In the Crosshairs

Dwaiter Weekly


July 8, 2021


States Target Google Over App Store Fees

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia sued Google on Wednesday, alleging that its mobile app store abuses its market power and forces aggressive terms on software developers, the New York Times reports. The suit is the fourth state or federal antitrust lawsuit filed against Google since October, but the first to target its lucrative app store. New York is one of four states leading the suit.


What Jeff Bezos Created

Over the course of 27 years, Jeff Bezos made into a colossus whose power and influence reverberate across numerous industries. The Wall Street Journal looks at the personal and professional empires he created.


Andy Jassy Is No Bezos Clone

Andy Jassy, who succeeded Jeff Bezos as Amazon’s chief executive on Monday, is steeped in the company’s corporate religion: Put customers first, move fast, be frugal. He shares the Amazon founder’s competitive streak and mistrust of conventional wisdom, but the 53-year-old Jassy is not a Bezos clone, Fortune reports.


Why the Kaseya Attack Is Different

The Fourth of July weekend ransomware attack on Kaseya by the Russian-speaking gang REvil infected more than 1,500 organizations around the world, but experts worry more about the fact that REvil adopted new tactics, NBC News reports. Most concerning is that they deployed a zero-day, a cybersecurity term for a vulnerability in a program that software developers aren't aware of and thus haven't had time to fix.



Using Google Trends for Market Research

Google Trends visualizes trending topics, search terms, and news on Google. It provides real-time data regarding current trends from the past seven days, as well as past trends dating back to 2004. The data can be filtered by location, date, categories and search section, which makes it a good tool for market research, HubSpot says.


What America’s ‘Smart City’ Learned 

In 2016, Columbus, Ohio, beat out 77 other small and midsize US cities for a pot of $50 million in federal money that was meant to reshape its future. Five years later, the Smart City Challenge is over, and gap between the promise of whiz-bang technology and the reality in Columbus points to a shift away from tech as a silver bullet, Ars Technica reports.


Hyperlocal Nextdoor to Go Public 

Nextdoor, the neighborhood social network in more than 275,000 communities worldwide, has agreed to go public via a SPAC sponsored by Khosla Ventures, with an implied valuation of $4.3 billion, Axios reports. Nextdoor saw massive growth during the pandemic as more people stayed home and wanted to know what was happening in their neighborhoods.


With Travel Returning, Tripadvisor Releases Its Refreshed App

Tripadvisor this week released its updated mobile app for iOS and Android users, Marketing Dive reports. Refreshed app features include COVID-19 safety information, a trip-planning tool, search and mapping capabilities, reviews and Tripadvisor Plus, a membership program to unlock discounts on hotels, flights, rental cars and experiences.


How to Keep Your Feed Fresh

Social media marketers often experience creative block. The team at Red Website Design shared an infographic of 15 content types with Social Media Today to help marketers find and explore fresh social media content opportunities.


YouTuber Vs. Science Prof

When Science YouTuber Derek Muller claimed he could make a vehicle cruise faster than the wind while traveling directly downwind, using only the power of the wind, University of California professor Alexander Kusenko said that would break the laws of physics. The pair made a $10,000 bet to see if Muller could pull it off. The science YouTuber won. Vice explains how he did it.

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