’76 Days’ puts you in the height of the pandemic in a Wuhan hospitalMASHABLE.COM — Its premise is obviously major: Two directors, Weixi Chen and an anonymous reporter, embedded themselves in hospitals in Wuhan and Shanghai at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, during the 76-day lockdown of Wuhan. (A third director, Hao Wu, stayed in New York to edit the film.). But there’s no unified narrative or obvious lesson being served up here, no analysis of the virus’ origins, or the Chinese government’s reaction, or the global consequences that followed.
Learn how to build a sales team at Disrupt 2020TECHCRUNCH.COM — The classic model of enterprise sales (the relationship building, the big client dinners, the baseball games, etc) was upended in the 2010s. New approaches like inside sales offered better leverage for salespeople, better metrics to track performance, and a more assured funnel that helped SaaS companies drive efficient revenue growth.
The Social Media Universe in 2020 [Infographic]SOCIALMEDIATODAY.COM — The social media space is always evolving, and this year, it’s seen significant growth due to our in-person social interactions being restricted, and people seeking alternative ways to stay in touch with the wider world. That’s accelerated our reliance on social media and messaging apps, and while you would expect that to ease back at some point once we’re able to return to a level of normal, that growth is still largely in line with what we’ve been seeing over the last decade.
Facebook tries to recruit more poll workers for November electionMASHABLE.COM — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted about the social network’s poll worker recruitment drive on Friday. The effort kicked off on news feeds across the U.after the post went live. Anyone over the age of 18 and in the U.should see a blue button to “Become a Poll Official.” With the presidential election coming up during a pandemic, thousands of poll worker jobs are still unfulfilled, as ABC News reported on Tuesday.
Oracle boots out Microsoft and wins bid for TikTok, reports sayTECHCRUNCH.COM — Enterprise provider Oracle is said to have won the bidding war for the U.operations of TikTok, a chase in which Microsoft was booted out earlier today. TikTok and Oracle did not immediately respond to TechCrunch for comment. The Wall Street Journal writes that Oracle will be announced as TikTok’s “trusted tech partner” in the United States Additionally, the Journal cites that a person familiar with the matter says the deal is “likely not to be structured as an outright sale.” Oracle’s alleged purchase of TikTok’s U.operations would put an end to the unclear fate of the app within the country. The reported buy comes days before September 20, the day that the Trump administration set for a ban on TikTok’s operations if the company doesn’t reach an agreement with a buyer.
TikTok will reportedly sell to Oracle after Microsoft bid rejectedMASHABLE.COM — Oracle has beat out Microsoft to win the bid for TikTok’s U.operations, according to a report by the Wall Street JournalThe B2B database software company isn’t exactly the first name you think of when you think “meme-filled video sharing app for teens,” but we’re all extending ourselves a bit more these days.
The rise of ‘dark stores’—and how they could save struggling retailFASTCOMPANY.COM — Located in Brooklyn and slightly smaller than a typical Whole Foods, the store is dedicated solely to fulfilling online orders. It’s the company’s first purpose-built online-only store. With longer aisles, no salad bar, and missing those checkout candy displays, the store will be used to pack up online orders, which have skyrocketed during the pandemic.
11 invaluable life lessons from Cardi BMASHABLE.COM — Is there anyone slaying the game harder than Cardi B right now? When Cardi’s forever bop “Bodak Yellow” came out in 2017, it was quickly adopted as an anthem for unapologetically celebrating yourself and fully enjoying the rewards of your hard work. The song was the first sign of Cardi’s “fairy-tale come-up,” as The Ringer called it, and through her lyrics, Cardi taught us that it’s okay to embrace your success, stunt on the haters, and tell everyone that tried to hold you back: “LOOK AT ME NOW.” In addition to her music, Cardi B is known for her larger-than-life personality and unfiltered social media presence, where she will say anything and everything.
Check out these Breakout Sessions at Disrupt 2020TECHCRUNCH.COM — We’re on the brink of the biggest Disrupt in TechCrunch history. It’s five days of education, exhibition, competition and connection that spans the globe. As you plan your schedule, keep this in mind: You’ll find some of the most insightful and downright interesting programming at Disrupt 2020 in our Breakout Sessions.
Elon Musk says Starship SN8 prototype will have a nosecone and attempt a 60,000-foot return flightTECHCRUNCH.COM — has shared some details about future testing of Starship, the launch vehicle currently being developed by the company at its Boca Chica, Texas facility. Recently, SpaceX has completed short, 150 meter (just under 500 feet) test flights of two earlier Starship prototypes, SN5 and SN6 – and SN8, which is currently set to be done construction “in about a week” according to Musk will have “flaps & nosecone” and ultimately is intended for a much higher altitude test launch.
Keeping The Advertising Industry Honest with Justin SinghJEFFBULLAS.COM — Justin Singh is the Founder and CEO of “Outdoor Inspection Services” (OIS), a business intelligence platform currently operating in the $1 Billion a year Australian out-of-home advertising industry. OIS provides an “advertising verification” service to companies that have paid to advertise on out-of-home media such as bus shelters, roadside billboards, and shopping center signage, with clients including Telstra, The Australian Federal Government, Uber, Optus, and Samsung to name a few.
Twitter begins adding headlines and descriptions to some of its ‘trends’TECHCRUNCH.COM — is working to make its real-time Trending section less confusing. Last week, the company announced it would begin pinning a representative tweet that gives more insight about a trend to the trend’s page and promised more changes would soon be underway. Today, the company says it will begin writing headlines and descriptions for some of the trends, too, so you’ll better understand why something is showing up in the Explore tab or when you tap into a trend itself.
4 scenarios for the future of FacebookMASHABLE.COM — Mashable’s series Tech in 2025 explores how the challenges of today will dramatically change the near future. In 2020, Facebook is a greater force than ever. As of June 30, a record 2.7 billion people — exactly a third of the population of Earth — enter the social network at least once a…