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EU Commission fines Google €2.42B for abusing dominance as search engine

EU news release: “The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service. The company must now end the conduct within 90 days or face penalty payments of up… Continue Reading

Paper – Mining Features Associated with Effective Tweets

Mining Features Associated with Effective Tweets. Jian Xu University of Notre Dame; Nitesh V. ChawlaUniversity of Notre Dame, via arXiv, June 22, 2017. Abstract – “What tweet features are associated with higher effectiveness in tweets? Through the mining of 122 million engagements of 2.5 million original tweets, we present a systematic review of tweet time, entities,… Continue Reading

Paper – Ad-Blockers: Extortionists or Digital Age Robin Hoods?

Ray, Abhishek and Ghasemkhani, Hossein and Kannan, Karthik Natarajan, Ad-Blockers: Extortionists or Digital Age Robin Hoods? (June 23, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2991805 “As an answer to mitigating the impact of intrusive online advertising on users, ad-blockers have risen in prominence over the past few years. Initially dismissed by the online advertising industry as inconsequential,… Continue Reading

Precise weather forecasting critical for product deliveries by drones

Bloomberg: “Drones could soon be flying you books, pills, and pizzas—but first, they’ve got to figure out what kind of wind gusts to expect on your street.” Continue Reading

Amazon Polly AI Technology on Washington Post Voice Articles

“Amazon Polly is a service that turns text into lifelike speech. Amazon Polly lets you create applications that talk, enabling you to build entirely new categories of speech-enabled products. Amazon Polly is an Amazon AI service that uses advanced deep learning technologies to synthesize speech that sounds like a human voice. Amazon Polly includes dozens… Continue Reading

The lady in the photo probably isn’t reading a library book. SEO expert Trey Gordner offers fixes

New on LLRX.com – How to turn phone-aholics and others into library book readers and gung-ho patrons, if they aren’t already? One answer is greater visibility for libraries on the Web and elsewhere. David Rothman explains that’s what Koios, Troy Gordner’s company, is about. Rothman, a national digital library evangelist, also shares innovative ideas that many… Continue Reading

Google on top of list of 50 Most Valuable Brands in the World

24/7 Wall St: “Google is the most valuable brand in the world, with a value of $245.6 billion, based on BrandZ’s annual listing of the most valuable brands in the world, according to a report published today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. Technology companies dominated the top of the ranking, with four in the… Continue Reading

Google’s Environmental Report

Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure, Google: “The following data [72 page report/PDF] summarize key highlights of our environmental initiatives discussed in our environmental report published in December 2016. They provide a snapshot of our performance and together demonstrate how we’re strengthening our business by reducing the environmental impact of our operations and… Continue Reading

Searching with Bing Visual Search Button

Bing Blog: “Over the years people have come to expect search engines to automatically detect intent and provide great search results for text queries typed into a single search box. Now Bing takes the first step to achieve the same for images. The Bing Team sets out to connect your camera to a deep search… Continue Reading

Annual Internet Trends Presentation from Mary Meeker – 2017

Read the PDF – Internet Trends, Mary Meeker, May 31, 2017 [355 pages] “Here are a few initial takeaways via TechCrunch: Smartphone sales and Internet penetration growth are both slowing It’s not really a “shift to mobile” as much as “the addition of mobile”, since desktop usage hasn’t declined much while mobile usage has skyrocketed… Continue Reading

WaPo – How Trump and the GOP-led Congress swiftly dismantled Internet privacy rules

The Washington Post: “The rules were adopted in October during the last weeks of the Obama administration after an intense battle that pitted large Internet service providers, the advertising industry and tech giants against consumer advocates and civil rights groups. The campaign to kill the FCC rules began just a few weeks after Trump’s November… Continue Reading