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Flipkart wants to compete with Google, Facebook in online ads space

Flipkart’s digital advertising business reached $100 million in annualized revenue for the year ended March 2018. Photo: Mint<p><b>Bengaluru:</b> Flipkart, …

Digital Advertising

Watch Volkswagen's I.D. R race car demolish the Pikes Peak record

Last week, Volkswagen's fully electric I.D. R Pikes Peak car became the fastest car ever to complete the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. VW then took its sweet time releasing the footage of the run, which we finally have today.<p>The helicopter-shot video showcases the 671-horsepower electric …

Pikes Peak

IPG Confirms $2.3 Billion Deal to Acquire Data Marketing Company Acxiom – Adweek

Today, Interpublic Group confirmed rumors that it will pay more than $2 billion to acquire Acxiom, an Arkansas database marketing company that …

Advertising Industry

I’m Just Here for the Comments

Ever since Emily Weiss announced that her cult-status beauty blog, Into the Gloss, was expanding out of editorial and into product development with a …

Advertising Industry

Some Android developers see huge drops in app installs after Google 'enhances' Play Store algorithms

Last August, Google announced an enhancement to its Play Store search and discovery algorithms, all in the pursuit of a better consumer experience. …

Apps

Google Is Retiring DoubleClick and Rebranding Its Entire Digital Advertising Suite

Google is rebranding its line of advertising products, retiring mainstays like DoubleClick while streamlining a new suite of services for media …

AdTech

Kenya moves to regulate fintech-fuelled lending craze

(This May 25 story corrects first name of Capital Markets Authority CEO to Paul, not Peter, paragraph 29)<p>NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenya built a reputation as a pioneer of financial inclusion through its early adoption of a mobile money system that enables people to transfer cash and make payments on …

Interest Rates

App Store Developers Form a 'Union' Ahead of WWDC Calling for Free App Trials, Better Rates

A group of App Store developers calling themselves "The Developers Union" today published an open letter to Apple asking the company to commit to allowing free trials for apps and a "more reasonable revenue cut."<p>The group says that it is first aiming to get Apple to implement free trials for all …

Fintech battle pits Singapore’s DBS against Chinese titans

Piyush Gupta sees himself as uncomfortably close to the action in the battle between traditional banks and China’s insurgent fintech giants.The chief …

Google's top AI scientists: We're entering phase two

Some of Google’s top scientists today discussed the future of artificial intelligence and the message was one of tempered expectations – something we hadn’t seen much of at the Google I/O event.<p>The field of artificial intelligence exists in two states which, upon first glance, appear diametrically …

Facebook plans crackdown on ad targeting by email without consent

Facebook is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now TechCrunch has learned Facebook will launch a certification tool that demands that marketers guarantee email addresses used for ad targeting were rightfully …

Cambridge Analytica

Facebook is cutting third-party data providers out of ad targeting to clean up its act

Facebook says it’s going to stop using data from third-party data providers like Experian and Acxiom.<p>Facebook is going to limit how much data it makes available to advertisers buying hyper-targeted ads on the social network.<p>More specifically, Facebook says it will stop using data from third-party …

Cambridge Analytica

Tesla's Weak Financials Are Finally Being Exposed In Its Stock Price

I was amazed at the reaction to my <i>Forbes</i> column on Tesla yesterday. The interest in Tesla among investors is clear. Tesla’s shares are getting hammered today, down more than 5% as of this writing, and it brings me back to the key point of my column yesterday: Tesla is running out of time.<p>Other …

You Can Now Buy a Car at Walmart

Pharmacies, eye doctors, hair and nail salons and/or fast food joints in roughly 250 Walmart locations are getting a new neighbor as digital …

Advertising Industry

Google’s and Facebook’s share of the U.S. ad market could decline for the first time, thanks to Amazon and Snapchat

But don’t worry. Digital advertising is still a duopoly.<p>Google and Facebook — the world’s biggest online ad companies — could see their share of U.S. digital advertising decline for the first time, thanks to slowing growth and competition from the likes of Amazon and Snap.<p>Google’s share is expected …

Google Play now lets you try some games without downloading or installing

Google today introduced Google Play Instant, a Play Store feature allowing gamers to play certain games on Android devices without downloading or installing them. This means you don’t have to clear precious storage space to try a new game.<p>Last year’s Android Instant Apps announcement was a game …

Google Play

Self-Driving Uber Car Kills Pedestrian in Arizona, Where Robots Roam

SAN FRANCISCO — Arizona officials saw opportunity when Uber and other companies began testing driverless cars a few years ago. Promising to keep oversight light, they invited the companies to test their robotic vehicles on the state’s roads.<p>Then on Sunday night, an autonomous car operated by Uber — …

Autonomous Vehicle

eBay tries to boost mom-and-pop shops with Always Open project

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been struggling to stay open. eBay thinks it can help them.<p>The online retailer on Thursday unveiled a new initiative called Always Open, a program that offers a handful of benefits to mom-and-pop eBay sellers in the US who also have physical storefronts. The program …

eCommerce

Amazon Is Offering Prime Users Free 2-Hour Grocery Delivery From Whole Foods

Prime customers in parts of Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Virginia Beach can order Whole Foods groceries and booze and get them delivered in a matter of hours.<p>Amazon and Whole Foods announced Thursday that Amazon Prime customers will be able to get free two-hour delivery of groceries and "select …

Letgo takes on Craigslist with addition of housing listings

Everyone wants to be the Craigslist killer. In November, Facebook expanded its Marketplace section to include partners’ housing rentals alongside secondhand merchandise, and today the No. 3 three shopping app letgo is doing the same. The company says that, starting today, its tens of millions of …

Housing

Spend a week fielding sensitive HR complaints in ‘Grayscale’ web game

If you’re looking for a way to close out your week that’s entertaining, edifying and looks like you’re doing real work, check out Chimeria:Grayscale, a game where you act as an HR person dealing with everyday office problems via email. Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that exciting, but there’s more to …

Gender Discrimination

Amazon takes on Wish with an “Under $10” selection of products that ship for free

Amazon has quietly launched a new feature that’s seemingly aimed at helping the retailer better compete with discount shopping apps such as Wish and others. In the Amazon mobile app and on the web, Amazon recently added a new section offering products under $10 that ship for free. Some of the …

Google Search will start ranking faster mobile pages higher in July

Google today announced a new project to improve its mobile search results: factoring page speed into its search ranking. As the company notes, page speed “has been used in ranking for some time” but that was largely for desktop searches. Starting in July 2018, page speed will be a ranking factor …

The FTC May Investigate TripAdvisor's Controversial Treatment of Negative Reviews

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may be looking into revelations about TripAdvisor suppressing negative reviews, judging by a report in the</i> …

Pre-Seed Venture Aims To Help Startups Do More With Less

As seed and series A rounds have grown increasingly larger over the past decade, a new category of funding has emerged: the pre-seed round.<p>What …

Pouch develops AI bot to highlight Black Friday deals for Brits

Browser plugin company Pouch has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot to ensure Brits don’t miss out on the Black Friday discounts.<p>The …

Bad News, Brick-and-Mortar Stores: The Internet Finally Has You Beat

We’ve been hearing about ecommerce killing off brick-and-mortar retail for a few years now. And while there’s no evidence that physical stores are …

eCommerce

Lamborghini and MIT team up on battery-free electric supercar

Lamborghini is working with engineers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a new all-electric supercar that won't have batteries.<p>Instead, the body of the Lamborghini Terzo Millennio concept car, made from exotic carbon nanotubes, would be used as a supercapacitor. Supercapacitors store …

Lamborghini

Shopkick lays off about 10 percent of staff

Shopkick, a shopping rewards app owned by SK Telecom, laid off a little more than 10 percent of its staff (about 30 people) yesterday, TechCrunch has learned. Shopkick CEO Bill Demas confirmed the layoffs to TechCrunch, saying the layoffs were part of a broader restructuring of the …

eCommerce