Visa Seeks to Build Online B2B Ecosystem

Visa this week announced the Visa Ready Program for Business Solutions, a strategic framework to help ensure that tech companies integrating with Visa’s B2B payment services and data solutions meet the company’s standards and are market ready. The program lets Visa’s tech partners quickly integrate and approve various Visa B2B payments solutions, including enhanced data, virtual card integration, payables automation, and payment controls. It lets partners quickly introduce devices, software and solutions that can initiate or accept Visa payments. Participants get access to Visa’s tools and services, including the Visa…

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Microsoft Debuts Smarter Cloud at Build

Microsoft executives, led by CEO Satya Nadella, introduced a series of enhancements to the company’s critical data and cloud services at the kickoff of its annual Build conference on Wednesday, demonstrating new ways to expand adoption of artificial intelligence, personal digital assistants and other innovations. Nadella told conference attendees that there will be more than 25 billion intelligent devices in the world by 2020, and the role of developers will be to extend new technologies to meet that challenge. “So, whether precision medicine or precision agriculture, whether it’s digital media…

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Genesys Launches G-Nine CX Framework

Genesys on Monday introduced G-Nine as the innovation framework underlying all of its product offerings. “Think of G-Nine as the Genesys innovation framework that guides many aspects of our business — product strategy being one of those,” said Genesys CMO Merijn te Booij. “Within the G-Nine innovation framework, we have defined our themes related to technology and consumer trends that we’ll focus on in the next two years,” he told CRM Buyer. Among G-Nine’s initial capabilities: Smart App Automation, with more than 80 predefined micro-applications for voice and digital self-service;…

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A Year of Alphabet: Great for Google, Less So for Moonshots

Reorganizing itself under the umbrella company Alphabet has done wonders for Google – but less so for a grab bag of eclectic projects ranging from robotic cars to internet-beaming balloons, which are suffering costly growing pains. A year after Alphabet took shape, Google’s revenue growth has accelerated – an unusual development for a company of its size. That success, however, also underscores Alphabet’s dependence on the fickle business of placing digital ads in core Google products like search, Gmail and YouTube video. As a result, it remains vulnerable to swings…

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Taiwan Asks Google to Blur Images Showing New South China Sea Facilities

Taiwan’s defence ministry said on Wednesday it is asking Google to blur satellite images showing what experts say appear to be new military installations on Itu Aba, Taipei’s sole holding in the disputed South China Sea. The revelation of new military-related construction could raise tensions in the contested waterway, where China’s building of airstrips and other facilities has worried other claimants and the United States. The images seen on Google Earth show four three-pronged structures sitting in a semi-circle just off the northwestern shoreline of Itu Aba, across from an…

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Google Accelerated Mobile Pages Now Rolling Out to All Supported Search Results

Google in February introduced its Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project to reduce load time for mobile webpages. If you’ve noticed some stories with a small ‘lightning’ symbol on it, it means those pages open within a second. Initially, the AMP initiative was limited to only ‘Top Stories’. In August, Google announced that the initiative would make its way to all of Google’s search results. Google is now rolling out AMP optimised pages for all supported results (including non-news) to users around the world. Google AMP is designed to improve mobile…

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AT&T Wants to Make Every Telephone Pole an Ultra-Fast Wireless Hotspot

AT&T says it plans to start testing a technology next year that could ultimately blanket the country in ultra-fast wireless Internet – without the need for expensive cell towers. The project, known as AirGig, promises speeds that are many hundreds of times faster than what consumers currently get with their mobile data connections. And it stands to be a lot cheaper to deploy, because AT&T’s new solution piggybacks on infrastructure that’s decades old: Electricity lines. AirGig doesn’t transmit Internet signals through the power cables themselves. But by placing small, inexpensive…

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YouTube Heroes Programme Rewards Users for Moderating the Site

YouTube, being the world’s largest video sharing platform, wants to make sure that its users receive the best possible experience. With over a billion accounts from around the world, it is quite difficult for YouTube to solely moderate its own site, which is why the company is announcing a new programme wherein the job to moderate comments and videos now fall into the hands of the viewers. The programme is called YouTube Heroes which comes alongside the recently launched Community section. Announced on the YouTube Help channel, the Heroes program…

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Internet Now Has 334.6 Million Domain Name Registrations: VeriSign

Nearly 7.9 million domain name registrations were added to the Internet in the second quarter of 2016 globally – a growth rate of 2.4 percent over the first quarter – global domain and internet service provider VeriSign Inc. said on Wednesday. It brings the total number of domain name registrations to approximately 334.6 million across all top-level domains (TLDs) as of June 30 this year, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief. The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the second quarter of 2016, reaching a combined total…

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Samsung Quashes Battery Link to Report Galaxy Note 7 Fires in China

Samsung Electronics Co. determined that a problem with batteries that triggered a global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones wasn’t to blame for devices that burst into flame in China, saying their combustion was likely due to unspecified external heat sources. The company launched a preliminary investigation after comments circulated over the weekend on social media about two of the high-end phones sold in China igniting, mirroring complaints by Note 7 users from the US to South Korea. But on Monday, Samsung and its supplier Amperex Technology said they found…

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