Tax season is here, and many people want to ensure their refund gets to them on time. Alabama is leading the way with a program that ensures your refund ends up in your wallet and not someone else’s.
The app is called Alabama E-ID. Once you download the app, you take a picture of your driver’s license or state ID card. You then take a selfie within the app, which is then compared to the photo used on your driver’s license picture. Once you take the selfie, your E-ID is activated. From there, you register your E-ID with the state department of revenue.
See the full article: If you can take a selfie, you can protect your state tax refund (ABC 3340)
Alabama Department of Revenue and IDEMIA have partnered together to release an app to protect residents against tax refund theft.
“We’re just at the tip of the iceberg,” said Mark DiFraia, vice president of IDEMIA’s Digital Identity. “We see eID [electronic ID] playing a big role in electronic government and digital transformation at the state level across the nation.”
DiFraia said Alabama is the first state in the country to offer this technology.
Read the full article: Alabama uses facial recognition to stop tax fraud (The Crimson White)
CURE Pharmaceutical has named Vered Gigi as vice president of strategy and business development. The appointment is part of a larger push to build out partnerships within the pharmaceutical industry and test new indications for the company’s primary product.
“CURE has been on stealth mode for a while, developing the technology and the intellectual property,” Gigi said. “Now we’re really moving into phase two of growth and expansion to bring our product to market.”
Read the full article here. (San Fernando Valley Business Journal)
Fasten your media seat belt for 2018, communication of all kinds is stronger than ever. Despite warnings and howls, facts still have impact and new platforms have learned how to deal with a hostile environment. Rumors get corrected. Spin is detected. New voices are heard whether we like it or not, which is how things are supposed to be. Though America is a free-for-all and this year every business need to be among the “all,” now more than ever before, it really is “lead, follow or get out of the way.”
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Here’s what every company needs to know for the New Year:
Earned media is on the rise (really). According to Forrester Research, we are living through a fundamental reassessment of the role of advertising and editorial coverage. Earned media, like news stories and features, is more measurable and effective than ever before. Consumers are increasingly wanting to connect with people and stories, which presents an opportunity for editorial coverage. Eighty-one percent of senior marketers still believe that earned media is more effective than paid media.
Mobile and online consumption has new breadth of reach. In the U.S., roughly nine-in-ten adults get news online (either via mobile or desktop). According to the Pew Research Center, there are now many different audience strategies that news outlets use, through newsletters, original podcasts and allowing comments on their articles. By 2017, 61 percent of these highest-traffic digital-native news outlets had apps for at least one of the two main mobile operating systems (iOS and Android).
The crackdown on false news proves fruitful. A recent study reported by The New York Times reveals that propaganda and outright lies have a wide reach but reduced impact. “For all the hype about fake news, it’s important to recognize that it reached only a subset of Americans, and most of the ones it was reaching already were intense partisans,” according to Dr. Brendan Nyhan from Dartmouth College, who led the study. This year, we’ll see powerhouses like Facebook and Google continue to battle false news. Facebook will use its Related Articles tool to combat misinformation in the News Feed. Meanwhile, future leaders are taking matters into their own hands — right from the classroom.
The New Year has already brought media firestorms, but the trend is toward verification and fact. As always, the most powerful tool in business is an accurate message delivered with a clear voice. That is our mission and passion. Let us know how we can help you prepare for any potential issues that may come this year. Wishing you a prosperous 2018!
TaskUs CEO Bryce Maddock was recently interviewed by Middle Market’s Executive Kraege, who’s also the co-founder and CEO of MOBI. Once upon a time the word “outsourcing” was associated with such dry cleaned, stodgy corporate monikers as EDS, IBM and CSC. No more. Maddock reveals the outsourcer’s unconventional first growth chapter and the unique business dynamics that would lead a cluster of the high tech startups to leverage.
“We are taking our company global. We’re answering adding more locations in the U.S., more locations in Latin America. And we’re expanding our services in the realm of consulting,” said Maddock regarding what’s next for the company.
Listen to the full podcast here.
CURE Pharmaceutical, an innovative drug delivery and development company, today named Dr. Vered Gigi, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development. Dr. Gigi will oversee CURE’s strategy to deliver sustained growth and diversified revenue.
“The CURE team and the technology offer a clear path to a better and much needed patient experience with medications,” said Dr. Vered Gigi. “I am thrilled to be a part of this group to improve the efficacy and safety of new and existing drugs.”
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CURE Pharmaceutical Adds New VP of Strategy and Business Development (Healthcare Dive)
CURE Pharmaceutical Adds New VP of Strategy and Business Development (FirstWord Pharma)
Piracy is one of the main headaches that digital distribution brings to media and entertainment. Linius hopes to become the remedy to that. Linius uses blockchain and it calls its “video virtualization technology” to solve piracy woes, build in payment gateways, and rectify ways to better automate and systematize royalties and more.
“Basically what Linius does is we virtualize video,” said CEO Chris Richardson. “What video virtualization does is it separates the actual data of the video, the ones and zeros that make up the codec where you put a red dot here, green dot here, play some sound, whatever it may be, from the piece of the video that represents the play out, the actual video itself. Once you separate those things, the video part that you play out becomes a very tiny file, about the size of a text file, a large text message for example.”
Read the full article: Blockchain Is Key To Linius Technologies Effort To Combat Video Piracy (BlockTribune)
The stock market is off to a roaring start in 2018, but there’s no shortage of investment gurus who warn that continued equities growth is far from guaranteed. One of these gurus is Sid Miramontes, founder and CEO of Irvine, Calif.-based Miramontes Capital, which has more than $250 million in assets under management.
“Investing a percentage of a retirees funds in real estate flipping would be considered an aggressive investment,” said Miramontes.
Even though the investor would not directly manage the real estate project, he or she has to understand the risks involved in funding the project, material costs, project completion time, the current interest rate environment, where the properties are located geographically and the state of the economy, he said.
Read the full article: Investors ‘Flocking In to Real Estate Lending (InsuranceNewsNet)
According to the LA Times, don’t live in fear of a hotel fire, but do plan as though your life could depend on it. A recent visitor at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas noticed that his room was not equipped with fire sprinklers. So, what now?
“Everybody has to understand that they have to take control of their own safety and … security,” said Charlie Carroll, senior vice president at digital identity giant IDEMIA, and formerly a police officer who has spent his career in protection.
Read the full article: Don’t live in fear of a hotel fire, but do plan as though your life could depend on it (LA Times)
With advancements in technology and security, companies like IDEMIA are developing and implementing faster and safer systems to get patrons inside venues and to their seats more efficiently. IdentoGO by IDEMIA is making your game day experience safer and more efficient.
“We’ve put together a program that would utilize biometric technology, the same technology we’ve used with TSA Pre✓ and the U.S. Department of State,” said Charles R. Carroll, senior vice president of identity services at IDEMIA. “We create an expedited line people can go through relatively quickly. It’s all the same screening as everyone else, but a designated line with less people in it.”
Read the full article: IdentoGO by IDEMIA Makes Your Game Day Experience Safer and More Efficient (The Culture Trip)