Team of rivals: The startups Uber competes against around the world

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Uber’s been facing crisis after crisis at home, but its rivals around the world aren’t slowing down. 

Didi Chuxing is leading the international fight against Uber. The Chinese ride-hailing giant is using its considerable influence to shore up other regional ride-sharing competitors—with three global investments in markets Uber competes in over the past two months. 

And that’s just the start. From strategic partnerships in the Middle East to investments in Southeast Asia, Uber is facing serious competition. These alliances among regional competitors may be fragile, especially since many of these companies compete against each other too, but they’re the best the rest of the ride-hailing world has got against Uber.  Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ fan drops the mic on that Littlefinger storyline with this huge theory

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Warning: Contains spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5.

What exactly is Littlefinger up to?

Of all the characters in Game of Thrones, he’s probably the one with the murkiest intentions. At this point we pretty much know his ultimate goal — marry Sansa and rule over the Seven Kingdoms with her — but his methods are always somewhat mysterious.

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Well, Reddit user squirrelwoman has a theory. On Tuesday, they shared an impressively detailed post about Baelish’s sneaky intentions: Read more…

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Smiley emoji in your work emails are making you look incompetent :(

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Emoji have invaded our texts, Slacks, and even our business emails. But, a new study suggests that including emoji in your work emails may be making you look incompetent. Not ideal, TBH. 

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Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel found that professional emails which feature “smiley” emoji  actually “decrease perceptions of competence” and don’t convey genuine “warmth.”

“Our findings provide first-time evidence that, contrary to actual smiles, smileys do not increase perceptions of warmth and actually decrease perceptions of competence,” says Dr Ella Glikson from Ben-Gurion University. She says that in formal business emails, “a smiley is not a smile.” Read more…

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The internet gives film titles totally British makeovers and it’s absolutely brilliant

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The people of the internet have decided that film titles don’t sound British enough.

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In order to amend this, Twitter users have been rewriting popular film titles under the hashtag #makeafilmtotallyBritish. Some of these movie makeovers are pure genius.

Here are some of the cleverest:

Honey I Shrunk the Majority.#makeafilmtotallyBritish pic.twitter.com/vjl7i3Esrq

— Jon Clifton (@Jon_Clifton78) August 15, 2017

Pound Pound Land #makeafilmtotallyBritish pic.twitter.com/tRbem5JZmo

— Grundy (@GrundyOxford) August 15, 2017 Read more…

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Neo-Nazi website retreats into the dark web after everyone dumps them

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Daily Stormer is in full retreat mode.

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The neo-Nazi website has moved to the dark web, after three different domain services booted them out. 

The original site, Dailystormer.com, is now offline and the new site, not indexed by search engines, is now only available through the anonymous browsing tool Tor. 

The site’s official Twitter account tweeted the site’s new dark web address and called on supporters to install Tor: 

https://t.co/seXaOKEg51

Available via Tor Browser.

— Daily Stormer Status (@rudhum) August 15, 2017 Read more…

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Woman loses engagement ring, finds it on a carrot 13 years later

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When we lose something precious, many of us eventually make peace with the fact that we’ll never get it back. Not so for a woman from Canada who lost her engagement ring — only to find it 13 years later. In her garden. On a carrot.  

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84-year-old Mary Grams, from Alberta, Canada, lost her engagement ring back in 2004 when pulling up a big weed in her garden. Grams, who was given the ring in 1951 a year before marrying husband Norman, believed she’d never see the ring again. 

After losing her ring 13 years ago, Mary Grams of #Camrose finally has it back on her finger – you’ll never guess where it was found#yeg pic.twitter.com/YLLvSqvFr0

— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) August 15, 2017 Read more…

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Father of the year David Beckham has a Lego surprise for his daughter

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Today’s best dad award goes to David Beckham.

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Beckham is outspoken about how much he adores his kids, especially his youngest child and only daughter, 6-year-old Harper.

Harper has dad wrapped around her little finger. Beckham would do just about anything for her — from sewing doll dresses to building Lego castles into the wee hours of the morning.

Beckham posted a picture of himself posing in front of the castle to Instagram with the caption: “1am done… Someone’s gonna have a nice surprise in the morning.”  Read more…

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Gang steals 20 tonnes of Nutella and other chocolate goodies

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If someone offers you a large batch of Nutella and Kinder Surprise Eggs, don’t trust them. Report it to police immediately. 

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Police in Germany have reported the theft of 20 tonnes of chocolate goods, valued at more than 50,000 euros (£45,400; $59,000), in a lorry trailer. 

To give you a rough idea, 20 tonnes of Nutella = 1,000 of these: 

Image: gianluca mezzofiore

“Anyone offered large quantities of chocolate via unconventional channels should report it to the police immediately,” Neustadt police said in a statement.  Read more…

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Google can now warn you when your allergies might flare up

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Google search just gained a helpful new superpower.

The search engine can now provide personalized updates about seasonal allergies at your current location directly in search.

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Much like weather forecasts, when you search for queries like “pollen forecast” you’ll get a detailed look at pollen levels in your area for the next few days. You can also opt to get mobile alerts, which will notify you when pollen counts are likely to be “particularly high.” 

The feature is rolling out now.

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The company worked with The Weather Channel, which has long provided pollen info and other allergy-related forecasts, to bring the predictions to its service. Google says searches for allergy information consistently spike every year in the spring and the fall, when seasonal allergy sufferers tend to have more symptoms. Read more…

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Yep, a ‘Hunger Games’ theme park is actually happening

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You could be making your way to Panem sooner than you think.

Lionsgate announced on Tuesday the opening of a new 1.3 million square-foot (122,00 sqm) theme park in South Korea.

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The park will be made up of seven zones, each devoted to a different Lionsgate-produced film.

And of course, both the Hunger Games and Twilight will be getting their own zones.

That’s right — from the Cullens to the Capitol — the Lionsgate Movie World, which is scheduled to open in 2019, has it all.

Visitors will be able to experience “actual movie scenes through state-of the-art rides, attractions and reproduced streets and towns,” according to a press release.  Read more…

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