This Week’s News Stories You Won’t Want To Miss

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That time of the week is here, it’s finally Friday! As usual, it’s time to reflect on some news stories that have disrupted the leading industries we know and are a part of.

Whether you are a professional in healthcare, finance, security, retail or marketing, we have you covered when it comes to informing you about all the recent news stories that have happened this week.

Since the news is constantly in flux, it’s important to stay on top of the buzz that is emerging in your industry. This can help you conduct business strategy, stay on top of the competition, or simply stay informed about what is going on around you.

Before you kick off your weekend plans, let’s get started with healthcare news.

HEALTHCARE

Pfizer’s Auction For Healthcare Business To Begin In November

Pfizer, one of the world’s premier pharmaceutical companies is opening an auction in November for its consumer healthcare business. This could open the door for a $15 billion dollar sale of an endless amount of businesses in the healthcare sector.

$1 Image Scans Are Now Possible

Zebra Medical Vision has released a new suite that will enable healthcare providers to use algorithms in order to deliver $1 image scans. Zebra Medical Vision is a deep learning imaging analytics company.

This comes at a time where the demand for imaging services has been on a rise. Patients are seeking image scans quickly, without losing out on patient care.

“A pioneer in the field of machine and deep learning for medical imaging, Zebra-Med is driving transparency in its business model to encourage faster global adoption of advanced tools that can improve health,” Forbes reports.

CVS May Be Diving Further Into Healthcare

CVS has been in the talks this week surrounding the decision to buy Aetna, the nation’s third-largest insurer for about $66 billion. Although this is merger has not been confirmed, this can cause problems considering the healthcare chain has recently gained a new business partner, Anthem, which happens to be Aetna’s rival.

We will keep our eyes on this story as further updates develop.

RETAIL

Amazon’s Sales Are Rising

Amazon reported this week that its third-quarter sales are up 34%, to $43.7 billion. This report proves that Amazon’s success is only growing. This has a lot to do with the Whole Food’s merger that took place a few months ago, as well as Amazon raising pricing on shipping as of recently.

eBay Dives Into Artificial Intelligence

eBay has rolled out new features this week that incorporate artificial intelligence and images. The new feature includes an image search, which allows you to search for items through photos, found in the 1.1 billion listings that are live on the site.

As a shopper, you can search for items through social media platforms, blogs or websites and then proceed to share the image on the app. This allows shoppers to compare items to what they see visually online.

Image searching has taken off in the retail industry and only proves that visual components make for a great personalized shopping experience.

SECURITY & ENTERPRISE

Google & Cisco Announce Partnership

There are new partners in town: Google & Cisco, and they are planning on delivering the ultimate cloud experience. This new partnership was reported this week, and the two major enterprises said their goal is to help their customers build efficient hybrid cloud solutions.

“Google Cloud and Cisco are committed to meeting customers wherever they are in their journey to the cloud,” said Diane Greene, the CEO of Google Cloud, in today’s announcement. “This partnership enables developers and IT departments to seamlessly take advantage of the most open, secure tools for building modern applications in a hybrid environment.” Techcruch reports. 

LinkedIn Advances Messenger Capabilities

LinkedIn, the social media platform that helps business professionals connect is boosting its messenger capabilities using artificial intelligence to deliver users an experience that will enable automated replies with the smart reply feature.

The platform will also be releasing its app for mobile phones and desktops.

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Arbitration Rule Voted Against

The Senate Republicans voted this week against a rule that positioned customers in a place that makes it easy to sue banks or credit-card companies. This rule was called arbitration rule which required customers to settle disagreements in arbitration and not the courts.

Deutsche Boerse’s CEO Steps Down

Carsten Kengeter, Deutsche Boerse’s CEO, has announced on Thursday that he will be stepping down from his position. This follows allegations of insider trading, and the decision came after a meeting with the supervisory board. As of now, there have been no reports of his replacement.

“Deutsche Boerse said that the resignation was “in order to allow the company to focus its energy back onto clients, business, and growth and to avoid further burdens caused by the ongoing investigation”,” CNBC reports. 

MARKETING

Season 2 Of Stranger Things Causes Uproar

The second season of the Netflix hit, Stranger Things is hitting Netflix today. This widely popular show has given marketers a chance to leverage the success and the audience that follows the show’s new opening.

According to Retail Dive, those who have used Stranger Things in the subject of an email received 74% of engagement. Along with emails,  Reebok and Sony Pictures are releasing a new pair of sneakers, especially for the release date.

Maybelline Hits A Homerun WIth Instagram Engagement

A new study shows that Maybelline is hitting all the marks when it comes to Instagram engagement. This cosmetic brand is leading its competition, with 60 million likes on Instagram.

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