The age of China’s female self-made billionaires – and why it could soon be over

Rags to riches stories like Zhou Qunfei’s are becoming less common. Elizabeth Holmes, 33, was the darling of Silicon Valley, and the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire. Then, after a series of lawsuits, the value of her healthcare firm plummeted. Holmes might have abdicated the billionaire crown, but another tech queen was ready to take it. Only this time, the self-made female billionaire was not a blonde American, but Zhou Qunfei, a 47-year-old from China. She dropped out of high school and began working at a watch lens factory as a teenager. In 1993, when she was in her early twenties, she founded her own company. Her big break came… Read More

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Kaspersky now offers a free antivirus for PC, but do you need it?

Security software firm Kaspersky has just launched a free antivirus for PC users, promising total protection for your files and oversight of your web traffic for malicious activity. The company says it’s happy to offer its service at no charge for those who can’t afford the $50 fee for its paid product – but do you really need a third-party antivirus tool? If, like 500 million others, you’re on Windows 10, you already have Windows Defender built in. Microsoft’s own tool does a pretty good job of keeping computers free of nasty viruses and doesn’t hog system resources. The folks… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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‘We’ve got to be forever vigilant’: The head of an influential parliamentary committee is sounding the alarm on household debt

LONDON — Labour MP Rachel Reeves, head of an influential parliamentary committee on business, added her voice to the growing chorus of alarm on consumer debt in the UK. Reeves, who was an economist with HBOS during its bailout at the heart of the financial crisis, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that issues surrounding debt that emerged during the crisis are “rearing their heads” once more, and warned that Brits and regulators must remain “forever vigilant.” “I do worry about the growth of some of those issues we saw in the mortgage market in 2008 now rearing their heads in unsecured lending and in car purchases,” Reeves told the… Read More

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10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. 1. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said that Mark Zuckerberg’s understanding of artificial intelligence (AI) is “limited.” The Facebook CEO previously called negative remarks on AI, such as those made by Musk, “pretty irresponsible.” 2. SoftBank is reportedly interested in a multibillion dollar investment in Uber. The Japanese giant, however, is waiting for the company to find a new and strong leadership first. 3. Adobe is going to phase out Flash, the software millions of people have used to watch videos and play games on the web. The company says that the arrival of technologies like HTML5 is… Read More

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Wonder Woman 2 set for release in December 2019

Warner Bros. has confirmed the sequel to mega hit Wonder Woman will be released on December 13, 2019, according The Hollywood Reporter. Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, but director Patty Jenkins is still in talks to return. The sequel was revealed to be in the works during San Diego Comic-Con last week, with reports that the film will be set during the 1980s. Wonder Woman has been a major box office hit this summer, grossing more than $389 million in the US alone — surpassed only by The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. It’s also shattering stereotypes by becoming the highest-grossing… Read More

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Michael Gove rules out UK importing chlorinated chicken in Brexit rift with Liam Fox

Environment secretary rules out import of chlorinated chicken in new Cabinet rift. Fox claimed yesterday that there was “no issue” with chlorine-soaked meat. But Gove insists that UK must not lower its food safety standards after Brexit. Gove’s comments come after EU officials accuse Britain of “ignorance” on the issue. LONDON — Michael Gove today ruled out Britain accepting chlorinated chicken as part of any future free trade deal with the US, in a new Cabinet rift over Brexit. Chlorinated chicken is currently banned from import under EU rules, along with the use of growth hormones in beef farming, the spraying of pig carcasses with lactic acid and the sale… Read More

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