Cybersecurity Planning is Finally Demystified Infographic

first_img Vice Chairman, DHR International –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. July 24, 2016 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Pete Metzger Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Planning is Finally Demystified (Infographic)center_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Despite a 64 percent increase in Internet security breaches last year, only 25 percent of U.S. organizations are prepared to defend against a cyber attack. If you think that is chilling, consider that only 37 percent of boards have a cyber threat response plan in place and 58 percent are not actively preparing for a potential breach.Related: Expert Hacker Shares 3 Ways Small Businesses Can Minimize Cybersecurity ThreatsDHR International has put together an infographic that outlines four easy tactics you can implement to improve your company’s information security, three critical steps to take after a data breach and examples of major companies that suffered at the hands of Internet hackers.Related: 5 Growing Cybersecurity Epicenters Around the WorldRelated: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to Understand 1 min read Image credit: Andrew Brookes | Getty Images Next Article Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Apple Loses to Samsung in Supreme Court Smartphone Fight

first_img The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that said the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs.The justices in their 8-0 ruling sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings.The decision gives Samsung another chance to try to get back a big chunk of the money it paid Apple in December following a 2012 jury verdict that it infringed Apple’s iPhone patents and mimicked its distinctive appearance in making the Galaxy and other competing devices.  The court held that a patent violator does not always have to fork over its entire profits from the sales of products using stolen designs, if the designs covered only certain components and not the whole thing.The ruling followed a ferocious legal battle between the world’s top two smartphone manufacturers that began in 2011 when Apple sued Samsung, asserting that its rival stole its technology and the iPhone’s trademarked appearance. It was one of the most closely watched patent cases to come before the top U.S. court in recent years.Samsung had been seeking to pare back $399 million of $548 million it paid Apple in December following a 2012 jury verdict finding that it infringed Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple’s iPhone patents and copied its distinctive appearance.After a trial in 2012, Apple was awarded nearly $930 million in damages. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington in May 2015 upheld the patent infringement verdict, but said the iPhone’s appearance could not be protected through trademarks. That cut Samsung’s damages back by $382 million.The legal dispute centered on whether the term “article of manufacture” in U.S. patent law should be interpreted as a finished product in its entirety, or merely a component in a complex product.In court papers, Samsung, Apple and the U.S. government all agreed that the term could mean a component.But Apple urged the Supreme Court to affirm the appeals court’s ruling because Samsung presented no evidence that the article of manufacture in this case was anything less than its entire smartphone as sold. Samsung, meanwhile, said that it did not have to present such evidence.Justice Sonia Sotomayor, writing for the unanimous court, said that the patent law is clear. The term “article of manufacture is broad enough to encompass both a product sold to a consumer as well as a component of that product,” she wrote.Samsung in December 2015 paid Apple $548 million. But it took the matter to the Supreme Court, saying it should not have had to make $399 million of that payout for copying the patented designs of the iPhone’s rounded-corner front face, bezel and colorful grid of icons that represent programs and applications.Apple said its iPhone’s success was tied to innovative designs, which other manufacturers quickly adopted in their own products. Samsung, in particular, made a deliberate decision to copy the iPhone’s look and many user interface features, Apple said.Samsung argued that it should not have had to turn over all its profits on phones that infringed iPhone design patents, saying those elements contributed only marginally to a complex product with thousands of patented features.With the products that used iPhone designs, Samsung went on to become the world’s top smartphone maker.The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case on Oct. 11.Design patent fights very rarely reach the Supreme Court. It had not heard such a case in more than 120 years.(Reporting by Andrew Chung in New York; additional reporting by Lawrence Hurley in Washington; Editing by Will Dunham) Next Article –shares Design patent cases very rarely reach the Supreme Court. It had not heard such a case in more than 120 years. Reuters Samsung This story originally appeared on Reuters Apple Loses to Samsung in Supreme Court Smartphone Fight Add to Queue 4 min read Image credit: Dado Ruvic | Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. December 6, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more

Presidents Day Electronics Sales TVs Laptops and More

first_img Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. President’s Day Electronics Sales: TVs, Laptops and More Sales February 16, 2017 Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Save big ahead of President’s Day with these deals from our partners at TechBargains. 3 min read –shares Next Article Featured dealsDell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core 1080p 15.6″ Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 960m 4GB GPU, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $899.99 (use code: M51GTMF?VFBFP3 — list price $1350).Dell XPS 8910 Intel Core i5-6400 Quad-Core Win10 Pro Desktop for $499.99 (use code: XPS499 — list price $749.99).Tobii Eye Tracker 4C Head & Eye Tracker PC Gaming & Input Periphral (Works on Watch Dogs 2, Deus Ex & more) for $109.99 (use code: EYE40 — list price $149.99).Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + Bonus Controller for $249.99.Sony PlayStation 4 Slim Uncharted Bundle + $50 Dell Gift Card for $249.99.See Dell’s Entire Presidents’ Day Sale with Doorbuster and moreBose SoundTrue Around Ear Wired Headphones for $89.99 (list price $119.99).Nucleus Anywhere Video Intercom with Amazon Alexa for $149 (list price $249).Laptop and desktop computersDell Inspiron 15 3000 Intel Core i3-5005U 15.6″ Win7 Pro Laptop for $299.00 (use code: LT299 — list price $475.85).New Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Intel Core i5 Quad-Core Kaby Lake 15.6″ 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ 4GB GTX 1050Ti for $849.99 (list price $899.99).Dell Inspiron 14 Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 14″ Laptop with Windows 10 for $149.99 (list price $249.99).Dell PowerEdge T130 Intel Celeron G3900 Dual-Core Server Desktop (4GB/500GB) $229.00 (use code: SERVER200 — list price $429).1-Year NordVPN Anonymous VPN Service (PCmag Editor’s Choice) for $48 (use code: GEEK50 — list price ).Ultimate Web Hosting Package: Domain, Hosting, and Unlimited Email for $3/month at HostGator.For more Computer deals, visit TechBargains.HDTVs and home entertainmentVizio M50-D1 50″ 4K 120Hz Effective HDTV w/ HDR + Tablet Remote + $250 Dell Gift Card for $649.99.Vizio P55-C1 55″ 4K 120Hz HDR Full-Array LED Home Theater Display w/ 126 Dimming Zones + $400 Dell Gift Card for $1099.99.LG 32LH550B 32″ 720p LED LCD HDTV + $100 Dell Gift Card for $209.Vizio SB4051-D5 Smartcast 40″ 5.1ch Slim Sound Bar System w/ Wireless Subwoofer + $150 Dell GC for $429.98.Electronics and componentsKingston HyperX Alloy FPS Mechanical Gaming Keyboard w/ Cherry MX Brown Switches for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Annke 720p Wireless IP Camera w/ 2-Way Audio for $45.59 (use code: GL9KXACE — list price $59.99).Seagate SkyHawk 2TB 3.5″ Internal SATA Surveillence Hard Drive for $63.99 (list price $98.89).WEme Mini Displayport/Thunderbolt 2 to DVI Adapter for $3.96 (use code: QD5RL8F7 — list price $9.99).10 LED Solar Waterproof Wireless Motion Sensor Lights (2-pk) for $11.99 (use code: I8PFAJ4E — list price $18.99).Magicfly Wireless Doorbell w/ 52 Chimes & Remote for $9.74 (use code: YPIAWTUS — list price $12.99).For more Electronics deals, visit TechBargains.Home and miscellaneousUdemy $10 Online Courses: Learn to Code by Making Games, iOS or Android Apps, Project Management, Network Certifications and more.Bosch Icon Windshield Wiper Blades Sale – from $12.29 to $20.23 with 15% off Subscribe & Save (Lowest prices of the season).Instant Pot IP-LUX60 V3 Programmable Electric Pressure Cooker, 6Qt, 1000W (updated model) for $79.99 (list price $99.99).Gooloo Portable DC 12V Car Air Compressor Pump for $23.75 (use code: IP84QAXY — list price $32.99).For more great deals, check out TechBargains.last_img read more

Tips for Mastering EMail Overload

first_img Tips for Mastering E-Mail Overload Setting a good example only goes so far. You also have to train others explicitly. Explain to them that you’re putting some systems in place to help you manage your e-mail overload. Ask for their help, and know that they’re secretly envying your strength of character. Apply Now » Check e-mail at defined times each day.We hate telemarketers during dinner, so why do we tolerate e-mail when we’re trying to get something useful done? Turn off your e-mail “autocheck,” and only check e-mail two or three times a day, by hand. Let people know that if they need to reach you instantly, e-mail isn’t the way. When it’s e-mail processing time, however, shut the office door, turn off the phone, and blast through the messages. If your e-mail inbox is threatening to take over your entire workday, this ultimate how-to will teach you to deal effectively with the information onslaught. 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Answer briefly.When someone sends you a 10-page missive, reply with three words. “Yup, great idea.” You’ll quickly train people not to expect huge answers from you, and you can then proceed to answer at your leisure in whatever format works best for you. If your e-mail volume starts getting very high, you’ll have no choice. Stever Robbins Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Use a paper “response list” to triage messages before you do any follow-up.The solution to e-mail overload is pencil and paper? Who knew? Grab a legal pad and label it “Response list.” Run through your incoming e-mails. For each, note on the paper what you have to do or whom you have to call. Resist the temptation to respond immediately. If there’s important reference information in the e-mail, drag it to your Reference folder. Otherwise, delete it. Zip down your entire list of e-mails to generate your response list. Then, zip down your response list and actually do the follow-ups. Separate topics into separate e-mails…up to a point. If someone sends a message addressing a dozen topics, some of which you can respond to now and some of which you can’t, send a dozen responses–one for each topic. That way, each thread can proceed unencumbered by the others.Do this when mixing controversy with mundania. That way, the mundane topics can be taken care of quietly, while the flame wars can happen separately.Bad Mixing of ItemsWe need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Speaking of which, I was thinking–do you think we should fire Sandy?Good Mixing of ItemsMessage #1: We need to gather all the articles by February 1st.Message #2: Sandy’s missed a lot of deadlines recently. Do you think termination is in order?Combine separate points into one message. Sometimes the problem is the opposite–sending 500 tiny messages a day will overload someone, even if the intent is to reduce this by creating separate threads. If you’re holding a dozen open conversations with one person, the slowness of typing is probably substantial overhead. Jot down all your main points on a piece of (gasp) paper, pick up the phone and call the person to discuss those points. I guarantee you’ll save a ton of time. How to Read and Receive E-Mail Ignore it.Yes, ignore e-mail. If something’s important, you’ll hear about it again. Trust me. And people will gradually be trained to pick up the phone or drop by if they have something to say. After all, if it’s not important enough for them to tear their gaze away from the hypnotic world of Microsoft Windows, it’s certainly not important enough for you to take the time to read. Send out delayed responses.Type your response directly, but schedule it to be sent out in a few days. This works great for conversations that are nice but not terribly urgent. By inserting a delay in each go-around, you both get to breath easier. >(In Outlook, choose “Options” when composing a message and select “do not deliver before.” In Eudora, hold down the Shift key as you click “Send.”) Train people to be relevant.If you’re constantly copied on things, begin replying to e-mails that aren’t relevant with the single word: “Relevant?” Of course, you explain that this is a favor to them. Now, they can learn what is and isn’t relevant to you. Beforehand, tell them the goal is to calibrate relevance, not to criticize or put them down and encourage them to send you relevancy challenges as well. Pretty soon, you’ll be so well trained you’ll be positively productive! Charge people for sending you messages.One CEO I’ve worked with charges staff members five dollars from their budget for each e-mail she receives. Amazingly, her overload has gone down, the relevance of e-mails has gone up, and the senders are happy, too, because the added thought often results in them solving more problems on their own. Growth Strategies –shares Edit forwarded messages. For goodness sake, if someone sends you a message, don’t forward it along without editing it. Make it appropriate for the ultimate recipient, and make sure it doesn’t get the original sender in trouble.Bad ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border. Bill probably won’t mind; his design sense is so garish he’ll approve anything.Good ForwardingTo: BillSue’s idea, described below, is great.—-From: SueHey, Abner:Let’s take the new design and add sparkles around the border.When scheduling a call or conference, include the topic in the invitation. It helps people prioritize and manage their calendar more effectively.Bad E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.Good E-MailSubject: Conference call Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. to review demo presentation.Make your e-mail one page or less. Make sure the meat of your e-mail is visible in the preview pane of your recipient’s mailer. That means the first two paragraphs should have the meat. Many people never read past the first screen, and very few read past the third. Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge .Being the owner of your own business, everyone wants a piece of you. So they send you e-mail. It makes you feel important. Don’t you love it? Really? Then, please take some of mine! More than 100 real e-mails come in each day. At three minutes apiece, it will take five hours just to read and respond. Let’s not even think about the messages that take six minutes of work to deal with. Shudder. I’m buried in e-mail and chances are, you’re not far behind. For whatever reason, everyone feels compelled to keep you “in the loop.”Fortunately, being buried alive under electronic missives forced me to develop coping strategies. Let me share some of the nonobvious ones with you. Together, maybe we can start a revolution. Readers Now Bear the BurdenBefore e-mail, senders shouldered the burden of mail. Writing, stamping and mailing a letter was a lot of work. Plus, each new addressee meant more postage, so we thought hard about whom to send things to. (Is it worth spending 32 cents for Loren to read this letter? Nah..)E-mail bludgeoned that system in no time. With free sending to an infinite number of people now a reality, every little thought and impulse becomes instant communication. Our most pathetic meanderings become deep thoughts that we happily blast to six dozen colleagues who surely can’t wait. On the receiving end, we collect these gems of wisdom from the dozens around us. The result: Inbox overload.(“But my incoming e-mail is important,” you cry. Don’t fool yourself. Time how long you spend at your inbox. Multiply by your per-minute wage (divide your yearly salary by 120,000 to get your per-minute wage) to find out just how much money you spend on e-mail. If you can justify that expense, far out–you’re one of the lucky ones. But for many, incoming e-mail is a money suck. Bonus challenge: Do this calculation companywide.)Taming e-mail means training the senders to put the burden of quality back on themselves. How You Can Send Better E-MailWhat’s the best way to train everyone around you to better e-mail habits? You guessed it: You go first. First, you say, “In order for me to make you more productive, I’m going to adopt this new policy to lighten your load.” Demonstrate a policy for a month, and if people like it, ask them to start doing it too.Use a subject line to summarize, not describe. People scan their inbox by subject. Make your subject rich enough that your readers can decide whether it’s relevant. The best way to do this is to summarize your message in your subject.Bad Subject LineSubject: Deadline discussionGood Subject LineSubject: Recommend we ship product April 25thGive your reader full context at the start of your message. Too many messages forwarded to you start with an answer–“Yes! I agree. Apples are definitely the answer”–without offering context. We must read seven included messages, notice that we were copied, and try to figure out what apples are the answer to. Even worse, we don’t really know if we should care. Oops! We just noticed there are ten messages about apples. One of the others says “Apples are definitely not the answer.” And another says, “Didn’t you get my message about apples?” But which message was sent first? And which was in response to which? ARGH!It’s very, very difficult to get to the core of the issue.You’re probably sending e-mail because you’re deep in thought about something. Your reader is too, only they’re deep in thought about something else. Even worse, in a multiperson conversation, messages and replies may arrive out of order. And no, it doesn’t help to include the entire past conversation when you reply; it’s rude to force someone else to wade through ten screens of messages because you’re too lazy to give them context. So, start off your messages with enough context to orient your reader.Bad E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity driveYes, apples are definitely the answer.Good E-MailTo: Billy FranklinFrom: Robert PayneSubject: Re: Re: Re: Please bring contributions to the charity drive.You asked if we want apple pie. Yes, apples are definitely the answer.When you copy lots of people (a heinous practice that should be used sparingly), mark out why each person should care. Just because you send a message to six poor co-workers doesn’t mean all six know what to do when they get it. Ask yourself why you’re sending to each recipient, and let them know at the start of the message what they should do with it. Big surprise, but this also forces you to consider why you’re including each person.Bad CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneThe website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Good CCTo: Abby Gail, Bill Fold, Cindy RellaSubject: Website design draft is doneAG: DECISION NEEDED. Get marketing to approve the draftBF: PLEASE VERIFY. Does the slogan capture our branding?CR: FYI, if we need a redesign, your project will slip.The website draft is done. Check it out in the attached file. The design firm will need our responses by the end of the week.Use separate messages rather than bcc (blind carbon copy). If you bcc someone “just to be safe,” think again. Ask yourself what you want the “copied” person to know, and send a separate message if needed. Yes, it’s more work for you, but if we all do it, it’s less overload.Bad BCCTo: FredBcc: ChrisPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.Good BCCTo: FredPlease attend the conference today at 2:00 p.m.To: ChrisPlease reserve the conference room for me and Fred today at 2:00 p.m.Make action requests clear. . If you want things to get done, say so. Clearly. There’s nothing more frustrating as a reader than getting copied on an e-mail and finding out three weeks later that someone expected you to pick up the project and run with it. Summarize action items at the end of a message so everyone can read them at one glance. Understand how people prefer to be reached and how quickly they respond. Some people are so buried under e-mail that they can’t reply quickly. If something’s important, use the phone or make a follow-up phone call. Do it politely; a delay may not be personal. It might be that someone’s overloaded. If you have time-sensitive information, don’t assume people have read the e-mail you sent three hours ago rescheduling the meeting that takes place in five minutes. Pick up the phone and call. Your Only Solution Is to Take ActionYeah, yeah, you have a million reasons why these ideas can never work in your workplace. Hogwash. I use every one of them and can bring at least a semblance of order to my inbox. So choose a technique and start applying it. While you practice, I’ll be on vacation, accumulating a 2,000 message backlog for when I get home. If you want to know how well I cope, just send along an e-mail and ask….Stever Robbins is an authority on overwhelm in the workplace. A veteran of nine startups (can you say: overwhelm to the max?) over 25 years, Stever co-designed the “Foundations” segment of Harvard’s MBA program. He is the author of It Takes a Lot More than Attitude to Lead a Stellar Organization, and has appeared on CNN-fn and in the Wall Street Journal, Investors Business Daily and Harvard Business Review. Stever and his monthly newsletter can be found at http://SteverRobbins.com/. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queuelast_img read more

To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats

first_img –shares June 16, 2015 Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. To Mark Its First Birthday Yo Unveils Photo Messaging and Group Chats Add to Queue Apps 2 min read Image credit: Yo Guest Writer Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for $5 Remember Yo? Launched a year ago, the app’s premise is ridiculously simple: It sends the word “Yo” to contacts who also have the app installed.That was the old Yo, though.Since its launch and having raised a miraculous $1.5 million from investors, the app has attempted a pivot into usefulness, allowing users to “Yo” a host of developers and publishers and receive notifications on everything from breaking news to nearby restaurant recommendations. But the company wasn’t done with its overhaul.Yesterday, in line with this move towards relevance, the app launched an updated version. Dubbed Yo 2.0, it includes a redesigned interface along with new features such as “Yo Groups,” which enables users to blast out Yo’s, photos or locations to multiple people at once, and “Yo Anyone,” which lets users send SMS Yo’s to contacts who do not have the Yo app.Related: New Messaging App ‘Tap’ Aims to Be Even Simpler Than ‘Yo’While Yo 2.0 is arguably more useful than the original Yo — admittedly not a hard bar to clear –the new features don’t make the app that much less silly, really. How many circumstances require sending a location pin drop or a selfie blast to a group of friends? As with the original Yo, the applications are suspiciously limited.Maybe that can be fixed? Yo co-founder Danny Hakimian told Mashable that in the future, he hopes to work with third-party apps to personalize the Yo experience for individual users.“Down the line it could be that I Yo you my location and there’s an option to order a Uber to that location,” he told the outlet, although there are no plans, as of yet, to partner with Uber. “Or use your current context or previous interests. We can make the notification smarter than it already is.”Is it possible to contextualize a Yo into relevance? Looks like Yo’s team won’t rest until they find out.Related: The ‘Yo’ Explosion Comes Full Circle: Viral App Gets HackedFollow Entrepreneur on Yo and get the week’s top story every Thursday, delivered straight to your device. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Next Article Laura Entislast_img read more

House Blocks GoogleHosted Apps Yahoo Mail Over Security Fears

first_img Image credit: Reuters | Stephen Lam 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article May 12, 2016 Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters –shares Cybersecurity House Blocks Google-Hosted Apps, Yahoo Mail Over Security Fears The U.S. House of Representatives’ information technology team has blocked lawmakers from accessing software applications hosted on a Google cloud service to prevent possible hacking campaigns, two congressional sources said on Wednesday.The move came after Yahoo Mail was also blacklisted by House authorities due to fears of ransomware infiltration.The two restrictions, which have hampered some internal communications in the lower chamber, have both been implemented within the past two weeks and are still in place. The episodes are not believed to be related, the sources said.Devices connected to the House’s internet via wifi or ethernet cables have been barred from accessing appspot.com, the domain where Google hosts custom-built apps, after the FBI notified Congress of a potential security vulnerability, the sources said.“We began blocking appspot.com on May 3 in response to indicators that appspot.com was potentially still hosting a remote access trojan named BLT that has been there since June 2015,” one of the sources, a House staffer with direct knowledge of the situation, told Reuters.A Google spokesman said the company was investigating reports of the restriction and would work with the House to resolve any issues. The FBI has so far not responded to a request for a comment.The FBI sent an advisory to private industry in June 2015 about a number of remote access tools capable of stealing personally identifiable information, including a trojan file named BLT found on the Google appspot.com domain.Ted Henderson, a former House employee, said two Google-hosted apps he created specifically for use by congressional staffers to discuss politics and share alerts on votes are now effectively banned on their work network.The disabling of appspot.com occurred after the House Information Security Office sent an advisory email to lawmakers and staffers on April 30 warning of increased phishing attacks on the House network from third party, web-based mail applications including Yahoo Mail and Gmail.“The attacks are focused on putting ‘ransomware’ on users’ computers,” the email, seen by Reuters, states. It added that the primary focus of the attackers appeared to be Yahoo Mail, which was being blocked on the network “until further notice.”Two individuals fell victim to ransomware by clicking on infected Word document email attachments, sources familiar with the hacking said. The infected files were able to be recovered without paying any ransom, the sources said.Ransomware attacks, which involve accessing a computer or network’s files and encrypting them until a ransom is paid by the victim, have grown more severe and common in recent years.Yahoo is working closely with the House to resolve the matter, a company spokesperson said.(Reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Andrew Hay) Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. 3 min read Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now »last_img read more

8 SEO and Social Media Trends You Need to Know About

first_img Next Article 8 SEO and Social Media Trends You Need to Know About –shares 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 6 min read Guest Writer Add to Queue Social Media Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.center_img June 27, 2016 Jayson DeMers Founder and CEO, AudienceBloom If you feel a bit behind the times when it comes to SEO and social media, I can’t blame you. I read the news every day, adjust my company’s and clients’ strategies regularly and still feel behind. That’s because trends never stay the same for very long, and there are always new ones emerging to challenge the status quo.Related: 6 New Social Media Marketing Tools the Experts Use. You Should, Too.If you haven’t taken a scrutinizing look at your SEO and social media strategies lately, now’s a good time to take inventory and see where you fall, in relation to the latest trends and tactics in the industry. These eight trends are some of the most important to know about this year.1. Live video and real-time engagementThere’s no question that video content is on the rise, in popularity and significance. Users have faster, more mobile internet connections, and the flood of written content on the web has left users hungry for something more visually engaging. Beyond that, live, in-the-moment content is becoming more important in the social realm thanks to mobile experiences and constant communication. These two trends together are facilitating the rise of live-streaming video, which is being promoted by most major social media profiles, and you can expect it to grow in both streaming and viewing figures.2. Digital assistants and voice searchDigital assistants like Siri and Cortana have been steadily growing in sophistication and user adoption for the past several years, and now a new kind of digital assistant is emerging — the home unit. Amazon Alexa and Google Home are just two examples of how voice search is gradually gaining significance in our daily lives. What does this mean for search? It means an even lower focus on short, core keywords, and a higher focus on long-tail keywords and on conversational, colloquial types of searches. You will have to adapt your content accordingly.3. The rise of social contentThere’s no shortage of content on social media, from brands and users alike, but now that features like Facebook’s Instant Articles are emerging, we may see a new kind of social content develop. Users are already starting to warm to the idea that videos automatically play in their newsfeeds, and full-fledged articles are available without users ever having to leave a social app. This puts an increased demand on brands to provide content through social channels first, which as you might imagine, also has implications for traditional on-site SEO.4. Increased priorities on apps.Adding to the complexity of these in-app experiences, both social media platforms and search engines like Google are favoring apps more and more in their new features. Google, for example, is developing features like app streaming to prioritize the visibility and usage of apps for mobile users. As this trend develops, apps will take on an even more important role in users’ online experiences, possibly pushing us ever closer to an eventual “death” of traditional websites.Related: 5 Up-and-Coming Social Media Tools You Should Know About5. Social commerceBuyable pins by Pinterest were one of the first “true” social commerce hybrid features, crossing a boundary beyond simple social media advertising to create a new kind of online experience. Thanks to the popularity of social commerce, more social media brands are considering the model and tinkering with their own advertising strategies; expect to see a more fluid online experience for online shoppers in the near future, which may decrease the need for your own stand-alone website in an SEO context.6. Rich answersGoogle’s rich answers — those helpful snippets of information you get for certain answerable queries — are rising in prevalence. On one hand, this is threatening, because users are getting highly visible, immediate answers for questions that previously might have led them to your site. But, don’t forget that Google still relies on websites for this information: You can use structured markup and content-targeting on your own site to exploit this and gain more visibility for queries related to your brand.7. Machine learningMachine learning in the context of SEO and social media marketing is still in its infancy, but it’s already starting to make an impact. Google’s RankBrain has already had a significant impact, and it may be serving as a pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of a machine-learning algorithm left on its own. Soon, things like search engine updates, social newsfeed algorithm changes and even some forms of marketing automation will be left to artificial intelligence. I won’t speculate what this might mean for your job, but it will certainly make the marketing world faster changing and even less predictable.8. PersonalizationThe run-of-the-mill general content won’t be enough for most users — at least not for much longer. Today’s average user is spoiled, with controllable newsfeeds on social media and search results that vary based on location, search history and other factors specific to individual users. The public is gradually demanding content and advertising that’s more individualized and more relevant than ever. Niche-targeting and more individual experiences, especially on social media, are going to become more necessary for success.None of these trends demands a complete overhaul to your strategy — at least not yet — but they should give you a few ideas on how to adjust your campaign for the near future. You may need to redistribute your budget to favor more effective strategies or increase your budget, to experiment with a new channel, but the most important thing to do is consider the long-term future and remain flexible.Related: Social Media Trends to Look Out For in 2016Even if you don’t take immediate action, knowing what developments are in the pipeline can help you position your strategy for easier and more agile future changes. Image credit: ArthurStock | Shutterstock Apply Now » The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.last_img read more

What You Can Learn About Creativity From This FutureReady Classroom

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article This story originally appeared on PCMag 4 min read Technology Image credit: ThingSpace via PC Mag Add to Queue ThingSpace at Columbia University’s Teachers College is rethinking how to merge technology and art in one space.center_img Digital Strategist and Technology Columnist –shares Sophia Stuart It seems obvious once you think about it. But if STEAM (which adds art and design to the usual science, technology, engineering and math mix) is really going to take hold in the education system, classrooms themselves need an overhaul. The current setup, with desks facing a teacher and whiteboard, doesn’t allow the mind to roam or hands-on experimentation to take place.Those within the Arts and Humanities Department at Columbia University’s Teachers College are already thinking about this issue with a prototype learning environment known as ThingSpace, located deep in the basement of Macy Hall.It’s all part of a new approach for next-gen educators at the venerable Manhattan institution. A new crop of students have signed up for Advanced Certificate: Creative Technologies to learn how to preside over these new spaces, and they’ve all just arrived for the fall semester.PCMag went to the ThingSpace to meet Angela Allmond, a doctoral candidate at Teachers College specializing in art classroom design strategies, as she put up and painted the last shelves (Federated Blue HGSW1322, Sherwin Williams and a custom mix of what was left from last semester).”I’m actually writing my dissertation on studio spaces and how they meet the needs of students and teachers,” Allmond told PCMag. “My interest in this emerging discipline is also why I was hired to renovate this phased project as we re-imagine this whole venture.”The first thing that strikes you as you enter the ThingSpace is the lighting. It’s bright but there are no buzzing fluorescents overhead. “We switched out traditional strips for daylight sustainable energy bulbs,” confirmed Allmond.Though it previously served as a traditional sculpture studio, ThingSpace doesn’t look anything like a single purpose workshop. Remember those? Instead, everything is on display at ThingSpace. You can pick up Arduinos and fiddle with old electrical casings from vintage TVs. Maybe you paint or sculpt, but it’s all there, in a wide open airy space, carefully marked and on open shelves, from Makey Makeys to an assortment of steampunk and Maker Movement hand-craft tools.There’s a flexible work area for computer stations (loaded up with SketchUp for 3D modeling), a Poulan industrial size chain saw, DeWALT table saw, drill press, laser cutter and 3D printers; a CNC router is on its way. There are digital sewing machines for textile creation (cue the conductive thread possibilities) alongside very traditional tools (such as chisels) if students want them.”It’s all about creating a space that invites students to try new materials,” Allmond said. “Or that compels them to explore the range of possibility that exists across media choices, often tempting them to bridge the gap between ‘tried and true’ traditional materials and the many new and emerging possibilities brought about by the ever-changing and advancing digital technologies that permeate the 21st century.”As an educator in the classroom, I’ve often delighted in watching a student start an art class with no real idea of what to do, but eventually be drawn in by the ‘stuff’ of artmaking, from clay to pastels, found objects to 3D printing, and an vast array of compelling materials.”It’s not always easy to think out of the box when it comes to education spaces. As part of her PhD study, Allmond spent time at the Amesbury School in England as it embarked on a multi-million dollar building program.”I’d already started working on defining my research interests and shaping the proposal for my dissertation project, on how students flourish in well-designed creative spaces,” said Allmond. “And it was so useful to be at Amesbury. What I learned there is that if you don’t create these spaces with careful consideration of nuanced use patterns and organize it in a way that invites curiosity and exploration, you’ll get a fabulous building, but will still be cramming in all the same stuff into an area that’s not fit for purpose.”You have to grow into a space, especially a space you’re trying to change to become something else,” Allmond continued. “You have to understand the use of the space and how students are going to move around, generate desire to try new things and work on projects.”The ThingSpace is an imaginative way to inspire a whole new generation of educators and their students. Considering Teachers College is where Georgia O’Keeffe studied from 1914 to 1915, it’s great to know it is still forging individual minds and creative spirits within a future-ready learning environment. September 26, 2016 What You Can Learn About Creativity From This Future-Ready Classroom Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

New Data Illuminates VC Bias Against Women

first_img Add to Queue Gender Bias Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Startup database Crunchbase in April 2017 released some unsettling, if unfortunately not unexpected, data about who exactly receives venture capital money.In 2016, $94 billion was invested in companies that had only male founders, while $10 billion went to businesses with at least one female founder. Not only that, but 17 percent of VC-funded startups are led by women, which is a number that has remained stagnant for the last five years.And this kind of disparity doesn’t only exist in the United States.Related: Only 17 Percent of Venture-Backed Startups Are Led by WomenTo investigate the role that gender stereotyping plays in these types of decisions, a trio of Swedish researchers sat in on closed-door conversations between venture capitalists to get a better understanding of how they view the pitches brought to them by male and female entrepreneurs.In Sweden, as a basis of comparison, one third of businesses are owned and led by women, but they only receive 13 to 18 percent of government venture funding.Throughout the course of the experiment, the researchers chronicled the decisions made about 125 companies, 99 of which were pitched by men and 26 by women.Related: Women Won’t Have Equal Numbers of Board Seats Until 2055, New Study FindsDescribing their experiment in May 2017 in the Harvard Business Review, Malin Malmstrom, Jeaneth Johansson and Joakim Wincent wrote, “Aside from a few exceptions, the financiers rhetorically produce stereotypical images of women as having qualities opposite to those considered important to being an entrepreneur, with VCs questioning their credibility, trustworthiness, experience, and knowledge.”And how did the men fare? “Financiers leaned on stereotypical beliefs about men that reinforced their entrepreneurial potential,” they explained. “Male entrepreneurs were commonly described as being assertive, innovative, competent, experienced, knowledgeable, and having established networks.”So what are the phrases that the researchers identified that give voice to this financial divide?Related: 10 Facts That Will Change How You Think About Opportunity and EntrepreneurshipWhere men were “young and promising,” women were “young, but inexperienced.” When a man was “cautious, sensible and levelheaded,” a woman was “too cautious and does not dare.” When a male entrepreneur was “experienced but knowledgeable,” a women entrepreneur was “experienced but worried.”Of the 125 pitches put to the VCs in the study, female entrepreneurs on average were given 25 percent of the amount of money they applied for, while men got on average 52 percent of the figure they wanted. Nearly 53 percent of their applications were rejected altogether, while that happened to only 38 percent of men.Update, March 15, 2018The same group of researchers built on this study in March 2018, and asked 11 venture capitalists from two Swedish government organizations about how gender stereotypes might have influenced the decisions they made about finance applications from 126 entrepreneurs.They took four core assumptions: that women are risk-averse while men are not, that women are more cost-conscious and have a reluctance to grow big businesses, that women don’t have enough resources to develop a high growth company and men do and that women’s companies underperform while men’s startups do not.In assessing how both the male and female entrepreneurs fared with regard to things including earnings, turnover, number of employees, operating margins and literally how much money was in the bank, the researchers came to one solid conclusion. According to a summary of the findings from the researchers in Harvard Business Review, there were “no statistically significant differences between women and men who apply for finance. In total, none of the beliefs VCs expressed about female versus male entrepreneurs could be backed up by data related to how ventures actually performed.” Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Next Article New Data Illuminates VC Bias Against Women Where men were ‘young and promising,’ women were ‘young, but inexperienced.’ 3 min readcenter_img Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff –shares March 15, 2018 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Shutterstock Register Now »last_img read more

Instagram Promises to Quit Putting Old Posts Atop Your Feed

first_imgInstagram 2 min read Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Angela Moscaritolo Add to Queue –shares Ever since it switched from a chronological to algorithmic feed in 2016, Instagram hasn’t always felt very “instant.” Like when you open the app and see a bunch of posts from days ago atop your feed, with fresh content buried below. Fortunately, Instagram is now going back to its roots a bit.Don’t get too excited: Instagram isn’t switching back to a chronological feed — but the Facebook-owned company on Thursday announced that, based on user feedback, it will roll out some changes to “ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed.””With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about,” Instagram wrote. “So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.”Meanwhile, Instagram is also testing a “New Posts” button that will let you manually refresh your feed when you’re ready.”We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top,” Instagram explained. The New Posts button “lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically.” Until you tap that button, you’ll stay right where you are in your feed.Instagram also this week announced that you can now add working links to hashtags and other accounts in your bio. To try it out, hit the Edit Profile button, go to the Bio section, and start typing what want to link, starting with the # symbol for a hashtag or @ for a profile. Instagram isn’t switching back to a chronological feed, but the company is planning to roll out some changes to ‘ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed.’center_img March 23, 2018 Reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: via PC Mag Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Instagram Promises to Quit Putting Old Posts Atop Your Feed Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Waymo Gets First Permit to Test Fully Driverless Cars in California

first_img –shares Waymo Gets First Permit to Test Fully Driverless Cars in California November 1, 2018 The permit allows Waymo to test its driverless vehicles during the day and night, on roads with speed limits up to 65 miles per hour, even in foggy and drizzly conditions. Waymo plans to start in its hometown of Mountain View and surrounding cities before expanding the testing zone. Reporter Next Article Image credit: via PC Mag Self-Driving Cars Californians will soon share the road with fully driverless vehicles.Google parent company Alphabet’s self-driving car unit Waymo just announced it has obtained the first permit to test autonomous vehicles without a human driver in California.In April, the California Department of Motor Vehicles started accepting applications for fully driverless testing in the state. Now, Waymo is the first company to get the go-ahead.To date, Waymo has driven more than 10 million autonomous miles on public roads across 25 cities, plus almost 7 billion simulated miles, the company said. Waymo has already been testing fully self-driving cars without a human driver in the Phoenix, Ariz., area for nearly a year.In California, the company will begin its driverless vehicle testing in parts of Mountain View, where it’s headquartered, as well as Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto (the shaded area of the map below).”We will gradually begin driverless testing on city streets in a limited territory and, over time, expand the area that we drive in as we gain confidence and experience to expand,” Waymo wrote.Before expanding its driverless testing area, Waymo will be required to submit a request to the DMV and notify any newly affected communities.The California permit allows Waymo to test its driverless vehicles during the day and night, on streets, roads and highways with speed limits up to 65 miles per hour, even in foggy and drizzly conditions.center_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Angela Moscaritolo Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on PCMag Add to Queue Register Now »last_img read more

Gwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams invest in Daily Harvest

first_imgGwyneth Paltrow and Serena Williams invest in Daily HarvestPosted By: News Deskon: June 08, 2017In: Distribution, Food, Health, Industries, Nutrition, PeoplePrintEmailOscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and tennis Grand Slam champion Serena Williams are among the investors to back frozen food delivery service Daily Harvest.The stars are part of the company’s series A round that also includes Collaborative Fund, WME Ventures, 14W and Rubicon Venture Capital.The American start-up, which was founded in 2015, delivers frozen smoothies, soups and overnight oats directly to customers’ homes.Founder and CEO of Daily Harvest Rachel Drori said: “Serena and Gwyneth immediately understood our mission to provide convenient foods without nutritional compromise, and their passion for what we are building will make them instrumental members of our investment team.“As we continue to grow the Daily Harvest brand, partnering with like-minded investors furthers our mission to redefine the frozen food category. We’re excited to educate and inspire Americans across the country to incorporate healthier foods into their busy lives.”Serena Williams said: “I invest in businesses that operate with sincerity and integrity and deliver a pure and uncompromised product. Daily Harvest reflects this strategy through both the team of employees and investors Rachel has developed, as well as delicious, healthy and convenient food.“I’m excited about Daily Harvest’s future as a female-led business and I look forward to helping more people gain access to nutritious meals.”Since its launch, Daily Harvest has delivered over 1 million smoothies to customers across the US.It offers 23 flavour combinations of smoothies, soups and activated bowls. Each cup contains superfoods and organic fruit and vegetables and is portioned so that consumers only have to take one out the freezer and blend, heat or soak.The meal kit industry has seen significant growth in recent years with startups looking to distinguish themselves from the competition with unique products.Last month Unilever announced an investment in US meal delivery firm Sun Basket which focuses on organic ingredients alongside a recipe. This was followed just days later by Campbell’s revealing a $10 million funding venture in upstart Chef’d.Share with your network: Tags: Daily Harvestfrozen foodfrozen snacksmeal kitssmoothiessoupstart-upsUSlast_img read more

Treatt given fresh new flavour in rebrand and website relaunch

first_imgTreatt given fresh new flavour in rebrand and website relaunchPosted By: News Deskon: July 06, 2017In: Flavours, Industries, IngredientsPrintEmail Share with your network: Tags: designflavoursTreatt Treatt has been making the world taste better since its foundation, but this year marks a big step into the future for the global flavour and fragrance solutions provider.The company has rebranded and launched a new website, evolving its look and feel in a way that effectively communicates the company’s ambitions and offering.With everything from 100% natural ingredients, tailor-made blends, price-stable synthetics to impactful aroma chemicals, Treatt manufactures and supplies solutions to flavour and fragrances houses and FMCG brands across the globe.The company has a strong and established background in citrus, but has also become the partner of choice for customers looking to reduce sugar content in a beverage or stand out in the tea industry.Treatt’s CEO, Daemmon Reeve, said: “We’ve been given a fresh, modern and exciting new look to reinforce the fact that we’re a company that means business.”Treatt last_img read more

Chinese dairy company Yili buys Thai ice cream maker Chomthana

first_imgChinese dairy company Yili buys Thai ice cream maker ChomthanaPosted By: Contributoron: December 03, 2018In: Business, Dairy, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailChinese dairy company Yili has acquired Thailand-based frozen foods and ice cream manufacturer Chomthana to expand in Southeast Asia.Chomthana has more than 37 years of experience and exports its products to 13 foreign markets. The firm sells a range of ice cream products, ice lollies and wafer cones.The deal forms part of Yili’s international expansion efforts. This year, the company has upgraded its European research and development facility in the Netherlands and launched the Joyday ice cream brand in Indonesia.Chomthana president Soh Chee Yong said: “Through many contacts and talks, we believe that Yili is a respectable company. Since its creation, Yili has been adhering to the quality belief and has been renowned worldwide for its continuous internationalisation and innovation. Under the dream of ‘let the world share health’, Yili products have won the trust of global consumers.”Zhang Jianqiu, CEO of Yili Group, said: “In the process of promoting internationalisation, Yili always adheres to the concept of ‘openness, cooperation and win-win’, and devotes to the dream of ‘making the world healthy’.”Earlier this year, Brand Finance announced that Yili rose eight places to become the sixth most valuable brand, and third most valuable food brand.According to the annual ranking, Yili stands out as the best performer among the ten most valuable food brands in the world, rising to third place from eighth in 2017 following 43% growth to $6.2 billion brand value.The company has aimed to cater to Chinese consumer preferences for dairy products which are more premium, with health benefits and innovative flavours. In June, the firm launched a line of ambient drinking yogurt with large fruit and cereal pieces.Share with your network: Tags: ChinaThailandYililast_img read more

Amcor creates packaging for new Danone yogurt line in Argentina

first_imgAmcor creates packaging for new Danone yogurt line in ArgentinaPosted By: Contributoron: January 17, 2019In: Dairy, Industries, Innovation, New products, PackagingPrintEmailAmcor has designed transparent packaging for Danone’s new La Serenísima yogurt range in Argentina, featuring wide-mouthed PET jars.The packaging aims to support the 100% natural positioning of La Serenísima with featured engraving, a finely finished base, and a body-wrap label. To protect the contents, the jar includes a 55mm finish with an aluminum-PET-aluminum-foil barrier seal and an ultraviolet blocker.Amcor optimised the two-step reheat process to produce the wide-mouth jars using a Matrix blow-molding machine for high-volume yogurt containers.Danone and Amcor said transparent packaging has been used as consumers are increasingly eager to see products before they buy.Martin Darmandrail, new business development director for Amcor in Argentina, said: “This wide-mouth PET jar is an entirely new format offering for cold-fill dairy products. “In a market historically dominated by thermoformed PP and polystyrene containers, we’ve shaken things up with a yogurt package with the durability, freshness, performance, manufacturing, and sustainability benefits of PET.”Maximiliano Sassone, R&I director for Danone Argentina, added: “We have developed La Serenísima Original, a product inspired by the first yogurt made by La Serenísima 55 years ago, which revolutionized the category in 1963.“We carefully select the ingredients, including milk from Argentine family farms, and pay respect to every step of the original process, creating a 100% natural product without preservatives, so that our consumers can connect to their memories of the original product.”Danone has launched La Serenísima Original yogurt in six flavours – natural, naturally sweetened, strawberry, blackberry, lemon and ginger, and sweet squash – and will extend commercialisation of the range to the rest of Latin America.Last year, Amcor pledged to make all its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025, collaborating with customers, suppliers, governments and NGOs in order to develop and provide new eco-friendly packaging solutions.Share with your network: Tags: AmcorArgentinaDanoneyogurtlast_img read more

If I were the president Id get rid of you Scott Pruitt

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on LinkedIn This article is more than 1 year old Facing the House of Representatives energy and commerce committee, Pruitt departed from his prepared remarks to decry the “distorted” reporting that has exposed his activities. “I have nothing to hide as it relates to how I run the agency in the past 16 months,” he said. “Facts are facts and fiction is fiction. A lie doesn’t become true just because it’s on the front page.”Pruitt said he was “not afraid to admit there has been a learning process” and vowed to correct any problems within the EPA. But he said that those who have “attacked the EPA and me have done so to derail the president’s agenda and priorities and I won’t let that happen”.Pruitt declined to apologize but said the ethics scandals have proved a “distraction” to the EPA. He said he had no idea of the $43,000 spent on the soundproof booth and cited security concerns for the first-class travel arrangements, reading out threats to “put a bullet between your eyes” and another that said: “I hope your father dies soon in agony in front of your mother.” This was despite a recent report claiming that Pruitt flew in coach on some flights that were at his own expense.Committee Democrats poured scorn on Pruitt’s responses and repeatedly called on him to resign, in a combative hearing. “There’s seemingly endless misconduct, a pattern of putting personal and special interests ahead of the American people,” said Paul Tonko, a Democrat from New York. “You’ve abused this position for personal gain. You were never fit for this job.” However, Pruitt did not offer explanations for the numerous revelations and did not deny that he authorized sizable pay increases for two staffers, against the White House’s wishes. “I wasn’t aware of the amount nor was I aware of the PPO [presidential personnel office] process not being respected,” he said, saying the matter was “delegated” to Ryan Jackson, his chief of staff. This contradicts a TV interview earlier this month when Pruitt said he had no idea about the raises. Pruitt has also previously falsely claimed that the lobbyist, Steven Hart, had no business before the EPA when he rented his wife’s apartment. Pruitt has come under severe pressure over the $50-a-night apartment deal, his spending of more than $100,000 from the public purse on first-class flights in his first year as EPA administrator, ostensibly to evade abuse from fellow passengers, as well as taking a large security detail on trips to Disneyland and the Rose Bowl.He also oversaw the spending of $43,000 on a soundproof booth for his office, in violation of federal rules, and has reportedly retaliated against staffers who questioned his spending. Pruitt is facing multiple federal government investigations over his conduct, including two different White House inquiries. Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, has blamed the media and the “learning process” of his job for the flurry of ethical controversies that have engulfed his tenure, during a lacerating congressional hearing.Pruitt said opponents of Donald Trump, and the media, had sought to “derail the president’s agenda and priorities” by highlighting the questionable use of taxpayer funds for first-class flights, office furniture and 24-hour personal security, as well as his use of a Washington apartment owned by an energy lobbyist’s wife. Twitter There’s a pattern of putting personal and special interests ahead of the American peoplePaul Tonko, Democrat ‘We’re doomed’: Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention ‘If I were the president, I’d get rid of you’: Scott Pruitt lacerated at ethics hearing Share on WhatsApp US politics This article is more than 1 year old Topics Support The Guardian Reuse this content @olliemilman EPA insiders bemoan low point in agency’s history: ‘People are so done’ Frank Pallone, another Democrat, said Pruitt had used the job to “enrich himself and his corporate friends” with the apparent approval of Trump. “If I were the president I wouldn’t want your help, I’d just get rid of you,” he told Pruitt.Pruitt has earned Trump’s admiration for his zeal in repealing environmental regulations and dismantling of action on climate change, such as Pruitt’s successful agitation for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate accords. Trump has tweeted that Pruitt is “doing a great job”.But in recent days the White House has sought to distance itself from the beleaguered EPA chief as the extraordinary number of ethical problems mounted. Sarah Sanders, Trump’s spokeswoman, said on Wednesday that “we expect the EPA administrator to answer” concerns raised by Congress. Scott Pruitt listens during a hearing before the House energy and commerce committee on 26 April.Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images … in our natural world, we refuse to turn away from the climate catastrophe and species extinction. For The Guardian, reporting on the environment is a priority. We give reporting on climate, nature and pollution the prominence it deserves, stories which often go unreported by others in the media. At this pivotal time for our species and our planet, we are determined to inform readers about threats, consequences and solutions based on scientific facts, not political prejudice or business interests.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.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.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. US Environmental Protection Agency US Environmental Protection Agency Thu 26 Apr 2018 14.53 EDT Climate change news Share on Messenger Facebook Read more As the crisis escalates… Share via Email Last modified on Thu 5 Jul 2018 16.45 EDT Share on Twitter Read more Trump administration Paul Tonko at the Scott Pruitt hearing: ‘You were never fit for this job.’ Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Oliver Milman Shares284284 Share on Twitter Environment groups and Democrats have called for Pruitt’s removal, joined by a small band of Republicans. During the committee hearing, Republicans praised Pruitt’s deregulation agenda but some also raised concerns over his spending. “These issues are too persistent to ignore,” said Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican. Others, though, sided strongly with Pruitt. “This is a classic display of innuendo and McCarthyism that works against civility and respect,” said David McKinley, a West Virginia Republican, criticizing Democrats. Joe Barton, a Republican representative from Texas, used his time to ask Pruitt if he had rented a “party jet”. Pruitt said he hadn’t. “Well, that’s good,” Barton said. Pinterest EPA administrator blames media and his job’s learning curve as lawmakers grill him over lavish spending and ethical controversieslast_img read more

A tale of two houses how Jared Kushner fuelled the TrumpSaudi lovein

first_imgShare on Twitter Donald Trump highlights arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting in March with Mohammed bin Salman in Washington.Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP Khashoggi: Trump defends Saudi Arabia as Pompeo heads to Turkey Julian Borger in Washington Twitter Trump administration Arms trade Saudi Arabia Shares602602 Last modified on Tue 16 Oct 2018 15.50 EDT One tech and media company after another has sent its regrets to the Future Investment Initiative conference, the flagship of Bin Salman’s westernising aspirations known as “Davos in the desert”. The Saudi regime’s staunchest remaining friend in the west is the Trump administration. As of Tuesday, the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, was still planning to attend the Riyadh conference. But Trump’s loyalty to the Saudi royals is stretching his credibility to breaking point even with the Republican faithful in Congress.Discontent in the senateA bipartisan list of 22 senators have asked the US to carry out an investigation of what happened to Khashoggi and report back in 120 days with a decision on whether to impose sanctions on those responsible. The Senate can be expected to be sceptical about claims that “rogue killers’ were responsible.Meanwhile, senators from both parties wrote last week to Pompeo challenging his argument for continuing to certify arms exports to Saudi Arabia and asking that he return to Congress by the end of the month to shore up his case.Even if the Senate does vote against arms sales to Saudi Arabia, Trump could tough it out and overrule congressional disapproval with a veto. But it would mark a major rift between the president and his party.Gerald Feierstein, a former US diplomat who was principal deputy assistant secretary of state for near-eastern affairs in the Obama administration, said: “The Senate might not stop arms sales but the symbolism of a vote of disapproval would be significant and could influence the administration to change direction.” Few expect the House of Saud to fall over the Khashoggi affair, but the grander ambitions promoted by Bin Salman have visibly sagged and could collapse, taking with it a lot of the House of Trump’s remaining lustre. A key player in the US-Saudi relationship is conspicuously missing from the talks held in Riyadh by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to try to defuse the international crisis over the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.Jared Kushner helped build the alliance between the House of Saud and the House of Trump. The president’s son-in-law and senior adviser took the lead in promoting Mohammed bin Salman as a Saudi visionary, and persuaded the administration to hitch US Middle East policy to the prince’s rising star.Together the two thirty-something princelings, MBS and Kushner, stayed up late into the night planning to remake the map of the Middle East with bold thinking and mountains of cash. For now, however, those plans are stalled. The Saudi crown prince stands accused of masterminding the cold-blooded murder of a dissident journalist, Kushner is silent and Donald Trump has been performing crisis public relations for the Saudi monarchy. Middle East and North Africa Mohammed bin Salman Support The Guardian Facebook Share on Messenger Peppered with questions on Monday, the president gamely suggesting that the suspected hit team that arrived in Istanbul on official jets and had free run of the Saudi consulate there, were “rogue killers” acting without the knowledge of the prince or his father, King Salman.Pageantry and promisesThe scramble for alibis is a long way from the high hopes of May last year, when the Trump–Saud courtship was consummated. The new president made Riyadh the destination of his first trip abroad since taking office. In the months before, Kushner identified MBS as a potential partner. The state department and the CIA backed Mohammed bin Nayef, the incumbent crown prince at the time, but the first son-in-law insisted that he had “reliable intelligence” – most likely from the Israeli president, Benjamin Netanyahu, a Kushner family friend – that Mohammed Bin Salman was the man to bet on. The prophecy became self-fulfilling as wholehearted support from Washington aided Mhis rise, eventually eclipsing and replacing Nayef.Meanwhile, the Riyadh summit appeared to be a glittering success. Trump was flattered and feted, given a sword with which to dance in step with King Salman and his retinue. There was a flypast of nine warplanes, the most the Saudis had ever attempted, and horses alongside the limos.The pageantry was backed up with substance. King Salman had gathered other Gulf Arab leaders in Riyadh to promise to fight terrorism and Iran, which both the hosts and their US guests viewed pretty much as one and the same. Topics Share on WhatsApp Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest The disappearance and suspected murder of one man has done more to jeopardise US-Saudi relations than three years of bombing and blockades in Yemen. Khashoggi is a US resident and a contributor to the Washington Post, whose owner, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, was one of the west coast moguls MBS schmoozed in March.As the Saudi government has flailed in response to damning Turkish leaks about Khashoggi’s reported murder and dismemberment, lashing out at its critics and putting up a wall of denial, the procession of western businesses cutting their ties with Riyadh has become a stampede. Facebook Share via Emailcenter_img Reuse this content Tue 16 Oct 2018 07.12 EDT Share via Email Twitter US foreign policy Share on Facebook Trump’s loyalty to Riyadh amid the Jamal Khashoggi crisis is stretching his credibility to breaking point Jamal Khashoggi Read more … 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 Twitter Pinterest Jared Kushner, White House adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law, at the Saudi royal court in Riyadh. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Pinterest US foreign policy Share on Facebook Read more A tale of two houses: how Jared Kushner fuelled the Trump-Saudi love-in Share on LinkedIn analysis In Riyadh, Trump also claimed that he had managed to sell the Saudis $110bn (£83bn) in US-made weapons. The president cited the figure again last week to explain why he could not afford to impose sanctions on the Saudi royal family even if they were found to have murdered Khashoggi, but it was largely illusory. It included deals agreed under the Obama administration and some statements of intent to buy some weapons systems, but no actual new contracts.However, arms sales were just part of the bonanza MBS promised Trump. When the crown prince made a three-week tour of the US in March this year, he made a point of visiting the titans of US tech industries on the west coast. The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), pledged $45bn to the Japanese group SoftBank towards its planned $100bn technology venture capital fund.PIF also bought a $3.5bn share in the ride-sharing company Uber; a $2bn stake in the electric carmaker Tesla; and put about $1bn in Virgin Group’s space companies.US and Saudi economies entwinedIt was a statement of intent. The nation built on oil wealth was buying a stake in a low-carbon future. As part of the crown prince’s Saudi Vision 2030, a futuristic megacity called Neom would rise from the sands, run by artificial intelligence and serviced by robots. It would be a huge potential market for Silicon Valley.As the US and Saudi economies became ever more intertwined, their foreign policies lined up in parallel. The Obama administration had sought to balance Saudi Arabia and Iran but Trump would be all in alongside Riyadh against Tehran. And the Saudis would back Kushner’s big project, a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.When Congress raised doubts about the kingdom’s worsening human rights record, as Bin Salman crushed dissent inside Saudi Arabia and locked up his princely rivals in the Riyadh Ritz-Carlton, or about the terrible civilian deaths from the Saudi-led coalition’s aerial bombing campaign in Yemen, there was lots of lobbying money to smooth the way.According to the Centre for International Policy, the Saudis spent $27m on Washington lobbying firms in 2017, three times what they spent in 2016. Of that, $400,000 went straight to the campaign funds of senators and House members who were urged to turn a blind eye to Saudi excesses.In the end, it was not the mass crackdown on dissent that slowed the Trump-Saud locomotive in its tracks, nor the deaths of thousands of civilians in Yemen. Not even the death of 40 Yemeni boys on a school outing, killed by a US-made, Saudi-dropped bomb in August, caused much of a ripple in the bilateral relationship. Saudi summit in crisis as Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals Mike Pompeo (centre) greets Saudi officials on his arrival in Riyadh on Tuesday. Photograph: Leah Millis/APlast_img read more

White House dismisses Trump mention in Christchurch shooter manifesto

first_imgShare on Facebook This article is more than 4 months old Share on LinkedIn Reuters in Washington Chief of staff: ‘The president is not a white supremacist’Trump told press white nationalism not a rising threat Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Last modified on Mon 18 Mar 2019 10.23 EDT Topics Christchurch shooting Shares304304 Share on Twitter Christchurch Share on WhatsApp This article is more than 4 months old Share via Emailcenter_img Sun 17 Mar 2019 11.33 EDT Christchurch: how quiet city became target for terror Share via Email Donald Trump signs veto of legislation to strike down his national emergency declaration at the southern border on Friday.Photograph: Shawn Thew/EPA Donald Trump Reuse this content news Share on Twitter Christchurch shooting The White House pushed back on Sunday against any attempt to link Donald Trump to the accused gunman who killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, saying the act of a disturbed individual could not be blamed on any one politician. Share on Facebook “The president is not a white supremacist,” the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, said on Fox News Sunday. “I’m not sure how many times we have to say that.”Trump on Friday condemned the “horrible massacre” at the mosques and the White House called the shooting a “vicious act of hate”.Asked by a reporter if he saw white nationalism as a rising threat around the world, Trump said: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people.”In a manifesto sent to the office of the New Zealand prime minister, other political recipients and media outlets, the accused gunman praised the US president as “a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose” but said he did not support his policies.The reference revived criticism that Trump has not been strong enough in condemning hate speech and has fomented anti-Muslim sentiment.“I don’t think it’s fair to cast this person as a supporter of Donald Trump,” Mulvaney said. “Any more than it is to look at his eco-terrorist passages in that manifesto and align him with [Democratic House speaker] Nancy Pelosi or [New York representative Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez.“This was a disturbed individual, an evil person.”In 2017, Trump drew strong criticism in the days after a deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, when he equated white supremacists with counter-protesters and saying “both sides” were to blame.After the shooting in New Zealand, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, said on Twitter: “Time and time again, this president has embraced and emboldened white supremacists and instead of condemning racist terrorists, he covers for them. This isn’t normal or acceptable.”• Crisis support services can be reached 24 hours a day. In New Zealand, the crisis support service Lifeline can be reached on 0800 543 354. In Australia, Lifeline is 13 11 14. In the UK and Irish Republic, contact Samaritans on 116 123. In the US, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international helplines can be found at www.befrienders.org. White House dismisses Trump mention in Christchurch shooter manifesto Read morelast_img read more

Public Workshop Working with People with Autism Disorders

first_imgThe IPFW Special Education Programs and Division of Continuing Studies is hosting 2 public workshops on Autism Spectrum Disorders on June 17th and June 18th at 6:30pm at the IPFW Alumni Center. These sessions will focus on strategies and information for educators.On Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18 you can learn about Autism Spectrum Disorders from  6:30-9pm. This event is open to the public. Speakers include a professor at IPFW, an Autism specialist, a therapist and an Easter Seals ARC. Each day is $15 for the public.On Monday June 17th, space will be available for agencies/organizations to display their materials/information for the workshop participants. The participants for the workshops will be teachers, family members and other community members. If you’d like more information about the workshops or are interested bringing materials to share with participants please contact Jane Leatherman by phone at 260-481-5742.Share this…TwitterFacebookPinterestLinkedInEmailPrint RelatedBrain Balance WorkshopsOctober 15, 2010In “Conferences and Events”ASHA Approved Autism WorkshopsOctober 5, 2010In “Conferences and Events”Autism and Aviation: Resources for flying for the first timeJuly 17, 2019Similar postlast_img read more

Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth

first_img AARPAmerican Nurse AssociationJoe HylandMarketing TechnologyNewsON24 Previous ArticleInsite Software Announces Major New Enhancements for InsiteCommerceNext ArticleAdaptive Ad Systems Completes Installation of New Ad-Insertion Equipment on National Cable TV Systems Adds 40,000 Additional Subscribers AARP, ISM, ANA and More Choose ON24 to Educate Members and Drive Sponsorships Through Webinar-Based ProgramsWith 51% of associations reporting flat or declining membership and nearly 40% saying a lack of engagement is the reason members don’t renew, national associations like AARP, The American Nurse Association (ANA), Institute of Supply Management, and ESMO, are turning to ON24, the marketing technology leader helping associations create live, always-on and personalized digital experiences to facilitate awareness, provide value to members, and increase revenue streams.Associations have traditionally relied on in-person chapter events and regional conferences for member engagement. In the digital age, associations are evolving to use webinar programs powered by the ON24 Platform for their programming, certifications, and training needs. Webinars give associations the ability to engage global audiences and provide members with valuable content. Additionally, webinars optimize resources, by saving associations time and money while attracting more sponsorship and revenue opportunities.“Associations depend on ON24 to help connect with and provide value to their unique memberships,” says Joe Hyland, CMO, ON24. “We’re proud to help associations better understand their audience and members, to create high value content, provide insights for potential sponsors, adapt to new industry trends and more. It’s a true win-win: members get more insightful, relevant content, while associations better understand their key stakeholders.”Marketing Technology News: Expanse Appoints Sherry Lowe as Chief Marketing OfficerLeading associations accelerate their growth and reach through ON24, achieving the following outcomes and results:Creating Scale, Optimizing Efficiency: For its flagship webinar during National Nurses Week, the American Nurses Association’s achieved more than 11,000 registrations through ON24 — an increase of more than 40% over the previous year. The webinar featured a live video broadcast to more than 6,000 viewers in 4,500 locations. It reduced time spent by staff on the event creation by 65% over previous webinar providers.Driving Attendees and Conversions: AARP set an all-time high for registrants thanks to ON24, with nearly 14,000 people signed up for its “The Health Care Law: What It Means for People with Medicare” webcast. The event also experienced a greater than 50% registrant to attendee conversion rate.Saving time and money: ESMO achieved an estimated 25% savings over its previous webinar solution. Along with a lower-priced webinar platform, there were additional labor and time savings from not having to deal with accessibility and technical issues.Building community with stakeholders is crucial for these organizations, and webinars serve as a key touchpoint for association memberships.Marketing Technology News: NCC Media and OpenAP Announce Advanced TV Partnership“My members can’t stop complimenting us on how much they love attending our new webinars and classes,” says Tom Martin, Director, Learning Solutions, Institute for Supply Management, which has 50,000 members across 100 countries. “ON24 has been key to making our members fall in love with us all over again.”ON24 sees the benefits of its platform as well. Thanks to a webinar-first marketing program, the company announced it’s rapidly approaching $100 million in ARR and it now serves more than 2,000 customers worldwide, including 40 of the Fortune 100. The company reached more than 1 billion engagement minutes in 2018 and is a truly global solution across industries. ON24 now serves 9 out of the top 10 technology companies, 7 out of the 10 asset management firms, 6 out of the top 10 accounting firms, and 8 out of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies.Marketing Technology News: Criteo Direct Bidder Support Announced for Accelerated Mobile Pages Leading Associations Turn to ON24 for Member Engagement and Revenue Growth PRNewswireJune 21, 2019, 7:11 pmJune 21, 2019 last_img read more