Instagram debuts IGTV, a hub for high-profile creators, and says it will begin letting users upload videos up to an hour long, up from previous one-minute limit

Update: We launched IGTV at an event in San Francisco featuring many of the Instagram creators who’ll make IGTV great. Check out the video of the event to learn what IGTV is, how it works and see it come to life.

Today, we have two big announcements to share. First, Instagram is now a global community of one billion! Since our launch in 2010, we’ve watched with amazement as the community has flourished and grown. This is a major accomplishment — so from all of us at Instagram, thank you!

Second, we’re announcing our most exciting feature to date: IGTV, a new app for watching long-form, vertical video from your favorite Instagram creators, like LaurDIY posting her newest project or King Bach sharing his latest comedy skit. While there’s a stand-alone IGTV app, you’ll also be able to watch from within the Instagram app so the entire community of one billion can use it from the very start.

IGTV is different in a few ways. First, it’s built for how you actually use your phone, so videos are full screen and vertical. Also, unlike on Instagram, videos aren’t limited to one minute. Instead, each video can be up to an hour long.

We’ve made it simple, too. Just like turning on the TV, IGTV starts playing as soon as you open the app. You don’t have to search to start watching content from people you already follow on Instagram and others you might like based on your interests. You can swipe up to discover more — switch between “For You,” “Following,” “Popular” and “Continue Watching.” You can also like, comment and send videos to friends in Direct.

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XM Cyber Awarded as "Technology Pioneer" by World Economic Forum

XM Cyber, founded by top executives from Israel's cyber intelligence community and provider of the first fully automated APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) simulation and remediation platform, today announced that it was selected among hundreds of candidates to be recognized as one of the World Economic Forum's "Technology Pioneers". The Technology Pioneers community consists of early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies and innovations, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society.

XM Cyber's platform, HaXM, continuously exposes attack vectors that sneak under the radar of existing protective measures, tracing them from breach point to any organizational critical asset. This continuous loop of automated red teaming is augmented with ongoing and prioritized actionable remediation of security gaps. In effect, HaXM operates as an automated purple team that fluidly combines red and blue teams' processes to ensure that organizations are always one step ahead of the hacker.

"We welcome XM Cyber to this diverse group of Technology Pioneers," said Fulvia Montresor, Head of Technology Pioneers at the World Economic Forum. "XM Cyber and its fellow pioneers are front and center in shaping the ongoing Fourth Industrial Revolution, and we believe they will transform society and industry in a positive way in the years to come."

"We are truly honored and thrilled to be acknowledged as a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum," said XM Cyber co-founder and CEO Noam Erez. "It reinforces the role our technology plays in the cyber ecosystem and its potential impact on the lives of people and organizations. This prestigious recognition, combined with field-proven results, highlights the relevance of an 'Automated Purple Team' and its ability to continuously expose hidden attack vectors to critical assets while providing prioritized remediation."

The Technology Pioneers were selected by a selection committee of more than 60 academics, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and corporate executives. The committee based its decisions on criteria including innovation, potential impact and leadership. Past recipients include Airbnb, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Palantir Technologies, Spotify, TransferWise, Twitter and Wikimedia. Many pioneers will attend the Annual Meeting in Davos, in January 2019, and will continue to contribute to the Forum's initiatives during the next two years.

Additional information on the 2018 Technology Pioneers can be found here.

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Brandon Frere on the Illusion of Busyness and How to Measure Progress in a Business

The success of a business depends on the achievements of those who work there. Employees must stay productive in order to complete tasks that keep the business running. However, business leaders should be cognizant of the difference between measurable progress and the appearance of busyness. Brandon Frere, CEO of Frere Enterprises and a successful entrepreneur, relies on data when examining production and progress in his companies.

"I try to keep my employees busy with work that will benefit the company and push them to exceed their professional goals," said Frere. "But it's important to make sure that those goals are being met and the best way to do that is through data."

Society today stresses the importance of staying busy, but business leaders should remember that busyness doesn't necessarily equate to success. For example, staying too busy can actually lower production and it may also cause mistakes and burnout, which can negatively affect production.

Instead, Frere suggests that business leaders measure progress in a company based on concrete metrics. Employees who are up for a promotion should have a proven track record of completing tasks that are important for the business. Instead of merely noticing that they look busy all the time, a system to track projects they are working on can help inform the decision to promote them based on real data.

Similarly, a busy office overall may suggest that a business is growing, but it could also simply show that the current workforce can barely keep up the minimum workload.

"Businesses that use real data for marketing often see results and can make future marketing choices based on those results," said Brandon Frere. "The same is true for what goes on in the office. Knowing how many projects are finished each month can influence choices on next steps for the business and individuals in the workforce."

SOURCE Frere Enterprises
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BET & Wingstop To Host HipHopDX's 3rd Annual Rappers VS Gamers Tag-Team Tournament: #DXTURBO III

HipHopDX, the #1 Hip Hop news source is bringing back their extremely popular annual video game tournament, DX TURBO. This year's event, DX TURBO III, is sponsored by BET, the nation's leading provider of quality entertainment, music and news television programming for the African-American audience and Wingstop, a worldwide franchise who remains on the cutting edge of digital ordering technology. DX TURBO III, is a highly anticipated event and will once again pit teams of professional gamers and celebrities face off against one another in this year's competition, Tekken 7, a fighting game developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game is the ninth installment in the Tekken series, and the first to make use of the Unreal Engine. This exciting double elimination tournament will consist of eight teams of two players, which consist of one Hip Hop artist and one professional gamer.

As in previous years, the whole affair will be broadcast live via HipHopDX's Twitch channel (, YouTube ( and Facebook (, as well as on BET's Youtube ( & Facebook ( The big event will take place in a historic experiential studio in Downtown Los Angeles, on the heels of the six day game culture event, E3. This year the DX TURBO III contest is poised to be yet another great success for HipHopDX, a brand on the move. DX Turbo has mastered this impactful tastemaker event which caters to influencers, gamers, and the urban music community. This is definitely an event that the media will not want to miss. HipHopDX has cut its teeth as an emerging icon in the hip hop music news arena and now DX Turbo III is clear proof that HipHopDX is also making a huge imprint on the gaming entertainment world as well.

"It's spectacular! This event is now in its 3rd year and HipHopDX is very excited to again present such an authentic and original event with the support of BET, Wingstop and Bandai Namco," said Sharath Cherian, Founder/CEO of HipHopDX. "We're honored to have these companies support the gaming and Hip Hop world, as they collide in such a fun way."

2016 saw HipHopDX debut its inaugural DX TURBO, featuring Street Fighter, where an enthusiastic audience of celebrities, gamers, industry tastemakers watched as Rapper Futuristic and Street Fighter Legend Chris Tatarian took the crown. In 2017, Kirko Bangz and iPod King Carter held their audience rapt as they walked away with the top spot dunking it out on NBA Playgrounds.

Boasting a who's who list of champion gamers like high earning tournament player, So-Cal's very own, Tekken 7 master, Mike "Suiken" Khieu, Evolution World Champion Tekken 7 player, Anthony "Jackie Tran" Tran, Tekken Champion Contender and favorite, Vanessa "Swag Master" Tan, and Joseph "Joey Fury" Bennett, whose gameplay style helped propel him to top 5 finishes at almost every tournament he has ever competed in and who recently took out the #1 ranked Kim "JDCR" Hyun Jin in Tekken at Combo Breaker 2018. These gaming gods will be paired up with celebrities such as actor, rapper, Page Kennedy, best known for portraying Radon Randell in the Spike sports comedy series, Blue Mountain State, and U-Turn in the Showtime series, Weeds, Derek Minor, hip hop artist, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and screenwriter & Sacramento rapper Mozzy, NBA All-Star Baron Davis, and Grammy Award winning producer Drumma Boy, all of whom are anxious to prove they are also up to the challenge, DX TURBO III is sure to be the best tournament yet. (More players to be announced early next week.)

Music will be provided by DJ Hed of Real 92.3. TBS eLeague host by culture icon, Steve "Tasty Steve" Scott and former HipHopDX EIC Justin Hunte will host the live stream. The double-elimination tournament players will battle until one team is left standing. Participants and their guests will be enjoy drinks and delicious fresh wings courtesy of Wingstop while surrounded by celebrities, NBA stars, influencers, singers, rappers and cosplay stars.

Tekken 7 is a fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Studios that had a limited arcade release in Japan in 2015 as the first to make use of the Unreal Engine. An updated version, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, was released in Japan in 2016 featuring expanded content, including new stages, costumes, items and characters. That version was released for Microsoft Windows, Playstation 4 and Xbox One in 2017. Tekken 7 went on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide by the end of 2017.

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2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata Packs More Punch, Features

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has never been about power; it's a car whose sole purpose is to help the driver and passenger fall in love with driving. But, a little extra power never hurts, which comes as one aspect of numerous updates for the 2019 model year.

Mazda's engineers enriched MX-5's SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine with the goals of improved response, performance, feel and efficiency. The net results are 181 horsepower at 7,000 rpm—a 17-percent improvement—and 151 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, with a richer torque curve throughout MX-5's entire rev range.

Speaking of rev range, redline has increased from 6,800 rpm to 7,500 rpm. Engineers were able to increase performance through several means, including:

Reducing internal mass and friction: Each piston has been reduced 27g in mass, thanks to a minimized skirt area. Connecting rods are 41g lighter than previous units.
Reducing exhaust loss: The upgraded engine carries an increased valve opening angle and valve lift height. The inner diameter of the exhaust manifold has also been increased. The net results are a 30-percent reduction in pumping losses.
Improved combustion: Reconfigured intake ports and new high-diffusion, higher-pressure fuel injectors improve the tumble and swirl of fuel in the cylinder and better-atomize fuel. The benefit is improved efficiency and torque at all rpm.
Dual-mass flywheel: Replacing the single-mass flywheel with a low-inertia, dual-mass flywheel improves smoothness and responsiveness.
A new exhaust system with richer sound quality.
New final drive ratio: The transmission's final drive ratio has been increased from 3.454 to 3.583 in models equipped with an automatic transmission in order to improve linear response to match the driver's intentions. Gear ratios are otherwise unchanged from previous models.

As a result of numerous changes, MX-5 is quicker, more responsive and aims to be more engaging to drive, adhering to Mazda's unique Jinba Ittai—"horse and rider as one"—engineering philosophy.

Beyond engine improvements, the 2019 MX-5 introduces an available brown canvas soft top, new black metallic 17-inch wheels, a newly telescoping steering wheel (42mm of travel), easier-to-open doors and revised door stops and revised cupholders and seat levers.

On the safety front, the new MX-5 will be sold with a new, standard rearview camera and newly available features such as Traffic Sign Recognition and Smart City Brake Support in addition to other i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies found throughout various trim levels. In the process of gaining many new features, the 2019 MX-5 gains just 7 lbs. from previous models, owing to a strict adherence to Mazda's "Gram Strategy" and ingenious solutions like adopting an aluminum steering shaft in place of the previous steel unit.

When the fourth-generation MX-5 launched, its development team rallied around the idea of innovating in order to preserve. The latest round of innovations aim to continue that mission.

The 2019 Mazda MX-5 will be available in the U.S. this fall, with pricing, packaging and full specifications to be announced closer to on-sale timing. Details concerning the 2019-spec Global MX-5 Cup racecar will also be announced at a later date.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

Follow MNAO's social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at

SOURCE Mazda North American Operations
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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hyundai Motor Group and Audi Partner in Fuel Cell Technology

Hyundai Motor Group (the Group) and AUDI AG (Audi) announced they have entered into a multi-year patent cross-licensing agreement, covering a broad range of fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) components and technologies. Under the new partnership, the world's fifth-largest auto-making group and the German premium car maker will make joint efforts in developing FCEVs, to lead the automotive industry to a more sustainable future.

The cross-license agreement has been signed between Hyundai Motor Company – the Group's flagship car-making unit – and Audi but also covers and benefits both companies' affiliates, including but not limited to Kia Motors Corporation and Audi's parent company Volkswagen AG. Hyundai and Audi, as well as their affiliates will equally share the patent licenses over the years to come. The duration of the agreement has not been disclosed.

The partnership between Hyundai Motor Group and Audi will leverage collective R&D capabilities in fuel cell technology to elevate their presence in the FCEV market. Therefore, the agreement also includes mutual access to fuel cell components. As a first step, Hyundai Motor Group will grant its counterpart the access to parts that are based on Hyundai's know-how accumulated from the development of ix35 Fuel Cell as well as NEXO.

Audi - responsible for the development of fuel cell technology within the Volkswagen Group – will also be able to take full advantage of Hyundai's FCEV parts supply chain. Hyundai Motor Company, the world's first mass-producer of fuel cell vehicles, has been offering SUV-Class FCEVs since 2013, and currently sells them in 18 countries around the world.

"This agreement is another example of Hyundai's strong commitment to creating a more sustainable future whilst enhancing consumers' lives with hydrogen-powered vehicles, the fastest way to a truly zero-emission world," said Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman at Hyundai Motor Company. "We are confident that the Hyundai Motor Group-Audi partnership will successfully demonstrate the vision and benefits of FCEVs to the global society."

"The fuel cell is the most systematic form of electric driving and thus a potent asset in our technology portfolio for the emission-free premium mobility of the future," said Peter Mertens, Board Member for Technical Development at AUDI AG. "On our FCEV roadmap, we are joining forces with strong partners such as Hyundai. For the breakthrough of this sustainable technology, cooperation is the smart way to leading innovations with attractive cost structures."

Partnership beyond patent sharing
Hyundai Motor Group and Audi have also agreed to explore opportunities for a next step in their collaboration. This next step will aim to lead industry standards in fuel cell technology as well as accelerate FCEV development and spur innovation in this technology, providing more advanced mobility options to customers.

Alliance opens new doors for the Group's fuel cell components business
Hyundai Motor Group also plans to strengthen its competitiveness in the fuel cell components industry, engaging in new business opportunities created by the new partnership. Hyundai Mobis (Mobis), the leading FCEV's components manufacturer of the Group, is expected to continuously expand its role for developing and supplying proprietary core components for Hyundai and Kia FCEVs.

In 2017, Mobis became the first company in the world to establish an integrated production system for core components of FCEVs. The company's plant in Chungju, South Korea, currently has the production capacity of 3,000 powertrain fuel cell complete (PFC) modules per year. PFC modules are comprised of fuel stacks, drive motors, power electronic components and hydrogen fuel supply units. Mobis will raise the plant's capacity to tens of thousands of PFC modules down the road, depending on market demand.

Long ranges and short refueling times make hydrogen an attractive future source of energy for electric mobility. This is particularly true for larger automobiles, where the weight advantages of the fuel cell vehicle inherent to its design are particularly pronounced. Key aspects for its future market success include the regenerative production of hydrogen and the establishment of a sufficient infrastructure.

Hyundai Motor Group, taking the lead in FCEV deployment, is striving to develop FCEVs that exceed the expectations of traditionally-powered vehicles, in terms of safety, reliability, range and specification. The Group is further strengthening its global leadership with an all-new hydrogen-powered SUV, NEXO, with enhanced range and fuel efficiency. NEXO comes with motor power of 120kW*, 20% better than its predecessor Tucson Fuel Cell (also known as ix35 Fuel Cell). NEXO is built on a new dedicated fuel cell platform, which gives it greater power and better driving dynamics than earlier generation FCEVs.

* Based on certifications in US / Europe

About Hyundai Motor Group
Hyundai Motor Group is a global corporation that has created a value chain based on automobiles, steel, and construction and includes logistics, finance, IT and service. With about 250,000 employees worldwide, the Group's automobile brands include Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. Armed with creative thinking, cooperative communication and the will to take on all challenges, we are working to create a better future for all.

SOURCE Hyundai Motor Group
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All-New 2019 Honda Insight Brings Style, Sophistication and 55 mpg City Rating

The 2019 Honda Insight offers class-leading power and passenger space, universally appealing styling, as well as an EPA rating of up to 55 mpg2 in the city while simultaneously bringing a new level of driving sophistication and style to the compact hybrid market. Boasting a high level of standard premium features, Insight's Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 starts at $22,830 (excluding $895 destination and handling).

Insight's body, chassis and powertrain combination provide a surprisingly satisfying driving experience. Total system output of 151-horsepower provides brisk acceleration compared to other hybrids, yet it also receives an EPA rating of up to 55 mpg in the city, putting it among the best hybrids on the market. Furthermore, with its comparatively low starting price, Insight makes it easier than ever to save at the pump while looking good doing it.
 2019 Insight Pricing & EPA Ratings

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Insight LX
Insight EX
Insight Touring
Insight comes in three different trim levels: LX, EX, and Touring. All Insights come standard with multi-element LED headlights, push-button start, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Among other features, Insight EX adds an 8-inch Display Audio with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, while Insight Touring adds leather seating surfaces, an 8-way power driver's seat, Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.

The 2019 Insight is powered by the third generation of Honda's innovative two-motor hybrid drivetrain. A 1.5-liter DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40.5-percent thermal efficiency is paired to an electric propulsion motor that produces 197 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 151 horsepower. Thanks to its clever two-motor design, Insight operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Insight helps drivers maximize energy regeneration through the use of steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors. Working similar to transmission paddle shifters, Insight's Deceleration Selectors let the driver toggle between three different levels of regenerative braking performance. Tap the left selector to increase regenerative braking, and the right to reduce it. This system not only increases battery charging via regeneration, it also helps reduce stress on the brakes, and lets drivers tailor their regenerative braking level for different driving conditions.

Insight's hybrid powertrain uses power from the gasoline engine and electric motors to accommodate the current driving conditions, seamlessly shifting through three distinct drive operations. In EV Drive, Insight is powered solely by its electric drive motor, drawing power from the battery. In Hybrid Drive the gasoline engine drives a generator motor to supply electrical power to the drive motor. In certain circumstances, Engine Drive operation connects the gasoline engine directly to the drive wheels.

The 2019 Insight's battery is housed in a compact intelligent power unit (IPU) mounted under the rear seats, allowing Insight to offer an uncompromised 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space (LX/EX) that rivals many midsize sedans, and a folding rear seatback for long loads (60/40 split in EX and Touring trims). With up to 97.6 cubic feet of interior space and class-leading rear legroom, Insight's interior packaging also offers the best passenger space in its class.

The 2019 Insight joins an expanding lineup of electrified Honda vehicles that includes the Clarity series – Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – and the recently introduced Accord Hybrid. These models represent the next generation of Honda vehicles as the company advances toward its global initiative to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds by 2030.

The 2019 Honda Insight for the North American market is manufactured, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, exclusively at Honda's Greensburg, Indiana auto plant alongside Civic and CR-V. Its hybrid powertrain, including the 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle, two-motor system and intelligent power unit (IPU) containing the hybrid battery pack, is produced in Ohio.

SOURCE American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
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Glassdoor Reveals Employees' Choice Awards For The Top CEOs In 2018

Glassdoor, one of the world's largest job and recruiting sites, today announced the winners of its annual Employees' Choice Awards, honoring the Top CEOs in 2018 across North Americaand parts of Europe. Unlike any other workplace award, the Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards are based on the input of employees who voluntarily provide anonymous feedback by completing a company review about their CEO's leadership, along with insight into their job, work environment and employer over the past year.

This year, the Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards for the Top CEOs feature six distinct company categories across the U.S., Canada, UK, France and Germany. In the U.S., Glassdoor has revealed the 100 Top CEOs (honoring CEOs at employers with 1,000 or more employees) and the 50 Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies (honoring CEOs at employers with fewer than 1,000 employees).

The ten Top CEOs in 2018 in the U.S. are:
1. Zoom Video Communications' Eric S. Yuan (99 percent approval)
2. Boston Scientific's Michael F. Mahoney (99 percent approval)
3. DocuSign's Daniel Springer (99 percent approval)
4. In-N-Out Burger's Lynsi Snyder (99 percent approval)
5. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's James Downing (98 percent approval)
6. Power Home Remodeling's Corey Schiller and Asher Raphael (98 percent approval)
7. H E B's Charles C. Butt (98 percent approval)
8. LinkedIn's Jeff Weiner (97 percent approval)
9. Wegmans Food Markets' Colleen Wegman (97 percent approval)
10. Salesforce's Marc Benioff (97 percent approval)

The five Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies in 2018 in the U.S. are:
1. Samsara's Sanjit Biswas (99 percent approval)
2. Acceleration Partners' Robert Glazer (99 percent approval)
3. Sprout Social's Justyn Howard (99 percent approval)
4. Logical Position's Michael Weinhouse and John Ganey (99 percent approval)
5. Strive Consulting's Ron Rother (99 percent approval)

"Winning a Glassdoor Top CEO award is a true acknowledgement of exceptional leadership, as it reflects the opinions of the employees who work with a chief executive every day. I congratulate all of this year's winners on this significant achievement," said Robert Hohman, Glassdoor co-founder and CEO. "It can be a real recruiting advantage to have a top-rated CEO at the helm of a company who has strong support from his or her employees. The best CEOs are inspiring, trustworthy, innovative and can be great motivators for people to bring their best selves to work."

Glassdoor's 100 Top CEOs in 2018 list features winning chief executives across diverse industries spanning technology, health care, finance, manufacturing, retail and more. Zoom Video Communications' Eric S. Yuan (No. 1, 99 percent approval) is among 42 CEOs debuting as a Top CEO, along with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's James Downing(No. 5, 98 percent approval), E. & J. Gallo Winery's Joe Gallo (No. 18, 96 percent approval) and Six Flags' James Reid-Anderson (No. 40, 94 percent approval). Of the eight women CEOs who make the top 100, the three highest-rated women are In-N-Out Burger's Lynsi Snyder (No. 4, 99 percent approval), Wegmans Food Markets' Colleen Wegman (No. 9, 97 percent approval) and Taylor Morrison's Sheryl Palmer (No. 19, 96 percent approval).

On the 2018 list of the 50 Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies, four of the top five CEOs are all newcomers to this list.

This year, there are 15 CEOs who are recognized by employees in multiple countries, including only one CEO who has made five lists — Microsoft's Satya Nadella (U.S. Large, Canada, UK, France, Germany) — and one who has made four lists — SAP's Bill McDermott (U.S. Large, UK, Canada, Germany).

When employees submit reviews about their employer on Glassdoor, they are asked to rate several factors tied to their employment experience, including sentiment around their CEO's leadership, in addition to rating workplace attributes like senior management, among others. Specifically, when rating their CEO on Glassdoor, employees are asked to report whether they approve, disapprove or are neutral about the performance of their CEO.

Among the more than 770,000 employers reviewed on Glassdoor, the average CEO approval rating is 69 percent.

Employees' Choice Award winners for the 2018 Top CEOs and Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies are determined using Glassdoor's proprietary algorithm, taking into account the quantity, quality and consistency of Glassdoor-approved company reviews shared by U.S.-based employees between May 2, 2017 and May 1, 2018. At a minimum, employers considered for the large list must have received at least 100 company reviews, including at least 100 CEO approval ratings and at least 100 senior management ratings, while employers eligible for the small & medium list must have received at least 35 company reviews, including at least 35 CEO approval ratings and at least 35 senior management ratings, respectively, during the eligibility period. For reporting simplicity, CEO approval ratings are displayed as whole numbers, though calculations extend beyond the thousandth decimal place to determine final rank order. Complete award methodology can be found and downloaded here:

SEE THE 2018 WINNERS: All winning CEOs across this year's six categories can be found by visiting:
100 Top CEOs – U.S.
50 Top CEOs at Small & Medium Companies – U.S.
25 Top CEOs – Canada
50 Top CEOs – UK
10 Top CEOs – France
10 Top CEOs – Germany

WHAT MAKES A GREAT CEO?: According to a study from Glassdoor Economic Research, highly rated CEOs are statistically linked to companies with great cultures. Among measures of company culture, the biggest driver of high CEO approval ratings is employee satisfaction with senior leadership. The study also reveals a strong link between CEO approval rating and financial performance.

CEO INTERVIEWS + EMPLOYEE COMMENTARY: Glassdoor is showcasing interviews with winning CEOs, revealing best practices into how they lead, fun facts about their journey to the top and insights into what makes them tick in and out of work. To access these interviews with winning CEOs at Zoom Video Communications and Samsara, please email Employee commentary about winning CEOs, their senior management team and company culture are also available upon request.

SOURCE Glassdoor
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SolarStratos Aims to Reach Stratosphere More Than 80,000 Feet Above Earth Using SunPower Solar Technology

SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR), one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, has joined the Mission SolarStratos expedition as the exclusive solar cell provider for its aircraft. Within the next two years, SolarStratos is expected to be the first solar-powered plane to soar above the Earth's troposphere and into the stratosphere – flying twice as high as a commercial airliner's typical cruising altitude – without a drop of fossil fuel.

"SolarStratos has an opportunity to push the limits of what we think is humanly possible and prove that renewable energy has the capacity to power our lives while preserving our planet," said SolarStratos President and Pilot Raphael Domjan. "We are fortunate to energize SolarStratos with SunPower's industry-leading solar technology and look forward to further showcasing the value of innovative and reliable solar solutions for the world to see."

A passionate, award-winning adventurer with experience bringing record-breaking projects to fruition, Domjan was the founder and the expedition leader of PlanetSolar – also powered by SunPower solar technology – which became the first boat to sail around the world on solar energy alone in 2012. This September, Domjan will attempt his first world-record flight, reaching 33,000 feet in a SolarStratos prototype plane.

SunPower® Maxeon® solar cells were selected for SolarStratos aircrafts because they are highly efficient, durable, lightweight, and about as thin as a human hair. On the next generation SolarStratos plane, SunPower's 24-percent efficient cells will be incorporated into the wings and horizontal stabilizer to power an electrical engine and charge a 20-kilowatt hour (kWh) lithium-ion battery for energy supply when the sun is out of sight.

Next Generation SolarStratos Plane at a Glance
Length: 8.5 meters – about 30 feet, or the distance from the end zone to the 10-yard line on an American football field
Wingspan: 24.8 meters – about 81 feet, or the length of two standard city buses
Weight: 450 kilograms – about as heavy as a grand piano; to make SolarStratos its lightest, the cabin will not be pressurized, requiring pilots to wear astronaut suits that are pressurized by solar energy
Engine: 32-kilowatt electrical engine, about one-third the size of what would power an electric vehicle
Energy: 22 square meters of SunPower Maxeon solar cells, each reaching 22 to 24 percent efficiency
Batteries: One 20-kilowatt lithium ion battery
Autonomy: Self-generates electricity with solar to power the plane for more than 12 hours

"Soaring at such heights requires an unprecedented level of solar performance and durability, making SunPower's unique solar technology a natural choice for SolarStratos," said Tom Werner, SunPower CEO and chairman of the board. "The plane features the same extraordinary cells as those found in our high efficiency solar panels powering homes and businesses here on land – a true testament to our innovation as a solar leader."

In addition to supporting SolarStratos and the solar boat PlanetSolar, SunPower has a pioneering legacy of powering unique solar projects. In 1993, SunPower's high-efficiency solar cells drove a Honda solar car to win the World Solar Challenge from Darwin to Adelaide in Australia a full day ahead of the second-place finisher. The company also worked with NASA to develop the unmanned Helios solar plane that flew to a record altitude of 96,863 feet, also powered by SunPower high-efficiency solar cells. Most recently, SunPower helped Solar Impulse 2 – a single-seater solar plane – complete its groundbreaking flight around the world with zero fuel, the first for an aircraft of its kind.

SOURCE SunPower Corp.

Porsche takes a stake in the Croatian technology and sports car company Rimac

Porsche AG has bought a minority stake in Electric Vehicle technology company Rimac Automobili and its subsidiary Greyp Bikes.

The partnership aims to support Rimac’s and Greyp’s advanced technologies and their positioning as the leading niche EV technology suppliers and high-performance electric vehicle manufacturers.

“In less than a decade we have built up a comprehensive know-how in developing high-performance electric powertrain and battery technology, innovative infotainment and telemetry systems and many other core vehicle systems. Our hypercars are at the pinnacle of technology, redefining the idea of the supercar.” Mate Rimac, Founder and CEO of Rimac Automobili comments: “Still, building a serious automotive supplier and niche sportscar manufacturer is a lifetime challenge and we still have a long way to go. Entering the collaborative partnership with Porsche AG is an important step in our strategy to become a leading EV technology supplier to the global OEMs. We are delighted to have gained a high level of trust from our investors, partners and customers and are looking forward to continue working on exciting projects with our clients across the automotive industry.”

“By developing the purely electric two-seaters super sports cars, like the ‘Concept_One’ and ‘C Two’, as well as core vehicle systems, Rimac has impressively demonstrated its credentials in the field of electromobility”, says Lutz Meschke, Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board and Member of the Executive Board for Finance and IT at Porsche. He adds: “We feel that Rimac’s ideas and approaches are extremely promising, which is why we hope to enter into close collaboration with the company in the form of a development partnership.”

Rimac is a technology powerhouse providing EV solutions to global automotive manufacturers and developing and manufacturing high-performance electric vehicles. Mate Rimac’s vision began as a garage project in 2009 and hs grown into a 400-people company on the outskirts of Zagreb, Croatia. Its subsidiary Greyp Bikes aims to deliver the most advanced electric bicycle on the market. Both companies are growing exponentially to meet the challenges of market dynamics.

Microsoft to deliver intelligent cloud from Norway datacenters

Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday announced plans to further expand its significant and growing investment in cloud computing in Europe by delivering the intelligent Microsoft Cloud from two new datacenter regions in Norway: one in the greater Stavanger region and the other in Oslo.

The Microsoft Cloud, comprising Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365, will offer enterprise-grade reliability and performance with data residency from new datacenter locations. Initial availability of Azure is planned for late 2019 with Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to follow. Microsoft has deep expertise protecting data, championing privacy, and empowering customers around the globe to meet extensive security and privacy requirements with Microsoft's Trusted Cloud principles and the broadest set of compliance certifications and attestations in the industry.

"Over a billion customers around the world trust the intelligent Microsoft Cloud to provide a platform to help transform their businesses," said Jason Zander, executive vice president, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft. "By delivering the Microsoft Cloud from new datacenter regions in Norway, organizations will be empowered through cloud-scale innovation while meeting their data residency, security and compliance needs."

Equinor, an international energy company, has chosen the Microsoft Cloud in Norway to enable its digital transformation and drive cloud-enabled innovation. The strategic partnership is supporting Equinor's digital journey through a seven-year consumption and development agreement valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars (USD). Leveraging the cloud is a prerequisite for the energy industry's transformation toward a digital future, and secure, reliable and cost-efficient operations are a requirement for Equinor's adaptation of the cloud.

"Equinor plays a central role in stimulating innovation and advancement of the Norwegian economy, and we are deeply honored to be partnering with them to help take their business into its next stage of growth through the intelligent Microsoft Cloud," said Kimberly Lein-Mathisen, general manager, Microsoft Norway. "By bringing these new datacenters online in Norway, we are also very pleased to be able to pave the way for growth and transformation of many other businesses and organizations in Norway, whether they be large enterprises, government bodies, or any of the 200,000 small and medium-size businesses that create Norway's thriving economy."

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Norwegian minister of Trade and Industry said, "The Norwegian government is deeply committed to helping Norway thrive as a hub for digital innovation. Norway needs new industries that create jobs and boost economic growth. In February 2018 the Norwegian government released its datacenter strategy 'Powered by Nature,' establishing that attracting datacenters and international investments is an important part of our industrial policy. Therefore, we are very pleased to see Microsoft's commitment to our country with this new datacenter. We believe that datacenters and cloud services will help ensure the competitiveness and productivity of Norwegian businesses and government institutions, and have a positive impact on our responsibility to our citizens to create an inclusive working life, to the environment, and to our economic development and job growth."

The delivery of cloud services from Norway expands on Microsoft's existing investments having operated in the country since 1990 with nearly 600 people working in offices in Lysaker, Oslo, Trondheim and Tromsø across sales, marketing and development, and a network of more than 1,700 partners. This new investment is the first time Microsoft will deliver the intelligent Microsoft Cloud from datacenters located in Norway and is expected to enable greater innovation for oil and gas and other industries, as well as the public sector.

Extending the value of the Microsoft Cloud regions for Norway, customers can also take advantage of hybrid cloud options with Microsoft Azure Stack. Available through service providers in the region, Azure Stack enables customers to develop solutions that harness the power of consistency between Azure and Azure Stack to cater to unique connectivity and compliance needs.

Microsoft has been rapidly expanding to meet an intensifying customer demand for cloud services. By investing in local infrastructure, Microsoft's intelligent cloud services help companies innovate in their industries and move their businesses to the cloud while meeting data residency, security and compliance needs. Microsoft also has a long history of collaborating with customers to navigate evolving business needs and has developed strategies to help customers prepare for the new European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). We have invested to make the Microsoft Cloud GDPR compliant, are delivering innovation that accelerates GDPR compliance, and have built a community of experts to help customers along their full GDPR journey.

Office 365 and Dynamics 365 continue to expand the data residency options for customers with 18 geographies announced. The two products are the only productivity and business application platforms that can offer in-geo data residency across such a broad set of locations. Each datacenter geography delivers a consistent experience, backed by robust policies, controls and systems to help keep data safe and help comply with local and regional regulations.

Over the past three years, the number of Azure regions available has more than doubled. Azure has more regions than any other cloud provider with 52 regions announced across the globe.

Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT" @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.
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SONIFI Announces Voice-Enabled Room Controls in Partnership with Volara

HITEC, SONIFI Booth #1501 -- SONIFI Solutions today announced a major step in extending its solutions for a smarter enterprise by delivering voice-activated room controls powered by Volara. The integrated experience allows users to make requests, control the room environments, and access information using proven technologies such as Alexa for Hospitality, announced by Amazon today. SONIFI will make this solution available as part of its core lineup of hospitality solutions for customers.

The partnership also includes technology integrations that combine SONIFI's guestroom technology and Volara's voice activation capabilities to drive a more seamless and enhanced guest experience, as was recently launched at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, a AAA Five Diamond resort spread across 65 acres in the Sonoran Desert of Scottsdale, AZ.The property is among the first to offer guests a hands-free, voice-activated calling feature via Alexa for Hospitality. This voice-enabled amenity is customized to the Princess hotel and located only in premium rooms. Guests may ask the Alexa any myriad of questions or requests, from scheduling turn-down service, to playing music, dialing the Concierge Desk or asking the best place for a great steak.

"The possibilities of combining video and voice to deliver guest experiences are quite powerful," said Roy Kosuge, Chief Commercial Officer for SONIFI. "We're excited to be working with Volara's innovative team to exceed guest and hotelier expectations."

"We're thrilled to be working with SONIFI, given the robust array of solutions they already offer in hospitality," added David Berger, CEO of Volara. "It's a natural alignment for our respective customers."

SONIFI Solutions and Volara will be conducting joint press interviews at HITEC Houston at booth #1501 to discuss this announcement and other joint solutions planned for the future.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

DarioHealth Set to Join Russell Microcap Index Effective June 25, 2018

DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO), a leading global digital health company with mobile health and big data solutions, announced today that its stock will be added to the Russell Microcap® Index, effective at market open on Monday, June 25, 2018. Membership in the Russell Microcap® Index, which remains in place for one year, means automatic inclusion in the appropriate growth and value style indexes. FTSE Russell determines membership for its Russell US Indexes primarily by objective, market-capitalization rankings and style attributes.

"We are very pleased that DarioHealth has been selected for inclusion into the Russell Microcap® Index and we believe it is a result of our company's recent achievements and growth. Inclusion in the index should make our stock more visible and attractive to institutional investors, thereby supporting the long term value of our company," commented Erez Raphael, Chairman and CEO of DarioHealth.

Russell US Indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors as the basis for index funds and as benchmarks for active investment strategies. Approximately $9 trillion in assets are benchmarked against Russell US Indexes. Russell US Indexes are part of FTSE Russell, a leading global index provider.

For more information on the Russell Microcap® Index and the Russell US Indexes reconstitution, go to the "Russell Reconstitution" section on the FTSE Russell website.

About DarioHealth Corp.

DarioHealth Corp. (NASDAQ: DRIO) is a leading global digital health company serving its users with dynamic mobile health solutions. In today's day and age, knowledge of health and treatment is being democratized, and we believe people deserve to know everything about their own health and have the best tools to manage their condition. DarioHealth employs a revolutionary approach whereby harnessing big data, we have developed a novel method for chronic disease data management, empowering people to analyze and personalize self-diabetes management in a totally new way without having the disease slow them down. DarioHealth has a commercial office in New York with an R&D center in Caesarea, Israel. For more information, visit

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This news release and the statements of representatives and partners of DarioHealth Corp. (the "Company") related thereto contain or may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "plan," "project," "potential," "seek," "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "anticipate," "intend," "could," "estimate," or "continue" are intended to identify forward-looking statements. For example, when the Company discussed its future inclusion in the Russell Microcap® Index and states that its inclusion in the index should make its stock more visible and attractive to institutional investors, thereby supporting the long term value of the company, it is using forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that certain important factors may affect the Company's actual results and could cause such results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements that may be made in this news release. Factors that may affect the Company's results include, but are not limited to, regulatory approvals, product demand, market acceptance, impact of competitive products and prices, product development, commercialization or technological difficulties, the success or failure of negotiations and trade, legal, social and economic risks, and the risks associated with the adequacy of existing cash resources. Additional factors that could cause or contribute to differences between the Company's actual results and forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those risks discussed in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned that actual results (including, without limitation, the timing for and results of the Company's commercial and regulatory plans for Dario™) may differ significantly from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

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Privacy4Cars App Launches To Help Protect Privacy Of Vehicle Users

Privacy4Cars, the first and only mobile process designed to help erase Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from modern vehicles, announced today that its namesake app, Privacy4Cars, is available as a free download on iOS and Android devices. The Privacy4Cars app enables consumers and businesses to quickly and efficiently delete personal data retained by modern vehicle infotainment systems.

The first-of-its-kind app was developed by Andrea Amico, a renowned expert in vehicle privacy and cybersecurity. Amico founded Privacy4Cars amidst growing industry frustration over how modern vehicles retain PII, and the complexity required to remove all information properly. Amico's goal with Privacy4Cars is to offer the same simplified vehicle security and privacy compliance solution to consumers, dealers and fleets.

"To date, there has not been an adequate effort to educate vehicle users on the dangers of leaving their Personally Identifiable Information in vehicles they no longer use," said Privacy4Cars founder Andrea Amico. "People would not want to hand their phones and all their data to strangers - yet they often fail to realize that this is what they do every time they sell a vehicle, return a rental car, or participate in a car sharing or subscription program."

Through his work in the industry, Amico has found that even when people make an effort to delete personal information from vehicle infotainment systems they are often forced to use outdated manuals or pay outside service providers and dealers.

"In the wake of General Data Protection Regulation, consumers around the world are demanding to know where their personal information is being stored, and to use their right to be forgotten," continued Amico. "A simple way that vehicle owners and operators can protect their privacy is to be mindful of the data stored in vehicle infotainment systems and properly erase the information- especially if a car is sold, leased, rented, or shared."

Privacy4Cars' patent-pending process provides customized, visual step-by-step tutorials to help users quickly erase personal information such as phone numbers, call logs, location history and garage door codes from vehicle infotainment systems. App users are able to select from hundreds of vehicle makes, models and years, and new vehicle makes and models are added weekly. During its promotional launch period the Privacy4Cars app will offer ten free vehicle data wipe tutorials upon download. Additional wipe tutorial packages start at $1.99.

While Privacy4Cars is available to consumers and businesses with a small fleet as a stand-alone app, it is also available to manufacturers, auto auctions, fleet management companies, car rental or car sharing operators, vehicle subscription services, large private and government fleets, auto lenders, auto insurance and dealer groups as an SDK [software development kit] that can be embedded into existing apps.

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