Strategy

Schibsted hits front page over user data

Big Data equals Big Headlines. So, it seems. Well, at least in Norway it hit the headlines of a newspaper not owned by Schibsted this week. In the Monday edition of Dagens Næringsliv, a nationwide business paper, the headline all over the front page read: “Schibsted sees you”. It went on to say: “Norway’s biggest media company gathered 136,000 bits of information on one person...

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Leboncoin wins “Core business innovation” with a robot

‘Driven by innovation’ was the main theme when Schibsted boss Rolv Erik Ryssdal presented to leaders in the company at the annual K3 Leadership conference in Barcelona on Wednesday last week. LeBonCoin won the category “Core business innovation” with its Serenity – a robot which makes the ad review process much faster, and improves the quality, thereby avoiding fraud. This...

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Connexity: Alibaba’s U.S. brand recognition low

Alibaba is about to enter the U.S. market (and perhaps buy EBay?) , but there might be a problem. According to a new study by Connexity’s BizRate Insights, most U.S. shoppers aren’t familiar with the Chinese marketplace giant. Of the 3,548 online shoppers that participated in the survey, 63 percent did not know the Alibaba name, and of those familiar with it, 35 percent said they...

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Big Data at AutoTrader.com: A WSJ view

Want to know how and why to use Big Data? Here’s an article about a great use by AutoTrader.com (U.S.), following up on our coverage in the Big Data issue of Classified Intelligence Report. The Wall Street Journal reporter Clint Boulton, writing for the paper’s “CIO Journal,” details the ways AutoTrader.com uses the data management tool Hadoop to gather data and software analytics tool...

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Owner-change at Markt.Gruppe approved by Kartellamt

On Oct. 9 the Bundeskartellamt (Germany’s anti-trust authority) approved the buy-out of Funke Mediengruppe from Markt.Gruppe by Rheinische Post Mediengruppe (ProServ) and the media group Ippen. Before the deal, Ippen, ProServ and Funke each held one third of the shares in Markt.Gruppe. The deal gave Ippen and ProServ each half of Funke’s 33.3%-holding, thereby making Ippen and ProServ equal...

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Angie’s List to double staff, expand office

In a rather bizarre turn of events for the practically down-and-out service marketplace, Angie’s List has announced that it will more than double its current staff, building up to 2,800 workers by 2019. It will buy more property to expand its Indianapolis office. At least that’s what the announcement says below. The IndyStar coverage, however, says that AngiesList.com will only add...

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