Costco Is Selling Long-Lasting Avocados That Won’t Brown as Quickly

It’s the biggest avocado news since the New York Times added peas to guacamole: Costco and Harps Food Stores will sell specially coated long-lasting avocados from agriculture-focused startup Apeel Sciences. According to a blog post, these avocados have…

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Google Invests $550M in JD.com to Modernize Retail

Interested in commerce? Hear from Zappos CMO Tyler Williams and other executives at Adweek Ignite: Ecommerce July 10-12 in Seattle–apply here to attend. Google is investing $550 million in cash in Chinese ecommerce company JD.com as part of what it is…

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How Your Brand Can Build a Foundation Upon Emerging Tech

You can’t open an advertising publication without hitting a dozen bylines about the ways in which digital is creating new opportunities for marketers. They’re not wrong, of course. Digital opens the door to greater scale, more accurate targeting and ma…

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Microsoft’s Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa Are Now Working Together

Last month, at Microsoft’s annual Build Developer Conference, the company showed off what happens when two voice assistants–its own Cortana and Amazon’s Alexa–talk to one another. Cortana exec Megan Saunders asked Alexa, via an Amazon Echo, to order …

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How AI Will Alter the Digital Marketing Landscape

Omnichannel, growth hacking, attribution, automation, micro-moments, gamification, agile and key performance indicators. There is no shortage of marketing buzzwords with short-term industry hype. When I first heard about the intersection of AI and mark…

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Amazon Pulls Smart Toy CloudPets Amid Security Concerns

After claiming it planned to petition Amazon for the second time in as many months in the name of children’s privacy, software community Mozilla has once again been charmed by sweet nothings from the ecommerce giant and scrapped its missive. Last month…

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How Toronto Became a Global Powerhouse for Artificial Intelligence Startups and Giants

While speaking at Shopify’s annual conference in Toronto a few weeks ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in some trouble for a few choice words. His mistake? Calling for Canada to have “a little more swagger” when promoting its homegrown in…

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Google Built a Pop-Up Mini Golf Course Powered by AI to Promote Its Smart Speakers

To help raise awareness for its smart speakers, Google has built a pop-up mini golf course in New York City. The six-hole experience, which is open to the public until June 4, is the latest effort by Google to show consumers that Amazon’s Alexa isn’t t…

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20 Takeaways From Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers Partner Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends Report is out. Big themes in the 294 slides this year: Privacy, ecommerce, China and work. Here’s a closer look at the year, acc…

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Here’s What Facebook Might Be Exploring When It Comes to Blockchain Technology

Two weeks ago, Facebook sent ripples through the cryptocurrency and blockchain world by revealing its own plans to dive into the emerging sector–sort of. On May 8, David Marcus, who headed up Facebook’s Messenger for the past four years, tweeted his p…

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