Berlins AdaHealth raises$47M to become the Alexa of healthcare

Ada Health, the AI-driven app which works a little like an ‘Alexa for health’, has raised a $47M (€40M) funding round led by Access Industries, Len Blavatnik’s global investment group. Joining the round in the Berlin-HQ’d startup was June Fund and Berlin-based Cumberland VC. Fascinatingly, William Tunstall-Pedoe, the AI entrepreneur who came up with the Siri-like “Evi” app which was then acquired by Amazon and incorporated into what became Alexa, also participated in this round, as did existing investors.

The funds will be used to improve the product, hire staff and open a new office in the U.S.

Ada has become one of the world’s fastest-growing medical apps in 2017. In a chat interface, it helps people decipher their ailments, but then also connects them with real doctors. In development for six years, they aim to improve access to healthcare globally, with the idea that in the future an AI starts the process of personalising your healthcare until a doctor takes over, and has access to a pre-diagnosis.

Since its launch in late 2016, the company says over 1.5 million people have used it.

Daniel Nathrath, CEO and co-founder of Ada Health says: “The future of healthcare lies in a much more patient-centric model where individuals have actionable insights at their fingertips, and doctors and artificial intelligence work together to support patients throughout their healthcare journey.”

Guillaume d’Hauteville, Vice Chairman, Access Industries said:  “They’ve developed a unique and highly effective health management solution driven by a team with deep medical and AI expertise and years of technology development.”

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Blizzard takes legal action against ‘Overwatch’ copycat

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There’s a Chinese mobile game called Heroes of Warfare, which takes as much inspiration as possible from Blizzard Entertainment’s hit game Overwatch. A little too much inspiration for Blizzard’s liking.

Blizzard and its Chinese partner NetEase are suing Heroes of Warfare‘s creators, 4399, for infringing on its intellectual property, Japanese news site PC Watch reported today. Blizzard claims that 4399’s Heroes of Warfare and another game that’s already been shut down is too similar to Overwatch, and is calling for a take down.

Just take a look through this gameplay video of Heroes of Warfare and you’ll see what Blizzard is getting at:

Many of the playable characters in Heroes of Warfare look and play similarly to the heroes in Overwatch, the maps are nearly identical to Overwatch maps, and the heads-up display showing scores, kills, and health is basically the same as Overwatch‘s.

As is common practice for intellectual property infringement lawsuits, Blizzard is asking for 4399 to cease production of its copycat games, for monetary compensation for damages, and that Heroes of Warfare be removed from iOS and Android app stores.

This isn’t the first time a game developer has copied Overwatch‘s aesthetics and gameplay approaches. A different Chinese mobile game called Hero Mission did the exact same thing earlier this year. In fact, Hero Mission and Heroes of Warfare are pretty hard to tell apart.

Also, sidenote to all game developers ripping off existing games: Try to come up with better, less-generic names than Heroes of Warfare. What does that even mean?

H/T Kotaku

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A timeline of the rogue Twitter employee’s last day at work before deleting Trump’s account

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This post is a part of Mashable Humor. It is not real. We drew the bird, though, and think it’s pretty good.

A Twitter customer support employee is responsible for temporarily deactivating the account of President Trump for 11 minutes on Thursday night, just before 7:00 p.m. EST. According to a statement from the company, it was said employee’s last day, and they acted without the approval of anyone else at Twitter.

What follows is a comprehensive timeline of the “rogue” employee’s infamous last day at Twitter HQ.

9:05 a.m.: Employee arrives at office on their last day. Employee sits at desk.

9:15 a.m.: Employee’s manager approaches, asks employee if they received email. “I haven’t checked my email,” employee replies. “Oh, okay. Well, when you get a chance,” manager answers. The employee will not look at the email.

9:20 a.m.: Employee tells coworker Devin that his coffee mug is on their desk, technically, and has been every day for several months.

9:25 a.m.: Employee leaves for “early lunch.”

1:15 p.m.: Employee returns from lunch.

1:19 p.m.: Employee sends email recommending lunch spot’s Moscow Mules to full New York office.

1:25 p.m.: Employee forwards Moscow Mule email to global staff list with message, “In case any of you are ever in town.”

1:30 p.m.: Using Sharpie, employee writes, “This bread taste like DOGGGG SHIT” on a loaf of bread in the employee kitchen.

1:35 p.m.: Employee reminds coworker Devin about the coffee mug’s location, asking him, “Did you know?”

1:40 p.m.: Employee leaves for “late lunch.”

4:10 p.m.: Employee returns from late lunch.

4:45 p.m.: During team meeting, employee is asked to say a few words. Employee uses full time to again recommend the Moscow Mules. The employee has worked at Twitter for 4 years.

5:00 p.m.: Employee enters back room and adjusts office thermostat to 68 degrees.

5:03 p.m.: Employee arrives at HR for exit interview.

5:10 p.m.: Employee responds to HR’s question of, “How do you feel about your time here?” with simply, “Bad.”

5:12 p.m.: Employee responds to HR’s question of, “Is there anything you feel you have not been able to do in your time here?” with, “Delete the president’s Twitter.” Employee tells HR they think they will be deleting President Trump’s account later in the day. The HR representative chuckles.

5:15 p.m.: Employee returns to desk.

5:30 p.m.: Employee watches the first 25 minutes of Netflix’s What the Health at desk without headphones.

5:55 p.m.: Employee says, “Wow.”

5:56 p.m.: Employee messages manager that the office chairs are very uncomfortable. Manager replies with, “Well, I don’t furnish the office lol.” Employee replies, “I do not like you and I have not liked you for some time now.” Manager does not reply.

6:00 p.m.: Employee stands on desk and announces that they will be drinking Moscow Mules at the lunch spot nearby if anyone wants to go.

6:48 p.m.: Employee returns to office to retrieve coat.

6:49 p.m.: Employee throws Devin’s mug in the garbage.

6:50 p.m.: Employee deactivates the president’s Twitter account.

6:55 p.m.: Employee returns to lunch spot for Moscow Mules.

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Donald Trump Jr.s attempt to explain socialism using his kids Halloween candy majorly backfires

It’s never too early to start teaching your children about the perils of the real world.

Last night, for example, Donald Trump Jr. thought that he could use Halloween to show his child that the bogeyman is real, and its name is socialism.

Trump Jr., President Donald Trump‘s oldest offspring, was saying socialism is inherently unfair, but he’s using a willfully malignant interpretation of the political theory. It’s not that Chloe’s candy would go to people who just sat home, but perhaps it would go to kids whose parents were too poor to afford costumes for their children, so they couldn’t go out and get candy.

Wouldn’t that be great and nice?

But anyway, Halloween isn’t even the capitalist ritual he’s making it out to be, because:

This could also be a moment to teach her about just generally being nice and not hoarding wealth.

A lot of people figured a young Trump Jr. maybe never got a similar explanation many years ago, so they let him know some things maybe he should have been told.

Others just didn’t know why the Trumps, who have repeatedly bashed the media for discussing the president’s youngest, Barron Trump, would use their own children as props in the fight against concepts like universal healthcare.

Either way, this, amazingly, isn’t the first time Trump Jr. has resorted to using candy to explain policy. Back in September 2016, he infamously used a bowl of Skittles to demand the U.S. stop accepting Syrian refugees.

The man loves his candy metaphors, and nobody can take that away from him.

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This 11-year-old Scout became a hero after grilling a senator on her policies.

The Boy Scouts of America have been all over the news lately, but in a recent video, it’s one of the group’s youngest members who’s making waves.

The video was taken earlier this month and features a Colorado state senator, Vicki Marble, holding a question-and-answer session at a Cub Scout den meeting. The senator likely had no idea just how tough the questions were going to be.

One of the scouts, 11-year-old Ames Mayfield, had come prepared to ask his elected official some serious policy questions.

Mayfield, respectfully armed with plenty of research, demanded the senator explain her stances on gun control and health care.

Referencing an earlier scandal in which Marble suggested a connection between cultural diets and disease — aptly named “chicken-gate” — Mayfield drilled the senator for her claims: “I was astonished that you blamed black people for poor health and poverty because of all the chicken and barbecue they eat.”

Marble deflected and blamed the media for fabricating the story and 11-year-old Mayfield for believing it.

According to the Cub Scouts’ own website, a true scout is “brave” and “helpful,” which makes what happened next even stranger.

Mayfield was kicked out of his Cub Scout den.

Mayfield and his mother, Lori, who posted the Q&A footage online, say they were stunned by the decision. For Lori’s part, she insists she didn’t put her son up to it.

“The only coaching I gave him was to be respectful,” she told the Denver Post. “Don’t be argumentative, preface things ‘with all due respect.’ I felt my son followed directions. He asked hard questions, but he was not disrespectful.”

Mayfield has received an outpouring of support from people on social media. Meanwhile, the Scouts say they’re looking for another den he can join.

Whether or not he rejoins remains to be seen.

Whether you agree with Senator Marble’s positions on these issues or not, it’s important to encourage young kids like Mayfield to take on an active role in challenging leadership, holding them accountable, and asking tough questions. That’s how a healthy democracy functions.

We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that our country was built on just this sort of debate, and we should teach kids to ask smart, respectful questions — not blind obedience.

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Britney Spears Is The Modern Day Picasso!

In happier news… Britney Spears has taken up painting!

Hellbent on improving our day drastically, the 35-year-old singer took to Instagram on Friday showing off her latest masterpiece — a beautiful compilation of flowers and colorful abstract lines!

Related: Celebs Who Should Start Their Own Workout Empires!

She penned alongside a video showing us behind-the-scenes footage of her ~process~:

“Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!! 😜💋💅🏻👩‍🎨🎨👯👗👛👒🐠🌹💥💥”

Watch (below)!!

Sometimes you just gotta play!!!!!! 🤓😜💋💅🏻👩‍🎨🎨👯👗👛👒👠🦄🦋🐠🌹💥💥A post shared by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on Oct 13, 2017 at 11:53am PDT


Gotta love her.

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How I Discovered (And Also Tamed) My Anxiety

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I was only 33. I was young, fit, and strong. But I felt like I was having a heart attack.

Almost as quickly as it had come in, the storm passed, just as I was getting ready to go to the emergency room.

It wasn’t a heart attack. I later learned that it was an anxiety attack (sometimes called a panic attack).

Apparently, the signs are similar, and many people end up in the emergency room due to anxiety attacks.

Who knew?

When Depression and Anxiety Overlap

I didn’t know, but I should have.

This was not my first experience with anxiety. It was my strongest episode, and it certainly got my attention, but it wasn’t my first rodeo.

“I guess I might have an anxiety disorder too,” I said to myself after I learned that it was an anxiety attack.

I had already been diagnosed with major depression years earlier, which is why I used the word “too.”

Along with my diagnosis of depression, I remember being told that anxiety and depression often go together, and that I might have an anxiety disorder on top of the depressive disorder.

But the word  wasn’t in my diagnosis, so I didn’t pay attention to that part.

(Actually, I’m also guilty of ignoring the depression part. Or rather hiding it — from myself as well as others.

Understanding Anxiety

It’s amazing how long humans can ignore their problems. I ignored my anxiety until I couldn’t, until I had an anxiety attack so severe it knocked me on my ass.

I was lucky. My first anxiety attack didn’t send me to the hospital.

The symptoms are so close to a heart attack that many people just go to the ER. And rightly so. You don’t want to mess around with chest pain and palpitations.

Going to the hospital during an anxiety attack sounds to me like just about the worst thing ever. The 10th circle of hell.

The emergency room causes anxiety for a normal person. Now imagine going through all those tests while having the worst anxiety of your life.

Seriously, people who endure that are badasses. They have my respect.

What Anxiety Feels Like

What’s it like to have an anxiety attack, even without the hospital?

For me, it’s a storm that rolls in suddenly, bringing palpitations, sweating, and chest pain. I sometimes hyperventilate as well.

But the worst part is that I lose my ability to think clearly. It’s like I can no longer trust my brain. Something isn’t working right in there.

This is my own experience with anxiety. Other people have different experiences. Common symptoms include: fatigue, sweating, restlessness, shortness of breath, a feeling of impending doom, insomnia, nausea, poor concentration, sensation of an abnormal heartbeat, or trembling.

The Anxiety Epidemic

Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S., and anxiety disorders affect over 18% of the population ages 18 and older (source).

Holy Epidemic, Batman! That’s over 40 million people!

Half of those people also suffer from some form of depression.

I’m one of the millions of Americans who suffer from both depression and anxiety.

Although anxiety isn’t a top killer like depression, it’s still a serious problem, and not just for people with anxiety.

Get this. Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. over $40 billion every year (source).

Unfortunately, the epidemic is getting worse, not better.

The Roots of Anxiety

When it comes to understanding the roots of anxiety, I believe I’m in a unique position.

Okay, maybe not unique.  I’m not the only person on the planet with this combination of qualifications. But I’m still a rare bird, dammit.

I’m qualified because:

  1. I have years of personal experience battling anxiety.
  2. I’ve been helping people battle anxiety for years.
  3. I have years of training in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
  4. I have decades of experience with both sitting and standing meditation (more on that later).

My experience with anxiety, meditation, and qi has led me to make the following conclusion about anxiety:

Anxiety is caused by a Monkey Mind that has run amok. When the Monkey Mind runs amok, the qi (or vital energy) also runs amok. And when the qi runs amok, the human nervous system also runs amok.

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, the  is an ancient Zen term for describing the constant stream of internal dialogue in the human mind. The purpose of Zen, and indeed all forms of meditation, is to quiet the monkey mind.

In my tradition, the process of quieting the Monkey Mind is called , and it is the first phase of my 5-Phase Method.

Digging Up The Roots of Anxiety

If my statement about the roots of anxiety is true, then digging up the roots of the anxiety weeds should be simple, right?

To calm the nervous system, we need to calm the qi. And to calm the qi, we need to quiet the monkey mind.

Technically, it is simple. But simple ain’t always easy.

The solution to anxiety is meditation. Meditation gets to the roots of the problem — i.e. the Monkey Mind. In short, meditation gives you the ability to tame that annoying monkey in your head.

And when that happens, the qi flows smoothly, and your nervous system is not agitated.

But what is meditation?

In 21st century America, the word meditation means this:

Unfortunately, this definition is problematic for those of us with severe anxiety.

Moving Away from Sitting Meditation

Meditation is the solution — but not just the sitting kind.

Sitting meditation, done correctly and consistently, is a wonderful solution to anxiety. Perhaps even the ultimate solution. There’s even a growing body of science to back this up.

I recommend Dan Harris’ excellent book 10% Happier for a skeptic’s guide to sitting meditation. Harris is a news anchor who had an anxiety attack on live TV. He’s done some great work in spreading the information and interest about sitting meditation.

However, what Harris misses is that his own positive experience with sitting meditation is atypical for people with severe anxiety.

Asking someone with severe anxiety to start with sitting meditation is like asking a new violinist to start with the Brahms concerto.

(For those who don’t know, the Brahms violin concerto is really really really hard to play.)

This is a sink or swim approach. Some will swim, like Harris. But many will sink.

Many of you reading this know exactly what I’m talking about. You’ve tried sitting meditation, and you failed. It was torture.

No, not just torture. It was impossible.

Meditation Without All That Sitting Around

So what’s the solution for us?

Meditation is still the solution — but not the sitting kind.

For those of us with severe anxiety, the combination of flowing movement and gentle breathing gives us an anchor. It gives the Monkey Mind a banana to chew on.

It’s absolutely critical that the movement not induce anxiety. Unfortunately, the way qigong and tai chi are often taught is anxiety-inducing rather than anxiety relieving.

This is because people in the qigong and tai chi world constantly obsess about the form.

The external form is the least important aspect of internal arts like qigong and tai chi, so why obsess?

I give my students permission to butcher the external form of qigong and tai chi. More than permission. Sometimes, when a particular student is trying too hard, and I can see that she is obsessing about the form, I insist that she do it badly.

“That was an A-. Now show me a C+.”

The truth is you don’t even need movement. Watch my free class on anxiety to see how you can reduce anxiety with meditative techniques that have no visible movement.

But gentle, flowing movement is beautiful, and it is liberating for many people with anxiety.

Even a tiny amount of movement, combined with breathing, can make a huge difference. Watch this free class to discover a super-simple qigong exercise that you can do in less than 1 minute.

Taming That Anxiety

I still experience anxiety, but I am grateful to have tools to manage it.

And these tools work amazingly well.

It’s almost like popping a pill for me. If I feel my anxiety rising, I pop a qigong or tai chi pill. And it works every time.

I’m planning to do a 10-day sitting meditation retreat. In this retreat, I’ll be asked to sit for 8-10 hours per day. And there’s no talking either.

There is no way I could conceive of doing this kind of retreat if not for qigong and tai chi. I would not make it through day 1. Heck, I wouldn’t make it through hour 1.

My point is that you work your way up to (down to?) sitting meditation rather than starting with it.

It took me 20 years to fall in love with sitting meditation. But during that time, I had a beautiful affair with qigong and tai chi.

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Man convicted of killing and cooking dog

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Image caption Dominic O’Connor told police he cut up the collie’s carcass with an axe and bread knife

A 27-year-old man from County Down has been convicted of killing and cooking a dog, before feeding it to another pet.

Dominic O’Connor strangled four-year-old collie, Jess, with a lead before cooking it using “a few onions and an Oxo cube” last December.

O’Connor, who suffers from a personality disorder, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to a dog, which he had bought on Facebook.

He is due to be sentenced next month.

At the two-day-trial, Downpatrick Crown court was told that O’Connor, formerly known as William Moscari, bought the dog on Facebook.

During police questioning, he explained how he had tried to strangle the animal with one lead, but because it had “too much give” he used a smaller one.

He said he then cut the animal up, cooking some of it and feeding it to another dog.

“I cooked it and fed it to the other dog with a few onions and an Oxo cube and salt and pepper,” he said.

O’Connor then cut up the dog’s carcass with an axe and bread knife, burned it on a fire and dumped the ashes in Portavogie harbour.

The incident was uncovered when O’Connor, of Roden Street in Kircubbin, told hospital health professionals what he had done.

Police then visited his house, where they found burned dog hair and a liquid on the grate of the fire.

A friend of O’Connor’s told the jury she had seen the collie one day, but noticed it was missing the following day.

She added that she noticed the shower screen had been pulled across in O’Connor’s bathroom and that the house “seemed strange… there was a weird smell to it”.

She said he had later confessed that he had strangled the dog, put it in the shower and then into the bin once she had left.

O’Connor conceded that people would be disgusted by his actions, and recognised “part of it was wrong”.

He will appear in court for sentencing on 21 November.

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For-good investor launches in London to solve worlds biggest problems

Last year, a new VC emerged in Silicon Valley, designed to deal with the world’s biggest problems. 50 Years said it wanted to solve real-world problems, while at the same time as making money. What if you took that ethos and created a sort of Y Combinator-for-good?

Today London, seems to be poised to catch up with that idea, with the launch of Zinc, a new ‘company builder’ fund from the founders of the Seedcamp accelerator and the LocalGlobe VC. Zinc plans to tackle big social issues head-on, one at a time, while at the same time creating investable businesses.

It’s not London’s first such project, as Bethnal Green Ventures got there first, but it might be the most ambitious to date.

The first mission it’s set itself is tackling the global problem of women’s emotional and mental health, an issue which affects one in four young women in the UK and 300 million people globally. It will bring together 55 entrepreneurs from around the world to tackle this issue inside six months.

Founders taking part in the first Zinc mission will be immersed in expertise on women’s emotional and mental health, with expert speakers drawn from the UK’s top universities and other experts.

The 55 participants in the first programme were selected from a pool of 800 applicants from around the world. The group includes 24 women and 31 men, comprising medical doctors, data scientists, serial tech entrepreneurs, UX/UI designers, computer vision experts, parents and founders of social enterprises. The average age is 33 and over half of the founders have previously started businesses.

At the end of the six-month programme, Zinc expects to form between five and 10 early-stage companies in which it will take an 8% stake.

Paul Kirby, chief executive, and co-founder of Zinc, said: “Technology has done amazing things in the last 10 years but it has not really yet risen to the big social challenges of our age that affect communities across the world. In many developed economies, there are intractable problems that are not being resolved, no matter how much money is thrown at them.” Ella Goldner, general manager and co-founder of Zinc, said: “We are looking for businesses that can have an impact on at least 100 million people.”

Saul Klein, a partner at LocalGlobe, which is backing the initiative, likened Zinc to Y Combinator: “When I co-founded Seedcamp with Reshma Sohoni 10 years ago it was a leap into the unknown, but it along with Y Combinator has quickly become a proven model for business creation. With Zinc we want to make a similar leap forward and start a movement to tackle global challenges in the developed world.”

“Post-Trump and Brexit, the technology industry has a chance (perhaps even the need) to prove its value is more than financial and that it can positively impact society not just be disruptive,” he added.

Zinc has been seed-funded initially by London-based early stage venture capital fund LocalGlobe, which has invested £500,000, and is now raising additional capital.

Camden Council is providing workspace for the Zinc founders in its Town Hall.

Among Zinc’s founders are Amit Khutti who co-founded DrEd; Elena Mustatea who works on digital health at Atomico, the London VC investor; and June Angelides, founder of Mums in Tech.

Zinc advisors include Professor Ann Blandford, UCL Institute of Digital Health; Professor Vic Strecher, University of Michigan; David Halpern who leads the Behavioural Insights Team (the government’s “Nudge” unit); Polly MacKenzie, Director of Money and Mental Health; Professor Matthew Hotopf , King’s College London; Sarah Wood, founder and CEO of Unruly; Lady Edwina Grosvenor, founder One Small Thing; Esther Wallington, Chief People Officer for HMRC.

Zinc follows in a long line of other projects designed to systematically create companies at the founding stage, and Klein and his team have over 12 years positive experience of building companies. Airbnb, Dropbox, Stripe, Transferwise, Revolut and Zalando all emerged from accelerators/incubators. And the model has been pushed further with Singularity University and Entrepreneur First.

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74-year-old man walks for miles in search of kidney donor for wife

A 74-year-old man has taken to the streets in a desperate search to find a kidney donor for his wife. Every day, Wayne Winters puts on a sandwich board advertisement and walks for miles near his Farr West, Utah home.

“I don’t walk real fast,” he told Fox 13 Now.

Winters said he came up with the idea after his wife, Deanne, was diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure and he was at a loss of how to help.

“I didn’t know what to do,” he told the news outlet. “I felt like I needed to do something.”  


He saw a similar story on the news about a man in search of an organ donor for his wife, and made his own sign before heading out. Nothing that rush hour is his favorite time to walk, Winters said that on his first day, a driver stopped to tell him he would get tested to see if he was a match.

“I say ‘Deanne, I think we have a good chance of getting you a kidney,’” he told Fox 13 Now.

But until it’s confirmed, Winters said he’ll keep walking with his sign. One side of his board brings attention to his wife’s case, but the reverse side notes the thousands of others who could benefit from organ donation.

“After I get a kidney I will have my wife back the way she was, normal, helping people, loving people,” Winters told Fox 13 Now. “She likes to serve other people.”

He said that even after Deanne finds a match, he plans to continue helping others search for their donor. To help Winters, call 801-675-0278. 

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