Jumat, 23 Juni 2017

Facebook gets a Group focus. It's The Daily Crunch.

THE DAILY CRUNCH
FRIDAY, JUNE 23 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Facebook goes for the global group hug, Tesla tests the waters in music streaming and China cracks down on live streaming. All that and more in The Daily Crunch for June 23, 2017.

1. Facebook wants to buy the world a Coke or something

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a new mission statement for the company today, and a focus on communities. The social network has almost 2 billion monthly users, all participating in the same platform, so Zuck says it wants to "bring the world closer together."

Sounds noble, but it's a mission statement that pushes Facebook's latest product release, new Group management tools. This is actually probably all about the business; groups are one area where Facebook users are still active, even if they've long abandoned their main feed, meaning it's a place where Facebook can build in order to retain engagement and return users.

2. Tesla Music?

Could your car maker also become your streaming music service provider? New reports suggest Tesla might make its way into the streaming music game. Elon Musk had hinted at this during the most recent Tesla shareholder meeting, and services could make a lot of sense as a Tesla business in an autonomous future.

3. China predictably gets tough on live streaming

Censoring streaming live video and audio is very difficult, as Facebook can attest, so it's not at all surprising that China's government will be putting a stop to streaming on services such as Weibo.

4. YouTube has 1.5 billion monthly logged in users

YouTube is popular. It's almost Facebook popular, and all it is is video. Users also spend over an hour per day watching YouTube just on mobile on average. That's nuts.

5. Drones on the agenda for White House tech event

An event on Thursday focused on emerging tech at the White House had a lot to say about drones, with a lot of drone industry execs present. There's a lot of industry pressure and money going into making drones happen as an everyday commercial service, and this is proof of that.

6. Uber employees petition for Kalanick's return

Some Uber employees are circulating a petition to the board to get Kalanick back as CEO, and it has amassed over 1,100 signatures (Uber's total workforce is 14,000). Seems unlikely to make a dent, but clearly this isn't the end of Uber's drama.

7. Apple's DND while Driving feature is live in new iOS 11 beta

The feature Apple announced at WWDC that automatically switches off alerts and distracting notifications from your iPhone while you're connected to a car, or when your phone detects via its sensors that you're driving. It's a good feature, and a smart one that could save lives – provided people actually use it, since it's an option you can toggle.

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Kamis, 22 Juni 2017

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E-Commerce Minute: Thursday -- June 22, 2017

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Netflix Climbs the Growth Wave as Cable TV Slides
OTA Report: Consumer Services Sites More Trustworthy Than .Gov Sites
3 WannaCry Talking Points to Win Security Buy-In
Hootsuite Adds New Social Selling Tool

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Netflix Climbs the Growth Wave as Cable TV Slides
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subscribers than cable TV. That's an amazing accomplishment for Netflix
-- and a major hit to traditional cable television. Netflix and cable TV
are on opposite sides of the growth wave.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84631.html

OTA Report: Consumer Services Sites More Trustworthy Than .Gov Sites
The Online Trust Alliance on Tuesday released its 2017 Online Trust
Audit & Honor Roll. Among its findings: Consumer services sites have the
best combined security and privacy practices. FDIC 100 banks and U.S.
government sites are the least trustworthy, according to the audit. The
number of websites that qualified for the honor roll is at a nine-year
high.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84629.html

3 WannaCry Talking Points to Win Security Buy-In
By this point, most technology practitioners -- and nearly all security
practitioners -- know about WannaCry. In fact, you might be sick of
people analyzing it, rehashing it, sharing "lessons learned" about it,
and otherwise laying out suggestions -- in some cases, contradictory --
about what you might do differently in the future. The level of
unsolicited advice can border on the annoying.
http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/84627.html

Hootsuite Adds New Social Selling Tool
Hootsuite on Monday launched Amplify for Selling, a mobile-first
solution that helps sales teams succeed on social by generating leads
and fostering revenue-driving relationships. The new tool is an
extension of Hootsuite's Amplify employee advocacy product, which is
focused on the business-to-business market. Amplify for Selling
integrates with Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics CRM.
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Waymo and Uber heat back up. It's The Daily Crunch.

THE DAILY CRUNCH
THURSDAY, JUNE 22 2017 By Darrell Etherington

Waymo says Uber knew about Levandowski's bad behavior all along, Facebook tests ways to stop people downloading your photos and more in The Daily Crunch for June 22, 2017.

1. Waymo says Uber's ex-CEO knew about engineer possessing Google data

Waymo has filed a motion noting that Uber itself claims former CEO Travis Kalanick and others were aware that Anthony Levandowski had five discs with Google info on them prior to the Otto acquisition.

This isn't necessarily damning, as it's not clear what that info was, but it might be grounds enough for the judge in the case to reconsider Waymo's requests.

2. Facebook testing anti-Catfish methods

Well it's not just about Catfishing, and it's designed primarily for the Indian market right now, but it does attempt to stop people from downloading a user's profile pic and sharing it around, or from taking a screenshot of said pic, too – that last thing is Android only. Sounds like it could be an interesting way to try to protect privacy.

3. Etsy to cut 15 percent of staff

Have we had enough twee crafts? Etsy, the online marketplace for mostly hand-made goods, has to cut around 15 percent of its current workforce, another downsizing after one in May. Most of the cuts hit marketing and general admin, and Etsy is putting the brakes on some of their brand marketing efforts as a result.

4. VC Bill Gurley leaving Uber board

Rarely does a company have so thorough a cleansing of house at the top: Latest to depart is Uber board member Bill Gurley, who going to be replaced by Matt Cohler, another Benchmark partner who was a key part of the final effort to remove Kalanick, according to reports.

5. Trump could sink the startup visa before it launches

The so-called startup visa was finally set to go into effect on July 17, but Donald Trump's administration could kill it before that happens. This is why we can't have nice things.

6. Apple wants to clean up the App Store

The App Store is huge, and huge means hard to curate. Apple still wants to make it a nicer place to shop and visit, however, and will seek to do so by cleaning up low-rent clones and other junk.

7. Amazon's Echo Show now has support for video doorbells and security cameras

This is smart, since I still find myself wondering why I'd want a screen on an Echo: New integration for the Echo Show, which ships next week, will allow it to tie into video cameras and video doorbells to broadcast live feeds. It's a video intercom now, basically, which is fantastic.

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