July 14, 2017

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A $95 Billion Danish Fund Bets Robots Can Defy Market Correction
Bloomberg (7/14)
Has technology killed inflation? And does that mean interest rates will just stay really low for a really long time? One of the biggest funds in the Nordic region, PFA Pension A/S is positioning itself for a world in which the answer to those questions may well be: Yes.

Cisco Continues to Shift Its Security Strategy By Moving to Acquire Observable Networks
Network World (7/13)
Observable Networks gains its insights from cloud-native machine learning techniques that can model device behavior to identify internal and external threats. Cisco will use Observable to extend the value of its Stealthwatch solution into public clouds.


Facebook Plans to Unveil a $200 Wireless Oculus VR Headset for 2018
Bloomberg (7/13)
Like current Oculus products, the new headset will be geared toward immersive gaming, watching video and social networking. Code-named 'Pacific,' the device resembles a more compact version of the Rift and will be lighter than Samsung’s Gear VR headset.”

Microsoft Forms AI Research Group
MediaPost (7/13)
The group, based at its Redmond, Washington, headquarters, is called Microsoft Research AI. It will include a team of more than 100 scientists working on AI from across areas such as natural language processing and learning.

LinkedIn Jumps on Video Sharing Bandwagon
The Next Web (7/13)
The company is one of the last social networks to hop on the 'stories' bandwagon, but it still stands a chance to be a major player in the space. The video feature could serve business personalities and more established brands better than Instagram or Facebook.


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Industry Perspectives
What Marketers Need to Overcome to Reach Digital Maturity
eMarketer (7/14)
What makes organizations digitally mature? For one, the Sloan/Deloitte report argued, they implement systemic changes in how they organize and develop workforces and aim to nurture digital minded cultures and experiences within their organization. 

CIOs Step Into Strategic Role as Tech Buying Moves Out of IT
CIO (7/14)
Line of business executives are increasingly becoming IT buyers, taking over what has traditionally been the CIO's role. But CIOs should view this shift as an opportunity, not a land grab, says Carolyn April, senior director, industry analysis, with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

Comcast and AT&T Say They Support Open Internet — With Caveats
Bloomberg (7/13)
This week both internet providers — who have spent over a decade lobbying and filing lawsuits to oppose such rules — published blog posts saying they support net neutrality.  So, everything’s settled then? Not quite. 

Hyperloop One Is a Step Closer to Reinventing Transportation As We Know It
Fortune (7/13)
Hyperloop One, the high-speed tube transportation Elon Musk first proposed, reached 70 miles per hour during its test on a track in the Nevada desert. While that speed is just a fraction of what the company hopes to achieve — 700 miles per hour — it represents a significant milestone in Hyperloop One's quest to reinvent transportation as we know it

Box Offers Companies Free Tools for Building Apps On Its Platform
VentureBeat (7/13)
Called Box Elements, the program will encompass user interface controls and sample code for creating applications and performing common functions. The initiative kicked off today with the official release of four Box UI Elements that were previewed at the company’s BoxWorks conference last year.

Research Insights
Less Than Half Of Consumers Satisfied With Email-Based Customer Service
MediaPost (7/13)
Fewer than half of respondents were satisfied with their experiences on websites, while email, voice calls, text and social media all hovered between 40% and 43% in customer satisfaction. Only 38% of customers are satisfied with their experience with mobile apps or virtual assistants. 

73 Million Smart Homes In North America Projected
MediaPost (7/13)
By 2021, more than half (55%) of all homes in North America are expected to be smart homes, according to a new forecast study by Berg Insight. More than 31 million smart home systems were in use in North America last year, according to the study.


Targeted TV Ad Spend Continues to Grow, Reaching $1.26 Billion This Year
Adweek (7/12)
Currently, 75 percent of U.S. households have cable or satellite boxes capable of delivering these kinds of ads; this means only 1.7 percent of the total TV ad expenditures come from targeted ads in 2017.

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