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While Volkswagen shareholders shell out unprecedented fines here in the US and in the rest of the world, and while the FBI rounds up Volkswagen execs for very public perp walks, Mercedes has already dropped diesels from their lineups and BMW has slowed production (and availability) of those powertrains for the American market. Audi, Porsche, and their sugar daddy VW have, of course, followed suit. Dear Volkswagen: Thanks for screwing it up for everyone. So, where does that ultimately leave the X5 xDrive35d? It’s powerful, elegant, sure-footed, and useful. It’s also a miserly, luxurious, jack-of-all-trades treat. But it’s one I fear may also be at the apex of a diesel-burning era. If inclined, get one while you can. [Story: KanonOnCars ] The article The End of an Era? The BMW X5 xDrive35d appeared first on BMW BLOG
Forbes
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Why all businesses need to hire corporate executives with a thorough understanding of the industry they are to work in. Business founders do this by default. It's a warning to large public companies.
Autocar
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It looks like an Alfa, from a distance and while you’re standing next to it, waiting impatiently to be handed the key. Inside, in the opening threesecond gambit where your eyes decide whether you like a car’s cabin before your brain actually debates its objective merits, the Giulia scores big. It is tremendously handsome – made to seem all the more elegant by the seductive swoop of the dashboard, functional by the large, accentuated dials and spacious by the breadth of the centre console. More than one feature – the circular vents, the metal pedals, the two-tone trim, the flush infotainment screen – seems to have been chosen based on prettiness, a compelling notion in the taskfocused world of compact execs. The XE and the 3 Series are gloomier, steadfastly monotone and more obviously in thrall to orderliness by comparison. But they are both better made, more indulgent of fingertips and generally easier to use.
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Despite Lexus rounding out its model range with the LC coupe and the all-new LS flagship unveiled in Detroit, there are still plenty of potential gaps within the range. Read more »
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With most network execs following Donald Trump 's strategy of not taking journalists' questions from the stage and thespians pontificating about not being a method actor and, in fact, not knowing what it means or boasting about not reading the book on which their project is based lest they become oversaturated with too much information, this TCA ran the risk of being a total bust. Happily, that was not the case for the TCA Winter Press Tour in Pasadena. Here's...
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Time Inc. and SI execs were updated during the climb with photos from climbers and radio recordings to share the impact of the story and the passion for the mountain as seen in the first person through the eyes of a climber, Pan said. She commented that the heroic hike in the VR film represented the first time climbers could ascend the mountain in two years because of the Gorkha earthquake. So there was also an opportunity to see the mountain with fresh eyes and reverence, which contributed to the importance of telling the story. The entertainment-minded expedition was led by three veteran mountaineers: Lisa Thompson, Jeff Glasbrenner and Brent Bishop. About 1,000 people attempt to climb Everest every year, so the additional effort of shooting the first immersive VR climb was ambitious, Pan said. You have to remember that one of the things that makes this project so special is that these are not professional filmmakers, she continued.
Adweek
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Dentsu has named Toshihiro Yamamoto as its new CEO following the announcement that Tadashi Ishii would be stepping down from the position. Yamamoto previously held the role of senior vice president of Dentsu, but will now take over the top position on the heels of a turbulent 2016 for Dentsu. In December 2015 a 24-year-old Dentsu employee committed suicide. It was later determined that the young account manager, Matsuri Takahashi, took her own life because of a culture of overwork at the company. Ishii, who headed up the network for more than five years, announced his resignation in late December following the young womans death and reports that Japans labor ministry had referred Ishii and the Dentsu network to federal prosecutors. In early November, Japanese Labor Ministry officials reportedly raided Dentsu offices as part of the investigation into the death.
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" The main reason IT staff are seeking new opportunities is for a pay rise, with concerns that wages at their current company would stagnate. Investors in People also revealed that pay is still one of the biggest happiness factors for staff working in the IT sector. Other reasons given include better management and flexible working, which is a basic requirement of jobs this decade. "Workers are telling us they want to move for better pay, better management and flexible working. This sends a clear message to British business to invest in your people or risk losing them," Devoy said. See related Fujitsu execs outline Brexit concerns Skills shortages a worry for post-Brexit business How much will Brexit really cost your business? Investors in People added that competitive pay, enjoyable work and joining an employer with a good reputation are all at the top of the list when looking for a job.
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These range from the risks of crashed machines raining down on communities to the uncertainties of property law – not that this is preventing companies such as Amazon and Zipline from pushing ahead with drone-delivery trials . See related Fujitsu execs outline Brexit concerns Skills shortages a worry for post-Brexit business How much will Brexit really cost your business? “You could easily imagine that this becomes a bit of infrastructure in the same way that the road is,” says Nesta’s executive director of policy and research, Stian Westlake. “You might have a city air-space-management system to allow more drones to operate in a particular area.” Westlake tells me that he could envision the first steps in this direction happening within tightly controlled, privately owned urban environments. “The Olympia and York estate in Canary Wharf, for example, where one developer owns a significant amount of space and retail locations,” he says.
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Investors in People also revealed that pay is still one of the biggest happiness factors for staff working in the IT sector. Other reasons given include better management and flexible working, which is a basic requirement of jobs this decade. "Workers are telling us they want to move for better pay, better management and flexible working. This sends a clear message to British business to invest in your people or risk losing them," Devoy said. See related Fujitsu execs outline Brexit concerns Skills shortages a worry for post-Brexit business How much will Brexit really cost your business? Investors in People added that competitive pay, enjoyable work and joining an employer with a good reputation are all at the top of the list when looking for a job. “With worker wages stagnating and a strong jobs market there is a clear imperative to address workerspay and tackle poor management," Devoy added.
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UK companies relying on the 'passport' of services to operate within the EU without restriction will now have to rely on the UK successfully negotiating a compromise. James Chappell, CTO of UK cyber security firm Digital Shadows, believes it's vital the Prime Minister prioritises access to skilled professionals in her negotiations with the EU, as the UK lacks a sufficient digital workforce. See related Fujitsu execs outline Brexit concerns Skills shortages a worry for post-Brexit business How much will Brexit really cost your business? "Technology-based businesses such as Digital Shadows need to have access to the best brains from around the world and without it the UK technology sector could stagnate. In certain key areas such as cyber security and data science there are simply not enough skilled professionals in the UK alone." When it comes to exporting goods to the EU, Chappell remains concerned about what the government will actually secure.
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I have a number of seasons in my brain, and well see as we get there. He added that given the nature of the timeline, well never run out of stories. The show has helped lead NBC to its most-watched fall season in 10 years. The network is averaging a 2.7 demo rating this season and has what NBC claims is the biggest lead for any network 17 weeks into a season. Its ahead of Fox (2.0) by 35 percent. CBS is in third with 1.9, and ABC has 1.7. Last week, execs from Fox, which produces the show, revealed that they considered This Is Us for their own network, but handed it to NBC when they realized the show was a better fit for that network. The Season 1 finale of This Is Us airs March 7.
Vanity Fair
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With an Al Gore opener and the inauguration falling its first weekend, this year’s Park City festival will be politically charged. But will execs and audiences buy it?
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What if you could prepare for change rather than react to it? It would be a powerful business tool for any leader. Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute spends her days telling execs what their future will hold. Here Webb talks to Forbes about applying the future to your career and life.
Mashable
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Amazon's India rival, Flipkart, has launched Project Nanjunda, a unique safety initiative for its delivery boys the backbone of any ecommerce business. SEE ALSO: India's 'bigger than Amazon' online retailer Flipkart gets its third new CEO in 12 months Flipkart field execs, also known as Wishmasters, will now have access to an SOS button on their mobile app. It can work over a normal cellular network without data connectivity, thus making it more viable. Called the Nanjunda Button, it will trigger an alarm to the nearest hub-in-charge in case of an emergency, Flipkart said in a statement. The project has been named after the deceased Wishmaster, Nanjunda Swamy, who was murdered by a customer when he delivered the package as he wanted to buy a smartphone but didn't have any money. In India, you can order an item online and pay for it at the time of delivery. Read more... More about Safety Check , Startups , Tech , Logistics , and Amazon
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But station execs will certainly be on hand in search of new product. There is still no better arena to meet and greet, and conduct business where the right new show, in the appropriate genre, can capitalize on the potential long shelf-life. So, what new series are hoping to build some momentum at NATPE? Vying for Clearances In the first-run strip department, we have "Page Six TV," based on the iconic gossip-themed page in the New York Post, which will return to Fox Television Stations (among other potential clearances) following last summer's three week-test run. Orion Television will premiere "Couples Court," a new syndicated, half-hour weekday strip from David Armour, the creator and executive producer of Orion's "Lauren Lake's Paternity Court." The series will feature legal experts and trial attorneys Dana and Keith Cutler as the first-ever married couple to preside over the television courtroom where couples in crisis come to share their stories of cheating.