We always knew there was a premium for the beautiful people. Turns out the ugly premium is even better.
500 Startups is rebooting its efforts in Greater China after it hired a new head of business for the region, which covers mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Edith Yeung, a former executive with browser firm Dolphin Mobile, is taking up the reins. The VC firm had been without a recognized setup in China for some time after former lead Rui Ma relocated to the 500’s U.S. operations… Read More
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Michelle McClintock was accused of completing fake details on checklists to make it look as though elderly patients were ready to be sent home from William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent.
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Apple has bought the website iCloud.net, and the independent social network that previously lived there is shutting down.
TechCrunch’s Ingrid Lunden reports that the Asian site recently informed its users that it has decided to “close iCloud.net and stop all its services.” Why? Because Apple has recently acquired the rights to its domain, as WHOIS data shows.
iCloud is, of course, the name that Apple uses for its cloud services like mail, photo storage, notes, and its “Find My Phone” tool. The Cupertino company is apparently trying to make sure it has every possible domain linked to it — it already has iCloud.com and iCloud.org, for example — and the iCloud.net social network is a casualty in this.
It’s not immediately clear whether Apple bought the entire social network in order to shut it down, or if it just bought the domain name, at which point its operator took the decision to bring an end to the social network. Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
Tong Lei, the owner of the Asian social network declined to provide details on the number of users iCloud.net had in a comment below the announcement, though it doesn’t appear to have been particularly big. The other websites he owns will continue to operate, he said, and he also plans to “start a new site which will provide online coupon codes for Chinese users.”
Here’s the message that was posted on iCloud.net on February 14:
Hi all users of iCloud.net:
You may find an announcement showing on the homepage of iCloud.net, yes, we decide to close iCloud.net and stop all its services.
We offer social service since 2011, but now, iCloud.net finished his mission, it is time for him to retire.
So, you have a chance to delete your account if you have registered an account on iCloud.net.
Finally we have two suggestions：
Do not send any email to **@icloud.net.
Do not use **@icloud.net as your email address.
All the data will be destroyed at March 1, 2017.
Feb 14, 2017
This is the current homepage of iCloud.net:
A pensioner aged in his 80s is fighting for his life in hospital today after being stabbed in a park in Ilford, east London, near a nursery school this morning leaving the community in shock.
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Staff are being told to ‘build up a gradual picture of what is going on’. A sudden death of a pet or divorce could cause a change in behaviour. The guidelines come after the death of Baby P.
Le Pen was due to meet Lebanon’s most senior cleric in Beirut today as part of a three-day visit but refused the headscarf handed to her by one of his aides, saying ‘I will not be veiled’.
Password managers are one of the quickest and easiest ways to help defend yourself against hackers.
They store all your passwords — so you only have to remember a single, extra-secure one to protect yourself.
If you ask security experts for what simple advice they’d give to ordinary people worried about being hacked, the same thing comes up again and again: Don’t re-use passwords.
This is because huge numbers of people re-use the same passwords across multiple accounts, putting all their data at risk if any one of their accounts is ever breached.
Of course, juggling dozens of passwords for all your different logins is tricky. And that’s where a password manager comes in. A password manager is an app that stores the passwords for all of your services — meaning you only have to remember one.
Here’s why you should be using one — and how to do it.
Most people are bad at passwords. Real bad.
There are two key problems with people’s password habits: They re-use them all the time, and they’re terrible at picking them in the first place.
Throughout 2016, we saw dozens of celebrities and high-profile figures —everyone from Drake to Katy Perry — getting their Twitter accounts hacked. Twitter itself wasn’t hacked, but these victims had re-used passwords that were also used on sites that were.
There have been numerous high-profile hacks come to light recently. Sites like MySpace, LinkedIn, and Tumblr have been breached, and hundreds of millions of people’s login details leaked online. Hackers can then try these logins on other sites — like Twitter, other social media sites, online banking, or anything else.
On a long enough time frame, everyone gets hacked. It’s basically impossible to avoid having your details end up in a leaked data dump sooner or later — and you can’t do much to stop it happening. But by not re-using passwords across multiple sites, you can limit the damage.
It’s not just tech-illiterate people who are getting stung this way. Even Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has had his Twitter account breached.
Making matters even worse is people’s password choices.
Put simply, people are awful at picking passwords. They go for predictable strings of letters, or simple words, or other basic possibilities — making it much easier for attackers to guess or crack them.
According to an analysis of leaked data from security firm Keeper, the world’s most common password is the depressingly easy to guess “123456.” The second most-used password was “123456789,” according to Keeper, followed by the predictable “qwerty.” Then came “12345678,” and in fifth place was the obvious “111111.”
This is where password managers come in.
A password manager replaces all those awful passwords you use with just one you need to remember.
A password manager will solve both these problems. It means you can use a different password on every account, because you only need to remember one. And it’ll also generate strong passwords for you, so you don’t fall into the traps people often do when they pick their own passwords. (Easily memorable passwords tend not to be particularly strong.)
It stores and encrypts all your login data in its vault — keeping it safe and inaccessible without the correct master password that you set and remember.
There are other benefits to using one too, like remembering all those account logins that you only use very occasionally. If you only order from UberEats every two months, it’d be easy to forget your password (unless you re-used one, tut tut), but a password manager will keep it safe.
Some also come with extra features to differentiate them from their competitors, including file storage and encrypted note-taking.
Here’s an example of a password manager — LastPass.
You add it as a extension for your web browser, then it stores all your different logins on its dashboard or encrypted “vault,” making them accessible across multiple devices. (So you can use them on your phone, or your work computer, or your personal laptop, without any issues.)
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Here, we reveal how the scars of Karen Matthews’s crime have yet to heal — and just what happened to the young girl who was brutally betrayed by the one person she should have been able to trust.
Would you tell Facebook you’re happy to see all the bared flesh it can show you? And that the more gratuitous violence it pumps into your News Feed the better? Read More
PCSO Dave Bunker, 49, spotted the woman looking lost on her way to a bus stop in Skegness on Monday, and took her hand and her shopping as he guided her to the closest stop.
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In the fly-on-the-wall documentary Meet The Lords elderly peers will be seen snoozing during a debate and drinking red wine at the ‘long table’ of their taxpayer-subsidised restaurant.
Britain’s most violent prisoner, Charles Bronson, has shown his softer side by drawing a piece of art that reaffirms his love for his actress fiancee.
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Having been granted legal aid to fight extradition – at great expense to the taxpayer – Saliman Barci, 41, stepped up his battle to avoid being sent home to serve a 25-year sentence for two horrific murders.
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Graham Walters, 69, was plucked to safety on Monday after his restored historic boat capsized near the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago off the coast of northwestern Africa.
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The Malaysian police said the attackers were trained to wipe toxins on the face of the estranged half brother of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader.
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Newly released video shows a plane piloted by Harrison Ford mistakenly flying low over an airliner that was taxiing at an airport in Orange County, California last week. Ford’s small plane crossed over a taxiing American Airlines 737.
Microsoft has retooled Skype, the messaging service synonymous with business users, for people living in emerging markets. Today, at its Future Decoded event in India, Microsoft took the wraps off Skype Lite. The service is an Android app that mains the core video and voice calling functionalities, but is optimized for those on limited internet connections such as 2G data. It… Read More
More new VC money sloshing around Europe. This time it comes courtesy of Berlin-based Project A, which has previously invested in companies such as WorldRemit, Lost My Name, and ZenMate. The German VC firm is announcing the closure of its second fund, totalling €140 million, to be invested in early-stage European technology startups. In addition, Project A is closing in on a separate new… Read More
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WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT: Builder Sam Rees, 22, mistimed pulling the trigger on a hydraulic hand nail gun while working on a site near Swansea and was left with an excruciating injury.
As United launches its new Sub-Cattle Class, there’s quite a few disturbing truths you need to know.
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Baidu is charging up its video content push after iQiyi, its YouTube-style service in China, raised $1.53 billion from the sale of convertible notes to investors. The deal appears to end speculation that the firm was mulling an IPO.
iQiyi, which had on offer to go independent fall through last year, raised the capital from a number of top-name investors including Hillhouse Capital, Boyu… Read More
Tesla, which is inarguably the greatest electric-car company in the history of the automobile, has watched over the past few years as its thunder has been stolen by the next big thing: massive-scale ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft.
If self-driving vehicles arrive in the next five or so years, Tesla has a real problem: Uber’s $60-plus-billion valuation will rocket even higher (no drivers mean more profits) and Tesla will struggle to catch up.
Tesla, of course, is advancing its own Autopilot technology, which is currently the most advanced semi-autonomous system that consumers can buy and use. The company is also equipping all of its vehicles with the necessary hardware to enable level four autonomous driving. So clearly, Tesla doesn’t intend to fall behind its self-driving competitors and given the sheer number of Autopilot miles driven, the company could actually have a substantial commercial edge in the autonomous space.
But Tesla is also aiming to join the ride-hailing party with its so-called Tesla Network, which according to CEO Elon Musk, will aim to enable Tesla owners to “monetize” their ownership when they aren’t driving their vehicles. The cars will be available to be rented out, in a manner of speaking.
At Seeking Alpha, Tesla long investor “Galileo Russell” sums it all up in an interesting post, pointing out that Tesla has restricted owner revenue-making from their Autopiloting vehicles to the Tesla Network — a walled garden of sorts that sets Tesla up to capture some of that revenue rather than giving it all to owners.
In terms of enterprises such as Airbnb, with people turning their apartments into de facto hotel rooms, this has led to a lot of business activity, exciting the whole sharing-economy idea.
Don’t touch my Tesla, bro!
But there’s a big issue with Tesla jumping into this space.
I’m not sure anybody would want to share their Tesla.
Certainly not current owners who have spent on average $100,000 on a vehicle. And I’m not convinced that changes when you have the $35,000 Model 3 in the picture. Firstly, because it might cost more than $35,000. And secondly, because sharing a car is inherently risky. Very risky.
No one is going to total your apartment, although Airbnb-ers have certainly experienced misbehaving and destructive guests. Your Tesla is another story.
Sharing a vehicle that costs more than $40,000 is also dicey because even though you can make some money off an asset that’s otherwise parked in your driveway, you have to deal with the unpredictable schedules of others as well as the additional yearly miles driven. Tesla’s hold their value quite well, relative to other used cars, but ideally you want your used car to be as gently used as possible when it comes time to sell it or trade it in.
A lot of miles on the odometer can undermine that, even if those miles put money in your pocket.
There’s also the “Keep your hand off my Tesla” factor. If you had put down $1,000 to pre-order a vehicle, as 373,ooo people did when the Model 3 was revealed in early 2016, and waited patiently more than two years to get your car, how good would you feel about loaning out your baby?
Musk and his team are clearly thinking economically when they think about the Tesla Network. But they might be thinking about how people really own cars — especially Teslas, which have around them a Ferrari-like halo of desirability.
Indeed, the arrival of the Model 3 could shift this dynamic. But it will have to be a pretty big shift.
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Great role models: From Nellie Bly and Cecilia Payne to Nadezhda Popova, the Night Witches and Dr. Mary Edwards Walker (and many others).
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. found a way to bring back a character who very definitively died earlier on in the series, and few of us could have guessed that it would happen how it did.
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It came as Mr Nuttall (pictured) – standing in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election – tried to distance himself from Ukip’s backer Arron Banks, who said he was ‘sick to death’ of hearing about the tragedy.
The actor who plays Thor is promoting his native Australia for the country’s tourism group. He has a list of what you should see.