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Cyber Security:  Mobile Banking Security

Over 50 percent of consumers use mobile banking apps.  With millions of transactions occurring between consumers and companies each day, hackers are finding more and more ways to steal this sensitive data. In fact, 70% of Apple iOS paid financial apps have been hacked and 95% of Android paid financial apps have been hacked. This type of vulnerability calls for ... Read More »

Salesforce Debuts Analytics Mobile App

Salesforce has introduced the first mobile app for its Wave Analytics platform. Select iOS users are piloting Sales Wave Analytics, which Salesforce will release to the public at an undisclosed date. The app will connect to other services on Salesforce’s CRM platform to derive data and provide “actionable insight.” Features include sales-accelerator templates, historical analysis and a task-creation and deployment option called Sales Wave Actions. Partners might find ... Read More »

AnalytixInsight Announces New Mobile Content Licensing Partnerships

Big data analytics company AnalytixInsight Inc. entered into a series of partnerships and revenue sharing arrangements between its mobile subsidiary Stockwall S.r.L and several leading content and financial information providers.  With these agreements, the Company is strongly placed to offer high-value business content, financial markets content, videos and news to subscribers of its Marketwall app. Under the terms of these ... Read More »

Google Acquires Odysee

Google has acquired Odysee, and the platform team behind the app will join the group of developers at Google+. The photo backup and sharing app allowed iOS and Android app users to automatically back up their photos and videos to their home computer or to a cloud server from their smartphones. The acquisition fuels rumors that Google will separate its ... Read More »

Experian Data Breach Resolution and BillGuard in Partnership

Experian and BillGuard collaborate to transform data breach response with launch of an active fraud surveillance and identity theft resolution offering ProtectMyID® now includes payment card fraud monitoring at consumers’ fingertips with the BillGuard mobile app With the explosion of payment-card data breaches last year, Experian Data Breach Resolution has enhanced its award-winning active fraud surveillance and identity theft resolution product, ... Read More »

Salesforce Launches Tools for Building Private App Stores

Salesforce’s (NYSE:CRM) AppExchange Store Builder leverages technology used to create the company’s AppExchange store (offers business apps that work with Salesforce’s cloud apps) to allow enterprises to create custom stores for distributing and managing apps across multiple platforms. Salesforce is offering the solution for free to users who already have a Salesforce license, and charging $5/user/month to those who don’t. Gartner forecast last year 25% of enterprises will ... Read More »

Alibaba Partners with Quixey for Mobile App Searches

Alibaba Group has partnered with US-based search engine Quixey to power app searches for its mobile operating system YunOS. Unlike typical web search engines, Quixey focuses on helping users find the most appropriate mobile apps they need.  It can also locate content and functions stored on mobile apps, such as blogs and social media platforms. Quixey will become the sole ... Read More »

Acquisitions and Partnerships Help Companies to Ramp Up Analytics Capabilities

BIIA (Business Information Industry Association) has been tracking product announcements in the business information space for some time.  It has become evident that advanced analytics, also known as predictive analytics are now the fastest growing segment within business information.    Companies acquiring capabilities: During the first nine months we tracked 231 company announcements involving acquisitions, new product developments, partnerships and international ... Read More »

Demandbase Introduces Sales Accelerator on Salesforce AppExchange

Demandbase receives investment from Salesforce Ventures, salesforce.com’s corporate investment group Demandbase announced the launch of a new application on the Salesforce AppExchange, Demandbase Sales Accelerator. Built expressly for B2B sales and marketing teams, Sales Accelerator automatically pushes critical account insights harvested from advertising and web site traffic into the Salesforce1 Platform. By converging these disparate data sets, Sales Accelerator helps bridge ... 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 »

Google Acquires Jetpac

Google has bought the startup behind a Jetpac mobile application that creates insightful travel guides by analyzing pictures from social networks such as Instagram. Jetpac announced that its application would be removed from Apple´s online App Store in the days ahead and that it would stop supporting the software in the middle of September. Jetpac mines publicly shared pictures for ... Read More »

FICO Survey: Mobile Banking Drives Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction

A comprehensive survey of U.S. bank customers conducted for FICO found that 82 percent of mobile banking app users are satisfied with their bank, compared with only 71 percent among those who do not use a mobile banking app, and 76 percent of the mobile app users are likely to recommend their bank, compared with only 67 percent of the non-users. The survey also ... Read More »

Amazon Announces New Mobile Payments Service

Amazon has announced plans to launch their own mobile payments app that will compete directly with currently apps including Square and PayPal. The new service, dubbed the Amazon Local Register, will work similarly to other mobile payment apps, allowing users to accept payments via credit and debit cards using the smartphones and tablets. The web retail giant will use their current payments ... Read More »

Tapjoy Acquired Korean Analytics company 5Rocks

Tapjoy stated that the acquisition could offer complete ad-tech and app-tech solutions for driving revenue and lifetime value (LTV) maximisation for app developers.  The deal will bring together its mobile advertising technology with 5Rocks’ predictive analytics and marketing automation services. Best known for its data science expertise, deep reporting, predictive analytics and mobile Customer Relationship Management (mCRM) platform, 5Rocks analytics ... Read More »

Owler.com: A New Crowdsourced Company Profiles Venture

After a 16 months metamorphosis Owler.com was launched from the remnants of InfoArmy.  Serial entrepreneur Jim Fowler appeared to have learned his lessons from the shortcomings of InfoArmy and launched Owler.com and the Owler mobile business app (iOS) to provide a source for business news and information. Based in San Mateo, CA- and Coimbatore, TN, India, Owler provides for free ... Read More »

BOL Thailand Makes Strategic Investment in Ecart Studio Co. Ltd.

Business Online Thailand has acquired a 15% equity interest in Ecart Studio, a developer of Web-based applications and enterprise location based software applications.  Price of the transaction was 52,941,176 Baht (US$ 1.64 million). Ecart Studio’s deep expertise in online mapping systems is to further BOL’s business potential in the future.  Both companies will partner in government projects. Source:  BOL Filing Read More »

Salesforce.com Introduces Salesforce1 for Retail

Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) announced Salesforce1 for Retail.  Retailers can now leverage Mobile Clienteling and Salesforce Communities for Retail to build 1:1 relationships with shoppers anytime, anywhere and on any device to make every customer feel like a VIP. In addition, salesforce.com global alliance partners Capgemini and PwC have joined the Salesforce1 for Retail ecosystem to develop innovative new retail solutions built ... Read More »