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Facebook bought, copied, threatened competition: 11 key takeaways from Zuckerberg’s deposition before the antitrust subcommittee

In his introductory remarks at the Big Tech CEOs’ hearing before the House subcommittee on antitrust on July 29 (available to watch here), Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg conveniently gave a skewed picture of Facebook’s dominant position. “In many areas, we’re behind our competitors. The most popular messaging service in the US is iMessage. The fastest growing app is TikTok. The most popular app for video is YouTube. The fastest growing ads platform is that of Amazon. The largest ads pl...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Snapchat, Whatsapp, Competition, Netflix, House, Antitrust

COVID-19 lockdown is unleashing people's creativity

While staying at home, many are exploring their creative sides to unprecedented levels, sharing their creations with the world in similarly novel, and sometimes collaborative, ways.People are finding amazing ways to create and to share from the safety of their homes using apps designed to promote expression and not simply distract users.Creative professionals are also stuck at home, facing unemployment, and a lack of access to their usual creative outlets. In the mess of bad news surrounding...
Tags: Motivation, Art, Europe, Technology, Pinterest, Los Angeles, Social Media, Creativity, Brooklyn, Paris, Innovation, Cambridge, Isaac Newton, Newton, Lightricks, Personal Growth

Why this startup CEO decided to keep his day job but become a VC by launching one of the first rolling funds created with AngelList's new platform

Gumroad CEO and early Pinterest employee Sahil Lavingia will announce details of his new VC fund next week. Lavingia is creating a "rolling fund," a new type of fund operated by AngelList that allows investors to pay up on a quarterly basis and cancel if they're dissatisfied. Lavingia said he was drawn to the rolling fund model because it requires little effort, allowing him to keep his CEO job while operating a fund on the side. Rolling funds were introduced by AngelList earlier this year to ...
Tags: Facebook, Pinterest, Trends, SEC, Ufc, Accel, Wong, Dave Morin, Rich Wong, Sahil Lavingia, Lavingia, Swayze Valentine

In antitrust hearing, Zuckerberg admits Facebook has copied its competition

At the House Antitrust Subcommittee hearings this afternoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was directly questioned about his company’s strategy of copying competitors’ app and features, and even threatening to do so as a negotiation tactic amid M&A discussions. In his response, Zuckerberg was forced to admit the obvious: that Facebook, he said, has “certainly adapted features that others have led in.” However, he denied any characterization claiming Facebook used such tactics in an anti-compet...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Congress, Government, China, Tech, Antitrust, Baidu, Zuckerberg, WA, Pramila Jayapal, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg

What Facebook Needs to Focus on Fixing

It’s July 2020, which means Stop Hate for Profit is underway. If you’re not familiar, Stop Hate for Profit is a recent protest where large advertisers have pulled their budgets from Facebook and Instagram to try and get Facebook to adjust their policies on hate speech on the platform. As laudable as this effort is, I think it slightly misses the mark on what areas of the platform Facebook needs to work towards fixing. Here’s why. Facebook Removes 90% of Hate Speech Automatically ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Seo, Cnn, United States, House, Fox News, Facebook Marketing, Trump, Mark, Facebook Algorithm, Facebook Needs, Stop Hate for Profit, Facebook Marketing for Brands

A celebration of our global creativity in 2020

Even though the last few months have been a challenge for all of us, I’m really proud of our teams for making some of our best ever work. As we look ahead to the second half of 2020, I wanted to pause to reflect on the year so far. We’ve made LGBT+ focused initiatives for IKEA and written a love letter from Guinness to the Six Nations . We caused a stir by bringing Global Pride to Animal Crossing . Have taken Audi fans on a four-hour-long soothing road trip from the comfort of their...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Milan, London, Pinterest, Samsung, Social Media, Seo, Thailand, Paris, Shanghai, Sydney, Dubai, Ikea, Lotus, Audi

We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #501

Facebook brings Live video to Messenger Rooms Facebook is rolling out a new integration which will enable users to host Live broadcasts with up to 50 people in Messenger Rooms. To begin with, Facebook introduced the functionality to some countries last week but with plans to expand it to all countries where Rooms is available in the near future. The move comes as Facebook says Live broadcasts from Pages doubled in June 2020 when compared with June 2019. Facebook Messenger lets you secure chats...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Pinterest, Instagram, US, Seo, Snapchat, Ireland, Facebook Messenger, Mashup, Ireland UK, Tiktok, Workplace From Facebook, Messenger Rooms Facebook, US Instagram, MDAU

Digital design platform Ceros raises $100M

Ceros is taking a big step up in fundraising today, with the announcement that it has raised a $100 million investment led by Sumeru Equity Partners. Ceros provides a platform for clients like NBC, United Airlines, Snap, McKinsey, IBM, Condé Nast, JP Morgan, Red Bull and Pinterest to create what it calls “digital experiences” — basically, beautiful graphics and websites — without having to write any code. (You can see some of the best examples in the Ceros Inspire gallery.) It previously rais...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Pinterest, Advertising Tech, Funding, Tech, Simon, PSD, Berg, Mitra, CEROS, Simon Berg, Sumeru Equity Partners, Sanjeet Mitra, Ceros Inspire, Sumeru Equity Partners Ceros

Asian American Marketing Leaders Want to Smash ‘Model Minority’ Myth

The atmosphere for Asian Americans has only gotten more fraught since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. "People are feeling really emboldened to hate," said Judy Lee, global head of experiential marketing at Pinterest. In New York City recently, she's experienced people passing by her on the street "pulling their eyes back" to mock her...
Tags: Pinterest, New York City, Advertising, Judy Lee, Diversity & Inclusion

TikTok reportedly committed to spending $800 million on Google Cloud. Here's how much other companies like Slack, Zoom, Netflix, Snap, and Pinterest are spending with cloud providers like AWS, Google, and Oracle. (AMZN, GOOG, MSFT)

TikTok committed to spending at least $800 million on Google Cloud services through 2022, according to a report from The Information. Slack, meanwhile, recently disclosed it made a minimum commitment to Amazon Web Services to spend $425 million in the next five years as the companies announced a new partnership. Cloud spending disclosures are relatively uncommon, but Business Insider dug through recent earnings reports and other securities filings to compile a list of companies that disclosed ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Lyft, Pinterest, Microsoft, Trends, Netflix, Aws, Oracle, Signal, Amazon Web Services, Vmware, Datadog, Business Insider, Zoom, Andy Jassy

Miles, the app that offers rewards for traveling, expands to Latin America and Europe

These should be trying times for an app whose sole purpose is to collect information on where people travel and reward them for sharing it. However, not only has Miles, the startup company founded by Jigar Shah, survived the pandemic, it managed to attract new capital from a strategic investor during the months where everyone has been sheltering in place and doing the one thing that should be an anathema to a Shah’s business… staying put. The idea behind Miles is simple, as Shah puts it, every y...
Tags: TC, Europe, Japan, Pinterest, Tech, European Union, Information Technology, Aol, Mexico City, Computing, North America, Latin America, Public Transportation, Crunchbase, Shah, Miles

Pinterest's moderation doesn't catch some abusive and false material (engadget)

Pinterest has received kudos for moderation that relies on customizing search results to hide or counter material, but it appears to have its limits. OneZero has discovered numerous cases where Pinterest’s moderation didn’t catch some abusive or fals... [Author: Jon Fingas]
Tags: News, Pinterest, Jon Fingas

Modern Typography String Backdrop

Modern Typography String Backdrop – if this is what you have been hunting for you are at the correct place.Now a days, there is huge trend of typography backdrops. Recently I have found some really interesting modern typography backdrop decors on Pinterest. I fall in love with this amazing art piece. Let me walk you through this… Modern Typography String Backdrop (Best Rated) These guys have made this beautiful “MY BELOVED” backdrop with strings. They have used vibrant color palette for thi...
Tags: Pinterest, Inspiration, Wedding, Edmonton, Susan, Jennifer, Becky, Julianne, Wedding Decorations, Just For You Photography, PinkPolka Design Dress

DIY Project Rhinestone Bridal Sash – Step to Step Guide

DIY Rhinestone Bridal Sash, if this is what interests you, we are gonna make one today and I am pretty sure you gonna love it, to get started you first need to decide the length of the ribbon and the rhinestone area around the waist. Once this is done we are ready to proceed and calculate the material required for the same. Without any further ado, lets get started. Now let’s move to the material which you will need to make this DIY rhinestone bridal sash. Material Required: Pretty ribbon Jew...
Tags: Google, Diy, Pinterest, Etsy, Wedding, Do It Yourself, Heather, Chrissy, Shaun, Jason Burns, Manda, Debby, Ryan Graham, Mimmo Co, Jesslaine Elise, Amanda Archer

Facebook Kicks Off Friday by Fucking Up Numerous iOS Apps

A major Facebook fuckup crashed numerous iOS apps that rely on its framework for various purposes throughout Friday morning. Per The Next Web, the affected applications include everything from Spotify and Pinterest to Venmo, Tinder, Apple’s App Store, and even competing social media services like Twitter. It appears…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Science, Technology, Pinterest, Bugs, Tinder, Waze, Venmo, Outage, Facebook SDK, Facebook Kicks Off, Venmo Tinder Apple

Facebook code change caused outage for Spotify, Pinterest and Waze apps

If you’re an iPhone user, odds are fairly good you spent a frustrating portion of the morning attempting to reopen apps. I know my morning walk was dampened by the inability to fire up Spotify. Plenty of other users reported similar issues with reported similar issues with a number of apps, including Pinterest and Waze. The issue has since been resolved, with Facebook noting that the problem rests firmly on its shoulders. A log page notes a sudden spike in errors stemming from Facebook’s iOS ...
Tags: Facebook, Apps, Spotify, Pinterest, Tech, Pintrest, Waze, Sdk, SDK Facebook, Facebook SDK, Spotify Pinterest

How Will Brands Invest Social Ad Budgets Pulled from the Facebook Boycott?

Facebook is in the midst of a boycott by some large advertisers during this month of July 2020. While Facebook’s stock price hit an all-time high on July 7th, one of the key boycott dates, all is not sunny in Menlo Park. A meeting that same day between Mark Zuckerberg and his team, with key civil rights organizations did not go particularly well. Facebook shared an audit they commissioned, from which The New York Times pulled the line: “With less than five months before a presidential electio...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Pinterest, Instagram, Microsoft, Washington Post, India, Seo, United States, New York Times, Gizmodo, Forrester, Social Advertising, Social Media Advertising, Media Buying, Menlo Park

Popular iOS apps, including Spotify and TikTok, go down due to Facebook issue

It's thought to be caused by a problem with Facebook's sign-in feature
Tags: Ios, Facebook, Spotify, News, Pinterest, Trends, Outage, Breaking, Tiktok

Popular iOS apps including Spotify and TikTok are down due to Facebook issue

It's thought to be caused by a problem with Facebook's sign-in feature
Tags: Ios, Facebook, Spotify, News, Pinterest, Trends, Outage, Breaking, Tiktok

How to workaround a Facebook bug causing popular apps like Spotify, Pinterest, and Tinder to crash (FB)

Several popular iOS apps like Pinterest and Spotify were crashing on Friday morning because of an issue with Facebook's SDK. If you're still experiencing the problem, there's a workaround: installing the firewall app Lockdown Apps, as The Verge reported. The app is an open-source firewall that takes minutes to install and activate. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Several popular apps, including Spotify, Pinterest, and Tinder, were crashing on the iPhone because of an issue...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest, Trends, Sdk, Lockdown, Facebook SDK, Spotify Pinterest

It looks like popular iOS apps including Spotify are crashing for thousands of people right now

Popular iPhone apps including Spotify, Tinder, and Pinterest are crashing on opening for a large number of users. The issue is down to a Facebook software developer kit (SDK) embedded in these apps. Facebook acknowledged on its developer platform that there was an issue with the SDK. One app developer showed Business Insider that dropping traffic going to Facebook's servers from the Spotify app allowed the app to continue working as normal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Pinterest, Trends, Sdk, Business Insider, Leslie Odom Jr

How to Tell a Story in Pictures Using Pinterest Story Pins and Instagram Stories

You’ve got a brand — and your brand has a story. Don’t just tell a story with words — tell a story in pictures. Fortunately, platforms like Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook have made visual storytelling easy. But how can you create images that work — and how can you combine them in a way that’s easy to understand and remember? Brands have asked me to tell a story with images throughout my career as a graphic designer and creative director. I love to tell stories this way because s...
Tags: Google, Images, Facebook, Design, Pinterest, Instagram, Mit, Branding, Don, Pinterest Instagram, Instagram Pinterest, Visual Content Marketing, Instagram Stories, Facebook Stories, Facebook Story, Pinterest Story Pin

Facebook Is Shutting Down TikTok Clone Lasso and Pinterest Rival Hobbi

Facebook confirmed that it's shutting down two of its little-known social media apps shortly after their launch. TikTok rival Lasso and Pinterest rival Hobbi will both be terminated on July 10. CNBC reports: Lasso, the more popular of the two, allowed people to record videos up to 15 seconds long and overlay music on top. It was launched a year-and-a-half ago. Lasso issued a push alert to users on Wednesday telling them that it will be shutting down. In order to try to compete with ByteDance's T...
Tags: Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tech, Cnbc, Lasso, Hobbi, Pinterest Rival Hobbi

Advertising execs break down why TikTok, Amazon, and TV networks will be the biggest winners of the growing Facebook boycott

The number of advertisers supporting a temporary boycott of advertising on Facebook and onwards is growing with big names like Microsoft, Starbucks, Ford and Clorox getting on board. Media buyers said companies including Amazon, TV networks, and TikTok stand to be the biggest beneficiaries of the boycott as brands look for places to park their dollars. Still, many brands are struggling as their sales have been crushed by the coronavirus and are not ready to leave Facebook. Visit Business Insid...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Pinterest, India, US, Trends, Snapchat, Reddit, Dallas, Usa Today, Hulu, Black Lives Matter, Coca Cola

Morning Docket: 06.30.20

* A Long Island gym owner is planning on filing a lawsuit over New York's plans to delay the reopening of gyms. Guess they call it "Strong" Island for a reason... [Long Island Press] * Pinterest has hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of a hostile work environment. [Bloomberg] * The Michigan Attorney General is suing Exxon Mobil and other energy companies over alleged culpability with climate change. [NPR] Booz Allen has been hit with a sex discrimination and retaliation lawsui...
Tags: New York, Pinterest, Law, Uncategorized, Exxon Mobil, Bloomberg, Michigan, Npr, Long Island, Booz Allen, Southern District of New York, Long Island Press, Morning Docket, Michigan Attorney General

Facebook shuts down Hobbi, its experimental app for documenting personal projects

Facebook’s recently launched app, Hobbi, an experiment in short-form content creation around personal projects, hobbies, and other Pinterest-y content, is already shutting down. The app first arrived on iOS in February as one of now several launches from Facebook’s internal R&D group, the NPE Team. Hobbi users have now been notified by way of push notification that the app is shutting down on July 10, 2020. The app allows users to export their data from its settings. In the few months it’s been ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Apps, Pinterest, Tech, Ios Apps, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp, NPE Team, Hobbi, NPE Team Hobbi, Hobbi Facebook

5 ways to get the word out about your new side hustle

If you want to attract customers, then you'll need to be proactive about telling the world what makes your products or services special.It's hard to point to just one issue that's holding 89 percent of people with side businesses back from earning more than $1,000 per month, but failure to drum up significant demand likely plays a significant role. To start, you'd do well to experiment with social media marketing, maximizing customer reviews, receiving referrals, making the most of the marketing...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Business, Pinterest, Instagram, Steve Jobs, Marketing, Facebook Messenger, Innovation, Tripadvisor, Freelance, Gig Economy, Side Hustle, WiseStamp

This Ex-Googler's party-supply startup was facing financial ruin just weeks after it launched. So she used the pandemic to find a new business idea.

Ex-Googler Tabitha Salomon poured her life savings, as well as money from family and friends, into her dream company, a party-supply startup called Party Dash. It launched in February 2020, and weeks later, the pandemic hit. Parties were cancelled and she was facing financial ruin. As a black female founder, VCs had already turned her down.  But she was determined to succeed, no matter the circumstances. The solution came in part from her actress sister. The two realized they could match out-o...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Pinterest, Nbc, Trends, Chicago, Netflix, Harvard, Silicon Valley, Cto, Salomon, Tabitha Salomon, Party Dash, Nhadya Salomon, YouTube Salomon

This tech startup founder drew few job applicants for work at his Paris office, but he reaped a deluge of quality candidates after switching to a remote work plan in 2016. See his best tips for going remote now. CEO Fred Plais decided to run his startup remotely back in 2016, to help recruit enough employees to turbocharge the company's growth. The gambit succeeded: went from struggling to find enough candidates to receiving thousands of applications, allowing the startup to pick the top 0.6% applicants to fill just 80 positions at the startup. As startup founders debate giving up their office leases permanently, Plais cautions founders to weigh the benefits of going remote aga...
Tags: Pinterest, Trends, Paris, San Francisco Bay Area, Fred Plais, Plais, Johnson Johnson Plais

Road Trip: Pinners Hit the Gas on Car-Related Pinterest Searches

As the stay-at-home orders related to Covid-19 begin to lift, road trips have become the rage, with people still reluctant to travel by airplane for numerous reasons. Pinterest cited data from the Arrivalist Daily Travel Index showing that car journeys during Memorial Day Weekend saw volume up more than 70% compared with normal summer volume...
Tags: Pinterest, Advertising, Social Pro Daily, Life After Lockdown