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Give Yourself A Grade In AdWords

Columnist Frederick Vallaeys shares his favorite tools and methods for evaluating your AdWords performance.

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Android May Finally Give Users Some Control Over App Permissions

Android users may soon be able to ride herd on their apps with fine-grained permission controls, Bloomberg sources say. If so, it’s about time.

According to “people familiar with the matter,” Google will let people cherry-pick the data that mobile apps can jack into. In other words, those smartphone and tablet users could stop an app from gleaning contacts and location, but let it pull from, say, their photos.

See also: So Cyanogen’s Big Plan To Seize Android Is … To Jump In Bed With Microsoft

Google won’t confirm or deny the rumor, but it would make plenty of sense. Currently, when an app asks for access to different types of data, usually when you first install it, your only option is to allow them all or to punt on installation altogether.

Android 4.3 offered a brief glimmer of hope, thanks to a hidden feature known as App Ops that offered more user control over permissions. It looked like a step in the right direction—up until Google shut it down.

See also: Google Killed A Cool Privacy Feature In Android It Didn’t Intend To Release

Greater user control has been a key reason for some people to consider to alternatives like CyanogenMod, which makes an App Ops-like setting standard in its version of Android. Privacy concerns also fuel companies like security-centric Blackphone, which has also modified Android to give users more fine-grained controls. Now it appears Google may have taken up its App Ops tool once more.

See also: How Blackphone Turned A Security Fail Into A Win

The timing may help substantiate the rumor, which lands in advance of Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference starting later this month. The agenda covers a large array of technologies—including Android for Work and some sort of new moonshot wearable, not to mention an early look at the next evolution of Android, among other things.

With the growing number of users, data and gadgets on Google’s plate, the company likely saw no choice but to ditch its wholesale approach to permissions now. People using Android devices at work or wearing them on their bodies wouldn’t want apps pilfering extra information just to install a photo or game app.

Consider it part of Google’s push for tighter security in Android. Whatever the company’s reasoning, it’s long overdue. 

Photo by David Hamilton for ReadWrite

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New AdWords Campaign Detail Reporting Options Give X-Ray Vision Insight Into Campaigns

New options will allow advertisers to see exact settings of campaigns in one location without having to hop through any hoops.

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Sling TV Will Give Non-Apple Cord Cutters HBO Access Too

Apple’s exclusivity arrangement for the HBO Now standalone streaming service hasn’t been broken…technically. Apple TV will still be the only streaming set-top box to offer the app. But the deal has surely gotten a little dinged now, thanks to Sling TV.

The Dish TV-owned company announced Wednesday that it too will offer HBO as a $15 add-on to its cord-cutting service. The announcement, likely the product of broader programming negotiations between its parent company and Time Warner, promises that the new service will arrive in time for the season opener of Game of Thrones in a couple of weeks. 

See also: Cord-Cutting For Some: HBO Now Launches With A Limited Apple TV Exclusive

The news finally brings non-Apple users into the HBO-streaming fold, without requiring cable subscriptions. But the HBO Now app and the Sling TV service are not exactly the same. The former doesn’t offer the streaming live TV channel, whereas HBO on Sling TV will, along with video-on-demand (VOD) titles. The latter also works on various devices—from the Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Xbox One, to computers, iOS gadgets and Android devices.

The difference (sort of) preserves Apple’s “exclusivity” agreement, but it also means consumers will have to weigh various pros and cons for different services that essentially deliver the same programming. Here’s an overview to help you sort through it.

HBO By Any Other Name Is Confusing As Heck

HBO comes in numerous forms now beyond the stack of TV channels. These versions cover HBO Go (the streaming app for cable and satellite subscribers), HBO Now (the streaming app for cord cutters) and the HBO’s VOD catalog, which comes on numerous cable or satellite set-top boxes and may or may not involve streaming.

Sling TV’s offering mimics HBO on traditional pay TV set-tops. According to a Sling TV spokesperson, “[customers] will have access to the linear channel and the same VOD content such as original series, hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports, and comedy and music specials.” Neither HBO Go nor HBO Now offer live TV, only a streaming library of VOD entertainment. 

See also: HBO Will Finally Give Cord-Cutters The Streaming They Crave

Also like cable service: You won’t be able to subscribe to the one channel alone, like Apple TV users will. You’ll also need a subscription to Sling TV’s “Best of Live TV” core package, which starts at $20, before you can add the HBO (for $15) to the mix.

That’s a total of $35, which is still cheaper than a cable subscription, but also more limited in programming. The package includes 20 channels—including ESPN, AMC, A&E, TNT, History Channel, TBS, Food Network, CNN and Adult Swim—VOD titles and add-ons, including HBO. As for streaming it live, there’s only one HBO channel, not the numerous variations available on cable, like HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Latino and others.

For the money, user also won’t be able to stream on multiple devices simultaneously. HBO Now users, however, can have three simultaneous streams on various devices going at once.

Game Of Streams

HBO’s Richard Plepler at the Apple Watch event.

HBO CEO Richard Plepler told CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Tuesday that the company joined forces with Apple on HBO Now because HBO Go has been a huge hit on its TV streaming box.

The Apple TV, which has offered HBO Go since 2013, now accounts for 60% of the app’s traffic, according to the executive. He has high hopes now that the streaming set-top will also help his company reach a key audience: millennial viewers. “We think HBO Now is something of a millennial missile,” he said. “We think this is a terrific opportunity to earn 10 million broadband-only homes in the U.S., and that’s largely a millennial audience.”

Of course, to reach a younger audience, it would behoove HBO to set up shop on as many streaming devices as possible. The company has apparently found a way to do that, without breaking its three-month exclusive launch agreement with Apple. Just bending it a little.

HBO on Sling TV is not technically HBO Now. Cablevision will be the first pay TV service provider to offer that app, but even it’s expected to roll it out early this month, it’s not really a streaming provider, per se, and not a maker of set-top boxes. So depending on how the deal was worded, Apple’s arrangement may still stand.

Looks like they all wanted to rush in to make the Game of Thrones deadline—even if it meant playing their own games to get there. 

Game of Thrones images courtesy of HBO; HBO Now announcement at Apple press conference screen captured by Lauren Orsini for ReadWrite

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Gary Vaynerchuk and Jack Welch Give Tips on Business #SXSWi 2015 Recap by @wonderwall7

Jack Welch and Gary Vaynerchuk are notorious for being some of the greatest business owners and CEOs that we can learn from today. In their March 14th session at SXSW Interactive 2015, they discussed their thoughts on running a business, work/life balance, and what to look for when hiring employees.  Here’s a recap of their discussion, moderated by Jack’s wife, Suzy Welch. How Can You Succeed as an Entrepreneur? The first topic covered was succeeding in the business world as an entrepreneur. Vaynerchuk stated, “the internet is squeezing out the meritocracy. It gives everyone a chance,” meaning that it’s possible […]

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Official: Twitter To Give Google Access To “Firehose” Of Tweets

It’s official, Google and Twitter confirm they are working together on real-time search. Google now has access to Twitter’s firehose.

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It’s A Free Speech Christmas! Sony To Give “The Interview” A Limited Release

This holiday season, would-be freedom fighters in limited markets will have the opportunity to stick it to some vague concept of “The Man.” In a move that isn’t so much as a  Christmas miracle as an excellent opportunity to take advantage of the publicity generated by comedy that received lukewarm reviews in advance screenings—yet possibly inspired an historically devastating corporate cyberattack—Sony Pictures Entertainment announced it will show the assassination comedy in select movie theaters starting on Dec. 25. 

This is an about-face from last week, when Sony declared it wouldn’t release The Interview after bomb threats caused major theater chains to cancel showings. Despite the movie’s plot—characters played by James Franco and Seth Rogen are tasked by the CIA with assassinating head of state Kim Jong-un—North Korea denies responsibility for both the threats and the hack that leaked a mountain of embarrassing Sony emails and documents on the Internet. 

See also: “Stop Sharing Our Humiliating Emails!” Sony Lawyer Demands

That’s poppycock according to the U.S. government, which claims evidence that North Korea is behind the attack. President Barack Obama promised retaliation shortly after Sony announced the movie’s cancellation, and coincidentally or not, North Korea suffered a mass Internet outage of nonspecific origins on Monday. 

On Tuesday, with news that Sony would contract with some theaters to show the Interview, Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton said in a press statement that the studio always intended to show the movie in some capacity. 

See also: Unleash Seth Rogen On North Korea … Via BitTorrent!

“We are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech,” Lynton said, though it’s not clear whether or not the irony is intended. Continuing its threats to hold news agencies “responsible” for publishing Sony documents freely available on the Internet following the breach, the multinational corporation is reportedly threatening to sue Twitter if it doesn’t suspend users sharing hacked content on its platform. 

The New York Times reports that Sony will likely release The Interview in 200 to 300 smaller theaters. So far, the 30-theater Alamo Drafthouse chain (pretty much the only place to see a movie, in this reporter’s opinion) and the Plaza in Atlanta are confirmed. 

Perhaps Sony can use the box office proceeds to bolster its free speech legal fund, and maybe put what’s left over toward shoring up its firewalls. 

Lead image from The Interview by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Sustainability Expert And TV Personality Danny Seo Shows You How To Give … – SFist

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