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Sep 25, 2014

Apple Responds to Complaints of Bent iPhones



Social media channels have overflowed this week with commentary on whether Apple‘s new iPhone 6 Plus bends under pressure, particularly in a pants pocket. Turns out actual complaints to the company, at least so far, are much less prevalent.

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Sep 22, 2014

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality



Trying out Crescent Bay, the new prototype of the Oculus PC headset announced on Saturday, I was struck by how menacing it felt to be charged by a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex and how my stomach flipped as I peered over the edge of a city skyscraper.

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Sep 18, 2014

Larry Ellison Stepping Down as Chief of Oracle



SAN FRANCISCO — Lawrence J. Ellison is retiring as chief executive of Oracle Corporation, a company he founded in 1977 that has transformed the business world and made him one of the world’s richest people.

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Sep 10, 2014

Orlando Goes Tech, Hospitality Follows Suit - The Florida Hotel and Convention Center



Orlando is ‘Who’s Got Next’ in tech epicenters springing up around the country. Downtown Orlando boasts a burdgeoning startup and tech industry featuring Tech Meetups, co-working days, and a new tech fund by the Orlando Tech Association.

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Sep 7, 2014
Aug 18, 2014

Apple Loop: The iPhone 6 Will Launch On September 9, Go On Sale During September, And Here Are Some Expected Features



Taking a look back at another week of news from Cupertino, this week’s Apple Loop covers the rush of details over the iPhone 6 (including the launch data, availability, and features), Apple and Samsung dropping many patent disputes, Android and iOS usage numbers, i

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Jul 16, 2014

Yahoo Promotes Its YouTube Competitor With a Year of Free Concerts



The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla., where the Dave Matthews Band is playing Tuesday night, can hold up to 15,000 people. But as Yahoo and Live Nation see it, Ben Sisario reports, the potential audience is limitless.

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The AP’s newest business reporter is an algorithm


In an announcement on its blog, the AP announced that it will be moving toward full automation of 150- to 300-word earnings reports. The system, to be rolled out next month, will work by pumping data from Zacks Investment Research into Automated Insights, a firm that specializes in computer-generated prose. Naturally, the reports will still conform to AP style, the system of grammar and word choice that is standard in much of American journalism.


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There are obvious benefits to having robots write earnings reports. For one, it facilitates a massive increase in the volume of content. The AP hopes to ramp up from providing 300 manual reports each quarter now to as many as 4,400 with the new system. An automated system also frees up reporters to work on more creative efforts, including analyzing the reports and writing stories based on them.


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This is not the first time a news organization has turned to algorithms to help with repetitive writing tasks. The business information provider Thomson has been using computers to write stories since before it acquired the wire service Reuters (paywall). Many Forbes bylines belong to the Automated Insights competitor Narrative Science. The AP is already using Automated Insights to generate text on NFL players’ weekly performance on its site that ranks them. And if the Japanese robotics industry has its way, even TV news anchors could find themselves displaced by androids.


Full Story: Quartz
Jul 3, 2014 / 18 notes

emergentfutures:

The AP’s newest business reporter is an algorithm

In an announcement on its blog, the AP announced that it will be moving toward full automation of 150- to 300-word earnings reports. The system, to be rolled out next month, will work by pumping data from Zacks Investment Research into Automated Insights, a firm that specializes in computer-generated prose. Naturally, the reports will still conform to AP style, the system of grammar and word choice that is standard in much of American journalism.

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There are obvious benefits to having robots write earnings reports. For one, it facilitates a massive increase in the volume of content. The AP hopes to ramp up from providing 300 manual reports each quarter now to as many as 4,400 with the new system. An automated system also frees up reporters to work on more creative efforts, including analyzing the reports and writing stories based on them.

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This is not the first time a news organization has turned to algorithms to help with repetitive writing tasks. The business information provider Thomson has been using computers to write stories since before it acquired the wire service Reuters (paywall). Many Forbes bylines belong to the Automated Insights competitor Narrative Science. The AP is already using Automated Insights to generate text on NFL players’ weekly performance on its site that ranks them. And if the Japanese robotics industry has its way, even TV news anchors could find themselves displaced by androids.

Full Story: Quartz

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You’re still #TheBravestManInTheUniverse


Even the Titans must return to the Essence. Rest well at Olympus. Take joy in the presence of the Sky Chief.


RIP #BobbyWomack

Jun 18, 2014

9 Content Marketing Growth Hacks to Drive Traffic and Conversions



Two of the most popular trends in marketing right now are growth hacking and content marketing. Growth hacking is a marketing technique designed to turn clever hacks into fast-paced product growth.

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Jun 18, 2014

[Presentation] Online Branding for Entrepreneurs and Artists via Sarah Lawrence College!

I had the honor of speaking at my 10 year class reunion this past weekend.

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Jun 18, 2014

Amazon Introduces Fire Phone



SEATTLE — Amazon on Wednesday introduced its own smartphone — a device optimized to allow customers to consume great amounts of video, books and music, preferably from Amazon. Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, announced the new phone, Fire, here in Seattle, the company’s headquarters.

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