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919 Marketing Acquires Award-Winning Web Development and Digital Marketing Firm

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RALEIGH, NC / ACCESSWIRE / August 8, 2022 / 919 Marketing, one of the nation's fastest-growing content marketing agencies, announces the acquisition of ClickCulture, a Raleigh, N.C. -based award-winning web development and digital marketing company. This is the third acquisition by 919 Marketing to boldly expand its roster of technology-focused marketing services to become the full-service marketing leader for emerging and mature franchise brands and non-profit companies. "This exciting new partnership with the team at ClickCulture expands our company to give us more creative firepower and a deeper bench of talent to better serve our clients", says David Chapman, CEO, and founder of 919 Marketing. "We can now elevate our creative capabilities to include custom applications for websites, unique digital campaigns, and elite, award-winning graphic design to help our clients attract more customers and grow their businesses. We have a lot of smart people doing great work and now we have the data-driven creative capabilities needed to truly dominate as the holistic, one-stop solution for nonprofit companies and multi-location and franchise brands."


Amazon's iRobot Deal Would Give It Maps Inside Millions of Homes

WIRED

After decades of creating war machines and home cleaning appliances, iRobot agreed to be acquired by Amazon for $1.7 billion, according to a joint statement by the two companies. If the deal goes through, it would give Amazon access to yet another wellspring of personal data: interior maps of Roomba owners' homes. Those Roombas work in part by using sensors to map the homes they operate in. In a 2017 Reuters interview, iRobot CEO Colin Angle suggested the company might someday share that data with tech companies developing smart home devices and AI assistants. Amazon declined to respond to questions about how it would use that data, but combined with other recent acquisition targets, the company could wind up with a comprehensive look at what's happening inside people's homes.


Amazon to buy vacuum maker iRobot for roughly $1.7B

Associated Press

Amazon on Friday announced it has agreed to acquire the vacuum cleaner maker iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion, scooping up another company to add to its collection of smart home appliances amid broader concerns about its market power. The move is part of Amazon's bid to own part of the home space through services and accelerate its growth beyond retail, said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail. A slew of home-cleaning robots adds to the company's tech arsenal, making it more involved in consumer's lives beyond static things like voice control. Amazon's Astro robot, which helps with tasks like setting an alarm, was unveiled last year at an introductory price of $1,000. But its rollout has been limited and has received a lackluster response.


Amazon to Buy Roomba Maker iRobot for Roughly $1.7B

TIME - Tech

Amazon on Friday announced it has agreed to acquire the vacuum cleaner maker iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion, scooping up another company to add to its collection of smart home appliances amid broader concerns about its market power. The move is part of Amazon's bid to own part of the home space through services and accelerate its growth beyond retail, said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail. A slew of home-cleaning robots adds to the company's tech arsenal, making it more involved in consumer's lives beyond static things like voice control. Amazon's Astro robot, which helps with tasks like setting an alarm, was unveiled last year at an introductory price of $1,000. But its rollout has been limited and has received a lackluster response.


Amazon agrees to buy Roomba maker iRobot for $1.7bn

The Guardian

Amazon announced it has agreed to acquire the vacuum cleaner maker iRobot for approximately $1.7bn, scooping up another company to add to its collection of smart home appliances amid broader concerns about its market power. The acquisition, announced on Friday, is part of Amazon's bid to own part of the home space through services and accelerate its growth beyond retail, said Neil Saunders, managing director at GlobalData Retail. The appliance would join the voice assistant Alexa, the Astro robot and Ring security cameras and others in the list of smart home features offered by the Seattle-based e-commerce and tech giant. So far, Amazon has not had much success with household robots. The company's Astro robot, which helps with tasks like setting an alarm, was unveiled last year at an introductory price of $1,000.


Amazon is buying Roomba vacuum maker iRobot for $1.7 billion

NPR Technology

An iRobot Terra lawn mower is shown in Bedford, Mass., on Jan. 16, 2019. Amazon on Friday announced an agreement to acquire iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion. An iRobot Terra lawn mower is shown in Bedford, Mass., on Jan. 16, 2019. Amazon on Friday announced an agreement to acquire iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion. NEW YORK -- Amazon on Friday announced it has agreed to acquire the vacuum cleaner maker iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion, scooping up another company to add to its collection of smart home appliances amid broader concerns about its market power.


CornerstoneAI Announces Strategic Partnership with Carahsoft to Deliver AI Data Bias and …

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Partnership Will Support Public Sector Agencies to Ensure the Reliability of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Technologies…


Video game giants see hundred million dollar dip in revenue amid recession fears

Washington Post - Technology News

Nintendo reported an operating profit of 101.7 billion yen ($764 million), falling short of analyst expectations by about 13.5 billion yen ($101.4 million.) Nintendo Switch sales declined from 4.45 million units in the same period last year to 3.43 million now; software sales also dropped to 41.4 million units compared with 45.3 million last year. The company attributed its console sales woes to supply chain issues and predicted it would catch up with production over the summer. Nintendo still anticipated it would sell a total of 21 million console units in the financial year ending next April.


Only 12% of AI Users Are Maximizing It, Accenture Says

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A new study from Accenture says just 12% of firms have figured out how to deploy AI to "achieve superior growth and business transformation." In other words, there's quite a bit of work yet to be done when it comes to AI success. The correlation between AI use and business achievement is still positive. As far back as 2019, Accenture noted that top AI achievers see 50% better revenue growth than their peers who are not AI experts. No one is calling for an AI rethink, yet progress seems to be coming painfully slowly in the real-world branch of the AI discussion.


Tinder chief leaves dating app after less than a year

The Guardian

The chief executive of Tinder has left the dating app after less than a year after the market value of its parent company plunged by more than a fifth following reporting disappointing results. The departure of Renate Nyborg was one of a number of management changes announced by the $20bn Match Group, which owns dating brands including Hinge, Tinder and Match.com. Its share price plunged by more than 20% on Tuesday after missing Wall Street second-quarter expectations and issuing weaker-than-expected guidance. "Today we are announcing the departure of Tinder chief executive Renate Nyborg, and I have made some changes to the management team and structure that I am confident will help deliver Tinder's full potential," said Bernard Kim, the chief executive of Match Group, in a letter to shareholders. "We have not been able to realise the monetisation successes that we typically deliver. Tinder's current revenue growth expectations for the second half of the year are below our original expectations as a result of disappointing execution on several optimisations and new product initiatives."