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The Marine Corps are currently testing a new robot called the multi-utility tactical transport (MUTT). MUTT is controlled remotely by a simple tablet and joystick, and future versions may even be completely autonomous. 

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PARIS/CHATELLERAULT, France (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen`s bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when her designated stand-in as National Front party leader stood down to defend himself against charges he shares the views of Holocaust deniers.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union leaders at a Brexit summit on Saturday will give a formal undertaking to embrace the British province of Northern Ireland in the EU if a referendum unites the island, diplomats said on Friday.

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While Amazon has given back a chunk of its early gains, it`s still up 1.7% at 933.50 a share as of 1:05 p.m. ET. The company reported better than expected earnings and revenue following Thursday`s closing bell.

Amazon earned an adjusted 1.48 per share, well ahead of 1.07 that Wall Street was expecting. Its revenue of 35.71 billion edged out the 35.3 billion that was anticipated.

In a note sent out to clients on Friday, Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju raised his price target for Amazon from 1,050 to 1,100, implying an upside potential of almost 18%. He maintained his "Outperform" rating on the stock.

Additionally, Ju reminded investors that Amazon is much more than a retailer, and that it owns one of the world`s biggest cloud computing providers, Amazon Web Services. He said that while AWS growth is slowing, it`s still going strong.

Amazon reported 3.7 billion in AWS revenue during its latest quarter, a 43% increase from the same period a year ago. Despite the impressive numbers, growth has now slowed for seven straight quarters.

However, there is an important silver lining with regards to AWS — more people are using it. Here`s Ju (emphasis ours):

"Given greater headwinds from price decreases, that FX neutral revenue growth for AWS remained at 43% suggests that usage actually accelerated – this ties with the outsized growth in unearned revenue reported on the 4Q16 results. As we have noted then, this speaks to the increasing growth in customer bookings and hence what we expect to be a more moderate pace of deceleration on a go-forward basis."

Ju said that there are three reasons to buy Amazon stock: 

  1. "Re-establishment of e-commerce segment operating margin expansion as Amazon grows into its larger infrastructure."
  2. "Ongoing margin benefit due to shipping loss moderation."
  3. "Upward bias to AWS revenue forecasts and likely more moderate deceleration path as suggested by ongoing capital intensity in the business."

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fyre festival

Fyre Festival was intended to be a luxurious weekend of music and partying on the white-sand beaches of Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Blink-182, Major Lazer, Migos, Tyga, and Disclosure were among the artists who were slated to perform, according to the festival`s promotions.

A host of supermodels had promoted it on social media, including Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid.

What happened instead was a disaster of epic proportions, with attendees c0mplaining of half-built tents, inadequate food and drink, and canceled performances.

Thousands of guests have been stranded as they wait for organizers to arrange flights back to Miami. 

The event organizers issued a statement on their social media channels.

But according to the Wall Street Journal, there had been concerns about whether the event would be taking place for weeks. Its organizers had reportedly missed several payments owed to performers, though they seemed to have caught up recently. Some attendees were becoming nervous that they had few logistical details had been communicated to them. Sources told the WSJ that contractors worried about the organizers` lack of festival experience. 

According to a statement Business Insider received from the Stephen Starr-led Starr Catering Group, which had been contracted to provide food services to the Fyre Festival, agreements with the event`s organizers had been terminated earlier in April.

"After careful consideration, Starr Catering Group realized that there were significant business issues that could not be resolved and would not allow them to deliver a premium food and beverage experience that met Starr`s exceedingly high standards," the statement reads. 

Starr terminated its contact with Fyre Media, the company behind the event, on April 2. It is unclear whether Fyre Media struck up another agreement with a different catering company prior to the start of Fyre Festival.  

"To resolve any confusion, Starr Catering is not providing any catering services at the Fyre Festival," Starr Catering Group`s CEO, Simon Powles, said in a statement. 

Many guests complained on Twitter about the quality of the food and accommodations.

So they charged 10k and this is what people got in return??? #FyreFestival !?? Is this for real??? pic.twitter.com/XizkpbNubm

— purplemiami (@purplemiami) April 28, 2017

The festival was put on by the rapper Ja Rule and Billy McFarland, a tech entrepreneur. They launched the entertainment startup Fyre Media in 2015. McFarland previously founded Magnises, a social-networking startup that charges members a 250 annual fee for discounted access to exclusive events. After speaking to several current and former Magnises members earlier this year, Business Insider revealed that the startup had not been delivering on the perks it was advertising.

Tickets ranged in cost from 450 to 12,000, but the WSJ reported that they could cost as much as 250,000 depending on the amenities. 

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Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said in a speech during his meeting with Pope Francis on Friday that Egypt is on the front line in combating terrorism.

“Egypt’s people endure and pay the price to stop the dangers of terrorism. However, we are holding on to our unity,” said Al-Sisi.

The president asserted the importance of international cooperation to eradicate terrorism. He praised the Pope’s efforts to create a continuous dialogue with the religious institutions in Egypt after it had stopped for several years.

Sisi went on to say that the connection between Egypt’s Al-Azhar and the Catholic Church will boost the religious dialogue and combat calls for radicalism and extremism.

Pope Francis has also visited Pope Tawadros II, the holy synod of Egypt’ Coptic Orthodox Church, to sign an agreement that ends a longtime disagreement between the two churches over the sacrament of baptism.

The Coptic Orthodox Church currently requires those who are newly joining from most non-Coptic churches to undergo a new baptism, including Catholics who have been previously baptized.

The two popes prayed at St. Peter and St. Paul, where a deadly bombing occurred in December 216, killing 29. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State (IS).

“Peaceful worshipers were killed here. Your pain is our pain, your holy blood unites us,” Pope Francis said.

Elon Musk

During an onstage interview at the TED 2017 conference, Elon Musk defended his presence on President Trump`s economic advisory council — a controversial move for the Tesla CEO, especially in the eyes of progressive activists.

The council, which meets every month or two, discusses a range of issues, and Musk says he brings something unique to the table.

"In the meetings I’ve had thus far, I`ve argued in favor of immigration and in favor of climate change," he told TED curator Chris Anderson onstage. "That wasn’t on the agenda before. Maybe nothing will happen, but at least the words were said."

Musk discussed a wide range of topics during the 30-minute interview, including his new tunnel boring company (the Boring Company), SpaceX, Tesla, flying cars, and the reason why he wants to see a city on Mars.

"It’s important to have a future that’s inspiring and appealing. There have to be reasons you get up in the morning and want to live," he said. "If the future does not include being out there among the stars and being a multi-planet species, I find that incredibly depressing."

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk was arguably the biggest tech titan to speak at the 2017 TED conference.

During an onstage interview with TED curator Chris Anderson, Musk explained why he`s focused on underground transportation (through Hyperloop and his new tunnel boring company, the Boring Company) instead of flying cars.

According to Musk, the main challenges with flying cars are that they`ll be noisy and generate lots of wind because of the downward force required to keep them in the air. Plus, there`s an anxiety factor.

"Let`s just say if something is flying over your head...that is not an anxiety-reducing situation," he said. "You don’t think to yourself `Well, I feel better about today. You’re thinking…`Is it going to come off and guillotine me as it comes flying past?`

Later in the interview, Anderson asked Musk whether other automakers were attempting to follow in Tesla`s footsteps with electric vehicles. "I think almost every automaker has some electric vehicle program. Some are serious about transitioning entirely to electric," he said. "Apparently, in order to motivate BMW executives, they showed a picture of me."

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This new type of vessel could change watercraft. The landing craft is a new innovation created by Hard Drive Marine. An automatic gate unfolds from the bow of the vessel, to allow for almost immediate boarding and disembarking.

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Tesla electric semi truck teaser

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the company`s semi-truck will be able to outperform diesel trucks on the road today during his TED Talk on Friday.

Musk, who revealed a teaser image of the electric semi for the very first time, said he has taken a prototype for a spin in Tesla`s parking lot.

"This will be a very spry truck. You can drive this around like a sports car," he said. 

The company will reveal the electric, semi-truck in September. Tesla is also building an electric pick-up truck that will be unveiled in 18 to 24 months.

Musk said Tesla is looking to prove than an electric truck can outperform a diesel truck when it comes to range and torque even with the added weight of a battery.

"With the Tesla semi we want to show that an electric truck can out torque any diesel semi," he said.

Musk first announced the semitruck project in his "Master Plan, Part Deux," released last July. Jerome Guillen, Tesla`s vice president of programs, is leading the company`s semitruck product.

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libyan naval forces captured two vessels suspected of smuggling oil from the North African country after gun battles lasting several hours west of the capital Tripoli, a spokesman for the service said on Friday.
ANKARA (Reuters) - Austria should turn back from its "wrong policy" regarding Turkey`s talks of joining the European Union, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.
PARIS/CHATELLERAULT, France (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen`s bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when the man named interim head of her National Front party stood down to defend himself against charges he shares the views of Holocaust deniers.
TIRANA (Reuters) - Albania`s Socialist party used its majority in parliament to force through the election of a new president of the Balkan country on Friday, leaving its politics polarized as the opposition maintains a two-month-old boycott.

Shares of Amazon have come a long way since the company`s 1997 initial public offering. Since then, Amazon shares have sky rocketed 48,197% from their May 15, 1997 debut of 18 a share.

Before Amazon was the "Everything Store" it was an online book store. Back in 1997, consumers still overwhelmingly  preferred to buy books at brick-and-mortar retailers such as, Barnes & Noble and Borders. Since then, Borders has declared bankruptcy and Barnes & Noble has struggled to reinvent itself.

According to Charlie Bilello, director of research at Pension Partners, every 10,000 invested at Amazon`s IPO in 1997 would today be worth 4.8 million. 

Bilello points out that while an investment in Amazon in 1997 would have returned 48,197% today, the same investment in Barnes & Noble would have only returned 26%. Of course, a Borders investment is worth zero today.

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Bilello also highlighted the last 10 years, during which Amazon has gained 1,404%. Here`s how that compares to other related companies, according to Bilello:

+Walmart: +96%  

+Best Buy: +38%  


+Target: +4%  

+Bed Bath & Beyond: -5%

+Kohl`s: -38%  

+Staples: -50%  

+Sears: -92%  

+JC Penny: -93%

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Google`s policy forcing its employees to resolve grievances with the company in private arbitration, rather than in the public courts, could be about to come back and bite it. 

That`s because Google`s self-driving car spinoff Waymo is in a high-stakes legal battle involving one of its former engineers and the arch-competitor he now works for — Uber.

Uber is trying to keep the case from ever going to a jury trial, and its main justification is the mandatory arbitration clause in Google`s employment contract. 

The judge in the case appears to be relishing the rich irony of the situation, telling the lawyers representing Google`s spinout during a court hearing on Thursday that it would be "poetic justice" if the litigation wound up in private arbitration.

Arbitration clauses are increasingly common in everything from bank and credit card contracts to employment agreements, and Google is hardly alone in using them. 

Big companies in particular like private arbitration because it lets them resolve sensitive disputes with employees, about anything from sexual harassment to stealing confidential information, outside of the public`s eye. Some legal experts also believe that arbitration forums tend to favor corporations over employees.

Behind closed doors

As it turns out Google, has itself actually brought a separate case in arbitration against the very same former employee at the center of the current Uber dispute. Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer who joined Uber, is currently in arbitration with Google for allegedly trying to poach employees.

Travis Kalanick Anthony LevandowskiBut Google spinout Waymo would prefer that its latest legal action, alleging that Levandowski stole 14,000 files before he left the company, go to a jury.

That`s not flying with Uber, which insists that closed-door arbitration is required because the case directly concerns Levandowski`s actions while at Google. 

"Waymo doesn’t get to pretend these contracts don`t exist in order to avoid arbitration," said Uber`s attorney, Hamish Hume. "Waymo chose to have a contract, that talks about information, about inventions, and about who owns what."

Uber`s lawyers have argued that Google has made its arbitration agreement overly broad when it says they have to arbitrate disputes with anyone as it relates to an individual`s employment. Waymo`s lawyer, Charles Verhoeven, tried to clarify that "anyone" meant "any Google employee", but Judge Alsup was quick to shut that argument down with a slap on the wrist for all companies.

"You`re suddenly scrambling"

"See, here`s what happens with these big companies. Your company wanted to force everyone into arbitration, and sets the broadest arbitration agreements it can," Judge William Alsup said during Thursday`s court hearing. "... You`re suddenly scrambling."

Judge William AlsupWhile any disputes between Waymo and Levandowski would have to be bound by the employment contract, Waymo did not sue Levandowski directly; rather, it sued Uber and the companies founded by Levandowski that were acquired by Uber, including Otto. Now the judge has to decide whether the overly-broad arbitration agreement covers this case since Levandowski`s actions are intrinsically tied to the case.

"Google and Waymo have an arbitration agreement with Mr. Levandowski such that if Mr. Levandowski wanted to bring a claim against some third party, arising out of his employment, he would have to bring it in arbitration," Alsup said. "Wouldn’t there be poetic justice at a minimum to say Waymo has to do the same thing? that it’s reciprocal?"

While it could be poetic justice, Alsup`s question was largely hypothetical and the federal judge has not decided whether the complaints about trade secrets and intellectual property theft will go to arbitration. 

"We believe Uber should not be permitted to avoid the jurisdiction of the court and move this case to a private arbitration. We respectfully wait for the court`s views on this important issue," a Waymo spokesperson said after the hearing.

Regardless of Alsup`s decision, the claims of patent infringement would move forward since they don`t involve Levandowski`s actions. But having that arbitration agreement, a common clause in so many contracts, could mean that the most controversial claims in the high-stakes case could be resolved in secret.

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LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A man arrested on suspicion of planning a terrorist act on Thursday, carrying knives near Prime Minister Theresa May`s office, was on a ship raided by Israeli soldiers in 2010, sources familiar with the investigation have told Reuters.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Pope Francis, starting a two-day visit to Egypt, urged Muslim leaders on Friday to unite in renouncing religious extremism at a time when Islamist militants are targeting ancient Christian communities across the Middle East.
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea`s nuclear and missile development could lead to `catastrophic consequences,` while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force.

Larry Page

Alphabet`s market cap swelled to more than 630 billion on Friday following the Google parent company`s better-than-expected Q1 results a day earlier. 

In addition to growth in advertising revenues, the "other revenue" category saw significant growth in Q1, up 49%, as the company seeks to diversify how it makes money beyond digital ads. Most of those revenues come from Google`s cloud services and hardware, like the Pixel phone and Google Home speaker.

As Alphabet`s stock rose above 900 on Friday, analysts boosted their price targets and heaped praise on Google`s growing collection of money-making products and its ability to maintain solid profit margins even as it spends heavily to beat the competition.

Here`s what analysts are saying about Alphabet, in reaction to the earnings report:

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Barclays: BULLISH

Rating: Buy

Price target: 1,065

Comment: "Stepping back from the results, Google is in a really good spot right now given its shareholder friendly buybacks, strong pace of innovation, and a lower multiple than its large cap peers. With I/O around the corner and solid momentum into 2Q, we`d add to positions."


Macquarie: BULLISH

Rating: Buy

Price target: 995

Comment: "There is certainly potential long-term upside from Cloud and many emerging areas such as hardware, AI, and Waymo, but we are reiterating our Outperform rating and raising our target to 995 based mostly on continued core growth."


Rating: Buy

Price target: 1,100

Comment: "Capital discipline remains a key strength... As Google conti ues to invest in key growth areas including mobile, cloud and ML/AI, management reiterated its focus on maintaining high levels of profitability through a measured approach to capital allocation."

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SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump`s suggestion that Seoul pay for the THAAD advanced U.S. missile defense system would be an "impossible option," a top foreign policy adviser to South Korean presidential frontrunner Moon Jae-in said on Friday.

rachael o`meara

By the time Rachael O`Meara took her sabbatical from Google, she was feeling pretty down on herself.

While she`d once been a superstar employee, in the past few months her boss had told her in no uncertain terms that she wasn`t meeting expectations.

As she writes in her new book, "Pause: Harnessing the Life-Changing Power of Giving Yourself a Break," she felt generally like a "miserable failure."

During O`Meara`s three-month sabbatical — a.k.a her "pause" — she vowed to figure out what she really wanted to do professionally. The first — and perhaps the biggest — hurdle she`d encounter was ditching the negative self-talk.

One strategy she used to catch negative thoughts is incredibly simple:

"Add the word `historically` to any statement about a limiting belief," she writes in "Pause." "`I don`t ask for what I want` becomes `Historically, I don`t ask for what I want.` This helps shift to a more accurate, present-time belief.`"

What`s more, it helps you develop the confidence to ask for what you want — or to do whatever it is that you`ve historically been afraid of doing.

In "Pause," O`Meara also shares the five-step strategy she used — and that anyone can use — to stop a cycle of self-doubt. She calls it the "TASER" technique:

"Tune in. When you hear one of your limiting beliefs, tune in. Catching it in the moment is ideal, but even after the fact is helpful.

"Acknowledge what you`ve heard and that these are familiar recordings your mind plays. Your brain is practicing what it knows and expects. … In the spirit of a kind and gentle caregiver watching over yourself, acknowledge what you`ve heard. Avoid beating yourself up about it.

"Shift this false belief to a new belief. This is a more accurate, conscious representation of yourself.

As an example, if your false belief is `I am not good enough,` shift your new belief to the exact opposite. In this case, `I am good enough.`

"Express your new belief. … Say your new belief out loud, such as `I am enough` (the opposite of your historical false belief). Express out loud any feelings, such as, `I feel fear right now` or `I feel joy.`

"Repeat the process every time you catch a false, outdated belief surfacing."

Part of what you`re doing here is demonstrating greater self-compassion, treating yourself like you`d treat a friend who was going through a rough time. Psychologists say practicing self-compassion can boost your resilience, or your ability to bounce back from stressful situations.

Ultimately, by changing your thought processes, you`ll start to change your approach to work.

After her pause, O`Meara returned to Google and successfully interviewed for another job, this time on the DoubleClick Ad Exchange team. She also trained as a transformational leadership coach.

Using these techniques, O`Meara writes, "you are clearing out the historical beliefs that no longer serve you."

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Amazon reported earnings on Thursday, handily beating Wall Street expectations on the top and bottom lines, giving the stock a bump up. 

And financial analysts, already bullish on Amazon, are taking it as a reassuring sign — the Amazon Web Services cloud service continues to drive tons of profits, and investors don`t seem to be bothered that its growth rate is down, given that it`s already so huge. And retail sales are showing solid growth, too, which is encouraging to Wall Street analysts.

Here`s what the analysts are saying:

  • Barclays reiterated its "Overweight" rating, setting a price target of 1,120. The firm says it has concerns about Amazon`s retail margins moving forward, but remains optimistic overall. "Stepping back from the metrics, Amazon`s business momentum is very strong and the stock remains a must-own for any consumer internet investor," writes the firm. 
  • UBS reiterated its "Buy" rating, setting a price target of 1,100 (up from 930). The firm is very bullish on Amazon and says in general, Amazon`s big bets on media creation, the Indian market, and new frontiers in logistics are bearing fruit. 
  • Macquarie affirmed its "Outperform" rating and raised price target to 1,060. Like Barclays, Macquarie is worried about margins, but is still overall very positive on Amazon and all the markets it`s investing in. "The company continues to have the high-class problem of having to prioritize investment opportunities," Macquarie writes.
  • Jefferies reiterated its "Buy" rating, and raised its price targets from 975 to 1,150. Jefferies thinks that, regardless of margins or guidance, Amazon is still the best poised to conquer online shopping and cloud computing. "In our view, AMZN remains a core eCommerce holding, one of the best large-cap ideas in our coverage universe, with plenty of growth opportunities ahead."
  • Cowen still ranks it an "outperform," raising the target from 1,050 to 1,100 as the growth of its core businesses continues apace.
  • Baird reiterated its "outperform," as well, raising the price target from 850 to 1,100, hailing Amazon`s investment in logistics. 

In short, the consensus seems to be that Amazon`s investments in logistics and expanding its markets seems to be paying off — but the concern is over the dynamic between that growth and the overall margins of the business.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. special forces troops killed in eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday may have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State militants in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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The stock price of Google`s parent company, Alphabet, is up almost 5% after reporting better than expected earnings following Thursday`s closing bell.

Alphabet reported earnings per share of 7.73, beating expectations of 7.39. Revenue grew 22% over last year to 24.75 billion, topping 24.22 billion expected by the Bloomberg consensus.

In a note sent out to clients on Friday, Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju applauded Alphabet`s results and raised his price target on the stock from 1,100 to 1,150. Ju maintained his "Outperform" rating.

"GOOGL shares in our view continue to exhibit the best risk/reward among the large cap Internet stocks and we maintain our Outperform rating," Ju wrote.

Ju said that there are three reasons to buy Alphabet`s stock:

  1. "Monetization improvements in Search through product updates such as Expanded Text Ads and Individual Bid Adjustments."
  2. "Larger-than-expected contribution from Google`s larger nonSearch businesses, namely YouTube, Play and Cloud."
  3. "Optionality for value creation from new monetization initiatives such as Maps as well as the eventual commercialization of Google`s Other Bets (Waymo)."

Google now hosts an astonishing seven platforms with more than 1 billion users. 

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Instead of dancing on the white-sand beaches of Great Exuma in the Bahamas, Fyre Festival-goers have found themselves stranded in airports without any food or water, unable to get home.

This three-day party, organized by Ja Rule and tech entrepreneur Billy McFarland`s Fyre Media company, was due to take place on a private beach in the Bahamas for two weekends (April 28-30 and May 5-7). 

But guests, who had spent between 450 and 12,000 on tickets, are describing the festival as a "complete disaster," with half-built tents, delayed flights, and no one around to help.

Take a look at what happened here:

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The three-day party was due to take place on a private beach on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

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It had been promoted on Instagram by a host of supermodels, including Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski, and Bella Hadid.

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Major artists were planning to headline at the party.


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It’s no secret that Google and Facebook dominate the US`s digital ad business. To give you an idea, one recent analysis found that the pair accounted for a whopping 99% of the industry’s growth last year.

With that exposure, though, comes a higher tendency to aggravate people on the internet. According to BI Intelligence’s recent Digital Trust survey, which questioned 1,740 consumers, Facebook and Google’s YouTube unit were easily the most popular responses when respondents were asked what platforms had the most annoying ads.

Again, that’s not a surprise; the more you see something, the more sensitive you’re likely to be about its flaws. But, as BI Intelligence notes, it’s yet another sign that ads on the internet are simply not up to most people’s standards. Google and Facebook, for their part, are continuing to put pressure on advertisers and publishers to clean things up — and thus protect their cash cows — but, as digital ad’s duopoly, the pair have their own mandate to improve as well.


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Martin Sorrell

The CEO of the world`s largest advertising group, WPP`s Sir Martin Sorrell, said his firm plans to spend 200 million on Snapchat in 2017 during an interview with the news network Cheddar on Thursday.

The figure is more than double the 96 million WPP spent on Snapchat in 2016. And it indicates that Snapchat parent company Snap Inc. was able to secure at least some of the 100 to 200 million upfront commitments it was reportedly seeking from ad agencies earlier this year.

A Snap spokesperson declined to comment when reached by Business Insider.

Sorrell told Business Insider in January that advertisers are starting to see Snap as a "third force" to Google and Facebook, which together accounted for nearly all of the revenue growth from digital ads last year.

During his interview with Cheddar on Thursday, Sorrell said that Snap is still "a dwarf in relation to both Google and Facebook," but that he`d like to see the company become a strong third contender. He said he expects Snap to reach 1 billion in ad revenue this year.

The 72-year-old ad chief also cast doubt on Snap labeling itself as a "camera company," noting that he found the definition "a little bit difficult to go along with." What WPP spends on Snap is still a drop in the bucket compared to the 5 billion it spent on Google and the 1.7 billion it spent on Facebook last year.

All eyes are on Snap`s first quarterly earnings as a public company, which will be reported May 10. Its US revenue is expected to soar 158% to 770 million in 2017, according to eMarketer.

You can watch Sorrell`s full interview with Cheddar below. His comments about Snap were made around the 9 minute mark:

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. anti-missile defense system being deployed to South Korea will have initial operational capability "very soon," a Pentagon spokesman told reporters on Friday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump`s warm words for Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping as a "good man" will reassure Beijing that he finally understands the importance of good ties, but risks leaving America`s regional allies puzzling over where they fit into the new order.

Whether you`re in a quiet suburb an urban downtown, most public spaces are  designed for cars instead of pedestrians.

An ingenious illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg shows just how car-centric our reality is:

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In the image, Jilg depicts city streets as gorges, crosswalks as wobbly planks, and sidewalks as shallow ledges to show how little space pedestrians are allowed to inhabit in a typical intersection. The Swedish Road Administration commissioned the work in 2014, according to Vox. 

A number of cities, however, are attempting to reserve more street space for pedestrians. One of the world`s longest pedestrian-only streets is a 0.7-mile-long shopping district in Copenhagen called Strøget. And New York City instituted pedestrian-only zones in Times Square and Herald Square in 2009, and urges residents to go car-free on Earth Day every year

 Europe’s largest car-free space is Venice’s Centro Storico, a 3-mile-long medieval city that has managed to stay pedestrian-centric. But that type of of urban plan is not the norm. Modern cities are generally designed to favor personal vehicles rather than public transit or pedestrians. 

Jilg`s illustration suggests a different way of understanding how public space gets divided.

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Moving is the worst. We`re all on the same page here, right? Lifting heavy objects is awful, as is moving said objects, as is carefully placing them down once more. 

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The process is tiring and stressful and expensive. Having lived in cities since starting college in 2006, I`ve moved... too many times in the past 10 years. I moved to Philadelphia, around Philadelphia, to Barcelona, back to Philadelphia, to New York City, and twice during my time here. A lot of moves.

And earlier this year, I did it again.

My wife and I moved from one neighborhood in Brooklyn to another, just 10 or so blocks apart. But this time, we made two crucial changes:

  1. We hired movers (not packers, but movers who would move our boxes and furniture and whatever else from our old place to our new place).
  2. Instead of buying/collecting a bunch of cardboard boxes we`d end up throwing away anyway, we used a rental service that provided strong, re-usable plastic bins in varying sizes. 

The first option isn`t viable for everyone, of course. Movers can be expensive (thankfully, ours weren`t), and there`s always a risk they`ll break something (ours totally did).

The second choice we made, however, is viable for most people. And it made a huge difference in how we moved.

We used a service named Gorilla Bins, which came highly recommended by Yelp users.

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Gorilla was suggested by our moving company, and the reviews online were rock-solid. Like this one:

Just completed my 2 weeks stint with Gorilla Bins and I would definitely move with them again. Drop off and pick up is absolutely painless and having no boxes to build/break down/dispose of is such a luxury. From a price perspective, these were actually less expensive than the boxes my moving company offered to provide, and I chose Gorilla over the other reusable packing companies because they offered the 2 sized boxes in their standard package and were still priced competitively against those who were offering fewer total boxes and in just 1 size.

There are other services similar to Gorilla Bins, like Bin-It, which operate in more locations:

Bin-It is a service similar to Gorilla Bins which is offered in New York City, Philadelphia, and Nashville. Here`s a video of how it works:

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But something we really loved about Gorilla Bins is the different box sizes. There were medium and large boxes, which helped to break up our stuff into easily movable piles of boxes.

It`s easy to overload boxes with heavy stuff, and the smaller boxes helped us to compartmentalize stuff (like heavy books!) into manageable boxes. In so many words: It helped to stop us from overpacking any particular box.

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned on Friday that failure to curb North Korea`s nuclear and missile abilities could lead to `catastrophic consequences,` while China and Russia cautioned Washington against threatening military force to solve the problem.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. special forces troops killed in Afghanistan on Wednesday could have been struck by friendly fire in an operation targeting the emir of Islamic State in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman said on Friday.

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The calendar is changing to May and that means a new crop of movies and TV shows to stream. 

This month`s highlights include purchase (and soon to rent) titles like Jordan Peele`s hit "Get Out," "John Wick: Chapter 2," and season 3 of Hulu`s "Casual."

Here`s everything coming to your favorite streaming platforms. We`ve highlighted some standouts in bold:

SEE ALSO: 35 movies coming out this summer that you need to see


Available May 2

“xXx: Return of Xander Cage”
“Resident Evil: The Final Chapter”
“I Am Not Your Negro”
“The Comedian”

Available May 9

“Get Out”
“The Great Wall”

Available May 16

“The Shack”
“Fist Fight”
“Before I Fall”

Available May 23

“John Wick: Chapter 2”
“The Lego Batman Movie”

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Available May 1

“A Christmas Story” 
“A View to a Kill”   
“Amhi Jaato Amucha Gava”  
“Asha Jaoar Majhe” (Labor Of Love) 
“Bad Influence”  
“Bait Shop”      
“Bala Gau Kashi Angaai”  
“Cabin Fever” 
“Cabin Fever 2” 
“Cecil B. Demented”            
“Chuck & Buck”  
“Daagdi Chaawl”
“Dark Blue”   
“Dr. No”  
“Fatal Instinct”   
“For Your Eyes Only”  
“From Russia with Love”
“Gone with the Wind”
“Jyotibacha Nawas”     
“Law of The Lawless”
“License to Kill”
“Life is Beautiful” 
“Maximum Security”
“Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear”
“Mumbai Pune Mumbai 2”
“Naked Gun 2 &1/2: The Smell of Fear”
“Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”
“Naked Gun from the Files of Police Squad”
“Nick of Time”
“No Way Out”
“On Her Majesty`s Secret Service”
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
“Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown”
“Repo! The Genetic Opera”
“School Ties”
“Small Soldiers”
“Star Kid”
“Sucker Punch”
“The Bad News Bears" 
“The Doors”
“Tomorrow Never Dies”
“Winter`s Bone”
“The Wizard of Oz” 
“WellieWishers” (Season 1) 

Available May 2

“Vikings (Season 4b)  

Available May 3


Available May 4

“Youth in Oregon”
“A Fistful of Dollars”

Available May 5

“Manchester By The Sea” (Amazon Original)

Available May 6

“The Ardennes”

Available May 7

“Jackie Brown”

Available May 12

“I Love Dick” (Amazon Original, Season 1)   
“A Hologram for the King”

Available May 19

“Me Before You”

Available May 20

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
“12 Monkeys” (Season 3)

Available May 21
“Boardwalk Empire” (Season 5)
Paradise Lost 2: Revelations”

Available May 24

“Tomake Chai”

Available May 26

“Dino Dana” (Amazon Original, Season 1)

Available May 27

“Poldark” (Season 2)   
Available May 28

“The Duel”

Available May 31

“Animal Kingdom” (Season 2)


Available May 1
“48 Hrs.”
“Another 48 Hrs.”
“A View to a Kill”
“The Bad News Bears”
“Bad Influence”
“Bait Shop”
“Barbershop 2: Back in Business”
“Beauty Shop”
“Big Fish” 
“Cabin Fever”
“Cabin Fever 2”
“Cecil B. Demented”
“Chuck & Buck”
“Coming to America”
“Dark Blue”
“The Doors”
“Dr. No”
“Fatal Instinct”
“For Your Eyes Only”
“Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home”
“Free Willy 3: The Rescue”
“From Russia with Love”
“Law of the Lawless”
“License to Kill”
“Life is Beautiful”
“Line of Duty” (Season 4)
“Maximum Security”
“Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear”
“Naked Gun 2 & ½: The Smell of Fear”
“Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult”
“Naked Gun from the Flies of Police Squad”
“Nick of Time”
“No Way Out”
“On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”
“Planes, Trains and Automobiles”
“Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown”
“Repo! The Genetic Opera”
“School Ties”
“Small Soldiers”
“Star Kid”
“Sucker Punch”
“Tomorrow Never Dies”
“Winter’s Bone”
Available May 2
“Vikings” (Season 4b)
“Bodyguards: Secret Lives of the Watchtower Men”
Available May 3
“Outsiders” (Season 2)
Available May 4
“A Fistful of Dollars”
Available May 5
“The Recruit”
“What About Bob?”
Available May 6
“Batman & Bill” (Hulu Original)
“Hardcore Henry”
“The Red Pill”
Available May 7
“Billions” (Season 2 Finale)
Available May 9

“All We Had”
Available May 12
“A Hologram for the King”
Available May 13
“Bad Moms”
“Me Before You”
Available May 14
“Blue Caprice”
Available May 15
“The Next Step” (Seasons 3 & 4)
“He Got Game”
Available May 18
“Downward Dog” (Series Premiere)
“Underground” (Season 2)
Available May 19
“The Last Ship” (Season 3)
“Before I Disappear”
Available May 20
“Becoming Bond” (Hulu Original)
“Bakery in Brooklyn”
“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”
Available May 21
“Twin Peaks” (Season 3 Premiere)
Available May 23
“Casual” (Hulu Original, Season 3 Premiere)
Available May 28
“American Muscle”
“A Perfect Man”
“The Duel”
Available May 30
“Sex & Drugs & Rock&Roll” (Season 2)

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The auto industry must grapple with a difficult double standard: although consumers agree safety-related technology is the most important feature in cars, people don`t want to pay more for it.

The findings are based on a Deloitte survey of 22,000 consumers in 17 different countries. The report found that US consumers have a growing interest in advanced safety technology, such as adaptive cruise control and anti-lock braking, but don`t want to spend a lot on it.

US consumers are willing to pay 925 on average for advanced safety features, a 30% decline since Deloitte`s last survey on the topic in 2014.

"Perhaps more concerning, a significant share of American consumers suggest that the auto industry should bear the entire cost for bringing these advanced technologies to market, saying they are unwilling to pay any more for these features — even those designed to improve safety," the report reads.

That`s a difficult pill for the auto industry to swallow as it invests billions in self-driving-car tech. Volvo plans to sell "deathproof" cars directly to consumers in 2020, and Tesla is about to enter the mass market space with the roll out of its Model 3

All Tesla cars will be equipped with the costly hardware to support self-driving capabilities, but Model 3 owners may be less willing to pay the extra 5,000 to download the autonomous driving software compared to Model S and Model X luxury buyers.

Still, many automakers are preparing for the reality that consumers may be unwilling to pay for the extra costs associated with the technology.

Ford and Uber plan to introduce self-driving cars as part of a ride-hailing fleet. Google`s Waymo is reportedly also exploring a robot taxi service for its self-driving minivans.

But as the Deloitte report notes, ride-hailing services aren`t as popular in suburban areas that require more constant access to a vehicle to get around. 

"For this reason, it is unlikely that ride-hailing services will have a significant impact on overall vehicle demand in the near term, at least outside core urban centers," according to the Deloitte report.

That raises questions as to how the auto industry will scale its self-driving tech in areas where personal car ownership still prevails. It remains to be seen whether autonomous taxi services, which don`t require the cost of a driver, will be enough to offset the price of sophisticated self-driving sensors that can cost several thousands.

Still, some automakers have managed to introduce more advanced autonomous features without asking consumers to break the bank. Honda Sensing — which offers offers lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and more — only costs an additional 1,000.

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Pope Francis, head of the Roman Catholic Church, delivered a speech on Friday at Al-Azhar International Peace Conference saying that violence cannot be committed in the name of god.

He added that all acts of violence that oppose peace only fuel radicalism and lead to violence. The pope said, “The future principally relies on the dialogue between all religions”.

He further continued that peace can only be achieved when the role of religions is acknowledged and people start to differentiate between religions and politics.

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed Al-Tayeb welcomed Pope Francis to Egypt and started his speech by paying tribute to all the victims of terrorism all around the world, regardless their religions and nationalities.

Al-Tayeb said the absence of religion is the reason behind the deterioration of human rights and dignity of people in a world that is full of human rights and security councils.

“People have ignored religions. However, the principles of religions that call for respect, dignity, peace and love are constants,” Al-Tayeb said.

The Grand Imam went on to say that Islam cannot be judged because a small group of people who believe in the religion is committing acts of violence.

“We can’t say Christianity is a bad religion based on wars that erupted in the name of the holy cross. We can’t say Judaism is a bad religion because some of its followers chose to invade and kill. The same goes to European and American civilizations that witnessed world wars and the nuclear bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These acts are not an indicator of how great these civilizations are,” Al-Tayeb concluded.

It’s the first visit of the Pope since he assumed the papacy in 2013, and his second visit to the Middle East after his visit to Palestine and Jordan in 2014.

Pope Francis arrived in Egypt on Friday for a two-day visit, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation.

Egypt has tightened security measures in preparations for the pope’s visit. Al-Sisi assigned the Armed Forces to coordinate with the Ministry of Interior to secure the visit.

A few days prior to his arrival, Pope Francis dedicated a video message to the people of Egypt. He said, “With a heart full of joy and gratitude I will soon visit your beloved country, the cradle of civilization, the gift of the Nile, the land of sun and hospitality, the land where Patriarchs and Prophets lived, and where God, Benevolent and Merciful, the Almighty and One God, made his voice heard”.

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Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero made headlines around the world two years ago with the bold claim that he would soon be stitching one person`s head onto another`s body.

Despite the numerous obstacles Canavero faces from ethical and scientific standpoints, he appears to be moving full-steam ahead. Last year, he performed what he called a "proof-of-concept" procedure in which he severed a dog`s spinal cord then reconnected it — one of the major obstacles to completing the procedure in people.

And now Canavero has published another equally repellant study that details how he and another surgeon, Xiaoping Ren, attached the head of a mouse to the body of a rat. The team then repeated the procedure in several other animals, effectively creating a series of two-headed rats.

Most of the animals in Canavero`s studies lived for only several days — the two-headed rats carried on for an average of 36 hours, and Canavero hasn`t released details on the dog. But keeping them alive wasn`t Canavero`s goal; instead, he says each experiment is meant to stand as evidence that a complete procedure in people is on the horizon.

That far-fetched idea that has been explored by several scientists with mostly noble aims, such as saving the lives of people with deadly diseases like spinal muscular atrophy. But experts say there are many reasons to be doubtful. "These papers do not support moving forward in humans," Case Western Reserve University neuroscientist Jerry Silver, told New Scientist last year about Canavero`s dog paper.

Here are the five major obstacles a successful head transplant would face.

1. Heads can`t stay alive on their own.

In any transplant, the donor organ (the one that has been taken from a donor`s body) has to be kept alive until it can be placed into the recipient`s body.

As soon as an organ is removed from a body, it begins to die. So doctors cool down the organ to help reduce the amount of energy its cells need to stay alive. Using a solution of cold saltwater (saline), they can preserve kidneys for 48 hours, livers for 24 hours, and hearts for about five to 10 hours.

But a head isn`t an isolated organ — it`s one of the most complex parts of the body. In addition to housing your brain, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and skin, it holds two gland systems: the pituitary, which controls the hormones that circulate throughout the body, and the salivary, which produces saliva.

More than a century of disturbing animal research has shown that at the moment of decapitation, blood pressure in the head drops dramatically. The resulting loss of fresh blood and oxygen pushes the brain into a coma, soon followed by death.

In the most recent mouse procedure, Canavero and his team claim they addressed this problem by keeping a steady blood supply flowing between the rodent who received the head, the rodent who donated it, and a third rodent. 

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2. The immune system has to be coaxed into accepting a foreign head.

In any transplant, one of the main issues is the reaction of a patient`s own body. The immune system of the person receiving the organ detects immune-triggering substances, called antigens, on the cells of the new organ. These antigens don`t match those found in their own body, which can lead the immune system to unleash a full-scale attack. That`s why almost all transplant patients take immune-suppressing drugs after their procedures.

Because the head is so complex and includes so many organs, the risk of rejection is much higher.

3. The surgery has to happen in under an hour.

In a 1970s experiment that would never be allowed today, neurosurgeon Robert White transplanted the head of a monkey onto the body of a donor monkey. He maintained the monkey bodies by cooling them to about 59 degrees Fahrenheit for the duration of the procedure. The monkey with the transplanted head survived for eight days after the surgery, until the immune system rejected the head.

According to White`s experiments and Canavero`s paper, the entire transplant surgery has to be done in under an hour. Canavero notes that both of heads would have to be removed from their bodies at the same time. Working swiftly, the surgeons would have to reattach the head of the person they want to keep alive to the circulatory system of the donor`s body while both bodies are under total cardiac arrest.

4. Spinal cords are incredibly tricky to fuse.

For a head to be able to communicate with and control a new body, the spinal cord and the brain must be seamlessly connected.

This didn`t happen in the monkey transplant — the monkey head that was transplanted onto the donor was able to see, move its eyes, and eat, but the body was paralyzed from the neck down. It did appear to happen in the dog procedure, but experts have said they need more concrete proof of Canavero`s claims.

According to Jerry SilverCanavero`s team claims "they cut the cervical cord 90% but there’s no evidence of that in the paper, just some crude pictures."

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Canavero disagrees, of course. In a TED Talk, he described "a special biological glue" called polyethylene glycol that he says could be the key to successfully completing the procedure. Some experimental surgeons in the 1930s and 1940s used this material, which is a type of plastic, to fuse the spinal cords of dogs. But those experiments typically involved attaching a foreign head to the complete body of a dog (giving it two heads), rather than replacing one head with another.

Canavero`s plan would also involve placing the patient in a coma for up to a month to allow the spinal cords to fuse. Otherwise, the "spaghetti" (as he calls it) that makes up the spinal cord could become gnarled or twisted.

But such a long coma is a potential problem as well, Harry Goldsmith, professor of neurosurgery at the University of California at Davis, told Popular Science — medically-induced comas often result in infection, blood clots, and reduced brain activity.

5. The procedure has to work in animal trials before being considered for humans.

Before head transplantation is ever considered for trials in people, all of these problems have to be addressed in animal tests. And such experiments would face many hurdles in getting approved (in the US, at least) because they involve so much cruelty.

Nevertheless, Canavero and his team appear to be moving ahead in other countries where the procedures are legal.

SEE ALSO: An Italian surgeon has renewed his promise to perform the world`s first head transplant after a `proof-of-concept` experiment on a dog

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Chemical weapons like sarin and VX are known to kill men, women, and children with gruesome efficiency.

While their names differ, both are members of a larger group of human-made substances, called nerve agents, that all target the same system in the body.

The five most common and important nerve agents are tabun, sarin, soman, GF, and VX, according to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. In pure form, each is a colorless and mostly odorless liquid.

Any nerve agent can affect a person through the skin, breathing, ingestion, or all three routes, depending on the substance and how it`s used. For example, VX resembles a thick oil but dissolves in water (a drop was enough to kill Kim Jong Un`s brother), while sarin (which was spread over a Syria`s Idlib province on April 4) quickly evaporates into the air.

Special bombs can weaponize these liquids by rapidly dispersing them into a breathable form.

These two graphics illustrate what nerve agents do to the body and the biochemistry of how they work.

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The way nerve agents attack the body`s cholinergic system produces these and other symptoms.

Specifically, the chemicals target an enzyme that drifts in the spaces, or synapses, between nerve cells and muscle cells.

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iPhone 8 iPhone 10 iPhone X ConceptApple is set to report earnings Tuesday May 2, and analysts at Credit Suisse are advising clients to buy Apple stock ahead of the release.

Shares of Apple have climbed 24% so far this year to 143.69 as of 10:22 ET. In a report circulated to clients April 28, Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha reiterated his "Outperform" rating and 170 price target on the stock, implying more than 18% of potential upside.

"That recent data points from the supply chain suggest that overall iPhone shipments remain in line to ahead of expectations, with potential for a stronger mix," he said.

The analyst said that the real reason to buy Apple stock is the pent-up demand for a new iPhone with substantial changes. Garcha said the iPhone 8 is that iPhone, and that a "super cycle" of iPhone upgrading will ensue.

Here`s Garcha:

"Over the course of the next year, we continue to believe that an iPhone 8 Super Cycle (starting with 3 models, one of which will be OLED) should drive up replacement rates and drive new customers. This should result in iPhone volumes growing to ~265mn by 2019 from ~215mn in 2016."

Garcha referred to a March 10 report from Credit Suisse to explain why he believes the iPhone 8 will be a meaningful upgrade. That report said:

"The iPhone 8 is expected to have many new features. These new features include OLED, an iris scanner, laser auto-focus, a USB Type C connector, SLP (Substrate Like PCB), an L-shaped battery, glass casing, and a wireless charger—far more new elements than previous models. In our view these updates are far more compelling than those from other smartphone vendors, which we believe will drive a iPhone super cycle with faster upgrade, more net adds, as well as a better mix."

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Cloudera Inc. held its IPO today on the New York Stock Exchange. The company and its underwriters settled on an IPO price of 15, pricing above expectations of 12-14.

Shares of Cloudera are up 22%, or 3.20, in the stock`s first minutes of trading.

Cloudera describes itself as a "United States-based company, which offers Cloudera, a platform for machine learning and analytics built on open source technologies."

Cloudera is offering 15 million shares with an optional 2.25 million for underwriters, for a total of 250 million.

Cloudera held a private round of fundraising in 2014 offering shares at 30.92, which valued the company at over 4 billion. Today`s IPO values the company at about 2 billion, so investors from that 2014 round will see the value of their investment almost cut in half.

Chip maker Intel made a substantial investment in Cloudera several years ago.

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PARIS (Reuters) - Marine Le Pen`s bid to defy the odds and win the French presidency risked a setback on Friday when the man named interim head of her National Front party stood down to defend himself against charges that he shares the views of Holocaust deniers.
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Neil Gaiman`s epic novel "American Gods" — about new and old gods facing off in modern America — is now a series on Starz starring Ricky Whittle. We spoke with Whittle to find out what it`s like to be the next big TV hero and which of the gods in the show he would choose to worship.

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Business Insider spoke with Professor Charles Spence, Head of Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University and author of “Gastrophysics, The New Science of Eating,” about what techniques restaurants use to make sure customers remember their dining experience. 

He said: "One thing [restaurants might do] is to surprise the diner with a little amuse-bouche. Something you weren`t expecting. Those kinds of surprising treats will stick in memory more than things they were expecting to taste.

"You might also switch from a traditional 3-course menu to a tasting menu with lots of small plates of food. Because each time you bite into that new dish, that`s another "sticky" moment that may reside in memory for longer."

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Trump`s first 100 days has offered plenty of opportunities for people on the internet to churn out some entertaining memes based on notable moments of his presidency.  Here`s a quick look at some of the best Twitter reactions and Photoshopped images that have emerged so far. 

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It`s been less than two months since Nintendo released its massively successful Switch game console, a home console/portable console hybrid that serves as the company`s flagship system. 

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On Thursday night, Nintendo announced yet another new console: the "New 2DS XL," the fifth iteration in Nintendo`s 3DS handheld line. It`s essentially identical to the "New 3DS XL," which launched in 2015. The new handheld costs 149.99 and is planned for launch on July 28.

It even looks the same:

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The main difference between this new console and the New 3DS XL that launched in 2015? Three dimensions! 

That is literally the difference — there`s a slider on the side of the upper 3DS screen that enables varying levels of three-dimensionality in games. The 3DS does this by using two screens layered on top of each other, and then the slider moves those screens closer together or further apart. It`s an effect called "parallax" 3D.

In the case of the New 2DS XL, that function doesn`t exist. In every other way, the New 2DS XL is functionally identical to the New 3DS XL. 

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There`s one other crucial difference: Price! The New 2DS XL arrives on July 28, and it costs 50 less than the 3DS equivalent.

Interested in seeing a bunch of folks excitedly playing with the New 2DS XL? Who isn`t?! Check out Nintendo`s debut trailer for the New 2DS XL right here:

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German authorities have launched an investigation into the death of a 22-year-old Egyptian student in the German city of Cottbus. New witnesses claim the student was racially abused by the passengers of a car that struck her and left her fatally injured in the German city of Cottbus.

According to German media, Shaden Mohamed Al-Gohari was struck by a car in a hit-and-run as she crossed the road in the German city on 18 April. Shaden was transported to hospital but later passed away due to the serious injuries she sustained from the hit-and-run.

However, new information reveals that the hit-and-run may have been followed by a hate crime. Witnesses claim the passengers in the car and the driver, who was caught and initially charged with reckless driving and driving over the speed limit, broke out in laughter after striking Shaden.

“The accident was shocking, but what followed afterwards was cruel,” said one witness to n.tv who said she heard the passengers laughing.

Witnesses added that they heard the passengers telling Shaden to “go back” to her country.

“I realize that there are no streets in your country, but in Germany you have to look out on the street” and “Just piss off back to your country again and you won’t get run over. Damn refugees” are among the comments that witnesses say were shouted by the passengers of the car.

Following the statements of the witnesses, a new investigation has been launched to uncover whether the hit-and-run was followed by any racial hatred or abuse, reported Reuters.

The investigation has been welcomed by Martina Muench, the Minister of Education in the German state of Brandenburg, who condemned all racism and xenophobia.

“It is unfathomable and appalling that a young, fatally injured woman would be insulted in such a racist and xenophobic way in the middle of Cottbus,” said Muench, according to Reuters.

Remembering Shaden

On social media, there has been an outpouring of support for Shaden’s family and friends. Shaden was an architecture student at the German University in Cairo.

“One of the purest souls just left the world.. Please if you know Shaden Mohamed remember her in your prayers… she was nothing but everything that is amazing,” wrote one Facebook user, Haya Khairat, in a public Facebook post.

Many friends and family members have been sharing photographs of Shaden accompanied by heartfelt messages.

A page was also set up to collect donations in the memory of Shaden. So far, more than EGP 10,000 has been donated in Shaden’s memory, enough money to provide a number of houses with access to water and electricity supplies.

Update: an earlier version of this article implied that German authorities are investigating whether the hit-and-run was racially motivated. German authorities have not confirmed this. German authorities are investigating whether the victim was racially abused by the passengers of the car that struck her.

The Circle

“Kill Your Darlings” is a phrase often used in the world of writing and movies. Made famous by William Faulkner, it refers to deleting material that’s near and dear to the creator`s heart for the sake of making their story better.

It’s something writer-director James Ponsoldt ("The End of the Tour") knows all too well after adapting to the screen Dave Eggers’ popular 2013 novel “The Circle” (in theaters Friday).

"I think any novel that is as ambitious as this one, there was a big unyielding collection of ideas and characters and plots at the start of writing the script," Ponsoldt told Business Insider a day after the movie had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. "I think a very literal adaptation of this book would make for a good miniseries, but for a movie, it was figuring out which characters were absolutely essential."

A cautionary tale of the all-consuming technology and social media around us, the movie stars Emma Watson as Mae Holland, a idealistic twenty something who finally gets her dream job, working at the powerful tech company The Circle. Dazzled by the "anything is possible" vibe of the campus (think Google), she catches the eye of the company`s co-founders, Eamon Bailey (Tom Hanks) and Tom Stenton (Patton Oswalt), and agrees to take part in the company`s latest big idea — wearing a camera and being 100% transparent to the world all day long. Now having millions of viewers following her every move, Mae becomes a sensation at The Circle and has bigger ideas, ones that bring up questions about privacy and surveillance throughout the world.

The Circle STX EntertainmentLike in the book, Mae is driven to know everything about The Circle and aspires to change the world through its innovations. But fans of the book will find some major tweaks in the movie version. A big one taken out is the love triangle Mae has in the book with fellow Circle employees Francis and the mysterious Kalden.

Instead, the roles were combined into the character of Ty in the movie, played by John Boyega ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens"). Though Ty and Mae seems to have a romantic chemistry, he has more of the Kalden character in him, as Ty is the off-the-grid former wunderkind at the company that reveals to Mae the dark secrets of The Circle.

Ponsoldt said the Francis character was in early drafts of the script, but was lifted as he didn`t feel central to Mae`s evolution at The Circle.

"It felt like to properly do justice to that love triangle you would have been another 45 minutes of screen time," Ponsoldt said. "There would have been a totally valid movie that focuses on that, but I think the idea of privacy and surveillance are central to the novel and I wanted to explore that."

To do that, Ponsoldt also changed the tone of the ending. In the book, Mae comes off as unsympathetic about how the ideas she`s come up with about The Circle imposing on people`s privacy, even those close to her, have led to disastrous results. The movie gives a more hopeful ending.

James Ponsoldt Theo Wargo Getty final“I love the ending in the book and in adapting there were a lot of conversations with Dave and with Emma, and it was a feeling that if the audience feels that Mae is purely evil then it becomes too binary or some propaganda film," Ponsoldt said. "I`m not technophobic, I don`t think technology is inherently bad, I think technology is great. My issue is more with the companies that are bringing us all that great stuff. Why do they have to collect, store, and perhaps monetize our private information? That was the spirit that we wanted to have with the movie and of Emma`s character at the end. She means well, I think, to the very end."

Ponsoldt wrote the script on spec soon after completing his acclaimed 2015 movie "The End of the Tour." Following numerous conversations with Eggers, in which Ponsoldt said the author encouraged him to tweak his story for it to work on screen, Tom Hanks and his production company Playtone came on board and helped get the project off the ground.

Ponsoldt is not the first or last writer-director who made sacrifices from a book he loves to get it on screen. But he believes the core of what Eggers tried to get across in book form is in the movie.

“For me, Mae is in many ways the future of where technology is going and we like disrupters coming along and changing the status quo, but it`s also not always for the better," Ponsoldt said. "I think we can certainly see that with the elections in the UK and the US in the past year, where outside forces disrupt things to disastrous effects. I think the ending of the movie has an ambiguity and one hopes for the best and believes that youthfulness and idealism will make things better, but it doesn`t always work that way."


SEE ALSO: Jenny Slate and Zachary Quinto explain why making movies isn`t always about the money

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