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Quitting Facebook. Renouncing Uber. Avoiding Amazon. There have never been more or greater reasons for turning your back entirely on much of Big Tech. The last few years have brought an endless stream of scandals and unflattering revelations. There aren’t many starry-eyed optimists left who still believe that Silicon Valley is just here to build a better world. We’ve almost all come to accept the fact that Big Tech is here less to help the world and more to devour it. If you’ve reached a s...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Uncategorized, Blogging, Silicon Valley, Uber Facebook, Facebook Renouncing Uber Avoiding Amazon


More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

Brud, the company behind the virtual celebrity Lil Miquela, is now worth at least $125 million thanks to a new round of financing the company is currently closing. Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic, and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms. It’s all an effort to test whether audiences are ready to embrace even more virtual avatars — including ...
Tags: TC, New York, Instagram, Los Angeles, Tech, Poppy, Nba, Mario, Silicon Valley, Caa, Damon Albarn, Cartoon Network, BetaWorks, Rothenberg Ventures, Warner Brothers, Peter Rojas


Juul is spending $10 million on a TV ad campaign aimed at adults, amid criticism that its e-cigarettes get teens hooked

Juul, the popular e-cigarette company, announced it will be launching a $10 million TV advertisement campaign featuring ex-cigarette smokers who have made the switch to Juul's e-cigarettes. This comes after the company experienced a tumultuous year, as health officials and regulators criticized its use of social media ads and flavor options, considered to be aimed at underage teens.  Juul is pitching the commercials as aimed at adults who already have a nicotine habit, rather than encouraging ...
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Cnbc, Juul, Mimi, Twitter and Instagram, Twitter YouTube


Instagram has completely replaced TV as the most important way for advertisers to reach young people (FB)

Instagram has completely usurped television as the key way to advertise to young people, according to financial services firm Cowen. Cowen surveyed major US ad buyers, and found that for new branding campaigns, the buyers would overwhelmingly pick the Facebook-owned Instagram as their first choice. The data illustrates the continued strength of Facebook's core advertising businesses even as the company is buffeted by scandals. The reign of television is coming to an end. The medium, once cons...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, China, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Signal, Cowen, Cowen Cowen, YouTube Google Video


How Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian and tennis superstar Serena Williams met and fell in love

Tennis superstar Serena Williams and tech guru Alexis Ohanian have had a whirlwind two years.  They got engaged, had a daughter, and got married — and have had numerous professional accomplishments on the side. Here's how the pair met and fell and love.  The past two years have been huge for Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian.  Since December 2016, the tennis superstar and tech guru, respectively, got engaged, had a baby daughter, and got married. But things weren't always perfect. In fact, w...
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Williams, Reddit, Silicon Valley, Alexis Ohanian, Serena Williams, Vanity Fair, Buzz Bissinger, Ohanian, Vanity Fair Williams, Instagram Vanity Fair When, Sabriya Stukes, New York Times Vanity Fair, Rome Cavalieri


2018 Golden Dukes Winners Announced!

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the 12th Annual Golden Dukes Awards, which honor the public figures who managed the most corruption, made the craziest comments, and carried out the most craven deeds, all in the spirit of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, the father of the modern political scandal. Our fantastic and witty judges — Jason Linkins, Susie Bright, Erin Ryan, Krang Nelson and Simon Maloy — sifted through all 35 nominees in 7 categories to choose the winners. You can cli...
Tags: Google, Hbo, News, Instagram, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Congress, Washington, White House, Virginia, Russia, Alabama, America, San Francisco, Fox, Gop


We talked to the CEO of Waze about selling to Google for $1 billion, his new Tesla, self-driving cars, and the future of your commute (GOOGL)

Many founders depart from their startups soon after the company is acquired — but not Noam Bardin. We sat down with the Waze CEO at CB Insights' Transform conference to talk about selling the company to Google for $1 billion. He talked Tesla, Uber, self-driving cars, and more in a fireside chat about how Waze was moving beyond traditional notions of commuting. One of the first hard decisions Noam Bardin, the CEO of Waze, had to make in the early innings of the company's life was deciding w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Israel, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, David


The CEO of Waze explains why he's still running the company five years after selling it to Google for $1 billion (GOOGL)

Many founders depart from their startups soon after the company is acquired — but not Noam Bardin. We sat down with the Waze CEO at CB Insights' Transform conference to talk about selling the company to Google for $1 billion. He talked Tesla, Uber, self-driving cars, and more in a fireside chat about how Waze was moving beyond traditional notions of commuting. One of the first hard decisions Noam Bardin, the CEO of Waze, had to make in the early innings of the company's life was deciding w...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Israel, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Tesla, Larry Page, David


The US Surgeon General just issued a rare advisory about e-cigs like the Juul — here’s why vaping is so dangerous

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams issued a rare public health advisory on Tuesday that warned Americans of the dangers of e-cigarettes like the Juul. General Adams called particular attention to the recent uptick in vaping among teens. Researchers have found evidence of toxic metals like lead in e-cig vapor. Evidence also suggests that vaping may be linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. In a rare national advisory, the top US public health official warned Americans of the dangers of e...
Tags: Instagram, Cdc, US, Trends, Harvard, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Juul, Adams, Boston Children s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, Jerome Adams, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Bonnie Halpern Felsher


Snapchat Still Can’t Figure Out How to Make Money

Unlike Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, social media’s youngest sibling is having problems turning a profit. According to the Motley Fool (via IB Times), Snap, Inc. is quickly transitioning itself as a direct sales business into a self-serve platform to sell ads to its flagship app Snapchat. In other words, this is Snap, Inc’s last-ditch effort to prove to the big boys that they can generate revenue. TMF reports: The self-serve approach enables Snap to reach a much broader audience of marketers....
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, Tech, Snapchat, Pop Culture, Jazz, Silicon Valley, Evan Spiegel, Facebook Instagram, Facebook Page, Motley Fool, Debra Aho Williamson, The Struggle Is Real


Culture You Can Heft

In 2004, the way I interacted with culture fundamentally changed. That’s the year I got my first iPod. Before my iPod, if I wanted to listen to music, I’d have to pop a CD into my car’s 5-disc changer or bring along my Discman. When one CD was over and I wanted to listen to another, I’d have to put in another disc. If I wanted to buy a new CD, I’d mosey on down to a music store. I’d often go looking for an album from one band, but after talking to the store clerk, walk away with one fro...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Books, Music, Instagram, Life, Netflix, Silicon Valley, John, Kate, Bonds, Hulu, Aristotle, Terms Of Service, Tulsa, Gus


Media and advertising could be rocked by some big deals in 2019 — including Comcast buying Cheddar and Netflix buying Snap

2018 has been a year of transformation in the telecom and media industries.  Telco behemoths snatched up media and ad tech in an effort to compete against the Silicon Valley giants. D igital upstarts like Netflix or YouTube threaten cable-TV viewership and subscriber counts while the Facebook-Google duopoly has a chokehold on digital advertising. What followed in 2018 were megadeals and industry-reckoning antitrust decisions by the DOJ. AT&T scooped up Time Warner and AppNexus. Disney acquir...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hbo, Instagram, Time Warner, Lionsgate, Youtube, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Revolution, Roku, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Morgan Stanley


Top M&A predictions for telco and media in 2019

2018 has been a year of transformation in the telecom and media industries.  Telco behemoths snatched up media and ad tech in an effort to compete against the Silicon Valley giants. D igital upstarts like Netflix or YouTube threaten cable-TV viewership and subscriber counts while the Facebook-Google duopoly has a chokehold on digital advertising. What followed in 2018 were megadeals and industry-reckoning antitrust decisions by the DOJ. AT&T scooped up Time Warner and AppNexus. Disney acquir...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Hbo, Instagram, Time Warner, Lionsgate, Youtube, Trends, Netflix, Comcast, Revolution, Roku, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Morgan Stanley


Facebook created a giant winter village in San Francisco with chainsaw ice-sculpting and frolicking elves for its 2-day holiday party (FB)

Facebook threw its annual holiday party for employees last weekend. It was themed around a winter village, with attractions including chainsaw ice-sculpting, a "thumbs up tavern," and costumed dancers. It's been a pretty rough year for Facebook employees, and morale dropping following multiple scandals. Attendees shared photos of the revelry on Instagram. Facebook employees blew off steam this weekend with a two-day party at a swanky San Francisco venue that featured a custom-built winter won...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, San Francisco, Trends, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Sheryl Sandberg, Bay Area, Instagram Facebook, Great Gatsby, Cambridge Analytica


Just missed millions: These 8 people walked away from early jobs at billion-dollar companies

Startups come and go, meaning that those in the tech world often face the dilmemma of pick at which company where they'll actually be successful in the future. Major tech executives who have turned down lucrative offers include Instagram's Kevin Systrom and Bachelorette's Ali Fedotowsky. Here are some other big names in Silicon Valley who may have missed out on millions from opportunities they turned down. Ali Fedotowsky walked away from Facebook when she opted to be ABC's Bachelorette. Robe...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Nbc, Abc, San Francisco, Trends, Zynga, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Roberto Martinez, Kevin Systrom, Cto, Marc Benioff, Kevin Manno, Ali Fedotowsky, Mike


Building A Tech Startup: Avoiding Silicon Valley Mishaps

Every startup faces an initial period of uncertainty and perhaps even public resistance, but the tech field has its own pitfalls that can break a fledgling company before it ever has a chance to find its footing. If you’re looking to bring a product or service to the world that no one has seen before, you’d better make sure you know how to keep it afloat lest a larger company swoop in and carry away all of your hard work. Beware the tech kill zone. There are numerous horror stories of clever ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Instagram, Silicon Valley, Picasa, Advice For The Young At Heart, Startup Advice, Tech Startups


Building a company that sells for millions might sound like a dream — but for CEOs who do it, the next chapter can be just as hard

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


'It was validation that our idea was right': After an acquisition, there's a sharp contrast between founders who are thrilled, and those with seller's remorse

When a founding CEO sells their company, they might be thrilled from a financial and emotional perspective, or ... not. There are a few different outcomes for CEOs after an acquisition: They might leave to start a new company, stay on in the same role, or stay on and take a new role within the combined company. Research suggests taking on a new role within the combined company is the most productive,  but the least common. For founding CEOs in the acquisition process, it's important to set exp...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Beck, Trends, Research, Cisco, Walmart, Cnn, The Times, Silicon Valley, The New York Times, Hewlett Packard, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger


From tiny startup to Silicon Valley's favorite vaping company — Stanford researchers shine new light on Juul's rise

Stanford researchers recently unveiled a trove of images from ads that Silicon Valley e-cigarette startup Juul used to market its flash drive-esque devices. The company was recently valued at $15 billion, but it faces a growing backlash from public-health experts and scientists who worry about its skyrocketing popularity among young people. Juul maintains that its products are for adult smokers who want to move away from traditional cigarettes. But a recent study found that Juul stood out from...
Tags: Instagram, Stanford, China, Virginia, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda, Stanford University, Juul, Business Insider, Creme, Big Tobacco


See how Juul turned teens into influencers and threw buzzy parties to fuel its rise as Silicon Valley's favorite e-cig company

Stanford researchers recently unveiled a trove of images from ads that Silicon Valley e-cigarette startup Juul used to market its flash drive-esque devices. The company was recently valued at $15 billion, but it faces a growing backlash from public-health experts and scientists who worry about its skyrocketing popularity among young people. Juul maintains that its products are for adult smokers who want to move away from traditional cigarettes. But a recent study found that Juul stood out from...
Tags: Instagram, Stanford, Virginia, New York City, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Earth, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda, Stanford University, Juul, Business Insider, Creme, Big Tobacco


How Slack's CTO survived 2 failed game startups and a painful sale to Yahoo to build a $7.1 billion company

Slack is a popular workplace messaging service worth $7.1 billion and reportedly on the verge of going public. Its founding team, including British CTO Cal Henderson, have weathered a lot of successes and failures to get Slack where it is today. That includes trying and failing with to start two gaming companies, and selling the photo site Flickr to Yahoo. Henderson said after the founders' experiences with Yahoo, Slack is committed to staying independent and says it has a strong chance agains...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, London, Instagram, Microsoft, Yahoo, California, Youtube, Softbank, US, Trends, Zynga, Silicon Valley, Vancouver, Andreessen Horowitz


Regulators will ban menthol cigarettes and chip away at flavored e-cigs to combat teen vaping — but experts say their plans fall short

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes and a move to place flavored e-cigarettes like the Juul behind a stronger regulatory fence. Experts say the move doesn't go far enough. They expected an immediate ban on flavored e-cigs. Menthol and mint e-cigarettes aren't affected by the government's proposal. Earlier this week, the Silicon Valley e-cig startup Juul announced it would temporarily stop selling its flavored e-cigs in stores — a move it probably made in anticip...
Tags: Instagram, Washington Post, Cdc, San Francisco, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda, Stanford University, Juul, Don, American Medical Association, Centers for Disease Control, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, Johns Hopkins University, Gottlieb


Government regulators will ban menthol cigarettes and chip away at flavored e-cigs — but not in the way some thought

Federal regulators on Thursday proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes and a move to place flavored e-cigarettes like the Juul behind a stronger regulatory fence. The move is less severe than what some expected to see: an immediate ban on flavored e-cigs being sold at convenience stores and gas stations. Menthol and mint e-cigarettes aren't affected by the government's proposal. Earlier this week, the Silicon Valley e-cig startup Juul announced it would temporarily stop selling its flavored e-cig...
Tags: Instagram, Washington Post, Cdc, San Francisco, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda, Stanford University, Juul, Don, Centers for Disease Control, Johns Hopkins University, Gottlieb, Kevin Burns, Bonnie Halpern Felsher


Silicon Valley's favorite e-cig company shut down its social media accounts — but Juul's advertising now has a life of its own

The Silicon Valley startup Juul announced this week that it is deleting some of its social media accounts. The move is part of a series of actions the e-cigarette maker said it's taking to address teen vaping. Juul also announced it would temporarily stop selling its flavored e-cigarettes in stores. Juul heavily marketed its devices on YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram (where many users are teens), and recent study suggested the ad campaign was a runaway success. Silicon Valley's favorite e-cig...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Juul, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Twitter and Instagram, Kevin Burns, Twitter YouTube, YouTube Twitter, Tobacco Control Sales of Juul


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Amazon officially announced that its second headquarters, or HQ2, will be split between New York and Virginia. Amazon also announced a new office in Nashville, Tennessee, where it said it would hire 5,000 people and invest $230 million. Amazon will benefit from massive tax breaks from both HQ2 cities. The company will receive $1.5 billion in tax breaks from New York City, and up to $550 million in cash grants from Arlingto...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Softbank, New York City, Trends, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, WeWork, Juul, Alexa, Pixel


The FDA is preparing to crack down on e-cigs like the Juul — here’s why vaping is so dangerous

A handful of recent studies are beginning to reveal the possible health effects of e-cigarette use, and they are not all positive. These findings and a reported uptick in teen vaping have spurred the Food and Drug Administration to act — a move that is expected sometime this week. Researchers have found evidence of toxic metals like lead in e-cig vapor. Evidence also suggests that vaping may be linked to an increased risk of heart attacks. Regulators and health experts are particularly concern...
Tags: Instagram, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Fda, Juul, American Medical Association, Boston Children s Hospital, Stanford University School of Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine, Bonnie Halpern Felsher, Juul Labs, Nicholas Chadi, Chadi


'Is our life just worth a photo?': the tragic death of a couple in Yosemite

More than 10,000 Instagram fans followed Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath’s travels. But their mysterious death raises concerns about selfie culture From the Grand Canyon to the California coast, Meenakshi Moorthy and Vishnu Viswanath documented a life of travel and and natural beauty in their adopted homeland for more than 10,000 Instagram followers.The pair had immigrated to Silicon Valley from India. Moorthy described herself as the “high-spirited storyteller” who penned their social-me...
Tags: Travel, Technology, Instagram, Yosemite, California, India, Environment, US news, Blogging, National Parks, Digital Media, Silicon Valley, Grand Canyon, Viswanath, Vishnu Viswanath, Meenakshi Moorthy


We just got our first look at how many minors are using Silicon Valley's favorite e-cig, and it doesn't look good

A new study provides the first hard data on how many minors and teens may be using the Juul, Silicon Valley's favorite e-cigarette. The company behind the devices is a startup called Juul Labs that was recently valued at $15 billion. Their products have surged in popularity, amassing 70% of the e-cig market. But Juul faces a growing backlash from public-health experts and scientists who worry about its popularity among young people. Juul maintains that its products are for adult smokers who wa...
Tags: Instagram, Cdc, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Juul, Business Insider, Knowledge Panel, Truth Initiative, Juul Labs, Juuling, Juul Silicon Valley


What you need to know in advertising today

Amazon pulled its fourth-quarter advertising spend from Bloomberg, but the company's ads are still being served on the publisher's site. According to   Amazon pulled ads from Bloomberg on October 16 after the site published a  controversial story  alleging the Chinese government hacked Amazon and Apple's hardware by embedding microchips into third-party motherboards. A source familiar with the advertising relationship between the companies confirmed to Business Insider that Amazon stopped its "p...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Australia, Trends, Bloomberg, Aig, Julia Roberts, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, Canon, Blackrock, Frank Cooper Facebook, Facebook Wall Street


$15 billion startup Juul used `relaxation, freedom, and sex appeal' to market its Creme Brulee-flavored e-cigs on Twitter and Instagram — But its success has come at a big cost

A Silicon Valley e-cig startup called Juul has surged in popularity, amassing 70% of the e-cig market. The company was recently valued at $15 billion, but faces a growing backlash from public health experts and scientists who worry about its popularity among young people. Juul maintains that its products are for adult smokers who want to move away from traditional cigarettes. A recent study reveals that Juul stood out from other e-cig companies by marketing its devices on social media platform...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, San Francisco, Trends, Food And Drug Administration, Silicon Valley, Juul, Business Insider, Altria, Washington Times, Huang, Georgia State University, Johns Hopkins University, Tobacco Control, Twitter YouTube, Creme Brulee



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