The Comunicano Communique Sunday Edition for December 27th 2015

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The Sunday Edition of The Comunicano Communique is here. The idea behind the "Sunday Edition" is to curate more feature focused articles that can help you grow, think about how your business is run and identify trends in the world of business and technology. While the weekday editions tend to include more "hard news" the Sunday Edition will offer a greater mix of insight, perspective and opinion. I hope you enjoy it and, like the Sunday paper of days gone by, you read leisurely, without the pressures of the workday.

Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson

 
 
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How To Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets To Concentration

A question a lot of us are struggling with these days is "how to focus." Concentration seems hard. Why does everyone joke about having ADD? There's a reason... Ed Hallowell, former professor at Harvard Medical School and bestselling author of Driven to Distraction, says we have "culturally generated ADD."
 
 

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6 Reasons Why Bigger Is Not Better In Your Startup

Many passionate entrepreneurs fight to add more features into their new products and services, assuming that more function will make the solution more appealing to more customers. In reality, more features will more likely make the product confusing and less usable to all.
 
 

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The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Gone are the days of the 40-hour work week that kept us at work eight hours a day (I find that most startup founders or business owners in Silicon Valley work 50-60 hours a week). Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world.
 
 

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Drone jammers to guard top events

The system can detect, track and disrupt the controls of any rogue drones (Christopher Furlong) SOPHISTICATED drone-jamming technology is to be deployed at major public and sporting events in the UK following a successful trial at last month's Remembrance Sunday parade, The Sunday Times can reveal.

 
 

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Verizon Rumoured to Launch Premium Go90 with Zero-Rated Streaming Video Service

Verizon will introduce a paid version of its Go90 video streaming service in the first quarter next year, according to Barclays in its report to its trading clients about Verizon. The new service will be similar to what T-Mobile is offering via its 'Binge On', allowing subscribers to enjoy unlimited video streaming without eating into their monthly data allocation.
 
 

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2016: The year the freight industry goes online

Uber was founded just six years ago. It's come a long way since. In its latest funding round, Uber was valued at $68 billion, more than Netflix and Twitter combined. But industries change slowly. With all the hype, Uber still just has 13% market penetration in New York, with traditional taxi companies responding by also going online.
 
 

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The WiFi Scam That Could Steal Your Credit Card Info

Hotel WiFi is one of the most important amenities these days. But it can also create serious headaches for travelers. Josh Roberts of SmarterTravel.com weighs in on the newest WiFi scam and how you can protect yourself.
 
 

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Charities target social media influencers

Charities are turning to online stars with large YouTube audiences, following an approach increasingly used by big brands to reach new donors and volunteers. The Make-a-Wish Foundation, for children with life-threatening illnesses, DigDeep, the non-p

 
 

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11 Bitcoin Startups That Went Bust in 2015

This year was a time of further consolidation for the bitcoin industry. After what you might call a 'Wild West' period (when it seemed everyone with the urge was setting up their own bitcoin-based service), the space is now rapidly becoming more dominated by bigger, more professional outfits, often with serious funding to get them off to a solid start.

 
 

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Top 10 industry highlights of 2015

 
  As we step into 2016, ClickZ presents the most important news in digital marketing over the past year, such as Periscope's debut and Google's "Mobilegeddon." Looking back, 2015 was an exciting time to be in the digital marketing industry, with so many technology advances and product updates, as well as mergers and acquisitions.  
 

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The 25 Must-Download Apps of 2015

It's easy to get stuck in a rut using the same ol' apps day in and day out -- or maybe you're hoarding so many random Bejeweled Blitzes and fancy weather widgets you can't see the forest for the trees anymore. Either way, which new apps are actually worth a trip to the iTunes store?
 
 

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A Holiday Perspective On Technology And Consumerism

Holiday shopping, long a staple in American life, has undergone significant change over the past half century. The "Miracle on 34th Street" post-war tradition of heading downtown to Macy's or Bloomingdale's has evolved from quaintly old-fashioned to downright anachronistic.
 
 

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Columbia House Counting On Vinyl Resurgence For Its Revival

Millennials can be forgiven for not knowing about Columbia House because by the time they grew up this company had practically lost all of its importance that it held on to for decades. This mail-order service actually went bankrupt over the summer primarily because nobody wants to buy discs anymore when digital downloads and streaming have made life so much easier.
 
 

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5 ways developers can exploit geospatial tech in 2016

Since the rise of geospatial technology, applications like Facebook, Uber, and Grindr, have enabled users to engage with their surroundings to connect with friends, book a room, or set up a date. But the application of geospatial technologies is really in its infancy.
 
 

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Mark Cuban: I Don't Take Risks But I Sure Can Dance

I've considered Mark Cuban a friend since September 1997, when I flew from New York to New Orleans to attend a broadcast news industry conference. At the event - the Radio Television News Directors Association convention - I came across a exhibitor then known as AudioNet.
 
 

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Automating Tasks Save Time via API Services

As someone who is not a coder I've been a convert to API integration services for a long, long time. Using two services, Zapier and IFTTT, I've automated a lot of my social media as well as my daily routine tasks. I'm now playing with WorkFlow on my iPhone and iPad to do some of the same things while on the go.  

For example, each time I create a GoToMeeting session, an automated calendar routine is run, making it easy for me to send out calendar items to everyone with notes. This Zapier "Zap" leverages access to both the GoToMeeting API and the Google Calendar API. In parallel, and since other members of the Comunicano Team have the ability to set up calls on my conference bridge Zapier also accesses the same GTM API and calls the GMAIL API to send an email to me that a conference session was created. Another option I've "programmed" is to combine GoToMeeting and Twilio's SMS API to be alerted by SMS of the same information. If I wanted to I could also notify others on my team, post to a team calendar or notify someone else who needed to know what was scheduled if I had a real life assistant.

Over on the IFTTT API integration side , I've made it possible with various weather services to receive key information on a daily basis. Using an integration with Yahoo Weather I receive an alert the night before when it's going to rain, as well as the daily weather reports for places I tend to frequent. Yahoo pulls the data from the Weather Channel and IFTTT sends the details every morning into my inbox.  But, because I'm using IFTTT I don't need to know how to code at all to make the API work for me.

Another useful IFTTT integration takes advantage of my iPhone's GPS location data to tell my friends that I'm back in town via a FaceBook status post and in turn when I get back "home" the same type of alert goes out. I've set up individual alerts for places I frequent, thus eliminating the need to post each time on FaceBook.

These two services are not new, but the number of services they are integrating with keeps growing. For me, finding ways to eliminate having to manually do something by assigning it to a BOT is worth the time and effort to learn just what has been made both possible and easy.


The Comunicano Communique for Friday December 25th 2015

 
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Merry Christmas....While today is a holiday, the start of a three day weekend or the start of a ten day break for many, I'm still reading and curating news articles.  Today's Comunicano Communique features of course a story on Google's Santa Tracker, as well as a few hard news items about Kickstarter, IBM's Watson and Amazon, plus a bunch of lists to keep you well informed over the coming days of some of the best ofs...so have a happy, safe, sane and sincere holiday, wherever you may be.

Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson

 
 
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The engineering elves building Google's Santa Tracker 

SAN FRANCISCO---Google launched the start of its annual summertime I/O developer summit by championing Android's active user base of one billion and counting. It appears Santa Claus might be one of them. One of the internet giant's more charming projects, the Santa Tracker has become somewhat of a digital yuletide tradition over the last decade.

 
 

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Kickstarter hires journalist to investigate campaign that failed to deliver to backers

Failure is a part of crowdfunding. And Kickstarter is making a push to be more transparent about what that failure looks like and why it happens. Science and technology journalist Mark Harris announced this week that he has been hired by the Brooklyn-based crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to investigate and write an expose about why a crowdfunding campaign on its platform failed.
 
 

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IBM Watson: AI For The Real World

IBM Watson, the company's AI cognitive computing platform, has attracted an ecosystem of developers and users who are layering the technology on top of their own to make it even smarter. Here's an update on Watson's evolution and why IBM can confidently assure us it won't ever become HAL.

 
 

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Amazon Seeks to Ease Ties With UPS

As the clock counts down to Christmas, workers at United Parcel Service Inc. are busy hustling packages along loading docks and conveyor belts at its Louisville, Ky., hub-part of a costly, intricate system built in part to cater to Amazon.com Inc., its biggest customer.
 
 

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35 Cool Social Media Facts

Social media seems to have been with us forever. In fact Facebook has turned ten!...that is an eternity in tech. Social media is so old that the fun police have turned up and are threatening to ruin the party. The no rules and the dope smoking, beer swilling social media parties have started moving into the board room.
 
 

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13 Asian Startups To Watch In 2016

2015 was an eventful year for the tech industry in Asia. Funding started to flow in India, which is expected to become the world's second-largest Internet market soon, while many tech companies in China, South Korea, and Southeast Asia also hit key milestones.
 
 

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The European Startup Revolution has arrived

The following is my (slightly edited version) foreword of a new book that is being released today. Written by one of our co-founders, Croatian entrepreneur / writer Ivo Špigel, and co-published by Tech.eu, we're extremely proud to present you with 'The European Startup Revolution'.
 
 

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The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015

A year's worth of highlights from an increasingly vibrant genre Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > More than 300,000 podcasts exist in the world as of the close of 2015.
 
 

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12 Travel Apps Worth Keeping in 2016

Recently I deleted dozens of travel apps from my iPhone. Many are great. They allowed me to research unfamiliar places, listen to audio tours and turn my photos into postcards. But travel is about tapping the world, not a screen, so I'm ending the year with an app purge.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Thursday December 24th 2015

 
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Happy Holidays....I am spending lots of time going in and out of LAX so the news about Lyft (and Uber) is a wonderful holiday present to me. On demand travel services are amazing.

Last night when I went to catch up with a friend over a drink I used Uber. My total cost was $10.00 round trip. If I valeted it would have been that, plus a tip, not to mention concerns about DUI's or simply having to hassle with driving.

This holiday season, Uber or Lyft.

Today's Comunicano Communique has tips and suggestions and a few tid bits of insight....read on...!!

Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson

 
 
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Lyft launches service at LAX: Travel Weekly

Ground Transportation Lyft has become the first ride-sharing company to begin licensed service at Los Angeles International Airport. The company began pick-ups and drop-offs at LAX on Wednesday. The move came after an August vote of the Los Angeles City Council that paved the way for Lyft and its main rival, Uber, to apply for licensed operations at LAX.
 
 

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For Parental Controls, iPhones Beat Androids

CHILDREN who were on the "nice" list this year may soon unwrap smartphones as holiday gifts. But parents may be wary of the naughty things that children can do with the gadgets - and with good reason.
 
 

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Building a Video Conferencing Culture

Animation number 2. You have the video conferencing technology in the company, but the staff are not using it. What do you do? Follow our simple guide and make the most of your investment. Read our white paper on office champions and create the correct culture. http://inbound.videocall.co.uk/download-creating-a-video-conferencing-culture
 
 

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5 misconceptions about shipping refunds

 
  1. If a shipment is delivered late, you will receive the late shipment fee automatically. NO. That is not quite it works. UPS and FedEx advertise and market their on-time delivery guarantee. What they don't tell you is this: they don't wire you the money they owe you when they goof up.  
 

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How Do Successful People's Sleep Patterns Compare to the Average American?

Are successful people's sleep patterns giving them a leg-up on average people? "Successful" people get more shut-eye than you might expect, with more than 50% of 21 surveyed clocking in at 6-8 hours every night. An infographic put together by a U.K.
 
 

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20+ Fitness Tools that Track Your Exercise, Meals, Sleep, and More

Quick: How many hours of sleep did you get the night before your most recent productive day? What did you eat for breakfast? Did you exercise at all, or meditate when you woke up? We all have days that feel more productive than others, when our brains feel focused, clear...
 
 

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Logos vs. Brand - Advice for Food & Drink Businesses & Hotels Powered by RebelMouse

Entrepreneurs who are in food and drink businesses & hotels should aim at turning their business into a brand. This is the ultimate aim of business owners, as they want to sideline competition in a big way. When customers see your business as a brand, they start believing in it without doubting qu...
 
 

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Beat Boredom: 21 of the Best Podcasts, Movies, Shows, Books & Apps to Keep You Entertained While Traveling

Whether you're driving across town, stuck on a layover, or settling down for an overnight train ride, you're going to have some time to kill the next time you travel. If you're anything like me, spending hours window shopping at the airport or scrolling aimlessly through your Facebook News Feed feels like a total waste of time.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Wednesday December 23rd 2015

 
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It's Wednesday before Christmas. In looking for the news I found a few tidbits for travelers, an acquisition by former client Truphone in the IoT space, moves being made by Google, a spat between T-Mobile and YouTube, the fact that the Beatles are giving us all a long lasting holiday present, insights about the changing face of in store retail marketing, how Uber manages to win and more.

Have a view on the news today? Please let me know what you think....Andy Abramson

 
 
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Google Accuses T-Mobile of Throttling YouTube Traffic

Google Accuses T-Mobile of Throttling YouTube Traffic Google has accused T-Mobile of throttling YouTube traffic, even when customers are opted out of the company's Binge On service. As we noted last month, T-Mobile's new Binge On service exempts video services from the company's data caps, but throttles that content back to 480p.
 
 

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Google Plans New, Smarter Messaging App

News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. Users will be able to text friends or a chatbot that will scour the Web and other sources to answer a question Google is building a new mobile-messaging service that taps its artificial intelligence know-how and so-called chatbot technology to try to catch rivals including Facebook Inc.
 
 

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Genius for Android Detects the Song You're Playing, Provides Lyrics

If you ever needed an Android app that could not only recognise the song playing on your phone, but also display its lyrics, you will want to check Genius. The app added the latter feature in a recent update. The feature is not available on Genius' iOS app.
 
 

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The Beatles Are Coming to Apple Music, Spotify and Everywhere Else on Christmas Eve

You can spend Christmas streaming the Beatles. The world's most famous band will finally be available on streaming music services, starting this Thursday, Christmas Eve. And they'll be available very, very widely: Industry sources say that the Fab Four's music will be on all of the obvious music services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play and Tidal, as well as some you might not expect, including Amazon's Prime Music.
 
 

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New NBA Store Has an 'Endless Aisle' Thanks to E-Commerce Partner

E-commerce is increasingly invading physical retail, and the National Basketball Association is jumping on board. The league's new capabilities were on display on Monday - the grand opening day for the new NBA flagship store at 5th Avenue and 45th Street in New York City.
 
 

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Five Trends Ready to Disrupt In-Store Retail in 2016 | Xconomy

With 2015 coming to a close, retailers are looking ahead for the next wave of technology that will impact in-store innovation. While we're still waiting for some popular 2015 predictions to take off, including the merging of online recommendation engines with in-store visits, other trends such as e-commerce sites opening more brick and mortar locations and the increased focus on mobile continue to flourish.
 
 

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Data guru who changed baseball to help scientists

Economist Paul DePodesta, whose pioneering methods for evaluating baseball players were lionized in the movie "Moneyball," has been hired by the Scripps Translational Science Institute in La Jolla to find new ways to analyze medical data.
 
 

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Comcast installs DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit class modem on live network in Philadelphia

Comcast, the largest broadband provider by subscribers in the United States, has announced what it claims is the installation of the world's first live DOCSIS 3.1 modem on a customer-facing network. Having deployed the equipment in a property in Philadelphia late last month, the cableco said this represented 'the next important step forward in delivering Gigabit speed broadband over [its] hybrid-fibre coaxial (HFC) network'.
 
 

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UK Start-up Truphone Acquires IoT Connectivity Management Platform From CoSwitched

UK based global mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), Truphone announced the acquisition of the Internet of Things)(IoT) Connectivity Management Platform from CoSwitched, an IoT start-up providing management platform for connected machines, such as connected cars, asset trackers or smart meters.
 
 

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Uber backed by competition watchdog in TfL regulation battle

Uber has been given a boost in its attempts to stave off proposed changes to regulating the taxi trade in London, after the competition authority said the reforms would not serve the public interest.
 
 

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12 Best Long-Haul Airline Seats in the Sky to Fly in 2016

Long-haul flight can be excruciating, but it doesn't need to be. Aeronautics engineers, aircraft manufacturers, designers, and airlines have collaborated to improve the choices available, introducing cabins which could make flying long distances bearable again.
 
 

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The Best Restaurant in America's 40 Biggest Airports

Because no one likes having to settle for the Spear O Mint Life Savers in the baggage-claim vending machines, we've painstakingly sought out the best restaurant and its precise location in each of the 40 largest American airports. Please adjust your travel plans accordingly.
 
 

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The Comunicano Comnunique for Tuesday December 22nd 2015

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It's Tuesday and the news is S L O W !!!! But yesterday Skype Microsoft made an acquisition of sorts, snapping up Talko. I played around with the HyperVoice based Talko when it first was released and understand the premise. For Skype think of this as an acquihire that includes some forward looking technology that they need to keep up with Cisco.

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Talko comes to Skype

I am pleased to announce today that Microsoft has acquired technology from Talko, maker of an innovative mobile app for on-the-go business communications. As part of the agreement, Talko employees will join the Skype team. Together, the new technology and talent will help us deliver great new features and capabilities in both Skype and Skype for Business.

 
 

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If you like Stephen Colbert's sense of humor or are a StarWars fan you have to watch his "Plot Summary" riff. It's too funny to miss.

 
 
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Stephen Explains "Star Wars" To China

When the first "Star Wars" came out in 1977, western media was suppressed in China. So to get his Chinese viewers excited about the new film, Stephen sums up what they missed.
 
 

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How APIs are Disrupting Business

Changing the world, one API Enterprise at a time. In today's installment of #BigIdeas2016, I'd like to take a quick minute to talk about how APIs are disrupting not just the tech industry, but all of business. Application programming interfaces or APIs, are one of the driving forces behind a lot of digital disruption out there.
 
 

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Zapier soothes BYOA woes, connecting APIs from enterprise apps

The story of how Zapier got its start is not dissimilar to that of many other startups. The company, which offers app integration and automation services, began when its founders started noticing a distinct trend in their previous work.

 
 

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The 10 Biggest Tech Trends for 2016

If you already feel like you are living in a sci-fi futuristic fantasy, just wait. Technology is getting exponentially faster, more immersive and intuitive. And as technology changes, so does the way we live.
 
 

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Hospitality Net - Are Virtual Reality Concierges Coming?

In the next several years, virtual reality is expected to see massive adoption. According to Digi-Capital, VR is predicted to grow into a $30 billion industry by 2020. Already, a number of large and small hospitality brands are utilizing this new technology to reach and engage guests. But what does this look like?

 
 

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Fact-Checking the Debate on Encryption

As politicians and counter-terrorism officials search for lessons from the recent attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, senior officials have called for limits on technology that sends encrypted messages. It's a debate that has repeatedly recurred for more than a decade.In the 1990s, the Clinton Administration directed technology companies to store copies of their encryption keys with the government.
 
 

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CES 2016: What Not to Miss for Marketing and Media Professionals

An informed look into the must-see brands, startups and events from PSFK's conference guide Virtual media environments, connected home ecosystems and emotion-controlled entertainment have shaped the media and marketing landscapes of today. The integration of such future-focused technologies into brand experience has presented ever more opportunities to reach an audience, allowing brands to design for more immersive and hyper-targeted conversations.
 
 

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The Delivery Economy Redux

Of late I've been living in Los Angeles, enjoying Gigabit Ethernet Broadband from Race Communications, and now mostly seeing speeds in the 800 megabit range. Their tech support is exquisite and their people first rate. By living in the nation's second biggest metropolitan area I've also been exposed to what I'm referring to as the delivery economy. Literally whatever you want can be delivered, and between Amazon Fresh, Now, Pantry plus Google Express I've experienced the good and the bad sides of it.

The good and great comes from Google Express. What you order is to you in about 4 hours or the next day. You place your order from say Costco, get your. Costco membership points, avoid the lines at Costco (and are they always packed) and the Express team brings them to your door. Amazon is a whole different story. As an Amazon Prime member delivery is really like playing Russian Roulette. It may come via UPS and my super switched on UPS driver Darren, who after the first package he delivered knew me and my name on sight when he saw me at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

Don't dare call him a delivery man. He's a route manager and his polish and professionalism is to be recognized. But the packages that come via the US Postal Service, well, you'll get lies of attempted delivery when your home with the mailman (not our regular carrier-she's awesome) on the team that handles the Amazon packages, reporting business closed when the UPS Store is open, or deliveries to the flat never being dropped off because the mail carrier doesn't know how to wait for the property office to open or worse, just leaving the Amazon Fresh totes in the unattended lobby where the Velcro sealed bag can easily be taken, touched or tampered with.

Then there's Uber Eats. For $10.00 you can get lunch in ten minutes from some of L.A.'s finest eateries. Then there's Postmates-order from anywhere, get anything and someone will drive, pay, pick up and deliver. The experience has been hit or miss, but my last experience with awesome Korean food was worth giving them thumbs up on an angle.

And lastly there's Task Rabbit. My two taskers were awesome. Between household organization and putting furniture together from Ikea, the experience was nothing short of delightful. What's more, they show up on time, provide really good conversation and made my move in really, really smooth.

That's the delivery economy in action, and I can safely say, other than Amazon Fresh, they have all really DELIVERED!


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The Comunicano Communique for Monday December 21st 2015

 
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Happy Monday. It's a holiday week Monday which means news is not exactly pouring out of anywhere. That's why today's Comunicano Communique is chock full of lists, trend data and worthwhile suggestions from marketeers. My favorite is the second story, "Why Brands Should Create Less Content" as it's all about something at Comunicano we espouse. That is having our clients customers successes be the story.Translation--THE CASE STUDY.  But there's more great reading in the stories curated today...so READ ON..

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Homes with broadband Internet hit plateau

The percentage of U.S. homes with high-speed broadband Internet service has significantly fallen for the first time, as a growing number of Americans are relying solely on mobile broadband service via smartphones. Overall, about 67% of U.S. homes have broadband connectivity, down from 70% in 2013, according to the new Home Broadband report, out today from the Pew Research Center.
 
 

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Why Your Brand Should Create Less Content

Digital Marketing by Kristen Matthews Kristen Matthews is the marketing and community manager at GroupHigh, a blogger identification and analysis platform. She loves the collaborative elements of digital and social marketing, so don't hesitate to reach out to her at any time. Quick! It's time to audit the amount of content on your social channels.
 
 

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Unilever CMO reveals hot trends in marketing to consumers

Keith Weed is the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant. He is responsible for all the Company's Marketing and Communications, which involves not only the external marketing to consumers, but all internal communications as well. He also steers their Sustainable Business function.
 
 

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A Marketer's Guide to Social Shopping Integrations

Social Media Strategy by Tate Handy Tate Handy is the Outreach Manager at Digital Third Coast, a marketing firm located in Chicago. Your friendly neighborhood social media giants seemed to have cracked the code when it comes to advertising.
 
 

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The 9 startups that secretly run the Internet

Sure, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are tech titans, making billions by selling web hosting and other services to the biggest businesses in the world. But they can't be everywhere. And there are plenty of startups that help the web run smoothly, behind the scenes, in ways you don't even realize.
 
 

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Intelligence Should Recruit Like Google

An interesting story made the rounds back in August. While conducting a search for "python lambda function list comprehension," programmer Max Rosett was suddenly invited to attempt a cryptic coding challenge. After completing it, he was contacted by Google - where he now works.
 
 

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Startup runs its app without servers or virtual machines

The founders of Teletext.io, Marcel Panse and Sander Nagtegaal, are into quirky work rules. For example, when meetings at an earlier startup of theirs went too long, a rule was instituted that speakers must dance while they talk. Teletext.io, a content management as a service platform, has its own unusual rule: Its developers can't use any servers or virtual machines.
 
 

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An Old-Media Empire, Axel Springer Reboots for the Digital Age

BERLIN - When Mathias Döpfner, chief executive of Axel Springer, and a handful of his top managers first set their sights on the United States three years ago, it was with notebooks in hand, rather than checkbooks.
 
 

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Against all odds, print books are on the rise again in the US

For the last half decade, ever since digital books and e-readers first came on the scene, news headlines have been at war. "The physical book is dead," some reports declared, while others vehemently argued for the eternality of the printed word. Data, actually, supports the latter sentiment.
 
 

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16 mobile theses

 
  We're now coming up to 9 years since the launch of the iPhone kicked off the smartphone revolution, and some of the first phases are over - Apple and Google both won the platform war, mostly, Facebook made the transition, mostly, and it's now perfectly clear that mobile is the future of technology and of the internet.  
 

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26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation. In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and human waste by a special processor. In February, social workers and computer scientists came up with an algorithm to prevent the spread of HIV among homeless youth.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Friday December 18th 2015

 
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I love Friday News...It's always so much more "feature" and "trend" than the Monday and Tuesday news that's always hard news, good news. So today you'll see a series of stories about the changes coming in a few sectors and gain insight into how quietly disruptive technology really is.

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Big IPO, Tiny Payout for Many Startup Workers

Jeff Sutton led the corporate IT team at Box for four years, as the online file-sharing company grew from 50 employees to more than 1,000. He joined Box from IBM, making about $95,000 a year-forgoing the higher salary somebody with his decade of experience in systems administration could have made so he could collect stock options, roughly 21,000 in all.
 
 

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Beyond Plastic: Credit Card Companies Experiment With Rings, Watches as New Ways to Pay

MasterCard and Visa Are Hoping to Attract Millennials Paying with plastic is so last season. In recent months, credit card companies such as MasterCard and Visa have introduced alternative methods of paying for goods and services -- an innovative technology trend that is only expected to intensify in 2016.
 
 

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Mobile Impact On Payments, Commerce Innovation | PYMNTS.com

It's becoming increasingly evident that payments, commerce, tech and mobile are colliding at the intersection of innovation, but how those industries will evolve has yet to be seen. But today's innovations are paving the way for what's to come in 2016.
 
 

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WATCH: These devices are giving first responders superpowers

A number of new tech innovations are helping first responders save lives more quickly during emergencies. The Bounce Imaging Explorer is a sphere with cameras and sensors, which allows first responders to survey the scene in hard-to-access scenarios such as oxygen-deprived spaces, hostage situations, collapsed or burned buildings.
 
 

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Self-Destruction and Access-Control Tools Are the New Security Standard

Ephemeral systems regulate sensitive information and reinforce privacy The Future of Digital Safety & Security: A Consumer Guide is a 10-week series from and MasterCard exploring the key trends that are defining the future of digital safety & security. You can read and share the full report on our Slideshare page.
 
 

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Sell Less & Teach More: The 4 Roles of a New Business Director

I'd like you to make a mental shift today, one that has proven to make already successful new business people stars within their respective agencies. For many in the role of business development, one of the most challenging aspects is that of proactive prospecting.
 
 

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150 MNOs Have Launched HD Voice Service - GSA

GSA, the Global mobile Suppliers Association, announced today that 150 mobile operators in 87 countries have launched HD voice service enabled by W-AMR technology, including 40 VoLTE deployments. Of this, 128 deployments are on 3G/HSPA networks, 17 deployments are on 2G/GSM networks and 40 deployments are on LTE networks (VoLTE).
 
 

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Amazon Fire TV's new apps include NBC, Fox Now, Food Network, and GoPro

The TV-app arms race is showing no signs of slowing down as a slew of new apps land on Amazon's Fire TV streamers. The latest additions include NBC, NBC Sports Live Extra, Watch Food Network, Watch HGTV, Watch Travel Channel, and Fox Now.
 
 

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Regulators want to talk to AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile about sponsored data

Federal regulators have asked AT&T, Comcast and T-Mobile to meet with them to discuss a growing and controversial business tactic: Offering Americans access to certain online services, such as Netflix or Spotify, without those services eating away at their monthly data caps.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Wednesday December 16th 2015

 
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Google and Slack both took advantage of the news slowdown to make noise today. Yesterday Slack announced their $80 million dollar developer fund to generate more integrations with what is rapidly becoming the Enterprise and Small Business home screen for team and cross team collaboration. 

Google made ProjectFI very relevant for global data users. Today they announced the addition of tablet deployment. The key. International at flat rate as they are basically jumping on T-Mobile's global roaming partnership platform.
 

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Google brings Project Fi data service to iPads, Nexus and Galaxy tablets | ZDNet

Google's pay-for-what-you-use Project Fi phone service has a new trick and a new SIM card: One for adding data to tablets. New Project Fi SIM cards will soon be available for an initial five tablets although Google says that any slate equipped with a radio compatible with T-Mobile's network may work.
 
 

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The Slack Platform Launch

We live in an exciting time for work. Instead of three or four big vendors providing end-to-end software suites, we have a variety of top notch products at our fingertips ready to make us more powerful and productive in our jobs.
 
 

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Slack Launches $80 Million Fund to Boost Third-Party Development

Workplace collaboration company Slack says it has set up an investment fund intended to make early-stage investments in companies building apps that will enhance its popular application. The $80 million Slack Fund has been established in partnership with venture capital firms Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, KPCB, Spark Growth and Social Capital.
 
 

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The Ignored Generation: 25 Stats Brands Should Know About Marketing to Baby Boomers

The marketing industry is obsessed with millennials: what they want, how they think, how they buy, and ultimately, how to "engage" with them. Yet, while an important and influential consumer demographic, they have no where near the buying power of their seniors: the baby boomers.
 
 

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IBM Unveils Watson IoT Global HQ | Light Reading

MUNICH -- IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced the opening of its global headquarters for Watson Internet of Things (IoT), launching a series of new offerings, capabilities and ecosystem partners designed to extend the power of cognitive computing to the billions of connected devices, sensors and systems that comprise the IoT.
 
 

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4 Key Brands Changing the Face of Retail Trends

How national retailers like Starbucks and Target are evolving the shopper experience across channels and platforms Retail innovation is often credited to the little guys-quirky companies and specialized startups that invent technologies to disrupt an industry. However, several larger brands that have adopted a forward-thinking strategy are leveraging new technologies to enhance the shopper experience and establish a new paradigm in customer service.
 
 

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Pinterest To Open Promoted Pins For All US Businesses

The Pinterest waitlist waiting will soon be over. The company said today that starting in January all US advertisers will be able to buy Promoted Pins. The company officially launched Promoted Pins, its first advertising product, last January but limited access to partner advertisers.
 
 

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Thanks To Google, Your Phone Now Doubles As A Lightsaber

Every single time I see something else pushing "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" I roll my eyes. And then I try something else where I think "OK, that was pretty smart." Disney has teamed up with every brand known to man to promote the film, which premiered last night in Los Angeles.
 
 

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