Cisco’s global channel chief resigns

Wendy Bahr

Wendy Bahr

Wendy Bahr has announced her decision to vacate her role as senior vice president of global partner organisation at Cisco, resigning from the vendor after 18 years.

A veteran of both Cisco and the channel, Bahr confirmed her intention to leave the tech giant via an internal email, as first reported by CRN.

“My decision came down to knowing this is the right time for me personally,” wrote Bahr, according to CRN. “I’m not sure what’s next, but I am excited for the next chapter in my career and I will leave knowing the company is firmly positioned for great success.”

Bahr will remain in the role until a replacement is hired before November, with Chuck Robbins – CEO of Cisco – taking to social media to praise the outgoing executive.

“Special thanks to @wybahr for all of your great contributions to @Cisco –

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Fryeburg police: 8 juveniles ran away after SUV crashed into tree

FRYEBURG — An unlicensed 15-year-old girl driving an SUV with seven juvenile passengers crashed into a tree before fleeing into the woods Friday morning, according to the Fryeburg Police Department.

The white 1999 Cadillac Escalade was taken without permission from a residence on Meadow Lane, Fryeburg Police Chief Joshua Potvin wrote in a statement. The crash occurred at about 3:30 a.m., police said.

Fryeburg police officers found the minors quickly. Two of them were taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of injuries that were not considered life threatening. Three passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The names of the driver and occupants will not be released because of their young ages, Potvin said.

Potvin said criminal charges for those involved are likely.

“This crash is still under investigation,” he said. “Speed coupled with driver inattention and experience appear to be causing factors. The occupants are extremely fortunate to be

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Improperly towing AWD vehicle can cause many problems

DEAR CAR TALK: I had my 2000 Cadillac Escalade towed to the mechanic, and he determined that my battery needed to be replaced. After the new battery was installed, I was informed that the “4-wheel” light on the dash was constantly on, and that the mechanic could not determine the cause.

He referred me to a dealership that specializes in Cadillacs. When I mentioned to the mechanic there that my vehicle had been hitched from the rear and towed approximately 15 miles riding on the front wheels, he suggested that that could be the cause of the light not turning off, because the vehicle should have been transported riding on top of the tow truck bed rather than being towed with the front wheels on the ground.

Could this actually be the cause of the light constantly being on, or could it be a module that needs replacing?

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2019 Hyundai Veloster price announced: Three doors for $19385

The redesigned three-door (or is it four?) 2019 Hyundai Veloster costs $19,385 and will go on sale this summer, the automaker said Tuesday. That price represents a $400 hike over the 2017 model, but it nets buyers more power, updated safety features, and a new design.

All versions of the Veloster now include automatic emergency braking, an important safety feature that was previously unavailable. Like the outgoing Veloster, the new model features just three passenger doors. From the driver’s side, it looks like a coupe. From the passenger’s side, it has two doors.

MORE: Read our 2019 Hyundai Veloster preview

A 6-speed automatic transmission runs an extra $1,000 for the base Veloster. From there, the lineup climbs to the automatic-only Veloster Premium for $23,635. The Premium trim level includes niceties such as blind-spot monitors, rear cross-traffic alerts, 18-inch alloy wheels, an 8.0-inch touchscreen for infotainment, Infinity speakers, a moonroof, and cloth/synthetic leather

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2019 Subaru Ascent first drive: my other family crossover is a canoe

Contrary to common understanding, Subaru did not create the tall-wagon-crossover-hatchback vehicle. Subaru just created six different reasons to buy the same one.

Want a wagon? How about an Outback.

Want a mid-size crossover? How about an Outback.

Want an off-roader? You get the idea.

DON’T MISS: Read our full review of the 2019 Subaru Ascent

Few have mass-produced genre-bending weirdness like Subaru historically has. Those that have are usually called “Pacific Northwest.”

But the Outback lacked any sort of accommodation for when its owners’ canoes needed to fit more than five. Grow up too much, and you might grow out of the Outback.

2019 Subaru Ascent first drive

2019 Subaru Ascent first drive

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It fit that our first turns behind the wheel of the new, three-row 2019 Subaru Ascent outside Portland, Oregon, the Woodstock for bearded woodworkers

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Uber pushing for more electric car rides with driver bonuses, partnerships

Uber said it hears the future coming, and it’s relatively quiet.

This week the company announced a yearlong program to provide up to 5 million electric-vehicle (EV) rides through its ride-sharing app in a small number of North American cities.

The so-called “EV Champions Initiative” will roll out in Austin, Texas; Los Angeles; Montreal; Sacramento, California; San Diego; San Francisco; and Seattle. Similar programs were already launched in Portland, Oregon, and Pittsburgh.

According to the Los Angeles Times, drivers in certain cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh may earn up to $1 per ride bonuses, up to $20 in a week, for providing EV rides. Uber drivers in Los Angeles don’t get the bonus, according to the report.

Uber announced that they would partner with a broad range of nonprofits, thinktanks, and a university to study EV usage in those cities.

MUST READ: Uber costs less than driving in

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KBI Family Feud Involving Ed Kozol Intensifies

JOLIET, IL – A legal fight over the multi-million dollar fortune controlled by Kozol Brothers Inc. remains active at the Will County Courthouse, court filings reveal. On Feb. 27, Joliet Patch published an exclusive story about the ongoing controversy at the long-time Will County beer distributor. Three siblings, Stephanie Friedrich, Michelle Littman and Anthony Kozol are suing their brother, Edward Kozol individually and as trustee of Kozol Family Trust.

In late March, the plaintiffs filed a motion at the Will County Courthouse asking the court to deem the defendants as being served with the civil lawsuit summons. The lawsuit was filed on Feb. 2. On Feb. 14, the defendant’s counsel, Jennifer Friedland, emailed the lawyer for the plaintiffs, Brianna Golan, and “advised that she was not authorized to accept service on behalf of the defendants. As a courtesy, however, Ms. Golan forwarded a copy of the complaint to Ms. Friedland,” court

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Alphabet trounces profit estimates as costs come into check

Alphabet has reported expenses from its Google search business were growing more slowly and that revenue from advertising and cloud computing rose faster than analysts anticipated, boosting its earnings beyond Wall Street targets and pushing shares up 3.6 percent after hours.

Google’s dominance in online advertising has been challenged this year by the antitrust battle over its Android mobile software and other regulatory actions.

But the issues have yet to halt Google, which has grown quarterly revenue at least 20 percent year-over-year for two straight years.

“There was never a question about Google’s dominance of a buoyant digital ads market,” said analyst Richard Kramer of Arete Research.

The company has seen costs rise and profit margins dip as more searches and ads get shown on mobile devices, where Apple Inc and other firms charge fees to distribute Google search on their devices and apps.

Troubleshooters; Cadillac Escalade


On today’s Troubleshooters, a man asks for our help getting his car fixed, or his money back, from a local transmission shop.  We checked with CCPD.  They tell us it’s out of their hands. It’s is a civil matter now.

Steve Gutierrez says he brought his Cadillac Escalade to Coastal Transmission on Gollihar last September to have the transmission rebuilt.
Total cost ?  3200.00.  Gutierrez put half down.
He says it had been here just a short time when the owner, Saul Guzman, called and asked him a surprising question.
“If I had went and picked up the vehicle.  And I’m like ‘no.  Why ?’  He says ‘well it’s not here.”  

According to CCPD, on September 29th last year, Saul Guzman, son of the owner, took Gutierrez’s car from the shop, and was involved in a

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RSPs get NBN alternative to increase footprint with new product

NBN Co has announced a new product set to facilitate retail services providers’ access to connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) and access virtual circuit (AVC).

The company behind the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN) has launched NNI link, a network-to-network interface (NNI) product which allows RSPs to acquire AVC and CVC directly from NBN Co without having a physical connection to all 121 of NBN Co’s points of interconnect (POI).

The AVC is a fixed monthly access fee payable by RSPs for each of their end users and depends on the maximum bit rate requested, while the CVC is a charge for the collective amount of bits that flow through the point where the nbn network interconnects with their own network.

Before, an RSP had to go through a large telco such as Telstra or Optus to get NBN services. Under the new structure, RSPs will deal

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