US hydration mix brand Liquid IV receives $5m in Series B roundPosted By: Jules Scullyon: August 29, 2018In: Beverage, Business, Industries, Innovation, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailHydration powder mix brand Liquid IV has closed a $5 million Series B funding round as it aims to boost distribution and product innovation.The funding included investment from CircleUp Growth Partners, TQ Ventures, music producer Kygo, and Washington Nationals baseball player Adam Eaton.California-based Liquid IV is best known for its Hydration Multiplier, an electrolyte drink mix. The brand claims that adding one serving of the Hydration Multiplier to 16 oz of water “can provide the same hydration as drinking two to three bottles [of] water”.“This has been a big year for Liquid IV, reaching number one on the Amazon sports drink best sellers list, launching the passion fruit flavour for our Hydration Multiplier line, innovating a new Sleep product that will be added to our collection later this year, growing our team, and now closing this Series B with some of the greatest partners around,” said Brandin Cohen, Liquid IV CEO and founder.“One of the best parts of this growth is that we’re able to help even more people around the world as part of our giveback mission to defeat global dehydration. This year alone we’ll donate over 300,000 servings of Hydration Multiplier to those in serious need in the most undernourished regions of the world.”Kiva Dickinson, partner at CircleUp Growth Partners, said: “The company’s growth in the past year alone is enough to catch your eye.”He added: “As we’ve worked more closely with Brandin and the leadership team over the course of this year, we were impressed by their drive to bring a high-quality product backed by powerful science to battle hydration for everyday consumers. We are thrilled to partner with Liquid IV on their next chapter.”Kygo said: “I started using Liquid IV on tour and can’t get enough of it. I couldn’t be more excited to partner with this brand and bring healthy hydration to the masses while also giving back to those who need it most.”Share with your network: Tags: hydrationLiquid IVUS
Wed 25 Apr 2018 18.04 EDT Climate change 1:59 Share on Twitter Share via Email Macron: ‘One day the US will come back to the Paris agreement’ – video,Play Video Source: Reuters Share on Facebook Emmanuel Macron made an impassioned speech in Washington on Wednesday advocating many of the things, including the Paris climate change accord, that Donald Trump has spent much of his presidency trying to destroy. Emmanuel Macron Climate science denial Topics Shares1919 Last modified on Thu 26 Apr 2018 04.22 EDT Emmanuel Macron Donald Trump US politics Washington DC
US politics Sign up for Bookmarks: discover new books in our weekly email Reuse this content For the first time in more than a decade, a debate has taken place between lawmakers in Congress on the original sin of the United States – the enslavement of 4 million Africans and their descendants – and the question of what can be done to atone for it through reparations. This article is more than 4 weeks old Last modified on Wed 19 Jun 2019 17.59 EDT This article is more than 4 weeks old Share on WhatsApp Share via Email @edpilkington Ed Pilkington in Washington Share on Twitter ‘Stain of slavery’: Congress debates reparations to atone for America’s original sin Danny Glover among witnesses who debated the legacy of slavery – and the modern scourges of inequality and poverty that afflict black Americans Slavery reparations bill debated in US House hearing – video highlights Stinney was aged 14 when he was executed by electric chair in 1944 after a trial for murder of two white girls that was later overturned as unfair. Woodard was blinded after he was attacked by South Carolina police in 1946 – he was still in uniform having recently been honorably discharged from the US army as a second world war veteran.Among the other celebrated witnesses was Danny Glover, the star of the Lethal Weapon movies and a longtime reparations advocate. He said that a national reparations policy was a “moral, democratic and economic imperative”.Glover described himself as the great-grandson of Mary Brown, who was freed from slavery on 1 January 1863 when the emancipation declaration came down. He remembers meeting her when he was a small child.“I call on all elected public officials to demonstrate your commitment in action today and co-sign HR 40,” Glover said.But despite the new wind in the sails of the reparations movement , the idea of making amends for the wounds of slavery still faces a steep uphill struggle.Opinion polls suggest that the American people remain divided over the idea. A Point Taken-Marist survey from 2016 found that 80% of Americans said they were opposed to reparations, with 60% of African Americans saying they were in favor.The debate at the judiciary subcommittee was similarly starkly partisan. While the seats reserved for Democratic lawmakers were full, the places for their Republican colleagues were largely empty for the duration.Republican Congress members and their invited witnesses followed McConnell’s lead and argued that the sins of a small minority of Americans more than 150 years could not be loaded on to the shoulders of today’s taxpayers. Burgess Owens, a retired NFL player who spoke as a Republican witness, said that as a black man his main inspiration had been his father. “He inspired young people to work harder – if they pulled themselves up by the bootstraps, work harder than the next guy, that’s not racist – that’s the American way.” Now a new head of steam has built up, unprecedented in recent times. Of the 20 Democratic White House hopefuls who will be appearing at the first televised debates in Miami next week, 15 have indicated they would back a government study of the sort put forward in HR 40.One of them, Cory Booker, has sponsored a companion bill in the US Senate that echoes the House version. Booker has enticed five other presidential candidates – his fellow US senators Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren – to join him as co-sponsors.The frontrunner in the Democratic pack, Joe Biden, by contrast, has remained non-committal.Booker addressed the reparations hearing, saying: “The stain of slavery was not just inked in bloodshed, but in policies that have disadvantaged African Americans for generations.”The political explanation for the sudden uptick in interest in reparations lies in the dynamics of the 2020 race. Democratic candidates jockeying for position in a crowded field know that they must attract the support of African American voters in next year’s primaries if they are to have a chance of becoming the nominee to take on Donald Trump.In the early primary state of South Carolina, more than 60% of the Democratic electorate is black. Share on Pinterest Read more House of Representatives Cory Booker, right, with Ta-Nehisi Coates before the hearing. Photograph: Pablo Martínez Monsiváis/AP Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Nuclear weapons: experts alarmed by new Pentagon ‘war-fighting’ doctrine Share via Email The stain of slavery was not just inked in bloodshed, but in policies that have disadvantaged African Americans for generationsCory Booker Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. But Wednesday’s hearing was not only infused with the pragmatic needs of the presidential contenders. The idea of reparations has begun to develop a life of its own amid growing alarm about the racial direction in which America is moving.In particular, concern has increased over the mounting racial wealth gap. As Elizabeth Warren, another leading presidential hopeful, frequently points out on the campaign trail, for every $100 enjoyed by the average white family, their black equivalent has only about $5.Black families have an average net worth of $17,100, a tenth of the average accumulated wealth of white households, according to US government statistics. Economists routinely point to the legacy of slavery as a starting point to explain the wealth gap.That case was most forcefully put at the hearing by Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author who helped kickstart the modern debate on reparations with an excoriating article in the Atlantic magazine five years ago. Coates said that it was impossible to divorce the evils of slavery from the modern suffering of black communities across America, because out of slavery came the implantation in the American mind that black people are inferior.That idea of black inferiority was codified not just in the culture but in laws themselves, and persists powerfully today.Coates launched into a devastating takedown of Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader in the US Senate who on Tuesday pre-empted the reparations debate by outright dismissing it. In a statement, McConnell had said: ““I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago for whom none of us currently living are responsible is a good idea.”That set Coates off on a long monologue in which he pointed out that though McConnell may not have been around during slavery, he certainly was around for the injuries heaped upon black communities in more recent times. “For a century after the civil war black people were subjected to a relentless campaign of terror, a campaign that extended well into the lifetime of majority leader McConnell,” he said.McConnell may not have been there for the Battle of Appomattox at the end of the civil war, “but he was alive for the execution of George Stinney, he was alive for the blinding of Isaac Woodard”. “I am not here in anger. I am not seeking to encourage hostilities,” Jackson Lee said. But she said of the concept of reparations: “Why not? And why not now? If not all of us, then who?”The idea of reparations is as old as emancipation itself, having been enshrined in the promise approved by Abraham Lincoln to recompense freed slaves on southern land with “40 acres and a mule”. That pledge was revoked by Lincoln’s successor, Andrew Johnson.But in the modern era, it has periodically risen up again, championed by advocates and politicians. The Rev Jesse Jackson made it a pillar of his 1988 presidential campaign. 3:25 Since you’re here… Share on Twitter news Shares395395 Facebook Pinterest Ta-Nehisi Coates Slavery Democrats Share on Messenger Topics Wed 19 Jun 2019 13.56 EDT Share on Facebook Share on Facebook At a hearing at a House judiciary subcommittee on Wednesday, lawmakers and their witnesses ranged over the legacy of slavery, the Jim Crow segregation that followed and modern scourges of mass incarceration, inequality and poverty that still plague African Americans.As the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates summed up the discussion: “It was 150 years ago and it is right now.”The hearing convened poignantly on Juneteenth, marking the day in 1865 when Union troops landed in Galveston, Texas, finally bringing freedom to slaves across the defeated south. That the debate has been a long time coming was demonstrated by the large numbers of people, most of them black, who attended the proceedings.Inside the committee room, the sense of pent-up emotion being released was made plain through outbursts of booing and cheering as lawmakers and witnesses aligned to the two main parties made their cases.The focus of the debate was HR 40, a House bill that was first introduced in 1989 by John Conyers, former Democratic congressman from Michigan. Since 2017, following Conyers’ departure from the House, the bill has been sponsored by Sheila Jackson Lee, the congresswoman from Texas. Her legislation would establish a 13-person government commission to study possible forms of compensation for the descendants of slaves as well as “any other forms of rehabilitation or restitution”.Jackson Lee began by setting out the sobering statistics of slavery and its aftermath. She pointed out the 10 to 15 million Africans who were transported by force across the Atlantic, 2 million of whom died during the Middle Passage.She then leapt forward to the present day, laying out the similarly stark statistics of African American disadvantage. One million black people are incarcerated, black unemployment stands at 6.6% – more than double the national rate, and 31% of black children live in poverty, also more than twice the national figure. Read more Play Video US politics Virginia Beach shooting: Booker and Warren seek focus on all gun violence Cory Booker Read more
As it is the last day of the year, I wanted to take a moment to point out how exciting this year was for assistive technology. What were some of the most noted advancements? This was indubitably the year of wearable technology, with the release of Google Glass and several other wearables. But overall, 2014’s technology paved the way for individuals with disabilities in countless ways.2014’s Trending Assistive Technology Topics:Google Glass3D PrintingApple’s iOS 8Apple’s YosemiteiPhone 6 and iPhone 6 PlusIntel’s Connected WheelchairVEST: Versatile Extra-Sensory TransducerApps for Different DisabilitiesDyslexiaADHDVisually ImpairedLearning DisabilitiesAutism Robots:Disney’s Big Hero 6Robots4Autism Smart Home Devices:FlicWink HubReemoKwikset Kevo Z-Wave Home Control Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedFrom Workplace to ShowcaseFebruary 25, 2015In “Autism”AT Specialists: 8 Picks from 2016January 4, 2017In “Products and Devices”ATU145 – The Impact of Apple’s iPad on People with Autism (Dr. Patricia Wright – Easter Seals – www.EasterSeals.com), Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Grants, National Deaf Blind Equipment Program Funding Extended, App: Cause and Effect Sensory Light BMarch 7, 2014In “Assistive Technology Update”
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Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, announced that Salesforce has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs. Salesforce was evaluated for its Salesforce for Marketing Cloud.“Today, people expect companies to engage them with personalized content and offers in the moments that matter to them,” said Bob Stutz, CEO, Salesforce Marketing Cloud. “Salesforce Marketing Cloud delivers a proven, market-leading solution that allows marketers to know their customers, personalize content with intelligence and engage with them across all areas of marketing, as well as commerce, service, sales and more.”According to Gartner, “The multichannel marketing hub (MMH) [is] a technology that orchestrates a company’s communications with and offers to customer segments across multiple channels. These include websites, mobile, social, direct mail, call centers, paid media and email. MMH capabilities also may extend to integrating marketing offers/leads with sales for execution in both B2B and B2C environments.”Marketing Technology News: European MultiBrand e-Commerce Store Doti.lt Brings Virtual Fitting Room Experience With AstraFitSalesforce Marketing Cloud is the leading digital marketing solution. With Salesforce Marketing Cloud, marketers can know more about their customers with powerful data management and analytics, personalize every customer engagement with Einstein and create real-time marketing campaigns across email, mobile, social, digital advertising and more.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.Marketing Technology News: SAP to Fund Internal Collaboration Startup Ruum With €10 MillionSalesforce, the global CRM leader, empowers companies to connect with their customers in a whole new way. Any unreleased services or features referenced in this or other press releases or public statements are not currently available and may not be delivered on time or at all. Customers who purchase Salesforce applications should make their purchase decisions based upon features that are currently available. Salesforce has headquarters in San Francisco, with offices in Europe and Asia, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CRM.”Marketing Technology News: Edge by Ascential Expands Ecommerce Features to Optimize Digital Shelf Performance Salesforce Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Gartner’s 2019 Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Marketing Hubs PRNewswireApril 30, 2019, 4:20 pmApril 30, 2019 Bob StutzcrmGartnermarketing cloudMarketing Technology Newsmultichannel marketing hubNewsSalesforce Previous ArticleAlliance Data Announces Share Exchange with ValueActNext ArticleOrganizations Demand More from Their Data, Despite Achieving 118% Return on Data Management Investments
“The challenge for advertisers is that the audience data they’re collecting is siloed within a given campaign channel. What they learn about a customer on SnapChat they’re not able to incorporate into a programmatic display campaign.” About DamonAbout KORTXAbout Damon Damon Henry is the Founder and CEO of KORTX and has led the company since its beginning in 2014. Passionate about building teams and products, Damon started KORTX to demystify the complex marketing and ad-tech ecosystem for brands and agencies. A developer at heart, Damon cross trained in various lead roles managing cross-functional software teams and large media programs for clients such as the U.S. Navy, Chevy, Chrysler, and PulteGroup. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. The MTS Martech Interview Series is a fun Q&A style chat which we really enjoy doing with martech leaders. With inspiration from Lifehacker’s How I work interviews, the MarTech Series Interviews follows a two part format On Marketing Technology, and This Is How I Work. The format was chosen because when we decided to start an interview series with the biggest and brightest minds in martech – we wanted to get insight into two areas … one – their ideas on marketing tech and two – insights into the philosophy and methods that make these leaders tick. MarTech Interview Series About KORTX Tell us about your role and journey into Technology. What inspired you to start KORTX IO?I’ve been writing software since I was a teenager. After studying computer science, I was fortunate to land a job at a traditional ad agency. Here my colleague and I were tasked with developing the agency’s first digital services group. We were terrified but successfully built a team supporting major brands such as Chevy and the U.S. Navy. Since then I’ve either worked for startups or started new practices within existing companies. Most of my jobs were heavily focused in technology, data and analytics, and digital media.Through these experiences, I saw the rate of technological change and its impact on marketing and advertising. For most marketers it was challenging to develop an approach to MarTech that could evolve with the business. IT made most of the technology decisions and the concept of data ownership was all but foreign.We built KORTX to help advertisers and marketers navigate this complex digital landscape through best-in-class service, programmatic buying, analytics, and technical solutions.What is KORTX IO and how does it fit into a modern CMO’s Marketing Technology stack?KORTX is a hybrid: part programmatic partner, data and analytics agency, and technology solutions provider. This is the three-legged stool from which the company was founded and those are the core areas we continue to invest in. I’m a strong believer that real digital transformation requires clear vision, owning data across platforms, and an intimate understanding of how the pieces fit together. Not in theory, but in practice and at scale. KORTX has done the legwork building solutions from the ground up to solve real business problems.Every marketer faces strategic challenges and requires a team of dynamic individuals (internal and external) that can, frankly, figure things out at the speed of business. CMOs rely on KORTX to bring our expertise to every engagement whether it be defining the appropriate programmatic buying strategy, supporting data engineering and analytics services, or deploying custom machine learning models to improve targeting and segmentation. KORTX exists to simplify complex problems.According to you, which businesses are fastest in adopting Marketing Technology platforms for personalized Customer Experience?Gartner defines customer experience as “the practice of designing and reacting to customer interactions to meet or exceed customer expectations and, thus, increase customer satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy.” While CPG, Automotive, Banking, and Retail are known as CX first movers, with 1 in 3 customers leaving a brand after one bad experience and 87% of firms saying digital disruption will affect their industry, the need to develop intimate relationships with customers transcends every business.What are the technical challenges that you face in the adoption and deployment of Marketing Technology platforms?The challenges we encounter are almost never technical. The primary obstacles to adoption are getting buy-in from the top and not having defined goals with clear ties to business outcomes. A program’s success is a function of these two variables.Implementing marketing technology, and technology in general, involves making the business case to IT, security, procurement, and other stakeholders within an organization. The client must have influencers across these disciplines. We work with clients to identify these individuals at the onset of every engagement. If the client can’t get support from above, the likelihood of failure is high and it’s a project we will not accept.Another common problem we encounter is “bright, shiny object” syndrome, where clients want to add new products prior to fully understanding how the new product adds business value and fits within the existing technology stack and data strategy. It’s difficult to keep up with the volume of new products developments even for those immersed in the industry, let alone someone who’s full-time job is not evaluating technology. We work with clients to help them define their marketing road map and justify investments with sound business decisions.Which markets and geographies are you currently catering to?KORTX currently provides services in North America. We work with brands and agencies of all sizes, from the regional level to some of the Fortune 500’s most recognizable names. We’ve executed in virtually every industry from automotive, CPG and entertainment to healthcare, education, government and more.Tell us about the new-age integrations that KORTX offers with other Marketing Technology platforms such as Contacts, Contracts, Email and Customer Service.KORTX’s data unification technology, the AXON platform, is the cornerstone of our competitive advantage. There is an arsenal of MarTech platforms and tools that those of us in the digital media technology space use to run effective campaigns, and every engagement point we establish presents an opportunity to learn more about an audience.The challenge for advertisers is that the audience data they’re collecting is siloed within a given campaign channel. What they learn about a customer on SnapChat they’re not able to incorporate into a programmatic display campaign, for example.KORTX developed the AXON platform to tear down those data siloes. AXON ingests data from the innumerable locations its being stored and created into a single platform, updating customer profiles in real time so our clients can build nuanced audience segments. KORTX can then target those segments across channels, delivering uniquely relevant content.AXON harnesses the collective power of today’s disparate landscape, driving campaign performance across the board and setting in motion a snowball-like digital strategy that gets even more effective with time.Which Marketing and Sales Automation tools and technologies do you currently use in your current roles?We recently began rolling out HubSpot’s marketing automation platform, which our sales and marketing teams use for lead intake, nurturing and tracking. On the AdTech side, we have a preferred partnership with AppNexus and utilize tested industry leaders with varying specialties such as ad verification, social, video, machine learning and more.What are your predictions on the most impactful disruptions in AI and Data Management technology on CRM businesses for 2019-2020?Cognitive technology (AI, ML, and “robots”), serverless computing, and stream processing will continue to reshape the entire technological ecosystem (including CRM) by making automated tasks seem less automated, drastically reducing the cost of expensive data processing workloads, and delivering relevant experiences in seconds. These improvements reduce the friction between data and activation which is great for CRM businesses.CRM vendors will also continue to consolidate and develop intelligent orchestration layers atop the various acquisitions. The goal, of course, is helping sales and marketing teams focus on what’s important while balancing the delivery of exceptional customer experiences. Coordinating (and automating) communications across email, advertising, chat, CRM, contact centers and activities is only the start when considering the emergence of in-home and IOT. These are very exciting times.What startups in the technology industry are you watching keenly right now?Serverless isn’t a startup but more of a movement. The cost savings in terms of operations, hosting, and development, under certain circumstances, are staggering. I’m constantly evaluating how serverless can improve our clients’ businesses bottom line while decreasing time to market.Unomi, an open source customer data platform, should send chills down the spines of some established vendors. We’ve evaluated and implemented Unomi for a client and were blown away by its performance and features, native support for privacy, and emphasis on data ownership.H20.ai has democratized artificial intelligence by developing a scalable, open source AI solution that dramatically simplifies the development and deployment of AI models into production. Modeling exercises that once required a team of statisticians can be performed by math savvy engineers.How do you prepare for an AI-centric world as a Martech Business leader?AI requires two fundamental resources: math and data engineering. Most of the AI/ML models (the math) required to produce value for the majority of businesses have been developed and are freely available as open source solutions. Data engineering is the process of collecting data from disparate systems, cleaning/processing/enriching data, training models, and deploying models to production in a continuous manner. This is where the real value lies. Owning our data and investing in these technical competencies gives us the ability to go where ever the market takes us.How do you inspire your people to work with technology?One of KORTX core values is Continuous Learnings. Everything we do involves technology. If you’re not passionate, or at a minimum interested in technology, you’re likely in the wrong job. I don’t need to inspire the team to work with technology. The team continues to inspire me every day.One word that best describes how you work.CuriousWhat apps/software/tools can’t you live without?ShiftSlackWhat’s your smartest work related shortcut or productivity hack?Patience. Often times being first does more harm than good.What are you currently reading? (What do you read, and how do you consume information?Culture CodeThe Fourth AgeThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckWhat’s the best advice you’ve ever received?Learn first, follow your passion, and the money will come.Something you do better than others – the secret of your success?I’m able to quickly translate business problems to functioning code.Tag the one person (or more) in the industry whose answers to these questions you would love to read:Mary BarraThank you, Damon! That was fun and hope to see you back on MarTech Series soon. MarTech Interview with Damon Henry, Founder and CEO, KORTX Sudipto GhoshMay 8, 2019, 4:42 pmMay 8, 2019 KORTX helps brands and agencies achieve campaign results that drive measurable business impact. As a programmatic partner, analytics agency and technology solutions provider, KORTX builds custom digital solutions powered by audience data and years of industry experience. 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Lee Enterprises, Incorporated, a trusted local news provider and leading platform for advertising in 50 markets, announced that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has been selected as a participating publisher in the GNI Data Lab. The program is a partnership between the Google News Initiative, the Local Media Association and Deloitte Consulting and is designed help publishers build sustainable and thriving digital businesses through improved use of audience data.“This is an outstanding opportunity for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Lee and the other participating publishers,” said James Green, Lee vice president of digital. “This project will allow us to share and develop best practices with leading experts inside and outside of our industry. Our company has a long history of strong digital growth, and the discoveries from participating in the GNI Data Lab should contribute greatly to sustaining and accelerating that growth in the future.”According to information released by the partnership, the GNI Data Lab will help publishers further establish a data-driven culture, develop employee skillsets, define key technologies and refine the data they gather. The project will also review opportunities for digital advertising revenue growth, including enhanced audience-based advertising, improved pricing strategies and better management of digital inventories.Marketing Technology News: Vonage Wins 2019 INTERNET TELEPHONY Product of the Year AwardsA recent study by Deloitte Consulting found that less than 10% of news and media companies maximize the use of data to operate and grow their business.“Building a data-informed culture requires a real commitment from multiple stakeholders across a company,” said Director of Google Global News and Publishing Partnership Solutions Ben Monnie. “We’re excited to continue our partnership with LMA and Deloitte Consulting to launch the GNI Data Lab, so that publishers of all sizes can learn how to transform their advertising businesses through responsible data use.”St. Louis Post-Dispatch Publisher and Lee Vice President Ray Farris said better use of data is fundamental to the future of the industry. “As a leading local digital advertising provider, we’re very excited to participate in the GNI Data Lab,” Farris said. “The digital media landscape is evolving at a breakneck pace, which makes this opportunity to share successes and learn from others a great benefit to our industry as a whole.”Marketing Technology News: Zendesk Unveils Next Generation of Conversational Messaging ExperiencesThe St. Louis Post-Dispatch was one of six participants selected for the program. Others selected were: The Seattle Times; Meredith Corporation’s WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut; The Philadelphia Inquirer; Graham Media Group’s KPRC-TV in Houston; and the Tampa Bay Times.“We invited a select group of media companies with respected digital abilities to apply for this transformative opportunity,” said Local Media Association President Nancy Lane. “The companies chosen represent highly engaged, talented teams, all backed by strong executive leaders excited about the project and the opportunity that smart data strategy and execution provides.”Findings from the study will be completed later this summer and will include recommendations and tactics to spark both near-term and long-term improvements to the digital publishing industry.Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution Lee Named Participant in Google News Initiative Data Lab PRNewswireMay 28, 2019, 6:39 pmMay 28, 2019 GNI Data LabJames GreenLee EnterprisesLocal Media AssociationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleComcast Technology Solutions Announces New Global Ad Management Solution that Unifies Linear and Digital WorkflowsNext ArticleZylotech Appoints Chief Revenue Officer to Support Next Phase of Growth
Simultaneously, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also addressed a press conference at the AICC headquarters in the national capital.The controversy around Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse took yet another turn today after Prime Minister Narendra Modi came down heavily on BJP candidate Pragya Thakur for her remarks, saying he would never be able to forgive her for insulting the father of the nation. Meanwhile, Modi, on the last day of campaigning, gave the slogan ‘Abki Baar 300 Paar’, saying he was sure the BJP would exceed expectations. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Solan mocked the Prime Minister for insulting his ‘guru’ LK Advani as well as his cloud cover remark. His sister and Congress’ eastern UP incharge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra took a swipe at Modi, saying voters might as well have chosen actor Amitabh Bachchan instead of the great actor Modi.Besides, a day after eggs and stones were thrown at actor-turned politician Kamal Haasan for saying that “independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu”, the MNM chief has issued a clarification over his statements.Haasan, who made the remark in an apparent reference to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse during campaign in Aravakurichi on Sunday, said that he doesn’t feel threatened. “History shows there are extremists in all religions, my speech that day was about peace and harmony and I will not indulge in mudslinging,” he said.
Singa Penne, the first song from Thalapathy Vijay’s much-talked-about upcoming project Bigil, has been leaked online. While the makers are upset with the leak, fans and well-wishers went gee-whiz praising ‘Mozart of Madras’ AR Rahman for his wonderful composition. The makers are now taking additional precautionary measures to safeguard the content of their film. Not just the composition, AR Rahman has also lent his voice to the 6- minute long peppy song, which has become an instant hit on social media and is garnering a lot of appreciation. Fans have been thanking Rahman for giving them another memorable song with #Singapenne becoming one of the top trends on Twitter within hours of the leak.According to close sources, the makers had a plan to conduct the audio launch on Independence Day (August 15) and were soon to begin the preparations. Now, there might be a slight change in the plan. The makers are expected to make an announcement soon.One of the major highlights of Bigil is its association with Vijay and Rahman. For the first time on the big screen, Vijay will be seen performing to a Rahman composition. Directed by Atlee, the movie is planned for a Diwali release and stars Nayanthara as the female lead.Follow @News18Movies for more. AR RahmanBigilBigil movieSinga Penne First Published: July 18, 2019, 3:46 PM IST
Home Ministrypresident ram nath govindTamil NaduTamil Nadu NEET First Published: July 6, 2019, 10:34 PM IST Chennai: The Home Ministry has informed the Madras High Court that the president has rejected two bills, which were sent to his office in 2017 by the Tamil Nadu government, to exclude the state from the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET).Counsels for the Union government said they received a communication from the ministry that the bills — the Tamil Nadu Admission to MBBS and BDS Courses Bill, 2017 and the Tamil Nadu Admission to Post Graduate Courses in Medicine and Dentistry — were received on February 20, 2017. This was stated by the counsels when the division bench, comprising Justices S Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad, sought a clarification on whether the bills were withheld or rejected.When the plea came up for hearing on Friday, the Union government made the submission that the bills were rejected.Recording the same, the bench directed the home ministry to file an affidavit by July 16, setting out details of receipt of the bills, in particular the date of rejection, as submitted by counsel of the Union government.The counsels made the submission on a PIL moved by the Tamil Nadu Students Parents Welfare, seeking direction to the state government to complete the procedures for obtaining the presidential assent for the bills on or before August 15, 2017.Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have for long demanded exemption of the state from NEET, especially after three girls committed suicide in June after failing to clear the test.The DMK has said their party MPs would raise the issue in Parliament, a demand backed by the CPI(M).While the PMK has contended that there is not a single reason to justify NEET, the MDMK has said that the Centre, by making the exam compulsory, has shattered the dreams of those from poor, backward and scheduled castes who want to study medicine.The Congress has said that scrapping NEET would be good for the state and that the issue would be raised in Parliament.However, the BJP state unit has blamed the opposition leaders for going against NEET for “political reasons.”
New Delhi: Giriraj Singh, the former minister of state for micro, has now been given as Ministry of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet. A former MP from Nawada, Singh has formerly served as minister of Cooperative, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Resource Development in the government of Bihar. Performance in 2019 Lok Sabha electionsSingh contested from Begusarai, a seat from where he claimed he was not comfortable since his stronghold was Nawada. After much back and forth with the party, Singh fought from Begusarai against Left candidate Kanhaiya Kumar. Singh had camped in Delhi for days, protesting the move and refusing to start his campaign. He eventually defeated Kumar by a record of four lakh votes.Singh’s campaign, though, attracted flak from the Election Commission, prompting a notice. “I want to say that those who don’t say Vande Mataram can’t worship the motherland – Giriraj’s father and grandfather died on the Simaria ghat by the banks of the Ganga and did not need a grave. You on the other hand, need three-arm’s-length of land. If you don’t do it, the country will never forgive you,” he had said, his remarks targeting the minority community.Political pastSingh had served as the co-operative minister in Bihar from 2005 to 2010 and as animal husbandry minister from 2010 to 2013. One of the most vocal Modi supporters, Singh was one of the 11 ministers dismissed by Nitish Kumar after the JDU-BJP alliance broke off. The former minister has landed in a soup for a number of controversial statements, including one in 2016 in which he had advocated that Hindus needed to increase their population. The same year, he had also said that the country’s population should be controlled by ensuring that families across all religions have the same number of children.#NewsAlert — Giriraj Singh (@girirajsinghbjp) takes the oath of office.#ModiSarkarDobara #ModiRajya pic.twitter.com/AVHZCzST3H— News18 (@CNNnews18) May 30, 2019 biharBJPgiriraj singhModi Govt 2.0 First Published: May 31, 2019, 3:24 PM IST
NASA and AeroVironment’s high-altitude drone, Helios Prototype. NASAAn experimental, solar-powered drone capable of beaming internet down to Earth is set to take off. The drone, called the Hawk 30, is the product of a tightlipped partnership between Softbank and AeroVironment, an American aerospace company. The joint venture is aimed at delivering 5G and Internet of Things connectivity from the skies.An agreement signed between NASA and the two companies in November suggests that the Hawk 30 could take off from California’s Armstrong Flight Research Center as early as this week, reports IEEE Spectrum. The agreement entails a series of test flights of up to about 1.86 miles during the next three months.Featuring a single prominent “flying one,” the Hawk 30 is designed like many of the other high-flying solar drones that AeroVironment has built for NASA over the past couple decades. Ten electric engines will carry the drone to an operational altitude of about 12.5 miles, according to filings with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission.AeroVironment first started building high-altitude, long endurance (HALE) aircraft for NASA over 20 years ago. From 1997, the NASA’s Environmental Research Aircraft and Sensor Technology program funded three solar- and fuel-cell powered drones from AeroVironment. That partnership culminated in the Helios Prototype (picture above), a lightweight drone that in 2001 reached an altitude of 18.5 miles, which remains the record for a winged aircraft. Two years later, the drone broke up in mid-flight and came crashing into the Pacific.In 2010, a Pentagon project saw AeroVironment develop another HALE drone to carry payloads of surveillance and communications systems. This aircraft also crashed in 2011.More recently, companies like Google and Facebook have launched high-altitude, solar-powered aircraft with the promise to beam internet to remote regions around the world. However, both companies eventually scrapped their drone plans. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has continued its enterprise with Loon, a project to deliver internet via high-altitude balloons.AeroVironment appears undeterred by its past losses, creating a joint venture called HAPSMobile (HAPS is short for “high altitude, pseudo-satellite”) with Softbank in January 2018. Details of the project remain scarce.Meanwhile, companies like Boeing and Airbus are working to develop their own HALE internet drones called Odysseus and Zephyr, respectively. SpaceX joins internet-from-space race with launch of 60 Starlink satellites Starlink: String of satellites captured in cool video a day after launch SpaceX calls off Starlink launch just 15 minutes before liftoff Parrot to build small surveillance drones for U.S. soldiers on the battlefield DroneBullet is a kamikaze drone missile that knocks enemy UAVs out of the sky Editors’ Recommendations
Hormone boosts could help astronauts from losing muscle on long space journeys Three new astronauts join the International Space Station crew for Expedition 60 Life after launch: Inside the massive effort to preserve NASA’s space artifacts Methane mystery: Curiosity detects highest-ever levels of methane on Mars How pioneering pilot Jackie Cochran helped and hurt the Women in Space Program Editors’ Recommendations ESAGetting paid $19,000 to spend 60 consecutive days in bed may sound like the stuff of dreams for some folks, but this is precisely what 24 people will be doing in an experiment designed by NASA and its European counterpart, ESA.Launched earlier this week at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, Germany, the study aims to learn more about the negative effects on the human body of prolonged periods of weightlessness — important if astronauts are ever to embark on long missions into deep space.Now, before you start wishing you were a part of this unusual study, it’s worth noting that the volunteers — 12 men and 12 women — will be kept in beds the whole time, with all experiments, meals, and leisure pursuits taking place lying flat with the bed angled downward toward the head end by six degrees.“As blood flows to their heads and muscle is lost from underuse, researchers will investigate changes and test techniques from diet to physical exercise,” ESA said on its website. “Artificial gravity is one of the techniques under the spotlight this time around and will see some of the participants sent spinning.”Ah, yes. Did we mention the spinning? Once a day, some of the study’s participants will be placed in a short-arm centrifuge and spun around to make their blood flow back toward their feet. This will allow researchers to learn more about the potential of artificial gravity in combating the effects of prolonged weightlessness, which can lead to bone and muscle atrophy.“Currently, astronauts on board the International Space Station exercise for up to 2.5 hours per day and maintain a balanced diet to help mitigate microgravity’s effects, but scientists believe adding a dose of artificial gravity could be key during longer-term missions,” the ESA said.Other experiments conducted during the study will focus on areas such as cardiovascular function, balance, muscle strength, metabolism, and cognitive performance.Hansjörg Dittus, DLR executive board member for Space Research and Technology, said crewed spaceflight will continue to play a vital role in the exploration of our universe, but emphasized the importance of making it as safe as possible for the astronauts.While staying in a bed for two months straight may sound like the simplest of activities, the experiment is actually considered to be so demanding on the human body that all 24 individuals will be kept at the facility for a further 29 days to ensure a safe and healthy recovery.It’s fair to say they’ll probably need a good lie down after all that.
Starry Internet aims to provide consumers with an alternative to their local Internet Service Provider. More often than not, most people only have one ISP through which to get Internet; sometimes you’ll get lucky and have two options, but that’s not a guarantee. Starry Internet could be that second option for you one day, though.The service costs $50/month flat rate and offers speeds up to 200Mbps. The Internet plan includes a home WiFi hub, plus the service is long-term contract-free. The big catch, though, is that you probably can’t get it where you’re located.That’ll be changing soon for people in Los Angeles and Washington DC, where Starry plans to expand into this year. The company hasn’t provided any additional details, unfortunately, such as when it will be offering the service in these places. Starry says it is doing all of this as a beta for now.Once Starry does arrive in those locations, customers will have access to wireless-based Internet service at speeds up to 200Mbps for the same price as elsewhere. If you’re in either region, you can check out coverage here. The company is also considering the following markets: New York, Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Denver, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, and Minneapolis.SOURCE: Starry Blog A couple years ago, Chet Kanojia, the founder of defunct Aereo, announced a startup called Starry Internet aimed at taking on the big broadband companies. Starry Internet has kicked off the new year with a big announcement, relatively speaking: it is bringing its Internet service to two new markets. That’s possibly just the start, though, as the company says it is currently eyeing more than a dozen other regions to expand into.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 will carry an unwelcome price premium over its predecessor, new rumors suggest, as the Android flagship apes the success of the iPhone X. Samsung is expected to take the wraps off the Galaxy S9 – and its larger sibling, the Galaxy S9+ – in just a few weeks time, bringing the smartphones to its latest “Unpacked” event at Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. Story TimelineGalaxy S9: What we knowGalaxy S9, S9+ components leak, familiar batteries insideGalaxy S9 and S9+ official cases hint at new purple phone color While the handsets won’t make their official debut until February 25, courtesy of numerous leaks over the past few months we’ve already got a pretty solid idea of what to expect. Aesthetically, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to stick fairly closely to the current Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, including using the same screen sizes. In keeping with Samsung’s Unpacked tagline of “The Camera. Reimagined” the selling point is expected to be a new sensor system.That’ll be based on a brand new camera design that allows the Galaxy S9 to physically switch between two apertures, it’s believed. As well as an f/2.4 aperture, it’s suggested, there’ll be an f/1.5 option too. That Galaxy S9+ is also expected to add a second camera on the back, as per the example already set by the Galaxy Note 8 in late 2017.The only big question still lingering has been what the Galaxy S9 – and its bigger S9+ sibling – might cost. Unfortunately, according to new rumors out of the UK, the answer to that question may well disappoint many would-be buyers. According to a cellphone industry source, speaking to Tech Radar, the Galaxy S9 is set to cost £100 more than the Galaxy S8 did at launch. In the UK, the S8 went on sale in early 2017 for £689, suggesting the Galaxy S9 will be £789. The source claims that Samsung’s premium comes down to the company observing that smartphone buyers are willing to pay a premium for high-end devices like the Note 8 and iPhone X.US pricing is still uncertain, but a $100 increase would seem likely based on this latest leak. With the unlocked S8 starting at around $725 in 2017, that would suggest the Galaxy S9 will be $825 when it goes on sale later this year. As for the Galaxy S9+, given the previous delta between the smaller and larger iterations of Samsung’s phones has been $100, that implies it will cost around $925. It’s a not-inconsiderable amount of money, though Samsung wouldn’t be alone in charging premium pricing. Apple’s strategy with the iPhone X last year was to raise the average selling price of each of its devices, offsetting any potential dip in actual sales numbers. That certainly paid off, too: the company’s recent financial results showed that while iPhone unit sales may have dropped, the amount each of those units actually sold for increased considerably. All the same, Samsung has had to do more price adjustment post-launch with its smartphones in recent years than Apple. Though the Galaxy S8 may have started fairly high – indeed, it launched with a higher sticker price than the Galaxy S7 twelve months before it – it wasn’t long before carrier promotions and Samsung’s own deals brought that pricing down significantly. There’s little to suggest that the Galaxy S9 and S9+ won’t face the same market pressures, once again underscoring that if you want a flagship smartphone bargain, patience is the key.
This actually isn’t the first time iBoot source code has been leaked. That happened already last year, but the source and venue (Reddit) lead many to doubt its veracity. Now even leading iOS developers and hackers such as Jonathan Levin confirm that what was made available for public eyes match their own reverse engineering results. In other words, this could very well be the real deal or at least close to it. The version of iBoot is explicitly for iOS 9, but parts of it could still be in use on iOS 11 today.This is a very big deal for the iOS hacking community. iBoot is pretty much the security guard at the front gate of iPhones. It is responsible for ensuring that a verified and secure version of iOS is loaded at boot. Getting access to its source code is the next best thing hackers and modders could get their hands on to get into iOS.Of course it’s not a sure deal yet. What the source code leak simply means is that developers and security researchers will now have a better idea of how iBoot works and, from there, discover the vulnerabilities that, in turn, could help them gain privileged, and unauthorized, access to iOS internals. It could eventually revive the once active and busy jailbreaking community that was just recently on the verge of extinction.AdChoices广告How long this favorable, at least for hackers, situation will last is anyone’s guess. For one, there is no assurance that this is even near the iOS 11 version of iBoot. Apple could also take swift action to plug up whatever holes there are left. Since everything is obscured behind a veil of secrecy, hackers and researchers will still be working in uncertainty. But at least that work may have now become just a bit easier.VIA: Vice Apple’s walled garden is partly made possible through its closed, proprietary software. While Microsoft has made a U-turn on its stance on Linux and open source in general, Apple remains steadfast in embracing a “security through obscurity” philosophy. That stance, however, will soon be put to the test now that a critical piece of software used to secure Apple’s devices has now been leaked on the Internet in a very big way. Source code for Apple’s iBoot bootloader has been posted on GitHub, potentially opening the doors for hackers and security researches to more easily break into iPhones.