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The Latest: Iran TV says militants kill 3 security forces

TEHRAN, Iran/January 03, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on protests in Iran (all times local):
9:45 p.m.

Iranian state TV says three security forces have been killed during clashes with militants near the border with Iraq.

The state TV website reported Wednesday that the clashes took place near the Kurdish town of Piranshahr, some 730 kilometers (450 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran.

The report says “armed counter-revolutionary bandits” are at large and Iranian forces are tracking them.

It did not elaborate on the affiliation of the militants. Kurdish separatists and Islamic extremists have carried out past attacks near the borders with Iraq and Turkey.

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9:30 p.m.
U.N. officials are calling on Iran to respect protesters’ rights and release any who have been arbitrarily arrested while demonstrating peacefully.

A spokesman said Wednesday that Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging respect for rights. He’s also stressing that demonstrations should be peaceful.

Meanwhile, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein pressed Iran to release anyone arbitrarily detained or penalized for peacefully expressing views.

Hussein also is calling on Iranian authorities to investigate all deaths and serious injuries during the protests that have roiled Iran over the last week.

At least 21 people have been killed and hundreds have been arrested amid anti-government protests fueled by economic grievances. Iranian state media reported Wednesday that tens of thousands of people took part in pro-government counter-demonstrations.

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8 p.m.
Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency says a European citizen has been detained on espionage allegations after leading rioters during anti-government protests.

The Wednesday report quotes Hamid Reza Abolhasani, head of the justice department in the western city of Boroujerd, as saying the suspect was trained by European spy agencies, without elaborating.

There have been no reports of protests in Boroujerd in recent days.

Anti-government protests have erupted in several towns and cities in Iran over the past week. Clashes have broken out at some demonstrations, and at least 21 people have been killed. Hundreds have been arrested.

Iranian officials have long accused the United States, Israel and Britain of plotting to overthrow the government.

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6:30 p.m.
Iranian state media are airing footage of pro-government demonstrations in cities across the country after a week of protests and unrest over the country’s poor economy.

The English-language broadcaster Press TV aired the rallies live on Wednesday, saying they were to “protest the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities.”

While the rallies showed support among Iran’s 80 million people for its clerically overseen government, the unrest which has swept through several cities appeared to be reaching smaller towns in the countryside, according to protesters’ online videos.

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3:50 p.m.
Germany’s government says protests against the economic and political situation in Iran “deserve our respect.”

A spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel says Berlin is closely watching developments in the country, which has seen growing economic ties with Germany in recent years.

Ulrike Demmer told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that “in the view of the German government it’s legitimate and deserves our respect when people have the courage to take to the streets with their economic and political concerns, as is currently the case in Iran.”

Demmer said Germany calls on the government in Tehran to respect freedom of assembly and speech, and to show its willingness to engage in dialogue with protesters.

She says where there is violence, the state should react proportionately and within the rule of law.

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3 p.m.
Turkey’s foreign minister has been quoted as saying that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump are backing widespread protests in neighboring Iran.

Hurriyet newspaper and other media also quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu as telling a group of journalists on Wednesday that Turkey opposes foreign intervention in Iran and wants to see stability quickly restored in the country.

Cavusoglu said that “two people are supporting the protests in Iran: Netanyahu and Trump. We oppose such external interventions.”

The demonstrations are the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election. At least 21 people have been killed.

Earlier, officials said the Turkish and Iranian presidents held a telephone conversation during which Iran’s Hassan Rouhani said he hoped the protests would end in a few days.

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2:10 p.m.
Turkish officials say Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he hopes the protests that have hit Iran “will end in a couple of days.”

Officials in Erdogan’s office say the two had a telephone conversation on Wednesday during which Erdogan stressed the importance of stability and calm.

Erdogan also reiterated that Turkey back’s Rouhani’s statement in which he upheld Iranians’ right protests but urged them not to violate laws. Erdogan’s office said Rouhani thanked Erdogan and told him that he hoped the protests would end “in a couple of days.”

Turkey and Iran have grown closer as they work together to try and end the conflict in Syria. Rouhani met with Erdogan in Istanbul last month on the sidelines of an Islamic nations’ summit, voicing strong opposition to the U.S. administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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11 a.m.
Iranian state TVs are airing footage of pro-government demonstrations in cities across the country after a week of protests and unrest over the country’s poor economy.

The English-language broadcaster PressTV broadcast the rallies live on Wednesday, saying they were to “protest the violence that has taken place over the last few nights in cities.”

Demonstrators waved Iranians flags and signs supporting Iran’s clerically overseen government.

The rallies come after Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday blamed days of protests across the country on meddling by “enemies of Iran.” State TV reported on Tuesday that the latest clashes between protesters and security forces have killed nine more people.

The demonstrations are the largest seen in Iran since its disputed 2009 presidential election. At least 21 people have been killed.

 

By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (TM)

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For the past few seasons in the NBA, it has been the same two teams that have dominated their respective conferences, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors setting the bar that every other team is trying to teach. There are some signs that this might be the year when we see a shift in power, at least in the Eastern Conference. The Cleveland Cavaliers are currently down in 3rd place, and it is the Boston Celtics who are currently leading the way, holding on to a 3.5 game lead over the Cavs and dominating the NBA betting lines night after night.

There is still a lot of basketball to be played this season, but you can bet that the Cavaliers do not want to see that deficit climb much higher. This is why the trip to Boston to face the NBA odds favorite Celtics on Wednesday night is such an important one for the Cavaliers. They will want to close the gap a little on the leaders, whilst also trying to move into second ahead of the Toronto Raptors. The last meeting between these two was a good one, so let’s hope for more of the same here.

Cleveland at Boston NBA Betting Lines & Expert Analysis

  • When: Wednesday, January 3, 8 PM EST
  • Where: TD Garden, Boston
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 100.7 FM (Cleveland) / 680 AM (Boston)
  • Live Stream: NBA League Pass
  • NBA Betting Lines: Boston Celtics -3.5 (Over/Under at 212.5 points)

Team Records

  • All: Cleveland Cavaliers 25-12 / Boston Celtics 30-10
  • Home: Cleveland Cavaliers 15-4 / Boston Celtics 16-5
  • Away: Cleveland Cavaliers 10-8 / Boston Celtics 14-5
  • As Favorite: Cleveland Cavaliers 20-10 / Boston Celtics 23-8
  • As Underdog: Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 / Boston Celtics 6-2
  • ATS: Cleveland Cavaliers 12-24-1 / Boston Celtics 24-14-2
  • Over/Under: Cleveland Cavaliers 18-18-1 / Boston Celtics 20-19-1

Warriors at Rockets NBA Odds, Pick & Betting Analysis

Recent Head to Head (Last 10 Games)

  • Record: Cleveland Cavaliers lead 8-2
  • Score: Cleveland Cavaliers 116.90 / Boston Celtics 103.50
  • Field Goal Percentage: Cleveland Cavaliers 44.46 / Boston Celtics 49.82
  • Rebounds: Cleveland Cavaliers 38.30 / Boston Celtics 44.20
  • 3 Point Shots: Cleveland Cavaliers 110-331 / Boston Celtics 129-335
  • Steals: Cleveland Cavaliers 7.50 / Boston Celtics 6.80

Why bet on the Cleveland Cavaliers?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are sitting in 3rd in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-12, and you have to say that it has been their non-conference play that has hurt them to this point. The Cavs are a solid 18-7 against other teams from the East as compared to just 9-5 versus teams from the Western Conference.

The Cavaliers are, as they always seem to be, one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA, averaging over 110 PPG, but they have been let down on the defensive side of the court, surrendering over 107 PPG. That has led them to a 6-4 record in their last 10 games, which is not good enough for a team that has aspirations of once again being a conference winner. The Cavaliers have been good against the Celtics in recent games, winning 4 of their last 5, including their previous meeting this season, but that’s not enough to be considered the NBA betting lines favorite for this contest.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Total Score: 110.51
  • Field Goal Percentage: 47.82
  • Three-Point Percentage: 38.19
  • Free Throw Percentage: 80.72
  • Total Rebounds: 41.70

Defense

  • Total Score: 107.35
  • Field Goal Percentage: 46.95
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37.10
  • Free Throw Percentage: 74.44
  • Total Rebounds: 42.81

Why bet on the Boston Celtics?

The Boston Celtics had been stumbling a little of late, but appear to have pulled out of their slump, winning 3 games in a row. They now hold a 2.5 game lead over the Raptors in second place and a 3.5 game lead on the Cavaliers. The Celtics are defensively sound and are one of only two teams in the league giving up less than 100 PPG. They are the only team in the Eastern Conference currently hitting that mark.

Playing at home, the Celtics come in as the favorite at the NBA Betting Lines.

They are down below the middle of the pack in scoring but don’t really need to be a scoring machine when they are so solid on the defensive side of the court. The Celtics are 19-8 against conference opponents and have put together a solid 16-5 record in their own building. They also hold a 12-7 record against teams with a record of .500 or better.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Total Score: 103.45
  • Field Goal Percentage: 45.31
  • Three-Point Percentage: 37.62
  • Free Throw Percentage: 76.42
  • Total Rebounds: 44.03

Defense

  • Total Score: 98.50
  • Field Goal Percentage: 43.58
  • Three-Point Percentage: 34.40
  • Free Throw Percentage: 75.61
  • Total Rebounds: 43.65

Latest NBA Betting Trends

  • Cavaliers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on the road
  • Cavaliers are 2-4 SU in their last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Cleveland’s last 7 games on the road
  • Celtics are 4-7-1 ATS in their last 12 games
  • Celtics are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Boston’s last 9 games when playing at home against Cleveland

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

The Cavaliers are just 2 games above .500 on the road and have the same record against teams with a winning record. They look to be up against it versus a Boston Celtics team that is in a bit of a roll at the moment, which is why you should go with their NBA betting lines.

Score: Cleveland Cavaliers 103 – Boston Celtics 107

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The Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex was the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the nation in 2016 according to the United States Census Bureau, and has been among the top 10 fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the U.S. for years. DFW experienced an increase of 145,000 residents in 2016 and this trend is projected to continue through 2030.

According to Forbes, Dallas is quickly becoming a leader in the tech scene due to its fast-growing VC funded startups and job growth rate (4.1 percent), and its low median real estate purchase price ($197K).

Meanwhile, Business Insider recently ranked Dallas as the 11th “most high-tech city in the world” in August 2017 — climbing 17 spots in one year — due in part to its rapid increase in venture capitalists and “integration of technology into the city landscape.”

DFW held its own on the recently released Inc. 2017 ranking of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the U.S. In 2017, 185 DFW-based companies were included in the list.

DFW Tech and Startup Highlights:
  • Dallas regional chamber initiatives, Talent Attraction & Say Yes to Dallas, are meant to attract and retain the, “best and brightest workers from around the world to Dallas.”
  • Launch DFW is a hub for startups, technology, culture and events across the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area.
  • The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC) is a coworking space and 501c3 non-profit providing membership, mentorship, events and more.
  • Cowtown Angels, a financial investment group, provides support for startups and early stage businesses.
  • Since 1988, Tech FW, a non-profit organization, has been providing entrepreneurs with mentorship to help them launch and grow emerging tech companies.
  • Tech Nest is a free weekly meetup held at Tech FW for entrepreneurs to share their experiences and learn from each other.
  • Tech Wildcatters is a mentorship-driven microseed fund and startup accelerator.
  • Michael Sitarzewski, host and founder of BigDOCC, (Dallas Open Coffee Club) moderates a weekly chat about the latest in technology, startups, digital lifestyle and business.
  • Health Wildcatters provides investment and key resources to support healthcare entrepreneurs, startups and small companies.

DFW has a wealth of talent and, well, wealth. More than 40 colleges and universities, including the Texas A&M University, University of North Texas and University of Texas Systems, provide local companies and startups with a large talent pool. As of 2014, Forbes determined that out of the world’s 1,645 billionaires, 25 of them resided in DFW. Now that’s a mean brew of capital and qualified applicants.

And I haven’t even mentioned the $5 billion and 50,000 job decision that has everyone waiting with bated breath. The Wall Street Journal recently named Dallas as a top contender in the race to win Amazon’s second HQ location, citing the state’s lack of income tax and a comparatively low cost of living as chief factors. Amazon plans to announce the winning city in early 2018.

Note: Only software vendors on G2 Crowd with headquarters currently in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are included in graph.

With Dallas quickly emerging as a tech scene stronghold, we have compiled data on the state of the DFW B2B tech scene. This list includes all of the top-rated products on G2 Crowd which have parent companies headquartered in Dallas and the DFW area. To qualify, products must have at least 10 verified user reviews.

Companies like Epsilon, FPX and RegOnline have been staples in the DFW tech scene since as 1969, 1983 and 1984 respectively. Meanwhile, TeamSupport and Agile CRM have quickly become G2 Crowd Leaders in Help Desk and CRM All-In-One, respectively.

For each product, we have compiled a report on each company’s product, financials and work culture details (as available). We rely on data collected from G2 Crowd’s more than 300,000 B2B software and services reviews, and from public data sources such as LinkedIn, Crunchbase or vendor’s websites.

This report features 16 B2B Dallas companies ranging from help desk applications to CPQ solutions.



shopify1. TeamSupport
Product: TeamSupport
Category: Help Desk
City: Dallas
Founded: 2008
Employees: 35

With an impressive 418 reviews on G2 Crowd, TeamSupport is both a Leader in the Help Desk category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. TeamSupport is a customer support management and help desk application that allows users to focus on customer support. The folks at TeamSupport are dedicated to helping you help your customers by offering a variety of customizable applications and integrations. It ranked as a G2 Crowd Leader in the Fall 2017 Mid-Market Grid® Report for Help Desk.

Total Reviews: 418
Categories: Help Desk, Customer Self-Service
Average Company Size: 44% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: TeamSupport
32 reviewers rated the tool’s customer profiles (96% user satisfaction) and targeted emails (93%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $1,250,000
Funding Rounds: 1
Number of Investors: 1 (TIA Ventures)
Mission Statement: “Empower your help desk to make happy customers.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 1.8 out of 5 stars – based on 2 reviews

View all TeamSupport job openings on LinkedIn


picatic2. Agile CRM
Product: Agile CRM
Category: CRM All-in-One
City: Dallas
Founded: 2012
Employees: 173

With an impressive 199 reviews on G2 Crowd, Agile CRM is both a Leader in the CRM All-in-One category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. Agile CRM is an all-in-one customer relationship management (CRM) software product. This tool makes it easy for users to automate and implement sales, marketing and services in one platform.  It ranked as a G2 Crowd Leader in the Fall 2017 Grid® Report for CRM All-in-One.

Total Reviews: 199
Categories: CRM All-in-One
Average Company Size: 90% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Agile CRM reviewers rated the tool’s ticketing (93% user satisfaction) and email tracking, email campaigns, lead management and interaction tracking (all at 92%) as its five top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Sell and market like the Fortune 500.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars – based on 43 reviews

View all Agile CRM job openings on LinkedIn


stackadapt3. Call Box
Product: Call Box
Category: Inbound Call Tracking
City: Dallas
Founded: 1988
Employees: 114

With an impressive 74 reviews on G2 Crowd, Call Box is both a High Performer in the Outbound Call Tracking category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. Call Box is an inbound and outbound call tracking software that helps businesses manage and analyze every phone call. The Call Box team is dedicated to helping your business manage conversion events and leads while protecting all sensitive data.

Total Reviews: 74
Categories: Inbound Call Tracking, Outbound Call Tracking
Average Company Size: 60% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Call Box reviewers rated the tool’s ease of use, ease of setup and ease of admin as its top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Call Box identifies missed opportunities from phone calls, and then help our clients pursue these opportunities.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars – based on 53 reviews

View all Call Box job openings on LinkedIn


clio4. Lanyon
Product: RegOnline
Category: Event Management Platforms
City: Dallas
Founded: 1984
Employees: 3,131

With an impressive 72 reviews on G2 Crowd, RegOnline is both a Leader in the Event Management Platform category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. RegOnline is an event management platform featuring flexible registration forms, marketing materials and integrations with hotel room block management software.

Total Reviews: 72
Categories: Event Management Platforms
Average Company Size: 47% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: RegOnline reviewers rated the tool’s exhibition management (89% user satisfaction) and reporting and dashboards (89%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Quick, easy and affordable event registration and management software.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars – based on 2 reviews

View all RegOnline job openings on LinkedIn


officebooks5. MultiView
Product: MultiView
Category: Other Marketing Services
City: Irving
Founded: 2000
Employees: 672

With an impressive 55 reviews on G2 Crowd, MultiView is a leader within our Dallas-based products. MultiView is a digital marketing company focused solely on solutions for the B2B market. This business solution helps companies create the appropriate content to reach their audiences via advertising, targeting and social media marketing.

Total Reviews: 55
Categories: Other Marketing Services, Content Marketing Agencies
Average Company Size: 69% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: MultiView reviewers rated the tool’s stayed within budget, best practices and change management as its three top-rated features, each at 100% user satisfaction.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “To create the digital connections businesses need to compete and grow in their industries — and by doing so help them make a better life for others through better business.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars – based on 316 reviews

View all MultiView job openings on LinkedIn


uberflip6. Birch Grove Software, Inc.
Product: ActivTrak
Category: Employee Monitoring
City: Dallas
Founded: 1995
Employees: 12

With an impressive 43 reviews on G2 Crowd, ActivTrak is a leader within our Dallas-based products. ActivTrak is an employee monitoring software helping businesses monitor and measure their employees productivity. A cloud-based solution, ActivTrak securely tracks, records, reports and analyzes productive workflows across organizations.

Total Reviews: 43
Categories: Employee Monitoring
Average Company Size: 72% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: ActivTrak reviewers rated the tool’s ease of setup and ease of doing business with as its top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “We take a lot of pride in our work, and we strive to meet the needs of every user we have the privilege to serve.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

View all ActivTrak job openings on LinkedIn


influitive7. Mothernode
Product: Mothernode
Category: CRM All-in-One
City: Irving
Founded: 2009
Employees: 9

With an impressive 30 reviews on G2 Crowd, Mothernode is both a High Performer in the CRM All-in-One category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. This solution is an all-in-one CRM platform providing companies sales and marketing management and automation. Although catered to the small and midsized businesses, Mothernode also provides enterprise solutions.

Total Reviews: 30
Categories: CRM All-in-One
Average Company Size: 50% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Mothernode reviewers rated the tool’s quality of support and ease of doing business with as its top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Since 2009, Mothernode has been dedicated to providing innovative, cutting-edge cloud-based software solutions that help small and midsized businesses streamline and improve the efficiency of their operations.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

View all Mothernode job openings on LinkedIn


touchbistro8. Apptricity Corporation
Product: Apptricity Travel and Expense
Category: Expense Management
City: Irving
Founded: 1999
Employees: 89

With an impressive 28 reviews on G2 Crowd, Apptricity Travel and Expense is a leader within our Dallas-based products. Apptricity Travel and Expense provides businesses solutions to simplify travel and expense management. Total integration, expense reporting and flexible auditing are just a few of the features offered to ease workloads and save costs.

Total Reviews: 28
Categories: Expense Management Software, Travel Management Software
Average Company Size: 89% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Apptricity Travel and Expense reviewers rated the tool’s trip notifications (85% user satisfaction) and bank/credit card integration (83%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Regardless of industry or application, Apptricity solutions are easiest to own, deploy, integrate, modify, use, and afford. Nothing else comes close.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars – based on 79 reviews

View all Apptricity job openings on LinkedIn


1password9. Symphonic Source
Product: Cloudingo
Category: Data Quality
City: Dallas
Founded: 2010
Employees: 18

With an impressive 18 reviews on G2 Crowd, Cloudingo is a leader within our Dallas-based products. Cloudingo helps companies find and remove duplicates. Developed by Symphonic Source, Inc. this solution manages and automates merges, and is a top-rated app on the Salesforce AppExchange.

Total Reviews: 18
Categories: Data Quality
Average Company Size: 63% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Cloudingo reviewers rated the tool’s meets requirements and product direction as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “To rid the world of bad data.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A


kashoo10. Buzzlogix
Product: Buzzlogix
Category: Social Media Suites
City: Dallas
Founded: 2014
Employees: 4

With an impressive 16 reviews on G2 Crowd, Buzzlogix is both a High Performer in the Social Media Monitoring category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. Buzzlogix helps social media experts and businesses improve their social media game. This solution provides social media automated posting, reporting and analysis. It was named a G2 Crowd High Performer in the Winter 2018 Grid® Report for Social Media Monitoring.

Total Reviews: 16
Categories: Social Media Monitoring, Social Media Analytics
Average Company Size: 88% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Buzzlogix reviewers rated the tool’s social analytics, sharing, campaigns and engagement as its four top-rated features, each at 100% user satisfaction.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Buzzlogix believes that social media management and marketing should be simple, affordable and enable meaningful engagements.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

View all Buzzlogix job openings on LinkedIn


iwavepro11. M-Files Corporation
Product: M-Files
Category: Enterprise Content Management (ECM)
City: Plano
Founded: 1989
Employees: 285

With an impressive 16 reviews on G2 Crowd, M-Files is both a High Performer in the Enterprise Content Management category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. M-Files is an enterprise content management (ECM) software product providing document management solutions that helps businesses securely improve workflow and reduce data loss. It was named a G2 Crowd High Performer in the Winter 2018 Grid® Report for Enterprise Content Management.

Total Reviews: 16
Categories: Enterprise Content Management
Average Company Size: 94% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: M-Files reviewers rated the tool’s file type support (96% user satisfaction) and case management (96%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: $47,012,160
Funding Rounds: 2
Number of Investors: 4 (Partech Ventures, Draper Esprit, Finnish Industry Investors, British Draper Esprit)
Mission Statement: “M-Files provides a next generation intelligent information management platform that improves business performance by helping people find and use information more effectively.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars – based on 46 reviews

View all M-Files job openings on LinkedIn


elasticemail12. FPX
Product: FPX CPQ
Category: CPQ
City: Dallas
Founded: 1983
Employees: 137

With an impressive 15 reviews on G2 Crowd, FPX CPQ is a leader within our Dallas-based products. FPX CPQ is a configure-price-quote (CPQ) solution helping businesses streamline all buying and selling processes.

Total Reviews: 15
Categories: CPQ
Average Company Size: 87% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: FPX CPQ reviewers rated the tool’s product catalog (82% user satisfaction), configuration rules (79%) and quote document generation (79%) as its three top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: 1
Number of Investors: 1 (HGGC)
Mission Statement: “At FPX, our journey is just getting started. With the 2016 acquisition by HGGC, we have tripled our working capital. accelerated go-to-market strategies, and continue to focus on our core business objectives: accelerate growth, strengthen our leadership position and attract and retain top talent.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 2.9 out of 5 stars – based on 29 reviews

View all FPX job openings on LinkedIn


hootsuite13. Tessitura Network
Product: Tessitura Software
Category: POS Retail
City: Dallas
Founded: 2002
Employees: 187

With an impressive 15 reviews on G2 Crowd, Tessitura Software is a leader within our Dallas-based products. Tessitura Software provides businesses with comprehensive customer service, marketing, CRM and fundraising solutions. This not-for-profit focuses on providing solutions for arts and cultural not-for-profits such as educational institutions, theaters, art centers and more.

Total Reviews: 15
Categories: POS Retail, Fundraising
Average Company Size: 60% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Tessitura Software reviewers rated the tool’s product direction, meets requirements and quality of support as its three top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “To enable arts and cultural organizations to achieve success.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: n/a out of 5 stars


7shifts14. Simpli.fi
Product: Simpli.fi
Category: Demand Side Platform (DSP)
City: Fort Worth
Founded: 2010
Employees: 240

With an impressive 14 reviews on G2 Crowd, Simpli.fi is both a High Performer in the Display Advertising category and a leader within our Dallas-based products. Simpli.fi is an advertising company focusing on simplifying advertising with data. A privately-held company, Simpli.fi recently announced a $16 million funding round led by Frontier Capital. It was named a G2 Crowd High Performer in the Spring 2017 Grid® Report for Display Advertising.

Total Reviews: 14
Categories: Demand Side Platform, Mobile Advertising
Average Company Size: 57% of reviewers work for a small business (50 or fewer employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Simpli.fi reviewers rated the tool’s mobile rich media capabilities (94% user satisfaction), mobile functionality (93%), Contextual Targeting (93%), and in-app ads (93%) as its four top-rated features.
Total Funding: $22,837,902
Funding Rounds: 6
Number of Investors: 3 (Contour Venture Partners, Frontier Capital, Progress Ventures)
Mission Statement: “To simplify digital advertising with unstructured data solutions.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars – based on 26 reviews

View all Simpli.fi job openings on LinkedIn


freshbooks15. Symphonic Source
Product: DupeCatcher
Category: Data Quality
City: Dallas
Founded: 2010
Employees: 18

With an impressive 11 reviews on G2 Crowd, DupeCatcher is a leader within our Dallas-based products. DupeCatcher is a software product that helps businesses maintain data quality. Developed by Symphonic Source, Inc., DupeCatcher blocks and eliminates duplicate leads, contacts and accounts.

Total Reviews: 11
Categories: Data Quality
Average Company Size: 55% of reviewers work for an enterprise company (1,001+ employees).
Highest-Rated Features: DupeCatcher reviewers rated the tool’s product direction and quality of support as its top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “As a team made up of data scientists, engineers, designers, Salesforce gurus, and industry veterans, we’re dedicated to providing the best data quality software and services for salesforce.com.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: N/A

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prontoforms16. Epsilon
Product: Epsilon
Category: Digital Marketing
City: Irving
Founded: 1969
Employees: 7,180

With an impressive 11 reviews on G2 Crowd, Epsilon is a leader within our Dallas-based products. Epsilon is a data-driven marketing company with locations around the world. Focusing on marketing solutions, Epsilon provides businesses with data and customer insights to improve their digital presence.

Total Reviews: 11
Categories: Digital Marketing, Traditional Advertising Agencies
Average Company Size: 45% of reviewers work for a mid-market company (51-1,000 employees).
Highest-Rated Features: Epsilon reviewers rated the tool’s stayed within budget (83% user satisfaction) and met deadlines (82%) as its two top-rated features.
Total Funding: N/A
Funding Rounds: N/A
Number of Investors: N/A
Mission Statement: “Epsilon is a global marketing company with offices around the world. For more than 40 years, we’ve been helping brands improve their marketing, build better customer relationships and find new customers.”

Glassdoor Employee Rating: 3.1 out of 5 stars – based on 800 reviews

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OTHER B2B DALLAS/FORT WORTH TECH COMPANIES

While we recognized only the best 16 SaaS and service tech companies in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there are still an abundance of other tech companies impacting the B2B scene in the area. Here’s a rundown of other Dallas/Fort Worth B2B software and service companies with their founded dates and total funding.


Company

Product(s)

Founded

Employees
Chase Paymentech Orbital Payment Gateway 1985 10001
Ascendix AscendixRE 1996 25
AlphaTrust AlphaTrust PRONTOSign™ 1994 10
Kibo Software, Inc. Kibo 2016 101
Exponent Technologies Inc. ExponentHR n/a 97
ScholarSelect SmarterSelect 2007 n/a
BenefitMall PayFocus n/a 979
BluVue LP BluVue Plans n/a 5
Intelemedia Communications Intelemedia 1993 42
Entrust, Inc. IdentityGuard Adaptive Authentication 1994 559
Endeavor Commerce Endeavor 1999 16
Thru, Inc. Thru 2002 66
Vendere Partners Vendere Partners 2003 70
Coldwater Technology Proposal Manager 2006 5
Tango Analytics Tango Strategic Store Lifecycle Management 2008 524
Distribion Distribion 2009 27
Hawk Incentives Hawk Incentives 2015 220
AppViewX CERT+ n/a 16
AXZM AXZM n/a n/a
CoreSpace, Inc. Cloud Dedicated Servers & Colocation n/a 15
EMS Barcode Solutions CorgiSoft n/a 9
eShipGlobal eShipGlobal TMS n/a 6
Hyphen Solutions BuildPro n/a 62
NTT DATA NTT Data n/a 4494
Omnitracs tms Sylectus n/a 655
Plasma Computing Group Inc. C2M n/a 93
PointBurst PointBurst n/a 10
RealTime Clinic RealTime Clinic n/a 3
Technology Spa Technology Spa n/a 16
TraxID, LLC Intellispect n/a 4

For any questions about the methodology or data included in this piece, or to request that your Canadian B2B tech company be added, please reach out to Editorial Team Lead Jakub Rudnik at jrudnik@g2crowd.com.

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Documentary on actress-activist Rose McGowan coming to E!

NEW YORK/January 02, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Actress and activist Rose McGowan will be the subject of a new documentary TV series.

E! said Tuesday it will air the first part of “Citizen Rose” on Jan. 30, which coincides with the release of her memoir, “Brave.” Four more episodes will air in the spring.

McGowan helped open a national public discussion about sexual harassment and abuse when she accused Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein of raping her. Weinstein has repeatedly denied “allegations of non-consensual sex.”

With the documentary, McGowan says she hopes to “amplify my message of bravery, art, joy and survival” and to “show how we can heal through art even when being hounded by evil.”

She will serve as an executive producer.

By Associated Press, published on STL.NEWS by St. Louis Media, LLC (TM)

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Seventeen weeks ago, the 2017 NFL regular season began, with every team in the league feeling that they had an opportunity to make it to the postseason. We are now down to the final 12 teams, and while there are some familiar faces in the playoffs, there are also a couple of teams that need to be considered a bit of a surprise package. The playoff action will get underway in earnest this coming Saturday, January 6, and it all begins with the first Wild Card game in the AFC. The Tennessee Titans, who needed a win on the final week of the season to get in, will be going on the road to face the NFL betting odds favorite Kansas City Chiefs, a team that won their division in a rather strange style.

These are a pair of teams that were expected to be in the mix when the playoffs started this year, but both seemed to go out of their way to make things difficult for themselves. It should be a good match-up, though, and it is the Chiefs who will come into this one as a 7 ½ point favorite, with the point total set at 44 ½.

Tennessee (9-7) at Kansas City (10-6) Wild Card NFL Betting Odds & Expert Pick

  • When: Saturday, January 6 at 4:35 PM EST
  • Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City
  • TV: ESPN
  • Radio: 92.9 FM (Tennessee) / 1350 AM (Kansas City)
  • Live Stream: NFL Game Pass
  • NFL Betting Odds: Kansas City Chiefs -8 (Over/Under at 44.5)

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 4°C/39°F
  • Humidity: 35%
  • Precipitation: 0%
  • Cloud Cover: 21%
  • Wind: 11 mph S
  • Stadium Type: Open

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Series History

  • Total Meetings: 51
  • First Meeting: October 16, 1960 / Houston Oilers 20 – Dallas Texans 10
  • Last Meeting: December 18, 2016 / Tennessee Titans 19 – Kansas City Chiefs 17
  • All-Time Series: Kansas City Chiefs lead 29-22-0
  • Largest Margin of Victory: Kansas City Chiefs by 31 points
  • Longest Win Streak: Kansas City Chiefs winning 7
  • Current Win Streak: Tennessee Titans winning 2

Why consider the Titans NFL Betting Odds?

You can say that the Tennessee Titans are a little lucky to be in the playoffs given that their must-win game came against a Jacksonville Jaguars team that had already punched their postseason ticket, and who looked more interested in getting out without injuries as opposed to being competitive. The Titans won that game 15-10, ending a 3-game losing skid and making it to the playoffs in the least impressive way possible.

The offense once again failed to deliver anything of any real consequence, ending the season managing less than 21 PPG. It’s not often that you see a team playoff bound after giving up more points than they scored, but that is exactly what the Titans are doing. Tennessee has actually had some success against the Chiefs in recent seasons, winning 4 of their last 5 at Arrowhead, and covering in 5 of their last 6 visits there. They went 3-5 SU and ATS on the road this season.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 20.88
  • Total Yards: 314.00
  • Rush Yards: 114.56
  • Passing Yards: 199.44

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 22.25
  • Total Yards: 328.00
  • Rush Yards: 88.75
  • Passing Yards: 239.25

Why consider the Chiefs NFL Betting Odds?

If you want to talk about a regular season rollercoaster ride, you need to talk about the Kansas City Chiefs. This is a team that started the season by winning 5 straight, including a huge win on the road to the Patriots in Week 1, and who finished off the year winning 4 in a row. It is their 1-6 record in between those bookends that is sure to have some fans in KC a little concerned about how things might go in the postseason, which as not been kind to this team over the years.

Playing at home, the Chiefs are huge favorites at the NFL Betting Odds against the Titans.

Arrowhead Stadium has always been kind to the Chiefs, and they have closed out the regular season in fine form at home, going 4-1 SU and ATS in their last 5 games there. The UNDER has been a solid bet at Arrowhead, with 5 of the last 6 games there failing to go beyond the point total.

Team Statistics

Offense

  • Average Score For: 25.94
  • Total Yards: 375.44
  • Rush Yards: 118.94
  • Passing Yards: 256.50

Defense

  • Average Score Against: 21.19
  • Total Yards: 365.12
  • Rush Yards: 118.12
  • Passing Yards: 247.00

Latest NFL Betting Trends for Wild Card Weekend

  • Tennessee is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
  • Tennessee is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Tennessee’s last 6 games
  • Kansas City is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
  • Kansas City is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City’s last 8 games

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I think the UNDER is the wager to go within this one, as neither team is really known for their offensive output. As far as the other wagers go, I like the Chiefs to win and cover at home.

Score: Tennessee Titans 17 – Kansas City Chiefs 27

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2017 has seen the demand for JavaScript developers continue to grow. This is because besides being heavily relied on by web browsers JavaScript is versatile a quality that has seen it executed on a wide range of offline applications. Most recently JavaScript was touted as being the highest ranked language of 2017.

Benefits

Currently JavaScript is used as a backend developer language as well as a front end language used in the design of user interfaces. In addition it is used to enhance web applications by embedding numerous functionality as well as critical features. Using JavaScript you are able to modify webpages and see those changes happen in real time. JavaScript has earned itself a reputation as a silver bullet that is best used for the quick development of websites and applications. JavaScript frameworks certainly cannot be ignored especially when creating single page applications (SPAs). The libraries that are heavily relied upon by JavaScript frameworks allow web developers to focus more on the creation of complex interface elements while paying less attention to code formation.

Understanding JavaScript

If you’re new to either web or app development you may not have a full understanding of what JavaScript is. JavaScript can easily be defined as being a scripting code that is useful in adding dynamic elements to website development as well as app development. It is a programming language that is used in front end development and usually determines the behavior of elements that are displayed on the client side. JavaScript frameworks are best known for their cross platform support which is needed when developing interactive websites and software. There are other benefits that come with using JavaScript frameworks. These include:

  • Cost There are numerous frameworks that have been developed for JavaScript and almost all them are cost-free. This means that developers are able to pass on these savings to businesses and individuals that would like to have websites created for them.
  • Security Due to the fact that these frameworks are open-source it means that developers from all over the world are able to make contributions that increase the robustness of JavaScript frameworks. Usually these contributions will be made in large forums where members come together and test security implementations.
  • Efficiency Anyone who wants to become a developer has to be prepared to write long lines of code. By using JavaScript frameworks and libraries you’re reducing the amount of code you have to write and consequently development takes far less time.

So here are the best JavaScript frameworks to learn in 2018.


Angular

If you’re thinking of building a career in web development then you certainly cannot ignore the utility value of angular. Angular is to web apps what html is to website pages. Angular helps to better describe what your user interface should look like. Another benefit of using angular is that it is easy to maintain, it’s robust as well as effective when integrating with new features. It is also very intuitive. Here is a list of those advantages: • It enables the rapid development of client-side functionality • It makes use of hypertext markup language otherwise known as html as a declarative programming language

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React

Over the years since its launch React has cut a niche for itself in the  development space and there are many who would swear by it. React is a versatile JavaScript library that is used for creating efficient user interfaces. It is declarative. Some of the benefits you will enjoy by using react is that it is easy to test. Here’s a list of that and other advantages: • It has a community of developers that is quickly growing • It is much easier to understand how an element is rendered as all you need to do is simply look at the render function • It is very easy to debug • One way data flow is excellent in user interface • The code is reusable • You can easily use it in combination with angular as well as backbone  

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Node

Node is a framework that is built on Google’s v8 JavaScript engine. It is used to create interactive yet vigorous apps like community websites, content streaming sites as well as single page applications that depend on massive data interaction. Node has several advantages which include reusing code this means that the same code can be used in the perseverance of layers as well as on the server and the client. Node also enables developers to create multi-user applications that can make simultaneous connections. It allows for the reuse of the same code on the perseverance layers as well as the client and the server.

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Ember

Most JavaScript frameworks are open source and Amber is no different. It uses the Model View Viewmodel pattern. This way it is able to incorporate best practices when used to create single page web applications. Some of the advantages include the fact that it offers stability without stagnation, offers convention over configuration, permits key-value observation, and it has light weight attributes making it easy to integrate into your app. Since it is part of a giant ecosystem you can expect that it will be supported in the long term.

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Meteor

Unlike the other frameworks and libraries that we have covered before Meteor is a full stack option. This means that it is used both in the front-end as well as in the backend. It includes a node.js server, a command line tool and front-end libraries. Some of the advantages of working with Meteor include: • It is easy to set up which cuts down on development time • It is flexible • It is very friendly for beginners • It offers project scalability • It is flexible and can be easily adapted • It is simplified for developers Before deciding on what framework to learn in the new year, you need to familiarize yourself with the merits and shortcomings of the framework or library. Keep in mind that JavaScript has many such frameworks and what we have covered are only recommendations. With further research on your part we’re sure that you’ll come to the right decision.

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Every business needs to have an attractive logo to create a convincing first impression on the viewer. In today’s competitive market, every step taken in branding is highly essential. Digital marketing and branding are changing rapidly because of changing consumer behavior and their demands. Because of the intense competition, brands need to differentiate themselves and create points of disparity. Creating a 3D logo to attract customers towards your brand is an effective technique to differentiate yourself from others in the market.

A 3D logo has a positive impact on the brand and at the same time it replaces the conventional logo designs which seem similar to other brands. A 3D logo not only attracts customers towards your product or services, but it also puts on display the company’s values, standards and the overall vision of the enterprise.

In order to create a stellar 3D logo design, it is important for the logo designer to understand the fundamental dynamics and benefits of a three-dimensional logo design. Even though this innovative field of 3D logo designing is filled with limitless possibilities, it is easy to get carried away. Smart and logical design principles will help you create a 3D logo design with a classic and timeless appeal.

Let us check out some 3D logo design ideas which can do wonders for your business:

1. Imagery

This unique logo design style provides you with many creative options. You can recreate a fantasy world in bright colors and subtle shadowing. You can create an entire landscape in a single picture. This logo design idea can become a roaring success if you have a single-minded focus on the message that you want to convey to your audience.
You can go for a fantasy imagery with big and fearful dragons if you are designing for the latest role-playing video game. Even in an ordinary industry like food, the potential for 3D logo designing is very vast. Imagine a lovely Paris café setting that leaps off the webpage or a slice of cake so perfectly designed that you can taste the icing. The most important aspect to consider when you are designing a 3D logo is what you want the customer to think and feel when he sees the 3D image.

If you want to include a bit of embellishment in your 3D logo, keep it around the edges. Also, the center of the 3D image should focus on a single shape that the viewer can identify in one glance.

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2. Typography

If your 3D logo has big images, you can offset them using simple typography. A traditional serif or modern sans serif font will get your message across easily. If you opt for a single shape in your 3D logo design, you can have fun with typography. In fact, with appropriate lettering, your typography may become the highlight of your logo and make it stand out other logo designs.

You should choose typography that is easy on the eyes so that your customers don’t have to guess what your message is. The Disney logo is one exception to this thumb rule. Even when the logo is puffed up in 3D lettering, this design has some of the most unreadable and eccentric letters ever seen in a company’s logo. The Disney logo is one of the best recognized in the world.

The moral of the story is that if you have a design that is out-of-the-box and ready to break the mold, take a chance with your lettering and typography. The fewer the letters you have, the easier it is to experiment with different styles of typography.

3. Colors

With three-dimensional logo designs, you can go all out with a full-color palette if you want. It is a plain common sense that you cannot construct an immersive seascape in a single shade of blue. However, while the backdrop of your fantasy design may have many hues, the uppermost layer of your 3D logo should stick to two or three colors.

A yellow and black, or red and silver logo will pop, even over an elaborate, colorful background. If you go with a clean lined logo image on the top of your design, you set the path for long-term success with future versions of the logo.

If you can design an image that lets you pull that top logo off the rest of the picture, then you can incorporate the simplified design on different mediums like letterheads, business cards, name tags, and other items that do not print well.

Make sure you double-check the color psychology of your selection before you commit to a 3D logo design. Even though pink is considered to be warm and nurturing, but it is also associated with a sense of physical weakness that will not work well if you are designing a logo for a gym. Orange is considered to be fun and frivolous, but it is associated with a sense of childlike whimsy that may not be suited for a serious business logo.

A 3D logo can actually deliver key points of a brand to the customer in a very concise and subtle way. If the logo is made with an amazing design and creativity, no other medium can match its significance and power.

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Perfect 3D logo design

The perfect 3D logo design makes an impression in a matter of seconds. Your faithful fans and prospective customers will be able to spot it even when they are zooming in the opposite direction on the highway, and they will suddenly experience a craving for your product. With the right imagery and typography, your 3D logo can be that good.

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California pot shops ring in 2018, ring up first legal sales

OAKLAND, Calif/January 01, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Customers lined up early to purchase recreational marijuana legally for the first time in California as the new year brought broad legalization some two decades after the state was the first to allow pot for medical use.

Jeff Deakin, 66, his wife Mary and their dog waited all night and were first in a line of 100 people when Harborside dispensary, a longtime medical pot shop in Oakland, opened at 6 a.m. and offered early customers joints for a penny and free T-shirts that read “Flower to the People — Cannabis for All.”

“It’s been so long since others and myself could walk into a place where you could feel safe and secure and be able to get something that was good without having to go to the back alley,” Deakin said. “This is kind of a big deal for everybody.”

The nation’s most populous state joins a growing list of other states, and the nation’s capital, where so-called recreational marijuana is permitted even though the federal government continues to classify pot as a controlled substance, like heroin and LSD.

California voters in 2016 made it legal for adults 21 and older to grow, possess and use limited quantities of marijuana, but it wasn’t legal to sell it for recreational purposes until Monday.

Finding a retail outlet to buy non-medical pot in California won’t be easy — at least initially. Only about 90 businesses received state licenses to open New Year’s Day. They are concentrated in San Diego, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area and the Palm Springs area.

Los Angeles and San Francisco are among the many cities where recreational pot will not be available right away because local regulations were not approved in time to start issuing city licenses needed to get state permits. Meanwhile, Fresno, Bakersfield and Riverside are among the communities that have adopted laws forbidding recreational marijuana sales.

Just after midnight, some raised joints instead of champagne glasses.

Johnny Hernandez, a tattoo artist from Modesto, celebrated by smoking “Happy New Year blunts” with his cousins.
“This is something we’ve all been waiting for,” he said. “People might actually realize weed isn’t bad. It helps a lot of people.”

Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin and state Sen. Nancy Skinner were on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony as his city began selling marijuana legally. Customers began lining up before dawn Monday outside Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest dispensaries in the nation.

Los Angeles officials announced late last month that the city will not begin accepting license applications until Jan. 3, and it might take weeks before any licenses are issued. That led to widespread concern that long-established businesses would have to shut down during the interim.

However, attorneys advising a group of city dispensaries have concluded that those businesses can continue to legally sell medicinal marijuana as “collectives,” until they obtain local and state licenses under the new system, said Jerred Kiloh of the United Cannabis Business Association, an industry group.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many of those shops, if any, would be open New Year’s Day.

“We are trying to continue to provide patient access,” said Kiloh, who owns a dispensary in the city’s San Fernando Valley area. With the new licensing system stalled in Los Angeles “my patients are scared, my employees are scared.”
The status of the Los Angeles shops highlights broad confusion over the new law.

State regulators have said shops must have local and state licenses to open for business in the new year. But the city’s top pot regulator, Cat Packer, told reporters last month that medicinal sales can continue to consumers with a doctor’s recommendation until new licenses are issued.

The state banned “loco-weed” in 1913, according to a history by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, the pot advocacy group known as NORML. The first attempt to undo that by voter initiative in 1972 failed, but three years later felony possession of less than an ounce was downgraded to a misdemeanor.

In 1996, over the objections of law enforcement, President Clinton’s drug czar and three former presidents, California voters approved marijuana for medicinal purposes. Twenty years later, voters approved legal recreational use and gave the state a year to write regulations for a legal market that would open in 2018.

Today, 29 states have adopted medical marijuana laws. In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize recreational marijuana. Since then, five more states have passed recreational marijuana laws, including Massachusetts, where retail sales are scheduled to begin in July.

Even with other states as models, the next year is expected to be a bumpy one in California as more shops open and more stringent regulations take effect on the strains known as Sweet Skunk, Trainwreck and Russian Assassin.

The California Police Chiefs Association, which opposed the 2016 ballot measure, remains concerned about stoned drivers, the risk to young people and the cost of policing the new rules in addition to an existing black market.

“There’s going to be a public-health cost and a public-safety cost enforcing these new laws and regulations,” said Jonathan Feldman, a legislative advocate for the chiefs. “It remains to be seen if this can balance itself out.”

At first, pot shops will be able to sell marijuana harvested without full regulatory controls. But eventually, the state will require extensive testing for potency, pesticides and other contaminants. A program to track all pot from seed to sale will be phased in, along with other protections such as childproof containers.

Jamie Garzot, founder of the 530 Cannabis shop in Northern California’s Shasta Lake, said she’s concerned that when the current crop dries up, there will be a shortage of marijuana that meets state regulations. Her outlet happens to be close to some of California’s most productive marijuana-growing areas, but most of the surrounding counties will not allow cultivation that could supply her.

“Playing in the gray market is not an option,” Garzot said. “California produces more cannabis than any state in the nation, but going forward, if it’s not from a state-licensed source, I can’t put it on my shelf. If I choose to do so, I run the risk of losing my license.”

In 2016, the state produced an estimated 13.5 million pounds of pot, and 80 percent was illegally shipped out of state, according to a report prepared for the state by ERA Economics, an environmental and agricultural consulting firm. Of the remaining 20 percent, only a quarter was sold legally for medicinal purposes.

That robust black market is expected to continue to thrive, particularly as taxes and fees raise the cost of retail pot by as much as 70 percent.

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Melley reported from Los Angeles. Associated Press writers Christopher Weber, Michael R. Blood and Michael Balsamo contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

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If you need a new logo or want to create a logo from scratch, you may want to try this method first. There are several “free logo design sites” online that you can use to experiment with logo design ideas.

It’s true that these logos are not free. However, it’s a good start if you are looking for new logo designs or want some inspiration before hiring a logo design team. Just make sure you consider the important things such as trademarking your logo and creating a truly unique design. This will ensure that you don’t step on someone else’s trademark or brand identity, while also making sure your own logo will be uniquely yours.

Tailor Brands

Tailor Brands is one free logo site that you can check out if you are looking for a free logo creator site. You can get started right away simply by going to their website and typing in your logo name to try out various logos.

This site offers a way to try out a logo idea free of charge without being obligated to purchase a logo. It’s a great place to experiment with different logos to see what you might want to do with your own logo. But you may not want to stick to just this option as it is limited in scope. Alao, they tend to make you feel that you are getting a “unique and original logo.” But since you are using a tool that many others use also, your logo will not be totally unique. It’s certainly okay to try out some ideas on this site, though and it may give you some ideas on how to proceed.

Logo Joy

Logo Joy is another site you can visit to play with logo ideas and try them out. Like Tailor Brands, you can go directly to the site and try out different logo ideas to see what might work for your brand. This company is not totally free but it is free to try while you experiment with different logos. Once you find a logo you like, you may purchase it through their site for a price.

Pricing on this site ranges from only $20 for a basic design logo to $195 for an Enterprise package that includes only one hour of design time, high-resolution images, and much more. It may pay off to experiment with this site to get an idea of what you want. Then you always have the option to purchase if you like the results.

Designmantic

Designmantic.com is also a great place to start if you want to try out a few design ideas. You can start with a basic logo design and just type in your company or brand name to see the results. There are several templates and plenty of web graphics to choose from that you can implement into your design.

There is one big advantage to this site. This company has a step-by-step tutorial on the site to show you the steps to designing and creating an original logo. Unlike the previous two logo design sites we mentioned above, this site really does offer some custom-designs that would be original, since they can be tailored to your specific tastes and brand preferences.

They also have several extra perks on this site such as wedding monogram design services and business card designs. So this makes it more like a custom-design type logo business. Once you find a design you like, you’ll need to contact the company and see what the pricing will be for your specific design.

Logo Maker

Logo Maker features online software that lets you try out logos, much like the other sites. They do have a selection of great samples that you can see so you can get an idea of what they can do. You can choose an industry that is related to what you do or choose from their collection of icons to add to your design.

If you create something you like, you can contact them and fill out their online form to purchase the logo. It’s a pretty simple process and can give you some great logo inspiration that you might not get otherwise.

Free Logo Design

Free Logo Design is another site that allows you to try out logo designs and ideas. Put in your company name and industry category to get started. Then you can customize the logo with colors, fonts, and other special effects to your liking. Once you’ve finished designing it, you can download it and save it and use it any way you want.

The initial service is free with no strings attached. But if you scroll all the way down the page, you will see that you can purchase a professionally-designed logo for $199. If will probably be to your advantage to do this, since the free logos leave a lot to be desired if you are wanting a completely new and unique logo design for your business.

Summary

When it comes to free logo design, nothing in life that is valuable is truly free. You have to invest some money in order to get something valuable. Sure, you can create a basic logo and experiment with various fonts, colors, and designs. In fact, we encourage you to do so. It gives you some ideas of how you want your own design to look. Perhaps by looking at sample logos, you can decide what types of design elements you may want to include or how to repair your logo that you already have.

But when you are really serious about designing a professional business logo, you’ll want a professional logo design team to help. That’s us. We are logodesignteam.com and we have been helping business owners just like you with a professional logo design for many years.

You can go to these free sites and see what you can do then contact us and we will talk to you about a logo design for your business. Take a look at our online portfolio to get some ideas on what you want to do, then contact us to learn more.

How to Create a Real Professional Logo

Your logo is too important to trust it to just anyone. Going the “free route” is okay to try. But your final logo design that you choose for your business should be original and unique and should not include any elements that are identifiable with another brand. Not only is this a potential problem, but it could lead to legal issues if you accidentally include assets that are too similar to another brand’s assets.

If their logo is trademarked but yours is not, you might have a hard time proving that it was your logo to begin with. Then you will have wasted a lot of time designing a logo that you cannot use. So make sure and do your “due diligence” if you do decide to trademark your logo or even to use a logo to avoid these issues.

At logodesignteam.com, you don’t have to worry about trademarks or anything like that. That’s because we not only design your logo. We also help you get it trademarked so you can rest assured that your logo is your intellectual property and you have full rights to it.

We do not retain any rights, either. Your logo is yours once we turn it over to you.

visit us anytime to learn more and ask for a free quote.

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… And 2018 is apparently queueing to be!

The above is a compilation my most “liked” pictures from Instadrama Instagram- and I had a lot of fun coming up and executing these.

I am going to be honest, these last few months have been extremely difficult so I haven’t really been up to scratch with my own standards.

However …

I just wanted to drop a heavy thanks to everyone who’s been with me along this journey, and to you Internet Friends coming to visit this little blog of rocking randomness.

A special thanks to the lovelies Paulina, Laura and David whose support and kindness have been heart warming !!

🤘🤘🤘🤘 Rock on Guys and Happy New Year 2018!! 🤘🤘🤘🤘