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Hear from TV game-changers at IGNITION
Posted November 5, 2015 0:58 AM
Hear from TV game-changers at IGNITION

The television ecosystem is rapidly evolving away from traditional cable services. Emerging options are creating an entirely different user experience and legacy cable giants are shifting their operations. What does the cord-cutting revolution mean to companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable? How are services like Hulu and Roku able to rattle this massive industry?

IGNITION: Future of Digital will take a look at this trend and welcome many industry leaders on stage December 8-9 at Time Warner Center in New York City.

Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast is the leader of the biggest cable company, who was able to snap up NBCUniversal from GE, and pursued the acquisition of Time Warner Cable.

The CEO of a social network for traders says the Chinese market is 'mind blowing'

eToro, the Israeli investment social network, is relaunching an overhauled version of its platform as the company gets ready for a big push into Russia and China, two countries where the potential is "mind-blowing," according to the company's chief executive. 

eToro, launched in 2007, is a social network that lets people "follow" other traders and see what trades they are making. The platform even has an auto-trade feature that allows you to automatically copy the trades of anyone you follow. eToro has 5 million registered users across 140 countries, although it does not disclose active user numbers.

On Thursday, CEO and cofounder Yoni Assia is debuting the company's new platform at tech conference Web Summit in Dublin, before travelling to Russia next week to launch the service. eToro

The CEO of Google's £400 million AI startup is going to meet with tech leaders to discuss ethics (GOOG)

Demis Hassabis, the CEO of artificial intelligence (AI) startup DeepMind that was acquired by Google last year for £400 million, has revealed that some of the most prominent minds in AI are gathering in New York early next year to discuss the ethical implications of the field they work in.

The AI ethics meeting will be held at New York University in January and attended by the heads of big tech firms, according to Hassabis.

It’s not clear at this stage exactly which individuals or which companies will attend but global technology giants such as Facebook and Apple are likely candidates given their well-documented interest in AI — think of Apple's virtual assistant Siri, for example. 

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Starbucks is so successful in one area that even Apple should be jealous

There’s no question — Starbucks’ mobile pay program is the best in the business. 

One in five of all Starbucks transactions in the US are now mobile, the company reported in late October. Mobile users have grown 32% since last year, accounting for 5 million orders a month.

Starbucks’ explosive mobile growth has attracted the attention of tech giant Apple, reports Wired. While Apple Pay experienced an immediate explosion in users when it launched last year, in recent months growth has slowed.

So, it makes sense that Apple would announce in October that it is partnering with the coffee chain, with plans to roll out Apple Pay as a form of payment at all 7,500 Starbucks locations in the US in 2016.

Watch 2 guys with jetpacks weave around an airplane in the Dubai sky

If you've ever dreamed of flying among the clouds with a jet pack, you should follow the exploits of Yves Rossy and Vince Reffet. The duo has soared over places like the Grand Canyon and Dubai, recording it all in stunning videos.

Now, a new videos shows them weaving around an Emirates jet at 4,000 feet. The video, which was uncovered by The Verge, is actually a commercial for Emirates airline. But that doesn't mean watching the pair fly around the world's largest passenger aircraft isn't breathtaking.

Check out the video below, which was filmed from a circling helicopter:


Mainstream publishers are turning performance-based marketing into a 'fine art'— here's how

Many people associate affiliate marketing with the selling of diet pills, teeth whiteners, and other controversial products. Although this darker side to performance-based marketing still exists, affiliate programs have moved to the mainstream, with major retailers and publishers now using them to drive sales of all sorts of products, from electronics to apparel. 

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine the changing face of affiliate marketing and take a close look at the key players. We also outline growth opportunities for affiliate marketing and how we see this industry developing.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

Mainstream media publishers are helping legitimize affiliate marketing. In an effort to balance editorial integrity and revenue needs, publishers are taking a more native approach to affiliate marketing by embedding product links within organic content.  Overall, publishers stil...

NASA is about to announce 'key findings' on Mars — here's how to watch live

On Thursday, Nov. 5 at 2 pm ET, NASA will announce their latest discovery about Mars and its mysterious atmosphere.

You can watch it live on NASA TV and ask your questions on Twitter using #AskNASA. We've provided the livestream at the end of this post.

This announcement is just the latest in a series of major discoveries about the Red Planet, including the strongest evidence yet of flowing, liquid water on the surface, reported last September.

As of right now, NASA isn't providing many details about the announcement, except for saying that they'll present "key science findings" about Mars' atmosphere, which is still a major mystery.

Parents are 4 times more likely to say social media has a positive effect on their child's self-esteem than a negative one

Social media’s effect on our psyches is far from clear.

Some argue that it’s eroding our sense of self and leading us into a spiral of trying to make our lives look perfect on the outside, while inwardly feeling like frauds.

This view was recently articulated by a 18-year-old Instagram star who decided to quit social media altogether. Essena O'Neill was paid thousands of dollars by brands to hawk products to her 500,000 followers. But it didn’t make O’Neill happy.

“I felt the same as a young girl, I would just spend hours looking at everyone else's perfect lives and I strived to make mine look just as good,”

I tried the new temporary tattoos that look super realistic — and they fooled all my friends

A new startup called Momentary Ink wants you to be able to “try on” a tattoo before you commit to a lifetime of having it on your body.

Founder Jordan Denny has been working for the past 9 months to make a temporary tattoo realistic enough to pass for the real thing, and finally started selling the customizable tattoos a few days ago.

Denny says his tattoos last 3-10 days, and use a special matting solution that stops them from looking shiny, or wet like dollar-store temporaries.

But “realistic” has different definitions, especially to startup founders, so I decided to test it out myself. The process was easy.

All I had to do was upload a design and send it to Momentary Ink. Since Halloween was coming up, I decided on the “Dark Mark” tattoo that evil wizards (“Death Eaters”) have in Harry Potter.

The next big thing in computing is called 'ChatOps,' and it's already happening inside Slack

Where before, you'd have to go to data, the data is increasingly coming to you — and, increasingly, coming to you via apps like Slack and HipChat.

It's a quiet revolution in computing, as developers start to build smarter apps that can pull information from anywhere, rather than making you find it yourself.

A trio of announcements this week from Andreesen Horowitz-backed startup Blockspring, $3 billion project management startup Atlassian, and IBM, tell the tale in minature.

Blockspring, a graduate of the renowned Y Combinator startup accelerator program and the recipient of a $3.4 million seed round led by Andreessen Horowitz, announced a new service to let you more easily integrate a bunch of web data sources with a helpful bot on famed business chat app Slack.  Atlassian