Avalara stock soars following Supreme Court e-commerce sales tax decision

(Photo via Tiffany Lieu/Avalara) Avalara looks to be a prime beneficiary of Thursday’s historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on e-commerce sales tax collection, as shares in the sales tax automation company spiked 30 percent immediately following the ruling before cooling off slightly. RELATED: Supreme Court rules states can collect sales tax from internet retailers in historic[…]

RIP Koko, the Kitten-Loving Gorilla Who Communicated With Humans

Hanabiko the western lowland gorilla, known popularly as “Koko,” died in her sleep on Tuesday, according to her caretakers at the Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. She was 46. As the most famous member of her species in the world, Koko dazzled friends and fans with her bubbly personality, sophisticated communication skills, and compassion for[…]

Xineoh offers AI that predicts customer behavior with scary accuracy

Artificial intelligence has been shaking up the marketing world for the last few years, helping automate menial, repetitive tasks, inform better creative decisions, and predict revenue projections. But many of the tools available for that latter category, namely, predictive analytics, have a less-than-stellar accuracy rate. South Africa-based Xineo…Read More

Surgeon, data geek, outspoken advocate: Meet the new CEO of Amazon’s health partnership

Dr. Atul Gawande, the new CEO of Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway’s joint healthcare venture, it a well-known surgeon and healthcare reform advocate. (TED Conference Photo / James Duncan Davidson, via Flickr) The joint healthcare venture from Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway finally has a leader. Surgeon and Harvard professor Dr. Atul Gawande was named[…]

Solve the Internet Crossword Puzzle: June 20, 2018

Solve the Internet is Motherboard’s weekly mini crossword puzzle, covering the latest news, internet drama, and everything else your brain may or may have not absorbed from Twitter in the last few weeks. It’s solvable below, as well as in a standalone solver here. For email updates when new puzzles are published, subscribe to Motherboard’s[…]

Nimble CRM Launches Today Page, a Powerful Business Relationship Intelligence Dashboard for Office 365, G Suite

PRESS RELEASE: Customer Visualization Tool Helps Small Businesses Make Better Decisions, Work More Effectively Using Contextual Relationship Insights SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–June 20, 2018– Nimble, the pioneering social sales and marketing CRM for Office 365 and G Suite, today launched the Today Page. The customer data…Read More

Amazon’s ‘Hub’ apartment delivery lockers now available to 500K residents across U.S.

An Amazon Hub package delivery locker in an apartment building in San Francisco. (Trinity Place Photo) Amazon continues to roll out its “Hub” apartment delivery lockers, announcing today that the service is now available to more than 500,000 residents across the U.S. The company launched the initiative last year, giving apartment residents another way to[…]

The Atmosphere of Venus Is So Thick It Pushes On Mountains to Make the Planet Spin Faster

Venus, often regarded as Earth’s twin, is a source of perpetual intrigue for planetary scientists. Although it may once have harbored water on its surface, Venus is now a hell planet with surface temperatures over 800 degrees Fahrenheit, likely due to a runaway greenhouse effect. Its toxic atmosphere contains mysterious dark spots that some scientists[…]

Bevy raises $6.4 million for enterprise community events

Bevy has raised $6.4 million for its enterprise community event platform. The company is helping pioneer a new trend dubbed “customer to customer marketing” that involves prospective and current customers talking to each other. The investment came from Upfront Ventures, author Steve Blank, Qualtrics cofounders Ryan and Jared Smith, and…Read More

‘Thor’ star Chris Hemsworth to miss ACE Comic Con in Seattle; two more Avengers called in

Some of the celebrity guests lined up for ACE Comic Con Seattle. (ACE Images) Chris Hemsworth, star of the “Thor” superhero film franchise, won’t be the lead attraction at the upcoming ACE Comic Con in Seattle. Hemsworth tweeted his apologies on Friday, citing last-minute scheduling conflicts that would prevent him from attending the first-ever event[…]