Tag: Commerce

Pinterest’s Lens can now recognize 2.5 billion home and fashion objects

In 2017, Pinterest debuted Lens in beta, an online/offline visual search tool that taps AI to identify objects captured from Pins or by a smartphone and suggest related themes and products. Lens went on to launch broadly and contribute substantially to the over 600 million searches performed across Pinterest’s mobile apps and browser extensions, an […]

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3 sales tax issues that impact YOUR investments — and they’re serious

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Google schedules Pixel 4 hardware event for October 15

Google today sent out invites for an October 15 hardware event in New York City. The company will almost certainly detail its Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones at the annual Made by Google event. We say “detail” because Google has already shown off the devices in response to the first Pixel 4 leaks. […]

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$100 million Grant for the Web program seeks alternative online business models

The web needs better business models. Advertising spending, which pays the salaries of employees at websites like this one, is anticipated to rise at a slower pace globally than last year (4.3% compared with 5.4%). High-profile publishers like Mashable, Verizon’s Oath, and Gizmodo owner Fusion Media Group, the first of which was once valued at […]

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Trigo raises $22 million to challenge Amazon Go with automated grocery stores

The days of supermarket queues are numbered. That’s if Amazon and a slew of well-financed startups’ recent activities are anything to go by. Amazon’s cashierless automated stores are expanding everywhere, while emerging competitors such as Standard Cognition and Grabango are raising sizable sums to bring cashierless technology to more supermarkets. The general idea is this: […]

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Salesforce debuts Manufacturing Cloud and Consumer Goods Cloud

Salesforce, the San Francisco software juggernaut that’s made hundreds of billions of dollars developing solutions targeting analytics and customer service, this week revealed that it’s doubling down on two key segments: manufacturing and consumer goods. The company today took the wraps off of Manufacturing Cloud and Consumer Goods Cloud, a pair of new products designed […]

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Crisp launches with $14.2 million to cut food waste using big data

“Optimizing output,” or cutting waste, has emerged as something of a micro-trend in the investment realm. Manufacturing platforms that help clothing designers create items on-demand rather than in bulk, and a whole host of product manufacturing tools that adopt similar principles, are seemingly attractive propositions to venture capitalists. Cutting waste across the food chain, in […]

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HTC partners with Bitcoin.com to support cryptocurrency smartphone Exodus 1

HTC and Bitcoin.com have teamed up to help HTC’s flagship Exodus 1 smartphone drive cryptocurrency trading and usage. The relationship is mutually beneficial. HTC hopes to differentiate its smartphone by making it simple for people to use the phone for cryptocurrency trading. And HTC could drive more traffic to Bitcoin.com, adding to the more than […]

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Wake up, US Federal Reserve! China just showed how digital currency is done

Recently, China’s central bank — People’s Bank of China (PBOC) — surprised the business and crypto world with its plan to launch a central bank-backed digital currency (CBDC). The news came after the announcement of Facebook’s Libra, creating a perception that China is playing catch-up. But China has put more than five years into researching […]

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Full Steam Ahead: Best Steam Cleaners for Car Detailing

From time to time, TTAC will highlight automotive products we think may be of interest to our community. Plus, posts like this help to keep the lights on around here. Learn more about how this works. Every single gearhead reading this enjoys a clean car. Whether we take the time to actually remove life’s various and […]

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Andrew Yang’s pledge to protect voters from automation is hitting home

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang took to the stage Thursday with a big surprise: His campaign wants to give $1,000 a month to 10 U.S. citizens for one year, a very public $120,000 trial balloon for his universal basic income proposal. As one of the most successful self-described entrepreneurs to throw his hat in the […]

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AI Weekly: Hurray for boring AI

I keep having the same conversation with companies that want to brief me about their latest AI-related news. It goes something like this: They have some new feature or improved stats or fresh achievement that’s specific to their business. It’s a great win for them internally, but not exactly the most compelling news in and […]

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Cryptokitties creator Dapper Labs raises $11 million and unveils Flow blockchain

Dapper Labs, the company behind CryptoKitties and upcoming projects such as NBA Top Shot, has raised $11 million in funding. It also unveiled the development of Flow, a new blockchain built to enable decentralized applications at scale. The largest investor in the round was Andreessen Horowitz’s crypto fund, with participation from new investors Accomplice, AppWorks, […]

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U.S. raises Huawei 5G security concerns with Gulf allies

(Reuters) — The United States has raised its concerns with Gulf allies over a possible security risk in using Huawei’s technology for their 5G mobile infrastructure, U.S. officials said on Thursday. Washington has been warning allies against using the Chinese company’s equipment, which it says presents a security risk, but has so far largely made […]

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Panoramic raises $35 million to unify and model marketing data

Several years ago, a trio of entrepreneurs, Peter Muzzonigro, Johnny Wong, and Bryan Baum — the last of whom sold his first two companies (Blue Vision Labs and Represent.com) for over $100 million each — set out to tackle an enduring dilemma: how best to unify disparate marketing toolsets and analytics data without disrupting existing […]

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How to boost the health of your sales org by hyping up your sales team (VB Live)

Presented by Dell for Entrepreneurs The quality of your sales force has a direct, accumulating impact on your business as you grow. Check out this VB Live event for key strategies and best practices small- and mid-sized companies need to build a world-class sales organization from the start. Access on demand for free now. What […]

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Simbe Robotics raises $26 million for autonomous inventory robots

Robots are coming for the grocery aisle, and that’s because they promise to save storeowners invaluable time by inventorying shelves of stock quickly and accurately. Research and Markets anticipates that the global brick-and-mortar automation market will be worth close to $18.9 million by 2023, which some analysts say could cut down on the billions of […]

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Google Lens now supplies recipes and nutrition advice, starting with Uncle Ben’s products

Ever grocery shop without a list? If so, the newest collaboration involving Google Lens, Google’s AI-powered search and computer vision tool, might be just what the doctor ordered. Mountain View tech startup Innit and Mars Food have jointly announced that from today Lens will reveal “dynamic content,” like recipes, ingredient lists, and nutrition advice from […]

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France seeks Facebook Libra cryptocurrency ban in Europe

France’s economic minister declared that the French government intends to block the development of Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency in Europe because of the systematic threats it poses to financial security and stability. During remarks at an OECD conference dedicated to cryptocurrencies, France’s Bruno Le Maire said that risks are simply too great and trust in Facebook […]

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Akeneo raises $45 million to help retailers track products

Akeneo, a product information management (PIM) solutions provider that aims to help brands deliver “enriched” retail customer experiences, today revealed that it’s secured $46 million to bolster its R&D as it accelerates its U.S. sales and marketing efforts. Growth equity investor Summit Partners led the round, which saw participation from existing investors Alven, Partech, and […]

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