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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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Despite all the pressures facing Huawei, it has still managed to pay attention to the often-overlooked mid-price smartphone market with the launch of the Honor 20 Series.Launched in London, the Honor 20 Series promises much for half the price many consumers would expect to pay.€599 for the Honor 20 Pro, 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage, and €499 for the lesser Honor 20, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the series is swimming against the tides of market trends; as everyone else shuns the mid-price range, Huawei is embracing it.“Honor will continue to grow and continue to grow with young people,” said George Zhoa, President of the Honor business unit.This is perhaps the key for Huawei.Despite all the political turmoil, the anti-China rhetoric and the obsession with charging more for less, the firm is persevering with its Honor brand.
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An online petition to remove Craig Wright’s name from a copyright claim submitted earlier this week has surfaced after his latest effort to lay claim to the fact he authored the original Bitcoin BTC white paper.In an attempt to scratch his latest patent filing fetish itch, the Satoshi Nakamoto impersonator tried to put his name against the Bitcoin white paper and code by filing a registration with the US Copyright Office, CoinDesk reported yesterday.Naturally, the cryptocurrency community hasn’t taken this lying down.One enterprising individual took it upon themselves to make a Change.org petition to remove Wright’s name from any copyright documents associated to Bitcoin.At the time of writing, the petition has 146 signatures, and that number is rising by the minute.The petition appears to have been started on May 22, according to Change.org.
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Nine years ago today, the first ever Bitcoin BTC transaction for a consumer product took place after a Florida man spent 10,000 BTC on two pizzas.Since then, cryptocurrency enthusiasts across the globe have celebrated ‘Bitcoin Pizza Day,’ not because the man in question paid 10,000 BTC, but because at the time said transaction represented a milestone for Bitcoin adoption.So, while buying pizza with Bitcoin today doesn’t seem too far-fetched, I can assure you it was a relatively big deal at the time because no merchant accepted the cryptocurrency as payment.On May 22, 2010, programmer Laszlo Hanyecz paid a fellow Bitcoin Talk forum – the main gathering place for bitcoiners at the time – user 10,000 BTC in exchange for two Papa John’s pizzas.At the time, when Bitcoin was a little over a year old, the amount paid equated to approximately $40.I’ll pay 10,000 bitcoins for a couple of pizzas.. like maybe 2 large ones so I have some left over for the next day.
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Roku is rolling out a tool that will show advertisers how some of the ad dollars they're spending on traditional TV isn't reaching their intended audience.One buyer said the tool could persuade advertisers to shift spending from TV to OTT, where the value of viewers is still unclear.Roku is stepping up its advance on the $70 billion TV market.As more marketers start to shift budgets from TV to streaming video, Roku is pitching a new tool that claims to show buyers that the audiences that they're trying to target with TV ads aren't actually watching linear TV.Until now, Roku measured advertisers' campaigns after they ran; now, it's trying to work with advertisers in the planning stage.Roku hopes to grab some TV ad dollars from the billions that advertisers put into big upfront commitments with TV networks.
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Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online.Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective.But I do really like these simple, affordable wireless headphones by RHA that cost $99.95 on Amazon.One year update: I still use these headphones every day for my commute and workouts.They've held up extremely well, continue to pair seamlessly via Bluetooth, and the sound quality still impresses me every time I use them.It's not that I don't know how to use it, it's just that I'm impatient; I hate setting up new gadgets, and I feel intimidated by all the language used to describe them.
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Google revealed that it recently discovered a bug that caused a subset of its enterprise G Suite customers to have their passwords stored in an unhashed — albeit encrypted — form for about 14 years.“This is a G Suite issue users only — no free consumer Google accounts were affected — and we are working with enterprise administrators to ensure that their users reset their passwords,” Google said in a blog post disclosing the security lapse.The company failed to specify exactly how many customers were affected this way.However, it went on to stress that it didn’t find any evidence of improper access.This February, Google announced it had over 5 million paying businesses on its G Suite platform.The first involves a G Suite feature available for IT staff since 2005.
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At its annual SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft announced that it is adding new features to SharePoint and OneDrive for Business.The company began its presentation with the announcement of SharePoint Home Sites which it describes as “employee experiences” that integrate with the mega-menu in SharePoint intranet portals.These landing pages allow employees to share and comment on articles, videos and other internal materials based on their role and permissions either from their desktop or via SharePoint's mobile app's home view.SharePoint Home Sites are connected to the enhanced SharePoint Start Page which was previously known as SharePoint Home.The new Start Page features improved navigation, activity insights across sites, document views and content users have saved for later.Microsoft expands open data push
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You might not have done an intensive astronaut training course, but NASA still wants you to get involved in its next mission to Mars.The space agency is giving regular people like you and me a chance to send their name -- etched onto a microchip -- on the Mars 2020 mission.Not only that, but if you get your John Hancock etched into the spacecraft that flies to Mars, you'll also rack up "frequent flyer" points and a souvenir boarding pass to show off to your Earth mates.It's part of a campaign to build buzz around NASA's Mars 2020 mission, which is sending a rover to the Red Planet to search for signs of past microbial life, collect samples and study Mars' climate and geology.NASA is also billing the mission as "the initial leg of humanity's first round trip to another planet" so being part of the expedition brings significant bragging rights.NASA has done this kind of thing before with the Orion mission and the InSight mission.
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The agency breathlessly speculated this morning that existing airports could develop the capability for spaceplanes to take off and deploy satellites, or send vehicles on sub-orbital jaunts.We, however, would point out that $2m could just about purchase a pokey-looking three bedroom flat in Fitzrovia, London, let alone be used to build the infrastructure and training needed to further Brit ambitions of derring-do outside of the atmosphere.Rather than build actual infrastructure, the money is more likely to disappear into the production of endless PowerPoint presentations or, as the UK Space Agency put it on Wednesday, "help develop ambitious proposals".Still, the UK does have several launch sites in varying states of development.In 2018 Spaceport Cornwall was bravely trumpeting a partnership with Virgin Orbit to bring its LauncherOne to UK shores.LauncherOne consists of a rocket slung beneath an old Virgin Boeing 747, fired at 35,000ft and capable of delivering between 300 to 500kg to orbit.
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These are just a few examples of the ugly far-right propaganda and disinformation that has flooded Facebook ahead of parliamentary elections in the European Union this week.As part of its investigation, Avaaz's global network of volunteers reported more than 500 "suspicious" pages and groups to Facebook.The content they spread was viewed 533 million times over the past three months, according to the report.Facebook confirmed that it had taken some accounts and pages down, but did not provide specific numbers.As we have said, we are focused on protecting the integrity of elections across the European Union and around the world," a Facebook spokesperson said.We also took action against pages that repeatedly posted misinformation.
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European Chipmakers to Keep on Supplying Huawei After Trump Ban – BloombergWhat happened: German chipmaker Infineon on Monday said it would continue to supply Huawei with components following a Nikkei report saying it would need to halt deliveries of products originating in the US due to a Trump administration blacklist of the telecom giant last week.An Infineon spokesman said most products it delivers to Huawei are not subject to US restrictions.The company is one of Europe’s biggest chipmakers and said it could make adaptions in the international supply chain to ensure deliveries.Another European semiconductor company AMS also maintained that it would continue business relations with Huawei.Why it’s important: Shares of Infineon, whose annual sales to Huawei account for 1.3% of its sales according to Bloomberg, fell as much as 6% in Frankfurt on Monday following the reports.
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We’ve all got an inner geek.Powerful microscopes might have been invented for research purposes, but in reality, they’re the ultimate curiosity-satisfying tool.If you want a super-strong microscope of your own, now’s your chance.This HD microscope camera lets you magnify anything by 1,000 times, and right now it’s down from $130 to just $38.99.Whether it’s tech or an insect, if it fits under the scope then it’s fair game.The microscope camera has built-in LED lights with adjustable illumination to help you capture crisp, detailed images.
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Use of Chinese digital wallets banned in Nepal – The Himalayan TimesWhat happened: Nepal’s central bank, Nepal Rastra Bank, has banned the use of WeChat Pay and Alipay in the country.The bank reasoned that use of these apps was causing a loss of tourism dollars from Chinese visitors making transactions with Chinese vendors running businesses in Nepal by bypassing the Nepali financial system and keeping the payments in Chinese currency and on Chinese networks.As a result, Nepal cannot register this spending as foreign income or enforce taxation.According to The Himalayan Times, at least two Nepali companies are interested in working as intermediaries for WeChat Pay and Alipay in Nepal.Why it’s important: Tourism is one of Nepal’s largest industries, with the country aiming to attract 2 million visitors by 2020.
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Whether you’re a fan, a media person or, like me, a mix of both, this spring’s incredible bounty of entertainment both on the large and small screen was a truly magical moment.Two of the world’s most fanatically adored entertainment properties, Game of Thrones and Marvel’s four-phase Infinity Stones arc both ended their near decade-long spans of groundbreaking storytelling at almost the same moment.I told him that if he could make the first movie work, the second movie would be fucking incredible.”Perhaps an unnecessary bit of foreshadowing for a film that has already become the biggest movie of all time in the U.S., but a telling one from a great storyteller nonetheless.The film is expertly paced, beginning with a jaw-dropping scene showing the consequences of Thanos’ finger snap (a rather silly comic book device that somehow seemed less so on the screen) that ended half the universe.Sure, time-traveling storylines always do, and each of us could pick out moments that seemed to go over the top.
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Biz app login details encrypted at rest, though, ad giant insistsGoogle admitted Tuesday its paid-for G Suite of cloudy apps aimed at businesses stored some user passwords in plaintext albeit in an encrypted form.Hashing is a standard industry practice that protects credentials by scrambling them using a one-way encryption algorithm.Google was at pains to stress it was the enterprise non-consumer version of G Suite affected, and that the passwords were encrypted at rest on disk – though, we note, hashing them would have fully secured the sensitive info.That feature, designed for IT staff to help new colleagues set their passwords and log in, did not hash these passwords.The second involves recording some user passwords in plaintext on disk, as they logged in, and keeping these unhashed credentials around for 14 days at a time, again encrypted at rest.
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The man claiming he invented bitcoin, Craig Wright, has filed for copyright of the original Satoshi Nakamoto whitepaper.The Australian entrepreneur claimed to be Nakamoto, the creator of the cryptocurrency, back in 2016.Copyright Office catalog shows his filings for the Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System text file and Bitcoin, a computer file.He was granted copyright registration over both effective April 2019, according to a GoinGeek press release."Wright wrote most of version 0.1 of the Bitcoin client software, and the registration covers the portions he authored," CoinGeek said.At the time of publishing, bitcoin was worth around $8,000, up from $5,300 a month ago.
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Smart lights for smart dadsIf you're like me, then your dad was always on your case as a kid to remember to turn lights off when you left the room.That's why I got mine a Philips Hue White starter kit for Father's Day the other year -- now, he can automate the lights to come on and off whenever he pleases, and if he forgets to turn something off when he heads to bed, he can just turn things off from the Hue app, or by asking a voice assistant.Usually $70, this two-bulb starter kit currently costs $60 on Amazon, and it includes the Hue Bridge, which you'll need to keep plugged into Dad's router in order for the smarts to work.From there, he can add additional bulbs and fixtures to his network as he pleases to expand his setup (or you can keep gifting them to him at future holidays -- sort of like that year when he got me a nice toolbox for my birthday despite the fact that I didn't own any tools yet, then gifted me a new tool to put it in it every year after that.Oh, and just as a disclaimer, CNET may get a cut of the revenue for purchases made via the links in this gallery.
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Former Mic Publisher Cory Haik has been named Vice Media’s new chief digital officer and will prioritize audience growth, platform partnerships and “digital product innovation” for the media company, Vice said today.Haik will report to CEO Nancy Dubuc and work out of Vice’s Brooklyn office.She will oversee the updated vice.com, where the site’s distinct channels, which previously had their own websites, now redirect to vertical pages on the main site.“Having been on the frontlines of digital for the last 20 years, Cory is the total package and a perfect fit for Vice as we build our executive team,” Dubuc said in a statement.Haik has been on Pulitzer-prize winning teams for The Times-Picayune’s Hurricane Katrina coverage and at The Seattle Times’ coverage of a police officer shooting.She also worked at The Washington Post developing new digital tools and, most recently, served as publisher of Mic.
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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 21, 2019 -- Superconductors' never-ending flow of electrical current could provide new options for energy storage and superefficient electrical transmission and generation, to name just a few benefits.But the signature zero electrical resistance of superconductors is reached only below a certain critical temperature, hundreds of degrees Celsius below freezing, and is very expensive to achieve.The findings from the group's theoretical calculations and experimental approaches are published in the Journal of Applied Physics, from AIP Publishing."The application of tensile biaxial strain leads to an increase of the critical temperature, implying that achieving high temperature superconductivity becomes easier under strain," said the study's first author from the University of Belgrade's LEX Laboratory, Vladan Celebonovic.The team examined how conductivity within low-dimensional materials, such as lithium-doped graphene, changed when different types of forces applied a "strain" on the material.Strain engineering has been used to fine-tune the properties of bulkier materials, but the advantage of applying strain to low-dimensional materials, only one atom thick, is that they can sustain large strains without breaking.
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