• From The Folks Who Brought You Tyranny...
    The FTC warns that if it has no regulatory authority here, then wireless carriers, cloud networks, email platforms and others will be able to violate privacy, bait and switch prospects, throttle their networks and otherwise run roughshod over consumers of digital services -- which is to say: everyone. But the 9th Circuit told the government no dice.
  • Live From St. Louis, It Was Sunday Night!
    Welcome to the second presidential debate, a town hall convened at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. This is the second of three debates between the candidates for the presidency.
  • Annals Of Entrepreneurism: The Cornpeppers Story
    Claude Jellicot and Luke Severn-Jenkins met at Arizona State, where they developed a hybrid species of corn and chili pepper, which they further engineered into a naturally spicy popcorn they dubbed Cornpeppers. Sensing a phenomenon, they patented the seed and quit school halfway through their junior year to start up Cornpeppers Global with a novel food product and even more novel business model. They gave Cornpeppers away.
  • The Zuckerberg In The Henhouse
    Facebook should have a thumbs-up, thumbs-down and crossed-fingers button for all the times it has offered something to advertisers, publishers and users that was either short-lived or not true in the last 10 years. So permit me to wonder if the bogus engagement metric wasn't just the latest example of what card players refer to as "sharp play."
  • Wild Pitches: Autumn 2016 Edition
    As the proprietor of this feature, I have only two responsibilities -- typing and opening email. Twice a year the latter yields the former -- and, sigh, it is never pretty.
  • Send In The Clowns
    People get stupid ideas in their heads, they share them, and irrational fears get triggered. The clowns, for example, were the month's second-dumbest social media freakout. The first was the spasm of righteous indignation in reaction to YouTube's clarification of its ad-friendliness standards
  • What 'Objective' Means. What 'Bias' Means. What 'Idiot' Means
    If you want some light reading for eternity, Google the question "is the media biased." The question is a staple of both the political right and the socialist left.
  • Who Moved My Digital Inventory?
    Why is the media economy in free fall? The main thing is the infinite supply of content creating an infinite supply of ad inventory, driving CPMs down, down, down.
  • Citizens Disunited
    I'm not sure if you've heard the news: Syria is a pile of rubble, Zika is headed north, the planet is burning to a cinder, but the big story on Action news: Donald Trump says something assholic again.
  • Olympic Ad Doping -- But Who Are The Dopes?
    What's your favorite Olympic event? Mine is the Modern Bullshit-a-thon. The new ExxonMobil campaign is an opportunity for viewers to marvel at the nimbleness and raw power of advertising combined with the breathtaking -- dare I say virtuosic? -- dishonesty of the sponsor.
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