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After its success last year, Ferrero Rocher has reopened its pop up store where shoppers can enjoy a multi-sensory experience while getting "behind the layers" of the sweet treat.The event is taking place at Westfield in London's Shepherd Bush with a two story store posing dark and mysteriously until December 17.Created by TracyLocke, the experience includes a golden bar and lounge where the drinks are created by Liquid Chefs, the mixology specialists, before guests can enjoy a 45 minute experience in a "pod".In the video above, regional category director at Rocher, Ian Tweedale, explains that there is still a place for advertising.However with this event, he really want the customer to enjoy the brand.He said: "This is the second year, we are doing it again after the success of last year.
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For the last four years, vegan food startup Hampton Creek had yet to crack the eggless egg.But on Thursday, the company announced it was rolling out its first scrambled "egg" product, "Just Scramble," in several restaurants in San Francisco — starting with Flore, a cafe in the city’s Castro district.The company’s mission is to transform the way we eat by swapping the animal products in food for vegetable-based alternatives.Four years later, the company still wasn't selling a vegan alternative to eggs.In June, the company announced that it was going to work on lab-grown meat.Since starting six years ago, Hampton Creek has raised more than $220 million and is currently valued at $1.1 billion.
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Back in 2015, then-Commissioner of the FCC Ajit Pai submitted a lengthy paper detailing his reasons for voting against the incoming net neutrality rules.He made a lot of predictions about harm those rules would cause — predictions that, as fellow Commissioner Clyburn points out today, pretty much all failed to come true.In a brief but to-the-point document posted to the FCC website, she lists a number of the Chairman’s apocalyptic predictions for how the new rules would allow price regulation, let the FCC tell ISPs what their service offerings should be, and of course eventually be struck down by the courts.Needless to say, none of that happened.Here are a few examples:Chairman Pai: Courts will not countenance this unlawful power grab.
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The “Retail Armageddon” is upon us.At least, that is, if we’re to believe all of the business pub headlines this holiday season.No doubt, things definitely appear to be at their most dire when you’re strolling through the mall, bopping along to “Jingle Bells” and passing shuttered storefront after shuttered storefront.Macy’s, Sears, The Limited, Wet Seal, Radio Shack — the list of major retailers that are closing locations or cashing in their chips altogether seems to go on and on.It’s an objectively scary time for brick-and-mortar retailers.This disruption is the acceleration of a shift years in the making, as consumer shopping behavior has continued to move online and as the Amazon behemoth has continued to swallow market share in retail sector after retail sector.
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During a ceremony on Monday honoring Navajo Code Talkers from World War II, Trump set his sights on Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed to be part Native American.“We have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago,” he jeered.Just last week Trump referred to LaVar Ball as “a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair.” (Ball’s son plays basketball for UCLA and, along with teammates, was detained in China for shoplifting; Trump helped to broker their release and did not feel the elder Ball was grateful enough for his efforts.)He’s taken jabs at Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, personally called for the firing of ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, and bullied San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz amidst the devastation stewed by Hurricane Maria.Trump is a skilled agitator in the inventiveness of casual bigotry, and his distaste for people who don’t look like him, and those who don’t share equivalent ideologies, is weaponized in hulking doses.(After all, his political career began with a racist “birther” witch hunt against Barack Obama, obsessively disputing the president’s citizenry.)
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Sources tell us that Sequoia Capital is looking to increase its stake in Uber this way.This is a steep discount to the $48.77 from the latest Series G round.The group of investors are looking to buy about $8 billion in shares.If they do not find enough sellers to meet the $8 billion, it’s possible that they will increase the offer price.Sequoia has previously invested in Uber through its “scout” program, which involves covertly finding deal opportunities through its network.For many Uber shareholders, the secondary offering will give them the opportunity to turn paper riches into cash.
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Advertising budgets are bleeding out of television, but that's not necessarily because of a shift to digital media, Pivotal Research reports.Rather, the traditional marketing giants that have largely fueled the TV ad market for decades are cutting spending in general.Declining ratings mean TV is starting to suffer from a growing "negative sentiment" among marketers that don't want to look as if they are throwing away money.Spending on TV advertising dropped considerably during the third quarter of 2017.That alone probably won't surprise you if you've been reading about cord cutting and DVR-ing and how people are generally unable to look up from their phones.But the latest drop in TV ad spending is not due to broader technology-driven shifts in media consumption or marketers moving their ad budgets to the web.
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Amazon is no sleeping giant.No compatible source was found for this video.As the Bezos behemoth continues along its unstoppable, disruptive path, brands are increasingly requesting Amazon-tailored services.Agencies have been ramping up their capabilities on the platform and even launching dedicated practices as a response.Many marketers now view Amazon as a legitimate competitor to Facebook and Google, according to 22squared vp, director of media planning Brandy Everhart.“What they bring to the table is an expensive data set that you can’t get anywhere else,” she said.
China
Have you scanned through Black Friday deals but you haven’t found anything interesting?Then maybe you’ll have more luck with Cyber Monday!Here’s what electronics manufacturer – dodocool – is discounting for this shopping day.Let’s begin with two super affordable accessories for your laptop, the 12-inch and the 13.3-inch laptop bags.Both bags are made of sustainable and renewable felt offers superior strength and a soft hand feel.You can get them on Amazon for as low as $7.99.
UK
The National Health Service is to spend £20 million on a new security operations centre in order to help protect hospitals against cyber attacks and hackers.By establishing the new Security Operations Centre, the NHS hopes to improve on its current capabilities in areas of information security including ethical hacking, vulnerability testing and analysis of malware.The centre will also provide cyber security advice and guidance to local NHS Trusts.The announcement of the new centre and the tens of millions in funding to support it comes six months after large swathes of the NHS were brought to a standstill by the WannaCry ransomware outbreak.UK hospitals were some of the highest profile victims of the global cyber attack - which left some NHS Trusts without fully functioning IT systems for weeks.A recent report by the National Audit Office suggested that the NHS was left vulnerable to cyber attacks because some Trusts hadn't applied basic security measures, such as applying critical patches to systems.
UK
The case of Northern Ireland bakery chain Ashers is about to be decided by the Supreme Court, and for the first time in its history the court's judges are devolving to Belfast to pass their ruling.Ashers rose to international fame three years ago, when a member of the public asked it to make a cake topped with with the message "support gay marriage."Ashers, being Christian-owned, declined, which kicked off a never-ending series of legal battles over whether refusing to write messages in icing sugar is discriminatory or not, a war that's about to come to a head in 2018 when the Supreme Court decamps to Northern Ireland.Belfast County Court initially ruled it was indeed discrimination to refuse to make the same-sex-supporting cake -- a ruling that was later upheld by the the Court of Appeal too -- although the baker still refuses to agree.Hence five supreme legal beings are coming in to sort it out once and for all in April of 2018, with proceedings live-streamed too, for comic effect.Supreme Court President Lady Hale said: "My colleagues and I strongly believe that the experience of watching a case in person should not be limited to those within easy reach of London.
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Sure, Bill and Melinda Gates children may go to school, play sports, and have Instagram accounts like any other American teenager, but when their dad is worth nearly $90 billion, there's no escaping the privilege of wealth.Keep scrolling to meet the Gates children and more kids of the richest billionaires in tech.The Gates have famously decided to dedicate most of their $89 billion fortune to charity and forgo setting up massive trust funds for their children, a decision Bill says the kids are "proud of."The Gates' eldest child, Jennifer, is a senior at Stanford University and rides on the US Equestrian team.Despite her dad's status as one of the most famous tech moguls in the world, Jennifer grew up with limited access to technology around the house.The 21-year-old appears to be dating Egyptian equestrian rider Nayel Nassar.
UK
When it comes to accessing data, Wi-Fi is still king, even on mobiles.For instance, BT is currently rolling out Wi-Fi kiosks throughout the UK, and Transport for London (TfL) is seeing unprecedented use of Wi-Fi on the London Underground – the data from which is being used to improve travel services throughout London.Clearly, demand isn’t going away anytime soon, which explains the continued growth of public Wi-Fi hotspots, which are expected to reach 432 million globally by 2020.Why Wi-Fi can foster loyaltySince the days of coffee shops offering free Wi-Fi to customers, there has been a growing trend of businesses giving away free Wi-Fi access as a perk, or as part of loyalty programmes.The reason these have been so successful is that Wi-Fi is a valuable commodity, making it easy to download large amounts of data, and helping people to use internet connected services more reliably and effectively.
UK
As Christmas approaches, British parents are being warned that some cutting-edge children's toys could easily be hijacked by cybercriminals.Many toys come equipped with webcams and audio capabilities that could be exploited by hackers to remotely spy on children or the homes they live in, said Steve Wood, deputy commissioner at the UK's data breach watchdog – the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)."You wouldn't knowingly give a child a dangerous toy, so why risk buying them something that could be easily hacked into by strangers?"he wrote in a blog post Thursday (23 November).Wood continued: "The ICO supports innovation and creative uses of personal data, but this cannot be at the expense of people's privacy and legal rights, whatever their age."Concerns have been raised in recent months, not only in the UK but in Europe and the USA, that the growth in toys containing sensors, microphones, cameras, data storage and other multi-media capabilities could put the privacy and safety of children at risk."
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"I wore flashy bright-colored suits, short skirts, I had great legs.Common sense and intelligence matter, she says, but you need something to help you stand out.That point has caused some controversy and gotten her considerable media attention.How I Did It," Corcoran told US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell that over the course of her career, she's taken every opportunity to stand out.To make it in an industry traditionally dominated by men, she said, "I wore flashy bright-colored suits, short skirts, I had great legs.Embed this player on your website using the snippet below
UK
A Zimbabwe activist breaking down in tears of joy after Robert Mugabe’s resignation has embodied the celebrations across the country that have welcomed the end of his 37-year rule.Thousands of people have poured onto the streets of Harare to celebrate the 93-year-old quitting by letter on Tuesday.Mugabe has been in power since independence from the UK in 1980 and transformed a prosperous nation into an economic basket case.As footage showed cars beeping and people dancing as they waved flags, one woman who appeared on the BBC captured the mood.When asked by reporter Ben Brown what the end of Mugabe meant to her, the unnamed woman said:“We did not want Mugabe at all.
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Somehow, it seemed inevitable that it would suffer the same fate as so many much-hyped Apple products of the past.Apple merely said that its new smart speaker "needs a little more time."Without, that is, saying precisely how much time or why.So I thought I'd ask someone who really ought to know, as she's part of the product: Siri.After all, smart speakers rely on the responsiveness of their AI assistants, so she should already be aware of what's going on.Siri acted as if I was speaking Polish.
Sweden
Uppropet teknisktfel samlar vittnesmål från runt 1 500 kvinnor om sexism och övergrepp i teknikbranschen.En av de som står bakom uppropet är säkerhetsexperten Johanna Mannung.Metoo-rörelsen har spridit sig en löpeld i sociala medier under de senaste veckorna.I uppropet teknisktfel delar nu cirka 1 500 kvinnor med sig sina upplevelser av kränkningar, en utbredd sexism och den tystnadskultur som de har upplevt i den svenska teknikbranschen.Men det som har fått mig att göra det är att den här sexistiska kulturen har varit så pass genomgripande under hela min karriär.Att jag vågar tala ut nu beror till stor del på att jag känner mig trygg med min nuvarande arbetsgivare, säger Johanna Mannung.
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Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce in his Budget on November 22 that the government will introduce regulatory reforms designed to speed up the introduction of self-driving cars in the UK, The Guardian reports.The chancellor is reportedly planning to allow driverless cars to be tested in the UK without a human operator inside the car.Several US states have eased regulations around self-driving cars in order to attract technology companies.Las Vegas, for example, worked with companies such as Alphabet and Uber on allowing the technology to be tested.The UK is already used by Amazon to test its delivery drone technology as the UK's Civil Aviation Authority allowed the company to do more in-depth testing than is allowed in the US.
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HTC is offering significant discounts on pre-paid Viveport subscriptions for Black Friday.The largest discount for a 12-month pre-paid subscription offers access to 60 apps for $30.The plan is typically priced around $80.There’s also a $40 6-month plan with 30 apps and a $20 3-month plan with 15 apps.Those are both $20 off the normal subscriptions.The deals are available from Nov. 22 through Nov. 27.
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