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The 9 inventions Americans think are mostly likely to happen in 50 years

Will your car will be driving you in 50 years? Will you 3D print a new jacket or bag at home, or see a cure for cancer happen in your lifetime? Or, do you think you’ll be able to vacation on the moon? Fluent surveyed 3,240 American adults about which inventions they think are most likely to

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3000 Americans: Facebook likeliest to die, Google most indispensable, Apple least needed

Facebook is the tech giant Americans think is the most likely to die in the next 50 years, according to a recent survey of 3,240 adults. Google, on the other hand, is most likely GAFA company to still be running searches and serving ads in A.D. 2068. GAFA, of course, is Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon.

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Book me as a speaker: New Leade.rs profile

Need an awesome speaker for your next event? I’m super-pumped to now have a profile on Leade.rs, where people “find speakers who do things that matter.” People like Brian Solis, Tamara McCleary, Jeremiah Owyang, Bryan Kramer, Bonin Bough, Dan Ariely, Sandy Carter, and Catarina Fake are on Leade.rs, so I’m honored to be in their

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How to allocate mobile web vs mobile app install marketing budgets

How do you decide how much to spend on mobile web marketing and how much to spend on mobile app install marketing? You have a limited marketing budget and you want the most return out of it. You want immediate ROI, sure, but you also want to set yourself up for the long term by

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Stephen Hawking issues stern warning on AI: Could be ‘worst thing’ for humanity

Physicist and thinker Stephen Hawking appeared on-stage at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal today via telepresence to warn humanity about the development of artificial intelligence. “AI could develop a will of its own,” Hawking said in his signature computer-generated voice. “The rise of AI could be the worst or the best thing that has happened

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Tim Draper on Bitcoin: ‘In 5 years if you use fiat currency, they will laugh at you’

In 2014 Tim Draper bought 30,000 Bitcoin for under $20 million. Today, it’s worth almost $215 million. Tech startup founders tend to live in the future, seeing future developments that most can’t yet perceive as achieved facts. The same is true, apparently, of venture capitalists. Tim Draper has led investments in companies like Skype, Tesla, and Twitter.

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Uber + NASA: New partnership to bring flying taxis to Los Angeles in 2020

The original Blade Runner movie showed flying cars in Los Angeles in a fictional 2019. Today, Uber announced a new partnership with NASA to bring its air taxi service to life just one year later. In fact, the company predicts that its service will be deeply integrated into Los Angeles’ transportation ecosystem by the 2028 Olympics in

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This big data marketing firm claims to have a perfect track record in winning elections

The data and analytics firm that has been credited with helping Donald Trump win the U.S. national election a year ago has a perfect track record in helping its clients win elections. At least, on elections where the company does all the work. “I think we have a 100% track record,” Cambridge Analytica  CEO said

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The iPhone X Does Not Have A Notch

There may never have been a design feature of an Apple device as controversial and hated as the iPhone X’s so-called “notch.” It’s “odd,” says the Verge, a sign of Apple’s decline, say others, and hideous, according to Business Insider. There are apps to remove it, visually, and 2.6 million Google results about the notch.

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Webinar with Google and TUNE: AI and the customer journey

Super-pumped to have successfully completed a major 1000+ attendee webinar with Google and TUNE. Our topic was machine learning and the customer journey. A quote: “As a marketer, you intuitively know that if you can understand the paths your customers travel, you can be much more successful in proactively reaching out when needed, providing the

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This ICO is not like other ICOs: Colu already in use locally with 62K monthly transactions

Initial coin offerings, or ICOs, have raised over $3.2 billion so far in 2017, up from almost nothing in 2016. They’re getting so common that ICOs have passed venture capital for early-stage funding in blockchain startups. So I’m generally not too interested when getting a pitch about yet another cryptocurrency “token generation event.” But most

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Holiday e-commerce to break $100B for first time, says 1 trillion visit Adobe study

Holiday e-commerce spending will break through $100 billion in the U.S. alone, according to a study released today by Adobe. That’s almost 14% year-over-year growth. In addition, Cyber Monday will hit $6.6 billion in sales alone, even though Black Friday will have better deals. And mobile, at last, has surpassed desktop, in at least one

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3 out of 4 Americans have never heard of an ICO, 68% have no knowledge of Ethereum

Cryptocurrencies may have a market cap of $182 billion USD, and initial coin offerings (ICOs) may have surpassed venture capital as a means of raising early-stage money, but most Americans still have very little clue about either. 68.4% of Americans have never heard of Ethereum, Bitcoin’s little brother, according to a LendEDU survey. There is currently about $30 billion of Ethereum

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Blockchain and adtech: What’s interesting, what’s hard, and what the industry really needs

The promise of blockchain is extreme in almost every facet of technology. Having a common record book that everyone can see, and no one individual can alter, is a simple but stunning idea that could revolutionize advertising through more trustworthiness, lower costs, better transparency, and a renegotiated contract with consumers. But not all blockchains are

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Artificial intelligence and commerce: 4 steps to bringing AI to market

Lyft’s head of machine learning Gil Arditi talked today at VB Summit 2017 about how to take AI out of the lab and into real-world products that provide competitive marketplace advantage. Lyft, which just closed an additional billion-dollar round of financing led by Google, has an internal four-stage process, Arditi says. Get the full story

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Apple vs Facebook: 38% of mobile gamers have used Facebook’s ‘App Store’

Last week Facebook gave mobile game publishers in its Messenger platform the ability to monetize their games with purchases and ads, a direct challenge to Apple’s App Store supremacy. Today, TapResearch released insight into who’s playing Messenger games. And Facebook has a ways to go. While 80% of mobile gamers use Facebook Messenger — more than

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The best Android game has just 4.5% user retention after 30 days

Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes has been downloaded perhaps 50 million times. It’s a top-10 game for revenue. But 95 out of 100 people who install it on Android aren’t using the app a month later. And it is the very best game on Android for mobile user retention. Mobile user retention is bad, as

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Location-based mobile marketing: 5 key requirements for winning while not being evil

Location is one of the key components of modern marketing. But it’s also one of the most problematic, because it has huge potential for privacy violations. Just this past week, it’s come to light that some telcos may be providing personal data including location to advertisers. A couple of months ago one of the larger

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Why you really, really care about robots getting ‘human’ rights

In Estonia, where the digital state was invented, the government is hard at work on the legal status of robots. The question is: do artificial intelligences deserve “human” rights? Or any rights at all? This may seem like a particularly lame way for EU bureaucrats to kill some time and spend taxpayer cash, slightly ahead of counting angels on pins,

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The #1 thing fake news can teach entrepreneurs about marketing

It might have won an election and disrupted public discourse, but the massive impact of fake news also has a critical lesson for entrepreneurs. And entrepreneur Larry Kim just showed us how. Kim, the founder of online advertising company Wordstream and current CEO of chatbot company MobileMonkey, recently ran a test to determine if fake news could actually

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How to hack an election: $50, 60 minutes, and fake ads on Facebook

Facebook is finding thousands of ads that Russian interests may or may not have purchased with the intent of influencing the most recent U.S. election. Twitter and Google are finding evidence of similar meddling. But can it work? Is it possible to hack an election via social media? Entrepreneur Larry Kim decided to test that proposition. He spent

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Less than 9% of marketers have a marketing system of record

There’s a core architectural flaw in most marketers’ tech stacks. Out of all a company’s many functions and divisions, marketing stands isolated as a core and key function that does not have a single system of record. Finance has a system of record: whatever accounting software the company has chose. Sales has a system of

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Vcommerce: The $57 trillion reason AI is now permeating every single consumer device

Every single consumer device that matters is now a trojan horse for the rapid introduction of AI assistants into our lives. Think iPhone, Echo, Pixel, Chromebook, Pixel Buds with Google in your ear. Smart homes, smart cars, smart glasses, and speakers. And all of them with a voice, enabling v-commerce. Or, voice-powered commerce. Google’s new

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The Chalk AR app is the future of education, service, and support

I can’t count the number of times I’ve tried to do remote tech support for my parents or other relatives, only to feel like Flint Lockwood asking his father to save the world in Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs. It’s not easy. Chalk, the new augmented reality app from Vuforia, aims to change all

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What external company reviews tell us about internal corporate culture

Everyone’s done it. Before you take that job, you check external sites like Glassdoor or LinkedIn to see what people say about the company you’re about to join. The question is: can you trust those reviews? According to new research by Workplace Dynamics, an employee engagement platform and Kununu, a Boston-based “workplace insights” company, you can.

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When you get featured in China …

… you can’t actually read the post that references your research. (Unless you speak a Chinese language.) 🙂 If you can … here it is, at Techweb China.

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OTT revolution: Winning in an everything streaming, all the time, everywhere world

What do you do if you are a media and entertainment company today? Plain old cable TV viewing is down, with most shows seeing flat or no growth, and many declining. Netflix is on the rise, and the streaming giant is spending $6 billion on content in 2017. It’s already at 100 million subscribers, and

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This tech startup founder offered to donate his kidney in an attempt to get funding

A startup is a baby, in a very real sense. And while some become insanely successful, lifting their founders to Zuckerberg or Musk status, others fail, and their “parents” pay a staggering price that can leave them depressed, unbalanced, and even suicidal. That may be the case of one Montreal-based founder who recently messaged me

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Facebook Messenger crashing instantly on iOS 11; crash log references ‘CryptoTokenKit’

Facebook Messenger appears to be crashing almost instantly for some iPhone owners. A mobile developer suspects the culprit may be an obscure “CryptoTokenKit” found in the latest version of the software. Facebook’s massive messaging platform has over 1.2 billion users. But potentially hundreds of millions of iPhone owners who are upgrading to Apple’s latest operating system, iOS 11,

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Facebook Q3 ad revenue will be up 47%, Citi report suggests

A report from Citi Research suggests that Facebook’s next earnings report will show a 47% year-over-year increase in ad revenue. In addition, at least one agency which manages $1 billion in social advertising spend on the social platform says that combined spend on Facebook and Instagram grew 88% year-over-year in July, and 73% year-over-year in

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