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Makeup retailer Morphe has parted with YouTuber Jeffree Star, after weeks of public acrimony in the YouTube beauty community. Star has been accused of using racist and offensive language, as well as manipulating other creators and people close to him. “Today we’ve made the decision to cease all commercial activity related to Jeffree Star and affiliated products,” a tweet from Morphe’s account reads. As of right now, Star’s products remain on the site, but a tweet from the Morphe account says that will change in “the coming weeks,” without giving a specific date. Star’s relationship with Morphe was once a major source of income for the creator, who’s launched several lines with the company and become a face for its brand. A statement p... Continue reading…
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Energizer Mobile announces today the launch of its store on Amazon to strengthen its online presence and deployment in the European market.More than 300 SKUs of smartphones, feature phones, charging and protection accessories are available.Delivery is free in Metropolitan France for all smartphones, and for mobiles and accessories from 25€ of purchase.Amazon Prime members benefit from one-day delivery on most items in the store.“The launch of a store dedicated to the Energizer Mobile brand on Amazon is a key step in our development strategy on marketplaces in Europe.The French store is the first we are opening,” said Jean-Daniel Beurnier, CEO of Avenir Telecom, which holds the exclusive worldwide Energizer license for mobile phones and accessories.
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Nike has decided to end its pilot program with Amazon, the company has announced, but its products will remain for sale on the platform through third-party sellers.Nike launched its pilot program in 2017; under it, the company sold some of its products directly to Amazon, a move that would potentially give it more control over its brand on the Internet retailer’s platform.It’s no secret that Amazon has a counterfeit goods problem, something that ranges from the imitation of big-name brands to smaller niche offerings.The company has rolled out various tools to combat this issue, one of the most recent being the ability for some companies to automatically take down counterfeit product listings without having to go through Amazon.In 2017, Nike revealed that it was directly selling Amazon select items under a pilot program.Doing so would potentially have given the company more control over which of its products appeared for sale on the platform.
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We first heard about the Realme 5s sometime in October, when it was spotted on India’s Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) suggesting its imminent launch.The rumor mill has been silent about the device, though there were suspicions it might be one of the “other surprises” the Chinese firm promised to unleash at the Realme X2 Pro India launch.Now, it is now evidently clear that the said device will tag alongside the Realme X2 Pro as suggested by a Flipkart listing.While the eCommerce site hasn’t revealed a full teaser page for the Realme 5s, it has one for the upcoming Realme X2 Pro, and on top the page is a ticker that says the Realme 5s is coming soon.We are not sure what the device will bring to the table, but like most other mid-cycle refresh phones, the 5s might not come with any substantial upgrade over the Realme 5.The Realme X2 Pro India launch is scheduled to hold on November 20th, so we expect to see some Realme 5s teasers in the coming days if indeed it will launch alongside the X2 Pro.
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Samsung has only reported selling over half a million units of the Galaxy Fold.That is understandable, as the whole idea of the Foldable phone is still in the infancy.That notwithstanding, the Korean firm aims to ramp up shipments in the coming year, as it plans to ship over six million foldable devices next year.Six million units is a whole lot especially as it relates to the all-new Foldable smartphone, but Samsung seems well prepared to ramp up production so as to meet up with the target.To meet the new production targets, the Display arm of the Korean conglomerate has inked a deal with Dowoo Insis for Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG), which will be used in future foldable phones.The deal is an exclusive one, and that means only Samsung will clear up all units of Ultra Thing Glass (UTG) from the Korean firm.
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The finding has been called a “breakthrough” but is far from the last word on the situation.At present the only advice offered has been to stop vaping altogether.In a media teleconference, the heads of the investigation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explained the basis for pointing the finger at Vitamin E acetate.Samples taken from the lungs of 29 victims of the condition were sent in from 10 different states, and vitamin E acetate was found in all of them.“These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate as the primary site of injury within the lungs,” said Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director of the CDC .Although she agreed that this evidence is a “breakthrough,” she noted that it is at present merely a correlative finding — more research is required to establish causation, namely the mechanism of harm, though other work has been done in that area.
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Singapore-based fintech startup DEXTF has raised US$460,000 in seed funding, it announced today.The oversubscribed round was co-led by LuneX Ventures – the US$10 million blockchain-focused fund run by Singaporean VC Golden Gate Ventures – and state-owned venture builder SGInnovate.One of the reasons that blockchain-based digital assets such as cryptocurrencies remain limited in how they can be used is because of the problem of custody.“The only type of digital asset management that can happen [currently with blockchain] is ‘do-it-yourself’ asset management,” says Mario Aquino, co-founder and president at DEXTF.“If I want to invest or buy something, there is an immediate, immutable exchange of value – I give you my private keys, I get my asset.That works very well for [straightforward] transactions [such as in] banking.
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In a new report out last week, health officials from the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have acknowledged that the wave of lung illness cases and deaths linked to vaping has a main bad guy: products that contain THC sold on the black market.Sufferers of EVALI have experienced a range of severe respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms, including trouble breathing and vomiting, with most people needing hospitalisation.People have been diagnosed with it if they have a recent history of vaping and other potential causes for their symptoms such as infection have been ruled out.CDC officials on the other hand have been more cautious in their wording, often only going as far as to state that THC products may play a role.The latest findings underscore just how big that role really is.“[B]ecause the specific compound or ingredient causing lung injury is not yet known, and while the investigation continues, persons should consider refraining from use of all e-cigarette, or vaping, products,” they wrote.
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URBANA, Ill. - The U.S. is the world's largest producer of bioethanol as renewable liquid fuel, with more than 200 commercial plants processing over 16 billion gallons per year.These coproducts help offset the cost of ethanol production, but because of their low quality, dry grain processors lose a significant revenue stream, says Chinmay Kurambhatti, a doctoral student in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at U of I and lead author on the study.The corn oil is also used for animal feed; it is unsuitable for human consumption due to a high concentration of free fatty acids formed during the fermentation process."For example, if germ and fiber are separated prior to fermentation, the oil extracted has low free fatty acid content, so it can be used for human food products."The data included capital costs and operational costs for all nine processing methods, as well as the quantity, quality, and value of ethanol and byproducts.Singh is professor of agricultural and biological engineering and director of the Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory (IBRL) at U of I.
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A new malware family used by state-linked Chinese hacking group APT41 has been used to compromise telco servers, potentially exposing text messages from military and government officials.Unveiled by security firm FireEye, the malware was discovered on Linux servers operating as Short Message Service Centres (SMSC) servers.These machines are responsible for routing Short Message Service (SMS) messages to an intended recipient or storing them until the recipient’s device is available.“Named MessageTap, the tool was deployed by APT41 in a telecommunications network provider in support of Chinese espionage efforts,” FireEye states on its blog.“APT41’s operations have included state-sponsored cyber espionage missions as well as financially-motivated intrusions.These operations have spanned from as early as 2012 to the present day.”
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We’re flying about 5,000 feet above rural New York in a Cirrus Vision Jet when the pilot has what appears to be a heart attack.He lets go of the controls and slumps forward in his seat, leaving me—not a pilot—to fly the airplane to safety.I reach behind me, press a big red button in the ceiling of the cabin, stop worrying about the plane and concentrate on trying to resuscitate my fallen companion.Fifteen minutes later, the plane touches down at a remote airstrip.This scenario, thankfully, was playacting, though not as far from the truth as you might think.My pilot, Matt Bergwall, remained perfectly healthy and alert during this demonstration.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Bacteria and other swimming microorganisms evolved to thrive in challenging environments, and researchers struggle to mimic their unique abilities for biomedical technologies, but fabrication challenges created a manufacturing bottleneck.Microscopic, 3D-printed, tori -- donuts -- coated with nickel and platinum may bridge the gap between biological and synthetic swimmers, according to an international team of researchers."These donuts may eventually have medical applications as active materials," said Igor Aronson, Huck Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry and Mathematics, Penn State.Active materials are those that move on their own like bacteria or artificial micro swimmers.The researchers manufacture these donuts using a Nanoscribe Photonic Professional GT machine that allows creation of the 3, 7 or 14 micrometer donuts with printed features of up to 200 nanometers.The Nanoscribe uses precise laser technology and specially designed photoresists to achieve this.
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Barry Petchesky said he was fired as deputy editor of G/O Media sports news website Deadspin for not complying with a company policy that Deadspin stick to sports.G/O lost another editor, Megan Greenwell, this past summer over a disagreement with the same policy, The Daily Beast's Maxwell Tani reported.G/O employees and their union tweeted their frustrations with the sports-only mandate and new autoplay ads posted to G/O sites.The site has even criticized other sports organizations like ESPN and the PGA for avoiding politics.Deadspin's G/O Media, which also controls other former Gawker Media sites like Gizmodo and Jezebel, sent a memo on Monday telling staff not to cover anything that doesn't explicitly relate to sports, Maxwell Tani reported in The Daily Beast."Where such subjects touch on sports, they are fair game for Deadspin.
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China gathered its tech elite—along with the part of the world that’s answering its calls—for the country’s annual internet conference last weekend.Founded in 2014, the World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit (that’s a mouthful, isn’t it?)is one of the main platforms the Chinese government uses to promote its vision of the internet.Just as in previous years, the conference featured big speeches from big names, including CEOs Robin Li of Baidu and Lei Jun of Xiaomi.Unlike previous years, however, most of Silicon Valley’s tech giants were absent, although other major American companies with better market access continued to attend.With the trade war in the background, this wasn’t surprising.
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If you, too, are suddenly seeing amazing offers for John Deere tractors all over Twitter, you’re not alone.This week, a number of users noticed an influx of strange ads on the site, posting screenshots of spots for everything from dairy cow wellness to ministry insurance.This is no rogue algorithm.Yesterday, the company confirmed that more ads are part of the platform’s strategy going forward, telling CNBC, “Recently, we’ve shifted our approach to showing ads to everyone who uses Twitter and as a result, some will notice an increase in the number of ads they’re seeing.” The platform increased its ad load for users with “higher follower counts” to make the experience “more equitable”, a spokesperson told Gizmodo, but the “high follower count” threshold is unclear.(I only have a little over 1,500 followers but am now seeing ads every eighth tweet.)The company’s pursuit of a “more equitable” spamverse isn’t that surprising given that Twitter announced yesterday it had fallen short of expected third-quarter revenue, which resulted in a stock plunge of over 20 per cent.
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Den statliga innovationsmyndigheten Vinnova ger bidrag till företag och organisationer som vill utveckla nya innovationer.Ett stort fokus ligger på techbolag.Som en del av det arbetet utlyste Vinnova i somras en utlysning för innovativa startup-bolag.Målet var att nå bolag yngre än fem år med en omsättning lägre än två miljoner kronor per år.Idén ska på något sätt kunna bidra till FN:s hållbarhetsmål enligt Agenda 2030.Nu har utlysningen stängt – och 93 bolag har valts ut för att dela på en pott om 28 miljoner kronor.
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In its latest effort to appease regulators, electronic-cigarette maker Juul said Thursday it would stop selling its creme-, fruit-, berry-, and mango-flavored pods in the US until the products have been reviewed by the US Food and Drug Administration.The company will, however, continue to sell its popular menthol-based flavors, including mint.Juul has faced a number of public setbacks in recent months.The company is being investigated by the FDA, as well as the Federal Trade Commission, federal prosecutors in California, and several state attorneys general for advertising that allegedly misled users and made unverified claims about its products’ safety.Adding to Juul’s woes, the e-cigarette industry has been under intense scrutiny since a mysterious vaping-related illness, now known as EVALI, spread across the US, sickening nearly 1,500 people and killing 33.But the outbreak spurred several congressional hearings on the safety of the products and increased pressure on e-cigarette makers to demonstrate their products are safe and do not target children.
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Salesforce certainly has a lot of tools crossing the sales, service and marketing categories, but until today when it announced Lightning Order Management, it lacked an integration layer that allowed companies to work across these systems to manage orders in a seamless way.“This is a new product built from the ground up on the Salesforce Lightning Platform to allow our customers to fulfill, manage and service their orders at scale,” Luke Ball, VP of product management at Salesforce told TechCrunch.He says that order management is an often-overlooked part of the sales process, but it’s one that’s really key to the whole experience you’re trying to provide for your customers.“We think about advertising and acquisition and awareness.We think about creating amazing, compelling commerce experiences on the storefront or on your website or in your app.The problem is that order management involves so many different systems along with internal and external stakeholders.
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Borderlands 3 made its first appearance at E3 2019 during the Microsoft press conference on June 9.After months of anticipation, Borderlands 3 is now out on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.Here's a list of the spawns, what kind of equipment they'll drop and some of the places where players can find them:Rakkman – Night Flyer, Legendary PistolEl Dragon Jr – Unleash the Dragon, Legendary Artifact [Mayhem Mode/True Vault Hunter Mode only]Road Dog – Redline, Legendary Shotgun
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Nilay and Bracken talk about how acquiring this software company makes sense for Logitech, its own hardware that works with Streamlabs, and what it’s like making hardware for big companies like Apple, Microsoft, and Google.Note: We called up Bracken a week after we recorded our initial interview to follow up on news of Logitech buying Streamlabs.And so this is an area that we think with Blue microphones (like the one sitting in front of me), our webcams (like the one sitting in front of me), our keyboards and our mice — we belong in this space.So that really connects right to a platform like Twitch.And so to be successful in its own right, it needs to work really well with everything.But if there are things we could do that would make the experience better, we’ll certainly try to go after them, but I hope that if we do that, we’ll also try to make them better for everything.
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The new and improved Samsung Galaxy Fold has finally come to the Middle East, and takes the crown for the first foldable device in the country.The Galaxy Fold was originally slated to launched earlier in the year, but a few issues were later discovered which made Samsung recall all the devices and fix them before eventually launching again.Samsung Galaxy Fold pricing and availabilityIn the UAE, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at AED 7,199, and comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds, a carbon fibre case and added services such as Samsung Care+, 24x7 concierge assistance and a year of accidental damage protection.Pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold have opened, and can be booked from Samsung UAE's website with deliveries commencing October 17th.The phone will also be available in other GCC markets such as Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.
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Oppo’s new online brand, Realme, via its key executive has been teasing the launch of a new Realme Smartphone since earlier this week.Dubbed the Realme X2 Pro, the upcoming device is expected to arrive as a soup up version of the Realme X2 that was just announced only a few days back.We know the device will be launching in China soon, but the company has now revealed that the same device could be hitting the European markets earlier than we thought.The Realme X2 Pro as per the company’s official teaser will be unveiled in Europe, first in Spain on October 4th, but it will drip feed us with specs and feature details in the days leading to the eventual launch.Realme X2 Pro launch dateAside from its launch in Spain, AndroidAuthority claims it got confirmation that the device will be launching simultaneously in Asia and Europe.
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MediaRadar CEO Todd Krizelman describes his company as having “a very specific objective, which is to help media salespeople sell more advertising” by providing them with crucial data.And with today’s launch of MediaRadar Events, Krizelman hopes to do something similar for event organizers.These customer groups might actually be one and the same, as plenty of companies (including TechCrunch) see both advertising and events as part of their business.In fact, Krizelman said customer demand “basically pushed us into this business.He also suggested that that after years of seeing traditional ad dollars shifting into digital, “the money is now moving out of digital into events.”If you’re organizing a trade show, you can use MediaRadar Events to learn about the overall size of the market, and then see who’s been purchasing sponsorships and exhibitor booths at similar events.
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As people continue to debate the causes of an acute lung illness linked to vaping – and the actions needed to stop it – victims are still dying.On Monday, health officials in Tulare County in the US state of California reported that a resident died after developing lung injuries linked to vaping.The death marks the seventh similar fatality reported as of now, among hundreds more cases documented across half of the US.The person’s identity was not disclosed, though it is known they were over 40 and that they had other underlying health complications.“With sadness, we report that there has been a death of a Tulare County resident suspected to be related to severe pulmonary injury associated with vaping,” said Karen Haught, Tulare County public health officer, said in a statement released Monday evening.People with VAPI have experienced symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, as well as less common symptoms such as nausea and vomiting.
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Norska Equinor ska tillsammans med flera andra storföretag bygga världens hittills största vindkraftpark till havs.Vindsnurrorna ska byggas i Nordsjön, vid Doggers bankar, cirka tio mil öster om Storbritannien.Anläggningen beräknas kosta omkring 100 miljarder kronor och kan färdigbyggd förse 4,5 miljoner brittiska hem med el.
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Super Smash Bros Ultimate has done a lot in terms of DLC in the past year – with the latest DLC fighter, Banjo-Kazooie, having hit the Nintendo Switch game in early September, and Fatal Fury's Terry coming near the end of 2019.For those of you worried that the Smash Bros Ultimate DLC content could be drying up, though, you'll be pleased to know that more fighters will be coming down the line.In a column for the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu – translated by Twitter user @nokoloc – Smash Bros Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai speaks of the demand for more Smash Bros DLC fighters, and his intention to keep working on developing that aspect of the fighting game.As long as there’s an opportunity to make more fighters, Sakurai wants to push the record further.As long as Sakurai can please someone with the addition of a new fighter, then it’s best for him to work on the game.Other sections of the column reportedly speak to Smash Bros Ultimate being the "ultimate collaboration title", with demands for new fighters to be added "from all over the world" – strongly suggesting there'll be more to come once the 2019 Fighters Pass has finished.
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It's also not an all you can eat buffet -- most series will premiere with the first three episodes available immediately, then a new episode will arrive every week.That serving of content is relatively small.Below are the top five launch titles that might help us see what all the fuss is about.Helpsters is made by the same folk at nonprofit Sesame Workshop and aims to teach kids how to code -- whether they realize it or not.If Helpsters' main goal is to teach kids to be kind, we'll accept being schooled by felt with eyes on it.Not only do the Russians reach the moon before the Americans, but there are astronauts.
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And now it has finally secured the financing.For people with diabetes, the name is certainly familiar: the metformin.However, in recent years, researchers have found that metformin appears to have the characteristics that would make it suitable to put in a whole bunch of age-related diseases.Barzilai, professor of genetics and director of research on ageing at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York city, is the upphovsmakaren to Tame the project.in this Study, slated to begin later this year and reaching 3 000 people aged between 65 and 79 years old, for obvious reasons, not to test whether metformin can be safely used.Rather, it's that the site, the Longevity of Technology, writes, ”the concept of the study, which is to be tested.
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NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory has returned to the first target it imaged 20 years ago to collect an updated image.This glowing cloud is the remnant of a supernova which is believed to have exploded in the year 1680.When the Cassiopeia A star reached the end of its life and ran out of fuel, it collapsed to a dense core before exploding in an enormous outpouring of energy.This explosion generated shock waves that illuminated the stellar debris around it, making it glow particularly in the X-ray spectrum.The X-ray spectrum is the wavelength that Chandra observes, and so Cassiopeia A glows brightly and colorfully in Chandra images.In the image above, the colorful cloud is an X-ray image, which has Hubble’s visible-light image of yellow stars imposed on top of it.
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