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Jio is the first and biggest investment Google's India fund will make from this point on, said Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
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Two former workers and one current staffer in Mark Zuckerberg's private family office accused his former personal security chief of racist and sexist conduct, including using the n-word, calling an employee a "ghetto hoodrat," and calling Black Lives Matter a "terrorist organization." The accusations come from previously undisclosed sworn declarations made last year, in which the workers pledged to repeat their claims under oath if necessary. In 2019, after two other former staffers raised almost identical complaints about Booth and threatened litigation, Zuckerberg hired an outside law firm to investigate the claims.  At the time, Zuckerberg's spokesperson said the investigation found no evidence of wrongdoing and that the charges "could not be substantiated." Booth voluntarily left his job and the family office said in a statement that it was "grateful for his service." Zuckerberg's spokesperson said that current employee has recanted her sworn declaration and that it contains inaccuracies. The law firm that drew it up responded that "current employees can sometimes be pressured to change their affidavits." Mark Zuckerberg's former head of personal security was accused by colleagues of using the n-word, calling a Black employee a "ghetto hoodrat," and denigrating the Black Lives Matter movement, according to sworn declarations obtained by Business Insider. The declarations, signed under penalty of perjury by two former workers in Zuckerberg's secretive family office and by one still employed there, offer shocking new details of allegations against Zuckerberg's former security chief Liam Booth and cast doubt on the Chan-Zuckerberg family's claims that an investigation found no evidence of racism or abuse during his tenure. Booth was first accused of misconduct by two different former colleagues in 2019, including sexual harassment, racism, and homophobia. At the time, Zuckerberg's personal spokesperson Ben LaBolt said the family office had investigated the claims and found no wrongdoing by Booth, who departed his job after Business Insider first reported on the accusations.  The new allegations contained in the declarations corroborate some of those earlier claims about Booth's conduct. All three begin with pledges that "the following facts are within my personal knowledge and if called as a witness, I could and would competently testify thereto, under oath." In response to a Business Insider investigation into Zuckerberg's family office published in February 2020, LaBolt dismissed allegations of sexism, racism, and bullying within the Chan-Zuckerberg household as "a collection of unfounded rumors, exaggerations, and half-truths ... advanced by a small group of disgruntled former employees who are attempting to defame the family office." But one of the workers who gave a statement that she "witnessed Mr. Booth engage in behavior I considered to be sexist, homophobic, and sexually harassing" remains a current employee of the family office, Business Insider has learned. The family office continues to deny all allegations of misconduct.  Zuckerberg's family office faces multiple misconduct allegations Zuckerberg and Chan employ a sprawling family office, called West Street, to manage their household affairs — from hiring nannies for their two children to maintaining their lavish resort in Hawaii. It's run through Iconiq, a secretive financial-services firm that provides investment management and family office functions for the ultrawealthy. Over the past few years, West Street has been rocked by worker allegations of misconduct by senior managers. In addition to the accusations concerning Booth, Hawaii property manager Shawn Smith was accused by a former coworker of physical assault, and security staffer Laura McClain and medical staffer Jaeson Rosa were both accused of harassment. The family office has denied all the allegations.  The two former staffers who first leveled accusations against Booth hired civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom to represent them. The Bloom Firm prepared demand letters laying out their allegations in March 2019, and Business Insider obtained them and first published details from them in May 2019.  The newly obtained declarations were also drawn up by the Bloom Firm, seemingly to support the two staffers' claims. One is signed by a former senior manager of executive protection, one is from a female former security staffer, and the third is from a current female administrative staffer. Business Insider is withholding their identities because they may  face retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, and have not gone public with their allegations. All three declarations were signed in September 2019. The former senior manager of executive protection's was signed by hand, while the other bear electronic signatures. Business Insider was able to directly reach two of the signatories. One confirmed their declaration's authenticity, the other declined to comment, saying, "I don't know anything about any document." "As previously addressed, most of these allegations have been advanced by a small group of disgruntled former employees...who are attempting to defame the family office after the family office refused their demands for multi-million dollar payments following their separation of employment," LaBolt said. "Our family office follows a strict code of conduct that requires appropriate behavior from all members of our teams.  It is our expectation that each of our employees adheres to this code of conduct. Any complaint made to our HR personnel is taken very seriously. We investigate each and every complaint, including, when appropriate, engaging outside counsel to conduct such investigations." LaBolt said that the current administrative staffer now disputes some of the claims contained in the declaration bearing her name, and has signed a new sworn declaration that, he said, recants some of those statements —suggesting that the declaration prepared by the Bloom Firm doesn't accurately reflect her testimony.  But LaBolt did not dispute that the staffer signed the Bloom Firm declaration, and refused to provide a copy of the new declaration without an agreement that it would be treated as off the record, which Business Insider declined. LaBolt would not make the staffer available for an interview. In response, Lisa Bloom defended her firm's practices, and said that workers can be pressured to change their statements by employers. "It is our practice in every case to keep careful records of all email communications leading up to sworn affidavits. All sworn affidavits, if any, were obtained after direct close consultation with witnesses, who then reviewed and signed them under oath," she said in a statement. "It is our belief, after years of legal experience, that witnesses who are current employees can sometimes be pressured to change their affidavits." 'Black Lives Matter bullshit' The declarations contain serious, previously unreported allegations against Booth, a former Secret Service agent whose since-deleted LinkedIn profile described him as serving on President Barack Obama's personal security detail. The former senior manager of executive protection alleged that Booth told him Black Lives Matter movement was a "terrorist organisation," and described a female worker, who is African American, as a "ghetto bitch," a "hoodrat," and a "cunt." The female security worker said that Booth "stated that he was 'tired of all the Black Lives Matter bullshit,'" and that he "often used the word 'n-----' to label African Americans." Additionally, she alleged that Booth "once [called] Ms. Chan a bad driver while deliberately making his eyes narrower," and that he "balked against Priscilla Chan's goal that the workforce be more diverse and employ more people of color." These statements line up with some of the allegations in the demand letters, which similarly alleged that Booth made racist remarks about Chan's driving ability, that he "bragged that he thwarted" her diversity hiring efforts, and that he called the Black Lives Matter movement "reverse racism." All three of the workers claimed in the declarations to have heard Booth use homophobic language. The administrative staffer said Booth "made homophobic jokes" at the expense of a gay staffer, while the former senior manager of executive protection and the female security worker each said they heard him use the slur "fag." The female administrative staffer's declaration also corroborates a claim made in one of the demand letters: That Booth slapped the crotch and groped the buttocks of a gay staffer at a July 2018 event. The female administrative staffer said in her declaration she was present at the event, and that she "did observe Mr. Booth place his hands on [that staffer's] buttocks that night ... [He] told me that the nonconsensual touching made him uncomfortable." She also alleged that Booth sexually harassed her that evening, wrapping his arm around her waist and sexually propositioning her.  She wrote that she complained to West Street's managing director Brian Mosteller and HR director Monica Moorhouse about Booth's behavior, but that to her knowledge no investigation was launched. LaBolt said that she now denies seeing Booth harass the other worker.  "The new allegations have been largely refuted by the individual in question. This individual has recently signed a sworn statement making clear that in drafting the previous declaration attributed to her, the Bloom Firm mischaracterized what she told them and included inaccurate statements and exaggerated claims drafted by their attorneys, including that she witnessed any inappropriate touching, which she expressly denies," he said in a statement. Zuckerberg's spokesperson has repeatedly denied all wrongdoing After the demand letters first became public, West Street flatly denied the allegations. In July 2019, LaBolt said in a statement that Zuckerberg had engaged the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olsen to investigate the claims, and that they "could not be substantiated" after "numerous interviews with Mr. Booth's colleagues as well as a review of other relevant documents and information." The statement also said that the family office had conducted its own internal investigation, which likewise found no evidence of wrongdoing. Nonetheless, the statement said, Booth was leaving to minimise "distractions." It added: "The family office is grateful for his service and wishes Mr. Booth the best in his future endeavors." It's unclear if any of the three workers who signed the declarations were interviewed by the family office or MTO in the course of their investigations. The female administrative staffer's declaration claimed that she raised concerns about Booth to human resources. The former senior manager of executive protection left in August 2019, meaning he was still employed by West Street when LaBolt said in July 2019 that its investigations found no evidence to support the first two staffers' claims. The female security staffer left in July 2018.  LaBolt declined to comment on whether any of the three were interviewed as part of the investigations, or what they said if so, citing "employee confidentiality." In response to the new documents, he stood by his claims that the investigations found no evidence of wrongdoing: "The family office has previously addressed the allegations against Liam Booth by the Bloom Firm. Over the course of several weeks, both the family office's HR personnel and Munger, Tolles & Olson conducted separate investigations into these allegations. These investigations included numerous interviews with Mr. Booth's colleagues, as well as a review of other relevant documents and information. Following these thorough investigations, the serious allegations made against Mr. Booth by the Bloom Firm could not be substantiated. As stated at the time, Mr. Booth, who is fully aware that minimizing distractions is a key component to executing his duties as head of security, chose to move on from the family office to pursue other professional opportunities in July 2019."   Other staffers also face accusations of harassment The female security worker, who was a contract worker with a third-party company used by the family office, also claimed in her declaration to have been sexually harassed by a family office medical staffer in January 2018, and that, to her knowledge, management took no action after she complained about her treatment.  She said in her statement that on a trip to one of Zuckerberg's properties in Montana, medic Jaeson Rosa made "sexual overtures towards me and [demanded] that I allow him to enter my room to use the shower." She said she reported it to Booth and McClain, as well as an unnamed "personal assistant" to Zuckerberg, but that "nothing was done," adding: "No investigation occurred. Mr. Rosa's behavior was not corrected." She also claimed that McClain, who is gay, asked her in April 2018 if she was "wearing a bra at work," at the direction of Booth, which left her "disturbed and outraged." Business Insider first reported on the allegations against Rosa in February 2020. At the time, spokesperson LaBolt said that the family office had no record of any complaint from her and that Booth and McClain couldn't recall receiving one, which he reiterated in a new statement. "Our HR personnel have no record of receiving any complaint from her. We understand that she voluntarily resigned from her position with the third party in 2018," he said.  One of the earlier two staffers also accused McClain of misconduct in their demand letter, alleging McClain texted her asking her to "bend over in a certain way so that Ms. McClain could see her buttocks." Rosa and McClain are both still employed by the family office. Mark Zuckerberg has not directly commented on the allegations Mark Zuckerberg has not commented publicly on the allegations against his employees, and his spokesperson declined to make him available to discuss them. A Facebook spokesperson similarly declined to comment, while law firm MTO and family office management firm Iconiq did not respond to requests for comment.  Iconiq has been outspoken about workplace matters in other areas. In response to the ongoing protests against racism across the United States, the firm recently updated its website to include a statement of support for the Black Lives Matter movement. "We will increase our efforts to unlock the power of diversity in the workplace and engage underrepresented minorities in business," it pledged. "Through ICONIQ Impact, our platform for collaborative philanthropy, we will further harness our network to help those who are neglected, mistreated, and oppressed." Do you work at West Street, Iconiq, or another private family office? Contact Business Insider reporter Rob Price via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1 650-636-6268), encrypted email ([email protected]), standard email ([email protected]), Telegram/Wickr/WeChat (robaeprice), or Twitter DM (@robaeprice). We can keep sources anonymous. Use a non-work device to reach out. PR pitches by standard email only, please.SEE ALSO: A drunken late-night assault allegation has roiled the secretive world of Mark Zuckerberg's private family office. Personal aides are speaking out about claims that household staff endured sexual harassment and racism from their colleagues. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Back in the last month, Vivo introduced the Vivo X50 series in China. That was a promising smartphone lineup featuring decent specifications and an amazing ... The post Vivo X50 series will be launched in India on July 16 appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live have been leaked in another image, and they could give the Apple AirPods a run for their money.
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Unfortunately for those plans, a prematurely spotted product page for the controversial “Mustang inspired” electric crossover were caught live ahead of time.The automaker has been building hype for its all-electric car for months now, with the final unveil of the 2021 Mustang Mach-E expected on Sunday night, just ahead of the LA Auto Show 2019 kicking off midway through next week.All that teasing, though, had led some enterprising Ford EV fans to go hunting.Certainly you can see where Ford’s Mustang influence comes in, only the Mach-E inflates it into a four-door crossover.The blanked-out grille has what looks like an illuminated Mustang logo, while the rear gets the car’s distinctive triple-slash taillamp clusters, albeit with some extra flourishes.Considering Ford has been talking up SYNC 4 of late, its next-generation infotainment system, it seems fair to assume the 2021 Mustang Mach-E is packing a 15.5-inch touchscreen as that’s the maximum size supported.
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Consumer spending on video games was not as bleak as it looks on the page.While this is down 34% from last October, 2018 was an outlier due to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and four weeks of Call of Duty sales.October 2019 was actually above average, with strong sales performances from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, The Outer Worlds, and Luigi’s Mansion 3.Here are the full results:Video Games Accessories & Game Cards“October 2019 tracked spending across video game hardware, software, accessories, and game cards totaled $1.03 billion,” NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said.
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Himlakroppen Ultima Thule döps om – efter reaktioner mot namnets nazistkoppling.Nya namnet Arrokoth betyder himmel på det nordamerikanska ursprungsfolket Powhatans språk.Himlakroppen är den mest avlägsna som människan kunnat studera på nära håll och finns i Kuiperbältet miljarder kilometer bortom Pluto.I januari i år nådde Nasasonden New Horizons Ultima Thule och kunde under förbiflygningen dokumentera himlakroppen.Himlakroppen som ser ut lite som en snögubbe har den tekniska beteckningen 2014 MU69, men fick namnet Ultima Thule efter ett mytiskt nordligt land som i klassisk och medeltida europeisk litteratur beskrivits som bortom gränserna för den kända världen.Namnet på himlakroppen utlöste en arg reaktion eftersom det under 1900-talets början användes av högerextrema tyska ockultister som namn på en påhittad plats varifrån "ariska" människor härstammade.
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Sverige och Tyskland delar prispallen när Folksam rankar de säkraste familjebilarna.Bland åtta modeller med toppbetyget plockar Volvo fyra platser.För 2019 har Folksams krockrapport Hur säker är bilen?Samtliga fick försäkringsbolagets omdöme Bra val, men det högsta betyget delades bara ut till åtta modeller.De övriga fyra platserna gick till tyskarna, med Audi A6 modellår -18 samt deras Q7–modell från -16.Folksam har tittat mycket på de säkerhetssystem som finns i baksätet, och framför allt de som skyddar barn som åker framåtvänt.
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The app will help you pronounce the name of a city or place you don't know.Google says it wants to help people when they're traveling in other countries and don't know the language very well.The search giant on Wednesday announced features that bring the company's popular Maps and Translate apps closer together.One new tool lets people hear the correct pronunciation of places they might not know because they don't know how to read or speak the language.The idea is to be able to say the word well enough to ask for directions or tell a taxi driver where to go.To use the feature, you can click on the speaker icon next to a place name, and the app will say the name out loud.
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Apple officially introduced the 2019 Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR at its Worldwide Developers Conference back in June but left their release date and other details ambiguous.Today, the “fall” launch became more concrete: The high-end desktop machine and its monitor will hit stores in December, with online orders beginning that month — so, not quite yet.The “modular” Mac Pro looks like a small but bespoke tower, replacing a thermally constrained cylindrical design that resembled a small trash can.Unlike its predecessor, the 2019 model is hugely expandable, thanks to an aluminum chassis that slides open using a top-mounted handle, revealing a multi-chambered logic board with spaces for two large graphics cards, multiple solid state drives, 12 RAM DIMMs, and Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 28 cores.A custom cooling system and 1.4-Kilowatt power supply are included with every Mac Pro, while an Afterburner module for high-speed video editing is optional.Apple’s entry-level 8-core model starts at $5,999, including a Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Mouse 2, power cord, and USB-C to Lightning cable.
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The arrival of "Minecraft Earth" albeit in an early access version further supports speculation that Microsoft is allocating resources for augmented reality.The AR title is currently available for the iOS and Android devices in the United States with more countries to follow soon.This highly anticipated mobile game made its debut in May and is developed by Mojang with the help of the Redmond-based tech firm.Last month, Iceland, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines were granted early access, confirms Gizmodo.In order to play, players need a compatible mobile device running the latest firmware versions of iOS and Android.Next would be to have an active Microsoft or Xbox Live account in order to sign in.
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Massachusetts judge reminds America of that little thing called the Fourth AmendmentMassachusetts district court judge Denise Casper declared [PDF] that the practice breaks the Fourth Amendment on unreasonable search, and that border agents need to have a “reasonable suspicion” of illegal activity before they can search electronic devices.“The CBP [Customs and Border Protection] and ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] policies for ‘basic’ and ‘advanced’ searches, as presently defined, violate the Fourth Amendment to the extent that the policies do not require reasonable suspicion that the devices contain contraband for both such classes of non-cursory searches and/or seizure of electronic devices,” Casper declared.As such, she noted, “the non-cursory searches and/or seizures of Plaintiffs’ electronic devices, without such reasonable suspicion, violated the Fourth Amendment.”Despite ruling that such searches are unconstitutional, the judge declined to issue an injunction that would require border agents to get a warrant before probing such devices or to have “probable cause” before searching a device.Frontline officers can expect to have a supervisor “look over their shoulders” if they decide there is in fact a reasonable suspicion that someone has “digital contraband” on their devices.
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It's been rumored for a long time that Apple is working on AR (augmented reality) glasses, but while some reports pointed to a 2020 launch, the latest leak suggests we may be waiting until at least 2022 for Apple AR glasses.That’s according to “people familiar with the matter” speaking to The Information.Specifically, the company is apparently aiming to release an AR headset in 2022, followed by “sleeker” AR glasses in 2023.These timelines were apparently discussed by Apple executives in October as part of an internal presentation led by Apple Vice President Mike Rockwell, who heads Apple’s AR initiatives team.We’d certainly take this information with a pinch of salt, especially since it’s at odds with other rumors – but given that we haven’t heard a huge amount about Apple’s AR glasses yet it would make sense if they were still years away.This latest report does include some other details though, with the source adding that the initial AR headset will have a high-resolution display, and cameras, and will feature the ability for users to “read small type“ on the screen.
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The crowded landscape of programs teaching non-technical people to become software developers has been a proving ground for a new model of education financing: income share agreements (ISAs).Kenzie co-founder and CEO Chok Ooi says that core to Kenzie’s mission is the goal that its graduates “can stay in the heartland and attract more jobs so that someone coming out of the Midwest no longer has to move to Silicon Valley or New York to have a successful career in tech.” This $100 million is one of the largest commitments yet to financing ISAs and Kenzie is using it to recruit a more diverse population of students who may not be able to afford tuition or qualify for student loans otherwise.I interviewed Ooi to understand how Kenzie differentiates itself from competitors, how it has iterated its model to improve retention and job placement and how he expects the ISA market to evolve over the next couple years.Chok Ooi: My co-founder came from Galvanize, so we observed firsthand the proliferation of tech and coding boot camps.These are typically short-term, three-to-five month programs and they tend to do well serving people with college degrees.We saw an opportunity to bring high-quality tech education to the American heartland that is 12 months in length.
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We’ve seen our fair share of shocking headlines recently: tenuous IPOs, the “retailpocalypse” and a fickle market have reset the way we size up subscription businesses.Recurring revenue models have their pitfalls, and 2019 has certainly taught the industry a few lessons.Next year, retention is set to be a top priority for companies looking to keep customers engaged and drive growth.From niche products to personalization, how companies deliver on and measure the success of their customer experience will separate successful subscription businesses from the next unflattering news story.These seven trends will emerge to shape the way companies delight and retain customers in 2020.To meet consumer demand, more mainstream brands will experiment with subscriptions
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Lyft has another year of building out its autonomous driving program under its belt, and the ride-hailing company has been expanding its testing steadily throughout 2019.The company says that it’s now driving four times more miles on a quarterly basis than it was just six months ago, and has roughly 400 people worldwide dedicated to autonomous vehicle technology development.Going into next year, it’s also expanding the program by adding a new type of self-driving test car to its fleet: Chrysler’s Pacifica hybrid minivan, which is also the platform of choice for Waymo’s current generation of self-driving car.The Pacifica makes a lot of sense as a ridesharing vehicle, as it’s a perfect passenger car with easy access via the big sliding door and plenty of creature comforts inside.Indeed, Lyft says that it was chosen specifically because of its “size and functionality” and what those offer to the Lyft AV team when it comes to “experiment[ing] with the self-driving rideshare experience.Lyft says it’s currently working on building out these test vehicles in order to get them on the road.
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Ghost Locomotion, which emerged Thursday from stealth with $63.7 million in investment from Keith Rabois at Founders Fund, Vinod Khosla at Khosla Ventures and Mike Speiser at Sutter Hill Ventures, is targeting your vehicle.Ghost is developing a kit that will allow privately owned passenger vehicles to drive autonomously on highways.The kit will let human drivers hand control of their vehicle over to a computer, allowing them to do other activities such as look at their phone or even doze off.The biggest players in the industry — companies like Waymo, Cruise, Zoox and Argo AI — are trying to solve a really hard problem, which is driving in urban areas, Hayes told TechCrunch in a recent interview.And that really hasn’t happened.”Hayes noted that automakers have continued to make progress in advanced driver assistance systems.
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The last thing we need right now is a rise in ignorant cyber-Judge DreddsThe self-driving Uber car that hit and killed a woman walking her bike across a street wasn’t designed to detect “jaywalking pedestrians.”That's according to an official dossier published by the US National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) on Tuesday.The March 2018 accident was the first recorded death by a fully autonomous vehicle.On-board video footage showed the victim, 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg, walking her bike at night across a road in Tempe, Arizona, moments before she was struck by the AI-powered SUV at 39 MPH.Now, an investigation by the NTSB into the crash has pinpointed a likely major contributing factor: the code couldn't recognize her, because she was not at an obvious designated crossing, and rather than anticipate her movements as a pedestrian, it ended up running right into her.
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If you love playing the fantasy role-playing tabletop game Dungeons & Dragons, Critical Role's new adult animated series headed to Amazon Prime Video will get your dices rolling.Critical Role, a live-action web series that features prominent voice actors playing Dungeons & Dragons, has a new animated series The Legend of Vox Machina that will stream exclusively on Amazon.Amazon Studios announced on Tuesday it ordered two seasons of the series -- total of 24 episodes -- to premiere on Prime Video.Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina will follow a group of second-rate, drunken adventurers on a quest to save the realm from terrifying monsters and dark magical forces, only to discover they have become a family in the process.The series will star actors Laura Bailey, Taliesin Jaffe, Ashley Johnson, Liam O'Brien, Matthew Mercer, Marisha Ray, Sam Riegel and Travis Willingham, who are reprising their Critical Role roles.The actors will also serve as executive producers, alongside Brandon Auman (Star Wars: Resistance), Jennifer Muro (Star Wars Forces of Destiny) and more.
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Den senaste tiden har digitala veterinärbesök i mobilen tagit plats på den svenska marknaden.Konceptet påminner om nätläkarnas tjänster.En av djurapparna är Firstvet, som idag finns i Sverige, Norge, Danmark, Finland och Storbritannien.Nu tar de in närmare 200 miljoner kronor i en runda ledd av den kanadensiska pensionsfonden Omers Ventures.Också den tidigare investeraren Creandum är med, känd som tidig investerare i Spotify.”Vi visste redan från början att Firstvet skulle göra för digital djurvård vad Kry gjorde för telemedicin.
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The company’s German lawyers have sent a letter to Lemonade, the AI-based insurance startup headquartered in New York, demanding it cease using magenta — a color that appears across Lemonade’s logo and marketing material — globally.DT also filed for and received an injunction on Lemonade operating in Germany — a block Lemonade has temporarily worked around by dropping magenta for the moment in the country (it’s using red instead).“We thought this seemed like a massive over-reach,” Daniel Schreiber, Lemonade’s CEO and co-founder, said in an interview.“Then when we started digging, we found that they’ve been doing this across a number of countries, covering big companies to the smallest businesses.This fact does not matter to DT, which says the color mark is associated with its brand “beyond the classic industry environment.”“Deutsche Telekom has asked the insurance company Lemonade to stop using the color magenta,” a spokesperson said in response to our request for comment.
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The viral short-form video app TikTok has been staring down heightened scrutiny after several U.S. senators raised the alarm about possible cybersecurity concerns last month, and now it’s reportedly the subject of a national security review.According to a Reuters report Friday, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is reviewing the app’s acquisition by its parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, for potential threats to national security.In 2017, ByteDance bought what would eventually become TikTok, the karaoke app Music.ly, in 2017 for as much as $1 billion (about £770 million), eventually migrating over its millions of users to help fuel TikTok’s rapidly growing popularity in western markets.Worldwide, TikTok boasts roughly 800 million monthly active users and it surpassed 1 billion downloads earlier this year.The specifics of the U.S. investigation remain unclear, though it’s likely to cover why the company didn’t secure clearance from the CFIUS for this purchase per Reuters.An anonymous source familiar with the review told the New York Times that officials possess evidence of TikTok sending data back to China, an allegation the company has repeatedly refuted.
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The US Department of the Interior is grounding its fleet of more than 800 aerial drones over concerns about Chinese spying and cyberattacks.The fleet will remain grounded until a full review is completed by Secretary David Bernhardt, the department said Thursday.However, drones being used for emergency rescues and disasters will remain in flight.The move, earlier reported by The Wall Street Journal, highlights US-Chinese trade tensions, which have escalated since the blacklisting of Chinese tech giant Huawei by the US government in May.The DOI's decision also follows a May warning from the Department of Homeland Security about data security issues involving the use of Chinese-made drones, particularly those made by DJI.DHS said it was concerned about drones' capacity to observe and transmit prohibited infrastructure surveillance and conduct cyberattacks.
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Activision Blizzard's latest "Call of Duty" game is facing a backlash in the Russian media and in hundreds of negative reviews on the review aggregator Metacritic for its depiction of Russia.Much of the controversy centers on the game's "Highway of Death" mission.The mission sees players advance along a fictional Russian highway, which reviewers have said resembles a real-life road linking Iraq and Kuwait."Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" is the latest title in the wildly successful first-person-shooter series.Activision Blizzard did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Business Insider.In a blog post last week, the firm reiterated that the game's storylines were fictional.
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Spotify rusade på börsen efter en pangrapport, Nordea spår att Amazon är på väg till Sverige inom två år och Googles kvantdator gav kryptovalutorna skrämselhicka.Det är några av ämnen som Jonas Leijonhufvud och Björn Wallenberg diskuterar i senaste Digitalpodden.Dessutom: Konsumentverket krävde stopp för Klarnas uppmärksammade Snoop Dogg-reklamer.
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På så sätt ska 320 MW tillföras redan i vinter.Rent konkret innebär den att Ellevio betalar mer för den eleffekt som levereras av fjärrvärmeproducenten Stockholm Exergi.– Det rör sig om ganska stora investeringar, totalt räknar vi med mellan 1,6 och 2 miljarder kronor för renoveringar som ska komma igång ganska snart, säger Maria Tegin, presschef på Stockholm Exergi.Ett kraftvärmeverk i Värtan, som tidigare har drivits av fossil olja, samt två anläggningar som drivs av gasturbiner.För att kraftvärmeverket ska kunna eldas med bioolja, producerad av till exempel olivkärnor, krävs omfattande ombyggnader.Enligt Exergi är det enbart förnybar elkraft som ska tillföras Stockholmsområdet i den nya överenskommelsen.
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ZTE definitely did when it was in that same position.Huawei, however, has remained defiant and proceeds like nothing’s wrong and its subsidiary Honor is similarly putting up a strong face.Given the specs and the price it comes with, some might wish things aren’t the way they are today.To be clear, Honor is launching the Honor 9X in Europe, not the Honor 9X Pro that we just reviewed.You’d be excused if you got confused because the two are almost exactly identical inside and out.The only significant differences are in the Kirin 710F processor and the lower memory options of 4GB RAM/64GB storage and 6GB RAM/128GB storage.
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Verizon Wireless has announced that its 5G Ultra Wideband service is now live in three big sports and entertainment arenas in Denver, San Francisco, and Phoenix.The service will be expanded to cover a total of 10 arenas in coming months, according to the company, which is working to bring its ultra-fast mobile broadband to a number of big venues.As of now, Verizon 5G service is available in the Pepsi Center in Denver, the Chase Center in San Francisco, and Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.Visitors who have smartphones that are compatible with Verizon’s 5G network can use it to access ultra-fast mobile speeds, greatly improving the ability to stream video, upload images, and more.The connectivity will be particularly useful for vendors, sports teams, and others who can utilize the network for connecting smart gadgets to the Internet, having a backup alternative to WiFi, processing transactions directly at customer seats using tablets, and more.These three arenas join the 13 NFL stadiums that recently received Verizon 5G coverage.
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Google's Pixel 4 face unlock is one of its major security features, but BBC News discovered a glaring issue -- the biometric system gives access to the phone even if the owner's eyes are closed.In contrast, Apple's Face ID makes sure you're alert before your iPhone will unlock.This means your kid, partner or even a kidnapper could unlock your Pixel 4 while you're sleeping or unconscious, our sister site ZDNet noted."Pixel 4 face unlock meets the security requirements as a strong biometric," a Google spokesperson said in an email statement.The company said that the feature couldn't be fooled by masks, and people could use a PIN code to unlock their Pixel 4 instead of face unlock.
China
It was reported recently that Huawei has ramped up the mass production of its foldable Huawei Mate X, and that it will launch in China later this month.That is according to an unofficial report, but now, we know when the embattled Chinese firm will be dropping its foldable Mate X for its home market.A fresh report from out of China, though still unconfirmed suggests Huawei will announce the Foldable Huawei Mate X for the Chinese market in a press event on October 23 in China with pre-sales starting on the same day and the first sales are planned for the first week of November.Huawei has yet to officially reveal the Mate X China launch date.But the firm had earlier hinted that the device will be launching in China between September and November this year.So October 23, isn’t exactly out of the equation.
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