Scott Monty

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WILD ABOUT HARRY: The real story of Houdini & Doyle

<b>This Monday, May 2, FOX premieres Houdini & Doyle, a new TV series in which the two famous men investigate paranormal mysteries in England in 1901.</b> …

Arthur Conan Doyle

This year’s Founders' Letter

article<p>en_US<p>https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/this-years-founders-letter.html<p>Official Google …

Handcuffed to Uber

Plenty of people would give everything to be an early employee at seven-year-old Uber. But Uber employees who’ve been with the ride-share company for at least a few years have discovered a considerable downside to their ride with the transportation juggernaut. They can’t afford to quit. Startup …

Travis Kalanick

Twitter Shares Tumble on Disappointing Results, Forecast

Jack Dorsey’s rousing push to make over Twitter Inc. hit another snag on Tuesday, when the social-media service indicated that one of its brightest spots, brand advertising, waned in the first quarter.<p>While investors braced for another quarter of flailing user growth, Twitter instead missed the …

Anthony Noto

Uber is tired of waiting for you

Uber is losing patience with slow riders.<p>Under a new policy the company is testing in four US markets—New York, New Jersey, Phoenix, and Dallas—riders start getting charged two minutes after their Uber arrives. They also now have only two minutes to cancel a ride request, down from five, before …

New York City

Introducing Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram Windows Apps

<i>By Davis Fields, Product Manager, Facebook</i><p>There are many people using Facebook, Messenger and Instagram on Windows, so today we’re excited to rollout …

Software

Airbnb will pilot packaging deals similar to other hospitality booking sites

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "E-Commerce Industry Insider" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Popular home-share booking site Airbnb is looking to steal more market share in the hospitality market by offering a new hotel-style packaging tool, reports …

Airbnb

Twitter and Facebook want publishers and brands to stop promoting their Snapchat accounts

No more free Snapchat rides for publishers and brands on Twitter and Facebook. The days of cross-promoting a Snapchat account on the rival social …

Facebook

Snapchat Now Serving 10 Billion Video Views Per Day – The Evolution of the Ghost

Snapchat has revealed that it's now serving more than 10 billion videos per day on it's platform, putting it ahead of YouTube and Facebook.

Snapchat

What Networks Does BuzzFeed Actually Use?

Among the most defining characteristics of BuzzFeed’s strategy is the way their content reaches readers: the vast majority is distributed through …

Buzzfeed

Alphabet, Fiat Chrysler in Partnership Talks

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is in the late stage of talks with Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car division about a technology partnership, according to a person familiar with the discussions.<p>The talks have been ongoing for several months, this person said. Alphabet has been seeking industry …

Chrysler

Amazon Web Services grabs $2.5 billion in revenue in Q1 2016, up 63% over last year

Amazon today released its earnings statement for the first quarter of the year, and things are looking up, as usual, for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud division. AWS fetched $2.56 billion in revenue for the quarter.<p>Operating income for the business unit came in at $604 million, as a …

Amazon

Google is building a new hardware division under former Motorola CEO Rick Osterloh

Rick Osterloh is coming back to Google. The former president of Motorola, who left the Lenovo-led handset maker last month, has been hired by Google to run a new division to unify the company’s disparate hardware projects, <b>Re/code</b> has learned.<p>A Google rep confirmed that Osterloh has joined the …

Google

Not So Ancient Anymore, But Still Near Extinction

Ancient madder ties were once a staple of your local haberdashery. Known for their soft, gummy hand, muted colors, and unique indigo background, …

Yahoo's $8 Billion Black Hole

The minus sign above isn’t a typo.<p>Think of Yahoo as a traditional enterprise (with all the assets just mentioned) stuck on top of a small safe …

Users average 50 minutes per day on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram

Facebook’s “family of apps” strategy is a wild success. While some might have expected it to roll Instagram into Facebook and leave chat in its main app, keeping Instagram independent and splitting off Messenger into a companion app has helped it solidify itself as more than just a ubiquitous …

Facebook

Flipboard Makes Content Marketing Easy—Part 4: Paid Media

For the last three weeks, we’ve been telling you about content marketing on Flipboard on the basis of the PESO model. We covered owned, earned and shared media [all linked] and today we’re wrapping up this series with this post about the “P” for paid media on Flipboard.<p>Traditionally, paid media is …

Advertising

The NSA has no idea how many Americans it’s spying on

The National Security Agency (NSA) is watching the electronic communications of hundreds of millions people, allegedly to find foreign threats. But before Congress reauthorizes laws allowing this, it has a question: How many Americans are caught up in the government’s digital dragnets?<p>The answer, …

Spying

Toddler vs. CEO

Take Your Child to Work Day is this week — but did you know there’s already a toddler running around your office? Check out the eerie similarities …

A Teen Allegedly Got Into A Serious Car Crash Because She Was Playing With The Snapchat Speed Filter

Christal McGee allegedly kept Snapchatting through the entire incident, which left a passenger in the car she hit with permanent brain damage.<p>An 18-year-old girl is being sued after she allegedly crashed her car while playing with Snapchat’s “speed” filter, leaving a passenger in the car she hit …

Snapchat

Twitter video proves more lucrative than Facebook for some publishers

There is one area where some top publishers and premium media companies say Twitter is beating Facebook: Video revenue sharing. To be sure, Facebook …

7 Ways to Make Your Business Storytelling Awesome

I am super passionate about what I do in the world of telling business and marketing stories. If you read my stuff and know me, you know I am a …

Storytelling

Referrer Spam Remover

7 new marketing analytics tools to try in 2016<p>Over the last week we have marched through thousands of product releases and websites to find the best …

Marketing

Inside “Emojigeddon”: The Fight Over The Future Of The Unicode Consortium

Internal emails offer a peek behind the scenes of the peculiar and little-known organization that oversees the development of a weird, new universal language.<p>There’s trouble afoot inside the Emoji Council of Elders, or, at the very least, signs of a low-simmering schism that’s being referred to by …

Unicode

How Uber conquered London

Every week in London, 30,000 people download Uber to their phones and order a car for the first time. The technology company, which is worth $60bn, calls this moment “conversion”. Uber has deployed its ride-hailing platform in 400 cities around the world since its launch in San Francisco on 31 May …

Transportation

Foursquare uses location data to predict Chipotle sales drop

Two weeks ago, Foursquare CEO Jeff Glueck took to Medium to share how his company analyzed foot traffic patterns at more than 1,900 Chipotle locations across the US locations in February, using data collected by its app that lets people check-in to places they’ve been. It then compared them to the …

Foursquare

Spotify buys photo aggregator CrowdAlbum to build more marketing tools for artists

Spotify has made another acquisition to build out the tools that it provides to artists who use Spotify’s streaming platform to grow their listeners and overall business. It has bought CrowdAlbum, a company that aggregates photos and videos from music events that have been shared on social media to …

Viral Marketing

A Terabyte Internet Experience

As the world changes and the Internet evolves, so do we. That’s why we are making a major change to our Internet data trials and moving to a terabyte …

Internet

Big Data is Meaningless

Big data is meaningless...without insights.<p>We recently attended the Big Data Innovation Summit in San Francisco, CA (#DataWest16), an event featuring …

Email privacy bill headed for House approval

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The House of Representatives was expected to vote on Wednesday to require law enforcement authorities to get a search warrant before asking technology companies to hand over old emails, with the bill's Senate prospects unclear.<p>Under the Email Privacy Act, updating a …

E-mail Privacy