Walmart partners with fashion consignment marketplace thredUP – TechCrunch

Walmart is continuing its foray into fashion e-commerce, announcing a strategic partnership with fashion resale marketplace thredUP to list a large number of the items on Walmart’s digital storefront.

With this partnership over 750,000 items from thredUP will be available on, starting today.

Notably, only clothing items and shoes marked as “new” or “like new” will be listed, though accessories and handbags marked as “gently used” will also be available, Walmart says. The companies didn’t share details of the partnership’s revenue share model.

ThredUP’s marketplace, which bills itself as the web’s largest consignment and thrift store, allows people to buy and sell secondhand women’s and children’s apparel. Rather than simply connecting sellers with buyers, sellers send a bunch of items directly to thredUP which then inspects them and returns ones they don’t want and photographs and lists the items they do on its marketplace. When an item sells,

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How to improve battery life in Android 10

If Android 10 battery life has got you down, maybe it’s time to start adding apps to the Battery Optimization feature.

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The Android platform has come a long way since its early beginnings. I remember my first Android phone and how awkward it was to use. Even worse, I remember how bad the battery life was–I was lucky to get four to six hours out of that HTC Hero.

Nowadays however, Android battery life can meet or exceed your daily needs. Given the platform now makes use of artificial intelligence (AI) to help improve the longevity of the mobile power source, it’s become quite impressive. With my Google Pixel 4, I rarely run out of juice by the end of the day. One of the reasons for this is the battery optimization. This tool is what works with AI to improve battery life on the device.

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68% of SMBs are optimistic they can recoup losses due to COVID-19 pandemic

Owners say they need outside tech expertise to develop new products and services and to move to online operations.

Only 46% of small business owners say the resources designed to help them deal with the coronavirus outbreak were actually useful, but 68% are confident they will recover from losses caused by the pandemic, according to a new survey.

Small and midsize business owners who responded to a new Verizon Business survey listed these items as the top three steps they will take when the outbreak has subsided:

  • Improve cleaning protocols for officer or retail spaces    74%
  • Create or revise a contingency plan                                 63%
  • Increase cash reserves                                                     54%

Verizon commissioned Morning Consult to do a nationwide survey of 500 small and midsize business (SMB) owners and decision makers at the end of April.

Businesses are split on the current state of the response to the coronavirus. Among all SMB decision makers,

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China’s food delivery giant Meituan hits $100B valuation amid pandemic – TechCrunch

Meituan’s shares hit a record high on Tuesday, bringing its valuation to over $100 billion.

The Hong Kong-listed giant, which focuses on food delivery with smaller segments in travel and transportation, is the third Chinese firm to reach the landmark valuation. Tencent and Alibaba respectively topped the number back in 2013 and 2014.

Tencent-backed Meituan saw shares rally to HK$138 ($17.8) on Tuesday after it earmarked a smaller-than-projected decrease in revenue during Q1 and a net loss of 1.58 billion yuan ($220 million) after three consecutive profitable quarters.

While nationwide lockdowns might have increased the need for food delivery, Chinese consumers have been tightening their belt amid a worsening economy triggered by COVID-19. Overall food delivery transactions slid as a result. Meituan also had to pay incentives to delivery riders who work during the pandemic and subsidies to merchants to keep their heads above the water.

There’s one silver

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How to run an SSH connection through Tor

Looking for a way to gain a bit more security and privacy for your SSH connections? Jack Wallen shows you how with the help of Tor.

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SSH is, by design, a fairly secure means of gaining shell access to remote machines. However, there are always ways to eke out a bit more security and privacy from these connections.

One such method is with the help of Tor. With Tor, you can add a level of anonymity and even hide your services from prying/hacking eyes.

I’m going to walk you through the process of making SSH connections over Tor. The process isn’t terribly difficult so anyone that administers SSH should be able to make this work.

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What you’ll need

I’ll be demonstrating on two Ubuntu server machines, but the process will work with just about any Linux distribution. You’ll also need

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Veterans and military spouses use telework training program to find portable jobs

Digital Works places graduates with Concentrix, NexRep, LoveOps, InstaCare, and Randstad/Google Logistics.

Connected Nation’s first mission was to bring broadband to rural communities. Along the way the organization also built a training program designed for the all-online work world of the coronavirus. Digital Works is a short course that was designed for military spouses. The focus is telework, namely call center jobs. 

The program started at Fort Campbell, KY, and helps graduates find a job when courses are complete. Almost 1,000 people have completed the program since its launch in 2013. People took in-person classes at two locations in Kentucky before the coronavirus pushed the sessions online. 

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Jessica Golson, a Digital Works facilitator, said that even before the pandemic, remote opportunities were popping up in new industries every year. Since the COVID-19 shutdowns started all over the

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