What Zuck’s letter didn’t say

Mark Zuckerberg Disrupt He might not want to run for office any time soon, but Mark Zuckerberg has perfected the time-honored political art of talking a lot without saying anything. In a sprawling letter consisting mostly of feel-good mumbo jumbo and a light sprinkling of feature ideas, the Facebook visionary laid out 5,700 words worth of nonspecific stuff that sounds nice. Like fellow Facebook feel-gooder Sheryl… Read More

mClinica raises $6.3M to map healthcare data in Southeast Asia

Scattered colorful medical pills and capsules Health startups are pulling in money in Southeast Asia. A week after wellness-focused insurance brokerage CXA drew $25 million from investors, fellow Singapore-based startup mClinica has announced a $6.3 million Series A raise. mClinica was founded in 2012 and its mission is to provide healthcare data in Southeast Asia, much like Nielsen and other traditional analyst houses, through an… Read More

Facebook says it will open up for independent ad audit

facebook-money Following multiple admissions last year that it had been misreporting some of its ad numbers, Facebook just announced that it has committed to an audit by the Media Rating Council “to verify the accuracy of the information we deliver to our partners.” The mistakes that Facebook revealed last year seem relatively minor, but collectively, they probably have added momentum to… Read More

Crunch Report: Twitter’s Ad Revenue Stalls

Today’s Stories  Twitter’s advertising business is stalling Zenefits is laying off 45% of its workforce Airbnb is buying Luxury Retreats for around $200M Facebook can now replace your weather app The Analogue Nt Mini is the perfect NES console for video game lovers Credits Written and hosted by: Anthony Ha Edited by: Joe Zolnoski Filmed by: Matthew Mauro Teleprompter: Tomas… Read More

Facebook can now replace your weather app

facebook-weather-ios Facebook is rolling out a useful new feature that puts a full weather forecast inside its mobile app and desktop site. The feature is accessible from News Feed or the mobile app’s “More” menu — the section that links you to areas like Friends, Events, Groups, Pages and other key Facebook features like On This Day or Saved items. Within the Weather section, you can view… Read More

The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub invests $50 million in its first 47 research initiatives

chan-zuckerberg The Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a non-profit medical research organization started by Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg (and not to be confused with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a limited liability corporation to advance human potential) today announced it would be doling out a total of $50 million to its first cohort of disease investigators. The Biohub brings together Bay Area… Read More

Super Bowl posts on social media are up from last year, but didn’t top 2015’s record numbers

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Patriots defeated the Falcons 34-28.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Super Bowl LI may have made history as the first Big Game to go into overtime, but that may not have translated into record ratings, or, as it turns out, record social media engagement, either. According to Facebook, 64 million people posted 240 million interactions its social network last night, an increase over last year’s 60 million users and 200 million posts during what was, then,… Read More

With one foot in the past and the other in the future, India faces a digital paradox

towersindia Unlike the decline of the media in the west brought about by smartphones and the internet, the situation in India could not be more different. The value of the Indian newspaper industry has grown by two-thirds in the past six years. The growth of print media is a perfect example of the Indian digital paradox, a phenomenon where India is developing in a distinctly different manner than the west. Read More

WhatsApp tests real-time location sharing in its app

facebook-whatsapp-screen Facebook may be distancing itself from location-sharing between friends in its own app, but Facebook-owned WhatsApp appears to moving in this direction. A new feature spotted in the beta version of the popular mobile messaging software shows that WhatsApp has developed a real-time location-tracking option that could be used among the app’s friends. The addition was spotted this week… Read More