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ZipfWorks (zif'works) is a media lab focused on social commerce
ZipfWorks (zif'works) is a media lab focused on social commerce

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Amazon's Whole Foods purchased, explained.

"In the long run, physical grocery stores will be only one of the Amazon Grocery Services’ customers: obviously a home delivery service will be another, and it will be far more efficient than a company like Instacart trying to layer on top of Whole Foods’ current integrated model."

https://stratechery.com/2017/amazons-new-customer/
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Amazon launches SSML (Speech Synthesis Markup Language) enabling developers to control Alexa's voice intonation through tags like whisper, emphasis, prosody, sub, and expletive bleeps https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/28/alexa-learns-to-talk-like-a-human-with-whispers-pauses-emotion/
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With growing fashion sales and the recent launch of the Echo Look assistant, Amazon is at a tipping point to dominate the fashion industry.

"If future anthropologists want to study the rubble of early-21st-century retail, a good place to start will be what Amazon.com did to apparel shopping in the few years before and after 2017."

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/technology/tipping-point-for-amazon-in-apparel.html?_r=0
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Social formats: Stories is to News Feed what video is to text https://techcrunch.com/2017/03/26/camera-is-the-new-keyboard/ #snapchat #facebook
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Google's DeepMind plans bitcoin-style health record tracking for hospitals https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/09/google-deepmind-health-records-tracking-blockchain-nhs-hospitals
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Medium launches new feature like Snapchat Stories called "Series" which enables ongoing storytelling from mobile https://blog.medium.com/welcome-to-series-a-new-type-of-story-on-medium-bade380985c4?ref=producthunt#.x2lzjjgxt
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Google launches Perspective API to utilize machine learning (through TensorFlow) to combat abusive comments online http://venturebeat.com/2017/02/23/google-harnesses-machine-learning-to-help-publishers-thwart-abusive-comments-online/
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Read our CEO's guide to micro-influencers on VentureBeat today http://venturebeat.com/2017/02/23/how-micro-influencers-are-becoming-essential-to-marketers/
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"Before Spanner, [transcontinental database consistency] didn’t seem possible. Machines couldn’t keep databases consistent without constant and heavy communication, and communication across the globe took much too long. You know, the speed of light and all that. Google’s engineers needed something like the the ansible, a fictional device that first appeared in Ursula Le Guin’s 1966 novel Rocannon’s World and became a sci-fi trope."

Spanner, the Google Database That Mastered Time, Is Now Open to Everyone https://www.wired.com/2017/02/spanner-google-database-harnessed-time-now-open-everyone/
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