JD.com leads investment in Vietnam-based e-commerce service Tiki

 JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce firm that rivals Alibaba, has continued its expansion in Southeast Asia with an investment in Vietnam-based Tiki, a seven-year-old online retail service. JD.com is leading a Series C investment round in Tiki alongside VNG, the Vietnam-based online media and gaming company that is already an investor. The round itself is undisclosed, but TechCrunch understands… Read More

Will Korean Olympics Solidarity Unsettle U.S.?

Not only will North Korea send athletes to the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but the two countries‘ athletes will march under the same flag as well. WSJ’s Gerald F. Seib explains how the cooperation affects U.S. policy towards Pyongyang and its nuclear threat. Photo: Getty

Mark Hamill sent Kelly Marie Tran the sweetest tweet just ‚cause

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You ready for a wholesome exchange?

Mark Hamill’s Twitter is always good value for money (we know Twitter is free, you get our meaning though). On Wednesday, seemingly unprompted, Hamill decided to share some Twitter-love with The Last Jedi co-star Kelly Marie Tran.

SHOUT OUT to Kelly Marie Tran for no particular reason other than your more than brilliant performance in #TheLastJedi, being almost criminally adorable & goofy enough to geek out with @chelseahamill almost as if you were a 2nd daughter!
❤️ You Madly, mh 😜 pic.twitter.com/ZpkjRbtlxs

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Zac Efron tweets the first, creepy image of himself as serial killer Ted Bundy

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If someone were to mention Zac Efron’s name, the first thing to pop into your head would likely be that cheerful, singing chap from the High School Musical films.

You know, this guy:

Or maybe you’d think of him from his slightly more recent Baywatch days:

Either way, the creepy image of an infamous serial killer would probably be the last thing to come to mind.

For his next filming project, though, Efron is moving into brand new territory:

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Dutch Twitter is overflowing with videos of things getting blown away by the storm


The Netherlands has declared code orange – with some parts rising the emergency to code red – as the country is currently getting blown away by winds as strong as 120 killometers per hour. Indeed, the situation is so terrifying people have taken to Twitter to share footage under the hashtag #Storm. Scrolling through the feed, there are numerous videos showing people literally getting dragged to the ground by the excessive wind. Indeed, the hashtag #westerstorm is currently trending across the country. The severity of the situation is quite apparent in the footage. What is more concerning is that the storm…

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An annoying Messenger bug is preventing users from typing more than a few words at a time


A handful of Facebook Messenger users have reported experiencing an annoying bug that prevents them from writing messages that are longer than two words. The glitch sees Messenger completely lock up when the user attempts to write a comparatively longer message. The glitch is believed to primarily effect users on iOS, and has proven fiendishly difficult to resolve. Restarting the app, for example, does nothing. Speaking to TechCrunch, Facebook has confirmed it’s aware of the issue, and is looking into it. For those whose preferred medium of communication is anything other than haiku, it’s a bit of a bummer. Predictably,…

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Deadpool wished Betty White a happy birthday on Instagram

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Don’t know if you’ve heard, but Deadpool really likes The Golden Girls.

On Wednesday, Deadpool, a.k.a. Wade Wilson, a.k.a. Ryan Reynolds (if that even is his real name) sent Betty White a message for her 96th birthday.

Gotta say, the martini/hotdog emoji combo really doesn’t get enough usage these days. Nice one, Wade! Read more…

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Yep, Barack Obama’s birthday Instagram message to Michelle is super adorable

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When it comes to being adorable, Barack Obama has a strong track record.

Last year he surprised Michelle with a special video for their 25th wedding anniversary, and pretty much nobody could handle how cute it was.

Anyway, he’s at it again.

On Wednesday, to celebrate Michelle’s 54th birthday, Barack shared the following post on Instagram.

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Tim Cook says users will be able to turn off iPhone slowdown ‚feature‘

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If you’re not happy with Apple’s assessment that iPhones should be slowed down as their batteries degrade, Apple CEO Tim Cook’s got good news for you: You’ll soon be able to turn that functionality off. 

In an interview with ABC News, Cook once again apologized for perhaps not being clear enough about the motivation behind the move, which only became widely known after developer John Poole published a study which showed that the performance of iPhone 6S and 7 degrade over time.  Read more…

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Google’s Gboard might soon do our texting for us


Google’s Gboard keyboard for iOS and Android packs a bunch of useful features, but it’s not flexible enough to get me to switch from SwiftKey. However, it looks like the company is working on adding a ‘Smart Reply’ feature to the keyboard, and if it happens, it’ll probably do the trick and convert me. Smart Reply is already available in certain Google apps, like Inbox, Gmail, and Allo. Now, 9to5Google has spotted code that details the inclusion of this feature in an upcoming version of Gboard for Android, which leads us to believe that, based on the contents of your…

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Ledger raises another $70 million to become the leader in cryptocurrency hardware wallets

 Ledger just raised an impressive Series B round of $70 million, led by Draper Esprit. The startup already raised a $7 million round last year. But the cryptocurrency mania probably made it easy to raise more money. If you have more than a bit of money in cryptocurrencies, chances are you’ve heard about Ledger wallets. The French startup has been designing some of the most secure… Read More

Pesky crocodile steals fisherman’s catch like it’s NBD

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We get fighting for what you’ve worked for, but maybe not up against a crocodile.

A fisherman came a bit too close to the reptile while trying to reel in a barramundi at Cahills Crossing in the Northern Territory, Australia.

In a video posted on the Facebook page Bonker’s Adventure on Sunday, the crocodile can be seen chasing after the fish — still attached to the line — then wrestling it away as the fisherman retreats. 

Uh, yeah, no thanks.

„I knew it was a bit risky but the plan was to stay well away from the water, even once I got my fish,“ fisherman Luke Robertson told NT News. Read more…

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