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. ”</p

March 7th 2017 affiliate marketing, News

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

Brand New Leaked Photos of Upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8

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In what is expected to be the one of several more leaked reveals in the coming days, hot new photos of the Samsung Galaxy 8 were posted a few hours ago that clearly show the device at almost every angle.

Tech analysts were hoping to learn a lot about the much anticipated S8 at Mobile World Congress 2017 last week in Barcelona. Samsung instead discarded many and all S8 questions, instead keeping the MWC 2017 spotlight on the new Galaxy Tab S3 and Galaxy Book. However, Samsung did present a teaser video at the the event which gave analysts more food for thought, including the likely 18×9 HDR display.

With the March 29th launch of Galaxy S8 approaching, many more details are expected to pop out of the shadows before then.

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March 7th 2017 News, Technology

Cool Drone Tech May be the Future for Snap

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Snap has been working on a camera drone the New York Times reported this week. The news fits with Snap’s plans to move into the hardware space which began with the last year’s unveiling of their Spectacles sunglasses that record 10 second video clips. In their public offering prospectus, Snap said, “We believe that reinventing the camera represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way that people live and communicate.”

Beyond the revelation of Snap’s drone research, the company is declining to comment. However Snap’s recent acquisitions offer some clues as to how a Snap drone might work. In 2014 Snap acquired Vergance Labs, a start up with plans for gadgets like AI enabled helmets with facial recognition, camera glasses that shoot video, and gesture controlled drones. The glasses, they called Epiphany Eyeware seem to be be tech behind Snap’s Spectacles.

In mid 2013 an engineer for Vergance posted a video to Y Combinator showing a drone being controlled by hand gestures through Epiphany Eyeware. The glasses look for hand gestures which a tablet uses to control the drone that can be used to take selfies or other hard to get shots.

Not only could Snap drones be gesture controlled, they may also track their owner. Business Insider reported in December that Snap is talking with Lily Robotics, a drone company whose drones automatically automatically follow their owner.

Snap’s SEC filing hints at bold ambitions: “In the way that the flashing cursor became the starting point for most products on desktop computers, we believe that the camera screen will be the starting point for most products on smartphones…We are willing to take risks in an attempt to create innovative and different camera products that are better able to reflect and improve our life experiences.”

Shares of Snap rose to $21-23 a share from $17 as trading got underway today on the New York Stock Exchange.

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March 3rd 2017 News, Technology

Amazon’s Internet Disruption Was Not What You Think

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As most all our readers probably know by now, Amazon Web Services (AWS) went down yesterday for nearly four hours resulting in significant disruption across the internet. Thousands of websites were affected, to various degrees, including the properties that are responsible for a lot of internet traffic such as Yahoo, Business Insider, Apple, Slack, Quora

But as Science Alert notes: “While the experience of seeing so many sites impacted or offline is similar to last October’s massive internet outage that took down Twitter, Reddit, and Amazon itself – the causes are quite different.

In October, hackers initiated a DDOS cyber attack on a major web company that affected hundreds of websites (Twitter, Reddit, and Amazon among others) that relied on the internet services of that web company. But yesterday’s internet frenzy was likely due to a software bug in AWS’ system that showed up at one of their S3 (simple storage service) sites in Northern Virginia, a region that is sort of known as the heart of the internet. Can you image your triple-shot connect speed at a coffee shop in the sleepy town of Tyson’s Corner?

Science Alert continues by pointing out that ” A Gartner study from last year found that AWS controls 31 percent of the market in global cloud infrastructure, which means that when major outages like this happen – like in 2011 and 2015– whole chunks of the internet can go down.

So whether from without (hackers) or from within (bugs), yesterday we learned just how finicky the internet can be.

Internet disruptions are no fun for anyone. But actually Disruption is a popular and positive term among the Silicon Valley startups, entrepreneurs and investors. Disruption is what drives innovation. The idea is to create a product so transformative that it doesn’t just improve but changes a way of doing something. Amazon has created some unique disruptions the last two decades starting with online retailer bookselling and continuing with Kindle, Kindle Fire, Prime, drones, and, of course, AWS. And when you creative a disruption in Silicon Valley, you get a huge leg up in the industry that you practically created…sometimes outright dominance.

Thus it should be noted that Amazon didn’t hugely suffer financially yesterday. And once things start settling over the coming days, AWS will probably be back to rolling in the critical revenue for Amazon. Many websites have too much at stake to suddenly drop AWS and seek an alternate cloud solution. But in the longer term, this potential reputation disruption could help competitors like Oracle and HP Enterprise disrupt the disruptor.

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March 2nd 2017 News, Technology

Crunch Report | Tesla and Rollercoasters

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Waymo is suing Otto and Uber for allegedly stealing its trade secrets, Layer gets more funding and acquires Cola, a major Cloudflare bug leaked sensitive data from customers’ websites and Elon Musk addresses unionization concerns at Tesla. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

February 25th 2017 News, Technology

Crunch Report | Samsung Vice Chairman Arrested

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Samsung’s vice chairman is arrested on bribery charges, Beepi closes down and sells off its operations and reports show that Theranos might be winding down. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

February 18th 2017 News, Technology

Crunch Report | Waze Carpool Grows in Bay Area

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Twitter rolls out updates to combat abuse on its platform, YouTube launches mobile live stream and Super Chat exits beta, Waze Carpool grows in the Bay Area, Apple Beats are expected to drop February 10th and a recap from the 10th Annual Crunchies. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

February 8th 2017 apple, News, Technology, Twitter