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Dovetail Announces Speakers for Insight Out 2024: The New Event for Product, UX, and Research Innovators

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SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 15, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Dovetail, the leading customer insights hub, is pleased to announce Insight Out, its new full-day hybrid conference where attendees and speakers will explore the insights that drive innovators, creators, and problem solvers to build world-changing products. The event is themed 'Shifting Perspectives' and will take place on 11 April 2024 at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco and online.

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  • The event is themed 'Shifting Perspectives' and will take place on 11 April 2024 at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco and online.
  • Insight Out invites customer-obsessed folks from product, design, research, and beyond to come together to connect, discuss big ideas, and learn over a full day of talks and immersive experiences.
  • The event will feature expert presentations, a VIP cocktail party, an after-party, and ample networking opportunities.
  • More information on the event and registration details can be found at: dovetail.com/insightout

Disinformation threatens global elections – here’s how to fight back

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Others think concern over disinformation is just a moral panic or merely a symptom rather than the cause of our societal ills.

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  • Others think concern over disinformation is just a moral panic or merely a symptom rather than the cause of our societal ills.
  • Given that nearly 25% of elections are decided by a margin of under 3%, mis- and disinformation can have important influence.
  • By contrast, among prior Obama voters who believed at least two fake headlines about Clinton, only 17% voted for her.
  • There are more indirect consequences of disinformation too, such as eroding public trust and participation in elections.

The power of prebunking

  • In contrast, “prebunking” is a new way to prevent false beliefs from forming in the first place.
  • Such “inoculation” involves warning people not to fall for a false narrative or propaganda tactic, together with an explanation as to why.
  • Misinforming rhetoric has clear markers, such as scapegoating or use of false dichotomies (there are many others), that people can learn to identify.
  • Like a medical vaccine, the prebunk exposes the recipient to a “weakened dose” of the infectious agent (the disinformation) and refutes it in a way that confers protection.
  • For example, we created an online game for the Department of Homeland Security to empower Americans to spot foreign influence techniques during the 2020 presidential election.
  • Lee McIntyre advises the UK Government on how to fight disinformation.
  • He also receives funding from Jigsaw (a technology incubator created by Google) and from UK Research and Innovation (through EU Horizon replacement funding grant number 10049415).

United States Social Commerce Report 2024: 50+ KPIs on Social Commerce Trends by End-Use Sectors, Operational KPIs, Retail Product Dynamics, and Consumer Demographics - Forecasts to 2029 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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The "United States Social Commerce Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics Databook - 50+ KPIs on Social Commerce Trends by End-Use Sectors, Operational KPIs, Retail Product Dynamics, and Consumer Demographics - Q1 2024 Update" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

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  • The "United States Social Commerce Market Intelligence and Future Growth Dynamics Databook - 50+ KPIs on Social Commerce Trends by End-Use Sectors, Operational KPIs, Retail Product Dynamics, and Consumer Demographics - Q1 2024 Update" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.
  • Social commerce industry in United States is expected to grow by 18.1% on annual basis to reach US$72.93 billion in 2024.
  • The United States social commerce market is poised to grow at a rapid rate over the medium term.
  • According to a report from eMarketer, the United States social commerce sales are projected to exceed US$100 billion by 2025.

Innovation and Governance: Finding the Balance in AI - How ASFAI is tapping the industry's top minds to chart a path forward for the future of Artificial Intelligence

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Establishing the ASFAI marks a major milestone in our collective journey towards harnessing AI's transformative power.

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  • Establishing the ASFAI marks a major milestone in our collective journey towards harnessing AI's transformative power.
  • Reddy's commitment to ethical and innovative AI development has earned him a pivotal role in shaping this influential society.
  • "Finding the balance between these is critical to the future of AI and how it will impact the whole of humanity."
  • Reddy's leadership underscores TechFabric's commitment to responsible AI development and reinforces its position as a trailblazer in the realm of AI-driven technology solutions.

Stock indexes are breaking records and crossing milestones – making many investors feel wealthier

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The S&P 500 stock index topped 5,000 for the first time on Feb. 9, 2024, exciting some investors and garnering a flurry of media coverage. The Conversation asked Alexander Kurov, a financial markets scholar, to explain what stock indexes are and to say whether this kind of milestone is a big deal or not. What are stock indexes?When prices rise or fall overall for the shares of those companies, so do stock indexes.

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The S&P 500 stock index topped 5,000 for the first time on Feb. 9, 2024, exciting some investors and garnering a flurry of media coverage. The Conversation asked Alexander Kurov, a financial markets scholar, to explain what stock indexes are and to say whether this kind of milestone is a big deal or not.

What are stock indexes?

  • When prices rise or fall overall for the shares of those companies, so do stock indexes.
  • The number of stocks in those baskets varies, as does the system for how this mix of shares gets updated.
  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average, also known as the Dow, includes shares in the 30 U.S. companies with the largest market capitalization – meaning the total value of all the stock belonging to shareholders.
  • The Nasdaq composite tracks performance of more than 2,500 stocks listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange.
  • The S&P 500 index was introduced in 1957 because many investors wanted an option that was more representative of the overall U.S. stock market.

Why are there so many?

  • Most of them, including the Nasdaq composite and the S&P 500, are value-weighted.
  • That means stocks with larger market values account for a larger share of the index’s performance.

Do these milestones matter?

  • The DJIA first reached 1,000 in November 1972, and it crossed the 10,000 mark on March 29, 1999.
  • Investors and the media will treat the new record set when it gets to another round number – 40,000 – as a milestone.
  • Because there’s a lot of randomness in financial markets, the significance of round-number milestones is mostly psychological.
  • Index milestones matter to the extent they pique investors’ attention and boost market sentiment.
  • Many economists believe that the consumption boost that arises in response to a buoyant stock market can make the economy stronger.

Is there a best stock index to follow?

  • However, because it is value-weighted, it’s heavily influenced by only seven stocks with very large market values.
  • But if you check out several stock indexes rather than just one, you’ll get a good sense of how the market is doing.
  • But the market rebounded, with stock indexes hitting new milestones and notching new highs by the end of that year.
  • This is why I believe advice from the immensely successful investor and fan of stock index funds Warren Buffett is worth heeding.


Alexander Kurov does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

OXIO Strengthens Leadership Team with Appointment of Zain A. Manekia as Board Member and Head of Strategic Investments

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OXIO , the leading telecom-as-a-service (TaaS) platform, today announced Zain A. Manekia, a highly experienced investment professional and board advisor of 25 years, has joined as an independent Board Member and Head of Strategic Investments.

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  • OXIO , the leading telecom-as-a-service (TaaS) platform, today announced Zain A. Manekia, a highly experienced investment professional and board advisor of 25 years, has joined as an independent Board Member and Head of Strategic Investments.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20240215383696/en/
    Zain Manekia, Head of Strategic Investments (Photo: Business Wire)
    With a proven track record of over 50 billion USD in domestic and cross-border transactions and extensive background in telecommunications and technology business transformations, Manekia will spearhead OXIO's global M&A strategy, initially focusing on the Americas.
  • “The world of the vertically integrated Mobile Network Operator (MNO) is poised for disruption,” said Sean Hannan-Bobe, Chief Corporate Development Officer.
  • “Zain’s strategic vision and experience navigating complex transactions will be instrumental in guiding OXIO’s next phase of growth.”
    “I’m honored to join the leadership team at a company with world-class talent and innovation as we shape the future of mobile connectivity,” Manekia said.

Can we be inoculated against climate misinformation? Yes – if we prebunk rather than debunk

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The link between extreme events and climate change is clearer than ever.

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  • The link between extreme events and climate change is clearer than ever.
  • Misleading or incorrect information on climate still spreads like wildfire, even during the angry northern summer of 2023.
  • People producing misinformation have shifted tactics, too, often moving from the old denial (claiming climate change isn’t happening) to the new denial (questioning climate solutions).
  • Prebunking often has a better chance of success, according to recent research from co-author Sander van Linden.

How does prebunking work?

  • Psychological inoculation via prebunking acts like a vaccine and reduces the probability of infection.
  • (We focus on misinformation here, which is shared accidentally, not disinformation, which is where people deliberately spread information they know to be false).
  • You can now find prebunking efforts on Meta sites such as Facebook and Instagram intended to protect people against common misinformation techniques, such as cherry-picking isolated data.
  • Read more:
    YouTube: how a team of scientists worked to inoculate a million users against misinformation

Prebunking in practice

  • As an example, let’s prebunk claims likely to circulate after the next big fire.
  • A devastating fire 100 years ago does not disprove the trend towards more fires and larger fires.
  • Media can give information on the most common causes of bushfires, from lightning (about 50%) to accidental fires to arson.
  • Show how government agencies can and do communicate openly about why climate regulations are necessary and how they are intended to stave off the worst damage.

Misinformation isn’t going away

  • It’s no wonder it’s a golden age for misinformation.
  • Misinformation actors have found effective ways to cast scepticism on established science and then sell a false alternative.
  • As the world gets hotter, prebunking offers a way to anticipate new variants of lies and misinformation and counter them – before they take root.
  • Chris Turney receives funding from the Australian Research Council.
  • He is a scientific adviser and holds shares in cleantech biographite company, CarbonScape.

INVNT™ Further Expands Service Offerings in Event Management Sector, Reinforcing Industry Leadership

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New York, NY, Feb. 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- INVNT ™, the global leader in live brand storytelling, is proud to announce the continued expansion of its service offerings within the event management sector.

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  • New York, NY, Feb. 14, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- INVNT ™, the global leader in live brand storytelling, is proud to announce the continued expansion of its service offerings within the event management sector.
  • Petrina Rosholt, CMP (Certified Meeting Professional), who has been with INVNT for 10 years, was promoted to Vice President of Account Services and Event Management.
  • “At INVNT, we have always been at the forefront of offering comprehensive event management services, seamlessly integrating logistics, planning, and project management to create engaging storytelling experiences.
  • The recent expansion of event management services further positions INVNT to meet the growing demands of a dynamic global market, reinforcing its commitment to innovation, customer service, and partnership.

Immersion Signs License Agreement with Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.)

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Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), a leading developer and provider of patents for haptics, today announced that it has signed a license with Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.) to make Immersion’s patents available to Meta and its affiliates’ hardware, software, VR, and gaming products.

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  • Immersion Corporation (NASDAQ: IMMR), a leading developer and provider of patents for haptics, today announced that it has signed a license with Meta Platforms, Inc. (formerly known as Facebook, Inc.) to make Immersion’s patents available to Meta and its affiliates’ hardware, software, VR, and gaming products.
  • “We are delighted to grant Meta Platforms, Inc. a license to our patents for haptic technologies.
  • We are excited to license Meta Platforms, Inc. for their delivery of high-quality haptics in their devices,” said Eric Singer, Immersion’s President and CEO.
  • Increasingly, haptics is being designed into VR gaming applications as more and more VR platforms and games incorporate high-quality tactile effects for more immersive operations.

Fujitsu AI strategy strengthens data integration, generative AI capabilities with dedicated platform and new Fujitsu Uvance offerings

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As a global leader in AI, Fujitsu has been promoting the research and development of innovative AI and machine learning technologies for over 30 years, and continues to embrace recent breakthroughs in areas like generative AI.

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  • As a global leader in AI, Fujitsu has been promoting the research and development of innovative AI and machine learning technologies for over 30 years, and continues to embrace recent breakthroughs in areas like generative AI.
  • Fujitsu is also currently developing its own generative AI technology specializing in image and code generation, as well as generative AI mixture technology that integrates Fujitsu's generative AI models with generative AI models from partner companies efficiently.
  • Fujitsu confirmed that the accuracy of these generative AI models is equal to or higher than that of state-of-the-art generative AI models including GPT-4V and HuggingGPT.
  • To encourage creative experimentation and further development of AI technologies, Fujitsu has also created an environment in which all of its 124,000 global employees can securely use generative AI.