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Astronomers have made an exciting discovery using the Japanese Subaru Telescope. Scientists have discovered a new galaxy that has extremely low levels of oxygen present. According to the researchers, the galaxy has only 1.6% of the oxygen content of our galaxy. The extremely low concentrations of oxygen present within the galaxy suggest that most of the stars in the galaxy … Continue reading
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We asked some of the top fintech investors to recommend up-and-coming fintechs going direct to the consumer. Investors could nominate their own portfolio companies, as well as fintechs they haven't backed, with the caveat nominees couldn't have raised beyond a Series B round of funding. Investors' picks varied, but a central theme was personal finance, be it through automated saving, investing, or debt management. Here are the 22 up-and-coming consumer fintechs investors are watching. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Early stage investing is a risky market, especially when it comes to the startups going direct to the consumer, where customer acquisition is everything. But for all the risks the market poses, the rewards are high, too. Some of the biggest winners in the wake of the coronavirus have been fintechs addressing people's needs. Robinhood, which has seen massive growth as market volatility continues, is now valued at $8.3 billion after its most recent funding round in May. Meanwhile, other personal finance apps like Chime and Stash have also seen record sign-up numbers recently.  Read more: Here's how 44 insiders at powerful banks, buzzy startups, and big investors are thinking about financial innovation — and why the term 'fintech' may be on its last legs In an effort to keep track of the next big consumer fintech, Business Insider asked 27 fintech investors to pitch us on up-and-coming startups. While investors could nominate both their own portfolio companies and those they haven't backed, we set a fundraising limit of companies who had not raised more than a Series B.  While responses were wide-ranging, a major theme was a tech-forward spin on personal finance, be it through automated saving, investing, or paying down debt.  To be sure, Americans are paying more attention to their own finances, and are saving more amid the coronavirus pandemic. Though experts are unsure whether these new habits will stick. Here are the 22 up-and-coming fintechs going direct to consumers. See more: Investors say these 38 fintechs are the next generation of breakout B2B stars, following in the footsteps of Stripe and Plaid SEE ALSO: Investors say these 38 fintechs are the next generation of breakout B2B stars, following in the footsteps of Stripe and Plaid SEE ALSO: 4 top VCs explain why Stripe, Square, and Finix are going to be big winners in a post-COVID-19 world Albert Cited by: QED Investors (investor) Total raised: $72 million What it does: This California startup aims to be customers "smart friend," answering any money questions they may have. Albert has a team of "Geniuses" on hand, many of whom have various certifications, to answer questions about saving, investing, and borrowing.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Albert gives consumers insight into what is happening with their money including overdraft fees, recurring charges, budgeting, spending, and allows them automatic savings and offerings to optimize their financial situation. Albert has the wind at its back as it continues to expand offerings to become a staple in consumers lives," said Nigel Morris, QED Investors' cofounder and managing partner. Read more: Albert, a fintech that's raised $50 million from Alphabet, is going all-in on pay-what-you-choose subscriptions. Here's how it's looking to shake up the business of financial advice. BlockFi Cited by: Jump Capital, QED Investors Total raised: $108.7 million What it does: The New Jersey-based startup offers USD loans backed by crypto, allowing customers to borrow against their portfolio of cryptocurrencies. BlockFi also has crypto-based interest accounts, and crypto trading.  Why it's hot in 2020: "In a zero interest rate world, investors have flocked to BlockFi's offerings of up to 8.6% interest rates on stablecoin and crypto holdings. After reporting 20x growth in 2019, BlockFi has continued on a tear in 2020, launching commission free trading, and planning to launch a credit card with crypto-back rewards," said Peter Johnson, principal at Jump Capital.  "The company is scaling rapidly as the crypto space matures and individuals and institutions look to new technology and digital currencies to push the boundaries of traditional financial services. There is incredible white space for BlockFi to fill and we look forward to seeing their progress. " QED Investors' Morris said.    Brigit Cited by: DCM (investor) Total raised: More than $20 million What it does: Brigit is a subscription-based personal financial management app that offers budgeting tools, cash advances, and overdraft alerts. Why it's hot in 2020: "The large banks generated over $11 billion in overdraft fee revenues last year, with 84% of those fees generated from just 9% of account holders. Many of the workers impacted by COVID-19 or essential hourly workers are particularly vulnerable. Brigit's platform utilizes machine learning and predictive analytics to prevent customers from overdrafting, and advance exactly the right funds to the customer with no interest or hidden fees. Subscribers don't need to worry about overdrafting again," said DCM's Kyle Lui. Catch Cited by: DRW Venture Capital Total raised: $8.1 million What it does: This Boston-based startup caters to independent workers, helping them manage tax withholdings, health insurance and retirement savings. Users are able to customize benefits, with the necessary money automatically saved from any payment source.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Managing benefits, withholdings and payroll can become a costly distraction for these individuals as they are forced to utilize complex systems outside and away from the traditional employer model. Catch targets this set of entrepreneurs with a personalized, straightforward platform to help manage taxes, retirement, time off, insurance, and loan refinancing, all in one free app," said Kim Trautmann, head of DRW Venture Capital.   Clara Cited by: Two Sigma Ventures (investor) Total raised: $5.5 million What it does: Clara offers supplemental insurance that delivers quick cash payments for up to 76% of problems that might require immediate medical attention. The startup uses natural language processing and machine learning to analyze documents quickly to process claims efficiently.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Too many Americans, even those with healthcare, are one hospital visit or injury away from personal bankruptcy. There's now more than ever a need for a simple and clear supplemental insurance product that addresses this big financial risk that many American families face. Clara is building just that. Through modern actuarial science and robust data, Clara aims to provide employees and their families with fast financial compensation to help defray medical costs for up to 93% of the issues that could send them to the emergency room – at price points that make sense for a wide variety of families," said Colin Beirne, partner at Two Sigma Ventures.      Current Cited by: QED Investors (investor) Total raised: Over $50 million What it does: A New York-based challenger bank that looks to "meet the needs of people with unique lives who have been overlooked by the traditional banking industry." Features include no overdraft fees or minimum balance requirements and two-day advance on direct deposit paychecks.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Current rose to the challenge during the early days of the COVID crisis by giving members access to their stimulus checks up to two days sooner than traditional banks, stepping up when consumers needed it the most. They continue to serve this segment well with features including free overdrafts up to $100, access to 55,000 free ATMs worldwide as well as 24/7 member support 365 days a year. Plus, customers love them!" said QED Investors' Morris. DoNotPay Cited by: Activant Capital Total raised: $16.6 million What it does: DoNotPay is an app-based robot lawyer that helps users with everything from disputing parking tickets to cancelling subscriptions. Why it's hot in 2020: "While currently sitting in the legal-tech space, we see huge potential for companies like DoNotPay to expand into financial services by building out bill pay, savings, and credit functionality as they have a unique value proposition to the customer acting as a robot lawyer to save consumers money on bills and claims. Consumer fintech companies live and die on product and [customer acquisition cost], and by saving their customers money and a lot of time and hassle they have the ability to build trust with the consumer (something Honey's $4 billion acquisition by PayPal last year highlighted)," said Steve Sarracino, founder and partner at Activant Capital. Fund That Flip Cited by: Edison Partners (investor) Total raised: $13 million What it does: This New York startup offers funding for real-estate investors looking for capital for their next project. Fund That Flip streamlined the application process, with a 24-hour turnaround time.  Why it's hot in 2020: "We led their Series A last year and the naming is misleading because even at the time of investment, they were much, much further along than a typical Series A company. Speaks volumes about their capital efficiency, unit economics, and profitability profile," said Jennifer Lee, principal at Edison Partners. "Obviously real estate as a whole is going through some interesting shifts this year with COVID-19, but there are different impacts in commercial vs. residential, and to differing degrees in various markets in US," she added.     Fast Cited by: Index Partners (investor) Total raised: $22.5 million What it does: Fast is a one-click login and checkout startup. It stores users' payments credentials and integrates into e-commerce checkout windows, eliminating the need for guest checkout. Why it's hot in 2020: "Amazon has shown us the power of a seamless checkout experience, but for millions of merchants the experience is still painful. Fast is building a universal one-click login and payments experience to fix this," said Mark Goldberg, partner at Index Ventures.  Read more: One-click checkout startup Fast used this pitch deck to nab $20 million from investors like fintech giant Stripe. Here's a look at its vision for taking on Apple Pay. HMBradley Cited by: Commerce Ventures Total raised: $3.5 million What it does: This California-based challenger bank offers a variable interest rate based on how much the consumer saves. Customers who save 20% or more of their deposits during a quarter will be eligible for a 3% interest rate.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Many of today's at-scale neobank challengers are pursuing underserved consumers, where churn is often quite high and deposits and spend is modest. These customers are not typically the core target for top retail banks (hence why they are underserved). HMBradley is delivering a strong value proposition (both deposit and credit card) for mass market and mass affluent consumers — the customers retail banks covet most. As a result, HMBradley will be fundamentally more strategic to potential acquirers now and in the future," said Dan Rosen, general partner at Commerce Ventures.  Landed Cited by: Kleiner Perkins Total raised: Over $22 million in venture capital; over $50 million in private equity real-estate capital What it does:Landed helps educators buy homes in the communities they work. The California-based startup helps customers make a down payment via an equity investment in the house.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Teachers tend to be excellent homeowners. As a key participant in the community, they are often embedded in theirs for years. Landed noticed that teachers had unique underwriting characteristics and works to get them lower interest rates, and thus more accessibility to homeownership," said Monica Desai Weiss, an investor at Kleiner Perkins. M1 Finance Cited by: Clocktower Ventures (investor) Total raised: $53 million What it does: The Chicago-based startup offers investing, saving and lending products. Customers can choose to invest in one of over 80 portfolios or create their own.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Quarantine has shown us how powerful fully-digital financial services are. M1 pulls the best features from a number of already proven challengers in banking and brokerage and is building what we think will be the next great financial platform for self-directed mass affluent investors who want to take control of their own financial lives holistically. And it's also a beautiful product that goes with you everywhere on your phone," said Adriana Saman, associate at Clocktower Ventures.  Read more: Investing app M1 Finance just raised $33 million. We talked to its CEO on its plans to win over more sophisticated users from the likes of Schwab, E-Trade, and Fidelity. Mission Lane Cited by: QED Investors (investor) Total raised: $200 million What it does: Mission Lane is a credit card company that caters to customers trying to rebuild their credit, serving them via advanced data and analytics. Formerly a division of LendUp, it spun off as a standalone company in December 2018.   Why it's hot in 2020: "Misson Lane is a company we are extremely excited about. Near and subprime customers need to make the same decisions that prime customers need to make, but with fewer, more expensive options. Misson Lane serves this segment incredibly well with best-in-class, transparent products, with clear pricing and no hidden fees. The team is incredibly mission driven and the TAM is huge, propelling Misson Lane forward to be a leader in the space." QED's Morris said.  Mos Cited by: Financial Venture Studio Total raised: $17 million What it does: Mos streamlines the process of applying for financial aid for college, enabling customers to apply for $135 billion in government aid via one form. To date, Mos has helped customers receive over $200 million in aid.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Mos takes the information from the FAFSA process and helps consumers apply for thousands of other scholarships and sources of financial aid. It's a product that helps people begin to build their future while providing them the resources they deserve," said Ryan Falvey, managing partner at Financial Venture Studio. Papaya Cited by: Financial Venture Studio and Bessemer Venture Partners Total raised: $25 million What it does: This Los Angeles-based startup allow customers to pay any bill via their mobile phone. Users only need to take a picture of the bill.  Why it's hot in 2020: "It's a world class team that's been plugging away under the radar in LA, but we don't expect them to stay quiet for long," Financial Venture Studio's Falvey said. "It's a pretty magical customer experience, and they have quietly built one of the most exciting new consumer fintech products in awhile and have a clever business model to boot," said Charles Birnbaum, partner at Bessemer Venture Partners     Point Cited by: Index Ventures and Financial Venture Studio (investor) Total raised: $12.7 million What it does: A neobank with a debit card that earns points like a credit card. Point also has zero travel fees when used at Mastercard locations.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Point is breaking through the crowded field of neobanks with a product built for millennials — a debit card that acts like a credit card. As the name would suggest, they offer generous reward points towards useful services like Uber, Airbnb and Starbucks," Index Ventures' Goldberg said.  "There has been very little innovation in the core consumer checking account and, in turn, debit cards — even though they are one of the fastest-growing means of payment in the U.S.," Financial Venture Studio's Falvey said. "In Point, we saw a founding team that had a deep understanding of their target market, a mastery of design and product development, and a mission to help younger Americans spend smarter. The impact of COVID has only accelerated these trends, and as some of the team's earliest supporters, we can't wait to see what's next for this company."  Propel Cited by: Kleiner Perkins (investor) Total raised: $18 million What it does: The New York startup helps customers better manage food stamps. In addition to overseeing one's EBT balance, users can clip coupons and explore job posts.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Propel started out deeply addressing the need of checking your food stamp balance, and has since focused on serving more needs of the underserved financial services user. Often, their users were previously cut off from the traditional financial ecosystem, so the company emphasizes education.  Their recent initiative with GiveDirectly, #Project100, has been an incredible effort to take care of those underserved by our financial systems during recent turbulent times," Kleiner Perkins' Desai Weiss said.  Proper Cited by: Clocktower Ventures (investor) Total raised: $4.8 million What it does: Proper offers accounting and bookkeeping services for property managers and asset managers. Through the use of machine-learning techniques, the startup is able to analyze and handle properties' accounting needs.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Who's going to do a better job of assessing your property — the underfunded government entity or a tech-first, data-driven company? Proper helps everybody by more accurately valuing homes in a metro area, resolving inequity and building a great relationship with its customers," Clocktower Ventures' Saman said.  Public Cited by: DCM Total raised: $30 million What it does: Public, formerly named Matador, is an investing app with a social media spin. Why it's hot in 2020: "Think 'Venmo meets Robinhood.' Trading has never truly been a social activity, just like P2P payments was not 'social' until Venmo. Public has great social features for investors of all kinds able to share ideas, post trades, and follow influencer-investors on the app," DCM's Kyle Lui said. Read more: A fintech entering the crowded wealth management space just nabbed nearly $9 million in funding from the VCs that backed Venmo, Monzo and Acorns TradingView Cited by: Jump Capital (investor), DRW Ventures (investor) Total raised: $40.8 million What it does: TradingView is an active trading community that includes charts, analysis, and discussion. The startup has created over 25 million charts and includes an audience of nearly 10 million.  Why it's hot in 2020: "With the surge in retail trading, Tradingview's popularity has exploded, rocketing TradingView.com to be the 150th most popular website on the entire internet — significantly more popular than household names including CNBC.com and ESPN.com. With new brokerage integrations that allow trading directly on TradingView, their site is increasingly both the front page of the financial internet, and the execution dashboard for trading strategies," Jump Capital's Johnson said.  "Designed for retail investors, it's sophisticated enough that it's value-add for institutional investors, too and provides an exceptional user experience. This can be especially valuable to users across the spectrum in periods of high volatility when information is changing rapidly. When Yahoo Finance falls short, TradingView is a delight to discover," DRW's Trautmann said.  Worthy Financial Cited by: Edison Partners Total raised: $1.6 million What it does: Worthy Financial allows customers to invest in a socially responsible way. Worthy Bonds can be acquired for as low as $10 and earn a fixed 5% interest with the proceeds going to a secured loan for a US business.  Why it's hot in 2020: "Similar idea as Yieldstreet playing in the massive blue ocean of digital wealth management, but the idea is more for supporting 'worthy causes and ideas,' allowing people to invest in SMBs in the US. Investing in these SEC-qualified, asset-backed bonds provide individual investors with a good rate of return in investing in eachother, their community, and underserved areas," Edison Partners' Lee said.  Yieldstreet Cited by: Edison Partners (investor) Total raised: $178.5 million What it does: Yieldstreet offers access to alternative investments such as real estate and art. To date, $1 billion has been invested via the startup.  Why it's hot in 2020: "The team at Yieldstreet has built something here that continues to attract people and provide significant value even during these uncertain, volatile times, providing opportunities for diversification and smarter wealth management.  And even with where they are now at a sizable scale, so much more ahead that they can achieve beyond this year, with a world-class team that will continue to build a strong, big business with a massive TAM," Edison Partners' Lee said. 
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OnePlus may be best known for its affordable phones, but alongside those devices, it’s also released some pretty decent earbuds too. Today the company revealed its first go at the increasingly saturated ‘true wireless’ headphone market with the OnePlus Buds. The go on sale July 27 and majorly undercut competition like the AirPods and Pixel Buds with a price of just $79. That’s why I wish I could say I like them. I’ve had a few days to play with the OnePlus Buds prior to launch and they feature an attractive design, good battery life, and surprisingly solid sound. I’m… This story continues at The Next Web
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Minis have started rolling out to users in India, letting them experience third-party apps within Snapchat.
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The British government recently banned the use of Huawei’s 5G equipment in the U.K. However, it appears that this is not stopping Huawei from doing ... The post Huawei to spend 10 million pounds to open three new stores in the UK appeared first on Gizchina.com.
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Everything you need to know about the best type of policies -- and the insurance companies that sell them.
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The disappearance of the Sprint brand was expected to happen sometime this summer, as a consequence of the T-Mobile deal.
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A new paper argues that the computing demands of deep learning are so great that progress on tasks like translation and self-driving is likely to slow.
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As of July,  Salesforce was a more valuable company than its archrival Oracle, with a $179 billion market cap vs Oracle's of $176 billion. Salesforce cofounder Parker Harris took a moment to reflect on that achievement during a virtual event hosted by Piper Sandler. He said it felt like a "milestone" and recalled the company's early startup days decades ago working in Benioff's apartment when a $400 million value seemed like a lot. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Salesforce crossed a milestone this month when it became more valuable than its archrival Oracle. On Friday, Salesforce's market cap was $179 billion whereas Oracle's was at $176 billion. So, the moment feels like a milestone, Salesforce Parker Harris told Piper Sandler's Brent Bracelin during the "It's Friday: State of the Cloud" virtual event. Harris recalled those early startup days in 1999 when he, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and two other early employees were working out of Benioff's San Francisco apartment and famously getting turned down by VCs. It was just after Microsoft bought Hotmail for $400 million, and the two of them thought that a $400 million exit was "pretty cool," Harris remembers. But even back then, Benioff, ever the big-vision guy, told Harris that "we're going to be much bigger than that," according to a transcript of the interview shared by CNBC's Jordan Novet. This month, it happened. "Our valuation was bigger than that of Oracle and that was a bit of a shock for me. I was like, 'Wow! That's definitely a milestone," Harris said. It's not just that investors seem to be more excited about Salesforce's future, at the moment, than Oracle's. It's that the two companies have a long, intertwined — and often cantankerous — history. The idea for Salesforce, and the software-as-a-service business model it pioneered, actually came from a meeting with Oracle founder Larry Ellison back when Salesforce founder Marc Benioff was still working at Oracle and Ellison was his mentor. Benioff left Oracle with Ellison's blessing and about $2 million of his money. About a year later, Oracle launched a competitor and Benioff kicked Ellison off Salesforce's board. The two companies have been heated rivals ever since. These days, the shoe is on the other foot. While Oracle still dwarfs Salesforce in overall revenues ($39 billion for Oracle for fiscal 2019 vs.$17 billion for Salesforce in its fiscal 2019) and profits (99 cents earnings for share for Oracle; 15 cents EPS for Salesforce), when it comes to the most critical market, cloud computing, Oracle is the underdog, coming from behind and playing catch up to giants like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Salesforce. Now read: Former Oracle cloud skeptics say its newly launched product is 'significant and important' to the market — and shows that it's becoming a more viable Amazon Web Services competitor Google has ticked off IBM, Oracle, and many in the open-source community by launching an odd new open-source organization SEE ALSO: Former Oracle cloud skeptics say its newly launched product is 'significant and important' to the market — and shows that it's becoming a more viable Amazon Web Services competitor Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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After being booted from the ASX earlier this year, Animoca Brands is going for another IPO attempt.
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Today, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $5 million in funding to support open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research.Yet even the most widely-used research software often lacks dedicated funding.With these grants, awardees will be able to hire additional developers, improve documentation, address usability, improve compatibility, onboard contributors, convene communities, and more."Open source software accelerates the work scientists carry out each day, whether it's searching a genome sequence for a disease gene, tracking a disease outbreak, or counting cells in a microscope image," said CZI Head of Science Cori Bargmann."Scientists are only as good as their tools, and we’re thrilled to support open source projects that will benefit the entire scientific community and help every scientist be a better scientist."The 32 selected proposals include 42 total open source projects.
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This article first appeared Nov 9 in TechNode Squared’s exclusive newsletter.In the second of three articles exploring the agriculture drone industry in China, Sacha Cody explores the lay of the land: the industry’s ecosystems and its many players.Prior to picking, crops are sprayed with chemicals so the leaves fall off; this aids harvesting.While cotton farmers generally have enough resources—human or mechanical—to pick the cotton, they have struggled to conduct the pre-harvest spray efficiently.During my ethnographic fieldwork investigating China’s agriculture drone industry, XAG, one of China’s biggest drone makers, explained to me their arrangement sending tens of thousands of drones—almost their entire fleet, by truck and plane—to spray as much farmland as possible in the shortest possible time so harvesting occurred the moment cotton quality peaked.Previously, farmers were dependent on local government and business monopolies for their fertilizer and pesticide needs.
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Did you know that search engine optimization (SEO) has the highest ROI of any form of ecommerce marketing?A lot of ecommerce site owners think SEO is too difficult or too time-consuming and get frustrated at not seeing results right away as they do with paid search.In this guide, I’m going to take you through 8 easy-to-implement tactics that’ll increase your site’s SEO and start bringing in that organic traffic you want.Using one of the many keyword tools on the market, like SEMRush, Ahrefs, or Moz, find as many long-tail keywords related to your products as you can.You’ll use all this keyword information to build a clear URL string and write SEO-rich content.Some ecommerce platforms make it difficult and by default have URL structures that are not SEO-friendly.
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We spend a lot of time looking at our screens, between our TV, computer, and phone.If you've ever wanted to limit the amount of time you spend on your iPhone, though, Apple's "Screen Time" function allows you to do just that, in two different ways.You can limit the time you spend on certain apps, or schedule a daily period of "downtime" where all apps (with the exception of essentials like Phone, Messages, and Maps) are blocked.Check out the products mentioned in this article:iPhone 11 (From $699.99 at Best Buy)How to limit screen time on your iPhone
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Harry Potter fans, mark your calendars.A new Fantastic Beasts film is coming in 2021, and this time, it's heading to Brazil, according to a report from Deadline.The Fantastic Beasts movies are set in the Harry Potter universe years before Harry enrolled at Hogwarts.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out in 2016 and was set in 1927 New York, while the sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald came out in 2018 and was set in Paris.According to Entertainment Weekly, Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is writing the script, and the main cast of the first films, including Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law and Johnny Depp, will return.Warner Bros. did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Builders must use components manufactured to meet specific standards -- such as beams of a desired composition or rivets of a specific size.Our standard tools, even miniaturized, are too bulky and too corrosive to reproducibly manufacture components at the nanoscale.The team adapted a light-based technology employed widely in biology -- known as optical traps or optical tweezers -- to operate in a water-free liquid environment of carbon-rich organic solvents, thereby enabling new potential applications."This is a new approach to nanoscale manufacturing," said co-senior author Peter Pauzauskie, a UW associate professor of materials science and engineering, faculty member at the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute and the Institute for Nano-engineered Systems, and a senior scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.All of the components are suspended in solution, and we can control the size and shape of the nanostructure as it is assembled piece by piece.""Using this technique in an organic solvent allows us to work with components that would otherwise degrade or corrode on contact with water or air," said co-senior author Vincent Holmberg, a UW assistant professor of chemical engineering and faculty member in the Clean Energy Institute and the Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute.
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WhatsApp has revealed that at least two dozen academics, lawyers, Dalit activists and journalists in India were the target of surveillance by threat operators using security firm NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware.The revelations, reported by news outlet Indian Express, come as the Facebook-owned messaging service filed a lawsuit against the Israeli company for helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.“Indian journalists and human rights activists have been the target of surveillance and while I cannot reveal their identities and the exact number, I can say that it is not an insignificant number,” a WhatsApp spokesperson was quoted as saying to the publication.When reached for a response, WhatsApp confirmed that a “significant” number of activists and journalists had been targeted, adding “Indian users were among those contacted by us this week.”In May 2019, WhatsApp stopped a sophisticated cyberattack that exploited its video calling system to deliver Pegasus malware surreptitiously.In the lawsuit filed yesterday, the company alleges NSO Group of weaponizing the vulnerability to turn the devices into secret eavesdropping tools to surveil persons of interest.
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It took note of the lund company in the manufacture and sale of measuring instruments that detect the chemical substances like drugs and explosives.the target Audience are the police, rescue services and customs.the Issue is 100% underwritten by the Serstechs the largest shareholder, the Island's Capital, in turn, is owned by a super-entrepreneur Christer Fåhraeus.prints the lund company in a press release.to: Christer Fåhraeus has a long and broad experience of technology companies in the development stage.He has also been instrumental in starting up companies, which is Cellavision, Precise Biometrics, Flatfrog, Group, and EQL Pharma.
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The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), a government-owned entity responsible for nuclear power in the country, has admitted that a cybersecurity attack took place in a nuclear power plant.It said systems of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), located in southern state of Tamil Nadu, were subjected to malware in September.The entity said in a statement that it was notified about the incident by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) on September 4, noting its plant systems had not been affected:The identification of malware in the NPCIL system is correct.The matter was conveyed by CERT-In when it was noticed by them on September 4, 2019.The investigation revealed that the infected PC belonged to a user who was connected in the internet-connected network used for administrative purposes.
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When a jumping spider tackles a fly from a distance, its pounce must be precisely executed.To achieve this, the spiders have multiple layers of retinas in each of their eyes.As the image gets sharper in one eye and blurrier in another, a depth of focus emerges, allowing the spider to instantly judge the exact distance needed for a lethal jump.The setup has also allowed Harvard researchers to develop a sophisticated new lens, or "metalens," for microbots and other tiny tech.In a study published earlier this month, a team of researchers designed a metalens depth sensor that can simultaneously produce two images with different blur.But instead of using layered retinas to capture multiple images simultaneously, as jumping spiders do, the metalens splits the light and forms two differently-defocused images.That data is then fed to an algorithm to get the complete picture.
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In november, the Lexus to show off its first-ever pure electric vehicle.He doesn't want to give away anything about the future of the electric car, but it was hard to keep a straight face on the question of whether it is an electric version of the Lexus UX model (Lexus crossover model.But the market demands are changing rapidly – and so we'll have to see where we are going and what we need to change it, " said Koji Sato. "the rural Electrification is a major opportunity for us, and that we are able to take advantage of," said Koji Sato for the New Technology to the behind-the-scenes of the show.how, Though, can the Lexus take it all?How do they plan to carve out its place in the future of the premium segment, and how do they differ from the Toyota, and the company uses the same parts?
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What are the benefits of hybrid cloud?To its advocates, it’s the best of both worlds: the flexibility, future-proofing and fire-power of the public cloud, with the ability to keep sensitive data or deeply entrenched applications running on on-premises hardware and software.IBM, of course, has gone all-in on hybrid cloud with its $34 billion Red Hat acquisition, while Google Cloud has also claims to be “the hybrid cloud leader”.(Many workloads or applications simply can’t migrate to the cloud without the kind of upheaval or expense few are willing to consider, although mainframe-based applications being switched over to x86-based private clouds are not totally impossible…)The Benefits of Hybrid CloudTo many, the benefits of hybrid cloud include avoiding regulatory headaches, e.g.
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Boffins pour, er, cold liquid on theories of melting waterThe mountains and ridges on Mars – which some believe are carved from melting ice – can also be formed by landslides, according to a paper published in Nature Communications on Thursday.Scientists, led by the eggheads at University College London in England, have effectively cast doubt over previous studies that support the idea that melting ice may be sculpting the Red Planet.The long winding slopes down its peaks show that material has shifted over time.Similar patterns have been observed on Earth, caused by our world's melting glaciers, leading some academics to believe that there may be ice lurking close to the Martian surface, which melts and flows downhill, leaving channels in its wake.This latest study reveals that belief may not be the case.
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SpaceX will look to launch its Starlink service for consumers sometime next year, SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell confirmed at a media roundtable meeting at the company’s offices in Washington during the International Astronautical Congress this week (via SpaceNews).Shotwell, who also appeared on stage at the event to share some updates around SpaceX’s recent progress across the company, told reporters present that in order to make the date, it’ll need to launch between six and eight different grouped payloads of Starlink satellites, a number that includes the batch that went up in May of this year.All told, SpaceX has shared previously that it’ll need 24 launches in order to make the constellation global, and it also shared at that time that it intends to start with service in the Northern United States and parts of Canada beginning next year.Though 24 launches will provide full global coverage, Shotwell told media that it’ll still be doing additional launches after that in order to expand and improve coverage.In fact, SpaceX recently filed paperwork to launch as many as 30,000 satellites in addition to the 12,000 it has already gotten permission to put up, for a total constellation size of up to 42,000.A SpaceX spokesperson previously described this as “taking steps to responsibility scale Starlink’s total network capacity and data density to meet the growth in users’ anticipated needs” in a statement provided to TechCrunch.
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Just one of Britain's 43 police forces treats online crime as a priority – while the Action Fraud organisation managed to withhold 9,000 so-called cyber-crime reports from cops thanks to badly configured antivirus on its reporting portal, according to a government watchdog.Software intended to screen reports about online threats sent to Action Fraud by members of the public was incorrectly triggered when members of the public, er, tried to report cyber threats against them.A police database called Know Fraud, operated by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB), was incorrectly holding some detailed reports in quarantine after an "updating" of the system in October 2018."In some cases the automated system mistakenly identified reports as containing malicious coding," said the poker-faced watchdog, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS).(This used to be called plain old HMIC until someone tacked on the fire brigade part.)Around 9,000 reports were languishing in quarantine in April though as soon as HMICFRS began sniffing around, City of London Police – owners and operators of the NFIB – began work on the backlog, which they'd whittled down to 6,500 by July.
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No vacation would be complete without posting a few shots of it on Instagram, though we can all agree that risking your life for that “special” image is never a wise move.A tourist in the Caribbean found this to her cost recently when she was kicked off a cruise ship for climbing outside of its railings to snap a selfie.The ship’s operator, Royal Caribbean Cruises, has since banned the woman from its ships for life.A fellow passenger spotted the woman perched precariously on the edge of the Allure of the Seas cruise ship — one of the largest in the world — as it travelled through the Caribbean earlier this week.He took a photo of the woman and showed staff, who, after consulting the captain, asked her and her companion to leave the ship at the next port of call in Falmouth, Jamaica.“Earlier this week on the Allure of the Seas a guest was observed recklessly and dangerously posing for a photo by standing on her stateroom balcony railing with the help of her companion,” Royal Caribbean Cruises told Digital Trends in an emailed statement.
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