Nevertheless, there's always, inevitably, an end to the road. Naturally, sometimes this is because the land just plumb runs out. But there are a number of other reasons Google's cameras have not been able to proceed, from the natural to the man-made. The Atlantic's Alan Taylor took a pictorial look at the reasons why. See them in our gallery below. … Read more
Facebook is postponing the release of video advertisements that automatically play in News Feed, according to Ad Age.
The social network wants to release the specialized units alongside new social-networking features and is now targeting an unofficial mid-October launch date, Ad Age reported, citing a source familiar with the product.
Fifteen-second video ads that auto-play in the Facebook feed have been rumored since late last year and were supposedly on track for a June or July release. In April, Ad Age reported that the social network was shopping around the units for a price tag upwards of $1 million for … Read more
There's nothing worse than a senseless death.
Not that any death makes sense, of course. But it's easier to accept someone dying of sheer old age than a 16-year-old being crushed in a car because she was texting Polly about the dimples on Charlie's cheeks.
This week, advertising's loudest are meeting at the Cannes Advertising Festival. One campaign doing absurdly well is an absurdist effort from Australia that tries to stop people doing stupid things around trains.
Miami officials have proposed changes to the city's limousine service ordinance, essentially allowing Uber's black car service to finally operate within the area.
The proposal would allow a "digital dispatch software provider," i.e. Uber to apply for a limousine service license and wipe out a slew of restrictions that have hindered Uber's entry into the lucrative Miami-Dade County market. Uber contracts with luxury sedans to provide on-demand car service, and limousine laws govern those operations.
These hindering restrictions include requiring a passenger to request a car an hour before the pick-up time, rendering Uber'… Read more
Airbnb on Tuesday released another economic impact study -- this time for Amsterdam -- once again touting that its guests stay longer and spend more.
The company again threw out some big claims and while it didn't include a total figure for how much money Airbnb brings to the city, the average amounts generated per tourist were slightly above its previous estimates for San Francisco, but below its estimates for Paris.
This latest report, complied by Airbnb, said tourists who rent through Airbnb hosts stay an average of 3.9 nights and spend about $1,059 (792 euros) during … Read more
Will annoying online drug pitches ever go the way of pop-up ads? Probably not. But Google revealed on Tuesday some behind-the-scenes techniques it uses to decrease the visibility of rogue online pharmacies.
"Rogue pharmacies continually adapt their online marketing practices, meaning this is an ongoing battle," wrote Google legal director Adam Barea in a blog post about how the company combats these pharmacies.
Google stringently scrutinizes online pharmacy ad buys, including using the third-party tool LegitScript to create a higher bar for pharmacies. Since 2010, only ads from accredited U.S.-based online pharmacies have been approved. The … Read more
Tumblr Director and Media Evangelist Mark Coatney announced Tuesday in a post on his personal Tumblr that he was departing the Yahoo-owned blogging platform without another gig lined up.
"I'm leaving Tumblr this month," Coatney wrote. "It's a a good time, with Tumblr moving into a new and even better stage with Yahoo, and though I'm happy about the decision and excited about new opportunities, it's still bittersweet."
Believe or not, the plurality of men in the U.K. rank Internet access as valuable as sex and even more important than food and shelter.
That's right, 42 percent of male respondents in a new survey by broadband provider TP-Link throw food, shelter, and sleep to the wind, while saluting Internet access as one of life's most cherished needs. In fact, 50 percent of people say they dedicate more time to the Internet than sleep.
"As our recent research shows, in the current increasingly digital world, quick and easy connectivity is one of the main concerns … Read more
The Seattle-based online retail giant on Tuesday launched Amazon Birthday Gift, which allows customers to send friends electronic gift cards on their birthdays. Customers can invite mutual friends to contribute, so the gift can grow.
You start the process ahead of the friend's birthday by going to Amazon's site. After logging into your Amazon and Facebook accounts and connecting the two -- which allows Amazon to collect information about you and your friends -- you'll be shown a list of your friends … Read more
Yahoo may be looking to continue its spending spree with the acquisitions of a couple of app makers.
Yahoo has reportedly offered to pay $30 million to $40 million to buy Xobni, AllThingsD reported Monday, citing "numerous sources" close to the company.
Xobni, which is "inbox" spelled backwards, offers desktop and mobile apps that can automatically create an address book based on your e-mails. As such, Yahoo may be eyeing the Xobni as a natural fit for its own online mail service.
And there's a common thread between the two companies, AllThingsD noted. Xobni's … Read more