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Apple Eyes Pay-by-touch for next iPhone

Apple is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP to add secure short-range wireless technology into the next iPhone, enabling new pay-by-touch capabilities in the latest bid for the smartphone to replace the wallet.   Several people familiar with Apple’s plans say NXP will provide the secure near-field communications chips that will allow an iPhone to connect with payment terminals or ticketing ... Read More »

Philips and Salesforce.com in Cloud-based Healthcare Information Technology Alliance

In a move to accelerate the transformation of the healthcare industry, Royal Philips and salesforce.com announced a strategic alliance to deliver an open, cloud-based healthcare platform, leveraging Philips’ leading positions in medical technology, clinical applications and clinical informatics and salesforce.com’s leadership in enterprise cloud computing, innovation and customer engagement. Patient relationship management will be at the center of the envisioned ... Read More »

App Annie Acquires Distimo

Mobile analytics company App Annie acquires Distimo, raises $17M. App Annie has raised another $17 million from its existing investors and is acquiring one of its competitors, Distimo.  Both companies provide data on how people are using mobile apps and mobile websites. App Annie has built a strong reputation in the mobile gaming world for providing data on the game apps it tracks, ... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer Q1 2014 Revenue Up 2% (constant currency) Down 1% (actual exchange rate)

Wolters Kluwer, a leader in professional information services, affirms its full-year 2014 guidance and reports first-quarter revenues up +2% in constant currencies and up +2% organically.   Leading, high growth businesses continue to drive performance with digital subscriptions produced good organic growth; while transactional cyclical revenues declined. Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, commented:  “Our leading, high growth ... Read More »

Business Intelligence Company Worldbox Expands into Rotterdam

BIIA member Worldbox, has opened a subsidiary in Rotterdam, Holland named Worldbox Benelux BV. Worldbox’s newest bureau – in addition to existing offices in Switzerland, the UK, Hong Kong and India – will broaden its international reach, offering an extended array of international business information services to existing clients, and reaching new customers from the heart of the European market. ... Read More »

Sanoma Pro Oy Divests its B2B Business to Talentum

Sanoma Pro sells its B2B business to Talentum.  The transaction supports Sanoma’s strategy according to which Sanoma Pro focuses on developing and producing learning solutions.  Sanoma Pro and Talentum have signed the agreement on 20 March 2014 and the transfer of the business is planned for Thursday 1 May 2014. Sanoma Pro’s B2B operations produce up-to-date digital and training services ... Read More »

Arvato Financial Solutions Acquires Afterpay

Arvato Financial Solutions Acquires Dutch Payment Service Provider AfterpayArvato Financial Solutions is taking over the Dutch payment services provider “AfterPay.”  The company, which the Arvato subsidiary has cooperated with for the past two years, is a provider of “pay after delivery” payment solutions for online retailers.  Payment after delivery, for example by open invoice, is a preferred payment method for ... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer 2013 Revenues Up 2%

Wolters Kluwer reports revenues for 2013 of Euro 3.5bn up 2% in constant currencies and up 1% organically. Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, commented: “Our leading, high growth positions and our digital products again drove positive organic growth for the group, more than offsetting the challenges posed by the still uncertain macro environment in Europe and ... Read More »

Wolters Kluwer Acquires Financial Tools – Provider of CASH Suite

Wolters Kluwer Financial Services announced it has acquired Financial Tools, Inc., the provider of CASH Suite(TM)-an enterprise-wide financial analysis and credit risk management solution for U.S. commercial lenders. The addition of Financial Tools enables Wolters Kluwer Financial Services to provide U.S. community and regional banks and credit unions with the ability to manage financial performance and grow profitability with straight through ... Read More »

ABC – The B2B Suppliers’ Search Engine for Europe

ABC Germany, a German B2B supplier search engines, was sold by BISNODE to the Dutch Avant Invest B.V. in June of 2012.  Little is known about ABC’s progress under the new ownership.  The ABC website lacks transparency, an essential element in business transactions. ABC advertises the following product lines as per the ABC website. ABC for Sales:  As a sales ... Read More »

S&P Capital IQ Opens New Offices in Russia and South Africa, Increases Presence in the Netherlands

To better support expanding business is Europe, the Middle East and Africa, S&P Capital IQ, a provider of multi-asset class data, research and analytics, has announced the establishment of offices in Moscow, Russia, and Johannesburg, South Africa, as well as increased presence in the Netherlands. S&P Capital IQ’s investment decision was based on the recognition of the region’s growing capital ... Read More »

S&P Downgrades Atradius Threatening the Lifeline for Trade Credit

S&P’s downgrade of Atradius has rattled the credit insurance industry this week.  S&P had downgraded Atradius from A to BBB.  The downgrade came as a result of a downgrade of Spain’s sovereign debt, because the main shareholder of Atradius is the Spanish based Grupo Catalana Occidente and thus subject to sovereign debt exposure.   S&P warns that if it has to ... Read More »