June 21, 2017

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Uber CEO Resigns, Leaving Company in Search of a New Strategy
CIO (6/21)
Kalanick had already decided to take an indefinite leave of absence from the company, but now he's leaving for good. The move came at the request of the board of directors, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

Toshiba Picks Bain-Japan Group as Preferred Chip Unit Buyers
Bloomberg (6/20)
The parties are aiming to reach final agreement by June 28 and close the transaction by March, Toshiba said in a statement Wednesday. The consortium has indicated that it’s willing to pay 2.1 trillion yen ($19 billion) for the semiconductor unit.”

Ericsson Hires Banks to Explore Sale of Media Businesses
Bloomberg (6/20)
Ericsson is working with Morgan Stanley to explore a sale of its media solutions business. Separately, the Stockholm-based company hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to find a buyer for its broadcast and media services unit.


UK to Give New Ruling on Fox-Sky Takeover By June 29
Reuters (6/20)
On Tuesday two regulators submitted their findings to the government after being asked to look into whether Fox would have too much control of the media, and whether it would be committed to upholding broadcasting standards if the deal went ahead.

We're Growing: AdExchanger Acquired By Access Intelligence
AdExchanger (6/19)
“The announcement is our company's biggest milestone yet and speaks to the growth opportunity we see for our community and the support that AdExchanger's own editorial and events (PROGRAMMATIC I/O and Industry Preview) can provide.

Industry Perspectives

With iPhone 8 Launch Looming, Electronics Firms Stock Up on Memory Chips
VentureBeat (6/21)
Chip manufacturing technologies are growing increasingly complex, raising investment costs yet providing less output growth as some suppliers struggle to improve yields. This has caused some chip prices to double or triple from a year earlier.


Known as a Cellphone Maker, Nokia is Trying to Reinvent Itself Through VR and Digital Wellness
Digiday (6/21)
“'We don’t develop mobile hardware on our own anymore,' said Bras-Brown. 'As the CMO, my job is to reintroduce our brand to other categories outside of mobile. We see VR as a market that is going to take off over the next five years, and we also believe in the future of digital health.'

6 Great Android Features Missing from iOS 11
PCWorld (6/21)
Call me a flip-flopper, but the new features in iOS 11 have me thinking of jumping back to iOS after switching to Android barely a year ago. But returning to iOS would mean leaving behind many Android features I've grown to love, from the ability to set up multiple user profiles to one-touch Google searches on whatever's onscreen at a given moment.

Publicis Groupe Takes AI-Powered Assistant In-House For Its 80,000 Employees
MediaPost (6/20)
Marcel will be the first-ever professional assistant platform powered by AI and machine learning that can search and connect 80,000 employees across 200 disciplines in 130 countries, according to the company.

Five Augmented Reality Head-Mounted Display Vendors Named as IDC Innovators
IDC (6/20)
“'These five innovative vendors are well positioned to succeed as competition begins to heat up and larger companies such as Microsoft, Epson, Intel, and others begin to focus an increasing amount of attention on the space,' said Tom Mainelli, IDC program vice president, devices and AR/VR.

Research Insights
DMA Report Finds Programmatic And Mobile Payments Leading Tech Adopted By Marketers
MediaPost (6/21)
A new report by the Data & Marketing Association (DMA) finds that programmatic advertising and mobile payments are the leading technologies being adopted by marketers today with 32% and 31% of the marketers surveyed using them, respectively.

Content Marketers Not Yet Using AI, Survey Shows
MediaPost (6/20)
Digital marketers know that artificial intelligence, voice search and the Internet of Things could be key to their future. But most are not yet using them to deliver content, according to a survey by BrightEdge. While 32% agree that AI is 'the next big thing,' 57% will probably not implement any elements of it this year.

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