Home Depot Partners With Pinterest For “Shop The Look”

The Home Depot, Inc. (HD) is the world’s largest home improvement retailer with retail stores all across North America. The Home Depot sells building materials and home improvement products, as well as lawn and garden supplies, and provides installation, home maintenance, and professional service programs.

The Home Depot has partnered with the social media network Pinterest to expand Pinterest’s visual discovery feature “Shop the Look”. The feature allows users to easily search for and buy products similar to those shown in Pins. The two companies have added over 100,000 new shoppable home decor products.

This new search continues to build upon the partnership between The Home Depot and Pinterest. At the beginning of the year launched a video campaign titled “Built-In Pins” that highlighted the hard work of the Do-It-Yourselfers’ images found on Pinterest. This partnership enhances The Home Depot’s growing online catalog of both home and interior decor, which also includes the company’s recent acquirement of The Company Store.

The Home Depot has 2,284 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces, and Mexico. In fiscal 2017, The Home Depot had sales of $100.9 billion and earnings of $8.6 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is included in the Dow Jones industrial average or Dow 30 and the Standard & Poor’s 500 indexes.

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Cybersecurity Expert Christopher D. Young Elected to American Express Board of Directors

American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries, provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

Christopher D. Young, Chief Executive Officer of McAfee, LLC one of the largest cybersecurity brands, has been elected to the American Express Company Board of Directors. Young has led multiple cybersecurity efforts with companies such as Intel, Cisco, RSA, and AOL. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and formerly served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.

Chris’s leadership accomplishments at McAfee, his business experience and expert knowledge of technology and cybersecurity make him a terrific addition to our Board.” -Stephen J. Squeri, chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company.

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Disney’s Black Panther Rules Wakanda & Beyond!

Unless you have been on assignment to another planet or someplace that you could not get a connection, you have probably heard about Marvel Studios’ New blockbuster superhero movie “Black Panther”,  which follows “T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, with Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Nate Moore, Jeffrey Chernov and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole wrote the screenplay.”

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hit theatres on February 16, 2018, and by Tuesday had already hit $263 million in sales. Could we see “Avatar” like numbers from this picture? Time will tell but it certainly feels like it has that type of hype and buy in.

Note, that Marvel Studios, LLC (originally known as Marvel Films from 1993 to 1996) is an American motion picture studio based at The Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California and is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios, itself a wholly owned division of The Walt Disney Company (DIS).

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‘Black Panther’ Breaks More Box Office Records With $21M Tuesday, $263M Cume

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Why Did American Express Acquire Artificial Intelligence Based Mezi?

American Express Company (AXP), and its subsidiaries provide customers and businesses globally with charge and credit payment card products and travel-related services. They look to enrich the lives of their customers and build business success.

American Express Company recently acquired Mezi, a personal travel assistant app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and human expertise to improve and personalize online travel discovery and booking. The acquirement of Mezi is part of an investment made by American Express Ventures in 2016.

Mezi will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Express from this point forward.

“I’m excited to welcome Mezi’s talented team to American Express. Together, we will continue to innovate mobile travel and concierge experiences for our customers.” -Phil Norman, Vice President of American Express Digital Labs.

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Fusion’s Acquisition of IQ Max Thought to Accelerate Leadership in CPaaS Market

Fusion (FSNN), a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has continued its feed its acquisition appetite in that it has acquired the software, intellectual property and customers of privately held IQMax, Inc. (“IQMax”), a pioneer in developing secure messaging, enterprise data integration and advanced cloud communications solutions.

IQ Max’s advanced data integration engine is thought to accelerate Fusion’s leadership in the large and rapidly expanding global voice and messaging Communications Platform as a Service (CPaaS) market, which IDC expects to grow from $867 million in 2016 to $8.2 billion in 2021.

Matthew Rosen, Fusion’s Chief Executive Officer stated,  “Over $20 million has been invested in IQMax’s cloud-based solutions software and services platform since 2001, and while the current revenue and EBITDA contribution is not material to Fusion, we believe that we have concluded a compelling transaction that will advance the company’s leadership position in the rapidly growing secure messaging space and accelerate our planned applications integration expansion. The all-stock transaction includes additional time-limited royalties based on future sales of the software, providing a strong incentive to continue driving sales of the IQMax software solutions. IQMax’s leading-edge technology platform, feature-rich solution set and expert team of development professionals will enhance our advanced cloud solutions platform and accelerate the expansion of Fusion’s cloud ecosystem, facilitating integration with a wide range of CRM platforms, external messaging, and other business productivity software platforms.”

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Fusion Acquires IQMax’s Cloud-Based Secure Messaging Solutions and Advanced Data Integration Engine

NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2018– Fusion, a leading provider of cloud services, announced today that it has acquired the software, intellectual property and customers of privately held IQMax, Inc., a pioneer in …..

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Disney to Direct $125 Million To Cast and Employees and Higher Education

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and its subsidiaries is a diversified worldwide entertainment company that operates in four business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will be giving over 125,000 of its employees a one-time cash bonus of $1000. The bonus will be given to those employed by the company as of January 1, 2018, in the form of two payments: one in March and one in September of this year.

Disney has also announced that that it will be investing an initial $50 million towards a new education program that has been designed to help its hourly employees cover tuition costs for their higher education. This new education initiative will allow for nearly 88,000 of the company’s hourly employees pursue higher education or vocational training, even including those courses that have no relation to their current responsibilities with Disney. Disney plans to annually provide up to $25 million towards the new education program.

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125,000 Disney Employees to Receive $1,000 Cash Bonus and Company Launches New $50 Million Higher Education Program – The Walt Disney Company

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Cisco Demonstrates Multicloud Video Innovation at CES

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

Cisco has been demonstrating its cloud-powered, app-driven video service – Cisco® Infinite Video Platform at CES this week. Cisco® Infinite Video Platform, allows service providers to utilize a virtual cloud stack to deliver the best possible and highly secured video experiences to all of a consumer’s devices from a single platform.

Service providers today are using a multiple clouds or a “hybrid cloud” that is made up of their private cloud and public clouds in order to make operations simple and speed time to market.

“Our customers seek the agility a cloud platform provides to deliver video entertainment to their subscribers in new ways. We are helping them deliver on their future vision for video with our Infinite Video Platform and cloud DVR to facilitate recordings to any device, and with our innovation around IP delivery, we are leading the market in simplifying how service providers can efficiently manage their networks and deliver video services faster.” -Damian Mulcock, vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software and Solutions.

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Travelers Europe Offers Cyber Package for Technology Businesses

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) is an insurance provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto, and business.

Travelers Europe has announced that it has improved its insurance offering for technology businesses in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new pack provides better protection against risks that are unique to the cyber world. Cyber breach can severely impact the operations, reputation, and finances of a company, and has even been reported by 65% of technology firms as the most significant threat to their business.

Elements of the new package include:

  • Network Security (cyber cover)
  • Professional Indemnity and Cybermedia Liability
  • Data Breach Response Service
  • Cyber Breach Coach

Other insurance products for technology businesses that Travelers offers include management liability, personal accident and business travel, cargo and kidnap an ransom cover.

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3M, DowDupont Eye Electric & Self-driving Vehicle Markets

Yes indeed, 3M (MMM) & DowDupont (DWDP), two very large and tenured industrial Dow 30 components, are eyeing and even directly aiming to capture some portion of the electric & self-driving vehicle business that is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. No, they are not looking to offer an entry model but they are seeking to derive revenues from existing product offerings or products that they are developing that will surely be needed by this specific market. 3M (MMM) for example is hoping that their adhesives, coatings and other developing products will be adopted by the batteries & sensors of these future cars. DowDupont (DWDP) on the other hand has their transportation and advanced polymer division focused on participating in these markets as well. One reason is that this market is getting significant attention, which currently represents a fraction of the revenue of these companies, is that respected research firms i.e. IHS Markit projects that the overall market for vehicle cockpit electronics, crash-avoidance, and automation systems, and components for electric, hybrid & fuel cell powered vehicles will nearly triple to almost $183B by 2022.

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Latest Entrants Into Electric Car Race: Makers of Post-It Notes, Paint

Auto makers and ride-hailing apps aren?t the only companies looking to cash in on the shift to electric and self-driving vehicles. Old-line industrial companies such as 3M and paint maker PPG Industries are among those racing to figure out ways to get their products into the cars of the future…

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Intel Announces First FPGA With Integrated High Bandwidth Memory

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible. Intel designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology globally.

Intel has now made available the Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA, which is the industry’s first field programmable gate array with integrated High Bandwith Memory Dram. The integration of this allows up to 10 times more memory bandwith in comparison to the DDR memory solutions. The Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA new capabilities make it the ideal multi-function accelerator for HPC, network functions virtualization, data centers, and broadcast applications.

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