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Will Blockchain Revolutionize Global Real Estate Next?

Governments and private companies are looking at the digital ledgers as a way to organize land title records and reduce fraud.<p>Blockchains are best known for keeping track of who owns purely digital currencies like bitcoin, but government agencies and for-profit companies are increasingly exploring …

Maya Rudolph And Fred Armisen Star In Kenzo’s Surreal New Brand Film

<b>What:</b> Natasha Lyonne (<i>Orange Is The New Black</i>) directs a new short film for Kenzo’s new fall-winter 2017 collection.<p><b>Who:</b> Kenzo<p><b>Why we care:</b> For the last few years, Kenzo creative directors (and <i>Fast Company</i> Most Innovative Companies honorees) Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have been using creative short …

Researchers Say Bitcoin Data Could Help Spot Sex Traffickers

Bitcoin transactions could help find links between sexual ads, but advocates caution such investigations might harm voluntary sex workers.<p>Bitcoin is often described as an anonymous way to pay online, but a group of researchers says that data revealed through the cryptocurrency might help track down …

Chat Service Kik to Launch $125 Million Cryptocurrency Sale

Kik Interactive, the creator of the global chat platform Kik, valued at $1 billion, said on Tuesday it will launch in two weeks the sale of its own …

Ethereum Bandits Stole $225 Million This Year

Here’s another reason to be leery of the initial coin offerings being done at a staggering pace in the cryptocurrency world: there’s a one-in-10 …

Google, Mozilla, And The Race To Make Voice Data For Everyone

The voice-control platform wars are getting open sourced.<p>A voice-controlled virtual assistant–Siri, Alexa, Cortana, or Google Home–is only as good as the data that powers it. Training these programs to understand what you are saying requires a whole lot of real-world examples of human speech.<p>That …

This T-Shirt Sewing Robot Could Radically Shift The Apparel Industry

In a soon-to-open Arkansas factory, 21 production lines manned by the Sewbot will be capable of making 1.2 million T-shirts a year–and the ripple effects will soon be felt in garment factories in the developing world.<p>When the Chinese clothing manufacturer Tianyuan Garments Company opens its newest …

Bots Are Scraping Your Data For Cash Amid Murky Laws And Ethics

LinkedIn says a startup that scrapes its user profiles is like a hacker. Resolving the issue may fall to the Supreme Court, but larger questions linger.<p>Is the data you share publicly on social networking sites like an announcement in a public place, where speech and information gathering are …

Inside The L.A. Mall That’s Defying The Retail Apocalypse

The Platform shopping center offers retailers a chance to try something new.<p>As malls across the country succumb to declining foot traffic and the lure of online shopping, a development in Los Angeles’s artsy Culver City neighborhood is proving that it’s still possible to draw customers in person—if …

How Instagram Is Eating Dining

Increasingly, the stylish places that serve you food are being designed to cater to your feed.<p>There are two lines at Cha Cha Matcha, a small cafe on a busy corner of NoLita in Manhattan. The first one is where you wait to buy matcha, a whipped green tea drink that is <i>de rigeur</i> among food-trend …

I Drank BuzzFeed Wine Because What Does It All Even Mean Anyway?

Am I millennialling right?<p>Step aside sommelier, with all that knowledge of microclimates and grape varietals. The next bottle you drink might be an anonymous red called, “How Many of These Secret Gross Girl Things Have You Done, Really?“<p>Why? Because thanks to a partnership with winemaker Penrose …

Here’s A Peek At The iPhone’s Next Big Trick

This fall, the iPhone will get a major software update–and with it, a slew of new augmented reality apps that are already appearing online.<p>We’ve all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows …

Amazon isn’t developing its own wines…yet

According to numerous reports out this morning, Amazon entered the wine business with its own label in partnership with Oregon’s King Estate Winery, which has launched a direct-to-Amazon wine label called “Next.” But that’s not actually the case, as it turns out. Amazon confirmed with TechCrunch …

These demos show Apple ARKit’s massive potential

Apple’s latest operating system may still be chugging along through the phase of developer betas, but we’ve already been seeing a lot of the projects developers have been building for the company’s ARKit augmented reality platform for iOS.<p>The set of developer tools carries out the heavy-lifting of …

Hutch, the virtual interior design app, has raised $10M from Zillow

Hutch, the interior design app that takes a photo of your room and virtually redecorates it, has raised $10 million in funding from real estate platform Zillow.<p>Zillow’s CEO Spencer Rascoff will also join Hutch’s board of directors as part of the investment.<p>Right now the investment is strictly a …

Care/of raises $12 million in Series A for its home-delivered customized nutrition packs

Care/of, a year-old, New York-based company that makes subscription-only vitamin supplements that it says are tailored specifically to users’ needs, has raised $12 million in Series A funding to get more of its pill packs on users’ welcome mats.<p>Goodwater Capital led the round, with participation …

Google Blocks Lets You Make Unique Low-Poly VR Art

Google created Blocks to allow users to design 3D objects in a 3D environment using virtual reality<p>Owners of the virtual reality headsets Oculus Rift …

Meet the Plurals: Your Next Marketing Challenge

Publishing Partner:<p>What's this?<p>This content is created by an Ad Age Publishing Partner. Find out more about this program.<p>Learn more now<p>By James …

Microsoft Releases New Email Marketing Tool, Connections

Microsoft unveiled three new apps targeted to small to medium-sized businesses on Monday at the company’s annual Inspire partner event: Microsoft …

Underwood Made Canned Wine Look Chic. Next Up? Wine Coolers

The company turned a marketing gimmick into an industry worth tens of millions of dollars a year. Now it’s set its sights on changing wine itself.<p>Ryan Harms always imagined that he’d settle down one day and make small-batch wines on his own little plot of land. He produced his first vintage at an …

I’ve Raised A Billion In VC Funding—Let Me Help You With That Pitch

LegalZoom CEO John Suh’s secret formula: three compelling points, delivered in 60 seconds or less.<p>I’ve raised around a billion dollars in funding from venture capitalists and have been an angel investor in dozens of companies, so I’m not surprised when founders ask me for pitching advice. Having …

This Is Why Your Startup Plan Needs To Include HR

If you’re only thinking about it when there’s a team conflict, it’s probably too late.<p>Startups get a lot of advice. And for good reason–there are millions of decisions to be made as you begin the journey of building a company.<p>Some of the advice is clear-cut, and some less so. One of the most …

Google Rolls Out Posts For Small Businesses Worldwide

Posts, a Google feature that allows people and businesses to create content and upload it directly to appear in search results, began rolling out to …

Ikea And Apple May Be Cooking Up The Next Big Thing In Retail

Ikea is developing an app that puts virtual furniture right in your home. And it could be big.<p>Ikea knows that its highly profitable model of physical stores needs to evolve in the digital age. And now, according to a report in the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, the company is making a big bet on a new way to …

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How Ford’s New CEO Plans To Beat Tesla, Uber, And Google

Jim Hackett was raised on Ideo’s brand of design thinking. Can he use it to save the 114-year-old automotive giant?<p>In April 2017, the Ford Motor Company–114 years old, the second largest carmaker in the country behind General Motors, a stalwart of American manufacturing–was suddenly worth less than …

How Citi Bike Started A Transportation–And Advertising–Revolution

Bike sharing in New York City was a tough sell, until it became an advertising platform.<p>On a humid August afternoon in 2011, a small group of government executives gathered around the desk of Mayor Michael Bloomberg to seek his approval for New York’s first bike-share program.<p>Former Department of …

Your Company Needs An In-House Career Coach, Not Another Training Program

Corporate training programs cost $700–$1,200 per employee. Are you sure you’re getting your money’s worth?<p>By one recent estimate, U.S. companies spend around $700 per employee on corporate training each year; by another, that figure may be closer to $1,200. But training programs don’t always get …

Felix Wants To Help Frustrated Freelancers Get Paid

New app Felix auto pays freelancers based on time, date, hourly rate, and expenses—and takes nearly 4% of your paycheck.<p>What’s the one problem freelancers complain more about than anything else? It’s getting stiffed—or getting paid long after the job is done.<p>With the number of freelancers growing, …

What you need to know in advertising today

The CEO and founder of the ad agency Laundry Service is forming a new umbrella organization, Cycle Media, which he hopes will eventually feature a stable of digital publishers and production firms that know how to connect with consumers while also specializing in weaving marketers messages into …