CEO Shakeup at Hachette Raises Questions of Succession

first_imgThe announcement yesterday that longtime Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. president and chief executive officer Jack Kliger [right] was stepping down as president and chief executive officer, to be replaced with France-based parent company Lagardère Active “directeur général délégué” Alain Lemarchand, raises several questions. Is Lemarchand’s appointment as HFMUS CEO a way for the French parent company to have more direct control over the day-to-day operations? Did Lagardère consider replacing Kliger with an internal candidate from HFMUS? Is creating a chairman position for Kliger effectively bumping him upstairs?Both Kliger and Lemarchand were unavailable for comment.A number of industry observers, though, were willing to speculate both on and off the record.One source wondered why Phillip Guelton, Hachette’s executive vice president and chief operating officer responsible for the company’s digital operations, wasn’t offered the job. “That’s the story,” the source told FOLIO:. “Why didn’t he get it? That was my first thought.” Guelton, who has been the EVP/COO at HFMUS since 2003, is well-regarded both within and outside the company, and is considered a “power player.” Guelton appears directly under Kliger on company’s masthead. Kliger served as chairman of the MPA from 2005 to 2007, a tenure marked by fire-and-brimstone speeches at industry events, during which he called on the publishers to work to improve audience metrics. ‘Easy Target’Berkery Noyes managing director Chris Shannon agreed that yesterday’s changes “were not much of a surprise,” noting how a number of large publishing companies, including Hearst, are going through executive-level changes of the guard. “[Lemarchand] is a very sharp, capable guy who has a strong global perspective,” says Shannon. “Kliger moving to chairman is good, also. They complement each other well and they will work well together.”But others weren’t so sure the move was amicable. A source said: “In this industry, when you reach a certain age and have been in the same role at a publishing company like Jack was, as an executive in this economy, you become an easy target.”Yet despite a marked downturn in consumer magazine advertising, HFMUS’ largest title, Elle, had a decent first quarter, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures, pulling in $71.8 million in ad dollars, up nearly 11 percent over the same period in 2007. Ad pages, meanwhile, were up 5 percent during the quarter. Car and Driver and Road and Track had positive performances, with revenues up 8.8 percent and 10.9 percent, respectively. HFMUS’s enthusiast division titles, though, didn’t fare as well. Cycle World saw ad dollars drop 21 percent to $7.9 million from the same period last year. Ad dollars dropped also at Boating (-19 percent) and Flying (-10.3). Ad dollars slipped slightly at its shelter titles including Elle Décor (-0.6), Home (-1.8) and Metropolitan Home (-9.3).But Kliger—who in recent years oversaw the shuttering of ElleGirl and unsuccessful import of Shock—had also made an effort to ramp up the company’s digital presence through launches and acquisitions. In 2007, for instance, Hachette acquired Jumpstart Automotive to handle online advertising sales for its auto magazine sites in a unique deal worth $110 million ($84 million in an initial cash payment, $26 million in performance bonuses). In the end, perhaps, Lagardère felt Kliger wasn’t moving fast enough.last_img read more

Brightcove Strikes Video Syndication Deal with AOLs 5min Media

first_imgBrightcove, an online video platform, and 5min Media, a Web video syndication platform and division of the newly-formed AOL Advertising.com Group, have expanded their partnership. As a result, Brightcove Pro and Enterprise edition customers can now publish content from 5min Media’s library directly through their Brightcove accounts.Richard Bloom, senior vice president of business development with 5min Media, says, “Brightcove customers will be able to significantly increase video views by tapping into 5min’s expansive library of high-quality, professional videos. These video views will be monetized with pre-rolls and other types of in-stream advertising. These opportunities will be sold by 5min and, in some cases, by the publisher.”The AOL Advertising.com Group was formed in May 2011, and is made up of eight companies including: Advertising.com, ADTECH, AOL Video, goviral, Pictela, Content Solutions, 5min Media and Sponsored Listings. Brightcove has worked with Conde Nast, Time Inc., Rodale and Meredith in their website video initiatives.last_img read more

LG CineBeam Laser 4K projector delivers voice control for CES 2019

first_img Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best Buy Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Projectors TVs Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR $210 at Best Buy Best TVs to give for the holidays 2018 0 $59 at eBay See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $520 at HP Rylo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sprint HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. 2:33 See at Turo See It See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X LG,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img $999 Share your voice 7 DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Read Google Home Hub review CES 2019 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See it Now playing: Watch this: Apple iPhone XS $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Read the Rylo camera preview CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate Boost Mobile Tags Comments $999 $299 at Amazon See at Amazon Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. LG Last year, the HU80K projector made a splash at CES for its small, tote-it-anywhere design. This year, LG plans to show its new sibling, the Cinebeam Laser 4K HU85L, which adds voice control via the remote and the company’s ThinQ platform. It packs the same compact projector into a more typical, handle-free design — LG calls it “subtle” so it “won’t distract or interfere with the viewing experience.”In addition to basic commands, the projector will be able to respond to conditional voice commands such as “turn off the projector after the movie has finished.”It otherwise has all the same specs as its sibling, including the ability to project a 90-inch image from just 2 inches away from the wall or screen, or a 120-inch picture from just 7 inches. Don’t expect true 4K, though, since it also uses the same DLP chipset which interpolates from a lower resolution — it computes intermediate pixels using mirrors.There’ll be lots of TV-related news coming out of CES 2019 — click that link for our full preview. Read DJI Osmo Action preview $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 15 Photos Six things to know about home theater projectors Turo Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Tags $999 $155 at Google Express Amazonlast_img read more

Airbus CEO against Honeywells merger with United Technologies

first_imgAirbus Group SE Chief Executive Tom Enders said in statement on Wednesday that he did not see how a combination of Honeywell International Inc and United Technologies Inc (UTC) would be in his company’s interests.”I am under the impression that the leadership of UTC shares my assessment,” Enders said in the emailed statement. Airbus is one of the biggest customers of both Honeywell and UTC.UTC said on Monday that a merger with Honeywell could either be blocked outright by antitrust authorities or be conditioned on significant divestitures after a lengthy and disruptive review period that would destroy shareholder value. Honeywell countered that it did not see the regulatory process as a “material obstacle” to the deal.last_img read more

New York ends religious exemption to vaccine mandates

first_img Share This! The Associated Press,Load Comments,Southern Baptists give greater attention to diversity but acknowledge more needed Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Catholicism The Associated Press By: The Associated Press Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York eliminated the religious exemption to vaccine requirements for schoolchildren, as the nation’s worst measles outbreak in decades prompts states to reconsider giving parents ways to opt out of immunization rules.The Democrat-led Senate and Assembly voted Thursday (June 13)  to repeal the exemption, which allows parents to cite religious beliefs to forego getting their child the vaccines required for school enrollment.Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed the measure minutes after the final vote. The law takes effect immediately but will give unvaccinated students up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization.With New York’s move, similar exemptions are still allowed in 45 states, though lawmakers in several of them have introduced their own legislation to eliminate the waiver.The issue is hotly contested and debate around it has often been emotional, pitting cries that religious freedom is being curtailed against warnings that public health is being endangered.After the vote in the Assembly, many of those watching from the gallery erupted in cries of “shame!” One woman yelled obscenities down to the lawmakers below.The debate has only intensified with this year’s measles outbreak , which federal officials recently said has surpassed 1,000 illnesses, the highest in 27 years.“I’m not aware of anything in the Torah, the Bible, the Koran or anything else that suggests you should not get vaccinated,” said Bronx Democrat Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill’s Assembly sponsor.“If you choose to not vaccinate your child, therefore potentially endangering other children … then you’re the one choosing not to send your children to school.”Hundreds of parents of unvaccinated children gathered at New York’s Capitol for the vote to protest.Stan Yung, a Long Island attorney and father, said his Russian Orthodox religious views and health concerns about vaccines will prevent him from vaccinating his three young children. His family, he said, may consider leaving the state.“People came to this country to get away from exactly this kind of stuff,” Yung said ahead of Thursday’s votes.Supporters of the bill say religious beliefs about vaccines shouldn’t eclipse scientific evidence that they work, noting the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1905 that states have the right to enforce compulsory vaccination laws. During the Assembly’s floor debate, supporters brought up scourges of the past that were defeated in the U.S. through vaccines.“I’m old enough to have been around when polio was a real threat,” said Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, D-Manhattan. “I believe in science…. Your personal opinions, which may be based on junk science, do not trump the greater good.”Supporters also suggest some parents may be claiming the religious exemption for their children even though their opposition is actually based on scientifically discredited claims about the dangers of vaccines.The bill would not change an existing state exemption given to children who cannot have vaccines for medical reasons, such as a weakened immune system.Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday that he believes public health — and the need to protect those who cannot get vaccinated because for medical reasons — outweighs the concerns about religious freedom.“I understand freedom of religion,” he said. “I have heard the anti-vaxxers’ theory, but I believe both are overwhelmed by the public health risk.”The current measles outbreak has renewed concern about the exemptions in many states. The nation last saw as many cases in 1992, when more than 2,200 were reported.The majority of cases are from outbreaks in New York in Orthodox Jewish communities.California removed personal belief vaccine exemptions for children in both public and private schools in 2015, after a measles outbreak at Disneyland sickened 147 people and spread across the U.S. and into Canada. Maine ended its religious exemption earlier this year.Mississippi and West Virginia also do not allow religious exemptions.Once common in the U.S., measles became rare after vaccination campaigns that started in the 1960s. A decade ago, there were fewer than 100 cases a year.(David Klepper writes for The Associated Press) By: The Associated Press News Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! 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Plant cellulose prevents short circuits in batteries

first_img © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Plant cellulose prevents short circuits in batteries (2016, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-07-cellulose-short-circuits-batteries.html In a new study published in Nano Letters, researchers from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) in South Korea have designed a cellulose nanomat, or “c-mat,” separator membrane that contains a thin layer of nanoporous plant cellulose on top of a thick macroporous polymer layer. By finely tuning the thicknesses of the two layers, the researchers were able to design a separator membrane that delicately balances the tradeoff between preventing leakage current and supporting fast ion transport. With its tiny pores, the nanoporous cellulose layer prevents leakage current between electrodes, preventing short circuits. On the other hand, the macroporous polymer layer’s porous channels are too large to prevent leakage current between electrodes, but their large size enables them to function like “ionic highways” to rapidly transport charges.The new separator has another major advantage: At high temperatures (60 °C), batteries with the new separator membranes have an 80% capacity retention after 100 cycles, whereas batteries with typical commercial polymer separators maintain just 5% of their initial capacity after 100 cycles at the same temperature.The researchers explain that the large capacity loss in the commercial batteries at high temperature occurs due to unwanted side reactions between lithium salts and water, which produces harmful byproducts such as manganese ions. The nanoporous cellulose-based layer of the new separator membranes has a manganese-chelating ability, so that it binds to the manganese ions and prevents them from participating in the reactions that cause capacity loss. In addition, the macroporous polymer layer captures the acidic reactants that produce the manganese ions, resulting in fewer of these ions in the first place.”We demonstrate in this work that the chemically active cellulose-based c-mat separator can mitigate the manganese ion-induced adverse effects,” coauthor Sang-Young Lee, Professor at UNIST’s School of Energy and Chemical Engineering, told Phys.org. “This enables a remarkable improvement in the high-temperature cycling performance far beyond that which is attainable with conventional membrane technologies.”In the future, the researchers plan to modify the separators for potential use in next-generation rechargeable batteries such as sodium-ion, lithium-sulfur, and metal-ion batteries. “The c-mat separator is expected to be used for next-generation high-performance batteries with high temperature stability—for example, in large-sized batteries for electric vehicles and grid-scale electricity storage systems,” Lee said. In addition to its use as a battery separator membrane, the c-mat separator also has potential applications in membranes for desalination systems, as well as for ecofriendly sensors for heavy metal ions. 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. More information: Jung-Hwan Kim et al. “Functionalized Nanocellulose-Integrated Heterolayered Nanomats toward Smart Battery Separators.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02069 Journal information: Nano Letterscenter_img Ternary-layered separator to retard the shuttle of polysulfides towards highly-stable lithium–sulfur batteries Cellulose that originates from plant material is used as a thin layer in a new separator membrane for batteries, resulting in a large increase in capacity retention at high temperatures. Credit: Kim et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society Explore further (Phys.org)—In order to prevent short circuits in batteries, porous separator membranes are often placed between a battery’s electrodes. There is typically a tradeoff involved, since these separators must simultaneously prevent leakage current between electrodes while allowing ions to pass through the porous channels to generate current. Conventionally, these membranes are made of synthetic materials, such as polymers.last_img read more