“We’re not databasing all of their content,” he says. “We monitor their website for changes, and what we database is the delta. Anyone can go to a law firm’s website and see how many partners are there. The value is in knowing how that’s different from last week. It’s not relevant unless there’s analysis behind it.”ALM’s analysis is in the aggregate. A customizable dashboard sits behind the news feed that allows users to quantify industry trends with sortable lists. The company added a data visualization component in January with charts and graphs.The Human ElementWhile RivalEdge can be fully automated, there’s value in maintaining a human layer. Categorizing a large portion of any industry en masse would be a challenge for a software program, Iredell says, especially in a segment like legal services that has its own non-standardized jargon.“You have one law firm that’s ‘copyright and patent,’ and another whose practice area is ‘intellectual property,’” he says. “They’re really the same thing, but you’re not going to get a hit when you try to do an apples-to-apples comparison or a Google search on those particular keywords.”ALM editorial staff sifted through about 1,000 practice areas, paring them down to 27 before automating the search process from there. That formula is present throughout RivalEdge. There isn’t an editorial slant to ALM’s curation, but the human element is an integral piece. Editors ultimately determine what gets distributed and databased.ALM also provides a crowdsourcing admin tool for subscribers to request coverage of a specific firm or area of practice. Staff will review and add the request within 24 hours. Close to 20 percent of the 750 firms the platform monitors came this way, Iredell says. SIDEBARCuration: Identifying the right usesZiff Davis uses curation in the more traditional editorial sense, finding and linking to stories across the web from its own homepages, but its managed to improve traffic back to its own sites by leading with original, high-value content.Used primarily by the publisher’s tech-focused b-to-b brands, Ziff Davis has used the PublishThis platform to boost return visits to its sites by 105x.Steve Horowitz, COO of Ziff Davis, attributes that growth directly to the increased volume of content his team is able to put up now.The key to quality growth has been in recognizing how to leverage the platform appropriately. News is usually curated at the bottom of the page on a rapid daily cycle, while enterprise articles sit above, refreshed on more of a weekly basis. In-depth whitepapers are above that, with community posts, “popular” items and promotions alongside.While the numbers are up as a whole, that specificity can make comparisons between the sections difficult. There are a variety of expectations associated with each of those types of stories.“The content is a little too different to say we’re seeing interaction with one more than another,” he says. “We’d expect engagement with [news, articles and whitepapers] to be different.” The argument for content curation has always been one of efficiency. It allows you to cover more ground, in less time.Companies are finding opportunities to get creative with the process though as more media bring some form of curation into their mix and it officially becomes part of a new content troika, along with original and user-generated streams. ALM has had success bringing curation to its legal intelligence database. The company acquired the “listening” platform RivalEdge for an undisclosed amount in September as its first purchase under new CEO Bill Carter.Like a traditional curation service, RivalEdge draws information from the open web and distributes it to a base of readers—a subscriber base of law firms who pay about $20,000 per year, in ALM’s case. Unlike most curation services, ALM records and catalogs that information. They aren’t logging everything though, says Kevin Iredell, vice president of research and continuing education products for ALM, just the changes.
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#1) How do you plan on voting on each of the three ballot questions? Can you explain your rationale behind each vote? (Background: https://www.sec.state.ma.us/ele/ele18/ballot_questions_18/ballot_questions18.htm)Locking in on the ballot questions with a month to go is early. Especially given the amount of information that is coming out on a daily basis with regards to Question 1. But at the moment, I’m leaning towards no on all three.Question 1: I’ve spoken to nurses on both sides of the issue. It’s incredible how back and forth the debate has been and will continue to be right down to the wire. Patient to nurse limits seems like something that should be worked out in collective bargaining and not through unfunded government mandates. A new report that came out this past week highlighting the potential costs associated with the passage of this question is alarming.Question 2: The end game of the proposed commission appears to be unconstitutional. The commission that would be created with the passage of this question is seeking to limit 1st Amendment rights. When elected, I’m sworn to an oath to protect and support the Constitution. Anything that endangers that oath is a definite no from me.Question 3: This particular law doesn’t include reasonable protections for the right to privacy and safety for women and children. Those protections were rejected by the legislature when the law was passed. I’d like to see those protections readdressed so everyone’s rights are covered within the law.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email email@example.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”BREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”
Actor/director Angelina Jolie attends the 32nd Annual American Society Of Cinematographers Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 17, 2018 in Hollywood, California.Getty ImagesAngelina Jolie is making fans wishes come true as she is the latest Hollywood A-lister to enter into talks to join the MCU. She will reportedly be staring in the Eternals movie.Apparently, while no details were given for what role Jolie is playing, The Hollywood Reporter adds that one aspect of the story follows a romance between two Eternals.The romance is said to be between Ikaris, described as a man powered by ‘cosmic energy’ and Sersi, who, ‘relishes moving among the humans.’It is known that The Eternals were created by comic book legend Jack Kirby in 1976, his first title after returning to Marvel after a highly-publicized stint at DC Comics in the early 1970s. The comics followed a group of creatures known as The Eternals, who were described as an offshoot of the process that created sentient life on Earth. The Eternals were meant to be the protectors of Earth by their creators, The Celestials, defending Earth against their destructive counterparts, The Deviants. Actor/director Angelina Jolie attends The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The Critics’ Choice AwardsReportedly The Eternals will be directed by Chloe Zhao (The Rider), making her the first solo female director in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Angelina Jolie joining the MCU is sure to make fans go crazy. Jolie is no stranger to action flicks having starred in quite a few, she is also familiar with comics territory having starred in Wanted the adaptation of the popular graphic novel of the same name. And let’s not forget, when she played the iconic Lara Croft for her first big screen outing. Angelina Jolie is an Oscar winner with serious action chops. She will surely do her role in The Eternals justice. We have to say that we just can’t wait.
Uber’s list of detractors is pretty long, but it faces the most serious threat from one of its biggest investors – Google. Recent reports indicate that Google is gearing up to enter the ride-sharing business.The search engine’s venture capital investment arm “Google Ventures” invested $258 million in Uber in August 2013. It was its biggest investment ever. Google Ventures continued funding Uber and at one point it was also speculated that the search giant may buy out the taxi service in the future.Google nominated its chief legal officer and senior vice president of corporate development, David Drummond, to join Uber’s board of directors in 2013.Drummond has informed Uber’s board that it is prepping to enter the taxi service industry. Uber executives have also seen screenshots of what could be Google’s ride-sharing app. The Uber board of directors are discussing whether it wants Drummond to resign from his position on the board.Google’s Autonomous VehiclesGoogle has a long-standing bet on autonomous vehicles becoming the next step in personal transportation. It has invested significant resources in developing technology that is aimed at making cities operate more efficiently. The search giant expects its Google X research lab to be able to produce an adoptable autonomous vehicle within two to five years.Google executive in-charge of the project, Chris Urmson, spoke of a scenario where it is possible for autonomous vehicles to patrol neighbourhoods and to pick up and drop passengers as well. Chris Urmson, director of Google’s self-driving car project, talks during an interview in Detroit, Michigan.ReutersIn a conference call, Urmson explained that Google is thinking long-term and how the technology can become useful for people. “One is in the direction of the shared vehicle. The technology would be such that you can call up the vehicle and tell it where to go and then have it take you there.”Google MapsEven as Google executives’ comments have made the senior executives at Uber jittery. What really worries them and the rest of the industry is not Google’s sound financial backing and technology skills, but the Google Maps application.Uber and many other ride-sharing companies depend on Google Maps to connect the passenger and the driver. This data could provide Google with the necessary transportation patterns in major cities, which gives them a significant lead over every other operator.Uber would suffer a major blow if it loses access to Google Maps. Rival apps include AOL’s MapQuesr, Apple Maps and many regional players, none of whom have either the ease or the utility of Google Maps, giving the company virtual monopoly.Uber and The Dude In The CarOn Monday, Uber announced its association with Carnegie Mellon University for a research facility to develop a range of autonomous vehicle technology.Uber would be left without a partner if Google decides to operate on its own. The possibility of driverless cars is now closer to reality than ever. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine’s naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New York.ReutersIf Uber is to benefit from it, it would either have to develop its own technology or to tie up with an auto company that would offer autonomous vehicles as part of its fleet. Audi, Mercedes, Tesla and others have showcased driverless technology, though it is not clear as to how they rank vis-a-vis the Google developed car.Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has discussed the inevitability of driverless, autonomous vehicles becoming part of the public transportation mode, as they would offer cheaper rides, and would become a real alternative to owning a car. At a technology conference, he termed the Uber experience as expensive because the price of transportation included not only the car, but also the “dude in the car”. However, “When there’s no other dude in the car, the cost gets cheaper than owning a vehicle,” he added.Google NowGoogle fired its first salvo a week ago, when it announced that it would start presenting data from third party applications listed on Google Now, Bloomberg reports.Google Now is a service which presents useful information prominently on the screen of Android smartphones. The search giant noted that it has struck deals to draw data from apps like Pandora, AirBnb, Zillow and ride-sharing app Lyft. The organisation most conspicuous by its very absence is – Uber.
An Afghan victim receives treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar Province, on 11 September 2018. A suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan on 11 September killed at least 32 people, officials said, as an uptick in violence across the country dampens hopes for peace talks and elections. Photo: AFPA suicide attack on protesters in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday killed at least 32 people, officials said, as an uptick in violence across the war-torn country dampens hopes for peace talks and elections.There were chaotic scenes at several hospitals as medical staff struggled to treat 128 people wounded by the powerful blast in Nangarhar province.Gul Majid was among scores of protesters blocking the highway between the provincial capital of Jalalabad and a major Pakistan border crossing when he “heard a big bomb”.”Then I saw flesh, blood and people wounded all around me,” Majid told AFP outside one of the hospitals.”I am still looking for my friends. I don’t know whether they are alive or dead.”The men had been protesting over the appointment of a local police chief, provincial governor spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said.Provincial health director Najibullah Kamawal and Khogyani both confirmed the latest casualty toll.The attack came hours after a double bombing in front of a girls’ school in the provincial capital Jalalabad, which killed a boy and wounded four others.The first explosion happened in front of Malika Omaira girls’ school at around 8:30 am (0400 GMT), Khogyani told AFP earlier.A second bomb went off as students from a neighbouring boys’ school and locals gathered at the scene, he added.There has been no claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but the Taliban and the Islamic State (IS) group are active in Nangarhar.A wave of violence across Afghanistan in recent weeks has claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and security forces, as the Taliban makes gains on the battlefield and IS launches deadly urban attacks.The fighting has tempered optimism that had been tentatively growing as Afghan and international players ratchet up efforts to convince the Taliban to negotiate an end to the 17-year conflict.An unprecedented ceasefire in June followed by talks between US officials and Taliban representatives in Qatar in July raised hopes that peace negotiations could bring an end to the fighting.There has been speculation the two sides will meet again this month.The Taliban have long insisted on direct talks with Washington and refused to negotiate with the Afghan government, which they see as illegitimate.But newly appointed US envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has cancelled further talks with the militants until he has reviewed the American strategy, a Western official in Kabul told AFP on the condition of anonymity.The information could not be immediately confirmed. One militant source, a senior Taliban commander based in neighbouring Pakistan, had told AFP he expected more talks to be held “soon”.- ‘Disaster’ -The intensified fighting has also fuelled speculation over whether Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections will go ahead on October 20.The country’s already overstretched security forces will be tasked with protecting thousands of polling stations around the country at a time when they are already struggling to beat back insurgents.Delivering ballot papers and monitoring the vote, which is seen as a test run for next year’s presidential election, will be challenging, officials have warned.There are already concerns about widespread fraud.In the past two days Taliban fighters killed nearly 60 members of the security forces in a spate of attacks in the country’s north and threatened a provincial capital for the second time in as many months.After seizing a military base in Sar-e-Pul, Taliban fighters were closing in on the provincial capital in a situation that could result in “disaster” if reinforcements were not sent, the area’s police chief Abdul Qayom Baqizoy warned on Monday.Baqizoy compared the threat to the Taliban’s extraordinary raid last month on the provincial capital of Ghazni — fighters held large parts of the city located just two hours from Kabul for days.On Tuesday security forces had managed to push back Taliban fighters by a couple of kilometres, locals and officials told AFP.