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For about two years, Google refused to let Nielsen place measurement tags on ads running on YouTube, a stance that media buyers say stopped some advertisers buying time on the online video site. Last week, Google reversed its position in a decision that analysts say could fuel the shift of TV ad dollars to online video. Nielsen disclosed late last week that Google was allowing advertisers to test Nielsen’s online ad measurement product when they negotiate ad buys on Google’s YouTube. “Following a brief testing period,” Nielsen said, it expects the “measurement tags to be accepted across all Google properties, including YouTube… by early 2014.” Google confirmed the decision Monday. “We know our clients want meaningful measurement, which is why we’re investing in brand-friendly metrics. While we continue to build measurement options powered by Google, we’re also par... (more)

New Contract Awards May Shift Thousands of Medicaid Enrollees in Michigan

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that the Michigan Department of Community Health has awarded new Medicaid contracts that will likely shift thousands of enrollees into new plans across the state. According to the recent Michigan Health Plan Analysis, Health Plan of Michigan, Molina Healthcare and McLaren Health Plan are among the big winners following a recontracting process, with Health Plan of Michigan gaining coverage in 16 counties while Molina and McLaren each added six. Under the new contracts, health plans will continue to use their own preferred drug lists with the exception of atypical antipsychotics and HIV/AIDS drugs. Both of these are carved out and will continue to be administered by Michigan Medicaid on a fee-for-service basis. The new contracts take... (more)

IBM Awarded Five-Year Business Transformation Contract by UTV Software Communications

BANGALORE, India, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it has signed a five-year business transformation agreement with UTV Software Communications Ltd., India's first integrated global media and entertainment company. IBM will help UTV transform its business processes to provide customers with the highest quality content and services as it continues its rapid rate of expansion. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) Under this agreement, IBM will perform various business transformation initiatives for UTV over the next few years to further sharpen UTV's focus on its core media business. IBM will help UTV streamline the company's finance and accounts, rights management, procurement, projects, material management and other key functions with an enterprise-wide SAP solution. For UTV the objective of this deal ... (more)

Digital Publishers' User-Data Collection is Inconsistent, Council for Research Excellence Study Finds

NEW YORK, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- While nearly all participants in a study, from the Council for Research Excellence, of digital publishing data-collection practices engaged in some form of user-data collection, there is no common "data owner" – a department, individual or function – charged within these organizations with controlling the publisher's user data.  In some cases, these functions are dispersed among different departments, individuals and/or data components.  The lack of common data ownership is seen as one of many reasons only a few digital publishers have developed techniques for utilizing their data for audience measurement, advertising targeting, content refinement or other meaningful purposes.    The study, to advance digital audience measurement, was conducted by Ernst & Young LLP under the direction of the Council for Research Excellence (CR... (more)

Research and Markets: Global Optical Transceiver Market 2011-2015: Avago Technologies, JDS Uniphase and Oclaro Dominate Market Space

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/drrwfs/global_optical) has announced the addition of the "Global Optical Transceiver Market 2011-2015" report to their offering. TechNavio's analysts forecast the Global Optical Transceiver market to grow at a CAGR of 17.9 percent over the period 2011-2015. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is increasing demand for high bandwidth. The Global Optical Transceiver market has also been witnessing consolidation of semiconductor industry. However, declining investments in emerging markets could pose a challenge to the growth of this market. This report has been prepared based on an in-depth analysis of the market with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the Americas, and the EMEA and APAC regions; it also covers the Global Optical Transceiver market landscape and its gro... (more)

UPDATE: Gaming Standards Association Creates Online Gaming Committee to Lead Industry Toward Standardization

LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwire) -- 02/01/13 -- The Gaming Standards Association (GSA) has created an Online Gaming Committee (OGC). This committee provides a neutral forum for technology experts in the industry to take a leadership role in the creation of online gaming standards with the objective of reducing R&D costs, bringing more interoperability, speeding time to market and improving consumer protection. The initial mandate of GSA's Online Gaming Committee, like GSA's land-based standards committees, will be to solicit industry input, identify problem areas and develop a comprehensive framework for technical standards for regulated online gaming. "Online gaming requires a multitude of standards across the various domains to ensure consumer protection, proper regulatory monitoring and to bring the creation of a unified global communication standard that lowers int... (more)

Knoa Announces Salesforce® Cloud Solution

Knoa® Software, the leading provider of user experience and performance management software, today announced the availability of Knoa Experience and Performance Manager (EPM) for Salesforce Sales Cloud® and Salesforce Services Cloud®. Knoa’s award-winning Knoa Experience and Performance Manager (EPM) solution goes beyond the performance of networks, hardware and infrastructure – providing a clear view of how users actually interact with the Salesforce Cloud applications. According to Credit Suisse forecasts, Salesforce revenue and market share in CRM will potentially grow to more than 40 percent of the total available market by 2016, giving Knoa Software access to a very large and rapidly growing incremental market. Many of Knoa’s existing enterprise customers have implemented Salesforce and now want the benefits of user experience and performance management applie... (more)

BlackRock Canada Announces Changes to Forward-Using iShares(R) ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/17/13 -- Announcement relating to the following iShares Funds: iShares Advantaged U.S. High Yield Bond Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) ("CHB") iShares Advantaged Short Duration High Income Fund ("CSD") iShares Advantaged Canadian Bond Index Fund ("CAB") iShares Broad Commodity Index Fund (CAD-Hedged) ("CBR") iShares Advantaged Convertible Bond Index Fund ("CVD") iShares Global Monthly Advantaged Dividend Index Fund ("CYH") iShares Managed Futures Index Fund ("CMF") (collectively, the "Forward-using iShares ETFs") BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited ("BlackRock Canada"), an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. ("BlackRock"), announced changes today to seven forward-using Canadian iShares exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") in response to proposed new federal taxation rules first introduced in conjunction with the 2013 F... (more)

AMCAD’S Integrated Land Information System Goes Live in Rockwall County Clerk’s Office

AMCAD, a leading provider of software solutions to the broader government system including courts, jails, prosecutors, probation, county clerks, recorders offices, and other government offices, announced today that its integrated Land Information System (AiLIS) went live in the Rockwall County Clerk’s office. Rockwall County, Texas is located 20 miles east of downtown Dallas and was listed second in the nation for job growth from 2010-2012 by CNN Money magazine. AMCAD was selected from a competitive process by Rockwall County Clerk to implement AiLIS, AMCAD’s comprehensive land records solution, and will be serving over 80,000 people within Rockwall County on an ongoing basis under a long term contract. Combined with the implementation of AMCAD’s Rapid Online Access Method (ROAM) and AMCAD’s ACCEPT e-Commerce solution, AMCAD performed implementation services, data ... (more)

New Online Tool to Help Canadians Plan and Reach Their Financial Goals

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 11/29/13 -- Canadians of all ages, whether it is those paying down student debt, saving to buy their first home or planning their retirement, often feel overwhelmed when they try to set short or long-term financial goals. Today, the Honourable Kevin Sorenson, Minister of State (Finance), and Lucie Tedesco, Commissioner of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC), unveiled the Financial Goal Calculator; a new tool that will help Canadians of all ages plan and reach their financial goals. FCAC's free, easy-to-use, interactive online Calculator helps Canadians meet their financial goals in three areas: - getting out of debt - saving for retirement - saving for other goals (for example a down payment or emergency fund). "The Financial Goal Calculator will be a valuable tool for Canadians no matter their age," said Minister Sore... (more)

Research and Markets: Global Industrial Wireless Automation Market 2014-2018 Research Report

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/pljj3x/global_industrial) has announced the addition of the "Global Industrial Wireless Automation Market 2014-2018" report to their offering. Commenting on the report, an analyst from the team said: Further development in wireless technology will help wireless automation to be used across a wide range of applications in the Industrial sector and will also help reduce operational costs in the long run. There has already been high adoption of wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, ZigBee, and WLAN. Other solutions such as WirelessHART, and SP100, also aid in the widespread use of wireless automation across various applications. The impact of the development of wireless technology and its use for different applications is expected to be high during the forecast period. According to the report, the Glo... (more)