Michael FriedenbergMichael Friedenberg is stepping down from his role as CEO of IDG Global Communications after 12 years with the company, effective immediately, IDG announced today.Friedenberg’s four year tenure as CEO was one of persistent change for IDG — whose brands include CIO, ComputerWorld, PCWorld, and MacWorld — as it evolved from a traditional publishing model to a more centralized, global business information organization, focused its growing data and marketing services businesses. He helped steer the company through both the passing of founder and longtime chairman Patrick McGovern, in 2014, and the eventual sale to China Oceanwide Holdings Group for about $1 billion, a deal made official earlier this year.Indications that the company was going through some transitional pains then popped up in May, when a mass round of at least 90 layoffs hit both senior-level executives and staffers at all four of the above-mentioned titles.In a statement, the company said the cuts were the cost of IDG’s ongoing transformation “from a decentralized and complicated organization to navigate and do business with into a globally streamlined company that provides the greatest possible value and best possible experience to our readers and customers.” Kumaran Ramanathan“The timing was right for me to step down from this position, given IDG’s overall health, strong leadership team and a desire to be closer to my family,” Friedenberg said in a statement. “IDG has a very bright future ahead thanks to the talent, passion, and commitment to excellence of our employees around the world, coupled with the incredible leadership and financial resources that China Oceanwide offers.”China Oceanwide has kept things internal to replace Friedenberg, naming Kumaran Ramanathan president of IDG Communications, effective immediately. Ramanathan until now held the role of CEO of IDG Global Services, a group that oversees IDG’s Global Solutions, Strategic Marketing Services, Corporate Sales, and Research divisions. Altogether, he’s been with the company for nine years.“I am honored by today’s announcement,” added Ramanathan in the statement. “I was fortunate to have worked with Michael for many years as he led the company through the unexpected passing of our Founder Pat McGovern and transformed the company to become the world’s largest technology media, data and marketing services company.”
Gunfight IllustrationA man was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Ghoshgati village of Ullapara upazila in Sirajganj early Saturday, reports UNB.Deceased Mostafa Kamal, 35, son of a certain late Abdur Rashid of Kawak Mahalla municipal area is a drug trader and accused in 11 drug-related cases, police said.Acting on tip-off a team of police conducted the drive in the area around 4:00am, said Ullapara police station officer-in-charge Dewan Kowshik Ahmed.Sensing presence of the law enforcement, the drug traders opened fire on them, forcing the policemen to fire back, triggering the gunfight, leaving the drug trader dead on the spot, he added.Police also recovered 21 bottles of phensedyl and 80 yaba tablets and arrested four more drug traders from the spot.The arrestees are — Ganesh, 25, Sanjay Chandra Saha, 22, Sony Ahmed, 33 and Selim Reza, 27.According to the human rights organisation, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in 2018.In January and February of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 50, the rights body said on its website.
Share Gail Delaughter/Houston Public MediaMinute Maid Park is home to the Houston Astros. The team has announced it will extend the protective netting at the ball park. A 2-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture when she was struck by a foul ball during a May game in Houston.The Houston Astros will extend the protective netting at Minute Maid Park to cover more of the seating area, joining other teams that have taken safety measures after foul balls injured fans.The team announced Thursday that the extended netting would be installed before the homestand starting Aug. 19. It will run farther down the left-field and right-field lines to better protect fans from foul balls and bats that fly out of hitters’ hands.A 2-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture when she was struck by a foul ball during a May game in Houston.Last month, the Chicago White Sox became the first major league team to extend protective netting from foul pole to foul pole. The safety measure was announced a week after a foul ball sent a woman to the hospital with her head bleeding.The Astros also said their ballpark’s current netting would be upgraded to knot-less netting for better visibility.
Throughout their lifetime, the average millennial will take 25,676 selfies, according to research compiled by eyewear company FramesDirect. Not only that, but millennials usually spend a whopping 54 hours per year taking selfies. Typically, a millennial will take nine selfies every week to either post on social media, snap a vacation shot, send to a significant other or celebrate a birthday.Related: Why AR & VR Are the Need of the HourIt’s clear that selfies have been taken to the next level, and with the help of augmented reality, it’s only getting bigger. In 2015, Snap introduced the first augmented reality filter with “rainbow barfing.” The year after, it amped up its AR levels with the highly popular dog filter. In 2017, the company launched Lens Studio, a desktop application that allows any user to create and submit an AR filter.Of course, Snap’s not the only social media platform tapping into the innovative tech — Instagram’s filters and Selfie Facebook Spaces include AR. Selfies go beyond social media, with their ability to unlock phones or pay for purchases.Related: How Augmented Reality Will Shape the Future of EcommerceTo learn more about how augmented reality is changing selfies forever, check out FramesDirect.com’s infographic below. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min read August 19, 2018 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.