Upstate Niagara Cooperative buys Kraft Heinz New York plant

first_imgThe Kraft Heinz site was used to manufacture Polly-O cheese. © GoogleUpstate Niagara Cooperative buys Kraft Heinz New York plantPosted By: News Deskon: June 30, 2017In: Business, Dairy, IndustriesPrintEmailKraft Heinz has signed an agreement to sell its cheese plant in Campbell, New York, to Upstate Niagara Cooperative.As part of the deal, Kraft Heinz has pledged an investment of between $3-5 million to improve and maintain the facility. The transfer is expected to be completed in the next two months.Upstate Niagara is a farmer-owned cooperative of 360 dairy farms in west New York State.Kraft Heinz SVP of corporate and government affairs Michael Mullen said: “We’re thrilled to announce that Upstate Niagara Cooperative has agreed to purchase our Campbell dairy facility and has signed a long-term co-packing agreement with Kraft Heinz.“This deal guarantees that at least 125 jobs will remain in Campbell with anticipated growth to 150 within a year, during which our business customers will experience zero disruption in the service of our dairy products.”Upstate Niagara Cooperative CEO Larry Webster said: “We look forward to adding the Campbell cheese facility to our organisation in the coming weeks.“As a dairy cooperative owned by farm families throughout the region, this acquisition is an investment by our member owners towards continued and long-term growth for our cooperative and the Campbell facility.“We are proud to be able to keep manufacturing jobs within the community while offering additional products and manufacturing capabilities to our customers.”Kraft Heinz is the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world. During the first quarter of 2017 it saw sales fall by 3.1% to $6.36 billion. It said this decline was offset by gains from cost saving initiatives.Share with your network: Tags: DiaryKraft HeinzUnited StatesUpstate Niagara Cooperativelast_img read more

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Petcore Europe welcomes rise in European PET recycling rates

first_imgPetcore Europe welcomes rise in European PET recycling ratesPosted By: News Deskon: December 19, 2017In: Beverage, Environment, Industries, Packaging, WaterPrintEmailPET collection and recycling rates ‘increased significantly’ in western Europe last year, according to the association that represents the European PET value chain.A survey commissioned by Petcore Europe and conducted by PCI Wood Mackenzie found that, of almost 3.15 million tonnes of PET that entered the European market, 59.8% was collected – amounting to a total of 1.88 million tonnes – and nore than 1.77 million tonnes was subsequently recycled.Both rates were up by between 7.3% and 7.4%. The increase means that 120,000 extra tonnes of PET was recycled in 2016 compared with two years before.Petcore Europe president Paola Arlotti said: “These PET collection and recycling rates are unreached in the plastics packaging industry, while it is worth mentioning that PET recyclers still have unexploited capacities for recycling. The figures clearly outline the crucial role of PET in a circular economy and for reaching the plastics recycling targets currently discussed on EU level.”The three largest countries in terms of PET collection rates – France, Germany and Italy – continued their gradual decline in total share of European PET collection. They accounted for 47.9% of total volume collected in the region last year, down from 53.3% in 2011.Spain and the UK have improved their PET collection in recent years. The five countries account for over 70% of overall PET collection in the EU.Clear bottles accounted for 17.3% of the complete stream – an increase of 2.1% on the 2014 share, and the first increase in share in five years.“This is an encouraging sign for recyclers and hopefully this increased share is set to continue,” said Christian Crepet, Petcore Europe executive director. “However, the quality of bales… clearly continues to challenge the recycling industry.”More than a quarter (26.4%) of waste PET collected was made up of clear or light blue bottles, 25.5% were mixed colours including green and brown bottles, and 30.8% were unspecified mixed colours.“Therefore, we believe that there is a vital need for a detailed analysis of the unspecified waste stream, which will be part of the 2018 study commissioned by Petcore Europe,” Crepet continued.Share with your network: Tags: bottled waterEuropePETPetcore Europerecyclingsustainabilitylast_img read more

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SlimFast expands its product range with cookies and bars

first_imgSlimFast expands its product range with cookies and barsPosted By: News Deskon: April 13, 2018In: Food, Industries, New products, SnacksPrintEmailMeal replacement brand SlimFast has expanded its Bake Shop product line by adding new cookie and snack bars products.Two flavours of cookie are available in the new range: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie and Double Chocolate Chip Cookie.Both flavours contain 1g of sugar, 10g of protein and 5g of fibre.Meanwhile, the bars will be available in Chocolatey Crispy Cookie Dough and Chocolatey Peanut Butter Pie flavours.Each bars also contain 1g of sugar and 5g of fibre, but protein content stands at 15g.Bake Shop cookies will be available in packs of four, while each box of Bake Shop bars will contain five snack bars.SlimFast says that both new products conform with the SlimFast weight loss programme, advising consumers to replace two meals a day with the snacks.SlimFast CEO Chris Tisi said: “The new Bake Shop line gives dieters another meal replacement solution, so they don’t feel deprived while losing weight.“SlimFast drinkers have told us how much they love our shakes and smoothies, but miss the “chew” of food. Now people can indulge in the baked treats they love, without the guilt.”Share with your network: Tags: meal replacementslimfastsnackslast_img read more

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Frutarom shareholders strongly approve 71bn IFF merger

first_imgFrutarom shareholders strongly approve $7.1bn IFF mergerPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 08, 2018In: Business, Flavours, Food, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailFrutarom’s shareholders have overwhelmingly approved the $7.1 billion merger with International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF) at a meeting held on Tuesday.Of the shareholders present at the meeting, 94.6% voted in favour of the proposed merger, representing approximately 74.7% of all outstanding shares.IFF agreed to acquire Frutarom earlier this year, and IFF claims that the merger will establish the company as the largest natural flavours and ingredients company in the world.The finalisation of the merger partially relied on the approval of Fruatrom’s shareholders, which IFF has now attained, though the deal still needs to be approved by the relevant regulatory authorities.A statement released by Frutarom estimated that the merger should be completed by the fourth quarter of 2018.According to IFF, the combined business will aim to meet consumer demand for healthy, natural ingredients by producing solutions for the health and wellness segments.IFF chairman and CEO, Andreas Fibig said: “We are pleased that Frutarom shareholders have approved the combination with IFF, marking another milestone on our path to unlock the value creation potential of the combined company.“Together, IFF and Frutarom will become a global leader in taste, scent and nutrition, with a broader customer base, more diversified product offerings and increased market penetration.“Through our integration planning work, we continue to be confident in the opportunities that lie ahead and the ability of the combination to accelerate profitable growth, enhance free cash flow and generate greater returns for IFF shareholders.”Ori Yehudai, president and CEO of Frutarom added: “We appreciate the support from our shareholders as this transaction represents a landmark moment for Frutarom, delivers significant and immediate cash value to our shareholders and provides an opportunity to participate in the substantial potential upside of the combination.“We continue to work closely with IFF’s management team to ensure the successful completion and integration of our two great companies, and we look forward to driving growth by capitalising on the best of both organisations.”Share with your network: Tags: flavoursFrutaromIFFingredientslast_img read more

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Who should play Trump team in Fire and Fury TV show We

first_img Melania Trump and a detail from Dayang Makiling, by Abe Orobia. Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / AP Share on WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Ivanka TrumpFirst daughter and White House senior adviser. The book suggested she and her husband had made a deal in which she would be the one to run for president. Twitter Facebook Facebook Steve Bannon, played by Unidentified Man with Hat.Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / EPA Melania TrumpFirst lady. Wolff writes that on election night she was “in tears – and not of joy”. Pinterest Trump administration This article is more than 1 year old Share on Twitter news Jared Kushner and a detail from Portrait of a Man, by Francois-Xavier Fabre. Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / Getty Donald Trump Jr and a detail from An Old Woman Cooking Eggs, by Diego Velazquez. Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / AP Share on Facebook Pinterest Jared KushnerPresident’s son-in-law and senior adviser in the White House. Bannon called the meeting he, Paul Manafort and Donald Jr had with a group of Russians “treasonous” and “unpatriotic”. Bannon claimed later he was only referring to Manafort. Trump administration Michael Wolff’s bestselling book on the Trump White House, Fire and Fury, may now be turned into a TV series, according to reports on Wednesday.But who should play the key figures? We decided to ask the app of the moment, Google Arts & Culture, which matches people’s faces to artworks hanging in 17 major museums. Because why not.Donald TrumpPresident. Virtually everyone around him is concerned about his fitness for office, according to Wolff’s book. Plus he goes to bed at 6.30pm, watching three TVs, making phone calls and eating cheeseburgers. Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Donald Trump and a detail from Jan Stolker’s Portrait of Theodorus Bisdom van Vliet and His Family. Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / Reuters Shares4747 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. Pinterest Twitter Share on Messenger Facebook Steve Bannon and a detail from Unidentified Man with Hat, by an unknown artist. Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / EPA With Michael Wolff’s explosive book potentially headed for the small screen, the Arts & Culture app offers some casting suggestions Pinterest center_img Share on Pinterest US television Facebook Ivanka Trump and a detail from Ariana, by Mercedes deBellard & Cheko. Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump Facebook Paul Owen in New York Pinterest Reuse this content Rupert MurdochThe media mogul allegedly called Trump a “fucking idiot”. Pinterest Twitter Rupert Murdoch and a detail from Self-Portrait, Yawning, by Joseph Ducreux. Photograph: Google Arts & Culture / Reuters Share via Email Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.46 EDT Google Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Thu 18 Jan 2018 14.58 EST Steve BannonFormer chief strategist and key source for the book. Trump turned on him when his criticisms of his son Donald Trump Jr were published. Not long afterward he also lost his job at Breitbart News, a rightwing news site. Donald Trump JrFirst son. “They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV,” said Bannon of a team of investigators into Russian interference in the election. US politics Twitter Share via Email Since you’re here… Who should play Trump team in Fire and Fury TV show? We asked Google’s arts app Twitter Topics This article is more than 1 year old Twitter Television Facebook @paultowenlast_img read more

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Trump blocked me on Twitter Not any more

first_img 3 4 Report Reply Holly Figueroa O’Reilly Reply 0 1 24 May 2018 18:05 I do not agree with Trump or the Tories but they were both democratically elected by voters I would not agree with. I do follow some people on social media of all political persuasions and often the ones I find most abhorrent are left wingers I thought I would agree with. Share Share on Twitter Facebook Share 5 6 Reply Share on Facebook 24 May 2018 17:55 | Pick For the first time, a federal court has ruled that President Donald Trump is in violation of US citizens’ first amendment rights. Was it because he was silencing the media? Not for lack of trying, but no. Was it because he was handing down dictums from on high about whether football players should be able to kneel or not? Nope!It’s because he blocks political dissent on his self-described favorite mode of communicating with the American public: Twitter.Like many Americans who are mortified that we have an illegitimate, bumbling, shambolic mound as president, I often took it upon myself to let him know that I did not agree with him. Since most of his mewlings showed up on Twitter, that’s where I decided to let him know what I thought of him. | Pick ProbablyOnTopic Donald Trump cannot block anyone on Twitter, court rules 24 May 2018 17:49 That tweet is rather silly, but the experience of being blocked by Trump means I’ve missed serious announcements about things like the firing of our secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the nomination of Christopher Wray for the position of FBI director, the removal of the secretary of veterans affairs, David Shulkin, that the US government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in the military, and so much more. All of these decisions were announced exclusively on Twitter.No matter how much Trump would like to think so, he’s not above the law. American democracy is based on the separation of powers, which a federal judge in New York made explicitly clear in her ruling on Wednesday. Immediately unblocking me would signal faith in American institutions, but since Trump’s self-described style is, “if I get hit, I hit back 10 times harder”, I’m not sure he’ll capitulate with this ruling right away.If he doesn’t, there are further legal steps we will take to ensure that he does. No matter what happens going forward, the day of the judgment was a good day for the rule of law, which isn’t something we can say about many of the days in Trump’s administration.Holly Figueroa O’Reilly is the founder of Blue Wave Crowdsource, an organization that supports Democratic candidates by turning online activism into boots-on-the-ground campaign support Report Reply Twitter tragicallyhip 24 May 2018 17:56 Opinion Twitter JonathanHughes Share Internet Law (US) 24 May 2018 17:40 Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Share on WhatsApp Report JonathanHughes Glozboy Share on Twitter uncleal06 Report Reply Share | Pick Share on Facebook 24 May 2018 17:42 Share on Twitter Threads collapsed Well done for being one of the few people who understand this story properly. 24 May 2018 19:34 Share on Twitter DrChed4r RelaxAndChill Report Report 24 25 next Share on Twitter Reply Twitter Share on Facebook BobDodds | Pick Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook ProbablyOnTopic Twitter Share on Facebook Facebook 33 34 Share Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 19:24 ReidMalenfant 24 May 2018 20:33 Twitter Share on Facebook uncleal06 Trump is a terrible president and a horrible man but he really isn’t an illegitimate president. This sort of article really does impact why those of us who care about axially electing social democrats / liberals etc struggle. Too many of us think that the president blocked me because I sent him a picture of the pope rolling his eyes is a productive use of time. Focus on real issues and stop getting offended. Stop extrapolating minor personal inconveniences into societally wide problems. The president is an idiot who appears to only be able to communicate in either rambling incoherence or a handful of characters. Don’t be the same. Report Facebook | Pick Twitter Trump is not only blocking our right to petition our government and access important information, but he distorts that public forum by purging critical voices Share on Twitter MTavernier tragicallyhip BobDodds Share JonathanHughes Facebook Twitter Facebook RelaxAndChill 0:55 Report Report 24 May 2018 17:45 Twitter | Pick Trump doesn’t look at his replies. Ever. Get over yourself. It’s not as if there aren’t a trillion places where you can expression your opposition. Jesus. | Pick JonathanHughes Reason (optional) Facebook Twitter | Pick 24 May 2018 17:32 Share Yes he’s been very effective at isolating the USA from the rest of the world and turning it into an irrelevant joke, Obama never managed that. Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 18:28 | Pick Report 1 2 Share on Facebook recommendations 61 62 24 May 2018 17:34 Reply 24 May 2018 17:59 Reply Facebook Twitter songsforthedeaf Share Report | Pick 31 32 24 May 2018 17:42 Share on Twitter 4 View more comments 24 May 2018 21:59 Share | Pick 24 May 2018 17:34 Share on Facebook Twitter tragicallyhip Facebook Share Share Share 24 May 2018 17:36 Reply Share Since you’re here… | Pick All he needs is someone reasonably clever to code his own blocking scripts. | Pick Twitter EdwardFatherby Share 3 4 Share on Twitter ReidMalenfant Someone does or people wouldn’t get blocked… Facebook Reply 2 3 Facebook 24 May 2018 17:33 Share on Twitter 11 12 1 Twitter Share on Twitter Report 24 May 2018 17:44 Twitter comment Share Share Share | Pick 24 May 2018 17:38 babyboomer63 Immaterial – the electoral system that is used in the US resulted in Trump getting elected. That Hilary ignored several States and ‘lost’ their votes is down to her. Report JonathanHughes 24 May 2018 17:53 Read more Share on Facebook And would be reported everywhere else. Should it be illegal to exclude me from press conferences? JonathanHughes All 1 Share on Twitter Twitter 24 May 2018 18:08 Report Facebook Reply Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Report Twitter Twitter Facebook Report 4 5 24 May 2018 17:49 Share on Twitter Swan17 Twitter 24 May 2018 18:00 Facebook Reply 3 Twitter Share on Facebook 24 May 2018 18:15 Share on Twitter Reply 24 May 2018 18:19 Reply Share on Facebook Report Share on Twitter Show 12 more replies 76 77 Facebook 24 May 2018 21:04 Report | Pick Share Share on Facebook Share Report 24 May 2018 17:45 44 45 This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. | Pick Just checked, United States district judge Naomi Reice Buchwald was a Clinton appointee . Please select Personal abuse Off topic Legal issue Trolling Hate speech Offensive/Threatening language Copyright Spam Other Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Report Report Share on Twitter AlienBodo Reply Well, he is a complete bastard… Share 24 May 2018 18:14 Share on Facebook RelaxAndChill Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter 44 45 25 26 Report If Twitter for whatever reason bans some members of the electorate from using its services, then these users would then have been disenfranchised from their right to see and engage with the President’s account by a private corporation. This ruling is abject nonsense unless Twitter is regulated like a public utility. Close report comment form True but that is massively missing the point. Share on Facebook rmjg118 | Pick Stelth sgwnmr 18 19 7 8 tragicallyhip 24 May 2018 18:01 Reply Reply Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment Share Report a1white Share 5 6 Facebook Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Share Report All I could find was this article;bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44232226 Which said “It’s unclear if Mr Trump will now unblock his critics, but the judge hinted the president could face legal action if he did not comply with the ruling.” So who knows? Report TheSuperMac Show 1 more reply 24 May 2018 18:53 Share on Twitter Twitter Facebook Bit different in the uk where govt. agencies happily block users for mocking them https://www.facebook.com/WYPWakefieldRural/posts/2387232831290479 Unfortunately we have had to ban a number of people from using this page today. I would like to remind everyone that this is a Police page and whatever your thoughts on one of my officers seizing drugs in the community, being insulting, abusive or offensive can and will result in a prosecution under the Malicious Communications Act 1988. And the comments were even quite funny… In fairness the ‘cleanup’ operation seems to have been as efficient as ever Reply 24 May 2018 18:20 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Reply | Pick That would have been a good article for this paper! Twitter 24 May 2018 17:55 Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Report | Pick 47 48 The best thing about this ruling is that I had a wager with a lawyer friend of mine that this should be regarded as an official account because he makes proclamations-as-president from it. He said it wasn’t, and I’m right. He now agrees that he owes me a meal (but I have to travel all the way to the US to collect it!) 24 May 2018 17:48 Facebook DrChed4r babyboomer63 Share on Twitter Reply Share on Facebook 84 85 Couldn’t agree more! Abigailgem | Pick 12 13 51 52 Reuse this content,View all comments > Share Share Share 24 May 2018 17:50 Facebook Share on Twitter 19 20 TheOLEDman ProbablyOnTopic Report ID4368353 So? ReidMalenfant Share on Facebook Show 1 more reply Report Facebook Share Share on Twitter Share on Twitter TheOLEDman Report Facebook RobRoy1975 Klonzy Share MTavernier 24 May 2018 18:02 tragicallyhip newest RelaxAndChill Show 19 more replies That shouldn’t matter. It didn’t, by and large. Trump is now packing all levels of the Federal justice system with extremists from Gorsuch down, including people incompetent in the law but having extreme opinions. It is one of the many ways he is undermining the rule of law. Support The Guardian I’m glad to see that the author, at least, understands that the ruling won’t actually force Trump to stop blocking people, and that Trump isn’t exactly in the habit of doing things just because it’s been pointed out that it’s the right thing to do. 4 5 Facebook Facebook Facebook 25 Klonzy Reply Twitter Report 50 Facebook LocknessMunster Excellent comment. It is this sort of frankly childish behaviour that will help Trump win again in 2020. These supporters of Saunders and Stein will again be in large part responsible. Order by oldest Share on Twitter Twitter Twitter Thank God for an independent judiciary and freedom of expression. They stand between Americans and Russian/Chinese-style dictatorship. I continue to believe America can be saved from this apalling president and return to the path of righteousness. America is not a land of pornographers, pussy-grabbers and racists, and it’s time to evict their leader from the Oval Office. gothbotherer | Pick 2 3 babyboomer63 Reply Share | Pick Twitter Shares130130 Twitter | Pick In what way is Trump ‘Illegitimate’? Share Facebook Share 8 9 Trump claims the mainstream media – everyone except Fox News – are “fake news”. So, if you want Trump undiluted, you have to go to his Twitter. Report Facebook Twitter Reply ProbablyOnTopic Share Share 2 3 EdwardFatherby Topics Thank you. It really is frustrating. One of the reasons trump won is he talked about things (declining economic fortunes in the industrial belt for example) that are tangible and whilst his analysis and solutions were almost always wrong and many of the facts were just lies it showed an interest (feined no doubt) whereas liberals waste time saying I got blocked on twitter | Pick Share 2 3 Reply Share on Twitter | Pick Share on Twitter Show 6 more replies NeverMindTheBollocks Share on Twitter The usual knee-jerk reactions. Facebook | Pick Twitter Report JonathanHughes LocknessMunster 24 May 2018 17:52 24 May 2018 17:28 unthreaded Report Facebook All of these decisions were announced exclusively on Twitter. Sometimes, my replies to his tweets would be silly. But many times, I’d cite sources and articles that completely and accurately disputed what he was tweeting about, like in February 2017, when he insisted that the majority of the country supported his Muslim ban. It was patently and demonstrably false, and I replied to him with a link to an article to that effect.In late May 2017, Trump blocked me for saying, “this is pretty much how the whole world sees you” accompanied by a gif of the pope rolling his eyes at Trump. Apparently, that was the last straw as far as he was concerned. I logged back in several hours later to find that not only was I blocked, but many of my Twitter pals had been blocked as well.Twitter is as public a forum as a town hall meeting. By blocking people who disagree with him, he’s not only blocking our right to petition our government and access important information, but he distorts that public forum by purging critical voices. It’s like a senator throwing someone out of a town hall because they held up a “disagree” sign.Imagine waking up one day to an inane tweet by the American president about, say, Tomi Lahren. You’d want to know if the American public agreed with the president’s assessment, right? When Trump blocks dissent, it appears as if the public agrees with him in lockstep. Every reply to him sounds the same: “Great job, Mr President! We trust you and believe in you!” What he’s doing is essentially curating content for public consumption. That’s not what we do here. Share on Facebook Twitter | Pick tragicallyhip Share on Twitter | Pick 24 May 2018 17:58 LocknessMunster Report Facebook expanded Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter | Pick Protest Replycenter_img The author doesn’t like him. ReidMalenfant Share Share on Facebook 22 23 Right to see Donald Trump’s tweets gets judge’s backing – video Jewmaican Reply Report | Pick Trust a Trumplet to totally miss the point.The point being he is shutting down public criticism of his filth on twitter.He his blocking people who disagree with him.Like everything else he does it is aimed at destroying US democracy (what’s left of it) and traitors like you are cheering him on because you are so mind-meltingly gullible and thick you can’t see what’s happening to your country even when it’s right under your nose.You fucking well deserve Trump. I just feel sad for the 70% of decent Americans who are losing their democracy because of people like you. tragicallyhip oldest Report Twitter can and must stop the bans though surely if a court has ordered it? Or is Trump above the law? Correct me if I’m wrong but can’t you just sign up with another user name? In any case his twitter rants are hardly secret,i know them all and i’m not on twitter. Share on Facebook Reply That tweet is rather silly, but the experience of being blocked by Trump means I’ve missed serious announcements about things like the firing of our secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, the nomination of Christopher Wray for the position of FBI director, the removal of secretary of veterans affairs David Shulkin, that the US government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in the military, and so much more. All of these decisions were announced exclusively on Twitter. No, you haven’t. All of those presidential pronouncements are discussed, dissected and “dissed” (as de yout’man dem might exclaim) on the radio, on television and in the press, as well, of course, as on other so-called “social media” platforms (Facebook, MySpace, HabboHotel, LinkedIn, Flattr, DeviantArt, LiveJournal, YouTube, Reddit, QQ, etc). You have simply been deprived of the opportunity to post your rejoinders on Twitter. Given sufficient desire and wit, you might create a second account in order to participate in the mass-celebration of the church of Tweet or you might simply re-focus you efforts elsewhere. Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Twitter Report | Pick 24 May 2018 17:36 Facebook 68 69 Share on Facebook Well this is the debate. Twitter and Facebook should be regulated or not | Pick Share on Facebook 8 9 Share on Facebook Share Bred Floggs Jewmaican Share on Twitter Show 2 more replies Opinion 24 May 2018 18:01 Share on Twitter Twitter can block, or ban, whoever it likes because they are a private company. Trump, by his own admission, is tweeting as US president not as a private individual, therefore he is bound by constitutional rules that apply to public officials but not to private individuals. 3 4 | Pick Report 44 45 Share on Twitter 10 11 Twitter Anyone who can’t even spell ‘lose’ deserves a gibbon like Drumpf. Show 8 more replies rumblestrips As well as missing important announcements on Twitter, I’ve had to forfeit my right to dissent. A court ruling changes that LocknessMunster Facebook Share Reply Report Report Share ReidMalenfant | Pick Share Share Reply Share on Twitter Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Share 52 53 Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter 24 May 2018 17:46 collapsed tragicallyhip Share Reply Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Show 8 more replies | Pick If Trump cannot legally block trolls because it denies their 1st amendment rights, can Twitter shadow-ban Conservatives? This ruling may actually be huge. Share on Twitter Twitter | Pick Report Twitter Twitter 24 May 2018 18:04 28 29 Share 7 8 Pyjakson Report Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter Share on Facebook 24 May 2018 17:45 Share on Facebook kingmaker | Pick Facebook i_am_losing_time Reply Share on Twitter When Trump was running I used pigeon-English to pretend to be a Japanese politician (just one I made up) that was interested in starting a grass roots Trump supporters club in Japan. I was actually later messaged by one of his staff members saying they were interested and wanting more details. I thought that was funny enough and stopped. Now I wish to goddam I had kept that going. The twitter handle I used still gets random followings and messages from all sorts of people. rmjg118 Share on Twitter If this was a serious ruling rather than frivolous lawfare then Twitter would no longer be able to ban users, as this would deny them their right to read and respond to the President’s tweets in a “public forum”. Facebook Report Share on Facebook Share Facebook | Pick 33 34 64 65 Report Share on Facebook 2 Report Share on Facebook tragicallyhip Share on Twitter Share Share Share Twitter Share Trump is mostly but not entirely above the law. I’m not sure what action the ruling requires of Twitter. Oh yes he does, ID4368353. Share on Facebook 2 | Pick Reply 1 2 Reply | Pick | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Twitter Reply kjelllak | Pick Facebook Show 7 more replies ProbablyOnTopic JonathanHughes Report | Pick Contact author Share on Facebook 94 95 Bacteria Facebook Reply Reply rumblestrips Twitter Twitter Facebook Facebook … 24 May 2018 17:45 30 31 Bred Floggs Trump blocked me a win-win then Facebook Donald Trump 24 May 2018 18:10 Facebook Bred Floggs | Pick Reply 24 May 2018 18:04 Twitter Report Reply Reply Share on Twitter RelaxAndChill Share on Facebook Facebook 24 May 2018 17:43 Report | Pick joeleee Why does he block people’s accounts then? At random? Tarot readings? Jesus. Facebook Share on Facebook 2 3 Reply 34 35 8 9 Twitter Facebook 12 13 Share 24 May 2018 17:53 Share memeroots Share babyboomer63 Twitter 51 52 Share Twitter Share on Twitter 24 May 2018 17:53 7 8 Report Report 24 May 2018 17:49 ….she could miss these announcements when most news sites follow trump’s twitter diarrhea religiously. diedug Reply Farrington-Douglas Paul | Pick 3 Facebook | Pick Donald Trump | Pick Report | Pick Share Owen Jones. Facebook 24 May 2018 17:58 Thu 24 May 2018 05.18 EDT Share Facebook Reply Reply | Pick | Pick rmjg118 Reply Twitter Facebook Share Twitter Reply next | Pick 100 Share on Twitter I don’t support trump in the slightest (my primary interests are in wildlife conservation so have a look at what his morally and itellectually defunct administration is teting to get throigh thete – overturning the bam om shooting hibernating bears). No one is being silenced – she can still tweet pictures of the pope rolling her eyes on Twitter if she wants she just can’t directly to trump. Your post does sort of demonstrate the point that there is a subset of people who on many issues I agree with who aren’t able to see how their reactions aren’t helping. Someone blocks you on Twitter (whoever they are) then just say ‘ ah well’ I’ll do something more productive Facebook Report Share on Facebook Reply 24 May 2018 17:58 Reply 12 13 | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Twitter Share on Twitter Report Show 6 more replies Facebook Reply Watchman80 | Pick Reply gothbotherer Last modified on Wed 24 Oct 2018 05.59 EDT 24 May 2018 22:09 12 13 In what way is he effective – genuinely asking? He has pulled out of the Iran deal (which actually means he’s broken an international treaty) and the very next day Israel and Iran were bombing each other. The collapse I the Iran deal threatens to torpedo ant north Korea progress. The economy is basically moving in exactly the same trajectory as it was. He’s an idiot who doesn’t know anything. He really is. Report | Pick William Anthony Share on Facebook 25 26 Share 24 May 2018 17:57 17 18 No. First amendment only applies to the government, not private individuals. You are allowed to kick someone out of your house for stating bigoted opinions, but the government are not allowed to ban them or kick them off public land for it. 24 May 2018 17:36 Reply | Pick Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share on Facebook Report | Pick 24 May 2018 18:09 Agree, this is symptomatic of so many things on Guardian Comment and elsewhere be it Trump, Brexit etc etc. Raise any question against any aspect of the argument, especially against the prevailing groupthink, one is immediately assumed to be an ardent supporter of the “other side”. I get this a lot on Trump (don’t like him much o/a) and Brexit (voted Remain but not huge fan of the EU). Report Share on Twitter Comments 583 Reply Twitter 24 May 2018 17:55 comments (583)Sign in or create your Guardian account to join the discussion. @AynRandPaulRyan UncleJamsarmy True but that is massively missing the point. However I do agree that it cheapens her argument a bit to pretend that she could miss these announcements when most news sites follow trump’s twitter diarrhea religiously. EdwardFatherby DrChed4r ProbablyOnTopic Trump blocked me on Twitter. Not any more Reply Reply Share Reply Share on Facebook Yes. The electorate shouldn’t have to find methods to bypass Trump’s block, since he is uses Twitter for government business. He is an elected official. It’s about the right to see and engage with his Twitter posts, like everyone else. He doesn’t have the right to exclude people from the democratic process. Share on Twitter Reply | Pick Report ID4368353 Share | Pick Share on Messenger 6 7 Share on Twitter Email (optional) 16 17 You miss the point.Trump is attempting to silence his online critics. That’s the point dumbo. Twitter An interesting ruling. So if the President cannot block people because “it violates their first amendment rights to participate in a public forum” under the 1st Amendment, then does this mean that Twitter is acting unlawfully when it bans and removes extremist accounts? Or is access guaranteed to Twitter accounts when the user is a President? Will it apply to all politicians? Is there a certain level of seniority you attain, whereby it then becomes illegal to block people from seeing it? As for this blocking issue, and claiming that your “right to dissent” is being curtailed, that’s a touch melodramatic. The issue is easily worked around. Just create a new account… Report 73 74 Amazing isn’t it. So many people spouting bollox about something they have no clue about.I expected the usual Trumplets to misunderstand it but just about everyone commenting has completely missed the point. Share on Facebook 13 14 Trump lost the popular vote, though tbf Clinton was the opposition. Does about equal favour for the US people, minus the blatant racism. US economy can only prevent collapse with economic policies that put workers first, Sanders is desperately needed Reply Share on Facebook JonathanHughes True, but as mentioned in the article, that also helps curate his replies. If you don’t agree with anything he says, you should be able to reply and tell him what you feel. If everyone who doesn’t agree with him just ignores him, his tweets will have lots of replies from people telling him what a great job he is doing. This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our community standards. Replies may also be deleted. For more detail see our FAQs. Twitter Twitter sgwnmr Just follow @UnfollowTrump, who retweets everything Trump says without the need to boost his follower number, and ergo his ego. ID4368353 Facebook Share on Facebook Share on Facebook Reply Share on Twitter No, because firstly it specifically applies only to the POTUS, and secondly it’s not legally binding. Facebook Facebook EdwardFatherby Share on Facebook Report PrimusOptimus ID4368353 Show 25 10 11 Share on Twitter Reply Share Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share 24 May 2018 20:21 | Pick 7 8 Agreed. This article feels a bit like one narcissist being miffed because another narcissist wants to be a narcissist that does not have to deal with other narcissists. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter 41 42 Twitter Trump’s twitter account is no longer that of a private individual as he uses it for presidential business. If he kept it private, never made any government announcements and never even mentioned that he was US president, the ruling may well have been different. But Trump has stated himself that he uses his private Twitter account for government business so it comes under first amendment rules. The same would apply to any other government officials. If they wanted to keep their Twitter accounts private they could do so, but if they use it for official announcements, or for commenting on matters they are involved in as government officials, then the account is no longer that of a private individual and comes under rules governing official accounts. hardatwork Share on Facebook Facebook Jewmaican Share on Facebook DrChed4r Report diedug Report 24 May 2018 20:04 5 6 Share on Facebook 19 20 Share on Facebook … 24 May 2018 20:34 RobRoy1975 ‘Like many Americans who are mortified that we have an illegitimate, bumbling, shambolic mound as president’ Oh dear! The more the liberal left loose their sanity over the election of Trump, the more I laugh. The fact is he is turning out to be a more effective president than Obama ever was. I am greatly looking forward to him being elected at the next election. First amendment only applies to the government, not private individuals. Donald Trump is a private individual, and his twitter account predates his Presidency. The Presidential Office has a separate twitter account. Would this include all government officials then? Including the Vice President’s personal account? How about Senators and Congressmen? Facebook Trump administration LocknessMunster Share on Facebook 5 6 Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp 55 56 Imagine all that wisdom and information you’d have missed out on. Play Video | Pick Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Report 24 May 2018 17:49 Share via Email Share on Facebook 24 May 2018 21:08 Share on Twitter Share via Email Share Twitter Reply How does bring blocked by trump on Twitter mean you missed an announcement about the firing of tillerson? I’m not on Twitter and I found out. I bet you found out about it fifteen seconds later than you would have otherwise – how did you find out? | Pick Facebook Report Share on Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter Loading comments… Trouble loading? | Pick Share Reply Facebook Share on Facebook The problem is that the Midwest and South vote. They love ignorant, devolved and barbaric things that exactly represent them. Why is everyone so surprised that the sane and evolved East and West Coasts want to escape from the United Shithole? Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn 24 May 2018 17:45 24 May 2018 17:34 Report I’d cite sources and articles that completely and accurately disputed what he was tweeting about, like in February 2017, when he insisted that the majority of the country supported his Muslim ban. It was patently and demonstrably false, and I replied to him with a link to an article to that effect. Well you didn’t cite any sources in that case because he was right IMO.Unless you conducted a polls of all America how did you demonstrate his statement was false? By blocking people who disagree with him I would argue he’s just blocking abusive trolls.One wonders if the Federal Judge in this case was a Obama appointee. But I must say I can’t believe someone in the State Dept. or his admin. doesn’t just confiscate his tweet account. or at the very least check and correct all tweets prior to tweeting.He rarely engages his brain before tweeting. As for his spelling! Share on Facebook Share 4 Well to be fair a couple million more voters opted for the other guy (gal) Bred Floggs Share on Twitter He didn’t mean to win the presidency? Someone who accidentally becomes president, while running on the grounds of self-promotion and financial gain – while being intellectually unqualified to hold the position, while also being morally unfit to hold any office – not to mention running under a fraudulent campaign management that essentially hacked US democracy using a big data stratagem Also he didn’t win the popular vote. Also, he’s Trump. …All making him one illegitimate son of bitch, no? Report Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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North Korean officials US arrival marks highestlevel visit in 18 years

first_imgShare on Messenger Last modified on Thu 31 May 2018 11.05 EDT North Korean official’s US arrival marks highest-level visit in 18 years Share on Pinterest This article is more than 1 year old Kim Jong-un Since you’re here… Kim Yong-chol arrives in New York City for talks with Mike Pompeo aimed at setting summit between Trump and Kim Jong-un Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Asia Pacific news The talks come as preparations for the highly anticipated summit in Singapore were barreling forward on both sides of the Pacific Ocean, despite lingering uncertainty about whether it will really occur, and when. As Kim and Pompeo were meeting in New York, other US teams were meeting with North Korean officials in Singapore and in the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone.“If it happens, we’ll certainly be ready,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said of the Singapore summit. Regarding the date for the meeting, she added: “We’re going to continue to shoot for June 12th.”North Korea’s flurry of diplomatic activity following nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the international legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide. But there are lingering doubts on whether Kim will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival.Trump announced that Kim Yong-chol was coming to New York for talks with Pompeo in a tweet on Tuesday, in which he said he had a “great team” working on the summit. That was a shift from last week, when Trump announced in an open letter to Kim Jong-un that he had decided to “terminate” the summit following a provocative statement from the North.Pompeo, Trump’s former CIA chief, has traveled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong-un, and has said there is a “shared understanding” between the two sides about what they hope to achieve in talks. South Korean media speculated that Pompeo could make a third trip to Pyongyang and that Kim Yong-chol was carrying a personal letter from Kim Jong-un and might push to travel to Washington to meet with Trump.North Korea’s mission to the United Nations in New York is its sole diplomatic presence in the United States. That suggests Kim might have chosen to first go to New York because it would make it easier for him to communicate with officials in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital. North Korea and the United States are still technically at war and have no diplomatic ties because the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. Share via Email Support The Guardian This article is more than 1 year old Topics Associated Press in New York Share via Email Read more Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal that has evaded others, but he pledged to walk away from the meeting if he believed the North wasn’t serious about discussing dismantling its nuclear program.After the North’s combative statements, there was debate inside the Trump administration about whether it marked a real turn to belligerence or a feint to see how far Kim could push the US in the lead-up to the talks. Trump’s letter, the aides said, was designed to pressure the North on the international stage for appearing to have cold feet.White House officials maintain that Trump was hopeful the North was merely negotiating but that he was prepared for the letter to mark the end of the two-month flirtation. Instead, the officials said, it brought both sides to the table with increasing seriousness.The White House emphasized that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump will host Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, on 7 June to coordinate their thinking ahead of the summit. Trump hosted South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in last week. Wed 30 May 2018 18.13 EDT A senior North Korean official has arrived in New York in the highest-level official visit to the United States in 18 years, as Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un sought to salvage prospects for a high-stakes nuclear summit.Kim Yong-chol, the former military intelligence chief and one of the North Korean leader’s closest aides, landed mid-afternoon on an Air China flight from Beijing. Associated Press journalists saw the plane taxi down the tarmac before the North’s delegation disembarked at JFK international airport.During his unusual visit, Kim Yong-chol was to have dinner Wednesday with Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state who traveled from Washington to see him. The two planned a “day full of meetings” on Thursday, the White House said. Their talks will be aimed at determining whether a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong-un, originally scheduled for 12 June but later canceled by Trump, can be restored, US officials have said. Share on Facebook Kim Yong-chol arrives in New York City on Wednesday.Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Who knew diplomacy with North Korea was so hard? New York Donald Trump Shares2222 Share on Twitter Kim Yong-chol: the ultimate North Korean regime insider … 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. North Korea Share on WhatsApp Michael H Fuchs Read more North Korea Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Every Day is Extra review John Kerry on Vietnam Syria Paris Iran

first_imgMissing is a domestic political calculation of the policies Kerry pursued as secretary of state. Notably, he never energized a domestic constituency to advocate for adoption of the Iran deal. Although Kerry calls out Aipac, the Obama administration failed to organize an effective grassroots counterweight – assuming there was one to be had. Congressional whips count votes, not hearts.Trump and Kerry have clashed in recent months. The president accused Kerry of engaging in “shadow” and possibly illegal diplomacy to salvage the Iran deal. Kerry shot back after Trump alleged Germany was “controlled” by Russia.Kerry called Trump’s comments “strange”, adding: “President Trump makes public adversaries out of our friends, and turns our adversary, who has been attacking America’s democracy, into his fawned-over ally.”As Kerry makes clear, history is less about nostalgia than its capacity to inspire, “because times weren’t always easy”. Even out of office, he won’t be backing down. John Kerry, seen in June 2016.Photograph: Yuri Gripas/AFP/Getty Images Share on Twitter John Kerry Lloyd Green Read more Support The Guardian Democrats Like the ex-senator himself, Every Day is Extra is informed, informative and at times overly self-indulgent. Kerry’s prose is detailed but not vivid, sounding more like a transcribed diary than a personal tell-all. Still, he provides essential accounts of his time as a truly heroic but wrongly maligned Swift boat officer, and as the secretary of state who was the prime mover of the Iran deal and the Paris climate accord.An early Obama supporter and the son of a diplomat, Kerry nonetheless makes clear he did not see eye-to-eye with his former boss on the abandonment of Obama’s self- imposed red line in Syria. For his pushback, Kerry earned a rebuke from Denis McDonough, Obama’s fifth chief of staff.According to Kerry, McDonough shot back: “If you’re saying the president looks weak, I take umbrage at that.”Kerry denies the accusation, but adds: “But I did believe that if you said you were going to do something, it was important to follow through.”Born privileged if not rich, Kerry spares little in describing his personal Arcadia. He reminisces over a childhood spent at a Swiss boarding school, summering on Naushon Island, just off Cape Cod, and an adolescence parked at St Paul’s, a New England boarding school that also counts Robert Mueller, the special counsel, among its alumni. To top it off, as a young man Kerry attended Yale and sailed with President John F Kennedy.If this sounds a bit cloying, it is – even to Kerry’s social peers. Tellingly, in a Doonesbury comic strip inked in the early 1970s, Kerry thinks to himself, “You’re really clicking tonight, you gorgeous preppy.” Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury’s creator, attended the same prep school and college.Yet Kerry is a case of true self-sacrifice. Unlike Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney, Dan Quayle and George W Bush, he put himself in harm’s way. It was not about bone spurs or pulled strings.At the same time, his subsequent theatric opposition to the Vietnam war helped him land in the Senate but ultimately torpedoed his presidential bid. Even now, Kerry does not appear to fully grasp that politics is the stepchild of cultural resentment.Looking back at his presidential loss, he attributes his defeat to the Bush campaign’s support for a referendum on the Ohio ballot barring same-sex marriage, which arguably led to Kerry’s 110,000 vote loss in the Buckeye state. He also takes several swipes at John Edwards, his running mate, for his inability to convey sincerity about anything other than his own ambition.Not surprisingly, Kerry’s critique of the 2004 race does not align with the Bush campaign’s postmortem. In their telling, it was not about social issues. Rather, the election turned on security moms and Kerry’s inability to appear to some voters as more than just a toy soldier.In the last weekend before the election, the Bush campaign sent out a four-page targeted mailer that questioned Kerry’s toughness, his ability to lead the country at a time of war, and his commitment to getting Osama bin Laden.To be sure, the campaign viewed the mailer as over-the-top. But strategist Alex Gage saw it as a modulated visceral pitch, sufficient to woo voters who had doubts about both candidates. For Team Bush, it was terror and war that carried their man past the finish line.With a thin record in the Senate, Kerry had little more than his time in the navy to use as a political fulcrum. His tenure at Foggy Bottom, however, was both consequential and quixotic. He succeeded in hammering out the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), governing Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and the Paris agreement on greenhouse gas emissions – only to see both upended by Trump. Obama administration Every Day is Extra review: John Kerry on Vietnam, Syria, Paris, Iran … and Trump Share via Email Last modified on Mon 3 Sep 2018 01.45 EDT Share on Facebook Middle East and North Africa US politics Read more Twitter Pinterest Shares5656 Syria John Forbes Kerry served nearly three decades in the Senate, four years as secretary of state, and did a tour of duty as a naval combat officer in Vietnam. He also landed within three points of beating George W Bush in 2004, the smallest winning margin for an incumbent president since Woodrow Wilson. Now comes Every Day is Extra, Kerry’s dense 640-page tome, his fifth book and first memoir. Mike Pence: power, religion and America’s ‘shadow president’center_img Into the Hands of the Soldiers review: how democracy failed in Egypt … 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. Share on Messenger Facebook Topics reviews Share on Facebook Barack Obama The war hero, senator, secretary of state and presidential candidate has plenty to write about – and to be right about Share on Pinterest Mon 3 Sep 2018 01.00 EDT Share on Twitter John Kerry Kerry signs the Paris climate agreement with his granddaughter. Photograph: Xinhua/Rex/Shutterstock Since you’re here… Every Day is Extra review: John Kerry on Vietnam, Syria, Paris, Iran … and Trump Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share via Email As for Iran, Kerry writes of secret talks in 2011 with the government of Oman that helped launch negotiations with Tehran. Every Day is Extra portrays Hillary Clinton, then secretary of state, as initially doubtful but finally coming around.Kerry also describes tensions that periodically emerged between Iran and Russia. Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, snaps at Javad Zarif, his Iranian counterpart, over his reluctance to close the deal: “Javad, is it that you don’t have the authority to make a deal? If that’s the case, then please, just tell us. You are wasting our time.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Purdue Pharma agrees to settle OxyContin opioid case with Oklahoma

first_imgSign up for the US morning briefing Oklahoma Share on Facebook Share via Email First published on Tue 26 Mar 2019 09.29 EDT … 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. Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Purdue and Sackler family members to pay Oklahoma $270m in settlement over illegal marketing of painkiller Opioids crisis Shares150150 Opioids crisis Members of the Sackler family, who own Purdue Pharma, the company that drove America’s opioid epidemic, appear for the first time to have acknowledged a role in the crisis by agreeing to pay tens of millions of dollars as part of a landmark legal settlement.Purdue and some Sackler family members are to pay a total of $270m as part of an agreement to settle a lawsuit by the state of Oklahoma over the drug-maker’s aggressive and illegal marketing of the narcotic prescription painkiller OxyContin, made by Purdue, one of the drugs in a public health crisis that overall has claimed more than 350,000 lives over the past two decades.The settlement does not reflect any admission of wrongdoing by the Sacklers.Oklahoma’s attorney general, Mike Hunter, called the settlement a “monumental victory” and “a new day in battle against opioid epidemic”. This article is more than 3 months old Support The Guardian Sackler Trust halts new philanthropic giving due to opioid lawsuits Chris McGreal in Kansas City Share on Messengercenter_img Opioids This article is more than 3 months old Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Walden echoed a call by political leaders in some of the areas worst hit by the epidemic, for company executives responsible for the marketing strategies that pushed opioids to face prosecution.Purdue reached the settlement two months before the first of a series of trials was to begin in Oklahoma. The case against 12 other drug manufacturers implicated in the epidemic will continue.A woman who has been organizing hundreds of mothers to attend the Oklahoma trial said she’s “devastated” that a settlement has been reached with Purdue. Cheryl Juaire said on Tuesday that a full airing of the facts is the only way to fully hold the company accountable. Her 23-year-old son died of an overdose in 2011.A key question is whether the financial settlement means the evidence against Purdue will be sealed. The company has been keen to avoid a hearing in open court, partly out of concern that it could open its executives to criminal prosecution. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Pharmaceuticals industry Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn news Reuse this content Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Tue 26 Mar 2019 14.52 EDT Purdue Pharma’s settlement with the state of Oklahoma avoids a televised trial for the maker of the painkiller OxyContin, which has been linked with America’s opioids crisis.Photograph: Douglas Healey/AP The settlement is only a fraction of the billions of dollars the company made from pushing the mass prescribing of OxyContin, but is likely to set a benchmark for payments by Purdue in the hundreds of other lawsuits by states and cities across the US. Eight leading Sacklers who own Purdue were sued personally by more than 500 cities, counties and Native American tribes in a massive lawsuit in New York federal court last week.Paul Hanly, a US lawyer heading a different federal lawsuit, which is consolidating about 1,600 legal actions by US cities and counties from states across the US against Purdue and other drug-makers and distributors in a court in Ohio, welcomed the payment. He especially noted the inclusion of members of the Sackler family in the settlement announced on Tuesday, who have been largely silent about the epidemic as it unfolded, intensified and persists, even as OxyContin sales made them billionaires. Sacklers will pay $75m toward the settlement announced.“It’s the first time that we’ve seen any sort of public acknowledgement by the Sacklers concerning opioids,” Hanly said. The Sackler family was not a defendant in the Oklahoma claim.In a statement later on Tuesday, the families of Mortimer and Raymond Sackler, the late brothers who owned Purdue Pharma at the height of the OxyContin crisis, said the contribution of $75m to the agreement with the Oklahoma attorney general’s office was voluntary and not an acknowledgement of wrongdoing. The money will go toward an addiction centre at Oklahoma State University.Purdue Pharma issued a statement that did not acknowledge wrongdoing and characterised the financial settlement as intended to “help those who are battling addiction now and in the future”.The trial in Oklahoma was highly anticipated despite being a smaller case than many underway, because it was going to be the first trial against Purdue to emerge from the growing pile of lawsuits by local and state governments against the company and, increasingly, leading family members. Last week, the Tate group of art museums in the UK and the National Portrait Gallery in London, followed by the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York, announced they would no longer take donations from Sackler family trusts, which have funded museums, universities and medical institutions in several countries.Some institutions have faced protests by artists and activists, led by American art photographer Nan Goldin.Hanly said the financial settlement with Oklahoma could lay the foundation for Purdue to settle for billions in the much larger lawsuits seeking compensation for alleged reckless and criminal mass prescribing of opioids. Thirty-six US states are suing Purdue and other companies separately through their own legal systems. And some of the major lawsuits directly sue named members of the Sackler family.“It is a significant amount of money given the population of Oklahoma. We are hopeful that this signals the interest on the part of Purdue and other companies to consider resolution of all these thousands of claims,” he said.Purdue was convicted of illegally marketing OxyContin in 2007, although members of the Sackler family were not charged. The current lawsuits allege that the company continued knowingly to make false claims about the safety and effectiveness of its drug, causing large numbers of people to become addicted.The company has previously settled with West Virginia and Kentucky for a total of $34m without admitting liability.Local and state governments in the US say they need money to fund the huge costs of treatment programmes for those who have become addicted, as well as looking after large numbers of children taken into care because their parents are dead or unfit due to addiction. The epidemic still claims around 150 lives a day.Emily Walden, chair of the Fed Up Coalition of families hit by the epidemic and medical specialists, welcomed the settlement.“We’re definitely headed in the right direction but they need to be paying a lot more. I hope the other companies also be held to paying hundreds of millions if not billions of dollars for what they’ve caused,” she said. Purdue Pharma agrees to settle OxyContin opioid case with Oklahomalast_img read more

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SpotX Fuels Revenue Growth for Philos Advertising Platform via Demand Facilitation

first_imgSpotX Fuels Revenue Growth for Philo’s Advertising Platform via Demand Facilitation PRNewswireApril 18, 2019, 8:06 pmApril 18, 2019 Spotx’s Demand Facilitation Services Connects Media Buyers to Premium CTV InventorySpotX, the leading global video advertising and monetization platform, announced a new partnership with virtual multichannel video programming distributor (vMVPD) Philo, a national entertainment-focused streaming television service, to power the programmatic monetization of its live and video on demand over-the-top (OTT) inventory that is available through SpotX, Philo’s supply-side platform (SSP).Ninety percent of content consumption on Philo is through connected TV devices, and 90 percent of its audience views live linear channels such as A+E Networks, AMC, Discovery Channel, VH1, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, and more. The streaming service has recently experienced incredible growth, with the company recognizing its fastest growth to date in February 2019. In addition, plans to partner with a data-management platform to segment audiences by third-party data for targeting purposes are also underway.Marketing Technology News: GeoEdge Researchers Uncover Hacker Abuse of WebRTC Protocols via Behavioral Analysis“Philo has clearly captured a large portion of the market that is looking to enjoy VOD and live linear content, and their evolution is an amazing growth story,” said Geoff Spence, RVP of business development, at SpotX. “We love promoting Philo’s CTV inventory to media buyers because they offer such a variety of content to highly engaged viewers, and we look forward to continuing to drive demand their way.”“As viewership continues to grow on connected TV, advertisers have a unique opportunity to reach our growing number of subscribers who can watch their favorite shows live from an array of different channels,” said Reed Barker, Head of Advertising Strategy at Philo. “SpotX has proven to be an excellent partner because they not only provide the sophisticated monetization tools we need to generate meaningful revenue, but their Demand Facilitation team is also aggressively communicating to the world of media buyers about our available inventory.”Marketing Technology News: How Microsoft Plans to Fight Carbon Emissions with an AI Tech-First ApproachSince November of 2018, SpotX’s Demand Facilitation team has been working closely with Philo to complement its platform by connecting advertisers to Philo’s premium inventory which focuses on entertainment, lifestyle and knowledge-based programming for consumers.Marketing Technology News: Adswerve and Google Cloud Break Down Data Silos for Marketers Marketing Technologymonetization platformNewsSpotXSupply-side platformvideo advertisingvideo programming distributor Previous ArticleBeachfront Announces New Set-Top Box VOD Programmatic Advertising Capability For MVPDsNext ArticleE-commerce Research from inRiver Reveals Generational Trends in Shopping Preferenceslast_img read more

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Pipeliner Partners With Daniel Strunk of DePaul University to Release Sales Strategy

first_img crmDePaul UniversityMarketing TechnologyNewsNikolaus KimlaPipelinerSales Technology Previous ArticleSalesforce Named #1 CRM Provider for Sixth Consecutive YearNext ArticleOpenText Streamlines the Way Enterprises Digitally Communicate with Customers Pipeliner announced the release of an online learning course for customers that teaches how sales technology, selling methodologies, sales coaching and sales itself is going through a complete transformation. Developed in partnership with Daniel Strunk of DePaul University, who has developed and delivered the pre-eminent sales degree courses available in higher education today, this course helps Pipeliner customers to be more strategic and knowledgeable in how they leverage Pipeliner CRM and other technologies in support of their sales efforts. The course covers:Business Conditions Leading to the Adoption of Today’s TechnologySales Models & Pipeliner CRMSales Process, Sales Force Automation and CoachingSales Roles, Forecasting, Pipeline Management, and Territory AlignmentSales Operations and TechnologySales CareersMarketing Technology News: Sales Performance International Announces Sales Performance Tools for SPI-1Daniel Strunk of DePaul University stated, “At DePaul, we are already preparing the next generation of sales professionals to optimize the use of technology as part of an overall sales strategy that includes sales methodologies, sales management, and coaching and other sales skills. Companies and existing sales professionals, however, have not had a chance to take a step back and learn how to adapt to a changing world. By working with Pipeliner to bring this course to their customers we are bridging that critical gap.”Available online, on-demand the course has a one-time cost of $99 and is available in perpetuity including all future updates to the material.Marketing Technology News: Open Source SuiteCRM by SalesAgility Takes Aim at Salesforce With New Cloud Hosting Service“At Pipeliner CRM, we continue to look for ways to help educate and empower our customers to be even more successful and this new offering is part of that commitment,” said Nikolaus Kimla, Founder & CEO of Pipeliner CRM. “Working with a professional educator such as Daniel Strunk allows us to deliver a learning experience to our customers like no other. By understanding how to use Pipeliner CRM strategically as a way of facilitating sales coaching, selling methodologies and all sales-related activities our customers are gaining a real competitive advantage.”Marketing Technology News: Junxure Announces Deep Integrations with Orion, Constant Contact and MyRepChatcenter_img Pipeliner Partners With Daniel Strunk of DePaul University to Release Sales Strategy & Technology Online Course PRNewswireMay 8, 2019, 12:26 pmMay 8, 2019 last_img read more

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How Do SSDs Work

first_img Here at ExtremeTech, we’ve often discussed the difference between different types of NAND structures — vertical NAND versus planar, or multi-level cell (MLC) versus triple-level cells (TLC) and quad-level cells (QLC). Now, let’s talk about the more basic relevant question: How do SSDs work in the first place, and how do they compare with newer technologies, like Intel’s non-volatile storage technology, Optane?To understand how and why SSDs are different from spinning discs, we need to talk a little bit about hard drives. A hard drive stores data on a series of spinning magnetic disks called platters. There’s an actuator arm with read/write heads attached to it. This arm positions the read-write heads over the correct area of the drive to read or write information.Because the drive heads must align over an area of the disk in order to read or write data (and the disk is constantly spinning), there’s a non-zero wait time before data can be accessed. The drive may need to read from multiple locations in order to launch a program or load a file, which means it may have to wait for the platters to spin into the proper position multiple times before it can complete the command. If a drive is asleep or in a low-power state, it can take several seconds more for the disk to spin up to full power and begin operating.From the very beginning, it was clear that hard drives couldn’t possibly match the speeds at which CPUs could operate. Latency in HDDs is measured in milliseconds, compared with nanoseconds for your typical CPU. One millisecond is 1,000,000 nanoseconds, and it typically takes a hard drive 10-15 milliseconds to find data on the drive and begin reading it. The hard drive industry introduced smaller platters, on-disk memory caches, and faster spindle speeds to counteract this trend, but there’s only so fast drives can spin. Western Digital’s 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor family is the fastest set of drives ever built for the consumer market, while some enterprise drives spun up to 15,000 RPM. The problem is, even the fastest spinning drive with the largest caches and smallest platters are still achingly slow as far as your CPU is concerned.How SSDs Are Different“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.” — Henry FordSolid-state drives are called that specifically because they don’t rely on moving parts or spinning disks. Instead, data is saved to a pool of NAND flash. NAND itself is made up of what are called floating gate transistors. Unlike the transistor designs used in DRAM, which must be refreshed multiple times per second, NAND flash is designed to retain its charge state even when not powered up. This makes NAND a type of non-volatile memory.Image by Cyferz at Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0.The diagram above shows a simple flash cell design. Electrons are stored in the floating gate, which then reads as charged “0” or not-charged “1.” Yes, in NAND flash, a 0 means data is stored in a cell — it’s the opposite of how we typically think of a zero or one. NAND flash is organized in a grid. The entire grid layout is referred to as a block, while the individual rows that make up the grid are called a page. Common page sizes are 2K, 4K, 8K, or 16K, with 128 to 256 pages per block. Block size therefore typically varies between 256KB and 4MB.One advantage of this system should be immediately obvious. Because SSDs have no moving parts, they can operate at speeds far above those of a typical HDD. The following chart shows the access latency for typical storage mediums given in microseconds.Image by CodeCapsuleNAND is nowhere near as fast as main memory, but it’s multiple orders of magnitude faster than a hard drive. While write latencies are significantly slower for NAND flash than read latencies, they still outstrip traditional spinning media.There are two things to notice in the above chart. First, note how adding more bits per cell of NAND has a significant impact on the memory’s performance. It’s worse for writes as opposed to reads — typical triple-level-cell (TLC) latency is 4x worse compared with single-level cell (SLC) NAND for reads, but 6x worse for writes. Erase latencies are also significantly impacted. The impact isn’t proportional, either — TLC NAND is nearly twice as slow as MLC NAND, despite holding just 50% more data (three bits per cell, instead of two). This is also true for QLC drives, which store even more bits at varying voltage levels within the same cell.The reason TLC NAND is slower than MLC or SLC has to do with how data moves in and out of the NAND cell. With SLC NAND, the controller only needs to know if the bit is a 0 or a 1. With MLC NAND, the cell may have four values — 00, 01, 10, or 11. With TLC NAND, the cell can have eight values, and QLC has 16. Reading the proper value out of the cell requires the memory controller to use a precise voltage to ascertain whether any particular cell is charged.Reads, Writes, and ErasureOne of the functional limitations of SSDs is while they can read and write data very quickly to an empty drive, overwriting data is much slower. This is because while SSDs read data at the page level (meaning from individual rows within the NAND memory grid) and can write at the page level, assuming surrounding cells are empty, they can only erase data at the block level. This is because the act of erasing NAND flash requires a high amount of voltage. While you can theoretically erase NAND at the page level, the amount of voltage required stresses the individual cells around the cells that are being re-written. Erasing data at the block level helps mitigate this problem.The only way for an SSD to update an existing page is to copy the contents of the entire block into memory, erase the block, and then write the contents of the old block + the updated page. If the drive is full and there are no empty pages available, the SSD must first scan for blocks that are marked for deletion but that haven’t been deleted yet, erase them, and then write the data to the now-erased page. This is why SSDs can become slower as they age — a mostly-empty drive is full of blocks that can be written immediately, a mostly-full drive is more likely to be forced through the entire program/erase sequence.If you’ve used SSDs, you’ve likely heard of something called “garbage collection.” Garbage collection is a background process that allows a drive to mitigate the performance impact of the program/erase cycle by performing certain tasks in the background. The following image steps through the garbage collection process.Image courtesy of WikipediaNote in this example, the drive has taken advantage of the fact that it can write very quickly to empty pages by writing new values for the first four blocks (A’-D’). It’s also written two new blocks, E and H. Blocks A-D are now marked as stale, meaning they contain information the drive has marked as out-of-date. During an idle period, the SSD will move the fresh pages over to a new block, erase the old block, and mark it as free space. This means the next time the SSD needs to perform a write, it can write directly to the now-empty Block X, rather than performing the program/erase cycle.The next concept I want to discuss is TRIM. When you delete a file from Windows on a typical hard drive, the file isn’t deleted immediately. Instead, the operating system tells the hard drive it can overwrite the physical area of the disk where that data was stored the next time it needs to perform a write. This is why it’s possible to undelete files (and why deleting files in Windows doesn’t typically clear much physical disk space until you empty the recycling bin). With a traditional HDD, the OS doesn’t need to pay attention to where data is being written or what the relative state of the blocks or pages is. With an SSD, this matters.The TRIM command allows the operating system to tell the SSD it can skip rewriting certain data the next time it performs a block erase. This lowers the total amount of data the drive writes and increases SSD longevity. Both reads and writes damage NAND flash, but writes do far more damage than reads. Fortunately, block-level longevity has not proven to be an issue in modern NAND flash. More data on SSD longevity, courtesy of the Tech Report, can be found here.The last two concepts we want to talk about are wear leveling and write amplification. Because SSDs write data to pages but erase data in blocks, the amount of data being written to the drive is always larger than the actual update. If you make a change to a 4KB file, for example, the entire block that 4K file sits within must be updated and rewritten. Depending on the number of pages per block and the size of the pages, you might end up writing 4MB worth of data to update a 4KB file. Garbage collection reduces the impact of write amplification, as does the TRIM command. Keeping a significant chunk of the drive free and/or manufacturer over-provisioning can also reduce the impact of write amplification.Wear leveling refers to the practice of ensuring certain NAND blocks aren’t written and erased more often than others. While wear leveling increases a drive’s life expectancy and endurance by writing to the NAND equally, it can actually increase write amplification. In other to distribute writes evenly across the disk, it’s sometimes necessary to program and erase blocks even though their contents haven’t actually changed. A good wear leveling algorithm seeks to balance these impacts.The SSD ControllerIt should be obvious by now SSDs require much more sophisticated control mechanisms than hard drives do. That’s not to diss magnetic media — I actually think HDDs deserve more respect than they are given. The mechanical challenges involved in balancing multiple read-write heads nanometers above platters that spin at 5,400 to 10,000 RPM are nothing to sneeze at. The fact that HDDs perform this challenge while pioneering new methods of recording to magnetic media and eventually wind up selling drives at 3-5 cents per gigabyte is simply incredible.A typical SSD controllerSSD controllers, however, are in a class by themselves. They often have a DDR3 or DDR4 memory pool to help with managing the NAND itself. Many drives also incorporate single-level cell caches that act as buffers, increasing drive performance by dedicating fast NAND to read/write cycles. Because the NAND flash in an SSD is typically connected to the controller through a series of parallel memory channels, you can think of the drive controller as performing some of the same load-balancing work as a high-end storage array — SSDs don’t deploy RAID internally but wear leveling, garbage collection, and SLC cache management all have parallels in the big iron world.Some drives also use data compression algorithms to reduce the total number of writes and improve the drive’s lifespan. The SSD controller handles error correction, and the algorithms that control for single-bit errors have become increasingly complex as time has passed.Unfortunately, we can’t go into too much detail on SSD controllers because companies lock down their various secret sauces. Much of NAND flash’s performance is determined by the underlying controller, and companies aren’t willing to lift the lid too far on how they do what they do, lest they hand a competitor an advantage.InterfacesIn the beginning, SSDs used SATA ports, just like hard drives. In recent years, we’ve seen a shift to M.2 drives — very thin drives, several inches long, that slot directly into the motherboard (or, in a few cases, into a mounting bracket on a PCIe riser card. A Samsung 970 EVO Plus drive is shown below.NVMe drives offer higher performance than traditional SATA drivers because they support a faster interface. Conventional SSDs attached via SATA top out at ~550MB/s in terms of practical read/write speeds. M.2 drives are capable of substantially faster performance into the 3.2GB/s range.The Road AheadNAND flash offers an enormous improvement over hard drives, but it isn’t without its own drawbacks and challenges. Drive capacities and price-per-gigabyte are expected to continue to rise and fall respectively, but there’s little chance SSDs will catch hard drives in price-per-gigabyte. Shrinking process nodes are a significant challenge for NAND flash — while most hardware improves as the node shrinks, NAND becomes more fragile. Data retention times and write performance are intrinsically lower for 20nm NAND than 40nm NAND, even if data density and total capacity are vastly improved. Thus far, we’ve seen drives with up to 96 layers in-market, and 128 layers seems plausible at this point. Overall, the shift to 3D NAND has helped improve density without shrinking process nodes or relying on planar scaling.Thus far, SSD manufacturers have delivered better performance by offering faster data standards, more bandwidth, and more channels per controller — plus the use of SLC caches we mentioned earlier. Nonetheless, in the long run, it’s assumed NAND will be replaced by something else.What that something else will look like is still open for debate. Both magnetic RAM and phase change memory have presented themselves as candidates, though both technologies are still in early stages and must overcome significant challenges to actually compete as a replacement to NAND. Whether consumers would notice the difference is an open question. If you’ve upgraded from NAND to an SSD and then upgraded to a faster SSD, you’re likely aware the gap between HDDs and SSDs is much larger than the SSD-to-SSD gap, even when upgrading from a relatively modest drive. Improving access times from milliseconds to microseconds matters a great deal, but improving them from microseconds to nanoseconds might fall below what humans can really perceive in most cases.Intel’s 3D XPoint (marketed as Intel Optane) has emerged as one potential challenger to NAND flash, and the only current alternative technology in mainstream production. Optane SSDs don’t use NAND — they’re built using non-volatile memory believed to be implemented similarly to phase-change RAM — but they offer similar sequential performance to current NAND flash drives, but with vastly better performance at low drive queues. Drive latency is also roughly half of NAND flash (10 microseconds, versus 20) and vastly higher endurance (30 full drive-writes per day, compared with 10 full drive writes per day for a high-end Intel SSD).Intel Optane performance targetsThe first Optane SSDs have debuted as excellent add-ons for Kaby Lake and Coffee Lake. Optane is also available in standalone drives, and in a variety of server roles for enterprise computing. At the moment, Optane is still too expensive to match NAND flash, which benefits from substantial economies of scale, but this could change in the future. NAND will stay king of the hill for at least the next 3-4 years. But past that point, we could see Optane starting to replace it in volume, depending on how Intel and Micron scale the technology and how well 3D NAND flash continues to expand its cell layers (96-layer NAND is shipping from multiple players), with roadmaps for 128 layers on the horizon.Check out our ExtremeTech Explains series for more in-depth coverage of today’s hottest tech topics.Now read:The Worst CPUs Ever BuiltHappy 40th Anniversary to the Original Intel 8086The Myths of Moore’s Law<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> How Do SSDs Work? 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How to Build a Network Video Recorder With an Nvidia Jetson Nano

first_img Deleted ‘Endgame’ Scene Showed Us Tony Stark In The Afterlife By David Cardinal on April 25, 2019 at 7:30 am ‘Endgame’ Directors Apologize To Tom Holland Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen The Possibility Of An ‘Iron Man 4’ Finally Addressed Horror Movie Actors Who Went Way Too Far 14 Comments We Finally Know Why This Kid Returned in ‘Endgame’ You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Tagged In linuxextremetech explainsdiyHow-Tovideo camerasNvidia Jetson Nanovideo monitoringvideo processingvideo surveillanceNVR Post a Comment 14 Comments Wesley Snipes Fans Have Something to Say About ‘Blade’ Reboot In the middle of working on an update to our articles on home video surveillance systems, I bought one of Nvidia’s new Jetson Nanos. While playing with the $99 board and using it to do object recognition using a variety of cameras, it suddenly occurred to me that it would be a pretty interesting starting point for a slick little Network Video Recorder (NVR) NAS device. It consumes very little power and is portable. Plus, the integrated GPU has more AI capacity than most larger NAS units, and the Nano comes with tons of AI tools pre-installed. So for those wanting to play with their own motion or person or package or pet recognition, it’d be ideal.First Step: Setting Up Your NanoNvidia makes it really easy to set up the Nano. All you need is a microSD card and a computer to flash the L4T (Linux For Tegra) image. Technically, all you need is 16GB, but the system takes most of that, so I used a high-speed 64GB card. Once you’ve attached a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, all you need to do is plug in a micro USB power supply and you’ll be running Ubuntu 18.04. A wide variety of AI tools and demo applications are pre-installed for you.You can definitely work directly on the Nano, as it has decent interactive performance, but I found it more convenient to use a Linux VM on my main Windows machine to connect with it. Thanks to X Windows, and web-server-based apps, I could do almost everything from my machine and not need to move over to the Nano. At first, I tried to get by with Hyper-V, but it really isn’t ideal for this usage, as I wanted to do some remote development where I could test peripherals on a host Linux system and then deploy to the Nano, so I switched to Oracle’s Virtualbox. I think VMWare would be even better as it reportedly has even better USB device support, but Virtualbox is free and has worked well. Of course, a native Linux host would be ideal, but I was able to do what I needed without firing up a dedicated Linux desktop.Second Step: Beefing Up Your NanoOut of the box, the Nano has a CPU, GPU, RAM, and comes on a carrier board that has lots of I/O options. The Nano has an Ethernet port, but if you want to use it with Wi-Fi you need to add that yourself. It’s pretty easy to add a Wi-Fi+Bluetooth card via the M.2 slot, but you could also use one of the four USB ports. For heavy duty computing, you’ll also want to get a 4-amp, 5-volt power supply with the appropriate barrel connector. And a fan. All of that is pretty easy, and Nvidia has helpfully provided some links to compatible parts on its Jetson Nano Developer site.There are now even some 3D-printable enclosures you can make yourself or have a service bureau print for you. Several are linked in the Enclosure section of the excellent eLinux Nano site. Commercial efforts to create NVRs based on the Nano have added multiple Ethernet ports via M.2 adapters, but for a home-brew solution, as long as you have a way to get your cameras on the network (or can live with just a couple USB-connected models), there isn’t any need for that. One additional peripheral you will need is a storage drive for recorded videos. Almost any SATA drive is usable, but for performance and portability, an SSD would be best.Fortunately, I happened to have the ideal SSD at hand. Seagate has introduced a NAS-optimized Ironwolf 110 SSD and I had a review unit to use. Used with an enclosure that had its own power supply it worked perfectly, with the only drawback being that it wouldn’t power up correctly when connected only to a USB port. As an alternative, I connected an M.2 SSD that also worked, but of course, wasn’t optimized for a NAS workload.How much storage you need depends on your cameras, their resolution, and how long you want to keep recordings. I’ve been testing a home NVR on a Synology DS-1019+ 5-bay NAS with a 2-drive 2TB RAID 1 array successfully, so I used a 2TB Ironwolf 110 SSD. The small size of the SSD means that you have the basis for an ultra-portable video surveillance system. Seagate’s new Ironwolf 110 SSDs are also optimized to live with the heavy workloads typical of a network server, but you can certainly use something less expensive — the M.2 drive I used was the one I took out of my Dell laptop when I put a larger one in — if you’re trying to keep costs down.Configuration Tips: First, once you get it set up, you don’t need to connect a keyboard, mouse, or display to the Nano for most things. You can run it remotely over an ssh or other terminal session, and use either web interfaces for managing the NVR or a remote GUI like X Windows. Second, I recommend making a backup of your system once it is the way you want it. One easy way to do that if you have Windows is using the free Win32 Disk Imager to make an image of your microSD card.Third Step: Picking Your NVR SoftwareThere are a lot of good NVR software solutions. The tricky thing about using the Nano is that it requires software that not only runs on Linux, but that runs on an ARM processor. In my case, I didn’t want to spend the time to build a solution from source, so I looked for one that was free and would run out of the box. That led me to ZoneMinder. ZoneMinder is easy to install and has a native web UI, so it is easy to manage from anywhere in your network. It is flexible and powerful, but on the downside, I don’t find the user interface intuitive.There was also a glitch in the version I used with the Nano (running 18.04 Ubuntu L4T) when trying to use the Probe functionality, so I needed to enter camera details manually. It seems like some sort of odd library version problem that will hopefully get fixed as the Nano gets more popular.Zoneminder running on a $99 Jetson Nano showing a 4K image from an $80 Honic camera.Fourth Step: Picking Your CamerasMost of the big-money investment in home security cameras is going into walled-garden, cloud-subscription-based, NVR-unfriendly cameras like the Ring (Amazon) and Nest (Google). Personally, I think that’s a terrible trend, as all those cameras could easily support RTSP & ONVIF, but the companies behind them have chosen instead to bet that they can make you pay to look at your own video. That said, there is, fortunately, a flourishing market in IP cameras you can use however you want.The first camera I used with ZoneMinder on the Nano was the inexpensive, but powerful, Honic 4K. I’ll write more about it in our update to our security camera roundup, but in short it is a 4K outdoor PoE IP camera for a mere $80 (Note: I bought one for $80 when I started work on the articles two weeks ago, but it is now $104 on Amazon, so YMMV). It wasn’t obvious how to connect the camera to ZoneMinder without having access to the automated Probe functionality, but the Honic Support folks got back to me quickly with detailed instructions.Everything you need to build a portable video surveillance system. A Nano with fan and antennas, a case, a camera, and an SSDFinally: Configuring Your NVRAssuming you’re using ZoneMinder, you add cameras as Monitors. To test them out, you can simply configure them with the “Monitor” action. But to start recording video, you’ll want to change them to either “Mocord” or “Modect.” Modect gives you the ability to detect motion in specified zones. At this point, as someone who has run a home video surveillance system for several years, I strongly recommend to record continuously if you can.For me, the best strategy if you have a system capable of continuous recording is to have it record everything and then highlight motion events. There are several good reasons for recording everything, but the single most important is that you can be sure of things that didn’t happen. In our case, the most common use of our video footage has been proving that a delivery was never made. A corollary is that you can be sure that if something did happen, you’ll have a record. If you’re only recording detected motion events, you can never be sure whether you have full information.That said, it’s really helpful to be able to get alerted only when motion is detected, and to be able to fast forward through recordings to see detected motion events. If you’re willing to do some programming, the Nano is a perfect device to code up some clever AI to detect events you’re interested in and have them handled specially. The Nano is powerful enough to run both my ZoneMinder install and AI-based detection apps that I have using a Logitech USB web camera. So there is plenty of room to add whatever custom capabilities you can figure out how to code.Now Read:Hands On With Nvidia’s New Jetson NanoEverything We Know About the Raspberry Pi 4How to set up DIY video monitoring for home or office — subscription free<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> Jeremy Renner Unveils ‘Hawkeye’s Epic Intro 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. How to Build a Network Video Recorder With an Nvidia Jetson Nanolast_img read more

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Best Games for Laptops and LowEnd PCs in 2019

first_imgBest Games for Laptops and Low-End PCs in 2019 When it comes to Valve titles, we’ve decided to break things out into a separate list. Once upon a time (the late 1990s to mid-2000s) Valve was famous as a game developer as opposed to for running a massive PC game distribution service. In most of the cases below we’ve chosen to focus on sequels because oftentimes, they represent the pinnacle of Valve’s game design for a given franchise. Still, in all the cases we highlight, there were previous titles — a Half-Life to Half-Life 2, a Team Fortress to TF2, etc. If you’re looking for an even gentler title (a cubicle wall could run HL2 these days), these could well suit:  28 Comments Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads As fun as gaming is, it’s not always possible to sit at the high-end of the market and play the latest titles. Whether you’re traveling with a lightweight system, using a secondary rig, or simply working from an old PC because you can’t afford an upgrade, we’ve put together a list of titles you can still enjoy, even from an older system.One of the greatest strengths of PC gaming is its backward compatibility. Thanks to the steady advance of system performance, even at the integrated graphics level, even modest machines from several years ago can enjoy a huge range of games today. The titles on our list below range from relatively recent games that run well on even modest systems to old titles that still hold up today.Keep in mind, however, that after decades of publishing, there aren’t just “20 great games you can play on laptops and low-end PCs.” There are hundreds, possibly thousands of titles that still run well on even low-end hardware. Travel back to the early days of the 3D era, and even Intel integrated GPUs have far more horsepower than the GPUs that powered games like Quake II or The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind. GoG has a huge list of games released from 2004 or earlier that would run well on even an aging Atom netbook today, and Steam has many of these as well. We’ve tried to cover a range of franchises and titles, from indie games to AAA releases, and with multiple genres represented.Without further ado, here’s the first part of our list:  How Loki Could Return For ‘Thor: Love And Thunder’ Kerbal Space ProgramKerbal Space Program is a simulator / game that tasks you with launching successful spacecraft and (if you choose) exploring your own solar system. From this simple start comes a wealth of options and exploration, including mods that expand the solar system into a replica of our own. The game has both a free-creation sandbox mode and a long-form mode that provides more structured gameplay. <><><>123456789101112131415161718 By Joel Hruska on July 19, 2019 at 8:06 am Don’t Watch These Movies With Your Parents Tagged In gaminggamesPC gamingvalvecivilizationFalloutretro gamingclassic gamingHalf-LifebioshocksourceDarkest Dungeonlow-end gameslow-end PCsUndertale Post a Comment 28 Comments Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Fans Are Absolutely Furious About That ‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Rumor Actors Who Could Barely Stomach Kissing Each Other on Screen So that’s our list. Feel free to chime in with your own. What older games or titles still have a cherished spot on your hard drive, and what games do you find yourself returning to, long after they’ve supposedly been surpassed by more recent releases?Now read:The 30 Best Free PC Games to Play in 2019AMD’s RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Reviewed: RDNA Puts Radeon Back in the GameAMD’s Ryzen 7 3700X and Ryzen 9 3900X Reviewed: Red Storm Ryzen Half-Life 2Half-Life 2, released in 2004, is still recognized as one of the best first-person shooters of all time. Play as Gordon Freeman, a silent protagonist working to free Earth from the clutches of the insidious Combine, an alien invasion force. Half-Life 2 and its two expansions (Episode 1 & 2) will all run on virtually any system, but be advised — Episode 2 ends on a cliffhanger that’s never been resolved. <><><>1234 Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 1shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The Real Reason the ‘Blade’ Reboot Is Happening The End of ‘Big Little Lies’ Explainedlast_img read more

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How Deepfakes and Other RealityDistorting AI Can Actually Help Us

first_img By Adam Dachis on July 19, 2019 at 11:02 am This Is Where ‘The Man With the Golden Voice’ Ended Up 16 Comments 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. Maisie Williams’ Transformation is Turning Heads You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet We’re not far from the day when artificial intelligence will provide us with a paintbrush for reality. As the foundations we’ve relied upon lose their integrity, many people find themselves afraid of what’s to come. But we’ve always lived in a world where our senses misrepresent reality. New technologies will help us get closer to the truth by showing us where we can’t find it.From a historical viewpoint, we’ve never successfully stopped the progression of any technology and owe the level of safety and security we enjoy to that ongoing progression. While normal accidents do occur and the downsides of progress likely won’t ever cease to exist, we make the problem worse when trying to fight the inevitable. Besides, reality has never been as clear and accurate as we want to believe. We fight against new technology because we believe it creates uncertainty when, more accurately, it only shines a light on the uncertainty that’s always existed and we’ve preferred to ignore.We Already Accept False Realities Every DayThe dissolution of our reality—a fear brought on by artificial intelligence—is a mirage.  For a good while, we’ve put our trust in what we see and hear throughout our lives, whether in the media or from people we know. But neither constitutes reality because reality has never been absolute.  Our reality is a relative construct.  It’s what we agree upon together based on the information we gain from our experience.  By observing and sharing our observations we can attempt to construct a picture of an objective reality.  Naturally, that goal becomes much harder to achieve when people lie or utilize technology that makes convincing lies more possible. It seems to threaten the very stability of reality as we know it.But our idea of reality is flawed.  It’s comprised of human observation and conjecture.  It’s limited by how our bodies sense the world around us and how our brains process that acquired information.  Although we may capture a lot, we can only sense a sliver of the electromagnetic spectrum and even that constitutes too much for our brains to process at once.  Like the healing brush in Photoshop, our brains fill in the gaps in our vision with its best guess at what belongs.  You can test your blind spots to get a better idea of how this works or just watch it in action by looking at an optical illusion like this:Image credit: BrainDen | Scroll or turn your head if you don’t see motionThis, among other cognitive processes, produces subject versions of reality. You already cannot experience every aspect of a moment, and you certainly won’t remember every detail. But on top of that, you don’t even see everything you see.  Your brain constructs the missing parts, hides visual information (especially when we’re moving), makes you hear the wrong sounds, and can mistake rubber limbs for your own. When you have a limited view of any given moment and the information you obtain isn’t fully accurate, to begin with, you’re left with a subjective version of reality than you’re able to gauge. Trusting collective human observations led us to believe geese grew on trees for about 700 years. Human observations, conclusions, and beliefs are not objective reality. Even in the best of circumstances we will, at times, get things extraordinarily wrong.Everything you know and understand passes through your brain and your brain doesn’t offer an accurate picture of reality.  To make matters worse, our memories often fail us in numerous ways.  The way we see the world is neither true or remotely complete. So, for a long time, we have relied on other people to help us understand what’s true.  That can work just fine in many situations, but sometimes people will lie or have vastly different versions of the same situation due to past experiences.  Either way, problems occur when subjective observations clash and people cannot agree upon what really happened.  Technology has helped us improve upon that problem—technology we widely feared during its initial introduction.We Either Trust or Distrust Technology Too MuchThroughout time we’ve created tools to help us survive as a species.  By developing new tools we’ve been able to spread information more easily and create a sense of trust. Video and audio recordings allowed us to bypass the brain’s processes and record an un-augmented record of an event—at least, from a singular point of view.  A video camera still fails to capture the full reality of a given moment.Security footage can look bad or even creepy but that doesn’t always indicate a real problem. | Image credit: Horror Freak NewsFor example, imagine someone pulls out a knife in a fight and fakes a swipe to try and frighten their attacker without any intention of doing actual harm. Video surveillance paints a different picture without this context. To an officer of the law, the security footage will show assault with a deadly weapon. With no other evidence to provide context, the officer has to err on the side of caution and make an arrest.Whether or not such assumptions lead to less crime or more questionable arrests doesn’t change the fact that an objective recording of reality misses information. We trust recordings as truth when they only offer a part of the truth. When we trust video, audio, or anything that cannot tell the full story, we put our faith in a medium that lies by omission by design—just like any observer of reality.Faults exist in technology but that doesn’t offer cause to discard it. Overall, we’ve benefited from advancements that allowed objective recordings of the world around us. Not all recordings require additional context. A video of a cute puppy might not be cute to everyone, but—for the most part—people will agree they’re seeing a puppy. Meanwhile, we used to call the sky green and can’t agree on the color of a dress in a bad photograph. As technology progresses and becomes accessible to more and more people, we all begin to learn when and how it can paint reality with a less accurate brush than we liked to believe.This realization causes fear because our system of understanding the world starts to break down. We can’t rely on the tools we once could to understand our world. We have to question the reliability of the things we seen recorded and that goes against much of what we’ve learned, experienced, and integrated into our identities. When new technologies emerge that further erode our ability to trust what’s familiar they incite this fear which we tend to attribute to the technology rather than ourselves. Phone calls are a normal part of life but they were, initially, seen as an instrument of the devil.Today, AI enjoys similar problems. Deepfakes stirred a panic when people began to see how easily a machine could swap faces in videos with startling accuracy—with numerous quality video and photos that met specific requirements. While these deepfakes rarely fooled anyone, we all got a glimpse of the near future where artificial intelligence would progress to a point where we’d fail to know the difference. That day came last month Stanford University, Princeton University, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and Adobe released a paper that demonstrated an incredibly simple method of editing recorded video to change spoken dialogue both visually and aurally that fooled the majority of people who saw the results. Take a look:Visit the paper’s abstract and you’ll find most of the text dedicated to ethical considerations—a common practice nowadays. AI researchers can’t do their jobs well without considering the eventual applications of their work. That includes discussing malicious use cases so people can understand how to use it for good purposes and allow them to also prepare for the problems expected to arise as well.Ethics statements can feed public panic because they indirectly act as a sort of a vague science fiction in which our fearful imaginations must fill in the blanks. When experts present the problem it’s easy to think of only the worst-case scenarios. Even when you consider the benefits, faster video editing and error correction seem like a small advantage when the negatives include fake news people will struggle to identify.We Only Lose When We Resist ProgressNevertheless, this technology will emerge regardless of any efforts to stop it. Our own history repeatedly demonstrates that any efforts to stop the progression of science will, at most, result in a brief delay. We should not want to stop people who understand and care about the ethics of what they create because that leaves others to create the same technology in the shadows. What we can’t see might seem less frightening for a while, but we have no way of preparing, understanding, or guiding these efforts when they’re invisible.While technologies like the aforementioned text-based video editor will inevitably lead both to malicious uses and more capable AI in the future, we already fall victim to similar manipulations on a daily basis. Doctored photos are nothing new and manipulative editing showcases how context can determine meaning—a technique taught in film school. AI adds another tool to the box and increases mistrust in a medium that has always been easily manipulated. This is unpleasant to experience, but ultimately a good thing.Image credit: Will SigmonWe put too much trust in our senses and the recordings we view. Reminders of this help prevent us from doing that. When Apple adds attention correction to video chats and Google actually makes a voice assistant that can make phone calls for you we will need to remember that what we see and hear may not accurately represent reality. Life doesn’t require accuracy to progress and thrive. Pretending we can observe objective reality does more harm than accepting we can’t. We don’t know everything, our purpose remains a mystery to science, and we will always make mistakes.  Our problem is not with artificial intelligence, but rather that we believe we know the full story when we only know a few details.As we enter this new era we should not fight against the inevitable technology that continues to shine a spotlight on our misplaced trust. AI continues to demonstrate the fragility of the ways we conceive of reality as a species at a very rapid pace. That kind of change hurts. We lose our footing upon realizing we had only imagined the stable ground we’ve walked upon our entire lives. We seek a new place of stability as we tumble through uncertainty because we see the solution as the problem. We may not be ready for this change, but if we fight the inevitable we will never be.Artificial intelligence will continue to erode the false comforts we enjoy, and that can be frightening, but that fear is also an opportunity. It provides us with a choice: to oppose something that scares us or attempt to understand it and use it for the benefit of humanity.Now read:Soon, Alexa Will Know When You’re About to DieNew Research Warns of ‘Normal Accident’ From AI in Modern WarfareGoogle Duplex AI Still Needs a Lot of Help From HumansTop image credit: Getty Images The Original Title For ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Revealed Willow Smith’s Transformation is Turning Heads Things Only Adults Notice in ‘ThunderCats’ How Deepfakes and Other Reality-Distorting AI Can Actually Help Us Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar Saying Goodbye to Johnny Depp The Little-Known Truth About ‘Gremlins’ Tagged In scienceartificial intelligenceaineurosciencepsychologydeepfakeshuman brain Post a Comment 16 Commentslast_img read more

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Evergage Named a Leader Again in Gartners Magic Quadrant for Personalization Engines

first_imgEvergage Named a Leader Again in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Personalization Engines MTS Staff WriterJuly 9, 2019, 12:23 pmJuly 9, 2019 Artificial Intelligencecustomer data platformevergageMagic QuadrantMarketing Technology NewsNewspersonalization Previous ArticleA ‘Turning Point’ for the Ad Industry: KFC, Unilever and Deloitte Top Marketers Reflect on Cannes LionsNext ArticleTechBytes with Keith Anderson, SVP of Strategy and Insights at Profitero Company Placed in the Highest Overall Position for Ability to ExecuteEvergage, The 1-to-1 Platform company, announced that it has been named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Personalization Engines. Evergage placed in the highest overall position for ability to execute in the Magic Quadrant.To access a complimentary copy of the report, courtesy of EvergageThe Magic Quadrant for Personalization Engines is now in its second year, with Evergage being recognized as a Leader in both reports. According to the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Personalization Engines: “Leaders are vendors that demonstrate a solid understanding of the product capabilities and commitment to customer success that buyers demand in the current market. This is coupled with an easily understandable and attractive pricing model that supports proof of value, incremental purchases and enterprise scale. In the modern personalization engine market, purchase decision makers demand easy-to-use and easy-to-buy products. They require that these products deliver clear business value and deliver results with limited technical expertise and without the requirement for upfront involvement from IT. In a rapidly evolving market with constant innovation, a Leader must also demonstrate that it is not focused only on current execution. It must have a robust roadmap for solidifying its position as a future market leader, thus protecting the investment of today’s buyers.”Gartner defines personalization engines as “software that applies context about individual users to select, tailor and deliver messaging such as content, offers and other interactions through digital channels in support of three use cases: marketing, digital commerce and customer experience (CX).”Marketing Technology News: Medallia Announces Launch of Initial Public OfferingEvergage CEO Karl Wirth said: “We did it again! Being named a Leader for two straight years is strong validation – we feel – of Evergage’s vision and strategy. We also believe that being positioned highest for ability to execute reflects the measurable results our customers achieve every day with the Evergage platform, along with our commitment to helping them achieve those results.”Wirth continued: “We believe that effective personalization needs to ‘connect the dots’ – reflecting each person’s cumulative and current activity, and in-the-moment intent. Because we purpose-built Evergage as a personalization engine with a customer data platform (CDP) at its core, Evergage is uniquely positioned to help companies amass, interpret and act on vast quantities of deep data. The result is personalization in true real time, at the individual level – increasing loyalty, engagement and conversions.”Marketing Technology News: Nordic XR-company Bublar Group Acquires Finnish Augmented Reality Pioneer SayduckWorking with companies including Carhartt, Citrix, Lenovo, Walmart Mexico and many more, Evergage delivers personalization to billions of people worldwide. Combining Evergage’s in-depth behavioral data, machine-learning algorithms and predictive analytics with data from existing systems, Evergage powers individualized experiences across websites, email, web and mobile apps, onsite search, online ads, social media, call centers and in stores/branches.Evergage was also recently named a Leader in the G2 Grid® Report for Personalization Engines, reflecting the voice of unbiased and authenticated user reviews – with Evergage earning the highest customer satisfaction rating of all solutions included. Earlier this year, Evergage earned a gold Stevie® Award in The American Business Awards® for improving personalization with artificial intelligence (AI), and announced numerous other key milestones.Marketing Technology News: SeQuel Response Hires New Director of Marketing to Propel Brand Awarenesslast_img read more

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Calabrio Acquires Teleopti to Create the Global Standard for Customer Experience Intelligence

first_imgCalabrio Acquires Teleopti to Create the Global Standard for Customer Experience Intelligence MTS Staff WriterJune 3, 2019, 7:44 pmJune 3, 2019 Combined company ranks among largest contact centre workforce management providersCalabrio announced it has acquired Teleopti, a workforce management software provider headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden—building the new global standard for the customer experience industry.The combination brings Teleopti’s workforce management (WFM) software together with Calabrio’s customer experience solutions to create the market-leading, true multi-tenant SaaS customer experience intelligence platform. Calabrio and Teleopti bring together customers from across the globe, including Best Buy, Rabobank, Shopify, Netflix and GE Appliances, a Haier company.“Calabrio has always been at the forefront of disruption in this industry and we are excited to welcome the Teleopti team to join this mission,” said Tom Goodmanson, president and CEO at Calabrio. “We enrich human interactions—inside and outside of the contact centre—allowing our customers to deeply connect with their customers through data and analytics. And we do this all while ensuring their employees have the best tools possible to add a human touch to an otherwise cold interaction. The combination of our leading solutions empowers the modern workforce and provides companies around the world with an intelligent view of agent and customer interactions.”Marketing Technology News: Lightspeed POS Inc. Announces the Acquisition of ChronogolfAs companies become more aware of the criticality of employee engagement, they are seeking solutions that motivate and enable contact centre agents while driving customer insights back into the business. Calabrio’s customer experience intelligence suite embeds analytics and visual discovery into everyday tools, including WFM, empowering users in every role to consume and act upon data with less effort and more precision. Business KPIs become more accessible, more relevant and more usable to drive customer-centric decisions.“The WFO market remains strong and highly competitive. These solutions provide companies with internal and external analytics, and productivity tools that enhance customer and employee engagement,” commented Donna Fluss, president of DMG Consulting LLC. “Calabrio’s acquisition of Teleopti, a highly respected contact center workforce management solution provider, strengthens Calabrio’s WFO offering and global reach. Both Calabrio and Teleopti have experienced impressive growth in recent years. This acquisition positions Calabrio as an important global player.”“This acquisition opens up tremendous opportunity for customers and partners,” said Olle During, CEO at Teleopti. “Both Calabrio and Teleopti have been committed to providing innovative products that create positive environments for employees where they can grow, remain engaged and be productive. We look forward to continuing on this path together, delivering value and an outstanding level of service that ensures customer success.”Marketing Technology News: VERB Adds Leading Health Care Provider OnDoc to Its Client Roster“The adoption of solutions that engage employees has accelerated rapidly,” said Paul Stockford, president and chief analyst at Saddletree Research. “Pressures on the contact centre to deliver exceptional customer experiences make the need for appropriately trained and motivated agents even more crucial. The combination of two leading customer experience providers, like Calabrio and Teleopti, shows a heightened commitment to driving richer employee engagement and enables their customers to have a big impact on the customer journey.”Calabrio and Teleopti bring over 35 years of market leadership in enabling workforces and powering customer experience, earning high marks from industry analysts, customers and partners. Both consistently outrank their competition in customer ratings for their ability to understand customer needs and the overall experience they provide, from implementation to ongoing support.“KKR is pleased to support the Calabrio team in building the leading customer experience intelligence platform in the cloud. The combined company will continue to cultivate its large partner ecosystem, enabling partners with the most complete, scalable workforce engagement offering globally,” said John Park, Chairman of the Board of Calabrio and Member at KKR, and Vini Letteri, Managing Director at KKR.Perella Weinberg Partners LP served as exclusive financial advisor to Calabrio on the transaction, and William Blair served as exclusive financial advisor to Teleopti. More information is available on Calabrio’s website.Marketing Technology News: Alorica Taps Business Transformation Veteran Colson Hillier to Be Chief Marketing Officer CalabrioCustomer Experience IntelligenceGlobal StandardNewsTeleoptiTom GoodmansonWorkforce Management Previous ArticleExtreme Reach Launches AdBridge for Sellers, A New Ad Distribution Platform for Sell-Side Teams and Their Advertising PartnersNext ArticleCloudSense and Ad-Juster Work Together to Maximize End-to-End Ad Campaign Efficiency and Profitabilitylast_img read more

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Animoto Investigates Marketing Potential For Branded Videos on Instagram Stories

first_imgAnimoto takes a close look at stats behind the rise of Instagram Stories in 2019 with the release of an infographic aimed at marketers. The company that makes it easy for anyone to create professional marketing videos compiled data about the rapid growth of Instagram Stories, its effect on the social media marketing landscape, and how marketers and small businesses can stay ahead of the curve. 74 percent of businesses post at least 2 videos on Instagram Stories each month, with 62 percent saying a Story prompted a direct message from a customer In 2019, Instagram Stories is rising fast as the new social media marketing platform. We investigated how marketers are navigating the platform’s success. As of January 2019, Instagram’s daily active user count has reached 500 million users, up from 400 million users in June 2018. The broader adoption of the Stories format has created a key growth opportunity for brands to reach new prospects, drive brand awareness, and engage with current customers more effectively.Marketing Technology News: Absolutdata Named Best Overall AI-Based Analytics Company in 2019 AI Breakthrough Awards Program Animoto Investigates Marketing Potential For Branded Videos on Instagram Stories PRNewswireJune 28, 2019, 3:40 pmJune 28, 2019 For marketers, Stories content plays a key role in driving action. Animoto’s 2018 survey of 1,017 consumers and 501 marketers found that marketers are doubling down on sharing video on Instagram Stories and seeing results in the form of direct customer communication.“In today’s social landscape, Instagram Stories is an undeniably powerful marketing tool. The rise to 500 million daily active users poses a unique challenge for marketers to differentiate their brand. For the team at Animoto, making sure our customers stand out on Stories and beyond is at the heart of our mission,” said Animoto co-founder & CEO, Brad Jefferson.Marketing Technology News: Gigapaces Partners with Tableau to Accelerate Machine Learning and Data VisualizationOpportunity for Branded Video on Instagram Stories Businesses are quickly catching on to the key advantage of marketing their brand with Stories. Since video is the #1 type of content consumers prefer on social, marketers are sharing their message with video on Stories.74 percent of marketers post at least 2 videos on Instagram Stories a month.A third of the most-viewed Stories are from businesses.The Future of StoriesSharing stories affords a tremendous opportunity for businesses to interact with their customers, measure the impact of their marketing efforts, and apply these learnings to drive real-world results. Story ads, in particular, are helping businesses reach their target audience, and drive traffic from a brand’s Story to its website.96 percent of marketers using Story ads intend to continue in the next 6 months.62 percent of businesses received a direct message from a customer because of a branded Instagram Story.What This Means For Your Business According to Instagram, 80 percent of users visit the platform to decide whether to buy a product or service. On Stories, consumers are already active and browsing branded content daily. Eye-catching, mobile-friendly content optimized for Stories can demonstrate products or services in action and drive real-world results for your business.Marketing Technology News: Verve Releases SDK 4.0 To Supercharge The Revenue-Generating Power Of In-App InventoryMethodology:Animoto surveyed a representative sample of U.S. adult consumers and adult marketers at companies that have created at least 2 videos in the past year to learn about social media and video marketing practices. The web-based survey was fielded August 25, 2018 through September 5, 2018, with a sample size of 1,017 consumers 18 years or older and 501 video marketers at companies of 3 employees or larger. For the consumer survey, the margin of error was 3.1%; for the marketer survey, the margin of error was 4.4%.Marketing Technology News: Invoca Survey Finds Over Half of Consumers Only Offered Automated Communications By Brands Feel Frustrated When They’re Unable to Speak with a Live Person AnimotoBrad JeffersonNews Previous ArticleSequent Appoints Neil MacDonald VP and GM for EMEANext ArticlePowerChats Updates Home Service Customer Experience with Latest Software Advanceslast_img read more

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Pixability Announces PixabilityONE an AllInOne Solution for AudiEnce Targeting Optimization and Reporting

first_imgPixability Announces PixabilityONE, an All-In-One Solution for Audi-Ence Targeting, Optimization, and Reporting for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Connected TV MTS Staff WriterJuly 3, 2019, 11:09 amJuly 3, 2019 Platform Will Give Advertisers the Ability to Manage Over 75% of All Video Ad Campaigns Being Run Worldwide Through One Unified InterfaceVideo advertising software and insights leader Pixability announces the launch of PixabilityONE, a first-of-its-kind software platform powered by data science, used for running campaigns across the premier video advertising destinations, all in one place. Those destinations include YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Connected TV platforms like Amazon. The PixabilityONE platform can be used by brands and agencies as a self service solution to run their own campaigns, and is also used for all campaigns that Pixability manages for major brands such as Puma, Ford, KIND, L’Oreal and Bose.Analyst firm eMarketer and others are estimating that YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Connected TV will represent over 75% of the ad market for video next year. Yet brands and agencies often have siloed teams to manage, measure and report on campaigns run on each platform. PixabilityONE provides a unified view of campaigns across these premier channels for a more holistic, efficient approach to video advertising.“With PixabilityONE, we can, for the first time, run in-house campaigns across major video ad channels through one platform. At the same time, the platform also delivers campaign performance that’s well above what we see when we run campaigns individually on native platforms,” commented Mark Williams VP of Distribution from Fullscreen, a social content company and a strategic partner of Pixability”Marketing Technology News: Digital Communication Tools Leave Many Workers Feeling Squeezed out by Tech-Savvy ColleaguesThe PixabilityONE platform includes Audience Builder, for audience targeting; the Campaign Optimization Engine (COE) for campaign optimization; and a 24/7 reporting interface that details results across all platforms cohesively. Audience Builder provides a single interface for establishing targeting parameters across premier platforms like YouTube and Facebook. It includes pre-bid campaign brand-safety/suitability filtering; vertical level benchmarks to help with planning; AI-built stock audiences to launch campaigns faster; the ability to save and share audiences across teams; and a creative library to host video ads.The Campaign Optimization Engine (COE) is a campaign optimization engine that uses data science to auto-optimize over 37,000 times a day across all campaigns. Whereas most video ad campaigns are still manually run by humans and may only be able to optimize dozens of times in a day, Pixability automatically optimizes hundreds of times per day per campaign. It’s also the only campaign engine that optimizes to multiple KPIs.Finally, the PIxabilityONE Dashboard allows brands and agencies to manage video reporting holistically across multiple native platforms. While marketers often miss opportunities for cross-platform learnings by managing and reporting on each platform independently, Pixability is the only platform that reports on results from YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and CTV all in one interface. Through integrations with 3rd party measurement partners, it can also report on metrics like brand lift and store visits and break down results on a granular geographic basis.Marketing Technology News: Selligent Marketing Cloud Study Reveal Digital Marketers Struggle to Deliver Consistent Omnichannel Experiences“Using PixabilityOne to execute – and ultimately optimize–our cross-platform video ad campaigns enables us to connect with consumers at every stage in their journey with our brand, ultimately leading us to achieve the greatest impact,” said Hermann Hassenstein, Head Of Marketing Planning, Global Marketing at Puma, Head Of Marketing Planning, Global Marketing at Puma, Head Of Marketing Planning, Global Marketing at Puma.“One of the biggest challenges brands and agencies face today is the siloed management of video campaigns across the most important video platforms, resulting in missed opportunities and a failure to optimize,” commented David George, CEO of Pixability. “Our market-first platform unifies campaign management all in one place, allowing marketers to better assess and allocate their investments to maximize results.”Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Award Campaign Optimization EngineConnected TV platformsMarketing TechnologyNewsPixabilityPixabilityONEvideo advertising Previous ArticleNetmedia Group Announces the Launch of Its B2B Data It Offer in Partnership With WeboramaNext ArticleQualys Expands Global Cloud Platform to the Canadian Marketlast_img read more

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Arndt Groth Named New CEO of Smaato

first_img Arndt Grothin app advertisingMarketing Technology NewsNewsSmaato Previous ArticleClickDimensions Announces 2019 Top-Performing Partner AwardsNext ArticleIntroducing Sage Plus for Experts Groth to Lead Accelerated Global Expansion and Technical InnovationSmaato announced that Arndt Groth will be promoted to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Smaato, Inc. He will be succeeding Ragnar Kruse, who founded Smaato in 2005 together with Co-Founder Petra Vorsteher and has led the company since inception. Mr. Kruse and Ms. Vorsteher are moving on by starting a new company.   Arndt Groth has served as President of Smaato for the past year and a half and will assume his new role as of today. He will report to the Supervisory Board of Smaato Inc.“We are very proud to have made Smaato one of the leading mobile companies in the world and we look forward to working together with Smaato in the future as partners of our new venture,” said Smaato founders Ragnar Kruse and Petra Vorsteher in a joint statement.Marketing Technology News: Zeta Global and PlaceIQ Announce Strategic Partnership to Enhance the Zeta Data Cloud“We would like to extend our gratitude to Ragnar and Petra and wish them well in their future endeavors. During their 15 years of leadership they have shown a tremendous track record and true entrepreneurial vision,” said Shen Wei, representative of the shareholders. “We are very glad that Arndt Groth is taking the CEO role within Smaato. He has been in the digital industry for more than 20 years, has demonstrated successful strategic change in the past and is an experienced and strong leader,” said Mr. Shen Wei.Groth was most recently the CEO of PubliGroupe AG in Lausanne, Switzerland, which was acquired by Swisscom AG. His previous roles include International Vice President, Northern Europe, for DoubleClick (Google) and CEO of InteractiveMedia CCSP AG, a subsidiary of T-Online International AG, one of Europe’s largest online marketers, and President Europe of Adconion Media Group. For 10 years, Groth was also President of the BVDW (Bundesverband Digitale Wirtschaft e.V.), Germany’s leading digital marketing association.Marketing Technology News: Beanstalk Digital Launches Beanstalk Predictive to Provide Robust Data Analytics Through AI-Driven Insights“I cannot think of a more exciting time to take the leadership of Smaato,” said Arndt Groth, CEO at Smaato. “Mobile marketing is the media channel of the future, and China is already the largest economy globally based on purchasing power. With our Chinese shareholders, Smaato is ideally and uniquely positioned to expand quickly in the fast-growing mobile media market in Asia, and particularly in China.”Marketing Technology News: JotForm Reaches 5 Millionth User After Major Launch Arndt Groth Named New CEO of Smaato MTS Staff WriterJuly 15, 2019, 9:20 pmJuly 15, 2019 last_img read more

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