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Little bird looks to fly with AI

13 February 2017 in -e.social

Twitter can’t seem to find an answer to its subscriber growth problem, but the microblog thinks artificial intelligence could help out here. CEO Jack Dorsey last week said Twitter’s superpower is that it is able break news and get information out faster than anyone else, but he admits that it needs more Kryptonite. Cue AI, which he believes will save its users having to dig through scads of info to find something that really matters to them.

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A prez for tweets

10 February 2017 in -e.social

Ailing Twitter is set to get a boost from President Trump’s constant tweeting, putting a rocket under user growth numbers and helping its financials. “Twitter has struggled to become a daily use application, in contrast to Facebook or Snapchat,” says BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield “The incessant news flow from the Trump administration playing out on Twitter and the ensuing global reaction pushes Twitter users to be increasingly engaged with the platform.”

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Facebook over-adds ads

16 November 2016 in -e.social

Facebook adsIn the murky world of digital advertising, Facebook has decided to come clean and announce errors in its reporting of ad metrics to advertisers. The social network says it has uncovered a number of instances of miscalculating reach on Facebook, including overstating time spent (by up to 8%) by users reading Instant Articles and exaggerating the number of people interacting with brands’ Facebook Pages.

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Reining in the Net

16 November 2016 in -e.social

Two-thirds of all Net users live in countries where criticism of the government, military or ruling family are subject to censorship.

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Into the Dugout

10 October 2016 in -e.social

DugoutThe world’s premier football clubs and a number of leading players have teamed up for the launch of new global digital football platform Dugout. The platform will play host to off-the-pitch and behind-the-scenes content created by both clubs and players some 24 hours before it can be viewed elsewhere, with the aim of feeding audience passion for the Beautiful Game. “Football fans are hungry to discover the latest news and content from the game they love,” says Elliot Richardson, Dugout president and co-founder.

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A kick in the economy

2 August 2016 in -e.social

KickstarterKickstarter crowdsourcing projects have led to the creation of 8,800 new companies and non-profits, and have delivered close to 30,000 full-time jobs. Plus some 280,000 part-time collaborators have pitched in to get those projects up and running, while Kickstarter initiatives have generated over $5.3 billion in direct economic impact for creators and communities, according to research the University of Pennsylvania.

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Sharing skews young and urban

4 July 2016 in -e.social

Sharing economyAlmost three-quarters of US consumers have tapped into the collaborative and on-demand economy. But… around one-quarter haven’t, and many are utterly unfamiliar with the tools, and even the vocabulary of the new digital economy. For example, while 15% of Americans have used ride-hailing apps like Uber or Lyft, twice as many have even never heard of these apps.

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Latest News

Tech against Trump

6 February 2017 in technology

A grouping of some US tech firms including the likes of Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft and Twitter have filed a joint legal brief opposing President Trump’s immigration ban

Now in bed with Birkenstocks

26 January 2017 in -e.showcase

German shoe firm Birkenstock is extending its business out of orthopaedic sandals and heading for the bedroom – cue a brand new range of six bed styles.

Tackling Fakebook

20 January 2017 in Social

The German government is drafting regulation that would require Facebook and other online networks to tackle fake news.

No more Yahoos here

10 January 2017 in -e.online

The Yahoo brand has been with us since the last century but is set to disappear from the online landscape when Verizon completes its acquisition of the Silicon Valley denizen

Non à Steve

15 December 2016 in technology

Paris Left attacks tech hub plans to name street after Steve Jobs.

Green it

9 December 2016 in -e.showcase

Greenery is the name of Pantone’s 2017 colour of the year. Or 15-0343 if you want to get technical.

Time-charged, wearable

21 November 2016 in technology

Look out for a smartwatch that powers up on body heat, which could well be one the first wearable devices that never needs a recharge.

Gimme drone, VR

18 November 2016 in technology

US consumers are set to purchase 1.2 million drones, 700,000 virtual reality headsets and 4.5 million 4K UHF TVs during the course of the fourth-quarter holiday season

Brexit slams UK fintech funding

17 November 2016 in Finance

Thirty UK-based fintech start-ups have had their funding cancelled or delayed by investors since the Brexit vote in June, giving them serious cashflow headaches.

alt-right tweets terminated

17 November 2016 in -e.social

Twitter has suspended a number of accounts associated with the US alt-right (aka right-wing extremist/white supremacist) movement backing Donald Trump.