US 5G ban fails to dent Huawei revenue

The Shenzhen-based Huawei’s first quarter revenue rose 39 per cent from the previous year to Rmb179.7bn (£21bn), suggesting US efforts to persuade countries to ban the Chinese group’s telecoms equipment from their 5G networks have not tempered growth. Although Australia and Canada have joined US in blocking Huawei kit several European countries have effectively rowed…

Brand’s Instagram close-ups

  For companies starting-up Instagram has helped provide a “level playing platform”. Dirty Lemon, which raised $15m in seed funding at a valuation of $60m last December, is among scores of  start-ups that have leveraged Instagram’s 1bn  users to build  their businesses. Kylie Jenner, Kim Kardashian, sinpijama have all benefited. “Brands have gone all in…

Snapchat gets gaming platform

Snapchat is following the mobile gaming lead of WeChat and Facebook Messenger by adding games to Snapchat  as it tries to puts failures of 2018 behind it. Snap is hoping to tap the  £54bn ($70bn) mobile gaming market, when Apple, Google, Tencent and Microsoft are all making new bids for developers’ and players attentions. The…

Online censorship of the web

China’s Great Firewall once a glorified porn filter has evolved into the most sophisticated system of online censorship in the world In China you can erase and delete all your Twitter posts after publishing a data analysis of government officials, plagiarised academic work. Over the past year, Beijing’s censors have for the first time tried…

Digital advertising boom as Ads to spend  £15bn this year

Digital Advertising spend will enjoy double figure growth as the industry moves away from traditional media formats according to latest forecasts by Barclays Corporate Banking. The digital with out-of-home advertising earmarked as key area of transformation after Digital OOH surpassed traditional outdoor for the first time last year. According to Sean Duffy Head of TMT…

Amazon finishes New York affair on Valentine’s Day

Amazon, the biggest company in the US  with the richest man as its head, stunned New York by announcing it would no longer relocate its second headquarters to the city, which promised 25, 000 jobs and its $3bn tax incentives and $27bn in tax revenues over the next two decades.  Possible culprits include State Governor…

Dentsu investigating overcharging

Dentsu, Japan’s most powerful advertising agency, headquartered in Shodome district of Minato, Tokyo, is investigating over 200, 000 transactions to gather evidence of overcharging clients. Its public apology from the group’s head of digital advertising, threatens to tarnish their reputation once widely viewed as beyond reproach. Dentsu’s internal investigation was triggered by a complaint from Toyota…