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  • The Horror, The Horror: Software's Conversion From Thing To Service

    Software acquisition is turning from a purchase into a rental.  Every transaction is becoming a “relationship,” and I am looking at this trend with growing alarm.

    It’s not like we don’t have enough monthly bills.  Now, add to the necessities — mortgage, car payments, water, electricity, gas, insurance — and nominally optional stuff — credit cards, Netflix, cable, club memberships, magazines, newspapers, and don’t forget cell phones, which some people would rank up there with the necessities — software.

    Microsoft has been warning us for a while that this was going to happen.  InTune was the company’s first, aborted attempt to rope us into a perpetual payment scheme.  For an operating system.

    You get to use the pretty bits, but you have to give them back if Microsoft asks You get to use these pretty bits, but you have to give them back if Microsoft asks

    The program failed primarily because, even for businesses, adding a monthly bill for something that has always been a one-time purchase goes against the grain.  Also, Microsoft neglected to coordinate its Windows and

    Read More »from The Horror, The Horror: Software's Conversion From Thing To Service
  • WALTHAM, Mass., May 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TESARO, Inc. (TSRO), an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced the successful completion of the rolapitant bioequivalence study.

    "The results of this study indicate that the exposure for a 185 milligram dose of intravenous rolapitant is similar to the exposure of a 200 milligram dose of oral rolapitant, said Mary Lynne Hedley, Ph.D., President and COO of TESARO. "By developing two formulations of rolapitant, we may enable oncologists to tailor their antiemetic regimen to best meet the needs of their patients and target the entire CINV market opportunity. We continue to expect to submit the New Drug Application for the intravenous formulation of rolapitant following the commercial launch of oral rolapitant."

    This open-label study enrolled healthy male and female volunteers. Study participants were randomized to receive a single dose of either 185 milligrams of intravenous rolapitant administered over 30 minutes

    Read More »from TESARO Announces Successful Completion of Rolapitant Bioequivalence Study
    Contact:
    Investor/Media Contact:
    Jennifer Davis
    +1.781.325.1116 or jdavis@tesarobio.com
  • When Chris LaRocca launched Crushed Red—his fast-casual franchise concept for customizable chopped salad and pizza—in 2012, several people approached him about buying a unit. But the St. Louis-area entrepreneur turned away even those who seemed experienced and financially capable. 

    After years of helping develop similar concepts, he determined that the way to succeed in the competitive restaurant space was to rely on multi-unit franchisees—those who can buy the territory for several units and build them over a relatively short period of time. 

    “Area development is the only thing we’re going to do,” says LaRocca, who had two company-owned Crushed Red units open at press time (with eight more on the way) and expected to have 11 franchised units up and running by the end of 2016. “It gets us there quicker, and the franchisees are more sophisticated. We don’t have to herd cats.”

    LaRocca is not alone in his thinking. Over the past decade there has been a major shift toward

    Read More »from Why Multi-Unit Franchise Ownership Is Now the Norm
  • Small clubs, youth teams feel victimized by FIFA scandal

    Victims of FIFA scandal? Small clubs and youth teams say they need money that was diverted

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren't as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can't afford to travel and developmental leagues that can't pay referees.

    Players and coaches can only dream about millions reportedly siphoned off by top soccer officials.

    "The reason that these people were able to make so much money corruptly goes to the love that people have for the sport," Kelly Currie, the acting U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said as 14 top world soccer officials were indicted. "And so it's taking that love and skimming off the marketing rights that allowed these people to enrich themselves and line their pockets."

    Take Fabio Braz, a 36-year-old defender on Brazil's lower-division America Football Club, which

    Read More »from Small clubs, youth teams feel victimized by FIFA scandal
  • There's a new museum for horsepower hounds, speed fiends and fans of Nascar. In fact, this place caters to just about anything with a motor that goes fast and the people who love them.

    Located 15 miles south of Portland, Oregon, in Wilsonville, the World of Speed Museum is home to nearly 100 historic cars and motorcycles, along with race-themed simulators and a land speed record timeline.

    A shrine to speed, the 80,000-square-foot museum is the first to document the history of motor sports in the Pacific Northwest. Still, it also plays plenty of attention to the story of motorsports with roots in other parts of the country.

    "You can see Nascar cars at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see Indy cars in Indianapolis, and you can see drag cars at Pomona (California)," museum curator Ron Huegli told CNBC. "But here we've got it all under one roof, including two notable hydroplanes on loan from the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum near Seattle."

    The museum's

    Read More »from Step on the gas! Oregon museum's a shrine to speed
  • Provocative Filmmaker John Waters Delivers Keynote Address at Rhode Island School of Design’s 2015 Commencement

    Waters accepts an honorary degree, as well as writer Adam Gopnik and former Talking Heads members Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    This morning, 486 undergraduate and 183 graduate students from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) received their diplomas at RISD’s 2015 Commencement. The ceremony took place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence.

    This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150530005057/en/

    This year RISD presented five outstanding cultural leaders with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. Influential filmmaker and author John Waters accepted his first honorary degree and delivered the Commencement keynote address. Author and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik and musicians Chris Frantz (RISD ’74 Painting), Martina Weymouth (RISD ’74 Painting) and Jerry Harrison, all former members of the breakthrough band Talking Heads, accepted honorary degrees at the ceremony as

    Read More »from Provocative Filmmaker John Waters Delivers Keynote Address at Rhode Island School of Design’s 2015 Commencement
    Contact:
    Rhode Island School of Design
    Jaime Marland, 401-427-6954
    jmarland@risd.edu
  • Hemp industry enters 2nd year with hazy market potential

    Hemp growers enter 2nd year of legal cultivation, and questions about market potential remain

    FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) -- The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin.

    The federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed — in Colorado's case, this month — for research and development purposes. Companies trying to create a U.S. hemp industry are seeking investors not only for unproven products but for a plant that is still classified under the federal Controlled Substances Act with marijuana and thus cannot be patented.

    As a result, it's too soon to tell whether hemp will become a boon for farmers or stay in mostly boutique products that use imported hemp.

    At least 22 states allow hemp cultivation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, though most are limited to experimental testing, not commercial industry. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say

    Read More »from Hemp industry enters 2nd year with hazy market potential
  • Panel continues budget work; nixes some LePage proposals

    Maine committee continues work on $6.5 billion budget; throws out some LePage proposals

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee are making progress as they work toward finalizing their recommendations on the state budget.

    The panel met Saturday to discuss several pieces of the roughly $6.5 billion spending plan.

    The committee voted to continue to provide nursing homes with an additional $4.6 million annually.

    It rejected Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to eliminate funding for methadone treatment, and also nixed his effort to set aside $2 million for legal fees when Attorney General Janet Mills declines to represent the administration.

    On Friday, the committee rejected LePage's proposed changes to the sales tax. The governor wanted to increase the tax to 6.5 percent and apply it to more services to help pay for an income tax cut.

    The committee will continue negotiating throughout the weekend.

    Read More »from Panel continues budget work; nixes some LePage proposals
  • At this NYC bar, Nutella is on tap for foodies

    As sales of Nutella continue to edge higher, one company is betting on food "bars" devoted to selling creations made from the popular chocolate hazelnut spread.

    This week, Italian food market Eataly opened its first Nutella bar in New York City, after an earlier pop-up version proved successful. The new restaurant sells items such as crepes, croissants, tarts, gelatos and coffee drinks made or filled with the spread, which is made by Italian company Ferrero.

    Read More A Cadbury chocolate bar with how many flavors?

    Eataly is planning to expand the concept further beyond its first Big Apple location.

    "Our idea is more or less everywhere where we are going to open up a new Eataly in the world to put a Nutella bar," said Dino Borri, Eataly's head buyer. Currently it has Nutella bars in Sao Paolo, Chicago, Dubai and Milan.

    The growing taste for the sweet confection has sent Ferrero in search of hazelnuts, which have become increasingly scarce and pricey.

    The world's

    Read More »from At this NYC bar, Nutella is on tap for foodies
  • RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    More than 200 youth participated in the first UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS® Raleigh Fun Run today. UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound kicked-off the fun run, joined by Anita Bachmann of UnitedHealthcare, and County Commissioners Caroline Sullivan and Sig Hutchinson.

    This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150530005055/en/

    Local athletes, ages 3-15, had the opportunity to run on the same course as the LexisNexis IRONMAN® 70.3® Raleigh presented by PNC, which takes place tomorrow. IRONMAN® pro-athletes Melanie McQuaid and Matty Reed were also on hand with Dr. Health E. Hound to help warm up the kids, and place medals on them as they crossed the finish line.

    This is the fourth year UnitedHealthcare is supporting IRONKIDS as part of the company’s commitment to help stem

    Read More »from First UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS® Raleigh Fun Run Motivates Local Youth to Lead Active, Healthy Lifestyles
    Contact:
    UnitedHealthcare
    Buddy Castellano, 952-931-4775
    or
    IRONKIDS
    Mandy Irizarry, 407-341-4362

Blog Posts by Simplus Information Services

  • The Horror, The Horror: Software's Conversion From Thing To Service

    Software acquisition is turning from a purchase into a rental.  Every transaction is becoming a “relationship,” and I am looking at this trend with growing alarm.

    It’s not like we don’t have enough monthly bills.  Now, add to the necessities — mortgage, car payments, water, electricity, gas, insurance — and nominally optional stuff — credit cards, Netflix, cable, club memberships, magazines, newspapers, and don’t forget cell phones, which some people would rank up there with the necessities — software.

    Microsoft has been warning us for a while that this was going to happen.  InTune was the company’s first, aborted attempt to rope us into a perpetual payment scheme.  For an operating system.

    You get to use the pretty bits, but you have to give them back if Microsoft asks You get to use these pretty bits, but you have to give them back if Microsoft asks

    The program failed primarily because, even for businesses, adding a monthly bill for something that has always been a one-time purchase goes against the grain.  Also, Microsoft neglected to coordinate its Windows and

    Read More »from The Horror, The Horror: Software's Conversion From Thing To Service
  • WALTHAM, Mass., May 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TESARO, Inc. (TSRO), an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company, today announced the successful completion of the rolapitant bioequivalence study.

    "The results of this study indicate that the exposure for a 185 milligram dose of intravenous rolapitant is similar to the exposure of a 200 milligram dose of oral rolapitant, said Mary Lynne Hedley, Ph.D., President and COO of TESARO. "By developing two formulations of rolapitant, we may enable oncologists to tailor their antiemetic regimen to best meet the needs of their patients and target the entire CINV market opportunity. We continue to expect to submit the New Drug Application for the intravenous formulation of rolapitant following the commercial launch of oral rolapitant."

    This open-label study enrolled healthy male and female volunteers. Study participants were randomized to receive a single dose of either 185 milligrams of intravenous rolapitant administered over 30 minutes

    Read More »from TESARO Announces Successful Completion of Rolapitant Bioequivalence Study
    Contact:
    Investor/Media Contact:
    Jennifer Davis
    +1.781.325.1116 or jdavis@tesarobio.com
  • When Chris LaRocca launched Crushed Red—his fast-casual franchise concept for customizable chopped salad and pizza—in 2012, several people approached him about buying a unit. But the St. Louis-area entrepreneur turned away even those who seemed experienced and financially capable. 

    After years of helping develop similar concepts, he determined that the way to succeed in the competitive restaurant space was to rely on multi-unit franchisees—those who can buy the territory for several units and build them over a relatively short period of time. 

    “Area development is the only thing we’re going to do,” says LaRocca, who had two company-owned Crushed Red units open at press time (with eight more on the way) and expected to have 11 franchised units up and running by the end of 2016. “It gets us there quicker, and the franchisees are more sophisticated. We don’t have to herd cats.”

    LaRocca is not alone in his thinking. Over the past decade there has been a major shift toward

    Read More »from Why Multi-Unit Franchise Ownership Is Now the Norm
  • Small clubs, youth teams feel victimized by FIFA scandal

    Victims of FIFA scandal? Small clubs and youth teams say they need money that was diverted

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- The accused in the FIFA scandal are easy to spot: globe-trotting executives charged with diverting millions meant to build the game to their personal accounts. Those who feel victimized aren't as obvious: Youth players with hand-me-down equipment, semi-pro clubs that can't afford to travel and developmental leagues that can't pay referees.

    Players and coaches can only dream about millions reportedly siphoned off by top soccer officials.

    "The reason that these people were able to make so much money corruptly goes to the love that people have for the sport," Kelly Currie, the acting U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, said as 14 top world soccer officials were indicted. "And so it's taking that love and skimming off the marketing rights that allowed these people to enrich themselves and line their pockets."

    Take Fabio Braz, a 36-year-old defender on Brazil's lower-division America Football Club, which

    Read More »from Small clubs, youth teams feel victimized by FIFA scandal
  • There's a new museum for horsepower hounds, speed fiends and fans of Nascar. In fact, this place caters to just about anything with a motor that goes fast and the people who love them.

    Located 15 miles south of Portland, Oregon, in Wilsonville, the World of Speed Museum is home to nearly 100 historic cars and motorcycles, along with race-themed simulators and a land speed record timeline.

    A shrine to speed, the 80,000-square-foot museum is the first to document the history of motor sports in the Pacific Northwest. Still, it also plays plenty of attention to the story of motorsports with roots in other parts of the country.

    "You can see Nascar cars at the Nascar Hall of Fame in Charlotte, North Carolina. You can see Indy cars in Indianapolis, and you can see drag cars at Pomona (California)," museum curator Ron Huegli told CNBC. "But here we've got it all under one roof, including two notable hydroplanes on loan from the Hydroplane & Raceboat Museum near Seattle."

    The museum's

    Read More »from Step on the gas! Oregon museum's a shrine to speed
  • Provocative Filmmaker John Waters Delivers Keynote Address at Rhode Island School of Design’s 2015 Commencement

    Waters accepts an honorary degree, as well as writer Adam Gopnik and former Talking Heads members Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison

    PROVIDENCE, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    This morning, 486 undergraduate and 183 graduate students from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) received their diplomas at RISD’s 2015 Commencement. The ceremony took place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence.

    This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150530005057/en/

    This year RISD presented five outstanding cultural leaders with honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. Influential filmmaker and author John Waters accepted his first honorary degree and delivered the Commencement keynote address. Author and New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik and musicians Chris Frantz (RISD ’74 Painting), Martina Weymouth (RISD ’74 Painting) and Jerry Harrison, all former members of the breakthrough band Talking Heads, accepted honorary degrees at the ceremony as

    Read More »from Provocative Filmmaker John Waters Delivers Keynote Address at Rhode Island School of Design’s 2015 Commencement
    Contact:
    Rhode Island School of Design
    Jaime Marland, 401-427-6954
    jmarland@risd.edu
  • Hemp industry enters 2nd year with hazy market potential

    Hemp growers enter 2nd year of legal cultivation, and questions about market potential remain

    FORT LUPTON, Colo. (AP) -- The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin.

    The federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed — in Colorado's case, this month — for research and development purposes. Companies trying to create a U.S. hemp industry are seeking investors not only for unproven products but for a plant that is still classified under the federal Controlled Substances Act with marijuana and thus cannot be patented.

    As a result, it's too soon to tell whether hemp will become a boon for farmers or stay in mostly boutique products that use imported hemp.

    At least 22 states allow hemp cultivation, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, though most are limited to experimental testing, not commercial industry. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say

    Read More »from Hemp industry enters 2nd year with hazy market potential
  • Panel continues budget work; nixes some LePage proposals

    Maine committee continues work on $6.5 billion budget; throws out some LePage proposals

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- Maine lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee are making progress as they work toward finalizing their recommendations on the state budget.

    The panel met Saturday to discuss several pieces of the roughly $6.5 billion spending plan.

    The committee voted to continue to provide nursing homes with an additional $4.6 million annually.

    It rejected Republican Gov. Paul LePage's proposal to eliminate funding for methadone treatment, and also nixed his effort to set aside $2 million for legal fees when Attorney General Janet Mills declines to represent the administration.

    On Friday, the committee rejected LePage's proposed changes to the sales tax. The governor wanted to increase the tax to 6.5 percent and apply it to more services to help pay for an income tax cut.

    The committee will continue negotiating throughout the weekend.

    Read More »from Panel continues budget work; nixes some LePage proposals
  • At this NYC bar, Nutella is on tap for foodies

    As sales of Nutella continue to edge higher, one company is betting on food "bars" devoted to selling creations made from the popular chocolate hazelnut spread.

    This week, Italian food market Eataly opened its first Nutella bar in New York City, after an earlier pop-up version proved successful. The new restaurant sells items such as crepes, croissants, tarts, gelatos and coffee drinks made or filled with the spread, which is made by Italian company Ferrero.

    Read More A Cadbury chocolate bar with how many flavors?

    Eataly is planning to expand the concept further beyond its first Big Apple location.

    "Our idea is more or less everywhere where we are going to open up a new Eataly in the world to put a Nutella bar," said Dino Borri, Eataly's head buyer. Currently it has Nutella bars in Sao Paolo, Chicago, Dubai and Milan.

    The growing taste for the sweet confection has sent Ferrero in search of hazelnuts, which have become increasingly scarce and pricey.

    The world's

    Read More »from At this NYC bar, Nutella is on tap for foodies
  • RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    More than 200 youth participated in the first UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS® Raleigh Fun Run today. UnitedHealthcare mascot Dr. Health E. Hound kicked-off the fun run, joined by Anita Bachmann of UnitedHealthcare, and County Commissioners Caroline Sullivan and Sig Hutchinson.

    This Smart News Release features multimedia. View the full release here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150530005055/en/

    Local athletes, ages 3-15, had the opportunity to run on the same course as the LexisNexis IRONMAN® 70.3® Raleigh presented by PNC, which takes place tomorrow. IRONMAN® pro-athletes Melanie McQuaid and Matty Reed were also on hand with Dr. Health E. Hound to help warm up the kids, and place medals on them as they crossed the finish line.

    This is the fourth year UnitedHealthcare is supporting IRONKIDS as part of the company’s commitment to help stem

    Read More »from First UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS® Raleigh Fun Run Motivates Local Youth to Lead Active, Healthy Lifestyles
    Contact:
    UnitedHealthcare
    Buddy Castellano, 952-931-4775
    or
    IRONKIDS
    Mandy Irizarry, 407-341-4362

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