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The Rise of Digital Ad Taxes Could Impact Online Marketplaces
October 20, 2021
For years, affiliate marketers, social media companies, online marketplace platforms, and search engines alike have enjoyed the seemingly ubiquitous tax-free landscape from their digital activities afforded to them by the United States' Internet Tax Freedom Act of 1998. However, that could all be changing soon.
Walmart Announces Merchandise Hub for Netflix
October 12, 2021
Walmart and Netflix are teaming up to sell merchandise pegged to the streaming media provider's content. "The Netflix Hub brings together some of its most popular shows in its first digital storefront with a national retailer," Walmart EVP Jeff Evans wrote in a news release Monday. The new partnership will have benefits for both Walmart and Netflix.
Chip Shortages Likely To Linger Through 2022
October 5, 2021
"Companies are realizing that supply chain issues could cause problems, and so many companies shifted more from the just-in-time method of manufacturing to building up a lot of inventory," said IDC Research Director Phil Solis. "Everyone started ordering more chips than they needed which is a big part of the problem," he told TechNewsWorld.
Will Mistrust Jeopardize the Survival of Facebook?
September 20, 2021
Trust in sources that we depend on for business and personal decisions is critical. A platform that aggregates opinion and news should be held to the highest standard of trust and honesty. Last week we heard that Facebook's moderating system XCheck gives special privileges to some celebrities and politicians. This adds to a growing list of questionable activity by the social media giant that many people consider to be a monopoly.
Intuit's $12B Mailchimp Purchase Breathes New Life Into Email Marketing
September 16, 2021
Intuit on Monday announced an agreement to acquire Mailchimp, a global customer engagement and marketing platform for small and mid-market businesses, for $12 billion in cash and stock advances. The purchase could be the linchpin that thrusts the mostly financial software company into solving more fertile mid-market business challenges for its customers.
Where Does Oracle Go From Here?
September 16, 2021
If you follow a market long enough and if it's a successful marketplace, you notice that some of the companies in it go through a succession of moves; first in new products and then in finance. The confusion comes when a company like Oracle lives through multiple up and down cycles. When you look at Oracle today, what do you see?
Execs Fear Ransomware While Most Unprepared To Fight It
September 14, 2021
High ranking business executives say ransomware is a major concern to them but their organizations are unprepared to do anything about it. Those were the findings of a poll released Monday by global consulting and advisory services firm Deloitte.
Adobe's Frame.io Buy Answers Video Collaboration Needs
September 13, 2021
Adobe on Aug. 19 announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire cloud-based video collaboration platform Frame.io. The acquisition joins Adobe Creative Cloud's video capabilities with Frame.io's cloud-first workflow functionality to create an end-to-end video collaboration platform.
The Esports Evolution: Out of the Basement, Into Arenas
September 10, 2021
Esports has grown into a major industry that shows no signs of slowing momentum. Indeed, the esports ecosystem is on pace this year to surpass $1 billion in revenue for the first time. We spoke with several esports aficionados to hear what they had to say about the evolution of esports, what's driving its popularity, and what to expect from this burgeoning industry going forward.
E-Learning Platforms: The New Academy for Business Training and Education
September 7, 2021
Organizations are taking advantage of online learning platforms to provide fast and cost-effective knowledge transfer, to and from anywhere in the world. We spoke with several experts in the field of learning management systems to get a sense for what's happening with e-learning in the business sphere, and where it'll be trending from here.
Do You Need an MBA Degree for a More Prosperous Future?
September 6, 2021
I recently met a young lady with an education degree who is frustrated that her younger siblings are far more prosperous than she is. She's planning on getting an MBA to pivot her career and hopefully position herself for a more prosperous future. Let's talk about that. Then, I'll close with my product of the week -- an "oldie but goodie" from Microsoft.
Kuo Predicts 'iPhone 13' Will Support Satellite Calls and Texting
August 31, 2021
The next generation of iPhones expected to be launched in September will include support for satellite communication, according to numerous news reports based on a research note released by insightful Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. He predicted in the note that Apple will include hardware in the iPhone 13 that allows the mobile to connect to low-earth-orbit satellites.
How Automated Accounting Engines Can Salvage Online Profitability
August 26, 2021
This summer's surge in spending is making digital retailers more vulnerable to accounting errors that result in significant revenue losses. To address this issue, UpstartWorks developed an automated system to audit and recoup unpaid invoices lost in the supply chain quagmire. Its new accounting automation engine resolves costly marketplace oversights that can save businesses millions.
The Irony of Facebook's VR Collaboration Debacle
August 23, 2021
Facebook is misclassified as a social media company. If it wasn't, bringing out a VR product like Horizon Workrooms, reviews of which have not been kind, would have been better received. Collaboration is a social process where people get together to collectively solve problems. But Facebook sucks at social.
The Endless Possibilities of Robotic Process Automation
August 20, 2021
With more amounts of data to manage, organize, and make sense of, robotic processes are becoming increasingly valuable to businesses seeking to save time and be more efficient. Not everything needs to be done by a human, especially when the tasks are repeated and predictable. It's here that RPA comes into play and has become an important component to businesses operations and serving customers.
Conflicting Research Hides Best Age To Start Your Own Business
August 13, 2021
You are young -- as in under 30 -- are smart, and have financial support. That makes you a great candidate to start your own business and most likely to meet with astounding success. Right? Do not yet quit your day job! The numbers borne out by ample research say you could be wrong. So how old should you be when you take that entrepreneurial plunge?
Sales Cycles and the Slacking of Salesforce
August 10, 2021
With the recent completion of the Slack acquisition, Salesforce can look forward to improving the quality of the customer-facing business processes that it supports with more and better collaboration. However, the presence of Slack may now highlight the reality that while vendors operate at the speed of technology, buyers conduct more staid and contemplative buying processes.
Chromebook Shipments Jump 75% YoY in Q2
August 3, 2021
Chromebooks were a hot commodity in the second quarter of this year, with shipments increasing 75 percent compared to the same period in 2020. Some 11.9 million of the laptops were shipped during the April-June quarter, or 13 percent of all notebooks, according to Canalys, a global market research company. HP led the pack in shipments with 4.3 million units.
US, NATO Accuse China of Massive Microsoft Hack
July 20, 2021
In addition to its condemnation of China, the White House announced that the U.S. Justice Department has filed charges against four Ministry of State Security hackers allegedly engaged in a multiyear campaign targeting foreign governments and entities in key sectors, including maritime, aviation, defense, education and healthcare in a least a dozen countries.
Amazon Seller Acquisition Market Seeing Unprecedented Activity
July 13, 2021
For both tuned-in sellers and aggressive aggregates, business on Amazon is booming. Aggregators acquired more Amazon marketplace sellers in the last three months than the last two years, noted Ryan Gnesin, CEO of Elevate Brands, one of the most active Amazon seller aggregate organizations.
What an Amazon Breakup Would Look Like and Why It's a Win for Brands
July 8, 2021
Amazon is on the brink of a possible breakup, and marketers should be ready to seize the opportunity. It's difficult to imagine life without Amazon -- as we know it. But with ongoing antitrust probes by Congress, there's a real possibility that Amazon's e-commerce dominance may soon end. Let's examine what a breakup of Amazon could look like -- and why it's likely a win for brand marketers.
Congress Backs Billions for Tech R&D Though Enactment Uncertain
July 1, 2021
The U.S. technology industry is guardedly supporting a massive legislative package designed to address a range of issues affecting the sector, including a federal commitment to add billions of dollars to government technology research and development programs. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., characterized the legislation as "a landmark bill to out-compete China in key emerging technology areas critical to our national security."
Reputation Management: Duking It Out With Doxing
June 30, 2021
Cancel culture and politics aside, one of the more brutal threats lurking in the shadows of the internet is the slander industry. All too often, unsuspecting people become victims of websites that promote slanderous, often unverified information about individuals. This false and vilifying information lives on the internet forever and can sully an otherwise spotless reputation.
HP Sets Example of How to Prioritize Sustainability
June 21, 2021
HP this month announced the release of its Sustainable Bond Framework, which will be used to issue bonds to help the company finance projects for a more sustainable future. Let's talk about this move to sustainability. We'll then look at the product of the week -- a mobile workstation which appears to be the lightest so far released into the market.
The Emerging Tech Affect on HR Processes
June 11, 2021
With Covid, increased numbers of people have been working remotely, and many will continue to do so post-pandemic. This has fundamentally altered how work is done; not only by company staff, but by HR professionals. This societal shift, combined with the continued emergence of new digital technologies, means that the field of human resources is in the midst of radical evolution.
Administration Takes Aggressive Approach to Stimulate Tech Investments
June 2, 2021
The U.S. government is moving at a brisk pace to launch information technology projects authorized by the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Federal information technology providers are looking for the chance to participate in contracts flowing from the $1 billion allocated by the plan to the government's Technology Modernization Fund.
Report Predicts 25.7 Million Remote Jobs Available in Non-Tech Industries
June 2, 2021
Remote work appears to be here to stay. More than 25 million work-from-home jobs could be created in non-technology industries in the coming years, according to a report from Upwork. Professional services are involved in essentially every part of the economy, which means that there is widespread potential for remote freelancing, even in companies where most people need to be in person every day.
Amazon Cuts Deal to Buy MGM for $8.45B
May 26, 2021
A definitive merger agreement has been announced for Amazon to acquire MGM for $8.45 billion. MGM will bring to Amazon's table more than 4,000 movies and 17,000 TV shows. All totaled, MGM productions over the years won more than 180 Oscars and 100 Emmy awards. MGM will continue to operate as a label under the Amazon brand.
Illegal Drug Trade Fuels $1.37B in Crypto Transactions at Russian Dark Site
May 26, 2021
A Russian-language dark web marketplace called Hydra that is known to facilitate the illegal sale of narcotics has seen cryptocurrency transactions soar over the last five years. According to a report by Flashpoint and Chainalysis, Hydra's crypto business began accelerating in 2017 after its chief competitor was shut down by Russian law enforcement authorities.
How to Build a CX Business Case for Your CFO
May 25, 2021
Across all businesses, the entire C-suite leadership team is looking to validate an experience management program by asking one question: what is the financial impact of my CX investment? Making a business case to the financial leaders of your company means that you have to be prepared to answer any value-based questions they might throw your way.
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