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“We were dealing with a very American network that wanted a very American actor to sell to American audiences."
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(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) A team led by Dan Jacobson of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory used the Summit supercomputer at ORNL to analyze genes from cells in the lung fluid of nine COVID-19 patients compared with 40 control patients.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Tesla turned a profit of $104 million in the second quarter of 2020 despite shutting down its electric vehicle factory in Fremont, California, for roughly seven weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, Tesla has now been profitable for four straight quarters for the first time in company history — an elusive benchmark the company has long sought. But perhaps more importantly, Tesla says it has a “site selected” for its next Gigafactory in the US. During a call with investors, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced the factory would be located in Austin, Texas. He described it as an “ecological paradise... with birds in the trees, butterflies, fish in the stream.” The factory will also be open to the public, he said. The company is... Continue reading…
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Eight hundred million years ago, a 62-mile-wide asteroid broke apart and sent 110 trillion pounds of meteorites crashing into the moon and the Earth, according to a new study.
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You can get Windows to read text to you aloud using an accessibility tool called Narrator, which you can access from the Start menu. You can use the Up arrow and Down arrow keys to select sections of a screen for Narrator to read aloud. If you only want the program Word to read a document aloud, you can use the Read Aloud feature in the Review ribbon.  Visit Business Insider's Tech Reference library for more stories. Windows can read any text on the screen aloud using a program called Narrator. Narrator is an accessibility program built into Windows that you can launch from the Start menu or by pressing a keyboard shortcut. You can also configure Windows to start Narrator automatically each time you turn on your PC. When you open a new window or program, Narrator will automatically start to read all the text aloud. You can customize how Narrator works to get the text you are most interested in reading aloud more quickly.  But if you merely want Word to read a document aloud, Narrator may be overkill. Instead, you can use the Read Aloud feature built into Word.  Here's how to use both accessibility features to get Windows to read text to you.  Check out the products mentioned in this article: Microsoft Office (From $149.99 at Best Buy) Acer Chromebook 15 (From $179.99 at Walmart) Windows 10 (From $139.99 at Best Buy) How to manually start Narrator so that Windows will read text 1. To start Narrator, click the Start button and type "Narrator" in the app search toolbar. 2. When you see it appear in the search results, click it to start the program.  3. Alternatively, you can press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl-Win-Enter.The keyboard shortcut for Narrator is Ctrl-Win-Enter.  How to automatically launch Narrator in Windows to read text 1. Click the Start button and then click Settings, which is shaped like a gear.  2. Choose "Ease of Access."  3. In the navigation pane on the left, click "Narrator." 4. Select the checkbox for "Start Narrator after sign-in for me." How to get Windows to read text aloud using Narrator  1. Make sure you are in Scan Mode by pressing Caps Lock+Spacebar and double-checking that Narrator says "Scan."  2. If it says "Scan off," press the shortcut again.  3. Once you are in Scan Mode, you can ask Narrator to read anything in the selected window on-screen using the Up and Down arrow keys.  4. Use the arrow keys to move around the screen, and Narrator will read the selected text. 5. You can also ask Narrator to read individual characters in words by first clicking on the word you are interested in.  6. Then press Ctrl+Left arrow and Ctrl+Right Arrow to navigate through characters individually.  7. To open a list of Narrator commands, press Caps Lock + F1. How to get Word to read a document aloud 1. In Word, open the document you want to be read aloud. 2. Click "Review."  3. Select "Read Aloud" in the ribbon. The Read Aloud controls should appear at the top right of the window. 4. Click where you want to start reading.  5. Hit the Play button in the Read Aloud controls.  6. When you're done, click "X" to close the Read Aloud controls. Related coverage from Tech Reference: How to make Google Docs read your documents out loud to you, using a Google Chrome extension How to get your Mac computer to read text aloud How to use Voice Typing in Google Docs, and write just by speaking How to turn off the VoiceOver feature on your iPad in 4 different ways How to turn on and add custom words to the new Voice Control feature on an iPhone with iOS 13 SEE ALSO: The best computer monitors for working accessibly Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
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Reels could also reach the UK and many other countries.
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Scientists have discovered a celestial structure made of galaxies more than 1.4 billion light-years long and 600 million deep in the skies over the South Pole that until recently had never been seen, according to a report.
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"PSYC 240: Designing for the 2 Billion Leading Innovation in Mental Health" and its follow-up course "PSYC 242: Mental Health Innovation Studio: Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Policy" are the first university courses on mental health innovation.  The courses, led by the Stanford Brainstorm Lab in the School of Medicine, were designed to empower students to tackle contemporary challenges related to the US mental health crisis with innovative solutions through curiosity, creativity, and strategy. Students and staff told Business Insider the course is a combination of studying the nuances of mental health, learning from innovators, CEOs, and practitioners in the space, and coming up with your own idea for a startup company or product. The classes have bred leaders like Ariela Safira — founder of women's mental health studio and digital platform Real, which raised $3.5 million in funding — and Max Savage, founder of Altas Mental Health, a wellness journaling app funded by Sequoia Capital Scouts and Kleiner Perkins. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Over 47 million adults in the United States reported having a mental illness between 2017 and 2018, and of that 47 million, about 11 million reported having serious mental disorders.  In a recent survey conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half (45%) of adults reported that their mental health has been negatively influenced by stress and worry around the coronavirus.  There's no doubt that the pandemic is catalyzing a mental health crisis — and low clinician-to-patient ratios, varying levels of stigma, late diagnoses, increased costs, and more prevent traditional healthcare systems from tackling this issue effectively.  That's why the Stanford Brainstorm Lab at Stanford's School of Medicine created "PSYC 240: Designing for the 2 Billion Leading Innovation in Mental Health" and "PSYC 242: Mental Health Innovation Studio: Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Policy" in 2017 and 2020 respectively. The sister courses are designed to equip the next generation of entrepreneurs with the skills and strategies to create companies, tools, and technologies to improve mental healthcare.  These are the first ever university courses on mental health innovation, covering the fundamentals of patient challenges and needs, the healthcare system, and human-centered product design. The course is spearheaded by faculty from Brainstorm: The Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation, the world's first academic laboratory dedicated to transforming mental health through innovation and entrepreneurship, and taught by four psychiatrists and experts of mental health technology and innovation: Dr. Nina Vasan, Dr. Gowri Aragam, Dr. Neha Chaudhary, and Dr. Steven Chan.  In the course, faculty highlight that different communities need different levels of care, the diversity of biological, psychological, and social issues that people can face, and how to meet people where they are by personalizing treatment and delivery needs. At the end of the course, students have a final assessment where they have to pitch their company idea and business plan to a "Shark Tank"-style panel of industry leaders and course instructors. "In speaking with students as well as startup CEOs, engineers, investors, and other stakeholders who were a part of early-stage ventures, we saw that there was a lot of passion to improve mental health, but most people did not have the exposure to mental healthcare to understand the nuances of the patient experience or the healthcare system. As a result, they were building products that were not addressing the right problem in the right way, and ultimately were not leading to changes in patient outcomes," Vasan, founder and executive director of Stanford Brainstorm, said. The teachings of this course have driven student-led companies with over millions of dollars in funding, such as women's mental health studio and digital platform Real — which is funded by the Female Founders Fund — by Ariela Safira, class of 2017. "As a clinician, Dr. Vasan validating me to start a mental healthcare company inspired me to think far bigger than an app or an Apple Watch feature," Safira told Business Insider. "I realized I could evolve mental healthcare by building in-person and virtual therapy clinics, hiring clinicians, and reinventing both training and therapy." Who's eligible to take the course Stanford students from all academic disciplines as well as entrepreneurs, engineers, and venture capitalists from the Bay Area are welcome to take this quarter-long course. Non-Stanford affiliates have to apply for a permit to attend and pay the Permit to Attend tuition fee, currently listed at $5,291 for this class. During the course, student teams are assigned a challenge or problem to solve, such as "How might we improve access and engagement to mental healthcare in racial/ethnic minority populations?" "How might we increase adoption of innovative mental health tech in hospital systems and among doctors?" "How might we detect, prevent, and protect against suicide in veterans?" and "How might we help women get perinatal mental health treatment while integrating back into the workforce?" The teams are then paired with Stanford faculty members who served as mentors and advisors for their project, and each team is required to have members from different graduate programs or undergraduate majors to facilitate the interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving that's the foundation for the Stanford Brainstorm framework.  PSYC 240 handles the nuances of the mental healthcare industry  Studying mental health requires looking outside the bounds of the traditional healthcare system, Aragam, course director and Stanford Brainstorm's director of education, said.  "Unlike other fields of medicine where you can rely on lab values or purely objective data to define your targets, you can't see and feel mental health in the same way," Chaudhary, an instructor and Stanford Brainstorm's chief research officer, added. "Many mental health startups end up failing because of this lack of a clear understanding of the problem in mental health." Chaudhary emphasized the importance of learning from other innovator's mistakes as they designed this part of the course. "Many innovators start by targeting the wrong customer," Chaudhary said. "Here, the end user is not always the customer. We've seen interventions for kids that may not be used or bought by healthcare providers or even parents, but that may be bought by schools or even health plans who are invested in early intervention to keep later costs down and improve outcomes." After extensive internal market research and experience consulting for mental health startups, the Brainstorm team saw that mental health products created by actual clinicians themselves may be backed by scientific rigor, but lack understanding of effective product design and delivery and have unsustainable business models. Meanwhile, business and tech innovators that create mental health products generally have compelling designs that attract and engage consumers, but lack scientific rigor and an understanding of the problems that need to be solved. "We wanted to make sure our students knew the nuts, bolts, and nuances of what it means to be mentally and emotionally healthy straight from the perspective of psychiatrists — before they started to build," Chaudhary said. "We walked them through what the mental health system looks like, who the stakeholders are, and what the illnesses and their solutions look like clinically. We then illustrated how this information could be applied beyond the healthcare system, especially using innovative tools." Max Savage, class of 2017, took the course, which provided him a foundation for his mental health startup, Altas Mental Health, a wellness journaling app funded by Sequoia Capital Scouts, Kleiner Perkins, Reach Capital, UP2398, and a number of others. Since publicly launching the app this March, they've been able to support over 75 schools across the country for free through their Stand with Schools Initiative, as millions of teens are struggling to adjust to school closures and the uncertainty of COVID-19. "At the time, mental health tech was like the Wild West, an open frontier that offered the chance to provide real social impact in a space of great need. To this day, it's still a tricky space," said Savage. He added, "PSYC 240 helped 21-year-old me see a lot of things that worked and a lot of things that didn't work, which helped us better position our company to play in a space that maximizes social impact and financial viability." And combines that with tech innovation PSYC 240 brings in industry experts so that students can learn about the successes of other initiatives while designing their product. Guest lecturers have included Tom Insel, founder and president of Mindstrong Health, Set Shakur, president of the Tupac Shakur Foundation, Antigone Davis, global head of user safety at Facebook, and Dennis Boyle, health lead at IDEO.  Anika Sinha, a junior at Stanford University, said that Dennis Boyle was her favorite guest speaker and introduced her to the concept of design thinking. Boyle led the class through a five-minute brainstorming sessions where, in groups, they wrote ideas on a sticky note to solve a particular mental health issue and then shared what they came up with as a team. Anika Sinha's group proposed to change the algorithm of the "explore" page on Instagram to not be so tailored to an individual's searches or hashtags. If these images promote poor body image, they can create a negative feedback loop for a user who may suffer from or be at risk of developing an eating disorder.  So, her team suggested that there can be more body-positive posts promoted to counteract the harmful searches someone with an eating disorder might engage in. Her proposed product later entailed the The Healthy Student Body Initiative, a program that enhances students' access to scientifically-valid educational information on eating disorders and available resources and reduces the friction involved in accessing the appropriate level of care.  "Design thinking helped us design our project because it pushed us to think of the missing links in eating disorder apps," she said. "We wanted to create something geared toward college students, given the much higher rates of eating disorders within adolescents and athletes." Faculty of the course believe that technology has the potential to disrupt the current healthcare system and more effectively tackle the modern mental health crisis. "If you look at the current mental health system, much of it was built in pieces based on a variety of things like the year's legislation, local preferences, and available humanpower," said Chan, a course instructor of PSYC 240 and faculty affiliate of Stanford Brainstorm.  "And a big criticism of the field of behavioral health is the difficulty in navigating this 'system.' Harnessing engineering talent and connected technologies would ease access and approachability issues for mental health."SEE ALSO: The stress of reopening: How to reduce anxiety and support your team's mental health as you return to the office READ MORE: Business owners share the routines they're following to manage their own stress during the pandemic as they keep their teams from panicking Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
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We've compiled a list of all the Xbox Series X games confirmed for Microsoft's next-generation console – and those we hope to see.
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With the new EOS R5 and its more affordable counterpart the EOS R6, Canon’s full-frame mirrorless lineup finally seems to be hitting its stride.
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Projektet är tänkt att modernisera Pentagons infrastruktur för molntjänster.Enligt Wall Street Journal har Amazon, som var ledande i att få kontraktet tills Pentagon valde Microsoft, skickat in klagomål till den amerikanska domstolen.Läs mer: Amazon granskas – kan ha riggat kontrakt med Pentagon värt 93 miljarder kronor”Flera aspekter av Jedi-utvärderingen innehöll klara brister, fel och partiskhet, och det är viktigt att dessa problem utreds och ändras”, sade en talesperson för Amazon Web Services.
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Long before Tyrannosaurus rex stomped across the Earth, a 230-million-year-old Mesozoic meat eater was gnawing its way through the Triassic world.Nearly 10 feet long, the small but ferocious Gnathovorax cabreirai -- meaning "a jaw for devouring things" -- gnashed its sharp, serrated teeth and wielded long claws on fingers that helped capture prey long before any other known carnivore.Its story, based on pristine fossilized remains buried in Brazil, survived the times and was published last week in the scientific journal PeerJ.So remarkably preserved was the dinosaur's skeleton that the researchers from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria and Universidade de São Paulo who unearthed it were able to reconstruct part of the animal's brain morphology and identify tell-tale predatory features."Predatory dinosaurs were an important ecological component of terrestrial Mesozoic ecosystems.Though theropod dinosaurs carried this role during the Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods (and probably the post-Carnian portion of the Triassic), it is difficult to depict the Carnian scenario, due to the scarcity of fossils," the research team wrote in its study.
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Aldi is bringing back its halloumi fries from last year, alongside Christmas halloumi treats, and a new halloumi burger.Despite being suspiciously absent from the supermarket's website, last year's halloumi fries are making a comeback, and if you want to kick it up a notch, you can serve them with halloumi burgers for an insanely cheesy feast.Both the burgers and fries are priced at £2.29, which gets you a pack of four 'patties', or a box of 10 fries.Aldi's halloumi - the actual block of delightfully squeaky cheese - is only £1.49, and if even a kitchen cretin like me can whip up a batch of halloumi fries you can too - something you might want to consider if Aldi implements its two packs per customer policy again because they were just far too tasty and ended up being snapped up like hotcakes apparently.If that's tickled your fancy, just wait until December 5 when Aldi's pigs halloumi-in-blankets go on sale.The supermarket hasn't announced the price of these festive nibbles yet, but you can always knock up your own version in the interim and see how they turn out.
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In the Disney+ show The Imagineering Story, many of those legends will finally be revealed and we have filmmaker Leslie Iwerks to thank.It’s really good as it is.Those kinds of things.’ I thought, ‘Well, if we’re ever going to show the public what is behind the scenes, now is our opportunity.’”While awesome moments like that happen all across (at least the first two episodes of) The Imagineering Story, they aren’t the main focus.Iwerks was to travel “around the world, go to all the parks or resorts and go behind the scenes and interview people and document what [Disney] considered a new golden age in Imagineering over the last say, six years, with Shanghai opening and all these new lands that they were building, et cetera.Disney hired Iwerks to do that almost seven years ago, and at the time, she had no idea where the film would live.
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Bolaget värderas redan till en miljard kronor och har Kinas sökjätte Baidu som delägare.”Allt går så mycket snabbare i Kina”, säger Joel Rozada.I hotellets lugna miljöer passar de på att njuta av en kort paus från det annars hektiska kuskandet mellan Göteborg och kinesiska megastäder som Shanghai och Shenzhen.Joel och Emma träffades när de gick en teknisk designutbildning vid Umeå universitet i mitten av 00-talet.Bolaget sysselsätter i dag närmare 50 medarbetare på kontoret i centrala Göteborg.Ofta handlar det om sakernas internet (IoT), applikationer för hårdvara, robotik och teknik för självkörning.
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Popular Apple analyst, Guo Minghao, released his latest research report regarding Apple’s next-generation watch.The report shows that the new Apple Watch will have better waterproof performance, Wi-Fi and cellular transmission capabilities.In addition, its overall performance will improve.Guo Minghao said that all of the improvements in the new Apple Watch are due to the use of better LCP boards.Dongshan Precision, Avary Holding and Flexium Interconnect will supply the LCP boards.With reference to Apple’s Watch upgrade, the new Apple Watch Series 6 should adopt a stronger Apple S-series chip.
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"We can now bring him outside in a wheelchair to breath fresh air.It’s tiring for him but he really likes it, of course."HuffPost is part of Verizon Media.Verizon Media and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Verizon Media will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Verizon Media and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Last month, Andreessen Horowitz (a16z) general partner Chris Dixon announced at TechCrunch Disrupt that the VC firm would run a free crypto startup school.And the company is officially launching its school today.Applications are now open and you have four weeks to apply.Dixon and the a16z team has been involved in the cryptocurrency/blockchain space for seven years, and the firm now wants to share some of its learnings with entrepreneurs.This way, it could give a boost to the crypto community, which could create investment opportunities for a16z down the road — a16z says clearly that participating in the crypto startup school doesn’t mean you’ll receive an investment from a16z.It also positions a16z as a thoughtful investor when it comes to crypto startup investments — not just for participants of the crypto startup school but for the crypto community at large.
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The Tesla Model S Plaid seemingly came out of the blue following the splash Porsche made with its Taycan Turbo Nurburgring lap time.Quickly, we've watched this new high-performance Tesla take shape at the same German racetrack, and now we know it's got an ever bigger battery than any Tesla on sale today.Outspoken CEO Elon Musk said on Wednesday via Twitter that the Model S Plaid will have a higher-capacity battery than the company's currently largest 100 kWh unit.When asked by a Twitter user, he simply replied "Yes" to indicate both the electric sedan and a Model X Plaid will get the extra juice from a larger battery.So far, we've seen a handful of Model S Plaid prototypes racing around the 'Ring in Germany.Most recently, Tesla returned to the track last month after some preliminary tests in September.
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China will dominate the global 5G market by 2025, along with the US, Japan and Korea, leaving Europe to lag behind, according to a study by global mobile operator data-wranglers at GSMA's Intelligence branch.As of October 2019, 33 operators across 18 countries had launched commercial 5G mobile services, the fourth annual Global Mobile Trends report revealed today.To put that in perspective, as the global mobile network operator trade body, the GSMA holds data on "all" of the 1,400+ operators and 1,200+ MVNOs "across 4,400+ networks, 65 groups and 237 countries and territories worldwide" - so there's a long way to go.Currently, 5G is in the first phase of its implementation – "non-standalone" (NSA) – and is supported by existing LTE (4G) radio and core network infrastructure.The government has made it a national priority as part of the broader digital transformation of the economy, noted the report.The US, Japan and South Korea will have the fastest migration to 5G, going from early adoption to lead technology in the next five years.
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We're expecting the new Motorola Razr foldable phone to launch on November 13, and like all tech fans, we've been greatly anticipating the device – but should we?A new leaked image show sit might be a device that's surprisingly archaic for 2019, despite literally folding in half.The image comes from Droidshout, which snapped a picture of the device in action, in the hands of someone on the street.The picture shows a device that indeed folds in a 'clamshell' style, but it's also got a few features that we rarely see on top-end smartphones in 2019.These are all the foldable phones so farOne of these is a giant notch at the top, that is likely to house the front-facing camera and a speaker.
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Efter att ha behövt stänga ned sin verksamhet inom pensionssparande ska Kollektiva nu istället satsa på bolånemarknaden.Det nya bolaget, Hejmo, har nu fått tillstånd och vill börja låna ut till svenskar nästa år.”Vi kommer inte vara prisjägare”, säger vd:n Nicklas Larsson till Di Digital.Nu ger sig Hejmo in på den svenska bolånemarknaden.Det Malmöbaserade bolaget har nyligen fått tillstånd av Finansinspektionen att ge ut bostadskrediter.Bolaget hade tagit fram en tjänst som lät användare se hur andra svenskar placerat sina premiepensioner, och man kunde också byta fonder direkt i deras app.
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Seemingly unsatisfied with the two unlimited plans it already offers, AT has decided to up the ante a bit.Today the company revealed that it’s replacing its two current unlimited plans – Unlimited & More and Unlimited & More Premium – with three new ones.Two of these plans will be launching early next week, while the third will be launching later on down the road.The first of these new plans is called AT Unlimited Starter, which will run $35 per line when you have four lines.The Verge reports that single line accounts will cost $65 per month, so like many wireless plans out there, you’ll be getting a discount depending on the number of lines you have.Unlike AT’s existing plans, Unlimited Starter has no data threshold where AT can begin throttling your speeds – instead, the company reserves the right to do that whenever the network is congested, so you’re at the mercy of AT when it comes to data speeds.
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TrueLayer, the London startup that’s built a developer API platform for fintechs and other adjacent companies to utilise open banking, has agreed a strategic and commercial relationship with Visa.The round was led by Tencent and Temasek, with participation from previous investors Northzone and Anthemis, while we now know that Visa was on-board too.Francesco Simoneschi, CEO and co-founder of TrueLayer tells me the Visa partnership will enable the fintech to work with a “huge network” of businesses and banks to help them to develop open banking services and applications that will “provide tangible benefits” to customers.“We want to scale open banking to a level where it manifestly impacts every aspect of financial services for consumers,” he says.“[This] requires large, established players to come on board and work with startups like us.Furthermore, Simoneschi says the partnership is a key part of TrueLayer’s twin goals of becoming a global platform and growing the open banking economy.
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When you think of Uber Eats, you think of meal delivery.But the company is currently testing a new feature that means you might soon be thinking of cooking classes and restaurant experiences, too.The trial run is open to Uber Eats customers in San Francisco, Forbes reports, and encourages foodies to consider taking a culinary class or having dinner at a recommended restaurant.Called Uber Moments, the feature seems similar in nature to Airbnb Experiences, with the app surfacing stimulating experiences that are bookable in a few taps on your smartphone.When asked about the trial, Uber declined to confirm its existence, instead telling Forbes: “We’re always thinking about new ways to enhance the Eats experience.”The report notes that Moments offers a range of offerings for Uber Eats customers, including, for example, a $75 class showing you how to make Chinese dumplings, or, if you’d prefer to eat than cook, a five-course Nigerian dinner costing $55.
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(Di, Digital Silicon Valley, the Alphabets net sales exceeded the expectations and amounted to 40.5 billion u.s. dollars.While the earnings per share came in lower than expected, with a 10,32 u.s. dollars, compared with 12,35 dollar, according to Bloomberg analytikersammanställning.Earnings per share declined by 22.5 per cent compared to the same quarter of the previous year.the Cost of traffic, in which, for example, is all about how much Google is paying Apple to be the first page of the mobile operating system, IOS, and landed in line with the förhandstippats.the Revenue under the category of ”other revenues”, which, among other things, from the Google cloud, the app store Play store and the mobile phone, the Pixel was 6,43 million.This is equivalent to an increase of over 38 per cent growth compared to the same period of time, in 2018.
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News Corp CEO Robert Thomson has been attacking Facebook for more than a decade.Long before the company acquired Instagram or WhatsApp, before there was a Like button, Thomson lambasted Facebook and Google for their stronghold on online advertising, and resulting damage to journalism.He’s described them as a foul-smelling duopoly; “bot-infested badlands”; platforms for “the fake, the faux and the fallacious”; and peddlers of “a flat earth philosophy that doesn’t wish to distinguish between the fake and the real.” And many other things.In 2018, Thomson singled out Facebook for being “in denial” about itself, adding that “Mark [Zuckerberg] finds it very difficult to say ‘publisher,’ but he is a publisher, and a lot of what they are publishing is reprehensible.” In March, he said “the Facebook icon may appear to be an approving thumb, but to content creators it’s actually a contemptuous middle finger.”All of that went out the window Friday, as Thomson took the stage with Zuckerberg himself to celebrate the roll out of Facebook News, a dedicated space showcasing “quality journalism” from news outlets, curated by a team of human Facebook employees.Thomson said Zuckerberg deserved “genuine credit” for the new feature—which he described as having the potential to shift parts of the news industry from “pessimism to optimism”—and complimented the Facebook CEO for being “consistently thoughtful on the subject of journalism.”
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In a wide ranging interview with The Wall Street Journal’s global technology editor Jason Dean yesterday, Slack CEO and co-founder Stewart Butterfield had some strong words regarding Microsoft, saying the software giant saw his company as an existential threat.I had someone say it was unprecedented since the [Steve] Ballmer era.I think it’s more like unprecedented since the Gates’ 98-99 era.I think they feel like we’re an existential threat,” he told Dean.It’s worth noting, that as Dean pointed out, you could flip that existential threat statement.Microsoft is a much bigger business with a trillion-dollar market cap versus Slack’s $400 million.
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If you’ve been on Facebook or Twitter this week, you’ve probably come across Gradient, the new popular photo app that takes a picture of your face and tells you what celebrity you look like.Especially after FaceApp went viral despite having a questionable approach to privacy, you likely want to be careful when you share your face.The app went viral because of its You Look Like… feature, which takes your photo and then transforms it through a four-step transition into an image of a celebrity.Gradient is the work of a developer called Ticket To The Moon, Inc and is the first app to be released by the company.There’s not a ton of public information about Ticket To The Moon, which lists its address as in Las Vegas, Nevada.According to Gizmodo, it shares an address with Chinese investment firm Meihua Capital Partners.
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