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The Greatest Story Never Told: Hawaii's Kamehameha the King

Waipio Valley, on the north end of the Big Island, is where Kamehameha grew upLast summer, movie star-king Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson announced plans to team with director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) and screenwriter Randall Wallace (Braveheart) to make a blockbuster called The King, depicting the life of Hawaii's first monarch of all the islands—Kamehameha the Great.A good match for the trio at first glance: Johnson is of Polynesian decent and he's a large man, though, at 6'5", he's ab...
Tags: Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson, Kamehameha, Kamehameha the Great, Randall Wallace, Robert Zemeckis

William S. Burroughs’ Manifesto for Overthrowing a Corrupt Government with Fake News and Other Prophetic Methods: It’s Now Published for the First Time

The Boy Scouts of America have faced some deserved criticism, undeserved ridicule, and have been cruelly used as props, but I think it’s safe to say that they still bear a pretty wholesome image for a majority of Americans. That was probably no less the case and perhaps a good deal more so in 1969, but the end of the sixties was not by any stretch a simpler time. It was a period, writes Scott McLemee, “when the My Lai Massacre, the Manson Family and the Weather Underground were all in the news....
Tags: Books, Literature, Politics

Cross-border fintech startup Airwallex raises $100M at a valuation of over $1B

Australia-based Airwallex is the tech startup to enter the billion-dollar ‘unicorn club.’ The company announced today that it has closed a $100 million Series C round that values its business above $1 billion. Started in Melbourne in 2015 by four Chinese founders, Airwallex provides a service that lets companies manage cross-border revenue and financing in their business much like consumer service TransferWise. Its customers can, for example, set up overseas bank accounts if they have paying ...
Tags: Asia, Finance, Funding, Fundings & Exits, TC, Airwallex, Alpha, Australia, Banking, Ceo, China, Companies, DST Global, Facebook, Financial Services, Gobi Partners

How to watch the live stream for today’s Apple keynote

Apple is holding a keynote today on its campus in Cupertino, and the company is expected to talk about new services. Don’t expect any new device, today’s event should be all about content. At 10 AM PT (1 PM in New York, 5 PM in London, 6 PM in Paris), you’ll be able to watch the event as the company is streaming it live. Rumor has it that the company plans to unveil multiple new services. The most anticipated one will be a new video streaming service that should compete with Netflix, Amazon P...
Tags: Gadgets, Apple, Apple Event, Apple Media Event 2019

The Plum Guide raises $18.5M to expand its ‘vacation homes for the elite’ service

Fancy knowing how ‘the other half’ lives? Well, part of it is down to tools which have been built specifically for them. Michelin Guide will tell you about the best restaurants on the planet. Similarly the The Plum Guide bills itself as the “Michelin Guide for Homes” as it picks the world’s best vacation rentals, holiday homes, short term lets and Airbnbs from over 25 different sites, then puts them into one. It does this using a combination of data and human curation. It’s now raised £14m ($18....
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Tech, Paris, Octopus Ventures, Michelin Guide, George Henry, Localglobe, Talis Capital, Hearst Ventures, Michelin Guide for Homes, Doron Meyassed Founder, Meyassed, Matus Maar Managing Partner and Co

The Google News Initiative, one year in

In the first year of the Google News Initiative, our efforts have centered around a spirit of experimentation, with programs focused on three pillars: working with the news industry to evolve their business models, raising up quality journalism and driving new thinking and approaches in newsrooms. There’s still much to be done, but we remain committed to collaborating with publishers to build a stronger future for journalism. Empowering sustainable business growth The business of journalism is u...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, UK, London, Indonesia, Australia, Youtube, India, Eu, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Bulgaria, North, John Green

Facebook says no one flagged NZ mosque shooting livestream

LONDON (AP) — Facebook says none of the 200 or so people who watched live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting flagged it to moderators, underlining the challenge tech companies face in policing violent or disturbing content in real time. The social media giant released new details about its response to the video in […]
Tags: Facebook, Business, Technology, London, News, Ap, Nation, New Zealand, Nz

HG to sell Foundry to Roper Technologies for 410 mln pounds

Roper Technologies is buying Foundry, an HG portfolio company, for 410 million pounds ($544.5 million). Foundry provides high‑end visual effects and 3D design software for media & entertainment, visualisation and design-oriented industries. Arma Partners advised Foundry. PRESS RELEASE Arma Partners is pleased to announce that it has acted as exclusive financial advisor to Foundry, a portfolio company of Hg, on its sale to Roper Technologies Inc. (NYSE:ROP), a diversified technology company, for ...
Tags: Google, London, Trends, Austin, Manchester, M&a, Carlyle Group, Foundry, Roper Technologies, Business Services, WETA Digital, Arma Partners, ROP, Advent Venture Partners, Roper Technologies Inc NYSE, Foundry PRESS RELEASE Arma Partners

UK’s Automata raises $7.4M for its lightweight industrial ‘desktop’ robot

Manufacturing has been one of the biggest and earliest adopters of robotics innovations in the last several years, but with that early movement has also come entrenchment: the industry is rife with expensive, oversized machines that often run on proprietary operating systems, making them hard to upgrade and use in consort with other robots. Now a startup out of London called Automata is hoping to tap into an appetite for change, with the launch of a “desktop” robotic arm called Eva that it says ...
Tags: UK, London, Tech, Zaha Hadid, Eva, Venice Biennale, Automata, Abb, Chandra, Elsayed, Mostafa, Hummingbird Ventures, Robin Klein, Islington North London, Capital Hardware Club, Suryansh Chandra

Watch Google unveil its mysterious gaming project live right here

Google is holding a press event at the Game Developers Conference today in San Francisco. The conference starts at 10 AM Pacific Time, 1 PM Eastern Time, 5 PM in London and 6 PM in Paris. While many game companies rely on Google Cloud Platform for their server and infrastructure needs, today’s conference is going to be different. The company has been working on something called Project Stream for more than six months. In its initial technical test, the company let you play Assassin’s Creed...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Gaming, London, Developer, San Francisco, Tech, Paris, GDC, Google Cloud Platform, Assassin, Watch Google, AM Pacific Time, Creed Odyssey

A fringe benefit of wearables is finding out if your loved ones aren’t dead

I’m in a London branch of the Apple Store, about to buy a pair of Apple watches. And not for any of the standout apps or ludicrously expensive straps, but because it has a “send your heartbeat” feature. “Place two fingers on the screen until you see and feel your heartbeat. Lift to send,” says the website. It’s because when my husband Dion is in the pub, his boss and workmates are quite snooty about him texting me every hour or so to let me know he hasn’t died — but with this watch, he could jus...
Tags: Apple, Startups, London, Tech, Apple Store, Dion, Syndication

You can try to catch Carmen Sandiego in Google Earth's throwback to the original video game (GOOGL)

You can now play a minigame featuring Carmen Sandiego on Google Earth. The game, "Carmen Sandiego: The Crown Jewels Caper," is an homage to the popular games of the 1980s and 1990s that featured the titular world-traveling thief. Just like the original "Carmen Sandiego" games, "The Crown Jewels Caper" will test your knowledge of geography as you track Carmen around the globe. The game is available for free with the Google Earth app. Google says "The Crown Jewels Caper" is the first in a planne...
Tags: Google, London, Trends, Netflix, Google Earth, Carmen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, ACME, Carmen Sandiego, Google Earth app Google, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Decades

New Zealand shooting: Brenton Tarrant charged after 50 killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch

New Zealand shooting: 49 killed across two mosques​ PM Jacinda Ardern vows to change gun laws Suspect appears in court charged with murder Everything we know about the shooter Brenton Tarrant The victims: Afghan refugee viewed country as 'slice of paradise' Tech giants told 'enough is enough' after shooting live-streamed  Everything we know so far about the Christchurch attacks The main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques was charged with one count of murder on S...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, UK, London, News, Instagram, Wales, Australia, White House, India, US, Afghanistan, Hungary, West, Canada

Social Media Platforms Rush To Remove Video Of New Zealand Mosque Shootings

LONDON (AP) — Internet companies scrambled Friday to remove graphic video filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that was widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack. Facebook said it took down a livestream of the shootings and removed the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts after being alerted by police. At least 49 people were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand’s third-largest city. Using what appeared to be a helmet-mounted came...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Europe, London, News, Instagram, Youtube, Ap, Thailand, Daily Mail, New Zealand, Silicon Valley, University Of Virginia, Cleveland, Pewdiepie

VC-backed Minute Media buys The Big Lead

Minute Media, a global technology and publishing platform, has acquired The Big Lead, a sports and news digital publication. No financial terms were disclosed. Minute Media is backed by Battery Ventures, Dawn Capital, Gemini Ventures, North Base Media, ProSieben, Qumra Capital, Goldman Sachs, La Maison, Vintage Investments and Remagine Ventures. PRESS RELEASE NEW YORK & LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Minute Media, a leading global technology and publishing platform, announced the acquisition of T...
Tags: London, Trends, Tech, M&a, Mental Floss, Minute Media, Additionally Minute Media, Asaf Peled, Battery Ventures Dawn Capital Gemini Ventures

Going car-less in the country can be hard | Letters

City-dwellers don’t face the public transport problems experienced in the country, say Tricia Knott and Susie Medley. Plus letters from Michael Cunningham, Cllr Wesley Harcourt on charging points for electric vehicles, and Bob Caldwell on cycling roads full of potholesWhile I applaud David Halley’s decision to give up his car and “walk more and use public transport” (Letters, 11 March), this option is not open to those who live in rural areas where the distances are greater, there are no pavemen...
Tags: Politics, Technology, London, Housing, Environment, UK News, Cycling, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ethical and green living, Planning policy, Transport, Travel and transport, Rural affairs, Motoring, Transport policy, Self-driving Cars

Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

London proptech startup Nested has laid off 20% of its workforce citing ‘Brexit uncertainty’

Nested, the London-based “data-driven” estate agency that provides a cash advance to help you buy a new home before you’ve sold your old one, has laid off 20 percent of its workforce, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the more than 15 staff being let go were informed earlier today. The majority of departures are within Nested’s operations team, including sales, although I understand they also include a number of engineers and other product people. Contacted by TechCrunch, Nested c...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, Balderton Capital, London, Tech, Northzone, Brexit, Global Founders Capital, Cto, Robinson, Matt Robinson, U K House, Nested, Phil Cowans

Breedr raises £2M led by LocalGlobe for its livestock data and trading platform

Breedr, a U.K. startup that wants to help farmers make better use of their livestock data to improve profitability, has raised £2.2 million in funding. The seed round is led by London-based LocalGlobe, with participation from Mons Investment and a number of angel investors. They include Ian Hogarth, Darren Shapland, and Jonathan McKay. The company is previously backed by Forward Partners and Gumtree founder Michael Pennington, which both followed on. Founded in early 2018 by Ian Wheal and later ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, UK, London, Tech, Imperial College London, Forward Partners, U K, Dunbia, DLT, Localglobe, Jonathan McKay, Claire Lewis, Michael Pennington

Livingbridge backs marketing agency Brainlabs

Livingbridge has made an investment in London-based Brainlabs, a marketing agency. No financial terms were disclosed. JEGI | CLARITY represented and advised the shareholders of Brainlabs on the transaction. PRESS RELEASE New York, NY, March 13, 2019 – Working with a roster of leading brands including Formula1 and TUI, Brainlabs provides a single solution marketing model bringing together technology, biddable agency services and consultancy. Founded in 2012, the company has grown organically from...
Tags: Google, Europe, New York, Texas, London, US, Trends, Deloitte, Financial Times, UK US, Business Services, PE Deals, Livingbridge, Daniel Gilbert, Brainlabs

Spotify files antitrust complaint to EU against Apple

LONDON (AP) — Music site Spotify has complained to European Union regulators about Apple for allegedly abusing its dominant position in music streaming and stifling competition. Spotify founder Daniel Ek said Wednesday that the company has filed a formal complaint with the executive European Commission against Apple. Writing in a blog post , Ek said […]
Tags: Apple, Spotify, Business, London, News, Eu, European Union, Ap, Nation, EK, European Commission, Daniel Ek, Apple Writing

UK reviews urges new rules to deal with power of tech giants

LONDON (AP) — A review into competition in the U.K.’s digital market says the country needs tough new rules to help counter the dominance of big tech giants like Facebook, Google and Amazon. The independent review published Wednesday says global tech giants don’t face enough competition and that existing rules are outdated and need to […]
Tags: Amazon, Business, UK, Technology, London, News, Ap, Nation, Facebook Google

Best live music venues in Belfast

Fiddled trad tunes hang in the air across Belfast, but the city is actually home to great clubs hosting everything indie folk to old-school London punk bands. Most are concentrated in the highly walkable, central part of town — known as the Cathedral Quarter — so you can step dance, grind, and mosh your way satisfaction even if you only have a day or two. There’s also a strong population of college students, meaning you’re likely to find something going on every night of the week across town....
Tags: Travel, Google, UK, London, Queens, Northern Ireland, Belfast, States, Empire, Oasis, All, Emerald Isle, Robinson, Bedford, Falls Road, Shankill Road

Why Should We Read Sylvia Plath? An Animated Video Makes the Case

In “Morning Song,” from Sylvia Plath’s posthumous 1965 collection Ariel, published two years after her suicide, a newborn infant is a “fat gold watch.” Among the incessant lists of adjectives in both her work, “fat” is one that stands out, appearing often, in several synonyms, as a celebration of abundance and real anxiety over weight gain and a general too-muchness. In the same poem, the baby is a work of art, a “new statue.” Its mother, on the other hand, is in one stanza a cloud effac...
Tags: Google, UK, London, College, Poetry, Literature, Time Magazine, Ariel, Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, Robert Lowell, Facebook Twitter, Hughes, Durham NC, Josh Jones, Plath

Impact picks up $75 mln

Providence Strategic Growth, a growth equity affiliate of Providence Equity Partners, has led a $75 million investment in Impact. Also, Silversmith Capital Partners, an existing backer of Impact, also participated in the investment. Based in Santa Barbara, California, Impact is a provider of partnership automation solutions. PRESS RELEASE SANTA BARBARA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Impact, the global leader in PARTNERSHIP AUTOMATION, today announced a $75 million investment led by Providence Strategic...
Tags: New York, London, Boston, Singapore, Trends, Tech, Barkbox, Psg, Forrester, Nordics, Providence, Calif, United States Europe, Cabela, Providence Equity Partners, PE Deals

The UK is expanding drone no-fly zones to three miles around major airports

In December 2018, drone sightings shut down Gatwick Airport in London and left more than 100,000 passengers stranded. Three months after this major incident, the UK government has decided to expand drone no-fly zones around all major airports. From now on, instead of 0.6 miles (1km), it will be illegal to fly a drone within […] The post The UK is expanding drone no-fly zones to three miles around major airports appeared first on DIY Photography.
Tags: Photography, UK, London, News, Drone, Drones, Gatwick Airport, Anti-drone, Drone Ban

Time is Ltd. uses data from Slack and other cloud software to help companies improve productivity

Time is Ltd., a Prague-based startup offering “productivity software analytics” to help companies gain insights from employees’ use of Slack, Office 365, G Suite and other enterprise software, has raised €3 million in funding. Leading the round is Mike Chalfen — who previously co-founded London venture capital firm Mosaic Ventures but has since decided to operate as a solo investor — with participation from Accel. The investment will be used by Time is Ltd. to continue building the platform for ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, London, Enterprise, Microsoft, Tech, Prague, Accel, Rezab, Mosaic Ventures, Microsoft Workplace Analytics, Mike Chalfen, Time is Ltd, Slack Office 365 G Suite

Unmind scores £3M investment for its workplace mental health platform

Unmind, a U.K.-based startup that offers a mental health platform for the workplace, has raised £3 million in new funding. The round is led by London-based venture capital firm Felix Capital, with co-investment from Michael Whitfield and Chris Bruce, the founders of Thomson Online Benefits. Founded in 2016, Unmind is a B2B service that provides “clinically backed” tools, training and assessments for company employees in a bid to improve workplace mental health. The digital platform, delivered...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Europe, John Lewis, London, Tech, Taylor, Felix Capital, Nick Taylor, Chris Bruce, Unmind, Michael Whitfield

Starling Bank to open second UK office, creating up to 150 tech and support jobs in Southampton

Starling Bank, the U.K. challenger bank founded by banking veteran Anne Boden, is to open a second U.K. office this summer, where it plans recruit up to 50 software engineers and up to 100 customer service team members. The planned location is Southampton, on the south coast of England, and will be Starling’s first office outside of London. In a call with Boden late on Friday, she told me that the majority of its Southampton office will be new hires who will be helping to build out the challenge...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, UK, England, London, Wales, Scotland, Tech, Southampton, Cbre, Starling, University Of Southampton, Tim Berners Lee, Royal Bank, Boden

Inside the bascule chamber: secrets of Tower Bridge – in pictures

Harry Cory Wright’s photographs of Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world and a defining symbol of London, provide insight into the workings of the largest and most advanced bascule bridge of its time• Tower Bridge by Harry Cory Wright is published by Thames & Hudson Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Photography, Technology, London, UK News, Culture, Architecture, Engineering, Art and design, Tower Bridge, The Thames, Thames Hudson Continue, Harry Cory Wright

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