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On a single day in November 2014, Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi sold 1.16 million Mi phones. Each week, the company ships a new batch of “incrementally better” phones that incorporate user suggestions in a matter of weeks. The company has been rewarded with an avid fan base that largely eliminates the need for PR or marketing and is now the world’s third-largest smartphone manufacturer.
With the Internet of Things (IoT), the customization and personalization of our world can be as dynamic as the lives we live.
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It’s been a busy couple of weeks as we continue to fine-tune the program for September’s Techonomy Detroit. If you’re in Detroit September 15 you should stop by—we’ll be interviewing Mark Bertolini, the refreshing, bead wearing, yogi-like CEO of Aetna.
If you’re in Detroit September 15 you should stop by—we’ll be interviewing Mark Bertolini, the refreshing, bead wearing, yogi-like CEO of Aetna. We’ll also be interviewing Carl Bass, the wood carving, boat- and furniture-making CEO of Autodesk .
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Experts across the political spectrum profess to be mystified by the skyrocketing Trump campaign. Politico recently published a piece with predictions from 16 of them about how the straw-topped candidate’s efforts will end. One who sounded on target was Mary Matalin, the longstanding Republican strategist, who professed her admiration for Trump’s “authenticity.” That’s part of what I think has thrust this reality show into the forefront of American politics. 
Trump's bloviation emanates from some body part other than the heart, but it feels real, compelling, and is undeniably fascinating.
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Wealth management shops have suddenly become the latest hot trend in Shanghai. In the last two months alone, at least three such shops have opened up in my neighborhood, often in spaces that were vacant for years or inhabited by struggling businesses. And my neighborhood in Hongkou District is quite ordinary, which means Shanghai’s trendier areas have undoubtedly been hit by the same scourge of wealth management shops. 
Wealth management shops have suddenly become the latest hot trend in Shanghai. This sudden explosion looks a lot like the kind of boom-bust pattern you often see in China.
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When Ginni Rometty recently explained to Charlie Rose that she and her team were “reinventing IBM using data, the cloud, and mobility,” it began to sound like clients would soon be able to subscribe to the company’s much-promoted Watson artificial intelligence service for solutions to the world’s most difficult and complicated problems. 
Because Watson can analyze and compare all the information we compile today about cancer, it can digest the huge pools of data created by research, people’s records and daily routines to find patterns and connections that predict needs and solutions. Today, Watson is learning how to read mammography film to make sure its recommendations incorporate everything about each patient’s individual profile.
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When we were asked to participate in Omidyar’s “Future of Media in India” event, David Kirkpatrick and I both questioned what we could add on a topic that was pretty far from our own experience. In hindsight, we knew more than we gave ourselves credit for. 
When we were asked to participate in Omidyar’s “Future of Media in India” event, David Kirkpatrick and I both questioned what we could add on a topic that was pretty far from our own experience. In hindsight, we knew more than we gave ourselves credit for. The India market, it turns out, is not much different than that of the US, maybe just a couple of years behind. Publishers and journalists are eager to transition from print to digital, they ar...
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Facebook’s plan to provide Internet access to the roughly 10 percent of the Earth’s population that lives too far from cell towers or landlines to get online is moving forward.
Or, more accurately, upward.
Facebook released more details last week about how exactly they’re hoping to make the plan a reality. One key component: drones, solar-powered and with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, nearly 100 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
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A decade ago, biologist Ting Wu saw a need to promote education and interest in genetics among consumers, as well as to help scientists understand how the public views their research. Today, the initiative that resulted helps teachers and students, scientists, Congress, and even Hollywood writers and producers understand and spread the message that genetics is important and accessible.
Recently, the Personal Genetics Education Project—known as pgEd—expanded its reach through an effort called Map-Ed that lets people take short genetics quizzes and locate themselves on a world map.
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Small entrepreneurial businesses are taking a different tack towards cybersecurity. They are protecting access, encrypting and re-encrypting data, and eliminating almost all access points. 
Small entrepreneurial businesses are taking a different tack towards cybersecurity. They are protecting access, encrypting and re-encrypting data, and eliminating almost all access points.
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The University of Michigan and nearly 50 industry partners including Ford, General Motors, Qualcomm, State Farm Insurance, Toyota, Verizon, and others are betting that if you build it, self-driving cars will come. 
The new 32-acre facility, called Mcity, opened this week in Ann Arbor and will serve as an auto industry ecosystem for use by anyone researching autonomous vehicles.
Current testing on connected and autonomous vehicles is taking place around the world, but one of the main things that makes the Mcity facility unique will be its best-of-both-worlds approach to testing.
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In many emerging markets, reliable data on healthcare systems is limited or nonexistent. This makes it difficult to address urgent healthcare challenges in some of the world’s least developed countries. But a growing number of tech entrepreneurs and public health activists are finding ways to fill the data gaps. And as smartphones and other connected devices proliferate, fertile new sources of data are emerging. 
“Healthcare professionals are flying blind in many emerging markets,” says Pablo Kommisar, managing partner at Xcellen, a consulting firm that advises Asian healthcare companies on sales force optimization.
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One of the features that most intrigues me about the Apple Watch is the one that lets you share heartbeats. It’s the sound you hear when you’re being held by someone you love. 
One of the features that most intrigues me about the Apple Watch is the one that lets you share heartbeats. It’s something that encapsulates our humanity.
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