Dennis Masters

Dennis Masters

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Honestbee has been a hot topic not just within the tech community, but also among consumers.Let’s give credit where credit’s due: the company has built a successful brand that people care about.We’ve been covering Honestbee since 2014, and I daresay that if you want a real understanding of what it went through, Tech in Asia is your go-to source.My most recent piece, Honestbee: The inside story of what went wrong and what’s next, is the deepest dive yet into the history of the startup and what went wrong over the years.It also contains an exclusive interview with one of the company’s co-founders.You can follow our comprehensive coverage of Honestbee here.
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Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.With over six million followers across social media, Gary Vaynerchuk has feverishly captured the attention and inspired a wide range of entrepreneurs and business leaders.Yet a large part of Vaynerchuk’s business comes through a small segment of the market.His digital marketing agency, VaynerMedia, serves Fortune 500 companies such as PepsiCo and General Electric, but his following extends far beyond the people running these few companies.So to serve a wider market, specifically small and medium businesses (SMBs) with approximately $1 million to $100 million in revenue, Vaynerchuk and his team officially launched Sasha Group at the start of 2019.I recently sat down with James Orsini, the leader behind The Sasha Group, for a candid discussion about starting this agency and how they help SMBs grow.
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Chinese PC maker Lenovo on Sunday maintained that it would continue normal business relations with Huawei, after the US President Donald Trump issued an executive order last week to cut the telecommunications company off from American suppliers.Rumors about Lenovo ending business ties with Huawei circulated widely on Chinese social media over the weekend.A netizen using the handle “Huiji” on the Chinese Q platform Zhihu said the PC maker caved to US pressure to avoid joining its fellow compatriot on a US blacklist.Another Zhihu user posted similar answers citing internal sources.The two later apologized and deleted the posts after Lenovo threatened legal action.The world’s largest PC maker said in a WeChat announcement that Huawei was an “important client” and that it is maintaining normal relations with the Shenzhen company.
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Former Facebook recruiters say the company’s damaged image is driving away potential hires, according to a new report.Facebook, meanwhile, claims it’s doing better than ever, thank you very much.A little over a year ago, the world learned that the data of some 87 million Facebook users landed in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a shady political consultancy, and that the social network failed to properly ensure that its users’ data was actually deleted by the firm.That massive privacy debacle remains its most infamous scandal to date and set the stage for what would become a remarkably shitty 2018.The former recruiters claimed that the acceptance rate from graduates for full-time positions dropped from 85 per cent for the 2017-2018 school year to 35 to 55 per cent as of December of last year, with the sharpest decline being at 35 per cent for Carnegie Mellon grads.A former recruiter also alleged that the acceptance rates for software engineering jobs on Facebook’s product teams dropped from 90 per cent in late 2016 to nearly 50 per cent early this year.
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According to Android Police, Google is finally updating its Keep note-taking app with a dark mode.However, it’s not a true dark mode that makes use of an OLED display’s inky blacks.Instead, Keep’s dark mode turns most of the UI into two different shades of gray.That might disappoint fans of absolute black, but the use of gray is actually better for your eyes.The contrast between gray and white isn’t as stark as the contrast between black and white.As such, your eyes will more easily adjust to the gray background.
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Facebook removed a total of 265 accounts, pages, groups and events for coordinated inauthentic behavior, saying that they originated in Israel but focused on Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Angola, Niger and Tunisia, with some activity geared toward Latin America and Southeast Asia.Head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher said in a Newsroom post that the people behind the network used fake accounts to run pages, spread content and artificially increase engagement.They also misrepresented themselves as local citizens and local news organizations, publishing allegedly leaked information about politicians, along with political news on topics including elections, candidate views and criticism of political opponents.Gleicher said Facebook’s investigation found that some of the activity was tied to Israeli commercial entity Archimedes Group, which has been banned from its platform and issued a cease-and-desist letter for repeated violations of the social network’s policies on misrepresentation and other offenses.This week’s removals covered 65 Facebook accounts, 161 pages, 23 groups, 12 events and four Instagram accounts.Gleicher said roughly 2.8 million Facebook accounts followed one or more of the pages, while some 5,500 joined at least one of the groups and about 920 followed one or more of the Instagram accounts.
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In said trailer, we see a Gotham where Batman himself is absent.Rose, as Kate Kane, finds her way into the Batcave and laments that no one is afraid anymore.Looking at the Batsuit another character tells her: "The suit is literal perfection,""It will be when it fits a woman," Rose says.The CW has described the character as "an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence."Originally published May 16, 8:53 a.m. PT
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The so-called Epic Mega Sale has just begun on Epic’s online games store, and whatever your views on this sometimes controversial retail outlet, it can’t be denied that this is indeed a pretty epic event in terms of the discounts available.The sale runs from now until June 13, and has interesting timing in terms of stealing thunder from Steam’s summer sale, which we’ve just heard is rumored to start on June 25.So Epic is getting in there first, with the Mega Sale offering discounts of up to 75%.That’s not all, though, because on top of whatever discount the publisher is offering, Epic is also cutting a further £10 (or $10) off all games, providing they cost more than £13.99 (or $14.99).Epic also clarifies that those who have pre-ordered an unreleased game will get the aforementioned £10 (or $10) discount automatically applied as a refund, so they don’t have to cancel their pre-order, and re-purchase the game.Also, if you’ve just bought a game from Epic’s store, from May 2 through to May 15, and it is now on sale, fear not as you will get the current reduced price (and any difference in what you paid extra refunded).
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Singapore-based Vertex Venture Holdings has raised US$230 million in the first close of its fourth Southeast Asian fund to invest in technology startups across the region and India, Bloomberg reports.It plans to finalize the funding in the next few months, which could take it above the first close, said Chua Kee Lock, Vertex’s managing partner for Southeast Asia and India.The venture capital arm of sovereign wealth fund Temasek Holdings, Vertex plans to continue backing early-stage technology for financial services, enterprise, and consumers in the region.Most of the investors in its third fund, including Cathay Financial Holding Co., have backed the new one.
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As we count down the days to Prime Day 2019, which we expect to come sometime in mid-July, we're already seeing discounts on a variety of Amazon devices.At the moment, most of the deals are on the company's media streamers and a couple of Echo smart speakers.And some, but not all, of them are exclusive to members of Amazon's Prime service.We've rounded them up below.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.Prime members only: Fire TV Stick for $25 (save $15)
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That includes Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, who sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Monday with questions about how the social network plans to roll out its privacy-focused future.Facebook's had a series of privacy and security issues over the last year, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal, concerns about disinformation and struggles over moderating its platform.The social network has attracted the scorn of lawmakers, and expects a fine of up to $5 billion for its privacy violations.Hawley, who also called for the Federal Trade Commission to levy larger penalties on Facebook, expressed skepticism on the company's new outlook in his letter.He also sent the letter to WhatsApp co-founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum, who left Facebook over user privacy issues."To be blunt, I fear that your new platform's aim is to capture and subvert the privacy revolution that threatens your business model and claim an empty public relations victory," Hawley writes in the letter.
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“Most licensee respondents are either not choosing to migrate to the cloud at all, or they are migrating but not choosing Oracle Cloud”Oracle licensing is simply too expensive, as is annual maintenance and support, users grumbled in a survey this week, with the majority of Oracle’s customers actively planning to reduce their spend with the vendor; although most have limited plans to migrate off on-premises environments and onto the cloud.That’s according to a report this week by Rimini Street, the third-party software support provider for Oracle and SAP products, which surveyed 205 IT, finance and procurement professionals professionals at the C-suite to management level throughout North America, revealing widespread discontent at cost and “aggressive” audits.Of those surveyed at the C-Level, VP/Director of IT and Procurement roles, over 50 percent said they are currently reducing or planning to reduce spending on Oracle.They cited a variety of issues with the costs of doing business with Oracle, as well as the overall health of their relationship with the vendor.There was only moderate appetite to migrate off on-premise Oracle databases and onto the cloud however: of those that are considering it (38.6 percent, versus 46.2 percent opting to stay on-premises).
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Melinda Gates runs The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she and the team have dedicated more than $45 billion to help solve massive, seemingly-impossible problems like poverty, deadly diseases, and gender inequality.Gates said problem solving requires understanding how a given solution would (or wouldn't) impact the lives of everyday people.Melinda Gates knows how to get things done.At its helm, Gates has invested in fighting diseases and finding solutions to poverty across the globe.She earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 for her philanthropic efforts.You can't just be a billionaire pushing your money and agenda on people because the right solutions aren't always intuitive.
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often asserts that AI will substantially cut down on the amount of abuse perpetrated by millions of ill-meaning Facebook users.Today at the company’s annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco, CTO Mike Schroepfer detailed the progress its teams have made toward that ambitious goal.“The challenges we are facing range from things like election interference to misinformation to hate speech,” said Schroepfer.“We have to dedicate ourselves to getting into the details and working these problems, day after day, month after month, year after year.”In the course of a single quarter, Schroepfer says that Facebook takes down over a billion spammy accounts, over 700 million fake accounts, and tens of millions of pieces of content containing nudity and violence.It complements a system that learns a deep graph embedding of all the nodes in Facebook’s Graph — the collection of data, stories, ads, and photos on the network — to find abusive accounts and pages that might be related to each other.
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“The future is private,” declared Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on stage at Facebook F8 2019, the company’s annual developer conference.Only one problem – Facebook’s track record when it comes to privacy isn’t just spotty, it’s terrible, and as such the company has a seriously long way to go before it can win back the trust of the public and the privacy-conscious.Not only that, but Facebook’s emphasis on privacy won’t just be on the main Facebook site either – it’ll also have to be in Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Oculus, and WhatsApp.That includes Facebook — right now, Facebook can pretty such see everything you do within Facebook’s services, but in a truly encrypted ecosystem that may no longer be the case.Snapchat pioneered ephemeral messaging, and then Facebook kind of took that concept and ran with it.The idea here is that Facebook wants users to be able to be themselves online now, without having to worry about the decisions they make online coming back to bite them in the future.
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Google IO 2019 starts in just a few days, and we're seeing more details trickle out about exactly what Google has in store at its big developer event – including a new feature aimed at people with speech impairments.As 9to5Google notes, the events list for Google IO includes a mention of Project Euphoria, which is apparently "leveraging Google technologies to give people with speech impairments their voice back".The session is being hosted by accessibility advocate Elise Roy and Harvard professor Michael Brenner, who is also a member of the Google Accelerated Science team.Windows and Android get friendlierJoin those various dots together and it sounds like Project Euphoria could be the latest accessibility feature to hit Android, perhaps with the Android Q roll out: and it's potentially going to get your smartphone to talk for you.We've seen Google demonstrate voice synthesizer technologies before – at last year's Google IO event for example, when it showed off how it was adding new voices to the Google Assistant platform.
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The idea of the heat island -- that densely built-up urban areas are considerably hotter than the rural and semi-rural landscapes that surround them -- has been extensively studied and is widely accepted by academics and the public.But a new study by a Concordia researcher takes a closer look at the phenomenon and what can be done to mitigate it.In a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Ziter argues that there is a non-linear relationship between canopy cover and temperature reduction: when canopy cover reaches a certain threshold, temperatures will begin to drop far more dramatically than they do below that point."So if your neighbourhood has less than 40 per cent canopy cover, you'll get a little bit of cooling, but not very much.Once you tip over that threshold, you really see large increases in how much you can cool areas off."She adds that the difference between areas with heavy canopy cover and those that are treeless can be as high as four or five degrees Celsius, even within just a few hundred metres of each other.
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Cold Spring Harbor, NY-- Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press (CSHLP) announced the release of Restriction Enzymes: A History, available on its website in hardcover format.Restriction enzymes cleave DNA at specific recognition sites and have many uses in molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology.More than 4000 restriction enzymes are known today, of which more than 621 are commercially available, justifying their description by Nobel Prize winner Richard Roberts as "the workhorses of molecular biology."This book by Wil Loenen is the first full-length history of these invaluable tools, from their recognition in the 1950s to the flowering of their development in the 1970s and 1980s to their ubiquitous availability today.Loenen has worked with restriction enzymes throughout her career as a research scientist and came to know many of the leaders in this field personally and professionally.She is the author of several authoritative and widely appreciated reviews of the enzymes' biology.
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You’ve probably seen by now that the Samsung Galaxy Fold seemingly has a durability problem, and enough of one that Samsung has delayed shipping the device to give it time to fix the issues – but a new report suggests the issues might not be easy to fix.iFixit (a site with plenty of experience of taking apart and repairing phones) has posted some theories as to why the Samsung Galaxy Fold might break so easily, and one of things it notes is that OLED screens – which are the only kind that can be used in a folding phone – are inherently very fragile.That’s a problem which doesn’t sound easy to solve, and it’s not the only potential issue, with the site adding that OLED can react to “prying, moisture, oxygen or nearly anything”, and that the design of the hinge likely allows dust to interfere with it.Another, more avoidable, issue is the removal of the protective covering on the screen.It’s a cover that Samsung didn’t intend people to remove, but perhaps the company didn’t make that clear enough.However, iFixit notes that it’s not just the absence of the cover that could cause problems, but the pressure applied in removing it.
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Avengers: Endgame is a packed film, and at 3 hours long it's the longest MCU film ever.So when's the best time to pee if you loaded up on liquids before or during the movie?Here are our votes for when to make that super speedy run to the bathroom during the 22nd Marvel movie.Note that these suggestions are in all, they're just decent times to go if you really must -- because in truth, there really is no good time to pee after the first half of the movie.When the San Francisco title card comes on screenIf you made the crucial mistake of not peeing before the film, you won't miss much if you duck out at this point.
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