PipelineDeals Launches the Women in Tech Scholarship

first_imgPipelineDeals Launches the Women in Tech Scholarship Globe NewswireJune 13, 2019, 6:42 pmJune 13, 2019 PipelineDeals, the most adopted customer relationship management (CRM) software among small and midsize businesses (SMB), launched the Women in Tech Scholarship to celebrate and support women beginning careers in technology. The scholarship aims to encourage young women to pursue careers in computer science, engineering, and technical studies, and to become future leaders in these fields.According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology Women in Tech Scorecard  (NCWIT Scorecard), the percentage of female employment in computing and mathematical occupations has consistently hovered at about 25 percent since 2007. The study also found that women leave technology fields more than other science and engineering fields.Marketing Technology News: Informatica Unveils AI-Powered Product Innovations and Strengthens Industry Partnerships at Informatica World 2019“Our industry is overdue in fostering diversity and inclusion. The Women in Tech Scholarship Program is one way we can continuously support future women leaders in tech,” said JP Werlin, Co-Founder and CEO of PipelineDeals. “As a software company, we want to bring about positive gains for women in technology by offering encouragement that can help motivate, open doors, and support educational finances. With a focus on supporting women in tech, we can be part of a longer-term solution.”The scholarship recipient will be chosen based on an application process that will include a questionnaire and an essay. One winner will be awarded $2,500 to support their education. The PipelineDeals Women in Tech Scholarship committee is accepting applications until August 31, 2019.Marketing Technology News: MultiVu Launches Digital Marketing Suite crmJP WerlinNewsPipelineDealsTech Scholarship Previous ArticleVolly Launches Point-of-Sale Mobile App and Rebrands CRM Mobile AppNext ArticleCentro Releases Universal Pixel for Easy Creation and Management of First-Party Audienceslast_img read more

TechBytes with Keith Fenech VP Software Analytics at Revulytics

first_img Keith Fenech is Revulytics’ VP, Software Analytics and was the co-founder and CEO of Trackerbird Software Analytics before the company was acquired by Revulytics in 2016. Following the acquisition, Keith joined the Revulytics team and is now responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the Usage Analytics business within the company.Prior to founding Trackerbird, Keith held senior product roles at GFI Software where he was responsible for the product roadmap and revenue growth for various security products in the company’s portfolio. Keith also brings with him 10 years of IT consultancy experience in the SMB space. Keith has a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Malta, specializing in high-performance computing. Revulytics offers cloud-based software usage analytics and turnkey services that give software producers deep visibility into how their products are being used and misused, providing them with actionable intelligence to generate revenue by converting unlicensed users into paying customers, optimize product development, and make data-driven decisions across their business.Its compliance analytics solutions and services are used by leading software vendors to increase license revenue and globally reduce software piracy. Its software usage analytics solution provides valuable insight into product adoption, engagement, and environments, enabling product managers and developers to make data-driven decisions to meet customer needs and deliver contextually relevant messages to build customer satisfaction. Revulytics software intelligence has supported customer compliance programs generating more than $1.8 billion in new license revenue since 2010. About KeithAbout RevulyticsAbout Keith TechBytes with Keith Fenech, VP, Software Analytics at Revulytics Sudipto GhoshJune 24, 2019, 1:00 pmJune 21, 2019 Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at Revulytics.As Vice President of Software Analytics, I am in charge of the business strategy and product roadmap for the Usage Analytics side of the business. I spend a good amount of my time in our European office working with the engineering team that handles the R&D related to the analytics engine and our SaaS portal. Most of the work we do involves building big-data technologies to collect, analyze and visualize data supporting customers with millions of installations.How did you arrive at Revulytics?I was the co-founder and CEO of Trackerbird, a software analytics company I started in Malta in 2010. In 2016, Revulytics acquired Trackerbird and I took up a VP role within the company. Trackerbird technology is the foundation of what is now Revulytics Usage Intelligence.Tell us more about Revulytics Usage Intelligence and the technology driving it?The Revulytics Usage intelligence platform consists of three main components. The first is the Client SDK that our customers integrate with their on-premise software. We provide APIs for various languages and platforms and the integration itself consists of just a few lines of code. Once the API is integrated, it enables any software running on Windows, Linux and Mac to collect anonymous installation and product usage data which are automatically and securely uploaded to the Usage Intelligence servers over the web.Our customers can then analyze this data in real-time using out-of-the-box reporting with state of the art visualizations, allowing them to discover how their customers are making use of various features within their software, perform workflow analysis, analyze conversion and churn, and get metrics related to platforms and architectures that the product is running on. The framework also includes our ReachOut in-app messaging platform that allows customers to create campaigns to target specific audiences based on their status, historical usage of the product, and other properties or metrics.Our core analytics engine was custom built using Python, C and MongoDB and runs on several Linux clusters. We also make use of a mix of other technologies for storing and real-time processing of data, with a primary aim of scalability.How can CMOs and CIOs leverage your technology and solutions to optimize their software stacks?The ability to combine in-app messaging with software usage analytics is a powerful tool for marketers. It allows granular segmentation by a wide range of filters so they can deliver hyper-targeted messages to the most relevant users. One of our customers – TechSmith – has used this approach to achieve 61% more clicks and 44% more conversions for upgrade campaigns compared to their email campaigns. Marketers can also leverage Conversion Funnel reports to better understand how users first enter and explore a product and compare the behavior of those who convert to those who do not. They can then target specific in-app message campaigns to introduce important functionality and encourage behavior that yields higher conversions.How can Compliance Intelligence impact revenue and sales? Which metrics do you measure to ascertain the compliance?The goal of a software license compliance program is to maximize license revenue from existing customers and active prospects by minimizing license leakage. License leakage occurs through overuse as well as the adoption of pirated software. By detecting unlicensed use and identifying infringers, software companies with mature programs can generate significant additional license revenue on top of their overall revenue.From a vendor perspective, the key metrics for a compliance program are cases (leads) created and conversion rates. It is also important to measure the average deal price, additional products sold, and renewal rates on converted compliance targets. Sales and Marketing are always looking for new leads. A license compliance program identifies people already using the software and getting value from it, they’re just not paying for it.What are the biggest challenges you face in Compliance Analytics? For vendors without existing compliance programs, it can be a challenge to get a consensus from the management team to support an initiative. If there is already a compliance program in place there is greater interest in pursuing a data-driven approach that proactively identifies opportunities for new license revenue that enables them to scale and grow their program.What are your predictions on the role of Blockchain and AI/ML further disrupting the Software Compliance Analytics markets? Applying Blockchain to software licensing can help simplify distribution and authentication of licensing and reduce overuse, but overt piracy and licensing cracking will always be possible with distributed software. However, Machine Learning and AI along with software usage analytics will allow vendors to better predict customer behavior, software needs and eventually fill in the knowledge gap between customers and vendors that sometimes drives piracy in certain markets.How do you work with AI, Machine Learning and other data-centric technologies to improve your product lifecycle? We live in a data-centric world where you can no longer remain competitive unless your R&D and roadmap decision making is backed up by data. One bad PM decision can set you back months behind your competitors which can potentially lead to unrecoverable revenue and wasted resources.As the ability to collect data improves and the costs for data storage keep decreasing, one major challenge we face is that the variety of data sources and volume of the data itself is always increasing. This can make it difficult to analyze all the (potentially conflicting) data in a timely manner and filter out what is noise from what is actionable. But having a good visualization tool and leveraging the power of AI can help highlight the relevant points of interest without having to manually sift through the noise. Getting faster and actionable answers will help you fine-tune and accelerate your product lifecycle to be able to focus on the features and products customers actually want and use while getting to market faster.How did GDPR impact your business operations and 5 key lessons that you learned from the GDPR phase?Given our focus on software usage data, it wasn’t surprising that we had to answer a lot of questions from customers and prospects in the run-up to GDPR taking effect. We worked with a firm that specializes in implementing and maintaining strong privacy programs to ensure continued compliance and help educate customers and prospects on the issues. While Usage Intelligence is built on anonymous data, it does allow custom data to be collected which could include personal information. Compliance Intelligence does leverage personal information to aid in the identification of infringers. But the bottom line for our customers is that our software usage and intelligence analytics platform can be leveraged in a manner that is GDPR compliant. There are several approaches that may be used to lawfully process personal information under GDPR. Here are 5 key lessons:A popular approach is to obtain consent from the data subject. In fact, this approach has been used by Revulytics’ customers in the past, but under the GDPR, provided that another basis, such as legitimate interest, is present, it is not necessary to rely on consent as the legal basis for the processing.Another approach, described under GDPR Article 6, provides a legal basis for processing based on the legitimate interests of the data controller or a third party. Recital 47 states “The processing of personal data strictly necessary for the purposes of preventing fraud also constitutes a legitimate interest of the data controller concerned.” Therefore, for solutions like Compliance Intelligence, consent is not needed for the processing of personal information to take place.Vendors still need to comply with GDPR’s fairness and transparency principle – including providing appropriate notices in their external privacy policyWhile not explicitly called out in a recital, the improvement of products and services may also be considered a legitimate interest, so consent is not needed for solutions like Usage Intelligence, especially if the data is anonymousIn the event a vendor’s users are sensitive to their activities being tracked, they may want to consider obtaining consent for the collection of information for processing by solutions like Usage Intelligence. Consent would need to meet the requirements described above – be obtained by a clear affirmative act, be freely given, be specific and informed, and be unambiguous. It would also need to be revocable and you would need to address the fairness and transparency principle. An opt-out mechanism, accessible at any time, should be provided. AIblockchainCompliance AnalyticsKeith FenechRevulyticsTech Bytes Previous ArticleFrom One Marketer To Another: 4 Tips for Getting Started with Data ActivationNext ArticleMarTech Interview with Vrahram Kadkhodaian, CEO at PROLIFIQ About Revulyticslast_img read more

Valassis Marketing Technology Platform Earns Tech Award

first_imgEsri Presents Special Achievement in GIS AwardValassis, the leader in marketing technology and consumer engagement, announced it is the recipient of a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award from Esri, the global leader in location intelligence. Rooted in the science of geography, geographic information systems (GIS) is the framework for gathering, managing and analyzing data. The award, presented this week at the 2019 Esri User Conference, acknowledges transformative work by users of its technology.“Our powerful predictive intelligence – built by our data scientists and engineers – enables our analysts to develop recommendations and provide incredible insights to our customers about their consumers and their intent, to drive optimized marketing for our clients’ ad campaigns.”Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates, Valassis is one of over 180 organizations honored. The company is being recognized for its revolutionary marketing technology platform that drives consumer engagement based on their unique, predictive intelligence. The proprietary platform was built, in part, with Esri technology.Marketing Technology News: Leadspace Acquires ReachForce to Offer Customers Even More Robust B2B Customer Data Platform“Esri User Conference gives our users an opportunity to share the ways they are implementing GIS technology and using it to make a difference in business, government and the environment,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. “We are honored to present these awards to all the organizations recognized for their commitment to improving the world through technological leadership.”Valassis understands consumer interests, merging its powerful online and offline data to improve the personalization, scalability and effectiveness of print and digital campaigns. Geography, data and analytics are pillars of this platform, which bring data points together into a single performance-driven application. As a result, advertisers are better positioned to deliver actionable campaigns.Marketing Technology News: TripIt Launches New Amazon Alexa Skill“Ultimately, we are focused on connecting advertisers with the best combination of channel, location and messaging to grow their revenue,” said Brian Bratney, product manager, Valassis. “Our powerful predictive intelligence – built by our data scientists and engineers – enables our analysts to develop recommendations and provide incredible insights to our customers about their consumers and their intent, to drive optimized marketing for our clients’ ad campaigns.”At Valassis, location intelligence, maps and spatial data are transformed to provide data-driven recommendations and strategies with speed.Marketing Technology News: Mobile Tide Ebbs as Popularity of PC and VR/AR Increases for UK Studios, says TIGA Consumer EngagementGISMarketing TechnologyMarketing Technology NewsNewsSpecial AchievementTech AwardValassis Previous ArticleJumpCrew Announces Inaugural Conference “JumpCon: The Digital Sales Transformation Summit”Next ArticleUiPath Named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Robotic Process Automation Valassis’ Marketing Technology Platform Earns Tech Award Business WireJuly 11, 2019, 6:37 pmJuly 11, 2019 last_img read more

How to Boost Your Mobile Photography Workflow

first_img By David Cardinal on February 5, 2019 at 12:41 pm The Sad Situation That Hayden Panettiere Is Living In Today This is Where ‘Thor 4’ Will Take Place in the Marvel Timeline Since we last visited this topic a year ago, phone cameras have become even better, and more options have become available for shooting with them. We’ll take you through some of the biggest changes and give you tips on new ways to capture, process, and store your images and videos.Capture: Should You Rely on Your Phone’s Camera App?When we reviewed the top camera apps for Android phones in 2017, one reason was that vendor-supplied apps left a lot to be desired. Quite a bit has changed since then. For example, most native phone apps now support RAW captures and a “pro” mode that gives you more control over your settings — although Google is still dragging its feet about adding a manual or pro mode. In many cases, using the native app has become the only way to unleash all the capabilities of a phone’s camera. For example, the super-wide and telephoto cameras on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro only operate in the native app (at least I haven’t found third-party apps that can use them). This is often also true for camera-specific computational imaging features, like night modes and some HDR modes.Of course, standalone apps often have their own version of these features. So, for example, if you have a phone without a built-in night mode, using an app like A Better Camera will equip you with one.The wide-angle camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro makes a big difference when it comes to taking in the broad expanse of outdoor scenes like this wave in the Valley of Fire State Park.Capture: Should You Shoot RAW or JPEG?Conventional wisdom dictates that for best results, shooting in RAW format (which means DNG for just about all phone cameras) and performing custom post-processing is the way to go. For standalone cameras that rely on single-capture images, that’s basically still the case. However, phone cameras have thrown us a curve ball, with sophisticated computational imaging that combines multiple captures to create a better image.As an extreme example, Google’s Night Sight and Huawei’s Night Mode take many captures over the period of a few seconds to create an impressive final image even in low light. There isn’t any way to replicate that effect by shooting a RAW image and post-processing. (Of course, you could try and shoot a burst of images, and do all the AI-based alignment and color matching they do after the fact, but it might take you most of the day.) Even fairly standard captures in good light benefit from the built-in multi-capture technology loosely described as HDR.Conveniently, most camera apps turn off RAW when you switch to their specialized modes that require multi-capture processing, as those modes usually only output JPEGs. So I typically leave my camera apps set to capture RAW (or both RAW and JPEG if that is supported) to make the most of times when I’m just shooting a conventional image. For quick sharing, that’s overkill; all you need is the JPEG, of course.This image from a slot canyon in the Valley of Fire conveys scale but isn’t much good as a portrait.With a simple tap of the Zoom icon, the 3x Zoom camera on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro turns the scene into an environmental portrait.Processing Images on the GoThe gold standard for image processing on the road is still a traditional laptop. You can run your choice of full-on image processing tools, and pick a model that meets your needs for display size, horsepower, and memory. For heavy-duty photo and video editing, I travel with my Dell XPS 15. However, it typically stays in the hotel room, and I use something smaller like a Surface Pro or Google Pixel Slate when I’m out and about during the day. Now that Google’s newer-model ChromeOS devices run most Android apps, you can fire up Lightroom Mobile on them and have your work automatically synced back to your main catalog. Ironically, that isn’t possible if you use Lightroom Classic on a Windows or Mac laptop when you travel, as Lightroom Classic doesn’t know how to sync multiple desktop/laptop computers. You can go cloud-first with Lightroom CC, but then you are beholden to paying Adobe for enough cloud storage for all your images (it would amount to about $1,000 per year in my case) and you’re also stuck needing enough bandwidth to keep all your images synced.So if you’re okay with the feature set of Lightroom Mobile, a Chromebook is an easy-to-maintain choice for image editing. Unfortunately, for video, the options aren’t as rosy. Adobe’s Premiere Clip is reasonable when you’re limited to a phone screen, but it won’t load on the Pixel Slate. What I’m waiting for is to see Adobe’s Premiere Rush available for Android.Even with a wide-angle camera, sometimes Panorama mode is needed. Flagship phones now do an excellent job of automatically capturing and stitching scenes.Syncing Photos to the CloudIt’s easy to forget how many images start to pile up on your phone, and how upset you’d be if they were all suddenly lost or deleted. Fortunately, it’s almost as easy to back them up to your favorite cloud service. Google Photos is by far the most popular, with unlimited free storage of images and videos in reasonable quality. Photos are down-sampled to 12MP if needed, and are re-compressed to save space. Videos are down-sampled to 1080p if needed.With Google Photos, like iCloud, Amazon Photos, Adobe Cloud, and others, you can of course store original images as long as you pay for the storage space — which averages about $100 per year per terabyte. Amazon Photos also offers unlimited photo storage for Prime members. In my case, I have all my phones set to backup in original quality to Google Photos. Since I’m just using it for my phone photos (and not my main image archive) I can get by with a relatively small and inexpensive amount of storage. Plus, my Pixel photos don’t count against the total.Besides taking competent images under a variety of conditions, Google’s Pixel 3 comes with unlimited photo storageCreating a Smart Local Photo ArchiveWhile it is unlikely that any of the major cloud vendors will disappear anytime soon, plenty of photo sharing sites have — sometimes taking user content with them. Personally, I’m more comfortable always having my own backups of my images. I’ve written about how I do that for my main photo archive, which mostly starts when an SD card is unloaded. But for mobile, manually transferring images is unnecessarily painful.Fortunately, there are a few ways to have automated backup to your local archive. Lightroom users have this capability already built in. If you turn on automatic import of images on your phone, they will be pulled into Lightroom Mobile and synced to your desktop catalog (once you enable syncing, of course).Synology Moments will recognize and tag common objects but you can see from these examples that it isn’t perfectWhile I do use Lightroom, I don’t want to rely entirely on it snaring every single image, so I use two other systems to create copies of my phone photos. The first is a Cloud Sync task on one of our Synology NAS units that pulls all of my Google Photo contents down from the cloud and stores them in my main local photo library (which I think periodically resync with Lightroom Classic). That’s fairly easy to set up as long as you tell Google Photos that you want your photos to be a folder within your Google Drive. You can then tell Cloud Sync to pull that folder and put it somewhere local. Remember, though, that if you set it up as a two-way sync, images you delete from Photos will also be deleted from your local machine.A different approach, which I also use, is Synology’s Moments package. Moments mobile app will automatically sync your images to your Synology NAS, which in turn will do some fancy face, object, and location-based tagging (if you want). Plus, you can create and share albums. You can then view images organized that way from your mobile devices or any web browser. The result is a totally private version of a system similar to Google or Amazon Photos, but one that’s completely under your control.[Image Credit: David Cardinal]Now Read:How to Store and Backup Photos, for Those Who Care About Their ImagesHow to Create Your Own Private Photo Sharing CloudIt’s World Backup Day: Here’s How the ExtremeTech Staff Stays Backed Up<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>  Tagged In extremetech explainsHow-TonassynologyGoogle PixelAdobe Lightroom Classic CCAdobe Lightroom CCpixel slateGoogle PhotosAdobe CloudAmazon PhotosApple iCloudCloud Sync Post a Comment 6 Comments Marvel Announced a ‘Blade’ Reboot and Here’s What We Know How to Boost Your Mobile Photography Workflow Iconic Movie Scenes These Actors Totally Regret Filming Why Billy Hargrove from ‘Stranger Things’ Looks So Familiar You Might Also LikePowered By ZergNet Facebook Twitter Linkedin Pinterest Google Plus Reddit Hacker News Flipboard Email Copy 0shares This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. 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Medallia Names SaaS Veteran Mitchell K Dauerman to its Board of Directors

first_imgUltimate Software’s EVP and Former CFO Becomes Medallia’s Fourth outside DirectorMedallia, Inc., the global experience management leader, announced the appointment of Mitchell K. Dauerman, former Chief Financial Officer of Ultimate Software who currently serves as the company’s EVP of Investor Relations, as a new member of Medallia’s board of directors.Under Dauerman’s leadership, Ultimate Software grew from a market cap of $180 million and 299 employees in 1998, to a company with a current market value of over $11 billion and more than 5,200 employees.“We are honored to have such an accomplished executive become a member of our board,” said Leslie Stretch, President and Chief Executive Officer of Medallia. “Mitch’s experience with building Ultimate into a cloud leader, that changed the market for human capital management, gives him a perspective perfect for advising Medallia as we continue to disrupt the status quo around experience management.”Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series E“Medallia is in a unique position as a visionary company with a clearly differentiated platform. Experience management is the strategic priority of every organization today. Medallia’s technology enables their clients to engage their customers and employees in the relentless improvement of experience, making Medallia strategic and transformative to the enterprises and partners they serve,” said Dauerman. “I am honored to join the Medallia board and excited to contribute to the company’s continued success.”Marketing Technology News: PCM Partners with RingCentral to Bring Cloud Communications Solutions to EnterprisesAt Ultimate Software, Mr. Dauerman acted as CFO for 22 years, and is currently the company’s Executive Vice President, focusing on investor & sales relations. Prior to joining Ultimate, Mr. Dauerman worked at KPMG LLP for 17 years, including serving as a Partner in the firm from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Dauerman is a Certified Public Accountant. He received his B.A. from Rutgers University.Marketing Technology News: DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its Customers Medallia Names SaaS Veteran Mitchell K. Dauerman to its Board of Directors PRNewswireApril 24, 2019, 4:03 pmApril 24, 2019 EVPExperience ManagementMarketing TechnologyMedalliaMitchell K. DauermanNewsSaasUltimate Software Previous ArticleNew Entity Helps Customers Reimagine What’s Possible With DigitalNext ArticleLargest Mobile Lockscreen Platform Buzzvil Partners with Japan’s Pontalast_img read more

Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to

first_img Audience Intelligence PlatformElementOneidentity and marketing analyticsJCDecauxMarketing TechnologyNeustarNews Previous ArticleDigital Audio Can Be An Advertising MVP – If Navigated CorrectlyNext ArticleIBI Group Launches TravellQ Traveller Information Software Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to Digital and Analog Out-of-Home Advertisers PRNewswireMay 22, 2019, 6:39 pmMay 22, 2019 Partnership Allows Brands, Publishers and Agencies to Plan, Target, Visualize and Segment Consumer Audiences Outside the HomeNeustar, Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services and the leader in trusted customer identity and marketing analytics solutions for Fortune 500 brands, and JCDecaux North America, Inc., the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide, announced a partnership to bring advanced mobile location intelligence to modern digital and analog Out-of-Home advertisers. Neustar’s trusted customer identity solutions offer a single source of robust, person-based data that has been securely pseudonymized to protect consumer privacy.Combining the power of programmatic and location-based data with the delivery of physical advertising is essential and our partnership with JCDecaux addresses this for Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) marketers.This announcement expands on the companies’ initial partnership in 2017.Currently, Neustar and JCDecaux North America analyze outdoor advertising assets against audience data via Neustar’s audience intelligence platform, ElementOne. Now, ElementOne will also provide JCDecaux North America with location data derived from geospatial mapping capabilities to understand foot traffic and measure audiences in geographic areas like airports, malls, retail locations, designated market areas (DMAs), and ZIP Codes.“Combining the power of programmatic and location-based data with the delivery of physical advertising is essential for today’s quickly evolving Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) vertical,” said Neustar General Manager of Customer Intelligence Hyune Hand. “Expanding our relationship with JCDecaux North America enables them to effectively and intelligently sell DOOH media by obtaining, analyzing, and activating upon exclusive location-based insights, while providing unrivaled intelligence surrounding these consumer audiences through Neustar’s identity resolution offering.”Marketing Technology News: Jumpshot Releases State of eCommerce Data Report that Reveals New Retail Strategies for Sponsored Search, Affiliate Marketing and InfluencersBy including its geospatial intelligence natively into the ElementOne Platform, Neustar enables agencies, brands, and media owners to leverage mobile location data in a privacy-compliant way to drive insights and to buy and sell audiences based on observed in-market behavior. This analysis is aggregated to a group level and pseudonymized, allowing for powerful insights and activation but preserving privacy.Now brands, publishers and advertisers can leverage location-based insights to:Visualize mobile signal density of an audience, location, or custom geo-fenced area to determine your ideal target markets;Develop comprehensive audience profiles by connecting pseudonymized location signals to a broad range of demographic and psychographic variables;Analyze audience foot traffic patterns, daily commutes, and daytime/nighttime population data to determine peaks or lulls in transitory tendencies;Improve campaign efficacy by engaging audiences with personalized messages and promotions based on their attitudes, lifestyles, and purchase behaviors;Geo-fence a custom polygon around a competitor’s locations to identify opportunities for engaging interested potential audiences with custom offers;Measure campaign efficacy by connecting the dots between a DOOH asset and digital marketing campaigns.Marketing Technology News: Baidu’s Mobile Reach Expanded to 1.1 Billion Monthly Active Devices in March 2019“Neustar brings best-in-class identity data and audience profiling capabilities, as well as the best combination of platform tools, to help us get the most for our Out-of-Home inventory, which we make available to our advertiser partners,” said JCDecaux Co-Chief Executive Officer Jean-Luc Decaux.Neustar’s ElementOne platform combines customer data with consumer demographics and behavioral data to create audience groups that are unique to a business, channel, and product, so that marketers can target with granularity or at scale. ElementOne enables businesses to access more than 20,000 audience profiles, ranging from psychographic and behavioral attributes to attitudes, preferences, buying patterns, interests, media usage, and more.With ElementOne integrated into Neustar’s Identity Data Management Platform (Identity DMP), marketers can now identify audiences based on observations in the physical world and activate directly online, or, via this expanded partnership with JCDecaux, directly to Out-of-Home advertising. No matter the channel, Neustar always leverages Privacy by Design principles and ensures full compliance with applicable privacy laws.Marketing Technology News: Alibaba Cloud Expands Offerings for EMEA Partnerslast_img read more

Sierra Ventures Raises 215 Million for 12th Fund

first_imgFund Builds on Success of Previous Funds with “Patient Capital” StrategySierra Ventures, an early-stage technology focused venture capital firm, announced that they have closed their twelfth investment fund, raising $215 million. This fund was oversubscribed and the prior fund’s institutional investors increased their commitment to the new fund.“We are very appreciative of the continued support we have received in Sierra XII from our existing investors, as well as excited to add some leading Limited Partners in this fund. We are proud to have some of the best endowments, pension funds and corporations from across the world on our roster,” said Sierra Ventures Managing Director Mark Fernandes.Similar to Funds X and XI, Sierra Ventures Fund XII will be managed by Mark Fernandes, Tim Guleri, and Ben Yu, who have worked together for 17 years, and will have a focus on investing in early-stage Next Generation Enterprise and Emerging Technology companies that are transforming and disrupting industries. The fund will continue its investment focus on Seed and Series A stage investments, as well as a few Series B investments in companies that show high potential revenue growth. The team embraces a “patient capital” approach, understanding that it takes time to build and grow truly disruptive, lasting companies.Marketing Technology News: 84.51° Announces Launch of STRATUM, A New Insights Product Delivering Science-Powered Data to Drive ResultsInterest in Fund XII was driven by the continued success of Fund X (2012) portfolio companies, with nine notable exits to date including Treasure Data (ARM) and RedLock (Palo Alto Network), both acquired in late 2018 for a cumulative purchase price of almost $800 million.“Since 2012, Funds X and XI have invested in over 50 companies that rode the wave of consumerization of IT, the emergence of B2B marketplaces, and AI/ML for vertical applications, as well as new emerging areas including 5G wireless, crypto/blockchain, AR/VR, and robotics. In Fund XII, we will continue to seek innovations in these areas. In particular, we believe AI and blockchain will become the horizontal platform technologies that cover both enterprise and consumer needs, touching almost everything we do,” noted Sierra Ventures Managing Director Ben Yu.Marketing Technology News: Smart Communications Announces Acquisition of IntelledoxThis year also marks the 15th anniversary of the Sierra Ventures CXO Advisory Board, a consortium of Global 1000 IT executives – CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, CMOs, CISOs – in Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, and Technology. CXO Advisory Board members act as an extension of the Sierra Ventures team, providing valuable feedback to companies in the portfolio while getting a first look at emerging technologies expected to impact the enterprise.“Working with Tim Guleri at Sierra Ventures, we could tell right away that they understood and supported our vision,” said Hiro Yoshikawa, CEO of Treasure Data (acquired by ARM for $600M in 2018). “They provided relevant and company defining insights and were willing to do the hard work with us. The firm was already aligned with the key pillars of Treasure Data – humility, extreme candor, and openness.”Marketing Technology News: Peach Launches New Product to Clients Sierra Ventures Raises $215 Million for 12th Fund PRNewswire4 days agoJuly 19, 2019 fundingHiro YoshikawaMarketing TechnologyNewsSierra VenturesTechnology Previous ArticleVeühub Announces a $2 Million Seed-Stage RoundNext ArticleBehavox Celebrates Anniversary of Singapore Office Openinglast_img read more

Bad news Neutralizing doomsday asteroids is way harder than we thought

first_imgIf reality ever follows Hollywood movies like Armageddon or Deep Impact and a massive chunk of space debris comes hurling toward our planet, then we’re in trouble. New evidence shows that asteroids are even tougher and harder to destroy than we previously thought.Researchers at Johns Hopkins University used computer modeling to simulate what would happen when an asteroid collided with another object. They wanted to understand more about how asteroids form in order to help with potential asteroid mining efforts and also, in true disaster movie style, to “aid in the creation of asteroid impact and deflection strategies.”Previous understanding of asteroids was based on work at what is called “laboratory scale,” meaning looking at the properties of rocks about the size of a fist. When researchers in the early 2000s used this data to extrapolate to what would have when a large asteroid of around 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) in diameter struck an object like a planet, their results indicated that the asteroid would be totally annihilated by the impact.Since then, however, we’ve learned a lot more about asteroids’ composition and other physical properties. When this was taken into account, the new model showed that the asteroid would be more impervious to cracking than the previous model indicated and that it would continue to hold together even when bombarded with considerable force.“We used to believe that the larger the object, the more easily it would break, because bigger objects are more likely to have flaws,” Charles El Mir, first author of the paper and a Ph.D.graduate from the Johns Hopkins’ Department of Mechanical Engineering, said in a statement. “Our findings, however, show that asteroids are stronger than we used to think and require more energy to be completely shattered.”This means we need to rethink our approach to protecting the planet from asteroids, as if one large enough to threaten Earth were to be spotted it would be difficult to destroy it. Other approaches like changing its angle of approach may be more effective. “It may sound like science fiction but a great deal of research considers asteroid collisions,” El Mir said. “For example, if there’s an asteroid coming at Earth, are we better off breaking it into small pieces, or nudging it to go a different direction? And if the latter, how much force should we hit it with to move it away without causing it to break? These are actual questions under consideration.”The findings are published in the journal Icarus. The U.K.’s biggest (and only) asteroid mining company has designs on our skies Research unearths clues about Tunguska event for International Asteroid Day NASA and partners will simulate a potentially deadly asteroid strike this week Bill Nye the Science Guy talks “solar sailing” and the new space race Want to work in the stars? Here are six future space jobs you could hold Editors’ Recommendationslast_img read more

Parrot grounds its toy drones

first_imgParrot is grounding its toy drone business, opting to axe models like the Mambo and Swing and focus on more higher-end fare. The French company hovered into the drone segment back in 2010, with the original AR.Drone, and then proceeded to launch numerous models at consumer-friendly price points. Most recently that has meant models like the Mambo and Swing. Described as “minidrones,” they were priced at $119 and $139 respectively, a far cry from the cost attached to most drones. While they weren’t going to be of much interest to videographers looking to shoot drone videos, the minidrones did have kids and amateur pilots on a budget in mind. Problem is, that’s a category which has been increasingly squeezed by affordable options from other manufacturers. DJI in particular has carved out a huge segment of the market. As a result, Parrot has decided to throw in the towel, at least on its most affordable drones. Stock levels at retailers have been dwindling, and when Wirecutter hunted down the official word, the French company confirmed that the minidrones were on the way out. What it doesn’t mean is an exit from the drone business altogether. The Parrot Anafi, for example, will continue to be developed and sold, the company confirmed to The Verge. “Parrot has stopped the production and development of any drone but the Anafi and its variations,” a spokesperson said, also saying that its own stocks of the cheaper models had been exhausted. The writing had arguably been on the wall for some time, mind. Back in early 2017, Parrot confirmed it would be slashing jobs in its drone division, leaving around 150 people redundant and more than a 100 more redeployed. Consumer drones, the company said, had seen “changes in market” and Parrot needed to adapt to a more competitive segment overall. It’s not the first company to take such a draconian step, even with products that have generally been well-received and given glowing reviews. In early 2018, for example, GoPro made the surprise announcement that it would be killing off its Karma drone, despite it being the second best-selling drone in its price band the previous year. While GoPro didn’t say in so many words, the threat there was the same as has apparently forced Parrot’s hand: DJI’s aggressive moves in driving down prices while leaving drone pilots still expecting advanced features such as autopilot.last_img read more

Sony aibo robot dog returns finally looks moves like a dog

first_imgThe idea of a robotic pet, usually a dog, is nothing new and was what gave birth to the first Aibo, which was retired in 2015. Back then, Aibo’s design perhaps reflected the aesthetic tastes and trends of the time, resulting in a very robotic appearance that resembled a canine only in the most generic sense.The new aibo, however, has an adorable face and a “curious” personality. It moves more smoothly, almost naturally, thanks to the use of new 1 and 2 axis actuators that lets it move along 22 axes. It can twirl its tail, bend legs, and do all sorts of movements that will make owners go “aw”.But more than just its form, the biggest update to aibo is perhaps its intelligence. Yes, it’s time for AI and machine learning to take center stage again. aibo is able to learn about not just its surroundings but also more about its owner. No, it doesn’t spy on your Internet usage and social media but learns from past experience which actions elicit the most favorable responses from the human, from smiles to head and back scratches. Optionally, you can also connect aibo to the cloud so that it can become smarter through the collective experiences of all aibos. Sony guarantees, however, that your aibo will still be unique and fine-tuned to your liking. Tech giants might be scrambling to put smart speakers in your living room, but Sony is more interested in letting a smart robot dog roam around instead. It may not have changed the name, but its new aibo (not spelled as Aibo this time) is so different from its predecessor it should have been given a different name. But, then again, it was a name that many have fallen in love with and, by the looks of it, they will fall in love with the new aibo all over again. Don’t go rushing out to buy one yet. For one, you need to be in Japan to even purchase one. For another, it will only launch, in Japan, starting January 11 next year. Here’s one more: the aibo will cost 198,000 JPY, roughly $1,700 when directly converted. You also need to sign up for a three-year subscription service costing 2,980 JPY ($26) monthly or 90,000 JPY ($790) in full.SOURCE: Sonylast_img read more

Facebook Google and Twitter given furious ad ultimatum

first_img“You bear the responsibility, you created these platforms, and now they’re being misused,” Feinstein told lawyers from Facebook, Google, and Twitter. “And you have to be the ones to do something about it, or we will.”It’s been an at-times awkward week of hearings already, for a variety of reasons. On the one hand, some members of the committees the tech companies have faced have had seemingly rough grasps of exactly how social media operates. Topics at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday ranged from concerns that detailed records of who paid for adverts – and where they came from – were not available, to criticisms that the playing field was not level when it came to the left/right political balance.Today, though, has seen the bluntest challenge, mind. Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, Google General Counsel Kent Walker, and Twitter Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett faced accusations by the Republican leader of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr, of “a dark underbelly” that has formed as a result of the three platforms. While each General Counsel argues that the Russian disinformation campaign has been a relatively small slice of overall activity on their respective networks, they’re also saying all the customary things about taking it seriously. Nonetheless, those words aren’t going down as well as they might have hoped. Indeed, the admission from Facebook’s Stretch that the early figures for how many people might have been exposed to Russian-fed content were significantly less than the “little less than 150 million” people now believed to have seen such media across Facebook and Instagram drew ire from the lawmakers present. Any hope that these hearings might be the end of the saga, however, was confidently ended by Sen. Feinstein. Describing the clandestine use of social networking by a foreign power in the hope of manipulating the democratic process as “a cataclysmic change,” she warned the the lawyers that there’d be no backing down from her and her colleagues. “We are not going to go away, gentlemen,” Feinstein insisted.Exactly what might come of that threat remains to be seen. What Facebook, Google, and Twitter are all keen to avoid is being held responsible on a platform level for what is posted by users of those platforms. “This kind of national security vulnerability represents an unacceptable risk,” Sen. Burr pointed out, “and your companies have a responsibility to reduce that vulnerability.”As another Senator on the panel, Democrat Ron Wyden, highlighted, there already exists federal laws which give US companies like these three the power to investigate “bad actors using these accounts.” Wyden criticized the application of those powers as a failure in the last election, a sign that if Facebook, Google, and Twitter aren’t ready to step up, lawmakers may do it for them. Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been given a stark ultimatum by US lawmakers, as the role each played in Russian gaming of the US election goes under the microscope. The three firms have faced challenging questioning at this week’s Senate and House Intel Committee meetings, though arguably nothing so blunt as the deadline laid down by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein this morning. Speaking as part of the Senate Intel Committee, Sen. Feinstein told legal representatives of the trio that if they wouldn’t fix things, the government would be forced to step in and do it for them. Story TimelineCIA report says Russia interfered with election in effort to help TrumpFBI agrees with CIA that Russia hacked election to benefit TrumpFacebook will give Congress the ads bought by Russian agencyTwitter says it has found 201 Russia-linked accountsGoogle pulls Russian news organization RT from preferred programGoogle Russia ads buys found in 2016 Election Interferencelast_img read more

Galaxy Note S Pen might have a camera inside for selfies

first_imgHow much can you squeeze inside a thin stick like the Galaxy Note 9’s S Pen? Well, there is a button, a supercapacitor acting as a battery, a Bluetooth radio, and a spring. If that sounds like a lot already, apparently Samsung thinks that isn’t enough. For its next S Pen trick, it may put a camera inside. Still not satisfied, it might even add optical zoom that is mostly absent in larger smartphones. Smartphone cameras are indeed getting smaller but the idea of putting a camera inside a thin S Pen plus the lenses necessary for optical zoom sounds almost preposterous. But judging by the patent filed in 2017 and just granted by the USPTO, Samsung might be taking a page from the likes of OPPO that arrange the camera in a periscope-like layout to maximize space.But why go through all the trouble of cramming a camera inside the stylus? One theory is to do away with front-facing cameras completely. With a literal selfie stick, there would be no need for the camera and, therefore, no need for any notch or punch hole cutout. All you get is a clean, bezel-less, all-screen face.While the patent does note (no pun intended), that it is meant to be used for an upcoming Galaxy Note phone, it doesn’t say when or how. Of course, it won’t be enough for the camera-enabled S Pen to be able to take photos, it needs to also communicate with the phone to preview what’s being taken and to send the image or video from S Pen to the phone. And for some of those purposes, even ad hoc Wi-Fi might be too slow. Not unless, of course, Samsung manages to put flash data storage in the S Pen too. AdChoices广告last_img read more

Facebooks privacy problem begins at the top

first_imgNext to Google, Facebook is perhaps the biggest tech company holds most of the population personal data. The amount of information, be it text or photos, that people upload, provide it data points that can be used to build very accurate profiles. Unlike Google, however, Facebook hasn’t been grilled over its privacy practices, or lack of it, until recently. Now all its old practices, messages, and secret policies are being dragged into the spotlight, revealing that Facebook’s culture of disregarding users’ privacy comes from its top executives. Company CultureIt’s easy enough to see “Facebook” as a single entity that has no care for protecting its own users’ digital welfare. No company is like that, of course, especially with giant corporations like Facebook. Some of the complaints, concerns, and doubts about the company’s practices come from its own ranks.Unfortunately, those fall on deaf ears at the top. Not that they never reach it but because those at the top often stop it from going any further. Often it’s to protect the company from bad PR and litigation – Other times it is because it conflicts with the executives’ goals of growing Facebook’s user base and advertising partners. Often that means turning on a blind eye to questions and concerns about practices or shady apps exploiting Facebook’s own APIs and data.Skeletons in the ClosetNew evidence suggests that the problem might even come from the very top. Insiders report that Facebook may have come across somewhat incriminating emails that prove CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have at least been aware of potentially problematic privacy practices and situations inside the company. Now both Facebook and the FTC are scrambling to figure out whether this will have legal bearing in the two’s struggle to reach a settlement over the social networking giant’s privacy practices.The emails in question reveal Zuckerberg inquiring about apps that are able to gather users’ data. Employees pointed out to the chief executive that it was technically possible but that it was also a complicated topic. The app was eventually suspended but Facebook took even longer to plug up the holes in its platform. Executives were too busy trying to expand to bother which privacy practices.Sin of OmissionIn 2012, Facebook entered an accord with the FTC to protect users’ privacy. The email from Zuckerberg took place after the decree but before it took effect, which raises questions if it can have any legal bearing. It does, however, prove that, even after that consent agreement, Facebook’s executives had better things to do. It would only be years later after the Cambridge Analytica scandal that the CEO would admit that the company was slow in adopting best privacy practices.It isn’t an isolated case, however, and there have been anecdotes and reports claiming how executives have ignored their own employee’s questions or warned those raising red flags not to stir the hornets’ nest. In some cases, Facebook would even have official and public tools that would allow advertisers to have access to things like location even after they have opted out of such tracking.Once More from the TopUnder intense scrutiny, criticism, and lawsuits, Facebook has started making announcements and claims about how privacy is a core tenet in Facebook. That’s a relatively new development and it could be sometime before it can undo the actions of the past few years. The ones that we know about, at least. And that change should probably start with the higher ups but the chances of that happening are close to none. Especially not for Mr. Zuckerberg.last_img read more

US Army details its 2020 plan to test robotic combat vehicles

first_imgThe United States Army has announced plans to test robotic combat vehicles starting in March 2020 at Fort Carson in Colorado. During that time, soldiers will participate in an operational test of modified Bradley Fighting Vehicles (tanks) called Mission Enabler Technologies-Demonstrators (MET-Ds). The test will influence future autonomous vehicle projects conducted by the US Army. According to the US Army, the upgraded tanks feature cameras that provide operators with 360-degree awareness, a remote turret for the vehicle’s 25mm main gun, and ‘enhanced’ crew stations equipped with touchscreens. The March testing will involve a pair of MET-Ds alongside four robotic combat vehicles.The vehicles are, at this point in time, experimental prototypes that may never make their way into the field. Rather, feedback from the soldiers, drivers, and gunners who will participate in the test will be used by the Army Futures Command to improve its autonomous vehicles ahead of other future tests.The autonomous vehicles are remotely controlled by soldiers, enabling them to get through an enemy’s ‘anti-access/aerial denial capabilities without putting Soldiers in danger,’ the US Army explained this week. Officials are already looking to the future and plans to eventually add infrared kits on the front of these tanks that can find targets at a range of at least 14 kilometers.AdChoices广告The US Army plans to conduct its Phase II test of these vehicles in its fiscal year 2021. During that time, the Army will include half a dozen MET-Ds, four M113s, four light surrogate robotic combat vehicles, and another four medium surrogate robotic combat vehicles. As well, light robotic combat vehicles will be tested in Eastern Europe in May 2020. Story TimelineUSAF seeks autonomous aerial rescue vehicle for combat missionsWatch a US Navy warship swerve to avoid Russian destroyer crashUS Army starts testing pocket-sized IR drones for combatlast_img read more

First Edition October 5 2012

first_imgFirst Edition: October 5, 2012 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include more coverage of how health policy issues were addressed during Wednesday’s presidential debate.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Berwick: Debate Underscores Challenge Explaining Health Law; Highmark Files Suit Against West Penn Allegheny In PittsburghNow on the blog, Phil Galewitz reports on what one expert describes as the “challenges” related to explaining the health law: “More than two and a half years after he signed the most far reaching health care legislation into law, President Barack Obama showed in his Wednesday debate with Mitt Romney that explaining the law is still no easy job” (Galewitz, 10/5).  Also on the blog, Essential Public Radio’s Erika Beras, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports on a market development: “The Pennsylvania insurer Highmark has filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to prevent West Penn Allegheny Health System from forming alliances with other entities. Last year, Highmark said it was purchasing the financially struggling hospital system. Last week, West Penn Allegheny announced it was breaking ties with Highmark and searching for other fiscal partners, because the insurer wanted the health care provider to file for bankruptcy, which they said amounted to a breach of contract” (Beras, 10/4).Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: Entering Stage Right, Romney Moved To CenterHe used the first presidential debate to speak out forcefully to its wide television audience against the idea of cutting taxes for the wealthy, noting that “high-income people are doing just fine in this economy.” Asked if there was too much government regulation, he answered, “regulation is essential.” And he praised the Massachusetts health care bill, calling it a “model for the nation” (Cooper, Kocieniewski and Calmes, 10/4).The New York Times: After Debate, Obama Team Tries To Regain Its FootingMr. Obama’s advisers appeared almost to expect a different Mitt Romney to turn up for the debate: the hard-edged conservative who had largely pitched his message to the Republican base. Instead, Mr. Romney softened his rhetoric, promising that his reform of Medicare would not touch benefits for older Americans and praising elements of Mr. Obama’s education policy (Landler and Baker, 10/4).The New York Times: Debate Praise For Romney As Obama Is Faulted As FlatAt this point, it remains unclear whether these snap assessments and others made immediately after the debate will be matched by the more sober judgments of voters in the upcoming days. Voters sometimes surprise the pundits by coming to different conclusions about the outcome of a presidential debate. And Mr. Obama’s top strategists predicted that some of Mr. Romney’s answers — in particular, his admissions about the need for a voucher system for Medicare — would deepen the concern in some communities about Mr. Romney’s policies (Shear, 10/4).The New York Times’ The Caucus: On Health Care, Two Visions With Their Own Set Of FactsIf there was one area where Mitt Romney and President Obama sometimes seemed to inhabit parallel universes at their debate on Wednesday night — with separate sets of assumptions, beliefs and even facts — it was on the question of health care and government’s role in providing it (Cooper, Goodnough and Pear, 10/4).The Associated Press/Washington Post: No Cap On Romney’s Medicare Payments For Future Retirees, But How Would GOP Plan Control CostsMitt Romney’s Medicare plan won’t try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say, adding detail to a proposal from the GOP presidential nominee that has both intrigued and confused many Americans. Reining in costs is vital to keeping Medicare affordable, and in their plans both President Barack Obama and Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, set limits on the growth of future spending (10/5).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Debate Blurs Role Of Medicare Cost BoardIn defending a cost-control board in his health law, President Barack Obama during Wednesday’s debate cited the Cleveland Clinic as an example of how better health care is actually cheaper. But it’s unlikely the Medicare cost-control board would adopt many of the practices that have lowered costs at the renowned clinic, located in the electoral battleground of Ohio (Burton and Radnofsky, 10/4).Los Angeles Times: Obama And Romney Both Strayed From Facts In DebateObama, whose 2008 pledge to reduce insurance premiums is unfulfilled, continued to overstate the impact of the new healthcare law, claiming erroneously that premium increases had slowed in recent years. In fact, the average employee share of an employer-provided health plan jumped from $3,515 in 2009 to $4,316 in 2012, an increase of more than 22%, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That is up from an increase of 18% between 2006 and 2009. But Romney made more false claims about the healthcare law and his own plans to replace it (10/4).Politico: 5 Potential Dem House UpsetsFor Democrats to reach the 25-seat magic number to seize control of the House, they’ll need to score more than a few upsets on Nov. 6. So party strategists are starting to look beyond the lineup of races they’ve long focused on to a handful of longer shot contests in which they might find success if things break just right (Isenstadt, 10/5).Los Angeles Times: Feds Charge 91 Healthcare Providers With Billing FraudA federal healthcare strike force has charged 91 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals in a nationwide sweep in connection with fraudulently billing the government nearly $430 million. Those charged included a group in Los Angeles that ferried patients for ambulance rides that were never medically necessary (Serrrano, 10/4).Los Angeles Times: Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson To RetireThe longtime chairman and chief executive of Kaiser Permanente, George Halvorson, plans to retire in December 2013, and the nonprofit health system is searching for a new leader (Terhune, 10/5).The Washington Post: Small Businesses Push Back On DC Insurance-Exchange MandateThe District’s small businesses may have to buy their employee health insurance through a city-run exchange come 2014, following a controversial vote by a city board. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, charged with implementing the federal health-care overhaul, voted Wednesday evening to accept a recommendation that all health-insurance plans sold in the city for 50 members or fewer must be purchased through the exchange (DeBonis, 10/4).The Texas Tribune/New York Times: Medicaid Patient Shift Squeezes Home CaregiversThe abrupt exodus of thousands of South Texas Medicaid patients from one managed care health plan is putting a financial strain on home health providers already struggling to stay in business after the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care (Aaronson, 10/4).USA Today: Free Birth Control Project Cuts Teen Births, AbortionsAn experimental project that gave free birth control to more than 9,000 teen girls and women in one metropolitan area resulted in a dramatic decrease in abortions and teen pregnancies, a new study shows (Painter, 10/5).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.last_img read more

Viewpoints Turning To New Legal Challenges To ACA Is The Law Working

first_imgViewpoints: Turning To New Legal Challenges To ACA; Is The Law Working?; Medicaid Problems In N.C. The Washington Post: Courts Won’t Void The Affordable Care Act Over Semantics The Supreme Court’s term ended in June with another Affordable Care Act ruling, and the ACA survived largely unscathed. Burwell v. Hobby Lobby has important ramifications for women’s health and religious freedom but does not invalidate a single section of the law. There are, however, a number of ACA lawsuits percolating up through the courts that could be much more destructive (Timothy Jost, 7/9). The New York Times’ Taking Note: Democrats Will Vote To Undo The Hobby Lobby Decision The Supreme Court’s ruling last week in the Hobby Lobby case wasn’t based on a fundamental right found in the First Amendment or anywhere else in the Constitution. When the justices said that closely held corporations have religious rights that let them refuse to pay for insurance plans that cover contraceptives, they based their decision on a 1993 law passed by Congress, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That means Congress has the ability to rewrite federal law to overrule the court’s decision, and Senate Democrats have wasted little time coming up with a bill to do just that (David Firestone, 7/9).The Fiscal Times: Harry Reid’s Crafty Ploy To Fight The Hobby Lobby Ruling Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to rebut the Supreme Court by amending the (Religious Freedom Restoration Act). Democrats in both chambers of Congress began working on bills that would exempt Obamacare from the bill passed in 1993 and signed by then-President Bill Clinton in an attempt to circumvent the Hobby Lobby decision and force employers to provide free contraception and sterilization to their employees. Reid announced the effort on Tuesday by announcing that Democrats wouldn’t allow women’s lives to be “determined by virtue of five white men,” which must have come as a shock to Justice Clarence Thomas, one of the five justices to support the majority in the Hobby Lobby decision. That, however, was just the start of the insanity. Let’s start with a refresher course on the RFRA (Edward Morrissey, 7/10). The New York Times: Reading Hobby Lobby In Context To grasp the full implications of the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, it helps to read it not in isolation but alongside the court’s other major religion case of the term, Town of Greece v. Galloway. Issued eight weeks before Hobby Lobby and decided by the same 5 to 4 division, Town of Greece rejected a challenge to a town board’s practice of beginning its public sessions with a Christian prayer. A federal appeals court found the practice unconstitutional, concluding that it violated the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause by conveying an official endorsement of one particular religion (Linda Greenhouse, 7/9). Los Angeles Times: What Do The Hobby Lobby Backers Want Women To Be? In the fallout surrounding last week’s Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision, a lot of people have been wondering exactly what role the Christian right thinks women should play in society and how birth control detracts from it (Meghan Daum, 7/9). The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: How Proposals For Obamacare Subsidies In 2015 Could Cost Taxpayers In a Think Tank post last week, I explained why the number of unresolved inconsistencies in applications on the federal insurance exchanges probably exceeds the 2.9 million cited in two recent Department of Health and Human Services reports. Recent HHS proposals could allow many income-related inconsistencies to persist in 2015–potentially risking taxpayer funds (Chris Jacobs, 7/9). JAMA: How Well Is The Affordable Care Act Working? The American people are still divided in their views of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which is perhaps not surprising given how partisan the debate has been and the fundamental ideological differences in the country about the appropriate role for government in health care, as in other spheres. There are legitimate differences of opinion about the law, just as there are about any important policy issue. But the politics of the ACA often get confused with the question of whether the law is working as intended, whatever one may think of the wisdom of those intentions. That is largely a factual question, though facts about the ACA are often blurred when looked at through ideologically tinted lenses (Larry Levitt, 7/9). Bloomberg: Obamacare Is Working. Unless You’re Black. A new survey shows that Obamacare has done a fantastic job of reducing the uninsurance rate — for everybody except blacks. The share of Americans age 19 to 64 without health insurance fell from 20 percent last summer to 15 percent this spring, according to a telephone survey of 4,425 people from the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit health-care research group. … When the Commonwealth Fund conducted a survey from July to September last year, 21 percent of blacks reported being uninsured. This year, in a similar survey conducted from April to June, that level was effectively unchanged, at 20 percent. Blacks were about half as likely as Latinos to be uninsured a year ago; now the rates for the two groups are almost the same (Christopher Flavelle, 7/9). Forbes: Intervention: Will North Carolina Clean Up Its Medicaid Program? What started out as a pro forma session to pass North Carolina’s budget has turned into an intervention over the state Medicaid program’s big-spending, poor-performing ways. And it’s about time—North Carolina spends more than $14 billion per year on its Medicaid program, has run over budget the last four years, and, perhaps most shocking, the Medicaid agency doesn’t even know how many people are currently enrolled (Josh Archambault, Jonathan Ingram and Christie Herrera, 7/10). Arizona Republic: Brewer Was Right On Medicaid Expansion (We Have Proof) Gov. Jan Brewer’s victory in the fight for Medicaid expansion paid off. Big time. A survey by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association found a 31 percent reduction in the amount of uncompensated care in the first four months of this year compared to the same period last year. We’re talking real money. Responses from 75 percent of the state’s hospitals showed they wrote off $170 million in uncompensated care through April this year. During those same months in 2013, the cost of uncompensated care was $246 million (7/8). Georgia Health News: To Help Struggling Hospitals, Replace Georgia’s Malpractice System A panel of health care and political leaders appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal kicked off its work this summer to address the ongoing crisis in rural medical care. Its focus: the very survival of hospitals outside metropolitan communities through the state. … Four rural Georgia hospitals have closed in the past two years. … While some continue to urge the governor to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls as a solution to the hospitals’ financial challenges, there is a healthier avenue to create revenue to sustain these hospitals. Under the proposed Patients’ Compensation System (PCS) before the General Assembly, state taxpayers could save $6.9 billion over the next decade. That state revenue could be reinvested in rural hospitals that are barely surviving and others losing these federal grants (Wayne Oliver, 7/9). 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Outgoing Valeant CEO Tells Senators That Drug Price Boost Was A Mistake

first_img USA Today: Senate Told Valeant Drug Price Hikes Hurt Patients STAT: Valeant May Have A New Chief Executive, But Its Future Remains Dim Berna Heyman told a Senate committee Wednesday that her annual co-payment for a lifesaving drug needed to treat an ailment known as Wilson disease stayed below $700, a manageable cost, until 2013. That’s when Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX), an embattled Canada-based drugmaker, raised the price on Heyman’s medication, said the retired Virginia librarian. By 2014, her projected co-pay topped $10,000 a year, with her health insurer paying more than $260,000, she said. (McCoy, 4/27) Neither Pearson, Schiller and Ackman were were able to produce convincing answers as to how Valeant’s business model could work without price hikes. Ackman, who has invested roughly $4 billion in Valeant, said he was unaware of the extent of the company’s drug prices, even when a friend described the company’s prices for Cuprimine, a cure of Wilson’s disease. Meanwhile, CEO Pearson was unable to name a single instance in the U.S. where Valeant did not raise prices after acquiring a drug, and he noted instances where the company could only justify a deal with sharp price increases. (Gara, 4/27) The Hill: Senate Dem Takes On Drugmaker: ‘It’s Time To Slaughter Some Hogs’ Outgoing Valeant CEO Tells Senators That Drug Price Boost Was ‘A Mistake’ Appearing before the Senate Special Committee on Aging, J. Michael Pearson tells lawmakers that he regrets significantly raising the price of certain drugs. Also testifying are Valeant investor and board member William Ackman and former CFO Howard Schiller.center_img Forbes: Valeant Pharmaceuticals And Bill Ackman Have Their Day In Washington A leading Senate Democrat is vowing to take on prescription drug price-gouging amid a deepening congressional probe into embattled drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals. “Pigs get fed, hogs get slaughtered. It’s time to slaughter some hogs,” Sen. Claire McCaskill, the top Democrat of the Senate Aging Committee, said Wednesday. McCaskill’s remarks were the opening salvo of a high-drama hearing on Wednesday, which features three current or former executives from Valeant. (Ferris, 4/27) Now that Michael Pearson, the outgoing Valeant Pharmaceuticals chief executive, has issued a mea culpa about his decision to raise drug prices sky high, where does the drug maker go from here? The prognosis is not healthy — at least as far as some Wall Street wags are concerned. (Silverman, 4/27) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

John Oliver Forgives 15M In Medical Debt

first_img More than three decades ago, emergency rooms could kick you out if doctors didn’t think you could pay. You might be suffering from a stroke, a gunshot wound or a broken spine, but if your insurance wasn’t good enough, many hospitals could slam the door in your face. This hot-potatoing of patients caused gruesome and unnecessary deaths before the practice was outlawed in 1986. Today, if you go to the hospital with an emergency, doctors pretty much have to treat you. If you have insurance, great. But even if you can’t pay, they’ll patch you up all the same. You’ll just leave the hospital with potentially crippling medical debt. Because of the health-insurance expansions under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, millions fewer Americans are likely to face that debt. (Guo, 6/6) “It is pretty clear by now (that) debt buying is a grimy business, and badly needs more oversight, because as it stands any idiot can get into it,” Oliver said. “And I can prove that to you, because I’m an idiot, and we started a debt-buying company. And it was disturbingly easy.” How easy? Well back in April they spent just $50 to start the company. “We called it Central Asset Recovery Professionals, or CARP, after the bottom-feeding fish.” With an official company and a website at his disposal, Oliver was offered nearly $15 million of medical debt from Texas for less than half a cent on the dollar, or less than $60,000. (Lawler, 6/6) The New York Times: For His Latest Trick, John Oliver Forgives $15 Million In Medical Debt USA Today: John Oliver Buys And Forgives $15 Million Of Debt John Oliver Forgives $15M In Medical Debt The “Last Week Tonight” host’s latest stunt-with-a-message — to buy nearly $15 million in medical debt for just $60,000 — highlights the struggle many cope with after getting sick and amassing huge bills. And although the Affordable Care Act means more people have insurance to help pay for those sky-high costs, people are still leaving the hospital with crippling debt. For his latest trick, Mr. Oliver, the host of the HBO show, formed a company called Central Asset Recovery Professionals — or CARP, named after the bottom-feeding fish — and purchased $14.9 million worth of medical debt for just under $60,000. Mr. Oliver said it had cost $50 to create his company, after which he received the portfolio offering the names, current addresses and Social Security numbers of about 9,000 people. Mr. Oliver then gave the debt away, bragging that his giveaway was bigger than Ms. Winfrey’s — her car giveaway was estimated at $7 million — and completed the show by pressing a giant red button that triggered a rain shower of dollar bills. (Rogers, 6/6) center_img The Washington Post: Few People Realize This Big Risk When They Go To The Hospital When comedian John Oliver forgave nearly $15 million in medical debt in theatrical style on Sunday night, he drew laughs by proclaiming himself more generous than Oprah, who once gave away $8 million worth of cars. But Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” on HBO, also pointed to a very real and serious problem: Getting sick often means amassing large health care bills that insurance companies won’t pay and patients can’t afford. (Samuel, 6/6) STAT: Inside The Medical Debt Charity That John Oliver Just Made Famous This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more

Tim Hortons launches its new loyalty program — and its about more

first_img Email March 20, 201912:01 AM EDTLast UpdatedMarch 20, 201912:01 AM EDT Filed under News Retail & Marketing 40 Comments Twitter Comment More Facebook Jake Edmiston Tim Hortons’ loyalty program will let customers get a free coffee or tea, or a baked good (with a couple exceptions), after seven visits.Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press/File center_img After more than a year of testing, Tim Hortons will launch its new loyalty program across Canada on Wednesday, giving the company a new tool to fend off challenges to its coffee supremacy.The rewards program is centred on visits, which must involve a purchase of $0.50 or more, and can’t be within half an hour of each other. After seven visits, customers get a free coffee or tea at any size, or a baked good (except Timbits and bagels).Instead of a paper card, the rewards program will be offered on the Tim Hortons mobile app as well as on a plastic, reusable swipe card — giving Tim Hortons a wider window into customer buying habits. Why Tim Hortons plays up its Canadian roots in its stores around the globe — even in China Maple leaf and hockey sticks: Tim Hortons shrugs off the politics to go all-Canadian in China Warren Buffett says he overpaid for Kraft Heinz: ‘I was wrong in a couple of ways’ While the program was announced as a way of “thanking” frequent customers, industry observers said it looked more like a proactive attempt to hold onto market share amid increased competition from the likes of McDonalds and Starbucks.McDonalds has its own rewards program — buy seven hot beverages, get one free — and has been aggressively encroaching on the coffee category, said Robert Carter, an industry advisor with NPD group.NPD research, which Tim Hortons frequently cites, has found that eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold in Canada are from Tims. But to maintain its base, Carter said, Tim Hortons needs to give “incentives to come one more time or buy one more additional item.”“It’s surprising it took this long for Tims,” he said of the loyalty program.Michael Hancock, Tim Hortons’ chief operating officer, said Tuesday that testing on the program took longer than anything the chain has worked on before. “We wanted to make sure we got this launch right.”“In terms of timing, we’ve had a ton on our plate in the past year in a half,” he said, pointing to restaurant renovations, and menu changes such as all-day breakfast. Tim Hortons has also been working to rehabilitate its public image after a drawn-out dispute with a group of disgruntled franchisees.This isn’t a coffee program Tim Hortons launches its new loyalty program — and it’s about more than coffee Rewards program that tallies ‘visits’ and offers coffee, tea or baked goods (sorry, no Timbits) may go further than rivals Hancock said insights gleaned from the data will allow Tim Hortons to tweak its offerings to better serve its customers.Asked whether it was also a response to reward programs at competitors like McDonalds, Hancock stressed that the Tim Hortons program was different.“This isn’t a coffee program,” he said. “This program wasn’t built to compete with other coffee programs.”David Soberman, a marketing professor at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, said the program appeared to go beyond McDonald’s.A rule for retailers, he said, is if you’re doing something because competitive pressure has forced your hand, “make it at least as competitive as the competitor.”And by expanding its rewards to baked goods, he said, Tim Hortons has at least slightly outdone McDonalds.“Sometimes the competition forces you to do things,” Soberman said. You don’t really have too much a choice.” Share this storyTim Hortons launches its new loyalty program — and it’s about more than coffee Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Recommended For YouDavid Rosenberg: How weak economic growth is actually fuelling this bull market’s riseIt’s getting harder to be a long-term investor: Here’s how to keep your focus on what really countsDavid Rosenberg: The hopes that fuelled the market rally are all evaporating — and now reality is setting inThe storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them throughTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permits Join the conversation → Redditlast_img read more