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VW invests $300M in Uber rival Gett in new ride-sharing partnership

The on-demand transportation service continues to heat up, and today the spotlight is shining on a New York startup whose business is based primarily in Europe. Gett, a cab-hailing startup with operations across some 60 cities, is getting a $300 million investment from German car giant Volkswagen. …

Autos

Google Maps Will Feature Local Search Ads for Businesses

Expect to see more digital strangers along your physical routes: Local ads are coming to Google Maps.Now that nearly one third of all mobile searches …

Google Maps

Uber chased self-driving deals with GM, Ford, Cruise and others before hooking up with Toyota

Uber has approached every automaker, sources said.<p>Over the last year, Uber actively courted a number of automakers and autonomous tech startups — including both General Motors and the car maker's newly acquired startup Cruise — to help the company advance its autonomous efforts, multiple sources …

Toyota

WhatsApp is the world's most popular messaging app on Android, says report

According to data analytics firm SimilarWeb, WhatsApp was the most used messenger app in 109 countries, with Facebook Messenger coming in a far …

Statistics

The reality of augmented and virtual reality venture capital

AR/VR is the new hotness. VCs invested $1.7 billion in the 12 months leading to March 2016, $1.2 billion of that in the first quarter of this year alone. There are four AR/VR unicorns already (Magic Leap, Oculus, Blippar, MindMaze). Big numbers, very exciting. But as DFJ Partner Bubba Murarka says, …

Finance

Toyota and Uber to Explore Ridesharing Collaboration | TOYOTA Global Newsroom

Toyota City, Japan, May 25, 2016―Toyota Motor Corporation, an automotive company aiming for safer, more efficient and convenient mobility, and Uber, …

The Curse of Culture

One of the seminal books on culture is Edgar Schein’s Organizational Culture and Leadership. Schein writes in the introduction:<p>Perhaps the most …

Facebook enables Continuous Live Video to power puppycams and more

Live mobile video is evolving beyond selfie-stream rants and citizen journalism. Facebook will now allow non-stop, long-form broadcasting as long as the creators don’t mind that they won’t be able to permanently save and share the video. The new Continuous Live Video API enables persistent streams …

Facebook

The Business of Too Much TV

In Hollywood, the tweets and email alerts from industry trades trumpeting the announcements of superstar actors and showrunners attached to flashy TV …

TV

French investigators raid Google's Paris HQ over tax case: source

PARIS (Reuters) - French investigators raided Google's (GOOGL.O) Paris headquarters on Tuesday as part of a probe over tax payments, a source close to the finance ministry told Reuters.<p>Investigators have been probing Google's offices in central Paris since 0500 am (0300 GMT), said the source, who …

Google

Snapchat is raising more money around $20 billion valuation

Snapchat may have first made its name in the crowded world of mobile apps with an ephemeral messaging service, but the startup and its wildly popular app are not disappearing anywhere soon. TechCrunch has learned from multiple sources that Snapchat is raising yet more financing at around a $20 …

Snapchat

Coming soon: express even more in 140 characters

Over the past decade, the Tweet has evolved from a simple 140-character text message to a rich canvas for creative expression featuring photos, …

What Silicon Valley can do about cyber threats

Cyber security continues to infiltrate our daily news feeds and make headlines on a regular basis. It’s touched our most iconic companies such as Apple and it has risen to the forefront of our government’s attention on several occasions. One thing is clear amid all these developments: companies see …

Silicon Valley

Someone's making money off your copyrighted content (But it isn't you)

<i>By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist</i><p>Today, it is really difficult making money off of content. Despite rising demand, there is an …

7 brands that are getting Instagram video ads right

Facebook may still have a lead when it comes to brands pushing out video ads on the platform, but its visual social network Instagram is slowly …

Baidu: A beginner’s guide for brands and publishers

Baidu (百度) is the biggest Chinese search engine. Often called the “Google of China,” it boasted 15.8 billion yuan (around $2.41 billion) in revenue …

70% Of Hispanic Digital Audio Listeners Bought From Internet Radio Ad

According to a study from Audio.ad and OH! PANEL, 69% of Hispanic digital audio listeners have bought a product advertised on internet radio in the …

4 Ways to Be More Effective at Execution

Most people recognize that execution is a critical skill and strive to perform it well, but they may a) underestimate how important it is to their career advancement or b) not realize that you can improve on execution without working longer hours.<p>On the first point, bosses place a premium on …

Harvard Business Review

Google could replace some passwords with a 'trust score' by the end of the year

Conventional passwords might soon be a thing of the past, or at least on devices running Android. Google announced at I/O last week that it's pushing ahead with plans to replace passwords with "trust scores" that incorporate various data points about users to determine whether or not they're …

Google

Facebook Live lets you skip to the good part

Facebook’s newest feature could fundamentally change how you watch video. Until now, you either sat through a video until it got too boring, waited for the interesting part, or fast-forwarded hoping to spy something worth seeing. But for clips that weren’t immediately exciting, especially …

Facebook

Facebook buys VR audio company Two Big Ears, debuts ‘Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation’

Today Facebook announced it’s acquired Two Big Ears, a spatial audio technology company, for an undisclosed sum.<p>Now part of Facebook, Two Big Ears’ Spatial Workstation has been repackaged and rebranded as the free “Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation.” We’ve reached out to Facebook for more details on …

Workstations

Spotify family plan is now cheaper, $14.99 for up to 6 people

Spotify is catching up with the competition when it comes to family plans. Like Apple Music and Google Play Music, families can now subscribe to Spotify Premium for $14.99 per month and get six different Spotify accounts and profiles.<p>This is the exact same deal as the one you can get on Apple Music …

Spotify

Time Pressure: Behavioral Science Considerations for Mobile Marketing

When consumers don't have a lot of time to make a decision, they tend to focus on a few key criteria or product attributes. Behavioral economist Dan …

You misunderstand why I do photography

I’ve been playing around with a camera for almost 8 years now. I first grabbed a camera when I was in senior year of high school. Now I’m done with …

Medical Education

The Full Monty — May 23, 2016

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Netflix to spend $6 billion on content this year. Six. Billion.

Netflix chief on 'too much TV' debate: 'Somebody else will have to slow down'<p>Netflix has waded into the “Too Much TV” debate.<p>The streaming company’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos tackled the issue during the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Sunday morning.<p>“Is there …

Entertainment

If Google’s right about AI, that’s a problem for Apple

Before the iPhone, RIM’s BlackBerry was the king of smartphones. They seemed unstoppable, because by most accounts, they were the best and most …

iPhone

AMA Debuts Global Brand Identity

​Today the American Marketing Association (AMA) unveiled our new new brand identity and logo that reflects both the transformation of the …

Branding

When It Comes To The Future, Google Doesn’t Need To Be First

The search giant’s annual developer conference revealed that Google is playing catch-up to its Big Tech competitors and it doesn’t seem to care one bit.<p>Today, Google convened 7,000 developers and journalists at a popular outdoor concert venue in Silicon Valley and gave a two-hour state of the union …

Big Ideas

Facebook ‘Trending’ List Skewed by Individual Judgment, Not Institutional Bias

SAN FRANCISCO — Last July, in a seventh-floor conference room at Facebook’s Lower Manhattan offices, a small group met to discuss the future of news media on the social network.<p>Facebook leaders were bullish on a relatively new section of the site that surfaced the most popular news stories, such as …

Facebook