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The injury-plagued New York Yankees may have taken another significant hit Saturday, as outfielder Aaron Judge left the game with an undisclosed injury...
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This fish-farming Mitsubishi subsidiary just put salmon on the blockchain
Norwegian Mitsubishi subsidiary Cermaq is putting salmon on the blockchain and feeding it to the French. Cermaq’s ‘blockchainified’ salmon will be sold by French food company Labeyrie. A press release notes consumers will be able to scan special QR codes on Labeyrie labels to receive comprehensive details about the salmon‘s journey “from egg to store.” Marketing materials refer to these tidbits as a “CV,” which will feature the salmon’s origin, how it was farmed, its size upon transference into seawater, as well as the farming facility’s location. Health and welfare information will also reportedly be shared, including the salmon’s diet,… This story continues at The Next Web
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Twitter censures UK Tory Party for changing its blue-check account name to "FactCheckUK" during the prime ministerial debates
The UK is having an election in less than a month, and last night, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn debated Tory archclown Boris Johnson for a televised debate in which Johnson had to defend his record as a lying, racist, philandering, cowardly failure of a human being, and of a leader to his party and the nation. During the debates, the @CCHQPress Twitter account -- which has a Twitter "blue check" indicating that its identity has been verified by the company -- changed its screen name to "FactCheckUK," a name very similar to the existing UK impartial fact-checking service "FactCheck." Having done so, the account emitted a stream of calumnies and falsehoods about the Labour Party, all appearing under the "verified" FactCheckUK by-line. Twitter has publicly characterised the move as "[an attempt] to mislead people by editing verified profile information" and has sworn that any repeat of this stunt or similar moves by the Tory party will lead to "decisive corrective action." Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly insists that there was nothing wrong with his party's actions. "It is inappropriate and misleading for the Conservative press office to rename their twitter account 'factcheckUK' during this debate," said Full Fact, an independent British fact-checking charity in a post. "Please do not mistake it for an independent fact checking service." Twitter has a policy against impersonation that states: "Twitter accounts that pose as another person, brand, or organization in a confusing or deceptive manner may be permanently suspended under Twitter's impersonation policy." Britain's Labour Party joined the wave of criticism saying, "Conservatives' laughable attempt to dupe those watching the #ITVDebate by renaming their twitter account shows you can't trust a word they say," the party tweeted from its official account. Read the rest
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How to make vast amounts of "thick and glossy" slime
Here's a Facebook video explaining how to make "thick and glossy slime", for any and all slime-related needs you may have. The key ingredient is Elmer's Glue-All [Amazon]; the basic slime recipe is to add baking soda and contact lens solution to "activate" the glue, but that won't be thick and glossy enough. For that you need school glue, baby oil and generic lotion, added in the precise quantities shows in the video. Read the rest
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Vibrating sex toy sparks bomb scare during classical concert in Vienna
A suspicious vibrato sparked a bomb scare during a performance by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra — before a buzzing sex toy was discovered in a concertgoer’s checked bag. The concealed device in the cloakroom began vibrating to the famed orchestra’s rendition of Richard Wagner’s works Siegfried Idyll and The Valkyrie, according to The Local. Fearing...
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Florida couple celebrating newborn son after "Win a Baby" radio contest
One radio DJ in Cape Coral, Florida, has made it his mission to help couples struggling with infertility. Jason “Big Mama” Jones started the “Win a Baby” contest, where couples get the chance to win a free round of in vitro fertilization. Now, the first winners of that contest are celebrating the birth of their baby boy. Jericka Duncan reports.
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Apple starts production of new Mac Pro as it expands in Austin
Apple products are, mostly, designed in California but built in China. One key product, however — the upcoming Mac Pro — will be both designed, engineered, and manufactured in the U.S.  On Wednesday, Apple announced it has begun manufacturing the Mac Pro, which is scheduled to ship in December, at its facility in Austin, Texas. And right next to that facility, the company has started the construction of a brand new campus.  The construction of the 3-million-square-foot campus will cost $1 billion and should end in 2020. Apple is planning for it to host 5,000 employees, with the capacity eventually increasing to 15,000.  Read more...More about Apple, Austin, Mac Pro, Tech, and Big Tech Companies
Read Gordon Sondland’s Opening Statement
Gordon Sondland, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to the European Union, took the public witness stand Wednesday in what could be one of the most consequential public hearings of Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into the 45th President of the United States. Sondland is the only one of the witnesses who has testified in the inquiry that has…
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Spark email app gets a fresh redesign and dark mode
Spark is one of the best email apps around on both Android and iOS, offering tons of customization options and plenty of high-level features, but it has tended to lag behind some of its competitors when it comes to design. That changes today with the launch of the latest version of the app, which brings a slick redesign that makes Spark far more enjoyable to look at, along with a new dark mode setting. The odd, windowed design of the old app has been replaced by a more uniform background (either white or black, depending on which mode you select). There are also some much-needed visual tweaks, including a new font and the long-absent option to view avatars for contacts next to their emails. The update isn’t just cosmetic, though.... Continue reading…
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White House shifts description of Trump hospital visit
President Trump and White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham initially billed Trump's visit as the first part of the President's annual physical. But two days later, the President's doctor described the hospital visit as an "interim checkup," a term physicians told CNN implies a separate visit that is not part of an annual physical.
Take control of your digital life with this Black Friday VPN deal
TL;DR: ProtonVPN is on sale for £5.14 a month, saving you 40% on list price. Black Friday is not solely the domain of massive retailers selling big-ticket items. You can also save on VPNs from all the top providers. In the world of VPNs, there are many names you should be familiar with, including NordVPN, CyberGhost VPN, PureVPN, and ProtonVPN. All of these providers have impressive Black Friday deals, so you have plenty of choice when it comes to securing your data and identity. SEE ALSO: Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2019: The best VPN deals in the UK ProtonVPN is now on sale for just £5.14 a month. This two-year plan is down by 40% on list price, saving you over £80 in total. There are a few different plans to consider, with savings of up to 50% on offer. Every option comes with a generous 30-day money-back guarantee, so you're covered in case things don't work out. Read more...More about Vpn, Proton, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
Twitter election stunt shows how political groups are brazenly weaponizing social media
A debate between U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn revealed how brazenly political groups are exploiting social media.
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Volkswagen's ID Space Vizzion electric concept car has no door handles
The concept car can go up to 300 miles on a single charge, boasts an impressive aerodynamic build, and is made with recycled materials — but don't look for something as basic as a door handle on the compact SUV-sized vehicle. Read more...More about Tesla, Electric Vehicles, Volkswagen, Tech, and Innovations
A Closer Look at Fresno’s Hmong Community
Wednesday: A new report examines challenges facing Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders. Also: PG&E struggles to find a way out of bankruptcy.
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Scooter maker Superpedestrian raises $20 million, promises fewer breakdowns
Electric scooter company Superpedestrian on Wednesday said it had raised $20 million for its diagnostic software that can spot impending hardware failure, a major problem for scooter operators.
Alicia Keys, Bebe Rexha and Gayle King announce 2020 Grammy nominations
Only on "CBS This Morning," we're announcing the 2020 Grammy nominations for Best New Artist, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Album of the Year. Singer Alicia Keys, who will return to host music’s biggest night, and singer Bebe Rexha join "CBS This Morning" to reveal the nominees.
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NFL Players Who Should Call It Quits After This Season
The annual offseason retirement wave always claims some notable NFL names. This past offseason wasn't any different. Rob Gronkowski, Doug Baldwin, Jordy Nelson, Julius Peppers, it goes on and on...
Get early access to the best Black Friday deals from Lovehoney
TL;DR: Lovehoney has launched early-access deals for Black Friday, saving you up to 50% on list price. Lovehoney has not launched its Black Friday sale just yet, before you get all excited and clear your schedule to shop. What it has done is provide early access to some Black Friday deals, with up to 50% off selected items until Nov. 28. So if you simply can't wait to save on sex toys, lingerie, and a bunch of other adult items, this sale is for you. We can't say for sure whether there will be better deals on Black Friday, so you could save yourself a whole lot of time and hassle by shopping now. Read more...More about Sex And Relationships, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, Uk Deals, and Lovehoney
China's Great Wall aims to sell 300,000 WEY vehicles a year by 2025: chairman
China's top sport-utility vehicle maker Great Wall Motor aims to sell 300,000 of its premium brand WEY vehicles a year by 2025, its chairman said on Wednesday.
NYT: Sondland kept Pompeo briefed on Ukraine pressure campaign
According to a New York Times report, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland and a key witness in the impeachment hearings kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo informed about important developments in the Ukraine pressure campaign.
Full text: EU ambassador admits to Ukraine "quid pro quo" scheme
"The suggestion that we were engaged in some irregular or rogue diplomacy is absolutely false," Gordon Sondland will testify
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8 unbelievable facts about the $103 billion chocolate industry
Thomas Andreas / Shutterstock Chocolate is one of the world's favorite foods, and the global chocolate industry is worth $100 billion dollars. Here are eight surprising facts about the chocolate industry. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Chocolate is one of the world's favorite foods. And although it's never really a bad time to talk about chocolate, it's especially relevant now: November 29 is National Chocolate Day, after all. But behind one of our favorite foods is a $103 billion industry with aspects most people don't know about — some sweet, and others that might leave a bitter taste in your mouth. Read on for eight surprising facts about the chocolate industry.It takes about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images According to the National Confectioners Association, it takes approximately 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate. For reference, a Hershey's milk chocolate bar weighs 1.55 ounces. As there are 16 ounces in a pound, that means about 10 Hershey's bars equal one pound of chocolate, with about 40 cocoa beans going into each bar.  On average, each cacao tree produces enough fruit each year to make 1 to 3 pounds of chocolate. ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP via Getty Images) Cacao trees yield an average of 20 to 30 pods per year, and each pod contains 20 to 40 cocoa beans. This means that each cacao tree produces anywhere from 400 to 1,200 cocoa beans every year. As it takes about 400 cocoa beans to make one pound of chocolate, this is equivalent to 1 to 3 pounds of chocolate. Switzerland is the world's biggest consumer of chocolate, eating 19.4 pounds per capita. Mel Yates/Getty Images While Americans consume an impressive amount of chocolate (especially on holidays like Halloween, Easter, and Valentine's Day), the world's leading consumers of the sweet treat are in Europe, with Switzerland heading up the list at 19.4 pounds per capita. It's followed closely behind by Germany (17.8 pounds per capita), Ireland (17.4 pounds per capita), the United Kingdom (16.8 pounds per capita), and Sweden (14.6 pounds per capita). See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:I moved to the US from China — and here are the 29 things on my US bucket listI tried every single breakfast at McDonald's and ranked them from worst to best15 of the most underrated travel destinations of the year, so far
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8-bit BASIC interpreter mouse mats
There are so many retro-themed merch options out there, but I'm tickled blue by Rhayader Computers's mouse mat designs showing BASIC interpreters from classic 8-bit computers. It seems only the C64 and Amstrad CPC are thusly honored, but there's lots of other well-chosen designs to pick from. Read the rest
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There is one remaining Woolworth lunch counter left
Bakersfield, California. That's where you'll find the last Woolworth's Luncheonette in America — and it's still serving food! Eater Los Angeles: Step into the Five & Dime Antique Mall in Bakersfield, California, and that rarity becomes reality. There, in the back corner at the ground-floor level of the four-story building, is a fully functioning former Woolworth luncheonette counter, complete with 22 counter seats, Formica tables ringing the room, and an open kitchen for griddling burgers and making milkshakes. But this well-protected bit of ephemera isn’t cordoned off with Do Not Touch signs — it’s still a real, thriving luncheonette counter called the Woolworth Diner, serving police officers, antiquers, and locals daily. Head over to Eater Los Angeles to see lots of photos of this fifties time capsule. screenshot via NorCalCorsello Read the rest
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Chartboost launches Helium open source in-app programmatic ad platform
Chartboost is launching Helium, an open source in-app programmatic advertising platform.
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Want the Greenest Device? You May Already Own It
One way to help the planet is not to buy new tech, especially stuff the planet never needed, says Kendra Pierre-Louis, who reports on the environment.
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NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Carmelo Anthony, Andre Iguodala Trade, Jamal Crawford
The NBA season is still in its infancy, but that hasn't stopped teams from already eyeing the next move that could help them as the league gears up for its most wide-open postseason in recent memory...
Week 12 Waiver-Wire Pickups: Available Sleepers in Most Yahoo Leagues
By Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season, you've surely thrown enough darts at the waiver wire to understand not all of them will hit. But hopefully you've hit on enough of them by now to appreciate how much these sleepers can help...
Walmart is fixing shoppers' top complaints with its fresh produce department as its online grocery business rapidly expands
Walmart Walmart is redesigning its fresh produce department in response to customer complaints about crowding and difficulty finding organic produce. "Our customers were telling us, 'It's too busy, I don't have enough space to shop,'" Charles Redfield, executive vice president of Walmart's US food business, told Business Insider in an interview. The new design plan, which Walmart is calling produce 2.0, involves widening the fresh department's aisles, adding lower profile display bins for better visibility, and grouping all organic produce together in one area, among other changes. Walmart's growing online grocery business, which requires employees to pick and pack online orders in stores alongside customers, "played a big factor" in the redesign, Redfield said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Walmart is redesigning its fresh produce department to address customer complaints about crowding and other frustrations, the company said Wednesday. The new design plan, which Walmart is calling produce 2.0, involves widening the fresh department's aisles, adding lower profile display bins for better visibility, and grouping all organic produce together in one area, among other changes.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: These melons can sell for as much as $22,500 each in JapanSee Also:Oklahoma Walmart shooting leaves 3 people dead, including the suspect, police sayFive Below is increasing prices above $5 for the first time ever — and shoppers are not thrilledInside the new McDonald's CEO's quest to win over the massive fast-food giant after his predecessor's shocking exitSEE ALSO: Walmart and Kroger are rethinking stores as the online grocery battle intensifies
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I'm Comedian Demi Adejuyigbe, and This Is How I Work
Demi Adejuyigbe has written for The Good Place and James Corden, co-hosted the podcasts Punch Up the Jam and Gilmore Guys, and turned the 21st of September into an internet holiday. He’s written fake credits songs for Space Jam, Black Panther, Get Out, Infinity War, Ready Player One, Aladdin, a Lando movie, and Success…Read more...
Xfinity’s parental controls offer more precise scheduling for internet use
Comcast and its Xfinity brand have put a lot of attention behind the company's xFi internet management services in recent years, offering parents a pretty comprehensive set of tools to manage how much time family members spend online. One of those to...
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Google Earth's new creation tools help you tell stories
Google Earth offered community tour-building features for a while, but the attention shifted to professional "Voyager" stories after the big redesign in 2017. Now, however, Google is swinging its attention back to stories from everyday users. It's...
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This smart e-scooter knows how to fix itself before catching on fire
Make way for a hefty e-scooter that can take care of itself.  After five years of development, Superpedestrian, the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based transportation robotics company, is finally ready to ship its "smart" electric scooter to rental companies.  If it sounds at all familiar, that's because it is. Last year, Mashable had a chance to demo the company's prototype e-scooter and companion Vehicle Intelligence platform. Now, that autonomous maintenance system and the beefy two-wheelers it lives inside are ready for the streets. You won't be able to buy the device for yourself. But, since Superpedestrian already has deals set with a few clients, chances are you'll stumble across them when you rent an e-scooter starting next year.   Read more...More about Scooters, Robotics, Autonomous Vehicles, E Scooters, and Tech
Google Earth's 'creation tools' let you make personalized maps
Google Earth introduced “creation tools” on Wednesday that allow users to produce narrative projects. Users can map out locations around the globe, and Google Earth will present them as an immersive story by jumping viewers from one place to another. Users can annotate each location with their own text, images, and videos, or draw lines and shapes on maps to indicate paths and highlight areas. A built-in integration with Google Drive allows those with a collaborative spirit to co-author and share projects with others. Google is basically making tools from Voyager — a program the company launched more than two years ago for scientists, nonprofits and professional storytellers — available to everyone.  Read more...More about Tech, Google, Google Maps, Apps And Software, and Google Earth
To Survive Rapid Success, Remember to Slow Down
My sunglasses brand was blowing up. I tried to keep up, and moved too fast. It almost sunk us.
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How The Country's Goofiest Baseball Team Made Millions
The Savannah Bananas' Jesse Cole turned an unloved team into the hottest ticket in town. Now he has a lesson for every CEO who wants to turn a company around: Stop doing what people hate.
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Will the Texans EVER be an elite team?
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images The Texans are good — but are they great? Their total lack of production against the Ravens is troubling. It’s not time for the Texans to sound the alarm just yet. At 6-4, they’re still right in the playoff picture. But they’re coming off their most embarrassing loss of the season, a 41-7 thrashing to the Ravens in Week 11. There were no real positives to take from Houston’s performance, either. They completely failed to stop Lamar Jackson in a game that was shockingly absent of Deshaun Watson heroics. Houston made some major moves to shore up the talent around Watson over the past year, including the blockbuster trade for left tackle Laremy Tunsil. The Texans went into “win now” mode, and with Watson’s ability, it was easy to think they were set to take the next step and become one of the elite teams in the league. Baltimore was their biggest test to date, and to put it bluntly: the Texans failed miserably. They looked disorganized from the beginning and lost the battle in the trenches on offense and defense. So, was the game a clear statement that the Texans aren’t ready, or was it a one-off dud? Let’s break down some film to see what went most wrong. The offensive line crumbled, again The offensive line had shown some improvement going into the Ravens game, with Watson being sacked seven times over the previous five games. By comparison, he was sacked 18 times in the first month of the season. However, the Houston offensive line allowed seven sacks in Baltimore (six with Watson under center, one with backup AJ McCarron). It’s worth noting that Watson potentially had his most disastrous game of his career against the Ravens. He lobbed several deep balls to DeAndre Hopkins out of desperation, and had one of the worst picks he’s ever thrown. He made questionable decisions and some of those six sacks were on him. But it wasn’t a good game for the line, which couldn’t keep up with Watson’s scrambling. The play above was a third-and-10, with the Texans down 21 points early in the second half. Unfortunately, both Tunsil and left guard Max Scharping got beat on the play, which wasn’t particularly sneaky. The Ravens just ran right past them. I had to watch several times to confirm that it was not even a stunt. The line just ... forgot they were playing football, I guess? How about something that came at a very bad time? With less than a minute until halftime and Houston in Baltimore territory, Watson dropped back, stepped up into the pocket, and was promptly sacked by Jaylon Ferguson, who handily beat right tackle Tytus Howard on the play. The Texans were looking to go deep, and Watson never got a chance to properly get his eyes downfield. Not every bad play by the offensive line resulted in a sack, though. This was on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter, and it looks like Watson always intended to go to Hopkins but was rushed by the all-out blitz from the Ravens. As a result, his pass was low and slightly off target, and it fell incomplete. The Texans might have attempted something bolder if the line hadn’t already been beaten up for three quarters. The rest of the team was MESSY, too Watson is known for being able to make something out of nothing, a lot like Russell Wilson in that way. Sometimes, though, when you try to make something out of nothing, you still get nothing. Like this play from the first quarter: Watson didn’t really lose sight of what was happening downfield until about 4 seconds into his dropback. But he went ahead and avoided a Ferguson sack a few different times while trying to keep the play alive. It was a futile effort, and a microcosm of the Texans’ offense, where one man is trying to make miracles happen. If you can believe it, it got worse than the play above. Watson was again pressured early, and tried to make a play outside of the pocket. Except this one was one of the worst interceptions you’ll see this season. It was an off-balance, cross-body throw with half the Ravens defense right in front of him, and it was easily intercepted by Josh Bynes. It wasn’t any one thing that failed for the Texans — it was virtually everything. The defense let the Baltimore offense rack up 25 first downs and convert 5 of 9 third downs. The defensive line got bullied the whole game, only totaling one sack. The normally stout run defense surrendered a (by far) season-high 263 yards on the ground. The passing defense — already near the bottom of the league’s rankings— allowed four touchdowns and had problems with tackling. Houston started to get more aggressive on defense in the second half. It called more blitzes and tried to force Lamar Jackson out of his comfort zone. That just resulted in overcommitting and extremely poor angles. Observe: Every person on the defense was moving to the left side of the field, and Mark Ingram caught perhaps the easiest swing pass of his career on the right side. He then strolled into the end zone, with cornerback Gareon Conley making a weak attempt at a touchdown-saving tackle. Those kind of tackles and bad angles happened over and over against the Ravens. And while the Ravens have an excellent offense, they didn’t do anything the Texans wouldn’t have been able to see on film in the two weeks they had to prepare for this game. Lamar Jackson was untethered, and the Texans had no answers Surprising nobody, Jackson was fantastic in the game. The MVP candidate went 17 of 24 for 222 yards and four touchdowns in the air, and also rushed for 86 yards. Jackson is the most electrifying player in the NFL and the Ravens might just be the best team in the league, but Houston had NOTHING to offer in resistance to Jackson. Check out how hard Charles Omenihu (No. 94) bit on this fake handoff: After the fake, Jackson avoided five different tackles running right through the Houston defense. You’ll also see that multiple Texans players ran into each other, taking themselves out of the play as a result. Jackson has been doing that to teams all season, and after how poorly the defense performed in the first half, he knew full well that he could gash them in the second half. The banged-up Texans secondary had their hands full trying to stop Jackson’s arm, too. Jackson seems to be getting more and more confident with his passes every week. Look at how perfectly he stepped ALL THE WAY UP in the pocket before delivering a strike right to Seth Roberts. It was a great throw and a great catch, and it was delivered with the velocity and angle of a quarterback who knows he has the defense figured out. The good news for the Texans is that there’s only one Lamar Jackson. The bad news is that the AFC could very well go right through him and the Ravens. There are some long-term concerns for the Texans. J.J. Watt is out for the year with yet another injury, they don’t have a first-round draft pick the next two years, and they have key decisions to make on upcoming free agents like Bradley Roby, Whitney Mercilus, Johnathan Joseph, and D.J. Reader. There are more pressing short-term concerns, though. Yes, Houston is still in the hunt for the division title or at least a wild card spot. The issue is this team has been in very similar situations in recent years: The Texans have won the AFC South five times this decade, but haven’t made it to the AFC Championship Game once. They just can’t seem to get over the hump. The Ravens loss was jarring in a way that could easily hurt morale. With tough games against the Colts (who they already lost to in Week 7), and the Patriots right after that, it could be a rough few weeks for Houston. Despite the beating the Ravens gave them, there’s still hope. Personally, I think the Texans will ultimately make the postseason, and from there, anything can happen. Watson is good and Houston, to its credit, is trying its hardest to not waste his talent.
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Consumer DNA Testing May Be the Biggest Health Scam of the Decade
At the start of this decade, the federal government called out consumer DNA testing as a burgeoning scam industry. Little did we know how it would explode in popularity. Read more...
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You can now make tours in Google Earth to show your friends your favorite travel spots
Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Today, Google is adding new tools to Google Earth on the web that let you build your own tour of a place right on top of the Google Earth map. It could help solve the problem of not being able to communicate just how awesome that walk around Tokyo was by letting you show your friends your journey. The tools let you set landmarks, draw lines from place to place, add text, images, and videos to every point along the way, and present the whole thing, step by step. Google gave me early access to the tools, and they were pretty simple to use. In just a few minutes, I was able to build a short tour of some of my favorite places in Tokyo’s Harajuku district. One of my favorite features was being able to capture a specific camera angle for a... Continue reading…
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This ‘robot lawyer’ can take the mystery out of license agreements
You can use the iOS app to scan documents, and the service will try to give you warnings and tell you about loopholes. | Image: DoNotPay DoNotPay, the “robot lawyer” service that helps you contest parking tickets and even sue people, is launching a new tool to help customers understand license agreements. Called “Do Not Sign,” the service is included with DoNotPay’s monthly $3 subscription fee, and it lets users upload, scan, or copy and paste the URLs of any license agreements they’d like to check. The service uses machine learning to highlight clauses it thinks users need to know about, including options to opt out from data collection. It’s available starting today, November 20th, on the web and via DoNotPay’s app on iOS. Agreeing to lengthy license agreements is an almost weekly occurrence for many people, with modern smart devices forcing you to hit “agree” on every... Continue reading…
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These are the best Windows 10 laptop and MacBook deals coming on Black Friday
Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Most of the year, it’s tough to find a worthwhile deal on a laptop. If you’re in the market for an upgrade, or are buying your first laptop, Black Friday is when all of the retailers and manufacturers mark down most, if not all, of their inventory to the best prices of the year. Regardless of whether you have your eye on a Windows 10 laptop or a MacBook, there will be plenty of both sorts on sale soon (and in some cases, right now). We’ve collected the best deals from the biggest OEMs and retailers, and listed all of them below. Most of the biggest sales start on Black Friday, November 29th, but should a deal you might want to know about start earlier, we’ll be sure to note it. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The... Continue reading…
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Opinion: Workers Deserve a Say in Automation
The Workers Right to Training Act allows employees to evolve as their employers adopt new tech.
What Happens When You Remove a Police-Installed GPS Tracker 
The Supreme Court ruled that cops need a warrant to attach a GPS device to your car. But if you find one, can you remove it?
Shark IQ Robot Review: Convenience Makes Up for a Low IQ
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9 high-achieving execs share the craziest advice they've ever received that ended up leading to their success
Larry Busacca/Getty Images Success isn't cultivated the same way by everyone. These nine high-achieving execs offer unconventional advice that helped them succeed.  Bethenny Frankel, founder of the Skinnygirl lifestyle brand, says "don't take unsolicited advice." Josh Harris, founder of Agency Growth Secrets says "drastically change your environment." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Not everyone gets to the top by following the same rules, and these nine business moguls and advisors in The Oracles are proof of that. Here, Grant Cardone, Bethenny Frankel, and others share the unconventional "advice" they say has led to their success.1. "Forget about being successful" Courtesy of The Oracles Perhaps the craziest advice I ever received was when I was getting out of drug rehabilitation at the age of 25. The counselor told me to give up on any idea of becoming famous, getting rich, publishing a book, or having any kind of massive success in life. He basically told me to settle for average in life; otherwise I was setting myself up for disappointment. That "advice" worked — because it made me want to prove it wrong. It further motivated me to become wealthy, get famous, and make my dream life a reality. The lesson is twofold: Pay special attention to who you take advice from. Sometimes the best advice can be found in what not to do.  — Grant Cardone, a sales expert who has built a $750 million real estate empire and New York Times bestselling author; follow Grant on Facebook, Instagram, or YouTube 2. "Don't take unsolicited advice" Courtesy of The Oracles I don't believe any idea is crazy. Think about it: People made a lot of money on pet rocks. In fact, all entrepreneurs are a little bit crazy. How you execute an idea is the key, because execution is everything. I also don't take unsolicited advice. Never assume that someone else is smarter than you are. Even your doctor or lawyer is only as good as what you give them.  — Bethenny Frankel, entrepreneur and philanthropist; founder of the Skinnygirl lifestyle brand and the charity BStrong, New York Times bestselling author, and Shark on "Shark Tank"; follow Bethenny on Twitter and Instagram 3. "Fail often and fast" Courtesy of The Oracles I was told to fail often and fast. This advice didn't make sense to me at the time. "I'm not a quitter! I'm going to make everything work no matter what," I thought. But by failing faster, you have more opportunities to get out of endeavors that aren't working and into ones that will. Sometimes it's hard to quit, even when it isn't working. But failing fast isn't quitting. It's testing what works and either pivoting or moving on if it doesn't. It's just data. You analyze it and act on what you learn. We're taught that it's bad to fail, but failure offers many lessons. So push the boundaries to see whether it's going to work sooner rather than later. This has helped me achieve wildly more than I would have if I was still the guy who never quits.  — Roland Frasier, principal of 30 businesses, including War Room Mastermind and Traffic & Conversion Summit; host of the "Business Lunch" podcast; connect with Roland on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:5 ways to put a little more money in your pocket starting today8 not-so-obvious signs you're in a toxic workplace and need to make a change — or get out4 simple ways to leverage your strengths as an introvert to thrive in the workplaceSEE ALSO: 11 entrepreneurs and CEOs reveal the best tips for negotiating virtually anything
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We went inside Secret Service boot camp where recruits get top secret training for their 'zero-fail mission'
We got an inside look at the United States Secret Service's 6-month boot camp. Senior video correspondent Graham Flanagan spent three days at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, Maryland, where he observed recruits at various stages of training. According to the Secret Service, about one in every 100 applicants makes it through the agency's intense vetting process to become a recruit. The base salary for new agents and officers is $47,000 per year. After spending three months at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in either Artesia, New Mexico or Glynco, Georgia, recruits return to Laurel for three more months of Secret Service-specific training. Although we were allowed to film inside the academy, much of the training remained secret. According to the training center's deputy chief, Michael Buck, this was intended to avoid "giving people specifics into our protective methodologies ... we don't advertise our playbook." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Following is a transcript of the video.Man: You OK, man? Man: You mother f-----. Recruit: Put the bat down! Police! Drop the bat! Christopher Fagan: I want you to take all the notions that you have about what we do in the Secret Service that you've seen on the movies and on TV shows, and I want you to throw it out the window. The Secret Service is the premier law-enforcement agency in the world. It is by far the best protective agency that's ever been. The Secret Service has a zero-fail mission. That is now your responsibility. That is now the weight on your shoulders. Now you have to earn it every single day. Narrator: This is Secret Service boot camp. Before they join the Secret Service, all recruits have to graduate from the agency's six-month training program. Training happens here, at the James J. Rowley Training Center in Laurel, Maryland, located about 20 miles north of Washington. Fagan: Welcome to the James J. Rowley United States Secret Service Training Center. Narrator: On day one, a new class of recruits arrives at the academy. Fagan: Have a seat. Every one of you sitting here right now, there was about 100 other applicants that tried to get the seat that you have earned. How did you earn that seat? You earned that seat by getting through our very, very difficult and in-depth vetting process. And you should be congratulated. And I hope you celebrated, because the celebration time is over. Now's the time for business. Everybody clear on that? On Saturday, you will depart... Narrator: Before they begin their Secret Service-specific training, these recruits will spend three months at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico. Recruit: Get back in the building, now! Narrator: Before returning to Maryland for three more months of focused training... that includes driving, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat, and realistic threat scenarios. Fagan: You're gonna hear a phrase over and over and over again throughout your training, in particular this week. The Secret Service has a zero-fail mission. What that means in layman's terms, ladies and gentlemen, is this: You don't get a bad day in the Secret Service. There's plenty of other pursuits out there, noble pursuits. Lawyers, plumbers, firemen, doctors. If one of those folks has a rough night the night before, stays out late, they have to deal with their boss, some kind of disciplinary action. If you have a bad day and you don't do your job, you're going to change the world. Is there anyone that doesn't want to proceed at this point? All right. Then let's get down to business. Narrator: We spent three days at the training center, where we observed recruits at various stages of training. Fagan: It's going to be a long week. Narrator: For the new class, their first week focuses on a physical evaluation. Recruit: Let's go! Let's go! Don't stop! Don't stop! Narrator: And getting rid of any bad habits they may have brought into the academy. Fagan: We left yesterday without chairs being pushed in, and now we can't pay attention to detail one minute after the detail's given out. And we're laughing and joking in here. It is going to be an extremely long week. Do not make plans for Friday getting out of here on time, 'cause that ain't happening. Narrator: Although we were allowed to film inside the academy, our access was limited, and we were only able to film certain aspects of training, the rest of which remained secret. Michael Buck: There's certain things that we will not be able to show yourself or any other members of the media here, and that's really for the safety of our protectees. We don't wanna advertise our playbook, so to speak. Narrator: For example, we weren't able to film any training that incorporated this partial replica of Air Force One, used to create specific scenarios where the president is threatened. Buck: We don't want to give people specifics into our protective methodologies that we have in place for some of our protection. Clearly, some of those things we cannot share. And that's really to make sure that we're not giving any sort of an advantage to any of our adversaries out there. Clip: The United States Secret Service, America's first line of defense against the counterfeiter and their crimes. Narrator: The Secret Service was founded in 1865. It's primary mission: to combat the counterfeiting of US currency. Clip: The famed Secret Service, whose foremost duty is protecting the president of the United States and his family. Narrator: The Secret Service began its protective mission after the 1901 assassination of President William McKinley. Gus Gennerich: I am the president's personal bodyguard. I go where he goes. I wanna say that anybody who has no business with him better look out. And believe me, I don't mean maybe. Narrator: Since the Secret Service began its protective mission, the president has remained a target. Since 1901, President Kennedy has been the sole president to die at the hands of an assassin, despite numerous attempts by others. Like in 1994. Woman: Oh, my God! Narrator: When a gunman opened fire on the White House while President Clinton watched a football game inside. Man: Put it down! Put it down! Buck: Due to the weight of our protective mission, we have to make sure that anyone in those positions is truly worthy of trust and confidence, which is our motto here. We're getting ready to go into another campaign year, so we have to build up our workforce in order to help support that. Narrator: The base salary for new agents and officers starts as low as $47,000 a year. Potential recruits apply on the Secret Service website, but most applicants are eliminated during an intense vetting process. Fagan: Generally, it takes quite a long time in order to get through our screening process. The very in-depth background checks, qualification to obtain a top-secret clearance and maintain one, to undergo a polygraph examination, successfully pass that. They have a lot to be proud of just for the fact that they're sitting here. Recruit: Stay right there. Instructor: One thing to understand, guys: This is not a video game. Narrator: In this exercise, recruits interact with a video screen that plays a scenario involving a potential threat to a protectee. Recruit: Sir, drop it! Stop moving! Stop moving! Narrator: And are judged on how quickly they're able to assess and respond to the threat. Instructor: So, there's the gun I knew I was gonna find. What can I do with this? Narrator: Recruits also engage with role players, who create realistic law-enforcement scenarios. Man: All right, I'll just hang out over here, officer. Recruit: Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Narrator: Working in motor vehicles plays a big part in training, in what the academy calls "protective transportation." Recruits train behind the wheel of high-speed Dodge Chargers and Chevy Suburbans. Thomas Murach: The Secret Service's mission is to get protectees safely from point A to point B. The training that we provide enhances that mission, that foundational driving that they are going to need to be effective Secret Service agents. Instructor: All right, is everybody ready? All right. Narrator: Recruits also experience a rollover simulator to prepare them for what it's like inside a vehicle that's flipped over. Instructor: Next four up. Narrator: The instructor allowed us in the simulator. Graham Flanagan: I'm upside down. Narrator: To experience it from the inside. Recruits spend hours on the firing range. They cross paths with active agents who've come back to the academy for in-service training. Recruit: Drop the weapon! Narrator: Recruits engage in water-based scenarios, including being challenged to escape from this apparatus. Which simulates being trapped in a helicopter that's flipped upside down underwater. Instructor: You guys good? You still wanna be here? Recruits: Yes, ma'am! Instructor: You guys ready to do some team tactics? Recruits: Yes, ma'am! Narrator: Recruits learn control tactics used to detain and subdue an assailant. Recruit: Drop the knife! Drop the knife! Drop the knife! Narrator: Male and female recruits train together throughout basic training. Of the approximately 7,000 people in the Secret Service, less than 25% are female. Instructor: I'm gonna come around and check your seals one more time. Narrator: One of the most challenging parts of training occurs when the recruits are exposed to tear gas. We couldn't bring our camera inside the gas chamber, but we did convince an officer to shoot inside with an iPhone, showing us what it's like for recruits when they're exposed to the gas. Graham Flanagan: [coughing]. Holy s---! Oof. It's burning my eyes. Narrator: We weren't allowed to interview recruits during training or to film at graduation. Once training is complete, these future agents and officers begin their zero-fail mission against the backdrop of an intense election year in a nation divided by politics.Fagan: We protect the Office of the President. We're not political appointees. It doesn't matter to us who the people elect. We're gonna protect those individuals with the same zealousness that we would regardless. Political opinions don't come into play at all. What we're focused on is training, preparing them to do the job that they're gonna need to do, and that's all that counts for us.See Also:Veterans who served alongside the Kurds say Trump set a dangerous precedent abandoning American alliesTrump keeps contradicting the Pentagon about whatever it is the US is doing with Syria's oilThe US Navy canceled a routine Black Sea patrol after Trump complained that it was hostile to Russia
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IBM launches open security platform to protect hybrid multicloud environments
IBM The proliferation of security tools and data leaves businesses exposed to a growing landscape of cyberthreats. Businesses lack the resources and skills to detect and protect all the workloads and data spread across multiple cloud environments. IBM's new Cloud Pak for Security seeks to solve these issues. It's an issue that businesses big and small face worldwide: cybersecurity blind spots and wasted time. Now, IBM has developed Cloud Pak for Security, a platform based on open source to fix the problem. Imagine this: Your cybersecurity team gets a threat intelligence report warning of a malware attack against companies in your industry. It even lists the suspicious IP addresses and network behaviors to look for. But after investing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in security tools to help stay on top of cybersecurity incidents, your analysts still have to spend hours manually searching within a dozen locations or more to figure out if and how you're affected.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:Bill Gates is once again the richest person in the world. Here's how he spends his $110 billion fortune, from a luxury-car collection to incredible real estate.17 relationship facts everybody should know before getting marriedCaroline Spiegel, the sister of Snap CEO Evan Spiegel, is taking on sites like PornHub with the launch of her new audio porn site
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This $20 handheld milk frother is one of the most foolproof kitchen tools I've used to make coffee
  Amazon Lattes and cappuccinos are delicious, but those expensive coffee drinks can really add up. An Amerisleep study found that the average American spends over $1,000 a year on coffee.  I love fancy coffee drinks, but don't love paying the high prices at coffee shops. The Aerolatte handheld milk frother is one of the most foolproof kitchen tools I've ever used — it turns any milk into a rich foam in just 20 seconds and only costs $20.  Product Embed: Product Name: Aerolatte Chrome Finish Milk Frother Card Type: small Width: 100% Height: 150%  See the rest of the story at Business InsiderSee Also:The best blendersAmazon is offering 4 months of access to its music-streaming service for $1 as an early Black Friday deal — here's how to take advantage35 clever presents for coworkers that they'll actually be happy to receiveSEE ALSO: This $11 reusable K-cup filter saves me more than $1,000 a year on coffee
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