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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Tuesday, June 13 Filming Locations fro Major Crimes, The Week Of, Last OG, and more!

Here’s a look at various filming locations for Tuesday, June 13: Filming in California TV Series: Insecure Stars: Issa Rae Location: 515 W 7th St, Los Angeles (8:00 AM – 2:00 AM) TV Series: Major Crimes  Stars: Mary McDonnell Location: Raleigh Studios, Los Angeles TV Series: The Fosters Stars: Maia Mitchell Location: Warner Bros, Los Angeles  Filming in Illinois Movie: Widows Stars: Viola Davis Filming: 930 E 50th St, Chicago Filming in New York‏ Movie: The Week Of Stars: Adam Sandler Location: near Glen Head Country Club in Glen Head TV Series: Last O.G. Stars: Tracy Morgan Location: Caldman Plaza West and Middaugh Booklyn Credit: Linda Project: Untitled Summer Project (might be Woody Allen’s Summer Project?) Location: Warren St and Greenwich St, NYC TV Series: Jessica Jones Stars: Krysten Ritter Location: Broadway Stages, Long Island City Movie: Untitled Steven Spielberg Project Stars: Tom Hanks Location: N Broadway and Hamilton Ave White Plains TV Series: Luke Cage Stars: Mike Colter Location: Bradway Stages, Brooklyn  TV Series: The Sinner Stars: Jessica Biel Location: Broadway Stages, Brooklyn TV Series: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Stars: Rachel Brosnahan Location: Steiner Studios, Brooklyn  Follow us on Twitter for updates throughout the day, too! We’re always looking for more info…know where..

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Can AI Predict a Movie’s Success? Algorithmic Screenplay Service ‘Scriptbook’ Causes Major Backlash

Is AI the future of screenwriting? Not if screenwriters can help it.

“Subjective decisions lead to box office failure,” reads a tagline from the new algorithmic service ScriptBook, which claims to predict a screenplay’s critical and box office success.

For a price of $ 100 a pop, ScriptBook users upload their screenplay to be analyzed by ScriptBook’s patented software, Script2Screen, which generates an AI-based assessment indicating the commercial and critical success of a project, along with “insights on the storyline, target demographics, market positioning, distribution parameters,” and more. ScriptBook trained its algorithms to detect patterns that compelling storylines have in common based on a dataset of scripts which have had a theatrical release between 1970 and 2016.

“The added value of our technology,” the website further reads, “lies in the improvement on the current, human decision-making process throughout the spectrum from script to screen, limiting false decision-making while maximizing the potential.”

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New York City just took a major step toward equal pay

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The day after Equal Pay Day, New York City took a major step toward salary equity. 

The New York City Council passed a bill on Wednesday that makes it illegal for employers to ask for potential employees’ salary histories — a milestone in the fight for equal pay. 

The legislation, proposed to the city council by the New York City public advocate’s office in August, prevents employers from asking candidates about their past salaries during job interviews. That’s important, because revealing past salaries can perpetuate the cycle of lower pay for women and underrepresented minorities as they move from job to job.  Read more…

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Major ISPs now say they won’t sell your browsing history. Yeah. Right.

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Internet service providers are in an awkward spot. After getting all dressed up for the sell-your-data dance, it turns out they’ll be staying home. 

Or so they claim.

Reuters reports that representatives from Comcast, Verizon, and AT&T all came out today to assure worried consumers that the companies will not in fact sell customers’ browsing histories to the highest bidder. 

“We do not sell our broadband customers’ individual web browsing history,” writes Comcast Chief Privacy Officer Gerard Lewis on the company’s blog. ”We did not do it before the FCC’s rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so.”   Read more…

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Neon Buys ‘Gemini’ in First Major SXSW Deal

New distribution company Neon has bought Aaron Katz’s ‘Gemini’ following its SXSW premiere.

A newly minted distribution company, Neon, has bought rights to Aaron Katz’s film Gemini out of SXSW. This marks the first major acquisition during the course of the festival.

Neon co-founders Tom Quinn, formerly of TWC’s RadiUs, and Tim League, of Alamo Drafthouse, are positioning the company as a direct competitor to innovative, millennial-savvy distributors such as A24. Quinn and League launched the company just before Sundance this year, where they bought Eliza McNitt’s Beach Rats, Matt Spicer’s Ingrid Goes West, and Michael Larnell’s hip-hop drama Roxanne Roxanne, each deal reportedly landing around $ 3 million.

Gemini is a neo-noir murder mystery set in Los Angeles. It stars Lola Kirke, Zoë Kravitz, and John Cho as a personal assistant, celebrity, and policeman caught at the epicenter of a heinous crime.

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‘Moonlight’ Sweeps with 6 Major Wins at the 2017 Indie Spirit Awards

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The Independent Spirit Awards are an annual award given in the name of independent film, featuring plenty of those little indies which deserve the honor and recognition that they usually don’t receive – celebrating their 32nd year. The 2017 winners of the Spirit Awards were announced Saturday before the Oscars at a ceremony out in Santa Monica. The big winner this year was Moonlight, winning six awards total in almost all of the categories it was nominated in, including Best Director (go Barry Jenkins!), Best Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. This seems like a strong message to the Academy about how great this films is, even if it doesn’t win any Oscars. Read on for the list of Indie Spirit Awards results. ›››

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Brewery gives employees ‘puppy parental leave’ and everyone else major job envy

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How does spending an entire week playing with a puppy and getting paid for it sound to you? Too good to be true?

We’re here to inform you that there is a company which allows their employees to do that. Yes, that exists.

Companies all over the world have stepped up their game to ensure a high quality of life for their employees by offering all sorts of competitive perks and benefits. But we have found the one company that has every other place beat, hands down, no question.

BrewDog, a brewery based in Scotland, announced on Monday that it would be instituting “Puppy Parental Leave” across their company. Read more…

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‘Star Wars’ just dropped a major bombshell about ‘The Last Jedi’

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Since the Star Wars: Episode VIII title dropped in January, fans all over the word have one pressing question in their mind: 

Is The Last Jedi singular or plural?

If the title is singular, you can assume that The Last Jedi refers to Luke Skywalker. Or maybe Rey? Who knows. 

If it’s plural, it might refer to Luke and Rey. Nobody really knows. 

However, the official Italian Star Wars Facebook and Twitter account have posted what appears to be a major hint to the real meaning of The Last Jedi. 

It translated the title to “Gli ultimi Jedi”, which unequivocally refers to more than one Jedi:  Read more…

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