• Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

    Truffle now lets you share your food tips via iMessage

    While you’ve already got Yelp and other apps to help you figure out where to eat, Truffle is designed specifically for sharing recommendations with friends and other people you know. A new update should make that sharing even easier. The big addition is an iMessage app, which means (you guessed it) that Truffle is now integrated with iMessage. Read More

  • Coursera’s chief product officer just left to become a VC

    Coursera’s chief product officer just left to become a VC

    Tom Willerer, who has spent the last four years with the online education company Coursera — the last two as its chief product officer — is moving on from the outfit to become a venture capitalist. Specifically, Willerer is joining Venrock, a venture firm founded nearly 50 years ago to build off the successful investing activities of the Rockefeller family. Read More

  • Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employees

    Blue Apron is laying off hundreds of employees

    As Blue Apron approaches its next earnings report in a couple of weeks, the company said Wednesday that it is laying off 6 percent of its staff as part of “a company-wide realignment of personnel to support its strategic priorities.” Blue Apron was one of the big — and most anticipated — consumer IPOs of the year, but it’s also now one of the companies that… Read More

  • eBay is having a pretty bad day

    eBay is having a pretty bad day

    eBay is not having a great afternoon after posting a pretty ho-hum third quarter that fit roughly in line with analyst estimates, but perhaps not seeing the kinds of leaps that Wall Street is looking for heading into the fourth quarter. The company said it added an additional 2 million active buyers and now says it has 168 million global active buyers. But even with buyer numbers as large as… Read More

  • Adobe says it wants AI to amplify human creativity and intelligence

    Adobe says it wants AI to amplify human creativity and intelligence

    About a year ago, Adobe announced its Sensei AI platform. Unlike other companies, Adobe says that it has no interest in building a general artificial intelligence platform — instead, it wants to build a platform squarely focused on helping its customers be more creative. This week, at its Max conference, Adobe provided both more insight into what this means and showed off a number of… Read More

  • WTF
    Snap is selling a dancing hot dog costume on Amazon

    Snap is selling a dancing hot dog costume on Amazon

    This might perhaps be the most random thing I ever write, but here goes nothing. Snap, the maker of Snapchat and Spectacles, is selling the dancing hot dog costume on Amazon for $79.99. If you’re a Snapchat or Bitmoji user, you probably know exactly what I’m talking about. Read More

  • Bixby 2.0 takes center stage at Samsung’s Developer Conference

    Bixby 2.0 takes center stage at Samsung’s Developer Conference

    No surprise, Samsung is making the connected home a big focus of its annual Developer Conference this week in San Francisco. DJ Koh, the company’s head of Mobile Communications took to the stage at Moscone Center to reveal a spate of different announcements focused on connected devices, as the company works to build a cohesive narrative around its approach. Up to now, the… Read More

  • Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

    Facebook and Google competed for anti-immigration ad dollars during the 2016 election

    In a textbook illustration of the conflict of interest between Facebook and Google’s ostensible dedication to free speech and their ostensible espousal of progressive values, the internet giants reportedly took millions in advertising money from a major anti-immigration group at the same time as both were engaged in pro-immigration advocacy. Read More

  • Facebook’s response to Russian election interference: ‘Bad things happen’

    Facebook’s response to Russian election interference: ‘Bad things happen’

    Facebook has come under fire for its role in influencing the U.S. presidential election, particularly when it comes to “fake news” and Russian-sponsored ads.  When asked about this at WSJ D.Live in Laguna Beach on Wednesday, Facebook VP David Marcus at first deflected, talking at length about all the positive impacts that the social media giant has had on the world. “When… Read More

  • Dropit runs live auctions on stadium scoreboards that fans bid on from the stands

    Dropit runs live auctions on stadium scoreboards that fans bid on from the stands

    There’s no doubt that our collective mobile device addictions are hurting real-world engagement for advertisers. This is especially true in professional sports stadiums, where looking down at your phone means you’re not paying attention to announcements, advertisements, and sometimes even the live game. One New Zealand-based startup think they have an answer to this problem. Dropit… Read More

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