Web News Roundup - #Week22

It's (nearly) impossible for Website Magazine to cover all the key news and industry developments worth mentioning on a daily or weekly basis.

We do our best, of course, to highlight the developments of the greatest direct importance to Internet marketers, designers and developers, analysts and webmasters in general, but for every post that's published, there are often many others that fall by the virtual way side.

In an effort to highlight interesting developments in the digital space, however, Website Magazine will be publishing a roundup of updates that manage to catch our attention each and may likely do the same for yours. 

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+  Google announced it has launched a animation tool that essentially lets anyone turn boring old number charts into slightly more visually appealing GIF illustrations. The Data GIF Maker allows users to set their desired parameters and transform them into data visuals.

+ Red Hat said it will acquire Codenvy, which makes development tools to create containers and cloud-first applications. The plan is to add Codenvy to Red Hat's developer and application lineup to go with JBoss Middleware and OpenShift. Codenvy will also be a part of OpenShift.io, a platform for hybrid cloud services.

+ Gigya, the leader in Customer Identity Management, today launched the Gigya Privacy by Design Program, offering customized evaluation and implementation services to help its clients prepare for the European Union's upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). GDPR, which takes effect on May 25, 2018, is a radical revision of EU consumer data privacy and protection laws.

+ IdentityMind Global and Confirm.io, today announced a partnership that combines IdentityMind's risk management and compliance platform with Confirm's ID authentication APIs and SDKs. The partnership exclusively offers Confirm's advanced document authentication technologies for U.S. driver's licenses and IDs within IdentityMind's RegTech platform.

+ Brightcove announced the beta availability of Context Aware Encoding, a new video compression technology that lowers the total cost of ownership and improves video quality. The solution uses machine learning and deep video analysis to achieve optimum quality for each video and uses a patent-pending approach to transcoding that enables Brightcove customers to maximize visual quality while reducing storage and delivery bandwidth requirements by up to 50 percent.

+ Informz, Inc., a leading provider of digital marketing solutions for the association and nonprofit industries, today announced a new social media management solution - Socializer - for associations. Socializer will help associations increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their social media strategies to remain relevant in their industries and create engagement among their audiences.

+ PubMatic, the automation solutions company for an open digital media industry, today announced further expansion of its OpenWrap product, now the industry's first free and fully-supported hybrid wrapper solution. Extending the most widely used open-source container script, Prebid.js, OpenWrap optimizes a publisher's integration mix of client- and server-side demand to future-proof their ad decisioning strategies.

+ Developer-focused cloud communications platform Twilio announced Twilio Proxy, an API to power private text and voice conversations between a customer and a mobile worker. Twilio Proxy is the latest addition to the newly-announced Twilio Engagement Cloud, a collection of Declarative APIs that provide a business with all of the logic needed for building multi-channel communications with customers.

+ Vtiger announced the launch of Vtiger CRM 7 Community Edition, a major revision of its open source customer relationship management software. The revised software sports a modernized and easy to use interface to complement a range of new features, which combined should increase the value that customer facing teams obtain from the free software.

+ GitHub released Marketplace, a way for developers to discover and purchase tools that support, enhance and optimize workflow. Apps that can be used across the development process are available including those to ensure code quality, code review, monitoring and project management.

+ Bot detection service Distil Networks announced that it has purchased human detection service Are You a Human. Distil has now launched a free bot detection plug-in for Google Analytics, called Distil Bot Discovery, based in part on Human's acquired tech. Deal terms were not made public.
+ Advertising technology platform The Trade Desk now supports Ads.txt, the new open standard and technical specification (from the IAB Tech Lab) for increasing transparency across the digital programmatic ecosystem, eliminating counterfeit digital ad inventory, and stop unauthorized sales.

+ MomentFeed, a provider of mobile customer experience management solutions for multi-location brands, announced the addition of a new native ad platform to its Paid Media Manager software offering, and made it generally available to all ad agencies and multi-locations brands.
+ Euclid Analytics, a provider of retail analytics and omni-channel engagement solutions, announced an integration with  enterprise customer data platform AgilOne, to bring an enhanced, single view across the customer journey to retail marketers.

+ Wayfair, an online destination for home furnishings and d‚Äö√†√∂¬¨¬©cor, announced the launch of a new "Search with Photo" feature that leverages artificial intelligence to make it easier for shoppers to find the furnishings they want. 

+ Newegg, the leading tech-focused e-retailer in North America and a growing force in global ecommerce, today launched Newegg Logistics, the company's branded logistics solution to help ecommerce sellers and other organizations streamline order fulfillment, shipment and returns.

+ Prezi, the Hungarian startup behind the popular presentation software of the same name, has acquired Latvian infographics and data visualization company Infogram. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.