Sellers say China’s Amazons are forcibly putting discount stickers on their stuff

June 22, 2017

… in China are hooked on online shopping The seller said it occurred on the eve of 618, a Big discount festival that JD.com was holding, similar to Black Friday in the U.S. Liebo found it was locked out of editing its own prices on the platform, and was obligated to sell at the rates listed. It eventually could not address the glut of orders received, and had to shut down its JD.com store front, Liebo founder, Tang Dafeng, wrote on a statement on Weibo. Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable “If I …

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 22, 2017

… AFP/Getty Images In a country with over 700 million phone users, it can be tough standing out. But top-earning internet celebrities, known as Wang Hong in China, can earn up to $46 million a year. It’s no wonder everyone’s jostling to become the Next Big Thing. The skills you need for viral fame At the YWICC, students are practicing in dance studios and being taught how to dress fashionably. 21-year-old Mengna Jiang is one of 33 students mostly women majoring in the school’s …

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

… might be in vain. There is a whole lot of /r/bitcoin style “this is good news” ITT… imo yes, it is a huge issue!https://t.co/Hi46zzPTxE Vlad Zamfir (@VladZamfir) June 13, 2017 There are also various tricks Big players can employ to buy tokens before others; some companies are undertaking measures to make the playing field more even, with mixed success. Finally, ICOs aren’t regulated. A company that sets out to do an ICO will post some rules on a website, and …

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Facebook and Google are taking unprecedented steps to crack down on bad ads

June 19, 2017

… remained wary of the search giant’s goodwill. It could have Big consequences. AdBlock Plus, the world’s most popular ad blocker, claims to boast around 100 million active users; Chrome has well over a billion on both mobile and desktop (of course there’s overlap). Wieser, however, downplays how much impact it will ultimately have on publishers. It may drive prices for higher quality ads up, he says, but media companies will ultimately be competing on the same playing field. …

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US Open 2017: World’s top three miss cut as quartet battle for lead

June 17, 2017

(CNN)It’s the longest course in US Open history and was said to favor the Big hitters but Erin Hills claimed the scalps of the three best players in the world Friday. The quartet largely avoided the deep fescue and took advantage of rain-softened greens to push the leading score to seven under as golf’s top trio fell the wrong side of the cut, which came at one over. Johnson, who defied controversy to win his maiden major at Oakmont 12 months ago, was teetering on …

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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 15, 2017

… game. It’s one of those rare instances when divisive rhetoric is set aside, and we can come together — not just as teams, but as a community. And so, early Wednesday morning, I jumped in my car and drove to baseball practice in northeast D.C.. On the other side of town, in Alexandria, Virginia, my Republican colleagues were doing the same, getting ready for Thursday’s Big charity game. Tragically, Wednesday’s morning routine ended with a vicious act of hate and …

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Going Wonder-ground: How Oh Wonder were inspired by conversations with strangers on the Tube – BBC News

June 15, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOh Wonder perform their single Ultralife for the Radio 1 Piano Sessions. Two and a half years ago, at the start of their career, Oh Wonder singer Josephine Vander Gucht fell over a gate, smashing her front teeth and breaking her nose. It forced the band to remain anonymous for almost a year: No photographs, no interviews, no videos. But there was an upside. Last year, as she caught a train home from Heathrow, she sat next to a …

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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

… discrimination and harassment policies and, more specifically, prohibiting “romantic and intimate relationship” between people who report to each other. These may seem obvious and small, but they are Big changes for a company that spiked in growth over the last year. “Implementing these recommendations will improve our culture, promote fairness and accountability, and establish processes and systems to ensure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated,” Liane Hornsey, …

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London fire: Lives claimed at Grenfell Tower – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… “completely burned away”. “It has burned through to its very core,” he said. “It looks very bad, very very bad. I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s just such a Big fire. “The whole building is just crumbling. It’s just billowing black smoke.” Safiyah, who is about 500m away from the building, said: “There are lots of people gathered in the street. I just see more and more flames burning and tragically I hear people crying for …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… traditional Labour areas, which Mrs May was banking on to win a Big majority. Like the social care U-turn, or the pledge to bring back grammar schools, it may have given anyone flirting with backing the Tories for the first time in their lives a reason not to switch their vote. 10) Events Theresa May wanted the election to be about Brexit but the terror attacks in Manchester and London changed the course of the campaign. Suddenly it was all about security and anti-terror policy. This should have …

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Remembering Jo Cox: Her family one year on – BBC News

June 13, 2017

… behind her with a Big smile on his face. They bustle around, getting the kettle on, as their daughter Kim makes the introductions. Within minutes, everyone is huddled around Kim’s phone as she shows a video of her and Jo doing karaoke together. Image caption Jo Cox was MP for Batley and Spen in Yorkshire Jean remembers the moment when she got the call telling her that her daughter been attacked: “The phone rang and it was her aide. “He said, ‘Jo’s been …

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I came up with some GoT season 7 theories while drinking 19 cups of coffee

June 11, 2017

… caffeinate. SEE ALSO: Meeting notes from our office’s all-hands Kingsmoot I mean, really caffeinate. I lined up 19 Big old cups of coffee, reflected on the shows intricacies, and the ideas flowed. I finally saw GoT with clarity my mind was opening. After my fourth cup of coffee, the ideas started pouring out of me. Take a look. Coffee #4: Hodor isnt dead Image: mashable composite; hbo That’s right. Hodor, the Big lumbering giant whom we last saw holding the door so Bran and …

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Mark Hamill, George Takei, and more post tributes to Adam West

June 11, 2017

… Batman. We’ll miss you. RIP Adam West. First person I saw who was funny, badass & cool all at once. Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 10, 2017 Holy heartbreak Batman. Adam West was a Big part of my childhood. We were acquaintances in my adulthood. A wonderful man who will b missed. Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) June 10, 2017 God Bless Adam West pic.twitter.com/9OK7kHNZHS Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien) June 10, 2017 A post shared by Marlon Wayans …

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Boobs and Brass: The female band raising cash for breast cancer – BBC News

June 10, 2017

That first show attracted a Big crowd – some of whom, Mrs Betts suspects, were only there because they were curious about the name. “I don’t think they were quite sure what they were getting,” she says. “They might have been disappointed! “All the girls said, ‘That was brilliant, we’ve got to do it again.’ And it’s just never stopped since.” Image copyright Boobs and Brass The struggles of those band members have made the …

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Family throws extravagant quinceaera for 15-year-old feline

June 10, 2017

… prepare for the soire, Olavarria’s mom did some hunting on Amazon for the perfect pretty princess dress for Luna to wear on her special day. She ordered a tres leches cake from their favorite bakery, and decorated with tons of balloons, table cloths, and streamers. The dress though, was extra important – Luna just had to look like a quinceaera star on her Big day. “My mom wanted to get Luna a traditional quinceaera dress and found the perfect one on Amazon,” Olavarria …

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News Daily: General election special – BBC News

June 9, 2017

… Soubry has called for her to “consider her position” – political code for calling for her to resign. Another senior MP tells me: “I can’t see how she can stay.” A minister texts to say the Tory party is an “absolute monarchy, ruled by regicide and that’s the territory we are in”. One Tory source says it is “50:50” that she will quit during the morning. Read Laura’s take on events Who are the Big winners and losers? The …

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 will explain what’s wrong with Mike

June 8, 2017

… you’re looking for another kid to join this group of kids who are already incredible,” Matt teases. “Sadie knocked it out of the park.” Her older stepbrother is an entirely different story. Billy is played by Dacre Montgomery, most recently seen as the Red Ranger in the Big screen Power Rangers reboot. “This is like the total opposite. He’s not a good guy,” Matt says with a laugh. “That’s what we liked about him. He looks like he should be …

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Guys seeking a ‘generic’ dad on Craigslist ad want a paternal presence at their BBQ

June 7, 2017

… (though this is subject to change. We will provide all of the meat)– Refer to all attendees as “Big Guy,” “Chief,” “Sport,” “Champ,” etc. (whilst drinking beer)– Talk about dad things, like lawnmowers, building your own deck, Jimmy Buffet, etc. Funny anecdotes are highly encouraged. All whilst drinking beer. But hold your spatulas, eager dads. Not just any so-called “dad” can fulfill this requirement. No, only highly …

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Hey Corporate America, Please Sponsor This Column!

June 5, 2017

… grubby world of commerce. As high-minded professionals, we are in the position of waving righteous fingers of alarm at the endless commercialization of our society. ExceptI find myself dealing with a different emotion: Pure, unvarnished envy. How come athletes can turn their visibility into Big bucks, while the journalistic community cant? First of all, its not as if TV has a past wholly free from corporate contamination. In the first years of the medium, countless programs bore the names of …

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Eating on the Road With the Alabama Shakes

June 4, 2017

… Spiced Rum concert that the band is headlining. While the crowd is loosening up with an assortment of rum-and-ginger beer cocktails, the band is taking it a bit slower. The four principals arent Big drinkers but Howard and the groups other singers warm up their vocal cords with a concoction of hot water, lemon juice, honey and some whiskey. In fact, she sips from a cup of it on stage, too. What kind of whiskey does she like to use? Whatever dont burn too bad, she says. I dont want to get …

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Police Tell Londoners to Run and Hide as Attack Underway in London

June 4, 2017

… entrances as the armed men approached. The doors were locked by the bar staff. Three men with Big hunting knives were outside. They were trying to get in the pub but the doors were locked. They were smashing the windows,a witness told The Sun. I saw at least one man stabbed in the chest about five times. Heavily armed officers arrived at the scene just as these assailants were trying to gain entry to the pub. Armed police turned up, I saw them shoot at least two of the guys in front of me, the …

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It’s ‘Wonder Woman’ weekend and Hollywood celebs are here for it, just like you

June 4, 2017

Image: Clay Enos Seventy-six years, hundreds of male-dominated superhero films, and not a moment too soon. It’s taken nigh on a century to bring Wonder Woman, first published as a comic book in 1941, to the Big screen. There are men mad about a few sold-out women-only screenings, positively glowing critics’ reviews, and fans excited for the film’s opening weekend even A-list celebrities who have nothing to do with the movie. SEE ALSO: Wonder Woman has taken over the world …

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Google’s new London HQ may be the perfect office building

June 2, 2017

Image: HayesDavidson Unsurprisingly, Google is thinking Big. SEE ALSO: Google Chrome is coming to VR with Google’s latest Daydream update After a long delay, the company has submitted plans for its proposed King’s Cross Campus in London, the first wholly owned and designed Google building outside the U.S. The massive 11-story building will comprise 1 million square feet longer than the Shard building is tall and has been designed by Heatherwick Studio and Bjarke Ingels Group …

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Election blind dates: John Whittingdale and Jess Phillips – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Jess Phillips Describe yourself: I am Jess Phillips and I was the Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Yardley – and now I’m the candidate in the election. I think people probably best know me as a women’s rights, equality activist with a Big gob. I’m a difficult woman with a dirty laugh. Political background: My political ambition came about when I was working at Women’s Aid, watching how government decisions – both poor and good decisions – …

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I ran a half marathon with AI to test the future of trainers

June 1, 2017

… fine-tune your step rate to find your ideal pace, which it calls your “Comfort Zone,” but it leaves much to be desired as a next-gen personal trainer. It currently has no dedicated feature to set specific goals, so users prepping for races like me have no guide to train for Big events or set more defined goals than just fine-tuning their running style. Vi and me, just getting to know each other. Image: lili sams/mashable Putting Vi through her paces I decided to take the …

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