Does the Technology Pose a Health Risk?
Eventually slated to replace 3G and 4G cellular telephone networks, 5G promises to speed up the rate of data transfer by 100 times or more and allow cellular networks to manage far more wireless-connected devices than presently possible. But, as Scientific American reports, many people, and a few scientists, are concerned about the possible health effects of radio-frequency (RF) energy transmitted by 5G base stations. Are these concerns warranted?
CEO Exits as eBay Considers Asset Sales
eBay CEO Devin Wenig is stepping down, the company said Wednesday. eBay also said it was continuing a strategic review of its assets, including the ticket-sales website StubHub and the Classifieds Group, Business Insider reports.
The Challenges Still Facing WeWork
In a bid to save itself, the We Company this week pushed out CEO and cofounder Adam Neumann. But ousting Neumann doesn’t fix We’s troubles, Fast Company reports. The firm has $1.3 billion in long-term debt and $47 billion in lease obligations over the next 15 years. As of August, it had $2.5 billion in cash. Its IPO prospectus revealed that the company loses a dollar for every dollar it makes.
Smart-Home Spending to Top $100 Billion
Spending on hardware, services and installation fees for smart-home devices will hit $103 billion this year and is projected to reach $157 billion by 2023, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics. The report comes as Amazon unveils a slew of smart devices, from a three-in-one Amazon Smart Oven to the Echo Flex plug-in smart speaker, CNet reports.
The Digital Media Consolidation Wave Continues
Vox Media is buying New York Media, creating a bulked-up company on track for $300 million in revenue next year with over a dozen vertical brands, Digiday reports. The deal brings together companies with similar approaches to digital media, but also creates new opportunities, the New York Times says.
Google Prevails in Landmark EU Case
The EU's top court has ruled that Google does not have to apply the right to be forgotten globally, the BBC reports. It means the firm only needs to remove links from its search results in Europe after receiving an appropriate request. The ruling stems from a dispute between Google and a French privacy regulator.
Match.com Conned Users into Paid Subscriptions, FTC Says
Hundreds of thousands of users bought a Match.com subscription to uncover the contents of a message that was actually a scam, the Federal Trade Commission alleges in a new lawsuit against Match Group Inc., the parent company of Match.com, Tinder, OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, and other dating platforms. The FTC alleged the online dating company knew those messages were likely fraudulent and used them to con users with a free account into paying for a subscription, Yahoo Finance reports.
Among Consumers, There’s a Growing 'Techlash'
Marketers face a growing backlash against technology—or "techlash"—with 80 percent of Americans saying in a survey that they fear the loss of privacy. Marketers are showing a "digital disconnect" from consumers by not taking their concerns about technology seriously enough, according to a study the American Marketing Association New York shared with Marketing Dive.
How to Get on Instagram's Explore Page
There are 25 million business profiles on Instagram, and 60 percent of Instagram users say they've learned of a product or service through the platform. However, the popularity of the platform makes it difficult for brands to stand out and attract a large audience. HubSpot details one way to reach a new audience quickly: Instagram's Explore Page.
Spot Is for Sale
Boston Dynamics has finally made its Spot robotic dog available for sale, but don’t expect to find a great Black Friday deal on this bot, Gizmodo says. Only businesses that can promise an interesting application for the technology are eligible to buy the robot, which uses 360-degree cameras and sensors to autonomously navigate through various levels of uneven terrain, including stairs.