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A few messages from the ICMA Spring conference

A few messages from the ICMA Spring conference

We attended the ICMA Spring conference in Belgrade earlier this month. More than 100 executives traveled to the Serbian capital for the conference from May 10 to 12. As can be seen here, the program was styled for hands-on learning and sharing of experiences. Here is our observations and main take-aways from the many presentations we listened to and one-on-one chats we engaged in.


Shazam for autos? Blippar brings us auto recognition

Shazam for autos? Blippar brings us auto recognition

Blippar, the U.K. technology company that specializes in augmented reality, computer vision and artificial intelligence, announced its first technology that allows consumers to recognize cars via an app on their smartphones.


In Japan, a mobile flea market sells books and fish

In Japan, a mobile flea market sells books and fish

In Japan, popular mobile-only c-to-c marketplaces include unicorn Mercari, Rakuten’s Rakuma and Drecom’s Clip. With especially strong fashion and electronics categories, they fight each other for the attention of local bargain hunters. Until recently, no-one had the guts to narrow its focus to a single category. Then this app came along: The book flea market.


With signing of ‘Craigslist bill,’ Nevada to require safe-trade zones

With signing of ‘Craigslist bill,’ Nevada to require safe-trade zones

Nebraska has become the first state in the U.S. to require that every community establish a "safe trade" zone at police or sheriff's offices. The law was signed on Wednesday by Gov. Brian Sandoval. Assemblywoman Sandra Jauregui, the sponsor, said the AIM Group's SafeTrade Stations initiative was used to develop and support the bill.


Noon, long-awaited Souq opponent, to launch soon

Noon, long-awaited Souq opponent, to launch soon

The launch of e-commerce site Noon.com in the Middle East, originally planned for January, was officially pushed back to "later this year". Noon.com is being developed as an alternative to Amazon-owned Souq.com in the Middle East. It is the brainchild of businessman Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar.



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