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South32 appoints CTO

Torres will join South32 from BHP, where she was most recently vice president, operational infrastructure in the iron ore business.
Brazilian-born Torres has also held senior roles with Vale.
Torres was named as Outstanding Woman in Resources at the WA Women in Resources last March, and went on to be named Exceptional Woman in Australian Resources at the national awards in September.
She has also been recognised as one of the most inspirational women in mining by WIM UK.
South32 said Torres had been at the forefront of technology improvements in mining and minerals processing and was a recognised leader and early adopter of technological advancements that enabled significant value creation.
“We see technology as a key enabler in driving safety and production improvements at our operations, and Vanessa’s knowledge and operational experience position her well to lead us into this next phase of performance improvement,” South32 CEO Graham Kerr said.
Torres replaces Ricus Grimbeek, South32’s inaugural CTO, who resigned suddenly in August.
South32 last week lifted full-year guidance for corporate costs by US$25 million to $105 million due to a greater rate of investment in technology and a rise in greenfield exploration.

KPMG adds Media Value Advisory to growing CMO Advisory practice

Hot on the heels of launching a Social Media Advisory group, KPMG Australia has brought on former Zenith managing director, Karen Halligan, to lead a new Media Value Advisory practice focused on the rapidly changing media, publishing and advertising landscape.
The new media unit sits under KPMG’s Customer, Brand and Marketing Advisory, which officially launched late last year and is led by Carmen Bekker.
Its remit is to provide independent, informed and optimised investment advice across the media value chain by tackling issues such as technology change, disintermediation and measurement.
Halligan joins as director, after spending 20 years covering media buying, strategy and optimisation professionally.
Her resume includes agency roles at Zenith, Mediacom and Universal McCann, along with in-house roles at South Cross Austereo and Coca-Cola.
“The Australian media industry has been my passion for over 20 years, and there has never been a more exciting time to be a part of this industry as it continues to evolve,” she commented.
“I look forward to bringing the expertise and capabilities of KPMG to this exciting sector.” It’s a tumultuous time for the digital advertising industry, which has been wracked by a lack of transparency, inefficiencies, and brand safety concerns.
Just last week, Unilever CMO, Keith Weed, took another swipe at the ongoing challenges the media supply chain faces, suggesting the FMCG giant may boycott goliaths, Facebook and Google, for failing to protect consumers and brands from extremist content on their platforms.
Read more: Industry weighs up ramifications of Unilever removing Google, Facebook digital ad budgets Halligan joins a host of well-known faces in KPMG’s rapidly expanding marketing services division, including former Virgin Australia chief customer officer, Mark Hassell, ex-Google staffer, Lisa Bora, former Acuity executive, Amanda Hicks, and former One Green Bean director, Louise Pogmore.
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RiskSense CTO Presents Best Practices Framework for Reducing Security Vulnerabilities in On-Demand Webinar

Sunnyvale/Albuquerque: RiskSense, Inc., threat and vulnerability management company, today announced it has released a free, on-demand educational webinar with Chief Technology Officer, Danny Quist, Ph.D. that explains how attackers are targeting high-value enterprise assets and provides the best practices framework enterprises can use to prevent security incidents.
Danny Quist, Ph.D. is Chief Technology Officer for RiskSense.
Quist was most recently head of security operations and engineering for Bechtel Corporation, the United States’ largest construction and civil engineering company, where he managed the company’s global cybersecurity team.
He has conducted malware reverse engineering and kernel development with MIT Lincoln Lab and Los Alamos National Laboratory, and was founder and CEO of software and network security penetration testing firm Offensive Computing LLC.
His insights on malware analysis have a large industry following @OpenMalware.
Cyber attackers are using artificial intelligence, automation and sharing software tools on the black market to develop more sophisticated threats.
Meanwhile, simple phishing emails and common end user software vulnerabilities are providing them with easy access to compromise enterprise networks.
In this free, on-demand webinar, Dr. Quist explains why aggressive patching is actually “cheap medicine” and provides a best practices framework enterprises can use to ensure that security breaches are quickly detected and mitigated.
He presents a patch evaluation and management plan, as well as tools, techniques and processes that can reduce the number of security incidents and shrink incident response time and costs.
To view the webinar, visit: https://www.brighttalk.com/webcast/15653/303943?utm_source=RiskSense&utm_medium=brighttalk&utm_campaign=303943

Advertisers Must Keep Up With Cord-Cutters or Else Brands Risk Creating ‘Lost Generation’

Not all consumers, though.
For advertisers who don’t shift with them, it means losing an opportunity to build brand awareness and affinity with an entire generation of increasingly connected consumers.
Introducing TV’s connected generation The connected generation is made up of two distinct pieces of today’s media-consuming population: cord-cutters, or the ones trading in coaxial cables for Ethernet ones, and cord-nevers, or those who never had coaxial cables in the first place.
They’re no longer bothering with traditional television sets or cable subscriptions but instead rely on the likes of smart TVs, PlayStations and Roku devices to stream live or on demand TV.
And as new generations continue to emerge, they too will contribute to the growing movement away from traditional, linear television.
In fact, eMarketer estimates that traditional TV viewers will drop 2.4 percent (or by roughly 5 million people) by the end of 2018, while the cord-cutter and cord-never populations will grow by a total of 15 percent (or by almost 7 million people) this year.
Because of its adoption rate, the iPhone is responsible for transforming how people consume media, allowing them to be always-on and ever-connected.
But, let’s not forget, the iPhone wasn’t actually the first smartphone.
Notions of on-demand television and internet-connected live TV via streaming devices are by no means new ideas, just as the smart phone wasn’t a new phenomenon when the iPhone came around.
And this time, marketers are getting on board fast, following the accelerating connected television consumption rates.

Google Hires Former Samsung CTO to Lead Internet of Things Projects

Alphabet Inc’s Google this month hired Injong Rhee, who recently resigned as Samsung Electronics Co’s chief technology officer, to lead its Internet of Things business, he said in a LinkedIn post-Monday.
Google spokeswoman Jane Hynes confirmed to Reuters Rhee’s hiring by Google’s cloud computing unit but declined to comment further.
Rhee said in his post that he will serve as entrepreneur-in-residence under Diane Greene, chief executive of the cloud computing group, which sells software and hardware to other businesses.
Self-driving cars, home appliances with virtual assistants and the latest weather sensors on farms fall under the emerging category of technology.
Also read: Now Book Unreserved Railway Tickets Through UTS Mobile App “One of the first things I would like to do with my Google colleagues is to get these efforts coordinated and aligned toward a concerted IoT story of Google — in the process, create distinct consumer and enterprise product lines,” Rhee wrote in his post.
Each of the leading cloud computing sellers, including Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp, Google and IBM Corp, offer services aimed at helping companies analyze data from a network of Internet-connected equipment.
Google’s effort is among the most nascent, though.
Rhee left Samsung in December after more than six years there, most recently serving as a chief technology officer and head of software and services’ research and development.
He was involved in the launch of the company’s Knox security system, Bixby digital assistant and Samsung Pay mobile wallet.
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Data Forms The Backbone Of Everything We Do — says Manav Sethi, CMO at ALTBalaji

Even though biggies such as Hotstar & Voot are getting more eyeballs and have a wide user base, ALTBalaji (launched in April, 2017) continues to push up the numbers by offering a completely ad-free, only original content which is streamed in 90 countries globally.
2) What tools or technologies does the data science team work on and what’s the size of the team?
As for team, our current team size is 5 members and that includes both marketing analytics and analytics as a whole.
Also, Hotstar pushes 100 million subscribers, but all are not paid users?
We have about 15 million downloads currently and if you look at the last App Annie report that came out last year, we were ranked amongst the top 3 revenue grossing video streaming app in the country, as per ‘State of Video Streaming Apps in India’ report.
From the very moment our acquisition team brings in a user, our retention team has created programs which are mapped with these triggers internally.
So, for example, you watched show one and you lapsed after episode 3, what all can I do to bring you back?
And the focus of the retention team is to keep converting the both the sets of users back.
Is that the case at ALTBalaji also which is known for its cutting-edge original web series?
7) ALTBalaji is big on personalization, can you tell us about your recommender system as well?

Ex-Grab CTO’s startup Axinan raises Series A funding to create online insurance products

Singapore insurtech startup Axinan has raised an undisclosed funding in a Series A round led by NSI Ventures, with existing investor Linear Venture joining the round with other backers.
The company will use the newly-raised capital to expand its business across the region, build new partnerships and accelerate hiring — especially for management positions.
It will also invest in R&D to develop more digital insurance products.
It aims to develop insurance products tailored for the online space, including but not limited to sectors such as e-commerce and online travel.
“We believe the best opportunity is to create new products for new distribution channels rather than competing directly with traditional insurance companies,” the company said.
Also Read: Exclusive: Singapore insurtech startup fundMyLife acquires rival player ConsultWho.sg “We are building new technology for both the front end as well as backend of insurance pipeline to move fast and efficiently scale.
On backend, technology allows us to lower cost and provide premium through more accurate risk assessment and fraud detection.” Axinan provides free return shipping for e-commerce players.
We are very excited to work with Wei and his team to scale and expand across the region,” said Hian Goh, Partner at NSI Ventures.
In Singapore, online full-stack insurance providers are not commonplace yet, but there are already existing players, such as DirectAsia, which offers insurance products for the automotive and travel industry.
— Image Credit: Axinan

Newsweek’s Top Editors and a Reporter Let Go Amid Turmoil

Getty Images Less than a week after both the chairman and finance director of Newsweek Media Group stepped down, several of the publication’s top editors and reporters are also out.
While some were let go, at least one has resigned.
It’s not clear yet why they were let go.
Celeste Katz, who had been reporting on a Manhattan District Attorney’s office probe of the Newsweek Media Group, was also dismissed.
Another reporter who had been looking into the company, Josh Keefe, tweeted, “I have not been fired, although that was very clearly the plan.” Matthew Cooper, who’s worked twice for Newsweek, first in the 1990s and again since 2014, resigned.
Perhaps that’s moot since the staff has been sent home and the magazine, for all we know, doesn’t exist.” This morning, another Newsweek and IBT reporter, David Sirota announced his resignation from the company.
I am resigning from IBT/Newsweek.
I am proud of my nearly 4 years there, producing serious award-winning investigative journalism under extremely difficult circumstances.
l hope I’ll find it.
Monday’s turmoil followed last week’s news that NMG co-owner and chairman Etienne Uzac and finance chief Marion Kim resigned.

Walmart acquires VR-based start-up

Walmart has made a move to strengthen its commitment to virtual reality.
The discounter’s innovation lab, Store No.
8, has acquired Spatialand, a small VR platform and content studio.
The studio will be tasked with creating the foundation of Store No 8’s third portfolio company, according to a blog entry on Store No.
8’s website.
The new division will be tasked with developing and exploring new products and uses of VR through immersive retail environments.
The plan is to incorporate solutions into all facets of Walmart, online and offline, according to the blog.
8, will head up the new venture.
Cooper has pioneered VR / AR / MR (mixed reality) techniques in storytelling and technology.
Katie Finnegan, principal and founder, Store No 8, will also join the team as interim CEO.

46 infected with HIV as quack uses common syringe: CMO

At least 46 people have become infected with HIV in a tehsil in the last 10 months, allegedly after a quack used a common syringe to administer injection, prompting the state government to intensify its efforts to nab the culprit, an official said today.
A case has been registered against the quack at Bangarmau police station, the CMO said. “During a routine screening from April to July, 12 HIV positive cases were reported from Bangarmau tehsil alone.
During another screening in November, another 13 cases were reported from the same place,” Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr S P Chaudhary said. “After noticing the high number of cases, the health department constituted a two-member committee which visited various hamlets of Bangarmau to investigate the reasons behind the spurt,” he said.
Dr Chaudhary said the team visited Premganj and Chakmirpur areas of Bangarmau and filed a report, based on which screening camps were held at three places on January 24, 25 and 27.
ART consists of a combination of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs to maximally suppress HIV and stop its progression.
It also prevents onward transmission of HIV, he said.
Taking serious note of the matter, the Uttar Pradesh government had then suspended CMO Rajendra Prasad and also removed the in-charge of Nawabganj community health centre.
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