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

With CarPlay and Android Auto, Apple and Google Are Ready to Drive the Future of Cars—If Only the Automakers Will Give Them the Keys

Rebooting the Automobile

Automakers and tech companies are racing to bring safer and more useful smartphone-style interfaces to cars. Can any of them …


How The New York Times finds new subscribers on Facebook

Publishers have a lot of tools to bring readers back to their site. But often those visitors amount to little more than drive-by traffic, especially …


Yahoo Search Testing Google Powered Search Results

Yahoo has confirmed it is testing using Google’s search results, something that’s allowed under its recently renegotiated deal with Microsoft.Until …


S.F. to create city office to enforce Airbnb law

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San Francisco will take a carrot-and-stick approach to vacation rentals, making it easier for hosts on services such as Airbnb …


This investor has an interesting theory on what Google will do with its self-driving cars

Venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson thinks Google could be planning to use employ its autonomous cars to give out free rides in an effort to undercut Uber with a new service called "Free Ride."

Jurvetson, who is not a listed investor in either company, appeared on Bloomberg West to talk about Uber's …


Xoom shares skyrocket more than 20% after PayPal bid

PayPal is acquiring digital money transfer service Xoom for roughly $890 million. PayPal is paying $25 per share, about a 32% premium Xoom's 3 month weighted average price.

Xoom's shares are up more than 20% in after hours.

Xoom allows users to send money online or through mobile devices around the …


Uber expands in India, making it the second largest market after the U.S.

Uber is going after Indian customers in a big way, announcing Thursday it would be expanding its service to seven new cities on the subcontinent, despite regulatory bumps along the way.

The move makes India Uber's second largest market after the U.S in terms of cities served.

Rolling out in the …


Why Americans are secretly furious with marketers

If you read through one piece of research this year it might just be a new report from the University of Pennsylvania on marketers, consumers, and …


Chicago’s 'cloud tax' makes Netflix and other streaming services more expensive

The past five years have seen a huge shift in the way we consume media, as brick-and-mortar stores shift to digital subscriptions. It's been a valuable tradeoff for some, building billion-dollar companies and unlocking huge libraries of music and video for relatively paltry subscription fees, but …


Move Over YouTube: Facebook To Give Video Creators Share Of Ad Revenue From New “Suggested Videos”

Facebook is turning up the heat on YouTube.Starting this fall, Facebook will offer selected video creators — including the NBA, Fox Sports and Funny …


Facebook Unveils First Way for Video Partners to Earn Ad Revenue

Facebook is finally introducing a way for video publishers to reap advertising bucks from the billions of views the social giant serves daily — a …


Facebook Messenger payments are now available to everyone in the US

With the help of former PayPal president David Marcus, Facebook first rolled out its payment platform on Messenger last month for users in New York City. Today, the feature is now available to all users in the US.

Messenger P2P PaymentsWe’re happy to announce that Messenger person-to-person payments …


Next Twitter boss faces complex challenges, says departing Dick Costolo

The outgoing chief executive of Twitter has said he underestimated the pressures that going public would place on the company and warned that his successor would nevertheless have to manage an increasingly complex set of geopolitical challenges as well as the demands of Wall Street.

Speaking to the …


Uber downloads in France hit all-time high after strike

Uber has a lot of problems in France, but getting downloads isn’t one of them.

When French taxi drivers rioted last Thursday against Uber, I suggested that they were hurting their own cause.

Not because local politicians wouldn’t capitulate (they have), but because the lack of taxis would cause …


Facebook changed its logo yesterday, did you notice?

Facebook quietly changed its logo yesterday for the first time since 2005 and you probably didn’t even notice.

The update is only a refresh of the company’s wordmark, which is the text-only version of its logo used for identifying its brand.

Josh Higgins, Facebook’s Creative Director told Brand New …


Facebook Changes Its Pricing for Video Ads - WSJ

Facebook Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a new pricing option for video ads, after marketers raised concerns the company was charging for ads that were barely viewed by users.

The social network now plans to give advertisers the option of paying for video ads only when they are viewed for at least 10 …


Here's how Apple Music compares to Spotify, Tidal, and other streaming services

One question immediately stands out when you start to compare the biggest music streaming services: where are the differences?

The reality right now is that Apple Music and Google Play Music, Spotify and Rdio, and any other pair of other music streaming services sound pretty similar on the surface. …

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Uber's numbers seem ugly either way you look at them

Uber’s financial performance is shakier than previous reports suggested, based on the leaked numbers reported by Bloomberg on Tuesday.

The numbers, which Bloomberg said were part of a term sheet for a bond offering that Uber is planning, provide a rare glimpse into the popular ride-hailing business’ …


Uber executives to stand trial in France

Two Uber executives in Paris are due to stand trial this summer, following months of disputes between the cab hailing company and French taxi drivers and authorities.

AFP reports that manager of Uber France Thibaud Simphal and general manager for western Europe Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, both …


AOL Takes Over Majority of Microsoft’s Ad Business, Swaps Google Search For Bing - CMO Today - WSJ

Microsoft Corp. is stepping back from the advertising business in a big way.

AOL struck a deal with the tech giant to take over responsibility for sales of display, mobile and video ads on Microsoft properties in the U.S. and eight other markets.

All of Microsoft’s roughly 1,200 advertising employees …


The Noob’s Guide to Using Snapchat

It’s ok, we've all been there

So you want to feel young and hip, do ya? That’s probably because you read my other article demeaning you as an old …


Uber Launches UberBoat in Istanbul

Ride-sharing app Uber has launched a new service in Istanbul: UberBOAT, which transport riders to their destinations by boat.The new service will …

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Uber Acquires Part Of Bing’s Mapping Assets, Will Absorb Around 100 Microsoft Employees

Uber will acquire assets from Microsoft Bing, including roughly 100 employees focused on the product’s image collection activities. In short, Uber is absorbing data-collection engineers from Microsoft to bolster its own mapping work.

The companies confirmed the transaction with TechCrunch, but each …


The Tech Industry Is In Denial, But The Bubble Is About To Burst

Euphoric reaction to superstar tech businesses is rampant — so much so that the tech industry is in denial about looming threats. The tech industry is in a bubble, and there are sufficient indicators for those willing to open their eyes. Rearing unicorns, however, is a distracting fascination.

The …

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Why This Tech Bubble Is Less Scary

Is tech in a bubble? I think so. The signs are all around us. The good news is, it’s nothing like the last one. Plus, for reasons that go beyond the usual impossibilities of economic prognostication, no one can say for sure what’s going on. Many people seem to find this reassuring, but we would be …

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Cannes Lions 2015: Sleeping Through Its Wake Up Call.

The annual festival has become a caricature of an advertising industry avoiding important conversations. Can we afford to continue this trend?

I just …


Microsoft Said to Exit Display Ad Business, Cut 1,200 Jobs

Microsoft Corp. is shutting down its Web display advertising business and handing operations over to AOL Inc. and AppNexus Inc., a person with …


Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty were both taken into custody today in Paris. The AFP first broke the news. The police started investigating Uber in November 2014 and raided its office in Paris in March 2015.

The two executives were charged with two …


Employer Branding: 38% of Fired or Laid-Off Workers Share Negative Reviews of Their Former Employers

June 29, 2015

Company Reputations Are a Stake in the Current Job-Seeker’s Market

Companies that plan to terminate or lay off employees may also need to …