Above: WhatsAppWhatsApp went down in several parts of the world today including parts of Europe, Asia, and South America. The crowdsourced website DownDetector found the largest concentration of outages in portions of England, Germany, and virtually all of the Netherlands, as well as parts of Italy, Spain, and central Europe.
During the late ’90s, Silicon Valley venture capitalists and New York City investment bankers used phrases such as “monetizing eyeballs,” “stickiness,” and “B2C” to justify the ridiculous valuations of Internet companies. They claimed conventional methods were inapplicable in valuing the dot-com companies — which had no revenue — because we were entering an entirely new economy.
Above: Amazon EchoAmazon’s Alexa is leading the AI assistant pack. Echo devices are dominating smart speaker sales, and that was before Amazon brought the devices to more than 80 nations around the world. To defend its crown, Amazon moved fast this year to outpace competitors like Google Assistant and Microsoft’s Cortana.
Above: Dropbox for Android.At the risk of sounding like a broken record, next year the IPO dam could finally bust wide open. And while we’ve probably written that line in some form for the last several years, this time it might really be true.
Above: Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research Group executive VP Harry Shum prepares to speak onstage at Build, a Microsoft developer conference held in Seattle in May 2017.
BEDFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 28, 2017– Augmenix, Inc. a medical technology company that develops, manufactures, and sells proprietary absorbable hydrogels that separate and protect organs at risk during prostate radiotherapy, today announced that it will present at the 36th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. John Pedersen, President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to present at 3:30 p.m. PST.
Twice a year, the crème de la crème of Silicon Valley flocks to the Computer History Museum in Mountain View to listen to 100 or so startups deliver carefully curated pitches at the widely popular Y Combinator (YC) Demo Days.
As we enter a new year, it’s important to take a look at emerging marketing technologies and understand how they might fit into your annual goals for content planning. Voice is certainly one of the technologies content strategists and site owners should keep an eye on for 2018, and Alexa skills offer a relatively natural entry point for brands focused on churning out useful consumer content.
AI has been the buzzword of 2017, oftentimes being used in marketing technology applications to provide predictive analysis. And while it is certainly valuable to know when to make that important business decision, AI’s predictive capabilities can also be used to help save lives.
SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–December 27, 2017– As cryptocurrencies continue to gain traction around the world, the launch of BeeChat marks the advent of the first blockchain based digital currency and cryptocurrency messenger platform in the world.

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