Val Strefeler

Val Strefeler

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Snap’s much-anticipated IPO has generated a great deal of enthusiasm in the tech and financial communities, as well as here in Los Angeles, the company’s home town.It is one of the largest tech IPOs in recent memory, and the company is one of the only viable challengers to Facebook’s social media dominance.Indeed, it is the largest U.S. tech IPO since Facebook’s.Now that Snap is a public company, not only will it have to live up to its valuation, but it will also have to continue to drive user growth, engagement, and revenue.After two days of trading, Snap Inc. now sits at $27 a share, up 59 percent from its $17 IPO price on Thursday morning, with a market cap of more than $31 billion.With the debate on Wall Street officially underway, investors must decide where they sit on the bull and bear sides of this equation.Just this week, Atlantic Equities research analyst James Cordwell downgraded Snap to “neutral”, citing facts like Snap’s average revenue per user is less than 15 percent of Facebook’s, and that the limited amount of user data Snapchat has compared with Facebook could restrict its potential among direct-response advertisers.As a social media messaging app reliant upon capturing an increasing percentage of advertising budgets for growth, Snap could face some inherent barriers going forward, particularly if it has hopes of competing with the likes of Facebook or Google for a portion of those advertising dollars.Commentators will point to TV ad budgets as being squarely in Snap’s crosshairs as it hunts for more revenue.
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Proposals to tax robots have been debated by serious folks recently.The European Union considered but ultimately rejected the idea of .And last week published an in which he argues for a robot tax.These proposals follow a spate of recent articles on robots and automation, some of which argue there will be large job losses from robots and automation.These articles include one in the , which profiled books by Martin Ford, Jerry Kaplan, Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, and David Autor's article on workplace automation in , among others.There’s no question that the potential increase in robots and automation requires policy makers to rethink fiscal policy for the 21 century (and other policy as well, such as education and retraining policy).
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These numbers show the drastic decline and tough position that camera manufacturers find themselves in these days.We have been hearing for years now about the decline of the photography industry and the camera market.That trend continued in a big — no, a massive way, in 2016.The global camera market, based on the latest published numbers for 2016 have shown a 35 percent drop in cameras shipped for the calendar year.We have all heard the usual excuses for such numbers, pointing to the proliferation and improved quality of smartphone cameras, which no doubt has played a part in this.But looking into the numbers further, and by talking to photographers actually using a stand-alone camera these days and one can come up other reasons for the stagnation.
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the Assistant is Google's answer to Siri, Alexa, and Cortana.Microsoft's voice-activated assistant, is already available for both Android and IOS in addition to Windows, and now, Google Assistant will also be on the way to IOS.Geekster reports that the Rubber Hafsteinsson, product manager at Google, got a question about it at the Mobile World Congress and answered: " I don't think we have anything to announce right now.But I think our philosophy is that we want to make Assistant available to as many people as possible.Google Assistant is in several ways more advanced than its competitors, especially through understanding the context so that the user can ask follow-up questions.
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"Conan"/TBS A Mexican viewer posted a thank-you letter to Conan O'Brien for a recent episode of his TBS late-night show, "Conan," that was shotTBS aired the episode, "Conan: Made in Mexico," on Wednesday. was shot by a Mexican production crew."I'm watching the special you made in Mexico and I just wanted to say thank you so much," Reddit user FrankOcean2 wrote on the site.
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Cheetah Mobile has rebranded its mobile ad business as Cheetah Ads to bring engaging vertical video ads to all mobile moments.China-based Cheetah Mobile has more than 612 million monthly active users for its mobile utilities and content apps.Now the company will unify its business under a single name.Formerly known as Cheetah Ad Platform, Cheetah Ads offers diverse, global reach to users across its own News Republic, Live.me, Clean Master, and CM Security and its partner apps, such as musical.ly.Cheetah Ads intelligently targets vertical video ads across the entire mobile journey, said Scarlett Xiao, senior vice president for global marketing and business development at Cheetah Mobile, in a statement.Our technology has the power to transform ads into useful and desirable experiences to the delight of both users and brand advertisers.
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the undisputed leader in the public cloud space--it is growing quickly every quarter and delivering strong earnings back to its parent, Amazon.com.Microsoft 's Azure is narrowing the gap and IBM, Google and Rackspace offer significant enterprise public cloud services, too.All this attention comes at a time when customers are beginning to consider the true costs and true business impacts of public cloud services.People began to think that the public cloud would eat the world, except for those pesky legacy platforms that nobody can shake.The graphic below captures the change in mindset and the march towards Hybrid IT (from a directional standpoint, not a market share standpoint.)But not every workload can be in a public cloud.
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Less than four years ago, on June 2013, about 340 people gathered at the Convene Conference Center in New York City for the inaugural LendIt Conference.Next week, more than 5,000 attendees, 350 thought leaders and more than 2,400 companies will participate in the fourth annual NYC conference.LendIt was founded by Jason Jones, Bo Brustkern and Peter Renton.During the last few years, the team had a front row seat on the Fintech and Lending arena, which continues to grow rapidly.We wanted to get all of the big Fintech players in the same room.Along with our other co-founder, Dara Albright, we reached out to Peter Renton because he was the No.
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Of 227 snooping local authorities, only a third cared how it might affect the publicMore than half of the UK’s local authorities have used body-worn cameras, with only a third of them having considered the privacy impact on the public, according to best practice.The rush to use body-worn video (BWV) by local authorities is not being scrutinised closely enough, according to civil liberties group Big Brother Watch, which found that 227 local government authorities have used the technology.Research released today, resulting from answers from 412 (98 per cent) of them, reveals local authorities across the UK have purchased 3,760 cameras, spending almost £1.8m of taxpayers’ cash to do so.Considering council’s historical abuse of RIPA powers, Big Brother Watch warned that “councils have a poor track record of using heavy-handed surveillance tactics and are often lackadaisical with their approach to protecting personal data.Scrutiny of new capabilities should be a number one priority.”
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings just took the stage on Monday afternoon at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona, Spain to talk about content in the midst a period of disruption and change during a light-hearted chat.Interviewed on stage by the BBC, Hastings briefly touched on the company s incredible Oscar win on Sunday.Internet TV is clearly the way to go for content companies like Netflix and its competitors.Hastings, however, doesn t seem afraid of the increasing competition, especially in coming years.That said, Netflix is excited about being at the forefront, and about having a huge slice of the market in the near future, when everything TV-related will be done over the internet.Hastings explained that being at the forefront is also bringing to light more challenging topics, including suicide among teens — Netflix has an upcoming show based on that controversial topic.
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The NHS has been accused of covering up a large data loss involving the loss or mislaying of more than half a million pieces of confidential information.Confidential medical correspondence – including test results, diagnoses and treatment plans – between GPs and hospitals went undelivered during the five years from 2011 to 2016, The Guardian reports.The problem arose because the firm tasked with arranging the delivery of internal NHS correspondence mistakenly stored it in a warehouse.A total of 708,000 items of correspondence were undelivered, 200,000 of which covered change of address forms and are therefore of great importance.The NHS has put together a team to assess the impact of the systematic blunder, The Guardian adds.Tony Pepper, co-founder and chief exec of data security company Egress, said the NHS's reliance on paper records is partly to blame for the systematic screw-up.
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Spin the animated globe and zoom in on a location.Now you can listen live on the radio broadcasting from the site.Distant voices coming near, and reads the news, sing or reports about the weather.On the site Radiogarden you can take part of the entire world's radio.Here are streamed live broadcasts, archives of historical radio spots, jingles from all over the world and stories about the radiolyssning.Among other things, the author tells Seamus Heany in the element Sounds of Stockholm about their experiences as children hear voices and foreign languages through the radio.
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Hey guys - long time lurker of the sub.Does anyone have any experience with a company who can make a how-to videos by drawing on a white board?We want to do a video series explaining how the brain functions and thought that using white board animation would be the easiest way for the audience to understand.I've found some candidates on Fiverr with good reviews but I am a little reluctant because of prior experiences.
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A little hole opens in your heart as you watch your past fly away on a jet plane.Whether you’re glad to see it go or will miss the old days, this playlist helps you find the words to say goodbye.The playlist, curated by Spotify user Isaiah Rowley, features songs that help you let go from artists like Rob Thomas, Kelly Clarkson, Matchbox 20, and, of course, Adele.It’s probably best to keep a box of tissues nearby while you listen.Welcome to our Featured Playlist series.Each week, we’ll share a new themed playlist, embedded for your convenience!
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Artist and entrepreneur Jay Z is launching his own venture capital firm, along with Jay Brown who is the president of Roc Nation, said several sources to the site, the Axios.They are on the lookout for a third investment partner, and may be at the time to start cooperating with the Sherpa Capital to launch the fund.Jay Z has invested in various technology startups since 2012.Aside from his music, he is best known for being the co-owner of the musikstreamingtjänsten Tidal.Read more: Jay Z, accusing the Schibsted for the Tidal-blowingThen Jay Z bought into Tidal 2015, however, it has been slow for the company.
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Dyson knows you had your eye on a V8 Absolute cordless vacuum but might have blanched at the $599 price, and so now the company is rolling out two more battery-powered models that are a little more affordable.The Dyson V7 Motorhead and Dyson V8 Animal each pack more suction than the vacuum-maker’s old V6 models – up to 150-percent in the case of the V8, in fact – but are both priced under $500.The V8 Animal is the closest to the V8 Absolute flagship, and in fact uses the same V8 motor with 2 Tier Radial cyclones.In fact, the main difference between Animal and Absolute is what accessories you get.Both come with the direct-drive powered brush-head, along with a mini motorized tool, soft dusting brush, and a few crevice tools.However, the V8 Animal lacks the soft roller head that works so well on wood floors isn’t included, though you do get it all for $499.
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It has been four years since Ola Sars and Andreas Liffgarden formed the Soundtrack Your Brand NTL together with the musikjätten Spotify.Now, the company has developed its own platform for music and broadened the sales to the rest of the world.the Goal is to be the biggest in the world , " says ceo Ola Sars.the Capital is enough to take us to profitability.He is also known as one of the founders of Beats Music, streamingtjänsten which was sold to Apple for over 3 billion dollars in 2014.his co-founder Andreas Liffgarden previously worked as head of global business development at Spotify.
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Momager Kris Jenner and her children are believed to be worth an estimated £155.3 million collectively, and how they conduct themselves on social media has played in taking them from reality TV stars to cultural icons.All five of the Kardashian-Jenner sisters are in the top 100 most followed accounts on Twitter and while your goals might be different, there s plenty of lessons you can take away to help you grow your own social channels.How to interact with your social media audienceOne of the ways in which the Kardashians personalise their marketing approach is by merging it with fan interactions.Not only does Kylie Jenner respond to her fans, but intelligently plugs her own product while responding.Customer loyalty needs to be rewarded with positive interactions from those running the business.
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Already a year ago announced a collaboration between, among others, Google, GSM Association, and operators of Telenor Group and TeliaSonera to replace SMS and MMS messaging with RCS.the Acronym stands for Rich Communications Services, and it is a significantly more modern, more global option, with support, for example, file sharing, location sharing, emojis, high-resolution images up to 10MB and group conversations.Google has today said that the RCS will be launched in Europe and Asia through a partnership with Telenor – it includes the operator's customers in Sweden, Norway and Denmark.They will be able to use the RCS through Google's regular message app in android phones.Sökjättens implementation embraces the GSMA's universal profile – a global standard that is supported by over 58 network operators and manufacturers who together reach 4.7 billion users.In markets where RCS is launched, Telenor subscribers who already have the Messenger app on their phone will automatically get access to RCS services through an app update.
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Most people, with the exception of those who live beneath the subway grates and Ted Cruz, don t like to be alone for too long.When that attention comes from an intelligent piano-playing machine, however, shit gets weird.It s pretty simple: Open up the web player, play a few notes on your keyboard, and wait for your strange new robot friend to respond with its own music.It s like jamming, if jamming involved a machine instead of your long-haired friend who likes to noodle badly on the guitar.When I first tried it, it didn t work quite as planned.I played a few notes—terribly, because one semester of piano lessons in college taught me how to play the beginning of Coldplay s Clocks and nothing else, which is horrific and sad in its own way—but my computer friend didn t answer.
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