White House invites tech companies to discuss violent online extremism

White House invites tech companies to discuss violent online extremism

The White House plans to host a meeting with tech companies to discuss the rise of violent online extremism. According to The Washington Post, this is the Trump administration's first major engagement on the issue after the recent mass shooting in Texas left 22 people dead. Trump is scheduled to be at fundraisers in the Hamptons, so he may not attend.



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OTB Bans Disposable Plastic Bottles Throughout Group Companies

SAY NO MORE: OTB is forgoing disposable plastic bottles. The initiative will affect 2,500 employees in Italy and over the next few months it will be extended to the group’s foreign staff, reaching more than 6,500 people.
Dubbed “Remove Plastic From Water by Removing Water From Plastic,” the awareness campaign against disposable plastic bottles stems from an internal survey that revealed how every year more than 124,000 plastic bottles are purchased and used by the fashion group’s employees — only in its Italian companies.
Founded by Renzo Rosso, OTB controls Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni, Paula Cademartori, Viktor & Rolf and production arms Staff International and Brave Kid. As reported in June, OTB has also taken a stake in the luxury brand Amiri, founded by Mike Amiri in 2014.
Taking a concrete step in curbing its environmental impact, OTB has banned the sale of plastic bottles effective immediately and is replacing them with drinkable water dispensers. To further encourage new daily practices, the group has provided its employees with sustainable bottles, partnering with 24Bottles, the Italian design company whose mission is to drastically reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles globally.
For OTB, 24Bottles has reinterpreted its “Clima” model in stainless steel which keeps a liquid hot

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How Companies Secretly Boost Their Glassdoor Ratings

Employers flood the ranking site with 5-star postings requested from enthusiastic staffers, leading to unusual spikes, a WSJ investigation found. This is a conundrum facing many influential raters, including Amazon.com, Yelp and TripAdvisor, who have had to fend off attempts to game reviews.
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Traceable Supply Chain Is Key for Italian Textile Companies

MILAN — Raising the bar on sustainability should be the main goal of the Italian textile business is what emerged from the press conference opening the 27th edition of Milano Unica, which closed here on Thursday. In line with the same edition last year, about 6,000 fashion companies attended the fair, which registered an increase of international buyers, especially from Holland, the U.S., Japan, China, France and Germany.
“Sustainability has been treated as a marketing tool, but it’s time to put the focus on what the Italian companies have done so far and it’s time to put the accent on the sustainable approach of the whole supply chain,” said Andrea Crespi, president of the Italian fashion chamber’s sustainability committee.
The Italian textile compartment’s leadership in terms of sustainability is a fact, according to Sistema Moda Italia president Marino Vago, who revealed that “an executive from a French major luxury brand admitted that our textile companies have a five-year competitive advantage on our competitors.”
The main issue is to guarantee the traceability of the raw materials, according to Milano Unica president Ercole Botto Poala. “Technology and the digitalization can be instrumental in the development of this process,” he said, adding that despite the new

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Creative Playground Launches to Help Companies With Branding, Production, Celebrity Influencers

NEW YORK — Dari Marder, Nicole Winnaman and Maria Dolgetta have joined forces to create a new branding and marketing agency, Creative Playground, aimed at fashion, entertainment, beauty and wellness industries.
Their alliance has been a long time in the making — though one that came together without any trace of a headhunter. On the October day in 2015 that Marder exited the Iconix Brand Group as global chief marketing officer, Winnaman, a public relations and communications specialist, was the first to contact her. “Nicole said, ‘This is the day I’ve been waiting for for years,’” Marder said with a laugh Tuesday.
The pair first met in 2008, when Winnaman pitched Britney Spears to Marder for a Candie’s campaign. After working together for two years, they stayed in touch and always tried to work together. “Maria and I always felt that Nicole was the closest to being just like us. She was a businesswoman, but a creative and a mom, who somehow found this great balance to raise these beautiful girls. She was just juggling it just like we were,” Marder said.
In their 20-plus years working together at Iconix, Marder and Dolgetta handled a portfolio with 30 brands which included Badgley Mischka,

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Articles on Companies Based in Kent County, Michigan, Including: Amway, Amway Global, Alticor, Meijer, Wolverine World Wide, Spartan Stores, Gordon Food Service, X-Rite, Old Orchard Brands, Bissell Inc.

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9 Fashion Companies From Shark Tank: Where Are They Now?

Shark Tank has served as the world’s quickest MBA for many couch-surfers—it’s nothing if not a crash course in what it takes to develop a product, build a brand, and pitch potential investors. And while show fans will know that all sorts enter the tank (all sorts), plenty of fashion brands have made an impression, too. Here are a look back at nine of our favorites and where they are now.

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The brand: Mix Bikini
The season: Season 3
The deal: Barbara Corcoran invested $ 50,000 for a 25% stake.
What is it? A reversible mix-and-match bikini that’s constructed so the left and ride sides can be disconnected. The company bills each suit as having eight different possible combinations.
Can you buy? Yup, online and rebranded as Versakini. There is also reportedly a kiosk in a Florida mall.

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The brand: Mo’s Bows
The season: Season 5
The deal: Daymond John advised the brand to avoid taking any of the offers put on the table, instead offering to act as a mentor free-of-charge.
What is it? Snazzy bowties made in Memphis by tween Moziah Bridges.
Can you buy? In the brand’s online shop and at Neiman Marcus.

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The brand: Stella Valle
The season: Season 4
The deal: Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner combined forces, ending up at $ 150,000 for a 35% share.
What is it? Modern jewelry with a contemporary price point created by two sisters who also happen to be army vets.
Can you buy? Online, in a slew of small boutiques around the country, certain Bloomingdale’s locations, and some on QVC.

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The brand: Grace and Lace
The season: Season 5
The deal: Barbara Corcoran invested $ 175,000 for 10%, with a caveat that the cash be used as a line of credit.
What is it? What started as leg warmers and tall socks meant to be worn with boots has expanded into an empire. The brand now offers tops, cover-ups, and jewelry.
Can you buy? On the brand’s site.

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The brand: Skinny Shirt
The season: Season 6
The deal: No deal
What is it? Meant to be layered or worn solo, the form-fitting top gives wearers the same peek of collar that a layered button-down would, but with a sleeker looking finish.
Can you buy? The majority of styles range between $ 50 and $ 100 and are available on the brand’s site.

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The brand: Taaluma Totes
The season: Season 6
The deal: No deal
What is it? Your classic backpack constructed of bright fabric sourced from different countries around the world. The packs aim to indulge wanderlust as a limited-edition run.
Can you buy? Bags are priced around $ 65 and available online. The episode featuring the company re-runs this Friday and a notice lets shoppers know as they’re anticipating a run: order before to insure you receive your bag before mid-September.

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The brand: Hip Chixs
The season: Season 4
The deal: No deal (and a Kickstarter from this spring was also unsuccessful)
What is it? “Texas-inspired” premium jeans made of denim sateen that claims to cut way down on recovery time (how long it takes for your skinnies to go back to their original size after taking them off at the end of a day).
Can you buy? There are three different styles available on the brand’s site, priced at $ 145 and $ 187.

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The brand: Hold Your Haunches
The season: Season 5
The deal: Barbara Corcoran and Lori Greiner invested $ 75,000 for 40%, along with extending a line of credit.
What is it? Slimming shapewear that’s built into a range of apparel, including yoga pants, leggings and basic tops.
Can you buy? Most definitely, whether on the brand’s website, Amazon, or a range of smaller retailers.

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The brand: JesKa Shoe Company
The season: Season 4
The deal: Daymond John gave her $ 70,000 for 70% of the company.
What is it? A range of shoes with interchangeable heels that could be snapped in and out, allowing for different styles and looks.
Can you buy? Nope. The company has since shuttered, with its founder posting a thoughtful note on Facebook.

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Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy

Wired to Care: How Companies Prosper When They Create Widespread Empathy


Praise for "Wired to Care" ""Wired to Care" will convince you that businesses succeed with their hearts as much as their heads. Dev Patnaik has given us just what we need for the lean years ahead."MALCOLM GLADWELL, author of "Outliers, Blink, " and" The Tipping Point" ""Wired to Care" describes how to recover the basic human abilities of empathy that may be buried by your day-to-day business routines. Dev Patnaik shows how you can create a more empathic–and much more successful–business."CHIP HEATH, author of" Made to Stick" "Dev Patnaik’s "Wired to Care" maps a path to innovation fueled by ‘seeing the world with new eyes.’ On numerous occasions, Dev and his colleagues at Jump helped us break through to those most critical insights."BETH COMSTOCK, Chief Marketing Officer, GE ""Wired to Care" offers a roadmap to success paved with empathy. The bottom line is better profits, better products, and happier employees. There is a better day for business (thankfully) when companies are wired to care."ROBYN WATERS, former VP of Trend, Target Stores, and author of "The Hummer and the Mini" Blurring the Line Between Inside and Out What’s the critical difference between Nike and every other shoe company on the planet? Why do some airline executives continue to insist that air travel is great, when we all know better? What has enabled Zildjian, a family business founded outside Istanbul, to thrive for almost 400 years? In this essential and illuminating book, top business strategist Dev Patnaik tells the story of how organizations of all kinds prosper when they tap into a power each of us already has: empathy, the ability to reach outside of ourselves and connect with other people. When people inside a company develop a shared sense of what’s going on in the world, they see new opportunities faster than their competitors. They have the courage to take a risk on something new. And they have the gut-level certitude to stick with an idea that doesn’t take off right away. People are "Wired to Care," and many of the world’s best organizations are, too. In pursuit of this idea, Patnaik takes readers inside big companies like IBM, Target, and Intel to see widespread empathy in action. But he also goes to farmers’ markets and a conference on world religions. He dives deep into the catacombs of the human brain to find the biological sources of empathy. And he spends time on both sides of the political aisle, with James Carville, the Ragin’ Cajun, and John McCain, a national hero, to show how empathy can give you the acuity to cut through a morass of contradictory information. "Wired to Care "is a compelling tale of the power that people have to see the world through each other’s eyes, told with passion for the possibilities that lie ahead if leaders learn to stop worrying about their own problems and start caring about
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New – Chapters: Myer. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 314. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher’s book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Myer is Australia’s largest chain of department stores, retailing a broad range of merchandise including women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, footwear and accessories; cosmetics and fragrance; homewares; electrical; furniture and bedding; toys; books and sta

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