The Comunicano Communique for Monday May 16th, 2016
The Comunicano Communique
It's Google I/O Week in Silicon Valley so the fun game to watch is how Facebook and its related entities are playing "games" with Google in the news with announcements. Watching the news flow last week and this week the gamesmanship is at an all time high, while Microsoft, Twitter and Apple all stay off to the side. In other news, the hot topics remain chat, messaging and bots, that and Yahoo getting ready to be carved up and sold off...but who will be the buyer and what are their plans? Personally, I'm more intrigued and impressed with the Amazon Private Label move. That and it's own air fleet, plus drones means money on money....Check out today's melange of news...all found in today's Comunicano Communique.
By the way, don't miss the API event of the summer in Las Vegas. "All About The API"......
It looks like Amazon is getting into the food business. A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims that the online retail giant is gearing up to launch its own own-brand foodstuffs for the first time "as soon as the end of the month."
The paragraphs were widely interpreted as an assault on the corporation's traditional funding model, with some suggesting that it marked the "beginning of the end" for the licence fee. However, John Whittingdale, the culture secretary, as well as senior BBC sources, said it was the corporation that had requested new powers to levy subscriptions.
STEWART BUTTERFIELD, the boss of Slack, a messaging company, has been wonderfully unlucky in certain ventures. In 2002 he and a band of colleagues created an online-video game called "Game Neverending". It never took off, but the tools they used to design it turned into Flickr, the web's first popular photo-sharing website.
Nintendo's fortunes are fading fast. In order to survive, it's heading to the multiplex. In an interview with Japan's Asahi Shimbun (link in Japanese) published today (May 16), Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima revealed that the company will enter the movie business.
Yahoo appears to be making progress in efforts to sell itself, despite some initial skepticism. The latest piece of evidence: Among those vying for the company is the unusual combination of the investor Warren E. Buffett and Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans and owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Google already maps the world, but the internet giant has bigger plans for its next location-based technology. The Alphabet Inc. unit wants to digitally map the interiors of buildings in 3-D down to a resolution of a few inches, and make money in virtual reality along the way, through a project named Tango.
Yesterday we reported on a rumor that Google would unveil a new "Android VR" platform at Google I/O next week, along with a standalone headset. Today we're seeing what looks like additional evidence. Folks who sign into the Google Play Developer Console are seeing Android VR alongside Android Wear, Android TV, and Android Auto.
With over 1 billion users, it is already the world's most popular messaging service, but WhatsApp is now seeking to extend its reach by offering its users access to most of its features on Windows and Mac computers.
A beta version of WhatsApp for Android included the option to initiate a video call. The feature was not active for most users, and it was removed with a later update, but it's a sign that the full release of the feature is approaching.Video calling for WhatsApp has been in the works for at least six months - back in December, screenshots of the iOS version of the app leaked showing a basic video calling interface.
Telegram has released an update to its communication app that now lets you edit your messages after they've been sent. This feature works across all chat types including with groups and individual conversations. Other features that have been added include being able to mention anyone in group chats, finding people faster with a new search list, and having a better way to add bots to conversations.
It's a strange thing to be interviewed for a job by a robot on your phone. The robot in question in this case is Wirk'n, a chat "bot" found within the popular messaging app Kik. Bots are quasi-intelligent automated programs you "talk" to by text, the same way you might with a friend or relative.
Over the past year, some workers at AT&T Inc. have begun to automate the boring, repetitive parts of their jobs by using software bots. AT&T is just one of many companies beginning to use software bots to free workers from mundane tasks such as entering information into legacy systems. Sales people at AT&T, for example, now have a bot that automatically pulls sales leads from multiple systems, freeing up hours tospend instead with customers.
By the end of last week, Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook would conduct "a full investigation" into accusations that editors at the company prevented news stories from conservative outlets from appearing in a section of the social network's service.
As airlines based in the United States are wrapping up their inflight Wi-Fi rollouts - and eyeing nextgen upgrades - and many European airlines have finally decided on equipage plans, there's one massive country with a booming aviation industry that remains largely disconnected.
Sprint's owner, Softbank of Japan, is standing by its troubled US child, with founder Masayoshi Son saying that Sprint's radical capex cuts helped boost its parent's operating margins by 8.8% in its just-finished fiscal year. "Cost cutting is going smoothly at Sprint," said Son during an analyst call.
Every NewFronts season, the major players in digital content pitch their programming to advertisers. With those pitches comes a dizzying amount of new research and data. Below are six questions to help you gauge if you're making the most of your online video strategy, along with the newest YouTube data announced at the sixth annual Brandcast event.
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