Fast Five from the Valley: Edition 42

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Don’t take free content for granted!

Facebook is rolling out a test to allow Group administrators charge anywhere between $4.99 to $29.99 per month for access to special sub-Groups full of exclusive posts. The social media giant informs that this feature is more about investing in communities and fostering higher-quality content than it is as an additional revenue strategy. Initial groups involved in the test include an array of parenting, cooking, and “organize my home” groups. Although Facebook is not taking a cut from the test, the company could easily monetize the Group’s feature in the future with its user base of over 1 billion users.

Is AT&T the new Alphabet & Facebook challenger?

AT&T recently reported that it is interested in acquiring the advertising technology company, AppNexus. This would provide them with a strong foothold in digital ad sales, allowing the telco giant to move deeper into the digital ad realm in building a robust advertising business. Let’s see whether this $1.6 billion deal goes through and how the markets are going to react to that.

“Alexa, why is my minibar empty?”

Amazon is launching “Alexa for Hospitality”, a program where Echos will be installed in Hotel rooms. Starting this summer with Marriott, Alexa will help simplify room service, control smart home devices and ask for guest information. This is great news, as the smart speaker can further reduce the complexity in managing the various Hotel operator systems for the hotel guest.

Bye Bye, Brian

The CEO of Intel, Brian Krzanich, resigned last week as details surfaced involving the executive’s past relationship with an employee, breaching company policy. The father of two departs at a time following recent months of high-profile resignations across industries as the #MeToo movement sheds light on inappropriate workplace behavior exhibited by men with power. Not helping with Intel’s position are the rumors that Apple could be shelling out a new generation of MacBooks with their own ARM processors, instead of Intel’s.

Algorithmic deliciousness

You thought a robot making coffee was neat… but how does that match up against a robot that can grind your brisket into a patty, butter & toast your buns, apply sauces and spices measured to the milliliter, and drop evenly sliced pieces of pickles, tomatoes, onions, and cheese on top?
That’s right, Creator has unveiled its first robot restaurant where a robot can serve you the freshest cheeseburger for just $6, a deal you can’t expect to beat in the expensive city of San Francisco.

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