The Most Influential YouTuber Today
Teens are abandoning hyper-produced personalities for people who seem just like them, The Atlantic reports. The most talked-about teen influencer, Emma Chamberlain, shuns makeup and doesn’t seem to care if she looks weird or if her camera is poised at an unflattering angle—and her YouTube channel is one of the fastest growing in the U.S. But Chamberlain works very hard to make it all look so easy, the New York Times reports.
Will Microsoft Crush Slack?
Tech workers’ favorite communications tool, Slack, is losing ground to its biggest rival, Microsoft Teams, which has copied its way into popularity, Recode reports. Slack has the same problem as Snapchat, which has suffered from its bigger rival Facebook’s relentless appropriation.
Meet the Real Alexa
A 31-year-old voice user interface designer at Amazon trains Alexa and guides the conversation between companies and the millions of people who talk to Alexa every day, Fortune reports. Alison Atwell has developed voice-assisted skills for companies as small as two-person startups, and for huge Fortune 500 companies like Disney and Best Buy.
Apple Silently Removes Zoom's Web Server
In a rare move, Apple silently updated the Mac operating system Wednesday to remove a controversial hidden web server installed by the Zoom web conferencing app, Axios reports. The move removes the security threat, but the bigger question is: when will tech companies stop prioritizing features over privacy in the first place?
The First Half of 2019, By the Numbers
Where is mobile marketing headed? The staff at Mobile Marketer have compiled some key statistics at the halfway point of 2019.
Taming Tab Madness
Tons of open tabs can tax your computer and your patience. To relieve the stress on both, Fast Company offers six tips, settings, and free utilities.
The Emerging Quantum Internet
Breakthrough demonstrations using defective diamonds, high-flying drones, laser-bathed crystals and other exotica suggest practical, unhackable quantum networks are within reach, Scientific American reports. Freed from many limitations of “classical” networks, these systems could provide a level of privacy, security and computational clout that is impossible to achieve with today’s internet.
How to Create Great B2B Content
Done right, B2B content marketing can certainly match the creativity and appeal of the best B2C ones. To illustrate the point, HubSpot picked 10 examples of brands that are "creating great content that grows fervent, dedicated audiences."
Few people would dispute that podcasting is increasingly popular. But as Fred Jacobs of Jacobs Media writes, there are conflicting signs about podcasting's true growth curve—in part due to inconsistent data.
A turquoise lake in Siberia, nicknamed the "Novosibirsk Maldives" because of how tropical it looks, has provided the perfect backdrop to people's Instagram posts. But it's not a paradise: The lake is so blue due to a power plant's ash dump. Siberian Generating Co. recently wrote on the Russian social network VKontakte: "DO NOT swim in the ash dump." But the BBC says that has not deterred selfie seekers.