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313: Facebook Wants To Consume As Much Of Your Attention As Possible

313: Facebook Wants To Consume As Much Of Your Attention As Possible

Attention

Sean Parker said in a speech that they knew Facebook would turn into an addiction, and created it anyways. We discuss a few points of that statement: did they really know? Is Facebook, and social networks in general, addictive? What can be done, if anything, about it? Pay attention because this is important.

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312: What’s Better: A Starving Artist? Or A Fat Artist?

312: What’s Better: A Starving Artist? Or A Fat Artist?

Fat Artists

What happens when a founder/leader gets tired of their main product and decides to take on a  secondary product? For the second product, they’re no longer starving artist, but a fat artist. Does massive amounts of money and people help? We discuss this idea in this week’s podcast with many examples.

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308: How Can Facebook Fix their Fake News and Ad Problem?

308: How Can Facebook Fix their Fake News and Ad Problem?

Fake Facebook News

Facebook has a trust problem.

The issue is fake news, and Facebook’s reaction to it.

People believe, and now there’s some evidence, that Russian operatives bought at least 3,000 dark ads which were seen by 10M people, 4.4M before the election. The aim was to seed discontent by showing over-the-top, extreme ads. Let’s dive into what all this means.

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301: Is Snapchat Doomed?

301: Is Snapchat Doomed?

Is Snapchat Doomed?

We’re back after a summer break and we have a new format: shorter shows with one topic.

This week we’re talking about Snapchat and asking if the company and/or app is doomed. Their recent Q2 earnings didn’t go well and they don’t seem to have a clear path forward. Can they figure it out before they lose too much investor confidence? We discuss in this 30 minute episode. The show notes are below.

Question: Is your personal interest in Snapchat raising or lowering? Why? Leave a comment below.

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294: Amazon Shows Off Their New Echo And Microsoft Builds A New Platform

294: Amazon Shows Off Their New Echo And Microsoft Builds A New Platform

Amazon Echo Show

Amazon showed off their new echo: Echo Show, which comes with a display to augment Alexa’s voice control. Think of it as a video conference landline, which the possible potential to be MUCH more. At $320, it isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you have the right use case, it’s a great product. The rest of the stories are below.

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291: Facebook Builds A New Platform, But Will It Become A New Community?

291: Facebook Builds A New Platform, But Will It Become A New Community?

Facebook VR Spaces Platform

Facebook held their F8 developers conference last week and they continued to build out their platform. The big focus was creating a camera effects platform where developers can create their own filters for people. They also created more bots for Messenger and showed of some new VR spaces. Facebook continues to demonstrate that they’re a technology company and not just a social media website. The rest of the stories are below.

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290: Pure Software Cameras And The End Of The Classic NES

290: Pure Software Cameras And The End Of The Classic NES

Classic NES

For some unexplained reason, Nintendo decides to stop selling the super popular Classic NES. It defies all business logic. We also talk about pure software cameras that don’t actually use the picture you took for the final picture found on your phone. It’s an interesting discussion. These articles and many more below.

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285: Nintendo’s Titanic

285: Nintendo’s Titanic

Nintendo's Titanic

When the movie titanic first came out, it wasn’t very popular: it took a few weeks to become the sensation we know it as today. The Nintendo Wii was the same way: people needed to play Wii Sports before realizing how fun the system was. In effect, the Wii was Nintendo’s Titanic.

The Switch, on the other hand seems much more straight forward, and therefore the initial sales are much higher. Personally, I still want to buy a Switch. :)

The rest of the stories are below.

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282: The Future Of Facebook News And The Demise Of Wikipedia

282: The Future Of Facebook News And The Demise Of Wikipedia

Future of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, published a 5,800 word article (12 pages if typed out) on the future of Facebook. Basically, he wants to go beyond simply connecting everyone and build communities that are supportive, safe, informed, civically engaged, and inclusive. It’s a lofty goal that’s still a little fuzzy. Functionally, it means you’ll see less sensationalized (ie. fake) news on the site. The rest of the stories are below, including a really cool one about future telescopes.

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280: The Ephemeral Snapchat IPO

280: The Ephemeral Snapchat IPO

The Ephemeral Snapchat IPO

Oh Snap! That ephemeral photo sharing company is going to IPO in March! That’s right, Snapchat (or Snap, or those really cool) shared more of their details this week. To be honest, not all the numbers look great. For example, after Facebook copied their Stories product, Snapchat’s growth stalled almost immediately. For a company that’s still losing money, that’s not great. That story and more below.

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