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    • Netflix's "Roma,""Bodyguard," and "The Kominsky Method" took home prizes at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
    • "Bodyguard" shows that Netflix's strategy of acquiring streaming rights to British shows is paying off.
    • "Roma" further positioned itself as an awards contender with two wins.

    Netflix flexed its awards muscles on Sunday in the face of heavy competition to win five Golden Globes across TV and film categories.

    The streaming company, which has long positioned itself as an industry disrupter, entered the night behind its rivals HBO and Amazon in TV nominations. But thanks to surprise wins for its new comedy "The Kominsky Method" and its hit British series, "Bodyguard," Netflix left the Globes ahead.

    Netflix has built an impressive catalog of British shows that it has acquired exclusive rights to to stream outside of the UK. The strategy has benefited both Netflix and British TV networks, as the shows are introduced to a wider audience and can reel in subscribers. "The End of the F---ing World" and "The Last Kingdom" are two other British shows that have become hits thanks to Netflix.

    READ MORE: Shocking Golden Globe winners like 'Green Book' and Glenn Close confirmed we're in for a wild Oscar night

    It wasn't just a good night on the TV side, though. Alfonso Cuarón's "Roma" won two film awards, further cementing it as a formidable awards player ahead of the Oscars.

    In an effort to heighten its awards chances, "Roma" was one of several movies that Netflix released exclusively in theaters before making them available to stream. It was an unusual move for the streaming giant, which usually releases content day-and-date (in theaters and on streaming on the same day).

    roma netflix

    But Netflix had very specific demands for "Roma," and numerous arthouse theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse, passed on showing it because Netflix wanted the movie to play a full four-week run in 70 mm, Business Insider reported in November.

    Now that "Roma" has overcome those hurdles to win two Golden Globes, the real test will be the Oscars next month. Netflix's reputation for disrupting the industry still doesn't sit well with some in Hollywood, and it has never been a fierce Oscar contender until now.

    It will need to win over 8,000 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who vote on the Oscars, as opposed to the 90 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association who vote on the Globes.

    Below are all of Netflix's Golden Globe wins this year:

    • Best Foreign Language Film — "Roma"Watch it here
    • Best Director — Alfonso Cuarón, "Roma"
    • Best Comedy Series — "The Kominsky Method"Watch it here
    • Best Actor in a Comedy Series — Michael Douglas, "The Kominsky Method"
    • Best Actor in a Drama Series — Richard Madden, "Bodyguard"Watch it here

    SEE ALSO: Fox fired 'Bohemian Rhapsody' director Bryan Singer, but he still thanked the Golden Globes for the movie's big win

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    • There are certain things passengers do during flights that can be annoying to some flight attendants and even fellow passengers.
    • Ignoring the safety announcements, not flushing the toilet, walking around barefoot, and ordering multiple drinks at once can be frustrating for some flight attendants.
    • Many flight attendants don't like when passengers use the call button for non-emergencies, like if you want to throw away your candy wrapper. 

    Between flight delays and cramped spaces, traveling can be a stressful experience for everyone involved, including flight attendants. When dealing with dozens or even hundreds of passengers each day, they can experience behaviors from passengers that can be considered quite rude or bothersome. 

    INSIDER spoke to three flight attendants to figure out some of the most frustrating thing passengers do (or don't do) during their flights. 

    Here are 18 things flight attendants wish you'd stop doing. 

    Unpacking your overhead bags during a flight

    Holding up the boarding process is irritating for both the flight attendants working and your fellow passengers, said Haley Fox, a flight attendant for a domestic US airline.

    "The best way to maximize everyone's time and make your fellow passengers not hate you is to keep all of your necessities in the personal space at your seat," she told INSIDER. "If you come onto a plane, then get to your seat and have to unpack your big roller bag in the middle of the aisle just to get to your headphones, you are the worst."

    Asking for non-necessities during safety demonstration

    Fox said whether you're actually paying attention or not, you should respect that, first and foremost, flight attendants are safety professionals and the demonstration is for your own good.

    "Wait until after the critical phases of flight (taxi, take off, and landing) are through to ask for things that are not immediately necessary," said Fox. If your flight attendant is walking down the aisle with a life vest around their neck, she advises against ringing the call light to ask for a blanket. 

    Ordering multiple drinks at once

    "When someone asks for a water, a coffee, and a Diet Coke, it slows down our service," Jennifer L., a flight attendant for a domestic US airline, told INSIDER. "We have to get through the whole cabin. So instead, ask for one drink and we can always come back to give you something else after we've gotten through everyone."

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    • President Donald Trump has mulled firing his pick for Chairman of the Federal Reserve, according to reports.
    • He could technically do so, according to experts, but the process would be complicated.
    • If he fired Powell, there could be damage to financial markets and institutions in the long-run, the experts said.

    President Donald Trump has repeatedly lashed out at Jerome Powell, his appointment for Federal Reserve Chairman, about rising interest rates. Last month, he even reportedly considered firing him.

    While past presidents have been critical of the Federal Reserve from time to time, there’s little precedent for the degree of Trump’s attacks on monetary policy. Here’s what you need to know.

    Can Trump oust Powell?

    It’s unclear.

    “What's going on now is unprecedented in the history of the Fed,” Ken Kuttner, a former staff economist at the central bank, said in an email. “Firing Powell would be crossing a really bright red line — although that hasn't stopped Trump before, so you never know.”

    In addition to the chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, Powell also serves as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee and as a governor himself. Trump could arguably fire Powell as chair of the Board of Governors, according to Peter Conti-Brown, a legal scholar at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of a political history of the Federal Reserve.

    Under the Federal Reserve Act, a governor can be removed “for cause.” While this isn’t defined in the statute itself, courts have taken it to mean he would have to be guilty of negligence, malfeasance or dereliction of duty.

    On Friday, Powell said he would not resign if Trump asked him to. Because Trump doesn't have authority to fire him as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, according to Conti-Brown, that means the typical trio of positions Powell holds could be broken up.

    “Then we might be in a world where we have two chairs — where those roles were separated. I really hope it never comes to that,” he said. “Because that would lead to chaos and confusion in markets and in the economy.”

    How would financial markets react?

    Probably not in a positive way.

    Those in the Oval Office have historically avoided commenting on interest rates out of respect for the Federal Reserve, a signal that investors can count on stable monetary policy. Former President Richard Nixon successfully pressured his appointee Arthur Burns, for instance, but his broadsides occurred behind closed doors. (And that didn’t work out too well.)

    “I'm guessing the markets would react very badly to his firing,” said Kuttner. “Markets value stability and such blatant intervention would create a huge amount of uncertainty.”

    Even members of Trump’s cabinet, including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, have walked back reports about ousting Powell. The White House did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment.

    “Leaders in his own party and in the business community would signal a lack of support, probably pointing to the potential turmoil in the markets and the economy that would follow,” said Gregory Wawro, a political scientist at Columbia University.

    But firing Powell would mean lower interest rates, right?


    Removing Powell as Fed Chair wouldn't necessarily have any effect on short-term rates. The target range for the benchmark interest rate is decided by the Federal Open Market Committee, made up of 12 officials, not by Powell alone.

    “We tend to ‘personalize’ monetary policy in this country, associating it with the chair — but that's a mistake,” Kuttner said. “What seems to be lost on Trump is that the Chair gets only one vote on the FOMC, just like everyone else.”

    In any case, lower interest rates aren’t always positive for the economy. There’s bipartisan consensus among economists and lawmakers that tightening monetary policy can be necessary to avoid high levels of inflation.

    Would it have long-term consequences?

    In the long-run, ousting Powell could undermine confidence in what is perhaps the most powerful central bank in the world.

    “[Firing Powell] would likely do far more to undermine the continued recovery of the economy under President Trump than the Fed's raising of interest rates,” said Adam Ozimek, an economist at Moody’s. “Economists and market participants understand that an independent central bank is a requirement, and not an option, for a well-functioning and economically healthy country.”

    Even if Powell keeps his job for the rest of his four-year term, damage to the Federal Reserve may already be done. On Twitter alone, Trump has complained to 57 million followers about the central bank nearly a dozen times since taking office.

    “Institutional damage and erosion is virtually impossible to measure in the moment,” Conti-Brown said. “If future presidents think it’s completely appropriate to criticize and try to reshape Fed policy day by day, as opposed to through the appointment process, that will be very damaging to institutional credibility.”

    SEE ALSO: An ugly economic lesson from the Nixon era proves why Trump's criticisms of the Fed are so worrying

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    Cody Parkey

    • The Bears lost in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday, with kicker Cody Parkey's last-second kick bouncing off two posts before missing, eliminating Chicago from the playoffs.
    • After the game, Parkey faced the media with honesty and grace, saying that he felt terrible about the miss, but had to own it.
    • Parkey's response and candor with the media were met with compliments and messages of encouragement from other athletes across sports, including Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade.

    The final game of Wild Card weekend ended in heartbreak for the Chicago Bears, who lost to the Philadelphia Eagles 16-15 after kicker Cody Parkey's last-second field goal attempt hit off the upright and the crossbar in the "double doink" heard 'round the football world. 

    Read more: DOUBLE DOINK: Eagles win Wild Card after Bears kicker's game-winning field goal bounces twice off the goal post

    Boos rained down on Parkey as he trotted off the field, with Bears fans clearly blaming him for the fact that Chicago would not be moving forward in the postseason.

    But after the game, rather than shy away from the cameras, Parkey addressed the media openly.

    "I feel terrible," Parkey said. "I let the team down. That's on me. I have to own it. I have to be a man. Unfortunately, that's the way it went today."

    How Parkey handled the moment earned him some fans from around the sporting world, with fellow athletes and members of the media complimenting his candor and grace.

    Dwyane Wade tweeted out a message of support.

    And Kobe Bryant encouraged Parkey to "grind harder and double down" heading into next season.

    Parkey's teammates were there to pick him up, with guard Kyle Long noting that the Bears would have never been in a position to win the game had it not been for his three earlier made field goals.

    Eagles kicker Jake Elliott, who ran out to console Parkey on the field moments after the miss, also tweeted out a message of support for his fellow tradesman.

    Defensive end Chris Long was quick to point out that the boos aimed at Parkey were somewhat undeserved, as the kick had been tipped by at the line by Eagles defensive tackle Treyvon Hester.

    Members of the media were also complimentary of how Parkey handled himself through the difficult situation.

    It's as heartbreaking an outcome as you can imagine for a kicker, but Parkey got through the stretch about as well as any athlete could, given the circumstances.

    Chicagoans will likely feel burnt by Parkey for some time, but if he gets the chance to come back and kick for the Bears again next season, there's little doubt that he'll have more than a few new fans pulling for him.

    SEE ALSO: The vacant NFL head coaching jobs ranked, and the candidates rumored to be in the mix for them

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    ge kitchen hub

    • GE has released a "kitchen hub" smart screen that can walk you through cooking recipes, make video calls, and share culinary shots to social media.
    • The 27-inch screen is designed to integrate into your kitchen setup, since the microwave-looking device replaces your exhaust vent directly above your stove. 
    • A prototype of the screen debuted at 2018's Consumer Electronics Show, but GE says the actual product will be on display at this year's show

    General Electric may already power many of the electronics and appliances in your home, but the company is hoping its voice-powered smart touchscreen will become the central hub of your kitchen.

    GE — which has long been in the smart home market with smart microwaves and other smart appliances — is now selling a "Kitchen Hub" smart screen. The display responds to voice commands, makes video calls, streams TV and movies, and can operate connected smart devices. 

    The Kitchen Hub draws comparisons to smart speakers with visual displays, like the Google Home Hub and the Amazon Echo Show. However, GE's device has a 27-inch screen, and is installed directly into the hood above your stove where you would would mount an exhaust vent or a microwave. The Kitchen Hub is also expected to have a hefty pricetag: GE says the price will range between $1,200 and $1,400. 

    The Kitchen Hub first premiered a year ago at CES 2018, but never officially launched. A GE spokesperson told Business Insider that the model at last year's CES was a prototype, and that the product on display at CES 2019 is the actual item. The product will be available beginning in May, according to the company.

    Check out some more details about the GE Kitchen Hub:

    SEE ALSO: Here's how Google's new $150 Home Hub compares to the Amazon Echo Show

    This is GE's Kitchen Hub, a 27-inch smart touchscreen display powered with Google Assistant to respond to voice commands. The hub is designed to slide right into the space above your stove, where you would find your exhaust vent or a microwave.

    The hub comes equipped with a trove of recipes and and instructions that are accessible while you're cooking.

    Beyond cooking, the Kitchen Hub can connect with the other smart devices in your home, so it can be used to operate lights, doorbell cameras, baby monitors, and more.

    Source: The Verge

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    • The English language has a lot of weird spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules.
    • Words that sound and are spelled the same can have two different or even opposite meanings.
    • Tricks like "I before E except after C" don't always work.

    Even if you grew up speaking English, chances are you haven't mastered all of its spelling, grammar, and pronunciation rules. Oftentimes, English breaks its own "rules" anyway.

    Words that look the same can be pronounced differently, and words that sounds the same can be spelled differently. Some letters are silent altogether. And tricks like "I before E except after C" don't always apply.

    Here are 11 weird anomalies of the English language that make it difficult to learn.

    English is full of contronyms — words that have two opposite meanings.

    If you clip something, are you cutting it or attaching it together? If something is transparent, is it invisible or obvious? The answer, confusingly, could be either one.

    A "contronym" is a word that has two contradictory meanings, and the English language is full of them.

    It is also full of homographs — words that are spelled the same, and even often pronounced the same, but mean different things.

    There's tear (to rip) and tear (as in crying), bass (a type of fish) and bass (a low sound), bat (a piece of sports equipment and bat (an animal) bow (a type of knot) and bow (to incline) to name a few.

    The English language is full of homographs.

    Idioms often make no sense.

    Why does "it's raining cats and dogs" mean that it's raining hard? Why is an easy thing considered "a piece of cake?" The English language is full of phrases that confuse foreigners.

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    If you've been waiting for a reason to redecorate your home, there's no better excuse than the new year. January is a fresh start, making it a great time to rethink your space — whether you just want to swap out the paintings on your walls, or are considering a serious remodel. 

    Houzz is a great place to start. Not only can you shop its large selection of home goods products, you can also find home improvement professionals in your area or get remodeling inspiration and advice from the Houzz community. Whatever your decorating style and budget, you're sure to find some fun inspiration on the site.

    To help you start off 2019 in style, Houzz is slashing the prices on some of their best-selling pieces from 2018. Now through January 13, you can save up to 75% on top 2018 best-sellers from Houzz. You'll find everything from furniture to small pieces of decor and large kitchen appliances. For some inspiration, we rounded up some of our favorites from the sale that you can check out below. 

    Keep reading for 20 great products from the Houzz 2018 best sellers sale:

    A vintage-inspired rug that adds a rich pop of color to any room

    Safavieh Satin Turquoise Vintage-Inspired Rug, 5'3" x 7'6", $162.99 (Originally $187.99) [You save $25]


    A velvet sectional that's equally modern and comfortable

    Nesta Gray Velvet Sectional, $1,299 (Originally $1,999) [You save $700]

    A vibrant, abstract painting to brighten up a bland wall

    Alexa Wall Art with Frame, $94.99 (Originally $100.80) [You save $5.81]

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    michael b jordan house md

    • "House," also known as "House M.D." is a popular medical drama starring Hugh Laurie.  
    • The show featured guest appearances from a wide range of celebrities.
    • Michael B. Jordan, Leighton Meester, and Cynthia Nixon are just a few. 

    "House" is an unconventional medical drama which at one point was the most watched show on television.

    The show's popularity was due in part to the protagonist, Dr. Gregory House (played by Hugh Laurie) — a brilliant but irascible infectious disease specialist who solved the most impossible cases. 

    The Emmy-award winning series ended in 2012, but not before a slew of celebs made guest appearances during its eight-year run.

    Here's a list of stars you may have forgotten made their way through the halls of Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital.  

    Skylar Astin suffered a mysterious nosebleed in season eight.

    Before breaking through as Jesse Swanson in the "Pitch Perfect" films, Astin appeared as a cheerleader who attempts suicide as his condition worsens.


    Brandy was a hopeful recording artist in season one.

    In a case of life imitating art, the singer played an up and coming recording artist anticipating a studio session with a famous jazz musician, John Henry Giles. He eventually arrives but her excitement is doused when Giles collapses.


    Andre Braugher was Dr. Daryl Nolan in season six

    In a departure from his comedic role as the deadpan captain Raymond Holt on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," Braugher was House's physician at Mayfield Psychiatric Hospital throughout season six.

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    Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

    • Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley, both progressive Democrats, are self-described "BFFs."
    • Their friendship began when the two met at a small fundraiser in a Manhattan apartment before either had won their primary races.
    • "Our relationship is not static, it is not one-dimensional, it is dynamic, it is deep, it is meaningful, it is real, and it grows by the day," Pressley told INSIDER. 

    Boston city councilwoman Ayanna Pressley was on an Amtrak to New York in early June 2018 when she asked her campaign manager, Sarah Groh, to text a friend of Groh's from college.

    The friend was then a little-known New York congressional candidate running a similarly insurgent Democratic primary bid. Groh asked her old friend, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, to stop by a fundraiser that evening being held for Pressley in a friend's Manhattan apartment.

    Ocasio-Cortez said she'd be happy to.

    "I was in the middle of giving my stump and Alex walked in," Pressley told INSIDER. "She's diminutive in size, but large in presence. She's luminous. I felt literally the air shift and I looked to my left and it was her entering into the event space."

    After Pressley's speech, Ocasio-Cortez joined the Massachusetts congressional candidate in a small clearing in the living room. 

    Standing in front of a TV set, the then-28-year-old Bronx native declared, "This is not just a blue wave, this is a movement that’s coming to Congress this year."

    "Absolutely," Pressley jumped in. "We called their bluff. When we had the Women's March, they thought it was a moment. We knew we were ushering in a movement."

    Pressley added that she found commonalities between herself and Ocasio-Cortez. 

    "I think we both embody something that I fundamentally believe, which is that the people closest to the pain should be closest to the power," the Bostonian said, referring to one of her campaign slogans. 

    Ocasio-Cortez later tweeted about the meeting, "Our BFF applications are already in."

    Reps.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ayanna Pressley at a rally protesting Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's nomination.

    "That was some 'herstory' right there," Erika Soto Lamb, who hosted the Manhattan fundraiser, told INSIDER. "I don't mean to be too saccharine, but there was magic in these two amazing, smart, young women of color talking about the progressive fight that needed to be taken on."

    Two weeks later, Pressley sent one of her field organizers to New York to help get out the vote for the last days of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign.

    When the New Yorker stunned the political world by beating 10-term incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in the Democratic primary that month, she asked her legions of new supporters to turn their attention to Pressley's race.

    Pressley, now her state's first black congresswoman, says the friendship between the two new lawmakers goes much deeper than their social media shout-outs. The two new Democratic Party rising stars have bonded over both being alums of Boston University and former service industry workers, as well as the shared experience of losing a parent. 

    "You know how there are people who have Instagram relationships? This is not an Instagram relationship," Pressley told INSIDER. "Our relationship is not static, it is not one-dimensional, it is dynamic, it is deep, it is meaningful, it is real, and it grows by the day."



    SEE ALSO: THE TRUTH ABOUT ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ: The inside story of how, in just one year, Sandy the bartender became a lawmaker who triggers both parties

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    Eli Lilly

    • The drug giant Eli Lilly announced on Monday that it was acquiring the cancer-focused biotech Loxo Oncology for about $8 billion.
    • Loxo focuses on gene mutations in treating cancers, which is a unique approach.
    • The deal is "bigger than what we've done before," Lilly CEO David Ricks said, but "isn't out of range to do again."

    The pharma giant Eli Lilly & Co. on Monday said it planned to buy the biotech Loxo Oncology for $8 billion in cash.

    It's an unusually large acquisition for Eli Lilly that also represents a massive bet on Loxo's genetically based approach to treating cancer.

    Most cancer drugs treat a specific type of the disease, such as breast cancer or lung cancer, but Loxo's medicines target gene mutations in cancers instead.

    As a result, its drugs are intended to treat more than one type of cancer — like Loxo's Vitrakvi, which was first approved in the US in late November and has been tested in people with cancers of the lung, colon, breast, and thyroid.

    Eli Lilly already has a presence in oncology. Notably, the chemotherapy Alimta is one of its most valuable products, bringing in more than $2 billion in revenue in 2017, but the drug has been losing patent protection in other countries and could also lose it in the US soon.

    That said, the drugmaker's cancer focus hasn't been in this type of "targeted" oncology before, the Stifel analyst Stephen Willey said. Drugmakers including Pfizer, Novartis, and AstraZeneca would appear more obvious acquirers for Loxo, he said. 

    "The emergence of LLY is a little surprising, but LLY's existing commercial presence in [non-small cell lung cancer] and expiring Alimta exclusivity makes sense," Willey said. 

    Read more:The FDA just approved a drug that targets cancers based on DNA, rather than where the tumor is in your body

    The deal values Loxo at $235 a share, a premium of roughly 68% over the company's Friday closing price, Eli Lilly said. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. If it doesn't go through, Loxo could owe Eli Lilly a breakup fee of $265 million, according to a new financial filing

    The roughly $8 billion deal is Eli Lilly's largest acquisition by far since at least 2015, according to financial filings.

    On a Monday-morning conference call, Lilly CEO David Ricks said that the acquisition was "bigger than what we've done before" but that Loxo also notably had four in-development or recently approved medicines. "I would say going forward it isn't out of range to do again," Ricks added.

    Eli Lilly will keep looking for other deals in cancer and other areas, Ricks said, adding that there were "many more opportunities" in cancer because of recent scientific advances.

    See:Here's why Bristol-Myers Squibb's record-breaking $74 billion biotech deal is facing investor backlash

    Loxo already has a Food and Drug Administration-approved drug, Vitrakvi, which came out of a partnership with the drugmaker Bayer.

    Eli Lilly noted that in its explanation of the deal, but it especially emphasized the company's experimental drug Loxo-292, along with two other drugs in development.

    Termed a "RET inhibitor" for the types of genetic alterations that it focuses on, Loxo-292 has promise in multiple cancer types.

    The medication has received a special "breakthrough therapy" designation from the FDA for lung cancer and two types of thyroid cancer, and it could start being sold as early as 2020.

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    Warning: This post includes major spoilers for the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" book series and the third season of the Netflix show.

    • Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" hides details and Easter eggs in each episode.
    • Some are references to the book series, while others are references to real things in pop culture.
    • Some details are hidden in the background. 

    The third season of Netflix's "A Series of Unfortunate Events" is full of Easter eggs and references for viewers to catch. Like the first and second seasons, the show slips these details in through character lines and hides them in the background of scenes. 

    The show is adapted by Daniel Handler, who wrote all 13 books the show is based on under the pen name "Lemony Snicket." Snicket also serves as the narrator of the Baudelaire orphans' lives. The third and final season adapts the final four books in the series: "The Slippery Slope,""The Grim Grotto,""The Penultimate Peril," and "The End." 

    Here are 39 Easter eggs and references you may have missed on the third season of "A Series of Unfortunate Events," streaming on Netflix now.

    Kit escapes from the Woman With Hair But No Beard and the Man With a Beard But No Hair using dragonfly wings.

    Kit most likely got those wings from Beatrice, who was seen wearing them at the VFD party when Olaf pushed her off the building. We know Beatrice didn't die in the fall because she is the Baudelaires' mother, so those wings have proven to be helpful for both Beatrice and Kit. 

    Olaf references Nickelback when giving his henchpeople an acting "lesson."

    Nickelback is a real band, which is often considered one of the worst bands.   

    Scoutmaster Brucie leads Troop 113 of the Snow Scouts.

    In the books, the Scoutmaster is Carmelita's Uncle Bruce. 

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    Hype around artificial intelligence has never been higher — and one industry where it has a chance to make a major impact on profits is retail.The Future of Retail 2018: Artificial Intelligence

    Business Insider Intelligence projects that AI will boost profitability in retail and wholesale by nearly 60% by 2035, setting off a wave of excitement and investment among companies.

    The areas where AI will have its biggest impact are personalization, search and chatbots.

    But as hype and misunderstanding continue to build, it’s become harder than ever to keep sight of the true disruptive potential of AI.

    Find out how AI is being implemented in these three areas and how each one can impact revenue in this new FREE slide deck from Business Insider Intelligence.

    In this third and final installment of the three-part Future of Retail 2018 series, Business Insider Intelligence takes a hard look at the retail use cases where AI can make an impact, explores noteworthy examples of retailers implementing the technology, and weighs the benefits of investing in AI today.

    As an added bonus, you will gain immediate access to our exclusive Business Insider Intelligence Daily newsletter.

    To get your copy of the third part of this FREE slide deck, simply click here.

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    • The Colugo Compact Stroller weighs only 60 pounds yet can support a kid weighing as much as 55 pounds, so you can use it for years as your child grows.
    • The stroller folds down with just one hand and packs away into a backpack for easy transport or storage.
    • Colugo offers a 100-day, risk-free trial during which any of their products can be returned for a full refund.

    Shopping for a stroller kind of... how should I put this... it kind of sucks.

    There are so many options on the market these days that the process is easily overwhelming, and most halfway decent strollers cost hundreds of dollars. Your baby stroller is no place to go cheap; you'll depend on the thing during travel, shopping, outings, visits to friends and family, and as a tool to give yourself a few minutes of sanity as your child sleeps and you stroll.

    Even if you have identified a trusted brand and you're ready to shell out a few hundred bucks on your new baby conveyance device, which type of stroller should you choose? An umbrella stroller? A jogger? A convertible car seat thingy? Ah, if only there was a stroller small enough for use in the city or during travel, sturdy enough for years of use with growing kids, and affordable enough to prevent sticker shock.

    Ok, I set things up painfully obviously, so this is no big reveal, but guess what? There is. And if you haven't heard of it yet, that's because it's the new kid on the block.

    The Colugo brand was launched by a dad named Ted Iobst who found himself entirely frustrated during the gear-shopping process when his first kid was born. It being the 21st century, shopping for things from eyeglasses to meal kits to mattresses is only supposed to take a few quick clicks, and the goods delivered are supposed to be, well, good. Ted found that the process of researching and procuring baby gear was, by and large, anything but quick or efficient, and that was especially true when it came to finding a stroller.

    Like a damn fine American should, instead of complaining then rolling over and hitting the proverbial snooze button, instead Ted formed a new company dedicated to selling affordable, reliable baby gear. And with a painless, simple shopping process, too.

    Colugo sells one stroller (that comes in a few different colorways), one baby carrier (same deal), and a few accessories. Pick the look you like, buy a product, and it shows up in the mail. If you're unhappy with said product for any reason, send it back within 100 days for a full refund. End of story, commerce wise.

    While the Colugo lineup will expand in coming years and the backpack, carrier, and accessories are all high quality and worthy of coverage in their own right, it's the Colugo Compact Stroller that takes center stage. At $285 this Compact isn't cheap, but when you use the stroller in person, you'll quickly agree that nothing about its construction is cheap, either.

    Despite weighing in at a mere 16 pounds, the stroller feels solid and handles itself well, whether deftly navigating the aisles of the grocery store or trundling down a city sidewalk. A decent-sized storage area underneath the seat can hold a diaper bag, some groceries, or the makings of a picnic lunch, while the seat itself can hold a baby six months or older, or a kid who weighs as much as 55 pounds — a size most kids don't hit until well after their fifth birthday.

    But the real highlight here is how amazingly compact this stroller becomes when folded down — a process that you can complete with one hand in about two seconds, by the way.

    Once collapsed, you can tuck the Colugo Compact Stroller into a backpack (which comes included) that is comfortable enough for hours of wear and that will fit in the overhead bin of an airplane, into the trunk of any car, and that won't have fellow subway or bus passengers looking askance at you as you lumber your way down an aisle.

    Long story short: This ultra-compact and -lightweight stroller could well be the only stroller many families need. That's worth my $285 any day.

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    Joe Sills flying story

    • Although more often than not, flying private is incredibly expensive, it is becoming more affordable thanks to boutique airlines like Blackbird Air and Boutique Air
    • Flying private is often the most advantageous option for business owners that want to make the most of their time.
    • People can either charter a private flight, participate in fractional ownership carriers, or own their own aircraft. 
    • Private flying might be affordable if you're taking a handful of routes, including San Francisco to Las Vegas. 

    Flying private has long been regarded as an incredibly expensive way to travel.

    Although that sentiment is usually true, there are certain instances and particular travel routes where it might be cheaper to fly private than to fly commercial. And there are other times, primarily if you are a business owner frequently flying for work, where flying private is more advantageous. 

    It is possible that flying private can be cheaper than flying commercial

    Joe Sills

    If you're an average traveler, flying private might provide a solution for you for the first time in modern history.

    Thanks to evolving technology, boutique airlines like Blackbird Air are popping up across the globe. These flights typically skip major airports and put you on the doorstep of destinations like Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and Lake Tahoe without the hassle usually associated with air travel. By flying into smaller, general aviation airports, private passengers also have the luxury of skipping security lines and heading straight onto their flights.

    On Blackbird Air, $99 could take you on a float plane from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe in 55 minutes, giving you the opportunity to hop straight from the air onto the water. The alternative? An hour’s drive to Reno-Tahoe International Airport, and prices ranging from $177 to upwards of $350 for the same flight.

    Blackbird can also get you from San Francisco to Las Vegas for $59. That’s $40 cheaper than the starting rate at discount airline, Frontier.

    Farther east, Boutique Air offers similar options out of Nashville, Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas.

    Flying private can also be advantageous for certain people

    Joe Sills

    Flying private is often the most advantageous option for business owners that want to make the most of their time. Private pilot John Bell knows. Bell travels the country from his office in the cockpit of a Learjet 35A, ferrying business owners to and from meetings. According to Bell, the cost of chartering a flight or maintaining your own aircraft can actually save money if you’re flying frequently.

    "People say time is money," Bell said. "Let’s say you have a meeting at 9:00 a.m. on a Wednesday. With commercial air travel, you’re probably not be going to be able to get a flight early enough to get you there that morning. You’ll probably have to leave the day before and get a hotel. If the meeting lasts all day, you may not be able to get a flight out either. So that’s three days of travel for a one-day meeting."

    Bell said his passengers, who are typically wealthy business owners traveling for work, are able to condense multiple days of travel into just one day. "If you're netting a million dollars from your meeting, what is a $10,000 flight?"

    These three forms of private flight options are the most popular

    private plane

    The most common option for private flying is chartering a flight for a one time fee, according to Bell. Those rates can range from $10,000 to upwards of $50,000 depending on the distance and aircraft.

    Additionally, Bell said some business owners participate in fractional ownership carriers like Net Jets. This allows travelers to buy a block of time — say, 50 hours — on an aircraft to use at their discretion throughout the year.

    Finally, many businesses choose to own their own aircraft. "That’s the most expensive up-front cost, but if you compare it per hour, it’s actually the cheapest way to do it," Bell told INSIDER. "If you’re flying 300 hours, for instance, it saves you money." By Bell’s estimate, yearly upkeep for maintenance and crew on an aircraft like his Learjet 35A could cost $50,000 to $100,000 per year — less than the cost of a handful of charters.

    Flying private is still an expensive way to travel in most instances

    Private plane

    Private air travel is still dominated by corporations, celebrities, and business owners due to its usually high cost. In the last few years, however, a seat of your own on a private plane has become more accessible for travelers not looking to spend more than they would on a commercial flight. Right now, affordable options from boutique, private airlines are still limited but for the right destination, those flights remain a viable option that could save you time and money.

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    Andy Jassy AWS

    • When Amazon Web Services announced a new product called Outposts, the tech world stood up and took notice.
    • They saw Amazon entering into the one cloud computing market where it had no game: "Hybrid" computing, the segment of the cloud where Microsoft dominates.
    • But a new report by UBS analyst John Roy points out that the true disruption of Outposts is this: Amazon will be putting its own home-grown data center hardware — originally designed for its own use — into customers' private data centers.
    • He believes that Cisco and Dell could be hurt by the move, but Hewlett Packard Enterprise is at the highest risk.


    Cisco, Dell and most especially Hewlett Packard Enterprise are facing yet another big threat from cloud computing giant Amazon Web Services, according to a new report by UBS analyst John Roy.

    And the name of that threat is Amazon Outposts.

    Outposts was among the scores of new products and services announced by Amazon at its giant customer conference in November. Outposts is a service where Amazon puts tenacles of its own cloud into a company's own private data center, slated to be available on the second half of 2019.

    An AWS Outpost is a hardware appliance, combining servers and storage, that Amazon will plunk into customers' private data centers. The customer only rents their Outposts; Amazon manages it remotely. For IT teams, it means that they can manage their own computing infrastructure and their Amazon cloud infrastructure from the same interface, while still keeping some applications and data sequestered in their own servers.

    By the same token, Outposts do integrate tightly with the main Amazon Web Services cloud, making it an easy way to transition from one to the other — another way to bring cloud holdouts into the Amazon fold. 

    Read: Amazon's cloud is now embracing an idea that it spent almost a decade trashing — and it's a big sign that Microsoft was right

    This was such an unusual move for the cloud computing giant, that Outposts made a splash when it was announced. 

    The idea isn't unique: Far from it. What Outposts does is called hybrid computing and it is exactly what all of AWS's top competitors do, particularly Microsoft Azure. Hybrid computing means using the cloud for some stuff, and your own servers for other stuff. The likes of Microsoft and IBM have invested heavily in hybrid computing as a way for their customers to bridge their existing investments in the data center with the cloud. 

    For Amazon, however, they didn't have such concerns — Amazon Web Services all but invented the modern notion of cloud computing, and didn't have existing customers to support. As such, it spent a long time pooh-poohing hybrid cloud, choosing instead to focus its energies on the so-called public cloud. 

    So, when Amazon announced Outposts, the world was quick to notice that AWS is now moving into the last big cloud market that it had virtually (but not totally) ignored: hybrid computing.

    Outposts is one of the results of Amazon's two-year partnership with VMware — a former competitor, turned friend, which has teamed up with Amazon Web Services to appeal to big businesses. 

    Who stands to lose from AWS Outposts? 

    All of this may seem like Outposts is supposed to threaten Microsoft. Microsoft is the biggest competitor of both AWS and VMware.

    But, should Outposts succeed, the losers will actually be those that make data center hardware tech like Dell, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, points out Roy. Even Microsoft Azure relies on servers and networking gear from the major manufacturers to build its own cloud. 

    That's because Amazon has invested heavily in making its own servers, storage and network hardware — innovations in which Outpost customers will be able to take part. The more those customers rely on AWS Outposts, writes Roy, the less they'll need from the usual suspects in server manufacturing. 

    "With AWS Outpost it uses AWS hardware, which is custom designed and built by ODM [original design manafacturers, aka contract manufacturers] for AWS. For its own public cloud AWS uses its own: routers, CPU chips, storage servers, compute servers, and high-speed network. No hardware from brand name computer makers like Dell, HPE, IBM and Cisco," Roy writes.

    Of those companies, Roy believes that Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the one who could be hurt most hurt and has attached a roughly "negative 86%" metric to HPE's exposure. His reasoning is that almost all of HPE's business comes from selling hardware to private data centers, and customers who turn to Outposts will have less reason to keep buying it.

    Data center hardware companies have spent the last decade battered by the rise of cloud computing. Some of them, like EMC, have not survived as independent companies. EMC, in particular, is now owned by Dell.

    This will be a watershed year for such companies, too, Roy writes. This is the year that cloud revenue will equal and begin to surpass the revenue of legacy hardware companies.

    "The AWS Outpost effort will start putting AWS custom (non-branded) hardware on-premises, cutting even further into branded enterprise hardware sales," Roy warns.

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    2019 tax brackets table (1)

    • The IRS has taken inflation into account and released new tax brackets for 2019, which will apply to income earned this year.
    • Tax Day 2019 — when taxes are due for income earned in 2018 — is Monday, April 15. 
    • The federal income tax ranges have shifted slightly and the standard deduction is now $12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married filers. 

    Tax Day 2019 is April 15. That means taxes are due for income earned in 2018, the first tax season under the 2017 GOP tax law.

    The IRS has updated the seven federal income tax brackets for 2019 to reflect inflation, which went into effect on January 1. Any income earned in 2019 is subject to the new tax brackets.

    The standard deduction is now $12,200 for single filers and $24,400 for married filers, up $200 and $400, respectively.

    Here's how the brackets have changed for the new year compared to 2018.

    For single filers: 

    single filers tax 2018 vs 2019

    For married filers:

    married filers tax 2018 vs 2019

    For head of household filers:

    head of household tax 2018 vs 2019

    Other tax changes for 2019 include increased limits for retirement contributions:

    • $19,000 limit for 401(k), 403(b) and most 457 plans (if you're 50 or older, you can put away an additional $6,000)
    • $6,000 limit for IRAs (if you're 50 or older, you can put away an additional $1,000)

    And higher exemptions for gifts and estate taxes

    • $11.4 million limit for lifetime gift and estate tax exemption
    • $15,000 limit for annual gift and estate tax exemption (same as 2018)

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    Conor McGregor

    • Conor McGregor wants to fight Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout.
    • Nasukawa recently faced off against Floyd Mayweather in an exhibition, at which Mayweather reportedly made $9 million for his three minutes of work.
    • McGregor hasn't fought since tapping out in the fourth round to Khabib Nurmagomedov.

    Conor McGregor hasn't fought since tapping out in the fourth round to Khabib Nurmagomedov, but it now appears he has his next opponent in mind.

    On Sunday, McGregor tweeted out that he wanted to fight kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition bout in the near future.

    Nasukawa recently made headlines for his New Year's Eve exhibition against boxer Floyd Mayweather.

    The Mayweather fight had bizarre build and even more bewildering finish. It was announced in November, with Mayweather and the fight promotion Rizin both notably vague on the rules of the exhibition — Mayweather would be fighting a kickboxer, but it was unclear whether his opponent would be allowed to kick.

    Then Mayweather called off the fight just as quickly as it was announced. He deleted all social-media posts about the match and left some wondering whether the whole thing was a sham.

    Read moreMany in the fighting world wondered about the legitimacy of Floyd Mayweather's Rizin fight even before it was called off

    Days later, the fight was back on again, and Mayweather wound up winning in Japan via a first-round knockout, reportedly earning $9 million for less than three minutes of work on the day.

    Read more:Floyd Mayweather earned $9 million in less than 3 minutes by taking down Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in the first round of a bizarre exhibition fight

    With Mayweather cashing in for such an easy day of work, it's not hard to see why McGregor would see a fight against Nasukawa attractive.

    McGregor is coming off getting demolished by Nurmagomedov, and between his boxing match against Mayweather and the launch of his whiskey, has worked more as a promoter than a fighter in the past two years.

    McGregor has also said that he wants a rematch with Nurmagomedov in the near future, but in the meantime, if there's an opportunity to make a few million dollars fast, McGregor wouldn't be the type to turn the deal down.

    SEE ALSO: How Conor McGregor went from Dublin plumber to the king of combat sports

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    Amazon Alexa

    Amazon's Alexa interrupted a Qualcomm executive giving a keynote at CES on Monday afternoon in an eerie sign that artificial intelligence really does have a mind of its own.

    Reporters at the event tweeted about Alexa's notable interruption, in which the voice assistant reportedly said "No, that's not true," in response to something said by the speaker.




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    LG Signature OLED TV R

    • LG's absurdly thin "Signature" series of TVs is getting even more absurd: The latest model is a "rollable" TV.
    • When not being used, the skinny TV rolls down into a box that also doubles as a soundbar.
    • There's no price or release date just yet, but LG says the rollable TV will ship in 2019.

    Before reading any further, you have to see this new television in action:

    Pretty impressive, right?

    That's the rollable TV from LG. With the press of a button, it disappears into a relatively small rectangular box.

    But the LG Signature OLED TV R, as it's officially known, is more than just novel trickery — it's a unique, impressive approach to new TV design. It was unveiled on Monday during the opening day of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and it's already a standout of the event.

    Here's what we know about it thus far:

    SEE ALSO: The futuristic LG TV that rolls itself in and out of a box could hit living rooms in 2019 — check it out in action

    The first wallpaper-thin, rollable TV from LG was shown during a stage presentation on Monday at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas:

    As you can see above, there are varying levels of openness to the rollable TV from LG — this was actually shown previously, last year when LG debuted a prototype at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

    The difference in this case is that the proof of concept has become a reality: The LG Signature OLED TV R is the next step in the evolution of its "Signature" edition TVs — announcing for the first time a consumer version of the rollable TV concept.

    The thinness of the Signature series gets put to good use in a rollable format, and the gimmick of a rollable TV becomes a genuinely useful feature. 

    It's a gorgeous display capable of top-of-the-line visuals:

    LG's Signature series boasts 4K Ultra HD / HDR capability that's as good or better than the competition, and it does it on an OLED screen that's less than a quarter-inch thick. 

    With the LG Signature OLED TV R, LG is putting that capability into a 65-inch screen that rolls into a relatively slim, attractive piece of furniture when you're not using it.

    Here's what that might look like if you lived in an impossibly nice Manhattan apartment with remote-operated windows and a supervillain-like view of the New York City skyline:

    The idea is simple and logical: To hide the massive black rectangles — screens— that are prevalent in the modern home.

    LG's solution is to roll it into an austere rectangular box that's easily mistaken for modernist furniture. 

    The TV can also be used as a slimmer screen for simple functions, like listening to music or seeing the weather and time:

    One benefit of the design of LG's rollable TV is that it can be used in more ways than a standard TV. In "Line" mode, it's got a dedicated user interface that enables music playback and conveys information like time and weather. You can even use the built-in Amazon Alexa assistant to command it with your voice.

    Better still: Even when the display is all the way closed, the soundbar built into the base can be used as a speaker. And for you audio heads out there, LG describes the soundbar as a, "4.2-channel, 100W front-firing Dolby Atmos audio system."

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    Coast Guard boot camp

    • Before one can say they serve in the US Coast Guard, they must overcome myriad challenges of boot camp, located in Cape May, New Jersey. 
    • There, recruits face physical and psychological tests meant to harden their resolve and prepare them for a future of service.
    • They must meet physical fitness requirements, pass a three-part swim test, and withstand eight weeks of yelling ... lots and lots of yelling.
    • Business Insider's Graham Flanagan spent four days embedded at Training Center Cape May to produce this video, an inside look at their arduous training.
    • Here are some of the more challenging moments of Coast Guard boot camp.

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    1. Company commanders wait to greet recruits the moment they step off the bus at boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey.

    2. Their company commanders get up close and personal with the new arrivals.

    3. For their initial physical fitness test, recruits must perform push-ups and sit-ups for 1 minute each, and pass a 1.5-mile run.

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