China app maker ByteDance raises $3B

first_img Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 OCT 2018 Tags Saleha Riaz Previous ArticleMobileum strikes deal for Evolved IntelligenceNext ArticleOnePlus cracks US operator market with 6T SoftBank Home China app maker ByteDance raises $3B Authorcenter_img ByteDance closed a $3 billion funding round from investors including SoftBank and is now valued at $75 billion, making it potentially the number-one privately backed start-up in the world.The company wants to use its new funds, which included contribution from investment company KKR and equity company General Atlantic, to expand outside its home market.Bloomberg reported the maker of news app Toutiao and music video service TikTok may now be worth more than Uber’s estimated $72 billion value and is still in talks with other interested parties to raise even more money in the future.The company, which reportedly generated reveue of $2.5 billion in 2017, is targeting $7.2 billion for 2018, but is not yet profitable.Last week TechCrunch reported Facebook is working on a TikTok rival called Lasso, which will let users make videos of themselves lip syncing or dancing to popular songs, as the social media giant looks to attract teenagers.ByteDance was also in the news earlier this year when China’s State Administration of Radio and Television ordered it to delete a joke sharing app because it contained “vulgar and improper content”. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back SoftBank Corp targets growth through acquisitions OneWeb, SoftBank Corp plot Japan satellite move Asia Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Relatedlast_img read more

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The YMCA Changes One Family’s Life Forever

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAs her mom Jennifer Record describes her, 7-year old Joy was once a very shy little girl who struggled in school with her reading. Last summer, a recommendation from school led Joy to the local YMCA summer reading program.Finding this program did much more than help Joy improve her reading skills. Involvement in the Tampa, Florida Y gave her courage to come out of her shell and to let people know about the hardship that she, her mom, and brother, were facing.Joy confided to Y staff that her family had a roof over their heads, but no electricity, water or food. Fearful of losing her children, Jennifer had kept their struggles secret. In no time, Y volunteers were providing provisions, working on getting electricity, and opening doors for Jennifer to get the help she and her family needed.After watching the above video, it is hard to believe Joy was ever a shy child. Today, her confidence is contagious. She loves reading and writing, and regularly reads books to her brother.See more stories of people who have overcome obstacles at the YMCA website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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GCI Reports Calling Issues In Kenai/Soldotna

first_imgHeather Handyside with GCI says the outage lasted from 8:30am to 10:30am and was caused by a power surge. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享GCI is reporting some issues with phone service in the Kenai/Soldotna area.last_img

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Charges Filed In Illegal Bear Hunting Case In Prince William Sound

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Charges have been filed against two Alaskans as the result of an Alaska Wildlife Trooper investigation into illegal hunting practices. Troopers have also seized property that was used to facilitate the illegal activity. Andrew Renner, 41 of Wasilla, and Owen Renner, 18 of Wasilla, were indicted Monday, August 6 on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from a poaching incident on April 14, 2018. A. Renner and O. Renner shot and killed a sow black bear, along with its two cubs, in its den on Esther Island in Prince William Sound. The bears were a part of a USFS/ADF&G bear study. On April 30, A. Renner brought the sow black bear skin and the collar to ADF&G in Palmer and reported he killed the animal near Granite Bay in Prince William Sound on April 14. He further reported that while he realized after shooting it that the sow had teats, no cubs were present or located. The vessel, vehicle used to facilitate the hunt, and hunting rifles were seized during the investigation. Charges against the men include Tampering with Physical Evidence, Unlawfully Take Female Bear with Cubs, Unlawfully Take Bear Cub x 2, Possess/Transport Illegally Taken Game x 3. A. Renner was additionally charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and Unsworn Falsification in the Second Degree. As a part of the study, the sow was collared and a motion activated game audio/video camera was set up at the den site. The video shows A. Renner and O. Renner skiing up to the den and then O. Renner firing two shots at the denning sow. A. Renner then kills the shrieking newborn bear cubs and discards their bodies away from the den. Two days after the animals were killed, A. Renner and O. Renner return to the kill site to pick up the shells and to dispose of the dead bear cubs. “Hunting laws and regulations exist to help ensure that the many species of Alaska wildlife will continue to exist for generations to come, and Wildlife Troopers take them very seriously,” AWT Colonel Steve Hall said. “Tools used in the commission of a crime are at times seized based upon the severity of the crime. In this case, numerous crimes, including felonies, are believed to have been committed; the truck and boat used to transport the suspects to and from the crime scene were seized.”last_img read more

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Tyson Fury on what he’ll do if Luis Ortiz beats Deontay Wilder and his message for Andy Ruiz Jr.

first_imgMORE: Fury predicts Ruiz will beat Joshua again”If I was a promoter, and I’m not, my goal would be to make as much money as possible for both fighters and to go where the most money is for the fighters,” Fury said. “So, that’s what I think Eddie Hearn is doing. Saudi Arabia is an off-the-beat place and not usually a boxing place. Then, neither was Zaire or Manila, where [Muhammad] Ali fought George Foreman and Joe Frazier. Those countries put on significant events there and put their countries on the map.”How you become a global superstar is traveling to different countries and fighting there,” he continued. “Muhammad Ali was a classic example of going around the world, boxing in many different countries. If Andy Ruiz wants to be great, it shouldn’t make a difference where he boxes in the world. His concern should be to win and be viewed by as many people as possible.” To cap things off, Joshua and Ruiz engaged in a back-and-forth war, including arguably the best round of 2019 when Joshua dropped Ruiz once, and Ruiz sent Joshua to the canvas twice. Ultimately, Ruiz scored two more knockdowns in the seventh round to pull off the upset.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearJoshua and Ruiz will meet again on Dec. 7, while Wilder and Ortiz are scheduled to face off sometime in the fall. If Wilder wins and Fury wins his Sept. 14 fight against Otto Wallin, then their rematch is set for Feb. 22.But what happens if Fury gets by Wallin and Ortiz shakes things up in the division by beating Wilder? Would the “Gypsy King” be willing to face Ortiz or does the landscape change for him?”To be honest, it really doesn’t matter for whatever opponent is next for me, whether Wilder wins or Ortiz wins,” Fury told Sporting News. “I’m sure if Ortiz wins, there would be an immediate trilogy, so I wouldn’t be fighting both of those guys straight away. Then I’d be looking at the winner of Andy Ruiz and Anthony Joshua.”Criticism has come from every circle for the Joshua-Ruiz sequel taking place in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, with reasons including the country’s human rights record and the death of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi. When the bout was made official by Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn, Ruiz was reluctant at first to travel to the Middle East, but ultimately wound up agreeing to the fight. Fury can understand where Hearn is coming from in staging the highly anticipated rematch in the Middle East. What Fury doesn’t understand is the reluctance of Ruiz to travel abroad when perhaps the sport’s most celebrated icon competed in different parts of the world. In the last 18 months, the heavyweight division has been on an ascent not seen since the days of Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. Leading the pack is unified world champion Andy Ruiz Jr., WBC titlist Deontay Wilder, lineal champion Tyson Fury and former unified titleholder Anthony Joshua.Everything started with Wilder’s thrilling come-from-behind stoppage win over Luis Ortiz in March 2018. Then Wilder and Fury battled to a split draw last December in one of the best fights of 2018, which had the 2008 Olympic bronze medalist score what appeared to be an emphatic knockout in the 12th round, only for Fury to rise from the dead and make it to the final bell.last_img read more

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Amazon’s Bezos says he’ll send a spaceship to the moon

first_imgJeff Bezos speaks in front of a model of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lunar lander, Thursday, May 9, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON | Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos says he’s going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four rovers and using a newly designed rocket engine and souped-up rockets. It would be followed by a version that could bring people to the moon along the same timeframe as NASA’s proposed 2024 return.Bezos, who was dwarfed by his mock-up of the Blue Moon vehicle at his presentation Thursday, says, “This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the moon.”Bezos says: “It’s time to go back to the moon. This time to stay.”last_img read more

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