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Popular Chinese travel site Qunar is starting its own airline

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Qunar, the Baidu-backed travel booking website, released an unexpected piece of news earlier this week: the company is going to start its own airline.

This is like Uber making its own car — something that sort of makes sense at first glance, but is also deeply complex in a way that the company might not be ready for.

Qunar isn’t doing it aloneAccording to Caixin (link in Chinese), Qunar is joining two co-founders in the venture, and will focus primarily on the ticketing and tech side of the…

Ethereal photos capture the Gobi Desert’s massive scale

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The Gobi is Asia’s largest desert, spanning half a million square miles across China and Mongolia. Despite its enormous expanse, Hungarian fine art and commercial photographer Bence Bakonyi found inspiration in it

Stem Cell Eye Treatment May Restore Vision

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When stem cells were first culled from human embryos sixteen years ago, scientists imagined they would soon be treating diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and many other diseases with cells manufactured in the lab.

It’s all taken longer than they thought. But now, a Massachusetts biotech firm has reported results from the largest, and longest, human test of a treatment based on embryonic stem cells, saying it appears safe and may have partly restored vision to patients going blind from…

Dear Scotland: You Gave Us Britishness. Please Don’t Take It Away

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Dear Scotland,

I never thought of myself as particularly English. I was born in Liverpool, the port city where the Irish and the Scottish and representatives of just about everyone else mingled and jostled and flavored everything, adding vital Scouse spice to a stodgy recipe of basic Englishness

It’s no coincidence that one of the main thoroughfares in Liverpool is called Scotland Road. And no surprise that one descendent of the Mackintosh clan named Paul McCartney — whose ancestors started…

Patrick Stewart, Aaron Paul Star in Twitter Documentary

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Sir Patrick Stewart, Aaron Paul, Al Roker and some top ad and media execs star in a so-far-uncompleted documentary about Twitter that’s intended for ad industry luminaries gathering in Cannes, France, this year.

The trailer below outlines the overall theme of the doc, which makes a case that Twitter has brought a real-time focus to the media world. “Essentially the message is that the creative process is becoming faster and more open,” says Joel Lunefield, Twitter’s VP of global brand…

Patrick Stewart, Aaron Paul Star in Twitter Documentary

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Sir Patrick Stewart, Aaron Paul, Al Roker and some top ad and media execs star in a so-far-uncompleted documentary about Twitter that’s intended for ad industry luminaries gathering in Cannes, France, this year.

The trailer below outlines the overall theme of the doc, which makes a case that Twitter has brought a real-time focus to the media world. “Essentially the message is that the creative process is becoming faster and more open,” says Joel Lunefield, Twitter’s VP of global brand…

15 Saddest Snow Day Photos

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With the temperature dropping and your radiator clanking, you may find yourself crossing fingers for a snow day

Whether the the thought of a wintery wonderland excites or burdens you, reconsider the public declaration of feels when less than an inch of white stuff has fallen to the ground. Those are leaves, and you are confused about winter.

What’s sadder than these little Instagram flurries, is that in some places, it might actually…

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Ghost Cam+ App Will Scare Your Friends Silly This Halloween

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Even if you’re not great with ghost stories and costumes aren’t your cup of tea, you still may be able to scare a friend into spitting out his or her pumpkin spice latte this Halloween.

Ghost Cam+ is a mobile app that lets you customize one of the Internet’s oldest gags — the screaming ghost. Start by applying the app’s spooky filters and fonts to one of your pictures. Then, set the timer and hand the phone off to a friend, pretending to show the person your creation. When the timer…

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51 Ridiculous Keywords Google Won’t Let Me Track Anymore

zoe-dog-1This post originally appeared on Inbound Ecommerce, the ecommerce section of HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing blog.

It’s been a busy month for Google, the 50 billion pound gorilla of the search world.

Spotify’s New App Curates Comedy From Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K.

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In an effort to highlight the gems in its extensive comedy database, Spotify is joining forces with YouTube channel Official Comedy to launch an app that aggregates content into a comedy audio library.

The Spotify app features stand-up specials, such as Jerry Seinfeld‘s “I’m Telling You For The Last Time” and Aziz Ansari‘s “Dangerously Delicious,” as well as performances from world-class comics, including Louis C.K., Mike Birbiglia, George Carlin, Margaret Cho and Kevin Hart. Official Comedy…

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