Tala raises $145 million funding

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Philippine Star

Lawrence Agcaoili – The Philippine Star October 16, 2021 | 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — Financial technology firm Tala has raised $145 million as the company aims to become the primary financial account for the global underbanked. . Leading artificial intelligence platform Upstart led the Series E fund raising activity of Tala with participation from the Stellar Development Foundation. Investors include Kindred Ventures and the J. Safra Group, IVP, Revolution Growth, Lowercase Capital and PayPal Ventures. Tala chief executive officer Shivani Siroya said the new investment aims to accelerate t… Read More “Tala raises $145 million funding”

Fake Metal Band Names Generated By Artificial Intelligence Could Fool You

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Loudwire

Stuck on what to name your new metal band? Don’t worry, the artificial intelligence behind the Twitter account This Band Isn’t Real has got you covered. The account, which has gained over 7,000 followers thus far, posts A.I.-generated metal band names and album titles, even adding album art generated by BigSleep, according to the account’s bio. BigSleep is an AI generator that can take any text and create an image to fit the prompt. Honestly, the content is pretty convincing. Some of the most notable names include Coffinlord, Blooddeathbeast and Gorewolf. The album art is also pretty solid. Mo… Read More “Fake Metal Band Names Generated By Artificial Intelligence Could Fool You”

​​philanthropy, More Important Than Ever To Lessen Pandemic Impact On Education

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ValueWalk

The Global Education Summit that took place in London in July brought to light the impact of COVID-19 on school education –especially in developing countries. School closures played a key part in the low learning results and the increase of young girls’ pregnancies and early marriages. Q3 2021 hedge fund letters, conferences and more With governments in these countries reducing expenses on several fronts to palliate the pandemic, plus a reduction in household income due to unemployment or informal employment, funding of education is at a critical point. How is the philanthropic sector working … Read More “​​philanthropy, More Important Than Ever To Lessen Pandemic Impact On Education”

Hotshots back in finals

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Philippine Star

Olmin Leyba – The Philippine Star October 16, 2021 | 12:00am Beermen force Game 7 vs Tropang GigaMANILA, Philippines — Magnolia cut off Meralco’s power lines to clear the path to its third PBA Philippine Cup finals stint in four years. Determined not to give the Bolts a lifeline, the Hotshots put up a huge effort to close out the best-of-seven semifinal series, 93-85, last night at the DHVSU Gym in Bacolor, Pampanga. The Hotshots didn’t waver despite facing an early 11-point disadvantage, patiently working their way back in Game 6 and building momentum for a strong final push. With their 4-2 d… Read More “Hotshots back in finals”

$590 mn in ransomware payments reported to US in 2021 as attacks surge

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AFP

Washington (AFP) – New data out Friday showed $590 million in ransomware-related payments were reported to US authorities in the first half of 2021 alone, setting a pace to beat totals for the whole previous decade as cyber-extortion booms. The figure is also 42 percent higher than the amount divulged by financial institutions for all of 2020, the US Treasury report said, and there are strong indicators the true cost could be in the billions. “If current trends continue, (reports) filed in 2021 are projected to have a higher ransomware-related transaction value than… filed in the previous 10… Read More “$590 mn in ransomware payments reported to US in 2021 as attacks surge”

Bill Clinton to remain in hospital overnight, his health is improving -spokesman

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Reuters

(Reuters) – Former U.S. President Bill Clinton will remain in hospital overnight, his spokesman said on Twitter, adding that Clinton’s health indicators were “trending in the right direction.” Clinton, 75, who left office in 2001, entered the University of California Irvine Medical Center on Tuesday evening for a non-coronavirus infection. (Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Chris Reese) Read More “Bill Clinton to remain in hospital overnight, his health is improving -spokesman”

Sherwood Forest set to get robot dogs and 5G update

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BANG Showbiz English

Robot dogs and 5G are set to come to Sherwood Forest. The Nottinghamshire woodland is set to undergo a technological overhaul to improve the visitor experience at the forest, including internet-controlled drones, 5G capabilities, and robot dogs. Nottinghamshire County Council said the work would make Sherwood Forest the World’s first 5G-connected forest, and the authority hopes with stronger signal could be used to offer visitors more unique experiences, including an augmented reality headset to view an immersive Robin Hood-themed film. While 5G will be used to bring entertainment to the fores… Read More “Sherwood Forest set to get robot dogs and 5G update”

C9 Zven: “It sucks for the fans to have to watch Yuumi gameplay, but it is what it is.”

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Inven Global

The situation could not be more dire than it currently is for Cloud9 at the 2021 League of Legends World Championship. The #3 seed from North America’s team currently sits in last place after starting Group A 0-3, and for the squad to even have a chance to qualify for the knockout stage, a 3-0 in the second round-robin in the group is a pre-requisite, not a guarantee. Following the conclusion of Cloud9’s first round-robin of Worlds 2021, AD carry Jesper “Zven” Svenningsen spoke to Inven Global about C9’s strengths and weaknesses at Worlds thus far and the current meta at large. I appreciate yo… Read More “C9 Zven: “It sucks for the fans to have to watch Yuumi gameplay, but it is what it is.””

Mike Sielski: The Wells Fargo Center wants to be more comfortable for fans. Good. Now take the cameras off them.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Just in time for the start of the Flyers’ and 76ers’ regular seasons, the people in charge of the Wells Fargo Center sent out a press release this week to announce that they planned to increase their emphasis and enforcement of the arena’s code of conduct. There will be a zero-tolerance policy, or something close to it, for any slurs related to a person’s race, gender, sexual orientation, or identity. Should spectators breach those boundaries, the arena’s event staff will give them a good talking-to or, in the most extreme scenario, escort them out of the building. Boiled down, … Read More “Mike Sielski: The Wells Fargo Center wants to be more comfortable for fans. Good. Now take the cameras off them.”

Nine ways to make a coffee, from fast to fancy

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DPA

Why doesn’t my coffee at home taste as good as the coffee in the cafe around the corner? A good question, but one with many answers. First, you need to think about what method you want to use. “There are many ways to prepare good coffee,” say master baristas Johanna Wechselberger of the Vienna School of Coffee and Tobias Hierl, an author of books on making coffee. The many ways of drinking your coffee can’t be ranked in any particular order, they say. It simply depends on finding what you like and doing it right. A simple instant coffee from the right roaster can be as enjoyable as a fancy esp… Read More “Nine ways to make a coffee, from fast to fancy”