Salesforce in talks to buy Slack


Cloud software company Salesforce is in advanced discussions to buy Slack, a workplace communication software, according to reports by The Wall Street Journal. The move would represent Salesforce’s largest acquisition in its history. Shares in Slack were up 22% after the media outlet first reported that the two companies were in discussions to sign a deal – sending Slack’s market value above US$20 billion. In comparison, Salesforce stock decreased by about 3%, confirmed The Financial Times. Since the pandemic hit the US in early March, Salesforce shares have more than doubled.…

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Qatar identifies parents of newborn left in Doha


The government of Qatar has recently confirmed that it has identified the parents of a newborn baby found abandoned at either in or beside a rubbish bin at Hamad International Airport in Doha last month, CNN reports. The incident sparked global outrage after more than a dozen women – including citizens of Australia, the UK and New Zealand – said they were strip-searched for evidence that they had recently given birth. “In a statement, a Qatari prosecutor said that an unspecified number of airport security staff responsible for carrying out…

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The QR code is booming in the time of COVID

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The QR code is back with a vengeance in this time of the coronavirus pandemic. The two-dimensional barcode was designed by Masahiro Hara from the Japanese automotive components company Denso Wave for the motor industry in 1994. Its purpose was to allow high-speed component scanning. However, the codes soon became used in a much broader context, including in both commercial tracking applications and convenience-oriented applications aimed at mobile-phone users (termed mobile tagging). A QR code uses four standardised encoding modes (numeric, alphanumeric, byte/binary, and kanji) to store data efficiently. When…

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Elephant calf rescued after being trapped down deep well


A young elephant has been rescued after being trapped for 12 hours down a 50-foot (15-metre) dried up well in southern India. The elephant, weighing approximately three tons, looking for food had wandered into the village of Dharmapuri in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu from a nearby forest when it fell into the well, which an official for the Indian Forest Service estimated to be about 50-feet deep. The well did not have a barrier and had been obscured by bushes, Reuters reported. A sub-adult elephant fell into a…

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Carol Schwartz AO awarded Australia’s highest philanthropic honour


Trawalla Foundation Co-Founder Carol Schwartz AO has been awarded Australia’s highest philanthropic honour, Leading Philanthropist, at the 2020 Australian Philanthropy Awards, in recognition of her lifelong contribution to the sector and her insights into giving, community, leadership and gender. Schwartz was presented with the Leading Philanthropist award in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, and was praised for her work strengthening gender equality and promoting women in leadership roles. Philanthropy Australia CEO Sarah Davies said Schwartz has made an incredible contribution through strategic, innovative and forward-thinking philanthropy. “Carol has spent her…

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New Kids on the Block singer leaves waitress $2020 tip

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New Kids on the Block Co-Founder Donnie Wahlberg has continued the #2020tipchallenge, leaving a very generous tip for a waitress at a cafe he frequents. Wahlberg, who stars as Danny Reagan in the drama series Blue Bloods, added a US$2020 tip to his US$35.27 lunch bill at Marshland Restaurants & Bakeries in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The restaurant shared an image of the bill on Instagram: “A very special thank you to our friend @donniewahlberg!” the post read. “When asked about it all he said was ‘who’s up next?!’”   View this…

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BuzzFeed acquires HuffPost in new strategic partnership


Verizon Media and BuzzFeed announced on Thursday a new strategic partnership across content and advertising, which involves the acquisition of HuffPost by BuzzFeed in an all-stock deal and an investment that makes Verizon Media a minority shareholder in BuzzFeed. As BuzzFeed’s press release states, the agreement brings HuffPost full circle, since BuzzFeed Co-Founder and CEO Jonah Peretti was also one of the founders – along with Andrew Breitbart, Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer – of what was originally known as The Huffington Post. “I have vivid memories of growing HuffPost…

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