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Netflix price changes are always controversial. But luckily, it looks like the streaming company’s latest strategy for getting more money out of users won’t affect most of us (for now).

The streaming giant confirmed to CNET that it has been testing out a new tier for its pricing models for select users in Europe: a €16.99 per month “Ultra” subscription plan, which would provide exclusive access to HDR (high dynamic range) content.

“We continuously test new things at Netflix and these tests typically vary in length of time,” Netflix spokeswoman Smita Saran told CNET. “In this case, we are testing slightly different price points and features to better understand how consumers value Netflix.” Read more…

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Kevin Warren Led Xerox’s 3-D Printing Strategy, Now He’ll Pull All Of UPS’s Marketing Strings

Kevin Warren, one of BE’s Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America, and the man who led Xerox’s 3-D printing strategy, has been enlisted to handle all of UPS’s American and international marketing operations. He will now occupy the Chief Marketing Officer role and will report directly to UPS Chairman and CEO David Abney. He will also join the company’s Management Committee—the most senior leadership group in the company.

UPS is currently America’s largest package delivery company, and a leading global provider of specialized transportation logistics services, and Warren, 55, will be responsible for all its marketing, including the company’s product development, pricing, customer loyalty, industry segments, customer communications and public relations, among other functions.

“With unprecedented demand from consumer and business customers, it’s critical for UPS to have a savvy leader driving innovative new marketing programs that support one of world’s most trusted and respected brands,” said Abney. “Kevin brings a wealth of experience to UPS with a strong global growth focus across multiple disciplines. He will guide critically important marketing initiatives as we continue UPS’s transformation.”

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Warren’s move to UPS is a big step up. Most recently, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Xerox, a global corporation that sells print and digital solutions, and document technology products in more than 160 countries. The company has an estimated $ 22 billion in market capitalization, compared to UPS’s $ 116 billion.

KEVIN WARREN’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • At Xerox, he was responsible for worldwide channel strategy, salesforce effectiveness, and global client engagement for the company’s diverse portfolio of hardware, software, and services.
  • Before that, he served as president of the Commercial Business Group for Xerox’s services business, driving growth by pursuing new clients and expanding the services the company provides to current clients across commercial industries including: retail and consumer products, commercial transportation, travel, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, high-tech communications, and financial services.
  • He also previously served as president of Global Growth Opportunities, responsible for accelerating revenue growwth outside of the United States.
  • More importantly, he had strategic oversight for two Xerox operating units, Global Imaging Systems and Xerox Canada, as well as leading the company’s 3-D printing strategy.
  • He has also led the integration activity surrounding Xerox’s $ 1.5 billion purchase of Global Imaging Systems.
  • In 2007, he was named chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Xerox Canada and in 2010, was named president of U.S. Client Operations.

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Warren earned a degree in finance from Georgetown University and an advanced management degree from Harvard Business School. He currently serves as a director of Illinois Tool Works and of Georgetown University, where he chairs the audit committee. In addition, he is a current member of the Executive Leadership Council.

He has been named one of the top 100 most influential black executives in corporate America by Savoy Magazine and one of the 75 most powerful executives in America by Black Enterprise. In 2013, he was honored with humanitarian awards from both the Young Presidents Organization and CADCA for his work in mentoring at-risk youth.

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Nadella’s acquisition strategy is much different than Ballmer’s — and investors are rewarding him

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Paul Singer’s firm shifts strategy with $6.9B offer for Athenahealth

If you can’t get a company to change its ways, buy it. That, at least, appears to be a new strategy for billionaire Paul Singer. His hedge fund Elliott Management — which has mostly been content to prod companies into action as an activist shareholder — announced an all-cash $ 6.9 billion takeover offer of Athenahealth….
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While reporting its third-quarter financial results today. Progress Software Corp. (PRGS) said its board of directors approved a 12 percent increase in the company’s quarterly cash dividend from $ 0.125 to $ 0.14 per share of common stock. This increased dividend will be paid on December 15, 2017 to shareholders of record as of December 1, 2017.
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Criticizing Trump, McCain proposes new Afghanistan strategy

HARI SREENIVASAN, PBS NEWSHOUR WEEKEND: This week, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain offered a new strategy for the conflict in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history. As part of next year’s defense budget, McCain calls for adding to the 8,400 American troops now deployed in Afghanistan and giving U.S. commanders greater authority to target Taliban insurgents and ISIS militants. McCain, an Arizona Republican, also criticized President Trump for having, quote, no strategy, unquote, after seven months in office.

The Pentagon has been pressing the White House for up to 5,000 more troops.

To discuss the options in Afghanistan, I’m joined by Aaron O’Connell, an associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin and the editor of “Our Latest Longest War: Losing Hearts and Minds in Afghanistan.”

O’Connell is a former marine who served as an adviser to General David Petraeus when he commanded U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He later served as an assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff and on the National Security Council in the Obama administration.

So, first, there’s this premise of the question on why or why we’re not winning the war in Afghanistan, and you write in a recent op-ed, it’s not necessarily ours to win. Explain that.

AARON O’CONNELL, PROFESSOR OF HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN: Yes. Well, the war in Afghanistan is actually part of a number of wars — five, to be exact. And three of them predate American involvement in the country. The most crucial of these is a three-century-long fight inside the Pashtun tribe between Kabuli elites and Kandahari elites and then people from the rural areas of Afghanistan. So, that’s been going on for a long time, and nothing we can do is really going to change it.

SREENIVASAN: Considering the amount of blood and treasure that we’ve spilled there so far, what has been working?

O’CONNELL: Yes, it’s important to note some things have been working. Limited counterterrorism strikes against key officials have been quite successful. We’ve killed Osama bin Laden. We’ve neutered the leadership of al Qaeda. And every time a new leader of the Afghan Taliban is named, we typically get him in a matter of months. So, selective counterterrorism strikes against key leaders works quite well.

We’ve also had some success improving local health and education in Afghanistan. We’ve extended the life expectancy of the ordinary Afghan by a decade. That’s a real accomplishment.

But the efforts to defeat the Taliban have been much less successful as have our efforts to improve Afghan governance.

SREENIVASAN: Why haven’t they been as successful?

O’CONNELL: Well, it’s a complicated picture, Hari. First of all, the Taliban is not a transnational terrorist movement. It has no aspiration to attack United States. That’s important for your listeners to know.

But what they do have is really everything they need to fight indefinitely in Afghanistan. They have money from opium. The country is awash in arms.

They have networks for intimidating detractors. They have sanctuaries in Pakistan. And they have an almost unlimited supply of new recruits from the Pashtun areas whose life narratives really begin and end with defending Islam and rejecting foreign rule.

So, we’re learning what the Russians and the British learned before us, which is that the Pashtuns of Afghanistan have much greater strategic patience than we do, and the efforts we’ve taken to try to destroy or neuter that insurgency have not been successful.

SREENIVASAN: What about the space that Afghanistan occupies — and I’m almost thinking geographically — the type of support or lack of concern on the part of Pakistan, or the amount of resources that are coming even across from Iran?

O’CONNELL: It’s important to know that this is a very important region for the United States. It has Pakistan, and anything you do in Pakistan affects India. It has Iran. Russia is involved, as well.

The interesting thing is, we’ve spent three-quarters of a trillion dollars in Afghanistan, and Afghanistan is the least important country for American interests in the region.

So, what we’re seeing here is actually a reuse of an old domino theory that some of your listeners might remember from Vietnam. We’re in Afghanistan because we fear that losing in Afghanistan will precipitate state failure in Pakistan, a country with a fairly large radicalized Islamic population and nuclear weapons. So, the odd thing is that we are spending all of our time, attention and resources on Afghanistan when what we’re really concerned about is Pakistan. And furthermore, we are missing opportunities to partner with India.

SREENIVASAN: Is there a strategy there that would work? I mean, does John McCain have a better one than what the administration is putting out right now?

O’CONNELL: Well, I don’t know what the administration is putting out right now, and that’s a big part of the problem. So, Senator McCain has made some very poignant and useful comments about what we should be doing in Afghanistan. He’s deeply invested, and a man with a true strategic wisdom about the U.S.’s role in the world.

The really strange thing here is that we’re getting — the fleshed out policy we’ve gotten on Afghanistan thus far is coming from a senator from Arizona. It’s really important to note that what we’re doing in Afghanistan is not a military-only problem, and, therefore, there’s only one man that can set our objectives there, and that man is the president. He needs to lead, and he hasn’t led so far.

SREENIVASAN: Aaron O’Connell from the University of Texas, Austin, thanks so much for joining us.

O’CONNELL: Thank you.

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