Breaking News in the Industry: October 18, 2018

first_imgHidden thieves steal $50-100K in jewelry after store closesIt’s a heist straight out of a movie. A person hides in a store until it closes, then steals tens of thousands of dollars in jewelry. This happened at the Kmart in Scott Depot, West Virginia, one that is closing in less than six weeks. Investigators said it could be related to a similar burglary at a Kmart in Charleston.Shoppers said it’s another good reminder to not shop at night… even at a place where signs declare everything must go. But while deals are great, that doesn’t mean it’s legal to take things for free. However, Putnam County deputies said that’s exactly what at least one thief did after closing on Saturday, hiding in the store, then stealing anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 worth of jewelry, finally running out a side door about 2:45 Sunday morning, triggering an alarm.“That’s sad, really that somebody would have to do that,” said shopper Lauren Napier. “That’s crazy. I can’t believe the world we live in sometimes,” adds shopper Debra Jarvis. Investigators are looking at surveillance video to try to get a clear picture of the thief.  One thing everyone agrees on is the sadness that Nov. 25 is the last day this store will ever open for business, especially as parent company Sears declares bankruptcy just one day earlier. Now there’s $100,000 less merchandise to choose from. “It makes me really sad, it really does,” Starcher said. “It’s painful. It’s hard to see so many things that have been a normal part of our life,” Jarvis added. Putnam investigators are still reviewing surveillance video to locate the thief.    [Source: WSAZ NewsChannel3]- Sponsor – Socialite and author who documented rag-to-riches tale takes plea in shopliftingSocialite and novelist Suzanne Corso wrote the last chapter in her shoplifting bust at Saks Fifth Avenue by copping a plea on Tuesday. The Bensonhurst-born writer agreed to a disorderly conduct charge two months after stuffing Yves Saint Laurent wallets, a dress and pants in her bag and leaving the upscale department store in lower Manhattan.Corso, who’s documented her rags-to-riches story, was charged with petty larceny and possession of stolen property after she was caught trying to leave the store with the loot on Aug. 29. But on Tuesday in Manhattan Criminal Court, she only had to admit to being “disorderly” with the loss prevention associate at the high end retail store.She will pay a $100 fine and do three days of community service and must stay trouble-free for a year as part of her deal. “I’m grateful that the prosecutor’s office agreed to withdraw the larceny charges and accepted a plea bargain for my client being merely disorderly with the security officer,” her lawyer Vincent Martinelli said. The “Brooklyn Story” author parted from her financier husband last year. Corso has claimed that they lost $100 million in the 2008 financial market crash. [Source: NY Daily News]Apple launches portal for US users to download their dataApple on Wednesday began allowing users in the US to download a copy of all of the data that they have stored with the company from a single online portal. The Cupertino, California-based technology giant previously rolled out that functionality in Europe as part of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation rules that kicked in earlier this year. US users will be able to download data such as all of their address book contacts, calendar appointments, music streaming preferences and details about past Apple product repairs. Previously, customers could get their data by contacting Apple directly.In May, when Apple first launched the online privacy portal, it only allowed US users to either correct their data or delete their Apple accounts. In recent years, Apple has taken steps toward greater consumer data transparency. Earlier this year, it added messages across its apps that tell users how their data is being handled. The company is also rolling out an updated privacy page on its website today detailing what data it does and does not store.   [Source: Bloomberg]Woman robbed store while kids waited in vehicleA Texas woman has been arrested for robbing a store while her children were waiting in the vehicle, Laredo police said. Blanca Perez, 24, was arrested Friday following a traffic violation in the intersection of Salinas Avenue and Frankfort Street. She was then found to be in possession of narcotics, according to police. Authorities charged her with two counts of possession of a controlled substance.Authorities also discovered she had two warrants for her arrest. She was charged with robbery and abandonment, endangerment of a child with intent to return. The robbery and child abandonment cases date back to Sept. 20 when police responded to a theft report in the 600 block of Park Street. The complainant stated to police that Perez tried to steal food from the store, according to LPD. Perez became aggressive when confronted, police said.A struggle ensued between Perez and the complainant, who had visible bruising following the robbery, according to LPD. Authorities reviewed surveillance footage. The recording showed Perez leaving her children alone in the car during the robbery, police said.   [Source: LMTonline]Pawn shop owner caught fencing stolen merchandise heads to prisonA Michigan man will spend at least two years in prison in a retail fraud scheme that prosecutors say involved selling merchandise stolen from big box stores, including ones in Canton Township. Antony P. Wojtala was sentenced this month by Wayne County Circuit Judge Deborah Thomas to between two and seven years in prison on a charge of using a computer to commit a crime. He was also given two sentences of one to five years each, for charges of organized retail crime, but those are to run concurrently with the longer sentence.Wojtala had pleaded no contest to all three charges in September. In return, 19 other charges, including one count of conducting a criminal enterprise and multiple counts of receiving and conceal stolen property, were dismissed. He was also ordered to close his Tony’s Pawn Shop and pay $6,550 in restitution. Maria Miller, spokeswoman for County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, said Wojtala has paid the restitution.    [Source: Hometown Life]Fake goods are not fake newsSales of counterfeit goods have never been easier as an increasing percentage of global commerce occurs online. Many consumers think only of fake designer handbags, clothing, and jewelry. Lesser known are counterfeit consumer electronics, including cell phones and accessories, video games, DVDs, and batteries, and counterfeit personal care and beauty products such as makeup, sunscreen, and shampoo. Even “man’s best friend” isn’t safe from counterfeit pet food, prescriptions, and pesticides.Counterfeit goods pose serious threats to the health and safety of consumers. Take two examples: power accessories and makeup. A study by Electrical Safety First in the UK found a 98% safety test failure rate for counterfeit versions of a leading U.S. smartphone supplier’s chargers which pose a risk of fire, serious electric shock, or even electrocution. Over $700,000 worth of counterfeit makeup seized by the LAPD earlier this year was laced with high levels of bacteria and feces.The US government fights counterfeits on many fronts. In 2017 alone, US Customs and Border Patrol seized counterfeit goods which, if genuine, would have been worth $1.2 billion. Local government agencies such as the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department also catch counterfeiters which I witnessed firsthand accompanying them on a raid of a warehouse to seize hoverboards bearing counterfeit UL Certification labels.But these government actions aren’t enough to prevent dangerous and defective counterfeit products from finding their way into your home. The internet has provided a platform for counterfeiters to sell counterfeits directly to consumers through sites like Amazon and eBay. Despite strict anticounterfeiting policies on many e-commerce sites and vigilant policing by brand owners, removing counterfeit products is like a game of “whack a mole.”     [Source: Business Journal] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Make Those Web Apps Run Fast! (Or At Least Fake It)

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting chris cameroncenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Back in February at the Future of Web Apps (FOWA) conference in Miami, Union Square Ventures‘ Fred Wilson presented on his 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps. For those not fortunate enough to attend the conference, a video and transcript of the talk and subsequent Q&A session with Wilson is now available online for the general public to learn what one of the leading east coast investors advises startups do to succeed on the Web.So what does Wilson say is the single most important feature of the Web apps that win? Speed. He says that while more dedicated users will provide some leeway for speed issues, the average user (his go-to users are his wife and kids) will make quick and lasting judgements of a Web app based on its speed.“When we see some of our portfolio company’s applications getting bogged down, we also note that they don’t grow as quickly,” Wilson said. “There is real empirical evidence that substantiates the fact that speed is more than a feature. It’s a requirement.”This reminds me of an idea I’ve been pondering from time to time about Web apps, and that’s the perception of speed. The design of a Web app can go a long way in how users perceive its speed. Luke Andrews of Dabble DB spoke about this very topic at last year’s mesh conference, a Canadian Web conference. In his talk, Andrews mentioned how Google just feels faster than Yahoo because the homepage isn’t as busy with supplementary items. When the design of a Web app is slick, clean and uncluttered, it translates as speed in our brains. If you saw a Corvette sitting at a red light next to a boxy station wagon, you would assume the Corvette is the faster car just by looking at it (even though the engine could be poorly maintained and slower than the possibly souped up station wagon). Aside from a well designed site, Web apps can also implement small features to their site to bump the perception of speed. Another item Andrews pointed out in his talk was how when we as humans are asked a question, before we begin to respond, we make it clear that we have acknowledged the question with either a nod or a stroking of our beard. Web apps need to do the same thing; if something takes some computing time to complete, let users know with a “Loading…” animation. By providing users with an immediate visual response to their input, you boost their perception of the speed of your Web app, but nothing can truly substitute the real thing. Clean design and well thought out UI can only go so far, so as Fred Wilson advises, make sure speed is not just a feature, but a requirement.Photo by Flickr user Nathan Bittinger.last_img read more

Google test surfaces user data in DoubleClick for Publishers as part of new Insights Engine Project

first_img Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 4th October 2017Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Google is laying the groundwork for turning the love-hate relationship many publishers have with the company into a love-love relationship. In an event for publishers hosted at the Google offices in Chicago Tuesday, executives laid out several new initiatives aimed at extending a helping hand to publishers across multiple aspects of their businesses.“This is not some secret disintermediation strategy,” said Philip Schindler, SVP & chief business officer, at the outset of the event. ‎”We are all in this together … and we are all invested in seeing you succeed.”Among the announcements was the launch of a new effort to share user data with publishers and introduce more machine learning into Google’s publisher products.Insights Engine ProjectJonathan Bellack, director of product management, introduced a new effort called the Insights Engine Project.Great user experiences today means mobile. And increasingly, mobile advertising means native advertising.Jonathan Bellack, Google director of product managementThe new Insights Engine Project “is not one thing,” Bellack explained, but an ongoing effort and commitment to bring machine learning into Google’s products for publishers. Google is kicking off the new initiative with seven new features:For the first time, Google is making user (aggregated and anonymized) data available to publishers with insight cards. Publishers will be able to see and create audience segments based on demographics and interests, including in-market behaviors of their readers. Audience insights can then be used in programmatic guaranteed deals made through DoubleClick Bid Manager. These efforts are currently ongoing but involve very limited tests.New insight cards in DoubleClick for Publishers are powered by machine learning to show ads insights and benchmarks relative to competitor publications . The initial benchmarks will be for latency and viewability metrics.The ability to import DoubleClick data into BigQuery, the data warehouse product that’s part of the Google Cloud offering, is currently in beta now and will be available generally next year.Publishers will be able to import DoubleClick data into Google Data Studio to create and share visual reports. This is also currently in beta and will roll out early next year.The company has updated its forecasting engine with more machine learning capabilities to automatically detect what’s happening with ad sales growth, including seasonal expectations, and adjust forecasts automatically. A new visualization in the DoubleClick UI will show publishers past and future ad revenue estimates on a continuum.New test to support subscriptionsYesterday, Google announced it was ending the First Click Free program, and replacing it with Flexible Sampling. Google announced Tuesday that it is in an early testing phase of applying machine learning and audience insights to see how it can drive subscriptions for publishers.The test uses machine learning to detect readers who are likely to be candidates for subscribing. Rather than serving a standard ad (or ads) to those users, DFP would instead serve them house subscription ads.From our sponsors: Google test surfaces user data in DoubleClick for Publishers as part of new Insights Engine Project HomeDigital MarketingGoogle test surfaces user data in DoubleClick for Publishers as part of new Insights Engine Project Google test surfaces user data in DoubleClick for Publishers as part of new Insights Engine ProjectYou are here:last_img read more

Batting in Australia and New Zealand has three distinct challenges: wind, bounce and the boundary

first_imgThe Big Match of the ICC World Cup 2105-India versus Pakistan-is out of the way, and what a terrific performance by the Indian team. The win is the right tonic at the start of the tournament and the Indian team should take it step-by-step, focusing on the next match without,The Big Match of the ICC World Cup 2105-India versus Pakistan-is out of the way, and what a terrific performance by the Indian team. The win is the right tonic at the start of the tournament and the Indian team should take it step-by-step, focusing on the next match without thinking too far ahead.It was great to see Indian bowlers running in and bowling to plan. We need to keep up the momentum on our bowling and keep the consistency of performance. One of the most interesting aspects of the match was the batting of Shikhar Dhawan. He was under pressure due to a lack of runs in the recently concluded Australian tour and his response to the pressure situation was fantastic.The significant change that we saw when Shikhar started his innings was the elimination of the off-drives and the ‘swish’ outside the off stump, which had so often brought his downfall on earlier occasions. He was prepared to play the waiting game, tiring the opening bowlers and spending time in the middle to get back to form. Virat Kohli also adopted a similar approach but he has been in the thick of form and scoring heavily during this tour.I remember my first tour to Australia, 24 years ago in 1991, when I started playing the back-foot punch. With the natural disadvantage of being vertically challenged, I took a lot of pride in staying on top of the bounce getting behind the line instinctively and punching the ball with a straight bat. When there was room on offer, I would cut the ball, as would be normal on the subcontinental pitches.advertisementThe advantage of the back-foot punch was that it could be used even against good-length balls and I would often be up on my toes, in an effort to be on top of the ball, to play the shot effectively. This punch was different than the conventional flat-footed defensive stroke.Batting in Australia and New Zealand has three distinct challenges which can be represented as WBB: Wind, Bounce and the Boundary. The wind, especially in New Zealand, can sometimes be strong enough to seriously affect a batsman’s timing, playing against the wind your back-lift is faster but the down-swing is considerably slow, while the ball is coming on faster-and vice-versa from the other end. Even in the recent match against Pakistan, Wahab Riaz was bowling at about 140 kmph but when he came back for his second spell he was touching 150 kmph with the wind behind him.In Australia, the bounce that a bowler can get from the pitch is signifi cantly higher than pitches in the subcontinent. Mohammed Shami’s delivery which got the wicket of Younis Khan is a case in point. Perth and Brisbane are renowned for their fast and bouncy wickets that will easily expose inexperience-and both batsmen and bowlers have low margins for errors.As a batsman, if you understand the pace and bounce, then you could get on top of the bowling. For the bowler, the good-length spot is smaller in area on these wickets and the batsman can capitalise if the line and length falters. But if they extract bounce from the good-length areas, then it would make the batsman’s life diffi cult.With bowler-friendly conditions, it is important to not let the bowlers dictate terms. It is important to be watchful but equally crucial to create opportunities. After starting to open the innings in Auckland in 1994, I always backed myself to attack the bowlers up front and disturb their rhythm. I remember coming down the wicket on several occasions, forcing bowlers to adjust their length and then waiting for the short ball to come.A peculiarity of the grounds in New Zealand is that not all of them are traditionally round in shape. With the sight of the shorter boundaries, there is a natural tendency to try and clear the rope. But it is usually easier said than done, as the strong wind often plays a part in holding the ball up rather than letting it travel beyond the rope.In Adelaide, there are shorter boundaries at backward point and square leg but very long straight boundaries. As a visiting team, this makes a big difference because it affects the fi eld positions and bowling strategies.In 1999, the boundaries at Melbourne (MCG) were all the way till the wall and the straight boundary was actually behind the sight screen. As a batsman, you also have to assess the speed of the outfield. There have been occasions where I have played a well-timed, hard pull shot and still had to run four. So batters have to be alert and run hard rather than just assume that the ball will roll over to the boundary. Even though the boundaries have been brought in since then and the outfields are relatively quicker for the World Cup, they continue to be long.With the new field restrictions of having at least five fielders in the ring, a score of 275 seems to be the new par score in One Day Internationals. In the initial few matches, we have already seen four instances (until February 19) of teams setting a target of scoring 300 or more runs, including Ireland’s successful chase against the West Indies. For players struggling with form, the additional fielder in the circle will pose a challenge as rotating the strike will be tougher. But as a batsman, if you are in form, then the bowlers should be prepared for a nightmare.advertisementThe Indian team has started the tournament with a big bang and will carry this confidence into the next match in Melbourne. The South Africans will pose a bigger challenge as they are a very good and complete unit. The first 10 overs will be crucial for both sides. Here’s hoping for a repeat performance from the Indian team as I look forward to cheering from the stands-a first for me in the ICC World Cup!To tweet on this article, use #SachinIsBackTo read more, get your copy of India Today here.last_img read more

Gautam Singhania finishes 2nd in Budapest leg of 2015 Ferrari Challenge Championship

first_imgGautam Hari Singhania, chairman and managing director of Raymond Limited, secured a second-place finish in the Hungary leg of the 2015 Ferrari Challenge Europe Championship in Budapest. Singhania finished second in Race 1 and fourth in Race 2 in the Coppa Shell category. He had started from the second and seventh places respectively. The top industrialist is currently placed fourth overall in the driver’s championship with 52 points.The 2015 edition of the competition started in April at Monza, Italy where Singhania secured a double podium finish. He is only Indian competing in the Championship.Commenting on the win, Singhania said: “It is a proud moment for me to secure a podium finish in Race 1 in the third round of the Ferrari Challenge. It has been a great start for me in this prestigious event as I look forward to slowly move up the overall standings. I have set my sights on The World Finals 2015.”In the first race, Jacques Duyver started from pole t finish first ahead of Singhania. The third place went to Erich Prinoth, who superbly overtook Fons Scheltema at the end. The second race was competed amidst heavy rain which added to the challenges of the drivers. Vladimir Hladik was the first to finish the finish line, ahead of Tommy Lindroth (Baron Service) in the second place and Thomas Loefflad (StileF Squadra Corse) in the third. Sighania finished fourth in the second race.The entire season comprises 15 races with two races a weekend, mainly at Monza (Italy), Imola (Italy), Mugello (Italy), Le Castellet (France), Valencia (Spain) and Budapest (Hungary). This will culminate into the world finals, consisting three races in December, 2015, where one race will be with the teams from the other two regions of Asia and North America. advertisementGautam Hari Singhania is racing with the Swiss team Kessel Racing. The next round is at the Circuit Paul Ricard, France, later this month.last_img read more