View photosMoreFounder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma meets Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg not pictured , at the China Development Forum in Beijing, China, March 19, 2016.REUTERS/Shu Zhang Reuters - China's Jack Ma is canceling a planned speech at an anti-counterfeiting conference after the trade group behind it suspended the membership of his e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the company said on its news website on Tuesday.Alibaba Group President Michael Evans will represent the company at the conference instead, according to the report on the Alizila website.Alibaba has been accused by several brands, including Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, of being a conduit for counterfeiters.Alibaba said on Alizila that it remains firmly committed to the protection of intellectual property rights and combating counterfeit."We look forward to engaging with the IACC membership on IP enforcement issues on May 19th in Orlando, Florida," it said.
Alibaba chairman Jack Ma has cancelled a speech he was scheduled to make at an event held by a global anti-counterfeiting body after the group suspended the Chinese company s membership.Ma was set to make the speech at the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition IACC conference in Washington, but dropped the commitment on Tuesday amid a backlash from brands and an independent investigation into the group s management.We believe the IACC s suspension of the general membership category is a step in the wrong direction and regrettable, said an Alibaba spokesperson in an online blog.Given the IACC s desire for additional time to reflect upon the viability of its general membership category, Alibaba feels it best that Jack Ma postpone his appearance, she said.Alibaba joined the group, which is primarily made up of brands, under a new type of intermediary membership category.Members including Gucci, Michael Kors and Tiffany & Co. reacted to the move by withdrawing their memberships in protest, claiming that Alibaba has not done enough to protect brands from counterfeit within China.The IACC suspended Alibaba s membership amid the brand backlash, as well as concerns over a conflict of interest concerning the group s chairman, who reportedly owns shares in Alibaba and maintained a close relationship with an Alibaba executive.Pitting brands against Alibaba and other industry participants in the hopes of prolonged litigation.In lieu of Jack Ma s Washington speech, Alibaba president Michael Evans will address IACC at an event in Orlando on the 19th of May, said the company.
View photosMoreA logo of Alibaba Group is pictured at its headquarters in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, October 14, 2015.REUTERS/Stringer/File photoORLANDO, Fla. Reuters - Alibaba said on Thursday it still wanted to work with companies fighting counterfeit brand-name products, a week after the Chinese online shopping platform was kicked out of an industry coalition due to long-standing accusations that it has turned a blind eye to counterfeits.Alibaba has been dogged for years by critics who called its online shopping platforms conduits for counterfeiters.The IACC is made up of brand manufacturers, the lawyers who represent them and investigators who help ferret out counterfeit goods.An IACC member who attended the speech told Reuters that Evans received a less-than-warm welcome and tepid applause from the group, which is split over Alibaba s membership.I think people are very reluctant to hear what he had to say, said member Chris Barnes of Market Watch, a company the helps brands fight counterfeits.
Microsoft's Dustin Campbell and Mads Torgersen, C Program Managers, with Xamarin monkeysExclusive interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, at the end of April 2016, I had a rare opportunity to sit down with Mads Torgersen and Dustin Campbell to discuss the future of the C programming language.This is a moment of change for Microsoft's development tools, as the company transitions from focusing entirely on Windows, to creating cross-platform tools that it hopes will push developers towards its Azure cloud services, either as a back-end for mobile applications, or as a deployment platform for server applications irrespective of the operating system.Other new features include local functions - that is, functions nested within other functions, with access to local variables - and the ability for functions to return values by reference ref , accompanying the existing ability to pass in ref parameters.Like, you really need to deal with this now, or all code forever will look like spaghetti.The computer science grand old man, Tony Hoare, who actually worked for Microsoft Research for many years and still comes in on Thursdays, he gives a talk about his billion dollar mistake, how he invented the null pointer and wants to apologise.Somehow, through all those years of being a Windows language only, except for Mono, which wasn t a Microsoft effort, somehow we managed to avoid Windows-isms in the language.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. pleaded its case to hundreds of members of an anti-counterfeit group that the company has the data, technology and desire to help keep fake brands off its online marketplaces.Company president Michael Evans addressed the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition in Orlando Thursday a week after the group abruptly suspended the Chinese Internet giant s membership, amid questions regarding conflicts of interest involving the coalition s president and complaints from some members.Alibaba only joined the IACC in April, after the group created a new membership category for the online retailer.We believe the future of Alibaba -- and the future of many of your companies -- will depend on us working closely together to fight counterfeits, Evans said in prepared remarks.IACC members include prominent brands such as Apple Inc., Nike, Calvin Klein and Procter & Gamble, which Alibaba is courting to help boost sales of global brands to Chinese shoppers.In a closed-door meeting at the group s spring conference, Evans shared new details about how Alibaba has used data culled from its marketplace, which serves 400 million shoppers and 10 million businesses, to identify suspected makers and sellers of fake products.Alibaba s collaboration with Chinese law enforcement in 2015 resulted in the arrest of 300 people, the destruction of 46 places where counterfeits are made and the confiscation of $125 million in worth of products, Evans told the group.Alibaba wants global brands to see its marketplaces as a gateway to Chinese customers rather than a place where counterfeits flourish.Evans highlighted Alibaba s data as a key link to help brands fight fraud.The company spent more than $15 million in 2015 buying merchandise on its marketplace suspected of being fake and used its payments division Alipay to freeze accounts of those suspected of selling counterfeit goods, Evans said.The company froze $72 million in accounts and refunded $12 million to customers last year, he said."We have the scale, we have the data and we have the commitment to be a global leader in anti-counterfeiting," Evans told the group.
Neil Gaiman s American Gods for $2.99, for instance.It s an opt-in proposition, and isn t limited to the Kindle; users have their choice of outside e-book retailers, from Google Play to Apple to Barnes and Noble, and even Kobo.Unless you were in a book club, you were likely deprived of discussing your latest read.According to Goodreads CEO Otis Chandler, one of the platform s biggest book clubs focuses specifically on male-male erotica.Sharing a well-lit photo of a sandwich on Insta doesn t say much except whether you prefer white or wheat; posting about our reading choices allows people to see the worlds we conjure up in our quiet moments.So, in the interest of transparency: According to my Goodreads profile, I followed the reality-star memoir Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva with Claudia Rankine s poetry powerhouse Citizen and Virginia Woolf s gender-bending Orlando.
Now, its creators have built a new major prop that you ll see on the convention floor soon!Given Roxy s popularity, her builders, Rick Bohler of Pizzazz Scenic Contractors, Inc, and Erik Hollander, have been discussing how to do some sort of followup.They narrowed their selection down to three of the large animals: the Luggabeast, the Happabore and the Rathtar.The team set about sketching the beast, working off of the film, and with some detailed references from some friends in high places along with the accurate dimensions of the original practical prop used on set.This Luggabeast is as film accurate as we could get with the help of those friends in high places.Even without its rider, the Luggabeast will be making its first appearance later this week: congoers attending MegaCon in Orlando, Fla. on May 26th will be able to see the prop, displayed along with its sister beast, Roxy.
Now, its creators have built a new major prop that you ll see on the convention floor soon!Image: Andrew LiptakGiven Roxy s popularity, her builders, Rick Bohler of Pizzazz Scenic Contractors, Inc, and Erik Hollander, have been discussing how to do some sort of followup.They narrowed their selection down to three of the large animals: the Luggabeast, the Happabore and the Rathtar.The team set about sketching the beast, working off of the film, and with some detailed references from some friends in high places along with the accurate dimensions of the original practical prop used on set.This Luggabeast is as film accurate as we could get with the help of those friends in high places.Even without its rider, the Luggabeast will be making its first appearance later this week: congoers attending MegaCon in Orlando, Fla. on May 26th will be able to see the prop, displayed along with its sister beast, Roxy.
Microsoft's Outlook and Hotmail spam filters went off piste on Wednesday, dumping an avalanche of unwanted bumf in inboxes."Some users may be receiving excessive spam mail," read a warning that briefly popped up on Microsoft's Outlook.com service status page.The glitch lasted around 12 hours, during which time the filters failed to hold back tons of offers for dodgy pills, marriage proposals and other crap from people's email accounts.Microsoft is in the process of migrating its Outlook.com backend over to its Office 365 service but it s not immediately clear whether or not a snag in this process caused the problem.On a 'normal' day I might get one to two spams through the filters, said Reg reader Paul, who first alerted us to the problem.— Zack M. @Zelakto June 1, 2016Orlando Scott-Cowley, cybersecurity strategist at email security firm Mimecast, told us: "Excessive spam is not just an annoyance – it s increasingly riddled with malicious links and malware that can compromise organisations and put valuable data at risk."
It has already opened similar facilities in Toronto, London, Luxembourg, New York and Orlando, Florida."Many start-up companies are doing some really interesting things and are started by really smart young talent that probably wouldn't consider joining a bank at this point in their lives."According to KPMG, global investment in fintech companies totaled $19.1 billion last year.RBC has set aside C$100 million $78 million as "seed money" to invest in such companies, and Woo said it would look to open more labs around the world.RBC has also partnered with C100, a group of Canadian entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, to set up Canada House.Canadian start-ups can use that office in the Valley to meet potential investors and customers.
A few bits of evidence have emerged that could be construed as supporting that theory: The Islamic State s faux news agency, Amaq, identified Mateen as a fighter for the organization, while Mateen himself reportedly pledged fealty to the group in a 911 call just moments before the attack.Amaq Agency of ISIS reported from a source that gunman at PulseNighClubShooting in Orlando was ISIS fighter pic.twitter.com/rEZWsQbsno— SITE Intel Group @siteintelgroup June 12, 2016A casual observer might therefore conclude that the massacre was devised in Syria or Iraq, and that Mateen was in contact with Islamic State officials regarding his preparations—much like the young men who sowed horror in Paris last November.As I wrote earlier this year, the Islamic State s media operation is focused not just on luring recruits to emigrate to the caliphate, but also on tapping into the psyches of twisted souls searching for meaning:The most significant way in which the Islamic State has exhibited its media savviness has been through its embrace of openness.It s easy to forget, but skyjackers commandeered nearly 160 commercial planes before metal detectors and X-ray machines became ubiquitous in airports.Yet few had bona fide ties to those groups; they were, instead, people whose worldviews had been warped by personal crises, from run-ins with the law to romantic disappointments.The jihadist theorist Abu Bakr Naji referred to this strategy as cultural annihilation —in essence, using terror to egg an enemy into myopically tearing apart its own social fabric.
Less than 24 hours after a gunman killed 50 people at a Florida gay nightclub, the 70th annual Tony Awards kicked off with an impassioned statement from host James Corden about the attacks, followed by an awards-speech reference to the massacre by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.On behalf of the whole theater community, and every person in this room, our hearts go out to all of those affected by this atrocity, Corden told the audience at Manhattan s Beacon Theatre.Tonys: James Corden Gives Somber Opening on Orlando Shooting https://t.co/vVdfltQoHb— Hollywood Reporter @THR June 13, 2016Corden continued by saying, Hate will never win.Miranda, on stage to accept his award for Best Original Score, read a pre-written sonnet in which he noted that senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised and we live through times when hate and fear seem stronger, before noting that love lasts longer—and love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love… and cannot be killed, or swept aside.Lin-Manuel Miranda recites passionate sonnet to Orlando in TonyAwards acceptance speech https://t.co/uvZKLVh3Ft https://t.co/DXOx552QBN— Hollywood Reporter @THR June 13, 2016In the hours before the show, it became clear the Florida attack—during which more than 50 people were wounded—would have a notable affect on the event.Representatives for the multi-nominee Hamilton noted that the cast members would not be using muskets during their performance.
All eligible O Negative, O Positive and AB donors are urged to please donate today.To find a donation center or Big Red Bus near you please visit OneBlood.org or call 1.888.9.DONATE 1.888.936.6283 OneBlood s website crashed temporarily on Sunday morning.According to Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer, the White House has lifted HIPAA restrictions to allow hospital staff to communicate with victims families.There are false reports circulating that FDA rules were being lifted.He said OneBlood is continuing to adhere to the longstanding federal restriction on gay men from donating blood.We understand the sentiment that people want to help and that giving blood is a profound way to help but we are asking those who have other blood types to give us some space for now.
As of this writing, local blood banks are overwhelmed with people looking to donate and help, so you don t need to head out right now.Confirmed blood donation locations today are:Orlando West Michigan Donor Center, 345 W Michigan Street, Ste.If you can t give blood, consider sending a few dollars their way.Even if you can t give plasma directly to the victims, your neighbors will thank you.Check this Twitter search to see what s happening in your community—and make sure you vet what you see against a local paper or multiple sources.This guide to LGBT centers across America can help you find one near you.
As of this writing, local blood banks are overwhelmed with people looking to donate and help, so you don t need to head out right now.Confirmed blood donation locations today are:Orlando West Michigan Donor Center, 345 W Michigan Street, Ste.If you can t give blood, consider sending a few dollars their way.Even if you can t give plasma directly to the victims, your neighbors will thank you.Check this Twitter search to see what s happening in your community—and make sure you vet what you see against a local paper or multiple sources.This guide to LGBT centers across America can help you find one near you.
Reuters – Facebook activated its Safety Check function on Sunday for the first time in the United States after a gunman massacred 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.The Safety Check, first introduced in October 2014, allows Facebook users to spread the word that they are safe in wake of a natural disaster or a crisis, and allows searches for those who might be in the affected area.Waking up this morning, I was horrified to hear about the shooting in Orlando.My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBT community, said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on his official account.A gunman armed with an assault rifle killed 50 people at a packed gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday in the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.Police killed the shooter at the Pulse nightclub, who was identified as Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old Florida resident and U.S. citizen.The incident quickly emerged as a top trending topic on Facebook and Twitter with hashtag PrayforOrlando being one of the top posts throughout the day.Last year, Facebook vowed to turn on the Safety Check more often during disasters in response to criticism that it enabled the function after Islamic State militant attacks on Paris and not a day earlier when a bomb killed at least 43 people in Beirut.By Angela Moon.Editing By Frank McGurty and Alistair Bell
Last night, a gunman killed at least 50 people in a gay nightclub in Orlando and wounded dozens more.As volunteers this morning lined up to donate blood for the victims, one of the Food and Drug Administration s most controversial policies came into focus: Men who have had sex with other men in the past year are not allowed to give blood.Scientists knew little about the new virus, and fear was running high.A standard test that looks for an immune response to HIV can find infections after about a 25 day window.As critics have pointed out, these revised recommendations would rule out gay men in monogamous relationships—but still allow heterosexual men or women who have had multiple sexual partners in the past year to donate blood.Since Italy switched to individual risk assessments to screen blood donors in 2001, the country has not had any major uptick in HIV infections.
The elements of this particular crisis—and how they respond to it—will likely be key issues of this election.Hillary Clinton tweeted in both English and Spanish.-H— Hillary Clinton @HillaryClinton June 12, 2016In a longer statement her campaign released later in the day, Clinton was more forceful, calling the attacks an act of terror: For now, we can say for certain that we need to redouble our efforts to defend our country from threats at home and abroad.— Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump June 12, 2016But it was Trump s next tweet that has earned him scathing criticism for showing insensitivity and shifting the focus to himself in a time of grief.However, they cautioned that there is no evidence of a broader plot or that the suspect had ties to any terrorist organizations, according to The New York Times.This is hardly the first time the President has had to make such a speech following a deadly shooting spree on US soil—by one count it s the 20th, in fact—and his words hinted at a deep weariness at Congress s refusal to pass gun control legislation.
The tool helps users notify friends about their safety during disastersFacebook Safety Check Credit: FacebookFacebook activated its Safety Check tool after the killings at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday, making it the first time the service was used in the U.S.A gunman opened fire at the nightclub, killing at least 50 people in what President Barack Obama said was being investigated as an act of terrorism.Facebook said it has over the last few months both improved the launch process to make it easier and quicker to activate the tool, while also testing ways to let users identify and elevate local crises.We hope the people in the area find the tool a helpful way to let their friends and family know they are okay, a spokeswoman for the social networking company said on Sunday.Between January and May this year, Facebook activated Safety Check 17 times compared to 11 instances in the previous two years.Facebook has broadened the list of disasters for which it activates Safety Check to include terror attacks, starting with the Paris attacks in November last year.The company decided to use the tool in a terror attack for the first time in Paris after it was observed that Facebook became a place where people were sharing information and looking to understand the condition of their loved ones, according to a company post at the time.
Supported by a friend, a man weeps for victims of the mass shooting just a block from the scene in OrlandoFacebook activated its "Safety Check" function on Sunday for the first time in the United States after a gunman massacred 50 people at a nightclub in Orlando, Florida.The Safety Check, first introduced in October 2014, allows Facebook users to spread the word that they are safe in wake of a natural disaster or a crisis, and allows searches for those who might be in the affected area."Waking up this morning, I was horrified to hear about the shooting in Orlando.My thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and the LGBT community," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on his official account.
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