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 AP Employs Robot Journalists

July 14, 2014: 

Sometimes churning out story after story can make a journalist feel a bit like a robot. Well, now robots are starting to take over some of the writing work at notable news agencies with the help of automation platforms that turn data into coherent articles.

The Associated Press is the latest news agency to begin using robotic automation to write news stories -- specifically, financial stories about companies’ quarterly earnings.

Read the story from Design News here.

 New Samsung Ad Ridicules Apple iPhone

July 04, 2014: 

In the battle for media delivery device supremecy, Samsung launched another salvo.  The ad is about the Samsung smart phone's extended battery life.  Instead of bragging about the extra 2 hours and 20 minutes of expected use time, they take a shot at Apple's battery shortcomings.

View the ad and read the Fortune article here.

 Facebook Launches Slingshot

June 18, 2014: 

Snapchat, which lets you send photos and videos to your friends that disappear in seconds, rebuffed Facebook's $3 billion takeover offer last year.  Facebook made a clone, called Slingshot.

Having seen messaging services win away the attention of some younger users, Facebook is doubling down on mobile apps, either through acquisitions or technologies built inside the company. So far, the strategy has had mixed results.

Read details from USA Today here.

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