Monthly Archives: July 2019

Fonterra invests 7m euros in Lithuanian dairy Rokiskio Suris

first_imgFonterra invests 7m euros in Lithuanian dairy Rokiskio SurisPosted By: News Deskon: October 16, 2017In: Business, Dairy, Food, Industries, Innovation, Mergers & Acquisitions, New productsPrintEmailNew Zealand dairy company Fonterra has invested little over €7 million in Lithuanian dairy producer Rokiskio Suris.The co-operative has bought more than 3.58 million shares in Rokiskio, valued overall at around €7.1 million.The investment had been under negotiation for some time, with Rokiskio issuing a statement at the end of November warning that it would seek to recover any losses if Fonterra withdrew from the planned share issue as a result of unsettled lawsuits. The warning was prompted by disputes between existing shareholders.The new shares amount to around 5.5% of northeastern Lithuania-based Rokiskio, valuing it at at least €142 million.The company makes a range of Rokiskio-branded hard and semi-hard cheese, as well as mozzarella, butter and dairy ingredients including milk powder and dried whey protein concentrate.The announcement comes as Fonterra’s foodservice business, Anchor Food Professionals, announced it had become New Zealand’s sixth biggest export business with more than NZD 2 billion ($1.44 billion) in annual revenue over the past year.Fonterra chief operating officer for consumer and foodservice, Lukas Paravacini, said the achievement is the result of changing lifestyles by consumers and a new way of working, which is about partnering with customers to help their businesses succeed in a rapidly growing industry.Group wide, Fonterra employs 22,000 people – including 10,500 farmer-owners – with annual turnover of NZD 19.2 billion ($15.52 billion) in 2016.At the last count, full-year revenues were up 12% due to high-value consumer products, with sales of its advanced ingredients segment up 9% year-on-year.In September, the co-operative confirmed it had lodged a bid for Australia’s largest dairy processor, Murray Goulburn, joining a growing list of names believed to be interested in a move for the struggling dairy business.Share with your network: Tags: DairyFonterraLithuaniaNew ZealandRokiskio surislast_img read more

Unilevers Talenti unveils range of monk fruitsweetened gelatos

first_imgUnilever’s Talenti unveils range of monk fruit-sweetened gelatosPosted By: News Deskon: February 07, 2018In: Dairy, Industries, Ingredients, Innovation, New productsPrintEmailUnilever-owned gelato brand Talenti has released a low-sugar line which it says has half the sugar and less fat than regular ice cream.Sweetened with monk fruit, the new range aims to offer consumers healthier gelato options without compromising on taste. It is available in three flavours: vanilla cinnamon, mint cookie crunch, and chocolate fudge swirl.The new flavours include chunks and swirls and are slow cooked for an “unmistakable taste”.Also new this year, Talenti is adding three new flavours to its classic line up, consisting of: cold brew coffee dairy-free sorbetto, chocolate caramel blondie gelato, and almond butter and honey gelato.Talenti founder Josh Hochschuler said: “Our new flavours are inspired by our fans, who were looking for a better-for-you gelato option with half the sugar but the same delicious taste and texture they’ve come to know and love.“And with each new flavour, craftsmanship is still at the heart of our brand. We create unique recipes that source the finest ingredients from throughout the world.”The six new flavours are now available in grocery stores in the US for a suggested retail price of between $4.99 and $5.99 per pint.Talenti, which sells over 40 gelato and sorbetto flavours, was acquired by Unilever in 2014.Share with your network: Tags: gelatoice creamTalentiUnileverUnited Stateslast_img read more

Mondelēz International launches Dairylea snack boxes with Oreos

first_imgMondelēz International launches Dairylea snack boxes with OreosPosted By: News Deskon: April 23, 2018In: Food, Industries, Innovation, New products, SnacksPrintEmailMondelēz International-owned cheese snack brand Dairylea is combining sweet and savoury for the first time with the launch of Dairylea Snackers.Available now in the UK, Dairylea Snackers mini Oreo and Dairylea Snackers mini chocolate cookies have been released to provide consumers with innovative on-the-go snack packs containing Dairylea cheese, crackers and cookie bites.Mondelēz said the products are a “unique addition” to the snacking kits markets, which it described as the fastest-growing segment in processed cheese.The additions will be supported as part of a £1.3 million total brand marketing investment, including digital and in-store activation.Rebecca Prout, Mondelēz International senior brand manager for Dairylea, said: “Innovation in snacking kits is a clear growth opportunity as the UK snacks market is worth £41.6 billion and, with a growth rate of 3.7%, is out performing the rest of the food and beverage market.“We believe that combining Dairylea cheese with two popular biscuit flavours will help unlock further sales in savoury snacking, which as a category grew by 5% in 2017 and will also harness the nation’s love for chocolate chip cookies.”Both variants are retailing at £1.65 per pack of ten.Share with your network: Tags: cheeseDairyleaMondelez InternationalOreoUKlast_img read more

PepsiCo to bring Select Harvests Lucky branded nuts into China

first_imgPepsiCo to bring Select Harvests’ Lucky branded nuts into ChinaPosted By: Jules Scullyon: July 20, 2018In: Distribution, Food, Industries, SnacksPrintEmailPepsiCo has entered into a distribution agreement with Select Harvests to bring the Australian company’s Lucky brand of nuts and seeds to China.The products will be produced and supplied by Select Harvests, while PepsiCo will be responsible for marketing, sales and distribution.Both companies said they will make “significant commitments” to an advertising and marketing programme over the first 18 months of the agreement, which has an initial term of five years.PepsiCo president of Greater China Ram Krishnan said: “As a global corporate citizen fully embedded into the fabric of Chinese society, PepsiCo is committed to being truly  ‘in China, for China, with China’.“With the continued development of the Chinese economy, consumers have ever-more demand on healthy and nutritious products. Entering into China’s nuts and seeds market is a crucial piece of our growth strategy and we are delighted to be collaborating with Select Harvests to deliver this to China’s consumers.Select Harvests general manager consumer Mark Eva added: “Entering the China market in partnership with PepsiCo is extremely exciting for Select Harvests and the Lucky brand. Lucky has been a favourite brand of nuts and seeds in Australia for over 60 years.“This allows Select Harvests to participate in the increased consumption of plant-based foods, nuts and seeds in China, which is accelerating as consumers become more affluent and knowledgeable about the nutritional benefits of nuts and seeds.“Our partnership with PepsiCo – who are globally recognised for their marketing, sales and distribution capability – creates a remarkable opportunity for Lucky.”PepsiCo has been increasingly reliant on salty snack sales to drive revenue growth as consumers move away from sugary soft drinks.In its second-quarter results published earlier this month, the firm’s Frito-Lay North America business – which includes brands such as Cheetos, Doritos and Tostitos – posted a net sales rise of 4%.Earlier this year PepsiCo bought US maker of baked fruit and vegetable crisps Bare Snacks. It also plans to bring its Australian potato chip brand Red Rock Deli to the US for the first time.Share with your network: Tags: ChinaPepsiCoSelect Harvestslast_img read more

AB InBev and Tilray join forces to research cannabisinfused drinks

first_imgAB InBev and Tilray join forces to research cannabis-infused drinksPosted By: Contributoron: December 20, 2018In: Beverage, Industries, InnovationPrintEmailAB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, and Canadian cannabis producer Tilray will invest $100 million to research marijuana-infused beverages.The companies said the partnership is limited to Canada and decisions regarding the commercialisation of the non-alcoholic beverages will be made in the future.AB InBev’s participation will be through its subsidiary Labatt Breweries of Canada and Tilray’s participation will be through its Canadian cannabis subsidiary High Park Company, which develops, sells and distributes a portfolio of cannabis brands and products in Canada.Each company intends to invest up to $50 million, for a total of up to $100 million to research beverages which contain tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).Canada legalised the recreational use of cannabis in October, leading to a surge in investments in Canadian marijuana companies.In August, Molson Coors Canada announced a partnership with Canadian cannabis producer The Hydropothecary Corporation to create a joint venture selling cannabis-infused drinks.Meanwhile, Constellation Brands invested CAD 5 billion ($4 billion) in Canopy Growth Corporation, taking its overall holding in the supplier of medicinal marijuana up to 38%.Kyle Norrington, president of Labatt Breweries of Canada, said: “Labatt is committed to staying ahead of emerging consumer trends. As consumers in Canada explore THC and CBD-infused products, our innovative drive is matched only by our commitment to the highest standards of product quality and responsible marketing.“We intend to develop a deeper understanding of non-alcohol beverages containing THC and CBD that will guide future decisions about potential commercial opportunities. We look forward to learning more about these beverages and this category in the months ahead.”Brendan Kennedy, CEO of Tilray, said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with a world-leading beverage company, AB InBev, to research how to create enjoyable cannabis beverage products.“Tilray and AB InBev share a commitment to responsible product development and marketing, and we look forward to beginning our work on this important partnership as Tilray continues to pioneer the development of a professional, transparent, and well-regulated cannabis industry.”AB InBev and Tilray said they believe that the legal market for THC and CBD beverages “will only thrive if the industry embraces appropriate regulation of adult-use cannabis, including responsible production, marketing, sale and consumption”.Share with your network: Tags: AB InBevCanadacannabisTilraylast_img read more

US job numbers and wage growth are up – but inequality is

first_imgUS economy Economics … 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. Read more This article is more than 1 year old Share on WhatsApp Share via Email Monthly jobs update suggests gains for those in more senior positions were far greater than for those without a college degree US economy Since you’re here… Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook Support The Guardian It’s been a long, slow recovery for US workers but wages finally appear to be growing again, according to the latest jobs report released on Friday. But behind the headline rate the figures show – once more – that inequality is on the rise.On Friday the labor department released its latest monthly jobs update. The US added 200,000 new positions in January, higher than expected, but the real surprise was in wage growth. Hourly earnings rose 0.3% in January, enough to lift the annual rate up to 2.9%. “This may be the start of a welcome trend in wage gains, and marks the highest percentage increase in average hourly earnings since 2009,” said the US secretary of labor, Alexander Acosta.A tightening labour market and unemployment at 4.1% (a 17-year low) appears finally to be making its way into people’s pockets as employers are forced to raise wages in order to attract talent. US job numbers and wage growth are up – but inequality is also on the rise The latest jobs figures show that wages for ‘production non-supervisory’ positions grew at 2.4%.Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images @dominicrucenter_img Topics This article is more than 1 year old Fri 2 Feb 2018 12.08 EST Last modified on Fri 2 Feb 2018 12.38 EST Shares6161 Share on Pinterest US unemployment and employment statistics news Dominic Rushe in New York Donald Trump’s tariffs on panels will cost US solar industry thousands of jobs Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Share on Facebook But the big numbers hide an ominous trend. For many Americans, slow wage growth isn’t just a hangover of the post-2008 “great recession”. For those without a college degree the sluggish rate of growth can be traced back to the 1970s, and the more recent slump deepened that inequality.The latest jobs figures show that wages for “production non-supervisory” positions – the bottom 83% of the jobs market – grew at 2.4%. Elise Gould, senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, said that suggested gains for those in more senior positions were far greater than the 2.9% headline rate.“The top 17% seems to be pulling away and it looks to me that that distance is a little problematic,” she said.Gould is currently analysing the wages data, but her 2016 study found average wages of workers with a college degree (at $31.87 an hour) were nearly twice that of those with a high school degree only ($17.14 an hour).Slow wage growth has been held back in part by the decline of unions in the US and also by the still large pool of people who have dropped out of the workforce. The labour force participation rate – which measures the percentage of the US population in jobs or actively looking for work – is bafflingly stuck at 62.7% despite seven years of strong jobs growth. It was 67.3% in 2000.With so many people still sitting it out on the sidelines, employers maintain the upper hand, and low-wage workers, in particular, continue to count the cost. Share on LinkedIn Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Colombia extradites Pablo Escobar of Ecuador to US

first_imgShare on Pinterest Since you’re here… This article is more than 1 year old Associated Press in Bogotá Washington Edison Prado is accused of shipping hundreds of tonnes of cocaine to US Drugs Colombia Last modified on Sun 25 Feb 2018 19.20 EST Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Ecuador Share on WhatsApp Topics Americas Share on LinkedIn Shares8585 A suspected drug chief known as the “Pablo Escobar of Ecuador” was extradited to the US on Saturday, Colombia’s chief prosecutor’s office has announced.Washington Edison Prado tried unsuccessfully to prevent extradition by claiming membership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) a status that would have made him eligible for a type of amnesty under a peace deal.The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that Prado was escorted by a detail of 50 commandos and agents of various police agencies as he was turned over to US authorities.US officials accuse Prado, also known by the alias Gerald, of shipping more than 200 tonnes of cocaine to the US.Police say he ran the most sophisticated smuggling route on the Pacific coast of South America, and they compared it to Escobar’s Medellín cartel of three decades ago because it sought to dominate the entire cocaine supply chain from production to its distribution in the US.Police say his group sent as many as 10 go-fast boats a week, each carrying around a tonne of cocaine.He allegedly began as a boatman running drugs along Ecuador’s coast and rose to become head of a small army of smugglers spread across five countries. Prado was arrested in Colombia in April on an indictment by a Florida federal court. Support The Guardian Sun 25 Feb 2018 07.02 EST Share on Facebook Share on Facebook news Share on Twitter Colombia extradites ‘Pablo Escobar of Ecuador’ to US Colombia … 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. Police officers escorting a man identified as Washington Edison Prado after his arrest in Colombia in April.Photograph: APlast_img read more

Barbara Bush former first lady dies aged 92

first_imgShare on Pinterest Former US first lady Barbara Bush dies aged 92 – video Share via Email This article is more than 1 year old US politics Jeb Bush Wed 18 Apr 2018 03.41 EDT Share on Messenger US news Shares634634 George Bush Share on Twitter George HW Bush Share on Facebook Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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. Barbara Bush, former first lady, dies aged 92 Support The Guardiancenter_img Ben Jacobs and Sabrina Siddiqui Washington US news 1:10 Share via Email Topics Play Video First published on Tue 17 Apr 2018 19.48 EDT news Share on Facebook The former US first lady Barbara Bush has died at the age of 92, a family spokesman has said. Bush had been in failing health in recent days – she reportedly had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure. A family spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a 15 April statement: “Following a recent series of hospitalizations, and after consulting her family and doctors, Mrs Bush has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.”Bush’s two most prominent sons, the former president George W Bush and the former Florida governor Jeb Bush, paid tribute to their mother in separate statements after the news of her death broke. “Our souls are settled because we know hers was,” George W Bush said, adding that his mother was “a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions”.“To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end.”Jeb Bush, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, said: “I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush.”Donald Trump said he and the first lady, Melania Trump, “joined the nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush”.“As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family,” the president said in a written statement.Bush was one of two women in American history to be both the wife and the mother of US presidents. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams and mother of John Quincy Adams. Barack and Michelle Obama praised Bush as “the rock of a family dedicated to public service”.In a joint statement, the Obamas said Bush lived her life “as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit”. Bill and Hillary Clinton called Bush a “remarkable woman”.“She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes,” the Clintons said in a statement. “She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like.”Born in New York in 1925, Barbara Pierce married George HW Bush on 6 January 1945. They had six children including the former president George W Bush and the former Florida governor Jeb Bush. She is also survived by her sons Neil and Marvin and her daughter Doro Bush Koch. Her daughter Robin died at the age of three in 1953.As first lady from 1989 to 1993, Bush was an advocate for literacy and started the Barbara Bush Foundation to promote this goal. She drew attention while at the White House for seeking to eschew politics, particularly controversial issues such as abortion. However, she attracted controversy in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when she said: “So many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this, this is working very well for them,” while meeting with survivors of the natural disaster at a sports stadium in Houston.Bush took to the campaign trail in 2016 on behalf of her son Jeb. She had previously said in 2013 that although Jeb was “the best qualified”, she thought the country had had “enough Bushes”.Bush had been taken to hospital along with her husband in 2017. She also was diagnosed with Graves’ disease, a thyroid disorder, while serving as first lady. Share on LinkedIn Bush was one of only two women in American history to be both the wife and the mother of United States presidentsObituary: Barbara Bush, 1925-2018 Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 1 year old Since you’re here… Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Easter Seals Crossroads 2010 Holiday Ornament

first_img2010 Holiday OrnamentEaster Seals Crossroads is proud to announce the 2010 Holiday Ornament featuring Hinkle Fieldhouse.  This piece is the 21st in a series of limited edition, gold-on-brass ornaments featuring Indianapolis landmarks.Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse on Butler University’s campus has served the University and the community since its construction in 1928.  Originally built as Butler Fieldhouse, it was renamed in honor of legendary coach and athletic director Paul D. “Tony” Hinkle in 1966.  The Fieldhouse held the Indiana High School State Championship basketball games from 1928 through 1971.  The 1954 game featured future Butler start Bobby Plump who was later immortalized in the movie Hoosiers.  The Fieldhouse served as a barracks for military trainees during World War II and has hosted political and civic leaders, indoor track meets, the Billy Graham crusade, tennis matches, concerts and much more.  Hinkle Fieldhouse was updated in the early 1990s with its renovation honoring the original history, charm and character.Created exclusively for Easter Seals Crossroads, this limited edition ornament not only will brighten the holidays, but also help the children and adults with disabilities and special needs who benefit from Easter Seals Crossroads programs and services.To order, visit or call 317-466-2002.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedWheelchair Basketball Final Four WeekendMarch 17, 2010In “Conferences and Events”The Cherub of Downtown IndianapolisDecember 5, 2009In “Conferences and Events”AM082 – Recordable Ornaments for People with DisabilitiesDecember 21, 2012In “Accessibility Minute”last_img read more

Dream Big Dreams with Limbitless Solutions

first_imgFirst thing’s first…Happy St. Patrick’s Day! ♣It is a beautiful day here in Indianapolis.  The birds are singing and the winter ground has thawed just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!  You know what that means, right?  It’s warm enough to lay marshmallow Lucky Charms on the grass as bait for a leprechaun!  I remember setting small green traps when I was a child and waiting patiently, hoping to meet a leprechaun who may lead me to a pot of gold.  Alas, I never met a leprechaun nor did I find a pot of gold, but I still believe in magic.Last week, actor Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ) who plays Iron Man in the “Iron Man” and “Avengers” movies, partnered with a maker of bionic limbs to give one lucky 7-year-old a new arm.  The 7-year-old, Alex, who loves superheroes, was born with a partially developed right arm.  To give Alex a new arm, RDJ partnered with Albert Manero, “a Fulbright scholar and doctoral student in mechanical engineering at the University of Central Florida who builds and donates low-cost 3D-printed bionic limbs to kids around the world through his volunteer group Limbitless Solutions.”To see the video of RDJ presenting Alex his new arm, click here.Limbitless Solutions is a growing engineering community devoted to “changing lives through the innovation of new bionic arm designs and development of a worldwide network of makers and thinkers.”  This volunteer organization’s mission is to create a world without limits, where everyone has access to the tools necessary to manufacture simple, affordable, and accessible solutions through open source design and 3D printing.The arm given to Alex that was developed by Limbitless Solutions cost around $350 in materials to make.  This is tremendously cheaper than the $40,000 it traditionally costs to make such limbs.One of the greatest benefits behind this arm is that all of the components to create the arm (aside from the 3D printer) can be purchased on  From the motors, to the circuit board, to the EMG sensors: everything that makes up the working components of the arm can be found on Amazon from anywhere in the world, making this project possible for anyone with access to a high-quality 3D printer.To learn more, visit the Limbitless Solutions website.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedThe Bionic BrainOctober 19, 2011In “Easter Seals Crossroads”Science fiction meets real life to help paralyzed individuals walk again!July 9, 2014In “Products and Devices”Runway of DreamsMarch 30, 2016In “Mobility”last_img read more

Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation

first_imgAs we sink deeper and deeper into the ‘Experience’ economy, it’s getting even more noisier in the MarTech ecosystem with the coming of age for Customer Data Platforms (CDPs). Last month, SAP threw their hat into the CDP ring and now, this week, it’s Salesforce’s turn to disrupt the MarTech flywheel for CRMs and DMPs.Salesforce has announced its new-age product, Salesforce Customer 360, to enhance Data Management across all omnichannel Cloud offerings. Salesforce Customer Data platform was announced in Dreamforce 2018, and it took almost ten months for the #1 CRM company to align it with its concurrent Marketing Cloud solutions. Additionally, Adobe just announced the beta version of its platform and Oracle is rumored to debut its own very soon as well! In this anxious times for Cloud platforms connecting to CRMs and DMPs, we expect CDP providers to seize the moment and see a new line of MarTech customers who would invest in CDPs, pushing CRMs and DMPs to the backstage.Can Customer Data Platforms Solve all Marketing Challenges?According to Evergage, no CMO can deny that they need a CDP now or ever! According to the CDP Institute, industry revenues from CDP is expected to grow to $1 Billion in 2019. The major push will come from the collective technology innovations and marketing strategies of 29 new CDP vendors that emerged in the MarTech Radar in 2018. With SAP, Salesforce and Adobe taking the CDP game forward, linking real-time analytics and Cloud offerings together  for targeted and relevant personalization, the MarTech Equation for CMO’s stacks will change very soon.At least that’s what Salesforce is promising to deliver here.The company that adding new innovations to Customer 360 will help creating a comprehensive customer data solution for entire Marketing Cloud ecosystem. And, yes, it could solve the challenges that today’s CDPs are trying to address and much more.Why CDPs Rock the CRM Market?CDPs are broad-spectrum MarTech platforms compared to CRMs and DMPs that come with their own legacies in many organizations. CRMs are designed to gather and analyze data from only one particular customer relationship channel, and that’s where they falter in delivering relevant 360-degree customer experience that most modern marketing teams are craving for, today! CDPs bring data from every customer interaction channel, streamlined and funneled into one single platform, and this directly translates into Sales-Marketing alignment that CMOs always prioritize. Better Sale-Marketing alignment deliver higher revenues and higher customer loyalty.We are pursuing unified data, and not scattered data.In 2017, Steve Lucas, CEO of Marketo (now, an Adobe Company) had said, this about CRM –“The whole acronym – CRM – is fundamentally flawed because it implies that we get to “manage” our customers. They don’t want to be managed, they want to be engaged. It’s a fact that buyers are in now charge, and they demand brand experiences that let them feel valued, align with their values, and connect with them on a personal level. I call this concept the Engagement Economy, and succeeding in this new world means engaging with customers continuously – at every touchpoint, on every channel – throughout the entire lifecycle.”According to NGDATA, “A CDP maintains unified data. Add a dash of AI and Blockchain to it — and, voila, you have the most powerful Data Management platform ever conceived in MarTech. So, even if data is being captured from multiple channels, it will be tagged to a single customer….”According to Forbes, “With a greater understanding of customer needs, as well as the ability to anticipate future needs, there’s a higher likelihood that customers will become repeat customers. Forty-four percent of organizations surveyed by Forbes Insights report that a customer data platform is helping drive customer loyalty and ROI in their organization.”That’s not alone.Here is a quick snapshot of how CDPs have been changing CMO’s tactics in the past few years.Source: The Relevancy Group- 2016CDPs Essential to Contextual Relevance and Interactive Customer ExperiencesAccording to Tealium’s CEO, Jeff Lunsford, CDPs are a very refined and customizable option for modern Marketing teams. He spoke to MarTech Series:“As specialized enterprise software propagates throughout the enterprise, companies are also using an increasing number of software applications. Even companies that select an all-in-one suite for customer experience or marketing purposes will typically have ten more or more very critical systems outside that suite that they want to share data with. This challenge leads to the logical evolution of a vendor-agnostic, neutral data layer within the enterprise, which sits underneath and orchestrates data flows between these various suites and solutions.”Read Also: Hot Topics Recap: Cannes Lions 2019So, what about the neutral layer in the CDPs?Jeff explained, “The neutral data layer helps enterprises overcome classic data silo issues and allows data to flow freely across the organization. Enterprises that want to future-proof their tech stack and maximize the insights they can gain from their data would be wise to select a solution that enables data freedom and empowers them to quickly adapt to evolving customer needs.”Tealium is one of the pioneers in the CDP market.In a recent interview, Lotame’s Global VP- Evgeny Popov, said, “DMP by design has interoperability in mind thus allowing data to flow to any activation channel to allow omnichannel marketing. The key to this is connectivity across platforms and channels. At Lotame, we have our first-party connectivity suite which gives marketers the ability to collect data from online and offline sources, map it together, and determine the relationships that exist between billions of signals flowing from desktops, smartphones, tablets, and connected devices such as smart TVs. Our second and third-party data marketplaces, along with our Machine Learning look-alike modeling tool, allows customers to layer on additional profiles for scale.”Read More: Blockchain in Advertising: The Implications for Every Player in the SystemB2B Market: That’s where CDPs will Drive Customer Experience Economy in 2019-2024Theresa O’Neil, CMO of Showpad: “Tech giants’ moves to launch CDPs demonstrates the focus B2B companies are placing on creating streamlined, omnichannel customer experiences. Once the sales team gets involved, it’s essentially a black box, with zero awareness of who the customer is and a lack of insight into previous interactions with content and other sales materials. With disjointed information, salespeople can’t demonstrate unique business value, which thereby prevents them from hitting quota. And without bottom of the funnel data and analytics, marketing can’t optimize content to support the sales team.”Showpad’s CMO continued, “We need the same data analysis we have at the top of the funnel extended through the bottom of the funnel too. We’re seeing more enterprise players invest in customer data management capabilities for risk of losing their customers with a disjointed omnichannel experience. Having prospect data aggregated and centralized from the first interaction will help salespeople and marketers provide an exceptional experience for the customer and at the end of the day, boost revenue.”Read Also: TechBytes with Vinayak Nair, VP Research Ops and Custom Analytics at Verto AnalyticsSalesforce Customer 360: Belting Out Powerful MarTech Integrations Unified by Data, Analytics and AdaptabilityIn the official announcement, Salesforce  declared:“When we introduced Customer 360, it was a new way for companies to connect Salesforce apps and deliver unified cross-channel customer experiences. In other words, Customer 360 represents a fundamental commitment on the part of Salesforce — including marketing, sales, service, and commerce — to provide a unified customer profile that can be used across our customers’ organizations.With Customer 360 we promised to deliver a unified ID. With it, companies can easily connect and resolve customer data across their various Salesforce apps. The ID points to a single customer (or other key entity), fires up deeper, more connected insights, and enables stronger engagement across the entire customer journey.”The Curve Ahead: AI, Automation and Migration to Big Data+ BlockchainSalesforce made an acquisition deal with Tableau recently- adding powerful Data Science platform to its Marketing Cloud capabilities. Then, it also announced a significant upgrade to Pardot, their Marketing Automation platform. Together with Salesforce Einstein AI and Salesforce Blockchain CRM, we see their CDP platform creating a new roadmap for CDP market in 2020. If Salesforce is doing it, it’s definitely going to become CMO’s ubiquitous MarTech choice to build, grow and sustain in a customer-obsessed ‘Experience’ economy. Let’s see how SAP, Adobe and Oracle Marketing Clouds  pace their innings in the hyper-personalized MarTech ecosystem in the coming weeks. Don’t ignore Google’s MarTech horizon, though!Thank you, Jeff and Theresa for chatting with us, and providing deep insights into CDP ecosystem. To participate in our editorial programs, please write to us at News@martechseries.comRecommended: Big Data Push to MarTech Continues as Google Taps Looker for $2.6 Billion blockchaincrmcustomer datacustomer experienceData Managementevergagemarketing cloudNewsNGDATApersonalizationSalesforce CDPSalesforce Customer 360Salesforce MarTechtealium Previous ArticleB-Scada Inc. Launches New Text Messaging Marketing PlatformNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Brad Agens, Founder at Glocally Will Salesforce Customer 360 Arrival Push CRMs and DMPs Out of Equation in 2020? Sudipto Ghosh1 day agoJuly 22, 2019 last_img read more

ET Deals Dell Core i79750H Laptop 819 Ring Video Doorbell Camera 169

first_img The Most Inappropriate Comic Book Characters Ever Independence Day has come and gone and the fireworks have all burned out, but the deals haven’t. Today you can get a versatile high-end laptop from Dell that’s well suited for travel, office work, and gaming.Dell Vostro 15 7590 Intel Core i7-9750H 15.6-Inch 1080p Notebook w/ Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and 256GB NVMe SSD ($819.00)Dell’s Vostro laptops are typically targeted as home and business solutions. But this system, with its powerful Core i7-9750H processor and mid-range GTX 1050 graphics chip, is able to run modern games as well. Dell also built this system with a brushed aluminum exterior that makes it durable and relatively lightweight. Right now you can get it from Dell marked down from $1,651.42 to $819.00.Ring Video Doorbell Pro ($169.99)This helpful device is more than just a doorbell. It sends notifications to your Echo devices whenever the doorbell is rung, and it will allow you to see who is at your door and talk to them. This helps to keep you safe by making it easy to check who’s there. Right now you can get the Ring Video Doorbell Pro from Amazon marked down from $249.00 to $169.99. You must be a Prime member to get this discount, though.Samsung Evo Select 256GB MicroSDXC ($39.99) In addition to its large 256GB capacity, this microSDXC card is also fairly fast and able to transfer data at up to 100MB/s. Currently, you can get it from Amazon marked down from $49.99 to $39.99.Google Nest Hub ($79.00)Google’s Nest Hub is a versatile device that makes it easy to connect to and control various other smart devices around your home. It also accepts voice commands, and it can display information on a wide assortment of topics on its built-in 7-inch touchscreen display. For a limited time, you can get it from Walmart marked down from $149.00 to $79.00.Dell Alienware M17 Intel Core i7-9750H 17.3-Inch 1080p IPS Gaming Laptop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCI-E M.2 SSD and 1TB SSHD ($1,299.99)Dell built its Alienware M17 to be a powerful mobile gaming machine. This system’s Core i7-9750H processor and RTX 2060 graphics card offer desktop level performance, and the system’s 16GB of RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD ensure you won’t be slowed down waiting for programs to load. With promo code AWAFF300, you can get this system from Dell marked down from $1,949.99 to $1,299.99.Amazon Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions (20-40 Percent Off)An Amazon Kindle subscription gives you access to over a million titles for you to peruse and read at your leisure. Amazon is currently offering this service discounted between 20 and 40 percent off the regular retail price.6-Month Subscription w/ 20 Percent Discount: $47.861-Year Subscription w/ 33 Percent Discount: $80.302-Year Subscription w/ 40 Percent Discount: $143.80Note: Terms and conditions apply. See the relevant retail sites for more information. For more great deals, go to our partners at By Michael Sexton on July 8, 2019 at 12:42 pm Why Jordan Peele Probably Won’t Be Directing ‘Blade’ Tagged In et deals Post a Comment 1 Comment Extremetech may earn affiliate commissions from the shopping links included on this page. To find out more, read our complete terms of use. You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Little Lucy From ‘Narnia’ is Head-Turningly Gorgeous Now at 23 ‘Black Widow’ Set Photos Reveal The Main Villain Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Proof Henry Cavill Isn’t a Very Good Dude at All 1 Comment Dani From ‘Girl Next Door’ is Absolutely Gorgeous Now at 36 The Truth About Thor’s Jane Foster ‘Far From Home’ Brought Back An Old Character No One Noticed ET Deals: Dell Core i7-9750H Laptop $819, Ring Video Doorbell Camera $169, Samsung 256GB MicroSDXC $36last_img read more

Embrace Raises 45 Million to Diagnose 5X More InApp Issues Than Any

first_img application performance managementEmbraceEric FutoranfundingMarketing TechnologyNewsventure capitalVy Capital Previous ArticleVerblio Acquires Automagical Launches New Service to Affordably and Easily Add Video to Any Post or StoryNext ArticleIterable Unveils New Products to Democratize Growth for Marketers Embrace Raises $4.5 Million to Diagnose 5X More In-App Issues Than Any Other Mobile Toolset and Fix All of Our Mobile Experiences MTS Staff WriterApril 25, 2019, 5:31 pmApril 25, 2019 The Only Mobile-First Application Performance Management Platform, Gathers and Replays Every Session to Remove the Flawed or Non-Existent Feedback Between Customers and Developers, Secures a Preemptive Round by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and GreycroftEmbrace, the market leader in application performance management for mobile, announced the close of a preemptive funding round of $4.5 million in additional capital, led by Pritzker Group Venture Capital and joined by Greycroft and Vy Capital with follow-on from mobile-first experts, including the founders of Parse and MoPub, Eniac Ventures, and The Chernin Group. This investment will help further its mission of automating identification of user issues and removing diagnostic inefficiencies for mobile engineering teams, with the ultimate goal of finally improving in-app mobile experiences without the inherently flawed feedback loop of a complaint, bad review, or uninstallation.Embrace provides a comprehensive unified health and optimization platform dedicated to mobile applications. The company’s technology enables businesses to make their apps stable and faster through an automated analysis of each and every user session. Since launching in 2016, Embrace has already grown to support trillions of mobile events from many of the world’s most popular apps, in a variety of verticals, including Home Depot, OKCupid, Boxed, Headspace, GameTime and AllTrails.Marketing Technology News: Glocally and Storied Partner to Develop Digital Ad Units Distributing Local Social ContentEric Futoran, co-founder and CEO of Embrace, said: “Each of us, as mobiles users, continues to have poor experiences with our favorite mobile apps, and amazingly there is no efficient feedback loop to developers on which they can quickly prioritize and act. I faced this while helping to build Scopely. We’re excited to already enable companies to identify and respond to issues impacting their market-leading apps. The platform has proven to reduce churn, drive engagement and increase revenues, and we look forward to educating the ecosystem, improving every mobile app, and ultimately making our own experiences so much better.”Gabe Greenbaum, LA-based Partner for Pritzker Group Venture Capital, said: “Embrace has an impressive founding team with strong roots in mobile. We saw many organizations trust Embrace’s seamless and innovative optimization platform to quickly identify and resolve any user-impacting issues within their apps, and we’re optimistic about the future of the company in this growing market. We look forward to this next stage in the company’s growth journey and are honored to partner with Eric and Fredric to help them achieve their vision.”Dana Settle, Founding Partner at Greycroft, said: “Embrace is the company with the best platform and leadership to become the category leader in the rapidly growing, although still young APM market for mobile. The company has the ability to leverage its unique performance technology for the entire mobile industry.”Marketing Technology News: Queen’s Award in International Trade for Rapidly Growing Semantic Analytics Technology Company SciBiteMore than 15% of users have suboptimal experiences directly tied to the performance of apps, and while many users complain of ‘crashes’, almost all of these issues are not true app crashes. We, as users, all experience these issues, such as a slow startup with an endless spinner that forces us to close the app, a video that never seems to start, or a purchase that never goes through. For those issues of which the developers are aware, they are often too difficult to diagnose and impossible to reproduce. For many issues, there is no feedback loop (not even a crash stacktrace or complaint) and the users just leave — to never return.Embrace’s platform analyzes and replays the details of every single user session to more accurately and quickly detect, diagnose and resolve any user-impacting issues. Embrace does not sample. The massive volumes of data gathered and processed has only become feasible in the last two years with the high scale and low-costs of cloud computing. Embrace is the first to capture and enhance that new power to become the next generation of APM. As a result, the platform typically uncovers 5X more issues than previously known by mobile teams and app developers.Marketing Technology News: First-of-its-Kind Consumer Benefits Coverage Index Illustrates Benefits Spending Patterns Across USlast_img read more

Data Reveals Facebooks Power in Localized Social Marketing

first_imgFacebook is the dominant platform for social media marketing for multi-location businesses, and the platform continues to add to its list of localized social marketing features. Data from SOCi’s social media and reputation management platform — in addition to third-party research reports — can help marketers understand why Facebook is the platform to focus on moving forward.Among multi-location brands, Facebook has 3x the number of profiles and pages under management within the SOCi platform than are on Google My Business (GMB), Twitter and Instagram. Facebook also has nearly 14x more engagement activity than all other networks combined.Between localized features and recent News Feed algorithm changes, Facebook is rewarding multi-location businesses that post engaging, localized content for consumers. Below are a few of the reasons why localized content works on Facebook.Facebook’s Local Pages earn more engagement On Facebook, multi-location brands have to manage both Local Pages and the Brand Page. While the Brand Page represents the corporate entity, each individual store location has a Local Page so that consumers can check-in to specific locations and leave location-specific reviews.72 percent of Facebook brand engagement is happening on these Local Pages as opposed to Brand Pages, showing that consumers prefer to engage with content from the businesses nearest to them rather than the non-localized content on Brand Pages.Local Pages come into existence in one of two ways; when a business owner creates and claims the Local Page for their business location, or when a consumer attempts to check-in or leave a review for a business location that does not yet have a Local Page. In the latter case, business owners must go claim the Local Page in order to take control of their business’ online presence.Two Facebook changes reward high-value engagementsWhile not directly related to localized social marketing, high-value engagements are a byproduct of localized content. On Facebook, high-value engagements refer to comments, shares and direct messages as opposed to low-value engagements such as likes and reactions.Localized content — posted on Local Pages — is often more relevant to consumers than the generic content on corporate Brand Pages. As a result, Facebook users are more likely to share and comment on posts because they consider the content to be relevant to themselves and their friends/family.Engagement is a two-way street, and Local Page owners can respond to comments in order to foster more high-value engagements. Facebook has even made recent changes that take this into account. In a June update, Facebook stated, “To improve relevance and quality, we’ll start showing comments on public posts more prominently when the comments have interactions from the Page or person who originally posted.”According to data from SOCi’s social media management platform, there was a 214 percent increase in high-value engagements from Q4 2018 to Q1 2019. Multi-location businesses seem to be posting more relevant, localized content on Local Pages and are being rewarded with more comments, messages, and shares.Facebook’s much-publicized 2018 algorithm change led to a sharp decline in organic reach for Business Pages. The algorithm change prioritized posts from family and friends over posts from business Pages, and created an environment where businesses had two paths to increase reach; earn high-value engagement or use paid options like Boost and Facebook Ads.In May, Facebook implemented another change that put pressure on business Pages. According to Facebook, the platform will now send users surveys and “update the News Feed to show people links we predict they will find worthwhile.” Pages that post-click-bait content will experience a decline in organic reach, opening up more space on the News Feed for Pages that post engaging, quality content.Local reviews play a major role in FacebookFacebook changed its 5-star review system to Recommendations last October, giving consumers a simple “yes/no” option when asked if they would recommend a local business. These Recommendations are extremely popular, as Facebook has the second most reviews of any platform, behind only Google My Business.On Facebook, 48 percent of business locations are responding to these consumer reviews, compared to 36 percent on Google and just 16 percent on Yelp. With 77 percent of consumers leaving critical reviews expect businesses to respond to them, and 89 percent expressing a willingness to change a review based on how the business responds, there is clear value in responding to reviews on Facebook’s Local Pages.All this data indicates that Facebook is a powerful force for local businesses, and a study by the Local Search Association (LSA) highlights the value of social media as a Brand Awareness and Sales tool. The study shows that 55 percent of consumers used social media to find local business information within the previous month and 49 percent of consumers had done so within the previous week.With so many consumers using social to find local business information, brands with accurate, up to date social pages earn consumers’ business. In fact, the LSA study showed that 39 percent of consumers who found a local business on social media ended up making a purchase. Multi-location businesses that use Facebook as a localized social marketing tool can not only attract these consumers but engage them and build a loyal, local customer base.Read more: The Latest Local Social Features Brands Need to Know EngagementFacebookLocal PagesSOCi platformSocial Media Marketing Previous ArticleBlue Prism Closes Thoughtonomy Acquisition; Boosting Intelligent Automation and Cloud Delivery CapabilitiesNext ArticleResonate Debuts Enhanced Consumer Intelligence Platform, Providing Deeper Understanding of Consumer Buying Habits Data Reveals Facebook’s Power in Localized Social Marketing Mac Mischke6 days agoJuly 15, 2019 last_img read more

GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth Officer

first_imgExperienced software executive added to accelerate growthGCOM Software Inc (“GCOM”) announced that Ernie Connon, a well-known technology leader, will join the company as its new Chief Growth Officer (CGO), effective immediately. Mr. Connon brings a wealth of experience as a technology entrepreneur and company builder. He has led successful go-to-market strategies and delivered triple-digit growth for companies including Curam Software, Inc., Oracle, and IBM. In his role as CGO – a first for GCOM, Mr. Connon will be responsible for business development, sales, marketing and partnerships, with a goal of integrating these disciplines into a holistic go-to-market strategy to propel the company forward.Marketing Technology News: Accelerators Launched for Rapid Execution and Faster Time to MarketConnon’s career spans more than 30 years in the information technology business where he has served as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of several high-growth, venture capital and private equity-funded companies, and led them through multiple funding rounds and subsequent acquisition by such companies as IBM and Oracle. At both IBM and Oracle, he went on to lead global business development and sales teams in pursuit of continued revenue growth. He joins GCOM after successful stints as President of Curam Software Inc. and President and CEO Of SiteHawk LLC, the pre-eminent global supplier of cloud-based chemical data management solutions. Most recently, he was the Founder and Managing Partner of Alba Advisors, a specialized consulting firm serving technology companies. GCOM Software Announces Ernie Connon as New Chief Growth Officer Business WireJuly 16, 2019, 10:30 pmJuly 16, 2019 Ernie ConnonGCOM SoftwareKamal BherwaniMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleBlackstone Announces Agreement to Acquire Vungle, a Leading Mobile Performance Marketing PlatformNext ArticleIntroducing Shutterstock Elements, Thousands of Cinema-Grade Video Effects for Filmmakerscenter_img Marketing Technology News: Brave Expands Advertising Platform to Mobile Devices and Launches Brave Ads Certified Vendor Program“Ernie’s leadership and track record in government software and services is extremely relevant to our market strategy and growth,” said Kamal Bherwani, GCOM CEO. “Having Ernie as part of our executive team will help us align market dynamics, customer needs and buyer behavior into an integrated ‘voice of the customer’ across the company to ensure that GCOM remains agile and responsive to our evolving marketplace.”“I relish the opportunity to work with the GCOM team to grow and enhance the company’s reputation as an innovative technology partner,” said Connon. “Building upon its great track record, I look forward to bringing an increased strategic focus to marketing and sales across GCOM as part of its industry and geographic expansion.”Marketing Technology News: M-Commerce Not Living up to Consumer Expectations, New Research Findslast_img read more

ActiveViam Receives Investment from Guidepost Growth Equity

first_img ActiveViamAllen Whippledata analytics softwarefundingGuidepost Growth EquityMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTokio Marine & Nichido Selects Salesforce to Exceed Customer Expectations at Every TouchpointNext ArticleTextmunication Announces Agreement to Integrate SMS with Deep Sky Mobile VoIP Platform ActiveViam, a leading provider of in-memory data analytics software solutions designed for the significant speed and data volume demands of financial service and retail applications, announced a minority, growth equity investment from Guidepost Growth Equity.  This is the first outside investment in the 15-year-old business, which will accelerate innovation and position ActiveViam to extend its leadership position in both the enterprise financial services and retail markets.ActiveViam’s intuitive, flexible platform aggregates vast amounts of disparate data and drives real-time operational analytics and data visualization, enabling its customers to make better decisions, faster.  ActiveViam serves global banks, asset managers, hedge funds, exchanges, and other financial services providers by enabling these customers to proactively and more accurately deploy capital, manage risk, improve trading performance, and ensure compliance in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Through a unique combination of turnkey applications and platform build approach, ActiveViam solves for market, liquidity, and credit risk, as well as FRTB and a host of other Basel regulations.ActiveViam also provides retailers with the ability to dynamically price goods and optimize inventory across an omni-channel ecosystem.  ActiveViam is trusted by leading financial institutions such as HSBC, ING, Nomura, Société Générale, Freddie Mac, the CME, and international retailers including Monoprix, Feu Vert, Leroy Merlin, and Intermarché.The firm also maintains strong development and go-to-market partnerships with Microsoft, MSCI, Calypso, and Numerix, among others.Marketing Technology News: Medallia Names Software Industry Veteran Rob Bernshteyn to its Board of Directors“We founded ActiveViam to offer our customers the ability to conduct timely decision-making over fast-moving data where existing systems had failed to address these needs.  Financial services and retail organizations require actionable intelligence from rapidly changing operational data in real-time and we continue to innovate ActivePivot, our in-memory analytical platform and additional business applications to address these demands.  Guidepost will help us accelerate these initiatives,” said Allen Whipple, Co-Founder and Managing Director of ActiveViam.“We are delighted to partner with ActiveViam and its outstanding leadership team for their next phase of rapid growth.  The company maintains a compelling market vision, has built out an industry-leading platform with an innovative product roadmap, and maintains exceptional customer retention metrics.  We look forward to working together with ActiveViam to accelerate growth in existing and new markets and further solidify its leadership position within the broader in-memory data analytics market,” said Russ Pyle, Managing Partner of Guidepost Growth Equity.Marketing Technology News: GoSpotCheck Gains Valuable Leadership Expertise with Five Additions to Management TeamGene Nogi of Guidepost Growth Equity added: “We see ActiveViam as a transformational platform with powerful and distinct capabilities and use cases where legacy solutions have proven inadequate, becoming continuously more strained in a demanding data environment.  We look forward to supporting ActiveViam’s vision and significant growth.”As part of the investment, Russ Pyle and Gene Nogi will join the ActiveViam Board of Directors.Marketing Technology News: P&G’s Marc Pritchard and Brand Leaders from Taco Bell and LEGO Take on the Future of Advertising, Platforms and Purpose at Wake up with the Economist ActiveViam Receives Investment from Guidepost Growth Equity PRNewswireJune 24, 2019, 6:05 pmJune 24, 2019 last_img read more

French Draft Bill Targets Removal of Online Hate Speech from Facebook and

first_img draft billEmmanuel MacronfacebookFrance First Published: July 8, 2019, 11:35 AM IST Social media giants such as Facebook and Twitter would be required to remove any hateful content within twenty-four hours under a draft bill approved by France’s National Assembly. President Emmanuel Macron wants to make France a leader in regulating U.S. tech giants and containing the spread of illicit content and false information on the most-used platforms.”What is not tolerated on the street should not be tolerated on the internet,” said Laetitia Avia, a member of Macron’s majority at the National Assembly and author of a recent report on hate speech told reporters before the vote. Facebook has come under intense scrutiny in recent years over hate speech, especially after a gunman killed 51 people in New Zealand in March and streamed the attack live. The massacre prompted the country’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern to initiate a so-called “Christchurch Call,” named after the city where the gunman attacked two mosques. Facebook, which was not immediately reachable for comment, has recently agreed to hand over the identification data of users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges in France, a minister told Reuters last week. It has also restricted rules for broadcasting live video on its platform after the killings at Christchurch.Under the French draft law, social media groups would have to put in place tools to allow users to alert them to “clearly illicit” content related to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability. In the event a network fails to react in due course and/or offer the necessary means to report such content, they could face fines up to 4% of their global revenues. France’s broadcasting regulator, CSA, would be responsible for imposing the sanctions and a dedicated prosecutor’s office would be created.The French bill looks more draconian than the one passed in 2018 in Germany, under which local authorities can impose fines of up to 50 million euros ($56 million) on sites that fail to remove hate speech promptly.Deja VuSeveral internet and freedom of speech advocacy groups questioned and have argued the bill paves the way for state censorship because it does not clearly define illicit content.Insults, slurs and racist comments proliferate today on social networks. Under the law, it would be up to Facebook, Twitter and video streaming platform YouTube to swiftly remove the content, pushing them to be zealous, advocacy groups say.”Imposing a 24-hour limit to remove clearly unlawful content is likely to result in significant restrictions on freedoms, such as the overblocking of lawful comments or the misuse of the measure for political censorship purposes,” said Quadrature du Net, a group that advocates free speech on the internet.The group also highlighted that a law adopted in 2004 already demanded the removal of hateful content, but in a “responsive” way, leaving enough time to platforms for assessing the seriousness of the content under review.”The assessment of the illegality of hate content cannot be left to platform operators alone…,” France’s Human Rights League said in a statement before Friday’s vote.”We warn against circumventing the powers of the judicial authorities in favour of the independent administrative authorities,” it added.In France, the head of the CSA is named by the president.The bill now passes to the senate and will go back and forth between the two houses until they both agree on the text. If they fail to do so, the lower house will have the final word. last_img read more

Karnataka Cong Leader Fuels Suspicion Claims 10 BJP MLAs in Touch With

first_img BJPBS Yeddyurappacongresskarnataka First Published: May 12, 2019, 7:00 PM IST Bengaluru: A senior Congress leader said on Sunday that Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa was “daydreaming” about coming to power and claimed that around 10 saffron party legislators were in touch with his party.”From the day we formed the government, the BJP has been trying to (topple the government), it is not something new. From that day they have been giving deadlines (to the government),” state minister B Z Zameer Ahmed Khan told reporters in Hubli. “A BJP leader has spoken about 20 Congress MLAs; today 9-10 BJP (MLAs) are in touch with us.” Khan’s comments come two days after Yeddyurappa had said the longevity of the state government would depend on the stand taken by about 20 “disgruntled” Congress legislators after the Lok Sabha election results.Khan accused Yeddyurappa of “daydreaming” about coming to power. “It is true that the BJP people are in touch with us. Not from today, (but) for two-three months, nine-10 BJP MLAs are in touch with us,” he said.Asked about the names of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators who are in touch with the Congress, the minister said: “Let the BJP give the names of 20 Congress people, we will also give the names of nine BJP people.”Claiming that nothing would happen, Khan declared that he would retire from politics if the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government falls after the election results on May 23 and challenged the BJP leaders to do the same if the coalition continues.State Congress chief Dinesh Gundu Rao also hit out at the BJP over its claims and said the results would “shut the mouths” of those speculating about the fall of the coalition government.”Earlier, too, they (BJP) had said the government will fall after Diwali, then Sankranti. They don’t believe in their statements themselves. They don’t have the guts, so they are making such false statements,” Rao said.Both the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are “baffled” as they know their defeat in the polls is imminent, the Congress leader told reporters in Hubli. last_img read more

Doctor Held for Derogatory Facebook Post on Pragya Singh Thakur

first_imgMumbai: A homoeopathic doctor has been arrested for allegedly posting derogatory remarks on a social networking site against BJP’s Bhopal Lok Sabha seat candidate and Malegaon blast accused Pragya Singh Thakur, police said Thursday.Sunilkumar Nishad (38), a resident of Kalyan, who also has a clinic and another house in Vikhroli Parksite, was arrested on Wednesday, an official said. “Nishad had allegedly posted some derogatory comments against Pragya Singh Thakur on Facebook. The post also talked about the involvement of Hindus and Brahmins in terrorism,” he said.Senior police inspector Vilas Jadhav said an activist, Ravindra Tiwari, had lodged a complaint against Nishad at Parksite police station in Vikhroli for his comments against Pragya Singh.Accordingly, an FIR was filed against Nishad on Saturday under IPC section 295 (A) (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), he said.Nishad was arrested on Wednesday, the official said, adding that he was granted bail by a local court.Pragya Singh Thakur, 48, is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Bhopal against senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh. Polling for this seat will be held on May 19.Out on bail, she has been discharged by a court on charges under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, but is still facing trial under other criminal provisions, including the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. 2006 Malegaon blastDoctorfacebookPragya Singh Thakur First Published: May 16, 2019, 11:00 PM ISTlast_img read more

Piyush Goyal Takes Oath In New Cabinet