TechReview: Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference

Domain Mondo's weekly review of technology news:

Feature 1. Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference: Feb 27-Mar 2, 2017, The Palace Hotel, San Francisco, CA, (go to the link above, to register and listen to the respective audio webcasts, for each selected day, LIVE and Replay):

Highlighted company presentations

Monday, Feb 27: T-Mobile US, 10:30 AM PT; GoDaddy**, 2:10 PM PT; Alphabet Inc.*, 3:00 PM PT; Intel, 4:35 PM PT.
Tuesday, Feb 28: Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, COO & Dave Wehner, CFO, 12:00 PM PT; Crown Castle, 5:10 PM PT.
Wednesday, Mar 1: News Corp, 1:40 PM PT,
Thursday, Mar 2: Sabre, 8:45 AM PT; Palo Alto Networks 11:05 AM PT

*Ruth Porat, Senior VP and CFO, Alphabet Inc., will participate in the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco, in a session scheduled for 3 pm PT / 6 pm ET on Monday, February 27, 2017. LIVE audio webcast of the session here.

**Blake Irving, GoDaddy's CEO, and Ray Winborne, CFO, will present at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in San Francisco on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 2:10 pm PT / 5:10 pm ET. The LIVE audio webcast of the event will also be available on GoDaddy's investor relations website investors.godaddy.net. Following the presentation an audio replay will be available on the GoDaddy investor relations website: investors.godaddy.net

Complete schedule embedded below (subject to change, check link above for updates):

Other Tech News:

2.  “It may be hard to believe, but the app boom is finally over after almost a decade of massive growth”--Alexander Krug, CEO of Berlin-based Softgames

Why Instant Games will kill the App Stores in 2017 | softgames.de:
"The problem with apps, Krug argued, is that they come with a lot of friction. Apps have to be advertised heavily because it’s hard to find them amid millions of other apps in the stores. Then they have to be downloaded and installed. Then the user has to open the app and play. Each one of those points its a source of friction, where some of the potential users will drop off."
3.  How to Win a Trade War With China | Bloomberg.com"... use reciprocity as a guideline—in other words, match Beijing’s restrictive policies with similar measures on Chinese activities in the U.S. ... The bottom line is that the U.S. has to see its economy the way China envisions its own. China is unlike any other country participating in the U.S.-led global economy: It intends to benefit from the openness and security offered by that system without being obligated to abide by its norms."

4. Google Agrees to YouTube Metrics Audit to Ease Advertisers’ Concerns | WSJ.com: Google will let the Media Rating Council audit YouTube ad data, as well as ads displayed on non-Google sites purchased via AdWords, DoubleClick Bid Manager.

5.  The LaCroix Sparkling Water Label's Secret History | BonAppetit.com: "Douglas Riccardi, owner and creative director at Memo NY, a graphic design studio specializing in restaurant branding, is both fascinated and dumbfounded by LaCroix’s success. “It goes against everything I stand for as a branding expert and designer,” says Riccardi, who counts Mario Batali’s restaurants among his clients. “The logotype is not especially well-crafted. The pattern on the cans looks like the love child of Monet and Grandma Moses.”"

6.  This Company Has Built a Profile on Every American Adult | Bloomberg.com"The most important tools for America’s 35,000 private investigators are database subscription services ... IDI [ididata.com], a year-old company in the so-called data-fusion business, is the first to centralize and weaponize all that information for its customers. The Boca Raton, Fla., company’s database service, idiCORE, combines public records with purchasing, demographic, and behavioral data. Chief Executive Officer Derek Dubner says the system isn’t waiting for requests from clients—it’s already built a profile on every American adult, including young people who wouldn’t be swept up in conventional databases, which only index transactions. “We have data on that 21-year-old who’s living at home with mom and dad,” he says."

7. Why Amazon Is The World's Most Innovative Company Of 2017 | FastCompany.com"... The website that once sold only books now lets anyone set up a storefront and sell just about anything. The warehouse and logistics capabilities that Amazon built to sort, pack, and ship those books are available, for a price, to any seller. Amazon Web Services, which grew out of the company’s own e-commerce infrastructure needs, has become a $13 billion business that not only powers the likes of Airbnb and Netflix, but stores your Kindle e-book library and makes it possible for Alexa to tell you whether or not you’ll need an umbrella today ..."

8. Google's Adoption of RCS Will Save Messaging on Android | WIRED.com"Google has been working with hundreds of carriers and manufacturers around the world to bring the text message into the 21st century. Using a standard called Rich Communications Services [RCS], the group plans to make a texting app that comes with your phone and is every bit as powerful as those dedicated messaging apps. This would make all the best features available to everyone with an Android phone."

9. AWS Taking On Microsoft, Google with Productivity Suite | TheInformation.com: Amazon's AWS working on upgrades to its WorkMail email-calendar app and its WorkDocs file storage-collaboration app to "make them more attractive to corporate customers." 

Quick Takes:
One more thingThere's a Difference: Fake News and Junk News: "It's slowly dawning on the media-consuming public that the MSM is the primary purveyor of "fake news"-- self-referential narratives that support a blatantly slanted agenda with unsupported accusations and suitably anonymous sources."--charleshughsmith.blogspot.com.

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