Two abandoned homes in Grant Hill used for druguse will be rehabilitated

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 31, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Two abandoned homes in Grant Hill used for drug-use will be rehabilitated July 31, 2019center_img Updated: 10:42 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – These two properties have been abandoned for twenty-three years, so the city announced it is getting involved in the clean up. This is called receivership and the property owner is not happy about it. KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez has more on the story. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Change eating schedule to lose your weight

first_imgSimply changing your eating schedule like taking the last meal of the day by the mid-afternoon can help burn fat and lose weight, suggests new research.The study that tested early time-restricted feeding (eTRF) on humans found that this meal-timing strategy reduced swings in hunger and altered fat and carbohydrate burning patterns, which may help with losing weight.With eTRF, people eat their last meal by the mid-afternoon and do not eat again until breakfast the next morning. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“Eating only during a much smaller window of time than people are typically used to may help with weight loss,” said one of the researchers Courtney Peterson, Associate Professor at University of Alabama at Birmingham in the US.The human body has an internal clock, and many aspects of metabolism are at their optimal functioning in the morning.Therefore, eating in alignment with the body’s circadian clock by eating earlier in the day may positively influence health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrevious animal studies showed that early time-restricted feeding helped rodents burn more fat.During the current study, Peterson and her colleagues followed a small group of men and women with excess weight over four days of eating between 8 am and 2 pm, and four days of eating between 8 am and 8 pm.Researchers then tested the impact of the meal timing strategy on calories burned, fat burned and appetite.Participants tried both eating schedules, ate the same number of calories both times and completed all testing under supervision. Researchers found that, although eTRF did not affect how many total calories participants burned, it reduced daily hunger swings and increased fat burning during several hours at night.It also improved metabolic flexibility, which is the body’s ability to switch between burning carbohydrates and burning fats.Whether early time-restricted feeding helps with long-term weight loss or improves other aspects of health is still unknown.last_img read more

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Severina Pascu Intense price competition includin

first_imgSeverina PascuIntense price competition, including from overbuilders, and barriers to consolidation are among the challenges facing cable operators in central and eastern Europe, according to a panel of regional operator CEOs and content providers at Cable Congress in Brussels yesterday. Severina Pascu, CEO, UPC Romania and Hungary said the main differences were the lower internet penetration compared with western Europe and the lower share of people consuming content on multiple devices. She said that Hungary and Romania nevertheless have a real thirst for broadband speed.Pascu said that the region had to some extent leapfrogged technology. She said about 25-30% of people adopted technology quickly.Pascu said that both Hungary and Romania are extremely price competitive. However, playing that game meant operators will ultimately lose. She said UPC had focused on building value through new services. “A small segment in the market is willing to pay for high quality,” she said.She said UPC in Romania faces a large number of network overbuilders, leading to intensified price competition. However, making sure the product on the market addresses a real customer need can help drive growth, she said. “Innovation and customer experience will drive not only revenue per subscriber but also the number of subscribers,” she said.Pascu said demand for illegal content is sometimes due to demand being frustrated. UPC launched premium service MyPrime in December, offering content for an affordable price, which she said could counter the appeal of illicit services.Pascu said that consolidation is necessary, but that this can be held up by unreasonable expectations about price and by other interests taking precedence.Tomasz Zuranski, CEO of Polish cable operator Vectra said that for operators, the Polish market has matured along western European lines. However, the operator environment is still highly fragmented. “The scale is not comparable with the likes of Virgin Media,” he said.Zuranski said that TV consumption remained largely passive and that overall TV consumption is, if anything, going down. He said he would like to see the development of advanced services where cable can play a significant role. “We need more rights for other devices,” he said. Broadcasters should also provide non-linear content and players to position themselves for the future, he said. Zuranski said there is a lot of overlapping infrastructure in Poland, which pulls down ARPU. Cable also faces competition from DTH.Harald Rosch, CEO of Bulgarian operator Blizoo Media and Broadband sadi that ARPU in Bulgaria was about €10, meaning that operators and consumers had to be more creative in how they deliver and access services. Low ARPU is driven by low income, with average household income of about €400. Price competition adds to the downward pressure on ARPU, he said.Rosch said four big players account for 60-70% of the Bulgarian market, while the remainder is determined by competitors who often don’t pay for content. Rosch said that BitTorrent and internet piracy was less a problem than small operators that do not pay for content. Some take content like HBO but only the big four pay for it.Levente Malnay, CEO AMC Networks International – Central Europe, said that hours spent watching TV are high compared with other countries. However, he said, distribution competitors often undermined each other via aggressive pricing. “There are high ARPU potential customers,” he said.Malnay said AMC has tried to clear all relevant rights for its partners, providing non-linear rights to favoured partners, but that barriers remain to getting content rights for all devices and distribution opportunities.last_img read more

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Amazon has added over 600 channels apps and games

first_imgAmazon has added over 600 channels, apps and games to the US Amazon Fire TV platform in the last three months, in what it claims is the “fastest growing selection of any streaming media device”.The firm lists Popcornflix, Funny Or Die, Candy Crush Saga, and Fox News among its popular new titles. It also said that GameFly is now available exclusively for streaming media devices on Amazon Fire TV, letting customers play PC games titles, including action role-playing title Darksiders II, and racing game Dirt 3.“The team is working hard and moving incredibly fast to bring even more movies, TV shows, live TV, sports, music, channels, apps and games to the Amazon Fire TV platform every week – and it shows. Amazon Fire TV selection has grown 127% in just the last 6 months, and is continuing to accelerate,” said Steve Rabuchin, vice president of the Amazon Appstore.last_img read more

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Its been 3279 days since a hurricane hit Florida

first_imgIt’s been 3,279 days since a hurricane hit Florida. As hurricane season comes to a close next month, only Mother Nature knows how long the streak will last. Like many Floridians, we stayed home and rode out a hurricane—once! We’d built a home on Perdido Key, a barrier island west of Pensacola. It was engineered to withstand 150-plus mph winds, and it was a beautiful home with a master bedroom spanning the entire third floor, looking out across the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Danny hit the Gulf shortly after we moved in. It was a fast-moving Category I with winds gusting in the 75-80 mph range. Full of confidence and a bit curious, we decided to hunker down and ride it out. At the speed it was traveling, it should have been over in a matter of hours. Then, Danny caught everyone by surprise and stalled in Mobile Bay, pounding us for three days. The waves on the Gulf were terrifying—the kind a surfer might fantasize about. We watched the rising tide bang boats against the rocks and sink others. Our front door had a double deadbolt with a keyhole on each side. Water shot through three feet into the room for 24 hours straight. Newly planted palm trees strained against support wires and toppled onto their sides. We tried to get some sleep in our bedroom, but we could feel the house move with each gust of wind. We moved downstairs to the guest room, but sleep was impossible as the wind howled, making sounds we’d never heard before. We watched bits and pieces of our neighbor’s tile roof fly off and smash a few feet from our house. We were trapped and terrified for three days. Never again! It took months for our island to recover. The no-hurricane record was all over the Florida news last week, highlighting concern that people are becoming complacent. They don’t understand what adequate preparation entails. The storm itself can be horrific, but the aftermath can be equally disastrous, leaving people without food, water, power, and access to basic services for several days. Homes that survive a storm often have to be gutted because of mold and mildew. Without power, sewage immediately becomes a problem; it cannot be pumped to the treatment plant, so it just sits there. Plus, if your flood, wind, and homeowners insurance is not up to date, say hello to serious financial hardship. Many Floridians discovered too late that their policy limits had not increased with inflation and wouldn’t cover the cost of rebuilding.Are You Crazy?—Part 1 Just for fun, I told a friend that I was thinking about selling my generator and dumping our emergency supplies. He looked at me in disbelief and finally uttered, “Are you crazy? When the next one hits, don’t try to mooch off of us. It’s every man for himself.” Exasperated, he explained that hurricane-causing conditions had not gone away. Until the sun no longer heats the water, we no longer have large and fast temperature changes, and there are no trade winds, a hurricane is a constant threat. If anything, the fact that we haven’t had one for nearly a decade should make us more cautious. He was red in the face when he finished. I told him I was kidding and wanted to discuss something else: economic hurricanes.Food, Water, a Generator, and Gold Many financial pundits are shining the all-clear signal, saying that our economy is fine. People are bailing on gold and mining stocks because they’ve dropped so low. To paraphrase my colleague, Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad, gold sentiment has dropped to zero. The approach we recommend at Miller’s Money Forever starts with core holdings, a solid foundation that you hope you never have to sell. Core holdings should include a large allocation of precious metals. High inflation (Hurricane Danny) and hyperinflation (Hurricane Katrina) are two potential threats to all of our lives. While we hope neither hits, we should still prepare. Take a look at the price of gold over the last decade: Prognosticators might look at the chart, mentally extend the trend line, and predict that gold could easily drop back to $500/oz. Many of these same people looked at the trend line in 2009 and predicted that gold could easily shoot to $5,000/oz. Some of them missed their calling; they should have been weather forecasters.Precious Metals Fall into Two Camps At Miller’s Money, we put metals into two categories. The first is pure insurance against a catastrophe—much the same as our hurricane survival package. Not all storms are category V. Even if we don’t have hyperinflation, during the Jimmy Carter era we experienced double-digit inflation that devastated a lot of retirement nest eggs. Investors holding long-term 6% certificates of deposit would have lost 25% of their buying power during a five-year period, even after they collected the 6% interest. What if the storm intensifies into hyperinflation and its inevitable aftermath? Many of the items we keep for hurricane emergencies may come in handy if the food supply is interrupted, electricity is cut off, or the currency collapses. Metals will protect us from the rising tide of inflation and protect our purchasing power. The second category for metals and metal stocks is investment. These holdings are bought with the express intent of selling down the road for a nice profit. There is quite a debate going on in this arena. Some experts are touting the terrific buying opportunity. Others say gold is an ancient relic and there are a lot of better investment opportunities available. Should you take advantage of the buying opportunity or unload? We set strict position limits in our portfolio. When you’re investing money earmarked for retirement, the speculation portion is limited because preserving capital is the overriding consideration. Gold stocks fall into two general categories. The first is established mining companies and the second is exploration and development companies. Stock in the first group is more directly related to the current price of gold. Every dollar fluctuation in the price of gold adds or subtracts from their net profit as their costs are primarily fixed. For exploration and development companies, it’s a combination of the price of gold, their ability to raise capital, and a heavy emphasis on the economic viability of their discovery. In a large number of cases a major mining company buys them out and takes them into the production phase. In both cases, there are certain events that can produce spectacular results; however, the risk is also high. The real question is do you have room to invest any more capital in the speculative portion of your portfolio? That’s up to the individual investor to answer. If you do have room, there are some incredible bargains in the market today. Our metals team travels the globe and has identified many candidates selling at true bargain-basement prices. What about your core holdings? Should you buy or lighten your portion of metals? The first question to answer is: do you have ample core holdings at the moment? We recommend holding 10%-20% of your net worth in core holdings, depending on your comfort level. (Mining stocks are generally not core holdings; they are speculative.) A lot of investors are slowly building to that target. If you think you should add more, then the current prices present a terrific opportunity. Once you add to these core holdings, then the daily price fluctuations are no more relevant than the price of the case of beef stew we have stored in our closet. Just before the expiration date, it goes to the food bank and we buy another at the current market price. It’s insurance for a catastrophe we hope never happens. When the big one hits, we could probably sell our stew for an astronomical sum, but we won’t because it will help us survive. We would use some of our metal holdings, priced at current value, to buy things we need. A lot of folks don’t understand the true value. We also have silver coins in our core holdings. If silver is priced at $20.00/oz. and a case of beef stew costs $20.00, the ratio is one-to-one. If, due to inflation the price of stew rises to $200 per case, the value of the silver coin will do the same. A one-ounce silver coin = one case of stew, simple as that; it’s the dollar that loses its value.Are You Crazy?—Part 2 The same friend who was flabbergasted by my pretend plan to dump our hurricane supplies asked if I planned to sell any of our gold. I looked at him and asked, “Are you crazy?” Then I explained that the conditions that spawn inflation have not gone away either. The reasons to own gold have compounded over the last decade. The US government has printed trillions of dollars, our country’s debts are out of sight, and the Chinese and Russians are doing everything they can to oust the US dollar as the world’s reserve currency. When the world no longer needs or wants to hold dollars, they will fly out the door faster than any hurricane wind mankind has ever seen. The value of the dollar will drop like a two-ton anchor and the price of gold will soar. Precious metals are insurance against the ultimate financial hurricane. Throughout the history of the world, every fiat currency has eventually collapsed. The US dollar does not get a free pass. Just as sure as the sun heats the water, we have large and fast temperature changes, and there are trade winds, an overly indebted government will experience a currency collapse. We have all had ample warning and should be prepared. Don’t be fooled by the short-term thinking. With that, what should your next step be? I urge all of our subscribers to follow our colleagues at BIG GOLD. Led by my friend Jeff Clark, BIG GOLD will keep you in the loop on the top ways to hold gold, the best-positioned natural resource stocks, and essentially everything you need to know to optimize your core holdings and invest in precious metals. Take advantage of the 3-month trial subscription, and if it’s not for you just call or write Casey Research within 90 days and they’ll return 100% of the cost, no questions asked. Click here to start your financial hurricane preparation with a no-risk subscription to BIG GOLD now.On the Lighter Side First, I’m hooked: follow us on Twitter @millersmoney. Second, the important stuff: baseball playoffs are well underway here in the US. Hockey and basketball are starting their seasons, and we are midway into the football season. Following your favorite sports team has become a way of life in much of the world. If the final score is our biggest concern, then life is good. The World Series is scheduled to begin October 21. We’ve seen it snow on opening day and during the last few games of the World Series. I thought baseball was supposed to be a summer sport. And finally… A cartoon courtesy of our good friend Alex N. Until next week…last_img read more

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Fellow activists family and friends are mourning

first_imgFellow activists, family and friends are mourning the death of Lorraine Gradwell, who had an “immeasurable” impact on the rights and lives of other disabled people over more than 30 years of campaigning.Disabled activists paid tribute this week to her tenacity, vision, kindness, and passionate commitment to disability rights and the social model of disability.Her husband, Tony Baldwinson, said that she died peacefully on 3 September, surrounded by her family. She also leaves two children, Jenny and John*.In the early 1980s, Gradwell joined the Manchester group of the Union of the Physically Impaired Against Segregation (UPIAS), and she was later a founding member (and chair) of Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People (GMCDP), and also its first development worker, and a council member of the British Council of Disabled People (BCODP).She went on to found the disabled people’s organisation (DPO) Breakthrough UK, which supports disabled people to live and work independently, and which she served as chief executive for nearly 15 years, between 1998 and 2013, developing it into an organisation with an annual income of more than £1 million and 40 staff, 70 per cent of whom were disabled people.She was also a member of the Small Business Council for four years, and was one of the many leading disabled activists who have achieved an MA in disability studies after studying at the University of Leeds.And for more than 20 years, she was also a successful consultant and trainer on disability, diversity, and other issues.Born in 1953, Gradwell had been a keen swimmer, and maintained close involvement over more than 30 years with Manchester Disabled Athletes, until its closure.She also competed as a wheelchair athlete and swimmer in the 1974 Commonwealth Paraplegic Games in New Zealand.In a statement, GMCDP said she was “a major figure, not only within GMCDP, but the disabled people’s movement as a whole.“Lorraine’s ability to articulate, challenge and persuade made her a formidable advocate of disability rights.“She will be sorely missed; not only as a comrade and leader but also a friend, supporter and confidante to a lot of people.”Breakthrough UK said she was “a great woman whose impact on the rights and lives of disabled people locally and nationally is immeasurable.“Through Lorraine’s vision, her unquestioning belief in the need to join forces with other disabled people and ability to influence the most resistant of ‘officials’, Lorraine first and foremost empowered disabled people and put Manchester on the map, as a leader on disabled people’s issues. “Respected by all, Lorraine had an instinctive ability to translate the personal into the political, bringing meaning to disabled people and gently leading, chiding and changing the many people fortunate to cross her path.”Her Twitter feed in the months before her death showed her continuing support for the social model, DPOs, the NHS, the Labour party, and her concern about the impact of government cuts on disabled people, the UK government’s failure to implement the UN disability convention, the legalisation of assisted suicide, and the creeping privatisation of the NHS.She and her husband had set up a webpage containing much of her writing and details of her early life.In one of those articles, from 2007, she wrote of how disabled people had “adopted the social model and clung fast to it, like a life raft in a stormy sea”.“In the face of all the charitable, medical and welfare based power structures, not to mention the political ones we have needed to challenge, we needed a rock to cling to; the social model has been that rock,” she wrote.“As a general and universal tool it’s a bit like a Swiss army knife – it’s infinitely adaptable and multipurpose and easy to carry around: why on earth would we weaken ourselves by no longer using it?”Three years earlier, in 2004, she was one of the first activists to highlight concerns about the use of the now widely-criticised biopsychosocial model of disability by the Department for Work and Pensions, and wrote of how she was “horrified” by its adoption, which “seems to have quietly slipped onto the agenda without a serious challenge from the research community”.Only last year, following the resignation of Iain Duncan Smith as work and pensions secretary, she wrote of the increasing use of the word “vulnerable” to describe disabled people, and the trend for “inappropriate compassion”.“Disabled people are not magically endowed with ‘vulnerability’,” she wrote. “Lack of access to decent education, poor and unsuitable housing, exclusion from employment, inaccessible environments, pitiful levels of social support – these and more are what render us vulnerable, not our impairments.”She went on to express her concern that “people automatically assume that, as disabled people, we need care (ie we need looking after). “Nobody, but nobody, does absolutely everything for themselves, it’s all a spectrum with varying degrees of interdependence.“It’s time the rhetoric of care was challenged. Time that disabled people were properly supported: time that ‘carers’ were properly recognised and supported: and time that the need for ‘child carers’ was past.“A proper system of support that recognises all needs would transform the concept of care. So no, I don’t want you to care.”Baroness [Jane] Campbell, who met Gradwell for the first time after hearing her speak at the first disability movement conference she attended, would later say in the introduction to a collection of her writing: “She taught us all how to democratise our campaigning organisations, so that all disabled people would feel involved and would be given the ingredients to throw off the shackles of dependency.“The slogan ‘nothing about us without us’ was never as well established as it was in Manchester where Lorraine’s insight and campaign methodology was embraced wholeheartedly.”Baroness Campbell said this week that Gradwell was very important to her, “not just as a friend who had been highly active in the same civil rights struggle but as a female role model who revealed to me the secrets of operating within a dominantly male political environment.“Her steely strength, combined with kindness and understanding towards those in struggle was truly remarkable.“I deeply admired her unwavering commitment to the emancipation of disabled people.“She gave us all such strength and clarity about how we must go forward, which at times was very challenging.“Like most civil rights movements we didn’t always agree and I remember many heated discussions around the BCOPD council table as we thrashed out policy and strategy (Gradwell was a member of the council when Baroness Campbell was BCODP’s chair).“Indeed, her strength of force could be quite scary at times!“Nonetheless, she was one of the few women who made our civil rights movement so effective in the late 80s and 90s, especially in Manchester, which became a bastion of the disability rights movement and remains the strongest inclusive community in the UK.“The movement has lost a great warrior and so many of us have lost a very important friend. In my eyes she is our Angel of the North!”Another friend, Martin Pagel, the disabled former deputy leader of Manchester City Council, said in a tribute to Gradwell that she was “undoubtedly a people person”.He said: “She could spot potential, but even more impressive, she had the skills to mentor, train, coax and cajole to ensure that people developed and achieved.“Skills which were used not only at work but in her part-time role as matchmaker.“Conversely, she wouldn’t suffer fools and made sure they knew it; usually politely and diplomatically – but not always so.“Lorraine had an immense range of skills which were central to the development of disabled people’s organisations in Manchester, across the country and internationally.“In addition to being an activist, campaigner, educator, writer, poet and pioneering advocate for the social model of disability and independent living, Lorraine was also an organiser.”He said she was adept at “organising ideas into action”, and that she “developed the transition from sheltered workshops to mainstream employment and training as the inaugural chief executive of Breakthrough UK”.She was, he said, “an amazing disabled woman; an inspirational leader, mentor and a warrior in the fight for a just and equal society”.Another friend, the disabled Liverpool city councillor Pam Thomas, said she remembered fighting for rights together in the 1990s and working with Gradwell at national level in the trade union Unison.She said: “Lorraine was also a pragmatist working with national and local politicians and civil servants to bring about change.“Lorraine had a good sense of what would work and what would not, she could sum up situations very neatly.”She saw her friend for the last time two weeks ago. “We talked about our childhood recollections of contracting polio as young children and being in hospital where our families were allowed hardly any contact.“We also talked about how, along with other disabled people, in the 1990s we fought for equality and rights and how it had mostly been swept away by government of the past seven years and set us back decades.”Sue Bott, deputy chief executive of Disability Rights UK (DR UK), said in a blog this week that Gradwell was “forthright and principled”.She first met her in 1991 after starting a new job in Shropshire as a development worker for a disabled people’s organisation and visiting Manchester “to see what I could learn from this disability activist who had a reputation for knowing her own mind”, but “of course she could not have been nicer or warmer”.She said Gradwell “was a force to be reckoned with” at BCODP and “sometimes gave other people a hard time but only because she believed passionately in furthering disability rights”.As one of the first trustees of the newly-formed DRUK in 2012, Bott said Gradwell had “approached her responsibilities in the usual forthright manner” and was “a necessary voice in a new organisation deciding on its direction”.She also remembers asking the Office for Disability Issues to invite Gradwell onto the project group rolling out the last Labour government’s Right to Control pilot scheme, which brought disabled people’s various elements of support into one personal budget. “She came and her pearls of wisdom and experience stole the show,” said Bott. “So much so in fact I almost wished she had not been invited, as she was far more articulate and wise than I was!”*Her family have asked for no flowers, but donations to be made to GMCDP. Details of funeral arrangements will be posted on the websites of GMCDP and Breakthrough UK. To add to a book of remembrance being compiled by Breakthrough UK, email: admin@breakthrough-uk.co.uk**Her family are coordinating tributes, photographs and memories through the following web page: http://lorrainegradwell.weebly.com Picture: Lorraine Gradwell at Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled Peoplelast_img read more

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Report Tesla Planning its Own Music Streaming Service

first_img 2 min read Not content to just offer drivers Spotify access, Tesla is reportedly in talks with major record labels to create a new way for people to listen to music. News reporter Tesla Register Now » Add to Queue Teslas may soon get their own built-in music streaming service, now that the company is reportedly in talks with major record labels about creating a proprietary service that would come with its futuristic electric cars.Citing industry sources, Recode reported on Thursday that Tesla has discussed its plans with all of the major labels. A Tesla streaming platform could be similar to Apple Music or Spotify, according to Recode, with multiple tiers of free and paid service. In a statement, Tesla hinted that it had some music plans, but did not elaborate.”We believe it’s important to have an exceptional in-car experience so our customers can listen to the music they want from whatever source they choose,” a Tesla spokesperson told Recode. “Our goal is to simply achieve maximum happiness for our customers.”The company’s statement echos comments that its CEO Elon Musk made earlier this month. He said that Tesla will make an announcement later this year about helping drivers find music to listen to, according to TechCrunch, explaining that it’s currently “very hard to find good playlists or good matching algorithms.”Teslas already come with a built-in Spotify app in some countries, but not the U.S. The app, currently supported in the Model X and Model S, even lets drivers create a Spotify premium account from their car’s dashboard.In addition to Tesla’s music plans, whatever they might be, Musk previously said the company is also planning to reveal a semi-truck later this year, and a pickup truck will follow next year or in 2019. Report: Tesla Planning its Own Music Streaming Service Image credit: via PC Magcenter_img –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Tom Brant This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business June 23, 2017 Next Article last_img read more

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Amazon Buys Comedy Service Rooftop Media to Expand Digital Content

first_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Amazon.com Inc is buying online comedy service Rooftop Media, a small deal that underscores the Internet retailer’s broader ambition of becoming a media and entertainment powerhouse.Amazon is persisting in buying content to round out its service, with designs to take on Netflix Inc and other online digital media services. But that increasing spending has helped keep the company in the red, inviting criticism from investors.Audible, the audiobooks service it bought in 2008 for $300 million, is picking up the 10-person company for an undisclosed sum. Audible founder and Chief Executive Donald Katz said in a statement on Monday the company had been attracted by Rooftop’s content as well as its pool of comic talent.Rooftop records comedians at clubs across the country and licenses the digital rights to thousands of hours of comedy, which is broadcast either live or later on demand. The company’s media partners include Apple Inc and Yahoo, and it also works with streaming services such as Sirius XM, Spotify and Pandora.Its content now becomes part of Audible, itself a fast-growing seller of online audiobooks, and vastly increases Rooftop’s audience, said Rooftop Chief Executive Officer Will Rogers.Amazon is expected to continue acquiring digital content at a rapid clip. In past years, it began investing heavily to branch out from its online retail roots, delving into Hollywood-style content production as well as developing a line of tablets, smartphones and set-top boxes to accelerate the sale of digital content.Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos’ vision of becoming a tech and media powerhouse, however, has drawn protests from an investor community that for years overlooked its lack of profits because of red-hot revenue growth.That growth may be in danger of stalling. Last week, the company missed revenue and income expectations and projected a disappointing 7 to 18 percent rise in holiday-quarter sales.Amazon’s stock was up 0.6 percent on Monday but is down about a third from January.(Reporting by Liana Baker; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli and Cynthia Osterman) Register Now » Next Article Add to Queue Reuters –shares October 27, 2014 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters Amazon Buys Comedy Service Rooftop Media to Expand Digital Content 2 min read Acquisitionslast_img read more

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Twitter Warns Some Users of Possible StateSponsored Cyber Attacks

first_img Next Article Hackers –shares Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Add to Queue Image credit: Twitter Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Twitter Warns Some Users of Possible State-Sponsored Cyber Attackscenter_img 2 min read Register Now » Twitter Inc issued an alert to some users warning them that state-sponsored hackers may have tried to obtain sensitive data from their accounts, the company said, the first such warning by the micro blogging site.The notice said there was no indication the hackers obtained sensitive information from what it said were a “small group of accounts” targeted.It did not provide additional information about the attack or possible suspects in its investigation.Twitter’s notice is the latest amid concern about cyber attacks by state-sponsored organizations. Government agencies, businesses and media have all been hacked.Motherboard, a tech news site, and the Financial Times earlier reported on Twitter’s warning.One organization that said it received the notice, a Winnipeg-based nonprofit called Coldhak, said the warning from Twitter came on Friday. The notice said the attackers may have been trying to obtain information such as “email addresses, IP addresses, and/or phone numbers”.Coldhak’s Twitter account, @coldhakca, retweeted reports from a number of other users who said they received the notice. Coldhak and the other users did not indicate why they may have been singled out.Colin Childs, one of the founding directors of Coldhak, told Reuters his organization has seen “no noticeable impact of this attack”.Google and Facebook have also started issuing warnings to users possibly targeted by state-sponsored attacks.(Reporting and writing by Stephen R. Trousdale; editing by Grant McCool) Reuters This story originally appeared on Reuters December 14, 2015last_img read more

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Senate Blocks Bill That Would Override State GMO Labeling Laws

first_img Next Article Senate Blocks Bill That Would Override State GMO Labeling Laws This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Add to Queue Food Reuters March 16, 2016center_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List The U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill that would nullify state and local efforts to require food makers to label products made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, as the industry races to stop Vermont’s law from taking effect on July 1.The proposed legislation from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas comes amid growing calls for transparency in the U.S. food supply. Labeling advocates have criticized the bill as toothless because it leaves the decision to disclose GMO ingredients to the companies whose products contain them.Senate Bill 2609 is known as the Biotech Labeling Solutions Act by supporters and the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK, Act by opponents. A procedural vote on Wednesday failed to reach the necessary 60 votes to advance the bill in the Senate, with 49 yes votes and 48 no votes.Roberts vowed to keep fighting as the July 1 deadline looms for Vermont’s labeling requirement to take effect.”I remain at the ready to work on a solution,” Roberts said.The United States is the world’s largest market for foods made with genetically altered ingredients. Many popular processed foods are made with soybeans, corn and other biotech crops whose genetic traits have been manipulated, often to make them resistant to insects and pesticides.Major food, farm and biotech seed companies spent more than $100 million in the United States last year to battle labeling efforts, according to a lobbying disclosure analysis from the Environmental Working Group, which opposes the Senate measure.Opponents to GMO labeling efforts include trade groups such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association, whose members have included PepsiCo Inc. and Kellogg Co., and BIO, which counts Monsanto Co., Dow AgroSciences, a unit of Dow Chemical Co., and other companies that sell seeds that produce GMO crops among its members.They say labeling would impose speech restrictions on food sellers, burden consumers with higher costs and create a patchwork of state GMO labeling policies that have “no basis in health, safety or science.”But companies such as Whole Foods Market Inc., Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. and Campbell Soup Co. already have begun labeling or abandoning GMOs rather than waiting for government action.(Reporting by Lisa Baertlein in Los Angeles and Karl Plume in Chicago; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) Image credit: Pexels The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Apply Now » –shareslast_img read more

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