The Comunicano Communique for Monday February 8th 2016

 
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The Super Bowl News Hangover continues, as most of the news is still tied to the Big Game. News releases, news accounts, what made the game happen, news behind the news is all pouring out. And there's some good one from after and before the game worth reading. But there's more out there, including some stories from late last week you may have missed.

Also, catch me today February, 8th at 1:45 PM PST for my live discussion on @BizRockstars  - with Ken Rutkowski across the nation and watch my interview live on  under the watch live tab at BusinessRockstars.com.

May today be YOUR SUPER DAY. 

Enjoy your day and enjoy the news..

 
 
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Hashtags In Super Bowl Ads Slightly Dropped To 45% For 2016

Hashtags were in 45% of Super Bowl 50 ads, down 45% last year and the lowest percentage since Marketing Land has been tracking their usage with Super Bowl ads over the past five years. Still, it was a pretty healthy percentage. Twitter and Facebook tied the most mentioned social networks though neither was explicitly mentioned much.
 
 

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Super Bowl 50's data deluge: How much is too much?

Do you remember the "Announcerless Game?" On December 20, 1980, an otherwise insignificant game between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins, teams trudging toward the end of dreary seasons, became famous - or infamous - because of a controversial experiment by the NBC television network.
 
 

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In Silicon Valley, N.F.L. Eyes Its Future

SAN FRANCISCO - On any given Sunday during football season, the N.F.L., a league that promotes itself as a standard-bearer of innovation, produces games that are analog at their core. The leather ball has been stitched the same way for decades, and the chain gangs hold the first-down markers like crossing guards at a busy street corner.
 
 

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Here Are the Tech Companies Breaking the Bank for Super Bowl 50 Ads

If there's one thing tech likes, it's scale. And what has more scale than the Super Bowl? It's a really big audience, all in one place, riveted to the screen. That's why Internet companies are willing to toss aside their better instincts about data-savvy consumer segmentation and spend for a TV appearance during the big game.
 
 

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Why Amazon is doubling down on lobbying

 
  Amazon nearly doubled its lobbying expenditures in 2015 versus the previous year, spending $9.4 million dollars trying to sway Congress and executive agencies. The jump puts Amazon's lobbying efforts in the same league as other tech giants like Microsoft and Facebook -- and reflects how the company's expanding business interests have raised the stakes of its relationship with the government.  
 

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Wildly Popular App Kik Offers Teenagers, and Predators, Anonymity

The allegations are beyond chilling: two Virginia Tech freshmen charged with the premeditated kidnapping and killing of a 13-year-old girl who, authorities say, communicated with her murderer online. But the way they chatted - on a wildly popular messaging app called Kik - has increasingly become a source of concern for law enforcement.
 
 

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Google virtual reality should be WAY better than Cardboard

Google is readying a new VR headset, say rumor-mongers. The inevitable "people familiar with its plans" have scurried out the woodwork to spill these fascinating legumes. Well, it's fascinating if you believe that VR is The Next Big Thing. But not so much if you see it as a load of over-hyped nonsense.
 
 

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Google confirms Hangouts will now use peer-to-peer connections to improve call quality and speed

Google Hangouts has received a small but important backend upgrade: peer-to-peer (p2p) connections. Google confirmed to VentureBeat that the functionality started rolling out to all users this week. Reddit user kxra spotted the addition in their Hangouts for Android app yesterday. We reached out to Google to gauge what exactly the feature meant for users.
 
 

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Uber's design boss leaves following disastrous rebranding

Logo is a circle with a square in the middle set for riders Hexagon with a square in middle has been designed for drivers Logos reflect concepts of 'bits and atoms' and small floor tiles The man behind Uber's radical redesign of the brand has left the firm.
 
 

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How Mick Jagger's HBO Series 'Vinyl' Will Pay Tribute To David Bowie - Noah Bean Set To Play 'Starman' Singer

TV The Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese-produced series was already deep into production when rock icon David Bowie died in January. The series, which revolves around the music business in the 1970s, already planned a cameo by Bowie, of sorts.
 
 

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It's not Cyberspace anymore. - Data & Society: Points

It's been 20 years - 20 years!? - since John Perry Barlow handed out paper copies of his " A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace " to the government and corporate leaders who descend on a certain snowy resort town each year as part of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
 
 

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What Do Industry Insiders Think Will Happen in VC in 2016? | Bothsides of the Table

"This is the year the tortoise may gain on the hare." There are a lot of data points that one can observer to get a sense of the venture capital markets - both LP fundings into venture and VC financings of startups. They point to some widely known facts: financings & valuations are up massively ...
 
 

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Email sucks for building a working relationship

Messaging apps make me a better VC As a VC, I spend my life helping startups. I'm constantly looking for ways to do it more and do it better. I was giving the White Star team an update on one of our EU portfolio companies recently.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Tuesday February 2nd 201

 
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The changing landscape of mobile and impact of T-Mobile in the USA is clearly being felt at AT&T with changes at the top of the mobile business. With TMO being very much about delivering streamed music and video, AT&T goes out and spends money on DirectTV, forgetting its lessons from Cruisecast and cable tv deals (right ideas, wrong team, time). Where AT&T is about owning, T-Mobile simply says "we're a pipe, fill it" and as stats are showing, they're gaining not only customers but improving their network, getting close to the USAs best network for data, Verizon.

We also have some news about client YipTV today, some insights on the European tech scene, how streaming music now counts towards gold and platinum record status and more...

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AT&T shuffles leadership to tie video, mobile services together

AT&T shook up the responsibilities of its upper ranks as it starts to position the combination of video and mobile at the forefront of its business. The Dallas telecommunications giant appointed longtime mobile head Ralph de la Vega vice chairman and put him in charge of the business and international parts of the company.
 
 

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New OpenSignal Report Is Really Good News for T-Mobile

T-Mobile's 700MHz rollout is making a big difference. According to a new report from wireless testing firm OpenSignal, T-Mobile's LTE coverage now "nearly matches AT&T...and is closing the gap with Verizon." T-Mobile also won the most awards out of the four carriers in OpenSignal's latest "State of Mobile Networks: USA" report, which came out today and involves tests from Oct.
 
 

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Is Iliad poised to wreak havoc in the UK mobile market now? 
 
 

Telecoms group Iliad is regarded as a cautionary tale, since its Free Mobile unit threw the French mobile market into disarray, and the group's chairman Xavier Niel has made it clear he would like to repeat the trick outside his home country.

 
 

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YipTV Plugs Into Akamai

YipTV said has hooked into with Akamai's cloud-based platform to deliver an OTT service that features more than 100 "channels," including 18 live TV streams. Launched in May 2015, YipTV's no-contract, $14.99 per month service focused on Spanish-language video services is offered on several platforms, including iOS and Android mobile devices, select smart TVs, Web browsers, Apple TV boxes and via the Google Chromecast streaming adapter.
 
 

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The RIAA Finally Bows to Streaming, Making 17 Artists' Albums Go Gold and Platinum

Call it the Anti effect, or just call it getting hip to the times. The Recording Industry Association of America just announced one of the biggest rule-changes in its history: As of Monday, the RIAA will now count streaming sales as part of its singles and albums certification process, making 17 albums automatically certified gold (500,000) or platinum (1 million) with the news.
 
 

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Roku Launches Hybrid OTT & Enhanced Home Screen Offering for Operators

Roku recently announced that it is developing a hybrid set-­‐top box that will enable operators to offer linear and streaming services through a single device to consumers. Sky will be the first Roku Powered operator to deploy the new hybrid set-­‐top box later this year as part of its popular NOW TV service in the UK.
 
 

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Uber Cuts Prices-and Kneecaps Drivers

NEW YORK - If anger sums up the mood of this election season, then some of it seems to have rubbed off on the city's Uber drivers. A crowd of 600 drivers gathered outside the Uber office in Long Island City, Queens to protest a 15 percent reduction in fares last month, which also means 15 percent lower wages.
 
 

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William Shatner's Negotiator Priceline Pitchman Is Dead Again

Priceline.com has revamped its website, apps, and marketing, transforming its television advertising pitchman William Shatner from The Negotiator to a faceless narrator based in part on changing traveler behavior. The new online and offline advertising campaign includes Facebook mobile targeting that's personalized as consumers "learn of their friends' life moments from status changes," Priceline.com states, and a Super Bowl pre-game ad.
 
 

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Better inflight wifi over North Atlantic is months away: Intelsat CEO

Passengers flying across the North Atlantic are growing increasingly accustomed to having the option to connect to the Internet in-flight. Lufthansa, Aer Lingus, United and select American flights are among those offering Panasonic Avionics' Ku-band connectivity solution on board, and Delta is fitting its longhaul fleet with Gogo Ku.
 
 

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Once Deemed Evil, Google Now Embraces "Paid Inclusion"

Back when Google was an upstart search engine, one way it distinguished itself was to fight against a pay-to-play business model called "paid inclusion." Indeed, paid inclusion was one of the original sins Google listed as part of its "Don't Be Evil" creed.
 
 

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European Tech Exits Report: In 2015, we tracked 594 deals worth €136.75 billion (up 71% from 2014) - Tech.eu

Since we started, one of the key aims of the team at Tech.eu has been to track all of the funding rounds and exits in Europe, providing the most comprehensive and accurate record and analysis of the European technology scene.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Monday February 1st 2016

 
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Last year when asked what I do, I started to describe Comunicano as being in the value creation business for our clients. Some peers initially questioned the terminology, but I continue to contend with forty former clients who have successfully exited, that what we do as an agency is exactly that, create value for the founders and investors. That's why the first article is all about what we have been saying, and it's always nice to have third party validation by one's peer, directly or indirectly.

The numbers also don't lie. Of the 40 clients, the publicly known number related to value created is $2.1 billion, with another $400 million between the other 18 that didn't disclose actual acquisition price. Humbly speaking, I'm not including MGI-USA, an apparel company we helped with their Handcuff's line, which was acquired or any of the large company M&A's which have occurred either like Nokia, AT&T or AOL. 

This article supports also our direction of Comunicano being more than a PR firm, with PR being one of the things we do. At our core we look at communications as strategic leverage for the leadership of a company to deploy, not simply a tactical publicity effort. This starts, as the article points out, with the company's story. That drives positioning and in turn provides the basis for the external and internal messaging.

It's also why we believe that the CEO needs to be the company's best storyteller, not simply a figurehead, who comes out only a few times a year when the company is in its early stages. CEO's need to be the stars of the team, with a supporting cast who can also tell the same story, and go deep in lock step with the CEO's storyline, another point the article points out.

Read on...and tell me what you think...

 
 
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CEOs May Be Worth More Than the Businesses They Lead-And Communicators Play a Big Valuation Role

According to a new international poll of analysts, city editors and correspondents, exceptional CEOs, in the view of more than a third of respondents, represent 50% or more of the value of the businesses they lead. In December 2015 and January 2016, London-based Houston PR canvassed the views of editors, correspondents, analysts and in-house communications professionals in the UK and the U.S.

 
 

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Donald Trump's tantrums drive web traffic-helping him game the entire American media

Donald Trump's latest media kerfuffle with Fox News over its anchor Megyn Kelly is just the most visible conundrum he's presented to America's media. Trump's withdrawal from the Jan. 28 debate, the last before the Iowa caucuses, seems to have dragged down Fox's ratings, which ultimately should translate to lower revenue.
 
 

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Uber customers have saved $30 MILLION since it launched in Australia

Uber customers saved more than $30 million on fares since app launched Average fare is 20 per cent less than average taxi price, new report found Wait times for uberX users are almost more than three minutes shorter Deloitte Access Economics studied Uber's performance since April 2014 See the latest news on Uber at www.dailymail.co.uk/uber Uber customers have saved more than $30 million on fares since the ride-sharing app launched in Australia, a new report has found.
 
 

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NYC Launches Investigation Into Hackable Baby Monitors

Few scenarios conjure up digital nightmares darker than a hacked, Internet-connected camera pointing at a baby's crib. After a string of incidents in which hackers have watched or even verbally harassed children through baby monitors, the devices have come to represent everything that's wrong with the Internet of things.
 
 

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Hollywood Studios Leading $50M Investment in Mobile Movie Ticketing App

A trio of Hollywood studios are leading a $50 million investment in startup Atom Tickets, an online movie ticketing app that's set to launch this summer, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Atom is designed to increase moviegoing among friends and groups by polling preferences and suggesting times that are good for everyone.
 
 

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Inside the FCC's audacious plan to blow up the cable box

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler dropped a bomb on the cable television1 industry yesterday with his proposal to allow any manufacturer to create cable boxes that can access pay-TV service. (The FCC is calling this plan #unlockthebox, because 1. "competitive head-end navigation" is a terrible name and 2.
 
 

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New Technologies Give Government Ample Means to Track Suspects, Study Finds

WASHINGTON - For more than two years the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies have warned that encrypted communications are creating a "going dark" crisis that will keep them from tracking terrorists and kidnappers.
 
 

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Nike's 'Better for It' Women's Campaign Gets Brand's First-Ever Scripted YouTube Series

Last April, Nike launched "Better for It," its largest and most integrated women's campaign to date. It was mostly traditional in its format-commercials, print ads, digital, etc.-if not in its message, which refreshingly acknowledged the average athlete's insecurities and other obstacles on her way to self-improvement and empowerment through sport and fitness.
 
 

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Your Most Creative Ideas Are the Hardest to Sell-But They Don't Have to Be

In the early 1990s, a group of screenwriters proposed something that had never been done at Disney: they wanted to make an animated movie based on an original concept. Departing from a half century of hits with time-honored tales like Cinderella and Snow White, they set out to write a fresh story from scratch.
 
 

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Should you Pitch First or Last at Demo Day?

Consider this scenario: Demo day at your accelerator is coming up soon and the organizers have asked you and the other start-ups in your cohort to sign up for a time to deliver your pitch to investors. Should you pick the first slot, the last slot, or a time in the middle?
 
 

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Fast Food Feud: Wendy's And Burger King Have A Tweet-Off

Fast Food Feud: Wendy's And Burger King Have A Tweet-Off Subscribe to UPROXX for More: https://goo.gl/wWFK2D Check out more of UPROXX here: http://www.uproxx.com https://twitter.com/uproxx https://facebook.com/uproxx UPROXX.com tracks the best of pop culture by tapping into the film, TV, music and sports zeitgeist on the internet.
 
 

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The Sunday Paper Edition- The Comunicano Communique for January 31st 2016

 
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Happy Sunday.....Facebook is going to disrupt sports and entertainment as we know it.  Forget TMZ. Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood. ESPNs SportsCenter.

Facebook with live, streaming video is now a live new outlet for real time news, sports and entertainment. How are they a news outlet? First, with their move to Stadium, they have set themselves up as a news outlet in sports. By becoming a news outlet that affords them protection in the USA by the First Amendment.

Next with photos and now live video, and their ability to aggregate and share content, they are going to be able to use their massive audience delivery platform to be a NETWORK, just like FOX, ABC, the BBC, etc.

Third, their source material, at least in the USA can't be blocked, jammed or otherwise intercepted, thanks to the Communications Act of 1934 and 1996 with regard to unlawful intercept and blocking. That means all the money which stadium and arena operators have put into networking their venues so the "fan experience" is able to be one that's both "connected" and "socialized" also means they can't stop the content from leaving the building.

As someone who grew up in pro sports and entertainment, Facebook is going to really toss a monkey-wrench/spanner into the whole rights issues game as today, anyone with an iPhone with those sharp and clear add on lenses, a good seat at a game and a steady hand, a cool voice, and knowledge of the sport will be a net caster......

Next is Instagram, another Facebook property. It's become the engine of endorsement. Think commercials, but with the power in the hands of those with followers. Given the whole "never corders" as YipTV founder Mike Tribolet calls them, and their growing up digital without cable tv or landlines, Instagram + Facebook video will be how the sub 20 year old generation of today and tomorrow gets their news, shapes trends and defines "cool."

So if today's Communique has a "times are changing" or is all about "Changes", it's only fitting to bring some videos to the forefront about David Bowie, who was so much a driving force of change, not only in music, but as an icon for change in society.

David Bowie's passing touched many. As someone who grew up in the many phases and faces of David Bowie era from the 60's to today, to see and hear the comments and performances by so many stars is touching and endearing. I've been collecting these the past few weeks, and have been moved by the performances of Madonna, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, Rick Wakeman and the comments of Jimmy Fallon. Having also seen all of the musical stars perform in their own right, it's always fun to watch and hear artists do cover versions of other artists material. Madonna's may not be safe for the children, or for some workplaces, but between hers and Elton's  and the Boss' comments about going down to Philly on "Greyhound bus" the historical impact of Bowie can't be better expressed....so kick back, and enjoy some good old fashioned "rock and roll" this Sunday morning.

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

 
 
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Expanding Live Video to More People-News From Facebook

In December, we started testing the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, and it has been inspiring to see all the ways that people have used Live to connect with their friends and family. Today, we're excited to expand the ability to share live video to everyone in the U.S.

 
 

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How Instagram Changed the Celeb Crush

My back is turned, and I'm probably 12 years old, so the only thing I can imagine them doing is some sort of tight-lipped smooching. Maybe his hands are resting heavily on her shoulders. I'm resigned to my empty little corner of what must be a bed or a couch when I feel Joey's hand reach over and pinch my butt.
 
 

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Techiest Super Bowl ever: Silicon Valley's stadium girds for the big game

Levi's Stadium is one of the most high-powered venues in sports. On Super Bowl Sunday, we'll see if its network can handle the data-storm caused by throngs of smartphone-wielding fanatics.
 
 

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Media Trends in 2016: Why I'll Be Watching the Underdog

Forecasting the future is usually a fool's errand - especially in a fast-changing industry like media. But I recently recruited two brave colleagues to make their 2016 predictions for a new internal GE podcast, Marketing Decoded, and I loved our conversation so much, I wanted to share it.
 
 

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The Best TV is Korean TV: A Guide to Awesome K-dramas

Game of Thrones isn't on, you've finished Orange Is The New Black, and fall TV hasn't kicked in yet. You need something to get obsessed with. Allow me to suggest a Korean drama, or K-drama, as they're called.
 
 

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Jimmy Fallon Pays Tribute to David Bowie

Jimmy takes a moment to remember legendary entertainer David Bowie.
 
 

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Madonna's Tribute To David Bowie

Houston, Texas, January 12, 2016.
 
 

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Elton John Tribute to David Bowie

Private concert at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles Jan 13, 2016 to promote his new LP Wonderful Crazy Night. Elton describing hearing Bowie's 'Space Oddity' for the first time and his desire to have the same producers work with him in the early days.
 
 

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Bruce Springsteen: David Bowie Tribute (Pittsburgh)

Opening night of The River Tour 2016. Bruce performs Rebel Rebel as a tribute to David Bowie. Instagram: dustinjohns Twitter: dustinjohns
 
 

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Rick Wakeman's Tribute To David Bowie - Life On Mars

Rick Wakeman, pianist on the original Life On Mars, performs the song at Radio 2's piano in memory of David Bowie.
 
 

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Obama Pledges $4 Billion to Computer Science in US Schools

President Obama today pledged $4 billion in funding for computer science education in the nation's schools.
 
 

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The worst thing about driving is about to change

If you drive out to visit Disney's Epcot center in Orlando, Florida, you will arrive at one of the biggest parking lots in America. With room for 12,000 cars, it sprawls out over 7 million square feet-about the size of 122 football fields.
 
 

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Amazon's rent-a-Buddhist-monk service causes controversy in Japan

YACHIYO, Japan - In Japan, where communal ties to local Buddhist temples are fading, families have in recent years been able to go online to find a Buddhist monk to perform funerals and other rituals.
 
 

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Five Leadership Tips During Executive Turnover

This week hasn't been short on major corporate changes. On Sunday night, Twitter announced that four senior executives are leaving the company. It's the biggest leadership shakeup since CEO Jack Dorsey took over in order to breathe life back into the social media company.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Thursday January 28th, 2016

 
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Check out today's stories.......lots of good reading that's thought provoking. And not ONE about the Trump-Fox feud. You can read that everywhere else.  Lots of really well written pieces on a variety of subjects that are relevant to many of you in different ways. Start Up? Got a few. Growing a business.. Yup there's some. Tools? Sure got 'em. What's coming up from the big players? They're there...and much, much more...so have a read, over coffee--yes, that's included.

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

 
 
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F.C.C. Proposes Changes in Set-Top Box Market

WASHINGTON - The cable set-top box, long a scourge of consumers and a moneymaker for cable companies, appears set for a makeover. The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday announced a proposal that would make it much easier for subscribers of cable and satellite television to pick the boxes they use to watch programming.
 
 

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Aussie startup signs US deal worth up to $100 million

Chief executive and co-founder of Unlockd Matt Berriman in New York. Photo: Adam Lerner A Melbourne startup which offers a "freemium​" ad supported phone plan has signed a deal with Boost Mobile in the United States which it expects to be worth over $100 million in revenue.
 
 

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(Un)folding a virtual journey with Google Cardboard

A year and a half ago we introduced Google Cardboard, a simple cardboard viewer that anyone can use to experience mobile virtual reality (VR). With just Cardboard and the smartphone in your pocket, you can travel to faraway places and visit imagined worlds.
 
 

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Google reveals Cardboard virtual reality numbers, and VR films are the surprise winner

Just one day after we highlighted Google's apparent interest in creating virtual reality hardware, the company came out on Wednesday to refocus attention on Google Cardboard by revealing some numbers around its adoption rate.
 
 

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Mexico is having the grown-up conversation about marijuana that every country should have

Mexican lawmakers this week launched a national debate on a topic that officials around the world have been struggling to address: marijuana legalization. Over the next three weeks, the Mexican Congress is holding a series of public hearings (link in Spanish) on whether and how to regulate marijuana.
 
 

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Apple likely to debut iPad Air 3 at March event; new Apple Watch models revealed

Apple is planning to introduce new iPad hardware at an event in mid-March, according to sources, with the most likely device being a new iPad Air. This new iPad with a 9.7-inch screen, presumably to be called the "iPad Air 3," will be launched alongside the a new 4-inch iPhone known as the " iPhone 5se" and a series of new Apple Watch models.
 
 

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Siri, Alexa and Other Virtual Assistants Put to the Test

WHEN I asked Alexa earlier this week who was playing in the Super Bowl, she responded, somewhat monotonously, " Super Bowl 49's winner is New England Patriots." "Come on, that's last year's Super Bowl," I said. "Even I can do better than that." At the time, I was actually alone in my living room.
 
 

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New cloud storage options for Office mobile and Office Online - Office Blogs

Today, we're making Office even easier for customers to use with cloud storage providers by adding real-time co-authoring with Office Online for documents stored in partner cloud services, extending our Office for iOS integration to all partners in the CSPP, and enabling integration between Outlook.com and cloud storage providers Dropbox and Box.
 
 

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Box, Dropbox users can now edit Office documents together in real time

Business users who rely on cloud storage providers like Dropbox and Box now have some improved tools in their collaboration arsenal, thanks to a set of integrations that Microsoft announced Wednesday. Starting Wednesday, Office Online users can work in real time on documents, spreadsheets and presentations shared inside Box, Dropbox, Citrix ShareFile and Egnyte.
 
 

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Why are the elderly ignored by the tech industry?

The tech industry needs to stop being so dunderheaded about technology for the elderly. For the past decade, the industry has been laser-focused on transforming life and work for one rocketing market segment: 25-year-olds with money. It has routinely avoided, underestimated or remained ignorant about the world's other rocketing market segment: old people and the family members who take care of them.
 
 

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The end of app stores as we know them - Inside Intercom

Uber isn't just killing the taxi industry. Its relentless approach to distribution and scale is also putting a nail in the coffin of app stores. Smart companies like Uber are rewriting the app distribution rulebook. Instead of being a bland icon lost amongst millions of others,... Read more
 
 

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The Other Kind of Traction You Need to Get Funded

One of the earliest lessons a new VC learns is about building consensus within a firm. No matter what the voting structure is in your partnership, I think every VC can think of a deal that they got completely excited about, only to have the deal crash and burn when they showed it to the rest of their team.
 
 

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Coffee may not be as bad for your heart as you might think

Drinking coffee regularly does not cause the heart to beat more, a new study has found. The findings go against previous studies which suggested that drinking coffee raises the heart rate, and have prompted the research team to call for clinical recommendations against caffeine to be reconsidered.
 
 

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Food Testing Start-Up Looks to Stand Out With a New Wrinkle

Nothing unnerves consumers more and drives them away from a restaurant, food or beverage faster than a flurry of headlines about people being sickened by dreaded bacteria like E. coli or listeria. Just ask Chipotle Mexican Grill, which has been scrambling to recover from a multistate E.
 
 

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Every Imaginable Damn Startup Podcast Reviewed

As a long-distance commuter, I listen to a LOT of podcasts. And given the explosion in podcasts on tech startups, it's hard to keep track of them all. There really isn't a good discovery source, although Product Hunt and The Podcast Wire come closest. So here's the survey we've been missing.
 
 

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My Connected Day

Back in the day, when I was married, my wife, used to joke that if the hotel didn't have broadband or Wi-Fi, "Andy didn't stay there." It was why we installed cable broadband in her mother's house, and why over time her broadband went from cable to 100 meg fiber (which she still has). To me, as Ken Rutkowski and I used to say on the "World Technology Roundup," "stay connected" was and remains a way of life. 

Yesterday started out as it always does. Waking up, finding the laptop, a quick check of email, a peek at Facebook for notifications and to see who has a birthday and the publication of the "Comunicano Communique." Because I was on the road in Fort Lauderdale, I also had something important to do before leaving the hotel. That was to prepare for my keynote at IT Expo. To do that I did some quick reading on API's, the subject of the Keynote Panel that I hosted and led later that morning before a more than packed house. 

My keynote speech and panel flow were written yesterday morning. To do that I culled the panelists' information in WuFoo, a form builder, which sends completed forms to me via email, but which in the future with a Zapier integration will have the information sent from the form directly into a Google Docs file adding and appending the content from each one, something as I was preparing my talk, I realized I should have been doing all along as it would have saved about a minute of time on each speaker's input gather, as I cut and pasted. Next I began to write my opening. For that I decided to compare the business of API's to stock markets and central banks, about how they are now the lifeblood of the data economy, and in doing so, knew others would pick up on the meme and tweet it (which they did.)

Once I was ready to leave I summoned my Uber, and off I went. At IT Expo there was a really nice presentation on the changing workspace and place by a Polycom exec (I want that presentation deck), followed by an engaging chat about how sales and marketing don't always work together by a Shoretel VP....then it was my turn. I used my iPad 2 with the Brydge keyboard vs. my Mac Book, opening the Google Doc in the Google Drive App. It was as if I was on my Mac, with one difference, since the iPad has LTE, I never worry about connecting to a venue's WiFi, no matter how good it may be. If I'm presenting, I trust what I know works.

The panel ended on time, and being that I was a last minute addition this past Thursday, it was too late to change my noon flight. Uber was summoned and by 11:10 I was on my way to the airport for my NOON flight. A quick pick up of the ticket on Virgin America, and even faster TSA Pre-Check got me through security by 1128 and within two minutes I was at the gate, as the agents were starting to call boarding. 

Once on the plane, the iPad became my comms device. I turned off my cell phone, but charged it for the trip home (I would need an Uber once I landed in L.A.), and went through emails that had been coming in, smiling at all the Twitter alerts from the panel attendees and those not there. With email out of the way, a quick check in with my team via Skype chat and a review of Basecamp let me know all was under control. They called wheels up, and off we went, after a 20 minute delay due to weather. Once in the sky I pulled out my Mac Book and sat back and watch some TV programs I missed over the past few days. Watching TV programs while I fly coast to coast, or reading a book on the Kindle app on the iPad is a way to relax more when I travel. After two programs, I was back into work mode. Via a Twitter exchange with a few conference attendees I confirmed interest in carrying on discussions, and using a online calendaring tool or two (gosh there are many) I booked a few appointments as conference calls for later in the week. That's where being connected in the sky via GoGo on Virgin was so valuable.

As I crossed the country, bouncing over Mississippi and Texas due to weather, I was able to also work on a News Release for YIP TV with our Client Services lead, review a story deck with the Senior AE on the business, engage with a new client about our upcoming kick-off session, review terms of a contract and make a dinner date with some of my new friends in L.A. for Asian food. Heck, I even helped two friends re-connect, from up in the air,  further defining the "stay connected" mantra.

Oh, and of course, I even sneaked in a test call while flying on the plane using Switch again.....proving that GoGo isn't stopping voice calls like they claim. The quality though wasn't as good as my call via Fly-Fi from Exede.

After landing, it was another hailing of Uber, a turning off of Do Not Disturb on GoogleVoice and Switch so people could reach me, a quick check on who was coming to dinner, a check on my plans for dinner with friends next week, and a very fun ride home with a hip Uber X driver where our conversation was on real jazz, great jazz men, and my turning him on to Sun Ra, via Spotify. When I got "home" my August app unlocked the door to the flat, the Bluesmart app unlocked my new rolling suitcase, a powering up of the desktop Mac Mini and the return to working from home.

And with that, by the time 5 PM in L.A. rolled around my 14 hour day was done......until dinner. 


The Comunicano Communique for January 27th, 2016

 
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Hello from Fort Lauderdale where I'm attending a very successful IT Expo and IOT Evolution. Both events are packed with attendees, speakers and exhibitors, and both are buzzing with the news of the new event scheduled for July 18-21st in Las Vegas, All About The API. Today I moderate a Keynote Panel about API's at 10 AM, and then head back to the "warmer" left coast.....Check out today's stories.......

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

 
 
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New Chase eATMs Will Use Smartphone App Instead Of Debit Or Credit Card

Now, you won't just be able to pay for goods and services via your smartphone, you'll also be able to withdraw cash with it. JPMorgan Chase is ready to roll out the next generation of ATMs across the country, where customers can access their money directly using their smartphones as opposed to plastic debit or credit cards.
 
 

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YouTube's New Donation Cards Help Video Creators Raise Money For Charities

YouTube just made it a lot easier for its users in the U.S. to use their videos to drive donations to nonprofit organizations. With the new donation cards, video creators can now choose any of the over 1.8 million IRS-validated 501(c)3 nonprofit and direct donations to them right from their videos.
 
 

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In the U.K. Businesses win right to break contracts with telecoms providers

Businesses will be able to break their contracts with telecoms providers if their broadband speeds do not reach advertised levels. The regulator Ofcom has produced a code of conduct aimed at guaranteeing more accurate internet speeds for businesses which will bring them into line with individual users.

 
 

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The fintech revolution that promises to finish off the big bad banks for good

I once asked a senior executive at Google this question. Why in particular had the new generation of tech giants not invaded this notionally lucrative market? Simple, he answered. The regulatory barriers to entry, and the potential for reputational damage, are just too high. There are easier, less troublesome pickings than banking.
 
 

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New Hockey Apps Debut With Help From Baseball

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball is debuting a new website and apps - for ice hockey. Under a deal reached last summer, baseball's digital business has taken over streaming and app development for the National Hockey League.
 
 

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The Best Online Journalism and Storytelling of 2015

40 Amazing Reporting Projects You Might Have Missed Every year storytelling and journalism on the web gets better. For the past three years I have rounded up the most compelling examples of reporting online (here is 2014, 2013, and 2012). This year I had the good fortune to collaborate with Luis Gomez on this project.
 
 

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The Death of Presence

Brent Kelly | January 26, 2016 | Does Cisco's decision not to support presence in Spark truly jibe with the way we work? One of the provocative comments coming from Cisco collaboration executives at the company's recent Collaboration Summit is that presence is dead.
 
 

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Optimize Your Email: 25 Apps to Perfect Your Subject, Body, Tone and More

I used to hate email. Despite its necessity, I was keenly aware that every typo, forgotten attachment, or misinterpreted comment could harm my reputation and relationships. So I decided to reframe my view and look at email as an opportunity. After all, the opposite is true as well: every cohesive...
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Monday January 25th 2016

 
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It's still a bit cold in Miami, and I'm off shortly to head to Fort Lauderdale for IT Expo and to catch up with the VoIP/WebRTC and Video crowd. On Wednesday I'm moderating a panel at 10, and then racing to catch my noon flight back to the west coast....Today though the news story thread is more about DISRUPTION. It's hitting all industries so take the time to read these gems....Oh, and don't forget to catch me onBusiness Rockstars later today at 145 PM PST/445 PM EST. I've found a few gems of apps and web sites tailored just for people like you...

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

 
 
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Facebook friends are fake friends, according to a study

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Why I've Shifted More Attention to Facebook | Bothsides of the Table

I've been spending a lot more time on Facebook as a blogger than I ever did. So I thought it was worth explaining why. And I'm going to cross post this entire post on Facebook as an experiment rather than just posting a link on FB and trying to drive people to my blog.
 
 

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Spotify's video streaming service set to launch this week

Spotify seems ready to move past streaming music and embrace video as well. Just as rumored before, the company wants to offer video content as well and the new product will reportedly roll out later this week with a heavy focus on mobile.
 
 

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iPass partners with Panasonic Avionics to offer inflight wifi on 23 airlines

Jan. 22 2015: iPass Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS), the world's largest Wi-Fi network, today announced an agreement with Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) to bring inflight Internet access to iPass customers on 23 international airlines. Under terms of the agreement, iPass, which provides convenient, secure, always-on Wi-Fi connectivity on any mobile device, will be available on over 747 Panasonic-equipped aircraft that fly over 32,000 routes monthly.

 
 

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Why Big Companies Keep Getting Disrupted

Clayton Christensen's book "The Innovator's Dilemma" was published nearly 20 years ago, and companies continue to fall prey to nimble competitors. Anshu​ Sharma, a venture capitalist, thinks he knows why so many businesses that should have all the resources required to build the next big thing so often fail to.
 
 

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CES 2016 and the Evolution of Conferences as Global Media Platforms

Over 170,000 people attended the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month, including 50,000 international visitors. CES 2016 marked somewhat of a transition year for the overall positioning of the conference. The discussion on the trade show floor transcended the individual technology products and services to themes about how technology will impact every facet of our daily lives.
 
 

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Daimler CEO says Apple, Google making progress on car: Welt am Sonntag

FRANKFURT Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told German weekly Welt am Sonntag that a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed Several carmakers and silicon valley companies are working on developing a self-driving car.
 
 

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Bleisure is going mainstream: Airbnb business travel study

Airbnb has unveiled some of the top trends that show how "bleisure" is going mainstream for business travelers in 2016, and highlighting top destinations and travel habits.
 
 

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Corporate digital transformation, Telefonica style

 
  Few sectors weathered the economic crisis like the telecoms industry. Reminding those fortunate enough to escape unscathed of the potential pitfalls that come with being unprepared. Some commentators put the unwavering resilience down to a reduction in prices, which, driven by regulation and competition was already being done before the downturn.  
 

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2016 will be the year of conversational commerce

Nearly a year ago today, I wrote a post inventorying the forebears to what I believe has become the dominant trend of consumer computing apps in 2016, a trend that I dubbed Conversational Commerce and have tracked with the hashtag #ConvComm.
 
 

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The Sunday Edition of the Comunicano Communique for January 24th 2016

 
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Hello from COLD and CHILLY MiamiYou read right. Cold and Chilly. It's only 46 degrees, and I'm staying INSIDE. The Marathon is running outdoors, but before the race began you could feel the chill in the air. Today's top story has to be the winter storm that is wrecking havoc all along the east coast, messing up transportation this weekend and potentially impacting travelers to this week's IT Expo in Fort Lauderdale....You've heard of rain outs in baseball and games getting called because of rain. Well here's one in hockey. The Islanders and Flyers game in Brooklyn was cancelled, DUE TO SNOW. 

Ooops . I did it again. I proved YOU CAN make phone calls on Wi-Fi equipped airliners.

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

 
 
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Calling from 35,000 Feet Using Switch and Fly-Fi on Jet Blue

JetBlue just became my favorite airline.....I'm flying my way to Fort Lauderdale and next week's IT Expo when I decided to try something that back in 2008, along with now Wall Street Journal Tech Reporter, Joanna Stern, caused quite a stir with AirCell and the GoGo team.
 
 

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Battered by East Coast Snowstorm, Cities Face Digging Out

The day after a blizzard covered New York City with more than 30 inches of snow in some parts, grappling with its sheer volume was the next order of business. At 7 a.m. on Sunday a travel ban imposed by New York State and city officials on Saturday afternoon was lifted.
 
 

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Flyers-Islanders game postponed due to storm

Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016, 10:55 AM NEW YORK -- The Flyers' scheduled game against the New York Islanders Saturday night at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn has been postponed. No makeup date was immeditely announced, but the team planned to go through with its morning skate at 11:30 a.m.
 
 

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Shaquille O'Neal surprises Florida teens, officer with game of basketball | Fox News

A former NBA superstar surprised a Florida police officer and a group of teenagers days after the officer was captured on video responding to a call of children playing basketball too loudly in the street and instead of breaking up the game, the officer joined them.
 
 

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Amazon brings personalized sports updates, movie theater details to Echo - GeekWire

Updates to Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant are coming in thick and fast, with Jeopardy! showing up on the Echo smart speaker last week and the ability to start your car coming in the future. This week, Amazon announced a couple entertainment-related abilities coming to the Echo.
 
 

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LinkNYC's free Wi-Fi could threaten cellular carriers with Passpoint roaming, speedy connections

As Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and others work to bolster their cellular networks in the heart of the Big Apple, they are now facing another competitor: New York City, which this week began offering public access to its small but growing network of LinkNYC-branded public Wi-Fi hotspots.
 
 

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Google's free Wi-Fi launched at Mumbai Central Station

Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Friday launched a free high-speed public Wi-Fi service in collaboration with technology giant Google at Mumbai Central, the first station in the country to get such facility. Terming the facility as "world class", Prabhu said around 100 busiest stations across the country will be brought under the free public Wi-Fi service by this year-end, making it the world's largest such project.
 
 

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How Facebook's Plan To Give The World Free Mobile Internet Went So Wrong

On a Tuesday afternoon in May 2010, a Facebook program manager named Sid Murlidhar published a blog post announcing "another way for people to access Facebook anytime, anywhere." It was called 0.Facebook, literally a URL you could type into your mobile phone's browser that called up a stripped-down, quick-loading, text-only version of Facebook - accessible only as long as you were using a participating mobile operator.
 
 

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FreeBee Data - Verizon's Sponsored Data Service is Out

Verizon, the largest mobile operator in the US has unveiled its own version of Sponsored Data service, dubbed FreeBee Data, joining the likes of T-Mobile and AT&T. FreeBee Data will help businesses drive better engagement with mobile content, said Verizon. The service will be offered in two models, FreeBee Data 360 and FreeBee Data.
 
 

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Live messaging is the future of online sales, says Grabble app boss

Daniel Murray, co-founder of Grabble, an online shopping app dubbed the 'tinder for fashion', predicts 2016 will be the year for personalised services such as instant messaging for the 'busy or bored'. Grabble, an iPhone app that lets people browse the latest collections from fashion retailers such as ASOS and Zara, launched in 2014.
 
 

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Dubai unveiling for Scots carbon fibre wheelchair

A SCOTTISH business is to demonstrate a revolutionary new wheelchair at a leading Arab health exhibition in Dubai this week that it hopes will drive its exports in a key international health market.
 
 

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Certify Releases its Third Annual SpendSmart™ Report on Current Business Travel Spending TrendsCertify Press Release

 
  Certify Releases its Third Annual SpendSmart™ Report on Current Business Travel Spending Trends PORTLAND, MAINE, January 21, 2015-Certify, a leading cloud-based travel and expense management software provider, today announced the results of its third annual SpendSmart™ report for the fourth quarter and full year 2015.  
 

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CEO Advice from a New CEO - The Biz Stone Collection

Usually advice for new CEOs comes from those who have made a career for themselves out of those three letters. I'm new to this particular C-Job having taken it on officially when Ben and I founded Jelly. I felt the time was right after working alongside CEOs over the last fifteen years or more.
 
 

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This is how we will say goodbye to the rock-and-roll generation

It was one of those waves. David Bowie died on a Sunday. Seven days later, it was Dale "Buffin" Griffin from Mott the Hoople and proto-rapper Clarence "Blowfly" Reid. Then Glenn Frey of the Eagles the day after that. And here's the thing about waves: Some are bigger than others, but they never stop coming.
 
 

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On Wine. A tragedy.

On wine. A Tragedy I'm a wine insider. I've met, or known, most of the big names in wine today; and from time to time, have had the honor to collaborate with them. I run a large-ish conference about wine communications.
 
 

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Calling from 35,000 Feet Using Switch and Fly-Fi on Jet Blue

JetBlue just became my favorite airline.....I'm flying my way to Fort Lauderdale and next week's IT Expo when I decided to try something that back in 2008, along with now Wall Street Journal Tech Reporter, Joanna Stern, caused quite a stir with AirCell and the GoGo team. Back then Joanna and I proved that calls to someone on a GoGo equipped plane was possible. Back then, USA Today first called me a "hacker" but I convinced them to change the headline. Today, well, just call me resourceful.

So today, you see, I decided to try and repeat history....or actually, make history. Unlike most airlines in the USA that are using either GoGo or Row44, JetBlue has Fly-Fi and Exede to power their sky high broadband. And, if you want really amazing connectivity, you pay an extra $9.00 per hour, which I did. 

My gamble paid off. I place one call to a friend in SoCal leaving a voice mail, another to a colleague inside Comunicano, and then returned a call from a potential client, agreeing to speak on Monday. I ended my series of calls to Jim Courtney, of Skype Journal fame and now with his own blog, Voicesontheweb. Yes, there was a bit of latency, but it was hardly noticeable. 

How was this done? I used Switch with their Chrome browser app, on my Mac. Because it's WebRTC, the traffic goes over the same ports as anything in the browser, making the traffic look and appear pretty much like web traffic. 

While I doubt this will cause as much of a stir as the original try at this, it does prove that as technology evolves that what wasn't possible, or what some claim can't be done, can be if you think about the answer asymmetrically.