Episode 272: BL and David discuss Mary Meeker’s 2019 Internet Trends Report; a deep fake of Mark Zuckerberg himself; Radiohead thwarts extortionists; Barney’s department store doubles as your dealer; Google Data Studio 101; VW takes its reputation cleanup seriously; Kraft rebrands ranch dressing as salad frosting; Internet-prompted evolution; thumbdrive hacking; the definition of hate speech; two popups too many;…and much, much more.
Episode 271; BL and David discuss the NYC subway landshark that went viral; drone deliveries via Amazon Prime Air; Vox Media Union reaches an agreement; Boston Dynamics’ commercial Spotbot; the Obama’s partner with Spotify; Apple Podcasts transcripts; Amazon Echo’s erase feature; Instagram’s influencer ads; Google’s new search results diversity update; Counterfeits on Amazon; fear-based social media sites like Nextdoor, Citizen, and Amazon Ring’s Neighbors; YouTube’s New Hate Speech Policy;…and much, much more.
Episode 270: BL and David discuss the geo-targeted update of Soul Asylum’s hit song Runaway Train devoted to the discovery of missing kids; IKEA’s recreation of living rooms from The Simpsons, Friends & Stranger Things; Crossfit’s Facebook pause; Google’s Translatotron technology; Tiny replica McDonald’s bee hives; David Gilmour’s podcast series telling the backstory of three of his famous guitars; Guns Down America’s challenge to blacklist the NRA; Jeff Jarvis’ superb essay about our Crisis of Cognition; PR pros need to do the legwork; Antitrust investigations heating up for Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google; Google’s suspicious outage; The North Face’s disastrous black hat SEO tactic; the limitations of social listening;…and much, much more.
Episode 269: BL and David discuss Coca-Cola bringing back New Coke for season three of Stranger Things and the new Stranger Things-themed Lego set; Vita Coco’s social media pissing match; Amazon’s plans for a voice-activated wearable for healthcare; Spotify’s new podcast production platform; podcasts finally showing up in Google search results; Burger King McDisses Ronald; Salvador Dali comes alive!; Facebook’s Actionable Insights; Apple Podcast’s questionable use of episode landing pages; Hershey’s desperate emoji bars;…and much, much more.
Episode 268: BL and David discuss Facebook’s dubious commitment to user privacy; the increasing importance of sonic branding; Burger King’s mental burgers; Snapchat’s Holocaust survivor Stories; a clever Big Little Lies commercial; Creative Commons’ visual search emerges from Beta; LinkeIn testing a Services Offered section for profiles; Poynter’s indexing of fake news sites; YouTube Music arrives on Google Home and YouTube lands on Amazon Fire TV devices; a mockery of our smart phone addiction; how extremism spreads through alternative influence networks; Chase Bank’s poor-shaming;…and much, much more.
Episode 265: BL and David discuss Google+ is sort of back; social media’s demise; how love disarms hate; Google’s free digital learning center comes to New York City; podcast transcripts from Google; podcast search from Apple; the new frontiers in voice; battling earbuds; Netflix magazine; Spotify gets grabby; new podcast studies and stats; Lego robots …and much, much more.
Episode 259: BL and David discuss discuss MillerCoors’ #ToastToFarmers response to Bud Light’s Super Bowl ad; Augmented Reality LEGOs; recruiting in virtual reality; Amazon dumps New York; Amazon Moments; LinkedIn Live; U-Haul’s data storytelling earned media; National Geographic’s Valley Of The Boom docuseries about the rise of Silicon Valley; the Bumble dating app; Jimmy Fallon on Amazon Alexa; Nvidia’s nonpeople; the Bratz Doll Challenge;…and much, much more.
Episode 258: BL and David discuss discuss the explosive extortion and blackmail allegations Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has leveled against AMI and The National Enquirer; a follow-up story on the viral egg; Spotify’s purchase of Gimlet Media and Anchor; Samsung’s Tinder refrigerator; 230 new emoji; Wildlife Conservation Fund’s crooning critters; Google’s auto ad agency; a visual controversy on Twitter; Amazon Echo’s URL Problem; Delta Airline & Diet Coke’s creepy napkins; a tribute to the late Representative John Dingell; Howard Schultz prefers you call him a man of means;…and much, much more.
Episode 243: BL and David discuss Serena Williams singing “I Touch Myself” for breast cancer self-exam awareness; celebrities mount #DefyTheName campaign to fight bullying; Netflix lets you choose your Black Mirror plot; Instacodes come to Instagram; Google’s former head of PR writes a hilarious satire lampooning big tech; IMDB TV beams over Amazon; the #UpsideTown contest prize is a dream trip; Pixel Groups come to Facebook; BrainNet is the next big social network; Facebook’s Hack issue spreads across the web; DeepFakes are disastrous; why you might want to pass on MoviePass …and much, much more.
Episode 242: BL and David discuss the gamification of the great Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Tim Berners-Lee’s super-important new Solid Web; buying on Amazon with Snap; Mercedes-Benz’ talking headlights; Coors & NatGeo’s new adventure; a boom in Billboards; Sirius XM and Pandora get together; Facebook Fails Again; racist face recognition code; Urban Outfitters dumbass Halloween costume; how skim reading affects our brains…and much, much more.