The Milwaukee Public MuseumKohls is giving 15

first_imgThe Milwaukee Public Museum.Kohl’s is giving $1.5 million to the Milwaukee Public Museum for a new traveling educational initiative that will bring museum programming to underserved communities across the state.The Milwaukee Public Museum.The gift from the Menomonee Falls-based retailer will support the new “MPM and Kohl’s on the Move” initiative and the continuation of Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays, which provides free museum access on the first Thursday of the month.“We are proud to partner with the Milwaukee Public Museum on this exciting new traveling education initiative to bring hands-on learning and museum collections to communities across the state of Wisconsin,” said Jen Johnson, Kohl’s vice president of corporate communications. “The museum is an asset to our hometown and through programs like MPM and Kohl’s on the Move and Kohl’s Thank You Thursdays, we are fortunate to make the museum accessible to even more children and families in our community.”Led by a team of museum educators, MPM and Kohl’s on the Move will offer programming to schools, libraries and community centers across Wisconsin. Programs will include hands-on learning opportunities using items from the museum’s educational collections, such as butterfly specimens and microscopes, dinosaur fossils, a paleontologist’s toolkit and a mummification model. “We are honored by Kohl’s commitment to the Milwaukee Public Museum and its support of our new educational program,” said Dennis Kois, president and chief executive officer of the Milwaukee Public Museum. “As Wisconsin’s only major natural history museum, we are especially excited for the opportunity Kohl’s has given us to share our exhibits, collections, and research with families throughout the rest of the state.”Kohl’s and its philanthropic program Kohl’s Cares have committed nearly $2 million to MPM since 2009. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

Whatsapp drops 1 annual subscription

first_imgWhatsApp Chief Executive Jan Koum at the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Bavaria. Image Credit: WSJ Advertisement Popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp has announced that it will drop its US$0.99 (S$1.42) annual subscription fee, and be made available for free from now on.The Facebook-owned service, which has a user base of 900 million users worldwide, is a messaging service for mobile devices, and can also be used to make voice calls over a phone’s Internet connection. It recently allowed users to access the mobile service on the Google Chrome web browser.WhatsApp Chief Executive Jan Koum announced this at the DLD (Digital-Life-Design) conference in Bavaria. Previously, the company had offered some users a lifetime subscription for US$1, while the majority of users were offered the service free for the first year. – Advertisement – Some users had their free-use period extended several times in the last few years and have never had to pay for the service. In a blog post, the company conceded that its subscription-based business model had not been entirely successful.“For many years, we’ve asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year. As we’ve grown, we’ve found that this approach hasn’t worked well,” noted WhatsApp in a blog post.“Many WhatsApp users don’t have a debit or credit card number and they worried they’d lose access to their friends and family after their first year. So over the next several weeks, we’ll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service.”In an assurance to users, the company also promised that it will not start rolling out third-party advertisements to make up for the loss in subscription fees.Instead, it will look into partnering with companies, to open communication channels with its user base.[related-posts]“Starting this year, we will test tools that allow you to use WhatsApp to communicate with businesses and organisations that you want to hear from. That could mean communicating with your bank about whether a recent transaction was fraudulent, or with an airline about a delayed flight. We all get these messages elsewhere today – through text messages and phone calls – so we want to test new tools to make this easier to do on WhatsApp, while still giving you an experience without third-party ads and spam.”[StraitsTimes]last_img read more