November 30th, 2014
03:23 PM ET

Uber CEO on Beijing: "so what we're starting to see is innovation"

CNN’s FAREED ZAKARIA GPS features an interview with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick on the link between failure and entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, the driving force behind innovation, and the cities most conducive to innovation.


On cities that are evolving into a technology hub. : Probably the most impressive is Beijing.  It's a very young but very vibrant Silicon Valley.  And I'd say that they're, you know, for a while, people thought about China as like, well, they would copy what you do and they're always behind.  What's happening is the copying is catching up. But when it catches up, there's nothing left to copy.  And so what we're starting to see is innovation.  It's starting to percolate up in China.  And I think that's really exciting.”

On innovation: The way I look at innovation is it's really about creative problem-solving.  It is - it's about, on one end, being very creative and almost being an idea person and seeing ideas and interesting ways of doing things everywhere. But on the other side, it's about being very, very analytical and very, very dedicated to details.  I like to say god is in the details. So if you're analytical and logical, almost like a machine, I'm a computer engineering - well, I went to school as a computer engineer, but bringing a creative idea and ideation piece to that, put them together, you're now a creative problem-solver. And that's where I think innovation comes from.  And here at the company, you know, I try to - we look for creative problem-solvers and we try to push people to solve things creatively, because that's where innovation is.”


Full transcript available after the jump. FULL POST

November 30th, 2014
01:33 PM ET

1st reporter to interview Janay Rice: "she learned a lot about herself"

Today on CNN’s Reliable Sources hosted by Brian Stelter, ESPN reporter Jemele Hill explains how she landed the first Janay Rice interview, why she agreed to certain conditions, and what Janay feels towards the outcome of the situation.

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“I think obviously she would not like to relive the situation.  However, I think that that's pretty obvious.  There were certain positives or a silver lining, if you will, that came out of this.  Among the many was the fact that the level and awareness of domestic violence is now, you know, maybe more than we have seen in this country in quite some time.  The other side of her, from a personal level, too, is that she felt like she learned a lot about herself, about her own strength, the strength of her family, the strength of her relationship with her husband.  So, even though it was horrible and traumatic, and there's going to be some probably long-term emotional damage from this entire episode, I think that she has enough perspective to understand that there was something larger and bigger at play than just the microcosm of her situation."

Full transcript is available after the jump. FULL POST

November 30th, 2014
01:29 PM ET

FAA "hundreds of cases" of operating drones "carelessly" & "recklessly"

Today on CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Michael Huerta, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, joins Candy Crowley to discuss the surge of near-collisions between drones and commercial aircraft, the FAA’s new “highways in the sky” program, and the busiest travel days of the year.


On unmanned aircrafts: “Unmanned aircraft has both great potential as a use for things like surveillance of power lines and so forth, but we care about first and foremost maintaining a safe aviation system. So how we integrate them into our national airspace system is done with safety as our paramount concern.”

On the surge of near-collisions between drones & commercial aircraft: “That is certainly a serious concern. And it is something that I am concerned about. That's why we are very focused on education. That's why we're also focused on enforcement. We have enforced hundreds of these cases, where we have seen someone operating one of these things carelessly and recklessly and posing a danger to aircraft, and that can't happen.”

On handling air traffic & the NextGen program: “Every year for holidays, the Defense Department releases a lot of airspace to us. And that enables us to actually plan different highways in the sky. Also, over the last year, we have been making a lot of investments in making the existing highways much more efficient. And that's a big thing, because this program, our NextGen air traffic control program, enables us to have much more efficient arrivals and departures at busy airports. Here in Washington, we just rolled out some new procedures that, collectively, will save airlines about 2.5 million gallons of fuel a year."

Full transcript is available after the jump.

November 29th, 2014
09:44 AM ET

How the pros do Black Friday

CNN Senior Editorial Producer Jill Chappell shows you the ins and outs of how to get the most out of Black Friday.

November 26th, 2014
08:35 AM ET

CNN OutFront: Dorian Johnson and Sybrina Fulton React to Ferguson Decision

In his first live interview since the grand jury decided that it won't indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, Dorian Johnson told CNN's Erin Burnett that he's hurt by the decision. Johnson was Brown's friend who was with him when he was shot, and testified before the grand jury.

"I know exactly what I saw,” Johnson told Burnett. "I was there the whole time, and I definitely saw my friend stop and put his hands up, being compliant, after being fired upon, after already being struck and with a bullet wound from Officer Darren Wilson's gun."

Sybrina Fulton, whose 17-year-old son Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in February 2012, also joined Erin Burnett OutFront last night. Zimmerman’s trial ultimately ended in acquittal and sparked a civil rights debate across the nation.

 “Judging by history, I wasn’t surprised,” Fulton told Erin. "But there was a certain part of me that just wanted him to be held accountable for just the death of a young man.  But judging by the history, the track record of the justice system, the track record of what's been going on with our African-American youth, it was highly unlikely that he was going to be held accountable."

Click here to watch the full Fulton video:

Topics: CNN
November 25th, 2014
06:02 PM ET



Network Outperforms Fox News in Demo; MSNBC Lags far Behind 

CNN Was Most Watched in Cable News at 10pm with 6.3 Million Total Viewers

Viewers turned to CNN in large numbers last night to learn about the Ferguson Grand Jury decision and its aftermath. At 9pm, when the prosecutor announced the decision, CNN averaged 3.155 million in the key demo 25-54 rating, Fox News followed with 2.186 million and MSNBC lagged far behind with 742k. In total viewers CNN averaged 6.265 million, Fox News had 7.256 million and MSNBC posted 2.197 million. FULL POST

Topics: CNN • Ratings
November 24th, 2014
12:32 PM ET

DINOSAUR 13: Found and Lost – Who Owns the T. rex, ‘Sue?’

Following Successful Festival Exhibition, DINOSAUR 13 Debuts as CNN Films Broadcast on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm ET

When paleontologist Peter Larson and his team from South Dakota’s Black Hills Institute made one of the world’s greatest dinosaur discoveries in 1990, they knew it was the discovery of a lifetime — the largest, most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever found. The dinosaur quickly became known to the world as ‘Sue,’ named after amateur paleontologist, Susan Hendrickson, who located the first fossil fragments of the historic find.

DINOSAUR 13 was the first film deal closed at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where it also premiered. The film then was exhibited at festivals and in theaters throughout the country by Lionsgate. DINOSAUR 13 will make its global television premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 9:00pm and 11:00pm Eastern. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
November 24th, 2014
12:26 PM ET

"The Wonder List with Bill Weir" comes to CNN Early 2015

New CNN Original Series to Launch Early 2015

Weir’s Journey Captured by Renowned Cinematographer Philip Bloom

CNN announced today that Bill Weir will bring a new Original Series to the network beginning early next year. The Wonder List with Bill Weir will join the recently announced series THE SEVENTIES and High Profits, both debuting in 2015. With The Wonder List, Weir will tell the untold stories of extraordinary people, places, cultures and creatures that are at a crossroads.

Who will be the last person to see a Bengal tiger in the wild or be baptized in the River Jordan?  Who will be the last person to savor an unspoiled island paradise in the South Pacific or hike a glacier in Montana? At the current rate of planetary change, some odds suggest that the last people who will experience these wonders are alive today. And one of them might be your child. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 50 & 51
In December, ‘CNN Ones to Watch’ looks at the rising stars of street art (Courtesy: Pose)
November 24th, 2014
08:02 AM ET

Preview: CNN International Programme Information Weeks 50 & 51

CNN Ones to Watch

Chicago street artist Pose at work on a mural (Courtesy: Pose)
Chicago street artist Pose at work on a mural (Courtesy: Pose)
Friday 12 December at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1630 GMT/1730 CET
Saturday 13 December at 1430 GMT/ 1530 CET and 2030 GMT/ 2130 CET
Monday 15 December at 0430 GMT/0530 CET and 0930 GMT/ 1030 CET
Tuesday 16 December at 1030 GMT/ 1130 CET and 1730 GMT/1830 CET
Duration: 30 minutes


CNN International’s new series which shines a light on up-and-coming creative talent set to be the next big names in culture and the arts, ‘CNN Ones to Watch’, continues in December, with an episode dedicated to Street Art, exploring the subculture which is turning into a multi-million dollar industry.

Legendary American street artist Shepard Fairey, renowned for his "Obama Hope" poster, and Banksy's former associate turned art dealer, Steve Lazarides, act as this month’s ‘masters’, pointing viewers in the direction of the boldest new names in Street Art. FULL POST

Topics: CNN
November 24th, 2014
04:56 AM ET


Access Bank, one of Nigeria’s largest and fastest-growing full-service banks headquartered in Lagos, is embarking on an advertising and sponsorship campaign on CNN International to raise awareness of its brand in global markets.

A bespoke campaign will see the Access Bank brand feature prominently across CNN platforms through spot advertising, digital presence and the sponsorship of the inspirational new vignette series Passion to Portfolio. Launching on November 24, the campaign will position Access Bank amongst CNN’s unrivalled audience in Africa and internationally as the pre-eminent provider of business, corporate, commercial and private banking.

The sponsorship of the year-long Passion to Portfolio series is the main element of the campaign. This will see Access Bank billboards appear before and after every instalment of the weekly vignette series, which will air every weekday during major CNN programmes – The Business View with Nina Dos Santos, CNN Newsroom, World Business Today, International Desk and Quest Means Business. The editorial content of the series will feature inspiring individuals from all over the globe who have found commercial and personal success through the pursuit of their passions in life. This could be entrepreneurs whose passions have become their careers or people who have hobbies that are lucrative investments or businesses. FULL POST

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