Grab could be the next ride-hail competitor to buy a piece of Uber

Rumor has it that Uber is gearing up to sell its Southeast Asia business to regional competitor Grab, according to CNBC. As a part of the purported deal, Uber would get a stake in Grab. At the Dealbook conference in November 2017, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi noted that he thought the company was “over capitalized” …

Rumor has it that Uber is gearing up to sell its Southeast Asia business to regional competitor Grab, according to CNBC. As a part of the purported deal, Uber would get a stake in Grab.

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Cash Is Queen: As Tweens Flock To “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” Retailers Follow

The VH1 reality show is giving kids and families a vocabulary for discussing sexuality and gender identity. Now businesses want to get in on the conversation.

When I meet him at DragCon’s New York City debut last May, Edward Wang and his stock of plush toys, backpacks, and home decor were nestled in among tables hawking leather corsets and roped-off booths with paddles and poppers. “I didn’t think it would be the right crowd,” he acknowledges.

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Austin is the first city in Texas to make paid sick leave mandatory

If you’ve ever been a waitress or worked in a video store or made lattes at a coffeeshop, you know that sick days–at least paid ones–are a luxury. The city of Austin has just made a bold move to change that. On Friday, the Austin City Council voted 9-2 to make paid sick leave a …

If you’ve ever been a waitress or worked in a video store or made lattes at a coffeeshop, you know that sick days–at least paid ones–are a luxury. The city of Austin has just made a bold move to change that. On Friday, the Austin City Council voted 9-2 to make paid sick leave a mandatory requirement for all non-government employers. Austin is now the first city in Texas to regulate sick leave.

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On Broadway, gender inequality touches every stage of the industry

Anyone who watches the Tony Awards every year will notice the dearth of women nominees in nonperformer categories, especially writing and directing. Last year, Rebecca Taichman became only the sixth woman to win a Tony for best direction of a play. It’s a dismal track record, even if it’s slightly better than what we see …

Anyone who watches the Tony Awards every year will notice the dearth of women nominees in nonperformer categories, especially writing and directing. Last year, Rebecca Taichman became only the sixth woman to win a Tony for best direction of a play. It’s a dismal track record, even if it’s slightly better than what we see at the Oscars, where Kathryn Bigelow remains the only woman named best director in a nine-decade history of doling out statuettes.

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Friday Reading #125

What a week – first we got to enjoy Simeon’s despondent face after having traveled all the way to Wales only to see his homeland lose in the Six Nations, then the simple joys of pancake day on Tuesday, followed by loved up good vibes on Wednesday (check out some of the best cards we received here). And Thursday was, erm, sunny?


Mercedes have cased some offence in China with their latest post on
Instagram
(now deleted), an image which quotes the Dalai Lama,
who the government consider a ‘political agitator’. A useful reminder of the international nature of social.

On the subject of brands offending, this week Pepsico announced that they’re looking to
create a female-friendly crisp
 that women can eat in a ‘more feminine
way’. Their aim is to create a snack that means women don’t have to
‘crunch too loudly in public’, or ‘lick their fingers generously’, because
apparently women don’t like to do so in front of others. This offering should
go down really well…

You can’t have missed Nike’s epic ode to London youth culture this week, real kids mixing with Skepta in a corner shop, Gareth Southgate as God, it struck the perfect tone. Fast Company have spoken to W+K about the process and details behind the scenes.

Can you see atoms? Well on some level, of course you can, they make up everything you’re looking at. But a single atom? Of course not, at least not without a powerful microscope. Yet amazingly, by holding it nearly static in an electrical field, David Nadlinger has managed to capture a remarkable photograph of a single atom you can see with the naked eye.

Everyone is getting hilariously rich, and you’re not. As clickbate titles go, it’s pretty effective. But the New York Times article it links to, about the rapid ascent of crypto currency wealth and the communities it’s created, makes for fascinating reading.

Unilever’s Keith Weed has called for Facebook and Google to address their platforms being used to “create division in society and promote anger and hate”, with a veiled threat to reconsider their digital spend. Could this be a turning point in the balance of power, or just another short lived bump? Time will tell.

Can you have it all with a programmatic buy? According
to Google yes you can! They have recently run a test to gain an understanding
of how much more efficient it is to run campaigns through a consolidated
programmatic guarantee system, vs a direct route. The results are in and programmatic guarantee systems
were able to reach 11% more unique customers, with greater control on frequency distribution. Good news for relentless retargeting.