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Google starts digital engine to accelerate Mena’s economic recovery

Google on Wednesday announced a major programme to support companies in the Middle East and North Africa, which in turn would lead to an accelerated recovery in economies as the world fights back the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Grow Stronger with Google initiative will provide an overall proactive ecosystem that will digitise businesses and help them cope up with the ever-changing dynamics of the market.

The region-wide programme is also a wide-ranged endeavour. With it, the US Internet giant aims to help a million people and businesses in the region learn digital skills and grow their organisations by the end of 2021; get 150,000 UAE and Saudi businesses online; distribute $4 million in grants and loans from Google.org; and dole out $9 million in ad grants and

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The ongoing pandemic has changed everything. In the last few months, the world has evolved into living with the ‘new normal’. This has impacted businesses, irrespective of their size or sector. But in the case of small and medium businesses (SMBs), the impact has been particularly severe. For a country like India, where SMBs generate nearly a third of its GDP, their swift rebound is paramount.

Not only do SMBs provide employment to millions, they are also important suppliers and customers to larger enterprises. In recent decades, SMBs’ entrepreneurial spirit has driven much of India’s growth — which is why they are so critical to economic recovery as the nation grapples with the impact of the pandemic.

With restrictions easing, businesses are opening again. But things don’t look to be very pleasant. Recent media reports suggest that 30-40 per cent of restaurants may never open again. And it seems to

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BURLINGTON, Vt., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — In Covid times, we’ve all experienced an abrupt shift to relying on web-based tools and services in our day-to-day lives. Now, more than ever, websites and web applications need to be available for everyone, regardless of ability. The importance of accessing critical services like health care, banking, and education via the web has increased significantly; the need for digital accessibility has never been more apparent.

Accessible Web, an organization of web accessibility experts located in Burlington, VT, recognizes the challenges that organizations are having with navigating the complexities of online ADA compliance and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and is excited to announce the release of their flagship product. Accessible Web Console is a suite of tools designed to help teams discover, understand and resolve web accessibility issues.

“Our local web agency has been working towards building accessible websites since

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  • Authorities in Shenzhen, southern China, have handed out $1.5 million of a new digital currency as part of a trial of a cashless society.
  • Last Friday authorities gave 50,000 lottery winners the equivalent of $30 each to spend digitally by October 16, the state-run China Daily reported Monday.
  • The digital currency is not like a cryptocurrency, and is issued and controlled by China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China.
  • The PBoC said it plans to formally launch the digital payment system in late 2020, according to the BBC.
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A Chinese city has handed out 10 million yuan, or $1.5 million, in digital currency to trial what citizens would do in a cashless society.

On Friday, 50,000 people living in the Luhou district of Shenzhen were given digital “red envelopes,” each containing around 200 yuan ($30) worth of the digital currency, the state-run

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The US healthcare industry is undergoing significant disruption as the coronavirus pandemic catalyzed the need for improved healthcare delivery—and digital health startups are at the helm of this transformation.

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Insider Intelligence examines the top five US digital health startups in AI, telehealth, and medical devices.

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As the vanguards of the digital transformation of healthcare, investors are taking notice of digital health startups’ potential—and committing record funds to them. Globally, healthcare funding to private firms reached $18.09 billion in Q2 2020, according to CB Insights—establishing a new quarterly record, with equity investments growing 6.3% quarter-over-quarter (QoQ) from 1,197 deals in Q1 2020 to 1,272 deals in Q2 2020.

In this report, Insider Intelligence examines the top five US digital health startups in AI, telehealth, and medical devices—the areas of digital health with the most number of deals in the first half of 2020.We first explore the AI in

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Downs Mulder has worked for the organization since 2008. She most recently has been vice president of product and design, a business-side role involving digital operations. She previously was in charge of The Post’s graphics department.

At 36, she is one of the youngest people named managing editor in The Post’s 143-year history. The position is one of four deputies to executive editor Martin Baron. Her appointment continues a reshaping of The Post’s top editorial ranks over the past three months.

She is the third woman among the news organization’s four managing editors. In July, Baron named Krissah Thompson to serve as managing editor for diversity and inclusion, a new position created in the wake of nationwide protests over racial inequities and a broad reassessment by news organizations of their diversity in staffing and news coverage. Downs Mulder and Thompson join Tracy Grant, who has been managing editor for staff

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Zohaib Hassan is the CEO/Founder of SnapWeb Services, an ROI driven, data-obsessed full-services digital marketing agency.

If you’re a business owner, people have probably been talking to you about digital marketing for ages — whether it’s a well-meaning friend or an ad agency on the prowl, you’ve heard endless suggestions on everything from SEO to PPC and every other three-letter acronym. And all that was in a pre-pandemic world. The sudden, jarring shift to an audience more frequently online will leave behind many lasting effects on how businesses reach their target audience.

In a post-pandemic world, 56% of business leaders that utilize digital tools report that at least half of their sales occur online. While many businesses plan on decreasing spend, depending on the channel anywhere from 40-59% of large national brands intend to increase their ad spends across digital channels. That’s just the big guys.

But with

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GENEVA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 12, 2020–

Temenos (SIX: TEMN), the banking software company, today announced that FlowBank has selected Temenos Transact delivered as SaaS to power its new digital bank in Switzerland. Temenos Transact core banking technology will enable FlowBank to rapidly launch and offer a new investing experience to private and institutional investors in Switzerland and internationally.

FlowBank has recently secured its banking license in July 2020 and is planning to launch the operations by the end of 2020. The bank aims to meet the needs of both sophisticated and new investors, who wish to manage their banking and investments on their own. The bank addresses this growing market segment by offering a simple, reliable investment experience open to all, using an optimized trading platform underpinned by Temenos Transact. The bank is FINMA-regulated and deposits are guaranteed up to CHF 100,000.

With Temenos SaaS, FlowBank will create a hyper-efficient cost model

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SALT LAKE CITY — The fresh-faced photos are as much a part of the legends as the names of the companies they started.



a car parked on the side of a building: University of Utah freshman and game developer Andrew Wang poses for a photo with his Tesla Model 3 outside the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Studio building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.


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University of Utah freshman and game developer Andrew Wang poses for a photo with his Tesla Model 3 outside the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute Studio building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020.

Mark Zuckerberg sporting a Harvard hoodie in his dorm room. Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak with their first computer prototype, housed in a wooden box. Bill Gates grinning next to a computer terminal at Seattle’s exclusive Lakeside School.

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But it turns out the story arc of these youngster founders — all 20-somethings who would go on to earn icon status as they built their now-marquee brands of Facebook, Apple and Microsoft — have been far more the exception than the

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Friday's report was compiled by BIS, the Bank of England, the U.S. Federal Reserve, Bank of Canada, Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, Sveriges Riksbank and the Swiss National Bank. File Photo by Canadastock/Shutterstock/UPI

Friday’s report was compiled by BIS, the Bank of England, the U.S. Federal Reserve, Bank of Canada, Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank, Sveriges Riksbank and the Swiss National Bank. File Photo by Canadastock/Shutterstock/UPI

Oct. 9 (UPI) — The Bank of International Settlements and seven central banks around the world published a report Friday that set a framework for a digital currency to work in conjunction with paper money.

The report highlights three key elements of the proposal — cryptocurrency coexisting with cash in a flexible payment system, supporting wider policy objectives and promoting innovation and efficiency.

“This report is a real step forward for this group of central banks in agreeing on the common principles and identifying the key features we believe would be needed for a workable [central bank digitalcurrency] system,” Jon Cunliffe, the deputy governor for the Bank of England, said in a statement.

Along with

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