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Roblox wants to bring older age groups to its online gaming platform

Summary List PlacementRoblox is eyeing an older age demographic as it explores potential growth opportunities for its online gaming platform.  The company, which allows users to easily develop and play video games, said on Friday during its investor day that it has a goal of appealing to a wide age range -- six to 60 years old. "We have tremendous success reaching the 13 and under audience, our goal however is to create a platform and brand that appeals to all ages," Chief Business Officer at Roblox, Craig Donato, said during the investor day presentation. To achieve that goal, the online game platform is working on content ratings that match users with experiences that are appropriate for their age, according to Donato. Roblox also personalized its search and discovery based on a pers...

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Crowds hit beaches and parks to enjoy 13°C weather despite stay at home warning

People are not currently allowed to sit outside with pals under lockdown rules (Picture: Backgrid)Brits are hitting beauty spots to bask in the sunshine this weekend, despite people being urged to ‘stay at home’ under lockdown rules. Large crowds of people were pictured sitting alongside the River Exe in Exeter to enjoy the sunset, while Plymouth Hoe was described by locals as ‘heaving’. Across the country beaches and parks are teeming with people, with temperatures expected to peak at 13°C in parts of southern England today and 10°C across the UK. This is despite people not being allowed to leave home to socialise with anyone outside their household or support bubble since the current lockdown came into force on January 6. Under plans to gradually lift restrictions, Brits

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Olivia Attwood admits she feels ‘guilty’ for getting hair dyed for work amid lockdown

Olivia Attwood admitted she felt bad for being able to get her hair done (Picture: Instagram/oliviajade_attwood)Olivia Attwood has told fans she feels guilty for being able to get her hair dyed despite salons being shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. The former Love Island star, 29, revealed that she had been able to get her roots done for work but didn’t feel good about it.  A fan asked her during an Instagram Q&A: ‘How have you had your hair done????’, after seeing her highlights looking flawless.  She replied: ‘Just the front bit was coloured the other day on set at a shoot. Sorry – I don’t make the rules / but still feel guilty lol’.  Hairdressers are still currently closed as part of the national lockdown due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and are planned to ope

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Forget the headache excuse, sex can actually help a headache

Have you ever used that excuse before? (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)That’s right – the old cliché of using a headache as a way to turn down sex isn’t going to cut it. It turns out that sex could actually help your headaches, so the logic doesn’t hold up. So what exactly is the science? Here’s what we know… Why could sex help a headache? Durham University professor Amanda Ellison, who wrote a book called Splitting: The Inside Story on Headaches, says that orgasms are just as good as drugs at reducing the symptoms of a headache. Having an orgasm releases mood-stabilising hormone serotonin, and case studies have shown that people who have frequent migraines also have lower serotonin levels. In fact, The Sun reports that people who get regular migraines also want sex 20

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Lakers’ Dennis Schröder glad to be back, but frustrated by NBA-mandated quarantine

The stage was set. All that was left for Dennis Schröder was to get out of the car. This was Feb. 18, the night of a megawatt matchup with the Brooklyn Nets that, despite the notable absences of All-Stars Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis, still promised to showcase two contenders at Staples Center. In another part of the building, Lakers coach Frank Vogel was telling the media how much he was looking forward to seeing how Schröder would fare against All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. But Schröder was in his car on the phone with General Manager Rob Pelinka, who told him that someone living in his house had tested positive for coronavirus. After a week of quarantine in his guest house under health and safety protocols, Schröder returned to the lineup for Friday’s victory over the Portland Trail Bla

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12 years of Senior Moments: Plunging through memories of laughter, love and loss

When I was 12 years old, I decided I wanted to become a blonde. It would finally happen some 40 years later when I was undergoing chemotherapy. I popped a long blonde wig on my almost-bald head, looked in the mirror and burst out laughing. It turned out I didn’t really want to be a blonde. Twelve was the year before the magical 13 that would turn me into a teenager and life would be exciting. That actually did happen once when I climbed 20 flights of stairs and waited outside Elvis Presley’s hotel suite after his performance. I was hoping for just a view of him but he wound up picking up his guitar and singing to me. My elation was somewhat dampened by my father’s reaction. Twelve was the year Tazwell Dosier, my secret crush, asked me to dance at our school’s Valentine soiree. It was our f

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It’s A Sin creator shares heartbreaking Roscoe storyline cut from show

It’s A Sin creator had plans for Roscoe (Picture: Ben Blackall)*Warning: Contains spoilers for It’s A Sin* It’s A Sin creator has revealed the heartbreaking plans he had for Roscoe’s character in the hit Channel 4 series. Russell T Davies explained that he had hoped the show would have gone on for eight episodes instead of five, giving him more space to develop Roscoe’s (Omari Douglas) character. He also had plans for Jill’s character, who is played by Lydia West. During the programme, which stars Years and Years singer Olly Alexander, Roscoe escaped catching HIV. However, if the series had continued, the plot would have seen Roscoe connect with Jill, only to reveal he had contracted HIV later on in life. ‘You know, 50 years old and he’s got the virus having escaped it ...

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SF Giants’ Renel Brooks-Moon shares what she’s learned about pioneers before her

For the Giants, February signals the opening of spring training. But it also signals another important mark for a team with a rich history of African American ballplayers: Black History Month. The Giants’ monthly Chalk Talk focused Thursday on the team’s own Black history, featuring some revelations from Oracle Park public-address announcer Renel Brooks-Moon as she hosted the event with Giants broadcaster Jon Miller. Brooks-Moon has been referred to as the first Black woman whose voice has boomed through the speakers of a Major League Baseball stadium, but she noted during the virtual roundtable that she has learned another Black woman came before her debut. Leslie Sterling was the Fenway Park PA announcer for the Boston Red Sox in 1995 and 1996. “It actually just came to my attention very

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Home sales in Santa Clara & San Mateo counties, Feb. 27

445 Hale St., Palo Alto 94301; sold Feb. 4 for $11.35 million; 5031 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms. Built in 2010; half-acre lot. Open-plan first floor with great room opening onto patio; private guest suite. Four bedrooms and family room on second floor. Home gym, large home office. Radiant-heat floors and pool deck. Backyard has pool, hot tub, cabana and covered sitting area with fireplace, lawn. Three houses from San Francisquito Creek, at north edge of Crescent Park neighborhood. Five blocks to downtown Palo Alto. In boundaries for Palo Alto High, 1½ miles away. Click here to browse previous weeks’ transactions, as well as those from Alameda and Contra Costa counties. PDF version at bottom of this file. Alviso 95002 5160 N 1st St $1,310,000 02-10-2021 2195 SF 4 BR 3 BTH 0 HBTH A...

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Another teen stabbed to death as London murder rate ‘reaches three-year high’

A man, believed to be 19, was fatally stabbed in Paddington Green last night (Picture: UKNIP)A teenager has been stabbed to death in London as the capital’s murder rate ‘reaches a three-year high’. A murder investigation has been launched after a man, believed to be aged 19, was found seriously injured in Paddington Green on Friday night. Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service and the London Air Ambulance rushed to the scene at 9.13pm, but the victim was pronounced dead 45 minutes later. His family has been informed. There have been no arrests and anyone with information is being urged to come forward. It comes after 14 people were stabbed – two fatally – in the space of just 24 hours in London earlier in February.   Officers from the Metropolitan Police have named v...

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Covid deaths rise by 290 as another 7,434 cases recorded

A total of 19,682,048 people have now received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine (Picture: PA/Getty)Another 290 people have died with Covid, bringing the UK death toll to 122,705. A total of 7,434 cases have been recorded in the past 24 hours, as a map shows one in five local authorities have seen a rise in infections in the last week. Meanwhile, 19,682,048 people have now received the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 768,810 have been injected with their second. It comes as scientists and ministers defend the decision to continue the rollout of the jab by age, rather than profession. John Apter, National Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has described the move as ‘a contemptible betrayal of police officers’. He warned: ‘Their anger is palpabl

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Warren Buffett warned that ‘hot’ stocks fade, joked about his age, and celebrated America in his annual letter. Here are the 10 best quotes.

Summary List Placement Warren Buffett released his yearly letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders. The investor warned that frenzies around fad stocks eventually fade. Buffett also discussed bonds, trading fees, and America's wealth generation. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Warren Buffett described how hype around "hot" stocks can evaporate, reminded stock traders that their transaction fees fill Wall Street's coffers, and celebrated American prosperity in his annual letter on Saturday. The famed investor and Berkshire Hathaway CEO also joked about his age, bemoaned the outlook for bond investors, and admitted to overpaying for Precision Castparts in 2016. Here are the best quotes from Buffett's shareholder letter for 2020, lightly edited and condensed for...

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Revisiting an old theory about the medicinal properties of plants and flowers

Reverend Edward Stone was sick with fever and chills when he took it upon himself to take a stroll into a meadow in the English countryside. Spotting a willow tree, he detached a piece of its bark and chewed on it. Its bitter taste reminded him of what he knew about the cinchona (quinine comes from it), a tropical tree whose bark was similarly bitter and was used in treating fever associated with malaria. Stone hypothesized that since the cinchona inhabited a wet environment, the water needy willow tree would cure fevers as well, in line with Stone’s adherence to the Doctrine of Signatures. The Doctrine of Signatures was a theory postulating that the cure to any malady can be found in plants or plant parts whose shape, smell, taste, or environmental conditions offer a hint as to their effi

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The CDC says the US will screen and track people traveling from countries with Ebola cases

Summary List PlacementThe United States will begin tracking people who arrive from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea, two countries facing Ebola outbreaks.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Friday that the US government will "institute public health measures" for travelers coming in from those two countries "out of an abundance of caution," as the threat of the outbreaks to the US remained low.  "Beginning next week, the US government will funnel travelers from DRC and Guinea to six US airports," the agency said in a statement. "Airlines will collect and transmit passenger information to CDC for public health follow-up and intervention for all passengers boarding a flight to the US who were in DRC or Guinea within the previous 21 days." The information...

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Read the pitch deck that business travel startup Lola used to secure $37 million in funding

Summary List PlacementLola.com CEO Mike Volpe thinks business travel on the whole is just horrible – but he saw that as a big business opportunity. Lola focuses on making it easier for medium-sized companies to manage corporate travel arrangements. Companies use the service to authorize employees to make travel-related purchases and set their own policies for those purchases. Employees then use the custom Lola experience to book work-related trips. The Boston-based company is competing in an increasingly crowded space, but Volpe thinks Lola has another edge over rivals: its deal with American Express Global Business Travel, one of the largest players in the corporate travel market. American Express is using Lola to target medium-sized companies; its sales team markets Lola to those kinds

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