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As Uber Stumbles, Lyft Sees an Opening, and Bites Its Tongue

John Zimmer, the co-founder and president of Lyft, wants you to know that he is not — I repeat, <i>not</i> — happy about the chaos that is enveloping Uber, his fiercest rival in the ride-sharing market. There will be no corks popped at Lyft’s San Francisco headquarters over the sudden, stunning downfall of …

Uber

Google unveils Advr, an experimental Area 120 project for advertising in VR

Google today is more formally taking the wraps off its internal incubator, Area 120, with the launch of a dedicated website, alongside the launch of one of the program’s more interesting projects to date: a way to advertise within VR. The new experiment, which is simply called Advr, involves a …

Advertising

Petya.2017 is a wiper not a ransomware

Ransomware-as-a-service soon to be renamed Lure-as-a-Service<p><b>TL;DR:</b> <i>The ransonware was a lure for the media, this version of Petya actually wipes the</i> …

Ransomware

Tech giants eating the advertising world

In the new media world, five companies are crushing everyone else. This year, two-thirds of all global ad dollars will go to the Big Five: Google, …

Advertising

Snapchat now lets you create custom geofilters right in the app

Snapchat introduced a way to create custom geofilters back in February of last year, and now it’s making the feature easier to use. U.S. Snapchat users can now create and submit custom filters directly in the app, rather than having to go to the studio website to make their custom filter.<p>The mobile …

Apps

Uber now lets you request a ride for someone else

Uber is adding a new feature that lets you specify someone else in your phone’s contact book as the rider for the trip. It was always possible to hail a ride and specify another pickup point if you wanted to, but the new feature really streamlines the process, allows both rider and driver to …

Uber

Google News launches a streamlined redesign that gives more prominence to fact checking

Google on Tuesday launched a redesigned desktop version of Google News that introduces a more streamlined design, highlights fact checking, and offers users additional personalization.<p>Google News’ desktop site is now broken into three main sections: Headlines, which features the day’s top news …

Journalism

A Consumer Group Is Asking The FTC To Investigate Celebs For Shady Instagram Ads

A consumer advocacy group wants the FTC to do something it has never done before — go after individuals for shady #spon.<p>Posted on June 26, 2017, 14:23 GMT<p>In March 2017, the Federal Trade Commission sent “educational” letters to 46 celebrities who it believed weren’t properly disclosing ads on …

Advertising

Marissa Mayer defends former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick

Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has absorbed blistering criticism for the way he handled allegations of sexual misconduct at the San Francisco riding …

Uber

Inside Uber’s unsettling alliance with some of New York’s shadiest car dealers

Geovanie Rosario signed the lease because it was easy. Tower Auto Mall came recommended by Uber, as one of four dealers the ride-hailing company partnered with in New York City to offer “flexible and affordable” rentals and lease-to-own contracts to drivers. Rosario went to see Tower one morning in …

Uber

Hacker Behind Massive Ransomware Outbreak Can't Get Emails from Victims Who Paid

A German email provider has closed the account of a hacker behind the new ransomware outbreak, meaning victims can't get decryption keys.<p>On Tuesday, a new, worldwide ransomware outbreak took off, infecting targets in Ukraine, France, Spain, and elsewhere. The hackers hit everything from …

Security

Mark Zuckerberg: 2 Billion Users Means Facebook's 'Responsibility Is Expanding'

Facebook has officially hit 2 billion monthly users, solidifying the company’s position as the largest, most influential social network in the world.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone on the social network on Tuesday. ”As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 …

Facebook

2 billion people now use Facebook each month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says

Facebook now has 2 billion monthly users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday.<p><b>This is breaking news. Please check back for updates.</b><p><b>What are</b> …

Facebook

What Amazon's Audience Match Tool Means For Advertisers

Amazon on Monday quietly launched a self-serve platform called Advertiser Audiences, which lets advertisers upload their audience lists and CRM …

Amazon

Zillow Sends Cease and Desist Letter to McMansion Hell, the Architectural Criticism Blog We Need Right Now

Real estate aggregator site Zillow has sent a cease and desist letter to the creator of McMansion Hell, the most popular lampooner of suburban …

Real Estate

A new ransomware attack is hitting airlines, banks and utilities across Europe

A major ransomware attack has brought businesses to a close throughout Europe, in an infection reminiscent of last month’s WannaCry attack. The most severe damage is being reported by Ukrainian businesses, with systems compromised at Ukraine’s central bank, state telecom, municipal metro, and …

Chernobyl

The Fallacy of Digital Marketing as a Discipline

For years I have steadfastly maintained that we only do three things in marketing: We create awareness, we sell stuff, or we manage …

Marketing

Today, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube are announcing the formation of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism, which will help us …

Counterterrorism

Google fined a record €2.4 billion by the EU for manipulating search results

The company demoted rivals and unfairly promoted its own services, says the EU<p>Google has been hit with a record-breaking €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) fine by the European Union for breaking antitrust law. The decision follows a seven-year investigation into the US company’s search algorithms, which …

Google

It’s Official: Tim Westergren Steps Down as Pandora CEO Amid Top-Level Shakeup

Around 36 hours after a report surfaced that Pandora cofounder Tim Westergren would step down as CEO, the company made the announcement officially on …

Pandora

Marketers Are Thinking Harder About Augmented Reality and Artificial Intelligence

Many marketers anticipate that technologies like augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI) will affect their business in the next 12 …

Artificial Intelligence

In The Enterprise, Customer Experience Starts With Social

Many companies view social media as simply one part of their marketing strategy – using it to tweet or otherwise share company announcements, comment on relevant news, and distribute company-authored content.<p>But increasingly, savvy businesses are recognizing social media not just as a channel for …

Customer Experience

7 Digital Trends That Will Change Business Forever

The outlook for the second half of 2017 reflects the “new digital-led normal,” as businesses continue to adapt technologies to compete on an …

Trends

Renew Your Brand Strategy: Customer Experience Advice From Leading Brands

A few months back, I chaired the Customer Experience Exchange Europe event in Brussels – speaking on stage with some of the big boys in the industry. …

Why Brands and Influencers Are Leaving Snapchat for Instagram Stories

If you’ve been following the HubSpot Marketing Blog, you already know there’s a battle going on -- between Facebook and Snapchat over the …

Instagram

Behold, The World's First Self-Driving Potato

The future is here and it will be filled with self-driving potatoes. This week redditor Marek Baczynski unveiled how he invented the very first …

Tech Trends

Somebody help me, Zillow is threatening to sue me https://t.co/mEiQ7ddiqS

Zillow is threatening to sue me.

Official Post from McMansionHell: If anyone can help me, please, please contact me at kate@mcmansionhell.com. Or else, this is the end of McMansion …

Zillow

What My Fight With a Chase Bank Employee Says About the Coming Robot Apocalypse

Someday, when I look back at 2017, I suspect one of the defining moments for me will be that time a human service worker aggressively tried to steer …

Advertising

Apple Is Working With Hertz to Manage Its Self-Driving Car Fleet - Bloomberg

Apple Inc. is leasing a small fleet of cars from Hertz Global Holdings Inc. to test self-driving technology, an agreement that echoes a larger deal …

Transportation