Thursday, July 18, 2013

HTC's COO Matthew Costello joins revolving door of departing execs

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HTC's COO Matthew Costello joins the revolving door of department execs

One of HTC's top execs, Chief Operating Officer Matthew Costello, will depart after three years on the job, according to a report from Bloomberg. He'll join recent departees like Asia CEO Lennard Hoornik and others in leaving the company, which has seen unprecedented turnover of late amid its falling fortunes. His position will be filled for now by engineering president Fred Liu, who told employees via email that Costello would move to Europe and stay on as an executive adviser. Ironically, the latest departure comes in the wake of very good news for HTC, which just reported $970 million in May revenue -- nearly double what it took in last month and just shy of May 2012 figures. That can likely be chalked up to sales of the One, which is now being churned out at full speed (and soon in a stock Android version) but whether the fortunes of HTC's star handset can halt the brain-drain remains to be seen.


Emma Watson Debuted a New Do

At the This Is the End premiere held in Los Angeles yesterday, the Bling Ring actress strode onto the red carpet in an ensemble that Alexis Neiers would probably covet. She looked radiant in a black-and-white outfit that included a strapless Roland Mouret top, cuffed black trousers by Phillip Lim, and sky-high Salvatore Ferragamo heels. But what pulled her ensemble together was her new hair: a chic, voluminous, curled-in creation that appears to be a faux bob. The new do alone made Watson resemble these flappers — except for the fact that she has happy eyes.

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And the 2013 CFDA Award Winners Are ...

In addition to all the pre-named honorees, here are the winners of tonight's CFDA Awards:

Womenswear Designer of the Year: Proenza Schouler's Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez
Menswear Designer of the Year: Thom Browne
Accessories Designer of the Year: Phillip Lim 
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Womenswear: Suno's Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty 
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Menswear: Public School's Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne 
Swarovski Award for Emerging Talent in Accessories Design: Pamela Love

And because Andy Cohen couldn't say it, mazel to all!

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Canada's 700MHz auction pushed to January 2014, Telus denied Mobilicity spectrum transfer

Harper Government Protecting Consumers and Increasing Competition in Canadian Wireless Sector

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 4, 2013) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry, today announced decisions to further promote competition in the Canadian wireless telecommunications market to give Canadians access to the latest technology at better prices.

"Our government is clearly committed to encouraging competition in the wireless market so that Canadian families will benefit from cutting-edge technologies and services at affordable prices," said Minister Paradis. "I believe the basis of a strong economy is a competitive marketplace and consumer choice. We will continually review the regulations and policies that apply to the wireless telecommunications sector to promote at least four wireless providers in every region of the country so that Canadian consumers benefit from competition."

The Minister also announced that TELUS' application to transfer Mobilicity's spectrum licences will not be approved. Mobilicity's licences were among those set aside for new entrants in the 2008 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) auction, which included restrictions on transferring licences to incumbents.

"Our government has been clear that spectrum set aside for new entrants was not intended to be transferred to incumbents. We will not waive this condition of licence and will not approve this, or any other, transfer of set-aside spectrum to an incumbent ahead of the five-year limit," said Minister Paradis. "Our government will continue to allow wireless providers access to the spectrum they need to compete and improve services to Canadians. We are seeing Canadian consumers benefit from our policies and we will not allow the sector to move backwards. I will not hesitate to use any and every tool at my disposal to support greater competition in the market."

In addition, the Government also outlined improvements to the policy on spectrum licence transfers that will be released in the coming weeks, which followed consultations launched in March 2013. Going forward, proposed spectrum transfers that result in undue spectrum concentration-and therefore diminish competition-will not be permitted. This policy will apply to all commercial mobile spectrum licences, including the 2008 AWS licences.

All applications for licence transfers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and decisions will be issued publicly to increase transparency.

In light of these decisions, the timing of the 700 MHz auction has been updated. The application deadline will now be September 17, 2013, and the auction will commence on January 14, 2014. These new dates will provide companies with additional time to consider today's decisions and finalize their approaches to the auction process.

In 2008, the Government set aside AWS spectrum for new entrants and introduced roaming and tower-sharing policies. In 2012, foreign investment restrictions were lifted for telecom companies that hold less than a 10-percent share of the total Canadian market. Earlier this year, the Government announced several measures, including expanding and extending the requirement for companies to provide roaming to competitors, strengthening cell tower sharing rules, and ensuring at least four providers in every region can acquire spectrum in the upcoming 700 MHz and 2500 MHz auctions.

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Hillary Clinton Made a Pantsuit Joke at the CFDA Awards

You know, I have been thinking, now that I have some more time on my hands, I am going to be pitching Andy and others on a new show for Bravo, to fill that gap that is so apparent to some of us. All you really need is a small but passionate audience to be successful. We could call it "Project Pantsuit." We have all kinds of ideas. So just call me after tonight, Andy.

The reason I'm here is to honor a great American industry, all of you, and a great American designer. I was privileged to be a Senator from this magnificent state, and among my great pleasures was representing the fashion industry, because this is the capital of the fashion industry of the world, as you know so well. [Applause.]

And it is a special evening for me to join you in recognizing a great American designer and a great friend, Oscar de la Renta... I first met Oscar de la Renta in December of 1993. I was hosting, along with my husband, the annual gathering for the Kennedy Center Honors, and there was a receiving line in the White House. People were coming through and exchanging small talk and making pleasantries, and along came Oscar and Annette, his fabulous wife. So I reached out to shake Oscar's hand, and he looked me up and down, and he said, "That's one of my dresses." I said, "Really?" [Makes a nervous face.] I was then, as I am now, such a fashion icon myself. [Laughter.] So I said, "Really, well, I bought it to wear for this occasion." And he said, "Well, turn around." And I thought, "Oh my god, I'm being examined by Oscar de la Renta!" 

But it started a great friendship that has meant the world to me and to my family as we have spent time together, laughed together, and worked together over these past 20 years. 

The Founders Award, given in memory of Eleanor Lambert, the empress of Seventh Avenue, honors an individual who has made a unique contribution to the world of fashion. I really can't think of anyone more deserving than Oscar. Simply put, he is an American icon. His style and personality have permeated our culture and shaped the industry for decades. His name alone evokes elegance and timeless beauty, and his designs give each of us a chance like we're special too.

Experiencing the flair of Oscar as a designer is one thing. Going to his beloved Dominican Republic is something that just transports you to another level. His life, his work, his great immigrant story contributing to this magnificent melting pot, and the coming together of diverse ideas, cultures, and backgrounds really does make us who we are as Americans, and reminds us that we are so much stronger in our diversity.

As I have traveled around the world and really seen so many people making their contributions to try to make a better future, I know that Oscar performs not only on the runway with the models wearing his clothes, but in ways that maybe you don't know about. I remember very well visiting an orphanage that he started in the Dominican Republic, one that made such a difference to the lives of the children who he was giving a better start to than they would have ever had. That orphanage and day care center that he founded has really changed the lives of so many children. To me it was every bit as beautiful — walking through it and holding the children and watching him interact with them — as his finest designer gowns. 

Eleanor Lambert's motto was "Don't look back." Oscar de la Renta has spent his whole life looking forward, marrying classic style with contemporary edge and always working tirelessly on behalf of this industry he loves and serving twice as president of the CFDA. So for many reasons that you understand as well as I, please join me in welcoming our friend and a great American, Oscar de la Renta.

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Harry Potter’s Biological Clock Is Ticking

Look what we have here: A young male celebrity who will admit to seeing the dancing baby. Although he doesn’t know “when or who,” Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, 23, tells Time Out London (via People), “I’d like to get started on it before my thirties. I like the idea of being a youngish parent so I’ve got energy to play football even though they’ll be better than me by the time they’re four.” Of course, it's much easier to want a baby when it means playing soccer, not transforming your body, temporarily upending your career, and aging yourself out of ingenue roles, but refreshing, nonetheless. Ooga chaka! 

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