Drowning for Freedom: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 1)

Watch Part 2, “Trapped and Forgotten” – http://bit.ly/1Cwjv9k Watch Part 3, “Escaping Hell” – http://bit.ly/1xCZ5nP As Libya descends further into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe. Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers. Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control. In part one of a three part series, VICE News is given access to chilling footage filmed by the Libyan coast guard, who have witnessed an influx of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, recovering hundreds of bodies of those who’ve drowned on their journey to Europe. Watch “Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1EbVKhG Watch “Trapped In Bulgaria: Europe Or Die” – http://bit.ly/1Fgsiwl Read “Italy Backs Controversial Plan to Build Migrant Reception Centers in North Africa” – http://bit.ly/1CdUluB Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Escaping Hell: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 3)

Watch Part 1, “Drowning for Freedom” – http://bit.ly/1HZMQHS Watch Part 2, “Trapped and Forgotten”: http://bit.ly/1Cwjv9k As Libya descends further into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe. Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers. Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control. In the final part of our series, VICE News travels to Tripoli to detail the hardships of migrant communities and speaks to a survivor of the journey to Europe who talks of the true cost and terrible tragedy of crossing the Mediterranean Sea. Watch “Italy’s Mediterranean Mass Grave: Europe or Die” – http://bit.ly/1EbVKhG Watch “Trapped In Bulgaria: Europe Or Die” – http://bit.ly/1Fgsiwl Read “Italy Backs Controversial Plan to Build Migrant Reception Centers in North Africa” – http://bit.ly/1CdUluB Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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PandaDoc Wants You to Kiss PDFs Goodbye

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A company that plans to replace the PDF with an HTML-based substitute announced release of its API and JavaScript SDK today March 19 allowing developers to build integrated software solutions.

The co-founder of PandaDoc says the PDF is outdated.

In the announcement today, Mikita Mikado explains:

“Companies have massive amounts of PDF documents that give them no feedback and lots of grief. Developers can integrate our solution into their software to generate truly dynamic and interactive documents that could be filled-in and signed electronically.”

Instead, Mikado believes that the HTML-based PandaDoc is a faster, more efficient, and business-ready means of collecting and sharing information with clients and customers using the interactive forms interactive forms.

And that’s especially true, he said in an interview with Small Business Trends, with more small businesses — and their customers — adapting to a mobile culture.

“We’re looking to make PDFs less relevant,” Mikado said.

He said PDFs can’t easily be created and shared and their use is becoming limited. Companies are limited by their own collective talents when it comes to creating an interactive sales proposal that can be sent to clients as a PDF.

PandaDoc focuses more on creating interactive documents that generally require some sort of response from its recipients. Contracts, proposals, surveys, and work orders are just some of the forms that can be created within PandaDoc.

Here’s how it works:

A company first creates a form through the PandaDoc’s browser platform.

All the forms a company creates are saved in the cloud. And PandaDoc offers an array of templates that can be customized with company branding and logos.

Forms and documents created through PandaDoc can be feature rich, too. Mikado says that creations in PandaDoc can include things like photos, videos, and even interactive calculators to make estimates or invoices that can be paid directly from the document.

When the document is completed, users get a link to share with recipients. The link can be shared or emailed and information received through the forms is collected through PandaDoc.

A piece of code is also created so a form can be embedded on a company website.

Mikado says that another major advantage for PandaDoc over the PDF is how it’s received.

A PDF often requires some sort of software to open it. Being HTML-based, a PandaDoc creation can be opened in a Web browser.

PandaDoc is available to businesses for $49 a month. That can be cut to $29 a month if a full year’s subscription ($348) is paid up front.

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Libyans Flee as the Fight for Sirte Escalates: VICE News Capsule, March 17

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Police in Lahore, Pakistan, fire tear gas at Christian protesters, Libyan families flee violence in Sirte, South Korea prepares to repatriate the remains of Chinese soldiers, and plans for a more energy-efficient London Underground. PAKISTAN Protests Against Church Bombings Turn Violent Police fire tear gas at angry Christian residents following attacks that left at least 17 people dead on Sunday. LIBYA Dozens of Families Flee Sirte As Fighting Intensifies Militias from Misrata plan to attack Islamic State militants in a bid to retake the coastal city. SOUTH KOREA Defense Ministry to Repatriate Remains of Chinese Soldiers The bones of 68 troops killed in the Korean War will be handed over to Chinese authorities on Friday. UNITED KINGDOM London Tube is Getting a Boost of Green Energy ​A new plan will outfit an old steam-power station with gas engines to deliver clean energy to the Underground network.​ Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Microsoft to Bring Advanced Version of Cortana to iOS and Android

The tech giant believes its work on search, speech recognition, and machine learning will make Cortana the first intelligent digital assistant that can provide predictive information about users.

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Secret Protestant Churches in Donetsk: Ukraine’s Religious War

The war in eastern Ukraine hasn’t just been about territory — religion has deepened the divide. In Donetsk, Protestants are being forced to conduct their services in apartments, persecuted by pro-Russia separatists who believe there’s only room for one religion in the region: Russian Orthodoxy. VICE News correspondent Simon Ostrovsky traveled to Donetsk to attend secret Protestant churches, and spoke with members of the Donetsk People’s Republic as well as the Orthodox Church to find out whether the DPR’s vision for the rebel-controlled region includes the coexistence of religious beliefs. Watch “Volunteer Soldiers Fighting in Ukraine: Russian Roulette (Dispatch 102)” – http://bit.ly/1MRlJjd Watch “Russia’s Ghost Army in Ukraine” – http://bit.ly/1AOAZGI Read “Putin Parties Down with Pop Singers at Rally Celebrating Anniversary of Crimea Annexation” – http://bit.ly/1DCI0BP Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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