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Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Is Snap betting the farm on beating Facebook with hardware?

Written by on February 20, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Snap Inc takes to the road in London on Monday to promote its initial public offering with a daring proposition: that it can build hot-selling hardware gadgets and ad-friendly software features fast enough to stay one step ahead of Facebook. No longer just a purveyor of a smartphone app for disappearing […]

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The new Apple building – is this the true Jobs legacy?

The new Apple building – is this the true Jobs legacy?

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Inside the original Macintosh computer, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs inscribed the signatures of his team, revealing his deep concern for even the hidden features of his products. His last work – Apple Inc’s sprawling new headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. – will be a fitting tribute: a futuristic campus built with astonishing […]

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Analysis of the visa crackdown: the damage to startup companies

Analysis of the visa crackdown: the damage to startup companies

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kate Mitchell said her startup companies have a message for their employees who are foreign nationals: Don’t travel outside the country right now. “Common sense would say, why take the risk?” said Mitchell, co-founder and partner at Scale Venture Partners. Silicon Valley draws on a global workforce. […]

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“We will take the risk” – the words that no fraud or security manager wants to hear

“We will take the risk” – the words that no fraud or security manager wants to hear

Written by on February 1, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

“We will take the risk” – the words that no fraud or security manager wants to hear from their CFO or management team. Often this statement will be made by a person who has no idea what that risk is, and would not think of justifying this decision with a formal risk assessment. If they […]

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Torrents of information pushing investment firms to find new ways to stay relevant

Torrents of information pushing investment firms to find new ways to stay relevant

Written by on January 27, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

(Reuters) – With investment firms cutting costs and portfolio managers combating a barrage of information, financial research shops around the globe are looking for new ways to keep their product relevant. A raft of startups have launched to support that effort, offering tools that can use Google search data to get an edge on retail […]

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Telenor predicts the rise of IoT, chatbots but not social media

Telenor predicts the rise of IoT, chatbots but not social media

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

2017 could be the year that artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and chatbots go truly mainstream, while millennials may decide to take extended breaks from social media, according to Telenor Group’s Research arm. Telenor Research has published what it sees as the key global tech trends for the coming year, much of which was […]

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What do connected toothbrushes and insurance companies have in common?

What do connected toothbrushes and insurance companies have in common?

Written by on January 17, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Twice a day, Scott Ozawa’s Bluetooth-enabled toothbrush tells his dental insurer if he brushed for a full two minutes. In return, the 41-year-old software engineer gets free brush heads and the employer which bought his insurance gets premium discounts. The scheme, devised by Beam Technologies Inc, is just one of the […]

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Saudi Arabia sees ride hailing apps driving economic, social change

Saudi Arabia sees ride hailing apps driving economic, social change

Written by on January 9, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

DUBAI (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia hopes its plan to bring a further 1.3 million women into the workforce by 2030 will be given a lift from ride-hailing apps Uber and Dubai-based rival Careem. The cars, which the government says should only be driven by Saudi men, offer women, who are banned from driving in the […]

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For Israeli start-ups, an immediate exit strategy may not be a priority

For Israeli start-ups, an immediate exit strategy may not be a priority

Written by on January 5, 2017 in Features with 0 Comments

TEL AVIV (Reuters) – Whenever potential buyers have approached Tel Aviv-based Fiverr, the technology firm has said no; like a growing number of Israeli start-ups, it has enough backing from private investors to stay independent for longer. Traditionally, many of Israel’s numerous tech companies have sold out at an early stage to global giants like […]

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Will the Trump era be good for regtech companies?

Will the Trump era be good for regtech companies?

Written by on December 23, 2016 in Features with 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President elect Donald Trump is pro-business and anti-red tape. But what if your business is red tape? Companies whose technology helps banks and investors cope with the welter of post financial crisis regulations and avoid increasingly hefty fines – a sector known as “regtech” – are sanguine about the Trump pledge […]

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