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This is how Facebook’s record lobbying spending compares to other tech companies

2018-04-23T03:05:04+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

It spent more than Apple, less than Google and about the same as Amazon last quarter. Facebook spent more money lobbying the U.S. government in the first quarter of 2018 than it ever has before, according to a new filing. The social media company forked over $3.3 million to steer lawmakers on privacy, security, online [...]

People think Amazon has the most positive impact on society out of any major tech company

2018-04-23T03:05:03+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

CEO Jeff Bezos’s decisions also have the greatest impact on their daily lives. After Facebook’s data scandal in March, many Americans are taking a more critical eye toward their technology overlords. But not all tech companies perceived equal. Amazon, for example, consistently enjoys the public’s good graces. Some 20 percent of Americans believe Amazon is [...]

Watch how quickly humans are changing the planet in these animations of NASA satellite images

2018-04-23T03:05:01+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

From rising sea levels to an increase in wildfires. A new website, EarthTime, aims to shows how humans have dramatically changed the planet — such as how glaciers are melting and where refugees are migrating — through time-lapse satellite photos. The site’s interactive maps use images taken by NASA satellites from 1984 to 2016, overlaid [...]

What we learned from Kanye West’s first week back on Twitter

2018-04-22T03:04:41+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Whether you love the old Kanye, new Kanye, set-on-the-goals Kanye or chop-up-the-soul Kanye, it’s all in there. Kanye West returned to Twitter last Friday (Apr. 13) after a nearly one year hiatus, and since then the rapper and fashion mogul has been tweeting at a rate of nearly ten tweets a day, dishing out philosophical [...]

Lessons from a General Assembly investor: ‘It turned out there were no moats at all in the coding school market’

2018-04-22T03:04:39+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Adecco Group bought the NYC-based company for $412.5 million this week. General Assembly is widely known as the first — or at least one of the first — premier coding schools of this tech boom cycle. After launching in New York seven years ago, the company grew to 20 campuses and around $100 million in [...]

Flickr has been sold after 13 years at Yahoo. Can Flickr be relevant again?

2018-04-21T03:04:38+00:00 April 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

It won’t be easy. Flickr, the pioneering online photo-sharing community — whose rise and purchase by Yahoo in 2005 was a key storyline in the “Web 2.0” era — has a surprise new owner. Verizon, its current owner via its Oath subsidiary, has sold Flickr to SmugMug, an even older, subscription-based photo sharing service, as [...]

Full transcript: Venture capital firm Upfront Ventures’ Mark Suster on Recode Decode

2018-04-21T03:04:37+00:00 April 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Silicon Valley is still important, but don’t underestimate LA Tech. On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Upfront Ventures Managing Partner Mark Suster talks about leading the oldest and largest venture capital firm in Los Angeles. You can read a write-up of the interview here or listen to the whole thing in [...]