ICYMI: Preferences, Privacy and Personalization in the News

Apple has a new idea for the iPhone that could make it so much easier to communicate while you're in transit

The blog Apple Insider recently uncovered a newly published patent application, giving insight into a feature that may be in the works. The patent application, called “Custom Location Notification,” describes location-sharing services between users, but would send custom email or text alerts based on where you are. Click here to read more.

Harlequin Launches a “First-of-its-Kind” Loyalty Program for Readers

HarperCollins Publishers’ Harlequin imprint just announced a program for readers that encourages leaving book reviews, engaging on social media, purchasing books and completing in reading challenges. Readers are rewarded with personalized and unique offerings like suggested books, gift baskets and Skype sessions with authors. Click here to read more.

Instagram’s Overhauled Search: Real-Time Instead Of Real Bad

Users on Instagram, the popular photo-sharing app, will now be able to find images in more personal and easy-to-use ways and highlight real-time and nearby uploads. The app will indicate trending places and events that are popular or close to you. “It’s a real-time visual pulse for what is happening in the world,” said Instagram cofounder and CEO Kevin Systrom. Click here to read more.

The Internet of Things Has Vast Economic Potential, McKinsey Report Says

Authors of a recent study by the McKinsey Global Institute say that the Internet of Things, a term for sensor-laden devices connected through the web, is only scratching the surface of its economic benefits. Outlining trillions of dollars worth of efficiencies in industries like oil drilling and traffic, the report says the challenge will be in synthesizing the wealth of data. Click here to read more.

Amazon Puts Money Where Mouth Is With $100 Million For Echo And Voice Developers

Three new initiatives will support further development of Alexa, a voice service used by Echo, Amazon’s wireless personal assistant. The $100 million fund and software development kit will help engineers build experiences around human speech. Echo, which is available for purchase, uses Alexa to react to users. Amazon now hopes developers, manufacturers and startups will use Alexa as their vocal platform of choice. Click here to read more.

Eric Tejeda is the Director of Product Marketing for PossibleNOW and CompliancePoint. Eric supports the organization’s growth objectives by productizing and launching innovative new products and services that fill critical needs in the marketplace. 

With 25 years of experience, Eric firmly believes that permission-based marketing and preference management is a mega trend and the path to success for marketers today. 

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