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Here are some of the past week's highlights from, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.

Samsung and Oculus to turn Galaxy smartphones into VR headsets

By collaborating with Oculus to bring smartphone technology and capability to headsets, Samsung looks like its trying to beat everyone on the quest to virtual reality.

"Samsung will of course provide hardware for its VR device, but Oculus is handling software development.

The upcoming product will allegedly place a strong emphasis on media consumption (think Sony's HMZ line) rather than gaming, which is what Oculus is initially focused on."

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GE's lights can send deals to shoppers' smartphones

General Electric is planning on rolling out a LED lighting system that can can detect the position of shoppers and send deals to their smartphones based on where they are in the store. With Apple's iBeacons and recent plans unveiled by Phillips for their lighting system, the personalized shopping experience space is becoming highly competitive.

"There's one key difference between GE and Philips' lights, however.

Both lighting systems are capable of communicating with phones through their cameras, sending data across flickers of light that are imperceptible to humans, but GE's can also use Bluetooth LE, a far more common solution."

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Building A Great Digital Experience: A great digital experience is...

An awesome web site is no longer enough. A fantastic mobile app? Just part of the puzzle.

Today, you need to think bigger, much bigger. You have to create a great digital experience.

Sounds daunting, right?

But here’s the good news: the most successful approaches to this lofty ideal can be surprisingly simple, and elegant, if you base them on timeless insights into human nature.

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Drupal Platform Acquia Raises $50M

Acquia, the digital business solutions provider for Drupal, today announced that it has raised a $50 million financing round led by New Enterprise Associates.

"With today’s round, Acquia has now raised a total of $118.6 million, and the company says it plans to use the new funding to scale its sales and marketing efforts, as well as to double down on big data marketing, personalized engagement and commerce.

These areas of focus show Drupal’s flexibility, but also leave no doubt that Acquia’s ambitions range far beyond basic content management."

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