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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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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The Comunicano Communique-The Sunday Paper Edition for January 17th 2016

 
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Sunday is the day I look more for the non-news articles and stories that make you think. Learn. Discover. Sure I toss in the occasional "fact" based news story but Sunday's are lazy days. Lean back. Relax.

So today you're going to find what I call "The Sunday Paper."

Back when I was a kid on Sundays, I would race downstairs for the Philadelphia Inquirer, pull the sports section for Dad, kill off the classified sections (want ads, car ads, for sale ads) rummage through the inserted circulars then give those to mom, and take the rest of the paper upstairs to read. News. Entertainment. Society. After I got through the news sections (National, Local, Community) dad and I would trade sections. I got the sports, he got the news,  and by 930 am on a Sunday I was done and out the door. That's the idea of these stories, plus something new.  Interesting web sites for you to know about....

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

 
 

SITES YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT

I love MUSIC. For me, music is all about discovery. Back in the day of the "Sunday Paper" I would pull the circulars from Korvetts, Sam Goody and Peaches, figure out who had which new album the cheapest, and convince dad to drive to the store so I could score the latest LP. That was then. Today, we have iTunes, Pandora and Spotify and unless you want some vintage vinyl, or an out of print CD, you likely never go to the record store..

Likely, if you're a music junkie you know about SoundCloud. But do you know aboutBandCamp? Are you tuned in to the best DJ's from around the world on Mixcloud? These are just two sites that are where what's really happening in music is taking shape.

 
 
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My Phone Notifications Took Over My Life. So I Turned Them All Off.

This story is part of a 10-piece series for which HuffPost staffers agreed to experiment with improving their health and decreasing their stress on the job. It's also part of our monthlong "Work Well" initiative focusing on thriving in the workplace . Notifications: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.
 
 

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Why Entrepreneurs Shouldn't Waste Time On Personal Branding

Back in 1997, marketing guru Tom Peters wrote in Fast Company, "We are CEOs of our own companies: Me, Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be head marketer for the brand called You." At the time, this struck me as liberating. In 2016, it doesn't.
 
 

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The 11 digital tools I use every week as Head of Product

User research and usability testing + UX TawiPay is a start-up on its way to the product-market fit, developing a comparison platform for international money transfer services. Our target users are expatriates, migrants, international students, etc. As Head of Product, one of my key role is to understand our users and to translate their needs into an easy-to-use and highly valuable product.
 
 

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Among U.S. airlines, WiFi offered on 78% of available seat miles: Travel Weekly

U.S. airlines continue to lead the world in in-flight WiFi coverage. Meanwhile, carriers throughout the globe are making connectivity in the sky more common. So says the Annual Global State of In-Flight WiFi report, authored by Routehappy, which ranks flight amenities worldwide.
 
 

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Accenture points to uneasy consumer IoT adoption - Rethink IoT

It looks like there will be a difficult few years ahead for consumer-focused IoT products. Accenture's Digital Consumer Survey polled 28,000 consumers in 28 countries about their use of consumer tech, and found that the declining demand for smartphones, tablets and laptops would not be offset by the rise in consumer IoT devices - as the next generation of devices will not initially grow quickly enough to replace the losses in today's consumer tech.
 
 

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The New York Library has just released a treasure trove of incredible archive images to the Internet

Searching for a 14th Century manuscript for a school report? How about an old baseball photo for your stash of sports memorabilia? You might try the New York Public Library's Digital Collections. Recently, the library made more than 187,000 digitized, public-domain items more easily accessible in the highest resolution available.
 
 

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How Snapchat is getting serious about advertising

Snapchat wants to get serious about advertising-and it's looking for some much needed help. The media company wants to build ad technology to automate its ad sales, and as part of the effort, Snapchat is looking at possible ad tech acquisitions to help bolster its in-house team, according to multiple sources.
 
 

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10 Fast-Growing B2B Startups That Might Just Transform Your Business This Year

As each new year begins, businesses search for ways to be more productive and successful than ever. Often this means rethinking processes and either adding resources or streamlining existing resources to save money. For many it can also mean finding new business partners to help them grow.
 
 

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Tenacity

One of the things I admire most in companies and their leaders is tenacity. I don't mean sticking with a failed idea for too long. That is a mistake I see a lot of entrepreneurs make in the Seed and Series A stages. That does nobody any good.
 
 

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6 Machine Learning, AI, Analytics Trends To Watch - InformationWeek

Big data and analytics are set for a big 2016, as more devices and types of software are connected and exchange information. Here are some considerations for businesses as they look to maximize the value of all this data.
 
 

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26 great people spearheading change in tech investment

Weary of waiting for change in the tech industry, these impatient instigators are making changes to what receives investment. Research shows diversity is good for business - take your pick from Harvard Business Review , Scientific American , McKinsey & Company and many more. Yet fundamental change in any industry can take time.
 
 

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Jarich: Crowdsourced trends in telecom for 2016

Congratulations! It's just about mid-January, which means you made it safely through the holiday season, survived CES (if you went) and endured countless 2016 predictions pieces. This year, I held off on putting out my own predictions for a simple reason: I know a bunch of people who can do a better job than I can.
 
 

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The Quick & Dirty: The Anti-Trends for 2016 or "Enough is Enough"

I really wasn't going to do this piece: the standard trends piece for the new year. Last year I wrote about the distractions we can do without in 2015, and this year I decided to stay out of the game of predicting anything for 2016.
 
 

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USA's Best and Worst Tippers: American Tipping Habits

Last November, I spent the month in Europe traveling to some of the continent's most famous cities. Besides googling the normal amount of words like bathroom, check, wine, please and thank you in whichever foreign language needed at the time, I also searched for that country's tipping etiquette.

 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Wednesday January 13th 2016

 
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OOOH is today a news junkies kind of day. Lots of facts, thoughts, insight on many parts of the Internet online, connected and engaged economy. We'll start off with two events you need to know about. First is Google I/O and the second is Mobile Sunday at Mobile World Congress. Both are always high volume, major networking and lots of learning events, even if the learning is simply who you need to deal with this year. Moving on, you have some news stories and features that go deeper into what's going on...so READ ON.

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Google's I/O 2016 conference announced for May 18th-20th

Google CEO Sundar Pichai just announced that the company's annual I/O developer's conference has been scheduled for May 18th through the 20th. The venue this year is a bit different than last time; it's Mountain View's own Shoreline Ampitheatre. In a tweet, Pichai said this will bring Google's major event back "to neighborhood where it all started 10 yrs ago."
 
 

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Get ready, Barcelona: Tech.eu is co-organising Mobile Sunday this year; mark 21 February on your calendar 

We're psyched to partner with Rudy De Waele, a veteran of the mobile industry if there ever was one, to co-organise the next edition of Mobile Sunday. Mobile Sunday is a high-level networking event that happens annually on the evening before the Mobile World Congress and 4YFN Conference madness starts in Barcelona.

 
 

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Dean Bubley's Disruptive Wireless: VoLTE & WiFi-Calling are just excuses for telcos to avoid real voice/video innovation

 
  Five years ago, I started talking about the Future of Voice, and then subsequently started running workshops with Martin Geddes on the topic. At the time, I found it quite hard to find the right people at telcos/service providers to talk to.  
 

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Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical | Bothsides of the Table

Mitu Network is the largest digital media company for Latinos in the US and also targeting Mexico and South America. Founded in Los Angeles by Latinos to address the growing demand for short-form online video for Millennials it is probably single-handedly improving the diversity of the tech industry as the employee base is overwhelmingly Latino and proud.
 
 

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VLC Now Available for Apple TV: Our First Impressions

VLC is now available for the Apple TV. Just like every other version of VLC, the Apple TV version aims to play video files and streams in "their native formats without conversions". Felix Kühne, lead iOS developer for VLC, writes on his blog: Today, we are proud to announce VLC on the Apple TV.
 
 

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How China's Huawei is taking on Samsung and Apple

Chinese telecoms giant Huawei posted an eye-popping 70% growth in 2015. It is now beating HTC and Sony when it comes to market share in Europe and is third only to Apple and Samsung when it comes to global smartphone sales.
 
 

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IoT Data Traffic Growth: As many machines as people roaming by 2020

Machina Research estimates that there are now 350 million cellular based connections worldwide, and this will grow to 1.3 billion over the next five years. However, the proportion of M2M connections accounted for by roaming is growing even faster. As a global provider of roaming services including billing and clearing to network operators, Starhome Mach is...
 
 

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Banks need to become Lords of Data
 
 

I have a range of technologies I use, but get frustrated with them all. My Apple Watch is redundant, as is my Microsoft Surface, and I upgrade laptop and desktop every 18 months or so, largely to keep up with the demand for speed and reliability.

 
 

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Verizon Accused of Routing Millions of IP Addresses for Cybercriminals

US network operator Verizon Communications is routing over 4 million IP addresses that are currently in the hands of cybercriminals, researchers at The Spamhaus Project reveal. Spammers have been acquiring large ranges of IP addresses over the past few years to serve their nefarious purposes, as they can defeat spam filters by spreading sending patterns across a wide range of IP addresses.

 
 

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Introducing Uber Trip Experiences

Today we're excited to announce the launch a new developer feature called Uber Trip Experiences which connects riders with their favorite apps while they're on an Uber trip. Now developers can offer users of their apps new ways to enjoy themselves -- or get stuff done -- while they're on the road.
 
 

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How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn

"Screenshot everything." That's attorney Carrie Goldberg's first piece of advice to victims of nonconsensual pornography, also known as revenge porn. Goldberg serves on the board of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative ( CCRI) and as a volunteer attorney for the organization's End Revenge Porn ( ERP) initiative.
 
 

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The Deadline to Register Your Drone Is Approaching; Here's How to Do It

The days of flying your drone through the sky moments after ripping it from the box, completely carefree and beyond the reach of Big Brother are coming to an end. Drones have become one of the hottest new technologies, part toy, part tool-they were one of the hottest holiday gifts this year, and garnered plenty of coverage at CES.
 
 

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3 Helpful Online Advertising Tools

Like it or not, Paid Search strategies can quickly turn into a game of out maneuvering your opponent. Which is why the team at TopRank Marketing is always integrating online advertising into digital marketing programs with a focus on out messaging, out strategizing and out bidding our client's competitors.
 
 

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HookLogic's Most Popular Search Terms of 2015

HookLogic, headed by CEO Jonathan Opdyke (pictured left), has released an overview of the most searched terms on its network of ecommerce sites in 2015. This is in contrast to Google's most searched lists that don't mention the household consumer products-or even computers-that are on the HL list.
 
 

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The Comunicano Communique for Monday December 28th 2015

 
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It's Monday, and I have to wonder how many people are really back to work versus being "at work" this week. Well, your trusty curator has been sniffing out the stories and making news myself in CommPro.Biz and realizing how great it is to not be traveling this holiday season.  Today we'll look at the best commercials and ads from 2015--love the Nike spot and the Atlantic spots--, read a piece about celebrity endorsements-good or bad, a rant from pal Dean Bubley and much, much more.

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2016 Predictions from An Early Adoptive Comms Pro - CommPRO.biz

Editor's Note: CommPRO is reaching out to our community, asking the c-suite for 2016 predictions. We welcome your commentary. Please email By Andy Abramson, CEO/Founder, Comunicano, Inc. As the year comes to an end, and as our minds wander and look ahead to 2016, one cannot reflect on what's happened in 2015 to envision what the upcoming year may look like.
 
 

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Zuckerberg compares free internet services to public libraries and hospitals

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has written a forceful defense of the company's plans to offer limited, free internet access in India, comparing Facebook's Free Basics service with libraries and public hospitals.
 
 

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Amazon Shattered Records with an an Insanely Successful Holiday Season

Amazon reports that it had an absolutely massive holiday season, the biggest ever in its 21-year history, hitting numerous milestones. The Seattle-based company added 3 million new Amazon Prime subscribers in the third week of December alone, buoyed by free two-day shipping-only two- hours in some areas.
 
 

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Amazon Prime adds more than 3M new members in 1 week at peak of shopping season - GeekWire

Amazon said tonight that it added more than 3 million new Amazon Prime members globally in just one week at the height of the holiday shopping season this year. It's the latest sign of growth for the company's $99/year free-shipping and video-streaming subscription service.
 
 

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Mobile internet is now just the internet

The Christmas holidays are the time of year when different generations of the family gather around the dinner table. So it's a perfect opportunity for a spot of tech anthropology. Here's how to do it. At some point, insert into the conversation a contemporary topic about which most people have strong opinions but know relatively little.
 
 

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Dean Bubley's Disruptive Wireless: New Year Rant: 10 Awful Tech-Industry Terms to Stop Using in 2016

 
  In the spirit of the holiday season and New Year, this is another list about 2016. There's a bunch of words and concepts used in the technology industry that make you look like a fool, or at least lazy and sloppy. They're often meaningless, duplicitously-used to "misframe" an argument, or just generally cringe-worthy.  
 

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10 of the Best Ads of 2015

For all the fear surrounding ad blocking, there are still a lot of people watching ads. Consider Geico's Unskippable pre-roll ad: It currently has more than 8.1 million views on YouTube. Or look to Android's ad featuring unlikely animal friends: It became the most shared ad of all time, with more than 6.4 million shares.
 
 

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2016's Biggest Social Media Trends for Business

This year, social media adoption hit a new high. Around the world, there are now more than 2 billion active social media users (growing at a steady pace of 25 percent a year). This means more people now regularly use social media than the entire populations of the United States and China, combined.
 
 

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Unfortunate Celebrity Endorsements of 2015-They're No Slam Dunk!

Many people may think that celebrity sponsorships are the holy grail of marketing, but are they really worth it? While stars can boost a brand's image temporarily, they can also be a horrible match for a company in the long term. As a result, many consumers end up viewing the brand as inauthentic-or worse!
 
 

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6 Ways to Quit Bullet Points with Style

6 simple yet stylish design alternatives to the hated bullet point - to help you step up your presentation game.
 
 

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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.

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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 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.

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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 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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