Uber’s major rival in India just raised $1.1 billion

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While Uber faces five criminal investigations, its rival in India is ready to fight. 

Ola, the six-year-old ride-hailing company that operates in over 100 cities throughout India, just raked in $ 1.1 billion from major investors. And another billion could be on the way. 

Chinese internet giant Tencent led the funding round, which included participation from SoftBank, which has been on its own major investing spree as of late. Ola is in “advanced talks” with other investors to close an additional $ 1 billion as part of this funding round, pushing its raise over $ 2 billion, Ola said in a press release.  Read more…

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Reader Question: Should you plot out the Protagonist’s arc or just go with your gut?

Some words of ‘wisdom’ from legendary Hollywood producer Max Millimeter.

A tweet from @CaveDude21:

Do you actually plot out the Protag’s Emotional Arc, or just go with gut?

I’m tempted to go to my default point: There’s no right way to write. Every writer is different. Every story is different. But you know what? I’m going to pull legendary Hollywood movie producer Max Millimeter into this conversation to lend some, shall we say, reality to the conversation.

Okay, first off, I gotta be frank. I hate that word “arc.” You writers throw that around in meetings all the time, arc arc here, arc arc there, here an arc, there an arc, everybody’s got a fucking arc arc.

Know what I think? Writers use that word ‘coz it makes it sound like you got some deep insight into a big fat mystery what a character’s about.

Bull shit! It ain’t rocket science. It’s about who a character is and what they go through. Boom! Easy peasy, let’s get sleezy.

So arc that!

Max Millimeter as a boy.

Now let’s say I got a story. And I got back-to-back meetings with two different writers to see who I’m gonna hire to write said story.

Writer A, she comes in and while she goes on about the Protagonist’s arc, which as I just said drives me a little nutso, at least she’s telling me what I wanna hear: The Protagonist starts out over here being one way, goes through some shit, then ends up over here being another way. The story changes them, they’re like a different person, you know.

Okay, so it’s Writer B’s turn, and he comes in, and let’s say I’m tryin’ to be real nice, meet him on his turf. I say, “So what about the Protagonist’s arc?” And he says, “Well, you know, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about that, and instead of laying it out for you, I’ve decided to go with my gut in figuring it out.”

Now, you tell me: Who do you pick for that project, huh? Miss Here-Is-The-Protagonist’s-Arc-All-Laid-Out-Beginning-Middle-And-End or Mister-Go-With-My-Gut-You-Just-Gotta-Trust-Me-And-My-Artsy-Fartsy-Process?

See what I’m saying?

Look, you wanna write a spec script and you decide not to figure shit out before you type FADE IN, be my guest, ‘coz evidently you live in a world full of petunias and ponies, rainbows and ribbons la la la.

But you wanna live in my world, or better yet, work in my world, where it’s deadlines and competition and I need a script yesterday and just bottom the freakin’ line for me, yeah, you better damn well figure out your Protagonist’s arc, or else it’s bye-bye Hollywood, hello Radio Shack.

That still doesn’t mean I like that word ‘arc.’

An additional point: The Protagonist is almost always the single most important character in a story. As their Want defines the shape of the Plotline, the story’s physical journey, so too their Need defines the shape of the Themeline, the story’s psychological journey. It is critical to determine what both of those are for you to be in touch with the structure and soul of the story.

As to the subtext of the question: “Do I have to do the hard work of figuring out the nature of a Protagonist’s metamorphosis in Prep, before I write the script, or can I just type FADE IN and figure it out along the way?” A writer can choose to do anything they want. However I side with Max here: Work through this type of thing in Prep. Face it: You’re either going to figure it out then or figure it out while writing the script. You’re much better off working that out before you type FADE IN so you don’t get lost, frustrated and quit before you get to FADE OUT.

GITS readers, what say ye?

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Kim Kardashian just posted the greatest Instagram caption of all time

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Kim Kardashian might have just posted the greatest Instagram caption of all time. 

True to form, Kim posted an important update on the status of her hair colour. It’s now blonde FYI, in case you missed the memo. 

But, alongside this pretty standard Kardashian Instagram are the words “I’d go blonde for that D…😂.”

Hold the phone, Kimberly. Did you just say what we think you did? 

I’d go blonde for that D…😂

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on

Is Kim K referring to catching some d***, or is this a sweet innocent coincidence? Let’s investigate.  Read more…

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Uber is losing its licence to operate in London, but don’t panic just yet

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And so it finally happened. 

After months of uncertainties, Transport for London (TfL) has decided to strip Uber of its licence to operate in London. 

With a statement on Twitter, TfL said it informed the car-riding app “that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licence after expiry of its current licence on 30 September.”

TfL has today informed Uber that it will not be issued with a private hire operator licencepic.twitter.com/nlYD0ny2qo

— Transport for London (@TfL) September 22, 2017

Uber, which has more than 40,000 registered drivers in the capital, has 21 days to appeal the decision. And during that time, it’s allowed to operate, so don’t freak out just yet.  Read more…

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Apple just released statement on net neutrality, and you need read it right now

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Apple has released a statement on net neutrality, and it’s worth reading.

People get emotional about this topic. The future of the internet—and by extension the future of information, business, and just about everything else—is at stake, as the Federal Communications Commission works toward eliminating the rules that make sure internet providers can’t manipulate what you see or how you see it.

With all the vitriol, net neutrality can seem like just another partisan topic. It’s not—and Apple’s head of public policy in the U.S., Cynthia Hogan, laid it all out very simply in a letter sent to the FCC. Read more…

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‘Mass Effect: Andromeda’ is basically over and BioWare just confirmed it, folks

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Five months.

That’s how long it’s been since Mass Effect: Andromeda launched, and that’s how long it took BioWare Montreal to admit that nothing more can be done with the ailing game’s story mode. Technically, it wasn’t even a full five months, as Andromeda launched on March 21.

BioWare confirmed the decision in an update on the Mass Effect website. The Andromeda corner of the game’s universe won’t be tossed, but continuing stories will be relegated to special multiplayer missions and other forms of media.

“Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda,” the note reads. “There are no planned future patches for single-player or in-game story content.” Read more…

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Hackers just sent us practically all of HBO’s social media passwords

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The leaks just keep coming.

The hackers responsible for the massive breach of HBO haven’t let up, and reached out to Mashable to share their latest exploits. And while the latest data dump doesn’t include any Game of Thrones spoilers, it definitely contains some information that the network wouldn’t want out in the open. 

Specifically, what appears to be the login credentials for almost every single HBO social media account. Passwords for everything from @HBO, @GameOfThrones, and @WestworldHBO to various Instagram and Giphy accounts were in a text document provided to us by the so-called “Mr. Smith group.” Read more…

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Teen Groot will steal every ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ scene he’s in, just watch

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You thought Baby Groot was a stone-cold scene thief? Just wait.

There’s so much to unpack from a second viewing of the Avengers: Infinity War footage that first played at D23 last and came out for an encore at Comic-Con on Saturday night, but there was one thing I utterly missed the first time that fully stood out the second:

Teen Groot.

We first met the brooding, game-obsessed teenaged Groot in one of the post-credits scenes from Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, when Peter Quill was giving him a fatherly talking-to, and he wan’t having any of it. Well, he’s barely aged at all by the time we get to Infinity War — and so settled into the background that I didn’t see him the first time around. Read more…

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These Trump trolls just feel desperate

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President Donald Trump is pretty easy to troll, and it happens all the time. 

Former White House photographer Pete Souza takes every chance he can to post a Trump troll on Instagram. Last month, Sen. Chuck Schumer made fun of the president after Trump had his cabinet go around the table praising him. 

But for all the president-trolling that goes on, Trump haters can still see insults that aren’t there. And blow moments way out of proportion, as the internet (both Trump supporters and opponents) love to do. 

Take this morning as an example.  Read more…

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No need to worry, just hundreds of thousands of fire ants forming living towers

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