Daily Archives: December 11, 2018

DoubleVerify and InMobi Unite to Combat Mobile App Fraud

Partnership brings mobile app fraud prevention to advertisers globally

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DoubleVerify (“DV”), the leading independent provider of marketing measurement software and analytics, today announced a partnership with InMobi, a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As part of the partnership, DoubleVerify will provide always-on fraud filtering and measurement for mobile in-app advertising campaigns across the InMobi Exchange globally.

The integration with InMobi covers pre-bid targeting for all InMobi Exchange impressions within the leading mobile in-app platform, as well as monitoring of post-bid fraud activity, such as spoofing – enabling InMobi to continuously refine the quality of its mobile ad inventory.

“DV’s partnership with InMobi demonstrates our commitment to provide consistent, comprehensive quality coverage for global brand advertisers,” said Matt McLaughlin, COO at DoubleVerify. “With ad spend increasingly concentrated in mobile, it’s imperative that brands have transparency into the quality of mobile app inventory. We are proud of our partnership with InMobi, which expands the footprint of our fraud prevention capabilities and further distinguishes DV as the leader for mobile app verification.”

“InMobi is committed to providing transparency, building trust and delivering business results to our advertisers. This partnership, along with our support for DoubleVerify viewability, is a giant step toward that,” said Anne Frisbie, SVP, Global Programmatic and North America at InMobi. “InMobi is proud to partner with DoubleVerify in this critical battle against mobile app fraud. We strongly believe that only through open collaboration will the industry be able to eliminate fraud.”

As part of its industry-leading mobile app fraud solution, DoubleVerify identifies and screens the most comprehensive types of in-app fraud, including background ad activity, hidden ads, app misrepresentation (spoofing) and measurement manipulation. In March 2017, DV received Media Rating Council (MRC) accreditation for its technology to detect and block sophisticated invalid traffic (SIVT) for mobile app video and display advertising.

For more information about DoubleVerify’s capabilities for mobile, contact sales@doubleverify.com.

About DoubleVerify

DoubleVerify is the leading independent provider of marketing measurement software, data and analytics that authenticates the quality and effectiveness of digital media for the world’s largest brands and media platforms. DV provides media transparency and accountability to deliver the highest level of impression quality for maximum advertising performance. Since 2008, DV has helped hundreds of Fortune 500 companies gain the most from their media spend by delivering best in class solutions across the digital ecosystem, helping to build a better industry. Learn more at doubleverify.com.

About InMobi

InMobi is a global provider of enterprise platforms for marketers. As a leading technology company, InMobi has been recognized as a 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 company and as one of Fast Company’s 2018 Most Innovative Companies. For more information, visit inmobi.com.

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Algo Capital Announces $100 Million Blockchain Fund to Invest In Promising Companies Built on Algorand Platform

Fund will support companies building next-generation blockchain solutions

Boston, MA, Dec. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Algo Capital, a blockchain-focused venture capital group, has announced the launch of a $100 million USD fund to invest and manage significant capital in emerging disruptors building on the Algorand decentralized platform over the course of the next decade. The Algorand protocol was designed by MIT professor, cryptography pioneer, and winner of the prestigious Turing Award, Silvio Micali. Algo Capital invests in promising companies at all stages that are creating solutions on the decentralized Algorand platform, with an initial focus on companies building fintech applications.

Algo Capital is funded by external investors who recognize the potential Algorand has to serve as the platform to create a truly decentralized economy. Algorand, a first-of-its-kind blockchain and digital currency purpose-built for business, is also an investor in Algo Capital, letting Algo Capital independently manage the fund while serving as an integral part of the growth of the Algorand ecosystem. In order to further support companies with which the fund will engage, the leadership team will establish a blockchain laboratory to provide developers and entrepreneurs with tools and resources to help them build on the Algorand platform.

Arul Murugan, Managing Partner of Algo Capital, said: “The launch of Algo Capital signifies an invaluable opportunity to support and grow some of the world’s most promising startups that are building on the business blockchain of the future. We believe that value in the overall Algorand ecosystem will be captured by building real business and uses cases upon it, bringing hundreds of millions of users to wider blockchain adoption. Algo Capital looks forward to enabling and supporting entrepreneurs to leverage the unique benefits of the Algorand platform in innovative ways that will change the world.”

The fund is managed by a diverse leadership group of four founding partners with more than six decades of combined experience in venture capital, crypto investment, and blockchain technology, including Managing Partners David Garcia and Arul Murugan. Garcia previously served as Managing Director and Partner of Ripio, and as Partner at one of the first digital asset funds in Latin America. Murugan is the Founder and former CEO of Enrich, a global leader in oracle procurement software-as-a-service, and Managing Partner of blockchain-focused venture capital firm 11-11 Ventures.

David Garcia, Managing Partner of Algo Capital, said: “I have been active in this space for more than five years as an entrepreneur and investor. I’ve had the opportunity to learn what succeeds and what fails, beyond just the technology. We invested in Algorand due to the outstanding technical and business leadership of its team. We also recognized the massive potential and have joined forces with others to launch Algo Capital to capitalize the potential of the Algorand ecosystem.”

Algorand last month announced the closure of a $62 million USD equity investment, a round in which Algo Capital was a lead investor. In addition, the company onboarded senior executives Steven Kokinos as CEO and W. Sean Ford as COO to help launch the revolutionary blockchain. Kokinos is the Founder of global, cloud-based unified communications platform Fuze. Ford was previously Senior Vice President and CMO at one of the world’s top 10 public SaaS companies LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOGM).

Steve Kokinos, CEO of Algorand, said: “The launch of the Algo Capital fund demonstrates the momentum of the technology that Silvio Micali has been developing for the past several years. Algo Capital and its supporting lab will accelerate opportunities for developers and businesses to realize the potential of Algorand’s protocol for a truly global and decentralized economy. We look forward to seeing first-hand the innovative projects that will develop out of the Algo Capital fund.”

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Algo Capital Managing Partners David Garcia and Arul Murugan; and Algorand CEO Steve Kokinos are available for interview.

About Algo Capital
Managed by venture capital and blockchain investors with an extensive entrepreneurial background, Algo Capital is a venture capital fund investing in emerging disruptors that are built leveraging the decentralized economy powered by Algorand. Algo Capital focuses on business models pursuing the next billion-user applications and products on the Algorand blockchain.

For more information, visit https://www.algo.capital.

About Algorand
Based in Boston, and founded by cryptography pioneer and Turing award winner Silvio Micali, Algorand solves the “blockchain trilemma” with a platform that delivers decentralization, scalability and security. Algorand provides a foundation for existing businesses and new projects to operate globally in the emerging decentralized economy. Algorand’s first-of-its-kind, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake protocol supports the scale, open participation, and transaction finality required to build systems for billions of users.

For more information, visit https://www.algorand.com/

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Skybox Security Appoints Amrit Williams as Vice President of Products

Williams to accelerate the delivery of product roadmap as demand for advanced cybersecurity management solutions grows

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Skybox® Security, a global leader in cybersecurity management solutions, announced today that Amrit Williams has joined the company as vice president of products. Williams brings to the company more than 20 years of product innovation and thought leadership in the cybersecurity space. As the head of product management, he will be responsible for driving the Skybox® Security Suite’s product roadmap, focusing on the continuing evolution of the company’s core security management platform and applications addressing firewall, security policy, vulnerability and threat management.

“Amrit has an incredible track record of conceiving, developing and delivering to market dozens of award-winning products in both the consumer and enterprise security arenas,” said Gidi Cohen, CEO for Skybox Security. “He has a keen eye to connect the dots between security management challenges and emerging technology trends, giving customers a top-tier experience and major value out of the solution. He is a tremendous addition to our leadership team as we meet and anticipate needs in the market.”

Williams’ appointment comes at a time when Skybox is poised to seize a tremendous market opportunity. The company has experienced significant market growth over the past four years and now serves customers in more than 50 countries. The growth has been fueled by enterprises seeking to integrate their vast and varied security data sources, gain insight into their attack surface and reduce the risk of cyberattacks. Especially as cybersecurity positions have continued to be hard to fill, interest in automated solutions that can intelligently prioritize risk exposures and response has spiked, poising Skybox for continued success in its established and expanding markets.

“I thrive in organizations that are focused on helping their customers succeed through innovative products, which is what attracted me to Skybox,” said Williams. “The company was a pioneer in security analytics, and its solutions have helped organizations keep up with the fast-changing nature of vulnerabilities and security weaknesses in their network. I’m looking forward to pushing the boundaries of what’s possible as Skybox and the security market both continue to evolve.”

Throughout his career, Williams has led security companies to advance product innovation at early and growth stage enterprises including McAfee, nCircle, BigFix, IBM and CloudPassage. Additionally, as a research and security strategist for the Information Security and Risk Practice at Gartner, Inc., Williams was influential in defining the burgeoning security category — coining the term “security information and event management” (SIEM) — while conducting analysis in multiple research areas including vulnerability and threat management, network security and risk management.

About Skybox Security
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Skybox arms security leaders with the broadest set of solutions for cybersecurity management. By integrating with more than 120 networking and security technologies, the Skybox® Security Suite provides the context needed for informed and timely action, combining attack vector analytics and advanced threat intelligence to continuously analyze vulnerabilities in your environment and correlate them with exploits in the wild. This gives the insight needed to improve and automate security operations in vulnerability and threat management and firewall and security policy management in physical, virtual and cloud environments.

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Second Vietnamese Coffee Day observed

The second Vietnamese Coffee Day took place in Gia Nghia town in Dak Nong province on Monday to promote the coffee sector.

Le Quoc Doanh, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, said Vietnam is now the second largest coffee exporter in the world thanks to the efforts of coffee farmers, processors, and export businesses.

Vietnam Coffee Day 2018 is an opportunity for the Vietnamese coffee sector and Dak Nong province to promote its coffee products to the world and connect businesses to develop coffee products more efficiently and sustainably, he said.

A conference on sustainable development of the Vietnamese coffee sector was held in Dak Nong. Vietnam now has more than 645,000 ha growing coffee, with an average productivity of 2 tonns per ha. Export revenue totalled 3.2 billion USD last year.

Vice Chairman of the Dak Nong People’s Committee Truong Thanh Tung told VOV: Restructuring the coffee sector is part of our agriculture plan until 2030 with a Vision to 2035. We must focus on seedlings, cultivation methods, and, most importantly, processing to ensure sustainable development. Our goal is to export 25% of all roasted and instant coffee products in 2030.

Source: VOV5

South Africa – gateway to Africa for Vietnamese rice

South Africa is a promising market for Vietnamese rice exporters as it consumes about 850,000 tonnes of rice a year, said an official from Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

At a working session with the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on Monday, Tran Quoc Toan, deputy head of the MoIT’s Import and Export Department said South Africa serves as a gateway for Vietnamese rice exporters to access the wider African market.

Madileke Ramushu, DTI Director of Asia Bilateral Relations, said South Africa always encourages and stands ready to facilitate Vietnamese businesses to increase rice exports to South Africa and other markets in Africa, especially those in the South African Development Community with a total population of 650 million.

Source: VOV5

Cambodian Court Gives Suspended Sentences to Labor Leaders

PHNOM PENH, CAMBODIA Six Cambodian union leaders on Tuesday each received suspended 2 1/2-year prison terms in connection with labor protests about five years ago in which four garment workers were killed and around 20 others hurt.

The Phnom Penh Municipal Court found the labor leaders guilty on four charges involving violence and property damage at protests on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. The court also ordered the six to jointly pay in compensation of 35 million riels ($8,750) to two policemen said to have been victims of protest violence.

The relatively lenient sentences appeared to be part of an effort by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government to soften its image as an authoritarian regime. It has faced sanctions from Western nations that accuse it of suppressing human and democratic rights, pointing especially to this year’s general election which they charged was neither free nor fair because the only credible opposition party had been dissolved and its candidates barred from politics.

The casualties in early January 2014 occurred when police opened fire on striking factory workers who were demanding the minimum wage be doubled. Police claimed they were defending themselves after several hundred workers blocking a road began burning tires and throwing objects at them.

Although the protests involved labor issues, they came at a time of political stress, as the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party – now dissolved – was holding daily protests calling for Hun Sen to step down and call fresh elections. The opposition party claimed that Hun Sen had won the 2013 general election by rigging the vote.

Cambodia’s mainstream labor movement, representing a huge number of industrial workers, was a potent political force as well, loosely aligned with Hun Sen’s political opponents.

Hun Sen in recent months has been signaling his desire to improve his image with Western critics with a series of conciliatory gestures.

This Thursday, the National Assembly is expected to approve a measure that could rescind the five-year ban on political activity of at least some of the 118 top members of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Other recent measures included the freeing, either on bail or as a result of pardons, of political prisoners, including opposition party chief Kem Sokha, who was charged last year with treason on the basis of flimsy evidence. He remains under tight house arrest.

In October, Hun Sen said he had agreed to the resumption of U.S. military-led missions to search for the remains of Americans missing in action during the Vietnam War, following an appeal from two U.S. state lawmakers.

Hun Sen last month also called on the courts – which are widely seen to do his government’s bidding – to speed up proceedings against the six labor leaders or even get the charges dropped.

However, after Tuesday’s verdict was announced, one of the defendants – Ath Thorn, leader of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union – said he was completely unhappy with the outcome and would appeal, because despite receiving a suspended sentence, his conviction under law would bar him from carrying out his union leader’s duties for the sentence’s duration. He said he was not even present at the protest site at the time of the violence.

Source: Voice of America

7th Congress of Vietnam Farmers’ Union begins

The 7th Congress of the Vietnam Farmers’ Union (VFU) will meet Tuesday to Thursday in Hanoi, attended by 1,000 delegates representing 10 million Vietnamese farmers.

The main session on Wednesday will discuss a report of the sixth VFU central committee, draft projects regarding personnel of the VFU’s executive committee and standing committee, and amendments to the VFU’s regulations.

The Congress will set forth 14 criteria for the farmers’ emulation movement during the 2018-2023 period.

Source: VOV5