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UMG’s Ty Roberts: get ready for revolutionary new digital music products

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Ty Roberts is a Silicon Valley and record industry insider with a genuine love for both technology and music. Universal Music Group’s first-ever CTO shared his thoughts about the technological future of music with MEF Minute…
Ten years ago, when Sony Ericsson’s Walkman branded phones ruled the mobile music space, the handset maker launched a feature called SensMe. The aim was to generate track choices made on mood and emotion, rather than pitch and tempo.

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Executive Insights Series: Deon Liebenberg, Vodacom South Africa

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In the latest Executive Insight video supported by Mahindra Comviva, we look at the transformative potential of the Internet of Things in developing economies. Here, MEF talks to Deon Liebenberg, managing executive for the IoT at Vodacom.

He explains what’s need to make the market flourish, and how South Africa is leading the space.
Could the epidemic of car theft in South Africa be the unlikely catalyst for one of the world’s most advanced IoT markets?

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Mobile industry collaborates to tackle messaging fraud

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Today MEF is launching its Enterprise Messaging Guide an essential companion to any brand or business that uses, or is considering using mobile messaging as part of its customer outreach, be that for marketing, authentication or notification purposes.

Developed by MEF’s 30+ strong group of participants in its Future of Messaging Programme, including global messaging suppliers, mobile operators, signalling equipment providers and others in the enterprise messaging ecosystem, The Enterprise Messaging Guide can be downloaded here for free.

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18 statistics that explore the growth of mobile money

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MEF’s recently published Mobile Money Report supported by Wirecard, asked 6,000 consumers in nine countries about their usage and attitudes towards mobile payments. It paints a detailed picture of how mobile money is taking hold in both growth and established markets and is available to download here for free.

The study found that 78 per cent of us had made a purchase by mobile in the previous six months, which suggests that all but the most tech-phobic consumers have now embraced the m-commerce habit. That figure is a global average. There are of course differences at the country level. China for example is leading the charge. The study reveals 88% of China’s citizens currently make mobile transactions.

Below we’ve picked out 18 statistics from the report that track the use of mobile money around the world.

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MEF Member News – February 20

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What’s the news from the MEF community? Here’s your weekly round up of all the latest announcements from MEF members including product launches, partnerships, research insights and more…
CLX has been shopping again – it has bought the German company Xura Secure Communications.
The move comes just weeks after CLX bought Sweden’s Sinch, and gives CLX further reach into new verticals. Xura Secure currently processes more than 500m messages per year for some of the country’s largest banking and aviation organisations.

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Global mobile news round-up February 17

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Find out the week’s top mobile stories from around the world.
This week.. Blackberry sues Nokia over patents, downloads are ‘obsolete’, Facebook plans to bring the global community closer and much more.

As it says goodbye to the smartphone business, BlackBerry is pushing ahead with an attempt to wring some cash from its patents.

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Why the time has come for sponsored mobile data

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The world’s smartphone users don’t want bits and bytes, says Syntonic CEO Gary Greenbaum. They want music, video and games. He talked to MEF Minute about this changing consumer mindset and Syntonic’s sponsored content models.

We live in an era of exploding demand for streaming video, on-demand music and connected gaming on mobile. But one factor limits the potential of this content market: the cost of data. Consumers are either concerned at the cost or they don’t understand data at all. After all, how many megabytes are there in 10 minutes of YouTube?

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10 things you need to know about the personal-data economy

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Rob Pegorago, tech journalist and moderator from the recent MEF Data Privacy & Security Summit at CES shares 10 things you need to know about the personal data economy, following the discussions of the panel held on the topic at the same event – listen to that discussion in full below.

There’s a traditional way to deal with your privacy online: In return for a free service, we click an “I agree” button that lets companies collect more of our information than we might like, subject to poorly-documented terms that they’re free to change at will. In our more self-aware moments, we may resent that exchange.

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Ad blocker insights – the base, the growth and the reasons why

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Debate rages about the pros and cons of ad blocking. But it is certainly on the rise. According to a new report, 615 million devices now block ads – and more than half of them are mobile handsets. Here’s a re-cap of the arguments and the numbers…

Panel sessions at Mobile World Congress generally tend toward polite discussion of industry issues. But not all of them. One session in 2016 was so feisty it made headlines around the world.

The speakers represented Google, Nestlé, AOL and Yahoo, and the topic was ad-blockers. A fifth panellist, Roi Carthy, represented Shine, make of one of the world’s best known ad blocking platforms.

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