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Startup founders typically face a management challenge.They often began their careers in technical engineering jobs, and are thrust into the CEO role when starting a company.Sometimes it makes sense to bring in a more experienced executive to guide a fast-growing startup, and that is what Snyk announced it’s doing today, shifting founder/CEO Guy Podjarny to president and chairman of the board, while bringing in board member and investor Peter McKay as CEO.Over the past 18 months the company has grown significantly moving from just 18 employees to 150 as its open source software development approach to security has taken hold in the marketplace.McKay is someone who makes sense for the job given he has been involved with the company as an investor since its early days, and has known Podjarny in various roles for 15 years.“I think I would be going through many sleepless nights if I was bringing just somebody we interviewed into the company for a role like this at a time like this,” he said.
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Welcome to the Advertising and Media Insider newsletter, our weekly news roundup.A leading global ad holding network is launching a cannabis consultancy, hoping to bring in $10 million in its first year.Cannabis advertising has been limited by regulatory and platform restrictions, though.US marijuana retailers spent $4.1 million on advertising in 2018, a tiny fraction of the $151 billion ad pie, according to Kantar.Still, Havas' move could help legitimize the industry and prompt other agencies to follow suit.Airbnb's former CMO left his high-profile job to help tech brands like Pinterest and Uber find their purpose — and his consultancy is on track to make $8 million in revenue in its first year.
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You only need to go check out the latest Hollywood blockbuster or pick up a new AAA game title to be reminded that computer graphics can be used to create some dazzling otherworldly images when called for.But some of the most impressive examples of machine-generated images aren’t necessarily alien landscapes or giant monsters, they’re image modifications that we don’t even notice.That’s the case with a new A.I.demonstration created by computer scientists in China.A collaboration between Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou and Beijing’s Microsoft Research lab, they’ve developed a smart artificial intelligence which can be used to accurately fill in blank areas in an image: Whether that’s a missing face or the front of a building.Called inpainting, the technique uses deep learning technology to fill these spaces either by copying image patches on the remainder of the picture, or by generating new areas that look convincingly accurate.
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Jeff Bezos said in an interview on Monday that the US Postal Service was crucial to getting Amazon off the ground, as it provided the infrastructure that enabled the business to thrive."It takes hundreds of millions of dollars to even just get started with something interesting," Bezos told CBS Evening News.But Bezos' remarks on the US Postal Service risk angering President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Amazon's reliance on the service.Amazon would not be the $995 billion company it is today without the US Postal Service, according to CEO Jeff Bezos.In an interview with CBS Evening News on Monday, Bezos said the postal service gave Amazon a huge helping hand from the outset as the firm did not have to invest in a delivery network."I didn't have to build a transportation network to deliver the packages," Bezos told Norah O'Donnell.
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Whether you're looking for a cheap mouse (or two) for travel, want to raise your Fortnite game with a mechanical keyboard or have worn out your current keyboard and mouse set, Amazon has a good Prime Day deal for you.A lot of the best deals are for gaming keyboards and mice so that's what you'll mostly find here, but there's no reason you can use one of those for your day-to-day work.Most gamers steer clear of wireless mice because of laggy performance and fear of the battery dying mid-game.Even if you don't believe it, $25 is so low it's worth giving it shot.The Naga Trinity has three side plates that can be swapped depending on your button needs.Razer has a bunch of other gaming gear reduced from Prime Day including its Huntsman opto-mechanical keyboard for $100 and Lancehead TE ambidextrous mouse for $35.
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Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC), the parent of Dubai-based telecom operator du, has added YzerChat app to the internet calling pack.By subscribing to du’s package for AED 100 per month for home, and AED 50 per month for mobile, consumers can unlock access to high-definition YzerChat – in addition to Botim – to get unlimited access to video calls, voice calls and SMS messaging to friends and family, both in the UAE and across the world.The telecom operator’s internet calling plans are considered one of the legal alternatives to Skype, Apple’s FaceTime, Google’s Duo and WhatsApp’s video in UAE .The app also features a language translation system which supports 16 languages, including Arabic, French and Chinese to name a few.Get more details about du’s internet calling pack at www.du.ae/ICP
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Nichols, who has spent the past five years leading the software giant’s gaming division, told Adweek he will leave the company this fall after helping to find his replacement.He’s leaving to pursue personal projects after a tenure that spanned a number of high-profile Microsoft products.Prior to joining the Xbox team, Nichols was head of global marketing for Bing after working on the design team that created the search engine.I’ll be reflecting on how I can make an impact and have fun in the next act of my career.“With Xbox he put in place a growth strategy and award-winning team that have delivered results and positioned the business for continued growth.We’re sad to see him go, yet excited for him and this next chapter in his life and wish him the best.”
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Cloud giant's blunt instrument clobbers loyal resellers tooMicrosoft's Toby Richards, General Manager of programmes within the Commercial Partner organisation, has explained the company's removal of free licences from the benefits assigned to resellers.Richards presented an "Ask me anything" (AMA) session yesterday on the subject of "Partner investments and incentives" – and there was only one thing on the mind of the participants.This was the removal of "Internal use rights" (IUR) from the licences granted to resellers who sign up for Microsoft's "Action Pack" or earn a gold or silver "competency" in a specific area.To be told 25 years later that the IUR benefits we've literally built our business around are being 'retired' in July 2020 comes as quite the shock... Having grown from 1 employee to nearly 90 over the years, licensing out the full stack that we're using now is going to be incredibly cost prohibitive.1 year isn't long enough to plan for this level of change.
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Amazon Game Studios is teaming up with Athlon Games to co-develop to co-develop and publish a free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO for PC and console.We first heard news of the upcoming MMO last year, however Amazon Game Studios' involvement is new, as is the revelation that the studio brings with it a team that includes veteran developers who've worked on popular MMOs such as World of Warcraft and Destiny.Best upcoming games 2019: most anticipated titles for PS4, Xbox One and SwitchBest games 2019: our favorite PC and console games of the yearAccording to Amazon Game Studios, the MMO will take place in the Middle-earth portrayed in The Lord of the Rings literary trilogy.Previously the game was set to be a prequel to the well-known stories of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, instead taking place in the deep history of Middle-earth, and conveniently avoiding any canonical issues.
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Not far from a frenzy of screaming tweens chasing online video stars, in a glass building overlooking Disneyland, VidCon will introduce a new celebrity to its pantheon: video forgeries known as deepfakes.VidCon, which starts in earnest Thursday, is the world's biggest conference of online video and digital creators, but it's best known for its swarms of fans.We're going to say in a couple of years 'I remember when we used to believe in videos.'"Computer manipulation of video has existed for decades, but deepfakes are video forgeries that can make people appear to be doing or saying things they never did, generated in an automated way with artificial intelligence.And rapid advances in deepfake technology mean these doctored clips are becoming both easier to make and harder to detect.VidCon's event, titled "Deepfakes and Synthetic Video: Don't Panic, Prepare," is aimed at the different audiences that attend VidCon, according to Sam Gregory, a program director at the human-rights organization Witness, that is leading the presentation.
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Nurx, the “Uber for birth control,” will allow customers to test themselves for many of the most common sexually transmitted infections within the comforts of their own homes with its new STI home-testing kits.Nurx, a graduate of Y Combinator, has raised about $42 million in venture capital funding from Kleiner Perkins, Union Square Ventures, Lowercase Capital and others to date.It launched in 2015 to facilitate women’s access to birth control across the U.S. with a HIPAA-compliant web platform and mobile application that delivers contraceptives directly to customers’ doorsteps.Its latest launch is its first since Rao replaced Hans Gangeskar, Nurx’s co-founder and CEO since 2014.In addition to selling birth control, Nurx provides PrEP, the once-daily pill that reduces the risk of getting HIV, and an HPV testing kit direct to consumer.Nurx says they will facilitate in-person care for patients who test positive for an STI, if necessary, or will work closely with them to determine next steps including offering oral treatment.
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Yet again Marvel has continued on its upwards trajectory that has persisted ever since Thor inexplicably caught the Tube to Greenwich in Thor 2: The Dark World.The fact that Spider-Man: Far From Home is not just a fun and exciting superhero adventure – but it is an adventure that keeps the geography really impressively accurate.The film begins by taking our hero and his class to Venice.So good and plausible there.For the rest of the Venice leg, and the showdown on the Rialto Bridge, my geography knowledge is unfortunately relatively limited – I’ve been to Venice, but essentially the entire city is twee little buildings optimised for Instagram, so determining whether the actions taken are accurate is better left to Italians in the comments section below.Unfortunately, I’ve never been to Prague so I can’t really comment on the geography here, Though if it is wrong, presumably Marvel can just claim it was all an illusion created by Mysterio anyway.
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Google has updated the FAQ page for its upcoming Stadia cloud gaming service and it includes one notable tidbit of new information.The company says that, in the rare event a game publisher pulls Stadia support for a title, Stadia will continue to make the game available to those who’ve purchased the license to stream it, per 9to5Google.“Once you purchase the game, you own the right to play it.In the future, it is possible that some games may no longer be available for new purchases, but existing players will still be able to play the game,” the Stadia FAQ page reads.“Outside of unforeseen circumstances, Stadia will aim to keep any previously purchased title available for gameplay.”It sounds like a rather specific scenario, but it’s certainly not a farfetched one.
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For years, we’ve considered Sony one of our favorite headphone makers in the game, with its noise-canceling WH-1000XM3 (and their two predecessors) perennially topping our list of the best headphones, and earning editor’s choice honors.So when Sony announced its new true wireless earbuds, equipped with the same amazing noise-reduction tech the company has packaged inside its award-winning over-ears, we were beyond excited to take them for a spin.Names aside, the new buds come in slick black-and-copper charging case with a flat top embossed with the Sony logo.Aesthetically, the buds look well made, but aren’t much to write home about as far as style.For starters, the headphones boast an outstanding 8 hours of battery life per charge with noise-canceling off, and a still AirPod-beating 6 hours with it on.A glossy touchpad on each bud’s exterior allows you to play and pause music, access your voice assistant, and change songs, but Sony has also packed in some other nifty extras, including the ability to long-touch the left earbud to temporarily pipe in sound from the outside world, so you won’t have to remove a headphone while you’re trying to hear announcements or make a drink order on a plane.
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Google appears to be on a mission to improve the online media playback experience: not long after adding support for keyboard controls, it's now experimenting with a play button that appears on Chrome's toolbar.As spotted by ZDNet, the idea is you can quickly stop and restart audio and video files playing in a tab, without having to hunt through the page itself.The feature is now live in the early Canary edition of the browser.It's part of what Google is calling the Global Media Controls (GMC) package, as per Canary's code, and it should make life easier if you want to take a break from your computer or quickly silence something that's playing.Chrome experiments with ad blocking5G speeds are slowing rolling out
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Nigel Farage's new party came second in the recent European elections.But in such a Remain stronghold, who are his supporters?HuffPost is part of Oath.Oath and our partners need your consent to access your device and use your data (including location) to understand your interests, and provide and measure personalised ads.Oath will also provide you with personalised ads on partner products.Select 'OK' to continue and allow Oath and our partners to use your data, or select 'Manage options' to view your choices.
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Put this on the more speculative end of the scale for now, but one analyst firm has suggested that Apple is already working on a foldable, 5G-ready iPad to shake up its tablet line-up in the near future.The tip comes courtesy of the Economic Daily News and IHS Markit analyst Jeff Lin, and it's based on the familiar supply chain sources.A bending iPad could be with us as soon as next year, the report says.Apparently the iPad would have a MacBook-size screen but we don't get much in the way of other details.It might be a true foldable like the Huawei Mate X, or two separate screens connected with a hinge.Apple might ditch its butterfly keyboards
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Video chat like FaceTime is a useful feature for a lot of people, but it can paradoxically end up feeling a little bit impersonal due to the simple fact that you’re hardly ever making actual eye contact with the person you’re talking to.Instead of looking into the camera – which would be necessary if you actually want to make eye contact – often times most people look at their display, making their eyes appear off-center.Apple, it turns out, has a fix for that in iOS 13 beta 3.A new feature called FaceTime Attention Correction is present in that beta, and it does something that’s admittedly a little strange.As discovered by Mark Rundle on Twitter, the feature’s description simply says, “Your eye contact with the camera will be more accurate during FaceTime Video calls.”Haven’t tested this yet, but if Apple uses some dark magic to move my gaze to seem like I’m staring at the camera and not at the screen I will be flabbergasted.
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We’ve known for a few weeks now that Xiaomi has been readying its first phones as part of its partnership with Meitu.Now, the Chinese brand has announced the Xiaomi Mi CC 9 series, consisting of the Mi CC 9, Mi CC 9e, and the Mi CC 9 Meitu Edition.All three phones offer a 32MP selfie camera in a waterdrop notch, a 4,030mAh battery, and a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide snapper, and 2MP depth sensor.The Mi CC 9 series also offers the ability to swap out the sky in a photo for a more aesthetically pleasant backdrop (as previously seen in the MIUI beta).One of the Xiaomi examples used was a grey sky in a landscape picture being swapped out for blue skies.The standard Mi CC 9 offers a Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of storage.
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Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund appoints SenseTime founder to board as it seeks to expand tech investments – South China Morning PostWhat happened: Khazanah Nasional, Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund, has appointed the founder of artificial intelligence (AI) startup Sensetime as a board member to advise on tech investments.Tang Xiao’ou will advise on AI-related matters, marking the first time a foreign national has been appointed to such a position.Meanwhile, Lau Seng Yee, a Malaysian citizen and executive at Tencent, has also been appointed.Why it’s important: Malaysia has shown increasing interest in Chinese technology, and Sensetime serves as a poster child of China’s tech development.Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has previously visited the AI firm’s Beijing headquarters, and taken tours of both Alibaba’s and automaker Geely’s campuses during visits to China.
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