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Good tech can get really expensive really quickly—here are some affordable gems.
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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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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.
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.
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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Takeaway CEO has no plans to raise $5.5 billion Just Eat bid 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 .
Israel-Gaza tensions rise after IDF kills Islamic Jihad leader
Baha Abu Al-Ata, a senior commander of Gaza Strip militant group Islamic Jihad, was among several people killed in Israeli air strikes, according to Palestinian Health Ministry officials.
This looks like Mark Zuckerberg's secret TikTok account, which follows celebrities and famous internet creators
Mark Zuckerberg quietly created a TikTok account, BuzzFeed's Ryan Mac first reported. The account is not verified but uses the handle "@finkd", which is the same as Zuckerberg's handle on Twitter. It's also tied to his verified Instagram account. Zuckerberg only follows 61 people on TikTok and doesn't seem to have posted anything. He follows celebrities like Ariana Grande and Selena Gomez, but mostly he follows TikTok superstars like Loren Gray and Jacob Sartorius. TikTok has become a formidable rival to Facebook, and is hugely popular with Generation Z — a demographic which has been abandoning Facebook. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Mark Zuckerberg appears to be keeping a watchful eye on growing teen sensation TikTok, so much so that he quietly created his own account. A BuzzFeed report published Wednesday revealed that in 2016 Facebook entered talks to acquire, the lip-syncing app from which TikTok eventually sprang. The talks didn't come to fruition and in 2017 was bought by Chinese tech giant ByteDance and merged with its existing short-form video app Douyin to form TikTok.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Apple just revealed its AirPods Pro for $249, which feature noise cancellation. Here's everything that was wrong with the $159 pair of the wireless headphones.See Also:Mark Zuckerberg says TikTok is a threat to democracy, but didn't say he spent 6 months trying to buy its predecessorAn anonymous memo alleging ongoing racism at Facebook is circulating inside the companyEU Commissioner Vestager slammed Mark Zuckerberg for allowing lies in political ads: That's not democracy, it's 'manipulation'SEE ALSO: These are the 32 biggest stars on TikTok, the viral video app teens can't get enough of
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Watch live: Trump and Turkey's Erdogan speak at the White House
The high-stakes visit comes weeks after Turkey launched an offensive against a U.S. ally in Syria
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Hospital plans to take girl off life support against family's wishes
Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center planned to stop treatment for Tinslee Lewis after invoking the state's "10-day rule"
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Living with range anxiety: Two weeks with the Jaguar I-Pace
We tested the I-Pace in the dead of winter and the heat of summer.
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The Morning After: More 16-inch MacBook Pro rumors
Hey, good morning! You look fabulous. We're bracing for a big update from Apple and digging into a 'maclunkey' first day for Disney+ streaming. Minecraft Earth is available for you to play, and Goldman Sachs is looking into how credit scores are bei...
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This Yankee Candle Christmas gift set is about as festive as it gets
TL;DR: The festive Yankee Candle Christmas gift set is on sale for £27.99 on Amazon, saving you 61% on list price. You can dress your house with all the tinsel in the world, but it's not really Christmas without some festive smells filling up your nostrils with nostalgia. It's not practical to cook a turkey every day of the festive period, purely with the intention of creating a festive ambience, so your best bet are probably candles. These little lights can fill the whole house with the sweet scents of Christmas. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: When is it and what are the best deals in the UK? Read more...More about Candle, Yankee, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Spain's all-time leading goalscorer announces retirement
After 19 years, 14 major trophies and more than 400 goals, David Villa has announced his retirement from football.
Unilever appoints Nils Andersen as chairman, replacing Dekkers
Unilever named Danish businessman Nils Andersen as chairman on Wednesday, hoping his experience of consumer goods and logistics will help the group navigate a slowdown in its biggest markets and re-energize its foods business.
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Google to offer checking accounts for consumers - WSJ
Alphabet Inc's Google will offer checking accounts to customers starting next year in a finance push, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.
Brexit drove Tesla to pick Berlin over Britain for new factory: report
Britain missed its chance to host the first European factory of U.S. electric vehicle pioneer Tesla because of Brexit, Chief Executive Elon Musk said in remarks reported on Wednesday.
Key US diplomats to testify in first public impeachment hearing
The House is taking a historic step forward Wednesday in its impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, holding public hearings that Democrats hope will show the public that the President abused the power of his office to obtain dirt on a potential 2020 rival while withholding vital security aid from Ukraine. - RSS Channel
Polanski film premiere disrupted by rape accusations protest
Demonstrators in Paris blocked the French debut of Roman Polanski’s new movie, An Officer and a Spy, after a fresh allegation against the directorProtesters disrupted the first screening in France of Roman Polanski’s new film on Tuesday, after the publication of a new rape accusation against the French-Polish director.A group of about 40 activists blocked the screening of the French premiere of Polanski’s J’accuse (An Officer and a Spy) at a cinema in Rue Champollion, although the film was screened elsewhere in Paris. Continue reading...
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Staff lawyers to take star role in first hearings on impeachment
The underpaid and overworked lawyers on Capitol Hill will have their turn in the spotlight on Wednesday, as Daniel Goldman and Steve Castor emerge from their temporary home in the basement of the Capitol to publicly question for the first time key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. - RSS Channel
Venice's famous canals are flooded and the mayor blames climate change
Photos surfacing on social media show desperate shopkeepers at St. Mark's Square and overturned ferries near the city's canals.       
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Alibaba poised for record HK IPO - sources
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is poised to launch a Hong Kong share sale expected to raise up to $13.4 billion as soon as Thursday, according to sources. David Pollard reports.
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Netflix UK offers the first episode of 'The Crown' season 3 for free
As the so-called streaming war intensifies, companies have to seek out new ways to attract subscribers to their platforms -- and Netflix thinks offering freebies might be the way to go. When season three of smash hit period drama The Crown hits UK Ne...
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With newly added AWD, Toyota’s Camry and Avalon are ready to battle winter
The Toyota Camry and Toyota Avalon are getting optional all-wheel drive, which should make both sedans a more practical option in snowy regions of the country.
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How to cook saag paneer - recipe | Felicity Cloake’s masterclass
The Indian restaurant classic spinach-and-curd-cheese side dish gets the Felicity Cloake treatmentSaag paneer has long been my go-to side dish in Indian restaurants, but having managed to recreate the magic of these deliciously oily, garlicky greens dotted with plump pillows of fresh curd cheese, these days I increasingly find myself eating it at home with nothing more than a warm flatbread for company. (Note: to make this vegan, use extra-firm tofu instead of the paneer.)Prep 15 min, plus draining timeCook 10 minServes 4 as a side Continue reading...
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Burned by Sam McBride review – the inside story of the ‘cash for ash’ scandal
A compelling exposé of blunders and sleaze with implications for the election and Northern Ireland’s future in the UKThe story has all the elements to lull you to sleep: state subsidies, bureaucratic jargon, poultry farms, committee meetings, wood pellet boilers. Throw in arcana about tariff methodologies and photovoltaic panels and it sounds bewildering as well as boring. In fact Sam McBride’s Burned is a compelling exposé of a system gone rotten. It’s about greed, sleaze and dysfunction, a saga of incompetence, nitwittedness and knavery by those who ran Northern Ireland until the scandal broke and collapsed the power-sharing government in January 2017. Almost three years later there is still a power vacuum and Stormont, the seat of the assembly and executive sited on a grand estate outside Belfast, remains mothballed.The botched renewable heat initiative (RHI), which spiralled out of control and triggered the implosion, is due soon for a denouement in the form of a public inquiry report that is expected to chronicle the fiasco in exhaustive, damning detail. McBride’s book delivers its own analysis. Running to almost 400 pages including notes and index, it raises profound questions about governance and accountability in Northern Ireland – and the region’s place in the UK. With timing that is fortuitous or cruel, depending on your perspective, Burned showers blistering sparks on the Democratic Unionist party just as it tries to persuade voters to return its 10 MPs to Westminster. DUP leaders threatened legal action in a vain effort to douse some revelations. As political editor of the Belfast News Letter, McBride is a convincing messenger. A respected, dogged journalist who works for a pro-union newspaper, he is no cheerleader for Sinn Féin. Continue reading...
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Coby White can be a microwave scorer for the NBA’s next generation
Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images The Bulls rookie can get hot in a hurry. Coby White was in a funk heading into the fourth quarter of the Chicago Bulls’ meeting with the New York Knicks on Tuesday night. The rookie was 0-for-5 from the field in the game and had missed 26 of his last 29 threes dating back to the start of the month. Tied going into the final frame, Chicago really did not want to lose to a Knicks team in crisis for the second time this season. White finally saw a three-pointer go down a minute into the fourth quarter to put the Bulls up one. He hit another on the next possession, and then another. When the final horn sounded, White had broken an NBA rookie record with seven fourth quarter three-pointers to carry the Bulls to a 120-102 win over New York. White also added a late layup to finish with 23 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to close out the game. That’s one way to break out of a slump. This was only the eleventh game of White’s career, but he can already say he’s been directly responsible for leading the Bulls to two of their four wins. White also erupted in his second game to score 25 points against the Memphis Grizzlies to give Chicago its first W. The Bulls knew they were getting a bucket-getter when they selected White with the No. 7 overall pick in June. It’s been an up-and-down rookie season thus far, but when White gets going, he looks like he could be the spiritual heir to the microwave scoring throne once held down by the likes of Vinnie Johnson and Jamal Crawford. Coby White never lacks confidence as a shooter Despite White’s recent struggles, he never stopped shooting. He entered averaging more than 18 field goal attempts per-36 minutes while taking 42 percent of those attempts from three-point range. How does a shooter break out of a slump? Just keep firing. Coby White is the first rookie in NBA history to knock down seven 3-Pt FG in a quarter.He couldn't be stopped in the 4th— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 13, 2019 Here’s how Coby got his seven threes in the fourth quarter: White’s first make was a one-dribble pull-up in semi transition His second three was a one-dribble step-back going left His third was a catch-and-shoot from the right wing off a feed from Ryan Arcidiacono Make No. 4 was a catch-and-shoot from the right wing off a feed from Kris Dunn The fifth triple was a catch-and-shoot off a feed from Arcidiacono after Wendell Carter Jr. grabbed an offensive rebound The sixth made three was a catch-and-shoot from the top of the key off a feed from LaVine The seventh was that ridiculous one-dribble step-back that’s embedded above That’s seven three-pointers on just three dribbles in the fourth quarter. White wasn’t thinking about his shooting slump, he was just letting it fly. That’s a trait every great microwave scorer throughout history has had. White had been struggling before this breakout White’s standout performance in his second career game against Memphis earned him some goodwill from coach Jim Boylen and Bulls fans, but the truth is that he has been struggling immensely this year. White entered the night averaging 11 points per game, but he was shooting just 34 percent from the field, 21 percent on threes, and below 70 percent from the foul line. It hurt to look at his 42 percent true shooting percentage Even after his fourth quarter explosion against the Knicks, White is still only shooting 28 percent from three-point range on the year. This is to say: it’s important to keep White’s role and function in perspective even after a historic night. Still only 19 years old, his game has plenty of room to grow. White needs to learn how to read to the floor so he can leverage the threat of his scoring to make his teammates better. He needs to learn how to get to the foul line when his shot isn’t falling. He needs to add strength so he can absorb contact around the rim and get tougher defensively. White always has his top-end speed to fall back on, but his effectiveness is also exclusively tied to whether his jump shot is falling right now. Maybe he’ll always just be a streaky bench scorer. Maybe he turns into a speedy starting-caliber guard who can play either backcourt spot. For a young player with so much possible variation in his long-term skill set, sometimes it’s best just to set back and appreciate the early moments of promise. All White needed was a visit from Roy Williams That's so love ❤️— Bulls Talk (@NBCSBulls) November 13, 2019 Roy Williams, White’s coach at North Carolina, likes to visit his former players during their rookie years. He came to see White in Chicago on Tuesday. When he was interviewed on the TV broadcast, Williams said he was just hoping to bring White a little luck to break out of his slump. That happened in a big way when the fourth quarter came around. This is the White that Williams knows. White broke high school scoring records in the state of North Carolina as a prep star, then became a one-and-done lottery pick at UNC after most initially thought he’d need to spend multiple years in college. It’s remarkable to think the Bulls’ franchise record for three-point makes in a game is nine, and a rookie just hit seven in one quarter. White’s quick-hit scoring is always what’s defined him. The Bulls got an early sign of how beautiful that can be.
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Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images After an upset-filled wreaked havoc on our experts’ picks, the panel is hoping for a return to normalcy in Week 11. The most brutal week of upsets, at least so far, is in the books. Everybody on our 10-expert panel left Week 10 with a losing record after the NFL dished out a ton of unexpected results. Nobody predicted the one-win Falcons would go on the road and snap the Saints’ six-game winning streak. And just about everybody thought the Chiefs would beat the Titans, and the Giants would beat the Jets. Wrong, wrong, and wrong. The NFL can be an unpredictable, but Week 11 looks ripe for a return to normalcy. Few games have the panel split at all. Just about all our experts think the Cowboys, Bills, Saints, and 49ers will get back to winning, while the Falcons and Dolphins will return to their losing ways. The few games that were actually tough to agree upon included the pillow fight between Washington and the Jets, as well as two pivotal divisional matchups. Jaguars-Colts and Steelers-Browns are key duels in the AFC Nick Foles is finally back for the Jaguars and he’ll probably be facing the Jacoby Brissett-led Colts in his return. Brissett told reporters that he felt ready to play in Week 10 after suffering a knee injury the week prior, but he was held out by coach Frank Reich instead. Even if Brissett’s back, it’s still a hard game to figure out. Jacksonville only got eight throws out of Foles in Week 1 before he suffered a broken clavicle that landed him on injured reserve. With Gardner Minshew at the helm, the Jaguars had moments of brilliance along with stretches of ineptitude. The Jaguars desperately need a win to get back to .500 and in the thick of the AFC South and AFC Wild Card races. The Colts need to bounce back from a loss to the Dolphins if they hope to keep pace with the Texans for the division title. Similar stakes are on the line in Cleveland on Thursday. The Browns’ playoff chances aren’t quite shot yet, but they can’t afford many — if any — missteps. A win against the Steelers would get the Browns to 4-6 and keep hope alive, while Pittsburgh has a chance to make it five in a row and improve to 6-4. There just doesn’t seem to be much trust that Mason Rudolph is actually the quarterback capable of getting the Steelers in the postseason. Our experts are leaning toward the Jaguars and Browns in those two contests. Meet the Good Dog of Week 11: Toby Tiberius StoneyCreek Eggleston is a purebred beagle who goes by the name Toby. He is two years old and has lived with SB Nation editor Sam Eggleston, along with Kim and Shaylyn Eggleston, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan his entire life. He loves Kim more than anything in the world, especially enjoys trying to run away to chase other mammals, and is a master at being cute, most notably when there are treats on the line. Toby made his picks by having a blue bowl and a red bowl in front of him with a piece of kibble placed in each. The red bowl represented the home team of each game, and the blue bowl represented the visitors. Whichever bowl he ate out of first was his pick, and he was pretty happy that he also got to then eat the loser kibble as well. Toby made some very good choices this week, such as Baltimore winning behind the ability of Lamar Jackson, and San Francisco getting back to winning. Of course, Toby also showed some questionable decision making, like picking Denver to beat Minnesota, Sam’s team of the Chargers upsetting Kansas City, and Cincinnati topping the Raiders. When asked why he picked so many cats to win (Lions, Jaguars and Bengals), he simply stared off into space, perhaps thinking fondly of his feline companions Milo and Binks. Week 11 picks Here are all our picks for Week 11, although they can still change by Friday, in case injury news changes our mind. The guest picker of Week 11 is Eric Thompson, a manager at our Vikings blog, Daily Norseman:
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Han Shot First, but leave Lucas’ edits in Star Wars forever
Whew! Disney+ has launched and the only place with more content than its app is our website. Wow okay that was corny, I’m sorry, but something about Disney brings out the safe, anodyne jokes. Really, though, we’ve got quite a lot of good things to read about how to watch it, if The Mandalorian is any good, and explaining what’s up with the new 4K HDR versions of the original Star Wars trilogy. You know, the ones that include yet another unasked-for edit from George Lucas, specifically of the most controversial edit he ever made on a special edition. Yes, George Lucas changed Han Solo’s scene with Greedo in Star Wars: A New Hope, Disney confirmed. Technically, it seems as though both shoot in the same frame in this edit, though it happens after Greedo says “Maclunkey,” which is a word that doesn’t get translated on screen in subtitle because it probably means something too filthy to be displayed in a rated-PG movie. It also handily is pronounced “My clunky,” which is precisely how I like to imagine Lucas refers to the pacing of his edits. BREAKING: Greedo shouting "Maclunkey" isn't the only major change to the Original #starwars trilogy on #DisneyPlus— Eric Fell (@ericfell) November 12, 2019 I am about to give you the hottest of my takes, sealed away since the ‘90s in my own personal Disney Vault. Here goes nothing: Han shot first, but leave Lucas’ edits in. Never change it back to the original version, never release an edition that doesn’t have Greedo shooting first or — at minimum — simultaneously with Han. Hear me out on this. First of all, let me speak to my fellow old people, those of us who saw Star Wars in the theater or on VHS as it was first edited, before the Special Editions changed everything. Let’s tell each other a real truth: although you thought of Han Solo as a gruff rapscallion with a heart of gold, you emphasized the “heart of gold” part in your mind. It wasn’t until you heard about the edit that you thought about the possibility that Han Solo is a murderer. He straight up killed a dude who was probably going to shoot him but Han didn’t know that for sure. Han shot first in the original movie, but it was a small moment of character introduction that didn’t have a hundredth of the impact of Han Shot First, the movement of outraged fans making internet memes before there were places to easily spread memes. When George Lucas changed that scene, he didn’t make Han Solo suddenly nicer and safer, he made Han Solo more dangerous and scary. He literally Streisand-effected the moment of Han’s first shot when he tried to edit it away. Nobody paid attention to that moment of potential murder and what it meant for Han’s character until Lucas tried to erase it. That idea is part of the culture of Star Wars now. There are generations of people who see the movie and only learn later that Han Shot First. It is a piece of apocrypha that is ironically the most canonized part of Han’s character now. On my early morning scrub-through, it looks like the timing has been adjusted farther and they now shoot on the same frame.— Star Wars Visual Comparisons (@StarWarsVisComp) November 12, 2019 It’s sort of obvious to me from all the many tweaks Lucas has made to that scene over the years that Han Shot First annoys the hell out of him. Maybe it’s his desire to have his auteur’s vision define the canon of Star Wars instead of fans. Maybe he really doesn’t think of Han as that bad of a guy and really wants us to see him that way too. But in changing the scene, Lucas has only continued to call attention to the meme. I think it’s part of Star Wars now. Han Shot First is outside the frame in our narrative but it’s also right there in the movie itself, revealed in the ever-more awkward cuts. I don’t ever want there to be an edition where Han actually shoots first again, because that moment of meta-textual awareness when you see him shooting second or when somebody tells you for the first time that Han Shot First is important. It de-mythologizes the grand myth of Star Wars, turns it into just a thing that people made up and then kept tweaking. It helps you recognize that it could have been made other ways. It makes you think about story and character building in a way you might not otherwise. One of the reasons I love Star Wars fandom — and really, any fandom — is that we chose to make this our myth. Knowing that the myth itself involves choices we can disagree about keeps that myth from becoming religion. It keeps the myth vibrant and alive. Most of all, staying aware of those choices makes that myth ours. (Don’t talk to me about Blade Runner cuts though. There’s only one true one and I won’t accept any discussion about it.) Disney+ launches + Here’s all the news in one spot:Disney+: news and updates on Walt Disney’s streaming service + How to stream Disney+ You may think this is a simple answer and in some ways it is, but in other ways there are so many, many little details that might matter. + Disney+ experiencing ‘unable to connect’ errors on launch day Some time ago this newsletter featured an essay expressing hope that Disney would nail the technical side of its streaming service thanks to the high stakes and the bona fides of BAMtech, the streaming company Disney bought. Oh well, there’s always day two through two thousand to get it right. + The Mandalorian’s first episode shows that Star Wars can work on the small screen I am here for this: putting more Western into the Space Western. Chaim Gartenberg reviews: The heavily Western mood does suggest that Disney is learning from its blockbuster Marvel franchise, which has seen massive success by dropping the MCU formula and characters into different genres. Much like how Captain America: The Winter Soldier is designed in the vein of classic spy films or the Ant-Man films are modeled after superheroic heists, The Mandalorian wears its influences proudly. + Disney+ doesn’t have to sell anyone on streaming Good analysis from Julia Alexander. There is no other company in the world that can simply say “if you want these movies -- and you know which movies I’m talking about -- subscribe to our service.” + How to get a year of free Disney+ from Verizon You know that moment when you learn that there are multiple levels of infinity in math and you struggle to wrap your head around it and at some point you think you have it but it slips away? Whoever is in charge of Verizon’s naming scheme is Galaxy Braining that situation: First, you have to subscribe to one of Verizon’s Unlimited plans, including Go Unlimited, Beyond Unlimited, Above Unlimited, Get More Unlimited, Do More Unlimited, Play More Unlimited, or Start Unlimited. + Disney will tolerate password sharing on Disney+ — for now In context, this makes perfect sense and seems reasonable. But imagine Emperor Palpatine saying it in another context. Disney has tools at its disposal if password sharing gets out of hand or becomes an obstacle that stunts Disney+’s growth. “We have created some technology that’s in the backend that we will use to understand behavior,” Paull said. “And when we see behavior that doesn’t make sense, we have mechanisms that we’ve put in place that will deal with it.” Reviews + Snap Spectacles 3 review: reaching new depths It seems clear from Casey Newton’s review (watch the video!) that Snap doesn’t have illusions of making this edition a mass market success. It’s embracing the nice nature and focusing on better content creation. That is, I think, actually very smart for this kind of product: The marquee feature on Spectacles 3 is a new kind of Snapchat filter that takes advantage of the glasses’ depth perception to create a new category of 3D effects. There are 10 of these depth perception effects available at launch — adding disco lights that bend as they hit your body; big red hearts that pop as you move through them, and so on. + Disappointing:Master & Dynamic’s MH40 Wireless look and feel like $300, but don’t sound like it + The best smartwatch to buy for your iPhone + The best smartwatch to buy if you have an Android phone More from The Verge + Impeachment podcasts are about more than Trump Ashley Carman gets into the biggest trend in podcasting. I found this part fascinating: Although, on the surface, it might seem like putting all this effort into an RSS feed for a show with an expiration date is unproductive, WNYC says the effort won’t go to waste, even if people stop listening to the impeachment show once the proceedings end. The feeds can be reinvented or used in the future to promote shows, according to WNYC spokesperson Brisa Robinson. Thinking about RSS feeds as promotional tools is “standard practice,” she says, even for shows the team knows will be short-run series. + This new HyperJuice 100W GaN charger could be the charger of your dreams I think this has a better than even chance of successfully launching, given Hyper’s history. And if it does, it has a better than even chance of being the charger in my bag. My only hesitation is that I prefer chargers that don’t take up more than their fair share of space on the power strip. + The problem with Google’s health care ambitions is that no one knows where they end You could summarize most of this by saying Google is building a search engine for health care providers, aka following its long-held corporate mission “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” But it seems the Ascension deal also includes some far-reaching research, particularly using AI and machine learning. This is where we get to the second part of Google’s mission statement — making information useful — and it’s here that the company’s ambitions seem limitless. + E-bikes are coming back to San Francisco after Lyft resolves issues with battery fires I’m glad the bikes were pulled, I’m gladder they’re coming back, but I’d be gladdest if San Francisco (and every city really) was more aggressive at creating more and safer bike lanes. The city’s main artery — Market St — is about to go bus and taxi-only, at least. It’s a start. + Twitch Studio, the company’s streaming software for new users, is now in open beta After a couple months of big-name streamers bailing on the platform, this is a nice piece of good news. + Minecraft Earth is now available in early access in the US Done right, this could have more staying power than Pokémon Go, even though it may not get the same big cultural moment.
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A new survey reveals that American workers still feel the pressure to work when they're sick — and yet your coworkers would probably prefer you stayed home
Shutterstock A new survey by OneStudy and Robitussin found that 78% of respondents feel pressured to power through the workday when they're sick. That's because of the stress of calling out — 42% said that stress created a "mental wall." In fact, one in three respondents feared that their boss wouldn't consider sickness a valid reason to stay home. But coworkers disagree. Four in 10 respondents would rather take on more work than have to deal with a sick coworker. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. No one really wins when they're sick — especially workers. Ladders have covered the ins-and-outs of workers going to work despite being sick in the past. Seventy percent of parents in the UK said they were guilty of sending their kids to school sick because of work, while a separate study found that 38% of workers still enter the office despite feeling unwell. But what are some of the motives behind the American workforces' inability to just take a sick day? They feel pressured to go to work, according to a new study. A OnePoll study conducted with Robitussin found that 78% of employed respondents said they felt pressured to power through a workday when they were feeling sick due to the stress that comes with calling out sick. The survey, which polled 2,000 Americans, found that 42% of respondents said the stress from attempting to call out created a mental wall from them being able to take a day. That's probably why 69% of respondents said that a bad cough wasn't a valid reason for them to stay home from work — due to one in three fearing their boss wouldn't consider it a valid reason to stay home from work either. Going to work sick might seem like a necessity in some places due to the fear of falling behind on work and being out of the loop for a few days, but your coworkers would appreciate it if you just stayed home. Eighty-two percent of respondents said they'd be annoying if someone showed up to work at the office with just a cough. If that number isn't enough of a warning sign, consider this: Four in 10 respondents said they'd prefer to take on extra work than deal with a sick coworker. While it's basically impossible to avoid getting sick, Americans would give up just about anything including vacation time (37%), social media (36%), their favorite food (33%), sleeping in on weekends (31%), and their favorite TV show (31%) to do so.Top 5 stressful situations BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images 1. Showing up to work sick: 46%2. Sending kids to school knowing they’re sick: 44%3. Canceling plans with friends or family due to illness: 44%4. Feeling a cough coming right before an important presentation: 42%5. Calling out of work sick: 42% See Also:A 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.4 fool-proof ways to prevent the 'Sunday scaries,' according to an executive coachSEE ALSO: Here's how to be a 'jackass whisperer' at work and stop the negativity for good
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Rise of the topknot: why big buns are everywhere
From off-duty models to Instagram yogis, and Rihanna on the red carpet, the messy ’do is a celebrity and influencer staple. Of course you can blame the internetHow did a hairstyle that once signified “off to the garage for some milk” become a fashion phenomenon? Because that’s where we are at with the high bun – or topknot – a hairstyle that is popping up everywhere.The ’do is fast becoming a red-carpet staple, seen on stars from Jennifer Lopez to Katy Perry to Rihanna. At the People’s Choice awards on Sunday, Zendaya wore an unstructured version, while her 16-year-old Euphoria co-star Storm Reid wore a towering bun topped with a star-shaped pin. Last month, when the British women’s team competed at the World Artistic Gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, all six wore the hairstyle. Continue reading...
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It’s not a conspiracy. Boris Johnson is just bad at laying wreaths and mopping floors | Joel Golby
Using old footage of the PM laying a wreath was a rookie error from the BBC. Meanwhile, the Lib Dems get stuck into an Egg McMuffinProud and elated to announce this week that I have managed to fill in two of my election bingo card squares: I got “Nigel Farage is up to something” and “conspiracy row involving the BBC” one day after another. I just need “man on the street yells directly in the face of standing MP”, “viral Sarah Vine column in which she coyly alludes to Michael Gove being horny” and “Jacob Rees-Mogg looms in the background, terribly” and I win a tenner off Chuka Umunna.Anyway, Armistice Day this week, which is either a sombre occasion for reflection on the unfathomably heroic sacrifice hundreds of thousands of soldiers made for our country (good) or a sort of competitive respect event in which there isn’t a single poppy big enough to show our thanks (bad). This year’s Cenotaph-adjacent vein-busters were basically the same as the previous years: “Fury as Jeremy Corbyn fails to shave his head and paint ‘LEST WE FORGET’ across his skull in poppy-red face paint” – and I, for one, am calling for fresh story lines. Nearby, Boris Johnson looked, frankly, as if he’d left my house at 10am in an Uber with a can of Dark Fruit for the road “to perk one up”. He looked like I’d been begging him to get two hours sleep – mate, please, you can use my bed, honestly – but he insists on playing The xx remixes off YouTube instead. Keeps asking me how the PlayStation controller works and whether it is possible to close any more curtains. His phone’s on 1% because he keeps Googling what time the shops open. That sort of thing. Continue reading...
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Trump claims Ivanka has created 14 million jobs since he became president — more than double the 6 million added by the US economy in that time
Screen Grab President Donald Trump claimed that his daughter, White House adviser and businesswoman Ivanka Trump, has created 14 million jobs since 2017.  The figure is more than double the 6 million US jobs created since Trump's inauguration.  Ivanka Trump co-chairs a White House workforce advisory council, which has secured pledges from businesses to create more jobs. It is possible that Trump confused the promise of 14 million more hypothetical jobs for the creation of actual jobs. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. US President Donald Trump gave credit to his daughter Ivanka for creating 14 million jobs in the US during his presidency, even though figures show the entire country has only gained 6 million jobs in that time. Trump made the claim in a speech at the Economic Club of New York on Tuesday in which he praised Ivanka for her advisory work at the White House. 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:Republicans are trying to shift the argument over impeachment to what was going on inside Trump's mind, after testimony tore apart defenses based on factTrump praised Sean Spicer on his 'Dancing With the Stars' performance, then deleted his tweet when he got eliminatedDonald Trump Jr. stormed out of an event for his book — which accuses the left of stifling open debate — after getting heckled for refusing to do a Q&A
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Wilf McGuinness: ‘I thought Munich was the end, that United were finished’
The 82-year-old former Manchester United player and coach talks about the air disaster, Sir Matt Busby and playing for £20 a weekWilf McGuinness is 82 but his face lights up with vivid memories of the man who had such an impact on his life. “Matt Busby was a god,” McGuinness says simply as he looks up with an expression of gratitude and awe and remembers the football manager who turned Manchester United into one of the world’s greatest clubs. “We used to look up at him when we were growing up. We thought: ‘There he is. That’s the boss.’ That’s what we called him. Boss. He was a wonderful man.”McGuinness was one of the original Busby Babes, a team of youthful brilliance which was decimated by the Munich disaster of 1958. He was injured and so missed being on the plane which took the lives of many of his best friends and teammates, while scarring those who survived. McGuinness was part of the second wave of Babes with whom Busby created a new team that would eventually become the first English club to win the European Cup in 1968. Another bad injury had ended his career long before then but Busby respected him so much that he persuaded McGuinness to become a coach at Old Trafford. Continue reading...
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At this creepy death café, it’s your funeral
The Death Awareness Café in Bangkok, Thailand, isn’t your ordinary eatery. Customers trade in their computers for coffins, their black coffee for black bouquets and their morning scones for morgue-like corridors. The bone-chilling establishment isn’t just Instagram’s next bizarre foodie trend — it’s meant to have people reflect on their lives. Professor Veeranut Rojanaprapa, the...
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GLOBAL MARKETS-European shares knocked off four-year highs by Trump speech
European shares fell on Wednesday from four-year highs after U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to "substantially" increase tariffs if China failed to agree a trade deal, and he also took a swipe at European Union trade policies.
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