Scott Monty

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Microsoft says it has found a Russian operation targeting U.S. political institutions

SAN FRANCISCO — A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of six websites — including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate — with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said …

Cybersecurity

Threads raises $20M for its luxury goods ’boutique’ that exists only in messaging apps

When you think of e-commerce marketplaces, chances are that the first things that come to mind are storefronts built on websites and apps. But today an e-commerce startup that has never had either — and never plans to — has raised a fistful of cash to continue building out its shopping experience …

eCommerce

Microsoft and Amazon launch Alexa-Cortana public preview for Echo speakers and Windows 10 PCs

Microsoft and Amazon will bring Alexa and Cortana to all Echo speakers and Windows 10 users in the U.S. today. As part of a partnership between the Seattle-area tech giants, you can say “Hey Cortana, open Alexa” to Windows 10 PCs and “Alexa, open Cortana” to a range of Echo smart speakers.<p>The …

Windows 10

The Full Monty: This Time, It's Personal – August 20, 2018

The power of <b>strong links</b>; the purpose of <b>companies</b> in the age of A.I.; more <b>trust</b> needed; <b>autonomous submarines</b> may rule the waves; the top 3 priorities …

World Economic Forum

Infographic: The Influence of Instagram

Once upon a time, Snapchat was in line to take over the social network throne from Facebook. It had unique features, fast growth, and celebrity …

Social Media

Internal Facebook note reveals clever 'psychological trick' to attract teenage users

Always on the lookout for novel ways to attract teens, Facebook purchased viral polling app TBH last October. The app fell well short of anything innovative but did manage to snag an estimated 2.5 million users, mostly teens, just a few months after its launch. While it’s easy to point to as a …

App Store

Tech companies use “persuasive design” to get us hooked. Psychologists say it’s unethical.

A group of psychologists say kids are suffering from “hidden manipulation techniques” that companies like Facebook and Twitter use.<p>As much as adults are now constantly inundated with technology — those constant Facebook notifications and that next episode on Netflix already cued up — children today …

Social Media

Influencers Are People Too

How much money would you say goes into influencer marketing?<br>On Instagram – that bastion of vanity – brands are spending $1.6 billion on influencers …

Public Relations

U.K. Competition Watchdog Investigates Social Media Influencers

The U.K.’s competition and consumer watchdog has launched an investigation into social media influencers, it announced Thursday. The investigation by …

Public Relations

MoviePass searches for new CMO after series of controversies

NEW YORK: Natasha Mulla, who joined MoviePass in January as its first CMO, has exited the company. The platform is searching for a replacement.<p>The …

MoviePass

The final Sharknado had plenty of bite 🦈🌪

Now we have all the time in the world to give you the biggest, baddest #<b>Sharknado</b> yet. THIS SUNDAY, see #<b>TheLastSharknado</b>: #<b>ItsAboutTime</b> at 8/7c on</b> …

Relax, binge watchers. Netflix is not adding commercials

Netflix is setting the record straight: It's not adding commercials.<p>It is testing out video promotions between episodes and movies. They can be skipped.<p>The popular streaming service quietly started testing the videos this week.<p>In response, some users wrote on Reddit that they saw a video between …

Time Warner

How Brand Loyalty Plays Out in Voice Commerce | eMarketer Retail

One downside of voice commerce is the inability to browse products before making a purchase. Instead, consumers must trust the product suggestions of …

eCommerce

How to Improve Customer Experience With Big Data

Customer expectations keep going up, and up, and up. Customers today don’t give your company or organization a “pass” because you’re in B2B, or …

Financial Services

What’s the Purpose of Companies in the Age of AI?

Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and computer technology are causing us to think again about some really basic questions: what is a firm? What can firms do better than markets? And what are the distinctive qualities of firms in a world of smart contracts and AI?<p>While there has been a …

Artificial Intelligence

LinkedIn set to launch redesigned Groups platform by end of August

LinkedIn is building a new version of its Groups platform used by many social media managers and marketers and is set to launch it at the end of …

Social Media

Amazon Is Losing Its Smart Speaker Dominance, According to New Report

Amazon is no longer the smart speaker king.<p>A report from research firm Canalys this week found that Google Home shipments outpaced those of Amazon’s …

Smart Homes

As demand for Instagram Stories ads heats up, some early adopters turn to Facebook Stories

Even when Facebook loses, it still wins.<p>Price spikes are scaring away some advertisers from Instagram Stories and leading them to diversify to … …

Social Media

Uber is investing its growth into its next chapter — including scooters and bikes

The ride-hail company isn’t chasing profitability yet.<p>Uber isn’t expanding the global footprint of its ride-hail service at breakneck speed anymore. It also isn’t close to being profitable yet. That’s in large part because the company, under CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, is spending a lot of its money …

UberEATS

The Ultimate List Of Books To Base Your Life On

<i>“I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps.”</i> Walter Mosley<p>I’ve always devoured books. …

Twitter CEO commits to fixing the platform's 'toxic' content problem, but gives no timetable

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says "we're ready to question everything" about the social networking site that has been overrun by spam, abuse and misinformation.<p>Dorsey says he and his team are working extensively behind the scenes to stamp out some of the harassment and hate speech that has generated bad …

Social Media

What Your Car Knows About You

Auto makers are figuring out how to monetize drivers’ data<p>Car makers are collecting massive amounts of data from the latest cars on the road. Now, they’re figuring out how to make money off it.<p>With millions of cars rolling off dealer lots with built-in connectivity, auto companies are gaining …

Automotive Industry

Adidas is partnering with Twitter to stream high school football games

The first time high school football will be streamed on Twitter<p>Twitter and Adidas are partnering to launch a new series called “Friday Night Stripes,” an eight-game series of high school football games that will stream live on the social media platform.<p>“Nationally ranked teams” from California, …

High School Football

Uber’s Vision of Self-Driving Cars Begins to Blur

SAN FRANCISCO — After Dara Khosrowshahi took over as Uber’s chief executive last August, he considered shutting the company’s money-losing autonomous vehicle division. A visit to Pittsburgh this spring changed that.<p>In town for a leadership summit, Mr. Khosrowshahi and other Uber executives were …

Autonomous Cars

France Takes On Cellphone Addiction With a Ban in Schools

‘Children don’t have the maturity’ for smartphones, a French mother says. ‘Some adults don’t either.’<p>PARIS—Solal Paroux’s friends all have smartphones, and the 12-year-old Parisian has been needling his parents to get him one too. But his parents are resisting.<p>And now they have the law on their …

Genomics

What's your character worth?

When the vital sign of your company is strong and vibrant — namely its market value — you better believe stakeholders hold the company in high …

Public Relations

Episode 150: Elementary!

“"Excellent!" I cried. "Elementary," said he.” [CROO] <br>We'll be honest. The CBS drama series <i>Elementary</i>, starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu doesn't …

Drama

America's Best Bourbon Bars 2018 by The Bourbon Review

It’s time once again to crown and congratulate this year’s list of America’s Best Bourbon Bars. We have identified 101 bars who take their Bourbon …

Kentucky

A more realistic route to autonomous driving

NOBODY likes it when a taxi takes longer than expected to arrive. But that is what is happening with self-driving cars. Building a vehicle that can …

Artificial Intelligence