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Sherlock season 4: 'Frightening, tough, emotional upheaval'

Interviewing ultra-secretive Steven Moffat about Sherlock is a tricky endeavor, given that the writer-producer would prefer to say nothing at all about what will happen in the show’s hugely anticipated fourth season. But during our wide-ranging recent interview, the Sherlock co-creator gave us a few …


Slack Gets Hacked as Start-Up Technologies Become Targets

Security breaches at start-up technologies are starting to become the new normal.

On Friday, Slack, the communications start-up, said it had been breached by hackers. That made it the second young company to step forward this week — following Twitch, the hugely popular video streaming service — and …


YES PLeaSe: A Legal Guide To Periscope And Meerkat

For the first time in several years we have some significant new entries to the social media application world in the form of Meerkat and Periscope. …


HBO, Vice Will Launch Daily Newscast As Part of 4-Year Content Pact

Time Warner’s HBO and upstart content outlet Vice Media will launch a five-day-a-week newscast on the premium cable outlet as part of a new four-year …


Students learn about Sherlock Holmes

RUSHFORD, Minn. – The tales of Sherlock Holmes have been around for 128 years, entertaining generation after generation.

Kerry Klungtvedt has been a …

Sherlock Holmes

Fake Product Hunt (@fakeproducthunt)

Crammr: a beautiful, elegant tool for automating adaptation of your brand messaging to whatever this week’s new platform is

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This Week in Digital - March 27, 2015

A big week for Facebook at f8, Twitter says "up, Periscope," how to out a lying Yelper, Google stays in the game with in-app options and a …

Content Marketing

How To Make A Killing On Airbnb

Two Airbnb experts offer tips to make your property rain money.

There is perhaps no greater example of how lucrative the sharing economy can be than Airbnb. In the six years since its launch the website that lets anyone rent out their homes has propelled its founders—Brian Chesky, Nathan …


Amazon Goes After Dropbox, Google, Microsoft With Unlimited Cloud Drive Storage

Last year, Amazon gave a boost to its Prime members when it launched a free, unlimited photo storage for them on Cloud Drive. Today, the company is expanding that service as a paid offering to cover other kinds of content, and to users outside of its loyalty program. Unlimited Cloud Storage will …


The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality

Of the many attractions offered by my hometown, a west coast peninsula famed for its deep natural harbor, perhaps the most striking is that you never have to leave the house. With nothing more technologically advanced than a phone, you can arrange to have delivered to your doorstep, often in less …


Streaming music companies have had uneven success shifting ad-supported listeners to paid accounts

Streaming music companies have had uneven success shifting ad-supported listeners to more valuable paid monthly subscriptions, and this has created a drag on the entire digital music industry.

Paid-music streaming services account for a smaller share of revenue — and audience pool — than …

Entertainment Industry

Sherlock Holmes Is Afoot In London Cinemas

Statue outside Baker Street. Photo by Jay from the Londonist Flickr pool.

Sherlock Holmes seems to regenerate almost as much as Doctor Who. Recently …

Sherlock Holmes

Pyjamas Through the AgesDerek Rose

The Rose family has made luxury pyjamas since 1926, but the garment’s history reaches back to the 17th century. Pyjamas were made globally popular …


Heinz Merger With Kraft Leaves Bad Taste In Ad Agencies’ Mouths - CMO Today - WSJ

The merger of Kraft Food Groups Inc. and H.J. Heinz Co. will bring together some of the world’s most recognizable brands from Heinz Ketchup to Maxwell House coffee and Jell-O.

But the combination isn’t whetting appetites on Madison Avenue. Integrating the two packaged food giants will likely mean …

Advertising Agencies

Measuring the Impact of Online Video on Brand Metrics

Is the money we're putting into online video making an impact?

Online video is undeniably one of the key areas of focus for marketers in 2015, as well …


Periscope, Twitter's answer to Meerkat-style live streaming, is now available

Live-streaming apps are the thirstiest of all media. A Facebook post wants a like, a tweet begs for favs, and a snap means little without a response. But for sheer drop-everything, look-at-me arrogance, nothing beats the push notification that says "LIVE NOW." I’m doing literally anything, the …


Cross-Channel View Tops B2Bs' Analytics Wish Lists

As B2Bs spread efforts across a wide range of marketing channels, cross-channel view becomes critical

March 23, 2015 | Advertising & Marketing | B2B | …


Why Marketers, Agencies Haven't Mastered the Customer Experience

Customer experience presents exciting opportunity, but few use a single customer view for marketing activities

Marketers are planning a customer …


Local Chinese Restaurant Calls Out Dishonest Yelper With Surveillance Footage

A Yelper claimed he was treated poorly at a well-reviewed Bay Area spot, but the restaurant's Dropcam footage shows he never even interacted with the …


Everything Facebook announced during its F8 developer conference

Today’s a big day for Facebook. At its developer conference in San Francisco, the company revealed the future of the Messenger Platform, its first big play for the Internet of Things, and more.

In case you missed the livestream, here’s a list of everything Facebook’s announced at F8 so far.

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Facebook’s Parse unveils SDKs for the Internet of Things

Facebook today introduced new software development kits for its Parse mobile app development platform, to let developers incorporate data from Internet-connected devices.

The news, which first leaked yesterday from within a Facebook app, came officially today at Facebook’s developer-oriented F8 …


Introducing Messenger Platform and Businesses on Messenger

Today at F8, we launched Messenger Platform and announced Businesses on Messenger.

Messenger Platform

Messenger Platform enables developers to easily …

Facebook introduces an embeddable video player

At its F8 conference today, Facebook announced it is introducing a video player that can be embedded onto other sites – finally.

Previously, pretty much the only way to share a video hosted on Facebook was to link to Facebook page or share it through the platform itself – quite inconvenient if you …


Facebook Rolls Out Blueprint Program For Agencies

Trying to steer more ad dollars in its direction, Facebook this week is rolling out a new educational program for agencies and brands. The program …


YouTube to relaunch livestreaming service with focus on esports and gaming

YouTube is preparing to relaunch its livestreaming platform with a renewed focus on live gaming and esports specifically, according to sources within …


RadioShack's Bankruptcy Could Give Your Customer Data to the Highest Bidder

The remnants of RadioShack’s retail empire went on the auction block on Monday, giving bidders the first chance to snap up the company’s trademarks, …


The slow death of the great American newsroom

In the past decade, as a percentage, more print journalists have lost their jobs than workers in any other significant American industry. (That bad news is felt just as keenly in Britain where a third of editorial jobs in newspapers have been lost since 2001.) The worst of the cuts, on both sides …


Meerkat and Periscope could get expensive fast until smartphone data plans catch up

Adam Leidhecker, a serial entrepreneur, didn’t expect to become addicted to live-video-streaming app Meerkat, yet he found uses for it everywhere.

At SXSW, he toted his smartphone around to broadcast tours of Austin, share impressions of panels and gave his followers tips on the best places to get …


Facebook May Host News Sites’ Content

Nothing attracts news organizations like Facebook. And nothing makes them more nervous.

With 1.4 billion users, the social media site has become a vital source of traffic for publishers looking to reach an increasingly fragmented audience glued to smartphones. In recent months, Facebook has been …


Don’t Take a Flying Leap

Here’s a little insight in the tech industry. Many Internet professionals are really smart. And really creative. And really cool. But they’re not $2 …

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