The Full Monty

By Scott Monty | Virtually everything. Curated links for those interested in digital, customer experience, leadership, communications and more.

We now know why Verizon bought Yahoo: mobile video

After acquiring Yahoo for nearly five billion dollars, Verizon’s plan is slowly coming into focus.<p>During an earnings call today, the telecom giant — that just got giant-er — wants to create a juggernaut that can directly compete with the likes of Google and Facebook in the mobile video …

Yahoo

Vine’s top stars are fleeing, despite the app’s best attempts to keep them

I'm coming!A photo posted by KingBach (@kingbach) on Jul 24, 2016 at 11:37am PDT<p>Andrew Bachelor is the single most popular human on Vine, the Twitter-owned, short-form video network that was once described as the future of popular culture. Under the handle @KingBach, Bachelor has developed his own …

Instagram

Peter Thiel Talks About the Day Mark Zuckerberg Turned Down Yahoo's $1 Billion

The PayPal co-founder, early Facebook investor, and Founders Fund managing partner explains the most famous deal that never happened--and what luck had to do with it (not much).<p>At SXSW Tuesday afternoon, Peter Thiel, the entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and contrarian thinker, told the story of …

Peter Thiel

SoundCloud Owners Said to Mull $1 Billion Sale of Music Service

SoundCloud Ltd.’s owners are considering a sale that could value the German music streaming company at $1 billion as it looks for ways to boost …

SoundCloud

Facebook hits 1.71B users as it crushes Q2 earnings with $6.44B revenue

Coming off an all-time high stock price of $123.34, Facebook in Q2 2016 beat earnings again. The social network continued steady growth just slightly slower at 3.63%, adding 60 million this quarter to reach 1.71 billion monthly users. It scored $6.44 billion in revenue and $0.97 EPS, surpassing …

Facebook

Tumblr teases plan to introduce ads on all its blogs

Tumblr this week quietly announced plans to roll out a new advertising program across its site which will see it implementing ads across users’ blogs. The company did not provide specific details on how the program will operate, but it appears to be an expansion of its earlier Creatrs program, …

Digital Advertising

LinkedIn Skills You Didn't Think You Needed: 'Round Tables,' 'Hugs,' 'Cheese'

LinkedIn, the résumé brag site and online mixer, allows people to supplement the online profiles of others from a shopping list of more than 35,000 touted job skills, including such stalwarts as “marketing” and “data analysis.”<p>Also included in the list of achievements are “foxtrot,” “fire alarm” …

LinkedIn

Reddit Intros New Ad Offering, 'Grows Up' and Says It Can Be as Big as Facebook

Picture this: It's 2020 and Reddit is the third most downloaded app in Apple's App Store, rubbing shoulders with other behemoths like Snapchat and …

Reddit

Michigan man faces trial for alleged 'Seinfeld' bottle scheme

A hilarious plot from “Seinfeld” found its way to a Michigan courtroom, with some not-so-funny consequences for the alleged suspect.<p>Fans of the …

Michigan

Olympics Committee Says Non-Sponsors Are Banned From Tweeting About the Olympics

The US Olympics Committee has gone off the deep end, when it comes to intellectual property. It’s willing to sue anyone to protect their trademarks, …

Intellectual Property

Cotton candy from Marissa Mayer at Yahoo

Yahoo’s been on a downhill slide for years. Now they’ve sold the company to Verizon/AOL for $4.8 billion, a fraction of what it was once worth. But …

Women in Tech

The New York Times is trying to narrow the distance between reporters and analytics data

Over the course of the morning of July 8, a New York Times story about the shooting of police officers in Dallas changed headlines more than a dozen times — introducing the name of the suspected shooter, then changing to include possible motive, then changing to reflect that the suspect had been …

Journalism

Digital Transformation Gives Marketers Opportunities - and Anxiety

Marketers are generally optimistic about the state of their industry and the opportunities presented by new digital technologies.<p>But their enthusiasm …

Marketing

Marissa Mayer's payday: 4 years, $219 million

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> Marissa Mayer's tumultuous four-year stint as Yahoo's CEO may be coming to a close, but she still has a few giant paychecks left to cash.<p>If Mayer steps down -- which is still an uncertainty -- she'll be due about $57 million in severance after Verizon takes over the company, …

Women in Tech

Over 50% of Small Biz Owners Say Social Media is the Most Critical Factor in the Digital Presence of Their Company

<b>Majority of SMBs Say that Social Media Efforts Reap the Richest Rewards</b><p>Social media is the most effective way of improving a small business’ digital …

Social Media

Facebook admits to blocking Wikileaks links in DNC email hack

Facebook admitted Sunday that it had blocked links to the Wikileaks trove of emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee. In a Twitter post …

Facebook

Gett CEO claims his ride-share company is beating Uber in Europe

It is a very competitive landscape for on-demand rides. While Uber dominates the market in the U.S., Didi Chuxing is the leader in China.<p>And in Europe, there is another player that is making headways. Gett, formerly known as GetTaxi, is the “number one on-demand mobility company operating in …

Europe

Audi setting up a subsidiary dedicated to self-driving car tech

Audi is joining others like Daimler in focusing future investment on emerging tech categories like electric vehicles and self-origin cars, according to to CEO Rupert Stadler. Speaking to German newspaper Stuttgarter Zeitung (via Reuters) this past weekend, Stadler said that in addition to targeting …

Automotive

With Yahoo Acquisition, Verizon Hopes To Grow Its New Media Empire

Verizon EVP Marni Walden explains why Verizon just paid $4.8 billion for Yahoo. One big reason? Yahoo's 600 million monthly mobile users.<p>After months of speculation and intrigue, the bidding war for Yahoo came to an end today with the announcement that Verizon has agreed to acquire the former …

Verizon

Lunch Bot, Anyone? How Brands Can Use Chatbots in Advertising

Brands know that to advertise effectively on mobile, they need to gain access to consumers through the few apps that dominate daily smartphone use. …

Marketing

Verizon Strengthens 5 Major Areas Following Its Acquisition of Yahoo

It's official—Verizon has officially acquired Yahoo for $4.8 billion in cash. The digital player's core business—namely its advertising business and …

Verizon

Verizon to acquire Yahoo’s operating business

<i>Today is a big day for Yahoo! This is the email that I sent to Yahoos around the world today. Given the interest around our journey to this point, I</i> …

AOL’s Tim Armstrong says ‘scale is imperative’ in the Verizon-Yahoo deal

The new majordomo of the combined unit says there’s new structure to come<p>Today, in an interview after the deal that everyone knew was coming was finally announced, AOL head Tim Armstrong said that “scale is imperative” in a world dominated by Facebook and Google.<p>“I think this is true across global …

AOL

The diagnosis and the cure of automation

A while back I was flipping through my Facebook feed and stumbled across an interesting post from Jeremiah Owyang. He challenged people to, “name one job in the future that won’t be automated.” A bunch of different ideas popped into my head. Everything from doctors and lawyers to artists and …

Automation

See What's Happening

A few months ago, we set out to understand more deeply the perceptions of Twitter around the world. As we dove into this research, some interesting …

Twitter

Remaining Yahoo to rebrand after sale of assets to Verizon in 2017

One asset that Verizon will be getting as part of its $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo’s core assets, which it did not specifically mention in its big announcement today, is Yahoo’s (in)famous brand — main name, purple color and exclamation mark all included. This, in turn, means that when the …

Yahoo

Apple Taps Highly Regarded Executive to Oversee Car Project

Apple Inc. has tapped a highly regarded senior executive who helped bring to market many of Apple’s signature products to oversee its fledgling automobile project, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>Bob Mansfield had stepped back from a day-to-day role at the company a few years ago, …

Automotive

Police asked this 3D printing lab to recreate a dead man’s fingers to unlock his phone

Last month, law enforcement officers showed up at the lab of Anil Jain, a professor at Michigan State University. Jain wasn’t in trouble; the …

Phones

Behold the marketing technologist: about 2 in 3 marketers in the US and Europe believe that understanding marketing technology is becoming …

Europe