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Is the EU creating a level or layered playing field for OTT players?

Is the EU creating a level or layered playing field for OTT players?

Written by on September 20, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The EU is expected to propose that OTT giants providing voice & messaging telecom services meet the same obligations as operators. The European Union’s executive arm is expected this week to propose subjecting online services like Microsoft’s Skype, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Apple’s iMessage to some of the same rules that have long regulated the telecom services […]

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Juvo claims to make invisible prepaid customers visible and ‘monetizable’

Juvo claims to make invisible prepaid customers visible and ‘monetizable’

Written by on September 19, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

San Francisco-based Juvo came out of stealth mode last week, with a bold claim that it can make “invisible” prepaid customers visible to mobile operators, increasing their ability to monetize pay-as-you-go subscribers. Juvo’s iOS or Android app enables prepaid users to build up what is effectively a credit score, by analysing their behavior and generating […]

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The chips are down – EMV in the US not going well

The chips are down – EMV in the US not going well

Written by on September 16, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

I’ve been reading a lot of comment about the US EMV migration recently and there seems to be pretty universal condemnation of the process (some of it from me). In the UK, we had chip and PIN day (St.Valentine’s Day 2006) and that, pretty much, was that. But in the US, the migration has been […]

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Does the investment community understand what blockchains are?

Does the investment community understand what blockchains are?

Written by on September 16, 2016 in Guest Blog with 1 Comment

RIoT has noticed a number of recent blockchain announcements that sing the praises of the technology for financial and IoT applications. However, while enterprise blockchain deployments certainly do have huge potential upside, it seems that a lot of those making noise in the investment community don’t entirely grasp the purpose of the technology. At the […]

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Your brand, in-store, is under cyber attack

Your brand, in-store, is under cyber attack

Written by on September 15, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Cyber attacks from malware, botnet move to other attack vectors. Retail cyber executives reported the most breaches in the past 24 months. Cyber attacks damage customer loyalty. Consumers are wary of the increased frequency of cyber attacks against retailers, and many are ready to walk away from their favorite retailers if a breach occurs. In fact, according […]

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Forgot your wallet, no problem you have your phone. No, wait…

Forgot your wallet, no problem you have your phone. No, wait…

Written by on September 14, 2016 in Billing & Payments, Guest Blog with 0 Comments

I nipped round to Waitrose to get some milk the other day. As I closed the door behind me I realised that I’d left my wallet on my desk. But guess what – I didn’t care. Waitrose takes contactless, and they’ve implemented in properly (with CDCVM), so there’s no need to take cards as consumers […]

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Small big data start up? Sorry, not in Europe

Small big data start up? Sorry, not in Europe

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Startups will be hurt by a restriction on text and data mining in the European Commission’s proposal to change EU copyright law. The European Commission is working on some policy changes to improve the situation of startups in Europe, but at the same time it wants to prevent startups from using text and data mining technology. […]

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The EU and search engines: what are we fighting for?

The EU and search engines: what are we fighting for?

Written by on September 12, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Content regulation that can only spectacularly backfire. The EU’s latest proposal to allow media outlets to charge search engines to index their content is a frightening sign of how the EU has the potential to damage the Internet experience for all EU users. The idea is to change EU copyright law such that the owners of […]

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Did you hear the one about Facebook, Google and privacy laws?

Did you hear the one about Facebook, Google and privacy laws?

Written by on September 12, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

The FTC fails to level the playing field on privacy rules. The formal privacy rules watchdog, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has looked the other way in regards to how companies use the data they collect about consumers. Companies such as Google and Facebook thrive on customer personal data – the bits of information that tell […]

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Alexa, up the Amazon, need a paddle?

Alexa, up the Amazon, need a paddle?

Written by on September 9, 2016 in Guest Blog with 0 Comments

Alexa needs to get much smarter. Amazon’s latest software updates show its determination to do well in the parts of Digital Life that it covers, but there are still large parts of its empire being left out in the cold. Amazon’s latest update to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick allows the user to use Alexa […]

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