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LexisNexis Acquires BAIR Analytics

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions announced its intent to acquire BAIR Analytics, a provider of analytics solutions for public safety. LexisNexis is acquiring BAIR Analytics to better provide the public safety community with comprehensive investigative solutions that aid them in their law enforcement mission. BAIR Analytics deploys strong technology, robust analytics, mapping, and visual tools to identify and predict patterns of crime. ... Read More »

Alibaba Sets it Sight on Rural China

Alibaba Group plans to develop online shopping in China’s countryside. The Chinese e-commerce titan will invest $1.6 billion over the next three to five years to build the foundations to attract more than 600 million potential rural customers. Rural Internet users are steadily increasing in China. A survey by the China Internet Network Information Center shows there were about 177 ... Read More »

Rocket Fuel Appoints Dave Sankaran as Chief Financial Officer

Rocket Fuel Inc. announced the appointment of Dave Sankaran as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Sankaran brings more than 20 years of experience to this key role at Rocket Fuel, including extensive experience in the software and internet services industries, as well as a mix of operating and financial management experience with high-growth companies. Mr. Sankaran’s experience includes serving ... Read More »

Infogroup Launches Integrated Marketing Solution for B2B Data Needs

New Sapphire suite of products includes expanded database of 140 million prospects and integrated solutions for list services, data verification and appending, and analytics Infogroup Media Solutions launches integrated marketing solutions providing marketers access to information on nearly every business decision-maker in North America.  The new Sapphire suite of products, which combines several Infogroup platforms into a one-stop shop for ... Read More »

Canadian Credit Rating Agency DBRS to Be Sold

DBRS, the largest credit rating company in Canada, will be sold to a group of investors led by the private equity firms Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus. Founded in 1976 as Dominion Bond Rating Service, DBRS has a much smaller market share than the “big three” credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch. The sale to ... Read More »

Tencent and Sony in Distribution Partnership

Tencent Holdings has struck the latest in a string of music distribution deals, this time with Sony Music Entertainment, as it teams up with labels to try to develop China’s paid-for music market and curb piracy. The partnership, announced on Tuesday, will give Tencent the right to distribute Sony Corp’s music catalog online in China, including artists like Daft Punk, ... Read More »

Salesforce.com Introduces Salesforce Files Connect

Salesforce.com has launched Salesforce Files Connect, a centralized file-sharing solution that enables business users to browse, search, and share internal and external files from a unified interface. Initially Salesforce Files Connect will natively integrate with Microsoft OneDrive for Business and SharePoint, but the company plans to add connectors for other file platforms, including Google Drive, in the next several months/ The ... Read More »

LifeLock Ranked 65th Fastest Growing Company in North America

LifeLock Ranked 65th Fastest Growing Company in North America on Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500™ in the Internet Category.  Company Attributes 181 Percent Growth to Product Portfolio Expansion and Superior Functionality. LifeLock, Inc. has been ranked number 416 on Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the 500 fastest growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean technology companies in North ... Read More »

Integrate Raises $5 Million in New Financing from Trinity Capital Investment

Integrate, the first closed-loop marketing software and media services provider, announced today that it has secured $5 million in new financing from Trinity Capital Investment.   This new financing brings the company’s total raised funds to $40 million since the company was founded in 2010, and will be used to accelerate further development of Integrate’s marketing software platform and fuel ... Read More »

COUNTRY RISK CLIMATES: TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

Argentina – a harsh liquidity squeeze to salvage the peso; Nigeria – FX trading is still in the doldrums; Russia – following the FX debacle, a bank crisis; Ukraine – a steep drop in gold holdings. AUSTRALIA: The Australian dollar has regained some of its footing in the FX markets, but its underlying tone is likely remain weak as analysts deem ... Read More »

Powerlytics: Analytics – Market Intelligence – Better Decisions

Powerlytics delivers trusted, actionable financial intelligence to manage risk and find growth opportunities for our clients’ businesses. Our products and services make it easy to create precise benchmarking and market-sizing reports, and to perform detailed economic, business and marketing research. This powerful information can be used to drive corporate strategy, discover potential markets, evaluate competitors and identify risks and trends ... Read More »

LendIt – Conference Series for the Online Lending Community

About LendIt LendIt is the largest conference series dedicated to connecting the global online lending community. LendIt hosts three conferences per year in the USA, Europe, and China. LendIt USA is the industry’s annual flagship conference and brings together every major online lending platform from around the world. LendIt Europe and LendIt China are regional conferences that allow attendees to ... Read More »

A Framework for Evaluating the Retrieval Effectiveness of Search Engines

Dirk Lewandowski presents a theoretical framework for evaluating next generation search engines.  It focuses on search engines whose results presentation is enriched with additional information and does not merely present the usual list of “10 blue links”, that is, of ten links to results, accompanied by a short description. While Web search is used as an example here, the framework ... Read More »