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A Candid Conversation With 5 Women Leaders of Advertising and Media

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Two years ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a provocative essay in The Atlantic called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The piece, which sparked a national debate about the impossibilities of work-life balance, stressed that unless a profound change in mind-set occurred at the highest levels of business and government, professional women are basically screwed. The stats bear it out. Women account for just 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, while 3 percent of executive creative directors at ad agencies are female. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg stormed the zeitgeist with her rallying cry to “ lean in ,” producing a book on how to succeed in a high-powered job as well as a movement. While this drive is nothing new—think Gloria Steinem, Camille Paglia and Helen Gurley Brown—the hope is that as more women in positions of power speak out and create change, the door will swing open and a new generation of leaders will take their rightful seat at the table. Women in media, advertising and technology understand well the challenge of reaching the upper ranks of power

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Kourtney Kardashian Loves Instagram for Fashion Inspiration

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Kourtney Kardashian Age 34 Accomplishments Star of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Sundays at 9 p.m.); co-designer of The Kardashian Kollection at Sears and Kardashian Kids at Babies”R”Us Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I usually look at my phone and just kind of check my emails and text messages first to see if anything’s been happening overnight. And then I go to my Instagram . Do you get all the Google Alerts for yourself and your family? I used to. I actually just cancelled them because I’m trying to simplify my life. My sisters were so surprised that it took me this long to finally cancel them. It felt so good. What are your go-to social media platforms? I do Twitter and Instagram, but that’s probably it. I follow all my friends, but I feel bad because sometimes when I’m at a friend’s birthday breakfast or something and I Instagram a picture and I tag them, they get so many follower requests. They have to make their accounts public or go back and change their name. But I also think that Instagram is a great tool for inspiration—I follow different fashion and interior decor and design accounts. And the fan accounts are fun, too; they get photos of us from so long ago. I’m like, “How did you get these from our childhood?” Do you have to be selective about what you share on social media in order to maintain some element of surprise for the show? I don’t really think of it in that way. We kind of just share whatever we’re feeling. But I do notice that, most of the time, when you’re having the most fun, you’re too busy to take a photo. How do you get your news? I don’t [laughs].

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Suits Star Patrick J. Adams Obsesses Over Instagram

March 5, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Late Start May Be Tempering China Mobile’s iPhone Preorders

December 30, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Apple’s iPhone won’t officially launch on China Mobile until January 17 , but the world’s largest mobile carrier began accepting preorders for them last week. And while early estimates say initial preorder numbers are high, they’re not quite as high as you’d think given the size of China Mobile’s subscriber base. Wedge Partners figures China Mobile accepted about 100,000 preorders for the iPhone 5s and 5c during the first two days of availability. Interestingly, that’s fewer than rival carriers managed when the devices first launched a few months back. In September, China Unicom racked up about 120,000 preorders and China Telecom about 150,000 for the 5s and 5c both. How is it that China Mobile, which currently provides cell service to over 763 million customers, is pulling in fewer iPhone preorders than its smaller rivals?

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Bulk-SMS App Maker Bazuc Responds to Lookout’s Claims, Says Consumers Should Pay Attention to Risks

December 20, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The maker of an app that Lookout has branded as a security threat contends that it is offering a potentially lucrative, if risky, business opportunity to consumers. Bazuc distributes an Android app that when installed sends SMS messages through a user’s phone, with Bazuc promising to pay users a tenth of a penny for each message sent. After spending a month researching Bazuc.net and its apps, Lookout on Thursday warned that the app poses a significant threat to users, including the potential for angry phone calls and seeing their phone service disconnected for violating the terms of their contracts. Lookout said it would warn users of its security software who have the app installed, and also said it was reaching out to carriers and other companies that it believes may have a problem with what Bazuc is doing. In an email, Bazuc creator Richard Loomis confirmed some things that Lookout said, but took issue with others, and insists that it details many of the potential risks on its website. “Yes, there are risks involved for the app users, which are very clearly posted in a very large font on both the website and inside the app itself,” Loomis said in an email to AllThingsD

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Top Products in Two Decades of Tech Reviews

December 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

This is my last column for The Wall Street Journal, after 22 years of reviewing consumer technology products here. So I thought I’d talk about the dozen personal-technology products I reviewed that were most influential over the past two decades. Obviously, narrowing so many products in the most dynamic of modern industries down to 12 is a subjective exercise and others will disagree. Though most were hits, a couple weren’t blockbusters, financially, and one was an outright flop. Instead, I used as my criteria two main things. First, the products had to improve ease of use and add value for average consumers. That was the guiding principle I laid down in the first sentence of my first column, in 1991: “Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it’s not your fault.” Second, I chose these 12 because each changed the course of digital history by influencing the products and services that followed, or by changing the way people lived and worked. In some cases, the impact of these mass-market products is still unfolding. All of these products had predecessors, but they managed to take their categories to a new level. Some readers will complain that Apple is overrepresented. My answer: Apple introduced more influential, breakthrough products for average consumers than any other company over the years of this column.

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VCs — Not "Shark Tank" — Give DoorBot $1M for Caller ID for the Doorbell

December 11, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A startup called  DoorBot has raised $1 million after selling 10,000 Wi-Fi videocamera doorbells for $199. DoorBot on Shark Tank DoorBot is a specialized smart home security device, so next time someone rings the bell outside your home, you can check who it is from an app on your phone — and without opening the door, talk to them via two-way audio. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based company brought in the funding after failing to raise money  on the ABC TV show “Shark Tank,” whose investors passed on the deal for various reasons including competition and security risks (only one of the five sharks offered to invest, but with an onerous royalty rate that the company declined). But everything worked out okay. DoorBot was able to raise money at the same $7 million valuation that CEO Jamie Siminoff pitched on the show, he said this week. The money came from more traditional technology investors including First Round Capital, Upfront Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Matt Mullenweg. DoorBot sales are accelerating, according to Siminoff, with $600,000 worth of sales in the past month. And the 16-person company is now profitable. Siminoff said his team’s key innovation is the ability to squeeze out a year of battery life by keeping the device deactivated and then very quickly waking it up within a second. However, that design means that users can’t just open up the app and check outside their door at any time. They have to wait for someone to ring the bell. That should change in a coming update, Siminoff said

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"Hour of Code" Calls on Students to Program Computers, With Support From Obama (And the Republicans, Too!)

December 9, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

By now you may have heard about the United States’ woeful lack of public coding classes , despite the economy’s ever-growing need for technical workers. For five years now, Computer Science Education Week has existed as a call to mobilize people to learn to program. This year, it’s getting a little more oomph, with promotion by various tech companies of the new nonprofit Code.org ’s “Hour of Code” initiative, five million students committed to participate globally at 33,000 schools in 166 countries, and endorsements by celebrities and public figures including both U.S. President Barack Obama and his political foil House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Here’s the video from Obama, in which he urges, “Don’t just buy a new video game, make one. Don’t just download the latest app, help design it. Don’t just play on your phone, program. No one’s born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work — and some math and science — just about anyone can become one.” And here’s Cantor, who says “coding is the necessary tool of this century”: (By the way, the name “Hour of Code” is not meant to specify any specific hour, but rather the motivation for people to spend an hour learning to code at some point over the next week.) And it’s not just political rivals coming together, but also competing companies, noted Code.org co-founder Ali Partovi. All the Apple Stores in the U.S. plan to hold an open Hour of Code class on Dec.

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December 9, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

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Like This If You Like Pandas! Facebook Says Publishers Shouldn’t Fret About News Feed Changes.

December 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

In 2011, Google changed the way it ranked websites , in an effort to punish spammers and “content farms” that showed up high in search results but delivered crummy pages. Google’s “Panda” changes had giant ripple effects throughout the Web: Ask Demand Media , among others. This week Facebook announced that it was changing the way it ranked content in its all-important News Feed — the main page Facebook users see on their desktop and on their phones — in order to promote “high-quality content.” And Facebook said it would make things like “meme photos” harder to see. The immediate reaction from several publishers I’ve talked to this week: “This is Facebook’s Panda.” But if that’s the case, then who is Facebook trying to punish? And why does Facebook care about this anyway — isn’t the crucial thing that people like the stuff, and not what the stuff is? One way to get some answers is to ask a Facebook executive directly

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