Africa: Sudan: Dozens Die in Gold Mine
More than 60 miners were killed this week in the Darfur region when the gold mine they were working in collapsed, a police spokesman said Thursday.
Shazam Brings On Former Yahoo Exec Rich Riley To Position For Growth And IPO
Back in March last year Yahoo’s SVP of the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region abruptly quit his role in the rejuvenation of Yahoo, supposedly to be closer to family in Sunnyvale. However, after an orderly departure he's now joined Shazam, the mobile music discovery app as CEO. Longtime CEO Andrew Fisher (since 2005) will become executive chairman. The London-based Shazam says it now has 300 million users in 200 countries, with 90 million of them in the U.S. and calls itself a "media engagement company".
Africa: Mauritania: Shortages Hit Millions
Twenty million people in the north African Sahel region are experiencing “serious” food shortages, aid workers said Wednesday.
Mobile CRM Apps To Grow 500% By 2014 As Market Turns With Decline In PC Shipments
Gartner Research is reporting mobile CRM apps will grow 500 percent by 2014, another sign of a shifting market that has more to do with work getting done in the cloud more so than from a server behind the firewall. This is buttressed by Gartner’s news that SaaS providers will represent more than 50 percent of profits in the CRM market by 2016 and the steep decline in PC shipments that Gartner reported yesterday. Gartner reports there are 200 apps now in app stores. By 2014, there will be 1,200. Mobile apps will come in a variety of flavors, attacking specific aspects of the CRM experience. Gartner, citing a CIO survey of more than 2,000 people, predicts that vendors will need to build mobile apps around their specific strengths. Gartner also reported that Salesforce.com remains the No. 1 CRM vendor with 26 percent growth and $2.5 billion in revenue last year. In contrast, Gartner states SAP grew 0.1 percent year-on-year and totaled $2.3 billion in CRM revenue. That is a huge difference ...
Africa: South Sudan: 5 U.N. Troops Killed
Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed in an ambush in a rebellion-racked region of South Sudan, United Nations officials said Tuesday.