Theranos CEO and founder Elizabeth Holmes is planning to give up some of her personal shares to investors who pledge not to sue the disgraced blood-testing company, the Wall Street Journal reports.The deals would only involve investors from the last round of funding, which ended in 2015 and brought in more than $600 million.These investors include the family of US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the family behind Walmart stores, and John Elkann, who controls Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.Investors could get about two free shares of the company for every share they bought.The deals would also mean that Holmes could lose her majority stake in Theranos.“This is an affirmative development for the company, providing a path forward in partnership with employees, investors, and other stakeholders,” Theranos director Daniel Warmenhoven told the WSJ.
At launch, only Instagram-approved merchants in the Fashion, Apparel, Jewelry and Beauty/Skincare categories will be able to use the integration.To get started, let us know you are interested, and you will be added to the waitlist for Instagram approval.Here is how the process will work:Convert your Instagram account to a business profileConnect Instagram to your Facebook business pageEnable the integration through the BigCommerce Channel Manager
I'm going to make this post short and sweet: I'm a recent college graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Marketing, and I'd like to start building the foundations to what will eventually become a freelance marketing consultancy firm for small businesses, with a specialty in antiques.I want to further my education not only by earning an MBA, but reading as many marketing books as possible.Right now, I've just started "The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing" by Ries and Trout.Does anyone have any other good recommendations?Thanks in advance for your time.
A new iPad Pro is expected soon.Here's what we could see based on input from an IHS Markit analyst as well as reports.10.5-inch iPad Pro: Expect to see a new iPad Pro design with a 10.5-inch display, Rhoda Alexander, Director Tablets and PCs, at IHS Markit, told me in a phone interview last month.That means accessories like the Smart Keyboard can be used with the 10.5-inch iPad Pro.The display resolution will also increase, according to Alexander, to 2,224-by-1,668 from the current 2,048-by-1,536.The aspect ratio (the ratio of the width to the height of the screen) would also likely change, according to Raymond Soneira, a display expert and president of DisplayMate Technologies.
Alibaba Group announced Tuesday a strategic partnership (in Chinese) with its nearly half-owned film unit Alibaba Pictures, in a move widely seen as an attempt by the e-commerce giant to integrate its cultural and entertainment resources.Alibaba Group, aggressive in seeking new growth engines amid the country’s economic slowdown, has been ramping up efforts to make inroads into the country’s entertainment industry in recent years.The e-commerce giant consolidated some of its businesses and established a new cultural and entertainment group last year, with former UCWeb CEO Yu Yongfu at the helm.The new group is composed of Alibaba Pictures, Youku-Tudou, web browser UCWeb, Alibaba music, as well as the group’s literature, sports, gaming and the digital and music business units.The new media group has become a cash cow for Alibaba Group, after e-commerce and cloud computing.According to the fiscal Q2 2017 report released last November (in Chinese), the cultural and entertainment group saw its revenue triple to RMB 3.61 billion from the previous year, recording the fastest growth among the company’s all segments.Under the recent agreement, Hong Kong-listed Alibaba Pictures will set up an artists agency with Alibaba Group’s fully owned video streaming subsidiary Youku-Tudou.Alibaba Pictures will team up with Youku-Tudou and Alibaba Literature to produce online films.In addition, Heyi Pictures, a film production firm owned by Youku Tudou, will be integrated into Alibaba Pictures.Heyi Pictures has made investments in around 40 films since it was founded in August 2014.The tie-up will all give Alibaba Pictures an edge in content production and facilitate the development of Alibaba Group’s entertainment unit.Moreover, the tie-up will better integrate various segments in Alibaba’s media group, allowing Alibaba Pictures to gain exclusive first rights for early content owned by Youku-Tudou and the e-commerce giant’s literature and gaming units.Youku-Tudou will have exclusive distribution and investment rights on copyrighted content owned by Alibaba Pictures.
I’ve written a couple times before about how buyers should select and manage their vendors, consultants and agencies.Consultants, vendors and agencies who don’t set clear expectations and “train” their clients and customers up front are more liable to experience friction and frustration down the road.Whether you’re selling professional services, software or anything in between, here are six steps I’ve found valuable in creating better, more successful relationships.This is a case where lots of people assume – they assume the other side expects the same thing, they assume the client will be reasonable even if results don’t come in as high as expected.They expect agencies to deliver without requiring input, review, or feedback.It’s the seller’s responsibility to make clear up front what will be required to exceed objectives – including input, time and resources from the customer.
Hey guys, Wondering if any of you guys have participated in Stukent's mimic pro e marketing simulation of selling cameras.Couple of quick inquiries about SEO, bidding and email campaign To start, mimic pro is a camera company online marketing simulation and each week there is a new "round" each round varies from ad campaign, to creating landing pages, making email lists etc etc.This week we are focusing mostly on email campaigns and the products I chose to focus on are the canon rebel t6i, rebel t6s and the go pro hero 4.If anyone can create some insight for me that'd be much appreciated.I'll be more than happy to share screen caps or pictures if needed!
G'day - a few things:Not sure if this is your intention or not, but make sure the game is finished before you advertise it.The creative you use to advertise will be vital to your success (more important that how much you have to spend, tbh).Make sure that it engages the viewer from the get-go (stop them from scrolling past) -and then hold their attention and make them think "yeah, I wanna play that game"Make sure that you are linking straight though to the app and keeping everything clear and easy to understand.The more cluttered / confusing the path-to-install, the more dropoff you will see.
Vision plays a central role in human cognition.While we use eyes to see things and the brain to interpret and coordinate, it is difficult for computers or robots to duplicate the way human perceive and visually sense the world around them.Computer vision is the science that aims to give a similar capability to a machine.As the supporting technologies surround this multi-disciplinary field moves forward, computer vision is making great leaps to transform a variety of industries from face recognition and healthcare to security, agriculture, and more.The rising market has give rise to a gold rush of startups all trying to capitalize on the trend.Here’s some of the most prominent players coming from China.MegviiFormed in 2012 by Tsinghua University alumni, Megvii is a Beijing-based startup focused on computer vision and artificial intelligence.Its core product Face is a cloud-based face recognition technology platform that helps developers and companies to embed advanced face detection, analysis and recognition, and large-scale search techs in their apps and websites.It provides face-related API and offline software development kits as well as customized cloud services to both developers and enterprises.As one of the earliest entrants to the sector, the company’s face recognition has been widely applied in various industries.
Yeah, that’s not going to happen, because we’ve rounded up the finest browser games around, and they’re all free.Many are HTML5-based and need a decent browser (Chrome’s a good bet), and some still need Flash.Oh, all right, they’re not quite that good, but if you can’t waste an insane number of hours playing these fab games, it must be because you hate fun itself.You have just ten projectiles to take down as many spacecraft as possible.The trick is to time shots so debris from ships you destroy causes chain reactions.It’s a text- and menu-driven adventure in which you build up and maintain a successful community in a harsh wilderness.
I have a question about Facebook Ad's split testing.I have a client who wants to test audience variants in some conversion campaigns, but she can't meet the full $800 budget minimum needed to run the split ad tests.I recommended allocating for the full $800 budget then turning off the ads once they've reached $200 overall.I haven't been able to look at the interface, but in regular Facebook Ads this wouldn't be an issue.I read something on Facebook's site that email you the results and winner.Are these results not available in Ad Manager?
Over in China law enforcement has a new weapon in the war against crime, and its name is the AnBot!The AnBot isn t really a Robocop as such as is actually more like an automated mall cop/security guard, and has already been deployed in Zhengzhou East train station.This is the first autonomous security robot that has seen action in China and features face recognition features, facial scanning the ability to charge itself and even an air quality sensor.Anbot measures just 149cm tall and weighs in at 78kg boasting a top speed of 11mph.The black and white bot started work on 17th Feb and is charged with scanning faces and passing on information that is deemed necessary.The robot is also used during the evening where it can patrol and report crimes, fires or emergencies.We wonder if this wheeled Robocop is just the start of a new wave or robotic emergency workers and ask just how long it will take before similar machines are armed and given more Policing powers.Share this:TweetMorePocketShare on TumblrEmailPrint
This article was originally written by Shabana Arora and published in MarTech AdvisorsNew York, NY: Madison Logic, the provider of Account Based Marketing solutions, today announced key changes to the company s executive leadership team as well as an expansion of the company s international presence with a new office in Singapore.Madison Logic is poised to serve clients at a global level and to acquire new business at home and abroad, furthering the strategic growth plans, which were invigorated by Clarion Capital Partners acquisition of the company at the end of November 2016.Vin Turk, co-founder of the company, will assume the role of Chief Operating Officer.As COO, Vin will be instrumental in ensuring the success of Activate ABM , Madison Logic s account based marketing platform, through new strategic partnerships and operational excellence.Previously, Vin was responsible for overseeing the growth of the company s data initiatives and global operations.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fiasco is still fresh in everyone s minds.Besides being a hazard for all users of the phone, the mishap even turned out to be a PR disaster for Samsung.To add fuel to the fire figuratively?, a factory in China that produced the Note 7 batteries was reported to have caught fire.According to Bloomberg, that fire wasn t a major one, but certainly trivial.It also seems to have occurred at a waste site on the factory rather than around the production areas, which perhaps also explains how the production wasn t affected.The fire accident occurred on Tuesday morning.The Note 7 lived a short but adventurous life in 2016.The phone was pulled off of the market twice, and then ultimately cut short.Do you think we assume our smartphones to be much safer to use than they actually are?
Yahoo didn't lose much traffic during the final three months of the year, even after it revealed that it suffered one of the worst data hacks in history — and for investors waiting for Verizon to complete its $4.8 billion acquisition of Yahoo, that's very good news.On Monday, Yahoo announced in its earnings report that user engagement numbers have remained largely intact compared to the same quarter of last year, across page views, email activity, and search trends.The numbers are particularly encouraging given recent reports that Verizon could potentially pull out of the deal to acquire Yahoo, as the hacks affected more than one billion Yahoo user accounts and could potentially cause current users to ditch the service altogether."The company's user engagement trends seem to indicate the December data breach notification had very little impact on Yahoo Mail activity, which provides us comfort that the Verizon-Yahoo deal should remain on track," Mizuho's analyst Neil Doshi wrote in a note Tuesday.On top of that, Yahoo noted that 90% of its daily active users have "already taken or do not need to take remedial action to protect their accounts," showing that the company has taken swift action to minimize the hack's impact on its users."We believe that the sale will be completed regardless of Yahoo's most recent hacking disclosure," Oppenheimer's Jason Helfstein wrote in a note.Here's the chart Yahoo shared to show its user engagement:Still, the Verizon-Yahoo deal seems to have a long way to go before it can be completed.In the earnings report, Yahoo said that it's delaying the timeframe of the transaction to the second quarter of this year, postponing it from the initially announced first quarter of this year.Yahoo didn't share more details around the decision to delay the deal.But a source familiar with the matter told Business Insider that the parties are working through additional questions resulting from Yahoo's recent disclosures about hacking incidents affecting its service, as well as customary integration matters spanning sales, product and other operations.Verizon said on Tuesday following its earnings report that it "continues to work with Yahoo to assess the impact of data breaches.
Apple s AirPods are fine.They re lightweight, they re remarkably easy to pair with an iPhone, and they re one of two truly wireless earphones I ve used that can hold a Bluetooth connection without totally freaking out.They work.You d be surprised at how few wireless headphones you can say that about.Still, I d have a hard time recommending them to non-tech-enthusiasts.Though the AirPods are better than most of their fully wireless peers, they can t totally escape feeling like a test run.Most of the deepest flaws should improve over time.Forthcoming Bluetooth updates should bolster battery life and smooth out what connection issues are left.And while Siri is bad, it's a larger project that Apple has plenty of incentive to improve.There are other, more design-centric issues, though, that Apple can address if it wants the AirPods to be a more polished, consumer-friendly product.Here s a few I d like to see in the future.
One question regarding the transition was how the social media handoff would occur between outgoing former President Obama and President Trump.And now about an hour in, some of these accounts are starting to switch over.The most important one is probably @POTUS on Twitter, which now redirects to a new page for President Trump.While it only says he has about 4M followers now, this number will eventually creep back up to the almost 14M followed that former President Obama has on his account as Twitter completes the migration.Notably President Trump hasn t tweeted anything from the @POTUS account yet, but has tweeted about 10 times in the last hour from his personal @realDonaldTrump handle.He did tell us to expect this though, since his personal handle has about 10 million more followers than @POTUS does.
Here s what we know about the Microsoft Surface Phone release date, specs, features, price and more.Update: 16 January 2017 : A recently granted Microsoft patent reveals a new type of mobile device that switches between tablet and smartphone modes using folding hinges.Microsoft has had very limited success with mobile, struggling to acquire any meaningful amount of market share.With titans like Apple and Google currently dominating the industry, Microsoft is under immense pressure to crack mobile successfully.First half of 2017 possibly How much will the Surface Phone cost?
The homepage shows your activity score, which is just a number goal translated from the total steps you've taken and the total amount of activity you've completed.I'm not the biggest fan of these point systems—I'd rather see my total step count and distance calculations and judge my daily activity goal off that.You can also tap on the moon icon to switch to sleep view.This is where your auto-tracked activities appear and where you can give them an exercise category if you wish.Most of the Phase's magic happens in the device settings.This is where you can turn on the vibrating Alarm feature, change app notifications, and turn on on Misfit Move, which is the inactive alert feature that will buzz the Phase when you've been sitting too long and wave the watchhands crazily, too, which is cute .
Astronomers have detected two stars that are on course to collide and create a spectacular explosion in Earth's sky sometime between 2021 and 2023.This binary star system is known as KIC 9832227 and consists of two stars that orbit each other once every 11 hours or so.Astronomers predict that the binary star will merge and create a bright explosion visible in the constellation Cygnus."It's a one-in-a-million chance that you can predict an explosion" of a star, Larry Molnar, an astronomy professor at Calvin College who predicted the timing of the binary collision, said in a statement from the college."It's never been done before."Supernova Photos: Great Images of Star Explosions