The Atlantic: I Sat Through the First Stop on Facebook’s Feel-Good Road Show. “Some time ago, a man named Stephen found himself yearning for his home-state’s famous peaches. He’d grown up in Georgia, but lived in Nashville, Tennessee, where the peaches—desiccated, tasteless things—barely merited the name. Sensing a market, Stephen started selling Georgia peaches out of the back of his truck. The peach truck was a hit, as was Stephen’s subsequent online peach store. In just over a year, he saw his sales double. What was Stephen’s secret? He had bought a bunch of advertisements on Facebook.”
Thinknum: Here are the top places people check-in and take selfies on Facebook. “When Facebook ($NASDAQ:FB) opened up its ‘Were Here’ counters in 2012, marketers and investors alike foamed at their respectives mouths like hungry cats. That’s because for the first time, they had a social media metric that combined how people perceived a brand online with real-world location data. Facebook’s Were Here count measures how many check-ins, mobile device shares, and photo location tags have been created at a business. It’s a powerful measurement tool because it shows where Facebook users are actually going when they’re not just sitting at home clicking “Like” buttons. We’ve been tracking Were Here counts at Thinknum for years.”
CNBC: These online volunteers fight fake reviews, ghost listings and other scams on Google Maps — and say the problem’s getting worse. “Tom Waddington was hanging out at a friend’s house when he got an unexpected notification from Google Maps. Waddington is part of a group of Google Maps advocates who are trying to improve the service, so he lets Google track his location and frequently adds photos or edits to Maps listings. So the notification itself was routine, but the message was strange: Maps wanted him to contribute information about the Urgent Care center nearby. He was in a residential neighborhood.”
Omaha World-Herald: Warren Buffett plans to release video archive of past shareholder meetings. “Warren Buffett plans to make public a video archive of about 20 years of past Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholder meetings. It’s a potential treasure trove for students, teachers and financial types interested in his ideas and history, said Louis Pol, business dean at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.”
The Hill: Liberal group launches database to track corporations’ response to tax law. “The website from Americans for Tax Fairness, called ‘Trump Tax Cut Truths,’ contains searchable data about the size of corporations’ tax cuts as well as information about bonuses, wage increases, job cuts, new investments and stock buybacks companies have planned following the law’s enactment. The database contains information about more than 800 companies.” I hesitated to include this as I try to be apolitical. But since the information is fact-based, like the size of a corporate tax cut and information on stock buybacks – I feel okay about putting it here.
West Virginia: Attorney General Morrisey, Secretary of State Warner Announce Enhanced Business Search Tool for Consumers. “Attorney General Patrick Morrisey joined with Secretary of State Mac Warner on Thursday to inform consumers that they have a new weapon to combat fraud. The West Virginia Tax Department recently shared 77,000 sole proprietor business names with the Secretary of State’s Office for use in a searchable database. The business names were not publicly available until a 2017 change in the law.”
Uzbekistan National News Agency: English version of the National database of legislation for investors will be created. “At the meeting, it was noted that work is underway on creating an English version of the National database of legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan in order to inform potential investors about legal conditions for doing business in Uzbekistan.”