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Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has restructured its mobile phone business group amid increased competition in the Chinese market, Tencent Tech reports (in Chinese).The move comes one month after the company spun off its budget smartphone sub-brand Redmi.A new advisory team will be set up under the smartphone business group and led by Zhu Lei, formerly head of sales, combined with an operational team controlling product expenses within the company.Chinese media cited Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun as saying that the restructuring aims to enhance the company’s operation and strategy in its smartphone business.At the same time, Xiaomi established a department to conduct research and development into new technologies for touch control of mobile phone displays.Lei Jun made the announcements in an internal letter to employees.
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China Freezes $1.5 Billion of P2P Assets in Intensified Probe – BloombergWhat happened: Chinese police have frozen RMB 10 billion (around $1.5 billion) worth of assets across more than 380 peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders in a large-scale investigation spanning 16 countries.The operation, code-named “Fox Hunt,” has led to the arrest of 62 suspects since June.Why it’s important: Chinese authorities have been clamping down on the P2P lending industry that started flourishing in an under-regulated environment a decade ago.Rife with fraud, P2P lending has earned a bad name in China.Most infamously, it spawned the country’s largest Ponzi scheme in 2015.
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The Singapore government has set aside an additional S$100 million (US$74 million) for small and medium enterprises, finance minister Heng Swee Keat announced in Parliament today, as part of his annual budget speech.The fund, dubbed SME Co-Investment Fund III, will be co-invested into startups alongside venture capital firms and private sector investors.Here are more SME-related announcements:Enterprise Singapore, a government agency that helps local enterprises, will launch a new program called Scale-up SG.It is designed to help startup scale up by linking them up with private and public sector partners.The government will pilot an Innovation Agents program, which will help companies tap experts who can advise on innovating and commercializing technology.
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The first ever UK chemist opened its doors in 1734, says Mark Livingstone when I meet him for breakfast.But it’s not so much this 285-year history that’s remarkable – it’s the fact that the business of dispensing drugs has barely been disrupted during that time.As the former managing director of Lego says: “When you think of all the innovation in healthcare, it’s incredible to think that the pharmacy business hasn’t changed for almost three centuries.”Until now, that is, because subscription company Pharmacy2U, which Livingstone now runs, is giving the pharmaceutical sector a twenty-first century healthcheck.Billed as an alternative to a chemist, Pharmacy2U is for those of us – and there are lots – who have repeat prescriptions.He bought into a company called ChemistDirect with the intention of using the platform for his new business.
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The team is, apparently, made up of 16 engineers and four recruiters, according to some good ol’ LinkedIn stalking by Reuters.Some of them have been snagged from other companies like Intel, Qualcomm, Broadcomm and Nvidia.The problem of AI and predictive policing: The AI Now Institute has published a report outlining the challenges of law enforcement using AI algorithms to help forecast criminal activity.The research center based at New York University focuses on the social impact of AI.For example, “dirty data” contains hidden biases that might predict that certain areas have elevated levels of crime.“Deploying predictive policing systems in jurisdictions with extensive histories of unlawful police practices presents elevated risks that dirty data will lead to flawed, biased, and unlawful predictions which in turn risk perpetuating additional harm via feedback loops throughout the criminal justice system,” the researchers wrote in the paper.
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多款“网约护士”App服务价格动辄数百元 安全问题引人担忧 – China National RadioWhat happened: After surveying private apps that provide at-home nursing services, China National Radio concluded that many are expensive and may pose safety risks.While convenient compared to service at public hospitals, app-based services such as injections are much pricier.In addition, the vetting process for nurses can be uneven.An app called “Gold Medal Nurse” (our translation), for instance, doesn’t display the hospitals where nurses work, or what kind of qualifications and licenses they hold.In addition, according to self-reported information, many of the app’s nurses have less than five years of experience.
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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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Of all the questions my consulting clients ask, there is one that comes up more often than all the others combined.How do I vet manufacturers in China or India to minimize the risks of working with a company in a different country?”Here are six tips that I generally offer to help ecommerce businesses navigate the potentially treacherous waters of overseas manufacturing.Whether you visit in person or perform your inquiries remotely, there are certain questions you’ll want to ask every potential manufacturer on your list.Each one acts as a test that a manufacturer needs to pass before you trust it with your business.If they are unwilling to provide proof of relevant licenses, registrations, and samples of work, that’s a major red flag.
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But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered.It confirms what many have been suspecting: in Australia and around the world, arthropods – which include insects, spiders, centipedes and the like — appear to be in trouble.If that study’s findings are broadly valid – something still far from certain – it has chilling implications for global biodiversity.Four decades later, another research team returned to the island and repeated the study using identical methods and the same locations.The team found that a bevy of arthropod-eating lizards, birds and frogs had fallen sharply in abundance as well.Arthropods pollinate some of our most important food crops and thousands of wild plant species, disperse seeds, recycle nutrients and form key links in food chains that sustain entire webs of life.
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As the lines between art and technology continue to blur, digital art experiences become more commonplace.Already, you can visit a virtual reality museum or display artwork on a digital display that looks incredibly like a real canvas.But all these developments are raising an important question for art conservationists: How should digital artworks be preserved?It might seem like digital artworks are some of the easiest to preserve — after all they can be copied an infinite number of times and will not suffer degradation from environmental factors which affect physical art such as temperature and humidity.But in fact digital works can be remarkably fragile because they usually depend on a specific set of software and hardware in order to be displayed as the artist envisioned.When operating systems change and software updates, it becomes much harder to preserve digital artworks — not to mention the challenge of working with obsolete hardware such as floppy disks.
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Marvel’s Black Widow movie is still in development, now with a new writer working on the script.According to an exclusive report from Collider, screenwriter Ned Benson (The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby) has been brought on by Marvel to rewrite the script for the Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson.Benson, whose most notable work is The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a film that he rewrote alongside Jessica Chastain to more significantly highlight the woman’s perspective, is taking over for Jac Schaeffer, who wrote the previous edition of the script.According to Collider, Marvel was very impressed with Benson’s work on Rigby, which led to him getting this job, alongside some reported past professional history with Johansson.While not quite as good as a female scriptwriter, one who has a history of emphasising women’s perspectives is certainly something for the first solo movie for the MCU’s most prominent lady.The film, with no firmly set release date, is being directed by Cate Shortland and produced by Kevin Feige.
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Hasbro is officially unveiling more of its Power Rangers Lightning Collection figures at Toy Fair 2019 Saturday, which is highlighted by a recreation of a fearsome Power Rangers villain.Lord Zedd is among several figures unveiled as part of the line's first wave, joining the previously announced White Ranger Tommy Oliver.While an early look at this set appears to have leaked Friday via Southern Hobby Lobby, CNET was able to see the new figures up close at Hasbro's Toy Fair showroom.This first wave, launching this spring, will also include the Shadow Ranger from 2005's Power Rangers S.P.D.and Red Ranger Tyler Navarro from the 2015 and 2016 Power Rangers Dino Charge series.Each of these figures are available for preorder starting Saturday on Amazon, and will cost $20.
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If you’ve read some of the less-than-stellar content you find splattered on the web, you’ve probably developed the opinion that literally anyone can crank out a blog post.While there might be some truth in that assumption, there’s a big difference between writing a blog post and writing a blog post that actually demands attention.It’s safe to say Darren Murph knows the difference.Now, you can find out what he knows about building digital audiences with his How to Write a Blog Post That Drives Traffic course.For a limited time, you can get it on sale for only $19.99 from TNW Deals.If you don’t know Murph, all you have to understand is that he’s the real deal.
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Twitter said Friday that it hid a tweet that appears to be from the account of Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei for violating its rules against making violent threats or wishing for the death of a person.The flagged tweet, which still pops up in Google search results, references a decision in 1989 from the Supreme Leader of Iran at the time that called for the killing of British-Indian author Salman Rushdie following the release of his controversial novel "The Satanic Verses.""Imam Khomeini's verdict regarding Salman Rushdie is based on divine verses and just like divine verses, it is solid and irrevocable," the tweet stated.Some Twitter users complained the tweet incited murder.When Twitter determines that a user violates its rules, the company doesn't allow the user to tweet again unless he or she removes the offending tweet.In the meantime, Twitter replaces the tweet with a notice that mentions that it's unavailable to users of its site.
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Google used shell companies and subsidiaries to hide its involvement in expansion plans that yielded millions of dollars in tax breaks, according to a report by The Washington Post on Friday, casting light on how tech companies cut deals with local governments.When the search giant planned to build a data center in Midlothian, Texas, Google used a subsidiary called Sharka LLC, The Post reported.In the case of the Texas data center, Google was seeking a decade of tax breaks, but Midlothian's head of economic development was barred from disclosing Google's involvement in the project, the report said.The size of deals between local governments and tech companies was thrust into the spotlight Thursday after Amazon dropped a bombshell announcement: It was no longer going forward with plans to build a massive second headquarters in New York City.The withdrawal followed intense opposition from local politicians and union groups, fueled in part by the tax breaks the city gave the e-commerce giant.Earlier this week, CEO Sundar Pichai said the search giant is investing $13 billion in data centers and offices around the country, mostly in the Midwest, East Coast and South.
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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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Not long ago -- three months to be exact -- Amazon's giant HQ2 project was considered a national prize.The largest e-commerce company in the world had planned to create a second major campus outside its Seattle mothership as it worked toward even more expansion.Then New York City won half the project, and everything went disastrously wrong.Following months of opposition from local politicians and union groups, Amazon on Thursday canceled its plans to build a 25,000-employee campus in New York.It offers a clear picture of how badly Amazon misdiagnosed the political environment it was walking into and how it made itself a bigger target for protesters by creating such a flashy bidding process.The situation also illustrates how negative perceptions about Bezos' treatment of workers and alleged monopolistic practices are corroding the company's once-sterling reputation.
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A new even earlier timing for updating Google apps became apparent this week as Google aims for better security and an overall more consistent mobile experience.Developers received messages notifying them of the testing of this new feature and that it’ll be rolling out to users across the planet in the near future.This service will be opt-out, if for whatever reason a user would want to choose to keep their older versions of apps at sign-in.The notification suggests that Android Lollipop will be the earliest version to get this sort of update, pre-load feature.What’s more, this doesn’t only apply to Google-made apps.The developers we’ve seen getting notification of this update weren’t Google app developers, they were developers of their own, independent apps (that were listed with Google Play, of course).
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