On July 27, a 30-year-old Russian expat, known only to her followers as Maria, hit 1 million subscribers on her YouTube channel GentleWhispering–which features her doing just that. advertisement advertisement Maria is one of the more famous personalities within a booming online subculture called ASMR. Not everyone experiences Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, but those who do describe is as a tingling sensation in the back of their skull, triggered by soft sounds like whispering, page turning, or hair brushing. Maria and other so-called “ASMRtists” make work—mainly video, and mainly on YouTube—that induces this sensation. “It’s a huge milestone, not just for my channel, but for the whole ASMR community,” Maria whispers into the camera in her celebration video, before reflecting on the “different twists and turns . . . and media exposure, positive and negative” … [Read more...] about ASMR, The Internet Subculture Of “Sounds That Feel Good,” Is Going Mainstream
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The recent bribery settlement case involving IT major Cognizant (CTS) has brought to light instances of bribery and corruption in the least regulated technology market.These instances are more common than it would seem. Going through the filings under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, besides CTS, the investigations involved high-tech companies such as Microsoft and Hewlett Packard for corruption and bribery charges.Let us take the Cognizant case for instance. The company on February 15 agreed to pay $25 million to settle 2016 bribery charges case. The bribe was approved by two of company's former executives, Gordon Coburn and Steven E Schwartz.Close The Securities and Exchange Commission report revealed that Cognizant used a construction company to facilitate the payment of a bribe totalling $3.6 million to a senior government official from Tamil Nadu for building CTS' 2.7 million square foot campus in Chennai. According to media reports, CTS reimbursed the bribe … [Read more...] about CTS bribery charges: Tech majors need to overhaul processes to stem skulduggery
K RaveendranIt is estimated that bets worth Rs 1,300 crore are placed on every One Day International (ODI) cricket match that the Indian team plays. These estimates cite an example from 2015, when the Indian cricket team played 21 ODI matches. This would mean a total betting amount of about Rs 27,300 crore.A Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) report of 2013 put the size of India’s underground betting market size at Rs 3 lakh-crore and lamented that India was losing colossal amounts that should have been available for development, only if betting was regulated and taxed.Close This is the most compulsive argument in favour of legalising betting, which is now engaging the active consideration of the government. The Law Commission of India has produced a report titled Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting Including Cricket in India, on a recommendation from the Supreme Court. related news Financial crunch due to Centre's failure to release … [Read more...] about Policy | Is it time to regulate gambling in India?
In the age of the Free Complaint Machine, known to many around the world as the ‘Internet’, is it wise to offer a product to anyone willing to purchase it? After all, a single poor fit between costumer and product can lead to the kind of negative feedback that resonates with thousands of potential good fits. As many businesses beg for ways to indiscriminately sell their wares, it was fascinating to learn that the US Military, of all institutions, has become quite forward thinking in selective selling. Military blogs which showcase the everyday lives and unfiltered emotions of enlisted servicemen have become a major arm of the US Army’s recruitment strategy. advertisement advertisement “Its not all flowers and sunshine”, says Major Mary Constantino, project manager of Army Strong Stories, a Soldier blog hosted by the Army’s recruitment branch, Accessions Command. Being a soldier, it should go without saying, is tough, and the army wants … [Read more...] about Raw Honesty as a Social Media Strategy (Part 1): The US Army
A typical large steel mill might burn through 1.5 million metric tons of coal in its furnaces in a year. It hasn’t been possible to run that type of industrial process on renewable energy, because of the extremely hot temperatures required, making nearly a quarter of global emissions hard to eliminate. But new technology—which concentrates solar thermal energy to 1,000 degrees Celsius for the first time—could transform some of the most polluting industries, including steel, cement, and petrochemical production. advertisement advertisement The technology, from a California-based startup called Heliogen, uses an array of mirrors to reflect sunlight. That’s not new, but the approach that it uses nearly doubles the amount of heat that previous solar thermal tech could produce. “It’s a little bit like an enormous magnifying glass, but it’s an enormous magnifying glass that’s computer-controlled,” says Bill Gross, … [Read more...] about This Bill Gates-backed solar tech could help finally decarbonize heavy industry