CNET: FedEx will pay you $5 to use Adobe Flash on your browser. “You know when people say ‘this is so bad, you couldn’t pay me to use it’ FedEx just upped the ante.”
TechCrunch: Facebook introduces a new ad format — product-focused ‘collection’. “Facebook is introducing a new ad format that should help retailers showcase their products. The last big addition to Facebook’s ad lineup came last year, with the launch of Canvas, a fast-loading, rich media ad. Like Canvas, a collection is created specifically for mobile, and seems designed to win users over in the Facebook app — before directing them to the advertiser’s mobile website.”
TechCrunch: Facebook tests an enhanced local search and discovery feature offering business suggestions. “Facebook is testing an enhanced local search feature that could see the social network creeping in on Google Maps, Foursquare and Yelp territory, TechCrunch learned and Facebook confirmed.”
NPR: Google Glass Didn’t Disappear. You Can Find It On The Factory Floor. “Remember Google Glass? They’re the headsets that look like regular glasses but have a small computer on the side to speak to and access the Internet. If that’s not ringing a bell, it could be because Google Glass fizzled out and was discontinued in the consumer market. But now, it’s getting a second life in the manufacturing industry.”
PRNewswire: Zirra Opens its Startup Insights Report Database for the Public (PRESS RELEASE). “Zirra, a startup that has developed AI and machine learning technology to analyze the private tech market, is opening its Startups Spotlight Report database to the public, which includes a collection of data and insights on startups, free of charge. You will now be able to search for any company – public or private – and immediately get a Zirra Spotlight Report. These reports will be automatically generated using our proprietary tech to create a report at the touch of a button.” I tried this for three slightly less well-known companies – Twilio, Nuzzel, and PicMonkey – and it popped every time.
Krebs on Security: Google Points to Another POS Vendor Breach. “For the second time in the past nine months, Google has inadvertently but nonetheless correctly helped to identify the source of a large credit card breach — by assigning a ‘This site may be hacked’ warning beneath the search results for the Web site of a victimized merchant.”
Dato Capital: Dato Capital Announces First Tool for Extracting Company Information from Documents (PRESS RELEASE). “The Company Information Extractor can process documents by entering a website URL, uploading a file or entering text directly. Accepted formats include PDF, Word, Excel, HTML and TXT files. The system scans the document and searches for mentions of companies and directors against a daily updated database of 14 million companies and 12 million directors from the United Kingdom, Spain, Luxembourg, Panama, Gibraltar, BVI, Cayman Islands and the Netherlands.” The direct link for the tool is https://en.datocapital.com/CompanyInformationExtractor .