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Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On (4/18/2014) - Macedonia – elections to watch; Moldova – the next domino after Crimea? Turkey – prospects for the lira; Ukraine – a massive interest rate hike; Venezuela – dire currency forecast. ALGERIA:  There is no doubt that today’s presidential elections will … Continue reading

D&B Ramps Up Data and Analytics by Acquiring Fliptop’s Social Data Matching Business Unit (4/18/2014) - Acquisition expands D&B data and analytics to include social data delivered through the cloud D&B (NYSE: DNB) has acquired the social data matching business unit of Fliptop, a leader in software solutions that aggregates public web and social data.  The … Continue reading

Regulatory Compliance & Data Security: Ready to Step onto the Cloud? (4/18/2014) - Should our company deploy origination software on-premises or in the cloud?  FICO been fielding quite a few questions along these lines after recently launching its own FICO® Origination Manager 4.5, the first release that can be deployed either way.  FICO … Continue reading

China Country Risk Climate: Shopping Malls are Losing Ground to e-Commerce (4/17/2014) - According to a McKinsey report Chinese mall developers go bankrupt —especially state-owned ones. Shopping malls are losing ground to the online marketplace.  While overall retail sales are growing, e-retail sales jumped by 50 percent in 2013. Although the rate of … Continue reading

THE 2nd ANNUAL BIG DATA WORLD SHOW MALAYSIA 2014: SUMMIT & EXHIBITION (4/17/2014) - Harnessing the Power of Big Data in Asia Riding on the success of Big Data World Show Malaysia held last year, the 2nd Annual Big Data World Show Malaysia 2014 will take place on September 9 and 10 at Shangri-La … Continue reading

Leadership Directories’ Introduces New Congressional App for iPhone® and iPad® (4/16/2014) - Leadership Directories announces the introduction of its new Leadership® Congress app.  Its valued government profile and contact information is now more accessible to customers who are on the go. Recognizing that many subscribers, especially in the Washington, D.C. area, spend … Continue reading

Credit Information in India – Version 2 (4/16/2014) - On 22 March, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) released the Report of the Aditya Puri led Committee to recommend Data Formats for Furnishing of Credit Information to Credit Information Companies. This report is open for public comments till 30 … Continue reading

Intapp Acquires The Frayman Group (4/16/2014) - Intapp, Inc. announced the acquisition of The Frayman Group (TFG), a company offering risk management software for law firms.  With this move, Intapp further extends its position as the leading provider of risk management software for the legal industry, offering … Continue reading

Kroll Ontrack and Blancco Form Strategic Alliance to Offer Expanded Data Erasure Solutions (4/15/2014) - Blancco’s market-leading data erasure software paired with Kroll Ontrack’s erasure services and data recovery expertise deliver a complete data erasure strategy Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery and ediscovery products and services, and Blancco, the global leader in data … Continue reading

Trade Credit Insurers Report New Business Growth in 2013 – Industry still Concerned about Fragile Recovery (4/15/2014) - Trade credit insurance members state that the market is characterized by strong competition and new business growth in 2013.   This however is negatively influenced by the ongoing economic and political conditions in part of the world. The claims picture in … Continue reading

Boosting Internet Access in Remote Areas (4/15/2014) - Google is acquiring Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones that could be used to boost Internet access to remote areas.  Google did not release the financial terms of the transaction. Titan’s drones are able to run for five years … Continue reading

Alibaba – AutoNavi Deal – For BIIA Members (4/15/2014) - Alibaba finally got its way by acquiring AutoNavi in a deal which values AutoNavi at approximately $1.5 bn.   Alibaba feels it is a price worth paying since it wants to use digital mapping and navigation services would help Alibaba increase … Continue reading

Country Risk Climates: Trends to Keep an Eye On (4/15/2014) - Finland – a reshuffled government and modest economic expectations; Haiti – a major Cabinet reorganization; Slovenia – question marks over the government’s survival chances. CHINA: Investors in yuan are now on notice that there is a two-way risk and this … Continue reading

Wolters Kluwer Acquires Remaining Shares of Third Coast Holdings – Parent of Datacert, Inc. (4/15/2014) - Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services announced the acquisition of the remaining shares of Third Coast Holdings, Inc., parent company of Datacert, Inc., which will become part of the Wolters Kluwer Corporate Legal Services (CLS) division.   Wolters Kluwer has agreed to … Continue reading

Alibaba to Acquire AutoNavi (4/14/2014) - Reuters reports that Chinese digital mapping and navigation firm AutoNavi Holdings Ltd (AutoNavi Holdings Ltd (ADR) agreed to be acquired by Alibaba Group Holding Ltd in a deal valuing the company at about $1.5 billion. AutoNavi said the company’s shareholders will … Continue reading

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