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Interactive Data Releases FutureSource® 4.0

Interactive Data Corporation announced the release of the next generation of FutureSource®, its market data management and analytics platform. The redesigned and fully-hosted web-based FutureSource platform offers vendor of record (VOR) capabilities designed to provide traders, brokers and analysts in the commodities and energy sectors with operational cost savings, and an enhanced user interface that complements the platform’s upgraded workflow ... Read More »

Alibaba Targets $160 Billion Value in IPO

According the Wall Street Journal Alibaba Friday unveiled a price range for its U.S. initial public offering of $60 to $66 a share.  At the midpoint, this would value it at about $162 billion, on a fully diluted basis and assuming underwriters exercise an option to sell extra stock. That seems conservative, at least compared with heady analyst estimates that ... Read More »

Bertelsmann First Half 2014 Revenues Up 6.7%

Bertelsmann revenues for first six months of 2014 were Euro 7.846bn up 6.7%.  Nevertheless profits declined by 39% largely because the previous year’s figures had been boosted by windfall gains.  Subsequently Bertelsmann downgraded its full-year forecasts. Underlying or operating profit edged 0.4 percent higher to 1.015 billion euros. “The first six months of 2014 went satisfactorily for Bertelsmann. The significant ... Read More »

IBM Launches New Computer System

International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data. International Business Machines Corp on Wednesday launched a computer system that can quickly identify patterns in massive amounts of data, an ability that IBM said should hasten breakthroughs in science and medical research. The computer system, Watson Discovery Advisor, understands ... Read More »

Evalueserve Acquires German Based Beyond Data GmbH

Global research and analytics firm Evalueserve announced the acquisition of German business intelligence provider Beyond Data GmbH.  The acquisition of Beyond Data and access to its technology and knowledge of data and business processes allow us to further enhance and complement our portfolio. Our clients will benefit from a combination of Beyond Data’s delivery platforms and Evalueserve’s research and analytics ... Read More »

RiskMa Argentina Launches New Services

In April we wrote about a RiskMa Argentina, a new startup in credit information.  The company appears to be progressing notwithstanding current precarious credit conditions in Argentina.  Recently the company announced the launch of new services: Business Credit Reports:  From the United States of America, Latin America and the Caribbean.  RiskMa work with affiliates and partners throughout America to deliver ... Read More »

Connotate Appoints K. Venu Venugopal as Chief Product Officer

Connotate appointed information and SaaS veteran to Lead Connotate’s Web Data Platforms and Services Portfolio.  Dr. Venugopal will be responsible for managing the Connotate portfolio of platforms, services and products. Dr. Venugopal has over 20 years of experience in both technology and data products. He joins Connotate from Reed Elsevier, where he was VP of product management, engineering, and business development. ... Read More »

LifeLock Completes Identity Theft Training for More Than 10,000 Law Enforcement Agents in All 50 States

LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) and the FBI-Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) announced a milestone in identity theft training for law enforcement: training has now been completed in every state, as marked by an interactive educational summit last week in Cheyenne, Wyoming, the fiftieth state. Approximately 16.6 million persons or 7% of all U.S. residents age 16 or older, were ... Read More »

Europatent: Insolvency Administrator Mirko Möllen Ensures Continued Business Operations

BIIA reported in a recent post that Europatent had entered insolvency proceedings.  Today BIIA received a press release from Europatent’s insolvency administrator Mirko Möllen of PLUTA Rechtsanwalts GmbH, who has ensured that business operations at the insolvent company EUROPATENT Gesellschaft für europäischen Patentdienst GmbH + Co. OHG will continue. “Business is good, the customers have stayed loyal to us,” said ... Read More »

Cyber Security Startup Wickr to Create Chatroom

Wickr, a cyber security start-up, is in talks with banks and major financial services companies including Markit to create an alternative to Bloomberg instant messaging, just as Goldman Sachs tries to create its own Wall Street chat service. The San Francisco-based company has taken an investment from CME Group, the futures exchange operator, and is working closely with it to create an app ... Read More »

China’s Wanda, Tencent and Baidu Team up for US$813m e-Commerce Deal

China’s privately-held Dalian Wanda Group is set to launch a 5bil yuan (RM2.56bil) e-commerce joint venture with domestic internet giants Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc. The e-commerce venture, which will be 70% owned by Wanda and 15% held by Tencent and Baidu respectively, is set to be announced later this week, the people said. The venture will unite three of ... Read More »

LifeLock Announces New Personalized Alerts Across Credit Cards, Checking, Savings and Investment Accounts

LifeLock, Inc. (NYSE: LOCK) announced new product enhancements, including personalized activity alerts on credit card, checking and savings account transactions. These enhancements are available with our new expanded service offerings, LifeLock Advantage™ and LifeLock Ultimate Plus™. In addition, LifeLock Ultimate Plus members can receive these activity alerts on their investment accounts, adding some peace of mind against identity fraud in ... Read More »

More Models, More Regulations, More at Stake

FICO’s Andrew Jennings comments in his recent Bankinganalyticsblog that to some degree, we’re living in a world where we are cursed with our own success. Financial institutions have seen tremendous benefits from analytics, and as a result, they are using predictive models on an increasingly broader scale, to measure capital reserve requirements and manage complex customer decisions. But as his ... Read More »