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By Scott Monty | A roundup of relevant links affecting the industry.

U.S. Decides to Retaliate Against China’s Hacking

The Obama administration has determined that it must retaliate against China for the theft of personal information of more than 20 million Americans from the databases of the Office of Personnel Management, but it still is struggling to decide what it can do without prompting an escalating …

Asia

What Really Happens To Your Brain And Body During A Digital Detox

Neuroscientists observed 35 people who were totally cut off from their devices in the Moroccan desert. The results were life-changing.

We feel guilty that we're constantly plugged in.

We sense that our smartphones are making us less focused, that constantly checking our email and Twitter is making us …

The Brain

Brands Pay This Instagrammer $15,000 to Include Their Products in a Picture

Brands pay some Instagram users to include products in their pictures. It's among the latest frontiers in sponsored content. And one of these lucky …

Branding

A Company Copes With Backlash Against the Raise That Roared

There are times when Dan Price feels as if he stumbled into the middle of the street with a flag and found himself at the head of a parade.

Three months ago, Mr. Price, 31, announced he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and …

Salaries & Wages

the start-up that never grew up

Within days of taking over as Twitter’s interim chief executive, Jack Dorsey gave his leadership team an assignment: define what Twitter is for.

At …

Startups

The 6 Marketing Metrics & KPIs Your CEO Actually Cares About [Cheat Sheet]

Marketing

Collaborative Startups Shift from Contractor to Employee Relationships | Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Digital Business

The on-demand startups, which are a subset of the overall Collaborative Economy, have been under scrutiny on worker treatment. They’re under the …

Startups

LinkedIn Starts Building a Syndicated Content Network

LinkedIn has gotten a lot of mileage out of the free content that famous people like Richard Branson write for the social network. Now it wants to get more: The company wants to syndicate that content for publication on other sites.

LinkedIn is emailing the 500 people it calls its “Influencers” and …

LinkedIn

Uber Valued at More Than $50 Billion

ENLARGE

Uber’s fast rise to $50 billion reflects its aggressive global expansion into more than 300 cities and growing popularity ferrying millions of …

Uber

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

Delaying hard work is all about your mood.

When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.

So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my …

Procrastination

Snapchat Revenue Could Hit $50 Million This Year — But It Still Needs a CFO

Snapchat is finally making some real money, with a lot more coming in 2016. It’s also looking for someone to manage all that cash.

Snapchat is targeting around $50 million in revenue this year, according to multiple sources familiar with the company — a nice chunk of change considering it launched …

Snapchat

Mutually Assured Content

Is the media, as it gets ready to supply its product directly to social networks, becoming a “wire service?” Ezra Klein, on/on Vox:

[M]y guess is that …

Snapchat

A Mobile Moments Mind-Set: New Research Details the Benefits for Brands

Consumers act on needs in micro-moments throughout the day. The question for marketers is: Are you prepared to identify, deliver, and measure these …

Research

Uber to plough $1bn into India investment drive

Uber is set to plough $1bn into a major expansion in India, placing its investment in the country on a par with China and signalling an escalation of …

India

Here’s how this lion-killing dentist thing is going to play out

Look, I know it seems pretty wide open right now, but this lion-killing dentist thing is sailing along just as it’s supposed to:The killer of the …

Dentistry

NBCUniversal Poised to Make Big Investments in BuzzFeed and Vox Media

NBCUniversal is close to a deal to invest $250 million in BuzzFeed, in a transaction that will value the booming digital publisher at around $1.5 billion.

Sources say Comcast’s TV and film unit has a “handshake” agreement with BuzzFeed, which raised $50 million last year at a $850 million valuation. …

NBCUniversal

I run a university. I’m also an Uber driver. - The Washington Post

In my day job, I run Oglethorpe University, a liberal arts college in Atlanta. Over the last 40 years, I’ve also worked in the bleached-white collar realms of law and real estate.

This summer, I added a new line to my resume: Uber driver.

I signed up because I wanted to broaden my perspective on …

Uber

Facebook, Google Tighten Grip on Mobile Ads

Facebook Inc. offered fresh evidence of its allure to deep-pocketed big brands, as it and Google Inc. increasingly take the lion’s share of the fast-growing mobile advertising market.

The social networking company posted a 39% increase in quarterly revenue, nearly three-fourths of which came from …

Facebook

LinkedIn stocks soar, then tumble after revenue far exceeds expectations

Social media giants just can't seem to catch a break on Wall Street this week.

Despite crushing analyst expectations for revenue and earnings, LinkedIn's accompanying surge in stock price proved fleeting on Thursday, and shares stuttered to a stop at a net dip of 2% as of market closing time that …

LinkedIn

Google Quietly Distributes New Version of Glass Aimed at Workplaces

Google is quietly distributing a new version of its Glass wearable computer aimed at businesses in industries such as health care, manufacturing and …

Google

James Woods Sues Twitter User for $10 Million Over "Cocaine Addict" Accusation

The actor filed a defamation lawsuit against an individual who replied to Woods' tweets about Barack Obama and Caitlyn Jenner.

James Woods

Amazon nabs former Top Gear presenters for a new car show exclusive to Amazon Prime

Amazon scored a major scoop with the news that it has signed former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond to present a new car show to rival Top Gear.

The yet unnamed show will go into production later this year, with the premiere expected some time in 2016. It will be …

Amazon

Yelp is in a 'death spiral'

Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman.

On March 4, 2014, Yelp shares closed at $98.04 a share.

On Wednesday the stock was trading at $24.

This 75% collapse has come furiously.

Just over a year ago, Goldman said its clients were asking when the "party was going to end" as shares of companies like Yelp and Facebook …

Max Levchin

Startups Scramble to Define 'Employee'

Hundreds of startups that rely on freelancers to clean houses, run errands, deliver food and ferry people are under siege.

Lawsuits are threatening to reclassify their contractors as employees, which could drive up labor costs an estimated 20% to 40%. That has put an investment chill over these …

Startups

CVS Health Taps IBM’s Watson To Predict Patient Health Decline Before It Happens

CVS and IBM have teamed up to stop chronic diseases patients from having a medical emergency before it gets to that point. The pharmacy will use Watson, IBM’s cognitive computing technology, to predict chronic disease patients in danger based on red flag behaviors.

Watson is built on a similar …

Medicine

Uber now offers its own car leases to UberX drivers

The on-demand ride company is now issuing flexible leases directly to drivers.

As Uber continues to evolve beyond just dominating on-demand rides, the company is furthering its bets on leasing cars to drivers. Uber announced today a new pilot program, called Xchange Leasing, allowing Uber to …

Transportation

Facebook’s Playbook For Monetizing Messenger And WhatsApp

With 700 million Messenger users, investors are eager to see Facebook earn money on the platform. But Zuckerberg put the brakes on those expectations today during the Q2 earnings call, explaining that Messenger and WhatsApp will run the same monetization playbook as Facebook and the News Feed: Get …

Facebook

Twitter finally has a decent Windows app

Microsoft users upgrading to Windows 10 will get an extra bonus: a Twitter app that doesn't suck.

Twitter rolled out a new universal Windows app Wednesday that finally brings the Twitter experience on Windows up to the same level as its apps on other platforms.

Other than the addition of a Twitter …

Twitter

TV Campaigns Extend Reach via Facebook Ads

Facebook boosts reach of TV ad campaigns among millennials

Facebook has seen success with video ad placements, and recent research indicates that TV …

Facebook