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Lesson #327: All Search Engine Traffic is Not Created Equal

It is really easy for a newcomer to the world of search engine marketing to assume that the search engines (e.g., Google, Microsoft) are all the same and the clicks therefrom all behave in the same ways.  In the words of Lee Corso, the ESPN analyst on College Game Day . . . “not so fast my friends”!!  In this post, we are going to learn the differences between Google and Microsoft, their search engines and shopping engines, mobile vs. desktop, and much more, to help you better optimize your...
Tags: Google, Startups, Microsoft, United States, Aol, Espn, Google Microsoft, George Deeb, Lee Corso, Pottery Barn Wayfair, Apple Android Samsung


Daily Crunch: SpaceX’s first astronaut launch is a ‘go’

SpaceX is giving astronauts a lift to the International Space Station, a new jailbreak can unlock any iPhone and a startup raises $250 million to reduce food waste. Here’s your Daily Crunch for May 26, 2020. 1. NASA and SpaceX confirm SpaceX’s first ever astronaut launch is a ‘go’ SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and Crew Dragon spacecraft are now set to fly with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken onboard, making a trip to the International Space Station. Both the agency and SpaceX announced yest...
Tags: Apple, TC, Space, Spacex, Stanford, China, Singapore, Tech, Nasa, Netflix, Katy Perry, Aol, Silicon Valley, Oprah, Gates Foundation, Falcon


Steve Case and Clara Sieg on how the COVID-19 crisis differs from the dot-com bust

Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution recently spoke on TechCrunch’s new series, Extra Crunch Live. Throughout the hour-long chat, we touched on numerous subjects, including how diverse founders can take advantage during this downturn and how remote work may lead to growth outside Silicon Valley. The pair have a unique vantage point, with Steve Case, co-founder and former CEO of AOL turned VC, and Clara Sieg, a Stanford-educated VC heading up Revolution’s Silicon Valley office. Together,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Stanford, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Monsanto, Silicon Valley, Steve Case, ECL, Market Analysis, Sieg, Clara Sieg, Verizon Media, Extra Crunch


Extra Crunch Live: Discuss work and raising cash in a downturn with Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg at 12pm PT/3pm ET

This afternoon, we’re chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live. Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs — in Silicon Valley, on the coasts and in the heartland. The technology sector is suffering through a contraction caused by the COVID-19 global health crisis, and layoffs are hitting nearly every company. We hope you’ll join the conversation. During our hour-long chat, Extra Crunch members can submit questions directly ...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Revolution Ventures, Steve Case, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Roelof Botha, ECL, Market Analysis


Extra Crunch Live: Discuss work and raising cash in a downturn with Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg right now

This afternoon, we’re chatting with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution as part of our new interview series, Extra Crunch Live. Topping our agenda, we will talk about jobs — in Silicon Valley, on the coasts and in the heartland. The technology sector is suffering through a contraction caused by the COVID-19 global health crisis, and layoffs are hitting nearly every company. We hope you’ll join the conversation. During our hour-long chat, Extra Crunch members can submit questions directly ...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Revolution Ventures, Steve Case, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Roelof Botha, ECL, Market Analysis


Couchbase raises $105M Series G funding round

Couchbase. the Santa Clara-based company behind the eponymous NoSQL cloud database service, today announced that it has raised a $105 million all-equity Series G round “to expand product development and global go-to-market capabilities.” The oversubscribed round was led by GPI Capital, with participation from existing investors Accel, Sorenson Capital, North Bridge Venture Partners, Glynn Capital, Adams Street Partners and Mayfield. With this, the company has now raised a total of $251 ...
Tags: Cloud, Enterprise, Pinterest, Microsoft, Tech, Aol, Aws, Santa Clara, Databases, Data Management, Accel, North Bridge Venture Partners, Crunchbase, Adams Street Partners, Mayfield, Matt Cain


Pompeo Hosted Ritzy Taxpayer-Funded Dinners With CEOs And GOP Power Players

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held about two dozen private lavish soirees, known as “Madison Dinners,” with prominent political and corporate leaders using taxpayer funds, an NBC News investigation found. Pompeo and his wife hosted the posh dinners in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the State Department beginning in 2018 up until March this year, when COVID-19 began shutting down the country. The affairs, paid for by State Department’s Emergencies in the Diplomatic and Consular Service App...
Tags: News, Nbc, Supreme Court, Saudi Arabia, Nbc News, America, Aol, Fox News, State Department, Donald Trump, Karl Rove, Steve Case, Trump, State, Brian Kilmeade, Raytheon


#586 Burn Your Boat: Why You Need to Pivot Your Business Right Now

Listen to “#586 Burn Your Boat: Why You Need to Pivot Your Business Right Now” on Spreaker.         On this episode of The Small Business Radio Show… SEGMENT 1, starting at 0:00: What is going on with the economy in America, and especially with small businesses, is nothing short of a disaster. How can you best navigate the COVID-19 disaster and pivot your business during these tough times? Here to help is Dr. Gleb Tsipursky, a cognitive neuroscientist and the CEO of Disaster Avoidance Experts....
Tags: Apple, Technology, Small Business, Sales, America, United States, Aol, Negotiation, Columbia Law School, Pivot, Radio Show, Business Plan, Mitel, Gleb Tsipursky, Small Business Radio Show, Thryv


ChromaCode’s tech to boost COVID-19 testing gets Bill Gates backing

Boasting a technology that can dramatically increase the capacity of existing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing used to identify people infected with COVID-19 and other illnesses,  ChromaCode has attracted new funding from Bill Gates-backed Adjuvant Capital.  “We want a good solution for a resource-limited environment,” says ChromaCode founder and executive chairman Alex Wilkinson, a serial entrepreneur who has worked with CalTech researchers spinning out companies since the early 20...
Tags: Google, TC, Pinterest, White House, Africa, Supply Chain, Tech, Research, Harvard, Atlantic, United States, Aol, Bill Gates, Jp Morgan Chase, Gates Foundation, Crunchbase


ChromaCode’s tech to boost COVID-19 testing gets Bill Gates’s backing

Boasting a technology that can dramatically increase the capacity of existing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing used to identify people infected with COVID-19 and other illnesses,  ChromaCode has attracted new funding from Bill Gates-backed Adjuvant Capital.  “We want a good solution for a resource-limited environment,” says ChromaCode founder and executive chairman Alex Dickinson, a serial entrepreneur who has worked with Caltech researchers spinning out companies since the early 2000s...
Tags: Google, TC, Pinterest, White House, Africa, Supply Chain, Tech, Research, Harvard, Atlantic, United States, Aol, Bill Gates, Jp Morgan Chase, Gates Foundation, Crunchbase


Verizon Closes Deal for BlueJeans, the AOL of Video Conferencing Apps

With most of the U.S. quarantined and many people working at home, Verizon has officially finalized its acquisition of video conferencing platform BlueJeans. Read more...
Tags: Verizon, Science, Aol, Video Chat, Teleconferencing, BlueJeans, Verizon Buys The Aol Of Video Conferencing


A brief ode to Seinfeld’s Frank Costanza, terrible computer salesman (ars technica)

All the relevant tech bits of "The Serenity Now," translated with Romanian subtitles because that country also loves some good computing. Frank Costanza had always been a visionary: bras for men, holidays for the perpetually annoyed, old TV Guides for hoarders. Maybe you could call it destiny in retrospect, but of course he’d eventually pivot to startups. In October 1997, computers had already become a proven commodity. Incoming freshmen on college campuses owned 'em in droves. And for the mass...
Tags: News, Ars Technica, Aol, Nathan Mattise, Frank Costanza


Mark Zuckerberg turns 36 today. Here's a look into the life, career, and controversies surrounding the Facebook CEO (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg celebrates his 36th birthday on May 14, 2020 As Facebook CEO, Zuckerberg has been the face of the social network through its 15-year-history as it's seen massive growth and has faced many controversies. We've created a timeline outlining Zuckerberg's trajectory, from growing up in a New York City suburb to defending Facebook as it's hit with scandal after scandal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Through success and controversy, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Instagram, Microsoft, Congress, Ipo, Russia, New York City, US, San Francisco, Barack Obama, Trends, Bloomberg, Harvard, United States


Extra Crunch Live: Join Revolution’s Steve Case and Clara Sieg on May 21 at 3pm ET/12pm PT

On May 21 at 3pm ET/12pm PT, we’re hosting an Extra Crunch Live session with Steve Case and Clara Sieg of Revolution. This chat is the latest in our growing series featuring notable investors, entrepreneurs and technologists. Previously, TechCrunch editorial staff sat down (virtually, of course) with Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee and Ted Wang, Sequoia’s Roelof Botha and Mark Cuban, to name a few. There’s a lot to talk about with Case and Sieg, and Extra Crunch members are encouraged to come with t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Advertising Tech, Events, Tech, Aol, Venture Capital, Revolution, Silicon Valley, Aerospace, Steve Case, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Roelof Botha, Valley, Market Analysis


Meet the 20 most powerful WarnerMedia execs and their top deputies. Here are the leaders who will help HBO Max battle Netflix and define AT&T's TV future. (T)

WarnerMedia began a new chapter on Friday as CEO Jason Kilar stepped into the top job at the media company. Kilar's appointment draws to a close a nearly two-year executive shakeup that started when AT&T exec John Stankey began integrating the entertainment company into the broader telecom in June 2018. With Stankey going on to become AT&T's CEO, Kilar and his senior leadership team will be shaping WarnerMedia's future from here on out, including the critical launch of HBO Max this month.  Bus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Nbc, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Dwayne Johnson, Disney, US, NFL, Los Angeles, Trends


We identified the 48 most powerful execs at AT&T's WarnerMedia, which is launching its new flagship service HBO Max after solidifying its leadership structure (T)

WarnerMedia began a new chapter on Friday as CEO Jason Kilar stepped into the top job at the media company. Kilar's appointment draws to a close a nearly two-year executive shakeup that started when AT&T exec John Stankey began integrating the entertainment company into the broader telecom in June 2018. With Stankey going on to become AT&T's CEO, Kilar and his senior leadership team will be shaping WarnerMedia's future from here on out, including the critical launch of HBO Max this month.  Bus...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Nbc, Time Warner, Time Warner Cable, Dwayne Johnson, Disney, US, NFL, Los Angeles, Trends


Another Suspended Twitter User Loses in Court–Wilson v. Twitter

Wilson says he used his Twitter account to express his heterosexuality and Christianity. Twitter suspended the account, allegedly for hateful conduct. Wilson tried creating new accounts but was blocked. Wilson sued Twitter pro se for hundreds of millions of dollars. The magistrate judge recommends dismissing the complaint. First Amendment. As we all know, Twitter isn’t a state actor: While Twitter no doubt provides a valuable public forum, one in which millions of users, including the President ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Supreme Court, Law, Court, Icann, Noah, Harvard, United States, Aol, Johnson, Wilson, Wayfair, Jayne, Google Facebook


Reddit’s new feature is bringing back AOL-style chat rooms

Reddit is making chatting with strangers on the internet hip again
Tags: News, Trends, Social Media, Web, Aol, Reddit, Chat, Chat Room


Meet 23 insiders from companies like Hershey, Hulu, and NBCUniversal who are working to fix TV advertising

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


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Extra Crunch Live: Join Precursor’s Charles Hudson for a Q&A this Thursday

The new Extra Crunch Live series is taking flight this week. Later today we’re talking to Cowboy Ventures’ Aileen Lee and Ted Wang. This Thursday we’re keeping the parade of well-known investors coming, when Charles Hudson will join Natasha Mascarenhas and I for a deep-dive into all things pre-seed and seed. Extra Crunch Live Episode 2: Charles Hudson will air at 3 PM PT/6 PM ET this Thursday. Important Note: Extra Crunch members will be able to ask their own questions live on the call. Hudson h...
Tags: TC, Ecommerce, Y Combinator, Pinterest, California, Events, Tech, Aol, Airbnb, Websites, Charles, Hudson, Cowboy Ventures, Aileen Lee, Analyst, Crunchbase


TV advertising is a mess — these 23 industry insiders are working to fix it

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


Verizon says it will buy Blue Jeans Network, Zoom competitor, reportedly for under $500 million

U.S. telecommunications giant Verizon is today reported to be acquiring the videoconferencing company Blue Jeans Network in a transaction valued somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 million dollars. Today @VerizonBusiness entered into an agreement to acquire cloud-based video conferencing and event platform @BlueJeansNet. More details here: https://t.co/iXhQC7FUoA pic.twitter.com/VorUSPzcwL — Verizon News (@VerizonNews) April 16, 2020 Since the coronavirus pandemic struck the United S...
Tags: Verizon, Post, Business, Technology, News, US, Tech News, United States, Aol, Zoom, Patrick Moorhead, Blue Jeans Network, Dieter Bohn, Blue Jeans, Verizon News, BlueJeans


TV advertising is a mess — meet 23 industry insiders working to fix it

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


Tesco investors expect boost in boss’s final annual results - AOL Travel UK

Tesco investors expect boost in boss’s final annual results   AOL Travel UK
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Brandless founder Tina Sharkey joins the board of PBS

Tina Sharkey, the founder and former CEO of the recently closed D2C brand Brandless, has today been appointed to the board of directors of PBS. Sharkey is an independent board member. Before her time at Brandless, Sharkey spent years in the media world. She scaled Johnson & Johnson’s platform for new and expecting moms, called Baby Center, oversaw AOL’s transition from a closed network to the open web and co-founded iVillage. She also served as president of the Sesame Street Digital Group,...
Tags: TC, Media, Softbank, Tech, Aol, Broadway, Pbs, Johnson Johnson, Sharkey, Baby Center, Brandless, Tina Sharkey, Brandless Sharkey, PBS Sharkey, Sesame Street Digital Group, Public Emergency Broadcast System They


Facebook Messenger preps Auto Status location type sharing

Facebook Messenger could soon automatically tell your closest friends you’re at the gym, driving, or in Tokyo. Messenger has been spotted prototyping a ported version of the Instagram close friends-only Threads app’s Auto Status option that launched in October. The unreleased Messenger feature would use your location, accelerometer, and battery life to determine what you’re up to and share it with a specific subset of your friends. But instead of sharing your exact coordinates, it overlays an...
Tags: Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Facebook Messenger, Aol, Tokyo, Location Sharing, Wong, Jane Manchun Wong, Robby Stein, Instagram Threads, Facebook Messenger emoji status


Please Avoid Scams! Fake Job Postings, Threatening Emails, etc.

This morning I got an email that I am $4,311 late on invoices. Crap. Oh, wait. This is from the evil scammers. I don’t use the word evil in jest. I am absolutely disgusted by people who do this. People, PLEASE slow down. Look, think, ask questions, and be a little skeptical. Whether it is a phone call, an email, or whatever, please slow down, don’t panic, and figure out if it is real. The stories of scammers are so horrid, and that gmail and skype and other systems don’t have better checks in p...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Montana, US, Careers, Aol, Juno, Don, Newport Beach California, Joe Job Seeker


'Netflix Party': a New Chrome Extension Adds Chat Panes to Movies

GameSpot calls it "like an AOL chat room" combined with Netflix. The Guardian reports: You log in, share a viewing link with friends, choose one person to be in charge of picking what you watch and, as your chosen show plays out in the bulk of the screen, a chatroom pops up on the right-hand side. You can discuss the show with the people in your room, or argue, or flirt, or veer wildly off-tangent because you've realised that you've picked an absolute dud to watch. Right now, Netflix Party feel...
Tags: Tech, Netflix, Aol, Netflix Party


Moviefone, Purchased in 2018 By the Bankrupt MoviePass, Sold for Only $1.1 Million

Moviefone has been around since 1989, popularized as an automated phone service that provided movie showtimes at a time when the internet wasn’t around. As the information age surged forth, Moviefone created an online presence, and in recent years was still attracting more than six million unique monthly visitors still looking for movie times, tickets, trailers, and more entertainment information. But now Moviefone is just an asset being sold amidst the bankruptcy of the now-defunct MoviePass. ...
Tags: Movies, Yahoo, Aol, Moviepass, Helios, Fandango, Moviefone, Matheson, Business and Industry News, Helios Matheson Analytics, Cleveland LLC, FOMOPOP Inc