Tokopedia, the leading e-commerce platform in Indonesia, announced that they have secured a new round financing of USD1.1 billion, which will be led by the Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba.Founded in 2009, Tokopedia is reportedly the largest e-commerce platform in Indonesia and it is also one of the most visited websites in the country.The investment in Tokopedia marks Alibaba's latest strategic expansion in Southeast Asia.Prior to this, Alibaba invested in Lazada and announced plans to increase its shareholding in Lazada to 83% in June 2017.William Tanuwijaya, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tokopedia, said that a core part of Tokopedia's culture is to "share sincerely as a teacher and learn curiously as a student".They always see Alibaba as a teacher and use them as a model.
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When we made that recent list of Zoo's 19 craziest moments, we suspected that the show — currently careening through its the third season — would up the ante and get even more insane.And last week, it did.Like, mega-giant invisible snake insane.In a world that's under the thumb of a mad-scientist terrorist obsessed with breeding vicious hybrid animals (and whose ultimate goal is the complete eradication of the human race), anything is possible.Including, yes, an enormous snake with camouflage so sophisticated it can make itself invisible.Since the Zoo team needs spinal fluid from each of the hybrids — a callback to season one's "gotta catch 'em all" animal quest — they make the champion decision to follow the reptile into its lair.
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A year after launching the brand journalism site Smarter With Gartner, two critical inflection points led us to realize we were ready to advance in the Maturity Model for Content Marketing:The global team of content creators needed more robust tools to produce the steady stream of articles, infographics, video, and interactive content published daily to help IT, marketing, and supply chain leaders stay ahead of technology trends.The global PR and content development team, which launched Smarter With Gartner, had an opportunity to feed our content marketing assets into the broader Gartner digital marketing programs.When we realized we needed to take our content marketing program to the next level, I had a one-on-one call with Kirsten Newbold-Knipp, research director of Gartner for Marketers.We made “Leapfrog to Level 4” a slogan for our 2017 content marketing strategy.Experimental content marketing programs may have developed within an existing group, as ours was in the Gartner PR department.
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The wonderful world of cryptocurrency has grown from a budding idea to a full-fledged market bonanza.Hopefully you’re savvy to the terminology and ready to start putting your money where your technology is.(Don’t forget that cryptocurrency is an investment, and you shouldn’t trust your finances to an article you read on a news-source.We strongly advise contacting a financial adviser before risking your money.)It’s the oldest, and, as of August 17th it reached an all-time high of over $4,500.Here’s a few to start you off:
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Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see.There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising beats, wildly surprising numbers (outside of Netflix) or alarmingly large bouts of layoffs.Still, even beyond that, this quarter managed to deliver a surprisingly large number of interesting stories in just about every report.With that, let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from this quarter.
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Yes, social media and collaboration platforms are now established, critical work tools.Still, over the past two decades, social networks have guided email’s continued development and vice versa and it will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.These data range from social, to mobile, to offline, and more, and can be focused into a targeted medium that is as responsive and real-time as any social network.How users interact with email and for what purpose has changed to accommodate both the growth of social and incorporate social’s ability to relay information in a quick manner.This headline functioned much in the same way as subject lines in email.While social was already there due to character restrictions and just how the medium was conceived, email went through a metamorphosis that brought the friendly from, subject line and pre-header text into central focus.
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Buying a new smartphone is practically an annual decision for many of us today, and it can be challenging financially to keep up with the best and latest on the market.The compact phone fits nicely in your hand, with an attractive curved design and a haptic engine in place of a clickable home button.BV8000 Pro is built to take a pounding, and shoot underwaterThe Mi 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor for top-end performance, which is backed by a beefy 6GB of RAM that can run all the apps you need.MU-MIMO Wi-fi delivers improved wireless connectivity for users with newer 802.11ac Wi-fi routers being sold these days.A beefy 3,350 mAh battery and aggressive battery management delivers 24 hours of use, while support for Quick Charge 3.0 charging through its USB Type-C port is a welcome relief over brand-specific quick charging technology.
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For a lot of us, though, while personalization can make the considerable amount of time we spend scrolling through social feeds more entertaining, most of the automated personalization we encounter on a day-to-day basis is not necessarily requested – and is wider spread than one might initially think.Essentially, the focus of providing and consuming content that is closely aligned to your preferences results in the creation of a bubble or chamber, restricting your view of the wider picture.As our internet ecosystem has evolved, we have shared increasing amounts of personal data with services we use every day, from social networks to search engines.Google in particular has gradually increased the extent with which it tailors results to the user with innovations like Hummingbird and RankBrain, the inclusion of social results in search, and semantic search.To many users this personalization of search results is helpful and convenient, but an increasing number of users are disturbed by the extent to which the sites they encounter are being shaped by forces outside of their control.Disclaimer: If you want to be completely free of Google’s filter bubble, the only real way is to stop using Google.
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The benefits of a cloud-based approach are well documented, including increased flexibility & collaboration, remote working, disaster recovery, access to additional enterprise-grade technology, as well as its reputation for facilitating a lower carbon footprint.Gartner defines public cloud as scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities, provided as-a-service to external customers using Internet technologies.Data is stored in the provider’s data center and they are responsible for the management and maintenance of the data center.Private cloud delivers similar advantages to public cloud, however these benefits are delivered through a dedicated proprietary architecture, that only the organization in question uses.Although cloud adoption is on the rise, organizations are still faced with hurdles when looking to adopt a cloud-based approach.One of the biggest obstacles is the existence of vendor lock-in in the cloud ecosystem.
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In addition to our Sunday App of the Week feature, we also summarize some of our favorite B2B sales & marketing posts from around the Web each week.We’ll miss a ton of great stuff, so if you found something you think is worth sharing please add it to the comments below.In the meantime, here are some B2B Reads we love:Why Marketers Shouldn’t Be Enamored With TechnologyThere’s more to marketing today than all of the fancy technology.Thanks for your insights, Romi Mahajan.
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In the nearly 80 years that he’s spent terrorising Gotham City, he’s gone by many different names.The Clown Prince of Crime.The Joker’s true identity is the card he’s always played closest to his chest, but it’s about to be revealed in DC’s upcoming Batman: White Knight.Yesterday, White Knight writer and artist Sean Gordon Murphy took to his Twitter account to share a bit of rather significant news — something he’d just gotten the clear from DC and Warner Brothers to reveal to the public, along with a bit of art from the book:Big news: JACK NAPIER will be the name of my JOKER.Warner just approved--1st time Napier has been in a comic (minus Burton adaptations).
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You need to make sure they fit perfectly so that you can enjoy, what, a couple of minutes of oohing, aahing and "I flew to Idaho just to see it-ing."The moneymaking corporations of America, though, are desperate for you to think that they contributed to your eclipse-viewing pleasure.I've already written about banana brand Chiquita, which released a slightly absurd effort at suggesting that you should really watch the banana eclipse.Denny's, for example, insists that it's serving "mooncakes."Krispy Kreme couldn't help itself either.Can you find some way to eclipse it?
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2017 is shaping up to be a real treat for astronomy fans: not only will they be treated to a rare solar eclipse on Monday, less than two weeks after a significant asteroid fly-by will take place.Dubbed Asteroid Florence, NASA has revealed that it will be the largest to pass by our planet since it began keeping track of near-Earth asteroids, and it’s scheduled to zoom past on September 1st.NASA says its measurements put Asteroid Florence at 2.7 miles wide, and it’s expected to pass by Earth at a distance of 4.4 million miles, or 18 times the distance between Earth and the moon.Paul Chodas of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory notes that while there have been many asteroids that passed by closer to our planet, none have been this large.The giant space rock was first discovered by Australian scientists back in 1981.This year’s appearance will be the closest it’s been to Earth since 1890, and going forward it’s not expected to come around again until the year 2500.
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HOMTOM have just announced the HOMTOM S8, a big 5.7-inch phone with a 18:9 display aspect ratio and a dual camera setup on the back.The smartphone will also be powered by an octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.HOMTOM also released most of the specs, so let’s go through the smartphone’s highlights.Albeit big at 5.7-inch, the HOMTOM S8 is able to keep a smaller footprint by using the trendy 18:9 display aspect ratio, together with an edge-to-edge design which keeps the side bezels really thin.The S8 will be available in four colors: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver and Maple Gold.The back cover will be using high-quality composite plate made by the Mitsubishi Electronics, which should make it shock proof and at the same time keep it bright and transparent with a glossy finish.
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Audiophiles used to pretend bass wasn't the main attraction -- that was too lowbrow.We were sophisticated people much more interested in things like transparency and a pure and natural midrange, but in the end, whether they admitted it or not, feel-it-through-your-toes bass was a factor.That's changed somewhat over the years, but I still don't see too many high-end audio shops selling subs.They all sell big speakers, that's for sure!Once you live with a powerful subwoofer or massive floor-standing speakers you realize some recordings have bass bumps, rumbles and thumps that go unheard over most speakers, but those unintended noises can be troublesome.Of course, today's massive floor-standing speakers easily deliver deep, satisfying rumble, but incredibly enough some small speakers in small rooms muster serious bass.
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This latest season of Game of Thrones is all about unions and reunions, because we’ve got to bring everyone together before they can all be killed by White Walkers.But for some reason, there was one vital reunion that looks to have been wrongly left out.Actor Jerome Flynn, who plays Bronn of the Blackwater, told The Hollywood Reporter that there was originally going to be a scene between his character and Tyrion Lannister, leading into Tyrion’s tearful reunion with his brother Jaime.“Originally, I heard there was going to be one.“There’s something, I hope, that’s still to come, where Bronn and Tyrion might have a little bit of time for an exchange together, and shoot the breeze, as it were.Hopefully, there will be some old Bronn and Tyrion dynamics coming up again.”
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The Vanatoo Transparent Zero is a terrific little speaker, and when you unbox a pair you can't help but notice that a lot of thought went into the design.They're unusually versatile -- you can use them with a vertical orientation with tweeters on top, which is advised when you place two Transparent Zero speakers on a desktop.The Transparent Zero is a bi-amplified speaker system with built-in twin 48 watt Class D digital amplifiers.One amp drives the 1-inch soft dome tweeter, the second drives the proprietary 4-inch aluminum woofer, and there's also a 4-inch passive radiator that augments the little speaker's bass output.The Transparent Zero measures just 7.5x4.75x9.75 inches -- that's awfully small for something that sounds as good as this.The small remote control lets you adjust bass and treble on the fly.
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Soon after the launch of their first smartphone in the international market — the Meiigoo M1, the company is currently on their next big hit, the Meiigoo S8+, which as you can assume from the name, will be very similar to Samsung’s device.Meiigoo are indeed working on creating a phone coated with a 3D glass, which would set it apart from other Chinese devices that claim to sport a curved display but only use 2.5D glass.In the image below you can see what they mean by that:So, just like the Samsung S8 / S8+, also the Meiigoo S8+ will feature a dual curved display for a more elegant look — although probably more fragile as well — and an easier to handle phone.We still aren’t aware if it’ll also come with Samsung’s 18.5:9 display aspect ratio but it’d be nice to.The Meiigoo S8+ should also come with relatively high-end hardware, we’re talking about an octa-core CPU and a whopping 8GB of RAM.
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It's been some week for Westminster's Great Bell.First, loads of people lost their shit when it was announced the gigantic timekeeper is to be silenced for four years.The clock-watching bad news didn't end there, either.Now it's been confirmed Big Ben's Ayrton Light is getting turned off.The bell, which was first installed in 1885, has to be dismantled due to wear and tear.While it's getting fixed by a (presumably 150ft tall) horologist, a temporary light will replace it.
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The missions have given humanity many awe-inspiring discoveries in those four decades, and Voyager 1 and 2 have inspired infinite further initiatives or related works, too (such as a great new documentary debuting this week).None of us knew it at the time, though, since the launch of Voyager 2 (followed a few weeks later by Voyager 1) wasn't obviously a big deal to most people.However, even the best technology of the time was pretty limited in terms of what it could do remotely.But for me, everything changed with the arrival of the January issue of National Geographic early the next year.The contents continued to amaze.Supersonic winds in Jupiter's atmosphere.
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