“[It’s] the brand coming to life in a fashion realm,” says Susan Schulz, Cosmo’s editorial brand director. “The process has been very smooth. Everybody, I think, in the beginning was a little nervous. I don’t know that it’s ever really been done before that a magazine would have this much input.”Cosmo will play a role in marketing and promotion of the line through traditional ad placements, as well as content integration.A slideshow featured on the Cosmopolitan.com front page Thursday allows readers to link to a story about the product launch and includes an option to purchase the clothing from jcp.com.“One of my main jobs as we move forward is finding ways to integrate the product,” Schulz says. “How to promote the product in an organic way that makes sense for our reader. We know she doesn’t want to be clobbered with it, she doesn’t want to be getting a message about the Cosmo Collection every five seconds.”“But where it does make sense to her, we want to be able to tell her, ‘Look at these new shoes. They’re in store now. We think you’re going to love them.’ “The product launch is the first of its kind for Cosmopolitan, which attracts more than 18 million print readers and 8.5 unique monthly visitors. The company has participated in collaborative media projects with Sterling Books and YouTube, however.jcpenney also signed a licensing deal with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia [MSLO] in December of 2011. That agreement calls for a line of MSLO products to be sold online and in retail outlets that will be constructed within most jcpenney stores by February 2013. jcpenney also invested $38.5 million in MSLO in the deal. You can now get your Cosmo at jcpenney—not the magazine though, the clothing line.The Cosmopolitan Collection, a new brand of lingerie, sleepwear and accessories inspired by the world’s top-selling women’s magazine, went on sale this weekend at jcpenney’s 600-plus retailers across the country and on jcp.com.The launch culminates a two-year collaborative process between the companies that began with discussions between recently-departed Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White and former jcpenney CEO Mike Ullman in November of 2010.
“She knows what it takes to thrive in a competitive business landscape,” says Say Media CEO Matt Sanchez in a statement. “Her experience in finance and operations across a variety of fast-growth businesses is invaluable.”Dubois says she plans to focus her attention on helping the company expand its operations, while capitalizing on its current momentum to influence the future of digital publishing.Say Media’s portfolio of digital brands includes xoJane and xoVain, Fashionista, HonestlyWTF and ReadWrite. Those outlets, in conjunction with the others, yield a combined audience reach of more than 400 million people worldwide.More on this topic Penton Names New CEO Amy DuBois Barnett Director-Level Doers Berner Stepping Down From MPA Asset International Takes First Steps In Big Growth Plans Time Worldwide Publisher Kim Kelleher Named Say Media PresidentJust In The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics Breach PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry DivePowered by Industry veteran Dianne Dubois has been tapped by Say Media to be its new chief financial officer.During her more than 20 years in the industry, Dubois previously served as chief financial officer and chief operating officer at Olivia, was chief financial officer at both Looksmart and eTrade North America. In addition, she has also held senior financial roles at Disney, WellPoint and PIMCO.Dubois has spent the last four years acting as a consulting chief financial officer for a variety of mid-sized emerging technology, media, cleantech and biotech businesses.
News • Enter for your chance to win* an unlocked LG G8 ThinQ phone Mentioned Above LG G8 ThinQ (128GB, aurora black) Share your voice Comcast LG T-Mobile LG G8 ThinQ 13 $835 $829 Phones See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers. AT&T Wireless Amazon Tags NurPhoto/Getty Images T-Mobile and Comcast are teaming up to fight robocalls.The companies said Wednesday they’re rolling out a feature that protects consumers from robocalls and spam across their networks. It uses the Stir/Shaken standards recommended by the Federal Communications Commission to spot authentic calls.The verification feature is already available for T-Mobile customers and will come later this year for Comcast Xfinity Voice home phone service customers. It’ll mean T-Mobile customers can be assured calls from Comcast home phones aren’t from a scammer spoofing a number, and vice versa, the companies say.”Robocalls and spam calls are an industry-wide problem, and we’ve got to join forces to keep consumersprotected,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a statement. “Today, we’re the first to cross industry lines to do just that.”T-Mobile also said Caller Verified, its implementation of Stir/Shaken, is now available on 10 phones, including the LG G8 ThinQ and the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10E and S10 Plus. It’ll soon be available on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Galaxy A6. Customers with the most recent software update will see “Caller Verified” show up on their screen when they get authentic calls from T-Mobile’s network and Comcast’s Xfinity Voice home phone service. T-Mobile expects it’ll do this with more companies as they begin implementing Stir/Shaken in the coming months, said Grant Castle, vice president of engineering at T-Mobile.”As the other carriers get on board, we’ll be able to use this technology to verify nearly all of your calls,” Castle said.Two years ago, T-Mobile rolled out free scam protection that analyzes calls and alerts customers about likely scams. In January, the carrier became the first wireless company to apply the Stir/Shaken standards after launching Caller Verified on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. In November, T-Mobile said it had blocked more than 1 billion spam calls in the last 18 months. $599 Comments See it See It Review • LG G8 ThinQ review: LG’s flagship can’t beat the Galaxy S10E
Politics Tech Industry Security Facebook FTC The FTC will reportedly allege Facebook deceived users about its use of their phone numbers. Angela Lang/CNET Facebook misled users about how it handled their phone numbers and gave insufficient information about a photo tagging tool, the Federal Trade Commission will reportedly allege in a complaint. The complaint will go along with a settlement the FTC reached with the social media giant last week, according to a Tuesday report by The Washington Post. In the complaint, regulators express concern with Facebook’s previous use of two-factor authentication, which provides users with a one-time password via text when they log on to the platform. Some advertisers were able to target Facebook users who added that contact information, perhaps without the users’ knowledge, people familiar with the matter told the Post. The FTC will also reportedly allege that Facebook didn’t provide enough information to users about being able to turn off a tool for identifying and suggesting photo tags. Sources told the Post they expect the FTC’s complaint and settlement with Facebook to be announced Wednesday. As part of the settlement, Facebook will reportedly be fined a record-setting $5 billion for its alleged privacy mishaps. The FTC began investigating Facebook last year following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a UK political consultancy, accessed data from as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. The agency is looking into whether Facebook violated an agreement with the US government in which it pledged to improve its privacy practices.The FTC declined to comment. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 0 Share your voice Post a comment Tags
Britain’s new Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s lineage traces back to the Ottoman Interior Minister, Ali Kemal, according to reports. The locals of Cankiri province have said that they are “proud” of Johnson’s electorial win.”This family has members that can lead the world. This honoured us and made us proud,” Mustafa Bal, a resident of the village of Kalfat in Orta’s Cankiri region told Turkish news agency Demiroren News Agency (DHA).Bal said Johnson’s local heritage is well known in the region and his family is called “Sarioglangiller,” which means “the sons of the blonde ones”.Johnson’s great-grandfather Ali Kemal was an Ottoman Turkish Journalist and politician. He was appointed as the Minister of the Interior in Damat Ferid Pasha’s government in 1919. He was murdered during the Turkish War of Independence.Kemal’s children, living in England, took their maternal grandmother’s maiden name ‘Johnson.’ His son Osman Wilfred Johnson married Irene Williams and their son Stanley Johnson (Boris’s father), who is an environment and pollution studies expert and a former politician, represented the Conservative Party between 1979 to 1984Local supportThe newspaper said locals have followed Johnson’s political trajectory from his position as a Mayor to the 2019 UK elections following Theresa May’s departure.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also spoke of UK-Turkey ties with Johnson’s win. He said “I congratulate Boris Johnson, who became the U.K.’s 77th prime minister, and wish him success in his new position,” he wrote. “I believe Turkish-United Kingdom relations will develop further in this new era.”When Johnson held the position of Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016, locals even invited him to Kalfat, said Bal. He also added that many residents wanted to witness Johnson’s premiership as well. While most villagers congratulated Johnson for his win, including village head Bayram Tavukcu, another resident, Salim Bariskan said that the people are expecting Johnson to help solve the problems in the village. Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/1:03Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:03?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Boris Johnson Elected Next UK Prime Minister
Traders work at the post where shares of Patheon NV is traded on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeReutersAsian shares edged higher on Friday after comments from a Federal Reserve official ebbed concerns that the central bank might raise rates faster-than-expected this year.St Louis Fed President James Bullard tried to tamp down of expectations of four rate hikes in 2018, instead of the widely anticipated three increases, Reuters reported.His comments come after Fed officials on Thursday agreed that “the strengthening in the near-term economic outlook increased the likelihood that a gradual upward trajectory of the federal funds rate would be appropriate.”Three rate rises are now almost fully priced in for this year, compared to two as recently as December.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan climbed 0.4 percent, but was still on track to end the week barely changed.Overnight, the Dow added 0.7 percent while the S&P 500 ended a tad firmer.Back home, SGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a positive start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex lost 25 points or 0.07 percent to close at 33,819 on Thursday.The partially convertible rupee ended down 0.42 percent at 65.05 per dollar on Thursday from its previous close of 64.77 per dollar.So far this year, the rupee has fallen 1.9 percent against the U.S. dollar, while overseas investors have bought $1.1 billion in local equity and $1.8 billion in debt markets.Crude check: Brent crude declined 0.20 percent at $66.26 per barrel while the West Texas Intermediate crude lost 0.16 percent to $62.67 a barrel.Fed meeting: Data released after the meeting showed the unemployment rate holding at 4.1 percent in January, while the consumer price index, excluding food and energy, was 1.8 percent for the 12 month period.
Bangladesh’s new anti-graft hotline has been overwhelmed with tens of thousands of calls about acts of corruption in its first week, an official said Thursday.Hotline number 106 was launched last Thursday by state authorities in an effort to crack down on graft in Bangladesh, which has been listed by a global watchdog as one of the world’s most corrupt nations.“Since 27 July around 75,000 people called our hotline,” Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told AFP.The hotline is manned by just five government employees, with a substantial number of calls being forwarded to a voicemail messaging system.Bhattacharya said most callers who got through had complaints that were beyond the agency’s jurisdiction, including personal family disputes and dowry demands.The commission is empowered to investigate bribes in government offices and agencies, misappropriation of state assets or money, embezzlement of state funds, amassing of wealth through illegal means, money laundering and bank fraud.More than 200 relevant complaints were forwarded to the ACC to investigate. “Most complaints are related to land,” Rajib Ahsan, an official at the ACC’s hotline cell, told AFP.Some women had complained of dowry demands from their husbands, he said.Last year Bangladesh was ranked as the 13th most corrupt nation in the world, according to the graft perception index prepared annually by Berlin-based Transparency International.Last week Bangladesh’s finance minister AMA Muhith, while inaugurating the hotline, acknowledged the depth of the problem and said in the past corruption was an act of shame but it had now taken root in the country of 160 million people.“We are all overwhelmed by corruption. Those in power spread corruption,” he said. “It could not continue if everyone were not involved. We are all indirectly involved.”
On Monday’s Houston Matters: Northwest Mall has been selected as the site for the local station for a proposed high-speed rail connecting Houston to Dallas. Mayor Sylvester Turner discusses the station’s potential impact with us.Also this hour: Among the many strategies for mitigating future flooding in Greater Houston is buying out flood-prone homes. But one group wants buyouts to be an even greater part of post-Harvey recovery. We learn more about a panel discussion the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium is holding on the topic.Then, we learn about the challenges faced by the roughly 200,000 Americans with early onset Alzheimer’s disease — those who get the disease before the age of 65.And Jeff Balke joins us to talk about the Super Bowl, the latest on the Rockets, and all the recent Houston sports news.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
– / 7Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” died Thursday in her home city of Detroit after battling pancreatic cancer. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 76.Franklin sold more than 75 million records during her life, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. She took soul to a new level and inspired generations of singers who came after her.No one’s life can be condensed to one word — but Aretha Franklin came close when she sang one word: “respect.”“Respect” was written by the great Otis Redding. In his version, a man is pleading, offering his woman anything she wants in exchange for her respect. He sang: “Hey little girl, you’re sweeter than honey / And I’m about to give you all of my money / But all I want you to do / Is just give it, give it / Respect when I come home …”Aretha changed those lyrics to demand parity. “Oooh, your kisses,” she sang, “Sweeter than honey / And guess what? / So is my money …” In her hands, “Respect” became an empowering song — for black women and for all women. It was a No. 1 hit in 1967, and it became her signature song.Franklin was 25 years old when “Respect” was released. But she had been singing since she was a small child in her father’s New Bethel Baptist Church.“Someone found a footstool in the office and put it here on the stage, and they put it there for me to be seen because I was so small,” Franklin told NPR’s Morning Editionin 2004.Aretha Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn. — but she was raised mostly in Detroit. Her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, was a famous preacher, and her childhood was steeped in both music and the burgeoning civil rights movement. Her family was close friends with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who often stayed at their home. Some of the most important gospel artists of the day came to visit regularly as well, including Clara Ward and the Famous Ward Singers, Mahalia Jackson and Sam Cooke.It was Franklin’s father who introduced her to the recording industry. Nicknamed “the man with the million-dollar voice,” C.L. Franklin was among the first Christian ministers to record his sermons (making dozens for the JVB and Chess labels) and to do radio broadcasts of his Sunday addresses; his 1953 sermon “The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest” is part of the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.Franklin told PBS’s American Masters in 1988 that when she was a child, her father would coach her. “He would give me different records to listen to, to see if I could emulate them on the piano, different vocalists to listen to.” These were gospel artists like Ward and Jackson. But the young Aretha listened to popular music, too. And as she toured with her father she met R&B artists like Fats Domino and Bobby Bland.There was also her Detroit neighborhood: It was filled with future Motown stars like Diana Ross, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson, who grew up right around the corner from her.Franklin made her first album for JVB when she was just 14 years old. It was a collection of gospel songs that included “Precious Lord (Take My Hand).”Four years later, she confided to her father that she longed to cross over from gospel to secular music. So C.L. Franklin helped her make a demo that led to a contract with Columbia Records, initially working with the legendary producer John Hammond. Decades later, Hammond told NPR that when he first heard her, his response was, “‘This is the best thing I’ve heard since Billie Holiday. Who is she?”In 1961, the bluesy “Won’t Be Long,” from her first Columbia album, Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo, became Franklin’s first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100.After making seven records for Columbia over a six-year span, she signed with Atlantic Records — and that’s where she became the “Queen of Soul.”At first, Atlantic wanted her to record at the Stax studios in Memphis, but Stax did not want to pay for the sessions. Instead, Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler took Franklin to the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama.The Wexler/Franklin pairing proved magical. Franklin brought her own material to the label, and Wexler encouraged her to play piano in her recording sessions. And from 1967 to the mid-’70s, Franklin released a string of classics. The first was “I Never Loved A Man” — with her sisters as backup singers — followed by “Do Right Woman — Do Right Man,” “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “Rock Steady” and “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do).”At the same time Franklin was turning out hits, she was also deeply involved in the civil rights movement. As she told American Masters, her father was a close friend of King’s. “My dad brought him to Detroit,” she recalled, “and introduced him to the city of Detroit through the New Bethel Baptist Church.”Comedian and activist Dick Gregory told American Masters that the Franklins helped fund the movement, directly and through access to Aretha. “If Martin needed money,” he said, “he could make one phone call to Rev. Franklin, and that money was there — and also that Rev. Franklin could deliver his daughter, over what managers and record executives would say.” And Franklin and Harry Belafonte toured together to help raise money for the civil rights movement.Franklin’s songs helped the nation through the assassination of King and through the Vietnam War. She told NPR in 2004 that veterans have told her how her songs sustained them. “On occasion,” she noted, “I hear that some of them helped them get through the service — and I’m delighted by that.”In 1980, Franklin switched labels again — this time to Arista Records, where she began to work with producers like Luther Vandross and Narada Michael Walden. Her pairing with Walden resulted in a string of hits in 1985: “Freeway of Love,” “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?” and a duet with The Eurythmics’ Annie Lenox, “Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves,” produced by The Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart.She played with the Rolling Stones, and when tenor Luciano Pavarotti became ill, she filled in for him at the 1998 Grammy Awards, singing the aria “Nessun Dorma” from the Puccini opera Turandot.For all her professional success, Franklin had a turbulent personal life. Her mother died before Aretha was 10 years old. Her father was shot in an attempted robbery and lingered in a coma for five years before he died in 1984. She had two children before she was 17, and two more later during two marriages that both ended in divorce. She struggled with her weight and with smoking. Franklin continued performing, but she rarely toured because of a fear of flying.Still, in 2009, she sang for the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Additional reporting by NPR’s Anastasia Tsioulcas. Aretha Franklin received just about every award a singer can get, including 18 Grammys (plus The Recording Academy’s Grammy Legend Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award), the Presidential Medal of Freedom and, in 1987, an induction as the first woman into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She performed until she couldn’t anymore — because being the Queen of Soul was second nature to her. Share
Kolkata: ‘Sandesh’ has been dressed up. It is on a catwalk either as the Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Congress’ Hand symbol, or the hammer and sickle of CPI (M). These “Election sweets” are just flying off the shelves at Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick — one of the oldest confectioners in the city or Shibani Sweets at Sodepur (the northern suburb). With the humble ‘nakuldana’ (flour-sugar balls) and ‘Laddoo’ taking centre stage in rural West Bengal’s Lok Sabha elections, the confectioners in the city are not leaving any opportunity to bank on the frenzied ambience. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata ‘Sandesh’ (the cottage cheese sweet) is readily coming up in any form you wish. They have been flying off the shelves since the election drums were rolled. “We have been making these sweets during elections for many years. This year also the response is very good,” Poppy Mullick of Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick told IANS. Asked which of the party-themed sweets was selling the most, she jokingly said “no comments” mentioning that all the items were being sold. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Regarding the bulk orders placed by workers, Mullick gave a hint that ‘the state’s ruling party’ Trinamool Congress tops the chart. They have priced a sweet of 250 grams at Rs 150. The Sodepur sweet shop that specialises in theme sweets during football and Cricket World Cup events, is offering decorative tray filled with huge sweets replicated as party symbols. Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Hand symbol of Congress, hammer and sickle of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have been given a sweet twist. They are carefully placed on the tray and the empty space is also filled with the Kheer Sandesh making it almost appear as a huge cake. “We are offering these big trays whose price range from Rs 800-2,000 and a small Sandesh is Rs 70,” Sanjib Das, store’s staff said. Das is elated as this year they are getting a “huge response”. He mentioned that customers are so impressed that they are asking for larger sizes. The ‘Trinamool’ Sandesh are in great demand followed by BJP’s. Sweets of other parties like Congress and CPI (M) are being sold but lesser than the others,” Das said. Orders can also be customised as per the customers’ demand. They also ensure that the customers get the freshest of quality, so after placing the order with alterations one shall have to wait for a little time. Almost fourteen to fifteen men are toiling hard to churn out these sweet delicacies laced with aesthetic appeal. “This is just the beginning, I am sure that as the election heat picks up, the demands will keep soaring. We will try our best to deliver,” Das said. While Mullicks will stick to sweets with party symbols, Shibani Sweets will try to come up with sweets replicating leader’s face if any customer demands. Amidst the high voltage campaigns, these sweets will add a dash of goodness and will be savoured by the supporters and the members of the winning party and candidates, the shop said. Already in the state, Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district President Anubrata Mondal’s directive to party workers to hand over nakuldana and water to people to keep them cool in the oppressive summer months and the BJP’s decision to distribute laddoo among the people as a counter move has added to the sweetness of the electoral contest. The seven-phased election in the state will commence on April 11 and the last date of the poll is May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. 2 min read Pop-up ads are, at best, a nuisance or, at worst, delivery systems for corrupting viruses that have signaled many a hard drive’s demise. In reflecting on the Internet’s 25th anniversary, Ethan Zuckerman, the creator of the code behind the very first pop-up ad, wants to say that he’s sorry. Zuckerman, the director of MIT’s Center for Civic Media penned an essay for The Atlantic on how advertising became the web’s predominant business model, and what that means for internet users today, especially when it comes to privacy.Related: OkCupid Founder: ‘If You Use the Internet, You’re the Subject of Hundreds of Experiments’Zuckerman writes the idea for the pop-up ad came about while he was working for the web-hosting service Tripod.com in the mid-90s. “The model that got us acquired was analyzing users’ personal homepages so we could better target ads to them. Along the way, we ended up creating one of the most hated tools in the advertiser’s toolkit: the pop-up ad.””It was a way to associate an ad with a user’s page without putting it directly on the page, which advertisers worried would imply an association between their brand and the page’s content. Specifically, we came up with it when a major car company freaked out that they’d bought a banner ad on a page that celebrated anal sex. I wrote the code to launch the window and run an ad in it. I’m sorry. Our intentions were good.”Related: How to Stop Google From Using Your Name and Face in AdsZuckerman argues that while an ad-supported Internet lowers financial barrier to entry, making it possible for platforms like Facebook and Twitter to build the sizable communities they have now, he sees the model as inherently broken. His suggestion is to move more widely towards a subscription model that would encourage people to pay to use the sites they love, while taking targeted data collection and surveillance out of the equation.Tell us: Do you think Zuckerman is on the right track? How do you feel about online advertising? August 15, 2014 How Success Happens Listen Now