Facebook: News Feed Algorithm Now More Influenced By User Feedback & Surveys: Beginning today, Facebook’s News Feed algorithm is relying more heavily on user feedback and surveys, and not in the form of the traditional signals such as likes, comments and shares. Instead, Facebook says it’s relying more on the data it collects from in-Feed user surveys and feedback from its Feed Quality Panel.
Samsung follows Apple’s lead, updates its Android browser with ad blocking: Jealous of iPhone users who don’t have to look at ads when browsing the Web? Well envy them no more because Samsung has updated its Android browser app — which has the catchy name “Internet” — giving it the ability to block ads as well.
Google Revenues Beat Expectations With $21.3B In Q4 And $75B In 2015: Fourth quarter revenue was $21.3 billion vs. expectations of $20.8 billion. Earnings per share were $8.67 compared with expectations of $8.09. Full year revenues were nearly $75 billion.
Hyundai at Super Bowl 2016: Hyundai USA is marking its first years as official NFL sponsor with four commercials run during the Super Bowl 50 game. With four entertaining ads set to run on Super Bowl Sunday. Hyundai will run a 60-second ad in the pre-kick time slot, two 30-second ads during the game and a 60-second ad during the pre-game show.
To appeal to news-wary advertisers, Politico borrows from sports: Politico is trying to counter that bias this year by getting advertisers to think of its political coverage as if it’s another big sporting event like the Super Bowl. After all, both share key players, a story arc, big audiences and a big reveal at the end. Politics just has a brand problem.
Evernote Will Shut Down Market, Its E-Commerce Effort, On Wednesday: Some more news from Evernote — the note-taking app and startup of the same name — that speaks to the company’s current rough patch: today it announced that as of Wednesday at 6pm Pacific, it will shutter Market, the e-commerce platform where it sold Evernote swag and Evernote-integrated office products, in an attempt to create another revenue stream around its more dedicated users.
WhatsApp Hits One Billion Users, Remains In Search Of Revenue: Just over a week after announcing the scrapping of the Facebook-owned messaging service’s $0.99 annual fee, WhatsApp announced today that the product now has 1 billion users.
Gmail now has 1 billion monthly active users: Google has yet another billion-user service. Gmail, the company’s longstanding email service, now has 1 billion monthly active, according to CEO Sundar Pichai on a call announcing the company’s Q4 2015 earnings. (It initially hit 900 million sometime before last May.) This is seventh billion-user service for Google, which also includes Search, Chrome, Android, Google Play, Maps, and YouTube.