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  Breaking News
 

Worldwide Smartphone Sales Top 1 Billion Units For First Time In 2014
EGHAM, UK - Worldwide sales of smartphones to business and consumers topped 1.2 billion units in 2014 - the first time yearly sales have topped a billion.

 

Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index Rebounds In February
DETROIT- The Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index bounced back to 56 in February, suggesting last month’s sudden drop to 50, was an anomaly. The three month PMI average finished at a solid 56.7. A PMI value above 50 generally suggests economic growth.

 

Stratos Blue-Tooth Enabled Payment Card For Mobile Phones On Sale
ANN ARBOR - The Stratos Card, a blue tooth enabled card that syncs all payment and loyalty cards to your mobile phone, is now available for purchase.

 

High End Apple Smartwatch Could Fetch $5,000
CUPERTINO - Would you pay five grand for the high-end luxury edition of the Apple Watch? That's the starting price that Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster sees in his crystal ball.

 

Bronk Named CEO Of Open Systems Technologies
GRAND RAPIDS – It’s official. Open Systems Technologies (OST) Chief Operating Officer Meredith Bronk has been promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer on April 1. The announcement was made Monday by founding CEO Dan Behm, who is retiring.

 

Film Office Awards 3 Incentives To Detroit Company
LANSING - Three projects expected to generate nearly 100 jobs and more than $3.7 million in the state have been approved for film incentives by the Michigan Film Office, and all three projects will be produced by Exxodus Pictures Studio in downtown Detroit.

  Webcasts
 

MITechNews.Com Podcast: Mophie, Chinese New Year Gala, Grand Rapids Crowdfunding
DETROIT – MITechNews.Com Podcast: Mophie Advertises in Super Bowl, Chinese New Year Gala at Motor City Casino With Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Crowd Funding campaign for the Urban Institute of Arts in Grand Rapids to create outdoor art.

 

Episode 80: ITINTheD.Com: W3R, Daily Detroit
DETROIT – ITInTheD.Com episode 80: Joined in-studio by one of our sponsors, W3R, as well as our friends over at Daily Detroit, for a whole bunch of conversations and chats about the state of things here in Detroit.

  Entrepreneur's Corner
 

Facebook for Business 102 At Macomb-OU INCubator
AUBURN HILLS - Facebook has changed quite a bit since it was founded 10 years ago. Join Social Media Club Detroit, the Macomb-OU INCubator, and Mike McClure, Social Media Director for the Yaffe Group, for an introduction to Facebook for Business 102.

 

Best Shot Competition March 12 Hosted By Bizdom
DETROIT - Learn go-to-market strategies from two extraordinary entrepreneurs and pitch your product for prizes through Best Shot on March 12 hosted by Bizdom.

  New Products/Contracts
 

Mobile Monday Detroit Presents Panel For Mobile Developers, Designers
DETROIT - To help app designers and developers put out the best product possible, Mobile Monday Detroit, is presenting a panel of Michigan-based experts who will provide information on creating useful and intuitive user experiences, ensuring security of user data, and overcoming the design challenges of the multi-platform and multi-device environment.

 

Varnum Law Opens 6th Office In Downtown Detroit
DETROIT - The Varnum law firm will open its sixth office and second in Southeast Michigan in the Federal Reserve Building in downtown Detroit. The office space is currently undergoing build out and is expected to open in the second quarter of 2015.

  Cyber Defense
 

FREAK Attack Leaves Safari, Google Android Browsers Vulnerable To Hackers
SAN FRANCISCO - A newly discovered encryption flaw known as FREAK attack left users of Apple's Safari and Google's Android browsers vulnerable to hackers for more than a decade, researchers told the Washington Post. Users of the browsers were vulnerable to having their electronic communications intercepted when visiting any of hundreds of thousands of websites, including Whitehouse.gov, NSA.gov and FBI.gov.

 

Uber Hack Puts Up To 50,000 Uber Drivers' Personal Informaiton At Risk
SAN FRANCISO - Uber announced that one of its databases was possibly breached last year, which could have put up to 50,000 former and current Uber drivers' personal information at risk.

  CleanUpdate
 

MI Earth Day Fest Open For Sponsor, Vendor Registration
ROCHESTER – MI Earth Day Fest, scheduled for April 24-26 at the Rochester City Center and Municipal Park, is looking for sponsors and vendors who want to get their green products and services in front of 50,000 potential customers.

 

Snyder Praises U.P. Energy Deal
LANSING - We Energies has asked the Midcontinent Independent System Operator to stop System Support Resource payments for the continued operation of the Presque Isle Power Plant in the Upper Peninsula, a move applauded by Governor Rick Snyder for saving customers potentially millions in charges.

  Biotechnology
 

MichBio Jobs Bank Adds 5 New Gigs, All In Michigan
ANN ARBOR – MichBio, the state’s life sciences trade association, has posted five new jobs in its data bank, including located in Michigan.

 

MichBio, Global Business Club Of Mid-Michigan Offer Program On Exporting Medical Devices
ANN ARBOR - MichBio is offering its first program in conjunction with the Global Business Club of Mid-Michigan on March 31, focusing on the opportunities and unique considerations for exporting medical devices around the globe.

  Politics
 

FCC's Wheeler Defends His Agency's Plan To Regulate Internet
BARCELONA - Tom Wheeler, chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, Wednesday defended his agency's move to regulate the Internet, ensuring that broadband players would be unaffected by his light touch approach to the rules.

 

Snyder Pushes More Education-Economic Interaction
DETROIT - Governor Rick Snyder pushed for more emphasis on career and technical education as he launched the first merger of the Governor's Education Summit and the Governor's Economic Summit.

  Guest Columns
 

Michigan LCV Applauds State Legislators For Supporting Strong Clean Energy Plan For Michigan
ANN ARBOR – Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) Executive Director Lisa Wozniak released this statement following the introduction of a clean energy package Tuesday:

 

What Have You Done For Me Lately? Proving PR Value To Sales People
DETROIT - If you handle public relations within a sales organization, you’re likely considered overhead. While you can argue that an effective media relations strategy leads to sales, you cannot always prove that the customers who came into your store to buy your products or services did so because of what they read online or watched on TV. Thus, it can be challenging to convince CEOs that traditional media relations helps drive their bottom line.


 
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