A woman wearing no makeup and dressed in a t-shirt and shorts saunters through her kitchen making hong shao rou, red-braised pork belly.In the new online world of video live streaming in China, it could be anyone.Instead, it s Chinese actress Yao Chen who agreed to live-stream from her home for local charity Free Lunch last Sunday, May 22.The fairly quotidian broadcast by Yao, who has more than 79 million followers on microblogging platform Weibo and starred in last year s mega-hit Monster Hunt China s No.Her haul of 920,000 diamonds puts her ahead of A-list celebrity and actress Zhou Xun, who lags behind in fifth place.Like many of their counterparts on Western social media platforms, a huge number of these Chinese Internet celebrities  use their platform to promote skincare and makeup products, a behavior they re likely to be getting paid for.The Internet celebrity economy has become so big that a report released this week by CBNData valued its current 2016 worth at more than the film industry s 2015 gross box office total.In the intense competition for eyeballs, content streamers have pushed the envelope, prompting media regulators to ban live-streamers from filming themselves eating bananas in a seductive fashion.In April, the Ministry of Culture announced it was investigating a number of popular live-streaming platforms for allegedly hosting pornographic or violent content that harms social morality.Up to 2.6 million viewers watched the stream, the app claims, which included the film s star Tong Dawei answering questions.And just days before streaming her cooking-at-home session, Yao Chen, voiced her support for 63-year-old film producer and screenwriter Fang Li who had taken to his knees pleading for more theaters to show the art house film Song of the Phoenix.Fang s emotional appeal, which went out to 45,000 viewers via Sina s own video live-streaming app at the time,  but subsequently went viral, helped rally support for the fledgling art house film and helped it reach third place at the box office earning $7 million.The technology is also enabling stars to give their fans a taste of the glamour behind international film events.At the Cannes Film Festival, A-list celebrity Li Bingbing live streamed herself in the makeup chair, applying makeup to a traveling reporter, eating, chatting in English to her European drivers as they take her to the next red carpet.French cosmetics company L Oreal used their own live-streaming accounts to broadcast questions they posed to their brand ambassadors at Cannes, including veteran actress Gong Li,  actress–singer Li Yuchun, and the star Jing Boran, best known for his role in Monster Hunt, in France to promote Time Raiders 盗墓笔记 .Competing for the attention of viewers was 24 year-old Huang Jingyu from the hit web series Addicted  that was banned by Chinese media regulators earlier this year.
The website Imgur has long been the unofficial partner for Reddit when it comes to media uploads.When you check out the pictures and GIFs on your favorite subreddit, it's almost guaranteed that they are hosted on Imgur."For a long time, other image hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on Reddit — we re grateful to those teams, but are looking forward to bringing you a more seamless experience with this new feature," a Reddit team member wrote in the announcement post.The native image upload feature is being tested on "select communities" which includes some of the site's most popular subreddits, including /r/Gaming, /r/Aww, /r/Funny, /r/Gifs, and /r/pics.For over a year now, Reddit has been making adjustments to attract advertisers and increase their revenue.The site isn't too worried at this point, telling TechCrunch that it will continue to focus on its own community and highlighting the internet's most viral images.
Together with Adyen, we searched six countries to find each one s fastest growing companies in revenue, hosting a dinner in each country to announce its winner.During TNW Europe –on the main stage at 5:10PM – we ve just announced the overall European winner and handed over the prestigious Tech5 award.Congratulations Lesara!As a content provider TNW is always looking for great stories.Think of it as the Deloitte fast50, only for companies younger than 5 years.1Lesara2013Germany7950 %Winner GER2Foodpanda2012Germany5048 %3Bonaverde2013Germany5000 %4FinanceFox2014Germany4850 %5Movinga2015Germany3600 %6Finexkap2012France3500 %Winner FRA7Subasta de Ocio2012Spain3026 %Winner SPA8Kano2013United Kingdom2650 %Winner UK9Tiqets2014The Netherlands2480 %Winner NL10Aircall2014France2000 %11Fever2012Spain2000 %12Festicket2013United Kingdom1795 %13Trip4real2013Spain1767 %14SendCloud2012The Netherlands1616 %151001Pharmacies2011France1500 %16Magency2011France1309 %17Bloom & Wild2013United Kingdom1250 %18PastBook2012The Netherlands1239 %19Northweek2013Spain1166 %20Kreditech2012Germany1071 %21Acast2014Sweden1000 %Winner SWE22Nestpick2014Germany1000 %23MyShowcase2012United Kingdom922 %24Nubelo2012Spain800 %25Soundtrack Your Brand2013Sweden733 %26Crowdcube2011United Kingdom730 %27AppLift2012Germany694 %28Bux2013The Netherlands670 %29Ometria2013United Kingdom641 %30Blendle2014The Netherlands618 %That s it for 2016!
If you frequent Reddit than you are also familiar with Imgur, the image-hosting service that has served as the backbone to the site for years.But things are about to change, as you ll soon be able to upload images directly to Reddit, no third-party host required.Indeed, Reddit is launching its own native image hosting service.There s no dramatic breakup; Reddit will still be rife with Imgur links and Imgur has a robust community of its own.A jury declared the utilization of the code to be fair use; Oracle had been seeking $9 billion.Twitch via The Verge This content-aware cropping feature that is coming soon to Photoshop is rad:
Andy explains in the post that the company is hoping the native image tool will make the Reddit experience more seamless."For a long time, other image hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on Reddit—we re grateful to those teams, but are looking forward to bringing you a more seamless experience with this new feature," he writes.Also, users will have to do less tapping to see images and media from within Reddit's mobile apps since they'll be staying within the app the entire time.In a statement to TechCrunch, Imgur emphasized the strength of its own community and how Reddit users can still upload with Imgur if they please.We re super focused on our mission to surface up the world s most entertaining content and making Imgur the best visual community in the world.A statement from Reddit echoed the choice that users have going forward: "For many years, Imgur has been an integral part of Reddit—we are grateful to them for enabling our users to share the things they love and have a richer content experience.
In a thread announcing the rollout, Reddit product team member Amg137 Andy acknowledged that other image hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on the site and that they are grateful to those services.Moving forward, however, Andy said they are looking forward to delivering a more seamless experience with the new feature.As of writing, users will be able to upload images up to 20MB in size and GIFs as large as 100MB directly to Reddit.Clicking on a Reddit-hosted image from any listing – via the front page or a subreddit, for example – will take users directly to the thread for said image to join in on the discussion.Reddit is taking a cautious approach to the rollout, partnering with just 16 communities initially with plans to add another 50 next week.Communities involved in the initial rollout include Gaming, Space, OldSchoolCool, Sports, Art, Food and EarthPorn, just to name a few.
Table of ContentsNext stop: Data centreAt the Buckinghamshire data centre there are similar redundancy requirements, albeit on a different scale, with two giant collocation and managed hosting halls S110 and S120 , each occupying 10,000 square feet.Labelling also enables data to be directed to follow a specific route, rather than a dynamically assigned path, which can allow for quality-of-service requirements or even avoiding traffic tariffs from certain territories.Pointing out a rack of Ciena 6500 kit, he adds, You might have seen equipment like this at the landing site.The batteries have a 10-year lifespan, and they re individually monitored for temperature, humidity, resistance, and current around the clock.However, the terrestrial rates here are considerably higher, at 4,096QAM, and are combined with orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing OFDM subcarriers that, like DWDM, spread transmission channels over different frequencies within a limited spectrum.We always stay within regulation EIRP equivalent isotropically radiated power limits and always maintain safe working practices with radios.
UK managed services slinger Pulsant has agreed to fork out £65m for data centre and hosting biz Onyx, multiple sources close to the situation have claimed.We were told there was limited private equity interest in Onyx and those that entered the negotiations cut their offers amid suggestions Onyx had reduced EBITDA forecasts slightly for the current financial year.The bit barn provider has five data centres and six workplace recovery units spread across the north-east England and Scotland.The firm sells cloud backup, clouds and managed hosting, collation, connectivity, IT support and managed services.Punters include Stobart Group, DFS, Scottish Athletics and Newcastle United FC.Oak Hill bought a majority stake in Pulsant in 2014.
Above: GoDaddy: FlareInternet domain name registrar and Web hosting giant GoDaddy has launched a new mobile app designed to help entrepreneurs garner feedback for new business ideas.Above: Flare: GoDaddyFlare, which launches on iOS today in North America followed by Android next month, invites anyone with a new business idea to submit concept overviews to a community and arrive at a general consensus on whether the idea has legs.Well, it seems that GoDaddy hopes that the tried and tested practice of crowdsourcing will be enough to ensure the general public will wish to become advisors to great ideas and play an active role throughout its journey, according to a statement.But this leads us to another question.According to Rene Reinsberg, VP of emerging products at GoDaddy, people who are at the stage of purchasing new domain names and creating websites often want feedback on their fledgling business.This follows a big trend we re seeing of late, with services from tutoring and recruitment to messaging services focusing entirely on smartphones.
Reddit has long been one of the biggest communities on the web, currently ranking as the ninth-most-visited website in the U.S., according to Alexa.Well, the online community hub announced today that the requirement will soon be a thing of the past.For a long time, other image-hosting services have been an integral part of how content is shared on Reddit — we re grateful to those teams, but are looking forward to bringing you a more seamless experience with this new feature.It s not all bad for them, though, Users who still want to host their images elsewhere will be able to do so, and many may choose to go that route, either out of habit or necessity due to file or content limitations in Reddit s new system.Users wanting to take advantage of the new integrated image hosting will be limited to files of up to 20MB for normal images and up to 100MB for GIFs.The move is a long time coming but doesn t come without new challenges for the online community hub.
A giant U.S. telecommunications company is still interested in buying Yahoo Inc., but it s not the one you think.AT Inc. made a bid for Yahoo and remains a contender to acquire the Sunnyvale, California-based company s core internet business, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified as the information isn t public.The telecom giant had previously decided against making an offer, people familiar with the matter said in April.AT kept one foot in the process through its stake in digital advertising business YP Holdings LLC., which had proposed a merger with a subsidiary spun out of Yahoo s core business.The company could pair Yahoo s algorithm-based advertising technology with its mobile video service, which it launched after last year s $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV.AT also owns a joint venture with the Chernin Group called Otter Media, which invests in digital media.Earlier this month AT ended a partnership with Yahoo, handing a web-hosting contract for its mobile and desktop customer portal to Synacor Inc., a internet-services company with just $110 million in revenue.AT may also be interested in Yahoo to help it compete with Verizon, which bought AOL Inc. last year and now has advertising technology and media properties that are similar to those owned by Yahoo.Yahoo s sales process is well along the way, Chief Financial Officer Ken Goldman said Tuesday at JPMorgan Chase & Co. s Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference in Boston.Yahoo, under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer, started a review of the company s options in February after pressure from investors and a failed turnaround.John Malone s Liberty Media Corp. has expressed interest in Yahoo but isn t considered a likely finalist, one of the people said.
Over the years, developers have turned to resources like BuiltWith to help them figure out what technology is under the hood, powering today s websites – including things like shopping carts, analytics, hosting platforms, and more.SimilarTech has actually been operating in stealth mode for the past six months, and today includes clients like Google, PayPal, Facebook, Amazon and other smaller, web-based platforms, like Paddle, Playbuzz, and Skimlinks, who are looking to determine who s using their competitor s technology, or find customer leads.The business model involved here is freemium-based, with a free version that lets users search for any site and see what technology it uses, as well as compare market trends this is like BuiltWith, but SimilarTech has nice graphics , market share among different technologies, and it looks at things like geographic distribution.It will also generate limited reports of leads.SimilarWeb also used a freemium model, much to its advantage – this makes it a resource for those in the industry, allowing it to gain mindshare.It then makes money off its Pro tiers.
Dubbed the Office of the Future , the new-age building was developed using special cement mixtureThe world's first fully functional 3D printed office has been unveiled in Dubai.The prototype structure, shaped like a giant TV, is also cost and energy efficient and was built, or rather printed, in just 17 days.The 2,700 square feet, one storied office will be home to the Dubai Future Foundation and has enough space to incorporate a small management office, space for employees and two multi-functional areas for hosting workshops and exhibitions.The office was developed using a massive 3D printer – 20ft tall, 12ft in length and 40ft in width – which has an automated robotic feature that implemented the printing process, the Gulf News reported.So we're expecting factories and technology providers here locally in Dubai to match the local demand," said Saif Al Aleeli, CEO of Dubai Future Foundation."We have witnessed some attempts in different countries of 3D printed buildings but we noted that they are not functional.
A group of seven global data centre giants have come together to develop a single interconnect technology specification to allow processers using different instruction set architectures ISA to share data with accelerators in the data centre.AMD, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm and Xilinx have founded the Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators Consortium CCIX to drive a high-performance open acceleration framework into the hosting industry, which will see different vendors' CPUs and accelerators communicate with each others while sharing the same memory.As data centres come under pressure to accelerate applications processing due to power and space constraints, applications such as big data analytics, search, machine learning, NFV, wireless 4G and/or 5G, in-memory database processing, video analytics, and network processing, benefit from acceleration engines that need to move data seamlessly among the various system components.The organisation will leverage existing server interconnect infrastructure and deliver higher bandwidth, lower latency, and cache coherent access to shared memoryThe consortium also expects the move to dramatically reduce the need for complex programming environments.According to the consortium, additional capabilities include both off-load and bump-in-the-wire inline application acceleration while leveraging existing server ecosystems and form factors thereby improving total cost of ownership TCO , and higher bandwidth compared to the existing interface.He said: "With an anticipated broad eco-system support of the CCIX standard, data centres will now be able to optimise their data usage, thereby achieving world-leading applications efficiency and scale."
The European Commission has also proposed that the programming must be given "good visibility".Other measures include:a requirement that video-sharing platforms including YouTube adopt "better" measures to protect minors from violent content and people of all ages from clips that act as an incitement to hatreda call for the creation of new symbols or phrases that would warn viewers of potentially harmful video content - such as bad language, sex or drugs - that would be used across the EU by both broadcasters and internet-based platformsthe ability for TV broadcasters to have more flexibility as to when they show adverts"The way we watch TV or videos may have changed, but our values don't" said Gunther Oettinger, commissioner for the digital economy."But let's face it, the online services could meet the 20% quota by loading up themselves with lots of rubbish French, Italian, Spanish and whatever content.EU rules already oblige TV broadcasters to:invest about 20% of their revenues into making or commissioning original contentto spend at least 50% of their time showing European works, including material made in their own countryBut since audiences are spending increasing amounts of their time watching on-demand services, the EU civil service thinks the new measure is required.It is also worth noting that the Commission acknowledges 21% of the films offered by Netflix are currently classed as being from the EU.The company would potentially be less affected as, at present, Germany, Austria and the UK are the only EU countries where its video-streaming subscription service, Prime Video, is available.
If you're not familiar with Hyperloop One, consider what it would be like to travel on the ground at 760 mph faster than a jet airplane .In 2013, Elon Musk and a group of engineers from Tesla and SpaceX published a speculative design document for a concept they called "The Hyperloop."In other words, it's a "vacuum tube transportation network" that will be able to travel at around 760 mph 1200 kilometers per hour — on land and underwater.They just closed their latest round of funding of $80 million and achieved a major technology milestone last week.He expects the Hyperloop One team will have their real Kitty Hawk moment by the end of this year.Hyperloop One is hosting a global competition inviting teams from around the world to submit a commercial, transport, economic and policy case for their city, region or country to be considered to host the first Hyperloop networks.
Previously, MobileFuse co-founder and CEO Ken Harlan pointed out, his company allowed advertisers to buy space programmatically through its own platform, but it employed manually administered orders for selling inventory from its selected group of about 2,000 publishers, which include texting/calling app textPlus and media hosting site Photobucket.By moving its operations to the AppNexus platform, he said, his premium supply network can now expose ad supply on a programmatic basis.The only part of MobileFuse that is not moving to AppNexus, he said, is his company s Moments condition-based targeting.The new setup, he said, also offers the ability for advertisers to more readily layer data sources for targeting, like Oracle s BlueKai.He noted that the new arrangement also provides more mobile ad exposure for the AppNexus platform, whose strength has traditionally been in desktop.MobileFuse says it serves about 100 million unique users monthly, with about 80 percent in-app and the rest on mobile web.
Today, the Austin, Texas-based company is releasing Page Performance, which it describes as the first managed WordPress platform to offer a web page speed performance tool integrated into the user dashboard.Its mission: monitor how long it takes for pages and all content to load, determine if there are issues relating to site speed and make recommendations for improvements.The report includes cacheability, render start, visitor complete and render complete, as well as access to raw data and a breakdown of domains.Here s a sample recommendations screen:Before the launch of Page Performance, CTO Jason Cohen told me, WP Engine did not offer such a tool, as it recommended one of the popular external ones, like Yahoo s YSlow, Google s PageSpeed, or WebPagetest.org.But those tools, he noted, weren t specific to WordPress s approach to, say, loading multiple CSS files or structuring JavaScript.WP Engine says it serves 47,000 customers and agency partners in 133 countries and sees about 150 million unique visits daily.
This year, for the first time, E3 will be hosting a public event in Los Angeles, the ESA has confirmed.The event, called E3 Live, is free to attend, and is a three-day event held between June 14th and June 16th.EA Live will also be taking place in London in addition to LA, whereas E3 Live will only be taking place in the latter.Public pastE3 was previously a pseudo-public event, because the rules governing what constituted a journalist were very lax.This changed at E3 2007 when the show was significantly downsized and attendance was effectively limited to journalists at established publications.Anyone interested in attending the event in LA can sign up for tickets for free on the ESA's website.
The legal battle between Oracle and Google is about to come to an end.For a case with such potentially great impact on the tech industry, it can be tough to follow.For example, several companies have built open source software that works with various cloud services in an attempt to make it easier for customers to easily move their applications from, say, Amazon to their own data centers.The problem is that although Oracle offers an open source version of Java, meaning anyone is free to change, modify and share the underlying code, Sun s licensing terms prohibited companies from building their own versions of the language without approval.According to em Ars Technica, Android founder Andy Rubin wrote an email that read: Wish them luck.Bick also managed to work in a few barbs about Schwartz s leadership, pointing out that Oracle didn t offer Schwartz a senior position after the acquisition.
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