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.
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.
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’.
Following 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.
T-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.
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.
London’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
Venerable 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.