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Mike Bloomberg launches zany meme campaign

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's billion-dollar ad spend has already upended the 2020 race to challenge Donald Trump, but yesterday's bizarre and coordinated campaign of meme-style content, published by influencers, has certainly gotten him more attention. Taylor Lorenz: Mick Purzycki is the lead strategist of the Meme 2020 project. He is also the chief executive of Jerry Media, a media and marketing company that is a powerful force in the influencer economy. The company’s portfolio incl...
Tags: Post, News, Instagram, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Cringe, Trump, Lorenz, Mike Bloomberg, Serious Business, Taylor Lorenz, Jerry Media, Mick Purzycki, Sabrina Singh, Instagram Jerry Media

What happened to the web in 2014?

André Staltz traces the "web is dead" inflection point to 2014 and the answer is the obvious one: Facebook. The details are more complex, though, and involve Google giving up on its social media efforts, Facebook taking direct control of which websites are exposed to its users, various Facebook publishing schemes (some backed by fraudulent metrics, a la pivot to video), the switch of everything to mobile-first, and (later, in 2018) Amazon achieving a 50% market share for online retail. There is ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, News, Internet, Earth, Serious Business, GOOG FB AMZN, Andre Staltz

Facebook rebrands as FACEBOOK

Facebook would like to be addressed henceforth as FACEBOOK. NBC News: Facebook introduced a new brand Monday: FACEBOOK. The company announced in a blog post that the new brand, which retains the name of the social network, would have a new logo to better indicate all the various products and services it now offers, including Instagram and WhatsApp. If you'll recall, this is what Milo Yiannopoulos did as an immediate prelude to everything going horribly wrong for him.
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Instagram, Branding, Milo Yiannopoulos, Serious Business

Twitter admits two-factor login phone numbers were used for advertising

Twitter reports that email address and phone numbers added for security reasons such as two-factor authorization " ." When an advertiser uploaded their marketing list, we may have matched people on Twitter to their list based on the email or phone number the Twitter account holder provided for safety and security purposes. This was an error and we apologize. We cannot say with certainty how many people were impacted by this, but in an effort to be transparent, we wanted to make everyone aware. ...
Tags: Twitter, Post, News, Mistakes, Serious Business

Internet fraudster stole 750,000 IP addresses, say prosecutors

A Charleston man was charged with fraud this week [] after investigators unraveled an elaborate scheme to take control of IP addresses. More than 750,000 were snagged, reports the BBC, then sold on. The US Department of Justice claims that Mr Golestan "fraudulently" won control of the net addresses by using many different shell companies. It alleges that he created websites for fake companies and invented the names of the people who purportedly ran them as part of his scheme. Mr [Amir...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, US, Bbc, Fraud, Fbi, Charleston, US Department of Justice, Arin, Serious Business, Golestan, Amir -RSB- Golestan, American Registry of Internet Numbers Arin

Uber stocks falter on first day

Uber's future prospects depend on doubling fares and halving drivers' pay, or replacing them all with self-driving cars that won't exist for years. What could go wrong? Experts are hitting the brakes on Uber's trading debut. The ride-hailing company's highly anticipated initial public offering failed to impress investors on Friday, with the stock pricing at the low end of its previously stated range and shedding more than 7% near the end of the session. Market watchers were largely bearish on th...
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Uber stock falters on first day

Uber's future prospects depend on doubling fares and halving drivers' pay, or replacing them all with self-driving cars that won't exist for years. What could go wrong? Experts are hitting the brakes on Uber's trading debut. The ride-hailing company's highly anticipated initial public offering failed to impress investors on Friday, with the stock pricing at the low end of its previously stated range and shedding more than 7% near the end of the session. Market watchers were largely bearish on th...
Tags: Post, News, Serious Business

The attention economy "bifurcating" is just the long tail in dystopia

In this interesting post from 2015—getting a viral second wind—Alex Danco offers a model to understand how the "middle ground" of interest in things is fading. That's the normal distribution, the traditional bell curve that suggests the best place to make your business is at a middle optimum of scale and interest, like so: Instead, these days, you're either interested or not. To make a go of something, you have to nail either scale or interest (i.e. cheap vs quality): It strikes me that what D...
Tags: Post, News, Alex Danco, Danco, Serious Business, Attention-backed Securities

Verizon "trying to sell Tumblr"

Yahoo bought Tumblr in 2013 for $1.1bn, then Verizon acquired Yahoo. Now Verizon, after purging Tumblr of adult material and watching its traffic plunge as a result, is trying to sell whatever's left. The process is still on-going, and it's unclear whether it will result in a sale or what price Verizon is hoping to get for the web site, according to the report which cites anonymous sources. "Would anyone like to buy this cat I just drowned?" — Rob Beschizza (@Beschizz...
Tags: Verizon, Post, News, Yahoo, B-side, Mistakes, Tumblr, Serious Business, Yahoo Now Verizon

Visualization of global "brand rankings" changing over the last 15 years

Where once was Coca-Cola, now there is Apple. Where once was Nokia, now... no idea.
Tags: Post, News, Nokia, Coca Cola, Serious Business

Top Google Play game accused of ad fraud

A popular mobile game available on the Play store is an "ad fraud platform", say researchers at a media intelligence company. Word Link was approved by Google and had since been downloaded 50m times, becoming a “major source of fraudulent traffic”. Tess Bennett and Andrew Birmingham: “The Google Play Store, although dealing with far greater volumes of app submissions and users than the Apple App Store, is clearly not doing enough to combat this with adequately strict approval and diligent review...
Tags: Google, Google Play Store, Post, News, Apple App Store, Serious Business, Tess Bennett, Andrew Birmingham, Worzzle

Photo of egg becomes Instagram's most-liked

Following a publicity campaign to make it the most popular photo on Instagram, a photo of an egg became the most popular photo on Instagram. The campaign started off slowly, with under 10,000 likes by Tuesday. Then, the egg gained momentum. The anonymous person behind it said they were still trying to work out how, exactly, the egg achieved its dream. The egg’s Instagram story also contains a brief statement. “This is madness, What a time to be alive.” The Egg Gang also promises this isn’t the l...
Tags: Post, News, Instagram, Serious Business, The Egg Gang

YouTube let a contentID scammer steal a popular video

At considerable expense, Christian Friedrich Johannes Büttner, the man behind successful YouTube channel TheFatRat, recorded and posted an original music video. It ran up 47m views, helping to place him among the higher echeleons of YouTube's hitmakers. But then a scammer—someone with no posted videos, no working contact info and no significant internet presence—claimed ownership of it through YouTube's ContentID system. Büttner appealed and was denied. Worse, it was clear that YouTube had ...
Tags: Video, News, Youtube, Copyright, Napster, Buttner, Serious Business, Friedrich Johannes Büttner

Why Violet Beauregarde should have succeeded Wonka

It's irrational that successful confectionary mogul Willy Wonka would pass on his wealth and his business to a naive, well-meaning boy. Violet Beauregarde, last seen suffering from bloat, was the obvious and superior choice. Violet is already basically Wonka. She’s passionate, sarcastic, candy-obsessed, free thinking, and a total firecracker. She’s even better than Wonka, because she doesn’t endanger others. Violet should’ve been picked to inherit the chocolate factory. Previously.
Tags: Post, News, Wonka, Willy Wonka, Serious Business, Violet Beauregarde

Tumblr bans all adult content, such as "female-presenting nipples"

Tumblr, the mainstream web's last redoubt for niche smut in general and queer smut in particular, is going to clean house. The social blogging platform is banning all adult material on December 17. Banned content includes photos, videos, and GIFs of human genitalia, female-presenting nipples, and any media involving sex acts, including illustrations. The exceptions include nude classical statues and political protests that feature nudity. The new guidelines exclude text, so erotica remains permi...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Post, News, Yahoo, Web, Tumblr, AppStore, Serious Business

Google to delete all YouTube video annotations

Google killed the YouTube video annotations editor last year, and in an "update" to the announcement now says it will be deleting existing annotations in 2019. Update: We will stop showing existing annotations to viewers starting January 15, 2019. All existing annotations will be removed. ... ...As adoption of end screens and cards has grown, the use of annotations has decreased by over 70%. For this reason, we discontinued annotations editor in May 2017. This means you can no longer add new o...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Serious Business

Disturbing, uncloseable, emotionally manipulative advertising infests childrens' apps

The New York Times reports that apps intended for children are "crammed" with ads, many of them disturbing, inappropriate and effectively impossible to dismiss. Dancing treasure chests would give young players points for watching video ads, potentially endlessly. The vast majority of ads were not marked at all. Characters in children’s games gently pressured the kids to make purchases, a practice known as host-selling, banned in children’s TV programs in 1974 by the Federal Trade Commission. A...
Tags: Post, News, New York Times, Mistakes, Advertising Standards Authority, Federal Trade Commission, Tom, University of Michigan Medical School, Serious Business, Dr Radesky, Plymouth Associates

Walmart blockchains lettuce

Walmart is blockchaining its supply chain, including the lettuce. The Wall Street Journal: Pinpointing the source of food contamination can improve public safety, cut the amount of time illness goes unchecked and could save money for retailers and farmers who can be swept into overly broad product recalls, said Frank Yiannas, head of food safety at Walmart. Millions of bags and heads of romaine lettuce had to be thrown out as an eruption of E.coli linked to romaine spread through 36 states earl...
Tags: Post, News, Walmart, Wall Street Journal, Serious Business, Frank Yiannas, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention If

Twitter to let you turn reverse-chronological feed back on

Bravo, Twitter! Something that users are asking for made it in: "Twitter will now let you completely turn off its algorithmic timeline. So now you can revert completely to a reverse-chronological feed of only people you follow." Twitter has made a surprise change to how it shows tweets to its users, following a viral thread earlier today that discussed ways to reverse the platform’s algorithmic timeline. Now, when you uncheck the settings box reading “Show the best tweets first,” Twitter will ...
Tags: Twitter, Post, News, Internet, Andy Baio, Serious Business, Enna Kinema

Facebook allowed job ads to exclude women

A group of women jobseekers, working with the Communications Workers of America and the American Civil Liberties Union, are " " reports the New York Times. It's a simple case, as least in abstraction: Facebook let job advertisers target users by gender, but it is a violation of federal law to discriminate on the basis of gender or to aid and abet such discrimination. “That seems pretty egregious,” said Ms. Katz, who specializes in bringing discrimination cases. She said Facebook’s technology ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Sexism, New York Times, American Civil Liberties Union, Communications Workers of America, Serious Business, Ms Katz

Grim times for indie game devs

That pie chart shows the number of games released on Steam. The number of new titles being published there is overwhelming, almost doubling in 2015 alone and increasing anually by between a quarter and a third since. The sheer volume of absolute garbage is making it impossible to find good stuff, and indie developers, unable to market their way out of the sewer, can't make a living. Welcome to life in the Indie Post-Apoclypse. Do you have the answer yet? In reviews? Sales? Dollars? Actually it ...
Tags: Post, Games, News, Serious Business, Indie Post

Google admits it tracks users' location after they turn off location history

A few days ago, the AP, working with Princeton University, demonstrated that Google tracked the location of users even after they disabled location tracking on their devices. Today they admitted it, reports the AP. It has now "clarified" its tracking policy; pray they do not "clarify" it further. SAN FRANCISCO -- Google has revised a help page that erroneously described how its "Location History" setting works, clarifying for users that it still tracks their location even if they turn the set...
Tags: Google, Post, News, San Francisco, Ap, Surveillance, Associated Press, Princeton University, Serious Business, Location History Google, Sean Wolfe

Tech platforms quit Alex Jones and InfoWars

Apple has joined Facebook, Spotify and YouTube in tossing Alex Jones and InfoWars material from their platforms. Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News has learned. Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist. The Guardian: Facebook has banned four pages...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Video, News, Tech, Silicon Valley, Conspiracy Theories, Sandy Hook, Jones, Alex Jones, Facebook Spotify, Serious Business, Alex Jones Channel Page, Alex Jones Page

Condé Nast selling off mags after $120,000,000 loss

"Anna Wintour is staying," leads the New York Times, in the journalistic despite of the century: staggering losses, insane mountains of cash blown on everything from failed websites to occupying 23 floors of 1 World Trade Center. Condé Nast has made some bad bets. It pulled the plug last year on its attempt at an online fashion retail site,, after nine months of development and an investment of more than $100 million. $100 million! On one website! MIRANDA All those links lo...
Tags: Post, News, Css, New York Times, Anna Wintour, Serious Business, World Trade Center Condé Nast, DON T KNOOOW

Freelancers moving to small towns

Small towns are the new (insert hip city neighborhood). It's all about "creatives" and money, isn't it? Sort of. “In the last couple of years we’ve seen the rise of the exodus of big cities,” said Steven Pedigo, an expert in economic and urban development who teaches at NYU and directs the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab. “Places are taking the ideas of what people want in urban communities, and smaller and suburban communities are trying to recreate this.” In the past few years ...
Tags: Post, News, Online, Nyu, Serious Business, Steven Pedigo, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab, Being Online

Big tech stocks tumble

Facebook's down 20% and Twitter's down 14%, for reasons that everyone now are obvious. But the same pundit class was boosting them until reality bit: One of the funny things about news aggregators, and filtered feeds in general (as opposed to chronological ones) is how they hide time and change and make everything seem immediate. Yesterday's confident bullshit gets posed against today's naked truth, competing with it until no-one's left who believes anything there.
Tags: Facebook, Post, News, Tech, Mistakes, Serious Business

Realtor used inflatable T-Rex to jazz up home photos

We've all heard of staging a home for sale but this is outrageous. Among the lovely shots of hardwood floors, lake views, and a screened-in patio, we see ol' Tyrannosaurus raiding the fridge, taking a nap, fishing in the lake, and even mowing the grass. That's pretty impressive for a guy with such tiny arms, no? "We came up with the idea a few years ago and have been waiting for the right client and right house to try it," explains listing agent Casey Lewis. "It was a great way to get extra ex...
Tags: Amazon, Post, News, Realtors, Serious Business, Casey Lewis, T-rexes

Streamers who broadcast to no-one

Streaming is the new blogging, some say, where total committment to doing something interesting or offbeat in public attracts vast (and monetizable) audiences. But the long tail is still a dream: most people who attempt it have no audience whatsoever. And yet many persist, that 0 slowly burning a soul hole. Patricia Hernandez: According to people who have gone through it, lacking an audience is one of the most demoralizing things you can experience online. ... If live streaming is a practice, t...
Tags: Post, News, Metallica, Patricia Hernandez, Serious Business, Khryn_Tzu

The Joy of Missing Out

In the NYT, Hayley Phelan recommends disengagement from the information rat race. If you’re wondering whether you may also be engaging in unhealthy tech habits, here’s a helpful pop quiz: Do you own a smartphone? That’s it. Because if you answered yes, you’re essentially carrying around what the Center for Humane Technology, an organization working to spur reform in the tech and media industries, calls a “slot machine” in your pocket. Play it enough times, and you’re bound to get hooked. Thi...
Tags: Google, Post, News, Internet, Sundar Pichai, Serious Business, Hayley Phelan, Center for Humane Technology

Government costs rise when the local newspaper dies

A study (inspired by a John Oliver segment about the decline of local newspapers) looked at data from 1,266 counties and found that the loss of watchdogs leads to less efficient government. The Guardian: The researchers concluded that Rocky Mountain News stories had served as a watchdog agent. Without it, the spread or yield of newly issued local municipal bonds increased by 37 basis points... The researchers also looked at the Cincinnati Post, which closed in 2007. In that instance too, the me...
Tags: Post, News, John Oliver, Mistakes, Cincinnati Post, Serious Business, Rocky Mountain News