Soci raises $12M to help big brands manage local marketing

According to CEO Afif Khoury, we’re in the middle of “the third wave of social” — a shift back to local interactions. And Khoury’s startup Soci (pronounced soh-shee) has raised $12 million in Series C funding to help companies navigate that shift. Soci works with customers like Ace Hardware and Sport Clips to help them manage the online presence of hundreds or thousands of stores. It allows marketers to post content and share assets across…

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Billboard is changing its albums chart to count YouTube streams

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Billboard has announced that YouTube streams will be factored into the Billboard 200 albums chart starting early next year. Video streams from other platforms will also count, including Apple, Spotify, Tidal, and Vevo, and Billboard says the change will also impact genre album consumption charts, like country, Latin, and others. Billboard’s charts have historically been seen as a barometer of success within the music industry. Video streams have…

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CHEAP: This wireless HP printer is only $25 — you know what to do

Welcome to CHEAP, our series about things that are good, but most of all, cheap. CHEAP! The world is pretty goddamn futuristic. You can watch movies on your phone anywhere. You can have things delivered to you the day you order them. Drones are an actual real thing you can go on Amazon and buy. But, despite all the technological advancements, sometimes the simplest ways of navigating the world are still best. Phones can run…

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Volkswagen to bring self-driving electric shuttles to Qatar by 2022

Volkswagen Group and Qatar have agreed to develop a public transit system of autonomous shuttles and buses by 2022 for the capital city of Doha. The agreement signed Saturday by VW Group and the Qatar Investment Authority is an expansive project that will involve four brands under VW Group, including Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania, its shared ride service MOIA and Audi subsidiary Autonomous Intelligent Driving, or AID. The aim is to develop the entire transport…

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J.J. Abrams shows off Star Wars clip inside Fortnite, and now lightsabers are in the game

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is so inescapable that it’s even started invading video games. This afternoon, director J.J. Abrams stopped by a unique location to show off a new clip from the movie: Risky Reels, the drive-in theater on Fortnite’s virtual island. It was a unique promotional event for the film, which naturally ended with a lightsaber duel. The event opened with Abrams arriving on the Millennium Falcon, amidst a battle with some…

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Access to Trump's calls with foreign leaders tightens

President Donald Trump’s senior aides have further restricted the number of administration officials allowed to listen to the President’s phone calls with foreign leaders since his July 25 call with Ukraine’s President was revealed and became the centerpiece of the impeachment inquiry, according to multiple White House sources in a new CNN report. CNN news: Source link

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