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Luxury bottled water is absurd – so why is it so popular?

People pay top dollar for ‘premium’ brands indistinguishable in blind taste tests from tap water – is it about status, wellness or something more fundamental?

Last year, judges at the 28th International Berkeley Springs Water Tasting competition deemed the best bottled water in the world to be an Australian brand “infused with the sound frequencies of love, the moon, and light spectrums of the rainbow”.

Called Frequency H2O and sold for A$3.30 a liter (US$2.30), the water is, according to its creator Sturt Hinton, an “ultimate elixir of life”. Also recognized by the judges was Svalbarði, a company that sells $90 bottles of water freshly squeezed from – wait for it – melting Norwegian glaciers.

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Eight weeks of impeachment has taken a toll on Trump
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We compared Casper’s foam mattress to its new hybrid mattress to determine which bed you should buy
Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Casper established itself as one of the best mattress brands thanks to its excellent customer service, 100-night risk-free trial, and 10-year warranty. The company recently updated its flagship all-foam Casper mattress and introduced the Casper Hybrid mattress, which has four foam layers along with inner springs. Though I preferred the Casper Hybrid because it was more comfortable for my body type and sleeping style, I think most people will prefer the Casper flagship mattress because of its superior edge support, motion transfer isolation, and lower price. You can buy the flagship Casper mattress for $536 (Twin) to $1,076 (King and Cal King), and the Casper Hybrid mattress for $716 (Twin) to $1,256 (King and Cal King). If you use the code INSIDER, you'll get $100 off. For more buying advice, check out our guide to the best mattresses and our reviews of the Hybrid and flagship Casper mattresses. A good mattress will last you for decades, and you'll spend a third of your daily life on it. When considering such an important purchase, you should be able to spend significant time sleeping on the mattress. Fortunately, Casper allows you to test drive all of its mattresses for 100 nights risk-free, and the company now has samples all over the country — at Target and in their own brick-and-mortar stores — for you to see and feel in person. Recently, Casper updated its flagship mattress and introduced the Casper Hybrid mattress. The updated flagship Casper features a new zoned support foam layer that focuses on providing pressure relief and support that is firmer under the hips and softer under the shoulders. The new Hybrid also has the zoned support layer along with the other three foam layers found in the updated Casper. What sets the Casper Hybrid apart is its individual coil springs designed to provide added lift and increased airflow. Casper recently sent me both mattresses to test. Each has weaknesses and advantages. Below, we compare the updated all-foam Casper mattress to the Casper Hybrid mattress in a few key categories: price, style, return policy, warranty, set-up process, comfort, edge support, and motion transfer. Keep scrolling to see how the flagship Casper mattress and Hybrid mattress compare:Prices and specs compared Alyssa Powell/Business Insider Winner: No matter what size you choose, the Casper mattress is less expensive than the Casper Hybrid. The Casper Hybrid and the flagship all-foam Casper share several features, but there are a few differences. The biggest one is that the Hybrid has coiled springs, while the regular Casper mattress is all foam. Since you are adding individually-wrapped pocket coils, the Casper Hybrid mattress is more expensive than the updated Casper mattress. If you are purchasing the Twin-sized mattress the difference in price is only $155, but if you want a Cal King or King, you can expect to pay an extra $400 for the hybrid experience. You should look at costs when buying a bed, but don't make price the most important factor. Keep in mind that you will spend a significant part of your life on this mattress. Over the lifetime of the bed, differences in price work out to only a few cents per day. Also, if money is a concern, Casper allows you to pay for its mattresses with monthly payments at 0% APR. If you plan on sleeping alone, a Twin, Twin XL, or Full mattress is your best bet. Twin works for smaller individuals, Twin XL is for taller folks, and Full is best if you are on the huskier side. Couples can share a Queen, King, or Cal King, though if you are a bigger couple go with a King. Taller couples will benefit from the Cal King. As for looks, the mattresses are nearly identical. Both have gray sides with the all-foam Casper a slightly lighter gray. Both are white on top. The cover is removable and washable. However, you'll still want to use a fitted sheet. Buy the updated Casper mattress from Casper for $536 (Twin), $581 (Twin XL), $806 (Full), $896 (Queen), $1,076 (King and Cal King) Buy the Casper Hybrid mattress from Casper for $716 (Twin), $761 (Twin XL), $986 (Full), $1,076 (Queen), $1,256 (King and Cal King) Return policy and warranty compared Casper Winner: This is a draw. Casper offers the same return policy and warranty for all of its mattresses. Though the return policy and warranty are not good ways to differentiate these mattresses, it's important for you to know what's available. You can try out both mattresses with Casper's 100-night risk-free trial. If you don't like the mattress for any reason within 100 nights of its arrival, you can let the company know, and it will send out a local charity or recycling center to take it away for you. You then get a full refund within two weeks. The mattresses are also backed by 10-year limited warranties. So, if you find any manufacturing defects, physical flaws, or the mattress just experiences significant (an inch or more) indentation, Casper will fix or replace your mattress. The warranty is only valid if you use a supportive foundation, care for the bed properly, and if you use it normally. Set-up process compared Casper Winner: The flagship Casper mattress wins by a hair in terms of set up because it weighs less and seemed to have less odor. Before I dive into my experiences setting these mattresses up, I want to point out that you can pay Casper to set up your mattress for you. For a fee ($149 where I live in Lansing, Michigan), the company will send someone to deliver, unbox, and set up your mattress and bed frame. They will also remove the packaging, your old mattress, and foundation. I didn't go this route. Instead, I did it all myself. Both mattresses come with instructions for how to unbox and set them up. The mattresses took five minutes to completely unpackage. Then, I let the mattresses air out for a couple of days before using them because memory foam tends to have an odor associated with it. The queen-sized Hybrid weighs 106 pounds, while the all-foam Casper weighs 85 pounds. The light weight and firmness of the all-foam mattress made it easier to set up. Additionally, I never noticed any odor from the all-foam bed, while the Hybrid did have a noticeable odor. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The 17 best Christmas movies on Hulu you can stream right nowThe top 20 Black Friday bestsellers among Business Insider readers last yearDisney has released its list of the top 15 holiday toys for 2019 — including gifts for Avengers fans, a Frozen castle, and more
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Rep. Eric Swalwell appears to fart on live TV
Here’s one act he had no problem passing. A congressman from California became the butt of everyone’s joke for appearing to fart on live television Monday night. Rep. Eric Swalwell was mid-sentence on MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” when it sounded like he let ‘er rip. “Chris, so far the evidence is uncontradicted that the...
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A German airline just flew 3 execs holding blockchain tickets
A German airline has claimed to be the first to allow passengers holding blockchain-based tickets to board a flight, Reuters reports. Hahn Air, which boasts a modest fleet of two charter jets, leveraged Winding Tree’s open-source distributed ledger to issue three tickets for a flight from Dusseldorf to Luxembourg on Monday. While these may very well be the first blockchain-powered tickets to be accepted by an airline, Hahn Air is yet to incorporate them commercially. The tickets were used by the airline‘s head of sales engineering and two Winding Tree execs. A Hahn Air exec reportedly commented that Hahn Air… This story continues at The Next Web
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Google's redesigned 'My Devices' page now tracks computers
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Dating app The League to pair up users on video speed dates
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The Planet Zoo economy is broken and flooded with genetically mutated warthogs
Nate Crowley wrote for Rock Paper Shotgun about the broken (as of this writing) economy in Planet Zoo. The game allows players to raise animals and then sell them for money or the rare currency called conservation credits. But the economy is broken, and desirable animals are unobtainable to all but the early adopters: In any case, the fact nobody is selling for cash has put CC at a massive premium: those who had got in early on endangered, prestige or hard-to-breed animals are now hoarding them, only selling them for wild sums. Prices have soared, making gorillas, tigers and the rest completely inaccessible to new players, while Pandas have become virtually mythical: beasts that might as well be made from pure diamond. New players are forced to breed and sell just a few types of animals, like warthogs, to try to grind their way to a better future. As a result the market is flooded with low quality animals: to make matters even more splendid, the animals people are selling on are the ones with genetic mutations that make them undesirable for further breeding – they might be highly susceptible to disease, tiny, incredibly short-lived, or even completely infertile. These sell for the lowest prices as well, naturally. Starting off as a new player, then, with your tiny pool of CC, you’re going to be spending a lot of time scrolling through pages and pages of dying mutants, desperately seeking something that won’t horrify your guests, and might have a chance of breeding. Read the rest
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The backlash Meghan Markle received for deciding to miss Christmas with the Queen is just another example of the double standards she's up against
Chris Jackson/Getty Images The Duchess of Sussex is being criticized after announcing plans to spend Christmas with her mother, Doria Ragland, instead of the Queen. Despite a Buckingham Palace spokesperson announcing that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision "has the support of Her Majesty the Queen," they were still accused of "snubbing" the monarch in the press. However, the duke and duchess are not the first royals to to make their own plans for the holiday season, as royal commentator Joe Little told Insider. "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spent Christmas 2016 with her family in Berkshire, so what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex have planned for this Christmas is absolutely no different," he said. Piers Morgan suggested that the only reason Markle would want to spend time with her mother, and not the Queen, would be to escape the British press.  However, in 2012 — the same year that Middleton first missed Christmas at Sandringham — the duchess was also involved in her own battle with the press. The reaction to Markle's holiday plans is yet another example of the double standards placed on the duchess. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Meghan Markle is again being blasted by critics who claim she is "snubbing the Queen" by choosing to spend Chrsitmas with her mother instead of the royal family. Despite a Buckingham Palace spokesperson saying the couple "has the support of Her Majesty the Queen," this hasn't stopped royal watchers from criticizing the decision. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 9 items to avoid buying at CostcoSee Also:The 26 most iconic royal fashion moments from the past decadeReese Witherspoon went shopping for Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton souvenirs in LondonPrince Harry and Meghan Markle just shared a never-before-seen photo of baby Archie with his 'Grandpa' Prince Charles to celebrate his birthday
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Adam Grant says that focusing on kindness rather than achievements can lead to more caring and successful children
Hoxton/Sam Edwards/Getty Images According to Wharton psychologist Adam Grant and spouse Allison Sweet Grant, parents say having caring children is a priority, but their children say parents value happiness and achievement over caring. Children learn from what adults pay attention to, and too often parents focus more on success. But paying attention to kindness can lead to success down the road, and result in more caring kids. Parents should praise kindness before success, and give their children opportunities to practice it. They should also own up to times when they were unkind and use it as a lesson. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.   There's no shortage of advice for raising successful children. But in trying to play the right role for our kids to help ensure their success, are we creating unintended, undesirable consequences? In the December 2019 issue of The Atlantic, Wharton celebrity psychologist Adam Grant (and his spouse, Allison Sweet Grant) illuminate the side effect of our focus on success. According to the duo, when parents are surveyed, over 90% of them say that having a child grow up to be caring is a top priority. Yet, as a Harvard report shows, when you ask the children of those parents, 81% say their parents value achievement and happiness over caring. The words aren't matching the pictures. As the Grants point out, "Kids learn what's important to adults not by listening to what we say, but by noticing what gets our attention."  We want our kids to be successful and caring, but focus too much on the first and create a dearth of the second. Research supports the impact. A University of Michigan study published in the Personality and Social Psychology Review showed that college students showed a dramatic drop in exhibiting kindness and empathy over a 30-year period (from 1979 to 2009). The truth is that success and kindness aren't mutually exclusive pursuits. In fact, focusing on the latter generates the former. The Grants say that "quite a bit of evidence suggests that children who help others end up achieving more than those who don't," and that includes in the workplace. A study by the Center for Creative Leadership shows that empathy is a critical driver of performance and overall effectiveness for a leader. So you can have your cake and eat it, too. You can enable your child's success by over-investing in teaching kindness. Do so by teaching it as a core value. Here's the best of the Grant's advice for doing this along with my own counsel as a parent who, along with my wife, holds kindness as the No. 1 most important value.1. Praise kindness first, success second Getty Images Remember, your children noticing what you notice is more powerful than them hearing what you say. So keep count. I do. Meaning, I keep a little mental counter and try to compliment my daughter for her kindness three times for every time I'd compliment her about an achievement. My wife and I also ask our daughter about kindness shown during her day, not just about how she did on a test or some other standard success metric. Your attention to kindness and success can work in tandem as well. When you're praising your child for an achievement, note how it was achieved. If it was done so with kindness in tow, double up on the praise. 2. Give them opportunities to practice the choice of kindness d3sign/Getty Images As the Grants indicate, kindness is a choice, not a chore. My wife and I give our daughter opportunities to choose kindness. We encourage her to show kindness each day and to engage in volunteer activities designed to show it. We pay attention to who she spends her time with, trying our best to encourage more time spent with kids who are imbued with a kind spirit. It's sometimes the simplest things that ingrain kindness as a value and have a multiplying effect. For example, we mentioned once to our daughter she should give her restaurant "doggie bag" of food to a homeless person we passed on the street on the way to the car. One time — and now our daughter has taken it up as a habit, on her own. 3. Harp on the cost of the opposite Hero Images/Getty I'm not afraid to admit my wife and I are tough when we spot unkind behavior. We won't let our daughter get away with it without noting the impact the unkindness is having on someone else. This includes very gently talking about how she feels when someone is unkind to her. It's a teachable moment: "I know it stinks to feel this way, and I hate that for you. Now you'd never want anyone else to feel this way, right?" To be fair, this should include harping on yourself when you display a lack of kindness, present or past. Sharing stories of when you regret not being kind, or when others weren't kind to you and the impact it had, are powerful ways to show you're in it together with your child. When you're consistent about the importance of showing kindness and just as persistent in pointing out the impact for the absence thereof, you help form habits. And remember, these kindness habits lead to success. So if you want your child to be entrepreneurial or professionally successful, focus on kindness and you'll get success right along with it.  See Also:The most successful kids have parents who do these 9 things, according to science10 fears you need to let go of to move forward in your life6 ways introverts can instantly become more likable without saying muchSEE ALSO: The most successful kids have parents who do these 9 things, according to science
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Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation
"The reason for this decision is that the evidence has weakened considerably due to the long period of time that has elapsed since the events in question."
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Dog stuck on fence makes a new friend
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Global heating supercharging Indian Ocean climate system
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Sweden drops investigation into Julian Assange over rape allegation
Swedish authorities are ending their investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the country's deputy chief prosecutor announced Tuesday.
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Sweden drops Julian Assange rape investigation
Prosecution authority says it will not proceed with investigation into WikiLeaks founderThe alleged rape investigation involving WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in prison in Britain, has been discontinued, a Swedish prosecutor has said.“I want to inform about my decision to discontinue the preliminary investigation,” deputy chief prosecutor Eva-Marie Persson told a news conference. Continue reading...
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The US could raise $1 trillion more in taxes through stricter IRS enforcement, according to a new study
Spencer Platt/Getty Images The US government could raise more than $1 trillion in additional taxes over the next decade through stricter Internal Revenue Service enforcement. That could happen through increased audits, reporting requirements, and information technology, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research paper out this month. The IRS would need roughly $100 billion more to spend on additional enforcement to hit that target of tax revenue, the economists said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US government could raise more than $1 trillion in additional taxes over the next decade through stricter Internal Revenue Service enforcement, according to new research.  The IRS could reduce the amount of owed-but-uncollected taxes by roughly 15% in that period through increased audits, reporting requirements, and information technology, Harvard's Lawrence H. Summers and Wharton's Natasha Sarin estimated in a National Bureau of Economic Research working paper released this month. 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:34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancerThis is how the world's 5 youngest billionaires spend their time and moneyTrump reportedly shelved a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to avoid angering votersSEE ALSO: Trump met with Powell at White House following months of Fed attacks
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Sweden says it is dropping Assange rape investigation
A Swedish prosecutor said on Tuesday she would not proceed with an investigation into an allegation of rape against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a review of the evidence.
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Making waves: Qatar World Cup will use cruise ships as floating hotels
Organisers charter two ships with combined 4,000 cabinsBoats will be berthed throughout the tournamentOnce it was a three-star bed and breakfast or a capacious pitch on a camp site. Now fans travelling to the World Cup in Qatar are to be offered a very different experience after organisers confirmed they had chartered two cruise ships to serve as floating hotels in 2022.The two vessels, hired from company MSC cruises, come with swimming pools, spas and a dinosaur playroom (for children). They also offer a combined capacity of 4,000 cabins. Rates are yet to be confirmed, although current MSC cruises run from £599 per person, and anyone hoping to experience life on the open waves will also be disappointed as both boats will be berthed throughout the tournament. Continue reading...
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Mother charged in murder of quadriplegic daughter
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Instagram was missing some of its most-loved features when it launched in 2010 — here's what it looked like back then (FB)
Jeff Chiu/AP Instagram launched as an iOS app in 2010, and became available for Android users in 2012. Instagram of 10 years ago looked different from the app we use today, and was missing many features that now seem vital. The original app didn't have messages or stories, and photos had to be cropped to square images.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Instagram launched in 2010, using it was a much different experience than the Instagram of today.  Instagram started as a photo-sharing app, but it didn't have the additional features it boasts today, including Instagram live, stories, messaging, and more. The company has made other changes in the past decade, like changing the algorithm the determines what photos you see rather than showing them in chronological order. This year, Instagram has experimented with removing some early features. It nixed the following tab in October, which had existed as far back as 2011 as a tool for keeping an eye on what posts your friends interact with. Even more drastically, Instagram is now testing out removing likes worldwide, an experiment that started out this summer in several countries, including Canada and Australia, and spread to the US a few weeks ago.  But 2010 was a simpler time — it was two years before Facebook bought the app for $1 billion. In other words, Instagram was just getting started. Here's how it looked a decade ago compared to today.For starters, the Instagram logo looked pretty different. Antonio Bronic/Reuters The Instagram logo of 2010 was more neutral-toned and looked more like a camera. And the Instagram typeface at the top of the app was slightly different than it is today.  The 2019 version of the logo still has a minimalist camera, but now in eye-catching colors. Shutterstock Adweek called the new logo a "travesty," and The New York Times called the whole event the "great Instagram logo freakout of 2016." The bare bones of Instagram's design have stayed the same. Sonya Doctorian/The Washington Post via Getty Images Back in 2010, all photos uploaded to Instagram had to have a square crop. Otherwise, the layout is still basically the same as it has always been — you scroll through a stream of photos, which have the poster's name and photo on the top left, and comments below. When the app launched in 2010, the tabs were titled: Feed, Popular, Share, News, and, at the far right, your own profile. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:TikTok chief says political content is allowed on the viral video app as long as it's 'creative and joyful'TikTok hit 1.5 billion downloads, and is still outperforming InstagramThe highs and lows of the last decade for Jeff Bezos, from becoming the world's richest man to a high-profile divorceSEE ALSO: The US cities with the most million-dollar homes are all major tech hubs, and it points to a darker side effect of the rise of big tech
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Dramatic video shows rescue of 8-year-old kidnapping victim
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A game jam where coders were limited to two Tweets-worth of characters
The rules for TweetTweetJam were simple--keep it short: Why 560? Because you don't always need a ton of code to make something fun. Because sometimes it's nice to scale back. But mostly because it's the length of two tweets. Use a minifier if you need to, and bend the rules if you can. PICO-8 is our recommended tool, but TIC-80 and other text-based engines will work as well! Rules: 1. Your final game code must be 560 characters or less. This includes spaces and brackets. 2. No spritesheets or external art libraries allowed! All of your game art must fit into your code. Symbols such as 웃 and ★ are acceptable, as long as they work in your editor and can be included in a tweet! The 60 entries included a typing game, city builder, and downhill racer: Typing game in #pico8, using 279 characters. Made for #TweetTweetJam. Code in replies. #gamedev #tweetcart pic.twitter.com/fZxoC7rFWP — GunTurtle (@GunTurtle) November 16, 2019 My third #pico8 submission to #TweetTweetJam is a collaboration with StramDozer.We made a tiny city building game.Enjoy!https://t.co/NjCfD3N2hY pic.twitter.com/B9EY336eQs — RhizomaticWarMachine (@RhizomaticWar) November 16, 2019 Fifth (and probably final) #pico8 submission to #TweetTweetJam It's a snowboarding game entirely inspired by Jammerboard (https://t.co/qCxk5alaVi) by Alexandre Rousseau because I like it.Play Tweet Tweet Board here:https://t.co/ST0MQf5NXd pic.twitter.com/1vO1w1x1Xe — RhizomaticWarMachine (@RhizomaticWar) November 17, 2019 My entry for #TweetTweetJam: Rainbow Tunnel!
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Boulder, San Jose, and... Ann Arbor? These are America's top 12 tech hubs, according to Bloomberg
Jeff Zehnder/Shutterstock Silicon Valley has long dominated the market for tech talent in the United States.  But according to Bloomberg's 2019 Brain Concentration Index, there are plenty of smaller cities across the country giving the tech hub a run for its money.  Cities on the index are ranked out 100 based on factors, such as what percentage of their populations work in science, technology, engineer or math jobs. Here are the top 12 tech hubs in the US, according to Bloomberg. Visit the Business Insider homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley might have some competition for tech talent from... Ann Arbor, Michigan?  The Bay Area and its surrounding cities have long served as a tech hub that companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google parent Alphabet call home. But according to a new report from Bloomberg, there are smaller cities all over the country creating robust ecosystems of tech talent for companies to capitalize on.  Bloomberg released its 2019 Brain Concentration Index on Monday, a report that shows which cities have a high density of science, technology, engineering, and math professionals.  Each city is scored out of 100 based on three criteria: how many people have jobs in STEM, science and engineering degrees, and advanced degrees. All three metrics are expressed as a percentage of the population of the city. The data goes up to 2018 and was pulled from the US Census report.  Many of the top cities on the lists are known as college towns or have a high concentration of universities in the surrounding area. And, of course, San Francisco makes an appearance. Here are the top 12 tech hubs across America, according to Bloomberg's 2019 Brain Concentration Index. The list is ranked in increasing order of each city's score out of 100. 12. Fort Collins, CO Downtown Fort Collins/Facebook Score: 95.5 STEM job holders: 4.6%  Science and engineering degree holders: 13.4%  Advanced degree holders: 12.8%  Source: Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index   11. Seattle, WA Shutterstock Score: 95.57 STEM job holders: 6.2%  Science and engineering degree holders: 13.5%  Advanced degree holders: 11.8%  Source: Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index   10. Madison, WI Getty Images Score: 95.83 STEM job holders: 5.7%  Science and engineering degree holders: 12.8%  Advanced degree holders: 12.5%  Source: Bloomberg Brain Concentration Index   See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:GOLDMAN SACHS: Equity traders are expecting an economic acceleration — and these 12 stocks are best positioned to skyrocket as conditions improvePayPal's former finance chief says Bank of America closed his account with 'absolutely no explanation'34 of the most dangerous things science has strongly linked to cancer
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Gerard Pique hopes to avoid own goal in $3 billion Davis Cup revamp
He's a World Cup winner and one of Spain's most celebrated footballers, but Gerard Pique hopes to avoid an own goal in his controversial $3 billion revamp of tennis' Davis Cup that began in front of a less than packed house in Madrid this week.
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Swedish prosecutors drop rape inquiry into Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently in custody in the UK
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Girl kidnapped on street out of mother's arms, then rescued in dramatic hotel raid
A young girl snatched from her mother's arms on a Texas street was traced two days later to a nearby hotel, where cops busted down the door and arrested the kidnapper. Here's an Inside Edition segment showing the kidnapping, partically capture from a nearby video doorbell, and the hotel raid. Seven months after an 8-year-old girl was kidnapped while walking with her mom in their Texas neighborhood, police released heart-stopping video of the moment officers busted into the suspect's hotel room and rescued her. Michael Webb, 51, kidnapped the 8-year-old girl on May 18 as she was walking with her mom in Fort Worth. As the distraught mom tried to fight him off, he was able to get the girl in his car and take off. She called 911 and police immediately went searching for the girl. They almost bungled it. Acting on a tip, police in nearby Forest Hill searched Webb’s hotel room early the next day but didn’t find her. Two hours later, after getting another tip, Forest Hill and Fort Worth police responded. The girl was found hidden in a laundry basket. The Forest Hill police chief fired a sergeant who expressed doubt about the tip that led to the second visit. Read the rest
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PayPal's former finance chief says Bank of America closed his account with 'absolutely no explanation'
Brian Ach/Getty PayPal's former finance chief revealed Bank of America closed his account without giving a reason, sparking conspiracies that he may have been banned for trading bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Roelof Botha is a partner at Sequoia Capital and a board member of Square, Bird, and other technology companies. Botha tweeted that the bank "decided to fire me as their customer" after 20 years. Seed investor Manu Kumar replied to Botha's tweet saying Bank of America also shut his fund's account at the start of this year without giving an explanation. View Business Insider's homepage for more stories. PayPal's former finance chief revealed Bank of America closed his account without explanation, sparking conspiracies that he may have been banned for trading bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Roelof Botha, a partner at Sequoia Capital and one of Silicon Valley's most famous investors, shared the news in a tweet on Monday.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:Trump reportedly shelved a ban on flavored e-cigarettes to avoid angering votersTrump hails 'cash' coming from US aid package to farmers caught in the China trade war's crosshairsState-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco is worth up to $1.7 trillion in a new IPO range, setting the stage for the world's largest public listing
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Thousands of hacked Disney+ accounts are being sold on dark web
Hackers are selling thousands of Disney+ accounts on the black market following the streaming service’s error-plagued launch. Hacked accounts have appeared on the dark web for as little as $3 a pop — less than half the $6.99 monthly price of a Disney+ subscription — in the week since the site’s Nov. 12 debut, multiple...
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Last Christmas: hearts, history and Heal the Pain – discuss with spoilers
Does the trailer reveal too much? Did anyone bother to check the dates of the Yugoslav wars? And can a George Michael vehicle really be as sexless as a stollen?•This article contains spoilers!The contemporary culture of spoiler paranoia is hardly ever one that collides with the romantic comedy genre: who walks into a romcom not knowing more or less what’s going to happen by the time the credits roll? Last Christmas, however, is a bit of an exception: from the moment the trailer for the latest fuzzy diversion from Bridesmaids director Paul Feig hit the internet back in August, it seemed clear this one wouldn’t end in the usual way. Were we right? Nothing but spoilers ahead, obviously. Continue reading...
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Bizagi’s process automation platform gets AI decisioning and Azure Cognitive Services integration
Bizagi added an Azure Cognitive Services integration to complete its "information conveyor belt" of intelligent process automation for businesses.
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The Unexpected Benefits of Pursuing a Passion Outside of Work
Studies show that it can be better for your engagement — and health.
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Disney has released its list of the top 15 holiday toys for 2019 — including gifts for Avengers fans, a Frozen castle, and more
shopDisney shopDisney and the Disney Store have named their top toys for 2019, all available online. There's something for every type of kid, from the LEGO lover to the one who can't get enough of "Frozen." There are affordable gifts like $19.95 Simba plush all the way up to the $329.99 Disneyland LEGO train set. Check out all of our 2019 holiday gift ideas here. For the second year, Disney has released its list of the top holiday toys for 2019. From a LEGO Disney train, to Elsa and Anna's Arendelle castle, to figures from the upcoming "Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker," there's something for every kid and every age.  If you're looking for gift ideas, scroll through to find toys from "Star Wars," Marvel, "Frozen," and "Toy Story" ad more. They're all available at shopDisney and in Disney stores, so you can easily get something for every kid on your list. And for those who love to watch classic and new Disney shows and films, a Disney Plus subscription ($6.99/month or $69.99/year) is a great gift. Read all about Disney's new streaming service here. Here are Disney's top holiday toys for 2019:For the Minnie Mouse fan shopDisney Minnie Mouse Flower Cart Play Set, $49.95 Help raise a future gardener with the Minnie Mouse Flower Cart Play Set. Included in this colorful cart are flower pots, seed packets, tools, and cash for when they pretend to sell you some of their bounty. For the Woody fan shopDisney Woody Interactive Talking Action Figure, $32.95 Just like in the "Toy Story" movies, this Woody talks. Pull his string, and he'll say film phrases like ''Trash? You're not going in the trash,'' ''Operation pull-toy,'' and ''Hang on, little guy.'' This Woody can also detect when another "Toy Story" interactive figure is nearby and will say unique lines related to that character. For the Disney character fan shopDisney Disney Animators' Collection Mini Doll Gift Set, $99.95 The Disney Animators doll series is an adorable take on classic Disney characters. These beloved icons are reimagined into sweet toddler forms, and in this set, they're all mini. The doll set includes 14 5-inch figures including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Tinker Bell, Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Moana, Merida, Tiana, and Charlotte as well as various accessories.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:25 thoughtful and work-appropriate gifts for your boss — all under $50The 17 best Christmas movies on Hulu you can stream right nowThe top 20 Black Friday bestsellers among Business Insider readers last year
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Paddling the world's brightest bioluminescent bay
A dazzling, trippy wonder, Mosquito Bay is the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. You'll find the glow on the Puerto Rican island of Vieques, seven miles off the southeast coast of Puerto Rico's main island.
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Emilia Clarke says she's been pressured to perform nude scenes so she doesn't disappoint 'Game of Thrones' fans
HBO Emilia Clarke said she has been told on certain projects that it would disappoint "Game of Thrones" fans if she didn't perform a nude scene. The "Last Christmas" star told Dax Shepard on his podcast "Armchair Expert" that she refused to be nude in a project as she wasn't told in advance.  "I've had fights on-set before where I'm like, 'No, the sheet stays up,' and they're like, 'You don't wanna disappoint your 'Game of Thrones' fans.' And I'm like, 'F--- you.'" Clarke also said she felt overwhelmed with the "f--- ton of nudity" in the first season of "Game of Thrones," as someone who came "fresh from drama school." While she feels more comfortable with nude scenes now, Clarke also credits Jason Momoa who played Khal Drogo in "Thrones," for empowering her to have more autonomy over her body. "When I got to do them with Jason, [the nude scenes] were wonderful, because he was like, 'No, sweetie, this isn't okay.' And I was like, 'Ohhhh.'" Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Emilia Clarke has revealed that she once refused to perform a nude scene on the set of a project, despite being told that it would "disappoint" her Game of Thrones fans. While discussing on-screen nudity with Dax Shepard on his podcast Armchair Expert, the Last Christmas actor recalled being asked to perform a nude scene she hadn't agreed to in advance.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A 45-year-long study discovered trends in successful hyper-intelligent childrenSee Also:Emilia Clarke stopped Googling herself and reading reviews within a year after 'Game of Thrones' premieredLana Del Rey sang 'my vape is killing me' while holding her throat during a performance of 'Cinnamon Girl'Matthew Perry shared a meme comparing Chandler's dance moves to Joaquin Phoenix's in 'Joker': 'You're welcome'
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New Zealand-born pair named in Wayne Pivac's first Wales squad
Johnny McNicholl and Willis Halaholo in on residencyPivac to come up against predecessor Warren GatlandThe new Wales head coach, Wayne Pivac, has named a 35-man squad for his first match in charge, against the Barbarians.Pivac’s group for the non-cap game in Cardiff on 30 November includes the New Zealand-born backs Johnny McNicholl and Willis Halaholo, who both qualify on residency. Three other uncapped players named are Ashton Hewitt, Shane Lewis-Hughes and Taine Basham, while 22 of the squad were involved at the World Cup. Continue reading...
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Joshua Buatsi on Floyd Mayweather's money advice, moving from Ghana & education
British boxer Joshua Buatsi gives BBC Sport an insight into moving from Ghana to England, his love of boxing and the money advice legend Floyd Mayweather gave to him.
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Open AWS database leaks PayMyTab customers’ personal info
The personal records of PayMyTab customers have been left exposed online due to an unsecured Amazon data storage bucket. The database was discovered by vpnMentor security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar last month, who shared their findings exclusively with TNW. PayMyTab — an at-table payment system — is a mobile app and device that enables diners to settle their checks using their secure EMV chip-enabled credit card. It also enables guests to split the bill and pay it, tip included, directly from their own phones. The leaked personal information included the following details: Customer’s name Email address or cell telephone… This story continues at The Next Web
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Vieques, Puerto Rico: A wild Caribbean escape
This Puerto Rican island was once a Navy bombing range. It's now home to wild horses, affordable accommodations and quiet, crowd-free beaches.
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Pirelli's 5G tire warns other vehicles about dangerous road conditions
The future of cars is connectivity, with vehicles able to communicate with infrastructure like traffic lights and to share information about traffic conditions with other drivers and local authorities. Tire manufacturer Pirelli is bringing its own ap...
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This hi-tech turntable brings your vinyl into the modern age
Vinyl is officially back. People are hearing the proof behind the initial "retro" excitement: that records really do have a richer sound. And if you haven't switched to old-school records for serious listening, it's a new golden age. Why? Because quality turntables like the Altec Lansing ALT-500 are finally available to a market other than rich audiophiles. This unit comes with everything you need to start playing: A stylus cartridge, 45 RPM adapter, auto stop feature and two built-in hidden speakers. But there are some definite upgrades for modern listeners in terms of output. You can transmit sound to your own speakers through left-right RCA jacks. It's also compatible with Bluetooth technology, so you can use your wireless speakers or headphones. You can even stream in reverse, playing music from your own device through the ALT-500's speakers. The Altec Lansing ALT-500 Turntable is already half off the retail cost of $150, but you can take an extra 15% off by using the online promo code BFSAVE15 - for a final price of $63.74. Read the rest
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Cerebras Systems deploys the ‘world’s fastest AI computer’ at Argonne National Lab
The CS-1 supercomputer has six Cerebras wafers in one system, with more than 1.2 trillion transistors on each wafer.
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Salesforce launches Cloud Voice, Einstein Voice Assistant, and Voice Skills
At its annual Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Salesforce announced several new products and services, including Einstein Voice Assistant.
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A Tiny Bug Ended My NFL Career—and Almost My Life
During my nine years in the NFL, I ruptured tendons in my fingers, suffered multiple concussions, and broke several bones. I tore my ACL, MCL, and PCL, and completely blew out my left knee. That last injury should have ended my career. But it didn’t. I put myself back together and played through the pain.…
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