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Newspapers are not suffering because of Google. They're suffering because they stood still while digital was changing everything. Google drives traffic their way. I use Google News -- and click through to the stories that interest me.
Published Fri, Jul 31 2020 6:32 AM EDT A draft mandatory code announced by the Australian government would force Google and Facebook to pay news outlets for using their content. The new rules are aimed at addressing 'acute bargaining power…
Shel HoltzGoogle is not 'using' publishers' news. They are surfacing links and driving traffic -- lots of traffic -- to publishers that they would never otherwise get. There's plenty I don't like about Google, but the news industry has this one wrong.
Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY
– Jul 28, 9:01 PM
Walmart employees have a new tool to help shoppers find what they're looking for, whether it's a product or price. Employees at more than 5,000 stores nationwide can now use a voice assistant app called 'Ask Sam' to pull up store maps, look up…
– Jul 28, 10:38 AM
RBC Capital Markets is rolling out the RBCCM U.S. Kids Club, a new virtual summer camp-inspired program to keep its employees' children occupied while at home this summer Staff from the bank are volunteering to teach online classes and lead courses…
Shel HoltzRBC will be remembered long after the pandemic ends as one of the companies that helped. This should be a goal for every organization.
One of the stranger applications of deepfakes — AI technology used to manipulate audiovisual content — is the audio deepfake scam. Hackers use machine learning to clone someone's voice and then combine that voice clone with social…
During a fear-inducing virtual experience, anxious individuals tended to overemphasize threat, leading to increased skin conductance and higher subjective distress. This finding comes from a study published in Personality and Individual…
Shel HoltzMore validation for the niche uses of virtual reality.
The Washington Post
– Jul 23, 1:22 PM
U.S. officials and scientists unveiled a plan Thursday to pursue what they called one of the most important technological frontiers of the 21st century: building a quantum Internet. Speaking in Chicago, one of the main hubs of the work, they set…
Shel HoltzThis could be very interesting. I've been hearing about this notion for several years.
Slack surprised Microsoft with a competition complaint in Europe yesterday. After arguing for months that Microsoft Teams isn't a true competitor to Slack and is more akin to Zoom, Slack finally admitted what was clear all along: Microsoft Teams is…
Shel HoltzWho knew? I won't be using it -- my company is an Office 365 shop.
By Sherisse Pham, CNN Business
– Jul 23, 3:48 AM
Hong Kong (CNN Business) Could an American takeover of TikTok save it from being locked out of the United States? US investors are reportedly considering buying the video sharing app from Chinese parent company ByteDance in an effort to save…
Shel HoltzThis move would probably assure continued access to TikTok.
The Wall Street Journal
– Jun 5, 8:06 AM
An online plank-holding contest. Walk-and-talk meetings held outdoors via Zoom. A companywide game show based on Netflix's “Love Is Blind,” capped with a virtual dance party. American companies are experimenting with new ways to…
Shel HoltzThis has been a top concern for me with the company I work for. I'm working to create more shared experiences for employees.