Senior Editor Add to Queue Microsoft Apply Now » The Department of Justice has agreed to curb its use of gag orders when it comes to obtaining customer data from private companies, according to Microsoft.In April 2016, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the federal government over its use of these secrecy orders. At the time, Microsoft was being forced to maintain secrecy regarding 2,576 legal demands — 1,752 of which had no fixed end date. In other words, it couldn’t tell thousands of customers the U.S. government had requested and received access to their data.That lawsuit has now been resolved, Brad Smith, president and chief legal council officer at Microsoft, wrote in a Monday blog post.The main problem Microsoft had was in how gag orders were being used. Vague legal standards were all that was required for a secrecy order to be issued, and no end date needed to be specified. So customer information was secretly being shared without specific facts or case details being known for an undefined period of time.According to Smith, Microsoft’s lawsuit played a major role in finally stopping this practice. “The binding policy issued today by the Deputy U.S. Attorney General should diminish the number of orders that have a secrecy order attached, end the practice of indefinite secrecy orders, and make sure that every application for a secrecy order is carefully and specifically tailored to the facts in the case,” he wrote.Such is Microsoft’s confidence in the new policy that it will dismiss its lawsuit, though it reserves the right to take action when necessary to protect customers. “We applaud the Department of Justice for taking these steps, but that doesn’t mean we’re done with our work to improve the use of secrecy orders. We have been advocating for our customers before the DOJ for a long time, and we’ll continue to do that. We will continue to turn to the courts if needed. And we are committed to working with Congress.”Microsoft goes on to thank the, “nearly 90 technology companies, media enterprises and organizations, academics, business groups and companies, civil liberties groups and former law-enforcement officials who signed friend-of-the-court briefs in this case.”The focus now moves to the ongoing effort to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which dates back to 1986; Redmond supports Senate efforts to advance the ECPA Modernization Act of 2017. Vague legal standards were all that was required for a secrecy order to be issued, and no end date needed to be specified. Matthew Humphries Next Article Microsoft Drops DOJ Suit After Feds Limit Secret Gag Orders October 24, 2017 –shares 3 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: photogearch / Shutterstock This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.
Nestlé launches R&D accelerator to boost product innovationPosted By: Martin Whiteon: April 10, 2019In: Business, Food, IndustriesPrintEmailNestlé has launched a new research and development (R&D) accelerator programme, as the company aims to accelerate the development of innovative new products and systems.Selected Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups will be able to use dedicated ‘hot desks’ at the Nestlé R&D Accelerator, and will be given access to Nestlé’s R&D expertise and infrastructure, including shared labs, kitchens, bench-scale and pilot-scale equipment.Nestlé estimates that the unit will be operational by the end of 2019, and the first research teams already have been selected by the company.The Nestlé R&D Accelerator is based in Lausanne, Switzerland, and forms part of Nestlé’s global R&D network. The accelerator is located at the same facility as the company’s dedicated research unit Nestlé Research, which was founded last year.Stefan Palzer, CTO of Nestlé S.A. said: “We have taken a number of steps to accelerate innovation, including our enhanced prototyping capabilities and the funding of fast-track projects.With the Nestlé R&D Accelerator and its proximity to our R&D and business teams, we will bring open innovation to a new level.Combining our internal expertise and the deep knowledge of our academic and industrial partners with external entrepreneurial creativity is a unique approach and will create an innovation powerhouse.“It will accelerate the translation of innovative ideas and concepts into tangible prototypes and products.”A number of high-profile food and beverage companies such as Coca-Cola, Campbell’s and Mars have launched accelerator programmes over the last year, as companies aim to keep pace with changing consumer trends and habits.The launch of the Nestlé Research unit last year aimed to address changing consumer habits by finding ways to further enhance the nutritional profiles of its products, following calls from senior figures for the company to increase its focus on health and nutrition.In a further boost to its research operations, Nestlé inaugurated a new R&D facility in Shenzhen, China last month, which will create new food and beverage products for consumers in Asia, and will also investigate new system technologies relevant for Nestlé’s global beverage businesses.Share with your network: Tags: acceleratorNestléresearchSwitzerland
Tesco adds smaller wine bottles to help shoppers control portionsPosted By: News Deskon: May 03, 2018In: Alcohol, Beverage, Industries, Packaging, RetailPrintEmailTesco has launched a new range of smaller wine bottles in a move to help shoppers control portions and cut down on waste.Included in the new 37-strong line will be the supermarket’s first-ever 50cl wine bottle size – which is said to contain the equivalent of four glasses.According to data from retail analysts Kantar and the British Beer and Pub Association, alcohol consumption is in decline in the UK.Tesco said that younger consumers who are more focused on healthy lifestyles than their parents are reducing alcohol consumption with fewer drinking occasions or smaller portions.The new range includes wines such as Tesco Finest New Zealand sauvignon blanc (£5.50 for 50cl) and Tesco Finest rioja reserva (£6.25 for 50cl).Tesco product developer Alexandra Runciman said: “We are currently seeing an increase in the number of shoppers wanting to enjoy a smaller amount of wine or a mid-week treat without having to purchase and potentially waste a full-size bottle. “Millennials in particular are generally more concerned about the quantity of alcohol that they drink and so we hope this new range will help them manage portion control.“This new range of smaller wine bottles will also allow customers to cut down on waste by giving them the exact portions they want.”As well as the smaller bottles, Tesco has also expanded its Finest wine range, adding an extra nine products to the portfolio. The wines will be available in up to 2,000 Tesco stores in the UK and online.Share with your network: Tags: TescoUKwine
Kraft Heinz and Hershey create two new whipped toppingsPosted By: Martin Whiteon: August 31, 2018In: Dairy, Food, Industries, New productsPrintEmailKraft Heinz and The Hershey Company have collaborated to create two new whipped topping products for the US market.The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Dairy Whipped Toppings are now available from selected US retailers, and will be available nationwide in the US from October.Both flavours are made from 100% real cream and do not contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners or oil ingredients, while the Hershey’s Milk Chocolate flavour is made with Hershey’s cocoa.According to the companies, the toppings have been released to shake up the ‘vanilla’ whipped topping category with new exciting twists on the sweet treat.The toppings can be used to accompany a wide variety of products, including hot chocolates, waffles, pancakes fruit or cakes.Hershey’s Milk Chocolate and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Dairy Whipped Toppings will be available in 7 oz. cans, with a suggested retail price of $2.99–$3.99 per can.Share with your network: Tags: DairyKraft HeinzThe Hershey CompanyUS
Fonterra offloads stake in whey protein joint venture to First MilkPosted By: Contributoron: June 26, 2019In: Business, Dairy, Functional, Industries, Ingredients, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailBritish dairy cooperative First Milk has acquired Fonterra’s 51% stake in the Fast Forward joint venture the companies set up in 2011.As of July 2019, First Milk will become the sole owner of the whey protein concentrate manufacturing facilities based at the joint venture’s Lake District creamery in the UK.The announcement comes as First Milk reveals a new strategic partnership with Havero Hoogwegt for global sales and distribution of whey protein concentrate.Netherlands-based Havero Hoogwegt is part of the Hoogwegt Group and supplies proteins to more than 50 counties. The firm is an existing First Milk partner.First Milk chief executive Shelagh Hancock said: “The added value protein market continues to grow with applications for high-quality whey products, such as WPC80, in the expanding sports nutrition and functional foods categories.“We are delighted to take over full ownership of our well-invested whey processing facility at our Lake District creamery and to confirm our new sales and distribution partnership with Havero Hoogwegt.“Backed by their unique global network and team of commercial, technical and logistics experts, I am confident they are well-placed to maximise the market potential of our WPC80 production for mutual benefit.”Freek-Jan van der Puijl, managing director of Havero Hoogwegt, added: “We see First Milk as an experienced producer of WPC of consistently high quality and with a good reputation. We are proud to enter this partnership, which enables us to further grow and strengthen our global market position, allowing us to create best value for our partners.”Share with your network: Tags: First MilkFonterraUKwhey protein
Share on Facebook … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Messenger This article is more than 1 year old This article is more than 1 year old Share via Email @JamilesLartey Gloria Copeland’s advice to ‘inoculate yourself with the word of God’ met with scorn amid worst flu epidemic in a decade Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Theresa May rebukes Donald Trump over NHS comments Since you’re here… Topics Shares912912 Wed 7 Feb 2018 18.19 EST Read more Share via Email Christianity Flu A Texas evangelist preacher and member of Donald Trump’s faith advisory council told parishioners to skip the flu shot in favor of prayer, inviting scorn from concerned medical professionals and epidemiologists.“Jesus himself gave us the flu shot,” Gloria Copeland said in a video posted last Wednesday that has slowly begun to go viral, no pun intended, after some observers highlighted Copeland’s ties to Trump.“Just keep saying that ‘I’ll never have the flu. I’ll never have the flu,’” she continued. “Inoculate yourself with the word of God. Flu, I bind you off the people in the name of Jesus. Jesus himself gave us the flu shot. He redeemed us from the curse of flu.”Copeland’s advice is standard fare in the charismatic Christian tradition, but is also medically unsound as the US faces its worst flu epidemic in a decade. Evangelical Trump adviser tells people to skip flu shots in favor of prayer Health Donald Trump Evangelical Christianity Share on Twitter Religion news Flu A patient receiving a flu shot. This year’s tough strain of influenza has hit children especially hard.Photograph: Sam Mooy/AAP Reuse this content Jamiles Lartey in New York “So far this year the cumulative rate of hospitalization is the highest since we began tracking in this way,” Dr Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told reporters late last week after the rate climbed above 50 per 100,000. Schuchat is less than a week on the job after Trump’s prior CDC director, Dr Brenda Fitzgerald, resigned over financial conflicts of interest.This year’s tough strain of influenza has hit children especially hard. Sixteen children died of the flu in the week ended 27 January, bringing total pediatric deaths to 53 for the season, according to the CDC’s weekly report.Medical professionals advise that flu shots are an important part of a holistic prevention strategy, even though this year’s vaccine has been calculated at an effective rate of as low as 10%. Health workers often report that misconceptions about the flu vaccine actually causing or contributing to the outbreak (it doesn’t) can stymie their efforts to fight the bug. Also, empirically more helpful than appeals to providence or, for some, relying on the social media rumor mill: frequent hand-washing and staying home when sick.Trump’s faith advisory council is a veritable who’s who of rightwing televangelists. It has stuck with him while he has had to disband two business advisory councils and an infrastructure panel due to defections by key members. Share on Facebook Last modified on Fri 9 Feb 2018 13.34 EST Support The Guardian
Governor Brian Kemp said he was signing the bill ‘to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state’.Photograph: Bob Andres/AP Shares111111 Georgia governor signs bill to ban abortion after six weeks Abortion Share on LinkedIn Was this helpful? Tue 7 May 2019 11.34 EDT … is a basic human right. The Guardian is committed to reporting with rigour for women around the world, who all deserve equal access to reliable, quality healthcare. The vulnerable will be those who suffer most in the war on women we can see unfolding. We’ll deliver the facts and dispel the misinformation surrounding abortion legislation – that, among many devastating consequences, could force women to take dangerous measures to end a pregnancy.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative reporting than ever before. 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Reproductive freedom… Read more Georgia Share on Twitter Georgia Georgia’s Republican governor Brian Kemp has signed legislation to ban abortion once cardiac activity can be detected – which can be as early as six weeks, before many women even realize they are pregnant.The signing caps weeks of tension and protests at the state capitol in Atlanta, and marks the beginning of what could be a lengthy and costly legal battle over the law’s constitutionality.Kemp said he was signing the bill “to ensure that all Georgians have the opportunity to live, grow, learn and prosper in our great state”. The anti-gay extremist behind America’s fiercely strict abortion bans Show The legal showdown is exactly what supporters of the legislation are looking for. Anti-abortion activists and ultra-conservative lawmakers across the country, energized by the new conservative majority on the US supreme court that includes the Donald Trump appointees Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, are pushing ever stricter abortion bans.It also represents a further threat to the court’s landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling, which legalized abortion nationwide until a fetus is developed enough to live outside a woman’s uterus. Read more Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Norma McCorvey, pictured, was the real name of the woman known as “Jane Roe” in the landmark 1973 US supreme court case Roe v Wade, which established the right of American women to have abortions.McCorvey became the plaintiff in 1970 after she met with two lawyers looking for a test case to challenge the abortion ban in Texas, where it was a crime unless a woman’s life was at risk. Similar statutes were in place in nearly every other state at the time.At the time, McCorvey was pregnant, unmarried, unemployed and unable to obtain an abortion legally or otherwise.The case went to the supreme court, which handed down the watershed ruling that a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including the choice to have an abortion, is protected under the 14th amendment.McCorvey never had an abortion. Her case, which proceeded largely without her involvement, took too long to resolve, and she gave birth to a child that she placed for adoption. Several years after the ruling, she publicly revealed her identity and became involved in the pro-abortion rights movement. But after a conversion to Christianity, she became an anti-abortion rights activist. Before she died in 2017, McCorvey had said it was her wish to see Roe v Wade overturned in her lifetime. Law would ban terminations after fetal cardiac activity detectedLegislation is expected to trigger lengthy battle in courts Last modified on Wed 15 May 2019 08.28 EDT Share via Email Share on Messenger Thank you for your feedback. Quick guide What is Roe v Wade? Reuse this content This article is more than 2 months old Topics Guardian staff and agencies Share on Twitter news Under current law, women in Georgia can seek an abortion during the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy. If it is not blocked in court, the new ban would take effect on 1 January next year.The legislation makes exceptions in the case of rape and incest if the woman files a police report first, and in order to save the life of the mother. It also would allow for abortions when a fetus is determined not to be viable because of serious medical issues.The bill also deals with alimony, child support and even income tax deductions for fetuses, declaring that “the full value of a child begins at the point when a detectable human heartbeat exists”.In fact, at six weeks, an embryo has not yet formed heart chambers, and is not considered a fetus until nine weeks into pregnancy.The Republican state representative Ed Setzler, the bill’s author, said in an interview after the bill passed the state House that it was a “commonsense” measure that seeks to “balance the difficult circumstances women find themselves in with the basic right to life of a child”.But the Democratic senator Jen Jordan disagreed that the legislation was balanced. “There’s nothing balanced about it, it’s an all-out abortion ban,” she said.Jordan said she was especially worried the new law would push obstetricians away from practicing in Georgia, worsening healthcare outcomes for women in a state that already has one of the worst maternal mortality rates in the country.“It’s about the unintended consequences,” Jordan said. “They’re making policy choices that are going to end up causing women to die, and they’re preventable deaths.”In the first few months of 2019, six-week abortion bans have been signed into law in four states: Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio and now Georgia.Tennessee, Missouri, South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Louisiana and West Virginia are considering similar proposals.A bill in Alabama would outlaw almost all abortions at any stage of pregnancy. Share on Facebook This article is more than 2 months old Support The Guardian ‘It’s not a little child’: gynecologists join the fight against six-week abortion bans Share on WhatsApp Hide The bill is one of a growing number of similar pieces of legislation being pushed at state level, in what anti-abortion campaigners call “heartbeat bills” even though that is a medical inaccuracy as well as a politically inflammatory term in the reproductive rights debate.Sean Young, the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, said the ACLU would challenge Georgia’s new abortion restriction in court.“Under 50 years of supreme court precedent, this abortion ban is clearly unconstitutional,” Young said in a recent interview. “Every federal court that has heard a challenge to a similar ban has ruled that it’s unconstitutional.”
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Innovations unveiled at Sisense Eureka! customer conference, kicking off today in New York with 1,000 industry expertsSisense, the world’s leading modern platform for analytics builders, kicked off its second annual customer conference, Sisense Eureka!, with a series of product innovations designed to help developers, data scientists and business analysts simplify complex data and provide insights to everyone across a business.The first major announcement, Cloud-Native Sisense, is a new cloud-native Linux architecture of Sisense’s analytics platform. The Cloud-Native Sisense platform has been completely rearchitected on a containerized microservices architecture that is multi-cloud and leverages Linux OS, coupled with best-of-breed technologies, like Docker containers and Kubernetes orchestration. As the preferred OS for cloud-based and other complex deployments, Linux is leveraged by a large share of today’s most data-driven companies. Cloud-Native Sisense integrates with infrastructure to enable faster delivery, high-resiliency, native dev-ops support and scalability. The architecture is supported on all major cloud providers including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud. It provides the full Sisense platform including the Elastic Data Hub, which offers both live in-database connectivity to all major cloud databases, as well as Sisense’s proprietary In-Chip™ Performance Accelerator.Marketing Technology News: Loyalty Brands Announces Partnership with Textellent To Deliver Innovative SMS Sales & Marketing CapabilitiesWith Sisense’s new AI-augmented analytics capability, AI Exploration Paths, clients will find visualizations and widgets generated automatically that anticipate the “next question” from a business user without the involvement of a business analyst. Sisense’s AI-driven augmented capabilities uniquely leverage anonymized user behavior data to instantaneously deliver statistically relevant insights and suggest new perspectives on how to explore data directly within a user dashboard.These innovations and more will be on display at Sisense Eureka!, where 1,000 industry experts will converge to learn new ways to make an impact with data analytics. The conference includes two days of speakers and presentations, including a keynote address from Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, Inc. and a true builder.“With the addition of our latest AI technology, we’re helping empower our business users to answer questions they have never thought to ask. And with our cloud-native architecture, we’re opening up the power of Sisense to a new set of builders to operate in their preferred workflow,” said Dr. Guy Levy-Yurista, Chief Strategy Officer at Sisense. “We’re excited to bring together builders of all kinds – data scientists, engineers, business users, company builders, analysts and more – at Sisense Eureka! this week as we take modern cloud data analytics to the next level.”Marketing Technology News: Crimson Agility Receives Two Nominations from MagentoThe conference will also highlight the power of the Sisense platform following its recent merger with Periscope Data, including demonstrations of the complete, end-to-end data analytics solution the merged platform will soon provide. The combined company now serves more than 2,000 clients around the world, including Fortune 500 companies and smaller startups alike, all of whom utilize Sisense to turn deep data insights into action with the speed, power and flexibility they need to gain a competitive advantage.Session Highlights:“How Analytics and AI are Helping to Reshape Financial Markets and Nasdaq.” Nelson Griggs, President of the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, will highlight how Nasdaq is leveraging analytics and machine learning to help its clients perform and grow.“The Data Secrets Behind Productivity at Starbucks, Uber and More.” John Furneaux, CEO and Co-Founder of Hive, will share secrets behind the success at companies like Starbucks, WeWork, Pinterest and Uber, using anonymized data from Hive’s project and process management platform.“How GE uses AI and Predictive Analytics to Deliver Better Health Outcomes.” Girish Muralidharan, Vice President & General Manager, Performance Intelligence Analytics at GE Healthcare, will address GE Healthcare’s efforts to help providers address waste and other challenges in today’s healthcare delivery system through custom analytics apps built on Sisense.“The Role Analytics Plays in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.” Veteran technology executive Zack Urlocker will discuss the critical role analytics provides in entrepreneurship and innovation and how to lead a company from startup to high-growth and beyond.Marketing Technology News: DAA Announces Enforcement Deadline for ‘Political Ad’ Guidelines and Transparency Icon Sisense Brings Power to the Builders With New Cloud-Native Linux Platform, Insights to Everyone With Predictive AI Technology PRNewswireJune 13, 2019, 3:03 pmJune 13, 2019 AI technologyanalytics builderscloudNewssisense Previous ArticleiHeartMedia Doubles Down on Radio Attribution with Agreement to Support Nielsen Media Impact and Continuous Diary MeasurementNext ArticleArtificial Solutions Launches Antidote to Chatbot Frustration
RainFocus RainFocus Delivers the Event Industry’s Most Advanced Machine Learning Tool PRNewswireJune 20, 2019, 9:30 pmJune 20, 2019 RainFocus, the leading Event Marketing Platform, announced the release of its newest machine learning tool, the Recommendations Bot. Large events pose a number of challenges for event directors. With over 2,500 sessions, recommendations become the key to improving the attendee journey and maximizing engagement. The Recommendations Bot is designed to address those challenges by providing a more personalized attendee experience — a truly game-changing feature for the industry. Event marketingmachine learningMarketing TechnologyNewsRainFocusSaasSarah Mills Previous ArticleEmail Open Rates: Leveraging Personalization to Be Ever in Your FavorNext ArticleSound That BRANDS Raises Capital; Forming Core Leadership Team The RainFocus Recommendations Bot takes a deeper look into the interests and values of attendees. By utilizing attendee demographics, behaviors, historical data, and session ratings, the Recommendations Bot can make suggestions for attendees that will enhance their conference experience. Each event that an attendee participates in will become more personalized as the Recommendations Bot remembers and scores their preferences and interactions.Marketing Technology News: Popular Ticketing Platform Ticketbud Announces Integration with Salesforce“Putting event data in action has and continues to be a massive gap in the industry,” says Mike Bushman, CTO of RainFocus. “Each conference-hosting company has different parameters for what they determine to be an ‘engaged customer.’ From day one of starting this company we’ve made it our goal to provide our clients and their attendees with personalized experiences. The Recommendations Bot is the most advanced machine learning tool in the events industry and is getting better with each attendee interaction.”Key benefits of the Recommendations Bot:Every cycle of feedback provided by the attendee improves the accuracy and relevance of recommendations through a simple thumbs up or down.Take advantage of recommendations from any view. Attendees will be able to easily add recommendations to their schedules from the catalog or from their calendar.Train the bot to fit the needs of your business by making simple adjustments to the scoring model.The Recommendations Bot enhances RainFocus’ content module by offering a win-win solution for attendees and event staff. With the bot, attendees are provided a smooth content-guided experience all while event managers are gaining important event data. The combination of automated attendee recommendations and centralized data management significantly lowers the workloads of event managers and staff.Marketing Technology News: Conagra Brands Puts Consumers at the Center of its Business Transformation with Salesforce“Splunk has an integration between RainFocus and their content catalog on their event website, where the ability to schedule sessions now lives. Now when we need to make a change to content, instead of going to the Splunk web team, the changes are made within RainFocus and pushed everywhere else,” says Sarah Mills, Senior Global Event Technology Manager for Splunk. “Having one source of truth for customer-facing content is extremely helpful. It’s hard for me to shake the memories of 2015, when we had to use three different spreadsheets with specific formatting to update information in multiple places and then cross-checking manually to assure that they all match.”As a true SaaS platform, RainFocus is constantly innovating and providing new features to help its clients manage their event data. These constant improvements allow the company to innovate faster and stay ahead of its competitors. RainFocus is continuing to build its product offering and is subsequently establishing its place as the only events software platform to provide complete end-to-end event management.Marketing Technology News: SessionM Demonstrates How to Turn Data into Loyalty at Salesforce Connections
CM GroupDelivraemail marketing automationmarketing automationMarketing Technology NewsNews Previous ArticleSeismic Strengthens its Relationship with Microsoft at Upcoming Microsoft EventsNext ArticleAvaya Identified as a Leader in Aragon Research Globe for Intelligent Contact Center Marketing Technology Company Unveils New UX Developed to Meet the Growing Needs of CustomersDelivra — a provider of advanced email marketing automation and a part of the CM Group family of brands — announced the release of its new in-application user experience. Inspired by customer and in-house expert feedback, Delivra has made several improvements to its navigation and functionality to increase ease-of-use including its automation dashboard. Alongside this, Delivra announced its rebrand, bringing a modern and consistent look and feel to its application and website.“The improvements made were a direct impact of our dedication to putting the customer first and building a marketing technology that answers their needs and empowers them to drive their business forward.”“Since Delivra’s inception in 1999, supporting customers has been the heart of the brand. That’s why in this update, it was important to create a more intuitive, attractive user experience any marketer would feel comfortable using, no matter their skill level,” said Barbara Berry, head of product at Delivra. “The improvements made were a direct impact of our dedication to putting the customer first and building a marketing technology that answers their needs and empowers them to drive their business forward.”Marketing Technology News: Agency Veteran Joao Machado Joins as Sabio’s SVP of Product Marketing“With Delivra everything is user friendly and has simplified a lot of our processes. We have a high volume of emails we send — each of our 17 race weekends has three to four emails that need to be built in under 30 minutes,” said Ryann Weatherford, vice president, partnership activations and communication at Andretti Autosport, a Delivra customer. “If we ever aren’t able to figure something out, the Delivra team is only a phone call away no matter where we are.”Marketing Technology News: Intertrust and Vewd Partner to Introduce Next Generation Content Protection for HbbTVFeature Improvements Include:Consolidated dashboards and updated terminology for more intuitive learning.Clear action buttons, toggles, and easy filtering in each dashboard.The easy-to-use Campaign Workflow, combining content and mailing processes into one.Marketing Technology News: AdQuick.com Releases Campaign Genius, so Marketers can Plan and Optimize Out of Home (OOH) Advertising Campaigns in Minutes Delivra Unveils Improved User Experience and Automation Dashboard PRNewswireJune 10, 2019, 1:26 pmJune 10, 2019
“Today we are making our mission known to the world – Magic Lab creates life-changing moments for millions of people by building relationships,” said Andrey Andreev, Founder and CEO, Magic Lab. “Those special moments when people meet for the first time are what makes life memorable. The formation of this group reflects our belief that the Internet can be used as a force for good and that everyone deserves a connection, no matter your social, ethnic or economic background.”Marketing Technology News: Tellius Named by Gartner as a 2019 Cool Vendor in AnalyticsIn conjunction with this announcement, Magic Lab is committing $100 million to identify, recruit and support the next generation of product visionaries and innovative founders who share a common purpose – fundamentally changing the lives of every human on the planet by bringing people together. The pledge will be used primarily for marketing and brand incubation, as the identified leaders will be able to leverage the group’s shared component-based technology infrastructure, world-class talent, and decades of experience.Candidates may submit their innovative ideas online at www.magiclab.co which will be reviewed by Mr. Andreev directly. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to meet Mr. Andreev in person, discuss potential partnerships and observe the full capabilities of the broader group.Andreev continued, “Our differentiated technology platform, talent, and experience enables us to bring new consumer products, brands and features to the market faster and more efficiently than our competitors. After our success with Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen, we are continuing to search for innovative leaders who have new ideas on how to connect people together. Our dream is to create the future of relationships by building chemistry all over the world.”Marketing Technology News: BabbleLabs Raises $14 million Series A Financing from Dell Technologies Capital and Intel Capital to Accelerate Speech TechnologyMagic Lab builds, owns, and operates a portfolio of mission driven brands:Badoo – Founded in 2006, Badoo was a pioneer in mobile-focused dating. With over 425 million users worldwide, Badoo is ending self-doubt by helping people date honestly.Bumble – Founded in 2014, Bumble combats misogyny by empowering women to make the first move. With over 55 million users, Bumble connects people across dating, friendship and professional networking.Chappy – Founded in 2017, Chappy aims to be the safe space for gay dating, thriving in acceptance and ending stereotypes.Lumen – Founded in 2018, Lumen is ending loneliness and ageism by connecting over 50s, capitalizing on an underserved market.Marketing Technology News: Neongecko Inc. Launches “Neon AI SDK” – New “Software Development Kit for Artificial Intelligence” Supports AI Conversations in Multiple Languages AndreyBadooBumbleChappyLumenMagic LabNews Previous ArticlePegasystems Named a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for the CRM Customer Engagement Center for 10th Consecutive YearNext ArticleDell Technologies Simplifies Customers’ Path to Innovation with AI and High Performance Computing Andrey Andreev Consolidates Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen Into New Entity: Magic Lab PRNewswireJune 17, 2019, 6:16 pmJune 17, 2019 Commits $100 Million for next generation brand incubationsAndrey Andreev, Founder and CEO of the group which builds, owns, and operates market-leading dating and social networking apps, Badoo, Bumble, Chappy and Lumen in partnership with their founders, today announced the creation of Magic Lab to serve as a holding company for its growing number of brands.Within the group, each of the brands will continue to benefit from a shared integrated technology platform built by a best-in-class engineering team ensuring operational efficiencies and flexibility. With this unique foundation, Magic Lab has the ability to consistently launch and quickly scale mass consumer products to drive future growth. The brands will focus on marketing to solve societal issues such as misogyny, stereotypes, self-doubt and ageism. Already, more than half a billion people around the world have been connected through the Magic Lab’s family of brands.