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Amazon wants to take over the boardroom, silence Skype with Chime

Internet behemoth Amazon has announced a new workplace messaging and conferencing facility. Dubbed Chime, the product is billed as a “communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust”.

By Andy Walker 15 Feb 2017

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CEO of the new Israeli-based TV channel "i24 news" Franck Melloul poses at the station's headquaters on June 17, 2013 in Tel Aviv's seafront Jaffa district | © AFP/File |
Altice to launch US cable news channel

NEW YORK - European-based media and telecom group Altice is launching its i24news channel next week in the United States, underscoring its ambitions as a global television news operation...

13 Feb 2017

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Twitter woes deepen as growth sputters, loss widens

WASHINGTON - Twitter shares plunged on Thursday as the social network reported sluggish revenue and user growth, with its finances sputtering despite the global prominence given the platform by President Donald Trump's extensive use of it...

10 Feb 2017

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Pinterest is a virtual bulletin board platform, with users decorating their boards with pictures showcasing interests in a variety of areas, including food, fashion and travel ()
Pinterest lets phones spy eye-catching items

SAN FRANCISCO - Pinterest on Wednesday infused more machine smarts into its online bulletin boards, pushing harder into e-commerce by enabling people to use smartphones to identify products they might wish to pursue...

9 Feb 2017

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Facebook adds tool for helping in times of crisis

A new 'Community Help' feature provides a forum at the leading social network where assistance can be offered to victims of floods, earthquakes, fires or other kinds of natural or accidental tragedy, according to Facebook vice president of social good Naomi Gleit...

9 Feb 2017

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The New York Times and Spotify new subscription service will cost users $5 a week in the US ()
NY Times teams with Spotify for music-news offering

NEW YORK - The New York Times said on Wednesday it had teamed up with the online service Spotify in bid to lure subscribers with a "news and music experience"...

9 Feb 2017

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Google-owned YouTube has supported live streaming of video through computers for about six years, even broadcasting US presidential debates online ()
YouTube adds mobile video streaming for top talent

SAN FRANCISCO - YouTube on Tuesday began letting popular online video personalities broadcast on the go using mobile devices, ramping up a challenge to Facebook and Twitter in the live-streaming arena...

8 Feb 2017

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#WeAccept ad brings political message to Super Bowl ads

WASHINGTON - Home-sharing giant Airbnb injected a surprise political message during the Super Bowl on Sunday with a television spot highlighting multiculturalism and the hashtag #WeAccept...

6 Feb 2017

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Facebook gets ex-Xiaomi executive Barra as new VR head
Facebook gets ex-Xiaomi executive Barra as new VR head

Social media giant Facebook announced late Wednesday it had recruited Hugo Barra, who recently quit a top position with Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi...

26 Jan 2017

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Artificial intelligence creeps into daily life
Artificial intelligence creeps into daily life

Mark Zuckerberg envisions a software system inspired by the "Iron Man" character Jarvis as a virtual butler managing his household...

20 Dec 2016

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Twitch reveals IRL feature that blurs lines between game, real life
Twitch reveals IRL feature that blurs lines between game, real life

On Amazon's streaming game platform Twitch, the world of gaming is being intermingled with real life. A feature unveiled Thursday by Amazon called IRL...

19 Dec 2016

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Facebook buys facial recognition startup FacioMetrics
Facebook buys facial recognition startup FacioMetrics

Facebook on Wednesday said that it has bought facial recognition startup FacioMetrics, potentially using the technology for photo or video effects...

21 Nov 2016

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Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns
Big tech-media mergers raise fresh privacy concerns

They know how you browse the internet, your favourite TV shows and where you shop and travel. Data collected by internet and media...

27 Oct 2016

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Snapchat eyes 2017 share offering: report
Snapchat eyes 2017 share offering: report

Snapchat's parent Snap is readying a 2017 share offering, which would bring to Wall Street one of the most prominent of the venture-backed tech "unicorns," the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday...

7 Oct 2016

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Is your website driving away customers?
Is your website driving away customers?

US consumers in particular are very discerning when shopping online, so much of the global ecommerce research stems from there, but it's more than just a 'Western concern'. Here's why African business should take online shopping cart abandonment into account locally and when selling to an international market...

By Leigh Andrews 7 Oct 2016

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At the party while nobody is looking… #ShamelessSelfie – @farrenroper
#BehindtheSelfie with... Farren Roper

This week, we find out what's really going on behind the selfie with Farren Roper, Microsoft's global engagement lead for collaboration. He also lets us in on their corporate sustainability stance...

By Leigh Andrews 5 Oct 2016

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Collaborate to unlock competitive advantage
Collaborate to unlock competitive advantage

How companies can use collaboration tools as innovation hacks...

By Farren Roper 27 Sep 2016

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Google's bid for smarter messaging hits market

US internet giant Google launched Wednesday a smart messaging app aimed at muscling into a busy market with popular rivals...

22 Sep 2016

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African Media Agency launches US-Africa business distribution
African Media Agency launches US-Africa business distribution

The African Media Agency has expanded its communications media channel to distribute press releases to media in the United States...

22 Sep 2016

UNITED STATES

Apple to show off new offerings on September 7
Apple to show off new offerings on September 7

Apple on Monday sent out invitations to a "special event" on September 7 in San Francisco, where it is expected to unveil a new iPhone model...

31 Aug 2016

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WhatsApp to share user data with Facebook

Mobile messaging service WhatsApp on Thursday announced it would begin sharing subscriber data with parent Facebook, giving advertisers better access to information on WhatsApp's one billion-strong user base...

26 Aug 2016

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The future of social media analytics

With image-based social networks on the rise, the latest being Instagram, Pinterest and more recently Snapchat, businesses are increasingly adopting social media analytics tools to gain insights from social data to drive strategy...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Aug 2016

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Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdown
Twitter axes 235,000 more accounts in terror crackdown

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter announced on Thursday that it had cut off 235,000 accounts during the past six months in a heightened crackdown on use of the global messaging service to promote violent extremist causes.

19 Aug 2016

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Univision wins bid to buy Gawker Media
Univision wins bid to buy Gawker Media

Univision has won the bidding for embattled Gawker Media, which recently filed for bankruptcy after being ordered to pay $140 million to Hulk Hogan for releasing his sex tape...

18 Aug 2016

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Huffington Post founder leaves for wellness startup
Huffington Post founder leaves for wellness startup

Arianna Huffington, founder of the online Huffington Post news site that has become a global phenomenon, announced on Thursday she was stepping down to launch a nonprofit group focused on health and wellness...

16 Aug 2016

UNITED STATES

Newspapers rethink paywalls as digital efforts sputter
Newspapers rethink paywalls as digital efforts sputter

WASHINGTON: Paywalls were supposed to help rescue newspapers from the crisis of sinking print circulation as readers shifted to getting their news online...

12 Aug 2016

UNITED STATES

Apple and Microsoft unholster new gun emojis
Apple and Microsoft unholster new gun emojis

Apple and Microsoft on Friday appeared to be aiming in opposite directions with freshly unholstered gun emojis...

8 Aug 2016

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Yahoo selling internet assets for $4.8bn to Verizon
Yahoo selling internet assets for $4.8bn to Verizon

Yahoo agreed to sell its core assets to telecom giant Verizon for $4.8 billion, ending a 20-year run by the internet pioneer as an independent company...

25 Jul 2016

UNITED STATES

Facebook Messenger hits one billion users
Facebook Messenger hits one billion users

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook said on Wednesday the number of users of its Messenger application had topped one billion, a key milestone as it seeks to expand the platform to new services...

22 Jul 2016

UNITED STATES

Twitter eases process for verified accounts
Twitter eases process for verified accounts

WASHINGTON: Twitter said on Tuesday it was streamlining the process for creating verified accounts, a move likely to boost the number of users with a "blue badge" icon...

21 Jul 2016

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