Adtech company IgnitionOne lays off staff while facing an allegation of unpaid bills

New York-based adtech firm IgnitionOne laid off staff on Wednesday and faces allegations of unpaid bills. IgnitionOne recently spun off its demand-side platform to martech firm Zeta Global to focus on its data and tech business. Progress Partners, an investment firm IgnitionOne hired to advise it on the deal, alleges that IgnitionOne owes the firm more than $590,000 in damages. Click here for more BI Prime stories. IgnitionOne, which builds and sells programmatic advertising technology, laid off a handful of 10 employees on Wednesday, sources close to the company said. The cuts, estimated to number fewer than 10, came two months after martech firm Zeta Global acquired IgnitionOne’s demand-side platform… Read More

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Sen. Mike Lee to police doing facial recognition surveillance: Get a warrant

David J. Phillip, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Federal police agencies would have to obtain a warrant to use facial recognition technology for surveillance under a bipartisan bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Thursday. Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Chris Coons, D-Del., say facial recognition has a place in law enforcement, but can quickly become invasive and violate people’s privacy if used improperly. “Facial recognition technology can be a powerful tool for law enforcement officials,” Lee said. “But its very power also makes it ripe for abuse. That is why American citizens deserve protection from facial recognition abuse.” The Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act requires federal law enforcement… Read More

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Boosted rolls out squishier wheels for smoother, faster rides

Images: Boosted Electric skateboard and scooter company Boosted has launched a new set of urethane wheels for its longboards that will offer smoother, faster rides. The new wheels are called Boosted 105s, and they cost $169 for a set of four. The wheels are 30 percent bigger than the ones that Boosted ships on its longboards, measuring 105mm in diameter (hence the name), 65mm wide, and 72 durometer — a measure of hardness. They should add about 2 miles per hour to the top speed, meaning the Boosted Plus would be able to reach 24 miles per hour, and the Boosted Stealth can hit 26 miles per hour. The wheels… Read More

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Photos: Utah Clean Energy program celebrates the 1,000th home to go solar

Dom Ontiveros, of Auric Energy, lifts a solar panel onto the roof of the 1,000th home that utilized the Empower SLC Solar program in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Empower SLC Solar, a community-led program in Salt Lake County, helps residents overcome the logistical and financial hurdles of going solar. | Laura Seitz, Deseret News Dom Ontiveros, of Auric Energy, lifts a solar panel onto the roof of the 1,000th home utilizing the Empower SLC Solar program in Salt Lake City on Thursday. Empower SLC Solar, a community-led program in Salt Lake County, helps residents overcome the logistical and financial hurdles of going solar. According to Utah… Read More

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The Atlantic Politics Daily: The Limits of Trump’s Go-To Defense

It’s Thursday, November 14. In today’s newsletter: On Trump’s defense strategy of villainizing, how Fox News covered the impeachment hearings, an argument for calling on Hunter Biden to testify, and more. We’re also following: Two teens were killed and three others wounded in a shooting at (BRENDAN SMIALOWWSKI / GETTY) The view from inside the Oval Office With the latest drip-drip-drip of impeachment revelations this week, what was once a remote possibility now seems closer to an inevitability: The House of Representatives will vote to impeach President Trump. What do ongoing impeachment proceedings look like from within 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? My colleague Peter Nicholas, one of our White House correspondents,… Read More

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Ulta Beauty Is Opening An Hour Early For A Huge Kylie Cosmetics Sale

Ulta Beauty is known for having big sales. Between its biannual 21 Days of Beauty event and the end-of-season price chops, there’s almost always a way to save on beauty products. But this weekend is hands down the best time to hit the chain. Now through Sunday, Ulta Beauty’s Holiday Haul sale is on, with up to 50% off bestselling and award-winning beauty products, both in store and online. This is reason enough to surf over to its website, but the store is also rolling out a second promotion just in store called Beauty Fest. The event will run for just two days — November 16th and 17th — falling… Read More

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Utah ski resorts upping perks for seasonal workers in tight job market

Fayik Abdi unloads pairs of skis from a bin as he and another worker transfer items between Alta rental shops in preparation for the ski season at Alta Ski Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. This is Abdi’s first day working for Alta after two seasons working for Snowbird just down the canyon. | Colter Peterson, Deseret News SALT LAKE CITY — As mountain resorts across the country struggle to fill seasonal jobs in a tight labor market, Utah ski and snowboard areas say they’re not having much trouble, though some have upped the perks to attract workers. “I don’t know to what level they’ve been… Read More

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I live on disability insurance and was able to buy a house in Sacramento, but most people with disabilities aren’t as lucky

After I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, a debilitating form of arthritis that primarily affects the spine, I was unable to work. It took two years, but I was finally awarded Social Security Disability Insurance. The problem: My payments were $970 a month and my rent was $800. I had to find housing fast and was able to buy a house in my community for $145,000, though it needs a lot of work. But most people with disabilities aren’t as lucky. personal finance coverage. I’m one of over 38 million Americans living in poverty. With an income of around $1,000 per month through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and occasional… Read More

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The CEO of Amazon Web Services told employees that its cloud is ‘24 months ahead of Microsoft in functionality and maturity’ (MSFT, AMZN)

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy reportedly told employees its cloud is 24 months ahead of Microsoft’s, “in functionality and maturity.” Jassy’s comments came as he informed employees about the company’s plans to challenge Microsoft’s win of JEDI, a contentious $10 billion cloud computing contract with the Pentagon, according to a report from Federal Times. The bidding process was contentious and included involvement from tech titans such as Oracle and even politicians including President Donald Trump, who has publicly feuded with Amazon CEO and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos. Jassy said the political aspect made the process unfair: “When you have a sitting president who’s willing to publicly show his… Read More

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