Tag: Marketing

Austrian retailers file antitrust complaint against Amazon

(Reuters) — Austrian retailers have filed a complaint against Amazon with their national competition authority over the U.S. e-commerce giant’s dual role as a retailer and a marketplace. The European Commission and Germany’s antitrust authority are also looking into Amazon’s role in the market. “We have received a complaint. We […]

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Amazon Go cashierless stores are coming to airports

(Reuters) — Amazon.com is looking at bringing its futuristic checkout-free store format to airports in an effort to win business from hungry, time-pressed travelers, according to public records and a person familiar with the strategy. The move underscores how a company that started as an online bookseller is making forays […]

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Facebook will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of 2019 elections

As India inches closer to its general elections, Facebook announced today that it is bringing transparency to political ads on its platform in the country early next year. This would make India the fourth market — after the U.S., Brazil, and the U.K. — where Facebook offers users a disclaimer […]

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Glassdoor: Zoom dethrones Facebook as the best tech company to work for in the U.S.

Career website Glassdoor today released its 11th annual Employees’ Choice Awards, a list of the 100 best companies to work for in the coming year. Zoom was crowned as the number one tech company to work for in 2019, and the second best company to work for, overall (Bain & […]

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How Kayak is pioneering AI-powered voice assistant innovation (VB Live)

With AI-powered voice assistants taking over homes and phones, it’s time to not just keep up with customer expectations, but figure out how to exceed them. For voice chat use cases like Kayak’s integrated assistant, how to leverage voice and bots for amaze-and-delight experiences right now, and what’s next, don’t […]

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Baron Corbin — ‘fired TGI Friday manager’ — and other successful influencer strategies (VB Live)

Consumers can smell “targeted advertising” from a mile away, but they’ll listen to recommendations from their peers, and they trust the integrity of the influencers they follow. To learn how to tap social media stars to help create brand buy-in, create meaningful connections, and more, don’t miss this VB Live […]

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Google-led AMP project unveils ‘open governance’ committees consisting of Microsoft, Twitter, others

The Google-led accelerated mobile pages (AMP) project has come a long way since the internet giant first announced the initiative three years back. The AMP framework is now used by 1.5 billion pages across tens of millions of domains to enable fast and efficient mobile web pages, while AMP rolled out earlier this year […]

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Asana raises $50 million at $1.5 billion valuation, expands into Japan and Australia

Asana, the business productivity platform cofounded by Facebook co-creator Dustin Moskovitz, has raised $50 million in a series E round of funding led by Generation Investment Management, a London-based investment firm cofounded by Al Gore, with participation from 8VC, Benchmark Capital, Founders Fund, Lead Edge Capital, and World Innovation Lab. With […]

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Germany’s antitrust watchdog launches Amazon investigation

(Reuters) — Germany’s antitrust authority has launched an investigation into whether U.S. ecommerce giant Amazon is exploiting its market dominance in its relations with third-party retailers who use its website as a marketplace. The Federal Cartel Office said in a statement on Thursday that it had received many complaints from […]

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Marfeel’s WordPress plug-in helps small publishers reap mobile ad revenue

Marfeel has created MarfeelPress, a WordPress plug-in that helps bloggers and small publishers generate more advertising revenue. Barcelona-based Marfeel said the platform is the first all-in-one plugin that enables publishers of all sizes using the WordPress content management system (CMS) to enhance the mobile version of their content while boosting engagement […]

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Deputy raises $81 million to help companies manage hourly paid workers

Australia-based employee management platform Deputy has raised $81 million in a series B round of funding led by IVP, with participation from OpenView, Square Peg Capital, and EVP. Founded out of a Sydney suburb in 2008, Deputy is an all-in-one platform that covers pretty much all bases in the workforce management sphere, […]

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Google employees push to stop censored search engine Project Dragonfly

(Reuters) — Eleven employees comprising engineers and managers at Alphabet’s Google published an open letter on Tuesday, demanding that the company end development of a censored search engine for Chinese users, escalating earlier protests against the secretive project. Google has described the search app, known as Project Dragonfly, as an […]

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Information: The highest form of flattery you can give your customers

Presented by SessionM You’re at the big holiday party. One person introduces himself as if for the first time despite having met you plenty of times before. You walk up to a second person you’ve chatted with before only to be treated with a blank stare and not so much […]

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Russia launches civil case against Google over non-removal of search results

(Reuters) — Russia has launched a civil case against Google, accusing it of failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results, the country’s communications watchdog said on Monday. If found guilty, the U.S. internet giant could be fined up to 700,000 roubles ($10,450), […]

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Airbnb faces class-action lawsuit for delisting Israeli settlements

(Reuters) — Lawyers launched a class action lawsuit in Israel on Thursday against Airbnb, accusing the company of “outrageous discrimination” and demanding monetary damages after it withdrew listings of Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank. The San Francisco-based company said this week it was removing listings of around 200 […]

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Google to vet political advertisers for European Parliament elections

Google has announced a raft of initiatives designed to “support the democratic process” during the European Parliament elections next May. The announcement comes amid mounting pressure on technology companies to tackle attempts to subvert elections through the spread of misinformation. Arguably the most notable facet of Google’s latest efforts is that […]

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ProBeat: Amazon’s HQ2 was a perfect bait and switch

In September 2017, Amazon kicked off a frenzy from local governments with its announcement that North America would be blessed with a “second headquarters” (HQ2). City officials across the country have been bending over backward to please Amazon in the hopes of bringing the promised 50,000 jobs to their district. […]

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MapAnything raises $42.5 million for location of things platform

The location of things (LoT) market — which comprises technology that enables developers to make use of geographic data  — is projected to be worth $71.6 billion by 2025, driven by the proliferation of connected devices, high-speed networks, and personalized services. Mapping and navigation apps like Google Maps, Uber, and […]

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Snap reveals U.S. subpoenas over 2017 IPO disclosures

(Reuters) — The U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission have subpoenaed Snap for information about its March 2017 initial public offering, the social media app maker told Reuters on Tuesday. Snap said in a statement it has responded to the government subpoenas and other requests for information. The […]

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