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Brady Dale / CoinDesk:
Civic says it will bring its blockchain age verification tech to 1,000 beer vending machines by end of 2019, partnering with 12 major automated retail companies   —  It started with selling beer, but age verification could crack open a whole industry to cryptocurrency.
Apr 23, 2019, 1:50 PMIn context
Axios:
Arlan Hamilton's diversity-minded investment fund Backstage Capital falls through, after two “anchor investors” pulled out and other deals failed to materialize   —  Arlan Hamilton seems to be everywhere.  Keynote interviews at conferences like SXSW and the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit …
Mar 19, 2019, 10:55 AMIn context
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Mobile ad network Kiip hires new CEO after former CEO Brian Wong was indicted by a grand jury Friday on a sexual assault charge from an SXSW encounter in 2016   —  Jason Lapp, a longtime WPP and Kantar executive, is taking over as CEO of Kiip.  —  Last Friday, a grand jury indicted Brian Wong …
Mar 18, 2019, 8:10 PMIn context
Facebook:
Facebook is rolling out Watch Party support for live TV, with tools for adding trivia, polls, and more, testing first in Facebook Groups with live sports events   —  Today at SXSW, we're sharing updates on how we're bringing people together around video and music on Facebook …
Mar 13, 2019, 8:35 PMIn context
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Senator Warren's proposal would create massive new problems, have significant unintended consequences, and not address the issues she is concerned about   —  Senator Elizabeth Warren deserves credit: I have been writing about antitrust, particularly in the context of Aggregation Theory …
Mar 12, 2019, 9:55 AMIn context
Chris Ip / Engadget:
How Foursquare, which tracks the location of millions via their smartphones and has 100K+ clients including Snapchat and Uber, makes sure its data isn't misused   —  It seems counter-intuitive that, in the thick of a backlash against Big Tech's data privacy abuses, Dennis Crowley …
Mar 10, 2019, 2:10 PMIn context
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Sen. Warren on her plan to break up big tech, including Apple, which she says shouldn't both run the App Store and distribute its own apps in it   —  Under Warren's plan, Amazon would not be able to sell Amazon Basics products on the Amazon retail store, Google would not be able …
Mar 9, 2019, 8:15 PMIn context
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman share content plans for Quibi, their streaming service launching in April 2020, including a show on Evan Spiegel and Snapchat   —  Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman today announced a slate of new series and projects heading to their forthcoming video streaming service, Quibi.
Mar 8, 2019, 7:25 PMIn context
Dennis Crowley / Foursquare Intersections:
Foursquare's Hypertrending app uses Pilgrim, its SDK used by thousands of apps on millions of phones, to show where people congregate in Austin, in real time   —  Where 10 Years of Foursquare Has Led Us  —  It's been 10 years since we launched Foursquare at SXSW in 2009.
Mar 8, 2019, 4:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Investigation finds ads on Instagram for several services selling fake followers or automated notification spam for luring in followers   —  Instagram has been earning money from businesses flooding its social network with spam notifications.  Instagram hypocritically continues to sell ad space …
Jan 15, 2019, 2:28 PMIn context

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