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This week.. Microsoft adds mobile streaming to re-branded Twitch competitor, China mobile chief warns unlimited data plans unhealthy for industry,Mobile fraud is a blind-spot for eCommerce merchants, Korea rank #1 in mobile finance and much more.
Microsoft on Thursday is announcing a new name for Beam, the live streaming app that it acquired last year. Mixer, as it will be called now, is getting features that are available from other apps people use to stream games and other content.
In the latest Executive Insights video, supported by Mahindra Comviva, we examine how operators can unlock the goldmine of customer data. Here, MEF talks to Dirk Jungnickel, SVP of business analytics at du, about using data insights to reduce churn, create targeted offers and improve network performance.
For three decades operators enjoyed fantastic organic growth. At first, people simply wanted phones to make calls. Then they graduated to smartphones with data connections so they could browse the web, look at maps, listen to music.
Can you have a conversation with the news? Digital newspaper Quartz thinks so. Its app dispenses with the usual menus and lists. Instead, it lets readers browse the day’s headlines in a chat interface. Zach Seward, Quartz’s senior VP or product and executive editor, talked to MEF Minute features editor, Tim Green, about the thinking behind a left-field idea for MEF’s free Future of Messaging Guide.
It’s a truism in tech that when a medium embraces innovation, it takes a while for old norms to disappear. It’s why the first movies looked like filmed stage plays and mobile phones had qwerty keyboards.
Since MEF’s last Mobile Money eBulletin mobile proximity payments have taken a big step forward, in particular in China where Alipay and WeChat are becoming a popular option for in-store payments.
Elsewhere carrier billing is now a common-place channel for the purchase of digital goods and services as integration into app stores and other digital content markets rolls-out. The P2P transfer of money between mobile devices is also so well established in some growth markets that more money changes hands via mobile than any other way, including cash.