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TRANSPORTATION AND LOGISTICS BRIEFING: Ford’s self-driving car strategy — Continental acquires data services company — Tesla turns to cloud for customer personalization

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Welcome to Transportation & Logistics Briefing, a new morning email providing the latest news, data, and insight on how digital technology is disrupting transportation and delivery, produced by BI Intelligence. Sign up and receive Transportation & Logistics Briefing free to your inbox. Have feedback? We'd like to hear from you. Write me at: jcamhi@businessinsider.com. FORD OUTLINES ITS SELF-DRIVING CAR STRATEGY: In a blog post on Medium, Sherif Marakby, Ford’s VP of autonomous vehicles, laid out the most detailed plan Ford has revealed publicly for how it will bring self-driving cars to market.

Client Scheduling Data: How Past Behavior Predicts The Future

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Marketing and customer service, as a whole, are full of patterns, but those patterns are often difficult to discern through the masses of data and repetitive interactions that make up the day. What’s a busy representative to do? The key is to make all of that data into something easily discernible and actionable. Drawing on client scheduling data and CRM notes, businesses can predict future customer behavior and get ahead of the trends, pitching products or rescheduling appointments.

Cloud data management startup Druva raises $80M

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 An ongoing trend among businesses to put more of their data into the cloud — bringing ever more smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices on to their networks — is driving a lot of business to startups that are building smart ways to capture, back up and analyse these increasingly complex network architectures. Today, one of the bigger of these startups is announcing a… Read More

How Oberweis Dairy used analytics to boost sales and win customers

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The Illinois-based firm tapped a business intelligence platform from SAS to gain new insights on consumer habits and needs.

Insurance Struggles with Lead Gen & Data Analytics

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Insurance agencies struggle to reach new prospects. To adapt to changing markets, they must overcome challenges with data integration, data quality, and systems fragmentation.

The explosive stock that’s dividing Wall Street (BABA)

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AP / Ng Han Guan Alibaba is up more than 90% in 2017, and it's been winning over some high-profile hedge fund managers The company's stock is still the most shorted in the world by a magnitude of two, and short sellers are refusing to throw in the towel despite losing billions of dollars Alibaba has soared to stratospheric new heights this year, winning over plenty of new fans along the way.

7 Great Benefits of Big Data in Marketing

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Big data is reshaping the business as we know it. Data science lays the foundation for decision-making processes in most of the modern companies, which is exactly why its revenue should surpass $40 billion in 2018. Marketing is by no means different in that regard. Today, marketing teams embrace the power of information and data analytics to improve the reach and influence of their campaigns.

NVMe fabrics could shuffle traditional arrays off to the graveyard

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With the array controller out of the data path, who needs it? Opinion  NVMe-over-Fabrics (NVMeF) shared storage access could kill the legacy storage array business – unless vendors get inventive and somehow continue to supply charged-for data management services alongside NVMeF data access.…

Traders have lost almost $10 billion betting against Alibaba this year (BABA)

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If you're thinking about betting against Alibaba's stock, you might first consider simply lighting your money on fire. Traders wagering on declines in the company's shares have lost a grand total of $9.8 billion in 2017, according to data provided by financial analytics firm S3 Partners. That makes Alibaba the worst-performing short in the world this year, and it isn't particularly close.

Traders are doubling down on one of the market’s hottest trades

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Scott Olson/GettyYou'd think last Thursday's stock market shock would have investors betting on more price swings. The opposite has happened. Traders are instead using the 44% single-day spike in the CBOE Volatility Index — or VIX — as a reason to pile into wagers that the measure will come back down. Using exchange-traded notes, they've made their exposure $393 million more bearish on the VIX over the past week, according to data compiled by financial analytics firm S3 Partners.
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