Powerful Marketing Tools to Supercharge Your Business Strategy

In an age where everything is online and businesses operate across borders, marketing is the most important factor contributing to the success of any company. The internet has helped businesses all over the world expand and grow, reaching more people and generating more profits. Yet, it also made the competition a lot fiercer, and more players in every field keep emerging by the day. This is why marketing is the key to the success of any business because it shows the world that you offer better...
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'World's Most Wanted Man' Involveld In Bizarre Attempt To Buy Hacking Tools

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: The fugitive executive of the embattled payment startup Wirecard was mentioned in a brazen and bizarre attempt to purchase hacking tools and surveillance technology from an Italian company in 2013, an investigation by Motherboard and the German weekly Der Spiegel found. Jan Marsalek, a 40-year-old Austrian who until recently was the chief operating officer of the rising fintech company Wirecard, seems to have taken a meeting with the infamous...
Tags: Russia, Tech, Syria, Munich, Grenada, Belarus, Motherboard, Caribbean, Mastercard, Hacking Team, Fsb, Qatar Airways, Der Spiegel, Wirecard, Financial Times Read, Jan Marsalek

Ramps For Disabled People Trace Back To Ancient Greece

sciencehabit shares a report from Science Magazine: The ramps for disabled people that smooth entry into many public buildings today aren't a modern invention. The ancient Greeks constructed similar ramps of stone to help individuals who had trouble walking or climbing stairs access holy sites, new research suggests. That would make the ramps -- some more than 2300 years old -- the oldest known evidence of architecture designed to meet the needs of the disabled. Archaeologist Debby Sneed focused...
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Ajit Pai, Who Abandoned FCC Prison Phone Rate Caps, Urges States to Clean Up His Mess

Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai is urging that states impose caps on the price of intrastate prison phone calls—ones that existed on the federal level until Pai’s FCC abandoned them in court.Read more...
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Digital Transformation of You: The Skills You Need to Compete (Thinks Out Loud Episode 296)

Headlines and Show Notes Digital transformation is, at its core, about business transformation. And business transformation, at its core, is about people. Research shows that many people need to learn new skills and up-skill existing ones as their companies evolve. So, what are the skills you need to compete as your company undergoes its digital transformation? What do you need to know to keep yourself relevant in a rapidly changing environment? In short, how do you deliver the digital transf...
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US accuses Chinese hackers of targeting COVID-19 research

Hackers working for China's government targeted firms working on coronavirus vaccines, and stole hundreds of millions of dollars worth of intellectual property and trade secrets, claims the Justice Department in a statement Tuesday announcing criminal charges. From the Associated Press: The indictment does not accuse the two Chinese defendants of actually obtaining the coronavirus research, but it does underscore the extent to which scientific innovation has been a top target for foreign gove...
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TikTok Plans To Odd 10,000 Jobs in US as Trump Admin Considers Banning It

TikTok said Tuesday that it plans to create 10,000 jobs in the United States over the next three years, a substantial increase from the roughly 1,400 employees it currently has in the country. From a report: The announcement comes as the company faces mounting criticism over its handling of user data and its ties to China through its parent company, ByteDance. "These are good-paying jobs that will help us continue to build a fun and safe experience and protect our community's privacy," a TikTok ...
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Elon Musk Says Neuralink Will Stream Music Straight Into Your Brain

Elon Musk says Neuralink recipients will be able to stream music directly into their brains, with no headphones needed. Futurism reports: It's still entirely unclear if Neuralink's brain-computer interfaces will ever be able to bypass the ear, the cochlear nerves, and beam music magically to the auditory brain. But Musk has already set his sights on bigger things. When asked by another Twitter user if Neuralink's devices could also help "estimulate the release of oxytocin, serotonin, and other c...
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Carta’s former marketing VP is suing over gender discrimination after spearheading report on unequal pay

Emily Kramer joined the Silicon Valley company to build up the company’s brand. Now, the company’s former VP of marketing is looking to shine a light on Carta for another reason: in a against Carta, which makes equity management software, Kramer accuses the eight-year-old outfit of gender discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and of violating the California Equal Pay Act. Carta declined an interview request today, saying through a spokesperson that it isn’t commenting because th...
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Carta’s former marketing VP, who spearheaded its report on pay inequality, is suing over gender discrimination

Emily Kramer joined the Silicon Valley company to build up the company’s brand. Now, the company’s former VP of marketing is looking to shine a light on Carta for another reason: in a against Carta, which makes equity management software, Kramer accuses the eight-year-old outfit of gender discrimination, retaliation, wrongful termination, and of violating the California Equal Pay Act. Carta declined an interview request today, saying through a spokesperson that it isn’t commenting because th...
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Twitter announces broad crackdown on QAnon accounts and content

The company’s restrictions, which will affect about 150,000 accounts, will include blocking URLs and not recommending contentTwitter announced a broad crackdown on accounts and content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory on Tuesday, citing its policies against “behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm”.The company said it would block URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on the platform, and would no longer recommend content and accounts associated with QAnon or highligh...
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The AI company Elon Musk cofounded just released a 'groundbreaking' tool that can automatically mimic human writing — here's how stunned developers are experimenting with it so far

Research lab OpenAI released a "natural language generation" tool called GPT-3 that learns from a massive set of data to write impressively human-like text. GPT-3 can account for tone and context to write in conversational or formal English. Developers have been using GPT-3 to write creative fiction, design websites, and write business proposals with very little indication a robot created them. But even the most advanced AI tool raises concerns around biased language and ways the technology co...
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Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy theory, banning 7,000 accounts

Twitter announced Tuesday that many accounts spreading the pervasive right-wing conspiracy theory known as QAnon would no longer be welcome on its platform. Citing concerns about “offline harm,” the company explained that it would begin treating QAnon content on the platform differently, removing related topics from its trending pages and algorithmic recommendations and blocking any associated URLs. Twitter also said that it would permanently suspend any accounts tweeting about QAnon that have p...
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Elon Musk is one board approval away from another $2.1 billion in stock options

Tesla’s six-month average trailing market capitalization hit $150 billion on Tuesday after a four-month run up of the automaker’s share price that theoretically unlocks a multi-billion-dollar vesting option for CEO Elon Musk. Once Tesla hit the six-month average trailing market cap of $150 billion, which Reuters first reported, Musk became eligible to access the second of 12 levels of options granted to him in an unprecedented pay package approved by shareholders in 2018. The board must still...
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This legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur says the laissez-faire startup ecosystem lacks social consciousness and could lead to the destruction of democracy

Steve Blank, a legendary Silicon Valley entrepreneur who appeared on the podcast 20VC earlier this week, said that the startup ecosystem is on the verge of turning into a Ponzi scheme that offloads destructive or valueless products on the next generations. He said that while some founders are looking to disrupt industries, improve lives, and change the world, investors are "looking for a liquidity event." VCs, who are hoping to see sky-high returns, are investing in things like social media, a...
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Daily Crunch: Apple commits to carbon neutrality

Apple says it’s going fully carbon neutral by 2030, Spotify adds video to its podcast strategy and the U.S. charges two alleged Chinese spies in what it describes as a global hacking campaign. Here’s your Daily Crunch for July 21, 2020. The big story: Apple commits to carbon neutrality Apple announced today that it plans to make its entire business — including its supply chain and resulting products — carbon neutral by 2030. This strategy includes reducing emissions from the production proces...
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Meet the husband-and-wife team that run AngelPad, the exclusive startup accelerator whose early bet on Postmates just led to a $2.65 billion Uber acquisition

AngelPad was one of the earliest accelerators — companies that help founders get their startups up and running — and is still going strong a decade later. Although it's less well known than some of its peers, AngelPad has had repeated successes and just scored a big hit when Postmates, one of its earliest startups, agreed earlier this month to be acquired by Uber for $2.7 billion. Unlike other accelerators, AngelPad has largely stayed true to the original vision of its founders, Carine Magesca...
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Microsoft Teams Opens Its Doors To Third-Party Apps During Meetings

Microsoft is allowing third-party app developers to integrate into the Microsoft Teams meeting experience for the first time. The Verge reports: The new developer-focused features will let apps integrate into Teams meetings during video calls, and even before and after meetings. Third-party apps will be able to display content during Microsoft Teams calls, and even display notifications during calls. It's a big expansion of what third-party apps are able to do in Microsoft Teams right now. Appli...
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Ajit Pai Urges States To Cap Prison Phone Rates After He Helped Kill FCC Caps

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is urging state governments to impose price caps on prison phone calls, three years after Pai helped kill Obama-era FCC rules that limited the price of such calls. Pai yesterday sent a letter to the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), saying it is up to state governments to cap intrastate calling prices because the FCC lacks authority to do so. (NARUC represents state utility regulators.) P...
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COVID-19 Vaccines With 'Minor Side Effects' Could Still Be Pretty Bad

"The risk of nasty side effects in the Moderna and Oxford trials should be made clear now, before it ends up as fodder for the skeptics," argues Hilda Bastian, a former consumer health care advocate and a Ph.D. student at Bond University who studies evidence-based medicine. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from her article via Wired: On Monday, vaccine researchers from Oxford University and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca announced results from a "Phase 1/2 trial," suggesting their p...
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Amazon Assistant is an app that can save you money while shopping — here's how to use it

Amazon Assistant is an app and browser extension that lets you compare Amazon prices with listed prices from competing online retailers.  Amazon Assistant also lets you access your Amazon Lists from anywhere and track the prices of online items. To use the Amazon Assistant software, you must have an Amazon account you can connect the extension to. Amazon Assistant isn't compatible with every device or browser, so double check before you try to install.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference...
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Trio of Friends Set Out to Recreate the macOS Big Sur Wallpaper (mac rumors)

Last year, YouTuber and photographer Andrew Levitt teamed up with his friends Jacob Phillips and Taylor Gray to recreate all of Apple's default wallpapers included in macOS Catalina. Photo Credit: Jacob Phillips Following Apple's unveiling of macOS Big Sur at the WWDC conference in June, they again set out to recreate Apple's newest default wallpaper, with no preparation, within just one week. The task was even more challenging this time, however, as the default ‌macOS Big Sur wallpaper...
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How the pandemic accelerated energy giant Phillips 66's push to modernize its IT and revamp the $109 billion business — with some help from SAP

Phillips 66 – an energy giant with over $100 billion in annual revenue — began its digital transformation in 2017, just as the oil and gas industry was on the upswing from a rocky few years.  Now, the sector is once again in turmoil as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But the uncertainty is actually helping to push the company's digital overhaul along, according to Chief Digital Officer Zhanna Golodryga.   "It's very hard to transform where the company is doing extremely well," she told B...
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Ukraine President Plugs 15-Year-Old Film To Free Hostages

In what sounds like a Black Mirror episode, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy complied with a hostage-takers demands and posted a six-second video urging the public to watch the 2005 film "Earthlings," a movie about mankind using animals for pets, food and clothing. "Everyone should watch the 2005 film 'Earthlings,'" he said in the video posted to his Facebook page, which has been since deleted. The hostage-taker eventually surrendered to police and the bus passengers were freed unharmed. De...
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A startup CEO and ex-Microsoftie shares the 'unbelievable' moment Satya Nadella changed Microsoft: 'We're not in Kansas anymore' (MSFT)

Microsoft was once notorious for cutthroat competition and prioritizing its Windows operating system over the rest of the company. Former CEO Steve Ballmer once even called competing operating system Linux a "cancer." Current CEO Satya Nadella changed that sentiment early on in his tenure in a moment longtime Microsoft veteran Joe Duffy told Business Insider was an "unbelievable, 'we're not in Kansas anymore'" moment. Nadella's leadership of the company will be under a microscope this week as ...
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Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on the challenges of streaming live music battles during a pandemic

Verzuz, a live-streaming internet show created by legendary producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, is a bonafide phenomenon. Like Tiger King and Animal Crossing, it’s one of those things that’s both entertained and connected millions (or, in Verzuz’ case billions) of people stuck in quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as Swizz Beatz told TNW, there was a point where the hit show’s future was uncertain. “It hit the fan with Babyface and Teddy Riley… [due to technical issues] a lot of ...
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The end of Microsoft's retail stores and the Mixer streaming service show CEO Satya Nadella's willingness to cut its losses and ruthlessly focus on its strengths, experts say (MSFT)

Microsoft shuttered two major initiatives in June, the last days of its fiscal year: First, it announced that Mixer, its video game streaming service, would be shut down. Next, it announced the closure of most of its retail stores.  Both of those moves represented Microsoft cutting its losses in businesses where it faced stiff competition and limited traction — Microsoft's stores were never as popular as their Apple counterparts, while the streaming market is dominated by Amazon's Twitch.  Ana...
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CoreLogic is fending off acquisition attempts from two investment firms

The firms argued they could boost CoreLogic's performance. CoreLogic said they undervalued the company, and the ensuing disagreement has turned into a bitter battle.
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Bangladesh regulator orders telcos to stop providing free access to social media

Bangladesh’s regulator has ordered telecom operators and other internet providers in the nation to stop providing free access to social media services, becoming the latest market in Asia to take a partial stand against zero-rating deals. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the local regulator, said late last week that it had moved to take this decision because free usage of social media services had spurred their misuse by some people to commit crimes. Local outlet Business Stand...
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Nielsen is revamping the way it measures digital audiences

Audience measurement company Nielsen announced today that it plans to change the methodology behind its digital products, including Digital Content Ratings, Total Content Ratings, Digital in TV Ratings, Digital Ad Ratings and Total Ad Ratings. The company plans to start rolling out the new methodology in phases in 2021. It isn’t sharing the full details yet, but the goal is to respond to the ways that regulation, platform shifts and other factors are changing landscape for user privacy and da...
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