Ride-hailing roundup: Uber’s non-valuation, GM’s new app, and more

There’s been lots of news in the world of ride hailing this week. Uber is experimenting with several new features for drivers, including a system for alerting drivers when a rider is requesting an especially long trip before they accept, and the ability to choose destination areas. A few Uber drivers included in the pilots posted images of the potential new tools … Continue reading “Ride-hailing roundup: Uber’s non-valuation, GM’s new app, and more”

There’s been lots of news in the world of ride hailing this week.

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Ride-hailing roundup: Uber’s non-valuation, GM’s new app, and more

There’s been lots of news in the world of ride hailing this week. Uber is experimenting with several new features for drivers, including a system for alerting drivers when a rider is requesting an especially long trip before they accept, and the ability to choose destination areas. A few Uber drivers included in the pilots posted images of the potential new tools … Continue reading “Ride-hailing roundup: Uber’s non-valuation, GM’s new app, and more”

There’s been lots of news in the world of ride hailing this week.

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Watch the Newest Ads on TV From Mtn Dew, PayPal, Dunkin’ Donuts and More


Every weekday, we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new TV commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from 10 million smart TVs. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time yesterday.

A few highlights: Mtn Dew (aka Mountain Dew) serves up two “Do the Dew” ads that are basically product porn — with slow-mo close-ups of frosty bottles as the focus. PayPal positions itself as a competitor to Venmo (without actually naming Venmo) — i.e., a way to quickly reimburse friends for shared expenses through a mobile app. And Dunkin’ Donuts serves up an ad that’s basically a how-to video re: using its new Cold Brew Coffee Packs.

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Trump to CEOs Abandoning White House Councils: You Can’t Quit, You’re Fired


President Trump says he’s disbanding two advisory groups of American business leaders, after CEOs quit this week as the president faced blowback for failing to sufficiently condemn white supremacists.

Trump made the announcement on Twitter, less than an hour after one of the groups was said to be planning to inform the White House that it would break up.

“Rather than putting pressure on the business people of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!” Trump said on Twitter.

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The Myth Of The Neutral Silicon Valley Platform Is Crumbling

After the violence in Charlottesville, it’s getting harder to maintain the charade.

The year was 2016, and despite what could be described as an epidemic of celebrities dying, things–compared to now, at least–seemed totally normal, somehow. Maybe even idyllic. Back in those simpler days, you could see the great pains that technology companies took to prove that they were mere neutral platforms.

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Watch Barack Obama’s record-breaking Charlottesville tweet spread around the world

Miss him yet? Former President Barack Obama set a record today with an inspirational tweet in the wake of the violent white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion . . … Continue reading “Watch Barack Obama’s record-breaking Charlottesville tweet spread around the world”

Miss him yet? Former President Barack Obama set a record today with an inspirational tweet in the wake of the violent white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

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Watch Barack Obama’s record-breaking Charlottesville tweet spread around the world

Miss him yet? Former President Barack Obama set a record today with an inspirational tweet in the wake of the violent white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend. “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion . . … Continue reading “Watch Barack Obama’s record-breaking Charlottesville tweet spread around the world”

Miss him yet? Former President Barack Obama set a record today with an inspirational tweet in the wake of the violent white supremacist rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend.

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Amid Racial Tension, Hyatt Pushes Understanding in New Spot


Following a weekend of racial tension and violence, and this week’s conflict-ridden political aftermath, one marketer is coming out with a message of unity. Hyatt Hotels has introduced the next chapter in its “World of Understanding” campaign platform with a video celebrating 50 years of inclusivity dating back to the chain’s Hyatt Regency Atlanta hotel, which opened its doors to civil rights leaders in 1967.

The two-and-a-half-minute video, released Wednesday on digital channels, includes the spoken words of artist Tarriona “Tank” Ball. “When people come together and allow their commonalities to supersede their differences, they cloak themselves in a suit of armor, galvanized by openmindness,” she says in the spot.

Though the message sems timely following the protests by white supremacists and counterprotests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday and the argument over President Trump’s response, the idea was conceived before any of that.

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