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Pandora introduces capabilities for shorter, more personalized ads
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Pandora announced three new capabilities for advertisers today — the ability to dynamically assemble different audio ads for different listeners, the ability to sequentially target ads so that they fit together into a larger strategy and shorter ad formats that range from four to 10 seconds in length. Claire Fanning, Pandora’s vice president of ad […]

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Bernie Sanders’ problem with Amazon
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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is seeking additional information about the working conditions in Amazon warehouses in advance of legislation he’s preparing to introduce on September 5.  Income inequality was, after all, the centerpiece of Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. It was a populist message that resonated strongly with voters, giving the dark horse candidate a boost […]

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Amazon Reportedly Planning a Free, Ad-supported Video Service for Fire TV Owners
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Amazon is making an even bigger play for the television advertising market with a planned launch of an ad-supported video service specifically for Fire TV device owners, according to a report today from The Information. From a report: The service, which could be called Free Dive, is said to be very close in concept to […]

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Is Amazon Rigging the Bidding For Massive Government Contracts?
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SpzToid quotes Vanity Fair: The controversy involves a plan to move all of the Defense Department’s data — classified and unclassified — on to the cloud. The information is currently strewn across some 400 centers, and the Pentagon’s top brass believes that consolidating it into one cloud-based system, the way the CIA did in 2013, […]

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It's Time to End the 'Data Is' vs 'Data Are' Debate
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dmoberhaus writes: After receiving too many irate emails about using “data” in the singular, a reporter spoke to two lexicographers about how the language changes over time and why it’s perfectly acceptable and perhaps even “standard” to use data as a singular noun, rather than a plural noun in an attempt to settle an old […]

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Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics
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When we think about designing our dream home, we don’t think of having a thousand roommates in the same room with no doors or walls. Yet in today’s workplace where we spend most of our day, the purveyors of corporate office design insist that tearing down walls and bringing more people closer together in the […]

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Finding the Goldilocks zone for applied AI
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Ivy Nguyen Contributor Share on Twitter Ivy Nguyen is an associate at Zetta Venture Partners. More posts by this contributor Data is not the new oil Stop Throwing Tech At Flint. It Won’t Help. While Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg debate the dangers of artificial general intelligence, startups applying AI to more narrowly defined problems such […]

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At-Home Eldercare Goes High Tech
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The call came in less than an hour before the 8 a.m. shift was scheduled to start: A family emergency meant the regular caregiver for an elderly client couldn’t make her shift that day, so a replacement caregiver was needed ASAP. Homewatch CareGivers of San Juan Capistrano had to quickly send a substitute from its […]

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Study Finds Flaw In Emergent Gravity
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Phys.Org: In recent years, some physicists have been investigating the possibility that gravity is not actually a fundamental force, but rather an emergent phenomenon that arises from the collective motion of small bits of information encoded on spacetime surfaces called holographic screens. The theory, called emergent gravity, hinges […]

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