Scott Monty

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AI Makes Strides, but Has a Long Way to Go

Artificial intelligence is having a moment.<p>Startups that claim to be using AI are attracting record levels of investment. Big tech companies are going all-in, draining universities of entire departments. Nearly 140 AI companies have been acquired since 2011, including 40 this year alone.<p>AI is …

Computer Science

The MarTech Bubble Burst

December 05, 2016<p>Share this content:<p>Has the martech industry reached its tipping point?<p>MarTech<p>As 2016 comes to a close, the marketing technology …

Marketing

Airbnb is no longer the nice guy of the sharing economy

Scott Shatford didn’t bargain for criminal charges.<p>The official complaint arrived at his front door in May, more than a year after Santa Monica, California, voted to ban the short-term home rentals flooding its small beachside community. Shatford knew the rules but had chosen to ignore them, …

Economics

Facebook is asking users to judge the truthfulness of news headlines

Facebook is apparently asking users to rate the quality of news stories on its service, after facing criticism for allowing fake or misleading news. At least three people on Twitter have posted surveys that ask whether a headline “uses misleading language” or “withholds key details of the story.” …

Facebook

Volkswagen spins off new company focused on ride-hailing and self-driving cars

Meet Moia<p>Volkswagen announced this morning the launch of a spinoff company focused on “new mobility solutions” such as ride-hailing and on-demand autonomous vehicles. The German car giant says it hopes to generate “a significant share” of its sale revenue from these new services by 2025.<p>The …

Autos

Uber in Artificial-Intelligence Drive After Buying Startup

Uber Technologies Inc. is getting real about artificial intelligence.<p>The ride-hailing service is creating a new division to develop the technology, which attempts to teach computers to think like humans, after agreeing to acquire Geometric Intelligence Inc., a fledgling New York-based artificial …

Startups

Partnering to Help Curb the Spread of Terrorist Content Online

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, and YouTube are coming together to help curb the spread of terrorist content online. There is no place for content that …

Collaboration

Can the Spotify for News Convince People to Pay for Journalism?

Ever since the paywall model for online journalism was introduced about five years ago, news consumers have spent just as much time figuring out how …

Journalism

Google DeepMind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available - Bloomberg

Alphabet Inc.’s artificial intelligence division Google DeepMind is making the maze-like game platform it uses for many of its experiments available …

Google

Amazon launches a beta of Go, a cashier-free, app-based food shopping experience

The straight-forwardly named “Just Walk Out” technology ought to give you a pretty good idea of what Amazon Go is all about. Launching in beta this year to Amazon employees at a single 1,800 square foot location in its native Seattle, Go is a “new kind of store with no checkout required.”<p>Customers …

Amazon

Airbnb scams tripled in 2016, earning a consumer watchdog warning

Where people go, scammers follow, so it's no surprise to find the sharing economy being targeted.<p>Australia's consumer watchdog issued a notice Monday, warning holiday-goers that scams relating to accommodation booking sites such as Airbnb are on the rise.<p>In fact, complaints about sharing economy …

Australia

The Full Monty — December 5, 2016

Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Four: Part Four: Understanding That Unregulated Monopoly Was Always Uber’s Central Objective

Yves here. To underscore the point that Hubert Horan is making, you can’t achieve a monopoly if you are a high cost producer who has no prospect of …

Uber

The Evolution of the Data-Driven Company - Christopher S. Penn Blog

What does it mean to be a data-driven company? At several events this year, I explained how a company evolves, makes the journey to becoming …

Parades

Confessions of an Instagram Influencer - Bloomberg

I’ve always been well-liked. At least, I think that’s the case. I have friends, a spouse, a job, a college degree. I exercise. I get haircuts …

L'Oréal

Uber is tracking your location even when rides are finished

Uber has begun collecting passengers’ location data even after journeys have finished, a move that has raised eyebrows among privacy-conscious users.<p>An update to the app allows Uber to follow users' GPS signal while it is running in the background. Previously, it would only do so when Uber was open …

GPS Tracking

Here's How BMW Plans to Outpace Uber

“We will not be the largest, but we can be the coolest.”<p>BMW will test autonomous vehicles in Munich next year as it seeks to keep up with ride-hailing firms like Uber, which have spent billions on pay-per-use personal transport.<p>The German carmaker will have about 40 vehicles with self-driving …

Autos

CMO’s: What Good is Marketing Technology Without a Mission?

Why Marketing Technology Needs A Mission<p>Over the past five years, I’ve seen our industry’s deep-dive into marketing technology increase our …

Marketing

Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Three: Understanding False Claims About Uber’s Innovation and Competitive Advantages

<i>This is Naked Capitalism’s special fundraiser, to fight a McCarthtyite attack against this site and 200 others by funding legal expenses and other</i> …

Innovation

Can Uber Ever Deliver? Part Two: Understanding Uber’s Uncompetitive Costs

<i>This is Naked Capitalism’s special fundraiser, to fight a McCarthtyite attack against this site and 200 others by funding legal expenses and other</i> …

Uber

Why Snapchat And Apple Don’t Have A Fake News Problem

Being a control freak pays off. “It’s impossible for somebody to go rogue in Discover.”<p>Facebook emerged during the US election as a central political and news source, but also a hub for hoaxes, propaganda, and outright fake news — an issue that brought wide criticism and concern from figures …

Snapchat

Apple tells feds ‘new entrants’ to auto industry should get same testing rights as incumbents

Apple last week submitted a letter to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that suggests it’s interested in testing self-driving cars.<p>The company appears eager to work with other companies in a data-sharing effort but is also keen to preserve privacy, which is in line …

Autos

Cocktail history: You don't want to know what your parents were drinking in 1966

<i>Musso & Frank bartender Ruben Rueda (48 years) knows that some people are now calling for a "wet" martini, but most still want them old-school dry -</i> …

Drinking

Remembering Andrew Sachs

by Scott Monty December 02, 2016<p>"my dear Watson, was very faulty"[SOLI]<p>Actor Andrew Sachs passed away on November 23, aged 86. He was most well known …

Sherlock Holmes

Fake news detector for Facebook leads to fake news story about who made it

BS Detector was created by Daniel Sieradski (not Facebook) and was a reaction to the network’s failure to flag false information – until Facebook blocked it<p>It’s a fable for our times. Someone creates a tool that flags fake news on Facebook with big red warning signs. Someone else installs said …

Facebook

Here's why Facebook should buy Twitter

The suitors fell one by one. Disney. Alphabet. Salesforce.<p>Now, it seems no one wants to buy Twitter.<p>There is an obvious solution, though, and it would create a perfect new product. Facebook should buy Twitter, and roll it up with its Live video offering.<p>Facebook’s transformation from a free …

Twitter

Snapchat Discover, Meet Facebook Collections? | SocialTimes

Next up on the list of Snapchat features cloned by Facebook is Collections, the social network’s take on Snapchat Discover.<p><b>Alex Heath</b> of Business …

Facebook

Facebook Forms Partnership to Create Affordable Housing in Silicon Valley | SocialTimes

Facebook is doing its part to help create affordable housing in communities near its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.<p>Vice president for public …

Facebook

Pandora shares up 11% on acquisition report

Internet radio pioneer Pandora, saw its shares jump over 11% on Friday to $12.77, amid renewed acquisition speculation. A report from CNBC indicated that Pandora and SiriusXM are expected to discuss a possible purchase.<p>The story cautions that there is “no assurance” that Pandora will reach a deal …

Pandora