On Friday, Shares of Expedia Inc (NASDAQ:EXPE), subtract -1.42% and closed at $116.72 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $116.58 and $118.77. Expedia® Media Solutions, the advertising sales division of Expedia, Inc., and The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (The HTA), tourism agency for the State of Hawai‘i, recently declared the launch of a new global marketing campaign, ‘Discover Your Aloha,’ to promote travel to the Hawaiian Islands through a custom solution featuring facial recognition technology. The first time that Expedia Media Solutions has integrated facial recognition software into a partner marketing campaign, the technology measures viewers’ reactions as they engage with the video content showcasing the beauty and unique cultural elements of the Hawaiian Islands.
On the ‘Discover Your Aloha’ microsite, users are exposed to video content featuring drone footage, that represent a guide of spiritual significance to Hawaiian culture, counting ‘Iwa (Bird): Hawai‘i’s all-knowing guide; He‘e (Octopus): Hawai‘i’s loving spirit; Pua‘a (Pig): Hawai‘i’s bold adventurer. As the video plays, the bespoke facial recognition software, developed specifically for this campaign by digital agency Realise, identifies which footage evokes the most positive reaction from the viewer. The facial recognition algorithm identifies the personal preferences of each viewer and produces a customized travel recommendation aligned with one of the three Hawai‘i guides. Users then have the opportunity to book a personalized Hawai‘i vacation package with discounts of up to 50 percent, counting exclusive offers from dozens of participating local hotels.
Baidu Inc (ADR)(NASDAQ:BIDU), subtract 0.09% and closed at $182.07 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $180.63 and $184.63. The company’s Market capitalization is $63.05 Billion with the total Outstanding Shares of 27.17 million. Baidu, Inc. ( NASDAQ : BIDU ), the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, recently declared that it is the lead shareholder in a new USD $60 million Brazil-based investment fund named “Easterly Ventures”. Easterly Ventures will focus on providing funding, technology, local traffic and industry expertise for Brazilian tech startups, with the aim of building a robust mobile service ecosystem in Latin America.
Baidu declared its investment during an event in São Paulo, which was attended by over 200 Internet industry executives. At the event, General Manager of Baidu Brasil and President of the Brazilian O2O Association Mr. Yan Di said that Easterly Ventures will be Brazil’s first Internet investment fund of its kind to provide startups with the combination of capital, technology, traffic and experience necessary to penetrate national and international markets.
“We strongly believe that Easterly Ventures will be a winner in Brazil’s talent-rich market, applying learnings from China to build out the mobile ecosystem here,” said Mr. Yan Di. “Brazil’s economy is expected to rebound in the year ahead. There is absolutely no better time to enter this market,” he said. Easterly Ventures plans to invest in as many as 15 Brazilian startup companies during its investment period, with the first investment slated for late 2016.
DISH Network Corp (NASDAQ:DISH), subtract -0.47% and closed at $54.78 in the last trading session. The last trading range of the stock ranges between $54.55 and $55.25. During the 52-week trading session the minimum price at which share price traded, registered at $38.85 and reached to max level of $65.49. DISH Network Corporation, together with its auxiliaries, provides pay-TV services in the United States. The company operates through two segments, DISH and Wireless. The company provides video services under the DISH brand. It also offers programming packages that include programming through national broadcast networks, local broadcast networks, and national and regional cable networks, in addition to regional and specialty sports channels, premium movie channels, and Latino and international programming. In addition, the company provides access to movies and TV shows via TV or Internet-connected tablets, smartphones, and computers; and dishanywhere.com and mobile applications for smartphones and tablets to view authorized content, search program listings, and remotely control certain features. Further, it offers Sling TV services that require an Internet connection and are available on streaming-capable devices, counting TVs, tablets, computers, game consoles, and smart phones mainly to consumers who do not subscribe to traditional satellite and cable pay-TV services. In Addition To, the company operates Sling International that offers over 200 channels in 18 languages; and Sling domestic package that consists over 20 channels and tiers of programming, counting sports, kids, movies, world news, lifestyle and Spanish language, and premium content, such as HBO. Further, it offers Sling Latino service; and satellite broadband services, wireline voice, and broadband services under the dishNET brand. In Addition To, the company has wireless spectrum licenses and related assets.