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After roasting Apple about headphone jacks, Google quietly dumps it from Pixel 6A

Google just revealed the Pixel 6A at Google I/O on Wednesday, and while it has a number of impressive specs for a midrange device, it’s missing one that the company has celebrated on its A-series line for years: a 3.5mm headphone jack. As many smartphone manufacturers have moved on from the headphone jack — a…

Disney CEO calls hypothetical ESPN streaming package ‘the ultimate fan offering’

On an earnings call earlier today, Disney CEO Bob Chapek sounded like someone who has clear ideas of ESPN’s fully streaming future. He told analysts and investors that “when it comes time to actually pull the trigger,” he believes ESPN can create “the ultimate fan offering that will appeal to the superfan who loves sports,”…

Jack Dorsey says he’ll never be the CEO of Twitter again

Jack Dorsey is trying to squash rumors that he’ll be reinstated as Twitter’s CEO once Elon Musk takes charge. On Wednesday he tweeted “nah I’ll never be CEO again” in response to someone predicting he would be returning to lead the company he co-founded, before going on to say that he doesn’t want the role.…

Google’s ‘premium’ Pixel Tablet sure doesn’t look very premium

Big white bezels. Matte, looks-like-plastic back. Thick profile. 2023. Android. That’s about all we know about Google’s forthcoming Pixel Tablet, which the company teased during its keynote presentation for the I/O 2022 developer conference this week. Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president of devices and services and head of the Pixel program, confirmed to my…

‘Beat failure:’ How one agency productized its offerings to help clients find a new way to growth

It’s not often an agency will base an opening conversation with a potential client around failure — but that’s exactly the tactic full-service agency Butchershop employs, rallying around the declarative mantra, “Beat Failure.” The independent agency (founded in 2008), which is based in San Francisco, but has extensions in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Vienna, Austria, also has…

Game developers are angling to become the next big media owners — and brands are taking notice

Here’s the latest sign that the gaming market is going through unprecedented change: games publishers are developing their own advertising businesses.In fact, it won’t be long before Upfront-style events fronted by those businesses are a staple of the industry, said Paul Mascali, head of esports and gaming at PepsiCo. And he may have a point.…

The Trade Desk weathers Q1 headwinds with $315 million in revenues marking a 43% increase

Publicly traded companies have been disclosing their financial performance for the opening quarter of the calendar year in recent weeks with investors anxious given the delicate global economic climate.Even Google-parent Alphabet fell short of expectations with its 23% earnings increase (down from 34% in the previous year) equating to $68 billion in revenue for the…

In graphic detail: How influencers drive social commerce sales

This article is part of a cross-brand Digiday Media series that examines how the creator economy has evolved amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Explore the full series here.Online shopping was exacerbated by the pandemic, which closed in-person stores and made customers look for safer shopping alternatives. But an ever-growing segment of those online purchases have happened on social…

‘It has to be value-centric’: How a regional food brand leverages organic social strategy to boost brand awareness

While most brands have ramped up their social media ad spend, food and spice brand Zatarain’s remains bullish on leveraging an organic strategy. Instead of spending big to acquire customers and boost brand awareness on social media channels, the Louisiana-based, McCormick-owned brand is relying on organic content by way of memes, user-generated content or tapping into…

IBM touts ‘Quantum Serverless’ as it eyes path to 4,000-plus qubits

We are excited to bring Transform 2022 back in-person July 19 and virtually July 20 - 28. Join AI and data leaders for insightful talks and exciting networking opportunities. Register today! IBM today updated its existing quantum computing roadmap, foreseeing a 4,000-plus qubit machine by 2025. Included in its plan is orchestration for more potent…

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Analysis of prehistoric feces shows Stonehenge people had parasites

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