Technology

Inspiring and celebrating women in technology

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Take a seat to take a stand! This was the call to action as part of the National Sit With Me campaign to support and promote the career development of women in technology at our recent TechVision seminar in New York City.

In partnership with TechVision, Women@Thomson Reuters and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), James Powell, Chief Technology Officer, hosted a panel of distinguished technology leaders. All shared insights about their career path and how to attract and develop women in technology leadership roles.

The event and our sponsorship of the NCWIT reinforces Thomson Reuters commitment to diversity and the development of future leaders.

“Getting girls involved early on in technology will feed the pipeline,” said panelist Avis Yates-Rivers, President & CEO of Technology Concepts Group International, LLC.

Reports show that while 57% of professional occupations in the 2014 U.S. workforce are held by women, only 26% of professional computing roles are held by women. The panelists agreed that there is still work to do to increase the ranks of women in information technology roles. (more…)

Disruptive FinTech: Rocking the boat on stormy seas

There are certain FinTech trends like regulation, technology, disruption, demographics and insight that are driving opportunities in the capital markets vertical. However, there are challenges as well – it is a global and complex industry while also being heavily regulated. One way FinTech firms are dealing with the challenges is by partnering with large institutions to obtain established distribution platforms. Our market leading open platform and market data platform provide a great opportunity for FinTech partnership. A managed services approach to the delivery of the Thomson Reuters platform also ensures that the partnership obtains cost efficiency and differentiation in a competitive industry.

Data Science Insight series presents Building Brains: Learning from Data

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Hear from one of the world experts on Artificial Intelligence, a topic that is changing the world, as part of London Technology Week in one of London, and the world’s, most iconic venues, on June 17, 2015. Click here to register

Learning from data is something that has evolved naturally in the human (and animal) brain. Learning is a fundamentally important part of how we make decisions, how we build things and how we create value. Building machines that can learn was one of the grand challenges in computing in the 20th century, spawning a wealth of research into how to mimic processes of the human brain with artificial neural networks. Most recently, more advanced artificial neural networks have lead to the emergence of the field of machine learning that is today being applied widely in data science and big data analytics. Machine learning is transforming whole industries, and is driving the development of advances such as self-driving cars, a computer that can beat humans at Jeopardy! and real-time machine translation.

In this fourth Data Science Insights event we welcome Steve Furber CBE. Most recently he is working on SpiNNaker – a new kind of computer architecture that directly mimics the human brain. Axel Threlfall, Lead Anchor for Reuters Television, will chair.

Note that this event will be held at the Royal Institution of Great Britain in central London.

About the speakers:

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Thomson Reuters Data Prize 2015 – Quorum and RaptorMaps

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Now running for 25 years, the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition has established itself as one of the U.S., and world’s, premier student business competitions. Awarded alongside the MIT $100K Launch Prize, the Thomson Reuters Data Innovation Lab is proud to support the Thomson Reuters Data Prize, to recognize a team for which innovative use of data is core to their business. Mona Vernon, Vice President, Data Innovation Lab, has supported and championed the Thomson Reuters Data Prize since 2011 in recognition of the high quality teams that the competition produces and the exciting potential that the new businesses represent across all the markets that Thomson Reuters operates in.

This year two winners have been chosen to recognize two important trends for data intensive businesses. Quorum and RaptorMaps were awarded $5000 each by John Schloff, Senior Director in our IP & Science business, at the MIT $100K Launch Finale on May 13, 2015 at the Kresge Auditorium, Cambridge, MA.

On presenting both teams with their checks, John commented: “At Thomson Reuters we cover the whole lifecycle of innovation. What really impressed us in these two teams was how they covered the spectrum from discovery of new sources of data to the insights and the understanding to gain competitive advantage from that information. Congratulations to Quorum and to RaptorMaps!” (more…)

Top 20 tech/media/telecom deals – Graphic of the day

Verizon plans to buy AOL for $4.4 billion in an effort to find new growth avenues like mobile video and targeted advertising. Today’s graphic lists the top 20 worldwide technology/media/telecom deals, YTD.

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Sustainable development

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Welcome to Thomson Reuters Exchange! We created Exchange, as the name suggests, as a forum for dialogue, a digital publication where ideas and insights, information, news and analysis can be exchanged and shared across the global ecosystem of professionals in a dynamic, interactive format. We invite you to experience the rich content and interactive features on your iPad, iPhone or Android tablet by downloading it from the App StoreGoogle Play or on Amazon. Or, to learn more about Exchange and stay abreast of the latest features, functionality and content in this issue and subsequent issues, visit our website.

This week’s post is by Dr. Ranjit Tinaikar, Managing Director of the Advisory and Investment Management business at Thomson Reuters.

Here’s how Big Data and open standards can lower barriers to sustainable development enabling the public and private sectors to work together to achieve greater legal and regulatory transparency: (more…)

China’s tech M&A deals – Graphic of the day

Boutique Chinese financial advisors are stealing a march on global investment banks as deals pick up speed in the country’s red-hot Internet industry. Today’s graphic looks at the landscape of tech M&A in China so far this year.

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TechVision: Emerging trends in FinTech

Our latest TechVision, Emerging Trends in FinTech, was hosted by James Powell, CTO Thomson Reuters with a panel of startups in London. From cyber security and digital currencies to online marketplaces for lending, we explored their contributions to this booming FinTech marketplace in London and beyond. Our guests included: Sachin Patel, the Head of UK Capital Markets, Funding Circle, James Merrick, Head of Operations, Digital Shadows, Dr. Tom Robinson, co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Elliptic. After each of the panelists talked about their companies and offerings, the conversation explored why London and why now.

All of the panelists agreed that technologies such as mobile, social, and the cloud provided platforms and opportunities to the financial marketplace, which was positioned for innovation. The support of the UK government in this space has been encouraging and welcome. All of the panelists mentioned that they had US involvement, either through investment or through offices in the States. Disruption and competition were important themes for each startup and they offered the following advise: Develop and invest in your brand, focusing on your unique offerings. Partner with other startups that complement your offerings and constantly watch the space for next generation disruptors.

Register for our next TechVision, which will celebrate women in technology and watch the videos from the event below: (more…)

Hubble’s 25th year in orbit

NASA once considered just letting the Hubble telescope die, but after protests from the public and the astronomical community, an upgrade mission was launched in 2009 to extend its life. Hubble was reinvented and made more powerful than ever. To mark its 25th anniversary, today’s graphic takes you inside the Hubble Telescope.

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Reuters TV nominated for The Webby Awards!

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Reuters TV, the recently released personalized video news app, has been selected as a Nominee for The 19th Annual Webby Awards in three categories:

The awards present two honors in every category — The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. Members of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) select the winners of The Webby Awards, while The Webby People’s Voice is decided on the web by the voting public. (more…)