System Bits: May 17

AI drives Toyota websites An innovation in artificial intelligence described in a 2001 paper by UCLA computer science professor Adnan Darwiche has found a somewhat unexpected application: helping car buyers of Toyota and Lexus customize their vehicles online. The websites let shoppers tailor their vehicle from among a range of models, colors and accessories. The software that powers the sit... » read more

Why Social Media Matters To You

There is a growing consensus among VCs and top executives that some sort of shakeout is coming in the social media world. There are simply too many companies fighting for a fixed number of advertising dollars and too little money coming in the door in the short term. A report by IAB showed online advertising revenue in the United States was $42.78 billion in 2013, up from $36.56 billion in 2012... » read more