Scott Monty

5,084 Added | 4 Magazines | 46 Likes | 19 Following | 73,967 Followers | @scottmonty | CEO of Brain+Trust Partners, consultant, advisor, keynote speaker. Husband, dad, grammarian, Sherlock Holmes devotee and general man about town.

Driving for Uber can feel a lot like playing the slot machines

Uber is asking drivers to ante up for their future earnings.<p>The company is offering some drivers in Houston, Texas, a chance to “Celebrate Halloween early” by buying a week of “accelerated earnings” for an upfront payment of $115. The promotion, spotted by Data & Society researcher Alex Rosenblat, …

Uber

Snap hit with more layoffs, plans to slow hiring in 2018

Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. has been hit with more layoffs as management evaluates trimming headcount across different teams.<p>18 employees were laid off in the company's recruiting division this week, according to people familiar with the matter. A Snap spokesperson confirmed the cuts to …

Evan Spiegel

You can now PayPal friends in Messenger and get help via chat

PayPal users in the U.S. will now be able to send and receive person-to-person payments over Facebook Messenger, the company announced this morning. The deeper integration with Messenger’s platform, which will also include PayPal’s first customer service bot for handling customer questions and …

Chatbots

Here's How People Think Their Video Habits Will Change In the Next 5 Years

More than three-quarters of people in several countries across the world believe that their video viewing habits will change in the coming 5 years. …

Televisions

As we said last week, we’re updating our approach to make Twitter a safer place. This won’t be a quick or easy fix, but we’re committed to getting it …

Communicate

Google exec: Our society is in real jeopardy

<b>(CNN) —</b> In November 2014, the Guardians of Peace -- a group affiliated with the North Korean government -- hacked Sony Pictures because the studio was planning to release "The Interview," a movie they felt insulted their leader, Kim Jong Un.<p>After the initial breach, the hackers threatened theaters …

Cybersecurity

Facebook Messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads

Facebook is finally giving developers a reason to build games for Messenger while also opening a new revenue stream for the chat app. After launching HTML5 ‘Instant Games’ inside Messenger, like Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Words With Friends Frenzy in November 2016, today Facebook is allowing …

Facebook

Alphabet’s CapitalG Leads $1 Billion Round in Lyft

Lyft

Walmart Is Running Itself Like a Startup

Walmart Stores, Inc.'s ( WMT) stock has gone up nearly 25% this year. Even with such a grand surge, the 55-year-old retailer, of which grocery is a …

eCommerce

Target Will Remodel More Stores to Fend Off Wal-Mart

Target Corp. is stepping up its plan to remodel stores, a bid to regain its cachet and fend off incursions by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.<p>…

Trends

People aren’t using smart speakers to do anything particularly smart

For all of the investment dollars that Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Apple have funneled into developing smart speakers, their users aren’t actually using these devices to do anything interesting.<p>According to a new report released by Activate, the majority of smart speaker owners just use them for …

Smart Speaker

Russian Journalists Just Published a Bombshell Investigation About a Kremlin-Linked “Troll Factory”

A notorious Russian internet “troll factory” spent about $2.3 million during the 2016 election cycle to meddle in US politics, paying the salaries of …

Russia

Future of Tech and Media: Waging a War for People’s Time

Activate co-founder Michael Wolf says the battle of internet giants will enter new technologies and take them deeper into each other’s turf<p>By<p>Eliot Brown<p>Eliot Brown<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@eliotwb<p>Eliot.Brown@wsj.com<p>LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.—The war for tech supremacy is moving to newer …

Trends

Ex-Google exec: Sun may be setting on Silicon Valley

Former Google Ventures CEO Bill Maris, who currently runs a San Diego-area VC firm called Section 32, offered some words of warning today during a …

Silicon Valley

Facebook officially rolls out its discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed’

Facebook’s tests of an alternative News Feed dubbed the “Explore” feed have progressed to a full rollout, the company now confirms. Previously available on mobile devices in the main navigation, Facebook’s new Explore Feed is now appearing for users on the desktop, as well. Facebook tells …

Facebook

UberEats growing faster than company's ride-hailing service

"Uber's fast-growing food delivery service accounted for nearly a tenth of the company's global gross bookings in the second quarter... a level that …

Uber

The Three Fundamental Moments of Podcasts' Crazy Rise

The short history of podcasts—how and when and why they went from the nichiest, wonkiest content platforms to a star-studded, self-contained media …

IAB

GM Said to Be in Discussions with Uber Over Self-Driving Vehicles

Just one day removed from General Motors (GM) saying it would focus on the development of self-driving car systems, the automaker is in talks with …

Transportation

Nude is a next-generation photo vault that uses AI to hide your sensitive photos

Making the camera roll safe for sharing<p>Nudes are an inconvenient truth of the mobile era. The combination of ever-more-powerful cameras and ever-more-convenient sharing mechanisms has made the exchange of explicit pictures a fact of life for nearly everyone seeking romantic connections online. Yet …

Machine Learning

Twitter Was Warned Repeatedly About This Fake Account Run By A Russian Troll Farm And Refused To Take It Down

The account was one of hundreds created by Russia's Internet Research Agency and drew 136,000 followers by tweeting divisive messages in the name of the Tennessee Republican Party.<p>Twitter took 11 months to close a Russian troll account that claimed to speak for the Tennessee Republican Party even …

Social Media

A big employer is finally addressing a major pain point for job applicants

In the so-called war for talent, US corporations try to lure candidates with cushy new benefits, dazzling work spaces (tree houses, anyone?), and promises of better work-life balance.<p>Johnson & Johnson, the medical supply giant, is trying something that may hold even greater appeal for anyone who’s …

Employment

Smart employers don’t let job applications disappear into a black hole

Harrison Priest estimates he’s applied to about 200 jobs since graduating from Skidmore College two years ago. He’s gotten replies from about 10, he says.<p>“It gets so you don’t expect it,” said Priest, who finally found a job working at an Apple Store this summer<i>.</i> “It’s almost a bit of a treat if …

Employment

The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare

Why did Casper sue a mattress blogger? A closer look reveals a secret, multimillion-dollar battle to get you into bed.<p>One day in the spring of 2016 I mentioned to a friend that I needed a new mattress. Mine was a sunken hand-me-down that had become about as comfortable as concrete.<p>“I know a guy who …

Consumer Reports

Why Kohl's Next CEO Is Not Afraid of Bringing Amazon Into Its Stores

If you think Kohl’s kss upcoming partnerships with Amazon.com amzn are akin to bringing the fox into retail’s henhouse, you’re thinking in an …

Trends

Nielsen Offers Broad Insight Into Netflix Ratings

New syndicated service claims to enable content providers to see how many people watched their shows—and their rivals’ shows—on Netflix; Netflix says data is ‘not accurate’<p>By<p>Alexandra Bruell<p>Alexandra Bruell<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>alexandra.bruell@wsj.com<p>Content owners are about to get a lot …

Televisions

New Gartner report spotlights analytics tools that map customer data across channels

As customer journeys, customer experience and customer data become the key drivers of modern marketing, analytics tools have become the compasses.To …

Business Intelligence

Twitter Launches New Crackdown on Sexual Harassment, Hate Content After Boycott

Twitter has released details of its latest efforts to beef up user safety on the platform with plans to enact new rules banning specific forms of …

Social Media

Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs strikes deal to turn 800 acres of Toronto into an ‘internet city’

Google spinoff will bring Wi-Fi hubs and other smart city innovations to the shores of Lake Ontario<p>Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet with the stated goal of “reimagining cities from the Internet up,” now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments. The …

Smart Cities