Reuters Events’ MOMENTUM Virtual forum, billed as ‘the most important technology event in a generation’ set to go live next week

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NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Reuters Events is planning the most important technology event in a generation to plot a course towards a more sustainable, equitable and trustworthy world.

The MOMENTUM Virtual forum, on December 9 and 10, will bring together a stellar lineup of board-level executives and aims to attract more than 15,000 attendees in a bid to overcome today’s global challenges and build a better future through technology.

Confirmed speakers include Microsoft’s CISO Bret Arsenault, Bank of America’s Chief Operations & Technology Officer Catherine P Bessant, Google’s CTO office founder and leader Will Grannis, Facebook’s CIO Atish Banerjea and Comcast’s CISO Noopur Davis, among many others.

“MOMENTUM will unite the global technology community to reimagine and advance the role of tech

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Salesforce’s Earnings and the Slack Deal: 7 Important Things That Were Shared (CRM) not only announced its quarterly results and guidance after the bell, a CFO change, its outlook for its next fiscal year and its much-rumored deal to acquire Slack (WORK) .

Here’s a run-down of important things announced by Salesforce and Slack on a very eventful Tuesday afternoon for the companies.

1. Salesforce’s Results and Guidance

Salesforce reported October quarter (fiscal third quarter) revenue of $5.42 billion (up 20% annually) and — excluding an $0.86 accounting gain largely related to Salesforce’s stake in Snowflake (SNOW)  — non-GAAP EPS of $0.88. Those numbers respectively topped FactSet consensus estimates of $5.25 billion and $0.75.

The cloud CRM software giant guided for January quarter revenue of $5.665 billion to $5.675 billion (up 17% annually) and non-GAAP EPS of $0.73 to $0.74. Revenue guidance is above a $5.51 billion consensus, while EPS guidance is below an $0.86 consensus due to plans for aggressive

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Walmart beat Amazon on Black Friday by one important metric

Volumes of future marketing analysis will surely be written about this year’s unprecedented holiday shopping season, but for now we’ll have to make do with industry reports that reveal people’s pandemic-era spending habits in dribs and drabs.

The latest drib (or drab?) comes from analytics firm Sensor Tower, whose new dispatch shows a record surge in new downloads of shopping-related mobile apps. Black Friday alone saw more than 2.8 million first-time installs of shopping apps, the largest ever in a single day, according to Sensor Tower’s preliminary estimates. Year-over-year growth, the report says, was about the same as last year at 8%, but it was more substantial when you look at the entire month of November—with 59.2 million shopping app installs compared to 51.7 million for the same period last year.

However, things get even more interesting when you look at the top 10 apps. Amazon may be the largest

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AI, 5G, and IoT top the list of the most important technologies for 2021

CIOs and CTOs say the biggest challenge next year will be dealing with recovery from COVID-19, according to a new study by the IEEE.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) Concept Machine Learning, Nanotechnologies, Smart Objects and Global Network Technology

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The most important technologies in 2021 will be AI, 5G, and IoT, according to a newly released global survey of CIOs and CTOs by the technical professional organization IEEE.

More specifically, nearly one-third (32%) of respondents cited AI and machine learning, followed by 5G (20%), and IoT (14%).

Manufacturing (19%), healthcare (18%), financial services (15%), and education (13%) are the industries that most believe will be impacted by technology in 2021, according to CIOs and CTOS surveyed.

It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has upended organizations, observed Carmen Fontana, an IEEE member and cloud and emerging technology lead at Centric Consulting.

CompTIA’s 10 trends for 2021. No. 1: There is no normal.


“Digital healthcare accelerated out of necessity, as healthcare demand

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Four Important Habits Every Marketing Entrepreneur Should Implement When Leveraging Software

CEO of Chiropractic Advertising. Expert digital marketer, John C. Maxwell certified coach, speaker, & international philanthropist. 

It’s important that entrepreneurs, especially those in marketing, don’t shy away from software that can make them more competitive. There are many online software options entrepreneurs should embrace to help grow their business. This includes tools to help with lead generation, task automation, prospect nurturing, customer relationship management and countless other aspects of business management and growth.

As valuable as these tools are to your business, it’s important to continually evaluate the tools implemented. By routinely evaluating software choices, marketing entrepreneurs can determine which ones are obsolete, which ones are yielding a good ROI and how to better leverage underutilized tools to maximize results.

Because of this, I have provided four habits entrepreneurs can start implementing to better utilize their current software choices.

1. Consolidate Your Tools When Possible

Paying for various

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Creativity Education Is Equally Important For Careers In STEM And The Arts

What makes someone a creative person? For most of us, the first thing that comes to mind is the arts. How many of us use the term creative to describe a person who is good at math? But new research calls that perception into question, finding that the same amazing human creativity is at the root of both.

The myth (and it is a myth) that the arts are creative and the sciences are quantitative shapes the way we approach education. And that can be a problem because the skills that come with creativity are necessary in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields too.

The researchers from Australia and the Netherlands who partnered to write this study are calling for schools and universities to focus more on teaching creativity. Their study has found that creativity

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New study explains important cause of fatal influenza — ScienceDaily

It is largely unknown why influenza infections lead to an increased risk of bacterial pneumonia. Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have now described important findings leading to so-called superinfections, which claim many lives around the world every year. The study is published in the journal PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and can also contribute to research on COVID-19.

The Spanish Flu was an influenza pandemic that swept across the world in 1918-20 and unlike many other pandemics disproportionately hit young otherwise healthy adults. One important reason for this was so-called superinfections caused by bacteria, in particular pneumococci.

Influenza is caused by a virus, but the most common cause of death is secondary bacterial pneumonia rather than the influenza virus per se. Pneumococcal infections are the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia and a leading global cause of death. A prior influenza virus infection sensitizes

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Research shows test turnaround-time, frequency far more important than sensitivity in curbing spread — ScienceDaily

Testing half the population weekly with inexpensive, rapid-turnaround COVID-19 tests would drive the virus toward elimination within weeks — even if those tests are significantly less sensitive than gold-standard clinical tests, according to a new study published today by University of Colorado Boulder and Harvard University researchers.

Such a strategy could lead to “personalized stay-at-home orders” without shutting down restaurants, bars, retail stores and schools, the authors said.

“Our big picture finding is that, when it comes to public health, it’s better to have a less sensitive test with results today than a more sensitive one with results tomorrow,” said lead author Daniel Larremore, an assistant professor of computer science at CU Boulder. “Rather than telling everyone to stay home so you can be sure that one person who is sick doesn’t spread it, we could give only the contagious people stay-at-home orders so everyone else can go about their

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How VR and mixed reality are becoming important in the future of work

In 2020, companies have been forced to try new technologies because of the pandemic. One company sees this tech staying for the long haul.

TechRepublic’s Karen Roby spoke with Kyle Jackson, founder of Talespin, a software company that specializes in immersive technology, about how businesses are using new technologies in the pandemic and into the future. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.

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Karen Roby: I think this is really interesting, Kyle, that you guys talk to customers every day, and you’re hearing the things they’re saying, the problems they’re having, solutions they’re looking for, and you put a lot of that information together to come up with some predictions for 2021. Of course, the first prediction I would like to think that we would all think is that it’s going to be a more positive, better year for all of us

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Micron Technology Just Announced an Important Technological Breakthrough

After the market closed on Monday, Nov. 9, memory chipmaker Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) made an announcement that slipped under most investors’ radar. Given the unfolding political drama, positive vaccine news, and massive rotation from growth stocks to value stocks, it’s unsurprising that Micron’s recent press release and presentation were overlooked.

Yet in the words of President-elect Biden, Micron’s announcement could very well be a “big f—ing deal” — at least in the storage industry.

A NAND-based flash drive.

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176-layer NAND flash

In the press release, Micron announced that it had begun volume shipments of the world’s first 176-layer NAND flash chips. For those unfamiliar with NAND flash technology, it’s becoming the nonvolatile storage medium of choice for many applications.

Nonvolatile storage retains information even when power is turned off. Legacy hard disk technology still has a place in cheap bulk storage in cloud data centers. Yet cost reductions have made

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