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P is for persona, not phone: Social media compliance for financial services

Social media offers organisations tremendous business advantage in terms of reaching potential new customers and staying in touch with the ones currently on their roster. In fact, the number of organisations now actively using social media as one of their standard outbound forms of communications is on the rise. However, some social media channels are more popular than others and staying compliant is the key driver. For example, according to data from the Smarsh annual compliance survey for 2016, the use of Twitter and LinkedIn by compliance professionals, as well as those employed at financial services firms, over the span of the last four years has grown considerably whereas the use of Facebook has not. Chief Evangelist  
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What you don’t know WILL hurt you

Gone are the days when attackers had to breach your perimeter to get inside your network and steal data. Businesses are expanding to the cloud, SaaS, mobile, and social channel to boost visibility and interact with customers, leading to a dramatic increase in the attack surface available to hackers and giving rise to an entirely new threat landscape outside the firewall. A CEO's social media presence, meant to build trust and visibility with customers, can turn into hundreds of rogue accounts impersonating him. A third-party plugin that makes a website more interactive can pose a significant vulnerability if compromised (remember the Panama Papers breach?).  
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Winning in the online dating space

Jeronimo Folgueira, CEO of premium online dating platform , discusses the current state of the dating industry and gives his views on going mobile and premium pricing in the digital economy. The Current State of Online Dating Online dating in the UK has steadily developed into a multi-million pound industry. And it’s showing no signs of slowing down. By our own approximations, the sector is estimated to be worth around £185 million and is expected to grow by around 6% this year. The challenge is that the online dating industry is getting crowded. In the UK alone, there are more than one thousand different online dating services. As the industry continues its impressive growth, we need to see consolidation in the market. Online dating has been around for more than 20 years -...
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Google wants to know even more about you to personalise ads

Online ads aren’t going away anytime soon, and that'll keep the likes of Adblock Plus in business for the foreseeable future. But if you choose not to use an ad blocker and are therefore going to be bombarded with ads, they might as well be ads that are relevant to you, right? Google is rolling out a new feature that enables users to choose the topics they are interested in so the ads they see will be more appropriate to them. But as well as improving the ad experience for users, the new scheme means that advertisers are handed even more information about people that can be exploited for financial gain. It also enables Google to use information it gathers about users to tailor ads. - but be sure to read through all of thefirst.
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Black Friday: It’s D-day for retailers with savvy shoppers on the prowl

After weeks of familiar hype and build up, Black Friday is finally here. The biggest shopping day of the year where the pressure is on retailers to deliver in more ways than one. As well as having to focus onmore than ever and deal with the increasedretailers will also have to be prepared for a growing prevalence ofthrough smartphones and mobile devices. , while UK companies, such as Argos and Tesco, have also offered deals ahead of the day, in order to capture as many consumers as possible. Retailers know the heightened expectations that consumers have for Black Friday, which is why we’ve seen such growth in discounts before the event itself.” “Secondly, people are now monitoring the prices of products they want to buy, months in advance of Black Friday, and researching infor...
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Four things that will shape 2017 for developers

Since Steve Ballmer’s famous speech a few years back, the importance of developers has grown and grown. Coding know-how has become one of the most sought-after skills to have and that shows no sign of changing any time soon. In fact, coding is so highly valued nowadays that CEO of GE, Jeffrey Immelt, said that he wants every new hire to learn to code, regardless of their job role. This is no great surprise; in fact it’s maybe more of a surprise that others aren’t following Immelt’s lead. The continued importance of mobile, acceleration of IoT deployments and growing trends such as VR, AI, digital assistants and cognitive applications all rely on harnessing the talent and creativity of the developer workforce. which investigated the reality of the digital skills shortage found tha...
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The university of the future: Why universities should embrace learning analytics

Энди Алферовс, управляющий директор , ведущего поставщика решений для цифровых учебников в Великобритании, обсуждает, как инновации в сфере образовательных технологий и аналитики приводят к кардинальным изменениям в высшем образовании, которые могут привести к более гибкой и персонализированной среде преподавания и обучения. Цифровая трансформация только четверо из десяти студентов в настоящее время считают, что плата за обучение в университете является соотношением цены и качества, и, согласно данным, 68% студентов жалуются, когда оценки ниже ожидаемых.  На это нет ответа серебряной пули, но важной частью решения является то, что университеты дают студентам возможность брать на себя ответственность за свою судьбу, предоставляя им инструменты, необходимые для улучшения своих о...
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Internet users suffer from ‘security fatigue’

A new study has revealed that many consumers are suffering from “security fatigue” as a result of relentless cybersecurity warnings which have led to many of them failing to protect themselves online.The study was conducted by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) by conducting in-depth interviews with a wide cross-section of Americans between the ages of 20 and 60 living in rural and urban areas in both low and high-paying jobs.A large number of participants ignored the warnings they received from a variety of sources when it came to staying safe online. Many were also left feeling worn out as a result of constant software updates and the increasing number of passwords to remember. NIST warns that this “risky behaviour” may make these users more prone to an attack.O...
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Google amends restrictions on ‘free news’

In an effort to help publishers grow their subscription revenues,has announced that it will relax its rules regarding how many free articles subscription news sites have to provide to its users daily to remain high in its search results. The company's “first click free” policy has been in place for the last decade to help non-subscribers overcome paywalls when clicking on news articles from its search engine.  News sites would have to provide users with three free articles per day or risk falling lower in Google search results. that allows users to pay for subscriptions using the credit card information they have already provided for Google Play purchases.  This will allow users to quickly and easily subscribe to their favourite news outlets without having to provide an...
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Modernizing middleware-tier: How to evaluate your web application framework

Middleware-tier is integral for an organization to ensure user requests are processed quickly and securely, connecting users and facilitating the integration of legacy applications with distributed corporate data and applications. In web architecture, it can refer to web servers, application servers, content management systems and other tools that support application development and delivery – and it is integral for an organization to ensure user requests are processed quickly and securely. It’s the nexus for a distributed multi-tier architecture, enabling the decoupling of the data consumer from the data producer – for example, decoupling a database from applications. It provides access to a wide variety of services, databases, messaging services and connection to external enterpri...