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Thomson Reuters Offers Extra EU Antitrust Concessions

Thomson Reuters has offered additional concessions to the European Commission to end an antitrust investigation related to codes for financial data, a Commission spokesman said on Friday. Thomson Reuters submitted some concessions in December last year. But in a market test conducted by the EU watchdog, competitors and trading firms then demanded more. The Commission has charged Thomson Reuters with ... Read More »

LexisNexis(R) Migrates to Next Generation Big Data Processing Platform

LexisNexis Risk Solution offers Insurance Carriers Better, Faster Results and Minimized Premium Leakage LexisNexis Risk(R) Solutions announced the migration of its insurance solutions to the LexisNexis Big Data processing platform known as HPCC Systems. LexisNexis is leveraging the platform to help insurers assign premium more accurately, better understand their customers and risk throughout the policy lifecycle, and drive a more ... Read More »

RR Donnelley Develops and Deploys New ProteusJet

R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company announced the development and installation of its new proprietary ProteusJet Multiweb platform, which has been installed in two of the company’s direct response production facilities. This next generation piezoelectric 4-color inkjet technology enables direct marketers to use sophisticated 100% customized content and messaging to precisely target consumers for improved ROI. Increasingly sophisticated data analytics ... Read More »

Integrity of Yahoo’s CEO Challenged

Yahoo confirms misleading information on new CEO’s resume.  Yahoo confirmed Thompson’s credentials had been exaggerated in the recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The company, which is based in Sunnyvale, California, brushed off the distortion as an “inadvertent error.” Loeb (Third Point Fund) an investor in Yahoo pounced on the misinformation as a violation of Yahoo’s code of ethics ... Read More »

Bertelsmann Foundation Releases Blueprint for INCRA – An International Non-Profit Credit Rating Agency

The Bertelsmann Foundation released on April 18th 2012 at its Washington conference a blueprint for a new sovereign debt rating agency called INCRA. The mission of INCRA as an independent institution is to conduct sovereign-risk assessment, and to raise the quality of sovereign ratings.  The business model for INCRA is to be non-profit and based on investor pays for ratings ... Read More »

Business Information: Green Shoots of Recovery – Part 3 – Acxiom

In the first two articles BIIA’s contributing editor, Phil Cotter has looked at how the three major credit bureaus Equifax, Experian and TransUnion and FICO the global analytics business are currently performing and what the future might hold for them.   In this latest article he takes a look at Acxiom, one of the leading global marketing and information management companies. ... Read More »

‘Wer Liefert Was’ Introduces Augmented Reality for iPhone and iPad Users

Germany based company ‘Wer Liefert Was?’  (Who supplies what?) is a leading search engine in the business-to-business.   The company announced the introduction of a new app (Augmented Reality) for i-Phone and i-Pad users.  The app provides a free scan for suppliers of products and services in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.   It will be fast, accurate and easy for a user to find ... Read More »

Thomson Reuters Launches New Forward-looking Model to Assess Credit Risk

Thomson Reuters, the leading supplier of intelligent information for businesses and professionals,  announced that it has introduced the StarMine SmartRatios Credit Risk Model to assess the credit risk of publicly traded companies.  The SmartRatios model is an intuitive and robust default prediction model that provides a clearer view of a firm’s credit condition and financial health by analyzing a wide ... Read More »

McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets Introduces New Mobile App for Design Professionals

With this app, design professionals can search for building product information quickly on iPhones and Android devices. McGraw-Hill Construction Sweets, the one-stop source of building product information for the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) community, has developed and launched a new mobile app that enables design professionals to search and download specs, CAD, BIM, catalogs, data sheets and more quickly ... Read More »

Sinotrust Held 2012 First Seminar of Beijing Auto Information Sodality

Sinotrust, a member of BIIA, continues to make substantial progress in building its vertical information segment by working effectively with important institutions and industry leaders. The “Beijing Auto Information Sodality—2012 First Seminar on Policies and Market” was held at Sinotrust.   Hui Yumei, Director of Sinotrust Automotive Marketing Research Services, pointed out that in 2012 Q1, the Chinese automotive market registered ... Read More »

Outsell Report: China Market Size for Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishing is US$ 1.12 billion

Outsell has recently published a report on the Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishing industry (STM) in China.   Outsell estimates that the size of the overall STM market in China is $1.12 billion in revenues in 2011, slightly more than 5% of our preliminary estimate of $21.01 billion for the global STM market (excluding the geospatial data sub-segment, which is subject ... Read More »

WorldOne Opens in Shanghai

Online healthcare data collection firm WorldOne has expanded its network in Asia with the opening of a new office in Shanghai, China, adding to its existing presence in Hong Kong and Tokyo. Founded in 2000, WorldOne offers access to a panel of 500,000 physicians and 200,000 other healthcare professionals across more than 80 countries.  Its Chinese panel provides exclusive access ... Read More »

Verisk Analytics to Buy MediConnect Global

Insurance data specialist Verisk Analytics Inc. said Friday that it is buying medical record company MediConnect Global Inc. for $348.6 million, boosting Verisk Analytics’ presence in the business of analyzing health records. The deal is expected to close this month, although it is still subject to approval by MediConnect Global’s shareholders and by regulators. Verisk Analytics makes data analysis systems ... Read More »

MarkLogic Announces Major Enhancements to Worldwide Partner Program

Partner Momentum Growing with Key Announcements with NTT Data and Hortonworks Big Data is proving to be a major opportunity for organizations around the world.  As those organizations continue to search for Big Data technology, MarkLogic is developing new opportunities to make its best-in-class operational database available to customers.   MarkLogic Corporation, the company powering mission-critical Big Data Applications around ... Read More »

Dun & Bradstreet Credit Bureau Limited Is Open for Business in Ghana

Dun & Bradstreet announced the opening of its credit bureau operations in Ghana.  After having received a license from the Bank of Ghana to operate a credit reference bureau, D&B is excited about launching business operations in the Ghanaian market. The main objective of this credit bureau is to provide information on the credit repayment trends of individuals and companies. ... Read More »

LexisNexis Acquires Portfolio Media – Parent Company of Law360

LexisNexis (www.lexisnexis.com) has acquired Portfolio Media, the parent company of Law360® (www.Law360.com), an online provider of speedy and trusted legal news and analysis for business lawyers, primarily in the United States. Law360 publishes breaking news and analysis with a particular focus on high-stakes litigation across more than 30 practice areas. This content is distributed through online daily newsletters that are ... Read More »

How Mobile Communications Can Improve Collections

Today, few lenders enable defaulting borrowers to manage payments via alternate channels such as mobile services.  However, digital strategies can dramatically improve collections performance.  Banks that use these services can significantly increase both contact rates and payments received—at a lower cost than traditional methods. The FICO Insights paper shows how: Lenders are taking advantage of mobile services to improve customer ... Read More »