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Cowboys 2018 draft: DT Nathan Shepherd among 30 pre-draft visitors for the Cowboys – Blogging The Boys (blog)


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Cowboys 2018 draft: DT Nathan Shepherd among 30 pre-draft visitors for the Cowboys
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Earlier today, Mel Kiper mocked Shepherd to the Cowboys in the third round. I was a little skeptical of the choice, at the time I didn't know he was going to be a pre-draft visitor. Kiper also mentioned him as a 3-tech, which again is something that

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The most frequent comment I receive from fellow bloggers is “Ugh! My numbers are dropping again!” It's great to see so many people begin to take steps to understand and track their analytics with Google's free tools, but I find that similar to stock

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Coca-Cola has built a commercialization ‘Bridge’ to startups worldwide

Why would a 131-year-old soda company with $44 billion in international sales possibly want to partner with small, pre-revenue technology companies emerging from places far-flung from its Atlanta headquarters?

If the company is Coca-Cola (and it is), the answer is all about strategy. Coca-Cola has long looked to tap into technologies that will shape everything from logistics to marketing, and for the past few years, the company has found them in a small startup commercialization program its been running out of Tel Aviv.

The Bridge program isnt Cokes only foray into early-stage partnerships or investing.

Earlier this year, Coke shuttered its Founders Program, which invested up to $1 million in startup companies globally. Initially launched in 2014, the Founders Program opened with all the effervescent charm of a freshly opened Coke on a hot day.

Coke invested $250,000 each in 11 companies around the world with whispers of using the mighty power of its brand to turn the small startups into Twitter-like titans. It didnt pan out.

The Bridge is a different kind of project, says the programs general manager Gabby Czertok. Were a commercialization program. Were trying to make money and save money for Coca-Cola, Czertok said in an interview earlier this year.

So far, the program has worked out pretty well. Late last year, one of the small startups groomed by Cokes commercialization efforts, Cimagine, was acquired by none other than the LA-based millennial-focused social media darling Snap. And another program graduate, Bringg, recently raised $10 million in a round of financing that included none other than The Coca-Cola Co.

That deal isnt indicative of the types of results the Bridge program wants Czertok would like to see these startups become big successful businesses that can keep working with Coca-Cola (and others) under their own auspices. But if youre going to look for validation, having Snap snap up a partner isnt bad.

Since its launch, The Bridge has expanded its partner program to bring other companies into the mix. Its now partnering with Turner Broadcasting (another Atlanta native) and will add Mercedes-Benz for its fourth class. And while a soda company, a network broadcaster and a car company (I swear theres a joke in there somewhere) may seem like strange bedfellows, Czertok tells me theres roughly a 70 percent overlap in the types of technology startups all three are interested in.

For Czertok, and Coca-Colasglobal chief technology officer, innovation officer and architect, Alan Boehme, The Bridge is a new model for corporations to follow. Rather than take economic risk, businesses can leverage their economies of scale to boost startup growth in a potentially more meaningful way.

Capital is a commodity these days, but unfettered access to customers and the inner workings of a business as byzantine and labyrinthine as some of the worlds largest beverage companies, car companies or media companies is inarguably valuable.

Mercedes-Benz offices with The Bridge team

In the three years, since Czertok and Boehme launched the program, 30 startups have come through The Bridges glass and steel doors, and have set up 90 pilots and 27 licensing agreements.

Beyond Cimagines successes, Turners e-sports tournament in Atlanta is using vBrand Sports to track 70 hours of tournament footage for brand sponsorships in the broadcasts, and Byond (another traveler on The Bridge) managed to land a contract with CNN to power their virtual reality news programming.

Heres a list of The Bridges last batch of companies:

  • Byond: a content management system for virtual reality with web-based tools that cuts down the complexity of creating VR experiences for businesses
  • Curiyo: an in-app content delivery search service for users
  • Docauthority: a document management service that scans and maps documents across an organization.
  • Endor: a social polling service for businesses
  • Lofic: a mobile app studio for amateur and professional musicians
  • NeoMatix: a technology-enabled tire monitoring service
  • Newsfusion: a curated selection of apps and services built for aficionados for any interest
  • Pixellot: a low-cost broadcasting system that uses unmanned drone cameras to capture, produce and distribute content
  • Platica: a natural language processing chat app and IM development toolkit
  • vBrand: a logo tracking system for streaming video
  • Visualead: a QR code replacement technology using embedded images
  • Wannabiz: marketing solutions for small and medium-sized businesses

Two companies even made the trip from Latin America, where The Bridge has set up a new initiative in the last year working with bottlers in the region. That program is based in Mexico City.

  • Shopology: a software and services offering automating feedback and recommendations for physical stores
  • Synapbox: a consumer interaction measurement service

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Aw Snap: Snapchat parent company’s value plummets after earnings report

Snap Incs shares lose nearly a quarter of their value on news of $2.2bn loss and slowing growth in first quarter report, its first since its IPO in March

Snapchats parent company Snap Inc lost nearly a quarter of its value on Wednesday when its newly listed shares went into a nosedive after the company reported a $2.2bn loss and slowing growth.

Snaps shares closed the day at $22.98 and fell close to 25% in after hours trading.

This was the first time Snap has had to publish its earnings since it made its initial public offering (IPO) in March, which valued the company at $28bn. Since then, the company has been trying to convince Wall Street that it can make money from advertising at a time when rival Facebook has been pushing aggressively into Snaps territory.

Snap reported 166m daily users at the end of March, up 5% from the previous quarter. The number was below analysts expectations and year-on-year growth also slipped to 36% from 48% in the previous quarter. Snap reported $150m in revenue, versus the $158m expected by Thomson Reuters.

Most of the companys losses went in compensation to Snaps staff after the IPO.

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Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said in the earnings call that the company refuses to engage in the type of growth hacking used by other companies, including sending lots of push notifications to get users to do something unnatural.

Its an easy way to grow daily actives quickly but we dont think those techniques are sustainable over the long term and it impacts our relationship with customers, he said.

To compensate for the lacklustre user growth, Snap pointed out that more than 3 billion daily snaps were created in order to underscore how actively engaged its user base is.

Facebook, which once made a $3bn bid for Snapchat, has upped the ante by making the camera a central piece of its apps and offering features similar to Snap on its platforms, including Instagram and WhatsApp. The company recently said Instagram Stories alone had reached 200 million daily active users.

Spiegel had a biting response to Facebooks copycat tactics: Just because Yahoo has a search box doesnt make it Google.

Reuters contributed to this report

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So, Cambridge Analytica is live blogging the hearing – NBCNews.com


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So, Cambridge Analytica is live blogging the hearing. We're keeping an eye on it. We did not hack Facebook or break any laws – SCL Elections licensed data from a research company called GSR which obtained the data via a tool provided by Facebook, a

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Startup Turns Plastic Collected By Waste Pickers Into 3D Printer Ink

Millions of waste collectors in developing countries spend their days sifting through garbage. It’s a task that’s dangerous and unhealthy, yet pretty critical considering that most of it is dumped illegally and there’s minimal private waste collection.

But they only earn about $2 a day and often burn the plastic in a way that’s deleterious to the environment. 

Reflow, a startup out of Amsterdam, has found a way to disrupt that model, and help these workers earn 20 times more than do now.

The company partners directly with waste pickers and converts the plastic they amass into high quality print filament, which is what 3D printers use instead of ink.

Waste pickers, or those who make money by gathering and selling recyclable items, often live below the poverty line, the company pointed out on its Kickstarter page.

“Everywhere you go, you can find huge groups of people collecting waste barely being able to feed their family, plastic being burned in open air and plastic waste clogging drains, causing floods and spread disease,” the page reads. “Seeing this broke our hearts, and we were determined to help break this cycle.” 

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A homeless child rag picker waits to cross a road after collecting recyclable material from a garbage dump in Gauhati, India, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

3D printing is increasingly being used to build prosthetics, homes, clothes and other everyday necessities. 

Reflow is exploring different ways to effectively increase waste pickers’ incomes. The company plans on reinvesting 25 percent of their profits into setting up local manufacturing capabilities. And it’s reinvesting $3 from each filament roll directly into waste collectors’ lives. 

It’s also collaborating with Tech for Trade, a U.K.-based nonprofit that recycles plastic into 3D printer filament, Fast Company reported.

The process is quite efficient — 120 plastic bottles can produce a kilogram of filament. But the company said the process is less about the final product and more so about empowering waste collectors. 

Reflow hopes to address and eliminate the hazards and injustices waste collectors face.

They often grapple with unfair pricing from middlemen, work in toxic areas and are often harassed by government institutions, particularly when confronted by private companies.

To address these issues, Reflow said it plans on giving waste collectors the tools they need to pick up and carry the plastic, without putting their health at risk. It’s going to set up secure locations – at hotels and restaurants – where they can find clean plastics.

It’s launching the project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and hopes to eventually scale up to other areas in the developing world.

To get the initiative off the ground, the group hopes to raise $28,623 on Kickstarter.

“To truly build a different world, a fundamental shift is needed in how local economies in these countries operate,” the company noted, “from depending on import to self-producing.

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Could the Cowboys make a decision on Dez Bryant by the end of the week? – Blogging The Boys (blog)


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Could the Cowboys make a decision on Dez Bryant by the end of the week?
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Declining production and rising years of life existence have brought forth concerns. And even Stephen Jones has touched on the idea that his passionate moments on the sidelines could be a deterrent from allowing him to play at the level the team

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I'm delighted to report that Jeff Rosen, head of the National Constitution Center, professor at George Washington University Law School, and contributing.

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Single moms often forgotten in San Francisco’s homeless crisis

Every day hundreds of single moms and their children struggle to find shelter and survive in one of the most expensive housing markets in the US

They sleep on couches, in cars, and on the floors of churches. Every day hundreds of single moms and their children struggle to find shelter for the night and survive in San Francisco, which has one of the most expensive housing markets in the US.

A one-night count of the homeless in January 2015 showed almost 7,500 adults, children and youth. But homeless rights advocates say single moms are an invisible, uncounted group because they usually sleep on couches of friends and family members or sleep in their cars before they are forced out on the street.

Domestic violence is a leading cause of why women have to leave their homes and the lack of affordable housing in San Francisco is what keeps them homeless, said Carla Praglin, director of case management at Compass Family Services.

Martha Cruz-Dicent 45 years old

Martha Cruz-Dicent and children Victor and Pilar, a homeless family in San Francisco. Martha drives for Uber to make ends meet. Photograph: Stephen McLaren for the Guardian

I never thought I would be homeless. I had a normal life and upbringing and I want to give that to my kids, said 45-year-old Martha Cruz-Dicent, who has a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son. They live in a family shelter in San Francisco. She became homeless in 2011 in Pennsylvania when her former husband kicked her out after they had a violent fight.

He gave me one of the cars and said Get out. That car was my shelter for weeks until I found a safe house in New Jersey, she said. I came to California because I was offered a job but when I got here there was no job and I was homeless again.

Cruz-Dicent started driving for Uber in November because it offers her flexibility but so far it hasnt been lucrative. After all of my expenses I only earned $28 last month, but Ive heard it takes time to learn how to make money driving. Most of her money goes to gas and making payments on the used minivan she owns.

She says that she looked on Facebook to find friends she could stay with or ask for help. When you are homeless you have to ask everyone for everything. I wasnt used to that, Im still not used to that, Cruz-Dicent said.

Mahena Julissa 22 years old

Mahena Julissa and children Maximillian and Sofia, a homeless family having dinner in San Francisco. Photograph: Stephen McLaren for the Guardian

I walk all over San Francisco knocking on peoples doors to see if I can clean their house. Some let me clean and pay me $20 for the day but others dont give me anything at the end of the day and kick me out, said Mahena Julissa, an undocumented migrant and homeless mother of two in San Francisco.

In 2013 Julissa made a dangerous journey from her native El Salvador through Mexico and to the US. She rode the bus at times but walked most of the way with her then newborn son and two-year-old daughter Sofia.

I had to escape because the gang members in my city were threatening me. They would beat me up and threaten to kill me if I didnt join the gang or pay them $300 a month, she said.

Julissa is also a victim of domestic violence and recalls the last time she saw her husband. He beat me up so much that it made me go into labor early and I had my son three months early. I had internal bleeding, she said.

As an undocumented migrant Julissa cant receive state or city benefits, including food assistance.

I have $3 in my purse right now and my children and I survive on a daily basis. I never know where the next meal will come from.

Shaunte Spruell 46 years old

Shaunte Spruell and daughter Dasjaunae Green at the Compass drop-in center for homeless families in San Francisco. Photograph: Stephen McLaren for the Guardian

Ive been couch surfing and in and out of homeless shelters for almost 12 years, about the time that my youngest daughter was born, said 46-year-old Shaunte Spruell.

The hardest point for me was last year when I got caught stealing laundry detergent from a store. I went to jail for a month and there wasnt anyone to keep my 12-year-old daughter so she had to go to Child Protective Services, Spruell said.

Spruell says she receives $300 a month from CalWorks, a welfare program that gives cash aid and services to eligible families. She has tried looking for housing outside San Francisco but cant afford to be without money for the couple of months it can take to transfer her benefits to another city.

I will be without money or food during that time, so I am stuck, she said.

At most of the emergency shelters in San Francisco you have to sleep on the floor and I cant do that because of my bad back. The long-term shelters are constantly full so that means I have to constantly look for a place for Dasjaunae and I to sleep.

My daughter misses school often because we move around so much and I cant get her there in time. Finding a place to sleep every night is a full-time job and is exhausting.

Albrina Edwards 22 years old

Albrina Edwards and Dante McGee, who are homeless in San Francisco. Photograph: Stephen McLaren for the Guardian

The hardest thing about couch surfing with kids is that you cant control who is in the house and around your kids. The last house I was staying at, people were smoking weed around my kids so I kept calling the family shelters to see if I could get in, said 22-year-old San Francisco native Albrina Edwards.

Edwards has two sons, aged two and five. She works almost 30 hours a week but says its not enough to find a place and pay for expenses in San Francisco. She currently lives in a family shelter, which allows families to stay up to six months.

I called the family shelters for months but couldnt get in. Finally, last month they had space for us. It was a good day, said Edwards, who is also working to get her high school diploma.

Her five-year-old son Dante has a hearing disorder and requires constant medical attention.

Between appointments with my case workers, school appointments, doctors appointment for both boys, work, and classes, there isnt any time left for me to take care of myself, Edwards said.

I want to be better for my children. I want to work hard and show them that anything is possible.

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