Gupshup, a company in conversational engagement, announced the acquisition of AskSid, a Conversational AI provider to top ecommerce and retail companies around the world. AskSid’s full-stack AI solution including the Retail AI brain, strengthens Gupshup’s customer experience (CX) offerings and will help make the entire shopping journey - across pre-purchase, purchase and post-purchase phases - fully conversational.
Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), a secure AI-driven networks firm, announced that it has been selected by PP Telecommunication Sdn. Bhd. (PPTEL), a network service provider based in Sarawak, to provide solutions to build a core network that will support its growth plans. This network will provide the foundation to help PPTEL meet the demand for critical high-speed internet connectivity, enabling consumers access to richer digital experiences.
A new senior role has been established within GRI, the provider of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards, to drive forward fundraising and donor engagement. Jérôme St-Denis has been appointed as Chief Donor Engagement Officer (CDEO), with responsibility for implementing the strategy to strengthen GRI’s grant financing through a diversified development strategy. His role is inclusive of outreach to corporate donors, private foundations and bilateral funders. The CDEO is a member of the GRI Leadership Team.
2C2P, a global payments platform and Ant Group announced a strategic partnership to accelerate digital payment adoption and innovation. The partnership, upon completion, will see Ant Group becoming the majority shareholder of 2C2P. Through the strategic partnership, 2C2P’s extensive pool of merchants inclusive of global and regional brands will be connected with Alipay+, extending its current 250 payment options offering to include even more e-wallets and local payment methods. With this, merchants will benefit from a wider geographical reach, connecting seamlessly to over one billion consumers globally.
Bittrex Global, a digital asset exchange, welcomes the YellowHeart Protocol, an NFT platform poised to disrupt the ticketing and music industries, to its Initial Exchange Offering (IEO) platform, Bittrex Global Starting Block. By using blockchain technologies, the YellowHeart Protocol is transforming what tickets can do and how they are created, sold and resold. Through the protocol, tickets are now offered as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and enhanced with new capabilities enabled by the HRTS (pronounced “Hearts”) utility token. NFT tickets offer music, video, and engaging experiences. They enable artists to communicate with their fans and provide artists and venues with a share of the proceeds any time a ticket is resold.
FS-ISAC, the global cyber intelligence sharing community solely focused on financial services, announced that it will lead the financial services sector scenario in NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) Exercise Locked Shields this year, the world’s largest and most complex live-fire cyber exercise, taking place 19-22 April, 2022. Locked Shields facilitates systematic, multinational, multi-sector, public-private cyber defense cooperation and coordination to prepare against nation-state threats. The exercise, held annually since 2010, tests national, civilian, and military IT systems’ ability to protect vital services and critical infrastructure by simulating a series of realistic, large-scale cyber attacks against a fictional country.
MYPINPAD, a company in mobile-based payments acceptance and digital authentication solutions, and SmartPesa, a provider of payments and agency banking solutions, have agreed to merge. The combined entity will operate under the MYPINPAD brand.
Animoca Brands, a firm advancing digital property rights for gaming and the metaverse, announced it has completed the acquisition of Australian digital marketing agency Be Media to focus on key opportunities in Australia centered around NFTs and blockchain development. Be Media was founded in 2013 and has established itself as a premium player in the Web 2.0 space focusing on digital strategy, search, and social advertising. The firm has offices in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne, and high-profile clients including Audi, Harley Davidson, and Finbar.
Bharti Airtel (Airtel), India’s communications solutions provider, announced to have conducted India’s first Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN) based live 5G network validation in partnership with Mavenir, the Network Software Provider building the future of networks with cloud-native software that runs on any cloud and transforms the way the world connects.
Akur8 announced the launch of its Akur8 Academy, a training and upskilling program for insurance pricing advanced practices. This program is open to actuaries willing to benefit from the company’s expertise and build or grow their mastery of Akur8’s pricing platform. The first initiative of the Akur8 Academy will be a gamified digital credential certification program that will allow users to test their skills and share their knowledge of the Akur8 solution with their professional network. This program is appropriate for both new and existing Akur8 users.