Friday Wrap #199: Echo witnesses a murder, Russia protests via meme, brands prep for Trump attacks

Friday Wrap #199This is traditionally a slow news week, so it’s a shorter-than-usual Wrap this week (and likely next week, as well, unless CES delivers some surprises). I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

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No, engagement isn’t dead—I have been surprised to see so many articles proclaiming the death of employee engagement. The data they cite is fine; the conclusions they draw are absurd. While employees may not seek engagement, they do crave the things that engage them. And while too many surveys are more focused on… Read More »

Friday Wrap #198: Marriott’s reality series, a fake news search engine, an autoplay assassination

Friday Wrap #198I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Twitter testing notifications for breaking news—Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey insists that Twitter is a news platform, a channel for sharing what’s happening right now. Reflecting its desire to be a news app, the company has started testing notifications of breaking news. When a truck crashed into a Berlin Christmas market, Twitter pushed a news alert of the event to some users via the Twitter Moments tab; it had done the same when Fidel Castro died. The takeaway: While I don’t… Read More »

Friday Wrap #196: NFL lightens up, Tinder has a podcast, Starbucks launches a chatbot

Friday Wrap #196I extract items for the Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Facebook patents tool to remove fake news—Facebook has filed a patent for “systems and methods to identify objectionable content.” The technology has been in the works since 2015 but takes on new urgency with CEO Mark Zuckerberg asserting Facebook has to come up with “better technical systems to detect what people will flag as false before they do it themselves.” The takeaway: This is good news for business, which is fast becoming the new target for fake news. On the other… Read More »

Friday Wrap #188: Young adults want news by text, Facebook wants everyone to have the Net, and more

Friday Wrap #188I extract items for the Friday Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Facebook wants to provide free Internet access—Facebook’s Free Basics app has already been deployed in some third-world regions—and killed off in India after being subjected to regulatory scrutiny. But the company is looking to roll it out in the U.S., and has been in talks with the White House and wireless carriers about making it happen. Free Basics “would target low-income and rural Americans who cannot afford reliable, high-speed Internet a home or on… Read More »

Friday Wrap #186: Bank ethics, AI messaging, live-streamed debates, declining Twitter spends, & more

Friday Wrap #186I extract items for the Friday Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing.

News

Facebook overestimated video viewing times—The average time Facebook has told advertisers people spent watching videos was seriously overestimated for the last two years. The excessive figure resulted from only counting videos seen for three or more seconds and didn’t factor in shorter views. “The miscalculation likely led to an overestimated viewing time of 60 to 80%,” according to C|Net, and may well have led advertisers to spend more than they otherwise would… Read More »

Friday Wrap #185: Webcam security, Yelp’s safe harbor, fighting fake stories, & Twitter news galore

Friday Wrap #185I extract items for the Friday Wrap from my link blog, which you’re welcome to follow.. To make sure you never miss an issue, subscribe to my weekly email briefing. This week, an unusual amount of Twitter news crossed my feeds, so I stuffed it all in a dedicated Twitter section.

News

FBI’s advice: Tape over your webcam—Straight from FBI Director James Comey: It’s just common sense to cover up your webcam. Comey took some ridicule for admitting he does it, but he noted that most government workers do it so “people who don’t have authority don’t look at you.” The takeaway: Mock away, but if you value your privacy, you’ll pay… Read More »

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