Scott Monty

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Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff

SAN FRANCISCO — Google will begin using data from billions of credit and debit card transactions — including card numbers, purchase amounts and time stamps — to solve the advertising juggernaut’s long-standing quest to prove that online ads prompt consumers to make purchases in brick-and-mortar …

Privacy

Facebook Refunds Some Advertisers After Finding New Measurement Bug

Facebook Inc. said it is issuing refunds to some advertisers after discovering a bug in its system that led it to overstate clicks on marketers’ websites, a disclosure that comes as Madison Avenue is demanding better and more transparent measurement from the social network.<p>In a blog post published …

Advertising

Uber Shortchanged New York City Drivers by Millions of Dollars

Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday said it mistakenly underpaid New York City drivers for the past 2½ years, an error that will likely cost it tens of millions of dollars. It is the second time in three months the ride-hailing company has acknowledged it deprived workers of their proper …

Uber

The inevitable rise of the robocops

<b>(CNN) —</b> Picture: A bleak dystopian future in which humanity is ruled by robots, suppressed by its own creation. Not an original thought, admittedly. Pop culture is filled with examples of robot overlords and android uprisings; of artificial intelligence gone bad.<p>But so far, few -- if any -- of …

Robots

Sweden Has Listed The Entire Country On Airbnb

It’s a tourism campaign, but it’s a pretty damn cool one.<p>In Sweden there’s a constitutional right they call <i>allemansrätten</i>. It’s a national concept of “freedom to roam” that allows anyone the right to access, walk, cycle, or camp on any land (the only exceptions being private residences, as well as …

Sweden

Amazon Channels Launches in U.K. With Discovery, NBCU, ITV Content

Discovery unveils its first major U.K. streaming deal as the Amazon channels service also becomes available in Germany.<p>Amazon is launching its …

Televisions

Snapchat, Facebook Fuel AR Growth

In 2017, 40.0 million people in the US will engage with some form of augmented reality (AR) at least monthly, up 30.2% over last year, according to …

Augmented Reality

'Gold from a marketer's perspective': Pinterest is quietly gaining a foothold among marketers

Pinterest has long been seen as a laggard behind the giant platforms, but it’s slowly gaining traction with one key constituency: ad buyers.<p>After a …

Pinterest

Why American Workers Now Dress So Casually

The office was, until a few decades ago, the last stronghold of fashion formality. Silicon Valley changed that.<p>Americans began the 20th century in bustles and bowler hats and ended it in velour sweatsuits and flannel shirts—the most radical shift in dress standards in human history. At the center …

Business Casual

21 Great Sunglasses for Men

Whether you don them solely to protect your peepers from harmful UVs, hide a hangover or add that extra dash of cool to your look, shades are …

How To Tie A Pratt Knot

<i>The Pratt knot, Shelby knot or the Milanese knot – how to tie and the story behind the knot with three names</i><p>The Pratt knot (a.k.a. the Shelby Knot or …

Fashion

Dish integrates with Amazon Alexa for hands-free TV

TV provider Dish Network is today rolling out new technology that will make watching television a hands-free experience, via a new integration with Amazon Alexa. The company says that its pay TV customers using either its Hopper or Wally receivers will now be able to search for programs, change …

Amazon

Twitter has hired a former Bloomberg executive to run its live video business

Todd Swidler is joining to run all of Twitter’s live video partnerships.<p>Twitter has hired a former media executive to run its growing live video business: Todd Swidler, former senior vice president of video and partnerships at Bloomberg. Swidler was most recently running the gaming company ESC …

Anthony Noto

U.S. top court tightens patent suit rules in blow to 'patent trolls'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple (AAPL.O) and …

Born on This Day: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"he had created a local hero" [VALL]<br>On May 22, 1859, Arthur Igantius Conan Doyle was born to Charles and Mary (Foley) Doyle in Edinburgh, …

Literature

Welcome to the Next Phase of the Facebook Backlash

Data mining is such a prosaic part of our online lives that it’s hard to sustain consumer interest in it, much less outrage. The modern condition …

Privacy

The Full Monty — May 22, 2017

<b>Google</b>'s I/O announcements include a wave of <b>AI</b>, including <b>visual search</b>; <b>Amazon</b> puts <b>Alexa</b> in TV; <b>Ford</b> fired its <b>CEO</b> amid a shift to mobility and …

Biz Stone

Twitter Hires Ad Tech Veteran Bruce Falck to Rejuvenate Advertising Tools

The company is facing increased pressure to grow its stagnating revenues<p>By<p>Jack Marshall<p>Jack Marshall<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@JackMarshall<p>Google+<p>jack.marshall@wsj.com<p>Twitter TWTR -0.86% has hired advertising technology veteran Bruce Falck as its new general manager of revenue product, the …

Advertising

Pittsburgh Welcomed Uber’s Driverless Car Experiment. Not Anymore.

PITTSBURGH — When Uber picked this former Rust Belt town as the inaugural city for its driverless car experiment, Pittsburgh played the consummate host.<p>“You can either put up red tape or roll out the red carpet,” Bill Peduto, the mayor of Pittsburgh, said in September. “If you want to be a …

Uber

Ford Motor Is Replacing Mark Fields as C.E.O.

DEARBORN, Mich. — In a shake-up reflecting the pressures on the American auto industry, Ford Motor is replacing its chief executive, Mark Fields, according to officials briefed on the move.<p>Jim Hackett, who oversees the Ford subsidiary that works on autonomous vehicles, will take the reins from Mr. …

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Is the Future of AI-Powered Search Audio or Visual?

We're moving into an era when more of our desires and demands will be answered — literally and figuratively — by disembodied voices. But there may be …

Google Home

For Disney, the shift to video streaming is 'sobering,' top media analyst warns

The pay-TV industry is at an inflection point, top media analyst Tuna Amobi told CNBC on Tuesday.<p>Amobi, senior media and entertainment analyst at …

Walt Disney Company

Facebook signs deal to stream Major League Baseball games this season

Facebook is swinging for the fences with a new livestreaming deal with Major League Baseball. The social media site will stream 20 MLB games this season, one per week.<p>The announcement confirms rumors about the deal that cropped up earlier this year. The games will all be livestreamed for free via a …

Facebook

Real Disinterest in Virtual Reality

Virtual reality was supposed to be the next big thing, but headsets haven’t exactly been flying off the shelves. The question is, why?<p>There were $1.48 billion in VR hardware sales in 2016, according to SuperData Research. That is far from the $12.65 billion the research firm is forecasting for …

Virtual Reality

6 Genius Things Lyft Is Doing While Everyone's Hating on Uber

If you want to get ahead, you can't spend all your time reacting to the competition.<p>Ridesharing mainly has been a story of two competitors in the U.S. Uber was and still is the more aggressive and dominant in the minds of most riders. Lyft developed the reputation of a distant number two. Some …

Uber

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Leaked policies guiding moderators on what content to allow are likely to fuel debate about social media giant’s ethics<p>Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the …

Censorship

Facebook reminds publishers yet again: Post meaningful and authentic stories

<b>"People on Facebook value meaningful, informative stories"</b>:<p>People expect the stories in their feed to be meaningful to them — and we have learned …

Facebook

Uber is looking for a new general counsel amid increasingly dicey legal issues

Salle Yoo will now be the company’s chief legal officer.<p>Uber has picked an interesting time to shuffle the top ranks of its legal team.<p>The ride-hailing company — which is facing a federal Department of Justice probe as well as a major lawsuit from Alphabet — has just moved its longtime general …

Uber

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel - A tediously accurate map of the solar system

Sun<p>Mercury<p>Venus<p>Earth<p>You Are Here<p>Moon<p>Mars<p>Jupiter<p>Io Europa Ganymede Callisto<p>Saturn<p>Titan<p>Uranus<p>Neptune<p>Pluto <br>(we still love you)<p>That was about 10 million …

Universe