Facebook Watch, LinkedIn’s Tough Scrape and Everything You Wanted to Know About Cryptocurrency but Were Afraid to Ask: The Week in Review

Mindset Digital
Mindset Digital // August 18, 2017

Our weekly roundup brings you a list of curated content in social, technology and Mindset Digital happenings from need-to-know news to silly social trends.

Last week in social…

Facebook Watch. Facebook looked at the 93 minutes a day people are spending on Netflix and got all jelly, entering the high-end video market with Facebook Watch, a video service aimed at competing with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and many more. The service will feature original series made by a handful of partners. Look for a Watch tab appearing on your Facebook interface sometime soon. (via Mashable)

Be seeing you everywhere I snap. Snapchat debuted its latest feature, Crowd Surf, at pop singer Lorde’s San Francisco concert this week. Snapchat users filming the first part of the song “Green Light” found that their various angles had been cut together into a crowdsourced concert video. The seamless playback of the music was made possible by Snapchat’s proprietary AI machine learning algorithm, whose skills will be refined and tested at select other events. (via Mashable)

LinkedIn caught in a tough scrape. LinkedIn and parent company Microsoft have been ordered to allow the scraping of the social network’s data by third-party software. The company had argued that hiQ Labs, a startup that predicts whether employees will quit, was in violation of 1986 computer fraud legislation and tantamount to hacking. Though LinkedIn is refusing to give up the fight, the ruling judge noted that Microsoft’s protection of their data skirted an anti-competitive line. (via The Verge)


Last week in technology…

Tech companies take a stand after Charlottesville. Some of the biggest names in tech have learned they can’t stay neutral on a moving train. After the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville last week, first GoDaddy and then Google dropped domain hosting for a white supremacist website. Cloudflare, previously known for a staunch “content-neutral” stance, later reversed their policy and stopped protecting the site. Airbnb also made a stand before the rally, canceling accounts and bookings for attendees on the grounds of terms of service violations. (via TechCrunch)

Punching in and out just got literal. If you thought drug tests were invasive, you’re really not going to like this one: a company has offered voluntary RFID chip implants for employees. The company’s vision for the future imagines a workplace that’s equal parts mundane and dystopian—with the chips doing everything from storing health information to saving you time at the vending machines. The privacy and ethical concerns are, naturally, enormous, but the capabilities are fascinating. Expect more of this to come. (via NPR)

Don’t care how, I want it now. Amazon’s latest real-world storefronts will feature hundreds of vending machine impulse buys through a program called “Instant Pickup.” Shoppers will be able to visit a pickup point to retrieve items from a keycode-protected locker almost immediately after purchase. The location-specific menus will feature everything from food to toiletries, as well as Amazon devices, and Columbus is one of the first five markets to give it a try. (via TechCrunch)


Last week at Mindset Digital…


As Bitcoin soared to new heights—hitting more than $4500 per bitcoin—we were all about grokking cryptocurrency in our latest episode of the Mindset Digital podcast with a soup-to-nuts conversation that will get you up to speed on bitcoin and the blockchain, fast. Plus, a new intern takes up the challenge of finding something on the internet guaranteed to make you laugh.

On Tips Tuesday, we weighed in with some options that will help you keep your well-intentioned but not overly cautious friends from posting all manner of hilarity about you on your Facebook page. These are the settings you need to check.

Thank you, Internet!

College Football is just around the corner, and this week, Bowling Green’s walk-on kicker Jake Suder was challenged by his coach: hit a 53-yard field goal and earn a scholarship. Here’s how it all went down:


Good times,

Pete Brown, Michael Harwick and Matt Weiner all contributed to this week’s roundup.