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Facebook’s Paywall Feature Will be a Double-Edged Sword for Publishers

Facebook is reportedly been working on building support for paywalls and subscription models into its mobile-first Instant Articles platform. And as with so much of what the social network offers to publishers, it will be a giant double-edged sword. The company is hoping to roll out support for third-party subscriptions by the end of this […]

Trump’s Own Tweets Help Kill His Government’s Travel Ban, Again

As a number of legal experts warned they might, Donald Trump’s tweets about his “travel ban” helped convince an appeals court to block the controversial order. It’s the second time his own comments have helped the courts knock down the proposed legislation. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on Monday, ruling that […]

Twitter Accounts of Journalists, Activists Hacked to Spread Fake News

Two of the most difficult problems in the current world of always-on communication are hacking and the spread of “fake news” or misinformation. In some cases, these two very different problems are combining to create one big headache. In Venezuela, for example, digital-rights group Access Now says it discovered recently that Twitter accounts belonging to […]

Google Slammed by the EFF for Blocking Ads but Allowing User Tracking

Google confirmed recently that it is coming out with a new version of its Chrome browser that will have ad-blocking features built in, which the company says will make it easier for users to surf the web without being annoyed by intrusive ads. The search giant is coming under fire for not blocking another annoying […]

Snap Investors Should be Very Worried About This Number

When Snap went public in March, in one of the most eagerly anticipated tech IPOs in recent memory, some analysts expressed concern about a slowdown in the growth of its Snapchat messaging app. Now, a new number suggests those concerns may have been well founded. In a note to Nomura Instinet’s invesment clients on Wednesday, […]

Should Uber’s next CEO be a robot?

last monthMedia / New Media : Rough Type

A little more than two years ago, I suggested in a post that “the killer business app for artificial intelligence may turn out to be the algorithmic CEO.” I was picking up on a point that Frank Pasquale had made in a review of The Second Machine Age: Thiel Fellow and computer programming prodigy Vitaly Bukherin […]

10 Things I have learned about business and start-ups over the last 10 years

It’s 10 years since the end of Performancing, and I just had a work anniversary at Copyblogger/Rainmaker Digital, so what have I learned in the last 10 years? You’re not the customer – Empathy is paramount. No sacred cows. No ideas are “stupid”. Show More Summary

How can artists use data to promote their careers?

Gone are the days when you used to discover new music by watching MTV, listening to the radio, or by borrowing a CD from a friend. Now, music is available everywhere, and anyone who uses the internet can  access millions of artists in a matter of seconds. Show More Summary

I’ve been talking online to Jeremiah Owyang for 10 years today

Happenstance twitter searching some time ago let me know that it was May 19th, 2007 that happened - and when I saw that date, I made a note on my calendar! I want to take this opportunity to thank Jeremiah for 10 years of high-value blogging, tweeting, public risk taking, inspiration and friendship.

The robot paradox

2 months agoMedia / New Media : Rough Type

“You can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics,” remarked MIT economist Robert Solow in a 1987 book review. The quip became famous. It crystallized what had come to be called the productivity paradox — the...Show More Summary

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