Six Cutting-Edge Technologies That Will Change the Way We Shop (Twice)

Social Payments: Today’s shoppers want seamless payment experiences, whether that’s paying back a friend with a few taps on a smartphone or avoiding a checkout line by paying v... More

Content Personalization Will Keep Audiences Glued to Their Screens – And Advertisers Happier (MediaPost)

Video content consumption has undergone a profound transformation in recent years. The rise of connected devices and video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu combined with li... More

Publishers, Brands are Copying Snapchat’s Story Feature for Their Apps, Mobile Sites (Digiday)

When Snapchat rolled out Stories in 2014, it didn’t take long for Instagram and Facebook to copy the feature. Now publishers and brands are updating their own apps and mobile sit... More

Microsoft Says It’s True: Cat Videos Distract Workers (Bloomberg)

Economists have been puzzled in recent years by the so-called “productivity paradox,” the fact that the digital revolution of the past four decades hasn’t resulted in big gai... More

The NFL Isn’t Just Trying to Win Football Fans in China – It’s Planning its Online Mobile Leap (Forbes)

China is home to about 19 million people interested in the NFL, according to Kantar-CSM China research, and its own indoor football league. The China Arena Football League began pl... More

Apple Makes a Bid to Become the Super-Aggregator of Streaming TV (Videonet)

The role of ‘super-aggregator’ – a company that aggregates not multiple channels but multiple video services under one roof – is up for grabs, and Apple is making a serious... More

Amazon Go Has the Potential to Change How Customers Think About Automation (Adweek)

Amazon Go, a convenience store where there’s no need to stand in a checkout line, sounds like something out of a millennial dream. To buy something from the store, you need to... More

Snapchat Stories Will Soon be Shareable on Twitter, Facebook (CNBC)

Snapchat users will soon be able to share Stories outside the app to Facebook and Twitter in an effort to spark growth on the social media app. Users will be able to share Stori... More

Study: One in Six Americans Own a Smart Speaker (Billboard)

Smart speaker use is on the rise and a new study from NPR and Edison Research finds 16 percent of Americans own a smart speaker. The survey was conducted in November and Decemb... More

Spotify Partners With 8 Publishers to Produce Podcasts (MediaPost)

Paid music-streaming service Spotify is partnering with eight publishers to produce audio programming and visuals for a new format called Spotlight. The idea is to supplement the l... More

Alexa Could Soon Tell You That It Doesn’t Like Your Favorite TV Shows (Variety)

Alexa could get a bit more opinionated about media in the future, Amazon Fire TV VP Marc Whitten told Variety. Speaking at the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las ... More

Eight Trends that Will Define the Digital Assistant Wars in 2018 (Fast Company)

The Smart Display Wars Get Real - Amazon got a head start this year in moving Alexa from speakers to screens, first with the 7-inch Echo Show smart display, and then with the dimin... More

How Search Will Be Transformed in 2018 and Beyond (MediaPost)

Artificial intelligence (AI) will take on new meaning this year as the technology moves from trend to staple. AI will help Amazon increase annual revenue from advertising and will ... More

The Search Engine of AR (Forbes)

With the release of Apple’s ARKit and Google’s ARCore , creating augmented reality (AR) apps became a commodity overnight. It’s free, it’s cool, and it just works. So far, ... More

At CES, Giants Old and New Battle Over TV’s Future (CNET)

Media companies, big brands and marketers fuel a show-behind-the-show at CES, one that has little to do with the next hot doodad. The mobs of media folks at CES may never visit the... More

Pandora Users Now Able to Unlock On-Demand Listening Via Video Ads (The Drum)

Pandora announced that free and plus listeners can now access songs, albums and playlists on-demand with a complimentary session of Pandora Premium. By watching a 15-second video s... More

Streaming to Broadway: How New Titles, Talent Grow Buzz Online (Variety)

It’s been a year and a half since “Hadestown” was an Off Broadway hit, but fires are still burning for the folk-rock musical. They’ve blazed up online, where the show’s s... More

ITV Studios Daytime Taps Avid Maestro for HD Workflow (SSN)

The U.K.’s ITV Studios Daytime, which broadcasts more than 1,500 hours of live programming a year, has tapped Avid and its Maestro graphics solutions to enhance its live programm... More

PwC: The Content Discovery Challenge is Real (SSN)

More than half of consumers (55%) are looking for a new TV show or movie to watch at least once per week, 83% are looking a few times each month, and nearly two thirds are struggli... More

How Mobile Apps Drive the Music Industry (IT Pro Portal)

The rise of the internet was, and continues to be, tough for music giants. In the heyday of the industry – when vinyl and CD sales were strong – labels were profitable, but ill... More