Beyond Social Media - What Amazon Owns - Episode 275

Episode 275: BL and David discuss the astounding array of businesses Amazon owns; the Area 51 search for aliens joke that 400,000 people have signed up for; major updates to Google My Business; how Pittsburgh helped power the first US Moon Landing; Pinterest adds videos; Shoelace is Google’s latest attempt at building a social network; a hilarious parody influencer apology video; Ikea’s new Soffa Sans typeface; using text messages to solicit local reviews; dangerous dongles and much, much more.

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Spotting Fake Videos

Episode 274: BL and David discuss Taylor Swift headlining a Prime Video live streaming concert teasing Amazon Prime Day; the Apollo 11 Augmented Reality app; a historic account of brand tweets; the periodic table of SEO success factors; Twitter and reddit’s crackdown on social media abuse; LinkedIn’s engagement algorithm update; VW’s user generated content commercial; B.L.’s viral tweets; Google’s voice strategy; a voice technology project that respects your privacy; cops commenting racial slurs; Wayfair’s employee walkout; the Google Phishing expedition; blasting emails;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Deep Fakes Edition - Episode 273

Episode 273: BL and David discuss the Pakistani press conference that was filtered with cat ears; 3D objects and augmented reality in Google search; YouTube’s augmented advertising; Cracker Barrel’s moral stand; a robobullying parody video of Boston Scientific robots; museums installing ‘braille art’ touchable recreations of exhibits; Spotify’s Daily Drive podcast playlist and the company’s new podcast-targeted advertising; the announcement of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency; an AI-generated Russian spy infiltrates LinkedIn; a deep fake Rasputin sings Beyonce; deep fake videos that are as easy to create as editing text; an algorithm that can generate an accurate portrait of a speaker based only on a sample of that speaker’s voice; Google Photos goes Driveless;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Stranger Things New Coke - Episode 269

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Facebook's Fake Privacy - Episode 268

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Social Media Demise - Episode 265

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Spotify & LinkedIn Podcasts - Episode 262

Episode 262: BL and David discuss discuss Spotify’s major embrace of podcasts with The Story of The Clash; LinkedIn’s new Hello Monday podcast; April the Giraffe’s pregnant again..and David could not give a rip; Tesla’s Easter Egg troll; BBC’s article chatbots; Buffer’s vertical video report; a Texas school teacher’s Facebook Live bedtime stories; Apple’s AR Glasses; Microsoft’s HoloLens 2; pharmafluencers; Sealioning; The Great Toilet Paper Controversy of 2019 featuring Walmart and Cottonelle; racist self-driving cars; deceptive from fields;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Martha Stewart & Canopy Growth - Episode 261

Episode 261: BL and David discuss discuss Martha Stewart joining cannabis company Canopy Growth; Neuroscientist Uri Hasson’s research demonstrating humans are hardwired for stories; the New York Times’ new In Her Words newsletter; Twitter’s new hashtag data; Farmers Insurance’s Dr. Seuss campaign; LinkedIn’s new features for job seekers; Alexandria Ocasio Cortez as a comic book super hero; a data visualization of brand value; small businesses without websites; airline seat cameras; influencers and their discontents;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - National Enquirer Blackmails Jeff Bezos - Episode 258

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Pillsbury Smell-O-Vision - Episode 252

Episode 252: BL and David discuss General Mills’ scented cinema Pillsbury commercials; The Ohio Pork Council’s bacon vending machine; Google’s attempt to better navigate audio news; the Mozilla Foundation’s Privacy Not Included guide; Bose sunglasses with a soundtrack; McDonald’s hamburger takeover of reddit; new free online professional development courses from Google; Grittycon 2019; the Catholic News Agency’s Chanukah fail; Facebook’s brain drain; Quora’s data breach; …and much, much more.

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