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

Instagram 'highlights' emails hitting your inbox soon

Instagram is getting on board with email. The popular social network started sending out "highlights" emails to some of its users this month. Like Twitter's similar "best of" emails, the messages serve up a sort of recap of what's been going on in your social network. More importantly for …


Twitter Has Held Talks to Acquire Flipboard

Twitter has been engaged in an ongoing series of talks to acquire Flipboard, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, in an all-stock deal that would value the company at over $1 billion.

Those discussions, which have been pushed by Twitter CFO Anthony Noto, have been taking …

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This Week in Digital - May 24, 2015

The sharing economy is under fire, Apple TV may be a reality soon, Fitbit for your car expands, Facebook gets pressured for better privacy controls …


How Everyone Gets the 'Sharing' Economy Wrong

If you want to start a fight in otherwise polite company, just declare that the “sharing economy” is the new feudalism, or else that it’s the future of work and all the serfs should just get used to it, already.

The “sharing economy” being, of course, a hodgepodge of mostly unrelated but often …


Uber: Disability Laws Don’t Apply to Us

Is Uber letting its drivers dodge The Americans With Disabilities Act?

Sometimes it slips Kristin Parisi’s mind that she’s disabled. After 25 years in a wheelchair—the result of a car accident when she was 5 years old—her means of transportation no longer registers as abnormal.

“It’s one of those …


Snapchat to hire journalists for 2016 US presidential race

Snapchat is hiring journalists to cover the 2016 US presidential race and turn submissions from the 100 million users of the photo-sharing app into event-focused stories.

An ad for content analysts politics & news on the Greenhouse recruitment site asks for “political junkies and news aficionados” …


If You Could Pick Only One, Would You Hire Don, Peggy or Joan?

We know them better than we know some of our own peers. We've admired their work. We've watched them present. We've seen them build an agency. We've …

Peggy Olson

Flickr's new auto-tags are racist and offensive

Flickr's new auto-tagging feature is generating some pretty offensive results.

The photo sharing site, which is owned by Yahoo, launched image-recognition software two weeks ago that automatically creates tags for photos. The purpose was to make images more searchable in the system.

For example, a …


Apple and Disney: Extensions of You | Superhype

May 11th, 2015 by ddeal

Apple and Disney want more than your money. They want to influence your behavior. Disney’s MagicBand wearable is teaching …

Walt Disney

5 Surprises Zuckerberg Revealed at Facebook's Town Hall Meeting

Censorship, biotech and the fashion merits of the “onesie” — these were among the topics during Mark Zuckerberg’s Thursday town hall meeting at Facebook’s HQ in Menlo Park, Calif. It was a chance for Zuck to cut loose, and he kicked off by saying he preferred to avoid speaking through reporters and …


A Grown-Up's Guide to Snapchat and Periscope

GREETINGS, FELLOW adult! We’re here to discuss the latest development in social media: broadcasting your life. (If you’re a teenager and still reading, please go LOL in that corner with the beanbag chairs.)

Whoa, hold on, isn’t this already happening, you ask? Don’t the huevos rancheros that I …


The Quick, Easy Guide to Build a Social Listening Dashboard

What happens when you tweet at a company, asking for help with their product?

What’s been your experience with mentioning or tagging someone with a …


Meet The Boss Of The Future

The power is shifting, and what it means to be a great boss is taking a dramatic turn.

We work in an ever-changing, hyperconnected, world-scattered workplace. As the way we work changes, so too will the boss's role need to shift to meet those demands.

Take, for example, the very makeup of the U.S. …

The Future

Most brands and agencies say that content marketing plays a significant role in their overall marketing strategy, with native advertising playing …


Uber Hires New Legal Counsel From Apple to Help With Its Privacy Issues

Uber has just poached Sabrina Ross, Apple counsel specializing in privacy law. She’s joining Katherine Tassi, the former head of data protection at Facebook, who joined Uber as its managing counsel for privacy last August.

Tassi confirmed to Re/code that Ross is the fourth attorney hired for the …


Facebook Might Consider Business-to-Consumer Chat for WhatsApp

Facebook Inc. said it may allow businesses to contact users through WhatsApp, the first hint of how the social network might make money from the …


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Delta gathered all the best memes for this ridiculous safety video

Flying is rarely fun, but if you're flying on Delta, you have at least one thing to look forward to: the airline's new safety video. Trust us, you’re …


Why It Pays to Be a Jerk

New research confirms what they say about nice guys.

Smile at the customer. Bake cookies for your colleagues. Sing your subordinates’ praises. Share credit. Listen. Empathize. Don’t drive the last dollar out of a deal. Leave the last doughnut for someone else.

Sneer at the customer. Keep your …


Tech investors have a 'copy paste mentality' that is fueling a dangerous boom in on-demand startups

It's called FOMO, or fear of missing out. Investors have a case of it and are now pouring money into Ubers for everything and anything.

"There's a little bit of FOMO ventures happening," said Shervin Pishevar, a partner of Sherpa Venture and an early investor in Uber. "That’s part of the boom, bust …


Spotify Introduces Video Clips, Podcasts, And Activity-Based Playlists

Spotify has just unveiled the newest version of the product at a media event here in New York City.

Alongside the introduction of new media types, such as podcasts and videos, the service will also serve up playlists that are more personalized and relevant to what you’re doing at the time.

“Music is …


Spotify now does videos and podcasts

Spotify is no longer just a music service. On stage in New York City today, the company shared its new goal of finding the perfect content to accompany every moment in your day. CEO Daniel Ek said his company is taking a "massive leap forward" that "goes beyond the conventional formats." Ek and his …


Airbnb makes housing crisis much worse, city study shows

As many as 30 percent of the available rentals in the Mission are off the market and used as hotel rooms; the Chiu legislation is a complete …


Hillary, Jeb, Facebook and Disorder

For a presidential campaign that has started so early, it’s striking how little most of the candidates want to engage with major issues of the day, let alone the future. Hillary Clinton won’t take a clear stand on two big issues she helped to negotiate as secretary of state: the free-trade deal …


The Battle Is For The Customer Interface

Editor’s note: Tom Goodwin is senior vice president of strategy and innovation at Havas Media.

Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s …


Google Is Close to Unveiling New Web Photo Service

Google Inc. is set to reveal an online picture sharing and storage service that will no longer be part of the Google+ social network, people familiar …


A new way to discover Tweets

We’re excited to team up with Google to bring Twitter’s unique, real-time content to Google’s search results. Starting today, U.S. users searching in …


Belgian Watchdog Raps Facebook for Use of Personal Data

BRUSSELS—Belgium’s privacy watchdog ripped into Facebook Inc. for treating the personal data of Internet users “with contempt” and failing to cooperate with its inquiries, stoking a dispute between the company and European regulators that could result in heavy fines and orders to change its …


Automatic Launches Its SDK, Turning The Car Into An App Platform

Automatic, a startup whose sensor-and-software combo has been described as “Fitbit for your car,” is today rolling out a software development kit and new hardware that turn your car into a platform for apps.

The company has partnered with more than 20 third-party app developers for the first wave of …