To fix the problem of deepfakes we must treat the cause, not the symptoms | Matt Beard

Once technology is released, it’s like herding cats. Why do we continue to let the tech sector manage its own mess?

We haven’t yet seen a clear frontrunner emerge as the Democratic candidate for the 2020 US election. But I’ve been interested in another race – the race to see which buzzword is going to be a pivotal issue in political reporting, hot takes and the general political introspection that elections bring. In 2016 it was “fake news”. “Deepfake” is shoring up as one of the leading candidates for 2020.

This week the US House of Representatives intelligence committee asked Facebook, Twitter and Google what they were planning to do to combat deepfakes in the 2020 election. And it’s a fair question. With a bit of work, deepfakes could be convincing and misleading enough to make fake news look like child’s play.

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People are theorizing that Popeyes' chicken sandwich convinced Chick-fil-A to stop donating to controversial groups. Here's the real reason for the change.
Irene Jiang / Business Insider Many people pointed to the success of Popeyes' chicken sandwich as convincing Chick-fil-A to end its donations to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on Monday.  However, Chick-fil-A appears to have cut its controversial donations earlier this year — before Popeyes rolled out its chicken sandwich.  A Chick-fil-A representative said the company's decision was separate from Popeyes' sandwich rollout.  Chick-fil-A's expansion efforts are far more relevant to the donations decision than the arrival of Popeyes' chicken sandwich.   Sign up for Business Insider's retail newsletter, The Drive-Thru, to get more stories like this in your inbox.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When news broke on Monday that Chick-fil-A would no longer donate to the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, many people had one question: Is Popeyes responsible for this?  Chick-fil-A announced that it had changed its donation strategy to focus on groups addressing education, homelessness, and hunger. The company will no longer make multiyear commitments, instead reassessing commitments annually. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: We talked to Kevin Plank right before he stepped down as CEO of Under Armour, and he hinted at why the company may be ready for the changeSee Also:Chick-fil-A is facing backlash after ending donations to controversial Christian charities — but critics are missing an important pointChick-fil-A is ending donations criticized by LGBTQ activists after years of backlashLowe's is once again stretching its holiday deals beyond Black Friday
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The best USB-C hubs you can buy
If you have a laptop with only one or two USB-C ports, you need a USB-C hub with lots of ports to expand your connectivity options. The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is our top pick because it has all the ports you need to make your laptop more versatile. A USB Type-C hub or dock is a great way to add more ports on your laptop or tablet, especially if you have a laptop that only has one or two USB-C ports — whether it's a Mac, PC, or Chromebook, as well as newer iPad Pros and even select Android smartphones There are a few things to consider when you're buying a USB-C hub. For starters, you'll want to think about exactly how many ports you need and what kind of ports you'll use most. For example, you might simply want more USB-A ports. Or, you might want a combination of an HDMI port, SD card reader, Ethernet port, USB-A ports, and USB-C port with power pass-through (to charge a laptop). You'll also want to think about the size and style of the hub since it'll be plugged into your laptop quite often. USB-C hubs can also be expensive, but you want to make sure that the hub will work perfectly and easily. Here are the best USB-C hubs you can buy: Best USB-C hub overall: Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 Best budget USB-C hub: HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C adapter Best basic USB-C hub: Anker 4-port USB-C to USB 3.0 hub Best USB-C hub for MacBook Pro: HyperDrive 7-Port USB Type-C Hub Best USB-C hub for iMac: Satechi Type-C Aluminum Monitor Stand Hub Updated on 11/18/2019 by Les Shu: Updated selections, prices, links, and formatting. Replaced HyperDrive DUO USB-C hub with HyperDrive 7-Port USB Type-C Hub, and added the OWC USB Travel Dock.  The best USB-C hub overall Satechi The Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is well-designed, supports pass-through charging, and has a large variety of ports. If you're looking for a versatile USB-C hub and want one of the best out there, then the Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter V2 is the way to go. It may be a little bulky, but the trade-off is that it features a ton of ports. You'll get three USB-A 3.0 ports, as well as one HDMI port, one USB-C port, and one Ethernet port. You'll also get an SD card slot and a microSD card slot, so those of you who are looking for something to easily transfer data from your camera or phone will appreciate this hub. The HDMI port supports 4K monitors and the Gigabit Ethernet port can handle speeds of 10/100/1000Mbps. For those with only a single USB-C port on their laptop, this hub supports pass-through charging, so you can plug your computer's charger into the hub's USB-C port to charge your computer. It may not charge quite as quick as it does when you plug the charger directly into your computer, but rest assured that you can still charge your laptop with this hub. We tested it out on a MacBook Pro so we could transfer photos from an SD card and it worked like a charm. The Verge also considers it the best USB-C hub. The downsides are that it's a little pricey and it only has one USB-C port, so if you're looking for additional USB-C ports specifically, this may not be the way to go (although there aren't many USB-C-only hubs to recommend at this time).   Pros: Lots of ports, variety of port, nice design Cons: A bit expensive, only one USB-C port The best budget USB-C hub Amazon The HooToo 6-in-1 USB-C adapter is a great way to add more ports and a card reader to your computer at an inexpensive price. Not everyone wants to spend a ton of cash on a USB hub for their computer. That, however, is where the HooToo USB-C Adapter hub comes in. It increases the number of ports on your laptop without a super high price tag. The hub has three USB-A 3.0 ports, is lightweight, and works natively with Macs and PCs. In addition, there is one SD card reader, one HDMI port that supports 4K monitors, and a USB-C port for power up to 100 watts, which is pretty remarkable considering the price. HooToo upgraded this hub with heat-reduction tech to prevent overheating, while the use of copper wiring and other metals helps to create more efficient data transfers, according to the company.  Pros: Three USB ports, card reader, HDMI port, inexpensive, lightweight and pocket-friendly design Cons: USB ports on both sides of hub would have been nice The best with cable management OWC The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is a portable hub with a cable that tucks away neatly and a USB-C port that delivers up to 100 watts of power. The problem with living in the dongle life is, well, the dongle that sticks out like a sore thumb. Other World Computing's second-generation USB-C Travel Dock neatly tucks beneath the device. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock gives you two standard USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an HDMI port to connect to an external monitor or projector, and an SD Card reader. There's also a USB-C port that delivers power up to 100 watts, which means you can charge a laptop or tablet that the dock is connected to; it can also charge laptops faster than other hubs with power pass-through, thanks to the higher wattage. The square-block design sits neatly on any desk, making it suitable as a desktop companion as well as for travel. It's an improvement over the first-generation model, which doesn't have the cable storage system and its USB-C port's power passthrough supports only up to 60 watts. As the name suggests, it's designed for portability primarily, although most of our recommendations allow for that. We have been testing it for several months and found it to be well-made and its performance to be solid. Power is delivered consistently to a MacBook Pro, and it has no problems connecting to a 32-inch external display. It tucks nicely into our bag's interior pocket. We wish the hub was a bit lighter and that is had at least one more USB ports. We also found the cable to be too short; because our test computer is usually elevated, the hub dangles, but this hasn't affected performance. A microSD card slot would have been useful, but we worked around this by using an SD Card adapter. The OWC USB-C Travel Dock is relatively inexpensive, however, if you don't need the cable management, consider our budget option. We like that OWC offers a two-year warranty on the product. — Les Shu Pros: Cable storage system, solid performance and reliability, 100-watt power passthrough Cons: Short cable, only two USB-A ports See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:40 thoughtful and fun tech gifts under $100The best microSD cardsThe best wine glasses
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FEC warns de Blasio over presidential fundraising irregularities
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Santa helps soldier surprise kids with holiday homecoming
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How to find your Apple Watch's serial number using your Apple Watch or iPhone
Getty You can find your Apple Watch serial number in a few different ways. Your Apple Watch serial number provides you with information on which version of the Apple Watch you have.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. While generally speaking, knowing the serial number of your Apple Watch isn't necessarily something you'll need, being able to find it is important should the need arise.  After all, the serial number is the definitive way of identifying your watch and letting you know which model you have. It can also be important when cashing in on a warranty or insurance policy you've taken out on the device, both of which will likely be tied to the watch's serial number. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:How to change the Notes settings on your iPhone to customize how notes are started, saved, and displayedHow to use private browsing on your iPhone, and turn it off when you're done browsingHow to share reminders on an iPhone with iOS 13, and collaborate on lists with others in the Reminders appSEE ALSO: The best Wear OS smartwatches you can buy
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iFixit’s MacBook Pro 16-inch teardown shows how Apple fit in that bigger battery
Photo: iFixit While it’s good news that the new 16-inch MacBook Pro has a solid, comfortable, and well-designed keyboard, there are other interesting changes to the design as well, as detailed by iFixit’s recent teardown. These alterations include a redesigned cooling system and a bigger battery — which explains why this laptop is 0.7mm thicker than its predecessor. Comparing the new MacBook Pro to the 15-inch model, iFixit noticed that the laptop’s exhaust holes are larger; the teardown also reveals fans with larger blades which, according to the article, will be able to push 28 percent more air through the system’s innards. Photo: iFixit And apparently those fans are needed for the system’s 99.8 Wh battery which, says iFixit,... Continue reading…
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16 of Disney's remakes of its animated classics, ranked
Disney Disney continues remaking its beloved classics for new generations and there's no sign of slowing down anytime soon.  How do critics feel about them? Insider ranked Disney's remakes according to critics' reviews. 2010's "Alice Through the Looking Glass" has the worst reviews, while 2016's "The Jungle Book" is beloved. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Disney remakes of its classics films are the norm now, but they started back in the '90s with "The Jungle Book." They have since evolved into more CGI enhanced films like 2010's "Alice in Wonderland" and 2017's "Beauty and the Beast." Most recently, the Mouse House released a remake of "Lady and the Tramp" on its streaming service, Disney Plus. Responses to the remakes have varied greatly. At the bottom of the scale are some of Disney's older remakes like "102 Dalmatians." Jon Favreau's take on "The Jungle Book" stunned viewers for its technological achievements on screen. Keep reading to see how Disney's remakes rank from worst to best, according to critics' scores on Rotten Tomatoes. Angélica Acevedo contributed to a previous version of this story.16. "Alice Through the Looking Glass" was visually stunning, but the story, which centered around the Mad Hatter, was underwhelming. Disney Synopsis: "Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter." Rotten Tomatoes score: 30% 15. In 2000's "102 Dalmatians," Cruella de Vill tries to steal even more Dalmatian puppies than before. Disney Synopsis: "Cruella de Vil gets out of prison and goes after the puppies once more." Rotten Tomatoes score: 31% 14. 1996's "101 Dalmatians" gave us an enjoyable performance from Glenn Close, but not much else that made the remake stand out. Disney Synopsis: "An evil high-fashion designer plots to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to make an extravagant fur coat, but instead creates an extravagant mess." Rotten Tomatoes score: 42% See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:How ASMR videos went from a niche 'tingle' subculture to mainstream memesOnly 18 TV shows received a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes this year — here they areThe 10 best and 10 worst movies of the year so far, according to critics
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This Melissa & Doug wooden toy chest is the toy box I didn't know I needed — it’s sturdy, safe for tiny fingers, and looks great in my living room
Alicia Betz A toy box is a must to keep kids' spaces organized, especially if you don't have a designated playroom.  The Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Chest holds 8.25 cubic feet of toys, so a lot of my daughter's toys fit inside, and it keeps our living room looking at least somewhat organized.  Little fingers won't get pinched with a lid that stays open on its own and a small gap between the lid and the chest. Product Embed: Product Name: Melissa & Doug Wooden Toy Chest Card Type: small Width: 100% Height: 150%   Last Christmas, my daughter was almost 6 months old, and when my dad asked if it would be a good idea to get her a toy box for Christmas, I honestly wasn't sure. She hadn't accumulated too many toys at that point, but I knew that her toy collection would only grow, so I said yes. Now a year and an overflowing toy box later, I realize that it was one of the best Christmas gifts she could have gotten. Toy boxes help kids keep their play space organized so they aren't so overwhelmed with all of their play options. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I've been using this foundation every day for more than 4 years now — here’s why I won't use anything elseThe 17 best Christmas movies on Hulu you can stream right nowI spend a lot of time working with my hands outdoors — this healing balm brings my dry and weathered skin back to life
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8 aircraft the US Air Force could get rid of to pay for other things
REUTERS/Tech. Sgt. James Arrowood/U.S. Air Force The Air Force is looking for ways to fund future initiatives. One way to get that money is to get rid of some older aircraft. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Get ready for a new A-10 budget fight. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein wants to fund new initiatives in connectivity, space, combat power projection, and logistics starting in 2021 — to the tune of $30 billion on top of what it is already using. One way to do that, says Todd Harrison, a defense budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, is to retire $30 billion worth of legacy aircraft. That is, get rid of the old stuff to make room for the new. While getting rid of these aircraft isn't the only way to make room for the new initiatives and save $30 billion, it is the fastest route to get there, and many of the retirements make sense. Some of the planes' missions are obsolete. Some of the airframes are currently being updated with newer models, and at least one can't even fly its primary mission due to treaty obligations.1. B-1B Lancer. Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III/USAF/Handout via REUTERS The B-1B is already scheduled for retirement in the 2030s, but retiring the program early could save up to $4.8 billion. At 32 years old, the Lancers are already struggling with a 50 percent mission-capable rate. It can't even complete the missions for which it was designed as a nuclear deterrent. The Air Force's fastest bomber, the one that carries the biggest bomb loads, can't carry nuclear weapons under the terms of the 1994 START I agreement with Russia. 2. B-2 Spirit. UK Ministry of Defence Also scheduled for retirement in the 2030s, the B-2 Spirit has a mission-capable rate of 61% and is scheduled to be replaced by the new B-21 Bomber in the late 2020s. Retiring the B-2 early could save as much as $2.9 billion. 3. A-10 Thunderbolt II. US Air Force/Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier The Air Force's 281 A-10s are mission capable 73% of the time and are its primary close-air support craft. The average A-10 is 38 years old, and even though the bulk of the A-10 fleet has just been scheduled to get new wings, canceling the re-winging and retiring the Warthog could save as much as $6.7 billion. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:She's photographed every major war of the last 20 years, but Marine Corps boot camp was something else entirelyUS F-35 fighter jets are all still 'below service expectations' for all the services that have themOne of the Air Force's most legendary fighter squadrons is back in the Middle EastSEE ALSO: The Air Force wants the F-35 and F-22 stealth fighters to talk to the secret X-37B space plane
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Walmart drops home gym prices for its pre-Black Friday sale
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Comics legend Frank Miller claims ex-wife stole rough sketches: lawsuit
Ka-pow! Comic book legend Frank Miller — who penned “Sin City” and “300” — socked his ex-wife with a lawsuit Monday for allegedly swiping valuable rough sketches of his work and trying to sell them under the table. Lynn Varley, an award-winning comic book colorist who collaborated with Miller on many of his early tomes,...
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NYC's richest and most expensive ZIP code has an average income of $879,000 and a median sale price of $3.9 million. I spent an afternoon there — here's a closer look at the trendy area.
Katie Warren/Business Insider Tribeca's 10007 is the richest ZIP code in New York City, where residents have an average income of $879,000, according to Bloomberg. It's also the most expensive ZIP code in the city, with a median sale price of $3.9 million, according to a recent PropertyShark report. I spent an afternoon in the trendy Manhattan neighborhood earlier this year, and it was a clear example of how the look of wealth is changing. Tribeca draws a stark contrast to Billionaires' Row, where hedge-fund and tech billionaires buy penthouses — many of which are secondary residences — at the top of sleek 1,000-foot-tall towers in midtown Manhattan, an area bustling with tourism and retail. The city's richest ZIP code, on the other hand, is a vibrant, trendy, and walkable neighborhood full of young people and families. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Tribeca, a trendy neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, is home to New York City's richest ZIP code, where the average income of residents is $879,000, Bloomberg reported. It's the fifth-richest ZIP code in the US, according to Bloomberg's ranking.  Tribeca is "the epitome of downtown cool," according to StreetEasy. The neighborhood, which borders the Hudson River to the west and the Financial District to the south, is a celebrity hotspot that has been home to stars including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, and Steven Spielberg. And real estate in Tribeca is notoriously pricey. PropertyShark ranked it the most expensive neighborhood in New York City, with a median sale price of $3.9 million. The median rent is $6,195, according to StreetEasy. Earlier this year, I spent an afternoon walking through the downtown Manhattan neighborhood. Here's what New York City's richest and most expensive ZIP code looks like.Tribeca, a trendy neighborhood in downtown Manhattan, is New York City's richest ZIP code. Katie Warren/Business Insider The average income of Tribeca residents is $879,000, according to a recent report from Bloomberg, making it the fifth-richest ZIP code in the US. It's also the most expensive ZIP code in New York City, with a median sale price of $3.9 million, according to a recent report from PropertyShark. Tribeca sits on the west side of lower Manhattan. Google Maps It borders the Hudson River to the west, SoHo to the north, Chinatown to the east, and the Financial District to the south. Tribeca is well-served by public transportation. Katie Warren/Business Insider The A, C, E, 2, 3, N, Q, R, and W trains all serve various parts of the neighborhood. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The East Coast's priciest ZIP code is a tiny Hamptons village of 322 residents. Here's what it's like living in Sagaponack, where the median home price is $4.3 million.The 15 most expensive homes sold in the US over the past decade, rankedHere's the income you need to live comfortably in every state in the USSEE ALSO: The 25 most expensive ZIP codes in America in 2019 DON'T MISS: The East Coast's priciest ZIP code is a tiny Hamptons village of 322 residents. Here's what it's like living in Sagaponack, where the median home price is $4.3 million.
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15 newspaper front pages show how the media reacted to Prince Andrew's 'car crash' interview about Jeffrey Epstein
Ian Forsyth/Getty An interview with Britain's Prince Andrew, concerning his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, aired on the BBC Saturday night. The interview was largely panned because he didn't show regret over his relationship with the disgraced financier, who died by suicide while awaiting trial in August. These newspaper and tabloid front pages show how it was received. Visit for more stories. Britain's Prince Andrew became the laughingstock of the tabloid world over the weekend, when he sat down for a very awkward interview about his past friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The interview was largely panned since the Duke of York didn't show much regret for continuing the relationship once the sexual abuse accusations against Epstein first started coming out in the late aughts. And he made up several elaborate excuses to discredit the allegations made by one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Giuffre Roberts, who alleges that she was forced to have sex with the prince as a teen. Here's how 15 tabloids covered the story.A long-awaited interview with Britain's Prince Andrew about his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein aired Saturday night on the BBC. Sunday Express The interview was widely panned since the Duke of York failed to show remorse for Epstein's victims, and gave excuses trying to discredit claims that he had sex with one of Epstein's victims, who was a minor at the time. Metro Tabloids in the UK and the US were largely negative in their coverage of the interview. Daily Mirror See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Photos and video of Prince Andrew at glamorous French Riviera events appear to contradict his claim in BBC interview that he 'never really partied'John Bel Edwards was narrowly re-elected as governor of Louisiana. He's not a typical Democrat.The 10 most shocking celebrity breakups of 2019, so farSEE ALSO: Prince Andrew says he couldn't have had sex with a 17-year-old because he was at a Pizza Express on the day in question DON'T MISS: Prince Andrew told the Queen his car-crash BBC interview about Jeffrey Epstein was a 'great success' and will end criticism of him, reports say
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6 lesser-known credit card travel benefits that can save you thousands of dollars if things go wrong on a trip
Maria Dryfhout/Shutterstock While many people may know the big, flagship perks that come with their credit cards, those same cards often come with lesser-known benefits, too. These benefits, ranging from roadside assistance and flight delay insurance to emergency travel medical coverage, can potentially save you hundreds or thousands of dollars if you need them. Read on to see some of the lesser-known benefits of some of the most popular rewards cards. All of these benefits are available on the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, and the Platinum Card® from American Express, and we'll also highlight some other card options that offer each perk. Read more personal finance coverage. A lot of high-profile credit cards — especially rewards cards — come with well-known travel benefits. For example, just about anyone with a Platinum Card from American Express knows that they can get access to over 1,200 airport lounges around the world, while those with the Chase Sapphire Preferred know that they can get double points on all travel and dining expenses. But there are a handful of great perks, useful benefits, and valuable protections that a lot of credit cards come with. Here are six lesser-known ones that come with three of the most popular travel rewards credit cards: the Chase Sapphire Preferred, the Chase Sapphire Reserve, and the Amex Platinum.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Most maps of Louisiana aren't entirely right. Here's what the state really looks like.See Also:The safest, smartest way to buy things abroad is the same as in the US: a credit card6 credit cards with benefits that are worth more than the annual fee — from free nights to Uber creditsThe 3 strategies I use to earn more than 300,000 points each year and book thousands of dollars worth of travel
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Painfully slow hurricanes, deadly heat, and cities without water: What the climate crisis will look like in the next 10 years, according to experts
REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri In the last few years, we've seen record-breaking temperatures, intense hurricanes and wildfires, and unprecedented ice melt. All of these are predicted consequences of climate change and are expected to get worse in the coming years. Addressing this threat in the next 10 years is critical: Scientists say the world must slash its carbon emissions in half by 2030 to avoid catastrophic warming. Here's what we can expect in the next decade. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more. We only have a decade to avoid the worst consequences of climate change. That's the warning the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) put out last year. But so far, nations are not slashing emissions enough to keep Earth's temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels — the threshold established in the Paris climate agreement.  "What we know is that unabated climate change will really transform our world into something that is unrecognizable," Kelly Levin, a senior associate at the World Resources Institute's climate program, told Business Insider. That transformation has already begun. The last few years saw record-breaking temperatures, catastrophic and bizarre storms, and unprecedented ice melt. That's all likely to get worse by 2030. Here's what we can expect in the next 10 years.Scientists attribute the increasing frequency of record-breaking temperatures, unprecedented ice melt, and extreme weather shifts to greenhouse-gas emissions. Caspar Haarloev from "Into the Ice" documentary via Reuters Fossil fuels like coal contain compounds like carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat from the sun. Extracting and burning these fuels for energy releases those gases into the atmosphere, where they accumulate and heat up the Earth over time. "As long as we burn fossil fuels and load the atmosphere with carbon pollution, it all gets worse," climate scientist Michael Mann told Business Insider in an email.  Last year, the IPCC warned that we only have until 2030 to act in order to avoid the worst consequences of severe climate change. Ahn Young-joon/AP According to the IPCC, the world's carbon emissions have to fall by 45% by 2030 to keep the world's average temperature from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.  So the next 10 years are crucial for any efforts to slow this trend. If Earth warms more than 1.5 degrees, scientists think the world's ecosystems could start to collapse. NASA via Reuters "The choices that we make today are going to have profound impacts," Levin said. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:More than 50% of insects have disappeared since 1970, an ecologist warns — even more evidence of an 'insect apocalypse'Greta Thunberg just set sail for Spain with 2 Australian YouTubers, their baby, and a professional skipperGreta Thunberg found a last-minute ride back across the Atlantic thanks to a pair of YouTubers after a crucial UN climate-change summit got moved from Chile to SpainSEE ALSO: Before-and-after photos reveal how landmarks have been ravaged by fires, floods, and melting ice over the last decade
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Trump's retreat in Syria could be an intelligence coup for Putin. The leaked Iran cables show just how that could happen.
REUTERS/Stringer/File Photo An investigation by the Intercept and the New York Times shows how Iran capitalized on US intelligence abandoning its Iraqi operatives in the wake of its 2011 troop withdrawal.  Iraqis who had worked with the CIA told Iran about CIA safe houses, other Iraqis working for the Americans, and CIA training, according to the investigation.  These leaks show how the same thing could happen in Syria as the US position there changes and its partner forces are forced into an agreement with the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran.  Visit Business Insider's home page for more stories.  A recent joint investigation by the Intercept and the New York Times revealed on Monday how the US's withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 led to a massive intelligence failure that put sensitive US assets and information directly into the hands of Iranian power players — and gives a blueprint for how the very same thing could happen in Syria. The joint investigation by reporters James Risen and Murtaza Hussein of the Intercept and Tim Arango, Farnaz Fassihi, and Ronen Bergman for the New York Times analyzes information from about 700 pages of secret Iranain  intelligence cables first obtained by the Intercept. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: A podiatrist explains heel spurs, the medical condition Trump said earned him a medical deferment from VietnamSee Also:Investigators found uranium particles at a secret facility in Iran, suggesting a further rejection of the nuclear dealTrump keeps contradicting the Pentagon about whatever it is the US is doing with Syria's oilVeterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American alliesSEE ALSO: North Korea says no more talks with US a day after the US gave in to North Korea's demands SEE ALSO: Hong Kong's protestors are turning college campuses into improvised weapons factories
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13 of the best and 13 of the worst movies of the decade, according to audiences
Disney,Disney,Relativity A lot of movies made their debut in the 2010s, and some are more beloved than others.  According to audiences, some of the best films of the decade include "Harriet" (2019), "Coco" (2017), and "Spotlight" (2015).  Audiences hated movies like "The Devil Inside" (2012) and "Movie 43" (2013).  Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. From comedies to thrillers, a lot of films have made their debut over the past decade, but not all of them have been a hit with viewers.  Here are some of the best and worst movies of the 2010s based on audience scores from Rotten Tomatoes.  Although critics had mixed reviews about the 2019 Harriet Tubman biopic, "Harriet" scored big with viewers. Focus Features Audience Score: 97% Reviewers called the American-history film, which starred Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, and Joe Alwyn, "riveting" and "inspiring." "Maleficent: Mistress of Evil," Disney's 2019 live-action sequel to the 2014 re-telling, was beloved by viewers. Disney Audience Score: 95% Although the Angelina Jolie-led fairytale about the "Sleeping Beauty" villain didn't impress critics, who gave the film only a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes, audiences loved it. Reviewers praised the film's visuals and special effects as well as its overall storyline. "Spider-Man: Far From Home" was a hit with most viewers. Sony Pictures Audience Score: 95% With Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Samuel L. Jackson as its leads, "Spider-Man: Far From Home" managed to impress both critics and audiences as a hybrid between superhero action and teen romance.  Many praised the 2019 film's fresh storyline and smart dialogue. See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:10 of the best and 10 of the worst Danny DeVito movies of all timeI tried every single breakfast at McDonald's and ranked them from worst to bestInterior designers reveal the 10 decorating rules you should never break
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Chirlane McCray recalls past depression battle: ‘I just wanted to die’
First Lady Chirlane McCray offered a gripping recounting of her own thoughts of suicide — fueled by constant racist bullying she endured as a child — as she kicked off her annual mental health conference Monday. McCray described to the audience the torment she endured as one of the only black children growing up in...
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Politics, Industry Backlash, Stall White House Ban On Flavored Vaping Products
In September, the Trump administration said it would ban all flavored e-cigarette products in an effort to reduce the youth vaping epidemic. Since then, there's been no movement toward implementation.
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MMA Fighter Saeideh Aletaha Dies at 26 After Collapsing in Ring During Fight
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State Department Loosens U.S. Policy On Israeli Settlements In West Bank
The change, announced by Secretary Mike Pompeo, follows the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and that country's sovereignty over the disputed Golan Heights.
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Hey Roku, Maybe User-Created Screensavers Are a Bad Idea
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Patrick Frazee convicted of killing his fiancée
Jury deliberations began Monday in the murder trial of Patrick Frazee, a Colorado man accused of killing his fiancée with a bat last year. - RSS Channel
Here’s what the PlayStation 5’s controller might look like
We already know that the PlayStation 5 is coming next year, and that its controller will have a few new tricks up its sleeve (more on those later). And now, we might have an idea of what that new controller could look like, based on images from a patent filed in Japan. Image: Japan Platform for Patent Information At first glance, the controller looks a lot like a DualShock 4 — which isn’t too surprising. In a hands-on, Wired described a prototype of the PS5’s controller as looking “an awful lot like the PS4’s DualShock 4.” And you can see a lot of elements carried over from the DualShock 4: a similar-looking D-pad, similar button placement, and what appears to be the touch bar. I also noticed that the grips seem to... Continue reading…
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Teresa Giudice's father, Giacinto Gorga, is in the hospital again.
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Browns' Baker Mayfield Wins Appeal over $12,500 Fine for Criticizing Officials
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This is what Christmas looks like in every state
Marco Garcia/ AP People all over the US celebrate Christmas differently.  Alabama, Idaho, and Oklahoma are known for their lavish state Christmas trees found outside their Capitol buildings.  Light displays that you can drive through are popular in Connecticut, Louisiana, and West Virginia.  North Carolina and Oregon are considered the biggest Christmas tree producers in the country.  States in warmer climates like Arizona and Hawaii get creative when it comes to their Christmas trees, by decorating cacti, for example. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. As December begins, towns and cities across the US start hanging up Christmas lights and hosting holiday-themed events. But that doesn't mean Christmas looks the same in every state.  Insider went state by state to find out what Christmas looks like throughout the country. From the decorated row houses in Baltimore, Maryland, to the Christmas trees on Hawaii's beaches, every state celebrates Christmas differently.  Keep reading to find out how your state celebrates the holiday season. Alabama was the first state to make Christmas a legal holiday, and the state celebrates with a tree outside its Capitol building. Dave Martin/ AP In 1836, Alabama was the first state to make Christmas a legal holiday, and it became a federal holiday in 1870. These days, the state celebrates its history with a tree outside the Capitol Building in Montgomery, Alabama.  North Pole, Alaska, is home to the original Santa Claus House. Kit Leong/Shutterstock In 1952, Con and Nellie Miller set up a trading post outside Fairbanks, Alaska, and called the town North Pole. There, the Miller family built Santa Claus House, a general goods store. Today, the house and community have become a popular tourist destination, as the store is now a Christmas shop. You can also have a letter from Santa postmarked from North Pole, Alaska, sent to your child for the holidays.  In the Arizona desert, some people decorate cacti for their Christmas tree. Jeff Greenberg / Getty Last Christmas, a family in Phoenix, Arizona, made headlines when they built their Christmas tree out of a cactus skeleton. They called it a "Phoenix Christmas Tree." See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:19 gift ideas that won't kill the environment13 decorations an interior designer would buy at Walmart right nowKristen Bell made a winter fashion statement by wearing 3 colorful coats in one day
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I've been using this foundation every day for more than 4 years now — here’s why I won't use anything else
Instagram/YSL Beauty I used to view foundation as the first of many, many layers of makeup I needed every day. But since using YSL Touche Éclat Foundation ($54) more than four years ago, I've been able to reduce the amount of makeup products I use and the time it takes to do my beauty routine in half. It has medium coverage and a slew of skin-care ingredients too that give my skin a natural radiance and glow. Product Embed: Product Name: YSL Beauty Touche Éclat Foundation Card Type: small Width: 100% Height: 150% Despite being a beauty writer for more than five years, I never gave much thought to my foundation. My original philosophy was that if I was going to use concealer, contour, and add some blush, there's no real point in overthinking what went underneath. Until I tried YSL Beauty Touche Éclat Foundation.  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I spend a lot of time working with my hands outdoors — this healing balm brings my dry and weathered skin back to life25 beauty gifts under $25 — including Le Labo lip balms, Givenchy makeup sponges, and Guerlain lipstick casesWe tested 3 different styles of the Hunter rain boots you see everyone wearing — they’re flexible, comfortable, and fully waterproof
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Patrick Frazee found guilty of first-degree murder in death of fiancée, Kelsey Berreth
Berreth was last seen shopping with her daughter at a Colorado grocery story on Thanksgiving 2018. Her body has not been found.
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Doctor on Trump's hospital visit: It's worrisome
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Home insurance startup Luko raises $22 million for AI that reduces domestic accidents
Accel has led a $22 million investment in French startup Luko, which uses sensors, data, and machine learning to help avoid household accidents.
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Amazon expands free music streaming to Android, iOS and Fire TV
Amazon's free, ad-supported music tier is no longer confined to Alexa devices. The service is now available through the Amazon Music app on Android, iOS and Fire TV for listeners in the US, UK and Germany. You're still limited to listening to playl...
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Jay-Z is reportedly 'disappointed' in how Colin Kaepernick handled his NFL workout this weekend
Greg Allen/AP Jay-Z was "disappointed" in Colin Kaepernick's decision to abstain from a private workout organized by the NFL. Sources told TMZ that the rapper felt as though Kaepernick squandered a legitimate opportunity to showcase his abilities to NFL teams and instead turned it "into a publicity stunt." Roc Nation, the rapper's agency, Tweeted on Monday to deny that Jay-Z had made any such claims. The "99 Problems" artist recently made a deal with the NFL to help with the league's social justice initiatives and has expressed interest in becoming a team owner. Despite his reported negative thoughts on the workout, Jay-Z has been one of Kaepernick's most prominent supporters since the quarterback began kneeling in protest of police brutality. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more. Everyone seems to have an opinion on Colin Kaepernick, and Jay-Z is no exception. The iconic rapper — who recently made a deal with the NFL to help with the league's social justice initiatives and has expressed interest in becoming a team owner — was "disappointed" in Kaepernick's decision to abstain from a private workout organized by the NFL, according to a TMZ report.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: 5 things about the NFL that football fans may not knowSee Also:Stephen A. Smith and Eric Reid are feuding over Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout, which some are calling a 'publicity stunt'Colin Kaepernick's original NFL workout fell apart because the league wanted him to sign a waiver to protect itself from future employment lawsuits11 teams have committed to attending Colin Kaepernick's NFL workout this weekend. Here are his top landing spots, ranked.
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Colorado man found guilty in beating death of his fiancée
Patrick Frazee was found guilty in the death of his fiancée, Kelsey Berreth.
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iFixit’s 16-inch MacBook Pro teardown reveals same old keyboard we know and love
The product still got a 1 out of 10 repairability score, though.
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