Greg Sandoval, provided by Published 4:33 pm, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Apple Music Pop star Will.i.am, of the Black Eyed Peas, exclusively tells Business Insider about his friendship with Google cofounder Larry Page. The friendship began in 2003, after the Black Eyed Peas first visited the Googleplex. They've kept it up to this day. Will.i.am is actually active in the tech space, and sums up his interest thusly: "Music is technology." The past six years or so, pop star will.i.am has seemingly done everything he could to earn the same kind of street cred in tech circles as he acquired in music. Recommended Video: Now Playing: She’s usually described as the most powerful woman in Brussels as she is trying to hold Silicon Valley’s tech giants to account. Denmark’s Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s top anti-trust regulator is our guest on Global Conversation. What has changed since you ordered that Amazon and Apple should repay huge amounts of money … [Read more...] about Will.i.am tells us about his friendship with Larry Page, and why he’s so big into the tech scene (GOOG, GOOGL)
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Update 1: 2017/06/01 8:01pm PDT The new site for Google Contributor/Funding Choices is live, and offers some new insight into how the service actually works. According to the signup page, each page without ads You may recall Google Contributor, which was a service by Google that allowed users to pay a monthly contribution to see fewer ads online. Your money would directly substitute the money earned by the site for advertisements. Contributor was discontinued in late 2016, with Google saying that an improved version would become available in "early 2017." Today, the company launched Funding Choices, the successor to Contributor. Currently in beta, it allows sites to show a customized message to visitors using an ad blocker. The message asks users to either enable ads for the site, or pay for a pass through Contributor that removes all ads on that site. Unlike the original Contributor, Funding Choices hides more than just AdSense ads If you're reading this and … [Read more...] about [Update: Site is live, more details] Google launches Funding Choices, a way for users to pay sites to hide ads
Stop being a people-pleaser. And understand your market value. Jaime Sarachit Published 9:32 am, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Photo: Klaus Vedfelt | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Klaus Vedfelt | Getty Images Today Is Equal Pay Day. So, If You're a Woman Asking for More Money, Think Like a Man. Just Don't Act Like One. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Back in 2014, after finding out through Sony’s massive hacking scandal that her male co-stars in American Hustle had been paid more than she, actress Jennifer Lawrence wrote a now-famous essay for actress Lena Dunham's blog, reflecting on her own role in the situation. Related: Women Won't Achieve Equal Representation in Business Unless Men Help Change the Status Quo “I failed as a negotiator because I gave up … [Read more...] about Today Is Equal Pay Day. So, If You’re a Woman Asking for More Money, Think Like a Man. Just Don’t Act Like One.
For more than a year, YouTube has grappled to find a balance between demands for safety and its creators' expectation of freedom. That ongoing debate was thrown into a nightmarish spotlight this week, when Nasim Aghdam, a 39-year-old woman who posted clips about veganism and music-video parodies, drove to YouTube's San Bruno, Calif., headquarters, walked onto its sunny campus through a parking garage and shot three people before turning her gun on herself. We don't know why Aghdam fired on YouTube. But police have established her motive was anger at YouTube's policies and practices. Influential YouTubers like Hank Green and Phil DeFranco, the latter of whom has been a vocal critic of some YouTube policies in the past, spoke out against conflating the shooter's motive with the idea that Google's site or its policies were at fault for the crime. "This has nothing to do with YouTube policy. It's a sad and horrific story of a person who built anger and hate inside of herself until it … [Read more...] about YouTube shooter’s ire: Everything you need to know about YouTube’s flashpoint policies
In the eyes of “experts,” when it comes to blockchain, there is often no middle ground — it will either be boom or bust, nothing in between. I for one have become a big proponent of blockchain technology, especially the crypto-economics used to jumpstart powerful network effects. But with so many opinions and noise floating around, I thought it would be beneficial to take a deep dive into the ramifications of blockchain technology as it relates to today’s top tech companies. Will blockchain based alternatives unseat Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple? After in-depth research into the business models, here is what I found… A quick explanation For those new to the space, blockchains are immutable (unchangeable), often trustless ledgers — creating digital scarcity and the possibility for much more. Due to their decentralized nature (run by a community vs a single entity) and their economic incentive models (tokens), they potentially represent a major … [Read more...] about How blockchain will disrupt Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook
After a tumultuous 2017, YouTube is making yet another change to its guidelines surrounding channel monetization and advertiser approval. In posts to its Advertiser and Creator blogs, YouTube details how it's changing the threshold for monetization through its YouTube Partner Program (YPP), from 10,000 lifetime views to 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of watch time within the past 12 months. That means that small creators who already passed the previous 10,000 lifetime view milestone, but not the new goals, will be removed from the YouTube Partner Program starting February 20 and will be unable to monetize their videos in that manner, The company made a point of noting the types of channels that will be affected by the new rules. "Though these changes will affect a significant number of channels, 99 percent of those affected were making less than $100 per year in the last year, with 90 percent earning less than $2.50 in the last month. Any of the channels who no longer meet this … [Read more...] about YouTube raises subscriber, view threshold for Partner Program monetization