News & Analysis

  1. Monkey Mobile

    Watch out, PayPal just made 150M consumers “one touch” buyers

    When it comes to mobile commerce, the winning formula is KISS (keep it simple, stupid). The more difficult it is to go from intent to discover to purchase, the more likely a consumer is to abandon their transaction. And with the cramped keyboards of today’s smartphones, no step is more churn-inducing than checkout, with its demands for credit card numbers and billing addresses. Braintree knows this as well as anyone, having bet big on mobile long before any of its…
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    More journalists arrested in Ferguson last night. So much for freedom of the press.

    Last night, the Intercept’s Ryan Devereaux and Lukas Hermsmeier, a reporter for the German newspaper Bild, were among those arrested (or detained, as authorities are calling it) during the escalating protests over Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, MO. Getty Images photographer Scott Olsen was also taken into custody. A few days earlier, the Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly and the Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery were also arrested in Ferguson. No charges have been brought against any of the journalists, but…
  4. Bag of cash levels up, hiring its first ever CRO while IPO rumors loom

    When burst onto the scene in early 2013 with a massive maiden financing round of $103 million, the Carpinteria-based video education startup was a complete unknown to most in the industry. And yet, the 17-year-old company had just come off a year in which it generated $100 million in revenue, up 43 percent on the year prior, and was highly profitable. Who says education can’t be lucrative? In the time since, Lynda has made two significant acquisitions and expanded internationally,…
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    Over 7.8 million tweets have mentioned #Ferguson in the past 9 days

    According to data given to the Wall Street Journal by Twitter, over 7.8 million tweets have mentioned the hashtag #Ferguson since August 9, the day a black teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO. If that sounds lower than, say, the record-breaking number of tweets related to this year’s World Cup match between Germany and Brazil (35.6 million tweets) or the most recent Super Bowl (24.9 million tweets), keep…
  7. bezos

    Now it’s time for Silicon Valley to profit from the new Indian ecommerce laws it helped shape

    Late last month, the tech industry cheered two huge back-to-back investments into India’s fledgling e-commerce sector: India e-tailer raised $1 billion from global venture capital firms, the largest venture investment ever into an Indian Internet company, and 2014’s second largest investment round after Uber. Less than 24 hours later, Jeff Bezos one-upped Flipkart by announcing that Amazon would invest $2 billion into building up’s operations, the largest investment to date by an e-commerce company in India. The…
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    Is Twitter’s “favorite” controversy its first step on the road to ruin?

    On first glance, Twitter and Facebook would seem to have a lot in common. Users follow humans, brands, and media organizations in order to see text, links, photos, and videos posted by these accounts in their feeds. And while most connections on Facebook are friend connections, meaning both parties must agree to the relationship to see each other’s posts, Facebook now allows users to “follow” accounts without friending them, making it more like Twitter than ever. But the core fundamentals behind how Facebook and Twitter serve up…
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    Warning: Don’t try if you don’t have the cash reserves of Apple, Facebook, or Google

    Oh yeah. This is gonna end well. Dealbook outlines the insanely un-rigorous math for tech mega deals called “the toothbrush test.” It’s obviously not that simple to drop billions of dollars; these are very disciplined companies whether they’ve hired bankers or not. But no doubt pretenders will make a lot of costly mistakes trying to copy it. — NYT
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    No pressure: The 49ers kind of had to build the most high tech stadium ever

    Time has a story today on Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers that’s not actually in San Francisco at all. They are calling it the most high tech sports venue of all time, including 400 miles of cable, four times more Internet capacity than any other US stadium, and– because why not?– it’s own app. Duh. Not only do the 49ers have to seduce San Franciscans to commute to games now, but it’s smack in the…
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    SF cab drivers form a union while Rome burns

    San Francisco cab drivers have voted to unionize for the first time in over forty years, reports the SF Examiner. The move, which is either the single smartest or single dumbest thing that cab drivers could do right now, comes as at least one SF cab company is threatening to convert to a limo company to compete with ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft. Why smartest? Thanks to ridesharing, SF cab drivers are facing threats from all…
  13. spy

    AOL sites will now track you, whether you like it or not

    AOL has updated its privacy policy to say that it won’t respect Do Not Track requests from visitors to its sites. As first reported by Law360, the new text reads: Some web browsers may transmit “Do Not Track” signals to the websites and other online services with which the browser communicates. Currently, there is no standard that governs what, if anything, websites should do when they receive these signals and AOL currently does not take action in response…
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    The NSFWCORP archives are back online

    After a brief absence while we figured out permanent hosting arrangements, the complete NSFWCORP archives are back online. Check our thousands of pieces from three years of NSFWCORP here.
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    Julian Assange says he’ll leave the Ecuadorian embassy… soon

    You have to hand it to Julian Assange: When it comes to publicity stunts, he makes PT Barnum look like an also-ran. Earlier today, the Wikileaks founder who has been living inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London for two years, summoned the world’s journalists to hear some big news. The whisper: That he was about to hand himself over to British authorities. But no. During the press conference, Assange said that had no immediate plans to turn himself in, but that he…
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    A look at the forces driving bitcoin down 23 percent in one week

    The price of bitcoin continues to fall sharply as crypto-bulls scramble to understand the seemingly arbitrary decline. Prior to the last week, it had been since late May that the Coindesk Price Index closed a day below $550, with the price momentum remaining relatively positive (and atypically stable) in the nearly three months since. The local maximum during that time was $665 on June 3, and the low just $562 on June 25. The predictability was a welcome change for a virtual…
  19. DAHL

    Washington Post claims careful insertion of affiliate links into news stories happened by accident

    Last week, I reported that the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post had started putting “Buy it now” links in its news stories. In a follow up piece, I discussed the mixed reaction to the change — with many journalists crying foul but plenty of regular readers welcoming it. Today the Post has told Mashable — Mashable! — that the whole thing is just a big technical hiccup… “What happened was, with the recent introduction of our new article…
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    Facebook ads already know everything about you. This company wants to bring the same ad targeting to Twitter

    Facebook is an advertiser’s dream. On what other platform are users so ready and willing to provide their age, job, level of college education, marital status, and a host of other personal information that make advertisers lick their chops? Furthermore, Facebook’s sophisticated algorithm responds to user behavior such as “likes,” and then attempts to serve up ads accordingly. That’s really the end game of Facebook’s algorithmic tinkering — just look at what happened when Wired’s Mat Honan “liked” every single post in his…
  21. Emergency Hospital

    Another day, another Chinese hack: 4.5M medical records reportedly accessed at national hospital operator

    In the latest evidence that corporate and consumer data are constantly under attack, Nashville-based Community Health Systems revealed in August 18 filing with the SEC that 4.5 million patient records were accessed by hackers. The hospital operator points the finger at “Chinese hackers,” and describes the attack vector as “highly sophisticated malware.” The hack reportedly took place between April and June. The company writes: The attacker was able to bypass the Company’s security measures and successfully copy and transfer certain data outside…

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