When California proposed a bill this week to preserve net neutrality rules in the state, it was the most comprehensive effort in the nation. The bill would even move beyond the protections that the FCC recently moved to roll back.
But the bill is only one way states are moving to keep the rules after last year’s FCC decision. The activist group Fight for the Future has listed efforts in 35 states and the District of Columbia, including legislation under consideration and executive orders.
Those attempts to keep the rules come in an array of forms. A major part of the list includes a national attempt that kicked off in January, when 22 attorneys general signed on to a lawsuit challenging the rules. The suit,…
Have you noticed apps disappearing from your iPhone or iPad? There might be a simple explanation to what’s going on, a new feature that automatically offloads unused apps from your iOS devices. Follow along for how to turn this feature off.
Rihanna isn’t happy with Snap, and the stock is down. But the company is also dealing with an advertising problem.
For the second time in the past month, a popular celebrity has torched Snap’s stock with a public complaint.
Last month, it was Kylie Jenner who tweeted that she “[does] not open Snapchat anymore,” an admission that some believe caused Snap’s stock to drop more than 6 percent.
On Thursday, it was pop star Rihanna, who blasted Snap for allowing an inappropriate ad that asked users if they would rather “slap Rihanna” or “punch Chris Brown.” The ad would be inappropriate regardless, but you may also recall that Rihanna was the victim of domestic violence while dating Brown almost 10 years ago.
“Now SNAPCHAT I know you already know you ain’t my fav app out there!,” she posted Thursday. “But I’m just trying to figure out what the point was with this mess! I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!”
Snap apologized for the ad, calling it “disgusting,” and blocked the advertiser who posted it.
“This advertisement is disgusting and never should have appeared on our service,” the statement reads. “We are so sorry we made the terrible mistake of allowing it through our review process. We are investigating how that happened so that we can make sure it never happens again.”
The damage was done, though: Snap stock is down almost 5 percent on the day.
There are a few things to consider here.
The first is that celebrities seem to have an incredible impact on Snapchat’s business. These celebrity comments, while not happening in a vacuum, also seem to have a disproportionate impact on Snap’s stock.
It seems clear that investors are still trying to understand Snapchat themselves, a product still dominated by teen users. If you don’t use a product, a celebrity endorsement (or condemnation) goes a lot further than it would otherwise.
Snap is also still establishing itself as a business and a public company. Can you imagine a single tweet or statement from any celebrity hurting Facebook’s stock? Facebook has been bashed by every politician and news organization in America for the past 18 months. Its stock is up almost 60 percent since the start of 2017. That’s because Facebook’s business is solid and proven, and investors aren’t overreacting to every new piece of information.
But there is also a legitimate issue here with Snapchat’s ad content: The quality of the ads isn’t always very high. This Rihanna ad is a perfect example, but there are others, like this ad for cryptocurrencies or an ad one user sent us for Ashley Madison, the dating site for people looking to have an affair.
This is usually what happens when you sell ads programmatically, or through software programs that don’t always require human moderation. Facebook deals with this issue, too, and so does Google. But their businesses are much bigger, and people are more immune to their stumbles.
Surprisingly, though, you can’t blame the algorithms for crummy Snap ads. The company still uses human moderators to approve the vast majority of ads, according to a company spokesperson. Only a small group of pre-approved advertisers can buy ads without a human approving them first.
Which means that Snap may not be suffering from a technology problem so much as a human problem, at least in the Rihanna case. But the issue also underscores Snap’s need to grow its pool of advertisers. If there were more ads to choose from, it’s likely these low-quality ads wouldn’t make it to the top of the pile.
Google Keep for Android Wear has made a significant jump from version 2.0.08 to 4.1.091. Along with this jump comes a new design that makes note actions easier to get to, though it does remove one neat feature that I often used.
To start, it’s not clear to us whether this is the first proper Android Wear 2.0 APK for Keep or not. From the changelog’s wording, it seems like the app is just now being directly distributed on the Play Store to Wear watches instead of the APK coming from the Keep app on your phone – the fact that it’s now become compatible with iOS lends credence to that, but again, we’re not 100% sure.
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This week, the Florida Senate passed the Sunshine Protection Act, a proposal for the state to stay in daylight saving time all year round. That’s not happening because the federal government controls time, but the people of Florida have the right idea. Daylight saving time begins this Sunday, but it should last in perpetuity, allowing us to live in a world of evening light.
Mobile commerce has begun to carve out a significant niche in the financial world. EMarketer estimates that the industry will be worth $ 2.774 trillion in 2018, making up an estimated 11.6% of all retail sales worldwide. The technology is continuing to improve, further fueling this explosion in a new form of commerce. The rise of Bitcoin and its associated cryptocurrencies has brought with it a slew of startups that are attempting to apply the technologies undergirding these coins to everyday commerce. Because of estimates that the mobile commerce industry will nearly double in only 4 years, this industry is one…
Akupara Games’ recent release Keep in Mind: Remastered is at its core a walking simulator that confronts heavy concepts like alcoholism and depression. Needless to say, this isn’t your average mobile game. It most definitely won’t appeal to a mass audience, though for those of you who are interested, it does explore some of the darker sides of average suburban life.
If you have never heard of Keep in Mind before, let me fill you in.