Google sees everything anyways so what’s the harm of letting them own your home wifi router?
Today Google announced that they are moving into the WiFi router market. The new router is produced through a partnership with TP-Link and it’s called OnHub. Google is marketing OnHub as a router that is simple to setup, effortless to maintain, and highly reliable.
via Google Announces The OnHub WiFi Router.
Still pretty sizable though:
If that happens, it would still mean that Disney would have paid out some $700 million to acquire Maker, making it the biggest Web video M&A deal by far. But it would be well short of the $950 million Maker’s backers thought they might get.
via Maker Studios May Not Hit Disney Earn-Out Goals | Re/code.
Marco Arment’s rant against ad practices today:
Publishers don’t have an easy job trying to stay in business today, but that simply doesn’t justify the rampant abuse, privacy invasion, sleaziness, and creepiness that many of them are forcing upon their readers, regardless of whether the publishers feel they had much choice in the matter.
Modern web ads and trackers are far over the line for many people today, and they’ve finally crossed the line for me, too. Just as when pop-ups crossed the line fifteen years ago, technical countermeasures are warranted.
via The ethics of modern web ad-blocking – Marco.org.
Yet there is growing evidence that algorithms and other types of software can discriminate. The people who write them incorporate their biases, and algorithms often learn from human behavior, so they reflect the biases we hold. For instance, research has shown that ad-targeting algorithms have shown ads for high-paying jobs to men but not women, and ads for high-interest loans to people in low-income neighborhoods.
via Algorithms and Bias: Q. and A. With Cynthia Dwork – The New York Times.
The killer-app of the mobile generation is the platform for self-expression and communication. Given this, it is baffling that none of the traditional media companies have invested in, built or acquired any of the hundreds of global properties which have hoovered our attention away from their legacy properties.
via May I Have Your Attention, Please? — Medium.
Good read on this new big market:
Critics of the industry say that the biggest challenges are the legality issue — many people still denounce fantasy sports as gambling. And there can be low margins on customers: A person familiar with the matter said economics can be questionable since the companies often only keep a small percentage of prize money. Right now, funding is at an all-time high, so those issues can often be swept under a rug.
via Inside DraftKings’ reign: Online sports meets offline experiences.
“Super Bowl advertising is already proving to be more lucrative than ever, with 30-second spots selling for $5 million dollars,” said Les Moonves CEO of CBS, during a earnings call Wednesday with investors.
via Super Bowl ads cost record-breaking $5 million – Aug. 6, 2015.