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2017 Edelman TRUST BAROMETER

It has been a year of unimaginable upheaval. The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer finds that two-thirds of the countries we survey are now …

Why Amazon's Echo is totally dominating — and what Google, Microsoft, and Apple have to do to catch up

We're barely halfway through January of 2017, and it's already looking like this is going to be the year of Amazon's Alexa, the virtual assistant at the heart of the Amazon Echo.<p>In 2016, the Amazon Echo line of devices appeared to have a great sales year, with the cheap Echo Dot smart speaker …

Automation

It's now much harder to see if someone edited a Facebook post

Have you ever made a cringeworthy mistake in a Facebook post? Don't lie, the answer is yes.<p>If you have a sense of shame, Facebook at least allows you to go back and correct your gaffe by editing the post, a feature that certain other social media networks still haven't added.<p>But evidence of your …

Facebook

Digital Transformations Start with Frontline Workers

Recently, one of the largest hotel chains in the world transformed itself with digital technology — for the second time. By all accounts, the first …

Design

Moby Lets You Download 4 Hours of Ambient Music to Help You Sleep, Meditate, Do Yoga & Not Panic Open Culture

Back in May, I wrote about the damaging effects stress has on the body, and the scientifically-validated power of yoga and meditation to undo them. …

Meditation

Four Threats That Could Decay Silicon Valley

By Jeremiah Owyang, from Silicon Valley<p>In many respects, Silicon Valley sits atop the world. Its growth and influence has made it the globe’s top …

Facebook's Testing Discussion Topics in Groups

Of all of Facebook’s products and options, Groups seems to get the least attention - despite more than a billion people using groups, many of them …

Facebook

The Website of Donald Trump's Cyber Security Advisor Is Insecure as Hell

On Thursday, Donald Trump’s transition team announced that Rudy Giuliani would be forming a cybersecurity team for the President-elect, citing the …

Cybersecurity

This is not a drill: Snapchat is about to get a major redesign

Big changes are headed for Snapchat — again.<p>The company is set to roll out a major redesign of its app in the coming days, Snapchat confirmed Thursday. The new look, which is being previewed to the company's beta testers on Android now, adds a search bar, new navigation and a global live story that …

Snapchat

Trolls decided I was taking pictures of Rex Tillerson’s notes. I wasn’t even there.

There’s a joke among Asian Americans that people think we all look the same. That joke became my own personal Pizzagate late Wednesday: I got caught in a terrible case of mistaken identity that was exacerbated by the speed at which false information spreads on social media.<p>I work as a homepage …

Social Media

The Real Story About Fake News Is Partisanship

In his farewell address as president Tuesday, Barack Obama warned of the dangers of uncontrolled partisanship. American democracy, he said, is weakened “when we allow our political dialogue to become so corrosive that people of good character are turned off from public service, so coarse with …

YouTube launches Super Chat, a tool that lets you pay to pin comments on live streams

But you’ll have to do your own troll patrol<p>YouTube today is announcing a new feature to help creators monetize when they go live. It’s called Super Chat, and allows viewers to pay to pin a comment on live streams.<p>Soon, when someone goes on a live stream, you’ll see a dollar bill symbol in the chat …

Social Media

Mobile marketing predictions for 2017 from 11 industry veterans

What's in store for mobile marketers in the new year? Columnist Aaron Strout asks mobile-savvy colleagues and clients to share their forecasts for …

Amazon is creating 100,000 new US jobs—for humans

It’s no secret that Amazon is interested in automation. The company has deployed tens of thousands of robots in its famously efficient warehouses, and is working on grocery stores that don’t need cashiers. But the e-commerce giant still has a soft spot for humans.<p>On Jan. 12, Amazon announced plans …

Automation

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Battle of the Somme

How Netflix Is Deepening Our Cultural Echo Chambers

When “One Day at a Time” started its run on CBS in December 1975, it became an instant hit and remained so for almost a decade.<p>In its first year, “One Day at a Time,” a sitcom about working-class families created by the TV impresario Norman Lear, regularly attracted 17 million viewers every week, …

Entertainment

Facebook now lets you livestream from the web

Facebook on Wednesday began rolling out new features for its live video offering that should give publishers additional flexibility in how they produce content for the social network. Perhaps the most important one, which content creators may find interesting, is the fact you’ll be able to …

Facebook

Trump picks Rudy Giuliani to meet with companies about cybersecurity

President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will hold private industry meetings on cybersecurity preparedness, led by Rudy Giuliani, the transition team and Giuliani announced today, although important details on which companies may be involved are still unclear.<p>“The president-elect decided that …

Cybersecurity

10 Ways to Save Time in Creating Content

As a content creator, you’re aware of the arduous task of getting a single piece completed. Audience research, topic sourcing, planning, …

Productivity

Mossberg: Streaming TV is beginning to look a lot like cable

What happened to Netflix-style choice?<p><i>Welcome to Mossberg, a weekly commentary and</i> <i>reviews column on The Verge</i> <i>and</i> <i>Recode</i> <i>by veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg, executive editor at The Verge and editor at large of</i> <i>Recode</i><i>.</i><p>Streaming TV shows, movies and other types of video over the internet to all …

Apple News

Instagram found a new place to show you ads: Inside its Stories feature

150 million people now use Stories every day.<p>Instagram’s new Stories feature — the one it cloned from rival Snapchat — is about to start generating a little cash.<p>Instagram announced Wednesday that it will start placing ads in between Stories. Stories, which are collections of user photos and videos …

Instagram

Introducing: The Facebook Journalism Project

By Fidji Simo, Director of Product<p>Facebook is a new kind of platform and we want to do our part to enable people to have meaningful conversations, to …

Media Industry

Apple Sets Its Sights on Hollywood With Plans for Original Content

Apple Inc. is planning to build a significant new business in original television shows and movies, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that could make it a bigger player in Hollywood and offset slowing sales of iPhones and iPads.<p>These people said the programming would be available …

Apple News

Snapchat is quietly making updates that Facebook advertisers like

Snapchat's ad business is growing up, and it's beginning to look a lot like Facebook's.<p>Snap is testing two features this month in Snap Ads — the video ads that are inserted between Stories or on Discover — that make it easier for advertisers to meet their targets when it comes to direct sales, app …

Snapchat

Facebook Conducts New Research into the Benefits of Social Virtual Reality

Facebook has conducted a new study into the benefits and opportunities of VR.

Virtual Reality

Otto Everywhere API

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Facebook is going to start showing ads in the middle of its videos and sharing the money with publishers

Mark Zuckerberg has been building a video empire. Time to turn it into a business.<p>Facebook wants to show more ads to people who watch its videos and start making money for the people who supply it with those videos.<p>Industry sources say the social network is going to start testing a new “mid-roll” …

Facebook

$11 Trillion Bet: DTCC to Clear Derivatives With Blockchain Tech

The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DCTT) has selected a series of firms to help integrate distributed ledger technology into its first …

Bitcoin

Marissa Mayer is resigning from Yahoo's board

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will resign from the company's board of directors after its planned $4.8 billion merger with Verizon is completed, Yahoo announced in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.<p>Mayer, along with Yahoo cofounder David Filo and four other members of the …

Yahoo