The “Truth” About CDK Divesting It’s Digital Marketing Business

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Conversation with Sean Welsh – Car Biz Done Better

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CDK Global Announces Plan to Divest Digital Marketing Business

This decision was reached after a thorough evaluation of the CDK portfolio, and aligns with the Company’s strategy to focus on the core suite of SaaS software and technology solutions for the markets it serves through the Retail Solutions North America and CDK International segments. Beginning with the fourth quarter, the Digital Marketing Business will be presented as discontinued operations. The Company has engaged Allen & Company to identify potential buyers and evaluate proposals for the Digital Marketing Business.

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Apollo 11 50th Anniversary – Giant Leap for Mankind

It was a breathtaking engineering and logistical achievement. Humans had only started venturing into space less than a decade earlier — and even then, just barely outside Earth’s atmosphere. Our experience of space, which started with Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin in April 1961, was still quite limited when Apollo 8 made a trip ’round the moon in December 1968, the first time humans had ever broken free of Earth’s orbit.

But after a total of six moon landings for the Apollo program in less than four years, that was it. Since Apollo 17 in December 1972, no one’s been back to the moon. NASA spent the next several decades focusing its manned spaceflight efforts on the space shuttle and on missions to the International Space Station.

Now there are once again plans to put people on the moon. NASA says it expects to make a new moon landing by 2024 through its Artemis program, both for its own sake and as a stepping-stone toward eventual missions to Mars. Meanwhile, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and SpaceX founder Elon Musk also have their eyes on lunar adventures.

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Should Domino’s Stop Delivering?

Domino’s Pizza, once a clear leader in the food app game, is struggling under the weight of intense competition from delivery services like UberEats, GrubHub, DoorDash and Postmates. Industry experts have begun questioning whether the world’s largest pizza chain should outsource deliveries. With sales growth slowing, the chain must now figure out how to compete as it employs its own drivers, eschewing other services. The company is also exploring delivery “alternatives,” such as autonomous vehicles, bicycles and scooters

FaceApp’s Privacy Wrinkle Exposed

Privacy concerns have grown in recent days around “FaceApp,” the face-transforming tool that swiftly became a global viral sensation. Users were cautioned that the app, which allows users to see their “future self” by using artificial-intelligence software to rework photos, could be used to “harvest your data for nefarious purposes” by its Russian-based developers. Yet FaceApp said in a statement that no user data is “transferred to Russia” and that it deletes images 48 hours after they’re uploaded to its servers. Some say FaceApp’s privacy policy mirrors “basically every other tech service and platform.”

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Ryan Gerardi is Chief Editor of AutoConverse Magazine and Executive Producer and Host of the AutoConverse Podcast and Live Weekly Broadcast. He is also Founder & CEO of AutoConversion with nearly 20 years experience in the automotive industry. Ryan concentrates his efforts today on exploring people, ideas, and technologies related to how we get around and how we are connected.