Tech & Marketing News from IDG

March 20, 2017

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Fortune (3/19)

Resulting cloud computing services from the new entity, called Wanda Cloud Company, will go live in 2018, an IBM spokeswoman said. Basically, the new company is licensing IBM technologies that IBM will implement in Wanda-owned data centers. Wanda will sell the services to business customers and ensure that the services comply with Chinese regulations.


Bloomberg (3/19)

Vodafone rose as much as 1.2 percent, to its highest in two months. Last year, the U.K.-based company postponed plans for an IPO of its Indian business, and announced $12 billion of additional investment and writedown. Vodafone shares were little changed at 211.50 pence as of 10:28 a.m. in London.

Bloomberg (3/19)

In an email to staff on Sunday, Kalanick said Jones 'made an important impact on the company' during his six months there. 'After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber,' Kalanick wrote, according to a copy of the email obtained by Bloomberg.


Computerworld (3/17)

European consumer authorities put the social media services on notice last November that their terms of service did not comply with EU law, asked them to make changes and to address the problem of scams that misled users of the services.”

Bloomberg (3/17)

The decision to pull ads from Google followed a Times of London investigation that revealed ads from many large companies and the U.K. government appeared alongside content from the likes of white nationalist David Duke and pastor Steven Anderson, who praised the killing of 49 people in a gay nightclub.




Bloomberg (3/20)

Apple is working on several AR products, including digital spectacles that could connect wirelessly to an iPhone and beam content—movies, maps and more—to the wearer. While the glasses are a ways off, AR features could show up in the iPhone sooner.

CIO (3/20)

Companies of all sizes have been using data analytics to seek out opportunities, reduce costs, create efficiencies, make better and faster decisions, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction; this also translates at the project, program and portfolio levels since these greatly enable company-wide strategy.



VentureBeat (3/18)

“'The idea is to create a corporate-wide AI voice system that’s applied to all products that we offer,' he said. At the heart of this effort is Viv Labs, the virtual assistant startup Samsung acquired last year for around $215 million.

Digiday (3/17)

The committee is split into 11 subgroups, each devoted to a segment of media such as publishing, ad tech and advertisers. Each section is headed by a committee seat. Condé Nast, Rocket Fuel and Dell are some of the larger companies on the list and each one heads a subgroup. 

VentureBeat ((3/17)

Launched last fall, Sensei is a series of AI services and a voice-powered virtual assistant being added to Creative Cloud (formerly Creative Suite) apps and services like Photoshop and Premiere. Sensei will be able to talk you through how to edit photos and videos like a pro because Adobe has tracked millions of photo and video editing sessions.

MarTech Today (3/16)

Email has proven to be a solid investment; over the past few years, it’s seen over $365 million in investment across a broad range of email-centric companies. In 2016, we saw a flurry of funding events, exits, consolidation and divestments. 



eMarketer (3/20)

Nearly four in 10 marketers said they will keep their mobile app budget the same, while 29% said they won’t change their mobile website budget. Only 2% said they will decrease budgets for either mobile apps or websites.



eMarketer (3/20)

Kim Leitzes is the co-founder and CEO of ParkLU, an online service that pairs China-based influencers, or key opinion leaders (KOLs), with brands. She spoke with eMarketer’s David Green about the important things to keep in mind when working with influencers in China.

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