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  • Facebook needs accountability to win back advertisers’ trust Crunch Network

    Facebook needs accountability to win back advertisers’ trust

    The advertising industry let out a collective groan in September when Facebook admitted a “discrepancy” in its reporting that led it to overstate how much time, on average, viewers were watching video. Because the error was huge — numbers were inflated as much as 60-80 percent for two years — and in Facebook’s favor, some were quick to ascribe sinister motives. Read More

  • We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche Crunch Network

    We are on the verge of a consumer M&A avalanche

    If you believe in the mantra “innovate or die,” you might conclude that the largest consumer and retail brands are terminally ill. Giants like Kraft and Clorox all seem to be too slow and enslaved to shareholders to innovate. At the same time, they may be too large to perish… at least for now. Read More

  • Data Ethics — The New Competitive Advantage Crunch Network

    Data Ethics — The New Competitive Advantage

    We are living in an era defined and shaped by data. Data makes the world go round. It is politics, it is culture, it is everyday life and it is business. Our data-flooded era is one of technological progress, with tides rising at a never seen before pace. Roles, rights and responsibilities are reorganized and new ethical questions posed. Data ethics must and will be a new compass to guide us. Read More

  • Trendspotting Crunch Network

    Trendspotting

    Brexit and Trump; applied CRISPR and the Gigafactory; the rise of self-driving vehicles, the fall of pollsters; the global saturation of smartphones, the first mass-market VR headsets; the first drone-delivered terror bomb, the first drone drug mule; Signal and the Secure Enclave; Ethereum and the DAO; AI and SpaceX — we can all agree, I hope, that this has been one hell of a year. Read More

  • Instant apps are publishers’ newest ‘frenemy’ when it comes to monetization Crunch Network

    Instant apps are publishers’ newest ‘frenemy’ when it comes to monetization

    When the App Store opened there were 552 apps. Today, there are 2 million iOS apps, and 2.2 million apps in Android’s Google Play store. Needless to say, getting a single app noticed in a sea of 4.2 million is far from simple. What’s more, individuals tend to use only a limited number of apps per month, and most of their time in apps is concentrated across a very small number of them. Read More

  • To honor veterans, focus on careers, not quotas Crunch Network

    To honor veterans, focus on careers, not quotas

    More than simply focusing on our veteran hiring rate, we need to honor our veterans by making a real investment in helping their career development and professional integration. Read More

  • Five industries that should take a cue from Netflix and crowdsource parts of its tech Crunch Network

    Five industries that should take a cue from Netflix and crowdsource parts of its tech

    By crowdsourcing for solutions using machine learning to utilize the abundant data available across these five industries, we can find relevant signals and patterns among the noise and make these industries not only more efficient, but also more integral to improving our lives. Read More

  • How auto unlock makes the Mac more accessible Crunch Network

    How auto unlock makes the Mac more accessible

    My workflow is predominantly iOS-centric, but, lately, I’ve been turning more to the Mac — my girlfriend’s 15” MacBook Pro — to get work done. I’ve enjoyed getting reacquainted with Apple’s desktop operating system. I like the Mac. While it’s true the 12.9” iPad Pro is generally more accessible than a laptop due to iOS’s… Read More

  • How our next president can usher in the next wave of job growth Crunch Network

    How our next president can usher in the next wave of job growth

    Both candidates talked about creating jobs. One wants to cut taxes and the other wants to increase them. While they debate whose plans will make America great and whose will make America broke, here is an innovation plan that will guarantee to not cost America any money, and will usher in the greatest wave of innovation since the industrial revolution. Read More

  • How bitcoin protects against geopolitical risk Crunch Network

    How bitcoin protects against geopolitical risk

    Importantly, Bitcoin is a global digital currency that is borderless, frictionless and secure. Unlike legacy currencies and payment systems, Bitcoin is immune to capital controls and currency manipulation. It does not limit people’s freedom to move money to where they want it to be and cannot be controlled by governments for their political agenda. Read More

  • The insurance impact of self-driving cars and shared mobility Crunch Network

    The insurance impact of self-driving cars and shared mobility

    “We’re going to see more change in the next five to 10 years than we’ve seen in the last 50,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors, on record. While that statement is now a year old, it continues to ring true. Vehicle ownership is changing and self-driving cars will be implemented in the next decade. What will affect the insurance industry more: self-driving cars… Read More

  • Is thematic investing the future of venture capital? Crunch Network

    Is thematic investing the future of venture capital?

    Over the last five years, the venture capital ecosystem has seen a significant rise in theme focused investment funds. SaaS funds, hardware funds and my latest guest’s focus, consumer funds have all proliferated. So here to discuss these shifts is Justin Caldbeck, the co-founder of Binary Capital. Value Add To Portfolio Companies Thematic funds, in the majority of cases, have the ability… Read More

  • Why it’s so hard to create unbiased artificial intelligence Crunch Network

    Why it’s so hard to create unbiased artificial intelligence

    As AI and machine learning mature and manifest their potential to take on complicated tasks, we’ve become somewhat expectant that robots can succeed where humans have failed — namely, in putting aside personal biases when making decisions. But like all disruptive technologies, machine learning has its own set of unexpected challenges. Read More

  • FCC ushers in a troublesome new world for online privacy Crunch Network

    FCC ushers in a troublesome new world for online privacy

    Along party lines, the FCC voted to impose limitations on Internet service providers’ use of web browsing information disregarding the sensitivity of the information in a way that differs from regulations for online search engines and mobile apps. The new rules are based on an inaccurate understanding that deviates from the approach established by the Federal Trade Commission. Read More

  • Not every service needs to be an on-demand service Crunch Network

    Not every service needs to be an on-demand service

    In recent months, we’ve seen several well-funded startups with strong teams either going through layoffs or shutting down entirely. The natural question to ask is why? The short answer is that “on-demand” is not the optimal solution for most customer needs. Read More

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    The unintended ways self-driving cars will change our lives

    Six years ago, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it announced it was developing a self-driving car. At the time, very few people took the technology seriously. However, things have been gearing up, and now self-driving cars are about to be part of our everyday life. Just last August, Uber rolled out its first batch of 100 driverless taxi-cars in Pittsburgh. This is one of the most… Read More

  • Why the Department of Transportation’s self-driving car guidelines aren’t enough Crunch Network

    Why the Department of Transportation’s self-driving car guidelines aren’t enough

    Ford, GM, Toyota and VW are just a handful of the car manufacturers planning to put self-driving cars on the road in the next five years. If you ask Uber or Tesla, they might say driverless cars have already arrived… which means we’re running out of time to secure one of the juiciest new targets for hackers. Read More

  • Would you let an algorithm choose the next U.S. president? Crunch Network

    Would you let an algorithm choose the next U.S. president?

    Imagine a typical day in 2020: You read the news and realize the presidential election is coming up. Based on a predicted model that takes into account your previously expressed views and data on voters in your state, your AI assistant recommends how you vote. A message on your phone asks if you want your AI assistant to cast the vote on your behalf. You tap “agree” and get on… Read More