When I first joined Moz as Principal Search Scientist in 2015, I held the same attitude towards web spam as most marketers: spam was a mostly harmless annoyance to webmasters and was directed primarily at search engines such as Google. However, with the launch of Link Explorer (our new link index) in 2018, I became acutely aware of the impact of link manipulation — not just on search engines, but on webmasters and marketers in ways not yet fully articulated.The negative impact of link manipulation on the webLink manipulation, for those not yet familiar, is the use of tactics to increase the number of links pointing to your website in order to achieve some goal (normally improved rankings). However, it turns out that link manipulation has played a darker, more sinister role over the previous half decade or so as Domain Authority (DA), a proprietary Moz metric that predicts a site’s ability to rank in Google, has become a virtual currency. Guest blog posts, comment spam, Private Blog Networks (PBNs), link farms, and directories across the board are selling their wares based on how high their Domain Authority score is. Subsequently, some webmasters would use link manipulation techniques to artificially inflate their DA, allowing them to fraudulently charge high prices.It was a real and present problem, and we were uniquely suited to solve it.Read More: How AI will Change the Game for Influencer MarketingHow we adjusted Domain Authority to combat spammersWhen I and others at Moz sat down to reconsider the Domain Authority metric, we knew we wanted to address Domain Authority not simply for the purposes of predicting search rankings (which is and will always be the primary intent), but to also address the artificial Domain Authority inflation causing harm across the web. We began by identifying the types of link manipulation regularly used to inflate Domain Authority. These methods included comment spam, link buying, and several varieties of link networks. Most importantly, we needed to devalue these techniques without impacting the predictive power of Domain Authority. We needed to rebuild DA from the ground up.Read More: Eye Rolls at Pre-Rolls: How to Escape the Trap of Annoying AdsHow did we teach DA to recognize link manipulation?Historically, we built Domain Authority by applying Machine Learning to link data and search engine results pages (SERPs): The algorithm would learn what causes one domain to outrank another. Unfortunately, this methodology had its limits. Training against SERPs meant that the resulting metric would only learn to discriminate between sites that already rank — not sites that don’t rank at all. Since link manipulation often results in penalties or bans by search engines, the neural network had few bad examples from which to learn. To answer this, we seeded our training set with known unranked sites in position 10 on the SERPs. The neural network powering Domain Authority could now distinguish between sites that rank and those that don’t. We also introduced “profile variables” from which the neural network could learn. I’ll explain a few below:Spam Score as a Profile VariableWe created a unique variable that represents the distribution of links to your site based on the Spam Scores of those linking domains. The average website has a negative power relationship between Spam Scores and linking domains. That is to say, most of their links come from very low Spam Score domains, and very few of their links come from high Spam Score domains.On the graph below, you can see the natural curve highlighted in green. You can also see examples of two sites which do not conform to this curve. They don’t conform because they are using a particular type of link manipulation tactic that tends to source domains that are slightly spammier than the average domain on the web. Subsequently, their link profile sticks out like a sore thumb.Traffic and Linking domains as a profile variableWe created another unique variable that represents the distribution of links to your site based on the traffic to those linking domains. Much like Spam Scores, the average website has a negative power relationship between traffic and linking domains. Most links come from low-trafficked sites, while only a handful of links come from high-trafficked sites. Any deviation from this pattern is a signal the neural network could use to identify link manipulation.With these novel variables and unique training set in place, we were confident the new Domain Authority would perform head-over-heels better than it had previously. Not only did we establish the highest DA correlations with SERPs in recent history, we successfully devalued link manipulation in a number of industries:On average, the Domain Authority of link buyers dropped 15.7%High-, medium-, and low-quality auction domains dropped in DA 61%, 95%, and 98% respectivelyOn average, link sellers lost 56% of DAComment spammers lost 34% of DALink networks lost 79% of DADomainer networks lost 98% of DAWhy is this important to the marketing industry?Well, there are several important outcomes delivered by the new Domain Authority.Webmasters can feel more comfortable that the Domain Authority metric is not being manipulated when considering content placement or domain acquisition.Unscrupulous SEO practitioners will have a harder time fooling customers with inflated DA.SEO practitioners who use dubious techniques will not be able to rely on increasing DA scores as customer KPIs.Webmasters can rely on Domain Authority as a strong indicator of potential rankings.We’ve taken strides to ensure Domain Authority is used as a fair and trustworthy metric for digital marketers, hopefully doing our part to rid the web of spam while we’re at it. But there’s always more room for improvement, and we plan to keep innovating to provide the most valuable and reliable metrics for the digital marketing industry.Read More: 3 Ways Mobile Technology is Changing the Brick-and-Mortar Experience How Moz’s New Domain Authority Takes Aim at Spam Russ JonesApril 18, 2019, 4:00 pmApril 18, 2019 digital marketingdomain authoritygoogleMarketing TechnologyMozSearch EnginesSpam Previous ArticleCost of Overdoing It: Marketing’s Glaring ProblemNext ArticleAnomaly Detection on 5G: Possibilities and Opportunities
IntelliMedia bags two Product of the Year Awards at NAB Show 2019 PRNewswireApril 26, 2019, 3:49 pmApril 26, 2019 Two of the nine awards in the Graphics, Editing, VXF, Switchers category, at the World’s largest media technology expo NAB 2019, were won by IntelliMedia products!California-based leading immersive media technology provider IntelliMedia, bagged not one but two of the coveted Product of the Year awards at the world’s largest media tech expo NAB 2019, which concluded recently in Las Vegas.MiXie and HoloPort, two of the three path-breaking products that the company launched this year, generated buzz in streaming community by winning the NAB Show Product of the Year Awards. They share the envious space at the top with Adobe, Blackmagic and Canon. Over 1,600 companies from more than 160 countries showcased their products. The winners have made the cut from shortlisted products in 13 different categories.MiXie is aimed at empowering individual live streamers with real-time graphics overlays. HoloPort is an enterprise VR application capable of supporting 360-degree hyper-reality streaming. The third product is a solution builder for integrating comprehensive Video AI in streaming video applications.IntelliMedia’s products are next-generation technology solutions that level the playing field for an average user by enabling them to generate studio quality content on their personal hand-held devices.“It is this innovative approach in configuring products that has brought the company in this league,” says IntelliMedia president and co-founder Darshan Sedani. “To be recognized by the NAB is a great honor. We sincerely appreciate the fact that two of our products were awarded. Innovation is in our DNA. At IntelliMedia we are driven by the passion, creativity, and tenacity of our team members,” he said.IntelliMedia delivers personalized video experiences across all screens and has a proven track record in video management, publishing, analytics, and monetization. It has been providing media-tech solutions to many corporations, OTT providers, government agencies and SMBs.“Winning the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show Product of the Year award is fantastic as it gives our products industry recognition. We believe our products will simplify and reshape the way consumers and businesses broadcast their live video content,” CEO and co-founder Teodros Gessesse says.Marketing Technology News: Pramati Technologies Launches Chatlets.ai to Help Enterprises Optimize Website Conversion RatesWhile HoloPort is already available, IntelliMedia will commercially launch MiXie later this year.HoloPort:It is a hyper-reality streaming solution that provides customized high-impact immersive media and visualization applications. “HoloPort is our bold attempt to bring hyper-reality streaming to your fingertips,” Sedani saysIt lets users experience 360-degree walkthroughs with integrated AR elements. A user can experience volumetric video within this virtual environment.“We still see VR as science fiction. It’s not only about playing games, both VR & AR have a significant role to play in the enterprise technology ecosystem. With advancing technology, the very notion of a clear dividing line between reality and virtual reality has blurred in creative ways,” Sedani adds.The application of this product can be limited only by imagination. Real-estate firms can showcase properties virtually, along with the avatar of an agent to guide the visitor through the property. Universities can train or impart digital education. Corporations can make presentations, announcements, and sales communications. Medical VR is another area with fascinating possibilities. Event organizers, sports leagues and others can similarly use it too.Marketing Technology News: Equinix Acquires Switch Datacenters’ AMS1 Data Center Business in AmsterdamMiXie:“81 percent of Twitch users are professional steamers. 56 percent of YouTube users are creators. The future belongs to user-generated content,” Sedani outlines the concept of his award-winning product.MiXie is the world’s first full-featured iOS video broadcast application with real-time professional graphics overlay.It facilitates professional live streaming on multiple platforms. With MiXie, a single person production crew can create professional live streaming on existing platforms like FB, YouTube & Twitch – which have the world’s largest content creators’ communities.“As live streamers’ community is growing at an astronomical rate, the need of the hour is to empower streamers with the tools to create professional-grade live broadcast with minimal investment. MiXie will extend real-time VFX capabilities to live streamers worldwide,” Sedani adds.This product is highly recommended for live streaming of sports, events, seminars, presentations, keynote addresses and faith-based event broadcasting, etc.Marketing Technology News: Aqqaint Brings Trust and Transparency to Peer-to-Peer Exchange With New Mobile AppVideo AI:IntelliMedia’s Video AI technology recognizes every frame of the video and extracts intelligent insights. In real-time, it can recognize objects, faces, expressions, and gender, converts speech to text, builds auto-metadata, to name a few areas that it’s powerful AI capabilities.The Architects:IntelliMedia team worked hard and round-the-clock to create these trail-blazing products. Product teams were led by Joy Shah (HoloPort), Nirav Vasa (Video AI), Devang Ajmera (MiXie). They put all of their energies and brain in shaping them with the singular purpose of making life easy for the end-users. 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Alyce Inc. (“Alyce”), the AI-powered platform that’s redefining direct mail and swag, announced that it has raised $11.5 million in Series A funding to accelerate its growth and continue to help B2B companies get into more of their target accounts with a hyper-personalized approach to gifting. Manifest led the round with additional participation from General Catalyst, Boston Seed Capital, Golden Ventures, Morningside and Victress Capital.Alyce is the only platform that gives sales, marketing, and customer relations teams the ability to send thoughtful gifts to individual recipients at scale rather than sending everyone the same generic item. Alyce’s patent-pending, AI-powered technology serves up personalized gift options which recipients can either accept, exchange, or donate the value of to the charity of their choice. This give-first approach yields up to twice the target account penetration at a fraction of the cost, according to feedback from Alyce customers.Marketing Technology News: Oracle Collaborates with Top Oracle PartnerNetwork Platinum Level Members to Rethink Customer Data Platform Market“If target accounts matter, then our truly personal approach to direct mail and swag at scale moves the pipeline needle,” said Greg Segall, founder and CEO of Alyce. “Marketers no longer have to settle for a persona-based, spray-and-pray approach. Now their direct mail and swag channels can operate at the person-to-person level. It saves time and wasted marketing dollars. People love receiving Alyce gifts and that surprise and delight experience is what really drives us!”The process of researching a recipient’s interests, and then purchasing and sending a hand-selected gift takes hours and is therefore nearly impossible to scale. Alyce’s AI technology searches all publicly available information to offer gift options matched directly to those interests, acting as a personal assistant for sales reps. These options include everything from unique gifts and fun experiences, to subscription services, gift cards and direct donations. For example:Someone passionate about ending homelessness can donate to a local shelterGame of Thrones fanatics will love a 3D map of Westeros and EssosParents with children can be sent a four-person pass to a trampoline parkMarketing Technology News: Databricks Accelerates APJ Expansion Following $250 Million Funding Round“Alyce helps organizations augment their sales outreach and get the attention of prospective customers quickly,” said Will Pringle, VP of worldwide demand generation at Fuze. “Alyce can be fully integrated into Salesforce.com, which makes tracking its effectiveness easy. It’s also an excellent complement to our marketing strategy as it allows our sales and marketing teams to progress prospects through the funnel and have meaningful interactions.”As a socially and environmentally-conscious organization, Alyce is the only software that enables companies to do good by giving gifts. Charitable donations make up more than 10 percent of Alyce’s redeemed gifts and provide an effective way to gift within regulated industries.Alyce will use this Series A funding to continue to build out its sales, marketing, and customer success efforts and to expand its AI capabilities, with 50 new hires expected in its Boston headquarters and an additional 50 international hires expected within the next twelve months.Paul Falzone, Managing Partner at Manifest, will be joining Alyce’s board of directors.Marketing Technology News: Blis Expands Into the Netherlands With First Hire AIAlyceB2BDirect MailGreg SegallMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleAppTek and yellaUmbrella Announce Systems Integration Partnership to Provide Market-Leading Tools for Media LocalizationNext ArticleThe Rising Risk of Social Media-Enabled Cyber Crime to the Enterprise and How to Defend Against It Alyce Secures $11.5 Million in Series A Funding to Redefine Direct Mail, Swag and Gifts Business WireJune 18, 2019, 3:20 pmJune 18, 2019
CentralSquare Acquires Tellus: Creating A Single, Virtual 911 Network for Public Safety Agencies Nationwide PRNewswireMay 28, 2019, 2:09 pmMay 28, 2019 CentralSquarecomputer aided dispatchMarketing TechnologyNewsPublic Safety platformSimon AngoveTellus Safety Solutions Previous ArticleNew ThousandEyes Research Establishes Internet Performance Benchmark for Top Performing Digital BusinessesNext ArticleSpeakap Appoints New Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Sales to Take Company Through Next Phase of Growth Virtually Connecting 911 Computer Aided Dispatch (Cad) Systems Enables the Nearest First Responder to Reach an Emergency up to Two Minutes Faster, Potentially Allowing Police, Fire and EMS Personnel to Save 125,000 Lives Every YearCentralSquare, the leading provider of public safety and public administration software in North America, announced that it has acquired Tellus Safety Solutions, LLC, the leader in connecting multiple computer aided dispatch (CAD) systems used by emergency responders. CentralSquare already works with over 5,000 public safety agencies. To accelerate the building of a single, virtual, nationwide 911 dispatch system, current CentralSquare clients will immediately get complimentary access to real-time situational awareness across jurisdictions – cutting emergency response time by up to 2 minutes per incident and potentially enabling first responders to save nearly 125,000 lives nationwide.An estimated 240 million calls are made to 911 across America each year. At the end of each call is a citizen seeking immediate, life-saving help. However, the calls come in to over 8,900 different primary and secondary dispatch centers. These dispatch centers use multiple types of software systems, preventing dispatchers from easily identifying, deploying and coordinating emergency resources across jurisdictions. This results in longer responses to life-threatening emergencies. For example, a police vehicle from another jurisdiction may be closest to an active shooter and could have reached a scene before the tragedy escalated. It also leads to coordination challenges during natural disasters where dozens of police, fire and EMS services need to work collectively to prevent damage to life and property. For example, five agencies and 51 fire stations needed seamless coordination to respond to the recent wildfires in Southern California.Marketing Technology News: IDG Communications Names Gene Bishop Global CIOWith this acquisition, CentralSquare is promoting “public safety without borders” by building a single, virtual dispatch system across North America – where multiple agencies on disparate 911 software solutions can operate and communicate with each other as if they are on a single system – thereby reducing response time and saving lives. The FCC estimates that speeding up emergency response by one minute would save 253,032 lives nationally. Based on the number of public safety agencies CentralSquare serves, and the expected reduction in response time, over 125,000 lives can potentially be saved by first responders nationwide.“For over 10 years, Tellus has been providing ‘safety without borders,’ erasing the lines between cities, towns and counties so that critical emergency response information can flow effortlessly and automatically to the closest first responder, expediting emergency response and saving lives. Hundreds of agencies have used the Tellus solution to cut down emergency response time. For example, Columbus, Ohio, cut mutual aid resource request time by 60% to just 25-30 seconds because the Tellus solution eliminated call queuing and needing to spell out details over the phone. Similarly, Orange County has reduced time per request from an average of two and a half minutes to just 15 seconds – saving critical seconds on every drowning, cardiac arrest and life-threatening emergency. It’s exciting to join CentralSquare in bringing this powerful technology to the largest community of public safety agencies in North America,” said Tellus President Jonathan Mitchell.“CentralSquare already provides the broadest, smartest and most unified technology platform for nearly 5,000 public safety agencies across North America. Going forward, seamless two-way integration between computer aided dispatch systems will come standard out-of-the-box on the CentralSquare Public Safety platform. As soon as a community deploys the CentralSquare Public Safety platform, it will be able to seamlessly integrate law enforcement, fire and EMS resources with all neighboring communities. Our solution preserves the autonomy of each dispatch center as it integrates into existing CAD workstations. This eliminates the need for retraining dispatchers and builds on the unique local requirements at each center,” said Steve Seoane, EVP and General Manager of Public Safety at CentralSquare.Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives“Seamless CAD-to-CAD connectivity is just one step in our vision to ensure that all agencies nationally can easily access each other’s data and resources. We are making record-breaking investments in R&D to ensure that, in using artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technologies, we are building a network where all agencies can quickly respond to emergencies, investigate crimes, pre-detect terror threats and mitigate casualties in natural disasters. Our mission is to make North America safer by making every community smarter and stronger,” said Simon Angove, CEO of CentralSquare.CentralSquare will continue to support and upgrade all Tellus products for current customers, irrespective of the CAD system that an agency uses, ensuring that citizens can benefit from faster response to emergencies. Financial terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.Marketing Technology News: Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to Digital and Analog Out-of-Home Advertisers
Industry Analysts Nominated Peggy O’Neil / Informatica, Oracle and Dennington AR for Highly Coveted AwardIIAR members gathered for their annual IIAR Summer Networking event, sponsored by Criteo and Spotlight AR, to celebrate the IIAR AR Professional of the Year 2019, a highly coveted recognition among the AR professionals.The annual awards are based on an in-depth survey of industry analysts conducted by the Institute of Industry Analyst Relations (IIAR), looking at their perception of how analyst relations (AR) professionals, teams and agencies are performing are supporting them in their day-to-day interactions with ICT vendors and service providers.“This year’s IIAR AR Professional, Team and Agency of the year survey indicate an interesting phase separation in the analyst relations professionals community, between the top 10% of top performers, the middle ground long-tailers and new this year, analysts have clearly indicated displeasure with the bottom 10%. This shows the need for continued education and best practices on the profession” —Ludovic Leforestier (@lludovic, LinkedIn), IIAR Board Member.Marketing Technology News: Anexinet Continues Growth Under New OwnershipIIAR AR Team of the Year 2019: OracleOracle was followed by SAP (up from 6th last year), IBM (up from 8th), and HPE (up from 7th). Last year’s winner IIAR AR Team of the Year 2018, Cisco, dropped down to 5th place in the megavendors AR teams ranking.“It is an honor to be recognized for this award for the first time, especially given the strong competition. We very much appreciate the positive support from the Analyst community. This is above all a win for a very dedicated team of AR professionals driven by years of experience, strong relationship skills, and creative problem-solving expertise. I’m grateful to the Oracle management for helping us build one of the best AR programs in the industry.” —Ricarda Rodatus / VP of Analyst Relations, Oracle (@rodatusr, LinkedIn)Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking PlatformsIIAR AR Professional of the Year 2019: Peggy O’Neil / InformaticaPeggy was followed by ex-aequo number twos Joely Urton / Box (@JoelyUrton, LinkedIn) and Christine Randle / Oracle (@crandle, LinkedIn).“I’m humbled by the recognition and feel grateful that even after doing analyst relations for 17 years, I still look forward to work everyday.” —Peggy O’Neill / Vice President Industry Analyst Relations, Informatica (@pegoneill, LinkedIn)IIAR AR Agency of the Year 2019: Dennington ARWith a big head start Dennington AR was rated into the winner position of 2019 for AR agencies. The second place is being shared by last year’s winner Signe Loenberg (@signeloenberg, LinkedIn) of Loenberg AR and Destrier AR which is managed by our newly appointed board member, Simon Jones (@SimonDestrier, LinkedIn).It is the best feeling to receive an award for a job that I am passionate about and enjoy doing. Being recognised by the analyst community makes me feel extremely proud of Dennington AR and its associates. Delivering value to clients and ensuring analysts needs are met is absolutely fundamental along with maintaining trustworthy and credible relationships. I would like to extend my thanks to the IIAR and all of the analysts who participated in the survey as well as congratulating Peggy, Oracle and all the other winners.”Marketing Technology News: Button Raises $30 Million in Series C Funding to Build the Future of Mobile Commerce The IIAR Announces the 2019 Analyst Relations Professional, Team and Agency of the Year 2019 MTS Staff WriterJuly 5, 2019, 6:59 pmJuly 5, 2019 CriteoIIARIIAR AR ProfessionalMarketing Technology NewsNewsSpotlight AR Previous Article8×8 Deepens Channel Commitment With New Elev8 Partner ProgramNext ArticleMeasuring Company Success Beyond the Bottom Line: Why It Pays to Invest in Your Customers
Amy RaeB2BcommercecloudfundingGeorge RossolatosGrowth CapitalNewsSaasVendastaventure capital Previous ArticleEsker Partners, Invests in B/2BNOW in Support of SAP S/4HANA Cloud ERPNext ArticleOnline Shoppers Are Doing What Brands Should Do: Using Technology Smartly Vendasta Raises $40 Million in Growth Capital MTS Staff Writer6 days agoJuly 17, 2019 Vendasta, a cloud commerce platform for companies that provide digital solutions to small and medium businesses (SMBs), has raised $40 million in growth funding, $25 Million of which was led by the Canadian Business Growth Fund (CBGF) in addition to an earlier round in May of $15 Million led by Comporium, Inc and Saskworks Venture Fund Inc. with participation from existing investors Vanedge Capital LP and BDC Capital IT Venture Fund. With these investments, the technology company plans to expand its Saskatoon-based team from 285 people to 650 in the next three years.It marks the single largest information and communication technology investment in the prairies since the Canadian Venture Capital Private Equity Association (CVCA) started collecting data in 2013.The funds will be used to enhance the Vendasta Platform, including its owned and operated product suite and robust Marketplace of digital solutions. The company will accelerate its expansion into new customer channels such as banks, telcos, insurance companies and other enterprise organizations looking for a scalable technology solution to serve their SMB customers.Marketing Technology News: boostr Announces the End of Siloed Ad Sales and Operations with the General Release of its Omni-channel Order Management System (OMS)“SMBs worldwide are purchasing and relying on cloud-based software more than ever before. It’s projected that SMB spend on software as a service (SaaS) solutions will represent a $76 billion market opportunity in the US alone by 2020. They’re turning to trusted local experts to provide that software, and we are uniquely positioned to empower those experts with our cloud commerce platform,” said Vendasta CEO Brendan King.An SMB who wants to move portions of their business online has to choose from more than 71,000 SaaS solutions to manage marketing, productivity, protection, operations, connectivity, and other business needs. The SMB often turns to familiar local experts, like telcos, marketing agencies, banks, media companies, and more to help manage their digital needs. The Vendasta Platform helps the trusted experts bring everything together in a cohesive experience for the SMBs they serve.Marketing Technology News: BlueVenn Wins ‘Data-Driven Product of the Year 2019’ at London DataIQ Awards“At the end of the day, we’re passionate about driving local economies and helping small businesses succeed,” says King.“The team is agile, smart, fun and they aren’t afraid of hard work. I’ve watched the company build, adapt, and over-deliver product and customer service, showing its true prairie roots of accountability. They have built a solid foundation, and they are just getting going,” said Amy Rae, Principal at Vanedge Capital.“We are excited to partner with Brendan and his team, who are building a world class company and an excellent culture. In doing so, Vendasta is attracting talented technology professionals from around the world to Saskatoon as they grow and scale,” said George Rossolatos, CEO at CBGF.According to the CVCA’s 2018 VC & PE Canadian Market Overview, $3.7 billion was invested in Canadian companies last year, of which eight deals in Saskatchewan made up $16 million of the total national investment (compared to $100 million in Alberta and $29 million in Manitoba). In the first quarter of 2019, $1 billion worth of investments were made in Canada, including three Saskatchewan deals totaling $19 million.Marketing Technology News: Flipboard Appoints Advertising Industry Veteran David Bell As New Board Member
An unmanned full-scale NASA crew capsule blasted off from a Florida launchpad on Tuesday in a successful test of the spacecraft’s abort thrusters, an astronaut safety device that will be key as the agency works to return humans to the moon by 2024. The Orion crew capsule, nearly identical to the model slated to carry astronauts as soon as 2022 atop NASA’s Space Launch System, was lofted more than eight miles (13 km) atop a ballistic missile test booster from an Air Force station in Florida at 7 a.m. EDT (1100 GMT) before firing its three abort thrusters, which would be used to jettison astronauts to safety in the event of a rocket failure. “It looked like a complete mission success to me,” said Blake Watters, a launch-abort-system propulsion engineer at Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N), Orion’s manufacturer. “This is the big check in the box on putting astronauts on board.” Using Orion and NASA’s Space Launch System, which is being built for a debut flight in late 2020, the U.S. space agency is aiming to return humans to the moon by 2024 in an accelerated timeline set in March by the Trump administration. No humans have launched from U.S. soil since the space shuttle was retired in 2011.The 22,000-pound (9,979-kg) Orion test vehicle used in Tuesday’s abort simulation plunged into the ocean at speeds of 300 miles per hour (483 km per hour) after separating from the booster, without using the parachutes that would be deployed to ensure a crew landed safely. Engineers intend for launch abort thrusters to be rarely needed, as they would be used only during a rocket failure in flight. A two-person crew inside Russia’s Soyuz capsule, used by the United States to carry its astronauts to the International Space Station, last year used its abort system 31 miles (50 km) above the surface of the Earth when the rocket malfunctioned. That was the first such mishap in over 30 years for the launch system.NASA has contracted Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Boeing Co (BA.N) to build separate crew capsule systems capable of carrying astronauts to the space station. SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule exploded on a test stand in April just before engineers test-fired its abort engines, triggering an investigation that could delay the pod’s first crewed flight by several months. abort thrustersnasanasa abort thrustersnasa astronaut safety First Published: July 2, 2019, 9:15 PM IST | Edited by: —
New Delhi: Priyanka Chaturvedi has quit the Congress and joined the Shiv Sena, a day after she went public with her resentment against the Congress high command for reinstating members who had harassed her during a visit to Mathura a few months ago.At a press conference with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, Chaturvedi said she was hurt and let down by the Congress decision, and refuted reports that denial of a ticket from Mathura was the reason for her exit from the grand old party. On Friday morning, an upset Chaturvedi removed ‘AICC Spokesperson’ from her Twitter profile and tweeted the letter of resignation she sent to Congress president Rahul Gandhi.I am absolutely overwhelmed and grateful with the love and support I have got across board from the nation in the past 3 days. I consider myself blessed with this immense outpouring of support. Thank you to all who have been a part of this journey. pic.twitter.com/WhUYYlwHLj— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) April 19, 2019 “Deeply saddened that lumpen goons get preference in @incindia over those who have given their sweat and blood. Having faced brickbats and abuse across board for the party yet those who threatened me within the party getting away with not even a rap on their knuckles is unfortunate (sic),” she wrote.She went incommunicado after the tweet and no party colleague could get through to her for over 24 hours. Her usually busy Twitter account also remained inactive till the time she changed her bio to remove the Congress links.”I kept speaking in a ‘bindaas’ (fearless) way despite being abused and trolled constantly,” she said. “I was pained when some party workers made comments about me. After being suspended, they were reinstated,” she added.Chaturvedi said the statements made against her were ignored by the party (Congress), despite speaking for 10 years at a “great personal cost” and without joining politics formally. “I was very let down. I thought If I didn’t fight for my self respect, I would fail women. I have joined the Sena after a lot of thinking, and understanding my responsibility towards the cause of women,” she said.She denied that she resigned from the Congress after being denied a ticket in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. “Parties keep fighting elections. However, only fighting and winning is not life. The work of party workers should be to accept an ideology and work towards the cause,” Thackeray said.According to sources, the UP Congress workers had misbehaved with her and heckled her when she was addressing a press conference on the Rafale deal in Mathura. The leaders were reportedly miffed with her over the possibility that she was seeking a ticket from the area.The Congress had initially removed them but recently, because of the elections and the need for local support, they were taken back, after leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, in charge of the campaign in west UP, gave the move a go ahead. It was said that the men had expressed regret about their behaviour.Sources said that before her tweet against the Congress, her appeal to the Gandhis also did not work and she feels she was not given the respect she deserved.Some within the party, however, said it’s wrong of Chaturvedi to say she wasn’t given respect. They told News18.com, “She is a relatively new entrant to the party and in a short time she has risen to become one of the most high profile and respected faces within the party.” In a tweet on Wednesday, Chaturvedi had lambasted the Congress and said that “lumpen goons” get preference over those who had “given their sweat and blood” to the party. She has alleged that the party men had misbehaved with her and also issued rape threats to her. congressHarrasmentLok Sabha elections 2019Mathura First Published: April 19, 2019, 11:49 AM IST
After watching the trailer of Netflix’s forthcoming show Leila, Aamir Khan took to Twitter on Saturday to compliment its makers. However, he also pointed out how there were no credits—a common practice—at the end of the trailer, which was released by the streaming giant last week.“Wow! I want to watch this. By the way, how come there are no credits. I want to know the names of the crew members,” Aamir tweeted. Retweeting Aamir’s tweet, writer-lyricist Varun Grover wrote, “Thanks for raising this concern. Hope @NetflixIndia/@netflix display their respect for creators by crediting them at the end of the trailers. The present format doesn’t make any sense.”Thanks for raising this concern. Hope @NetflixIndia/@netflix display their respect for creators by crediting them at the end of the trailers. The present format doesn’t make any sense. https://t.co/3SOPNTbJDb— वरुण (@varungrover) May 20, 2019 aamir khanLeilaLeila trailerNetflix Leila First Published: May 21, 2019, 12:15 PM IST Notably, Varun is one of the writers of Netflix’s super-hit show Sacred Games.Based on the book by Prayaag Akbar, Leila is a dystopian work of fiction set in the near future and follows the journey of Shalini, a mother in search of her daughter Leila whom she lost one tragic summer. Shalini deals with various hardships in the course of her search, in a story of longing, faith and loss.The six-episode series is directed by Deepa Mehta, Shanker Raman and Pawan Kumar. Starring actors Huma Qureshi, Siddharth, Rahul Khanna, Sanjay Suri and Arif Zakaria in pivotal roles, it is slated to premiere worldwide on Netflix on June 14.Follow @News18Movies for more.
1984 riotsBJPcongressLok Sabha elections 2019 First Published: May 14, 2019, 8:30 AM IST Bathinda: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday stepped up his attack on the Congress over the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, saying Rahul Gandhi should be ashamed of himself rather than reprimanding Sam Pitroda for his remarks.”Congress is struggling to win 50 seats because the Congress leader is confused and their thinking is diffused,” Modi while launching a scathing attack on the grand old party in his poll rally here. He said the opposition party’s arrogance was at its peak.Slamming the Congress president over the issue of 1984 anti-Sikh riots, Modi said he should be “ashamed” of himself rather than “pretending” as if he is scolding Congress leader Sam Pitroda for the comments.Replying to a reporter’s question on the 1984 riots, Pitroda, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi and head of the Overseas Congress had last week said “Hua to hua…” Pitroda later said his words have been twisted.Modi said: “Namdaar (dynast) should be ashamed of himself for failing to get justice to the victim of 1984 riots, adding those involved in the genocide would not be spared.”Today I want to ask Congress how long they will rub salt into wounds like this, said Modi while referring to Pitroda’s ‘Hua to hua’ remark. He was addressing a poll rally in Bathinda from where union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal is seeking re-election.Polling to the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab will be held on May 19.
BJPHeena ShahabLok Sabha elections 2019RJD First Published: May 23, 2019, 8:38 PM IST Siwan: Police fired in the air on Thursday to disperse supporters of Heena Shahab, RJD candidate and wife of mafia don-turned-politician Mohd Shahabuddin, who demanded to countermand polls in the Lok Sabha seat where she is trailing behind the NDA candidate by over one lakh votes.Shahab, who had lost the Siwan seat in 2014 to BJP’s Om Prakash Yadav, approached the Returning Officer with her application, claiming she found the outcome “at variance with the public mood witnessed during elections”, police said. “I refuse to accept the counting of votes taking place by EVMs and suspect some foul play. I demand that the counting be halted and election for the seat by countermanded,” she said in a hand-written application.Shahab is pitted against JD(U) MLA Kavita Singh, more than 10 years her junior and married to local muscleman Ajay Singh.Mohd Shahabuddin, who is serving life sentence in a murder case, had represented the seat four times on the trot between 1996 and 2004.Meanwhile, a clash erupted between supporters of the JD(U) and the RJD when word went out that the NDA candidate had won though counting was still in progress.The RJD has fielded Surendra Prasad Yadav, an MLA from the adjoining district of Gaya, who is moving neck and neck with JD(U)’s Vijay Manjhi. Till 6 pm, the RJD candidate was trailing by a wafer-thin margin of about 1,000 votes.Additional police deployment was subsequently made at the counting centre in Jehanabad to keep the situation under control, police said.
New Delhi: India will try to resolve differences with Pakistan on issues relating Kartarpur corridor when the two sides hold talks on its implementation on July 14, the External Affairs Ministry said Thursday.”There are differences… We will try to resolve the differences in the meeting,” Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said during a media briefing. The first meeting to finalise the modalities for the corridor took place on the Indian side of the Attari-Wagah border on March 14.The July 14 meeting will be held on the Pakistan side of the Wagah border.Last month, India proposed July 11-14 to Pakistan to hold a fresh round of talks on the Kartarpur corridor. On Tuesday, Pakistan agreed for the dialogue on July 14.India had earlier conveyed its strong concerns to Pakistan over the presence of a leading Khalistani separatist in a committee appointed by Islamabad on the Kartarpur project.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a letter written in response to a congratulatory message from his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan after Lok Sabha polls, had called for “early operationalisation of the Kartarpur corridor”.In November 2018, Pakistan agreed to set up the border-crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, the final resting place of Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak, to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district.Kartarpuris located in Pakistan’s Narowal district across the Ravi river, about four km from Dera Baba Nanak.Technical experts of the two countries met on March 19 during which alignment, coordinates and several other engineering aspects of the proposed corridor were discussed.They also held a meeting on May 27.Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh had, on November 26 last year, laid the foundation stone of the Kartarpur corridor in Gurdaspur district. Two days later, the Pakistani prime minister laid the foundation stone of the corridor in Narowal, around 125 km from Lahore. IndiaKartarpur corridorMinistry of external affairspakistan First Published: July 4, 2019, 10:19 PM IST
Amit ShahBJPBJP chiefmodi government First Published: May 28, 2019, 9:08 PM IST New Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the leaders are understood to have discussed the contours of the new government which will be sworn in on Thursday.There is a view within the BJP that Shah may join the government after playing a crucial role in the party’s return to power with an unprecedented majority. Shah has refrained from commenting on the matter. Though there was no official word on what transpired in their meeting but both leaders are believed to have discussed the formation of the second Modi government, including choices for ministerial berths and portfolios.Sources suggested the new council of ministers will reflect the saffron party’s rise in strength in states like West Bengal and Telangana. Many leaders are of the view that most key members of the previous dispensation could be retained.There has been speculation that Arun Jaitley, who held the finance portfolio in he previous government, may opt out due to health reasons but people close to him have insisted that he has been doing well after undergoing treatment.A number of senior faces from the outgoing cabinet including Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, Nirmala Sitharaman, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Narendra Singh Tomar and Prakash Javadekar are expected to figure in the new cabinet.As far as allies are concerned, both the Shiv Sena and the JD(U) are expected to get two berths (one cabinet and one MoS) each, while the LJP and the SAD may be given one berth each.Many leaders are of the view that most key members of the previous dispensation could be retained.Lok Janshakti Party on Tuesday passed a resolution, recommending its president Ram Vilas Paswan as the party’s representative in the Modi government. The AIADMK, which was also not part of the previous government, won only one seat. It may be given a ministerial berth as it is in power in Tamil Nadu and a key Dravidian ally of the BJP.
Andhra PradeshChandrababu NaiduHyderabadJagan Mohan Reddy First Published: June 7, 2019, 12:42 PM IST Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy is set to appoint five deputy chief ministers, said sources. A total of 25 cabinet ministers, including Reddy’s deputies, will take oath in Amaravati on Saturday.According to sources, the deputy CMs will be from five different regions of Andhra Pradesh — Rayalaseema, Prakasham, Krishna Delta, Godavari and Vizag. They will be from different communities like SC, ST, ST, BC and minority and Kapu community. The Chief Minister held a meeting of the YSR Congress Legislature Party at his residence in Tadepally in the morning where he announced the decision to appoint five deputy chief ministers. Governor ESL Narasimhan will administer oath to the new cabinet on Saturday at 11.49 am in Secretariat premises of Amaravati.He also told his legislators that the cabinet would predominantly comprise members from the weaker sections, contrary to expectations that the Reddy community would get a lion’s share.The chief minister said that the cabinet would be reconstituted two and a half years later after a mid-term review of the government’s performance. A total of 25 MLAs will get a chance this time, and a fresh batch of 25 legislators will be taken in after the rejig. Those who do not get a berth will be given chance in the nominated posts and party’s responsibilities.”We worked hard collectively for the past 10 years. Finally, we have come to the power. Everyone will get opportunity but will have to wait. We have to work to fulfill the aspirations of the people,” Jagan told party legislators.Talking about the CM’s decision to include deputies from different communities and region, YSRCP MLAs said that the Jagan’s decision is an innovative one and created history with his decisions.”I am welcoming our CM’s decision. Everyone will get chance to serve people. I don’t mind if I do not get the chance in the cabinet,” said forth time elected MLA Adimulam Suresh.The two politically dominant communities in the state are Reddys and Kammas. While former CM Chandrababu Naidu belongs to the former, Jagan belongs to the latter.Traditionally, SCs and minorities used to side with the Congress and its leaders, which has now been replaced by the YSR Congress and Reddys.Backward castes used to support the TDP which always had a Kamma leadership. However, ahead of state elections, Jagan tried hard woo members of these communities and break into the Naidu vote bank.Jagan is also welcoming Kammas to his side. NTR’s son-in-law, Daggubati Venkateshwar Rao, was given an Assembly ticket by the YSR Congress.Financially, Kammas are a very influential community with a great control over the film industry, media and other fields, but number-wise that may not be the case.
New Delhi: AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal has alleged that three shots were fired at him on Wednesday during an event in south Delhi’s Shani Bazaar area, a claim denied by the police.Jarwal claimed that he was shot at on Sunday as well in south Delhi’s Sangam Vihar. He said after verbally informing the police, he has also filed a formal complaint at the Neb Sarai police station.Jarwal claimed that he was shot at on Wednesday by an illegal alcohol distributor, who had been chasing him for the past three days.He alleged that despite asking the police for security, no action was taken in this regard.”My life is in danger. I was previously attacked on Sunday and informed police about it but nothing was done,” he said.In the police complaint, Jarwal said an AAP worker was also given death threats by the same person over phone. Jarwal said he had call records of the conversation.Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), Vijay Kumar said the CCTV footage collected from the spot does not show any incident of firing. He said further investigation is underway. P aapAAP MLA Prakash Jarwalaap mla shotSangam Vihar First Published: July 10, 2019, 6:47 PM IST
Amazon’s new fulfillment center machines pack boxes up to 5x faster than humans The 15 best tech jobs boast top salaries, high satisfaction, lots of openings Best tablets for small businesses Top Oxford researcher talks the risk of automation on employment Let’s take a moment to marvel at how incredibly high-tech modern car tires are Anyone who has ever used Amazon Prime to receive a same-day delivery will have some idea of just how efficient Jeff Bezos’ retail giant is. With hundreds of items shipping every second during busy times, employees have to operate with machine-like efficiency to keep things moving out of the door.The extent of this may surprise you, though. According to documents recently uncovered by The Verge, Amazon fired “hundreds” of employees at just one of its fulfillment centers between August 2017 and September 2018 for failing to meet efficiency thresholds. While you’d expect a certain amount of turnover to take place, the reason the documents have been singled out is because they describe how automation is used as part of the process.Amazon associates are measured according to a “proprietary productivity metric” which states how quickly they must process each order. Amazon reportedly uses smart technology to determine how long employees take between tasks, and to reprimand them where necessary. “Amazon’s system tracks the rates of each individual associate’s productivity, and automatically generates any warnings or terminations regarding quality or productivity without input from supervisors,” the letter reads.Amazon, however, has hit back at the idea that employees can be fired by machine. “It is absolutely not true that employees are terminated through an automatic system,” an Amazon spokesperson told MIT Technology Review. “We would never dismiss an employee without first ensuring that they had received our fullest support, including dedicated coaching to help them improve and additional training. Since we’re a company that continues to grow, it’s our business objective to ensure long-term career development opportunities for our employees.”Amazon goes on to note that, like many other companies, it has performance expectations for staff. “We support people who do not perform to the levels expected of them with dedicated coaching to help them improve and be successful in their career at Amazon,” it continued.It’s possible to argue both for and against this method of managing employees. With thousands of workers in a warehouse, and tight time constraints, Amazon could well point out that tools such as these are the most efficient way of ensuring that work gets done. An automated system also has greater levels of objectivity than, say, a human manager who may exhibit bias in their performance reviews. On the other hand, it certainly feeds into the treating-humans-as-robots idea lampooned on South Park and elsewhere. Editors’ Recommendations