Daily Archives: November 5, 2018

India’s Meesho, which enables social commerce via WhatsApp, raises $50M

Meesho, a Bangalore-based social commerce startup, has closed a $ 50 million investment to grow its business in its Indian homeland ahead of future international expansion. This Series C round means that Meesho, which graduated Y Combinator in 2016, has now raised three funding rounds in the past year. Its $ 3.4 million Series A came in October 2017 with ...

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Bots Distorted the 2016 Election. Will the Midterms Be a Sequel?

Tiffany Olson Kleemann Contributor Tiffany Olson Kleemann is the chief executive officer of Distil Networks. She formerly served in executive roles at Symantec and FireEye and was deputy chief of staff for cybersecurity operations under President George W. Bush. The fact that Russian-linked bots penetrated social media to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election has been well documented and the ...

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And you thought your flight was sh*tty… Delta passenger forced to sit in FECES for 2 hours

A Delta Airlines frequent flyer was forced to sit in feces for the entirety of a two-hour flight after airline staff refused to clean the mess he found in his seat upon boarding. Matthew Meehan was given the option of sitting in the mess or missing his flight from Atlanta to Miami entirely, when he brought it to the flight ...

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Apple rolls out watchOS 5.1.1 after earlier Apple Watch bricking issues

Apple has rolled out watchOS 5.1.1, less than a week after the company pulled its immediate predecessor, watchOS 5.1, following reports that the software was bricking some Apple Watches. The update also includes bug fixes for the Walkie-Talkie app and an additional issue where some Activity rewards were not displayed. watchOS 5.1 initially went out Tuesday alongside iOS 12.1 but was ...

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EU lost over €100bn because of its own anti-Russia sanctions – Lavrov

The EU is punishing itself for doing Washington’s bidding and sanctioning Russia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. However, while the restrictions policy does not harm the US, the EU suffers billions in losses. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El País, Lavrov lamented the dismal state of EU-Russia relations, describing them as far from normal. The divisions are ...

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US religious leader almost calls America 'Great Satan' on Iran visit

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told Iranians ‘victory will be yours,’ calling on them to persevere despite unprecedented sanctions from the country their leaders have called the Great Satan. Farrakhan stopped just short of calling America the Great Satan himself when he spoke at Tehran University. “Is it not true that you have called America the Great Satan? Well, ...

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Review: The iPad Pro and the power of the Pen(cil)

Laptop users have been focused for a very long time on whether the iPad Pro is going to be forced upon them as a replacement device. Depending on who you believe, Apple included, it has at one point been considered that, or a pure tablet with functions to be decided completely by the app development community, or something all its ...

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'The dead vote Democrat': Ted Cruz snaps at Jim Carrey over 'vampire' cartoon

Less than 24 hours before the momentous US midterms, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) traded virtual punches with actor Jim Carrey. “Everyone knows the dead vote Democrat,” he fired back at Carrey after the actor depicted him as a vampire. On Sunday, Carrey posted a political cartoon illustrating the close-cut Texas Senate race between Cruz and Democratic challenger –and Carrey’s own ...

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Amazon is offering free delivery in the US because it’s nearly Christmas

“Did you know Christmas is nearly here?” Now that it’s November, people will start telling you how many shopping days or weekends there are until Christmas. You can avoid them all you like, but a pretty major sign that the festive season is nearly upon us has dropped today after Amazon ditched its shipping charges for Christmas orders in the U.S. ...

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Is there really a 'militia caravan’ traveling south to protect US border from marching migrants?

Most media outlets have published as fact claims that vigilante groups incited by Donald Trump are organizing themselves to confront the migrant caravan, but the story appears to be based on little more than an unverified boast. Variously named as “armed militias” and “far right activists,” some “gun-toting” groups have been reported as “forming their own caravan” in scores of media reports over ...

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