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Netflix's 'Maniac' is a confusing mess full of weak characters and a poorly drawn world

Netflix's "Maniac" is not for everyone. Especially me. I paused "Maniac" in confusion a lot while I was watching it. (Netflix made all 10 episodes of the limited series available for the press.)<p>But no moment made me pause and wonder what the heck I was watching more than when I saw Justin Theroux …

Altered Carbon

Kanye West and Adidas just made a major play to one-up Supreme

One month after Supreme took over The New York Post's front page, Kanye West and Adidas are trying to one-up the cult fashion brand.<p>On Friday, an ad for the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Triple White ran on the front page of at least nine publications around the US, including The Detroit News, Detroit …

'This is going to end badly for everyone': Wealthy venture capitalist Nick Hanauer is on a mission to fix the American economy before it's too late

Nick Hanauer isn't a self-loathing rich guy. But he <i>is</i> furious that he and his fellow wealthy Americans have reaped the majority of benefits from the United States' economic growth for the last few decades.<p>He's far from a leftist, but he does want to see significant changes made to the way …

U.S. Economy

Farfetch prices its IPO at $20 a share

• <b>Farfetch priced shares at $20 apiece, above the $17-$19 range that was expected.</b>• <b><br>The UK-based online luxury-goods retailer would raise $885 million in total, well above its previous target.</b>• <b><br>Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com acquired a 13.94% stake of Farfetch in 2017, and agreed to buy more Class A</b> …

Goldman Sachs

After walking away from directing 'It' following nearly 3 years of development, Cary Joji Fukunaga is in no rush to see the movie: 'It's no longer mine anymore'

Warner Bros.' "It," the latest adaptation of the Stephen King classic novel, turned out to be one of the surprise box-office hits of 2017, as the movie took in a huge $700 million worldwide (it was only made for around $35 million). It had the biggest September domestic opening weekend of all time …

Joji

The firestorm at HSBC's investment bank is escalating as the bank hits back against internal dissent

HSBC fired back at internal criticism over its investment banking practices following a staff-penned memo to management late last month.<p>In a statement given to Financial News, HSBC said that its global banking teams have a "clear strategy that is working."<p>HSBC did not immediately respond to …

HSBC

Russia reportedly hatched an audacious plan to smuggle Julian Assange out of Britain on Christmas Eve

A bold plot that would have seen Wikileaks founder Julian Assange smuggled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London to Russia in 2017 has been revealed.<p>UK newspaper the Guardian reported that Russian diplomats held secret talks in 2017 with people close to Assange to hatch a plan to help Assange …

Christmas Eve

Spending on insurance plans has increased nearly 50% in the last 10 years, as healthcare costs in the US continue to skyrocket

The US is spending more on healthcare than ever before.<p>A new study published in Health Affairs on Wednesday found that total spending on health services, excluding premiums, for those with employer-sponsored insurance plans increased by 44% from 2007 to 2016.<p>Researchers found that spending …

Health Care

Facebook will reportedly launch its long-awaited Portal video chat device next week

Facebook will launch "Portal," its long-awaited video chat device next week, Cheddar reports.<p>Reports emerged that Facebook was working on a video chat device codenamed "Aloha" in 2017, and now it seems its plans are coming to fruition.<p>"Portal" will come in two sizes, and anonymous sources told …

Cambridge Analytica

12 of the most extraordinary, never-before-seen photos from the past 10 years of Burning Man

Burning Man is arguably the most captivating festival in the world.<p>The annual "counterculture" event sees around 70,000 people visit Black Rock City, Nevada each year and form a giant semi-circle for a weekend of self-expression, civic responsibility, music, and art — and some pretty crazy fashion …

Burning Man

Italy is investigating Ryanair for potentially distorting the airline market with its controversial carry-on baggage fee

Italy's competition watchdog is investigating Ryanair for potentially distorting the airline market by charging for carry-on baggage.<p>Antitrust, Italy's competition authority, said carry-on baggage was an "essential element of transport" that should be factored into the ticket price, Agence …

Customers

Walmart reportedly warns that Trump's trade war will hit regular Americans hard

Walmart, the largest US retailer, is sounding the alarm on President Donald Trump's trade war, saying it is "very concerned" about the possible impacts the newly announced tariffs will have on American consumers.<p>In a letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the company — which employs …

Tariffs

Conor McGregor slugged whiskey, mocked his opponent’s accent, and accused him of disrespecting Vladimir Putin during a wild UFC 229 press conference

Conor McGregor slugged measures of his own branded whiskey and appeared to mock his opponent's accent during a wild UFC 229 press conference.<p>McGregor faced off with defending UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in New York City on Thursday, ahead of their anticipated ruckus at UFC 229 at …

Vladimir Putin

Trump is beating up on Iran — and it's making Obama look weak

President Donald Trump has, at almost every turn, defied experts on Iran policy to take a very aggressive track against Tehran.<p>Despite this, Trump has yet to suffer a single tangible consequence, or any of the nightmare scenarios which former President Barack Obama warned against.<p>Under Trump, the …

Iran Nuclear Deal

A startup that's helping us better understand the microbes that live in and on each of us is now going to start developing drugs based on those bugs

The bugs that live in our gut might one day soon be used to guide the way we treat everything from infections to cancer.<p>Now, uBiome, a startup that sells tests that sequence the microbiome, or the assortment of bacteria and other microbes that live in us, is getting in on the action. It plans to …

Microbiome

10 things you need to know before the opening bell

<b>Uber is reportedly in early talks to buy Deliveroo.</b> The London-based food-delivery-startup Deliveroo would not be interested in selling for any price that's not "considerably higher" than its current $2 billion valuation, Bloomberg says.<p><b>The brains behind a fund that's crushing the market this year</b> …

Goldman Sachs

A startup that wants to regenerate human hearts and brains just announced a new chief financial officer — and it could mean an IPO in 2019

BlueRock Therapeutics, a moonshot project from pharma giant Bayer and Versant Ventures, caught widespread attention when it launched in 2016. Its goal is to be the leading biotech company in cell and gene therapy for regenerative medicine. And it wants to do that by regenerating human heart and …

'Healthcare is distinctly local:' Why the CEO of UnitedHealthcare Global turns to local healthcare systems to grow its global business

Minnesota-based healthcare giant UnitedHealth Group has a lot on its plate.<p>The company has a $256 billion market cap, employs more than 285,000 people, and makes $201.2 billion in revenue.<p>And in recent years, the company has set its sights beyond the US healthcare system. UnitedHealthcare Global …

UnitedHealth

10 things you need to know before the opening bell (SPY, SPX, QQQ, DIA, GS, WFC, EB)

Here is what you need to know.<p><b>Uber is reportedly in early talks to buy Deliveroo.</b> The London-based food-delivery startup Deliveroo would be interested in selling only for a price that's "considerably higher" than its $2 billion valuation, Bloomberg says.<p><b>The brains behind a fund that's crushing the</b> …

Goldman Sachs

3 children and 3 adults wounded in early-morning knife attack at New York day care center

Five people, including three children, have been stabbed at a "non-licensed overnight daycare" in New York at 3:40 a.m. on Friday, police say.<p>One more woman was found with self-inflicted knife wounds to her left wrist in the basement of the 161st Street venue, police told Fox 5 News.<p>She is in …

Day Care

China has banned hugely popular game streaming service Twitch

Twitch, the streaming giant famous for launching eSports into the stratosphere, has confirmed that it is now banned in China.<p>Abacus first reported that Twitch's website was unavailable in mainland China, and that its app had quietly vanished from the Chinese Apple App Store. Twitch confirmed to …

Gaming Industry

10 haunted forests around the world that will give you the chills

Forests are creepy enough in their own right.<p>Add some urban legends about murder victims who now roam the forest as ghosts, and you'll never want to wander through one again.<p>We rounded up 10 forests around the world that are thought to be haunted.

Forests

Rap mogul Suge Knight is going to prison for 28 years for fatally running down one of his friends with a pick-up truck

The rap-music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been sentenced to 28 years in jail after pleading no contest to a manslaughter charged on Thursday.<p>Knight ran down Terry Carter, a business associate and friend, while driving his Ford pick-up truck on a Los Angeles movie set in January 2015. He also hit …

Los Angeles

Google's ex-CEO Eric Schmidt says the internet will split in two by 2028

Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Wednesday predicted that the internet will split in two in the next decade, CNBC reports.<p>Speaking at a private event in San Francisco, Schmidt said that he believes China will effectively split away and create its own internet.<p>"I think the most likely scenario now is …

Google Search

The brains behind a fund that's crushing the market this year share 3 stocks driving their outstanding gains

Investors looking for under-the-radar stocks can find a fertile ground in the small-cap universe.<p>In that space, companies worth between $200 million to $2 billion receive much less attention than the FANG stocks, for example. And the fund managers who perform best are able to jump on stocks that …

Investing

GOLDMAN SACHS: These 12 stocks are perfect for traders seeking big gains at bargain prices

By many metrics, the stock market is among the most expensive in history.<p>But Goldman Sachs finds that, from one perspective, it's actually quite average.<p>The gauge in question is free cash flow (FCF) yield, which measures a company's FCF relative to its market value. Generally, the lower it is, the …

Goldman Sachs

American Airlines threatens to make people pay for a whole new flight if they want to change the time

American Airlines is threatening to make customers who paid for non-refundable flights pay for a new one if they want to change the time.<p>Doug Parker, the airlines' CEO, said according to the Associated Press: "We — like the baseball team, like the opera — would say, 'We're sorry, it was …

American Airlines