Category: TECHNOLOGY NEWS

Facebook threatens to prevent people in Australia from sharing news if new regulation is enacted

Facebook warned Monday that it will prevent people in Australia from sharing news on its platform if the Australian government moves forward with a plan to force both it and Google to pay news organizations for content shared on their platforms.  

The announcement comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released its plan for a mandatory code of conduct in late July. Under the plan, news organizations can negotiate with Google and Facebook over payments for their content — and if the groups can’t reach an agreement after a three-month process, “an independent arbitrator would choose which of the two parties’ final offer is the most reasonable within 45 business days.” 

Australia’s Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said Facebook and Google could be forced to pay “substantial penalties” of hundreds of millions of dollars if they fail to adhere to the policy, according to the BBC. 

Facebook said in a statement

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Garden centre Plantorama picks Agillic to accelerate data-driven and personalised marketing

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Plantorama, Denmark's largest garden centre offering plants, pets and interior design, has chosen to partner with marketing software company Agillic. Their new marketing automation software will enable them to unleash the next level of data-driven and personalised communication.
Plantorama, Denmark’s largest garden centre offering plants, pets and interior design, has chosen to partner with marketing software company Agillic. Their new marketing automation software will enable them to unleash the next level of data-driven and personalised communication.
Plantorama, Denmark’s largest garden centre offering plants, pets and interior design, has chosen to partner with marketing software company Agillic. Their new marketing automation software will enable them to unleash the next level of data-driven and personalised communication.

Press release, Copenhagen, 1 September 2020

Plantorama, Denmark’s largest garden centre offering plants, pets and interior design, has chosen to partner with marketing software company Agillic. Their new marketing automation software will enable them to unleash the next level of data-driven and personalised communication.

“Working with Agillic is a clear upgrade – we had reached a point where our former platform didn’t meet our needs. One of the reasons why we chose

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Trump’s TikTok Tactics Provoke China Countering CFIUS As New Data Portend Decoupling

President Trump’s flailing decision-making about the future ownership and U.S. operations of the Chinese firm ByteDance’s TikTok app marks a stark departure from the century-long era of the U.S. serving as the global beacon for certainty and clarity of nations’ policies toward foreign investment.  

Regardless of one’s stance on whether or not TikTok represents a national security threat to the U.S., it is hard to argue our economic growth does not hinge on investors—both domestic and foreign, regardless of geography—possessing confidence in the economic policy stability of the U.S. 

Not only did the President’s seemingly contradictory actions on the matter—including debasing the outcome of long run, systemic investigation of TikTok by the interagency Committee on Foreign Investment in the US (CFIUS) in favor of a tactic to issue an ad hoc Executive Order—worsen the risk profile of investing in the U.S., but they energized China

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Cosmose AI raises $15 million to track in-store shoppers using smartphone data

Location data analytics provider Cosmose AI today announced it raised $15 million in a funding round valuing the company at over $100 million. A spokesperson told VentureBeat the capital will be used to drive customer acquisition and product R&D.

Keeping apprised of shopping trends online is straightforward enough — whole categories of startups achieve this with modeling. But what about when that shopping takes place in-store? Despite (or perhaps because of) the pandemic, physical store brands see tracking the behaviors of mall, outlet, and department shoppers as of critical importance because of its potential to boost engagement (and sales).

To meet demand, in 2014, Miron Mironiuk founded Cosmose within a startup program hosted by venture capital firm Founders Factory. Brands like LVMH, Richemont, Walmart, L’Oreal and Samsung already use the company’s tools to track visitors’ habits and target them with online ads via WeChat, Weibo, Facebook, Google, and over 100

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New Nintendo Switch Fight Stick Is Customizable And Up For Pre-Order

The Nintendo Switch is home to some fantastic fighting games, including Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection and Mortal Kombat 11, and now it’s getting a brand new fight stick. 8Bitdo is known for its retro-style controllers, and it revealed its first fight stick. The 8Bitdo arcade stick costs $90 and features Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless, and wired USB-C connection modes. The fight stick releases on October 20, and if you’re interested in picking it up, you can pre-order it from Amazon right now.

The 8Bitdo arcade stick works with both Nintendo Switch and PC and is compatible with 8Bitdo’s button remapping software. You can flip between Switch and PC modes on the fly, and while this serves a functional purpose, it’s also represented visually. The stick displays its button designations right above or below the buttons, and when you switch modes, the mappings will change. For example, RT and LT replace

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