Beyond Social Media - Online Political Ads - Episode 287

Episode 287: BL and David discuss the controversy over social media political ads and two of the proposed solutions; The Climate Trail video game that takes place in the climate change apocalypse; Samsung’s selfie satellite fail; Yahoo Groups’ move to email-only; unrest on the Facebook campus; the trend toward video games as spectator sport epitomized with the launch of the Minnesota Vikings’ eSports team; hot dog boy gets a ride in Oscar Mayer’s weinermobile; McDonald’s social media fail; Amazon’s Choice paid reviews; Joe Biden’s domain fiasco; political Twitter; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - New Prince Music - Episode 285

Episode 285: BL and David discuss a surprise new release from the Prince estate’s vault; dead musicians on tour; Annie Leibovitz Pixel 4 project; the evolution of job descriptions; Facebook’s new oversight committee; LinkedIn launches Events; AMC streaming (sort of); free education; Amazon Top Toy List fails to mention the $2 million charge to rank; the Alpha generation; Nancy Pelosi vs Trump photo called a masterpiece; Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook to make a point…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - State of the Internet - Episode 272

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.

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Beyond Social Media - Twitter Trends - Episode 267

Episode 267: BL and David discuss SEMRush’s 2019 Twitter marketing trends study; Luminary’s launch; Google’s Avengers: Endgame Easter egg; a solar-powered music festival; how Earth Day got its name; Twitter’s false flag Flag; the Russians are still trolling; Jane Goodall’s take on the viral chimpstagram; Facebook’s racially-insensitive algorithm problem;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Technological Totalitarianism - Episode 249

Episode 249: BL and David discuss the new revelations of Facebook’s shady response to the Russian infiltration of its network; China ZTE’s exporting of the technological tools of totalitarianism to Venezuela; the Wall Street Journal’s efforts to detect deepfakes; the long-form video trend at YouTube; Firefox Monitor’s data breach notifications; a hilarious response to cheap clients; Facebook’s Most Amazing Dog show; Pandora’s Podcast Genome project; Iceland Foods’ banned Christmas commercial; Coca-Cola’s sappy social media wipe; the GoFundMe fraud story gets fraud-ier;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - AI Anchors - Episode 248

Episode 248: BL and David discuss China news agency’s artificial intelligence news anchors; Saturday Night Live’s #NeverForget apology; in-theater augmented reality game for Ralph Breaks The Internet; Tim Berners-Lee’s Contract for the Web; Bill Gates’ toilet reinvention project; Facebook Messenger’s Unsend button; video game horse poop physics; Chrome cracking skulls over abusive ads; the secret lives of Red Dead Redemption II non-player characters; Google My Business new features; MoviePass’ continuing messes; the story behind the Persistent Baby Bear viral video;…and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Yelp Health Scores - Episode 236

Episode 236: BL and David discuss the addition of health grades to Yelp restaurant listings; Bonobos’ #EvolveTheDefinition of masculinity campaign; the Terminal 3 virtual border agent art installation; Amazon’s plans to roll out retargeting ads; a superb example of visual journalism that explains blockchain; the bitcoin extortion phishing scam; a PR pitch from hell; Tronc’s massive layoffs at the New York Daily News; Uber drivers fraudulently charging passengers for vomit cleanup; Facebook’s stock freefall; and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Social Media Cleanup - Episode 235

Episode 235: BL and David discuss choice words in Chance the Rapper’s rap about buying Chicagoist; Jurrasic Jeff Goldblum; an Amazon Dinosaur delivery; the Washington Post’s new Twitch TV channel; Buzzfeed’s no cats news feed; Twitter’s and Facebook’s transparent ads; Zuckerberg’s Recode interview and Holocaust denier do-over; AP’s social media fact checking; the great Twitter bot purge; Facebook fraud; Papa John’s whining, and Laundry Service resigning …and much, much more.

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Beyond Social Media - Trump Gold Toilet - Episode 216

Episode 217: Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discussed the Guggenheim Museum’s punking of Donald Trump with a golden toilet; the Finnegans beer augmented reality Super Bowl commercial; one-star Paris reviews; how Burger King educated consumers about Net Neutrality with Whopper Neutrality PSA ad; get out the vote postcards; Elton John’s 360 retirement tour trailer; Budweiser’s Big Data focus; Facebook’s newsfeed fail; the Super Bowl America deserves; the Twitter follower factory; plus great new apps and stats you should know…and much, much more.

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