Mercaux bags $4.5M to help bricks-and-mortar retail tool up to sell more

Retail tech SaaS platform Mercaux has closed a £3.5 million (~$4.5M) Series A funding round led by European VC fund Nauta Capital. The 2013 founded London-based startup sells software for retailers to tap into digital capabilities in their physical retail stores — offering a modular platform that’s intended to support digital transformations at a pace of the retailer’s choosing. “Historically offline retail was just a sales channel. But with the rise of e-commerce, and ability to communicate with clients digitally at any …

Police: Teen sent swastika to phones at Chicago-area school

OAK PARK, Ill. – A 14-year-old boy has been charged with sending a swastika image to the smartphones of other students during a suburban Chicago high school assembly. Oak Park police say the student at Oak Park and River Forest High School faces a misdemeanor charge of disseminating harmful material and faces a juvenile court hearing on Wednesday. The school said last week that someone in the auditorium sent the image using the AirDrop function of an Apple device during …

Here’s when key Florida counties will begin their recount efforts

(CNN)A handful of key counties in Florida have announced when they will start their machine recounts of ballots in three statewide races with razor-thin margins. The machine recount process must be completed in all of Florida’s 67 counties by 3 p.m. ET on Thursday. According to the unofficial results initially filed by the counties, Republican former Rep. Ron DeSantis was ahead of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, by nearly 34,000 votes, or a .41% difference. In the …

Orangutans Show “Astonishing” Tool-Making Ability To Bend Wire Into Hooks

A study in the journal Scientific Reports has described how orangutans were able to create hooks from wire to reach the handle of a basket, a surprising skill that even some human children find difficult. In the paper, researchers led by the University of Vienna in Austria described how they gave orangutans a tube and a piece of wire, and tasked them with trying to reach a basket of rewards inside it. In one experiment, they were given a vertical …

Democrats flip Arizona US Senate seat with Sinema victory

(CNN)Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema will win Arizona’s US Senate race, defeating Republican Rep. Martha McSally and flipping a seat that had been in GOP hands for 24 years. The win comes despite President Donald Trump and Republicans pushing false conspiracy theories about why ballots in Arizona were taking so long to count. Trump tweeted Friday that “electoral corruption” was taking place and suggested Arizona should have a new election. The National Republican Senatorial Committee, in an email to reporters, accused …

25+ Pics That Will Make Trump Regret Canceling WWI Cemetery Visit Because Of Rain

The White House commented on the U.S president’s absence citing, “scheduling and logistical difficulties caused by the weather,” and instead sent a delegation led by Chief of Staff John Kelly to the cemetery in his place. The cloudy weather and rain prevented president’s helicopter for traveling to the site located 50 miles from Paris. Among the world leaders that did show were Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron. #9 #10 #19 #20 #29 …

Jim Carrey Depicts Trump As A Horse’s Ass In Cartoon Tribute To Jim Acosta

“The Mask” star reimagined Trump’s fiery Wednesday press conference exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta, which led to the White House’s revocation of the journalist’s press credentials, in the cartoon shared online Friday: Carrey said Acosta had “comported himself with remarkable restraint while dealing with this Imposter-in-Chief.” “But as people in Hollywood have long known ― everything is harder when you’re working with animals,” he added. RELATED COVERAGE Bill Maher Lists All The Ways Trump Is Like A Dictator J.K. Rowling …

A poisoned memorial to World War I: The forests of Verdun

Verdun, France (CNN)The guns of World War I fell silent 100 years ago here, but a quiet battle still smolders on in this forest. Roots of trees and arms of ivy grapple with the legacy of four years of war, fighting to reclaim the landscape from the scars of a past conflict. “The optimistic rate is that one in eight did not explode. That means that we probably have between seven and eight million shells that did not explode on …

25+ Times Comics Perfectly Summed Up The Internet

We all love the internet! Since the World Wide Web became available in 1991, it has revolutionized life and society in ways we couldn’t possibly have foreseen, to the point that living without it is almost unimaginable today. Something so universal for so many of us (although it must be noted that while worldwide access to the internet has grown, many people are still left out of the digital revolution), is a natural source of satire and humor. We here …