SiriusXM is taking over Pandora in a deal that values the vanguard music streaming service at $3.5 billion in stock and will fuse the world's dominant satellite radio company with an online music mainstay.Neither Pandora nor SiriusXM will be changing their services initially, the companies said Monday.SiriusXM has fallen behind in technological skills, like personalized recommendations and mobile listening.Meanwhile, SiriusXM unlocks one of the final frontiers for internet-based music -- the automobile -- just as Pandora's growth has struggled to keep up with that of Spotify and Apple Music.Pandora coming on board means both may be better armed when the battle over who rules music listening really hits the road.The companies said Monday that they'll take advantage of SiriusXM's relationships with automakers to enhance Pandora's distribution in cars.
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Deliveroo CEO and cofounder Will Shu.ReutersFood delivery startup Deliveroo is one of the UK's hottest and most valuable startups, worth around $2 billion.It was started by a former banking analyst who hated the lack of options when he had to eat at his desk.Media reports suggest Uber is in early talks to buy Deliveroo.On face value, anyone could have come up with the concept.But it was Shu and his cofounder Greg Orlowski who turned the desk dream into a reality in 2013, thanks to a ruthless focus on making food delivery as seamless as possible.
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has unveiled the monthly growth statistics for July and India is still the market which keeps giving.Looking at the wireless segments to start with, Jio is once again dominating.Overall, the market grew by 10.5 million subscriptions taking the total to 1.15 billion.This number is already pretty staggering, though when you consider the total population of the country is over 1.3 billion there is still room for growth.In most developed markets the mobile penetration (the total number SIM cards) exceeds 100% of the population, while there are numerous cases of this percentage going north of 110%.Looking at these statistics in the simplest of terms, there is still potential for another couple of hundred million subscriptions in the country.
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But, how many of these new jobs will be offered to those shivering in the dole queue?Here are some points which few in the industry will argue with.Firstly, AI will enable new business models, products and services, which will help certain companies grow.Secondly, certain national economies will grow thanks to increased profitability realised through operational efficiency.These points are reinforced in the research, respondents expect to grow their revenues 11.6% by 2030 as a result of AI adoption, while participants on average plan to invest 0.48% of their revenue in AI in the next 12 months.The world of efficiency and profitability is cut-throat.
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Over the past 14 years, California-based game development studio Telltale Incorporated made a name for itself with its range of well crafted adventure- and story-driven titles.That includes hits like The Wolf Among Us, Tales from the Borderlands, and adaptations of popular franchises including Batman, The Walking Dead, Minecraft, and Game of Thrones.Sadly, Telltale’s journey came to an end last week, when it abruptly pulled the plug on the majority of its operations and left between 225 and 250 employees without a job.— Telltale Games (@telltalegames) September 21, 2018In addition, it’s canceled the highly anticipated second season of The Wolf Among Us.Only 25 members of Telltale’s staff will remain to complete existing obligations, like the final season of The Walking Dead.
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Sirius XM has agreed to pay $3.5 billion for Pandora in an all-stock transaction.The deal has an implied price of $10.14 a share, and includes a "go-shop" provision.Watch Sirius XM and Pandora trade in real time.Sirius XM Holdings will acquire Pandora for $3.5 billion in an all-stock transaction, creating the world's largest audio-entertainment company, the two sides announced Monday.The deal, which includes a "go-shop" provision, will pay current Pandora shareholders 1.44 newly-issued SiriusXM shares for every share they own.The implied price of $10.14 a share is a 13.8% premium to Pandora's 30-day volume-weighted average price.
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But with its slide-out full QWERTY keyboard and a thick chin, it isn't an attractive one.Critics loved the slick Android operating system it ran, but the hardware didn't prompt the universal praise its contemporary, the original iPhone, did.Stacked up next to the iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9, the G1 looks positively cute.When HTC and Google worked together to build the first Android phone, the companies initially developed a design that looked a lot like a BlackBerry, with a small, squarish screen on the top half and a physical keyboard on the bottom.That's just one of the tidbits shared by Peter Chou, HTC's former CEO and the man who spearheaded the development of the G1 alongside Andy Rubin, who was the Google executive in charge of Android at the time.I talked with Chou for the 10th anniversary of the G1 about what went into the development of the phone.
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Comcast has emerged as the winner of the drawn-out Sky acquisition battle with 21st Century Fox, offering shareholders £17.28 per share.The unusual auction process was overseen by The Takeover Panel, an independent body established in 1968, whose main function is to issue and administer the City Code on M“We consider the Comcast Offer to be an excellent outcome for Sky shareholders, and we are recommending it as it represents materially superior value,” said Martin Gilbert, Chairman of the Independent Committee of Sky.“This acquisition will allow us to quickly, efficiently and meaningfully increase our customer base and expand internationally.”In securing Sky, Comcast not only adds an additional 23 million customer relationships to its current subscriber base of 29 million, it also increases its footprint in international markets.It’s a more diversified business, offering comfort for Comcast shareholders, while also creating a broad and varied content portfolio.Starting on Friday night, both companies made a starting bid, with the lowest offeror at the commencement being afforded the opportunity to make an increased bid in the first round.
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The first Airbus A350-900ULR arrived in Singapore over the weekend as Singapore Airlines prepares to launch the world's longest flights.Journeys between Singapore and New York will begin on Oct. 11, the airline said in a release, covering a distance of around 9,000 nautical miles (10,400 miles or 16,700 km) in about 18 hours and 45 minutes.It'll take the title of the world's longest commercial flight from Qatar Airways.The current title holder is a 18-hour nonstop journey between Doha, Qatar, and Auckland, New Zealand.The route will have a two-class layout, with 67 business-class seats and 94 premium economy-class seats.The A350-900ULR (for Ultra Long Range) completed its first flight in April, and can fly 20 hours nonstop with a full load of passengers.
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Finding convenient ways to get personal training or coaching is already challenging for those who don't have a lot of time or money.While many entrepreneurs are working on various faster and cheaper solutions to this problem, a company called Coachilla is winning the game in the self-improvement industry.Launched by Eeppi Nieminen, Coachilla is a Graduate of the Helsinki Founder Institute.Before launching Coachilla, Eeppi built up considerable experience working in numerous roles at various companies, including doing sales and business development at Heebo Oy; project manager and Chief Business Development Officer at 3D Online Factory; and Vice President of the Kuopio Entrepreneurship Society.A year into their existence, Coachilla managed to land on a list of 13 top startups for the first CherryonTop Accelerator program, placing third overall.Having this occur helped Eeppi's company become noticed and made it clear the company positively impacts our everyday digital lives.
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Countless promising entrepreneurs have failed to raise money for their companies because of their inability to follow an effective, structured approach to fundraising.If you’re an early-stage founder looking to raise capital from early-stage investors, particularly angel investors, then you’ve come to the right place.In this article, Mike Suprovici (Entrepreneur In Residence at Founder Institute and Graduate of our San Diego chapter), outlines the ins, outs, and best practices of startup fundraising.Before you even begin, you need the following:A strong idea vetted with solid market researchA prototype, a patent or a proof of concept for the final idea
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Canada’s largest cryptocurrency mining operator has been threatened with having its power cut off.Due to growing environmental concerns, Hut 8’s Bitcoin operation in Medicine Hat is to be one of the first to go in case of intense heat waves, CBC reports.The threat of heat waves is no joke – in July, energy usage across Ontario peaked to the highest levels seen in years, when residents rushed to their air conditioners for relief from record humidity levels.The environmentalists campaigning against Hut 8 argue that the intense electricity usage is frivolous, and particularly damaging due to its reliance on fossil fuels.The electricity consumed by Hut 8’s miners is not coming from renewable sources – making this a rather sensitive issue.“[Hut 8] could have gone anywhere in the world and they chose Medicine Hat,” Medicine Hat mayor Ted Clugston told CBC.
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According to security researcher S. Bálint, any time someone using Chrome 69 logs into a Google service or site, they are also logged into Chrome-as-a-browser with that user account.Essentially, Google is forcefully logging users into Chrome.Chrome browser’s privacy policy notes that if you are is not signed in, all the information is locally stored on your system.However, all the data – including your browser history and password autofill information –is sent to Google servers once you’re signed in.That leads users to believe that Chrome 69’s forced login policy is sharing user data with Google.The Chrome privacy policy (https://t.co/vPUqvOjFRR ) articulates two separate “browser modes with different privacy properties.
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After being criticized for its role in spreading disinformation intended to affect the 2016 presidential election, the massive social media company has been battered by months of bad news, beginning with the Cambridge Analytica scandal, intensifying with scrutiny over fake news on the platform, and it’s been linked to violence in Germany, Malaysia, Libya and the Philippines.Facebook has rolled out a number of changes intended to stem the flow of fake news, increase transparency and rebuild trust with people who have abandoned the service.The company has partnered with fact-checkers, started labeling ads that contain political content and made other changes, but those updates have caused headaches and controversies of their own.On Sept. 7, Adweek interviewed Carolyn Everson, Facebook’s global head of marketing solutions, about moving forward and about the initiatives the company has rolled out to try to address looming public criticism and lawmaker scrutiny.The conversation was part of a wide-ranging sit-down interview that Adweek conducted with Everson, along with Kay Hsu, the global lead for Instagram’s creative shop, Patrick Harris, the head of Facebook’s global agency team, and Karin Tracy, Facebook and Instagram’s head of industry, beauty, fashion and retail.Everson identified four major pillars that have been Facebook’s focus in 2018: data security and privacy, misinformation and fake news, tools and consumer education, and brand safety.
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And while the most ubiquitous second factor is a numeric code sent to your smartphone via an app, physical tokens that you plug into your computer have become increasingly popular.On Monday, the hardware authentication company Yubico is announcing a new generation of its physical YubiKey tokens that support password-less login.The Series 5 YubiKeys get this streamlined mojo from FIDO2, a new version of an open source standard that facilitates secure authentication."So it's very important that we think about the plumbing that needs to change, and FIDO2 brings a whole new range of capabilities."Yubico came to market early and its products have become synonymous with the larger movement in many ways, but other options built on the FIDO standard are out there, including Google's Titan security keys.Titan doesn't support FIDO2 yet, though.
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Henry Zhu makes software that's crucial to websites you use every day, even if you’ve never heard of him or his software.Zhu manages a program called Babel, which translates code written in one version of the programming language JavaScript into code written for another version of the language.That might not sound like a big deal.But because not all browsers support the latest version of JavaScript, Babel lets programmers use JavaScript’s latest features without worrying about which browsers will run the code.The idea is that a company pays a subscription fee to Tidelift, which takes a cut and then distributes the remainder to open source projects that the subscriber uses, such as Babel.Primarily for support, and to ensure that the software stays up to date, and works well with other programs.
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Google reportedly tweaked how its Chrome sign-in process works with its latest redesign, by logging users into the browser when they access a Google site.The Chrome account system, known as Sync, links your Google account to the browser and allows you to upload your history, passwords, bookmarks, and other data to Google's servers.Sync's been part of the browser for years, but a Chrome sign-in was previously separate from a logged-in Google account.This changed with the most recent update, our sister site ZDNet reports, citing multiple users."Sync is not turned on unless you later turn it on", wrote Chrome engineer Adrienne Porter Felt on Twitter, clarifying the change and explaining that the feature required an additional step to activate.The automatic Chrome sign-in was a result of browser sharing, which could result in data leaking between users' Google accounts, she noted.
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Within the world of B2B influencer marketing, there are a handful of brand experts who have been charting a course within large enterprise organizations for the rest of us to follow.My first experience with Konnie was several years ago when TopRank Marketing was working with Dell to develop relationships with IT influencers as part of an online publication initiative.Since then, we’ve worked with Dell to help develop an influencer marketing playbook, support influencer engagement at events and through content, but her relationship focus on working with influencers has stuck with me through it all.In this interview, we’ll learn about the uniqueness of B2B influencer marketing, practical tips, a few of Konnie’s favorite influencer programs and where influencer marketing for the enterprise is headed.About 5 years ago I stepped into a new role in Social Media Marketing and one of my first projects had me investigate social selling experts for who understood the social media from a social business and sales perspective, specifically for a large global organization like Dell.One important aspect for us at the time was to educate our marketing leadership on social analytics and insights to help build programs for our marketing teams that would in turn lay the foundation for successful social selling programs and campaigns.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook shot down Apple's Dr Dre drama "Vital Signs" after objecting to scenes showing drugs, sex, and violence, the Wall Street Journal reports.The Journal said Apple is pursuing a family-friendly content strategy for its push into TV.Apple's original video ambitions emerged in 2017, with a reported budget of $1 billion and the hiring of former "Breaking Bad" executives Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg.Apple CEO Tim Cook does not want gratuitous sex and violence in Apple's upcoming video content, The Wall Street Journal reports.Over a year ago Cook previewed Apple's first drama "Vital Signs," a six-part semi-autobiographical series about hip hop star Dr Dre, which began shooting in 2016.According to the Journal, Cook was shocked at scenes featuring cocaine consumption, an orgy, and guns being drawn.
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SEATTLE -- Sept. 24, 2018 -- Harnessing the immune system to treat cancer shows great promise in some patients, but for many, the response does not last long-term.In an effort to find out why, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists are using a new technology to look at how cancer cells change under the pressure of immunotherapy treatments.In a study published Sept. 24 in Nature Communications, researchers used a newly developed method for measuring molecules in single cells to deeply analyze the response to a combination immunotherapy for patients with Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare skin cancer caused by a common virus."Twenty percent of Merkel cell patients have an initial response to immunotherapy but then relapse - it's been unclear why," said first author, Dr. Kelly Paulson, senior fellow at Fred Hutch.Paulson and senior author Dr. Aude Chapuis, assistant member of Fred Hutch, studied cancer cells from two patients who initially responded to the combination therapy, which combined a checkpoint inhibitor to rev up the immune system with a T-cell therapy capable of zeroing in and killing the cancer cells."We saw in both patients that the cancers went almost completely away," said Paulson, who cares for patients at Fred Hutch's clinical care partner, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
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