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The Mobile Marketing Studio: 26 Apps to Help You Create Epic Social Media Content

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — What does it take to create incredible social media content? Knowing you have to create new content for multiple social media channels every day can feel a little daunting, especially when you consider the range of disciplines you need to rock at in order to be successful. Nowadays, every…

Supermarket ad banned for being too ‘political’ becomes an online hit

MASHABLE.COM — In April, Iceland became the first major UK supermarket to ban palm oil from its own products, in light of the severe environmental damage caused by increased global demand for the substance. The issue has been raised in a TV commercial for the supermarket, but the ad has been banned from television in the UK for being too “political” — and people are not happy about it.

How to Check if an Influencer is Actually Influential

JEFFBULLAS.COM — The concept of influencer marketing is certainly not new. It has been around for ages in the form of word-of-mouth marketing. However, in the last few years, this form of marketing has seen unprecedented growth. Having realized its potential, 63% of marketers last year planned to increase their budgets for influencer marketing.

Instagram Stories Research: We Analyzed 15,000 Instagram Stories from 200 of the World’s Top Brands

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — An incredible 400 million people around the world use Instagram Stories on a daily basis (with that number rapidly growing by the minute). Besides being an interesting and fun way to connect with friends and family, stories offer businesses a unique opportunity to capture the direct attention of…

Free Instagram Presets to Make Editing Photos a Breeze

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social There are more photos taken every two minutes now than were taken during the entire span of the 1800s. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that social media managers are looking for ways to make their photos stand out from the crowd. During a time when using #NoFilter…

12 Instagram Marketing Tips to Fuel Your Strategy

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Instagram marketing is competitive. More than 25 million businesses use the platform to capture attention, incite interest, create desire, and compel action. With so much competition, a thoughtful, proven strategy is necessary for success. These tips will help you…

Facebook simulates itself up a better, more gradual product launch

TECHCRUNCH.COM — When you’re launching a new social media product, like an image-sharing app or niche network, common wisdom is to make it available to everyone as soon as it’s ready. But simulations carried out by Facebook — and let’s be honest, a few actual launches — suggest that may be a good way to kneecap your product from the start.

Facebook Dating arrives in Canada and Thailand

TECHCRUNCH.COM — On the heels of Tinder’s plans to go more casual, Facebook is today expanding access to its own dating service, Facebook Dating. First launched two months ago in Colombia for testing purposes, the social network is today rolling out Facebook Dating to Canada and Thailand. The company is also adding a few new features to coincide with the launch, including the ability to re-review people you passed on and take a break by putting the service on pause.

Three challenges facing blockchain technology

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Nearly five years ago, .com became the first major retailer to accept bitcoin as a form of payment. It now accepts many top cryptocurrencies. As a member of the senior executive team and board of directors at Overstock.com, I had a front-row seat to those decisions. It didn’t take long for the Overstock team to realize that bitcoin’s underlying blockchain technology held great promise beyond cryptocurrencies.

10 Ways Disruption in the Workplace Turns into Dysfunction

LOLLYDASKAL.COM — Disruption is one of those buzzwords that suddenly started turning up everywhere. In its positive sense of shutting down the status quo and forcing us to look at our processes and values with fresh eyes, it’s a great concept to incorporate into any workplace. But when disruption creates chaos and…

Facebook Portal needs more. At least it just added YouTube

TECHCRUNCH.COM — To offset the creepiness of having camera and microphone in your house, its new Portal video chat gadget needs best-in-class software.Its hardware is remarkably well done, plus Messenger and the photo frame feature work great. But its third-party app platform was pretty skimpy when the device launched this week.

Nested, the online estate agent that makes home sellers ‘chain-free’, raises further £120M

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Nested, the London-based “data-driven” estate agency that provides a cash advance to help you buy a new home before you’ve sold your old one, has raised a further £120 million in funding. The new round is a mixture of equity and debt: £20 million and £100 million, respectively. Leading the equity round is Northzone, and Balderton Capital, while the debt finance comes from an unnamed institutional investor.

The Social Customer Experience

HOOTSUITE.COM — Over 80 percent of companies agree that social is a vital channel for delivering exceptional customer experiences. But only 58 percent of companies have a defined strategy for integrating social into their existing customer experience programs. This report reveals how enterprise organizations are…

Can the startup building a Fortnite for VR become the Fortnite of VR?

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Virtual reality hasn’t proven itself to be the lucrative escape of the every-man but the medium has done a fairly good job enticing the gaming community and keeping that niche (mostly) happy. While a couple of big titles have gotten some halfway-decent ports to VR, for the most part VR users are confined to whatever indies can build or whatever Oculus can fund.

Charge card startup Brex aims for decacorn success

TECHCRUNCH.COM — By now, the young startup that is trying to reinvent corporate credit and charge cards, is well-known in Silicon Valley. The tender age of the company’s co-founders, Henrique Dubugras and Pedro Franceschi, the big-name backers, the $125 million Series C announced last month, the aggressive billboard advertising in San Francisco and the company’s torrid growth have all contributed to the swirl of attention.

Are you the assh*le? This community will give you an honest answer.

MASHABLE.COM — In a flourishing Reddit community each post begins by asking one simple question: Am I the asshole? Am I the Asshole is resolute about giving every person who makes a post a succinct answer as to whether or not they have behaved like an asshole in a recent situation. But don’t let the subreddit’s goofy name fool you, at its core it’s a place for people to reckon with social norms and mores, and get vital third party opinions.

LinkedIn Analytics: A Guide for Marketers

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social The results are in. You won the award for Most Impressions on LinkedIn, Most Clicks Within a 24-Hour Window, and Overall Highest Engagement Award of the Year. We’re kidding. These awards don’t exist (from what we know). But if they did, they’d be determined by LinkedIn…

Home Made raises further £2M for its premium online lettings agency

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Home Made, the London premium online lettings agency, has raised a further £2 million in funding. The round is led by Athens-based venture capital firm VentureFriends, and follows the proptech startup’s £850,000 “pre-seed” round nine months ago. Founded in 2016 by Asaf Navot, a former Bain strategy consultant and INSEAD graduate, and Nick Binnington, a former British Army Captain and LBS graduate, proposition is based on the premise that the letting agent model is broken.

Why KFC Turned a Tweet From One of Its Biggest Critics Into a U.K. Ad Campaign

ADWEEK.COM — KFC in the U.K. and Ireland clearly has no problem calling itself out. When the chain had to close many locations due to an unexpected chicken shortage, it ran one of the best apology ads of all time, headlined simply “FCK.” Now the brand has built an entire ad campaign around hatred for the…

Live blog: Midterm election 2018 updates, news and analysis

NBCNEWS.COM — Tuesday’s pivotal midterm elections will determine control of Congress — and while President Donald Trump’s name doesn’t appear on the ballot, his presidency and his policies are on the line. After a final push, Democrats remain the favorites to pick up the 23 seats they need to win back the…

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How to Define Your Target Market: A Guide to Audience Research

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Defining your target market is one of a marketer’s most important tasks. It’s the foundation of all elements of your marketing strategy, from how you develop and name your products or services right through to the marketing channels you use to promote them. Here’s a…

Pinterest’s new Promoted Carousel ads will display up to 5 swipable images in a single ad

MARKETINGLAND.COM — Pinterest rolled out a new ad format on Thursday, introducing Promoted Carousel ads that allow brands to include up to five images. Very similar to Facebook’s carousel ads, advertisers can include a distinct title, information and landing page for each product image included in a Promoted Carousel ad.

‘The Walking Dead’ nails it with Rick Grimes’ last episode

MASHABLE.COM — This article contains spoilers for Season Episode 5 of The Walking Dead. Rick Grimes is gone and it looks like The Walking Dead might be better for it. Despite advertising to the world that Sunday’s episode “What Comes After” was going to be lead actor Andrew Lincoln’s last hurrah, The Walking Dead managed to produce one of the best episodes in the series’ eight-year history that was both heartfelt and refreshingly surprising.

What the Local Customer Service Ecosystem Looks Like in 2019

MOZ.COM — Everything your brand does in the new year should support just one goal: better local customer service. Does this sound too simple? Doesn’t marketing brim with a thousand different tasks? Of course — but if the goal of each initiative isn’t to serve the customer better, it’s time for a change of…

The Secret Tactic Driving Significant Growth for Locally Based Businesses

JEFFBULLAS.COM — Once upon a time, not that long ago, the business world was made up of two distinct ecosystems. Online and off. Consumer expectations for response time, availability of information, and immediacy of need satisfaction are growing by the day and it is forcing offline businesses to re-think their approach to customer engagement.

How Do Sessions Work in Google Analytics?

MOZ.COM — One of these sessions is not like the other. Google Analytics data is used to support tons of important work, ranging from our everyday marketing reporting all the way to investment decisions. To that end, it’s integral that we’re aware of just how that data works.In this week’s edition of…

How to Write Effective CTAs on Social Media: A Guide for Marketers

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Do you recall the last time you were compelled to sign up for a free one-month trial or download a guide? Remember that? That was an effective call to action, or a CTA. A good CTA can do wonders in the marketing world—it can drive more visitors to your content,…

Twitter hires God-is Rivera as global director of culture and community

TECHCRUNCH.COM — has brought on its first-ever global director of culture and community, God-is Rivera. As global director of culture and community, Rivera will report to Global Head of Culture, Engagement and Experiential Nola Weinstein. Rivera previously led internal diversity and inclusion efforts at VMLY&a digital and creative agency.

Instagram’s next cash cow: instant Promote ads for Stories

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Instagram hopes dollars from long-tail of small businesses and social media stars can help it pull its weight in the Facebook family. A new ad type called “Promote” for Stories allows Instagram business pages to show their ephemeral slideshows to more users without doing much work. Admins can choose to auto-target users similar to their followers, people in a certain location, or use all of Instagram’s targeting parameters to inject their Story into the Stories queue of more users as an ad that can also link to business’ Instagram profile or website.

Should Small Businesses be on IGTV? (and 3 Quick Ways to Test It Out)

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — Repurposing your content across channels is a great way to get the most from your social media strategy. However, sometimes, certain channels will perform better than others. When GQ posted a video about Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott on its YouTube channel (with 2.5 million subscribers), it was…

Twitter tests home-screen button to switch tweet order

CNET.COM — Twitter has begun testing a feature that lets users switch the order of the tweets they see. The social network said Wednesday that a small number of iOS users will soon see a button on the home screen that allows them to instantly switch between a display of tweets chosen by an algorithm as the most important to one that shows tweets most recently sent by users they follow.

Snapchat’s PR sues influencer for not promoting Spectacles on Instagram

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Influcencer marketing could get a lot more accountable if Snapchat’s PR firm wins this lawsuit. Snapchat hoped that social media stars promoting v2 of its Spectacles camera sunglasses on its biggest competitor could boost interest after it only sold 220,000 of v1 and had to take a $40 million write-off.

How to Combine Facebook Ads and Email Marketing for Better Conversions

SOCIALMEDIAEXAMINER.COM — Do you want an effective way to get more leads? Wondering how to nurture leads into becoming customers? In this article, you’ll discover how to use Facebook ads with email marketing to improve your conversions. How to Combine Facebook Ads and Email Marketing for Better Conversions by Rand Owens…

Zuckerberg says the future is sharing via 100B messages & 1B Stories/day

TECHCRUNCH.COM — The News Feed won’t sustain Facebook forever, and that’s scaring investors. Today on Facebook’s earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg stressed that sharing is shifting to private chat, where people send 100 billion messages per day on Facebook’s family of apps, and Stories, where he says people share 1 billion of these slideshows per day (though it’s unclear if that includes third-party apps like Snapchat).

Halloween Marketing: 7 Tricks and Treats From Market Leaders

JEFFBULLAS.COM — Halloween is the second largest holiday in the world after Christmas. True or false? The evidence isn’t clear, but the fact that marketers huff and puff to milk their seasonal campaigns for all their worth is apparent. Sometimes these efforts are hugely successful in generating hype, while in other cases public outrage is the result instead.

We posed as 100 senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.

NEWS.VICE.COM — One of Facebook’s major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is to require those paying for the ads to make a “Paid for by” disclosure, which appears at the top of the ad and supposedly tells users who is paying for political ads that show up in their news feeds. But on the even of the 2018 midterm elections, a VICE News investigation found the “Paid for by” feature is easily manipulated, and appears to allow anyone to lie about who is paying for a political ad, or to pose as someone else paying for the ad.

How to Find Influencers That Are a Fit With Your Business

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — Today’s top influencers aren’t just content creators or media buys – they’re both. According to Invesp, influencer marketing can drive 11 times the ROI of traditional digital marketing. And with 71 percent of marketers believing ongoing influencer ambassadorships are the most effective form of…

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The Complete Guide to Using LinkedIn Hashtags

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social LinkedIn hashtags were introduced in 2018. And while you may already be familiar with Instagram hashtags and Twitter hashtags, LinkedIn’s hashtag terrain is a little different from the other social networks. Just like Twitter or Instagram, a LinkedIn hashtag is any…

How to Use Instagram Nametags for Marketing

SOCIALMEDIAEXAMINER.COM — Want a quick and easy way for people to find you on Instagram? Have you heard about Instagram Nametags? In this article, you’ll discover how to find and customize your Instagram nametag so people can quickly follow your Instagram account. How to Use Instagram Nametags for Marketing by Jenn Herman…

The largest software acquisition ever: IBM to buy RedHat for $34B

TECHCRUNCH.COM — At a price typically reserved for semiconductor companies, telecoms, and pharmaceutical giants, IBM announced today it would pay a record $34 billion in cash and debt to acquire enterprise open source provider Red Hat. Ecclipsing Microsoft’s $26.2 billion acquisition of LinkedIn, this is the biggest software acquisition in history.

Facebook confirms it’s building augmented reality glasses

TECHCRUNCH.COM — “Yeah! Well of course we’re working on it” head of augmented reality Ficus Kirkpatrick told me when I asked him if Facebook was building an AR glasses at TechCrunch’s AR/VR event in LA. “We are building hardware products. We’re going forward on this . We want to see those glasses come into reality, and I think we want to play our part in helping to bring them there.” This is the clearest confirmation we’ve received yet from Facebook about its plans for AR glasses.

The 10 types of trolls you’ll spot in the wild

MASHABLE.COM — It’s Troll Week on Mashable. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet trolling. Right now, you are on the internet. Thus, you have probably come across a troll. But the name “troll” is far from one-size-fits-all. In fact, there are lots of trollish internet types…

6 Powerful Habits of The Most Productive Teams

LOLLYDASKAL.COM — Every team has its own habits, but some habits—like some teams—are more effective than others. Building and reinforcing good habits can be the key to a cohesive and productive team. Make sure your team is supported with habits that will take them from vision to goals to achievement. Here are some…

Can You Still Use Infographics to Build Links?

MOZ.COM — Content link building: Are infographics still the highest ROI format? Fun fact: the first article to appear online proclaiming that “infographics are dead” appeared in 2011. Yet, here we are. For those of you looking for a quick answer to this strategy-defining question, infographics aren’t as…

Building Links with Great Content

MOZ.COM — The debate is over and the results are clear: the best way to improve domain authority is to generate large numbers of earned links from high-authority publishers. Getting these links is not possible via: Link exchangesBuying linksPrivate Blog Networks, or PBNsComment linksPaid native content or…

Trump’s Caravan Hysteria Led to This

THEATLANTIC.COM — Nevertheless, some took the claims of the president and his allies seriously. On Saturday morning, Shabbat morning, a gunman walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and killed 11 people. The massacre capped off a week of terrorism, in which one man mailed bombs to…

21 Top Social Media Sites to Consider for Your Brand

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — Whether you are a seasoned social media marketer, a marketer looking to venture into social media marketing, or a business owner looking to leverage on social media, it’s helpful to know the most popular social media sites around. This will allow you to maximize your brand reach on social media,…

AnyMind, which uses AI for advertising, marketing and HR, raises $13.4M

TECHCRUNCH.COM — AnyMind Group, a Singapore-based company that uses AI in online advertising, HR and marketing, has pulled in a strategic $13.4 million investment to go after growth in Japan and other Asian markets. This Series B round was led by Line, the Japanese messaging app firm, and Mirai Creation Fund, which is backed by Toyota among others.

How to Use Facebook to Market Your Business

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — If you want your business to have a presence on social media, Facebook is probably one of the first or the first social media platform you think of. More than 1.4 billion people use Facebook every single day, and many multiple times a day. It’s almost certain that your potential customers are on…

Forget Watson, the Red Hat acquisition may be the thing that saves IBM

TECHCRUNCH.COM — With its latest $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat, IBM may have found something more elementary than “Watson” to save its flagging business. Though the acquisition of Red Hat is by no means a guaranteed victory for the Armonk, N.Y.-based computing company that has had more downs than ups over the five years, it seems to be a better bet for “Big Blue” than an artificial intelligence program that was always more hype than reality.

What if Social Networks Were Classic Horror Movies?

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social With all the talk of trolls, hackers and impersonators, it’s no wonder social media seems scary to some. We so often hear about the negative side of social media that there’s now a culture of fear and uncertainty around social for many casual and non-users. Well, we’re…

Facial recognition startup Kairos founder continues to fight attempted takeover

TECHCRUNCH.COM — brewing over at Miami-based facial recognition startup Kairos. Late last month, New World Angels President and board chairperson Steve O’Hara sent a letter to Kairos founder Brian Brackeen notifying him of his termination from the role of chief executive officer. The termination letter cited willful misconduct as the cause for Brackeen’s termination.

How Instagram Saved Poetry

THEATLANTIC.COM — In 2010, the editor of n+1 magazine, Chad Harbach, famously wrote that there were two distinct and rival literary cultures in America: the institutional, university-driven M.F.A. track and the New York-centered publishing world. But now there is a third option: the fast-paced, democratizing,…

Social Media Marketing & Management Dashboard

HOOTSUITE.COM — Step 2: Learn everything you can about your audience if you’re not engaged in social media listening, you’re creating your business strategy with blinders on—and you’re missing out on mountains of actionable insights from real people who are actively talking about you or your industry online….

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A Totally Silly (and Sometimes Serious) Wishlist of Instagram Features

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social With over one billion users and 95 million posts shared per day, it’s safe to say that Instagram is an important social platform—for consumers and brands alike. There are many reasons to love Instagram—from its adaptation of the Stories feature, to its near…

Saudis’ Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider

NYTIMES.COM — Yet the government’s social media manipulation tracks with crackdowns in recent years in other authoritarian states, said Alexei Abrahams, a research fellow at Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.Even for conversations involving millions of tweets, a few hundred or a few thousand influential…

8 of the greatest internet trolls of all time

MASHABLE.COM — It’s Troll Week on Mashable. Join us as we explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of internet trolling. The internet is full of trolls — but there’s a special breed of troll that has garnered a reputation for being the best in the game. Whether it’s on YouTube, Twitter, or in the dreaded comment sections, these masters know how to play the game.

How to Handle Digital Assets of the Deceased

ENTREPRENEUR.COM — Bet you haven’t thought about this lately. October 20, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. My grandfather, who was devoted to his daughters and…

Why We Abandoned Facebook Video

SOCIALMEDIAEXAMINER.COM — Earlier this week, we made the decision to stop publishing three weekly shows on Facebook. I’d like to share some important marketing lessons we discovered and a resource I think you’ll enjoy. Here’s the video I released on Facebook, announcing the move: Here’s why we killed two shows and moved a…

Domio just raised $12 million in Series A funding to build “apart hotels” across the U.S.

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Hotels can be pricey, and and travelers are often forced to leave their rooms for basic things, like food that doesn’t come from the minibar. Yet accommodations, which have become the go-to alternative for travelers, can be highly inconsistent. Domio, a two-year-old, New York-based outfit, thinks there’s a third way: apartment hotels, or “apart hotels,” as the company is calling them.

How to Use Instagram Quick Replies for Direct Messages

SOCIALMEDIAEXAMINER.COM — Are you using Instagram Direct Messages to communicate with your audience? Looking for an easy way to provide quick replies to common questions via Direct Messages? In this article, you’ll discover how to create multiple Instagram quick replies to your Instagram Direct Messages. How to Use…

Why IGTV should go premium

TECHCRUNCH.COM — It’s been four months since Facebook launched IGTV, with the goal of creating a destination for longer-form Instagram videos. Is it shaping up to be a high-profile flop, or could this be the company’s next multi-billion dollar business? IGTV, which features videos up to 60 minutes versus normal 60-second limit, hasn’t made much of a splash yet.

Building a great startup requires more than genius and a great invention

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Many entrepreneurs assume that an invention carries intrinsic value, but that assumption is a fallacy. Here, the examples of the 19th and 20th century inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola are instructive. Even as aspiring entrepreneurs and inventors lionize Edison for his myriad inventions and business acumen, they conveniently fail to recognize Tesla, despite having far greater contributions to how we generate, move, and harness power.

New ‘Dark Ads’ pro-Brexit Facebook campaign may have reached over 10M people, say researchers

TECHCRUNCH.COM — A major new campaign of disinformation around Brexit, designed to stir up UK ‘Leave’ voters, and distributed via may have reached over 10 million people in the UK, according to new research. The source of the campaign is so far unknown, and will be embarrassing to Facebook which only this week claimed it was clamping down on ‘dark’ political advertising on its platform.

Egypt and Thailand: When the military turns against free speech

TECHCRUNCH.COM — on charges of spreading fake news and “misusing social media.” Andy Hall, a labor rights researcher, has been fighting charges under Thailand’s computer crime laws because of a report published online that identified abuses of migrant workers. To be clear, neither country has ever been a bastion of free speech.

Twitter quietly fired a suspected Saudi Arabian spy in 2015, report says

MASHABLE.COM — We’ve all seen what can happen when nefarious interests weaponize a social media platform like Twitter. Now imagine how much worse it would be if some foreign agent actually got a job at the company. That’s what happened in 2013, apparently. In a sprawling Saturday New York Times report looking at the Saudi Arabian leadership’s social media campaign to silence critics and influence thinking, one detail stands out: The story of former Twitter employee Ali Alzabarah.

Turning $75 in Pins and Hot Wheels Cars into $1,000 Plus

YOUTUBE.COM — Here are some of them: – Ticket to Ride: Europe board game. Bought for $listed for $22.99. Vintage Thundercat action figure. Bought for 10 cents, listed for $30.99. Hard Rock Cafe mug. Bought for 50 cents, listed for $9.99. Bambi toy. Bought for 50 cents, listed for $13.99 – Cat in the Hat stuffed animal.

We watched the feature length Jake Paul docu-series finale so you don’t have to

MASHABLE.COM — “I want a whole cake after all this is over,” Shane Dawson says when Jake Paul and his girlfriend Erika Costell stroll up to his house holding baby pink cake pops shortly before their last interview. . Welcome to Inside the Mind of Jake Paul, the feature length finale to the docu-series that dove into the whirlwind of growing up on camera.

The space race is dominated by new contenders

ECONOMIST.COM — Get our daily newsletterUpgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. SOME 4,500 satellites circle Earth, providing communications services and navigational tools, monitoring weather, observing the universe, spying and doing more besides. Getting them there was once the…

Gen-Z Is Coming to the Workforce. Here’s What to Expect

INC.COM — They are young. They are driven. They are pragmatic. They crave financial stability. They won’t put away their laundry no matter how many times you ask them. OK, that last sentence may just refer to the two adorable Gen-Zers who happen to be my offspring. But this next group has just started to hit the workforce (the oldest are 23), and will undoubtedly be the topic of much discussion.

7 Winning Instagram Contest Ideas (And How to Run Your Own)

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social An Instagram contest is a great way to draw attention to your brand on the platform that has more than one billion users. Contests and giveaways will help boost engagement and get your content noticed by the Instagram algorithm. Before you dive into your first…

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IoT company Smartfrog takes controlling interest in Canary

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Things have been pretty quiet on the Canary front. In January at CES, the New York-based smart security startup released a stripped-down version of it its flagship camera. Beyond the odd software updates here and there, however, we haven’t heard much. This morning, however, the company announced some pretty big changes coming from the top, down.

Snapchat becomes the mobile HBO with 12 daily scripted Original shows

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Snapchat needs reasons for teens to come back every day as it struggles to grow amidst competition from Instagram, so it’s capitalizing on its Los Angeles roots. Today Snapchat unveiled its fall slate of a dozen “Original” video shows including its first scripted programs from top producers like Keeping Up With The Kardashians creator Bunim/Murray.

Donald Daters, a dating app for Trump supporters, leaked its users’ data

TECHCRUNCH.COM — A new dating app for Trump supporters that wants to “make America date again” has leaked its entire database of users — on the day of its launch. The app, called “Donald Daters,” is aimed at “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike” and has already received rave reviews and coverage in Fox News, Daily Mail and The Hill.

How to Get Followers on Pinterest: 24 Tips that Really Work

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social If one of your social media goals involves figuring out how to get followers on Pinterest, you’ll want to Pin this guide. Pinterest is all about inspiration and discovery. That means it’s not only a great way to connect with current customers; it’s a great place to…

European authorities to investigate Twitter over GDPR non-compliance

MASHABLE.COM — The GDPR is beginning to bare its teeth. Irish authorities are investigating Twitter for not complying with a user request covered by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), according to Fortune. A researcher asked Twitter to provide him with more information about the data it collects when users click an auto-shortened link in a tweet.

22 Examples of Insanely Creative Instagram Stories

DELMONDO.CO — Standing out on Instagram Stories can be hard, especially if you’re a brand. As a brand, you’re forced to compete for attention among influencers and a follower’s friends and family. What makes this even more difficult is that there is an expectation for brands on Instagram Stories to produce high quality and entertaining content on a regular basis.

Native ad test in Google Discover feeds gets a new look

SEARCHENGINELAND.COM — For several months, Google has been running a limited test to show ads in what’s now called Google Discover (it’s third name after “Google Now” and “Google Feed”). With recent rebrand to Google Discover last month, the ads also have an updated look. New look. Spotted by a Reddit user, the native ads now have the look and feel of the redesigned organic news cards in the feed and the same ad label positioning next to the headline as text ads in Google search results.

Outdoor Advertising Is Conquering. Why Aren’t You Using It?

ENTREPRENEUR.COM — To catch the eyes of pixel-jaded consumers, creative brands are taking it outside. October 14, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Billboards…

Riley Curry is growing up but still warming our hearts

MASHABLE.COM — Riley Curry, daughter of NBA star Steph Curry and celebrity cook Ayesha Curry, may no longer be the delightful toddler interrupting her dad’s press conferences, but she’s still pretty darn adorable and capable of capturing our hearts.

Dubai launches its self-driving taxi service

MASHABLE.COM — It might not be flying taxis, but self-driving taxis on the road started test runs in Dubai on Sunday. At the annual consumer electronics trade show Gitex, Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority, or RTA, showed off its autonomous taxi service. The cars are intended to connect passengers during the “first and last mile” to get from existing transportation systems to, say, a shopping mall or movie theater or other venue or to get back home. .

9 times Trump was owned by his own tweets

MASHABLE.COM — It’s surprisingly easy — just use Twitter’s advanced search option and a few keywords — but that doesn’t make it any less wild how often Trump has gone back on previous statements. Sure, it’s one thing for politicians to evolve, but this happens with enough regularity there’s even an entire subreddit dedicated to it.

How the LinkedIn Algorithm Works (And How to Make it Work for You)

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social When you log in at LinkedIn.com or use the LinkedIn app, you’re immediately taken to your homepage feed. This page acts very much like the Facebook feed, where you see updates from your friends or Pages you follow. You’ll notice, however, that your LinkedIn feed…

Pixel 2 vs Pixel 3: Should you upgrade?

TECHCRUNCH.COM — If you’re considering making the jump to newly announced Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re a Pixel 2 owner eyeing greener pastures or a bargain type hunting for a last-gen smartphone that’s still top of the line, comparing new and old is often useful. On specs alone, the Pixel 3 shares most of its DNA with the Pixel but there are a handful of meaningful differences, and they’re not all obvious.

A fictional Facebook Portal videochat with Mark Zuckerberg

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Do you mean Mark Zuckerberg? TC: Hi Mark! Nice choice of grey t-shirt. MZ: Uh, new phone who dis? oh, hi, er, TechCrunch… TC: Thanks for agreeing to this entirely fictional interview, Mark! MZ: Sure — anytime. But you don’t mind if I tape over the camera do you? You see I’m a bit concerned about my privacy here at, like, home.

A hospital made a Spotify playlist of hot jams to help you perform CPR

MASHABLE.COM — This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. Next time you need to save a life, the The All-American Rejects can help. Yeah, you read that properly. It just so happens that “Gives You Hell,” the band’s scathing revenge anthem of 2008, is 100 beats per minute — the exact beat needed to perfectly time CPR compressions.

15 Social Video Metrics that Really Matter

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Tracking your metrics is an important part of developing, measuring, and refining your social media strategy and your social ads. The same principle applies to social video. With videos on various social networks racking up billions of views per day and more than 70…

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Facebook Announces Two New Video Ad Buying Options to Maximize Revenue Potential

SOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — Facebook has announced two new video ad buying options to help both businesses and publishers capitalize on the potential of video during the 2018 holiday season. The first is what Facebook’s calling ‘In-Stream Reserve’, which will enable advertisers to reach people watching video from “a selection of the most engaging, highest quality publishers and creators”.

4 Ways to Collect Email Leads From Your Facebook Group

SOCIALMEDIAEXAMINER.COM — Wondering how to build an email list from your Facebook group? Looking for tips to help? In this article, you’ll learn four ways to collect emails from your Facebook group. 4 Ways to Collect Email Leads From Your Facebook Group by Nate McCallister on Social Media Examiner. Why Gathering Emails…

How Facebook Was Hacked And Why It’s A Disaster For Internet Security

FORBES.COM — Of Mutual Interest S P ChangesASSOCIATED PRESSFacebook dropped a bombshell on Friday when it revealed an unknown hacker had breached the site, compromising the accounts of 50 million users. The company’s security team found three bugs were used in the attacks, saying they were used in combination…

The war over music copyrights

TECHCRUNCH.COM — VC firms haven’t been the only ones. raising hundreds of millions of dollars to invest in a booming market. After 15+ years of being the last industry anyone wanted to invest in, the music industry is coming back, and money is flooding in to buy up the rights to popular songs. As paid streaming subscriptions get mainstream adoption, the big music streaming services – namely Spotify, Apple Music, and Tencent Music, but also Pandora, Amazon Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, and others – have entered their prime.

Exclusive: Tim Berners-Lee tells us his radical new plan to upend the

FASTCOMPANY.COM — “The intent is world domination,” Berners-Lee says with a wry smile. The British-born scientist is known for his dry sense of humor. But in this case, he is not joking. This week, Berners-Lee will launch, Inrupt, a startup that he has been building, in stealth mode, for the past nine months. Backed by Glasswing Ventures, its mission is to turbocharge a broader movement afoot, among developers around the world, to decentralize the web and take back power from the forces that have profited from centralizing it.

Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data breach affecting 50M users

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Facebook is cleaning up after a major security incident exposed the account data of millions of users. What’s already been a rocky year after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the company is scrambling to regain its users trust after another security incident exposed user data. Here’s everything you need to know so far.

Red Sox fan somehow hits Yankees player with his own home run ball

MASHABLE.COM — The Boston Red Sox should consider signing one of their fans that got ejected from Fenway Park on Saturday. After New York Yankees power hitter Giancarlo Stanton blasted a home run to the top of Fenway Park’s infamous Green Monster at the top of the seventh inning on Saturday, a Red Sox fan took that ball and whipped it back onto the field in protest, hitting Stanton in the arm after a hop as he rounded second base.

Make Your Social #FailProof

HOOTSUITE.COM — Social media fails are an unfortunate by-product of marketing—and life—on the web. But they can also provide for some major entertainment. In Hootsuite’s latest e-book we highlight the 9 biggest types of social media fails, discuss why they are missteps and how they happened. Most importantly,…

How We Know Kavanaugh Is Lying

CURRENTAFFAIRS.ORG — On Thursday morning, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford detailed under oath her claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attacked her and sexually violated her when he was 17. On Thursday afternoon, Kavanaugh went before the committee to defend himself from the charge, emotionally—sometimes angrily—claiming that he was an innocent man being persecuted by Democrats, that his hearings had become a “national disgrace” that had “destroyed my family and my good name.” The two witnesses, Ford and Kavanaugh, were both steadfast in their stories.

Woman accidentally informs the U.S. that she’s a terrorist via online travel form

MASHABLE.COM — While planning a visit to the United States, a British woman unwittingly answered “Yes” to an online travel application query asking if she had ever engaged in terrorist activity. Accordingly, Mandie Stevenson’s U.travel application was promptly denied, reports the BBC. “At first I thought it was a bad dream and then I realised what I had done,” Stevenson said on the BBC radio show “Mornings with Stephen Jardine.” Stevenson had been applying for a travel application using the U.Department of Homeland Security’s Electronic System for Travel Authorization site, or ESTA, when she erred.

The hearing’s over, but people still aren’t buying Kavanaugh’s discredited argument

MASHABLE.COM — Brett Kavanaugh’s seemingly tenuous relationship with the truth is still haunting those who watched him testify on Thursday. At times, the prospective Supreme Court justice abandoned composure to shed tears and scream, but at his most jarring he straight-up refused to answer questions directly, was unwilling to request an FBI investigation, and, as further research revealed, apparently lied under oath.

See the new iPhone’s ‘focus pixels’ up close

TECHCRUNCH.COM — The new iPhones have excellent cameras, to be sure. But it’s always good to verify breathless onstage claims with first-hand reports. We have our own review of the phones and their photography systems, but teardowns provide the invaluable service of letting you see the biggest changes with your own eyes — augmented, of course, by a high-powered microscope.

Strengthen and Protect your Brand Reputation on Social Media

HOOTSUITE.COM — Thanks to the proliferation of online reviews and social media, consumers are now in charge of a brand’s reputation just as much as the organization itself. By using social media to proactively strengthen and protect your organization’s reputation, you can increase your reach, establish…

The Guide to Paid Social

HOOTSUITE.COM — Social media is quickly taking over the digital advertising space. In the last year, social media ad spending has grown more than 50 percent to $16.3 billion. In 2017, Facebook reported $9.16B in advertising revenue for a single quarter (Q2)—a 47 percent increase over Q2 2016. This trend is not…

7 Free Social Media Icons (The Only Ones You’re Actually Allowed to Use)

BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social No website is complete without social media icons. And nowadays everything from email signatures and business cards to posters and video spots benefit from a little “iconography.” But before slapping icons on every asset your company owns, there are a few things to…

Facebook Stories Ads now available to all advertisers

MARKETINGLAND.COM — Facebook has officially launched Stories Ads on the Facebook platform, making the ad units available to all advertisers globally. The company first brought ads into Instagram Stories in January 2017, and began testing Facebook Stories Ads in May. Earlier this month, Facebook alerted its Marketing Partner Network to the coming ad units, asking ad management platforms to set Stories Ads on Facebook as a default opt-in.

Facebook Stories Hits 300 Million Users and Rolls Out Ads Globally

BLOG.BUFFERAPP.COM — Today, Facebook has announced that it’s rolling out Facebook Stories Ads to advertisers globally. More than 300 million people use Facebook Stories and Messenger Stories every day. Since Snapchat debuted the Stories format back in 2013, it has taken over the social media landscape. Facebook first…

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Instagram’s founders are reportedly resigning from Facebook

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Eight years after launching Instagram and six years after selling it to Facebook, Instagram co-founders CEO Kevin Systrom and CTO Mike Krieger are leaving the company, according to The New York Times. The founders apparently did not give a reason for their departure when they informed the company today that they’ll depart in the next few weeks.

White House says a draft executive order reviewing social media companies is not “official”

TECHCRUNCH.COM — A draft executive order circulating around the “is not the result of an official White House policymaking process,” according to deputy White House press secretary, Lindsay Walters. According to a report in The Washington Post, Walters denied that White House staff had worked on a draft executive order that would require every federal agency to study how social media platforms moderate user behavior and refer any instances of perceived bias to the Justice Department for further study and potential legal action.

Happy anniversary, Android

TECHCRUNCH.COM — since Google took the wraps off the G1, the first Android phone. Since that time the OS has grown from buggy, nerdy iPhone alternative to arguably the most popular (or at least populous) computing platform in the world. But it sure as heck didn’t get there without hitting a few bumps along the road.

7 AI Tools You Can Use to Increase Online Sales

INC.COM — Artificial intelligence is all the rage in business today. But what you may not know is that AI apps and programs can help boost your conversion optimization — that is, increase the number of people who purchase things on your website, and sell more of your products with less effort. There are literally thousands of AI tools, apps, and software — hundreds of which focus on helping business owners sell more.

Seven reasons not to trust Facebook to play cupid

TECHCRUNCH.COM — has launched a major new product play, slotting an algorithmic dating service inside its walled garden as if that’s perfectly normal behavior for an ageing social network. Insert your [dad dancing GIF of choice] right here. getting into dating looks very much like a mid-life crisis — as a veteran social network desperately seeks a new strategy to stay relevant in an age when app users have largely moved on from social network ‘lifecasting’ to more bounded forms of sharing, via private messaging and/or friend groups inside dedicated messaging and sharing apps.

Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from the Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s …

NEWYORKER.COM — As Senate Republicans press for a swift vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh. The claim dates to the 1983-84 academic school year, when Kavanaugh was a freshman…

How to Make a Big Decision

NYTIMES.COM — The upshot is clear: If you find yourself mapping a “whether or not” question, looking at a simple fork in the road, you’re almost always better off turning it into a “which one” question that gives you more available paths. What’s the best way to expand your pool of options? Researchers suggest…

These Twitter reactions prove ‘Bodyguard’ is one of the best British shows we’ve had in ages

MASHABLE.COM — At one point on Sunday night, a solid 11 million people were tuned in to watch the finale of the BBC’s nail-chewingly tense crime thriller Bodyguard. A whole bunch of them were tweeting about it, too. Just a quick glance through the #Bodyguard hashtag was enough to see just how much of an impact Jed Mercurio’s six-parter, which has recently been sold to Netflix, made. .

Singapore is the crypto sandbox that Asia needs

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Singapore Blockchain Week happened this past week. While there have been a few announcements from companies, some of the most interesting updates have come from regulators, and specifically, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The financial regulator openly discussed its views on cryptocurrency and plans to develop blockchain technology locally.

The New York Times sues the FCC to investigate Russian interference in Net Neutrality decision

TECHCRUNCH.COM — The ongoing saga over the FCC’s handling of public comments to its net neutrality proposal continues after sued the organization for withholding of information that it believes could prove there was Russian interference. The Times has filed multiple Freedom of Information Act requests for data on the comments since July 2017, and now, after reducing the scope of its requests significantly was rejected, it is taking the FCC to court in a bid to get the information.

Swiping right on virtual relationships

TECHCRUNCH.COM — in the latest season of the Hulu original series Casual, where the main character, Alex, tries his hand at dating in virtual reality. He quickly meets a woman and develops a big, adrenaline-inducing crush only to realize she’s a scammer out for his credit card information. We’re not there yet, and we probably won’t be there as soon as the writers of the show think, but it’s time to imagine and plan for a future when entire relationships exist in and as a result of virtual reality.

Fintech startups: Apply to exhibit for free as a TC Top Pick at Disrupt Berlin 2018

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Fintech promises to be one of the hottest topics at Disrupt Berlin 2018, and you can take that to the bank see what we did there? On 29-30 November thousands of attendees will descend on Berlin, and what better way to get your fintech business in front of them than to exhibit in Startup Alley? Oh wait, we know a better way — apply to be a TechCrunch Top Pick and exhibit at Disrupt Berlin for FREE!

Understanding Renaud Laplanche’s next Upgraded act

TECHCRUNCH.COM — ten years building LendingClub. In the process, he created an industry from scratch. Circumventing conventional banking channels for consumer credit began in 1996 when Chris Larsen started E-LOAN, which ultimately led to Prosper Marketplace. But LendingClub, which Laplanche founded in 2007, was and remains the poster child for the business of marketplace lending.

The long list of new Alexa devices Amazon announced at its hardware event

TECHCRUNCH.COM — retailer hosted a private event today where they continued to exercise their highly strategic approach to hardware, which has them throwing everything at the wall and waiting to see what sticks. We got some new Echo devices, sure, but there was also an amp, a camera, a clock and a microwave…? There’s a lot to take a look at, including some product refreshes and entirely new verticals, so let’s get to it.

Inside Facebook Dating, launching today first in Colombia

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Does deeper data produce perfect matches? is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its new Dating feature. It’s centered around an algorithm-powered homescreen of Suggested romantic matches based on everything Facebook knows about you that other apps don’There’s no swiping and it’s not trying to look cool, but Facebook Dating is familiar and non-threatening enough to feel accessible to Facebook’s broad array of single users.

Inside Facebook Dating, launching today first in Colombia

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Does deeper data produce perfect matches? Facebook is finally ready to find out, starting today with a country-wide test in Colombia of its Dating feature. It’s centered around an algorithm-powered homescreen of Suggested romantic matches based on everything Facebook knows about you that other apps don’Originally announced at F8 in May, Facebook has hammered out details like limiting users to expressing interest in a maximum of 100 people per day, spotlighting personal questions as well as photos, and defaulting to show you friends-of-friends as well as strangers unless you only want to see people with no mutual connections.

The 30 Instagram Statistics You Need to Know in 2018

ADESPRESSO.COM — You know that Instagram marketing is supposed to be really beneficial for businesses and brands. It’s one of the absolute go-to platforms that you need to be using.There are Instagram ads, newsfeed posts, and Stories, and all of them can help you accomplish your various marketing goals.But have…

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What is the meaning of LinkedIn?

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Thanks to John Biggs for inspiring this piece; I cosign most of what he says here. I have long been mystified by LinkedIn, because of its spectacular uselessness (for me) as a professional social network. But I also assumed it was useful for someone. Now, though, I’m beginning to wonder if the emperor is naked after all, and LinkedIn is purely a fantasy social network for people cosplaying that game called success.

7 ways ‘The Simpsons’ predicted the chaos of Donald Trump’s presidency

MASHABLE.COM — The Simpsons has given us some of the best satire of the century — and it turns out it also predicted the Trump administration and the unprecedentedly weird timeline it would bring. As the show enters its 30th season, it has managed to foreshadow plenty of random things that were to come. And, when it comes to politics, it somehow managed to churn out episodes that, in hindsight, forewarned us of the chaos that was to come under a Trump administration.

SEO Maturity: Evaluating Client Capabilities

MOZ.COM — Clients aren’t always knowledgeable about SEO. That lack of understanding can result in roadblocks and delay the work you’re trying to accomplish, but knowing your client’s level of SEO maturity can help. In today’s Whiteboard Friday, we welcome the brilliant Heather Physioc to expound upon the…

Mobile social network Path, once a challenger to Facebook, is closing down

TECHCRUNCH.COM — It’s that time again, folks, time to say goodbye to a social media service from days past. Following the shuttering of Klout earlier this year, now Path, the one-time rival to Facebook, is closing its doors, according to an announcement made today. The eight-year-old service will close down in one month — October 18 — but it will be removed from the App Store and Play on October Any remaining users have until October 18 to download a copy of their data, which can be done here.

Follow the Local SEO Leaders: A Guide to Our Industry’s Best Publications

MOZ.COM — Change is the only constant in local SEO. As your local brand or local search marketing agency grows, you’ll be onboarding new hires. Whether they’re novices or adepts, they’ll need to keep up with continuous industry developments in order to make agile contributions to team strategy….

Social Media Data Cookbook – For Marketers

HOOTSUITE.COM — Social media data is valuable—everyone knows that. But while social data has been hyped by the media, marketers know that moving from collecting data to actually putting it to work is very difficult. In our free Social Media Data Cookbook, we took a different approach. Instead of focusing on…

Amazon launches Storefronts to give 20K small businesses a bigger spotlight

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Amazon has had a complicated relationship with small businesses over the years: on one hand, it’s long been a channel for them to sell goods online to a wider audience; but on the other, some have lamented giving over too much customer “ownership” to it in the name of sales, and not being able to stand out and present their brand and products in anything other than Amazon’s format.

Marc and Lynne Benioff will buy Times magazine from Meredith for $190M

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Another tech billionaire will scoop up a major news outlet. which acquired in January, announced today that it has agreed to sell its eponymous magazine to Salesforce.com co-founder Marc Benioff and his wife Lynne Benioff for $190 million. Meredith said in March that it planned to sell Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Money as part of its goal to save $400 million to $500 million over the next two years and increase the profitability of its remaining portfolio of publications.

Stop Listening to Social Media Gurus and Build Your Own Digital and Social Marketing Plan

SOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — How much time have you spent the past 12 months watching videos, reading blog posts, listening to podcasts and participating at live, in-person industry events with the goal of learning the path to success in the online world? There’s no doubt you could spend your every waking hour listening to and watching others to learn what they suggest you should do to be super successful, rich and famous (or so they say), and there’s undoubtedly value in learning from others who’ve already been down the path you are wanting to succeed at.

A new CSS-based web attack will crash and restart your iPhone

TECHCRUNCH.COM — A security researcher has found a new way to crash and restart any iPhone — with just a few lines of code. Sabri Haddouche tweeted a proof-of-concept webpage with just 15 lines of code which, if visited, will crash and restart an iPhone or iPad. Those on macOS may also see Safari freeze when opening the link.

Sports Twitter is a fun and weird haven from an often bleak news cycle

MASHABLE.COM — This is An Ode to…, a weekly column where we share the stuff we’re really into in hopes that you’ll be really into it, too. Sports Twitter is no different. There are hot takes, unfounded insults, and trash talk between fans that gets surprisingly personal incredibly quickly. Oh, and some of the strangest Twitter drama around. .

North Korea skirts US sanctions by secretly selling software around the globe

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Fake social media profiles are useful for more than just sowing political discord among foreign adversaries, as it turns out. A group linked to the North Korean government has been able to duck existing sanctions on the country by concealing its true identity and developing software for clients abroad.

Everyday home gear made smart

TECHCRUNCH.COM — Editor’s note: This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and TechCrunch may earn affiliate commissions. If you only have one smart home device, it’s likely something simple and fun like a voice-controlled speaker or color-changing LED light bulb.

Apple moves to thwart Facebook tracking

MASHABLE.COM — We’ve seen the beef between the two Silicon Valley giants play out over the course of the past year, with Apple CEO Tim Cook making derisive comments about Facebook’s profiling of users, only to have Mark Zuckerberg attempt a comeback. But the war of words has escalated to action. Starting Tuesday, reports the Associated Press, Apple’s Safari browser will update to automatically block certain types of cookies that Facebook relies on to track users as they move across the web.

Anna Kendrick made Barack Obama double over with laughter in 2012. Now we know why.

MASHABLE.COM — You want to know what real power looks like? Walking up to the President of the United States and calling him an asshole. During the era of Donald Trump, sure, saying something like that could go very badly. But back in 2012, when politics was less of a bloodsport and President Barack Obama still lived in the White House, Anna Kendrick didn’t just get away with it — she got the president laughing hysterically.

Little Baby Bum has billions of views on YouTube

MASHABLE.COM — Did you know that a near hour-long collection of children’s nursery rhymes set to 3D animation is the 20th most popular YouTube video ever? And the husband-and-wife duo behind the popular channel just sold Little Baby Bum, likely for millions of dollars. The exact sale price is confidential, but a social media marketing firm told Bloomberg that the London couple likely made between £6 million to £8.5 million ($7.8 million to $11.1 million).

The second blockchain bubble is now complete

TECHCRUNCH.COM — The last few months haven’t been easy for crypto investors. Following the dizzying highs of crypto trading late last year, which saw reach a peak of $19,276 and a market cap of $323 billion and Ether reach $1,152 with a market cap of more than $112 billion, prices have crashed. Today, Bitcoin trades at around $6,500, and Ether at $204.

Setting Goals, Objectives and KPIs

HOOTSUITE.COM — Video Transcript The best social strategy is one that methodically outlines how social media will support your organization’s broader initiatives. To do this, you’ll need to create a set of social media goals and objectives that clearly contribute to organizational success. Begin by…

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