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Its tech could help hotels to automate more tasks and keep operations lean. It can help hotels automate tasks like booking, financial reporting and pricing, and staff training. Since the start of the pandemic, Life House has grown booking revenues by 189% and the number of hotel rooms under management by 271%. That could lead to financial pressure that would make a Life House operation more appealing to hotels. Courtesy of Life House Hotels"Of course, the staff positions that are experiencing a shortage are generally not automatable — housekeepers, for example," he said.
Persons: Rami Zeidan, Zeidan Organizations: Thayer Ventures, Tiger Global, Global Founders Capital, Comcast Ventures, House, Booking Holdings, US Chamber of Commerce, US Labor Department, Life Locations: Miami , Nantucket, Denver, Brooklyn, Bali, Chattanooga, Salida , Colorado, Wamego , Kansas, Miami Beach
Cart.com has raised $45 million in venture-capital funding and signed on brands like Dollar General. Cart.com offers brands an all-in-one suite of e-commerce tools including online storefront capabilities, digital marketing, payment processing, merchant financing, customer service, and order fulfillment. Tariq described Cart.com as a hybrid of Shopify and Amazon, removing the elements of those services that are not so friendly to brands. So far, Cart.com said it is powering e-commerce operations for 2,000 businesses, including Dollar General, wholesale food distributor KeHE, and toy maker Duncan. And, in February, Amazon acquired Australian e-commerce startup Selz, which offers website-building and payments tools that are similar to those offered by Shopify.
Persons: Omair Tariq, Jim Jacobsen, Tariq, Jacobsen, Cart.com, you've, Blair Garrou, Duncan, Miller, Gross, BigCommerce, Paul Rafelson, PLLC, Thrasio, Garrou Organizations: Dollar, Home Depot, Cart.com, Bearing Ventures, Mercury Fund, Arsenal Growth, Amazon, Shopify, Procter & Gamble Locations: Perch, SPAC
Babbel, a language learning app, is offering 50% off gift lifetime access through June 20. A lifetime access pass (now $249) gets gift recipients unlimited bite-sized lessons in 14 languages. Babbel — a language learning service helmed by more than 150 educators, polyglots, editors, researchers, and linguists — is currently offering 50% off gift lifetime subscriptions for Father's Day. Babbel offers 14 different language courses, which is admittedly fewer than competitors Rosetta Stone's 23 and Duolingo's 37. You can buy a 50% off gift lifetime subscription here.
Persons: , Babbel's, Rosetta Stone's, Babbel, Rosetta Stone, Krystin Arneson, Arneson, who's Organizations: Rosetta, Freelance Locations: Berlin
Jeffrey Toobin’s return to CNN as a legal analyst on Thursday was a master class in how to evade accountability. Framed as a “mistake,” Toobin is able to avoid having to justify his deliberate choices that were calculated on the permissibility and success of risk. The network has yet to demonstrate how it has changed its policies or implemented a culture of accountability since Toobin's chosen eight-month leave of absence. The network’s own langue echoes Toobin’s “mistake” rhetoric as a way to excuse the need to make systemwide changes. There is no culture of accountability when offensive and harmful actions are repeatedly written off as “stupid mistakes.”
Persons: Jeffrey Toobin’s, Toobin, , ” Toobin, , , Lisa Kudrow, Emily Wilder, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Simpson, Condé Nast, Camerota Organizations: CNN, Twitter, Press, Oklahoma, New Yorker
Liberty Mutual, an insurance company, adopted DevOps to revamp its tech strategy. The blend of "development" and "operations" helps the firm cut costs and work faster. Justin Stone, senior director of DevOps platforms at Liberty Mutual, calls it a "throwing things over the wall" approach. "We've been on a digital transformation and implementing a DevOps culture across our software engineering teams," Stone said. The company rolled out Stack Overflow for Teams, software that allows workers to ask technical questions on an open forum.
Persons: Justin Stone, We've, Stone, Slack Organizations: Liberty Mutual, Liberty Mutual . Liberty Mutual
Willie Hudspeth protested the Confederate monument in his Texas town, almost every Sunday, for 21 years. For over a century – until last June 25 – there was also a Confederate monument: A 20-foot statue of a uniformed soldier over the words, "Our Confederate Soldiers." The Denton Confederate monument went up toward the end of this era, in 1918, but with one distinction—the fountains on either side of the arch. And so, on one Sunday in 1999, he held his first protest at the foot of the Confederate monument. McAdams, the retired councilwoman, is pushing for a memorial to honor victims of lynchings in Denton County to be installed there too.
Persons: Willie Hudspeth, , George Floyd –, George Floyd, Hudspeth –, NAACP –, Hudspeth, Hudspeth's, Denton, Jim Crow ramped, Mary Horn, Andy LaViolette, Katina Stone, Butler, Willie, Quakertown, Denton —, Solomon Hill, Linnie M, McAdams, Stone, jean, Jim Crow, Shaun Treat, doesn't, Judge Andy Eads, Eads, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd ., Darius Tarver, Lermont Stowers Jones, Gerard Hudspeth Organizations: Confederate, NAACP, Ku Klux Klan, Republican, Reconstruction, Confederacy, UNT College Democrats, Northern Aggression, Court, City, Historical Commission, Texas Historical Commission, Commissioner's, of Industrial Arts, Denton Civic, of Jazz, Fort, White People, Museum, Texas Observer, Confederate Memorial Advisory Committee, Black Mayor, Denton Locations: Texas, Denton , Texas, Denton, Vietnam, Denton's, Denton County, Black, Northern, Quakertown, Solomon, Tulsa, Dallas, Fort Worth, John's, Charlottesville, Alton
“It’s a problem Facebook has known about for many years.”Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said that the company prohibits "content that offers to provide or facilitate human smuggling. He added that Facebook permits content related to seeking asylum and that it had consulted with the United Nations on its content policies around human smuggling. The policies draw on the U.N. definition of human smuggling as “the procurement or facilitation of illegal entry into a state across international borders” that doesn’t necessarily involve coercion or force. Since 2015, researchers and journalists have regularly identified pages dedicated to human smuggling on Facebook. Deported and pennilessAt his computer, Pastor Banda pointed to another Facebook group in which migrants appear to be negotiating with coyotes.
Persons: Gustavo Banda, they’ve, , , gesturing, ” Katie Paul, Andy Stone, El Coyote Lopez ”, Nilda Garcia, Garcia, cobro de piso, ” Garcia, , Facebook —, TikTok, Facebook’s Stone, Gabriella Sanchez, Biden, Kamala Harris, Jen Psaki, Paul, Stone, ” Sanchez, Pastor Banda, He’s, ” Banda Organizations: Facebook, Tech, Capitol, NBC News, United Nations, NBC, U.S ., FBI’s National Gang Intelligence, Criminal Networks, Twitter, YouTube, Islamic, ISIS, , The, of State, White, Trump, Border Protection, Customs Locations: United States, Tijuana , Mexico, America, Mexican, , McAllen , Texas, Houston, Nicaragua, Agua, Sonora, Sinaloa, Sonora and Arizona, Mexico, Spanish, Los Angeles, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Brazil, U.S, Central America, Salvador, Texas, Honduran, Belize, Banda, California, Baja California, U.S.A
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday suggested “serious charges” are still coming in the criminal investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. “In my role as FBI director, because that’s a term that has legal meaning, I really have to be careful about using words like that,” Wray said. Democratic lawmakers repeatedly grilled Wray, appointed by Trump in 2017, over what they said were intelligence failures that left law enforcement ill-prepared for the deadly attack. Wray added that “almost none” of the 500 people charged so far with participating in the attack had been under FBI investigation previously, suggesting it would have been difficult for the FBI to have monitored them in advance. Asked whether the FBI was investigating Trump or his associate Roger Stone, Wray said he could neither confirm nor deny any FBI investigation.
Persons: Chris Wray, Donald Trump, ” Wray, , , Wray, ” Nadler, Trump, Roger Stone, Steve Cohen Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Capitol, FBI, Democratic, Trump, U.S . Capitol Police Locations: Virginia, U.S, Washington, Tennessee
Jeffrey Toobin Returns to Air on CNN After Hiatus
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Lukas I. Alpert | ) www.wsj.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
The New Yorker announced it was parting ways with Mr. Toobin last November after conducting a probe into what had occurred on a team Zoom call in October. He asked for time off from his role as legal analyst at CNN and hadn’t appeared on air since. A former federal prosecutor, Mr. Toobin joined the New Yorker in 1993 as a legal-affairs reporter and made his mark covering the O.J. Mr. Toobin has written many books, including “The Run of His Life,” which was adapted for television as the FX series “American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.” Mr. Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002.
Persons: Jeffrey Toobin, Toobin, Alisyn, , hadn’t, Camerota, , Simpson, Roger Stone, O.J . Simpson, ” Mr, Lukas I, Alpert, Dow Jones, 87990cbe856818d5eddac44c7b1cdeb8 Organizations: New Yorker, CNN, Oklahoma City, U.S, Supreme, Republican, Dow Jones & Company, Inc Locations: lukas.alpert
Education startup Scoodle has raised $2 million in a seed funding round. The firm was backed by Google For Startups, the tech giant's accelerator for aspiring entrepreneurs. Insider got an exclusive look at the pitch deck Scoodle used to bring investors on board. Education startup Scoodle recently raised $2 million in a seed funding round backed by Google. Insider got an exclusive look at the pitch deck Scoodle used to bring investors on board.
Persons: Googler Ismail Jeilani, , Kim, Stone, Imdad, Mujavid Bukhari, Rachael Palmer Organizations: Google, DA, Investment, IFG Ventures, Fund, Google's EMEA Locations: Europe
Its tech could help hotels to automate more tasks and keep operations lean. It can help hotels automate tasks like booking, financial reporting and pricing, and staff training. Since the start of the pandemic, Life House has grown booking revenues by 189% and the number of hotel rooms under management by 271%. That could lead to financial pressure that would make a Life House operation more appealing to hotels. Courtesy of Life House Hotels"Of course, the staff positions that are experiencing a shortage are generally not automatable — housekeepers, for example," he said.
Persons: Rami Zeidan, Zeidan Organizations: Thayer Ventures, Tiger Global, Global Founders Capital, Comcast Ventures, House, Booking Holdings, US Chamber of Commerce, US Labor Department, Life Locations: Miami , Nantucket, Denver, Brooklyn, Bali, Chattanooga, Salida , Colorado, Wamego , Kansas, Miami Beach
Online wholesale marketplaces are becoming popular with investors. Online wholesale marketplaces are having a moment. But Faire and Abound are not alone in the online wholesale space. There's NuOrder, which has more than 3,000 brands and 500,000 retailers on its platform and has raised $36.9 million in venture capital. Sourcing products you can't find on AmazonThese wholesale marketplaces offer a host of benefits for both brands and retailers.
Persons: Max Rhodes, Daniele Perito, Marcelo Cortes, Jeffrey Kolovson, Rhodes, Niklas de la Motte, Bill Shope, Drew Sfugaras, Harley Miller, Miller, Alex Taussig, Shopify, Etsy, Lauren Cooks Levitan, Cooks Levitan, lockdowns, Robin Sherk, Sherk, Fabrice Grinda, Taussig, It's, you'd Organizations: Companies, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia, Left, RiverPark Ventures, Iron Ventures, Left Lane, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Amazon, Walmart, Tech, FJ Labs Locations: Left Lane
Their research now suggests that all three forms of solar eruptions may have the same origin. When the sun isn't sleeping, it's bursting with activity — including giant solar eruptions. Scientists now suspect that solar eruptions exist on a spectrum, with jets on one end and coronal mass ejections on the other. NASA/STEREO/COR2The conditions behind a solar eruption build up over several days or weeks. In the case of the "Rosetta Stone" eruption, scientists first spotted an active region — an area of intense magnetic activity that can give rise to solar eruptions — in January 2016.
Persons: Stone, Emily Mason, Mason, That's, Irma — Organizations: NASA, American Astronomical Society, Goddard Space Flight, Universities Space Research Association, ESA, SOHO
FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday suggested “serious charges” are still coming in the criminal investigation of the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. Wray testified that the FBI considered the attack an act of "domestic terrorism." "In my role as FBI director, because that's a term that has legal meaning, I really have to be careful about using words like that," Wray said. "The FBI's inaction in the weeks leading up to Jan. 6 is simply baffling," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said. Asked whether the FBI was investigating Trump or his associate Roger Stone, Wray said he could neither confirm nor deny any FBI investigation.
Persons: Chris Wray, Donald Trump, Wray, Jerrold Nadler, Christopher Wray, Evelyn Hockstein Read, Trump, Roger Stone, Steve Cohen Organizations: U.S, Capitol, FBI, Democratic, Trump, Federal Bureau of, REUTERS, U.S . Capitol Police, Tennessee, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Virginia, U.S, Washington
Already popular in China, ShopShops has its eye on English-speaking shoppers in the US. One of the biggest players in livestream shopping in China has raised a new $15 million venture capital funding round to grow in the US and Canada. ShopShops previously raised a $14 million Series A round in July 2019 and a $6 million seed round in April 2018. Having knowledge of local spots and deals is also key to host sellers' success. Retailers including Nordstrom, JCPenney, and Walmart are all trying their hands at livestream shopping as well.
Persons: ShopShops, Liyia Wu, Dave Lu, Wu, Rebecca Minkoff, Cynthia Rowley, Jimmy Choo, it's, WWD, They're, Suketu Gandhi, Kearney Organizations: LightShed Ventures, Acrew, Square Ventures, Forerunner Ventures, Shoppers, ShopShops, Facebook, US, Retailers, Nordstrom, JCPenney, Walmart Locations: China, Canada, New York
In a few weeks, Bezos will embark on his own 11-minute trip outside of the Earth's gravitational pull, decades after he first became obsessed with space travel. Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of "Star Trek Beyond" in 2016. But Bezos had hinted years earlier that space travel was rapidly becoming his focus. Bezos added that he believes if he doesn't pursue space travel, "we will eventually end up with a civilization of stasis," which he said he finds "demoralizing." It's his generation's role, he said, to lower the barrier of entry to space travel.
Persons: Jeff Bezos, Shepard, Bezos, You've, Mark Bezos, Lawrence Preston Gise, Brad Stone's, Gise, Kevin Winter, Jean, Luc Picard, Amazon's, Isaiah J, Downing, Axel Springer, Mathias Döpfner Organizations: Amazon, Origin, Shepard, Atomic Energy Commission, Apollo, Wired, Miami Herald, Starship Enterprise, Museum of Flight, Reuters, Washington Post Locations: South Texas, South Florida, NASA's, Hunstville , Alabama, Kent , Washington, Seattle
A First Amendment Case That Made an ‘Incoherent State of the Law’
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Adam Liptak | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
But even if the decision seems to have created near-absolute protection for the press, he went on, it addressed only one piece of the relationship between citizens and their government. An intermediary — the press — was protected. But neither its sources nor its readers gained rights. “Or so it seemed at the time. In those later decisions, Professor Stone said, “the court took the view that there is no right to leak and no public right to information.”The decision had another, darker side, wrote Alexander Bickel, the Yale law professor who argued the case for The Times in the Supreme Court.
Persons: Stone, , Anthony Lewis, , Lewis, Alexander Bickel Organizations: The Times, Yale
Amy Berman Jackson: The Mueller judgeIn 2011, Barack Obama nominated Judge Amy Berman Jackson to the federal bench. Alex Wong/Getty ImagesNo other federal judge was more involved during Robert Mueller's Russia investigation than Jackson, an appointee of President Barack Obama who oversaw the special counsel's criminal cases against Trump allies Roger Stone and Paul Manafort. Jackson, 66, is now front and center in legal proceedings surrounding the Capitol riot. Jackson also recently called former Attorney General William Barr "disingenuous" when publicly describing Mueller's findings. Before she joined the federal court, she was in the private sector in Washington D.C. and specialized in criminal and civil trials and appeals.
Persons: Amy Berman Jackson, Mueller, Barack Obama, Alex Wong, Robert Mueller's, Jackson, Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Karl Dresch's, Trump, William Barr, Barr, shepherded Manafort, Rick Gates Organizations: Trump, Justice, DOJ, Harvard College, Harvard Law School, Washington D.C Locations: Robert Mueller's Russia, Michigan, Russia, Baltimore, Washington
AMC Entertainment's revitalization plan hinges on adding new theaters, but former Regal Entertainment CFO David Ownby told Jefferies there are too many screens in North America. As AMC moves to add more theaters, it's searching for high-performing locations that were abandoned during the pandemic, it may also need to shed some of its underperforming cinemas. These upgrades would likely be paid for in cash, meaning AMC wouldn't be adding to its more than $5 billion debt pile. "AMC should focus on debt reduction rather than acquisitions," MKM Partners' Eric Handler said in a research note Tuesday. Insiders including Ownby and Stone have questioned whether AMC will be able to generate positive cash flow in the near term.
Persons: David Ownby, Jefferies, Ownby, Doug Stone, Stone, Adam Aron, Eric Handler, Handler Organizations: AMC, Regal Entertainment, Regal, Management Locations: North America, moviegoing
MoMo Productions | Stone | Getty ImagesLGBTQ small business owners are confident about their post-pandemic recovery, but more than 78% don't have a succession plan in place, according to a new CNBC + Acorns and NGLCC Small Business Owner Financial Health Survey. Since many small businesses are handed down generation to generation, that's really frightening, said Justin Nelson, co-founder of the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce. When it comes to saving for retirement, about 70% of LGBTQ small business owners are doing so in 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts, SEP IRAs or similar plans. Debt and credit concernsThe survey also found that 45% of LGBTQ small business owners don't stick to a personal budget each month. "We tend to have this exceptional level of credit, yet there are still credit crunches for small businesses," he said.
Persons: MoMo, Justin Nelson, NiK Kacy, Nicolette J, Kacy, David Goldstein, doesn't, NGLCC's Nelson, Nelson Organizations: Stone, Getty, Financial Health, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, LGBT Business Enterprises, Google, Washington , D.C, House Locations: Invest, Washington ,
Insider spoke with nine former and current Shopify employees about Lütke and his contributions to Shopify's workplace culture. According to some former employees, Lütke could struggle with the softer skills of interpersonal communication. One current Shopify employee said Lütke and Heinemeir Hansson are friends. "That would be my take on a lot of these executives," said one current employee. Are you a Shopify employee with a story to tell?
Persons: Tobi Lütke, Shopify, there's, Lütke, , he's, George Floyd, Tesla, Scott Lake, Daniel Weinand, Tim Ferriss, what's, I've, Justin Trudeau, Breitbart, Donald Trump, Kyle Rittenhouse, Brian Armstrong, Coinbase, Basecamp, David Heinemeier Hansson, Ralf, Finn Hestoft, Ruby, Heinemeier Hansson, Heinemeir Hansson, Jason Fried, It's, Jonathan Haidt's, Toby Shannan, Shannan, Haidt, Slack, There's Organizations: PayPal, PayPal Mafia, Fund, The New York Times, Canadian, The Canadian, Commerce, Trump, Capitol, Getty, Company, Google Locations: Canada, Shopify, Toronto, Kenosha , Wisconsin, Shannan
The Rolling Stones and Tom Jones are among 75 artists who have added their names to a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to change the law regarding the royalties paid from streaming. Other new signatories include Pet Shop Boys, Yoko Ono, Van Morrison, Barry Gibb, Emeli Sandé and Jarvis Cocker. "Streaming is quickly replacing radio as our main means of music communication. "Today's musicians receive very little income from their performances — most featured artists receive tiny fractions of a U.S. cent per stream and session musicians receive nothing at all." The U.K.'s Department of Culture, Media and Sport has been investigating how music streaming revenues are distributed and whether this is done in a fair manner.
Persons: Tom Jones, Boris Johnson, Yoko Ono, Van Morrison, Barry Gibb, Emeli Sandé, Jarvis Cocker, , They're, Chris Martin, Paloma Faith, Jessie Ware, Boy George, Bob Geldof, Kate Nash, Noel Gallagher, Nadine Shah Organizations: Apple Music, Musicians ' Union, Music Producers Guild, Ivors Academy, Department of Culture , Media, Sport, Google, Spotify Locations: U.S
A government minister could face investigation by Parliament's sleaze watchdog, after the opposition Labour Party requested a probe into a £4,000 donation she accepted from a company that was dissolved early three years before the donation was made. Records held by Companies House matching the company registration number provided show the company was dissolved in January 2017. In addition to the 2020 donation, Unionist Buildings made a £6,000 donation to Morton's local association in June 2017, five months after its dissolution, which she registered in July 2017. These donations are already the subject of inquiries by the Electoral Commission, the body which regulates political finance across the UK. The BBC reported a Conservative Party spokesperson saying: "We welcome this decision from the Electoral Commission and we will continue to work with them."
Persons: Wendy Morton, Morton, Parliament's, Anneliese Dodds, Kathryn Stone, Dodds, Stone, Brownhills Organizations: Labour, Foreign, Labour Party, Conservative, Conservative Party, Tories, Companies House, Aldridge, Unionist, Electoral, Electoral Commission, Stridewell Estates, Commission, Unionist Buildings Limited, BBC Locations: Stridewell
Fact Check-Donald Trump remains suspended from Facebook and Instagram
  + stars: | 2021-06-04 | by ( Reuters Fact Check | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Claims that former President Donald Trump has returned to Facebook and Instagram after being banned months ago are false. Representatives from Facebook, the parent company of Instagram, confirmed in an email to Reuters the former president remains off both platforms. Posts celebrating Donald Trump’s supposed return to Facebook can be seen here and here . A review of archived snapshots from Donald Trump’s Facebook from January 8, 2021 ( archive.is/dLCJJ/image ) and current versions of www.facebook.com/DonaldTrump reveal no changes to this suspension. According to Facebook, Donald Trump remains suspended from its platform until 2023.
Persons: Donald Trump, Donald Trump’s, Andy Stone, Stone, Trump’s, , , Donald J, Read Organizations: Facebook, Reuters, Trump, , Donald Trump’s Facebook, U.S, Capitol, Party of Law
The total number of sharks declined by 90%, and the number of shark species decreased by 70%. Scientists don't know why the mass extinction happened — it didn't coincide with changes in climate. That could explain why only 53 open-ocean shark species are alive today, compared to hundreds of coastal shark species. This mass extinction likely affected more than just sharksRubin said "the million-dollar question" left unanswered in this research is why sharks nearly disappeared. She's working on follow-up studies that aim to identify other marine species hit by this same mass extinction.
Persons: They've, Elizabeth Sibert, Sibert, Leah Rubin, Rubin, Mindy Schauer, Jackson Pollock, Chase Stone Organizations: Ocean, Yale University, drillers, College of, Ocean Science Conference, Sharks Locations: Maine, Dana Point , California
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