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Barclays launches £100 million fund for UK tech firms

Written by on May 4, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Barclays launched a new 100 million pound fund on Friday to lend cash to fast growing British technology firms who may not want to sell an equity stake. Barclays said it will lend up to 5 million pounds for three years to technology firms that have secured venture capital financing, filling what […]

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What skills were in demand in 2014?

What skills were in demand in 2014?

Written by on May 4, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

Ever wondered what were the hottest professional skills in demand on LinkedIn in 2014 – or put in other words, what skills got people hired and kept recruiters searching this past year. After analyzing the data in over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles, here are the 25 hottest skills globally:   Information courtesy of LinkedIn […]

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LinkedIn profit warning

LinkedIn profit warning

Written by on May 1, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – LinkedIn Corp slashed its full-year profit forecast, citing slower revenue growth at its hiring business and a delay in recognising the contribution of lynda.com, the online education company it has agreed to buy. Shares of LinkedIn fell as much as 27 percent after the bell on Thursday. The professional social network operator agreed […]

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The leading lobbyists in the EU? The US

The leading lobbyists in the EU? The US

Written by on May 1, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – U.S. companies, including tech rivals Microsoft and Google, were among leading spenders on corporate lobbyists in Brussels last year, a Reuters review of new data showed. Companies had until Thursday to update public entries in the European Union’s newly revamped Transparency Register following a tightening of rules in January that obliges firms to […]

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Majority of mobile consumers in South Africa dissatisfied

Written by on April 30, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

The majority of mobile consumers are dissatisfied with the level of service they receive from South Africa’s mobile network operators’ (MNOs’) customer care units, with a significant gap between what customers expect and what their service providers deem satisfactory. This is according to local industry watchers, who corroborate a recent survey carried out by the UK’s MobileSquared for network and subscriber intelligence company […]

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Amdocs buys Comverse BSS assets

Written by on April 30, 2015 in Snippets with 2 Comments

Amdocs has announced the acquisition of Comverse’s BSS business units for $272 million in cash. Amdocs is positioning the deal as a consolidation and customer acquisition play, while Comverse says it wants to focus on digital services. Precisely how much of Comverse’s BSS operations are changing hands is a bit vague, with Amdocs referring to […]

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Apple Watch functions disrupted by tattoos?

Apple Watch functions disrupted by tattoos?

Written by on April 30, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Early adopters of the Apple Watch, Apple Inc’s first new product in five years, are complaining that a number of its key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. Owners of Apple Watch – including this reporter, who bought a 42mm version with stainless steel case and black classic buckle for A$1,029 (534 […]

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Nokia plays down shareholder opposition to Alcatel-Lucent deal

Nokia plays down shareholder opposition to Alcatel-Lucent deal

Written by on April 30, 2015 in News with 0 Comments

HELSINKI (Reuters) – Nokia Chief Executive Rajeev Suri defended the terms of its pending acquisition of smaller telecom gear maker Alcatel-Lucent after a shareholder criticised them as unacceptable. Odey Asset Management, Alcatel-Lucent’s second-largest shareholder with 5 percent, said in a letter to investors that it would not tender its shares in the Nokia takeover because […]

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Tigo opens billing system to partner OTT

Written by on April 29, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

Millicom, the Latin American and African telco, has confirmed a content distribution partnership with Dutch media solutions vendor Momac. The agreement will see Tigo, Millicom’s Latin American subsidiary, bundle together its wide range of data packages alongside various third party apps. With convergence of conventional telecoms services becoming an increasingly important strategic direction for a […]

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Best Buy buys into Apple Pay

Written by on April 29, 2015 in Snippets with 0 Comments

It was only a matter of time! Best Buy was one of several large retailers who did not accept Apple Pay at launch in October because it was involved with a competing system called CurrentC from the Merchant Customer Exchange. On it Monday announced it would immediately begin to accept Apple Pay in its mobile app, […]

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