The Comunicano Communique for Friday December 25th 2015

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

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

 
 
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The engineering elves building Google's Santa Tracker 

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

 
 

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

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

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IBM Watson: AI For The Real World

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

 
 

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Amazon Seeks to Ease Ties With UPS

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

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35 Cool Social Media Facts

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

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13 Asian Startups To Watch In 2016

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

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The European Startup Revolution has arrived

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

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The 50 Best Podcast Episodes of 2015

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

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12 Travel Apps Worth Keeping in 2016

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

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The Comunicano Communique for Wednesday December 23rd 2015

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

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

 
 
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Google Accuses T-Mobile of Throttling YouTube Traffic

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

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Google Plans New, Smarter Messaging App

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Data guru who changed baseball to help scientists

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

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

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

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

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

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Uber backed by competition watchdog in TfL regulation battle

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

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

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

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The Best Restaurant in America's 40 Biggest Airports

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

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The Comunicano Comnunique for Tuesday December 22nd 2015

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

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

 
 
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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 Friday December 11 2015

 

 
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The Comunicano Daily is no more. We've changed the name to the Communique.

The name has been changed for a few reasons. First, doing this everyday, especially when I've been globally nomadic the past seven months has been challenging. But also I wanted to mix up the content and bring to you more timely and insightful articles vs. only the news of the day. Lastly, the name is more in line with the business we're in. Communication and the delivery of it.

So as with any "experiment" the content mix will always change, but the premise will never as each time the Communique comes out, there's likely something every day you'll want to read. 


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More and more I find really well written and articulate content in MEDIUM. It's really a thinking persons' content trove. Today, this 13 minute read on The Mobile Growth Stackreally got me thinking about the changing landscape of communications. 

 
 
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2015: The Mobile Growth Stack Revised

(Disclaimer: I lead a growth team at SoundCloud. The views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of my employer) It's been just over a year since I published my original Mobile Growth Stack post on Medium.
 
 

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When VCs, especially respected ones start to talk about the availability of of capital it is more of a rallying cry to startup more, to invest more and to do more.

 
 
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Capital Is No Longer Scarce

Capital is no longer scarce. This is an assertion I made a while back in my post " Land, Capital, Attention: This Time it Is the Same. " Today I want to elaborate on that a bit. Estimates put global investible capital at north of $100 trillion.
 
 

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FanDuel and DraftKings are in trouble. This in my view is only the tip of the iceberg. What was once really fantasy sports is now fantasy gambling, and sports betting has never been really allowed in the USA on wide scale basis, as it has always been a staple of the underground economy. 

 
 
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Judge orders FanDuel and DraftKings to halt all business in New York

Online fantasy sports betting sites FanDuel and DraftKings will need to temporarily shut down operations in New York, as a judge today granted an injunction against both companies. State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez sided with New York's attorney general, finding that the underlying model that's helped put these businesses atop a multibillion-dollar industry likely amounts to illegal sports wagering and gambling under state law.
 
 

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As a stats junkie from way back I always enjoy a good read on metrics and how they are applied. This article cites some pretty good resources and provides a nice primer to marketers.

 
 
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50+ Statistics Designed to Influence B2B Marketing Budgets in the New Year

It is that time in the year again. As we wind down 2015, marketing budgets and planning for the new year begin to take focus. Hopefully, the performance metrics associated with your organization's marketing programs have yielded success and validation for tactics proposed at the beginning of the year.
 
 

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FaceBook is taking aim at LinkedIn. Make no mistake about it. With Apple also going after the Enterprise, my view is the mobile enterprise will be where the money can be made, so this means have your social selling strategy aligned with your product and marketing efforts from the start with Facebook.

 
 
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Facebook at Work chief shares details on its new social enterprise tools

Facebook plans to release its Facebook at Work social network for business in the 'coming months.' The project's leader spoke with CIO.com about the motivation behind Facebook at Work, how the consumer-focused company prepares to take on business customers and how the tools enable new levels of productivity.
 
 

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IoT can't be ignored. It needs to be part of any company's strategy.

 
 
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IoT trends in the mobile carrier market

Wireless analyst Chetan Sharma rolled out his numbers on the US mobile market a couple weeks ago, with some indicators of where future growth might come for the carriers. Spoiler alert: It's not in the smart phone market. Sharma writes: Smartphone penetration increased to 81% and roughly 97% of the devices sold now are smartphones....
 
 

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We often hear about SalesForce but overlook their biggest rival, NetSuite. The company is making moves to simplify while they expand their offerings.

 
 
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NetSuite's OneWorld goes Centurion 

It may sound like it is a small step for a business, but NetSuite's announcement that it can now service the business management needs of global enterprises in over 100 countries with the latest set of upgrades to its OneWorld service is quite a significant step.

 
 

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The Intranet used to be a big deal in most large corporations. Today, the mobile app is the key to keeping everyone--CONNECTED and informed.

 
 
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Bye-bye Intranet, Hello Mobile App

Many corporate intranets are not well equipped for mobile usage. Application development platforms like APPrise Mobile offer an alternative. The corporate intranet tries to be a lot of things to a lot of people: a repository for workplace documents, a channel for social collaboration, an employee help desk and a content distribution tool.

 
 

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The calendar has been the same for many years, even with all types of apps to make it "better." But Future looks at the calendar in a new way...and it may be a better way.

 
 
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Future - Calendar events around the clock

Future for iPhone and Apple Watch puts calendar events around the clock. The 24-hour spiral timeline gives an all-day overview at a glance.
 
 

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AT&T and T-Mobile's Wi-Fi Calling Blocked By AT&T's Wi-Fi Division

I travel so much and as a result naturally have to address the many issues that can get in the way of  "staying connected" while on the road. The biggest one has always been reliable cell coverage in hotel rooms, especially when I'm in a high-rise hotel that hasn't installed a neutral or carrier specific DAS system. The DAS allows for the cellular coverage to be extended, which is why at airports Boingo's other business, that of operating DAS systems is so important to travelers of all types.

The second is reliable broadband. One that not only downloads fast, but uploads fast as well and is free of any port blocking, deep packet inspection or firewalls that disrupt real time communications. 

Recently though, I ran into the most hilarious and serious condition of all. I was staying in an AT&T Wi-Fi powered hotel (formerly called SuperClick) the hip Hotel Indigo in San Diego when I realized that not only was my cell coverage on both AT&T and T-Mobile powered iPhones poor, but that while they were both connected to the Wi-Fi network, neither of them had Wi-Fi calling working. 

My call to AT&T Wi-Fi support, yielded no support as they put the burden on AT&T Wireless. AT&T Wireless support were clueless as to why it wouldn't be working (ironically the same phones on another AT&T Wi-Fi/SuperClick property in Miami worked perfectly for both operators on the 32nd floor of the Intercontinental.) They promised to look into the matter but two weeks later, no one has called. What's worse is I sent a LinkedIn message to the former CEO of SuperClick who now works for AT&T --no reply, as I wanted comments before I penned this. On the other hand, a friend at T-Mobile was very interested in hearing that an AT&T Wi-Fi powered hotel was blocking their traffic, comparing it to the situation at the Opryland Hotel and Conference Center were Marriott was blocking third party Mi-Fi's from working. And we all know what kind of fine that levied.

Oh, and as for being connected. My Verizon LTE coverage was good, not great, but at least I could place and receive phone calls.  That's why I call the game "Cell Phone Roulette" When you're in a hotel. You never know which mobile operator will work or not.


The Comunicano Daily for July 30th, 2015


 
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Today's a run and gun day. Already had morning meetings, errands, walked the hills of Lisbon, had an amazing burger and am now into the "second" day.

That's what's great about the concept of a WorkCation. That's where you can blend the idea of working someplace that some would want to be vacationing. I'll be writing more on that concept soon. Now into the news. T-Mobile is defying everyone, adding more customers and growing handset subscribers. The defections are coming from all other carriers, but the big war is at the bottom with Sprint and the pre-paid customers who realize the "uncarrier model" is for them. If this is sustainable is the big question....

 

 
 
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T-Mobile blows away profit expectations as customer growth surges - CNET

T-Mobile has shown it can win over customers at an impressive rate. Now it needs to prove that it can consistently make money doing so. If the second quarter's results are any indication, T-Mobile is off to a good start.
 
 

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Amazon is going Top Gear crazy, and will be rivaling Netflix and Hulu in the original net content business. Where did you go "DEN-Digital Entertainment Network..."

 

 
 
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Clarkson and 'Top Gear' presenters sign with Amazon for new car show

Clarkson was fired from the BBC for physically attacking a member of Top Gear's production staff in March. Amazon said the new show, to be overseen by the trio's long time executive producer Andy Wilman, will be available on its subscription streaming service Amazon Prime next year and run for three seasons.
 
 

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Up, up and away goes the Net if Google has it's loony way...

 

 
 
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Sri Lanka to get blanket Web access via Google's Project Loon

Sri Lanka is all set to receive blanket Internet coverage throughout the country after it penned a deal with Google to deploy its Project Loon across its territory. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka said it would become the first country in the world to provide a universal Internet service for its citizens through the deal with Google, which will do so using Loom air balloons.
 
 

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Amazon keeps it's drone idea flying.

 

 
 
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Amazon proposes drones-only airspace to facilitate high-speed delivery

Amazon is proposing that a pristine slice of airspace above the world's cities and suburbs should be set aside for the deployment of high-speed aerial drones capable of flying robotically with virtually no human interference.
 
 

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StubHub and Uber hook up..

 

 
 
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StubHub lets eventgoers call an Uber from its app

People love it when companies make things easier for them, and that's exactly what StubHub is doing today. If you use the service to buy tickets to events, like a live concert or sports game, you'll now be able to book an Uber directly from its iOS and Android apps.
 
 

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Hotel guru Bob Rauch, who is partners with pal Joe Simone in a few San Diego hotels has a really good article today on the Art and Science of hotels.

 

 
 
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The transformation of the hotel industry from art to science - eHotelier

The hospitality industry has been evolving into a much more scientific industry for several years. The combined impact of shifting demographics and new technologies are the primary catalysts for this metamorphosis. The Internet provides consumers an opportunity to think of the hotels as commodities.
 
 

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Changes at Citrix. Big changes. And Go To Meeting is on the block.

 

 
 
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Citrix Will Replace Chief, Bending to Elliott Management

The activist hedge fund Elliott Management has scored another victory in its battle with a technology company. Citrix Systems said on Tuesday that it had agreed to make several changes, including replacing its longtime chief executive and giving Elliott a seat on the board.
 
 

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Survey says...there's still many not online in the USA.

 

 
 
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A Steady Percentage of Americans Still Do Not Go Online, Study Says

For the first 13 years of the decade, Americans embraced the Internet at a whirlwind pace. The percentage of Americans who use the Internet grew to 84 percent in 2013 from 52 percent at the turn of the century, according to data from the Pew Research Center.
 
 

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My co-founder, along with Josh Baylin, in VelocityGrowth, Jeff Belk was one of the key executives who put Qualcomm on the map.

There Jeff, who rose to CMO and CSO, instilled a marketing culture amongst a group of inventors, IP attorneys and engineers. Jeff retired from Qualcomm eight years or so ago, but he remains close to many there. His perspective, as someone close to everyone from Paul Jacobs on down provides him the unique insight to author this piece on the recent news and explain why it may be the best thing to happen to San Diego in years. Now, only if the Chargers get a new football stadium....

 

 
 
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Are Qualcomm Layoffs a Disaster for San Diego---or an Opportunity? | Xconomy

After years of strong corporate and financial growth, the pace of change in the wireless industry has forced a massive global layoff at San Diego-based Qualcomm (NASDAQ: QCOM. If the wireless giant had only 1,000 employees, a layoff of 150 folks would not be big news.
 
 

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As the owner and user of a OnePlus One Android smartphone I can't wait for the Two to be offered. Not only is the OnePlus One the best Android I ever owned, it may be the best value smartphone around. Give a read of the next three stories and see if you would pay more for less.

 

 
 
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How the OnePlus 2 Plans to Be More Than a One-Hit Wonder

Imagine being Dexy's Midnight Runners, circa 1982. "Come On Eileen" just came out of nowhere and is blowing up. It's on every radio station, and playing at every party. Nobody had ever heard of you; now you're everywhere.
 
 

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The OnePlus 2 pushes the boundaries of how cheap a flagship smartphone can be

The bang for your buck ratio here is pretty great There are more options than ever for getting a good, cheap smartphone, and last year's OnePlus One was a standout. For $300, you got a well-made, nice-looking phone with cutting-edge hardware and few compromises to be found (assuming its 5.5-inch size didn't put you off).
 
 

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OnePlus 2: everything you need to know

The OnePlus One was released last year Under the hood Potential buyers were required to obtain an invitation through OnePlus' website before they were able to buy it, with the first 100 handsets offered as part of a "Smash" promotion where people were invited to destroy their existing phone for a chance to buy a One for just $1.
 
 

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The Terminator movies were legendary and help put "the Arnold" on the map once and for all. Never shy about his love of the WWF, largely due to a friendship forged with Jesse "The Body" Ventura years ago, Arnold is going to be featured in a new video game, bringing back his "Terminator" character....Watch the two videos and see how the computer generated graphics look, and how good some of the WWF heels are at acting.....

 

 
 
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Arnold Schwarzenegger WWE Commercial: T2 Bar Scene Reenactment

Okay so Arnold Schwarzenegger has been revisiting a lot of his old Terminator scenes lately, not just in Terminator Genisys which resets and revisits some moments from the first film in different ways, but also in a new commercial for the WWE 2k16 video game.
 
 

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Everyone is looking to one up Uber....and here's a new spin on it.  In London to be a taxi driver you have to pass "The Knowledge." Well now aspiring drivers can learn London streets and make money doing it...

 

 
 
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Taxi app Gett to deliver champagne as Uber battle intensifies

The champagne will be delivered on motorbike by people learning The Knowledge "For the last five years, we've been moving customers around safely and now Gett Clicquot will use the same business model to bring this revolutionary new service to Londoners," said Remo Gerber, Gett's UK CEO.
 
 

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It's not taking long for changes to happen at Cisco follow John Chambers retirement. New people in key positions. Some execs leaving. A flatter, more nimble organization. Sounds like what is also taking shape at Microsoft is happening at Cisco as well.

 

 
 
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Cisco Recruits Two Outsiders as Executives

Cisco Systems Inc.'s new chief executive marked his first day in the job by naming two outsiders to high-profile management posts. Chuck Robbins, who assumed the CEO role at the networking equipment maker Monday after John Chambers' ended his tenure after 20 years, said in a blog post that Zorawar Biri Singh will serve as senior vice president and chief technology officer.
 
 

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If you're a Comcast customer you may be wondering who else is on your WiFi network. Basically Comcast has taken a page out of the European operator's mode of operation, and enabled their subscribers to latch on to other subscribers networks.

 

 
 
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Comcast Hits 10M WiFi Hotspots

Comcast said Monday that it surpassed the milestone of 10 million WiFi hotspots nationwide, including wireless access points installed in public areas and neighborhood hotspots powered by second antennas contained in WiFi gateways deployed in subscriber homes.
 
 

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Verizon has video on the brain. Their new G90 service is starting trials across the USA and is looking like it's closer to becoming a reality.

 

 
 
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Verizon Mobile Video Service Details Uncovered: To Be Called Go90 (Exclusive)

Verizon is getting ready to launch a new mobile video service called Go90 this summer, Variety has learned. Go90 promises users full episodes of TV shows from select networks as well as music videos and other shortform content, and the company will at least initially offer the service entirely free...
 
 

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Last week PayPal went public. This week Visa retorts with an investment in Stripe.

 

 
 
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Visa Invests in Stripe at $5 Billion Valuation and Strikes Commercial Deal, Too

Credit card companies think they have a found an ally in the increasingly competitive world of online payments. Its name is Stripe. Visa has inked a commercial agreement with the payments startup, and has separately made an investment in the San Francisco-based company that values it at $5 billion.
 
 

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The medical world has lagged for years in the area of IT for the physician. Now it seems to be catching up.

 

 
 
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Efficient doctors need IT prescription

Whether using products such as Telehealth, which uses apps and texting to treat patients without the need to visit hospital, Sleepio, an online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme aiming to reduce insomnia, or Simman 3G, a robot that makes sure doctors are prepared to treat patients with allergic reactions, medicine is constantly changing - and GPs, running practices as small businesses, must adapt, cut costs and find innovative treatments.
 
 

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Software Turns Smartphones Into Tools for Medical Research

SAN FRANCISCO - Jody Kearns doesn't like to spend time obsessing about her Parkinson's disease. The 56-year-old dietitian from Syracuse, New York, had to give up bicycling because the disorder affected her balance. But she still works, drives and tries to live a normal life.
 
 

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I love lists of tips. Here are three to help you through your day..

 

 
 
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20 Great Podcasts for Entrepreneurs - Listen up, makers. :) by Product Hunt

A collection curated by Product Hunt, featuring products like The Pitch, StartUp Podcast Season 2, How To Start A Startup , The Twenty Minute VC (podcast), and This is PM Podcast
 
 

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15 Essential Content Creation Apps You Need Right Now

Writing is your drawcard. It's the number one tool you have at your fingertips for marketing an online business. So it needs to be good. You need to write compelling copy that engages readers, gets them to listen up and encourages them to buy.
 
 

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27 travel hacks that even frequent fliers don't know

Even the most seasoned jetsetter will learn a thing or two from these travel hacks.
 
 

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Personal note

Today I honor my late father, USMC Master Sergeant Bernard Abramson, retired. Dad served in WWII and the Korean Conflict. During World War Two he was based in Guam and staged the Marines who captured Iwo Jima and planted the US flag there. As he once said to me, I sent a lot of people away who never came home.

He would have been 102 as he was born in 1913 and was a pre-recession baby. The first in his family and the first to pass away now 24 years ago in 1991.

Dad taught me many things, but one saying from his days in the Corp will always stay with me. "The impossible we do right away. Miracles take a little longer." It's something I still live by.

Semper Fi Dad...

 

 
 

 

The market looks at guidance and sales and when you miss, they slap you down. Apple and Microsoft are seeing value in their companies dropping this morning because old school economics are being applied, and the analysts are missing the value of apps, content and the cloud.

Both Microsoft and Apple are rapidly moving into a cloud enabled customer model, much like where Google and Facebook already are. The problem is the two giants love to play hide and seek with what they are doing, where Google just goes out and does it.

Lots of coverage on Apple and Microsoft, and opinions abound.

 

 
 
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Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results

CUPERTINO, California - July 21, 2015 - Apple® today announced financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter ended June 27, 2015. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $49.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $10.7 billion, or $1.85 per diluted share.
 
 

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FY15 Q4 - Press Releases - Investor Relations - Microsoft

Press releases relating to Microsoft Investor Relations for FY15 Q4
 
 

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Ken Rutkowski and I have been on the air since 1998, first with the World Technology Roundup, and now with Business Rockstars.  Once a week I join Ken on his massively seen and heard show, now on CBS and on over 185 radio stations, plus on the web. Here's our show from Monday July 13th where I talk about new apps from Microsoft and more.

 

 
 
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3 Services that make Startup life easier

Andy Abramson, the Founder and CEO of Comunicano, Inc. Andy discusses new apps and services he loves that are coming out of the Microsoft Garage! 1. Tossup - lets you make plans with your friends and is aggregated in one place 2.
 
 

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If you can't beat them, join them. The old approach of Windows first at Microsoft is going away, and now you're seeing Office not only on iOS and Androids but the ability to use Google Drive. This will help slow down the defection to Google Apps as it will allow for more cross platform use by either set of tools. Is Apple iCloud next?

 

 
 
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Google Drive plugin for Microsoft Office lets you 'use the apps you're already comfortable with'

Are you a growth marketer? Do you want to know what it takes to be one? Join us at GrowthBeat, on August 17-18 in San Francisco. Thought-leaders from the biggest brands and most disruptive companies will share winning growth strategies on the most pressing challenges marketing leaders face today.]
 
 

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Retracing your steps, or breadcrumbs sure help recall where you were. Google is adding that feature to Google Maps so you can recall where you were, and when.

 

 
 
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Your Timeline: Revisiting the world that you've explored

Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you've been -- whether it's a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago? Well, starting today, Google Maps can help.
 
 

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The Microsoft Surface 3 is a sexy lightweight hybrid computer. You can use it as a tablet with a touchscreen or with a keyboard. Now it's adding LTE/4G with AT&T in the USA, with other operators around the world coming next.

 

 
 
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AT&T Will Be First Carrier to Office Surface 3 with 4G LTE in the US

AT&T Wireless announced today that it will be the first wireless carrier in the United States to offer Microsoft's Surface 3 tablet with 4G LTE capabilities. The device goes on sale Friday, July 24. Pricing is ... complicated. Which is why we love the carriers so much.

 
 

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The long expected and awaited approval of the DirectTV-AT&T merger is coming. But it comes with lots of strings attached that are good for a more neutral net and greater choice. It also comes with AT&T having to move more rapidly on expansion efforts for their fiber based business.

 

 
 
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FCC Nears Approval of AT&T-DirecTV Merger

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that he is recommending approval of the AT&T merger with DirecTV with conditions, including provisions to prevent the combined company from discriminating against online video competition. "The proposed order outlines a number of conditions that will directly benefit consumers by bringing more competition to the broadband marketplace," Wheeler said in a statement.
 
 

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The days of the connected car is here and self driving cars are not too far away. The US Senate is looking to see standards set to prevent hacking of cars and trucks that can cause serious harm.

 

 
 
 

Senate Bill Seeks Standards For Cars' Defenses From Hackers

 
  A few years ago, the notion of hacking a car or truck over the Internet to control steering and brakes seemed like a bad plot point from CSI: Cyber. Today, the security research community has proven it to be a real possibility, and it's one that at least two U.S.  
 

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The University of Michigan has built a test town for driverless cars.

 

 
 
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Inside the Fake Town Built Just for Self-Driving Cars

Motown is trying to take back some swagger from Silicon Valley. The dominance of software in automobiles these days in everything from infotainment systems to safety and the coming autonomous revolution has made the San Francisco Bay Area a hub for the auto industry.
 
 

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As a business traveler, AirBnB presents an amazing option. Now they are going to put serious effort behind that customer segment.

 

 
 
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Airbnb Overhauls Service for Business Travelers

Marc McCabe has become a familiar name among people working in human resources departments around Silicon Valley. When it's time to compile travel expenses for the month, McCabe, who runs the business travel group at Airbnb, would manually send out invoices and Excel spreadsheets breaking down how much a company's employees spent on room rentals.
 
 

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In an attempt to keep the future release features under wraps, Apple is restricting the publishing of app reviews in the iOS store of future apps and versions.

 

 
 
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Users can no longer post app reviews in prerelease iOS versions

It appears that Apple is disallowing iOS 9 beta users to submit app reviews with the latest build released on Tuesday, solving what many developers see as a , a feature that became an issue once the company released beta versions for public consumption.
 
 

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The life cycle of a CMO is rising to almost 50 months. Many aspire to be a CEO. Here's what it takes to become one, in one authors view.

 

 
 
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What Does It Take for CMOs to Become CEOs?

Overall, things are looking good for chief marketing officers. Among the trends they're enjoying: longer tenures than ever. Years in office have grown steadily over the last decade, executive recruiting firm Spencer Stuart has found: Combine that with fast growing budgets and an unprecedented ability to place messaging in front of customers, and it's hard to miss the opportunity that lies ahead for heads of marketing departments.
 
 

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There are lots of tools to help startups. This 150 page report from Bowery Capital is a great reference toolkit to refer to.

 

 
 
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The 2015 Ultimate Guide To Startup Sales Tools

Here at Bowery Capital, startup sales tools are top-of-mind on a daily basis. They're core to our portfolio support efforts: we work closely with every one of our founders to build an optimal sales infrastructure from the ground up.
 
 

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We love when our clients get recognized. In this case it's our Seattle FinTech client, Finsphere. They're in the running to win the Seattle Business Magazine Tech Impact Award that gets awarded later this year. Unlike some awards, this isn't a popularity contest. Only the reporters and editors decide.  Congrats to the team at Finsphere.

 

 
 
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Finsphere is named a finalist in Seattle Business Magazine's Tech Impact Awards

I am pleased to announce that Finsphere has been named one of Washington's top 3 security companies of the year in the 2015 Tech Impact Awards. Finsphere is a small company and I recognize this accomplishment as a team effort from all of our employees, our partners, and our investors.
 
 

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You Know My Name, You Don't Need My Number

Let's face it. Ever since the smartphone has come along, other than a very few frequently called numbers, we all tend to use the contact directory more than dialing. In our cars we often use speech activated calling, basically making the phone number less relevant. If I know your name, I can call you. It's that simple.

But with the rise of Skype, FaceBook, WhatsApp and Viber as the calling mode, who even needs to know the number let alone have one. 

Today i had a call with a close colleague who happens to be attending meetings in Shenzhen, China. I'm in Lisbon, Portugal. He was on hotel Wi-Fi and I was on Vodafone's 4G/LTE network at my gym. the call was crisp, clear and in HD quality audio. The call was over Facebook's calling feature inside Facebook Messenger. There wasn't the usual latency associated with a mobile call we have over the circuit switched network. The call was awesome and other than the data I consumed against my plan, totally free.

 


The Comunicano Daily for Monday July 20th, 2015


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Hello from Lisbon where the temperature is 84 degrees/29 degrees Celsius and sunny. The weekend was one of those "catch up" weekends flying back from London Gatwick to here, finding the apartment A/C was off but getting it to work as the breaker had blown, and having to contact the owner vs. calling the front desk is an example of the difference between AirBnB and a hotel.

The net result was the same. It was fixed, but that's why planning where you stay when using AirBnB is so important, and establishing up front, a dialogue with the property owner and their on the ground contacts are so essential. In my case, it's the owner's mother, a very together, poised woman, who cares. Also being in a security/concierge building, where the staff are super friendly and attentive, proving doing your homework matters as the desire was to be able to have all the comforts of home, while being a stranger in a strange land.

Sunday was lots of catching up on my reading and writing for work. One of my new way's of staying current on news related to our client base is to incorporate RSS feeds into Slack. I pipe in the sites feeds as appropriate to each agency client, and then can decide what needs to be shared outside of the team working on that piece of business. 

Once that was done, I explored more of Lisbon by wandering through some of the more colorful neighborhoods of the city, in this case a walk through the Chiado on my way to dinner..

 

 

 
 

 

The summer news slowdown is in full force and you cant tell by the amount of feature content that's in today's news. One story that I felt compelled to share was about compensation and the questions today's graduates are asking about it. If you're an HR person, your life is going to change as stock options are starting to be looked at as employee benefits with questions being asked that were previously more recruiter level, then HR level oriented.

 

 
 
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Employees Wise Up

This week, a Bay Area founder was taken aback when an engineer being recruited by his startup asked for both its cap table and information regarding the liquidation preferences of its venture backers. The candidate presumably "worked somewhere where he discovered that these things matter," says the founder, who asked not to be named in this story.
 
 

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Balance is something we all want in our life. Working from a different country, in a different time zone over a sustained period versus a few short weeks has taught me a lot more about my own work habits, traits and efforts. In reading the post from Upfront Ventures Mark Suster, I realized just how much I can relate to his life, and how apropos it really was. His blog is a great read and one worth keeping on your short list.

 

 
 
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How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance? | Bothsides of the Table

I noticed this post today from Ezra Galston titled " Dear Brad, Fred & Mark: How The Hell Do You Do It? " The premise is that either I have some magical solutions that allow me to produce a lot of content or I'm super human.
 
 

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The succession planning at Cisco is now almost through the top level changes,  and John Chambers is now the Chairman on a farewell tour, but he's clearly leaving a mark on the company and setting things up for the next ten years.

 

 
 
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Cisco's John Chambers on two decades as chief: 'You have to let go'

Speaking to The Telegraph in his last interview before relinquishing his role to long-time protégé Chuck Robbins and becoming chairman, Chambers was steadfast in his assertion that ever-increasing connectivity, between both humans and machines, will be a catalyst for growth and employment over the next decade.
 
 

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Our mobile phone is more than just a phone. This article paints a very good picture of what they mean to us, and more what we do with them.

 

 
 
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My mobile: so much more than a phone

My mum came back from a party when I was little and told me about a conversation she'd had with somebody who worked for BT. "In the future, we won't phone a family," he'd said to her, to our general 1980s bafflement, all Rubik's Cubes and CND badges. "We'll call a person."

 
 

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Drones are going to be big business. First in the NBC news story we can see how they will benefit society, especially with health care related activities. The second story shows how they will benefit the "amusement" economy, with Drone racing.

 

 
 
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First FAA-Approved Drone Delivery Drops Medicine in Virginia

The first government-approved drone delivery took flight on Friday, in which an unmanned aerial vehicle successfully dropped medical supplies to a health clinic in rural southwest Virginia. Several hundred people including Gov. Terry McAuliffe came to the fairgrounds in the coal-mining region of Wise County, Virginia, to see the delivery, county officials told NBC News.
 
 

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Drone racing: Teenagers are being lured away from screens and outside to fly their aircraft against each other

It seems certain that he will achieve his goal. Ask anyone in the tight-knit drone racing community and they will tell you that the teenager from Somerset is already an accomplished - some would say prodigiously gifted - aviator. Luke flies a type of aircraft known as an FPV racing drone.
 
 

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Machine learning is one of those topics that are en vogue right now. And for good reason. Give a read over a cup of coffee or tea of today's item from the Financial Times.

 

 
 
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We are data: the future of machine intelligence

I look at apps like Grindr and Tinder and see how they've rewritten sex culture - by creating a sexual landscape filled with vast amounts of incredibly graphic site-specific data - and I can't help but wonder why there isn't an app out there that rewrites political culture in the same manner.

 
 

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Our next item deals with address book management, and an eerie side of it.

 

 
 
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My Digital Cemetery

MY digital address book lists 2,743 contacts. This is not because I'm popular or extroverted; I'm neither. It's because this collection of names stretches back two decades, the oldest contacts tracing to a 1996 Palm Pilot and preserved through transfers involving more devices than I care to remember.

 
 

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A phone without a SIM is where Apple and Samsung want to take you. This would mean more unlocked devices, and likely more freedom for the global worker and the global workforce. The phone and an app would be your key to more options as you travel or even while you're at home.

 

 
 
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Apple and Samsung working on a standardized e-SIM card

If it all goes according to plan, you could soon be able to switch mobile carriers by going to the settings page on your smartphone. On Thursday The Financial Times (paywall) reported that Apple and Samsung are in "advanced talks" with telecom operators from all over the world to launch new electronic SIM cards.
 
 

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Back in San Diego, I use Amazon Fresh and have since it opened up that market. Now I saw it's coming to the UK, which means it takes on the established players there who long have offered home delivery. 

 

 
 
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Amazon Preps Fresh Grocery Delivery Launch in U.K.

Amazon's grocery delivery service is still only available in a few markets in the U.S., but the e-commerce company is already planning to launch the service outside of the country. Multiple sources tell Re/code that Amazon is prepping to launch the Amazon Fresh service in the U.K.
 
 

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If you didn't know it by now, I love wine. With the help of master winemaker and friend Doug Margerum, I'm now producing wines ever other year-really when there's enough grapes to go around-and enjoy having a wine to call my own. Our favorite designer, Bobby Buchanan of San Diego's Buchanan Design, designed the Comunicano Wine Company labels, which are very non traditional in the wine world so when I saw this story, I had to share it, not only with Bobby but with everyone who likes a good bottle of wine, but hates the label.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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A Winery With a Young Visual Indentity

Djurdjic Winery is a Serbian wine producer set-up in 2004. Peter Gregson's task was to create a new and memorable visual identity. Djurdjic Winery is a relatively young winery so in that context they don't have a strong heritage background which allowed the designer to create a simple design that represent the winery as new [...]
 
 

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