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WeWork recorded US$882 million in revenue for the second quarter, ending the period with US$4.1 billion in cash and unfunded cash commitments.
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The hands-free driving aid for the highway is free for three years, and then, owners must pay up.
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Facebook is kicking off a new internal group that will oversee all of the company's payment projects, including Facebook Pay. According to a Bloomberg report, the new program will be called Facebook Financial, or F2, and will be run by David Marcus, the cocreator of the firm's Libra cryptocurrency project. The new group is one of the company's latest efforts as part of its broader foray into commerce and finance. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook is launching a new division to expand its payments and commerce ambitions, per a Bloomberg report. Facebook Financial — or F2 — will oversee all of the tech giant's payments projects, including Facebook Pay, the service launched in 2019 that allows users to send and receive money on Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. F2 will be run by David Marcus, an exec who led Facebook's Messenger unit for four years before co-creating Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency project. "We have a lot of commerce stuff going on across Facebook," Marcus told Bloomberg. "It felt like it was the right thing to do to rationalize the strategy at a company level around all things payments." According to Bloomberg, one of the division's priorities will be rounding out WhatsApp's payments operations in India as well as Brazil, a market it waded into in June, as well as leaping through regulatory hurdles posed in both markets.  Facebook did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. The new division is one of Facebook's latest efforts to expand into commerce and finance. And as Bloomberg notes, it's also another push toward the firm's broader goal of integrating its apps with its individual products.  "As payments grow across Messenger and WhatsApp, and as we're able to roll that out in more places, I think that that will only grow as a trend," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in the company's Q2 earnings call in July, per the outlet.SEE ALSO: Facebook is finally going hard on payments in WhatsApp as it tries to make the $19 billion acquisition pay off Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why YETI coolers are so expensive
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The fast-charging trend quickly evolved from a concept to something real. A few years ago companies were still playing with above 20W levels and now, ... The post iQOO 5 battery with 120W fast-charging support receives TUV certification appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Epic Games is gearing up to release Fortnite comic books, at least according to a new leak, but they won’t be the kind you can wrap up for a gift. Rather, data-miners have found evidence of digital Fortnite comic books that will only exist within the game, making them accessible to players using a built-in comics reader. Here’s what we … Continue reading
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Razer and Microsoft have teamed up for a new version of the Razer Kishi mobile gaming controller.
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A vaccine could be developed by late fall or early winter
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Once enabled, backing up your precious Animal Crossing island becomes an automatic process for peace of mind.
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(Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech)) Skoltech scientists have shown that quantum-enhanced machine learning can be used on quantum (as opposed to classical) data, overcoming a significant slowdown common to these applications and opening a "fertile ground to develop computational insights into quantum systems".
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We continue to gather shards of evidence around Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 plans, so fresh statements from Qualcomm CEO, Steve Mollenkopf, add to the speculation.‘15% reduction in handset shipments’ While announcing flat revenues, the company has managed to maintain its business during the pandemic, but Mollenkopf warned fourth quarter guidance might be impacted by a delayed product launch.To read this article in full, please click here
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Out of all the major US carriers, which one would you recommend over the rest?
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Disney's theme park experience gets a VR offshoot this fall, and ILMxLab just showed off a preview trailer.
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Microsoft’s family of low- and no-code application tools is one of its fastest growing developer platforms. Building on top of technologies from the Dynamics line-of-business applications and from Office, the Power Platform is perhaps best thought of as the spiritual successor to familiar tools such as Visual Basic for Applications: a quick way of building those little applications to solve problems that don’t merit diverting limited developer resources.Until recently much of the Power Platform tools focused on building and managing workflows using Power Automate for basic business process automation and Power Apps as a basic front-end application builder, with a focus on constructing forms and queries. Much like Visual Basic did for client-server computing, they’re a translation for general audiences of the API and message foundations of modern, cloud-centric, distributed computing.To read this article in full, please click here
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Twitter hack details, a botnet vigilante, and more of the week's top security news.
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When 'works OK on my machine' goes global On Call  Welcome to another in The Register's series of stories from those receiving calls for help and slightly passive-aggressive helpdesk tickets. Start your Friday with a helping of On Call.…
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'Supported' Windows Server customers cut off from their subdomains Updated  Microsoft's Windows Server Essentials' Remote Web Access service, which lets customers set up web access to their on-premises server through a .remotewebaccess.com subdomain, became inaccessible on Thursday after an unannounced DNS change.…
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Dell has two high-performance laptops, the XPS 15 and XPS 17. Which one is right for you?
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There are further signs that Softbank wants to flog UK mobile chip designer Arm to compensate for its reckless investment strategy.
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Five-year effort represents important progress on four-decade-old question.
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Earlier this year, Logitech G announced that it was teaming up with Herman Miller to make a new gaming chair. Fast forward a few months later to today and we’re learning that it isn’t just a gaming chair they’re making together, but an entire lineup of gaming furniture. At the center of this line is the Embody Gaming Chair, which … Continue reading
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It will also come bundled with the same 25W USB-C power adapter Samsung currently ships with it S20 phones.
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Netflix on Thursday smashed Wall Street expectations for subscriber growth during its second quarter, but forecasted slim gains in the third quarter, as it expects the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders to fade. The streaming company added 10.1 million paid streaming subscribers during the second quarter, and forecasted 2.5 million additions for the third quarter. Shares of Netflix fell as much as 12% in after-hours trading following the news. In a major move, Netflix also appointed its longtime content chief — the architect of its originals strategy — Ted Sarandos as co-CEO, alongside existing CEO and cofounder Reed Hastings. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix on Thursday smashed Wall Street expectations for subscriber growth during its second quarter, but forecasted slim gains in the third quarter, as its anticipates the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders to fade. The streaming-video company added 10.1 million paid streaming subscribers in the second quarter, compared with the 8.3 million Wall Street was expecting.  In the third quarter, Netflix forecasts it will add just 2.5 million paying members, well below the 6.8 million it brought in a year earlier. Shares of Netflix were down 12% in after-hours trading on the news.  In April, Netflix posted the biggest quarterly subscriber bump in its history as people spent more time at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The company's stock had been riding high since then, closing at a peak of $548.73 on July 10. Netflix beat Wall Street's estimates for three of the four global regions it breaks outs, with the exception of the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. The company's revenue rose 25% year over year to $6.15 billion during the second quarter, beating Wall Street estimates. But Netflix missed on profit, reporting earnings of $1.59 per share. In a major move, Netflix also appointed its longtime content chief — the architect of its originals strategy — Ted Sarandos as co-CEO, alongside existing CEO and cofounder Reed Hastings. "Ted has been my partner for decades," Hastings said in a statement. "This change makes formal what was already informal — that Ted and I share the leadership of Netflix." The pandemic slowed down production globally, but you wouldn't yet know it from Netflix's release slate under Sarandos. The streamer released in the second-quarter originals like the film "Extraction," which it says is its most popular movie ever, and series like "Too Hot to Handle," "#BlackAF," "Space Force," and new seasons of "Money Heist" and "The Politician." Netflix previously said it had finished filming most of its programming for 2020 before the pandemic paused productions. The company also said in its letter to shareholders on Thursday that it expects to break even on free cash flow this year or even be free cash flow positive, thanks to the production stoppages. It was an area of the balance sheet Netflix had been working to strengthen amid rising content costs. The company previously forecasted free cash flow would be -$1 billion or better this year, after ballooning to -$3.3 billion in 2019. That said, Netflix said to expect free cash flow to dip into the red again next year. Here were the key numbers from Netflix's Q2 earnings: Q2 revenue: $6.15 billion, versus Wall Street estimates of $6.09 billion and Netflix's forecast of $6.05 billion. Q2 earnings per share (GAAP): $1.59, versus Wall Street estimates of $1.82 and Netflix's forecast of $1.81. Q2 global paid subscriber growth (paid net additions): 10.09 million, versus Wall Street estimates of 8.27 million and Netflix's forecast of 7.5 million. 2.94 million in the US and Canada region, versus Wall Street estimates of 983,530. 2.75 million in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, versus Wall Street estimates of 3.30 million. 1.75 million in the Latin America region, versus Wall Street estimates of 1.61 million. 2.66 million in the Asia-Pacific region, versus Wall Street estimates of 2.44 million. Q3 global paid subscriber growth estimate (paid net additions estimate): 2.5 million, versus Wall Street estimates of 5.25 million. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why YETI coolers are so expensive
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Nubia’s President has officially teased the next iteration of Red Magic smartphone. It is expected to carry the Red Magic 5s moniker and come equipped ... The post Red Magic 5S with SD 865 Plus teased, launch expected appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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I still have flashbacks to that night out in my first year of uni where I was spat on because I was “in the wrong toilet”. Since then, being afraid to use the toilet in public is something I’ve grown used to, as someone who is gender non-conforming, and shamelessly so. I’m small, have long hair and often wear makeup on nights out. But my hair and height alone are enough to trigger homophobic and transphobic behaviour, regardless of my actual gender. After that night I decided to no longer use men’s toilets on nights out – but on reflection though, I didn’t register how messed up that really was. When I got spat on, I didn’t even tell my friends until the night was over, instead essentially blocking it out. I remember the cubicle door shaking and slurs flung my way, but beyond that it’s all fuzzy. I have too many of these stories for someone who is still only 21. But being gender non-conforming means I have to live knowing that I could experience that again, or worse, whenever I have to use single-sex toilets. I’m worried recent transphobic trends will have fostered a newfound hatred toward me and those of us who do not follow normative scripts of gender.Lockdown, though certainly not an enjoyable experience, has been a strange refuge for me, and likely many gender non-conforming people, because we haven’t had to anxiously rush into a toilet, hoping that both a cubicle will be free and that no one antagonistic is present. For months, I’ve been able to use the toilet without having to preempt violence. I haven’t been exposed to public indecency, followed, or stared at. I haven’t had to stress about whether I can hold it for that little bit longer. It’s been a relief – although a bittersweet one as lockdown ends as I know, soon enough, my anxiety about navigating this mundane necessity will surface once again.As lockdown restrictions begin to lift, public space will fill with people glibly attempting to maintain social distancing rules, wary of one another. Many will be anxious to re-emerge, and for very valid reasons – remembering how to interact with other human beings in public can be challenging when we’ve been so isolated for months. But most people will have gone months without seeing or encountering a gender non-conforming person, and I’m worried recent transphobic trends will have fostered a newfound hatred toward me and those of us who do not follow normative scripts of gender. I’ve briefly forgotten what it’s like to be harassed in public, and now the thought of using men’s toilets seems even worse than when I was used to it. I know I will encounter men who will stare at me in disdain, who might think it’s their place to tell me where I should and shouldnot be. I know I will rush in and out of public toilets like I shouldn’t be there, even though I have a right to use the toilet safely. Maybe I will have to tie my hair back just so I’m not mistaken for a woman.The simple reality is that transgender and gender non-conforming people like me really just want to urinate in peace.All this comes amid an alarming assault against trans and gender non-conforming people everywhere. Only weeks ago, the US reversed healthcare rights for trans patients. Only weeks ago women and equalities minister Liz Truss revealed her plans for the Gender Recognition Act, intent on protecting single-sex spaces and making self-identification even harder. Only weeks ago, author JK Rowling instigated yet another debate about the existence of trans people. And this is not to mention Hungary’s end to legal recognition of transgender people, or the epidemic of murdered Black and brown trans women around the world. Such policy, and such discourse, is restricting trans people’s social mobility, deciding what spaces they can enter, and exacerbating the violence they experience. The lives of trans and gender non-conforming people will be increasingly more difficult as long as their identities remain continually questioned. Trans women are regularly framed as predators that single-sex spaces need protecting from, but we have all likely urinated in a cubicle next to a criminal and no one ever really knows who is in the same toilet as them. We must question why trans and gender non-conforming people are somehow the exception.For me, public toilets have become places of discomfort and harassment. The simple reality is that transgender and gender non-conforming people like me really just want to urinate in peace. So, if you do emerge into public space, and you use the toilet, I ask that you proceed with empathy. Luca Demetriou is a freelance writer and masters student. Follow them on Twitter at @aphroditus_Have a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on [email protected] from HuffPost UK Personal Lockdown Has Helped Affirm My Identity As A Trans Man Sexting Helped Me Conquer My Body Confidence Issues I Tried Sex In A Park During Lockdown. It Was Exciting, But I Wouldn’t Do It Again
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Spoiler alert: Cable companies are ripping Americans off Proposed changes to the way the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) measures broadband availability across America can’t come soon enough – as the state of Georgia has made plain.…
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Pokemon GO has a new set of clothing called Summer of Galaxy, available for users to outfit their avatars. This new set of duds can be attained using an email address, a date of birth, and a zip code, plus an opening of a single email. The process is simple, and worth it, especially if you’re all about the color … Continue reading
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Images shared online have a big impact on how we travel. As documentary photographer Sara Melotti puts it: We are all going to the same places, trying to get similar versions of that same shot because we know it will get us more likes….we go to Instagram-spots! What a sad sad word that is, isn’t it?! Sad as it may be, those photos can reveal a lot about our travel choices, as Facebook‘s AI team recently discovered. The researchers analyzed the influence that online photos and conservation policies have on travel patterns by applying algorithms to thousands of images of Cuzco, Peru. [Read: China plans to build world’s first… This story continues at The Next Web
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In May, one-click checkout startup Fast raised its $20 million Series A from investors including Index Ventures and buzzy fintech Stripe. The company is trying to take on Apple Pay to solve pain-points around password management and online checkout. Join Business Insider on Tuesday, July 14 at 1:30 p.m. ET when BI payments reporter Shannen Balogh will speak with Domm Holland, Fast's co-founder and CEO, and Jan Hammer, general partner at Index Ventures. They'll discuss how Holland came up with the idea for Fast, how to build a pitch deck, and what it takes to win over investors. If you're a Business Insider subscriber, you can sign up here.    SEE ALSO: One-click checkout startup Fast used this pitch deck to nab $20 million from investors like fintech giant Stripe. Here's a look at its vision for taking on Apple Pay. 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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Though startups can be some of the most vulnerable companies during economic crises, a recession can also be a beneficial time to start a business.  Kendrick Nguyen, CEO and cofounder of the investment platform Republic, sees new opportunities coming from the recession that will open up innovation in the startup world. He predicted the industries and startups he thinks will rise out of the pandemic and recession with the right solutions to become the next billion-dollar startups.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Startups may be some of the most vulnerable companies during economic crises, but those that survive the hardships could be positioned to become the next billion-dollar idea.  The coronavirus pandemic and current US economic decline has downsized many companies, left 17.8 million unemployed, and has severely strained even the fastest growing startups, such as Airbnb which laid off about 25% of its staff. Amidst these crises, a recession can be a beneficial time to start a business and innovate for the future. Companies like Manhattan coworking space Luminary and Los Angeles documentary production company Nacelle, have drastically shifted their operations to adapt to the outcomes of the pandemic.  Kendrick Nguyen, CEO and cofounder of the startup investment platform Republic, sees new opportunities coming from the recession that will open up an abundance of innovation in the startup world. "The beautiful thing about startups is they are not rigid [in] their infrastructure, which allows them to be nimble and pivot in a time of crisis," he told Business Insider. Republic has 700,000 users and more than 205 companies have raised over $150 million in total investments on the platform, a spokesperson for the company told Business Insider. Nguyen predicted the industries and startups he thinks will rise out of the pandemic and recession with the right solutions to become the next billion-dollar startups. SEE ALSO: 24 successful startups founded during the last recession that made millions in revenue, listed colossal IPOs, sold to major companies, or became household brands SEE ALSO: 10 throwback industries making a comeback for entrepreneurs who want to build unique businesses that bring people joy Remote work will demand more workforce optimization tech, such as we saw with Zoom's colossal rise The pandemic has shown us how important it is to have the right tools to connect teams remotely. From video conferencing to task management apps, the tech industry is bound to see more startups stepping in to make working and meeting from home more comfortable.  "People are going to fundamentally change how they work and what going to work actually means," Nguyen said. Though Zoom — now worth more than the world's largest airlines — gets much of the buzz, Nguyen said there are several other video conferencing platforms that have potential for growth, such as Hopin, HouseParty, and HighFive. More companies will be looking to host events for 1,000 or more attendees, which opens opportunities to platforms that can bring high efficiency and speed.  "We've been seeing a trend of more and more people using HopIn for conferences and the experience is almost comparable to the real deal," he said. The private market will become more accessible to everyday investors, the same way Robinhood democratized the public stock market Nguyen said that people are more aware now than before the pandemic of the volatility in the public market and are looking for new ways to invest their money. "It's very clear that just investing in Google and Facebook, that may not be enough," he said.  In the same way investing app Robinhood made the public stock market more accessible, so will new tech companies facilitate investing in private markets, Nguyen said.  He predicts that more attention will focus on investing at early stages of a company and in small amounts, like through Republic, which allows anyone to be an angel investor, invest a minimum of $10 in a startup's crowdfunding campaign, and earn a return if the company succeeds.  Republic recently added residential real estate to its platform to take advantage of the down market during the recession. "There's going to be an increased appetite into safer assets like real estate, compared to a private company," he said. Startups could revolutionize edtech if they can scale and innovate like Masterclass The education industry is facing volatility, particularly in higher education as colleges completely restructure their strategies for the fall. Many students will be going back to physical classrooms, while others will spend at least another semester partially or fully remote.  This raises two main challenges for edtech companies to solve, Nguyen said. First, schools need to provide a more engaging virtual classroom experience and second, more businesses providing robust curriculum and trade training will aim to supplement higher education or replace it all together.  "Companies like Masterclass, which has been in edtech for quite some time, I'm going to guess they have done exceedingly well in the past three, four months," he said.  Digiday reported that Masterclass subscribers spent more time watching its courses beginning in March.  Telehealth has boundless opportunities for startups like Radish Health and Headspace As more people return to offices, Nguyen said telehealth startups will step in to reacclimate employees to the workplace. "People are more nervous to set foot in the ER, hospital, or doctor's and dentist's office," he said.  Republic is looking into the healthcare, testing, and preventative services it uses to acclimate the company's 50 employees when they return to the office. Radish Health, for example, provides health solutions for New York-based companies to reopen. Virtual primary care app HealthTap offers free virtual doctor visits for those in the US without healthcare who are worried about COVID-19 symptoms.   Nguyen said mental health is an increased concern for telehealth startups as people tackle increased loneliness during quarantine. "Meditation apps such as Headspace and Calm or counseling apps such as BetterHelp and Talkspace are experiencing high user volume," he said.  TechCrunch reported Calm was the most-downloaded mindfulness app in April, with 3.9 million downloads. According to Marketplace, TalkSpace saw a 65% increase in users from March to April.  Contactless food and grocery delivery apps like Seamless and Instacart will lean on technology to scale Uber's $2.65 billion acquisition of PostMates goes to show food-delivery apps are growing quickly and looking to scale their operations. More people are ordering delivery during the pandemic, New York Times reported. Nguyen is excited to see how companies further incorporate technology, such as drone delivery. "We're going to see either the technology getting incorporated by established food delivery companies like Seamless and Instacart or that they sprout into their own operation or together," he said. The biggest challenge will be to lower commissions and provide a higher value proposition to restaurants and gig-economy delivery workers. "People want to support restaurants and local businesses and the fee may be too high," he said.
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The on-going tension between the US and China is having a material impact on the telecoms industry, though the next stage of the battle plan might be to inhibit the Chinese app economy.
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