Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

Swedish fashion e-commerce company NA-KD raises $45M Series B

NA-KD, the Swedish fashion e-commerce company that sells women’s clothes direct to consumers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. Noteworthy, $5 million of that is secondary investment as some early shareholders, not including the founders or management team, partially cash in.

Leading the round is Partech, with the participation from


Bad news for actor Vikram

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Vignesh Shivan had requested Tamil Rockers, a popular destination for pirated movies, not to upload their movie Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and other releases like Sketch and Gulaebaghavali. Unfortunately, the plea has fallen on deaf ears and the website went on with its illegal activities.

In what could be a big headache for the makers, the pirated copies of Sketch, in different resolution and quality, have been uploaded to TamilRockers and other torrent sites. Some websites are streaming the film and crazy fans of Chiyaan are sharing the bits and pieces of the flick on social media platforms.

Sketch has opened to mixed reviews with critics pointing out that it is a usual commercial entertainer that solely banks on Vikram. The makers of the film were planning to cash in on the Pongal holiday season, but the piracy is feared to take a toll on the collection of the movie.

The Kollywood, like other industries, has been battling piracy for long. In the past few years, online piracy has become rampant thanks to digitalisation and with the internet being accessible in every nook and corner of the world.

It is believed that the torrent sites operate from overseas and have access to the film hours after the first show outside India. As a result, many big banner films, as well as small movies, hit the internet immediately after the release.

Actor Vishal, the president of Producers' Council and secretary of Nadigar Sangam, has waged war against piracy and has taken a slew of measures to check the menace, but it has gone in vain as websites find new ways to reach the people.

Coming back to Sketch, it is an action thriller in which Vikram and Tamannah Bhatia play the leads. Directed by Vijay Chander, the film is set in North Chennai.


14 optical illusions you can actually visit in real life

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People seem to love optical illusions.

There are the ones that make the rounds on the Internet -many of which end up going viral -and the ones that are created using just makeup.

And then there are the ones that you can actually visit IRL - natural sites, museums, and tourist attractions.

We rounded up 13 of the best optical illusions worth traveling for, from a mirror maze in California to an infinite tunnel of books in China to a gravity hill in Scotland.


Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

Russian hackers are targeting U.S. Senate email accounts

According to a new report, the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee actively targeted the U.S. Senate through the latter half of 2017. The revelation comes out of a new report from Trend Micro, a Japanese firm that has revealed similar phishing schemes taking aim at foreign governments in the past. As the security report


Ancient statues looted in Lebanese war returned decades later

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A marble bull's head made 2,400 years ago for a Phoenician temple and looted during Lebanon's civil war arrived in Beirut on Friday after American officials found it in the United States and sent it home.

The object - along with two partial statues that the United States is also returning - will be displayed in the National Museum in Beirut early next month, Lebanon's Culture Ministry said in a statement.

They were stolen from a storehouse in Byblos in 1981 at the height of Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war, as Christian and Muslim militias battled each other across much of the country.

In recent years, wars in Iraq and Lebanon's neighbour Syria have laid waste their cultural heritage and created a huge market in looted antiquities, helping to fund the jihadist militants of Islamic State.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office in New York said last month it was returning the three statues to Lebanon and was forming an antiquities trafficking unit to stop the trade in looted artefacts.

The three pieces, all excavated during the 1960s and 1970s from the temple of Eshmoun in the port of Sidon and dating from between the fourth and sixth centuries BC, had been sold to private collectors in the United States.

The bull's head was identified by a curator while on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art as being among the antiquities stolen in Lebanon.

Located on the east coast of the Mediterranean, Lebanon was an important part of the classical world, home to the Phoenician civilisation and part of the Persian and Roman empires. It has several major ancient sites.

During the civil war, curators at its National Museum, which was located on a deadly front line, protected treasures that were not looted by sealing them up in the basement or encasing them in cement.

Others were located in other sites around Lebanon, including to Byblos, an ancient port town north of Beirut, where the three items returned on Friday were stolen.


Bad news for actor Suriya

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Piracy has continued to take a toll on Tamil films as every film released on Fridays are appearing online just hours after their theatrical release. Suriya's Thaanaa Serndha Koottam is the latest film to be hit by piracy.

There are many torrent sites that have uploaded the illegal copies of Thaanaa Serndha Koottam and apparently, many people have been downloading it for 'free. A few sites are streaming it online.

To rub salt into the wound, the crazy fans of Suriya are sharing short video clips of the film shot in theatres.

Thaanaa Serndha Koottam was released in over 1,200 screens worldwide. The movie has garnered superb reviews from the critics and audience. The makers can breathe a sigh of relief as the positive word-of-mouth might help the film overcome the damage caused by piracy.

Every film made in Kollywood these days is being made available on torrent sites within a matter of days. Big movies hit the web faster than small-budget films as the craze around such flicks is high.

Vijay's Mersal and Ajith's Vivegam had hit the internet hours after the first show in foreign countries.

Although Vishal tried his best to put an end to piracy, his attempts have gone in vain as the torrent sites find new ways to leak the film online.

Coming back to Thaanaa Serndha Koottam, it has Ramya Krishnan, Keerthy Suresh and others in the cast. The remake of Hindi film Special 26 is based on 1987 Opera House heist.


Deep, buried glaciers spotted on Mars

Deep, buried glaciers spotted on Mars

Buried glaciers have been spotted on Mars, offering new hints about how much water may be accessible on the Red Planet and where it is located, researchers said Thursday.

Although ice has long been known to exist on Mars, a better understanding of its depth and location could be vital to future human explorers, said the report in the US journal Science.

Astronauts could essentially just go there with a bucket and a shovel and get all the water they need," said co-author Shane Byrne of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson.

A total of eight ice sites, some as shallow as a few feet (one meter) below the surface, and going as deep as 100 meters or more, have been exposed by erosion.

These underground cliffs, or scarps, appear "to be nearly pure ice," said the report.

The discovery was possible due to images and data sent by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), launched in 2005.

The probe's first find of water on Mars was published in Science in 2010.

But now, scientists realize that ice is more widespread than previously thought, said lead author Colin Dundas, a geologist at the US Geological Survey in Flagstaff, Arizona.

There is shallow ground ice under roughly a third of the Martian surface, which records the recent history of Mars," he said.

What we've seen here are cross-sections through the ice that give us a 3-D view with more detail than ever before.

The ice contains bands and color variations that suggest it was formed layer by layer, perhaps as snow accumulated over time, leading to ice sheets.

Researchers believe the ice formed relatively recently, because the sites appear smooth on the surface, unpocked by craters that would be formed by celestial debris smashing into the planet over time.

But just how and when they formed remains unclear.

The cliffs are located in the northern and southern hemispheres of Mars, at a latitude of 55 to 58 degrees, which on Earth would be similar to Scotland or the tip of South America.

These regions slip into a frigid darkness during the Martian winter and would not be a suitable site for a long-term human camp.

However, they are not as treacherous as the poles, and if a sample could be drilled from one of the glaciers, researchers could learn plenty about Mars' climate and the potential for life on Earth's neighboring planet.

If you had a mission at one of these sites, sampling the layers going down the scarp, you could get a detailed climate history of Mars," said MRO deputy project scientist Leslie Tamppari of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

It's part of the whole story of what happens to water on Mars over time: Where does it go? When does ice accumulate? When does it recede?

NASA plans to send the first human explorers to Mars by the 2030s.


Big jolt for Aruvi, leaked online, to suffer huge losses

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Tamil movie Aruvi has opened to fantastic reviews from the critics and audience. Unfortunately, cancerous piracy has hit the movie which is expected to take a toll on its collection at the box office.

Aruvi introduces Aditi Balan, who has come out with flying colours. Her performance backed by a solid story has also won the hearts of the viewers.

The film tells about the social anguish of a girl played by Aditi Balan. It is a movie that touches the audience with all forms of emotions. It is a film that falls into the categories of heart-wrenching as well as heart-warming drama.

However, piracy is expected to take a toll on the business of Aruvi. Tamil Rockers and a few other sites have uploaded the movie in less than 12 hours after the first show of the film. While some of the pirated prints of the film are of low quality, there are a few sites which have got hold of decent quality prints of the movie.

It appears that some of the pirated prints of the movie have been recorded in theatres, and it is actually surprising how one can do that without coming into anyone's notice.

The Tamil film industry, like other industries, has often fallen victim to piracy. Vishal, the president of Producers' Council and secretary of Nadigar Sangam, has tried to take a few measures to prevent piracy, but his efforts have gone in vain.

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