When you sign up for an ad-supported streaming service, the trade-off may seem straightforward: In exchange for watching commercials, you’ll pay lower prices (or perhaps nothing at all) . advertisement advertisement But by sitting through commercial breaks, you’re giving up more than just a few minutes of your time per hour. Smart TVs and streaming devices represent a treasure trove of data for marketers, who can learn a lot about you based on what you watch. By associating your streaming TV accounts with broader marketing profiles, advertisers can see if they’ve influenced your behavior on other devices and could potentially use that activity to further influence the ads on your TV. Ad tech experts say the data they get from streaming TV users is supercharging what’s already a booming business. The Interactive Advertising Bureau expects streaming TV ad spending to hit $21.2 billion this year, up from from $15.2 billion in 2021, AdWeek reports , … [Read more...] about How ad-supported streaming will be used to track you
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So, you have a job interview at a company you really like. It’s your dream job. Your interviews are scheduled, and you ready to start to preparing. But how? advertisement advertisement Most candidates research the company, the interviewer, and the job, then jot down notes on what they’ll say and write out questions to ask. But how many job seekers actually write out a script for themselves? Not many! They may fear sounding wooden or robotic in the interview. Or they suspect they’ll panic if they forget their lines. Don’t believe it. Without a script, you’re rudderless. You’ll deliver whatever comes into your head at the moment. And you won’t necessarily get across a clear, consistent message about your readiness for the job. As a former speechwriter, I can tell you, good scripts don’t come “in the moment.” There’s a slight chance you’ll get it right. But more likely you’ll deliver mixed messages that don’t add up to a clear and compelling picture … [Read more...] about How to write a script for a job interview that feels authentic
This article first appeared in The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on May 9, 2022 - May 15, 2022. - A + A DATUK Ahmad Nazim Abdul Rahman, who joined Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera (LTAT) last June, is its third CEO in two years. With his experience as CEO of Pelaburan Mara Bhd, he seems comfortable discussing investment and asset allocation strategies. But given the short stints of his predecessors, the question remains whether he will stay on long enough at the retirement fund to carry out the reforms that have been put in place. Following are excerpts of The Edge’s interview with Nazim. The Edge: LTAT’s main task is to give good dividends to its members. Since 2018, that has come down quite a bit. Are we going to go back and see the good days of 12% to 15%? Datuk Ahmad Nazim Abdul Rahman : It would not be sustainable to go back to that teen-per cent dividend returns. I’m happy to mention we recently announced a dividend of 4.1%, and that is the highest … [Read more...] about Cover Story: Rehabilitating a RM10 billion portfolio
It's become an obsession for many. Filters and retouching apps have such an all-encompassing presence on social networks that we don't know what stars, influencers, and virtual friends actually look like. Slim down figures, give the rear end a lift, erase cellulite, wrinkles, acne, and stretch marks, and even more, to attain a fantasy beauty ideal, which is not exactly in line with the body positivity movement that advocates self-acceptance. In 2019, Chinese influencer "Your Highness Qiao Biluo" became the laughing stock of the web as the filter she used for her videos was disabled on the social network Douyu. The web celebrity, who pretended to be a young woman in her 20s, was found out to be a woman of 58 years old – which in itself isn't a problem – and her physique was completely unlike that of her fresh-faced, glamorous virtual twin. Filters and photo editing apps, which continue to proliferate like wildfire, have the ability to completely transform a person, from head to … [Read more...] about Would you be recognisable in real life based on your glamorous beauty snaps?
A super slide for stocks, bonds, and cryptocurrencies rolled all the way into last week, right up until Friday, when the Nasdaq posted its strongest one-day gain since November of 2020. Despite Friday's gains, the major averages posted losses for the week, with the Dow closing down more than 2% and posting its first seven-week losing streak since 2001. The S&P 500 fell 2.5% and hit its longest weekly losing streak since 2011, while the Nasdaq fell 2.8%. It's been a rough, rough year across capital markets. A full $35 trillion in global market value has been erased since the beginning of the year. That's 14% of all global wealth, including a trillion dollars of losses in cryptocurrencies. To put those losses in perspective, 2008 saw a 19% decline in global market value, and that doesn't include non-financial assets such as housing. Still, perspective is everything, especially for investors who have been invested in the U.S. stock market for at least five years. Believe it or not, … [Read more...] about Keeping it Real with Real Vision’s Raoul Pal
Like most new moms, 26-year-old Veronica Gutierrez's life revolves around feeding her three-month-old daughter, Alessandra. For the first month, that meant mostly formula. But that formula was hard to find. She drove from store to store, so shaken by the empty shelves she began pumping her breast milk around the clock, in hopes she could draw out enough to feed Alessandra full time. "I had just gotten home from the hospital and I was in so much pain - even just having to jump in the car trying to find the formula, I was almost in tears," Gutierrez said. "There was that uncertainty whether I was actually going to find the formula," she said. "That's why I was working every day latching her on, even if she got just a little bit, because I knew, if I didn't, I would lose my milk supply." All night, Alessandra nurses. All day, Gutierrez pumps. Still, she considers herself lucky. Unlike millions of American parents, she's no longer worried where her baby's next meal will come from. … [Read more...] about As baby formula shortage worsens, families take desperate steps
A Reddit user has posted about an experience of using a Taxi service in Bangkok… “Bangkok Scam on Vesak Day” (the Visakha Bucha Day Buddhist holiday). The user claimed the driver overcharged him and asked for a toll fee for the highway even though the toll was waived on the day. On Monday the aggrieved passenger posted pictures of the taxi and explained how the driver “cheated” on a group called The Bangkok Community on the Reddit website. The passenger said he was picked up by a pink taxi car from Chatuchak for a trip to the MBK shopping mall in downtown Bangkok on May 15, or Visaka Bucha Day, a sacred Buddhist holiday for Thais. The passenger said the taxi meter started at 50 baht instead of a standard rate of 35 baht, and the driver tried to hide the meter screen with the car’s gear stick and his hand. Then the driver asked for a toll fee of 100 baht, but the fee had actually been waived over the four day long weekend. In total, this passenger was charged 209 for the … [Read more...] about Foreigner claims Bangkok taxi driver overcharged on a Thai holy day