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Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’

Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’ In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to […]

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Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds

Dating and fertility apps among those snitching to “out of control” adtech, report finds The latest report to warn that surveillance capitalism is out of control — and ‘free’ digital services can in fact be very costly to people’s privacy and rights — comes courtesy of the Norwegian Consumer Council which has published […]

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Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy

Facebook won’t ban political ads, prefers to keep screwing democracy It’s 2020 — a key election year in the US — and Facebook is doubling down on its policy of letting people pay it to fuck around with democracy. Despite trenchant criticism — including from US lawmakers accusing Facebook’s CEO to his […]

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Revenue train kept rolling all year long for Salesforce

Revenue train kept rolling all year long for Salesforce Salesforce turned 20 this year, and the most successful pure enterprise SaaS company ever showed no signs of slowing down. Consider that the company finished the year on an $18 billion run rate, rushing toward its 2022 revenue goal of $20 billion. Oh, […]

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How startups close their first big sales

How startups close their first big sales Joe Procopio Contributor Share on Twitter Joe Procopio is a multi-exit, multi-failure entrepreneur. Joe is currently building Spiffy, and previously sold Automated Insights, sold ExitEvent and built Intrepid Media. More posts by this contributor When to ditch that nightmare customer (before they kill your startup) […]

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Virtual product placement is coming for TV and movies and Ryff has raised cash to put it there

Virtual product placement is coming for TV and movies and Ryff has raised cash to put it there In a world where ad rates are declining for traditional broadcast media, the corporations responsible for making the fictions that millions devour daily need to find a new business model. Subscription services are on […]

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Brand power vs. product power

Brand power vs. product power David Friend Contributor Share on Twitter David Friend is the CEO of cloud storage company Wasabi, and co-founder of cyber security company Carbonite, recently bought for $1.4 billion. Wasabi is his sixth startup. Most tech companies — particularly B2B companies — either don’t understand the power of […]

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Trouva, an online marketplace for independent boutiques, raises $22M

Trouva, an online marketplace for independent boutiques, raises M Amazon helped pioneer and now dominates the online marketplace business model, where a variety of merchants post items for sale on its platform for billions of consumers to discover and buy them. Today, a London startup that’s taken that idea but is applying […]

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Vistaprint left a customer service database unprotected, exposing calls, chats and emails

Vistaprint left a customer service database unprotected, exposing calls, chats and emails A security researcher has found an exposed database on the internet belonging to online printing giant Vistaprint. Security researcher Oliver Hough discovered the unencrypted database last week. There was no password on the database, allowing anyone to access the data […]

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TriNet sent remote workers an email that some thought was a phishing attack

TriNet sent remote workers an email that some thought was a phishing attack It was the one of the best phishing emails we’ve seen… that wasn’t. Phishing remains one of the most popular attack choices for scammers. Phishing emails are designed to impersonate companies or executives to trick users into turning over […]

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