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The UK's competition regulator has cleared Amazon's purchase of a 16% stake in UK food delivery unicorn startup Deliveroo, after more than a year of probing the deal. The probe was upended and delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic, but the deal was provisionally cleared in June after Deliveroo said it might go out of business without the investment. Deliveroo more recently said its finances and underlying business had improved, and said Tuesday it was delighted by the news. The deal has been cleared less than week after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was grilled by US lawmakers over what they described as monopolistic behavior. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The UK's competition regulator on Tuesday cleared Amazon's purchase of a 16% stake in online delivery group Deliveroo. The deal was cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after a 15-month probe during which Deliveroo's rivals, including pizza takeaway group Domino's, lobbied against the deal claiming it would reduce competition. It followsthe appearance of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos before US lawmakers over potentially anticompetitive behavior by the retail giant. The CMA's final clearance was anticipated, however, given the regulator gave provisional nods in April after Deliveroo said its finances were deteriorating during the COVID-19 pandemic, and again in June. "It has become clear that the coronavirus pandemic is having a significant negative impact on Deliveroo's business," the CMA said at the time. The CMA said Tuesday that the startup's finances had since recovered, saying "Deliveroo could no longer be considered a failing firm" In its press statement Tuesday, the regulator said: "The CMA's assessment has focused on how a 16% shareholding held by Amazon would affect its incentives to compete independently with Deliveroo in both restaurant delivery and online convenience grocery delivery in the coming years. "The CMA ultimately found that this level of investment will not substantially lessen competition in either market." But the regulator added that if Amazon acquired a bigger share in Deliveroo, it could trigger another probe. In July filings to the CMA, Amazon appeared to leave itself room to buy more of Deliveroo, stating that such a deal would not reduce competition. But Deliveroo, in separate filings, stated there was no "unfettered path" for Amazon to buy the company. "Today's final decision is the result of a thorough examination of this deal and the markets in which Amazon and Deliveroo operate," said Stuart McIntosh, the inquiry chair, on Tuesday. A Deliveroo spokeswoman said: "We are delighted that the CMA has concluded its 15 month investigation and that the Amazon minority investment can now go ahead."Join the conversation about this story »
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If this rumour does pan out, a big question will be whether blood oxygen monitoring is exclusive to Series 6.
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OnePlus currently sits as one of the most popular smartphone brands in India. It’s not a big surprise since the company has been focusing in ... The post OnePlus issues order to Indian offline retailers to stop online sales appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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It seems that Google is trying to create a very smart connection between Gboard and Google Lens, the company has started rolling out an exciting ... The post Google Lens is now integrated into Gboard which brings a cool function appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Image: WalkingCat on Twitter Earlier this week, we got our first look at what appeared to be a new Oculus Quest virtual reality headset thanks to an apparent marketing image shared on Twitter. Since then, more images — including ones of the device in the wild, and a rumored release date — have appeared online, indicating the headset could launch soon. The new images posted on Friday reinforce that this new Quest may look pretty similar to its successor but could come in a black-and-white color scheme. Take a look for yourself at these images shared on Reddit: Image: Tjtaco123 on Reddit The existence of these units, which appear to be some kind of testing devices, suggests the device could come out sooner rather than later. That sooner timeframe... Continue reading…
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Two years after they concluded their bitterly fought litigation, telecoms software firm Amdocs has buried the hatchet with BSS vendor Openet by buying it.
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Section 230 gives platforms like YouTube broad immunity for user content.
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We’ve come a long way in recent years when it comes to talking about mental health ― but there remains so, so much more people need to learn.The proof is in the Twitter discourse occurring this week about Kanye West’s mental health. The artist, who in 2018 revealed he has bipolar disorder, held a rally in South Carolina over the weekend where he made a series of comments about slavery and abortion.He has since posted a string of tweets, some of them seemingly addressing his family’s concern over his emotional wellbeing. West said his wife, Kim Kardashian West, and mother-in-law Kris Jenner “tried to fly in with 2 doctors to 51/50 me” (referring to the law for the temporary and involuntary psychiatric hold of individuals who present a danger to themselves or others due to signs of mental illness.) That tweet and many others have since been deleted.West isn’t the only celebrity whose mental health has become a matter of public discussion lately. People also continue to speculate about Britney Spears’ well-being on her Instagram posts, where many users in comments continuously hurl insults about her mental health. While many people ― including celebrities ― posted well-intentioned thoughts on social media about West and Spears, others took the opportunity to meme and joke about their behaviour. Terms like “crazy” and “insane” are being thrown around.The posts were uninformed at best, heartless and ignorant at worst.The urge people have to post commentary on what’s happening in the world is a main reason Twitter, Instagram and other platforms exist. However, that impulse shouldn’t include a permission slip to be devoid of all compassion ― especially when it comes to mental health. Belittling mental illness to a meme or a quip on Twitter doesn’t make you funny, it makes you a jerk.An estimated 1 in 5 people experience a mental health condition in any one year (but given the global health crisis we’re in, who knows ― there could be an uptick in that). The stigma surrounding mental illness, especially serious mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, often prevents people from seeking proper help. Disparaging remarks about a celebrity’s mental state on social media only intensify that stigma.So if you feel compelled to comment on a public figure’s mental health in the future (or anyone’s for that matter), here’s a guide to consider before posting:Don’t automatically equate certain behaviours with a person’s mental health statusSomeone can make misogynistic, racist or absurd comments and not have a mental health issue. Someone can make them and also live with a mental illness.“I want everyone to know that not all erratic behaviour means there’s a mental health concern. And some folks who appear ‘fine’ are living with mental health diagnoses,” said Racine Henry, a therapist and owner of Sankofa Marriage and Family Therapy in New York.“Sometimes people do things without rhyme or reason and that is literally human nature,” Henry continued. “If you’re going to speak on mental health without knowing the topic intimately, you’re in no position to judge a complete stranger, no matter how many of their records you’ve bought or how long you’ve followed them on Instagram.”Don’t diagnoseMost mental health professionals abide by the Goldwater Rule, which is an ethical standard designed to prevent therapists from diagnosing people who are not their patients, especially in the public. If these experts won’t make a conclusion about someone’s condition from afar, those just observing from outside of the mental health field shouldn’t either.Not only that, you can be easily deceived by what you think you might be “witnessing,” Henry said.“I want everyone to know that mental health diagnoses look very different than what you are assuming or even what you may have experienced personally or with someone you know,” Henry said. “It’s impossible to compare because the rules don’t apply across the board. Even when we make diagnoses as professionals, we rely on standard criteria but we also know people don’t fit neatly into categories.” Avoid stigmatising languageWords hold power. Using terms like “crazy,” “insane,” “overmedicated,” etc. in a casual manner can perpetuate negative stereotypes of mental illness. And those imprecise terms ignore the very real health problems someone might be experiencing.“Labelling anyone is harmful because it minimises and dismisses their pain. Even among mental health professionals, those words are taboo and problematic,” Henry said. “Part of the problem we have with mental health as a society is that we talk about it and treat it as though it’s not germane to our overall health and wellbeing.”“Nobody is crazy or insane,” Henry added. “There are people with mental illnesses and there are people with mental health diagnoses. All of whom deserve respect, adequate treatment and for their dignity to be observed.”Learn from and lean on experts“If you’re going to say something, do your research,” Henry said. “Better yet, listen to the actual professionals who have the training and experience to have the conversation.”There are plenty of mental health professionals on social media who you can amplify during these types of conversations (here are a few accounts to start with). Educate yourself and your followers through their words and guidance.Share resourcesMental health issues are invisible illnesses that can affect anyone, including your friends, family and followers ― whether or not you know it. So make comments like someone you love will read it. If you want to positively contribute to the conversation, try sharing mental health resources or stories about your own experiences. It also would be helpful to post crisis lines, guides on how to find affordable therapy or other outlets where people can get help.Don’t blame anyoneIn West’s case, some shifted the blame to Kardashian West for not getting him help or controlling the situation. Others chastised West for not accepting help.“We need to stop placing blame on the people around them and the person in question, as well,” Henry said. “Mental illness is nobody’s fault and nobody can control another human being.”You can also just ... not hit postIf you can’t do any of the above, this is a good option. HuffPost editor Phil Lewis summed it up best:If you don't really know what you're talking about re: mental health, it's okay to not tweet. really— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) July 21, 2020Henry also underscored this point. “I think it’s better to not comment, in most cases,” she said. “We don’t know what that person struggles with every day. We don’t know what their traumas are, even though we assume to know everything about public figures and we don’t know what kind of progress they are making.”When in doubt, log off, take care of your own mental health and be kind. Related... What Drinking On An Empty Stomach Does To Your Body Joe Wicks Gets Emotional As He Hosts Final YouTube PE Class: 'It’s A Sad Day But I’m So Proud' You Can Still Burn Out While Working From Home. These Are The Signs Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email [email protected] Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.
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Samsung is likely working on a new Chromebook model that goes by the codename ‘Nightfury,’ and a new leak claims this upcoming model will feature a QLED display. The new model — assuming the leak pans out — will join the existing Samsung Galaxy Chromebook model, which features an impressive but pricey 4K AMOLED screen. The Samsung ‘Nightfury’ Chromebook has … Continue reading
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Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.Lockdown may be easing across the country, with pubs, shops and beauty salons reopening, but pregnant women say they feel they’ve been “forgotten”. Mums-to-be are still finding that routine antenatal appointments are being cancelled or conducted over the phone, HuffPost has heard, while many continue to face scans and difficult face-to-face appointments alone. Pregnant women have faced significant challenges throughout the pandemic, since they were classed as “vulnerable” in March and were told to abide by stricter social distancing measures. Things looked a little brighter in April, when the NHS set out a six-week plan to resume normal services across healthcare. But three months later, maternity services in some parts of the country are still heavily restricted and tight limits remain in place on partners attending scans, appointments – and even a baby’s birth. READ MORE: New Mums Are Being Denied Vital Postnatal Checks In Lockdown “I’ve had to attend everything on my own,” says Stacey Carley from Fleetwood near Blackpool, who is 37 weeks pregnant with her third child. In the past week, Carley, 33, who has experienced complications throughout the pregnancy, was told her daughter is too big and also breach, so will need to be delivered early. “I wish my partner had have been sat there. I wish anybody had been sat there, to be honest, just to hold my hand and say that it will be okay, but I had to sit there by myself,” she says. “I’ve got to go for an emergency scan at some point this week. He’s still not even allowed to attend that. It’s really upsetting.”Carley accepts that tight regulations were needed on maternity and antenatal wards at the height of lockdown, but doesn’t understand why they’re still in place when other restrictions are easing. “You can go and get your hair done, you can go and sit in a pub, but you can’t have your partner with you while you’re having a baby. It’s just not logical,” she says. “I’ve had to go into all these appointments by myself and come out upset and tell him in the car. It’s not nice for him, either – he doesn’t want to hear this stuff in a car.” Fiona Hall, 32, from East Croydon, London, is 32 weeks pregnant with her first child and is worried that a lack of face-to-face contact with her midwife could mean vital information is missed. She had one in-person appointment at 10 weeks, but her 16-week appointment was conducted over the phone and lasted just a few minutes. “I didn’t know what to ask because I’ve never had a baby before. People need to be offering information and I found that that wasn’t really the case,” she says. Hall says a friend “mentioned in passing that you’re not meant to sleep on your back after a certain number of weeks”. Research shows the risk of stillbirth increases after 28 weeks for women who do so, according to the NHS.“No one official has told me that – and I’m 32 weeks.”Hall, who’s part of the Dope Black Mums community group, was able to attend her 12-week scan with her partner, but at the 20-week scan, he was told to wait in the corridor. Her next appointment, at 24 weeks, was cancelled by her GP surgery, who told her to contact her midwife team instead. “For weeks I couldn’t get an appointment because they just didn’t answer the phone, so I had no 24-week appointment, it just passed,” she says. “No one checked on me, no one called, no blood test, no blood pressure check.”Blood pressure is usually checked at every antenatal visit during pregnancy, but Hall didn’t have hers checked between week 10 and week 28 of pregnancy, when she eventually got through to the midwives. “That’s a long time, especially for a first-time mum who doesn’t know what’s happening, not just in regards to blood pressure, but in terms of having that assistance and having those conversations,” she says.“No one has spoken to me about alternatives for birthing classes or breast feeding tuition, or anything like that. I’ve been floating for the longest time.”READ MORE: Pregnant Black And Ethnic Minority Women To Get Additional NHS Support No one checked on me, no one called, no blood test, no blood pressure checkHall has fibroids and doesn’t yet know if she’ll require a C-section instead of a vaginal birth. So far, her partner has not been permitted to attend any of the appointments where these options have been explained and discussed – and she doesn’t know how long he’ll be allowed to stay with her after the birth. “It’s extremely distressing to me, the possibility of having to have my partner leave straight away after birth,” she says.  Kerry Langley, 35, from Hertford, Hertfordshire, is 35 weeks pregnant. She also accepted the restrictions at first, telling herself, “it’s going to be a bit shitty, but you’ll be alright.” But at her 20-week scan, she was told she wasn’t even allowed to video call her partner – and that’s when her frustrations started. When she asked the sonographer why, she was told a video call would go  against the data protection rules at the hospital. “On the news and everywhere there is NHS staff doing TikTok videos. You can see the inside of the hospital pretty clearly. How does that work?’ I just think this is more important than a bloody TikTok,” she says. Langley’s partner has two children from a previous relationship, while she has one from a previous relationship. This current pregnancy is their first child together but the couple say like they’re not able to enjoy it as a family.“This is going to be our only baby together – four is enough, I can’t do five – so we won’t have this experience again,” she says. “He keeps saying to me: ‘I know you’re carrying the baby, but that is still my baby – why am I less important than you?’ And I agree, I haven’t got the answer.”Langley is booked in for a C-section and her partner will be present for the delivery and allowed to stay for a couple of hours while she’s in recovery. However, the couple have been told he won’t be allowed on the ward, where she’ll stay with the baby for the rest of the day and overnight.  “It was the other day that it really hit me and I thought: ‘Oh my goodness, that’s going to be horrible’. I know the staff will be amazing – don’t get me wrong, this is never anything towards the NHS staff – but at the end of the day, I want my partner there,” she says. “I’m upset about it, as it’s getting nearer the time, and as all these other restrictions are being lifted, it’s upsetting me more.”Langley understands the need to kickstart the economy, but says that seeing people stagger out of pubs, when her antenatal appointments have been so restricted, is increasingly difficult. “It makes me feel frustrated and it makes me feel like me and my partner and all the other pregnant ladies have been forgotten about,” she says. Related... I Knew Miscarriage Was Lonely. Then I Lost My Pregnancy In Lockdown A fourth woman who spoke to HuffPost UK and wished to remain anonymous, said her partner hasn’t been allowed to attend any of her scans which has been “really difficult” after she experienced a missed miscarriage in January, which was only picked up at a routine scan.“Knowing I had to do the whole appointment process – taxis, waiting surrounded by other pregnant women, the actual scan – without the support of my partner added a lot of anxiety into the lead up to the appointments,” the 37-year-old from London says.“I couldn’t help but think if we were allowed in Primark together, why not for a scan appointment with proper precautions?“My partner also felt the same way, mostly helpless as he just had to wait for the information alone at home. And then when the scans went well, there wasn’t the one person I wanted to be there to share the overwhelming joy with.”The midwives and technicians have been extremely supportive during each appointment, the mum-to-be adds, but she’s still frustrated by the situation. “I couldn’t help but think if we were allowed in Primark together, why not for a scan appointment with proper precautions? Especially because our hospital’s maternity wing is separate from the rest of the hospital.”HuffPost UK has contacted NHS England for comment on the experiences of  the women we spoke to and details of when normal services are expected to resume. We will update this article when we receive a response. In the meantime, the uncertain end to restrictions is making a difficult situation even harder for women approaching their due date. “The anxiety of being pregnant during a pandemic is high anyway and our mental health has suffered,” says Stacey Carley. “I don’t understand why we can’t have someone with us still.“We’re all taking precautions – using hand sanitiser and masks and doing everything we can – plus I live with my partner. They say you can mix with six other people outside your household, so why is he not allowed to come in? We need that support.”READ MORE: 'I Never Wanted A Hospital Birth. Here's How I Made It A Positive Experience' 'Morning Sickness' Can Strike At Any Time. Does It Need A New Name? Trying For A Baby While Self-Isolating Is More Complicated Than We Expected
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When it comes to Peacock Premium, Google's got the best offer even if the app is currently a bit harder to find.
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2020 could be a good year for full-frame Sony mirrorless fans.
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Java Development Kit 15, Oracle’s implementation of the next version of Java SE (Standard Edition), reached its second rampdown phase mid-July, with the feature set frozen but the stabilization repository open for select bug fixes. Highlights of JDK 15 include text blocks, hidden classes, a foreign-memory access API, and previews of sealed classes and records.Next up for the Java upgrade are two release candidates, which are scheduled to be published August 6 and August 20. General availability is slated for September 15. JDK 15 follows JDK 14, which was released on March 17. Oracle follows a six-month release schedule for standard Java, with new versions arriving twice a year.To read this article in full, please click here
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(University of Texas at Arlington) Chia-Ching Lin, an aerospace engineering doctoral student, has earned the Leo Beranek Student Medal for Excellence in the Study of Noise Control from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA for his research in hypoid gear noise and vibration control in automotive rear axle systems. The institute awards the medal annually to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students at North American colleges and universities that have courses for noise control engineering.
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Jyoti Bansal founded AppDynamics during the 2008 recession — and sold it a decade later for $3.7 billion. He says the recession was good for AppDynamics, and give the startup focus during a tough economic period.  Now Bansal is launching a new cybersecurity startup, Traceable, which searches applications' computer code for security issues. Bansal says persisting while rivals fade, bringing a product quickly to market, and improving the product with customers' is a winning formula.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jyoti Bansal founded AppDynamics during the economic downturn of 2008. He thrived in the hard times, and got an offer many would have jumped at in a recession – to sell the company for $350. He turned the acquisition offer down, and in 2017 sold the company to Cisco for $3.7 billion (on the eve of AppDynamics' pending IPO, no less).  Now he's launching a new startup – once again in the middle of a pandemic-besieged economy – with strategy for success in hard times that worked wonders before.  This week Bansal is launching Traceable, a cybersecurity startup that focuses on apps and the code they use to connect with computer systems via application programming interfaces (APIs). The startup came out of stealth mode Tuesday with a $20 million Series A funding round from Unusual Ventures and BIG Labs, Bansal's own startup incubator. Bansal is joined by Sanjay Nagaraj, a former AppDynamics vice president, as chief technical officer and co-founder. Why would a wealthy tech success story want to launch another startup during a challenging time? Because he says a recession can be the best thing for a startup — a lesson he learned in 2008.     "We were a small startup with ten employees, zero revenue, and zero paying customers when  Lehman Brothers collapsed," he says of the failure of the investment banking giant, thought by many to have set off the 2008-2009 recession. The venture capital market froze and some of our competitors started running out of cash and shut down." But that economic downturn helped his startup, Bansal says. "I actually feel that the recession was a great thing to happen to AppDynamics. It shaped who we were as a company." Bansal's formula for launching a company at a tough time is to persist as competitors fade during hard times, focus on bringing a simple and effective product to market quickly, and work with customers to make sure the company is effective. Startups in downturns need to be "product-focused, scrappy, super-competitive and customer-obsessed," he says.  Keep the company focused on a few things "The primary lesson I have learned is to keep the organization focused on a few key things that matter. We are going to bring the same focused approach here at Traceable, recession or not." He says his new company uses artificial intelligence to study how computer code is supposed to work in apps and APIs, where they connect to other programs. When a hacker tries to break into a system, Traceable notes the disruption in the code and alerts the company, suggesting a solution.  "If you're on an online banking website, you don't care about the bank's computer network. You  care about that application that you're using, and whether it's secure," Bansal says. "That depends on the computer code, and it's a huge problem."  The new startup counts Google's former head of security, Gerhard Eschelbeck, as an advisor. "The broad use of APIs in cloud-native applications has greatly expanded" security vulnerabilities, Eschelbeck says, and "until now, there hasn't been a solution." What if Traceable blows up the way AppDynamics did? Will he finally take it easy?  "Hey, I tried to retire," he says of the 2017 sale of AppDynamics. "My wife and I had a list of all the places we wanted to go. For six months we traveled. I got tired of beaches and started itching for a new challenge."  Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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Code from the latest iteration of the Google Search app showed a couple of clues for the future of the Pixel smartphone lineup. In said code, a line of Google Pixel devices can be seen, from Pixel 4 all the way to Pixel 5. In the list is also the device called Pixel 4 XL, as well as the midrange … Continue reading
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(University of Konstanz) Collective behaviour researchers have applied a new tool for analysing the movement of football players that goes beyond looking at individual athletes to capturing how the team operates as a whole. The tool, which comes from statistical physics but has never been used for sports analysis, finds clear differences in collective dynamics between winning and losing teams and can even predict the market value of players.
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Nu återstår bara ett regeringsbeslut för att förvaret för kortlivat radioaktivt avfall, kallat SFR, i Forsmark ska få tillstånd att bygga ut.Nu ger också Mark- och miljödomstolen sitt godkännande.Sedan tidigare har Strålsäkerhetsmyndigheten sagt ja, och nu återstår bara regeringens beslut.Anläggningen har funnits i drift sedan 1988, men behöver nu byggas ut för att skapa utrymme för slutförvaring av låg- och medelaktivt kortlivat avfall från de svenska kärnkraftsverken, enligt Svensk kärnbränslehantering, som driver förvaret.I dag kan SFR ta emot 63 000 kubikmeter avfall.Den planerade utbyggnad ska göra det möjligt att få plats med 200 000 kubikmeter avfall.
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TLDR: The courses in The School of Graphic Design Mastery Bundle open up the world of digital artistry for only $39.The US graphic design industry will account for almost $15 billion worth of business in 2019.And while that’s a ginormously big number, consider this fact, too: almost 90 percent of that business is done by freelance graphic artists.If you’ve got the training and the talent, there are few job sectors better for a solo entrepreneur to strike out on their own than graphic design.While we can’t help you with the talent part, TNW Deals can get you a leg up on whole training side with The School of Graphic Design Mastery Bundle.The package is on sale now at over 90 percent off, less than $35 for a limited time with promo code: BFSAVE15.
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California’s attorney general has gone to court to force Facebook to hand over documents as part of an investigation into the company.Xavier Becerra filed a “petition to enforce investigative subpoena” with the Superior Court of California in San Francisco on Wednesday morning, arguing that Facebook’s response to his subpoenas has been “patently inadequate.”Citing a “lack of cooperation” not just with his office but also the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Xavier Becerra points out [PDF] that it took Facebook a year to respond to his initial inquiry to produce documents relating to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where Facebook allowed a third party to access vast amounts of personal information through its systems.In June, Becerra says he sent a second set of subpoenas following news reports about Facebook’s privacy failings and the company’s response to them have been “patently deficient.” In particular, he says that Facebook “has provided no answers for nineteen interrogatories and produced no new documents in response to six document requests.”Not only that but Facebook flat out refused to “search communications involving senior executives,” meaning that it refused to search for relevant information in the emails and other communications of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg, among others.“Facebook is not just continuing to drag its feet, it is failing to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas and interrogatories,” the filing states.
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Instead, they come from the follow-up novel La Belle Sauvage, showing Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) bringing baby Lyra to the Master at Jordan College, invoking “scholastic sanctuary” to keep her safe.Fast-forward several years later, and Lyra (Dafne Keen) is now a young girl, galavanting around Jordan College with her daemon, Pantalaimon, and her best friend, Roger.The world of His Dark Materials is both like and unlike our own, where human souls take on animal forms called daemons.As children, the daemons can shift at will, until they settle into a single form once they reach puberty.We spend some time with Lord Asriel as he makes his big discovery about “Dust” and the strange city in the Northern Lights.He delights in every scene, oozing confidence, arrogance, and a dark power that not even he understands.
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Xiaomi’s smart TV brand is doing quite well in the market.In fact, the company has a stronghold on the Chinese and Indian smart TV markets.At the start of the Chinese 11.11 sale, the Xiaomi TV brand took only 13 minutes and 42 seconds to reach 100,000 units.Today, the company released its new TV 5 series in China and the company also has some cool announcements.According to Li Xiaoshuang, general manager of the Xiaomi TV Department, over the last three quarters (Q1 – Q3 2019), Xiaomi TV has shipped about 2.3 million units per quarter.Li Xiaoshuang also said that each generation of Xiaomi TV brand is of high quality.
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Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, the founder and CEO of the 100 Thieves esports organization, has been named the Shaker of The Year for Esports BAR’s Game Shakers Awards for 2020.Esports BAR, an esports event company that Reedmidem owns, will honor Haag at its event in Cannes, France, in February.The Game Shakers Awards awards event is one of a number that are positioning to become a kind of Oscars of esports event for the fledgling esports industry, which could grow to $1.7 billion in revenue by 2021, according to market researcher Newzoo.100 Thieves is one of a number of big esports companies that is trying to go beyond esports team competitions in games such as League of Legends, Call of Duty, and Fortnite.It is also using its fame from esports teams to expand into content and apparel.The company raised $35 million in July, and it plans to bring all of its teams together under one roof at its new Los Angeles headquarters.
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Independent UK ISP Zen Internet wants to take on the big operators and has secured £20 million in credit from the NatWest bank to help with that.The announcement is full of fairly vague, generic pledges to invest the money in growth and that sort of thing.Among those investments will be Zen’s network infrastructure, but no specifics were offered.Zen’s ‘independent network’ currently covers less than a third of the country, so the most obvious area of investment would be to increase that coverage, although even £20 mil won’t get you that far.“This is a very exciting time for everyone at Zen, including our customers and partners,” said Paul Stobart, CEO of Zen Internet.“As an organisation we will continue to focus on sustainable growth, rather than short term profit, ensuring that we do the right thing by our people, customers and partners.
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Xiaomi will hold a press conference on November 5 where it will release its flagship wearable – Xiaomi Watch.Not long ago, Xiaomi announced that this watch will come with Qualcomm’s flagship processor for smartwatches – Snapdragon Wear 3100.According to Xiaomi, this is the first watch with a Qualcomm smartwatch flagship processor.Now, Qualcomm has detailed what this chip has to offerNew architecture, lightweight and powerfulIn order to have a smoother experience, the Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform uses a quad-core Cortex A7 architecture.
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VRI offers a medical alert system where the patient just needs to press a button and a caregiver is on call 24 hours a day to come and assist the patient.The company also offers mobile medical alert systems so that when a senior is out of the home, they can stay connected to the VRI caregiver team.It connects the patient with various provider matches and the patient narrows down the list and then hire the provider they're most interested in.The company has created a wearable device called Tempo, which tracks a person's daily activities and location while providing a touch-button call system."I created the company from my own experiences of looking after my parents," CEO Satish Movva told Business Insider.It became a huge part of my life and I knew there had to be a better solution."
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Creators of color on TikTok are asking for better representation on the app's "For You" page and are using the app's audio sharing feature to make videos calling out the problem, Mashable reported.The page recommends videos based on your history and an algorithm that TikTok has not talked much about publicly.Many of the biggest and richest TikTok stars are white, including Loren Gray, Baby Ariel, and Jacob Sartorius.Now, users are beginning to notice that many of the TikTok creators being promoted on the For You page are white as well, sparking a call among creators of color to ask for better representation, according to a report from Morgan Sung at Mashable.As Mashable points out, 20-year-old TikTok user Larry Hudson III posted an audio clip calling for black users to repost and ask for greater visibility — the audio clip has been used nearly 10,000 times,"This is a message for all my black TikTokers," Hudson says.
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Microsoft has partnered with a Regional Transport Office in the northern city of Dehradun India to roll out a smartphone-based system for driving license tests.The company’s Harnessing AutoMobiles for Safety (HAMS) uses AI to monitor drivers and their driving.To use the AI, the driver has to place a phone on a holder on the dashboard of the car.The software first checks the face of the driver and position of the camera, and then asks them to begin the test.Once the driving starts, the AI measures, the driver’s gaze, the vehicle’s trajectory, and its distance from objects using front and rear cameras.Microsoft partnered with the Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR) to develop this smartphone-based driving test system.
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