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Ilya Pozin is an entrepreneur, writer and investor. He is the founder of Ciplex, a digital marketing agency, and a columnist for Inc., Forbes and LinkedIn. In 2012, Inc. Magazine recognized Ilya as a 30 Under 30 Entrepreneur.
In 2013 LinkedIn selected Ilya as one of 100 Influencers, along with the likes of Richard Branson, Barack Obama, Tony Robbins and Mark Cuban.
An early immigrant from Russia, Ilya founded his first company Ciplex, when he was 17. Ciplex is a digital marketing agency that provides web design, application development and marketing services. The company has been in business for over 13 years and is the recipient of multiple awards, including Inc. Magazine’s INC 500/5000 award for 3 consecutive years. Ilya resides in Los Angeles where he consults, writes, invests, mentors and on occasion, attempts to golf.
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Roku has launched a new app for its range of streaming set-top boxes today that gives user the ability to stream full episodes from television shows aired on PBS and PBS Kids.
The company revealed the news over on its official blog earlier today, highlighting the availability of popular PBS programs such as NOVA, American Experience, Masterpiece, Nature, Frontline and Antiques Roadshow.
The app will be updated daily and feature not just primetime shows, but those that are also broadcast through users’ local PBS station across the United States.
PBS Kids, meanwhile, will tailor to the growing demand for children’s television shows on other streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. These “junior streamers” can access full episodes from series such as Curious George, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, Dinosaur Train, Super WHY! and The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!
The new app can be downloaded right now under the Movies and TV section of the Roku Channel Store. PBS is a non-profit public broadcasting television network in the United States and as such, is only available for Roku players in this region.
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Amazon released today its annual list of the “most well-read cities in America.” The ranking is established using the total sales of books, magazines and newspapers, both in print and in Kindle formats, since June 2012. The list works on a per-capita basis in cities that count more than 10,000 residents.
Just as last year, Alexandria in Virginia tops the list, followed by Knoxville, Tennessee. Knoxville was previously ranked at the 12th place, meaning it is the city that saw the biggest improvement in its ranking between 2012 and 2013. Books that fall in the Romance category, including worldwide literary sensation Fifty Shades of Grey, are most popular in Knoxville.
2011′s number one, and last year’s number two, Cambridge, Massachusetts, has fallen down to the fourth place this year. It is still the city in which business and investment books are most popular.
The most popular book sold in Alexandria was Gone Girl, followed by the Fifty Shades trilogy.
Here are the top 20 cities:
1. Alexandria, Va.
2. Knoxville, Tenn.
3. Miami, Fla.
4. Cambridge, Mass.
5. Orlando, Fla.
6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
7. Berkeley, Calif.
8. Cincinnati, Ohio
9. Columbia, S.C.
10. Pittsburgh, Penn.
11. St. Louis, Mo.
12. Salt Lake City, Utah
13. Seattle, Wash.
14. Vancouver, Wash.
15. Gainesville, Fla.
16. Atlanta, Ga.
17. Dayton, Ohio
18. Richmond, Va.
19. Clearwater, Fla.
20. Tallahassee, Fla.
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The Associated Press on Tuesday tweeted the following “Breaking: Two Explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” After AP confirmed the account had been compromise, Twitter suspended it just minutes later.
Here is the original tweet:
Attempting to navigate to the AP’s account or tweet currently gives an “Account suspended” message. Twitter will likely bring it back soon but for now the message displayed is as follows:
Multiple other AP accounts have confirmed that the original tweet is false and that the account was compromised:
That is a bogus @ap tweet.
— AP CorpComm (@AP_CorpComm) April 23, 2013
Please Ignore AP Tweet on explosions, we’ve been hacked.
— Sam Hananel (@SamHananelAP) April 23, 2013
The (at)AP twitter account has been hacked. A tweet about an attack at the White House is false. We will advise on acct. status.
— AP Stylebook (@APStylebook) April 23, 2013
Notice the timing of all these events. The original tweet went out at 1:07 PM EST. Official denials came in at 1:10 PM EST and Twitter suspended the account by 1:14PM EST, giving a total turnaround time of just seven minutes.
Yet this was enough time for the Dow Jones to drop like a rock (before quickly rebounding once it was confirmed that the tweet was false):
The Associated Press has since published its own story confirming the news. The report says the false tweet was made “after hackers made repeated attempts to steal the passwords of AP journalists.”
The @ap hack came less than an hour after some of us received an impressively disguised phishing email.
— Mike Baker (@MikeBakerAP) April 23, 2013
This is the latest development in a long saga of Twitter account hijackings. The company has been asked for years to implement two-factor authentication to help thwart such attacks, but it still hasn’t done so despite saying it would one day.
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Dynamic Yield, which develops audience personalization software that helps online publishers and e-retailers increase revenue yield and measure key engagement metrics, has raised $2 million in funding.
Founded in 2012, Dynamic Yield’s Series A round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with The New York Times Company and Google chairman Eric Schmidt-backed investment firm Innovation Endeavors participating.
The Tel Aviv, Israel-based company has been self-funded to date and says it plans to use the proceeds of the financing round to expand its global footprint by opening an office in New York City, and to support the growth of its expanding customer base.
Dynamic Yield aims to help website publishers and e-commerce providers monetize their visiting user traffic more effectively by providing them with an automated SaaS solution that measures the revenue impact of each page layout and individual in-page components.
Subsequently, its real-time personalization algorithms can be employed to increase overall revenue yield by growing user engagement, ad clicks, product purchases, social sharing and page views (Dynamic Yield says it is currently powering nearly a billion monthly page views already).
Liad Agmon, co-founder and CEO of Dynamic Yield, says:
“We supposedly live in an era of dynamic, personalized web experiences, yet data loads and algorithmic capacity have kept vast majority of websites largely static.
We have shown in the past twelve months that our low-touch SaaS solution has significant and far reaching effect on our clients’ bottom-lines”.
Agmon was formerly an entrepreneur-in-residence at lead investor Bessemer Venture Partners.
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