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Facebook has shifted the focus of its ad tech platform Atlas and moved it into its measurement division

Facebook has shifted Atlas, the ad tech platform it acquired from Microsoft in 2013, out of its ad tech group and into its measurement division.<p>The change, which took effect around two weeks ago, means Atlas now sits in Facebook's "marketing sciences" group, which is run by Brad Smallwood, the …

Facebook

Google's ride-sharing platform is now live in San Francisco

Waze Rider is a low-cost alternative to the casual carpool.<p>Waze Rider, the ride-sharing version of the popular Google-owned navigation app, is now open to the general public in the Bay Area. After several months in private beta, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that Google is ready to open up its …

San Francisco Bay Area

Shazam Hits 1 Billion Downloads and Turns a Profit (Thanks to Advertising)

A business model shift to advertising has helped music discovery company Shazam turn a profit. The London-based firm on Thursday announced that …

Advertising

How Google Plans to Take Down Amazon’s Echo

At its press event in San Francisco next week, Google is expected to not only unveil new flagship phones, but also officially launch Google Home, a …

Google

Will Snapchat snap?

<i>By Mark Schaefer</i>Snapchat announced that it has renamed itself Snap, Inc., explaining, “Snap Inc. is a camera company. We believe that reinventing the …

Snapchat

The Spotify and SoundCloud deal may not happen, but it makes plenty of sense

A tech/media deal that doesn’t make you scratch your head.<p>Some theoretical tech + media tie-ups don’t make sense. But not all of them.<p>Take Spotify plus SoundCloud, for instance. The Financial Times says Spotify is in “advanced talks” to buy SoundCloud. People I talk to say the talks are more talk, …

SoundCloud

Whither Twitter? - Brain+Trust : Partners

It’s almost become blood sport in the past two years, watching Twitter’s stagnant user growth and investor disquiet, and predicting its downfall or …

Twitter

Announcing YouTube-8M

article<p>en_US<p>https://research.googleblog.com/2016/09/announcing-youtube-8m-large-and-diverse.html<p>Research …

Research

Why Uber has to be first to market with self-driving cars

That’s true, especially if the company wants to IPO in the next two years.<p>The race to get the first network of self-driving cars on the road is off to a lukewarm start.<p>Uber recently launched a limited test of its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, as part of a partnership with Volvo. Singapore-based …

Uber

RBS is launching an A.I. chatbot called 'Luvo' to help customers

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is launching a new online "chatbot" that will answer customers' questions online and help direct them to the right places.<p>The new online tool, dubbed "Luvo," will begin helping 10% of the bank's customers online from December, according to an emailed statement sent to …

Chatbots

Exclusive: Uber to move freight, target trucking for the long haul

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - With its recent acquisition of self-driving truck startup Otto, Uber Technologies Inc.[UBER.UL]is plotting its entry into the long-haul trucking business, aiming to establish itself as a freight hauler and a technology partner for the industry.<p>Otto plans to expand its …

Freight

AI Partnership Launched by Amazon, Facebook, Google, IBM, and Microsoft

The new group will focus on ethics and best practices<p>Five tech giants announced on Wednesday that they are launching a nonprofit to “advance public understanding” of artificial intelligence and to formulate “best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field.”<p>The Partnership on …

Amazon

Twitter now lets any user create and curate Moments

Twitter Moments — those collections of tweets about certain subjects, often the ones that are in the news and are being discussed by lots of users — now make a lot more sense.<p>Today Twitter said that it’s starting to roll out the ability for any user to make their own Moments in the app’s web …

Mobile Apps

Defending Against Hackers Took a Back Seat at Yahoo, Insiders Say

SAN FRANCISCO — Six years ago, Yahoo’s computer systems and customer email accounts were penetrated by Chinese military hackers. Google and a number of other technology companies were also hit.<p>The Google co-founder Sergey Brin regarded the attack on his company’s systems as a personal affront and …

Yahoo

Spotify In Talks to Acquire SoundCloud (Report)

Spotify is in advanced talks to acquire rival music service SoundCloud, according to a report by the Financial Times. This comes just months after …

SoundCloud

Wal-Mart in Talks to Invest Up to $1 Billion in India’s Flipkart

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is in advanced discussions to invest as much as $1 billion into India’s Flipkart Online Services Pvt, as the two companies …

India

Maps to help drivers find parking spaces

<b>Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz cars fitted with on-board sensors are to share information in real time about on-street parking spaces and roadworks via</b> …

YouTube-MP3 Ripping Site Sued By IFPI, RIAA and BPI

Two weeks ago, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry published research which claimed that half of 16 to 24-year-olds use …

Copyright

Facebook Ordered to Stop Collecting Data on WhatsApp Users in Germany

When WhatsApp, the internet messaging app, announced last month that it was starting to share some of its users’ online information with Facebook, its parent company, many users expressed anger that their digital privacy could be put at risk.<p>Now, a German regulator thinks so, too.<p>The city of …

Facebook

With Daily Mix, Spotify taps algorithms to make infinite playlists from your favorite tunes

Are you a Spotify user who has a list of favorite bands and songs, but do not have the motivation to find and organize all of them into useful playlists? Today, the streaming company is launching a new service called Daily Mix that is partly aimed at you. Tapping into your own history of albums and …

Spotify

Slack: Now with more Salesforce, and vice versa

Slack and Salesforce — both big parts of many people’s working lives. And the better we work together, the more productive you can be. That’s why …

Salesforce

Uber has finally found a CFO

Uber finally has a CFO.<p>And, according to an H-1B visa application filed by the company, Uber may have had one since January, despite not making a public announcement.<p>Uber's CFO role had been an open position since March 2015, when Brent Callinicos stepped down from the role. Yet Uber has stridently …

Uber

Facebook At Work is launching next month

Facebook is ready to make work as addictive as socializing. The company plans to launch its enterprise communication and collaboration network Facebook At Work in the next few weeks on a per seat pricing model, The Information (paywall) first reported and a source close to Facebook confirmed to …

Facebook

Disney Is Working With an Adviser on Potential Twitter Bid

Walt Disney Co. is working with a financial adviser to evaluate a possible bid for Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.<p>After …

Twitter

Disney Is Looking Into Buying Twitter (Report)

Disney is evaluating a possible bid for Twitter, according to a Bloomberg report. The mouse is working with a financial adviser to work the numbers, …

Didi—the company that gobbled up Uber in China—is now investing in the bike-sharing startup Ofo — Quartz

What’s China’s number one ride-hailing company to do now that it’s devoured its competitor? The answer might be—start pedaling.<p>Didi Chuxing, once a rival to Uber before it purchased the latter’s China operation, has invested “tens of millions” of dollars into Ofo, a startup that lets consumers …

China

Pandora hires former Apple and LinkedIn marketer Nick Bartle as its new CMO

Pandora has announced the latest step in its push to reinvent itself, as the music-streaming company unveils its new chief marketing officer (CMO) — only the second person to hold the position.<p>Starting on October 3, Nick Bartle will join the company from LinkedIn, where he has served as VP for …

Pandora

The millennial majority is transforming your culture

​​​Millennials are disrupting the status quo, and many are seeking purpose-driven work in their organizations. A new report analyzing three years of …

Leadership

Salesforce Weighs Twitter Bid to Spur Growth

Salesforce.com Inc. Chief Executive Marc Benioff built his company into a challenger to Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp. in selling software to businesses.<p>Now he is weighing a bid for Twitter Inc., according to people familiar with the matter, a move that would vault his 17-year-old company into a …

Salesforce

5 Interesting Takeaways from HubSpot’s State of Inbound 2016 Report

Today’s consumers are much more self-directed in their buying habits, leveraging the internet and mobile technologies to research, review, interact …