World Leaders Want Global Tech Rules
Leaders of Japan, China and Germany this week issued calls for global oversight of the tech sector, the New York Times reports. It is a clear signal of growing international interest in seizing greater regulatory supervision of an industry led by the United States. There was no consensus, however, on what a global architecture for tech oversight might look like.
Verizon Media Group Is Shedding 7% of its Workforce
The Verizon division formerly known as Oath is laying off 7 percent of its workforce, or roughly 800 employees, TechCrunch reports. Oath was created after Verizon acquired AOL, followed by Yahoo, merging them two years ago as a single digital media entity with a new name. Verizon recently took a $4.6 billion writedown on the media business and announced staff buyouts.
Tech Titans Eye the Education Market
Education and technology were the central topics this week for Apple, Google and Microsoft, as they prepped for BETT, a key education trade show in London, Axios reports. Microsoft unveiled a new Classroom Pen stylus for its Surface convertible tablets and debuted new low-cost education-themed Windows laptops designed to compete with Google-powered Chromebooks.
How to Make the Finest Travel Shine Online
This was the challenge: Put the visitor to Travel Dynamics International’s website in the shoes of someone experiencing an amazing vacation. Dwaiter, aware that large websites can sometimes prove difficult to edit from the back end, made front-end editing of nearly all content a priority.
Can Designers Keep Pace with Accelerating Change?
Exponential growth in potential and power of technology means we're now faced not with linear evolution but exponential growth, Christian Beck writes on Medium. Designers, he says, will have to figure how to navigate this accelerating world while still finding ways to do good work.
Twitter Has a Simpler Design in the Works
Twitter on the web will soon have a new, less-cluttered look, Digital Trends reports. The social media company shared a video of the upcoming new look this week. The update isn’t just about a simpler layout; it also includes new features.
Is the Tech Backlash Missing the Mark?
Tech critics say it’s time to jettison decades of antitrust policy that limits the government to intervening only when market concentration has, or could, cause higher prices for consumers. A better idea, argue Blair Levin and Larry Downes in the Washington Post, would be to let the next wave of disruptive technology do its work.
How to Build a Successful SEO Strategy
One-third of U.S. consumers in 2018 started their online purchases with Google or another search tool. To succeed in organic search results, brands must have a solid SEO strategy. Marketing Land outlines four key building blocks.
What to Do When Employees Resist New Technology
What’s the key to getting your employees to adopt new technology? Adobe’s Scott Belsky says make it fun. At a Fast Company panel presentation this week, Belsky pointed to Slack as a great example of this–it’s not only an internal communication platform, but it has animated GIFs and other features employees actually like.
Apped to Recall
Do you have trouble remembering faces and names? Not to worry, there's an app for that now, Scientific American reports. The app, called SocialRecall, connects names with faces via smartphone cameras and facial recognition. To protect privacy, it recognizes only those who have consented to participate.