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April 12, 2017

Marketing Innovation: Attribute it to the Web

‘Marketing’ and ‘Innovation’: two words that have traditionally been cloaked in vagueness, if not uncertainty. Why? Because they get abused by association and diluted in practice. Inconsistent results, substance, and meaning tend to have that effect. But when they click … [wo]man-o-[wo]man, that’s the stuff of business legend. And when the combined term ‘Marketing Innovation’ is firing on all cylinders, well, that’s something to write home about (or on the homepage at any rate). It would appear this is such a time, for are ABM and predictive marketing ever hitting their stride!

For purposes here, a simple definition: [...]

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August 31, 2016

Krzana to the rescue

When a fire broke out at Motiva Enterprises’ oil refinery in Convent, Louisiana, there was more at stake than the safety of the 300 workers located there. Within seconds, oil traders anticipating a prolonged halt in production drove the price of motor fuel products soaring. But the first news of the blaze didn’t come from the established business wires like Bloomberg, Dow Jones or Reuters. Instead, it was a South Louisiana and Baton Rouge based newspaper, The Advocate, that tweeted about the flames. Four thousand miles away in London, that tweet was flagged up on a new search tool using advanced information processing techniques to scan social media called Krzana – a Sanskrit word [...]

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May 17, 2016

Making Roads Safer and smarter

Let’s face it, the streets of London can be a nightmare. Whichever vehicle you are driving, every day you have to face the traffic, the dangers and the regulations imposed. You can’t change them entirely – London wouldn’t be London without its screaming cabbies – but brilliant ideas like those of Fusion Processing and PIE Mapping could drastically improve the safety of road users.

Cycle Eye is Fusion Processing’s answer to the 14 cyclists killed on average every year in London by trucks or buses. It’s a small device that uses radar and a low light camera to identify cyclists close to the vehicle. Once attached to the side of the truck or bus, it provides a warning alert to the driver [...]

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May 11, 2014

Innovation This Week (May 4-10)

I’ve had a busy couple of weekends and have neglected to keep up with this series, but I’m back this week with another wrapup of the latest in innovation.

So without further ado, here’s this week’s summary:

1. Recent VentureBreak Profiles

World Under Water, Hoopla, Netflix (new prices)

2. Apple Is About To Buy Beats Electronics

Multiple reports have claimed that Apple plans to acquire Beats Electronics, the company behind the overpriced Beats headphones and a fledgling streaming music service, for a hefty sum of $3.2 billion. A drunken Dr. Dre seemingly confirmed the deal in a video uploaded to Facebook by Tyrese [...]

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April 20, 2014

Innovation This Week (April 13-19)

Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference is coming up (it starts on June 2 in San Francisco), and if you weren’t among the lucky winners of the ticket lottery, you may still have a shot. According to 9to5Mac, Apple is reaching out to developers who didn’t win the lottery and offering them a chance to buy unclaimed tickets.

Here’s this week’s summary:

1) Recent VentureBreak Profiles

Flickr 3.0, urBin, Google Trends Email Subscriptions, Paper (updated)

2) The IRS Missed Their Deadline

Despite plenty of warning of the impending XPocalypse, the IRS missed their deadline to upgrade 58,000 machines from Windows XP to Windows [...]

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April 13, 2014

Innovation This Week (April 6-12)

Happy Sunday! It’s time again for my weekly wrapup of the latest in tech and innovation.

This is actually becoming a regular thing. Let me know what you think of the format, and whether I should do anything differently.

Here’s this week’s summary:

1. Recent VentureBreak Profiles

Disqus Sponsored Comments, Carousel, Gagein

2. OkCupid’s Hypocritical PR Stunt

Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich stepped down last week following a wave of controversy over his alleged anti-gay views. The whole thing was spurred by dating service OkCupid, which showed a message on its website to all Firefox users suggesting a boycott of Mozilla software in [...]

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April 6, 2014

Innovation This Week (March 30 – April 5)

I spent most of this week preparing for a couple of new podcasts coming soon to the Break Network. I’m really excited about them, and I’ll be sure to share more details in the coming weeks.

TheTechPanda, founded by Prateek Panda and edited by Saraswathi Pulluru, is leading the small but growing group of startup blogs based in India. I’ve been following them for well over a year now, and I recommend that you do the same.

Here’s this week’s summary:

1. VentureBreak Profiles This Week

Jelly 1.1, Kodak Moments HD, 2048

2. Chromecast Now Supports Crackle And Rdio

Google’s Chromecast streaming dongle now supports [...]

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March 23, 2014

Innovation This Week (March 16-22)

After a long departure, I’m going to start writing these weekly wrapup posts again. It’s a good way to digest all the big tech news at the end of each week, and it should make it easier for us to collect stories for VentureBreak Weekly at the beginning of the week.

Here’s this week’s summary:

1. VentureBreak Profiles This Week

Airpnp, 18F, Medium for iOS, Cause Mobile Wallet, Cloak

2. Google Slaps MyBlogGuest

There’s a lot of discussion surrounding this story. Here are my three posts on the subject:

RIP MyBlogGuest (Written in January; many have speculated that this post moved Google to action) Google Just Killed [...]
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