Former Stitch Fix COO Julie Bornstein is rewriting the e-commerce playbookTECHCRUNCH.COM — More than two years after Julie Bornstein- former chief operating officer-mysteriously left the subscription-based personal styling service only months before its initial public offering, she’s taking the wraps off her first independent venture. Shortly after departing Stitch Fix, Bornstein began building The Yes, an AI-powered shopping platform expected to launch in the first half of 2020.
Is there room for a U.S. equivalent to China’s #1 news app?TECHCRUNCH.COM — is literally big news. Not only has its parent company ByteDance achieved a $75 billion valuation, two of its apps — Toutiao, a news aggregator, and Douyin (Tik Tok in China) — are chipping into WeChat’s user engagement numbers, no small feat considering the central role WeChat plays in the daily lives of the region’s smartphone users.
Facebook offers special protections for election-related accountsMASHABLE.COM — On Monday, the social media giant announce a new service designed to further secure Facebook accounts affiliated with election campaigns. Dubbed Facebook Protect, the program hopes to help current or would-be elected officials — along with any of their staff — follow best cybersecurity practices and avoid getting hacked. .
Russian trolls on Instagram focus on Joe BidenMASHABLE.COM — As the 2020 election heats up, so, too, do the trolling and interference efforts. And we already know one of the biggest targets so far: former Vice President Joe Biden. . The information comes as Facebook announced on Monday that it removed dozens of accounts and pages in response to “coordinated inauthentic behavior” by those accounts.
Creepiest Alexa and Google Assistant security fail yetMASHABLE.COM — Because we don’t have enough concerns about our digital privacy these days, it seems Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home both gave thumbs up to apps that could be used to eavesdrop on users and phish for their passwords. As reported by Ars Technica, whitehat hackers at Germany’s Security Research Labs developed four apps, called “smart spies,” for each device that passed muster with Amazon and Google’s respective vetting processes, meaning they were approved for public use. .
These 20 incredibly detailed, microscope photographs are quite the close-upMASHABLE.COM — Microscopy lets us take a much, much closer look at the details we might never see with the naked eye, and some multi-talented scientists know how to work a camera and editing suite. Throw those elements together and you’ve got one heck of a photo competition. From a tiny turtle embryo that looks like a Tamagotchi to the most stunning image of an ovary we’ve ever seen, 20 images have been selected as the winners of the 45th Nikon Small World competition, which recognises excellence in photography taken under the microscope.
Google Pixel 4’s face unlock will get more secure but it may not be very soonMASHABLE.COM — Now, according to The Verge, Google has promised to fix the issue, albeit the timeline is quite loose: “in the coming months.” Google told The Verge it’s essentially been working on the same thing: “an option for users to require their eyes to be open to unlock the phone.” Despite the lack of this feature, Google claims that the phone still offers good protection, for example, it is “resilient” to unlock attempts with a mask.
Commercetools raises $145M from Insight for Shopify-style e-commerce APIs for large enterprisesTECHCRUNCH.COM — Global retail e-commerce is expected to be a $25 trillion business this year, and today one of the companies that has built a set of tools to help larger enterprises to sell to consumers online has raised a large growth round to meet that demand. Commercetools, a German startup that provides a set of APIs that power e-commerce sales and related functions for large businesses, has raised $145 million (€130 million) in a growth round of funding led by Insight Partners,.
4 ways to know if working at a fast-growing company is right for youFASTCOMPANY.COM — Being on a rocket ship is one of the most addicting feelings you can experience at work. I’ve hired thousands of people, promoted hundreds, and mentored many. I’ve also watched former employees walk away from a rocket ship for what they thought were greener pastures. I’m never surprised to see people leave a company they joined at an early stage once it starts getting bigger.
Instagram is testing a feature to clean up your pity followsTHENEXTWEB.COM — We’ve all been there: You meet someone who wants to stay in touch later, but you don’t want to share your number with them. So you turn to the next best thing — Instagram. These are people whom you follow out of courtesy, but don’t interact with much. Don’t worry, Instagram is testing a feature…
3 Key Tips on Social Media Content Templates, and Why You Need to Use Them in Your EffortsSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — As noted by most social media marketing guides, consistency is key. Maintaining an active, engaging presence is what will help you build a digital community, expand your presence, and ultimately, build connections that will lead to sales. But it’s not just posting in itself that’s key to this effort – maintaining consistency in your social updates is also a key element, as each update, each tweet and each story frame can be used to further your branding, and help establish your presence.
The crucial lesson in the demise of Dyson’s electric car projectFASTCOMPANY.COM — Owners of scooters, motorbikes and tuk-tuks rely on an important support network of businesses to provide fuel, maintenance and spare parts. Without such a support network in place, no shiny new vehicle can conquer a relevant market share. And if those who benefit from the current petrol-based transport system are left out, they have no incentives to support electrifying transport.
All the Fitbit activity badgesMATTCUTTS.COM — Fitbit has discontinued their Fitbit One step trackers, which seems like a good opportunity to step back and reflect on wearing one for the last decade or so. I’ve enjoyed using Fitbit trackers, but the One devices seemed like they broke down way too often. I’m pretty proud that I ended up…
More Chinese are home schooling their kidsECONOMIST.COM — A SIGN ON the door of Yuan Honglin’s ocean-front townhouse in the southern city of Xiamen says “study at home”. To Mr Yuan that means “instead of going to school”. That is what he decided was best for his daughter, Xiaoyi, when she grew bored with kindergarten in 2002. He withdrew her and became…