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Tesla could surprise everyone and reveal another vehicle at its big semi-truck event tonight (TSLA)

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  • Tesla is unveiling its all-electric big rig on Thursday evening. 
  • A recent report suggests the company also has other prototype vehicles to unveil.
  • Other known vehicles the company is working on include a compact SUV, a pick-up truck, and a new Roadster. 

Tesla is set to unveil its electric big-rig truck on Thursday evening, but that’s not the only concept vehicle it has in the works. 

In a recent Rolling Stones interview with CEO Elon Musk, writer Neil Strauss said he got a first look at the big rig, as well as other prototype vehicles. 

In Strauss’ article, he describes the area around the SpaceX campus and then begins to describe the Tesla Design Studio, which is where Musk will unveil the semi. 

“But there is a particular building in Musk city that few have visited, and this is where Musk takes me. It is the Tesla Design Studio, where he’s slated to do a walkthrough of the Tesla Truck and other future vehicle prototypes with his team of designers and engineers.”

The fact that Musk was willing to show Strauss vehicles besides the semi suggests that the company could reveal other prototypes soon, possibly at the event Thursday evening. 

Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but it would make sense for the company to show off another vehicle at the event. 

The company has several vehicles in the works that it aims to begin producing by 2020. Tesla is working on a compact SUV, dubbed the Model Y, and a pick-up truck for consumers. It’s also expected to build another Roadster, though, the timeline for it is not as clear. 

We’ll have to wait and see if the company reveals more than the semi, but it would be cool if the company surprised us all by driving another vehicle out of the trailer.

The event begins at 8 pm PT and will be live-streamed on the company’s website.

Business Insider will be covering the event, so check back for updates. 

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THE VOICE ASSISTANT LANDSCAPE REPORT: How artificially intelligent voice assistants are changing the relationship between consumers and computers

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Advancements in a bevy of industries are helping intelligent digital voice assistants like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa become more sophisticated and useful pieces of technology. 

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are allowing them to accurately understand more information, while upgrades to mobile networks are facilitating quick transfers of data to robust clouds, enabling fast response times. In addition, the swell of internet connected devices like smart thermostats and speakers is giving voice assistants more utility in a connected consumer’s life. 

Increasingly sophisticated voice assistants and the growing potential use cases they can assist in are driving consumers to adopt them in greater droves — 65% of US smartphone owners were employing voice assistants in 2015, up significantly from 30% just two years prior. Consumers are also eagerly adopting speaker-based voice assistants, with shipments of Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers expected to climb more than threefold to 24.5 million in 2017, according to a report from VoiceLabs.

However, there are still numerous barriers that need to be overcome before this product platform will see mass adoption, as both technological challenges and societal hurdles persist. 

In a new report, BI Intelligence explains what’s driving the recent upsurge in adoption of digital voice assistants. It explores the recent technology advancements that have catalyzed this growth, while presenting the technological shortcomings preventing voice assistants from hitting their true potential. This report also examines the voice assistant landscape, and discusses the leading voice assistants and the devices through which consumers interact with them. Finally, it identifies the major barriers to mass adoption, and the impact voice assistants could have in numerous industries once they cross that threshold. 

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Voice assistants are software programs that respond to voice commands in order to perform a range of tasks. They can find an opening in a consumer’s calendar to schedule an appointment, place an online order for tangible goods, and act as a hands-free facilitator for texting, among many, many other tasks.
  • Technological advances are making voice assistants more capable. These improvements fall into two categories: improvements in AI, specifically natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning; and gains in computing and telecommunications infrastructure, like more powerful smartphones, better cellular networks, and faster cloud computing.
  • Changes in consumer behavior and habits are also leading to greater adoption. Chief among these are increased overall awareness and a higher level of comfort demonstrated by younger consumers.
  • The voice assistant landscape is divided between smartphone- and speaker-based assistants. These distinctions, while important now, will lose relevance in the long run as more assistants can be used on both kinds of devices. The primary players in the space are Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google Assistant, Amazon’s Alexa, and Samsung’s Viv. 
  • Stakes in the competition for dominance in the voice assistant market are high. As each assistant becomes more interconnected with an ecosystem of devices that it can control, more popular platforms will have a sizable advantage. 

In full, the report:

  • Identifies the major changes in technology and user behavior that have created the voice assistant market that exists today. 
  • Presents the major players in today’s market and discusses their major weaknesses and strengths. 
  • Explores the impact this nascent market poses to other key digital industries. 
  • Identifies the major hurdles that need to be overcome before intelligent voice assistants will see mass adoption. 

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The UK Government is investing an extra £21 million in Tech City UK

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  • The government is investing an extra £21 million into Tech City UK over four years.
  • It’s also increasing the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa cap to 2,000, up from 1,000.
  • The prime minister will host a roundtable at Downing Street on Wednesday for people in tech.

The UK Government announced on Tuesday that it’s investing an extra £21 million into technology organisation Tech City UK and doubling the number of visas available for a scheme often used by people working in technology.

Tech City UK is a semi-public organisation that works to help growing technology companies in the UK. The announcement from Number 10 said that the new money would go towards the expansion of its “Tech Nation” scheme intended to encourage tech outside of East London’s technology cluster.

So that means that Tech City UK will rebrand to Tech Nation and will aim to launch similar projects to its local Tech North initiative across the country.

A spokesperson for the prime minister told Business Insider that the extra £21 million in funding will be invested over four years. That’s on top of Tech City UK’s current government budget of around £2 million per year.

Tech City UK said in a statement that it will use the extra money to fund more tech clusters in the UK. Here are the current tech clusters it identified as being part of Tech Nation:

  • North East: Newcastle
  • Midlands: Birmingham
  • Scotland: Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • Northern Ireland: Belfast
  • Wales: Cardiff
  • Greater London: London

More clusters will be announced in the Budget on November 22, Tech City UK said.

Number 10 also announced that it would double the maximum amount of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas available from 1,000 to 2,000. However, the number of visas earmarked for people in tech isn’t necessarily doubling. A Home Office spokesperson told Business Insider that the additional visas wouldn’t be allocated to any specific sector but instead would be “allocated according to need.”

Prime Minister Theresa May released this statement about the news:

“Our digital tech sector is one of the UK’s fastest-growing industries, and is supporting talent, boosting productivity, and creating hundreds of thousands of good, high-skilled jobs up and down the country. It is absolutely right that this dynamic sector, which makes such an immense contribution to our economic life and to our society, has the full backing of Government.

Helping our world-class entrepreneurs and innovators to succeed is how we lay the foundations for our prosperity and build an economy fit for the future. Technology is at the heart of our modern Industrial Strategy, and we will continue to invest in the best new innovations and ideas, in the brightest and best talent, and in revolutionary digital infrastructure. And as we prepare to leave the European Union, I am clear that Britain will remain open for business. That means Government doing all it can to secure a strong future for our thriving tech sector and ensure people in all corners of our nation share in the benefits of its success.”

The prime minister will hold a roundtable discussion at Downing Street on Wednesday with several prominent technology entrepreneurs and figures. Here’s the list of people attending:

  • Eileen Burbidge, chair of Tech City UK
  • Sherry Coutu CBE, chair of Founders4Schools and the Scaleup Institute
  • Herman Narula, cofounder of Improbable
  • Brent Hoberman, cofounder and chairman of Founders Forum
  • Ali Parsa, CEO and founder of Babylon
  • Dr Sue Black OBE of Techmums
  • Nick Sturge, CEO of Engine Shed
  • Conrad Simpson, director of Cyphra
  • Aldo Monteforte, CEO of The Floow
  • Tabitha Goldstaub, CEO of CognitionX
  • Matt Moulding, CEO of The Hut Group
  • Tamara Rajah, cofounder of Live Better With
  • Tom Walkinshaw, founder and CEO of Alba Orbital

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LinkedIn's CEO surprised an employee with a selfie at her desk while she was away on vacation (MSFT)

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  • LinkedIn employee Mariah Walton realized she was missing CEO Jeff Weiner’s visit to the social network’s Dublin offices, so she left him a note.
  • Weiner saw her note and took a selfie at her desk, apologizing for missing her. Walton shared the photo in a post that has since gone viral on LinkedIn.

When Dublin-based LinkedIn employee Mariah Walton realized that her vacation to Venice would mean missing a visit from LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, she took action.  

Since Walton wouldn’t be there personally, she decided to leave a photo and note for Weiner, laying out her role and bemoaning that she’d miss her chance for a selfie. Walton is an analytics manager with LinkedIn, having moved to Dublin after working from the Microsoft subsidiary’s Silicon Valley headquarters for two and a half years. 

“It doesn’t hurt to ‘subtly’ remind them what you do and how it helps the big picture,” writes Walton in a now-viral LinkedIn postWell, Weiner clearly appreciated the effort, because Walton came back to find that Weiner had indeed taken a selfie with her selfie, at her desk. 

Walton posted the picture to LinkedIn, where it attracted almost 30,000 Likes and about 500 comments at the time of writing. Weiner himself chimed in, thanking Walton for her contributions. 

Mariah, sorry I missed you this trip to Dublin. Keep up the great work on the international dashboard. Has been a game changer for the product team,” wrote Weiner. His post has almost 4,000 Likes on its own.

In the comments to her post, Walton explains that she didn’t have any meetings scheduled with Weiner during his visit to the Dublin office, and he wasn’t specifically there to meet her team  — she just didn’t want to miss her chance to make an impression on the CEO. And it looks like it worked, judging by the reaction.

It’s that kind of attention to detail, perhaps, that helped earn Weiner the #35 slot on Glassdoor’s 2017 list of the highest-rated CEOs in the world, ahead of contemporaries like Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi (#39), Twitter/Square CEO Jack Dorsey (#38), and Apple CEO Tim Cook (#53).

However, Weiner is a little behind Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (#29), who masterminded the $26.2 billion purchase of LinkedIn in 2016, and who has his own reputation for being a pretty good boss.

Also of note is Walton’s travel advice for Weiner during her trip to Venice, as shared in her note: “Just avoid the fake Mexican food.”

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Goldman Sachs wants to become the Google of Wall Street — and it's taking a recruiting tip from the tech giant

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  • Goldman is looking to deepen its relationship with more universities across the US.
  • The financial giant has typically focused much of its energy on a basket of a couple dozen schools, but its CEO Lloyd Blankfein said the firm is casting a wider net. 
  • Goldman hosted a half-day session with undergraduates from CUNY, a public university in New York City earlier this month. 
  • During a fireside chat with students in September, Blankfein said the firm is looking for talent outside the Ivy League to compete with Facebook and Google.

Goldman Sachs is embracing top students from outside the hallowed halls of the Ivy League.

Goldman Sachs chief officer Lloyd Blankfein hosted a fireside chat in September for 250 students from Macaulay Honors College, a New York-based public school, during which he outlined the firm’s new outlook on recruiting talent. He told students the firm is no longer “trapping” itself by “recruiting from the same 30 or 40 schools.” 

The firm has been deepening its relationship with the college, which is considered a high-caliber public school. On November 3, Goldman hosted a resume and interview workshop for 75 Macaulay students.

Goldman’s outreach to Macaulay is the latest in its attempt to shake-off its Ivy League reputation. Through new technologies, for instance, the firm has been able to expand its reach with video interviewing and webinars. 

Traditionally, it actively targeted a basket of just a couple dozen schools, including those in the Ivy League as well as some higher-ranked public schools such as Brigham Young University and Rutgers University, for instance.

Blankfein said during the fireside chat that for some students from non-targeted schools, getting through the doors of Goldman was akin to a “salmon who had to swim upstream.” But increased competition from Silicon Valley has forced the firm to pivot and open its arms to different types of talent. Here’s Blankfein:

“It wasn’t an act of kindness on my part, or generosity, or trying to create diversity; it was as pure selfish, naked self-interest, we wanted to really extend our net further because everybody’s involved pretty much in a war for talent. And we compete against obviously all the other financial services firms, but we compete against all the technology firms.”

Goldman’s attempt to become the Google of Wall Street has been well-documented (In fact, it’s even being taught at Harvard Business School). A recent report by CBInsights showed 46% of Goldman’s recent job listings were in tech. 

“The highest percentage of technology jobs were for platform roles, followed by operations engineering and equities technology positions,” the report said. 

The logic behind Goldman’s push outside the Ivy League is that it’ll help fill those positions. Here’s Blankfein (emphasis our own):

“Thirty percent of the people who work in this firm are engineers, are technologists, because of the way the financial markets have gone. So we compete against Facebook and Google and all these other places for talent. And increasingly, everybody casts a wider net, which means in a way we don’t go to a lot of campuses now when we screen people. We do a lot of this interviewing electronically, which has allowed us to do a very, very wide net on people.”

In some respects, the bank’s efforts have paid off. Goldman conducted round-one interviews with undergrads from over 950 schools this year, up 20% from the year prior. And nearly 50% of the firm’s summer interns in the Americas were students from “non-core” schools in 2017.

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Rebel Wilson tweets about being sexually harassed by a 'male star' and 'top director'

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  • Rebel Wilson tweeted on Saturday about being sexual harassed.
  • Once was by a “male star” another time was by a “top director.”
  • She vows to “no longer be POLITE” if she witnesses behavior like this going forward.

 

Rebel Wilson is the latest actress to share her experience of being sexually harassed in Hollywood. 

The “Pitch Perfect” star took to Twitter on Saturday and fired off tweets about what she has gone through in her career. Once with a “male star” in a “position of power,” and then also a “hotel encounter” with a “top director.”

“As you guys know, I’m a pretty strong and confident person but even I have a story to tell,” Wilson wrote in her first tweet. 

“A male star, in a position of power asked me to go into a room with him and then asked me repeatedly to stick my finger up his a–,” Wilson went on to tweet. Adding that the actor’s male friends were also there and tried to record the incident on their iPhones. She refused and was able to get out of the room. 

Wilson said she was later “threatened” by one of the star’s representatives to “be nice” and support the male star. She has since told others to stay clear of the male star.

Wilson also tweeted: “Earlier in my career, I also had a ‘hotel room’ encounter with a top director. I thought we were there to talk comedy. Nothing physical happened because the guy’s wife called and started abusing him over the phone for sleeping with actresses.”

The actress closed her tweets by stating that going forward she would “no longer be POLITE” if she witnessed this type of behavior again.

“Interpret that as you will,” she tweeted.

Here are Wilson’s tweets on being sexual harassed:

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How donating money can actually make you happier

Peter Singer explains how donating money to strangers can actually make you happier.

Singer is the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University and Laureate Professor in the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne.

In 2013 he founded The Life You Can Save along with Charlie Bresler. His most recent book is The Most Good You Can Do.

He teaches and lectures about the ways in which we can change the culture of giving in affluent cultures. Following is a transcript of the video.

Peter Singer: I’m Peter Singer. I’m the Ira W. DeCamp professor of bioethics at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.

There’s very good evidence that if you start from a low base — you don’t have very much money — getting more money will make you better off. Up to — in the United States — roughly $70,000, it’s pretty clear that getting up to that level will make you happier with your life.

But once you get above around $70,000, this effect starts to drop off very dramatically. The marginal utility of any extra income starts to fall. And the line doesn’t go quite flat, but it goes almost flat after that point.

Whereas, on the other hand, there’s very good evidence that people who are generous, people who think of others, people who don’t just think of themselves are significantly happier in their lives. So that’s why I would argue that once you’ve got past that $70,000 level, giving some of what you have above that is going to actually make you better off not worse off.

There’s lots of good research linking happiness and donating to charity at all sorts of different levels. For example, in one experiment people were asked to come in and they were given a modest amount of money. And they were randomly selected and some of them were told, “Go and spend this on yourself; buy something nice for yourself.” And others were told, “Go and spend this on someone else; do something that’s good for someone else.”

And at the end of the day, they were asked to come back and they were asked to rate how well their day had gone. And there was a significant difference. And the people who were asked to the spend money on others and who did that reported much more positively about their day than the others did.

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HP Enterprise took a Quartz ad and turned it into a news bot (HPE)

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  • HP Enterprise has rolled out a chatbot on Facebook Messenger that delivers innovation news and also touts the company.
  • Called Hugo, the bot was developed by Quartz Creative and DigitasLBi, and first trialled on Quartz’s website.

Wondering how cloud computing works? You could just go and tap Hugo.

Hugo is a chatbot that helps users learn about the latest innovations in fields such as financial services, healthcare, retail and energy. The bot, developed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Quartz’s creative services unit and agency DigitasLBi, made its debut on Facebook Messenger today. Users can start a conversation with Hugo by sending a Facebook message to HPE.

Scores of brands have chatbots, with a majority of them being used for customer service. But Hugo doubles up as both a marketing effort as well as a product demo, said Marissa Freeman, HPE’s chief brand officer. The aim is to engage potential customers – whether they are just learning about the company or mulling a purchase – by pulling them in based on a topic they may be interested in and ultimately leading them to buy a product. 

HPE stands for innovation and we want to make sure it is what we continue to stand for moving forward as well,” she told Business Insider. “Hugo reaches everyone on that marketing continuum, and seamlessly directs you to the point where you’re ready to make an actual purchase.”

Screen Shot 2017 11 09 at 3.22.51 PMFirst conceptualized in March of this year, Hugo has evolved into its current form on Facebook Messenger after previous iterations. Back in July, for example, Hugo was literally embedded into custom native display ads that were served around a sponsored editorial series that Quartz and HPE ran together on the publisher called “Machines with Brains,” which highlighted how technology and artificial intelligence intersect with humanity.

Thanks to built in artificial intelligence capabilities, the more Hugo chatted with people, the smarter it became, according to HPE. Every conversation helped Hugo to become better at interpreting open-text requests and prompts.

These ad experiments helped the team customize the bot based on user insights, leading to its current incarnation on Facebok Messenger. And that ideally means Hugo’s tone is more similar to your smart, helpful friend, rather than a bot.

“It is someone that wants to learn from you as much as you want to learn from him,” said Michael Dolan, Quartz Creative’s creative director. “It is never snarky or sarcastic.”

According to Sean Mahoney, VP group director at DigitasLBi, Facebook Messenger was the next obvious home for Hugo for it to achieve scale. 

“Audiences don’t seek out information the same way they used to anymore,” Mahoney said. “And Facebook Messenger is a platform that people are already on.” 

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Silicon Valley will no longer have its own version of the Oscars

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  • TechCrunch is ending the Crunchies, Silicon Valley’s version of the Oscars.
  • The annual award show brought the tech community together to recognize startups.
  • Many of its past winners have come to dominate the tech industry.

 

The Crunchies are coming to an end. 

The trademark annual Silicon Valley award show, which celebrated its 10th edition in February, won’t be renewed for an 11th run. TechCrunch, the news outlet that launched and organized the event, announced Wednesday it was “retiring” the Crunchies. Calling the show’s demise “sad,” Ned Desmond and Matthew Panzarino, TechCrunch’s chief operating officer and editor-in-chief, respectively, said in a post on their site the Crunchies had essentially outlived its usefulness. 

“The Crunchies came to life at a time when the San Francisco startup community needed lots of pats on the back and excuses to socialize — it was a fun event that brought the scene together,” Desmond and Panzarino wrote. “These days, startups are global news, and to be honest it’s awkward to try to answer unanswerable questions — What is the best startup? Who is the best VC?”

Panzarino declined to comment further on the decision to end the Crunchies including about whether finances played any role in the decision. TechCrunch sold tickets to the event and also sold sponsorships to companies for it. 

Techies — including Crunchies founder Michael Arrington — took to Twitter to mourn the end of an era. 

 

 

 

Arrington launched the Crunchies in 2007 as a kind of Oscars ceremony for the tech industry. Though the event started as a way to recognize startups, many of those on its list of winners have come to comprise a kind of a who’s who of the tech industry.

At the first event, for example, Facebook won the “Best Overall” award and Tesla won for “Best Clean Tech Startup.” Amazon Web Services,  the now dominant cloud computing service, won the “Best Enterprise” award in 2008. And in 2013 Snapchat won for “Best Mobile Application.” 

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POINT-OF-SALE TERMINALS: How evolving merchant demands are pushing POS terminal providers to up their game in an increasingly competitive environment

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The downfall of US brick-and-mortar commerce is overblown — despite sharp gains in e-commerce, which will nearly double between now and 2021, the lion’s share of purchasing continues to take place in-store. And that’s unlikely to change anytime soon, since the online environment can’t yet compensate for the reasons customers like brick-and-mortar shopping.

That means the point-of-sale (POS) terminal, which merchants use to accept payments of all types and to complete transactions, isn’t going anywhere. But that doesn’t mean it’s not changing. As merchants look to cut costs amidst shifts in consumer shopping habits, POS terminals, which were once predominantly hardware offerings used exclusively for payment acceptance, are evolving into full-service, comprehensive solutions. These new POS terminals are providing an array of business management solutions and connected offerings to complement payment services. 

This is where the smart terminal, a new product that’s part-tablet, part-register, comes in. Merchants are increasingly seeking out these offerings, which afford them the connectivity, mobility, and interoperability to run their entire business. And that’s shaking up the space, since it’s not just legacy firms, but also mobile point-of-sale (mPOS) players and newer upstarts, that offer these products. 

As merchants begin demanding a wide variety of payment solutions, terminal providers are scrambling to meet their needs in order to maintain existing customers and attract new ones. This is leading to rapid innovation and increased competition in both the POS terminal hardware and software spaces.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider’s premium research service, has put together a detailed report on the shifts in this landscape, how leading players can meet them, and who’s doing it most effectively.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • Evolving merchant needs are impacting POS terminal players’ strategies. Merchants select terminal providers based on four key areas: payment functionality, user experience (UX), over-the-top (OTT) offerings, and distribution/customer service. Terminal firms need to innovate in these areas, or risk falling behind.
  • Larger players need to double down on existing success. Smaller players can often be more nimble, which gives them the opportunity to innovate more quickly and build in-demand solutions. That’s a disadvantage to market leaders; however, they can, and should, leverage their massive distribution networks when upgrading or updating their offerings. Meanwhile, smaller players can win by focusing on niches instead.
  • It’s all about the platform. No single feature is likely to make or break a merchant’s decision to pursue a specific provider. Above all, they want a robust ecosystem that can evolve over time. 

In full, the report:

  • Explains the current state of in-store retail and why terminal firms need to evolve to meet it.
  • Groups features that matter to merchants and explains why they’re important and what terminal providers stand to gain from focusing on them.
  • Determines the leading players in the space.
  • Assesses how the leading players stack up, and which offerings are the most comprehensive.
  • Issues recommendations about how to develop an attractive platform that best serves merchants’ needs as the market continues to shift. 

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