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Will Biometrics Take Over From Passwords?

Perhaps people are fed up with battling to remember dozens of passwords. Entering them several times a day on various devices disrupts users’ flow and wastes time. Employers and service providers have started to realise this and are offering alternatives in the form of sensors and biometrics. Fingerprint biometrics have been available on mobile phones for a while, but the ... Read More »

Baidu Inc (BIDU) Unveils Multilingual Translation Robot

Baidu Inc. has started showing off its innovation capabilities. The company has unveiled the world’s first multilingual translation robot. Baidu’s robot can speak multiple languages, conduct interviews, and does translation work with utmost precision, reports China News Service. The Beijing-based company showcased it at the 10th annual meeting of China’s electronic and information technology industry. Named ‘Xiaodu,’ the robot helped the ... Read More »

Infogroup Lawsuit Against DatabaseUSA Heads to Trial

Contrary to erroneous published reports claiming Infogroup has lost its federal lawsuit against DatabaseUSA and its affiliated companies, the case will head to discovery phase and jury trial now that a judge has issued preliminary rulings. A District Judge denied Infogroup’s motion for preliminary injunction on March 30, but the court also explained in a 33-page opinion that the ruling “does not ... Read More »

B2B e-Commerce Expected to Grow

Business-to-business (B2B) e-Commerce sales will top $1 trillion by 2020 and account for 12% of the total $9.39 trillion B2B sales in the United States, according to Forrester’s inaugural five-year B2B e-Commerce forecast. This estimate represents an 8% compound annual growth rate over the next five years, with B2B sales reaching $780 billion by the end of this year, Forrester ... Read More »

Global Sources Launches Gifts & Home Products Vertical

Global Sources has now fully launched its suite of services for the gifts and home products industries. The services connect a specialized community of buyers and suppliers through content, communication and five media channels — an online marketplace, a magazine, alerts, a mobile app and trade shows. Running from April 27 to 30 at AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong, three co-located shows offer gift and home products ... Read More »

Country Risk Climates: Trends To Keep an Eye On

Mauritius – the rupee seems to have regained its balance; Trinidad & Tobago – shortages of FX still persist, delaying payments; Venezuela – worsening relations with the US. BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA:  The European Union has decided to move ahead with a pre-accession pact, in the hope that the Bosnian leadership will stick to its reform commitments. This is a considerable ... Read More »

Google Q1 2015 Revenues Up 12%

Google’s first quarter revenue was $17.3 billion, up 12% year on year. Excluding the net impact of foreign currency headwinds, revenue grew a healthy 17% year on year.  Operating income was $4.4bn, operating margin 26%. Revenue Sources: Google websites                                           ... Read More »

Infogroup Launches “[email protected],” A Full-Service SMB Marketing Agency

Infogroup launched a marketing services agency, [email protected] The full-service agency offers custom marketing solutions, implementing multichannel campaigns to assist small and mid-size businesses target and reach their ideal audiences. [email protected] specializes in integrated online and offline campaigns, including search engine marketing (SEM), display advertising, remarketing, direct mail, email marketing, and custom calling campaigns to maximize return. [email protected] leverages Infogroup’s leading ... Read More »

Attglobal.net and the Monday Morning Blues – Service Interruption

Why does it always happen on a Monday?  You can almost count on it:  The AT$T’s Internet service: Attglobal.net has not survived its weekend maintenance and its subscribers, including BIIA are unable to send and receive messages.  Is old infrastructure to blame? BIIA is impacted by the service outage as it cannot receive incoming mail.  Members should contact BIIA management ... Read More »

Foreign Due Diligence ‘Crunching’ Start-ups in India

Company background checks by foreign equity funds are denying Indian start-ups the capital they need to reach the growth stage after they’ve acquired seed funding by domestic investors. While angel investors and accelerators have been broadly supportive of innovation in India across sectors ranging from IT to healthcare, closer scrutiny by larger foreign investors have stopped start-ups progressing to the ... Read More »

FICO Establishes New Office in Stockholm

FICO has been expanding its business in the Nordics, working with important regional banks including EnterCard, Gjensidige and Nordea. The company helps these firms and others use advanced analytics to fight fraud, manage customers and improve collections.FICO (NYSE:FICO) announced it is opening an office in Stockholm, Sweden. At a launch event on April 14, Wayne Huyard, executive vice president for Sales, ... Read More »

Intelligence Agencies in Technological Race with Terrorists and Criminals

Britain’s intelligence agencies are engaged in a “technology arms race” with terrorists, cybercriminals and other “malicious actors” bent on causing the country harm, the head of MI6 has warned. Alex Younger said the agencies were facing opponents “unconstrained by consideration of ethics and law” who were exploiting Internet technology to put lives at risk. In his first public comments since ... Read More »

Global 5000 Database Now 4,515 Active Records

For Q1 of 2015, Global 5000 finished with 4,515 active records in the database. The total revenue now represented by The Global 5000 companies exceeds $58 trillion – an amazing concentration of size and buying power in one marketing database. Based on overall worldwide figures we have seen in the press, this represents about 70% of the global GDP. During ... Read More »

LinkedIn Acquires Refresh to Help You Prepare for Your Meetings

LinkedIn has acquired Refresh, a startup that helps people prepare for their meetings by collecting and sharing information on the people they’re meeting with. Refresh, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., scours the Internet for information on the people a user is scheduled to see, such as news items mentioning those people. The app will also pull info from Facebook or ... Read More »