Author: Patricio Robles

Patricio Robles

I am a tech reporter and have been writing about technology, digital marketing and startups at Econsultancy since January 2009.

What Google's memory loss means for content and SEO strategy

Does Google have memory loss?

According to Tim Bray, a former Googler and one of the authors of the original XML specification, the answer is yes.

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TD Bank's acquisition of an AI firm highlights the growing importance of AI in banking

Last week, TD Bank, the second largest bank in Canada, announced that it is acquiring Layer 6, a prediction and personalization platform.

The deal highlights the growing importance of artificial intelligence (AI) to banks that are trying to stay ahead of the curve as they face digital disruption from fintechs.

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New E.U. regulations could make it easier for fintechs to operate across the bloc

This past Saturday, new Open Banking rules that require big banks to share data with vetted third parties, including fintech upstarts, went into effect in the U.K.

Open Banking is more than anything else a reflection of the fact that the world is changing for big banks as regulators look to support fintech innovation.

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Facebook updates News Feed again: The detail

After a year in which Facebook found itself under growing scrutiny over how it determines what content is displayed to users, Mark Zuckerberg made a simple resolution for 2018: fix Facebook.

It would appear that the Facebook CEO is serious as not two weeks into the new year, the company has announced an update to its News Feed that will impact brands active on the world's largest social network.

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Four ways the blockchain could be applied to digital advertising

The astonishing rise of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin in 2017 was arguably the trend of the year and the headlines keep coming in the first weeks of 2018.

While much of the interest in cryptocurrencies is purely financial – many new millionaires and even some billionaires have been minted in the past year – lots of observers believe that the blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies could revolutionize many markets.

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Will influencer marketing take a hit after the Logan Paul firestorm?

One of the biggest topics among digital marketers in 2017 was that of brand safety and it looks set to remain in the headlines thanks to a firestorm that has engulfed one of social media's most prominent influencers.

The 22 year-old influencer, Logan Paul, boasts 15m YouTube subscribers and his daily videos regularly rack up upwards of 5m views each, giving him a level of exposure that eclipses events like the Super Bowl. Thanks to this popularity, Paul reportedly earned $12.5m last year and has worked with some of the globe's biggest brands, including Nike, Walmart, Pepsi, Verizon and HBO.

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Luxury brands must focus on digital experiences to fight the discount trend

It's the most wonderful time of the year, unless, perhaps, you're an executive of a luxury brand.

That's because out of all categories, luxury labels and retailers were responsible for the highest volume of discounts on Black Friday this year in the U.S.

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Fintechs and banks to partner in 2018 thanks to Open Banking

As 2018 fast approaches, there's reason to believe that one of the biggest trends that will be seen in the banking industry in the UK next year is a tighter relationship between big banks and fintechs.

That's because on January 13, Open Banking comes into effect.

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Apple is making it harder for small businesses to offer iOS apps

Earlier this year, Apple announced new policies aimed at, among other things, banning apps that contribute to spam and clutter in the App Store. Specifically, one policy gave Apple the right to reject apps built using a "commercialized template or app generation service."

Now, Apple appears to be prepping enforcement of this rule in a way that could hurt small businesses in a big way.

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Three benefits of making employees spend time in the trenches

What is it like to drive for Lyft? Soon, it's a question the company's more than 2,000 corporate employees will be better able to answer.

That's because the second largest ride hailing service in the U.S. is now requiring its employees to spend at least four hours a month driving for Lyft or, alternatively, working in one of Lyft's driver hubs or fielding driver support calls.

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What Amazon's entry into the pharmacy market might mean for pharma marketers

Amazon's unrelenting drive to take over the world continues. The latest potential target of the online retailer's ambitions: prescription drugs.

According to reports, Amazon is exploring entering the retail pharmacy market in the U.S., a $400bn a year business that many believe is ripe for disruption. While a final decision has apparently not yet been made, it's not too early for pharma marketers to start considering the prospect of Amazon entering this huge market.

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Target is the latest retailer to launch a mobile wallet: Will it work?

2017 has been a record-breaking year for retail, and not in a good way.

Under pressure from a number of factors, including the growth of ecommerce, brick and mortar retailers have closed thousands of stores this year and some, including big names like Toys R Us, Sears Canada and Payless, have filed for bankruptcy.

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