B-to-B publisher Ziff Davis Enterprise announced that it has received $20 million in funding from global investment group Bessemer Venture Partners. According to ZDE CEO Steve Weitzner, the funding will “significantly accelerate the pace at which we can innovate and grow to best meet the challenging needs of our subscriber and b-to-b technology marketer client communities.”ZDE hopes to use the money to fuel acquisitions and further develop its initiatives in audience development, social media and contextual content, the company says. Private equity group Insight Venture Partners purchased Ziff Davis Enterprise from Ziff Davis Media last June for $150 million. Weitzner joined ZDE as CEO in January after his transition from CEO to head of international M&A and business development at former CMP Technology late last year.
Not so entry-level anymore. Mercedes-Benz When the Mercedes-Benz CLA first arrived in the US, it marked a big shift for the German luxury brand. The C-Class was no longer the gateway model and the CLA was priced aggressively to start just around $30,000. That figure is long gone, friends.For 2020, Mercedes-Benz said in a Thursday release that the CLA will cost $37,645 after a $995 destination charge. For starters, that’s almost $7,000 more than what the first CLA cost originally. Secondly, that’s a pretty hefty price bump over the 2019 model. Buyers will fork over $3,550 more for the new model. Add all-wheel drive and buyers will flirt with $40,000 for a base model at $39,645.To be fair, the CLA does differentiate itself from the brand’s new entry-level model, the A-Class. For starters, the CLA comes with a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that musters 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. In contrast, the A-Class’s 2.0-liter turbo-4 makes just 188 hp and 221 pound-feet of torque. The CLA is also larger than before and boasts that swankier coupe-like look that’s all the rage these days.Standard equipment for all CLA models includes 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 7-inch touchscreen for infotainment purposes. The brand’s latest infotainment system, MBUX, is also on board with its “Hey Mercedes” command ready to answer your questions and assist. Additional driver assistance packages and premium goodies will increase the CLA’s price well past $40,000 before other fees and taxes.Is all of it too pedestrian, perhaps? There will also be Mercedes-AMG models to heat things up. The CLA35 and CLA45 models will boast 302 hp and nearly 400 hp, respectively. Prices aren’t available for the sportier of CLAs, but expect healthy premiums over the standard car. Buyers will find the regular CLA arriving at dealers this fall. 0 2019 Cadillac Escalade review: Large, luxurious and long in the tooth More From Roadshow Preview • 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 first drive: Now actually feels like a premium car Post a comment The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is more design-focused than ever Mercedes-Benz Luxury cars Sedans 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 Coupe review: Still the luxury benchmark 38 Photos 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE450 review: More luxurious and techy than ever Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Tags 2019 Mercedes-Benz A220: The entry-level luxury sedan… More about 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 6:01 Mercedes-Benz
Robert Pattinson as BatmanBossLogic (@Bosslogic/Twitter)Robert Pattinson is officially set to star as Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the upcoming Matt Reeves-directed The Batman movie. Twilight fans from around the world are overjoyed with this casting update and some are even stating that now they have a reason to watch DCEU movie featuring a billionaire orphan who turns a vigilante to avenge the murder of his parents.In the upcoming DCEU movie, there a lot of things which are at stake. If we go in the past and check then apart from Aquaman and Wonder Woman, all the recently released superhero flicks have failed to impress the audience. Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman in several DC movies was appreciated by fans but the script and screenplay were not up to the mark.When it comes to Batman, everyone (both Marvel and DC fans) talks about Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. In those three films, we got to see how a superhero can actually relate to everyone. Those movies gave the antagonist some ideologies and it is always a tough task to beat the villain if he has his own philosophies, consider Thanos for that matter. Christian Bale breathed life into the character and we keep on talking about his for the generations to come. Hiring Robert Pattinson to play Bruce Wayne is surely a gamble for Warner Bros. who wants to press the reboot button on their superhero movies.Over the years, Robert Pattinson has proved that he is not only an actor with some sharp jaws that can cut throats or someone who had a high romantic endeavor with his former Twilight co-star. After wrapping up Twilight saga, Robert did star in several projects which brushed his acting skills and even enhanced him as a person. A still from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight RisesThe Dark Knight Rises, FacebookIn The Last City of Z, we got to see an extremely different side of Robert Pattinson. The 2016 film starred Charlie Hunnam in the lead role but it was Robert’s portrayal of Henry Costin that won applause. If this was not enough, then Robert amazed everyone with his brilliant performance in science-fiction movie High Life featuring him as a former criminal who is now on a voyage into deep space. The movie was well received by the critics and everyone appreciated Robert Pattinson’s performance.With films like Cloverfield, Let Me In, and Planet of the Apes II & III, Matt Reeves has proved that he knows his art and knows what he has to do to make a great cinema. Even he knows what is at stake here and chances of Robert Pattinson’s Batman movie going south are pretty slim.Robert Pattinson’s The Batman movie is currently under preproduction and as of now, there are other actors to be cast. The upcoming DCEU movie is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 25, 2021. It will be amazing to see how an actor who once played a vampire could actually become a bat.
JORGE FERRARI/AFP/Getty ImagesSome weeks ago, Sachin Tendulkar made a major revelation. He informed the cricket world that after India’s forgettable experience in the 2007 World Cup, he was seriously considering retirement from the game. What stopped him from hanging up his boots was advice from Sir Vivian Richards and his elder brother. What happened afterwards is, as they say, history.But here is an interesting and stimulating question: what if Tendulkar had gone ahead and retired? This bit of counter-factual history is worth exploring. Would he still have been regarded as the greatest Indian batsman of all time? Would he have still been considered among the greatest batsmen in the history of the game? Let’s try and imagine that scenario.If Sachin had called it quits in 2007, his record would have been something like this: 135 Tests, 10668 runs, 54.70 average and 35 centuries. In ODIs, the record would have been: 384 matches, 14847 runs, average of 44.05 and 41 hundreds.Needless to say, the record would still have looked mighty impressive. But cricket isn’t only about numbers and stats. The way a batsman has scored his runs matters as much, if not more, in the game. If Sachin had called it a day in 2007, he would have been seen as a batsman who debuted in 1989, dominated the 1990s, continued his good form in the early years of the new century but started to fade away from 2002. Some of Sachin’s finest moments came after 2007PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty ImagesHe would also have been remembered as a player who could tear the bowling attacks apart but chose to become the team’s sheet anchor and play within himself in later years. Besides, there would have been no first ODI double hundred, no World Cup victory, no century in the final of the tri-series in Australia, no famous hundred at Chennai in the aftermath of the 26/11 attacks, and no high-quality duels with Dale Steyn, etc.What happened after the World Cup was the resurrection of Sachin Tendulkar. He not only regained his appetite but also starting achieving the sort of things which he hadn’t earlier. The post-2007 period also saw the flair returning to the game of the Little Master. He was once again showing that dominant streak that characterised his batting in 1990s and made him a superstar.But if he had retired in 2007, he would have ended his career with much less sheen. Yes, Sachin would still have been a legend and counted among the best, but he wouldn’t have reached those unique heights of success that, to some extent, define his career. As Indians, let us all be grateful to Sir Viv for persuading him to continue playing cricket.
Listen 00:00 /04:37 U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is visiting Houston’s Energy Corridor today. His itinerary includes a roundtable discussion with oil and gas executives about how the industry’s faring. He’ll also visit BP to learn how that company is recovering nearly a year after Harvey.In the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen learns more about today’s visit and how the industry’s doing almost a year after the storm from Loren Steffy. He keeps tabs on developments in the energy industry as the managing director for 30 Point Strategies, a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly, and a columnist for Energy Voice.com. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: