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Magnolia partners with Attraqt

Magnolia, a content management system (CMS) provider announced a strategic partnership with Attraqt Group PLC, aligning Attraqt’s artificial intelligence (AI)-powered search and personalization offerings with Magnolia’s content platform, to provide retailers with technical efficiency without losing the practitioners desires to be more relevant and faster to market.

The partnership will enable retailers and other businesses to curate their digital experiences, with preview experience for channels, devices, personas and scheduled campaigns. With today’s consumers typically entering a site in a more surgical manner, Magnolia believes that experiences need to be adaptive to the changing cohort, while not forgetting those that mainly navigate via promotions or merchandising. Attraqt provides a set of API-enabled, algorithm-driven, SaaS services covering personalization, search, navigation, merchandising, recommendations, and internationalization. The Attraqt platform orchestrates AI models in real-time while allowing clients to integrate their own algorithms.

https://www.magnolia-cms.com/de_DE/story/magnolia-partners-with-attraqt-to-bring-cross-functional-collaboration-in-the-new-dxp-stack.html, https://www.attraqt.com/

Syncro Soft updates Oxygen XML suite of products

Syncro Soft announced the availability of version 23.1 of its XML editing suite of products, Oxygen XML Editor, Author, Developer, Web Author, WebHelp, PDF Chemistry, and Oxygen Publishing Engine, along with version 1.4 of the Oxygen Feedback comment management platform, and version 4.0 of the Oxygen Content Fusion collaboration platform.

This release introduces new features such as concurrent editing and reviewing in Oxygen Content Fusion for streamlining your team’s collaboration process, the ability to ignore validation problems using Quick Fix actions to filter errors and warnings, and the new block-level comments functionality in Oxygen Feedback allows your users to add and manage comments contextually at a specific location within the WebHelp page. Also, an updated Oxygen Styles Basket, a free web-based visual tool, helps you fine-tune the CSS file that is used to customize PDF or WebHelp output.

DITA-OT engine version 3.6, is a new refactoring action that generates unique IDs for specified elements, and the DITA to PDF transformation can now display SVG syntax diagrams in the PDF output. The JSON Schema Documentation Generator tool was enhanced and improvements were also integrated for users working with XSLT, XQuery, HTML, and CSS. The SharePoint integration in Oxygen (available in the Enterprise edition only) was redesigned to use the SharePoint REST API v2 to offer authentication using the OAuth protocol.

http://www.oxygenxml.com

Hyland to acquire Nuxeo

Hyland, a content services provider, has signed an agreement providing for exclusive negotiations to acquire Nuxeo, a content services platform and digital asset management (DAM) provider. The transaction is expected to close in April 2021, subject to consultation of employee representative bodies and customary closing conditions. Nuxeo offers a cloud-native, open-source, low-code platform with content services and digital asset management (DAM) capabilities, among others. Once the transaction closes, the entire Nuxeo business is expected to be managed under Hyland Software, Inc. The agreement was supported by Nuxeo’s investors, Goldman Sachs and Kennet Partners.

https://news.hyland.com/hyland-enters-into-agreement-for-the-acquisition-of-nuxeo/

Sitecore acquires Boxever and Four51

Sitecore announced that it has entered into agreements to acquire Boxever Ltd., a SaaS-based Customer Data Platform (CDP) providing decisioning and experimentation and Four51, Inc., a company delivering modern B2B and B2C experiences for enterprise brands. Integrating Boxever’s and Four51’s technologies with Sitecore’s digital marketing solutions will provide an integrated content-to-commerce, SaaS-based DXP. This solution will enable businesses to deliver real-time, personalized digital experiences across every aspect of the buying cycle.

Boxever’s CDP provides a 360-degree view of customers, advanced segmentation, real-time decisioning and experimentation that acts as the brain within an organization’s marketing stack to make every customer interaction more relevant and engaging. The new capabilities expand and enhance Sitecore’s customer intelligence and AI-driven personalization tools. With Four51’s API-first, headless e-commerce solution, enterprises can deliver engaging shopping experiences helping improve customer satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy. The platform complements Sitecore’s existing B2C commerce capabilities.

https://www.sitecore.com/company/news-events/press-releases/2021/03/sitecore-acquires-boxever-and-four51

Brave acquires search engine to offer alternative to Google

Today Brave announced the acquisition of Tailcat, the open search engine developed by the team formerly responsible for the privacy search and browser products at Cliqz, a holding of Hubert Burda Media. Tailcat will become the foundation of Brave Search. Brave Search and the Brave browser constitute independent, privacy-preserving alternative to Google Chrome and Google Search. Brave Search:

  1. is private: it does not track or profile users.
  2. is user-first: Brave serves the user first, not the advertising and data industries.
  3. Brave Search offers choice: We will provide options for ad-free paid search and ad-supported search.
  4. is independent: We will rely on anonymized contributions from the community to improve and refine Brave Search.
  5. is transparent: we will not use secret methods or algorithms to bias results. We will explore multiple community-curated open ranking models to ensure diversity, and prevent algorithmic biases and outright censorship.
  6. is seamless: we will offer integration between the browser and search without compromising privacy, from personalization to instant results as the user types.
  7. is open: we do not believe in walled gardens and, as such, we will offer Brave Search to power other search engines.

Brave will also explore blockchain-based options and new developments, including for e-commerce uses.

https://brave.com/search, https://www.brave.com

TeamViewer acquires Upskill to provide enterprise AR solutions

TeamViewer, a global provider of secure remote connectivity solutions and workplace digitalization technology, announced its acquisition of Upskill, the US-based pioneer in augmented reality (AR) software for frontline workers. Upskill’s digital workflow solutions support workers especially in industrial manufacturing, inspection, and audit use cases through real-time interfaces with smart glasses and handheld mobile devices. With Upskill’s presence on the North American continent, an engineering hub in Austin, TX, and customers such as The Boeing Company, Merck KGaA and American Bureau of Shipping, TeamViewer strengthens its position as a global player in providing industry-specific AR solutions. The company had started to strategically invest in that space in 2020 with the acquisition of European wearable software leader Ubimax, serving global companies like DHL, Siemens and Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.

Upskill, founded in 2010, has two locations in the United States in Tyson’s Corner, VA and Austin, TX. TeamViewer plans to keep and grow these offices to expand its presence within the US and to build on Upskill’s important partnerships within the US tech ecosystem. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.

https://upskill.io/skylight/, https://www.teamviewer.com/en-us/

TELUS International completes acquisition of Lionbridge AI

TELUS International announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of a 100% interest in Lionbridge AI, following the clearance of the acquisition by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Lionbridge AI is a global provider of scalable data annotation services for text, images, videos, and audio. The company sources multilingual training data in more than 300 languages and dialects to build premium, ground truth data for some of the world’s largest technology companies in social media, search, retail and mobile. Lionbridge AI has also developed a proprietary data annotation platform that is used in combination with a crowdsourced community of one million professional annotators, qualified linguists and in-country language speakers across six continents.

https://www.telusinternational.com

Microsoft introduces Microsoft Mesh

At their Ignite conference Microsoft introduced Microsoft Mesh, a new mixed-reality platform powered by Azure that allows people in different physical locations to join collaborative and shared holographic experiences on many kinds of devices. Microsoft Mesh will also enable geographically distributed teams to have more collaborative meetings, conduct virtual design sessions, assist others, learn together and host virtual social meetups. People will initially be able to express themselves as avatars in these shared virtual experiences and over time use holoportation to project themselves as their most lifelike, photorealistic selves, the company said.

With Microsoft Mesh-enabled applications, designers or engineers who work with 3D physical models — anything from bicycles to high-end furniture to jet engines to new sports stadiums — could appear as themselves in a shared virtual space to collaborate and iterate on holographic models, regardless of their physical location.

At Ignite, Microsoft also announced two apps built on the Microsoft Mesh platform. Those include a preview of the Microsoft Mesh app for HoloLens, which allows team members to remotely collaborate and is available for download. Customers can also request access to a new version of Mesh-enabled AltspaceVR, which will allow companies to hold meetings and work gatherings in virtual reality with enterprise-grade security features including secure sign-ins, session management and privacy compliance.

https://news.microsoft.com/innovation-stories/microsoft-mesh/

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