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PARIS/HENIN-BEAUMONT, France (Reuters) - Centrist Emmanuel Macron took a big step toward the French presidency on Sunday by winning the first round of voting and qualifying for a May 7 runoff alongside far-right leader Marine Le Pen.
BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping called for all sides to exercise restraint on Monday in a call with U.S. President Donald Trump, as a nervous South Korea and Japan sought to join drills with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group headed for Korean waters.
SEOUL (Reuters) - Eight North Korean defectors in China face involuntary repatriation after being detained by Chinese police last month, the Human Rights Watch group and a pastor who have been assisting them said on Monday.

Farmdrop FishermanNiklas Zennström, the cofounder and former CEO of Skype, has backed fresh produce delivery startup Farmdrop in a £7 million round through his Atomico fund.

New investors included SwiftKey CEO and cofounder Jon Reynolds, and Saracens Rugby club chairman Nigel Wray. ASOS cofounder Quentin Griffith, a previous backer, also participated in the round.

Farmdrop lets you buy fresh groceries from producers close to you, defining close as "within 150 miles." It competes directly with supermarkets and hands producers a bigger cut than if you bought the same product from a supermarket. The startup said it pays producers a 75% cut, "roughly double" what supermarkets pay. It also claims its food is fresher, because produce is only harvested once a customer`s put in an order.

The food costs a little more — six large, free-range Farmdrop eggs cost £1.90, versus £1.60 from Tesco, but the target is ethical consumers who might be willing to pay that premium.

Food retail is a tough business — just look at the state of the UK`s supermarkets — but Farmdrop founder Ben Pugh told Business Insider his company can compete because its overheads are so much lower.

For example, a supermarket has to maintain a network of physical stores all over the country. Farmdrop has its main office in south London, and a drop-off hub where local producers bring their food. A fleet of drivers deliver the goods in lower-cost electric vans, rather than large diesel lorries.

Farmdrop vans

All of this is only possible because of Farmdrop`s mobile tech, which lets producers manage orders.

"We`ve just tried very hard to use mobile technology to remove all of the cost bases that would be there in a conventional chain," said Pugh. "It unlocks this extremely cost-efficient method of moving food between producers and consumers. In turn, producers get a better deal while consumers get better price points on local produce."

Pugh has had some time to work out a more efficient food delivery model. He previously worked at Morgan Stanley, and said he was involved with Ocado`s IPO. "I spent a lot of time looking at food retailers," he said.

The company only operates in London currently, but will use the funding to expand to Bristol in September.

Zennström said in a statement: "Atomico likes to invest in companies looking to tackle some of the bigger sustainability challenges our planet is facing. That is why we’re incredibly proud to have led Farmdrop’s second investment round.

"They are deploying innovative technology to simplify the food chain and meet the growing demand for more sustainably sourced, local food."

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 35 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amid a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Monday it was in talks about holding joint drills with a U.S. aircraft carrier strike group, as U.S. President Donald Trump called the leaders of Japan and China amid fears North Korea could conduct another nuclear test.
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has recorded a rise in voter support just days after tightening rules for foreigners seeking work and citizenship under an "Australia first" policy, a newspaper poll showed on Monday.
(Reuters) - An American paramedic working for European security watchdog OSCE`s monitoring mission in eastern Ukraine was killed and two others were injured on Sunday when their vehicle struck a mine, triggering a U.S. call for a transparent, timely investigation.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least 30 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to local officials, amid a widespread surge in drug gang violence that has driven murders to a level not seen since 2011.
PARIS (Reuters) - Emmanuel Macron`s camp should perhaps keep the champagne on ice a little longer.

Scott Galloway is a marketing professor at the NYU Stern School of Business and the founder of business intelligence firm L2.

Galloway appears on this week`s episode of The Bottom Line with Henry Blodget and explains how Amazon could eliminate the existence of brands with voice technology. The following is a transcript of the video:

So I think the biggest thing in technology in 2017 is voice. I think Amazon has effectively conspired with voice and technology and half a billion consumers to kill brands.

When you go into a store, you see the packaging, you see the endcaps, you might see pricing go up and down. All of these things that big brands ranging from Unilever and Procter & Gamble to Kraft and Heinz have spent billions of dollars and generations building.

When you begin ordering groceries and things and CPG products via voice on Alexa, all of those things go away. And if you look at search terms on Google and voice commands on Amazon’s Alexa, the percentage of time that brand prefixes are used in a request is declining. So effectively, I think Amazon has declared war — with the backing of 500 million consumers and a lot of cheap capital — on brands. And we will, using our algorithm, find you as good a product for a lesser price. Amazon will figure out in a nanosecond the best deal and most likely trade you into the highest-margin product for them which will be Amazon toothpaste.

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Lincoln has some positive history with the New York Auto Show. In 2015, Ford`s luxury brand unveiled its Continental concept car, and then in 2016, it repeated the move with its Navigator concept.

The Continental is now Lincoln`s flagship sedan, reviving a storied automotive nameplate. We checked it out and were impressed.

The Navigator is just as important — it was the first luxury SUV, hitting the streets in the 1990s. It`s large and in charge, and in 2016 Lincoln showed it as a spectacular yacht-like concept, complete with massive gull wing doors.

What was a concept is a reality. The gullwing doors are gone. But the big Lincoln is still a sight to behold. We saw it at an event right before the 2016 New York Auto Show kicked off.

Have a closer look:

SEE ALSO: The new Lincoln Continental lives up to its name

The 2016 concept car was a stunning show-stealer. Those gull wing doors are NUTS!

The Navigator concept followed the Continental concept, which was one of the stars of the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The Navigator is part of the large SUV segment. Heck, it more or less created the segment.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider
PARIS (Reuters) - The populist tsunami that slammed into Britain last year, before sweeping across the Atlantic to the United States, may have faded on the shores of France on Sunday.
LIMA (Reuters) - Peruvian police are evaluating the possible expulsion of two foreigners for "inciting" rural communities to protest against the Hudbay Minerals mining company, which owns a copper mine in the nation, the country`s interior ministry said on Sunday.


Israel-based startup Otonomo is capitalizing on the fact that cars, once the symbol of American escapism, are becoming repositories of your personal data.

Cars have only become connected to the internet in the last few years, but sensors to support autonomous driving capabilities and smart infotainment consoles are contributing to an influx of data that the auto industry has never seen before.

Big Data is poised to grow even more as automakers pursue fully self-driving vehicles and the government preps to mandate vehicle-to-vehicle communication, allowing future cars to talk with each other while driving.

McKinsey & Co. predicts car data could become a 750 billion industry by 2030.

So it’s no wonder everyone wants a slice of the pie.

"The emergence of new business models and changes in existing ones will not only unlock new customer segments, but will also attract industry newcomers," McKinsey & Co. wrote in its report. "Traditional car manufacturers will be joined by content/service providers, end-to-end mobility providers, infrastructure providers, and insurers in the competition for the connected customer as new services and business models will allow them to access customers in the car and target this new value pool."

That’s where Otonomo comes in.

Founded in 2015, Otonomo uses a cloud solution to collect data, organize it, and sell it to third parties. The startup says it works with 9 major automakers and has a partnership with Mercedes` parent company Daimler, but declined to name the other carmakers using its service.

The startup has raised 40 million in total funding and boasts Steve Girsky, former vice chairman and board member of General Motors, as a backer.

"Google and Apple are the best in the world at monetizing data. They want to do it also in the car and the car guys understand it," Otonomo CEO and co-founder Ben Volkow told Business Insider. "[Automakers] see us as a strategic partner to help play the same game."

Otonomo has 70 partners buying up the data, ranging from players in the retail space and insurance industry, Volkow said. More than 1 million cars on the road are already connected to the Otonomo platform, and that number will rise to 5 million by the end of 2017.

The startup splits whatever it makes selling the data with the the automaker that supplies it. Volkow declined to say exactly how much Otonomo takes away, but said it’s less than half.

The fate of privacy

us dot tests v2v technologyOtonomo is already selling vehicle owners` data, but questions of privacy still remain as cars are set to collect more data going forward.

Currently, Otonomo adheres to the Driver Privacy Act of 2015 that states all data collected by a vehicle is the property of the owner or lessee of that vehicle unless the owner gives explicit consent to share it.

What drivers may not realize is that they have consented to hand over that data simply by agreeing to the terms and services of their infotainment consoles, like Daimler`s COMMAND or General Motors` OnStar.

The McKinsey report found vehicle owners are pretty evenly divided when it comes to sharing this kind of information.

Of the 3,184 respondents surveyed, 55% said they would allow it and 24% said they would not allow it under any circumstances. The other 21% said they would share data that helped improve the car’s product, under the condition it would not be sold to third parties.

That means 45% of people surveyed were opposed to their data being sold to third parties.

How consumers opt in and out of privacy standards may change. The government is looking to mandate V2V communication, allowing cars to communicate about traffic patterns and congestion in the ultimate hope of cutting down accidents.

But as mentioned earlier, that’s going to result in entirely new streams of data being shared and collected.

The Federal Trade Commission and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will discuss the privacy and security issues related to V2V on June 28. (The public comment period on the topic closed Thursday.)

The government will also have to address consumer privacy when it comes to self-driving vehicles. NHTSA released federal guidelines for the vehicles in September that include a safety assessment for consumer privacy, but has yet to propose regulations.

Still, there may be instances where consumers want to share certain kinds of data, similar to how people use their smartphones today. For example, drivers may elect to share their location to get alerts about open parking spots nearby.

Volkow mentioned other ways an open data platform could improve the driving experience. Otonomo can monitor everything from tire pressure to battery life, meaning it can inform a driver they need to see a mechanic before a car breaks down.

For self-driving cars, fleet managers could receive alerts if there`s problem and program the car to drive back to its home base for further evaluation.

"[Car manufacturers] will need to give you the visibility somehow to see what is being done with your data and how to control it," Volkow said. "But I think in many places there’s a strong motivation for you to give it."

SEE ALSO: Self-driving cars are prone to hacks — and automakers are barely talking about it

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SEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea said on Sunday it was ready to sink a U.S. aircraft carrier to demonstrate its military might, in the latest sign of rising tension as U.S. President Donald Trump prepared to call the leaders of China and Japan.
AMMAN (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nine people were killed in what prosecutors said on Sunday was a gun battle between rival drug gangs in the mountains of Mexico`s west coast state of Michoacan.
DAKAR (Reuters) - A Congolese rights group has written to the attorney general to demand a criminal investigation into a Reuters report that most of the money from fees for printing new passports goes overseas.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump will speak on Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity, with North Korea expected to be discussed.
PARIS (Reuters) - Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency after coming first and second in Sunday`s first round of voting, according to multiple projections.

Ford Focus RS Drive

Wannabe racers can rejoice. Ford brought its 350-horsepower "hot hatch" Focus RS from Europe to the US. The RS went on sale last year, and for about 36,000, you`ll be hard-pressed to find a more trackworthy ride that can also serve as a daily driver and errand-runner.

I headed up to the Monticello Motor Club, about a two hour drive from where I live in New Jersey, to check out the RS in its preferred environment: on a race track.

And who did I find up in the lovely Catskills on a glorious afternoon? Why, none other than Ben Collins, who was once the "Stig" on the hit BBC car show "Top Gear." He was out of his anonymous white full-face helmet and racing suit and kitted out in blue Ford Performance threads. He was on hand to truly put the RS through its paces, with merciless hot laps on half the MMC`s course.

I got my crack at the car afterwards. Was it any good?

Read on:

The Monticello Motor Club is located about two hours north of New York City. It`s nestled among quiet country roads.

The speed limit is 40 mph outside. It`s rather more than that on the track.

If you don`t look hard, you might miss it.

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French voters have voted on Sunday in the first round of the French presidential elections, qualifying centrist Emmanuel Macron and Far-Right Leader Marine Le Pen for the run-off set to be held on May 7.

Macron won 23.7 percent of the votes, while Le Pen won 21.7 percent.

Macron is the founder of En Marche (Let’s Go), he usually presents himself as an “energetic outsider”. Macron has held several positions as he served for two years as Deputy Secretary-General for the current president and was a former investment banker.

Defeated rival Francois Fillon has already endorsed Macron.

Le Pen has been the leader of the National Front since 2011. She has attempted to soften the far-right’s policies and to distance her party from a history that is full with anti-Semitism. However, she is explicitly against immigrants and refugees.

Le Pen described the results of the first round as “historic”.

French voters voted for Macron and Le Pen out of 11 candidates. This is thought to be the most unpredictable elections in France as the rates are rather close.

The turnout in these elections has reached about 80 percent, nearly the same as 2012. These elections are deemed as a clear deviation from the usual competition between leftists and centre-right parties in France.

KABUL (Reuters) - Eight days after the U.S. military dropped its largest ever conventional bomb on suspected Islamic State fighters in eastern Afghanistan, Taliban militants breached an army base in the north of the country and killed scores of local soldiers.
(Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May`s Conservatives have a 22 point lead over Labour, an ICM poll said on Sunday ahead of a general election on June 8.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany approved just under 48 percent of asylum applications from Afghan migrants in the first two months of 2017, down from close to 78 percent in 2015, the Passauer Neue Presse German newspaper reported on Sunday.
PARIS (Reuters) - Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen are set to face each other in a May 7 runoff for the French presidency after coming first and second in Sunday`s first round of voting, early projections indicated.

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What happens in your inbox doesn`t always stay there.

In fact, one stupid email from your work account can have serious real-world consequences.

"Email can be a wonderfully efficient time-saving tool — if used properly," Michael Kerr, an international business speaker and author of "The Humor Advantage" told Business Insider.

"Unfortunately, survey after survey reveals that email has also become the bane of many a workplace, often cited as one of the top sources of workplace stress, both because of the sheer volume of email and because how people misuse email. So as a general rule of thumb, before you hit the send button always ask yourself if this is a message that you need to send, period, and if this is a message that would be better delivered in person or over the phone."

Don`t let your email habits land you in hot water. Make sure to avoid sending these materials over your work account, point blank:

SEE ALSO: 6 things you should never store on your work computer

Excessively large videos or photos

"Yes, that cat video you shot last weekend is hilarious, but most of your colleagues will not appreciate an email than takes ten minutes to download and open," Kerr said.

Chain letters

You`re not a tween living in the early 2000s. You shouldn`t be sending chain emails in general — especially not over your work email.

"You know the ones — those goofy chain letter requests you receive from cousin Ralph on your home computer telling you to forward this email on to 14 more people so good luck will fall your way," Kerr said. "They are annoying and unprofessional in a work context."

Inappropriate humor

"Inappropriate humor — especially sexist or racist humor, which will easily come back to bite you, in some cases resulting in employees facing severe reprimands or even dismissal," Kerr said.

In fact, it`s probably better to be careful about the jokes in general. Your inbox isn`t the place to workshop your new material, so skip on bombarding your colleagues with silly emails.

"Yes, humor in the workplace is a fabulously invaluable thing that any workplace can benefit greatly from, but when your colleagues already feel buried under a pile of never-ending emails, adding to the deluge is rarely appreciated," Kerr said.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider
ROME (Reuters) - An Italian prosecutor has evidence of phone calls between Libyan people smugglers and aid groups operating rescue boats, he told newspaper La Stampa, amid growing criticism of non-governmental groups saving refugees off the Libyan coast.
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Russia has hacked the Danish defense and gained access to employees` emails in 2015 and 2016, NATO member Denmark`s defense minister told newspaper Berlingske on Sunday.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has met on Sunday with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh to discuss mutual cooperation fields.

According to a presidential statement, Al-Sisi and Salman have agreed on developing bilateral relations between the two countries to combat terrorism. They also agreed on enhancing investments.

On Friday, Egyptian presidency released a statement saying that they both are set to discuss regional and international issues.

Al-Sisi has visited Saudi Arabia in response to an invitation extended by Salman earlier this month during the Arab League Summit that was held in Jordan.

The current visit of Al-Sisi to Saudi Arabia is the eighth since he became the state head in 2014.

Al-Sisi’s visit is the first after the tension that had taken over the bilateral relations between the two countries in October 2016. The tension between the two countries started in the UN Security Council when Egypt had voted in favour of two rival resolutions regarding peace in Syria.

The first resolution was filed by France and backed by Saudi Arabia and the second one was filed by Russia. Saudi Arabia described Egypt’s voting in favour of the Russian resolution as “painful”.

Two days following the voting, Saudi’s oil company of Aramco suspended its oil shipments to Egypt.

In March, Aramco resumed the shipments and the relations have started to warm again.

Several analysts believe that the United States President Donald Trump orchestrated the restoration of warm relations between Cairo and Riyadh, as they are both close allies to Washington.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally told Uber CEO Travis Kalanick that the Uber app violated Apple`s privacy rules, and threatened to remove Uber from Apple`s App Store, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

The issue in the reported early-2015 meeting was that Uber was tracking iPhones after they had been wiped and the Uber app had been deleted — something Uber was doing to combat driver fraud in China.

Apple didn`t like that, and believed it violated its privacy policy for the App Store. “So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,” Cook reportedly told Kalanick. 

If Apple were to stop carrying the Uber app, the multi-billion dollar startup would lose access to millions of its most valuable customers. 

In fact, Uber went so far as to write software that ensured that anyone accessing Uber from Apple`s headquarters would see a different version of the app without the bits of code that tracked iPhones after they had been wiped, a practice called "geofencing." 

But Apple engineers were able to spot that something wasn`t right with the Uber app at Apple headquarters, and escalated the issue, which led to the meeting between Kalanick and Cook, according to the Times. 

Kalanick was reportedly "shaken" by the meeting with Cook, but the relationship between the two men and companies seems fine today. Cook and Kalanick were spotted mugging for the camera together at last year`s Met Ball, for example, and the Uber app is still available on Apple`s App Store. 

The entire profile of Travis Kalanick by the New York Times` Mike Issac is absolutely worth a read. 

SEE ALSO: Waymo says Uber is involved in a `cover up`

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BI Reviews Galaxy S8 Headphones 4x3

Let’s be clear here: Don’t buy a smartphone because of the headphones in its box. Buy a smartphone because it’s fast, or because it takes great photos, or because you think it looks cool.

Unless it comes with a pair that’s truly spectacular, you should judge your phone on its merits as a phone.

With that said, one of the many things Samsung has touted about its new Galaxy S8 phones is the pair of earbuds that come packaged along with them. The company says they’re a 99 value on their own, and that their sound has been tuned by AKG, an audio-focused subsidiary that Samsung acquired as part of its big Harman deal last year.

All of which is to say that Samsung thinks the Galaxy S8’s earbuds are a cut above the cheapo pairs that are often are saddled with other smartphones.

After two weeks of testing, I can say Samsung isn’t wrong: The AKG-branded earbuds are sharper sounding and more competently put together than most freebie extras. They run circles around Apple’s EarPods, by far the most ubiquitous of all bundled earbuds, in the sound department, meaning Samsung can flaunt at least one victory in its self-professed “dream to overcome” the iPhone maker.

galaxy s8 headphonesCompared to the EarPods, the sound of the Galaxy S8’s earbuds is much more balanced. That’s not a particularly high bar to clear: The iPhone’s pair has long emphasized the bass and low-end above all else, oftentimes to the point where it overwhelms the rest of a track. The Galaxy S8’s earbuds are far tidier — they focus mainly on the mids, with a bit of a boost to the upper bass, but they don’t go out of their way to make sure you hear one frequency no matter what.

With a hip-hop track like Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” for instance, the EarPods’ bass has more oomph, but it’s blobby, and it helps make the rest of the instrumentation feel muddied together. The Galaxy S8’s earbuds still get you a fair amount of low-end thump, but it’s more restrained, and the vocals come off as crisper and better-defined.

They also bring much more clarity. The EarPods’ big shortcoming is how much they “veil” the highs and mids, making it sound like a fog has been cast over much of any given song. On a rocker like Phoenix’s “1901,” just about everything but the bass drum sounds duller and boomier than it does with the Galaxy S8’s earbuds. When the chorus hits, there’s an alright sense of energy, but it’s harder to pick out and separate the various pieces of the instrumentation. The Galaxy S8’s earbuds do better to catch everything being thrown at it.

galaxy s8 headphonesAll that said, beating out the EarPods isn’t the grandest accomplishment. The Galaxy S8’s earbuds are impressive for a freebie pair, but they aren’t “premium,” as Samsung has said. Though they deserve praise for rarely sounding harsh and not going nuts with the bass, they don’t provide the sort of liveliness and sparkle that the best earbuds in the 99 range do.

On a metal thrasher like Baroness’ “The Sweetest Curse,” the vocals, guitar leads, and snare drums all feel like they live on the same level, and the transitions from verse to chorus don’t really bloom the way they should. Something like the 1More Triple Driver — which sounds like it could cost 200 — gives a better sense of dynamics. Samsung’s earbuds also can’t dig as far into the lower-bass and, especially, the highs, which keeps most songs from feeling as detailed as they do with the 1More. There’s less depth.

The physical design of the Galaxy S8’s earbuds, what with its rubber and plastic eartips, doesn’t exactly scream “premium” either. (The 1More is made of a nicer metal, to continue that comparison.) It’s not the clearest at taking calls, either.

galaxy s8 headphonesStill, it’s not bad: The fabric cable is nice; there’s a nifty three-button remote (though you can’t adjust volume on iOS); and you get three different-sized eartips in the box. The whole thing is light and comfortable enough — as always, your mileage may vary — and, best of all, it fits nice and snug in the ear. The earbuds can’t block out everything, but they let in and leak out less noise than the “unsealed” design of the EarPods.


If Samsung ever makes the Galaxy S8’s earbuds available as a standalone purchase, I’d pass. They’re totally inoffensive, but the 1More is superior in every way, and something like Xiaomi’s Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD provides similar quality for half the price.

Viewed in the context of other pack-in headphones, though, Samsung has done well. Though it isn’t the first phone maker to pay attention to audio, it’s still giving millions of soon-to-be Galaxy S8 buyers a perfectly competent pair of beater earbuds. If you’re coming from an older iPhone or Galaxy device, enjoy the upgrade. Here’s hoping this trend continues.

SEE ALSO: Samsung`s Galaxy S8 could make the future of headphones messier

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NAIROBI (Reuters) - Gunmen wounded Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann at her conservation park on Sunday in the latest of a string of attacks during land invasions in drought-stricken northern Kenya, which residents say are intensifying as August polls approach.
PARIS (Reuters) - France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that could define the future of the European Union, and is sure to be seen as a gauge of the anti-establishment anger that has brought upsets in Western politics.

Travis Kalanick

For a long time, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick would only use his company`s car service to get around. He would even moonlight as a driver once in awhile.

But ever since an incident occurred between he and an Uber driver in February, where their heated discussion about fare prices was filmed and posted on the internet for the world to see, Kalanick has since hired his own private driver, according to a New York Times` exposé on the Uber CEO.

After the video of his argument with an Uber driver went viral, Kalanick sent a memo to Uber employees apologizing for his behavior and vowing to get “leadership help.”

Here’s the full text of Kalanick’s memo, as shared by Uber’s blog:

By now I`m sure you`ve seen the video where I treated an Uber driver disrespectfully. To say that I am ashamed is an extreme understatement. My job as your leader is to lead…and that starts with behaving in a way that makes us all proud. That is not what I did, and it cannot be explained away. 

It`s clear this video is a reflection of me—and the criticism we`ve received is a stark reminder that I must fundamentally change as a leader and grow up. This is the first time I`ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it.

I want to profoundly apologize to Fawzi, as well as the driver and rider community, and to the Uber team.


You can watch the original video of Kalanick`s argument with an Uber driver here:

Despite the many recent scandals surrounding Uber lately, company board member Arianna Huffington said last month that Kalanick doesn`t need to worry about his job safety

SEE ALSO: Apple CEO Tim Cook once personally threatened to kick Uber out of the App Store

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LONDON (Reuters) - More holidays, a burka ban and an end to hard Brexit - just some of the policies Britain`s opposition parties hope will prevent an overwhelming election victory by Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May in June.
COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - The anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party on Sunday chose a tough-talking former member of Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservatives and an economist to lead its campaign for a September election in a line-up likely to drag the group further right.

Ted SarandosAround 2013, Netflix began to see the writing on the wall: The days of licensing a back catalog of great TV shows for dirt cheap were numbered.

The TV and film industry titans were realizing how valuable streaming rights were, which meant that getting them would become increasingly difficult over time for Netflix, especially as more services jumped into the market.

Netflix made the decision that it would have to start making its own shows and movies, starting with “House of Cards.”

It worked.

The huge investment Netflix has made in “originals” over the last few years — 6 billion in 2017 alone — has paid off in a string of hits that have not only won fan loyalty, but also gotten the internet buzzing over and over again. Netflix even won a best drama Golden Globe this year for “The Crown,” its costume drama about the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

But since "House of Cards," the question hasn`t really been whether Netflix is producing some great shows, but whether Netflix originals are worth the gargantuan sums of money the company is plunking down to make them. “The Crown,” for instance, cost a reported 130 million.

But on Netflix’s earnings call this week, Netflix content boss Ted Sarandos made comments that should, on that front, give investors a boost of confidence. Sarandos said the amount of money Netflix is investing in originals is “pretty consistent” with the amount of hours people spend watching them.

“That’s why we’ve said before that the investment in original programming has been efficient,” Sarandos said. “That’s what we mean: Relative to what else you’d spend the money on, versus the hours of viewing.”

So, broadly speaking, every dollar Netflix spends on original programming gets it the same amount of watching hours that a dollar spent on licensed content would. And that’s why Sarandos later said Netflix isn’t driving toward a specific percentage of original programming.

That is a deceptively important statement from Sarandos. Why? Because it means that Netflix’s forward-looking thesis that a global TV network, without ads, delivered directly over the internet, is efficient — or at least as efficient as Netflix`s previous model of being an online library of other people’s old shows and movies.

And Netflix isn’t the only one to have noticed. Rival Amazon is set to spend an estimated 4.5 billion on video this year, according to JPMorgan, and has also characterized spending on lavish original shows as “efficient.”

"`The Grand Tour’ is an expensive show but it’s well worth it,” Amazon Studios chief Roy Price said recently of the new show from the team behind "Top Gear." Reports pegged the cost at 250 million for three seasons.

“It’s actually efficient and good economics,” Price contended.

Only time will tell whether Netflix and Amazon execs are simply blowing smoke. But if true, those comments should make investors bullish on the prospects of the streaming giants, as they try and turn themselves into the first truly global TV networks.

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Super Mario 64

The 1990s were quite a time.

Somewhere between "Space Jam," the Backstreet Boys and Rock the Vote!, Nintendo released its Nintendo 64 game console.

Despite its many, many shortcomings, the Nintendo 64 is home to some of Nintendo`s most beloved games: "Super Mario 64," "GoldenEye 007," "The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time," and many more.

Having spent many of my formative years with the Nintendo 64, I have a lifelong affinity for the console.

The owner of this highly-customized Chevy 1500 van, however, is clearly a much bigger fan. This is a far cry from your parents` old Dodge Grand Caravan with a flip-down TV screen.

Take a tour of the custom Nintendo 64 van, straight from our mid-`90s dreams.

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The van`s not a looker.

It`s even got a sun-beaten roof.

But inside, it`s a whole other world: The world of September 1996!

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PARIS (Reuters) - France voted on Sunday in the first round of a bitterly fought presidential election that could define the future of the European Union, and is sure to be seen as a gauge of the anti-establishment anger that has brought upsets in Western politics.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel`s conservatives has risen to its highest level in two years in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany`s most populous state, albeit on a par with its main opposition, a poll showed on Sunday.


Lebanese activists have staged their campaigns to abort the controversial rape law that allows rapists to walk free if they married their victims.

The Lebanese Parliament is set to discuss the elimination of this article from the penal code in a session to be held on May 15. A proposal to scrap the article 522 had been introduced last year and got accepted in February. Activists hope that the Parliament will vote in favor of the elimination of this article.

About 30 wedding dresses were hung from nooses between palm trees on Beirut’s seafront, as a symbolic rejection of the current law that is thought to fail the victim from obtaining her rights.

Lebanese Minister of Women’s Affairs Jean Oghassabian strongly condemned the current law, and described it as being from “the stone age”.

Lebanon is not the only country in the Arab world that suffers from the rape law that gives privileges to rapists. However, Egypt, Iraq, and Morocco have repealed these laws that allow rapists to escape punishments.


There is no law that is specified to rape in Mauritania. However, rape cases are dealt with in the context of adultery charges and punishments.

In Mauritania, the rapist has to admit the rape incident in order to be proved guilty, or four men have to testify that they saw the rape incident. In the absence of these proofs, there will be no trial for the rapist.


Women who get raped in Sudan may not always be able to file a complaint against the rapists. Unless the victims provide sufficient proofs that the incident happened against their wills, they may get arrested on charges of adultery and extramarital relationships.

Syria and Bahrain

No legal pursuance for rapists if they married their victims


Rapists will not be charged if they married their victim. However, the charges will not be dropped if the rapist divorced the victim in less than three years after marriage unless he shows a strong reason for the divorce, or when the victims obtain the divorce by a court ruling.


Rapists can escape trial if they married their victims. Several rights groups have campaigned to cancel this article from the Algerian law. They claim that girls are forced to marry their rapists.

Silicon Valley

Starring in HBO`s "Silicon Valley" hasn`t changed how Martin Starr or Kumail Nanjiani view social media.

But as the show enters its fourth season, the two recognize that social media, particularly Twitter, has changed a lot in the last four years. 

"A lot of times it seems like social media has devolved into people just yelling at each other and not really conversing," said Nanjiani in an interview with Business Insider. 

Nanjiani, an active Twitter user with over a million followers, largely tweets about politics with a little bit of the HBO show, which debuts this Sunday, thrown in. However, Nanjiani says that he`s stopped paying attention to messages sent to him for his own mental health, he said. Starr, who tweets way less frequently than Nanjiani, also has a hard time tolerating what Twitter, and its fellow social networks, have become.

Nanjiani originally thought the "great promise" of social media would be people of different backgrounds being able to converse with people that they wouldn`t normally have access to. 

"The flip side, and we’re seeing a lot of that, is people finding other people who agree with them and who sort of reinforce their narrow beliefs and then people just getting stronger and stronger in their beliefs and are not really having a conversation," Nanjiani said.

"It’s hard too because 160 characters, or 140 characters, isn’t the best way to communicate. So it’s not a forum for communication," Starr added. "It was almost destined to fail as far as open dialogue is concerned."

.@BarackObama Also @BarackObama you said you hadn`t watched Silicon Valley but were gonna do it when you had time. This is me following up on that also.

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) April 21, 2017

Nanjiani continued: "I think it was more designed for people to just send out little thoughts, little thoughts, little thoughts. And then it sort of became so popular that people are trying to use it for conversation, but as Martin is saying, Twitter is just not the best mode for actually having a well-reasoned discussion mostly because of the character limit. That’s not what it was designed for I think."

"Unfortunately a lot of people don’t seek outside their bubble and there’s a chance that retweeting something or spreading something that penetrated my life or make me think outside my box or, a lot of the time, reinforced feelings that I already had about what was going on, but we should all be aware of — sharing that is valuable," Starr said. "But I can only handle so much before I get sick."

The new season of Silicon Valley debuts on HBO on Sunday, April 23rd at 10pm eastern/9pm central time.

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You may not know your neighbors by name, but you can at least know them by education level.

Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University, has created an interactive dot map visualizing US neighborhoods by educational attainment.

Each dot represents between 25-500 people over the age of 25, and each is color-coded based on how far those people have gone in school. Blue dots are graduate degrees, green are bachelor`s, yellow are some college, orange are high school, and red is everything short of high school.

The map helps to solidify what are, for most people, likely abstract concepts. They confirm people with less education tend to live in the outer boroughs around Manhattan, for example, and that a single highway can separate rich and poor.

Here`s how the maps shake out in various cities across the US.

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The San Francisco Bay Area is marked by high levels of education in Berkeley gradually shifting to less education further south in Oakland. Across the Bay, San Francisco is made up largely of graduate degrees — except for a pocket of red in Chinatown.

New York City residents cluster blue in Manhattan and affluent parts of Brooklyn but get less educated deeper into the outer boroughs. On the island, blue dots begin to fade into green and yellow near 100th St., as it turns into Harlem.

Walker`s map reveals stark differences in Los Angeles, where Beverly Hills and West Hollywood are all green and blue, while downtown LA and east LA contain a heavy concentration of high school dropouts.

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ACHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan (Reuters) - The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon`s power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted.
MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Heavy two-way traffic of carts carrying children, clothes, and the elderly crowded the main Baghdad-Mosul road on Sunday as hundreds of Iraqis fled heavy fighting or made their way back to areas seized back from Islamic State.

biomedical engineer

Daria Hazuda, Merck`s vice president of infectious disease discovery and chief scientific officer of MRL Cambridge Exploratory Science Center, is a 25-year industry veteran.

That means the researcher has been in drug discovery — the earliest stage of the drug development process — long enough to see her fair share of successes, like the development of treatments for HIV, as well as failures. 

But of all the years of innovation and cutting-edge ideas she`s experienced, she told Business Insider that right now is the best time to be in the field.

"Today is the most exciting time to be in the biological sciences," she told Business Insider. 

That`s for a few reasons, she said. 

  • There`s been an explosion of new research on the microbiome, or the microorganisms that live in and on our bodies that play a role in our overall health, compared to five years ago when there was just a trickle of new developments. 
  • Then there`s CRISPR, the groundbreaking gene-editing tool that could one day manipulate cells to create new therapies. 
  • There`s also been better research on the immune system, which in turn is helping build a better understanding of infectious diseases, Hazuda said.
  • Research in to infectious disease biology, the research Hazuda works on, is now expanding beyond pathogens (the bacteria, viruses or other organisms that cause disease). Now, Hazuda and other researchers are learning more about entire "constellations of organisms," such as mosquitoes or zebra fish. These external creatures could be an important piece of human health, even if they`re not inside the body, she said. 

But even with these developments, there`s still a lot we don`t know about the biological sciences, Hazuda said. It`s why her employer Merck set up a video in which the company asked people what inventions they can`t wait for. Very few mentioned new ways to treat diseases.   

"It`s important for people to understand that there are still amazing discoveries that are yet to be made," she said. "What looks crazy today will become routine in the future." 

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HBO`s "Silicon Valley," which returns to the air tonight, is hilarious, but it`s also committed to authenticity — even if it means things get weird sometimes.

To get there, showrunner Mike Judge and his crew employ consultants and even a few real-life startups — in addition to reading tech news from sites, including Business Insider — just to make sure things can be as real as possible.

That means going beyond a few nerdy in-jokes and reflecting the real culture of the actual Silicon Valley, capital of the tech world.

Here`s how "Silicon Valley" gets the little things right so it can make some big jokes:

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The thing with HBO`s "Silicon Valley" is that it`s packed to the brim with little, authentic details that make it sometimes feel almost too real. People in San Francisco and the real Silicon Valley often joke that it feels more like a drama than a comedy.

Right off the bat, "Silicon Valley" nailed the look and feel of the massive campuses of tech titans like Google — the fictional Hooli has a very Google-y aesthetic.

That`s down to Hooli`s ridiculous kitchens, which mirror those of Silicon Valley`s most perk-happy companies ...

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