Monday, August 22, 2016

The Full Monty — August 22, 2016

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  • Google is discontinuing its Hangouts on Air live video feature of Google+, opting instead to support YouTube Live. While this may be seen as yet another nail in the Google+ coffin, it's the right move, as Google already has massive adoption and familiarity around YouTube - a platform which the company heavily supports.
  • In addition, the company launched Duo, a competitor to FaceTime. Duo will also support audio-only calls soon. The big Silicon Valley companies move closer to being telecommunications companies.


  • Snapchat acquired Vurb, the mobile search and recommendation app, for $110 million. The additional technology could ease the user interface confusion that greets so many new (especially older) users.


Collaborative / Autonomous Economy 


  • You have to know what job customers are hiring you to do before you can hope to create the perfect solution for them. Enter, Airbnb.






Virtual Reality / Audio


  • Intel has VR headset called Alloy that is an all-in-one system, with all of the cameras, sensors and input controls built-in. The easier and more comprehensive that companies make VR technology, the faster the adoption by mainstream users.




Content / Customer Experience / Influencer Marketing


Privacy / Security / Legal


Measurement / Metrics / Data 


When You Have the Time: Essential Watching / Listening / Reading 

  • "Increasingly our standard defense against the social unease formerly known as the awkward silence is not to make noise but to stroke our little talismans of talkative silences. We outsource our incidental chat, idly checking email or Facebook or sending a text, hoping that the fleshy aggregation loitering in soft focus beyond the crisp horizon of our smartphone will soon move on." What does "silence" mean in the age of digital noise?
  • If it strains you to participate in small talk, you might try the app A Curious Question, which gives you up to 300 questions to ask in awkward social situations.
  • An independent bookstore in the UK is vying for more attention of its patrons as it eliminates WiFi. Go figure - making people read in a bookstore!
  • Productivity hack: 25 tips, tricks and time-savers for Gmail users.
  • The humble pencil has quite a history. Take note.
  • Medium's Ev Williams discusses how ideas bounce from one person's head to another.


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