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App launches live or die on download speeds (VB Live)

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Doesn’t matter how good the app is. If your load times are too slow and your file sizes are too large, you’ll start to churn users. How do you deliver lighting speed without compromising your app, and keep them coming back for more? Don’t miss this VB Live event! Register here for free. It’s a tough balancing act between delivering rich content and letting players enjoy the game without a painful loading screen. And in some countries, speed and minimalism are a must, not a nice-to-have, if you’re going to ... Read More
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How human creativity plays a role in AI

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Is there a more ambivalent word in English than “artificial”? Some artificial things are clearly beneficial, such as artificial organs, artificial insemination as a fertility treatment, and artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar for weight and diabetes control. But in other contexts, “artificial” can have a negative connotation. Artificial people. Artificial ingredients. Artificial turf on a baseball field. ... Read More
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Report: China’s local brand power surpasses foreign firms

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Report: China's local brand power surpasses foreign firmsFor the first time, local brands have more power in China than those of multinational firms, an annual marketing report says.In 2016, the top 100 Chinese companies were more valuable than the leading 100 international brands operating in the country, the report claims, which could be another sign of China's growing business clout.Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Beijing.- Subscribe to our channel: http://aje.io/AJSubscribe- Follow us on Twitter: ... Read More
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Report: China’s local brand power surpasses foreign firms

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Report: China's local brand power surpasses foreign firmsFor the first time, local brands have more power in China than those of multinational firms, an annual marketing report says.In 2016, the top 100 Chinese companies were more valuable than the leading 100 international brands operating in the country, the report claims, which could be another sign of China's growing business clout.Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Beijing.- Subscribe to our channel: ... Read More
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This was a big week for blockchain

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I just spent four days at two of the most important conferences in the emerging blockchain/crypto-currency space. One was Consensus. The other Token Summit. I had about 100 conversations with people who are at the epicenter of the blockchain wave, including one of the approximately 35 people in the world who make up the Bitcoin Core team that’s responsible for the protocol’s upkeep. It’s going to take a few weeks or months to totally get my head around all this, but here are a few important themes I ob... Read More
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The NCAA needs to help college esports grow

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As esports at all levels continues to earn mainstream credibility, one segment is poised for explosive growth – collegiate esports. How colleges and universities will manage esports is an important question. Esports has the potential to be a significant revenue generator at the collegiate level, it on par with money-making college sports like football and basketball. The current path of collegiate esports, however, puts it in the Wild West — no regulation, rules, or plan. So how does collegiate esports take the next important step in its growth? The answer involves replicating the current systems governing traditional college sports. This would include the NCAA stepping in to provide oversight and guidance while dis... Read More
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Financial services sector needs AI, not ‘Customer Service for Dummies’

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The financial services sector is lagging in customer engagement, despite being a leader in modernizing across more complex functions, like trading and managing transactions. What gives? The handbook Customer Service for Dummies says to “design customer-centric processes and technologies” that “focus on the customer’s convenience rather than on your own.” Attempts to achieve this standard are evident in... Read More
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Assistants, Please

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Facebook showed off some nutty new tech this week at its annual developer conference, including social VR experiences, skin-based interfaces, and augmented reality markup for the real world. Some of these ideas are here already, and some are years away. Taken together, they show that Facebook is thinking about ways to squeeze its software into more parts of your life—for better and for worse. Michael and David are joined this week by WIRED writer and editor Cade Metz, who attended F8. The team discusses the pitfalls of the AR tech, the likelihood of AI making an impact anytime soon, and why we all keep getting played by Facebook’s marketing department. Some links: See all of our ... Read More
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Minutiae: The Curious App That Captures Your Unfiltered Life

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Open your camera roll and give it a hard swipe, so your photos scroll past in a blur. What do you see when it stops? Your dog? A selfie? A perfectly timed shot of a beautiful sunset? It could be anything, but it’s probably not a dull, ordinary moment. Camera rolls tend to look like Instagram outtakes, filled with moments that are good but not good enough to make the social media cut.Daniel Wilson and Martin Adolfsson want to change that. Earlier this year, the duo—a neuroscientist and photographer, respectively—launched Minutiae, an app designed to document life’s less glamorous moments. It works like this: Once a day, at a random time, Minutiae p... Read More
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Ranking the best of ParadoxCon

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When I first started covering Paradox games six years ago, they were a developer of complicated strategy games with much love in their niche (and nowhere else), and a publisher of games of varying genre, tone, and unfortunately, quality. In that time, on the backs of games like Crusader Kings 2, Cities: Skylines, Pillars of Eternity, and Stellaris, Paradox has become an increasingly influential player in the games industry — indeed, arguably one of the most important below the triple-A line of Activision, EA, and Ubisoft. At their recent PDXCon in Sweden, Paradox unveiled several games and expansions as well as discussing the state of the company. The press in attendance had a whole day to talk about and test most of the games i... Read More
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The Republicans’ War on Medicaid

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Republicans claim 1st Amendment right to send you robo-voicemails

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Enlarge / The FCC is being asked to decide whether this ringless voicemail technology should be subject to anti-robocall rules.Stratics Networks ... Read More
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AppsFlyer helps mobile advertisers beat back ad fraud via machine learning

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AppsFlyer is helping mobile game and app developers deal with the severe problem of fraudulent advertising responses via third-party ad networks. In doing so, the company said it has already saved brands tens of millions of dollars since 2016. Today, the San Francisco-based maker of mobile attribution and marketing analytics is launching Active Fraud Insights 2.0, hoping to set a new marketing industry standard for detecting fraud. The platform leverages metadata from 98 percent of the world’s mobile devices, and it uses proprietary advances in big data and machine learning. ... Read More
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App Samurai launches to help startups take a stab at user acquisition

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Our research is very clear on this point: Mobile marketing budgets are being wasted, and most of the money is being spent on user acquisition. That’s because mobile marketing is still difficult for many, and getting new users is seen as more important than retention, advocacy, or customer service. Today, App Samurai has launched its mobile, self-service advertising tool to help solve this problem for businesses of all sizes. And it has an interesting trick up its sleeve — cost per install (CPI) optimization. CPI, you say? I... Read More
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Level up game dev with one platform for all stakeholders

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Presented by Assembla Collaboration is taking over game development. As studios become increasingly global and start adopting agile project frameworks, silos are breaking down, connectivity is increasing, and teamwork becomes the gateway to games shipped intact, on time, and without the bugs that piss off the players who’ve been waiting for your newest release. Open communication is key for identifying issues early, brainstorming new and innovative ideas, and coming up with solutions when a crisis occurs, especially as games become more complex — especially when you add virtual reality and augmented reality into the mix. That means teams are becoming more complex too. Rise of the st... Read More

B2B targeted marketing platform Demandbase raises $65 million

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B2B marketing platform Demandbase has raised $65 million in a round of funding led by existing investor Sageview Capital, with participation from existing investors Adobe Systems, Altos Ventures, Greenspring Associates, Jackson Square Ventures, and Scale Venture Partners. Founded in 2007, San Francisco-based Demandbase offers an account-based marketing (ABM) platform that helps B2B firms target prospective clients based around pre-determined criteria, such as revenue, industry, and previous purchasing habits. More specifically, the Demandbase platform enables companies to deliver personalized online ads to specific people at specific companies across the web, while... Read More
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Building a secure SD-WAN architecture

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Steve Woo, co-founder at VeloCloud, discusses the top requirements for a comprehensive SD-WAN security strategy… Security is often the single biggest concern that CIOs and CISOs have when they are contemplating a new networking architecture. They want to be sure that moving from a traditional WAN architecture to one that is software-defined (SD-WAN) improves security, especially in an environment where they need the business agility to get remote sites up and running quickly. An SD-WAN is a logical overlay network that encompasses any WAN transport – public, private, even LTE – and is independent of any particular carrier or service provider. The overlay occurs between any two SD-WAN nodes, ... Read More
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Google reveals that it tracks in-store purchases

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In a blog post announcing Google Attribution, a new AI-powered marketing tool to help clients measure the impact of cross-channel marketing campaigns, the tech giant revealed that it has tracked more than five billion in-store purchases over the past few years. Google announced Google Attribution in advance of the annual Google Marketing Next event in San Francisco. Google Attribution is a new tool that integrates AdWords, Google Analytics and DoubleClick Search to provide a complete picture of cross-device, and cross-channel marketing campaign effectiveness. The tool assembles data from AdWords, Google ... Read More
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How Ancestry.com gets users to pick the right subscription option (VB Live)

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Recurring revenue from subscriptions comes when you set an effective pricing strategy, design an attractive subscription — and then make the payment process utterly seamless. To find out how Ancestry.com does it, catch up with our latest VB Live event. Access this VB Live event on demand right here. Getting the subscription model right has a lot to do with the psychology of choice, it turns out. Too many subscription options, the potential customer gets overwhelmed and walks. Too few, and your customer fee... Read More
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Why AI gets the language of games but sucks at translating languages

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As seen at Google DeepMind’s conference this week, machine learning with AI has seeped into a number of industries in recent years. Whereas in the past it was more a topic of discussion on theoretical applications, we now see machine learning being applied in smart cars, video games, digital marketing, virtual personal assistants, chatbots, and other areas of daily life. As AI moves to disrupt and improve more sectors, there are still barriers to overcome before we need to fear for our jobs. In a recent translation competition, human beings beat AI, but it’s only a matter of time before machines become digital babel f... Read More
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Does Dead Men Tell No Tales capture the magic of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride?

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Does Dead Men Tell No Tales capture the magic of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean ride? - The Vergeclockmenumore-arrow (function(d) { try { if (localStorage.getItem('chorus-fonts-0b50f0674bed2b66b24a77410eb3f99c') === 'yes') { d.documentElement.className += ' fonts-loaded'; } } catch (e) {} var fontUrls = ["https://fonts.voxmedia.com/unison/stylesheets/verge.1d37918fdeeb1febc4d68217382a1e72.css"]; var ss = d.styleSheets; for (var i=0; i -1) { ss[i].ownerNode.media = 'all'; fontUrls.splice(idx, 1); } } if (fontUrls.length > 0) { setTimeout(onload, 0); } } onload(); })(document); var chorusInitQueue=[],volume_embed_host="https://volume.vox-cdn.com";var Chorus=Chorus|... Read More
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Meet the first 8 startups backed by AI studio All Turtles

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Last week former Evernote CEO Phil Libin announced plans to leave his job as managing director of investment firm General Catalyst to launch All Turtles, an AI startup studio. Libin and cofounders Jessica Collier and Jon Cifuentes call All Turtles an AI startup studio because they say they plan to take a Hollywood studio production approach to creating products that infuse AI. “We’re inspired by the modern generation of integrated content studios: HBO, Netflix, Amazon,” said Libin in a LinkedIn ... Read More
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Accel leads $30 million investment in G2 Crowd’s B2B review platform

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G2 Crowd, which collects and publishes business products reviews, announced today funding of $30 million led by Accel. The Chicago-based startup collects reviews from verified users on more than 25,000 products, which range from content management tools like Google Drive and Dropbox to ecommerce solutions like PayPal and Stripe. But unlike other review websites like Yelp and TripAdvisor, not everyone can post on G2 Crowd. “Every review is checked by a human being for quality and we use a LinkedIn login to verify that the reviewer is real, not a company employee or a competitor,” wrote cofounder and CEO Tim Handorf, in an email to VentureBe... Read More
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How 1APP wants to disrupt the app stores with infinite distribution

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Mobile app developers face a lot of friction when it comes to getting people to use their apps. They have to advertise the app and get a user to touch the ad, download the app, and then start to use it. But 1APP wants to address that by making apps infinitely distributable. Raheel Hasan, CEO of 1APP, spoke about this at our recent GamesBeat Summit 2017 event in a lightning talk. He noted how app distribution hasn’t changed much in the past 10 years, and the cost of advertising apps has skyrocketed. 1APP has virtualized Android in the cloud so that you can access the app or game instantly. When you tap on a link in an ad, you can instantly play the game. These links can appear anywhere, such as a Twitter stream, and you ca... Read More
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The Tricky Ethics of Big Pharma Soft-Selling on Soap Operas

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Anna Devane lies in a hospital bed surrounded by doctors, one of whom just told her she has cancer. “It’s a scary word, right? We can all admit that,” says a second doctor, Robin Scorpio, who also happens to be Devane’s daughter. This cancer is rare, says the first doctor, and somewhat different. People with the condition, called polycythemia vera, make too many blood cells. This, adds a third doctor, explains Devane’s recent migraines.“So how do we treat it? Is it … radiation? Chemo?” Devane’s voice cracks. Remarkably, no. The first doctor, a husky-voiced practitioner named Hamilton Finn, tells Devane she needs only a prescription blood thinner and regular phlebotomy—blood letting. Anna shows relief, then irr... Read More
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Mark Cuban leads $1.5 million round in SaaS management tool Meta SaaS

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As companies gradually shift to the cloud, they naturally pile on Software as a Service (SaaS) subscriptions. Meta SaaS wants to help these companies better manage these various subscriptions, saving them money along the way by pointing out underutilized services. The Austin, Texas-based startup came out of stealth mode today and announced a seed round of $1.5 million, led by serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban. With companies paying for and using SaaS applications like Salesforce, DocuSign, Asana, and Box, keeping track of... Read More
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Work management startup Smartsheet raises $52.1 million, claims a $852 valuation

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Smartsheet, which provides a software as a service (SaaS) to help businesses better manage and automate their productivity tools, announced today funding of $52.1 million in a round led by Insight Venture Partners. Businesses use Smartsheet to assign tasks, track project progress, manage calendars, share documents, and manage other types of work. The service integrates with various business systems and cloud applications such as Atlassian, Box, and Salesforce to enable seamless data sharing. According to Smartsheet’s CEO, Mark Mader, nearly 70,000 customers use the platform, including Netflix, Aramark, NBC Universal, Sony Music, and Comcas... Read More
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Consultancies are taking out ad agencies … and upending ad-tech and mar-tech

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Marketing technology and advertising technology firms have heard the distant rumble of the herd of elephants for what feels like years: Consultancies like IBM, Accenture, PwC, and Deloitte would be coming onto the scene. And now it feels like this has finally come to fruition. It’s an odd moment for ad-tech and mar-tech companies, both public and private. The agencies often represented in this industry are both “creative” and “services” at their core, regardless how deep they dive into the world of data and analytics. The platforms in our space have also become used to the aggregation of spend, inefficiency, and largesse of these agen... Read More
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Why every worker needs a virtual assistant

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Nuclear technology can power an entire city or flatten it. Artificial intelligence is similar, in that it can be used as a tool for great good or a weapon for greater evil. For example, we’ve all read those gloomy reports about AI causing mass unemployment — but they assume that AI will entirely replace people in the affected jobs and that AI will rapidly advance to allow a totally autonomous enterprise. False, all of it. The truth is that AI can’t do the all of the work even when it comes to jobs that have high potential for automation. Most jobs still require some amount of human intelligence, and employers want to make the best use of it possible. Rather than pitting man against machine, the real challenge for business ... Read More
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Kristian Segerstrale, maniacal laughter, and what Google I/O means for marketers – VB Engage

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In this week’s episode, Stewart and Travis discuss how Google’s announcements at its I/O event will affect marketers and marketing this year, and we also discuss how AI is helping B2B markets. We then get to interview the awesome Super Evil Megacorp’s Kristian Segerstrale, who gives us the lowdown on how to create amazing communities and how to sound like an evil genius. And don’t forget: You can win a Huawei MediaPad M3 tablet in our fantastic giveaway, details of which you can find at the end of this article. ... Read More
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Chef’s compliance updates let developers move fast without breaking things

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Chef is making it easier for developers to continuously develop new features without breaking the applications they’re working on. To further that goal, the company today announced a set of new features aimed at streamlining the process of deploying secure and compliant code. The company’s Automate continuous integration platform gained support for automatically validating security and compliance policies. It’s a feature that’s supposed to make compliance easier by ensuring that developers’ work matches policies, like ensuring the use of specific software packages. It’s all based on InSpec, an open source project designed to allow companies to express their comp... Read More
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Helios and Matheson Analytics and RedZone Acquire License to Facial Recognition Technology from Israeli Biometrics Technology Company, IsItYou™

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RedZone MapTMto Integrate Facial Recognition Technology with Its Proprietary Artificial Intelligence Solution to Enhance Situational Awareness MIAMI & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 23, 2017– Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc. (NASDAQ:HMNY) and RedZone, creator of the RedZone Map™ navigation app, a tool for situational awareness and enhancement of personal safety, announced today that Helios and Matheson Analytics has acquired global licensing rights to IsItYou’s facial recognition technology in the field of crime and terrorism for integration with RedZone Map. This Smart News Release feature... Read More
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Global smartphones sales up 9% in Q1 but Apple and Samsung losing ground to Chinese brands

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The global smartphone market is growing, but the spoils of this surge are not going to Apple and Samsung. Instead, a trio of Chinese smartphone makers that are gobbling up market share are responsible for most of this growth, according to a new report from Gartner. Apple’s smartphone sales were flat in Q1, a victory of sorts for a company that has seen sales fall for much of 2016. Samsung, by contrast, watched its sales tumble. While these numbers highlight the global challenges the two market leaders face, it also means their problems in China, a once-promising market, are likely growing more acute. The next three biggest brands are Chinese na... Read More
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Long Game raises $6.6 million to gamify savings

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Buying a lottery ticket is fun and easy, and for many people, winning a jackpot is the only time they’ll ever put some money away. Face it, planning for and actually saving money just isn’t as enjoyable. Long Game wants to change that by rewarding individuals when they open a savings account, and announced today new funding of $6.6 million to further its mission. “Forty percent of Americans have no savings, 70 percent have less than $1,000 in savings, and 63 percent can’t cover an unexpected $500 expense,” wrote Long Game’s founder and CEO Lindsay Holden, in a statement. ”Yet Americans spend almost $70 billion on lottery t... Read More
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Debrief: Keeping busy with Phil Rugile

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There’s never a dull moment when you’re Phil Rugile, who pulls double duty as director of the hyperactive LaunchPad Huntington and as “human capital strategist” at eGifter, the Huntington-based digital gifting/corporate prepaid solutions specialist that remains one of Long Island’s great innovation success stories. When Innovate LI last Debriefed the media-savvy entrepreneur, LaunchPad Hunti... Read More
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The Best Kids Craft Subscription Boxes

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Our pick Koala Crate Bright, fun projects and more original ideas make this the best pick for kids 3 to 5, who are developing their creativity and fine motor skills. ... Read More
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How Anker is beating Apple and Samsung at their own accessory game

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Steven Yang quit his job at Google in the summer of 2011 to build the products he felt the world needed: a line of reasonably priced accessories that would be better than the ones you could buy from Apple and other big-name brands. These accessories — batteries, cables, chargers — would solve our most persistent gadget problem by letting us stay powered on at all times. There were just a few problems: Yang knew nothing about starting a company, building consumer electronics, or selling products. “I was a software engineer all my life at Google. I didn’t know anyone in the electronics manufacturing world,” Yang tells me over Skype from his office in Shenz... Read More
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3 types of artificial intelligence, but only 2 are valid

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For all of the visions of robots taking over the world, stealing jobs and outpacing humans in every facet of existence, we haven’t seen many cases of AI drastically changing industries or even our day-to-day lives just yet. For this reason, media and AI deniers alike question whether true broad-scale AI even exists. Some go as far as to conclude that it doesn’t. The answer is a bit more nuanced than that. Current AI applications can be broken down into three loose categories: Transformative AI, DIY (Do It Yourself) AI, and Faux AI... Read More
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4 reasons why Tezos could be the Netscape of the blockchain

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I’ve often made parallels between blockchain (Internet of Value) and Web (Internet of Information) in terms of the disruptive potential and societal benefits. They hold (though I do think blockchain will be bigger). Another parallel that is starting to emerge is one that, as a student of history, I’m aware we’ve seen many times over: the “speculative bubble.” Whether it’s the South Seas, Dutch Tulips, or simply Internet 1.0, investors who want a piece of the action jump on board and drive pr... Read More
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Get Ready for the Next Big Privacy Backlash Against Facebook

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Data mining is such a prosaic part of our online lives that it’s hard to sustain consumer interest in it, much less outrage. The modern condition means constantly clicking against our better judgement. We go to bed anxious about the surveillance apparatus lurking just beneath our social media feeds, then wake up to mindlessly scroll, Like, Heart, Wow, and Fave another day.But earlier this month, The Australian uncovered something that felt like a breach in the social contract: a leaked confidential document prepared by Facebook ... Read More
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VR’s high fidelity obsession is holding it back

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The virtual reality industry needs to temper its obsession for all things high fidelity. Last November, I pointed to underwhelming content as the biggest threat to the VR industry. You know, the kind of experiences that woo you with novelty but fail to hook you in for another ride — which is the story for the majority of VR content. And earlier this month, I also covered WebVR gaming and have tried to push it forward as the sweet spot that developers and publishers should be prioritizing. But for that ... Read More
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Can Zillow ‘Uber-ize’ the hundred-billion-dollar real estate brokerage?

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Earlier this month, when Zillow announced a record high quarter, projecting to surpass a billion dollars in revenue by the end of this year, many wondered whether the company, with its 75 percent online real estate audience market share and ... Read More
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Why Destiny 2 is on Blizzard’s launcher, not Steam

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Destiny 2 is coming to PC … eventually, but it’s not coming to Steam. But this doesn’t signify that Activision Blizzard is preparing to battle Valve over selling third-party games. Bungie unveiled Destiny 2 yesterday, and the blockbuster game studio revealed that the PC version of the sci-fi cooperative shooter is due out on just the Blizzard app at some point in the future (the studio did not confirm that Destiny 2 will hit PC alongside the console versions on September 8). This means that you’ll find it sitting with Hearthstone, Overwatch, and World of Warcraft on Battle.net — although Bl... Read More
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IBM tells thousands of remote employees to come back to office or find new jobs

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Enlarge / IBM's deadline for remote employees to decide if they're willing to relocate to keep their jobs has arrived.Coolcaesar/Wikimedia ... Read More
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MSD submits application for approval of type-2 diabetes drug combining selective DPP-4 inhibitor and selective SGLT2 inhibitor

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2017 News Releases MSD submits application for approval of type-2 diabetes drug combining selective DPP-4 inhibitor and selective SGLT2 inhibitor May 19, 2017 Tokyo, May 19, 2017 -MSD K.K. (President: Jannie Oosthuizen; “MSD”) and Astellas Pharma Inc. (President and CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka; “Astellas”) today announced that MSD has submitted an application for marketing approval of a combination drug of the DPP-4 inhibitor sitagliptin phosphate hydrate (brand name: JANUVIA® Tablets) and the SGLT2 inhibitor ipragliflozin L-Proline (brand name: Suglat® Tablets) for the treatment of type-2 diabetes in Japan.... Read More
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Why live chat is failing — and how chatbots fill the void

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When was the last time you spoke to a live chat that was actually live, responded instantly, and did not ask for your email identity to get back to you shortly? You know what I’m talking about. It’s frustrating, but who’s to blame — the humans on the other side? Not so fast. There’s more going on here than meets the eye. Why live chat fails Above: Sh... Read More
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How Tencent’s WeGame is changing to compete with Steam in China

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The world’s largest gaming company is taking on the world’s largest gaming platform. The number of Chinese Steam users has reached 17 million, based on SteamSpy. With its current growth rate, it’s just a matter of time before it surpasses the US and become the biggest national community on the world’s largest gaming platform. Meanwhile, on April 20, the world’s biggest gaming company, Tencent, officially announced that its Tencent Games Platform will be renamed Tencent WeGame, and will no longer host web or mobile games but instead only focus on PC client and standalone games. We are about to s... Read More
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Where data ends, the real business intelligence begins

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By GREGORY ZELLER // In the Big Data era, simply having data isn’t enough – it’s what you do with it that counts. That’s the thinking behind SFL Scientific LLC, a 2015 startup that puts the intelligence in “business intelligence” by not only crunching numbers, but helping clients understand what the algorithms and other data-driven discoveries really mean – and how best to capitalize on them. Technically headquartered in Boston, but with the bulk of its operations based in Huntington, the industry-agnostic data-science consultancy is very much “a traditional kind of professional-service consulting firm,” according to cofounder and CEO Michael... Read More
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Remembering a visionary, Spectronics co-founder Bill Cooper

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Bill Cooper was ahead of his time, coming up with ideas for products made with ultraviolet light long before they caught on. He came up with using ultraviolet light to detect counterfeit bills and to detect air conditioning leaks in cars. Those products caught on worldwide, as he helped turn ultraviolet light into a tool for safety and efficiency – and helped grow his firm to about 180 employees – with jobs currently open for another ten. Cooper, the co-founder and CEO of Spectronics and a visionary entrepreneur whose products are used around the world from automobiles to counterfeit detection, died recently. A Lloyd Harbor resident whose firm is based in Westbury, Cooper passed away on March 27 of heart failu... Read More
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Destiny 2’s beta is coming this summer

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You won’t have to wait until September to see if Destiny 2 improves upon the original. Bungie gave the world its first good look at the sequel to its online shooter during a streamed event today that showed off gamplay and introduced new features like clans. But the developer also revealed that gamers will get to try Destiny 2 for free in beta form this summer ahead of its September 8 launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Bungie did not give a specific date... Read More
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Clogging the ‘brain drain’ … with wine?

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Don’t whine when you can wine. That was one of the big ideas Wednesday, when a select group of educators, hospitality professionals and economic-development experts – each with a particular interest in addressing Long Island’s infamous “brain drain” – toured several East End winemaking facilities. Arranged by the Long Island regional office of the Workforce Development Institute, the field trip was designed to help insiders understand the workforce needs and career opportunities inherent to the Island’s burgeoning wine industry – information they can share with students and others who might... Read More
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ICO investigating big data analytics in politics

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for the United Kingdom has begun an investigation into the political use of private data, specifically in relation to data analytics used in the Brexit referendum. The investigators will also review activity in the current general election campaign. The issue at hand is whether or not voters’ privacy is compromised when data analytics firms collect information from social media sites (including Facebook and Twitter) to infer an individual’s political leanings, and used that data to create targeted advertising campaigns. In an ... Read More
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Plarium brings Skynet upon us with Terminator Genisys mobile game

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Skynet is upon us. Are you for it or against it? The artificial intelligence network that takes over the world in The Terminator films has now arrived on our mobile phones in the form of Terminator Genisys: Future War, a new mobile game for iOS and Android. Tel Aviv, Israel-based Plarium is launching the clan-based massively multiplayer online (MMO) strategy game, which pits man against machine in a global battle for the fate of humanity. Plarium has expanded the narrative that follows the conclusion of the Terminator Genisys Skyd... Read More
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Social Native raises $8 million for user-created advertisements

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Social Native has created a marketplace for connecting brands with content creators who can create authentic social media assets that promote those brands. And that in turn has enabled Social Native to raise $8 million from investors including SoftBank Capital. The Los Angeles startup is one of those that positioned for the era known as the “creator economy,” a term coined by futurist Paul Saffo to describe our shift from consumers of content to creators of content. Social Native is working... Read More
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Xontogeny, a New Accelerator Operating Company, Launches with a $25 Million Series A Financing to Advance Early Stage Life Sciences Technology through Clinical Proof-of-Concept

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– Chris Garabedian to Serve as Chairman and CEO –– Perceptive Advisors is Exclusive Investor and Joins Board as Strategic Partner – BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 18, 2017– Xontogeny LLC, a new life sciences accelerator operating company focused on the early development of pharmaceuticals and other technologies, today announced the closing of a $15 million tranche of a $25 million Series A financing. Thi... Read More
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How VR can go from fad to phenomenon for brands

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Both entertainment and technology play pivotal roles in allowing brands to connect with people. From the first TV ad for a luxury watch that aired just over 75 years ago, to the now commonplace practice of tailoring content in real-time and delivering customer services via Twitter. With virtual reality becoming the tech du-jour, brands are trying to experiment with the medium and see what’s possible. (Emphasis on the word ‘experiment’). Activations currently tend to be on offer at specific events, with limited audiences. The more successful ones, from Samsung Gear’s bicoastal ... Read More

Hands-on with the zany Arms for the Nintendo Switch

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What would happen if you stuck some boxing gloves on the end of some really long springs and used those as a character’s arms in a video game brawler? That, in a nutshell, is the zany idea behind Arms for the Nintendo Switch. JC Rodrigo, manager of product marketing at Nintendo Treehouse, said in an interview that Arms is a game of skill that will take many hours to master. The title debuts on June 16, and I was able to play it and film some people playing at a preview session. Arms is a rare original Nintendo game that isn’t based on a previous franchise like Zelda or Mario. And it’s the kind of title that could ... Read More
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Nintendo reaches for a brand new hit on the Switch with Arms

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Nintendo has proven it can hook its fans with games based on its familiar Zelda and Mario Kart franchises. But the new brawling title Arms for the Switch will be a major test about whether Nintendo can attract new fans to its game console with a brand new idea. From what I’ve seen in a hands-on preview, Arms is surprisingly fun for such a simple idea. In the third-person fighting game, you get into a punchfest with another player using extendable arms. At a preview event in San Francisco, Nintendo showed off some new game modes and characters that show that Arms has gameplay depth. The final game debuts on the Switch on June ... Read More
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7 roles chatbots could play in media and entertainment

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One of the more fun assertions you hear tossed around nowadays is “Chatbots will kill apps, websites, and basically everything else, too” — except, it seems, email. Having been in the marketing business for a couple of decades now, I read and listen to these convictions with a compassionate smile. As an example of why I’m a little mor... Read More
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Hicks Nurseries and Smile Farms grow together

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Spring is in full swing at Hicks Nurseries in Westbury, Long Island. This past March, Hicks hosted their 27th Annual Flower and Garden Show as a charity event for a great cause, Smile Farms. The proceeds from the event will help Smile Farms build more greenhouse facilities. Smile Farms started 15 years ago when Jim McCann, Founder and CEO of 1-800-flowers.com, and Chris McCann, President of 1-800-flowers.com, built a greenhouse to give disabled adults the opportunity of employment. The McCanns’ brother, Kevin, lived in a group home that was having difficulty finding jobs for their residents. “The organization really surrounds itself around Kevin,” said Monica Martinez, Development and Community Relations Manager at Sm... Read More
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Google gives developers more monetization options with Payment API, redesigned AdMob, and Play store ads

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While Google’s Marketing Next conference is next week, the company had some developer-specific ads news to share at its I/O 2017 developer conference. The company highlighted three improvements for developers: the Google Payment API, a redesigned AdMob, and Google has expanded its payment solutions with the Google Payment API, which lets merchants and developers offer their users to pay with credit and debit cards saved to their Google Account. Payment options include a credit or a debit card previously saved via Android Pay, a payment card used to transact on the Play Store, or a form of pay... Read More
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Christine Bragale discusses humanitarian crisis in South Sudan

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To discuss humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, CGTN’s Susan Roberts spoke to Christine Bragale, media relations director and acting VP of marketing and communications at Mercy Corps.Follow CGTN America:Twitter: @cgtnamericaFacebook: @cgtnamericaGoogle+: CctvamericaTvnewsWashington, DC (and greater area)• MHz - Channel 3• COMCAST (Xfinity) - Channel 273• FIOS - Channel 277New York City• Time Warner - Channel 134• FiOS (Verizon) - Channel 277Los Angeles• Charter Cable - Channel 562• Time Warner - Channel 155Satellite Nationwide• DISH TV - Channel 279... Read More
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Microsoft and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds join E3’s PC Gaming Show

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PC gaming isn’t ceding the Electronic Entertainment Expo tradeshow to consoles, and it is even getting some of the biggest names in the industry to fill out its stage presentation. Xbox and the popular Battle Royale-like online shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds are joining the PC Gaming Show at E3. At 10 a.m. Pacific time on Monday, June 12, PC Gamer (a magazine and website that covers computer gaming) will take over The Theater at the Ace hotel in Los Angeles for an event that will feature news from Intel, Arma developer Bohemia Interactive, and more. This shows how Microsoft is attempting to further its presence in the PC-gaming space.... Read More
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Software testing platform QASymphony raises $40 million

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Agile software testing company QASymphony has raised $40 million in a series C round of funding led by New York’s Insight Venture Partners. Founded out of Atlanta, Georgia, in 2011, QASymphony offers a range of testing and quality assurance (QA) tools designed to improve efficiency and collaboration during the entire software testing phase. Its flagship QTest platform, which can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, enables dev teams to organize their testing schedule and activities, while serving up charts and graphs that highlight where the main problems lie. The company claims around 400 customers in 20 countries, including Salesforce, Cisco, Adobe, Sams... Read More
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San Francisco Tries to Ban Delivery Robots Before They Flatten Someone’s Toes

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A little more than a month after a startup announced it was unleashing robots to deliver food to San Franciscans, a city lawmaker wants them curbed.Marble’s robot is technically semi-autonomous, as a human operator monitors each robot in case it gets in any trouble. But that’s not good enough for San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee, who just proposed legislation to ban delivery robots of all types, saying they’re a public safety hazard. While he isn’t aware of robots tangling with humans on the sidewalks of San Francisco yet, that’s not the point. “For me to wait for something to happen is silly,” Yee says, “because I think it’s going to happen.” Unlike self-driving cars, autonomous delivery robots roll ... Read More

WordPress begins testing first TV ads in 6 markets

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WordPress apparently isn’t satisfied with being the content management system for more than a quarter of the websites on the internet. So, to get more users, it’s going beyond the web to find them. The company unveiled its first TV ads today and said they were currently being shown in limited runs in six text markets, though it did not unveil which markets. The five ads in this series are built around the theme “Free to be” and each profiles a local or small business user in Detroit. On his personal blog, Matt Mullenweg, CEO of WordPress parent company ... Read More
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5 best tips to speed up your app for mobile immediacy (VB Live)

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No matter how shiny it is, if your mobile app doesn’t start up in five seconds, you’ll start to churn players. Join this VB Live event for a deep dive into best practices, including balancing rich content and speed, optimizing load time, and more. Don’t miss out! Register here for free. A responsive mobile website — that’s do or die. But an app is some next-level action. You get your hands on all the features a smartphone can deliver — geo-awareness, more sophisticated touchscreen applica... Read More
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Equity crowdfunding is 1 year old today, Wefunder is top platform

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Since Regulation Crowdfunding began on May 16 last year, 335 companies have filed offering documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to fundraise on securities-based crowdfunding platforms. Of those companies, 43 percent were funded, 30 percent failed, and the remainder are still open and trying to get funding. The total capital committed to date on these platforms is in excess of $40 million, with the average successful crowdfunding campaign raising around $282,000 from about 312 investors. The most recent quarter saw the greatest number of companies file with the SEC. This signals that issuers might finally be catching on to the opportunity that Regulation Crowdfunding holds. ... Read More
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Extending the long arm of life-sciences law

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Sensing a “tipping point” for New York-based scientific research, a prominent Long Island law firm has upped its life sciences game. Melville-based Carter, DeLuca, Farrell & Schmidt LLP has executed what senior partner and co-founder Raymond Farrell called a “significant expansion” of the firm’s Life Sciences Practice Group, adding “two of the highest quality PhD/JD patent attorneys around” after a years-long search. Those attorneys are John Resek and Carmella Stephens, both of whom possess that ... Read More
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Venture Atlanta Seeks the Best and Brightest Southeast Tech Innovators, Announces Call for Companies for 2017 National Investor Conference

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Venture Atlanta Reaches $1.8 Billion Milestone as it Celebrates 10th Anniversary ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2017– Commemorating its 10th anniversary this year, Venture Atlanta today announced it has opened its 2017 call for presenters. The announcement is an invitation to innovating tech companies in the Southeast to vie for the chance to take the stage in October, engage with funding and tech ecosystem mover... Read More

Biz Stone rejoins Twitter to ‘guide the company culture’

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Twitter cofounder Biz Stone is rejoining the company in a role helping to “guide the company culture.” His position is a new one and he’s adamant that he isn’t replacing anyone. The move comes six years after first leaving to join fellow cofounder Evan Williams on Medium. At one of Twitter’s famous Tea Time traditions where guest speakers address employees, chief executive Jack Dorsey asked Stone whether he would be interested in rejoining the company. Stone initially demurred, but during a... Read More
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Markley and Cray introduce supercomputing as a service

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Cray, Inc. has teamed up with Markley, a leading data center and cloud service provider, to offer supercomputing as a service. Through this partnership, Markley customers will have the ability to access Cray supercomputing technologies, which Markley will provide as a hosted service. The two companies will work together to develop customized solutions for specific industries and clients. The first industry-specific solution addresses the need for supercomputing power in the field of life sciences. The Cray Urika-GX for life sciences is a pre-integrated hardware-software solution created specifically for life sci... Read More
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Amaranth Medical Provides Clinical and Commercial Update on 115-micron APTITUDE Sirolimus-Eluting Bioresorbable Scaffold

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– Late-breaker and Symposium at EuroPCR will Review Results 9-Months Post Implantation – – Partnerships and other funding sources under consideration to support 2018 launch – MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2017– Amaranth Medical, a medical device company developing next-generation bioresorbable scaffolds for the interventional cardiology market, presented nine-month follow-u... Read More
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Terminus Announces Top 45 Account-Based Marketing Superheroes for 2017

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Leading B2B marketing technology company announces the second annual list of influencers and practitioners driving innovation with account-based marketing LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 16, 2017– Terminus, the leading account-based marketing (ABM) platform, today announced the list of the ... Read More
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How bots will build tomorrow’s businesses

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The year is 2027. Sonya, an entrepreneur, is setting out to establish her own business. After researching and analyzing market opportunities, she decides to create an ecommerce business selling vintage coffee makers to the aging millennial market — now a nostalgic item because of automatic kitchens. Here’s how Sonya puts a variety of bots to work to make it happen. Education Sonya has recently finished her Masters in Automated Business Administration (MABA), which equips business professionals to coordinate bots for unique business purposes and manage mixed workforces.  She starts by identifying the type of business bots she will need for this new venture. Strategy With help from a Strategy Bot, Sony... Read More
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Pirates pirate Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and demand ransom from Disney

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Sega wants to revitalize its ‘dormant IPs’ while focusing more on PC

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For the first time in many years, Sega seems like it has a strong vision for how it wants to approach the gaming industry. And it is now openly explaining what that vision means. In a presentation to investors, Sega revealed its “Road to 2020” mission statement. The company detailed a future where it revitalizes dormant properties (IP), expands its existing gaming brands, and builds new IPs — especially for the PC market in North America and Europe. This comes on the heels of a successful fiscal 2017 where the Persona 5 and Total War: Warhammer publisher ... Read More
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Simms, Esiason team with Investors Bank

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Phil Simms, the famed former New York Giants quarterback, will be donning a green jersey as part of his newest team – but it isn’t the New York Jets. Investors Bank is launching a marketing campaign with former NFL quarterbacks and broadcasters Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms targeting businesses with $10 million or more in annual earnings. The Short Hills, N.J.-based bank with Long Island branches last week launched the campaign with prime time spots during Dancing With the Stars and The Voice. The spots will also run on local and cable news programming, radio, billboards, digital and social media and the bank will be the featured sponsor for the “Investors Bank Quote of the Day” on New York Mets broadcasts on... Read More
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Former Disney leader will guide NBCUniversal into mobile games

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Disney has staged a big retreat from internally built games. And NBCUniversal is going to benefit from that, as it has hired Disney’s former mobile games leader Chris Heatherly to lead a new mobile game and virtual reality publishing group. It’s a recognition that mobile games, which are expected to grow to $46.2 billion in 2017, are a big business, and that the film and TV businesses aren’t growing like they once were. NBCUniversal’s Universal Brand Development is announcing today that it will expand its strategic focus on games and build an organization to self-p... Read More
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Aquantia’s chips will enable blazing-fast local area network games

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Aquantia is introducing new network interface cards (NICs) that can transfer data on local networks and enterprise at multiple gigabits per second. In doing so, the company is speeding up the flow of data at the edge of the networks, such as PCs in enterprises or networks of gaming machines that are wired together. While many Ethernet cable connections have been stuck at 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), Aquantia and its rivals are enabling transfer speeds of 2.5 Gbps to 10 Gbps. Today, San Jose, Calif.-based Aquantia is introducing its AQtion AQN-107 and AQtion AQN-108 NICs for high-performance PCs, professional workstations and other traffic-intensive platforms demanding a ... Read More
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Scientist who works for Nuclear Regulatory Commission wins Miss USA title

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada -- Kara McCullough, a scientist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, has been crowned Miss USA.McCullough, who represented the District of Columbia in the decades-old pageant, was born in Naples, Italy, and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She said she wants to inspire children to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. "I love science," McCullough said after the Sunday event. "I look at this as a great opportunity to ... get to experience worldwide culture, as well as just having the opportunity to be impacted by so many children, hopefully in the math and sciences."McCullough bested 50 other contestants and will represent the U... Read More

Terminus Raises $10.3M in Series B Funding to Fuel Account-Based Marketing Revolution

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Fastest growing software company in Atlanta will add more than 100 jobs in the next 18 months to expand leadership position in ABM. ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 15, 2017– Terminus, the leading account-based marketing (ABM) platform, today announced a $10.3 million Series B growth investment. The round was co-led by Atlanta Ventures and Edison Partners, which also led the ... Read More
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What businesses are failing to see about AI

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Robots will wipe out 6 percent of existing U.S. jobs by 2021, according to a new report from market research firm Forrester. But that doesn’t mean unemployment lines will soon wrap around the block. Even the most sophisticated algorithms and machine learning technologies can’t replicate human creativity and ingenuity. As machines take over rote tasks, employees will have more time for ... Read More
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How automotive assistants will become intelligent co-pilots

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Assistants here, assistants there, assistants everywhere. The tech world seems agog about building everyone’s new virtual best friend, ready to tirelessly serve our practical needs and whimsical desires anytime and anywhere. After decades of science fiction visions about a future when intelligent machines with pleasant, reassuring voices effortlessly answer their master’s most pressing questions and blithely fulfill any request, 21st Century technology has finally tipped over the point where futuristic fantasies could soon become reality. Some might argue that soon is right now. ... Read More
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How to find a job in one of Latin America’s tech hubs

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I’ve lived in Santiago, Chile for six years, and in just this short time I’ve witnessed Latin America’s tech ecosystem grow by leaps and bounds. Programs like Start-Up Chile, 500 Startups: Latam, and NXTP Labs are seeding Latin America’s tech ecosystem and providing incredible resources for local entrepreneurs. Thanks to these programs, and many others, I’ve seen a surge in not only Latin American companies launching for local markets but also in US startups opening offices here, alon... Read More
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The sooner you know about decentralization, the better you can adapt

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The news made the rounds in early April. “America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever” read a Bloomberg headline. “These 21 Retailers Are Closing 3,591 Stores — Who Is Next?” wrote Forbes. It felt like the end of an era for many. Back in 1998, I worked at a company called Snickelways (... Read More
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Marketers: Are you ready for Canada’s July 1 spam law?

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Canada has been called the “Great White North,” but starting July 1, it’s also poised to become the Great Spam-Free North. That’s when Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) – one of the toughest laws of its kind in the world – reaches the end of a three-year transition period and its “private right of action” provisions take effect. This means anyone who receives an unsolicited commercial electronic message — including emails, text messages, instant messages, and direct messages on social media — can pursue legal action against the sender. Fines are $200 per message, in addition to millions of dollars in penalties that the Ca... Read More
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Can Google’s 20% time really work for your startup?

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Google’s 20 percent time is one of the most famous, and arguably successful, management practices of all time. In their 2004 IPO letter, Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin revealed that the policy of allowing employees to take time out of their core jobs to be creative and experimental had led to some of the company’s most successful products. AdSense, which now accounts for about 25 percent of Google’s total revenue, Gmail, Google Transit and Google News were all born out of 20 percent time. Facebook, LinkedIn and Apple have all implemented their own versions of 20 percent time, but as huge and highly successful technology companies ... Read More
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Vreal CEO Todd Hooper on the joys of VR livestreaming

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Todd Hooper has shown up early at the virtual reality party. He started Vreal in Seattle to create a livestreaming platform for streamers to broadcast their gameplay in VR to spectators. It’s like Twitch, the livestreaming platform for PC gamers, and it is one of the ways that virtual reality will become more social. I tried it out in a demo using an HTC Vive VR headset at Vreal’s headquarters, and I was greeted by a big panda. It was Bryan Chu, vice president of marketing at Vreal. He was talking with his hands, and his avatar’s hands were moving all ... Read More
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Dealertrack Invests $50M into Long Island with High-Tech Headquarters in New Hyde Park

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New $50 million, 230,000 square foot headquarters will give Dealertrack the breathing space to continue to organically grow and evolve in an ever-changing marketplace. Long Island, NY - May 11, 2017 - With the Long Island economy limping its way to recovery, it’s refreshing to see a home-grown company that’s not only managing to survive, but thrive and grow; that’s something that Dealertrack, a Cox Automotive Company, knows how to do all too well, when the company ... Read More
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ProBeat: Microsoft’s Fluent Design System is boring, and that’s a good thing

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Microsoft revealed a lot this week at its annual Build developer conference. But to get a better sense of how the company wants to tie all its various apps, platforms, products, services, and devices together, look no further than the newly unveiled Microsoft Fluent Design System. These design guidelines are supposed to be an evolution of the company’s Metro/Modern UI design language, offering rules for software running on Windows 10. Microsoft says its goal is to help developers build more engaging apps and experi... Read More