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Condé Nast Internal Memo Managing Through Challenging Times

first_imgCondé colleagues: GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson, publisher Peter  Hunsinger, chairman Si Newhouse and CEO Chuck Townsend in headier times.”Managing Through Challenging Times.” Is that the understatement of the year? No, it was the subject line of an e-mail Condé Nast CEO Charles Townsend sent to staffers Thursday.As news that the national unemployment rate jumped to 8.1 percent last month—the highest in 25 years—as a whopping 651,000 people lost their jobs, the mega magazine publishing chief executive called on his employees to “prudently and responsibly manage our business costs and expenses.” While Townsend didn’t detail any specific cost-cutting initiatives, he did say the company will need to make “difficult decisions to manage costs and ensure our financial well-being.” Are more layoffs to come?Late last year, Condé Nast laid off about 5 percent of both its print and online staff. In December, Condé closed its syndicated blog network and scrapped Flip.com, its social networking/virtual scrapbooking site for teen girls. In January, Condé Nast shuttered Domino, its four-year-old shelter title, and its accompanying Web site. Here’s Townsend’s memo, via All Things Digital:From: Townsend, ChuckSent: Thursday, March 05, 2009 05:04 PM Eastern Standard TimeTo: Conde Nast PublicationsSubject: Managing Through Challenging TimesI continue to believe that there are two things that make our Company truly unique, world-class brands and remarkable employees. This statement is even more true today as I watch how Condé Nast is managing through this challenging economy.While advertising pages are down, Condé Nast is gaining critical ad revenue market share through the early part of 2009. Perhaps more importantly, our consumer connectivity, as measured in key circulation statistics, is particularly strong.So, while our Company is not immune to the economic stress that has been experienced by the media community, we have made adjustments to secure our ongoing stability, just as each and every one of us has had to personally deal with the economic challenges we face.Unavoidably, as the downturn extends, we have to make additional difficult decisions to manage costs and ensure our financial well-being. These decisions involve all of us. We’ll all have to do more with less and accept that some of the benefits and resources that were available to us in robust economic times will have to be scaled back–and revisited when the economy and our business recover lost ground.The best course of action is for us to prudently and responsibly manage our business costs and expenses through these troubled waters, assuring us the opportunity to fully participate in the recovery that lies ahead. At that time, we will take great pride in what we accomplished.I can only ask that you join me in these efforts to ensure the continued success of our great Company.last_img read more

Pirates reportedly use Apple certs to release hacked apps on iPhone

first_img Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? 13 Photos Apple $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 3:01 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Pokemon Go Spotify Apple Phones Tech Industry Security $999 Best Buy Boost Mobile Pirates reportedly managed to get altered versions of popular apps onto the App Store. Silas Stein/picture alliance via Getty Images Pirates used Apple’s enterprise developer certificates to put out hacked versions of some major apps, a report said Thursday.The altered versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go and Minecraft make paid features available for free and remove in-app ads, according to Reuters, sucking revenue away from the app developers and Apple.For example, the pirated Spotify blocks the ads that normally play when you listen with a free subscription and you can play the altered Minecraft for free (it normally costs $7 in the App Store). Some of the pirates reportedly offer paid subscriptions that let you access more stable versions of their modified apps. Sprint $999 Top 5 strangest dating apps Best dating apps of 2019 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X CNET may get a commission from retail offers. reading • Pirates reportedly use Apple certs to release hacked apps on iPhone Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See All $999 2 See It Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 The pirates appear to have figured out how to use digital certs to get around Apple’s carefully policed App Store by saying the apps will be used only by their employees, when they’re actually being distributed to everyone. They even managed to get around a ban by using different certs.Apple will reportedly take steps to fight back by requiring all app makers to use its two-factor authentication protocol from the end of February, so logging into an Apple ID will require a password and code sent to a trusted Apple device.Apple and Spotify (which is cracking down on ad blockers) declined to comment, while the other companies alluded to their protection efforts.”Rovio takes the protection of its intellectual property rights very seriously,” a company spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement. “When we do see infringements, we work actively with our partners to take action, for the benefit of both our player community and Rovio as a business.”A Niantic spokesperson said it’s “committed to maintaining the state of Pokemon Go” and its community.”Those who violate Niantic’s terms of service (including by use of unauthorized third party apps or software) may have their account banned. While we cannot discuss the systems implemented, we can confirm that we are constantly refining new ways to ensure the integrity of the game in order to keep it fun and fair for all players,” it said in a statement via email.Mojang didn’t respond to a request for comment.Last month, Apple briefly pulled enterprise certificates from both Facebook and Google after discovering that the companies used them as market research apps that gathered people’s data.First published Feb. 14 at 4:38 a.m. PT.Updated at Feb. 18 at 7:03 a.m. PT: Adds Niantic and Rovio comment. Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments See it See It Tags • See Itlast_img read more

Brexiteers plot EU vote mischief

first_imgFrench president Emmanuel Macron (R) accompanies out british prime minister Theresa May after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on 9 April. Photo: AFPThey call it the Trojan Horse strategy: Brexit supporters furious at their government’s failure to leave the EU on time are aiming to undermine the European Parliament following elections next month.The Greek myth about the hollow wooden horse Odysseus used to sneak his men into Troy to capture it from within was invoked by Conservative MP Mark Francois ahead of Wednesday’s critical EU summit.”If we were to be held in the EU against our democratically expressed will because some in the EU hope against hope that we will change our mind, then they will live to regret it,” Francois told a Brexiteer conference in the heart of London.”We will become a Trojan Horse within the EU and utterly derail all their attempts to pursue a more federalist project,” he said from a lectern bearing a portrait of Margaret Thatcher — a premier whose views on Europe grew darker with time.Francois warned EU leaders meeting in Brussels later Wednesday to consider the UK government’s request for another Brexit delay that “they will need to bear all these inconvenient truths in mind”.As difficult as possibleThese inconvenient truths were first raised in a tweet last Friday by Jacob Rees-Mogg — the leader of a rightwing insurgency tearing at prime minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party.”If a long extension leaves us stuck in the EU we should be as difficult as possible,” Rees-Mogg wrote moments after May asked Brussels to push back Britain’s departure to keep it from crashing out.EU leaders’ expected approval will put Britain in the paradoxical situation of having to take part in European Parliament elections on 23 May — nearly three years after voting to chart its own course.Rees-Mogg said Britain should make best use of its predicament by vetoing “any increase in the (EU) budget, obstruct the putative EU army and block (French President Emmanuel) Macron’s integrationist schemes”.Francois pointed cheerfully to a response to Rees-Mogg’s tweet from the European Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt that also went viral.”For those in the EU who may be tempted to further extend the Brexit saga, I can only say, be careful what you wish for,” Verhofstadt wrote.”Who am I to put try and put it better than Guy Verhofstadt,” Francois chortled.FireworksRees-Mogg and Francois voted against the Brexit deal that May struck with the EU all three times it came up for a vote. They view it as too EU-friendly.Only 26 of the 314 Conservatives in parliament joined them the last time around — a shrinking group that May hopes will grow even smaller by the time she tries to get her pact through on the fourth attempt.Her ability to do this quickly could still keep Britain from having to actually fill its 73 seats when a new European Parliament opens its doors in July.Some of the current places have in any case been reassigned.Yet the level of Conservatives’ anger with May seems to be rising as the possibility grows of Brexit being pushed further out of reach.Ninety-seven Conservative MPs voted against a measure Tuesday aimed at averting a no-deal scenario. It prevailed by a 420-110 margin.Veteran EU foes such as Nigel Farage — a poster boy of the pro-Brexit campaign who once headed the nationalist UKIP group — hope the groundswell of discontent will carry his new Brexit Party to big gains in Europe.”If we have to fight those European election on 23 May, we’ll fight them because it’s time we taught them a lesson,” Farage says in a video campaign message.And even those not running themselves sound tempted by the idea of Britain making a nuisance of itself in European halls of power.Asked whether he might consider running in the European elections, veteran Conservative MP William Cash told parliament this week: “I must admit that if I were to, there would be quite a lot of fireworks in the European Parliament”.last_img read more

4 killed in lightning strikes

first_imgFile photo of LightningAt least four people were killed and 12 others injured in lightning strikes in Baliadangi and Ranisankail upazilas of Moulvibazar on Tuesday, reports UNB.Three people were killed on the spot and 12 others were injured after being struck by lightning while working in a mango orchard in Baganbari village of Baliadangi at 2:30pm, said officer-in-charge of Baliadangi police station Mosadderul Haque.The deceased are Nurul Islam, 35, son of Bappa Mohammad; Rabiul Islam, 27, son of Abdul Karim; and Abdul Zabbar, 45, of Jagadal village in Ranisankail upazila.The injured were taken to the Upazila Health Complex.In a separate incident, a teenager was killed on the spot after he was struck by lightning while collecting ducks from a pond in Alsia village of Ranisankail upazila.The deceased is Abu Sayeed,13, son of Mansur Ali, said Abdul Mannan, OC of Ranisankail police station.last_img read more

Major road closed due to accident

first_imgWhat to do if you’re involved in a collision What to do in a collision Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:01/0:59Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:58 SharePlayback 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.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Maunders and MayaMaunders and MayaUP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.20:59Road reopenedThe road is reported to have reopened, according to traffic data company INRIX.20:30Road remains shutThe road remains closed according to traffic data company INRIX.19:09Location of accidentThe road is closed in both directions near the Plough Inn in Eaton (Image: Inrix) We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comUPDATE: The road reopened shortly before 9pm A major East Cheshire road is closed following a traffic accident this evening. The A536 Congleton Road is currently shut in both directions in Eaton, near Congleton. The road is shut between Pexall Road and School Lane with Inrix, a traffic data company, reporting the crash took place near the Plough Inn. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 6.45pm. Traffic is currently moving slowly in surrounding areas, according to Inrix. The A536 is a major route between Congleton and Macclesfield. We’ll bring you any updates we get on this incident on the live feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Read MoreRailway station closed for two weeks for refurbishment Watch again Watch Next Share this video Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to playTap to play Video will play in last_img read more