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Former Supreme Court Justice Stevens Lies In Repose

Stevens, who died July 16, is lying in repose Monday in the Supreme Court's Great Hall. Several current justices as well as President Trump have paid their respects, along with members of the public.
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Apple TV+ is now available on more Amazon Fire devices
If Apple is serious about claiming a piece of the streaming pie with Apple TV+, it's going to have to make sure its customers can access it without having to fork out for a bunch of new gear. That's why, overnight, Apple made the platform available o...
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The robot vacuum can map your house with incredible accuracy
As much as some of us fear the loss of our jobs to robots, there's one job we're pretty sure they are welcome to: vacuuming. There's nothing quite like kicking back and watching a robot vacuum do one of the most time-consuming tasks on the household chore list. And there are few 'bots that do it quite like the Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum & Mop. The power on this thing is a big highlight, combining 1500 rpm of suction with soft bristles that spin at 1350 rpm. It's a combo that makes short work of nearly any mess, and there's even a mopping function that gives hardwood floors an extra shine. With a 32-bit quad processor, the Roborock S6 has brains as well as brawn. Its 14-sensor array helps it build a complete 360-degree view of your room, then plan the quickest route to get every inch. Want it to avoid the dog dish? It's a simple matter to draw virtual barriers in the accompanying app - no magnetic strips required. The Roborock S6 Robot Vacuum & Mop with Adaptive Routing is now available for 7% off the regular retail price, but you can take an additional 15% off by using the online code BFSAVE15. Read the rest
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Anna Kendrick discusses her Instagram sneaker controversy with Trevor Noah
It may have been a solid seven months since Anna Kendrick posted a deeply controversial Instagram photo of herself wearing some Jordans, but Trevor Noah is still not over it. At the time, the photo enraged sneaker purists because of the crease in the shoe — and in between the scenes on The Daily Show, Noah finally gets the chance to ask Kendrick two crucial questions: did she do it on purpose, and did she mind the intense sneaker backlash that followed? The answers? No and no. "That's no way to live your life!" says Kendrick. "It's like not taking the toys out of the box." As Noah admits, though, he's not really all that bothered by the sneakers — he just can't get enough of the internet outrage. Read more...More about Anna Kendrick, The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, Entertainment, and Celebrities
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Sigma Computing raises $30 million more for cloud data analytics tools
Sigma Computing, a San Francisco-based startup developing a cloud-hosted data analytics platform, has raised an additional $30 million.
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Salvador Dalí's surreal tarot cards from the '70s and '80s being reissued
Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí was no stranger to pop culture, even appearing on a TV game show. So, it's not a complete surprise to find out he created an entire 78-card tarot deck. Originally conceived as a prop for the for the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die, his tarot cards didn't end up in the movie but were issued later as a set. Hyperallergic: Albert R. Broccoli, a producer for the 18th James Bond spy thriller, approached Dalí with an offer to create the tarot deck for a scene in the film. The cards were needed as props for the character of Solitaire, played by Seymour, a psychic who works for a menacing drug lord. As Bond films typically go, the psychic changes sides to become the spy’s collaborator and love interest. Dalí accepted the offer and started working on the cards, possibly encouraged by his mystically inclined wife Gala, but it was rumored that the contract fell through when the artist demanded an astronomical fee that was too high even for the film’s $7 million budget. But, even though the deal fell through, Dalí did complete the deck. He worked on its art for 10 years before it was issued to the public in 1984. Now, for the first time since then, Taschen is making the deck, and its instructional booklet, available. Dalí. Tarot has a a release date of November 15 but is now available for pre-order ($54). (Colossal) Read the rest
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This is how you can use mindfulness to overcome any moment of fear or anxiety
Jacob Lund/Shutterstock.com Feeling anxious about something — whether an important event or just everyday issues — is a common occurrence. When you feel anxious, your memory kicks in — flooding you with memories of moments where you failed or flopped. Research finds that mindfulness can help combat this anxiety and fear. This means paying attention and noticing when you're in these moments of anxiety.  Shifting into the present moment helps you redirect your attention. Pay attention to your breathing. When you do feel anxious, observe it like you're watching a performance. This will help "unwind" the memories causing the fear. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Think about the last time you felt anxious or afraid. It might have been minutes before giving an important presentation, having a difficult conversation with a coworker, or making a life-changing decision. You probably remember all the physiological symptoms of anxiety: shortness of breath, racing pulse, muscle tension, and that queasy feeling of unease. What you might not remember is the role your memory itself played in making you feel this way. Research in psychology shows that the hippocampus (the brain's memory center) plays a central role in the experience of fear and anxiety. The science behind this is complicated. But the experience makes sense. Say you're about to speak in front of 1,000 people. As you stand alone backstage, you feel a burst of stress hormones. Then memory kicks in. If you're afraid of public speaking, it floods the mind with images and stories of past flops and failures. If you're confident, it fills the mind with moments and memories of when you crushed it. In both cases, memory shapes your experience of fear. In a study released last week, led by Harvard neuroscientist Sarah Lazar, researchers revealed a promising way to alter our experience of fear by altering the memories that trigger it. It's a tool that you've surely heard of and may already practice: mindfulness. How does mindfulness change the way the brain stores fear-inducing memories? Through a process called "extinction learning." The whole goal of mindfulness is to redirect your attention to the present moment — to sights, sounds, and sensations that are happening now. When you practice mindfulness, it's like you're changing the channel on the TV screen of the mind, from the traumatic memories that hold your fear in place to what's happening right now: the sounds of birds outside your window, the sensations in your belly, or the texture of each inhale and exhale. And that's how, in the words of Lazar, "Mindfulness can enhance our ability to remember this new, less-fearful reaction, and break the anxiety habit." It's a tool that interrupts those old, fear-inducing memories, and creates new, less threatening associations in the mind. So how can you dissolve fear by rewiring your memories? The key is to develop the skill of meeting anxiety with mindfulness by paying careful attention to the present moment. Here's how to do it.Notice when you feel subtle forms of anxiety Shutterstock Everything starts with noticing. Once you notice the experience of subtle forms of fear or anxiety, you open the space to shift out of your ordinary mental habits.  The key word here is "subtle." If you're new to mindfulness practice, it's best not to try this with major traumas or powerful fears and phobias. Instead, try it with the more ordinary, everyday forms of anxiety that happen as you go throughout the day. Shift your attention to the present moment Shutterstock To shift, all you have to do is place your attention on the present moment. Sounds easy, right? But it's often quite difficult, especially when experiencing negative emotions like fear or anxiety.  So here's a more precise instruction. Place your attention on the sensations of your breath. Your breath, after all, is always current, never lost in the past or future. When you watch its sensations — the texture of the inhale, the temperature of the exhale, the soft vibration in your nose — you're guaranteed to be in the present moment. And that means that you're no longer letting the default memories in your mind run the show. Watch what happens with curiosity and interest Thomas Barwick/Getty Anxiety and fear generally provoke a powerful mental response of avoidance and aversion. If these emotions were people who showed up at your front door, your ordinary response would be like slamming the door in their face and perhaps even shouting a few profanities at them.  One of the central tenants of mindfulness practice, however, is to do the exact opposite — to welcome instead of resisting, to see what you have to learn from these interesting new people who showed up at your door instead of shouting them down.  So when you feel the internal fireworks of fear and anxiety, try staying interested and curious. Imagine you're watching an inner show. What does it feel like? How does it change from moment to moment? This may sound like some sort of masochistic mind experiment. And it's true, the whole idea of just sitting around and allowing yourself to feel fear cuts against our most deeply wired impulses. And yet, as this new research suggests, this counterintuitive practice may just be the key to unwinding the memories that hold fear in place, and to approaching your work and the world from the powerfully productive place of fearlessness. See Also:Oprah and Melinda Gates argue that being yourself over fitting in is a surefire way to advance your career — and the research backs them upA survey of 1,000 executives found that you won't regret taking these 7 career risksThere are 3 types of perfectionism — and not all of them are bad. Here's how to strive for a healthy balance in your life.SEE ALSO: Research shows that 50-year-olds can have the brains of 25-year-olds if they meditate for just 15 minutes a day
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An extremely detailed taxonomy of Disney Channel’s truly wild original movies
According to some Hollywood directors, innovative cinema is breathing its last, but a look at the history of Disney Channel’s rich original film roster will tell you differently. From the late ‘90s through at least the early-aughts, Disney Channel was a veritable hotbed of TV movies so eccentric that you wonder which ideas didn’t make it to production — if any at all.  To celebrate the launch of Disney+ and our sudden access to the glorious library of DCOMs, we sorted the greatest hits into categories and subcategories to figure out what the heck was going on all those years. Read more... MAGIC AND MONSTERSMore about Entertainment, Movies, Disney Channel, Disney Channel Original Movies, and Disney Plus
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Adam Savage on Juggling and How Obsession Makes You Smarter
Genius is a myth, the former MythBusters cohost believes. You get smarter by investing time and energy in something you love.
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Gregg Jarrett on impeachment hearings: Presumption of Ukraine quid pro quo is 'junk,' not evidence
The presumption of a quid pro quo is junk and not evidence that would hold up in court, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Wednesday.
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Build your own A-Frame cabin for "around $8,000"
At Field Mag, Andrew Szeto explains the fundamentals of building a basic A-Frame cabin. He writes that you can get it done for about $8,000, not including land. The most major lesson learned is I should have gone bigger. Don't get me wrong, the cabin is awesome, but heck, an extra 5-10 feet in both directions would have been a game changer and made it a little more habitable. But to see a thing you built come to life is the greatest gift you can give yourself in my opinion. A strong theme is not to go cheap on materials: don't use thin plywood for the interior, don't use polycarbonate roofing, don't build without properly levelling the land under it. Read the rest
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Yu Darvish receives apologies after Houston Astros cheating allegations surface
Yu Darvish lasted just 3 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs in two horrendous starts -- including the winner-take-all Game 7 -- while pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 2017 World Series, his putrid performance making him an easy scapegoat and target for fan derision.
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UBS boss Ermotti says too-small European banks must consolidate
UBS Group Chief Executive Sergio Ermotti on Wednesday said banking consolidation, especially in Europe, is unavoidable in coming years as institutions must achieve critical mass to remain competitive.
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Man who smuggled overweight cat into plane cabin stripped of frequent flyer status
Passenger Mikhael Galin was stripped of his Aeroflot frequent flyer membership when a viral Facebook post showed that he had smuggled his overweight cat, Viktor, into the cabin of a flight from Moscow to Vladivostock.
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American farmers have been crushed by Trump's trade war with China. That's about to change.
Scott Olson/Getty Images American farmers, particularly soybean farmers, have been whacked by the US-China trade war. Soybeans were a huge export from the US to China, but tariffs were imposed by Beijing on American goods, including the crop. But now a combination of factors leading to lower soybean supplies, including bad weather and a potential easing of tensions between the US and China, could boost their fortunes. Sal Gilbertie is the president, CEO, chief investment officer, and founder of Teucrium Trading. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A continued media theme throughout the trade war is the supposed devastation hitting the US farm belt from a drop in Chinese demand for American farm goods. In turn, this has sparked warnings that political support for President Donald Trump is fading faster in the region than a mountain sunset.   But new data shows that things may be turning around for the farm belt, which could be a good sign for the president. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:For the good of America, Mike Pompeo should step down as secretary of stateRepublicans should face reality: It's time for President PenceUber needs to buy Lyft to survive
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Ford converted its transit cargo van into a tiny home just for Europeans, and it's the latest proof that Europe's love affair with Ford is mutual
Peter Dench/Getty Images Ford unveiled its latest motorhome, The Big Nugget, in the summer of 2019, and it will be released to just the European market in 2020. It's the latest proof that Ford has a lot of love for Europe, and the feeling is mutual.  Ford fan clubs, blogs, and memorabilia collections are popular in Europe. Meet some of Ford's megafans and see how the love affair has blossomed. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. The Big Nugget is Ford’s latest campervan that was presented in summer 2019 and will launch in spring 2020 to the European market. Ford Source: Ford This is the fourth motorhome that Ford has released to Europe... Ford Source: Ford ...and it’s proof that Europe can’t get enough of Ford either. Peter Dench/Getty Images Source: MSN See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I flew nonstop domestic economy on both American Airlines and JetBlue to see which was better, and JetBlue had a slight edgeHow to rent a car with your Costco membershipThe world's biggest cruise ship has robot bartenders, a water slide with a 92-foot drop, and a nine-story zip-line — here's what it looks likeSEE ALSO: Ford built a Transit van called Nugget that doubles as a tiny home that can sleep up to 4 people DON'T MISS: Corvettes and Mustangs are some of the hottest cars money can buy — here's how they compare
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Real Madrid is reportedly considering spending more than half a billion dollars to snatch PSG's 20-year-old French forward Kylian Mbappe away from Barcelona
Getty/TF Images Real Madrid is reportedly interested in spending more than half a billion dollars to keep Kylian Mbappe away from FC Barcelona's squad. Barca has been pondering a move for the 20-year-old next summer as a replacement for Luis Suarez, according to Mundo Deportivo. However, Le Parisien reports Madrid will offer Paris Saint-Germain $441 million to bring Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu. When the projected transfer fee is added to his current $23.2 million annual wages, the total cost could surpass way past the half billion mark. Read more of our soccer coverage here. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Real Madrid is reportedly willing to spend more than half a billion dollars to keep Kylian Mbappe away from FC Barcelona, its main rival. The Paris Saint Germain forward, 20, has recently been linked with a move to the Camp Nou next summer, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that the Catalan club could be lining him up as a replacement for Luis Suarez.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:One of the foremost authorities in Spanish football says Lionel Messi could leave Barcelona next summer. Here's why he's wrongAn 18-year-old scored 3 goals for Real Madrid, emphasizing why everybody's calling him the next big thing in Brazilian footballLionel Messi failed to register a goal or assist at home in the Champions League for the first time in 7 years, and Slavia Prague players weren't happy with his behaviour after the matchSEE ALSO: These are the 20 best young soccer players on the planet right now
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Carly Rae Jepsen lights up health care gala at The Met
The pop star sang three songs, including “Now That I Found You” and “Emotion,” though we’re told she left attendees wanting more.
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Tech industry billions won't fill California's housing hole
The tech giants have promised $4.5 billion for more affordable housing, but will the money make a difference?
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Jo Swinson urges Remainers to look at the 'national picture' after refusing to stand aside for Labour in a key election seat
Aaron Chown/PA Images via Getty Images Jo Swinson defended the Liberal Democrats' decision not to stand aside in a key election seat in an interview with Business Insider. The party angered some of its own members by pressing ahead to challenge Labour's Rosie Duffield in Canterbury at the December 12 general election. The Lib Dems' preferred candidate withdrew from the contest on Tuesday to Duffield, who shares the Lib Dem aims of holding a second EU referendum and campaigning to remain. However, Swinson urged concerned party members to look at the "national picture." She said she could not support Duffield because she is "standing on a platform of negotiating a Labour Brexit, which would be damaging for our country." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jo Swinson urged Liberal Democrat members, and pro-Remain voters everywhere, to look at the "national picture" as she defended the party's decision to not stand aside for the Labour Party in a key general election seat. Some supporters of the anti-Brexit party are urging Swinson to not field a candidate in Canterbury after the Liberal Democrats' chosen candidate, ex-journalist Tim Walker, decided to withdraw on Tuesday evening.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hopeSee Also:Frustrated Remainers urge the Liberal Democrats to stand aside for Labour in a key election seatHow to vote tactically in the 2019 UK general electionLiberal Democrats accused of 'intentionally misinforming' voters with campaign leaflets
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Han and Greedo now shoot simultaneously in latest version of Star Wars: A New Hope
With the launch of the Disney+ streaming service, all eyes were on The Mandalorian, the new sci-fi western set in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi. But the original Star Wars movies are also availabe in 4K, and someone noticed that they've yet again tinkered with the scene where Han Solo shoots Greedo to avoid being abducted by him. Director George Lucas famously edited the scene in the 1990s to depict Greedo shooting first, making Han's killing him an act of self-defense and sanding a rough edge off a classic cinema hero. The latest cut, which Disney reports was made by Lucas himself, has the two rogues firing simultaneously. Oh my god. This is not a joke. pic.twitter.com/RMkh7Blg7D — Star Wars Visual Comparisons (@StarWarsVisComp) November 12, 2019 In the newly edited scene, Greedo says something to Han before shooting (Maclunkey!), although no subtitle appears at the bottom of the screen. Han proceeds to shoot once. This is followed by “a new explosion [that] covers a transition from them shooting to Greedo hitting the table, removing the Greedo dummy altogether.” The account also discovered while scrubbing through the footage that it appears “the timing has been adjusted farther and they now shoot on the same frame.” It’s possible that these changes were made to improve the pacing of the scene since it’s different from what was originally used. The Han-Greedo scene is the Oak Island Money Pit of movie scenes: it's been excavated and flooded so much that it's become more of an idea than anything else, its truths forever beyond our grasp. Read the rest
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Trump to meet Turkey's Erdoğan on first day of public impeachment hearings
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's visit to the White House on Wednesday -- a month after President Donald Trump's withdrawal of US troops from Syria triggered a Turkish onslaught -- was already set to make waves.
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5 No-Nonsense Action Steps to Help You Achieve Success
Are you struggling to realize the level of success you really want? Start down the right path by following these five steps.
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Two patients diagnosed with plague in China as officials scramble to prevent outbreak
Two people in China have been diagnosed with the plague, the second time in recent months the highly contagious disease – which caused the ancient Black Death pandemic – has been detected in the same region, according to reports. The two patients, from the northwestern Inner Mongolia province, were being treated at a hospital in...
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Mom of twins who died in hot car recalls husband ‘screaming’
The mother of the one-year-old twins who died when they were left in the back of a hot car in the Bronx recalled this week the moment her husband told her the tragic news —  “screaming” when he realized they were “gone.” In her first full interview since her heartbreaking loss in July, Marissa Rodriguez...
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US STOCKS-Futures fall as Trump speech clouds trade deal hopes
U.S. stock index futures fell on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 and Nasdaq hit new record highs, as a lack of clarity on U.S.-China trade relations from President Donald Trump and escalating tensions in Hong Kong dampened risk appetite.
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Fraternity and drinking culture questioned after 4 student deaths in 1 month
All social events for fraternities and sororities were suspended at Washington State University after the death Tuesday of a student possibly tied to alcohol. It’s the second fraternity-related death in the past week and the fourth college campus death in the past month that's led to fraternity suspensions or crack-downs on frat parties. Jamie Yuccas reports.
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How the Trump impeachment inquiry compares to Bill Clinton's
The first public hearings today mark the fourth time in history that Congress has considered removing a president from office
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Nike confirms that it is no longer selling its products on Amazon
U.S. Customs and Border Protection via AP Nike confirmed on Tuesday that it will no longer sell its products on Amazon's site. The news was first reported by Bloomberg. The partnership between the two retailers was first announced just over two years ago. The deal was that Nike would sell direct to Amazon in return for Amazon removing fake Nike items and stopping unauthorized third-party sellers from selling Nike products on its site. Early reports suggested that the mutually beneficial partnership wasn't living up to expectations, however, as Nike wasn't able to get a handle on the third-party marketplace. Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nike is pulling back from Amazon.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Gold can cost $1,500 per ounce — here's why it's so expensiveSee Also:Amazon has started hiring for its new type of grocery store that's nothing like Whole FoodsAlibaba's Singles Day beat Amazon's estimated Prime Day sales within an hour and crushed analyst estimates for Black Friday and Cyber Monday combinedAmazon is slashing $40 off the cost of Prime memberships for all active and former military members — here's how to get the discountSEE ALSO: Analysts say Nike's new CEO choice signals a direction that should worry some mom-and-pop and department stores
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Guidemaster: Ars picks its favorite tech gifts you can buy for under $50
Good tech can get really expensive really quickly—here are some affordable gems.
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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures slip after Trump threatens to increase tariffs
Futures for Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to "substantially" increase tariffs if China failed to sign a trade deal.
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Arctic blast grips more than 220 million Americans
The arctic blast gripping more than 220 million Americans is forecast to bring more record-breaking low temperatures Wednesday. Freeze warnings are up as far south as Texas, with winter weather advisories up as far north as Michigan. David Begnaud reports.
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WSU fraternity death marks 4th campus fatality in a month
"There is a cultural problem," said Franklin College Professor Hank Nuwer, who has studied fraternity drinking trends for decades
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Alibaba will reportedly kick off its Hong Kong IPO tomorrow, and could raise up to $15 billion
Alibaba Multiple news reports say Alibaba got the go-ahead to go public for the second time with a Hong Kong listing later this month and could raise as much as $15 billion. Reuters said Alibaba would start the process of going public as soon as Thursday, while Bloomberg said that 500 million shares would be listed.  The Financial Times and the South China Morning Post said that the retail giant plans to start trading on November 25, with the price set on November 20. If it does raise $15 billion, it would be the 10th largest IPO on record, with its New York listing of $25 billion the largest to date. View Business Insider's homepage for more stories.  Alibaba, the Chinese internet retail giant, got the go-ahead to go public for the second time with a Hong Kong listing later this month and could raise up to $15 billion, multiple news reports said. The Financial Times reported on Wednesday that the retail giant won approval to list in Hong Kong, will confirm the share price on November 20, and go public on November 25. The South China Morning Post, citing sources familiar with the matter, also named the key dates.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A big-money investor in juggernauts like Facebook and Netflix breaks down the '3rd wave' firms that are leading the next round of tech disruptionSee Also:These are the watches worn by some of the most powerful CEOs in the worldChaos, crazy ideas, and cashing in: Trump and WeWork's Adam Neumann have these 5 things in common'It seems insane now': WeWork employees bought into cofounder Adam Neumann's vision but grew worried as red flags mounted
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How the White House plans to respond in first public impeachment hearing
Former White House senior adviser Steve Bannon tells CBS News he's concerned that the president isn't getting enough support to hold back the opposition in the impeachment inquiry led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Major Garrett joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss whether the president is taking Bannon's advice and how the administration plans to respond.
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Matt Damon called himself the 'dumbest actor of all time' for turning down a 10% stake in the profits of 'Avatar'
GEOFF ROBINS/AFP via Getty Images/20th Century Fox Matt Damon called himself the "dumbest actor of all time," for turning down the lead role in "Avatar" in a new interview with the BBC ahead of "Ford v Ferarri," which he stars in alongside Christian Bale. Damon told GQ last month that James Cameron offered him 10% of the 2009 film's profits if he played the lead character, Jake Sully, which eventually went to Sam Worthington. The BBC told the 49-year-old he would have earned $250 million for his stake in the movie. "I'm like the worst businessman," Damon said. "Ford v Ferrari" is in theaters Wednesday, November 13. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Matt Damon called himself the "dumbest actor of all time," for turning down a 10% share of the profits of the second highest-grossing film ever, "Avatar" in 2009. Damon talked about his lapse in judgment with his "Ford v Ferrari" co-star Christian Bale during an interview with the BBC published on Wednesday.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: How to find water when you're stuck in the desertSee Also:Poland's prime minister accused Netflix of implying the country was responsible for death camps in a Nazi documentaryOne of the twins who took turns playing Ross and Rachel's baby on 'Friends' says the cast treated them like 'little princesses' and even bought them Christmas presentsKristen Stewart said slut-shaming was the reason why she wasn't rehired for the 'Snow White and the Huntsman' sequel following her affair with the film's director
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Train passenger simulator
BigBread's No Destination is a "game" in the classic spirit of Desert Bus, and you don't even have to make the occasional steering adjustment. Just sit and enjoy the journey, looking out of a train coach at the procedurally-generated hills and woods of wherever it is you are. It's just the first entry I've checked out from from the 2019 ProcJam -- "Make something that makes something" -- and there are dozens more experiments, artworks and according-to-Hoyle games to enjoy. An endless train ride, a sitting simulator. Just a relaxing time Left mouse button to sit in a seat Right mouse button to hide the cursor wasd to move around spacebar to get up escape to quit / close the game Read the rest
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Parents are already using Disney Plus to indulge in nostalgia and introduce their Gen Z kids to childhood favourites
Disney Parents on Reddit are sharing heart-warming stories about introducing their Gen Z children to classic Disney films via DisneyPlus. DisneyPlus launched in the US on Tuesday and immediately had technical issues because so many people were trying to access the new streaming service. Parents posted photos of their kids watching "Steamboat Willie" and "Rescuers Down Under." It's pretty clear that nostalgia for the classics is part of DisneyPlus' huge appeal. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Disney's new streaming service, Disney Plus, went live in the US on Tuesday and it looks like the play for nostalgia is paying off. The streaming service, which contains Disney's catalogue of films and shows old and new, was so popular that users experienced technical trouble while trying to access it.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just released iOS 13.2 with 60 new emoji and emoji variations. Here's how everyday people submit their own emoji.See Also:Disney's new streaming service doesn't work on some Vizio smart TVs, and you may have to wait until next year for the fixHow to decide between Disney Plus and NetflixThis is what using Disney's new $7-a-month streaming service looks likeSEE ALSO: How to decide between Disney Plus and Netflix
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What to expect from first public hearing of Trump impeachment inquiry
The first public hearings on the potential impeachment of President Trump begin Wednesday. The House Intelligence Committee will question two senior officials who have served presidents of both parties for more than half a century combined. Nancy Cordes reports on what to expect.
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Russia to cut share of U.S. dollar in National Wealth Fund, mulls other currencies
Russia will reduce the share of the U.S. dollar in its National Wealth Fund and is considering investing in other foreign currencies including the Chinese yuan, Deputy Finance Minister Vladimir Kolychev said on Wednesday.
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Eye Opener: Impeachment inquiry goes public
The impeachment inquiry holds its first public hearing – with Donald Trump's presidency on the line. Also, the arctic blast is gripping more than 220 million Americans. All that and all that matters in today's Eye Opener. Your world in 90 seconds.
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Video shows tourists and locals wading through thigh-deep water in Venice during its worst flooding in more than 50 years
Youtube/chave1981 Water levels in the Italian city of Venice reach 187 centimeters (six feet two inches) — the highest in over 50 years, according to The Associated Press. The Mayor of Venice attributed this year's particularly severe flooding to climate change in a tweet, and said a state of emergency will be declared on Wednesday. Two people have died as a result of the severe flooding on the nearby island of Pellestrina, one of whom was electrocuted while switching on a pump in his home, according to the BBC.  It is currently high-water season in Venice, where heavy rainfall causes parts of the canal-city to flood every year, however this year's flooding has been particularly severe.  "Venice is on its knees," Mayor Luigi Brugnaro said in a tweet. "The Basilica of Saint Mark has sustained serious damage like the entire city and its islands." Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.  Video footage and pictures from the Italian city of Venice show the extent of devastating flooding, the worst in more than 50 years, as the city's mayor blames climate change for the highest water levels since 1966. It is currently high-water season in Venice, where rainfall causes parts of the canal-city to flood every year, however this year's flooding has been particularly severe. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Here's how to escape a flooding vehicleSee Also:15 photos that show the rising floods in Venice, as the city’s high-water season kicks offBoris Johnson blames severe UK floods on climate change and constructionA US cargo ship carrying 1,400 tonnes of TNT that sank at the end of the River Thames in 1944 is posing a threat to London from its salty grave
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Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan endorses Joe Biden
Former Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan endorsed Joe Biden's presidential bid Wednesday, saying the former vice president has the ability to win swing states President Donald Trump won in 2016.
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Michigan hunters free deer that had antlers locked together
Two deer in Michigan have a quick-thinking hunter to thank for being alive today. Hunter Mark Johnson spotted two rutting eight-point bucks in a farm field in Bowne Township with their antlers entangled Wednesday. In a video posted to Peggy N Mark Johnson’s Facebook page, which has received nearly 15K views as of Monday morning,...
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Razer Viper Ultimate: a wireless gaming mouse done right
It’s been a few weeks since Razer announced the Viper Ultimate — a wireless gaming mouse which the company claims delivers 99.6-percent resolution accuracy. The Viper Ultimate builds on Razer’s Viper lineup, which emphasizes performance, precision, and speed in a light form factor. Now it offers this whole package in a fully wireless experience. But does it deliver on its promises? After toying around with this beauty for a few weeks, I can confidently say the answer is “yes, it does.” But allow me to elaborate. What does it get right? Let’s start with the obvious: at 74g (without the cable), this… This story continues at The Next Web
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Wife of disgraced MP stands in his former seat with pledge to fight domestic abuse
Kate Griffiths chosen as Tory candidate for Burton seat vacated by Andrew Griffiths Latest election news – live updatesThe wife of a minister forced to resign for sexting two female constituents has been selected as the Conservative candidate in her husband’s former seat after pledging to support victims of domestic abuse.Kate Griffiths, whose husband, Andrew Griffiths, resigned from the government for sending 2,000 sexually explicit messages to two women, was chosen as the party’s candidate for the seat of Burton in a shock move on Tuesday night. Continue reading...
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Labour's NHS 'rescue package' to be paid for by higher taxpayers, says McDonnell
Increase to be funded by 45p rate for £80,000-plus earners and 50p rate over £150kLatest election news - live updatesLabour’s NHS “rescue package” will be funded by higher income tax rates, at 45p for those earning more than £80,000 a year and 50p for those bringing in over £150,000, John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor, has said.He said the higher income tax rates would be in Labour’s manifesto, matching its pledges from the 2017 election. Continue reading...
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Takeaway CEO has no plans to raise $5.5 billion Just Eat bid
Takeaway.com Chief Executive Jitse Groen said on Wednesday he did not intend to increase a 4.3 billion pound ($5.5 billion) offer for Britain's Just Eat , despite a higher unsolicited bid from larger rival Prosus .
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