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Standard Chartered Next To Enable B2B Payments In Zoho

“U.K. bank Standard Chartered is the next financial institution (FI) to integrate payment capabilities into corporate software firm Zoho” reports pymnts.com. The integration enables companies using Zoho financial management tools to pay their suppliers from directly within the platform, facilitated by Standard Chartered services. The solution is offered via Zoho’s Finance Suite of services and can support one-time and recurring payment collections.In a statement, Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu said he is “very excited” about the collaboration. “With this partnership, corporate banking solutions are directly baked into their accounting software, driving…

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‘It’s certainly never going to end’: How Chase polices brand safety on YouTube

“The bank was far from the only advertiser to stop spending on YouTube, but unlike its peers, Chase did not return until it got more than assurances from the Google-owned video platform” writes Ilyse Liffreing for digiday.com. The company created an internal tool that grades YouTube channels for brand appropriateness. Source: digiday.com Share This:

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Alibaba invests $717.2M in e-commerce platform Huitongda, which serves rural Chinese consumers, as Alibaba seeks to expand sales outside major cities

“As e-commerce sales to city dweller approaches saturation, Internet companies are turning to the almost 600 million Chinese who live in rural area for growth” reports chinamoneynetwork.com. China’s e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding will invest RMB4.5 billion (US$717.2 million) in Huitongda Network Co., an e-commerce platform serving rural consumers, in a bid to expand its sales outside major cities. Source: chinamoneynetwork.com Share This:

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Eventbrite Acquires Spain’s Ticketea to Further Grow European Operations

“Ticketing platform Eventbrite has acquired Ticketea, one of Spain’s leading ticketing providers, to further grow its presence in Continental Europe” writes Richard Smirke for billboard.com. Joker identifies the opportunity to integrate Ticketea’s product and engineering teams and technology into Eventbrite as a key element of the deal.In 2017, more than 50 million people bought a ticket or registered for an event on the platform. Source: billboard.com Share This:

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Comcast and Independence Health to partner on new health care platform

“Comcast is teaming up with one of the nation’s largest Blue Cross health insurers, Independence Health Group, to launch a new consumer-oriented health-care technology platform” writes David Paul Morris for cnbc.com. In February, Comcast and Independence collaborated on an innovation conference, hosting early-stage health IT start-ups focused on value-based care and improving patient health outcomes.Independence Health and Comcast say they plan to develop the platform that patients can access nationally; the health insurer has more than 8.5 million members across two dozen states.The partnership has grown out of the firms’…

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Square rival iZettle now lets people make their own online stores

“European payments firm iZettle launched a platform Thursday that lets merchants set up online stores, in its biggest product release since 2011” writes Arjun Kharpal for cnbc.com. The e-commerce platform will allow a merchant to create an online store, accept payments, and also link inventory from its physical store.Small businesses find it complex to begin selling online, according to iZettle CEO Jacob de Geer. Last year, U.S. rival Square launched its payments and card reader service in the U.K. It also has an e-commerce platform but that is not available…

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Monex Group Successfully Completes Acquisition…

“At the same time, Monex has some big plans for this trading platform in the future” writes Jp Buntinx for livebitcoinnews.com. Big was most people’s surprise when Monex announced the acquisition of Coincheck With this latter exchange being hacked earlier, this news seemingly makes little sense.However, there are still pending lawsuits against this trading platform as we speak. Source: livebitcoinnews.com Share This:

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Taste is increasingly dictated by algorithms

“Displacing the judgment of taste partly to algorithms, as in the Amazon Echo Look, robs us of some of that humanity” writes Apr Edt for racked.com. This is the kind of social, aesthetic intelligence, the sense of taste, that our algorithms are missing, for now at least.If our taste is dictated by data-fed algorithms controlled by massive tech corporations, then we must be content to classify ourselves as slavish followers of robots. Source: racked.com Share This:

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Twitter stock rises after Morgan Stanley cheers revenue trends, ‘platform scarcity’

“He believes that Twitter shares will continue to trade at a premium due to an expected acceleration in revenue this year as well as “platform scarcity.”” writes Emily Bary for marketwatch.com. Twitter shares are up 110% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 SPX, +0.80% has gained 15%.”While previously we were cautious about the durability of Twitter’s platform turnaround, more positive advertiser/agency conversations and (we believe) improving user growth make the risk/reward more compelling,” Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak wrote Tuesday. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Marketing in the Age of Alexa

“With consumer data now being used to create finely targeted marketing, customer acquisition has become ever more efficient” reports hbr.org. Push marketing (getting platforms to carry and promote a product) will become more important, while pull marketing (persuading consumers to seek products) becomes less so.Once the dust settles, we expect that just a handful of general-purpose AI platforms will be left standing.Marketers’ current obsession with creating an omnichannel customer experience will fade as AI platforms become a powerful marketing medium, sales and distribution channel, and fulfillment and service center—all rolled…

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