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Axa Venture Partners raises $150 million early-stage fund – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Axa Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of insurance company Axa, is raising an early-stage fund. Today’s new $150 million fund (€130 million) is called AVP Early Stage II. Previously, Axa Venture Partners had raised a $110 million early-stage fund back in 2015. So far, it has invested in 40 companies, such as Hackajob, K4Connect, Futurae or Zenjob and Happytal. When it comes to investment strategy, Axa Venture Partners
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Facebook to hire additional 1,000 people in its international HQ in Ireland- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] Reuters Jan 22, 2019 12:07:12 IST The social media giant Facebook will hire an additional 1,000 people at its international headquarters in Dublin this year, the second major jobs announcement from a U.S. multinational in Ireland in a matter of days. The logo of Facebook is pictured during the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris. Reuters Facebook began work late last year on a new office campus
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The WiFi Porter NFC puck connects you to Wi-Fi without a password

[ad_1] Ten One Design, an Apple accessory specialist, has just announced the WiFi Porter, a small wooden NFC tag that lets your guests connect their phones to your Wi-Fi network without needing its SSID or password. Both iPhone and Android phones are supported, but iPhones released before 2018 won’t be able to use the NFC functionality and will have to scan a QR code on the underside of the Porter
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Twitter suspends account that shared video of teens and Native American elder

[ad_1] Twitter has taken action against an account that shared a video of teenagers wearing "Make America Great Again" hats confronting a Native American elder.The Twitter account was suspended after CNN Business asked Twitter about it, it seems. The news outlet reported that the profile picture of the account, @2020fight, belonged a blogger based in Brazil but claimed to be a schoolteacher in California called Talia.The minute-long video, which was
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TaxScouts, the UK startup that helps prepare your taxes, picks up £1.2M led by SpeedInvest – TechCrunch

[ad_1] TaxScouts, the U.K. “tax preparation” startup founded by TransferWise and Marketinvoice alumni, has created some new paperwork of its own. The London-based company has raised £1.2 million in seed funding. Leading the new round is SpeedInvest, with participation from Finch Capital and SeedCamp. It adds to £300,000 in pre-seed investment that TaxScouts announced six months ago. Combining “automation” with a network of human accountants, TaxScouts’ service is designed to
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Russia opens civil proceedings against Facebook, Twitter over local data laws- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] Reuters Jan 22, 2019 12:45:07 IST Russia’s communication watchdog said on 21 January that it was opening administrative proceedings against Twitter and Facebook for failing to explain how they plan to comply with local data laws. Roskomnadzor, the watchdog, was quoted as saying that Twitter and Facebook had not explained how and when they would comply with legislation that requires all servers used to store Russians’ personal data to be
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Fossil shark named after 80s video game

[ad_1] Image copyright Velizar Simeonovski, Field Museum Image caption Artwork: Galagadon was a freshwater shark from the time of the dinosaurs A newly discovered species of ancient shark has been named after a 1980s arcade game.The shark swam in the rivers of what is now South Dakota, US, about 67 million years ago, living alongside iconic dinosaur species such as T. rex. It's been named Galagadon, after the 1981 Japanese-US
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Uber Eats is expanding Starbucks deliveries to 6 more U.S. cities and London

[ad_1] Uber and Starbucks are expanding their delivery partnership to an additional six U.S. cities, building on a pilot service that kicked off in Miami last September. Starting today, Uber’s online food and beverage ordering business, Uber Eats, will deliver Starbucks coffee to customers in San Francisco. And over the course of the next month, this will be extended to Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.
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Redmi Note 7 durability tested again, used as skates in new test video- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] tech2 News Staff Jan 22, 2019 12:57:23 IST Redmi Note 7, Redmi's brand new phone was launched in China earlier this month. The mid-range Redmi phone that came with some interesting features including a 48MP primary camera, had its first flash sale end in minutes. Redmi Note 7 price starts at CNY 999. Image: Weibo While the Chinese smartphone brand recently announced that the Redmi Note 7 will get
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Dixons Carphone’s mobile sales continue to fall

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Dixons Carphone has reported a fall in mobile phone sales over the Christmas trading period, as fewer people signed up to two-year contracts.The electrical goods retailer said sales of mobiles were down 7% in the 10 weeks to 5 January.The news reflects a growing trend in the phones market after Apple cut its sales forecast earlier this month.However, Dixons had better fortune in other areas,
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Google will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of general elections

[ad_1] Google is joining Facebook in bringing greater transparency to its political advertising tools in India as the world’s largest democracy gears up for general elections in the coming months. The search giant today said it will introduce an India-specific Political Advertising Transparency Report and make available a searchable Political Ads Library in the country in March of this year, a month ahead of the general elections. These moves will allow any
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European firms working on harnessing power stored in batteries of EV vehicles- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] Reuters Jan 22, 2019 10:45:34 IST Ever wanted to run your electric car for free? If you’re open to a bit of give and take, then stay plugged in and your wishes might come true. At least that’s what some European power companies and Japanese carmakers believe. Image: Reuters E.ON and EDF are already working with Nissan to develop services that allow power stored in electric vehicle batteries to
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EasyJet takes £15m hit from Gatwick drone chaos

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The drone sightings led to many people being stranded at Gatwick EasyJet says the disruption to flights caused by the drone sightings at Gatwick airport in December has cost it about £15m.It paid out £10m in "customer welfare costs" and said it had lost £5m of revenues due to flight cancellations. EasyJet said the incident affected around 82,000 customers and led to more than
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The rise of mobile video in India is requiring YouTube and others to innovate to better serve Indian users, who average 40+ hours/month of video from data plans (Eric Bellman/Wall Street Journal)

[ad_1] Spotify is testing a feature on iOS that will allow users to block any artist  —  Yes, it's finally happening.  Spotify seems to be testing a new feature for its app that will allow users to block any artist on the platform.  The block button is a much-requested feature from Spotify users … [ad_2] Source link
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Tesla signs preliminary agreement with China’s Tianjin Lishen for battery supply- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] Reuters Jan 22, 2019 10:49:55 IST Tesla Inc has signed a preliminary agreement with China’s Tianjin Lishen to supply batteries for its new Shanghai car factory, as it aims to cut its reliance on Japan’s Panasonic, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Tesla emblem on the back end of a Model S. Image: Tesla The companies had yet to reach a decision on how large an
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TomTom sells telematics unit for $1 billion to better compete with Google in maps and navigation

[ad_1] TomTom has announced that it is selling its telematics division to automotive giant Bridgestone Europe for €910 million ($1,033 billion). Founded in 1991, TomTom is best known for its GPS-powered navigation services and devices, such as satellite navigation units for cars, while it is also one of the major global online mapping platforms, alongside the likes of Google Maps, Here Technologies, and OpenStreetMap. The Dutch company also offers a number of
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Airtel announces Rs 1,699 yearly prepaid plan with 1 GB data, unlimited calling- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] tech2 News Staff Jan 22, 2019 10:52:20 IST Mobile subscribers benefit a lot from the tussle between major telcos like Airtel, Vodafone and Jio. Almost every alternate month we see a new or a revised plan launched by some or the other telcos to attract new users and retain the existing ones. While there are a host of plans offered by these telcos that include several benefits including unlimited
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Digital Garage teams up with Blockstream to develop blockchain financial services in Japan – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The global crypto market may have tanked last year, but notable names have joined forces to develop Bitcoin and blockchain financial services in Japan, which has emerged as one of the world’s most crypto-friendly markets. Blockstream, a blockchain startup founded by Bitcoin contributors, announced this week that it has launched a joint venture in Japan alongside Digital Garage, an early-stage investor/incubator that’s backed local launches from Twitter, Square and
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Spotify’s reportedly leaked T&C agreement all but confirms 31 January launch in India- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] tech2 News Staff Jan 22, 2019 11:29:21 IST Music streaming giant Spotify had confirmed earlier in 2018 that it would be heading to India pretty soon. If a recent report is to be believed then Spotify could be in Indian markets as soon as 31 January and now a Tweet has more or less confirmed it. Representational Image A Variety report had already stated a week back that end
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Mysterious Planet Nine hiding beyond Neptune might not be a planet at all

[ad_1] Artist's concept of Planet Nine. Caltech/R. Hurt (IPAC) Out past Neptune, something weird is happening to the orbits of a bunch of space rocks circling the sun. Something, scientists believed, could only be described by the presence of a giant planet -- the so-called "Planet Nine". It's baffled astronomers for years and now there's yet another another candidate for the cosmic wobbliness that's not a planet at all.Planet Nine's existence
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Super blood wolf moon lunar eclipse dazzles in striking photos

[ad_1] The view from Kalamazoo The fantastically named "super blood wolf moon" of Jan. 20 and 21 was a stunner combining a total lunar eclipse (blood) with January timing (wolf) and a particularly large appearance due to being closer to the Earth (super).The Kalamazoo Astronomical Society in Michigan delivered an extraordinary set of images showing the moon and the occasional twinkling star around it. The society describes this shot as
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Twitter, citing rules violation, suspends account that helped amplify the video of an encounter between a Native American elder and students wearing MAGA hats (Donie O'Sullivan/CNN)

[ad_1] Donie O'Sullivan / CNN: Twitter, citing rules violation, suspends account that helped amplify the video of an encounter between a Native American elder and students wearing MAGA hats  —  New York (CNN Business)Twitter suspended an account on Monday afternoon that helped spread a controversial encounter between … [ad_2] Source link
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Scientists teach a robot dog to get back up after they kick it down

[ad_1] Ludovica Bastiani/ANYbotics The relationship between humans and dog-like robots seemingly follows this timeline: Humans make robotic dog creatures that can open doors.Humans antagonize robotic dog creatures by kicking them and knocking them over.Robotic dog creatures rise up and enslave the humans.OK, so the last point may not be necessarily true (yet), but the first two points certainly are. And to prove it, new research published by Science Robotics on
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In email to customers, Munchery says it will end operations effective immediately and will refund any outstanding orders (Carolyn Said/San Francisco Chronicle)

[ad_1] In email to customers, Munchery says it will end operations effective immediately and will refund any outstanding orders  —  San Francisco startup Munchery, which delivers microwavable dinners and meal kits in its hometown and other Western cities, has gone out of business, according to an email the company sent customers on Monday. [ad_2] Source link
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After raising $125M, Munchery fails to deliver – TechCrunch

[ad_1] On-demand food delivery startup Munchery is ceasing operations effective immediately, the startup announced in an e-mail to customers on Monday. Founded in 2010, the San Francisco-based business had raised a total of $125 million in venture capital funding, reaching a valuation of $300 million with an $87 million round in 2015, according to PitchBook. Munchery was backed by Greycroft, ACME Ventures (formerly known as Sherpa Capital), Menlo Ventures, e.Ventures,
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Chinese online ticketing app Maoyan postpones Hong Kong IPO to Feb. 4 after naming Xiaomi as one of three new cornerstone investors, seeks to raise up to $350M (Laura He/South China Morning Post)

[ad_1] Laura He / South China Morning Post: Chinese online ticketing app Maoyan postpones Hong Kong IPO to Feb. 4 after naming Xiaomi as one of three new cornerstone investors, seeks to raise up to $350M  —  Maoyan Entertainment, China's largest movie ticketing app backed by Tencent and Meituan, has delayed its Hong Kong IPO and put off its listing date to February 4. [ad_2] Source link
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Marvel to show Avengers: Endgame early to man with terminal illness

[ad_1] Marvel Studios When Avengers fans rally, they rally.Thanks to huge support on social media, and with the help of Avengers star Chris Hemsworth, Marvel may grant a 33-year-old Australian man with terminal illness his dying wish of watching Avengers: Endgame before its April release.The man, known as Alexander, is suffering from liver cancer, mouth cancer and the rare genetic disease Fanconi anemia which affects bone marrow, and could die before
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Disability hate crime: MPs back Katie Price over online abuse

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Self-regulation of social media "has failed disabled people", according to MPs who have backed a petition calling for new laws, led by model Katie Price.More than 220,000 people supported her demand to make online abuse a criminal offence after she flagged up trolling about her son Harvey's disabilities. Now MPs on the Petitions Committee want the government to give disabled people protection under hate crime
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Knotel acquires Deskeo, Paris’s largest agile office space operator – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Breathing down the neck of WeWork is Knotel, which in 2017 raised a Series A round of $25 million, then another round of $70m, and then another $5m in debt. It says it has one million square feet in New York versus WeWork’s four million.It’s now pushing out internationally. Last year it acquired Ahoy!Berlin, a workspace operator in Berlin, Germany, after setting up an operation in London.And today it
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Google Doodle salutes Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day

[ad_1] Martin Luther King Jr. works at home in Monday's Google Doodle. Google Doodle/Xia Gordon Google celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday with a Doodle depicting the late civil rights leader studying at home.King was born Jan. 15, 1929, in Atlanta, and rose to prominence by advocating for civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience.He led the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott against the policy of racial segregation in
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We conquer clutter with Marie Kondo’s new show – TechCrunch

[ad_1] On the surface, “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” sounds like a simple show: Over the course of eight episodes, organizing guru Marie Kondo helps a variety Los Angeles residents sort through their belongings and clean up their homes. But for some, following Kondo’s KonMari method can be a surprisingly difficult or emotional experience — after all, it’s really about looking at what we own and where we live. And
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Apple says its Giving program has raised $365M+ for nonprofits since it began eight years ago, with $125M+ in donations and 250M+ hours volunteered in 2018 (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

[ad_1] Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac: Apple says its Giving program has raised $365M+ for nonprofits since it began eight years ago, with $125M+ in donations and 250M+ hours volunteered in 2018  —  As part of its Martin Luther King Day celebrations, Apple has shared a newsroom article highlighting the charitable giving and volunteering efforts of its employees. [ad_2] Source link
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Elon Musk says he could build new particle accelerator tunnel for cheap

[ad_1] Fabrice Coffrini/Jackson Ryan/VCG/Getty Images If you want to build a particle accelerator -- the biggest particle accelerator ever -- you're going to need a really long tunnel. One that is about 100 kilometres (around 64 miles) in length, in fact.And Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla who's never one to shy away from an opportunity, is also in the tunnel-digging game, leading the charge at The Boring Company.In response to
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Why your replacement heart could be made in space one day

[ad_1] Image copyright Gettyimages Image caption The International Space Station could become a factory for specialist materials Imagine a laboratory growing human hearts - and imagine that laboratory floating in space hundreds of miles above the surface of the Earth. That may sound like science fiction, but bizarre as it seems, it could bring new hope for transplant patients within the next decade.While about 7,600 heart transplants were carried out
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Create wearables, robots, and more with this Arduino eBook bundle

[ad_1] The Internet of Things revolution has forever altered the ways in which we build new technologies. Now, anyone with a curious mind and a modest budget can create everything from home automation systems to fully-functional robots in the comfort of their garage or living room, all with minimal training and easily-accessible supplies. Nothing embodies this shifting reality like Arduino—an incredibly powerful and versatile DIY electronics platform that can be
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Youth-run agency AIESEC exposed over 4 million intern applications – TechCrunch

[ad_1] AIESEC, a non-profit that bills itself as the “world’s largest youth-run organization,” exposed more than four million intern applications with personal and sensitive information on a server without a password. Bob Diachenko, an independent security researcher, found an unprotected Elasticsearch database containing the applications on January 11, a little under a month after the database was first exposed. The database contained “opportunity applications” contained the applicant’s name, gender, date
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Galaxy S10: 7 things it needs to stay ahead of top rival Huawei

[ad_1] A month from now, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S10 in San Francisco, settling months of rumors about all the new goodies Samsung's next flagship phone will have. As Samsung's 10th anniversary Galaxy S phone, the Galaxy S10 is of particular importance. This phone represents the culmination of a decade of improving designs that turned Samsung smartphones into a household name -- and the world's top smartphone brand. It also comes
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HP launches 2 beefy Intel-based Chromebooks for education market

[ad_1] HP is aiming its latest computers at the education market, with the introduction of two new Chromebooks. More than 30 million students and teachers are using Chromebooks for learning today. In fact, HP said that Chromebooks are the number one device for K-12 schools in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Sweden. The new Education Edition Chromebooks are simple, secure, and shareable devices that provide the basics for kids who
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Politiscope, an app to track Congressional voting records and bills, launches on android devices – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Last September two former National Football League players launched an app called Politiscope to track the voting records of members of Congress and the bills that they were introducing — and provide non-partisan information about what those bills and votes would mean to voters. The pro-football-playing brothers, Walter Powell Jr. and Brandon Williams, launched the app to provide an accurate accounting of what Congressional leadership was doing — something
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Gartner survey of more than 3,000 CIOs in 89 countries finds that deployment of AI in enterprise grew 270% in the past four years and 37% in the last year (Kyle Wiggers/VentureBeat)

[ad_1] Spotify is testing a feature on iOS that will allow users to block any artist  —  Yes, it's finally happening.  Spotify seems to be testing a new feature for its app that will allow users to block any artist on the platform.  The block button is a much-requested feature from Spotify users … [ad_2] Source link
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Gene-edited babies are unethical and unlawful, says Chinese investigation

[ad_1] Anthony Wallace/Getty Chinese authorities have concluded preliminary investigations into the Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who claimed to have created the first gene-edited babies, reports Chinese state-run media service Xinhua. The Guangdong Provincial Health Commission investigation, which has been operating since November, concluded He Jiankui's actions "seriously violated ethical principles and scientific integrity and breached relevant regulations of China", stating that the research was conducted "in the pursuit of personal
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5 ways the government shutdown is impacting U.S. cybersecurity

[ad_1] Add cybersecurity to the already lengthy list of services and agencies impacted by the partial federal government shutdown. While many essential defense and law enforcement personnel have been required to work without pay, some agencies that handle cybersecurity duties, such as the Department of Homeland Security’s recently formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), are working with reduced staff. Threat actors,
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Roger Dickey ditches $32M-funded Gigster to start Untitled Labs – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Most founders don’t walk away from their startup after raising $32 million and reaching 1000 clients. But Roger Dickey’s heart is in consumer tech, and his company Gigster had pivoted to doing outsourced app development for enterprises instead of scrappy entrepreneurs. So today Dickey announced that he’d left his role as Gigster CEO, with former VMware VP Christopher Keane who’d sold it his startup WaveMaker coming in to lead
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Researcher says AIESEC, a non-profit claiming to be the "world's largest youth-run organization" left 4M+ intern applications with sensitive info exposed online (Zack Whittaker/TechCrunch)

[ad_1] Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch: Researcher says AIESEC, a non-profit claiming to be the “world's largest youth-run organization” left 4M+ intern applications with sensitive info exposed online  —  AIESEC, a non-profit that bills itself as the “world's largest youth-run organization,” exposed … [ad_2] Source link
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7 things Galaxy S10 needs to do to stay ahead of top rival Huawei

[ad_1] A month from now, Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S10 in San Francisco, settling months of rumors about all the new goodies Samsung's next flagship phone will have. As Samsung's 10th anniversary Galaxy S phone, the Galaxy S10 is of particular importance. This phone represents the culmination of a decade of improving designs that turned Samsung smartphones into a household name -- and the world's top smartphone brand. It also comes
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Minecraft Marketplace December 2018’s top 10 creations: Exponential growth

[ad_1] December was the Minecraft Marketplace’s biggest month yet. Downloads skyrocketed to 10,872,443 on Windows 10, iOS and Android, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. December doubled the 4.57 million downloads from November, which in turn doubled October’s 2.26 million. The exponential growth for the Minecraft Marketplace is due to a number of factors. The Minecraft Team is releasing more free promotional content. This includes items such as the Catastrophic Pandamonium
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All your meme are belong to AOC – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Memes are the new vernacular of political culture and we dismiss them at our own peril. Liberals learned this the hard way late in the presidential campaign, when they began realizing how deftly the alt-right was able to use viral jokes, hashtags, and images as a propaganda tool, often to bolster white supremacist ideology. The phenomenon was propagated by Donald Trump, often through retweets (the president’s Twitter account, @realDonaldTrump, is arguably
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A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for medical negligence wins legal action to remove Google results about her case in landmark "right to be forgotten" ruling (Daniel Boffey/The Guardian)

[ad_1] Daniel Boffey / The Guardian: A Dutch surgeon formally disciplined for medical negligence wins legal action to remove Google results about her case in landmark “right to be forgotten” ruling  —  Ruling will ensure doctors will no longer be judged by Google on fitness to practise, lawyer says [ad_2] Source link
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Google Maps will now show speed limits, speed cameras to both Android and iOS users- Technology News, Firstpost

[ad_1] tech2 News Staff Jan 20, 2019 20:32:54 IST Google Maps is always getting updated every now and then but there one feature that's been stuck in the testing phase for far too long. Google Maps will now show you speed limits on major highways. Well, after close to two years of waiting, Google has finally begun launching speed limits within Google Maps. Following a more constrained roll-out earlier this