Airtasker co-founder's 'LinkedIn for property' start-up Soho raises $1.65m to take on REA and Domain
- Markus Kahlbetzer's BridgeLane Group is backing Airtasker co-founder Jonathan Lui's new "LinkedIn for property" venture Soho, endowing the start-up with a $1.65 million capital injection as it eyes up competition with REA Group and Domain.
- Just as LinkedIn is used to headhunt employees, Mr Lui said Soho enabled a "digital doorknock", so that other property owners can connect and potentially arrange their own sales.
- It is the second time BrickLane has been an early investor in one of Mr Lui's ventures, having also backed Airtasker in its early days, and investment manager Francisco Caffarena who led the deal said the property tech market had not been innovative enough and there was still potential for disruption.
Apple's 'white ring' problem reflects a surprising lapse in quality control, but industrial design experts say it shouldn't be too hard to fix
- But the problem is likely not very costly or time consuming to fix, giving Apple a good chance to salvage the sales prospects of the $350 speaker and to limit any lasting damage to its reputation.
- It turns out that the silicone attached to the bottom of the HomePod reacts with oil-coated wood as a result of sound vibrations, leaving the distinct white footprint (yes, even if your HomePod is grey or black).
- Apple confirmed the problem, first spotted by Wirecutter, and explained that the mark could "improve over several days after the speaker is removed from the wood surface." If it doesn't, Apple advised HomePod owners to sand and re-varnish.
- Manufacturers of speakers or other stationary products understand the complexities of silicone on wood: Oils leave wood porous, while varnish seals it shut, and a product that sits on a shelf needs to account for both environments.
Eric Bolling: I became the accidental expert on opioid deaths
- Our son, Eric Chase Bolling, was a sophomore at the University of Colorado.
- Eric, our only child, died of an accidental opioid overdose at college.
- Eric Chase was a really good student at the University of Colorado.
- Over the year or so since he was in Colorado, Adrienne and I had discussed drug abuse with Eric Chase.
- Like many parents, we worried about the possibility he was getting involved with harder drugs.
- I just wanted you to know we are thinking about you." I realized then that President Trump, the man who I supported since the first day he announced his run for the White House, had an empathetic and compassionate side most never see.
- For the past few months I've been working directly with President Trump and his senior advisers handing the White House's opioid awareness initiatives.
- I pray my voice helps parents realize the importance of getting involved in their kids' social activities.
How Color-Changing Animals Are Rebelling Against Climate Change
- But the study found some possible refuges for these creatures: Geographic regions that are home to color-changing species with both winter color types (picture a forest full of snowshoe hares, some brown, some white).
- Some species sporting seasonal camouflage are the snowshoe hare, Arctic fox, and ptarmigan.
- Snowshoe hares, for instance, once ranged as far south as North Carolina, but now only extend to West Virginia due to lessening snow—a pattern researchers have found in other color-changing species, says co-author Jennifer Feltner, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Montana.
- The hares also don't know they don’t blend in and don’t alter their behavior even after losing their camouflage, Mills says, likely a trait of most of these color-morphing species.
- Because the birds rely on color to attract mates, Mills says, male ptarmigans that turn white will stay that way, snow or not, until they mate.
Exclusive: Group chat messages show school shooter obsessed with race, violence and guns
- A law enforcement source told CNN's Evan Perez that Cruz purchased at least five guns in the past year.
- In a public post on his Instagram page, Cruz showed what he called an "arsenal" on a bed -- seven guns and body armor.
- They discussed which guns they liked better: M16s or AKs. At one point, one member told Cruz, "Nick get this for your AR." He directed Nick to a website offering an after-market accessory that would turn his AR-15 into a fully automatic weapon.
- A law enforcement source speaking to CNN's Evan Perez said that the gun used in the school shooting was not automatic, and there's no indication he bought the accessory, or a similar type of accessory.
- At one point in the chat, he wrote, "I think I am going to kill people." After a member told him not to say things like that, he said he was just playing.
Mueller's latest indictment proves American voters are too smart for Russia
- That hissing sound you're hearing may be the sound of the air coming out of the theory that the Trump campaign participated in some kind of conspiracy with the Russians to rig the 2016 election.
- That's great news for President Trump, but there's much better news in this indictment for the American voters.
- The news hit Friday afternoon that 13 Russian nationals were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of interfering in the 2016 presidential election.
- When prosecutors refuse to claim intent in their own indictment, you can feel relatively certain that any Trump campaign officials connected to this group of Russians can breathe easy.
- It comes on the heels of a scholarly article published by Joshua Kalla and David Broockman that shows the Russian ads meant to meddle in the election had no effect on voters' decisions.
- For more insight from CNBC contributors, follow @CNBCopinion on Twitter.
This must-have smart home accessory improves my everyday life for under $20
- Most people think starting a smart home has to be a time consuming, expensive endeavor.
- Building one over time and shopping sales are two great tactics for people who are building out their collection of smart home devices and accessories, but that still leaves an important question: Where do I start?
- Usually I'd recommend getting an Amazon Echo, or Echo Dot, since either can act as a hub to control your smart home accessories.
- The first sign will be frustration at having to open the Kasa app to turn the lightbulb on and off, at which point you should get an Amazon Echo or Google Home to control it with your voice.
- Still, if you want to see what all the fuss is about without a huge risk, getting TP-Link's basic smart bulb is the right way to go.
Trump reportedly showed a Playboy Bunny Melania's separate bedroom in Trump Tower, explaining that she 'liked her space'
- Journalist Michael Wolff reported in his book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" that Trump and Melania also keep separate bedrooms in the White House.
- McDougal reportedly ended her relationship with Trump in April 2007 after she began to feel guilty and was offended by several comments Trump made, including calling her mother "an old hag" and sexualized comments he made about a friend of hers.
- McDougal was reportedly paid $150,000 for the exclusive rights to her story by a tabloid with ties to Trump.
Antique Maps Highlight Korea’s Rich Cultural Heritage
- One of the earliest-known East Asian maps of the world was made in Korea in 1402.
- Korea is hugely exaggerated on the far right of the map, dwarfing Japan to the southwest and almost equal in size to the entire continent of Africa on the far left.
- In subsequent centuries, Asian cartographers portrayed the peninsula in a variety of shapes and sizes, but often depicted it as larger than reality.
- This 1560 map depicts the Korean peninsula on the far right, China makes up the bulk of the land in the center, and Africa on the far left with Europe directly above it.
- We’ve pulled together a selection of historical maps of the Korean peninsula from the Library of Congress.
- These maps offer a look at how Koreans and their neighbors envisioned Korea’s place in the world over the centuries.
There's a reason Coca-Cola's branding is red — and it has to do with booze
- The brand's impactful design is comparable to other industry greats such as Apple (so white, with its pure, straight-line boxes and its bitten apple), Twitter (that little bird), or Chanel (its two crossed 'C' letters and its eternal black-and-white combination), among others.
- In the case of Coca-Cola, it's clear that it's the red color that we look for, or that lets us know what we're drinking.
- The company says the red color comes from the early days of the creation of the soft drink, more than 130 years ago.
- In 1892, the brand's first "wall painted" posters were designed with a red background with white letters.
- It's called "Spencerian," and it became one of the favourites in the design world at the end of the 19th century and has remained associated with the brand ever since.
- The Coca-Cola bottle, called the "Contour," is the other thing that has also remained the same since 1899.