All major porn websites are blocked by the country’s Great Firewall, the censorship tool that basically made the Chinese internet a local network.An individual from the central China province of Hunan was sent to prison for four years and fined RMB 400,000 (around $57,870) for running two small websites that hosted pornographic content.A set of standards for live-streaming platforms released by a provincial government this January, for instance, prohibits female live-streamers from wearing overly revealing, flesh-colored, or figure-hugging clothing.Chinese users can easily purchase erotic games on the platform with Alipay and WeChat Pay, the top two payment tools in China.For instance, during a scene where players clean her ears, a catgirl by the name “Chocola” says: “Deeper!Last month, the National Office Against Pornographic and Illegal Publications (NOAPIP) started an eight-month cleanup campaign to further intensify the crackdown on pornography.
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Internships and graduate programme to help build out HSBC’s multi-disciplinary teamsHSBC has opened a new “data and innovation” lab in London, as it ramps up efforts to create new data-powered offerings for its Global Banking and Markets (GBM) division’s clients – and generate insight into client needs that could open up further commercial opportunities.The London lab, which the bank says is already up and running, will ultimately employ just under 100 people.HSBC has also launched a second lab with a team of 50 in Toronto, Canada.These mixed-discipline teams (to include data scientists and technologists, as well as business intelligence staff) will collaborate with HSBC’s GBM businesses to create, among other initiatives, AI tools to analyse clients’ data – to be carried out under “tight internal oversight and controls” – with the aim of identifying potential future product and service requirements.HSBC Data Labs: Launches Come as Bank Continues to Ramp Up Investment in Technology to Boost Competitiveness
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The study looked at recipes of homemade sunscreens shared on the popular website Pinterest and found these concoctions were woefully worse at actually protecting our skin from UV radiation than commercial sunscreens.Pinterest, like other social media sites, has quickly become a haven for users to upload and share information (in this case, images) on so-called natural and alternative treatments made at home.“It made us want to look at what people are making themselves that could be potentially harmful for them or their children.And coconut oil was having a moment—everything seemed to have coconut oil in it.So that made us want to look at homemade sunscreens, because it’s very common there,” senior study author Lara McKenzie, a principal investigator in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the US state of Ohio, told Gizmodo via phone.So McKenzie and her team, whose study was published in Health Communication, conducted two searches on the site, using the terms “homemade sunscreen” and “natural sunscreen.” Then they took a sample of the searches—every fifth image—and studied their contents more closely using whatever information was available.
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Safari tech ready to be ignored by online ad giants like all other privacy proposalsApple's WebKit team, which develops the plumbing beneath the iGiant's Safari browser, has proposed a way that online ads can be measured while maintaining the privacy of those browsing the internet.The proposal is called Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution For the Web and its available for testing as an experimental feature in Safari Technology Preview 82+.It's a way of providing click attribution – linking an ad click to an event like a purchase – that lets advertisers measure ad effectiveness without relying on potentially invasive cross-site tracking."Critically, our solution avoids placing trust in any of the parties involved — the ad network, the merchant, or any other intermediaries — and dramatically limits the entropy of data passed between them to prevent communication of a tracking identifier," explains John Wilander, a web engineer at Apple, in a blog post.In a typical scenario, an internet user conducting a Google Search might see an ad displayed in a list of search results and click on it to buy the advertised item.
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The bulbs themselves are 800 lumens in brightness, and support white light only.If you have more than one, you can group them together.The Wyze app offers a single button to control that, or you can use Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, or IFTTT to automate that.A four pack of bulbs is $29.99.Instead, it’s offering the bulbs under its new Wyze Early Access program.That means you can’t just head over to the regular Wyze webstore and place an order, at least not yet.
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The next Nintendo mobile game, Mario Kart Tour, is officially out, but only in closed beta in the US and Japan and only on Android.Players and news outlets have already reported it’s a faithful 3D racing experience...with microtransactions and multiple in-game currencies.It’s important to remember that the game may change based on feedback, especially its monetization, though Nintendo doesn’t shy away from the roulette-style “gacha” item buying, which appears again in Mario Kart Tour.But the gameplay at least seems fun, and appropriately simplified for mobile, which, yes, means it's played vertically.Some items (like invincibility stars) are automatically used if you pick them up, others are activated just by touching the screen, according to Kotaku.Maps are a mix from the entire series: the initial Toad Cup features courses from SNES, 3DS and GameCube versions of Mario Kart.
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Around this time last year, a study was published revealing that at least one entity somewhere in the world was likely engaging in the production of a banned ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon gas called CFC-11.Scientists had discovered that CFC-11 levels were rising despite its ban in 2010, indicating that it was still being used somewhere in the world, though no one could definitely point toward the source at that time.Now, just over a year after that study’s publication, new research has revealed the likely source of those emissions.According to the University of Bristol, a team of international scientists have used global monitoring networks, including the NOAA Global Monitoring Division and AGAGE, to narrow the emissions source down to eastern China, specifically the Hebei and Shandong provinces.The use of CFC-11 began to phase out in 2010 under the Montreal Protocol.As revealed last year, however, emissions levels starting increasing around 2013, slowing down the ozone layer’s recovery time.
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Airbnb and DNA-testing company 23andMe announced on Tuesday the two companies have partnered to help people “connect with their ancestry” through a heritage travel program.Genetics-based travel has risen out of the growing popularity of genetic-testing kits that purport to reveal all the places customers’ ancestors lived.“This form of tourism is growing rapidly and is increasingly popular as western societies age,” Dallen Timothy, editor of the Journal of Heritage Tourism, told Gizmodo last year for an article on genetic travel.“People want to get back to their roots, the simpler ways of life they tend to associate with their ancestors.It’s a way of stepping back in time.”In 2017, AncestryDNA seized on the trend by partnering with Go Ahead Tours to provide genealogy-themed guided tours.
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University of Toronto Engineering researchers have combined two emerging technologies for next-generation solar power -- and discovered that each one helps stabilize the other.It's a well-established technology, and in recent years the manufacturing cost has dropped significantly due to economies of scale.Nevertheless, silicon has an upper limit to its efficiency.A team led by Professor Ted Sargent is pursuing complementary materials that can enhance the solar-harvesting potential of silicon by absorbing wavelengths of light that silicon does not."Both of these are amenable to solution processing.At room temperature, some types of perovskites experience an adjustment in their 3D crystal structure that renders them transparent -- they no longer fully absorb solar radiation.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker centres around closing the decades-long Skywalker saga and paving the way for a new generation of heroes.Therefore, it only makes sense that the film is bursting with new and returning characters, including Keri Russell’s Zorri Bliss and Kylo Ren’s infamous Knights of Ren.But the laser is still focused on Rey and Kylo, whose connection could define how this story finally ends.According to Adam Driver, the Force-connection that Rey and Kylo established and grew in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi will prove to be “even deeper than previously realised.” However, given how The Last Jedi ended, with Rey physically and mentally closing the door on Kylo Ren, it’s hard to say at this point what that connection will lead to.“He had been forging this maybe-bond with Rey,” Driver said, “and it kind of ends with the question in the air: Is he going to pursue that relationship – or when the door of her ship goes up, does that also close that camaraderie that they were maybe forming?”And I think you know we wouldn't leave you Reylo fans in the dark.
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Digital wealth giant Wealthsimple has raised a CA$100m (£58.8m) investment round, led by the investment unit of insurance firm and asset manager Allianz.The Canadian fintech, which operates in the UK and US alongside its home country, manages an online investing service and a commission-free stock trading app, with over $4.5bn of assets under management.Wealthsimple said it will use the funding to develop its existing services while also exploring new product offerings.“We’re thrilled to welcome Allianz as an investor and partner in Wealthsimple, which is a major endorsement of our company and growth trajectory,” said Mike Katchen, co-founder and chief executive of Wealthsimple.“We're now backed by companies that represent trillions of assets globally.We believe their deep expertise, plus the product, the brand and the team we’ve built, are a winning combination to further our mission to make great financial products and advice accessible to everyone.”
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There’s a new form of artificial intelligence that mimics Ethereum ETH co-founder Vitalik Buterin with alarming accuracy.It regularly tweets unique nuggets of wisdom that read eerily similar to the real deal, like this one.The idea that *all* problems can be solved by "maximalism" is to many people a familiar theme of this space; I call it "optimism as a store-of-value"Unlike the organic version, Boterin doesn’t need to eat and sleep, so it can drop knowledge round-the-clock.Boterin is fed by a steady diet of Buterin’s tweets, penned articles, and Reddit posts (the latter a suggestion from Buterin himself.)Its creator David Moskowitz told Hard Fork he felt inspired to start working with ML by participating in a local developers bootcamp geared towards artificial intelligence.
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I just got off the phone with Adam Mikkelsen, founder and CEO of shared mobility startup Cangoroo, who insists that his company is totally real.The main difference is, well… pogo sticks.And then there’s the fact that the company is owned by ODD Company, a branding and communications agency that has produced viral stunts for companies like Carlsberg, German travel agency Tui, and the Movember Foundation.”With the pogo stick, the way we’ve branded it is as a product you can actually use for last-mile transportation,” Mikkelsen said.“A lot of people in Sweden had pogo sticks as children, so we see them using them as adults,” he said.Moreover, the company wants to experiment with small scale distribution at first, in order to test the waters.
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Chip designer Arm has become the latest company to cut ties with Huawei to comply with a Trump administration ban.But Arm will keep supporting older products, and previously signed licenses likely make it possible for Huawei to build its own Arm-based chips for years to come.The Chinese company likely won't see a huge impact unless the ban lasts for years.Arm is a UK company whose designs are the basis for most of the world's mobile processors, including those used by Apple, Samsung -- and Huawei.Its key place in the industry attracted Japanese telecommunications giant SoftBank, which bought Arm in mid-2016 for about $32 billion (£23 billion, AU$40 billion).Nearly 150 billion Arm chips have shipped since the company was founded three decades ago.
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Loot, the digital current account for students, has called in administrators after it was unable to secure funding following the collapse of a potential sale to the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).RBS owned a 25 per cent stake in the fintech firm through Natwest’s digital bank Bo, which is currently under development and invested a total of £5m in the startup.However, a deal to buy the whole company fell through.Loot had recently encouraged customers to sign up for a crowdfunding round, however, the fintech firm was forced to appoint Smith and Williamson to oversee the administration before the fundraise could go ahead.The company was established in 2014 to help students manage their finances and had secured more than 175,000 sign-ups by the beginning of this year.The digital banking start-up had not secured a full banking licence but was able to operate through a partnership with Wirecard, which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, under an electronic money licence.
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We talk about movie magic, but sometimes the magic's real.The Rise of Skywalker will focus on the new generation of Star Wars heroes, but Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016, will once again make an appearance as General (formerly Princess) Leia Organa.Vanity Fair shared the news on Monday that Leia will share scenes with Resistance fighter Lieutenant Connix, played by Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd.Lourd appeared in the role in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.The Vanity Fair feature also includes a new batch of images from the film that gives a first look at the new characters.Director J.J. Abrams found unused footage of Fisher from The Force Awakens and wrote new scenes around the dialogue.
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Digital banking startup N26 has been ordered by the German banking regulator to step up its anti-money laundering policies, after a probe found the fintech firm was deficient in several areas.Bafin said today it has issued an order against N26 to "take appropriate internal safety measures" in order to comply with rules on customer due diligence obligations, and sufficiently monitor accounts for money laundering and terrorist financing.The probe followed reports of fraudulent transactions and problems with the bank’s communications structure, which first emerged in October last year.Customers complained of fraudulent activity going ignored at the bank due to poor reporting processes, in one instance relating to theft of about €80,000 (£68,848).Some users said they were unable to get a response through its chatbot or by email for several weeks, which were the only means of talking to staff.Bafin ordered N26 this week to carry out several changes to its internal procedures, including the removal of backlogs in IT monitoring, to establish process descriptions and workflows in writing.
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Of all the gaming features present in Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention.There are, after all, a lot of programs that can capture screenshots and gameplay video like the Game Bar can, so when the tool was first introduced in Windows 10, a lot of players probably stuck with what they were already using.Nevertheless, Microsoft has been improving the Game Bar over time, and the new features it’s introducing today might make it worth another look.At the beginning of April, Microsoft rolled a bunch of new Game Bar features into beta for Windows Insiders.Today, those features are all coming to the live version of Windows, giving players more control over their music and more social options within the Game Bar overlay.As a reminder, to open the Game Bar while you’re in-game, you simply need to hit Win + G – Game Bar works with most PC games, though Microsoft notes that there might be some compatibility issues with games using the Vulkan Graphics API.
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MuleSoft founder Ross Mason has joined an unusual venture fund called SignalFire.Salesforce bought MuleSoft for $6.5 billion a year ago.Mason has been an investor in SignalFire for four years, he tells Business Insider, and it helped him with his 40 angel investments.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Although Mason is expanding his role at SignalFire, he's been an advisor and a limited partner investor with SignalFire for about four years now, since its early days, he tells Business Insider.Mason's relationship with SignalFire began when he met the firm's founder, Chris Farmer, at their kids' kindergarten, which both of their children attended.
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Facebook has unified its Ads and Business Platform team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be two separate groups, one focusing on paid products and ads and the other on free products and tools.The unified group will be led by longtime Facebook exec Dan Levy, who said the goal is to better serve businesses across the board.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.Facebook is announcing today that it's overhauled its Ads and Business Platform (ABP) team that builds products for businesses under one mandate and leadership.The team used to be divided into two groups, one focused on developing paid products and ads and the other focused on free products and tools.
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