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Apple’s Pride-Themed Watch Face Is Being Blocked in Russia

“Toward this end, Apple introduced a gay-pride themed, rainbow watch face in June, but it seems that particular watch face has been blocking it in Russia” writes Kevin Kelleher for fortune.com. Some employees shared photos of themselves marching with Apple’s top executive, while Cook himself cheered on Apple employees in attendance.Part of the fun of an Apple Watch is choosing the right watch-face design to suit your tastes.Also in June, Apple CEO Tim Cook led about 1,000 Apple employees who marched in San Francisco’s annual Pride Parade. Source: fortune.com Share This:

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Sources: on-demand services provider Meituan Dianping has set a price range of about $7 to $9 for its IPO in Hong Kong, valuing the company at up to $55B

“Meituan plans to secure about $1.5 billion from the cornerstone investors in the IPO, they added” writes Min Read for reuters.com. The company is discussing a valuation of $46 billion to $55 billion with potential cornerstone investors including its main backer, gaming and social media company Tencent Holdings Ltd, for its float, the people said.Meituan is also – after Xiaomi – the latest company with a dual-class share structure to file for a Hong Kong listing, under the city’s new rules designed to attract tech companies. Source: reuters.com Share This:

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Secret ad deal with MasterCard lets Google track retail shoppers

“In a secret deal estimated to be worth millions of dollars, Google paid MasterCard to track whether online ad clicks translated to sales inside retail stores” writes Luke Larsen for digitaltrends.com. Many users opt to research for a product online before making the purchase at a retail store.Google also shares some of its users’ shopping data with advertising partners through its Store Sales Measurement program.According to Bloomberg, Google has for the past year used its access to MasterCard data to gain insight into how online ads affect retail spending in…

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Report: Seattle’s Qualtrics is talking to bankers about an IPO

“Qualtrics, which sells customer experience software as a service to companies looking to understand the best ways to keep their customers satisfied, is reportedly talking about going public later this year” writes Tom Krazit for geekwire.com. Qualtrics is in the customer-experience management business, helping companies measure and improve the ways in which their customers and employees interact with the business at various points of encounter.Last year the company hired veteran Microsoft executive Julie Larson-Green as its “chief experience officer,” where she helps Qualtrics customers develop corporate cultures designed to retain…

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Black Rock on side of angels in demanding Tesla shake up

“While Black Rock may have been on a hiding to nothing, its action demonstrates a willingness to take a stand on behalf of the investors it manages money for” writes James Moore for independent.co.uk. Does it matter that Black Rock, one of the world’s biggest and most powerful fund managers, voted in favour of a resolution calling for a chairman to be installed above Elon Musk at Tesla, the electronic car company he runs?. Those who bought into Tesla when it listed in New York weren’t so much buying shares in…

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After 24 years, Doom II’s final secret has been found

“John Romero has just congratulated Doom guru Zero Master on discovering the last hidden secret of Doom II, some 24 years after it was released” writes Senior Editor for rockpapershotgun.com. Prepare to put your Doom Pedantry Hat on for this one, because the secret has been known, and considered a bug. “It is normally impossible to register secret #4, as the secret sector in question (sector 147) is located adjacent to the raised teleport pad and is only 16 units wide.Just shy of 24 years since the game was released,…

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‘The Rams will be a disappointment because there’s too many happy people’ says Whitlock

“On the same day Aaron Donald got PAID by the Los Angeles Rams and expectations for the reigning NFC West champs soared to an all-time high, Jason Whitlock gave his bold prediction that the Rams are destined to be a disappointment in 2018” writes Fox Sports West for foxsports.com. The Rams will have the opportunity to demonstrate if rolling in money is an incentive to perform at a higher level or cause for concern beginning with a Monday Night Football season opener against the Oakland Raiders Sept. 10. Source: foxsports.com Share…

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PwC Blockchain Survey Shows Increasing…

“A new blockchain survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows increasing acceptance by companies, but there are issues with trust” writes Jeffrey Francis for livebitcoinnews.com. A new survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers shows an increasing number of companies are accepting blockchain technology, but not everything is coming up roses.However, their disdain for BTC did not carry over to its underlying blockchain technology.Of this issue, the survey notes: The second biggest issue with blockchain is trust, coming in at 45 percent.The survey found that a full 84 percent of the corporations are involved in blockchain technology. Source:…

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