Bitcoin’s price drops sharply but Bitcoin startups still attract VC cash

Despite a precipitous plunge that has seen its value decrease by more than 70 percent over the past year due largely to speculation, Bitcoin, by far the world’s dominant cryptocurrency, is very much alive. Particularly promising is the attention—and money— that Silicon Valley keeps heaping on Bitcoin. Several Bitcoin startups are attracting big-dollar bets from […]

Google to spend 60% of digital marketing budget on programmatic

Google is looking to shift more of its digital marketing budget into programmatically traded campaigns, according to its global chief marketing officer Lorraine Twohill. Twohill, speaking at the recent Web Summit in Dublin, set the expected figure at 60 percent, the Drum reports. “The biggest barrier to getting to that is that the team gets the value, so retraining […]

7 investments Canadian telecom companies need to make right now

The number of complaints made by Canadian consumers against cellphone, Internet and telecommunication companies in general has fallen in the 2013-2014 period, according to a report by the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications services. This is the first decline since the establishment of the organization, and industry experts attribute this greater satisfaction rate to the […]

AdTechNY 2014: the industry that programmatic ate?

If the adtechNY conference floor of this past week is any indication, adtech is stuck in the doldrums. The most interesting vendors at the show wouldn’t even be considered traditional adtech but display and data: interactive large scale visualizations and pure analytics/BI platforms (which are starting to show promise on the promise of one dashboard; […]

Google Cloud gets down to business with new Interconnect pipes

In the race to deliver cloud infrastructure services to businesses, Google is gunning hard to catch up with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) powerhouse. On Tuesday, it made the obvious move to use its network for competitive advantage. As part of several announcements it made at its Cloud Platform Live event in San Francisco, Google also unveiled Cloud Interconnect, […]

B2B and Virtual Reality: 4 industries to be disrupted first

Oculus Rift’s CEO announced recently  that its virtual reality headsets are months, not years, away. Will there immediately be applications for B2B? When we talk VR, the geekily inclined of a certain generation immediately thinks holodeck, and VR for recreation and entertainment. But B2B applications may come first. The ability to layer data or make […]

B2BNN President Jennifer Evans

B2BNN President Jen Evans talks gender inequality in tech on TVO’s The Agenda

This week, Jennifer Evans, the president of B2B News Network, was part of a panel discussion on a TV Ontario news show discussing the gender divide in the tech industry in Canada. On The Agenda with Steve Paikin, Evans offered her insight on how tech companies are ignoring female talent and the challenges she has faced in […]

What every advertiser needs to know about the threat of URL masking

Move over, bots. URL masking is climbing the ranks of common fraud in the digital advertising industry. URL masking is used to trick advertisers into running their ads on sites with illicit or stolen content. Though these sites typically generate a lot of traffic, thereby boosting chargeable impressions to the advertiser, they often don’t generate […]

Advertising giant Publicis to buy Sapient for $3.7 billion

In a move some critics call a major overpayment, French advertising powerhouse Publicis announced Monday it will acquire marketing and consulting company Sapient for $3.7 billion US. The all-cash transaction equals $25 per share. In a press release [PDF], Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “Sapient is a ‘crown jewel,’ a one of […]

Walks become runs: ‘Moneyball’ lessons on digital measurement

I grew up watching all kinds of sports with my father, and to this day I love baseball. Though my brother, the other sports fan in the family, says baseball is ponderously slow, there’s something about its rhythms to love. I remember as a kid watching the larger-than-life baseball heroes of the ’70s and ’80s, […]

From funnel to digital customer relationship: the evolution

One of those reassuring little white lies we tell ourselves as marketers is this: People make linear decisions. It’s simpler to draw straight lines about people’s behavior, so to date we have typically pushed people through carefully scripted marketing processes. But does that really reflect people’s actions and the ways they find information? Of course […]

PayPal officially allowing shops to accept Bitcoin

PayPal is officially entering the world of all-digital money. The payment processing company will start accepting payments from customers that are using Bitcoin. According to CNN, Bitcoin is “an independent, government-less currency,” whereas PayPal is owned by eBay and works with merchants. As of today, PayPal completed a deal with the payment-processing companies inclusive with […]

Xerox Research Centre of Canada

Xerox Canada and GreenCentre Canada collaborating on green tech

Xerox Canada and GreenCentre Canada are collaborating to boost the commercialization of green tech in Canada. “We are thrilled to have access to the infrastructure and expertise at XRCC, which allows us to take our technology development to a whole new level,”said Rui Resendes, executive director of GreenCentre Canada, in a statement on October 1, […]