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Guangzhou’s Intellectual Property Court has issued an injunction to stop Bytedance-owned video app Watermelon Video from streaming shows that involve Tencent’s wildly popular mobile game, Honour of Kings, according to media outlet Legal Daily (in Chinese).The injunction, which came out on Jan. 31, ruled that the three companies related to Watermelon Video—Yuncheng Sunlight Media, Bytedance-owned aggregator Jinri Toutiao, and Bytedance—infringed upon Tencent’s Honour of King’s copyright by broadcasting for-profit live video streams of the game.It ordered them to immediately stop any streams related to the game.This is the first injunction related to video game livestreaming in China.A Tencent spokesperson declined to provide further information.Bytedance was not immediately available for comment.
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The southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu is looking to drive innovation in artificial intelligence (AI) by offering subsidies of up to RMB 3 million (around $430,000) to startups in the city.Chengdu hopes to establish itself as an AI-powered innovation center, covering a variety of applications including 5G, ultra high-definition video streaming, and virtual reality.The city government is offering subsidies of RMB 3 million to companies that innovate in a number of AI fields, including medical and military technologies, according to a statement released on Feb. 15 (in Chinese).The capital city of Sichuan province is facing increased pressure to acquire talent amid an AI race involving a slew of Chinese cities.Tianjin, another second-tier city in northern China, announced in May 2018 plans for a RMB 100 billion fund for AI development, including robotics and autonomous vehicles.Chengdu also aims to boost AI development by encouraging collaboration between companies that are leaders in their fields and universities by providing sponsorships of up to RMB 10 million to each project.
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But the company has nevertheless decided to inject some humor into its latest handset ad, which focuses on the camera’s Depth Control feature.Depth Control, which landed with its 2018 iPhones, lets you use a slider to adjust the amount of bokeh, or background blur, to an image that you’ve already taken.Apple’s amusing ad kicks off with a mother showing a friend a photo of her young son, snapped on her iPhone.“That’s cute,” comments the friend, before asking, “Wait … who’s that blurred out there in the background?” She quickly realizes that it’s her own son.The damage has been done, and the situation is fast spiraling out of control.“Why do you hate Jacob?” the friend asks.
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Oscars 2019 is just a week away.We still don't know who's going to host, but here's what we do know about the 91st Oscar ceremony.We know who's nominated -- and that Black Panther is up for best picture and might even have a slight chance.We also know how, when and where to watch the show online.This year the Oscars takes place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, Feb. 24.The whole event starts at 8 p.m.
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Asheley Landrum is an assistant professor of science communication at Texas Tech University.Her focus: how cultural values affect our understanding of science.Most recently she's been looking at the rise of flat Earth theory.Google searches for "flat earth" have grown massively over the past five years and flat Earth conventions have begun popping up all over the globe.Landrum interviewed 30 people who attended one flat Earth convention and found that all but one became flat Earthers after watching videos on YouTube.She presented her research at an event run by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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The road to WrestleMania goes through Elimination Chamber, arguably one of WWE's most gimmicky main events, and this year's event ended on a grand note with a surprisingly wholesome, fulfilling main event.Here's our full run down of the event, including all the winners, highlights and fan reactionsThe results from Elimination Chamber will be updated as the night wears on.Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman ["No DQ"]Baron Corbin wins via pinfall after Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley triple-powerbombed Strowman through two tables.Oh and don't forget Finn Balor's washboard abs new title.
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The WWE Elimination Chamber 2019 happens today in Houston, Texas.Elimination Chamber 2019 is the continuation of Wrestlemania season, which began last month at the Royal Rumble and culminates at Wrestlemania 35 on April 7 in New Jersey.The 2019 Elimination Chamber will also crown the first ever WWE Women's Tag-Team Champions.Check out the specific start times as well as the current match card below.We'll continue to fill it in as more matches are added.Be sure to also check out CBS Sports' coverage of Elimination Chamber and their predictions.
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You may have staked your money on one big idea that paid off, but the next crucial step always lies in what’s next.By building out from a solid core of talent and expertise, then bringing valuable outside assets into the fold, these businesses were able to launch themselves beyond the big leagues and into rarefied air that’s all their own.To say that Google’s parent company Alphabet was built by M may well be an understatement.The corporation that grew from a brilliant search engine algorithm into the tech titan of the 21st century was acquiring companies at a clip of more than one per week in 2010 and 2011.One count has them at 113 acquisitions between 2012 and the present day, ranging from $3.2 billion for smart home-tech outfit Nest, to smaller amounts for niche companies whose products comprise the latest features of Google Docs, YouTube, and Android Wear.Alphabet’s example shows how the modern do-it-all tech company’s lifeblood is M By bringing on experts who had built a thriving operation in their particular niche, the company’s bought not just their existing ideas, but their next great projects.
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BOSTON - A combination of two drugs - one of them an immunotherapy agent - could become a new standard, first-line treatment for patients with metastatic kidney cancer, says an investigator from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, reporting results from a phase 3 clinical trial."Patients receiving the drug combination also had a higher response rate - meaning their tumors shrank - than the sunitinib-only group," said Toni K. Choueiri, MD, senior and co-corresponding author of the report on the JAVELIN Renal 101 trial in the New England Journal of Medicine and Director of the Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology at Dana-Farber."This is certainly better than sunitinib -- hopefully this will lead to Food and Drug Administration approval soon," said Choueiri, The Jerome and Nancy Kohlberg Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical SchoolWhile progression-free survival was improved with the combination treatment, additional follow-up is needed to show whether the two-drug therapy extends overall survival compared to the standard regimen.Immunotherapy drugs such as avelumab - which blocks an immune checkpoint called PD-L1 - work by activating "exhausted" immune T cells so they can more effectively attack cancer cells.The results from this study showed that the median progression-free survival (PFS) - the length of time before the cancer began to worsen - was 13.8 months in the combination group and 7.2 months in patients receiving only sunitinib.
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They get stiff, difficult to move and downright uncomfortable when you are trying to enjoy winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling or sledding.Check out our guide to the Best Heated Clothing to find heated socks, insoles, hats, jackets, and more!Outdoor Research Capstone Gloves ($500)The Capstone heated gloves from Outdoor Research are the most expensive gloves on the list and for a good reason.In the cold, you can feel the warm heat along the entire length of your hand.Each glove includes two batteries that can be used singly to save weight or in tandem to double the heating capacity of the gloves.
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Elon Musk, the aerospace company's founder, said he recently made "radical" changes to the spacecraft's design.But aerospace experts anticipate huge challenges for Starship, including clogs in heat-shield pores that could destroy the spacecraft.SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by Elon Musk, is working diligently on a wildly ambitious project: to permanently settle people on Mars.The spaceship is designed to be refueled in low-Earth orbit in order to propel 100 passengers and more than 100 tons of cargo at a time to Mars.Instead of relying on of thousands of heavy ceramic tiles to shield Starship from heat, as NASA did with its space shuttle, Musk says the spaceship will "bleed" rocket fuel through tiny pores to cool itself down.In theory, putting liquid between Starship's steel skin and the scorching-hot plasma generated while it plows through atmospheric gases would prevent the ship's destruction.
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That means the genetic data you share with a testing company — which may include sensitive health information like your risk of cancer — could one day be matched with your name by an unintended party.While some at-home DNA tests like 23andMe have privacy protocols to protect against this, they're not a guarantee, experts say.One key issue is the ability for users to upload their private DNA data to publicly-accessible genetic databases like the one used in the Golden State Killer case.Everything from your ancestry to your risk of cancer to information about allergies and predisposition to Alzheimer's are often included in a genetic test report.The most prolific genetic testing companies take thorough steps to protect your privacy, such as scraping personal identifiers like your name from your genetic code before they sell that data to researchers or drug companies.For at least the past decade, researchers have demonstrated that by cross-referencing anonymous DNA data with datasets that include personal information, such voter or census rolls, they can correctly "re-identify" significant portions of participants.
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Remember when the microwave was the coolest cooking gadget in your kitchen?You young’uns may not even remember life before microwaves became the norm in American households.At the risk of dating myself, I remember when my family first brought a microwave home.My Mom nuked those hot dogs for 45 seconds or so instead of boiling them on the stove for several minutes, and even my cooking-averse Dad learned the time-saving value of throwing leftover chili in the microwave for a minute or two versus dirtying up a sauce pot and standing over our electric oven stirring.Fast-forward a couple of decades, and we’ve got all kinds of things to help us in the kitchen: Toaster ovens, blenders, food processors, and slow cookers sitting on our counters or in our cupboards.But in the past few years, several small kitchen appliances have become available to home cooks who either desire to make better food or make food more quickly.
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Revised proposals attempt to address worries over Manifest v3 API changesGoogle has proposed changes to its Chrome Extension renovation plan that answer some but not all of the concerns its Manifest v3 technical specification.The initial changes, announced in October last year, set off alarm bells last month when a critical mass of Chrome plugin developers finally realized what Google intended.The Manifest v3 changes represent an attempt to address real issues for users of the Chrome browser, specifically the security and performance implications of third-party code that has access to sensitive data.The Manifest v3 specification would break content and ad blockers, privacy extensions, and a host of other browser add-on code that relies on the ability to intercept requested web content before it gets rendered in the browser.The trouble is that as initially outlined, declarativeNetRequest is far too limited to accommodate current use cases.
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New York Fashion Week seen quite a bit of change over the past decade.And then in January 2015, Mercedes-Benz, which had served as NYFW’s title sponsor for eight years, announced its departure.Later that same year, Fashion Week relocated yet again, moving to the downtown Manhattan location of Spring Studios—though several designers now choose to show their collections at other locations.The milestone anniversary of the two working together is being commemorated with a series of fashion illustrations featuring past Maybelline runway looks from artist Jeanette Getrost.Jeanette Getrost's illustrations, created in honor of Maybelline's 10-year anniversary with NYFW.Maybelline’s cooperation with NYFW has changed over that decade—keep in mind, Instagram did not yet exist in 2009.
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The past weeks have seen an explosion of talks about consumer privacy, particularly in the field of smart home technology.After a string of Nest camera hacks, consumer groups began to put plans in action to prevent further incidents from happening — and in the process, found just how dire the state of smart home security is.Although multiple requests have been made to manufacturers to strengthen their digital security, few have followed through or implemented helpful plans.In turn, privacy advocates have turned to a different tactic: shaming retailers that sell insecure devices.Eleven different groups including the Mozilla Foundation, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and The Internet Society posted a “Dear Retailer” letter on February 12 titled, “This Valentine’s Day all we want is products that meet minimum security standards.” When polite requests don’t work, perhaps public shaming is the way to go.Four companies were called out in the letter: Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.
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In honor of today's premiere of Doom Patrol, we are teaming up with DC Entertainment to bring you this kick-ass sweepstakes.One winner will take home a bundle including a Roku Express, featured on our media streamer's best list, to watch on DC Universe's streaming service along with merch exclusive to DC Universe members.Now you can feel like a superhero, too, with a Wonder Woman T-Shirt (Women's size medium), Young Justice Team Hoodie (size large), Batman: Gotham City Denim Jacket (size large), a Wonder Woman S'well Bottle, Aquaman Collectible and more.The prize has an ARV of US$365.00.You can enter to win* by heading over to our Instagram account and liking the post about the giveaway.You must be following to win.
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A University of Texas at Arlington researcher is developing new technology to program 2D materials so they can form complex 3D shapes and motions.The research could transform the way soft engineering systems or devices are designed and fabricated, with potential applications in bioinspired soft robotics, biomedical devices, tissue engineering and artificial muscles, which are soft materials that change their shapes or move in response to external signals as our muscles do."Our discoveries so far have shown great promise, and I hope that we will be able to create materials that are capable of being programmed to perform much more complex movements," he said."Previously, we focused on hydrogels, but now we will try to include biological cell components."Yum also has developed design rules based on the concept of modularity to create even more complex structures, including bioinspired structures with programmed sequential motions.This makes the shapes dynamic so they can move through space.
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Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, based on the Eisner-winning comics by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way and Brazilian artist Gabriel Bá, takes dysfunctional family drama into the big leagues of superhero action.The high concept: Seven children, born at the same time, on the same day, are adopted by an eccentric entrepreneur and trained to become superheroes.While it's not really revealed what caused them to drift apart, it's clear the siblings' antagonistic and crusty relationships with one another hide a familial love.You'll see characters time-travel, teleport short distances, conjure up dead ghosts, and even throw very accurate knives.And while knife throwing seems pretty mundane, and talking to dead people isn't altogether new, it's the way Umbrella Academy puts it all together that makes you squeal with glee.Tom Hopper plays Luther, Number One, who has a small head on a huge hulking body and unlike his siblings has a more mundane power in the form of super strength.
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Artificial Intelligence is helping to guide and support some 50 breast cancer patients in rural Georgia through a novel mobile application that gives them personalized recommendations on everything from side effects to insurance.So the information available on the app--which runs on a tablet computer--regularly changes based on each patient's progress.Mynatt, who is also Executive Director of the Institute for People and Technology, believes that MyPath is the first healthcare app capable of personalization (through its application of AI) for holistic cancer care.In January MyPath was recognized by iSchools, a consortium of some 100 institutions worldwide (including Georgia Tech) dedicated to advancing the information field.According to iSchools, "the Award Committee felt [that Jacobs' work] was timely and important, and lauded its impact in how patients manage their health."The report, Improving Cancer-Related Outcomes with Connected Health, aimed to "help patients manage their health information and participate in their own care," according to a Georgia Tech story at the time.
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