• GoDaddy Steps Into Domain Registries, Acquires Neustar
    GoDaddy earlier this month acquired one of the largest domain name registrars in the world. Neustar is a privately held business that operates a variety of domain name extensions. The company sells domain name registrations on behalf of domain name registries such as Verisign such as .com and .net; Donuts .Ventures and .News; and Google .App and .New. 
  • Google Failed Healthcare Project Sends Developers Back To Drawing Board
    In an academic paper published this week, Google researchers said they need to revisit an artificial intelligence-based healthcare project that fell short of expectations. The deep learning tool showed great promise under lab conditions, but created unnecessary delays when rolled out into real-world clinical conditions. The project took place between November 2018 and August 2019, with fieldwork conducted at 11 clinics in the provinces of Pathum Thani and Chiang Mai, Thailand. 
  • Microsoft Advertising Rolls Out Cookie-Based Experiments
    Cookie-based experiments on Microsoft Advertising now is an option available where customers, when they conduct a query, are shown ads from either a test or an original campaign. In the Experiments tab, marketers will see a way to chose the campaign and name the experiment. Start by choosing the campaign to test, the name of the experiment, a start and end date, and then an experiment split. The focus supports testing creative and ad-copy.
  • Google Reportedly In Talks To Acquire D2iQ
    While it's not a done deal, Axios reports Google is in talks to acquire D2iQ, an enterprise cloud software company formerly known as Mesosphere. Interestingly, Google developed Kubernetes, the open source server-management technology that D2iQ has integrated into its software offerings, the media outlet reports. This acquisition could help Google better compete with Amazon's marketing cloud services. 
  • Data Shows Differences In Streaming Per Region
    The Northeast shows a higher level of streaming use compared with the rest of the company. Data released Tuesday shows the differences in geography during the COVID-19 spread in terms of streaming media and online services. Fewer than half of the respondents said viewership of streaming services had gone up, while 34% reported they are watching between one to nine incremental hours per week of streaming services. The survey was done before the majority of the U.S. was under some type of stay-at-home orders. 
  • Google Meet For Free Through September
    What a difference one year makes. Google’s G Suite, which competes with Microsoft Office 365, surpassed 6 million paying customers, according to the company. The Meet video-calling service that comes with G Suite now has 25 times more use than it did in January. The company plans to provide premium features like Meet for free of charge through September. 
  • Bing Adds COVID-19 Self-Checker To Search
    Search on the term "COVID-19" and in the return query searchers will see the CDC Coronavirus self-checker. International health care organizations are using bots and this is one way they have begun to provide people with ways to get answers quickly. Health organizations since March have created 1,230 COVID-19 self-assessment bots based on the Microsoft Healthcare bot service. They reach about 18 million individuals and serve more than 160 million messages.
  • Google Introduces COVID-19 Announcement Tool In Search Console
    Google released a COVID-19 Announcement Submission Tool in Search Console that lets web publishers create coronavirus-related announcements to pull into search queries without using structured data. It’s similar to what Microsoft Bing announced last week. It’s done by adding SpecialAnnouncement structured data to the web pages.
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