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Lawsuit filed in Chicago alleges Bose headphones spy on listeners

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A lawsuit filed in Chicago federal court alleges Bose has been spying on the listeners of the company’s patented wireless headphones and speakers.

CHICAGO (Diya TV) — The Bose Corporation has been using the company’s trademark wireless headphones to spy on consumers by using an app that tracks the music, podcasts and other audio they listen to, and violates their privacy rights by selling the information without permission, a recently filed lawsuit has alleged.

The complaint, filed Tuesday in Chicago federal court by a Kyle Zak, seeks an injunction to stop Bose’s “wholesale disregard” for the privacy of customers who download its free Bose Connect app from Apple Inc or Google Play stores to their smartphones.

“People should be uncomfortable with it,” Christopher Dore, a lawyer representing Zak, said in an interview with Reuters. “People put headphones on their head because they think it’s private, but they can be giving out information they don’t want to share.”

Zak’s lawsuit was the latest to accuse companies of trying to boost profit by quietly amassing customer information, and then selling it or using it to solicit more business. The Framingham, Massachusetts-based company has said annual sales top $3.5 billion.

Zak paid $350 for his QuietComfort 35 headphones and said he took the company’s advice to “get the most out of your headphones” by downloading its app, and providing his name, email address and headphone serial number in the process. However, he said he was surprised to learn afterward that Bose sent “all available media information” from his smartphone to third parties such as Segment.io, whose website promises to collect customer data and “send it anywhere.”

Audio choices offer “an incredible amount of insight” into customers’ personalities, behavior, politics and religious views, citing as an example that a person who listens to Muslim prayers might “very likely” be a Muslim, the complaint said. “Defendants’ conduct demonstrates a wholesale disregard for consumer privacy rights,” it read.

Zak is seeking millions of dollars in damages in the suit for buyers of headphones and speakers, including QuietComfort 35, QuietControl 30, SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II, SoundLink Color II, SoundSport Wireless and SoundSport Pulse Wireless.

He is further seeking to halt to the data collection, which he said violates the federal Wiretap Act and Illinois laws against eavesdropping and consumer fraud.

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Ivanka Trump meets Indian Minister Sushma Swaraj during UN general session

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President Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the annual UN General Assembly session in New York. Photo courtesy of Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — President Trump’s daughter and advisor Ivanka Trump met with India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during the annual UN General Assembly session in New York.

Ivanka, who is leading the American delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in India in November, discussed women’s entrepreneurship and workforce development.

“We had a great discussion on women’s entrepreneurship, the upcoming #GES2017 and workforce development in the U.S. and India,” Ivanka tweeted after the meeting. The summit will be co-hosted by India and the U.S. in Hyderabad Nov. 28 to 30. The annual event is a premier gathering of emerging entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders from around the world.

The 35-year-old Ivanka expressed her respect for Swaraj, whom she described on Twitter as a “charismatic” foreign minister.

“I have long respected India’s accomplished and charismatic Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj, and it was an honor to meet her today,” Ivanka stated.

Swaraj discussed “Women Empowerment” and Ivanka’s forthcoming visit to India, the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. stated.

Leading a high-powered Indian delegation, Swaraj will be hosting several meetings with Global leaders.

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Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

Former MGM executive Roma Khanna named Revolt TV’s next CEO

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Sean Combs Announces Roma Khanna CEO of Revolt TV

LOS ANGELES (Diya TV) — Sean Combs has announced Roma Khanna the CEO of Revolt TV.

“As Revolt continues to grow as a brand and expand globally, I knew we needed a seasoned executive with a proven track record to keep the momentum going and help me lead the network into the future,” said Combs. “Roma is that person. She has the experience and tenacity to build on Revolt’s success and as we continue to influence content and culture around the world.”

“After decades of building large-scale businesses in TV and media, I am excited to have the opportunity to work alongside visionary Sean Combs to get hands-on and redefine content models with a view to building a modern, relevant, global cultural brand,” said Khanna. “Revolt is ready to create and curate content and super-serve its audience on its own TV platform and beyond, living and breathing with its audience wherever they might be.”

Revolt says the company’s mission is to build on its platform to offer long- and short-form content revolving around hip-hop music and culture. According to Revolt’s website, “REVOLT is focused on expertly curating the best of the best in music and engaging youth in social conversation – on-air, on-line, on-demand. The multi-genre, multi-platform network offers breaking music news, videos, artist interviews, exclusive performances, and original programming.”

Revolt claims to have over 50 million young adult consumers through television, digital properties, social and mobile. REVOLT is accessible 24/7 – anytime, anywhere, any screen.

Khanna left MGM, where she served as president, in late 2015. She helped launch FX’s “Fargo” and History’s “Vikings.” She spent three years as president of global networks for NBC Universal’s international networks wing. She also oversaw the development of Hulu hit “Handmaid’s Tale.”

Revolt had been without a CEO for a year, since Keith Clinkscales left the company last August. Revolt launched as a linear channel in the U.S. in October 2013 and has since expanded to Africa and the Caribbean.

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Indian American Physician Vas Narasimhan Named CEO of Novartis

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Indian American Physician Vas Narasimhan Named CEO of Novartis

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Switzerland-based biotech giant Novartis says Indian American physician Vas Narasimhan will take reins as CEO on Feb. 1.

The 41-year-old Narasimhan joined Novartis in 2005. He currently serves as the company’s Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer. He is also a member of Novartis’ Executive Committee.

“Both from a professional and a personal perspective, this is the right moment to hand the leadership reins of the company to Vas,” said current Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez. “Our strong pipeline and the strategic moves we have taken to focus the company have put Novartis on a strong path for the future. On the personal side, after 10 wonderful years in Switzerland, my family is ready to return to Silicon Valley and the U.S. I’m confident that Vas will be an excellent successor.”

Joerg Reinhardt, chairman of the Novartis board of directors, said the company anticipates “a smooth transition, as Joe built a strong leadership team and mentored his successor.”

Narasimhan graduated from Harvard Medical School. He also has a master’s in public policy from the university’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He earned undergraduate degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining Novartis, he worked at McKinsey & Company, first as a consultant and then as an engagement manager.

An elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Narasimhan has held a number of positions at Novartis.

Reinhardt expressed confidence in Narasimhan’s ability to lead the company to “expected next growth phase … The strength of Novartis is our ability to drive science-based innovation. Vas is deeply anchored in medical science, has significant experience in managing the interfaces between Research and Development and commercial units and has strong business acumen with a track record of outstanding achievements. As a physician, he has a strong patient focus and a genuine humane perspective and care for the mission and values of Novartis. As a result, the Board of Directors is confident that Vas is the right choice to lead Novartis on our expected next growth phase, driving innovation and further strengthening our competitive position.”

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