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Why SAP CEO Bill McDermott signs his emails ‘XO, Bill’ since buying Utah startup Qualtrics for $8 billion cash

“Four months ago, SAP shocked the software world by buying Utah-based market research software company Qualtrics for $8 billion in cash” writes Julie Bort for businessinsider.com. McDermott, who rose to the corner office of Europe’s biggest software company from a career as a salesman, was ready to explain.The “O” stands for operational data, the stuff SAP has traditionally collected like finances, inventory, sales and human resources information.McDermott didn’t discuss the layoffs much with Business Insider, except to say that the company is adding employees this year. Source: businessinsider.com

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Apple slams Spotify’s ‘misleading’ claim App Store abuses its power

“We’ve approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app,” Apple wrote” writes Joan E for cnet.com. Spotify claimed Apple wields the App Store’s power to stifle apps that compete with its other businesses, like Apple Music subscriptions that go head-to-head with Spotify.Cupertino, California-based Apple disputed the claim that it rejected Spotify app updates and morphed the rules it requires of developers to stifle Spotify competitively. Source: cnet.com

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Apple slams Spotify’s claim that it abuses its power with App Store

“We’ve approved and distributed nearly 200 app updates on Spotify’s behalf, resulting in over 300 million downloaded copies of the Spotify app,” Apple wrote” writes Joan E for cnet.com. Spotify claimed Apple wields the App Store’s power to stifle apps that compete with its other businesses, like Apple Music subscriptions that go head-to-head with Spotify.Cupertino, California-based Apple disputed the claim that it rejected Spotify app updates and morphed the rules it requires of developers to stifle Spotify competitively. Source: cnet.com

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How Digital Fulfillment Is Changing Manufacturing

“Recent advances in digital manufacturing such as 3-D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) provide ample opportunity to experiment with new manufacturing setups” reports hbr.org. We call this integration of fulfillment channels digital fulfillment.For manufacturers, integrating retail and manufacturing through digital fulfillment surfaces novel opportunities for demand management and optimizing the use of production capacity. In turn, digital fulfillment will become the expectation in manufacturing, rather than the exception. Source: hbr.org

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FPL wants to launch consumer solar power program

“Florida Power & Light on Wednesday asked state regulators to approve a major new solar-energy program in which customers could voluntarily pay a charge each month and receive credits for savings produced by the program” writes News Service Of for sun-sentinel.com. The filing said FPL projects long-term savings of $139 million because the increased use of solar would allow it to avoid costs related to natural-gas or other types of power plants. “The company has developed FPL SolarTogether as a cost-effective opportunity for customers to directly support the expansion of…

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DirecTV Now Confirms $10/Month Price Hike for Existing Users, Raises HBO From $5 to $15/Month for New Add-Ons

“For new customers, DirecTV Now will have two new plans: DirecTV Now Plus ($50/month, 40+ channels) and DirecTV Now Max ($70/month, 50+ channels)” writes Wednesday March for macrumors.com. Now, DirecTV Now will have the most expensive entry-level price on the market among the main streaming TV services.In the wake of reports that claimed DirecTV Now was planning to raise prices for its customers again , the streaming service today posted a new FAQ page confirming that all existing customers will see a $10/month price hike effective April 12, 2019 (via…

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DirecTV Now increases subscription prices for new streaming video packages with HBO included

“AT&T has revamped its DirecTV Now live TV streaming service, increasing monthly subscription prices and dropping some channels, but including HBO in the packages” writes Mike Snider for usatoday.com. New customers will be able to choose from DirecTV Now’s Plus and Max packages, priced at $50 and $70, respectively.The move could set off a fight among other broadband subscription TV services such as Hulu and YouTube TV for exiting DirecTV now customers, Juenger said. Source: usatoday.com

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DNA testing company will now let users opt out of helping the FBI

“In January, BuzzFeed News reported that FamilyTreeDNA let law enforcement create profiles on the site using DNA from unsolved cases” writes Mar Edt for theverge.com. Both sites have said that they do not cooperate with law enforcement, and FamilyTreeDNA was the first known case of a private firm working with law enforcement.Some people, for example, are fine with law enforcement having their DNA to solve crimes, but they’re not okay with their DNA being shared with pharmaceutical companies.At-home DNA testing site FamilyTreeDNA — which was widely criticized for working with…

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Now part of Amazon, Eero reaffirms commitment to customer privacy

“Joining Amazon led to concerns about how consumer data could be collected under new ownership and if that data could be combined with information Amazon already has about Eero customers” writes Ben Fox Rubin for cnet.com. In the post, Weaver wrote extensively about Eero’s promise to maintain customer privacy and trust under its new ownership.Going forward, he said Eero will explain to its customers what data it’s collecting and give customers control over that data. Source: cnet.com

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Stash Launches Mobile Bank With Stock-Based Rewards

“In a press release, the FinTech said its new rewards program, dubbed Stock-Back, enables users to earn fractional shares of stock automatically on qualified purchases by using their Stash debit card” reports pymnts.com. Stash, the FinTech aimed at simplifying how people save and invest, announced Tuesday (March 12) the launch of its mobile-first banking service that comes with a rewards program, enabling customers to invest as they spend.That enables users to build a portfolio of investments that reflect where and how they are spending their money.Stash said some deals can…

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