Google turns pocket doctor: Now symptom searches will help diagnose what’s wrong | ZDNet

Searching for health conditions related to physical symptoms should soon be a lot faster for US smartphone owners.

Source: Google turns pocket doctor: Now symptom searches will help diagnose what’s wrong | ZDNet

Amazon drone delivery hopes dashed by new FAA rules, for now – seattlepi.com

New FAA rules regarding commercial drones will put Amazon drone deliveries on hold for the foreseeable future.

Source: Amazon drone delivery hopes dashed by new FAA rules, for now – seattlepi.com

Facebook scraps in-video links to other sites – BBC News

Mitch’s Take: Be clear, Facebook is saying “All your customers are our customers first and foremost.”

Facebook withdraws video creators’ ability to embed links into their clips to direct viewers to their own sites.

Source: Facebook scraps in-video links to other sites – BBC News

Outreach sales tech startup raises $17.5M, adds Trinity and Microsoft as investors – GeekWire

Seattle-based sales technology startup Outreach has raised $17.5 million in a new round of funding led by Trinity Ventures, with involvement from Microsoft

Source: Outreach sales tech startup raises $17.5M, adds Trinity and Microsoft as investors – GeekWire

#SFSW16 VIDEO: How On-Demand Is Changing the Way Brick-and-Mortar Businesses Compete With Ecommerce | Street Fight

While ecommerce companies have doubled down on taking their chunks out of the local pie, some on-demand services are trying to find ways to use their immediacy

Source: #SFSW16 VIDEO: How On-Demand Is Changing the Way Brick-and-Mortar Businesses Compete With Ecommerce | Street Fight

Neighborhood watch: Online startups tackle local news

NEW YORK (AP) — A handful of new startups are tackling a thorny problem that AOL couldn’t solve with zillions of dollars: How to cover local news in different cities without going broke. Some see a news hole left behind…

Source: Neighborhood watch: Online startups tackle local news

Uncommon Sense: Asymmetric Marketing—Small Investments for Big Returns

Marketers often think of “earned” media as asymmetric marketing opportunities—they’re cheap and fast, which make them quite easy for smaller brands to exploit. But the power of earned media as an asymmetric strategy is more appearance than reality.

Source: Uncommon Sense: Asymmetric Marketing—Small Investments for Big Returns

Hillary Clinton’s Economic Speech Was Missing Something Big – Fortune

In her Columbus speech Tuesday, she touched on the changing nature of the workforce, for instance. She should grab this idea with both hands. The truth is that whoever the next President is, he or she will have to deal with continuing changes in the labor force. Lower paying service jobs are growing relative to higher paying manufacturing positions, the gig economy is spreading to more parts of the economy, the corporate-social compact is broken, and the public safety net isn’t catching all the people that it should. Many working people, in particular working class white men, are experiencing a “falling down” scenario in which they lose jobs and never regain them.

Source: Hillary Clinton’s Economic Speech Was Missing Something Big – Fortune

The Gig Economy: OK If the Profits Went to the Giggers – San Diego Free Press

Sundararajan’s influence spreading….

There’s nothing inherently wrong with the idea of working a job here and a job there according to the worker’s convenience and other activities. The problem is that the profits go to some centralized corporation rather than being spread out among all the giggers in proportion to their participation in the system.If Uber or Lyft were a co-op, the profits would go to all the worker/owners instead of a handful of investors. Then the gig economy would offer not only a technique for working at one’s convenience and fitting into one’s schedule whether that schedule might be educational or child care or surfing or whatever.In other words making up one’s own work schedule so it fits into your life is not a bad thing as long as the enterprise is co-operatively owned and provides not only convenience but worker protections.   [Read more…]

Source: The Gig Economy: OK If the Profits Went to the Giggers – San Diego Free Press

Can Business Models Evolve to Match the ‘Gig’ Economy? | PLANADVISER

Take a look at these figures “as of May 2016: 15 million workers were self-employed; at the same time, a 2014 study found 53 million workers were freelancing, and it is estimated that by 2020, 60 million workers (40%) will be contingent employees.

As an example of what “gig” employment looks like, Hansen noted that car-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft are leading forces. “How to manage these types of workers and provide benefits is an evolving issue. We don’t have the answers yet,” he said.

Mitch’s Take: The solution to this problem is in the next step of on-demand markets, where the current cutting edge is in collective platforms. These platforms are themselves audiences, in the media marketing sense, who can use their collective buying power to build strong portfolios

Source: Can Business Models Evolve to Match the ‘Gig’ Economy? | PLANADVISER