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    bii chatbot ecosystem

    This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

    Advancements in artificial intelligence, coupled with the proliferation of messaging apps, are fueling the development of chatbots — software programs that use messaging as the interface through which to carry out any number of tasks, from scheduling a meeting, to reporting weather, to helping users buy a pair of shoes. 

    Foreseeing immense potential, businesses are starting to invest heavily in the burgeoning bot economy. A number of brands and publishers have already deployed bots on messaging and collaboration channels, including HP, 1-800-Flowers, and CNN. While the bot revolution is still in the early phase, many believe 2016 will be the year these conversational interactions take off.

    In a new report from BI Intelligence, we explore the growing and disruptive bot landscape by investigating what bots are, how businesses are leveraging them, and where they will have the biggest impact. We outline the burgeoning bot ecosystem by segment, look at companies that offer bot-enabling technology, distribution channels, and some of the key third-party bots already on offer. 

    The report also forecasts the potential annual savings that businesses could realize if chatbots replace some of their customer service and sales reps. Finally, we compare the potential of chatbot monetization on a platform like Facebook Messenger against the iOS App Store and Google Play store.

    Here are some of the key takeaways:

    • AI has reached a stage in which chatbots can have increasingly engaging and human conversations, allowing businesses to leverage the inexpensive and wide-reaching technology to engage with more consumers.
    • Chatbots are particularly well suited for mobile — perhaps more so than apps. Messaging is at the heart of the mobile experience, as the rapid adoption of chat apps demonstrates.
    • The chatbot ecosystem is already robust, encompassing many different third-party chat bots, native bots, distribution channels, and enabling technology companies. 
    • Chatbots could be lucrative for messaging apps and the developers who build bots for these platforms, similar to how app stores have developed into moneymaking ecosystems.  

    In full, the report:

    • Breaks down the pros and cons of chatbots.
    • Explains the different ways businesses can access, utilize, and distribute content via chatbots.
    • Forecasts the potential impact chatbots could have for businesses.
    • Looks at the potential barriers that could limit the growth, adoption, and use of chatbots.
    • And much more.

    Interested in getting the full report? Here are several ways to access it:

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    Roy Moore

    • Two Monday polls showed wildly different projections in Alabama's Senate race.
    • One poll, from Fox News, showed Democratic candidate Doug Jones with a 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore.
    • The other, from Emerson, showed Moore with a 9-point lead over Jones.
    • The differences could have a lot to do with the polls' methodologies.


    Two polls released Monday showed a wildly different Senate race in Alabama as it speeds toward Election Day on Tuesday.

    The first, released by Fox News, showed Democratic nominee Doug Jones with a whopping 10-point lead over Republican Roy Moore. That represented the largest lead Jones has held over Moore in any major poll released since Moore was first alleged of sexual misconduct with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

    But at the same time, Emerson College released a poll that showed Moore up 9 points, which happened to be the second-largest lead he's held since those allegations broke last month.

    So what gives?

    For starters, the polls had entirely different methodologies. Fox News conducted a live interview survey over using a mix of cell phones and landlines. In the three major live interview polls conducted since the Moore allegations, which included two from Fox News and one from The Washington Post, Jones has held leads of 3, 8, and 10 points, respectively.

    Emerson, on the other hand, was automated, polling Alabamians on landlines and online.

    A couple of factors could be at play with that difference. For one, respondents could opt against telling a live pollster they were voting for Moore while feeling fine with saying so in an automated survey. That plays into what is known as a "social desirability bias" that can affect the outcome of polls in races where one candidate is seen is less socially acceptable to vote for. 

    Meanwhile, the demographic mix of respondents could be significantly different. For example, Jones was plus-30 points with Alabama voters polled by cell phone in the Fox poll, while he was about even with Moore among those polled via landline.

    doug jonesEmerson's poll, meanwhile, found that Moore's lead has increased by 6 points since its previous survey, released last week. The polling outlet said that dramatic change may have been the result of President Donald Trump's explicit and forceful endorsements of Moore, even recording a robocall for the candidate. Its Monday poll had a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points and surveyed 600 "very likely registered voters."

    For Fox, the number of Republicans in its pool of registered voters and likely voters dropped off from its mid-November poll by 2 and 4 points, respectively. Meanwhile, the number of Democrats stayed virtually the same in both pools. Fox polled a sample of 1,408 registered voters and a subsample of 1,127 likely voters.

    As polling analyst Harry Enten of the data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight pointed out, the Fox survey showed Jones performing 4 points better with likely voters than with registered voters, something he said other pollsters have found in reverse.

    Turnout is even tougher to project

    A problem facing pollsters is the sheer number of factors that make turnout difficult to project in a special election held in December, in a heavily Republican state at a time when Democrats are fired up both in opposition to Trump and to Moore.

    The allegations against Moore, which he denies, have caused Republican voters to double down on their support of Moore or step back from the race, possibly even moving over to the Jones camp.

    "This appears to be a special, special election with blacks and young voters animated by a caustic Republican candidate and the chance of winning a statewide election with national implications, and at the same time some Republicans and many moderates are turned off by Moore, too," said Democratic pollster Chris Anderson, who conducts the Fox News Poll with Republican pollster Daron Shaw. 

    Shaw said it's "clear" Jones is set up to pull a major upset over Moore "because his supporters are unified and energized, and Moore’s are conflicted and diffident."

    "But Jones is depending on many voters who show up only occasionally to cast their ballots," he said. "If their rate of follow-through drops from what we expect, the race could turn. The other factor is the race seems volatile, with a new twist or story every day, and because of this it is difficult to know what Republicans will ultimately do."

    Later Monday, Monmouth University released its final survey of the race. It showed Moore and Jones tied.

    SEE ALSO: Roy Moore praises the era of slavery and says America may be the focus of evil in a series of viral, resurfaced comments

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    • Keaton Jones, a young boy from Tennessee, shared his experiences with bullying in a tearful video that went viral over the weekend.
    • Celebrities in sports and Hollywood voiced their support for Jones on social media, with many like Fox News host Sean Hannity and President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., offering to help him and his family out.
    • Jones thanked his new fans for the positive reaction to his story.


    A video of a young boy describing the bullying he experiences in school went viral over the weekend, garnering hundreds of thousands of shares and statements of support from a mix of celebrities ranging from pop singer Katy Perry to President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump, Jr.

    Keaton Jones of Maynardville, Tennessee gave a tearful account of how other kids at his school verbally and physically torment him.

    "People that are different don't need to be criticized about it," Keaton said while his mother recorded him. "It's not their fault. But if you are made fun of, just don't let it bother you. Stay strong I guess. It's hard. But it'll probably get better one day."

    Keaton's mother, Kimberly Jones, recorded the video after picking him up from school because Keaton said he was too scared to go to lunch.

    The reaction to the video was instantaneous — after Jones posted the video to Facebook on Friday, it was shared over 369,000 times by Sunday night, and seen by almost 20 million people. It also attracted the attention of celebrities across the sports, entertainment, and politics worlds.

    UFC fighter Dana White was among those who voiced their support.

    "This video is heartbreaking!!" White tweeted. "I want to bring Keaton to Vegas and hang out at UFC Headquarters."

    White's suggestion was matched by Trump Jr., who offered to put Jones and his family up in a Trump property in Las Vegas.

    "@danawhite, If he takes you up on your offer to see UFC Headquarters, I would be honored to host him and his family at our place if they need somewhere to stay," Trump wrote on Twitter.

    Jarrett Guarantano, a University of Tennessee quarterback, actually met Jones and tweeted a picture of the pair.

    "So I got the chance to spend the day with my new best bud Keaton," Guarantano wrote. "It was unbelievable to get to know him and realize that we have a lot in common. This dude is very special and has changed my life forever. Now I have the little brother I always wanted! God bless you my man."

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    White and Guarantano were joined by singer Katy Perry and actors Mark Hamill, Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo, who each tweeted encouraging words.

    "Don't waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean," wrote Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars franchise. "They're sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don't like themselves."

    Millie Bobby Brown of "Stranger Things" fame said she admired Jones.

    "I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly)," she tweeted.

    In the world of news, Jones was met with praise from Fox News host Sean Hannity.

    "If anyone knows Keaton and his parents, i will gladly fly them to NYC to be my guest & visit Fox News," Hannity wrote.

    Sports writer Jamie O'Grady also voiced his support as well as his anger at the bullies who tormented Jones.

    "This is Keaton Jones," he wrote. "He is amazing. I hope those who bullied him get what’s coming to them. And soon."

    In response to this huge outpouring of love, Jones thanked his new fans in a Facebook post on Monday.

    "Thanks for all the support & making sure my Story was heard Worldwide..." Jones wrote "God works in mysterious ways... Im sure to See better days , Be aware of all Forms of Bullying ..."

    SEE ALSO: Facebook and Twitter could reportedly be fined up to £20 million if they don't tackle online bullying

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    Sam Darnold

    With the regular season in the books and the NFL regular season winding down, fans everywhere are turning their attention to the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Teams looking to up their production in the air will be in for a treat, as the current quarterback class is considered one of the deepest in history. But there is plenty of talent elsewhere, from edge rushers to running backs.

    Below, take a look at 30 of the biggest names heading into the 2018 draft.

    Josh Allen, Wyoming

    Position: Quarterback

    What scouts like: With Allen, it's all about the physicality. The Californian has a combination of size, arm strength and mobility that's rarely seen in the NFL, even among the game's elite signal callers. He parlayed those gifts into a 144.9 passer rating last season.

    In 2017: Allen threw for 1,658 and 13 touchdowns in 10 games. It wasn't the best campaign, but he was going to need time to develop no matter what.



    Dorance Armstrong, Kansas

    Position: Defensive end

    What scouts like: No one's going to mistake Kansas for a football powerhouse, but they do have one of the nation's best edge rushers in Armstrong. His quickness is his main calling card, but he's also capable of delivering powerful hits once he reaches the ball. He should be one of the best athletes available.

    In 2017: His sack totals were way down, but he still set a career high in tackles with 63.



    Saquon Barkley, Penn State

    Position: Running back

    What scouts like: A prototypical modern running back, Barkley has the speed, explosiveness and vision to become a star. He's been favorably compared to Ezekiel Elliott, who finished third in the NFL MVP voting as a rookie last fall.

    In 2017: Barkley had a terrific start to the season, and while he faded down the stretch, his totals are still outstanding: 1,134 rushing yards, 594 receiving yards, and 19 total touchdowns.



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    California wildfires December 2017

    Santa Barbara is now threatened by the rapidly growing Thomas Fireas thousands of firefighters battle several infernos burning through Southern California on Monday. 

    The fire grew by 50,000 acres on Sunday as dry Santa Ana winds continued, triggering evacuation orders throughout Santa Barbara County. 

    The five major blazes have scorched over 250,000 acres across Southern California. Over 9,000 firefighters have been deployed to combat the fires, and authorities have shut down major highways, closed schools, and ordered close to 100,000 people to evacuate. 

    The first and largest blaze, the Thomas Fire, started Monday night in Ventura County. The Creek Fire near Sylmar and the Rye Fire in Santa Clarita broke out in the early hours of Tuesday morning, and the Skirball Fire, centered in the wealthy Bel Air neighborhood in Los Angeles, started Wednesday morning.

    Here are the locations of all the fires, as well the most recent total acreage burned as of Monday.

    SEE ALSO: Schools and freeways closed, nearly 200,000 people forced to flee as wildfires tear through Southern California

    Thomas Fire, Ventura County

    The Thomas Fire is burning 230,500 acres and has damaged or destroyed 981 structures destroyed out of at least 18,000 threatened. 

    Firefighters have contained 15% of the blaze as high winds continue to whip the fire.

    Officials ordered further evacuations in Santa Barbara County as high winds pushed the fire closer to populated areas on Sunday. One death has been blamed on the Fire: the body of 70-year-old Virginia Pesola was discovered at a car crash site on an evacuation route in Ventura County on Wednesday night, according to NBC



    Creek Fire, Sylmar

    The Creek Fire has burned 15,619 acres, and officials estimate it has destroyed or damaged at least 89 out of at least 2,500 threatened. Firefighters had managed to contain 95% of the blaze as of Monday morning.

    All evacuation orders have been lifted in areas around Sylmar.



    Rye Fire, Santa Clarita

    The Rye Fire has burned 6,049 acres near Santa Clarita, and firefighters have contained 93% of the fire as of Monday. 



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    Warning: There are huge spoilers ahead for "The Walking Dead."

    Sunday's mid-season finale of "The Walking Dead" caught fans off guard with an unexpected departure from the comics. In the midst of a war against the living, Carl suffered a fatal walker bite. It quickly reminded us that there might be larger problems to worry about in a zombie apocalypse than a man with a barbed-wired baseball bat.

    With Carl's fate seemingly sealed, it leaves a lot of questions about how the show will move forward without one of its main protagonists. In addition to Carl, the mid-season finale left us with a lot of loose ends about Dwight, Enid and Aaron, and Daryl. That's not even counting some other holes the show has left wide open from episodes earlier about Oceanside, Heath, and that mysterious helicopter.

    The AMC show won't return for the second half of its eighth season until February 25. Keep reading to see what we want answered when the show comes back in 2018.

    1. How will the show move forward without Carl?

    Carl revealed he was bit by a zombie at the end of the mid-season finale. Since the bite was on his side it's not the sort of wound that could get amputated.

    A lot of fans are upset the show would kill off someone who, essentially, becomes the lead protagonist in the comics. Carl has a lot of future storylines in the comics with Negan, a love interest, and his father so it seems weird to toss all of that out the window.

     



    2. Are Aaron and Enid completely screwed?

    Enid and Aaron went to go speak to Oceanside to get them to help fight in the war against Negan. Then Enid went and accidentally killed the group's leader.

    That can't be good.



    3. So was that whole flash-forward scene a dream "what if" scenario of the future?

    If Carl's going to die — and actor Chandler Riggs has confirmed as much— then there's no reason we should hear him speaking to his dad in the flash-forward. 

    If the scene from the season premiere was just a nod to the comics then a lot of people are going to be unhappy. It was clearly thrown in there to throw people off the scent of Carl's future death.



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    roku streaming stick 2017

    • Google and Amazon are fighting, resulting in the removal of the YouTube app from Amazon streaming devices starting January 1, 2018. 
    • Consumers lose in this major corporation fight. 
    • The best way to avoid becoming a victim of this corporate fight is to buy or switch into the Roku non-partisan ecosystem. 
    • Roku has Amazon's and Google's streaming services, including YouTube.

     

    If you haven't heard, Google and Amazon are fighting

    Long story short, Google will remove the extremely popular YouTube app from all of Amazon's Fire TV streaming devices, as well as the Echo Show smart-home device.

    The YouTube "ban" on Amazon devices will go into effect starting January 1, 2018. 

    Google's move is a retaliation against Amazon's refusal to carry Google's products like the Chromecast or Google Home in its online store. Amazon doesn't make its Prime Video streaming service available on Google streaming devices, either. Meanwhile, Google streaming devices don't have an Amazon Prime Video app, but Google offers you ways to cast Prime Video content onto a Google streaming device. Amazon, on the other hand, doesn't allow for casting.

    Amazon seems to have pushed Google too far when Amazon recently dropped Google's Nest smart thermostats from the Amazon store. 

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    At the end of the day, it's us, the consumers, who lose in this fight of the tech behemoths. Those of us who have bought into the Amazon ecosystem lose out on YouTube. And those of us who bought into the Google ecosystem lose out on Amazon's streaming services.

    Considering the popularity of YouTube against Amazon's Prime Video service, it's arguably Amazon Fire TV and Echo Show customers who are losing out the most here. If not Amazon, you can also buy Google's Nest or Home products from Google's website.

    Amazon Fire TV

    All that said, the best thing to do to stay out of this corporate tiff is to buy into the Roku ecosystem. 

    Roku is a non-partisan ecosystem, which means it doesn't have any particular allegiance or preference to either Google or Amazon. I have the Roku home screen up right now on my TV using a new Roku Streaming Stick+, and I have access to both Amazon Prime Video and YouTube, as well as Google Play Movies & TV. And I can cast my YouTube video onto the YouTube app with the Roku Streaming Stick+, too. Once Google removes the YouTube app from Amazon streaming devices, I'll still be able to use the YouTube app on my Roku stick. 

    roku with amazon, youtube and google streaming service

    And for playing music through speakers attached to my TV, Roku has the Spotify app, the Amazon Music app, and a wide variety of other music streaming apps, like Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Sirius XM, and Slacker. Oddly, the Google Play Music app is missing in the Roku app selection. 

    For those looking to buy a new streaming device, I'd absolutely recommend Roku's streaming devices. And if you've already bought Google or Amazon streaming devices, it's not the worst thing in the world to switch. If you own 1080p HD TVs, Roku's Express stick only costs $30. Those with 4K TVs will have a less tempting option with Roku's $70 4K HDR Streaming Stick+, which is a relatively hefty cost when you already own Google or Amazon streaming devices, and it's all in the name of the YouTube app, YouTube casting, or the Amazon Prime Video app. 

    Still, by switching over to Roku, you can avoid being the victim in current or future scuffles between Google and Amazon.

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    Shaquille O'Neal has a career 52.7% free throw percentage. Some say Shaq could have vastly improved his percentage by shooting underhand or "granny style."

    Rick Barry did it, and he wound up the 4th best free throw shooter in NBA history. Even legend Wilt Chamberlain did it for the 1961-62 season, and his percentage improved by 10%.

    We asked Shaq why he refused to shoot underhand, and it turns out he isn't sold on the technique. Following is a transcript of the video.

    Shaquille O'Neal: Because it’s boring.

    Business Insider: But it’s been proven to be somewhat effective.

    O'Neal: No, it’s not. It's not proven. Just 'cause a couple guys did it doesn't mean anybody can do it.

    Rick Barry swore by it and is the fourth best free throw shooter in NBA history.

    I told Rick Barry I’d rather shoot 0% than shoot underhand. I'm too cool for that.

    The underhand free throw creates a softer shot and is easy to repeat. Overhand free throws spin twice on the way to the basket. Underhand shots tend to spin 3 to 4 times. The extra spin helps shots that hit the rim. Even basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain shot "granny style" during the 1961-62 season. His free throw percentage rose by 10.9%

    I think it was the man upstairs’ way to just keep me humble. ‘Cause imagine me with the game that I had, shooting like Steph Curry from the free throw line. I’d probably be a difficult man to deal with because in my mind I would know that I’m the best player ever created.

    Better than Mike, better than Wilt ... so it was just a way to keep me humble. But when it came time to really buckle down and concentrate and you got a whole crowd doubting you and the whole crowd supporting, I always knock ‘em down.

    Shaq's low free throw percentage led to the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy, intentionally fouling players with low free-throw percentages.

    BI: How’s your free throw these days?

    O'Neal: I haven’t shot in about four years. I’m retired.

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    Brothers Cameron (L) and Tyler Winklevoss talk to each other as they attend a New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) virtual currency hearing in the Manhattan borough of New York January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

    • The Winklevoss twins think bitcoin could appreciate 20 times and trounce gold.
    • Others say the cryptocurrency is in a bubble.

     

    Traders in the new bitcoin futures market appear bullish on the red-hot coin.

    Contracts for the January futures contract on Cboe Global Markets were trading well-above the spot market for bitcoin, at over $17,500 a coin on Monday.

    But most traders are nowhere near as bullish as the Winklevoss twins. Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, whose bitcoin holdings are worth more than $1 billion, told Fox Business Monday the coin could reach well above $300,000 a coin.

    “Today it’s about a $300 billion market cap, gold is at $6 trillion, so we think it could very well go up another 20 times from today," Cameron Winklevoss said.

    Bitcoin, he said, could ultimately trounce its earthly rival.

    “We think it’s definitely realistic that it could grow and disrupt gold and maybe even beyond that,” Winklevoss said.

    Bitcoin, which gained 1,500% so far this year, was trading up 8.9% at $16,407% on Monday afternoon. The coin, which is known for its spine-tingling volatility, has traded higher since Cboe's launch of bitcoin futures. The exchange operator is partnered with Gemini, the cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins, for the new market. 

    Still, that hasn't kept naysayers quiet. Some of the most well-respect analysts and economists on Wall Street have said bitcoin is a bubble. In fact, in a note sent out to clients on Monday, UBS Global Chief Economist Paul Donovan referred to bitcoin as the "bubble to end all bubbles." Here's Donovan:

    "Cryptocurrencies only have value if accepted as currencies. However, they cannot be used for the most important transaction in an economy, and cryptocurrency supply can only rise and never fall (making them a poor store of value). To date, using cryptocurrencies requires (effectively) a simultaneous asset sale and purchase of goods or services."

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    • Writer-director Greta Gerwig crafts an authentic high school movie with "Lady Bird."
    • The movie isn't just becoming a box-office hit, but is the best-reviewed movie of all time on Rotten Tomatoes.
    • A big reason for that is the performance by Saoirse Ronan, who delivers a role that is one of the best ever in the coming-of-age genre.


    Greta Gerwig has gone from one of indie film’s most sought-after actresses to now being one of its rising directors.

    Her first solo directing effort, “Lady Bird,” has become the end-of-year FOMO movie thanks to its award season hopes (it received four Golden Globe nominations on Monday), and status as the best-reviewed movie ever on Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of writing it had an astounding 195 "fresh" reviews).

    What has wowed audiences about “Lady Bird” (currently playing in theaters) is its authentic feel focused on coming-of-age and family. These are two things that almost any audience member can relate to.

    Gerwig, who in the early 2000s became the face of the mumblecore genre with her captivating acting talent, also got her own ideas to the screen through writing (a highlight was Noah Baumbach’s 2012 film “Frances Ha”), and codirecting “Nights and Weekends” in 2008 with Joe Swanberg.

    “Lady Bird” is a culmination of the work she’s absorbed in front of and behind the camera throughout her career.

    A semi-autobiographical look at her youth growing up in Sacramento, California, the movie revolves around the senior year of Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (beautifully acted by Saoirse Ronan). Literally living on the wrong side of the tracks, Lady Bird is seeking more than what her current circumstances offer. She wants to live in a better part of town, she wants to lose her virginity to a hot guy, and she wants to go to a college on the East Coast. The latter is the hardest because of her family’s financial situation. Already struggling to pay the bills, things get worse when her dad (Tracy Letts) gets laid off. This puts even more pressure on her mom (Laurie Metcalf) to do it all.

    ladybird2a24Lady Bird is basically Andie in “Pretty in Pink,” but she’s got a lot more guts and doesn’t give a damn what people think about her.

    The center of Gerwig’s story is the relationship between Lady Bird and her mother, which is constantly hot and cold. Conversations with them can jump from happiness to cutthroat hatred in the blink of an eye (or vice versa). It's watching this emotional relationship that leads to the movie's powerful ending.

    And along with drama, Gerwig also gives us a lot of comedy.

    The movie’s 94-minute running time flies by because Gerwig’s pacing is at lightspeed. With jump cuts and brief scenes, Gerwig plows through the story, and with a lot of the fat trimmed, when a meaty scene comes up, it pays off because there is importance to it. These scenes can come in the form of a mother-daughter (or father) chat; Lady Bird navigating her relationship with best friend, Julie (Beanie Feldstein); or exploring love or lack thereof with a boyfriend (Lucas Heges followed by Timothée Chalamet).

    And set in 2002-2003, Gerwig pulls off the nostalgia perfectly by including some great needle drops, including Alanis Morissette’s “Hand in My Pocket,” Bone Thugs N Harmony’s “Crossroads,” Justin Timberlake’s “Cry My A River,” and Dave Matthews Band's “Crash Into Me.”

    Though Gerwig’s talents as a writer-director shine, it’s the casting of Ronan in the lead that makes “Lady Bird” such a memorable work. The layers she gives the character will make the performance go down as one of the best high school characters ever.

    The movie is one of the best teen movies I’ve seen in a long time, you should really find time to see it.

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    Aston Martin RapidE Electric

    • Aston Martin's first electric car, the RapidE, is expected to arrive in 2019. 
    • The vehicle will reportedly cost $255,000, and only 155 will be sold. 
    • Aston Martin's CEO says that the ultra-exclusive car won't compete with Tesla's vehicles because it will be more luxurious than anything the electric carmaker offers. 


    Aston Martin is building an all-electric sedan that the company's CEO claims will be in a league of its own. 

    CEO Andy Palmer said that the new vehicle, called the RapidE, is designed for exclusivity, and he suggested it will be better than anything Tesla has to offer, according to a report from Car and Driver.

    "For me Tesla is a very credible competitor in the premium market, against Daimler, BMW, Audi, and the others. But they’re not in the [upper reaches of the] luxury market where we are," Palmer told Car and Driver.  

    "Most of the people who buy a Model S are buying it fully loaded. They're not limited by their cash; they're limited by the offer. They're not a competitor of ours. We're looking to those people looking for something above Tesla. That customer probably isn't looking for Ludicrous mode. Our offer will have very credible acceleration, equal to a gasoline Aston Martin, but you'll be able to drive the car rapidly all the way around the Nürburgring without it derating or conking out on you."

    Palmer didn't back up his bold claims with any new information about the RapidE, but the British luxury car maker said earlier this year that it plans a limited-edition run of the vehicle for release in 2019. 

    Here's everything else we know about the upcoming electric car so far. 

    SEE ALSO: Elon Musk hints that upgraded Roadster could be able to 'fly short hops'

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    The company will only build 155 RapidE models for release in 2019.

    Aston Martin began taking orders for the vehicle in July, and it claims that it has already sold all of the 155 vehicles to customers, according to the Car and Driver report



    The RapidE concept, which is based on the company's Rapide AMR, is expected to have a range of at least 200 miles per charge and cost about $255,000.

    With only 155 going into production, the RapidE will undoubtedly be ultra-exclusive and pricey. 

    "We've decided to make this car rare, which will obviously tend to push the price higher," Palmer told Reuters in June

    Most major automakers are planning to bring an electric car to market in the next few years, and just about all of them are promising their vehicles will have a range of at least 200 miles per charge. 

    This is the sweet spot for most consumers worried about EV range, so it would make sense that Aston Martin's EV will offer the same or superior range. 



    The carmaker reportedly aims for the RapidE to have 800 hp to 1,000 hp.

    While the company hasn't shared many specifics, Palmer reportedly hinted at what kind of power the car would have during the Bloomberg New Energy Conference in 2015. 

    "We’re talking about an electric Aston Martin with between 800 and 1,000 horsepower — imagine having all that torque on demand," Palmer said at the conference, according to a Bloomberg report



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    Cleveland Browns fans

    • The Cleveland Browns lost again on Sunday, dropping to 0-13 on the season.
    • The Browns gave up 20 unanswered points to end the game.
    • The Browns lost despite having their first two-touchdown lead in two years.


    The Cleveland Browns moved to 0-13 on the season on Sunday with a dramatic, overtime loss to the Green Bay Packers.

    This game was the closest the Browns have been to tasting sweet victory this season. But facing a Green Bay team desperate to keep their playoff hopes alive thanks to the promise of a potential return of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Cleveland couldn't keep up.

    Things started off well enough for the Browns. Josh Gordon scored his first touchdown since his return to the NFL on the team's first drive of the game, and DeShone Kizer and the Browns' offense looking much more competent than fans were accustomed to seeing.

    The Browns had relatively steady offensive production throughout the game and were able to stifle the Packers offense, and entered the fourth quarter of the game at home with a 21-7 lead. According to ESPN's Bill Barnwell, it was the first time the Browns held a two-touchdown, second-half lead since the start of Hue Jackson's tenure as head coach.

    Unfortunately for Cleveland fans, it would once again all fall apart.

    The Packers scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland offense began to falter, producing just two first downs in their two drives in the fourth. Punting with just under three minutes left, the Browns gave up a huge return to Trevor Davis, putting the Packers in a position to tie the game.

    From there, the Packers would do enough to force overtime, with Brett Hundley finding Davante Adams in the end zone with just 17 seconds left.

    The Browns got the ball to start the extra period, and Kizer threw a gut-punching interception on the very first series, putting Green Bay in a position win the game with a field goal. But the Packers would never need to kick it, thanks to Adams once again racing to the end zone for the walk-off touchdown.

    With the comeback win, the Packers breathed new life into their playoff hopes, which had been left dead in the water after Aaron Rodgers went down with an injury earlier in the year. Now, the Packers sit just a game outside the final wild card spot in the NFC, and Rodgers' return is rumored to be imminent. With games against the Panthers, Vikings, and Lions remaining, Rodgers could potentially still lead the Packers to a 10-6 record and a shocking postseason appearance.

    Conversely, with victory so close, the Browns conceding 20 unanswered points in the final periods of the game to lose at home and drop to a dismal 0-13 on the season had to be a demoralizing end to the team's most promising start of the season.

    They only have three shots left at securing a win — next week at home against the Ravens, and then two road games at Chicago and Pittsburgh to finish out the year. While it wouldn't help them in any practical sense, getting rookie Kizer just a taste of winning before his first season is over would likely help give him a bit of confidence that he can play in the NFL.

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