Else 10.13.14: Smiling Happy Facebook People (Not Teens, Though)

Now you can buy real, smiling, happy shiny people all over the web, courtesy Facebook. Today’s summary covers the past two weeks of worthy reads, with a strong dose of the Internet’s twin titans Facebook and Google. I’ve also been busy writing on Searchblog, so you’ll find three of my own pieces highlighted below.Read the full article

  • Teens are officially over Facebook

    washingtonpost.com - 22 readers, 1099 Tweets - According to a new survey, Facebook use among teens plummeted from 72 percent to 45 percent -- in the past six months, alone.

  • Marc Andreessen on Finance: ‘We Can Reinvent the Entire Thing’

    bloomberg.com - 10 readers, 1094 Tweets - Twitter. Facebook. AirBnB. Marc Andreessen, co-founder of the $4.2 billion venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, has backed them all -- along with dozens of others. His latest project? Upending finance. Bloomberg Markets magazine interviewed Andreessen at the firm’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California.

  • Facebook is unleashing its ads—and surveillance—onto the internet at large

    qz.com - 13 readers, 192 Tweets - Online advertising—the business that powers much of the internet—has a fundamental problem. And Facebook thinks it has a solution.

  • Programmatic Ad Buying to Reach $21 Billion

    blogs.wsj.com - 11 readers, 17 Tweets - Machines are taking on a much bigger role in advertising buying round the world, according to a new study.Automated ad buying, in which marketers use computerized systems to target users based on consumer data and Web-browsing histories, is expected to jump 52% this year to $21 billion globally.

  • Lockdown: The coming war on general-purpose computing

    boingboing.net - 12 readers, 4 Tweets - Cory Doctorow on how the copyright wars clue us into an upcoming fight over the destiny of the general-purpose computer.