Dakota Mclearn

332 Flips | 13 Magazines | 141 Likes | 71 Following | 15 Followers | @dakotamclearn | Keep up with Dakota Mclearn on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Dakota Mclearn”

Dubai plans to introduce flying drone taxis as early as this summer

A growing number of companies are looking at the viability of airborne, autonomous taxis as a way to ease urban congestion and transportation woes, but the city of Dubai could leapfrog those with a plan to deploy a passenger-carrying drone as early as this summer.<p>Uber, Airbus and others are still …

Reflections on a historic few months for online video

This has been my Summer of Video — several months when it became clear to me that we’ve reached an inflection point in the transition from linear TV to online video.<p>It started at the beginning of the season with the release of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” which discussed the shift and …

Marketing

Apple is moving forward with its reality TV show ‘Planet of the Apps’

Apple has been working on an unscripted TV series for a few months now. The TV show should be about the app economy, but it’s unclear how Apple is going to distribute it. Apple just announced an open casting call.<p>Thanks to this call, Apple is sharing a bit more about the show. It’s going to be …

Apps

Facebook giving brands improved tools for their Instant Articles

Facebook today announced the creation of new tools brands will soon be able to use to help their Instant Articles stand out more. With these additions, branded content will get a little razzle-dazzle in the hopes that it’ll drive readership, because as Facebook points out, “Branded content that is …

Social Media

This CEO was a millionaire at 22, went nearly bankrupt, and now runs a $100 million business

Tomas Gorny's life is a true rags-to-riches story that should serve as an inspiration for any budding entrepreneur.<p>He arrived in the US from Poland in the '90s when he was only 20. Barely speaking any English, Gorny had to work part-time valet-parking and carpet-cleaning jobs during his first …

Entrepreneurship

Facebook set to foster popularity of branded content

Branded content was already becoming more attractive to many marketers and publishers trying to navigate the shoals of the online media ecosystem. Now, thanks to Facebook, it’s set to really take off. I think this sector will grow quickly, and in some interesting new directions.<p>At its annual …

The inside story of Facebook’s biggest setback | Rahul Bhatia

The social network had a grand plan to connect millions of Indians to the internet. Here’s how it all went wrong<p>Until Mark Zuckerberg arrived in a bright orange helicopter in October 2014, Chandauli had never seen a celebrity visitor. One of 44,795 villages in the state of Rajasthan, Chandauli is …

India

Sony filed a patent for contact lenses that take photos

With all these smart eyewear patents and research studies popping up over the last couple years, it's looking more and more like we're all going to …

Why Periscope hired an editor in chief

Periscope, the live video app owned by Twitter, is hiring an editor in chief.<p>The job title is a head-scratcher. Newspapers and magazines have editor in chiefs. Why does a live video app need to have one?<p>Because the app needs to help users spot the very best live streams amid all the noise.<p>That will …

Facebook launches interactive full-screen ads called Canvas

At an event in New York today, Facebook launched its newest product for marketers: interactive mobile ads called Canvas, which it first announced back in September.<p>Canvas is an evolution of the earlier Carousel ads, which allowed users to swipe through multiple product or brand photos if they were …

Instagram Reveals Video View Counts To Score Creators And Ad Dollars

Video is booming on Instagram with watch time up 40% in 6 months, so now it’s trying to lure the best video makers and marketers from competitors like Vine and YouTube. Over the next few weeks, Instagram will begin showing view counts on videos where the Like number used to be, though you can still …

Social Media

Google search is about to get a lot smarter

How important is artificial intelligence to Google's future? Hint: The search giant is promoting its head of AI to take over its biggest business.<p>Google on Wednesday said AI chief John Giannandrea will take over search responsibilities when current search boss Amit Singhal retires at the end of the …

Artificial Intelligence

The Best Business Plan Software of 2018

Business plans are more than just the paperwork you need to fill out for funding. A good business plan helps you identify your mission, your value …

WhatsApp passes 1 billion monthly active users

WhatsApp has joined a growing club of services that can now count having more than 1 billion monthly active users (that means 1 in 7 people in the world use it), Jan Koum, the head of the Facebook-owned company, posted on the popular social network of the achievement. It comes just less than five …

Social Media

The Snap Generation: A Guide to Snapchat’s History

Just a little over four years ago, Snapchat was supposedly just an idea that founder Evan Spiegel and friends had while in a class at Stanford.Now, …

Social Media

How to Create an Evergreen Facebook Ad Campaign

As I speak with Facebook marketers on a daily basis, a common theme arises: They are able to create campaigns that work for a while, but then they …

Marketing

Write your best with Grammarly.

Write Confidently EverywhereGrammarly helps you write mistake-free on Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and nearly anywhere else you write on the …

25 books that every entrepreneur should read

We spoke with wildly successful entrepreneurs and VCs like Mark Cuban and Peter Thiel and pored over years of interviews with star founders to find the books that every aspiring entrepreneur should read.<p>Here are their top recommendations.<p><i>Bianca Male, Aimee Groth, Richard Feloni, Natalie Walters,</i> …

Self-improvement

Wrapify Is A Startup Paying Drivers To Wrap Their Car In Ads

Owning a car is expensive. Gas, insurance, and other miscellaneous car-related costs add up, and mean that in some cities it’s already cheaper to replace your car with ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft.<p>One startup, Wrapify, is trying to buck this trend by putting money back into the pocket …

Ridesharing

Unicorns And Little Ponies Hit The Slaughterhouse As Maker Media Lays Off 17

Stables full of startups are being turned into glue, whether they’re mythical beasts, donkeys in party hats, or just baby horses. The latest forced to do layoffs is Maker Media, the champion of the do-it-yourself movement.<p>10 years and $10 million later, multiple sources tell me that Maker Media …

Startups

How a tiny island is contributing to the Dutch tech boom

As project manager for The Next Web and Index.co, it’s been a great ride so far and I’m lucky to be part of such a wonderful group of people from every corner of the world. Today I’m going to write a bit about the little corner where I come from.<p>I grew up on a tiny island in the Caribbean called …

Tech Industry

Twitter10k: A good idea, but a bad idea

When is a tweet no longer a tweet?<p>Maybe when it’s over 70 times longer than it was for 10 years? When rumors broke about Twitter’s potential shift from its historic pithiness to long-form tweets of up to 10,000 characters, it grabbed the attention of the entire tech, business, and marketing world. …

Social Media

Apple could remove headphone jack from iPhone 7

Apple may remove the 3.5mm headphone port from the upcoming iPhone 7, according to reports.<p>The headphone jack is the widest external port in the iPhone, and it can't get any thinner than it currently is. So Apple may get rid of it completely to shave off another 1 mm from its current iPhone …

How polished should an MVP be?

Minimum viable product is a concept Eric Ries brought in the world of startups and online businesses in general. Although everybody knows what MVP …

The Livestream Movi puts the power of a multi-camera setup in your pocket

A popular thing to do with 4K footage is to crop in on the shot during editing. Since many people don't have 4K monitors, TVs, or the bandwidth to support streaming 4K content, you can do this without losing too much noticeable resolution, or quality. What's smart about the Movi is how it uses this …

Google's super-fast Fiber internet could come to Los Angeles and Chicago

Google is looking into bringing its gigabit Google Fiber internet service to Chicago and Los Angeles. Today the company announced that it's entered the exploratory phase and, with the help of officials in both cities, Google will run through its usual checklist to see whether it's feasible to roll …

Google ads can now stream app demos

Google is starting to use its new ability to stream Android apps as an advertising tool. Now when you bump into an advertisement for an app, that ad may offer you the chance to stream the app, without installing it, for a minute-long demo. Google shows how this will work with a <i>Cookie Jam</i> ad:<p>App …

Mark Zuckerberg Is Now A Dad, Pledges To Give Away 99% Of His Shares

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today said he and his wife would give away 99 percent of their shares to “advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation.” His shares are currently worth around $45 billion.<p>His pledge was, still, essentially a footnote in a long …

Mark Zuckerberg

Dick Costolo Joins The Patreon Board

Former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo has joined the Patreon Board of Directors, a move that aims to bring operational skills to the funding site. Patreon allows creators – podcasters, artists, gamers, etc. – to get paid for what they create. It currently hosts 17,000 projects.<p>“Dick is a master operator …

Podcasting

Box Beats Estimates With $78.7M In FQ3 Revenue, Boosts Full-Year Guidance, Shares Fall 4% — Update: Shares Now Up!

<i>Update: Shares in Box are now up a fraction in after-hours trading. Investors are such fickle things.</i><p>Box, an enterprise collaboration and file management shop, reported its fiscal third quarter financial results today. The company lost $0.31 per share, using adjusted metrics, on revenue of $78.7 …

Investing