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How an academic specialist in human memory created a chat app that’s helping companies fight harassment and discrimination

“I arrived as an academic and left as a cofounder of a company,” Shaw said” writes Troy Wolverton for businessinsider.com. That’s the theory of the founders of Spot, a chatbot designed to help the victims of harassment and discrimination document their experiences. Source: businessinsider.com Share This:

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Online marketplaces must go beyond sales to experiences

“Rather than visiting individual merchants, consumers are increasingly huddled around platforms to research and purchase everything from clothes to food” writes Chris O’brien for venturebeat.com. The report notes projections that marketplaces will represent 40 percent of online retail by 2020.As marketplaces increasingly dominate ecommerce, they must continue to evolve — providing a more complete experience to remain competitive with both consumers and the merchants they serve.Now, according to RetailWeek, 44 percent of all retailers are trying to turn their online stores into marketplaces that facilitate sales to third parties, as…

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LCG Experiences 54% Increase in Revenue in H1 2018

“However, the London brokerage said in its report that it welcomes the changes and is confident that it will be able to handle the changes in the future” reports financemagnates.com. For the first half of 2018, the company recorded a revenue of £18.6 million ($24.1 million), an increase of 54 percent from the same period in 2017, which had a revenue of £12 million. Source: financemagnates.com Share This:

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iOS 12 release gives users more power, marketers more options

“Herrick says that marketers using iOS 12 can offer users of their app a trial of quiet notifications that do not require an opt-in” writes Robin Kurzer for marketingland.com. On September 17, Apple will release iOS 12, a big update to its mobile operating system that’s packed with a lot of useful user features that are also a boon to marketers. Source: marketingland.com Share This:

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Costly Chip Consolidation Continues; NXPI Experiences ‘Deal Fatigue’ – ICYMI

“As the chip sector consolidates, NXP Semiconductor (NXPI) does not plan to make a bid splash from a deal perspective” writes Michael Brown for thestreet.com. With the regulatory environment and “deal fatigue” at NXP, acquisitions along the lines of its $12 billion purchase of Freescale Semiconductor in late 2015 are not likely. Source: thestreet.com Share This:

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Lebron James says advice isn’t helpful — use this to succeed instead

“With all that under his belt, if James could give his teenage self a piece of advice, what would it be?” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. “So all the experiences that I’ve had along the way since I’ve became known at 15, all the way to my age now.”I don’t want advice, and the reason I don’t want advice is because every experience is a teacher,” James explained during an interview that has since gone viral after being tweeted Monday by Bleacher Report. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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Headspace acqui-hires Alpine.ai to launch new meditation coaching experiences

“Meditation app Headspace has acquired Alpine.ai, a startup that helps brands create voice apps like Alexa skills or Google Assistant actions” writes Khari Johnson for venturebeat.com. The startup began as Voicelabs, an analytics platform for voice app developers.Headspace currently offers meditation assistance with Google Assistant and Alexa, and was one of the first apps previewed with Apple’s Siri Shortcuts due out next week with iOS 12. Source: venturebeat.com Share This:

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Venture capital pioneer: Brick-and-mortar retailers can compete with Amazon by offering experiences 

“That’s the way retailers, or new retailers, are going to win or at least compete.”” writes Chloe Aiello for cnbc.com. As brick-and-mortar retailers gradually regain their footing, some are likely mimicking Amazon by offering services, he said.While many traditional retailers put up promising quarters, Amazon became on Tuesday the second publicly traded U.S. company after Apple to reach the $1 trillion market value.Traditional retailers can use experiences to fight back against Amazon’s e-commerce dominance, Greycroft co-founder Alan Patricof told CNBC on Tuesday.”The only thing … in-store retailing has that online…

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