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Slack's stock price ended up at $38.62 a share on its first day on the market after reaching a high of $41.95 on a busy Thursday.Shares of the company began trading shortly after 9 a.m. PT on the New York Stock Exchange for $38.50 and saw an immediate jump in price to more than $40.Its reference price was $26 under the ticker symbol WORK in a direct listing.A direct listing is different from an IPO in that only existing shares owned by employees and investors are sold, without the involvement of underwriters.The reference price doesn't reflect the shares' offering price or opening public price but instead is a point of reference for investors.A designated market maker determines the price based on comparing the ranges of buy and sell orders.
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Knowledge is vital as a motor of prosperity, but above all as a guide to decision-making in the face of pressing global concerns like the climate and biodiversity crises."Climate change, the biodiversity crisis and inequality are issues whose future consequences may be much more serious if we fail to act now," insisted BBVA Foundation President Carlos Torres Vila in his speech at the event.The ceremony in the Euskalduna Conference Centre of the Bizkaia capital was presided over by the President of the BBVA Foundation and the President of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Rose Menéndez, and attended by the President of the Basque Country, Íñigo Urkullu, the Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, the President of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Unai Rementeria Maiz, and numerous representatives of Spain's academic and cultural communities, including the presidents of distinguished scientific societies and directors of research centers.The achievements of laureates, added the BBVA President, "equip us with powerful conceptual tools and theoretical perspectives, and, in essence, make us better people.Their example is an encouragement to act with boldness to address the challenges of this complex and fascinating period of the 21st century."The President of the Basque Country, Íñigo Urkullu, who delivered the ceremony's closing address, chose to focus on the "frontiers of knowledge" concept that lends its name to the BBVA Foundation awards: "The word 'frontier' is used today as a synonym for division and distrust.
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PITTSBURGH (June 20, 2019) -- Self-driving cars rely on their ability to accurately "see" the road ahead and make adjustments based on what they see.They need to, for instance, react to a pedestrian who steps out from between parked cars, or know to not turn down a road that is unexpectedly closed for construction.New research from the University of Pittsburgh will develop a neuromorphic vision system that takes a new approach to capturing visual information that is based on the human brain, benefitting everything from self-driving vehicles to neural prosthetics.Ryad Benosman, PhD, professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who holds appointments in electrical engineering and bioengineering, and Feng Xiong, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the Swanson School of Engineering, received $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct this research.Conventional image sensors record information frame-by-frame, which stores a great deal of redundant data along with that which is useful.This excess data storage occurs because most pixels do not change from frame to frame, like stationary buildings in the background.
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Vivaldi, the startup founded in 2016 by Opera cofounder and former CEO Jon von Tetzchner, joined the fight against abusive ads today with the launch of Vivaldo 2.6, the newest release of its eponymous web browser for Windows, Linux, and macOS.This edition’s spotlight improvement is a feature that blocks ads determined to have “abusive technologies,” those that are intentionally designed to be misleading or obtrusive.Abusive ad blocking arrives alongside a filter for saved passwords, as well as a spruced-up profile switcher and “find in page” utility and a new notification icon for unread tabs in the Window Panel.“The way that we’ve implemented [ad-blocking] functionality is an interesting step in the direction of relying less on third-party services.”Ads that qualify as “abusive” in Vivaldi’s book include fake messages (e.g., elements that resemble chat apps), unexpected click areas (transparent backgrounds), misleading behavior (close buttons and navigation links that lead to an ad), browser history manipulation, social engineering (phishing and deceptive sites), auto-redirects, mouse pointers, and malware or unwanted software.Vivaldi 2.6’s built-in ad-blocker prevents them from displaying, granting browser clients access to an enabled-by-default blocklist (the same Google uses for Chrome) that can be switched off in the Privacy section of the Settings menu.
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Anyone who tells you the robot apocalypse is upon us—that the machines will not stop stealing our jobs, that they are gearing up to chase us through the streets while doing backflips and fighting off stick-wielding humans—has never tried to program a robot.The difficulty of programming robots is a problem that Facebook, of all companies, wants to fix.Today the social network continues its unlikely dive into robotics by open-sourcing a new robot framework, known as PyRobot, that could simplify the way researchers program their machines, and could even make it easier for non-robotics types to jump into the field.If programming robots has so far been something like wading through a command-line interface, PyRobot promises to be like gliding through the sleekness of macOS.PyRobot isn’t actually an operating system in and of itself, but a kind of layer above the catchily named Robot Operating System, or ROS, which is omnipresent in robotics research.But researchers can still get bogged down in the granular details required to control a robot using ROS.
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Within the last couple of years, there have been cyberattacks in the United States against the electoral system, the financial industry, the power grid, and hospitals.Despite these events, the US government is simply not doing enough to combat the burgeoning threat of cybercrime.Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson removed the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, which had served as an important diplomatic arm for US cyber diplomatic efforts.All this leads me to conclude that for the president and his administration, cybersecurity is simply not a priority.As a result, Congress has been left to its own devices to enact a comprehensive strategy that aims to identify, stop, and punish malicious cyber actors.However, less than 14 percent of these 226 bills—and only two of the 10 bills signed into law—imposed consequences on malicious actors or built up efforts to counter cybercrime.
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With less than a month to go until pornographic sites are forced to implement their own age-checking software for UK users, the government has delayed the rollout for the third time running in over a year, says Sky News.At the end of 2017, parliament passed the Digital Economy Act, which detailed plans for age-verification on online porn sites.It was initially due to be introduced in March 2018, months after the law was first passed – but it was then delayed until July 15 2019, and then again today.The law would see sites like PornHub introduce an 18+ age-checking system, also known as the “UK porn block.” With this tool, users would have to submit some form of ID to verify their age before entering the site.This caused fears around connecting users’ browsing habits to their identify, which could be exposed in a potential data leak.But the Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has announced there will be another delay of at least six months.
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There’s a tricky dichotomy in auto advertising.A car can represent freedom and possibilities, permission to literally and figuratively navigate the world around us without restraint.Yet marketing an automobile is, in a way, inherently limiting.After all, there are only so many ways to show a car cruising down the highway.The feeling of control that comes from operating a vehicle is a sensation that can only be authentically captured in person.How can a brand creatively reproduce that feeling for consumers outside the showroom while remaining fresh in the face of overused imagery?
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Bezos said it's an "illusion" to skip going back to the moon before heading to Mars, saying it provides a much better launchpad for reaching the red planet than Earth.The comments could be seen as a veiled jab of fellow tech tycoon Elon Musk, whose company SpaceX's stated ambition is to get to Mars.Speaking at the JFK Space Summit in Boston on Wednesday, Bezos talked about his ambitions to establish a settlement on the moon with his space exploration company Blue Origin.Previously, Bezos has said he wants the company to build a "sustained human presence" there."What I really hope is that we stick with going back to the moon, this time to stay, because that is actually the fastest way to get to Mars.It's an illusion that you can skip a step.
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Huawei has set up a website to reassure smartphone buyers about the status of Android and Android Q on its devices, and what will happen the near future, in the face of the continued U.S. trade ban.It first announced the Android Q news in a tweet, but all the relevant information can also be found on a dedicated site, along with an informative FAQ.An internal source at Huawei sister brand Honor has also confirmed Digital Trends about what will happen with Android Q on the newly announced Honor 20 Series phones.“All Huawei smartphones and tablets will continue to receive security patches and Android updates.Anyone who has already bought, or is about to buy a Huawei smartphone, can continue to access the world of apps as they have always done.All devices continue to be covered by our manufacturer’s warranty and will receive full service support.”
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With more and more cars adopting electric powertrains these days, it's easier than ever to find a hybrid vehicle that'll fit into your lifestyle.From mild-hybrid cars that pack 48-volt technology to plug-ins that offer usable EV range in addition to their gas engines, hybrid vehicles run the gamut of the automotive space.Frugal compacts, luxury performers and even rugged SUVs can all be had with electric boost.Here are Roadshow's picks for the best ones available in America today.
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The AAPicks team writes about things we think you’ll like, and we may see a share of revenue from any purchases made through affiliate links.Big firms crave it, and many lucrative jobs revolve around it.While there are several areas of expertise, there’s one that’s particularly in demand.Since virtually every big business deals with data, SQL certification skills are highly sought-after.Average salaries for specialists are more than $85,000 per year.You could go back to school to gain these skills, but the Complete Microsoft and Oracle SQL Certification Bundle can train you for the certification exams at a much more affordable price.
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Baldur’s Gate III is finally official, coming to PC and StadiaArs spoke with Larian Studios Co-founder and Game Director Swen Vincke and Dungeons & Dragons franchise Creative Director Mike Mearls at a hotel near the convention center.The company recently announced (alongside D stewards Wizards of the Coast) that it is working on Baldur's Gate 3, a sequel to the highly influential 1990s computer role-playing game series whose influence can be felt in everything from Mass Effect to The Witcher 3 to Pillars of Eternity.Adapting a new D rulesetIn fact—while they each had some previous exposure—both Vincke and Mearls said that Baldur's Gate was what really got them into D all those years ago."I discovered Dungeons & Dragons through Dragonlance, the fantasy books from Weis and Hickman," Vincke said.
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The block, which would force porn sites to implement systems verifying users are over 18, was supposed to come into force on July 15.Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The UK's impending porn age-block is to be postponed for six months due to a bureaucratic tussle with the European Union.Sky News first reported that the block was to be delayed on Thursday morning, and Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright then confirmed the delay in the House of Commons.The legislation behind the porn block was introduced in 2017 as part of the Digital Economy Act.The new rules would force porn websites to implement systems verifying their users are over 18, or risk being blocked in the UK.
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Researchers from multiple security firms largely agree that Turla was behind breaches of the US Department of Defense in 2008, and more recently the German Foreign Office and France’s military.Turla, Symantec believes, conducted a hostile takeover of an attack platform belonging to a competing hacking group called OilRig, which researchers at FireEye and other firms have linked to the Iranian government.Symantec suspects Turla then used the hijacked network to attack a Middle Eastern government OilRig had already penetrated.Not only would the breach of OilRig be an unprecedented hacking coup, it would also promise to make the already formidable job of attribution—the term given by researchers for using forensic evidence found in malware and servers to pin a hack on a specific group or nation—considerably harder.“The fact that we’ve seen one advanced group taking over the infrastructure of another nation-backed group changes a lot of policy discussions that are going on, because it complicates attribution,” Jonathan Wrolstad, principal cyber intelligence analyst in Symantec’s Managed Adversary and Threat Intelligence group, told Ars.Turla is also known as Snake, and Symantec calls it Waterbug.
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What happened: The government of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Thursday announced it granted five Chinese self-driving companies 24 licenses to drive autonomous test cars on designated streets.Self-driving startup WeRide secured 20 of them, with the other four licenses granted to Pony.ai, AutoX, DeepBlue, and state-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group.Founded in Silicon Valley in April 2017 by Baidu ex-SVP Wang Jin, Guangzhou-based WeRide says its vehicles have so far travelled 500,000 kilometers (310,690 miles) in China and the US combined.Why it’s important: The holder of the second largest number of licenses in the country, WeRide has become one of the major challengers to Baidu.The search giant was granted 51 licenses nationwide and reported 140,000 kilometers traveled last year in China’s first road test report.To date, four major Chinese cities have allowed testing of self-driving vehicles on designated roads; Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen granted their first permits in early 2018.
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Chinese P2P lender Dianrong announced Thursday that it has raised new capital in a funding round led by Standard Chartered Private Equity (SCPE).Affirma Capital, a private equity firm spinout of SCPE, and Dianrong’s existing shareholders including ORIX-backed Dalian Financial Industry Investment Group (DFIIG) also participated in the round, according to a company statement sent to TechNode.The Shanghai-based online lender did not disclose the amount raised in the new round.However, in April, it was reported that the company was seeking to raise $100 million in a new round of funding.Guo Yuhang, the company’s co-founder, revealed at the time that he put $10 million of his own money into the company at the end of December to help the company weather the regulatory storm.The new capital will be used to boost the company’s registered capital and develop new business models, a company spokeswoman told TechNode.
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Apple weighs 15%-30% capacity shift out of China amid trade war – Nikkei Asian ReviewWhat happened: Apple has asked its major suppliers to evaluate the cost implications of moving 15% to 30% of their production capacity from China to Southeast Asia as it prepares to restructure its supply chain.People cited by Nikkei said that the decision was made by Apple as a result of the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, but things won’t change even if the disputes were settled.Apple has decided the risks of relying heavily on manufacturing in China are too great and even rising.Why it’s important: It’s claimed that 90% of Apple’s products, including popular iPhones, iPads, and MacBooks, are assembled in China.Apple supplier Wistron has already been assembling cheaper iPhones in India since 2017 and key iPhone assemblers Foxconn said last week that 25% of the company’s production capacity is outside China.
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DIY computer kits are great for kids curious about technology, and can offer a gentle introduction to coding, too.British firm Kano has made a name for itself with a range of devices aimed at stimulating children’s minds.While Kano’s earlier PC products have been built around Raspberry Pi, its partnership with the Seattle-based computer giant sees its latest offering powered by Windows 10 in S mode, a version streamlined for security and performance that makes it safe for use both at school and at home.And Microsoft’s input doesn’t stop at the operating system, either, with the laptop’s design bearing some resemblance to a Surface device.Out of the box, kids can use a step-by-step storybook to build the Kano PC, which comprises an 11.6-inch touchscreen, attachable keyboard, printed circuit board, and transparent case back.Once constructed, it looks remarkably well finished, and a clear improvement on the $250 computer kit that Kano released in 2017.
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Alibaba to Build Digital Trading Platform for China’s Commodities Capital Yiwu – Yicai GlobalWhat happened: Alibaba Group has entered into a strategic collaboration with the municipal government of Yiwu to launch an Electronic World Trade Platform (eWTP) hub in the city, which is hailed as China’s small commodities capital.Located in the eastern province of Zhejiang, Yiwu exports goods to more than 200 countries and regions.Yiwu’s small sellers will gain access to overseas buyers and digital services and infrastructure.Why it’s important: The eWTP concept was first proposed by Alibaba founder Jack Ma as an initiative to offer small- and medium-sized enterprises easier access to new markets via simple regulations, logistics, financing, and cloud computing and payment services.In the new Yiwu eWTP Pilot Area, the company will help to promote innovation in trade finance, establish a smart logistics hub, as well as other infrastructure services.
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