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Call of Duty could be going back to its World War II roots

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Subscription best practices: It’s all in the timing (VB Live)

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Want to tap into recurring subscription revenue? Setting an effective pricing strategy and making payments seamless are your most important goals. To find out how industry leaders in subscription pricing marry strategy and tech seamlessly, join our interactive VB Live event featuring Ancestry.com’s senior manager of electronic payments and fraud prevention, along with VB’s Stewart Rogers and Worldpay’s Kevin Hennessy. Register here for free. “The subscription model is really on fire,” says Derek Blatter, senior manager of electronic payments and fraud prevention at Ancestry.com. “There’s a lot of interest on the merchant side to offer a seamless experience where the product is the focus, as opposed to the payment.” Ancestry is the largest online subscription for genealogical research and family history, with …

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Roam free: A history of open-world gaming

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reader comments 0 Share this story Open-world video games bear the impossible promise—offering compelling, enjoyable open-endedness and freedom within the constraints of what is, by necessity of the medium, an extremely limited set of possible actions. These games provide a list of (predominantly violent) verbs that’s minuscule in comparison to the options you would face in identical real-life situations. Yet, we can’t get enough of them. In spite of their many obvious failings or limitations, we’ve been losing ourselves within open worlds for some 30-odd years. Today, nearly every big release is set in an open world. We delight in their unspoken possibility and shrug at their quirks. Those quirks, by the way, are not merely a consequence of current technology. The …

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More big brands pull ads from YouTube in widening boycott

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FILE – This March 18, 2010, file photo shows the YouTube website in Los Angeles. An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening in a sign of the skepticism surrounding Google’s promise to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Dish Network became the latest companies to suspend their advertising on YouTube after The Wall Street Journal found Google’s automated programs placed their brands on five videos containing racist content. Even though the defections are continuing, most analysts aren’t worried yet. Starbucks and General Motors also joined in the YouTube boycott Friday, March 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File) (Credit: AP) (AP) — An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt …

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Demetriou: Getting published gives business leaders an edge

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Why should business owners and professionals publish articles? Fame, prestige, ego? What about money: No, at least not directly. The fundamental reason all business people should publish original articles is because it’s a great differentiator. By claiming the expert mantle, you are telling a client or prospect why you and your widget or service are better than Johnny ABC’s. For years my company touted our quality of service, quick turnaround and reliability. Virtually the same as all our competitors. In the days before LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and social media I began to see articles that were written by some of those very competitors. I was not convinced that writing was one of my important skills, but as the company evolved …

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How ISPs can sell your Web history—and how to stop them

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Enlarge Getty Images | KrulUA reader comments 11 Share this story The US Senate yesterday voted to eliminate privacy rules that would have forced ISPs to get your consent before selling Web browsing history and app usage history to advertisers. Within a week, the House of Representatives could follow suit, and the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission last year would be eliminated by Congress. So what has changed for Internet users? In one sense, nothing changed this week, because the requirement to obtain customer consent before sharing or selling data is not scheduled to take effect until at least December 4, 2017. ISPs didn’t have to follow the rules yesterday or the day before, and they won’t ever have to follow them if …

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Influencer marketing: 3 musts for immediate results (VB Live)

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In a world where every fourth consumer’s got an ad blocker in place, the potential of influencer marketing keeps getting juicier — up to 960% juicier, in fact. To find out how to squeeze out the best results in any collaboration, join our VB Live event! Register here for free. Influencers have already done the heavy lifting: They’ve built a following that trusts their word, and an effective distribution network for their work. And their potential reach and ROI as an evangelist for your brand is potentially huge — but only if you get all the moving pieces moving in the right direction. Gini Salas Kastilio, a Snapchat + YouTube super-influencer and owner of next-gen social media agency, ginicanbreathe, recently …

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Walmart wants to help you watch your old DVDs and Blu-Rays online in HD

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Get out your old DVDs and Blu-Rays that are gathering dust at home. Walmart said Thursday that people can now use its Vudu app to convert their existing DVDs and Blu-Rays into digital movies that they can watch online. Vudu is Walmart’s video streaming service that it bought in 2010 for a reported $100 million. Unlike other online streaming services like Netflix or Amazon Prime, Vudo customers pay no monthly subscription fee, but can instead rent or buy individual titles to watch online. In order to convert disks into digital, Vudo users scan the barcodes on the DVD or Blue-Ray boxes with the Vudo apps, and then choose whether to convert the disks into standard or high-quality streaming files. A …

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Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products Are. Why Don’t the Rest of Us?

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In late 2010, Steve Jobs told New York Times journalist Nick Bilton that his children had never used the iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids use in the home.” Bilton discovered that other tech giants imposed similar restrictions. Chris Anderson, the former editor of WIRED, enforced strict time limits on every device in his home, “because we have seen the dangers of technology firsthand.” His five children were never allowed to use screens in their bedrooms. Evan Williams, a founder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium, bought hundreds of books for his two young sons, but refused to give them an iPad. And Lesley Gold, the founder of an analytics company, imposed a strict no-screen-time-during-the-week rule on her kids. …

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Razer to pay people zVault currency for playing PC games like Overwatch

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Who doesn’t want to get paid to play games? Game hardware maker Razer is launching its “Paid to Play” initiative with zVault, a virtual currency platform that will reward gamers who use it to make payments for purchases and in-game transactions. Irvine, California-based Razer sells both hardware and software targeted at PC gaming fanatics. To build loyalty, the company has created a secure digital wallet in zVault for its 22 million existing Razer ID customers. The company is also creating its own currency, zGold, which can be used to acquire games or items in games. And it has created zSilver, a rewards system that allows players to cash in their earnings for goods. Razer unveiled the currency system a couple of weeks …

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Twilio’s new feature lets you skip the answering machine

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Twilio has launched a new feature to help developers deal with those times when encountering the pesky answering machine or voice mail. The cloud communications company has created an answering machine detection (AMD) option available for those using its Twilio Programmable Voice service. Developers can use AMD in one of two scenarios: Notify them when a someone actually answers when there’s something urgent to say or tell them when the answering machine greeting is over so a message can be left. This feature is designed to help save time so you’re not spending countless seconds or minutes waiting for the greeting to end so you can say what you want to say and move on with your day. “This new AMD enables …

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Benu Networks Receives 2017 CUSTOMER Magazine Product of the Year Award

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Virtual Service Edge Platform Honored for Exceptional Innovation BILLERICA, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 23, 2017– Benu Networks, a leading provider of innovative virtual network solutions that enable service providers to rapidly create and deliver next generation IP services, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named their Virtual Service Edge (VSE) platform as a 2017 CUSTOMER Product of the Year Award winner. Benu Networks’ Virtual Service Edge (VSE) platform transforms the existing broadband network into a flexible and agile service delivery network. The VSE platform enables rapid cloud-based service deployment, scalability, dynamic service control, and increased customer care responsiveness. The VSE dramatically improves a service provider’s time to innovate with differentiated managed service offerings for Mobile Wi-Fi, Managed Business …

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Thinfilm’s tiny printed NFC labels enable brands to connect with consumers via smart packaging

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Norwegian tech firm Thinfilm figured out a way to print tiny electronics chips on plastic surfaces, creating tiny smart labels to put on the Internet of things, or smart and connected everyday objects. While others are making extremely powerful chips, Thinfilm is going wide. It is adding a little bit of intelligence to a lot of things. When I last caught up with Thinfilm’s people (whose formal name is Thin Film Electronics, traded on the Norwegian Stock Exchange), they were working on a different product. They had a super-thin, rewritable printed memory, which was a storage product that was printed onto a flexible plastic surface. The company licensed this technology to Xerox, which began printing the memory devices in a …

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Why porn PR is rarely about the porn

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How Two Armenian Immigrants Made Turkish Delights An American Hit

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Enlarge this image Liberty Orchards in Cashmere, Wash., which was founded by two Armenian immigrants, still makes Aplets & Cotlets, a variation of Turkish delight that includes apples, apricots and walnuts. Courtesy of Liberty Orchards Co., Inc. hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Liberty Orchards Co., Inc. In 1921, an ad in The Seattle Times touted a brand new candy called “Aplets,” a new confection made “from the finest Washington apples and honey and walnuts.” A few years later, Aplets were joined by “Cotlets,” a similar candy made from an apricot base. In most of the world, “Aplets & Cotlets” were based on a treat called lokum, a word derived from Arabic, but the British and Americans know it as …

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Facebook’s new Collection ads help brands tell a more visual product story

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Facebook has introduced a new ad format it calls Collection. Brands can use it to try and convince shoppers to make a purchase with an engaging video and displaying related products. This is perhaps one of the more immersive formats the company offers and it’s rolling out globally today. In addition, Facebook is testing a new metric called outbound clicks to help advertisers better understand who actually leaves the social network and goes to their website. With Collection, brands can use a video or image to highlight the story or message they want to tell. Then, underneath it will be a set of four products either dynamically arranged by product popularity or manually organized. So Under Armour could use a …

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Spreadshirt Spotlight: Illustrative Art is Alive & Well

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The secret success from one of Spreadshirt’s designers, Mudge Studios BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 23, 2017– Spreadshirt, the e-commerce platform for spreading ideas on something tangible, proudly highlights designer Mudge Studios in their ongoing recognition series that showcases the best and brightest from their global creators. As a talented and successful designer with exceptional illustration skills, Mudge Studios will inspire other creative designers to share their ideas with a global audience via a Spreadshirt hosted shop or through Spreadshirt marketplaces. The artistic genius behind “Mudge Studios” is U.S. based illustrator, Allen Mudgett. Just like the other 70,000 plus creators on the Spreadshirt platform, he enjoys the ease of selling in both his own shop and in the marketplace channel. The publishing process is …

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Plarium and Fox Interactive debut Rio: Match-3 Party mobile game

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Plarium and Fox Interactive are launching new mobile game, Rio: Match-3 Party, for Android and iOS devices. The title combines match-3 puzzle mechanics with the animated bird cartoon world of Rio. Plarium has more than 250 million registered users, and it hopes to add more with the release of the Rio game. Players will explore the jungles of the Amazon and the streets of Rio de Janeiro as they help Blu, Jewel, Nico, Pedro, and the rest of the Rio gang throw the parties in Brazil has ever seen. The title includes 15 hours of fully-voiced interactive character dialogue including Jesse Eisenberg returning as Blu. “Rio combines the signature AAA production values and depth of Plarium’s flagship mobile titles with …

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Verizon and AT&T latest to suspend Google ads over controversial videos

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(Reuters) — U.S. wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc said on Wednesday they have suspended digital advertising on Google’s YouTube and other advertising platforms not related to search over concerns that their ads may have run next to extremist videos. Verizon and AT&T joined a list of well-known British brands such as retailer Marks and Spencer Group Plc deserting Alphabet Inc’s Google. Google is under fire in Europe from politicians and brands angered by ads appearing alongside videos on its YouTube platform carrying homophobic or anti-Semitic messages. Google on Tuesday vowed an overhaul of its practices. The company must act swiftly to ensure that more advertisers do not pile on, analysts say. As advertisers revolt, the search giant …

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U.S. Senate to vote on repeal of broadband privacy rules

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(Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday took up a measure to repeal regulations adopted by the Obama administration requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Google or Facebook. The Senate began debate on Wednesday evening under a provision that allows Congress to repeal recently approved federal regulations. Under the rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in October under then-President Barack Obama, internet providers would need to obtain consumer consent before using precise geolocation, financial information, health information, children’s information and web browsing history for advertising and internal marketing. Earlier this month, the FCC temporarily blocked those rules from taking effect, a victory for internet providers such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon …

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Kalypso’s quiz companion app is a novel way to promote a strategy game

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If you know your World War II history, Kalypso Media wants to give you a way to show off your knowledge and a way to save money on its new strategy game. The publisher is about to launch Sudden Strike 4, a WWII real-time strategy game, for the PC this spring, and it’s rolling out a mobile companion quiz app to promote that game today. Sudden Strike Quiz is available to download for iOS and Android, and it will test your knowledge of the history of Second World War. During Sudden Strike Quiz matches, players face off against friends and strangers on topics related to the conflicts of that calamitous confrontation. If you are able to identify more weapons, locations, and …

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Spin social commerce into gold with Facebook Messenger (VB Live)

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With over 1 billion monthly active users, Facebook Messenger is set to change how companies manage consumer engagement. Start positioning yourself to monetize this revolution with Messenger tech innovation when you catch up on this free VB Live event. Access this VB Live event on demand right here. “The importance of being able to monetize the Facebook Messenger chatbot app is that it’s a game changer for businesses,” says Laura Knapp, managing director of SRAX Social. It allows them to engage with consumers in a way they haven’t been able to in the past.” Social media isn’t about just about building communities around your brand anymore. It’s all about social commerce. Messenging apps like Facebook Messenger are enabling sophisticated chatbots …

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It’s time to ditch your innovation lab

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A half decade into Corporate America’s love affair with innovation, it’s time to admit it’s not working. Innovation labs have become vehicles for marketing, not innovation. Dubbed “hipster money pits,” labs can torpedo morale (only the cool kids get to take part) and sap resources. No wonder Nordstrom downsized its innovation lab two years ago. Ad agency Ogilvy closed Ogilvy Labs last summer. Many others have abandoned theirs, too: Microsoft’s Silicon Valley Research Lab (shut down in 2014), Disney’s research lab (shut down in 2016), Turner’s Media Camp (shut down in 2014), Coca-Cola’s Founders Initiative (shut down in 2016), The New York Times’ R&D Ventures (shut down in 2013), and Adecco’s Ignite Lab (shut down in 2016). Why? Let’s start with the name. A lab is a …

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Google's YouTube losing major advertisers upset with videos

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(AP) — AT&T, Verizon and several other major advertisers are suspending their marketing campaigns on Google’s YouTube site after discovering their brands have been appearing alongside videos promoting terrorism and other unsavory subjects. The spreading boycott confronts Google with a challenge that threatens to cost it hundreds of millions of dollars. YouTube’s popularity stems from… Content Preview This content is exclusive for Optimum, Time Warner® and Comcast® customers with access to News 12. Already registered or an Optimum customer?Log in

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Malaysia’s Jirnexu raises $1.5 million for fintech software

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Malaysian fintech startup Jirnexu has raised $1.5 million in funding from DMP, Gobi Partners, and OSK Ventures International Berhad (OSKVI). That brings the Kuala Lumpur-based company’s total funding to date to $6 million. Jirnexu’s full stack technology provides banks and insurance companies with a solution that manages every stage of the customer journey, including marketing, acquisition, fulfillment, and retention. The company counts among its customers global and regional financial institutions such as Citibank, HSBC, Standard Chartered, AIA, Zurich, Manulife, and U4Life, as well as local banks BSN and RHB. Sales commissions for consumer banking and insurance products in Southeast Asia alone are worth $25 billion per year, according to market researcher Sigma Research. Jirnexu is also targeting the $35 billion worth …

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Lingerie maker excited to show a little more

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By GREGORY ZELLER // When it comes to exposure, they’re not shy at Impish Lee. Cofounders Noelle and Kali Ventresca have plenty of skin in the game already. Since pulling their startup lingerie-manufacturing business off peer-to-peer e-commerce site Etsy in 2015 and reforming it around a proprietary online customizer – users choose the garment, size, color and more – they’ve eschewed outside funding, “at least until we’re profitable,” according to CEO Noelle. Exposure, therefore, is key – and for a startup marketing on a shoestring, a perpetual challenge. Social media marketing, word of mouth, a $15,000 Kickstarter campaign and some $30,000-plus in family and friend investments have kept the industrial-strength sewing machines whirring in Impish Lee’s 600-square-foot Sea Cliff headquarters, …

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A limited number of Raekwon's new album will come with vibration backpacks

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Howard Blankman dies at 91

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Howard Blankman, the public relations veteran, died peacefully in his home on March 17. He was 91. Blankman was well-known in the Long Island business community, and also worked in government, television and theater; he was also a book author and a columnist. He described himself as a “sort of a poor man’s renaissance man.” Blankman was chairman, chief executive officer and founder of The Blankman Group, a Long Island-based public relations and marketing firm, which he launched in 1968. He sold the firm in 2004. Over the years, clients included Cablevision, Breslin Realty, Long Island Rail Road and more. As an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America, Blankman was elected to the organization’s College of Fellows, …

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HotelTonight raises $37 million to expand its same-week hotel booking platform

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(Reuters) — Last-minute U.S. hotel booking app HotelTonight said on Wednesday it raised $37 million in a funding round as it seeks to expand its international hotel network and invest in marketing campaigns. The Series E funding round, which was led by venture capital firm Accel Partners and valued the San Francisco-based company at roughly $500 million, brings it one step forward to an eventual initial public offering, though the company has yet to outline such plans. HotelTonight had $500 million in sales last year and is turning a profit. Users of HotelTonight can use the app to book hotels up to a week in advance, often at a discount. It has 25,000 hotel partners in more than 30 countries, …

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Chrono.gg secures $1 million funding for its PC digital distribution platform

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A digital store that sells one game at a time just earned a big investment. Chrono.gg announced today that it has secured $1 million in funding, which it will use to build its team and launch new services. It’ll also try to grow awareness for its brand. AIM Group, the largest angel investor network in the Southeast, led the funding. Chrono.gg’s site differs from large digital game stores like Steam or GOG in that it highlights one game that it sells for a limited time at a discounted price. “Our success comes and will continue to grow from providing the most frictionless experience possible for our customers and our partners,” Justin Sacks, chief executive officer of Chrono.gg, told GamesBeat. “For example, the …

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Israel Tax Authority investigating Google and Facebook

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The Israel Tax Authority is currently investigating local outlets of tech giants Google and Facebook, to determine if they have a tax liability in Israel. Investigators for the Tax Authority have reportedly conducted meetings with clients of Google, asking detailed questions about the methods used by Google and Facebook to conduct local operations. Questions put to clients centered around the degree of involvement that local representatives of Google and Facebook had in designing marketing campaigns, and setting budgets and targets for clients. The thrust of the investigation appears to be whether the Israeli teams were acting independently, or if they were referring business matters to overseas headquarters and then merely implementing corporate decisions in the local market. Should the investigation conclude with …

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Lynkos raises $2.5 million to connect businesses using AI

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In sales, it’s all about getting leads, and Lynkos, which today announced funding of $2.5 million, has a novel approach to finding them. The startup uses artificial intelligence to join CRM software with data on companies around the world. Using Lynkos, sales people can import their own leads or set criteria to find them using the online service. The leads can be prospected using the product’s email marketing tools and tracked throughout the sales process. “We have a lot of automated bots crawling the web for business data, classifying them to improve business profiles, industries, and opportunities,” wrote Federico Cella, founder and CEO of Lynkos, in an email to VentureBeat. “We have about 40 crawlers on autopilot 24/7. All of …

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Juniper launches cloud-based DCI product

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Juniper Networks has announced the release of Open Cloud Interconnect, a comprehensive data center interconnect (DCI) product aimed at simplifying the network operations associated with cloud services, while at the same time increasing the speed of cloud service delivery. Open Cloud Interconnect combines programmable switching, routing and virtualization technology with high-capacity fiber optics, creating a customizable foundation for speedy delivery of cloud services. Using Open Cloud, customers will be able to easily optimize multi-layer networks to increase automation and network control in private, public, or hybrid cloud networks. The Open Cloud Interconnect product uses dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) cards to increase capacity on existing fiber lines, allowing customers to increase network speeds without replacing or upgrading physical fiber. The …

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Adobe is looking into customer journey mapping service for marketers

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The newly created Adobe Experience Cloud and other marketing products may be getting a new way to map and track customer experience. Powered by Adobe’s Sensei AI, Journey is a conceptual service for Marketing Cloud that maps customer interaction with a brand, tracks customer activity across channels, and offers insights into high- or low-performing customer experiences. “With Journey and natural language processing, the system will be able to go through and evaluate the contributing factors to whether or not people are getting through the process you outlined for them and then putting into very simple terms and plain English why it looks like people are not continuing on with that journey,” Adobe senior director of product Steve Hammond told VentureBeat in a phone …

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Meet Tinyclues Action™, the Revolutionary AI That Enables Marketers to Put Their Ideas into Action

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MONACO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 22, 2017– Yes, we’ve seen Artificial intelligence (AI) beating a top human player at Go, the complex board game. But while AI will be behind a new generation of self-driving cars, that’s still considered to be several years off in the future. But when it comes to B2C marketing and Tinyclues, AI is very much a present-day reality. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170322005146/en/ Tinyclues Action™ (Graphic: Business Wire) Today, Tinyclues is thrilled to announce the launch of a revolutionary, next-generation marketing solution that’s unseen so far in the market. New Tinyclues Action™ is an AI-driven customer engagement solution with the wow factor. Tinyclues Action™ enables marketers to be more creative, more …

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How the First Amendment Applies to Trump’s Presidency

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While it is unlikely that Barack Obama would sue President Trump for libel, he very likely has a strong case.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY DOMINICK REUTER / AFP / GETTY One of the strangest sentences in American law comes from Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr. “Under the First Amendment,” he wrote, in 1974, “there is no such thing as a false idea.” That is not a decree that the world brims with truth. He meant that we rely on the marketplace of ideas, rather than on judges and juries, to sort out truth from falsehood—and to continually check our understanding of the truth. The Justice was restating the central tenet embraced in New York Times v. Sullivan, in 1964, the Supreme Court’s most important …

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Launch of LINZESS® Tablets 0.25mg in Japan

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Tokyo, March 22, 2017 – Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka, “Astellas”) announced that it launched a guanylate cyclase-C (GC-C) receptor agonist, LINZESS® Tablets (generic name: linaclotide, “LINZESS®”) for irritable bowel syndrome with constipation1) (“IBS-C”) in Japan today.   IBS-C is a functional but not organic disorder which is characterized by abdominal pain and/or discomfort along with abnormal defecation. These gastrointestinal symptoms persist for a long period with frequent remissions and exacerbations. LINZESS® locally binds to the GC-C receptor expressed on the intestinal epithelium. Activation of the GC-C receptor results in improved visceral hypersensitivity, increased intestinal fluid secretion and accelerated intestinal transit. It is estimated that 2.9% of adults in Japan suffer from IBS-C 1), and, …

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Debate Over Silencers: Hearing Protection Or Public Safety Threat?

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Enlarge this image Legislation would loosen restrictions on gun suppressors, with proponents saying quieter guns protect shooters’ hearing. But opponents say easier-to-get silencers are a risk to the public. Niki Chan Wylie for NPR hide caption toggle caption Niki Chan Wylie for NPR There’s a wall-long mural in the manufacturing area of SilencerCo, in West Valley City, Utah, that shows a crowd of people with muzzled mouths. One’s holding a sign that says, “Fight the Noise.” Another says: “Guns don’t have to be loud.” As a leading manufacturer and seller of gun silencers — or suppressors, as they’re more accurately called — SilencerCo wants to quiet guns. Congress may soon help in the effort. Silencers are one of the most …

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How AI can solve the top 3 pain points in marketing

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Did you know there are over 3,874 companies offering marketing technology? That’s how many companies are featured on Scott Brinker’s behemoth 2016 Marketing Technology Landscape Supergraphic, which drives home the challenge of navigating the marketing industry. Above: Image Credit: Scott Brinker “Marketing has the unique challenge of not having a typical stack or process. If you look into any Fortune 500 company, they will have hundreds of products that they are stitching together,” says Eric Stahl, an SVP of Product Marketing at Salesforce. Leading marketing experts agree that the plethora of tools available to marketers and advertisers is both a blessing and a curse. The variety of options enables marketers to keep up with an ever-evolving digital landscape of consumer …

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Google Promises To Keep Ads Off 'Hateful, Offensive' YouTube Content

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Enlarge this image Google says it will improve its internal systems and give advertisers more control of where their spots appear, responding to complaints about the pairing of paid ads with offensive content. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP hide caption toggle caption Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Google will give advertisers more control over where their ads appear and improve its internal controls, as the owner of AdWords and YouTube apologized for “a number of cases where brands’ ads appeared on content that was not aligned with their values.” The move comes days after reports of ads “showing up in YouTube alongside videos of white nationalists and terrorists” prompted both advertising companies and branches of the U.K. government to halt ad campaigns handled by …

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Olga Kay, chatbot fatigue, and the power of finding your niche — VB Engage

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In this week’s episode, Stewart and Travis discover that AI and chatbots are a roller coaster. On the ride to the top, a new bot marketing company promises to close the loop and help chatbots pay their way, while on the rapid drop Facebook is pulling back from chatbots after news of massive failure rates. Our interview this week is with the irrepressible Olga Kay, one of the original YouTube stars and founder of MooshWalks, who teaches us a thing or two about how to find your niche and leverage it for incredible success. It’s an interview you won’t want to miss. By listening to this episode of VB Engage, you will hear: Welcome to VB Engage episode 44! [0:10] …

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The long, weird history of companies that put your life online

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When the first phone book was published in 1878, it had only 50 entries, giving subscribers the names of fellow citizens privileged enough to have a telephone. Today, the ultimate privilege is being unlisted — but thanks to a complex ecosystem of online people search services, that’s nearly impossible. People search sites are a perennially controversial feature of the web, from the venerable Whitepages.com to the reviled upstart FamilyTreeNow, which was publicized and widely condemned earlier this year. They’re the perfect example of how scale and searchability can change the meaning of data: the contents of thousands of phone books accessible from anywhere in the world, with an unprecedented level of detail. It makes their data more useful, and more …

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COMPTROLLER MARAGOS ANNOUNCES 5TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL BUSINESS CHALLENGE

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Mineola, NY: Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos is proud to announce that the Office of the Nassau County Comptroller will be hosting its 5th Annual “Nassau County High School Comptroller’s Business Challenge” on April 4th. The Competition will feature many of the area High Schools and over 200 students are expected to participate and present their ideas for multi-billion future businesses. This year, students have been challenged to conceptualize or develop and bring to market an APP with mass appeal in the field of healthcare, public safety or homeland security.  “We want to motivate and excite our young entrepreneurs to dream up the next SnapChat,” said Comptroller George Maragos. “The ideas of young adults are usually the best source for …

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Azure and Adobe announce joint cloud offerings

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Microsoft has announced the first set of cloud services to be offered in partnership with Adobe. The services will be unveiled at the Adobe Summit in Las Vegas today and are available immediately. The new cloud services include the integration of Adobe Campaign and Microsoft Dynamics 365, which will allow companies to combine customer input for marketing initiatives. Further marketing data will be available to clients with the combination of Adobe Analytics with Microsoft Power BI, which will create a gateway for an enterprise to visualize the impact of marketing and advertising campaigns to better measure their effectiveness. Also, the partnership between the two companies will make Adobe Experience Manager available through the Azure cloud platform, increasing the effectiveness of brand …

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Game academy opens submissions for video game scholarships

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The AIAS Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS), has opened submissions for all three of its annual scholarship programs benefiting students pursuing a dream career in the video games industry. The Randy Pausch, Mark Beaumont and WomenIn Scholarships give talented students in game design, production or business a chance to understand what the industry is like. The scholarships are awarded to those who aspire to make a mark on the games industry through their dedication, passion and interest in pushing forward the medium of interactive entertainment. I met some of the scholars at the recent DICE Summit in Las Vegas, and they were a bright bunch that were thrilled to hobnob with some …

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ARM’s DynamIQ processor architecture is oriented at AI

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ARM has revealed a new micro-architecture called DynamIQ, aimed at industry-scale artificial intelligence computing tasks, and addressing the legacy needs of manufacturers and providers who need to make saleable resources out of a wide range of existing CPU frameworks. The company believes that the introduction of DynamIQ represents a ‘monumental shift’ in the evolution of multi-core microarchitecture, and for the possibilities it brings to ARM’s Cortex-A processor offerings. DynamIQ offers a new core schema that permits variegated CPUs to co-exist in memory subsystem, which it claims improves latency and responsiveness for active applications in a multi-platform environment. The new framework, as would be expected from this particular company, has fine-grained power management tools to help applications run in the most …

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The data science dilemma: Should marketers build, buy, or both?

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Presented by Sailthru Data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning and algorithms have become the business buzzwords du jour. And with good reason. Organizations adopting data science-driven automation see up to 10x improvement in business process speed, 72 percent reduction in customer churn, and 40 percent reduction in new customer acquisition costs. It’s the so-called sexiest field of the 21st century as both enabling technologies and brands are fighting for the top talent that will allow them to modernize and scale their marketing efforts. But much like the big data that fuels the practice, data science for marketing is challenging to get a grip on. Having a data science team doesn’t mean that marketing gets to take advantage of the expertise. …

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Databerries raises $16 million to help brick-and-mortar retailers target smartphone users with ads

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Databerries, a mobile advertising platform aimed at offline merchants, has announced a $16 million round of funding led by Index Ventures, with participation from ISAI, Mosaic Ventures, and a handful of angel investors. Founded out of Paris, France, in 2014, Databerries allows brick-and-mortar retailers to target consumers with mobile ads based on places they’ve previously visited, in what it calls “Real Life Targeting.” So, a retailer can target shoppers who have previously visited the store, and try to entice them back, while it can also target those who have been to a competitor’s outlet. The platform launched back in December 2015, and Databerries says that it now works with more than 100 retailers, including Toys R Us and McDonald’s. With Real Life Targeting, marketers can see exactly how many …

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Adobe unveils Experience Cloud, signaling its desire to be your everything

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At its flagship customer event in Las Vegas today, Adobe Summit, the creative and marketing services giant has unveiled the next evolution of its cloud-based marketing suite — Adobe Experience Cloud. Experience Cloud builds on Adobe’s Marketing Cloud solution in an attempt to bring all the functionality you need for marketing, and advertising, into one place — one system of record, one unified profile of your customers, and one unified user interface to control it all. That has always been the goal of marketing clouds everywhere, but as we discovered in our landmark study of marketing cloud platforms at VB Insight, Adobe always had a complete solution — certainly the one with the most integrated vision. Now, with Experience Cloud, it is bringing …

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First daughter Ivanka Trump gets West Wing office

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WASHINGTON — Cementing her role as a powerful White House influence, Ivanka Trump is working out of a West Wing office and will get access to classified information, though she is not technically serving as a government employee, according to an attorney for the first daughter. Since President Donald Trump took office, his eldest daughter has been a visible presence in the White House, where her husband, Jared Kushner, already serves as a senior adviser. On Friday, she participated in a meeting on vocational training with the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Jamie Gorelick, an attorney and ethics adviser for Ivanka Trump, said Monday that the first daughter will not have an official title, but will get a West …

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YouFirst’s AI-powered emotion engine launches to help YouTube stars find their power moments

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YouTube creators, stars, and influencers have a new tool to add to their arsenal today that will help them hone their videos and target audiences with the right snippets of their output. YouFirst has launched today to provide an AI-powered answer to an age-old question — which parts of a video create an emotion, and which of the gamut of human responses did it elicit? Here’s how it works. A YouTuber sets up their video with a unique YouFirst link. This allows the YouFirst system to deliver the video to a segment of that influencer’s audience as a “sneak preview” or “first look” at the content. Then, before showing the video to the viewer, YouFirst asks for permission to watch the …

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Influencer marketing success: You’ve swiped right — now what? (VB Live)

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Influencer marketing can show a $9.60 return on investment for every $1 invested — but that’s only if you know what you’re doing. Learn how to achieve real results and record-breaking ROI from the best in the business when you join our latest VB Live event. Register here for free.  “Our market is changing,” says Virigina Salas Kastilio, super-influencer and owner of GINICANBREATHE, a next-gen marketing and branding agency. “We don’t respond to adverts and we don’t respond to being sold to and creating this illusion or this dream of selling us what kind of life we should be living.” And businesses are floundering, because consumers recognize a hard pitch, a sales voice, an inauthentic moment of attempted connection that …

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Is Drake's new ‘playlist’ an evolution of music or just flashy marketing?

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The emerging business strategies for monetizing virtual reality

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A lot of people love the experience of virtual reality, but not many have figured out the business side of it. The fledgling medium for games, entertainment, and many other applications has sprouted a lot of startups, but not much revenues yet. But where there’s investment, there’s likely to be profits. Or so the VR believers say. We explored how to make money in VR in a panel at the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Nelson Rodriguez, director of games industry marketing at Akamai, moderated the panel. The panelists included Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat at VentureBeat (yes, me); Mihir Shah, CEO of Immersv, a mobile VR advertising network; and Arnaud Dazin, cofounder of ADVR. Here’s an …

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What millennials want in a chatbot

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Chatbots were last year’s big hype, and they are this year’s big commerce and marketing frontier. Indeed, they are coming into their own as an interface for businesses to communicate with their customers, and for organizations to reach out to clients. That being said, chatbot tech solutions and strategy need some more polishing. A recent report claims that Facebook’s chatbots “failed to fulfill” no fewer than 70 percent of user requests — meaning that chatbots couldn’t understand what users were saying, and in some cases humans had to step in. On the other hand, members of the millennial generation can’t wait to get their hands on chatbot technology. According to a Retale poll, 86 percent of millennials said that brands should use chatbots to promote deals, products, and services, …

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Reality Check: New Equality Measure Targets Gender Bias in Ads and Media

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Association of National Advertisers Shares #SeeHer GEM™ (Gender Equality Measure) Methodology with Advertising Research Community 17,000-plus ads have been evaluated using GEM™ to assess realistic and accurate portrayal of girls and women in advertising and media GEM™ brings equality into established pre- and post-testing equation NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 20, 2017– Gender bias is bad for business. Research proves that ads and entertainment in which women and girls are accurately portrayed generate significantly more awareness, recall, and purchase intent than ads in which they are not. Now the Association of National Advertisers’ Alliance for Family Entertainment (ANA AFE) has given the industry a potent, new, data-driven methodology to identify – and eliminate – gender bias. This Smart News Release features multimedia. …

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US stocks drift in midday trade; tech gains while banks fall

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Major U.S. indexes are little changed Monday as technology and basic materials companies rise but energy and bank stocks fall. Stocks in Europe fell after the British government said it will formally begin the process of leaving the European Union next week. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 1 point to 2,337 as of noon Eastern time. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 28 points, or 0.1 percent, to 20,943. The Nasdaq composite added 6 points, or 0.1 percent, to 5,906. Small-company stocks fell. The Russell 2000 was down 7 points, or 0.5 percent, to 1,384. More stocks fell than rose on the New York Stock Exchange. BRITAIN MUST BE GOING: Britain’s government said it will trigger …

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Uber president Jeff Jones quits, deepening turmoil

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(Reuters) – Ride services company Uber Technologies has been thrust deeper into turmoil with the departure of company president Jeff Jones, a marketing expert hired to help soften its often abrasive image. Jones quit less than seven months after joining the San Francisco company, an Uber spokesman said on Sunday. In a statement to Reuters, Jones said he could not continue as president of a business with which he was incompatible. “I joined Uber because of its mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long term,” Jones said. “It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw …

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PlayFab taps IBM’s Watson AI to understand why gamers keep playing

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IBM and PlayFab are teaming up to deliver better insights about gamers based on analysis from IBM’s Watson artificial intelligence platform. Seattle-based PlayFab provides backend services for connected games on mobile devices and PCs. It provides things game developers need to run their games — like player data storage, player relationship management, tournaments, in-game commerce, and leaderboards. IBM will take that data, crunch it, and come up with insights that help developers run their games better. It’s a new way for IBM to participate in what market researcher Newzoo says is a $91 billion market. PlayFab, founded in 2014, already has more than 600 live games, with 45 million players and 2.9 billion game sessions. Atari’s Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch launched …

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Uber President Quits Amid Company Turmoil

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Enlarge this image Former Target CMO Jeff Jones was hired by Uber to help support the embattled company’s reputation. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Target hide caption toggle caption Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Target After six months as president of Uber, Jeff Jones is leaving the embattled ride-hailing company, Uber confirms. “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best,” an Uber spokesperson says in a statement. Jones, previously Target’s chief marketing officer, was brought on by Kalanick last fall to boost Uber’s reputation. Though Uber has long held its reputation as an aggressive startup, the company has been battling current controversies, ranging from sexual harassment allegations to CEO Travis Kalanick’s abrasive …

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Stop all the ‘hype’ talk. We’ve only scratched the surface with blockchain

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Recently, there’s been a lot of talk about blockchain being all hype. From institutions like the University of Pennsylvania to tech-focused investment conferences, the blockchain discussion has begun to veer into what is starting to sound like an apology from the industry about what blockchain hasn’t yet achieved. Instead of trying to use the game-changing technology in new ways, it seems like blockchain specialists are starting to cower under the weight of high expectations and attempting to backtrack on promises of far-reaching possibilities. I heard someone who runs a blockchain company say at a recent conference that everyone is too fascinated with blockchain, that it’s just a way to track financial transactions. Now, I understand the general sentiment of overhype …

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Microsoft’s silence over unprecedented patch delay doesn’t smell right

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Enlarge Alachua County reader comments 128 Share this story Last month, Microsoft took the unprecedented step of canceling Patch Tuesday, the company’s monthly release of security fixes for its large stable of software products. The move meant that customers had to wait 28 days to receive updates that fixed vulnerabilities that allowed hackers to completely hijack computers and networks. The last-minute move was all the more unusual because Microsoft made it a few days after exploit code for a Windows 10 flaw was released into the wild. In the nine days that followed the cancellation, technical details for two more serious vulnerabilities—one in Windows and the other in the Edge and Internet Explorer browsers—were also disclosed. Microsoft’s security team almost certainly …

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After escaping net neutrality probe, Verizon expands data cap exemptions

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Enlarge / Verizon’s FiOS mobile app. Verizon reader comments 63 Share this story Just a few weeks after escaping a net neutrality investigation into data cap exemptions, Verizon has decided to let its FiOS mobile video stream on its wireless network without counting against data caps. Customers who have Verizon FiOS TV at home and a Verizon Wireless smartphone plan can watch TV outside their homes without using up the data allotments on limited mobile plans, the company announced today. Just two months ago, the Federal Communications Commission accused Verizon Wireless of violating net neutrality rules by letting its Go90 video service stream without counting against customers’ data caps as the company charged other video providers for the same data cap exemptions (also …

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What we can learn about the future of meetings from Google

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I process meeting requests all day, especially on Fridays (my day for holding a few phone briefings and meeting with some volunteers at a local college). You would think we would have figured out how to improve the process by now, ever since my corporate career ended around 2001. Back then, I sat through countless meetings every day…all day long. You can feel sorry for me now. My “other” full-time job at the time was adjusting my schedule. It was often difficult to know who was actually available and in the office, even if Outlook gave me a few clues. No one had invented a sensor for tracking the boss. These days, a few apps help somewhat, but they “live” …

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How escape rooms became the future of advertising

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French advertising group Havas denies it wants to pull ads from Google

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(Reuters) — French advertising group Havas denied on Friday that it would pull advertising from Google platforms, contradicting comments attributed to the head of its British business after Britain raised concerns over government advertising on the U.S. company’s YouTube website. The British government had been expected to question Google executives on Friday over why advertisements marketing the government’s services were appearing alongside videos carrying hate speech and extremist content on its YouTube website. The Guardian newspaper reported that Havas had decided to pull all its advertising spend from Google and YouTube, citing Havas UK chief Paul Frampton. A spokeswoman for the French group told Reuters that pulling advertising from Google was not the group’s position, and Havas CEO Yannick Bollore said …

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The Scrolls from the Dead Sea

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Gerald Lankester Harding sorts fragments of manuscript in the Palestine Archaeological Museum at Jerusalem, 1953.CreditPhotograph by Ronald Startup / Stringer / Getty At some point rather early in the spring of 1947, a Bedouin boy called Muhammed the Wolf was minding some goats near a cliff on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Climbing up after one that had strayed, he noticed a cave that he had not seen before, and he idly threw a stone into it. There was an unfamiliar sound of breakage. The boy was frightened and ran away. But he later came back with another boy, and together they explored the cave. Inside were several tall clay jars, among fragments of other jars. They took …

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The best Nintendo Switch stand yet is an expensive iPhone dock

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Talking Points: Auto Group Settles with FTC Over Deceptive Finance and Sales Claims

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This week, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that an Auto Group in Los Angeles had agreed to pay $3.6 million to settle charges it used deceptive and unfair sales, advertising and financing practices. According to the FTC’s press release, the amount was returned to consumers. In addition, the dealerships involved were barred from “engaging in other unlawful conduct when a sale is cancelled, such as failing to return any down payment or trade-in or seeking legal action, arrest, repossession or debt collection unless the action is lawful and the defendants intend to take such action.” It also prohibits them from violating the Truth In Lending Act , Regulation Z, the Consumer Leasing Act and Regulation M. While a multi-million …

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Productivity, in the age of telecommuting

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By SHONA ST. ANGELO // Many companies across the country, such as Aetna and Dell, are allowing employees to work remotely. Employees save money normally spent on gas and transit costs, and save valuable hours normally spent commuting to an office. Telecommuting can also benefit employers, who can take advantage of savings from decreased occupancy costs and travel-expense reimbursements. Money saved can then be spent on customer acquisition and marketing, which will ultimately yield higher profits. One of the biggest employer benefits of a remote working environment is the ability to expand the employee talent pool. By expanding their recruitment efforts beyond a confined radius surrounding a physical office, companies are more likely to attract a diverse and talented workforce. …

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Warner Bros. names game veteran Russell Arons as Machinima boss

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Warner Bros. said it has named Russell Arons as general manager of Machinima, the digital video entertainment company that Warner acquired in November. Arons was previously senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. She will run Machinima, a multi-platform programming service with a global community of gamer, comic, and hero fans. She will work with Chad Gutstein, Machinima’s current CEO, on a multi-week transition plan, after which he’ll leave the company to pursue entrepreneurial projects. In her new role, Arons will lead all of Machinima’s creative, marketing services, data analytics, business development and operations, as well as the Machinima network. “Russell is a terrific creative executive with exceptional audience experience and brand building capabilities,” said Craig Hunegs, president of business and strategy …

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Cantor: Long Island tourism industry needs support of bed tax

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Few will argue that Long Island’s more than $5 billion dollar tourism industry is a vital part of Long Island’s economy, providing thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in wages and sales tax revenues. However despite this economic importance, Long Island and in particular Discover Long Island the region’s tourism promotion agency have to go hat in hand to the New York State legislature for authorization to re-impose a bed tax to finance the marketing of Long Island. The bed tax expires this June. There should be no doubt that Long Island, the state’s second largest tourism destination outside of New York City, requires the funds that a bed tax would generate to invest in a robust …

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How Adobe used its huge data bank to build Sensei, an AI tool for creatives

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There’s mounting competition over AI and bots among the tech giants. Amazon touts Alexa, Google has its Assistant, Microsoft has Cortana. But at Adobe, an often overlooked player in this contest, it’s all about Sensei. Launched last fall, Sensei is a series of AI services and a voice-powered virtual assistant being added to more than 30 Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite) apps and services like Photoshop and Premiere. Some Sensei services are already available, like the ability to change a facial expression with Face Aware Editing in Photoshop, while others, like the ability to control Photoshop with your voice, are still prototypes. Sensei will be able to talk you through how to edit photos and videos like a pro because Adobe has tracked millions of photo and video …

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Expanding LI manufacturer buying Pall complex

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A growing beauty products manufacturer is buying the sprawling Pall Corporation headquarters in Port Washington. Kiss Nail Products, which already owns two other buildings nearby, is in contract to purchase the 272,142-square-foot complex on 16 acres for $30 million, according to real estate industry sources. As part of the deal, Kiss will lease back 90,000 square feet of the building at 25 Harbor Park Drive to Pall, which will trim its Long Island operations. Pall, a global supplier of filtration, separations and purification products, was acquired by Danaher Corp. for $13.8 billion in August 2015. Pall officials couldn’t be reached for comment. Kiss, which employs about 450 people, will retain its other Port Washington properties, including the 130,000-square-foot building at …

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Why Breath of the Wild is the future of blockbuster games

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Smart, self-driving car unveiled at South by Southwest

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South by Southwest, the digital, music and film conference in Austin, Texas, this year showcased smart cars and attire as well as technology in the age of Donald Trump and the need for social conscience as well as social media. The conference, known as SXSW for short, has turned into a far-reaching tech festival attracting visitors and companies from around the nation, including Long Island. And it has turned into a window on the future. The digital and interactive festival portion, which opened last Saturday and continues through this Sunday, is followed by the musical festival. Twitter, which has turned into President Donald Trump’s podium and preferred means of communication, launched at this conference. While many start-ups and launches presented their …

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Checking in with Stagelink one year after the German music startup won Midemlab in Cannes

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Midemlab, the startup competition at the Midem music festival in Cannes, is getting ready to celebrate its 10th birthday this coming June. With deadlines to apply for the latest edition due March 24th, I got to thinking about last year when I served as host for the marketing-data-analytics category of the competition. The other three categories: music creation and education; music hardware; and music discovery. It was my second year at the event, which counts among its winners Soundcloud and Kickstarter back when both were just getting started. Last year, the winner in the marketing category was also one of the overall winners: Berlin-based Stagelink. Basically, Stagelink is a platform that allows performers and fans to work together to propose, plan, …

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This Week on Americas Now: Trademark battle

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Guatemala’s hand-woven textiles are world famous and a symbol of their cultural identity. But as their products become popular with designers mass marketing them to the public, could that symbolic meaning be lost? CGTN’s Harris Whitbeck reports on some indigenous weavers who have launched a legal case to copyright their creations. This week on Americas Now. Sunday at 6 p.m. EST or 6 a.m. Beijing time on CGTN America. You can also watch via your web-connected device at: america.cgtn.com/livestream/

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How AI will help us decipher millennials

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Let’s talk about the millennial generation — the demographic segment so coveted that marketing managers from all over the globe are fighting over them. Are they really such a complex generation that we must resort to artificial intelligence to figure out what they want and to keep them coming back for more? Turns out they are, and AI is indeed the ultimate weapon in the fight for the millennial generation’s ever-shortening attention span. Luckily, rapid strides in the field of machine learning will help unravel what this fickle “target market” really wants. Machine learning is a crystal ball in the world of AI. It analyzes existing data and — through complex algorithms — predicts what will happen in similar cases in the …

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Google pretends its Google Home ‘Beauty and the Beast’ advertisement isn’t an ad

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Google Home users heard an advertisement today along with their daily update, however Google denies the statement was an ad. Today when people asked the smart speaker “Tell me about my day,” after rattling off weather, commute times, and calendar events, Google Assistant says “By the way, Disney’s live action beauty and the beast opens today. In this version of the story, Belle is the inventor instead of Maurice. That rings truer if you ask me. For some more movie fun, ask me to tell you something about Belle.” In our tests, repeated attempts to find out something about Belle result in an error message. “This isn’t an ad,” a Google spokesperson told VentureBeat in an email. “The beauty in the Assistant …

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How natural language interfaces can solve workflow problems

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If you’ve ever worked in a big company, you carry the scars of processes and workflows. Even in the most advanced companies, most processes are not what I would consider delightful. When presenting about UX, I ask the audience “Who here likes to do their expense reports?” — I get laughter, but no one raises their hands. Processes like expense reporting should be delightful — you paid for something and now the company pays you back! Magic! And it’s the same for many other processes — from vacation requests to promotion approvals, they should all be delightful … and yet most of them suck. In this article we will discuss why these processes are a pain, and the great opportunity that …

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The Oxford Comma: Great For Listing, Pontificating, And Winning Court Cases

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Enlarge this image The little mark at the heart of it all. Uqbar is back/Flickr hide caption toggle caption Uqbar is back/Flickr Surely, Oakhurst Dairy would have done well to heed the immortal words of the ’80s hair band Cinderella: “Don’t know what you got (till it’s gone).” The milk and cream company based in Portland, Maine, likely never appreciated the serial comma — also known as an Oxford comma — so much as it did Monday, when the lack of that little curved stroke cost the company an appeals court ruling that centered on overtime rules for drivers. Specifically, the ruling in favor of Oakhurst delivery drivers came down to Maine state law, which dictates that the following activities …

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Memoirs of Addiction and Ambition by Cat Marnell and Julia Phillips

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Cat Marnell’s “How to Murder Your Life” is a remarkably honest memoir of addiction.CreditPHOTOGRAPH BY KATIE MCCURDY / THE NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX In Julia Phillips’s recently reissued memoir, “You’ll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again,” from 1991, the late movie producer offers the following reflection: “In L.A., there are only three things to do: work, drugs, and have a nervous breakdown. In my case the work was for the drugs and the drugs were for the work, and then when there was no work at all I had the nervous breakdown.” The observation, despite its glibness, concisely sets up the central dynamics of Phillips’s tale, which appears to be about drugs but is more significantly about work …

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WordStream founder Larry Kim leaves, starts new marketing bot company

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What do you do after founding a company that manages a billion dollars in annual adspend and is Google’s largest and fastest-growing partner? Start a new marketing AI company building chatbots, of course. Above: Larry Kim Larry Kim, the influential and popular founder of perhaps the best-paid search marketing platform on the planet, has left WordStream, the company he founded and built. WordStream currently employs  over 200 people, boasts 10,000 clients, and has an off-the-record but very respectable high eight-figure revenue run rate. So why leave a winner? “It’s a big company now, and I’m looking to go back to my roots as a product developer,” Kim told me earlier this week. “I’m very excited about chatbots and AI, and there …

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The INN: Long Island’s Enduring Refuge Provides Shelter From Life’s Countless Storms

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News of an oncoming blizzard spread throughout the ranks of the Mary Brennan INN in Hempstead with the speed and urgency fueling any agency on the frontlines of a life-or-death situation tasked with making preparations to save lives. Jean C. Victor, its manager of 13 years, barked instructions at team members and volunteers in a back room off the bustling kitchen that serves as a conference room, coat closet, and staff room as they ready themselves for the day ahead. The seasoned crew—some who’d retired and others who’d donated time sandwiched in between their busy daily schedules to lend a hand—followed his directives with lighthearted banter along several stations throughout its large industrial-sized kitchen: An elderly couple sliced fresh loaves of bread. …

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Defeat revenue-killing risks in your game’s first 30 days

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Presented by Akamai You have years to bring your game from vision to reality. And just 30 days to make it a success. Successful games see higher revenue through add-ons and downloadable content. They help you secure funding and resources for your next big idea. But a staggering 95 percent of players leave a game within its first 30 days. Your mission — should you choose to accept it — is to convert as many players as you can before they’re gone for good. Let me lay out some conversion-killing risks to beware of in your game’s first 30 days: Slow-responding or cluttered marketing: Bad asset setup and execution kills the conversion of fans into players. Inability to manage audiences …

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Why some startups win

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I was having a second coffee with an ex student, now the head of a marketing inside a rapidly growing startup. His company had marched through customer discovery, learning about the customer problem, validated solutions and was now scaling sales and marketing. All good news. But he was getting uneasy that as his headcount was growing the productivity of his marketing department seemed to be rapidly declining. I wasn’t surprised. When organizations are small (startups, small teams in companies and government agencies) early employees share a mission (why they come to work, what they need to do while they are at work, and how they will know they have succeeded). But as these organizations grow large, what was once a shared mission and intent gets buried under HR process and …

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Unbeatable best practices in subscription pricing (VB Live)

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Subscriptions, both retail or SaaS, live or die by their payment processing. And making it a seamless process is increasingly tricky in a global marketplace. How do you marry strategy and tech seamlessly to make the global leap? Join industry leaders in our interactive VB Live event! Register here for free. In developed markets, like the U.S., Canada, and Australia, the subscription service model is low-hanging fruit, with an optimal balance between the value it provides to the company and the value your customer enjoys in return. Not to mention a reliable revenue stream, which for most companies is priceless. But that value only increases when you’re able to offer your customer flawless service, when it’s easy to subscribe, easy …

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The Best Rechargeable AA and AAA Batteries

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Our pick Energizer Recharge Universal The Recharge batteries proved their worth in testing with high capacity and longevity after dozens of recharges. They are widely available at a fair price. The Energizer Recharge Universal AA batteries performed well at each step of testing: initial capacity, capacity after four dozen charges, self-discharge, and high-drain RC car racing. In raw capacity, Energizer had 30 percent more energy storage per dollar than the Panasonic Eneloop AAs, so your devices should run a little longer between recharges. In the first few cycles, that came to average of 1,888 milliamp hours (mAh) or 2.3 watt hours (Wh) of discharged capacity. When we cycled the batteries—discharged and recharged them, again and again—to show how they might …

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GamesBeat is hiring a guest posts editor for PC gaming channel

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We’re looking for a skilled editor to help lead our pioneering coverage of PC gaming. GamesBeat‘s PC gaming channel provides a 360-degree view of the industry ecosystem. PC gaming is growing around the world, as it’s becomes the go-to platform for indie developers looking to make their first games, the hotbed for esports and high-end virtual reality development, the focus of the strategy-gaming renaissance, and more. And GamesBeat wants you to help chronicle this most fascinating sector of gaming. As GamesBeat’s Guest Posts Editor for PC Gaming, you’ll solicit and edit guest posts from insiders, investors, and pundits. Additionally, you’ll be on the lookout for republishing opportunities for news and analysis from top bloggers, syndication partners, and academics. You’re already …

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CORRECTING and REPLACING Seven Bridges Names New CEO and Expands Executive Leadership Team

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Brandi Davis-Dusenbery is Promoted to CEO; Will Focus on Product Innovation and Global Growth Seven Bridges Appoints and Promotes Executives to Further Accelerate Commercial Operations CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 15, 2017– Please replace the release with the following corrected version due to multiple revisions. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170315005507/en/ Brandi Davis-Dusenbery, Ph.D. (Photo: Business Wire) The corrected release reads:  SEVEN BRIDGES NAMES NEW CEO AND EXPANDS EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM Brandi Davis-Dusenbery is Promoted to CEO; Will Focus on Product Innovation and Global Growth Seven Bridges Appoints and Promotes Executives to Further Accelerate Commercial Operations Seven Bridges, the biomedical data analysis company, today announced an expansion of its executive leadership team, including the appointment of …

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AdColony launches instant-play vertical video ads with UFC

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Mobile ad platform AdColony has launched its Instant-Play HD Vertical Video ads with UFC and other Fortune 500 brands. AdColony said one of its customers, UFC, is using the format to launch a new ad campaign for the upcoming fight featuring Amanda Nunes versus Ronda Rousey. AdColony is one of the largest mobile advertising platforms in the world, with a reach of more than 1.4 billion users globally. So far, the Vertical Video ads have shown an 89 percent average video completion rate and 10 percent average engagement rate — meaning 89 out of 100 people who start watching an ad finish it and 10 percent take some kind of action. AdColony’s initial vertical video campaigns have outperformed marketers’ expectations for this emerging …

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Seven Bridges Names New CEO and Expands Executive Leadership Team

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Brandi Davis-Dusenbery is Promoted to CEO; Will Focus on Product Innovation and Global Growth Seven Bridges Appoints and Promotes Executives to Further Accelerate Commercial Operations CAMBRIDGE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 15, 2017– Seven Bridges, the biomedical data analysis company, today announced an expansion of its executive leadership team, including the appointment of Brandi Davis-Dusenbery, Ph.D., to the position of CEO. Formerly Seven Bridges’ Senior Vice President of Science & Product, Brandi succeeds co-founder Deniz Kural, Ph.D., who is today assuming the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. The company also announced the addition of two executives and the promotion of three others. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170315005507/en/ Brandi Davis-Dusenbery, Ph.D. (Photo: Business …

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Lithuania’s Nordcurrent rides Cooking Fever beyond 100 million downloads

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Nordcurrent has put Lithuania on the map as a game development destination. The Vilnius company has more than 100 employees, thanks to the popularity of Cooking Fever. Since its release in 2014, Cooking Fever has been downloaded more than 100 million times. It is one of 50 titles that Nordcurrent has published since Victoria Trofimova, CEO of Nordcurrent, founded the company with her husband Michail Trofimov and his brother Sergej Trofimov in 2002. Trofimova said in an interview with GamesBeat at the Game Developers Conference that the company worked more many years as a developer-for-hire in the console business. At its height, it was making Wii and PlayStation 2 titles for Activision in the Shrek and Barbie franchises. Then it …

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Twitter accounts hacked with swastikas and Nazi hashtags as political tensions mount in Europe

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Twitter users around the world were subjected to a series of hacks as an individual or group, writing in Turkish, posted tweets from people’s accounts using swastikas and hashtags accusing the Netherlands of being Nazis. Some profile photos were also changed. The widespread hack comes as tensions mount between the Netherlands and Turkey, after Turkish ministers were barred from addressing rallies carried out by Turks in the Netherlands, leading Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan to accuse the Dutch of “behaving like Nazis.” Now, celebrities such as U.S. actress Sarah Shahi are paying the price for the spat across the pond, with this tweet showing up at the top of her account this morning. Above: Sarah Shahi on Twitter The targets in the hacks weren’t just celebrities, …