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This is why successful people are unhappy in middle age — and what to do about it

Writing a book about age and happiness brought many surprises, but none surpasses this: High-achieving professionals seem especially vulnerable to …

Happiness

Amazon is now selling home security services, including installations and no monthly fees

Amazon’s made a slew of acquisitions in the area of smart home services, and now it’s offering a product that brings them together under one roof — your roof.<p>Amazon has quietly launched a portal offering home security services — which include all the equipment you would need and in-person visits …

Smart Homes

Box Office: Hugh Jackman's 'Greatest Showman' Is Still Leggier Than 'Titanic'

Let’s start with the holdover update you’ve been waiting for! No, not <i>Black Panther</i>, the OTHER one.<p><i>The Greatest Showman</i> earned another $3.4 million in its tenth weekend, dropping a huge (for this movie) 32% and finally acting somewhat like a normal leggy flick. That still gives the PT Barnum biopic …

Animation

I tried Peloton's new $4,000 treadmill — and now I get why the company has such a cult following

LAS VEGAS — With its new $4,000 treadmill, Peloton wants to work out your whole body.<p>The fitness startup on Tuesday unveiled the Peloton Tread, a high-end treadmill that, much like its popular exercise bike, has built-in live workouts.<p>The Tread is Peloton's first new product since the bike, and CEO …

Tax Geek Tuesday: Making Sense Of The New '20% Qualified Business Income Deduction'

On December 22nd, President Trump signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, finalizing a once-in-a-generation overhaul of the existing Code and leaving the once-burdensome tax law so simple, we’ll all be preparing our returns on postcards come the spring of 2019.<p>HAHAHAHAHAHA<p>/wipes tear from …

Retirement

Amazon is coming after Ikea with its first furniture brands — and it's one-upping the competition in one major way

Amazon is inviting its customers to take a load off — preferably on a sofa from one of its new furniture brands.<p>The retailer is launching two new furniture brands. Rivet is a midcentury modern-inspired brand with a focus on urban, small-space solutions and high style. Stone & Beam is much more …

Furniture

Why do so many of us hate black licorice?

When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned about eating too much black licorice on Monday, about half the country paused and thought, “Wait, people eat black licorice?”<p>The agency is advising candy fans who are 40 or older to limit their intake of the sweet treat to a maximum of 2 ounces …

The problem of doctors’ salaries

An economist argues that American doctors get paid too much—and offers some bold ideas on what to do about it.<p>The United States pays more than twice as much per person for health care as other wealthy countries. We tend to blame the high prices on things like drugs and medical equipment, in part …

Health Care

Forget gold. This metal is on a much bigger rally

Gold is having a good year. But not as good as palladium, which has spiked nearly 50% in 2017 to its highest level in over 16 years.<p>The price of palladium, which is used in cars, electronics, dentistry and jewelry, hit $1,005 per ounce on Monday. Analysts say it's a case of strong demand and tight …

Electric Vehicles

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.<p>In 2009, California passed a law requiring …

The life-saving browser shortcut everyone should know

I can't believe I'd never heard of Ctrl-Shift-T.<p>If I had a dollar for every time I'd accidentally closed a browser tab -- or worse, an entire windowful of 'em -- I'd be rich.<p>But there's a simple keyboard shortcut that can instantly correct this error: <b>Ctrl-Shift-T</b>.<p>Or <b>Apple-Shift-T</b>, if you're using a …

Google

Gastric bypass surgery in a pill startup Allurion gets $27 million as it pursues FDA approval

Allurion, a Boston-based startup offering a non-invasive gastric balloon by swallowing a pill, has gained $27 million in Series C funding from previous investor Romulus Capital, with new participation from Cogepa Investments and IDO Investments, an innovation firm based in Oman.<p>There are a lot of …

QVC Plans To Buy, Merge With Rival Shopping Network HSN

Under pressure from the growth of online retailing, TV shopping giant QVC intends to acquire its rival HSN Inc. in a $2.1 billion deal.<p>The merger, announced Thursday, would create a company with $14 billion in annual sales, NPR's Yuki Noguchi reports.<p>QVC's parent company, Liberty Interactive, …

eCommerce

REPORT: There are hundreds of judges in New York who do not have law degrees

Many of the announcements note that the judges, as part of their agreement with the commission, pledge to never seek or accept a job as a judge again.<p>And some of the announcements include a fact that still packs a 21st century punch of surprise: The judges being disciplined are not, and never have …

Jordan Spieth leads Travelers after opening-round 63

When Jordan Spieth talked before the start of the Travelers Championship, he discussed needing to keep pace at a tournament known for its low scores.<p>The sixth-ranked golfer in the world came out firing Thursday, with birdies on three of his first four holes on the way to leading with a 7-under-par …

Golf

Numismatics—acquiring old coins—outperforms other investments

BEHIND the heavily fortified door of Stack’s Bowers, a gallery of rare coins in New York, smiling salesmen show off their precious wares neatly …

Why Amazon Gives CVS Health Corporation Shareholders Something to Worry About

Amazon just fired a shot heard 'round the pharmacy world. CVS Health and its shareholders might need to start worrying.<p>When <b>CVS Health Corporation</b> …

Get a 6-month Amazon Prime trial, then 50% off after that if you’re a student

Are you a student with a valid .edu email address? Well, get ready for the deal of a lifetime. Right now, Amazon has a special promotion going that …

Amazon Isn't Just Busting Retail, It's Busting Brands

Amazon's platform is driven by powerful economies of scale and scope.<p>It is able to offer an increasing variety at prices that are difficult to match …

eCommerce

Traders are using a clever trick to make money from the most boring market in years

That's according to Macro Risk Advisors, a firm that arranges volatility trades. While the vehicle in question, the iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures ETN, or VXX, was originally conceived as a way to bet on future price swings in US equities, most of the interest in trading comes from investors …

Here's the best time to post on Instagram each day

Everyone wants more likes and engagement on Instagram. But when's the best time to post to get your photos in front of the most eyeballs?<p>Research …

How Katz's Deli Makes Their Perfect Pastrami

We've peeked behind the scenes at many a celebrated foodstuff over the years, but none have quite the gravitas of what may be New York's most iconic dish: the pastrami sandwich at 125-year-old <b>Katz's Deli</b>.<p>Katz's is nothing less than a keeper of the Jewish culinary flame, thanks in no small part to …

Celebrities Under Fire For Keeping Social Media Endorsement Pay Under Wraps

If there’s one thing Fyre Festival succeeded in, albeit inadvertently, it was helping to bring the legal issues associated with celebrity endorsements on social media to light in the public eye. The second class-action complaint filed against the festival accused 100 now unnamed “Jane Does” of …

Public Relations

Flexe launches nationwide next-day delivery service to help e-commerce companies take on Amazon

Flexe, a Seattle startup that offers a marketplace for warehouse space, announced Thursday a new next-day delivery service, which the company said …

Delta partners with on-demand helicopter startup so VIPs can avoid the airport

Delta is partnering with Blade, a company billed as the “Uber for helicopters,” to give passengers of the elite on-demand transportation service a better way to travel to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to <i>Business Insider</i>. Blade, which has three lounges in Manhattan, …

Airports

Amazon’s best-selling air purifier meets the same standards as those used in medical facilities and on airplanes

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p><i>Guardian Technologies</i><p>Some of the only people who might not be as excited to see spring bursting into bloom all around them are those who …

Delta Just Raised the Compensation for Bumped Passengers by an Insane Amount (Thanks, United) | Inc.com

<i>Absurdly Driven looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>Thoughtfulness is the signature emotion of airlines.<p>Thoughtfulness about profit, that is.<p>Yet the whole United-beating-up-a-paying-passenger-just-to-get-its-own-people-a-seat thing might have …

Flying

How to listen to everything Amazon Echo has ever heard

If you own an Amazon Echo, you probably know its strange secret: The device records a lot of what you say. Deep inside that dark tower, Echo keeps a vast trove of recordings. Your voice is preserved. Your friends’ voices are preserved. Anyone who has ever been to your house and said, “Alexa!” has …

Bat reportedly found in packaged Fresh Express salad mix

<b>(CNN) —</b> Two people were recommended for post-exposure rabies treatment after a consumer in Florida reported finding a dead bat in a packaged salad mix, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Saturday.<p>The bat was sent to the CDC after it was found in a bag of Fresh Express Organic …

Public Health

Self-healing phone screen can fix itself in 24 hours

The days of scratched and cracked smartphone screens could soon be numbered after researchers created a "stretchy" screen that can repair itself.<p>Researchers at the University of California Riverside have designed a new polymer that can heal itself, opening up the ability to fuse cracks and paper …

University of California, Riverside