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Facebook about to enter e-money market in Europe

Facebook is mere weeks away from becoming a registered e-money firm in Ireland, the Financial Times reported.

The Central Bank of Ireland will soon authorize the company as an e-money institution, the newspaper said, citing "several people involved in the process." That authorization would allow Facebook to provide e-payment services in other EU member states, according to the bank's website.

How the Internet of Things Drives CRM Investments

Organizations are leveraging customer relationship management (CRM) technologies as a major part of their digital initiatives to enhance the customer experience, according to a recent Gartner report. Demand for modern technology customer relationships is driving refreshed or expanded integration and usage of all areas of CRM software. The outlook continues to be positive for CRM as buyers focus on technologies that enable more-targeted customer interactions in multichannel environments.

Viadeo: solution de recrutement pour les PME.

Avec Face à Face, Viadeo entend faciliter la prise de contacts entre PME qui recrutent et membres potentiellement intéressés par les offres d’emplois.

Alibaba leads $280M investment in messaging service Tango

Following Facebook's $19 billion deal to acquire messaging service WhatsApp, rival messaging app Tango announced a $280 million round of funding Wednesday led by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, as the company also surpassed its 200 millionth user.

Microsoft sketches ambitious enhancements for Office 365

Microsoft didn't disappoint with the new and improved capabilities it announced and demonstrated for Office 365 this week, but how well they work in the real world remains to be seen.

At its SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft laid out its vision for making Office 365 a more intelligent collaboration suite via new social interactions, APIs (application programming interfaces) and machine learning capabilities.

Salezea: la base de données collaborative de décideurs BtoB lève 1,5 M€

Salezeo, le service français d’annuaire d’entreprises et de contacts qualifiés présent » comme « le réseau social des commerciaux », va mettre à profit son 1er tour de table (1,5 million d’euros levés auprès de Newfund) pour accélérer son développement en Europe.

L’approche alternative de la prospection commerciale adoptée par Salezeo a séduit Newfund.

Smaller Businesses See Big Returns From Social Media

Small- and midsized businesses (SMBs) are routinely lauded for their big contribution to the U.S. economy. Now that social media has gained favor among these companies, their marketing efforts are adding social elements with increasing regularity and efficiency.

A new study commissioned by LinkedIn reports that 81 percent of SMBs are currently using social media to drive business growth, and 94 percent are meeting marketing objectives through social media.

With WhatsApp, Facebook aims for immediacy

When's the last time you replied, promptly, to a message sent through Facebook? Aren't sure? Well Facebook, craving more real-time usage of its service, hopes to change that.

On Wednesday Facebook said it was acquiring WhatsApp, a leading mobile messaging service used by people as an alternative to telecommunications carriers like AT&T and Verizon. Facebook said it was paying US$16 billion for the five-year-old buzzy upstart.

IBM to consolidate communication and collaboration wares into Connections suite

Connections' scope will extend beyond enterprise social networking to include email, productivity apps, and video conferencing. IBM will house its email, communication, and collaboration products in its Connections suite, whose scope until now has been limited to ESN (enterprise social networking) software.

This means that the Connections bundle will include the Notes/Domino email platform, Docs office productivity apps and Sametime tools for IM, audio/video communications and Web meetings.

France: « Les PME recrutent » sur Facebook.

Facebook France, la CGPME et la start-up Work4 montent une initiative nationale pour valoriser Facebook comme canal de recrutement au service des entreprises.

Comment faciliter le recrutement des PME par le canal Facebook ? C’est loin d’être un réflexe pour ce type de prestation mais le bassin d’audience est là : 26 millions de Français inscrits sur le réseau social (dont 18 millions qui s’y rendent chaque jour).

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