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The most Googled Thanksgiving recipe in every state

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 01:19 PM PST

On Thanksgiving, people across the United States devour feasts that typically consist of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pie.

But Thanksgiving meals can also vary depending on where you live.

To get a better picture of Americans' favorite side dish recipes in each state, Business Insider consulted Google. Looking at search data from the past three years, Google's researchers found the most uniquely highly searched recipe that people in every state (plus Washington DC) Googled during November.

The researchers didn't look at the most popular dish for every state (which would've been pumpkin pie, pecan pie, and apple pie in all 50). Instead, they focused on the most distinct, and then found the recipes with the highest search volume for each state.

Check them out in the map below:
 BI Graphics_Most googled Thanksgiving receipe in each state (1)

SEE ALSO: 8 kitchen tools under $100 that will take the stress out of cooking Thanksgiving dinner

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HQ Trivia CEO apologizes for 'being a jerk' to a journalist and threatening to fire his star employee

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 01:14 PM PST

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  • The co-founder of Vine and current CEO of HQ Trivia went off at a Daily Beast reporter during a phone call for writing an unauthorized profile about the app's game show host, Scott Rogowsky.
  • HQ Trivia is a hot startup that offers a live trivia game show, where players compete for real money.
  • The CEO, Rus Yusupov, threatened to fire Rogowsky if the Daily Beast ran its profile, which revealed that Rogowsky's favorite salad chain is Sweetgreen.
  • The story ran and included details of Yusupov's reaction. The CEO ultimately apologized on Twitter.

 

The CEO of the mega-popular app HQ Trivia learned a lesson about public relations — and Sweetgreen salads — on Tuesday after going off on a Daily Beast reporter during a phone call.

Rus Yusupov, cofounder of HQ Trivia and the now defunct video streaming app Vine, recently threatened to fire his star employee and game show host, Scott Rogowsky, if the Daily Beast ran a lighthearted profile it had written about Rogowsky.

The full Daily Beast story is worth a read, but in short, Yusupov was upset that the Daily Beast reporter, Taylor Lorenz, interviewed the HQ Trivia host without his permission.

The CEO was particularly upset that Rogowsky said on the record that he was able to go outside and "order his favorite salad from Sweetgreen" without people noticing him. 

HQ TriviaThe Daily Beast reported that Yusupov shouted at Lorenz on the phone, saying, "He cannot say that! We do not have a brand deal with Sweetgreen! Under no circumstances can he say that."

In the wake of the odd phone call, Lorenz decided to change the focus of her story from Rogowsky's cult following to Yusupov's threat to fire the game show host if the profile was published.

So what happened to cause such a reaction? The heart of the issue appears to be Yusupov's fundamental misunderstanding about how journalism works, and what reporters are and aren't authorized to do when reporting on a subject.

"If you reached out to an Apple engineer and they gave you information about the new iPhone, would you run it? No, because you'd have to go through proper press channels," Yusupov is reported as having said in the phone call with Lorenz. The Apple example doesn't make much sense, of course, as details about the latest iPhone routinely leak out ahead of the device's unveiling, with many publications including The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg citing sources within Apple in their reporting.

Journalists also routinely go around corporate communication channels and report on unauthorized information. Business Insider, for example, did not request permission from HQ Trivia or The Daily Beast before writing this story. (We did, however reach out for comment. Neither company immediately responded to request for comment.)

At the end of the day, the Daily Beast got an even more exciting story about HQ Trivia than anticipated, and Yusupov got a crash course in how to handle being on the receiving end of unflattering press.

In the wake of the Daily Beast story going live, Yusupov put out a call on Twitter for "a good PR agent" and ended the day by apologizing to Lorenz through a picture of him and Rogowsky eating together at Sweetgreen. 

"Q: Who's a cliche, stressed out startup founder? A: me," Yusupov tweeted at Lorenz. "Sorry for being a jerk. Lunch some time?" 

(Disclosure: Lorenz has previously worked for Business Insider.)

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What happens when vegetarians eat meat for the first time

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 01:06 PM PST

This video was first posted in November 2016.

The human body is designed to consume both plants and animals. But, if a person has stopped eating meat for an extended time, what happens if inside their bodies after that first, juicy steak following a long period of only eating vegetarian foods?

First, eating meat is harder to digest because it’s fattier and has more protein. So, people eating meat for the first time after a while is going to feel full and bloated. But overall, our bodies are equipped to digest meat, so overall nothing serious is going to happen.

Dr. Lisa Ganjhu, an NYU Langone gastroenterologist, explains more about what happens when a vegetarian eats a steak for the first time.




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I revisited my 23andMe results that can now tell if you're at an increased risk of diseases — here's what I learned

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 01:01 PM PST

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Back in 2015, I decided to send my spit to 23andMe, the personal genetics company that sells direct-to-consumer tests.

The test gave me information on everything from how much DNA I share with our Neanderthal ancestors, to how much caffeine I likely consume, to whether or not I might have a unibrow. It also let me know if I'm carrying certain genetic variations related to diseases that could be passed on to kids.

In April, the FDA told 23andMe it could start providing genetic health risk reports, which reveal whether you have an increased risk of developing certain diseases, including Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. That version of the test is $199, while the ancestry test alone is $99

Here's what the new version is like:

SEE ALSO: Patient groups have a message for anyone thinking of taking 23andMe's new test

NEXT: I shipped my spit to a genetics company to have it tested, 23andMe style — here's what I found out

I first received my 23andMe test in 2015. Because I had already submitted my sample, I didn't have to repeat the process to get my genetic health risks reports in April 2017.



That meant I didn't have to re-submit a sample of my saliva, which was convenient. Spitting into the tube had taken me about 5 minutes the first time around.



Before I shipped my spit, I registered online. I also got to decide if I wanted to have my DNA used to research treatments for diseases. In the spirit of science, I decided to consent and sign the form.



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THE AI DISRUPTION BUNDLE: The guide to understanding how artificial intelligence is impacting the world (AMZN, AAPL, GOOGL)

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 12:10 PM PST

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This is a preview of a research report bundle from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

Artificial intelligence (AI) isn't a part of the future of technology. AI is the future of technology.

Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have even publicly debated whether or not that will turn out to be a good thing.

Voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa have become more and more prominent in our lives, and that will only increase as they learn more skills.

These voice assistants are set to explode as more devices powered by AI enter the market. Most of the major technology players have some sort of smart home hub, usually in the form of a smart speaker. These speakers, like the Amazon Echo or Apple HomePod, are capable of communicating with a majority of WiFi-enabled devices throughout the home.

While AI is having an enormous impact on individuals and the smart home, perhaps its largest impact can be felt in the e-commerce space. In the increasingly cluttered e-commerce space, personalization is one of the key differentiators retailers can turn towards to stand out to consumers. In fact, retailers that have implemented personalization strategies see sales gains of 6-10%, at a rate two to three times faster than other retailers, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group.

This can be accomplished by leveraging machine learning technology to sift through customer data to present the relevant information in front of that consumer as soon as they hit the page.

With hundreds of hours of research condensed into three in-depth reports, BI Intelligence is here to help get you caught up on what you need to know on how AI is disrupting your business or your life.

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AI in E-Commerce Report

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One of retailers' top priorities is to figure out how to gain an edge over Amazon. To do this, many retailers are attempting to differentiate themselves by creating highly curated experiences that combine the personal feel of in-store shopping with the convenience of online portals.

These personalized online experiences are powered by artificial intelligence (AI). This is the technology that enables e-commerce websites to recommend products uniquely suited to shoppers, and enables people to search for products using conversational language, or just images, as though they were interacting with a person.

Using AI to personalize the customer journey could be a huge value-add to retailers. Retailers that have implemented personalization strategies see sales gains of 6-10%, a rate two to three times faster than other retailers, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG). It could also boost profitability rates 59% in the wholesale and retail industries by 2035, according to Accenture.

This report illustrates the various applications of AI in retail and use case studies to show how this technology has benefited retailers. It assesses the challenges that retailers may face as they implement AI, specifically focusing on technical and organizational challenges. Finally, the report weighs the pros and cons of strategies retailers can take to successfully execute AI technologies in their organization.

The Smart Speaker Report

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Smart speakers — Amazon's Echo, for example — are the latest device category poised to take a chunk of our increasingly digital lives. These devices are made primarily for the home and execute a user's voice commands via an integrated digital assistant. These digital assistants can play music, answer questions, and control other devices within a user's home, among other things.

The central question for this new product category is not when they will take off, but which devices will rise to the top. To answer this question, BI Intelligence surveyed our leading-edge consumer panel, gathering exclusive data on Amazon's recently released Echo Show and Echo Look, as well as Apple's HomePod.

This report, which leverages BI Intelligence's proprietary data, analyzes the market potential of the Echo Look, Echo Show, and HomePod. Using exclusive survey data, we evaluate each device's potential for adoption based on four criteria: awareness, excitement, usefulness, and purchase intent. And we draw some inferences from our data about the direction the smart speaker market could take from here.

The Voice Assistant Landscape Report

Voice assistant landscapeAdvancements in a bevy of industries are helping intelligent digital voice assistants like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa become more sophisticated and useful pieces of technology.

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are allowing them to accurately understand more information, while upgrades to mobile networks are facilitating quick transfers of data to robust clouds, enabling fast response times. In addition, the swell of internet connected devices like smart thermostats and speakers is giving voice assistants more utility in a connected consumer's life.

Increasingly sophisticated voice assistants and the growing potential use cases they can assist in are driving consumers to adopt them in greater droves — 65% of US smartphone owners were employing voice assistants in 2015, up significantly from 30% just two years prior. Consumers are also eagerly adopting speaker-based voice assistants, with shipments of Google Home and Amazon Echo speakers expected to climb more than threefold to 24.5 million in 2017, according to a report from VoiceLabs.

However, there are still numerous barriers that need to be overcome before this product platform will see mass adoption, as both technological challenges and societal hurdles persist.

This report explains what's driving the recent upsurge in adoption of digital voice assistants. It explores the recent technology advancements that have catalyzed this growth, while presenting the technological shortcomings preventing voice assistants from hitting their true potential. This report also examines the voice assistant landscape, and discusses the leading voice assistants and the devices through which consumers interact with them. Finally, it identifies the major barriers to mass adoption, and the impact voice assistants could have in numerous industries once they cross that threshold.

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Watch how SpaceX salvages its $40 million rockets for reuse

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 12:05 PM PST

In just one year, SpaceX has made rocket landings routine. But we must not forget that this is a giant step toward reusable rockets and a new era of affordable space flight. Michael Wagner with USLaunchReport chronicles the historic return of many of these used rockets and posts them on the USLaunchReport's YouTube channelFollowing is a transcript of the video.

How SpaceX salvages $40 million rockets. 

Here's a sight you don't see every day. A 14-ton rocket dangling in mid-air. This is one of SpaceX's first stage Falcon 9 rockets. It launched out of Kennedy Space Center on Oct. 11.

This is what it looked like before launch. Space travel certainly takes a toll. The rocket is about 230 feet tall, a behemoth compared to the humans in charge of retrieving it.

Since its first successful rocket landing in Dec. 2015, SpaceX has performed 19 successful rocket landings. So far, SpaceX has relaunched two of its used rockets. 

It's unclear when, or if, this rocket will fly again. For now, it will join its sisters on SpaceX's Florida base.

 

 

 

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Tech firms are starting to speak up against the FCC's plan to kill net neutrality: 'We are disappointed' (FB, GOOG, TWTR)

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 12:00 PM PST

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  • Business Insider asked some of the biggest tech firms in the US about the FCC's plans to kill net neutrality.
  • Netflix, Facebook, Google and more are all speaking out in support of net neutrality, and against the FCC's plans.


The FCC is planning to kill net neutrality — and some tech companies are starting to speak out.

In December, the US telecoms regulator is planning to roll-back Obama-era rules that ensure net neutrality — the principle that all data must be treated equally, and companies can't charge for preferential access.

The plan is expected to pass, and if it does, it will mean ISPs and telecoms firms are able to charge companies for access to "fast lanes," or even block certain apps altogether.

Pro-net neutrality activists, who argue the principle creates a level playing-field online, are up in arms about the plan. And some tech companies are now speaking out in support of net neutrality as well, from Facebook to Netflix.

Business Insider reached out to some of the biggest tech firms in America today to ask for their reaction to the FCC's plan. Their initial responses are below, and we will continue to update this post as more come in.

Facebook: Net neutrality ensures 'the internet remains open for everyone'

In an emailed statement, Facebook's vice-president of US public policy Erin Egan said: "We are disappointed that the proposal announced today by the FCC fails to maintain the strong net neutrality protections that will ensure the internet remains open for everyone. We will work with all stakeholders committed to this principle."

Google: 'We are disappointed'

A Google spokesperson says: "The FCC's net neutrality rules are working well for consumers and we're disappointed in the proposal announced today."

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Netflix: 'We oppose the FCC's proposal'

In a tweet sent on Tuesday, video-streaming giant Netflix signaled its support of net neutrality and its opposition to the FCC's plans.

Says Netflix:

"Netflix supports strong #NetNeutrality. We oppose the FCC's proposal to roll back these core protections." In response to a Twitter using calling for it to take action, it added: "We've been supporting for years thru IA and Day to Save Net Neutrality with a banner on Netflix homepage for all users. More info in Q4 2016 earnings letter, as well. This current draft order hasn't been officially voted, so we're lodging our opposition publicly and loudly now."

The company did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for additional comment.

Reddit: Net neutrality is 'crucial to innovation'

The Reddit community is fiercely pro-net neutrality, and has been up in arms about the plans. Most of the top posts on the social news and community site right now are calls to arms, or highly critical messages targeting the FCC.

The company itself is also pro-net neutrality.

In a statement, a Reddit spokesperson said:

"Reddit is actively monitoring the FCC's proposed rule changes that could dismantle net neutrality as we know it. From farmers in South Dakota to musicians in Kentucky to small business owners in Utah, net neutrality is just as important to redditors as it is to Reddit and we will continue to advocate for and work constructively to maintain a free and open Internet. It is crucial to innovation and the health of our economy that small businesses have equal access to the internet, with winners and losers chosen by consumers, not ISPs."

Internet Association: The proposal 'defies the will of millions of Americans'

The Internet Association, an industry body whose members include Amazon, Dropbox, Ebay, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Spotify, Uber, and others, put out a statement on Tuesday criticising the plans. It said:

"Chairman Pai's proposal, if implemented, represents the end of net neutrality as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans who support the 2015 Open Internet Order. This proposal undoes nearly two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet.

"The 2015 Order created bright-line, enforceable net neutrality protections that guarantee consumers access to the entire internet and preserve competition online. This proposal fails to achieve any of these objectives. Consumers have little choice in their ISP, and service providers should not be allowed to use this gatekeeper position at the point of connection to discriminate against websites and apps.

"Internet Association and our members will continue our work to ensure net neutrality protections remain the law of the land."

Oracle: Declined to comment

Enterprise tech giant Oracle declined to comment when reached by email.

Salesforce: Reitereated the Internet Association's position

Salesforce, a member of the Internet Association, directed Business Insider to the industry body's statement when reached for comment.

Apple, Twitter, Cisco, and IBM did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment. We will update this story as we hear back.

SEE ALSO: If you want to see what America would be like if it ditched net neutrality, just look at Portugal

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THE MOBILE CARRIER LANDSCAPE: How AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint are overcoming slow user growth amid a fierce price war

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 11:10 AM PST

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This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

It hasn't been smooth sailing for telecoms in recent years. Native voice and messaging services, which once accounted for the vast majority of telecoms' subscriber revenue, are struggling to compete with over-the-top (OTT) apps, like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber — and they're losing.

A fierce and ongoing price war among the Big Four carriers is only compounding the pressure telecoms are facing. The consequent resurgence of unlimited data plans is straining carriers' networks, and revenues are suffering.

Nevertheless, telecoms are now better positioned than ever to play a bigger role in their subscribers' lives. Consumers spend more than half of their digital time on smartphones, compared with a third on PCs. This shift has effectively placed telecoms at the front door of consumers' digital experience.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we examine where the wireless industry stands as a result of the price war and uptick in data demand from consumers. We also look at how technological advancements and the adoption of new product lines could incentivize the next wave of revenue growth for telecoms. Finally, we explore potential barriers to carriers' growth, and examine which of the Big Four carriers are poised to lead the pack.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Native voice and messaging services, which once accounted for the vast majority of telecoms' subscriber revenue, are struggling to compete with over-the-top apps.
  • A fierce ongoing price war among the Big Four is only compounding the pressure telecoms are facing.
  • Still, consumers' growing dependence on smartphones and data means telecoms are now better positioned than ever to play a bigger role in their subscribers' lives.
  • As digital continues to reshape the wireless industry, telecoms are preparing for the next wave of disruption, including connected cars, augmented reality, and 5G.
  • Despite a plethora of opportunities, several existing and emerging threats could impede telecoms' growth and expansion efforts.

In full, the report:

  • Describes how the US wireless carrier is shaping up.
  • Explores the effect of the fierce pricing wars taking place, and the methods carriers are using to retain their subscribers.
  • Highlights the new technology carriers are using to drive growth and revenue. 
  • Looks at the potential barriers that could limit carriers' growth and examines who's best positioned to come out on top.

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This science-backed tip makes people eat less when they're stressed

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 10:09 AM PST

This video was first published in 2016.

It has happened to all of us — you get home from an exhausting day of work and eat all the junk food you see around: pizza, beer and chips. Why does the body crave for that, instead of a salad? Here is the simple solution to keep stress eating away. Following is a transcript of the video.

Do your stressful days end like this? You're not alone. Researchers studied eating habits of 125 people. They were working in an information-tech firm in China.

For 3 weeks, participants recorded daily: Work demands and stress, eating habits at dinner, sleep quality.

The results point to a simple way to kick bad eating habits, get a better night's rest. People who had a stressful workday often: chose unhealthy food for dinner, ate more food for dinner.

But that all changed if they slept well the night before. When workers slept better they often ate better the next day, despite still being stressed.

Why the change? It could be that great sleep helps us deal with stress better. Stress attacks our self-control. So, stress makes it harder to stick with personal goals like eating healthy.

The next time you're tempted to eat the day away think about treating yourself to a good night's sleep instead.

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How the billionaire founder of LinkedIn turned his dream of being a 'public intellectual' into a life as one of Silicon Valley's most prominent investors

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 10:07 AM PST

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  • Reid Hoffman is the billionaire cofounder of LinkedIn and an influential tech investor.
  • He has a masters in philosophy from Oxford and considers it useful to his approach to business.
  • His role as a prominent speaker and writer on entrepreneurship and careers is the result of a childhood ambition to be a "public intellectual."


The teenager who loved Dungeons and Dragons and philosophy is still a fundamental part of Reid Hoffman, one of the most influential people in Silicon Valley.

In an interview for Business Insider's podcast "Success! How I Did It," the billionaire founder of LinkedIn explained that the ability to strategize he honed playing complex board games and the intense analytical skills he acquired studying dense philosophical tracts are crucial to the way he approaches business, despite lacking a standard business education.

Hoffman took us through his remarkable and unusual path.

SEE ALSO: LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman reveals what it was like building PayPal with Elon Musk and Peter Thiel and what it takes to make a $26.2 billion company

Hoffman was born in Palo Alto, California, in 1957, and grew up in Berkeley. His parents were both lawyers and leftist activists.



Hoffman's babysitter introduced him to Dungeons and Dragons when he was 10, kicking off a new love of strategy and role-playing games. At 12, a game maker hired him for a one-time consulting role on a new game after he pointed out their last game's flaws.

"There's nothing obsessive like a kid," Hoffman told us, referring to his game-playing habit. "I spent literally days and days and days and days just doing that and that led me to a sense of strategy which was then, of course, very helpful when I later got to my entrepreneurial and business life."



He had what he now considers an early desire to be independent, and convinced his parents to send him to the progressive boarding school Putney, in Vermont. This wasn't like the Dead Poets Society — Hoffman learned blacksmithing, woodworking, and farming techniques in addition to his academic studies.

The Putney School's magazine The Putney Post interviewed several of Hoffman's classmates and teachers in 2009, and learned that Hoffman was an introspective kid who displayed his intelligence in class discussions.

While Hoffman was picked on for what teenagers would consider his love of "nerdy" things, he has only had good things to say as an adult about his time at Putney.

He said there was "a very pragmatic kind of 'work on solving the problem' versus 'being an expert within a discipline,'" at the school, and that he is grateful for learning that you could take "this kind of entrepreneurial focus on a personal life," instead of associating his future self with a single title like "product manager," "artist," or "lawyer."



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These are the best deals airlines are offering for Black Friday

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 10:00 AM PST

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  • While tech and clothing deals get much of the Black Friday publicity, many airlines will also be offering significant discounts.
  • They include $99 tickets from the US to Europe and $6.63 flights within Europe.
  • Some of the discounts will be active through Thanksgiving weekend.


Black Friday is almost here, which means that steep discounts will be available for just about any good or service you could think of. But while clothing and electronics retailers get much of the Black Friday publicity, don't forget about airlines, many of which will be offering tickets to some destinations at a fraction of their normal price.

Here's a round-up of some of the best deals airlines will be offering on Black Friday.

  • Icelandic airline WOW Air will sell one-way tickets from a handful of major US cities to European cities like London, Paris, and Amsterdam for $99 as part of its Purple Friday promotion.
  • Europe's Ryanair is selling European flights starting at $6.63. The airline will continue to offer new deals each day until Nov. 26. Here's the full list of Ryanair Black Friday deals.
  • Delta is selling discounted roundtrip flights to Ponta Delgada, Portugal, starting at $559 from Boston. The sale will continue until Nov. 28.
  • Southwest Airlines is discounting flight and hotel packages by $125 for domestic flights and $250 for international ones until Dec. 4.
  • Air China will allow travelers to save 15% on all round trips from the US to China from Nov. 24 to Nov. 27, according to Travel + Leisure.
  • Priceline is offering deals on hotels, rental cars, and flights from Nov. 22 through Nov. 24.

SEE ALSO: One of the best times to get travel deals all year happens the week after Thanksgiving

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Billionaire Facebook board member Peter Thiel has sold most of his remaining stake in Facebook (FB)

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 09:45 AM PST

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  • Peter Thiel has sold most of his Facebook shares.
  • The shares were sold as part of a pre-determined trading plan designed to protect company insiders from insider trading accusations.


Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel, Facebook's
 first institutional investor, has sold three-quarters of his remaining stake in the social network, according to a regulatory filing filed on Tuesday.

The sell was part of a pre-determined trading plan designed to protect company insiders from accusations of insider trading. Thiel, who has been a member of Facebook's board since 2005, now owns 59,913 Class A shares in the company after selling 160,805 shares for about $29 million.

Thiel sold roughly 20 million of his 26 million Facebook shares for $400 million following its stock market listing in 2012. He unloaded roughly $101 million worth of additional shares in May 2016. He initially invested $500,000 in Facebook in 2004.

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Facebook will let some of its users see if they interacted with Russian propaganda (FB)

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 09:31 AM PST

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  • Some Facebook users will be able to see which Russia-linked pages they interacted with on the social network.
  • Facebook still won't tell users whether the propaganda they saw was a paid ad or a post in their News Feed.
  • The move follows in the footsteps of Twitter.


Facebook said on Wednesday that it would let some of its users see whether they liked or followed pages belonging to Russia-linked operatives that sought to sow political divisiveness around the 2016 US presidential election.

A new page to be published on Facebook's help center by the end of the year will show whether some accounts interacted with the Russia-linked accounts, Facebook said in a blog post.

"This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy," Facebook said.

Roughly 150 million Facebook users saw posts shared by pages belonging to the Russian propaganda organization known as the Internet Research Agency, Facebook previously told US investigators.

While Facebook will show some users the affiliated pages they liked or followed, the company maintains that technical and privacy reasons keep it from showing whether such propaganda was shown as a paid ad or as a post in the News Feed.

Facebook's move to disclose more about such activity on its platform to users follows Twitter's announced plan to create a public hub that allows anyone to see all ads running on its platform and how they are targeted.

SEE ALSO: 18 political ads you may have seen on Facebook that were actually made by Russian trolls

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NOW WATCH: Vladimir Putin could secretly be one of the richest men in the world — an investigative reporter who spent 4 years in Russia explains

Barbara Corcoran says having brains without beauty isn't enough to get ahead

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 09:13 AM PST

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  • Barbara Corcoran is a real-estate mogul and an investor on the ABC series "Shark Tank."
  • She says business people should play up any advantage they have — even if that advantage is being attractive.
  • "I wore flashy bright-colored suits, short skirts, I had great legs. That was my best asset. I flaunted them, no doubt about it," she says.
  • Common sense and intelligence matter, she says, but you need something to help you stand out.
  • That point has caused some controversy and gotten her considerable media attention.


Barbara Corcoran knows how to make the most of things.

In the 1970s, she got into the real estate business with a $1,000 loan from her then-boyfriend. In 2001, she sold her own brokerage firm, The Corcoran Group, for $66 million.

On an episode of Business Insider's podcast, "Success! How I Did It," Corcoran told US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell that over the course of her career, she's taken every opportunity to stand out.

To make it in an industry traditionally dominated by men, she said, "I wore flashy bright-colored suits, short skirts, I had great legs. That was my best asset. I flaunted them, no doubt about it."

Corcoran told Shontell that the"dumb blonde" card — or the "dumb anything" card, for that matter — can come in handy. "People underestimate you," she said.

When asked if those are good strategies for women to use even in a Harvey Weinstein world, Corcoran replied, "of course" because "all marketing is good marketing."

She continued:

"Any opportunity you have to stand apart from the pack — which starts with you, if you're owning the company, you're the leader of the company, you're a billboard. As are your managers...So sure, I would do the same today.

"The great advantage I had — and still have, because I travel mostly in a man's world still — is just by being a woman I stand apart from the pack. I never saw it as a liability. I saw that as an advantage. Like, 'Look, I'm the only girl in the room.' They might not remember my name but they'll say, 'The girl in the room,' where they wouldn't say, 'One of the 50 boys in a room.' Right? So no, I think you just have to play up whatever you can to get positive attention, because attention brings business."

When Shontell then asked if "you can get ahead just by brains instead of beauty as a woman," Corcoran basically said no.

"I don't think anyone...Listen. Think about what a consumer has: They have ears, they have a mouth, they have a nose, and they have eyes," Corcoran replied.

"So you're asking, 'Can you get ahead trying to ignore the eyes of the consumer?' No. 'The eyes of the boss of the colleague?' No!"

Corcoran's point about standing out as a woman is controversial

Corcoran has been beating this drum for a while. In 2003, she published a book titled, "If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons in Your Pigtails."

In 2016, Corcoran remarked in a since-deleted tweet, "I find running a #business in a man's world to be a huge advantage. I wear bright colors, yank up my skirt + get attention." The tweet generated significant media attention — and controversy. Corcoran appeared on ABC's "Good Morning America" and defended her stance, adding:

"It is not an easy game to build a business. You have to be thinking all the time and using every bit of common sense and great intelligence to work in business. That's a given. But assuming you have five people with equal intelligence working equally hard, the person who knows to grab attention is going to be the one that gets noticed and gets put ahead."

To be an effective marketer and rise through the ranks, you have to use everything at your disposal, she said. "You're in a visual world," she told Shontell. You don't just have to look good, Corcoran says, you have to smell good too.

She continued:

"You have to use everything. You have to be well-spoken, communicate clearly so people aren't trying to figure out what the hell you're saying. You have to look good. You have to look the part. You even have to smell good — you can't go into work smelling bad — you're not going to get ahead on that one, right? So you've got all your barrels going. You know, you just have to use every advantage you can."

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The government proposed new rules that would let internet providers block apps and create fast lanes — read the full plan (VZ, CMCSA)

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 09:08 AM PST

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  • The Federal Communications Commission will vote December 14 on a new rule that would roll back net-neutrality regulations adopted in 2015.
  • The FCC released the full text of the order on Wednesday.
  • It proposes allowing internet service providers to create so-called fast lanes and block apps and services, as well as giving privacy oversight to the Federal Trade Commission.


The Federal Communications Commission, led by chairman Ajit Pai, on Wednesday released the final draft of a closely watched plan to reverse a net-neutrality policy barring internet service providers from blocking or slowing down web content.

Net neutrality is the concept that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what ISP is carrying it.

Pai's proposal, named the Restoring Internet Freedom order, would reverse a 2015 ruling that classifies ISPs as utilities — opposed by ISPs and supported by net-neutrality advocates, who say such policies encourage innovation.

The main difference from the current policy in Pai's proposed order is that broadband internet access would be classified under Title I of the Communications Act instead of under Title II — basically, ISPs would be "information services" instead of "public utilities."

This seemingly small change would allow ISPs like Comcast and Verizon to legally experiment with so-called fast lanes for internet traffic, in which they prioritize some apps and services over others. Theoretically, under these rules, an ISP could prioritize its own traffic or even block certain apps or services.

The order would also give significant additional authority to the Federal Trade Commission:

"Our balanced approach also restores the authority of the nation's most experienced cop on the privacy beat — the Federal Trade Commission — to police the privacy practices of Internet Service Providers."

Some FCC commissioners have said they will oppose the order.

The FCC will vote on the order at its meeting on December 14.

Read the entire order here »

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The TSA is testing out new scanners that could make airport security lines much faster

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 08:56 AM PST

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  • TSA is beginning to test new scanning machines that could speed up security lines.
  • The new scanners are similar to those used in hospitals, and they would give agents 3-D images of bags that would make it easier to distinguish dangerous items from harmless ones.
  • Test in European airports have indicated that security lines may be able to move at double their current speed if the new scanners are introduced



Going through airport security is often an unpleasant experience, and some of that has to do with the scanners used in American airports.

Since the scanners use x-ray technology, they can only take two-dimensional images of the bags that pass through them. This is why you have to separate your laptop from the rest of your carry-on bags: The 2-D images makes it difficult to distinguish explosives from harmless electronic devices when they're close to each other. 

But some airports in the United States are beginning to test scanners with computed tomography technology, according to Wired. These CT scanners are often used in hospitals, and they give the viewer 3-D images that make it much easier to distinguish and isolate the items in your bags. TSA agents would be able to rotate, zoom in or out, or change the colors or contrast on an object, which means you may not have to disassemble your bags again.

Tests in European airports have indicated that security lines may be able to move at double their current speed if the new scanners are introduced, but the biggest hurdle to widespread implementation is their price. One model, made by Analogic, costs $300,000, which is double the price of a standard x-ray scanner. American Airlines is planning to test the machines at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport before expanding the trials next year.

While we might have to wait a few years for speedy airport security, there's hope on the horizon.

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Apple's jaw-dropping 'spaceship' campus is open — take a look from above (AAPL)

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 08:48 AM PST

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It's been a long few years, but Apple's $5 billion campus, with its famous "spaceship" building, is finally finished — mostly.

Earlier this month, Apple started inviting people to the new visitor center at Apple Park, the building's only space open to the public, which serves coffee and sells exclusive Apple swag. Employees started moving into the new campus earlier this year, and the pace is expected to pick up in the coming months.

The campus certainly looks finished. Thousands of trees have been planted, paths have been paved, and the building's roof has been covered in solar panels. There's only a bit of landscaping work still going on near the campus gym.

Matthew Roberts, who has been diligently flying a drone over Apple Park for over a year to photograph it, has delivered the best look at the campus's finishing touches from the skies.

Take a look:

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Here's Apple Park — and the distinctive, circular "spaceship" building — in Cupertino, California.



This is a grand entrance to a big gathering area and cafe. Apple has rolled out the "green carpet" — grass.



Security checkpoints are already in use around the campus.



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Bill Gates' investment group spent $80 million to build a 'smart city' in the desert — and urban planners are divided

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 08:32 AM PST

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  • A subsidiary of Bill Gates' investment firm has committed $80 million toward building a "smart city" in Belmont, a parcel of land in Arizona.
  • Business Insider spoke with several urban planning experts who disagree on whether it is the ideal place for a "smart city."
  • They list Arizona's low land prices, autonomous vehicle-friendly policy, and population growth as advantages. Some argue the location's ongoing water crisis and distance from Phoenix pose challenges.

An investment firm with ties to Bill Gates may have plans to build a "smart city"  in the Arizona desert.

As the Arizona Republic reported earlier in November, Mt. Lemmon Holdings, a subsidiary of Gates' investment firm Cascade Investment LLC, bought land in southwestern Arizona for the construction of a 24,800-acre development consisting of residences; public schools; and office, commercial, and retail space.

Mt. Lemmon Holdings committed $80 million for the development, which will feature high-speed public wifi, self-driving cars, and high-tech manufacturing facilitiesaccording to Belmont Partners, which owns the property. The company declined to comment on other specifics about the project.

In recent years, the term "smart city" has evolved beyond high-speed internet and embedded sensors to include characteristics like high density, affordable housing, access to mass transit, climate resilience, and ample green space. Business Insider consulted several urban planners, artificial intelligence experts, and policy managers to get their takes on whether southwestern Arizona is the best place to build one.

They were torn.

Low land prices, a recent population boom, large solar energy potential, and autonomous vehicle-friendly policy

Belmont is a huge parcel of undeveloped land — nearly the size of Paris — on the outskirts of suburban Buckeye, Arizona. According to Business Real Estate Weekly of Arizona, Mt. Lemmon Holdings paid around $7,500 an acre for Belmont — a relatively cheap price for land close to a city.

buckeyeThe area's low land prices could translate to an affordable standard of living for future residents, according to Alexis Crow, an investment advisor at PricewaterhouseCoopers who focuses on geopolitics.

In the past two decades, Buckeye has experienced a population boom, growing from 6,000 to around 60,000 people today. Crow said Phoenix, Buckeye, and the surrounding area's population could grow even larger, perhaps aided by the migration of tech workers from places like San Francisco and Seattle.

"The run-up in prices is sending some families and millennials to move to cities with cheaper rent and housing prices, larger spaces, and nearby outdoor activities," she said, adding some could move to Belmont when it's developed.

Another advantage is Arizona's relaxed autonomous vehicle policy, which Belmont Partners hopes to use to its advantage. Waymo, Uber, General Motors, Ford, and Intel have all tested their vehicles in Arizona.

"Arizona has always marketed itself as a low-regulation state, most recently in the area of autonomous vehicles. That should accelerate developers [and tech companies] to carry out real-world pilot tests of new technologies by cutting out red tape," said Anthony Townsend, author of "Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia." 

To power charging stations for some of these cars — as well as traffic lights, homes, and office spaces — Crow said Belmont developers could look to Arizona's ample capacity for solar energy production.

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In a statement, Belmont Partners said it hopes to host 80,000 housing units on 24,900 acres of empty land. A city that size would call for many new development projects. Since Arizona has experienced few hurricanes, it should be easier to convince disaster-weary developers to give Belmont a try, according to Chris Jones, an Arizona-based urban planner from LVA Design Studio.

"After the latest set of hurricanes that hit Houston, Florida, and Puerto Rico, we have seen what happens to businesses when they have to completely shut down," he said.

However, Arizona's climate does pose several challenges.

The ongoing water crisis, a far distance from Phoenix, and the danger of becoming a "ready-made city"

Arizona is in the middle of an ongoing water crisis. Adding another city would likely strain the state's dwindling water resources even more, said Drew Beckwith, a policy manager at the water conservation nonprofit Western Resource Advocates.

Large parts of Arizona, California, and Nevada share a water supply from Lake Mead on the Colorado River. Since the mid-1990s, the lake's water levels have dropped an average of 12 feet annually, Beckwith said. 

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In a worst case scenario, up to 40% of the Colorado River could dry up by 2050, making parts of Arizona nearly uninhabitable, according to a 2017 study from Beckwith's team.

To legally build on Belmont, the developers would need to prove that the area has a 100-year assured water supply. Beckwith predicts this will be difficult.

A few other experts raised eyebrows at Belmont's location because of its 40-mile distance from Phoenix. They questioned why developers want to build a city from scratch, increasing the area's ever-expanding sprawl, instead of improving the existing infrastructure in Arizona's capital.

"Ready-made cities generally falter, because they lack a sense of place, authenticity, and distinctiveness. They are like an Epcot version of a city," said Tom Jones, founder of Smart City Consulting.

Arcosanti_western_halfBy its very nature, a "ready-made city" usually doesn't allow neighborhoods to grow organically, he added. 

Mitchell Joachim, an New York City-based urban designer, points to Arcosanti as an Arizona "ready-made neighborhood." Built in the 1970s, it hasn't lived up to the original vision of a city with self-sustaining agriculture, thousands of residents, and 100% renewable energy. Joachim is more optimistic about Belmont.

However, Brent Toderian, principal at Toderian Urbanworks and former Vancouver chief planner, sees the location as a red flag.

"At first, second, and third glance, there’s not much that’s smart about trying to land even more people on the deep suburban edge in the desert — with or without distractions like driverless cars. In a land-use sense, that’s trying to put high-tech make-up on an unsustainable pig," he said.

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11 insider facts most Black Friday workers know — and you probably don't

Posted: 22 Nov 2017 08:31 AM PST

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No one has more insider knowledge about Black Friday than the sales associates working that day.

To unearth 11 lesser-known facts about Black Friday, Business Insider surveyed more than 40 Black Friday workers.

Whether you want to know what's a terrible deal or how to not get duped, read on for the inside scoop:

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The mall doesn't open until its 'anchor stores' do

"Anchor stores such as Macy's, Nordstrom, and Target make the decision for the entire mall. The mall opens when they open, and those that don't comply are fined by the mall for every hour they stay closed. Some stores like Apple acknowledge this and happily pay those fines."



Black Friday sales are usually on older models and are often the same deal as last year

"Most of the bigger deals are actually outdated products. Yeah, you have your new tablets and phones, but those will be very limited in both how many there are and how much you can save. Most of the biggest and most tempting savings come from products that are at least a year old or more and they have to clear out the inventory in the warehouses."

According to a study from NerdWallet, 93% of stores offered customers at least one product for the exact same price in 2014 as in their 2013 Black Friday ad. 



These products would probably have gone on sale anyway

"New product lines come out a couple weeks after Black Friday, so those older items that are on sale on Black Friday would go on sale anyway."



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