India’s Answer To Uber, Ola Takes $210M Led By Softbank At $1B Valuation

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 SoftBank is doubling down on India, quite literally. The Japanese tech powerhouse, flush with billions from its extremely lucrative Alibaba investment, is today confirming that it has led a $210 million investment in Ola, an Uber-style service in India that aims to use technology to shake up and dominate the car-for-hire and wider transportation market in the country. The news comes at the… Read More Read more »

Buffer Wants To Raise $3.5M At A $60M Valuation — Here’s The Term Sheet

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 Buffer, a social media management company, is raising a $3.5 million Series A round of capital. Most of the money will go to its founders and some early employees. $1 million of the total will be afforded to operations. To date, Buffer has raised $400,000. Buffer, which has monthly revenue of just under $400,000, is profitable. The company wants to have enough cash in the bank to survive any… Read More Read more »

Hate Speech Is Drowning Reddit and No One Can Stop It

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Editors' Note: This story includes references to hate speech and other language that readers may find offensive. In September, a group of black women penned an impassioned letter to the people who run Reddit entitled: " We have a racist user problem and reddit won't take action. " See also: Reddit: A Beginner's Guide Posted by the username of pro_creator, who serves as a moderator on the subreddit /r/blackladies, it was cosigned by the moderators of more than 60 other subreddits. "Since this community was created, individuals have been invading this space to post hateful, racist messages and links to racist content, which are visible until a moderator individually removes the content and manually bans the user account," the message said. Read more... Read more »

Google’s New Skybox For Good Program Gives Real-Time Satellite Imagery To Nonprofits

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 On the heels of acquiring satellite startup Skybox in August, Google and Skybox have announced the Skybox for Good program, which will provide real-time satellite imagery to organizations and programs that save lives, protect the environment, promote education and positively impact humanity, according to the official blog post. Read More Read more »

Stephen Hawking Joins Facebook, Likes ‘The Theory of Everything’

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Stephen Hawking has spent a lifetime getting his head around concepts in astrophysics most of us will never comprehend, but the 72-year-old never got around to the social-media thing — until Friday. The renowned theorist, cosmologist and author joined Facebook, kicking things off with a message in support of The Theory of Everything , the Focus Features biopic that became an instant Oscar contender when it debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival. SEE ALSO: 'The Theory of Everything': Eddie Redmayne's Big Oscar Bang in Toronto Read more... More about Movies , Awards , Oscars , Stephen Hawking , and Entertainment Read more »

Here’s A Sneak Peek At MotionSavvy’s UNI Sign Language Interpretation Device

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 MotionSavvy, the San Francisco startup working on tech to help the deaf communicate, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to commercialize its first product, UNI. The UNI app works with Leap Motion technology to translate each hand sign from American Sign Language and translates it into audible words on a tablet. Read More Read more »

Photographer Captures the Old-Soul Beauty of Senior Dogs

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Pete Thorne is bored with cute puppy pictures The Canadian photographer resolved his distaste by snapping a series of senior dogs who are just as cute as puppies in their own disheveled, snaggle-toothed way See also: 19 Dogs That Don't Care About Society's View of Beauty Thorne started small with the project, photographing a friend's greying dog named Sprout against a solid backdrop. When he felt confident enough, he put up a few posters advertising the project and asking for subjects to spotlight. He was shocked by the overwhelming response he got from the public The project, titled "Old Faithful," has now expanded to include 50 photographs of old dogs. Thorne regularly updates his collection on Instagram and Facebook Read more... More about Photography , Dogs , Watercooler , Pics , and Pugs Read more »

Tinder Users to Soon ‘Swipe Right’ for More Than Just Dates

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Tinder users will soon be able to pay for extra features that may not be related to dating. The company is slated to roll out an update in November that adds extra paid features, CEO Sean Rad said in an interview with Forbes . See also: 24 People Who Shouldn't Be Allowed on Tinder Rad did not elaborate on what the app's upcoming changes would be, but he said the current service, which matches users based on who's nearby, would not change “Our core offering that you have right now is always going to remain free,” Rad said. “Next month we’re going to release a few premium features that we’re totally excited about. It’s two things that our users have been asking for for a very long time and we think there’s a great opportunity for us to introduce these features and because we’re confident the value is there…we’re going to charge for it.” Read more... More about Dating , Tech , Apps Software , Apps And Software , and Tinder Read more »

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 »