How Recommendation Algorithms Run the World

This March, a book that advances an outlandish conspiracy theory—a theory whose name I will not mention—soared in Amazon's sales rankings. The book's rise was helped greatly when the ecommerce giant put the book on its carousel of recommended titles, which is shown to shoppers who aren't searching for that particular book. That fueled more curiosity and sales. Which led to more recommendations. The particular conspiracy theory outlined in this book holds that President Donald Trump pretended to collude with Russia precisely to ensure that he would be investigated, which would give him a chance to secretly collaborate with special prosecutor Robert Mueller to investigate and finally arrest former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who belongs to a global satanic cult …

Facebook Rolls Out More Features for Dead People

Facebook was designed for the living, but as the social network grew older, it also needed to decide what should happen when users die. In 2015, Facebook began allowing people to assign a legacy contact to be in charge of their account in the event they pass away, but the system wasn't perfect and users found some of the associated policies upsetting. The company announced Tuesday that it will give the legacy contact more control over the deceased’s presence on Facebook, including the ability to manage a new “Tributes” section where loved ones can reminisce about the person they lost. The feature underscores how Facebook wants to be the place for life’s most important events, even when that event is …

Apple Enters the Credit Card Market WithYepApple Card

Apple’s event Monday ended up featuring one piece of hardware after all: a new credit card, which it plans to launch this summer in the US. The aptly named Apple Card, created in partnership with Mastercard and Goldman Sachs, will live within the existing Wallet app on iPhones and as a traditional physical card. During a keynote speech, Jennifer Bailey, Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay, described the card as “bold and innovative,” even though it doesn’t offer many unique rewards or perks. But it does feature several security upgrades that may appeal to those especially concerned about privacy. Apple Card is ultimately a credit card, and as such, comes with recognizable cash-back perks, though with an Apple-specific twist: 2 …

China and women’s clothes: How Levi’s strategy won over Wall Street

New York (CNN Business)Levi Strauss racked up $5.6 billion in sales last year. But chief executive Chip Bergh has a mission to make Levi’s a $10 billion brand one day. Wall Street rewarded Levi (LEVI) by driving its stock up 32% on Thursday. Why Wall Street is buzzing about Levi’s Levi’s believes it has a path forward by moving beyond jeans. “We have significant opportunity to grow by expanding beyond our core business,” the company said in a regulatory filing last month. Levi’s wants to “develop leading positions in categories outside of men’s bottoms.” Pants still make up 68% of the company’s sales, but they have been shrinking in recent years as sales of other clothing expand. Levi’s wants to …

Amazon Wants Brands to Fight Fake Products Themselves

Last year, my roommate bought what she thought were real Apple headphones on Amazon. They looked identical to the ones the company sells, but they turned out to be counterfeit. When she plugged them into her iPhone, she couldn’t hear anything. Her experience wasn’t a fluke: In 2016, Apple sued a company in New York for allegedly selling counterfeit versions of its accessories on Amazon, like charging cables. And in April, a reporter for The Atlantic successfully ordered fake Apple Airpods on the ecommerce site. It’s not just Apple: Amazon counterfeits have been an issue for all kinds of companies, some of which have publicly complained. Now, Amazon wants to make it easier for brands to fight these phony listings—on …

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