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IoT drives M&A deals

19 May 2015 in Innovation

The Internet of Things is attracting wads of investor cash, plus it’s driving Mergers and acquisitions activity to new heights. Acquirers have spent $14.8 billion so far this year to pick just 39 IoT-related outfits, and that outstrips the $14.3 billion that was handed over for 62 IoT companies during the whole of 2014, according to 451 Research.

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Jack rocks music

19 May 2015 in Music

Jack Daniel’s has partnered up with UK music festivals, among them The Great Escape, The Isle of Wight Festival and the Hackney Wonderland Festival, to curate a number of stages for performances from up-and-coming artists. The programme kicked off last weekend when the whiskey brands played host to a number of acts, including Lonely The Brave and Dralms, at the Patterns venue during Brighton’s The Great Escape.

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IoT goes pan-African

19 May 2015 in technology

South Africa’s MTN has launched what it claims is the first pan-African Internet of Things platform. The initiative has already gone live in South Africa, with additional MTN operating countries, among them Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda, set to come on-stream over the next 12 months. The company believes this will lead to the development of an ecosystem of scalable solutions ‘addressing real-world needs’.

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Not neutral on Internet.org

18 May 2015 in -e.online

Internet.orgFollowing recent rollouts in Bangladesh and Malawi, Facebook’s Internet.org, the social network’s wireless Internet access platform, now has a global reach of 1 billion people, with Internet.org currently offers 100 basic online services free of charge. And earlier, this month, Facebook launched Internet.org open platform enabling developers to create offerings for the service.

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T-Mobile crowdsources debuggers

18 May 2015 in -e.online

T-mobile bug bounty pays outT-Mobile has turned to crowdsourcing to help debug its websites in the Czech Republic. The mobile operator has now paid out almost CZK700,000 ($29,000) to those taking part in its Bug Bounty contest, which it launched back in February. A few participants have got their hands on the maximum CZK80,000 payout for being the first to spot a particular problem on the t-mobile.cz and muj.t mobile.cz destinations.

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Netflix to figure out China

18 May 2015 in -e.video

Netflix’s international ambitions know no bounds. The video streamer is reportedly in talks with Wasu Media Holding – an outfit backed by Alibaba’s Jack Ma – and other potential partners with a view to rolling out an offering in the market, according to Bloomberg. Netflix would need an ally in the country due to the state’s content licensing controls, and the company would certainly want to develop a multiscreen strategy featuring TVs, mobile devices and PCs. Wasu would fulfil Netflix’s requirements given that it has TV licences for all those platforms.

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Dance by Tate

15 May 2015 in -e.video

BMW Tate LiveLondon’s Tate Modern is launching a programmatic campaign in with Total Media featuring livestreamed dance streamed to promote this month’s BMW Tate Live event, If Tate Modern were Musee de la danse?. The initiative, delivered via the Primo platform, will target audiences in the UK, US, Germany and France with inventory which expands full-page across premium web

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McKinsey’s Lunar designs

14 May 2015 in -e.showcase

McKinsey acquires Lunar design agency to boost capabilitiesVenerable consultancy McKinsey clearly has designs on doing better after purchasing design agency Lunar, the first such acquisition the firm has ever made. McKinsey sees design capability as a key corporate tool to win over clients, and Lunar clearly has the skills after 30 years designing for the blue chip likes of Apple and HP in Silicon Valley, as well as for Shell, J&J and a number of governments, plus… McKinsey.

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Uber heads to the gig

22 May 2015 in Music

Live Nation has teamed up with Uber to offer concert- and festival-goers Uber rides to Live Nation events.

Brands gang up on FIFA

21 May 2015 in -e.showcase

FIFA’s doing little or nothing to improve the conditions of migrant workers toiling in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup, and big brand backers don’t like it.

Essentially Uber

20 May 2015 in Sharing economy

Uber is rolling out an on-demand delivery service for some 100 convenience store-type products in Washington DC – think sweets/chocolates, beverages feminine care, vitamins and supplements, plus beauty products (or as the company calls them, UberEssentials.

Peroni in the piazza

20 May 2015 in -e.showcase

Peroni Nastro Azzurro’s The House of Peroni experiential platform has taken up a month-long residency at the Old Truman Brewery on London’s Brick Lane.

Squawka heads to crowd for cash

19 May 2015 in Finance

Football stats outfit Squawka has reached 20% of its £800,000 crowdfunding target within a few days of launching its campaign on Crowdcube.

Digital conversions

19 May 2015 in -e.mobile

Consumers are 30% less likely to use smartphones to perform price comparisons in-store than they were a year ago, though the influence of smartphones on in-store sales rose to 28% in 2014, up from 19% in the prior year.

Apple streamed

15 May 2015 in Music

Apple’s new music streaming service will operate under the banner of… Apple Music.

India gets smart with M2M

15 May 2015 in -e.showcase

The Indian government has unveiled its roadmap for machine-to-machine communications to help it achieve its Digital India ambitions.

Photographer focus

14 May 2015 in -e.showcase

Getty Images has partnered with Instagram to offer three $10,000 grants to photographers in a contest leveraging the image sharing platform to document ‘underrepresented communities’.