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Aussie tech leaders praise decision to block Guvera’s public listing

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Key figures in Australia’s technology industry have welcomed the Australian Stock Exchange’s (ASX) decision Friday to block the public listing of music streaming company Guvera.

The company’s pursuit of an initial public offering (IPO) with a valuation of A$1.3 billion was immediately controversial after it was announced in early June, with questions raised about the health of the company’s numbers. 

The business made A$1.2 million in revenue in the 2015 Australian financial year with a net loss of A$81.1 million, for example, and some cast doubt on its claim that 14 million users have signed up. Although Guvera argued its brand-funded model — where companies can pay to be associated with playlists and channels — set it apart, it faces some stiff competition from industry heavyweights like Spotify, Pandora and Apple Music. Read more…

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Nick Jonas’ iHeartRadio MMVAs Speech Includes Orlando Shooting Victims Dedication

Less than a week after he spoke out about the Orlando shootings at a vigil in front of the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, Nick Jonas made another statement about those affected by the tragedy at Sunday’s iHeartRadio MMVAs in Toronto.

The “Close” singer dedicated his award “to all the families and victims of the shootings recently” while accepting his trophy for iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year.

All class from @nickjonas. https://t.co/IyQNW0KsHH #MMVAs

— MUCH (@Much) June 20, 2016

After his victory, Jonas took a moment to thank his “amazing fans” and presenter — and his “Under You” video co-star — Shay Mitchell before switching to a more sombre note.

“It’s been a tough couple of weeks, a lot of hate and violence in the world, but moments like this when we can all come together and celebrate good times and be full of joy and happiness is a beautiful thing,” said Jonas.

“We love you and we have not forgotten you. Thank you.”

Jonas, also performed at the iHeartRadio MMVAs, explained his close connection to the LGBTQ2S community at the Stonewall Inn tribute and Pulse nightclub memorial last Monday.

“My father, a minister from New Jersey, shaped my view that love is love, that we are all equal,” said Jonas, according to Entertainment Weekly. “No matter who you are, or where you’re from, or where you’re going in life, you have the right to love and be loved. So yesterday, thinking about the families of the victims and the lives lost, I just thought that could be my friend. That could be my people.”

Jonas’ statement at Stonewall drew some criticism from some who said his speech overshadowed voices from the LGBTQ community and came conveniently around the release of his new album.

The “Jealous” singer plays a gay character on the DirecTV series “Kingdom,” and told Complex magazine earlier this year that he embraces his close allegiance to those who identify as LGBTQ2S and beyond.

“As a heterosexual male, [I am] open and comfortable about loving my fan base, gay or straight, because to me there is no difference, it is my fan base,” said Jonas, in an interview with the magazine.

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Living legend: LeBron James delivers Cleveland first championship, ascends in NBA history

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LeBron James just leveled up. 

James on Sunday accomplished the goal he famously set when he returned “home” to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent two years ago: Delivering the long-suffering sports city its first-ever NBA championship. 

But that’s just the beginning of this story. 

James scored had a triple-double with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a Game 7 road victory over back-to-back league MVP Steph Curry and the mighty Golden State Warriors — a team many exalted as being among the best in NBA history.

What’s more, James led Cleveland back from a 3-1 series deficit against the Warriors — a hole no team in Finals history had successfully climbed out of before. Read more…

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Cavaliers beat Warriors to win NBA title and end Cleveland’s 52-year drought

Astounding. That’s not the only adjective to describe the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 93-89 Game 7 victory and first NBA championship in franchise history. Remarkable or sublime would work too. No team has ever come back from 3-1 down to win the NBA finals, until now. A series defined by back and forth body blows (both figurative and literal) ended in similar fashion — two teams trading runs and pushing each other to the limit. The moment LeBron James returned to Ohio for has finally arrived. He got one for the Land.

“M-V-P!” @kingjames holds up the #NBAFinals & Finals MVP trophies! https://t.co/tKVcsd5gze

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Sansa’s revenge gave ‘Game of Thrones’ fans something to believe in

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If you don’t want spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 6, episode nine, move along little doggies.

Sansa Stark’s story came full circle on Game of Thrones

We say this not only because Sansa finally saw Ramsay Bolton (née Snow) get his just desserts, but also because she fully inserted herself into a lasting leadership role. She demanded to be heard when Jon, Davos and Tormund planned for the Battle of the Bastards. She made her presence known when Jon was beating the bloody pulp out of the bloody pup. And she looked her tormentor right in the eye while sealing his nasty fate. 

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Menswear: Five trends to look out for next year

The Tuscan city’s menswear trade show, Pitti Immagine Uomo, is buzzy again. From sportswear to suits, this is the lowdown.

Florence’s bi-annual tradeshow Pitti Immagine Uomo has a long history of launching new talent on the menswear scene. For SS17 it lured two of fashion’s biggest names, Gosha Rubchinskiy and Raf Simons, away from Paris. Here’s what we learnt.

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Crimewatch features killing of rare-breed dog

Troya, a spanish presa canario, was discovered floating in a canal in Stockport having been hangedA rare-breed dog that was strangled and dumped in a canal has become the subject of the first canine killing to feature on the BBC programme Crimewatch. T…


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My wife is physically abusive, resents marrying me and is six months pregnant

I haven’t told anyone about the abuse and don’t know what to do. Should I leave her?

I am a man in my mid-30s, and my wife is physically abusive. This is difficult to talk about, not just because of the man-woman thing, but also because I’m from a more traditional country, and things aren’t the same there. My wife started pushing and slapping me early in our marriage, but this has descended to scratching, kicking and punching. When co-workers see me with a black eye, I make excuses. She complains that I don’t spend enough money on her. Recently, she told me that she resents marrying me and finds me ugly. She is also six months pregnant, and has never had a job. I haven’t told anyone about the abuse and don’t know what to do. My father was very abusive to my mother and I vowed never to be the same, but it takes a lot of restraint. Should I leave my wife?

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Three shirts, four pairs of trousers: meet Japan’s ‘hardcore’ minimalists

Fumio Sasaki gave away the majority of his possessions and now lives with just the bare essentials

Fumio Sasaki’s one-room Tokyo apartment is so stark friends liken it to an interrogation room. He owns three shirts, four pairs of trousers, four pairs of socks and a meagre scattering of various other items.

Money isn’t the issue. The 36-year-old editor has made a conscious lifestyle choice, joining a growing number of Japanese deciding that less is more.

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