Digital Business Stories

By Mads Pedersen | Stories about brands, tech, marketing, and other things digital

Weibo Alienates its Users with a Baffling Decision

The social network closes the doors to its ecosystem by claiming ownership of its user-created content.<p>Chinese social network <b>Weibo</b> (NASDAQ:WB) …

Social Media

Microsoft and Facebook complete 4,000-mile ‘Marea’ undersea cable

Why it matters to you<p>With its massive bandwidth, the Marea cable ensures a reliable connection between the U.S. and Europe.<p>The first undersea …

Internet

Polite chatbots lead to better engagement

About a year ago, we published our first data insights report at Dashbot after having processed 30 million messages. A year later, we’ve processed over 10.5 billion messages and have more insights to share.<p>We like to show what the most common messages into chatbots are, and we also wanted to share …

Chatbots

A celebrity listing crashes Japanese exchange's party

TOKYO (Reuters) - On Japan's newest exchange, fame can pay off. That may not be so great for investors though.<p>Last month, Hikaru, a Japanese YouTube star so famous he can go by a single stage name, listed himself on Valu, a platform for people to raise money, often for personal projects or …

Bitcoin

This huge Kindle promotion with Alibaba shows Amazon’s shrinking ambition in China

Amazon at one time thought it could really compete with Alibaba. No longer.<p>There was a time when Amazon thought it could be a real e-commerce competitor to Alibaba in China. That time appears to be over.<p>The latest sign: Amazon is running a giant Kindle promotion across Alibaba’s shopping sites in …

Amazon

Danish startup teams up with the world's largest defence contractor to develop anti-drone technology

The rapid adoption of private drones presents new security challenges, especially for critical infrastructure. On August 7, Sweden's busiest airport, Arlanda, was forced to halt all air traffic for an hour during the afternoon due to an unidentified drone entering the air space. According to the US …

Drones

How to Use Marketing Attribution to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Marketing attribution is important because it makes the marketing realm a bit less complex and easier to work with.<p>With so many choices, channels, …

Analytics

It's Not About Just the Experience, It's the Journey -- With Analytics

Thanks to dramatic new algorithms, you're about to learn a whole lot more about your customer's actions and preferences.<p>Today's businesses want to create exceptional customer experiences. They mine big data to get a good sense of direction. Yet while this effort produces plenty of statistics, it …

Customer Experience

Apple Scales Back Its Ambitions for a Self-Driving Car

SAN FRANCISCO — As new employees were brought into Apple’s secret effort to create a self-driving car a few years ago, managers told them that they were working on the company’s next big thing: A product that would take on Detroit and disrupt the automobile industry.<p>These days, Apple’s automotive …

Transportation

Facebook Messenger's AI powered virtual personal assistant M has arrived in the UK

Facebook is offering users of its Messenger chat app a helping hand with a personal assistant powered by AI.<p>M is the social network's virtual …

Take a Free Crash Course in Design Thinking from Stanford’s Design School

If you ask a few of today's youngsters what they want to do when they grow up, the word "design" will almost certainly come up more than once. Ask …

5 Fresh Examples of Customer Experience Innovation

Serena Williams is a fiercely competitive tennis champion. Her record is 39 Grand Slam titles. She shows an ability to serve aces at critical moments — a tennis serve the opponent doesn’t touch. She’s known for her aggressive play, a “high risk” style balanced in part by her serve, the greatest in …

Customer Experience

Adobe and Stanford just taught AI to edit videos — with impressive results

Why it matters to you<p>Future Adobe video editors could make the process even faster, thanks to AI that still allows for creative input.<p>Just one minute …

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Machine Learning

Google is closer than ever to a quantum computing breakthrough

Google is maintaining its edge in the world of quantum computing.<p>Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the company appears to be on schedule to have its working 49-qubit chip ready by the end of 2017 as promised. Until it began trialing the 20-qubit chip, Google’s most powerful …

Quantum Mechanics

Chatbox UX: Crafting a Valuable Conversation

All chatbots are not created equal. What separates a good chatbot from a bad one? A good chatbot helps users accomplish something more efficiently. A …

Chatbots

Microsoft’s new internal video hub, Microsoft Stream, is now generally available

Microsoft Stream, a video service that helps companies organize those boring training videos for their employees, is now generally available, the …

A Facebook AI Unexpectedly Created Its Own Unique Language

The Future of Language<p>A recent Facebook report on the way chatbots converse with each other has given the world a glimpse into the future of language.<p>…

Artificial Intelligence

20 Sleek Material Design Frameworks For Web Designers

Join the<b> Material design trend</b> by using one of these 20 sleek <b>Material design frameworks</b> to build your websites on!Nowadays, the popularity of …

UI Design

Alphabet Just Sold Two Companies to a CEO Who Wants to Speed up the Singularity

Surprise Acquisition<p>This week, Japanese electronics and robotics giant SoftBank, the company behind the Pepper robot, announced its acquisition of …

Robots

CMOs are the next generation of CEOs — here's why

<i>Getty Images</i><p><i>By Sameer Kazi, CEO, Cheetah Digital</i><p>Just a few years ago, the idea of a marketer becoming CEO was pie-in-the-sky thinking. Today the jump is real. Dick’s Sporting Goods recently promoted CMO Lauren Hobart to company president, Kevin Hochman leapt from CMO to president at KFC, and former …

Marketing

Shopify’s Kit virtual shop assistant is now free for all merchants

Shopify is taking Kit, the virtual assistant it acquired last year and making it free to all members on its platform, as a basic part of their merchant services. That’s a big deal for the previously premium service, both in terms of how far it can reach, and in terms of what it can do for Shopify’s …

Virtual Assistants

If Your Company Isn’t Good at Analytics, It’s Not Ready for AI

Management teams often assume they can leapfrog best practices for basic data analytics by going directly to adopting artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies. But companies that rush into sophisticated artificial intelligence before reaching a critical mass of automated processes …

Harvard Business Review

College Students Had An AI Teaching Assistant, And They Were None The Wiser

College & University

Content Hacking With Your Competitor's Research

<b>It’s amazing what you can learn by analyzing the strategies that are working for your competitors. Best of all, you can incorporate what you learn</b> …

Google’s AI can now answer your emails for you

Wading through emails is currently one part tedium, two parts frustration, and a generous pinch of masochism. Until Google makes a captcha program …

Google quietly debuts Chatbase, a chatbot analytics platform

Just ahead of Google’s I/O event kicking off later today, some details have leaked out about a new service that Google is launching for developers that are building chatbots. TechCrunch has learned that Google has developed a new service called Chatbase, which provides analytics and suggestions for …

Chatbots

Did You Lose Traffic After Migrating To HTTPS? Here’s How To Fix That.

• <i>Should you move your website from HTTP to HTTPS?</i>• <i><br>Is it worth moving an information site like a</i> blog<i> to HTTPS?</i><br>These were some of the questions we all …

SEO

Here’s The Unofficial Silicon Valley Explainer On Artificial Intelligence

Andreessen Horowitz partner Frank Chen is here to tell you that anyone can utilize the technology, not just members of the “priesthood.”<p>I’m willing to bet you didn’t know that artificial intelligence can help sort cucumbers.<p>It can, and in fact it does. And while AI has gotten massive amounts of …

Artificial Intelligence