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Netflix "BoJack Horseman" was the most popular digital original show in Russia during the third quarter of 2016, according to Parrot Analytics.The show wasn t nearly as popular in anyIn all of those places, "Stranger Things" wasBut in Russia, "Stranger Things" got second place.Parrot Analytics Parrot measures popularity by looking at Demand Expressions, a
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REUTERS/Paulo WhitakerSome US ad agencies are making secret settlements to clients to avoid being fully audited by them, sources tell Business Insider.The payments come after the industry was accused of keeping millions in media rebates that should have gone to clients.The settlement sums are in the millions of dollars and have taken the form of cash or significant fee
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I was driving on I-95 from New York to Boston in a Honda CR-V when I decided to go outside my comfort zone and turn on SiriusXM Radio instead of listening to the usual playlists I was streaming through my iPhone.Clocking around 70 mph on the highway, I tried my best to select the best station without taking my eyes off the road.Except it seemed like the system was working against me —
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Are young people too busy staring at their phones to be able to appreciate priceless historical art and artifacts?A series of apps created by the museum associated with the Forbidden City has proven that this is not at all the case.The museum is following a trend where the world s top museums, including also the British Museum and the Louvre Museum, are bringing their precious collections to smart device users by developing e-museum apps.China s Palace Museum, the country s largest museum for classical Chinese culture and art, have expanded beyond that to reach a new generation of internet-savvy fans.Aside from its e-museum app, the Palace Museum has developed a series of apps that have attracted millions of users, including younger social media addicts.The apps come in many forms: an interactive painting app, an exquisite calendar, and game apps.The Night Revels of Han XizaiNight Revels of Han Xizai is a masterpiece among China s classic paintings.The iPad app of the same name, which has an English version, was developed based on this precious painting.The app focuses on a single classic painting, using high definition images.To complete the painting, it provides videos of researchers comments, and a reenactment of the ancient dances and arts shown in the painting.The interactive feature allows users to click on an aspect of the painting in the app to read related information, including the fate of the characters in the painting, as well as the rhythm and dances associated with the music in the scene.A Calendar appOne of the majestic Palace Museum s efforts in the internet era is a calendar app that showcases a piece of art from the Museum s collection every day, and describes its craftsmanship and background knowledge.Click on the Chinese calligraphy brush at the bottom right, and you can start writing a note – a visually pleasing one, with the date, piece of art, and your writing on it – before sharing the photo with friends on social media.
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Hanson Robotics is making its first foray into the consumer electronics market with an educational toy called Professor Einstein.The device is a pint-sized, shuffling Albert Einstein that uses natural language processing, and other artificial intelligence capabilities, to comprehend and answer kids questions about science.The 14.5-inch tall device is wifi enabled, compatible with both iOS and Android phones or tablets, and powered by rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries.Early backers can pre-order Professor Einstein via Kickstarter as of this morning for $249.The company plans to ship the toy in April, and confirmed that Professor Einstein is already designed for manufacturing, not in some non-existent prototyping stage likely to lead to a crowdfunding disappointment.Hanson Robotics built original content and a speech processing system for its Professor Einstein but taps into AI systems like IBM Watson and Microsoft s Xiaobing chatbot as well to enable conversation.
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IBM Security announced this morning that it has purchased Agile 3 Solutions, a San Francisco-based company that helps executives understand cyber-security risks inside an organization.Agile 3 has developed a security risk dashboard aimed at showing C-suite executives the level of cyber-security risk inside their organizations.The acquisition gives IBM another tool in its security arsenal to provide insight to key decision makers, which ultimately could help them sell more security services.Adding Agile 3 Solutions to the IBM Security immune system of capabilities gives our team the ability to not only protect critical data, but demonstrate why it is at risk, and how to remediate that risk.Knowing what your crown jewel data is, and understanding its susceptibility to exploitation via external or insider threats, is an imperative for any organization, IBM Security general manager Marc van Zadelhoff said in a statement.Agile 3 had been working as an IBM business partner prior to the acquisition.
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How to join the networkHow to join the networkWhile global investment in cybersecurity startups may have shown signs of slowing in 2016, Israel – second only to the U.S. market – remained strong and showed impressive numbers yet again, as we witnessed a surge in funding and continued innovation.Investments in Israeli Companies Continues to RiseCB Insights estimated that the 2016 global deal activity and dollar funding in cybersecurity had slowed from the peak times of 2015 amid investor worries that the space has been overfunded, but we are pleased to report a different set of results coming out of Israel, especially in startup funding.We took note of 83 newly founded cybersecurity startups in 2016, just slightly higher than 2015 when 81 startups were founded—meaning, there certainly wasn t a slowdown in entrepreneurship and innovation.
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Some of the Earliest Color Photos of Life Around the WorldPhotography as a means of capturing the world around us is barely 200 years old, and the concept of color photography even younger, by probably close to 100 years.Over at Timeline on Medium , Rian Dundon explores an archive of some of the oldest color photos of the world—not necessarily of the wealthy people who could afford them at the time, but taken by one of those wealthy people, who wanted a kind of photo archive of the world, and set out to take it between 1909 and 1931.From a Senegalese sniper in uniform to a portrait of three women in Kyoto to gorgeous photos of Egypt and Bosnia, there s a lot to take in—and a reminder that so much has changed in a very short period of time.Obviously the photos are copyrighted so I won t share them here the photo above is pubic domain —but they re more than worth a visit, and read of the story of the man who wanted them all taken and preserved for history.Packed with facts about each planet in our solar system and a little sight to see while you re there, you ll actually come away from it having learned a bit about how magnificent the other planets in our solar system really are, maybe a few things about our own, and even a bit about what lies beyond in other galaxies and how long it would take to actually make that multi-million-mile round trip.
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Without a doubt, the potential Snap IPO this year is one of the most anticipated developments for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.With the IPO market hitting a slump the last two years, despite a decent economy, hope abounds that a strong Snap could repair the broken relationship between tech startups and Wall Street.In advance of a possible Snap IPO, the data visualization specialists at Geckoboard have pulled together a range of interesting data about which tech IPOs have been winners and losers over the past decade.The numbers contain some surprises, as well as offering good perspective about how some of the most familiar names performed.First, it s worth noting that of the 100 largest tech companies that went public over the past decade, 67 percent are currently trading up.That s a pretty good track record.What are the odds that Snap will end up on the right side of the winners-losers line?According to Geckoboard, the projected $25 billion valuation of the Snap IPO would make it the fourth largest tech IPO in the past 10 years.That number would make it bigger than the IPOs of notable names like LinkedIn, Tesla Motors, and Atlassian.Indeed, it would be the biggest U.S. tech IPO since cough, cough Twitter, which has lost about half of its valuation.So, which are the most successful IPOs?
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After explosions, recalls, and months of bad press, Samsung is attempting to put the drawn out Galaxy Note 7 saga behind it once and for all, with the long-promised official release of the findings of its internal investigation.Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh started a packed press conference in Seoul by deeply apologizing to customers and business partners, before adding on a somewhat positive note that some 96-percent of of the three million Note 7 devices sold had been returned.Koh followed with an explanation of the company s internal testing methodology, nothing that Samsung built a standalone testing facility to isolate the case of the explosions, testing wired and wireless testing, iris scanning and the USB-C connector.And while none of those were determined to be the cause, he added that the company will be instituting future safeguards to be extra careful.According to the testing, the incidents were caused by the battery cells, as previously reported in leaks that have come out in the past few weeks.According to Koh, the main cause of the incident was deflections in the negative electrode in the first batch of batteries, while melted copper was found in the second batch, due to a short circuit that occurred during welding.
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A fried chicken restaurant has captured the hearts of San Franciscans.The Bird landed in the city's SoMa neighborhood in October, and has been drawing lines out the door since.The counter-service restaurant is part of restauranteur Adriano Paganini's growing empire, which includes Super Duper Burger, Unos Dos Tacos, and about 20 other Bay Area restaurants.Like the popular burger chain, The Bird features a limited menu of just two entrées and fries.We stopped by The Bird on a recent afternoon to see if it's worth the wait.
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Google has launched a new feature via Google Play Services 10.2 that will make it easier to use the mobile hotspot on your mobile devices.The latest update comes with 'Instant Tethering', which simplifies the hotspot setup process, often a tedious task.Instant Tethering essentially links up all the devices associated with your Google account, which means if one loses connection, you'll immediately be asked if you want to connect to another nearby device with internet access.The feature uses Bluetooth to find your other nearby devices and means you'll be prompted to reconnect to a new device if you lose connection.As long as you've got a fairly generous data plan, it should make staying online when there's no Wi-Fi around much simpler.Unfortunately, the new feature doesn't appear to be available to everyone at this point.
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In 2015, I drove one of my kids to camp in a BMW i3, an extended-range electric vehicle that at the time was rumored to be a basis for the Apple Car.The trip went great, so I decided to make our annual camp sojourn to the scenic Catskills in upstate New York a regular EV-paloooza.And what better car to serve as our futuristic chariot in 2016 than ... the Tesla Model S?And not just any Model S, but a P90D with Ludicrous Mode: the baddest, fastest, coolest Tesla in all the land.At least until the P100D arrived in early 2017.The idea was to see if this four-door luxury "family car" with supercar-beating acceleration — 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, claimed — could handle a journey of decent length about 240 miles round trip involving two adults, three kids, and the gear of a pair of campers for two weeks.Quite a test, eh?And with a few scheduled stops to dine, take in the sights — and recharge the battery.Our adventure began on a pleasant Sunday in July, just like 2015, and all initially went according to planUntil it didn't.Read on to learn all about our most excellent misadventure with the world's most famous electric car.
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Amazon is currently offering UK shoppers £10 off every order over £50.The company is celebratingfinishing top of the UK Institute of Customer Service rankings for the second year running.All shoppers need to do is add the promo code BIGTHANKS when they checkout.Save £10 on every £50 on Amazon right nowThere are some exceptions, the code cannot be used to buy gift cards, AmazonFresh orders, digital products, baby formula and Marketplace orders.However, if you wanna save a tenner on a piece of gadgetry you've been eyeing for a while, here's your chance.
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Four cemeteries, from which at least 123 individuals have been excavated so far, have been unearthed near the remains of a medieval Christian monastery in Sudan.The cemeteries and remains, which have been excavated over the past two years, are located at a monastery called al-Ghazali near the Nile River.The people who were buried there lived about 1,000 years ago, during a time when a series of Christian kingdoms flourished in the area, according to Robert Stark, a doctoral student at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who presented the findings this month in Toronto at the joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies.The discoveries include well-preserved burial shrouds that in a few instances still cover the skulls of the deceased, Stark said.In one cemetery, some people were buried in mysterious ways: For example, two individuals were found with post-mortem cut marks incised in their bones.See Photos of the Massive Burial Ground and Monastery
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It s an important issue for the firm, which consistently ranks as a diverse platform in terms of its user base.Twitter also boasts a self-professed socially aware CEO in the guise of Jack Dorsey who can forget the StayWoke t-shirt he wore on stage at a tech conference in 2016 .Internally, however, it still hasn t managed to reflect the inclusiveness found on its service where conversations around BlackLivesMatter, SheInspiresMe and OrlandoStrong have thrived , although it s not for want of trying.In its latest diversity report, Twitter reveals the ground it gained last year in a number of departments.The bad news is that it is still lacking when it comes to underrepresented minorities non-whites and non-Asians , which make up 11 percent of its overall workforce — a meagre increase of just 1 percent from 2015.The numbers in Twitter s EEO-1 report show that out of 47 executive positions, none are filled by African-Americans or Latinos.
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Apple is suing Qualcomm, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court seen by Business Insider.Apple buys wireless modem chips from Qualcomm and pays it license royalties to use its wireless patents.Apple is accusing Qualcomm of withholding $1 billion in rebates under a deal they had struck to keep Qualcomm modems in Apple products, including the iPhone and iPad.Qualcomm held the rebates after Apple worked with Korean antitrust regulators looking into Qualcomm's licensing businesses, Apple said.Earlier this week, the FTC accused Qualcomm of monopolistic practices directly related to its intellectual property licensing business and cited its relationship with Apple.Qualcomm did not immediately return a request for comment.Apple said that Qualcomm charges Apple "at least five times more in" royalty payments than all of Apple's other patent licensors combined in a statement provided to Business Insider:"For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few, the more money Qualcomm collects for no reason and the more expensive it becomes for Apple to fund these innovations.Qualcomm built its business on older, legacy, standards but reinforces its dominance through exclusionary tactics and excessive royalties.Despite being just one of over a dozen companies who contributed to basic cellular standards, Qualcomm insists on charging Apple at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined.To protect this business scheme Qualcomm has taken increasingly radical steps, most recently withholding nearly $1B in payments from Apple as retaliation for responding truthfully to law enforcement agencies investigating them.Apple believes deeply in innovation and we have always been willing to pay fair and reasonable rates for patents we use.
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By Robert Pease, Pipeline Performance Practice Lead for Heinz MarketingWe spend quite a bit of time here at Heinz Marketing helping companies sort out ways to improve their marketing effectiveness and increase sales pipeline growth.We are big believers in building the marketing plan to support the revenue plan and doing the funnel math that tells you how many leads you need to generate and explicitly states assumptions around conversion rates.The next level down of detail is deploying budget to specific programs and activities to execute the marketing plan and we have just released an Excel template that you can download no form to complete that does just that.Download the marketing plan and budget template!It is based on a spreadsheet I have used over many years that not only assigns dollars to activities but helps you think through when certain expenditures need to be made and how the overall budget will be deployed in a 12 month window.
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BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, has boosted its stake in Apple to 322 million shares, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.The firm now holds 6.1% of Apple's outstanding shares.That's up from the 5.7% stake it held in the iPhone giant in January 2016.BlackRock's Apple holdings are worth about $38.4 billion at the current stock price of $119.Apple isn't the only big-name tech stock that BlackRock has a significant stake in.It owns over 5% of each of Facebook, HP, and Microsoft as well.But Apple is a particular favorite of the BlackRock COO Sue Wagner, who joined Apple's board of directors in 2014.Apple stock reached a 14-month high earlier this week.Visit Markets Insider for constantly updated market quotes for individual stocks, ETFs, indices, commodities and currencies traded around the world.
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It looks like Asus s CEO, Jerry Shen has high hopes for the company s future, so after announcing earlier this week that he plans to double sales in 2017, now he admitted that the Chinese company plans to launch its Zenfone 4 series smartphones this May!It may seem strange and early, since the Zenfone 3 Zoom only debuted at CES two weeks ago, but this is the way to make more sales in the market: increase the number of available phones.We don t know much about the future Zenfone 4 devices, but rumors say that one of them will come with a 5.2 inch display full HD and a 4850 mAh battery.With these specs it doesn t look like a flagship model, but probably an Asus Max related device.
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