Robocall Rising, the Price of Privacy and Some Guy’s Lucky Hat…The Week in Review

Mindset Digital
Mindset Digital // May 11, 2018

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

Last week in social…

Would you pay for privacy? Bloomberg reports on internal murmurs at Facebook that the company might be coming around to the idea of a paid ad-free subscription model. CEO Mark Zuckerberg had always been adamant that the product would remain free. But with the company now facing a PR crisis over its handling of user data and tracking, insiders think the time is right after all for a paid option. (via Bloomberg)

Vine 2.0 is no more. Faster than you can watch a compilation of hilarious Vine videos, the eagerly anticipated new incarnation of Vine has already been quashed. Vine co-founder Dom Hofmann previously teased a return of the popular video app in a form that sounded very much like the original version that was shut down by its parent company Twitter. Maybe too similar: in his forum post, Hofmann said that legal and financial hurdles are the main reason the project is on hold. We’ll keep dreaming, but for now it looks like Vine will remain too pure for this world. (via v2)

Last Week in Tech…

Mozilla tries threading the privacy needle. Their popular Firefox web browser gets a big update this month that includes sponsored ads—with a twist. A company blog post promises “personalization without sacrificing privacy” and Mozilla says that while some technical data will be collected they will not be able to identify users. And users can opt out of the sponsored suggestions, at least for now. It’s a unique alternative to the highly tailored models powered by big data that Facebook and Google have built their business around, and it’s worth keeping an eye on as privacy debates continue to get louder. (via the Verge)

It’s not just you: robocalls are on the rise. And researchers and lawmakers are in rare agreement: these things are annoying as $#@% and need to stop. The number of calls has soared, with 3.4 billion this past April alone—a 900 million monthly increase versus last year. Making matters worse, consumer advocates aren’t optimistic about anti-robocall efforts from current F.C.C. leadership. And the federal Do Not Call List is basically in a losing arms race against a torrent of ever more advanced autodialers. State and federal blocking efforts are underway, but any light at the end of the tunnel looks pretty far off for now. (via the New York Times)

Last Week at Mindset Digital…

Great to see our president and co-founder Betsy Hubbard speak with budding female entrepreneurs last week at She Can Make a Difference, an event organized by high schoolers for elementary school girls.

Thank you, Internet!

If you’re an NBA fan, you probably saw LeBron James’ game-winning buzzer beater over the Toronto Raptors in Game 3 of their playoff series. But you might not have known about the connection between LeBron’s shot and this guy’s lucky hat. Some say he reminds them of a certain Creative Director…