Tweet a Short Story for a Chance to Win a Copy of Margaret Atwood’s ‘Stone Mattress’

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Novels, poems, essays, children's books — Margaret Atwood can write it all Since she released her first poetry collection Double Persephone in 1961, Atwood has published more than 50 works, including her dystopian masterpiece The Handmaid's Tale . See also: Read the First Story from Margaret Atwood's 'Stone Mattress,' Our MashableReads Selection Most recently, Atwood has delved into short story writing with her collection Stone Mattress: Nine Tales , October's MashableReads book club selection. Throughout the collection, Atwood explores what it means to grow old, detailing everything from how an aging genre-writer plots revenge against his former roommates to how a near-blind elderly woman struggles to survive an attack on her retirement home. Read more... More about Twitter , Social Media , Challenge , Margaret Atwood , and Travel Leisure Read more »

Malaysia’s ‘I Want to Touch a Dog’ Event Popular With Canine-Curious Muslims

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Four-legged friends helped close a cultural gap in Malaysia during a unique event that invited Muslims to pet dogs — some for the very first time. The " I Want to Touch a Dog " event, held in Central Park in Petaling Jaya, attempted to dispel myths about canine cleanliness. Some Muslims believe dog fur and saliva is unclean , and prefer not to keep them inside their homes. See also: 10 Pumpkin Recipes to Carve Into Your Diet As a result, some may be afraid of the animals, event organizer Syed Azmi Alhabshi told Asia One . "This is just a baby step for us. I don't know whether people will now understand not to throw stones at dogs, but we want people to know that if they are not knowledgeable or are curious about things, they should just ask Read more »

Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

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 Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from… Read More Read more »

Alibaba Debuts Baichuan, Its Answer To Amazon’s Developer Services

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 As newly-public Alibaba continues to invest in startups to build out its presence in the U.S., it’s also looking at ways of expanding its ecosystem and platform at home. The latest move was announced this week, as the company unveiled Baichuan – Chinese for “hundreds of rivers”. Taking a page from Amazon — which has built up a large range of services for… Read More Read more »

Facebook’s Internet.org Works With Carriers To Speed Up Networks, Indonesia First

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 Facebook has long been promoting the the idea of free, zero-rated mobile services in emerging countries to drive more Facebook (and wider mobile data) usage. Now, working under its Internet.org initiative, it has crafted another way to promote growth: by working with directly with carriers to analyse and fix their networks, with a recent trial of the work in Indonesia — the… Read More Read more »

Slack Changes Sign-In Process On Desktop To Remove Team Names [Updated]

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 Slack says the visibility of team names is not entirely its fault. In a statement, the company points out that team discoverability via email domain is a setting team owners and administrators can control. It can also be set so that users can join by invitation only, which Slack says will not make team names visible to all. Read More Read more »

GitHub Partners With DigitalOcean, Unreal Engine, Others To Give Students Free Access To Developer Tools

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 Back in the days of shrink-wrapped software, students would often get huge discounts on expensive software packages like Adobe’s Creative Suite or Microsoft’s developer tools. But because almost every developer startup has now moved to a SaaS model, it’s become a bit harder to find student discounts. Read More Read more »

Tesla Motors Just Invited Press To Come Look At Its New D

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 Tesla Motors just sent out invites to a press event on October 9th in Los Angeles, presumably to unveil the new ‘D’ car that founder Elon Musk tweeted about yesterday evening. Now, we officially have an event, to be held at Hawthorne Airport. The D is rumored to be a new vehicle in Tesla’s lineup, with the Jalopnik folks speculating on a (D)ual motor all wheel drive version… Read More Read more »

Design Firm Adaptive Path Acquired By Capital One

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 Adaptive Path, a San Francisco-based design and user experience consultancy, has been acquired by financial firm Capital One. That’s not the most obvious acquirer, but in his announcement, Adaptive Path co-founder and Chief Creative Officer Jesse James Garrett said that after talking to a number of potential acquirers through the years, Capital One was first one to seem like a good fit: Read More Read more »