Demand Media is an online startup that traditional publishers should be paying attention to. Founded in 2006 by Richard Rosenblatt, former CEO of Intermix Media (the company behind MySpace) and private equity veteran Shawn Colo, Demand Media offers a network of more than 60 general and special interest sites such as eHow.com and Cracked.com which draw more than 60 million unique visitors per month by leveraging user-generated content including articles and video.Demand Media generates more than $150 million per year, has raised $355 million in backing, is profitable and there was talk of prepping for an IPO in 2009 (the company was also rumored to be an acquisition target for Yahoo last summer).While the company has successfully leveraged a user-generated content model, it’s not necessarily a cheap one. Demand has a network of 10,000 freelance content creators who produce about 1,000 pieces of content (the majority text, with about 70 percent video). The company has paid out more than $12 million to its producers. For text content, Demand Media pays on performance, rather than revenue share. For video the company pays upfront on a per unit basis (including more than $20,000 to one video producer for ExpertViIlage.com). Demand is also the largest supplier of videos to YouTube, with more than 150,000 videos that have generated more than 44 million views. That’s paying off with increasing ad revenue driven from Google AdSense, overlays and companion ads.Demand is also looking to syndication beyond YouTube. Last March the company bought social media software company Pluck—which created the community platforms for big brands such as USAToday, NPR and McGraw-Hill. The company also claims it has developed an algorhythm for predicting high value content (although they’re not sharing). VITAL STATS: Demand Media is the largest supplier of video to YouTube, with more than 150,000 videos.
BSE closes points 321.07 down on July 162.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 321.07 down on July 162.1K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 321.07 points up to stand at 25,549.72. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 97.75 points up to stand at 7,624.40. JP INFRATEC and Financial Tech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.86% and 9.99% along with IDFC and Adani Ports with an increase of 8.87% and 8.44% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Power Finance and REC with a decrease of 5.98% and 4.72% along with LIC Housing Finance Ltd. and South Indian Bank with a decrease of 3.71% and 2.97% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 222.85 points at 15,741.51 while the banking sector is up 426.10 points at 17,479.92 and the realty sector is up 82.61 points at 2,014.51. The Indian currency is 0.07% up at Rs 60.16 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 16 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 321.07 points up to stand at 25,549.72. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 97.75 points up to stand at 7,624.40. JP INFRATEC and Financial Tech were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 19.86% and 9.99% along with IDFC and Adani Ports with an increase of 8.87% and 8.44% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Power Finance and REC with a decrease of 5.98% and 4.72% along with LIC Housing Finance Ltd. and South Indian Bank with a decrease of 3.71% and 2.97% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 222.85 points at 15,741.51 while the banking sector is up 426.10 points at 17,479.92 and the realty sector is up 82.61 points at 2,014.51. The Indian currency is 0.07% up at Rs 60.16 per dollar.
Jordan Johnson is a senior at the School Without Walls High School in the Northwest quadrant of the District of Columbia and like many seniors; she is looking forward to attending college. Jordan has opted to attend a historically Black college and university (HBCU), and is proud of her decision to do so.Jordan Johnson is a senior at D.C.’s School Without Walls. (Courtesy Photo/DCPS)“People may knock down certain schools, but I’m going to be somewhere where I will be comfortable,” Jordan said. Jordan isn’t alone with her assessment.On Dec. 7, 2016, School Without Walls hosted an HBCU Summit and College Fair for students in all District high schools. Hundreds of students, including Jordan, listened to speakers Keneshia Grant, a Howard University political scientist who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida A&M University (FAMU); Keith Perry, a H.D. Woodson High School, Morehouse College, and Howard Law School graduate; and others.The students were able to interact with HBCU alumni and network with admissions officials from Bowie State University, Morgan State University, Jackson State University, Grambling University, Spelman College, and Tuskegee University.DCPS’ School Without Walls hosted an HBCU Summit and College FairPerry, the executive director of the National Bar Association, said if a student wants to go to an HBCU, they should go for it. “I wanted to be able to talk with them and explain to them that there are people who have walked the same path and explain to them that there’s a path to success academically,” he said.The District’s Black residents have long had relationships with HBCUs. The city’s first HBCU was Miner Normal School, founded in 1851 for “colored girls” and through the years, Miner evolved through mergers and consolidations to become the University of the District of Columbia in 1975 by an act of the D.C. Council. Howard University, considered one of the leading HBCUs in the country, was founded in 1867 by Gen. Oliver Otis Howard, head of the Freedmen’s Bureau.A number of District leaders have received their education at HBCUs, with D.C. Council members Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) graduating from Howard and Trayon White (D-Ward 8) and Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) receiving their bachelor’s degrees from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Bowie State University, respectively.Former D.C. Mayors Walter Washington and Sharon Pratt went to Howard University for their bachelor’s degrees and its law school, while Marion S. Barry graduated from LeMoyne College and received his master’s degree from Fisk University.While Perry used his undergraduate experience at Morehouse for success in law school, James McClelland Jr., an internal controls and processes manager at Fannie Mae, told the AFRO his bachelor’s degree in accounting from North Carolina A&T University helped him do well getting his master of science degree in accounting at Michigan State University (MSU).“On the academic front, my undergraduate course load was strong enough to the point where I had already taken some of the classes required for my master’s degree at A&T,” McClelland, a graduate of Dunbar High School, said. “It made matriculating through my master’s program a lot easier when compared to some of my peers from other schools, including the MSU undergrads in the program with me.”McClelland, a CPA, said the confidence he gained at A&T helped him become a leader at MSU and in his professional life. McClelland said, “An HCBU experience is second to none. The family environment helps tremendously; the professors and administrators are personally vested in the success of students and you aren’t considered a number. The quality of education is just as strong if not stronger than non-HBCUs. There are several lifelong connections made and when you walk out of the walls of an HBCU, you will, without a shadow of a doubt, be prepared to take on life’s challenges.”Jordan is considering Norfolk State University, Dillard University, Fayetteville State University, FAMU, and Virginia State University, and is interested in studying business administration and marketing, with an eye on entrepreneurship.Jordan told the AFRO she had to refute erroneous claims that students attending predominantly White institutions have a distinct advantage over those attending HBCUs in the job market.“That is completely inaccurate,” she said. “The school that someone went to plays a part but is not the primary reason someone is hired. Plus, HBCUs and their alumni have connections to industries that will help students to find jobs.”LaToya Grant is the admissions director and internship coordinator at School Without Walls and a graduate of Florida A&M University. She agrees with Jordan and McClelland about the HBCU experience. “Black colleges and universities prepare you for the real world,” she told the AFRO. “HBCU graduates tend to fare better than students who attended [White colleges] in many cases.”
“This law aims to protect the public from the spread of fake news, while allowing freedom of speech as provided for under the constitution,” Law Minister Azalina Othman Said told parliament.“This bill is a weapon to close the truth so that what is false can be upheld as true, and what is true can be reversed as false,” said legislator Lim Guan Eng. “This is something very dangerous for our country.”For the last three years, political debate in Malaysia has focused on the bankruptcy of 1MDB, a state-backed investment fund, set up by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Discussion was further inflamed when a mysterious payment of some $731 million was discovered in the personal bank account of Najib.Najib has denied any wrongdoing in both instances. Since the emergence of the scandal, Najib has fired the attorney general and used existing powers, including sedition and defamation laws, to charge opposition legislators and journalists.Critics of the proposed new law claim that it is deliberately defined in vague terms. The government says that courts will have have the final say.Last month, deputy communications minister Jailani Johari, said that any information about 1MDB that has not been verified by the (Malaysian) government “is deemed as fake news.” His boss, Salleh Said Keruak, this week partially retracted that. He said that simply mentioning the U.S. Department of Justice probe into 1MDB and U.S. attempts to recover $1.7 billion of assets, would not be an offense, but linking Najib to a specific dollar amount could be.“Malaysia’s ‘fake news’ bill is a blatant attempt by the government to prevent any and all news that it doesn’t like, whether about corruption or elections,” said Brad Adams, Asia director of NGO, Human Rights Watch. “The proposed law uses draconian penalties and broad language in an audacious and unprecedented effort to control discussion of Malaysia worldwide.”Malaysia is scheduled to hold general elections no later than August this year, though Najib could call for them to be held earlier. Malaysia has been governed by the same Barisan Nasional coalition since independence in 1957. Najib’s UMNO party is the largest component of the coalition, but it lost the popular vote at the 2013 election. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Malaysia’s parliament on Monday voted in favor of the world’s first anti fake news law. The bill is expected to be approved by the Senate later this week and take effect shortly.The legislation provides for a fines of up to $123,000 and six-year jail sentences for anyone publishing or disseminating misleading information. It makes online service providers liable for third party content. And it has extra-territorial reach as fake news generated outside the country is subject to criminal penalty if either the country of Malaysia or Malaysian citizens are affected.Opposition lawmakers argued that the law was an assault on free speech and is intended to silence critics of the government in an election year. They succeeded in getting the proposed prison term reduced from 10 years, but ultimately lost the vote in the lower house.’
A) Structure of Black Phosphorus (BP). B) SEM image of a layered BP crystal. C) Photograph of a dispersion of exfoliated FL-BP in CHP. D-F) Representative low-resolution transmission electron microscopic (TEM) images of FL-BP exfoliated in N-cyclohexyl-2- pyrrolidone (CHP). G) Low-by-pass bright-field scanning transmission TEM (STEM) image and H) Butterworth filtered high-angle annular dark field (HAADF) STEM image of FL-BP (exfoliated in isopropanol) showing the intact lattice. Credit: arXiv:1501.01881 [cond-mat.mes-hall] For several years, material scientists, chemists, physicists and others researchers have been excitedly working to find a way to create graphene in bulk and to force it to have a band gap. Thus far, that work has not led to a breakthrough that would allow the so-called miracle material to be used for much in the way of real world applications. In this new effort, the research team has moved their focus to black phosphorus (aka phosphorene) which has many of the same beneficial traits as graphene, but currently has, at least theoretically, a way to induce a band gap. Up till now, however, making black phosphorus was done the same way as making graphene, e.g. using sticky tape to pull layers off a bulk sample—that is obviously not a good way to produce material suitable for commercial applications. Now it appears the team in Ireland has found another way—one that is simple, inexpensive and allows for separating out different sized sheets.To get sheets of black phosphorus the team created a block of it first, then, instead of trying to rip layers off with tape, they submerged it in a CHP liquid solvent and then piped in acoustic waves, which served to knock off layers of phosphorene (nanosheets) into the solution. The team then filtered the sheets using a centrifuge. Using this method the team reports that they have been able to produce nanosheets of black phosphorus in bulk, some of which are just a few layers thick.The researchers have used the results of their efforts to test the usefulness of using black phosphorus in a variety of applications, ranging from increasing the strength of polyvinyl chloride, to an ammonia detector. They note the nanosheets do suffer from one serious drawback—they tend to disintegrate over a short period of time when exposed to water or oxygen, but the team is optimistic that solvents can be created to provide a protective shell around the sheets that will still allow it to perform its useful functions. 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: Liquid exfoliation of solvent-stabilised black phosphorus: applications beyond electronics, arXiv:1501.01881 [cond-mat.mes-hall] arxiv.org/abs/1501.01881AbstractFew layer black phosphorus is a new two-dimensional material which is of great interest for applications, mainly in electronics. However, its lack of stability severely limits our ability to synthesise and process this material. Here we demonstrate that high-quality, few-layer black phosphorus nanosheets can be produced in large quantities by liquid phase exfoliation in the solvent N-cyclohexyl-2-pyrrolidone (CHP). We can control nanosheet dimensions and have developed metrics to estimate both nanosheet size and thickness spectroscopically. When exfoliated in CHP, the nanosheets are remarkably stable unless water is intentionally introduced. Computational studies show the degradation to occur by reaction with water molecules only at the nanosheet edge, leading to the removal of phosphorus atoms and the formation of phosphine and phosphorous acid. We demonstrate that liquid exfoliated black phosphorus nanosheets are potentially useful in a range of applications from optical switches to gas sensors to fillers for composite reinforcement. Phosphorus a promising semiconductor (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Trinity College in Ireland has found a way to produce black phosphorus in bulk, theoretically paving the way for its use in real applications. They have written a paper describing their technique and have uploaded it to the preprint server arXiv. Journal information: arXiv Citation: Research team finds a way to produce black phosphorus in bulk (2015, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-team-black-phosphorus-bulk.html Explore further © 2015 Phys.org