A friend of mine, who runs a large television production company in the car-mad city of Los Angeles, recently noticed that his intern, an aspiring filmmaker from the People’s Republic of China, was walking to work. When he offered to arrange a swifter mode of transportation, she declined. When he asked why, she explained that she “needed the steps” on her Fitbit to sign in to her social media accounts. If she fell below the right number of steps, it would lower her health and fitness rating, which is part of her social rating, which is monitored by the government. A low social rating could prevent her from working or traveling abroad. China’s social rating system, which was announced by the ruling Communist Party in 2014, will soon be a fact of life for many more Chinese. By 2020, if the Party’s plan holds, every footstep, keystroke, like, dislike, social media contact, and posting tracked by the state will affect one’s social rating. Personal … [Read more...] about Is Big Tech Merging With Big Brother? Kinda Looks Like It
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Video: Adobe to acquire Magento Commerce for $1.68 billion OK, this section, part two of the Adobe Digital Marketing Summit has been weighing on my mind for weeks. I've been procrastinating in part because Adobe is such a damned complex company. And now that they bought Magento for e-commerce, even though that wasn't discussed at the Digital Marketing Summit, I have to discuss it here, because it has a potential bearing on one of the things that I'm going to bring up, making this even more complex. Read also: Adobe: Experiencing the experiential (part one) First, to recap: In Adobe part one from a couple of weeks ago, I ran you through two different "tracks": First, how did Adobe do when it came to their actual event? Then, how do you distinguish the kinds of customer experience out there, and which one is Adobe actually focused on? That was important to set the context of Adobe's current and next phase -- where they are, where they are going, and what they need to do to get there. … [Read more...] about Adobe: In the weeds, in the zone (part two)
Word processors are ubiquitous in schools, workplaces, and universities, but paying for an Office 365 subscription can add up over time. Merge Word costs the same as one month of Office 365, and you get to keep it for life. In this review I took a look at Merge Word through the lens of it could replace Microsoft Word in an everyday workflow. I came away impressed by Merge Word which packs a lot of bang for its buck, though there are some downsides. The app is available for $9.99 on Windows 10. See at Microsoft Store A familiar interface At first glance, Merge Word will feel extremely familiar to anyone who has used Microsoft Word. In fact, even on further inspection, you could probably fool someone into thinking it was Microsoft Word. It has a familiar ribbon design, page layout, and set of features. It even has various themes that you can switch between including older versions of Office and some attractive dark modes. Merge Word covers all the basic word processing tools such as … [Read more...] about Can Merge Word replace Microsoft Word for only $10?
CINCINNATI & CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2018--Fifth Third Bancorp (Nasdaq: FITB; www.53.com ) and MB Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: MBFI; www.mbfinancial.com ) jointly announced today the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which MB Financial, Inc. (“MB Financial”) will merge with Fifth Third Bancorp (“Fifth Third”) in a transaction valued at approximately $4.7 billion. Approximately 90 percent of the consideration will be in stock with the rest in cash.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180521005418/en/Based on the closing price of Fifth Third’s common shares on May 18, 2018, common shareholders of MB Financial will receive $54.20 of total consideration, consisting of 1.45 shares of Fifth Third common stock and $5.54 in cash for each share of MB Financial common stock. The consideration implies a premium of approximately 24 percent to MB Financial’s closing … [Read more...] about Fifth Third Bancorp to Merge with MB Financial, Inc. Creating a Leading Retail and Commercial Franchise in the Attractive Chicago Market
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