Assuming the 35-year-old gets a clean bill of health, theCardinals would be foolish not to explore the idea ofadding one of the greatest QBs the game has ever seen.Manning has shown no signs of slowing down, and the ideaof pairing him with Larry Fitzgerald is enough to make anyCards fan drool. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation 0 Comments Share D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke According to former NFL GM and current CBS NFL analystCharley Casserly, Arizona could be a landing spot forPeyton Manning, should the Colts release the veteran inthe coming months. That, he said, is possible because theQB is due a $28 million bonus that the team will likelyhave no interest in paying, especially if the Colts draftStanford QB Andrew Luck with the top pick in a few months.“One team I would watch: the Arizona Cardinals,” Casserlysaid on Sunday’s show. “They can get out of the Kevin Kolbcontract, and also Ken Whisenhunt’s been down this roadbefore. “A veteran quarterback coming at the end of his career,Kurt Warner.”Indeed, the Cardinals have been down this road before, andfor sure, it worked out well. However, would a coupleyears of Manning be worth cutting Kolb, who is due arather large roster bonus himself, just one season aftertrading for him?In a word, yes.But before you go and order your custom No. 18 Cardinalsjersey, there are a few things to keep in mind, not theleast of which is the fact that, should he be released,Manning will have no shortage of potential suitors. After all, Manning is just one season removed from a 4,700yard, 33 TD campaign, so it’s not as if this is a guy on asteep decline. The former number one pick has thrown for54,828 yards and 399 touchdowns over the course of hiscareer, consistently leading his team to the playoffs andwinning one Super Bowl. All but a handful of teams wouldbe better with Manning under center, and while it’spossible the Cards would have some interest in Manning,there is no guarantee Manning will have any interest inthe Cards. Top Stories Are the Arizona Cardinals a QB away from being acontender?With the way the defense played late in the year and thetalent at receiver and running back, it’s hard to argueagainst the idea. With that in mind, along with questions about whether ornot Kevin Kolb or John Skelton will ever develop into theQB the team needs, another option may present itself thisoffseason.The player, it so happens, comes equipped with a laser,rocket arm. And a bad neck.
16Jan Price named chair of House Education Committee State Rep. Amanda Price was appointed by House Speaker Kevin Cotter as chair of the House Education Committee for the 98th Legislature.Price has served on the Education Committee for the past four years, and is looking forward to a leadership role in improving the efficiency of education in Michigan. She has also been appointed as vice chair of the House Local Government Committee, and will serve on the Communications and Technology and Workforce and Talent Development committees, as well as continue her service on the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules.“I’m honored to have been chosen as chair of the House Education Committee and look forward to using this new leadership position as an opportunity to help make the future brighter for Michigan families,” said Price, R-Park Township. “Significant reforms have been made over the past four years and I look forward to continuing that momentum.”House committees review legislation affecting their issue area and make recommendations as to whether the full House should take up a bill. Committee chairs play a key role in determining when bills are heard and organize hearings to assist lawmakers and the public in understanding the legislation up for discussion.### Categories: News
StarTimes Media has launched a pay TV platform in Kenya.The service offers seven packages – Basic, Basic Plus, Classic, Classic Plus, Unique, Unique Plus and India, with prices starting from KES499 (€4.70). A decoder will cost around KES3,000.StarTimes is a Chinese company with operations in Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Guinea and Mozambique. It has invested around US$75 million in Kenya’s DVB-T2 network.
It was one of Donald Trump’s first acts as President: a Jan. 23, 2017 executive order that cuts off U.S. support to foreign groups unless they promise not to “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.” This includes providing patients with referrals or information about the procedure, even if those activities are funded by non-U.S. government sources.Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has adopted a variant of the “Mexico City policy” — so called after the city where it was first announced. And every Democratic successor has reversed it.But Trump’s version is far more sweeping. Rather than limiting the ban to U.S. aid for family planning services, Trump has for the first time applied it to aid for virtually all global health services, including HIV treatment and prevention. Meaning if any health service also provides information on abortion, it can’t get U.S. funding. As NPR has previously reported, some of the world’s largest charities providing health care for people in poor countries have deemed the terms ethically or logistically unacceptable — critics often refer to the policy as “the global gag rule.” As a result, these groups have already given up millions of dollars in U.S. funding and begun cutting back on services.Less well-known is that the administration has actually included several exceptions to the policy — essentially a list of conditions under which a group that accepts U.S. aid money can still refer clients to an abortion provider. Now several advocacy groups that oppose the policy are trying to spread the word. Among them is the Washington, D.C.-based group Center for Health and Gender Equity, or CHANGE, which released this month a report that includes an analysis of these exceptions.”This is so important and yet people don’t know about it — even my colleagues in the U.S.,” says Serra Sippel, executive director of CHANGE. “Across the board in terms of groups in [the affected] countries as well as those of us advocating in Washington, D.C., we don’t have all this information.”Activists and political leaders who oppose abortion argue that the Mexico City policy is needed to ensure compliance with the spirit — and not just the letter — of a long-standing Congressional ban on using taxpayer money to fund abortions overseas. That ban — which has been regularly passed as part of foreign aid spending bills since 1973 — only prohibits direct U.S. funding of foreign groups that perform abortions or “motivate” people to get abortions. The ban does not prevent groups that receive U.S. support from using monies from other, non-U.S. sources to do abortion-related work. That’s where the Mexico City policy comes in.Contacted by NPR for comment, the U.S. State Department declined to provide an official to speak on the record but issued a statement reiterating that rationale. “Supporting the abortion industry and abortion lobby in other countries is incompatible with U.S. law, and undermines our public diplomacy interests,” the statement read. “When the United States provides taxpayer-funded aid to help the poorest of the poor … it is critical that the message associated with our country is our warm recognition of the dignity, worth and potential of each life we touch.”The statement added that “the policy does not change funding levels by one dollar” and that U.S. aid agencies will be re-allocating monies from groups that refuse the terms of the policy to those that do.But opponents of the policy, such as CHANGE’s Sippel, argue that there aren’t enough health-care groups that would be willing or able to step in for those that decline the funding. So she’s hoping one way to ensure that the policy does not disrupt health services to the world’s neediest will be to educate more groups on how to get around it. In particular Sippel points to two exceptions that, on their face, may seem esoteric but which could ultimately have enormous scope.The first of these is called the “affirmative duty defense.” It exempts providers in countries where the national law specifically requires them to provide counseling and referral for abortion as a method of family planning. In other words, in these countries, if the provider, say a nurse at a health clinic, were to comply with the U.S. ban on discussing abortion, then that provider would be in violation of their own country’s laws.In legal parlance, these providers are considered to have an “affirmative duty” to offer abortion counseling and referrals. So the Trump Administration’s regulations entitle them to invoke this “affirmative duty” defense to continue discussing abortion without triggering a violation of the terms of their U.S. funding.CHANGE was one of several groups that successfully lobbied the Trump administration to include the exemption for affirmative duty in the regulations. The activists were particularly concerned about how the policy could impact South Africa.”South Africa has probably one of the most progressive abortion laws in the world,” says Sippel. “In South Africa, the right to an abortion is enshrined in the constitution.” That means health providers — including providers that don’t directly work on family planning but who might confront abortion questions in the course of say, community outreach on sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV/AIDS, “have an obligation to provide information for women so they can access safe abortion.”At the same time South Africa is one the largest single recipients of U.S. aid dollars to combat HIV/AIDS. And moving forward, disbursement of much of that money will be covered by Trump’s more expansive version of the policy.”We were horrified,” says Sippel. “Our reaction was, how are groups in South Africa going to be able to accept this funding?” Agreeing to the terms, “would put them in direct violation of South African law. And what a disaster this would be if no organization in South Africa could accept U.S. HIV/AIDS funding.”Getting the exemption language into the regulations was a major victory for the activists — but also only the first step. The ultimate test will be whether aid groups in South Africa choose to invoke the affirmative duty defense.So far it’s hard to know how many will do so. “It’s way too early to have quantitative data,” says Jennifer Kates, director of global health and HIV policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, which has been tracking the impact worldwide. One reason is that so many groups are only now facing the expiration of grandfathered U.S. assistance grants and making the decision about whether to reapply for new funding that would be covered by the policy.Still, Sippel of CHANGE says anecdotal evidence suggests many aid groups in South Africa are unaware of the exemption. And because the “affirmative duty” clause does not specify by name which nations it covers, they may be reluctant to assume the exemption applies in their case without explicit advance confirmation from the Administration.Administration officials did not directly address NPR’s request for comment regarding the Administration’s reasons for including the “affirmative duty” exemption. But in the statement they gave NPR they said that “the U.S. government will respond to those organizations that have asked for further clarification of the policy.”Sippel says she’s hopeful that if a group can get U.S. officials to issue a statement explicitly naming South Africa as a nation where the affirmative duty defense can be invoked, the impact could be enormous.”South Africa is the clearest example of where there’s really no ambiguity in the law,” she says, “but there are other countries we are looking at where this could also apply.”Chief among them are Kenya and Mozambique. Getting a clear pronouncement from the administration on South Africa “will really help us with other countries to get this information out there,” she says.Another exemption with potentially sweeping implications is one that has been in every version of the policy since Reagan. Known as the “passive referral” exception, it spells out that in countries where abortion is legal, a health-care worker with a group receiving U.S. aid dollars can tell a woman where she can obtain an abortion if the following four conditions are met:The woman is already pregnant.She states that she has already decided to have an abortion.She then asks where she can obtain the abortion safely and legally.And finally, the provider believes that the ethics of the medical profession in their country require them to respond with information.This is less of a loophole than it might appear, cautions Sippel, because the set-up requires the woman to know that abortion is a legal option in her case and proactively request a referral.There may also be linguistic challenges. For instance, in Zimbabwe, says Sippel, a representative of one aid organization told her that the Shona language spoken there does not actually have a word for “abortion.” Instead, says Sippel, women may use a term that roughly translates as “aggressively pulling or removing.” If a provider is relying on an interpreter who translates that word ambiguously, they may be nervous about jeopardizing their U.S. funding over a technicality.It’s also likely that many groups are simply unaware that passive referral is permitted. Kates notes that U.S. aid is often funneled through larger charities, which then pass it on to much smaller local groups operating on the ground. At each stage, the rules of the policy must be communicated down. “So it’s a game of telephone,” she says, and conveying highly legalistic exceptions is particularly challenging.Sippel says for all its narrowness, the passive referral exception could be useful to supporters of abortion-rights. “This is obviously not ideal, but any kind of exception we can find is a good thing,” she says. “If there are these small slivers of reprieve that we can offer groups it’s important for us to get the information out there.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Governor Roy Cooper wants to tackle North Carolina’s infant mortality rate, which is one of the worst in the nation. The governor issued an executive order this week, calling for an “action plan” to lower infant mortality and improve health conditions by 2025.Creating a master plan will be in the hands of the 25-member North Carolina Early Childhood Advisory Council. The Department of Health and Human Services is hoping to have an early draft ready and available for public comment by November 1st. Cooper wants the plan to encompass a variety of early childhood issues including food insecurity, foster care and the high number of children living in low-income households.
The leaders of seven drug industry giants were forced to defend their industry’s prices and business practices on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, as lawmakers criticized them for failing to put patients before profits. “Prescription drugs did not become outrageously expensive by accident,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. “Drug prices are astronomically high because that’s where pharmaceutical companies and their investors want them.”The pharmaceutical company leaders, testifying at a hearing of the Senate Finance Committee, acknowledged that their prices are high for many patients, but they deflected blame onto the insurance industry, government and middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers.They each acknowledged briefly that they have some role to play in helping lower drug prices. But they defended their industry by touting their multibillion-dollar investments in research and development and praising advances in treatments for cancer, hepatitis C, schizophrenia and autoimmune diseases. “Last year, Janssen invested $8.4 billion globally in research and development, making Janssen one of the top research and development investors in any industry anywhere in the world,” said Jennifer Taubert, worldwide chairman of pharmaceuticals for Johnson & Johnson, which owns Janssen.The drug industry leaders also pointed out that the list prices they set for drugs are not what they are actually paid by insurance companies or pharmacy benefit managers, the middlemen that negotiate discounts and rebates on behalf of employers or insurers, which include companies like CVS Caremark and Express Scripts.”We want these rebates, which lower net prices, to benefit patients,” said Olivier Brandicourt, CEO of Sanofi, which makes Lantus, one of the highest priced brands of insulin, whose list price has risen from $244 to $431 since 2013, according to the committee. “Unfortunately, under the current system, savings from rebates are not consistently passed through to patients in the form of lower deductibles, co-payments or coinsurance amounts,” Brandicourt said in testimony prepared for the hearing.According to investment research firm SSR Health, the net price of Lantus has declined 28 percent over the last two years because of those discounts and rebates.”Addressing list prices alone will not be sufficient for solving the problem of patients’ out-of-pocket costs,” Brandicourt said. But the Senators had little patience for those arguments. “For a patient taking a drug that has no competition, the list price becomes very important,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee’s chairman. “I’ve heard about people skipping doses of their prescription drugs to make them last until the next paycheck.”Wyden piled on.”I think you and others in the industry are stonewalling on the key issue, which is actually lowering list prices,” he said. “Lowering those list prices is the easiest way for consumers to pay less at the pharmacy counter.”Many patients have to pay the full price for a prescription drug until they meet their deductible, and others have payments that are calculated as a percentage of the list price. So higher list prices often translate to higher costs at the pharmacy counter, even when pharmacy benefit managers and insurers have negotiated discounts.Several of the drug company leaders said they support a Trump administration proposal to change the current system in which drug prices are set using secret rebates negotiated by pharmacy benefit managers. The change would make those rebates illegal and force pharmacy benefit managers to instead negotiate discounts upfront so that people will get the discounts at the pharmacy counter even if they haven’t yet met their deductible. Several of the CEOs, under pressure from Grassley, said they would lower their list prices if that proposal is finalized and the rule applied to both government and commercial prescription drug plans.”It is our very clear intention that we will not keep a single dollar from these rebates. We will try to move every single penny to the patients,” said Albert Bourla, CEO of Pfizer. Taubert of Johnson & Johnson said the company’s final price would depend on whether additional fees were imposed by pharmacy benefit managers. However, they said they don’t want to see the government negotiating drug prices directly through Medicare, a proposal that has been brought forward by Democrats and was originally embraced by President Trump.”The government should not directly control the price of medicines either through federal government price controls or worse, outsourcing prices to other countries,” Brandicourt said. Even as the companies protest that the high list prices of their products don’t reflect what they actually make on those products, drugmakers have consistently enjoyed some of the highest profit margins of any industry. Pharmaceutical manufacturers’ profit margins have exceeded 26 percent for the last three years and 22 percent for the past 10 years, according to a presentation by CVS Health that cited Macrotrends.net as its source. The company executives were not supportive of another Trump proposal to tie the price that Medicare pays for drugs to the prices paid in other developed countries. “We need an American solution to this American challenge,” said Taubert of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen unit. Wyden grilled Richard Gonzalez, CEO of AbbVie, about why his company’s drugs cost on average 40 percent less in Germany and France than in the United States. (AbbVie makes the drug Humira, which generates about $18 billion in revenue for the company each year.) “You’ve got a double standard,” Wyden said. “You’re willing to sit by and hose the American consumer and give the breaks to people overseas.” Gonzalez acknowledged that the company makes a profit in those countries, even with the lower prices, but warned of dire consequence if U.S. prices fell to those levels. “If a market the size of the U.S. were to collapse to the lower end of that pricing model, I can just tell you that AbbVie would not be able to invest in the level of R & D that it invests in today,” Gonzalez said. In response to a question from Grassley, all the CEOs said they consider the risk of negative public opinion when they decide on their list prices. The Trump administration has proposed requiring companies to include their drugs’ list prices in all their direct-to-consumer advertising, a plan the companies have resisted. They also said they consider the reaction of federal officials to their price announcements.”The federal government is a very key aspect of our deliberations,” said Pascal Soriot of AstraZeneca, an answer echoed by all seven industry leaders. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Kim Lachance Shandrow Minecraft Register Now » –shares Next Article January 19, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Former West Coast Editor Microsoft Will Soon Spawn a Classroom Edition of Minecraft 3 min read Add to Queue Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Much to the glee of young blockheads everywhere, Microsoft is positioning Minecraft as the next big building block in education.The Redmond, Wash. tech giant today announced that it’s creating a new classroom version of the wildly popular block-building game. Simply called Minecraft Education Edition, the game will be tailored specifically to teachers and students, from grade schools to universities.The coming edition is intended to “empower educators to foster deeper student engagement and collaboration,” said Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s vice president of worldwide education.Related: How the Latest Fake Minecraft App Reached No. 4 on the iTunes Charts and Then DisappearedThe news comes on the heels of Microsoft’s acquisition of TeacherGaming LLC, creator of MinecraftEdu, a Mojang-supported modification of the original Minecraft built to help teachers integrate the game into their lesson plans. Microsoft recently scooped up the Finland-based startup for an undisclosed sum.Related: Here’s How One Tweet Led to Microsoft Buying Minecraft for $2.5 BillionIn a statement released today, Microsoft said it will build on the success of MinecraftEdu by decking it out with a fresh set of expanded features. Per Microsoft, MinecraftEdu, which launched in 2011, is already used in 7,000 classrooms in 40-plus countries across the globe.While its updated take on the existing game will initially roll out in free trial mode this summer, Microsoft plans to eventually charge a fee of $5 per student per year. School licensing fees for larger education institutions are also in the works, according to the Wall Street Journal.You might recall that, in the fall of 2014, Microsoft snapped up Mojang, the Swedish developer that created Minecraft, for a tidy total of $2.5 billion. Microsoft has since touted the educational benefits of the game, lauding the pixelated brainchild of Markus Persson (aka Notch) for inspiring students and teachers to be more intellectually creative, courageous and collaborative.“By creating a virtual world and then advancing in it, students can learn digital citizenship, empathy, social skills and even improve their literacy,” Salcito said in today’s announcement, “while getting real time feedback on their problem-solving skills from the teacher.”Related: Microsoft’s Missed Opportunity: Not Getting Minecraft’s Founders?Microsoft officially kicked off its push to further mainstream the Minecraft brand in the classroom last November, when it unveiled a free Minecraft-themed tutorial in partnership with Code.org. Also aimed at students and teachers, the basic computer code training sessions feature Minecraft characters Alex and Steve.Former teacher Rafranz Davis, currently the executive director of professional and digital learning for the city of Lufkin, Texas, said she believes Minecraft offers a unique opportunity for young learners to acquire knowledge and confidence through trial and error. Better yet, it enables them to do so in an adventurous setting of their own creation.“You talk about the same experiences that computer programming gives, where you’re allowed to fail — Minecraft provides that same experience,” she said in a video Microsoft released alongside its announcement today. “To walk into the world that a child has created and to see their excitement, to watch their eyes light up, it is something that you honestly have to experience at least once in your life.”Related: Watch Microsoft’s Eye-Popping Hololens Demo Using Minecraft
Lionbridge, the world’s most trusted communications platform, announced it will showcase its AI-powered integration for Adobe Experience Manager at the Adobe Summit EMEA, Adobe’s digital experience conference, from May 15–16 in London.As journey orchestration in marketing becomes increasingly important—72 percent of buyers expect personalized engagement—translation and localization have a growing influence on buyers. Adoption of the AI-enabled Lionbridge for Experience Manager integration has grown exponentially since its launch, with recent expansions in the travel and hospitality, life sciences, and technology industries.Marketing Technology News: o9 Solutions Continues to Deliver Value with its Premier AI-powered Platform for Integrated Planning and Digital Operations“We’re a people-first technology company and Adobe is a leader in crafting people-first experiences, so this partnership is a natural match,” said John Fennelly, President and CEO of Lionbridge. “With Lionbridge’s linguistic and cultural expertise behind our AI-powered innovation, these integrations to premier marketing platforms enable clients to deliver consistent digital experiences for customers around the globe.”A leader in leveraging AI to facilitate human connection for more than 20 years, Lionbridge is at the forefront of applying machine learning to linguistics and translation. Powered by sophisticated proprietary technologies, the combination of Lionbridge’s services and Adobe’s global expertise saves companies time and money when they go global: shared clients report 60 percent less effort, 40 percent faster cycle times, and 30 percent lower campaign costs using the integration.Marketing Technology News: Arvind Fashions Partners With Nucleus Vision to Create a More Seamless and Personalized Shopping ExperienceThe enhanced Lionbridge for Experience Manager integration includes such features as:AI-powered translation capabilities to automate large scale translation;URL customization across languages;Cross-channel automation across multiple Adobe solutions;Project bundling for simplified submission;Automatic content update detection; andSupport for custom Experience Manager set-ups.Marketing Technology News: Acquia Acquires Mautic to Deliver First-Ever Open Marketing Cloud Lionbridge Layers AI-Powered Services onto Adobe Offerings PRNewswireMay 13, 2019, 9:16 pmMay 13, 2019 Adobe Experience ManagerlionbridgeMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleTurnTo Upgrades Partnership with Magento to Enhance Customer-Generated Content for Retailers and BrandsNext ArticleThink Before the Ad using Customer Data
Acquisitioncustomer experienceHexawareMarketing TechnologyMobiquityNewsR Srikrishna Previous ArticleCheetah Digital Debuts Email Marketing Enhancement ProductsNext ArticleNew Research from Fresh Relevance Indicates Retailers Could Reduce Return Rates by Using More UGC Hexaware Leapfrogs its Customer Experience Transformation Business With the Acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. PRNewswireJune 14, 2019, 8:27 pmJune 14, 2019 R Srikrishna, CEO, Hexaware Technologies said, “Hexaware enters an exciting new phase of growth and capability with the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc. Mobiquity strengthens two of our key strategic offerings: Cloudify Everything and Customer Experience Transformation. We are seeing a strong demand for these capabilities and, with this acquisition, we will be able to further accelerate our contributions to our customers’ business growth. Both Hexaware and Mobiquity have created very strong impact for their clients and have a mutually complementing position. Our combined capabilities will enhance our market positioning and opportunity to make an impact for our clients.”Marketing Technology News: Idaptive Named a Leader in Identity-as-a-Service for Enterprise by Independent Research FirmSandeep Dhar, President, Customer Experience Transformation (CXT) Business, Hexaware Technologies added, “Over the years Mobiquity Inc. has established a benchmark in defining omnichannel digital experiences and next-gen user interfaces, such as smart speakers and digital assistants. Their methodology combines consulting, design and deep engineering capabilities that leverage the Cloud. At Hexaware, we have been building capabilities in digital engineering, marketing & content platforms, e-commerce and CRM. Together we will now offer a comprehensive suite of digital solutions enabling superlative customer experiences. Mobiquity Inc.’s leadership and teams will continue without any changes to structure or ways of working.”Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative StudioJohn Castleman, CEO of Mobiquity Inc. says he is excited about the growth prospects. “Today we start a bold new chapter in Mobiquity’s growth story. Joining hands with Hexaware gives us added scale, a broader portfolio of offerings that are relevant to our clients’ digital journeys, and the opportunity to strengthen the Mobiquity brand.”Mobiquity adds to Hexaware’s global delivery footprint with its centers in Florida, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Amsterdam, Pune and Ahmedabad.Marketing Technology News: InsightSquared Unveils New Revenue Intelligence Solutions to Drive Predictable Company Growth at Ramp 2019 This Is the Largest Ever Investment by Hexaware and the Combined Entity AIMS to Directly Compete With Large Digital Agencies and Consulting FirmsHexaware Technologies Ltd, one of India’s fastest growing IT Consulting firms, announced the acquisition of Mobiquity Inc for a total consideration of ~ $182 million. Mobiquity creates awesome digital products for some of the most well-known brands in the world, such as Amazon Web Services, Rabobank, Philips, Wawa, Backbase and Otsuka.Headquartered in the US, and with a global presence across 3 continents, Mobiquity is one of the largest independent customer experience consulting firms that specializes in creating frictionless multi-channel digital experiences using cloud technologies. They are one of the very few Digital Customer Experience Consulting Partners for AWS and are experts at leveraging some of the most sophisticated capabilities of AWS.
Explore further Citation: Rights group: China using personal data as repression tool (2018, February 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-rights-group-china-personal-repression.html The rights group used publicly available government procurement documents, media reports and interviews to assemble details of the policing program, called the “Integrated Joint Operations Platform,” in Xinjiang, a sprawling area in northwest China that security officials say harbors separatist and religious extremist elements.Unidentified sources inside Xinjiang described to Human Rights Watch the computer and mobile app interfaces of the IJOP software that tracks almost all citizens of the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur ethnic minority and stores detailed information, including their travel history, prayer habits, the number of books in their possession, and banking and health records.Procurement notices show that the IJOP also deploys license plate tracking and facial-recognition cameras to follow people in real time and provide “predictive warnings” about impending crime, Human Rights Watch said.Although surveillance is pervasive in many countries, including the United States, and has the potential for abuse, the technology is being deployed far more broadly in Xinjiang, said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch and the report’s author. Such pressure was ratcheted up following a series of deadly attacks blamed on Uighur extremists seeking independence from Chinese rule.A 2017 investigation by The Associated Press showed that thousands of Uighurs in Xinjiang, and possibly many more, have been sent to an extrajudicial network of political indoctrination centers for months at a time for reasons including studying abroad and communicating with relatives abroad. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this Nov. 3, 2017, file photo, residents walk through a security checkpoint into the Hotan Bazaar where a screen shows Chinese President Xi Jinping in Hotan in western China’s Xinjiang region. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how modern big-data technology can be applied to policing, and potentially abused. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) “In China the programs are very explicitly focused on people who are politically threatening or an entire Uighur ethnic group,” Wang said.An official in the press office of Xinjiang police headquarters on Monday confirmed AP’s questions had been received but said leaders were out and he had no idea when or if there would be a reply. The official, like many Chinese bureaucrats, declined to give his name because he wasn’t authorized to speak to reporters.China’s 10 million Uighurs already face a raft of restrictions not imposed on people of the Han ethnicity, who are the overwhelming majority in China. Uighurs face multiple hurdles in procuring passports and those who have them are required to leave them with the police. Hotels are required to register their presence with the local authorities and frequently turn them away to avoid the hassle. Frequent road blocks and checkpoints across the vast Xinjiang region enable authorities to stop people and check their mobile phones for content that might be deemed suspicious. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how big-data technology can be used to police a population. In this Nov. 5, 2017, file photo, residents watch a convoy of security personnel and armored vehicles in a show of force through central Kashgar in western China’s Xinjiang region. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how modern big-data technology can be applied to policing, and potentially abused. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, a police personnel holding shield and baton guards a security post leading into a center believed to be used for re-education in Korla in western China’s Xinjiang region. Human Rights Watch says it has found new evidence that authorities in one of China’s most repressive regions are sweeping up citizens’ personal information in a stark example of how modern big-data technology can be applied to policing, and potentially abused. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Prefecture in China’s Xinjiang to track cars by satellite The AP also found evidence in government documents and procurement contracts of the Xinjiang government compiling biometric and personal data and systematically rating its Uighur citizens’ political reliability.The Human Rights Watch report reveals for the first time that the disparate data collection efforts appear to be unified under one central digital database that calculates citizens’ political risk.Use of the integrated computer system has led to people being detained and sent to political indoctrination centers, Wang said, citing interviewees who were kept anonymous out of concern for their safety.Wang said she has found evidence that Chinese police are building similar big-data tracking capabilities in other parts of the country under a program called the “police cloud,” but do not deploy them to as such an extent as in Xinjiang.
A smattering of passengers descended into the new station 80 metres (260 feet) underground in central Jerusalem for the first train at 6:32 am, and some of them weren’t actually travelling anywhere.They included Richard Elkaim, who boarded the red double-decker carriages with his wife and three of his grandchildren to test out the new line—then ride back home to Jerusalem.He and his wife pulled out their mobile phones to record their grandchildren—11, 7 and 6—as the train left a tunnel to follow an elevated route through the steep hills and valleys surrounding Jerusalem.”It’s because we have waited for years, this network for more than 10 years,” said the 71-year-old retired doctor originally from France.”For everyone who works, for all Israelis proud of their country, it’s incredible.”The train will eventually connect Jerusalem to the commercial capital Tel Aviv with a high-speed link that will take only 28 minutes.It is capable of travelling at 160 kilometres per hour (100 miles per hour).In normal traffic, it can take around double the amount of time to drive, but congestion in the Tel Aviv area can be maddening and lead to longer commutes. Israelis climbed aboard the country’s new high-speed train on Tuesday as it partially opened to whisk passengers from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport, a massive project years in the making. Israelis descend to the platforms of Yitzhak Navon station 80 metres (260 feet) below the streets of Jerusalem to test the new high-speed train linking the city to Ben Gurion airport London’s new train line delayed for nearly a year This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. For now, the train is only running as far as Ben Gurion airport from Jerusalem, with the link onward to Tel Aviv not yet complete. No timetable has been set for when that will open.It is running as a pilot programme for the first three months at no charge to passengers, though they must first reserve a voucher online for the 21-minute trip.Only 400 passengers are allowed to board each train for now compared to around three times that when it begins full operations.The new line was due to open in March, but work to prepare it has been slower than expected.’Ready for this’The 6.5 billion shekel ($1.8 billion, 1.5 billion euro) project had already been pushed back multiple times over the years, with a 2008 opening having originally been set under an earlier work programme.But for Israelis on the train on Tuesday, seeing it in motion was good news even if it is only partially open. “Listen, it’s 6:30 in the morning,” said David Gold, a 20-year-old Jewish religious student in Jerusalem as he readied to take the escalator down into the station.”I was ready for this, I don’t know, like two years already.” The red double-decker trains can carry up to 1,200 passengers but for now they are restricted to just 400 in a three-month trial service between Jerusalem and Ben Gurion for which no fares will be paid but passengers must obtain an advance voucher © 2018 AFP Explore further Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of the first to take the 160 kilometre (100 mile) per hour train which cuts the journey time from Jerusalem to Ben Gurion airport to just 21 minutes Citation: After years-long wait, Israelis board new fast train (2018, September 25) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-years-long-israelis-board-fast.html The train has not come without controversy linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since part of the line passes through the occupied West Bank.Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said: “Israel is illegally making use of occupied Palestinian land.”Israel also wants to extend the line to include a Western Wall station in annexed east Jerusalem, which would be sure to spark further criticism.For Israelis, the project is a realisation of a longer-term vision to connect the country by high-speed rail.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Transport Minister Yisrael Katz took a test ride on the train last week to showcase one of the government’s marquee projects.Foreign companies involved in the project include Canada’s Bombardier, Spain’s Semi and France’s Alstom.It includes 40 kilometres (25 miles) of tunnels and eight bridges.Shay Nachum, a 45-year-old mechanic who was also taking the train to test it out, said the delays meant it was “not perfect, but I’m an optimistic guy. I see the good (in things).”And it works, it’s good. Finally. It took a lot of time, like a lot of Israeli projects, but now it works and it’s good.”
Citation: Data scientist drops Facebook defamation suit (2019, July 2) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-scientist-facebook-defamation.html Kogan, 33, sued the social giant in March, claiming the social giant scapegoated him to deflect attention from its own misdeeds, thwarting his academic career in the process. The suit sought unspecified monetary damages and a retraction and correction of what Kogan said were “false and defamatory statements.””We thought there was a one percent chance they would do the right thing,” Kogan told The Associated Press. Facebook is “brilliant and ruthless,” he added. “And if you get in their way they will destroy you.”A Facebook spokesperson said the company had “no comment to share concerning this development.”The former Cambridge University psychology professor created an online personality test app in 2014 that vacuumed up the personal data of as many as 87 million Facebook users . The vast majority of those were unwitting online friends of the roughly 200,000 people Kogan says were paid about $4 to participate in his “ThisIsYourDigital Life” quiz.Cambridge Analytica, a political data-mining firm founded by conservative power brokers including billionaire Robert Mercer and former White House aide Steve Bannon, paid Kogan $800,000 to conduct his research and to provide the firm with a copy of the data. The project’s aim was to create voter profiles based on Facebook users’ online behavior to help in tailored political-ad targeting, according to Christopher Wylie, a former data scientist at the firm.In March 2018, when the scandal broke, Facebook executives charged that Kogan had lied to them about how the data he harvested would be used. Facebook deputy general counsel Paul Grewal claimed at the time in a statement to The New York Times that Kogan perpetrated “a scam—and a fraud.” CEO Mark Zuckerberg accused Kogan of violating Facebook rules “to gather a bunch of information, sell it or share it in some sketchy way.”Kogan said such accusations were “either unfair or untrue.” Facebook shut down Kogan’s app in late 2015 after it was exposed in press accounts and he said he then destroyed his copy of the rogue data at its request. But it didn’t ban him from the social media platform until the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke last year. Explore further Researcher in Facebook data scandal apologizes Aleksandr Kogan, the data scientist at the center of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, said he is dropping a defamation lawsuit against the social network rather than engage in an expensive, drawn-out legal battle. Evidence presented to a U.K. parliamentary committee indicated that Cambridge Analytica had not deleted the Kogan-acquired dataset on 30 million Facebook users by February 2016. Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office said Cambridge Analytica used some of that data “to target voters during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign process.” Data collected included age, gender, posts, email addresses and pages users “liked,” depending on their privacy setting, the regulator said.Cambridge Analytica worked for the eventual 2016 GOP presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Had Trump not won the election, “my life (would be) very different,” Kogan said.Kogan and other developers say Facebook allowed such wholesale gathering of friend data at the time, although access was later throttled back for all but select partners.”They created these great tools for developers to collect the data and made it very easy. This is not a hack. This was ‘Here’s the door. It’s open. We’re giving away the groceries. Please collect them,” Kogan told CBS News’ 60 Minutes last year.Other developers tell similar tales of Facebook’s lax attitude toward user data and their own naïve complicity. If true, Facebook would have been in direct violation of a 2011 consent order with the Federal Trade Commission for allowing third-party apps like Kogan’s to collect data on users without their knowledge or consent.Kogan’s university appointment ended in September, his company has gone bust and he has been doing freelance programming, he said. “I think it would be damn near impossible to get an academic job,” Kogan said by phone from Buffalo, New York, where he currently lives with his wife.Facebook’s privacy transgressions are also the subject of investigations in Europe and by a number of U.S. state attorney generals. Canada has sued the company over its alleged failure to protect user data, as has the attorney general of the District of Columbia. As well, A federal judge in northern California last month allowed a class action lawsuit over Facebook’s privacy transgressions to move forward.Kogan told the AP he now regrets invading so many people’s privacy. “In hindsight it was clearly a really bad idea to do that project.” In this March 29, 2018, file photo, the logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York’s Times Square. Aleksandr Kogan, the data scientist at the center of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal, said he is dropping a defamation lawsuit against the social network rather than engage in an expensive, drawn-out legal battle. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
10 Strangest Medical Cases of 2018 Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGundry MD SupplementsTop Cardiologist: This One Thing Will Properly Flush Out Your BowelsGundry MD SupplementsUndoVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition SupplementsAging Cat? Help Them Thrive By Doing This One ThingUltimate Pet Nutrition SupplementsUndoAncestryThe Story Behind Your Last Name Will Surprise YouAncestryUndo 10 Medical Conditions That Sound Fake but Are Actually Real A man in Gaza with an extremely rare skin condition dubbed “tree man syndrome” says his life has been changed by a pioneering surgical treatment, according to news reports. The man, 44-year-old Mahmoud Taluli, has undergone four surgeries in the last two years to remove extensive, wood-like lesions on his hands, according to NPR. Prior to the surgeries, Taluli hadn’t been able to use his hands for more than a decade. “After years of suffering and solitude, I can finally live a normal life,” Taluli told NPR. “I can play with my children. I can go to family events. I no longer need to cover my hands when I go out in public.”Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65907-tree-man-gaza-surgery.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35 Taluli has a rare genetic condition called epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which makes him much more susceptible to skin infections caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), compared with the average person, according to a 2010 report of the condition published in the journal Disease Markers. People with this condition have immune system problems that prevent them from properly fighting off HPVs — a group of more than 150 related viruses. In healthy people, HPVs often don’t cause symptoms, but in people with epidermodysplasia verruciformis, the infections lead to the formation of wart-like skin lesions, which progress to malignant tumors in about 50% of patients, according to the 2010 report. There is no cure or standard treatment for the condition. Taluli’s treatment has involved doctors making deep incisions into the skin to remove thousands of lesions, NPR reported. This tissue removal often requires skin grafts from other parts of his body to help with healing. The treatment has allowed Taluli to use his hands again, but it is not a cure — new growths continue to show up, and Taluli will need a fifth operation this summer to remove these new lesions, as well as some scar tissue, NPR reported. Still, the treatment has been largely successful in improving Taluli’s hand function. “We didn’t know if there would be anything viable left of his hands, but thank God it’s working,” Dr. Michael Chernofsky, a hand and microvascular surgeon at Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem, who treated Taluli, told NPR. Ultimately, doctors hope to develop a treatment that can help Taluli’s immune system better fight HPV, NPR reported. Another man with epidermodysplasia verruciformis hasn’t fared as well. Last month, it was reported that Abul Bajandar of Bangladesh had asked doctors to amputate his hands due to pain from the condition, according to Fox News. Although Bajandar has had more than 20 surgeries to remove skin lesions, the growths appear to be coming back worse than before. Chernofsky told NPR that amputation is usually not a good idea, because the patient would likely still experience pain from severed nerves. 27 Oddest Medical Case Reports
SHARE SHARE EMAIL June 24, 2019 Published on Friends no more: A file photo of BSP chief Mayawati with SP’s chief Akhilesh Yadav alliances and coalition COMMENTS The BSP leader blames SP’s ‘attitude’ for the decision, while SP says that Mayawati’s move will weaken the fight for social justice. BSP president Mayawati declared that her party will contest all elections “small and big” on its own in the future, signalling the end of the much discussed Bahujan Samaj Party-Samajwadi Party alliance forged for the Lok Sabha elections.Her announcement came a day after she held a meeting with party workers to review the BSP’s performance in the recent Lok Sabha polls.Also read: Mayawati breaks off alliance with SP, to go it alone in UP by-polls“Everyone is aware that forgetting everything of the past as also the anti-BSP and anti-Dalit decisions like reservation in promotions and bad law and order during the SP rule in 2012-2017, BSP adhered to the gathbandhan dharma with the Samajwadi Party in the interest of the country,” she tweeted in Hindi.“But the SP’s attitude after the elections has forced the BSP to think, will it be possible to defeat the BJP in the future? This is not possible. Therefore, in the interest of the party and the movement, the party will contest all small and big elections on its own strength,” Mayawati added. She did not elaborate on what she meant by the SP’s attitude.SP’s reactionReacting to Mayawati’s comments, SP leader Ramashankar Vidyarthi said that the BSP supremo’s decision of will “weaken” the fight for social justice.Also read: SP, BSP face challenging times as caste politics merges into Hindutva “She is speaking against the Samajwadi Party in haste and due to the Dalit support to the SP and its leader Akhilesh Yadav. She is weakening the fight for social justice,” Vidyarthi told reporters.The SP National General Secretary said the ‘Dalit samaj’ is connecting with the Samajwadi Party and its chief Akhilesh Yadav in a big way. “People know the reality about what the malkin of the alliance has done,” he said.‘Lack of commitment’Commenting on the development, Congress spokesperson Dwijendra Tripathi said commitment is most important in politics. “Commitment with the people as well as among political parties is very important…if people feel that politicians cannot keep their words while dealing with each other, they will not be able to keep their promises made to the people,” Tripathi said. “The problem that we are seeing now is an outcome of lack of commitment,” he remarked.The BSP entered into an electoral alliance with Akhilesh Yadav-led SP and the Chaudhary Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) in Uttar Pradesh for the Lok Sabha polls. The alliance, however, failed to make an impact in the politically crucial state. While the BSP managed to win 10 seats, the SP got five seats and the RLD drew a blank. COMMENT SHARE Uttar Pradesh state politics
May 08, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Andhra Pradesh N Chandrababu Naidu COMMENTS national elections Published on COMMENT 0 The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet is set to meet on May 14, even as controversy rages over the issue whether such a meet can be conducted as the election code is still in force. Originally, the Cabinet meet was scheduled for May 10.Chief Secretary L.V. Subrahmanyam is reported to have made it clear to officials of the Chief Minister’s office that the Cabinet meet can be held, subject to clearance of issues on the agenda by the Election Commission of India, as the code was in force. Therefore, the ECI should be informed at least two days before the meet.Accordingly, the Cabinet meet was postponed to May 14 from May 10, but some uncertainty still lingers over the issue.Meanwhile, the Opposition YSR Congress and BJP leaders are condemning “the approach and attitude of the Chief Minister in calling such a meet when the code is in force.”A. Rambabu, the YSR Congress leader, said “the insistence of the Chief Minister on conducting the Cabinet meet at this time really exposes him. He has no respect for the Election Commission and he respects no norms. In any event, any decision taken by the Cabinet now is not binding on anybody.”The State Cabinet wants to discuss the aftermath of cyclone Fani and the heatwave conditions in the state and the requisite measures to prepare for the coming kharif season, it is learnt.
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"In theory,S. now owns roughly 9% of its own distribution network Most craft brewers meanwhile can’t begin afford the refrigerated trucks warehouses drivers and regional expenses necessary to distribute their own product State regulators have allowed those big brewers to wade into distribution with certain restrictions In most states the big breweries’ wholly-owned distributor arms are limited to distributing less than 10%usually 7 to 8%of their own product forcing them to rely on traditional independent distributors for the rest While the big brewers’ direct control of distribution networks is still a relatively small factor the role of this distribution network has weighed heavily on smaller brewers’ minds since ABI announced its intention to buy SABMiller in November 2015 For them two specters loom: If an even-more-giant ABI is allowed to expand its wholly-owned distribution network and carry more of its own product smaller beer-makers could be easily aced out of the market And if ABI is allowed to use special incentive programs to make distribution through independent wholesalers more expensive for the little guys it would have the same effect The Justice Departments conditions on the ABI-SABMiller deal were designed to address this concern Under the rules of the deal ABI is not allowed to carry more than 10% of its own product on its wholly-owned distributors It’s not allowed to use incentive deals to extract special treatment from independent distributors or to encourage them to drop competitors’ products It’s also required to get government approval to buy up smaller breweries The Justice Department which has appointed a monitor to follow-up on the terms of the deal says those rules are robust and will be effective "The remedy we secured will help preserve and promote competition in the multi-billion dollar US beer industry" said Deputy Assistant Attorney General Sonia Pfaffenroth of the Justice Departments Antitrust Division in a statement But smaller brewers say its a gamble Whether and how the federal government actually enforces those rules remains to be seen If they don’t craft brewers face a tough political fight After all most American beer drinkers don’t necessarily notice if nearly half of all the seemingly innumerable options on tap at their local bar or restaurant or stocked on beer aisle at the grocery store are all owned and controlled by ABI "Were already seeing in some places that the variety is more of a façade of choice" said Gatza who represents craft brewers "There are a lot of different beers available but theyre all controlled by the large brewers that just look like theyre independent craft breweries when in fact theyre not" In the meantime ABI CEO Carlos Brito has declared victory "With todays agreement we have taken a significant step forward on the transaction" he announced in a statement July 22 "which will create the worlds first truly global brewer” Contact us at editors@timecomRide-hailing company Ubers board of directors isnt a happy family it turns out According to a report from tech news site The Information that cites anonymous sources Uber has barred board member David Drummond from attending board meetings Drummond who joined Ubers board in 2013 is senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer for Googles parent company Alphabet On Monday Uber confirmed to the Wall Street Journal and later to Fortune that he stepped down from the board several weeks ago because of increasing conflicts of interest "I recently stepped down from Ubers board given the overlap between the two companies Uber is a phenomenal company and its been a privilege working with the team over the last two plus years" said Drummond in a statement "GV remains an enthusiastic investor and Google will continue to partner with Uber" Uber is reportedly also limiting the information it shares with board "observer" David Krane who runs GV Alphabets venture capital arm Krane recently took over as leader of GV from founder Bill Maris but Uber was Kranes investment from the start He joined the board in August of 2013 as well The move isnt surprising at allif anything its surprising it didnt happen sooner Though Uber and Alphabet seem like a match made it heaven (Uber employs a large number of former Googlers and uses the tech giants mapping service) a collision between the two companys ambitious plans seem increasing inevitable as Fortunes Dan Primack predicted two years ago Google has been rumored to be interested in developing its own ride-hailing service and began experimenting last year with a carpooling feature through Waze the navigation service it acquired in 2013 The two are also fiercely competing in the self-driving car race Google has been working on autonomous cars for much longersince 2009but Uber has been aggressively working to catch up Whats more Uber now employs one of the original co-founders of Googles self-driving car project Anthony Levandowski Levandowski along with other former Googlers founded a self-driving truck company Otto which Uber recently acquired to boost its efforts in that area Levandowski left Google at the beginning of the year largely because he was itching to get a self-driving car on the market fastpresumably faster than Google plans to Awkward scenarios like Ubers are rare but its not the first time its happened in Silicon Valley In 2009 then Google CEO Eric Schmidt resigned from Apples board where he had served since 2006 His decision came shortly after Google announced it was working on its own computer operating system Chrome OS which would compete with Apples He had already been recusing himself from certain discussions that conflicted with his role at Googles chief such as those about the iPhone which competes with his companys mobile operating system Android Uber is also facing a similarly touchy situation related to its recent merger of its Chinese business with local rival Didi Chuxing As part of the deal Uber CEO Travis Kalanick joined Didi Chuxings board while Didi CEO Cheng Wei is joining Ubers This could make things tense considering a Didi partnership with ride-hailing company Lyft along with Ola in India and Grab in Southeast Asia which still compete with Uber in their respective local markets Its unclear whether Drummond or Krane will eventually depart from the board though it wouldnt be surprising According to The Information the limiting of their participation has been going on for "the better part of a year" Fortune has contacted Uber and GV and will update this story if we hear back The story has been updated to show that Drummond has officially resigned from Ubers board This article originally appeared on Fortunecom Contact us at editors@timecom” And so.
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"cohesion youth hit off, held in the Beijing round entrepreneurial dream" as the theme of cross-strait youth forum, 2015. Youth entrepreneurship project team, venture capital business representatives, business representatives, business incubator development park on behalf of more than 350 guests gathered together to exchange experience.