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    1. Are you ready to become a digital citizen?

      Estonia, home of the international e-residency, is the current head of the D5 “group of the world’s most digitally advanced nations” and is hosting this year’s conference right now in the capital Tallinn. The dream across the world, but maybe particularly in the D5 – which also includes the UK, South Korea, New Zealand and Israel – is that eventually all citizens will prefer using digital services to paper ones.

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    2. Google is open-sourcing its new machine learning system behind Google Photos

      Machine learning – systems to make computers work more like human brains – are behind some of Google’s best new products, including Google Now, Smart Reply in Inbox, and the crazy-good search in Google Photos (most of the time anyway). Now Google is revealing its newest machine learning system behind these technologies, and it’s called TensorFlow. Google says it’s ‘up to five times faster’ that its first-gen technology, so it’s been helping the company rapidly improve its products.

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    3. 5 Of The Best Social Media Tools That Help Newsrooms Find And Share Content

      As the march of technology (and the death of the traditional newsroom) continues, digital publishers and journalists (like us! ) need to continue to adapt to stay ahead of the game and successfully grow audiences. Here, we’ve got some of the best social media tools a digital newsroom can use to to find, source and promote stories by harnessing the power of the mass of publicly available data.

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    4. The ‘tech bubble’ is only a B2C problem

      Silicon Valley is preemptively reacting to a ‘bubble’ that hasn’t popped – a bubble that only exists in the business-to-consumer (B2C) tech world. While most business-to-business (B2B) startups launch with a plan to make money (a.k.a. a monetization model), social content ‘unicorns’ are in race between record-high burn rates and eye-popping user growth. They have one viable option: a fairytale acquisition. This is unsustainable, and it is inflating the bubble. 

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    5. 7 Intelligent Social Analytics Tools For The New Age

      The value of social media analytics was long before proven. But the extent to which it is influencing real-time business decisions has made all predictions look miniscule. Today, social insights has become one of the primary inputs into marketing and product strategy formulation. Dashboards by Radian6, Brandwatch and Sysomos have been ruling the monitoring space, but social analytics has evolved beyond monitoring in the last few years.

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    6. Skype’s Star Trek-style translator is now available to all Windows users

      Microsoft has today added its Star Trek-style translator to Skype for Windows. With live translation available for six voice languages (English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish) and 50 messaging languages, it’s a big step in breaking down barriers in communication. Released for preview in December 2014, Skype has been taking feedback from users and tweaking the service before integrating it into the main app.

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    7. Bottom up vs. top down: How to scale agile

      The biggest, most important end-goal of agile is adaptability. As companies grow larger, however, this goal becomes harder and harder to achieve. There are more teams to mobilize and more communication to manage. That’s where the idea of ‘scaled agile’ enters the picture. Large companies need a thoughtful, impactful, and streamlined way to encourage agile adoption across teams and people. 

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    8. How to convert mobile visitors into customers

      Born with smartphones in our hands, nowadays everything we do in our life surrounds these devices. From waking up in the morning and checking our phones (before even brushing our teeth) to navigation, communication and of course shopping. In order to convert these mobile users into actual customers, it’s imperative that we truly understand our customers on an emotional level, identify their emotional triggers and translate that knowledge into a better product for them.

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    9. Lenovo to slash 3,200 jobs after it fails to hit first fiscal quarter targets

      Following a disappointing fiscal first quarter this year, Chinese PC and mobile device maker Lenovo said it would cut 10 percent of its non-manufacturing positions as part of a $650 million cost-cutting program — affecting 3,200 jobs in total. The company’s net income declined 51 percent year-over-year to $105 million, even though its global PC market share rose to a record high of 20.6 percent.

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    10. Facebook is reportedly building a virtual assistant powered by real people

      Sources say that Moneypenny, as the project is currently known, will be available via Facebook’s Messenger app and will allow users to ask real people for help with research and shopping. It could rival services like Magic, which lets you request services like grocery deliveries or flight bookings by sending a text message. Details on Moneypenny are sparse and a release date hasn’t been set. We’ve contacted Facebook to find out more and will update this post when we hear back.

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