pages …

After Ballmer, Microsoft can at last reboot

analysis Apple gadgets and Google online services have run rings around Redmond, but bringing in a new leader will make it easier for the bold changes Microsoft needs.<p>Microsoft's announcement that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months is big news but little surprise.<p>Ballmer, …

Windows Phone

Meet the algorithm that can spot and kill Twitterbots before they ever start spamming

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / DeiMosz<p>There’s a war raging on the Twitter platform, and chances are you’re already part of it even if …

For Ballmer, Resistance Was Futile

When Microsoft co-founder and CEO Bill Gates handed the reins of the tech giant to his longtime comrade and right-hand man Steve Ballmer in January …