R. Michael Brown

611 Flips | 2 Magazines | 12 Likes | 13 Following | 82 Followers | @rmikebrown | Mike has a proven track record of bottom-line results in launching and building brands; generating positive press; producing high-impact & award winning information products, planning ahead and managing crisis; and using research and analytics to increase qualified traffic, prospects, and sales in the B2C, B2B, and B2Govt marketspace. He is an internationally published & broadcast writer, producer, speaker, and integrated marketing & PR consultant at R. Michael Brown LLC. Bragging Rights First multimedia producer at IBM. Blogging since 1987. On the Internet since 1983.

Mnuchin on Google and tech monopolies: 'You have to look at the power they have'

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Monday joined the growing chorus of government officials concerned about tech monopolies.<p>When asked if Google is …

European Union

Amazon's new Marketplace Appstore connects sellers to software

The app store is part of Amazon's broader push to work more closely with developers of seller tools.<p>Amazon is creating another app store, but it's not for consumers.<p>Instead, the online retail giant will for the first time put its seal of approval on a bunch of third-party apps intended for …

App Store

The 2018 Upfronts: After the Pitch - Ad Age

Google's senior senior marketing director, Joshua Spanier, is concerned about all of the reboots populating TV.<p>While NBC has seen success with "Will …

Advertising

New report shows ‘troubling’ social media censorship of conservative views

NewsFreedom<p>censorship, conservatives, facebook, google, media research center, twitter, youtube<p>April 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) -- On Monday, the …

After Repeatedly Denying It, Twitter OFFICIALLY Admits to Shadowbanning Users

by Cristina Laila May 15, 2018<p><b>After repeatedly denying it, Twitter officially admitted to shadowbanning users on Tuesday, however; they didn’t</b> …

Facebook Throws More Money at Wiping Out Hate Speech and Bad Actors

Social-media giant is pouring cash into content review after high-profile failures that have hurt its image<p>...

Hate Speech

Facebook’s big threat isn’t Cambridge Analytica, it’s advertisers questioning ROI

Advertisers are more concerned that they are wasting money on Facebook than they are about the platform’s privacy lapses. They are unhappy about how …

Advertising Industry

US cell carriers are selling access to your real-time phone location data

The company embroiled in a privacy row has "direct connections" to all major US wireless carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint -- …

Privacy

Uber lets you rate mid-ride before you forget feedback

“Last year was pretty hard, I’m not gonna lie,” says Peter Deng, Uber’s head of rider experience. But as part of new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi’s push to rebrand Uber around safety, Deng says, “we’ve seen the company shift to more listening.”<p>That focus on hearing users’ concerns prompted today’s change. …

Transportation

Facebook suspends ~200 suspicious apps out of “thousands” reviewed so far

Did you just notice a Facebook app has gone AWOL? After reviewing “thousands” of apps on its platform following a major data misuse scandal that blew up in March, Facebook has announced it’s suspended around 200 apps — pending what it describes as a “thorough investigation” into whether or not …

Apps

How to Keep Networking from Draining You

Whether it’s attending startup events, social gatherings, or happy hours, networking is a necessary part of every entrepreneur’s life. Seventy-eight percent of entrepreneurs agree that networking is crucial to startup success, which is why there are a myriad of articles online about how to master …

Networking

Don't Skype Me: How Microsoft Turned Consumers Against a Beloved Brand

It's relatively easy these days to find critics of Skype, the popular online calling service that Microsoft acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Former …

Skype

Out of Klout: The social media scoring service is shutting down

Klout, the tech pioneer that measured people's social media star power, is shutting down after losing influence in an industry over which it once …

Advertising

Inside The Ecosystem That Fuels Amazon’s Fake Review Problem

A vast web of Amazon review fraud lives online, and it's designed to evade the company’s efforts to thwart it.<p><b>One morning in late January</b>, Jake picked up the box on his desk, tore through the packing tape, unearthed the iPhone case inside, snapped a picture, and uploaded it to an Amazon review he’d …

Internet

Uber shows its flying car prototype, which looks like a giant drone

Uber has unveiled its "flying car" concept aircraft at its second annual Uber Elevate Summit, which showcases prototypes for its fleet of airborne …

Flying Car

Equifax breach exposed millions of driver’s licenses, phone numbers, emails

17.6 million driver's license numbers, thousands of ID images stolen in breach.<p>On May 7, executives of Equifax submitted a "statement for the record" …

Identity Theft

7 Hard Truths About Social Media Marketing

You’ve likely heard that social media has the potential to help you multiply your revenue, far in excess of what you spent over the course of the campaign. A few years ago, there were reports of businesses seeing returns of 100, 200, or even 1,000 percent, and even today, most marketers will tell …

Public Relations

Google sets new rules for U.S. election ads

ae3b88ae-1fa3-4970-82cc-0503d6cc49c0<p>Google sets new rules for U.S. election …

Software Engineering

Facebook Weighs Ad-Free Subscription Option

Facebook Inc. has been conducting market research in recent weeks to determine whether an ad-free version paid by subscriptions would spur more …

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook will allow users to opt out of letting Facebook collect their browsing history

It’s arguably the company’s biggest update since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.<p>Facebook users will soon be able to opt out of one of Facebook’s key data gathering practices: Its collection and use of people’s web browsing history, which the company uses to sell targeted ads.<p>Facebook …

Privacy

Over 400 Startups Are Trying to Become the Next Warby Parker. Inside the Wild Race to Overthrow Every Consumer Category

Wharton professors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs are fueling an entire generation of Warby Parkers. Now there are more than 400 startups tackling products from toothbrushes to bras. What could go wrong?<p>James McKean wants to revolutionize the manual tooth­brush. It's January 2018. The …

Startups

Facebook’s Internet.org has connected almost 100M to the ‘internet’

Facebook is getting the developing world online, even as the developed world criticizes its privacy practices. Mark Zuckerberg said today on Facebook’s Q1 2018 earnings call that “our Internet.org efforts have helped almost 100 million people get access to the internet who may not have had it …

Emerging Markets

You could be flirting on dating apps with paid impersonators

Every morning I wake up to the same routine. I log into the Tinder account of a 45-year-old man from Texas—a client. I flirt with every woman in his queue for 10 minutes, sending their photos and locations to a central database of potential “Opportunities.” For every phone number I get, I make …

Relationships

Celeste Ng: Bookstores Are the Center of the Literary Ecosystem

In 2014, the first-ever Independent Bookstore Day launched in California. It was conceived by bookseller and writer Samantha Schoech, who partnered …

Books

Watch this speedy new drone make a delivery without remote control

Several big companies, including Amazon and Google, are racing to make drone delivery a reality. But one company is already doing it, creating what they call the fastest drone in the world. And it doesn't need to be remote controlled: it's all pre-programmed with GPS.<p>Get Jeff Rossen's new book, …

Remote Controls

Beware of fake Uber drivers: Here’s how to spot them

Closed Captioning<p>ON<p>OFF<p>apply | reset x<p>font<p>size<p>color<p>Play Video - 5:14<p>April 16th, 2018<p>Uber imposters have been kidnapping and assaulting unsuspecting passengers. TODAY national investigative correspondent poses as a fake Uber driver to show you how to avoid becoming a victim.<p>More video<p>TRENDING<p>LIFESTYLE

Making ideas into reality at MIT's 'Future Factory'

Back in the 1980's a laboratory of misfits foresaw our future. Touch screens, automated driving instructions, wearable technology and electronic ink …

Google Street View

Aleksandr Kogan: The link between Cambridge Analytica and Facebook

Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg are in a whale of trouble and not just because the company has lost tens of billions of dollars in market value …

Aleksandr Kogan

Bose acquires Andrew Mason’s walking tour startup, Detour

Groupon founder Andrew Mason’s audio tour startup Detour has been sold to Bose. The acquisition, which involves only the software and tour content — not the team — was quietly announced on Detour’s blog a few days ago, followed by an email to customers. Bose, initially, seems like an unlikely …

Startups

Amazon will now deliver packages to the trunk of your car

New service in collaboration with GM and Volvo will launch in 37 cities in the US<p>Last year, Amazon asked for permission to unlock your front door so it could leave packages inside your home, and a certain number of extremely trusting Amazon Prime subscribers (Amazon won’t say how many) said okay. …

Car Tech