DisruptiveViews

By Tony Poulos | Keeping a close eye on disruption in the digital and telecommunications markets.

Goodbye and hello, again!

So, it’s goodbye …. and hello! We have been bringing you DisruptiveViews and before that, BillingViews, for over eight years now but it’s time for us …

Why cryptocurrencies need a proper ecosystem to thrive

Cryptocurrencies and related distributed technologies need a proper ecosystem to become a significant and meaningful part of the finance ecosystem …

Will AI mean that the game is up for telecoms fraudsters?

Unfortunately, fraud is a fact of life in telecoms, and a growing problem when it comes to international voice services which generally enjoy higher …

Is it time that we began to think of the GDPR as an opportunity?

Mention the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR – and people generally throw their hands in the air. The established view is that …

Google’s AI is already ahead in the war against fake news

Google’s AI already paying dividends. Both Google and Facebook have a fake news problem but Google’s leadership in AI means that it is likely to have …

The 2017 Magic Quadrant: has Gartner gone completely sane?

You will probably be aware of our views on Gartner’s yearly Integrated Revenue and Customer Management (IRCM) Magic Quadrant and one of our theses …

Tesla launches new Semi but range of new products confusing

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) – Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck on Thursday when a red Roadster pulled out of the big …

News highlights – 16 November 2017

News highlights for 16 November 2017 Traditional banks should help regulate fintech: Fed WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Traditional lenders should demand …

American Express introduces instant payments via blockchain

LONDON (Reuters) – American Express has introduced instant blockchain-based payments using Ripple, a fintech start-up, for U.S. corporate customers …

Trust is an asset, but with the huge rise in fraud it is depreciating fast

ITEM: The severity of digital fraud in Asia-Pacific is not only bad, but it’s also getting worse as adoption of digital services increases. What’s …

Better pictures coming to mobiles in US, but way less privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and …

The FCC wants to reverse net neutrality rules, vote next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The head of the Federal Communications Commission is set to unveil plans next week for a final vote to reverse a landmark 2015 …

Amazon scraps plans to launch online streaming service

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc has scrapped plans to launch an online streaming service bundling popular U.S. broadcast and cable …

Square to allow select customers buy and sell bitcoins

(Reuters) – Payments company Square Inc said it has started allowing select customers to buy and sell bitcoins on its Cash app, as it looks to tap …

Digital tools getting into every corner of the workplace: study

(Reuters) – Forget robots. The real transformation taking place in nearly every workplace is the invasion of digital tools. The use of digital tools …

Trump administration to publish rules on cyber security flaws

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Trump administration is expected to publicly release on Wednesday its rules for deciding whether to disclose cyber …

News highlights – 14 November 2017

News highlights for 14 November 2017 UK doubles number of exceptional talent visas ahead of Brexit LONDON (Reuters) – Britain is to double the number …

Researcher in Vietnam demonstrates how to hack Face ID

HANOI (Reuters) – A researcher in Vietnam has demonstrated how he apparently fooled Apple Inc’s face recognition ID software on its new iPhone X …

Which is the most overhyped technology of 2017? Hint: not 5G

As we approach the end of the year, and analysts and journalists sharpen their pens and gaze with steely concentration into the mists of 2018, we …

YouTube broadens fight against extremist content

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google in the last few months has begun removing from YouTube extremist videos that do not depict violence …

News highlights – 13 November 2017

News highlights for 13 November 2017 AT&T and Verizon team to diversify tower vendors NEW YORK (Reuters) – AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc …

Qualcomm rejects Broadcom bid, it undervalues the company

(Reuters) – Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm Inc on Monday rejected rival Broadcom Ltd’s $103-billion takeover bid, saying the offer undervalued the company …

Legacy banks meet fintech innovation: result – M&A frenzy?

FinTech is disrupting the finance industry to the point where we’re likely to see quite a bit of M&A activity as a result. That activity could take …

Rupert Murdoch has been discussing CNN with AT&T: sources

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch telephoned AT&T Inc Chief Executive Randall Stephenson twice in the last six months and talked about cable …

Walt Disney shares rise as it prepares to compete with Netflix

(Reuters) – Walt Disney shares rose 3 percent on Friday, as Wall Street shrugged off poor financial results and focused instead on the media giant’s …

News highlights – 12 November 2017

News highlights for 12 November 2017 Ubiquitous CCTV for China boost facial recognition investment HONG KONG (Reuters) – Buoyed by China’s plans to …

Think bitcoin is volatile? In Zimbabwe it is a safe alternative

HARARE (Reuters) – For most investors around the world, bitcoin is a volatile and highly speculative bet. For Zimbabweans, however, the …

One coding error in 685 apps creates huge hacking risk: Appthority

(Reuters) – A simple coding error in at least 685 apps put millions of smartphone users at risk of having some of their calls and text messages …

News highlights – 9 November 2017

News highlights for 9 November 2017 AT&T ready to litigate over Time Warner deal (Reuters) – AT&T Inc is ready to litigate if the U.S. Department of …