Last August we called Spongecell “the most intuitive of the online calendar apps,” and picked it as one of our 10 Must Have Online Office Apps. Since then, though, a lot has changed. Spongecell is no longer just a personal calendar, but rather a full-scale event management platform aimed at businesses with complicated event calendars. Last week I caught up with Spongecell CEO Ben Kartzman and Chief Strategy Office Marc Guldimann to learn a little bit more about what the company is up to.With Google Calendar now dominating the online personal calendar space, Spongecell decided to take a different approach to the market. Spongecell reworked their product and launched “Spongecell Promote” in March 2007, a full event-marketing platform provides publishing, messaging, and reporting tools to event organizers. After seeing that they were getting more traffic via embedded calendars than via the personal calendar service that had been their main product, Spongecell decide to shift gears completely and make Promote their core offering.Website Calendar by SpongecellAbove is a sample Spongecell calendar widget.The service compares somewhat to Evite, but Kartzman stressed that Spongecell isn’t focused on one-off events like birthday parties — though the product could be used that way — but rather hopes to help organizations or event managers who run a large number of gatherings to manage their entire calendar.Spongecell’s service has three main components: josh catone 1 Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Product Reviews#web Publishing: Each event gets a web page that allows people to RSVP, comment, get directions, etc. Event pages can be syndicated to MySpace, Facebook, Eventful, Upcoming and elsewhere via widgets.Messaging: Spongecell lets users spread the word about their event via SMS and email. About 2 million emails are sent out each month via the service.Reporting: Event managers can use Spongecell’s reporting features to track their email and SMS blasts and guest lists.Spongecell’s calendar widget has about 12,000 installs and serves 2 million pageviews each month, Kartzman told me. About 25% of those come through the app’s RESTful API, which allows developers to create custom calendar applications. Parenting site lilaguide.com, for example, uses the API to power its event section and has customized it so that parents can add events to the site’s calendar.ConclusionSpongecell has already landed some pretty big clients for their platform, including CNN, but plans to expand into new markets over the coming year as part of an ambitious plan to become the event marketing management platform for any industry.Spongecell may no longer be a must have office application — if you’re looking for a simple calendar, try Google — but it is now a very well made and versatile platform for running an online event calendar on any web site. Deciding not to compete with Google was probably a smart move for the company, which now has a much better chance of cornering their intended market. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts
Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund has selected Lieutenant Randy Brandt of the San Leandro (CA) Police Department as the recipient of its Officer of the Month Award for July 2016.Located in the nation’s capital, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers. The Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award Program began in 1996 and recognizes federal, state, and local officers who distinguish themselves through exemplary law enforcement service and devotion to duty.Lieutenant Brandt, along with the other Officer of the Month Award recipients for 2016, will be honored during National Police Week at a special awards ceremony in Washington, DC, in May 2017.- Sponsor – Key FactsLieutenant Brandt says one of his greatest sources of pride through his 19-year law enforcement career is his participation, supervision and management of the SLPD’s SWAT team. Lieutenant Brandt’s dedication led him to create the SWAT Fitness Challenge in 2007, a program established to promote fitness and camaraderie among the local tactical teams through competition and networking. Over the years the Challenge has grown, with more than 40 teams competing in 2015, some coming from as far away as Saskatchewan, Canada.“I brought it together to bring camaraderie and to bring training ideas together and networking,” Lieutenant Brandt said.After a visit in 2014, Lieutenant Brandt decided to honor George Mark Children’s House by making it the beneficiary of the Challenge’s fundraising efforts. The George Mark Children’s House is a pediatric palliative care center in San Leandro, providing hospice and respite care to children, in hopes of reducing the stress on patients and their families.“I was invited [to George Mark] as a motorcycle sergeant because the kids really liked motor cops. So we decided to bring our whole unit up there because we thought it might be a fun day,” Lieutenant Brandt said. “Walking through there we were moved by what we were seeing more than the kids were about seeing us.”Each team is asked to raise at least $500 for the pediatric care center, while Lieutenant Brandt raises funds to cover the cost of the Challenge. In 2014, they raised $25,000, and in 2015, they raised $32,000. The partnership has also garnered extensive media attention for the facility, helping raise its profile in the community. In 2016, the teams raised $96,000.Recently, one of the competitors in the SWAT Fitness Challenge learned that the child of his childhood best friend had passed away at George Mark Children’s House. “That sort of brings it all home. I think it makes it all worthwhile. It’s all beyond us, and it’s more about them. That’s what the event is about,” Lieutenant Brandt said.In addition to the donations, Lieutenant Brandt also facilitated the opportunity for one of the George Mark Children’s House teenage patients to be named an SLPD Honorary Officer, fulfilling a dream for the patient and his family.Supporting Quotes“[Lt.] Brandt has proven time and time again that he is a caring and dedicated individual and professional, who embodies SLPD’s motto of Teamwork, Integrity, Professionalism and Service,” said Ken Sommer, Director of Advancement for George Mark Children’s House.“Undoubtedly, Lieutenant Brandt’s commitment to fitness and wellness are evidenced in his assignment choices and his accomplishments in the SWAT Fitness Challenge,” SLPD Sergeant Troy Young said. “He has a great sense of the importance of the community and the role law enforcement should play in our communities.”“Lieutenant Brandt’s work with George Mark Children’s House is commendable,” Memorial Fund President and CEO Craig W. Floyd said. “Not only is his dedication to the wellness of his fellow officers, but to the children in his community. It’s his life’s work that earns him the July 2016 Officer of the Month Award.”For more information about the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund’s Officer of the Month Award, visit www.LawMemorial.org/OTM. — ### — Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
CCH Tax Day ReportBefore January 1, 2022, a person issued a seller’s permit for a place of business that is a “dispensary,” as defined in the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, may remit California sales and use tax amounts due for retail sales at the dispensary by a means other than electronic funds transfer (EFT). During this period, a dispensary is not subject to the general requirement to remit amounts due by EFT if its estimated tax liability averages $10,000 or more per month.Ch. 811 (A.B. 821), Laws 2016, effective January 1, 2017
If you haven’t noticed, cloud computing has been evolving from marketing hype to technology development and solution delivery in 2010. We’ve been talking about cloud for about a year on Chip Chat focusing our discussions on the technologies required for cloud innovation. Last week I chatted with Raejeanne Skillern on the Intel Cloud Builder program, and she packed in more info per second than I can recall in a Chip Chat episode.Today Intel, the industry, and data center customers took the conversation to a new level. The big news is the launch of a new data center customer driven group called the Open Data Center Alliance. The group is garnering a lot of attention with their launch, both from the media and from their peers. I was able to catch up with Alliance chairman Marvin Wheeler, who earns his living as Chief Strategy Officer for Terramark. Marvin filled me in on the Alliance and shared why he’s so excited about what the group brings to data center computing.Today’s announcement also featured a lot of new info from Intel including news that Intel will serve as technical advisor to the Open Data Center Alliance and that we’ve greatly expanded our Cloud Builders program to rally the industry towards open, interoperable cloud solution delivery. I caught up with two Intel execs we’ve had on Chip Chat before, Data Center Group Marketing VP Boyd Davis and Jason Waxman, General Manager, High Density Computing, Data Center Group, to learn more about the Cloud announcements. Boyd provided a unique look on what the development means for the industry and why Intel is the perfect fit as technical advisor to such an Alliance. Jason drilled down into what it will mean to have a cloud requirements roadmap available to the industry and how Intel plans on working with other cloud leaders to meet customer requirements through our Cloud Builders program.The interviews signal a new series of Chip Chat episodes on delivery of the cloud…hope you enjoy the chats, and as always I’d love any feedback on the conversations as well as on topics you’d like to hear in the future.
Antibiotics have been taking it on the chin lately. Not only has resistance to the medications been growing, but drug companies have been dropping antibiotic research programs because the drugs are difficult and expensive to make. Now, help is on the way. Researchers report today that they’ve found a way to churn out new members of one of the most widely used classes of antibiotics, called macrolides. The work could lead to new weapons against antibiotic-resistant infections, and possibly save millions of lives.Macrolides, drugs that include erythromycin and azithromycin, were first developed in the 1950s. Since then they’ve become a bulwark against bacterial and fungal infections. Chemically, macrolides are giant rings containing 14 to 16 carbon atoms, with one or more sugar appendages dangling off the side. Bacteria synthesize them to fight off their neighbors. Yet bacteria didn’t evolve to make macrolides good drugs in people. So medicinal chemists—the group of researchers who actually build new drugs—start with the natural versions and tweak their bonds one at a time in an effort to make them safer and more effective. But in most cases it’s impossible to confine the changes to just one bond on a large molecule. When multiple bonds react, the result is an unwanted broad mixture of end products, none of which contain just the one specific change desired for making a better drug. To solve that problem, Harvard University chemist Andrew Myers and colleagues adapted a divide-and-conquer strategy that they had applied to tetracycline antibiotics back in 2005. They started with three basic macrolide ring structures and broke each one down into eight molecular “modules.” They then carefully mapped out reactions needed to put the pieces back together. For two such linkers they even invented new chemical reactions to forge the bonds just so. This allowed them to tinker with the modules individually, and then reassemble them. 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Perhaps equally important, Myers says, is that all the reactions used for the assembly produce high yields of the final products. That’s essential, he notes, because bacteria don’t produce the starting material for the new compounds. So if any of them proves a valuable medicine, chemists will be able to synthesize large quantities of it cheaply from scratch.“This is a great example of beautiful chemistry that will have a tangible societal benefit,” says Phil Baran, a synthetic organic chemist at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego, California. Myers has set up a company, Macrolide Pharmaceuticals, to commercialize the work.
A checklist on what to eat and what to shop for.Restaurant Dining with the starsThis winter, Puneites can enjoy cool winter evenings at Alfresco, the openair restaurant that has recently opened at the Courtyard Marriott. A perfect place to enjoy a quiet winter evening, their decor, which consist of a,A checklist on what to eat and what to shop for.RestaurantDining with the starsThis winter, Puneites can enjoy cool winter evenings at Alfresco, the openair restaurant that has recently opened at the Courtyard Marriott. A perfect place to enjoy a quiet winter evening, their decor, which consist of a small water stream with tiny fountains in the middle of the restaurant, candle-lit tables and bright cushions can be the ideal set up to unwind.The music is classic with Beatles and Pink Floyd playing in the background. Their menu is basic with a few starters and main course dishes comprising barbeques, kebabs, sizzlers and tandoori items while dessert is brought in from Marriott’s MoMo Cafe. Take your pick from tiramisu, chocolate cake, blueberry cheesecake and lemon pie among other sweet picks on offer. Meal for two: Rs 1,500 plus taxes. At: Courtyard by Marriott, P4 Rajiv Gandhi Infotech Park, Phase 1, Hinjewadi.Tel: 42122222.-Aditi PaiStoreWorld of decorSet within one of the quieter Koregaon Park lanes, this 2,900 square foot enterprise could be your solution to all premium lifestyle needs. A self-proclaimed global art and decor gallery, Bougain Villa stocks a diverse collection of classy handcrafted artefacts, furniture, floor and wall lamps, linen, tableware and home accessories sourced from around the world. The store also makes bespoke pieces depending upon your requirements and offers interior decoration tips as well. Price: Small artefacts starting at Rs 100; and furniture pieces at Rs 15,000. At: 351, Precious Gems, Lane no 6, Koregaon Park. Tel: 26150036.-Aditi PaiStuffSun shade Make a statement with these glam bumble-bee sunglasses by Esbeda. Stick to the classic black or go all out with the red for a funky look. Price: Rs 480. At: Esbeda, Shop no 304-305, MG Road, Camp. Tel: 26137288.Cheesy delightsAdd some spunk to your wineand-cheese soirees with the festive English stilton cheese which comes in a range of fruity flavours. Price: On request. At: Godrej Natures Basket, Dhole Patil Road. Tel: 26160540.Sport itJazz up your outfit with Crimson Affair’s dazzling collection of footwear that ranges from ruby reds to crimsons and from maroons to pinks. Price: 1,000 onward.At: Metro Shoes, Sagar Arcade, 616 Ferguson College Road, Deccan Gymkhana. Tel: 65000885.advertisement