NEWS & ANALYSIS

DoP Daily Edit, 12th January 2018

by | Jan 12, 2018

Walmart scan and go, Snapchat redesign backlash, Optimizely’s new tools, Facebook changes priorities, Dropbox IPO, Tips for non-tech managers

Optimizely launches new tools to help companies manage thousands of web experiments

Optimizely helps businesses test out different ways to make their websites or apps more effective – but, as vice president of Product Management Claire Vo put it, how do you go from “five experiments per week to hundreds and thousands of experiments per week”?

Walmart Scan & Go

Walmart Scan & Go – Walmart’s in-store self checkout app. (Android, iPhone, and E-Commerce) Read the opinion of 13 influencers. Discover 5 alternatives like Amazon Dash Button and Payy

Alexia Bonatsos on Twitter

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Facebook CEO Unveils News Feed Changes, Says Engagement May Fall

Facebook Inc. said it’s making major changes to its flagship social network, shifting users’ news feeds back toward posts from friends and family and away from businesses and media outlets — a transition that is likely to mean people spend less time on the site.

Embassy Group infusing $15.6 mn into WeWork India

Realty firm Embassy Group, the joint venture partner in WeWork India, has pumped in around Rs 100 crore ($15.6 million) in the company as the shared space provider aims to expand into multiple locations across Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi amid growing competition in this segment. Embassy Buildcon was allocated 100,00,000 compulsory convertible debentures in return…

Dropbox Files for IPO Three Years After $10 Billion Private Valuation

Web-storage company Dropbox Inc. has filed confidentially to go public, in what stands to be one of the largest tech IPOs in the past few years, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

Snapchat redesign is out in Canada and Australia, and people aren’t happy

Snapchat’s redesign was meant to make the app easier. For now, it’s mostly causing anger. On Thursday, Snapchat users in Canada were surprised with the new design. The automatic update is live in Australia, the U.K., and has been beta tested with users worldwide.

Benedict Evans on Twitter

Voice isn’t ‘the next platform’ (and certainly doesn’t supplant smartphones). So, is there some fundamental strategic leverage here for any of GAFA? Or is this just another adjacent accessory segment to give a little more support to the core?

Skype starts testing new ‘private conversations’ with end-to-end encryption

Microsoft is testing a new feature for Skype: end-to-end encrypted chat conversations, secured using the industry standard Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems. The company announced the experimental feature named “Private Conversations” in a blog post today.

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