• Facebook Says Trump Didn't Get A Deal In 2016
    During the 2016 U.S. election, Donald Trump’s campaign paid more than Hillary Clinton’s to reach potential voters on Facebook, according to Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth. As CNBC notes: “A recent report in Wired, based on a statement from Brad Parscale, director of Trump’s digital operations in 2016, suggested that Trump got a better deal on Facebook ads than did Clinton” -- but that actually wasn't the case.
  • YouTube Ruled By Small Stable Of Stars
    On YouTube, the top 3% of channels now hog about 90% of all views on the platform, new research from Offenburg University professor Mathias Bärtl suggests. “From his analysis … it’s clear the platform as a whole is coalescing around a select few channels, and is trending towards a more centralized stable of cash cows,” Gizmodo writes.
  • Amazon Buying Ring For More Than $1B
    Amazon just agreed to acquire video doorbell maker Ring. Sources tell Reuters that the ecommerce giant plans to pay more than $1 billion on the deal. “Analysts see [the move] as a growing bet on delivering packages inside of shoppers’ homes and on home security,” Reuters writes. More broadly, “The world’s largest online retailer believes that selling internet-connected gadgets from Kindle e-readers to its new Cloud Cam will spark more shopping on Amazon.com.”
  • Apple Watch Series 3 Adds Skiing, Snowboarding Tracking
    Apple Watch Series 3 owners can now track their skiing and snowboarding activities, including such data as total vertical descent and horizontal distance, number of runs, average and maximum speeds, total time spent, and calories burned, MacRumors reports. “The ski and snowboard tracking is limited to Apple Watch Series 3 models, which are the only ones with a built-in altimeter to track elevation,” MacRumors notes.  
  • Facebook Notifying More Users About Facial -Recognition Features
    Facebook is apparently notifying more users about its facial recognition features. “Four different Verge staffers saw the notification in the past 24 hours,” The Verge notes. “The new wave of notifications comes less than 24 hours after a significant court ruling against Facebook,” it notes.
  • Facebook Settles Class-Action Suit For $35M
    Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg just settled a class-action suit related to its IPO for $35 million. The suit accused Facebook of “hiding worries about the social media company’s growth prior to its May 2012 initial public offering,” Reuters reports. “It amounts to a small fraction of Facebook’s current market value of roughly $537 billion as of Monday’s market close."
  • Can 'Digital Phenotyping' Connect Consumer Health To Digital Activity?
    The New York Times looks into “digital phenotyping," a fast-emerging field trying to assess people’s health based on their interactions with digital devices. “Your digital footprint -- how often you post on social media, how quickly you scroll through your contacts, how frequently you check your phone late at night -- could hold clues to your physical and mental health,” it writes.  
  • Photo-Sharing Upstart Vero Takes Over App Store
    Photo-sharing upstart Vero just became the most popular app in Apple’s App Store, Mashable reports. “Perhaps the app’s biggest differentiator from current social networks is that it sorts posts in reverse-chronological feed, not algorithmically,” it writes. “It also distinguishes connections based on their relationship to you.” In other words, “You can designate people as close friends, friends, acquaintances, or followers and opt to share posts specifically with these groups.”  
  • Apple Planning Biggest IPhone Ever?
    Apple is reportedly planning to launch some fancy new iPhones this fall, including the biggest iPhone ever made. “With the new lineup, Apple wants to appeal to the growing number of consumers who crave the multitasking attributes of so-called phablets while also catering to those looking for a more affordable version of the iPhone X,” Bloomberg reports, citing sources.
  • Supreme Court Set To Hear Microsoft Privacy Case
    The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a digital privacy case, which CNN Money suggests could have broad global consequences. “In United States v. Microsoft Corp., the court will decide whether a digital communications provider has to comply with a U.S. search warrant for user data if the information is stored outside of the country,” it reports.
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