Just Eat, the online takeaway company, was on Wednesday night officially promoted into the FTSE 100 list of Britain’s blue chip companies, with a valuation of £5.5bn – making it worth half a billion pounds more than the UK’s second biggest supermarket chain . The UK’s love affair with having pizzas, curries and kebabs delivered to their door has spawned a mobile food business with no products and no outlets that is more highly valued than Sainsbury’s, which sells 90,000 products through 1,400 stores – and also owns the Argos chain. Just Eat is also worth more than Morrisons and Marks & Spencer. Little-known Danish technology entrepreneur Bo Bendtsen is the single-biggest shareholder in Just Eat with a 13% stake in the business now worth just over £730m. But Bendtsen, who had just 88 followers on Twitter at the time of writing, did not found the company, which provides takeaways to 19 million people. The man who came up with the idea was … [Read more...] about Just Eat £5.5bn valuation: online takeaway company now worth more than M&S
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Microsoft plans to put more of an emphasis on the security of its Windows users moving forward, via the newly-announced "Secured-core PC" initiative. The initiative aims to offer Windows customers a better form of protection against "targeted firmware" attacks. These attacks, according to Microsoft, are becoming more common in recent years. This is largely due to the ever-improving security features built into operating systems and their "connected services." Better security means more challenges for hackers to overcome, and reduced incentive for them to attempt to break into a system using software vulnerabilities; thus leading them to focus on firmware instead. To address the growing threat that firmware-based attacks present, Microsoft has partnered up with various PC manufacturing and silicon partners to produce the secured-core PC defense. This defense's primary component is "System Guard Secure Launch," a device requirement that protects a PC's boot process from firmware attacks. … [Read more...] about Microsoft’s ‘secured-core PC initiative’ aims to protect Windows 10 machines from firmware attacks
PFLUGERVILLE, TX — It is estimated that Texas is home to more than 2.2 million small businesses, including over 725,000 women and minority owned small business. In Texas, small businesses propel the economy with innovation, create a diverse market landscape, and bring new jobs and opportunities to our communities. The Governor's Small Business Forums offer small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs with timely, relevant, actionable advice on ways to start, operate, grow and sustain their business. Offering these events across Texas, the forums provide invaluable information such as private and public business resources, practical solution, best practices and expert assistance on a range of topics and challenges associated with small businesses. Guests also have the opportunity to network with other community entrepreneurs, business owners, managers and business-oriented non-profits, as well as local, regional, state and federal agencies. The Governor's Small Business Forum … [Read more...] about Pflugerville To Host Governor’s Small Business Forum
Last August, when the writer Meghan Daum published her essay “Nuance: A Love Story” on the Medium publication GEN (where she’s a biweekly columnist), it touched a nerve. The love story, as detailed in this 28-minute read, was about how Daum — a lifelong self-described liberal — fell into a YouTube hole populated by the “intellectual dark web,” the sticky neologism that applies to a loosely connected group of professors and podcasters, including Jordan Peterson, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Joe Rogan.The group’s members, first introduced to the mainstream by a 2018 New York Times piece by Bari Weiss, present themselves as self-styled public intellectuals who argue that their values of “reason,” which can easily be interpreted as hate speech, are “under attack” from today’s politically correct attitudes. Daum refers to her “new friends” (which she’s careful to note include a “handful of … [Read more...] about How Did This Liberal Feminist Writer Fall In With The Dark Web?
In July 2004, US cinema advertisements for Halo 2, the science fiction computer game, briefly carried the address for a website - ilovebees.com - which appeared to belong to a beekeeper who had mysteriously disappeared. Her honey-based recipes had been replaced by an apparently random list of numbers. Over four months 600,000 people joined in solving the mystery of what the numbers meant. What unfolded was a striking display of 'We Think': structured, mass collaborative creativity and intelligence. People set up blogs and bulletin boards, websites and instant message groups. One 4,000-strong group, the Beekeepers, became the community's core, and discovered that the numbers were 210 sets of global positioning co-ordinates around the world and at each there was a public payphone. The game's designers at 42 Entertainment in Los Angeles set the players a series of complex tasks and on the final day started calling 1,000 payphones on the East Coast of America. Whoever answered had to … [Read more...] about People power transforms the web in next online revolution