Gemalto Connects China’s first Internet Car launched by Banma
Date: 10 January 2017
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Onother interesting JV : Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, is partnering with Banma Technologies Co., Ltd for the production of China’s first Internet Car – the Roewe RX5. Banma is a new joint venture between Alibaba Group and SAIC Motor Corporation Limited (SAIC Motor).

Alex Shi, CEO of Banma, said:

“The Roewe RX5, empowered by Alibaba’s YunOS operating system, is the first mass produced internet car. It’s a breakthrough embodying years of research and technological innovation. It is a product that demands the most secure and reliable end-to-end connectivity.”

“Connected cars mark the beginning of digital transformation across the automotive industry, paving the way for autonomous vehicles in the near future,” said Suzanne Tong-Li, President, Greater China & Korea at Gemalto. “Our expertise and global experience, combined with tried-and-tested secure connectivity solutions, put us in a sweet spot to help car manufacturers create smarter and more connected vehicles.

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Why Twitter Won’t Be Around in 5 Years
Date: 10 January 2017
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(…) Key factor that could lead to Twitter-as-we-know-it not being around in a half-decade: its darling product, Periscope.Periscope, Twitter’s live-streaming app, has grown to impressive international usage. Twitter recently integrated Periscope into its apps, making it easier than ever for anyone to “go live,” and broadcast to the world in live time.

Right now, Periscope is the hottest product Twitter has going.

Unfortunately, Facebook also has Facebook Live, and a massive marketing budget to make the product grow to scale. Both companies haven’t released updated user counts lately, but it’s evident that Facebook Live continues to eat up a lion’s share of the livestreaming pie, simply by being available to a wider range of people.

This is a battle Facebook desperately wants to win, and it boasts a history of competitors bested (or bought) as evidence that the social media giant means business. I could definitely see Facebook totally overshadowing Twitter when it comes to the go-to platform for livestreaming. That may be Twitter’s death knell.

While Twitter could surprise us all by solidifying its leadership team, developing ad platforms that energize brands and investors and stave off Facebook Live, I believe the most likely outcome for Twitter is to go the route of MySpace — relegated to irrelevance.

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€2 billion has been invested over German fintech platform Raisin
Date: 10 January 2017
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Raisin German fintech Raisin has passed €2 billion (£1.7 billion, $2.1 billion) of investment over its platform three years after launching. Raisin announced in a press release on Tuesday that it had passed the milestone, just three months after announcing €1.7 billion had been invested over its platform.

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Ford is bringing Chariot’s on-demand shuttles to 8 cities in 2017| The growth of on-demand economy
Date: 10 January 2017
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Engadget Ford is bringing Chariot’s on-demand shuttles to 8 cities in 2017 Engadget When Ford bought up San Francisco-based public transit alternative Chariot last year, the automaker promised to roll its private commuter shuttle service out to even more cities in 2017.

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At CES, Lyft, Airbnb, Toyota and Reddit deliberate the future of the sharing economy
Date: 10 January 2017
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CampaignLive At CES, Lyft, Airbnb, Toyota and Reddit deliberate the future of the sharing economy CampaignLive The sharing economy gives more freedom and options to the consumer and, as data shows, these types of services are on the rise. eMarketer estimates that in 2017, 30.9 million Americans will use sharing services like Lyft, Uber and Airbnb.

Airbnb, for example, has had issues with government regulations and has drafted guidelines of best practices for cities. “While it’s not a one-thing-fits-all scenario, there are patterns that begin to emerge,” said Airbnb’s Aden-Wansbury. “Beginning to share those best practices and help cities figure out what combination of policies work best is something we are very encouraged about.” Aden-Wansbury added that more dialogue about what these services do and how they benefit local communities will make the integration of sharing services easier. The highest adapters of Airbnb, she explained, are actually senior women, and the largest population using the service are underserved communities.

Masserman said that partnering with governments has been critical for Lyft. “Change is hard, change plus regulation is really hard, change plus regulation plus transportation policies…I mean, some of these policies haven’t been changed in 50, 60 years,” he said. “Having honest dialogues has served us well.”

“I try to remember that lawmakers are people, and people generally fear what they don’t know,” said Cain. “Just as we have to be patient with our consumers, the policymakers have to go on that journey with us too.”

 

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Building Trust while Cutting Costs
Date: 10 January 2017
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In a Fit for Growth transformation — one that starts with the premise that all spending is investment and every cost is a choice — the three phases of change are managed in such a way that people understand the strategic rationale for the decisions handed down, even when they are tough, and their role in shaping the new organization is clear.

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