WASHINGTON (AP) – The United States and Iraq will put together a joint commission to look into allegations that private guards protecting American diplomats killed Iraqi civilians and to review the U.S. Embassy’s security practices, the State Department said Wednesday. The size and composition of the commission have yet to be determined, but its members are charged with assessing the results of both U.S. and Iraqi investigations of Sunday’s incident, reaching a common conclusion about what happened and recommending possible changes to the way in which the embassy and its contractors handle security, it said. The commission will not conduct its own independent probe of the incident, in which at least 11 people were killed, but will attempt to reconcile conflicting accounts of what happened offered by the U.S. and Iraqi sides thus far. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Thursday, September 26, members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 Soils Judging Contest in Montgomery County at the Sycamore State Park.The Urban Soils team consisted of Rylee Puthoff, Emma Sutherly, Isaac Beal, Dustin Winner, and Ethan Paulus. The team placed 8 out of 24 teams. Rylee Puthoff was the highest placing individual from Miami East placing 9 out of 147 individuals.The Rural Soils team consisted of Samuel Sutherly, Ethan Fine, Keira Kirby, Jillian Niswonger, Katelynn Dill, Luke Brunke, and Keyara Davis. Samuel Sutherly was the high individual from Miami East placing 16 out 199 contestants.The contest consisted of evaluating three soils pit for slope, erosion, drainage, depth, and soil texture and structure. Also, the contestants took a written test and answered questions from the soil survey.Previously, the teams had competed at the Miami County Soils Career Development Event coordinated by the Miami Soil and Water Conservation District. Participants included on the Urban Team Emma Sutherly, Caleb Hostetter, Braden Zekas, Rylee Puthoff, Isaac Beal, and Trenton Maxson. On the Rural Team were Luke Brunke, Keira Kirby, Keyara Davis, Alivia Wade, Jillian Niswonger, Trevor Karnehm, Ethan Fine, and Samuel Sutherly.Photo caption for Miami East-MVCTC Urban Soils Team: (front row, L to R) Rylee Puthoff and Emma Sutherly (back row, L to R) Ethan Paulus, Dustin Winner, and Isaac Beal.Photo caption for Miami East-MVCTC Rural Soils Team: (front row, L to R) Katelynn Dill, Keyara Davis, Keira Kirby (back row, L to R) Ethan Fine, Jillian Niswonger, Samuel Sutherly, and Luke Brunke
One out of four households in the U.S. is now wireless-only. According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of wireless-only households continues to move up slowly. In the first half of 2009, 22.7% of all households had cut their landline and today this number is closer to 25%. In addition, it is also worth noting that about 15% of households that still have a landline report that they now receive almost all of their calls on their wireless phone. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces frederic lardinois Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Tags:#mobile#news#NYT#Statistics#web Unsurprisingly, younger adults under 35 are more likely to have cut their landlines, but the CDC also reports that the number of wireless-only households increased among all age groups. About half of all adults aged 25 to 29 now live in households that are wireless-only, though only 5.2% of adults over 65 have cut their landlines. Renters and adults who have roommates, by the way, are far more likely to live in households with only wireless phones than most other demographics.For more detailed statistics, have a look at the full report here (PDF).What Does This Mean for Developers?For mobile developers, this is an interesting trend. While most developers tend to focus on applications that are meant to be used while on the road, the market for in-home apps that control appliances or allow you to program your DVR will only continue to grow over the next few years. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
RedMonk’s Stephen O’Grady challenges the conventional wisdom that Java is dying – a position typified by recent comments from Forrester analysts. O’Grady acknowledges that although Java has peaked in terms of popularity, it is hardly the dead end that Forrester claims it is.O’Grady bases his claims on various data collected by RedMonk. RedMonk’s research is focused on developers, instead of enterprise “decision makers.” “We advantage this audience simply because we believe that bottom up adoption is more predictive of technology direction than top down procurement, but reasonable minds may obviously disagree,” O’Grady writes.This diagram illustrates the thinking behind RedMonk’s focus on developers: Tags:#enterprise#Trends Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Yakov Fain, author of several books on Java, agrees. “Unfortunately, people who state that Java’s dead are not the people who use the latest Java technologies day in and day out,” Fain writes.O’Grady believes that Java use is declingng not because it is dying, but because there are so many specific use tools available now. O’Grady has written about this explosion of growth of specialized tools before. Although NoSQL databases provide an alternative to relational databases, it doesn’t mean that relational databases will go away. Likewise, Node.js provides a specialized alternative to Apache, but won’t kill Apache. So it goes with Java. From Clojure to Ruby to Node.js, there are many alternatives to Java. But Interest in Java is still high. O’Grady presents various data to make the case, including this analsysis of the comments on Hacker News: O’Grady also notes how important Java is to platforms like Hadoop, HBase and Cassandra. “Even as the rapid expansion of the Hadoop ecosystem permits the usage of more accessible languages like Python (Dumbo) and Ruby (Wukong), Java is the foundation upon which the entire edifice rests.” One might also mention Scala’s use of the JVM in this context, and the use of Java on Android devices.What we’re witnessing is not the death of Java, but its transformation. It’s moving from being just a general use platform that dominated the enterprise to being the guts of many disparate technologies for various special applications. klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Facebook Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Rumors abound about the so-called “Facebook phone,” which the social network appears likely to unveil later this week, apparently as a fork of Android that will favor Facebook heavily in the overall user interface and experience.The idea of a Facebook phone has long struck many people, myself included, as, well, idiotic. But there’s at least one way this device could be a success — assuming Facebook can get people to buy in to the whole notion of a Facebook-centric device.And that’s a big problem.Who’s The Customer?Let’s start with a basic question: Who in the world is going to buy this thing?(See also: Hey, Facebook! Even You Don’t Need A Facebook Phone)Business people? Hardly. As a business-to-business platform, Facebook is a non-starter, and its use as a business-to-customer tool is very one-to-many aligned. Companies that do use Facebook to communicate one on one with customers won’t be doing it from a phone. Since Facebook is often seen as a time-waster in the business world for anyone but marketing, it would probably be easier to get a businessperson to buy a Hello Kitty! phone than one of these.Young, hip teenagers? That’s a stretch, too, because there’s a lot of anecdotal evidence that younger kids are shifting away from Facebook either because they’re bored with it or because all their parents and older relatives are there, and that’s kind of lame. Plus, this demographic is not exactly a prime target for advertising dollars, especially if we’re talking middle school and high school kids who don’t even have jobs yet.Older demographics are a better fit, and I suspect those are the users Facebook is going after.(See also: Zuckerberg: “We’re Not Going To Build A Phone”)So let’s say Facebook does find a solid user base that really wants these phones. The question then becomes, how does Facebook make money at this?Please Like This Revenue StreamRight now, Facebook pulls in around 85% of its revenue from advertising and the rest from in-app payments, like its cut when someone buys something in a game. The problem for Facebook is that it has only just recently figured out how to get ads on mobile platforms to actually pull in revenue. In fact, it was such a huge problem that when it revealed that it wasn’t making any significant revenue on mobile advertisements, it seriously hurt the company’s initial public offering last year.Now, though, Facebook has a plan, and it’s working. In the last quarter of 2012, Facebook raked in $305 million in mobile ad dollars — not bad, when you consider that figure stood at near zero in May 2011.(See also: Facebook To Unveil Its ‘New Home On Android,’ Whatever That Means)Advertising will no doubt be Facebook’s primary revenue source from these Facebook phones. If you can bring $305 million to the table by way of an app on someone else’e OS, imagine what you could do if you had the whole operating system to configure.Of course, that’s assuming Facebook users don’t grow weary of an ad-supported platform that does little more than insert ads in news feeds every few updates or so.But here, I think, Facebook’s going to get itself a little extra insurance.Apps Step UpAfter all, if you have the operating system, then you can manage the revenue from the apps. So why not set up a new source of revenue from sales of applications, on top of the in-app payments you get now?This is why I believe that Facebook will be shifting ever-so-slightly from the content-is-all-with-apps-on-the-side model they’re using now and putting a little bit more emphasis on the apps. They almost have to — according to the recent IDC study my colleague Brian Hall highlighted, only 16% of mobile Facebook users interact with apps now. If Facebook wants to up the revenue from that side of the house, then it’s going to have to make apps more prominent for users.An Android-based app interface, which is a far different presentation than Facebook uses for its in-network apps, might be just the thing.But, ultimately, will those apps be the right fit for users? Users want apps for news, weather or sports, not just game apps to play Farmville. Facebook can probably rule out productivity apps, but users won’t want to live on junk food alone.Google gets benefit from Android because it plugs users into into its services. Amazon gets benefit from its Android fork for Kindle Fire because it plugs users into its shopping network.A Facebook iteration of Android will have to do the same thing: plug users into something users want and that will make money for Facebook. Advertising alone won’t be enough. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement brian proffitt
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Twitter Marketing Topics: Originally published Sep 16, 2011 9:00:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 ClickZ recently reported that Twitter is rolling out an enhancement to its Promoted Tweets program that will allow brands to reach more Twitter users. Promoted Tweets will soon be distributed into the streams of users across the entire Twitter network. Up until this change, Promoted Tweets had only been displayed to users who are following your Twitter username.Twitter is restricting the rollout of this program update to 10% of its global users until it works out all the kinks. Obviously, this change will drastically impact the dynamic of the Promoted Tweets program and increase its appeal. Not to mention what it should do for Twitter’s revenue stream.There is no better time than now to start using Twitter for business. And if your business establishes its Promoted Tweets account now, you’ll be ahead of the curve once it opens up these sweet new ad capabilities to all of its global users.If a tweet falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?Promoted Tweets make your tweets heard by hitting users at times when they are most likely to read your tweet, see your awesome comment or link, follow you, retweet, or even visit one of your landing pages. Also, much like you would pay for PPC (pay-per-click) campaigns on Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. you only pay for your Promoted Tweets when someone engages with your tweet. This means you are charged only when someone clicks, replies, retweets, or favorites your tweet. Twitter calls this a CPE or cost-per-engagement model.6 Ways to Use Promoted Tweets to Maximize Your Brand’s Twitter Reach1. Hit Your Followers at the Right Time: This is probably the most basic use of Promoted Tweets. You can set up campaigns that push your tweets toward the top of your followers’ timeline when they log in to Twitter. Set up Promoted Tweets that are targeted to your followers so you can ensure that your most important tweets have the best shot at being read, clicked, retweeted, favorited, etc.2. Target Relevant Keywords: A critical component of Twitter is its search functionality. Twitter’s search engine allows users to search for tweets using keywords and phrases so they can find other users who are talking about stuff they’re interested in. Promoted Tweets allows you to target specific keywords or phrases so your tweets appear in their search results. This is a great way to target people who are not yet following you.3. Find People Who Resemble Your Followers: Twitter’s latest enhancement will let you target users who resemble your current list of followers. Obviously, this is an excellent way to increase your follower base while ensuring that your tweets hit qualified eyeballs. Very cool!4. Use Geo-Targeting for Events and Local Businesses: You can also set up a Promoted Tweets campaign that is targeted to a specific geo-location. It will then only trigger your ad when a targeted user is in that location. This is great if you want to establish an event-specific hashtag or if you are marketing a local business.5. Promote Offers: Use Promoted Tweets to let your followers know about upcoming deals and offers. Better yet, create an offer that’s exclusively for them!6. Test Content and Messaging: Use Promoted Tweets to determine what sort of messages resonate best with your follower base. Maybe they only like syndicated content, or perhaps they are most interested in your latest deal. Use Promoted Tweets to identify which types of content and messaging get the most action. You can then also implement these findings in your normal Twitter activity.Also, don’t forget that Twitter offers analytics within its Promoted Tweets platform so you can track performance and optimize your campaigns for maximum engagement.Looking to take Twitter sponsorships even farther? Set up a Promoted Account. Promoted Accounts allow your Twitter username to show up in the “Who to Follow” section of other users’ Twitter profile pages.For more information on Promoted Tweets, you can visit Twitter’s Business Center.Have you started using Promoted Tweets in your Twitter marketing efforts? What kind of results have you generated? Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack
Ecommerce sites lose out on many potential sales simply because customers abandon their carts in the middle of shopping, and it’s not always because they’re no longer interested in purchasing the product (although that might be true in some cases). A great way to recover these customers without investing a lot of cost and effort is through the deployment of abandoned cart emails.An abandoned cart email is an email sent to a customer who initiates a shopping event by adding items to his or her online shopping cart but leaves the site before completing the order. These email messages can serve a number of functions depending on the customer, because there are a whole host of reasons why shopping cart abandonment may happen, both from the customer’s and retailer’s end.Causes of Shopping Cart Abandonment From the Customer’s End:Internet connection times outTab/browser accidentally crashes/closesShopper must unexpectedly leave computerUnexpected final price after taxes and shipping are added (AKA “sticker shock”)Concerns about website data securityIntent to purchase at a later time or dateSimply not ready to purchase yetLoses interest in productCauses of Shopping Cart Abandonment From the Retailer’s End:Registration required (no guest check-out)Technical issue with the web pageComplex, confusing, or complicated web formsSelection of payment options is lackingLimited shipping types and destinationsHow Abandoned Cart Emails Can HelpSince there is little you can do as a retailer to fix problems that originate from the customer’s end, abandoned cart emails are the single most effective counter-measure you can take to combat these issues. As for the errors originating from the retailer’s side: of course you should be working toward solving these problems. But you should still be sending out abandoned cart emails. Why? They will still be effective in encouraging the customer to try again, and by tracking certain metrics regarding conversion, they can even help you pinpoint trouble spots and road bumps on your website over time.How to Get the Ball Rolling With Abandoned Cart EmailsMake sure your ecommerce page captures the customer’s email address as early as possible in the ordering flow so you can reach out to all your customers no matter how far down the ordering “funnel” they get. Some websites will also ask for a contact number in order to reach the customer by phone, but most customers consider this to be intrusive when coming from online retailers. Unless your product or website is so complicated that it merits voice support, stick with the email address. You can always add a hotline number to your abandoned cart email to make it convenient for your customers should they wish to call you. Include a link that takes the customer directly back to their shopping cart.When to Send Abandoned Cart Emails to Customers Who Jump ShipHere’s a general rule of thumb: The further along in the ordering process a customer is, the sooner you should send an abandoned cart email. If they abandoned their cart relatively early in the ordering “funnel,” wait a few days to remind them about their purchase. If sending more than one email is feasible, you can also consider a tiered approach, where a series of automated emails are sent at different time intervals following an abandonment episode. It is recommended to send the first within an hour of cart abandonment, a second within 24 hours, and a third and final reminder at the 72-hour mark. Any more than this, and your customer might start to cry “spam,” so be aware of the impact that too many reminder emails can have.Content That Should Be Included in Your Abandoned Cart EmailIt’s important to include a statement addressing why your customer is receiving the email. Make sure it doesn’t sound too Big Brother-ish and that you’re watching his or her every move on your site. Simply notify the customer that his or her transaction was not completed, and offer some guidance back to the cart. Be sure to include contact information at the end of the email in case the customer had an unanswered question that will help complete the transaction.Sample Template for First Email:Hello [Insert Recipient Name],Thank you for visiting [Insert Company Name]!We noticed that you didn’t complete your order, and we wanted to do everything we can to help. To complete your order in two minutes or less, simply revisit your shopping cart by clicking this link [Link to Shopping Cart].If you have any questions about our products/services, please contact us using one of the following methods:[Insert Phone Number] or [Insert Email Address]Please let us know if there is any other way we can help.Thanks,[Personal Signature]Are you effectively leveraging abandoned shopping cart emails in your ecommerce marketing strategy? Topics: Ecommerce Sales Originally published Nov 17, 2011 8:00:00 PM, updated February 01 2017 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack