Monday, August 31, 2015

Which sleep position is healthiest?

 
 

Sleeping in the lateral, or side position, as compared to sleeping on one’s back or stomach, may more effectively remove brain waste and prove to be an important practice to help reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases, according to researchers at Stony Brook University.

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The brain’s glymphatic pathway clears harmful wastes, especially during sleep. This lateral position could prove to be the best position for the brain-waste clearance process.

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Vubiquity Buys Juice Worldwide (EXCLUSIVE)

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Multiplatform video services provider Vubiquity has acquired digital distributor Juice Worldwide.
A sales price was not disclosed, but Vubiquity executives say the move greatly enhances the company’s distribution capabilities. It increases its network of affiliated content providers to approximately 1,500 brands and allows the company’s media partners to access 1,500 outlets including iTunes, Netflix, Amazon and GooglePlay.
Juice Worldwide will remain a wholly owned subsidiary of Vubiquity. Its team of executives, including CEO Andrew Buck, will remain on board and the company will keep its name. The sale adds 50 Juice employees to Vubiquity’s workforce of 600 staffers and contractors.
Vubiquity has made a number of key moves since it tapped Warner Bros. veteran Darcy Antonellis to become CEO in 2013. In 2014, it bought U.K. video-on-demand player FilmFlex Movies and it tapped Ross Levinsohn, former CEO of Guggenheim Digital Media and interim CEO of Yahoo, to join its board.
Antonellis hinted that the company was not done buying.
“It’s another piece of the overall vision for our company to be a best in class, end-to-end, full service provider,” she said. “We participate in every portion of the ecosystem.”
Through the acquisition, Vubiquity says it is now the only content service provider to have its fingers in every facet of the business, from licensing, to distributing through every media platform including cable, satellite, telco, wireless and over-the-top streaming.
Vubiquity is particularly pleased that Juice has “preferred vendor” status with the likes of Netflix and iTunes.
“It’s to their credit that over the years they’ve been able to gain the confidence of the industry,” said Antonellis. “To attain premiere status requires meeting stringent specifications and quality thresholds.”
VARIETY Brent Lang Senior Film and Media Reporter@BrentALang August 31, 2015 | 06:00AM PT

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China's Alibaba Pictures Posts Lower First-Half Loss

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The troubled movie-making unit of the Chinese e-commerce giant halved its losses from a year ago, as it continues to restructure.
Alibaba Pictures, the film unit of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, reported a loss of about $24.0 million (151.8 million yuan) for the first half of 2015, roughly half of the $53.6 million that the company lost over the same period a year earlier.
Several months before its historic IPO on the New York Stock exchange in September, Alibaba Group acquired a 60 percent stake in ChinaVision Media Group, a Hong Kong-based content producer involved in film, TV and sports, for $805 million. The acquisition was accompanied by a name change of the business to Alibaba Pictures, along with a flurry of other deals, as Alibaba spent some $3 billion in a major push into the entertainment sector.
Soon the company hit a rough patch, however, when financial irregularities were caught in statements issued before the buyout, relating to tax and value added tax claims over the purchase of art works and TV copyrights, as well as certain TV drama production costs.
As the accounting problems were resolved, Alibaba Pictures bolstered its war chest in June with an offering of 4.2 billion shares, raising some $1.57 to invest in growth initiatives. In July, the company's ups and downs continued when Patrick Liu, president of Alibaba's digital entertainment unit, was detained over allegations of fraud related to his time as head of Tencent Holdings' video division. In August, the company appointed Zhang Wei, head of its L.A. office, as president of its film unit as the group continued to try to bring its entertainment business into line.
The company said that the loss in the first half of the year reflected continued restructuring and the fact that most of its projects were in the investment stage at time of reporting, meaning they didn't contribute revenue.
Alibaba Pictures is involved in a slate of films to be produced by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, including Ferryman, which will be directed by novelist Zhang Jiajia and star Tony Leung. The company is also financing Three Lives Three Worlds Ten Miles of Peach, starring Liu Yifei and to be directed by Zhang Yibai. Television productions are also underway.
The Hollywood Reporter by Patrick Brzeski 8/31/2015 6:35am PDT

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