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  • Business solutions firm Africas Talking closes $8.6M round led by IFC

    Jake Bright Contributor Jake Bright is a writer and author in New York City. He is co-author of The Next Africa. More posts by this contributor Uber and Taxify are going head-to-head to digitize Africa’s two-wheeled taxis African VC TLcom Capital invests $5M in Nigerian data analytics firm Terragon Group Business APIs in Africa are […]

  • 7 Times Google Maps Straight Up Ruined People’s Lives

    Have you ever gotten mad at Google Maps for underestimating how long a road trip would take, or telling you to turn left when it was really more of a light merge? How about for nearly leading you to an agonizing death in the desert, or nudging nations ever so slightly closer to nuclear war? […]

  • The Stock Market Loophole That Screws the Little Guy

    The American Dream is the small-business dream: Work hard and achieve success. But the American promise is one of shared prosperity, as encapsulated in the idea that “what is good for General Motors is good for America.” And for that, you need big businesses to be listed on the stock exchange, owned by the public […]

  • Macy’s becomes first major department store in the U.S. to sell hijabs.

    Just in time for New York Fashion Week, Macy’s announced it will be partnering with a modest fashion line for Muslim women. Photo via Macy’s. Starting Feb. 15, the retail giant will feature an assortment of hijabs, cardigans, abayas, and dresses from the Verona Collection on Macys.com. Lisa Vogl, founder of the Verona Collection, is […]

  • Facebooks next money-maker: Messenger Broadcasts

    Users might hate it, but Facebook is now testing a self-serve sponsored messaging tool for small businesses that aren’t sophisticated enough to build bots. TechCrunch first reported back in November Facebook internally building a prototype of the Messenger Broadcast tool that let companies blast a message to anyone who’s already started a conversation with them. […]

  • How Facebook Checks Facts and Polices Hate Speech

    Chris Cox has long been the chief product officer for Facebook. He has also recently been promoted to run product at WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram, which means he is effectively in charge of product for four of the six largest social media platforms in the world. He recently sat down with WIRED editor in chief […]

  • JPMorgan Brings Amazons Alexa to Wall Street Trading Floors

    Voice-activated assistant can now send reports from analysts Other firms such as New York Life using it to help employees “Alexa, ask JPMorgan what the price target for Apple is.” It’s a request that JPMorgan Chase & Co. institutional clients can now get quickly answered through Amazon.com Inc.’s ubiquitous voice-activated assistant. The bank and the […]

  • Facebook Video Specs

    We recommend using the MP4 or MOV format, but here’s a complete list of the video formats that can be uploaded to Facebook: 3g2 (Mobile Video) 3gp (Mobile Video) 3gpp (Mobile Video) asf (Windows Media Video) avi (AVI Video) dat (MPEG Video) divx (DIVX Video) dv (DV Video) f4v (Flash Video) flv (Flash Video) gif […]

  • Facebook Video Ads

    Facebook Video Ads Great article by Maxwell Gollin on Falcon . IO By Maxwell Gollin June 26th, 2018   Facebook video ads are like street performers. They occupy a crowded space and try to catch your attention as soon as possible, but if they don’t deliver, you’ll just keep moving. When it comes to performing, you […]