African governments are trying to collect more taxECONOMIST.COM — Jan 9th 2020KAMPALAWHAT IS IT like being a taxman in Africa? “A lot of sleepless nights,” says Yankuba Darboe, the Gambia’s top revenue official, describing the pressure to meet targets. Politicians across Africa are asking ever more of their tax collectors, with good reason. The biggest hole in…
Jolt raises $14.1M for its ‘pay-monthly’ business schoolTECHCRUNCH.COM — Jolt, an education startup that describes itself as an alternative to traditional MBA courses, has raised $14.1 million in Series A funding. The round is led by Balderton Capital, with participation from Hillsven Capital and Octopus Ventures. It brings Jolt’s total funding to $23.3 million in three years.
10 Proven Ways to Beat Writer’s BlockSOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — I’m a big proponent of content marketing, not just for the sake of SEO, but more so as a way to start conversations, and to share knowledge. Most people I meet love this – right up until the moment they sit down and start typing. It’s at this point they realize that their minds have gone blank and they don’t know where to start.
I have seen the AI dystopia and it looks like NeonMASHABLE.COM — A decade away I wrote a short story about a kind of Artificial Intelligence called Verts. The Verts only existed on 2-D screens, but the screens were ubiquitous. They were fake, but CGI had crossed the uncanny valley: they contrived to look more real than their human customers. They were always trying to sell us something — the name derived not from virtual but from advertising — but we didn’t mind.
What to expect in digital media in 2020TECHCRUNCH.COM — 2020, the media and entertainment sectors are in flux. New technologies are enabling new types of content, streaming platforms in multiple content categories are spending billions in their fight for market share and the interplay between social platforms and media is a central topic of global political debate (to put it lightly).
Iran retaliates for the killing of Qassem SuleimaniECONOMIST.COM — Jan 8th 2020Editor’s note (January 8th 2019): This article has been updated since publication”WE WILL TAKE revenge.” The words were those of Major-General Hossein Salami, head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), speaking at the funeral of Qassem Suleimani, the head of the IRGC’s…
Facebook exec warns company not to be anti-Trump in bizarre leaked memoMASHABLE.COM — A high-ranking Facebook executive and longtime Mark Zuckerberg confidant penned a long Lord of the Rings-referencing memo warning the company not to take action that would reflect a bias against President Donald Trump. Before the New Year, Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s Vice President of augmented and virtual reality, a rambling 2,500 word screed to his internal Facebook page.
How to Get On The Instagram Explore Page in 2020BLOG.HOOTSUITE.COM — Blog / Social Getting on the Instagram Explore page is the social media equivalent of striking gold: when it happens, life gets easier. It is also like striking gold in that there are no guaranteed ways to make it happen. But with some hard work, keen-eyed strategy, and gritty…
7 Books to Read for a Kinder, Happier 2020INC.COM — Even a half a minute of introspection is enough to tell you that the point of all our striving should be greater happiness. We build great fortunes because we think they’ll bring us greater security and less misery. We get fit to feel better. We build companies to remove friction from the world. . If that’s your goal this year, then UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, which focuses on the study of positive psychology, has a list of books you should read.
Union Square Ventures leads legal tech startup Juro’s $5M Series ATECHCRUNCH.COM — Juro, a UK startup that’s using machine learning tech and user-centric design to do for contracts what Typeform does for online forms, has caught the eye of Union Square Ventures. The New York-based fund leads a $5 million Series A investment that’s being announced this morning. Also participating in the Series A are existing investors (co-founder of TransferWise) and Paul Forster (co-founder of Indeed).
Facebook announces ban on deepfakes, but it won’t stop misinformationMASHABLE.COM — Facebook has announced a new policy designed to deal with misinformation spread by deepfakes. However, the website’s fairly weak rules still fall short of dealing with misinformation itself. In a blog post published on Monday evening, Facebook’s vice president for global policy management Monika Bickert stated that the company is “strengthening [its] policy toward misleading manipulated videos,” including deepfakes as well as “all types of manipulated media.” “Going forward, we will remove misleading manipulated media if it meets the following criteria,” wrote Bickert.
Douyin, TikTok app in China, hits 400 million daily active usersTECHCRUNCH.COM — China’which has taken the world by storm, is working its magic in its home nation, too. The Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin, has amassed 400 million daily active users, parent company ByteDance revealed in its annual report this week. This is an impressive growth for the addictive video app, which had 250 million daily active users in January last year.
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