Court Approves Ziff Davis Bankruptcy Restructuring Plan

first_imgZiff Davis Media today announced that a New York court has confirmed the company’s reorganization plan, and that it expects to emerge from bankruptcy protection as early as July 1.In April, Ziff Davis said it had reached an agreement with the company’s senior secured noteholders and official committee of unsecured creditors, effectively allowing it to exit from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The agreement de-leverages the tech media company’s balance sheet by converting more than $428 million in funded debt to a new common stock and a new loan note not to exceed $57.5 million.As part of its bankruptcy protection, which was filed in March, Ziff announced that the group of senior secured note holders agreed to pay up to $24.5 million to fund the company’s operations during and after the Chapter 11 case. Ziff Davis CEO Jason Young called the court’s confirmation a “major milestone,” and said that, after the restructuring, Ziff will be “better positioned, with the financial strength to grow and capitalize on our strengths.”Ziff Davis Media publishes PC Magazine, Electronic Gaming magazine and ExtremeTech.com.last_img read more

My favorite AirPodalternative wireless earbuds are back in stock for 33

first_imgAt $33, these are too good to pass up. BlitzWolf I’m a little obsessed with truly wireless earbuds right now. Here’s what I’ve learned after testing a variety of inexpensive, off-brand products:Smaller is not necessarily better. The tinier they get, the worse battery life is likely to be. They’re also harder to get in and out of your ears (and, often, the case as well).Avoid the ones with touch controls. It’s way too easy to graze those buttons by accident, especially when putting them in and taking them out. Then you find yourself with unwanted results — like accidentally ending up back in pairing mode.Insist on autoconnectivity, meaning the earbuds pair with each other and your phone the moment you take them out of their case.It should come as no surprise that today’s deal — which I’ve shared several times before, but is the cheapest it’s ever been — ticks all those boxes.For a limited time, and while supplies last, the BlitzWolf BW-FYE1 wire-free earbuds are $32.99 shipped when you apply promo code CNETBWFYE1. That’s $17 off the regular price and a whole dollar below last time! 😂 See it at AmazonI use these primarily for listening to podcasts while walking the dog and to music while working at my desk or around the house. For me they’re a perfect fit: easy into the ears, easy out. (Don’t expect a fully noise-isolating seal like you get from some in-ear headphones. Consequently, don’t expect super-deep bass, either.) 21 Photos Amazon Bose LG Sony Apple How to choose the right headphones The Cheapskate Tags reading • My favorite AirPod-alternative wireless earbuds are back in stock for $33 Originally published Jan. 16.Update, May 28: Back in stock.  CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! • I bought a second pair for Mrs. Cheapskate over the holidays. She likes them, too, in large part because they’re so easy to use. I can’t overstate the wonderfulness of “open the box, take out the earbuds, start listening.” And, similarly, “put the earbuds back in the box, close box, done.”On my recommendation, my buddy Doug also bought a pair and likes them a lot, though he notes that when he runs without a hat on (yeah, he runs in the winter — crazy!), they tend to fall out of his ears.My buddy Craig bought a pair and doesn’t like them, though his primary goal was to use them during conference calls — and listeners said he sounded tinny. However, we just got on a call together — me with my earbuds in and him with his — and we both sounded “very good” to each other. It might have been that he was in a noisy place during his business call, and the BlitzWolf’s microphone does a bad job of canceling noise. Bottom line: I love these. I can wear them comfortably for long stretches, and I find the audio quality to be very good overall. They’re a snap to use, and they’re $33. I think before you spend $100 to $200 on something from Apple, Bose or Jabra, you owe it to yourself to try these first.Agree? Disagree? You know the drill.Read more: The best truly wireless headphones Now playing: Watch this: Apple Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR.center_img 1:19 Comments Share your voice See All Best wireless headphones for making calls Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 26 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Headphones Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy?last_img read more

Facebook suspends Russiabacked pages targeting millennials

first_img Tags Share your voice Facebook has reportedly suspended three popular video pages designed to appeal to millennials after discovering the pages were backed by the Russian government. The pages, which Facebook suspended Friday, are run by Maffick Media, whose majority stakeholder is Ruptly, a subsidiary of Russia-backed RT, CNN reports. Facebook plans to contact the people running the pages and ask them to disclose their affiliations to get their pages back, CNN said. The move is unusual for Facebook, as it doesn’t require users to provide information about parent companies. But in an effort in increase transparency on the platform, Facebook has taken aggressive steps to identify covert government-supported information on its service. With more than 2 billion users worldwide, Facebook has been under pressure to reduce disinformation, hate speech and inauthentic behavior on the site. In 2017, the tech firm revealed it found evidence that Russians used the social network to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election and sow discord among Americans. Since then, Facebook has pulled down hundreds of accounts including some tied to influence campaigns by Iran. Facebook said that users shouldn’t be misled about who’s behind the pages they connect with. “Just as we’ve stepped up our enforcement of coordinated inauthentic behavior and financially motivated spam over the past year, we’ll continue improving so people can get more information about the Pages they follow,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement. “For example, we’re now rolling out in phases an update to Pages with large audiences to include information about the primary countries they’re managed from. “Since this feature isn’t live yet for all, we’ll be reaching out to admins of these Pages to ask that they disclose this additional information and their affiliation with their parent company to get back on the platform,” Facebook said Maffick Media denied breaking Facebook’s rules. “We did not violate any of Facebook’s policies whatsoever. None of our content promotes disinformation or fake news,” the company said in a statement to its website Sunday. Disinformation has long been a part of Russia’s foreign policy strategy, and social media has allowed the trolling effort to expand on a viral scale. US intelligence agencies have warned Congress that these campaigns will continue in the future. The pages, which focused on current events, history and the environment, collected more than 30 million views since September, CNN reported. Originally published at 1:25 p.m. PT Updated at 3:15 p.m. with Facebook statement. Facebook Comments Internet Tech Industry 2last_img read more

Fuehrings Layup Propels UofL to 5856 Win Over Arizona State

first_img LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Sam Fuehring’s layup with three seconds remaining gave No. 5 Louisville a 58-56 win over No. 19 Arizona State on Friday afternoon at the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas, Nev.Louisville (4-0) entered the fourth quarter trailing 41-37, but outscored the Sun Devils 21-15 the rest of the way.The Cardinals trailed 45-41 with 8:17 to go and then went on an 8-0 run to take a 49-45 lead midway through the fourth. They held the lead until Arizona State’s Sophia Elenga made both free throws to tie the game at 56-56 with 11 seconds to go. That set the stage for the game-winner as Dana Evans drove the lane and found Fuehring underneath for the layup with three seconds remaining. Arica Carter then stole the inbounds pass to seal the victory.Fuehring led the way for the Cards with 18 points and nine rebounds. She finished 7-13 from the floor and 4-5 from the free throw line, making some crucial free throws down the stretch.Asia Durr added 14 points and three assists, while Dana Evans finished with 11 points and six assists. Evans scored eight of her 11 points in the fourth quarter.UP NEXTLouisville: The Cardinals conclude play in Las Vegas against Hartford tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET.For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.Print Friendly Version Story Links Box Score (PDF) last_img read more

37 year old BC woman among six killed in Alaska floatplane crash

first_img37 year old B.C. woman among six killed in Alaska floatplane crash Posted by Wednesday, May 15, 2019 Share The Canadian Press << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Alaska, Crash With files from The Associated Press KETCHIKAN, Alaska —A 37-year-old woman from Richmond, B.C., has been identified as the Canadian killed when two sightseeing floatplanes crashed midair in Alaska earlier this week.Elsa Wilk is one of the six deceased victims named by Alaska State Troopers late Tuesday.The floatplanes were carrying cruise ship tourists when they collided Monday near the southeast Alaska town of Ketchikan.The death toll was initially reported as four, with two people missing. The U.S. Coast Guard said the bodies of the two missing people were recovered near the crash site Tuesday night.Global Affairs Canada says Canadian consular officials in Seattle were in contact with local authorities to gather additional information and provide assistance as needed.“Our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and loved ones of the Canadian citizen who died in Alaska,” the department said.The American victims were identified as 46-year-old pilot Randy Sullivan from Ketchikan, 62-year-old Cassandra Webb, 39-year-old Ryan Wilk and 46-year-old Louis Botha.State troopers said the Australian was 56-year-old Simon Bodie.The Royal Princess cruise ship left Vancouver for Anchorage on Saturday and was to return on May 25.More news:  Canada raises travel warning amid escalating protests in Hong KongCoast Guard Commander Michael Kahle said earlier Tuesday that crews were searching both the water and the shore of a remote area called George Inlet for the two missing _ the Canadian and Australian.He said the area is en route to the Misty Fjords National Monument, a popular and active spot for sightseeing flights.One of the planes was a single-engine de Havilland Otter operated by Taquan Air and was returning from a wilderness tour sold through Princess Cruises of the Misty Fjords, the company said.It was carrying 10 guests from the Royal Princess and a pilot, who were all Americans, the statement said.The other plane, a de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, was operating an independent flight tour carrying a pilot and four guests, of which two were American, one was Canadian and the other was Australian, the company added.The pilot and nine passengers on the Otter were able to make their way to shore, where they were rescued and taken to hospital, Kahle said.The survivors were in fair or good condition, said Marty West, a spokeswoman for PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.Local emergency responders worked with state and federal agencies and private vessels to help rescue and recover victims.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programs“It’s been a long day and the crews have been working really hard to rescue people and recover the deceased,” said Deanna Thomas, a spokeswoman for the local government, the Ketchikan Gateway Borough.Jerry Kiffer of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad said several of the passengers had been removed from the beach by the time his crews arrived on Monday.“Obviously, we had some injuries _ broken bones, lacerations, back injuries, but everybody was reasonably calm,” he told the news conference Tuesday.The debris field was about 300 metres wide and 800 metres long, with doors, seats and life-jackets strewn in a way that indicated an aircraft had come apart in the air, Kiffer said.Taquan Air said the company has suspended operations while the crash is investigated.“We are devastated … and our hearts go out to our passengers and their families,” it said in a statement.It’s not known how the planes collided. U.S. National Transportation Safety Board investigators arrived from Washington, D.C., Tuesday afternoon.last_img read more

Altice France has unveiled a number of new valuea

first_imgAltice France has unveiled a number of new value-added services to its TV offering.The group has launched a new catch-up TV interface and services for its BFM TV, BFM Business, RMC Story and RMC Découverte channels.Altice said that its new offering included an immersive interface that gives rapid access to video-on-demand services. Catch-up availability will be extended beyond the current seven-day limit and other features are to follow in the coming weeks, including the ability to take up viewing from the point where it was left off, favourite lists and series linking.Altice will also provide all episodes of certain new series immediately.In addition to being accessible via Altice’s SFR set-tops, the new service will be extended to Bouygues Telecom’s TV offering in the near future.Altice France remains at loggerheads with rival ISP Free, which has refused to pay for carriage of its channels on the model successfully fought for by national broadcaster TF1. The pair have been in dispute over the terms of carriage of the channels since March.Altice’s current contract with Orange is meanwhile set to expire this month, leading to a potential clash with that operator over the terms of carriage of its services.last_img read more

Super Yacht Watch John Henrys Elysian Docked i

first_imgSuper Yacht Watch: John Henry’s “Elysian” Docked in Boston HarborFor the Summer 2018, Boston Globe and Red Sox owner, John Henry, has anchored his Elysian in Boston Harbor, a 217 foot yacht built in 2014. The Elysian has a crew of 17 and can host 12 guests in six cabins. Read more and see photos here.“Brethren, Bethel, And Basilica” – North Square Worship Sites From 1649 to TodayAs North Square undergoes a $2.5 million reconstruction, Jessica Dello Russo of Boston’s North End and the International Catacomb Society takes readers on a literary tour of the religious history of the square. Read part one and see photos here.New Mural at Cutillo ParkOver the course of the past week, Cutillo Park has been hosting a crew of teens from the Mayor’s office who have been working on a mural along the back wall of the park. This and other murals are an effort to restore the park for kids and families. Read more and see photos here.Editor’s ChoiceNorth End Mom Hosted a Diaper Drive and Collected 1,150 Diapers for Low Income FamiliesFaria Chowdhury lives in the neighborhood and has two boys. When her youngest son grew into the next size diaper she wondered what she could do with the remaining smaller sized diapers. She hosted a drive and collected over 1,150 diapers! Now there is a donation box at the North End library where anyone can donate. Read more here.While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* This week’s top posts on NorthEndWaterfront.com featured property redesigns, businesses, boats, local history and more! Read on below to see the most popular articles from the past week.Walsh Announces Progress on Redesign of City HallMayor Martin J. Walsh announced the comprehensive redesign of the City Hall campus which will include infrastructure improvements to City Hall and the North side of the plaza. Read more here.Another One Bites the Dust: Peet’s Coffee ClosesLast Friday, July 13, Peet’s Coffee on the corner of Salem and Cross Streets closed its doors for good. Staff members attribute the closing to the fact that the store simply had less business during its second year than the first. Read more here.*Advertisement*last_img read more

Illinois Is Now the 11th State to Legalize AdultUse Marijuana 2B Market

first_imgLegal Marijuana Illinois Is Now the 11th State to Legalize Adult-Use Marijuana — $2B Market Projected –shares Green Entrepreneur Podcast Listen Now Image credit: Aurimas Adomavicius | Getty Images June 26, 2019 Jeffrey L. Smith Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday signed a recreational marijuana legalization bill into law, paving the way for the creation of a potential $2 billion market with strong business opportunities.With the signature, Illinois becomes the first state in the country to legalize retail sales through its Legislature and the 11th overall to approve adult use. Pritzker’s signature was considered a fait accompli, since he had pushed legalization and announced his intention to sign the bill as soon as the legislature approved it in late May.“We’re also creating a $30 million low-interest loan program to create opportunity for entrepreneurs in the communities that deserve it the most (from the war on drugs),” Pritzker tweeted Tuesday. Experts believe Illinois’ social equity program, if successful, could become a blueprint for other MJ programs across the country.Marijuana Business Daily projects that the Illinois recreational program, which will launch Jan. 1, 2020, could generate up to $2.5 billion a year depending in part on how many tourists buy MJ products. Illinois is the second state in the Midwest to legalize recreational marijuana. Michigan voters passed a referendum last November that legalized recreational marijuana.The following are key business aspects to the Illinois measure:Existing medical marijuana license holders can begin adult-use sales on Jan. 1, 2020. There currently are 55 licensed dispensaries in the state.Illinois will award permits for up to 75 stores by May 1, 2020 as well as 40 processors and 40 craft growers by July 1, 2020.The measure calls for the state to issue licenses for an additional 110 stores, 60 craft growers and 60 processors in December 2021.Municipalities can prohibit recreational cannabis, although Chicago is expected to be open.Applicants that fall under social equity provisions receive additional points and potential financial resources and support such as low-interest loans, grants, training assistance and mentoring. Next Article This story originally appeared on Marijuana Business Daily Add to Queue Each week hear inspiring stories of business owners who have taken the cannabis challenge and are now navigating the exciting but unpredictable Green Rush. 2 min read The legalization measure contains social equity provisions activists believe could be a national model.last_img read more

Snapchats Legal Woes to Disappear After Reaching Settlement With the FTC

first_img Snapchat will face 20 years of independent monitoring after settling charges alleged by the Federal Trade Commission that the ephemeral messaging and video service had misrepresented itself to consumers.Though Snapchat has advertised that its messages “disappear forever,” the FTC remarked that there were “several simple ways that recipients could save snaps indefinitely,” according to the settlement — including with third-party apps and screenshots.Additionally, the commission took issue with the fact that Snapchat claimed it did not collect personal user data — though a security breach of 4.6 million users’ names and phone numbers earlier this year clearly illustrates that it had.Related: Snapchat Adds Texting, Video-Chat Capabilities“If a company markets privacy and security as key selling points in pitching its service to consumers, it is critical that it keep those promises,” wrote FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez in the decision.For its part, Snapchat responded to the settlement in a curt blog post, which affirmed the company’s commitment to transparency but noticeably lacked an apology.“Even before today’s consent decree was announced, we had resolved most of those concerns over the past year by improving the wording of our privacy policy [and] app description,” the statement reads.Related: 5 Reasons Every Business Should be on Snapchat Legal –shares Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Add to Queue Geoff Weiss Snapchat’s Legal Woes to ‘Disappear’ After Reaching Settlement With the FTC Next Article May 8, 2014 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Former Staff Writer Register Now »last_img read more

11 Ecommerce Conferences You Should Consider for 2016

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Contributor Thomas Smale Conferences Add to Queue Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Founder of FE International January 27, 2016 11 Ecommerce Conferences You Should Consider for 2016 Your business can demand major time — especially when you’re first getting set up or you’re in the midst of growing and scaling. But if you burn the candle on both ends, or sacrifice your health and relationships, your efforts are all for naught. Sometimes, it’s necessary to step away from your business to gain perspective.Related: 7 Conferences for Entrepreneurs Under 30Conferences can be a great way to take a break. Traveling to them, participating in their sessions and workshops and networking with other business owners can help you get out of a rut if you’re in one, think more strategically about your business and be in touch with people who can help you.Not that you need to go to every conference that’s out there. What’s important is to take time to recharge, and return to your business ready to tackle new challenges. As a business owner, I’ve also found speaking to be an effective way to grow my business. So, with those things in mind, here is a list, compiled by my team, of 11 of our favorite ecommerce conferences.1. The 10x E-Commerce EventWith over 25 speakers and 18 sessions, the 2016 10x E-Commerce Event this February will focus entirely on tactics you can use to drive more qualified traffic to your site, then convert these people into buying customers. You will learn about the ins and outs of conversion optimization, customer retention, A/B testing, marketing automation and much more.This year’s keynote speakers are Ashlee Vance, Paco Underhill and Timothy Seward. The summit will be held at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld, February 10-12.2. eTail WesteTail West will be held in Palm Springs, California, February 22-25. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics like content marketing, mobile engagement, data and various pain points and areas that affect your business. This year’s keynote speakers include Ron Boire, Kelly McGann, Eric Anderson, Eoin Comerford, Jen Cotter and David Katz.Other eTail events will be held throughout the year at various locations:eTail Germany will be held in Berlin March 8-10.eTail Canada will be in Toronto, Ontario, May 16-19.eTail Europe happens in London, England, June 21-23.eTail East will be in Boston, August 15-18.3. eCommerceFuel LiveeCommerceFuel Live is made up of an exclusive group of six-and-seven-figure independent store owners. This year’s keynote speakers include Miracle Wanzo, Paul Lepa and David Heacock. The event will be held at The Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tenn., and will feature world-class musical entertainment. This three-day conference will happen October 7-10.4. MivaconAre you looking to learn about industry best practices, SEO, conversion optimization, content marketing, international ecommerce, trends in ecommerce and other related topics? The beginner-friendly Mivacon will be held in San Diego, March 9-11. The conference schedule has yet to be announced in full, but Rick Wilson will be one of the keynote speakers. 5. Sellers’ Conference For Online EntrepreneursThe Sellers’ Conference for Online Entrepreneurs — or SCOE — will be held in Philadelphia, March 23-25. The speaker roster includes Emily Murray, Rob Wray, Ashvin Kumar, Chris McCabe and others. At SCOE, you will learn about tools and trends in improving your online selling, driving more sales, optimizing your product and service offerings, expanding globally and more. The main focus is on sellers who use Amazon, eBay, Sears, Etsy and the like.Related: Conferences Are Good for Networking but Great for Marketing6. Imagine CommerceImagine Commerce is being held in Las Vegas, April 11-13. A premier Magento commerce conference, Imagine brings together more than 2,500 merchants, developers, partners and experts from more than 45 countries worldwide. Past years’ speakers have included keynotes from Malcolm Gladwell and Steve Wynn and sessions featuring brands and retailers like Toys R Us, Rebecca Minkoff, 3M, Kendra Scott, Zoetis and others.7. Internet Retailer Conference + ExhibitionThe Internet Retailer Conference + Exhibition — or IRCE — offers access to some of the leading industry experts and a one-of-a-kind exhibit hall displaying 600 of the latest solution providers. The 2016 speaker roster is comprised of Raj Aggarwal, Kelli Agnich, Gene Alvarez, Adam Audette, Rick Backus, Amy Ballantyne Rapawy and others.8. Sellers SummitSellers Summit offers an intense “workshop” experience focusing on up-to-date actionable insights — instead of feel-good stories — that entrepreneurs can use to grow their revenues. Speakers include event host Steve Chou, Scott Voelker, Greg Mercer, Toni Anderson, Andrew Youderian, Eric Siu, Spencer Haws, Andreea Ayers, Autumn Wyda, and others. The Sellers Summit takes place in Miami, May 19-21.9. Freedom Fast Lane LiveDetails are as of yet forthcoming for the 2016 Freedom Fast Lane Live conference, but it’s sure to be an incredible experience. Speaker Ryan Moran, for instance, is a true ecommerce expert. At F2L2, you will have the opportunity to meet, connect with and learn from industry leaders to stretch your mindset and be challenged to think beyond what you believe is possible in your business. My team at FE International loved the 2015 event. 10. Retail GlobalRetail Global occurs September 20-22 in Las Vegas. Its primary area of focus will be international commerce. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from speakers from across the world and build a network of trusted contacts. This year’s speakers have yet to be announced.11. SHOPTALKFocusing on tech-based disruption in ecommerce, SHOPTALK will be held in Las Vegas May 15-18. Its wide range of speakers will include Casey Carl, Daphne Carmeli, Tracy Dinunzio, Ron Johnson, Tim Kendall, Katrina Lake, Raghav Lal, Brian Lee, Marc Lore, Julie Wainright, Janie Yu and others. At SHOPTALK, you can expect to learn the latest trends in engaging consumers.Final thoughtsAs a business owner, you’ll find that the most important investment you can make is in yourself and the future of your business. Conferences give you the chance to learn, grow and connect with others who are successful in their respective fields.Certainly, there are lots of great events out there; and it can be hard to know which to choose. But, ultimately, you will benefit from the experience, no matter what. It isn’t all about what you learn, but rather the decisions you make coming out of a conference, and the new connections you make.Related: 8 Tips to Be an Awesome Networker at Conferences 6 min read –shares The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

Twitter to Employees Well Pay You to Stick Around

first_img Reuters Image credit: Brian Solis | Wikimedia Commons Enroll Now for $5 March 10, 2016 Twitter to Employees: We’ll Pay You to Stick Around –shares Jack Dorsey, Twitter. Twitter Next Article Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Twitter Inc. has been sweetening employee compensation packages to retain talent as the company’s user growth stalls and it stock price slides, the Wall Street Journal reported.Four top executives left the company in January, the biggest leadership exodus since co-founder Jack Dorsey returned as chief executive last year.The departures added to concerns about the company’s ability to make its product more engaging and generate more money from advertising.Twitter has been offering cash bonuses to some employees, ranging from $50,000 to $200,000 as an incentive to keep them around for another six months to a year, the Journal reported on Wednesday.The company has also granted varying amounts of restricted stock depending on when the employees started working, intending to make up for the value lost since they joined the company, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter.Twitter’s shares have lost more than 60 percent of their value over the past 12 months.”Competitive compensation, strong leadership and a confidence in the direction of the company are all key elements to having top talent,” a Twitter spokeswoman said in an email.”We are investing in all three areas to ensure we maintain these employees,” she said, without providing further details.Dorsey said in October he would give a third of his stock in the company, a stake of about 1 percent, to the employee equity pool.Later that month, he spoke about “hiring and investing in talent” and the need for “bold rethinking.”Twitter showed no growth in users in the fourth quarter. That was the first time that had happened since the company went public in 2013.Twitter’s shares were unchanged at $17.66 in light premarket trading.(Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier and Anil D’Silva) 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. 2 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brandlast_img read more

Zilliant Showcases EndtoEnd Pricing and Sales Growth Capabilities at MindShare 2019

first_imgZilliant’s Annual MindShare 2019 Showcases End-to-End Pricing and Sales Growth Capabilities “It’s an honor to host such a wide array of innovators – longtime customers, companies evaluating Zilliant technology, strategic partners, industry experts – in our hometown,” said Zilliant CEO Greg Peters. “The steep challenges faced by B2B organizations every day are being met head on by our customers, who have harnessed the power of their data and are using Zilliant’s intelligent technology to their advantage.”MindShare focused on distributors, manufacturers and service providers dealing with a rapidly changing business landscape across various industries, with topics such as:B2B eCommerce disruptionAdopting a Pricing Center of ExcellenceDigitization and optimizationPricing modes and methodsDistributor / manufacturer partnershipsOmnichannel pricingMarketing Technology News: Information Builders’ WebFOCUS Named a FrontRunner in Business Intelligence in Fourth Consecutive Report“When disruptors, like Amazon, are duplicating parts of your value proposition, you need to duplicate parts of theirs,” said Ian Heller, President & COO of Modern Distribution Management in his message to attendees. “Traditional B2B companies must scale with technology and become more comfortable doing business online, while offering services that are hard for disruptors to digitize.”A common theme was Zilliant’s comprehensive ability to solve pricing and sales problems big and small, from price list management to advanced, actionable AI-driven pricing and sales guidance.“We wanted to create a data-driven culture as part of our digital transformation journey,” said Mike Eppes, Managing VP of Parts at Rush Enterprises. “Zilliant has become our data science backbone for our parts operations, serving as the nexus for many of our IT systems, from CRM to eCommerce. As a result of using Zilliant’s solutions, we are achieving higher revenue and profits and are better able to anticipate our customers’ needs.”Marketing Technology News: AI-Driven Weather Data: New to Some, But It Has Been Driving CustomWeather’s Success for YearsMindShare featured interactive deep dive sessions led by veteran Zilliant customers. A&O Johansen, a major distributor of technical installation materials and tools in northern Europe, spoke about the real business results they achieved with Zilliant.“We have a very complex environment as both a B2B and B2C provider. The ripple effect of eCommerce down the buyer chain caused inconsistent pricing across channels,” said A&O Johansen CRM Consultant Nadia V. Nielsen. “Zilliant’s Price IQTM solution allowed us to align our prices and roll them out with an optimized, omnichannel B2B2C approach.”IDC’s Research Director for Digital Business Models and Monetization, Mark Thomason, delivered the keynote on business model issues, trends and the challenge of managing pricing in an increasingly global and digitized world.“Using automated pricing technology, such as from Zilliant, is critical to addressing these challenges at scale.  Zilliant was named a Leader in the 2018 IDC MarketScape for B2B Price Optimization Applications, and Zilliant customers rated Zilliant very highly in value delivered,” said Thomason.His 2018 report awarded Zilliant with the following plaudits:Shortest time-to-valueHighest return on investmentBest customer satisfactionIf you are interested in the key learnings from the conference content, here are our five takeaways from MindShare 2019.Marketing Technology News: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty? Customers from Around the Globe Attend Zilliant’s Annual User Conference AIB2B price optimizationMarketing TechnologyMindShare 2019NewsSaaS-based Price ManagementSales Growth solutionsZilliant Previous ArticleMarTech Interview with Tessa Court, CEO, IntelligenceBankNext ArticleBarracuda launches Advanced Bot Protectioncenter_img Zilliant Showcases End-to-End Pricing and Sales Growth Capabilities at MindShare 2019 PRNewswireMay 28, 2019, 1:37 pmMay 28, 2019 Zilliant, the industry leader in AI-driven pricing and sales growth solutions, hosted its annual MindShare user conference last week in Austin. The company welcomed customers from around the world to share their experiences with Zilliant’s end-to-end suite of SaaS-based Price Management & Optimization and Sales Growth solutions.Attendees participated in keynotes, breakout sessions and hands-on product workshops over three days.last_img read more

HPTN 075 study shows high risk of HIV infection among MSM and

first_img Source:https://www.hptn.org/news-and-events/press-releases/hptn-075-study-demonstrates-high-rate-of-hiv-infection-among-african Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 24 2018Researchers from the HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) today presented results from the HPTN 075 Study at the HIV Research for Prevention (HIVR4P) conference in Madrid, Spain. The study evaluated the feasibility of HIV prevention research among men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women (TGW) in three countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Findings from the study showed participants were at an alarming risk for getting HIV. The incidence among study participants was substantially higher than the estimated incidence among heterosexual men and women in the general population in the same countries.”Several studies have shown the burden of HIV is quite high among MSM and TGW, but little is known about the rate of new infections, or HIV incidence, among these groups in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Theo Sandfort, PhD, HPTN 075 protocol chair and research scientist, HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University in New York. “The exceptionally high HIV incidence we found indicates an urgent need for increased access to HIV prevention approaches that consider all the factors that put this vulnerable population at such high risk.”Related StoriesHIV therapy leaves unrepaired holes in the immune system’s wall of defenseHIV DNA persists in spinal fluid despite treatment, linked to cognitive impairmentHIV persists in spinal fluid even after long-term treatment and is linked to cognitive deficitsA total of 401 MSM and TGW, regardless of HIV infection status, were enrolled at four sites in Kenya, Malawi and South Africa. Each participant was followed for 12 months, during which five study visits were conducted. These visits included interviewing participants about behaviors that may put them at risk for HIV infection, medical examinations and collection of blood samples. Of the 401 enrolled, 329 were HIV-negative at the time of enrollment. By the end of the study, 21 of them had become infected with HIV. This translates to an overall incidence rate of 6.96 per 100 person-years. Incidence rates differed substantially by study site: Malawi: 1.3; Kenya: 3.75; Soweto, South Africa: 8.97; and Cape Town, South Africa: 14.44.”HPTN 075 provides compelling findings that indicate an urgent need for further HIV prevention studies for men who have sex with men and transgender women in sub-Saharan Africa,” said Wafaa El-Sadr MD, MPH, MPA, HPTN co-principal investigator and professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University in New York. “These studies must examine the realities in which these groups exist and develop integrated intervention strategies that are effective and feasible.””MSM and TGW in sub-Saharan Africa face distinct structural barriers to accessing HIV prevention and treatment,” said Myron Cohen, MD, HPTN co-principal investigator and director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases in Chapel Hill, NC. “The HPTN is poised to tackle these barriers as we prioritize this population in our prevention agenda.”last_img read more

Study offers implications of advanced age in evaluation management of ischemic heart

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 18 2019In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (Special Issue on Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, Volume 3, Number 3, 2019, pp. 291-296(6); DOI: https://doi.org/10.15212/CVIA.2017.0072 Juan R. Vilaro from the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA considers stable ischemic heart disease in the older adult.Related StoriesCancer incidence among children and young adults with congenital heart diseaseWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioImplanted device uses microcurrent to exercise heart muscle in cardiomyopathy patientsDemographic trends worldwide show a progressively aging population and an increase in the overall medical complexity of elderly patients with cardiovascular disease. Elderly patients, especially those aged 75 or older, are relatively under-represented in many of the clinical trials that helped create major society guidelines for evaluation and management of ischemic heart disease. Consequently, risk benefit ratios of a guideline-based approach in these patients are not well defined, especially with regards to pharmacotherapies and percutaneous coronary interventions. In this article we offer a practical approach to defining the elderly population, and provide an evidenced based review of the diagnostic and therapeutic implications of advanced age in the evaluation and management of ischemic heart disease. Source:http://cvia-journal.org/last_img read more

Longitudinal cohort studies could be a good alternative for early career investigators

first_img Source:http://www.bmc.org/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 11 2019Compared to experimental studies that require complex infrastructures such as laboratories or clinical trials at multiple centers, studies using a longitudinal cohort (an observational research method in which data is gathered for the same participants repeatedly over a period of time) could be a good alternative for investigators as they begin their early research careers.”The Framingham Heart Study (FHS) is an excellent example of a database to initiate investigations and generate questions that could be followed later by experimental studies,” explains Hugo J. Aparicio, MD, MPH, assistant professor of neurology at Boston University School of Medicine, in a perspective article in the journal Stroke.Related StoriesOlympus launches next-generation X Line objectives for clinical, research applicationsTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryFunded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, FHS began in 1948, as a database of thousands of participants from Framingham, Mass., who volunteered and shared their medical and personal data to advance clinical knowledge. Over the decades, FHS has helped answer key questions related to cardiovascular and neurological diseases. More than 15,000 participants have been included in FHS studies resulting in nearly 3,700 published articles using the data.According to Aparicio, data from longitudinal cohort studies often contain more detail than administrative datasets, which can result in research with higher quality data that can lead to higher impact publications. In addition, ongoing studies often have well-established research teams and senior investigators with extensive experience. “Access to high-quality data, mentorship and training in the research process are critical for launching a career in clinical research.”However, he cautions that using longitudinal cohort studies does pose some challenges and limitations, including: the way that data is collected makes interpretation of results critical and requires careful insight; loss to follow up when patients drop out of the studies and the difficulty of analyzing rare conditions caused by limited number of participants compared to the total general population.Regardless, Aparicio hopes his perspective article stimulates early career investigators to take advantage of these resources. “Beyond opportunities to publish, joining a research team at a cohort study can open doors for mentorship, expand research skills and help focus and refine your research path.”last_img read more