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Not long ago Mercedes unveiled the GLC SUV to the masses.The German automaker is now back with another version of the GLC called the GLC Coupe.It’s not really a coupe thanks to its four doors, and it has the higher stance of an SUV.Mercedes says that the GLC Coupe “skillfully and intricately combines the sportiness of a coupe with the functionality of an SUV.” This appears to be a ride aimed at those wanting an SUV for the utility and hauling capacity, but wanting coupe style.Mercedes has rolled in some new tech with the latest MBUX user interface and intelligent driving assistance systems.The systems include an exit-warning function, emergency-corridor function, and a tail-end-of-traffic-jam function.
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Around 4,500 years ago, people gathered at these sites or in nearby communities for annual winter feasts where the main delicacy on the menu was pork.Chemical analysis of the pig bones left behind after feasts at four major henge sites in southern Britain reveals a surprisingly far-flung network of Neolithic travel.This little piggy went to Stonehenge...Mount Pleasant Henge is a stone circle about 70km (44 miles) southwest of Stonehenge, near the coast of the English Channel.West Kennet Palisaded Enclosures is a set of circular ditches and palisades near the famous stone circle at Avebury, about 39km (24 miles) north of Stonehenge, while Marden Henge, between Avebury and Stonehenge, is a 14-hectare site surrounded by ditches and embankments which once held its own circle of standing stones.Durrington Walls, a large settlement (which eventually built its own stone circle) just 3km (1.86 miles) northeast of Stonehenge, was closely linked with the iconic monument itself.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this one: MoviePass, at this point the Benny Hill of subscription services, has re-re-reintroduced its unlimited plan.The latest iteration sounds a lot like the one that kicked off this tea-cup ride to begin with: For $10 per month—if you prepay for the year—MoviePass Uncapped members can see as many 2D movies as they want, although that comes with a few healthy asterisks.It also marks the company’s seventh plan change in the last year and a half alone.Paying for 12 months of a service that seems perpetually on the brink of collapse seems like a risky bet; if you’d rather go month to month, the price ticks up to $15, and after an unspecified “limited time” it’ll go to $20.“Your movie choices may be restricted due to excessive individual usage which negatively impacts system-wide capacity,” the company says, before pointing you to its expansive terms of use.It also looks like Uncapped subscribers won’t be able to purchase a ticket more than three hours in advance of a show.
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JD.com is seeing a round of shake-ups on its management team.Long Yu, the company’s legal head, announced her resignation on her WeChat Moments on Wednesday, the second key executive departing from the company in a matter of days, reported Chinese media Jiemian.Long cited family reasons for her departure, saying that she hopes to spend more time with her daughter who is in college, Jiemian quoted her as saying.Long joined JD.com in 2012 as head of human resources and general counsel, and is known for her role in establishing and running the company’s talent system.The Chinese e-commerce giant has ballooned to nearly 180,000 employees, according to Jiemian, from 8,000 in 2012.A former executive at the Hong Kong-based telecommunications company Utstarcom, Long met JD.com founder Richard Liu during her EMBA studies at China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) in 2009.
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Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation are celebrating the first anniversary of PUBG Mobile with the launch of a new version of the popular battle royale title.PUBG Mobile update 0.11.5: Here's everything newThe latest PUBG Mobile release is 212 MB in size and updates the game to version 0.11.5.Erangel and Miramar maps have been updated to support dynamic weather as well.With the new Season 6, features of the Royal Pass have been enhanced to include two subscription plans- Prime and Prime Plus.The G36C fires 5.56 rounds in Single or Auto mode and has hit damage of 43 points.
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For the full interview, go here.Orion Zhao is the co-founder and CEO of Moka, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) startup offering human resources solutions in China.He spent close to two years working as a software engineer at peer-to-peer car-sharing firm Turo before returning to China in 2015 to start Moka with his co-founder Li Guoxing, who is also a Chinese overseas returnee from Stanford University.In this interview, Zhao discussed what challenges he faced as a “sea turtle” entrepreneur and how he recruits and manages talent as well as the state of China’s SaaS market.I was looking for opportunities.What were some of the challenges you faced or lessons you learned as a returnee in China?
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Crowdfunding site Patreon, which currently helps around 100,000 YouTube creators and others make a living out of their work, has just announced some major changes to its pricing system.Before, the platform deployed a single price plan for all Patreon creators.In other words, existing Patreon creators will see no increase in the so-called “Patreon fee” — the amount that the company takes from donations — though they will be affected if they’re interested in making use of any new features launching soon.Patreon currently charges creators 5 percent of supporters’ subscriptions, but the new plans do shake things up a bit.Patreon Lite, for example, retains the 5 percent cut for the company and comes without any tiers and benefits (different tiers can offer supporters different benefits according to the amount of their donation).Patreon Pro is close to the current plan and is the one existing creators will be automatically placed into, with the 5 percent rate remaining.
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Facebook convos used to train chat dopey doppelgangerA machine-learning software engineer has trained OpenAI’s too-dangerous-to-release language model on personal Facebook messages to show how easy it is to create a bot that can attempt to impersonate you.Last month, researchers at OpenAI revealed they had built software that could perform a range of natural language tasks, from machine translation to text generation.Instead, OpenAI released a smaller and less effective version nicknamed GPT-2-117M.The output wasn't particularly coherent, though the training data was fairly limited.“It was still impressive how much person-specific things it picked up, such as talking about sleep problems when generating conversations with people who have them, mentioning plans to go to the bar with people I go out with, and remembering relevant places.
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Australia's biggest telecommunications carriers have blocked "dozens" of websites that continue to host footage of the mosque shooting in New Zealand.Australia's largest carrier Telstra issued a statement on Tuesday local time saying it had blocked a number of sites still hosting the footage, which shows a gunman storming a mosque in central Christchurch and gunning down worshippers as they prayed.Australia's other major carriers Optus and Vodafone confirmed they had also blocked a number of sites."We understand this may cause inconvenience for some legitimate users of these sites but these are extraordinary circumstances and they required an extraordinary response," said Nikos Katinakis, Telstra group executive of Networks and IT."We appreciate that it is necessary to ensure free speech is carefully balanced against protecting the community, but with these sites continuing to host disturbing content we feel it is the right thing to do to block them."Vodafone issued a similar response, saying it blocked dozens of sites to stop the further spread of the video and that it was lifting the blocks once it became aware the footage had been removed.
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Even if the weather doesn't exactly feel like spring, the calendar – and Google's Doodle – indicate that the changing of the seasons promises to bring warmer weather north of the equator.For those living north of globe's belly line, Wednesday marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.If you live south of the equator, it marks the first day of fall.It is, of course, the planet's equinox (not to be confused with the solstice, which couldn't be more different).The word "equinox" comes from the Latin for "equal" and "night."Essentially, it's the biannual event when the sun is directly over the equator.
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Xiaomi enters the crowded payments space in India with the launch of Mi Pay – Android AuthorityWhat happened: Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi announced on Tuesday the rollout of its payment system, Mi Pay, in India following a December launch in beta mode.Through the app, users can make purchases via multiple payment options such as Unified Payments Interface (UPI), credit cards, debit cards, and internet banking.Mi Pay is built on the UPI platform developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and supports over 120 banks, according to the company.The app will be available soon through Mi Apps, Xiaomi’s Android app store, according to Xiaomi India’s official Twitter account.Why it’s important: Mi Pay, first introduced in China in 2016, is entering India’s lucrative yet crowded mobile payment space dominated by homegrown mobile payment provider, Paytm, which is backed by Ant Financial.
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Stanford University launches the Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence – Stanford University NewsWhat happened: Former head of Google AI’s China Center Li Feifei will lead Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence with the university’s former provost John Etchemendy.The institute aims to advance AI research, education, and policy in order to “improve the human condition.” It will focus on the societal impact of AI and designing applications to augment human capabilities, among others.Why it’s important: The move comes amid broader concerns over the effects of AI on society.Li has been grappling with these concepts for some time.In early 2018, she wrote an op-ed for the New York Times in which she expressed her concern that enthusiasm for the technology is preventing a level-headed look at its effects on society.
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Luckin Coffee, China’s delivery-focused Starbucks rival that opened around 2,000 stores over the past year and a half, is a hell of a dream—a rapidly-growing chain fueled by ambitious venture capital and buy-one-gift-one offers.English-language reports rarely touch on who’s running and backing Luckin.Had we been a little less concerned with keeping up with Luckin’s “move fast and break things” approach and a little more concerned about where Luckin’s rapid-fire valuations came from, we’d be asking smarter questions.Fortunately, as soon as Luckin was founded in 2017, Chinese-language reports started putting some of the threads together.UCAR’s CEO and Chairman, Lu Zhengyao, is also Chair of CAR Inc. Luckin’s CEO and CMO, Qian Zhiya and Yang Fei, are CAR Inc’s former COO and CMO.Qian and Yang are a dynamic duo with a track record in taking propositions from zero to IPO, and they’re on track to do it again.
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If this pre-order page is legit, then the Galaxy A40 might be really close to launching even before the Galaxy A90 debuts next month.That might be for the best as the Galaxy A90, if it indeed has a rotating popup camera, is bound to steal the spotlight.Judging by all the details now available, that might not be hard to do as the Galaxy A40 could be the most forgettable member of Samsung’s Galaxy A series.For a line that supposed to be on the cutting edge of innovation, the Galaxy A40 is as normal as can be.Granted, it’s one of the very few Samsung phones with a notch, but it’s also close to being a part of the new Galaxy M family in terms of specs.That translates to an octa-core Exynos 7885 with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage.
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Google was dealt a major blow by the European Commission last year after it was fined almost $5 billion for practices relating to pre-installed Google apps on third-party Android phones.Now, the Mountain View company has announced that it will take more action to abide by the ruling.According to a Google blog post, the company said it’ll let Android phone owners in Europe know about the variety of browsers and search engines available to download.“This will involve asking users of existing and new Android devices in Europe which browser and search apps they would like to use,” the company explained.It’s unclear if this prompt will appear for all European Android users, or if it only applies during the phone setup phase.But it certainly sounds like Google is planning the former approach, presumably sending a push notification detailing other browsers and search apps.
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The much-hyped foldable phone from Samsung isn’t due to launch until late next month but, to the surprise of no one, a Galaxy Fold was already spotted in Vietnam.While we are always advised to exercise caution when it comes to unofficial sightings, the AT unit shown in the video leaves little doubt to its authenticity.It is exactly what Samsung showed but also includes the angles that Samsung took great pains not to show.It was easy enough to get distracted by the folding and unfolding of the Galaxy Fold but with some careful setup and a “no touch” policy, it was also easy for Samsung not to show the biggest problem with this first generation of foldable phones.All of them will have a crease where the screen folds.It’s not just the Samsung Galaxy Fold, mind.
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Under Armour is an iconic brand that has built a well-deserved reputation for high-quality athletic wear.Yet this maker also offers a lot of great casual clothing, backpacks, and accessories suitable for everyday use, whether you’re heading to the gym or just getting ready for a regular day of work or school.If you’ve been hunting around for a good waterproof backpack to carry your laptop and other items (and keep them dry and out of the rain) then Under Armour’s ongoing sale might have just what you’re looking for.And if you’re planning on spending $100 or more at the outlet store, you can save an additional 20 percent off your order with code SPRING20.It’s got a sleek design with four zippered compartments for your laptop, clothes, shoes, chargers, and other stuff, along with elastic side pockets for things like water bottles.This waterproof backpack is available in a wide range of colors, too, and is currently on sale from Under Armour for just $42 (saving you $13).
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I don't know about you guys, but I'm terrified of looking at my phone for more than a second while I'm walking.It seems that in South Korea many people have no such fear, and so some of them -- smartphone zombies as they're called there, or smombies -- are blundering into traffic with their faces buried in their phones.This is a massive problem for both drivers and pedestrians, and to help curb the issue, developers from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) are getting creative, according to a report published Tuesday by Reuters.To start, officials have installed a series of flashing lights in the pavement at a crosswalk in the city of Ilsan, South Korea.These lights are triggered by radar sensors and thermal cameras installed at the crosswalk.If the flashing lights fail to get the attention of unaware pedestrians, there are also laser projectors mounted on power line poles and even a GPS-linked app that sends an alert to the pedestrian's phone.
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Finding your new favorite music is about to get easier than ever on Pandora.The data-loving streaming service has long ranked as one of the best platforms on the web when it comes to recommending great new tunes to listeners, but it’s now providing even more unique listening opportunities.Now listeners have a choice of something Pandora calls Modes, but which are essentially specialized algorithms to recommend new music based on user-designated parameters.There are six new modes that users can pick between:Crowd Faves gives preference to songs that have the most thumbs up by other listeners on a given station.Deep Cuts offers less-listened to songs by an artist or in a set genre, Discovery provides more artists that don’t usually appear on that station, Newly Released picks the latest songs for a given station.
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It’s nothing game-changing, but it’s just what the iMac needed to keep it a competitive machine.When you dig into the details, you’ll find that these new iMacs have a shockingly old component on the inside.A spinning, mechanical disk drive.That’s right — the company that pioneered bringing solid-state drives to laptops is selling a new desktop without an SSD in it.Instead, Apple has opted to keep its “Fusion Drive” as the base storage option for all iMac models, including the $2,699 Core i9 model.Unlike most modern desktops (and laptops), the solid-state option doesn’t come standard — it’s an add-on.
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