The Long View | When Computers Know How You Feel

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The rise of emotionally-aware or ‘affective’ computing is set to change the way machines understand and interact with people. BoF speaks with Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and chief technology officer of MIT-spinoff Affectiva, to understand what’s possible and the implications for the business of fashion.

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Mary Meeker’s Annual Internet Trends Report Highlights Mobile Momentum, Wearables and Digital China

Mary Meeker | Source: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, United States — Mary Meeker has attained almost legendary status for her annual Internet Trends reports. Yesterday, the former Wall Street technology analyst, now a general partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, published her latest report on the state of the web, covering aggressive momentum in mobile, the rapid emergence of new technology platforms, including wearable computing, and

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Apple CEO Hints at Gamechanging Wearable Devices

Tim Cook at the All Things D conference | Photo: Asa Mathat for All Things D

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, United States — Speaking yesterday at the All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company would release “several more game changers” like the iPod, iPhone and iPad, hinting that wearable devices could be among them.

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Wearable Technology Market Set to Explode, Could Reach $50 Billion, Says Credit Suisse

A rendering of the rumoured Apple iWatch | Source: appleinsider.com

Credit Suisse has issued a report on the rise of the wearable technology market, which, it says, has hit “an inflection point” and will have “a significant and pervasive impact on the economy,” reaching $30-$50 billion over the next 3-5 years.

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Sina Will Focus on Mobile in Alibaba Alliance as Earnings Falter

BEIJING, China — Sina Corp., owner of China’s largest Twitter-like service, will push into mobile e-commerce through an alliance with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to revive flagging advertising sales. Alibaba, operator of the Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com retail sites, will help Sina better target merchants wanting to place ads on its Weibo microblog service, Sina Chief Executive Officer Charles Chao said on a call today after the company posted a first-quarter loss. The call marks Sina’s first public comments detailing the partnership since Alibaba paid $586 million for an 18 percent stake in Weibo in April. Sina is focusing on mobile platforms to bolster earnings from advertising, its biggest sales contributor, after recording the smallest revenue gain in three years in 2012.…

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