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February 28, 2017

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Bloomberg (2/28)

The charges against Lee include bribery, embezzlement and hiding assets overseas, according to the office of South Korea’s special prosecutor. The billionaire has denied wrongdoing. The prosecutor plans to indict 19 people today including the Samsung quintet, as he probes far-reaching allegations of corruption in the highest echelons of business and government in Korea.

CIO (2/28)

Visa on Monday announced one of the most unusual approaches, one that relies primarily on older QR code technology through its mVisa payment service. It went live Monday for merchants and customers in India, Kenya and Rwanda and will soon be available in Egypt, Pakistan and a few other developing countries.


Bloomberg (2/27)

The tools, which the companies said they’d build last May, lets the 2.5 million developers who customize SAP’s financial and logistics programs tap into building blocks of Apple’s iOS operating system, including fingerprint sign-on and location awareness.

Bloomberg (2/27)

A deal is conditioned on setting aside money to purchase Intelsat bonds from investors at a price higher than their trading prices last week, though that would still be below par value, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private information.

VentureBeat (2/27)

Pocket has 10 million monthly active users, Mozilla said. San Francisco-based Pocket dates to 2007 when founder and chief executive Nate Weiner created it under its original name, Read It Later. Pocket last announced funding in April 2015. Investors include NEA and Sound Ventures.

Bloomberg (2/27)

Since last year’s peak in mid-December, startup deal-making has fallen 37 percent, according to the Bloomberg U.S. Startups Barometer, which tracks fundraising, initial public offerings and acquisitions. The index is at its lowest point since April 2014.





Digiday (2/28)

In January, pages run by media companies in the U.K., like BBC Sport, The Guardian, Daily Mail and Sky News, created 850 Facebook Live videos, according to SocialBakers data, a number that has remained flat for the last six months.



VentureBeat (2/28)

After a decade of compiling responses from across industries, PwC found that businesses are becoming less confident in their digital IQs. In 2017, the average investment reported by respondents was 17.9 percent, only marginally higher than the 16.8 percent in 2007, despite the radically changed landscape and digital’s importance to business success

Digiday (2/28)

Because programmatic advertising has automated so much of media, more and more marketing dollars are underwriting fraud without advertisers’ knowledge. One major trick unscrupulous publishers are using is domain spoofing.

Adweek (2/27)

Traditional print publishing won’t be the only industry facing major disruption. Jeff McElfresh, president of AT&T’s DirectTV Latin America, said paid TV will soon face similar problems. He said around 60 percent of data consumed by AT&T customers isn’t email or reading thew news; it’s video.

VentureBeat (2/27)

The implications of 2017, the year virtual assistants really arrived, will be immense for business. There isn’t a minute to lose; at least a dozen industries need to be looking at how these will change their value propositions, their business models, and their customer relationships.

Adweek (2/27)

Faced with the relentless onslaught of digital change, agencies have been forced to adapt quickly or risk irrelevance. For the most part, the industry has responded in some form or another. Our list of Agencies 3.0 aims to shed a light on those shops that have adapted most nimbly.

Network World (2/27)

The 5G hype from the World Mobile Congress started early as Verizon said it would roll out pilot 5G network services on the back of Cisco communications gear. Verizon said its 5G pilot will be one of the world’s largest and will feature 'several hundred cell sites that cover several thousand customer locations.'




eMarketer (2/28)

Among the recent technological innovations, like smartglasses, that have the potential to penetrate to the mainstream in the consumer and commercial segments, currently augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) headsets are poised to reach $117.40bn in sales by 2022 according to a research published by Markets and Markets.



The Drum (2/27)

A January 2017 survey from Sprout Social, which polled 1,000 US millennial, Gen Xer and baby boomer internet users, compared how the three generations use social to follow brands. The survey found millennials and Gen Xers are twice as likely as baby boomers to follow a brand on social media. About half of respondents in each group reported doing so, compared with 24.5% of baby boomers.

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