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How AI will teach us to have more empathy

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“John, did you remember it’s your anniversary?” This message did not appear in my inbox and Alexa didn’t say it aloud the other day. I do have reminders on Facebook , of course. Yet, there isn’t an AI powering my life decisions yet. Some day, AI will become more proactive, assistive, and much smarter. In the long run, it will teach us to have more empathy — the great irony of the upcoming machine learning age. You can picture how this might work. In 2033, you walk into a meeting and an AI that connects to your synapses and scans around the room, ala Google Glass without the hardware. Because science has advanced so much, the AI knows how you are feeling. You’re tense. The AI uses facial recognition to determin... Read More
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Big opportunities in drone software: $565 million and climbing

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This year drones have turned from buzzword to a mature technology, bringing value across many industries (see the recent Economist long read on that) and representing an interesting investment opportunity. A number of VC firms have already jumped in, putting $454 million into 100 deals in 2016 alone, and both the amount of funding and the number of deals are on the rise, according to CB Insights. However, the hardware side of the drone ecosystem is becoming oversaturated. China’s DJI clearly dominates the market, and other Chinese manufacturers,... Read More
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Indie studio Ignited Artists aims for ‘Triple-I’ quality with Barbaric

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It’s been a while since I heard the phrase “Triple-I,” an independent game studio’s variation on “Triple-A” video games.Then again, there haven’t been that many indie game studios that can claim they’ve been working on a really high-quality title for a long time. But that’s how Scott Foe and Alessandro Tento, cofounders of Ignited Artists, are positioning their San Francisco game studio. The company recently unveiled Barbaric, a cooperative, multiplayer rogue-like dungeon-crawler. It has permanent death, and procedural adventures, mea... Read More
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Stop pissing off your users with push notifications (VB Live)

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Push notification missteps reduce open rates, retention, and engagement. But do it right, and it’s one most powerful and immediate engagement tools you have. Learn how to nail the messaging, timing, and frequency of push when you join this interactive VB Live event. Access this VB Live event on demand for free right here. Sixty-three percent of marketers can’t get the messaging, timing, and frequency of their push notification strategy right. That’s because push notifications are tricky: On the on... Read More
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The Best High Chairs

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Our pick IKEA Antilop This functional, compact, lightweight chair is easy to use and much easier to keep clean than high chairs that cost 10 times as much. At 7.9 pounds, the IKEA Antilop is much lighter, smaller, and easier to move around than most high chairs but still sturdy, durable, and comfortable. Its smooth plastic-and-steel con... Read More
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Air France is launching an airline for millennials, a generation that ‘inspired us a lot’

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LIPA approves 570 acres of solar projects

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The Long Island Power Authority just approved solar projects proposed for more than 570 acres in Calverton. The 10 planned solar installations in Calverton that LIPA gave the green light for Thursday would generate a total of 38.5 megawatts and create at least 250 construction jobs. The $98 million in pending property sales for the parcels earmarked for the new solar installations were brokered by Marie Zere of Ronkonkoma-based Zere Real Estate Services. Zere represents the two companies, Salt Lake City-based sPower and Juno, Fla.-based NextEra Energy Resources, that have signed contingency contracts for the Calverton properties that range in size from 25 acres to 115 acres. Their proposed solar installations, which ... Read More
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The rise of movies about boys with good playlists

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GamesBeat weekly roundup: Nintendo’s awful chat app, and Destiny 2’s OK beta

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I went to San Diego Comic-Con and ended up in Westworld

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How to pick the best accessories for your gaming PC

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ACETO Subsidiary, Rising Pharmaceuticals, Announces Product Launches

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PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., July 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ACETO Corporation (NASDAQ:ACET), an international company engaged in the development, marketing, sale and distribution of Human Health products, Pharmaceutical Ingredients and Performance Chemicals, today announced that Rising Pharmaceuticals, its finished dosage form generics subsidiary, recently launched: Ramipril Capsules, 1.25mg, 2.5mg, 5mg, and 10mg, an FDA-approved generic version of the reference listed drug, Altace® from Pfizer, which is indicated for the treatment of hypertension. Losartan Potassium Tablets, 25mg and 50mg, an FDA-approved generic version ... Read More
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The future of enterprise chatbots

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Enterprise chatbot adoption has reached what some would call a fever pitch. But the reality is that the capabilities and possibilities of chatbots are just beginning to be mined, and the space is expected to grow exponentially. Social media messaging platforms — with over three billion users between the four most popular messaging apps — are just the start; new functions for chatbots from enterprise businesses that recognize all they can gain by adopting chatbots into their conversational commerce toolset are constantly popping up. Wanting to know more, I sought out Murray Newlands, founder of enterprise chatbot platform ... Read More
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Xbox One console revenues have slowed, but software and services are strong

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Microsoft‘s gaming division generated $1.657 billion during its fiscal Q4, and that is up $44 million or 3 percent year-over-year. Xbox game sales and services picked up a lot of momentum and were more than enough to make up for a dip in revenues from hardware. Console sales are bringing in less cash for Microsoft as the average price for an Xbox One continues to fall. The company released the Xbox One S last year as part of an effort to protect the price on its system, and it will do something similar later this year when it launches... Read More
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How chatbots are helping ecommerce evolve

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The only constant thing in the ecommerce realm is change. Sometimes it comes in the form of passing fads, and at other times as a seismic shift. The rise of AI chatbots certainly falls into the latter category. They are part of a wider transition to automated business processes and systems that support customer service. The ultimate goal, of course, is to foster better shopping experiences and streamline a vast matrix of interactions. Some people even go as far as to say that chatbots are the future of the whole industry, which is, as you will see, not so far-fetched. The game has changed A chatbot is an automated program that simulates conversations, answers queries, and handles specific requests.... Read More
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Thinner Moto Z2 Force loses over 20% battery capacity; U.S. version has worst specs

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On July 25, Lenovo subsidiary Motorola is holding its next major product launch, where the star of the show will be the second member of the Moto Z2 family, the Moto Z2 Force (Moto Z2 Play was introduced in June). But while this 5.5-inch handset maintains the shatterproof 1440p Shattershield Super AMOLED POLED display that gives it its name, it may not feel like much of an upgrade from the original Z Force in some areas — especially to U.S. consumers. Thanks to marketing material shared with VentureBeat, the fullest picture yet of this flagship-class phone has materialized, with the biggest upgrades coming in the chipset and imaging departments. The Moto Z2 Force is powered by a Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, a step up from the ... Read More
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Rubie’s Costume Company Partners with Guidance to Accelerate B2B Growth

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New B2B Website Successfully Launched on Magento Commerce MARINA DEL REY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 20, 2017– Guidance, a customer centric commerce services provider (CSP) that enables retailers, branded manufacturers and distributors to accelerate growth, announced today that it has successfully launched Rubie’s Costume Company (Rubie’s) new B2B website, www.rubies.com. Rubie’s is a family owned and operated business and the largest des... Read More
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Corporate career to entrepreneur: How to prep for the leap

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After two decades in the workforce, Ohio businesswoman Deborah Wasylko found herself faced with the prospect of having to move to keep her job while dealing with challenges in her family life. Wasylko concluded that she had a choice: continue her corporate career or become an entrepreneur. “I decided to start a corporate gift company, because that’s what I love to do,” says Wasylko, the founder and president of Baskets Galore, which creates gift baskets for corporate clients. She had long been enthusiastic about visual design and making people feel cared for, she says, and her new venture touched on both interests. “It was my opportunity to re-engineer my career and follow my passion.” The allure of ... Read More
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Vimeo promotes Anjali Sud to CEO after year-long search

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Video hosting and streaming company Vimeo has finally found a permanent new CEO — more than a year after the previous chief, Kerry Trainor, stepped down. Anjali Sud, who served in a couple of positions at Vimeo since 2014, including head of global marketing and senior vice president and general manager of Vimeo’s creator business, will become the permanent replacement to Trainor. This also allows interim CEO Joey Levin to focus on his main duties as head of Vimeo’s parent company, IAC. “Vimeo is entering an exciting chapter with a renewed focus on the core value that makes our... Read More
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Instagram is pushing restaurants to be kitschy, colorful, and irresistible to photographers

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Tune’s new platform tackles mobile ad fraud

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Ad fraud, especially on mobile, is a huge problem. In fact, according to Forrester Research, ad fraud will reach the heady heights of $10.9 billion in wasted spend by 2021. Recently, mobile marketing company Tune analyzed 24 billion clicks to illustrate just how rampant mobile ad fraud is. The research showed that eight networks are 100 percent fraudulent, and only 23 of the 700 networks included in the study showed a clean bill of health. Today — at its annual Postback conference in Seattle — Tune has announced the release of ... Read More
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Tencent Cloud launches first European hub in Frankfurt

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Chinese cloud giant Tencent Cloud has announced its debut into the European market, opening a new regional hub at Interxion’s data centre campus in Frankfurt. According to a press release, Tencent selected the colocation facility as an ideal environment for its global customers looking to expand into Europe, as well as for European companies looking to adopt high-performance cloud solutions. ‘At Tencent we’ve been focused on enhancing and investing in our overseas cloud capabilities to meet the ever-increasing demand for secure and reliable cloud options,’ noted Wang Hu... Read More
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How Blizzard more than doubled its female interns in 1 year

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The video game community isn’t known for its gender diversity. With women making up just 22 percent of all game developers internationally, the industry really needs to welcome more women into the workforce. One company breaking that mold is Blizzard Entertainment... Read More
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Gary Nix, social video, and the state of machine learning — VB Engage

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In this week’s episode, Travis and Stewart discover just how much the field of machine learning, AI, and cognitive computing has grown over the past few years. And naturally, there’s a new AI-powered marketing technology to reveal this week too, as well as a conversation about LinkedIn and its video strategy. We then talk to the amazing Gary Nix about all things social, branding, and being authentic — something every company needs to focus on if they’re going to succeed. ... Read More
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Science, Politics, and the Ugliness Premium

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The first nineteen times that Henry Waxman, a California Democrat, ran for Congress, he won his seat with more than sixty per cent of the popular vote. That remarkable streak came to an end in 2012, the final election of his career, when he defeated his main rival, the independent Bill Bloomfield, by a comparatively small margin—fifty-four per cent to forty-six per cent. After serving nearly four decades in the House, during which he sponsored some six hundred pieces of legislation and chaired two powerful committees, Waxman came the closest he ever had to losing. But, ... Read More
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Amazon’s Treasure Truck is expanding into other cities

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Zynga and MGM are planning a Words With Friends TV show

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Zynga has teamed up with MGM Television to develop a primetime TV show based on Zynga’s Words With Friends puzzle game. There’s a trend to combine games with TV game shows, and it’s either a brilliant way to do cross marketing — or a doomed effort to save TV as millennials go online for their entertainment. Zynga is experimenting with new platforms to broaden the reach of Words With Friends, much like Activision Blizzard’s King division is doing with its new Candy Crush TV show. And the ... Read More
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Companies offer quirky perks like guitar lessons, tattoos

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Sabbaticals, massages, or a home maid service? Bike maintenance, tattoos or guitar lessons? Some small and medium-sized companies are offering quirky and enviable perks to try to attract and keep the best workers. The hundred staffers at marketing firm Velvet Media can periodically spend a month working at any of its offices — Denver, Tokyo, Bangkok or Venice, Italy — with the company paying their expenses, co-CEO Daniele Gatti says. Many businesses provide such out-of-the-norm perks because they want staffers to have a rewarding environment — something likely to resonate as people who deal with work email and respond to texts at all hours demand more satisfaction at work. “We extend work into employees’ li... Read More
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Now leading operations

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John Kalix is the new chief operating officer of North American Partners in Anesthesia. The Melville-based anesthesia and perioperative management company welcomed Kalix from GE Healthcare’s life sciences division for the United States and Canada, where he served as president. Kalix previously held leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson and Cardinal Health and is a past board member of the Global Healthcare Exchange LLC. At North American Partners in Anesthesia, Kalix will lead strategic initiatives targeted toward improving clinical and business outcomes across the organization. He will apply his extensive background in operations, marketing and strategic planning to his new role with the company, which has been ar... Read More
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Nimble Named #1 in Sales Intelligence Customer Satisfaction and High Performer by G2 Crowd

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Nimble Tops Customer Satisfaction in Sales Intelligence and CRM 3 Years in a Row SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 19, 2017– Nimble, the pioneer of Social Sales and Marketing CRM, has been named ... Read More
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LiveStories raises $10 million to help you access public health and census data

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LiveStories, which provides software that simplifies access to civic data on poverty, health, economics, and more, today announced that it has raised $10 million in funding. Ignition Partners led the round, with participation from returning investors True Ventures and Founders Co-Op. The Seattle-based startup sources data from federal, state, and local governments, including The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census, and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. “The civic data workflow is fragmented across multiple tools and vendors,” wrote LiveStories founder and CEO Adnan Mahmud, in an email to VentureBeat. “For example, you might... Read More
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DeepMind’s founder says to build better computer brains, we need to look at our own

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Long Island Press Returning To Print In September

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Schneps Communications announced Wednesday with great pride that it will relaunch the print edition of the Long Island Press as a monthly news and lifestyle publication on Sept. 1, 2017. The company is also excited to announce that John Kominicki has been hired as the new publisher and executive editor of the Press. In addition, Joanna Austin has been named associate publisher/senior vice president. The two join Timothy Bolger, a longtime Press reporter who was recently promoted to editor in chief, in preparing for the relaunch.  John Kominicki is the new publisher of the Long Island Press. “We are thrilled to have put together a power team to relaunch the beloved Long Island Press bra... Read More
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Plexchat raises $7 million to provide mobile chat platform for gamers

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Plexchat has raised $7 million in venture capital to build chat platform for mobile gamers. It may not sound that exciting or new, but the features in the chat platform are thoughtful, conceived from a gamer’s perspective, and that enabled the company to impress potential investors. The money comes from Raine Ventures as well as First Round Capital, Dream Incubator, London Venture P... Read More
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Zero Gravity Solutions Announces That Rik Miller, Former President of DuPont Crop Protection Has Been Named Its Senior Strategic Agricultural Advisor

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BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 19, 2017– Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc. (“ZGSI” or the “Company”) (Pink Sheets: ZGSI), an agricultural biotechnology public company commercializing its technology derived from and designed for Spac... Read More
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This probe paved the way for studying gravitational waves from space — and now it’s been shut off

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Comic-Con 2017 preview: superheroes and TV shows take on San Diego

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Augmented reality startup Blippar hopes to turn your face into a digital billboard

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Techstars selects 2 Chattanooga startups for its Atlanta accelerator program

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Two Chattanooga startup companies were picked to take part in Techstars Atlanta, an acclaimed “accelerator” program for budding businesses that marks its second year in Atlanta. The Chattanooga startups chosen were Collider Tech, which is developing a high-speed, 3-D printer for industrial use, and Rapid RMS, which makes cloud-based, point-of-sale software so gas stations, liquor stores and other retailers can replace their clunky cash register with a sleek, iPad computer tablet. Both companies have people commuting to Atlanta for the 90-day Techstars Atlanta program, which is housed at Ponce City Market. It promises that entrepreneurs who participate will “build their business network, receive individualized support ... Read More
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VentureBeat is hiring a strategic account director

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VentureBeat is looking for a passionate and consultative sales professional to help sell big, custom campaigns and integrated marketing solutions to leading business and technology brands. The Strategic Account Director will help drive VentureBeat’s online, custom, and events business, already at the epicenter of the startup ecosystem and wider digital-tech revolution, to further heights. The ideal candidate has at least five years of B2B experience in the technology media marketplace. This strategic sales executive will be an instant value creator with established contacts who will help VentureBeat expand the brand’s presence and business with new and existing strategic partners. This vital talent will be responsible for pro... Read More
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Amazon wants people to ‘smile’ at photos of users using Amazon products

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Amazon wants people to ‘smile’ at photos of users using Amazon products - 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||{};Chorus.wind... Read More
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GamesBeat 2017: Fresh faces and veterans join speaker roster

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GamesBeat 2017 will take place at San Francisco’s beautiful Fort Mason on October 5 and October 6. And our next trio of speakers features both fresh faces and veterans from the video game industry. Our speakers include Debbie Bestwick, CEO of award-winning veteran games developer and international games label, Team17. Bestwick started making games at age 17, and she cofounded Team17 in 1990 at the age of 20. Team17 hosts theWorms franchise, Aven Colony, The Escapists, Genesis Alpha One, Overcooked, Yoku’s Island Express, Yooka-Laylee, and Sword Legacy: Omen. Bestwick h... Read More
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Mobile game company N3twork acquires Agamemnon to create marketing platform

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Mobile game company N3twork has acquired Agamemnon, a mobile marketing business intelligence system. As part of the deal, user acquisition expert Eric Seufert will join N3twork to lead the company’s platform efforts. As an entrepreneur at Heracles, Eric built Agamemnon and worked with a large roster of clients across the mobile landscape. In his past professional roles, Seufert served as the vice president of user acquisition and network engagement at Rovio, the company that makes Angry Birds. He was also the head of marketing at social mobile game publisher Wooga. He is the author of Freemiu... Read More
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Twitch follows up Mister Rogers with a Crunchyroll anime marathon on July 27

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Soon you’ll be able to get your anime fix on the livestreaming platform Twitch, which just partnered with the anime hosting site Crunchyroll for a 5-day marathon starting on July 27. Though Twitch is known primarily for games, it’s also made a push into non-gaming content such as its video-blog section IRL. It also features channels for creative streams, like art and music, and it’s held successful non-gaming marathons before. In 2015, it streamed 403 episodes of ... Read More
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NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Nike launch augmented reality app

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The Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team has launched an augmented reality app in partnership with Nike. The fan app is the beginning of an eight-year global marketing and merchandise agreement between Nike and the National Basketball Association (NBA). The app lets fans personalize Sacramento Kings uniforms and virtually photograph themselves with star players. It’s another example of a company using a cool technology to give younger fans a better experience with an established brand. Through the Kings + Golden 1 Center app, the team’s new uniform comes to life through ... Read More

Zeta Global acquires Boomtrain to boost marketing with machine learning

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Zeta Global, a data-driven marketing company, has acquired email marketing firm Boomtrain to accelerate the creation of marketing powered by machine learning. New York-based Zeta Global raised $140 million earlier this year, and now it is spending some of that money to enhance its marketing cloud services. Boomtrain (which I used to send out my email newsletter) is a marketing technology platform that employs artificial intelligence to personalize messages across digital platforms. The ... Read More
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Alation raises $23 million for its data cataloging software

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Alation, which provides software that allows businesses to have a single source of reference for their data, today announced funding of $23 million, in a round led by Icon Ventures. New investor Harmony Partners, as well as existing investors Costanoa Ventures and Data Collective, also joined. Alation indexes enterprise databases like Teradata, business intelligence (BI) tools like Tableau, and file systems like Cloudera to simplify the search for data. “Much like Google crawls the public internet, the Alation data catalog automatically crawls, parses, and indexes all of an organization’s data and the logs of how data is used,” wrote Alation cofounder and CEO ... Read More
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StackRox Unveils First Container Security Platform That Adapts to Evolving Threats

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Startup Emerges from Stealth with Global 2000 Customers and Sequoia Capital Backing MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 18, 2017– StackRox today announced its platform delivering adaptive threat protection for container technologies, including Docker and Kubernetes. Co-founded in 2014 by industry veterans Sameer Bhalotra (former Sr. Director for Cybersecurity at the White House) and Ali Golshan (co-founder... Read More
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For 13 years, the Mike Weiss Gallery was a thriving member of the Chelsea art world, hosting over 100 exhibitions and participating in local group shows. But in October of last year, Weiss and his wife Virginia Martinsen decided to shutter their physical location. Rent was rising, nearby construction was becoming a major headache, and the ever-expanding number of art fairs was drawing attention and customers away from galleries. The woes of the Weiss Gallery are widespread. From London to ... Read More
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Oracle to add 1000 employees in EMEA cloud push

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Oracle Corporation, in its continuing transformation to a ‘Cloud First’ provider, will add 1000 employees to expand cloud computing services in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company has posted openings for mid-level (2-6 years experience) employees with experience in sales and marketing, finance, management, human resources and recruiting to staff sales departments throughout the EMEA region. The jobs are posted on the company website under t... Read More
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Doodle Jump bounces into casinos as a ‘gamblified’ game

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Doodle Jump has been downloaded more than 250 million times as a mobile game. But now it is headed into casinos as a “gamblified” game, where you can now win (or lose) money on it in real-money gambling competitions. Gamblit Gaming has teamed up with game publisher Lima Sky to take Doodle Jump into the casinos through Gamblit’s TriStation G-Sports platforms in early 2018. It is part of Gamblit’s ambition to modernize casinos for younger gamblers in an age of more engaging games. Glendale, Calif.-based Gamblit has a variety of arcade-like games that are live in several casino... Read More
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Is Your Boss Too Controlling? Many Employees Clash With Micromanagers

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Enlarge this image Micromanagement can kill motivation, employee creativity and job satisfaction. It's the biggest beef many workers have about their boss. sorbetto/iStock hide caption toggle caption... Read More
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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds beats GTA V’s peak Steam players record

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The last-player-standing shooter PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds isn’t just a breakout Early Access hit on Steam — it’s one of that PC gaming community’s most popular games ever. On Saturday, July 15, Battlegrounds hit 382,779 simultaneous players on Steam, which is a new record high for the game. That number is also the fourth highest for peak concurrent players in the history of Steam, which puts it ahead of Grand Theft Auto V‘s all-time high of 360,762 from its launch on PC in April 2015. GTA V is ... Read More
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Why Verst is building a mobile-first CMS (podcast)

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We’re still many years away from computers being able to write and create content at the level that humans can. But today there are a number of ways we can leverage artificial intelligence to help us write and publish smarter. This is the belief of AJ Frank, the chief executive of Verst. Frank is a technology and product veteran who’s worked at Uber, Twitter (Vine), and Google (YouTube) before coming on to lead Verst in 2016. Based in New York, Verst is building an ... Read More
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Amazon tanks Blue Apron’s stock with one trademark filing

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Blue Apron shares fell as much as 12 percent Monday following an ominous sign that Amazon is preparing a move into its niche market for meal-kit deliveries. On July 6, about a week after Blue Apron priced its IPO, Amazon applied to register a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the slogan “We do the prep. You be the chef.” The phrase could be a stand-in slogan for Blue Apron, which has registered “A better way to cook.” The application, ... Read More
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Retailers, brands see green for back-to-school shopping

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For the back-to-school season, many parents and their kids are thinking green. Concerns about the environment have them looking for secondhand clothing or fashions made from reused material — but price still rules. Shoppers want quality and style in backpacks, jeans and the like without spending a lot more money. Retailers like H&M, Target and J.C. Penney are coming out with more clothes that use waste from all sorts of sources, like recycled denim or leather, nylon waste, remnants of old garments, or even plastic bottles. J.C. Penney is delivering three styles of jeans this fall made from 20 percent polyester created from bottles under its Arizona brand, after seeing what it believes to be teen customers searching... Read More
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KEEN Growth Capital Appoints David Comeau as Venture Partner

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Leading Food And Wellness Venture Fund Adds Multinational Food Industry Expertise ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 17, 2017– KEEN Growth Capital (“KEEN”), a leading early-stage venture fund focused on better-for-you food and wellness brands, today announced the appointment of a new Venture Partner, David Comeau. Mr. Comeau, current founder and principal of DC50 Advisors and former President of Mondelez International Asia Pacific, enhances the leadership team of KEEN’s food industry experts. This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: ... Read More
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Your VR game will never scale without data (VB Live)

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VR game company Survios’ Raw Data became the first VR-exclusive game to reach #1 on Steam’s Global Top Sellers list. The secret? Data and analytics. Register now for our latest interactive VB Live event to learn how to turn data into winning VR games. Register here for free. “The question I always get is, ‘What is a numbers and statistical learning nerd doing in marketing?'” says Kiyoto Tamura, vice president of marketing at Treasure Data. “I feel like I’m on a personal journey to close the gap be... Read More
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Jon ‘Neverdie’ Jacobs raises Ethereum cryptocurrency to enable cross-platform online game avatars

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Jon “Neverdie” Jacobs has done some crazy things, like running for “President of Virtual Reality” and buying a virtual asteroid for $100,000 in real money in the online game Entropia Universe. Now his Neverdie company is trying to raise a ton of money via the Ethereum cryptocurrency through an initial coin offering (ICO) so that he can build cross-platform online game avatars. It may seem far out, but he has al... Read More
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3 reasons cryptocurrency prices are in free fall

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Whether it be Bitcoin or Ethereum, every cryptocurrency has suffered massive losses over the past several days. Prices have dropped to as low as 64 percent, bringing the entire cryptocurrency market cap down to $70 billion from $110 billion. Ethereum’s price has gone from $400 right down to $151 in about a month, leading investors to panic sell. On the... Read More
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Arcades never disappeared — they evolved

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The Lost Arcade is part documentary and part eulogy for the iconic New York video game arcade Chinatown Fair in all its messy beloved neon glory. People would embark on pilgrimages there to play the games they loved in a community that some described as family. Battles were fought through classic fighting games like Tekken, and rivalries were born. When Chinatown Fair shuttered its doors in 2011 after nearly 30 years, it felt personal for a lot of people. And it was personal — then-owner Sam Palmer was reluctant to sell and said that the arcade was where he belonged. Filmmakers Kurt Vincent and Irene Chin captured the emotional fallout in an intimate way in The Lost A... Read More
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CanJam is the event where headphone geeks come to meet their heroes

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Rants and Races: In Praise of the Humble Stick Pen

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I have loved Paper Mate’s Ballpoint Stick Pens for as long as I've been able to scribble. The narrow barreled pens fill office supply closets and junk drawers, pockets and purses, college dorms and the front desks of doctor's offices. In a world full of retractable, hybrid ink pens with ultra-cushioned finger pads, the simple stick pen is not remarkable for its technical qualities. Its ink stutters across the page. Its lightweight, plastic body is designed for the lowest common ergonomic denominator. Writing with it is like chiseling with a sharpened stone: It requires a not-insignificant amount of effort to produce marks on the page. But as is... Read More
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5 ways chatbots need to evolve before they go mainstream

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It’s hard to swing a $400 juicer in Silicon Valley these days without hitting a chatbot. Advances in artificial intelligence have enabled these talkative assistants to become a reality, and they’re now cropping up in many different forms. Facebook has greatly ... Read More
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In the VR wild west, data is your weapon (VB Live)

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The first VR-exclusive game hit #1 on Steam’s Global Top Sellers list because the devs know how to turn data into actionable insights. Register now for this interactive VB Live event for their insights into integrating analytics into your VR game development. Register here for free. VR is a little bit like the wild, wild west right now, our director of technology, Stewart Rogers, says. No studio or company in any industry has found the silver bullet — the answer to roping in consumers and ke... Read More
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Why esports is still about Razer and Red Bull, not Pepsi and Arby’s

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NBC Sports announced recently that it will spend millions to broadcast Rocket League this summer, a vehicular soccer game developed and published by Psyonix, making NBCUniversal the latest big brand to find its way into the esports world. Television networks like NBC Sports Network and mainstream consumer brands crave access to a younger demographic, something esports can provide. Getting those viewers and turning them into sponsor and advertising dollars, however, is another story.... Read More
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10 AI startups blossoming beyond Silicon Valley

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As I was heading from Atlanta to San Francisco to talk about investing in artificial intelligence at MB 2017, it struck me how artificial intelligence may be the buzzword of this year. Every startup seems to need the “AI accessory” in their pitch. Alphabet declares itself an AI company. Investor... Read More
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Juicero admits its juicer is still too expensive, even after a $300 price cut

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3 crucial ASO techniques to stand out (VB Live)

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To boost organic downloads by at least 20 percent — and we’ve seen triple that rate — you need your ASO game. For highlights of the latest VB Insight mega-report on ASO, key best practices, and can’t-miss insights, register now for this interactive VB Live event! Register here for free. ASO, short for app store optimization, and the best thing ever for long-term value, means making sure your mobile app ranks as high as possible in app store search results. That’s a great outcome in any scenari... Read More
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TechSquare Labs lands $1 million from Invest Georgia to incubate startups

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State-funded startup growth program Invest Georgia has made its third commitment, investing $1 million in early-stage fund TechSquare Labs. The program, an initiative intended to encourage seed and early-stage companies in Georgia, has previously made investments in TTV Capital and Mosley Ventures totaling over $6 million. This partnership follows a recent spree of investment deals made by TechSquare Labs, which is run by serial tech entrepreneurs ... Read More
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Ben Parr, future bots, and disagreeing with 1,600 AI experts — VB Engage

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This week, Travis and Stewart talk about the future of AI, and Stewart has a big issue with a study of over 1,600 experts, wondering how they could collectively be so wrong. We then interview the awesome Ben Parr, who continues the conversation on AI, chatbots, and where this is all headed. ... Read More
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Why Ethereum’s price is dropping

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Anyone following the cryptocurrency market over the past few months has seen the spectacular rise and pretty dramatic fall of the value of an Ether. The currency rose from the $100 range to the $400 range from May to June; and from June to July we’ve seen it drop back down to the $200 range. The question is, why is this happening now? With over $500 million worth of Ether raised in initial coin offereings (ICOs) during June alone and a feature on the cover of Forbes, the market has reached fever pitch.  What we are now witnessing is the other side of this phenomenon. ... Read More
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Governor Cuomo Announces Eight Finalists For 76West Clean Energy Competition

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Finalists to Compete for Six Awards Totaling $2.5 Million. Albany, NY - July 13, 2017 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced eight finalists for the $2.5 million 76West Clean Energy Competition in the Southern Tier. In its second round, 76West is one of the largest competitions in the country that focuses on supporting and growing clean energy businesses. The competition complements “Southern Tier Soaring,” the region’s $3.1 billion investment to support economic and community growth. “The 76West competition is bringing innovative businesses to the Southern Tier, generating new economic o... Read More

How merging with Uber expands Yandex’s global presence

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Uber and Russian internet giant Yandex announced something of a curve ball earlier today: They plan to merge and create an all-new company that combines their respective ride-hailing services in six markets, while also including Uber’s food-delivery service, UberEats, for good measure. The newly created $3.8 billion business is somewhat reminiscent of Uber’s deal with Didi Chuxing in China last year, albeit on a ... Read More
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How game designers and marketers will exploit AI

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Games lead the way when it comes to exploiting new technologies, and that’s why we had a panel about games and artificial intelligence at our MobileBeat 2017 conference in San Francisco this week. Game creators have used A.I. for decades to control non-player characters, who have evolved from incredibly stupid (bumping into walls) to the moderately stupid (unable to utter more than a few responses). And game marketers are using A.I. to target the right users with more sophisticated ads that have a greater chance of getting a proper reaction from players in mobile games. We recruited a panel of both gamemakers and marketers to help us predict the ... Read More
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PET project brings Applied DNA to India, and the world

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Applied DNA Sciences wants to say one word to you. Just one word. Are you listening? Plastics. After checking cotton, leather, European luxury cars, Department of Defense micro... Read More
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iBeat, the Lifesaving Smartwatch, Extends Seed Round to $4.5 Million; Builds Out Executive Bench with Hires from Apple and Stanford

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Startup adds new investors to its seed round; Welcomes Chief Clinical Consultant and leaders in Hardware and Manufacturing Operations SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 13, 2017– iBeat, a wearable technology company empowering people to live longer lives, today announced it has closed another $3 million in funding, bringing its total seed stage funding to $4.5 million. New investors include ... Read More
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Meet the Experts Through ITA Trade Events

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By Anne Driscoll, Assistant Secretary for Industry & Analysis and Tom McGinty, National Director for U.S. Operations, U.S. Commercial Service No matter what business you’re in, chances are that as an exporter you use U.S. and international trade shows and industry or market-focused workshops, seminars, and conferences as part of your marketing mix.  As the federal agency primarily responsible for international trade matters, ITA understands this and works to fulfill the needs of companies that export with an eclectic mix of events. Major Trade Shows At 25 or more major U.S. industry shows every year, ITA provides export experts who counsel, offer market briefings, and connect U.S. exhibit... Read More
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VR: Cold, hard data conquers Vomit-o-Tron and other VR fails (VB Live)

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The reality is virtual, but successful VR games still require cold, hard data. Make success a reality: Register now for our latest interactive VB Live event, where we’ll tap industry experts on how they turned data and analytics into a VR game at the top of the charts. Register here for free. Nicolas Nadeau, president of Exostatic, started as an economic designer at Ubisoft Worldwide, trying to figure out the optimal monetization model for mobile games. “I quickly realized that one key p... Read More
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Tumi CDO: Buy AI that beats humans

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When evaluating how AI can help a business, execs should figure out when computers can beat humans, according to Charlie Cole, the chief digital officer at Tumi. “If you think about the nexus of how you can pragmatically use artificial intelligence in a practical way, you have to ask yourself the question: what can a computer compute way the hell faster than you can, at a one-to-one basis?” he said. In Tumi’s case, AI allows it to personalize its experience for each customer. The company is working with AgilOne, a software provider that can predict when customers are most likely to buy a product on an individual basis. Using AgilOne’s software, Tumi can predict when its customers are likely to buy its bags and lugga... Read More
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Mobile app too slow? 5 best tips for mobile immediacy with users (VB Live)

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It’s a tough balancing act between delivering rich content and letting players enjoy the game without a painful loading screen. Catch up on this VB Live event for a deep dive into the best practices for reducing load times across both the mobile web and apps. Access this VB Live event for free on demand right here. Qualtrics data shows that the average app is losing 77 percent of its daily active users within the first three days after the install. Within 30 days, it’s lost 90 perce... Read More
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Octane AI launches Decision Data for bot performance analysis

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Octane AI today announced the release of a new feature called Decision Data that tracks the performance of quick replies and buttons that bot users choose most often chatting with a bot. “You get to see what people decide, and with that data you can more personalize and you can more target and you can build a better experience, and you can understand what people are deciding. And then you can write better conversations for your Octane AI bot,” cofounder Ben Parr told VentureBeat. For people using bots to sell merchandise, Decision Data can also help determine which items are selling best. Parr spoke today at ... Read More
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What’s really going on with Spotify’s fake artist controversy

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Last week, Vulture published a report suggesting, among other things, that music streaming service Spotify games its own royalty system by creating and promoting in-house, or “fake” artists. The allegation isn’t new. Almost a year ago, the industry blog Music Business Worldwide wrote a piece that suggested Spotify was paying producers a flat fee to create tracks for its playlists — some of which garner over 1 million subscribers — instead of licensing the content and paying out royalties to the rights holders. In these alleged deals, Spotify would control the master copyright (... Read More

How machine learning helps LinkedIn and Instagram predict what you’ll like

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The more content that social networks have to filter through, the tougher the task becomes of showing the most relevant content to each user every time they log on. In a panel at MB 2017, engineers from Instagram and LinkedIn discussed how machine learning at both companies is helping to simplify that work. Last year, Instagram changed its feed from a reverse-chronological order to something more personalized, making machine-learning based predictions about what users would like and share, said Thomas Dimson, lead data engineer at Instagram. The company tracks a user’s activity, such as likes and shares, to learn over time what kind of content they are most likel... Read More
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New York Times digital subscriptions get boost from AI and ‘Trump Bump’

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To ape Charles Dickens, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times — for media today. Even as President Donald Trump assails news coverage of his administration, his election has reminded America’s citizenry of the value of a vigorous and independent press. And the standard-bearer for speaking truth to power is, in many ways, the New York Times. The fabled newspaper is receiving a perhaps unprecedented level of both scrutiny and praise — which translates into soaring levels of traffic and reader engagement and presents a steep challenge for CTO Nick Rockwell. He’s tasked himself and his team with using... Read More
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F-Prime Capital Leads $15M Investment in Wellframe

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Funding to Advance Wellframe’s Mission to Transform Care Management BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 12, 2017– Wellframe, a leading mobile-enabled care management solution provider, today announced the organization’s Series B round of financing, led by F-Prime Capital, with participation from existing investors including DFJ, who led the company’s A round. Carl Byers, Executive Partner at F-Prime, will join the Wellframe board of directors. This round brings total funds raised by the company to $25 million. “Wellframe is poised to revolutionize care management as we know it. They’ve assembled a top-tier team dedicated to executing on a new vision for the improved ... Read More
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How to watch Day Two of MB 2017 live

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VentureBeat’s MB 2017: How AI, messaging, and personalization will rock your world resumes today. Day two continues an exploration of how artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies are affecting the entire marketing ecosystem. Every brand, marketer, product manager, and innovator must be ready to harness AI’s impact as it propels intelligent assistants, bots, smart voice, personalization, and more into the future. Watch today as top brands like American Eagle Outfitters, Kayak, and Nordstrom, and with leaders from Amazon, Google, Facebook, and other top companies describe what’s to come at ... Read More
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Nonprofit Helps California’s Asian-American Farmers Grow Their Business

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Enlarge this image A family photo from the 1990s shows the Yang family sitting on a truck on their farm. Courtesy of Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movemen... Read More
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Nimble Launches Partner Program to Address Growing Market Demand for its Award Winning Social Selling CRM

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Provides Resellers and Distribution Partners with an Affordable Social Sales and Marketing CRM Add-on Solution for Office 365 and GSuite SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 12, 2017– Nimble, the pioneer of Social Sales and Marketing CRM, today announced the launch of the global ... Read More
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Is it a sick day? Vacation day? With PTO, it doesn’t matter

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At small businesses this summer, many owners won’t be trying to figure out whether employees will be counting it as vacation time, personal days or sick leave when they send texts or emails that say, “I’m not coming in today.” A growing number of companies combine vacation and sick time into one bucket called paid time off, or PTO. Staffers decide whether they’re going to use the days for vacation, when they or a relative is ill, or for family events. “You’re saying to staffers, it’s PTO, just take it. If you have a sick kid, need a personal day, you’re really stressed out,” says Gretchen Van Vlymen, a vice president at StratEx, an HR consulting firm based in Chicago. Forty-three percent of compan... Read More
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Everything announced on day one of MB 2017

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This year at MB 2017 the focus was AI, messaging, personalization, and the disruption and innovation they’ve brought about. Here’s a recap of everything that happened at day one of MB 2017, now in its 10th year. Follow along with the livestream for day two, beginning at 9:30 am Pacific Time Wednesday, or #MB2017 on Twitter. Facebook Messenger ads go... Read More

IBM declares AI the key to making unstructured data useful

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One of the key problems for businesses trying to make the most of their data is that the overwhelming majority of such data isn’t set up for machine processing. That’s where AI can help, according to IBM North America chief marketing officer Rashmy Chatterjee. She said 80 percent of company data is unstructured, including free-form documents, images, and voice recordings. Traditionally, it hasn’t been possible for computers to understand this data. AI systems can transcribe conversations, interpret the content of images, and divine information from massive text files. At the moment, computers miss key context, like emotion, speakers’ accents, and other details that humans take for granted, but machine learning syste... Read More
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At Alpha Wolf, a natural focus on revitalization

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By GREGORY ZELLER // Consider it a beta version of Alpha Wolf. Responding adroitly (and not cheaply) to sales patterns and customer feedback, founder Michael Chalavoutis’ Carle Place-based beverage maker has both reformulated and rebranded, with a new exclusive focus on natural ingredients, the end of two “traditional” flavors and a new “exotic” blend splashing onto shelves. There are new bottles, new packaging and a new slogan, too – all part of the same course correction for the 2015 startup, according to Chalavoutis,... Read More
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Nimble Launches Add-in for Microsoft Office 365 and Outlook, Delivering Social Business Insights on People and Companies

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Free Nimble Add-in Delivers Contact and Company Background Details to Office 365 SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–July 11, 2017– Nimble, the pioneer of Social Sales and Marketing CRM, today announced Nimble Smart Contacts App, a new freemium add-in for Microsoft Office 365, Outlook desktop and iOS that delivers instant social business insights o... Read More
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Intel Xeon Scalable processors are 1.65X faster than previous server chips

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Intel is launching a series of server processors that it says are 1.65 times faster than its previous generation of chips. The Intel Xeon Scalable chips range from 8 cores, or processing brains, to 28, and they represent the chip giant’s biggest effort to stay ahead of rival Advanced Micro Devices, which recently launched its Zen-based server chips. Both companies say that the new chips are their most competitive in a decade. Lisa Spelman, vice president and general manager of the data center marketing group, said that the new data center platform will enable almost every industry to improve its core computing ... Read More
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How to watch MB 2017 live

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VentureBeat today opens MB 2017: How AI, messaging, and personalization will rock your world. Artificial intelligence and other disruptive technologies are affecting the entire marketing ecosystem. Every brand, marketer, product manager, and innovator must be ready to harness AI’s impact as it propels intelligent assistants, bots, smart voice, personalization, and more into the future. Over two intensive days, we’ll explore the entire landscape with top brands like Co... Read More
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Why CMOs get fired and how you can keep your job

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Presented by BrightFunnel You are a newly appointed CMO and can’t wait to roll up your sleeves to start transforming the business. You get your new gig, pop that champagne, and get ready to start running marketing programs that make it rain more than Fat Joe and Lil Wayne. But being a marketing leader in today’s business climate is harder than being a hustla’s hustla. In fact, new statistics around the CMO tenure might make you more than a little hesitant to roll up to the nearest Porsche dealership and put some down some cash on that brand-new whip. According to a recent Accenture report, ... Read More