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Uber just hinted it could be in serious trouble if it doesn't conquer the market for electric bikes and scooters

Electric-scooter sharing startups are racing to become as dominant as Uber or Lyft in this wacky and well-funded transportation business that's revolutionizing transit in America.<p>At the same time, Uber is learning that <i>it</i> may need to end up dominating scooter-sharing, before companies like Bird, …

San Francisco

THE INTERNET OF THINGS 2018 REPORT: How the IoT is evolving to reach the mainstream with businesses and consumers

The Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming how companies and consumers go about their days around the world. The technology that underlies this whole segment is evolving quickly, whether it's the rapid rise of the Amazon Echo and voice assistants upending the consumer space, or growth of …

Internet of Things

Someone finally made a simple way to edit your tweets, inspired by the President Trump's famous 'covfefe' typo

For years, Twitter users have been begging Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to create a feature that would allow them to edit their tweets after publishing, and thus saving themselves from the embarrassment of a rogue typo, auto-correct mishap, or any other blunder that would ensue as a result of inadequate …

Social Media

The Netflix exec in charge of hiring during the first 14 years says these 10 tips are indispensable to succeed in today's tech world

If the events of the past couple of years have taught us anything, it's that if company leaders treat human resources as an afterthought, then they risk running into troubles like those of Uber.<p>Patty McCord — former Netflix chief talent officer, and the co-architect of the streaming video company's …

Employment

THE VOICE APPS REPORT: The issues with discoverability, monetization, and retention, and how to solve them

<i>This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.</i><p>The voice app ecosystem is booming. In the US, the number of Alexa skills alone surpassed 25,000 in January 2018, up …

Apps

These four charts show how Facebook's business is changing thanks to Instagram

Facebook's $1 billion bet on Instagram is looking more and more like a bargain.<p>The photo sharing site, which Facebook acquired in 2012, is growing much faster than its parent company in terms of advertising spending and impressions. And it's becoming an increasingly important part of advertisers' …

Social Media

Thousands of Tesla Model 3 cars are sitting in giant parking lots in California — here's why

Some photos of Tesla vehicles parked at several locations in California recently surfaced on Twitter.<p>What looks to be a few thousand Teslas are allegedly in the Central Valley town of Lathrop, east of the Bay Area; and in Burbank, near Los Angeles.<p>These look to be staging areas, where cars are …

Tesla

People are donating money to Kylie Jenner to help her become the world's youngest billionaire

When Forbes reported this week that Kylie Jenner, the 20-year-old cosmetic mogul from the Kardashian/Jenner family, was just $100 million shy of becoming the world's youngest self-made billionaire, fans of the reality-TV star banded together.<p>On Twitter, multiple people joked that they intended to …

Kylie Jenner

DermaClip is a needle-less alternative to stitches

This innovative adhesive solution could aid in wound closure and a broad range of medical procedures. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>This is needle-less wound closure</i><p><i>DermaClip is an alternative solution to conventional stitches or staples.</i><p><i>They help reduce closure time and skin</b> …

Knitting

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As a dedicated Business Insider reader, your opinion is important to us. That's why we'd like to invite you to join our <b>BI Insiders</b> program.<p>The BI Insiders are an exclusive online community of Business Insider readers who like to:<p>So join us today by clicking on the link below and apply to become a …

Online Life

Director James Gunn has been fired from 'Guardians of the Galaxy 3' after offensive tweets resurface

"Guardians of the Galaxy" franchise writer-director James Gunn has been fired by Disney from the third movie following old offensive tweets of his resurfacing this week.<p>"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's …

Walt Disney Studios

Google's incredible Pixel 2 has the best camera I've ever used on a smartphone — these photos are proof

It's time to admit the truth: I'm in love with Google's Pixel 2 smartphone camera.<p>Admittedly, it's easy to fall in love with. The Pixel 2 camera produces stunning, vibrant, better-than-real-life photos regularly.<p>The building here, for instance:<p>In reality, the building was actually <i>darker</i> than in …

Mobile Photography

Here's how Amazon's and Apple's new smart speakers stack up with consumers

Smart speakers — Amazon's Echo, for example — are the latest device category poised to take a chunk of our increasingly digital lives. These devices are made primarily for the home and execute a user's voice commands via an integrated digital assistant. These digital assistants can play music, …

Smart Speaker

'Institutions are going to look for something like this': Crypto companies are working with the Big Four to get Wall Street to trust them

Bitcoin companies have a branding problem.<p>The nascent market for digital coins is known for its spine-tingling volatility and hacks.<p>That's part of the reason institutional investors don't trust firms across the landscape with their money. But crypto service providers and exchanges are trying to …

Wall Street

This $530 Android phone can take better shots than the $1,000 iPhone X — sometimes

One of the biggest deciding factors between cheaper and more expensive smartphones — and even between phones that cost around $700 — is camera performance. The endless smartphone camera debate rages on, and it's likely to keep going until smartphone makers can't possibly improve smartphone cameras …

Mobile Technology

Facebook is promoting Holocaust denial groups at the top of its search results

Mark Zuckerberg defended the presence of Holocaust deniers on Facebook this week despite widespread criticism, arguing that the company's algorithm will punish misinformation to restrict its circulation on the social network rather than deleting it outright.<p>But Facebook is still prominently …

Internet

The life and career rise of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the richest person in modern history

As his Amazon empire continues to expand, Bezos continues to amass his fortune. He first nabbed the title of world's richest person last summer, and is now worth $55 billion more than Microsoft founder Bill Gates, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index.<p>But Bezos' rise to the top is has taken …

Jeff Bezos

'Dunno where this bs came from': Elon Musk slams claims that Tesla Model 3 cancellations are outpacing deposits

Tesla, CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter on Thursday night to dispute rumors that Model 3 cancellations are outpacing orders. The move came after Needham & Co., a New York-based investment bank, downgraded Tesla shares from hold to sell.<p>Needham's report, which included several reasons for taking a …

Tesla

Here's where you can legally consume marijuana in the US in 2018

The United States is gradually becoming the land of the red, white, and green.<p>Nine states and Washington, DC, have legalized marijuana for recreational use for adults over the age of 21. Medical marijuana is legal in another 30 states after voters in Oklahoma approved a ballot initiative to …

Cannabis

The ugliest building in every US state, according to people who live there

But that doesn't always happen. Every town across the United States likely has a tower, a government complex, or an office building that residents wish never went up.<p>Business Insider asked readers to name the one architectural eyesore they loathe in their state. Responses ranged from a building …

City Halls

Battle-royale games like 'Fortnite' are expected to make $20 billion in 2019

Free-to-play game "Fortnite Battle Royale" recently passed the $1 billion revenue mark thanks solely to its in-app purchases, according to a new report from SuperData Research.<p>The multi-platform game sky-rocketed to super fandom following its release in fall 2017, and is now one of the many …

In-App Purchases

The world's busiest air route is between Seoul and the 'South Korean Hawaii'

What's the most popular air route in the world?<p>New York to LA? London to Paris? Beijing to Shanghai?<p>Chances are your first guess wasn't the domestic flight between Seoul and Jeju, the capital of Jejudo island in South Korea. Last year, almost 65,000 flights made the journey between the two cities. …

South Korea

What really happens to your body when you get a brain freeze

Drinking cold beverages is a great way to fight off the summer heat but also may lead to experience a brain freeze. But, is your brain really getting cold? The following is a transcript of the video.<p>Ugh, brain freeze! It's awful. That sharp searing pain in your forehead! But you know what's even …

The Brain

'Guardians of the Galaxy' director James Gunn responded after a series of his old 'shocking' and 'offensive' tweets resurfaced

James Gunn, who directed Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" and its sequel, came under fire this week after a series of offensive, since-deleted tweets were uncovered.<p>Gunn is a vocal critic of President Trump, and frequently calls out Trump and the Republican party on Twitter, which drew the ire of …

Marvel Universe

Here's how to turn off the new Instagram feature that blows your cover when you're online

Sometimes scrolling through your social media feed is more of an anti-social activity than it is about striking up a real-time conversation with a friend.<p>On Thursday, Instagram released a new feature that's going to make it a little more difficult to stay under the radar, as Instagram shared in a …

Social Media

Billionaires are paying as much as $23 million a piece for the latest ultra-wealthy status symbol: Citizenship in a foreign country

Yachts, sports cars, and sprawling mansions have long been the status symbols of the ultra-wealthy, but in recent years, a new badge of affluence has emerged among the 1%.<p>Billionaires and millionaires are flocking to secure not just second homes in foreign countries — but citizenship as …

Billionaires

NASA astronauts first landed on the moon 49 years ago today. Here's what the landing looked like and how the US pulled it off.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy put a monumental goal before Congress:<p>"I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth," Kennedy said. "No single space project in this period will …

Space Science

Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are making it easier to transfer your data between their websites

Soon it will be easier to transfer your files between certain websites without having to download and re-upload them.<p>Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are collaborating on a project that will allow users to directly transfer files like contacts, photos, mail, tasks, and calendars between …

Mark Zuckerberg

Now you can order a beer at a baseball game with a text — and it's a great example of of how Apple is going after Facebook

At most ballparks, if you're seated and want a refreshing beverage, you simply shout to the vendor: "Hey beer man!"<p>But starting today, at Citizens Bank Park, where the Philadelphia Phillies play, you'll be able to order beer and water with a text message — if you're seated in the right section and …

Chatbots