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Source: “Internet”. Apologies, this flew along some timeline. If you made this, please let me know in the comment and I will give proper credit!

It’s true, though. Consultants managed to ruin their reputation in the past 2 decades. Once, Business Consultant meant seasoned, experienced business leaders. Nowadays, it’s too often junior university graduates, that senior management uses as an excuse to drive an agenda through political cliffs.

Having been on both sides of this table, it feels just too natural or even tempting not to cash out on management needs to make an argument.

Good CX? Look no further than mobile authentication

The pandemic has uprooted life for everyone, from distributors to sellers to consumers; and with this change in the economy, a heavier dependence on digitalization has formed. Businesses across industries have placed a concentrated effort on transforming their digital presence to meet the growing needs of hungry consumers accustomed to instant gratification.

Source: Good CX? Look no further than mobile authentication

Apple may have to work alone on its electric car after failing to find a partner

The Apple-Car has been a rumor for years. And mobility is one of the hottest bets for the future. Car manufacturers, in particular premium brands, are in a good position to defend their pool position. The techradar.com news therefore does not sound surprising. At all.

From techradar.com

Some Apple gossip is pure fantasy, but some of the hearsay has roots in the real world. The Apple car falls into the latter category, and if a new report from Korean site mk.co.kr is accurate, the company now plans to shoulder the entire development process of the autonomous and/or electric car on its own.

Source: techradar.com

Sixt, Mobileye and Nio announce autonomous Taxis

Sixt announced this on their official LinkedIn Profile earlier today. Traditional news outlets like Focus are picking up the news. The announcement was made at the Internationale Automobilausstellung (IAA)

Movie Car (Source: FOCUS Online)

Autonom unterwegs, das war bisher etwas für Menschen, die im gemütlichen Zuckeltempo vom Bahnhof Bad Birnbach zum Ortskern wollen. Oder in der Hamburger Hafencity von einer Straßenecke zur nächsten. Ab 2022 schalten die Intel-Tochter Mobileye, der chinesische Autohersteller Nio und der Autovermieter Sixt in München einen Gang höher: Sie führen echte Robotaxis ein.

Source: FOCUS Online

Yahoo! was sold again:

Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) today (6 September) announced that funds managed by its affiliates (the “Apollo Funds”) have completed the acquisition of Yahoo – formerly Verizon Media – one of the world’s premier global technology and media companies.

Source: Apollo Funds Complete Acquisition of Yahoo

IAA Day 1 Announcements

While the “Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung” moved to a new place and introduced a new concept, following the pandemic, Day 1 is still a traditionally good day to make announcements just like with any other fair. Here are a few of the headlines that emerged:

Volkswagen’s electric ID.Life concept car doubles as a gaming console

Volkswagen is leveraging its partnership with Pittsburgh-based Argo AI to build an autonomous version

Mercedes unveils their new EV Lineup at IAA

Basemark launches Rocksolid Core Automotive OS – While BMW calls for a joint OS between Mercedes and VW

appfleet joins Cloudflare

appfleet is a Poland based company that develops and offers edge hosting of containerised apps. Edge computing is a trend that emerged a few years back and allows to bring applications closer to the end user, therefore reducing latency and improving user experience. Cloudflare, a player strong in this space, now acquired appfleet, augmenting it’s portfolio of workers with container capabilities. No details of the deal have been made public, however, we will see more of these type of acquisitions with the market starting to consolidate.

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Summary: Due to a great synergy between our products, I am happy to announce that Cloudflare and appfleet are joining forces! The appfleet platform is shutting down, with all clusters going offline on October 31st 2021. Long story: When we started working on appfleet our goal was to build an

from the article

Source: appfleet joins Cloudflare

Contentful valued $3B++

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Contentful, a Content-Management SaaS company, raised another round of financing. With the latest investment the Berlin founded and Headquartered is valued at over $3B.

Contentful locked in a $175 million Series F and a $3 billion-plus valuation as it looks to take advantage of a more digital-first marketplace

From Crunchbase

Source: Contentful Hits $3B-Plus Valuation After Tiger Global-Led $175M Round – Crunchbase News