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Microsoft Revives Nonfungible Tokens, Sparks Industry’s Imagination

“Over the course of 2018, it has launched a blockchain development kit and the Azure Blockchain Workbench” writes Sritanshu Sinha for cointelegraph.com. Through Azure, Microsoft has made many pioneering efforts toward blockchain adoption.Developed by Australia-based blockchain gaming startup Immutable, Gods Unchained is a turn-based digital trading card game that operates on the Ethereum blockchain. Source: cointelegraph.com

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You Can Now Apply to Run the Queen’s Insta

“According to the job description: The job is also literally located in Buckingham Palace, and one of the perks is free lunch, which feels very important to mention” writes Alanna Greco Is for cosmopolitan.com. And if you currently head to the royal household’s website, you’ll see that they’re seeking a “Head of Digital Engagement” for the Queen herself, to oversee all of her “digital channels,” including social media.Hi, I don’t know what your current employment situation is, but if you’re a) looking for a job, b) based in England, and…

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Chipotle’s new secret weapon could make its CEO’s quesadilla dreams a reality

“No one else has a dedicated digital restaurant within every restaurant,” Chipotle’s chief technology officer Curt Garner said” writes Kate Taylor for businessinsider.com. This “second restaurant” could potentially mean more flexibility around what is on Chipotle’s menu, or the creation of an entirely new digital-only menu. Source: businessinsider.com

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Mobile is driving an increasingly confident programmatic ad spending market in Germany

“And what standards are big institutions developing in order for the programmatic process to be properly assessed? eMarketer has put together the Programmatic Ad Spending in Germany 2019 research report with updated estimates for programmatic digital display ad spending in Germany, including breakouts by transaction type” reports businessinsider.com. Despite a hiccup in the advent of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), programmatic advertising in Germany remains on the rise — currently accounting for 70% of all digital display ad spending in Germany. Source: businessinsider.com

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Get the first six Star Wars movies for the lowest price yet ahead of Rise of Skywalker

“The digital six-film collection usually runs for $89.99, making it a fantastic deal for anyone who wants to marathon some Star Wars films before the last movie comes out” writes Chaim Gartenberg for theverge.com. But if you want to catch up on the earlier movies, you can pick up digital copies of Episodes 1 through 6 for the lowest price they’ve ever been: $42.99 over at the Google Play Store for HD copies of all six films. Source: theverge.com

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Swiss Government Quashes ‘E-Franc,’ Says Current Risks Outweigh Benefits

“The government of cryptocurrency-friendly Switzerland has shot down the idea of issuing a digital Swiss franc, for now” writes Ana Alexandre for cointelegraph.com. The council said: The Swiss National Bank (SNB) shares the government’s view, arguing that the new risks to monetary policy and financial stability would pose a major challenge.Following an analysis, the Federal Council concluded that a central bank digital currency (CBDC) cannot meet expectations for payment efficiency, effective monetary policy, and a more stable financial system. Source: cointelegraph.com

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CEO of You and Mr. Jones, valued at $1.3 billion, explains how he chooses where to invest — and how his strategy differs from Sir Martin Sorrell’s

“David Jones saw the writing on the wall more than five years ago while serving as global CEO of ad agency holding company Havas” writes Patrick Coffee for businessinsider.com. Jones and Sir Martin Sorrell’s S4 Capital will take some of the holding companies’ lost market share.Playing on the challenges he experienced managing Havas, Jones told investors that holding companies couldn’t handle such a dramatic shift.Jones also invests in platforms like Pinterest, whose co-founder and CEO Ben Silberman said in a statement that Jones’ company has helped “introduce us to leading…

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Bonobos founder Andy Dunn is departing from Walmart after 2 years as a leader of the e-commerce business

“Andy Dunn, founder of Bonobos and senior vice president of digital consumer brands at Walmart, is officially parting ways with the company” writes Bethany Biron for businessinsider.com. “I learned a lot more about retail transformation in the digital age at the world’s biggest company,” Dunn wrote in the note.However, Walmart has struggled to capitalize on these acquisitions and its e-commerce business is operating at a loss of an estimated $1 billion, according to a Recode report.Bonobos was one of a series of brands — including ModCloth, Moosejaw, Hayneedle, and Bare…

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Taco Bell’s ex-CEO pulled Chipotle out of its massive downwards spiral — and executives say it’s just the beginning of the chain’s comeback

“Even with digital sales up nearly 90%, executives say Chipotle’s digital transformation is still in its “early innings.”” writes Kate Taylor for businessinsider.com. In late September, Chipotle reported that digital sales grew 87.9% and made up 18.3% of sales in the most recent quarter.When looking at the future of Chipotle, digital continues to lead the way.Because different aspects of Chipotle’s digital business were built out together, linking back to the digital make line, they have begun feeding off of each other. Source: businessinsider.com

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ING working on digital assets custody technology – sources

“ING is particularly focused on developing the technology behind digital assets to give its clients a compliant way to access the emerging sector, it added” writes Anna Irrera for reuters.com. NEW YORK (Reuters) – Dutch bank ING (INGA.AS) is working on developing technology to help clients safely store digital assets, according to people familiar with the matter.ING “sees increasing opportunities with regard to digital assets on both asset backed and native security tokens,” the bank said in a written statement to Reuters.Many large financial firms are hoping that traditional assets…

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