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Forget Mars, there could be life on Venus

Scientists now think there could be microscopic life floating in the clouds of Venus. Their theory is surprising, considering how inhospitable the surface of Venus is. But in the clouds, the possibility of life is very real. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>Despite decades of searching …

Astronomy

Here's why you're getting so many emails about changing privacy policies

If you've been using the internet for awhile, you've probably been deluged in recent days in a wave of emails telling you about privacy policies.<p>Some of these emails are from big companies, like Uber or Nest. But others are from newsletters you probably don't remember signing up for.<p><b>The emails say</b> …

Privacy

Uber's CEO said a move to grab power from Travis Kalanick means the board is no longer fighting over control

Uber's divided board is divided no longer, according to chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi.<p>Speaking at the VivaTech event in Paris on Thursday afternoon, Khosrowshahi said one of his first actions when taking on the role of CEO was to fix the company's governance issues.<p>Khosrowshahi became chief …

Profit

A federal prosecutor appointed by George W. Bush has been hired by crypto exchange Kraken as regulatory challenges mount for the industry

Reuters<p><b>Mary Beth Buchanan, a former federal prosecutor appointed by President George W. Bush, has been hired by crypto exchange Kraken, according to people familiar with the matter.</b>• <b><br>The regulatory environment has been murky for companies like Kraken given the nascent nature of the crypto</b> …

Cryptocurrency

The self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian was not designed to automatically brake in an emergency: NTSB report

• <b>On March 18, 2018, a self-driving Uber car struck and killed a pedestrian during a test-run in Arizona.</b>• <b><br>There was an operator present in the car, but she didn't begin braking until after the accident, the report says.</b>• <b><br>The car was not designed to automatically brake in an emergency while in</b> …

Autonomous Cars

Here's why Silicon Valley CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Dara Khosrowshahi decided to hang out in France

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are all having a lovely trip to Paris right now.<p>The trio are some of the biggest and wealthiest execs in tech, and they're joined by other high-net worth CEOs including Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, Slack CEO Stewart …

Silicon Valley

We compared shopping for electronics at Best Buy and Sears — and it's clear why one is struggling while the other is thriving

It's no secret that Sears' business has been struggling for some time.<p>Best Buy may be one of the biggest winners if Sears closes its stores, in part because of the retailers' overlap in appliances and consumer electronics. While appliances are still one of the top categories for Sears, making up an …

Sears

Elon Musk doesn't care about you

I'm about to tell you something that might break your heart. Elon Musk doesn't care about you.<p>By you I mean his customers, Wall Street, his shareholders, his creditors, his employees, and anyone who just might be interested in learning more about electric cars.<p>This lack of interest in anything <i>you</i> …

Tesla

Before-and-after images show how an abandoned Kmart was transformed into a high school

But now, high school students fill its halls, library, and cafeteria — once store aisles and space for checkout lines.<p>The former Kmart is the new home for Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep, which was recently redesigned by the local design firm JGMA. The team of architects transformed the dingy …

College Prep

The next big 'Battlefield' game returns to World War II and makes some major gameplay changes — here's what we know

For the first time in nearly a decade, this year's "Battlefield" game is returning to World War II.<p>The game's name: "Battlefield 5".<p>That's right — despite the last game in the series being named "Battlefield 1" — the series is returning to a standard numbering convention.<p>Semantics aside, …

Gaming Industry

Netflix hits a record high, passes Disney in size (NFLX)

• <b>Netflix just hit a record high.</b>• <b><br>The company's market cap passed Disney's</b>• <b><br>The stock has put the S&P 500 to shame this year.</b>• <b><br>Watch Netflix trade in real time here.</b><p>Netflix shares hit an all-time high early Thursday, and in the process the company edged past Disney in terms of market cap.<p>Shares touched an …

S&P 500

Apple's scrapped ideas for the car of the future sound wild

Apple's dream to build an electric car, called Project Titan, seems to be on the decline, according to a new report in The New York Times.<p>But one detail from the scoop reveals what got Apple fans so excited about the possibility of an Apple car when news of the project started to trickle out in …

Augmented Reality

What you need to know in advertising today

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Publicis CEO Arthur Sadoun YouTube<p>Publicis, one of the four global ad agency holding groups, today launched its ambitious artificial intelligence platform Marcel in partnership with Microsoft.<p>The ad group will be hoping Marcel can knit together the diverse talent …

Advertising

Elon Musk hints at when Tesla will reveal its next SUV

Tesla CEO Elon Musk indicated that the company will unveil its Model Y SUV between late 2018 and mid-2019.<p>On Twitter, Musk first wrote that Tesla would reveal the Model Y on March 15, but later wrote that he "just made that up, because the Ides of March sounded good."<p>In another tweet, Musk hinted …

Tesla

Ford, GM, and FCA put their faith in Trump and now they are trapped in a political fight they can't win

Shortly after Donald Trump was elected President, the Detroit big three automakers — General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — saw an opportunity.<p>Under the Obama administration, fuel economy standards for automakers' fleets were set to rise to 50 mpg, which would have crimped Detroit's …

Automotive Industry

Amazon and law enforcement are using cloud-based AI for surveillance

<i>This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence IoT Briefing subscribers hours before it appeared on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here.</i><p>Amazon is supplying technology and working with city and county law enforcement agencies in the US to allow them to leverage AI …

Surveillance

Obama describes what being in the Situation Room is like — and it's advice anyone can use to make hard decisions

When former president Barack Obama had to make big decisions during his time in office, he would assemble a team to confer with him in the White House's famous Situation Room.<p>From there, he used a set of specific guidelines to help him make a decision, Obama told the crowd attending a tech …

Osama Bin Laden

How to survive a snake bite

Most snakes will only attack you if you get in their way, but snakes can bite you and their venom can be deadly. We spoke with Frank T. Burbrink, Associate Curator in the Department of Herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History and Coyote Peterson, host of the Brave Wilderness channel on …

Zoology

The 41 best HBO original movies of all time, according to critics

For years, HBO cornered the market on quality original films for at-home consumption, routinely cranking out critically acclaimed documentaries and biopics or dramas with notable Hollywood names.<p>The cable network has had its fair share of misfires as well, including its most recent feature, a …

TV Series

The Justice Department is investigating crypto market manipulation — here's why it's such a big problem

LONDON — The US Justice Department has reportedly opened a criminal probe into cryptocurrency market manipulation, an issue Business Insider highlighted in a major investigation last November.<p>Market manipulation is nothing new: spoofing and wash trading — the forms of market manipulation the probe …

Cryptocurrency

Slack founder Stewart Butterfield believes that most office work is '70% wasted output'

PARIS — Slack founder Stewart Butterfield has a dim view of office life.<p>"Think about the tropes of culture around office work, the TV show 'The Office,' the movie 'Office Space,' and 'Dilbert' the cartoon ... they involve long meetings, too much email, those have been a constant for decades," he …

Digital Age

The US military released a study on warp drives and faster-than-light travel — here’s what a theoretical physicist thinks of it

Sometime after August 2008, the US Department of Defense contracted dozens of researchers to look into some very, very out-there aerospace technologies, including never-before-seen methods of propulsion, lift, and stealth.<p>Two researchers came back with a 34-page report for the "propulsion" category …

Physics

Two years later, I still play 'Overwatch' every day — here are 7 reasons why I can't stop

The best game I've played in 2018, and the best game I played last year, are the same as the best game I played way back in 2016.<p>That game, of course, is Blizzard Entertainment's masterpiece "Overwatch."<p>As Business Insider's only reporter wholly focused on video games, I play as many as I can — but …

Activision Blizzard

Obama sounds off on the need for Silicon Valley tech companies to be regulated and improve the way they handle data breaches

Barack Obama is a steadfast believer that common-sense regulations are a force for good in the world.<p>But speaking on stage at a tech conference in Las Vegas hosted by Okta on Wednesday, the former president acknowledged that when it comes to regulating Silicon Valley, Washington doesn't move fast …

Silicon Valley

Facebook is asking people to review their privacy settings — here's how to navigate the notifications

Facebook has started asking users to go through their settings and make sure they're happy with the amount of data they are handing over.<p>That's thanks to a new European law called the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which comes into effect on May 25.<p>That law makes it much harder for …

African Languages

Confessions of a Facebook parking valet

SAN FRANCISCO — At Facebook's sunny headquarters in Menlo Park, California, hidden among the office blocks, shrubbery, and rows of shining vehicles, there exists an army of hundreds of valets hired to park its employees' cars for them.<p>It's a little-noticed job that offers valets a front-row view of …

Employment

Facebook panicked about foreign influence in the Irish abortion referendum — and revealed a worrying truth

Facebook's new tools to stop election interference through political advertising failed in Ireland, which is due to hold a highly charged referendum about abortion on Friday.<p>That's the verdict of experts on the ground as Ireland gears up for the May 25 vote on whether to repeal a piece of 1983 …

Internet

Obama explains why he signed a deal with Netflix and how he thinks it will help solve our political divide

On Monday, Netflix announced that it had signed a multimillion deal with former president Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama, and on Wednesday, Obama spoke publicly about the deal for the first time.<p>Obama was speaking at a tech conference in Las Vegas hosted by identity security …

Michelle Obama

A former DocuSign CEO just raised $47 million as his startup gets closer to a $100 million milestone

Matt Schiltz knows how to deal with documents. The veteran tech exec spent four years as CEO of DocuSign, building it from a struggling startup to a leader in the electronic signature business.<p>In his 2.5 years as CEO of Conga, a document and contract automation platform, Schiltz has continued to …

Venture Capital