Posts Tagged ‘president’

SNL’s Winners and Losers From the Government Shutdown (Video)

October 6, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Nothing like a good old-fashioned government shutdown to create an opportunity for some equal-opportunity political skewering. Even though workers at the Pentagon and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are coming back to work for different reasons, Federal facilities like, say, national parks, remain closed until Congress and President Obama can come to some kind of compromise, which for the moment seems unlikely . Thankfully we have Seth Meyers and Cecily Strong from NBC’s Saturday Night Live Weekend Update to sort out who’s winning and who’s losing. One loser in particular? The Obama Administration’s new HealthCare.gov website. Apparently, someone at the Department of Health and Human Services, which at $7.1 billion happens to command the biggest IT budget of all the civilian federal agencies , forgot to call Akamai. Here’s a clip from last night’s show. Enjoy.

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Univision News President Isaac Lee Named CEO Of Fusion

October 4, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

With its launch expected in mere weeks, Fusion, the news-and-lifestyle cable outlet backed by both Univision and Walt Disney’s ABC News, named Isaac Lee as its new chief executive. Lee will retain his duties as president of Univision’s news division. Lee assumes duties from interim chief and Univision exec Beau Ferrari. Fusion, which is expected... Read more

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Nissan Is Selling Cars Through Amazon (Gift Cards Included)

September 26, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Another new category for Amazon? The Seattle-based online retailer is attempting to help Nissan sell and lease its Versa Note cars in conjunction with a Nissan ad campaign running on Amazon’s homepage. Clicking on the homepage ad takes shoppers to another Amazon Web page that features a variety of photos and specs of the car. Those interested in the car are then asked to fill out and submit a form, and wait for a local dealer to contact them (You can’t actually order the car through Amazon.) Nissan is currently offering $1,000 Amazon gift cards to the first 100 people who end up buying or leasing one of the cars within 30 days of the form’s submission. The ad campaign was created by the TBWAChiatDay agency, according to TBWA Global Creative President Rob Schwartz, whose tweet first tipped me off to the campaign.

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BlackBerry to Cut 4,500 Jobs Following Gruesome Loss

September 20, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

More ugly news from BlackBerry. On Friday afternoon, the company announced plans to sack 4,500 employees, as part of a massive restructuring intended to reduce expenditures by 50 percent by 2015. The reason: A horrific expected shortfall in second-fiscal-quarter earnings. The foundering smartphone pioneer said on Friday that it expects to report revenue of about $1.6 billion for the quarter, far below the $3.04 billion for which Wall Street has been looking. It also warned of a GAAP net operating loss of between $950 million and $995 million for the quarter. That includes an inventory charge that could be as much as $960 million, and a restructuring charge of $72 million. Finally, the company said it shipped 3.7 million smartphones last quarter, down from the 6.8 million it shipped last quarter, which was itself a disappointing figure. Even worse, BlackBerry said most of those handsets don’t even run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system on which it had hoped to mount a comeback

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Here’s What They’re Saying About the New iPhones

September 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

“It is the gold standard in phones,” Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller said of the iPhone 5s when he unveiled it during a special event at the company’s headquarters last week. And the pundits seem to agree. The first reviews of the device and its “unapologetically plastic” sibling the iPhone 5c published Tuesday evening, and they’re largely glowing with a few minor quibbles. Below, excerpts from a few of them. iPhone 5s Walt Mossberg, AllThingsD, The Wall Street Journal : After a week of testing the iPhone 5s, I like it and can recommend it for anyone looking for a premium, advanced smartphone. If you are an iPhone fan with any model older than the iPhone 5, the new 5s will be a big step up. If you own an iPhone 5, there’s less of a case for upgrading, unless you want the fingerprint reader and improved camera. Ed Baig, USA Today : Taken in totality, the features new to the iPhone 5s make what I consider to be the best smartphone on the market even better, helped enormously by Apple owning the entire end-to-end experience. In my view, iOS is still simpler to use than Android, and made even simpler in iOS 7.

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5 New Broadcast Series Worth Checking Out This Fall

September 16, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Feds, Cops and Fox Sleepy Hollow isn’t the only new broadcast series worthy of checking out this fall. Here, five more reasons to tune into the Big Four. (Note: Every show here could be canceled by Columbus Day.)

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‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Renewed by Fox for Season 11

September 11, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fox is heading back to the dance floor with its veteran competition program, renewing “So You Think You Can Dance” for an eleventh season. Announcement arrived during tonight’s live finale of the show, which was also interrupted by President Obama’s live national address to the American public regarding the crisis in Syria. “So You Think... Read more

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“Healthy Tension” Emerging Inside PayPal as It Looks to Reverse Poor Customer-Service Reputation

August 29, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

PayPal says it’s finally serious about addressing some of its biggest customer-service issues, which its president admits the eBay unit has at times “become known for.” But can a company that hasn’t been known to wow any of its customer groups — business owners, consumers and developers — now start excelling at servicing all three? “It’s hard, yes, it’s hard,” PayPal President David Marcus said in an interview on Tuesday. “You have to have a group solely focused on consumer problems, one focused on merchant problems, and one on developer problems. We have a healthy tension there because it’s a culture change for the company.” Since Marcus took the reins in March of last year, PayPal has made a list of the 30 top issues it needed to rectify. So far, 80 percent of those have been addressed, he said. The fixes are aimed at issues ranging from improving the password-recovery process to putting a system in place that is working hard not to penalize legitimate sellers in charge-back disputes with shady buyers. “We’ve tweaked our models to catch more bad guys and way fewer good guys,” Marcus wrote in a blog post published today. “Hundreds of thousands of customers who may have experienced holds last year based on our policies are no longer impacted.” The company said it has also started absorbing $2.5 million a year in losses related to disputes between buyers and sellers over claims of counterfeit, low-priced goods. In these instances, the company won’t pull money from a seller’s account — giving them “the benefit of doubt,” — but won’t penalize a buyer, either. The result? PayPal says it has experienced 40 million fewer customer issues this year compared to last. Sounds like a great start. But, as Marcus well knows, a tainted reputation is not cleansed overnight. Or even in a year.

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Acer to Expand Android, Chromebook Offerings

August 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Taiwanese personal computer maker Acer Inc. said it plans to offer fewer Microsoft Inc. products and more Chromebooks and Android-based mobile devices, after it posted a surprise second-quarter loss on lower sales and rising expenses. “We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible,” President Jim Wang told investors in a conference call. “Android is very popular in smartphones and dominant in tablets. … I also see a new market there for Chromebooks.” Read the rest of this post on the original site »

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David Levy Promoted to President, Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting

August 5, 2013  |  Variety  |  No Comments

David Levy, the long-serving supervisor of ad sales, affilate relations and sports programming at Time Warner’s Turner cable-network unit, is being upped to president in a move that brings an important player at the company closer into its fold during a time of transition. Levy adds oversight of the company’s domestic entertainment and animation &... Read more

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