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Google’s First AI-Powered Doodle Lets You Harmonize Like Johann Sebastian Bach

Now you can harmonize like Johann Sebastian Bach thanks to Google’s first ever AI-driven Doodle. To celebrate the German composer’s March 21, 1685 birthday, Doodle lets users compose a melody in Bach’s style. The interactive Doodle is the product of collaboration between Google’s Magenta – which helps people make their own music and art through…
Tags: Google, Photography, Music, News, Uncategorized, Doodle, Johann Sebastian Bach, Bach, Onetime


Beto O'Rourke sounds off on big tech companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, says government needs to treat them 'a little bit more like a utility'

Beto O'Rourke, the 2020 presidential candidate and former congressman from Texas, responded to a question about breaking up the big tech companies on Wednesday. O'Rourke, who officially entered the race on March 14, has emerged as a fundraising frontrunner, raking in $6.1 million in 24 hours. O'Rourke was asked about Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's calls to break up the big tech companies — Google, Facebook, Amazon, and others — by CNN national reporter Eric Bradner. For O'Rourke the "be...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Texas, Instagram, America, Trends, Cnn, New Hampshire, Iowa, PAC, Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Sen Ted Cruz, Facebook Twitter, Rourke


When to use Longform vs Shortform Video in Brand Marketing

The effects of technology and social media on our collective attention spans have been well documented. One such study by Microsoft indicating that the average human attention span has reduced from 12 seconds in 2000 to just 8 seconds in 2015 – less than that of a goldfish. With just a few seconds to capture the attention of your audience, it can be tempting to assume that focusing exclusively on the production of short-form video content will help you to communicate core marketing messaging and...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Marketing, Sales, Shortform Video, Social Media Short


Apple News jitters, Instagram goes shopping, and chatbots rise again

Hello! Thanks for subscribing. If you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. In less than a week, Apple is set to announce a range of services including an all-you-can-read subscription news bundle, and it’s causing a lot of angst for publishers already worried about big tech eating media. I talked to publishers who were pitched by Apple, and they say the phone maker is basing the business model on a flawed comparison between news and music. To date, The New York Times and Th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Instagram, Washington Post, North Korea, Trends, Comcast, New York Times, Alex Gibney, Wall Street Journal, Xfinity, Lance Armstrong, Elizabeth Holmes, Alaska Airlines


Buy Your Kid's Awkward School Picture

Year after year, my son tends to knock school Picture Day out of the park with a confident stance and natural smile. Except for one year when he was two and-a half and in daycare. Because his friends will one day Google his name, I won’t post it here. Instead, I’ll paint a mental picture for you.Read more...
Tags: Google, Photography, Kids, Lifehacks, School Pictures, Picture Day


How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

THE INNOVATION WE PRIZE at successful start-ups is a mindset that is brought into the start-up and not necessarily the inherent quality of every start-up. Innovation isn’t something that just happens; we create the conditions for it. Big organizations can innovate like small start-ups. In Creative Construction, Gary Pisano says that when big organizations fail to innovate, the root cause is often related to “management practice and leadership than with organizational scale per se.” While orga...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Leadership, Instagram, Party, Creativity & Innovation, Pisano, Gary Pisano, Creative Construction


6 Kinds of Content to Intrigue Your Customers

Dropshippers know that their success largely depends on marketing. In the digital age, one of the primary avenues of marketing is through content, which can take many forms. Between blogs, social media, SEO, newsletters, and other media and techniques, dropshippers do not always know how to compose a plan of attack that will resonate with their audience the best. Simply producing content is not enough, though—it has to be compelling, or else people have no reason to pay attention. Are you a drop...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Sales, More, Memes, Brightcove


Here are the 85+ startups that launched at YC’s W19 Demo Day 1

Y Combinator’s incubator classes have gotten huge. With over 200 companies, the Winter 2019 class is by far YC’s largest yet. Meanwhile, the incubator prepares to shift its headquarters from Mountain View to San Francisco. It’s so large, in fact, it’s had to change the way it does Demo Day. Rather than all pitches happening on one stage, they were split across two stages (the “Pioneer” and “Mission” stages) running in parallel. So even if you were in the building, you couldn’t see all the pit...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, Y Combinator, Hbo, New York, Instagram, Navy, China, India, Nigeria, Africa, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco


YC-backed Basement is a social network for close friends only

The past few years have been a bit of a dark age for budding social media startups. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap and messenger apps took up all the time of their users, leaving little room for yet another social media platform. But the tide is shifting. Privacy scandals have shaken some users’ faith giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and users have grown fatigued by the constant onslaught of #content. Basement, a YC-backed startup, is looking to give users a new, simpler socia...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Vsco, Path, Kakao, Yc, Berman, Shawn Fanning, Rojo, Dave Morin


Social Media is Dying. Here are 3 Ways to Hack it for More Traffic

According to a recent study by Buzzsumo, it’s not looking too good for Sharing your content on social is down 50% in effectiveness in just three years.  What worked a few years ago is a waste of time today.  Don’t get me wrong, billions of people still use social media. And it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. But the traditional methods of sharing and promoting are dying hard and fast.  Thankfully, I’ve got three ways you can hack it for more traffic, shares, and engagement to...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Social Media, Asos, Ugc, Promotion, Buzzsumo, Twitter Instagram Facebook, Andy Crestodina, Social Media Tips, Orbit Media, Naser, Orbitmedia, Facebook Image Source Reducing


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. Tech firms scrambled to keep dozens of copies of videos showing the New Zealand mosque shooting off their platforms. YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter struggled to stop users ripping and uploading copies of the original video, and the distressing footage was easily discoverable the day after the incident. Facebook, facing huge criticism over live streaming, says it removed 1.5 million videos of the New Zealand shooting in 24 ho...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spotify, Instagram, North Korea, Trends, Andreessen, New Zealand, Andreessen Horowitz, Wall Street Journal, Alexa, Marc Andreessen, Kim Jong, Chris Cox


New Zealand shooting: Brenton Tarrant charged after 50 killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed across two mosques​ PM Jacinda Ardern vows to change gun laws Suspect appears in court charged with murder Everything we know about the shooter Brenton Tarrant The victims: Afghan refugee viewed country as 'slice of paradise' Tech giants told 'enough is enough' after shooting live-streamed  Everything we know so far about the Christchurch attacks The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, London, News, Instagram, Wales, Australia, White House, India, US, Afghanistan, Hungary, West, Canada


Social Media Platforms Rush To Remove Video Of New Zealand Mosque Shootings

LONDON (AP) — Internet companies scrambled Friday to remove graphic video filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that was widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack. Facebook said it took down a livestream of the shootings and removed the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts after being alerted by police. At least 49 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand’s third-largest city. Using what appeared to be a helmet-mounted came...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, London, News, Instagram, Youtube, Ap, Thailand, Daily Mail, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, University Of Virginia, Cleveland, Pewdiepie


Apple's iCloud is back to normal after experiencing technical problems with some of its services (AAPL)

Apple's iCloud service experienced an issue that prevented some users from accessing services like iCloud Drive and Find My iPhone. The outage came just after Facebook suffered one of its worst technical outages on Wednesday.  Apple's iCloud service is back to normal after it suffered an outage that affected several products on Thursday, making it the latest tech company to experience a high-profile outage this week. Apple's iCloud status web page indicates the issue persisted between 11 a.m....
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Nintendo, Aapl, Business Insider Apple


Apple's iCloud is experiencing technical problems with some of its services (AAPL)

Apple's iCloud service is experiencing an issue that's preventing some users from accessing services like iCloud Drive and Find My iPhone. The outage comes just after Facebook suffered one of its worst technical outages on Wednesday.  Apple's iCloud service appeared to be suffering outages affecting several products on Thursday, the latest tech company to suffer a high-profile outage this week. Apple's iCloud status web page says there are "issues" with several products and notes that users m...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Aapl


Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Go Down

Facebook was down for 22 hours yesterday, and its sister apps Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger also saw extensive outages. It was unusual in the sense that the four applications are each distinct codebases, but perhaps not suprising as all four share the same massive infrastructure. The joke is that global worker productivity shoots up whenever Facebook goes down, and you would think that Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp and Messenger are nothing more than distractions in our increasingly digi...
Tags: Travel, Google, Verizon, Facebook, Messenger, New York, Technology, Instagram, Social Media, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram, Downtime, Facebook Amazon Apple, Facebook Instagram WhatsApp, India Brazil Mexico


Did you make it through the Facebook outage without calling the police?

Instagram and WhatsApp were also hit. It wasn’t the apocalypse, but for some people, it felt like itWhen your grandchildren ask you how you made it through the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outage of March 2019, what will you tell them? Did you Google “Facebook down” to ascertain whether Facebook was, indeed, down? Did you call the emergency services?Amid the breakdown of digital society, the Australian breakfast television program Sunrise publicised apparently official advice not to contact ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Instagram, Life and style, Whatsapp, Facebook Instagram


AI photo startup Polarr raises an $11.5 million Series A

Bay Area photography startup Polarr announced this morning that it has raised an $11.5 million Series A. The new round of funding, led by Threshold Ventures with participation from Pear Ventures and Cota Capital, brings the startup’s total funding to around $12.5 million, according to the latest Crunchbase figures. At the moment, the company is probably best known for its photography app for iOS and Android, which utilizes machine learning and AI to improve image editing. The company says it...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Photography, Samsung, Qualcomm, Cota Capital, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Apple, Polarr, Pear Ventures, Recent Funding, Borui Wang, Threshold Ventures


Chrome Extensions Every PPC Pro Should Try: 2019 Edition

Back in 2017, I wrote the post 11 Google Chrome extensions that every PPC pro should try. I would guess that I have used one of those extensions every business day since then. I love Chrome extensions because they’re an easy way to save time and automate some of the mundane or difficult tasks that make up our workdays. (And some extensions are just plain fun!) Since 2017 there have been more and more awesome extensions added to the mix that are worth mentioning, so let’s hop in. Twitter Pixel...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Instagram, Marketing Strategy, Cisco, Sem, Ppc, Google Analytics, Chrome Extensions, Digital Marketing, Ga, GTM, Search Analytics, Google Analytics Data, Tools & Automation


Facebook, Instagram down a day after Google meltdown

Facebook and Instagram are both down for some users only a day after users encountered problems with Google's suite of services. Users have been unable to access either Facebook or Instagram this morning.Social media users took... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Google, Facebook, Business, Instagram, Facebook Instagram


WordPress Speed Optimization: Beating The New Google PageSpeed Insights

Beyond being a thorn in the side of many a WordPress webmaster, Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool is also one of the most well-known tools for WordPress speed optimization. This free tool accepts your site’s URL and spits back two scores that indicate how optimized your site is for mobile and desktop visitors. These scores are no longer just theoretical – they’re now based on real performance data, and they also have a real effect on your site, with Google using page speed as a ranking factor fo...
Tags: Google, Photography, Tutorials, Css, First Google, Smush, Minify


'It would be an epic change': Marketers say Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up Google and DoubleClick could destroy digital advertising

Sen. and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren proposed unwinding tech mergers including that of Google and DoubleClick, which, respectively, control billions of spend from marketers and provide the ad infrastructure for much of the publishing industry. Marketers say a split would be hard because the companies are deeply integrated into most products that marketers touch. Since renamed Google Ad Manager, DoubleClick would be difficult to untie from Google's massive search bus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Europe, Instagram, France, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Google Analytics, Warren, Waze, AMP, Alphabet, Gdpr, Google Facebook, DoubleClick, Amazon Facebook


Obama's former adviser says Silicon Valley giants must release their iron grip on everyone's data

Silicon Valley tech firms use their dominant position to quash competition and maintain control over people's information, according to a new report for the British government. Jason Furman, a Harvard economist and former adviser to Barack Obama, says the UK must strengthen its competition rules to prevent damaging mergers like Facebook's acquisition of Instagram. He and a panel of experts said the UK should ensure consumers have more control over their data, enabling them to switch from domin...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Microsoft, Obama, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Harvard, Bill Gates, Philip Hammond, Silicon Valley, Tim Berners Lee, Sen Elizabeth Warren


Trump ‘Smiles’ At Warren’s Critique Of Tech Companies: ‘They’re So Protective Of Her’

President Donald Trump told Breitbart Monday that there was collusion in the 2016 election — it was just supposedly between tech companies like Google and Facebook and Democrats that were out to stop him from becoming President. “Actually it’s incredible that I won the election because you know it was so rigged against me,” Trump said. “It wasn’t Russians. Russia collusion was a delusion. But what there is, is there was collusion between the Democrats and these tech companies.” “Isn’t it funn...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Tech, Warren, Donald Trump, Trump, Breitbart, Donald Trump Jr, Kate Riga


Trump mocks Elizabeth Warren's plan to break up Facebook and Google by saying they support her

President Trump responded to a proposal from Sen. Elizabeth Warren to break up big tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Trump said "there’s tremendous dishonesty" at the tech companies, but stopped short of endorsing a major break up. Trump also railed against Twitter for perceived bias against conservatives, which was not part of Warren's break up proposal. President Donald Trump responded to a proposal from Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warr...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Congress, Massachusetts, Russia, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Warren, Donald Trump, Trump, Breitbart, Sen Elizabeth Warren, Amazon Facebook


Let’s Talk About the Self-Made Billionaire Kylie Jenner

Last week Forbes published what has become its second annual clickbait attempt. It was clearly success and I’m upset with myself for continuing to give them attention, even if it’s negative attention. Trust me though, there’s a good reason I’m writing about this. Of course, I’m talking about how Forbes is labeling Kylie Jenner as the youngest self-made billionaire. I think most people look at “self-made billionaire” and laugh for reasons that I hope are obvious. Her sister, Kim Kardashian, a...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Celebrities, Kim Kardashian, Instagram, Washington Post, Marketing, Kardashian, Kim, Kylie Jenner, People Magazine, Oprah Winfrey, Rupert Murdoch, Jenner, Zuckerberg


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Larry Page "bypassed" Alphabet's board to personally give Andy Rubin a $150 million stock package while he was under investigation for sexual misconduct, according to a lawsuit. According to the filing, Alphabet's leadership committee ultimately finalized the stock-option deal, but it was Page who personally gave initial approval. . Facebook has now restored the ads and says they were removed because they violated its policies...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Elon Musk, Cook, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, SEC, Sam Altman, Volkswagen, Donald Trump, Kevin Systrom


Google is rolling out Snapchat-like AR effects to YouTube Stories

Started with Snapchat, Facebook extended the 'Stories' feature to Whatsapp and Instagram last year. Falling in the same line, Google has rolled out the much-used feature on YouTube as Reels in 2017 to about 100 creators. In an attempt to stay ahead of all its competitors, YouTube has added advanced AR effect tools to it, where users can add glasses, masks, hats and other items to short video clips. In a blog post, Google said, "To make all this possible, we employ machine learning (ML) to ...
Tags: Google, News, Instagram, Youtube, Blogging, Ar, Facebook Instagram, Snapchat Facebook


After taking them down, Facebook restores Elizabeth Warren ads calling for breakup of Facebook

Not a great move. Facebook took down several Facebook ads published by Elizabeth Warren's team that called for the breakup of Facebook and other giant American tech companies. After public outcry, Facebook restored the ads. UPDATE: Facebook says its restoring the ads. “We removed the ads because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo. In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.” - FB spox — Cristiano Lima (@viaCristiano) March 11, 2019 From C...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Post, News, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, Warren, Facebook Amazon, Facebooks, Ken Klippenstein, Ryan Mac, DeleteFacebook, Cristiano Lima


Facebook Removes, Then Quickly Reinstates, Elizabeth Warren’s Ads Calling for Big Tech Regulation

Facebook on Monday removed, and subsequently reinstated, three ads purchased by Senator Elizabeth Warren's (D., Mass.) 2020 presidential campaign that called for the breakup of large tech companies, including Facebook.The ads, which were placed Friday, informed prospective voters that Warren will seek to break up “anti-competitive” mergers between large tech companies, and cited Facebook's acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp as an example of such a nefarious arrangement.“Three companie...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Instagram, Politico, Elizabeth Warren, Warren, Facebook Amazon



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