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Combative de Nysschen defends Cadillac move, naming change

Filed under: Marketing/Advertising, Cadillac, Design/Style, Luxury Johan de Nysschen isn’t afraid of taking quick, decisive actions, even if they are criticized. Since taking the wheel at Cadillac, he instigated moving the luxury division’s base of operations to Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood and introduced a new naming scheme for the future of the brand, like he did [...]

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Facebook relaunches Atlas, its stalker-ish ad platform

Facebook has relaunched Atlas, the advertising platform with the ability to track the service’s users across multiple devices, just as the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month. The hope is to entice advertisers with a network bolstered by Facebook’s vast trove of user data. Atlas solves a technical problem that has frustrated advertisers since consumers flocked [...]

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The view from dystopia: Tools like Apple’s QuickType are turning us into half-human half-machine monsters

Human communication has always been a struggle when smartphone keyboards are involved. There are entire sites documenting the hilarious mistakes wrought by the iPhone’s imperfect autocorrect feature, which more often than not makes text messages far less clear than a simple human spelling error would have. Now Apple is taking its text predictions to a whole [...]

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These illustrations perfectly make fun of our obsession with Facebook

Everybody uses Facebook even if you don’t. Artist Pawel Kuczynski played on the idea of our obsession with the social network and people’s behavior while using it and how Facebook treats its users in these perfectly on point satirical illustrations. They take Facebook’s logo and twist it into something else. Read more… Continue Reading from [...]

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Pawel Kuczynski: Facebook Series

More satirical art from Pawel Kuczynski. These illustrations symbolize the different aspects of Facebook, such as its power to spread and gather information and how it’s become an alternative to real life interaction. Hat Tip Link Price: $22-$159 Continue Reading from the Source

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Facebook prepares to bolster its stalking abilities with new ad tools

Facebook wants to stalk you around the Web, and soon you won’t be able to throw it off your digital trail even if you switch between your smartphone, tablet, and desktop computer. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is set to announce a new advertising platform called Atlas later this month, and its [...]

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Eric Schmidt speaks out against ALEC on climate change. But what about the rest of Google’s ties to deniers?

Last month, Microsoft made headlines after it cut ties with the American Legislative Executive Council (ALEC), a Koch Brothers-backed right-wing public policy group that’s been involved in a murderer’s row of controversial issues over the past three decades. That includes pushing climate change denial in schools, calling gay people a “health risk,” advocating for controversial Voter ID laws, and crafting a [...]

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US criticized for “feeding the trolls” in the fight against ISIS on social media

As Obama stands poised to implement his plan to arm Syrian rebels against ISIS, there’s another fight playing out between US officials and the Islamic extremist group — and it’s taking place on social media. In order to counter ISIS’s well-oiled social media propaganda machine, which has included everything from beheading videos to Instagram photos of [...]

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Google asks the FCC for permission to test its drone-delivered Internet system

Google has asked the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test its drone-powered Internet delivery system, according to a letter sent to the agency spotted by Mashable, with the hope of testing its utility in a controlled environment before filling the skies with it. The drones are part of Google’s efforts to deliver Internet connections around the [...]

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“Kid, haven’t you heard of Friendster? Forget about it.” How Jeremy Levine missed out on Facebook

“If you invested in every one of the ten next best VC investments, but you miss a Facebook or a Google, the next ten don’t add up to even one of a Facebook or a Google.” Thus is the nature of regret in the venture capitalism world. That quote was just dropped by Bessemer Venture Partners’ Jeremy [...]

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Facebook’s latest algorithm tweak makes it more like Twitter (and hopefully better for news)

As anybody who manages a brand page on Facebook knows, the company is constantly tweaking its News Feed algorithm, the little robot that decides which posts each users see and which ones are lost forever in the social media ether. It’s what differentiates Facebook most from Twitter’s raw feed, where the mere suggestion of algorithmic tinkering is enough [...]

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