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Shutterfly names Moudy Elbayadi, an exec with AI experience, as Chief Technology Officer News People on the Move 

Shutterfly names Moudy Elbayadi, an exec with AI experience, as Chief Technology Officer

Shutterfly Inc. appointed Moudy Elbayadi as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, effective today. Shutterfly’s previous CTO, Satish Menon, stepped down in August. “I’m delighted to welcome Moudy to the Shutterfly team,” said Hilary Schneider, president and CEO, Shutterfly, Inc. “Our technology platform is at the heart of delivering great experiences that delight our customers. Further investments in our technology... Read More
While Xerox courts HP shareholders, HP adopts poison pill Acquisitions News 

While Xerox courts HP shareholders, HP adopts poison pill

HP Inc. announced it would implement a poison pill plan to thwart the attempt by rival Xerox Holdings to acquire the maker of printers. Xerox recently raised its offer earlier this month by $2 to $24 per share, following a series of rejections of other buyout offers. Meanwhile, Reuters reported Xerox execs hosted a dinner in Greenwich Village for HP shareholders... Read More
FASTSIGNS marks 35th anniversary with celebratory franchise fee of $35,000 News 

FASTSIGNS marks 35th anniversary with celebratory franchise fee of $35,000

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of the FASTSIGNS franchise, is marking its 35th year in business by offering qualified U.S. franchisees  a franchise fee of $35,000 — a savings of $14,750. The limited opportunity will be available through April 30, 2020, and applies to franchise agreements for new, co-branded, and conversion centers. This year, FASTSIGNS is aiming to sign more than 45 franchise agreements... Read More
Drytac opens new office and warehouses News 

Drytac opens new office and warehouses

Drytac, a manufacturer of self-adhesive materials for the large-format print and signage markets – will open new locations in the USA, helping more customers achieve stunning results with Drytac products. A new office located at 5401-B Eubank Road, Sandston, VA 23150. will open at the end of February in Richmond, Virginia. Two new warehouses will open in Northern New Jersey... Read More
Canon cuts about 15% of its US dealer network News 

Canon cuts about 15% of its US dealer network

According to the Canon Price Watch blog, Canon USA has trimmed more than 80 authorized dealers from its authorized dealer list. The blog cited “industry sources” explaining the changes were “targeted towards smaller stores, as well as online-only dealers, in a bid to reduce Canon USA’s operating costs — fewer dealers means less Canon USA expenditure on sales management, marketing,... Read More
Coronavirus claims two trade show victims: MWC and CP+ News 

Coronavirus claims two trade show victims: MWC and CP+

Two of the largest first-quarter tech shows of the year – Mobile World Congress (MWC) Barcelona and CP+ – have canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. As early as Monday, MWC organizer GSM was still planning to hold the event Feb 24 – 27, 2020, despite high-profile departures from Sony, Amazon, and others, according to Billboard. By Wednesday,... Read More
MyHeritage releases feature to automatically colorize black-and-white photos New Products News 

MyHeritage releases feature to automatically colorize black-and-white photos

Family history site MyHeritage released MyHeritage In Color, a feature that automatically colorizes black-and-white photos. Photos are colorized using sophisticated deep learning technology that is currently exclusive to MyHeritage, the company says. MyHeritage In Color is a freemium feature on MyHeritage, where several photos may be colorized for free, after which continued use of this feature requires a subscription. Colorization... Read More
Sony announces SDK for Sony α7R IV and α9 II cameras News Updates 

Sony announces SDK for Sony α7R IV and α9 II cameras

Sony Electronics released a new software development kit (SDK) enabling third-party developers and integrators to access control of Sony cameras. Sony says it is releasing the SDK based on extensive interest in their camera lineup from commercial customers. “The customer’s voice is absolutely critical to all aspects of our business,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy President of Sony Imaging Products and... Read More
Allegra Marketing Print Mail announces key franchise initiatives for 2020 News 

Allegra Marketing Print Mail announces key franchise initiatives for 2020

Allegra Marketing Print Mail announced 2020 growth plans include target markets with room for multiple new Allegra franchise members including Seattle, Boston, New York City and Sacramento, with more than 30 new centers targeted for signed deals across 17 priority markets. “The results of this past year showed much promise for the sustained growth of the brand in 2020,” says Kevin... Read More
Google Photos adding subscription photo prints News 

Google Photos adding subscription photo prints

According to published reports, Google Photos is testing a subscription photo printing service, where Google will send the user 10 prints “automatically selected from your last 30 days of photos,” according to 9to5Google. This $7.99 monthly subscription features 4×6 pictures printed on matte, white cardstock that features a 1/8-inch border. The user can choose one of three themes for their... Read More
Industry Notes for the week of Feb. 8 Earnings reports Events News People on the Move Updates 

Industry Notes for the week of Feb. 8

Rumors and interesting items from around the internet Fujifilm pulls X100V promo video after backlash over photog’s shooting style, via PetaPixel Google admits it sent private videos in Google Photos to strangers, via The Verge Why Camera Manufacturers Are No Longer Relevant, via Fstoppers DCW is the new online home for Australian Camera and ProPhoto magazines Apps and updates The... Read More
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