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Ten jargon-free ways to think about that LinkedIn deal

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Did you hear? Microsoft bought LinkedIn. Yes you did. But do you know why? Well, Tim Green has sifted through lots of plausible reasons so you don’t have to…

Last week Microsoft endorsed the skills of LinkedIn. It endorsed them so hard, it cost $26 billion.

Yes, you all know about this by now. Microsoft bought LinkedIn for a huge sum in an all-cash transaction. It was the second biggest acquisition in tech corporate history, and it was kept totally quiet. Not a single leak.

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Snap chat – Google, LG, Moto and the new breed of clip-together phones

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Modular phones are back! LG’s G5, Moto Z and Google’s Project Ara are reviving a concept that – OK – was probably never here in the first place. Will the pieces fall into place? Tim Green weighs the arguments…

Everyone agrees that phone design has become boring. They all look the same. They all do the same things.

So what would you like to do with your handset that you can’t do now?

Here’s an idea: how about using it to fire pepper spray into the eye of your mugger?

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The soft option? Operators prep the programmable SIM

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It used to be accepted that turning the physical SIM into software was bad for operators: customers would change networks on a whim. But now operators are behind the idea. And it’s all because of IoT, says Tim Green…

A few days ago a 16-year-old girl from Thrissur in India swallowed a SIM card. Doctors succeeded in removing it from her lungs after she developed breathing problems and was rushed to hospital.

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Google’s vision for the future of apps: no stores and no downloads

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Imagine if you could click a link to jump straight inside an app – and never download it? You’d never need to visit an app store. Or download an app at all. Tim Green ponders the mind-boggling implications of Android Instant Apps…

Has Google just started the post-app age? After all, it really really wants to.

Last week, at its Google I/O developer event, the company unveiled Android Instant Apps. It lets any Android user click on a link and open up the app – just the bit he or she wants, not the whole thing – without downloading it.

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MEF Connects Brazil in pictures

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MEF recently hosted its largest LatAm event to date: MEF Connects Brazil, held during Tela Viva Móvel, supported by Movile and Digital Virgo.

Over 130 senior executives from 60 companies representing the mobile ecosystem in Latin America got together for the business networking event.

We partnered with Tela Viva Móvel, the most relevant conference in Brazil for the mobile sector.

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[Infographic] Mobile advertising in Brazil

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Brazil’s economic growth is well documented. It is a mobile first country with 50 per cent of all households using mobile as their primary means for communicating and getting online.

Today that’s a mix of feature phones and smartphones but by 2018, one third of the country is predicted to own a smartphone.

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Mobile Ecosystem Forum elects new EMEA and LatAm boards

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Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF), is today announcing the results of its 2016 EMEA and LatAm board elections which took place during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.

As mobile continues its reign to become the primary channel to engage and transact with consumers…

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Country focus: the Mexican mobile POS market

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All over the world, mobile POS (mPOS) has made a significant impact on small and single outlet merchants.

But there’s evidence to suggest that, among growth markets, Mexico has embraced the concept more enthusiastically than most…

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Calling all African startups: four tips for partnering with a telco

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Creating a rewarding relationship with telcos can be challenging for mobile tech startups, especially in fast moving African markets. Here Adia Sowho, Director of Digital Business for Etisalat Nigeria shares some essential tips for forging a lasting, mutually beneficial partnership.

It is common knowledge that revenue pressure from OTTs (Over-The-Top) players, like Facebook and WhatsApp is eating into traditional mobile operator/telecommucations company (telco) revenue from minutes and megabytes.

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MEF Connects Nigeria in pictures

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Nigeria continues to exemplify how rapidly growing economies are embracing mobile to empower consumers. MEF’s recent Global Consumer Survey showed just how Nigerian consumers see their device as an essential part of everyday life with engagement levels with mobile services and content having grown by 50 per cent year-on-year for example.

As part of its ongoing pan-African presence, last week MEF CEO, Rimma Perelmuter, chaired a conference session at the Mobile West Africa Conference in Lagos.

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Finalists announced for the West Africa Mobile Awards

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The finalists for the 2016 West African Mobile Awards have been announced with a shortlist featuring the region’s leading mobile tech companies. The annual awards attracted submissions from 10 countries across 3 continents, and were chosen by an independent panel of international judges.

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Understanding the digital content mix in Africa

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Africa is a mobile first continent. In many of its constituent countries its also experiencing the roll-out of faster mobile networks and, alongside the critical mass of feature phones, an increasing availability of cheaper smartphones.

As a consequence, digital content providers and stores are gearing up to maximize the pan-African mobile opportunity. Below Atul Madan, Mahindra Comviva’s Senior Vice President and Head of Mobile Life Style & Customer Care Solutions discusses the complexities of digital content creation and distribution across the African continent.

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MEF meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. Meet three more members from our diverse global community, Mblox, OLAmobile and SpotX.

Mobile World Congress moved to the Fira Gran Via in 2013, a more remote location with a more spacious conference hall.

MEF meets the members @MWC 2016

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Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. This week meet three companies from across our diverse global membership, AVG Technologies, Mobiliya and VUMobile.

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Diversity and engagement drive the new mobile ecosystem landscape

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MEF CEO Rimma Perelmuter shares her insights from a busy 2016 Mobile World Congress where MEF hosted two key initiative workshops, annual elections for two chapter boards and the legendary MEF Connects MWC networking event.

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#MWC16 highlights: Views from the show floor

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During Mobile World Congress 2016 we asked MEF members for their insights into the most exciting developments on show in Barcelona.

With a myriad of new handsets, technologies, VR headsets and connected devices to choose from, hear about some of the highlights and big themes from the showfloor.

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How to succeed in China: highlights from MEF Connects Beijing

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You can’t succeed in China unless you have an unfair advantage. But if you do have one, the rewards are huge. That was the key take-away from experts at the recent MEF Connects China held during GMIC Beijing…

Thinking of expanding your business into China? Be careful. This is the advice from a VC that specialises in taking overseas companies into the region.

“95 per cent of companies do not belong here.”

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Mobile advertising in China is closing in on America

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Rangar Kruse, CEO of Smaato shares insights into the state of mobile advertising in China, and reveals that China may soon overtake the US as the highest spending advertising market. We caught up with Ragnar at GMIC Beijing.

According to the Smaato Global Trends Report, the United States consistently takes the lead as the world’s largest advertising market. However, China’s recent explosive mobile advertising growth rate suggests that the world may soon have a new ad spend leader.

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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

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MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

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MEF Connects China, a view from the floor

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One of the key themes that underpins the effective impact of any ecosystem, is the essential connectivity of complimentary components; elements that enhance and improve the livelihood of its co-inhabitants. No greater example of this could be seen than at the recent MEF Connects China event in Beijing last week.

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The most popular apps and services of 2015 + 2016

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Which mobile apps and services did consumers enjoy in 2015? Who will be the winners and losers in 2016? We recently surveyed more than 5000 consumers in 8 countries to find out, and you can now download the results for free.

2016 heralds evolution rather than revolution in the mobile market, according to recent research by MEF. When asked what types of mobile apps and services they enjoyed most in 2015, then what they’ll use more of this year, consumers around the world gave the same response: social networks and games.

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10 facts about the Bangladesh mobile advertising market

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Kaymun Amin, CEO and Founder of MEF Member VuMobile takes a deep dive into the Bangladesh market, explaining why it presents such an exciting opportunity for advertisers, and how to maximise a mobile campaign’s effectiveness. 1) Bangladesh’s has a mobile internet base of 50million and 1.5billion impressions per month traffic.

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Developing the mobile ecosystem in Africa

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There has been amazing growth in mobile internet access over the past few years and Africa is now primed to take advantage of the social and economic opportunities that mobile can bring to people across the continent. While connectivity is on the rise some challenges still remain for development, adoption and growth of the mobile ecosystem.

Here Andrew Fassnidge, founder and editor of pan-African news and events website, Appsafrica.com discusses in more detail what those challenges are. His full commentary along with insights from senior executives at Mahindra Comviva and Mondato as well as African market stats and news analysis can be read in MEF’s Regional Ebulletin – Africa Edition, which can be downloaded for free now.

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13 stats and facts that show the growth of mobile money

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All areas of mobile money, including carrier billing, proximity payments, P2P transfers and services for the unbanked are showing growth. Below we’ve assembled 13 industry stats and facts that show exactly how that growth has taken shape over the last three months and how some analysts forecast the mobile money future. Containing news, analysis and insights, MEF’s latest Mobile Money Bulletin…

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10 things you need to know about India’s mobile market

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MEF Member Bango takes a deep dive into the Indian mobile ecosystem, discovering a thriving, dynamic market. Here Josh Spoelstra shares 10 top tips to understanding mobile in India.

New data from GSMA states that India will be the fastest growing mobile market in the world between now and the year 2020. India is home to 20% of all mobile phone subscribers with a further half a billion new smartphone users expected in the next 3 years.

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10 facts about the Bangladesh mobile advertising market

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Kaymun Amin, CEO and Founder of MEF Member VuMobile takes a deep dive into the Bangladesh market, explaining why it presents such an exciting opportunity for advertisers, and how to maximise a mobile campaign’s effectiveness. 1) Bangladesh’s has a mobile internet base of 50million and 1.5billion impressions per month traffic.

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Retail focus: the current state of mobile retail in 10 statements

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How important is click and collect? What’s happening with showrooming? Has the public embraced contactless? MEF Minute looks at how retail and mobile are intersecting in 2015…Mobile payments comprise over a quarter of global online payments

Stats from Dutch payments processor Adyen say mobile’s total share of online payments is 28.7 per cent. Its Mobile Payments Index revealed that for Q2 2015, mobile increased its share from 27.2 per cent in Q1 2015.

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13 stats and facts that show the growth of mobile money

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All areas of mobile money, including carrier billing, proximity payments, P2P transfers and services for the unbanked are showing growth. Below we’ve assembled 13 industry stats and facts that show exactly how that growth has taken shape over the last three months and how some analysts forecast the mobile money future. Containing news, analysis and insights, MEF’s latest Mobile Money Bulletin…

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Where to spend your travel marketing budget in 2016: mobile [Infographic]

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With summer holiday season fast approaching, it is time once again for travel marketers to focus their spending on the channels that matter – and for savvy professionals that means putting mobile at the centre of the mix.

This infographic from MDG Advertising notes the importance of mobile optimisation for any travel site, and the prevalence of mobile in booking and sharing among millenials. Worth noting too is the sheer increase in mobile search for travel categories across the board in 2015; hotel searches up 49 per cent, cruises, 49 per cent and airlines 33 per cent.

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mHealth apps – are they secure? [infographic]

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55 percent of consumers expect their mobile health apps to be hacked within the next six months, according to a recent report from Arxan Technologies. Executive IT leaders (48%) who have oversight or insight into the security of the mobile healthcare and produce apps also share the same concerns.

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Mobile financial services – bridges and barriers [infographic]

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Mobile financial services continue to push out in every direction. From simply sending money peer-to-peer through to in-built car technology that allows drivers to pay for petrol without leaving their vehicle. Its all going on.

This infographic from Ovum and Amdocs is the result of the findings from a survey of 8,500 mobile users across 17 markets and provides insight in to user behaviour and the barriers to entry in the mobile money sphere.

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China’s FinTech revolution [infographic]

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In 1997, Bill Gates said, “We need banking but we don’t need banks.”

In other words its the FinTech services that support the ways in which consumers and businesses transact that are paving the way forward. For most, mobile devices are the centrepiece of the disruption and with that disruption, investment is following.

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Standing up for strong mobile encryption – Mozilla Foundation

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Mark Surman from Mozilla Foundation shares thoughts on why mobile encryption isn’t a luxury but a necessity, and an essential cornerstone of a healthy internet.

Today, the Internet is one of our most important global public resources. It’s open, free and essential to our daily lives. It’s where we chat, play, bank and shop. It’s also where we create, learn and organize.

All of this is made possible by a set of core principles. Like the belief that individual security and privacy on the Internet is fundamental.

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Spotlight on: Hiya

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The best way to fight back against phishing is to help people to know they are being phished. So says Stanley Kim, general manager of communications experience at Hiya. He talked to MEF about the power of ‘caller ID’ to combat phone spam…

Last summer, a study revealed that email spam is at an all time low. It’s still a big problem – 49.7 per cent emails sent are junk. But that’s the lowest percentage in over a decade.

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The great mobile data sovereignty debate

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A recent case that’s been making headlines and putting privacy at the center of the discussion is the Apple versus FBI controversy. At the upcoming MEF Global Consumer Trust Summit, the industry will discuss drivers in the mobile ecosystem when it comes to privacy and security.
One of the panels, the Data Sovereignty Debate – the industry’s response to official-access to data – will discuss the aspects of the case and take a look at what’s at stake from an industry perspective. Here, we hear from one of the panelists, Justin Olsson, Product Counsel for AVG Technologies for their views on the discussion.

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If we don’t give users control of their data the IoT will fail

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Geoff Revill, co-founder of Krowdthink Ltd, developer of the Krowd personal app and an advocate for privacy and digital rights shares the impending challenges, and opportunities, facing companies collecting personal data in light of new regulatory rules, and why the changes will be particularly crucial for the IoT.

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5 Minutes with… Digi.me

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry.
This week Founder and Executive Chairman Julian Ranger introduces Digi.me

What does Digi.me do?
Digi.me enables the Internet of Me, where the individual is at the centre of their digital life, owning and controlling their own data.

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5 minutes with… Veoo

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Our tagline is ‘all things mobile,’ and as a global mobile consultancy and leading provider of mobile messaging solutions, we provide a one-stop shop for our customers around the world who are looking to implement mobile strategies. With a host of mobile services on offer, such as mobile marketing, two factor authentication, SMS notifications and our groundbreaking new Mobile Wallet solution (launched just last week), we are pushing new boundaries and challenging the status quo in the mobile industry.

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5 minutes with… iProov

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Co-founder & CEO (and Global Chairman of MEF) Andrew Bud introduces iProov.

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5 minutes with… Robosoft

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, MD & CEO, Rohith Bhat introduces Robosoft.

Simply put, we empower businesses to succeed by crafting great mobility solutions. We partner with global corporations and hot startups to plan, design and build amazing mobile and digital experiences. We strongly believe in the power of mobility in transforming businesses and offer end-to-end solutions in strategy, design and engineering. We work with prestigious clients like ESPN, National Geographic, Viacom and more across Consumer Mobility, Enterprise Mobility and Games & Entertainment.

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Industry views: are businesses ready for the explosion in mobile user data?

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Fuelled by the growth in personal mobile connections, M2M, mobile apps and services data traffic is expected to see an almost ten-fold increase by 2019.

All of that connected activity means that businesses are swimming in mobile user data, a trend that is only set to continue as we move steadily toward a hyperconnected world of ubiquitous computing.

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Industry views: Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report and the future of chat apps

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Mary Meeker’s annual Internet Trends Report, released last week came to some interesting conclusions about the growth of chat apps like WeChat, WhatsApp and Messenger and their evolution from simple text to a tool for vivid self expression, and portal for commerce, mobile payments and brand interaction.

In China for example, 31 per cent of WeChat users use the app’s baked-in wallet making an estimated 50 plus digital cash transactions per month for things like online shopping, in-store payments and P2P transfers.

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Industry views: A2P messaging and fraud

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Last week MEF published the A2P Messaging Fraud Framework – the first release from its new industry programme The Future of Messaging. It identifies 11 distinct fraud types that impact the global messaging business today.

The Future of Messaging Working Group consists of 25 founding members including mobile operators, messaging aggregators, signalling companies, application service providers and enterprise messaging providers. Here we asked them for their thoughts on messaging fraud and how to tackle facilitating best practice to build a sustainable A2P messaging industry.

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Industry views: Facebook’s chatbot launch

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Last week Facebook announced the launch of its bot platform for Messenger, opening up an API to allow developers to create bots so that people chat with organisations to get information, answer questions and transact.

This means that by combining AI and natural language processing, users will simply instruct messenger to transfer money to someone, order a cab or discuss movie showtimes – just like they were talking to a friend.

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How to succeed in China: highlights from MEF Connects Beijing

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You can’t succeed in China unless you have an unfair advantage. But if you do have one, the rewards are huge. That was the key take-away from experts at the recent MEF Connects China held during GMIC Beijing…

Thinking of expanding your business into China? Be careful. This is the advice from a VC that specialises in taking overseas companies into the region.

“95 per cent of companies do not belong here.”

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Mobile advertising in China is closing in on America

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Rangar Kruse, CEO of Smaato shares insights into the state of mobile advertising in China, and reveals that China may soon overtake the US as the highest spending advertising market. We caught up with Ragnar at GMIC Beijing.

According to the Smaato Global Trends Report, the United States consistently takes the lead as the world’s largest advertising market. However, China’s recent explosive mobile advertising growth rate suggests that the world may soon have a new ad spend leader.

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Views from the showfloor: MEFTV at GMIC Beijing

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MEF Minute was at this year’s Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing among the 25,000 mobile industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and investors on the show floor over 3 days.

We asked exhibiting MEF members and speakers from our own MEF Connects China event held just before GMIC, including Google and Syniverse, about some of the challenges and opportunities presented by the Chinese mobile ecosystem, and to share their tips for how to get ahead in this unique and exciting market.

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5 minutes with… iProov

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In our 5 minutes with profiles, MEF members talk about their business, their aspirations for the future and the wider mobile industry. This week, Co-founder & CEO (and Global Chairman of MEF) Andrew Bud introduces iProov.

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Weekly mobile news round-up: 24 June

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.

This week.. Facebook hits 100m hours of video a day, half of China is online, banks concerns over mobile security of PIN, Apple & Samsung wary over 2016 smartphone earnings and much more. Instagram has announced that it has reached the milestone of 500 million monthly users. That’s a commonly used metric that has its limitations when it comes to tracking just how engaged users are with a given app, but Instagram says that over 300 million of those people use the service every single day.

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Ten jargon-free ways to think about that LinkedIn deal

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Did you hear? Microsoft bought LinkedIn. Yes you did. But do you know why? Well, Tim Green has sifted through lots of plausible reasons so you don’t have to…

Last week Microsoft endorsed the skills of LinkedIn. It endorsed them so hard, it cost $26 billion.

Yes, you all know about this by now. Microsoft bought LinkedIn for a huge sum in an all-cash transaction. It was the second biggest acquisition in tech corporate history, and it was kept totally quiet. Not a single leak.

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How to succeed in China: highlights from MEF Connects Beijing

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You can’t succeed in China unless you have an unfair advantage. But if you do have one, the rewards are huge. That was the key take-away from experts at the recent MEF Connects China held during GMIC Beijing…

Thinking of expanding your business into China? Be careful. This is the advice from a VC that specialises in taking overseas companies into the region.

“95 per cent of companies do not belong here.”

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Reducing mobile payment friction to build music revenues in Nigeria

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Nigeria has a flourishing music scene. But, thanks to rampant piracy, its musicians don’t make the money they deserve. Now, MTN’s and Huawei’s Music+ service is giving Nigeria’s music-mad population a viable alternative to cheap illegal CDs.

MEF’s features editor Tim Green recently interviewed the service’s marketing manager Ebere Nzewi for MEF’s Africa eBulletin which also contains case studies, interviews a round-up of news from the region, information on VAS regulation in Nigeria, as well as market stats and an exclusive preview of MEF’s forthcoming Global Messaging Report which puts consumers in Nigeria and South Africa under the spotlight.

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Calling all African startups: four tips for partnering with a telco

By | Featured Post, MEF Africa | No Comments

Creating a rewarding relationship with telcos can be challenging for mobile tech startups, especially in fast moving African markets. Here Adia Sowho, Director of Digital Business for Etisalat Nigeria shares some essential tips for forging a lasting, mutually beneficial partnership.

It is common knowledge that revenue pressure from OTTs (Over-The-Top) players, like Facebook and WhatsApp is eating into traditional mobile operator/telecommucations company (telco) revenue from minutes and megabytes.

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MEF member news round-up: June 20

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Get the latest announcements from MEF Members across the mobile ecosystem globally in this weekly review of member news…

Earlier this year, Alipay announced its intent to let millions of Chinese tourists pay with its wallet in Europe. Now, it’s happening – with help from Wirecard.

The European payments processor is switching on the Alipay app in 69 eurotrade airport shops. Wirecard has integrated Alipay barcodes into the retailer’s till system.

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Industry views: are businesses ready for the explosion in mobile user data?

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Fuelled by the growth in personal mobile connections, M2M, mobile apps and services data traffic is expected to see an almost ten-fold increase by 2019.

All of that connected activity means that businesses are swimming in mobile user data, a trend that is only set to continue as we move steadily toward a hyperconnected world of ubiquitous computing.

Read More
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Mobile advertising in China is closing in on America

By | Featured Post, MEF Asia, MEFTV | One Comment

Rangar Kruse, CEO of Smaato shares insights into the state of mobile advertising in China, and reveals that China may soon overtake the US as the highest spending advertising market. We caught up with Ragnar at GMIC Beijing.

According to the Smaato Global Trends Report, the United States consistently takes the lead as the world’s largest advertising market. However, China’s recent explosive mobile advertising growth rate suggests that the world may soon have a new ad spend leader.

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Weekly mobile news round-up: June 17th

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world. This week.. Microsoft buys LinkedIn for $26bn, Asian brands dominate wolrd smartphone sales, all the news from the Apple Developer conference, and much more…

Microsoft is buying the professional networking website LinkedIn for just over $26bn (£18bn) in cash. The software giant will pay $196 a share – a premium of almost 50% to Friday’s closing share price. The deal will help Microsoft boost sales of its business and email software.

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Snap chat – Google, LG, Moto and the new breed of clip-together phones

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Modular phones are back! LG’s G5, Moto Z and Google’s Project Ara are reviving a concept that – OK – was probably never here in the first place. Will the pieces fall into place? Tim Green weighs the arguments…

Everyone agrees that phone design has become boring. They all look the same. They all do the same things.

So what would you like to do with your handset that you can’t do now?

Here’s an idea: how about using it to fire pepper spray into the eye of your mugger?

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