New York–Any media company dedicated to quality journalism can produce it, but not all can sustain themselves on it. Scaling that quality-building it out into a usable, profitable model-is the challenge publishers face going forward.James Bankoff, chairman and CEO of Vox Media, a digital pure-play which owns and operates sports site network SB Nation, tech media title The Verge and a new gamer site, Polygon, addressed the issue as the opening keynote speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext industry conference in New York this afternoon.”We’re trying to scale quality,” he said. “Quality journalism, quality design, quality advertising integration, quality audience development-ultimately ending up with quality brands.” Audience FragmentationIt’s becoming increasingly evident, Bankoff noted, that audiences are moving away from traditional outlets, instead gravitating towards more specialized, niche voices. Previous experience in the development of celebrity-news giant TMZ taught him the lessons that now drive SB Nation.”It’s really important to understand that fragmentation has occurred,” he said, pointing to SB Nation’s highly-individualized, but vast network of team sites. “And we take that to the nth degree. We literally have a website for each individual team. [We have] a brand that speak just to them. Multiply that by every single team in the U.S. and increasingly in Europe, and you get 320 different URLs, 320 different brands that each speak to communities and fans of that team.”Web-Native EditorialThe tools for reaching the fragmented audience are there, but they’re still being perfected-“We’ve by no means figured it out,” Bankoff admitted, “but we’re pretty advanced in trying things.”Editorially, finding web-native talent is the No. 1 priority. The days of reporters working their way up from small, local beats to a national stage are gone. Instead, Bankoff will pluck those who’ve proven that they can already be successful on their own. Add SB Nation’s resources, and it’s a formula for scale.Timing is also a key ingredient in overcoming fragmentation.”We’ve gone from a weekly news cycle, to a daily, to a nanosecond,” Bankoff said, who noted that Vox charts the length of time it takes for writers to get a story onto the site.Advertising While the best practices for editorial content are still being figured out and experimented with, advertising is at a distinct crossroads, according to Bankoff. The future for media publishers is either in programmatic, systematized buying, or in more creative, customized space.Believing in the latter, Vox has implemented several of more integrated, customized campaigns in selling site backgrounds.”It takes up a lot of pixel space,” he said, “but the consumers love it.”With more than 300 individual brands, the numbers vary, but they tend to back up the statement. Vox is seeing a 1 to 10 percent click-though rate with these custom ad models, 10 to 100 times more than more traditional ad campaigns.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!
UK-based Flightglobal, a Reed Business brand and aviation industry title, takes the prize for the most channels analyzed in a single report—19. An average of 3.8 channels per brand are analyzed in each report, says BPA. The Brand Report got off to a slow start, however. A beta version was released in late 2009 when early adopter Stamats Business Media was the first to complete a test report for its Meetings West brand. “This new audit tool will help our advertising customers quickly and thoroughly determine the depth and scope of the media buy within a given brand needed to achieve their mar/com objectives,” said Stamats president Tim Fixmer at the time. By late 2010 about a dozen publishers were readying December brand reports. And by early 2012 that had only grown to just under 60.That the number of brands using the report has quadrupled points to not only the growing number of platforms publishers are leveraging for their content, but the lack of audience overlap across them. There are a variety of signals that point to the growing importance of measuring and tracking audience across a brand’s platform. On the ad side you have the explosion of marketing services and on the audience side there’s the continued push for integrated databases.Another indication could be the sudden and rapid increase of brands utilizing BPA‘s Brand Report. In the last year, the number of titles reporting cross-platform audience metrics has more than quadrupled. A total of 295 titles are now reporting their audience metrics across channels. According to the BPA, the healthcare category has the most titles, at 87, using the report, followed by manufacturing (38) and legal & financial services (33).
4 Share your voice 4:50 Now playing: Watch this: Tags AI bot defeats poker pros in six-player Texas Hold’em Pluribus’ dominance over the mere mortals represents a breakthrough that might lead to applications of AI in real-world situations. That’s because we often deal with multiple people and unknown information when it comes to things like political campaigns, online auctions and cybersecurity threats. AI could help businesses come up with the best strategies to handle those situations, research scientists say.”We’re using poker as a benchmark for a measure in progress in this more complicated challenge of hidden information in a complex multiparticipant environment,” said Noam Brown, a research scientist at Facebook AI Research. The research group, which works on advancing AI technology, is also teaching robots to walk on their own. Brown built Pluribus, which means “more” in Latin, with Tuomas Sandholm, a CMU computer science professor whose team has studied computer poker for more than 16 years. The pair’s findings were published in the journal Science on Thursday.The researchers set up two experiments, one in which a single human played five copies of Pluribus, and another in which five humans played a single copy of the bot. In both cases, Pluribus clearly won. In the first experiment, Darren Elias and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, both American poker pros, played 5,000 hands each against five copies of the AI bot. Elias holds the record for most World Poker Tour titles and Ferguson has won six World Series of Poker events. The humans played from their home computers. Both players were offered $2,000 to participate in the Texas Hold’em game. To encourage them to bring their best game, players could win an extra $2,000 if they performed better against the AI than the other human poker player.Overall, Pluribus beat the players by an average of 32 milli big blinds (mbb) per game. The big blind is a forced bet in Texas Hold’em, and the milli big blind is a measurement used to compare performance.In the other experiment 13 players, who’ve all won more than $1 million each professionally, challenged the AI bot. Pluribus went against five human players at a time over 12 days and played 10,000 hands. Pluribus won an average of 48 milli big blinds per game. If each chip was worth $1, the bot would’ve won $1,000 per hour playing against five humans, a Facebook blog post said. The win rate signals that the AI bot is “stronger than the human opponents,” the research paper said.”Sometimes, even if you’re a bad player you’re going to beat the world’s best player just because you have better odds,” Sandholm said. “We don’t want to measure that luck factor. We want to really measure the skill factor.”Pluribus came up with a strategy for Texas Hold’em from scratch by playing against copies of itself. The bot also used a new algorithm that allowed it to examine its options a few steps ahead rather than at the end of the game.The bot threw off its human competition by using moves humans typically avoid. For example, the bot placed more “donk bets” than humans. That’s a bet at the beginning of a round after the previous one ended in a call.”Its major strength is its ability to use mixed strategies. That’s the same thing that humans try to do,” Elias said in a statement. “It’s a matter of execution for humans — to do this in a perfectly random way and to do so consistently. Most people just can’t.” Robots <3 poker. Getty Images Earlier this year, more than a dozen professional poker players participated in an unusual competition of Texas Hold'em. The veterans went against a relative newbie: an artificial intelligence-powered bot built by Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University.AI has crushed professional players of chess and Go, both board games with straightforward rules. Poker, too, has clear rules. But it's considered trickier because you can't see an opponent's hand and it requires manipulating emotions through tactics such as bluffing. The contest added a layer of complexity, as each game featured six players, creating more sets of scenarios for the AI to manage. None of that stopped the poker-playing bot Pluribus. The bot stomped on its human challengers, which included World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour champions. Researchers called the bot's performance "superhuman.""This is the first time an AI bot has proven capable of defeating top professionals in any major benchmark game that has more than two players (or two teams)," Facebook said in a blog post. Sci-Tech Tech Industry Comments Facebook
Chinese police have busted an underground banking network that handled $4.5 billion worth of illegal transactions at Agricultural Bank of China Ltd (AgBank) alone, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Wednesday, 25 November.14 suspects in four gangs were arrested by police in the northeastern city of Dalian in Liaoning province, in the latest crackdown in the country’s fight against outflows of “gray capital”.Each gang’s daily illegal transactions exceeded $100,000.The police found illegal transactions amounting to 28.8 billion Yuan ($4.51 billion) from 1.4 million foreign exchange trading records, after investigating more than 2,000 accounts at AgBank, China’s third-biggest lender by assets, the state agency said.China’s economic slowdown and market volatility have sparked a wave of capital outflows running into hundreds of billions this year, triggering alarms for China’s foreign exchange management system.Beijing started cracking down on underground banks in April and has so far uncovered more than 170 cases of money laundering and illegal fund transfers, involving more than 800 billion Yuan and arresting more than 400 suspects.Earlier this year, Chinese police, the central bank and the foreign exchange regulator busted the country’s biggest-ever underground banking case involving transactions totaling $64 billion.In the Dalian case, suspects worked with criminal groups spread in Beijing, Shandong province and Jilin province to conduct illegal foreign exchange trading across China and offered gambling services in Macau and South Korea to obtain illegal gains, Xinhua reported.
[Representational image]Creative commonsSajid Ajmuddin Pathan, an auto driver, was rushed to a hospital after biting into a burger with glass pieces in Pune. He had vomited blood and had to undergo emergency surgery at Sahyadri hospital.The incident happened on May 15 at a Burger King outlet at Fergusson College Road in Pune.Pathan recalled that he had lost a game to his friends and had to treat them with burgers. He then took them to the Burger King outlet and bought burgers, french fries and soft drinks. When Pathan was eating his burger, he felt a sharp pain in his throat and started to spit blood. He tried wiping his mouth but the bleeding did not stop, reports The Times of India.When Pathan and his friends checked the burger, they found glass pieces. “We checked the burger in front of the outlet officials and found that there were several pieces of glass in it,” Pathan told TOI. “My friends rushed me to a hospital on the FC Road and then I was shifted to another hospital on Karve Road. I was admitted there for two days,” he added.His friends first rushed him to a hospital close by and they took him to Sahyadri hospital. There, they had to shell out Rs 15,000 for Pathan’s treatment and were told to bring Pathan the next day too. Pathan’s friends took him to the hospital the next day, this time paid Rs 30,000 for treatment. The doctors told them that the glass pieces would come out naturally through Pathan’s bowel movement.The Deccan Gymkhana police have booked the outlet under section 337 (causing hurt by act and endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. Close In-N-Out Burger Just Donated $25,000 To The Republican Party And Customers Are Furious IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
The Election Commission on Sunday began the collection of photographs and fingerprints of possible voters in 183 upazilas across the country in the first phase, reports UNB.The photographs and fingerprints will be collected at union-level voter registration centres in 183 upazilas till 15 September in the first phase, while these will be collected in 216 upazilas from 16 September to 13 October in the second phase, and in 118 upazilas from 14 October to 5 November in the third phase.The commission earlier registered 24.3 lakh people as possible voters across the country during its door-to-door campaign from 25 July to 9 August last.The data of 13.33 lakh dead people were also collected to remove their names from the country’s voter list during the 16-day data collection campaign by enumerators.This year, enumerators collected the data of 2,437,331 possible voters throughout the country, director (PR) at the EC secretariat SM Asaduzzaman told UNB.The possible voters are 447,515 in Dhaka region, 234,977 in Chittagong region, 339,870 in Rajshahi region, 250,134 in Khulna region, 224,820 in Sylhet region, 136,462 in Barisal region, 263,242 in Rangpur region, 265,754 in Mymensingh region, 156,280 in Faridpur region and 118,277 in Comilla region, he said.The freshly registered people will be voters when the final updated electoral rolls will be published on 31 January, 2018 following the disposal of complaints, if any.According to the EC statistics, the country has a total of 10.17 crore voters.
Women carry food in gunny bags after visiting an aid distribution centre in Ngop in South Sudan’s Unity State. Photo: AFPSouth Sudan’s government is spending oil revenue on weapons as the country descends into a famine largely caused by President Salva Kiir’s military campaign, a confidential UN report says.The report obtained by AFP on Friday calls for an arms embargo on South Sudan—a measure that has been backed by the United States but was rejected by the Security Council during a vote in December.“Weapons continue to flow into South Sudan from diverse sources, often with the coordination of neighboring countries,” said the report by a UN panel of experts.The experts found a “preponderance of evidence (that) shows continued procurement of weapons by the leadership in Juba” for the army, the security services, militias and other “associated forces.”South Sudan derives 97 percent of its budget revenue from forward sales of oil. From late March to late October 2016, oil revenues totaled about $243 million, according to calculations from the panel.At least half—“and likely substantially more”—of its budget expenditures are devoted to security including arms purchases, the 48-page report said.The government continued to sign arms deals as a famine was declared in Unity State, where 100,000 people are dying of starvation and a further one million people are near starvation.“The bulk of evidence suggests that the famine in Unity State has resulted from protracted conflict and, in particular, the cumulative toll of repeated military operations undertaken by the government in southern Unity beginning in 2014,” said the report.The government is blocking access for humanitarian aid workers, compounding the food crisis, while significant population displacement is also contributing to the famine.An upsurge in fighting since July has devastated food production in areas that had been stable for farmers, such as the Equatoria region, considered the country’s breadbasket.The total number of South Sudanese facing famine could rise to 5.5 million in July if nothing is done to address the food crisis, the experts said.Weapons pour inThe report was released ahead of a special Security Council meeting on South Sudan on Thursday that will be chaired by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.The meeting could once again revive calls for an arms embargo, which was rejected despite warnings from the United Nations of a risk of genocide in South Sudan.While the previous US administration pushed for a ban on weapons sales, President Donald Trump’s government has yet to make clear its stance on ending one of Africa’s worst conflicts.Borders with Sudan and Uganda continue to be key entry points for weapons supplies to South Sudanese forces and some shipments are also entering from the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the report.The panel cited information from high-ranking South Sudanese military and intelligence officers that Egypt had shipped military equipment, small arms, ammunition and armored vehicles to South Sudan over the past year.Experts are investigating the delivery this year of two L39 jets from Ukraine that were sold to Uganda, but may have ended up in South Sudan, as well as a contract with a Seychelles-based company for a very large quantity of armaments.In comparison, opposition forces have received limited supplies of light weapons ammunition, the report said.After gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan descended into war in December 2013, leaving tens of thousands dead and 3.5 million people displaced.The United Nations is pushing regional leaders to exert pressure on Juba to end the violence that has turned tribal, pitting Kiir’s Dinka community against ethnic Nuer, Shilluk and other groups.
.An explosion rocked a kindergarten in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least seven people and injuring dozens, authorities said, as state media published images showing bloodied and unconscious victims.The explosion happened at the school’s gates, Xinhua news agency said, citing the emergency office of Xuzhou city.Images circulating online showed that the force of the blast tore people’s clothes off and one woman was seen clutching her child, who is in tears.An official at the police station in Fengxian county told AFP that the cause of the blast was under investigation.However the Global Times and China Youth Daily newspapers cited witnesses as saying that a gas cylinder at a food stall had exploded.At least seven people were killed and 66 injured, including nine seriously, according to Xuzhou city government. Two died at the site of the explosion and five while being treated.Pictures of the scene showed more than a dozen people outside a building, many lying on the concrete and some appearing to be unconscious, including a small child.Another video posted by the People’s Daily showed emergency workers arriving at the scene with gurneys. Another showed people lying in a hospital.Online media reports cited a business owner near the kindergarten as saying that around 5:00 pm (0900 GMT) he heard a “bang”, and found that there had been an explosion at the kindergarten entrance only 100 metres away.Some people on China’s Twitter-like Weibo website said the use of gas canisters by food stalls posed a danger.“China’s small restaurants are landmines, and every mobile street vendor is a moving bomb,” one person wrote.“How can the city management officers allow a vendor to set up a stall at a school entrance with a gas fuel canister?”History of attacks -It is the latest tragedy to strike a kindergarten in China in recent weeks.A school bus packed with kindergarten pupils erupted in flames inside a tunnel in eastern Shandong province on May 9, killing 11 children, a teacher and the driver.Officials later said the fire was intentionally set by the driver, who was angry at losing overtime wages.There have also been knife attacks at schools in recent years.In January a man armed with a kitchen knife stabbed and wounded 11 children at a kindergarten in southern Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region.In February last year, a knife-wielding assailant wounded 10 children in a schoolyard in Haikou, in the southern island province of Hainan, before committing suicide.In 2014 state media reported that a man stabbed three children and a teacher to death and wounded several others in a rampage at a primary school that refused to enrol his daughter.That followed a March 2013 incident in which a man killed two relatives and then slashed 11 people, including six children, outside a school in China’s commercial hub Shanghai.
Brenton Tarrant, the man charged in relation to the Christchurch massacre appear in the dock charged with murder in the Christchurch District Court on 16 March 2019. Photo: AFPThe man accused of shooting dead 51 Muslim worshippers in the Christchurch mosque attacks was formally charged with terrorism for the first time on Tuesday, New Zealand police said.In addition to the terror charge, Brenton Tarrant also faces 51 charges of murder and 40 of attempted murder over the 15 March attacks that rocked the South Pacific nation.”The charge will allege that a terrorist act was carried out in Christchurch,” police said in a statement.New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern has characterised the mosque killings as “a well-planned terrorist attack” since the day Tarrant, a self-described white supremacist, allegedly carried them out.But until now the charges against him were less expansive, as New Zealand’s Terrorism Suppression Act was only introduced in 2002 and is untested in the courts.Police said the decision to lay the terror charge more than two months after the attack was made following consultation with prosecutors and government legal experts.Tarrant, a 28-year-old Australian, is currently in a high-security prison undergoing tests to determine if he is mentally fit to stand trial for the worst massacre in modern New Zealand history.His next court appearance is scheduled for 14 June.Police said they had met survivors and victims’ families Tuesday to explain the additional charges.”Police are committed to providing all the support necessary for what will be a challenging and emotional court process to come for the victim’s families and survivors of the attack,” they said.Ahead of the shooting, Tarrant posted a rambling manifesto on social media in which he identified himself by name and described himself as a white supremacist out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.He live-streamed himself as he opened fire in the packed Al Noor mosque during Friday prayers and then travelled across town to continue the carnage in the suburban Linwood mosque.Ardern’s government tightened the country’s gun laws in the wake of the attack and has said it will review laws dealing with hate speech.It has also pushed international efforts to ensure social media giants to do more to combat online extremism, including the so-called “Christchurch Call” unveiled by world leaders and top technology firms in Paris last week.
A lot can happen in a week. Some of it good. Some of it bad. Some of it downright ugly. When faced with intriguing developments in the week’s news, we turn to a rotating panel of “non-experts” to parse The Good the Bad and the Ugly of it all.This week, our panel weighs in on these stories:Our long regional traffic nightmare is over — well one of them, anyway, as the new U.S. 290 main lanes are now in their final configurationA fight over live music at the city’s airportsOur panel of non-experts this week includes:Charles Kuffner, who writes the Off the Kuff political blogMarco Roberts, president of the Log Cabin Republicans of HoustonLisa Falkenberg, Houston Chronicle columnist Share
Raspberry Pi wants to inspire young people to start technology careers. User-focused lessons on how to write letters or enter data on Excel spreadsheets may be fine but the devices will place students on a learning and discovery track closer to computer science than end-user skills. The students would receive these credit-card sized computers and courses would be structured around their use. A posting on the Raspberry Pi blog this week revealed the announcement that the computers are almost ready, seen as good news by many who have been watching for progress updates. The posting said the first finished circuit boards had arrived and that test versions are to be put through electrical, software and hardware testing. If all goes well, volume production will kick in and orders for the computers will also be taken early next month.This week’s arrival of the circuit boards is treated as a milestone, as the bare bones circuit boards are the first to be populated with all the components to go into the finished product. Mice, keyboards, network adapters and external storage connect via USB hub. The computer can be plugged into a TV or monitor and keyboard. Explore further 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. One of the very first boards off the line More information: www.raspberrypi.org/faqswww.raspberrypi.org/archives/422 © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A $25 computer targeted to help young people learn about computers beyond uploading pics and downloading documents is about to start volume-production in January. The Raspberry Pi project, a UK-based foundation, will place the computer by the same name, Raspberry Pi, on general sale. The principle behind the project is that students today may know how to create documents and presentations but far less about fundamental systems architecture and systems development. Citation: Foundation readies $25 computer to seed tech talents (2011, December 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-foundation-readies-seed-tech-talents.html The $25 educational PC Raspberry Pi beta board, populated The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-registered charity which exists to promote the study of computer science and related topics. As such, it has sought to make the devices as affordable as possible. The Register earlier this year said that the team behind the computer has spent months hunting for components that meet the right balance of cost with quality.The device uses SD cards for storage and runs on a 700MHz ARM processor. Python provides the main programming language.The finished product will actually be offered in the form of two models, one for $25 Model A, and one for $35, Model B. The Model B version includes 10/100 wired Ethernet.”Once we’re happy that this test run is fine, we’ll be pushing the button immediately on full-scale manufacture in more than one factory,” according to the blog. The first batch of 10 boards will be auctioned off to the highest bidder and the devices will go on general sale in January.The computer can be used for spreadsheets, word-processing games and can play high-definition video. “We want to see it being used by kids all over the world to learn programming,” according to the Raspberry Pi team.