Hearst Corp Buys Controlling Interest in Digital Billing and Payments Firm

first_imgHearst Corporation last week announced it bought an 80 percent stake in digital billing and payment services firm Kubra. The service, which manages billing and payments for the utility, insurance, financial services and healthcare industries, will be closely aligned with Hearst-owned CDS Global, a fulfillment and data processing company. Terms were not released, but it’s an interesting deal for Hearst to make. On the one hand, it fits with the revenue diversification theme the publishing market has been hungry for, but in this case it’s a service-based operation—not one dependent on advertising. It also puts Hearst in a position to make money from out-of-market industries like healthcare and utilities. In announcing the deal, Hearst Magazines president David Carey referred to it as “building new service businesses that have scale.” Third, it taps into the growing electronic payment and billing market, and that includes mobile. “As the consumer shift to electronic payment becomes more rapid, companies offering fully integrated billing and payment services are in high demand,” says Hearst Corp. president and CEO Steven Swartz in a statement. By matching up Kubra with CDS Global, Hearst can leverage the payment-oriented services the two companies provide. Kubra, like CDS, will remain an independent unit, with Kubra president and CEO Rick Watkin reporting to Carey. “Kubra’s experience in billing and payments is a great complement to the services CDS Global offers, and we have been working together in some capacity since 2011,” CDS Global president and CEO Debra Janssen tells FOLIO:. “While many of the day-to-day business and technology details will be more fully determined as KUBRA is integrated into the Hearst family, the great working relationship we have already built will allow us both to derive quick benefit from an expanded partnership.”last_img read more

Anatomy Of A Viral Hit Acoustic Cover Song

first_img Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 16, 2018 – 11:41 am Donna Missal Covers “Iris”: GRAMMY ReImagined News In Mendes’ case, he spent his early teenage years covering everyone from Adele and Rhianna to Leonard Cohen and Lynyrd Skynyrd on his way to pop stardom. Cara covered the likes of Amy Winehouse, Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, and more. For these two budding pop stars, covers were the ticket to success. But cover songs are all around us (consider the popularity of modern singing competition shows). And as an emerging artist, covers can be a tool to get your talents in front of a new audience. So what makes a cover work and what doesn’t? Perhaps a revisit of Mike Masse’s 2010 viral cover of Toto’s “Africa” can shed some light.It’s tempting to look at the video’s 11+ million views and point to the success of the source material – after all, you read it right here that “Africa” is allegedly considered by science as the “best” song ever (a case we would bet is far from closed). But as SonicBids’ blog points out, the crux of why this YouTube cover took off like a rocket is talent. Masse’s voice not only evokes visions of Toto singer-at-the-time Joseph Williams, he sings the song with a combination of skillful accuracy and authentic passion listeners are looking–or rather listening–for today.What about the look? Masse’s video is a single shot of he and a bandmate playing at a pizza parlor. In fact, many viral YouTube cover videos rely on their low visual production quality to highlight the musical performance. [However, for the best of both worlds, check out the cover versions of GRAMMY ReImagined]. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Sep 28, 2018 – 2:18 pm Shawn Mendes On Connecting With His Fans & More Email A closer look at how viral videos reveal key takeaways for artists looking to mix their taste and talent with YouTube to find a new audienceGRAMMYs Oct 26, 2018 – 3:17 pm Posting a cover on YouTube is a well-worn path for independent artists seeking to traverse the internet jungle and land the attention of an audience. From Shawn Mendes to Alessia Cara, many artists of many genres have taken this tack to success, but many, many more have tried and missed the mark.center_img Twitter Anatomy Of A Viral Hit Acoustic Cover Song How Acoustic Covers Can Become Viral Hits anatomy-viral-hit-acoustic-cover-song In the case of many viral hits, choosing the right cover is where the magic happens. A familiar tune can bridge the gap between the eager fan and an unfamiliar artist, but a quick search of any of today’s biggest songs can also turn up a sea of competition. But popularity doesn’t necessarily mean a song should be avoided. A request for Weezer to cover “Africa” recently caught enough web attention to convince the band to tackle the classic, so clearly all of the song’s fans worldwide still hadn’t–or couldn’t–get enough.SonicBids’ analysis goes on to note that Masse’s consistency in posting new material on YouTube contributed to the success of their “Africa” cover, but also reiterates the importance of the talent of the collaborators you choose, calling out spot-on harmony vocals from bassist Jeff Hall as the viral video’s x-factor. “Don’t work with musicians unless they meet your standards,” the blog advises, wisely.Despite the strategy, for many artists, there is a joy of covering songs that is a reward in itself. Sometimes it’s easier for songwriters to get lost in a composition they didn’t create, the same way it’s easier to get lost in a house you didn’t build. The trick is knowing what will take off next and, more importantly, having the talent and consistency to capitalize on the opportunity. Happy covering!GRAMMY ReImagined Is Back With More Covers Read morelast_img read more

NASAs Curiosity rover sees a solar eclipse on Mars after sunset

first_img 0 If you take the 9 frames roughly in the middle and animate them – you get this…. the bit of each file name before EDR is the time in seconds – so these are about 8 seconds apart….80 or so seconds in this gif. pic.twitter.com/jh6d3L2yIH— Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) March 27, 2019 Share your voice Mars is kept company by two cratered moons — an inner moon named Phobos and an outer moon named Deimos. NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/Univ. of Arizona A key component of a solar eclipse is, well… the sun. But images from the Curiosity rover on Mars show delightfully nerdy evidence of Martian moon Phobos passing in front of our star after the sun had already called it a day (or rather, a sol) and dipped below the horizon. A user on the unmannedspaceflight.com forums first flagged the images from Curiosity, and then NASA’s Doug Ellison, who helps coordinate the rovers’ photo-taking, took to Twitter to break down the unusual celestial sight. What’s that? Phobos illumination goes to 0, and the Sun-Phobos-Observer angle peaks at 179+ degrees for two minutes. That’s……AN ECLIPSE. The same UTC time as the middle of that block of images!!! pic.twitter.com/tD1Ep0xCwR— Doug Ellison (@doug_ellison) March 27, 2019 Sci-Tech Actually spotting the over-the-horizon eclipse took some involved image analysis. Basically, the dusk light the sun projects upward after setting briefly dimmed over the course of a few minutes. Ellison shared the above GIF animation, which is essentially a time-lapse of the event. When sped up this way, the projected eclipse can clearly be seen.  Ellison also cross-referenced the photos with NASA’s Horizons database tracking the orbits of thousands of solar system objects to verify it was in fact Phobos passing in front of the sun that caused the effect.  “I think this might be the first time an eclipse has been observed on Mars in some way…..AFTER sunset,” Ellison wrote. Tags Post a comment Solar eclipse Mars rovers NASA Spacelast_img read more

You can always go home Reliance Communications to reabsorb 4000 staffers after

first_imgReliance Communications Chairman Anil Ambani. REUTERS/Shailesh AndradeReliance Communications and Swedish gear maker Ericsson had joined hands in 2013 to manage the wireline and wireless network of Anil Ambani’s company. And now that the partnership is coming to an end, about 4,000 staffers of Reliance Communications are set to be re-absorbed by the firm. As they say: “You can always go home.”Ericsson’s services are said to have boosted Reliance Communications’ business quite a bit in terms of operational expenses as well as other forms of cost optimisation. It reportedly also handled the day to day functions of the firm efficiently, due to which the Indian firm could focus on larger areas of business. But RCom and Ericsson decided to sever ties over non-payment of dues to the latter, amounting to approximately Rs 1,150 crore.In tune with the deal, the employees that had been transferred to Ericsson will now be back with RCom. With this, the Indian firm is set to see a major boost in its headcount to about 9,500 and the firm will now manage the services on its own, reported Business Standard.When the staffers were initially moved to Ericsson, the number is said to have been about 5,000. However, many jobs have reportedly been replaced due to the advent of technology and automation.Meanwhile, the Swedish firm had gotten in touch with the National Company Law Tribunal on September 11 to recover the dues. Ericsson had earlier filed a petition regarding the insolvency of Reliance Communications and the issue will be heard on November 9, 2017. The tribunal had adjourned the hearing and the two parties even had tried to negotiate the terms. Flags with the logo of telecoms equipment maker Ericsson flutter outside the company’s headquarters in StockholmMAJA SUSLIN/AFP/Getty ImagesHowever, these talks had failed to bring any respite and Ericsson had remained adamant on taking RCom through the bankruptcy procedures. Sources had then told the Economic Times that Ericsson wanted RCom to pay Rs 550 crore, which had been promised by the Indian firms at various stages of the deal. Not just that, RCom had reportedly also promised to pay Rs 125 crore by July 31 and pay Rs 60 crore the week after. However, Ericsson is still waiting for these payments.”Whether it is in insolvency or debt restructuring, Ericsson’s due is likely to become a casualty,” an industry expert told ET, adding that an out of court settlement would be the ideal option for both the firms.last_img read more

In Baltimore More Officers Accused of Faking Evidence

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — Public defenders in Baltimore say charges against a client have been dropped because police body-camera video “appears to depict multiple officers working together to manufacture evidence.”This case involves seven officers, two of whom have been referred to the police department’s internal affairs division.Baltimore Police Officer (AP Image)Media outlets say the public defender’s office won’t release the video because it shows a co-defendant whom it doesn’t represent.Meanwhile, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby dismissed charges in 34 cases relying on the testimony of three other officers after the Office of the Public Defender released a different video they say shows an officer planting drugs. That officer is suspended and two others are on administrative duty.Separately, seven other Baltimore officers on a gun crimes task force are accused of faking reports and false detentions.last_img read more