Thursday, December 7, 2023
Thursday, December 7, 2023

Verizon Hires Leslie Berland, Former Peloton and Twitter CMO, as Marketing Boss – Variety

Telecom giant Verizon hired Leslie Berland, previously the top marketing exec at Peloton and Twitter, as CMO. Berland will assume the role of executive VP and chief marketing officer at Verizon, effective Jan. 9, 2024. She’ll report directly to Hans Vestberg, Verizon chairman and CEO. Berland takes over the CMO role from Diego Scotti, who exited Verizon earlier this year and now serves as PayPal’s EVP and GM for consumer group and global marketing and communications. Berland will lead all aspects of Verizon’s global brand and marketing strategy, including marketing activation and creative, marketing effectiveness, consumer insights, media buying and strategic partnerships. Most recently, Berland was CMO at fitness company Peloton, which she joined in January 2023. Before that, she was chief marketing officer at Twitter from 2016 until November 2022 — exiting after Elon Musk’s takeover of the social network (now called X). During most of her tenure at Twitter, Berland also served in a dual role as the company’s head of HR. Prior to that, she was EVP of global advertising, marketing and digital partnerships at American Express. Berland also served four years as a board member of the Ad Council, a not-for-profit PSA org. “Leslie has spent

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Ex-Twitter exec claims in lawsuit he was fired for raising security concerns

(Reuters) — A former executive at Twitter Inc., now called X Corp., has filed a lawsuit claiming he was fired after Elon Musk acquired the company for objecting to budget cuts that would prevent the company from complying with a U.S. government settlement over its security practices. Alan Rosa, who was Twitter’s global head of information security, filed the lawsuit late Tuesday in New Jersey federal court alleging breach of contract, wrongful termination and retaliation, among other claims. X Corp. did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Mr. Rosa claims that late last year, after Mr. Musk acquired the company, he was told to cut his department’s budget for physical security by 50% and to shut down software that enabled Twitter to share information with law enforcement agencies around the world. Mr. Rosa says he objected because the cuts would put Twitter at risk of violating a $150 million settlement it entered into earlier in 2022 with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which claimed Twitter had misused users’ personal information. The agreement required Twitter to implement privacy and information security controls to protect confidential data. He was fired days after raising those concerns, according to the lawsuit. Mr.

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South Carolina announces state is divesting from Disney over Twitter spat | News

South Carolina's state funds will no longer be tied to Disney as Republicans blast the company for pulling ads from X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.South Carolina state Treasurer Curtis Loftis announced on Tuesday that Walt Disney Company is being removed from the Palmetto State's approved investment list. In a letter, he argued that Disney has abandoned its fiduciary duty to investors by "boycotting" X.HOME ECONOMICS: THE HUMAN COST OF THE AFFORDABILITY CRISISLoftis's office portfolio has about $105 million of Disney debt instruments that will mature as scheduled and will not be replaced, according to the treasurer. Loftis said he will focus on the equity portfolio in the coming weeks."Disney has abandoned its fiduciary responsibilities to its investors and customers by joining far-left activist in boycotting legal, taxpaying, employment-creating corporations to further Disney's political agenda," he said in a Tuesday statement.Loftis also bashed the company over CEO Bob Iger's pulling of advertising on X. The platform's owner, Elon Musk, has been embroiled in a firestorm over X and raised eyebrows when he rebuked those pulling ads from it."Don't advertise," Musk said while speaking at the 2023 DealBook Summit. "If somebody's gonna try to blackmail me with advertising? Blackmail me

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GTA 6 Trailer Finally Released on X/Twitter After CEO Begged Rockstar to Post – IGN

It's been quite a day for Rockstar, to say the least.Updated: Dec 5, 2023 10:52 pmPosted: Dec 5, 2023 10:34 pmJust about a day after Rockstar Games finally released its wildly anticipated first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI on YouTube, the publisher has also uploaded it to X/Twitter following a fair bit of drama.Rockstar, it should be noted, has had a hell of a 24 hours, initially planning to unveil the first GTA 6 trailer early on Tuesday. But, it leaked Monday afternoon (something the devs clearly did not appreciate), spurring the team to release the trailer on YouTube shortly after.Despite the context of all that hubbub, X/Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino still chimed in to publicly ask Rockstar to post the trailer to that social media platform. "@RockstarGames — gaming is one of our most popular topics," she wrote. "Drop that trailer here — give the people on @X what they want!!".@RockstarGames — gaming is one of our most popular topics. Drop that trailer here — give the people on @X what they want!!— Linda Yaccarino (@lindayaX) December 5, 2023 Her plea accompanied a post that compared the views of the trailer on YouTube to the views of

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Family Devastated After 24 y.o. Woman Found Dead in Chelsea Garbage Chute

The family of a 24 year old woman originally from Minnesota but living in Brooklyn Heights was reported missing after she left a party with co-workers on November 30. She was discovered dead in a garbage chute in a luxury apartment building on W. 28th St. near the highline on Dec. 1. Jaclyn Rose Elmquist was working at the recruitment firm Mission Staffing and went out after work with co-workers on November 30. When she could not be reached or turn up for work on Dec. 1, her family in Minnesota began posting on Dec. 1 hoping to find her. “This is the bar she was at,” posted her cousin Katlyn Kampier on X (formerly Twitter). “Her coworkers put her in a yellow cab which may have dropped her off just a few blocks away.” The family said they were getting pings from a cell phone until it went dead. NBC News ran surveillance video which appeared to show her walking unsteadily down West 28th St. before entering the lobby of a luxury apartment building at 540 W. 28th St. near Tenth Ave a short distance from the Highline. It was not clear why she would have gotten out of

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GTA 6 trailer leaked on X / Twitter, forcing Rockstar Games to release an official version early

It's been over a decade since the last Grand Theft Auto game came out so the Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023 trailer release date for GTA 6 was a big deal.That is, until an anonymous leaker dropped the trailer on Elon Musk's X, formerly known as Twitter, a day early.Being that the leaked trailer was making its way across the internet, Rockstar Games clearly felt forced to release their own official version of the GTA 6 trailer early. It's now available to view on YouTube.X account @Gta6trailerleak was seemingly set up specifically for one purpose: Leak the GTA 6 trailer. The video wasn't up for long, based on screenshots floating around. It appears X suspended the account no more than one hour after it posted the leaked trailer. According to The Verge's Tom Warren, Rockstar made their official trailer public around 10 minutes after X suspended the leaked video uploader.The leaked video, which we now know was legitimate, had a "BUY $BTC" watermark overlaid over the entire clip.Musk's X is no stranger to leaks, piracy, and copyrighted content being posted. Ever since X rolled out extended-length video uploads for paying X Premium subscribers, users have been posting full-length feature films to the

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Twitter reacts to Bailey Zappe getting shut out in first half vs Chargers – Yahoo Sports

So far, not much has changed for the New England Patriots with Bailey Zappe under center. He has avoided turning the ball over, which has been the Achilles heel for Mac Jones. But he’s missing throws, and he hasn’t put a drive together for points.He mustered five completed passes for only 39 yards in the first half. The Patriots offense still looks like it’s stuck in mud, and the boo birds at Gillette Stadium were chirping early to let them know about it.Granted, the conditions aren’t necessarily ideal for the Patriots on a rainy afternoon in Foxborough, and the team also lost its best playmaker, running back Rhamondre Stevenson, in the first quarter. Demario Douglas, the burgeoning rookie wide receiver, is also out with a head injury. There aren’t many options for Zappe to go to on the field at this point.No one expected the Patriots to suddenly morph into a strong offensive team, but there was hope they could move the ball against a Chargers team allowing the most passing yards on average (280.0) in the NFL. It’s even more frustrating considering how well the defense is playing.Despite not being near 100 percent, the Patriots defense still managed to hold

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Hamilton police conclude search in area, shooting suspect outstanding – CTV News Toronto

A shooting suspect in Hamilton’s McQuesten West neighbourhood is believed to have left the area and residents can now leave their homes, police say. Officers said they responded to the area of Radison Lane just before 6 a.m. for possible shots fired. When police arrived, they found one “subject” who they arrested for possession of a prohibited weapon. As police continued to investigate, they asked residents who live on Bingham Road, Radison Lane, Ayr Avenue and Roxanne Drive to stay at home while they searched for the suspect at-large. Officers did not provide any details about the suspect. In an update on X, just after 12:05 p.m., Hamilton police said they have concluded their search in the area of Queenston Road and Ayr Avenue. “Thanks to area residents for their patience as we conducted our search. The suspect is believed to have left the area and residents are no longer asked to remain in their residence,” the post reads. Officers remain in the area and police ask anyone with information or video footage to call them. Hamilton Police have concluded the search in the area of Queenston Rd and Ayr in #HamOnt after a shooting earlier this morning. Thanks to

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No. 4 Hawkeyes Bounce Bowling Green – University of Iowa Athletics

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The fourth-ranked Iowa women’s basketball team came away with a 99-65, win against the Bowling Green Falcons on Saturday afternoon inside a sold-out Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Iowa improved to 8-1 on the season. Five Hawkeyes recorded double digit figures. All-American Caitlin Clark registered a game-high 24 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and two blocks. Sydney Affolter went a career-high 7-of-7 from the field with 14 points, and Sharon Goodman double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Kate Martin recorded 17 points and three blocks, and Addi O’Grady stated ten points in less than 12 minutes of play. Iowa came out on top from the start closing out the first with a, 29-16 lead shooting 66.7% from the field and from behind the arc. The Hawkeyes rallied through the second going into halftime with a commanding lead. It was more of the same for the Hawkeyes in the second half. Lisa Bluder was able to empty the bench in the second half. Iowa out rebounded BGSU, 44-27. Jada Gyamfi registered a career-high seven points. UI’s offense has now shot 50%+ from the floor in 18 of the last 20 quarters. The Hawkeyes outscored the Falcons, 72-28, in the

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Box score, MVP, and Twitter reactions as the Cats fall to UNC-Wilmington

The Kentucky Wildcats played their first of two games at Rupp Arena in the month of December this afternoon as they welcomed the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks to town. The new court may have looked great, but the Cats did not in the first half. For the first time all season, this group looked rough offensively, and we have to give credit to UNCW for forcing this game to be played exactly how they wanted it to be. Kentucky was led by Tre Mitchell for most of the half until Reed Sheppard provided a boost late in the half to help close the gap heading into the locker room, 41-33. The Seahawks controlled much of the second half as well, forcing Kentucky into difficult shots on defense and getting whatever they wanted on the offensive end of the court, eventually coming away with the 80-73 victory. Ultimately, the weaknesses on the defensive end of the court really shined bright tonight. Kentucky has to get better on that end of the floor to even come close to reaching the ceiling many think that they have. A brutal loss, though. No way around it. Box Score Game MVP This one has to go to

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