Key Takeaways For Future MSPs

Marius Mihalec is a Founder and CEO of Pulseway, a mobile-first IT management and monitoring software.

For managed service providers (MSPs), 2020 has been a year of challenge, but also a year of opportunity. Their customers had to quickly adapt — and adopt new working practices — just to survive the new business reality. Against this backdrop, MSPs had to adapt even more quickly if they wanted to remain relevant and valuable to their clients.

Organizations that had already moved toward cloud-based solutions and flexible working were in a better place to survive and found the transition easier than those more reluctant to change. Even many of these technical laggards have belatedly seen the benefits and advantages of technologies such as cloud-based computing, and what many viewed as an inevitable shift has been accelerated.

As every business continues to work out how to survive and thrive during current

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India Bans Another 43 Chinese Apps; List Includes AliExpress

The decision was taken by the ministry of electronics and information technology under section 69A of the Information Technology Act

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Indian government on Tuesday blocked another 43 Chinese mobile applications. The ministry of electronics and information technology (Meity) took the action citing these apps were engaging in activities which are prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order.

The decision was taken under section 69A of the Information Technology Act.

According to a statement released, the Meity upon receiving comprehensive reports from Indian Cyber Crime Co-ordination Centre, ministry of home affairs, issued the order.

This is not the first time Chinese apps were banned in this country. Earlier on June 29, the

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AppsFlyer raises funding from Salesforce Ventures at $2 billion valuation

Mobile measurement and marketing company AppsFlyer said it has raised a new round of funding from Salesforce Ventures at a $2 billion valuation. AppsFlyer didn’t disclose the funding amount, but the company said it has raised more than $300 million to date.

Back in January, San Francisco-based AppsFlyer raised $210 million at a $1.6 billion valuation in a fourth round of funding led by General Atlantic. At that time, the company said it had raised more than $294 million. AppsFlyer’s goal is to accurately measure mobile ad spending and become a “democratizer” of mobile marketing.

The company has recently reached 1,000 employees globally, and it now exceeds $200 million in annual recurring revenue (ARR), up 25% from 2019.

AppsFlyer raised its new funds just as shifting privacy policies and regulations are poised to transform the marketing landscape. Apple will make tracking advertising results harder when it retires the Identifier for

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India FinTech Forum Selects 27 Fintech Startups for IFTA 2020

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Non-profit fintech advocacy group India FinTech Forum announced on Tuesday the list of 27 fintech startups shortlisted for the 5th edition of India Fintech Awards (IFTA).

The startups will be giving live demos to the jury from 30 November till 2 December 2020 to compete for the Fintech Startup of the Year at the award ceremony. Furthermore, six innovative fintech companies will compete for the Fintech Scaleup of the Year award.

The fintech startups with high potential were chosen from a pool of over 600 applications received from across the globe such as the US, the UK, the UAE, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Ireland, India, Hungary, Hong Kong, Germany, France, Canada, Brazil, and Algeria.

The non-profit initiative platform has

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Don’t Wait for Black Friday to Shop

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The traditional Black Friday as we know it is dying.

The chaotic shopping day after Thanksgiving traditionally known for door-buster deals is steadily being replaced by more convenient online shopping events. Think Amazon Prime Day, Cyber Monday, and the like. 

“I wouldn’t say Black Friday is dead yet. You do still have some people who still want to get up at 5 a.m. to go bargain hunting,” says Jerry Sheldon, a retail analyst at IHL Group, a Franklin, Tenn.-based advisory firm for the retail and hospitality industries. “But you’re going to see a pretty big dip this year. I think that dip is going to continue,

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The Payments King Is Dead. Long Live The New King.

When Google
unveiled their new candidate for the payments throne last week with the relaunch of Google Pay
, there wasn’t much talk of the backstory; little mention of the path walked and the rubble created in order to make the ultimate bank killer app: the new Google Pay. 

What has changed?

The new Google Pay is an app that consumers and businesses can use to send and receive money instantly without any specific hardware. For individuals, it means they can send money to their contact list. Businesses can accept payments with their name or a QR code. This means Google Pay now focuses on hardware-free payments as opposed to payments made to a card terminal. The difference from the old Google Pay is massive, not only in features and focus, but in the effects it will have on the market.

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Roiled by Election, Facebook Struggles to Balance Civility and Growth

“There are tensions in virtually every product decision we make and we’ve developed a companywide framework called ‘Better Decisions’ to ensure we make our decisions accurately, and that our goals are directly connected to delivering the best possible experiences for people,” said Joe Osborne, a Facebook spokesman.

These battles have taken a toll on morale. In an employee survey this month, Facebook workers reported feeling less pride in the company compared to previous years. About half felt that Facebook was having a positive impact on the world, down from roughly three-quarters earlier this year, according to a copy of the survey, known as Pulse, which was reviewed by The New York Times. Employees’ “intent to stay” also dropped, as did confidence in leadership.

Even as Election Day and its aftermath have passed with few incidents, some disillusioned employees have quit, saying they could no longer stomach working for a company

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Algorithmic Trading Platform Algobulls Raises Undisclosed Amount From Venture Catalysts

The fresh capital will be used for setting up teams in various divisions and to scale its operation in foreign lands

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Venture Catalysts, an integrated incubator and accelerator, on Tuesday announced that it has led an undisclosed amount in AlgoBulls, an algorithmic trading platform.

Mumbai-based Algobulls was founded by Pushpak Dagade, Jimmit Patel and Suraj Bathija last year, and claims to provide a 100 per cent automated, customized, and professional experience of trading in stock markets to all. Leveraging algorithm, the startup imparts required information to people to trade and clinch profit. It boasts of providing an end-to-end  solution to its users with ready-to-use strategies and market knowledge in an automated form without requiring any manual intervention.

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Most of you like Vivo’s new OriginOS skin

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Vivo’s FunTouch OS was arguably the worst Android skin among major manufacturers. Between the iOS-inspired aesthetics and the needless overhaul of stock elements, it’s easy to understand why it had many critics.

Fortunately, Vivo revealed a new Android skin dubbed OriginOS last week, going for a different look compared to its prior effort while adding a few neat features too. This made us wonder what you lot thought of the new Android overlay.

What do you think of Vivo’s OriginOS?


We posted the poll on November 19 2020, and it accrued 1,511 votes in that time. Almost two thirds (64.7%) of all respondents voted “yay” in favor of the new Android skin. So clearly it seems like Vivo has made a step in the right direction with OriginOS.

The new skin adds a unique homescreen (at

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A Heap Of New Details On Amazon’s Lord Of The Rings MMO Have Been Revealed

As part of the acquisition of Leyou by gaming giant Tencent, a number of documents relating to Leyou’s collaboration with Amazon on a Lord Of The Rings MMO have been made public. The documents reveal some juicy new details about a project which, thus far, has been quite secretive.

The documents include a licensing agreement for the Tolkien property, which also makes mention of Lord of the Rings Online, an existing MMO that Amazon’s product will launch in direct competition with. The licensing agreement shows Leyou agreeing to pay over $8 million simply to secure the license for the Middle-earth game.

The documents also include a co-development agreement with Amazon, which involves the broader e-commerce company rather than specifying the gaming-specific Amazon Studios branch.

An amendment to the licensing agreement also includes a production schedule, which shows a rough timeline for the game–though notably the amendment was made prior to

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