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How did Google get so big?—60 Minutes - CBS News
Jeremy Stoppelman: If I were starting out today, I would have no shot of building Yelp. That opportunity has been closed off by Google and their approach.

Steve Kroft: In what way?

Jeremy Stoppelman: Because if you provide great content in one of these categories that is lucrative to Google, and seen as potentially threatening, they will snuff you out.

Steve Kroft: What do you mean snuff you out?

Jeremy Stoppelman: They will make you disappear. They will bury you.
22 minutes ago
The Entire Economy Is MoviePass Now. Enjoy It While You Can. - The New York Times
Inspired by Silicon Valley’s hyper-growth, companies elsewhere are burning cash in hopes of being the next big thing.
economics 
4 days ago
Top Articles on Consumer Psychology and Behavior Change by Nir Eyal
New to NirandFar.com and Behavioral Design? Read these recommended essays and past articles on Consumer Psychology, Behavior Design, the Hook Model, Behavior Change, Product Design, and Dealing with Digital Distraction by best-selling author, Nir Eyal. View the best of Nir and Far.
4 days ago
In India, the fake news problem isn’t Facebook, it’s WhatsApp - Columbia Journalism Review
“More than any other social media or messaging app, WhatsApp was used in recent months by India’s political parties, religious activists, and others to send messages and distribute news to Karnataka’s 49 million voters. While many messages were ordinary campaign missives, some were intended to inflame sectarian tensions and others were downright false, with no way to trace where they originated.”
whatsapp  fakenews 
5 days ago
‘We had no idea that it was coming’: Medium pulls the rug from under publications - Columbia Journalism Review
CHRIS FARAONE KNEW SOMETHING WAS WRONG when he got a reader email the morning of May 7 asking if the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism was shutting down.
medium 
9 days ago
In conversation with Richard Gingras, VP of Google News
In the shadows of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the public’s trust in news, and the platforms that distribute it, is at an all-time low. As big tech seemingly scrambles to restore users’ confidence in their platforms, Google is introducing new ways to streamline the subscription process for digital news-readers. I recently sat down with Richard Gingras, the long-time vice president of Google News, to discuss the company’s new Subscribe with Google feature, the open web, data priva...
google 
10 days ago
The News: The BuzzFeed News Podcast You Didn’t Know You Needed
Don’t get lost in the chaos. Join BuzzFeed News reporters and editors every Saturday for news that’s smart, not stuffy.
buzzfeed  podcast 
11 days ago
New Ways to Share and Connect on Instagram – Instagram
Today, we're announcing new ways to share in the moment on Stories, connect with friends over video and discover new interests on Explore. Stories Sharing to Stories: From a sticker of your new favorite song on Spotify to action shots from GoPro, it's now easy to share what you're up to or how you're feeling…
instagram  facebook  f8 
18 days ago
Adults' media use and attitudes - Ofcom
This report examines adults’ media literacy. It provides detailed evidence on media use, attitudes and understanding among adults aged 16+. It focuses on the current wave of research which was conducted in autumn 2017, and looks at any changes since 2016.

The report is a reference for industry, stakeholders and consumers. It also provides context to the work Ofcom undertakes in furthering the interests of consumers and citizens in the markets we regulate.
stats 
20 days ago
The economics of artificial intelligence | McKinsey & Company
Rotman School of Management professor Ajay Agrawal explains how AI changes the cost of prediction and what this means for business.
ai  article 
21 days ago
I’m Sorry To Report Instagram Is Bad Now
Instagram Stories ruined the one good place we had left.
facebook  instagram 
24 days ago
Exclusive: Inside The New Google Podcasts Strategy That Could Double Audiences Worldwide
Zack’s team is taking a different approach from anything we’ve seen to build Google’s first dedicated podcast product. In addition to all the features you’d expect from a podcast app, shows and…
google  podcast 
24 days ago
Building a more inclusive way to search – Pinterest Engineering – Medium
Every day, tens of millions of people search for ideas on Pinterest, whether it’s a recipe to cook for dinner that night or a new hairstyle to try over the weekend. According to a Pinterest study, 70 percent of people use Pinterest to discover and save everyday looks and styles they want to try. With more than eight billion beauty and hair ideas saved, we’ve been testing a new feature to help Pinners more easily find relevant beauty ideas in search. Today we’re starting to roll out t...
pinterest 
25 days ago
The empathetic newsroom: How journalists can better cover neglected communities - American Press Institute
Medicine came to the realization some years ago: Being a good doctor requires more than knowing science. The best doctors also understand their patients. As a result, admissions tests for medical schools for several years have included questions about psychology and human behavior, not just biology and anatomy.

And the benefits, it turns out, work both ways. Patients are more satisfied when doctors are empathetic, according to satisfaction scores. And doctors who care about the emot...
25 days ago
Banner Blindness Revisited: Users Dodge Ads on Mobile and Desktop
Users have learned to ignore content that resembles ads, is close to ads, or appears in locations traditionally dedicated to ads.
advertising  research  ux 
25 days ago
Dow Jones Media Group Partners With Brave Software To Offer Premium Content To Users and Test Blockchain-Based Payment Technology | Brave Browser
SAN FRANCISCO and NEW YORK, April 18, 2018 — Privacy web browser Brave Software and Dow Jones Media Group have announced a partnership aimed at bringing premium content to new audiences and testing blockchain technology usage in digital publishing.

Under the agreement, Brave will provide access to premium content from Dow Jones Media Group to a limited number of users who download the Brave browser on a first-come, first-serve basis. The available content set features full access to...
brave  blockchain  dowjones 
27 days ago
The Birthday Paradox Experiment
Your birthday twin is probably reading this right now. Because math.
interactive_explainers  visualization 
27 days ago
Combine an “editorially responsible” algorithm + political news, and you have Current Status » Nieman Journalism Lab
Matt Kiser started What the Fuck Just Happened Today? as a personal project to help himself keep up with the torrent of political news during the first 100 days of the Trump administration. But it turned out that a lot of other people wanted help managing the firehouse of information as well, and writing WTFJHT — which on Friday published its 456th edition — has become Kiser’s full-time job.
27 days ago
Experts say Tesla has repeated car industry mistakes from the 1980s | Ars Technica
GM spent billions on a mostly fruitless attempt to automate carmaking.
tesla  automation 
28 days ago
Four publishers must change in-game loot boxes to avoid Dutch gambling laws | Ars Technica
Study determines randomized items that have a "market value" violate the law.
gambling  lootboxes 
29 days ago
Tesla Model 3 production aims for 6,000 units per week in June after upgrade in May – ~5,000 with margin of error, says Elon Musk | Electrek
In an email to employees today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk explained that the reason for the Model 3 production shutdown in Fremont and Gigafactory 1 is to prepare to increase production. Substantially.
management  tesla  business  elonmusk 
4 weeks ago
How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good - WSJ
North Korea’s fingerprints have appeared recently in some surprisingly sophisticated cyberattacks, including on central banks and cryptocurrency exchanges. Pyongyang is cultivating elite hackers much like other countries train Olympic athletes.
korea 
4 weeks ago
The Menu Bar – Worms and Viruses
Look at this screenshot of MacPaint from the mid-1980s. Now look at this screenshot of a current version of Microsoft Excel for Mac. Finally, consider just how different the two applications actually are. The former is a 30-year-old black and white first party application for painting while the latter is a current and unabashedly third party application for creating spreadsheets. Yet despite having been created in very different decades for very different purposes by very different c...
design  mac  ui 
4 weeks ago
WeChatting American Politics: Misinformation, Polarization, and Immigrant Chinese Media - Columbia Journalism Review
As the discussion surrounding misinformation and polarization takes center stage, one space that has been largely overlooked is the Chinese media sphere within the United States, where questionable content has garnered a loyal following among Chinese-speaking immigrants. While headlines with false claims such as “Illegal immigrant started wildfire in Sonoma County” mirror types of misinformation found in American, English-language media, what’s especially worrisome in information eco...
wechat  darksocial  fakenews 
4 weeks ago
A Top Obama Fundraiser Will Be Chair Of The New Media Startup Launched By The Ex-Boss Of BBC News
The company, Tortoise, got off the ground earlier this year after Harding, who is also a former editor of the Times, left his post as director of BBC News – one of the most prominent jobs in British journalism – to build a new media outlet.
bbc 
4 weeks ago
Arrogance Peaks in Silicon Valley – 500ish Words
There’s something that has been in the back of my mind for some time now. And while it pre-dates the Facebook fiasco, that situation certainly brings it to the forefront. Increasingly, it feels like people in our industry, the tech industry, are losing touch with reality.
culture 
4 weeks ago
What Comes After The Social Media Empires
The intense political battles over Facebook and the other giant social media companies mark the end of the empire-building phase of those companies’ history.

Now they’re a mid-20th-century European power, agonizing over the inevitable loss of the colonies and trying to stomp out insurgencies. No longer finding new frontiers and markets to rule, they’re instead figuring out where the boundaries of their empires ought to be and building tall walls on those borders.
facebook 
4 weeks ago
Amazon: CEO Jeff Bezos' 2018 shareholder letter
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has published his latest annual shareholder letter.
4 weeks ago
Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Is Moving to ABC News - WSJ
Statistics guru Nate Silver is leaving ESPN, but he is staying under the Walt Disney Co. umbrella.
fivethirtyeight 
4 weeks ago
Apple Is Planning to Launch a News Subscription Service - Bloomberg
Apple Inc. plans to integrate recently acquired magazine app Texture into Apple News and debut its own premium subscription offering, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is part of a broader push by the iPhone maker to generate more revenue from online content and services.
apple 
4 weeks ago
One tiny corner of the U.S. government pushes back against Russian disinformation
Polygraph is part of the U.S. government effort to counter the big-budget Russian propaganda machine — but has a staff of five that doesn't work weekends.
fact-checking 
4 weeks ago
Inside the Jordan refugee camp that runs on blockchain - MIT Technology Review
Syrian refugees could regain legal identities that were lost when they fled their homes.
blockchain 
5 weeks ago
This Is What It Was Like Learning To Report Before Fake News Was The Biggest Problem In The World
The end of history — that is, the American 1990s — came for a handful of reporters in Belarus, where the big story of Sept. 10, 2001, was the flowering of free markets and democracy with a capital D.

The country was then known as Europe’s Last Dictatorship, a backward, Soviet-style state ruled by a giant former collective farm boss, Alexander Lukashenko, who towered over the nation’s politics. An election was scheduled for two days before 9/11, and correspondents from every major We...
5 weeks ago
Tools for Trust: The list – Aron Pilhofer – Medium
This is a growing list of tools and resources for journalism mentioned at our 2018 International Journalism Festival Panel. If you know of others, please let me know at @pilhofer on Twitter. Design…
journalism  tools 
5 weeks ago
Michael Cohen and the End Stage of the Trump Presidency | The New Yorker
The raid on the offices of Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, makes clear that Trump’s battle with the special counsel Robert Mueller is entering its final chapter, Adam Davidson writes
trump 
5 weeks ago
Talk to Books
Talk to Books is a new way to explore ideas and discover books. Make a statement or ask a question to browse passages from books using experimental AI.
books  google  ai 
5 weeks ago
In a Leaked Memo, Apple Warns Employees to Stop Leaking Information - Bloomberg
Apple Inc. warned employees to stop leaking internal information on future plans and raised the specter of potential legal action and criminal charges, one of the most-aggressive moves by the world’s largest technology company to control information about its activities.
apple 
5 weeks ago
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: transcript - Recode
Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes interviewed Apple CEO Tim Cook in Chicago, IL. The interview was taped on Tuesday, March 27, and aired on Friday, April 6, 2018. Read the full transcript below.
timcook  apple 
5 weeks ago
New Things In New Ways, or Same Old Things In Old Ways?
The market must place an extremely high value on the specifics of what a product does. If the market sees new architectures and implementations as a chance to revisit features and scenarios then the uncertainty increases. The reality is that products building on new architectures also have the opportunity to rethink features and work products and can often reinvent category definitions.
product 
5 weeks ago
The Washington Post offers exclusive benefits in push to retain subscribers - Digiday
To that end, the Post is working on a few features just for subscribers. One is a new article format it’s testing, called News Reader. Users in the test are treated to a cleaner article page that features infinite scroll, indication of where the reader is in the article and in some cases, fewer ads.
wapo 
5 weeks ago
TicToc to expand
Now that Bloomberg's new live Twitter network TicToc has taken off, it's expanding its brand into more direct-to-consumer offerings, like podcasts, audio digests and a newsletter, launching later this month.
tictoc  bloomberg  twitter 
5 weeks ago
China state media say 4 popular news apps suspended

BEIJING (AP) — Four popular Chinese news apps have been temporarily removed from the Android store in China following an order from regulators to tighten control over the spread o
toutiao 
5 weeks ago
Twitter Bots: An Analysis of Automated Accounts and the Links They Share | Pew Research Center
An estimated two-thirds of tweeted links to popular websites are posted by automated accounts – not human beings
bots  article  twitter 
5 weeks ago
'Mischievous Responders' Confound Research On Teens : NPR Ed : NPR
If kids report that they're transgender and have one leg and belong to a gang and have several children ... take it with a grain of salt.
science  statistics 
6 weeks ago
The never-ending Destiny 2 controversy is a teachable moment for the game industry - The Verge
What we can take away from Bungie’s troubled shooter six months after launch
gamedesign 
6 weeks ago
The ISIS Files: When Terrorists Run City Hall - The New York Times
We unearthed thousands of internal documents that help explain how the Islamic State stayed in power so long.
6 weeks ago
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