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The good times are rolling for Netflix — even with the looming threat from Disney

Little more than five years ago, Netflix looked like a train wreck. The company had announced then quickly aborted a widely ridiculed effort to set up its profitable DVD business as a separate operation and rename it Qwikster. Customers were incensed by a big price hike. And investors were none too …

Streaming

Facebook’s survey to assess the trustworthiness of news is only 2 questions long — but says that's not an issue

• <b>Facebook is asking its users to decide how trustworthy news outlets are — and its survey is only two questions long.</b>• <b><br>The social network has been repeatedly criticised over the spread of misinformation and hoaxes.</b>• <b><br>Facebook argues it will look at how news sources are viewed across different</b> …

Facebook

Insane video shows what it's like to get shot at by the A-10 Warthog's 30mm gatling gun

The US' Special Operations Command recently posted a video on Twitter showing what it's like to be on the "business end" of the A-10 Warthog's gatling gun.<p>We first saw the video at SOFREP. The 137th Special Operations Wing, which shot the footage, captured a rather unique perspective.<p>The special …

Guns

Researchers analyzed more than a dozen studies on how marijuana affects your heart — here's what they found

• <b>Researchers have looked at more than a dozen studies on marijuana's effect on the heart, and their takeaway is far from conclusive.</b>• <b><br>That finding contradicts a study published in August that claimed marijuana users faced a threefold higher risk of dying from hypertension than nonusers.</b>• <b><br>The August</b> …

Research

AI-powered smartphones and the features that will make you want to buy them

• <b>Many devices makers made a push to introduce artificial intelligence as a highlight feature on smartphones in 2017.</b>• <b><br>Companies have begun creating special hardware and software dedicated to AI functionality.</b>• <b><br>Most AI features appear to be centered around imaging and photography, power efficiency and</b> …

Mobile Technology

'I don’t see how anyone could interpret this as a good thing': The departure of Twitter's No. 2 exec is going to hurt

• <b>On Tuesday, Anthony Noto, the man running Twitter under part-time CEO Jack Dorsey, resigned to take a CEO role at a fintech startup.</b>• <b><br>Noto was credited for creating Twitter's growth strategy in video and was the person who knew Twitter more intimately than anyone.</b>• <b><br>This can only be seen as a bad sign</b> …

Anthony Noto

DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT AND THE CONNECTED CAR: How cars are transforming into digital platforms and opening an entirely new channel for service providers

<i>BI IntelligenceThis is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.</i><p>Media consumption is at a saturation point. After rising for much of the last decade, total digital time spent has been nearly …

Internet of Things

Apple issues Meltdown and Spectre patches for older versions of its Mac operating system — and you should install them right away

• <b>Apple released new updates for older versions of its Mac operating system to protect against the Meltdown and Spectre attacks.</b>• <b><br>The company had previously issued a patch for macOS High Sierra, the most recent version of its Mac operating system, but it put out a new update for High Sierra also.</b>• <b><br>The</b> …

High Sierra

A Jeff Bezos-backed warehouse farm startup is building 300 indoor farms across China

• <b>The vertical farming startup Plenty just announced that it plans to build 300 organic, indoor farms in or near Chinese cities.</b>• <b><br>In late 2017, the company scored $200 million in the largest-ever ag-tech deal. The funding round was led by Softbank Ventures and included DCM Ventures as well as funds</b> …

Farming

Netflix grabbed 7 Oscar nominations amid a big push into original movies — a top analyst tells us what that means for its business

• <b>Netflix netted seven Oscar nominations on Monday, equaling its total haul from all previous years.</b>• <b><br>RBC analyst Mark Mahaney spoke to Business Insider about how Oscar hauls will help Netflix, but "may not be critical" for its success moving forward.</b><p>Netflix grabbed a record seven Oscar nominations on …

Netflix

Cities that were snubbed by Amazon's HQ2 project are having identity crises

• <b>Amazon narrowed its HQ2 search down to just 20 cities.</b>• <b><br>This made people in some cities very happy. People in the losing cities, on the other hand, were left wondering what went wrong.</b>• <b><br>City officials and local columnists are looking inward after their cities unsuccessfully offered millions of dollars</b> …

Cities

These 6 electric cars will pose the biggest threat to Tesla's Model 3

• <b>Tesla has struggled to hit its production goals for the Model 3.</b>• <b><br>As Tesla struggles to deliver on its first mass-market electric car, a number of other brands are updating models they have been able to produce reliably or revealing upcoming electric cars that will compete with the Model 3 in the</b> …

Electric Vehicles

$9 billion startup Stripe drops bitcoin support because it doesn't make sense as a means of payment

• <b>Stripe, the $9 billion online payments company, is putting an end to the product that enabled retailers to accept bitcoin as payment.</b>• <b><br>It's a major hit to the popular cryptocurrency, once believed to be the future of online payments, but Stripe isn't the only company to back off.</b>• <b><br>Expensive transaction</b> …

Banking

Here's what we can learn from the recent slew of IoT startup layoffs

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.</i><p>Startups face a difficult path to success no matter their field, but IoT startups wading into the hardware market often confront an …

Sustainability

Facebook gets a new AI boss as it reorganizes to tackle Mark Zuckerberg's big mission

• <b>Yann LeCun, who helped launch Facebook's artficial intelligence research initiative, is stepping aside from overseeing the company's day-to-day AI efforts but will remain at the company.</b>• <b><br>IBM veteran Jérôme Pesenti will replace LeCun and will also oversee Facebook's effort to integrate AI into its</b> …

Artificial Intelligence

Millennials are not excited about AMD ahead of earnings (AMD)

• <b>AMD was one of the most popular stocks on stock trading app Robinhood in 2017, but millennial investors weren't too pumped about the stock ahead of its earnings.</b>• <b><br>The company is currently mired in the CPU security flaw known as Spectre.</b>• <b><br>Watch AMD stock price trade in real time here.</b><p>AMD has been a …

Stocks

Russia says new Tu-160M2 long-range bomber will make its maiden flight by the end of January

• <b>Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in early January that the Tu-160M2 will make its maiden flight by the end of the month.</b>• <b><br>With January coming to a close, we'll soon see if the Rogozin's statement is accurate.</b><p>Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said in early January that the …

Russia

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff: Facebook should be regulated like the cigarette industry

• <b>Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says some technology has addictive qualities and should be regulated.</b>• <b><br>Benioff is the latest high profile tech executive to raise questions about the way some tech products have become intertwined in people's daily lives.</b><p>Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff may have made his …

CRM

19 words only Googlers understand

Every company has its own special lingo that doesn't make sense to outsiders.<p>Google, with more than 70,000 employees worldwide, is no exception, and has countless unique terms employees use with one another.<p>Here are 19 words only Googlers will understand:

Google

CRYPTO INSIDER: Bitcoin hangs on above $10,000

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Bitcoin

A new fitness craze called the '80 Day Obsession' is taking over Facebook — here's how it works

• <b>80 Day Obsession is a new intense workout and nutrition plan created by fitness instructor Autumn Calabrese.</b>• <b><br>It starts at $59 for three months.</b>• <b><br>Fanatics are posting their 80 Day Obsession results to Facebook and Instagram.</b><p>Instagram fitness fanatics have a new favorite workout.<p>This month, Beachbody, …

Fitness

Here's where you can legally smoke weed in 2018

The United States is gradually becoming the land of the red, white, and green.<p>Starting January 1, it will be legal to smoke marijuana for medical use in 29 states, and Americans will be able to toke up without a doctor's letter in nine states. Support for the drug reached new highs in 2017. A …

Cannabis

The Marine Corps is rolling out a new rifle — and a whole lot of other gear

• <b>The Marine Corps plans to equip more infantrymen with the M27 rifle, which has been in limited use for sometime.</b>• <b><br>The M27 offers longer range and better accuracy than the M4 currently used by Marine rifleman, though not everyone will get the new rifle.</b>• <b><br>The M27 is likely to be just one piece of a</b> …

Military

I drove a $52,000 Kia Stinger and am convinced it is the best car the company has ever made

• <b>Kia's hotly anticipated Stinger sports sedan will go up against the best of the best, from BMW, Audi, and Lexus.</b>• <b><br>I tested the car in the San Francisco Bay Area for a few days.</b>• <b><br>The Stinger blew me away.</b><p>South Korean carmaker Kia is better known for slightly offbeat, value-oriented cars than for …

Kia Stinger

Frank Lloyd Wright's final home is back on the market for $3.25 million — take a look inside

There's a reason why the late architect Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name.<p>From the late 19th century to the early 20th century, he pioneered the Prairie School movement of architecture, characterized by horizontal lines, flat roofs with broad eaves, and an integration with the natural …

Frank Lloyd Wright

'God of War,' the first major PlayStation 4 game of 2018, will arrive on April 20

• <b>The reboot to "God of War" launches on the PlayStation 4 on April 20, Sony said on Tuesday.</b>• <b><br>The gorgeous new game puts Kratos in a new role: as a father.</b>• <b><br>April 20 is starting to look busy for gaming, with Nintendo Labo launching the same day.</b><p>The long-awaited reboot to the "God of War" series is …

Gaming Consoles

Melinda Gates just made a move to put the male-dominated VC world on notice

• <b>VC firm Aspect Ventures has raised an oversubscribed $181 million second fund from investors including Melinda Gates.</b>• <b><br>Aspect was founded in 2014 by two experienced female VCs.</b>• <b><br>While Aspect doesn't limit itself to backing women-funded companies, it does back a lot of them.</b>• <b><br>Aspect represents the rise of</b> …

Venture Capital

I live in New York City — here's why it would be disastrous if Amazon's $5 billion headquarters came here

• <b>Amazon recently announced the top 20 cities for its second headquarters, HQ2.</b>• <b><br>The tech giant claims HQ2 would create 50,000 jobs in the to-be-determined city.</b>• <b><br>HQ2 sounds like a great opportunity for New York, but it could contribute to a rise in housing prices, as well as population and</b> …

Cities

A simple, inexpensive piece of tech is upending the burgeoning marijuana industry

Behold: The small, cheap device that's disrupting the $7 billion legal cannabis business.<p>This tiny combination of plastic, glass, and metal is a disposable cannabis oil cartridge. It costs anywhere from $30 to $70 (depending on the oil inside), is easily carried in your pocket, and produces …

Cannabis