Walmart's making another big bet on e-commerce, agreeing on Wednesday to shell out $16 billion for a majority of India's Flipkart.Flipkart -- which sells electronics, large appliances, mobile phones, apparel and more -- has the largest e-commerce players locally since its launch in 2007, with local rivals like Snapdeal helping draw more customers into online shopping.The deal for 77 percent of Flipkart gives Walmart, the biggest retailer in the world, a front-row seat to the rapidly growing e-commerce market in India, the second most-populous country in the world. It's also a new battlefront against Amazon, which has been pouring billions of dollars in investment into India to grow there since it opened an India site in 2013. Amazon reportedly made a rival bid for Flipkart, but Walmart beat it to the punch."India is one of the most attractive retail markets in the world, given its size and growth rate, and our investment is an opportunity to partner with the company that is … [Read more...] about Walmart snags majority of India’s Flipkart for $16 billion
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The Battle of Winterfell was extremely dark, bloody, cold and full of dead guys with really poor dental hygiene. Some of our favorite Game of Thrones characters died, some rose from the dead to terrorize the living and others barely scraped through with a last-minute assist from friends. We've recapped all the big moments of the episode, and now we've tracked through, frame-by-grimy-dark-frame, to count up all the kills and deaths we could. How many wights were dispatched by major characters? How much time did they spend in battle? Who killed who, and who was the most efficient warrior? There were some clear victors -- likely to become the subject of sing-alongs in Westeros for years to come -- and there were some unexpected losers. What follows is our Battle of Winterfell box score, a breakdown of TV and film's longest (and darkest) battle in history as if it was a major sporting event with a suite of analysts and data guys. Now playing: Watch this: Game of … [Read more...] about Game of Thrones stats: Who was Battle of Winterfell MVP?
Think deeply about your ship's name, you could be putting your life at risk by changing it after the fact. Stewart Sutton/Thinkstock Superstitions abound in all cultures, but you probably won't encounter a more superstitious group of people than sailors. Why is this? Most psychologists believe that superstitions evolve from feeling a lack of control. Writer and psychology professor Stuart Vyse states that, "When something important is at stake yet the outcome is uncertain, then superstitions are likely to be used to fill the gap and make us feel more confident" [source: Lallanilla]. Because so much about taking a boat or ship out on the water relies on things beyond our control -- the weather, the state of the ocean, the mechanics of the vessel -- sailors have a lot to worry about. It makes sense, then, that so many superstitions revolve around sailing, boating and fishing. Just a few examples of these long-held beliefs include: Whistling on a boat is bad luck.Bringing bananas … [Read more...] about Why is it bad luck to change the name of a ship?
Yesterday, after Serena Williams defended her opponent, Naomi Osaka, against a torrent of boos following Osaka’s controversial win, Dictionary.com used the moment to exemplify “grace” on its Twitter account. Well, if the dictionary wanted to define the phrase “adding insult to injury,” it could certainly use the U.S. Tennis’ Association’s decision to fine Williams $17,000 for three code violations as an example. As the Associated Press reports, the tournament referee’s office penalized Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who doled out penalties to Williams for allegedly receiving coaching and for breaking her racket. The coaching charge cost Williams an additional $4,000; breaking her racket, another $3,000. The fines are themselves just a dent in Williams’ second-place purse, which totals $1.85 million. But the circumstances of those penalties give them extra weight. The first, the charge … [Read more...] about Of Course, Serena Williams Was Fined $17,000. Of Course.
“Rosa,” the first historical story of the season, made me cry about the heroism of a real-life woman. “Demons Of The Punjab,” the season’s second historical episode, made me cry about the humanistic mission of a fictional alien race. It’s a quintessentially Doctor Who idea that after suffering the unimaginable loss of their planet and their people, the Vajarians decided to give up their own blood-thirst and ensure that no deaths ever went unwitnessed and unhonored again. It’s also an idea that helps provide a sense of comfort and peace to a gutwrenching episode with no real happy ending. Like “Rosa,” “Demons Of The Punjab” is an episode in which the Doctor and her TARDIS team witness history unfold more so than actively shape it. Even more than a companion to “Rosa,” however, it feels like a spiritual sequel to the show’s iconic first season episode “Father’s Day.” In that one, Rose … [Read more...] about delivers a moving history lesson about the Partition of India