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China's JD.com to lay off 10 percent of senior executives this year - report

 

JD.com Inc, one of China's largest e-commerce sites, will lay off 10 percent of its senior executives this year, Chinese online media outlet Sina Tech reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
 

SHANGHAI: JD.com Inc, one of China's largest e-commerce sites, will lay off 10 percent of its senior executives this year, Chinese online media outlet Sina Tech reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.

 

The cuts were announced at the company's annual party last week, the report said, adding that JD.com, which has nearly 100 senior executives, had confirmed the planned layoffs.


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Postscript wants to be the Mailchimp for SMS

 

Email is certainly not dead, despite many such exclamations, but there’s no question that it’s a bloated, seeping hog of a platform on which it’s incredibly difficult for businesses to develop meaningful relationships with customers.

 

Postscript, a startup launching out of Y Combinator’s latest class, wants to learn from what email marketing got right and translate that to the next frontier of B2C communications: SMS. It basically wants to be the Mailchimp for texts.

 

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Grab to integrate food delivery into its main app

 

Grab will fully integrate its food-delivery services into its main app and discontinue the separate GrabFood app.

 

This will bring the company’s Malaysian and Singaporean food-delivery platforms in line with those in other countries, where Grab has a unified app.

 

Lim Kell Jay, head of Grab Singapore, told The Business Times that the merger will be completed within the first half of this year.

 

Lim said that offering both transport and food delivery alongside other options in a single app will open up greater distance between Grab and its main rivals in both spaces.

 

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AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

 

PARIS: An artificial intelligence (AI) programme developed in China that combs through test results, health records and even handwritten notes diagnosed childhood diseases as accurately as doctors, researchers said Monday (Feb 12).

 

From the flu and asthma to life-threatening pneumonia and meningitis, the system consistently matched or out-performed primary care paediatricians, they reported in Nature Medicine.

 

Dozens of studies in recent months have detailed how AI is revolutionising the detection of diseases including cancers, genetic disorders and Alzheimer's.


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Fitbit’s newest fitness tracker is just for employees and health insurance members

 

Fitbit  has a new fitness tracker, but it’s one that you can’t buy in stores.

 

The company quietly uncorked the Inspire on Friday, releasing its first product that is available only to corporate employees and health insurance members. The idea is to offer a fully subsidized wearable that helps the company dig deeper into the corporate and business worlds.

 

The new devices are available as a wristband with the option of a clip. The basic tracker’s features are pretty standard and include activity and sleep tracking, calory burn and alerts from a connected phone. A higher specced model includes heart rate tracking, GPS for fitness tracking and deeper analytics on sleep. No prices are displayed on the website, but eligible customers won’t need to pay.

 

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