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Skewed search?

4 September 2015 in -e.online

Google acused of skewing India online search results to favour own businessesGoogle’s new logo has done nothing for the brand in India where the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has accused it of skewing online search results to favour its own businesses. If Google is found guilty during scheduled commission hearings, the regulator could impose a fine of up to 10% of the search giant’s global revenues, which would amount to a fine of up to $6.6 billion based on Google’s 2014 results.

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Finding fintech

4 September 2015 in Finance

KPMG has joined forces with Matchi.biz, the matchmaking platform connecting banks and insurers with fintech start-ups, to give its clients access to fintech innovation. “Our alliance with Matchi answers key questions for financial institutions of how they find the right fintech, how they can better evaluate its quality, and how they engage with fintech companies, many of which are small start-ups,” says Ian Pollari, global co-lead of KPMG’s fintech practice.

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Tastes like 5787

3 September 2015 in -e.showcase

PantonesmoothiesSmoothies aren’t cool unless they come in the right Pantone. Cue a delicious colour experiment in the shape of Pantonesmoothies.com, a destination featuring fruit smoothie recipes in various Pantones, the tasty digital baby of Mother New York art director Hedvig Kushner.

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On-demand talent

2 September 2015 in Innovation

Macy’s has joined forces with online fashion technology start-up Nineteenth Amendment to slot the latter’s stable of up-and-coming designers on Macys.com to give shoppers the opportunity to purchase garments made on-demand. The tie-up is part of Macy’s mentoring of the fashtech start-up which began with the inaugural New York Fashion Tech Lab last year.

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OTT to boost cordcutting

1 September 2015 in -e.video

Video-streaming apps had a ‘fantastic’ second quarter with HBO Now and Hulu leading revenue growth in the US, while the former also landed on Android devices in July and Showtime’s streaming service also increased its footprint with rollouts on the iOS, Apple TV and Roku platforms. App Annie says it now believes cordcutting on a mass-market scale could soon be a reality in the US market as TV subs go OTT.

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Socialising news

1 September 2015 in Publishing

Facebook will play an ever-growing role in finding, discussing and sharing news, with the social network’s Instagram and Whatsapp platforms already petrforming that job among younger groups, according to the Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015, research based on based on a survey of more than 20,000 people in 12 countries.

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Financing fashtech

31 August 2015 in Finance

UK fashtech start-up Thread.com has picked up $8 million in funding in a financing round led by VC firm Balderton Capital and including ex-Saks Fifth Avenue president Andrew Jennings and former M&S director Maurice Helfgott. Thread delivers online personal styling services, primarily for men, and has been able to count clients of the calibre of Harvey Nichols, Jigsaw and Urban Outfitters on its roster.

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Motor disconnect

28 August 2015 in transport

You can soup up the connected car with loads of cool tech, but you can’t always make drivers connect. In fact, some 20% of new car owners fail to engage with half of the technology features in their vehicles within three months of purchasing them, according to the 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) report from JD Power. And the most underused piece of kit? That would be the concierge system — one able to recommend nearby restaurants or service stations — which remain unused by 43% of survey respondents.

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Latest News

Making news work

4 September 2015 in Branding

The UK’s half-dozen leading national newspaper groups have launched a £3 million, two-month advertising campaign to communicate the role newspapers play.

Uber’s Indian wallet

3 September 2015 in Mobile

Uber to launch its own mobile payment wallet in India as it looks to build operations to make the country its second-largest market,

Euro music rules

3 September 2015 in Music

Close to 60% of 27,000 European consumers surveyed earlier this had either streamed or downloaded music in the previous 12 months.

Too-cheap streamers

2 September 2015 in Music

US consumers are willing to pay more for their music streaming services than they currently do with the likes of Spotify and Pandora.

Brds on Rdio

1 September 2015 in Music

Music streamer Rdio has launched it ‘Promoted Music Experiences’ native advertising solution, with Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos the first brand onboard the initiative.

Intel chips in on drones

31 August 2015 in Finance

Intel is taking flight with Chinese drones, having just stumped up $60 million of investment in Shanghai drone manufacturer Yuneec.

Ultimate sports

31 August 2015 in -e.showcase

Event-marketing outfit GMR Marketing has allied with SportBusiness Group to find the ‘ultimate apprentice’ to work at some of the world’s leading sports and entertainment events.

Game on for YouTube

31 August 2015 in -e.video

YouTube is taking on Amazon-owned Twitch with the launch of YouTube Gaming, with the new service pulling in all gaming-related videos and live streams from the YouTube platform.

Cash without contact

28 August 2015 in Finance

Friday metric: Contactless spending has spiked dramatically in the UK over the past year, according to data released by Barclaycard and Mastercard.

Bar à la BrewDog

27 August 2015 in -e.showcase

Spiky Scots brewer BrewDog is pushing deeper into Scandinavia with the opening of its third Swedish location, BrewDog Södermalm.