Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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The tumultuous Q2 of 2020 saw a surge in video usage and live streaming as well as an increase in ad spend in many regions and industries worldwide, according to a study by a global AI-powered social media marketing company. "On the organic marketing side, video usage surged on Twitter and Facebook Live usage...
David Nicol Williams, co-founder, chairman and CEO of NomadX (Photo credit: Via News)
The coronavirus pandemic is expected to lead to a 10x increase in digital nomads in the next two to three years and Portugal seems to have maintained its appeal for location-independent professionals, says an industry expert. "We're expecting like a really big influx, but it's not happening quite yet," David Nicol Williams, co-founder, chairman,...
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The coronavirus pandemic has caused a considerable decrease in cash flow for the space industry but a sustained upward trend in interest heralds strong public-private partnerships in the remainder of the year, according to a recent report on venture investment in the space sector. Noosphere Ventures—which conducted the analysis and invests in space technology...
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The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in work stoppages, delays in production schedules, supply chain breaks, and market uncertainty for businesses all around the world. One major sector that has not been spared the effects of the contagious condition and its economic fallout is the auto industry. The sharp decline in demand...
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As physical sports were grounded by the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, esports not only continued to thrive but also found new fans along the way. Multiple industry reports have painted a fairly bright future for esports—which refers to organized, multiplayer video game competitions—saying that there are great opportunities in this sector despite widespread...
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Seventy-eight percent of startups plan to hire new staff before the end of the year despite being caught in mid-air by the coronavirus pandemic, according to a recent survey by the world's largest startup campus. The study by Station F—which was conducted in partnership with over 120 venture capital funds—also showed that 48% of...
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Governments around the world should understand that now is the time to act and offer solid financial support to startups as they can have a positive, lasting impact on the economy, says a Lisbon-based entrepreneur. "Big companies get big because they get really good at doing the same thing over and over again. And...
Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil president. Foto credit: Palácio do Planalto.
Brazil has been in the news for all the wrong reasons since the coronavirus began to ravage Latin America's largest country. At the heart of the controversy is President Jair Bolsonaro who has provoked a hail of criticism from health experts for his opposition to measures aimed at stifling the spread of the virus.
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Since the roll-out of coronavirus-related restrictions, gaming has provided a welcome distraction for people at home looking for social interaction and entertainment. That is why the global video game industry continues to see huge growth in playing time and sales despite the widespread economic disruption triggered by the pandemic. The impressive...
Jesper Tække, an associate professor (Ph.D.) at Aarhus University, Denmark (Photo credit: Aarhus University)
The coronavirus pandemic shook things up in the education sector and gave it a much-needed shock treatment, says a university professor, who believes that an online education model bears the best fruits if used in combination with traditional classroom-based courses. "It has really been a shock therapy because many teachers had not wanted to...
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The last three months of the COVID-19 crisis have resulted in the biggest remote work experiment that Landing.Jobs, a Lisbon-based tech company, has ever experienced. Landing.Jobs is a candidate-driven marketplace dedicated to matching the best tech professionals to the best companies all around Europe. The COVID-19 crisis has changed...
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A negative connotation is often associated with the word "opportunistic" but it is a great attribute that can prod a company into action and pays off in the long run, says the co-founder of Nerd Monkeys. In an interview with Via News, Diogo said business owners should develop this characteristic while being careful not...

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The Heasy robot has been designed as a smart home terminal, able to educate customers and move alone in space. Photo by: LSA.

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The shock wave of the coronavirus is driving technological adoption in unanticipated ways around the globe, transforming societies and economies at a...

Is Facebook Stock Still a Buy After the Advertising Boycott?

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The advertising boycott on Facebook has resulted in a 12% dive in the stock price since Friday. A couple...

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Since the first quarter of 2015, the global House Price Index has been on the rise, according to figures by Deloitte. Particularly,...

Is Peer-To-Peer Lending Platforms Industry Ready to Disrupt Global Finance?

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Microsoft (Bing Maps) shipping container. It has about five petabytes of storage. The Bing Map team processes its maps and redistributes them to other datacenters using this datacenter. Photo credit: Robert Scoble.

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Venture Investments in Space Industry Drop Due to COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a considerable decrease in cash flow for the space industry but a sustained upward trend in interest heralds strong public-private partnerships in the remainder of the year,...
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Global Esports Market to Generate $973.9 Million in 2020

As physical sports were grounded by the coronavirus pandemic across the globe, esports not only continued to thrive but also found new fans along the way. Multiple industry reports...
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