Organized Retail Crime Associations: The Complete ListLP Magazine‘s comprehensive list of organized retail crime associations is designed to be a helpful resource for retailers and law enforcement.By Jac Brittain, LPCThe number of organized retail crime associations (ORCAs) has grown steadily in recent years, with a primary emphasis on assisting law enforcement, retail investigators, and prosecutors with the identification, investigation, and prosecution of those involved in organized retail crime.- Sponsor – In response to the scope and severity of organized retail crime concerns across the country, there has been an increased effort on the part of retailers and law enforcement agencies to share information regarding organized retail crime at the local, state, and regional levels.Organized retail crime associations have helped provide that vehicle, opening doors to improve legislation, enhance investigations, and build cooperative relationships in the battle against organized retail crime… Read the full article.Offender Perspectives on Self-Checkout TheftThrough interviews with dozens of shoplifters with recent self-checkout theft experiences, researcher Stephanie Lin explored their shoplifting behaviors, methods, and the thought process behind why they chose to leverage this method to conduct theft.By Stephanie LinThe convenience of self-checkout has made the service increasingly popular among customers in recent years. Retailers also take advantage of the self-checkout technology to reduce labor costs and speed up the checkout process.Unfortunately, this convenient option is popular among genuine customers and fraudsters alike… Read the full article.RESEARCH: Retail Theft and Loss Prevention AnalyticsBy David Speights, Ph.D., Daniel Downs, Ph.D., and Adi Raz, DBAAccording to the 2016 National Retail Security Survey, US businesses lost around $45.2 billion in 2015 to retail theft, more than 1.38 percent of overall sales, making retail theft one of the leading issues facing retailers today.According to the National Association of Shoplifting Prevention (2006), more than 9 percent of consumers are shoplifters. They are apprehended, on average, only once in every 48 times they shoplift. There are many types of retail theft, which can be measured by calculating the loss from employee theft, shoplifting or organized retail crime, administrative errors, vendor fraud, and return fraud.Who shoplifts? There is no typical profile of a shoplifter. Based on our experience of interviewing offenders, shoplifters can be male or female, of any race, as young as five or well into their seventies… Read the full article.How to Catch Someone Stealing without the Use of Excessive ForceBetter scenario training can help loss prevention officers understand how to catch someone stealing without creating risk to all parties.By Garett SeivoldUse of force by LP agents is a persistent concern for loss prevention executives. With it, comes the potential for excessive force, a lawsuit, and safety risks to all parties—LP agents, store associates, perpetrators, and bystanders.In The Handbook of Security, Read Hayes, Ph.D., CPP, director of the Loss Prevention Research Council, describes the stakes. “Because of their role in deterring and apprehending dishonest customers, store detectives can either add value to an organization or create serious liability, making detective selection, training, and management very important.”… Read the full article.Why Do People Steal? Examining the Robin Hood ComplexWhy do people steal, and what does the Robin Hood complex have to do with it?By Mike Giblin, LPRCInterviewing active shoplifters is the most interesting part of my job. For an hour, I speak as seldom as I can. I listen, and I observe. What they have to say is fascinating. Their actions and mannerisms weave together with their words like a code waiting to be cracked. Why do people steal?The interview starts with me doing most of the talking. I attempt to make them comfortable and fill them in on on what I’d like to know, were I in their position. I speak and I watch carefully as they try to decide whether I’m an authority figure or a guy who just wants to shoot the breeze and hear about their craft. Jokes help. Compliments help even more. I make it clear that this isn’t a confessional. They don’t need to apologize to me, or fear me, or even try to impress me… Read the full article. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google has long since moved on from basic pinned tabs and now plans for a built-in Chrome Web Store, which will feature apps like those from Google itself (Gmail, Calendar, Docs) as well as choice selections from across the Web, such as Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, and others. The store is open to all developers and will feature both free and paid applications. Where’s the Firefox Web App Store?While writing about Google Chrome’s Web Store in the comments, one reader suggested that the store is just another “rework of speed dial and pin tabs.”Another commenter pondered, “For the life of me, I cannot tell what the difference is between the ‘web app’ and the regular Gmail I’ve been using since before time.”What? You didn’t see the cute floating icon?OK, we jest… but we have to agree. Google Chrome Web apps are very much a newfangled combination of pinned tabs and speed-dial favorites. The genius is in the Store itself and the business model behind it. Since Chrome is positioned as an iPad-alternative on netbooks and tablets, Google is betting on the Web for its app store. It’s enticing developers to make Web apps instead of iTunes apps, since Chrome HTML5-enabled Web apps work anywhere Web standards are supported…including the iPad. While precise details on the cut Google plans on skimming off the top are still scarce (the latest news is that it will be “similar to existing app stores”), it wouldn’t be surprising if that cut was considerably less than the one Apple takes now. Meanwhile, the folks at Mozilla are still pondering what an “open” Web app store should look like – the implication being, of course, that Chrome’s isn’t as open as it could be. But while Mozilla drags its feet, Chrome’s Web Store is nearly a go for launch. And it’s open enough for most developers, considering how many have already embraced it. Tags:#Browsers#Google#web App Tabs are Just Pinned Tabs – No Web Apps HereIn Firefox, the ability to pin tabs – that is, make them into smaller tabs represented only by a favicon – has long been possible through the addition of a Firefoxadd-on. In Firefox 4 Beta 2, it’s now a native feature. And while, yes, this is progress, it’s also a somewhat disappointing reminder of how far Firefox has fallen behind Google Chrome, which has always had the “pin tab” feature in place, but shrank it down to favicon size back in October of 2009. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts The latest release of the Firefox 4 beta has arrived, and among the handful of new features introduced this round is the addition of App Tabs. These favicon-sized tabs let you pin your most frequently used programs to the top-left side of your tab bar. In an introductory video, Mozilla suggests tabs for email, calendar, IM and streaming music – you know, Web applications. But this new feature isn’t a copycat of competing browser Google Chrome’s forthcoming Web app support and accompanying Chrome Web Store, sadly. It’s a copycat of Chrome’s simple “pin tab” option instead. sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Startup School is an annual event co-sponsored by Y Combinator and BASES, Stanford University’s Business Association for Entrepreneurial Students. Today’s Startup School, now in its sixth year, was a day full of speakers, imparting their knowledge to a packed auditorium of entrepreneurs.The topics at Startup School ranged from the history of Silicon Valley innovation and the history (and future) of startup funding, to testing your hypothesis, pivoting, and optimizing for happiness. The speaker – 11 all told – gave presentations, followed by a short Q&A with audience members.Although you can watch the video archives on Justin.tv (and Paul Graham says he’ll be posting the essay version of his remarks online soon), here are some of the highlights from my lecture notes: Andy Bechtolsheim: Founder, Arista Networks, Sun MicrosystemsLecture topic: Innovation“Take ownership of your innovation.”Paul Graham: Co-founder, Y CombinatorLecture topic: Startup Funding – Super Angels versus VCsAs an investor, “if you are looking for the next Google, you don’t care if you invest at a $20 million valuation because the company is going to be worth billions. But if you are looking at a company that’s going to be acquired for $30 million… you might as well buy Apple stock.”“The next couple of years are going to be a great time for raising money. And as a result there will be a lot more startups. It’s going to be like the Internet bubble, just hopefully without the bursting.”Andrew Mason: Founder, GrouponLecture topic: Lessons Learned from the Failure of the point (or “Polishing Your Turds and Getting Super Rich”)You’re building a tool, not a piece of art. Don’t be blinded by visionRecognize and embrace your constraintsHave a growth planThe best tools aren’t always that coolYou’ll probably failQuit nowTom Preston-Werner: Founder, GitHubLecture topic: Luck, Bootstrapping, and Optimizing Your Happiness“Bootstrapping is a way to do something about the problems you have without letting someone else give you permission to do them.”At GitHub, “we took everything that is detrimental for optimizing our happiness and we threw them away.”“Do things that allow you to win and that allow someone else to win. It is not a zero-sum game.”Greg McAdoo: Partner, Sequoia CapitalLecture topic: What VCs Look for in Startups“Great companies don’t throw money at problems, they throw ideas at problems.”Reid Hoffman: Partner, Greylock, LinkedInLecture topic: Hypotheses on the Path to Adoption“If the competition is even mediocre, it can slow you down. It gets harder to get above the noise. But if you have to have competition, make sure your competition sucks.”“Be persistent, and hang on to your vision. And at the same time, be flexible.”Ron Conway: SV AngelLecture topic: Anecdotes from Napster, Google, and Facebook’s Early Days“You don’t need a business plan. You don’t need to have an MBA. All you need is a great idea. Anything is possible and you can accomplish it.”Adam D’Angelo: Founder, QuoraLecture topic: How to Leverage Your Advantages“if you’re not ready to start a company, think about the advantages you have or are accumulating. And if what you’re doing isn’t helping you build these advantages, think about how you might be able to get in a better position.”Dalton Caldwell: Founder, Picplz, ImeemLecture topic: Why a Music Startup is a Terrible IdeaRiffing on Chris Dixon’s statement that “every time an engineer joins Google, a startup dies,” Caldwall contends that “every time a founder does a music startup, a likely-more-successful-startup dies.”Mark Zuckerberg: Founder, FacebookInterviewed by Jessica Livingston“If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.”“We have not bought a company for the company. We buy companies for the people.”Brian Chesky: Founder, AirbnbLecture topic: The First 1000 Days of Airbnb (or Be Tenacious)“It started with an airbed in our living room to solve our own problem.”“Go to your users.”Photo credits: Robert Scoble Tags:#events#start Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting audrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts
audrey watters When news hit the wire this morning that Electronic Arts had purchased Chillingo, the publisher of the phenomenally successful Angry Birds game for an estimated $20 million, it seemed like the video game giant had made a really great acquisition for a steal. After all, the iPhone version alone of the Angry Birds game has sold over 6.5 million copies since December. Many of the reports of EA’s purchase of Chillingo were framed in terms of their gaining that Angry Birds Golden Egg (pun intended).But Rovio Mobile, the makers of Angry Birds quickly took to Twitter to correct the shock and surprise, asserting that it did not sell to EA and that it retains full control of the rights to Angry Bird. And in an interview with Techcrunch’s Alexia Tsotsis, Rovio clarified that it had only teamed with Chillingo to publish the first iPhone/iPad integration and “will not use Chillingo again.”If EA doesn’t get Angry Birds, then that $20 million seems strange for other reasons. Chillingo publishes a number of other titles from other third-party developers, including Cut the Rope. Chillingo also has a game developer platform, Crystal. As Industry Changes, Video Game Makers Turn to Social GamingAccording to an EA spokeswoman, “By acquiring Chillingo, EA Mobile is increasing its market leadership on the Apple platform as well as reaffirming its position as the world’s leading wireless entertainment publisher.” To “reaffirm its position,” EA has invested a lot of money lately in the growing social games market, buying Playfish in late 2009 for a cool $275 million. And the company clearly hopes this will position it well in this growing gaming sector – not just with the development of new social games but by utilizing their social networks to increase interest in other titles. EA of course continues to release its traditional games, including Madden NFL, The Sims, and Medal of Honor. EA did see profits of $96 million in the first quarter of this year, after posting a loss this time last year of $234 million, helped in part by an increase in social gaming revenue. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts Tags:#gaming#news#NYT#web 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…
When Amazon’s EC2 Isn’t Potent Enough For Your Cloud HostingIf you are looking to virtualize some of your data center and host it in the cloud, you probably have heard about Amazon’s EC2 by now. But one IT shop used EC2 as a strawman to consider what they really needed from their eventual service provider. It is interesting and instructive to see the steps that WoundVision took for this process. The company produces a risk assessment software solution supported by infrared thermal imaging for early wound detection. (more) 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Hybrid HTML5 Apps Are Less Costly to Develop Than NativeShould you develop a native app or an HTML5 app that will run on multiple platforms? A Forrester report aims to answer the question. For the cost-conscious developer, hybrid HTML5 apps provide more value than attempting to create native apps across the four major mobile platforms.From the comments: Piotr Steininger — “Having developed several hybrids now, I have to disagree with the broad statement:‘In the future we are likely to see a majority of apps built in this fashion.’I’m a veteran web developer and that includes Sproutcore and jQuery. I love web technologies. I was a huge fan of PhoneGap based apps. That is… until I went through the process of building and maintaining a several of them. Hybrid development may make sense on SOME tablet devices – namely iPad and iPad2. Even those have limitations. When it comes to Android, no animations/transforms are hardware accelerated and user experience is dismal at best (even on Honeycomb).’ (more of Piotr’s insightful comment)More Must Read Stories: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Android App Identifies SOPA Supporters Behind Real-World ProductsThe Stop Online Piracy Act. The mere thought of the controversial Internet regulation bill passing even one house of Congress keeps you up at night. You’ve already transferred all of your domains from GoDaddy, even after they flip-flopped on their SOPA stance. You instinctively click on every anti-SOPA story on Reddit and Hacker News, voting up the best of them. On the Internet, you’ve eagerly joined the growing army of digital activists opposing the law, but what about the real world? What about when you go to the store? (more) Where Do The Leading Republican Presidential Candidates Stand On SOPA? [UPDATED]Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sounds like a guy who really, really wants to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act.But Romney just can’t bring himself to mention SOPA by name. (more) Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… robyn tippins Flurry: Mobile App Usage Begins to Far Outpace the Web Thanks to FacebookWhen technology pundits say mobile is exploding, many people just shrug and say “of course.” Many people might not fully comprehend just how big mobile is growing and the enormous ecosystem that it now encompasses. Mobile computing through smartphones and tablets is growing four times faster than the PC and Internet evolutions of the 1980’s and 90’s. People are now using mobile apps more than the Web and the gap continues to widen. (more)Keep up with ReadWriteWeb by subscribing to our RSS feed or email newsletter. You can also follow ReadWriteWeb across the web on Google+, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#community#web A Beginner’s Guide to TwitterMany of ReadWriteWeb’s readers are old hands at Twitter, but the service gets thousands of new users every day. That includes a lot of folks who suddenly need to use Twitter as part of their job. If you’re just being introduced to the joys of Twitter (or introducing it to another user), here’s a short and friendly primer on what you need to know about using the site. (more) CES 2012: The Convergence of TV and Mobile PlatformsAnybody with a passing interest in the headlines pouring out of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas cannot help but identify one major theme: 2012 is the year that the TV will converge with mobile platforms. For all of the talk that CES has lost its clout, it is still a good source for identifying trends that will drive the innovation of major technology companies in the new year. Last year tablets and dual-core processors were all the rage. 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(more) Forrester: As Growth Slows, Apple to Be More Influential than Cloud in 2012A devastating assessment of the course of technology growth last Friday from technology analyst Forrester flies in the face of what competitive firms would consider “conventional wisdom,” to say that before cloud computing truly commands the attention of enterprise network architects, a few other dramas currently in progress must play themselves out first. (more) Forrester asserts that hybrid HTML5 apps are less expensive to develop than native apps. This and more in today’s Daily Wrap.Sometimes it’s difficult to catch every story that hits tech media in a day, so we wrap up some of the most talked about stories. We give you a daily recap of what you missed in the ReadWriteWeb Community, including a link to some of the most popular discussions in our offsite communities on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+ as well.
CCH Tax Day ReportColorado Gov. John Hickenlooper has signed legislation authorizing the Colorado Economic Development Commission (EDC) to allow certain business that make a strategic capital investment in the state to treat several existing corporate income tax credits as transferable, beginning July 1, 2017, and lasting through June 30, 2020. Once the income tax credits are approved by the EDC as transferable, the business can apply the credit to any tax liability, carry forward the credit for up to five years, or transfer the income tax credit. Under the legislation, the existing credits that are eligible for different treatment include, the Colorado job growth incentive credit; the Enterprise Zone credit for investment in certain property; the credit for new enterprise zone business employees; and the Enterprise Zone credit for expenditures for research and experimental activities. In order to qualify, a business is required to make at least $100 million capital investment for each precertification that the EDC finds will be significant to the state and be productive over time.Precertified tax credits cannot be transferred until tax year 2019 and the business has five years from when the EDC approved the credits to transfer them. Additionally, if the business chooses to transfer its allowed tax credits, then the income tax credits are freely transferable and assignable, subject to the preapproved amount. The transferee may use all or a portion of transferred income tax credits to offset any tax liability or they may transfer any unused portion to a secondary transferee. The unused portion of the tax credit can be transferred on multiple occasions for three subsequent tax years from when the income tax credit was first transferred. The legislation allows the EDC to precertify $10 million in transferable credits in each fiscal year. Any portion of the $10 million not precertified by the EDC in any of the fiscal years may not be certified in a future year. The EDC may precertify transferable credits for the same business in all three fiscal years.H.B. 1356, Laws 2017, effective May 24, 2017
Audrain County authorities say they caught a Vandalia man with more than 400 grams of meth.Joey Thorpe, 37, was pulled over Tuesday afternoon on Highway 54 north of Laddonia. Investigators say a K9 unit sniffed out the meth during the traffic stop.Thorpe was taken to jail on first degree drug trafficking charges.