Jul 18, 2017

Google Analytics adds voice assistance to desktop, mobile app

Google is bringing "Analytics Intelligence" (its marketing analytics machine-learning tool) to users on desktop and within its Analytics mobile app. They're also launching an "ask a question" feature that gives users the option to speak their questions.

Analytics Intelligence will also surface new metrics that can show spikes in key areas, like revenue or session duration, and help users optimize their marketing campaigns in response to those changes.

Why it matters: Google is hoping the new features will make it easier to answer marketers' questions about their ad campaigns in real time, which will drive further engagement with their Google Analytics platform and app. After the addition of Analytics Intelligence, Google says use of Analytics mobile app increased 55% in a year. They also hope the tool will make it easier for marketeers to understand more complicated analytics insights around some of the machine learning technologies available on its platform, like automated insights and smart lists.

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Trump administration asks Congress for $2.5 billion to fight coronavirus

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The Trump administration sent a letter to Congress Monday requesting a funding commitment of at least $2.5 billion to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Details: The request for a lump sum account for the Department of Health and Human Services includes $1.25 billion in new funds to fight COVID-19 and $535 would come from untouched funds for the Ebola virus.

WHO won't call coronavirus a pandemic as cases spread

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The World Health Organization will not yet call the coronavirus a pandemic, claiming that needs across affected countries are too varied and the classification would increase fear, per a briefing Monday.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures in efforts to thwart the spread of the virus, WHO expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,620 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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The coronavirus is spreading quickly in cities nowhere near Wuhan, China, and the window to prevent a global pandemic is narrowing.

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