IDG Contributor Network: Price of entry or corporate strategy: how pharma and biotech are approaching digital health

The high costs of drug discovery and commercialization, looming patent cliffs, and increasing regulatory pressure on drug pricing have created a perfect storm of margin and growth pressures on the pharma sector. In an apparent response to these pressures, M&A activity in pharma is back. This month, Bristol Myers Squibb’s announced its $74 Billion acquisition of Celgene, and Eli Lilly did the same with its $8 Billion acquisition of Loxo….

January 10, 2019
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Amazon Watchers Say the Company Has Accelerated Its Efforts To Sell Its Own Products — and That’s Worrying Regulators Around the World

By selling more products of its own, Amazon is becoming a competitor to the outside manufacturers it hosts on its platform — and that’s worrying regulators around the world. From a report: Governments have rarely tried to rein in Amazon’s ambitions, allowing it to avoid most of the recent scrutiny directed at other large tech platforms. But the increased focus on Amazon’s house-brand offerings suggests it may now be Amazon’s…

January 10, 2019
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Amazon’s IMDb launches Freedive, an ad-supported streaming service offering movies and TV shows in the US; site now lists 130+ free movies and 29 shows (Todd Spangler/Variety)

January 10, 2019

Todd Spangler / Variety: Amazon’s IMDb launches Freedive, an ad-supported streaming service offering movies and TV shows in the US; site now lists 130+ free movies and 29 shows  —  Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch. Source: http://www.techmeme.com

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Ocean Warming is Accelerating Faster Than Thought, New Research Finds

Scientists say the warming of the world’s oceans is accelerating more quickly than previously thought, a finding with dire implications for climate change given that almost all of the heat trapped by greenhouse gases ends up stored there. From a report: A new analysis, published Thursday in the journal Science, found that the oceans are heating up 40 percent faster on average than a United Nations panel estimated five years…

January 10, 2019
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T-Mobile Begins Verifying Calls To Protect Against Spam

T-Mobile is beginning to roll out support for call verification technology, which will confirm that a phone call is actually coming from the number listed on caller ID. From a report: Now, if one T-Mobile subscriber calls another T-Mobile subscriber, the person receiving the call will see a message saying “Caller Verified” if they have a supported phone. Unfortunately, there’s only one supported phone — Samsung Galaxy Note 9 —…

January 10, 2019
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Some Nevada Governments Are Using Blockchain For Public Records

Some northern Nevada counties are using blockchain, the online ledger best known for helping secure virtual currencies such as bitcoin, to store digital versions of government records like birth and marriage certificates. From a report: The Reno Gazette-Journal reports that as of December in Washoe County, about 950 couples had received secure digital marriage certificates to home computers and smartphones since the program debuted in April 2018. The newspaper found…

January 10, 2019
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