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While the show’s staff has grown exponentially, the Comedy Central series remains fundamentally the work of its creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
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Consciousness Isn’t a Mystery. It’s Matter. - The New York Times
We don’t know enough about the nature of physical stuff to know that conscious experience can’t be physical.
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Educating women and girls is crucial to a country’s economic and social development. There are many effective ways to improve women’s and girls’ access to education.
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Falcon Heavy Vs. Saturn V - Universe Today
A comparison between the rocket that delivered the Apollo astronauts to the Moon, and the one that promises to deliver astronauts and colonists to Mars
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Why Blue Origin’s crazy big rocket might fly, and what it means for spaceflight.
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How One of the Deadliest Hajj Accidents Unfolded - The New York Times
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hajj  saudiarabia  crush  islam 
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Best Camping Within 2 Hours of San Francisco

By Sierra Hartman

When you’re trying to plan a weekend camping trip and half your friends…
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How to Tell a Mother Her Child Is Dead - The New York Times
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7 weeks ago
Personal transportation: Uberworld | The Economist
“LET’S Uber.” Few companies offer something so popular that their name becomes a verb. But that is one of the many achievements of Uber, a company founded in 2009 which is now the world’s most valuable startup, worth around $70 billion.
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Visions of the Future
Fourteen space travel posters of colorful, exotic space settings are now available free for downloading and printing.
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9 weeks ago
Didi Chuxing to acquire UberChina
Combined resources to promote healthy development of the rideshare industry
August 1, 2016, Beijing – Didi Chuxing today announced a strategic agreement with Uber under which Didi Chuxing will acquire all assets of UberChina--including its brand,business operations and data--for operation within mainland China. This landmark transaction signals a new stage in the development of China’s rideshare industry.

In exchange for the UberChina assets, Uber will receive 5.89% of the combined company with preferred equityinterest which is equal to a 17.7% economic interest in Didi Chuxing. In addition, Baidu and other Chinese shareholders will receive a 2.3% economic interest in Didi Chuxing. Under the agreement, Didi Chuxing will also obtain a minority equity interest in Uber.Cheng Wei, founder and chairman of Didi Chuxing, will join the board of Uber.Travis Kalanick, founder of Uber, will join the board of Didi Chuxing. Additional terms were not disclosed. With this transaction, Didi Chuxing becomes the only company with common investment from Tencent, Alibaba and Baidu.

Under the agreement:

Uber China will maintain independent branding and business operations to ensure stabilityand continuity of service for passengers and drivers;

Didi Chuxing will integrate the managerial and technological experience and expertise of the two teams, to meet China’s ever richer transportation demands with more value-added solutions;

Didi Chuxing will work with regulators, peers and stakeholder groups to continue educating the market to build a healthy environment in support of the growth of China’s mobile internet industry and the nation’s economic development program; and

Didi Chuxing will continue to work with global partners in connecting local resources to create the best possible cross-border ridesharing experience for their users.

Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of Didi Chuxing, said, “Didi Chuxing and Uber have learned a great deal from each other over the past two years in China’s burgeoning new economy. As a technology leader deeply rooted in China, Didi Chuxing is constantly pushing the frontier of innovation to redefine the future of human mobility. This agreement with Uber will set the mobile transportation industry on a healthier, more sustainable path of growth at a higher level. Didi Chuxing commits all our energy to work with regulators, users and partners to meet the transportation, environmental and employment challenges of our cities.”

Jean Liu, President of Didi Chuxing said, “Over 15 million drivers and 300 million registered users have joined DiDi’s open, sharing-based ecosystem that connects people, cars and lifestyles. With the addition ofthe strong talents and experience of the UberChina team, Didi Chuxing will be even better-positioned to serve the Chinese people. Didi Chuxing will also continue to expand its international strategy. We look forward to working with our partners at home and abroad to create more value for drivers, passengers and communities.”

As China goes through the world’s greatest urbanization process, sharing economy initiatives have seen tremendous growth under the aegis of the country’s innovation-friendly Internet Plus strategy. The still-fledgling rideshare market for the 1.3 billion population is showing unrivalled momentum. On July 28, China’s Ministry of Transportation issued the Preliminary Rules on the Management of Online Car-Booking, the world’s first national-level legislation to legalize ridesharing. We look forward to achieving the tremendous possibilities for drivers, riders and cities at this new dawn of opportunities.
didi  uber  china  uberchina 
12 weeks ago
Didi Chuxing Receives USD 1 Billion Strategic Investment from Apple
[May 13, 2016, Beijing] Didi Chuxing (“DiDi” or “the Company”), the world’s leading one-stop mobile transportation platform, announced today important progress in its latest fundraising round. Among a group of prestigious Chinese and international institutions, Apple has invested USD1 billion in DiDi, creating the single largest investment the Company has ever received.

Through this investment, Apple becomes a strategic investor of DiDi, and joins Tencent, Alibaba and other key supporters to help further DiDi’s mission of building a data-driven rideshare platform to serve hundreds of millions of Chinese drivers and passengers.

CHENG Wei, founder and CEO of DiDi, said, “The endorsement from Apple is an enormous encouragement and inspiration for our four-year-old company. DiDi will work hard with our drivers, riders and global partners, to make available to every citizen flexible and reliable mobility choices, and help cities solve transportation, environmental and employment challenges.”

“DiDi exemplifies the innovation taking place in the iOS developer community in China,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We are extremely impressed by the business they’ve built and their excellent leadership team, and we look forward to supporting them as they grow.”

Building on its data mining and analysis capabilities, DiDi now completes over 11 million rides a day on its platform, serving close to 300 million users across over 400 Chinese cities with a diverse range of mobile technology-based transportation options. DiDi works with over 14 million Chinese car-owners and drivers, holding over 87% market share in private car-hailing and over 99% market share in taxi-hailing.
didi  china  apple 
12 weeks ago
Uber Said to Merge China Business With Didi in $35 Billion Deal - Bloomberg
As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that being successful is about listening to your head as well as following your heart - tk
uber  didi  china 
12 weeks ago
Hermann Goering: War Games : snopes.com
"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
politics  war  history  nazi  hermann_goering  nuremberg  quotation 
july 2016
How Facebook Tries to Prevent Office Politics
“Describe your responsibilities as a leader.”
“Can you tell me about four people whose careers you have fundamentally improved?”
“Describe a few of your peers at your company and what type of relationship you have with each of them.”
“What did you do on your very best day at work?
“What does office politics mean to you, and do you see politics as your job?”
“Tell me about a project that you led that failed. Why did it fail and what did you learn?”
hiring  facebook  office  business 
july 2016
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