Tag: Commerce

Apple’s relationship with Donald Trump has become a toxic PR disaster

Every major company knows that there are pros and cons to dealing with politicians, namely the prospect of favorable treatment offset by the risks of implication in future political scandals. Under former CEO Steve Jobs, Apple stayed out of politics, but his successor Tim Cook has embraced not only Apple-wide political positions, but also specific […]

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4 ways to scale your startup that go beyond the buzzwords

Presented by Oracle for Startups Turbo-charge your tech. Hit the gas on growth. We use this powerful imagery to talk about startup scale because it’s the most pivotal part of the startup lifecycle, but it makes scale sound like something that happens instantaneously. For many startups, scale is a slow build; a collaborative effort compounded […]

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Ubisoft helps Ultra validate transactions on its blockchain for gamers

Ultra is one of a number of companies that believes blockchain and cryptocurrency can make the distribution of games more efficient and gamers more loyal. And today, the Paris company is announcing that French video game giant Ubisoft will help validate transactions on its blockchain for gamers. Blockchain is a distributed ledger for transparent and […]

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Celonis raises $290 million for AI-powered process mining at $2.5 billion valuation

Celonis today closed a $290 funding Series C round for its solution that uses artificial intelligence for data and process mining to find out how companies can be more efficient, raising the company’s valuation to $2.5 billion. Today’s news follows a $50 million funding round in June 2018 led by Accel and 83North that raised […]

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Cnet founder Halsey Minor’s Live Planet makes move toward decentralizing pay-per-view

Halsey Minor, founder of Cnet, has a new startup called Live Planet that hopes to use decentralized technology to disrupt pay-per-view programming in the U.S. The Los Angeles-based company is announcing today that it has a partnership with InDemand, a big transactional video on demand and pay-per-view programming distributor owned by Charter Communications, Comcast Cable, […]

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Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception team up to accelerate AI startups

Microsoft for Startups and Nvidia’s Inception program for AI startups are coming together to better serve scaling businesses that use AI or machine learning. Starting today, eligible Nvidia Inception startups can get up to $120,000 in Azure cloud credits and sell their products alongside Microsoft’s sales team and its partners. Concurrently, any Microsoft for Startups […]

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6 technology trends that are changing how we travel

Presented by FlightHub Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the travel sector. It not only impacts the products and services companies provide, but how they’re offered as well. Travelers benefit from improved customer service throughout their journey. Businesses increase operational efficiency. It’s the best of both worlds. This in no way negates the […]

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Pensa Systems raises $10 million to deploy inventory-tracking drones in retail stores

There are perhaps few retail tasks more time-consuming than taking stock of merchandise. Figuring out which products are in stock and which stock is likely to run low is a never-ending battle, as shoppers spend an estimated 40 billion hours picking things off shelves. It’s also error-prone — employees regularly misplace an estimated one in […]

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Bizagi’s process automation platform gets AI decisioning and Azure Cognitive Services integration

Bizagi now offers its process automation tools and AI capabilities alongside Microsoft Azure Cognitive Services, and its Bizagi Studio Collaboration Services is free to use in the Azure Marketplace, too. This follows news from just a few weeks ago about updates to the company’s platform that allow non-data scientists to use AI and machine learning […]

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Dyndrite launches GPU-powered improvements for better 3D printing speed and quality

Decades ago, Adobe made the world safe for printing with software that made it less of a chore. Dyndrite believes it’s doing the same thing for 3D printing with its Additive Manufacturing software. Seattle-based Dyndrite believes its Additive Manufacturing toolkit and build processsor will make 3D printing much easier and faster. Tapping the power of […]

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SoftBank proposes $30 billion merger between Yahoo Japan and Line

(Reuters) — Japan’s SoftBank plans to merge internet unit Yahoo Japan with messaging app operator Line to create a $30 billion tech giant, as it bags struggling internet companies to bulk up against rivals like Rakuten. The telco in a statement said Yahoo Japan, which last month changed its name to Z Holdings, will merge […]

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AI Weekly: How power and transformative tech reshape our world

This week, VentureBeat launched a quarterly magazine. Like the AI Weekly, the special issue gives our editorial team a chance to reflect on important transformative technology influencing business, technology, and society. The first issue focuses on the relationship between power and AI. Power can shape AI, from how we define ethical use of artificial intelligence […]

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Apple’s NFC problem is bigger than Germany, the EU, or Apple Pay

I’ve loved NFC technology for almost as long as I’ve known about it, and it’s been around for quite some time. Not only is the Near-Field Communications concept brilliant — tiny radio antennas transfer small quantities of data at sub-1.5-inch distances — but the execution has also been impressive: Today, NFC enables phones to make […]

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StatMuse combined its NLP stack with Matthew Berry’s fantasy football predictions

StatMuse uses conversational AI and a database of sports trivia and statistics to answer your sports history questions on the major virtual assistant platforms, like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant. The answers come through your speaker in the voices of sports bigshots like Peyton Manning and Scott Van Pelt, which is very fun indeed, but […]

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GitHub launches Security Lab to protect open source code

GitHub today launched the GitHub Security Lab, an ongoing effort to protect open source code projects. The GitHub Security Lab is aimed at bringing together security researchers from partner organizations like Google, Microsoft, Mozilla, Oracle, Uber, and HackerOne. Many open source projects form an underlying infrastructure for modern software such as programming languages like Ruby […]

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Google Cloud’s Contact Center AI hits general availability

Google Cloud is making Contact Center AI generally available for use today. The cloud service is built with conversational AI engine Dialogflow to automate interactions with customers in call centers. Contact Center AI contains Virtual Agent to automatically respond to customer queries with voice or text or handoff the conversation to a person when a […]

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Former Uber execs launch virtual kitchen company out of stealth with $17 million

A new entrant to the burgeoning “virtual kitchen” space launched out of stealth today with $17 million in funding from a host of illustrious backers. San Francisco-based Virtual Kitchen Co joins a growing number of delivery-only food businesses that are leveraging data, on-demand transport infrastructure, and strategically placed kitchens to help restaurants expand their coverage with […]

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Punchh raises $40 million for AI that promotes customer engagement and loyalty

Punchh, a startup leveraging machine learning and omnichannel integrations to create customer journeys, today revealed that it’s closed a $40 million series C round co-led by Adams Street Partners and Sapphire Ventures. AllianceBernstein also contributed to the tranche, which brings Punchh’s total raised to nearly $70 million following a $20 million series B in January […]

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What France’s efforts to transform government can teach other late digital starters

World leaders are gathering in Paris today to look at the benefits and challenges involved in reinventing government through digitization. As the host country, France offers some cause for optimism but also a few cautionary lessons. A new report examining the country’s e-government efforts finds that while some progress has been made, advances are still […]

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Google Pay will offer checking accounts in 2020

(Reuters) — Alphabet’s Google said on Wednesday it will offer personal checking accounts next year through its Google Pay app in partnership with Citigroup and a small credit union at Stanford University. The project, named Cache, comes as rivals Facebook and Apple are expanding their own efforts in consumer finance, a broad area that ranges […]

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Canalys: Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3 2019, almost tripling Google

The global smart speaker market is on the upswing, according to Canalys, which today released shipment estimates for the most recent fiscal quarter. The firm reports the segment grew 44% to reach 28.6 million units in Q3 2019, coinciding with substantial growth in the smart display category. Amazon shipped 10.4 million smart speakers in Q3 […]

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GitHub launches iOS app, Android app coming in 2020

Popular project collaboration tool GitHub today announced a range of upgrades for programmers and developers working together including the launch of a GitHub mobile app for iOS smartphones and iPads. An Android app will be released in early 2020, GitHub VP of engineering Dana Lawson told VentureBeat. GitHub on mobile devices will allow users to […]

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