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    • Rich people have always been private, but their desire for privacy has increased as they seek more security in a technological age.
    • But in an age of constant connection, some ultra-rich are reeling in the flashiness in the name of safety.
    • Experts in high-end security say wealthy people are living under-the-radar at home and while traveling.

    Perhaps nothing conjures up an image of wealth like Nicki Minaj in her $400,000 pink Lamborghini or Mark Cuban stepping out of his $40 million private jet

    But in an age of constant connection, some ultra-rich are reeling in the flashiness in the name of safety.

    "Privacy and safety are inextricably linked. There was a time when privacy concerns were primarily about financial loss, such as bank wire or credit card fraud," Gary Howlin, senior vice president at Gavin de Becker & Associates, which provides executive protection for wealthy individuals including clients in the Supreme Court and the CIA, told Business Insider.

    "Now, particularly with personal information readily available via internet and social media sources, people are using what was once private information to learn where clients live — or information about their activities in order to seek personal encounters with them," Howlin said.

    As a result, the wealthy are proceeding with caution when it comes to grand displays of wealth.

    Take for example Kim Kardashian West. The Queen of Selfies has always been known for flaunting her diamonds on Instagram and on "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," but after being held at gunpoint and robbed of more than $10 million in jewelry in 2016, she became more discreet about her wealth by toning down her social media photos, no longer wearing a lot of jewelry in public, and getting 24-hour security.

    Kim Kardashian West

    But such a harrowing incident isn't a prerequisite for being discreet. 

    CEOs and business moguls, like Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson, have always been somewhat private, at least to the general public, but even celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Melissa McCarthy are refraining from putting their wealth on display.

    The wealthy are living under the radar at home

    "There was a time when people really flaunted their wealth; now they don't," David Forbes, head of private office at estate agent Savills, told reporter Kate Allen of the Financial Times. "People's priorities over the years have shifted. Now right at the top of the list, it's security."

    He added that while the wealthy still spend money on boats and planes, they don't want to attract the kind of attention open displays of wealth bring; they're increasingly opting for what Allen called "under-the-radar" living, which takes shape on both a small and big scale.

    This involves blocking GPS from locating property with a jamming signal, removing their homes from the grid, and hiring architects to conceal buildings — whether it's designing an underground home or using a "stealth concealment design" for above ground properties, reported Allen.

    These privacy tactics don't come cheap — one underground mansion was listed for $185 million last year. And those without underground homes are paying up to $500,000 to install luxe panic rooms, which are becoming more popular than ever among the rich as gun violence increases, Business Insider's Katie Warren previously reported.


    They're also living in affluent neighborhoods that ban Google's photography vehicles from entering — meaning their residences don't show up on Google street view.

    Paul McCartney's mansion isn't visible on street view, and neither are the homes of the residents in celebrity-studded Hidden Hills, California, which include Kardashian West and Kanye West, Lisa Marie Presley, Drake, and Miley Cyrus, according to Vanity Fair.

    Try to drop a pin on Sea Island, Georgia, where a number of PGA tour players live and where the average home costs $3.2 million, and you'll find no results on street view either.

    Read more: 7 places you can't find on Google Maps

    Forbes told Allen that shell companies and ownership structures enable anonymity to property buyers, as do gated communities. Homeowners are also spending more on home security systems, he said.

    Gavin de Becker & Associates provides a very high level of protection. At residential estates, that involves a dedicated security office, elaborate technological early-warning systems, and strict access control to keep people out, Howlin said.

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    "It is common for a successful, well-known executive to spend a million dollars a year — or much more — for a comprehensive security and privacy program," Howlin said.

    This year, Facebook approved a $10 million annual security allowance for Zuckerberg and his family, an increase of nearly $3 million from the previous year, Business Insider previously reported.

    The wealthy are also seeking out privacy and security when they travel

    But such security isn't limited to the home — the ultra-rich are also taking steps to travel more discreetly.

    "If you're driving a convertible Bentley right now in the South of France you're asking for trouble, you'll be followed back to your villa by a couple of scooters,"Forbes told Allen.

    Perhaps that's partly why so many billionaires drive non-luxury cars. Zuckerberg has been seen in an Acura TSX, a Volkswagen hatchback, and a Honda Fit, each valued at or under $30,000. Meanwhile, Walmart heiress Alice Walton, the world's richest woman, drives a 2006 Ford F-150 King Ranch, which retails for around $40,000, according to CNBC.

    But that's just on the road — traveling across the country or internationally is in a whole different league.

    For this, Gavin de Becker & Associates relies heavily on logistical planning and execution — clients want hotel rooms pre-checked under an alias and private ways to get in.

    "Our clients will never be found standing at the lobby desk to check-in, and even walking through the public spaces is optional," Howlin said. The firm also owns and operates the Private Suite at LAX, where rich people pay upwards of $4,500 for solitude when traveling — that includes drop-offs on the tarmac, bodyguard protection, and "private" TSA lines. 

    Read more: I visited the private terminal at LAX where rich people pay upwards of $4,500 to skip the lines and pull up to their planes in BMWs, and it made me feel like a billionaire

    "It's a safe haven offering the best privacy, security, and amenities money can buy,"wrote Business Insider's Tanza Loudenback, who toured the luxury terminal herself.

    But that's when they're flying commercially.

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    Any jet — even a private one — that's registered has a tail number and can be found, according to XOJET, an on-demand private jet operator. Billionaire moguls, CEOs, and celebrities are shifting to on-demand charter jets for more privacy.

    "[For example], if you're a celebrity and you don't want the public knowing your every move, flying charter...allows anonymity as the jets are randomly assigned based on the leg," James Henderson, president of commercial operations at XOJET, told Business Insider. "Meaning you may never get the same jet twice — allowing for complete privacy."

    Jamie Foxx, Fergie, and Kardashian West have all flown on-demand private jet via JetSmarter, according to Travel + Leisure.

    Chartering a private jet doesn't come cheap — a trip from New York to Los Angeles via XOJET is $25,000 one way. But for many wealthy people, privacy is priceless. 

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    • Steve Carrell dressed up as Amazon's Jeff Bezos to mock Trump during a sketch on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend.
    • Carrell's Bezos explains the thought process behind Amazon's decision to split its second headquarters between New York and Arlington, Virginia, claiming that he wasn't trolling Trump.
    • He then announced a new delivery service, called "Amazon Caravan" where any package going to any Trump's building will get delivered by Honduran and Mexican immigrants.

    During this week's "Saturday Night Live" show, host Steve Carrell dressed up as Amazon's CEO, Jeff Bezos, to explain the thought process behind choosing New York and Arlington, Virginia for its new headquarters, dubbed HQ2, which were announced earlier this week. 

    Read more:Amazon officially announces its HQ2 will be split between New York and Virginia

    “Some folks have speculated that I was somehow trolling President Trump by building one headquarters in his hometown of Queens and the other in his current residence of Washington, DC, thereby overshadowing or humiliating him. But that’s simply not true,” Carell's Bezos said. 

    Carrell goes on to mock Trump, saying that it was not the President's tweets attacking Amazon that drove the retailer to open these two offices. 

    "I chose our locations because they were ideal for growing business, not just to make Donald Trump think about how I'm literally 100 times richer than he is," he said. 

    Carrell's fake Bezos then announced a new delivery service, called "Amazon Caravan."

    "Any package going to any Trump building will get delivered by hundreds of Honduran and Mexican immigrants and I will pick up the bill," he said, referencing the migrant caravan that has traveled up through Central America toward the US border that has been a recent focus for Trump.

    There is just one exception to this delivery service, the fake Bezos said, and that is Trump's book, "The Art of the Deal," which costs more to ship because "it's heavier."

    "I guess it's the only book with four chapter 11s," he said.

    The sketch finishes with an image of the White House lit up with Amazon's logo and a sign-off that says, "Amazon Sick Burn." 

    Watch the full video here:


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    We're officially heading into the second half of the 2018 NFL season, and some traditional fantasy players may already be out of the running in their leagues.

    Thankfully, with daily fantasy games, every week, there is a new chance to find value and make some money.

    Last week, our daily fantasy value picks had a monster week — Mitch Trubisky was one of the best quarterbacks in all of fantasy, and Aaron Jones and Austin Hooper both finishing the top five of their respective positions. This week, we're back at it trying to provide you with value plays to build out your daily fantasy lineups.

    Take a look below for our picks at every position that looks set to outplay their pricing this week in DraftKings. They'll come in handy for when you've constructed the perfect lineup only to find that you don't have quite as much money left for your flex as you expected.

    QB: Dak Prescott, $5,200

    Dak Prescott has been a solid fantasy quarterback for three of his past four games and faces a great matchup this week against the Atlanta Falcons.

    Every game in Atlanta seems to end up in a shootout, so Prescott should be well-positioned to build up some cheap yards and touchdowns.

    RB: Dion Lewis, $4,800

    Derrick Henry was the star of the day last weekend for the Titans, but his value is shaky week-to-week, and his big day on Sunday likely only drove down the price of Dion Lewis, all to your benefit.

    According to ESPN, the Colts have allowed 26 points per game to opposing backfields, so there should be plenty of points to go around to allow Lewis to outplay his value.

    RB: Doug Martin, $4,500

    Doug Martin hasn't lit up the scoreboard since stepping into the starting role for the Oakland Raiders, but he has been playable, reaching double-digit fantasy points last weekend against the Chargers.

    This Sunday, Martin will have his best opportunity yet to take advantage of his carries, going up against one of the worst rushing defenses in the league in the Arizona Cardinals. At $4,500, he feels like a steal for his potential production.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    Spooky titles are still ruling Netflix, with "Stranger Things" in high demand and its "Sabrina" reboot gaining steam.

    Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the five most "in-demand" TV shows on streaming services. (The data is based on "demand expressions," the globally standardized TV demand measurement unit from Parrot Analytics. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or comment on social media.)

    READ MORE: The Satanic Temple is suing Netflix for $50 million, alleging 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' copies its statue of a goat-headed deity

    This week's most in-demand shows include Netflix's "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," which stayed at the top since last week; Marvel's "Daredevil"; and a new entry, the final season of "House of Cards."

    Below are this week's five most popular shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

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    5. "The Haunting of Hill House" (Netflix)

    Average demand expressions: 25,288,899

    Description: "Flashing between past and present, a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 91%

    What critics said: "'The Haunting of Hill House' is superlative in many regards. It's a masterful, restrained work of horror fiction."— Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic

    Season 1 premiered on Netflix October 12.

    4. "House of Cards" (Netflix)

    Average demand expressions: 26,459,358 

    Description:"With Frank out of the picture, Claire Underwood steps fully into her own as the first woman president."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 6): 72%

    What critics said:"Wright is truly stunning on the final season, and gives every second on screen her all in a way that suggests she's always known this should've been her show."— Carrie Wittmer, Business Insider

    Season 6 premiered on Netflix November 2.


    3. "Marvel's Daredevil" (Netflix)

    Average demand expressions: 36,566,143

    Description: "Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the Super Hero Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen, New York City."

    Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 93%

    What critics said: "The show may never have the spark it did in its earliest days, but it did help elevate the way stories of superheroes can be told on television. There's still progress to be made, but 'Daredevil' feels like it's on the right track."— Liz Shannon Miller, Indiewire

    Season 3 premiered on Netflix October 19.

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    Amazon Music Unlimited

    • Black Friday technically doesn't start until November 23, but you can get early access to savings right now.
    • Currently, Amazon Music Unlimited is offering new members access to tens of millions of songs for $0.99 for the first three months (regularly priced at $7.99 per month).
    • You don't need a Prime membership, but if you want to try it free for 30 days, you can sign up here.

    Black Friday is officially on its way, and along with it comes plenty of early deals from Amazon. Though the big day doesn't start until November 23, you can take advantage of savings starting now — including a major deal on Amazon Music Unlimited.

    If you have an Echo device, you've probably asked Alexa to play a song for you. Somewhat frustratingly, you may have noticed that there's a distinct limit to what she can play on if you're not a member of Amazon Music Unlimited. As a consolation for your lack of membership, she generally offers a short sample of the song that cuts off just as you start getting into it. 

    If you'd like to avoid this happening again, it's worth considering a membership to Amazon Music Unlimited, especially right now. Though it'll usually run you a monthly fee of $7.99, it's currently just $0.99 for the first three months of your membership as an early Black Friday deal. 

    And it's not just on your Echo devices that you can listen to the millions of songs on the platform. Similar to Spotify, you can listen commercial-free on pretty much any device — from your computer to your tablet to your phone — via an app that curates personalized listening channels and playlists for every mood. 

    We don't know when the deal will end, but we know it won't last for long. You can start taking advantage of the deal now, which will run for three months from the date of purchase. Once the promotion is over, you can either cancel your membership or continue to pay the full $7.99 rate.

    For a total cost of $1, it'd be a shame to subject yourself to all those half-played samples for the next three months. 

    Get Amazon Music Unlimited for $0.99 for three months here.

    Looking for more deals? We've rounded up the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals on the internet.

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    Aaron Samuels Blavity

    • Aaron Samuels is cofounder and chief operating officer of Blavity, the LA media upstart focused on African-American millennials, and he is a man of many talents.
    • The Stanford business school grad oversees a team of 48 full-time employees, with a vision to perfect the storytelling art for a generation of people underserved by the current mass-media landscape.
    • Samuels' early years as an artist and poet helped shape that focus, and he believes that by owning your own narrative you can reshape the way you live in the world.
    • With the help of Samuels' cofounders, Blavity is emerging as a media juggernaut, a little more than four years after its founding.

    "When you tell your own story, it changes the way other people see you, and it changes the way you see yourself," Aaron Samuels, cofounder and chief operating officer of Blavity, a digital-news publication geared toward African-American millennials told Business Insider.

    Blavity has been a hot topic in the media world since it closed a $6.5 million Series A round with Google Ventures in July, bringing its total venture investment so far to $8.5 million. That's an almost of unheard-of amount of money for an early-stage, black-owned startup, much less a new digital publication — especially one with a young, black, female CEO, Morgan DeBaun, Samuels' cofounder. But it is clearly doing something right. Blavity has only been in business for four years, and it already has seven million readers per month.

    And much of that success is anchored in Samuels' personal mission for the company.

    Come see Aaron Samuels speak at Business Insider's Ignition conference, December 3 & 4 in New York.

    He believes that by creating a company — and a community — that lets black millennials "really control their own narratives" in ways that mainstream media doesn't understand, "we could change the way people see themselves."

    Blavity was founded in 2014, but you could trace its roots back to the Washington University campus in St. Louis, Missouri, where Samuels and his friends — DeBaun, Jonathan Jackson, and Jeff Nelson — experienced firsthand the phenomenon that would eventually define Blavity's core ethos.

    Samuels calls it "black gravity," a microcosm of black people who would move toward each other in public spaces. At the campus in St. Louis, the lunch table was a central meeting place.

    "The black community at Washington University was really tight. Although Washington University was primarily a white institution, black folks stuck together, we looked out for each other," Samuels told Business Insider in an interview at Blavity's downtown Los Angeles headquarters.

    "That experience represented support; it represented love, and trust," Samuels said. "It was a way for us to flourish and thrive, and also represented all the different kinds of black conversations that were happening simultaneously."

    They talked about everything from politics to engineering homework to where the party was going to be on the weekend.

    But for Samuels, who grew up in a mixed-race, mixed-faith household in Providence, Rhode Island, with a Jewish mother and an African-American father — both of whom are clinical psychologists — finding common ground is a practiced art.

    His parents taught him to identify with all corners of his cultural identity and to embrace and share it with others. And that ultimately helped him navigate a world where he often found himself in the minority.

    "I could see that learning how to own and tell my story can change the way that others see me, and more importantly change the way that I see myself," Samuels said.

    "I wanted to imagine what happens if we do this on a community level, if everyone who I'm friends with is also owning their own stories and their own narrative," he said.

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    Living at the office, literally

    His Washington University friends would eventually become his cofounders, but not right away. Immediately after they graduated, they went to work on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley.

    Samuels worked as a strategy consultant at Bain & Company in New York, DeBaun became a product manager at Intuit, Nelson was an early engineer at Palantir, and Jackson was a community manager at LinkedIn.

    Those roles taught them the necessary skills they would take to Blavity, but there was a downside.

    With social and political unrest brewing in places like Ferguson, Missouri, Samuels said he and his friends — who were, at the time, separated by distance and their careers — shared a less edifying experience than their happy college days.

    "This time, we didn't have that core black gravity linking us together. The world was exploding. This is 2014; this is coming off the heels of the government execution of Troy Davis; this is after Trayvon Martin. And that was building up to 2014 when Mike Brown was killed," Samuels said.

    Ferguson protests"It was hard to be a black person in primarily white spaces when so many things were happening," he said.

    On some days, Samuels recalled, he would walk into work, and it would feel like none of the political unrest he and other black millennials saw as an existential threat was happening at all.

    So, he did what most black millennials did at the time.

    "I was texting my friends and family, or I was going to social media to feel what needed to be felt, so that at least I knew I wasn't crazy to be like, sad, or upset, or angry, or frustrated."

    Samuels wasn't alone. That's when he, DeBaun, Jackson, and Nelson landed on an idea. They could take their combined experience in digital technology and business strategy, along with the creative people they knew who were sharing stories on social media, to replicate their college-years' feeling of black gravity. And they could do that on a national level, he said.

    So, in July 2014, Blavity was born. Early on, it existed as a virtual company. The team worked via Slack, Asana, and Gmail. After a year and a half of bootstrapping, they opened their first office, inside a large live-work loft in LA's arts district — but the hustle continued.

    Samuels, DeBaun, and the team lived in that loft; they created separate micro-apartments inside — one for DeBaun and the other for Samuels — while the office occupied the rest of the space.

    "It doesn't get any closer than living, eating, and breathing your work," Samuels quipped.

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    A game of endurance

    As if growing a startup with his best friends and living at the office with them weren't enough, Samuels was also attending Stanford business school and traveling.

    He calls his life a game of endurance.

    "It's a statement about the journeys that some entrepreneurs have to go through, that other entrepreneurs never have to go through," he said.

    Things changed after Blavity raised $1.86 million of seed-round funding in April 2017 from the Washington, DC-based New Media Ventures and LA-based Macro Ventures. The company has since gone on to raise $8.5 million total.

    Now the company has an office parked in a pristine high-rise in bustling downtown Los Angeles, where Samuels oversees 48 full-time employees, as well as a new office and staff in Atlanta.

    Samuels is excited about expansion but doesn't want to lose sight of the bigger mission: empowering a generation of leaders.

    Aaron Samuels Blavity AfroTech 2017"I’m really excited about the next phase for our company," Samuels said.

    "I'm also terrified. I think that it is difficult being a black millennial in this country. That is something that has probably always been true for the entire history of this country. And I don’t think that it’s different now."

    Samuels recognizes the progress black people have made in the world, but he warns against using that progress to justify that things still are not as they should be.

    He hopes that Blavity can lead the way in moving the cultural conversation forward. To Samuels, that conversation should include everyone, without neglecting Blavity's foundational principles.

    "I am hoping for more support from our current community to expand, to be welcoming, and to share in our collective excitement about the possibilities of what we can build together," he said.

    Find Aaron Samuels on Facebook, and on Twitter and Instagram @PoetryAaron.

    Hear more of Samuels' story, building a business as an artist and founder, and the future of black digital media at IGNITION 2018.

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    • President Donald Trump hit back against reports his mood has soured after Democrats took control of the House in the midterms.
    • Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Fox News Sunday, Trump told host Chris Wallace that his mood was very "light," despite a report that said he had retreated into a "cocoon of bitterness and resentment."
    • Trump also dismissed reports there were staff changes coming before saying he was considering up to five Cabinet positions. 

    President Donald Trump hit back against recent reports that his mood was soured and his administration in chaos after the midterm elections. 

    Speaking in a wide-ranging "Fox News Sunday" interview, Trump said his mood was "very light" and dismissed reports he was unhappy with the press coverage that suggested he was dissatisfied Democratic success in the midterms. 

    After host Chris Wallace asked about a Los Angeles Times report that described Trump as occupying a "cocoon of bitterness and resentment," desperate to assign blame for Republican losses, Trump insisted that he was "upbeat" and that the administration was largely stable. 

    "I'm extremely upbeat and the White House is running like a well-oiled machine," Trump said. "It's doing really well. I have great people. I will make some changes, but not very many. I'm very happy with my cabinet." 

    After Trump abruptly requested Attorney General Jeff Sessions' resignation a day after the midterms, multiple reports suggested that Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Chief of Staff John Kelly were up next for departures.

    Read more:  Meet Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security chief at the center of the controversy over family separations at the US-Mexico border

    After railing against the "disgusting fake news" that reported the potential staff shakeup "like it's fiction," Trump said he was considering up to five Cabinet changes. 

    "I have three or four or five positions that I’m thinking about," Trump said. "Of that, maybe it’s going to end up being two. But I need flexibility." 

    The president's statements on Fox mirror a tweet he posted last week, which insisted reports of personnel changes were dramatic and the White House was running so smoothly that America was "the envy of the world." 

    Trump insisted that he likes and respects Nielsen, but wished she handled the relationship between the US and Mexico differently, which has been identified as a point of tension between the two. 

    "I like her very much I respect her very much," Trump said. "I’d like her to be much tougher on the border. Much tougher. Period." 

    The president also pushed back on reports of a rift between himself and John Kelly, most recently after Kelly's office had neglected personnel requests from first lady Melania Trump's office. 

    "We get along well," Trump said. "There are certain things I love that he does, and there are certain things I don’t like that he does that aren’t his strength."

    Trump then admitted Kelly would most likely not be with the administration for the 2020 election. 

    "I haven’t even thought about John in terms of this," he added. "But John at some point is going to want to move on."


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    • IKEA is known for its inexpensive furniture, but assembling it can be a daunting task.
    • In 2017, IKEA acquired TaskRabbit, which lets users hire temporary workers through the TaskRabbit app to do things like assemble IKEA furniture. 
    • I recently used TaskRabbit to have my IKEA furniture built. Here's how it worked. 

    IKEA is known for carrying inexpensive furniture

    But there is a downside to shopping there — IKEA furniture is famously difficult to assemble. 

    To make the furniture assembly process easier, IKEA acquired TaskRabbit in 2017. TaskRabbit lets users hire temporary workers to deliver purchases, clean homes, and even assemble furniture. IKEA shoppers can hire a "tas ker" from the TaskRabbit app and website or through an employee in-store once they have purchased the products.

    The program offers fixed pricing for IKEA customers seeking someone to assemble furniture purchased from the furniture giant. It's separate from IKEA's delivery service and has to be booked through TaskRabbit. 

    I recently had IKEA furniture delivered and decided to put its TaskRabbit service to the test. I went to TaskRabbit's "IKEA Assembly" page, selected the furniture that I needed assembled, reserved a time, and that was it. While there were a few downsides, like having to plan around a long delivery window from IKEA, it was easy to use and overall made the process a lot smoother. 

    Here's what it's like to use.

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    I was ordering a couch and coffee table from IKEA and selected delivery at checkout. The delivery fee was $39.

    After selecting delivery, I was given a 12-hour delivery window for the date I picked, with a note that it would be shortened to a four-hour window closer to the delivery time.

    At the bottom of the screen was an option to learn more about assembly services through TaskRabbit, which IKEA acquired in 2017.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    One of the world's most ubiquitous beverage companies is powered by people like Miguel Santiago, a 66-year-old from the Bronx. Santiago has worked for Coca-Cola for 20 years.

    Every weekday, Santiago drives a truck full of Coca-Cola products to New York City's Penn Station. Along with his helper Louis Gonzales, who has worked for Coca-Cola for 18 years, he unloads the truck and stocks shelves.

    As a Liberty Coca-Cola spokesperson told Business Insider, each truck can hold up to 600 cases, and a case contains 24 bottles. That means that on any given day, they could be handling up to as many as 14,400 bottles.

    I followed the two around for a day to see what a day in their lives is like.

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    My day started at 3:15 a.m., when I took a Lyft from my apartment in Brooklyn all the way up to the Liberty Coca-Cola distribution center in the Bronx.

    New York is a bit eerie at 3:30 a.m. on a Tuesday. For the city that never sleeps, my neighborhood was surprisingly desolate. 

    The trip from my apartment near Prospect Park to the Bronx took 30 minutes by car, but by public transit at that hour it would have taken more than an hour and a half. 

    I arrived at 4 a.m. to meet Santiago outside of his truck. He has a car and it only takes him about five minutes to drive to work.

    My first question for Santiago: Aren't you tired?

    Turns out, he loves the morning shift because it lets him spend time with his family after work. 

    He's on the quiet side, but he was keen to talk about his granddaughter, who just celebrated her 16th birthday. 

    "She never misses a day of school, even when she's sick she goes to school," Santiago said. "We want her to go to college. I know she has to take some tests."

    There's only one problem with his schedule: He has to go to bed at 8 p.m. and misses watching sports. His favorite sport is baseball and follows the Mets. "They stink," Santiago admitted. 

    Santiago's truck changes every day, and his vehicle is already loaded by the time he gets in at 4 a.m. He just needs to load carts in the truck and do some final checks.

    By 4:30 a.m., Santiago had received his truck assignment and was checking that all of the stock was there, in addition to checking the engine and loading the truck with carts.

    The whole process took under an hour.

    He sees a different set of customers every day. Mondays and Tuesdays are the busiest as customers are stocking up for the week. Fridays are busy too, because they're stocking up for the weekend.

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    • The Delaware Humane Association announced on Saturday that one of its dogs, a German Shepherd named Major, had been adopted by Jill and Joe Biden.
    • The couple had fostered the dog for a few months before making the adoption official.
    • "Major was one of six puppies that was brought to DHA after being exposed to something toxic in their home," according to the association.
    • Biden already had a German Shepherd named Champ.

    Jill and Joe Biden have welcomed another member of their family: a German Shepherd named Major.

    The Delaware Humane Association announced the adoption on Saturday with a slideshow of photos featuring the 10-month-old puppy — including the "official adoption picture" with Major and Biden.

    "Not only did Major find his forever home, but he got adopted by [former] Vice President Joe Biden & Dr. Jill Biden!" the DHA wrote on Facebook.

    "The Bidens have gotten to know Major while fostering him and are now ready to make the adoption official," the DHA wrote. "Best of luck and thank you for being one of our Friends for life!"

    "We are so happy to welcome Major to the Biden family, and we are grateful to the Delaware Humane Association for their work in finding forever homes for Major and countless other animals," the Bidens wrote in an official press release.

    According to the DHA, Major and his litter were surrendered to the shelter after "being exposed to something toxic in their home." Their previous owner was not able to afford the "lifesaving medical care" for the puppies.

    "Their story was shared on social media, seeking fosters to help nurse them back to good health," according to the DHA, which apparently caught the attention of the Bidens. Major's five siblings have also been adopted.

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    "It was such an honor for us to adopt a puppy to Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden. We make friends for life at DHA and we know that the bond between humans and their pets is incredibly strong,"Patrick Carroll, DHA's Executive Director, said in the press release.

    "We have adopted thousands of animals into homes in Delaware, and we are happy to add the Vice President and his family to our list."

    To learn more about the DHA, or to make a donation, you can visit

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    • "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald," won the weekend box office with $62.2 million, but that's lower than the opening for 2016's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them."
    • It's also the lowest opening weekend ever for a "Harry Potter" film.
    • If the first "Fantastic Beasts" is any indication, the sequel will find most of its box office coin at the foreign box office.
    • Meanwhile, other new releases "Instant Family" and "Widows" fell flat.


    With the incredible success of the "Harry Potter" movie franchise in the early 2000s, Warner Bros. was certainly going to give us a spin-off franchise, but so far the "Fantastic Beasts" movies aren't taking in the money that the "Potter" titles did.

    "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" opened on over 4,000 screens over the weekend and took in an estimated $62.2 million. It's the smallest domestic opening for any of the "Harry Potter" titles, beating out the previous lowest earner, 2016's "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which brought in $74.4 million in its opening.

    The lowest domestic opening for any of the original "Harry Potter" releases was 2007's "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," which had a $77.1 million opening. Counting inflation, that would be a $102.4 million opening today.

    But like many franchises these days, Warner Bros. is probably looking more towards the international take than at home. The foreign gross for 2016's "Fantastic Beasts" took in 71% of the movie's $814 million worldwide gross. And so far with "Crimes of Grindelwald," that trend is continuing. The movie already has over $253.2 million worldwide total, thanks to its $191 million international take to date.

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    Meanwhile, the other new releases of the weekend had soft openings.

    Paramount's "Instant Family," starring Mark Wahlberg, looks to not be the top choice for family options at the multiplex, as the $48 million-budgeted family comedy only took in $14 million.

    And Fox's $42 million-crime caper "Widows"— with the top-flight cast of Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, and Colin Farrell — also had trouble finding an audience with only a $12.3 million take.

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    Wealthy people live in every state in the US — but some states are more charitable than others.

    The IRS publishes data about the number of people who itemize their tax returns every year, and how many people claim which deductions by state and by income bracket.

    To arrive at the rankings, we looked at the people who itemized and made between $500,000 and $1 million, and more than $1 million in the year 2016 (the most recent one for which we have data). We looked at how many claimed the itemized deduction for charitable giving. The IRS also indicates how much money was claimed to be donated. Using that information, we could figure out the average claimed donation per $500,000+ income tax return per state.

    Here, in ascending order, are the top 26 most charitable states plus Washington DC.

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    26: Illinois

    Average annual charitable contribution: $62,328.16
    Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 96%

    25: Texas

    Average annual charitable contribution:$64,512.10
    Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 94%

    24: Vermont

    Average annual charitable contribution: $65,926.79
    Percentage of people making $500,000+ who donate: 95%

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    • A brush with death inspired ex-Facebook and Google executive Mary Lou Jepsen to embark on her latest initiative as the founder of a San Francisco-based startup called Openwater.
    • Jepsen is working on devices that are akin to portable, miniature MRIs which could do everything from observing the effects of a medication in real time to monitoring a breast cancer tumor to decide if surgery is necessary.
    • Her startup is currently running experiments on rats in a lab in the San Francisco area, she told Business Insider.

    Former Google and Facebook executive Mary Lou Jepsen was in her 20s when she went home to die. What began with terrible headaches developed into fatigue so severe she had to use a wheelchair. She'd lost control of movement in half of her face.

    It took several months and a handful of doctors before someone recommended that Jepsen get an MRI — a procedure that that lets clinicians peek inside the brain, but that can cost thousands of dollars and is performed exclusively on a two-ton machine in a special room, often at a hospital. The pricey devices use radio waves and strong magnets to create pictures of organs and structures inside the body.

    Thanks to Jepsen's MRI, she was diagnosed with a deadly brain tumor just in time to save her life.

    Jepsen's brush with death drove her to create a startup called Openwater.

    Come see Mary Lou Jepsen speak at Business Insider's Ignition conference, December 3 & 4 in New York.  

    Its mission is to make portable, miniature imaging machines that everyone can afford — machines that she dreams will one day harbor the power to do everything from detect tumors in any organ to allow for brain-to-brain communication. If it works, her technology could disrupt the MRI market, where patients spend roughly $24 billion a year on scans, according to an estimate from healthcare research firm The Advisory Board Company.

    Brain scan MRIOpenwater's existing technology uses a combination of infrared, cell-penetrating laser beams plus two chips — one a camera and one ultrasonic — to look inside the brain and body, Jepsen explained to Business Insider in an interview on the sidelines of a conference held by media group Techonomy in Half Moon Bay, California. 

    The company is currently performing experiments on rats with prototype versions of its technology at a lab space in the Bay Area, said Jepsen. Already, the images they are able to create are more accurate and better defined than what you'd see with an MRI, she claimed.

    Although she has not yet offered a public demonstration of the technology, the company's investors and board of directors suggest strong scientific potential.

    Jeff Huber, the vice chairman and founding CEO of $1.6 billion cancer-detecting Silicon Valley startup Grail, serves on Openwater's board of directors; Brook Byers, a founding partner of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins (which has funded Genentech) is an Openwater investor, along with Nicholas Negroponte, the co-founder of the MIT Media Lab and Michael McCullough, who directs the evolution and human behavior lab at the University of Miami.

    Jepsen's ultimate goal is to get her product in people's homes, where they could be used to observe the effects of a medication in real time or help monitor the progression of a disease like cancer. 

    "I want everyone to be able to buy these machines in the drug store next to the blood pressure cuff," Jepsen said.

    From a storied career at Facebook and Google to her own startup

    mary lou jepsenJepsen pitched her project to tech giants Google and Facebook before deciding to strike out on her own. She said the CEOs of each company expressed an interest in the idea at first but ultimately had her focus on other projects in virtual reality and augmented reality. 

    Her roles at both companies were high-level positions that were heavy on engineering: at Google, Jepsen worked as the head of the company's display division within its secretive "X" division and reported directly to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. At Facebook, Jepsen served as the company's executive director of engineering and the head of display technologies at its virtual reality arm Oculus.

    But Jepsen, an engineer with a PhD in optical sciences from Brown University, wanted to do more. 

    "I like video games just as much as the next person," Jepsen told Business Insider, but their capacity to help people and make a difference is limited, she said.

    So last summer, Jepsen announced she was leaving Facebook to create her own company, called Openwater. 

    'You don't have to biopsy if you can monitor'

    Last year, Jepsen described Openwater's device as a new imaging technology that could help "cure diseases" and could even be worn like a hat to see inside the brain. Such a device could help researchers better understand complex organs like the brain, where some aspects of mental illnesses like depression can currently be observed using an MRI.

    For the process to work, timing is everything, Jepsen explained: the ultrasonic pings are emitted first so that they arrive at the same time as the infrared light, which is turned on shortly after. The light changes color as it moves past various structures in the brain or body — kind of like how the police siren on a cop car changes pitch as it drives past you.

    And the resulting image, which is produced through a combination of the light and the ultrasonic pings, will be able to detect the presence of a tumor, Jepsen said.

    Jepsen's company is also working with a nonprofit organization called the Focused Ultrasound Foundation, based in Charlottesville, Virginia. to explore the possibility of someday using the technology for non-invasive surgery using sound waves, she added.

    On Monday, Jepsen described one potential scenario for someone with breast cancer. First, her mini-MRI could likely diagnose the disease earlier because MRIs have 10 times the resolution of mammograms, she said. Currently, MRIs are recommended in addition to mammograms only for women with a high risk of breast cancer.

    But in addition, if the device could be worn (for example, as part of a bra) it could be used to monitor the disease and any tumors, allowing the patient and her clinician to decide on surgery only when it was medically necessary, such as if the tumor began to grow.

    "You don't have to biopsy if you can monitor," Jepsen said.

    This story was updated with a new estimate of the MRI market based on estimates from healthcare research firm The Advisory Board.

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    • President Donald Trump said he didn't know acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker had been a vocal critic of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation before he appointed him. 
    • Whitaker's record was met with sharp scrutiny after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned, with many taking issue at his appearance as a Trump loyalist, and lack of intention to recuse himself from matters relating to the investigation in Russia and Trump.

    President Donald Trump said he didn't know that acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker had been a vocal critic of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation before he appointed him. 

    "I did not know that. I did not know he took views on the Mueller investigation as such," Trump told host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," adding that when he did find out about Whitaker's views he didn't "think it had any effect." 

    Whitaker was met with sharp scrutiny after Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at the president's request, as he reportedly did not plan to recuse himself from overseeing the investigation and would block Mueller from subpoenaing Trump.

    Whitaker has frequently undermined the legitimacy and validity of the Mueller probe in past media appearances, echoing one of Trump's most-used assertions that the probe is a "witch hunt," and declaring in 2017 the "truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign." 

    "He’s right. What do you do when a person’s right?" Trump said. "There is no collusion. He happened to be right. I mean, he said it. So if he said there is collusion, I’m supposed to be taking somebody that says there is?  Because then I wouldn’t take him for two reasons, but the number one reason is the fact that he would have been wrong."

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    When Wallace brought up Whitaker's record, the program cut to a panel segment where Whitaker is shown saying he "could see a scenario where Jeff Sessions is replaced and that attorney general doesn't fire Bob Mueller, he just reduces the budget so low that his investigation grinds to a halt."

    When Wallace asked about Trump's reaction potential efforts by Whitaker to limit or curtail the Mueller investigation, Trump said he would not get involved. 

    "I think he’s astute politically. He’s a very smart person. A very respected person," Trump said. "He’s going to do what’s right. I really believe he’s going to do what’s right."

    Incoming House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff lead the charge last week of Democratic lawmakers speaking out on the future of Mueller's investigation under Whitaker, promising members of Congress were prepared to challenge Whitaker's legitimacy and expose any ulterior motives. 

    "If he doesn't recuse himself, if he has any involvement whatsoever in this Russia probe we are going to find out whether he made commitments to the president about the probe," Schiff said. "Whether he is serving as a back channel to the president or his lawyers about the probe, whether he's doing anything to interfere with the probe."

    Whitaker's appointment brought refreshed concern for Mueller's investigation, which is poised to enter a new phase as Trump said Saturday he would deliver his answers to questions from the special counsel next week. Though the content of the answers was unclear, 

    Trump said he "probably" wouldn't sit for an interview with Mueller because "we've wasted enough time on this witch hunt." 

    Wallace pressed, "What are the odds? One in a hundred?"

    "I don't do odds," Trump said. 

    "You ran a casino sir," Wallace interjected. 

    "You're right, and very successfully," Trump said, before again adding that he thinks the investigation's end is near. 

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    • Tovala has created a smart oven and meal-kit service intended to simplify home cooking.
    • The oven is a countertop machine that essentially combines four types of appliances: a broiler, a steamer, an oven, and a toaster.
    • We got a chance to test it out — here's what it was like.

    Meal kits have become one of the biggest trends in food retail in recent years, with dozens of new companies cropping up and even traditional retailers jumping on the bandwagon, hoping to cash in on time-strapped consumers who are seeking easy, healthy meals.

    But the backlash has already begun. Some say the market is oversaturated with meal-kit options, and industry innovators such as Blue Apron have found themselves losing customers.

    Tovala, a gourmet meal-kit service that uses a smart oven, is hoping to swoop in and woo these customers on the assumption that they still crave good food and convenience.

    The Tovala oven is a countertop machine that combines four types of appliances: a broiler, a steamer, an oven, and a toaster. The oven is Wi-Fi-enabled and connects to an app with hundreds of recipes. The user simply needs to select a recipe on the app or scan the barcode on one of the service's prepared meals, and the oven will then do all of the work.

    In February, Tovala received an undisclosed amount of funding from the food giant Tyson Foods. The capital raised was to be used to support Tovala's growth, including adding staff across all departments, geographic expansion, and investment in product, operations, technology, and marketing, Tovala said in a press release at the time.

    On Tuesday, Tovala launched its new and improved second-generation machine, which is lighter than its predecessor and has a new function that enables users to cook without using the app. The first machine was rolled out in 2017.

    Find out how it works below:

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    The new oven works in the same way as the original version. There are two options: to cook independently using the machine or to subscribe to its prepared meal kits.

    There are two main differences between the two models: The new model is 15% smaller and lighter than its predecessor, and users are now able to cook on the oven without having to use the app.

    According to the company's CEO, David Rabie, not being able to use the oven without the app was one of the biggest complaints customers had about the original version. 

    If you opt for the meal kits, you have the choice between three, four, six, eight, nine, or 12 meals a week.

    Customers who sign up for 100 Tovala meals within the first 12 months of their purchase are eligible for $100 off the oven. 

    The oven itself costs $349 and comes with a 180-day return policy. 


    Each meal costs $12 and is meant to feed one person. If you're ordering as a couple or feeding a family, you'd need to order more of each variety.

    Customers are required to pick which meals they want on a Wednesday for the following Monday. 

    There are eight meals to choose from each week. 


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    • Elevated Acre is a tiny, secluded park that sits on top of a parking garage in downtown Manhattan.
    • Although the park covers just one acre, it offers incredible views of New York Harbor and the Brooklyn Bridge, and it's one of the few places in the Financial District where you can get some peace and quiet.
    • I visited Elevated Acre and discovered exactly why it's considered one of New York's best-kept secrets.

    New York City is notoriously overcrowded — and there's arguably nowhere in the city more congested than downtown Manhattan during business hours.

    Business Insider's office is right in the thick of it, located in Manhattan's Financial District, just steps away from Wall Street and the World Trade Center. It's often a struggle to walk to a nearby restaurant or subway station without bumping into strangers, squeezing in between parked cars, or awkwardly sidestepping around tourists who stop to take a picture.

    It's definitely not what comes to mind when you think "peace and quiet."

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    So when I heard about the Elevated Acre, a park in downtown Manhattan considered one of the borough's best-kept secrets, I had to see it to believe it.

    The park, built in 2005, sits on top of a parking garage and is sandwiched in between two FiDi office buildings on Water Street. It's not far from the much more famous Battery Park, where tourist ferries depart for the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

    I headed down to the Elevated Acre on a breezy Tuesday afternoon, and was surprised by how few people were there. The secluded, one-acre park offered impressive views of New York Harbor and Brooklyn, not to mention some much-needed quiet time above the chaos of Manhattan.

    Here's what one of Manhattan's hidden gems is like in person:

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    Manhattan is famously overcrowded, especially during business hours. It can be hard to find peace and quiet.

    But the Elevated Acre seemed to offer that, from what I'd read. I headed down to Water Street in Manhattan's Financial District to see it for myself.

    The park is walking distance from downtown hotspots like Wall Street, the World Trade Center, and Battery Park.

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    • The widest room in a narrow New York City townhouse is just 10 feet wide — and it's selling for $5 million.
    • The exterior of the Lower Manhattan home measures just under 13 feet, a Douglas Elliman agent told Business Insider.
    • Real estate developers are building more super-narrow townhouses in leftover space from larger projects, The Wall Street Journal reported.


    A Lower Manhattan townhouse that measures 10 feet wide inside is about to go on sale for $5 million.

    The exterior of the newly-built industrial-looking house in Manhattan's historic South Street Seaport district is just under 13 feet wide. But listing agent Gordon von Broock of Douglas Elliman said the home was designed with its size constraints in mind.

    "There's high ceilings, very low profile, there's no moldings or anything that sticks out," he told Business Insider. "Everything's very clean. I think it just feels — I wouldn't say spacious — but it feels like a normal room."

    Real estate developers in New York City are starting to build more and more ultra-narrow townhouses, often to use up leftover space from larger projects, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    "There's only so much land that can be sold and developed and, at some point, people are finding unique ways to build — and more creative ways," von Broock told Business Insider.

    The Seaport townhouse was built on leftover land from a five-unit condo building on the same lot developed by Andreas Giacoumis, according to the Journal. Once the city building department gives the townhouse its own official address of 267 ½ Water Street, it will be ready to close a sale, von Broock said — although they've already been showing the home.

    The developer, Giacoumis, told the Journal that "small spaces are the way of the future."

    Here's a look inside the narrow, ultra-modern home. 

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    The Manhattan townhouse measures 10 feet wide on the inside and just under 13 feet on the exterior. It's about to go on the market for $5 million.

    Source: Douglas Elliman

    The townhouse looks particularly narrow when viewed head-on: It's sandwiched between two wider buildings. Its facade is made up of glass and steel columns.

    Source: Douglas Elliman, The Wall Street Journal

    The home is in New York's Seaport District, which listing agent Gordon von Broock says is an up-and-coming neighborhood that reminds him of the early days of Tribeca or the Meatpacking District's popularity. "The biggest thing that would be attractive to buyers is living in that area," he told Business Insider.

    Source: Douglas Elliman

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    • We spent six hours at Red Lobster, eating as many shrimp as we possibly could to celebrate Shrimpsgiving 2018.
    • We consumed 350 shrimp as part of the chain's Endless Shrimp deal, our thirdyear in a row stuffing ourselves with shrimp for hours.   
    • But, as the hours rolled on, we realized — we'll never shrimp again. Here's why. 

    It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.

    It was Endless Shrimp. 

    For three years, we have consumed the pink jewels of the ocean. For three years, we have spent one long day gorging ourselves, striving to meet new goals and best our shrimpy limits. And, for three years, we have succeeded. 

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    But this year, it wasn't easy. 

    We ventured to Red Lobster for our annual Endless Shrimp outing two months ago. This year, unlike years past, we struggled to keep the holiday spirit in our hearts at Shrimpsgiving and in the weeks that followed. Against the backdrop of our familiar booth and all-too-familiar Mumford & Sons soundtrack, we craved... change. 

    Let us take you on a journey that we have gone on before. But this time, it is the same, yet so different:

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    The familiar intersection: the corner of 7th Avenue and 41st Street, a spot we rarely visit except to pay tribute on Shrimpsgiving.

    The red lobster himself loomed above, seemingly saying, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here."

    And for another year, Endless Shrimp was resurrected, a shrimpy Lazarus.

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    • A handful of recent studies are beginning to reveal the possible health effects of e-cigarette use, and they are not all positive.
    • These findings and a reported uptick in teen vaping have spurred government regulators to act.
    • Researchers have found evidence of toxic metals like lead in e-cig vapor. Evidence also suggests that vaping may be linked to an increased risk of heart attacks.
    • Regulators and health experts are particularly concerned about a device called the Juul, which packs the same nicotine content per pod as a pack of cigarettes.

    Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death.

    In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium — all of which accumulate naturally in the leaves of the tobacco plant.

    It's no surprise, then, that much of the available evidence suggests that vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine instead of inhaling burned tobacco, is at least somewhat healthier. Some limited studies have suggested that reaching for a vape pen instead of a conventional cigarette may also help people quit smoking regular cigarettes, but hard evidence of that remains elusive.

    Very few studies, however, look at how vaping affects the body and brain. Even fewer specifically examine the Juul, a popular device that packs as much nicotine in each of its pods as a standard pack of cigarettes.

    But a handful of studies published in the past few months have begun to illuminate some of the potential health effects tied to vaping. They are troubling.

    With that in mind, the Food and Drug Administration outlined a new policy on Thursday morning designed to eventually curb the sale of e-cigs and reign in their appeal to young people.

    Most recently, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine surveyed young people who vaped and found that those who said they used Juuls vaped more frequently than those who used other brands. The participants appeared to be insufficiently aware of how addictive the devices could be.

    Most e-cigs contain toxic metals, and using them may increase the risk of a heart attack

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    Researchers took a look at the compounds in several popular brands of e-cigs (not the Juul) this spring and found some of the same toxic metals (such as lead) inside the device that they would normally find in conventional cigarettes. For another study published around the same time, researchers concluded that at least some of those toxins appeared to be making their way through vapers' bodies, as evidenced by a urine analysis they ran on nearly 100 study participants.

    In another study published this summer, scientists concluded that there was substantial evidence tying daily e-cig use to an increased risk of heart attack. And this week, a small study in rats suggested that vaping could have a negative effect on wound healing that's similar to the effect of regular cigarettes.

    In addition to these findings, of course, is a well-established body of evidence about the harms of nicotine. The highly addictive substance can have dramatic impacts on the developing brains of young adults.

    Brain-imaging studies of adolescents who begin smoking traditional cigarettes (not e-cigs) at a young age suggest that those people have markedly reduced activity in the prefrontal cortex and perform less well on tasks related to memory and attention, compared with people who don't smoke. Those consequences are believed to be a result of the nicotine in the cigarettes rather than other ingredients.

    Nicholas Chadi, a clinical pediatrics fellow at Boston Children's Hospital, spoke about the Juul at the American Society of Addiction Medicine's annual conference this spring. He said these observed brain changes were also linked to increased sensitivity to other drugs as well as greater impulsivity. He described some anecdotal effects of nicotine vaping that he'd seen among teens in and around his hospital.

    "After only a few months of using nicotine," Chadi said, the teens "describe cravings, sometimes intense ones." He continued: "Sometimes they also lose their hopes of being able to quit. And interestingly, they show less severe symptoms of withdrawal than adults, but they start to show them earlier on. After only a few hundred cigarettes — or whatever the equivalent amount of vaping pods — some start showing irritability or shakiness when they stop."

    A new survey suggests that teens who use Juul e-cigs aren't aware of these risks

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    The Juul, which is made by the Silicon Valley startup Juul Labs, has captured more than 80% of the e-cig market and was recently valued at $15 billion. But the company is facing a growing backlash from the FDA and scientists who say the company intentionally marketed to teens.

    On Tuesday, the company responded to some of these concerns — first by announcing that they'd be temporarily banning the sale of their flavored products at retailers and by deleting their social media accounts, which some research suggests has allured more young customers.

    Read more: $15 billion startup Juul used 'relaxation, freedom, and sex appeal' to market its creme-brulee-flavored e-cigs on Twitter and Instagram — but its success has come at a big cost

    Yet very little research about e-cigs has homed in on the Juul specifically.

    So for a study published this week, researchers from the Stanford University School of Medicine surveyed young people who vaped and asked them whether they used the Juul or another e-cigarette.

    Their results can be found in a widely accessible version of the Journal of the American Medical Association called JAMA Open. Based on a sample of 445 high-school students whose average age was 19, the researchers observed that teens who used the Juul tended to say they vaped more frequently than those who used other devices. Juul users also appeared to be less aware of how addictive the devices could be compared with teens who vaped other e-cigs.

    "I was surprised and concerned that so many youths were using Juul more frequently than other products," Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, a professor of pediatrics who was a lead author of the study, said in a statement.

    "We need to help them understand the risks of addiction," she added. "This is not a combustible cigarette, but it still contains an enormous amount of nicotine — at least as much as a pack of cigarettes."

    SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley e-cig startup Juul 'threw a really great party' to launch its devices, which experts say deliberately targeted youth

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    • Business Insider is set to announce the winner of our 2018 Car of the Year award.
    • Each year, 15 finalists are selected from the more than 60 cars, trucks, and SUVs we tested during the year.
    • From those 15, we have whittled the pack down to five runners-up and one winner.
    • Brands represented this year include Lincoln, Ferrari, Jaguar, Subaru, and Tesla
    • The winner of Business Insider's 2018 Car of the Year winner will be announced on Monday, November 19. 

    With autumn's arrival comes time for Business Insider to announce the winner of our fifth annual Car of the Year award.

    In 2014 the Corvette Stingray was our winner. In 2015 it was the Volvo XC90. In 2016 the Acura NSX captured the trophy. And for 2017 we chose the Porsche Panamera.

    This year, we tested more than 60 cars, trucks, and SUVs. From those, we have selected 15 finalists. Now, we've whittled the finalists down to five runners-up and one winner which we'll announce on November 19. 

    Our methodology is straightforward, focused on basic questions:

    • Is there a strong business case for the vehicle?
    • Did our reviewers agree that the vehicle should be included? We have to come to a consensus, even though we might disagree on some particulars.
    • Was the vehicle objectively excellent? There has to be some sort of wow! factor.
    • Did the vehicle stand out from the sea of competition, particularly when it comes to technology? A Car of the Year finalist has to be special.
    • Can we strongly recommend buying or leasing the car? We demand to know whether we'd buy the vehicle ourselves if we had the resources.

    The five runners-up come from a variety of background and a wide range of market segments from family SUVs to a V12-powered supercar. There also a pair of highly impressive EVs — one is a sedan while the other is a compact crossover. 

    So here they are, the five runners-up for Business Insider's 2018 Car of the Year:

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    2018 Lincoln Navigator

    Engine tested: 3.5-liter, 450-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V6 

    Base price: $73,000

    Why it's here: Matt DeBord reviewed the 4x4 Reserve trim level of the Navigator, tipping the price scales at $90,000, and understood why Lincoln can't build the big SUV fast enough to satisfy demand:

    With the new Navigator, following the debut of the flagship Continental sedan, Lincoln has nearly completed its comeback in the luxury market. Navigator was an important part of this process, and Lincoln has basically done everything right. The classic has been updated, gracefully, without sacrificing its functionality. It now stacks up much better against the Cadillac Escalade, and Caddy will be under pressure to keep pace.

    If really, really big rides are your bag, you can't go wrong with the 2018 Navigator. Lincoln created this segment, and it's clear that they still know exactly what they're doing.

    2018 Ferrari 812 Superfast

    Engine tested: 6.5-liter, 789-horsepower V12

    Base price: $335,000

    Why it's here: In his review of the 812 Superfast, Matt DeBord had this to say about his new favorite Ferrari:

    At the legal speed limit in the 812 Superfast, you've barely roused the beast. On the freeway, you can finesse the throttle to dance the 6.5-liter under the hood — a bump in displacement from the F12's 6.3-liter — enjoying the snarls and growls, or you can shift gears yourself, using the elegant carbon-fiber paddles behind the steering wheel, and feel the snaps and jerks, the kicks to your spine and sternum, as you deploy the G-forces.

    For what it's worth, this glorious machine was also Business Insider's first yellow Ferrari, and at an as-tested price of $474,000, it was one of the most expensive vehicles we've ever reviewed. 

    2019 Jaguar I-PACE

    Engine tested: Dual electric motors, producing 394 horsepower; 90kWh battery pack, with a range of 234 miles on a single charge

    Base price: $69,500 (before tax incentives)

    Why it's here: The much-awaited Tesla competitor is a winner, according to Ben Zhang. 

    In his review of our Jaguar I-PACE EV400 HSE tester, he wrote:

    After a week with the 2019 Jaguar I-PACE, we came away impressed.

    The Jag is engaging to drive with a luxurious and modern cabin. Its styling is modern yet maintains many of the striking design cues that make Jaguar stand out. However, the I-PACE isn't perfect. Its styling can be polarizing. While the raked rear hatch cuts into the crossover's car capacity. In addition, the 5.6 inches ground clearance will limit its off-road capability.

    In spite of its imperfections, we found the Jag to be a really fun, stylish, and likable car that's easy to live with.

    Jaguar has been on a roll in recent years with a string of hits including the F-Type sports car, the XF sedan, and the F-PACE SUV.

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