Disney to Direct $125 Million To Cast and Employees and Higher Education

The Walt Disney Company (DIS) and its subsidiaries is a diversified worldwide entertainment company that operates in four business segments: Studio Entertainment, Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, and Consumer Products & Interactive Media.

The Walt Disney Company has announced that it will be giving over 125,000 of its employees a one-time cash bonus of $1000. The bonus will be given to those employed by the company as of January 1, 2018, in the form of two payments: one in March and one in September of this year.

Disney has also announced that that it will be investing an initial $50 million towards a new education program that has been designed to help its hourly employees cover tuition costs for their higher education. This new education initiative will allow for nearly 88,000 of the company’s hourly employees pursue higher education or vocational training, even including those courses that have no relation to their current responsibilities with Disney. Disney plans to annually provide up to $25 million towards the new education program.

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125,000 Disney Employees to Receive $1,000 Cash Bonus and Company Launches New $50 Million Higher Education Program – The Walt Disney Company



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Cisco Demonstrates Multicloud Video Innovation at CES

Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO) is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol based networking and other communications technology.

Cisco has been demonstrating its cloud-powered, app-driven video service – Cisco® Infinite Video Platform at CES this week. Cisco® Infinite Video Platform, allows service providers to utilize a virtual cloud stack to deliver the best possible and highly secured video experiences to all of a consumer’s devices from a single platform.

Service providers today are using a multiple clouds or a “hybrid cloud” that is made up of their private cloud and public clouds in order to make operations simple and speed time to market.

“Our customers seek the agility a cloud platform provides to deliver video entertainment to their subscribers in new ways. We are helping them deliver on their future vision for video with our Infinite Video Platform and cloud DVR to facilitate recordings to any device, and with our innovation around IP delivery, we are leading the market in simplifying how service providers can efficiently manage their networks and deliver video services faster.” -Damian Mulcock, vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software and Solutions.

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Cisco Showcases Multicloud Video Innovation at CES 2018



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Travelers Europe Offers Cyber Package for Technology Businesses

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (TRV) is an insurance provider of property casualty insurance for home, auto, and business.

Travelers Europe has announced that it has improved its insurance offering for technology businesses in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new pack provides better protection against risks that are unique to the cyber world. Cyber breach can severely impact the operations, reputation, and finances of a company, and has even been reported by 65% of technology firms as the most significant threat to their business.

Elements of the new package include:

  • Network Security (cyber cover)
  • Professional Indemnity and Cybermedia Liability
  • Data Breach Response Service
  • Cyber Breach Coach

Other insurance products for technology businesses that Travelers offers include management liability, personal accident and business travel, cargo and kidnap an ransom cover.

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Press Release | Travelers Insurance



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3M, DowDupont Eye Electric & Self-driving Vehicle Markets

Yes indeed, 3M (MMM) & DowDupont (DWDP), two very large and tenured industrial Dow 30 components, are eyeing and even directly aiming to capture some portion of the electric & self-driving vehicle business that is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. No, they are not looking to offer an entry model but they are seeking to derive revenues from existing product offerings or products that they are developing that will surely be needed by this specific market. 3M (MMM) for example is hoping that their adhesives, coatings and other developing products will be adopted by the batteries & sensors of these future cars. DowDupont (DWDP) on the other hand has their transportation and advanced polymer division focused on participating in these markets as well. One reason is that this market is getting significant attention, which currently represents a fraction of the revenue of these companies, is that respected research firms i.e. IHS Markit projects that the overall market for vehicle cockpit electronics, crash-avoidance, and automation systems, and components for electric, hybrid & fuel cell powered vehicles will nearly triple to almost $183B by 2022.

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Latest Entrants Into Electric Car Race: Makers of Post-It Notes, Paint

Auto makers and ride-hailing apps aren?t the only companies looking to cash in on the shift to electric and self-driving vehicles. Old-line industrial companies such as 3M and paint maker PPG Industries are among those racing to figure out ways to get their products into the cars of the future…


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Intel Announces First FPGA With Integrated High Bandwidth Memory

Intel Corporation (INTC) seeks to expand the boundaries of technology to provide the most amazing experience possible. Intel designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology globally.

Intel has now made available the Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA, which is the industry’s first field programmable gate array with integrated High Bandwith Memory Dram. The integration of this allows up to 10 times more memory bandwith in comparison to the DDR memory solutions. The Intel Stratix 10 MX FPGA new capabilities make it the ideal multi-function accelerator for HPC, network functions virtualization, data centers, and broadcast applications.

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Intel Unveils Industry?s First FPGA Integrated with High Bandwidth Memory Built for Acceleration



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Elon Musk Has Built The World’s Largest Lithium Ion Battery

Business Insider reported that Tesla’s (TSLA)  Elon Musk has won a high-stakes bet after he successfully  constructed the world’s largest lithium-ion battery and completed the task under 100 days. The bet was placed on Twitter with Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes in March.

When fully charged, the batttery is expected to hold enough power for 8,000 homes for 24 hours, or  +30,000 houses for an hour during a blackout. The project is part of a $550 million plan by South Australia to guarantee energy supply following significant blackouts.

Elon Musk just won a $50 million bet for building the world’s largest lithium-ion battery in 100 days

Elon Musk made a bet with Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes in March that he would supply the battery within 100 days or it was free…


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Cisco (CSCO) Launches “City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program”

Cisco ( NASDAQ : CSCO ) recently announced at the Smart City Expo World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain,  that they have launched the City Infrastructure Financing Acceleration Program, a $1 billion program aimed to make it easier, faster, and more affordable for cities around the world to fund and adopt technologies that will transform their communities. The funding will be provided through Cisco Capital® in partnership with private equity firm Digital Alpha Advisors and pension fund investors APG Asset Management (APG) and Whitehelm Capital. The program helps cities assemble the right type or suite of finance instruments to fund and deploy innovative technology with minimal initial investment. Whether a city is looking to reduce energy usage, ease traffic and parking, or boost public transportation ridership and revenues, the program will help cities with solutions. Revenue-share financing, for instance, even allows a city to tie financing to desired outcomes and extend future operating budgets through revenue streams from the new services that a digitized infrastructure makes possible.

Dow 30 component and San Jose, CA-based Cisco ( NASDAQ: CSCO ) is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Their people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow’s digital opportunity today. Cisco designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.

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Cisco Announces $1 Billion Program for Smart Cities

Smart City Expo World Congress — So-called “smart cities” have less pollution, safer streets, and better quality of life for citizens. But many finance officers struggle to fund the upgrades …..


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Bitcoin Climbs Above New Record of $7000

The cryptocurrency Bitcoin hit $7,066.44 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange on Thursday achieving a new all-time high according to Reuters. The story also added that this latest move was on the back of the news that the world’s largest derivatives exchange operator CME Group (CME.O) is reportedly launching bitcoin futures.

Bitcoin rockets above $7,000 for the first time

Digital currency bitcoin took another leap higher on Thursday, rocketing above $7,000 for the first time after a more than tenfold increase in its value over the past year. Credit Suisse (CSGN.S) Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam expressed caution about the booming cryptocurrency, saying the current interest..


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Bitcoin Jumps Again!

Bitcoin has reportedly jumped to a new all-time high of $6,450. Reuters adds that the CME Group Inc stated it would provide a regulated trading venue for the cryptocurrency market and would launch the new derivatives in Q4 2017.

Bitcoin blasts to new all-time high of $6,450

Bitcoin climbed to a new all-time high of $6,450 on Wednesday, boosted by bets the cryptocurrency could enter the financial mainstream after the world’s largest derivatives exchange operator said on Tuesday it would launch bitcoin futures. CME Group Inc said it would provide a regulated trading..


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Electric Vehicle Polestar Model Revealed in China Set to Compete Against Tesla?

Volvo, owned by Zhejiang Geely Holding, bought Polestar in 2015 and relaunched the brand as a stand-alone electric car business in June this year. Recently, they revealed  their “Polestar 1”, a luxury four-seater hybrid coupe  that they are committed competing against Tesla in China, the world’s largest car market.  China has stated that it desires to have electric and plug-in hybrid cars to make up  20% by 2025.

A quick reaction is that the market is surely large enough to share so this will be interesting to see how well they compend if the Polestar works as nice as it looks then I will take one!

Volvo unveils Polestar model in China, looks to rival Tesla 3

Volvo Cars and its Chinese parent have unveiled their first Polestar high performance electric car and pledged to invest 5 billion yuan ($760 million) in the brand, gearing up for intense competition to sell greener cars in the world’s biggest auto market. The Swedish car maker took the wraps off..


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