PR Newswire's Business Technology Round-up, 14 December 2012
LONDON, December 14, 2012
LONDON, December 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Carlos Slim given prestigious award, entrepreneurs launch Instapocalypse and AVG announce Yahoo partnership
International¬†telecoms¬†magnate and America¬†Movil¬†CEO Carlos Slim has been granted the prestigious¬†Eisenhower Global Leadership Award¬†this week, recognising his contribution to the business world and extensive philanthropic activities.¬†
Mr. Slim, who was also recently named as the richest man in the world for the past two years in a row, accepted the award at a high-profile event in Virginia, hosted by popular former TV host Larry King. Judges were impressed by the CEO's incredible contribution to business leadership. They noted his success in growing a small South American company into one of the world's most valuable groups, operating in 30 different countries around the world.¬†
In addition to his business activities, Mr. Slim was praised for his contributions to a number of charitable causes, especially in the field of promoting democracy and political freedom throughout South America. One industry leader described the entrepreneur as a "role model for how to do it right. He has truly made a positive and enduring impact and has achieved it on a global scale."
Two innovative entrepreneurs have launched the¬†Instapocalypse¬†website¬†this week, in an attempt to capitalise on the social buzz surrounding the prophesied Mayan apocalypse.¬†
The new site aggregates pictures taken via¬†Instagram¬†using the "Apocalypse"¬†hashtag¬†on Twitter, before displaying the results on their brand new¬†website. The concept was made into a reality thanks to the partnership between serial¬†website¬†designer Savannah Peterson and programmer James¬†Dullaghan, who came together over their shared interest of highlighting the¬†humorous¬†side of the apocalyptic predictions.¬†Dullaghan¬†discussed his inspiration for the site in an interview this week, explaining: "I love that people get scared of a date on the calendar, but forget the fact they are flying through the air on a giant rock at 67,000 miles per hour."
Online security experts AVG has announced a new partnership with tech giants Yahoo, creating a¬†safe search bar¬†for web users.¬†
The new safe search bar allows users to browse the web whilst protecting themselves from dangerous viruses. Following the partnership, those who use Yahoo's built-in search engine will benefit from AVG's¬†"LinkScanner"¬†technology, which continually scans search results, blocking sites that are potentially hosting malicious software. According to Yahoo VP¬†Shashi¬†Seth, it sees "this new relationship as a strategic way for us to enrich and broaden our search footprint moving forward."
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