From chief technology officer to CEO

Elva Mankin

In the digital era, strong technology leadership correlates ever more closely with business revenue growth. Technology strategy, and the ability of chief technology officers to deliver it, is key to business success, not just for managing the performance and cost efficiency of enterprise technology, but to create the architecture and agility for new business models, taking advantage of emerging opportunities, and reaching customers in innovative ways. 

The overall technology architecture of a business is increasingly delivered as a platform that enables digital transformation across the enterprise. This includes rolling out new software and digitalizing processes, building up analytics and machine-learning capabilities, integrating with customers and third parties, and delivering the tools and connectivity that allow employees to work productively from anywhere. 

This article is written by Insights, the custom content arm of MIT Technology Review. It was not produced by the editorial staff.

Coronavirus and the digital imperative

A company’s

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Google to Enforce Play Store Tax on the 3% of Apps Not Paying | Technology News

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By Paresh Dave, Google, says, 3% and of

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday sought to rebut criticism that it selectively enforces its 30% mobile app store tax, demanding that the over 3% apps selling digital items without complying follow the rules within a year.

The change follows lawsuits by “Fortnite” video game maker Epic Games last month accusing Google and Apple Inc of anticompetitive conduct. Apps sold on the tech leaders’ stores are required to use their payment systems so they can collect a portion of sales, which developers describe as a tax. The companies are defending the allegations.

App stores are a fast-growing business as sales of Google’s search ads and Apple’s iPhone flatten out.

Google said under 3% of developers with apps on its Play store sold digital goods over the last 12 months, and nearly 97% comply with its payment system policy.

Dating

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Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Advanced Energy Industries, Micron Technology and Analog Devices

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 19, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Intel Corporation INTC, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. AMD, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited TSM, Advanced Energy Industries, Inc. AEIS, Micron Technology, Inc. MU and Analog Devices, Inc. ADI.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

4 Semiconductor Stocks to Snap Up on Data Center Strength

Coronavirus crisis-induced work-and-learn-from-home necessity led growth in demand for cloud services has compelled data center operators to bolster their cloud-storage capacities. This has bolstered chip demand from data center operators.

In fact, semiconductor companies, including Intel, Advanced Micro Devices, and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company delivered blockbuster performance in the second quarter driven by strength in data center vertical.

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Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts, International Game Technology, Monarch Casino & Resort and Red Rock Resorts

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Chicago, IL – August 19, 2020 – Today, Zacks Equity Research discusses Gaming, including Wynn Resorts, Limited WYNN, Las Vegas Sands Corp. LVS, MGM Resorts International MGM, International Game Technology PLC IGT, Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. MCRI and Red Rock Resorts, Inc. RRR.

Link: https://www.zacks.com/commentary/1043349/gaming-industry-outlook-sports-betting-to-drive-growth

The Zacks Gaming industry comprises companies that primarily own and operate integrated casino, hotel, and entertainment resorts. Some of the industry participants also offer technology products and services across lotteries, electronic gaming machines, sports betting and interactive gaming.

Major industry players include Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, MGM Resorts and International Game Technology.

Let’s take a look at the industry’s three major themes:

  • The coronavirus pandemic has hit gambling hubs — Macau and Las Vegas — hard. Although most of the casinos in Macau and Las Vegas have resumed operations following the coronavirus-induced shutdown, casino tables
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Aspen Technology, Blackbaud, Cadence Design Systems, Rosetta Stone and Avid Technology

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For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 19, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Aspen Technology, Inc. AZPN, Blackbaud, Inc. BLKB, Cadence Design Systems, Inc. CDNS, Rosetta Stone Inc. RST and Avid Technology, Inc. AVID.

Here are highlights from Tuesday’s Analyst Blog:

Digital Transformation Drives Computer Software Firms: 5 Picks

Digital transformation is often perceived differently across the organization structure that leads to confusion. But, in the last few years, companies around the world have put in collective effort to enable smooth business transformation. The coronavirus outbreak in the beginning of 2020 pushed employees to adapt to remote working, which eventually led to digital transformation.

This digital transformation has boosted spending on technologies and services, specifically computer

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Anonymous social media trolls who abuse tennis players face being unmasked after technology breakthrough

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Anonymous trolls who attack tennis players online face being unmasked in a major breakthrough in the sport’s fight against social media abuse.

The betting-data company Sportradar conducted a pilot investigation into around 70 abusive messages sent to the players at exhibition events in Germany and the USA. They discovered the real identities of 21 different culprits.

Some of those names – which were drawn from 12 different countries – have now been passed to police forces in the relevant jurisdictions. In other cases, social-media companies have been advised to shut down the abusers’ accounts, including the everyday accounts they use to communicate with friends and family.

Tennis players receive streams of hostile messages on social media platforms – mainly Instagram and Twitter – every time they play, and especially from disappointed bettors after they lose. Trolls are particularly harsh on women and BAME players.

After participating in the Exo-Tennis event

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Technology to Play Increasing Role in Film Festivals and Markets, Locarno Panelists Say

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Day three of the Locarno Film Festival StepIn 2020, moderated by Variety‘s Leo Barraclough and hosted by the Variety Streaming Room platform, brought professionals from various parts of the film festival and market sectors together for a panel on the Future of Film Festivals and Film Markets.

Jérôme Paillard, executive director of Cannes Film Market; Lili Hinstin, artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival; Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the Venice Film Festival; Sarah Schweitzman, from CAA’s Film Finance and Sales Group, which helped set up the agency-led virtual film market at Cannes; and Tabitha Jackson, director of Sundance Film Festival, made up the panel’s members.

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As many events this year have gone virtual on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, some film festivals also had to adapt and utilize online platforms, including Cannes. The panelists noted that the virtual route has so far offered both positive

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Puma Teams With MIT on New Cushioning Technology

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Puma has gone high-tech for its latest sneaker drop.

As a result of a sponsored research project in partnership with MIT Design Lab, the sports brand has created Xetic, a cushioning technology that combines mechanical cushioning and foam. The product will make its debut in a new street-inspired sneaker called Calibrate Runner later this month.

While at first glance, Xetic may look like 3-D printed plastic, it is actually made of foam. It takes its name from “auxetic materials,” structures that behave in a certain way when they are subjected to mechanical stresses such as compression.

“Puma’s innovation department teamed up with MIT Design Lab because we needed their high-expert engineering capabilities,” said Romain Girard, senior head of innovation at Puma. “MIT has computer simulation possibilities, which enabled us to see the behavior of the material and quickly find the optimal structure for calculated cushioning.”

The two companies worked with

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How China’s Ant is evolving from a payments app into a technology champion

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This is the second in a series of four articles analysing the Hong Kong and mainland stock markets, delving into the reforms, emergence of the Star Market as a solid fundraising venue, upcoming technology champions and the way forward. You can read part one here.

When Starbucks was looking to boost its digital traffic in China to help sales recover from store closures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, it turned to Alipay.

The Chinese mobile app with 900 million users scattered across the nation integrated a pre-order and pickup feature for Starbucks into its popular app last month, a service that was previously only available on Starbucks’ own mainland mobile app. The Seattle-headquartered chain of coffeehouses said on July 28 that it sees its China sales substantially recovering by the end of September, boosted by such digital initiatives.

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Looking to Buy Comics? Syfy’s Mr. Scribbles Unveils ‘Checkout’ Technology in Show

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NBCUniversal wants to take comic book fans and sci-fi geeks on a shopping trip.

Viewers who watch the special “Syfy Wire After Dark” on Saturday, August 1, will have a chance to buy some of the goods featured on screen – without having to visit a store. The show, hosted by Jackie Jennings and her talking cat sidekick, Mr. Scribbles (above, pictured), marks the debut of new interactive technology NBCUniversal has been developing that gives the audience a chance to scan a code on screen with a smartphone, an action that takes them to an online shopping portal where they can complete a purchase. Viewers who see the show stream will be able to get to the shopping area even more directly, simply by clicking interactive links.

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“Fans love stuff, schwag. We love to buy all the cool

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