Mary Meeker 2018 Internet Trends Report

Mary Meeker Report Hub Consulting Update It’s that time of year again, when Mary Meeker unloads her highly anticipated internet trends report for the Code Conference crowd in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. This year, the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner released 294 slides in rapid succession, covering everything from smartphone behavior in the U.S. to tech company competition in China. Find more information in the linked article.

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Google just gave a stunning demo of Assistant making an actual phone call

HUB Consulting News Google Duplex Onstage at I/O 2018, Google showed off a jaw-dropping new capability of Google Assistant: in the not too distant future, it’s going to make phone calls on your behalf. CEO Sundar Pichai played back a phone call recording that he said was placed by the Assistant to a hair salon. The voice sounded incredibly natural; the person on the other end had no idea they were talking to a...

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How Telegram Is Trying to Dodge Russia’s Service Ban—And Dragging Google and Amazon Into the Drama

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Russia’s attempts to ban access to the Telegram messaging service threaten to drag U.S. tech giants including Alphabet and Amazon into the war with founder Pavel Durov as he turns to proxy servers to bypass the blocking measures.   Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor has already blocked 18 Google (GOOGL, -1.40%) and Amazon (AMZN, -2.38%) sub-networks that Telegram used to avoid restrictions, the watchdog’s head Alexander Zharov told the Izvestia...

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Generation X — not millennials — is changing the nature of work

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The generation that is quickly occupying the majority of business leadership roles is one that's grown up playing video games, spends the most time shopping online, and uses social media more habitually than any other generation. If you were thinking it's millennials, that's probably because they've dominated the media's focus for the past decade. But it's actually Generation X, which covers those born between 1965 and 1981 by our...

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Facebook Acquires ID Verification Startup Confirm.io

  ux design, IOT (Reuters) — Facebook Inc is buying a software firm that specializes in authenticating government-issued identification cards, the two companies said on Tuesday, a step that may help the social media company learn more about the people who buy ads on its network.   U.S. lawmakers have expressed alarm at Facebook’s limited ability to know who is buying advertisements, including election-related ads, on the world’s largest social network.   Boston-based Confirm Inc, which is...

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Companies race to gather a newly prized currency: Our body measurements

UX design IOT The first step for a shopper buying a suit at the fast-growing menswear retailer Indochino is sharing his personal information: A salesperson armed with an iPad measures nearly everything on his body, from the distance between his belly button and rear to the circumference of his knees.   The next step is getting a customized, made-to-measure suit delivered to his home within a few weeks. But his body data lives on:...

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Commentary: The Trend That’s Killing Startup Innovation

tech Mergers and acquisitions in the high-tech sector have reached historic levels. Deloitte projects “M&A activity to continue accelerating” in 2018, driven mostly by technology acquisition as the big players gobble up the smaller innovators. Big tech is flush and ready to buy out any upstarts with technology that represents a threat. In this competitive landscape, tech startups face a dilemma: take the deal or go it alone?   There is no easy answer...

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Republicans Question Current Tax Models

republicans-taxes business tech fintech iot For a long time now, old tax models have been quite popular, particularly among members of the ruling party. In 1994, those of the Republican Party, who had been newly elected and were in charge of congress, conducted a series of hearings that would later on come to be known as the dynamic scoring bills’. According to them, such legislation needed to be evaluated using...

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Walmart vs Amazon vs Delivery Apps, Who Wins the Grocery Wars?

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The Automated Grocery War Between Walmart, Amazon and Delivery Apps

Amazon is making big strides to compete with Walmart for the grocery market, having purchased Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. This acquisition puts the company in direct competition with Walmart's established online business, currently offering online grocery shopping, delivery (for most), and pickup.  Read More...