Here's the $30 billion startup you've probably never heard of

China’s Meituan Dianping just became the world’s fourth-most valuable startup, reaching a $30 billion valuation that puts it ahead of high-fliers like Airbnb Inc. and Space X. Never heard of Meituan? You’re not alone. The Beijing-based company, led by Wang Xing, is almost unknown beyond its home country. It delivers food to people’s homes, sells groceries and movie tickets, provides reviews of restaurants, and markets discounts to consumers who buy in groups. It’s a sort…

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Streaming service VidAngel declares bankruptcy after losing legal battles with studios

 VidAngel, a streaming service that altered copyrighted works to edit out adult language, nudity and violence, has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the company announced on Wednesday. The Utah-based service had been sued by major studios, including Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Disney, and others, who said VidAngel was operating as an unlicensed streaming service, and was offering films to… Read More

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Elon Musk is naming his new Boring machine after a verse from a great American poet

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Ghostwatch, the greatest TV Halloween hoax of all time

When I was a kid, home alone in 1993, I turned on the TV to find one of those live call-in shows. “Ghostwatch” was presented as light-hearted Halloween fun from the BBC, jumping between phone calls from the public, panel discussion and an on-location “real life” paranormal investigation. In the studio was the trusted greybeard and sceptic Michael Parkinson, talking to an expert on the paranormal. In the house, engaging with a mother and two…

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Flickr exits the photo book business, shuts down wall art orders

 Flickr, the once Yahoo-owned photo-sharing site that’s now a part of Verizon*, is getting out of the photo book printing business, and is shutting down the feature that allowed users to turn photos into professional-quality wall art. In an email sent to users this week, Flickr said that it was turning over photo books to publishing service Blurb as of October 16, 2017, but the wall… Read More

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Get this two-in-one charging stand at 75% off

Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. Attention screen addicts: keep all of your devices close by, even when they’re charging. This universal charging stand can easily accommodate your smart devices all at once, and you can pick it up right now for up to 75% off. This aluminum desktop stand can fit any of your smartphones, whether you’re an Apple fanatic or you’re rocking…

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Boeing invests in company building autonomous aircraft

 Boeing’s HorizonX venture arm has invested in Near Earth Autonomy, a Carnegie Mellon spin-out company that focuses on building autonomous aircraft systems for things including site inspection, defence and potentially automated cargo delivery and personal transportation systems – i.e., flying taxis. Near Earth Autonomy is led by CEO and co-founder Sanjiv Singh, along with his… Read More

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Cisco’s buying machine learning startup Perspica and folding team into AppDynamics

 Cisco announced today that it intends to acquire Perspica, a machine learning-driven operations analytics firm that has raised $8.5 million. Cisco intends to fold Perspica’s team into AppDynamics, the company it purchased earlier this year for $3.7 billion. Cisco did not share the Perspica purchase price. All of these machinations have a purpose. Cisco is of course at its heart a… Read More

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Some thoughts on whether intelligence is linked to anxiety and depression

In High intelligence: A risk factor for psychological and physiological overexcitabilities, a group of academic and industry neuroscientists survey a self-selected group of 3,715 MENSA members about their mental health history and find a correlation between high IQ and clinical anxiety and depression disorders, an effect they attribute to “overexitabilities” — “the same heightened awareness that inspires an intellectually gifted artist to create can also potentially drive that same individual to withdraw into a deep…

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