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Helpling, a German household services marketplace with Singaporean roots, has netted a “seven-figure” investment from Swiss media group Tamedia.This comes as Helpling – which belongs to the Rocket Internet lineage – acquired the Swiss business of Book A Tiger, a German competitor that was also part of Tamedia’s tech investment portfolio.Book A Tiger has decided to focus on serving its home market, Helpling said in a statement.Founded in 2014, Helpling connects homeowners with cleaners, taking inspiration from the now-defunct Homejoy in the US.It claims to have served hundreds of thousands of households and supported tens of thousands of service providers on its platform.It’s active in 10 countries across three continents.
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Advancements in tech in the past decade have revolutionized the way we learn.Instead of being constrained to a physical classroom setting, we are now able to tap on a wealth of information through online courses and learn at the comfort of our homes.Next week on October 23 & 24, four education startups looking to shake up the way we learn will be exhibiting at Tech in Asia Jakarta 2018’s Startup Factory.Read on below to find out more about them!Scola also uses AI to help students with their development and learning analysis.In addition, parents are able to monitor their children’s progress and activity in the platform.
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Is there a sustainable business behind Honestbee’s rapid rise?What will it do next?Honestbee is an intriguing startup.From just 55 staff in its small but tasteful office in Singapore’s Little India in 2015, the company has grown into a 1,000-strong regional player in food and groceries delivery as well as logistics.It has just opened an Instagrammable retail and food concept space called Habitat, filled with gourmet ingredients and cooked food – a foodie’s heaven.Honestbee parachuted right into the thick of Southeast Asia’s online groceries wars.
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Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings REUTERS/ Mike CasseseNetflix faces a host of new rivals in the streaming video business, including Disney.That's because there's more than enough room to grow in streaming for years into the future, he said.Yes, the streaming market is getting increasingly crowded with AT, Apple, Disney, and Facebook all rushing in.But Netflix isn't worried about hitting a ceiling in the streaming business and being forced to find growth in other markets anytime soon."There is so much growth ahead that's possible in streaming video entertainment, so we're just going to focus on that for a very long time," Hastings said during a webcast for investors and analysts following Netflix's third-quarter earnings report on Tuesday.
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There’s a four-year-old bug in the Secure Shell implementation known as libssh that makes it trivial for just about anyone to gain unfettered administrative control of a vulnerable server.While the authentication-bypass flaw represents a major security hole that should be patched immediately, it wasn’t immediately clear what sites or devices were vulnerable since neither the widely used OpenSSH nor Github’s implementation of libssh was affected.macOS bug lets you log in as admin with no password requiredThe vulnerability, which was introduced in libssh version 0.6 released in 2014 makes it possible to log in by presenting a server with a SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_SUCCESS message rather than the SSH2_MSG_USERAUTH_REQUEST message the server was expecting, according to an advisory published Tuesday.Exploits are the hacking equivalent of a Jedi mind trick, in which an adversary uses the Force to influence or confuse weaker-minded opponents.The last time the world saw an authentication-bypass bug with such serious consequences and requiring so little effort was 11 months ago, when Apple’s macOS let people log in as admin without entering a password.
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YouTube appeared to be experiencing widespread service disruption Tuesday night, showing users a blank website frame instead of the usual site populated by videos.Users trying access videos or upload content were greeted instead with an internal server error message.The outage appears to have begun around 6 p.m. PT, according to outage monitors and comments on Twitter.YouTube and Google representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations -- erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves -- with everyday tech.
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Late physicist Stephen Hawking's final book was published Tuesday, and he doesn't fail to take on the big issues, including the existence of God.he writes in Brief Answers to the Big Questions."We are each free to believe what we want, and it's my view that the simplest explanation is that there is no God.No one created the universe, and no one directs our fate."Hawking goes on to say that this realization made him decide belief in an afterlife was just "wishful thinking" and that "when we die, we return to dust."But Hawking, who died in March at age 76, also saw a silver lining in what to some could be a bleak view.
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This month on Amazon you can check out a few campy cult classics.Robin Williams and Nathan Lane give some of their funniest performances in The Birdcage.Or check out Guy Pearce, Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp as drag queens driving across Australia in The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.Or if you prefer a little bit of action in your cult favorites, Amazon's got Kick-Ass coming Nov. 3.If you're looking for a good cry, you can check out the '90s family film classic My Girl or the Shirley MacLaine sobfest that is Terms of Endearment.Both films will emotionally wreck you, but 'tis the season to weep uncontrollably, right?
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Amazon today updated its Paperwhite Kindle with several much-needed features — not the least of which is that it’ll now survive a dip in the pool.The new Paperwhite has a flush-front screen and twice the amount of storage as its previous iteration, coming in 8 GB at a minimum and 32 GB if you need even more room.It’s also thinner and lighter, at 182 grams and 8.18 mm thick.For comparison, the previous version came in just over 200 grams and 9 mm.The display is the same as the old version — six inches, 300 ppi — but it now comes with IPX8 waterproofing, just like the more expensive Kindle Oasis.It can withstand immersion in shallow water for up to 60 minutes, just in case you forget about it after dropping it in the bath.
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Netflix may have made a name for itself with edgy dramas, but it's swollen into a giant on our big fat appetite for sappy love stories.Netflix' Summer of Love, a programming campaign that lumped a bunch of teen-focused romantic comedy releases during the northern hemisphere's summer, hit the bull's eye, the company said in its third-quarter earnings report on Tuesday.More than 80 million Netflix accounts watched at least one of those films, like To All the Boys I've Loved Before, Netflix said.To put that in context, 80 million accounts is more than half of Netflix's total subscribers worldwide.To All the Boys I've Loved Before was a particular standout, as one of the streaming giant's "most viewed original films ever."In typical Netflix form, the company didn't provide detailed statistics about how many people watched individual titles, nor did it give hard numbers for the size of the audience for To All the Boys.
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Airtable is raising $100 million in a new funding round, Business Insider has learned.The latest funding round will value the spreadsheet app company at around $1 billion.Airtable, a startup whose cloud-based spreadsheet app has skyrocketed in popularity over the past year, is closing in on a hefty new round of funding that sources say will make the company the newest entrant into Silicon Valley's unicorn club.Sources say that the six-year-old software company will be valued at around $1 billion.Benchmark, which missed out on Airtable's previous round of funding just six months ago, is among the investors putting a combined $100 million of capital into the startup.It's unclear whether or not existing investors like Caffeinated Capital, CRV, Slow Ventures, and Freestyle Ventures will participate in the new round.
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Third-wave AI is supposed to be truly intelligent and most similar to human thinking, meaning it will make sense of the independent world and its varying contexts.For instance, digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Apple Siri handle everyday tasks including scheduling reminders or playing your favorite morning jam.Aside from being able to learn autonomously, Mind’s AI can generalize and even reason abstractly through natural language.Instead of using vast amounts of computational power, Mind aims to build its AI through patented proprietary data structures called “canonicals.” This enables the AI to construct models of how the world works, meaning it's possible for the AI to perform context-specific tasks with a high degree of success.While scientists and researchers are pretty excited by these developments, many entrepreneurs wonder how they can leverage the tech to their advantage.Growthbot, for example, compiles and analyzes marketing data and research such as search engine optimization (SEO) keywords, competitor intelligence and prospect leads.
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A chemist from RUDN was the first to use catalysts with ruthenium nanoparticles to obtain hydrogen under the influence of visible light and UV radiation.To maintain the speed of the reaction one needs only light and photocatalysts.Photocatalysts based on platinum, gold, and palladium are highly efficient in such photochemical reactions as hydrogen extraction from biomass derivatives, such as alcohols.The chemists monitored the influence of a titanium-dioxide based ruthenium nanocatalyst on the emission of hydrogen from a methanol-water mixture.The team studied four catalysts (with 1%, 2%, 3%, and 5% ruthenium content), and each of them was tested in two types of reactions - in the presence of visible light and UV radiation.Before that the systems of titanium dioxide and ruthenium were rarely used, therefore it was important to characterize their composition and optical properties, including quantum efficiency.
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died yesterday at the age of 65.Allen’s company Vulcan Inc. made the announcement through a statement.It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of @PaulGAllen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts.— Vulcan Inc. (@VulcanInc) October 15, 2018Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf expressed his grief on the company’s blog:All of us who had the honor of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today.
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Yet much of the news coverage has focused on the fact that she’s only the third female physicist to receive the award, after Marie Curie in 1903 and Maria Goeppert-Mayer 60 years later.Bias is most intense in fields that are predominantly male, where women lack a critical mass of representation and are often viewed as tokens or outsiders.For the past several decades, efforts to improve the representation of women in STEM fields have focused on countering these stereotypes with educational reforms and individual programs that can increase the number of girls entering and staying in what’s been called the STEM pipeline – the path from K-12 to college to postgraduate training.In addition to issues related to the gender pay gap, the structure of academic science often makes it difficult for women to get ahead in the workplace and to balance work and life commitments.The strictures of the tenure-track process can make maintaining work-life balance, responding to family obligations, and having children or taking family leave difficult, if not impossible.Women often are excluded from networking opportunities and social events and left to feel they’re outside the culture of the lab, the academic department and the field.
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Tired of seeing heaps of rental bikes piling up on the sidewalk and blocking traffic, the Chinese city of Foshan wants to punish inconsiderate bike riders through the local social credit system.Users of ofo, Mobike, and other bike rental platforms that park their bicycles disorderly will be blacklisted with offenders registered at the city’s public credit information management system, according to the guidelines draft published by the Foshan local government on October 15.The blacklist will be provided to the local authorities by the bike rental companies themselves in order to “promote the construction of a personal credit system,” Southern Metropolis Daily reports.The city now hosts 400,000 shared bicycles on its roads and like many Chinese cities, it has been struggling with the influx of bikes and poor parking manners since the rise of the bike rental trend.Mobike introduced an internal credit score in February which charges renters who misuse their bikes up to RMB 100 for 30 minutes of cycling.However, bike rental platforms seem reluctant to punish users over parking violations as they still compete for market share.
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The Tesla of China surges after deliveries beat (NIO) – Markets InsiderWhat happened: Nio, also known as the Tesla of China, announced that it has delivered 3,268 ES8 vehicles in the third quarter, exceeding its own target of 2,900 to 3,000 vehicles.The Tencent-backed EV maker’s shares jumped as much as 8% on Monday.Despite the production line being shut down for 10 days for routine maintenance, the company ensured that is still on track to hit the target of delivering 10,000 vehicles for the second half of 2018.Why it’s important: In September, Nio became the first Chinese-backed EV startup to go public in the US.Although there are plenty of other EV makers, like Faraday Future and Byton, who wish to emulate Tesla’s success, Nio is one of the few that has delivered vehicles to customers.
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We now have a tiny teaser to get excited for what HBO is doing with Watchmen.The Watchmen Instagram has made its first post to tease HBO's upcoming adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' graphic novel of the same name.The teaser image, technically video, zooms in slightly when you play it.Who the man (or woman) is, isn't clear.He wears a yellow mask and looks to be wearing a police hat, but there's no other hint at his identity.Damon Lindelof, a comic book writer himself who you'll know as the joint showrunner of Lost, is going to bring those same talents to the latest adaptation of Watchmen, which follows Zack Snyder's film from 2009.
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Making courageous moves amid a lot of uncertainty has colored the life of Christene Barberich, the global editor in chief and co-founder of Refinery29, the lifestyle-focused media company.Take, for example, an essay she wrote in 2015 about her five miscarriages.“It was incredibly terrifying, but also liberating,” Barberich recalled.“I wrote it for myself at first, and then I showed it to one of my co-editors, and said, ‘Is this crazy?But in fact, serving as City’s executive editor “was one of the most extraordinary creative experiences I’ve ever had.”Barberich—who has held posts at now-defunct Gourmet magazine, The Daily and The New Yorker—took another leap when she helped found Refinery29 in 2005.
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Whatever you’re building, it’s not worth much if you can’t make it work for the masses—because that’s where the world-changing happens.Which is why Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff thinks philanthropy is the wrong way to attack the social problems that have accompanied the tech explosion of the past decade, chief among them a dire homelessness crisis in San Francisco.A problem this stubborn and devastating demands a larger, more holistic solution.That’s why Benioff last week pledged $2 million (half of it from Salesforce, half from himself) to support Proposition C, a San Francisco ballot initiative that would impose a new tax on companies generating more than $50 million in gross receipts in San Francisco.The city’s Office of Economic Analysis estimates the tax would raise between $250 million and $300 million per year, enough to double what the city spends on the homeless problem now.Prop C faces serious opposition, including from newly elected Mayor London Breed, who argues the plan lacks accountability measures and could inadvertently make homelessness worse.
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