Highlights from Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference

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At this year’s Facebook’s F8 Developer Conference in San Jose California, the company announced their short and long term plans. The announcements ranged from updates to existing offerings in the short term and long term plans bordering on science fiction.

Facebook Wants to Read Your Mind

In a surprising announcement, Regina Dugan told the F8 audience about a project with two goals, typing with your brain and hearing with your skin. In a Facebook Post Dugan says, “Over the next 2 years, we will be building systems that demonstrate the capability to type at 100 wpm by decoding neural activity devoted to speech… We also described a system that may one day allow you to hear through your skin.”

360-degree cameras

Wednesday’s keynote from CTO Mark Schroepfer announced the second generation of its Surround 360 camera design. The Street reports, “The new cameras are called the x24, featuring 24 cameras on an orb, and the smaller x6, which features six cameras on an orb. Unlike the original Surround 360 camera announced at last year’s F8 event, these cameras use six degrees of freedom (SDOF) to allow a VR headset wearer to move around in about a meter and a half of space to observe an object closer or to simply walk around a space. This effect allows users to feel more immersed in a scene. In addition, while last year’s camera became an open-source project on GitHub, Facebook is planning to work with partners to manufacture the x6 and x24 to bring them to market later this year.”

Beam the Internet from helicopter

CNN Tech reports: “Facebook said it’s created something called a Tether-tenna, a small helicopter connected to an internet cable and a power source. In an emergency, the Tether-tenna would connect to an existing piece of fiber line and fly above the ground, becoming a tower that people can use to get online

This disaster zone tech is still a long-term plan. But Facebook says it could eventually be deployed for months at a time, providing connectivity while a community rebuilds itself.”

Updates to Workplace by Facebook

TechCrunch reports: “Facebook announced updates to its Workplace by Facebook team communications tool, including a slew of new partnerships and new bot integrations, which all show a product that’s maturing to meet the needs of larger enterprise customers.”

Updates to Facebook Analytics

Facebook’s VP of Partnerships, Ime Archibong, announced updates to Facebook Analytics as well as Facebook Login and Account Kit during his F8 keynote address. TechCrunch: “Analytics is getting greater customizability and a machine learning boost while Login and Account Kit are benefiting from additional transparency and accessibility.”

Facebook Spaces Announcement | F8 in Under 10 Minutes from Engadget:

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April 21st 2017 News, Social Media, Technology

Article: Recommended Reading: April 20, 2017

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eMarketer’s scan of the key developments of the day, plus data to make sense of it all. Today’s topics: Baidu open sources self-driving cars; Boomers not ready to go cashless; and more.

April 20th 2017 News

Google Rolls Out Fact Checking in Search Results

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Starting today Google will show richer information from fact checking sites. In an effort to combat fake news, highlighted results from sites like Snopes and Politifact will appear in search results. the results will show the fact checker’s determination on the truthfulness of the claim. A search for a widely distributed fake news hoax reporting HIV infected blood in bananas shows these results:

The new system won’t stop the use of Google’s platform to spread false stories but does make the fact checking sites stand out which could help users find accurate information more quickly.

Google says the information won’t be available for every search result and “there may be search result pages where different publishers checked the same claim and reached different conclusions. Even though differing conclusions may be presented, we think it’s still helpful for people to understand the degree of consensus around a particular claim and have clear information on which sources agree.”

The change will not improve the search rank for the fact checking sites or present the information in a “featured snippets” box at the top of the page.

The update will allow any organization to offer fact checking results although. Google says, “Only publishers that are algorithmically determined to be an authoritative source of information will qualify for inclusion.”

For publishers to be included in this feature, they must be using the
Schema.org ClaimReview markup on the specific pages where they fact check public statements or they can use the Share the Facts widget developed by the Duke University Reporters Lab and Jigsaw.

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April 8th 2017 News, Search

Crunch Report | Jeff Bezos Sells $1B in Amazon Stock Annually to Fund Blue Origin

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The Kriesel high-performance electric converted Porsche, Jeff Bezos sells $1 billion in stock annually to fund Blue Origin, Hyperloop One completes Vegas test track and 23andMe can now let you know if you have the genes for Parkinson’s. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

April 7th 2017 News, Technology

Crunch Report | Tesla Now Valued More Than Ford

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Redfoo, formerly from LMFAO, joins us on the show to talk tech, Product Hunt launches Ask Product Hunt, Tesla is now worth more than Ford and Apple is dumping Imagination Technologies because they no longer wish to use their IP. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

April 4th 2017 apple, News, Technology

Crunch Report | SpaceX Successfully Re-launches a Rocket

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Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey leaves Facebook, SpaceX successfully re-launches a rocket, Cloudera files for IPO and Snapchat now allows you to search Stories. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

April 1st 2017 Facebook, News, Search, Technology

Crunch Report | Walmart Acquires Modcloth

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Apple investing $500 Million into R&D Centers in China, Walmart acquires Modcloth, and John Mannes reports to us about his trip at South by Southwest. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

March 18th 2017 apple, News, Technology

Einstein and Watson Team Up

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IBM and Salesforce announced a strategic partnership on Monday that brings insights from IBM’s Watson AI into Salesforce Intelligent Customer Success Platform.

Integrating IBM Watson APIs will add a new level of AI to Salesforce’s Einstein to offer more insights for sales, service, marketing, commerce and more.

Retailers, for example, could use Watson’s retail industry data, local shopping patterns, and weather combined with customer specific shopping data from Salesforce to deliver highly targeted, personalized email campaigns.

Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and chief executive officer, IBM. “This year we expect Watson will touch one billion people—through everything from oncology and retail to tax preparation and cars. Now, with today’s announcement, the power of Watson will serve the millions of Salesforce and Einstein customers and developers to provide an unprecedented understanding of customers.”

“The combination of Einstein and Watson will make businesses smarter and our customers more successful,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, Salesforce. “I’m thrilled to form an alliance with IBM—no company’s core values are as close to Salesforce’s as IBM’s. It’s the best of both worlds.”

The first part of the offering, IBM Application Integration Suite will be available by the end of the month. The Watson, Einstein Integration is planned for the second half of 2017.

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March 8th 2017 News, Technology

Clickbank Whitelist Invitation: Can You Spot the Problem?

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A few days ago, I received a Clickbank Whitelist invitation with the subject line, “You’ve Been Added to a ClickBank Affiliate Whitelist”.

Receiving a Clickbank whitelist invitation to promote a Clickbank vendor’s product means that the vendor doesn’t allow just anyone to promote their product. They’ve searched through successful affiliates on Clickbank and deliberately picked those whom they want to promote their products. If you haven’t been whitelisted for that product, you can structure a typical Clickbank affiliate link, but won’t be paid for sales that you make.

What I found particularly interesting is that the invitation I received was sent to my English, Spanish and German Clickbank accounts for the Super Affiliate Handbook, although the product being promoted is only available in English. Hmm…weird.

Clickbank Whitelist

I clicked through the link attached to the email to check the product offering out.

Clickbank Whitelist

Arriving at a very well-designed, informative landing page, I actually read the entire thing.

But one very big problem stopped me from even considering to promote their product.

Can you, as an affiliate marketer, spot what that ‘one very big problem was’?

If so, leave a comment below and tell me what you think the problem is with this Clickbank product.

I’ll post my answer on Friday. 
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eCommerce Has Just Conquered Another Retail Giant

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Due to what has been coined as The Amazon Effect, 61 year old electronic retail behemoth H.H. Gregg is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. After announcing last week the closing 40% of it’s retail locations (88 mega-stores) and 3 distribution centers for profitability restructuring purposes, sources close to the matter said that the filing is days away.

As Nasdaq outlined this morning, HHGregg’s 24% sales plunge in the holiday quarter, compared to Amazon’s 22% rise, is yet another indicator of how Amazon’s multi-channel eCommerce strategy fits perfectly into consumers’ needs and spending habits.

This has especially proven true in the area of shipping , where Amazon has turned what once was a long, tedious experience into a “click, buy and at your door” delightful whirlwind.

More importantly, this eCommerce uptick is in no way exclusive to Amazon, who is seen as a key indicator in the industry. eCommerce websites of all shapes and sizes have tremendously improved the customer experience. There is absolutely no sign that the eCommerce industry is even close to slowing down. As the brick and mortars continue to clunk along, while also balancing low, competitive profits margins, customers will continue choosing options that generally take less time and effort while also being provided a smooth, personalized digital experience. And when that service includes swift delivery to your home, it’s harder to convince customers to jump in their cars and hunt down a parking spot at the suburban mall or on Main Street. But if this retail/eTail trend continues, finding that parking spot won’t be too difficult.

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March 7th 2017 News