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Luke Hall

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p Mobs in the Indian state of Jharkhand killed seven people in two violent attacks, apparently spurred into action by rumors circulating on WhatsApp.A rumor that spread last week via the popular messaging app said strangers were abducting children.Mobs of over 500 people descended on innocent men who happened to be in the area.Not only do local police state this was completely false (no child abductions have been reported), but they say it wouldn’t have justified the crowd’s actions even if it were true.“They knew they were taking the law into their hands, and instead of turning them in to the police they killed them,” said Animesh Naithany, Jharkhand’s deputy superintendent of police.As the Hindustan Times reports, people in the area are not as apt to question “fake news” distributed via social media.
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p It was a long road that took the two founders of Boxbot from drinks at Drake’s Dealership to winning the prestigious Pear Berkeley Challenge, but both Austin Oehlerking and Mark Godwin are very at home on the road.The two had successful careers at Tesla and Uber, respectively, two companies that are inarguably on the vanguard of the autonomous driving revolution.But Godwin and Oehlerking both had been bitten by the startup bug, and wanted to solve the problem of last-mile delivery.The still-in-stealth technology they developed was so impressive that it won the Pear competition — an annual event sponsored by the firm of the same name that awards $250,000 to a startup founded by students, alumna or professors from the University of Berkeley — along with some seed investments from House Capital, Afore Capital and The Graduate Syndicate.The 35-year-old Godwin began working with drone technology while at Berkeley, doing research for the Office of Naval Research.He then went on to found a company called Automa Systems, an early Uber competitor that eventually turned into an Uber for trucking.
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p Tesoro Tuned In-Ear Pro ReviewUK price (as reviewed): MSRP: £35.00 (inc VAT)US price (as reviewed): MSRP: $35.00 (ex tax)Tesoro sent us its Excalibur SE Spectrum keyboard a short while back, and at the same time it popped this little headset into the package.The headphones sit snugly in the formed plastic insert and the cardboard box has a magnetic flap on it to keep it closed.It's a really nice, thick cardboard too; it sounds silly to say, but the packaging gives these headphones a really premium feel.
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p Reading coverage of the Facebook Files in the Guardian reporting on Facebook’s secret moderation rules, I was left with one question: why is the tech giant so reluctant to censor?Their rules are so complicated that they betray their lack of commitment to removing offensive content.Each rule seems to have many caveats and exceptions, to the point at which one is no longer surprised that the moderators have a high turnaround, with only ten seconds to apply these rules per post.For example, graphic violence against animals can be ignored if it is a photograph, but not if it is a video.The importance of this emphasis cannot be understated, Facebook are not protecting their users’ right to raise awareness, they are protecting their content’s right to raise awareness.They seem to believe that, regardless of the original intent, Facebook content might do good for society, therefore it should at all costs be left alone.
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p Did your mom measure your height against the kitchen door, marking your progress on the doorframe with a pencil, writing your age and the date for every growth spurt?Mine certainly did, and I’m relatively certain that most of your moms did too.According to a newly release report by Demand Gen Report (DGR), 91% of the B2B marketers participating in this survey agreed that measurement and reporting is a top priority for their organizations.However, despite this, only 13% claim that their ability to measure and analyze their marketing performance and impact is “excellent,” while a whopping 40% say it “needs improvement.”When it comes to measurement tools, the DGR survey revealed that B2B marketers rely on a variety of reporting tactics at the same time.Most marketers (70%) get reporting from their CRM instances, followed closely by web analytics tools (68%).
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p It has got the looks and durability of a Mi product but audio quality leaves us wanting more, that too for this priceXiaomi has been known for making quality products at affordable pricing which attracted hordes of Indian consumers toward its side, who call themselves Mi fans.Moving beyond phones, Xiaomi offers slew of other products like audio accessories and pretty soon they'll have water purifiers, Wi-Fi router selling in the country as well but for now we'll talk about Mi Headphones.Taking a closer look at the ear cushions, Xiaomi is offering 2 additional pair of cushions varying in size, something that everyone would like.The top side of headphone has the classic touch of black leathered stitching which make the device look sturdy as well as elegant at the same time.The design emphasis laid down by Xiaomi has been instrumental in making sure that Mi Headphone doesn't come across as a cheap offering.
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p The management shake-up in LeEco’s Shenzhen-listed arm is a signal that investors are getting impatient for a turnaround at the financially beleaguered Chinese internet company, despite a US$2 billion cash injection from investors at the beginning of the year, according to analysts.On Sunday, it was announced through a filing on the Shenzhen stock exchange that founder Jia Yueting would step down as chief executive of LeShi Internet Information & Technology Corp Beijing, LeEco’s Shenzhen-listed arm.However, Jia would remain as the company’s chairman.Longtime Lenovo executive Liang Jun will replace Jia as chief executive at Leshi.Liang joined Leshi as an executive in 2012.The firm’s chief financial officer, Yang Lijie, was also stepping down due to “personal reasons”, according to the filing.
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p The survey discovered that smartphone-mad 18-30 year-olds spend an average of four years and two months with their network, compared to just three years and nine months in romantic relationships.And despite a long list of gripes with both the mobile networks and their other halves, young Brits are more likely to have considered cheating on their partner than thought about switching network.The poll was carried about by Carphone Warehouse, whose Marketing Director Dean Kramer said: "Even though eyes might start to wander when they’ve been with a partner a while, it seems young Brits are far more likely to tolerate debauched behaviour when it comes to their networks."Switching networks can sometimes be a pain, leading to people staying in unhappy relationships rather than make a move."However, even this isn’t enough for many to move on from their network, and the most common reason for sticking is believing that the process of switching is too complicated.Other reasons include thinking that the process will take too long, not knowing who to ask for advice and one in 10 believing that changing networks will cost them more money.
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p Twitter co-founder Ev Williams has responded to criticism that Twitter played a role in helping president Donald Trump get elected by acknowledging that Twitter’s role in the election was ‘very bad’.Speaking to the New York Times, Williams said: “It's a very bad thing, Twitter's role in that.If it's true that he wouldn't be president if it weren't for Twitter, then yeah, I'm sorry.”Trump has gone on record to attribute Twitter with his electoral success by allowing him to bypass the mainstream media to speak with his supporter base directly via a quick-fire stream of tweets, telling Fox News in March: “Well, let me tell you about Twitter.I think that maybe I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Twitter.”Venture capitalist Peter Thiel, one of Trump’s few cheerleaders in Silicon Valley has previously spoken of the irony of the situation, saying: “I think the crazy thing is, at a place like Twitter, they were all working for Trump this whole year, even though they thought they were working for [ex Democratic presidential candidate Bernie] Sanders."
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p Early last year, when British college student Lucien Hughes came down with a month-long case of pneumonia, he did what anyone stuck in a state of medically mandated sloth might do: He gorged on The Simpsons, one of his favorite shows since childhood.“When I was younger, Simpsons reruns were on every day at 6 pm,” says the 20-year-old Hughes, who studies physics at the University of Nottingham.Many of the shitposts are straightforwardly nonsensical, like Hans Moleman getting hit by Tommy Wiseau’s football; others make sense in a rando, modern-internet kind of way, such as Homer playing his saxomophone over Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” And some entries require a far-reaching, Frink-deep knowledge of early-Simpsons ephemera—the kind of wonderfully useless literacy that can only be accrued after years, even decades, of late-night reruns and quote competitions.Last year, two of the group’s more accessible creations spilled onto the mainstream internet: “Krumping Marge,” a mid-dance frame grab of the Simpsons matriarch that wound up all over Tumblr; and, uh, “Steamed Hams,” an endearingly ridiculous, admirably convoluted meme based on a throwaway line from a 1996 episode.The shitposts represent an evolution of that tradition.It has spawned not only memes like “Krumping Marge” but also the debut of the GIF-generating Frinkiac site, the abstract Scenic Simpsons Instagram account, and the mashup genre known as Simpsonwave, which pairs vintage Simpsons clips with the kind of hypnotic, narcotic Muzak you might find at a high-end hot stone massage spa (Lucien Hughes was a Simpsonwave trailblazer).
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p On this week’s Technotopia I interviewed Cindy Gallop, the outspoken TED speaker and found of MakeLoveNotPorn.Cindy worked tirelessly to bring SexTech and FemTech out of the shadows and she’s bringing all her attention to bear on the creation of technology that will bring us closer together and make us happier – something few founders think about.Gallop believes that the “toys” we see that are supposed to represent the cutting edge in SexTech are just the beginning.She is also working hard to educate the world about the difference between lovemaking and porn and how, while both have their place, lovemaking is far more fun and constructive.We teach our children to be good people in the wider world, she says, but why won’t we teach them how to be good people in bed?Gallop is currently raising a fund to help female entrepreneurs and SexTech inventors so listen in to see how you can help.
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p Manchester United's focus on developing its MUTV channel reflects the changing economics of top flight sport and the increased importance of direct revenues and audience data from OTT sports contentSpeaking to investors in a Q3 earnings call earlier this week the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said it planned to “aggressively market” its in-house MUTV app and other owned platforms with both above and below-the-line advertising.The move is part of a systemic shift within football.MUTV was created to cater to their 659 million international fans, giving them access to on-demand content and live streams.The club then hired former Yahoo and Sony Pictures executive Phil Lynch to oversee the platform's evolution as its first chief executive of media.Compared to other top European clubs, United was slow off the mark to build its digital portfolio but now its global status is better reflected in its online presence.
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p We might have called Microsoft’s OneNote one of the best note taking apps on Android, but its inconsistent look and feel made the experience a bit jarring when switching between devices.Microsoft hopes to rectify that with its latest update to OneNote, which should make you more comfortable when using the app across devices.According to Microsoft, the biggest change to OneNote is its simplified navigation.The update threw all the navigation controls to the left-hand side of the app, which allows for easier switching between notes while making content the focal point.The fresh coat of paint also benefits those with disabilities, since they can now solely rely on keyboard shortcuts to navigate through OneNote.As Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella put it, “We will focus on designing and building products that our customers love and that are accessible to everyone and built for each of us.”
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p Google said it has solved key problems with both augmented reality and its cousin, virtual reality, with a new standalone VR headset and a way to navigate indoors using visual reference points as a sort of indoor GPS, called VPS.Google said it was working with both HTC and Lenovo to deliver the first standalone VR devices later this year.Meanwhile, Google said consumers should expect the Asus Zenfone AR, a second-generation phone that uses Google’s Project Tango technology, to go on sale this summer.Most manufacturers now see virtual reality and augmented reality as a spectrum of capabilities, and the lines between the two are beginning to blur even as the devices remain separate.One of the big challenges, however, has been to give virtual reality users, whose vision is occluded by a headset that’s physically tethered to a PC, some freedom of movement.Clay Bavor, Google’s vice president of virtual reality, claimed the new Standalone VR devices would drastically improve the current-generation experience (though it’s still not clear how).
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p Google announced that Gmail for Android and iOS is getting Smart Reply, a machine learning feature that automatically offers short messages for quickly responding to emails.The feature is rolling out globally in English, with Spanish to follow “in the coming weeks,” and Google promising support for more languages “coming soon.” There’s no need to download an update today — as long as you have the latest version of the Gmail mobile app, you’ll get Smart Reply.Since then, the company has brought Smart Reply to other platforms, including Google Allo and Android Wear.But all those are still very niche — Smart Reply’s arrival in Gmail’s mobile apps shows the company believes it is ready for the masses.We asked Google if the company plans to bring Smart Reply to Gmail on the web, and a spokesperson replied the team is “heavily considering this as a future feature, but we don’t have any current plans to share.” /p p Smart Reply suggests three potential responses based on the email you received.You can select a reply and send it immediately, or edit your response starting with the Smart Reply text as a basis.
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p Alexa, Amazon's digital assistant, has more than 12,000 skills available, and in the coming weeks some of them will be able to send notifications to your Echo and other Alexa-enabled devices.To start, just four skills will have notifications available including AccuWeather, JustEat, Life360, and The Washington Post.Shopping updates from Amazon's storefront are also coming presumably for item price tracking and the like.Amazon didn't say when notifications would go live for users other than it will happen "soon."These notifications won't work the same as they do on your phone, where every app immediately wants to start buzzing.When a notification arrives there will be a chime, and Echo devices will also have a pulsing green light.
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in Asia, key stock indices were negative on Wednesday before the market closes.the bill was ascribed to political uncertainties.president of the United states Donald Trump allegedly asked ex-FBI director James Comey to stop his advisor Michael flynn's Russian-captive of the investigation.the american newspapers refer to Comey to write a memo.the Memo raises the question, are you trying to Trump to prevent the ministry of justice under the aegis of the federal police carried out an investigation.investors following however, the development of the situation, as the Trump action and the U.S. government raises increasingly doubts.
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p As an etiquette expert, I’m often called upon by the media to share my advice and tips on a variety of topics ranging from email etiquette to dating etiquette.Thanks to technology, I can conduct business with anyone, at anytime, anywhere in the world.Even if you are admittedly “old-school” and prefer face-to-face communication, chances are that you will one day have to turn to video conferencing to stay in touch with colleagues, clients and reporters.You may think video conferencing doesn’t demand the same level of polish you would bring to an in-person interview or client meeting, but the visual impact remains the same.Here are some tips to help you look and act more professional as you prepare for your close up.Lights and angles are just as important for video calls as they are for professional photo shoots.
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p HTC har laddat upp tre reklamfilmer för senaste toppmodellen U11 till YouTube.Första videon diskuterar finesser som den tryckkänsliga ramen, kameran, vattentåligheten och ljudinspelningen.Andra klippet har devisen ”designad för att sticka ut” medan sista reklamfilmen helt fokuserar på tryck och klämningar.All information om U11 finns i vår artikel från i förmiddags.
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p Record label Universal Music Group and distribution platform Tencent Music Entertainment Group have signed a licensing agreement that will include the distribution and licensing of Universal record labels to Chinese consumers, as well as greater development of Chinese artists.Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Tencent will distribute music from Universal’s roster of record labels and global recording stars on its streaming platforms QQ Music, KuGou and Kuwo.Tencent Music Entertainment Group is a subsidiary of Chinese technology investment giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, and is one of the largest music platforms in China.Tencent will also be Universal’s master distribution and licensing partner to exclusively sub-license Universal content to third-party music service providers in China.Universal Music Group is one of biggest record labels in the world.Tencent will also support Universal artists to promote their music through the brand's wider online properties and other media channels.
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