Nationwide Marketing Group Launches Dedicated Performance Groups for Servicing Dealers

Peer groups provide networking support and exclusive training opportunities to members who service appliances

Although Linley Dew grew up in the appliance sales and service business, he still wondered sometimes, as a second-generation co-owner, how his store was performing compared to others of a similar size. Especially when it came to service.

“Before I was in any kind of networking group, I felt like I was on an island for my business,” recalls Dew, whose parents founded the family-owned appliance and HVAC business Dew’s in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., in 1947. “There was no one I could talk to. But once I started reaching out to other independent retailers, I found a network that I could share things with, and I didn’t feel so alone. They kept me from going down rabbit holes and helped me stay on the right track to make

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Groups criticize Alabama official over social media posts

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of social justice groups criticized Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s social media posts Tuesday, including a since-deleted retweet that mentioned a “war on whites.”

The groups and individuals held a news conference at the Alabama Capitol, saying they were following up on a letter sent last week to the elected Republican expressing disapproval of the posts. Some speakers called on Merrill to resign. Others said said the posts were irresponsible from a statewide officer holder.

Project Say Something Founder Camille Bennett said “dog whistle politics” were the tool of past segregationist Gov. George Wallace and that Merrill needs to understand that could incite violence.

“Here we are in 2020 and we still have white men at the state Capitol dog whistling, talking about a war on whites. What war do you speak of?” Bennett said.

Merrill had recently retweeted one item that criticized

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Apple Trashes Facebook After Groups Lament App Privacy Delay

Illustration for article titled Apple Defends Delay of iOS 14 Feature Limiting App Tracking, Blasts Facebook

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Earlier this year, human rights and privacy groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch wrote to Apple, asking why it was delaying the introduction of a feature that would force apps to receive explicit opt-in from iPhone users before tracking them. Apple responded, according to Bloomberg, with a letter slamming Facebook.

Apple rolled out the privacy-enhancing feature in iOS 14 in September but hasn’t made it mandatory for developers to enable yet. The groups wrote in a letter to the tech giant stating the delay was ill-advised in the “critical weeks leading up to and following the 2020 U.S. elections, when people’s data can be used to target them with personalized political ads.”

In the letter, Apple’s global head of privacy, Jane Horvath, responded to the groups by trashing Facebook and its business model.


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Jeff Bezos Will Give Grants Worth Nearly $800M To 16 Groups Fighting Climate Change


  • The list of grantees is a mix of labs, NGOs, climate activist groups
  • Amazon employees have called on the company to tackle climate change
  • Amazon’s Climate Pledge is to be 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has committed to giving grants worth $791 million to 16 organizations that work towards protecting the environment, as part of his Bezos Earth Fund.

In an Instagram post on Monday, Bezos said he is inspired by these organizations’ efforts to save the environment and wants to help them scale. This is part of the Amazon founder’s $10 billion pledge to promote scientists, NGOs and organizations invested in climate change.

“I have spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who have made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world,” Bezos’ Instagram post read.

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Jeff Bezos announces nearly $800 million in grants to 16 groups fighting climate change

Jeff Bezos standing in front of a television screen: Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion to support organizations and scientists working to protect the environment.

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Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion to support organizations and scientists working to protect the environment.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced Monday that he will give $791 million in grants as part of his Bezos Earth Fund to 16 organizations that are working to protect the environment.

The fund is part of the CEO’s $10 billion pledge to support scientists, activists, NGOs and organizations working to protect the environment.

“I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram post on Monday announcing the news. “I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale.”

The full list of grantees are a mix of big name NGOs, labs, reforestation and climate justice groups.

They include: The

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CE Pro Summit & VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups Extend Application Deadline to November 19

Total Tech Summit is extending the application deadline for the CE Pro Summit & CE Pro VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups to Thursday, November 19, 2020. This will be your very last chance to get your application in to attend the only industry event this year to give you real opportunities to network AND actionable business intelligence. CE Pro Summit East is set to take place December 7-8 and CE Pro Summit West, December 9-10, 2020.

When you are accepted to attend either CE Pro Summit, you are able to participate in world-class educational sessions. These sessions include our highly anticipated keynote on the Workforce of the Future, a session on the hottest topic in the residential market: Wellness & Biophilia, a session on Implementing Emerging Technologies Profitably, and on Operational Excellence & Leadership. Learn more about these sessions here.

CE Pro VIP Peer-to-Peer Networking Groups Form to Promote Idea-Sharing

On top of the general sessions, you also have the opportunity

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Tech groups’ services could face bans if they breach rules, EU industry chief says

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Technology companies’ services could be banned from the European market if they do not heed EU regulation, Europe’s industry chief Thierry Breton told German weekly Welt am Sonntag, as the European Commission finalizes rules on internet companies.

Breton will announce new draft rules known as the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act together with European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager on Dec. 2.

The rules will set out a list of do’s and don’ts for gatekeepers – online companies with market power – forcing them to share data with rivals and regulators and not to promote their services and products unfairly.

The new draft rules come as critics of U.S. tech giants, which include companies and industry bodies, question the EU’s rulings against Alphabet <GOOGL.O> unit Google, saying they have not curbed its allegedly anti-competitive behaviour. Some want EU enforcers to go further than just ordering

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Ant Group’s Failed IPO Is A China Problem, Not A Fintech Problem

Just when you thought it was safe to be a billionaire.

Jack Ma, one of China’s richest men, and a philanthropist that pals around with the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, kind of got his hat handed to him recently when his Ant Group got banned from listing in the U.S. After that, even that Hong Kongers said “not can do”, Jack.

Looked at from a pure market perspective, their failed IPO is only a China problem.

Fintech companies from Russia to Brazil have done well this year, with some seeing record breaking

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