Online fantasy-sports operators DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc., which set aside their fierce rivalry last year and announced plans to merge, called off the tie-up Thursday in the face of opposition from regulators.The Federal Trade Commission filed an antitrust lawsuit last month to block the proposed merger amid concerns the deal would harm...
Warning: minor spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones."Even if you can't book your "Game of Thrones" dream vacation, you can still visit many of the filming locations in your browser.Google posted a Google Maps location guide on Thursday that will take you from the cool confines of Winterfell in Scotland to the site of the horrifying battle between Brienne and the Hound in an Icelandic national park.The long list of "Game of Thrones" locations includes the settings for Cersei's walk of shame, the arena of Meereen, the House of the Undying, Prince Doran's palace in Dorne and the Iron Islands.Click on a location and you'll be immersed in an interactive Street View window that lets you move around and explore the details of the place.Google is clearly having fun with this, attributing its announcement to "Lady Ursula of House Redon, Master of Street View in the Seven Kingdoms."
Slow internet speed will no longer haunt your Facebook chats as the company has defined a new way to counter this problem.Facebook has launched the ‘Lite’ version of Messenger in India on Thursday.Named as Messenger Lite, the app aims at people who face slow connection speed and still own a basic Android phone.The app was launched earlier in June for multiple countries but the India launch was awaited.From today onwards, the app will be available on Google Play.The app provides similar functions as the Messenger app, which lets users to send and receive texts, photos, links, emojis and stickers.
Not getting enough sleep doesn't feel good — and could have some scary long-term consequences.Insufficient or poor-quality sleep has been shown to wreck short term memory, cause weight gain, and increase the risk of diseases ranging from depression to cancer.And according to several newly published studies, there are a number of connections between disrupted sleep and the presence of biological signs and risk factors of Alzheimer's disease.People with Alzheimer's generally have observable tangles of tau proteins, inflammation in the brain, damaged brain cells, and higher concentrations of beta-amyloid proteins, which make up a plaque associated with the disease.The participants all had some increased risk for Alzheimer's due to their family history and genetic factors, but all were cognitively healthy.However, the people who reported not sleeping well, having sleep problems, or feeling sleepy during the day had more biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease in their cerebrospinal fluid.
Facebook remains a powerful platform to gain new business, particularly for women business owners, who are comfortable leveraging social media as a strategy to stand out online.A recent report by Animoto notes that female entrepreneurs are shaping their marketing strategies towards the social media landscape with 98% saying they use FB for marketing, and 48% saying they feel confident creating high-performing content for that platform.With 83% of respondents selling their goods/services exclusively online or partially online, social media marketing has become an important channel for female entrepreneurs looking to generate awareness and sales, with Facebook being the most used platform.As demonstrated by the June survey of 637 female entrepreneurs, women particularly see Facebook as a powerful platform to gain new business with video marketing.With 64% of consumers saying they made a purchase in the last month after being inspired by a brand video on Facebook, 81% plan to create a marketing video within the next six months.Facebook Live) in the last six months while 31% have created a marketing video in the last six months using a DIY tool.
Starz has just announced an expansion to its on-demand and OTT offerings, specifically focusing its library growth on Spanish-language and kid-friendly content.According to the company, it has more than one million subscribers following the Starz app’s launch in 2016.During the past fourteen months since arriving, as well, the company has more than doubled its video offerings.The Starz app brought users a variety of content in convenient form; since arriving last spring, Starz says it has grown its app/OTT content by more than 125-percent.At the moment, the library sits at a huge 5,500 titles, which is up from 2,400.Nearly 300 Spanish-language TV show episodes and movies are part of this content library growth, as is the recent addition of a bunch of kids shows.
One way they’ve been accessing consumers on these platforms is through chatbots, or software programs that use business-to-consumer (B2C) text-based messaging as an interface through which customers can communicate with merchants in a question-and-answer format.For merchants, these offerings are valuable because sales increase as customers communicate with and shop from their brand on more channels.But there’s considerable friction — in chat apps, payments offerings are limited, which means users who might be browsing in a messaging app will still be redirected to another app or the mobile web to complete a purchase.This is creating an opportunity for payments processors and card networks, which are beginning to partner with merchants to capture potential volume from chat apps.And as the hype increases, other payments firms, like remittance providers and banks are also entering the game, in the hopes of increasing user engagement or attracting new types of clients.There’s a long road ahead: We’re just at the beginning of what’s likely to be a long adoption cycle, with payments firms only starting to dip their toes into the space.
Digiday Media is excited to welcome its first senior vice president of sales and client engagement.Drew Schutte, the former chief revenue officer of Condé Nast Digital, and publisher of Wired, The New Yorker and Details, is joining Digiday Media to drive sales and client engagement for the company’s three media brands (Digiday, Glossy, Tearsheet) and content agency Custom.He will work alongside and report to chief client & revenue officer, Paul Borselli.During his years at Condé Nast, Drew was a leading digital and event marketing innovator overseeing digital sales growth while at the same time integrating the digital business with the legacy print business.In addition, he created experiences like the Wired Store and NextFest, led sponsorships for The New Yorker Festival, and developed a sales and branded content group for the innovative experience marketing company, Pop-Up Magazine Productions.“Drew is a proven business leader who will help continue Digiday Media’s rapid expansion,” said Nick Friese, founder and CEO of Digiday Media.
When Oculus announced the Rift would launch at $599—or $799 with the motion-tracked Touch controllers—the Internet-at-large rioted.Years of Palmer Luckey's promises to hit a $350-400 price sticker with the first consumer model were undercut in an instant.Oculus announced the “Summer of Rift” this morning, slashing $200 off the cost of Rift and Touch—meaning you can now get the full bundle for that mythical $399 "for a limited time."That’s a damn good price.I personally think the HTC Vive is a better system, even if its wand controllers don’t hold a candle to Touch—the Vive’s tracking is more consistent, and with the addition of the Deluxe Audio Strap it’s also a more comfortable headset.You’re still paying nearly $900 for the privilege, though, almost a year and a half after release.
Epigamia yogurt-maker Drums Food raises USD 13.8 M for Series BFounders: Rohan Mirchandani, Milap Shah, Ganesh Krishnamurthy, Uday ThakkarFinancing status: USD 13.8 million for Series B round in 2017Drums Food International has raised USD 13.8 million for Series B round led by existing investors Belgian-based Verlinvest and DSG Consumer Partners.InnoVen Capital, a venture lending firm backed by Temasek Holdings and UOB Group, also participated in the round.Drums Food, founded in 2008 by Rohan Mirchandani, Milap Shah, Ganesh Krishnamurthy and Uday Thakkar, launched Epigamia Greek yogurt in 2015.
Häromveckan la inrikesminister Anders Ygeman fram Sveriges strategi för it-säkerhet.En plan som fokuserar på sex prioriteringsområden, däribland ökad säkerhet i nätverk och produkter, ökad kunskap och bättre förutsättningar för att förebygga cyberattacker.Samtidigt har en lång rad företag och myndigheter världen över drabbats om omfattande cyberangrepp som lamslagit deras verksamheter.Nu senast en version av viruset Petya, där angriparna mer tycks ha varit ute efter att göra skada än att tjäna pengar.Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap, MSB, får i den nationella strategin i uppdrag att på olika sätt analysera och bedöma informationssäkerheten i samarbete med andra myndigheter.Det rimliga är att det är tillsynsmyndigheterna som ser till att rätt riskbedömningar görs hos deras tillsynsobjekt.
Ruotsin kokoomuksen, oikeistoliberaalin Moderaterna-puolueen, puheenjohtaja Anna Kinberg Batra arvosteli Ruotsin sosiaalidemokraattivetoista hallitusta verojen nostosta sunnuntaina Ruotsin politiikkaviikolla Almedalenissa.Haluamme, että hallitus lopettaa vahingollisen verojen nostamisen”, sanoo Kinberg Batra.Kokoomuspuolueen mukaan yksi Ruotsin suurimmista ongelmista on puutteellinen integraatio.Maahanmuuttajataustaisten työttömyys on selvästi korkeampaa kuin ruotsalaisten.Kinberg Batran mukaan kokoomus haluaa työmarkkinoille reformin, jolla tätä eroa kurotaan puoleen nykyisestä.Maahanmuuttajien on opeteltava kieli ja tultava mukaan työmarkkinoille.
Suomen Lähi-idän instituutin johtajana Damaskoksessa toiminut Ari Kerkkänen on paneutunut perusteellisesti Syyrian historiaan sen synnystä tähän päivään.Jo Ranska toimi maassa häikäilemättömän brutaalisti mandaattiaikanaan 1920–1946.Myös Yhdysvallat ja Venäjä ovat juonineet alueen hallinnasta milloin Egyptin, milloin Saudi-arabian, Israelin, Irakin tai Iranin valtaa hamuavien johtajien kanssa.Armeijan tuella shiialainen alaviitti Hafez Assad valittiin presidentiksi vuonna 1971.Assad halusi modernisoida Syyrian, ja pyrki yhteistyöhön sunnivaltaisen Baath-puolueen kanssa.Muun muassa maan lukutaidottomuus laski 25 prosenttiin.
Mycket har hänt sedan den dagen Jörgen Askeroth klev i på kontoret i Karlskrona där Nordic Tel huserade.Företaget som sedermera blev känt som Europolitan.Jörgen Askeroth blev kvar på företaget i nästan tio år.Efter några års gästspel i andra branscher klev han 2001 in som teknisk chef på Tre, en position som han efter sommaren lämnar över till Per Stigenberg.Han blir kvar som rådgivare till Peder Ramel, styrelseledamot och tidigare vd.Då, 1991 när Europolitan såg dagens ljus, var det fortfarande röstsamtal som var kärnan.
Our weekly column summarizes the tech financing highlights in India this week.E-commerce fundraising is very active in India’s investment sector this week.Some popular e-commerce financing include industrial tools, automobile, food & grocery, and secondhand goods.E-commerce marketplace Moglix raises USD 12 million for Series BFinancing status: USD 12 million Series B round in 2017E-commerce marketplace Moglix on Tursday raises USD 12 million for Series B to support and further strengthen its technology solution in supply chain and manufacturing domain, boost infrastructure growth, and facilitate geographical expansion plans.
SoundCloud announced Thursday that it would be closing its San Francisco and London offices—firing 173 employees, or around 40 percent of its staff.The Berlin-based company has been struggling for years: it reported losses of more than €51 million ($58.1 million) in 2015—losses that have steadily grown since 2010.In January 2017 financial statements, the company said the losses "give rise to a material uncertainty about the Group's ability to continue as a going concern."As Ars reported nearly 18 months ago, the audio social network has been the darling of independent producers and DJs worldwide who use it to share and comment on each other’s work.But like some startups, it has struggled to turn its massive user base into meaningful revenue.As a "freemium" service, most people use the site without paying.
Editor’s note: A version of this post by Xu Wei first appeared on Yicai Global.Jia Yueting, founder of LeTV Holdings (Beijing), said in a statement today that he will undertake all responsibility for the company’s employees, users, clients, and investors.LeTV’s suppliers are recovering debts from the company, he claimed.Jia underlined that he remains LeTV Holdings’ executive director and the biggest shareholder.Resigning from his position as the CEO and even other more important positions are just to advance the mass production of FF 91 as soon as possible, he claimed.LeTV will continue to roll out the best products.
Director James Gunn has confirmed that his Marvel movie "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2" will be the first 4K Blu-ray released by Disney.The director indicated in April that he was lobbying Disney to release the film with the extended color and contrast that the format allows."LIGHT and COLOR are such important elements of 'Vol.2's' story, and why we screened the world premiere in Los Angeles in essentially this format," Gunn said in a Facebook post Wednesday (read the full post below).The director said that home releases will also include a 3D version, plus plenty of extras and surprises.
Sony said back in March that it would soon be adding PlayStation 4 titles to its cloud-based gaming service, PlayStation Now.On Thursday, Sony made good on its promise with the addition of 20 PS4 games to the PS Now library.The new entries, spanning span a variety of genres including action adventure, real-time strategy, fighting, racing and more, are as follows:God of War 3 RemasteredMX vs ATV Supercross EncoreExist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky
Vägen som Singapore valt när det kommer till it-säkerhet är så nära perfektion man kan komma.Andra rika länder däremot har hål i sina försvarssystem.Och det är fattiga länder som visar vad de borde göra åt saken, skriver Reuters.Välbärgade länder och organisationer lockar till sig fler kriminella än de som saknar finansiella medel.Det visar en studie från FN:s internationella teleunion, ITU.– Det finns fortfarande påtagliga skillnader mellan länderna när det kommer till medvetenhet, förståelse, kunskap och slutligen kapacitet att köra rätt strategier och program, står det att läsa i dokumenten.