Scott Monty

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What Is Trump Worth to Twitter? One Analyst Estimates $2 Billion

Without Donald Trump, Twitter Inc. could lose almost a fifth of its value.<p>That’s the conclusion of Monness Crespi Hardt & Co. analyst James Cakmak, …

Markets

To Win The AI Assistant Wars, Apple Is Melding Siri With Its Other Services

Competing with Alexa and Google’s Assistant isn’t easy, but Apple is moving to broaden Siri’s reach and expand its knowledge about you.<p>Siri has changed quite a lot since its humble beginnings as a question-answering app that Apple acquired in 2010 and built into its phones, starting with the iPhone …

Apple Music

Influencer marketing on Facebook is about to get more expensive - Digiday

Brands and influencers need to prepare to spend more money on Facebook.<p>This week, Facebook started letting social stars turn their paid content into …

Digital Marketing

Uber’s Kalanick Fires Back at Investor in Legal Battle

Benchmark alleged in a suit that Kalanick defrauded Uber’s board by keeping secret questionable business practices<p>Uber Technologies Inc.’s former chief executive fired back against a lawsuit from one of the ride-hailing firm’s biggest investors, saying Benchmark Capital is engaged in a personal …

Uber

Why Study the Classics?

Why study the Classics? Classics offers, at least on a superficial analysis, little in the way of short-term gains or practical real-world benefit. …

Ancient Greece

AMC Theatres is lawyering up to stop those $10 monthly movie passes

Movie lovers rejoiced yesterday over the news that MoviePass would let subscribers watch up to 365 movies a year for a monthly fee of $9.95–less than the cost of a movie ticket in most markets. Since every party needs its pooper, <b>AMC Theatres just announced that it is “consulting with its attorneys”</b> …

Movies

New Ford CEO Hints at Changes in Auto Maker’s Self-Driving Plans

Jim Hackett reiterates 2021 timeline for developing technology while raising questions about deployment<p>SAN FRANCISCO—Fresh into his role as Ford Motor Co.’s chief executive, Jim Hackett said the auto maker is rethinking how customers are going to want to use self-driving vehicle technology.<p>The …

Automotive Industry

Here’s how Sherlock Holmes keeps getting remixed

He has been a literary hero, a movie staple, a TV phenomenon, even a board game character.<p>The great thing about Sherlock Holmes is that he’s in the …

TV

In Defence of Ties

What is the point of a tie? A Zen riddle of a question. That we still wrap these peculiar strips of silk, cashmere and linen around our necks is a …

Turnbull & Asser

Roxi music: Electric Jukebox takes on Spotify with a $200 streaming box aimed at families

A hardware-based music-streaming service that only works through your TV? That’s exactly what Electric Jukebox brought to market in the U.K. last year. And now, it’s coming to the U.S. too.<p>Backed by big names such as Robbie Williams, Sheryl Crow, Alesha Dixon, and Stephen Fry, the original Electric …

Music

Mic is laying off staff as it prepares for a pivot to video

Mic.com has begun to lay off staff in what is expected to be a larger pivot to video later this month.<p>Two sources familiar with the situation confirmed to Business Insider that the millennial news site has begun laying off between 20 and 30 editorial staffers this morning amid a larger …

Journalism

3 Incredible Things Walmart Just Revealed to Everyone

Wall Street may be taking profits on Walmart's (WMT) better than planned second quarter earnings, but they very easily have reason to quickly return …

Trends

Here Are the Details on BuzzFeed News’ Livestreamed Twitter Morning News Show – Adweek

BuzzFeed News released more details on the livestreamed morning news show it is launching on Twitter.<p>The social network announced during its Digital …

Advertising Industry

Organizational Use of Digital Analytics Remains Immature

While the use of digital analytics is increasingly important to organizations, relatively few organizations have a strategy in place for analytics or …

Business Intelligence

If an AI creates a work of art, who owns the rights to it?

Artificial intelligence is already capable of creating a staggering array of content. It can paint, write music, and put together a musical. It can write movies, angsty poems, and truly awful stand-up comedy. But does it have ownership over what it produces?<p>For example, an AI at Google has managed …

Artificial Intelligence

Why Facebook Just Eradicated Influencer Marketing As We Know It

Today Facebook silently announced that brands now have the ability to seamlessly drive targeted paid media support behind 3rd party influencer …

Marketing

If you love Sherlock Holmes, you’ll love this book

In 2002, at the end of a festive January evening, I was made a member of the Baker Street Irregulars, a literary society devoted to Sherlock Holmes. As part of what is called an investiture, a new Irregular is assigned an alias — a name or phrase drawn from the 60 canonical adventures recounted, …

Books

An inside look at Ford’s $1 billion bet on Argo AI

In the race to launch autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence expertise is the prize<p>Somewhere between the 14th and 15th floors in a concrete stairwell, Bryan Salesky pauses, searching for the right words to explain his mission for the foreseeable future. He wants to give cars the eyes, ears, …

Transportation

Uber is giving some drivers more control over where they drive

A ‘small’ test of a new feature called ‘drop-off area filter’<p>Uber is testing a new feature that gives some of its drivers more of a say where they pick up and drop off passengers, according to <i>Quartz</i>. The ride-hail company is piloting something it calls a “drop-off area filter,” which would allow …

Uber

Google Home can now make phone calls in the US and Canada

Google is rolling out a long-awaited feature for its Google Home smart speaker today: voice calling. The company just announced that Home users in the US and Canada will very soon be able to call people in their contacts and local businesses using their voice and the signature “OK Google” command. …

Google

Former Netflix executive wants to shake up moviegoing with $10 MoviePass service

The Hollywood box office is certainly in need of a driver to get audiences in to cinemas and multiplexes.<p>Movie theater subscription service MoviePass is tearing a page right out of Netflix Inc.’s NFLX, -1.37% book in hopes of providing that much-needed jolt.<p>Mitch Lowe, a former founding executive …

Movies

Nielsen Will Give Digital-Ratings Credit for Video Views on Facebook, Hulu, YouTube

Nielsen is set to expand its digital-measurement capabilities, and will start crediting video content distributed on Facebook, Hulu and YouTube in …

Digital Media

Fiat Chrysler Joins BMW in Race to Make Self-Driving Cars

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will cooperate with BMW to develop self-driving cars, the companies said Wednesday, as traditional automakers look to defend their turf against cash-rich Silicon Valley giants eager to upend the industry.<p>Autonomous vehicles are expected to transform the auto industry …

Fiat Chrysler

Apple Readies $1 Billion War Chest for Hollywood Programming

Company immediately becomes a considerable competitor in crowded market for original shows<p>Apple Inc. has set a budget of roughly $1 billion to procure and produce original content over the next year, according to people familiar with the matter—a sign of how serious the maker of iPhones is about …

Netflix

TV’s Ad Apocalypse Is Getting Closer

Disney’s decision to build its own streaming service is smart. It’s also the latest sign that the traditional cable bundle is doomed.<p>Disney announced on Tuesday that it will stop selling content to Netflix by 2019 and will instead launch two streaming services—one with sports content from ESPN …

Televisions

Costco Ordered to Pay Tiffany Millions Over Ring Claims

New York ruling stems from a 2013 trademark-infringement lawsuit; warehouse retailer argued ‘Tiffany’ was a generic term<p>A Manhattan federal judge ruled warehouse retailer Costco Wholesale Corp. must pay Tiffany & Co. more than $19 million for selling what it marketed as “Tiffany” engagement …

Tiffany & Co

The battle between Walmart and Amazon moves into a surprising new arena

As the industry buzzes about Amazon's growing advertising power, its arch-rival is trying its best not to be outdone.<p>Walmart is now quietly bulking up its own online ads business, according to a recent research note from KeyBanc analyst Ed Yruma. Whereas the retailer previously used space on its …

eCommerce

The journal of Marcus Aurelius is essential reading if you want a clear and focused mind

At 17, Marcus Aurelius was adopted. It made him heir to the throne of Rome.<p>Born into a wealthy family, Aurelius was primarily raised in the household of his grandfather. Both his parents passed away relatively early in his life.<p>From the start, his defining characteristic was his pursuit of …

Mindfulness

Uber’s head of its developer platform, Chris Saad, is leaving the company

Saad has been at Uber since November 2015.<p>Chris Saad, the head of Uber’s developer platform, is leaving the company after close to two years, sources tell <b>Recode.</b><p>Saad, who worked on creating technology tools for developers looking to integrate Uber services, has been vocal about his disappointment …

Uber

In the Office: Mutual Mobile's John Arrow talks driverless cars & transit tech (Video) - Austin Business Journal

Driverless cars are in use across the company, including continued tests on Austin's roads by Waymo, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. Ridesharing …

Transportation