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US Agency Warns of Security Bug in Symantecs Antivirus Software

July 26, 2019

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Add to Queue Next Article Reuters –shares U.S. Agency Warns of Security Bug in Symantec’s Antivirus Software A U.S. federal agency issued a security alert over a vulnerability in Symantec Corp.’s anti-virus software that allows attackers to remotely control affected computers.The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said in an alert issued to the security industry on Tuesday that it was a “very serious event.”The agency also advised customers to update their anti-virus software using two patches issued by Symantec. (Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva) Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandcenter_img Symantec This story originally appeared on Reuters Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images July 6, 2016 1 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

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4 HighTech Industries and a Really LowTech One That Are Booming With

July 26, 2019

first_img –shares The beginning of the new year is when the world’s top investors make their predictions of industries to keep an eye on. Innovative technologies and ways of doing business are creating growth in certain industries. For those looking for something new to invest time or money in, take a look at these five industries that experts predict to have an increase in growth in 2018.Related: Looking Ahead: 5 Business Trends to Follow for a Successful 20181. eDiscovery softwareWith the amount of litigations increasing, the legal scene is keeping an eye out for eDiscovery software. EDiscovery software serves the purpose of identifying, collecting and producing electronically stored information. This includes emails, social media, documents and presentations.World-leading research and advisory company, Gartner, predicts that eDiscovery software will grow up to $3.1 billion in 2018.2. Virtual reality and artificial intelligenceVirtual reality (VR) is a popular news topic as people are enjoying a more interactive video game. The cost of these devices is decreasing, and VR enthusiasts are now able to afford them. But now VR is taking the next step and is coming into new markets. Businesses see its potential for various projects and are starting to invest in these devices for their offices. This includes industries like healthcare, marketing and education. Artificial intelligence (AI) devices — think drones — are another example of a technology that has gone from use in the military to use in all industries.Firefighters and construction workers AI to survey land better than ever. Also, rumor has it that one day Amazon will have drones delivering packages at your doorstep. By the end of 2018, experts predict that VR and AI will be worth over $7 billion.Related: 10 Artificial Intelligence Trends to Watch in 20183. Food trucksMobile cuisine is growing and has been for years now. It’s more sophisticated than hot dogs and ice cream. Some food trucks are serving lobster with a nice glass of prosecco. Business is booming, in part, because it’s more affordable than ever to begin a restaurant business — we’re talking as low as $100,000. In one year alone, some entrepreneurs reported earning up to $500,000. Food truck revenue began at an estimate of $650 million and grew to about $2.7 billion in 2017. The rapid growth is likely to continue as more people enjoy the diversity and convenience of food trucks.4. Autonomous vehiclesIn 2015, Elon Musk estimated that by 2018, the first fully autonomous vehicles would hit the road. Other experts predict that self-driving cars are a little more ways away. Some even say they won’t be ready until 2021. However, manufacturers like Toyota, Honda, Volvo and BMW are working hard on perfecting autonomous vehicle software.Interest from the public and rideshare services are putting pressure on these car companies. It’s expected that autonomous vehicles will grow more than $80 billion from what was originally disclosed from 2014 to 2017.5. Solar energyThe world is ever-changing, and the public wants to maintain a healthy atmosphere. That won’t be possible unless companies come up with clean and renewable energy sources. Tight regulations on oil drilling are leaving enterprises to seek out a new energy source to bring to market. Building and homeowners see solar panels as the most efficient and affordable clean energy source.Experts are hopeful that the clean energy sector will see a boom in business because of the increase in customer demand and declining prices. Some say that solar energy sectors will end 2018 with up to $1.8 billion in net cash.Related: 7 Tips to Be More Effective in 2018As you ease your way into the new year, follow these industries expected to see a high increase in growth over 2018. Exciting new products and ideas that are becoming affordable will positively impact the market. Invest well! January 26, 2018 Next Article 4 High-Tech Industries (and a Really Low-Tech One) That Are Booming With No End In Sight News and Trends Serial Entrepreneur, Content Creator, Avid Learner Guest Writer Add to Queue Jennifer Spencer Forget app development and start thinking seriously about a food truck. Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 4 min read Image credit: Ed Norton | Getty Images Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

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Photo of George HW Bushs Service Dog Mourning at His Casket Pulls

July 26, 2019

first_imgNews and Trends Image credit: Getty Images The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Photo of George H.W. Bush’s Service Dog Mourning at His Casket Pulls the Internet’s Heartstrings –shares December 3, 2018 The former president is scheduled to lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda from Monday to Wednesday. A photo of President George H.W. Bush’s service dog lying downbeat beside the casket of his old master on Sunday has spread across social media, causing an outpouring of emotion.Bush’s son Jeb, the former Florida governor, retweeted the photowith the simple words “Sully has the watch.”Abigail Ogle, an Oklahoma City local news anchor, tweeted: “Sully, the service dog of President George H.W. Bush, keeping watch over his best friend. Rest In Peace, 41. Good boy, Sully.”The actress Olivia Munn shared the photo, saying: “This is his pup Sully, lying beside him til the very end. Thank you for your service, Mr. President.”The Fox News host Bret Baier tweeted: “That is just a great pic of Sully the service dog who served @GeorgeHWBush Wow.”Sully started serving as Bush’s companion in June after Bush’s wife, Barbara, died in April. Sully will reportedly make one last journey with the 41st president.Sully is expected to accompany Bush’s casket to Washington, DC, on Monday afternoon, a source told CNN. Bush’s body is scheduled to lie in state at the US Capitol from 5 p.m. on Monday until 10 a.m. on Wednesday.Before that his remains will be taken to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston and then to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, ABC said.Bush’s eldest son, former President George W. Bush, posted an Instagram photo of Sully lying in front of his old master’s casket on Sunday.”As much as our family is going to miss this dog, we’re comforted to know he’ll bring the same joy to his new home, Walter Reed, that be brought to 41,” Bush, the 43rd president, said.Sully is to return to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center to continue working.The service dog is named after Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the US Airways pilot who safely landed a passenger plane on the Hudson River outside New York City in 2009.The elder Bush died Friday at 94. He had a form of Parkinson’s disease and was hospitalized periodically in recent years for pneumonia. Add to Queue Next Article This story originally appeared on Business Insider Bill Bostock 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read Apply Now »last_img read more

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Water Works debuts aloecoco combo and cartoned spring water

July 26, 2019

first_imgWater Works debuts aloe-coco combo and cartoned spring waterPosted By: Alex Clereon: February 06, 2019In: Beverage, Industries, Innovation, New products, Packaging, Soft drinks, WaterPrintEmailUK beverage brand Water Works has expanded its line of tree sap waters with a new aloe coco variant, and has also launched a line of carton-packed spring waters as pressure on plastic packaging continues to mount.The better-for-you brand, which already produces cactus and watermelon water, is combining “the hydrating benefits of coconut water and the soothing effects of aloe vera” in its new drink.It will aim the AloeCoco water at front-of-store chillers but, as the drinks are aseptically packed in 330ml Tetra Pak cartons, they can be stored ambient.Ashil Vaghela, creator and co-founder of Water Works, told FoodBev: “We opted for a coconut water from the Philippines, which has a subtle yet pleasant flavour when compared to what is commonly available from Thailand. We fortified this with pulp-free aloe vera to create this tasty and nourishing functional beverage which we feel sits well within the range.”The brand is also responding to consumer pressure over plastic waste by launching a natural spring water in carton packaging, available in two sizes: 330ml and 1 litre.“By choosing to fill Tetra Pak cartons instead of bottles or cans, we are able to send multiple times more empty units in one truck,” Vaghela continued. “This is because cartons can be sent flat-packed to take up less space, whereas bottles and cans have to be sent fully formed.“Whereas other brands fill abroad and then ship their water over to the UK, we source local spring water, which helps us to further minimise our impact on climate change. By using a cap which is derived from sugarcane, we have further increased the content of renewable materials in our packaging.Beyond the improvement in environmental performance versus other formats, the cartons also help keep the water crisp and fresh, since the packaging effectively blocks out light and air.Vaghela founded the Water Works brand in 2017 along with business partner Khaled el Yafi, who is also the founder of The Berry Company, which makes a line in juices and teas.The waters are positioned as healthier alternatives to sugary soft drinks, inspired by the rise in alternative waters with similar functional and hydration benefits to coconut water.“We drew inspiration from the US, which is the pioneering market for alternative waters and functional beverages,” Vaghela said.As well as adding to the plant-derived water range with the new aloe and coconut combination, Water Works’ latest carton-packed spring waters show that the brand is tuned in to consumer opinion: pressure on plastic has mounted in the face of uncontrollable levels of post-consumer waste, and now the prospect of government intervention is growing.The European Union (EU) has banned single-use plastics from 2021 and the UK government has opted to introduce a tax on them, which will come into effect a year later.Recyclable formats, like beverage cartons, have benefited enormously as a result.Share with your network: Tags: Aloe Verabottled watercoconut waterplasticssustainabilityUKWater Workslast_img read more

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Uber Incentivizes Drivers to Join by Offering Car Discounts

July 26, 2019

first_img 2 min read Uber Incentivizes Drivers to Join by Offering Car Discounts The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Growth Strategies Next Article Apply Now » Add to Queuecenter_img Special Projects Director and Founder of This Dog’s Life 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List As Uber continues to gain traction in major metropolitan cities, it is looking to get more drivers on board by providing discounts on car purchases.The on-demand car service has partnered up with Toyota and GM in six high-demand cities – New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Philadelphia – to offer financing options to new and current drivers. Some drivers have already received $7,500 in rebates upon purchasing vehicles and when it comes to financing, Uber drivers’ monthly payments will likely decrease $100 to $200 a month. Related: Car-Service Company Uber Reportedly Valued at $3.5 Billion The company was able to swindle these partnerships based on past financial figures. According to Uber, the company’s fully-utilized vehicles rake in more than $100,000 in gross sales a year, a data point that allowed drivers to qualify for friendlier terms and lower rates. This move will not only help Uber in its expansion strategy but could also play a role in overcoming regulation barricades in cities like New York and in poaching drivers from competitors like SideCar and Lyft. Related: How This Car-Sharing Company Is Growing Up, Fast Uber currently operates in more than 60 locations around the globe, with the most recent being Moscow. The company’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, told The Wall Street Journal he hopes to add an additional 200,000 vehicles to its arsenal in the next two years. Andrea Huspeni November 25, 2013 Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

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Taxi Owners Lenders Sue New York City Over Uber

July 26, 2019

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Taxi Owners, Lenders Sue New York City Over Uber Taxi owners and lenders on Tuesday sued New York City and its Taxi and Limousine Commission, saying the proliferation of the popular ride-sharing business Uber was destroying their businesses and threatening their livelihoods.The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court accused the defendants of violating yellow cab drivers’ exclusive right to pick up passengers on the street by letting Uber drivers who face fewer regulatory burdens pick up millions of passengers who use smartphones to hail rides.According to the complaint, the number of Uber rides in the “core” of Manhattan increased by 3.82 million from April to June 2015 compared with a year earlier, while medallion cab pickups fell by 3.83 million.They said this had driven down the value of medallions, which yellow cab drivers need to operate, by 40 percent from a peak exceeding $1 million and caused more defaults.Uber’s rise also contributed to the July 22 bankruptcy of 22 companies run by taxi magnate Evgeny Freidman, and the state’s Sept. 18 seizure of Montauk Credit Union, which specialized in medallion loans, the complaint said.”Defendants’ deliberate evisceration of medallion taxicab hail exclusivity, and their ongoing arbitrary, disparate regulatory treatment of the medallion taxicab industry, has and continues to inflict catastrophic harm on this once iconic industry, and the tens of thousands of hardworking men and women that depend on it for their livelihood,” the complaint said.The Taxi and Limousine Commission referred requests for comment to the city’s law department. Nick Paolucci, a spokesman there, said the city would review the complaint.Plaintiffs include the Melrose, Progressive and Lomto Federal credit unions, which said they have made more than 4,600 medallion loans worth over $2.4 billion.Other plaintiffs include individual medallion owners, as well as the Taxi Medallion Owner Driver Association Inc and League of Mutual Taxi Owners Inc, which said that together they represent about 4,000 medallion owners.The lawsuit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, including for alleged violations of cab drivers’ property and equal protection rights under the U.S. Constitution.It also seeks to ease cab drivers’ regulatory burdens, including a requirement that half of their cabs be accessible to disabled people by 2020.In September, a state judge in Queens County dismissed a lawsuit by the credit union seeking to stop the city from supporting Uber’s expansion.The case is Melrose Credit Union et al v. City of New York et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 15-09042.(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Toni Reinhold) Legal Apply Now » Image credit: Reuters | Kai Pfaffenbach Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuterscenter_img Next Article 3 min read –shares Add to Queue November 18, 2015 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

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Prominent Bitcoin Developer Declares the Digital Currency a Failure

July 26, 2019

first_img 2 min read Prominent Bitcoin Developer Declares the Digital Currency a Failure Next Article Kia Kokalitcheva Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Image credit: Shutterstock –shares This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazinecenter_img One of digital currency Bitcoin’s long-time supporters and developers has decided to walk away from it. His reason: Bitcoin has failed.Mike Hearn, devoted long-time Bitcoin enthusiast who eventually quit a job at Google to work on Bitcoin’s technology full-time, wrote a long blog post on Medium on Wednesday outlining why he’s lost faith in it. “The fundamentals are broken and whatever happens to the price in the short term, the long-term trend should probably be downwards. I will no longer be taking part in Bitcoin development and have sold all my coins,” he wrote.Hearn offers a detailed and lengthy explanation of his gripes with Bitcoin and its community, but they really boil down to internal politics. Sure, the technology has some shortcomings that have in turn caused problems for users, but infighting and politics have also prevented these issues from being resolved.Most of the disagreements are around whether a key piece of Bitcoin’s technology should be adjusted so that it can support more transactions (remember, Bitcoin is a network that processes transactions between computers, which is how Bitcoin is made and traded). The Bitcoin community has essentially been split between those in favor of increasing this limit and those opposed to it.Hearn is part of the camp in favor. He even helped build an alternate but compatible version of Bitcoin’s software called Bitcoin XT that lets developers “cast a vote” in favor of raising the limit by using Bitcoin XT instead of the original. Unfortunately, Bitcoin XT has faced a lot of critics and opposition from the get-go, which has further alienated Hearn. He says he has now sold all his Bitcoin and is walking away from it all.This is, of course, the argument at its barest of bones, and other issues including the impact of China-based Bitcoin miners are also important factors. For Hearn’s full post, head here. Enroll Now for $5 Bitcoin Add to Queue Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. January 15, 2016last_img read more

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Amazons Prime Day Was the Companys Biggest Sales Day Ever

July 26, 2019

first_img Next Article Amazon’s Prime Day Was the Company’s Biggest Sales Day Ever Image credit: Tommaso Boddi/Stringer | Getty Images 6 min read Add to Queue Prime Day July 14, 2016 This story originally appeared on CNBCcenter_img Krystina Gustafson Register Now » So much for concerns that the second Prime Day event didn’t live up to Amazon’s expectations.The online retailer said Wednesday that the self-created holiday was its biggest sales day ever, with worldwide orders rising more than 60 percent compared with the previous Prime Day. In the U.S., orders rose by more than 50 percent.The company declined to share how many people signed up for Prime to participate in the sale. To qualify for the sales event, which was created last year to celebrate Amazon’s 20th birthday, shoppers need to be members of the service.”The numbers blew me away,” R.J. Hottovy, Morningstar’s consumer strategist, told CNBC. He estimates the event may have added between $500 million and $600 million in incremental sales to the retailer’s topline.FBIC analyst Deborah Weinswig estimates sales at $525 million, up 26 percent from their projected sales of $415 million a year ago.Analysts attributed the lift in Amazon’s order volume to several factors. For one, it stocked its virtual shelves more deeply, allowing more customers to buy the deals they wanted, R.W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said. For another, it rolled out new discounts as often as every five minutes, compared with every 10 minutes last year.”Naturally if you increase the number of offers you have substantially, you’re also going to increase sales volume substantially,” Forrester analyst Sucharita Mulpuru told CNBC. Given that Amazon accounts for roughly one-third of Cyber Monday’s $3 billion in U.S. sales, Mulpuru “wouldn’t be surprised” if the event was a billion-dollar day for Amazon, she said.”That’s significant, but it’s one day,” she said, adding that some purchases of big-ticket items may have come from shoppers who were already planning to buy those things a later date. Still, there were likely a fair amount of sales stolen from competitors, as well as unplanned impulse purchases on lower-price items.Amazon shares closed slightly lower, at $742.63, Wednesday. That added to losses Tuesday, which began after a midday sales update from ChannelAdvisor. The e-commerce software company, which helps power the online operations of roughly 3,000 retailers, said Prime Day sales for its customers selling on Amazon were flat with the prior year’s event.But Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster cautioned investors about overreacting to that data point, as ChannelAdvisor’s numbers represent just a sample of Amazon’s sellers, he said. He added that the figures only capture same-store sales trends; and given that the number of vendors participating in Prime Day was more than double the prior year, they did not capture the complete picture.Meanwhile, Amazon spread out its deals further into the day, including more than 800 of its limited-time “Lightning Deals” launching well into the evening. The retailer said Prime members saved more than double the amount they did last Prime Day — and it is already working to amp them up for next year’s event.”After yesterday’s results, we’ll definitely be doing this again,” Greg Greeley, vice president of Amazon Prime, said in a press release announcing the results.On its inaugural Prime Day, Amazon sold more units than it did on the previous Black Friday, which at the time was its largest sales day ever. The company did not provide an explicit sales forecast for this year’s event, but said it anticipated the “record-breaking” day it received.Other retailers hoped to capitalize on Prime Day’s buzz by launching their own promotions. That includes Wal-Mart, which eliminated its $50 free shipping minimum this week. But the world’s largest retailer was mum on Tuesday’s results.”While we aren’t breaking out sales or providing updates outside of quarterly earnings, I can tell you millions of customers have been saving all month long on Walmart.com. Yesterday was no exception,” Wal-Mart spokesman Ravi Jariwala said in a statement to CNBC.Though analysts predicted other retailers would once again see a lift in traffic on Prime Day, Steve Osburn, a director at Kurt Salmon, said competitors’ deals didn’t stack up.”They don’t have nearly the product availability,” he said.Amazon sold more than 90,000 TVs and more than two million toys on Prime Day, the company said. Ordering on its mobile app also accelerated compared with the prior year, increasing more than two times among Prime members.But the day was not without speed bumps. Just a few hours into the sale, Amazon shoppers reported issues adding items to their digital shopping carts. The problem was resolved a few hours later. Amazon would not comment on whether that hiccup caused it lose out on sales, though Munster was skeptical that it hindered the retailer’s performance.”The results indicate that the Amazon Prime brand remains strong and user engagement continues to improve,” he told investors. Amazon’s 60 percent unit growth topped Piper Jaffray’s baseline expectations for 37 percent growth, and likely added 0.5 percent of incremental unit growth in the third quarter.The retailer’s July sales event is about more than generating revenue in an otherwise slow shopping month. The bigger goal is to encourage shoppers to sign up for a Prime subscription, which offers free two-day shipping and other perks for members. A monthly membership costs $10.99; an annual membership is $99. Last year’s event led to more people trying Prime than any day in the site’s history, Amazon said. But this year, it did not provide details on signups.By getting shoppers to enroll in this service, it encourages them to spend more money with Amazon. Whereas Prime members spend an estimated $1,200 a year on Amazon, non-members spend roughly $500, according to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.Once Amazon persuades shoppers to sign up for the service, they tend to be loyal. Separate data from CIRP has found that people who sign up for a free 30-day trial are converted into paying members 73 percent of the time. And after one year, 91 percent of members renew for a second.As the pool of Prime members grows, however, it will be increasingly difficult for it to attract new signups. Amazon does not specify the number of Prime members, but CIRP estimates roughly 63 million people in the U.S. are part of the program. A separate estimate from Cowen & Co. analyst John Blackledge pins the figure at closer to 45 million.Both firms estimate that Prime shoppers account for roughly half of Amazon’s purchases.For more, here’s the full press release from Amazon: Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals –shareslast_img read more

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Brain Break

July 26, 2019
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Hershey to stop sourcing cocoa from areas with deforestation

July 25, 2019

first_imgHershey to stop sourcing cocoa from areas with deforestationPosted By: News Deskon: February 02, 2018In: Agriculture, Business, Environment, Food, Industries, Social Responsibility, Social responsibilityPrintEmailThe Hershey Company has made a commitment to no new deforestation in its global cocoa supply chain, effective immediately.It said that this pledge is aimed at stopping ongoing deforestation and protecting forests in the cocoa-growing regions where the company sources its cocoa.   Hershey’s claims its commitments will help protect forests in two ways: by helping to stop the illegal deforestation that has been occurring for decades, especially in national parks and reserves; and by helping to rejuvenate forests impacted by farming activities. Following the announcement, Hershey will develop a forestry plan in 2018 to outline its agroforestry programmes, tree-planting goals, supplier guidelines and monitoring, and timelines to achieve its forest protection and reforestation goals. The plan will be completed and publicly shared before the end of 2018. The Hershey Company chief procurement officer Susanna Zhu said: “Deforestation in cocoa regions must end and every stakeholder in the cocoa supply chain needs to work together to protect the forests for future generations.“We are committed to working with local governments and civil society to strike the right balance between producing cocoa for the world and conserving the precious natural ecosystem.”      Hershey said it is committed to sustainable cocoa production through its own forest initiatives and its work with the World Cocoa Foundation and its Cocoa & Forests Initiative.Research published last year by Euromonitor revealed that without investment in sustainable production, the future of the global cocoa industry is uncertain.In its full-year results published yesterday, Hershey saw its net sales rise by 1% in 2017 to $7.51 billion thanks to a strong performance of its core chocolate brands as Reese’s and Kisses.Share with your network: Tags: sustainabilityThe Hershey Companylast_img read more

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Craft brewers to establish a panEuropean trade association

July 25, 2019

first_imgCraft brewers to establish a pan-European trade associationPosted By: Martin Whiteon: October 09, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Business, IndustriesPrintEmailNine craft beer associations from across Europe have announced that they intend to form a pan-European trade association, which will be called the Independent Brewers of Europe (IBE).Bodies from France, Italy, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Spain, Netherlands and the Czech Republic have agreed to form the new association, which will represent the interests of independent brewers across the continent.The combined membership of all nine associations stands at approximately two thousand brewers, and SIBA will allow members to lobby on issues such as regulation, taxation and access to market, and aims to give independent brewers the tools to “make their voice heard” in an industry dominated by major multi-nationals.The announcement was made following successful discussions between the nine organisations in Brussels. The nine organisations who took part in the discussions were:Independent Brewers of IrelandSIBA, The Society of Independent Brewers, UKSyndicat National des Brasseurs Indépendants, (SNBI) FranceUnionbirrai, ItalyScanian Beverage Producers, SwedenDet Fri Øl, DenmarkCraft Brewers NetherlandsCzech and Moravian Microbreweries Association, Czech RepublicLa Asociacion Española de Cerveceras Artesanas Independientes (AECAI)Mike Benner, chief executive of SIBA said: “We’re very pleased to see progress in establishing a much-needed voice for independent brewing organisations across Europe.“The craft beer revolution has spread across the continent and with well over 5,000 breweries the sector is well-placed to supply the diverse range of high-quality beers demanded by today’s discerning drinkers.“We know that beer drinkers in the UK care about the provenance of beers and it’s clear that the same applies across Europe. Bonded by our independence I hope a strong and united voice will result from these early discussions.“The European beer market remains dominated by global big beer, despite the swing in consumer demand to craft-brewed beer.“As the UK’s exit from the EU draws closer I’m pleased that we will be able to work with groups similar to SIBA to the commercial benefit of our members, sharing best practice and ideas to help develop the sector for all.”Share with your network: Tags: beercraft beerEuropeIndependent Brewers of EuropeThe Society of Independent Brewerslast_img read more

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JBS USA invests 20m to expand Plumrose processing site in Iowa

July 25, 2019

first_imgJBS USA invests $20m to expand Plumrose processing site in IowaPosted By: Jules Scullyon: February 12, 2019In: Food, Industries, ManufacturingPrintEmailJBS USA will invest nearly $20 million to expand its Plumrose USA prepared foods business in Ottumwa, Iowa, to meet growing demand for bacon products.The expansion includes additional bacon processing and slicing capacities, bacon equipment upgrades and new slicing equipment. It is expected the upgrades will be completed by 2019, creating 25 new jobs.Built in 1976, the Ottumwa facility produces more than 1 billion pounds of fresh pork and bacon products per year.Last year, JBS appointed former Kraft-Heinz executive Thomas Lopez to lead Plumrose.“Today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to the Ottumwa community and reinforces our strategy to grow our business through key customer partnerships,” he said.“This significant investment will create more opportunities for local producers, strengthen our leading portfolio of high-quality, value-added pork products, and support the growth aspirations of key customers.”JBS bought Plumrose USA from Danish Crown in 2017 in a deal worth $230 million. At the time of the acquisition, the business had annual net revenues of around $500 million.Plumrose offers an array of branded, prepared foods, including bacon, hams, sliced deli meats and cooked ribs.Share with your network: Tags: JBSmeatprocessingUSlast_img read more

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Paul Manafort says hes being treated like a VIP in jail

July 24, 2019

first_imgPaul Manafort Paul Manafort at US district court in Washington DC on 15 June 2018.Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Paul Manafort says he’s being treated ‘like a VIP’ in jail This article is more than 1 year old Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman is detained while awaiting trial on charges of financial crimes Russia inquiry: how Trump’s inner circle could bring him down – video explainer @jonswaine Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former presidential campaign chairman, was recorded saying he is being treated “like a VIP” in jail despite complaining publicly about the conditions, prosecutors said on Wednesday.Manafort also allegedly remarked that he enjoyed access to “all my files like I would at home” while claiming to a judge that his access to records was limited.The 69-year-old political operative, who is detained while awaiting trial on charges of financial crimes, made the comments in monitored prison telephone calls, according to a court filing by the office of Robert Mueller, the special counsel. Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Paul Manafort lawyers want mention of Trump banned in Virginia trial Share via Email Shares124124 Share on Twitter Read more Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Donald Trump Play Video Wed 11 Jul 2018 14.42 EDT The filing said that Manafort had made more than 300 phone calls in the last three weeks and even “developed a workaround” to outsmart a ban on inmates sending or receiving emails at Northern Neck regional jail in Warsaw, Virginia.Mueller’s team argued in its filing that an attempt by Manafort to further delay his criminal trial in Virginia by two or three months should be denied by Judge Thomas Ellis. The trial is scheduled to begin later this month. Manafort asked for the delay on the grounds he has been unable to prepare for his trial properly since being jailed. Manafort was previously free on bail, but his bail was revoked when he was charged with tampering with a witness in a separate criminal case in Washington.The Mueller team’s court filing said Manafort was being detained in a “living unit” that was bigger than that given to other inmates. He has his own bathroom and shower, a private telephone and laptop, and is not required to wear a prison uniform, the prosecutors said. He also has use of a separate workspace.“Manafort has revealed on the monitored phone calls that in order to exchange emails, he reads and composes emails on a second laptop that is shuttled in and out of the facility by his team,” the prosecutors said. “When the team takes the laptop from the jail, it reconnects to the internet and Manafort’s emails are transmitted.”Manafort has also spoken daily with his attorneys and has had “multiple visits with his legal team” in jail despite claiming to court that he has struggled to meet his attorneys since being moved further away from their offices.Manafort’s recorded remark about his access to his files appears to contradict his claim to have had “very limited access to his attorneys and the records” from the discovery process that he needed, the Mueller team said.“Manafort told the person on the call that, ‘I’ve gone through all the discovery now’,” according to the filing. Manafort is charged with bank and tax fraud in eastern Virginia and is separately charged in Washington with counts including money laundering and failing to register as a foreign agent. Manafort denies all the charges. His trial in Washington is scheduled to begin in September. Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 1 year old Trump-Russia investigation … 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. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. 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. 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GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy Officer

July 24, 2019

first_imgGroundTruth, the leading location platform for driving visits, announced the appointment of Christopher Yamaoka to the role of Chief Privacy Officer. Yamaoka, who has spent the past four plus years at GroundTruth, will continue to oversee the company’s global legal affairs as General Counsel, in addition to his new responsibilities as Chief Privacy Officer. In his expanded role, Yamaoka will ensure the company’s privacy practices continue to meet both existing and new laws, regulations, and industry self-regulatory codes. He will also lead GroundTruth’s cross-department privacy team, to develop, implement, and enforce recommended practices. “As the location industry matures, it’s our duty to ensure that consumers are kept in the forefront and that GroundTruth remains a leader on this critical issue. Chris is a talented lawyer with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with for several years now, and under his guidance we’ve accomplished many milestones including multiple years of 100% year over year growth and profitability, several rounds of fundraising, and the acquisition of WeatherBug,” said Sunil Kumar, CEO, GroundTruth. “Chris has a deep understanding of both company and industry practices, and having developed GroundTruth’s global privacy practices and policies is the right person to lead us forward in these matters.”Marketing Technology News: Where’s Our Data? IDC Executive Brief – Data Control is Crucial for Success in Digital TransformationTo kick off his duties as Chief Privacy Officer, Yamaoka joined other industry thought leaders in Q1 to discuss responsible data practices and consumer protection in the dynamic mobile location ad targeting marketplace. The discussion was hosted by the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA), the leading industry privacy self-regulation program for location-based advertising and featured the DAA’s Executive Director, Lou Mastria, and Jon Brescia, the Director of Adjudications and Technology at Advertising Self-Regulatory Council (ASRC) and Council of Better Business Bureaus. ASRC is one of two accountability mechanisms of the DAA.Marketing Technology News: BSI Reports Top Supply Chain Themes for 2019Prior to joining GroundTruth, Yamaoka worked in private practice at Cooley LLP, serving as outside general counsel to emerging growth companies and advising on transactions from venture capital financing to mergers and acquisitions. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from UC Hastings College of the Law and a B.A. in Economics from Amherst College. Yamaoka is also a member of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Location and Privacy Committees.Yamaoka reports into GroundTruth CEO, Sunil Kumar and is headquartered in Mountain View, CA with global reach.Marketing Technology News: Primis Awarded Recertification of TAG Certified Against Fraud Seal by Trustworthy Accountability Group GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy Officer PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 4:05 pmApril 26, 2019 Advertising Self-Regulatory CouncilDigital Advertising AllianceGroundTruthMarketing TechnologyMobile Marketing AssociationNews Previous Article62 Percent of Restaurants Feel Unprepared for a Mobile FutureNext ArticleSTOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to Cyberbullyinglast_img read more

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SheerID Gives Brands Worldwide Reach to Gen Z Audience with Industrys First

July 24, 2019

first_imgSheerID Gives Brands Worldwide Reach to Gen Z Audience with Industry’s First Student Verification Solution Available in 191 Countries Globe NewswireJune 24, 2019, 3:30 pmJune 24, 2019 Digital VerificationJake WeatherlyMarketing TechnologyNewsSheerIDTechnology Previous ArticlePoor Data Mastery Impacting Ability to Drive Value From Data, Oracle Report ShowsNext ArticleDun & Bradstreet Named A Strong Performer Among B2B Customer Data Platform Providers New Enhanced Fraud Protection Minimizes Discount Abuse for Brands Marketing to Students With Gated, Exclusive Offers GloballySheerID, the market leader in digital verification technology for gated, exclusive offers, launched instant student verification in 191 countries recognized by the United Nations. The industry’s first worldwide student verification offering, SheerID makes it possible for brands to use gated offers to engage college and university students around the globe—the primary customer segment to market to Gen Z—as they create connections with preferred brands. Students simply enter a few pieces of information— like name, university, and date of birth—and SheerID instantly verifies their eligibility to receive a brand’s student offer. By honoring students’ current life stage and respecting their desire to maintain control of personal data, gated offers are a unique, privacy-friendly strategy for marketers to initiate long-term relationships with the most influential consumer group in modern history.The largest generation to date, Gen Z comprises 2 billion people worldwide and are projected to account for 40% of consumer spending by 2020. As true digital natives, three-quarters of Gen Zers name smartphones as their device of choice. Plus, privacy matters: according to our consumer survey, 87% of Gen Zers report that keeping their personal information private was more important to them than popularity measures such as getting “likes” on social media. To effectively market to a worldwide Gen Z audience, brands must connect with them on new terms: in an invited, personalized, instant, and digital way that respects their privacy. SheerID delivers on these requirements, enabling students to opt-in to gated offers and verify eligibility based on minimal, easy-to-remember data such as name, email, and school.“Analytical skills are essential for today’s students to be successful in the workforce,” said Courtney Totten, Senior Manager of Academic Programs at Tableau. “By easily verifying student eligibility and quickly denying fraudulent requests, SheerID has helped us expand our program and reach hundreds of thousands of students around the world.”Marketing Technology News: Global Software Leaders Xero and Stripe Join Forces to Bring Seamless Payments to Millions of Small BusinessesAlso announced today is SheerID’s enhanced fraud prevention, which gives brands added protection from the perils of a global marketplace. Traditional methods of verifying student status, such as checking email domain, can result in fraud and abuse higher than 35% and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue. This risk increases in many fraud hotspots around the world where there is a higher occurrence of identity spoofing (adopting an identity that is not yours), constructing false identities, and other subtle patterns of abuse that can be easily shared on social media. SheerID’s latest update addresses these challenges with an additional layer of fraud protection by cross-checking specific identity attributes (e.g. name and IP or email address) with third-party sources to prevent falsified documents, identity spoofing, and other forms of discount abuse in geographies most known for fraud. It also identifies suspicious activity and images with sophisticated algorithms.Marketing Technology News: LiveVox and TDECU Share Keys to Optimizing the Customer Experience in a Digital Environment at CCW 2019Built with Gen Z in mind, SheerID’s worldwide student verification delivers on the requirements for the next generation consumer. The platform is:Instant and accurate: Part of a seamless, in-brand experience, SheerID’s Verified Identity Network—1.3 billion consumer attributes across nearly 9,000 authoritative data sources—instantly confirms enrollment status for students at higher education institutions in the 191 UN-recognized countries.Mobile-optimized: A responsive web design that fits any screen and simplified verification form with minimal fields maximizes conversion. Brands can use SMS to re-engage students who don’t complete the purchase, as well as nurture the customer relationship over time with ongoing exclusive offers and experiences.Personalized and localized: A localized user experience in each country is made possible with  support for 25 of the world’s primary languages. Additional language support is also available.“Today’s announcement marks another major milestone for SheerID and a major milestone for the industry,” said Jake Weatherly, SheerID of CEO. “Building authentic, trust-based relationships with students around the world is an imperative for every brand as students are literally the next-generation consumer. Instantly verifying any university student, anywhere in the world, for special access to a gated, exclusive offer ushers in a tsunami of opportunity for brands who want to reach Gen Z in a privacy-friendly context.”Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management Teamlast_img read more

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Publicis Groupe Finalizes the Acquisition of Epsilon

July 24, 2019

first_img AcquisitionArthur Sadoundata-driven marketingEpsilonNewsPublicis Previous ArticleGEP Sweeps Into Top Spots Across Major Product Categories in Spend Matters SolutionMap for Procurement SoftwareNext ArticleRoboMQ Connect iPaaS Now Available on Microsoft AppSource and Microsoft Azure Marketplace With the acquisition of Epsilon, Publicis Groupe is completing its transformation to become the industry leader in delivering personalized experiences at scalePublicis Groupe (Paris:PUB) (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577, CAC 40) announced the completion of the acquisition of data-driven marketing company, Epsilon, from Alliance Data Systems Corporation, at a net value of 3.95 billion dollars after tax step- up, implying an 8.2 times Adjusted EBITDA multiple.Based on pro-forma 2018 numbers, the transaction is 12.5% accretive to headline EPS and 18.3% to Free Cash Flow, excluding any transaction-related synergies.Marketing Technology News: CoSchedule Launches Marketing Suite to Transform the Way Marketers WorkArthur Sadoun, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, stated: “We are very pleased to have finalised the closing of the Epsilon acquisition in record time, at a very compelling price, creating immediate value for our shareholders. This acquisition completes our sets of assets harmoniously, with data capabilities that are second to none, and propels the Groupe as the global leader of personalized experiences at scale.With the addition of Epsilon’s capabilities in data to our existing creative, media and technology firepower, we have all the necessary assets and talent to help our clients leapfrog their competition and grow profitably, in a data-led, digital-first world.Our clients will benefit from a seamless, end-to-end service to solve all their marketing and transformation challenges across creative, media, data and technology.Our focus in the next months will be to successfully execute the integration while implementing our model, the Power of One, with our clients.Over the last few weeks, client feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, showing a huge amount of interest and demand that we will now be able to address. All of this gives us great confidence for the future.” Marketing Technology News: Constant Contact Unveils New WooCommerce and Shopify Offerings at 2019 Internet Retailer ConferenceIntegration Since the signing was first announced, many meetings between the Publicis Groupe and Epsilon teams have taken place, laying the foundations of the integration, based on three key principles:Epsilon will be at the core of Publicis GroupeEpsilon will become the unique data-tech platform of Publicis Groupe, to deliver personalization at scale. Its expertise in onboarding, enriching and activating clients’ first party data, its unique data sets and its vertical expertise in the Auto sector will be placed at the core of the Groupe. The very successful Publicis PeopleCloud platform and related activities will be folded into Epsilon.It will be run by its current CEO Bryan Kennedy, who will join the Groupe Executive Committee and report directly to Arthur Sadoun.Synergies will be created by combining Epsilon’s creative agency businesses with Publicis Communications North America, while CJ Affiliate will be aligned with Publicis Media to leverage its growth potential.Epsilon will turbocharge all of Publicis Groupe’s operationsThe integration of Epsilon will accelerate the seamless implementation of the Power of One for the benefit of our clients.Publicis Communications will leverage Epsilon’s customer insights to improve ideation and build more relevant campaigns, and will power Epsilon’s Dynamic Creative Engine to adapt to real-time consumer context.Publicis Media’s billions of touchpoints will be connected with Epsilon’s data sets to provide superior intelligence to build consumer IDs, segment audiences and maximize media buying ROI.Publicis Sapient will gain access to deep proprietary customer insights to optimize their clients’ organization and business model.And Publicis Health will partner with Epsilon’s health practice to deliver outcomes-based measurement and optimization across strategic, creative and media engagements.Unlocking growthEvery Publicis Groupe client will be able to access Epsilon through their Groupe Client Leaders. This will be effective immediately in the US and will ramp up internationally in the months to come.The integration plan is focused on unlocking growth: 6 strategic workstreams have been defined, to address subjects ranging from the definition of ‘a go to market’ approach to lead the change in the industry, to how Publicis Groupe is able to leverage Epsilon’s incredibly talented teams of engineers and data experts in India with its own Publicis Sapient-led expertise in the region.All other integration topics including data privacy, real estate, support functions or shared services are covered by 19 operational task forces.Marketing Technology News: Amperity and Snowflake Partner to Help Joint Customers Power Customer 360 InitiativesFinancial details of the acquisitionPublicis Groupe financed the acquisition of Epsilon through the successful placement of 2.25 billion euros bonds in three tranches on June 5, 2019, combined with a term loan and the use of 650 million dollars of cash on the Groupe’s balance sheet.The financing of the transaction aims to maintain a financial profile in line with current BBB+ / Baa2 ratings, with full deleveraging four years after completion of the transaction. Publicis Groupe remains committed to its current dividend pay-out of 45%.Marketing Technology News: Creator by Zmags Brings Greater Agility to Ecommerce Creativity Publicis Groupe Finalizes the Acquisition of Epsilon Business WireJuly 2, 2019, 3:15 pmJuly 2, 2019 last_img read more

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Contegix Appoints Elizabeth Clor as Chief Marketing Officer

July 24, 2019

first_imgClor, who joined Contegix on May 22, brings two decades of experience in growing B2B technology companies to the Contegix leadership team. Her expertise in generating awareness and demand for businesses of all sizes will drive significant growth for the application services provider. Most recently, she was the vice president of demand generation at enterprise analytics software company MicroStrategy where she was responsible for generating sales pipeline. She has also held leadership positions at SaaS companies Opower and Clarabridge.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTV Contegix Appoints Elizabeth Clor as Chief Marketing Officer PRNewswireJuly 2, 2019, 9:15 pmJuly 2, 2019 B2B technologyBrad HokampContegixElizabeth ClorMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleIntelliverse Launches Free IntelliSales CRMNext ArticleSony Network Communications Partners With Taboola to Integrate Taboola News Into Sony News Suite Services Across 34 Countries “As we continue to grow and evolve our business, we are excited to have Elizabeth join our team,” said Contegix CEO, Brad Hokamp. “Elizabeth’s proven track record will help us scale our business, enter new markets, and evolve the customer experience. Her data-driven approach and passionate leadership style will make a huge contribution to our continued success.”“Contegix has an enormous opportunity for growth in the coming years,” said Clor. “Digital applications are driving key results for businesses of all sizes and are now a competitive differentiator. I’m excited to help grow Contegix and help more companies advance their customer experience initiatives.”Marketing Technology News: Cognitiv Launches First Deep Learning Incrementality Solution To Help Marketers Find New Customerscenter_img Contegix, the leading Managed Service Provider for digital applications, announced that it has named tech marketing expert Elizabeth Clor as its new chief marketing officer. Elizabeth Clor, Contegix Chief Marketing Officerlast_img read more

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Wibbitz Expands its Product Line to Include Fully Customizable Video Creation Interface

July 24, 2019

first_imgWibbitz Expands its Product Line to Include Fully Customizable Video Creation Interface for Web Products and Mobile Applications Business WireJune 13, 2019, 2:24 pmJune 13, 2019 ‘Lightbox’ Enables In-platform Video Creation Capabilities, Driving Engagement, Retention, and New Revenue Streams Wibbitz, the leading automated video creation company, announced the launch of Lightbox, an API product that brings video creation capabilities to any website or application. Enterprises are able to build a fully customized interface that fits natively into the environment of their choice, offering their users a seamless video production experience with professional templates and easy editing tools. Lightbox expands the Wibbitz product line, joining its online video creation platform, and furthering the company’s mission to make professional video creation quick and accessible for all.“The preference for visual content is growing, and we’ve seen a steady diversification in both where video exists and how it’s being consumed today. This trend, in combination with platforms like ours, has allowed for a democratization of video creation”By 2020, online video is expected to make up more than 80% of all consumer internet traffic. Video’s immense growth stems from its ability to increase engagement, retention, and revenue. Including a video can increase web page conversion rate by 80%, and users spend 3X the amount of time on pages with video. The impact on sales is tremendous, 64% of consumers will make a purchase after watching a branded video.Marketing Technology News: Imperva to Acquire Distil Networks, the Industry-Recognized Leader in Bot ManagementVideo is industry-agnostic today, and any business interaction with consumers can be improved with video. Lightbox can be implemented within environments including:Product Pages: Ecommerce, Consumer Marketplace, AutoProfile Pages: Dating Websites and Apps, Service and Freelance NetworksListing & Directory: Food & Hospitality, Travel, Real EstateSocial Media PlatformsContent Management Systems (CMS)Video Advertising PlatformsThe TF1 Group currently operates Lightbox via its media buying platform La Box Enterprises, offering advertisers who do not use a media agency the opportunity to quickly and easily produce video ads. This provides small and medium-sized businesses the ability to run advertising on the TF1 group’s media while benefiting from video ad creation without ever leaving the platform.“With La Box Enterprises, we offer small and medium-sized advertisers an efficient and turnkey solution,” said Julien Boyreau, AdTech Director at Le Groupe TF1. “In order to simplify the process and guarantee them all the necessary tools to quickly create their first video campaign, we needed a very complete platform. By allowing these new advertisers to produce their own video ad spots directly within our platform, we offer them a complete and unique experience that meets their needs in terms of support and performance.”Marketing Technology News: SRAX and The ALS Association Give BIGtoken Users a New Way to Donate Real Money with Their Data EarningsWibbitz gives enterprises everything they need to support quick and professional quality video production, entirely within their existing web product or mobile application. Developer teams can easily integrate the Lightbox API, allowing them to upgrade products without investing significant time and resources.“The preference for visual content is growing, and we’ve seen a steady diversification in both where video exists and how it’s being consumed today. This trend, in combination with platforms like ours, has allowed for a democratization of video creation,” said Zohar Dayan, CEO & Co-founder at Wibbitz. “Lightbox is a progression of this movement, and will make video an even larger part of our everyday experience by giving people the ability to create professional-looking video in their favorite apps. We see video as being an integral part of daily life, so allowing businesses to tap into our video production technology is a natural next step for us as a company.”Marketing Technology News: Actifio Announces Global Alliance with Tata Consultancy Services to Provide Multi-Cloud Copy Data Management Solutions for Data-Driven Enterprises automated video creationLightboxMarketing TechnologyNewsonline video creationTF1 groupWibbitz Previous ArticleCan Programmatic-Guaranteed Adtech Platforms Deliver 400%+ Increase in ROI?Next ArticleIssuu Launches Adobe InDesign Extension with New Issuu Story Cloudlast_img read more

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In BJP and Lefts Tug of War for Raiganj Seat Can Congress

July 24, 2019

first_img BJPcongressMamata Banerjeeraiganj-s25p05 First Published: April 17, 2019, 3:42 PM IST Raiganj: It is going to be a tough battle for CPIM’s incumbent leader Mohammad Salim, who is fighting hard to retain his seat in West Bengal’s Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency which goes to polls in the second phase of elections on Thursday. Raiganj, in North Dinajpur district, has primarily been a Congress bastion, winning the seat 13 times since 1952. The seat shifted to the Left in 1991 for three terms, before being regained by the Congress again for three terms. But in 2014, Mohammad Salim swept the carpet from under Congress leader Deepa Dasmunshi by winning the seat by a margin of 1,634 votes. The late Priyaranjan Dasmunshi had won from the Raiganj seat in 1999 and 2004 on a Congress ticket. After suffering a stroke and slipping into a vegetative state, his wife Deepa Dasmunshi had contested and won in 2009, with Congress retaining this seat for a third term. This time, Deepa is hoping to take back the reigns from Salim and rule the roost once again. The seat-sharing pact between the Congress and the Left fell through due to Murshidabad and Raiganj being the bone of contention. Left wanted to contest from the two winning seats and Congress felt its chances were better in these constituencies this time.Salim, however, is confident of winning this time as well. “I don’t forecast anything. However this time, old supporters who have deserted our party and many from the opposition camps are reaching out to me saying I will win. Even people in villages have been telling me I will win. I am witnessing this for the first time after 1977.”“The Congress made several promises like setting up an AIIMS-like hospital in Raiganj but it never saw the light of day and instead shifted to Kalyani in Nadia district. Fighting the Congress is not tough. My only fight is against the BJP. Congress’s deposits will be forfeited,” says the incumbent MP while speaking of his feedback after campaigning aggressively in his constituency and also witnessing a significant BJP influence in the recent times. Political analysts say the fight this time is between the Left and the BJP, and both will try hard to swing away votes from the Congress. The TMC, on the other hand, will try to maximise the opportunity of a fractured vote bank. “Raiganj is not a Left stronghold. It is a seat which was strongly loyal to the Congress, with Left winning in between. There is a core Congress vote bank which Deepa Dasmunshi is banking upon. However, that vote bank has been eroded as Kanaiya Lal Agarwal has moved from the Congress to contest from this seat on a TMC ticket,” says political analyst Shikha Mukherjee, who believes that Congress does have a strong chance of winning.The BJP, on its part, is hoping to gain ground in the North Bengal constituencies with heavy campaigning, including campaigns by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The party is looking to win the voters’ confidence in areas bordering Bangladesh with its NRC and development pitch. The TMC is fighting the battle in its own style — trying to gain minority votes since many voters see party supremo Mamata Banerjee as a strong voice against Modi’s NRC echo. Banerjee has also been ambitiously reaching out to voters across the state in her bid to sweep all of 42 seats.The TMC is currently in the eye of controversy over Bangladeshi actor Ferdous Ahmed’s visa being cancelled by the ministry of home affairs after he campaigned in Raiganj for TMC candidate Kanaihya Lal Agarwal. The BJP had raised the issue with the Election Commission, over the Bangladeshi actor campaigning for party, which it said violates the model code of conduct. The party also saw this as TMC’s strategy to appease the minority vote bank in Raiganj. “The TMC might gain the minority votes as Mamata is seen as a strong voice against Modi and NRC. The minority community sees a crises with the NRC. The BJP has less chances of gaining ground here,” points out Uddayan Bandhopadhyay, political analyst. Apart from this four pronged battle, the Congress and Left are at the centre of a bigger tussle. Of the seven assembly seats in the Raiganj Lok Sabha constituency, three were with the Congress, two with the TMC and two with the Left. After Congress’s Islampur MLA Kanhaiya Lal Agarwal switched over to TMC, Congress has one seat less and the TMC one more to gain. The BJP, which was nowhere in the picture during the 2016 assembly elections, came in second after the TMC in the 2018 panchayat elections. The party is now hoping that the results of the rural polls will be a reason for them to gain mileage, coupled with a fractured vote bank in this four-cornered battle in Raigunj constituency. last_img read more

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Akshay Kumar and Radhika Apte Wish Women and Girls on Menstrual Hygiene

July 24, 2019

first_imgOn the occasion, Kumar’s wife Twinkle Khanna also retweeted an article on Arunachalam Muruganantham.On #MenstrualHygieneDay, let us celebrate the original Indian superhero: Arunachalam Muruganantham. Read his story The Sanitary Man from a Sacred Land from @mrsfunnybones #TheLegendOfLakshmiPrasad only on our app! https://t.co/Uv7SV56bZT pic.twitter.com/Ihs9Z8sYJG— Juggernaut Books (@juggernautbooks) May 28, 2019Balki’s Padman took home the DadaSaheb Phalke Film Foundation Awards for Akshay Kumar, Sonam Kapoor and R Balki in the Best Actor, Actress and Director category. Padman was a successful venture and earned critical acclaim for the makers as well. On the movies front, Kumar’s upcoming films include Mission Mangal, Housefull 4, Good News, Laxmmi Bomb and Sooryavanshi. He has also announced a web series in collaboration with Amazon Prime Video, which will mark his debut in digital/streaming space, Follow @News18Movies for more Akshay KumarAkshay Kumar filmsAkshay Kumar Menstrual Hygiene Dayakshay kumar Padman First Published: May 28, 2019, 6:50 PM IST Actor Akshay Kumar, who was seen forwarding the agenda of menstrual hygiene and health for women and girls in Padman, took to social media to wish females across the globe a happy Menstrual Hygiene Day. The 51-year-old actor took to Twitter and wrote a heartfelt message for all the women across the globe.Not just Akshay, his co-star from the R Blaki directorial, Radhika Apte also shared a loving message for women and girls around the world while she posted a still of herself as Gayatri from Padman. The 2018 social drama film is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social entrepreneur from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, who introduced low-cost sanitary pads in India. Muruganantham’s story has also found references in Twinkle Khanna’s book, The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad and the Oscar winning short documentary film Period. End of Sentence, by filmmaker Rayka Zehtabchi.Posting an image from Padman that shows him holding a sanitary pad while he is surrounded by women on all sides, Kumar wrote, “Happy #MenstrualHygieneDay to all the Girls, Mothers and Sisters. Lets all help every girl child feel Hygienic, Safe & Confident every day of the month #Period.”Happy #MenstrualHygieneDay to all the Girls, Mothers and Sisters. Lets all help every girl child feel Hygienic, Safe & Confident every day of the month #Period 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/Id7sVHFYS0— Akshay Kumar (@akshaykumar) May 28, 2019While sharing her close-up still from Padman, Apte wrote, “Happy menstrual hygiene day!! #28thmay #menstrualhygieneday.”last_img read more

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