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Juniper-Insight-colour.pngPublished every fortnight, ‘Juniper Research Insights’ provide impact analysis on breaking and disruptive industry news. This includes notable product launches, industry event takeaways, unpredicted company results or specific services disrupting traditional digital ecosystems. 


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IoT Insights - Companies Boycott Facebook Advertising Over Hate Speech Concerns

IoT Insights - Companies Boycott Facebook Advertising Over Hate Speech Concerns

July 2020
As of the time of writing, over 180 companies have pulled advertising on Facebook, including Ben & Jerry’s, Clorox, Coca-Cola, Patagonia, Starbucks and Verizon, as part of a campaign orchestrated by the Anti-Defamation League and others to protest the company’s lack of action to suppress hate speech on their platform. Some, such as Unilever, have suspended social media advertising on other platforms as well, while others, such as Microsoft, have engaged in their own independent boycotts.
 
Fintech Insights - Wirecard AG Collapses into Insolvency, Creating Uncertainty Throughout Fintech

Fintech Insights - Wirecard AG Collapses into Insolvency, Creating Uncertainty Throughout Fintech

July 2020
Last week, the German payments processing company Wirecard AG announced that it was filing for insolvency proceedings, following a high-profile accounting scandal involving missing funds and the resignation and arrest of its former CEO Markus Braun. The allegations involve €1.9 billion ($2.1 billion) in missing funds, which Wirecard since has admitted may not exist.
 
IoT Insights - Bose Winding Down AR Glasses Initiative

IoT Insights - Bose Winding Down AR Glasses Initiative

June 2020
A report from Protocol states that Bose is giving up on its AR glasses technology. While Bose Frames glasses and headphones that supported the technology are still available to buy, there is no direct reference to Bose AR technology itself on Bose’s website any longer. Also new developers have not been able to access the Bose AR SDK since April. Bose AR Glasses reportedly will only provide hearable capabilities, without the directional audio capabilities of Bose AR.
 
Fintech Insights - European Commission Launches Antitrust Investigation into Apple Pay

Fintech Insights - European Commission Launches Antitrust Investigation into Apple Pay

June 2020
This week, the European Commission announced that it had opened a formal antitrust investigation into Apple Pay in the EU; focusing on the terms and conditions for integrating Apple Pay into merchant apps and websites on iPhones and iPads, as well as Apple’s limitation of third-party access to NFC functionality for payments.
 
Telco Insights - WhatsApp Launches Person-to-Person Payments in Brazil

Telco Insights - WhatsApp Launches Person-to-Person Payments in Brazil

June 2020
Despite trialling payment functionalities in India, WhatsApp has introduced payment features for Brazilian users. This feature enables digital payments between peers, and for small businesses.
 
Technology Insights - COVID-19 Boosts Uptake of Digital Therapeutics & Telemedicine

Technology Insights - COVID-19 Boosts Uptake of Digital Therapeutics & Telemedicine

June 2020
The lockdowns prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic mean that services that would normally be accessed in physical locations are now being used remotely.

This has led to a boost in the usage of both telemedicine services and digital therapeutics. The latter is partly in response to the increased mental strain placed on people in lockdown and healthcare providers, along with other wellness products, are also stepping in. For example, wellness app Headspace is providing its service free to healthcare professionals, alongside several resources for all kinds of people during the pandemic.
Fintech Insights - Western Union Eyes MoneyGram Acquisition

Fintech Insights - Western Union Eyes MoneyGram Acquisition

June 2020
This week, Bloomberg reported that sources close to the matter have confirmed that Western Union is looking to acquire MoneyGram, in what would be a consolidation of the two largest US money transfer providers. The article claims that a takeover offer has been made but that this is not certain to result in an acquisition.
 
Telco Insights - UK Government Announces Reassessment of Huawei’s Involvement in 5G Network Rollout

Telco Insights - UK Government Announces Reassessment of Huawei’s Involvement in 5G Network Rollout

June 2020
The UK’s NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) has announced that it will now reconsider its position on Huawei’s involvement in the country’s 5G networks after the US imposed fresh sanctions on the China-based network vendor. The US has recently imposed restrictions on the use of American designs in any of its equipment.
 
Telco Insights - Microsoft to Further 5G Presence by Acquiring Metaswitch Networks

Telco Insights - Microsoft to Further 5G Presence by Acquiring Metaswitch Networks

May 2020
Following the acquisition of Affirmed Networks in April 2020, Microsoft aims to further develop 5G services by entering in to an agreement to acquire Metaswitch Networks for an undisclosed amount.
IoT Insights - Apple to Acquire VR Streaming Service Provider, NextVR, for $100 Million

IoT Insights - Apple to Acquire VR Streaming Service Provider, NextVR, for $100 Million

May 2020
Apple has acquired VR (virtual reality) streaming service, NextVR, for a reported $100 million.

VR technology has already been accessed for a number of years by some of Apple’s major competitors, such as Facebook and Samsung. Apple has until now not entered this space to the same extent, historically with a preference instead of AR (augmented reality).
 
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