- Business Insider 01:13January 20, 2020Virginia wants to prevent another 'Unite the Right' at an MLK Day gun rally that set off a state of emergencyREUTERS/Michael A. McCoy An annual gun-rights rally is expected to take place Monday morning in Richmond, Virginia, on MLK Day.
There are growing fears about the potential of violence at the event, causing Gov. Richard Northam to temporarily ban firearms from the State Capitol building and declare a state of emergency.
Both houses of the Virginia legislature were taken by Democrats in 2019, prompting new efforts in the state to enact stricter gun laws.
Three arrests have already been made ahead of the rally on Monday.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. An annual gun-rights rally is scheduled to occur Monday, though the lead up to the rally organized by a Virginia gun-rights group has already caused a stir. From arrests made by the FBI, to the groups that say they plan to attend the rally, here is what we know so far.The rally was organized by The Virginia Citizens Defense League, which puts on the rally every year as part of their annual lobbying day.
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The rally is organized yearly by The Virginia Citizens Defense League. The group says the event – known as VCDL lobby day – is its most important event of the year. The organizers say they will meet outside the Virginia State Capitol between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. Monday in order to go inside the building to lobby legislators.
The rally portion of the event will begin at 11:00 a.m., according to the VCDL.
While the rally occurs every year, there is particular interest in this year's rally could be more contentious because Democrats took control of both the Virginia House and Senate this year.
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Democrats are now in power in Virginia, which has some gun-rights advocates worried. The state has had a Democrat at the helm since 2014, with current Gov. Ralph Northam taking over from fellow Democrat Terry McAuliffe after Northam was elected in 2017.
Virginia Democrats took control of both houses in the state legislature – the Senate and the House of Delegates – following the November 2019 election. Democrats won 21 of 40 seats in the state Senate, taking control from Republicans. Democrats also won a 54-43 majority in the House of Delegates, also taking control from state Republicans, per The Washington Post.
Per The Post report, the 2019 election results mean Democrats have the power in the state for the first time in 26 years.
The Virginia state legislature has put forth gun-reform legislation that has worried gun-rights advocates.
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Three gun-control bills have recently passed the Virginia Senate, according to WTKR. SB 35 would allow any locality to prohibit the carrying of firearms or ammunition during permitted events or any other events that would require a permit.
SB 69 would prohibit individuals who aren't firearms dealers from purchasing more than one handgun each month – though there are exceptions made to the proposal, including to law enforcement officers, people who work for private security companies, individuals who have a concealed-carry handgun permit, and other special circumstances so long as an individual has based a background check by the Virginia State Police, WTKR reported.
SB 70 would require background checks for any firearm transfer. There are some exemptions to this bill, including one that allows trades between family members without a background check. SB 35 and 69 passed the Senate along party lines, WTKR noted, while SB 70 had support from all state Democrats and two Republicans. The bills must now be considered by the House of Delegates before Northam could sign them into law.
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- Business Insider 23:53January 19, 2020Target employees share the 16 most ridiculous returns they've seen customers make (TGT)Getty/Scott Olson Target's return policy allows for most unopened items to be exchanged or refunded within 90 days.
A total of 37 Target team members spoke to Business Insider about the strangest returns they've ever seen.
Employees reported seeing people attempt to return everything from shirts from Walmart to $400 in Christmas decorations.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Target's return policy covers most unopened items for 90 days.
"Most unopened items sold by Target in new condition and returned within 90 days will receive a refund or exchange," the retail chain's website reads.
The store's policy also notes that some items have a "modified return policy." You can check if a product has such a policy on the receipt or packing slip. Damaged or opened items can be "denied a refund or exchange."
But that doesn't stop some Target shoppers from attempting to abuse the policy.
Business Insider corresponded with 37 Target employees to get a sense of the strangest things they've witnessed customers return — or attempt to return. One employee from California said that, while they don't work in returns, they "admire" the team members who do.
"That is a very tough position," the employee told Business Insider.
It sounds like they've seen a lot — from an opened box of condoms to a U-Haul's worth of lawn set items.
Here's what the Target team members had to say:An entire lawn set
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"Someone ordered an entire lawn set online and brought it in on a U-Haul to return it," a Target employee of two years told Business Insider. "We had to use around 10 carts to bring it in."
A bag of unopened chips
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A Target employee of one year told Business Insider that the chips were supposed to be served at a party, but went unopened.
"I did not know at the time that food returns get tossed," the employee told Business Insider.
A single banana
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A Target team member of one year told Business Insider that they had witnessed a customer make this return.
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- Business Insider 19:30January 19, 202010 wedding trends that should never come back, according to expertsMaskot/Getty Images Wedding planners and decorators support engaged couples as they plan their dream weddings, but that doesn't mean they like everything their clients choose.
Insider talked to three experts about the wedding trends they hate: Leah Weinberg, the owner and creative director of Color Pop Events; Daniela Grafman, the chief amazement officer and partner for Vision Event Co.; and Josh Spiegel, Birch Event Design's president and creative director.
The experts told Insider they disliked neutral color palettes, mismatched table settings, and things couples only do for social-media likes, such as sparkler exits or champagne toasts while you're getting ready for the event.
All three experts also warned against getting caught up with trends, as they're typically fleeting.
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"I have to say that the white, blush, and greenery trend has not been my favorite," Leah Weinberg, the owner and creative director of Color Pop Events, told Insider.
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"That's not to say that I won't or can't plan a wedding with a more subtle color palette," Weinberg said. "I can plan anything regardless of what it looks like."
"But I get really jazzed up when a couple comes to me with ideas for using a lot of color at their wedding."
Daniela Grafman, the chief amazement officer and partner for Vision Event Co., said her least favorite wedding trend is "any kind that has to do with an expectation of what's supposed to happen because of social media."
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"The pressures or expectations that are set by social media around things that everyone thinks that you're supposed to do is kind of spiraling into being stressful," said Grafman.
She pointed to forcing bridal parties to get ready really early for champagne toast photos or grooms who feel like they have to drink their entire wedding day because of what they see in photos.
"Your wedding will be amazing regardless of if you have the most Instagrammable moment," she said.
Josh Spiegel, Birch Event Design's president and creative director, pointed to "flowers arranged to create an ombré effect" as a trend he doesn't care for.
"It pictures well and looks great on Pinterest, but you can't see the effect in person enough to warrant the time and effort," said Spiegel.
"Plus, it's often not done very well," he added.
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- Business Insider 19:00January 19, 2020The 10 NYC neighborhoods where home prices increased the most over the past decade, rankedjumis/Shutterstock A recent report by real estate listing platform StreetEasy, reveals the 10 neighborhoods in New York City where median recorded sales prices increased the most over the past decade.
According to the report, in November 2019, the city's median recorded sales price fell just below $670,000 which is 49% higher than 2010's median recorded sales price of $450,000.
Of the neighborhoods that made StreetEasy's list, eight of them are located in Brooklyn.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. New York city's real estate market has grown increasingly expensive over the past decade.
In fact, in November 2019, the city's median recorded sales price reached just below $670,000 which is 49% higher than 2010's median recorded sales price of $450,000.
A recent report by real estate listing platform StreetEasy, reveals the 10 neighborhoods in New York City where median recorded sales prices increased the most from 2010 to 2019. Those increases range from just above 100% to over 200%.
Eight of the neighborhoods on the list are located in Brooklyn which is no surprise considering the borough's popularity — and by extension, its price tags — have increased astronomically since the 1940s.
The only two non-Brooklyn neighborhoods to make the list are the Lower East Side, which saw a 168% increase in its median recorded sales price, and Gramercy Park, which saw a 109% increase in its median recorded sales price.
Keep reading for StreetEasy's full list of neighborhoods. 10. From 2010 to 2019, the median recorded sales price in Williamsburg increased 107%
Median recorded sales price in 2010: $834,115
Median recorded sales price in 2019: $2,591,446
9. From 2010 to 2019, the median recorded sales price in Gramercy Park increased 109%
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Median recorded sales price in 2010: $694,500
Median recorded sales price in 2019: $1,450,000
8. From 2010 to 2019, the median recorded sales price in Prospect Heights increased 110%
Median recorded sales price in 2010: $535,791
Median recorded sales price in 2019: $1,125,000
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- Business Insider 17:46January 19, 2020As thousands of people evacuate, we visited the ghost town at the foot of the erupting volcano in the PhilippinesPeter Müller Warnings of another volcanic eruption in the Philippines are forcing thousands more people to abandon their homes.
BILD had exclusive access to some villages bordering the volcano that are now beginning to resemble ghost towns. Abandoned shops and layers of grey ash is all that remains.
While most families are desperate to leave, waiting to be picked up by authorities, others have chosen to stay to look after their homes and pets.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Last Sunday afternoon, the Taal Volcano in the Philippines erupted, spewing out ash and smoke that left thousands of people with no choice but to abandon their homes.
Since then, authorities have warned of an even larger eruption and micro-earthquakes, closing down high-risk areas in the surrounding vicinity and asking people to evacuate immediately.
The danger zone extends 10 miles from the crater of the Taal volcano to the surrounding mainland. Military, emergency services, and police are working around the clock. Meanwhile, people are clearing out and what was once a lively area is now starting to resemble a ghost town — abandoned and covered in grey ash.
BILD had access to a few sites bordering the volcano, interviewing people who are desperately waiting to be evacuated and others, who have decided to stay and wait out the aftermath. The erupting Taal volcano, just 37 miles away from the capital, Manila, remains a life-threatening danger to residents in surrounding towns.
The structure of the volcano is very complicated. Located on an island called Luzon in the province of Batangas, the Taal volcano is filled with a large lake. New data collected this week revealed that the inner lake has now almost completely disappeared following the explosive eruption.
Jennie Atienza, who has been waiting to be picked up by authorities since Monday, has almost lost all hope. The 36-year-old has been waiting with her family in Cultihan, a village bordering the volcano.
The mother of two told BILD: "We are really desperate. We have been waiting with our packed bags until late every evening and nobody has picked us up. Every time we have to go back to the house with our packed bags. We are afraid."
Atienza's neighbor, Billy Jeff Barce, has also been standing on the side of the road daily, waiting to be picked up by rescue teams.
He has chosen to leave all his belongings behind, except for a mattress that he has been carrying under his arm.
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- Business Insider 17:43January 19, 2020This Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was turned into a tiny home on wheels using wood from a 300-year-old Redwood tree — see insideAdvanture Camper van conversion company Advanture Company created the Redwood King, a tiny home on wheels built on a 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
The interior of the van has cabinets and countertops made of real Redwood tree wood that was 300-years-old before it was harvested.
The van conversion was done for a Bay Area resident who wanted to curtail the area's high living costs.
Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Camper van conversion company Advanture Company created a tiny home on wheels named "Redwood King" built on a 2015 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van with a 144-inch wheelbase and a high top.
The company, founded in 2016, created the Redwood King as its first-ever build for co-founder Brandon Nelson, who wanted to find an alternative home to offset the Bay Area's expensive living prices. The tiny home mitigated the high costs and is equipped with all-terrain tires, allowing the van and its owner to travel around the country.
The Redwood King has a unique feature: the interior is adorned with real Redwood tree wood that was 300-years-old before it was harvested, according to its maker. This unique wood detailing can be seen all throughout the campervan.
The base build of Advanture's camper vans start at $36,000 and includes an interior package, LED lights, a wheel hub box covers, a bed set up, color options, and a roof ventilation system. Any upgrades, such as heating and showering options, will cost more. Advanture normally takes three months to complete the builds.
Keep scrolling to see more of the Redwood King and it's sleek interior:"I got a van initially so I could mitigate the cost of living in the Bay Area," Brandon Nelson said in a video with Van Talk.
He originally gutted the van and only had a mattress inside while utilizing his former office's amenities for general living needs, such as food and showering, prior to fully converting the van, Nelson said in a YouTube video with Van Talk.
Nelson now does video editing on the road.
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- Business Insider 17:39January 19, 2020This is what the average Walmart shopper looks likeREUTERS/Rick Wilking Walmart is the biggest retailer in the US — and the world — and attracts millions of shoppers to its stores each year.
With this in mind, Business Insider decided to look at what its average American shopper looks like. We used data gathered from Kantar Retail's ShopperScape, a monthly survey that polls 3,000 US shoppers on their shopping habits.
The data showed that the average Walmart shopper is a 46-year-old white woman with an annual household income of $76,000.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Walmart is the world's biggest retailer with more than 11,300 stores in 27 countries across the world.
There are over 5,700 Walmart stores in the US alone, attracting millions of shoppers each year. With this in mind, we decided to find out more about who's shopping at Walmart and how these consumers compare to those who shop at some of its biggest rivals, namely Target, Costco, Kroger, and Amazon.
To do so, we gathered data from Kantar Retail's ShopperScape, a monthly survey that polls 3,000 US consumers on their shopping habits. The data covers in-store and online shoppers who were surveyed between January and November 2019.
Find out more about these consumers' demographics below:The results show that the average American Walmart shopper is 46 years old and white and has an annual household income of just over $76,000. By comparison, Amazon's average customer is also 46 years old and white and has an annual household income of $84,000.
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Of the five retailers included in this sampling, Target had the youngest average customer of all. In fact, 43% of its shoppers were millennials, a larger pool than any of its competitors included in the data.
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When it comes to gender, the majority across most of these stores were women. Costco was the only anomaly here.
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- Business Insider 17:29January 19, 2020Prince Harry and Meghan Markle want to be 'financially independent.' Here are 6 other royals who have forged their own careers.Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool/AFP via Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced in a January 2019 Instagram post that they would take a "step back" from the royal family, with plans to become financially independent while still supporting the Queen.
On Saturday, Buckingham Palace released a statement announcing the couple would step back entirely from royal duties, pay back funds the couple used to renovate their UK home, and end the use of their royal titles.
"While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty," the palace said.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote that "they value the ability to earn a professional income" on their website, which they were not allowed to do when serving as "senior" members of the royal family.
As the couple points out on their website, they aren't the first members of the royal family to forge their own careers.
Princess Beatrice works in business, while her sister Princess Eugenie has a job in the art world.
There is no word yet on how the Duke and Duchess of Sussex plan to make money, though you can read more about their new phase of life on their website.
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Part of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to "step back" from the royal family comes from a desire to make their own money, according to a question-and-answer page on their website.
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The duke and duchess' official website states that "they value the ability to earn a professional income."
"Senior" members of the royal family are not allowed to make their own money, so the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will now become "royal with financial independence."
The website also states that they "feel this new approach will enable them to continue to carry out their duties for Her Majesty The Queen, while having the future financial autonomy to work externally."
It's unclear how the couple will make money going forward, but the question-and-answer page on their site points out that they aren't the first members of the royal family to potentially have their own careers.
Peter Phillips, the Queen's eldest grandson, owns a sports management company.
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Phillips is the managing director of Sports & Entertainment Limited, which specializes in events and sponsorships according to its website.
Phillips was born without a title, as his mother Princess Anne "rejected an offer from the Queen of titles which would have enabled their children to be born into the peerage," according to the BBC.
That made Phillips the first royal baby to be born a commoner in 500 years.
Princess Beatrice, who is ninth in line for the throne, works in business.
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Princess Beatrice "works full time in business" according to her father, The Duke of York's, website. She is the Queen's granddaughter.
The princess is ninth in line for the throne, as well as the second woman in the line of succession, just behind Princess Charlotte.
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- Business Insider 17:22January 19, 2020From German chocolate cake to chili con queso, here are 15 foods you think are from other countries but are actually AmericanCrystal Cox/Business Insider American food is a hodge-podge of what immigrants brought to the country.
But there are also many foods that some may think of as foreign but that were actually invented on American soil.
From fortune cookies to spaghetti and meatballs, here are 15 foods you might think are from other countries but are actually American.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. What makes a food "American"?
Unlike people, food can't undergo a citizenship test. Plenty of cuisines have been adapted from other cultures in order to appeal to American palates. And in fact, most American foods that are commonly eaten today have foreign origins, by virtue of America being a country of immigrants.
But there are also quite a few dishes commonly regarded as "foreign" that were actually invented in America. Here are 15 of the most famous ones:Fortune cookies
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Long associated with American Chinese food, the fortune cookie was actually invented in San Francisco by Japanese American baker Suyeichi Okamura. According to the National Museum of American History, Okamura was the sole supplier of the fortune cookie to the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park until all Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps. As a result, Chinese businesspeople took up production of the cookie and started selling it in Chinese restaurants.
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Crunchy, sticky, sour, sweet — orange chicken is one of the most addictive Chinese American foods out there. But it doesn't have much to do with China. The iconic chicken dish was actually invented in Hawaii in 1987 by Panda Express chef Andy Kao, who was classically trained in French cuisine.
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While the winning combination of sugar and soy sauce has long been used in many Asian cuisines, what most Americans know as "chicken teriyaki" was first sold in 1976 in Seattle, by Toshihiro Kasahara. The signature sauced-up, grilled-to-a-crisp chicken recipe was developed by Kasahara, who said, "I wish I could say it was from my ancestors."
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- Business Insider 17:09January 19, 2020Prince Harry and Meghan Markle plan to become 'financially independent,' but they're already worth about $30 million — and none of that money belongs to the crownChris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle first announced their plans to withdraw from "senior" royal duties and "to become financially independent" on January 8.
On Saturday, a statement from the palace said that Harry and Meghan came to an agreement with the Queen about their new, independent role in the royal family, in which they'll no longer use their royal titles, nor receive public funding starting in the spring.
This means they will no longer receive money from the crown through the "sovereign grant" and they will both be eligible to earn a professional income.
When the couple got married in 2018, however, they forewent a prenuptial agreement and merged their finances, which totaled a collective $30 million.
Prince Harry's net worth is at least $25 million, which is made up of an inheritance from Princess Diana and an annual allowance from Prince Charles.
Markle, a former TV actress, has a net worth around $5 million.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced in a statement released by Buckingham Palace that they came to an agreement with the Queen, in which they will completely step back from their royal duties, will no longer use their royal titles, and will stop receiving public funding starting in the spring.
The announcement comes almost two weeks after Harry and Meghan initially shared the news on their official website and via Instagram that they would plan to "step back" from the royal family and work to become "financially independent."
The palace's most recent announcement about Harry and Meghan read: "While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty."
In addition, Meghan and Harry will no longer receive money from the "sovereign grant" provided by the treasury and they will be free to work professionally. According to Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English, Meghan and Harry are expected to still receive funds from the Duchy of Cornwall, a private fund managed by Prince Charles, which amounts to $2.5 million (£2.3 million) a year.
They also plan to pay back the sovereign grant for the $3 million, taxpayer-funded renovation of Frogmore Cottage, which will still be their UK family home even as they move into the new role in the spring, according to the statement.
So, their lifestyle will effectively no longer be maintained by the crown — but that doesn't mean they don't already have financing separate from it.
Before marrying Prince Harry, Markle was earning close to half a million dollars a year starring in the USA Network drama "Suits," plus a five-figure income from endorsement deals and sponsorships. Money.com reported in 2018 that her total net worth was estimated to be $5 million.
Their combined net worth, however, is more than five times that. Prince Harry's net worth is at least $25 million (£19 million) and as much as $40 million (£30 million), according to 2018 estimates from Money.com.
Here's where all that money comes from.Along with Prince William and Kate Middleton, Harry receives an annual seven-figure allowance from his father, heir to the throne Prince Charles, which is used to cover expenses like travel and wardrobe.
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Between April 2016 and March 2017, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Harry split nearly $5 million (£3.5 million) in allowance from their father, according to an annual review released by Clarence House.
Prince Charles derives that money, in part, from a private estate called the Duchy of Cornwall, which has funded the royal family's public and private lives for nearly 700 years.
The majority of the British monarchy's wealth comes from inherited lands and investments. The Duchy of Cornwall, specifically, provided a total of $28.8 million (£22 million), including Harry and William's allowance, to Prince Charles and his wife Camilla between 2016 and 2017.
Since age 21, Harry and William have also been receiving a $450,000 a year investment profit from Princess Diana's estate, which they pay taxes on to the UK government.
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They received a sizeable inheritance from their late mother estimated to be around $10 million each, which each prince gained access to on his 30th birthday.
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- Business Insider 17:07January 19, 2020Police robots keep malfunctioning, with mishaps ranging from running over a toddler's foot to ignoring people in distressGene Kim Security robots are being gradually adopted by some police departments and private companies, but there have been some recent hiccups.
The robots are autonomous and are designed to patrol property and respond to perceived threats.
Some robots, however, have been thwarted by obstacles like mall fountains, narrow sidewalks, and errant toddlers.
Knightscope, one of the most popular companies making security robots, has maintained that the mishaps are outliers.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Police robots are now a reality in some corners of the world — but we're still a far cry from high-octane RoboCops patrolling the streets.
As some police departments and private companies have begun to experiment with security robots built for surveillance, the robots have repeatedly hit obstacles (or, in some cases, fallen into them).
The most prominent security robot maker is Knightscope, which sells a fleet of egg-shaped robots that are already patrolling the streets of Silicon Valley.
Knightscope has more than 50 robots deployed across the US, which it rents out for $7 an hour. The robots cost about $60,000-$70,000 per year to lease, which is comparable to a police officer's annual salary. Knightscope has raised over $46 million in funding, according to Crunchbase.
Knightscope's robots use artificial intelligence, cameras, GPS, lasers, and thermal sensors to monitor their surroundings and report disturbances. The company drew backlash in 2017, when a San Francisco animal rights group deployed Knightscope robots to block homeless people from sleeping outside its headquarters.
Controversy aside, there have been multiple reports of Knightscope robots being incapacitated by obstacles like a mall fountain, malfunctioning by running over a toddler, and ignoring a woman's calls for help.
Knightscope did not immediately respond to a request for comment for this story. In the past, the company has maintained that malfunctions like those are outliers, or stemmed from unique circumstances surrounding how private companies were piloting the use of security robots.
Here's a rundown of high-profile security-robot snafus from recent years.In October 2019, a police robot reportedly ignored a woman who was trying to report an emergency, instead telling her to 'step out of the way.'
The robot was being used by the police department of Huntington, California, and was labeled with "POLICE" on its body.
But when a woman attempted to report a fight that broke out in a public park by pressing the emergency alert button on the front of the robot, it didn't do anything other than tell her to "step out of the way," according to NBC News.
After making several attempts to get the robot to summon police officers to no avail, the Huntington woman dialed 911 on her phone, according to the report.
As the fight in the park wore on, the robot reportedly continued to roll down the sidewalk, playing a whimsical tune from its speakers and intermittently saying, "please keep the park clean."
Huntington's police chief told NBC News that the robot was still being tested by the department at the time, and that its emergency button was calibrated to call Knightscope's headquarters rather than 911.
A security robot rolled into a fountain in a Washington, DC office building in 2017, drowning itself.
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The robot, nicknamed "Steve," rolled down some steps into a ground-level fountain, where it tipped over. It's not clear whether it survived the water damage, according to CNBC.
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- Business Insider 17:04January 19, 2020Ex-Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Line workers reveal the things they couldn't live without on boardRoslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images Six former cruise-ship workers described to Business Insider the things they couldn't live without while on the job.
Their answers included clothing, technology, and cosmetics.
The workers' former employers were Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and American Cruise Lines.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A cruise ship is an unusual work environment, keeping employees away from their homes for months at a time. Some workers sign contracts that have them working on their ship every day for over six months.
That means cruise-ship workers need to be thoughtful about what they pack, since they might not have the opportunity to return home for an essential item for over six months.
Six former cruise-ship workers told Business Insider what they couldn't live without during their contracts. They worked for Carnival Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and American Cruise Lines. Four asked for anonymity due to a fear of reprisal from their former employers. Their identities are known to Business Insider.
Here's what they said.Makeup remover
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"Being able to wash your face at the end of a 16-hour day just felt so good," said Abigail Segner, a former regional training manager for American Cruise Lines.
Clean and comfortable socks
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Having good socks was essential because her job required her to move a lot, Segner said.
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Like Segner, a former photographer for Norwegian Cruise Line said she was on her feet a lot, so it was important to have shoes that were comfortable and easy to put on.
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- Business Insider 16:53January 19, 202036 rare vintage Corvettes found in a Manhattan garage after they were abandoned for decades will be raffled off for charityBrittany Chang/Business Insider Corvette Heroes is hosting a nationwide raffle of 36 Chevrolet Corvettes — one from every production year between 1953 and 1989.
Before being restored for the contest, the Corvette collection was hidden in different Manhattan garages for 25 years.
Benefits from the giveaway will go to the National Guard Educational Foundation.
Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. A historic collection of 36 classic Corvettes saved from dilapidation after being hidden underground in a Manhattan garage for decades will soon be given away in a nationwide sweepstakes.
Corvette Heroes is hosting The Lost Corvettes sweepstakes that will be giving away the cars that it touts as the "greatest barn find in automotive history."
The Corvette collection has an unusual backstory: this isn't the first time all 36 of the Corvettes have been given away together. They were originally a part of a 1989 giveaway that landed the cars in the hands of a Long Island man who then passed the cars along to artist Peter Max. Max, however, left the Corvette collection untouched in multiple Manhattan garages for decades before the current team acquired the fleet and decided to host a new giveaway.
The sweepstakes collection includes a Corvette from every production year between 1953 to 1989. This does not include 1983, the one year Chevrolet didn't make a Corvette, although Chris Mazzilli, a Corvette enthusiast and integral player in the giveaway, created his own version of a 1983 Corvette for an episode of History Channel's special series "The Lost Corvettes" which focuses on the restoration of the 36 car collection.
The giveaway will stop accepting admissions on April 30, and the drawing of the winners will take place on or near May 15. Entrants cannot select which car they'd like to win as everyone is automatically entered for all 36 Corvettes. However, people can purchase as many entries as they'd like: a ticket costs $3, five tickets cost $10, and 20 tickets cost $25. The proceeds will go to supporting the National Guard Educational Foundation.
Oregon is exempt from the giveaway due to sweepstakes laws.
Keep scrolling to learn about the unusual history of these 36 Corvettes:This isn’t the first time this set of Corvettes has gone up for auction.
In 1989, VH1 held a sweepstakes that gave all 36 Corvettes to a single owner.
"We walked into this conference room and [a guy] picked up a blanket over the table and in it were little reproductions of 36 Corvettes," CEO of Bungalow Media + Entertainment and member of the startup team at MTV Robert Friedman told Business Insider about the meeting where the initial sweepstakes was first pitched.
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- Business Insider 16:45January 19, 2020Some of the people who made an early bet on Google's ambitious attempt to revolutionize video games are losing patience (GOOGL, GOOG)Getty Images In November 2019, Google finally launched a major gaming platform that was in development for years: Google Stadia.
Rather than buying games on a disc, or downloading them from a digital store, Stadia streams games over the internet. The service launched with access limited to customers willing to pay $129 for the "Founder's Edition."
The platform's launch was rocky at best, with features missing and a paltry game library. Reviewers told potential buyers to wait and see.
Since launch, Google hasn't said much about Stadia — and early adopters are getting impatient with the lack of updates.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Two months ago, Google made its first-ever major push into the multi-billion dollar video game industry with Stadia — a Netflix-like game service that streams games to a variety of devices, no game console required.
Two months later, and Stadia's early adopters are starting to revolt. Look no further than the Stadia subreddit community on Reddit for ample evidence.
"I've lost a lot of the excitement I had for the service," said one user. "I'm not really excited because there simply doesn't seem to be anything to be excited about anymore."
"It feels like it's died already," another user wrote. "For anyone that's been around for a new gaming console coming out, it's crazy for the first year of it coming out, huge lineup of games constantly being thrown out, this feature, that feature all being announced...so much fun! Here I am trying to enjoy and justify the $130 I spent on this and I just can't at this point. We got tricked into being beta testers and it pisses me off."
Meanwhile, Google has gone largely radio-silent, with no word on when promised features or big-ticket exclusive releases will actually start coming to the nascent service.
So, what's going on? Why are Stadia's most diehard, early adopting fans already losing interest?A different kind of console launch.
Google Stadia is not a game console, nor is it a game platform, really — it's a digital storefront run by Google where you can buy individual games.
Right now, in order to access said storefront, you have to pay $130 up front for the Stadia "Premiere" edition. That comes with a Stadia gamepad, a Chromecast Ultra streaming device, and three months of access to Stadia "Pro" — a monthly subscription service that provides free games each month, enables users to stream games at ultra-HD 4K resolution, and offers a few other bells and whistles.
In so many words: The only way to play Stadia games when it launched in November was to spend $130 upfront. That remains the case in mid-January, despite Google's promise that a free version of the service will launch this year.
With most game console launches, you need the game console to play the games. That's what you're buying.
With Stadia, you don't need a box, nor do you need a Chromecast Ultra or Stadia controller. You can play Stadia games on any laptop with the Chrome browser installed, and you can connect whatever gamepad you want. Heck, you could just play with keyboard and mouse if you prefer.
So what are you paying $130 for, other than a few devices you don't need? You're paying for access — access to the Stadia ecosystem, where you then buy each game individually.
$130 for access to a game store — a game store largely filled with games that are already available on other platforms, sometimes for less money — is a hard sell.
It's an especially hard sell with the kind of folks who buy game consoles at launch: Gamers who own current game consoles; who own many of the games on the launch list; who are distrustful of new entrants into the video game industry.
But tens of thousands of folks jumped in regardless, and the most dedicated of those early adopters can be found on places like Reddit's Stadia subreddit and the official Stadia Discord channel.
These folks represent the most dedicated Stadia users.
They write glowing threads about their first experiences with the service ("I am satisfied with my purchase...my experience has been excellent and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for Stadia."), and about bizarre use cases that demonstrate the promise of game streaming services.
Some are even gaming PC owners who talk about about how surprised they are that streaming games look as good as games that run locally. "I was actually shocked and was sure my games looked better on my PC," they said.
But these folks — who were not only willing to take a chance on a new game service from Google but who participate actively in that service's community — are also starting to get frustrated.
And there's one reason for that: A lack of updates.
Two months after launch, Stadia still has a small game library and is missing many key features.
There's no way to voice chat on Google Stadia — a stock-standard part of the PC, Xbox, and PlayStation online gaming ecosystems, and something that even Nintendo has started to come around to with its Switch console.
"What's going on there?" one Reddit user wrote in the Stadia subreddit. "How can it be that there is still no chat in Stadia?" Moreover, there's no word on when a voice chat function is coming.
Both Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Sony's PlayStation 3, which launched over 10 years ago, had voice chat functionality built in from the start.
There is no operating system or dashboard on the service, and there's no way to use the Google Stadia controller wirelessly on a computer or with a smartphone — it has to be connected with a wire. If you have an iPhone, Stadia doesn't work there yet, and the same thing goes for most Android phones; the only smartphone supported are Google's Pixel line. Even if you pay for the Pro version of Stadia, which is supposed to stream games in the highest 4K resolution, games played through Chrome don't stream in 4K.
That's before we start talking about promised features of Stadia that differentiate it from the competition, much of which isn't implemented.
Google said you could watch a YouTube video of a game and, simply by clicking a button in the video, jump right into that game on Stadia. That has yet to materialize, nor is it clear when that's coming.
Thus far, Stadia is digital storefront that sells you games. Many of the platform features that people expect with a game platform are still missing, with no official word on when they'll actually drop.
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- Business Insider 16:21January 19, 2020The most powerful countries on earth in 2020, rankedJOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images US News and World Report ranked countries to determine which ones are the most powerful.
The US stays in first place this year, but other countries have changed positions amid rising global instability and political changes.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US, Russia, and China remain the planet's most powerful countries even as other countries have seen their positions fall, according to this year's global power rankings.
The rankings, published by US News and World Report, look at how the influence of a nation, as well as its political, economic, and military power. The rankings are part of its annual "Best Countries" study, which evaluates 80 countries based on responses from 21,000 people.
These are the world's 25 most powerful nations, according to the 2020 rankings:25. Egypt
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US News calls Egypt "one of the world's earliest and greatest civilizations" and notes that its geography, including the Nile River and the sea, make it "a cultural and trading center."
Over history, "its location has also made it a prize to claim by empires and put it at the center of social and religious movements."
Egypt rose four places compared to last year, when it was ranked 29th.
Brazil shot up this year's rankings: in 2019, it was ranked 30th in the world.
US News noted the country's huge size and draw as a tourist attraction, but also its upheaval, perhaps increased under the country's controversial president Jair Bolsonaro.
"Occupying half of South America's land mass, Brazil is the giant of the continent – both in size and in population. Brazil's history is filled with economic turmoil, veering from boom to bust, and its culture is a melting pot that has traditionally welcomed the world.
"Brazil is one of the world's top tourist destinations. However, the country in the 21st century confronts serious questions touching on poverty, inequality, governance and the environment."
Norway is another riser in the 2020 rankings, moving from 27th place in 2019 to 23rd in 2020.
US News notes its history in building maritime culture, and the impact of the Vikings on nearby countries.
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- Business Insider 16:14January 19, 2020Alphabet's soaring stock just pushed it above a $1 trillion market cap. Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider Alphabet is the latest company to reach a $1 trillion valuation in public trading after closing at a record high Thursday.
The record level adds a third tech company to the list of firms with four-comma valuations.
The list of highest-valued firms remains tech-heavy, though oil behemoth Saudi Aramco maintains the world's highest market cap at $1.84 trillion.
Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies in the world, ranked in ascending order.
Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Alphabet is the latest firm to join the small group of companies with market caps higher than $1 trillion, further cementing the tech sector as the highest valued in public markets.
The Google-parent's Thursday close set the stock high enough to notch a valuation above the four-comma threshold. The record level also helped push Big Tech — the five stock group comprised of Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft — past a $5 trillion market valuation for the first time.
The S&P 500's information tech sector is dominating all of the index's other subgroups in the year-to-date, after already posting a 50% return in 2019. The group's massive run-up was primarily driven by Apple stock, as the iPhone maker gained more than 80% last year.
Apple was the first company to reach a $1 trillion valuation in August 2018, and held the crown as the highest-valued public company as recently as December 11. The tech giant lost its top spot when Saudi Aramco debuted on public markets with a record-breaking $1.7 trillion valuation.
Aramco stock proceeded to surge high enough to hit a $2 trillion valuation before paring gains through January.
Here are the 11 highest-valued public companies around the world, ranked in ascending order. Data is as of 3:00 p.m. ET on January 17.11. Visa
Market cap: $350 billion
Year-to-date performance: up 8.7%
10. JPMorgan Chase
Market cap: $433 billion
Year-to-date performance: down 0.5%
Market cap: $491 billion
Year-to-date performance: up 12.4%
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- Business Insider 14:22January 19, 2020This is how much it costs to get the same education as the royal familyAaron Chown - WPA Pool/Getty Images The royal family has access to some of the best education in the world.
While Queen Elizabeth II was tutored privately at home growing up, things have changed since then and now almost every member of the royal family has attended school.
However, it won't come cheap — Prince Harry and William's former boarding school, Eton College, costs $53,074 per year to attend.
On the other side of the pond, Meghan Markle's family spent $17,650 per year for her to attend Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles.
Here's how much it costs to get the same education as the royal family.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.
Princes William and Harry attended Eton College, a boarding school for boys, which costs $53,074 per year.
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The £40,668-a-year school was ranked ninth place out of 100 independent private schools in the UK by Exam Papers Plus.
The list was compiled by comparing the GCSE results from each school.
However, the school came under scrutiny in 2005 after a former teacher said she helped Prince Harry cheat in his A-level art class because he was a "weak student."
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Both Prince Harry and the school denied the claims.
Kate Middleton, Princess Beatrice, and Princess Eugenie's families spent £37,815 ($49,357) each year for them to attend Marlborough College.
According to its website, the co-ed boarding school "is a welcoming community where ambition and scholarship are highly valued, creativity is celebrated, diversity is embraced and where each pupil is encouraged and challenged to be the best that they can be."
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- Business Insider 11:26January 19, 2020These 10 countries face the biggest humanitarian crises in 2020Reuters The International Rescue Committee humanitarian group has published its annual "Emergency Watchlist" listing the ten countries facing the world's worst crises in 2020.
These countries combined are home to less than 6% of the global population, but produced 74% of the world's refugees, the IRC said.
The crises they face largely include armed conflict, disease epidemics, and natural disasters, and so far see no signs of stopping.
Scroll down to see the list and why.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Every year, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) lists the ten countries facing the world's biggest humanitarian crises, in an effort to highlight the vast amount of work world leaders and aid workers need to do.
These countries combined are home to less than 6% of the global population, but produced 74% of the world's refugees, the IRC noted.
The crises that they face — which largely include armed conflict, disease epidemics, and natural disasters — have changed little since last year, highlighting the "protracted nature of many of these crises and collective failure of the international community to resolve their root causes," the IRC said.
Scroll down to see the countries on the IRC's "Emergency Watchlist," and the issues they face.10. Central African Republic
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A mainly-Muslim coalition of armed groups known as Seleka took over the CAR's capital in 2013, and the country has seen thousands killed amid fighting between Christian militias ever since.
The government and 14 armed groups signed a peace deal in February 2019, but that has only been partially observed and conflict continues, the IRC said.
More than one in four of the country's population have been forced from their homes, leaving 600,000 people internally displaced and 600,000 more fleeing to neighboring countries like Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Chad, according to UN statistics.
The country is also susceptible to bad flooding, and people are at risk of food insecurity and contracting the Ebola virus from the neighboring DRC.
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Somalia has witnessed persistent conflict since the 1990s, leaving large parts of the population internally displaced or having fled to neighboring countries.
Drought in the Horn of Africa region has driven displacements and left the population facing the risk of having no more food.
The country also faces violence from groups including al-Shabab, which has ties to Al Qaeda, and local ISIS affiliates.
In early January, three Americans — one service member and two Department of Defense contractors — were killed in an al-Shabab attack at an airfield in Kenya.
8. Burkina Faso
Humanitarian threats have grown dramatically in the past year in Burkina Faso, which is home to armed conflict carried out by groups associated with Al Qaeda and ISIS.
Those armed groups have also forcibly displaced and called on civilians to join their movements, said the IRC, which has staff on the ground.
The number of internally-displaced people ballooned from under 9,000 at the start of 2018, to 47,000 at the start of 2019, to 56,000 at the end of 2019, the IRC said.
The violence has also forced almost 2,000 schools and 91 healthcare facilities to shut, leaving 270,000 children without formal education and more than 1.2 million people without access to healthcare, the IRC reported.
In 2018 the country was named one of the poorest countries in the world by the International Monetary Fund, which noted that the average person there lives on less than $1,000 a year.
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- Business Insider 04:44January 19, 2020Harry and Meghan will step back from royal duties in Spring 2020. Here's how the entire 'Megxit' saga unfolded.DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS - WPA Pool/Getty Images Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are letting go of their official royal duties and moving toward financial independence, Buckingham Palace announced Saturday.
The couple has put their own spin on several of the royal traditions that govern marriage and official duty, and the formal split is a step towards the modern royal family they have previously spoken about.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will step back from official royal duties in Spring 2020, according to a statement released by Buckingham Palace on Saturday.
The couple has long sparked rumors of a breakaway from the royal family, as they've been careful about the traditions they chose to include in their marriage and the birth of their first child.
Now that the rumors of a formal split in duties are official, here are the events leading up to the couple's move towards a more modern royal family.
Here's how it all unfolded:May 2018: Markle and Prince Harry were an untraditional royal couple from the start.
The couple's official portrait from their May 19, 2018, wedding was a seated, candid photo that stuck out in comparison to more formal standing portraits, like the one released for Prince William and Katherine Middleton.
October 2018: It was revealed Markle was pregnant, and the couple decided to settle down outside of London.
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Instead of living in Apartment 1 in Kensington Palace with the rest of the royal family, the couple headed for the royal Frogmore Estate, which sits in Windsor.
Just over 20 miles from Kensington Palace, the house was fully refurbished for the couple to make the move a few weeks before the royal baby was due to arrive.
May 2019: The couple took one major step towards modernizing their new royal family after the birth of their first child.
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Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor's birth on May 6, 2019, was surrounded by unconventional privacy.
The couple broke from tradition by skipping the post-birth photocall on the hospital steps for a private photocall in Windsor Castle a few days later, Insider's Mikhaila Friel previously reported, in addition to their decision to keep specific details of Archie's birth, his christening service, and godparents private from the public.
After he was born, the royal baby was also not given a courtesy title.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex wanted their son to be as normal as possible to begin with, hence no use of the title Earl of Dumbarton," royal commentator Richard Fitzwilliams said at the time.
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- Business Insider 20:32January 18, 2020The most iconic tourist attraction in 26 countries around the worldEdwin Verin/Shutterstock Every country has landmarks and natural wonders that are internationally recognizable.
You can't visit France without seeing the Eiffel Tower, or Iceland without swimming in the Blue Lagoon.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a symbol of Italy, and Canada calls Niagara Falls to mind.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Iconic tourist attractions are popular for a reason.
Sure, it might be a little bit cliche to snap a photo in front of the Eiffel Tower or take a dip in Iceland's Blue Lagoon, but there's something powerful about finally seeing a famous landmark or natural wonder in person instead of on a postcard (or on Instagram).
Here's the most iconic tourist site in 26 different countries.China: the Great Wall of China
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At over 13,000 miles long, the Great Wall of China is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is the most popular with tourists, just two hours outside Beijing.
India: the Taj Mahal
The Taj Mahal was built by the emperor Shah Jahan between 1631 and 1648. UNESCO calls it "the greatest architectural achievement in the whole range of Indo-Islamic architecture."
France: the Eiffel Tower
No trip to France is complete without visiting the iconic Eiffel Tower, which was completed in 1889 and stands at 1,063 feet tall.
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- Business Insider 20:28January 18, 2020I went to North America's only indoor ski and snowboard park with real snow, and it was an artificial winter wonderland inside a giant warehouseMeredith Cash/Business Insider Big Snow is the first indoor ski and snowboard park in North America where visitors can shred on real snow.
The park, located in American Dream Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey, boasts 5,500 tons of man-made snow over its more than four acres of skiable terrain.
I'm an avid snowboarder, so I strapped in and tried out the park on Big Snow's opening day.
While experienced skiers and riders may get bored of Big Snow's limited options quickly, the park is a great spot for beginners or shredders looking to escape the heat on a summer day.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Welcome to Big Snow, the first indoor ski and snowboard park in North America that has real snow.
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Located at the American Dream retail and entertainment complex in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Big Snow is just six miles from midtown Manhattan and a 28-minute non-stop bus ride from Port Authority Bus Terminal.
I had the opportunity to check out the new human-made "mountain" on its opening day, and — as an avid snowboarder — I was excited to try riding indoors for the very first time.
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- Business Insider 20:01January 18, 2020How gangs 'effectively control' the prisons in one of Latin America's most violent countriesREUTERS/Jorge Cabrera
Editor's Note: This article is part of an ongoing series on prison conditions and criminal justice policy around the world.
Dozens of inmates were killed in a wave of violence that swept across Honduran prisons in recent weeks, as rival gangs staged a series of bloody riots and retaliatory attacks against each other.
The country's penal system has a long history of gang-driven violence, but the recent killings represent a notable uptick, says Eric L. Olson, director of policy at the Seattle International Foundation and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
In an email interview with WPR, he explains why years of government reforms efforts have failed to address this issue.WPR: What are the drivers of prison violence in Honduras? How are rival gangs able to effectively control the country's prisons?
Eric L. Olson: Honduran prisons have long been plagued by tragic levels of violence and loss of life. In February 2012, 359 prisoners were killed in a massive fire in an overcrowded prison in the central town of Comayagua. Many of them died because prison guards were reportedly unable to find the keys to open the doors. Despite many commitments since then to change the system, rates of violence in Honduran prisons actually ticked up noticeably in the final months of 2019.
Prison violence is chronic for a variety of reasons. Perhaps most significantly, perennial neglect has led to inhumane living conditions and extreme overcrowding.
In one study, overcrowding was estimated at 193% above capacity. The prison population increased an estimated 58% between 2012 and 2018. But new prison construction has not significantly alleviated overcrowding as the prison population has continued to grow and older prisons have been closed down.
Over half of Honduras' prisoners are being held in pretrial detention; in other words, they are incarcerated without any criminal charges brought against them. To make matters even worse, security is generally very lax. Prisoners essentially police themselves. And Honduran prison officials are notoriously corrupt, so one's ability to pay essentially determines access to food, better living arrangements, conjugal visits and cell phones, not to mention weapons and drugs.
The four detention facilities the country has set up for juvenile delinquents are particularly tragic. There are an estimated 500 children in these "dormitories" — three for boys and one for girls. The most notorious is the Renaciendo juvenile detention center for boys, just northwest of the capital, Tegucigalpa, where violence and deplorable living conditions are the norm. Last December, four juveniles were killed and eight injured in a riot there. The lack of services in these detention centers create conditions in which juveniles are essentially lost to society and run the risk of being repeat offenders over their lifetimes.
I have seen these problems firsthand on visits to jails in Honduras in the past two years. Each prison population functions within a precarious power structure that can erupt with the slightest provocation and unleash horrific violence. In most cases, there are no prison guards to maintain order.
That is why it is correct to say that gangs effectively control the prisons. These may not be commonly known gangs like MS-13, but gangs inevitably form within the prison as a survival tactic. Guards are merely there to ensure the prisoners do not escape, and to control the entry and exit of prisoners.
WPR: What has the Honduran government done in recent years to reform the prison system and ease overcrowding? What does the recent wave of violence say about the effectiveness of those efforts?
Olson: The primary focus of the government's reform efforts has been to build new maximum-security prisons, pardon minor offenders and segregate the incarcerated youth gang population from the general prison population.
Some of the older prisons in large cities like San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba have either been closed or are being phased out because they are antiquated and had become dumping grounds for gang members.
Sadly, there have been no major changes in how prisons are run. While rates of overpopulation have declined slightly, it is still a problem, especially given the elevated percentage of prisoners in pre-trial detention who may, in fact, be innocent but were nevertheless swept up in anti-crime operations, or may be falsely accused of committing a crime.
The ongoing violence within the prisons, especially the most recent spike, suggest that the government's "reforms" have not improved the situation. Segregation of gang members from the general population is inherently difficult because gang members are not using identifying tattoos as frequently anymore, and without detailed law-enforcement intelligence, which does not exist in Honduras, it is nearly impossible to tell a gang member from a dispirited teenager in a poor community.
Segregation of the prison population by gangs also means each prison is controlled by a particular gang so, to survive, anyone held in pre-trial detention must, out of necessity, join that gang or risk his life.
WPR: How has President Juan Orlando Hernandez's government responded to the prison violence? What more can it do?
Olson: The most recent spike in prison violence occurred after President Juan Orlando Hernandez's brother, Tony, was convicted in a federal court in New York of conspiracy to import cocaine to the United States last October. During the trial, numerous cooperating witnesses directly implicated President Hernandez in the conspiracy.
Just over a week after Tony Hernandez's conviction, security cameras in a Honduran maximum-security prison captured the brutal murder of Nery Orlando Lopez, who was in jail for his alleged involvement in the drug-trafficking scheme.
Lopez was believed to have additional information about the president's involvement. His murder unleashed further unrest and retribution within other prisons. The head of the prison where Lopez was being held was fired and subsequently gunned down days later, as he was driving in the south of the country.
The Hernandez administration has responded to this latest violence by doubling down on existing policies. It has continued to move prisoners to different facilities, presumably hoping to reduce violence, and has also proposed that the Honduran National Police and the Honduran Armed Forces take a more direct role in prison security.
The United States stopped its support for prison reform in Honduras about eight years ago. The decision was based on the conclusion that Honduras was insufficiently committed to reform and ending corruption.
US assistance to provide cellphone jamming technology and better x-ray technology — to improve detection of contraband, especially drugs, phones and firearms — was often used improperly or not used at all.
The Honduran government is currently negotiating the renewal of its anti-corruption mechanism, the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity, or MACCIH, with the Organization of American States. There is talk that the new mandate will give the mission the authority to train and certify prison guards.
Details of this proposal are not known at this time, but it's an indication that there may be more international involvement in future efforts to stop what has become a bloody and disturbing legacy in Honduras.
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- Business Insider 19:45January 18, 2020I visited a convenience store in Japan and it's so much better than ones in the USChelsea Davis for Insider I visited Lawson, one of the major convenience-store chains in Tokyo, Japan, and was blown away.
Lawson felt like a miniature grocery store filled with a wide variety of foods and beverages, from baked goods to bottles of wine.
The store has entire sections dedicated to salad-making ingredients, juice, baked goods, fried chicken, and more.
Most of the items were incredibly affordable, too.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Convenience stores in Japan, which are also known as conbini, live up to every bit of hype I have ever heard.
And after visiting Lawson, one of the biggest convenience-store chains in Japan, my expectations have officially been raised — and convenience stores in the US will never be nearly as appealing.
Here's a look at my first experience in Lawson, a broke food lover's dream.During my trip to Tokyo, Japan, I noticed multiple convenience stores on any given block — and all of them seemed pretty magical.
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The convenience stores I saw in Japan seemed like magical, mini grocery stores with nearly every type of foodstuff you can think of at cheap prices.
Lawson is currently one of the major conbini chains in Tokyo now, but it actually originated in Ohio in 1939.
When I first walked in, there were a few stalls for hot food.
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To the right of the sliding doors, I immediately saw three main sections for hot food.
And I was already tempted to buy some — I almost purchased a sleeve of chicken nuggets just for my stroll around the store.
The first case was filled with steam buns in sweet and savory flavors like pizza with melty cheese, spicy curry with cheese, and bean paste and sesame bun. A bun costs about 120 to 180 yen, or $1 to $1.50.
Next to it was the case of yakitori (a type of Japanese skewered chicken). It contained a variety of yakitori sticks like white-meat chicken with bell peppers and chicken tenders with shiitake mushrooms.
Each stick was just over 100 yen, or around $1, and for a little more shoppers could make it a meal with onion rings and deep-fried veggies.
There was also a fried-chicken station.
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The fried chicken at Lawson is known for being delicious and it's one of the chain's most popular dishes.
It's cooked on-site and comes in a variety of styles including honetsuki (fried bone-in chicken), honenashi (fried boneless chicken), and karaage (deep-fried chicken nuggets).
You can try the karaage in flavors you won't really find in the US, such as tempura-battered with green seaweed and smoked-butter soy sauce. The chicken also comes in a range of spice levels.
I tried the smoked-butter soy sauce karaage and was impressed by the crunchy outside and tender inside. I seriously couldn't get enough of the slightly sweet, umami flavor.
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- Business Insider 19:42January 18, 2020Miami's $300 million 'exoskeleton' skyscraper is complete after 7 years. Look inside the Zaha Hadid-designed tower, which comes with a private rooftop helipad.One Thousand Museum Famed architect Zaha Hadid's "exoskeleton" skyscraper in Miami, One Thousand Museum, is finally finished after seven years, Candace Taylor reported for The Wall Street Journal.
The total construction costs came to just under $300 million, the developer confirmed to Business Insider.
About 64% of the 84 residences have already been sold.
The 62-story tower has reached completion amid a surplus of luxury condos on the market in Miami.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Miami's eye-catching "exoskeleton" skyscraper is finally complete after seven years and almost $300 million in construction costs, Candace Taylor reported for The Wall Street Journal.
The 62-story building is one of the last designed by legendary Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was nicknamed "Queen of the Curve" before her death in 2016. It has a distinctive "exoskeleton" exterior that's made up of more than 4,800 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete shipped from Dubai.
The tower, called One Thousand Museum, includes 84 luxury residences, about 64% of which have already been sold since sales started in 2013, according to the developer. The rest are selling for $5 million for a half-floor residence to upwards of $25 million for a full floor. Residents have access to lavish amenities including a private rooftop helipad, a sky lounge, a double-height aquatic center with an indoor swimming pool, a juice bar, and a beauty salon.
"We wanted it to function like a five-star hotel," one of the developers, Louis Birdman, told the Journal.
Sales and marketing are being handled by ONE Sotheby's International Realty.
Take a look inside the 700-foot luxury tower.A Miami skyscraper designed by a legendary architect is complete after seven years and almost $300 million in construction costs, The Wall Street Journal reports.
One Thousand Museum
One Thousand Museum is one of the last designed by famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who was nicknamed "Queen of the Curve" before her death in 2016.
The tower has a distinctive "exoskeleton" exterior that's made up of more than 4,800 pieces of glass-fiber-reinforced concrete that were shipped from Dubai.
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A sculptural porte cochere entrance offers residents privacy from the street as they enter the building.
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- Business Insider 19:24January 18, 2020A new collection of personal photos show Giuliani's 'fixer' Lev Parnas with Trump's inner circle, despite claims they don't know each otherHouse Judiciary Committee The House Judiciary Committee released a new trove of documents that detail the key role of Lev Parnas, a Ukrainian businessman, in working closely with President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani to seek dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
Parnas has come under scrutiny in the impeachment inquiry as a key player in pressuring Ukraine to investigate Trump's political rival, and upped the tension last week when he turned on Giuliani and Trump in a series of interviews.
The businessman even promised to reveal a photo of himself and Trump every time the president denied knowing him.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A new collection of documents released by the House Judiciary Committee show Lev Parnas, a former close associate of President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani, rubbing elbow with Trump and other senior members of the administration.
Parnas is a Ukrainian American businessman who has come under scrutiny for his apparently critical role in seeking damaging dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, one of Trump's 2020 Democratic opponents.
Earlier this week, Parnas blasted Giuliani and Trump in several interviews, where he revealed new details about the efforts by Trump associates and his relationships with Trump's family and other lawmakers, which the president has vehemently denied.
After the president repeatedly denied knowing him, Parnas told CNN that the president was lying and he would release photos of them together every time the president denied their relationship.
See some of the photos that capture Parnas' time in Trump's inner circle. Though Trump has said that he didn't believe he ever met Parnas, there are several photos of the two together.
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An appreciation card signed by the president and first lady Melania thanks Parnas by name for his "friendship and dedication to our cause."
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Parnas is also pictured with Trump's son, Donald Jr. several times, and is seen here with an unidentified man under a towering portrait of the president.
House Judiciary Committee
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- Business Insider 18:15January 18, 2020The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this weekDisney Plus Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services in the US.
Netflix's "The Witcher" is back on top this week and the new addition is Disney Plus' "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Netflix's "The Witcher" and Disney Plus' "The Mandalorian" are engaged in a streaming battle. "The Witcher" topped "The Mandalorian" as the most in-demand streaming series in the US this week, trading places from last week.
Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services in the US. The data is based on "demand expressions," Parrot Analytics' globally standardized TV-demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or a download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or a comment on social media, for instance.
The new addition to the list this week is Disney Plus' "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series."
Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:9. "Truth Be Told" (Apple TV Plus)
Average demand expressions: 30,411,067
Description: "When new evidence compels podcaster Poppy Parnell (Octavia Spencer) to reopen the murder case that made her a national sensation, she comes face to face with Warren Cave (Aaron Paul), the man she may have mistakenly helped to put behind bars. Her investigation navigates urgent concerns about privacy, media and race."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 31%
What critics said: "It's interesting, but it drags; it's enjoyable while you watch, but you don't rush to return to it. It's just fine— but it's not essential TV that you need to pay for a streaming platform to enjoy." — Paste Magazine (Season 1)
Season 1 premiered December 6 on Apple TV Plus. See more insights here.
8. "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" (Disney Plus)
Average demand expressions: 30,511,154
Description: "The 10-episode scripted series, set as the real-life East High, where the original movie was filmed, follows a group of students as they countdown to opening night of their school's first-ever production of 'High School Musical.'"
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 79%
What critics said: "The series is not a reinvention of its genre, but it shines in its little specifics, like the agony of listening to someone slog through reading stage directions out loud, or impromptu harmonies that are really just singing an octave up." — New York Times (Season 1)
Season 1 premiered November 12 on Disney Plus. See more insights here.
7. "Harley Quinn" (DC Universe)
Average demand expressions: 30,902,304
Description: "Harley Quinn has finally broken things off with the Joker and attempts to make it on her own as the criminal Queenpin of Gotham City in this adult animated action-comedy series which also features Poison Ivy and a whole cast of heroes and villains, old and new, from the DC Universe."
Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 89%
What critics said: "Ultimately, Harley Quinn might be an economical watch, but it feels expansive, partially because the supporting cast pops with every shade of personality." — Uproxx (season 1)
Season 1 premiered on November 29 on DC Universe. See more insights here.
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- Business Insider 18:10January 18, 2020The rise and fall of Bed Bath & Beyond, one of America's most iconic big box retailersGetty Images Since its founding in 1971, Bed Bath & Beyond has been a go-to destination for home goods, appealing to shoppers with its convenient and affordable "superstore" model.
In recent years, however, the retailer has shown significant signs of struggle, with several quarters of poor sales and dramatic executive shakeups. Here's a closer look at the rise and fall of Bed Bath & Beyond.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Once the golden child of big-box stores, Bed Bath & Beyond is now struggling to stay afloat.
The retailer will shutter 44 stores across eight states in the next year as it attempts to course-correct in the wake of disappointing sales and executive turmoil.
Bed Bath & Beyond was once a leading home goods retailer, appealing to shoppers across the nation with its strategy of abundance. The beloved store, which lined strip malls across the country, became known for its huge assortment of products spanning every color and style imaginable.
Over the years, it became a go-to destination for just about anything and everything for the home and — true to its name — beyond.
We took a closer a look at Bed Bath & Beyond's rise from a small linen store in New Jersey to a major national retail chain now on the brink of collapse. Bed Bath & Beyond was founded in 1971 in New Jersey by Warren Eisenberg and Leonard Feinstein.
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The duo had formerly worked in management at Arlans, a local discount chain, and saw opportunity for growth in the bed and bath categories.
"We had witnessed the department store shakeout, and knew that specialty stores were going to be the next wave of retailing," Feinstein told the trade publication Chain Store Executive in 1993.
It was originally called Bed 'n Bath, to reflect its specialty linens and bath products. The company would later rebrand to Bed Bath & Beyond in 1987.
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During the course of the 1970s, Bed Bath & Beyond expanded to 17 locations, primarily in the greater New York area and California.
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- Business Insider 18:05January 18, 2020A bride and groom coordinated in stunning blush outfits at their weddingZohaib Ali Photography Amar Jandoo and Hiren Gondhia were married in Essex, UK, in September 2019.
They decided to wear coordinating pink ensembles to their Hindu ceremony.
Jandoo ordered custom ensembles from a wedding shop in Delhi, India, and the couple even selected flowers that matched their outfits perfectly.
"Everybody was so complimentary of our outfits and the way we complemented one another," Jandoo said of people's reactions to the ensembles.
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A London-based couple named Amar Jandoo and Hiren Gondhia got married in September 2019.
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Jandoo told Insider she met her future husband after they ran into each other multiple times in the same week.
"We met just over four years ago in a bar after seeing each other at the train station on our commute to work a number of times that same week," she said.
"We got engaged in September 2018 in Cappadocia, Turkey, under hot air balloons," she added.
Their wedding took place a year later.
The couple had a week-long wedding celebration, which ended with both a Sikh and Hindu ceremony.
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"As Hiren and I are of different religions (I am Sikh and he is Hindu), we decided to bless our marriage with ceremonies from both faiths rather than choosing one," Jandoo said.
"So on Saturday we had our Sikh wedding at a local temple and on Sunday we had our Hindu wedding, followed by our wedding reception at Quendon Hall to wrap up the week of celebrations," she said.
Quendon Hall is a wedding venue in the center of Essex's Deer Park.
Jandoo and Gondhia decided to wear matching pink ensembles for their Hindu ceremony.
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"Pinterest was my best friend for the whole year of wedding planning," Jandoo said of their decision to wear pink. "So I got a lot of inspiration from there."
"We also had our hearts set on an outdoor wedding ceremony," she added.
"Given our wedding venue is in the middle of a deer park with lots of greenery, I wanted a subtle, pastel color that would stand out and complement the flowers and decor at the same time."
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- Business Insider 18:00January 18, 202012 tourist traps to steer clear of when you visit Paris — and where you should go insteadGetty Images Priscila Martinez is no stranger to the city of love: She's visited Paris a total of 15 times, and has learned which tourist hotspots are best to avoid.
The most popular attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées, are often both crowded and overpriced.
She encourages visitors to explore the city's hidden gems — places that are more affordable, frequented by locals, and still offer that essential Parisian flair.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Don't fall for these tourist traps when you visit the city of lights.The secret to enjoying Paris even more
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I lived in France in my 20s and would escape to Paris any free moment I had. There is just something about the city of lights that you can't get anywhere else. Since returning to the states, I've visited Paris another eight times (so far). My frequent visits have made me an expert on many things. For example, I know which bakery to stand in line at 5 a.m. for the freshest baguettes and what days to avoid the metro. I also learned a few lessons the hard way, and figured out which overhyped attractions it's better to skip. Here's how to make your trip to Paris exponentially better. And wherever you travel, it's always a good idea to know how to avoid the line at popular tourist destinations.
1. Going up the Eiffel Tower
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If you're in Paris, of course you'll want to check out the Eiffel Tower. It's truly amazing to see its architectural majesty all in one glance. Going up the actual Eiffel Tower, on the other hand, is a huge, costly process that isn't worth the hassle. The only great thing about actually going up the structure is the view. Instead of pre-purchasing tickets or standing in line for hours, opt for one of the city's rooftop to get the same views — and less of a headache. One great option: Hotel Raphael's rooftop. Open between May and September, the hotel is located near the Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Élysées. You can take in breathtaking views of these two landmarks as well as the Eiffel Tower itself. By the way, this is how much it costs to light the Eiffel Tower every day.
2. Purchasing souvenirs at gift shops
We all want to take a slice of Paris home, which is what makes souvenirs so attractive. Museum and attraction gift shops are the places where most people make their purchases. But these gift shops are always overpriced, and once you buy something you have to lug around your loot all day. Instead of shopping for souvenirs like a newbie, check out the individual vendors outside larger attractions like the Louvre. They offer the same types of souvenirs at a discount, and you can even bargain with them and get a better price if you purchase multiple souvenirs. It's smart to visit them at the end of the day when they're looking to get rid of their stock. Plus, if you buy then, you won't have to carry your items around all day. Here's how to get those souvenirs home — and pack smart overall.
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- Business Insider 17:20January 18, 2020Forget San Francisco or Seattle — these are the 10 most affordable cities to find a good-paying job as a programmerSkyrocketing costs of living may have made traditional tech hubs like San Francisco less appealing for tech workers, but other more affordable opportunities still exist around the country.
A new study by coding boot camp Coding Dojo ranks cities by weighing the cost of living versus the number of available job postings for developers.
The ten highest-ranked cities are largely the suburbs of large tech hubs, but include some surprising outposts in places like Alabama or Missouri.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Developers, hold on to your wallets.
For programmers, developers, and software engineers of all sorts, it's increasingly unnecessary to live in a tech hub like San Francisco or Seattle — which is good news, as the cost of living in each city only continues to skyrocket.
So why pay the median $4,128 in monthly rent for a two-bedroom San Francisco apartment when you could build your career in a city that isn't among the most expensive?
A new research report from coding bootcamp Coding Dojo ranked American cities by weighing their cost of living versus the number of open job postings for entry-level and mid-career developers within a 25-mile radius.
Coding Dojo says it assigned a composite score to cities based on the number of open developer postings on job site Indeed, and its cost of living using the median rent of a two-bedroom apartment, as calculated by cost comparison site NerdWallet.
Here are the ten cheapest American cities with the most opportunity for developers: 10. Vallejo, California
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Median rent: $1,679
Open entry-level jobs: 975
Open mid-level jobs: 3,343
Vallejo, California, is the only San Francisco Bay Area city to make Coding Dojo's list. The city is small, housing just 125,000 people, and is perhaps best-known as the home of the amusement park Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.
It may have made Coding Dojo's cut because San Francisco proper and its environs is within the 25-mile radius it used to tally open job postings for developers.
But the city also has big ambitions for its nascent tech scene, and bid against giants like New York and Chicago when Amazon began its hunt for HQ2, a second headquarters.
9. Austin, Texas
Median rent: $1,520
Open entry-level jobs: 597
Open mid-level jobs: 2,004
Austin, Texas draws droves of tech workers, thanks to a vibrant music scene and young millennial population. It is one of the fastest-growing major metro areas in the country.
Google, Facebook, Atlassian, and Oracle already have thousands of workers in Austin's "Silicon Hills."
But the job marketplace for entry and mid-level jobs has plenty of room to grow. Most recently, Apple announced that it will invest $1 billion in a new campus in North Austin, potentially adding close to 15,000 more workers in the city.
8. Huntsville, Alabama
Median rent: $858
Open entry-level jobs: 164
Open mid-level jobs: 570
Huntsville, Alabama is ranked as the most affordable city for developers to live, thanks to a $858 monthly rent.
The city, which can be found in northern Alabama close to the Tennessee border, has been considered a 'tech center' since the 1960s, back when NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center was founded.
But while it houses a number of technical jobs, relatively fewer developer jobs appear to be available compared to the rest of the list.
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- Business Insider 17:07January 18, 20205 restaurant executives and insiders reveal the industry's biggest challenges for 2020Associated Press Business Insider spoke with five restaurant industry insiders about the biggest challenge facing the business in 2020.
The CEOs of Noodles & Co., TGI Fridays, and Panera all said issues related to workers and labor are top concerns.
Industry insiders at the ICR Conference in Orlando, Florida, voiced similar concerns on labor issues and highlighted the "necessary evil" of figuring out how to handle delivery.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. ORLANDO, Florida — As the restaurant industry enters a new year, many of its oldest problems continue.
Over the last week, Business Insider has asked restaurant industry executives and experts about the biggest problems facing the business in 2020.
The CEOs of Noodles & Co., TGI Fridays, and Panera all talked about issues related to workers, including rising wages and problems with retaining talent. Industry insiders at the ICR Conference in Orlando voiced similar concerns and highlighted the "necessary evil" of figuring out how to handle delivery.
Read on for five industry experts' takes on the biggest challenges the restaurant industry will face in 2020. Rising wages and labor inflation
"I think it's going to be labor inflation still," Noodles & Co. CEO Dave Boennighausen told Business Insider in an interview on Wednesday. "We're coming off a year where we had about 5-6% labor inflation. I don't think that's going to change for years."
Boennighausen said that the tight market can create opportunity for some companies, noting that retaining talented general managers is increasingly crucial to success. The fast-casual chain is working to keep workers engaged with new benefits, including adoption assistance and breast milk shipment reimbursement.
Read more: Taco Bell's $100,000-salary test could set off a domino effect, forcing fast-food giants to increase pay
Finding and retaining employees
As labor costs rise, David Cantu, cofounder of restaurant industry tech provider HotSchedules, said that the biggest challenge is finding and retaining workers.
"The fight for quality labor is incredibly difficult," Cantu said in an interview. "Finding high-quality resources to deliver against the increased expectations you have around brand, and the brand promise, and the concept you're trying to deliver is very, very hard."
Panera CEO Niren Chaudhary told Business Insider last week that the top challenge was maintaining relevance with customers. No. 2, Chaudhary said, was doing the same with employees.
"How do we create engagement in employees?" Chaudhary said. "What do we need to do to hire the best, retain the best, and train the best that we can find?"
Read more: Panera plans to slash meat from half of its menu as customers seek vegetarian options and fear of climate change heats up
'Confusing' legislation and lack of immigration reform
TGI Fridays CEO Ray Blanchette told Business Insider that one of the top challenges in the restaurant industry in 2020 is the "confusing" legislative environment. With rising wages and low unemployment rates, the immigrants that make up a sizeable portion of the restaurant industry are crucial.
"We need immigration reform," Blanchette said in an interview on Monday. "Think about who we serve, who our team members are, and having access to a healthy flow of talent."
"150 years ago, an immigrant would come here and work in infrastructure," Blanchette continued. "Building the country was roads or railroads or skyscrapers — those were the jobs that were available to immigrants. Today ... we are the place where immigrants break the cycle of poverty for their families forever."
Read more: TGI Fridays CEO says immigration reform is one of the biggest challenges in the restaurant industry
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:JCPenney is closing 6 stores. See if your local store is on the list.11 once-beloved regional stores that you can no longer visitAs malls shutter across the country, take a look back at 20 of the best shopping montages from classic moviesSEE ALSO: Shake Shack has rolled out a 4-day workweek at dozens of locations, as the CEO says it's 'never been harder' to attract and retain workers
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- Business Insider 17:05January 18, 202029 emotional 'first look' photos that prove it's the sweetest wedding traditionKeegan Cronin "First look" photos are a sweet, modern tradition where couples document the first time they see each other on their wedding day.
They're candid in a way other wedding photos aren't, capturing the real feelings of the day.
"First look" photos have evolved over the years, with brides and grooms adding their parents, bridal parties, and siblings into the mix.
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This groom looks serene as he waits for his bride.
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Victoria Heer captured the moment just before he saw his bride for the first time, focusing the camera on the groom.
Some of the photographers captured grooms who were overwhelmed after seeing their partners.
This groom, photographed by Ben Adams, cries as he hugs his partner. The black-and-white filter makes the moment more intense.
This groom had two people to greet on his wedding day.
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Emily Layne of Ivan and Louise Photography took this photo of a groom kissing his fiancé's pregnant belly during their first look.
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- Business Insider 16:55January 18, 2020We compared Ross and the struggling Pier 1 Imports and saw why the messier store is actually better to shop for home goodsShoshy Ciment/Business Insider Pier 1 Imports, a major home goods retailer, is struggling and closing up to 450 of its 942 stores.
Ross Stores sells home goods in addition to clothes, shoes, and accessories.
We visited a Ross store in Davie, Florida and a Pier 1 Imports in New York City to see how they compared for home-goods shopping.
While Ross was clearly messier, it was also the better store for home goods, from price to quality.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Pier 1 Imports, once a leader in the home goods sector, is struggling.
The company announced earlier this month in an earnings report that it plans to close up to 450 of its 942 stores, which could impact thousands of employees' jobs.
We visited a New York City Pier 1 Imports store over the summer and were impressed with the quality offerings and charming store layout. However, it was clear why the company has been struggling to compete with other discount home-goods chains.
Ross Stores is an off-price retailer that sells a variety of home goods in addition clothes, shoes, and accessories. The company has a history of posting strong sales and reported an 8% rise in third-quarter sales to $3.8 billion in November.
We also visited a Ross store in Davie, Florida and compared it to our experience at Pier 1 Imports. While Ross was clearly messier, it was also the better store for home goods, from price to quality.
Here was our experience:We visited a Pier 1 Imports on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
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The store was having its semi-annual sale, so we expected to find some deals.
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But a sign in the window made it clear that our experience would be focused more on home-making than chiefly discount-finding.
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See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I ate similar meals at In-N-Out and Five Guys, and the West Coast chain's cheaper burger beat out the more expensive one6 keto diet-approved menu items major chains have rolled out across the USWe visited a Ross and a TJ Maxx and while the former was far messier, both showed why discount shopping is the future of retailSEE ALSO: We visited a Ross and a TJ Maxx and while the former was far messier, both showed why discount shopping is the future of retail
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- Business Insider 16:30January 18, 2020A bunch of promising cheap, new smartphones from Apple, Google, and others are expected to launch this year — and it says a lot about where the industry is headed (AAPL, GOOG, GOOGL)Hollis Johnson/Business Insider After years of increasing costs and slowing sales, 2020 looks like the year that smartphone prices may finally come down.
Advanced features, like edge-to-edge screens and facial recognition, are starting to become more widely available on smartphones that cost far less than $1,000.
Apple and Google are also both expected to debut cheaper versions of their respective smartphones this year, in another sign that large tech firms are acknowledging that $1,000 upgrades can be hard for many customers to justify.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's 2020, which means it's been roughly 13 years since Apple laid the foundation for the modern smartphone with its original iPhone in 2007.
To say that smartphones have made leaps and bounds since then would be an understatement. While the original iPhone was essentially an iPod touch with cellular connectivity, today's mobile devices have evolved into superfast pocket-sized computers with professional-grade cameras.
But the most exciting change in the smartphone industry to emerge over the next year may not have anything to do with boosting performance, creating new screens that bend and fold, or enhancing their cameras. Rather, it's the notion that high-quality phones with features like facial recognition and borderless screens may no longer come at $1,000 a pop.
Following several years of increasing smartphone prices, 2020 is already shaping up to be a banner year for cheaper smartphones as advanced features begin trickling down to more affordable products.
The year has just begun, but based on the smartphone launches that have occurred in 2020 so far – and the ones that are rumored to arrive in the coming months — it looks like a wave of compelling new devices that cost noticeably less than recent flagships from Apple and Samsung are on the horizon.The cheap smartphones we're expecting this year
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Samsung, for example, unveiled the Galaxy S10 Lite and Galaxy Note 10 Lite earlier in January, which the company is positioning as being cheaper versions of its high-end smartphones. Even with a lower price tag, the phones will still offer features like a nearly borderless screen with a hole-punch cutout for the selfie camera and a triple-lens camera setup. Samsung has not said how much the phones will cost yet.
And television maker TCL recently debuted a new Android smartphone that will be priced at less than $500 when it launches. The phone, called the TCL 10 Pro, has capabilities that even Apple's $1,000 iPhone 11 Pro lacks, such as an in-screen fingerprint sensor and four camera lenses.
If the reports and rumors we've heard so far are to be believed, it sounds like there are more cheap smartphones to come in 2020. Apple, for instance, is expected to release an update to the iPhone SE for the first time since 2016. The iPhone SE is a lower-priced smartphone Apple launched nearly four years ago that has the same processor as the iPhone 6S, which was the company's newest iPhone at the time, but in a design that resembled the iPhone 5. This year, Apple is expected to come out with a new version that looks like the iPhone 8 but is powered by the same chip found in the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.
Google, too, is expected to launch another budget smartphone this year, following the release of its low-cost Pixel 3a last year. The rumored Google Pixel 4a is expected to have a design that resembles its pricier counterpart but with a few trade-offs, like a single-lens camera instead of the Pixel 4's double camera.
The launches would come after lesser-known smartphone makers like OnePlus and Asus have already been developing high-quality smartphones with many of the same features as devices from Apple, Google, and Samsung, at noticeably lower prices for years.
Smartphones are getting cheaper as sales have suffered in recent years
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The decision by tech giants to launch cheaper smartphones probably isn't a coincidence either. The industry has grappled with slowing sales over the past couple of years, with global shipments only starting to rebound in the third quarter of 2019 after seven consecutive quarterly declines, according to the International Data Corporation.
Part of that growth could be thanks to the rising prominence of cheaper smartphones. In the second quarter of 2019, when smartphone shipments were still in decline but performing better than in previous quarters, the IDC cited "vastly improved mid-tier devices that offer premium designs and features while significantly undercutting the ultra-high-end in price."
Put bluntly, it's possible that people simply are no longer willing to pay $1,000 for a new smartphone. A study from NPD Group published last month also found as much, saying that less than 10% of consumers are paying more than $1,000 on new smartphones.
Smartphones didn't always cost that much. In fact, it seems $1,000 only became the norm for smartphone prices in recent years as devices gained new features like borderless screens, facial recognition, and more advanced cameras. The iPhone X, which launched in 2017, started at $1,000, but older iPhones launched at a significantly lower price. The iPhone 7 from 2016 started at $650, or $770 if you opted for the plus-sized model. Apple also debuted the $700 iPhone 8 alongside the iPhone X in 2017, but it was the latter that set the standard for the iPhone's design moving forward.
Samsung went through a similar change with its pricing strategies in recent years. The 2016 Galaxy S7 was priced at roughly $650, but 2017's Galaxy S8 was around $70 more expensive. And last year's Galaxy S10 started at $900 while the Plus model launched at $1,000, a similar pricing model as Apple's $1,000 iPhone 11 Pro and $1,100 iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The industry is already showing signs of change
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Although it seems like 2020 will usher in a wave of promising cheap smartphones, it's already clear that large smartphone makers like Apple, Samsung, and Google are adjusting the way they price and position new devices. For example, in 2019 Apple positioned its less expensive new smartphone, the iPhone 11, as being its flagship model, while it branded the pricier version as the "Pro" model.
That marks a departure from 2018, when the cheaper iPhone XR was largely seen as a low-cost alternative to the flagship iPhone XS. Samsung also launched the Galaxy S10e alongside the standard S10 last year, which was about $150 cheaper at launch, and Google released its less expensive Pixel 3 spinoff just a few months later.
Taken together, the shifts in strategy we've seen from companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google last year, combined with the new phones we're expecting to see in 2020, suggest that paying nearly $1,000 for a new smartphone will soon be the exception, not the norm, for most people.
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- Business Insider 16:17January 18, 2020'Tariffs will absolutely bankrupt our business': US companies warn against Trump's plans to tax wine and cheese importsStefano Rellandini/Reuters The US has threatened to levy tariffs of up to 100% on $2.4 billion worth of products from France.
In testimony before US trade officials this month, US businesses warned that the tariffs would raise prices for consumers and lead to job losses.
"The proposed tariffs would force the price of these wines to the point where they would be unsellable," one company told the US trade office.
Visit Business Insider's homepage here. The US has threatened to levy tariffs of up to 100% on $2.4 billion worth of products from France, a move meant to retaliate against a tax on digital services the European nation passed this summer.
France is just the latest country to crack down on the charge that large technology companies avoid taxes through subsidiaries in other countries. The Trump administration criticized the policy, saying it disproportionately affected American technology companies like Facebook and Google and is inconsistent with international tax policy.
But the retaliatory tariffs Trump proposed — on wine, cheese, handbags and other products — have drawn widespread backlash from domestic companies. In testimony before US trade officials this month, they warned the tariffs would raise prices for consumers and lead to job losses.
Find the full testimony transcript here. Irene Jiang / Business Insider
Besides the nearly 300 employees in South Carolina and the other employees across the U.S., please consider the following potential impacts from a tariff of 100 percent on Le Creuset products. And admit an immediate freeze on hiring for all open positions, severe economic hardship on approximately 115 local business partners, postponing or canceling of the $3.2 million expenditure of local capital improvement projects. -Le Creuset
It would actually disproportionately harm Americans, consumers, workers, retailers and restaurants. American workers will suffer greater harm than French workers. -Staub
I can say without doubt that were this tariff to be enacted and include sparkling wines, my business would suffer greatly. At best, it would be the loss of a significant amount of revenue, and at worst likely leading to drastic losses in sales, profitability, and potentially leading to layoffs. -Cutting Edge Selections
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We are a small business that supports other small businesses. And because of this, we have a unique outlook as to how far-reaching the ripple effect of these potentially catastrophic and blatantly protectionist tariffs could be to hundreds of thousands of Americans. -Selection Massale
As a small business owner, a business that I have been involved in building now for 15 years, I can assure the committee that the results of any increased tariff burden -- and, indeed, the 25 percent tariffs that have already been levied on most of our products -- run the risk of putting us out of business. -Vintage '59 Imports
I wish I could compile and cite the specific numbers of jobs, the businesses, and the local tax coffers that will be damaged by the increased tariffs. Unfortunately, I didn't have time because I have a small business to run. Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to continue running it. -CopakeWineWorks
If these tariffs come to past, the only possible end result I can see from my company is to shrink and lay people off. That's the best case scenario. The worst case scenario is that I can't maintain the debt load I have from still paying back my former business partner and mortgage and I have to shut down. -Devenish Wines
With regards to the proposed 100 percent tariffs I will say with all seriousness and without exaggeration that I do not know how we would be able to survive. Without a doubt we would have to lay people off, which would be very hard considering we have a team of about 20 employees, whom we all appreciate and care about. -Chambers Street Wines
Any tariff action taken here would either significantly increase consumer cost or more likely price the product out of the market, leaving the consumer with less choice in the marketplace. -Bel BrandsUSA
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- Business Insider 16:11January 18, 2020Nike's controversial Vaporfly shoes powered the world's 2 fastest marathoners to victory. When I tried them, it felt like running on rocking horses.Aylin Woodward/Business Insider I tried running in the latest version of Nike Vaporfly shoes.
It felt like running on rocking horses, with a little bit of Pogo-stick action thrown in.
The fastest man and woman marathoners in the world both compete in Nike Vaporflys.
Vaporflys give runners more energetic efficiency, but some people think the shoes' soles should be regulated to avoid unfair advantages.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. I walked into Nike's New York headquarters clad in Nike shorts, pants, and socks. But it was difficult to hide the offending triple stripe on my Adidas sneakers.
I was there to try the Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%, the latest iteration of Nike's controversial Vaporfly running shoe.
This class of Nike shoe confers at least 4% energy savings per foot fall, according to tests by Nike scientists and independent research labs. In 2019, runners wearing Vaporflys claimed 31 out of the 36 male and female podium spots in the six biggest marathons around the world.
I had to get them on my feet to see what the fuss was about.I've been covering the science of Vaporflys since October, when Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2-hour-marathon mark wearing a Vaporfly prototype.
His pacesetters ran it in the same shoe I was about to put on at Nike.
During the same month as Kipchoge's marathon, Brigid Kosgei smashed the women's marathon world record by nearly 1.5 minutes in Chicago wearing Vaporflys.
When I opened the box, I was met by a blast of hot pink.
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The $250 shoes come in a rainbow of neon hues, including orange and lime.
The shoe's shape looked like a tapered spearhead.
Aylin Woodward/Business Insider
Less than 4 inches at its widest point, the Next% has the most razor-like heel I'd ever seen. It looked almost like you could shave with the edge.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:A controversial Nike sneaker worn by 2 record-breaking marathon champions is at risk of being banned. A decision may come within weeks.Nike's controversial Vaporfly shoes are helping runners set new records, but some think it's 'technology doping.' Here's how they work.Here are the top 14 venture-capital firms making deals in the cannabis industry, and where they're looking to place their next betsSEE ALSO: A controversial Nike running shoe is at risk of being banned. A decision may come within weeks.
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- Business Insider 15:44January 18, 2020THEN AND NOW: What the world's biggest sports stars looked like as youngstersGetty/Harry How/Lluis Gene/Mike Hewitt The world's biggest sports stars didn't always look the way they do today.
Over three decades have passed since some began their careers, meaning there has been plenty of time for change.
From Lionel Messi and Roger Federer to Serena Williams, Business Insider took a look at how 15 of the globe's elite looked when they were youngsters.
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Just 16 years old when he made his professional debut in 2003, Lionel Messi has since played over 700 games for FC Barcelona.
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Lebron James has taken away the headband, but added tattoos, a beard, and plenty of muscle since high school.
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Serena Williams was winning trophies in 1991, and she is still doing the same in 2020.
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See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:NFL Championship Weekend: Our best bets for who punches their ticket to Super Bowl LIVConor McGregor's black belt in jiu jitsu 'is coming,' head trainer John Kavanagh saysFC Barcelona's new manager is a 'gamble' who may not last 6 months, according to the country's most prominent soccer journalistSEE ALSO: The 50 best soccer players in the world in 2019
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- Business Insider 13:59January 18, 2020The 11 best lessons season 2 of Netflix's 'Sex Education' teaches you about real-life sex and relationshipsSam Taylor/Netflix Warning: Major spoilers ahead for "Sex Education" season two.
Season two of Netflix's "Sex Education" dropped on January 17.
As the trailer teased, the season includes some new love interests, dramatic returns from familiar characters, and a chlamydia outbreak.
There are many sex and relationship lessons to take away from the show, even if you're not a teenager anymore.
Both Otis and his mother, sex therapist Jean, have wise insights for people of all ages.
Here are 11 of the best lessons you can take away from the dramatic second season, with some extra help from sex and relationship experts.
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How STIs actually do (and don't ) spread
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The first episode starts with mass hysteria at Moordale Secondary School, with everyone thinking there has been an outbreak of chlamydia. One student called Simon is profiting off the madness by selling protective masks for a fiver.
"You cannot catch chlamydia from the air," Otis says indignantly, and correctly. "You have to have sexual contact with the carrier."
"Sex without a condom and unprotected oral sex are the main ways a chlamydia infection can be transmitted. But penetration doesn't have to occur to contract it," according to Healthline.
"Touching genitals together may transmit the bacteria. It can also be contracted during anal sex."
The episode also teaches us that there's nothing to be ashamed of if you do happen to end up with an STI, as long as you get it treated quickly, and tell anyone who you've had sexual contact with so they can get it sorted out as well.
Why your hormones go into hyperdrive when you become sexually active
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Season 2 also starts where season 1 left off — with Otis realizing he actually likes to masturbate. In fact, he's found he likes it maybe a little too much, and pretty much anything, from riding his bike to being punched in the face, ends up with an awkward erection.
When teenagers reach sexual maturity, there are so many hormones flying all over the place, it can feel completely bamboozling.
Otis, although a late bloomer, realizes this when he can't even resist the urge to touch himself in his mother's car (which ends pretty disastrously).
"Teen hormones affect teenagers' moods, emotions, and impulses as well as their body," Newport Academy explains. "The mood swings that teens experience are caused by fluctuations in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone — the sex hormones.
"These same teen hormones will also affect the way they think about dating and sex. Teens become much more interested in sex, sometimes to the point of obsession, as teen hormones kick into gear."
It can be very disconcerting to feel like your body and mind are being controlled by things outside of your control, which can make many teens think they're weird or unnatural.
"In fact, almost everything that teens go through during adolescence is a normal part of their development," according to Newport Academy.
How to tell your partner what you like in bed
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Things start heating up for new couple Otis and Ola in episode 2. Worrying about how he's going to perform, Otis looks up "how to finger" on the internet. This leads him to a rather worrying technique called "The Clock."
After giving it a try, and thinking Ola was into it, Otis brags to Eric about his newfound title of sex god. But later on, Lily has revealed to him she was in fact in pain most of the time, and his rough jabbing method didn't do much for her at all.
By the end of the episode, Otis admits to Ola he has no idea what he's doing, he's "really bad at fingering," and they never have to do it again. She appreciates his honesty and tells him: "Or, I could show you what I like."
"Being open and honest about what you want and what you like is key to having a healthy, long-lasting relationship," sex and relationship expert Rebecca Lockwood told Insider. "This goes further than the bedroom, it filters into everything we do within our relationships."
She said a starting point for the conversation can be asking what you partner wants and likes, which "gives you an understanding of what you can do to allow them to feel loved, wanted and heard."
Counsellor Deshara Pariag, from Counselling Directory, told Insider you should sit with your partner in an environment with no distractions, and explain how you feel.
"Trust your partner, and note some points you would like to address," she said. "You may be pleasantly surprised by their response. Communication and uncomfortable conversations are normal in a relationship to help you both grow together."
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- Business Insider 01:48January 18, 2020NFL Conference Championships — Our predictions for who advances to the Super BowlThe NFL playoffs continue with the Conference Championships this weekend.
On Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the red-hot Tennessee Titans before the Green Bay Packers travel to San Francisco looking to take down the 49ers.
The Sports Insider team has made predictions for who we think will win each game.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's championship weekend, and the four remaining NFL teams will compete for a trip to the Super Bowl.
In Sunday's AFC Championship Game, the Kansas City Chiefs will host Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, and the Tennessee Titans, while Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers will travel to San Francisco to face Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers for the NFC title later that evening.
The Sports Insider team made its predictions for how the games will play out. See who we think will advance to the Super Bowl below: Tennessee Titans at Kansas City Chiefs
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Cork Gaines: Chiefs. If the Chiefs and Titans played this game ten times, Kansas City would win seven or eight times. They are the better team, and Patrick Mahomes seems like his old magical self. That latter point suggests he might be healthier now than he has been all season and is peaking at the right time. If I were thinking of placing a couple of shekels on the game, I'd be very tempted to take the Titans to keep the game close, but if we are just picking winners, it is the Chiefs all day.
Scott Davis: Titans. The Titans have already pulled off two big upsets, on the road, vs. favored teams, and Kansas City feels like their best matchup yet. The Chiefs' run defense struggled this season, and the Titans just happen to have a running back rolling over opponents at a historic rate. Even if the Chiefs find a way to slow down Derrick Henry, the Titans can finally lean on Ryan Tannehill, who has taken a backseat on this playoff run. I wouldn't be surprised by any outcome here, but Tennessee has done enough the last two games to earn a vote of confidence.
Tyler Lauletta: Chiefs. The Titans have acted as giant-killers for two straight weeks, but after the Chiefs erased a 24-point Texans lead in the time it took me to get a pizza delivered, there's no way I can fade Kansas City in this spot. Andy Reid is one of the best coaches in the NFL and has the best quarterback in the league at his disposal. The Chiefs run away with this one and punch their first ticket to the Super Bowl of the Mahomes era. It won't be the last.
Meredith Cash: Titans. Not to brag, but I was the only one who picked Mike Vrabel's Davids to topple Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens Goliaths in last week's Divisional Round. I'm fully aware that a second-straight upset of yet another generational talent in quarterback Patrick Mahomes will be nearly impossible, but I'm riding with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry regardless. Roll Titans.
Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers
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Cork Gaines: 49ers. Both of these teams overachieved this season. The 49ers overachieved a little bit. The Packers overachieved a lot and are not on the same level as San Francisco despite what their records suggest. The Packers have the edge at QB. But the 49ers have the edge at the other 52 spots and on the coaching. The 49ers will win this one, and it probably won't be close.
Scott Davis: 49ers. The Packers have publicly talked about finding new ways to attack the 49ers after getting stomped, 37-8, in Week 12. I'm skeptical that the Packers offensive line will hold up well enough to give Aaron Jones room to run or give Aaron Rodgers enough time to hit the big plays that carried them over Seattle (and just barely). 49ers are at home, with an extra day of rest, and are the more complete team.
Tyler Lauletta: Packers. Aaron Rodgers hates the San Francisco 49ers. He has ever since the team passed on him in favor of drafting Alex Smith with the first overall pick in the 2005 draft. I'm a big believer in spite as a motivator, and Rodgers has it in spades. I think it's enough for the Packers to overcome anything, even Nick Bosa.
Meredith Cash: 49ers. I picked against San Francisco last week, and they made me feel sorry for that decision right off the bat. Jimmy Garoppolo is solid, and George Kittle is obviously a major threat, but it's Nick Bosa and the 49ers' defense that's truly terrifying. They absolutely thrashed the Vikings' offensive line, pummeling Kirk Cousins with six sacks and pressuring him on nearly every play. If anyone can escape that onslaught, it's Aaron Rodgers, but I don't think he has enough pieces around him to disrupt San Francisco's rhythm.
Now check out the buzziest athletes of the past year:
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- Business Insider 01:45January 18, 2020The best cotton sheetsWe tested dozens of cotton sheets to find the best ones you can buy in a variety of weaves and price points.
At the perfect intersection of comfort and value, our pick for best cotton sheets are the 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets from L.L.Bean. Crisp, cool, and soft to the touch, they make bedtime an affordable luxury. Nothing beats the feeling of sliding into a freshly-made bed. Sheets that are breathable and soft to the touch can make the difference between a great night's sleep and tossing and turning. Cotton is the go-to natural fiber for sheets, a classic material that naturally pulls moisture from your body and feels comfortable against your skin, and it works for all four seasons.
To find the best cotton sheets out there, we scanned buyer reviews and testing results from textile pros, then we put the short list of sheets to put to the test (sleeping on them) to pull together our picks for the best cotton bed sheets you can buy.
Choosing the right cotton sheets for you generally comes down to personal preference, and knowing whether you're a lover of percale or sateen is a good starting point. The real key is to test the sheets yourself. Sleep in them a few nights, launder them, and repeat. Online-only companies that sell sheets have made generous return policies part of the process to give you the out if you find you don't like a set of pricey sheets.
Some brands offer other benefits, like deeper pockets (those elastic corners) to accommodate a taller mattress, extra-wide top sheets, or different finishing details that you may find that you like.
Here are the best cotton sheets: Best overall: L.L.Bean 280 Thread Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set
Best sateen sheets: Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set
Best on a budget: Threshold Performance Sheet Set
Best luxurious sheets: Snowe Sateen Sheet Set
Best organic cotton sheets: Boll & Branch Signature Soft Hemmed Sheet Set
Best percale cotton: Parachute Percale Sheet Set
Best affordable organic cotton sheets: Saatva Dreams Lofton Organic Sheet Set Updated on 1/17/2020 by Jen Gushue: Updated pricing, links, and formatting.The best cotton sheets overall
The 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets from L.L.Bean are crisp, cool, and soft to the touch at a lower price than comparable sheets.
L.L.Bean's moderately-priced pima cotton sheets receive consistently stellar reviews from buyers and professional testers alike. In fact, they topped our list when we compared sheets of various materials as well.
Made from 100% pima cotton in a percale weave, these sheets feel crisp and clean, but also softer than some other percale sheets. The sheets do well after washing, coming out soft and unwrinkled, and reviewers like the 15-inch pocket, which works with standard 10-inch-deep mattresses without moving out of position.
In our testing, these sheets had a soft hand feel right out of the packaging and they were cool and soft to sleep on. Repeat buyers comment that the sheets get even softer after washing. L.L.Bean's sheets have been the Wirecutter's top pick for cotton sheets six years running, both for comfort and for the reasonable pricing
L.L.Bean used a classic hemstitch detail on the flat sheets and the set is available in eight soft colors. You can choose between twin, full, queen, and king sizes. L.L.Bean offers a generous return policy, so you can get a 100% refund if you return them within one year. That way, you can feel comfortable testing them out with little risk.
Pros: Smooth, crisp feel, durability, reasonable price
Cons: Only fit mattresses up to 15 inches thick, no bright colors
The best sateen sheets
The Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set is buttery-soft, and the price tag is more affordable than comparable sheets.
Brooklinen's Luxe Core Sheet set is buttery-soft from the moment you open the packaging. The brand was launched on Kickstarter in 2014 by husband-and-wife team Vicki and Rich Fulop, and Brooklinen has gained a cult following in the industry for its luxurious and affordable bedding.
The sheets are an ongoing favorite here at Business Insider. Our editors have used the sheets for years and insist that they get even softer with age. Brooklinen's sheets are also a top pick from Good Housekeeping's textile labs, which found the sheets to be strong and pill-resistant with multiple washings.
Made of 100% long-staple cotton in a rich sateen weave, the fabric is Oeko-Tex certified and free of harmful chemicals. Heavier and softer than Brooklinen's classic line, the Luxe sheets feel smooth and cozy. These sheets are a premium offering that comes at a more affordable price than comparable luxury sheets, which can cost as much as $300 to $400.
When I tested them, Brooklinen's sheets lived up to all the hype. It felt amazing to slip into them on a chilly night. The pillowcases have a pocket to keep them in place, which is a feature I love for tidiness.
Available in twelve neutral-toned colors and simple patterns, these sheets will work in just about any space. They're available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. And Brooklinen offers a 60-day no-questions-asked return policy, so you can feel confident in a sight-unseen purchase.
Pros: Super soft, lots of color and pattern options,
Cons: Shorter mattress depth
The best cotton sheets on a budget
The Threshold Performance Sheet Set is way cheaper than most brands without losing out on comfort.
At a fraction of the price of other sateen sheets, the Threshold Performance Sheet Sets are a bargain price for 100% cotton sheets that don't sacrifice comfort. The 16-inch deep pocket on the fitted sheet has two layers of elastic to create a patented "stretch and fit to hold" performance that keeps the fitted sheet in place for mattresses of various depths.
These sheets are also Oeko-Tex certified to be free of harmful chemicals. Target sells the sheets in tons of solid colors, so they're a great option for people who like to coordinate sheets to their decor. To the touch, the Threshold sheets feel crisper than other sateen sheets, making them a good compromise for couples with different sleep preferences.
These sheets can be returned in-store or online for up to a year after purchase, though you may have trouble if the packaging is opened. They are available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Threshold's sheets are also the top budget pick at Wirecutter, where testers found the sheets to be just as durable as pricier brands, but slightly more wrinkle-prone and less breathable.
Pros: Available in 21 colors, well-priced, 16-inch pocket depth
Cons: Slightly less soft and breathable than other brands
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- Business Insider 01:41January 18, 202010 of the best and 10 of the worst Halsey songs of all timeAndreas Rentz/Getty Images for MTV Halsey is currently one of pop music's brightest stars with one EP and three albums under her belt.
She has dabbled in a variety of genres and sounds, and her best songs are anchored by passionate, intimate songwriting — from her beloved deep cut "Gasoline" to the disarming single "Clementine."
However, not every track in her discography is a gem. Her second album's token ballad "Sorry" is super hammy, while her G-Eazy collaboration "Him & I" is deeply uninspired.
Insider considered listenability, lyrical quality, and production value to come up with the 10 best and 10 worst songs of the singer-songwriter's career thus far.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Halsey, born Ashley Frangipane, is currently one of pop music's brightest stars and most insightful lyricists at 25 years old.
Since 2014, when she mindlessly posted her debut single on SoundCloud — the first song she ever cut, written in the makeshift basement studio of a relative stranger — Halsey has sold out arenas, dabbled in everything from K-pop to country, and scored a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. She released her third studio album, "Manic," on Friday.
Insider weighed factors like listenability, lyrical quality, and production value to come up with the 10 best and 10 worst songs of the singer's career thus far, including tracks from her newest album."Is There Somewhere" holds a special place in the hearts of Halsey fans.
Astralwerks "Is There Somewhere" boasts the single most exhilarating moment in Halsey's entire discography: When the procession of 80s-video-game synths have built to their climax, precisely two minutes and 29 seconds in, the beat briefly drops out and a whooshing sound rushes in. What takes over can only be described as: "if a tidal wave were made out of electropop pulses and sheer emotion."
There's no wonder why Halsey chooses this transcendent moment to enter the crowd during her performances, gripping the hands of people who can feel her feelings in their guts. "Ghost" established Halsey as an electropop guru who's not afraid to break the rules.
Halsey/YouTube "Ghost" is weird. The song starts with the bridge, one ambiguous line that feels both vague and deeply personal: "I'm searching for something that I can't reach." It's an unusual move, but one that set the stage for Halsey's entire career. She'll tell you exactly how it is, and she won't even hesitate.
The verse opens with lyrics that are similarly disarming: "I don't like them innocent, I don't want no face fresh / Want them wearing leather, begging, let me be your taste test," she sings, smirking, simultaneously self-aware and self-excoriating. "I like the sad eyes, bad guys, mouth full of white lies." The song's short runtime, two minutes and 33 seconds, is stuffed to the brim with similar revelations, weaved through heart-pounding beats and glittering synths.
It makes sense that "Ghost" got label executives scrambling to meet with her, gushing to their teams: "'I just met this girl. The music is phenomenal. She is a star. We have to get engaged immediately.'" Yes, those are exact words from an executive at Astralwerks, where Halsey eventually signed. Yes, she had precisely one song. "Hurricane" shows her ability to channel highly specific personal details into an anthem that resonates with the masses.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Coachella "Hurricane," with its cavernous production and twitchy flourishes, is an electropop triumph. It vibrates and pulses with house-party-at-2-a.m.-in-New-York-City energy.
"Hurricane," with its dark subject matter and striking specificity, really shouldn't resonate unless you've dated a guy who lives in Bed Stuy and trips on LSD. And yet, in Halsey's hands, it does. It becomes an anthem: a celebration of womanhood, growth, overcoming trauma, and betting on yourself in a desperate situation. It becomes, as she says when she performs the song live, a reminder that you don't belong to anybody but yourself.
This song is the perfect example of Halsey's songwriting ethos: "My objective isn't to write what is going to be the most relatable," she told Paper in 2015. "My objective is to write what's going to be the most believable." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The 16 best songs in history that were written by teenagersThe Jonas Brothers' 'What a Man Gotta Do' music video is packed with hidden references. Here's every detail you may have missed.RANKED: The 19 best countries to live in 2020 if you're a woman
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- Business Insider 01:37January 18, 202037 unique gifts that both dogs and their humans will loveAmazon Valentine's Day is not strictly bound to just humans. As pet owners, it's just another chance to shower our dogs with gifts they'll love.
We found 37 useful, thoughtful, and funny gifts that both dogs and their owners will appreciate.
Looking for more gift ideas for everyone in your life? Check out all of Insider Picks' Valentine's Day gift ideas. Valentine's Day is the perfect time to show that special someone you care — that you'll always love them, choose them first, and never let the big bad thunder and lightning hurt them. If you're following me, you know I'm talking about dogs at this point.
Who says that Valentine's Day is strictly reserved for humans when love knows no breed. Get Mr. Wiggles a dog DNA test so he can end his lifelong identity crisis or gift him a memory foam dog bed that you'd actually sleep on.The truth is, the happier the pup, the happier the owner, so we rounded up 37 Valentine's Day gifts any dog would go barking mad over, and we even included gifts for their dog owners too!
The 5 best gifts for dogs and dog owners: A dog DNA test kit
An interactive puzzle that rewards them with treats
An activity monitor and GPS tracker
A Casper dog mattress to match the owner's Casper human mattress
A book to better understand a dog's mind If you want to gift a dog parent this Valentine's Day, check out these 37 gift ideas first:A blueprint of a specific dog breed
Dog Blueprint, $185, available at UncommonGoods
These detailed, mid-century blueprints include "design specs" and information about the breed origins and temperament. There are over 100 dog breeds are available to choose from.
A hoodie with a pouch to hold your dog
Roodie Pet Pouch Hoodie, $99, available at Amazon
Comfy for both them and their small dog, the hoodie is made from cotton and polyester and lets them carry their pup around like a little kangaroo.
A Casper dog mattress to match the owner's Casper human mattress
Dog Mattress, starting at $125, available at Casper
The only dog bed that could rival a human's mattress is Casper's memory foam model. It was made after 110 prototypes and 460 hours of lab testing, so rest assured both man and man's best friend can sleep easy tonight.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:60 clever gifts under $25 that won't end up getting regifted after Valentine's Day20 creative and thoughtful host gifts that go beyond the classic fruit basketDisney+ now has gift subscriptions for the holidays — here's how to buy one for the Disney fan in your life
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- Business Insider 01:15January 18, 202027 sweet Valentine's Day gifts you can get on AmazonAmazon With all of the expectations around it, Valentine's Day gifting can be hard.
You don't need a grand romantic gesture to show someone you care about them this February 14.
We rounded up 27 sweet gifts, all on Amazon, that are a great way to show someone you love them this Valentine's Day.
Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of our Valentine's Day gift guides for even more inspiration. Finding the right Valentine's Day gift is hard. Striking the balance between sweet and sentimental, but not too sweet and sentimental, can be difficult. Ultimately, many of us end up in the drugstore aisle, searching for a cute card and box of chocolates at the last minute.
If you're in a bind, don't worry — you don't need to resort to a Hallmark card or a sweeping romantic gesture.
We found a bunch of products that make sweet Valentine's Day gifts, whether you're looking for something for your new boyfriend or girlfriend, long-term partner or spouse, best friend, sister, or even your kids. From nice kitchen gadgets to little gifts that show them you're thinking of them, we covered it all. Plus, everything's on Amazon, so you can get most of these products just in time for the big day.
The 5 best Valentine's Day gifts from Amazon: A little book filled with reasons why you love them
A bottle of flavorful Truff hot sauce
A refreshing body scrub from Herbivore
Silicone rings to make heart-shaped pancakes or eggs
A Homesick candle that smells like their favorite place More Valentine's Day gift ideas from Amazon:
A constellation map
West Clay Co. Personalized Constellation Map, $34.97
They say that love is written in the stars. Make it a reality with this personalized constellation map, which charts the view of the night sky from any specific moment — so you can see what the stars looked like on an important time you shared.
Socks customized with something they love
D-Story Custom Socks, $15.99
We love gifting fun socks. These ones, which can be customized with a picture of someone or something they love, are a great, personal pick.
A sweet fill-in-the-blank book
Knock Knock "What I Love About You" Book, $7.08
There may be no time as appropriate as Valentine's Day for a sentimental, mushy gift. This book is just that. It's filled with empty prompts that you can fill in with reasons why you love them. You can be sure they'll flip through it when they could use a smile.
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:29 unexpected and unique Valentine's Day gifts from Etsy38 funny, low-pressure Valentine's Day gifts for every relationship level23 personalized Valentine's Day gifts worth putting the extra time and thought intoSEE ALSO: 15 eco-friendly Valentine's Day flower bouquets we love — plus expert tips on what to keep in mind when ordering
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- Business Insider 01:10January 18, 2020A group of small tech firms told Congress that Google, Apple and Amazon used bullying tactics to try to crush them. Here are some of the most astounding stories they shared. (GOOG, FB, AMZN, AAPL)Getty/Carsten Koall/Michael Kovac/Business Insider composite Sonos, Tile, Basecamp and PopSockets appeared in Boulder, Colorado to testify before Congress today.
The four tech companies sell a diverse range of products, like speakers, tracking devices, software and phone accessories. But they all alleged that Big Tech firms had 'bullied' them into abiding by their rules.
"Big Tech is bent on expanding until it does absolutely everything, Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson said, quipping, "Help us Congress, you're our only hope."
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple were the subjects of scathing criticism by smaller tech companies during a Congressional hearing on Friday.
An assortment of tech firms that sell everything from speakers to phone accessories accused the tech giants of bullying business tactics.
"There's such a dominant power that exists with these companies that when Google or Apple asks for something ... you have no choice but to provide that to those companies," Patrick Spence, the CEO of wireless speaker company Sonos, told lawmakers.
Sonos, Tile, Basecamp, and PopSockets all appeared Friday at a hearing by the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law. Speaking at so-called "field hearing" that took place at the University of Colorado Law School in Boulder, Colo., the executives called for Congress to implement tougher regulation of Big Tech.
The executives told similar stories about how the larger tech companies had used their dominance in one market to cripple competition in its emerging products and tilt the field in their favors for its other product lines.
"At some point, all companies will be competing against Big Tech simply because Big Tech is bent on expanding until it does absolutely everything," Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson added, and quipped, "Help us Congress, you're our only hope."
Here's how Apple, Google and Amazon use their size to bully smaller tech firms, according to the executives who testified: Apple's strict rules on the App Store make it difficult for smaller companies to innovate, and drains their resources, they said. Meanwhile, Apple develops and boosts its own alternative products.
Tile makes stamp-sized Bluetooth trackers that help customers find their keys, wallets or phones. In some ways, the product competes with Apple's built-in Find My iPhone feature. According to Tile General Counsel Kristin Daru, the company has faced a series of stringent and arbitrary regulations from Apple that have drained its resources.
"Apple is acting as a gatekeeper to applications and technologies in a way that favors its own interests," Daru said. "You might be the best soccer team, but you're playing against a team that owns the stadium, the ball, and the league, and can change the rules when it wants."
Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson added that the company's App Store tax gives Apple a 30% margin advantage over every competitor. "It is outrageous that that rate has stayed the same," Hansson said.
Daru went on to list examples of the ways in which Apple had allegedly exploited the App Store in its favor: the Find My iPhone app is embedded into iOS while Tile can be installed - or deleted. Find My iPhone's settings are clear but Tile's are buried, thanks to iOS 13's updates, Daru said.
Apple sent a statement to Business Insider after the trial, to say that it was updating its features to allow Tile (and other apps) to automatically enable its full functionality at the time of an app installation.
"We continually work with developers and take their feedback on how to help protect user privacy while also providing the tools developers need to make the best app experiences," a spokesperson said. "We're currently working with developers interested in enabling the "Always Allow" functionality to enable that feature at the time of set up in a future software update."
Google leverages its dominance in search to pressure companies to help boost its other businesses, executives said.
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Earlier this month, Sonos sued Google, alleging that the tech giant infringed on five of its patents.
But Sonos CEO Patrick Spence's testimony against Google went far beyond that.
The advantages Google has in marketing its own products "are like nothing we've ever seen before," Spence said. For instance, Spence alleged that Google had pressured Sonos to only allow its speakers to sync up with Google Assistant, rather than also offer it on Amazon's competing voice assistant Alexa.
"Looking at leveraging market dominance to dominate another category has to be thought through. Is that the spirit of the kind of world we want to live in?" he later added.
Threats of retaliation were also of ongoing concern to the testifying companies.
"We could lose our listing in DuckDuckGo and we wouldn't even tell. We lose Google and we lose our business," PopSockets CEO David Barnett said.
Basecamp CTO David Heinemeier Hansson also had concerns on his company's presence on the search engine. Google makes up more than 40% of Basecamp's traffic, per Reuters, but it allowed competitors to buy ads on Benchmark's trademark and block consumers from reaching the site, Hansson said. The company could only compete by similarly buying ads on Google search.
"Sonos has made misleading statements about our history of working together. Our technology and devices were designed independently. We deny their claims vigorously, and will be defending against them," Google told Business Insider in a statement.
"For trademarked terms like the name of a business, our policy balances the interest of both users and advertisers. Like other platforms, we allow competitors to bid on trademarked terms because it offers users more choice when they are searching. However, if a trademark owner files a complaint, we will block competitors from using their business name in the actual ad text," Google said.
Amazon hosts counterfeits and 'bullies' its third party sellers, according to PopSockets CEO Barnett
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PopSockets, which makes phone accessories, accused Amazon of failing to remove counterfeit products and pressuring it to lower its prices. If it failed to do so, Amazon said it would source the same accessories from third-party sellers, PopSockets CEO David Barnett alleged.
Barnett said Amazon had a host of such tactics to "bully" businesses, and described informing Amazon about 1000 fake products every day, with no recourse. At the same time, Barnett said that Amazon was lowering the prices it was charging consumers, and then demanding payment from PopSockets for its lost marginal profits.
PopSockets has had a tense relationship with the online marketplace for years. The company eventually stopped selling on Amazon, as a result of counterfeits and aggressive pricing tactics, Barnett said.
He ultimately suggested that Congress break up Amazon into two bodies: one that runs the marketplace, and the other that sells on it.
"We sought to continue working with PopSockets as a vendor to ensure that we could provide competitive prices, availability, broad selection and fast delivery for those products to our customers. Like any brand, however, PopSockets is free to choose which retailers it supplies and chose to stop selling directly through Amazon," an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider.
"Even so, we've continued to work with PopSockets to address our shared concerns about counterfeit, and continue to have a relationship with PopSockets through Merch by Amazon, which enables other sellers to create customized PopSockets for sale," Amazon said.
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- Business Insider 01:10January 18, 2020Rihanna and her billionaire boyfriend have reportedly broken up. Here's what we know about the Saudi businessman she was first spotted with 3 years ago.Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto via Getty Images, Robert Kamau/GC Images Rihanna and her billionaire boyfriend, Hassan Jameel, have broken up after three years of dating, according to Us Weekly.
The two had quietly been dating since 2017, according to reports, and kept a very low profile.
Us Weekly did not report the cause of the breakup and it's likely — given the fact that the couple was notoriously private when they were together — the pair will not reveal what caused them to split.
Here's everything we know about the billionaire businessman said to be Rihanna's now-ex-boyfriend.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Rihanna's love life has been a media obsession for years — which may account for why she kept her relationship with billionaire Hassan Jameel so private.
But now, Us Weekly reports that the couple has broken up after three years of dating, with no explanations yet as to why. The report comes two months after the pop star admitted to having a boyfriend, having just confirmed the relationship in November in an interview with Vogue magazine.
"Yeah, I'm dating," she told Vogue's op-ed editor Abby Aguirre in an interview for the magazine's cover. "I'm actually in an exclusive relationship for quite some time, and it's going really well, so I'm happy."
Despite maintaining a relatively low profile, Rihanna and Jameel were spotted together on numerous occasions — the duo was even spotted at a dinner in Santa Monica, California, which included the pop star's mother. Those days, it seems, are over.
But who is Hassan Jameel, the man who captured — for a time, at least — the heart of the biggest pop star on the planet? Here's everything we know about the billionaire said to be Rihanna's now-ex-boyfriend.Rihanna was first linked to the Saudi businessman Hassan Jameel in 2017. They were seen kissing and having coffee together during a trip to Spain.
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The identity of the "mystery man" with Rihanna wasn't clear at first. But less than a day later, he was identified as Jameel, and the two were officially declared an item.
Despite the media's immediate interest in their romance, neither the singer nor the businessman discussed the relationship in the press at first — though Rihanna's dad did tell reporters that while he was aware his daughter had a new boyfriend, he had no clue that boyfriend was a billionaire.
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"She told me she had a new boyfriend about a month ago, but I didn't know who he was," the singer's father told the Toronto Sun in 2017. "I always tell her, 'Don't date an entertainer, don't date an athlete.' They are busy going this way and that way, they don't have any quality time, and they're good looking guys so women fall all over them."
He added: "He's going to have to buckle up. She's a hard-working girl. She's very independent and ambitious."
See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Kylie Jenner just trademarked 'Kylie Kon' and 'Kylie Museum,' and it hints at a whole new revenue stream for the world's youngest billionaireJeffrey Epstein ran a 'trafficking pyramid scheme' from his private island until 2018, a new lawsuit alleges. Here are all the famous people he was connected to.17 things millionaires do differently from everyone elseSEE ALSO: Rihanna is the world's richest female musician — from yachting trips on the French Riviera to a staff that includes a chef and personal trainers, see how she spends her $600 million fortune
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- Business Insider 00:47January 18, 2020These waterproof sneakers are more than just the perfect adventure shoes — they're lightweight and versatile enough to be your everyday pairVessi Founded in 2018, Vessi is a Vancouver-based startup specializing in sneakers that are lightweight, breathable, and 100% waterproof.
Their shoes use a proprietary knit material called Dyma-tex, which allows heat and moisture in the form of sweat to escape, but prevents water from entering.
In less than a year, the brand saw a 900% increase in sales and eventually sold out completely. Now the sneakers are back in stock, and we tested them out to see if they lived up to the hype and demand.
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As consumers, we all hate when the things we want are sold out. But as a retailer, a completely sold out stock is actually a good problem to have — and it's one that Vancouver-based sneaker brand Vessi knows all too well.
Founded in 2018 by Andy Wang, Tony Yu, and Mikaella Go, Vessi has gained notoriety for its 100% waterproof sneakers. We recently named them the best waterproof sneakers in our buying guide for waterproof footwear, and apparently we're not the only ones who like them so much.
In less than one year, the startup went from selling 5,000 pairs a month to 50,000 pairs a month, accounting for a 900% increase in sales. The demand became so overwhelming that Vessi decided to shut down its website for a few weeks in August to catch up on orders and learn more about the thousands of customers who had already bought pairs. "During the period of halting orders, we answered all consumer queries, got on the phone to listen to direct feedback, and we were able to learn even more about what our core customers crave — from seamless policies to product improvements." Yu told Business Insider.
Now, the shoes are back in stock, and Vessi is back in business. What makes Vessi's shoes different
What separates Vessi from other sneaker brands is the innovative waterproofing technology it uses, and the fact that each pair only weighs 6.7 ounces.
Vessi's are the lightest waterproof shoes in the world, making them far more versatile than clunky rain boots, heavy winter boots, or a lightweight shoe that's only water resistant. Its shoes are truly waterproof thanks to a proprietary knit material the brand created called Dyma-tex, which allows for breathability in a way most waterproof materials don't.
Essentially, the Dyma-tex material has millions of tiny holes in the membrane to allow heat and moisture in the form of sweat to leave the shoe, while preventing water from seeping in. For good measure, the shoes are also treated with a water-repellent layer to allow dirt, stains, and water to bead right off the surface. Vessi sneakers have become a cult favorite among travelers in need of versatile, waterproof shoes, but they're equally as popular among everyday comfort seekers who would rather rely on a single pair of shoes for all types of weather.
Shop all Vessi waterproof sneakers now.
Check out our full review of Vessi sneakers:Vessi Everyday Sneaker
Men's Everyday Sneaker, $135, available in three colors
Women's Everyday Sneaker, $135, available in three colors
The Vessi Everyday Sneaker has all of the basic elements of a knit sneaker from a sportswear brand, which makes it very easy to wear regularly. I've worn my pair a handful of times in New York City, but luckily didn't come in contact with any rain or puddles. So, to put them to the test, I submerged them in a bucket of water and the inside stayed completely dry. I'm confident that the only way your feet would get wet while wearing these is if they were fully submerged and water made its way in from the top.
I think it's worth emphasizing that these are not just overpriced water shoes. Vessi sneakers are designed to keep water out, while water shoes typically welcome water. I probably wouldn't wear these in the snowy winter (I actually appreciate the bulkiness of boots when it's freezing cold outside), but I wouldn't hesitate to travel with these as my only pair of shoes for both walking and adventuring. — Amir Ismael, Insider Picks reporter
Men's Vessi Cityscape, $129, available in three colors
Women's Vessi Cityscape, $129, available in three colors
I wore my Vessi sneakers on a trip to Austin, Texas with the knowledge that I was going to be exploring springs and pools. I wanted to pack light, so they were the only pair of shoes I brought, and I crossed my fingers that they would work as they said. They turned out to be a great travel shoe because they were as comfortable as regular sneakers, but as practical as rain boots. I stepped my entire foot into a pool and no water seeped in. As it rained the entire weekend, the shoes also repelled the water effectively. It's a major plus that the soft and cushioned shoes don't have an obnoxious or obvious waterproof design. — Connie Chen, Insider Picks senior reporter
Vessi Everyday Slip On
Men's Everyday Slip On, $135, available in three colors
Women's Everyday Slip On, $135, available in three colors
The Vessi Everyday Slip On shoes are designed to function as lightweight, waterproof, versatile sneakers — and they deliver on all three. They held up well to New York City's brackish puddles without letting the water seep in, but they have great airflow despite the solid insulation. All in all, they'll stack up to expectations. Compared to the other two styles with laces, the Everyday Slip On is easy to put on and take off, and it's slightly less bulky. — Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter
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- Business Insider 00:46January 18, 2020Shifting Gears: Don't call it a comeback (yet)Brendan McDermid/Reuters
The past week was a tumultuous one in aviation, as Delta Air Lines dumped fuel on a group of schoolchildren, and Iran admitted it shot down a passenger flight, killing all 176 people on board.
Boeing, which has faced a number of embarrassing revelations in the aftermath of crashes involving its 737 Max jets, began a new era under CEO David Calhoun, who will attempt to resolve a number of lingering issues at the aerospace manufacturer.
The electric-vehicle startup Byton also has something to prove. I interviewed the company's CEO, Daniel Kirchert, at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where he outlined the advanced technology Byton hopes will distinguish it from its competitors.
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These are the biggest transportation stories from the past week:A new chapter at Boeing
David Calhoun had his first day as Boeing's CEO on Monday, replacing Dennis Muilenburg, who was fired in the aftermath of two deadly crashes involving the aerospace company's 737 Max aircraft.
A former executive at Blackstone and General Electric, Calhoun will be tasked with repairing Boeing's reputation.
Business Insider reporter David Slotnick outlined Calhoun's top priorities, including returning the 737 Max to the air, guiding Boeing's 777X program through the final stages of its troubled development process, and mending Boeing's relationship with customers, shareholders, and regulators.
Delta's head-scratching mistake
Fuel released from a Delta Air Lines flight hit a group of children in Los Angeles County on Tuesday. Sixty-seven children and adults received medical attention, though none were hospitalized.
It's not yet clear why the fuel was dumped, since the flight's pilot told air-traffic control he would not do so shortly before the incident. A CNN analyst speculated that there may have been a communication error.
Iran admits it shot down a civilian flight
Rouhollah VAHDATI / ISNA / AFP via Getty Iran said on January 11 that it shot down Ukrainian Airlines flight 152, killing all 176 people who were on board. But Iran said the attack was an accident, spurred by fears that the plane posed a threat after it came close to a sensitive military site.
You can read everything we know about the incident, as of Tuesday, here. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Delta was named the best airline in the US the day after one of its planes dumped fuel over a school and injured 26 peopleUnited just gave 28,000 employees snappy new custom Carhartt uniforms — here's what they look likeEverything we know so far about the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crash in Iran
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- Business Insider 00:27January 18, 2020The best champagne and sparkling wine you can buy online Don't get intimidated by all that elegant-looking French that's scribbled on champagne bottles. Remember: It's just wine, and it's meant for drinking.
We've researched and tested dozens of champagnes and sparkling wines to find the best ones you can buy online, and Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2008 is our favorite. Does champagne have to be of a certain vintage, or aged for years to be enjoyed? Of course not. It's all about where and with whom you pop the bottle. And there are ways to doctor up even the lowliest of sparkling wines. Cut it with a splash of OJ or toss in a sugar cube, and a glass or bottle of budget-friendly new world sparkling wine becomes all the more drinkable.
But, of course, there are bottles of champagne worth cherishing, and if you're going to go ahead and dish out, you want to make sure you're not getting duped, right? We got in touch with a few sommeliers and wine importers to make sense of it all and to find the best champagne and sparkling wine you can get at a variety of price points.
First things first, though: What is Champagne? Usually produced using one of three grape varietals (Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, or Chardonnay), it is twice-fermented wine, widely believed to have been discovered by Dom Pérignon in 1693, but bottle fermentation has been traced back to at least 1531 in Limoux, France. What truly defines Champagne (and not champagne, but more on that later) is that it originates from Champagne, France, and particularly five districts: Aube, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Sézanne, Montagne de Reims, and Vallée de la Marne.
Champagne is about 90 miles northeast of Paris, and it's a region known for exceptionally sweet grapes, hence the widely beloved Champagne grape Cognac. This is why Californian "champagne," despite what Korbel might call it, isn't really Champagne at all (and why the word is not capitalized), and anything available for anywhere south of about $30 might as well not be, either.
Once you get into a higher price range, you enter a bit of a gray, highly subjective area where it comes down to petty preferences, if anything at all.
Ashleigh Barrowman, a France-based sommelier put it best: "Champagne is the classic example of perfect competition. It's all the same stuff, really."
This is especially true of non-vintage champagnes, Pierre Haury of Luneau USA Inc. Wine Imports further explains: "If you can't afford champagne but you want a quality sparkling wine from France, Crémant, from outside Champagne (from the Loire Valley) is better at [about] $18 than bad champagne at $25. It's drier than prosecco, and a little more expensive, but much, much better."
Yes, sparkling wines from outside the region, confusingly enough, are also sometimes called "champagne" thanks to a loophole, though that's a technicality mostly decided by customs and trade agreements, and only certain brands outside of Champagne are allowed to label their wine as "champagne." True champagne is a delicate matter, and if you're not willing or able to dish out for it, Italian prosecco and Spanish cava more than suffice and often pair better with a wider array of foods.
If you do want to sip and savor your rosé, or get your hands on a special vintage to ask a special something of a special someone, we've got picks for you, too.
What is a vintage Champagne?
"Vintage" Champagne is Champagne that is produced using the harvest from a single, exemplary year, which only happens a few times per decade at most. While it's up to wine producers to decide, deeming a harvest a vintage one is usually done in concert with other Champagne houses, who all tend to agree that a certain quality has been achieved.
In short, ask (or Google) around and you'll quickly deduce that 2006 and 2008 are considered the best available vintages of late (though we can start to look for 2012 and 2013), and you can shop them while supplies last or pay extortionate prices to pry them from the cellars of collectors and the likes. We looked at the Wine Scholars' Guild's chart, which gives an independent 'year in review' each annum.
Basically, if you want to actually drink this stuff and not banish it to some dank and dusty old cellar just to visit and feel nostalgic every so often, go for a more recent vintage, like 2006 or 2008. You can buy older stuff, and it can have a unique and potentially exquisite profile, but you'll pay dearly, and we don't think it's necessarily worth it.
All of the big houses take pride in these vintages years, and any of them will sufficiently whet your whistle and then some. Bollinger, Billecart-Salmon, Dom Pérignon (which exclusively produces vintages), Ruinart: Take your pick of these and you shan't fail.
Fun fact: Champagne used to be exponentially sweeter, varying in sweetness depending on the taste of the respective royalty of the country in which it was destined to be drunk — Russian Champagne, or "Champagne Soviétique," as it was labeled, was traditionally the sweetest. Even into the 20th century, Champagne was most commonly served as a dessert wine.
Here is the best champagne you can buy online: Best Champagne overall: Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2008
Best non-vintage Champagne: Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot
Best eco-friendly Champagne: Bollinger Brut Special Cuvée
Best rosé Champagne: Billecart Salmon Brut Rosé
Best prosecco: La Marca
Best cava: Dominio de los Duques
Best California sparkling wine: Mumm Napa Brut Prestige Updated on 1/16/20 by Owen Burke: We added Mumm Napa as a favorite California champagne, or sparkling wine, but we still recommend spending a little more for a bottle of Champagne for that price, if you can. The rest of our picks from last year remain the same, though our favorite Ruinart 2006 vintage is no longer available.The best champagne overall (for now)
Louis Roederer Cristal Brut 2008 has been aged for 10 years and might be the champagne house's best yet, according to many critics and sommeliers.
If you're going to dish out a few hundy for a bottle of bubbly, it had better dazzle your tastebuds and come with a story. After all, when we get into vintage Champagnes, the sky is the limit.
There's a lot of hype around Cristal Champagne, thanks in no small part to Jay-Z and his affinity for Armand de Brignac (which he now owns). More than one of the sommeliers I spoke with expressed sentiments of it being overpriced, but it's still a lovely wine produced by several of the oldest and most revered Champagne houses.
Cristal is the flagship cuvée of Louis Roederer champagne house, one of the more prized and environmentally responsible ones in the region.
First crafted in 1876 for Russian Czar Alexander II, the bottle was — and still is — uniquely made with a flat bottom and no punt because the fearful leader was worried someone would plant an explosive in one and blow him to kingdom come. If that little bit of folklore doesn't lend it to gangsta rap, it's hard to say what would.
There's also no real consensus as to why Champagne and wine bottles even have a punt in the first place, and it may just be a remnant from back when bottles were hand-blown.
But to get to the wine, Roederer's Cristal 2008 was bottle-aged for eight years and then left to rest for eight months or more, and this is Roederer's first 10-year-aged Cristal. It's a 60%/40% blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Roederer's own vineyards, which are mostly biodynamic, lending a powerful palate with hints of citrus and stone fruit on the nose.
What might have otherwise been an offensively bold wine, the exceptionally long aging process leaves us with a mellow bottle that has just as much right in the cellar as it does down your gullet.
Pros: Lofty critical acclaim, heavily aged, balanced, historic
Cons: Probably best saved for a few years, a lot of critics say to wait until 2025
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The best non-vintage champagne
Moët & Chandon's standard bottle of imperial brut isn't cheap by any means, but it's $10 cheaper than our other non-vintage pick, Veuve Clicquot, and if it's within your budget, you can't go wrong.
Moët & Chandon is another classic we all know and love, and its wines range from remarkably reasonable to unimaginably unaffordable. In short? The house puts out some 28 million bottles a year, and there's something for all.
Moët produces bottles ranging from about $45 up to, well, we won't go there. I might add that the company is the producer of the illustrious Dom Pérignon.
Now, Moët & Chandon owns Veuve Clicquot, and like Pierre Haury of Luneau USA told me, it's more or less all the same stuff. He finds Veuve to be fruitier and more effervescent, which might please some palates more than others.
There may be no more subjective substance on Earth than Champagne. In short, to each their own, and at this price range, you can't go wrong with either.
Pros: Reliable consistency, moderately affordable, both popular names most will know and appreciate
Cons: Not the most sustainable, some might consider Moët & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot overpriced
Buy Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut from Wine.com for $54.97
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Buy Dom Pérignon from Wine.com for $180 and up
The best eco-friendly champagne
A lot of the choicest champagnes will be relatively eco-friendly, but Bollinger makes a point of keeping its lower-tier wines eco-friendly, too.
Bollinger isn't quite as popular in the US as Veuve Clicquot or Moët & Chandon, and it costs a bit more than other non-vintage champagnes, but it's organic.
Founded in 1829, Bollinger continues to be run by members of the family, which has winemaking roots in the region dating back to the 16th century.
Because Bollinger has a large enough estate of 399 acres, it can provide enough grapes for about two-thirds of its requirements, and it's able to control the quality of its grapes. Apart from being organic, Bollinger has stuck to traditional farming, harvesting, vinification, fermentation, and disgorging methods.
Oh, and it's not half bad, either. It is, after all, the only champagne James Bond will drink. And, for the true Bond-ophile, the brand has introduced a 007-themed 2011 grand année, packaging and all.
Pros: Organic, extra aging prior to disgorgement
Cons: Not cheap
Shop Bollinger on Wine.com
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- Business Insider 00:05January 18, 202056 photos that show the evolution of Michelle Obama's killer styleGetty/Mark Wilson; Reuters/Jim Young; AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais Michelle Obama's style has evolved since she became First Lady in 2009.
She made waves for going sleeveless at the beginning of President Obama's tenure, and today she is celebrated for her sparkly ensembles and modern suits.
Clothing Obama wears often sells out after she wears them in public, highlighting her status as a fashion icon.
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Michelle Obama has redefined First Lady fashion.
From her commotion-causing sleeveless portrait way back in 2009 to the glittering Versace gown she donned for her final state dinner in October 2016, the former FLOTUS has continued to charm America with her knack for selecting elegant but down-to-earth designs. And her sense of style has continued to make headlines even after her White House days.
Need proof that we all love her taste? NPR reported that many of the items she wears sell out almost instantly. One academic even did a study of Obama's effect on fashion and concluded that, when she wears a garment, that garment's designer can get a financial boost to the tune of $38 million.
But she's not trying to create waves with her wardrobe. Actually, her personal style philosophy is simple:
"I always say that women should wear whatever makes them feel good about themselves. That's what I always try to do," she told Vogue in 2013.
Here's a look at how her style has evolved since she first hit the national stage.At the August 2008 Democratic National Convention held in Denver, Colorado, Obama stood out in a simple turquoise dress by designer Maria Pinto.
Obama's dress had a simple brooch embellishment.
On election night a few months later, she wore a fiery Narcisco Rodriguez dress.
For the Obama event in Chicago, Illinois, she layered a cropped cardigan over her wrap dress.
Source: New York Times
At the inaugural ball in January 2009, Obama's ethereal white gown put young designer Jason Wu on the map.
She topped off her outfit with dainty earrings and a chunky bracelet.
Source: New York Times
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- Business Insider 00:05January 18, 2020THEN AND NOW: The cast of 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' 8 years laterSummit Entertainment "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was released in September 2012.
The movie starred Logan Lerman as Charlie, Ezra Miller as Patrick, and Emma Watson as Sam.
Lerman will star alongside Al Pacino on Amazon's upcoming series "Hunters," Miller currently plays Credence Barebone in the "Fantastic Beasts" movies, and Watson appeared in a 2019 film adaptation of "Little Women."
Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. In September 2012, "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was released in theaters.
The coming-of-age film, based on a novel written by Stephen Chbosky that was published in 1999, centered on an introvert named Charlie (played by Logan Lerman), who began his freshman year at Mill Grove High School hoping to make friends following a rocky past.
He ended up forming friendships with seniors Patrick and Sam (Ezra Miller and Emma Watson, respectively), befriending his English teacher (Paul Rudd), and even participating in a production of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show."
Here's what the stars of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" have been up to in the eight years since the movie came out. Logan Lerman starred as Charlie, a quiet person who was observant of others.
Charlie began his freshman year trying to cope with the death of his best friend Michael, who committed suicide.
Lerman will star alongside Al Pacino on Amazon's upcoming series "Hunters."
The show, which will be executive produced by Jordan Peele, takes place in 1977 and centers on Nazi Hunters living in New York City. It hits the streaming service on Friday, February 21.
You may have also seen Lerman as the titular character in "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters," based on Rick Riordan's books. In addition, he starred alongside Brad Pitt in the 2014 war film "Fury" and voiced a character in the 2018 animated movie "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero."
Ezra Miller played an outgoing senior named Patrick.
Patrick and Charlie met in a woodshop class. The two became friends after they both attended a football game and sat near each other in the bleachers.
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