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Best Buy Should Be Dead, But It’s Thriving in the Age of Amazon

In Best Buy’s perfect world, all 380 of its new “in-home advisors” would park their clean, white Priuses in front of a customer’s house rather than …

Best Buy

Gartner releases first Magic Quadrant on mobile marketing platforms


As brands take marketing in-house, consultancies cash in - Digiday

What’s agencies’ loss is consultancies’ gain.<p>Consultancies like Accenture Interactive, PwC and Deloitte Digital are all making one core tenet part of …

Advertising Industry

IBM Is Rising Again

IBM is rising again. This afternoon the company reported a GAAP EPS from continuing operations of $2.61, and an Operating (non-GAAP) EPS of $3.08; both up 5%. Pre-tax margins expanded more than 100 basis points year to year.<p>Meanwhile, revenue reached $20.0 billion, up 4% (up 2% adjusting for …

Wall Street

Zuckerberg: The Recode interview

Everything was on the table — and after Facebook’s wildest year yet, that’s a really big table.<p>Yesterday, I motored my Ford Fiesta down to Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., to interview CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg.<p>I had not done a formal interview with Zuckerberg since he appeared …


How the Blockchain Can Transform Government

Though blockchain is still in its early stages, now is the time for the public and private sector to experiment, and figure out where the real …


Defending against bot disinformation campaigns

Josh Ginsberg, Zignal Labs CEO, talks about the potential for big bots to attack companies with the potential to damage brands and stock prices.


How social media bots could tank your stock price

Josh Ginsberg, the CEO of media intelligence company Zignal Labs, says his company has been seeing “massive amounts of bot activity” lately.<p>As the head of media intelligence firm Zignal Labs, former political strategist Josh Ginsberg has spent most of the past seven years helping clients understand …


Magic Leap One Controller Appears in FCC Filing, Release on Track for 2018

Magic Leap One, the long-awaited AR headset from the secretive titular Florida startup, appears to be on its way to its supposed 2018 release date, …

Augmented Reality

Next-gen telehealth: AI, chatbots, genomics and sensors that advance population health

Telemedicine platforms and tools will transform virtual care by incorporating emerging technologies and novel uses of data.

Digital Health

Nordstrom and retail’s growing urgency to rethink performance metrics

Earlier this month Cowen and Co. retail analyst Oliver Chen downgraded Nordstrom shares, and the stock promptly tumbled. Among the concerns he cited …


CMS proposes to overhaul Medicare billing standards, pay for telehealth

In a sweeping rule, the CMS is taking multiple steps to reduce documentation requirements on doctors and to pay them for telehealth visits. The …


America’s Robot Geography

The robotics industry is powered by high-tech centers as well as manufacturing hubs—with a distinct “Robot Belt” in the Midwest.<p>Robots, it seems, are everywhere these days. They clean our floors, mow our lawns, make many of our industrial products, and are even being trained to give hugs and serve …


Why Marketers Struggle to Define Artificial Intelligence

What exactly is the difference between artificial intelligence and machine learning? If you’re unsure, don’t worry—you’re not alone.

Artificial Intelligence

Uber now lets you pay for rides and food via Venmo

Uber has teamed up with PayPal-owned Venmo to let people pay for rides and food via UberEATS with the funds in their Venmo account. According to the companies, more than six million payments mentioned Uber in the last year. The integration will also enable people to easily split the cost of food …


Tesla Passed 200,000 US Electric Car Deliveries In July, GM Will Pass This Year

<b>Published on</b> July 12th, 2018 | <i>by Loren McDonald</i><p>0<p>July 12th, 2018 by <b>Loren McDonald</b><p>A Tesla spokesperson today officially confirmed to <i>CleanTechnica</i> that …

Electric Vehicles

Multi-face tracking to help AI follow the action

At the recent 2018 Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, I presented a new algorithm for multi-face tracking, an essential component …

Machine Learning

What's your character worth?

When the vital sign of your company is strong and vibrant — namely its market value — you better believe stakeholders hold the company in high …

Public Relations

Virtual Reality Isn't Just For Gamers Anymore; It Will Change Your Health

I’ve got one big idea that can change your health. But first some history.<p>Heart transplants were once rare.<p>When I was training to be a heart transplant surgeon at Stanford, at every opportunity I would go to the operating room to observe and study my mentor (and the “father of heart …

Virtual Reality

Mobile Social Set To Overtake Mobile Search In Ad Revenue

Mobile screens are likely to stay small, but the share of ads they’re taking on is becoming immense.<p>In fewer than five years, nearly seven out of …


Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags

For 20 years, privacy advocates have been sounding the alarm about commercial online surveillance, the way that companies gather deep dossiers on us …

Cambridge Analytica

Self-driving cars are headed toward an AI roadblock

Skeptics say full autonomy could be farther away than the industry admits<p>If you believe the CEOs, a fully autonomous car could be only months away. In 2015, Elon Musk predicted a fully autonomous Tesla by 2018; so did Google. Delphi and MobileEye’s Level 4 system is currently slated for 2019, the …

Google Search

Apps must now pass review process before getting access to Facebook’s Marketing API

Facebook announced a new list of updates to its app development platform today, a regular occurrence since the company suspended Cambridge Analytica …


Best Western Expands Use Of AI-Powered Interactive Advertising With Watson Ads

Just in time for one of the prime travel periods of the year — the July 4th holiday — the Best Western hotel chain is expanding its partnership with …

Marriott International

California legislators just adopted tough new privacy rules targeting Facebook, Google and other tech giants

California legislators on Thursday adopted sweeping new rules that restrict the data-harvesting practices of, Facebook, Google and Uber, a move that soon could spur other states and Congress to take aim at the tech industry.<p>The California Consumer Privacy Act is one of the toughest U.S. …


Amazon Drives Deeper Into Package Delivery

Online giant says it has to build out its own services to handle the surging number of online orders that UPS, FedEx and Postal Service can’t<p>SEATTLE— Inc. is pushing further onto the turf of its shipping partners United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp., enabling small businesses to …

Enterprise Tech

Scoop: How Lime is pitching its scooter biz to investors

E-scooter company Lime wants to expand its business into areas like ultra-compact electric cars, local merchant promotions and delivery, according to …

San Francisco

Exclusive: IBM releases image data to improve facial recognition AI

IBM plans to release more than 1 million facial images to help better train the artificial intelligence behind facial recognition systems. Why it …

Artificial Intelligence

Kroger’s New Approach to Stocking Shelves Is Boosting Earnings

The nation’s largest supermarket chain has been overhauling its operations to face rising competition in food retail<p>Kroger Co. delivered stronger than expected earnings and sales, sending its stock up 9.7% as investors welcomed evidence that the grocer is growing even as it overhauls operations to …