I Was a Floating Head at an NBA Game. It Gets Weirder
The night of the Sixers-Celtics game, my husband Charlie and I downloaded Microsoft Teams onto separate laptops, logged on, and watched the game from its digital courtside along with the dozen or so other people in our section. (It was mostly other journalists.) Charlie flickered out of his front-row... Read more
Cosmose AI raises $15 million to track in-store shoppers using smartphone data
Location data analytics provider Cosmose AI today announced it raised $15 million in a funding round valuing the company at over $100 million. A spokesperson told VentureBeat the capital will be used to drive customer acquisition and product R&D. Keeping apprised of shopping trends online is straightforward enough —... Read more
Walmart+ launches September 15 to compete with Amazon Prime
Walmart’s much-anticipated membership program, Walmart+, will finally launch nationwide September 15, the company announced today, about six months after the Covid-19 pandemic pushed the retailer to delay its original timing. The brick-and-mortar retail giant needs the program to be successful to stop top-spending customers from fleeing to Amazon Prime.... Read more
Facebook threatens to remove news from its platform in Australia
Facebook is pushing back against proposed regulations by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Andrew Hoyle/CNET After the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) submitted a draft regulatory code, designed to let Australian news publications “negotiate for fair payment for their journalists’ work”, Facebook’s Australia is pushing back. Facebook... Read more