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China Oceanwide Holdings Group and China-based IDG Capital have agreed to acquire tech journalism pioneer International Data Group, publisher of PCWorld, Computerworld, and hundreds of other tech publications worldwide.The size of the deal was not officially released, although a Wall Street Journal story put the price at less than US $1 billion.IDG, a privately held company, operates in 97 countries.It was founded in 1964 by Patrick McGovern, who died in March 2014.The company operates businesses in the financial services, real estate assets, media, technology, and strategic investment markets, and it has more than 12,000 employees globally.It has continued to expand globally and in October last year, it agreed to buy U.S.-based insurance firm Genworth Financial for for $2.7 billion in cash.
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Cybersecurity is on many people s minds these days, and yet using password as a password is apparently still a thing.On Friday, password management company Keeper Security released a list of the most common passwords of 2016 ― and it s, well, shameful.Keeper Security assembled the list using a collection of passwords that were leaked through data breaches in 2016.The company didn t include leaked passwords if the breaches were announced that year but occurred prior to 2016, co-founder and CEO Darren Guccione noted in a blog post that revealed the findings.Keeper Security advised users to select a password that s more than six characters long and contains a variety of characters — including numbers, uppercase and lowercase letters, and even special characters.The company also suggests avoiding full words, which it refers to as dictionary terms.
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"It started shooting ads at us dealing with the same query that that child had put in.So we knew that they were tracking that child," Hood told the .
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Here s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.3 reasons why you can safely ignore your competitors traffic metricsJan 17, 2017 by Dianna HuffCompetitive analysis can be helpful, but columnist Dianna Huff explains why it s important not to get too focused on your competitors performance.Keep your customers from cheating on youJan 17, 2017 by Digital Marketing Depot
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Distributed 'supercomputer' prises open Fermi 'scope's secrets, sometimes with just 10 photons a dayThe Einstein@home project has announced the discovery of 13 neutron stars in its distributed analysis of gamma ray data from the orbiting Fermi telescope.The bunch of young pulsars are believed to have formed between tens and hundreds of thousands of years ago, and among them are three particular curiosities: two that are spinning slower than any known gamma ray pulsar, and one that changed rotation during the observation.Spotting the critters at all is a challenge.As the Einstein@home announcement from the Max Planck Institute explains, even Fermi's Large Area Telescope only detects around ten photons each day from the typical pulsar.With around 440,000 volunteers taking part since the project was launched in 2005, Einstein@home boasts 1.6 Petaflops of computing capacity, which would earn it a very high place in the Top 500 supercomputer rankings.
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With 13 million unit sales over 4 years, the Wii U is the worst-selling Nintendo console to date.How many millions of people wanted to play Mario Kart 8 but never got the chance?Like most versions of Mario Kart, the latest installment in the series isn t a radical departure from the dozen older games before it, but it does add some new elements to the mix, and the Deluxe version coming to the Switch fixes the largest blemish in the game: its battle mode.If you ve never played a Mario Kart game, here s how it works: Mario Kart is primarily a racing game where you drive around goofy courses and shoot your opponents with shells, banana peels, and other wacky items familiar to any veteran Nintendo fans.Battle mode was a secondary feature — typically more of an afterthought with just a few levels, but still fun — where you could skip the race and just blast each other in a deathmatch of sorts.It is finally fun to battle again.
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There are several reasons why you may want to disable autoplay videos in your social media feeds.If you re constantly using up your mobile data, and you can t figure out why, turning off autoplay videos will greatly reduce the amount of data that your social media apps are consuming.Here s how to block themAnother reason why you may want to disable autoplay videos is if you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, or if you are affected in some way by flashing images.Visual stimuli, such as flashing patterns or lights, can trigger seizures in some people.As we ve recently seen, sending an animated GIF or video can cause someone harm if they re sensitive to these types of images.
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Walking around CES 2017, you couldn t help but notice them: booths with people lined up, waiting for a chance to try out the latest gadget.No, it wasn t a VR headset; it was massage chairs.Bringing a chair that costs thousands of dollars to a show where people are on their feet all day is a pretty genius move.Dropping my 20-pound bag and kicking up my feet has become a bit of a tradition for me at shows, so when Bodyfriend reached out and asked if I wanted to take a load off mid-CES, I couldn t say no — despite the somewhat dubious name.Bodyfriend is a South Korean company that makes massage chairs, including the Rex-L, an $8,000 model.When you sit down, you grab hold of a wand that looks a bit like the handles you grab hold of on an elliptical machine to measure your heart rate.
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Snapchat just made it much easier to navigate the app and find friends, groups, Discover publishers and Our Stories with a universal search bar that s always accessible at the top of the app.Launching today for some people on Android and rolling out soon to all iOS and Android users, the search bar lets you dig out of Snapchat the best content and conversations.The company tells TechCrunch the interface is designed for speed, so you can locate what you re looking for and keep snapping.Snapchat has been derided as confusing to some because of its unique layout and how it originally relied on users knowing how to swipe around.Improved search could be a huge boon to brands, businesses and influencers hoping to build their Snapchat audience.Previously, Snapchat only offered a fractured search interface, with boxes for finding specific conversations, accounts to follow and Stories or Discover channels scattered in three different places.
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Physical tickets will not be issued for the London production of Hamilton in an attempt to combat touting, its producers have announced.The musical is set to open at the Victoria Palace Theatre in November after a hugely successful Broadway run.Delfont Mackintosh Theatres said it will have a paperless ticket system "to combat the unauthorised profiteering of third party resellers".Theatregoers will be asked simply to present their payment card for entry.Hamilton was created and written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and tells the story of America's birth and founding father Alexander Hamilton using rap, R and hip hop.Previews of the London production begin on 21 November with performances scheduled through to June 2018.
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Chinese tech company Tencent has apologised after a video was posted on social media of employees playing a sexually suggestive game at a work party, Bloomberg reports.Employees of the Shenzhen-headquartered company, which is worth over $200 billion £164 billion , posted videos from their annual dinner that show female staff trying to open water bottles tucked between men's legs with their mouths.Tencent, which operates the WeChat instant messaging platform and several other companies in China, condemned the activities in a statement seen by Bloomberg and promised that such mistakes wouldn't happen again.Charlotte Han, who helps women to develop their careers in her role at the 500 Startups incubator in Beijing, told Bloomberg: "It's quite shocking because my impression was that things were improving."Han added: "A lot of stereotype challenges that Chinese women face come from social and culture expectations."This isn't the first time that a large Chinese tech company has found itself in trouble for the way that it allows women to be seen and treated.Two years ago, Alibaba had to remove a job application that sought women with "porn-star qualities", according to Bloomberg.The women were reportedly being hired to be office cheerleaders for programmers.Tencent did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.NOW WATCH: Here s why airlines make you put your phone on Airplane Mode Loading video...
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Det är roligt och stimulerande, säger hon.– Att utveckla utbildningarna och lärandemiljöerna och jämställdheten.Men det är viktigt att vi inte ger upp.Kanske fungerar inte Steve Jobs eller Bill Gates så bra för unga kvinnor?– Där tror jag vi behöver arbeta närmare både det privata näringslivet och den offentliga sektorn så att de är med vid rekryteringar och marknadsföring av de här utbildningarna.– Ja, det tror jag säkert.
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Have you read as many books 1,000 as this 4-year-old Georgia girl reportedly has?She got to visit the Library of Congress and was named librarian for a day.Speaking of reading, how about this guy who reportedly bought 900 copies of his hometown newspaper — because he was charged with a DWI.If you know world politics and a little about Hollywood , you might do well on this nepotism quiz put together by the BBC.And what can I say, I was a child of the 80s so I have to share this playlist of fairly new pop songs remixed to sound like they came out during the time of Aqua Net hair spray and neon.Illustration of newspaper from KRT archives
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When the first Iphone was released was the camera far away from the phone paradgren.that, however, love the phone and its fotofunktion is Joe Cunningham – photographer from the united kingdom.the Fact is that he loves the whole phone and carry two pieces all the time.The one he uses for calls and sms, and the other to take psychedelic images.And the photos he takes with the Iphone is, to say the least fascinating.Thanks to a mysterious bug that distorts the colors succeed Joe Cunningham taking pictures that could have been taken from the worst LSD trip.
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zakokor via Getty Images Twitter said it locked Alexandra Brodsky s account by mistake after she reported anti-Semitic abuse.In a Kafkaesque twist, a popular feminist Twitter user says the social media service suspended her after she posted screenshots of anti-Semitic messages from her Twitter trolls ― but allowed the trolls to remain online.So let s get this straight: Twitter still hasn t suspended all the bigots I reported, but they have suspended me for calling out bigotry, Alexandra Brodsky, a fellow at the National Women s Law Center, posted on her Facebook page.Over the weekend, Brodsky was hit with a slew of vicious and offensive tweets.said one, which shows her image superimposed on a lampshade.Brodsky reported the harassment to Twitter and posted a screenshot of some of the tweets with her own message, which read: Happy Saturday in Trump s America.
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Krietchman was the founder of Fresh Grill Café, which cooked and delivered healthy meals to New Yorkers.Peters has a thick, Amish-like beard.The past decade-plus in marketing was defined by data -- search results, social media shares, highly trackable online behavior -- that promised to both assess and predict consumer behavior.I ve watched the pendulum swing from cool hunting to big data, and now it s moving back, says Jake Katz, a longtime trend researcher for outfits like NBCUniversal and MTV, and the current VP of insights and strategy at Revolt Media & TV.When Nike launched its skateboarding line, Nike SB, Newman says the brand quelled an initial backlash among skaters by hiring respected skateboarders to its leadership team, sponsoring competitions and producing skate videos.She eventually joined the branding department at Warner Bros. Records, but when she left in 2008, she realized she was able to move fluidly between two disconnected communities: the artist on the street and the brand manager in the boardroom.
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Sijoituspalveluyritys Frontin päästrategi Ari Aaltonen korostaa varovaisuuden merkitystä Frontin tammikuun kuukauksikatsauksessa.Aaltosen mukaan Brexit äänestyksestä alkanut poliittinen epävarmuus jatkuu ja Yhdysvaltojen presidentinvaalien seurauksena tapahtuva hallinnon vaihtuminen lisää markkinoiden epävarmuutta jälleen tammikuussa.Italian kansanäänestys joulukuussa jätti kaikki Italian ongelmat ratkaisematta, Alankomaissa pidetään maaliskuussa parlamenttivaalit ja kevään todellinen riski on Ranskan presidentinvaalit.Saksan liittopäivävaalit syksyllä alkavat halvaannuttaa sekä EU:n että Saksan poliittista päätöksentekoa viimeistään keväällä ja suurin riski EU:lle ja varsinkin eurovaluutalle on Italian parlamenttivaalit, jotka pidetään viimeistään keväällä 2018.Aaltosen mukaan Frontin korkostrategia, valuuttapainotukset ja osakkeiden taktinen allokaatio jatkuu korostetun varovaisena.Frontin analyysin mukaan korkojen nousu ja dollarin vahvistuminen todennäköisesti jatkuvat.
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Today is 10 years since Steve Jobs got up on stage during the Macworld 2007-the trade fair and introduced the Iphone – the phone that would change the way we look at mobile phones.In a press release, see Apple back on the time that has passed since Steve Jobs introduced the phone as three devices – An Ipod with widescreen and t-controls, a revolutionary mobile phone and a breakthrough internet device.Six months later it was available on the market and swept the track with all the competition. the Iphone is an essential part of our customers 'lives, and today more than ever define the way we communicate, will be entertained, work and live ," says Apple CEO Tim Cook in the press release.The best is still to wait .A cool experience even today
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Nobody has ever felt their breath catch in their throat at the sight of a Toyota Camry, but that hasn t stopped it from becoming the best-selling car in America for the past fifteen years.The big, bold grille – which will be different depending on whether you opt for the LE, XLE, SE, or XSE – is unapologetic and, importantly, far less anonymous than the old version.Crease-lines are sharper and deeper, and the concept of a lower center of gravity – which is indeed lower on this car than the old Camry – is emphasized.Toyota calls it sporty, and even if you re not feeling so generous it s clearly better than the anodyne looks of the car it replaces.New seats get better ergonomics and easier adjustment, while the rear bench has more room than before.There are more soft-touch materials where your fingers fall, and the dashboard looks more designed and less like it was just pieced together from a parts bin.
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The other relates to the non-compliance of the national security agencies with their existing data protection obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 DPA .The consequence of such plans can be illustrated by the case of Marper v UK dealing with the retention of DNA samples by the police.In Marper, the UK s highest Court the House of Lords as it then was came to a unanimous decision with a panel of 5 judges that retention of DNA profiles, on individuals who had been arrested but who had been subsequently acquitted, comprised a lawful interference of private life in terms of Article 8 of the ECHR.Such retention of DNA profiles and related personal data also did not breach Article 8.It is a subsequent use or disclosure that activates the stored personal data and which creates any interference with private life.If the ECHR follows previous judgments, it is likely to find such bulk personal dataset retention unacceptable in terms of Article 8.
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