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Verizon’s “Supercookies” Raise Privacy Concerns

The New York Times, Monday, January 26, 2015 11:17 AM

The New York Times takes on mobile supercookies, which, unlike your average data-tracking cookie, can’t be easily erased. The computer codes that Verizon Wireless uses to tag and track the activity of its subscribers are particularly problematic, NYT reports. “The company’s customer codes … have troubled some data security and privacy experts who say Verizon has introduced a persistent, hidden tracking mechanism into apps and browsers that third parties could easily exploit.”

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Outdoor Ads Boost Mobile Connectivity

by , Yesterday, 12:06 PM

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Outdoor advertising and mobile devices are overlapping more and more, but not always in the ways you might expect. While many outdoor ad companies are integrating mobile interactivity into signage with beacons, near-field communication, scannable codes and watermarks, JCDecaux is going a step further. It is boosting mobile connectivity with “small cell” deployments incorporated into its signs.

The small cells improve wireless service near the signs by increasing the amount of data that can flow to and from mobile devices, improving voice reception quality and enabling better 3G and 4G connections for data-intensive applications in both indoor and outdoor areas.

Although their range is limited, large numbers of small cells can be installed unobtrusively in multiple sign structures, boosting mobile reception and data capacity over a wide area, generally in conjunction with distribute antenna systems and repeaters.

As part of an agreement with Vodafone, the world’s third-largest mobile provider, JCDecaux will deploy small cells on street furniture and billboards around the world, giving it access to over 100,000 JCDecaux-owned or controlled properties, primarily in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Altogether JCDecaux’s signage portfolio includes over one million billboards and other types of signage globally.

The companies have already collaborated on a test installation of more than 160 small cell stations on bus shelters with JCDecaux ad surfaces throughout Amsterdam. JCDecaux has also struck a similar agreement with Huawei for “crowd-sourcing” small cell deployment.

Although the Vodafone partnership doesn’t currently include an advertising component, improving mobile connectivity near signs holds out the possibility of mobile marketing campaigns coordinated with nearby signage, taking advantage of information about user locations to reach consumers on the go.

Over the last year, there have been a number of deals between outdoor advertising companies and mobile operators to enable such campaigns. Last year, for example, Posterscope’s U.K. operation signed a deal for mobile network usage data from EE (Everything Everywhere), the largest mobile network operator in Britain.

The Posterscope-EE deal includes anonymized data on consumer movements and location-based digital behaviors, including how, when, and where mobile devices are used in relation to outdoor media, and what mobile Web sites and mobile apps people visit on their smartphones.

Also last year, Posterscope’s U.S. operation unveiled a partnership with xAd that allows advertisers to use xAd’s location data and “SmartFencing” (geofencing) capability to target mobile users in the vicinity of a Posterscope ad with additional ad messages, promotions and directions to a nearby store.

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‘NYT’ Hires Innovation Editor

by , November 25, 2014, 5:55 PM

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The New York Times took another step in its continuing reinvention of itself as a digital publisher with the appointment of Kinsey Wilson as editor for innovation and strategy, a new role within the organization.

As the newspaper’s trailblazing innovation editor, Wilson will be responsible for expanding the newspapers’ mobile strategy and creating new digital products that package NYT journalism in ways that appeal to new audiences, similar to the NYT Now and NYT Cooking apps.

His appointment will take effect February 2015.

Wilson previously served as executive vice president and chief content officer for NPR, where he led the development of the NPR One mobile app, offering a personalized digital listening experience. He also spearheaded new editorial offerings, like Planet Money, NPR Music, and Race Card Project.

Wilson also served as executive editor at USA Today, responsible for digital strategy and daily news operations and pioneeredCongressional Quarterly’s early Web strategy.
 
NYT executive editor Dean Baquet stated: “A pioneer in digital journalism, Kinsey is joining us at a crucial time as we accelerate our transformation into a news organization that delivers great journalism on all platforms.”

Wilson’s appointment comes in the midst of an aggressive reorganization intended to make the NYT and its digital channels more nimble in order to keep pace with the fast-changing digital media landscape.

Many of the strategic changes were laid out in an internal memo that was leaked to BuzzFeed in May of this year. While acknowledging the superior quality of The New York Times’ reporting, the memo pounded home the message that “we are falling behind in a second critical area: the art and science of getting our journalism to readers.”

Among other things, the memo stated that the newsroom needed to be reorganized to cater more effectively to reader experience. The proposed reorganization would give the newsroom access to departments and resources traditionally associated with the business side of the NYT, including divisions devoted to “Design, Technology, Consumer Insight Group, R&D, and Product.”

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Major Businesses AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012

Michelle Clancy | 28-10-2012

IPTV continues to be a growth area for video in the United States, with the two biggest purveyors of the service, AT&T and Verizon Communications, both keeping up their records of subscriber additions in the third quarter of 2012.

AT&T saw a net addition of 198,000 U-verse TV subscribers and 613,000 high-speed Internet subscribers for the quarter—strengths that drove a 2% increase in wireline consumer revenue growth year-over-year—the telco’s best show in more than four years. U-verse TV customers totaled 4.3 million out of 7.4 million U-verse subscribers in the third quarter.

Third-quarter wireline revenue totaled $14.8 billion, a 1.6% decrease from last year’s figures, but its expenses, $12.9 billion, also decreased 2.1% year-over-year.

The news could be even better for the fourth quarter, as carrier is looking to convert at least three million of its 18 million DSL customers to its U-verse TV offerings. DSL broadband connections decreased by 42,000 in the third quarter, but the broadband average revenue per user (ARPU) increased almost 10% year-over-year as online video use has pushed users to convert to higher tiers of service.

“[Our] strong performance allows us to increase our free cash flow guidance to $18 billion or higher this year, exceeding our previous outlook by $2 billion,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO, offering full-year guidance heading into Q4.

Verizon meanwhile saw a 4.6% year-over-year increase in consumer wireline revenues, the highest in a decade; and consumer ARPU was up 10.3% year over year, to $103.86.

The company added 119,000 new subscribers for FiOS TV, ending the quarter with 4.6 million video connections. That was less than the 150,000 that the telco was expecting, but still a year-over-year increase of 15.4%. The FiOS network now claims 17.4 million households. Verizon said that it expects to add 150,000 new TV additions in the fourth quarter as well.

Together, AT&T and Verizon claim 8.9 IPTV customers, accounting for the lion’s share of the U.S. customer base. Overall in the U.S., IPTV subscribers will more than double to 18.6 million in 2017, according to Parks Associates. Parks also said that satellite’s share of the pay-TV market will drop to 30% by 2017, while cable’s share will fall to 52%, even as IPTV’s will rise to 18%.The resulting competitive shift will drive cable in particular to roll out innovative service bundles in order to retain customers.

The firm said that IPTV will thus lead the next stage in pay-TV service growth as telcos leverage their fibre-based broadband offerings to attract new customers with advanced IP-based features and higher speeds to accommodate connected set-tops and TVs. A new, big player on the scene will impact the market as well: Google is rolling out fiber-based, 1Gbps Google Fiber+TV in Kansas City.

“Cable TV providers are losing subscribers to IPTV services from AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink,” said Jim O’Neill, Research Analyst, Parks Associates.. Satellite providers also will experience subscriber loss as telcos continue to expand fiber footprints, leverage pricing on triple- and quad-play bundles, and offer advanced TV Everywhere products. Going forward, subscriber retention will become the focus for cable and satellite providers.”

Read more: AT&T, Verizon see double-digit IPTV growth in Q3 2012 | Rapid TV News http://www.rapidtvnews.com/index.php/at-t-verizon-see-double-digit-iptv-growth-in-q3-2012.html?utm_source=newsletter_843&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=rapid-tv-news-current-edition-2810#ixzz2Ad4SzIOv

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Te pienso (I think of you) Combi Streams

Te pienso (I think of you) Combi Streams

Combinations for live streams “Te pienso” (I think of you) by Jessica Lasso, Live performance for Sunday Matinees Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Bogota Case Study for Streaming Media West, Los Angeles October 30-31.

Combi Streams: Mobile/laptop, live real time: Qik cast (Bogota) Syndicated Livestream (Amsterdam) parallel webcasting.

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by | 2012/10/05 · 17:23

Steve Hawley interviews Thomas Wrede, IBC 2012

Steve Hawley interviews Thomas Wrede, Commercial, Reception Systems, SES, during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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by | 2012/10/03 · 14:05

Steve Hawley interviews Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou,IBC 2012.

Steve Hawley interviews Ibrahima Guimba-Saidou, Commercial, Africa, SES, during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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by | 2012/10/03 · 14:04

Steve Hawley interviews Ferdinand Kayser IBC 2012

Steve Hawley interviews Ferdinand Kayser CCO SES ASTRA Satellites during press conference and reception for IBC, at Blakes Hotel Amsterdam September 6, 2012.

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by | 2012/10/03 · 02:15

PvdA Beteugel financiële problemen scholen [NL 2012 CampaingWatch

door Jeroen Dijsselbloem op 3 september 2012

Financiële problemen van scholen vormen een gevaar voor de toekomst van het onderwijs. Daarom presenteert de Partij van de Arbeid een actieplan (pdf) om de deze problemen aan te pakken. Ook de Algemene Onderwijsbond (AOb) luidt de noodkloken doet een beroep op de politiek om in te grijpen. Financiële problemen leiden tot slechter onderwijs. Het is dus zaak om scholen financieel gezond te houden.

De PvdA wil openbaar maken welke scholen onder verscherpt toezicht staan en ervoor zorgen dat ouders op de hoogte zijn van de financiële situatie waarin de school van hun kinderen verkeert. In ons plan maken wij daarnaast extra geld vrij voor actiever financieel toezicht door de Onderwijsinspectie. Scholen in de problemen moeten hulp inroepen om erger te voorkomen.

Een kort parlementair onderzoek moet de feiten rond de financiële positie van scholen snel boven tafel krijgen. Dit onderzoek moet aantonen of de financiering van scholen door de overheid op dit moment voldoende is en of scholen in de toekomst met deze middelen de steeds hoger wordende rekeningen kunnen betalen.

Scholen laten ons weten dat ze geen geld hebben voor de gewoonste zaken zoals schoonmaak, de energierekening en onderhoud van het gebouw, omdat de prijzen flink zijn gestegen. Er wordt steeds vaker in rode cijfers geschreven.

Aan de andere kant zijn er ook scholen die onnodig oppotten. Daar zou een maximum aan gesteld moeten worden. Gaan scholen daar overheen, zonder goede verklaring, dan moet er een korting op de bekostiging volgen. Onderwijsgeld moet immers ten goede komen aan goed onderwijs.

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VVD MINDER IMMIGRATIE CampaingWatch 2012

De VVD wil een eerlijk en restrictief vreemdelingenbeleid. De VVD ziet kansen voor hoogopgeleide kennismigranten om ons land en onze economie te versterken. Maar de ongecontroleerde toestroom van kansarme en laagopgeleide migranten van de laatste decennia, leidde tot grote problemen in de wijken, op scholen, op de arbeidsmarkt en op het vlak van criminaliteit.

De aanhoudende toestroom van kansarme migranten werkt het oplossen van integratieproblemen tegen en moet daarom worden gestopt. Dankzij de VVD zijn vanaf 2002 belangrijke stappen genomen om het asiel- en immigratiebeleid streng, rechtvaardig en consequent toe te passen. Dit beleid wil de VVD voortzetten. Goede bewaking en controle van de Europese buitengrenzen zijn daarbij van belang.

Huwelijksmigratie

Als je als Nederlander de liefde van je leven in het buitenland ontmoet, moet het natuurlijk mogelijk zijn samen in Nederland te gaan wonen. Maar wel onder de voorwaarde dat de buitenlandse partner zicht heeft op een volwaardige plaats in de samenleving.

Huwelijksimmigranten worden daarom alleen toegelaten wanneer zij naar Nederlandse maatstaven voldoende zijn opgeleid en de Nederlandse taal in woord en geschrift beheersen. Zij moeten ook kunnen aantonen voldoende kennis te hebben van de Nederlandse samenleving en hier positief tegenover te staan. Er wordt geen verblijfsvergunning toegekend als de partner jonger is dan 24 jaar, of als deze een neef of nicht is van de aanvrager, of als de aanvrager over een inkomen beschikt van minder dan 120 procent van het minimumloon. Misbruik van huwelijksmigratie – zoals schijnhuwelijken – moet hard worden bestreden. Ook om dit te voorkomen wil de VVD de termijn voor het verkrijgen van een permanente verblijfsvergunning oprekken naar tien jaar. Inkoop van AOW geschiedt op basis van een reële kostprijs.

We maken een eind aan de export van kinderbijslag buiten de EU. Jongeren onder de 27 jaar kunnen als het aan de VVD ligt voortaan geen aanspraak meer maken op bijstand. Deze maatregelen voorkomen dat mensen onterecht aanspraak maken op onze sociale voorzieningen en stimuleren dat mensen integreren door middel van arbeidsparticipatie. De VVD wil de Europese richtlijn voor gezinshereniging wijzigen. De leeftijds- en inkomenseis moeten omhoog. Als dit niet lukt moet Nederland een opt-out bepleiten zodat Nederland deels zijn eigen regels kan bepalen.

Immigratie uit overzeese gebiedsdelen

Ook vanuit de voormalige Nederlandse Antillen komt een stroom kansarme migranten richting Nederland. De VVD wil de vestiging van kansarme migranten uit Curaçao, Aruba en Sint Maarten tegengaan door criteria te verbinden aan een permanent verblijf in Nederland. Dit is in lijn met de voorwaarden die de Antillen zelf stellen aan Nederlanders die zich daar willen vestigen (een bepaald inkomen, geen strafblad). Deze voorwaarden gelden voortaan ook andersom.

Kenniswerkers

De VVD wil kenniswerkers en talenten actief uitnodigen om zich in Nederland te vestigen om onze economie te versterken. Daartoe moeten we de procedures voor kennismigranten versoepelen, ook de regels van huwelijksmigratie en inburgering. Bedrijven en kennisinstellingen moeten toptalent met een minimum aan bureaucratie naar Nederland kunnen halen. Vergunningen voor kenniswerkers willen we sneller toekennen.

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