Hello and welcome back to TechCrunch’s China Roundup, a digest of recent events shaping the Chinese tech landscape and what they mean to people in the rest of the world. The earnings season is here. This week, long-time archrivals in the Chinese internet battlefield — Alibaba and Tencent — made some big revelations about their future. First off, let’s look at Alibaba’s long-awaited secondary listing and annual shopping bonanza. Forget about the number It’s that time of year. On November 11, Alibaba announced it generated $38.4 billion worth of gross merchandise value during the annual Single’s Day shopping festival, otherwise known as Double 11. It smashed the record and grabbed local headlines again, but the event means little other than a big publicity win for the company and showcasing the art of drumming up sales. GMV is often used interchangeably with sales in e-commerce. That’s problematic because the number takes into account all … [Read more...] about China Roundup: Alibaba’s Hong Kong listing and Tencent’s new fuel
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A game that a developer is calling Steam's first "100 percent uncensored" adult game is set to hit the popular PC platform Friday, complete with "sexual interactions and nudity" that were previously blocked by black bars. Further ReadingSexually explicit game returns to Steam after adding “censor” barsNegligee: Love Stories was part of a group of erotic "visual novels" and other games that were removed from the service or held up for approval in recent months amid a crackdown on "sexually explicit" content on the store. Many developers responded to that restriction by adding black "censor" bars to the Steam versions of their games, then directing players to outside sites for downloadable patches to remove those bars. Now, though, Negligee developer Dharker Studios says an uncensored version of the game "has completed the steam review process" and will be available without any need for patching on Friday, September 14. Further ReadingSteam updates game-content guidelines, … [Read more...] about The first “100% uncensored” adult game has been approved for Steam release
Anxious about antioxidants? Perplexed by polysaccharides? This guide will help you navigate the world of nutrition and health.Live Science talked with experts and consulted several publications to get definitions and explanations of many common terms used when discussing nutrition. Amino acidsAmino acids are organic compounds that combine with each other to form proteins, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are about 20 amino acids that regularly make proteins and they can be arranged in thousands of different ways. There are three types of amino acids: essential, non-essential and conditional.Essential amino acids cannot be made by the body, out of the materials ordinarily available, at a speed that can meet the demands for normal growth; they must be provided preformed in the diet, according to the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). There are nine essential amino acids: histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, … [Read more...] about Amino Acids to Zinc: A Glossary of Nutrition Terms
Pregnant women who eat peanuts are more likely to have babies who test positive for peanut allergies than women who don't eat peanuts, according to a new study.That's because the peanut proteins they eat may circulate to the fetus, and cause an allergic response, said study researcher Dr. Scott Sicherer, pediatrics professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.However, the study found infants are only more likely to test positive for the allergy, not necessarily that they have the allergy. The infants in the study did not try eating peanuts to see if they had an allergy, Sicherer said."It is true that we think the strong positive tests indicate a high chance of peanut allergy, but it is not the same thing, because many children with a positive test might be able to eat peanuts," he told MyHealthNewsDaily.Still, the finding bolsters an American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation put forth in 2000 that women with a family history of allergies avoid eating peanut products … [Read more...] about Pregnant Moms Who Eat Peanuts Could Raise Baby’s Allergy Risk
The average adult has about 1.2 to 1.5 gallons (4.5 to 5.5 liters) of blood circulating inside their body, said Dr. Daniel Landau, a hematologist and oncologist at the University of Florida Cancer Center – Orlando Health.If you had no blood, you'd weigh 8 to 10 percent less. (Of course, you wouldn't be alive, either.) So, for example, in a person weighing 120 lbs. (54 kilograms), blood takes up about 9.6 to 12 lbs. (4.4 to 5.4 kg). [Top 10 Amazing Facts About Your Heart]By the time they're 5 or 6 years old, children have about the same amount of blood as adults do. But because children are smaller and their bones, muscles and organs don't weigh as much, their blood makes up a larger percentage of their body weight than it does in adults, Landau said.In comparison, newborn babies have barely any blood. A newborn baby weighing between 5 and 8 lbs. (2.3 to 3.6 kg) has only about 1 cup (0.2 liters) of blood in their body, he added.That's about the same amount of blood as a 10-lb. … [Read more...] about How Much Blood Is in the Human Body?