June 13, 2017

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GE Unveils Big Data Tools for Industry Amid Software Shift
Bloomberg (6/13)
The software push by GE is part of a broad movement by industrial producers to create factories, energy plants and vehicles that can sense their own performance and surroundings, cut costs or create new businesses based on that data.

Foxconn Confirms Apple and Dell Joining Consortium of Bidders for Toshiba’s Chip Business
VentureBeat (6/12)
Terry Gou, Foxconn’s founder and chief executive, also said was close to joining and that the Taiwanese firm was also in discussions with Google, Microsoft, and Cisco Systems about their participation in the bid.

Google's Parent Alphabet Agrees To Sell Robotics Company To SoftBank
MediaPost (6/12)
SoftBank has already made investments in robotics, but efforts have yet to pay off. The company launched 'humanoid' robot, Pepper, in 2016, which is compatible with Google's Android operating system. Pre-sales of the Pepper model supported by Android for developers went on sale in July 2016."

Snap Launches Ad Manager, Touts Auction Buying
MediaPost (6/12)
The new platform boasts several features tailored for smaller brands, including auction buying and the ability to pay for ads with a credit card rather than a credit line. In Ad Manager, there is also no minimum dollar amount that businesses must spend.


HPE, Hedvig Announce Hybrid Cloud Storage Partnership
Network World (6/12)
HPE and Hedvig, started by a former Amazon and Facebook engineer credited with creating the Cassandra database, announced that HPE will offer Hedvig’s software-defined storage with HPE’s Apollo 4200 servers to create a distributed storage platform.

Industry Perspectives
How Glossier Uses Data to Make Content and Commerce Work
Digiday (6/13)
In venture capital funding, Glossier has raised $34 million in three rounds. While it doesn’t disclose specific figures, it reported a 600 percent revenue increase in 2016 and said it was on track to mimic that growth this year.

Comments Welcome at N.Y. Times, With Troll-Blocking Tech Tool
Bloomberg (6/13)
Starting Tuesday, the newspaper will open the comments section to about one-fourth of its stories, up from 10 percent before, and the goal is to reach 80 percent by year-end, according to Bassey Etim, the Times’ community editor.

5 Mobile App Myths That Can Kill Your Chance for Traction
Business 2 Community (6/13)
If your app doesn’t offer value or the messaging in your description doesn’t connect with people, it’s going to be a struggle to realize a healthy conversion rate in the app store. Thus, it’s important to understand what connects with people in the app store and what turns them off.

Why Social Media Keeps Brands Accountable (And 5 Key Lessons For Marketers)
Forbes (6/12)
For brands, social media is an interesting opportunity to learn more about how consumers are interacting with you; you’ll have the ability to make up for some bad experiences, and collect feedback on new features and offerings. But for other consumers, this is a window into the average brand experience, and a view of how that brand values its consumers.

Digital Realty's $7.6bn Acquisition of DuPont Fabros Symbolises Ever-Growing Value of the Cloud
The Drum (6/11)
The acquisition 'will significantly expand Digital Realty’s hyper-scale product offering and improve its ability to meet the rapidly growing needs of cloud and cloud-like customers,' Digital Realty added in a statement.

Research Insights
New IDC MarketScape Assesses Worldwide Retail Digital Marketing Technology Services
IDC (6/13)
According to Greg Girard, program director, IDC Retail Insights: Worldwide Omni-Channel Retail Analytics, 'Our new MarketScape features the leading RDMTS vendors, each with a significant retail brand market presence, continued growth in the retail space, and a wealth of experiences and best practices to share with retail brands.'

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