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Cryptocurrency Influencers

  • Last week, an influencer analytics company threw an award ceremony honoring the top influencers in the cryptocurrency community as a part of New York`s blockchain week.
  • The event`s disorganization led some in attendance to wonder whether it was all a scam, or just a way for the organizing company to promote itself.

"This is the sketchiest thing I`ve ever been a part of," says YouTuber Siraj Raval, midway through an awards ceremony billed as an event to honor both himself and other online influencers in the cryptocurrency space.  

We`re at the Crypto Influencer Awards Summit, which is taking place as a part of New York`s blockchain week in lower Manhattan. Some of the most influential cryptocurrency evangelists on the internet have flown in to the city to receive awards in categories like "Best Crypto Musician," "Most Relatable," "Best Video Production," and "Most Funny."

Influencers like writer and producer Taryn Southern, crypto rappers TeamHODL and Coin Daddy, and YouTubers like Crypto Blood, Crypto Bobby, Cryptonauts, and I Love Crypto are all being honored for their efforts in spreading the gospel of the blockchain online.

Everyone is kinda famous — even the people who aren`t famous are treated like they might be. One man, who volunteered to help set up the event so that he wouldn`t have to pay 600 for a ticket, is handed a medal honoring him for his work in "Best Miscellaneous Category." (Later, he said that the event`s host asked him to return the medal because they needed it back.)

When a guest asks me to take his photo with Siraj Raval, I ask if he likes Raval`s YouTube videos.

"I`ve never seen them," the man admits. He then explains that he wants a photo because Raval seems like he might be famous.

I am also momentarily mistaken for an internet celebrity. At one point, a would-be fan approaches me, seemingly star struck: "I absolutely love your channel," he says.

When I tell him that I`ve never posted a video to YouTube in my life, he shrugs.

"Hm," he says. "I could have sworn it was you."

In the lobby, a crowd of mostly men wearing t-shirts adorned with blockchain start-up logos are chatting excitedly about the technology. Everyone seems to know each other or have heard of each other from the internet. ("This is like a chatroom, but IRL," one influencer observes.)

A beautiful woman shyly approaches a crypto rap artist called Coin Daddy.

"Coin Daddy, I need to talk to you," she says, softly. "I need you to help me make money."

In the cryptocurrency community, online influencers are a sought-after commodity. 

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During one panel that takes place early on, Siraj Raval, whose channel has close to 400,000 subscribers, says that he`s repeatedly dogged with emails requesting him to feature tokens for upcoming initial coin offerings, or ICOs. Taryn Southern also says that she`s constantly asked to promote tokens on her channel. 

For influencers, endorsing ICOs is a lucrative but dicey market. Raval says that he charges around 50,000 to post a 20-minute explainer video on his channel discussing a company`s token offering. While marketing ICOs is a profitable business, Raval says he seldom endorses companies that approach him with unsolicited requests.

"There`s a lot of fishy ICOs out there," one influencer says. "And if they`re not outright scams, then at the very least they`re sketchy."

An entire panel at the conference is dedicated to determining whether or not a token offering is a potential scam. 

"If Vitalik [Buterin, the founder of ethereum] is listed as an advisor, that`s a white flag," one speaker advises.

Fraud is so endemic within the cryptocurrency community that counterfeit coin offerings are now commonly referred to as "pump and dump schemes," and often involve a few ringleaders who generate interest in a token. Once enough people have bought in, the organizers rapidly sell off their investment and evaporate from the internet with their newfound profits.

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For anyone hosting an ICO — legitimate or otherwise  elevating public awareness is crucial. In the past few months, efforts to crowdsource cryptocurrency capital have ranged from ingenious to bizarre: Some companies have paid people to write token names on their bodies and share the photos online while others have seemingly absconded with their investors` cash, all in the name of raising awareness.

One of the most popular ways to attract public interest in an ICO is through online influencers. In the cryptocurrency community, influencers are regarded by many as having some of the most important opinions in the industry. As public figures, their leverage is considered so invaluable that several of the event`s attendees told Business Insider that they paid 5,000 to pitch their company`s token in front of the crowd for a few short minutes. (For comparison, a startup employee said that their company paid 10,000 to rent a booth for a full three days at New York`s blockchain conference Consensus.)

Endorsement from an influencer with hundreds of thousands of followers can elevate a token`s public profile, even if that endorsement is only tacitly implied.

At the Crypto Influencer Awards Summit, one influencer told Business Insider that a fan asked to take her photo. When she agreed, she said that he positioned her in front of his company`s logo so that it would appear as though she was a supporter of his product.

Antics like this are fairly common, another influencer said.

The influencer said that he`s heard of people putting mining rigs with their company`s logos in busy neighborhoods and asking bypassers to pick up the rig so they can guess how much it weighs. When the person complies, they snap a photo of them holding the rig, and use the photo to showcase outside interest in the company.

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Midway through the Crypto Influencer Awards Summit, a strain of skepticism surrounding the event`s legitimacy begins to emerge.

So far, the proceedings have been so disorganized that one of the influencers in attendance posted a video of the event entitled "Most Awkward Conference Start Ever" to YouTube.

For an event where the cheapest tickets cost as much as Hamilton seats, I`m not sure what I expected from the awards ceremony, but this certainly isn`t it. 

Admittedly, everyone still seems to be having a good time, mostly because no one is really paying attention to the panels taking place at the front of the room. The YouTube stars in attendance have expansive and charismatic personalities, and the expectation that they sit quietly and listen is equal parts ridiculous and impossible. 

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People are milling about and talking loudly. The host, wearing a foam Statue of Liberty crown, interrupts the panelists again and again to remind people, in increasingly strenuous tones, to please sit down and be quiet. For the most part, her pleas are ignored. 

But despite the amount of fun everyone seems to be having, people are beginning to remark that the event is, to say the least, very weird.

Small, strange incongruities are adding up: A few of the celebrated guests who haven`t been alerted to a last-minute change in venue show up nearly an hour late. Even though the event cost hundreds of dollars to attend, no one seems to be checking tickets. (No one checked whether or not I had a press pass, and I simply walked in.)

Miscellaneous suitcases are scattered haphazardly throughout the venue`s back rooms, where private meetings are taking place. A guest says that the event`s organizer has spent the better part of the evening outside, arguing with the police. Drinks are covertly poured into red plastic SOLO cups from behind a fold-up table throughout most of the night. A hallway bathroom has no mirror, no toilet paper, no paper towels, and somewhat mysteriously, no toilet seat. 

 Adam Charles, the marketing manager of the host company Boosto, later said that the NYPD made four separate visits to the venue, the Hudson Club, due to issues with entertainment and alcohol permits. He said he wasn`t aware that the venue may not have had the appropriate licenses to host an event with alcohol and music. 

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When a man wearing a gold plastic crown takes to the stage midway through the proceedings, and shouts that everyone should buy bitcoin, and only bitcoin, he is roundly heckled by the crowd.

"If you don`t have bitcoin, you should go," he shouts into the mic. "You should leave here."

He continues: "We organize everyone here, for what? Just so they can buy your coin." 

"Who is that guy?" I ask one heckler in the audience.

"Some Chinese bitcoin whale," he replies. (Later, the event`s host, Heidi Yu, identified the man as the prolific Chinese bitcoin miner Chandler Guo, and said that his appearance on the stage was intended to be a joke. She also said that she regretted allowing him to speak. Guo himself did not respond to a request for comment.) 

Some of the influencers wonder aloud whether or not the event has been thrown for the express purpose of raising awareness for the host company`s forthcoming ICO.

YouTuber Omar Bham tells me that skepticism surrounding the event began even before the evening`s official proceedings kicked off. He points out a tweet posted by the influential entrepreneur and bitcoin advocate Andreas Antonopoulos who, weeks earlier, wrote that people should boycott the event because of its misleading advertising.

The Crypto Influencer Awards prominently displayed the logos of several top influencers on its site, even though they hadn`t confirmed their attendance. Boosto also advertised media partnerships with various publications, including Business Insider, on the page`s event invitation, even though such a partnership didn`t exist. When asked why Boosto advertised Business Insider`s logo on its site as a media partnership, the company`s marketing manager, Adam Charles, said he thought that anyone attending the event would like what he called "free promotion." 

"If we give out media passes, we put a media partnership on the site," said Charles. "I guess we should maybe ask for clarification in writing in the future. We`re still learning."

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Online, other cryptocurrency thought leaders decried the event as "despicable and deceitful."

At one point in the evening, the host, Heidi Yu, took to the stage to address the murmurs within the crowd. With the microphone in hand, Yu announced that the event was not a scam. 

"Let me tell you guys, this is legitimate," she said. 

Phu Styles, founder of the Women in Blockchain Foundation and an active figure in the cryptocurrency community, said that it`s not unusual for last-minute changes to take place at cryptocurrency conferences because the industry tends to be incredibly fast-paced. Bigger than expected crowds and changes in the lineup are all par for the course. 

Another influencer who received an award said that the event was weird, but that its strangeness was only to be expected.

"This is the blockchain," he said. "This is why it`s called the Wild West, right?"

Team Hodl

The frontman behind the crypto rap group TeamHODL, who performed at the event and goes by the nickname "Hashbrown," said he was pleased that Boosto had paid for his hotel room and plane ticket to New York. Many of the other crypto influencers who attended the event also said that Boosto compensated them for their airfare and lodging costs.

"They could have planned it better," said Hashbrown. "But I think they`re genuine. At the heart of it, they`re doing right by crypto."

A few days later, I called up Siraj Raval and asked him what he thought about the Crypto Influencer Awards Summit in retrospect.

"Yeah, I think they might have hosted the event just to promote their brand," he said. "If that`s what they were doing, then it`s a pretty smart idea. It worked, right? I came. You came. At the very least, we all showed up for it."

Cryptocurrency Influencers

Omar Bham posted a video to his channel Cyrpt0 a few days later, saying that he thought the event was misleading. 

"[A lot of people] were saying that this whole conference was a scam," Bham says in the video. "I would argue, you know, you might be right. Some people paid 500 just so they could get into this room...It was an odd event."

He goes on: "It`s the question of what do you get out of it? I think that`s a lot of what could be a scam, which is something that`s misleading in my opinion: Someone promising you something and then giving you something else. I think that`s what you can call a scam."

When I asked Adam Charles what he thought about the fact that some at the event suspected it might have been a scam, he said that he was hurt by this assumption and that the event`s issues were due to a last-minute change in venue that was beyond his control. He also said that he was actively reaching out to the influencers who attended to see how he might be able to improve Boosto`s event participation in the future.

"The ironic thing is that I`m sick of people getting scammed," he said. "I made the cryptocurrency influencer website so that we could point out the influencers people can trust online so that they don`t get scammed."

Charles said that many people interested in learning about cryptocurrencies rely exclusively on YouTube influencers for their information. 

"The thing is that crypto is so new, and all of these crypto influencers suddenly popped up out of nowhere and people don`t know who to trust," he said. "I hate banks, and I hate scams. That`s the whole reason I`m into crypto."

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  • Warren Buffett was close to investing 3 billion in Uber, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.
  • The deal fell apart due to disagreements over the size and terms of the stake. 

Legendary investor Warren Buffett tried to buy a 3 billion stake in Uber earlier this year through his Berkshire Hathaway company, Bloomberg News` Eric Newcomer and Olivia Zaleski reported Wednesday.

However, the deal fell apart due to disagreements over the size and terms of the potential investment, Bloomberg said, citing people familiar with the discussions. Neither Uber nor Berkshire Hathaway responded to Bloomberg`s request for comment.

Transportation has been a popular sector for Buffett as he decides what to do with Berkshire`s estimated 160 billion cash pile that is ripe for acquiring new companies. Last October, the firm bought a 39% stake in the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain in October 2017. It also owns a major stake in Chinese electric-car maker BYD. 

News of the attempted investment comes at a time when Uber is trying to re-invent itself. Dara Khosrowshahi, who took over as Uber`s chief executive in November 2017, following the departure of embattled founder Travis Kalanick, personally stepped in and asked the deal be cut to 2 billion, Bloomberg said. Khosrowshahi is now featured on advertising slots across the country apologizing for the company`s past missteps. 

A Berkshire investment in Uber would have looked similar to Buffett`s 5 billion Goldman Sachs deal, Bloomberg said. In the depths of the financial crisis, Buffett loaned a lump sum to the bank in exchange for preferred stock, which ended up netting him a cool 1.6 billion profit.

That deal was brokered by Buffett`s favorite banker, Byron Trott, who now runs a family office in Chicago known by his initials BDT, which also helped finance Buffett`s Pilot Flying J investment late last year. 

Read the full Bloomberg report here. 

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  • Google plans to release two new smartphones this year, the Google Pixel 3 and Google Pixel 3 XL, according to a report from Bloomberg`s Mark Gurman.
  • The new devices will have upgraded rear cameras and two front-facing cameras. The Pixel 3 XL will reportedly have a nearly edge-to-edge display and a notch design similar to the iPhone X. 
  • Google has discussed building the phones with iPhone manufacturer Foxconn, Bloomberg reports.  

Google`s upcoming Pixel smartphone could feature a bigger screen, two front-facing cameras, and its very own notch, in a design that sounds very similar to the 999 Apple iPhone X. 

According to a new report from Bloomberg`s Mark Gurman, Google plans to release two new phones in October — the Google Pixel 3 and the Google Pixel 3 XL.

The new devices will feature dual front-facing cameras and an upgraded camera on the back. The larger device will have a nearly edge-to-edge screen, plus a notch design at the top similar to the iPhone X, Bloomberg reports. 

Also new this year: Google has reportedly approached Foxconn, the same manufacturer that produces iPhones, to discuss building the Pixel phones. 

Google first introduced its line of Pixel smartphones in 2016, and released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL in 2017. The phone is widely considered one of the best Android smartphones you can buy, but last year`s models were beset by a wave of issues, including problems with the Pixel 2 XL`s screen, weird clicking noises coming from the smaller Pixel 2, delivery delays, and more. 

According to a report from February, Google shipped 3.9 million Pixel phones in 2017, which is equivalent to about a week of iPhone sales.  

You can read more about Google`s plans for the Pixel 3 over at Bloomberg

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Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer

  • Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer played down the prospect of regulation by calling its ad business “very small.”
  • But marketers’ concerns over the duopoly of Facebook and Google’s control over the advertising industry is nothing new and continues to grow.
  • In fact, Facebook is the No. 2 largest media owner on the planet, according to ad agency Zenith Media.

During a panel at Recode’s Code Conference on Tuesday, Facebook’s chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer made a comment that likely stumped a few marketing and advertising execs in the room.

When asked if Facebook should be regulated over concerns that the company has a monopoly on internet services, Schroepfer said, “Consumers are smart—they use the products that they want. We’re a very small part of the overall ads business so I think we’re honest when we say we feel competition all the time.”

For anyone that’s been following the advertising business for the past few years, Schroepfer’s comment seems outside the reality that is the duopoly of Facebook and Google, which continues to dominate the digital media industry.

It`s impossible to avoid Facebook

To be clear, yes, Schroepfer’s comment is accurate. Facebook made 40.65 billion in revenue during 2017, according to the company’s earnings. Research firm eMarketer estimates that advertisers spent 585 billion globally last year, meaning that Facebook revenue adds up to roughly 7% of global ad budgets last year.

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But talk to any agency, publisher, or analyst, and Facebook’s large footprint on the ads business is impossible to ignore.

Meanwhile, the trend towards higher digital ad budgets continues, and Facebook’s share of the ad world is only likely to grow in coming years while print and TV spends decrease. 

Here`s a chart from EMarketer`s report that shows how much digital ad budgets are growing:

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Facebook is bigger than Comcast, Verizon and Disney

In fact, ad agency Zenith Media says that desktop and mobile advertising overtook traditional TV to become the biggest medium last year, growing 14% year-over-year. By 2020, internet ad spending will represent 44.6% of global ad spend, eclipsing TV’s expected 31.2% of ad spend.

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Zenith also puts out a yearly report on the top 30 largest media companies. Facebook does not consider itself a media company, but the report’s methodology considers Facebook to be one of seven “digital platforms that are funded by internet advertising.”

Between 2012 and 2016, Facebook’s revenues grew 528%, placing it at No. 2 on the list. Google’s parent company Alphabet was No. 1 on the list.

chart2Suffice to say, little about Facebook’s ad business is actually little.

You can watch the full Recode interview with Facebook’s Schroepfer and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg below:

 

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People are so obsessed with trading cryptocurrencies that a hospital just launched a program to treat addictive behavior. 

Castle Craig Hospital, a treatment center that offers programs to treat alcohol, drug, and behavioral addictions is now offering a cryptocurrency-addiction program.

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  • Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of bitcoin, evaporated from the web seven years ago. 
  • Laszlo Hanyecz, a developer who worked on bitcoin early on, told Business Insider that he exchanged hundreds of emails with the person known as Nakamoto over the course of 2010.
  • The experience was mostly weird, said Hanyecz.

Ten years after murmurs of the world`s first cryptocurrency appeared online, there`s still no definitive clue as to the identity of its creator, the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. 

While Nakamoto vanished from the internet in April of 2011, he left behind a slender trail of breadcrumbs in the form of emails exchanged with early bitcoin developers, commentary in online forums, and bitcoin`s original whitepaper itself. 

While there`s plenty of speculation regarding Nakamoto`s true identity, all of the guesses hazarded thus far have led to inconclusive dead ends.

One bitcoin developer, Laszlo Hanyecz, best known for making the first real-world purchase in bitcoin for a pair of multi-million dollar pizzas, told Business Insider that he exchanged hundreds of emails with the bitcoin creator over the course of 2010.

Their interaction began when Hanyecz, who had been mining bitcoins on his laptop, expressed interest in contributing to the cryptocurrency`s development online. Nakamoto agreed, Hanyecz said, and over the course of the year, he sent over tasks for Hanyecz to complete. 

Hanyecz said that his interactions with Nakamoto were always "kind of weird." 

bitcoin"I thought bitcoin was awesome and I wanted to be involved, but I had a regular developing job," said Hanyecz. "Nakamoto would send me emails like, `Hey, can you fix this bug? Hey, can you do this?`"

Hanyecz said that even though his work on bitcoin was a side project that he worked on for free, Nakamoto treated him like he was a full time employee. 

"He`d say: `Hey, the west side`s down.` Or, `We have these bugs, we need to fix this.` I`d be like, `We? We`re not a team,`" said Hanyecz. "I thought that it was approval from him, that maybe he accepted me as a member. But I didn`t want the responsibility. I didn`t really understand all of the forces that were going on at the time."

Hanyecz said that Nakamoto`s demands occasionally rubbed him the wrong way.

"I`d say, `Hey, you`re not my boss,`" said Hanyecz. "I didn`t take it too seriously, though." 

I asked a few questions — he always dodged them

Nakamoto didn`t seem too thrilled about Hanyecz`s burgeoning mining pursuits either, said Hanyecz.

"He said, "Well, I’d rather not have you do the mining too much,`" said Hanyecz. "He was trying to grow the community and get more commerce-use cases. He fully recognized that mining would become a thing where a few people would get wealthy."

Typically, Hanyecz would contact Nakamoto throughout the week with technical inquiries usually related to bitcoin`s code, he said. When Nakamoto chose to respond, he`d do so all at once, usually towards the end of the week. 

"I just assumed he was busy working on other stuff," said Hanyecz.

Bitcoin, Members of Japan`s idol group Despite working on a strenuous, highly technical project together, Hanyecz said that Nakamoto always maintained his veil of anonymity, to the point that it struck Hanyecz as distinctly odd.

"He or she or whoever it was never told me anything personal," said Hanyecz. "I asked a few questions, but he always dodged them. Those questions never got answered."

Because of Nakamoto`s name, Hanyecz assumed like many others, that he was conferring with a slightly eccentric man of Asian origins. There were several emails where Hanyecz said that Nakamoto struck him as paranoid.

"There were a few times when I got messages that seemed off-base," he said. "I brushed them off because I was like, `Who cares if this guy tells me to go pound sand and go away?` This wasn`t my  job or anything, it was a hobby. I was trying to be friends with him. He seemed very paranoid about people breaking the software. He kept calling it `pre-release,` and I was helping him get it to release."

In retrospect, Hanyecz said that Nakamoto`s paranoia was understandable. 

"If anything had happened to the code early on, we wouldn’t be heaving this conversation today," he said.

Hanyecz said that he`s used to dealing with eccentric people over the internet, but that his interactions with Nakamoto consistently gave him what he called "a weird feeling." 

Ultimately, though, Hanyecz said that he has deep respect for both Nakamoto`s project and the person, or team, behind the name Nakamoto. Hanyecz believes  that bitcoin might not exist today if it wasn`t for its creator`s decision to evade the public eye. 

"It’s exciting because people love a man of mystery, but I try to steer people towards the fact that it doesn`t matter who made it. He could be a psycho killer," Hanyecz said.  "People like to identify with heroes or villains, but in the cryptosphere your code has to speak for itself. Charisma and being an interesting person only gets you so far when you`re a developer. Ultimately, you`ll be judged on the quality of your code and your idea."

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China is building a new space station — the latest move in what some experts see as a brewing space race between China and the US.

China`s UN ambassador, Shi Zhongjun, recently invited the whole world to participate in the new space station. 

"CSS belongs not only to China, but also to the world," Shi told Xinhua, a state news agency. "All countries, regardless of their size and level of development, can participate in the cooperation on an equal footing."

The new space station could become operational as soon as 2022, according to documents released by the UN`s Office for Outer Space Affairs. 

The US has barred China`s space agency from using the International Space Station (ISS) or sharing any technology over security concerns. 

But the ISS may come to an early end. President Donald Trump has said his administration is considering ending the US`s involvement in the space station by 2025, which is three years ahead of the previously accepted schedule.

That change in plans is part of the Trump administration`s larger push to privatize much of the US`s space operations. 

International Space Station

NASA has already spent about 100 billion to keep the space station — which functions like an orbiting laboratory for astronauts and scientists — in top shape. The space agency pumps around 3-4 billion per year into the program, but those funds may dry up sooner than anticipated.

Meanwhile, many of the partners behind the ISS are already being courted to invest in China`s new space station, according to hotel billionaire Robert Bigelow, who has his own plan to build an inflatable space station more than twice as big as the ISS. 

Europe`s space agency, the ESA, has agreed to a partnership in which European astronauts would be able to use China`s new station throughout the 2020s, reports Ars Technica

China hopes its future space station can be operational for around a decade and support up to six astronauts for 180-day stays, during which they would conduct research

Parts of the Chinese space station are already complete, including the core module, dubbed Tianhe-1 or "Harmony of the Heavens." That module is expected to be sent into orbit as early as 2020, with the rest of the station expected to be completed by 2022. 

China is planning to send a probe to study the dark side of the moon as well, in another move to expand its presence in space. The country is building a Mars simulation base deep in the Tibetan desert, too, where it hopes to train astronauts for a potential Mars mission.

China plans to launch a Mars probe in 2020.

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BEST BUY SEES OPPORTUNITIES IN HEALTHCARE: Best Buy is testing an in-home health monitoring service, Assured Living, as it explores healthcare as a growth opportunity and potential revenue channel, per CNBC. The Assured Living program helps caregivers and family members check on aging patients with remote patient monitoring (RPM) — mobile technology that enables individuals to track and share their personal health data — which can help the more than half of Americans suffering from chronic health conditions better manage their illnesses. As healthcare becomes increasingly digital, the electronics retailer sees health and wellness as a strategic area for opportunities moving forward, according to CEO Hubert Joly. Best Buy has expanded its Assured Living pilot in Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Minnesota since launching the program in January 2017, according to the StarTribune.  

Best Buy’s Assured Living could increase customer engagement with the health monitoring technology they purchase from the retailer. The program provides families with an in-home assessment performed by Assured Living Advisors who recommend the appropriate devices based on the seniors’ living conditions and health concerns, and Best Buy`s Geek Squad workers install the systems. In addition to the up-front cost of the devices, customers pay Best Buy a 29.99 monthly fee for access to a smartphone app that helps seniors and family members monitor health data and activity. Assured Living`s in-home installation service provided by the Geek Squad is a process consumers are already accustomed to — it`s no different than installing a smart TV or connected speaker into a customer`s home. This could help to normalize RPM technology.

The proliferation of RPMs will benefit tech companies and health organizations alike:

  • RPMs open up opportunities for consumer-facing companies to push into the health space. As consumers become more comfortable with self-monitoring their health through remote devices and smartphone apps, retail companies and tech giants are presented with an opportunity to leverage their existing consumer-facing products as health monitoring tools. This trend has been seen in Amazon`s development of Alexa’s healthcare services, and Apple`s re-positioning of its Watch as a health monitoring tool.
  • Access to more elderly patient data could help insurers and providers cut healthcare costs. Tracking vitals and lifestyle behaviors could help caregivers improve treatment and medication adherence. Providers and insurers are eager for tools that can help clamp down on the 80% of healthcare costs that come from chronic diseases, especially as the US healthcare system stares down an expanding aging population.

MOST AMERICANS ARE UNAWARE, CONCERNED ABOUT PRECISION MEDICINE: Two-thirds of Americans haven’t heard of personalized medicine or precision medicine, according to a new study commissioned by the Personalized Medicine Coalition and GenomeWeb. Precision medicine, which uses variations in patients’ genes, environment, and lifestyle to guide the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, has the potential to drive down healthcare costs. For example, the Alzheimer`s Association reports that earlier detection of Alzheimer’s can reduce the per-person cost of treatment by 64,000. But low rates of patient awareness as well as uneasiness around how precision medicine will be used are a significant hurdle to increased adoption by providers and insurers. Fifty-two percent of respondents said that the use of personalized medicine tests to deny coverage was a “major concern.” While it’s illegal for payers to use precision medicine tests to deny coverage, patient misinformation on the matter could prevent hospitals from successfully deploying precision medicine in a clinical setting.

At the same time, clinician understanding of precision medicine is lacking. Just 14% of providers would be comfortable interpreting genetic tests for their patients, according to Clinical Innovation+Technology. Still, health systems anticipate long-term savings from precision medicine. That’s why providers like John Hopkins University are developing clinical decision support tools that make it easier for clinicians to interpret genetic test data. If health systems are to realize the potential cost-savings from scalable adoption of precision medicine, they’ll need to improve their outreach efforts to assuage patient doubts and clinician familiarity.

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UNITEDHEALTHCARE DOUBLES DOWN ON VALUE-BASED CARE WITH LAB PARTNERSHIPS: UnitedHealthcare signed contracts with LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics — two of the nation’s largest US diagnostic test companies — to bring value-based care (VBC) to laboratory tests, according to Forbes. LabCorp’s renewing its contract, while Quest’s contract makes it an in-network provider for all of UnitedHealthcare’s members.  The emergence of the VBC model, in which providers are paid based on positive patient outcomes rather than the number of services the patient uses, is good news for insurers — they get the benefit of healthier members at lower costs. And it makes sense for UnitedHealthcare to emphasize its VBC push in a lab setting — as much as 200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment, according to Healthcare Finance News. For providers, the benefits of the VBC model are less clear-cut. In the current fee-for-service reimbursement model, health systems benefit from prescribing additional treatments and services. However, insurers such as UnitedHealthcare argue that the VBC model encourages a faster patient turnaround, which could lead to greater volumes of patients. UnitedHealthcare’s Spine and Joint Solution, for instance, reduced hospital readmission rates by 22%.

ALIBABA HEALTH SPENDS 1 BILLION IN LATEST HEALTHCARE EXPANSION: Alibaba Health Information Technology agreed to spend 1.4 billion to purchase several health-related categories on the online shopping platform of its parent company, Alibaba Group, according to TechCrunch. The deal gives Alibaba Health ownership of categories that include medical devices and services and other healthcare products, which generated over 3 billion in gross merchandise volume in the fiscal year ending in March 2018. The deal, which expands Alibaba Health product offerings and enables it to reach more consumers, comes soon after Alibaba Health announced plans to increase investments in AI for healthcare. Consolidating business-to-consumer products under Alibaba Health is the next logical step to shore up against the healthcare efforts of competing Chinese tech giants Baidu and Tencent.

IN OTHER NEWS:

  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new AI-enabled diagnostic software from Imagen Technologies that analyzes X-ray images to detect wrist fractures, according to Health Data Management. The FDA announced an expansion of its pre-certification process to encourage the development of AI-enabled health tools in April 2018.
  • Uber launched an in-app 911 calling feature that makes it easier for users to contact emergency services, according to TechCrunch. Uber is piloting additional functionality in seven markets that would enable users to automatically share their location with 911 dispatchers.
  • A team of researchers from the US, Germany, and France developed an AI diagnostic tool that`s nearly 10% more effective than dermatologists at using images of moles to detect melanoma, according to the Guardian. More accurate diagnostic tools could lead to faster disease detection and help mitigate unnecessary surgeries.
  • Georgia-based health system Emory Healthcare and personal health platform Sharecare announced they’re launching The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub on September 1, 2018. With an eye toward value-based care, the Innovation Hub will combine Emory`s clinical expertise with Sharecare`s experience in patient engagement and personal health to develop digital health technologies that improve patient outcomes.

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CAIRO – 30 May 2018: Islamic State claimed responsibility on Wednesday for a knife and shooting attack in the Belgian city of Liege, but provided no evidence for its claim.

It said in an online statement a "soldier of the caliphate" had carried out the attack on Tuesday which killed two policewomen and a bystander.

Islamic State regularly claims attacks that are thought to be Islamist-inspired, often without providing any proof the group was involved.

Amazon delivery driver

  • Some Amazon product listings have thousands of reviews describing a different product than the one that`s for sale.
  • According to BuzzFeed, some sellers are changing listings to advertise different products from the ones the listings were originally created for, taking advantage of the good reviews a particular item has built up.
  • This practice is prohibited by Amazon`s terms of service for sellers.

The reviews are in, and they`re incredible: more than 6,200 reviews, averaging 4.2 stars.

"Yet another triumph for the great Jane Austen!" one review says.

"I really believe that Ms. Austen`s talent truly shines in this book," another says.

The only problem: The product page these reviews are appearing on is not a compilation of 19th-century novels of English literature, but a music-theory textbook called "The Musician`s Guide to Theory and Analysis (Second Edition)." The author is not Jane Austen but Jane Piper Clendinning. The item being sold and the reviews describing it do not match.

How the page got to be like that is a bit of a mystery. An Amazon representative did not immediately return Business Insider`s request for comment.

A report this week from BuzzFeed suggests this may not be a random glitch but instead part of an effort by sellers to take advantage of Amazon`s reviews system to reach more customers. Essentially, these sellers will hijack an existing listing that has gone dormant and update the photo and description to be something new, BuzzFeed reported, and all of a sudden this new product looks as if it`s been on the site for years with thousands of trusted reviews.

While the reviews themselves would describe a different product, a prospective buyer may not look past the star rating, which appears at the top of the page. Highly rated items also appear higher in search results, as the equity the listing has built up from selling for so long makes it a trusted result in Amazon`s system.

Some of the examples of mixed-up product pages even have an Amazon`s Choice tag.

To be clear, doing this violates Amazon`s reviews policy, and sellers who change the appearance of product pages in such a way risk being barred from the service.

"Sellers who do not follow these guidelines will be subject to the removal of their selling privileges and/or listings," an Amazon representative told BuzzFeed.

It`s not the only way sellers try to trick unwitting shoppers, violating Amazon`s terms of service in the process. Some sellers have tacked on thousands of dollars of unwarranted shipping charges, which is also against Amazon`s terms.

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iPhone X

  • Apple has released iOS 11.4, a software update that includes a long-promised feature: Messages in iCloud.
  • The new feature automatically saves and updates your iMessage history to your iCloud account, meaning it`s synced across all your Apple devices.
  • But there`s one drawback: If you don`t pay for iCloud storage, adding your iMessage history may eat up your storage space. 

With the release of iOS 11.4, Apple has finally made the major change to iMessage it promised nearly a year ago.

The software update, now available for iPhones and iPads, includes a new feature called Messages in iCloud. And while it might not sound particularly thrilling, Messages in iCloud is a game-changing feature for iMessage users.

In the past, iMessage conversations have been stored entirely on your device — a long-standing issue for people who like to switch between messaging on their iPhone and messaging on their MacBook or iPad.

With Messages on iCloud enabled, your conversations will look the same no matter what device you`re viewing them on. And when you delete a photo or entire conversation, those changes will carry over everywhere.

Plus, when you go to set up a new device, your message history will be stored in your iCloud account and can be accessed on your new iPhone or iPad.

When Craig Federighi, Apple`s senior vice president of software engineering, introduced the feature last June at the company`s WWDC developer conference, he noted one other benefit.

"With your messages in the cloud, we only need to keep your most recent messages cached on the device," Federighi said. "That makes for smaller and faster backups."

One key factor to consider before switching it on

While Messages in iCloud is convenient for people with multiple devices and lots of iCloud storage space, there`s a group of Apple customers who may not want to switch on this feature: those who don`t pay for iCloud storage.

iOS 11 iMessage

Apple provides 5 GB of storage to everyone with an iCloud account. For a lot of people, that space fills up quickly, forcing them to purchase one of Apple`s iCloud storage plans. To be fair, this isn`t a major expense — 50 GB of storage costs only 1 a month in the US.

If you`re not excited to pony up for additional storage, adding your entire iMessage history to your iCloud account may force you into upgrading your plan.

Apple hasn`t said how much space the new feature will take up, most likely because it varies from person to person. Factors like the number of devices you use and the size of your message history could affect how much it eats into your iCloud storage, so it`s worth weighing your options before activating it.

But for people who already pay for space — or those who just want to try it — Messages on iCloud is easy to set up.

Here`s how to turn it on:

  • On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update to ensure you have the latest version of iOS, called iOS 11.4.
  • In Settings, tap your name, then iCloud.
  • Scroll down under "apps using iCloud" until you see Messages. Toggle it on.
  • On your Mac, open Messages.
  • In the menu bar at the top of the screen, go to Messages > Preferences > Accounts.
  • Look for the option that says "enable Messages in iCloud" and toggle it on.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan played down a spate of recent Taliban attacks on Wednesday, saying violence levels were still lower than average as some insurgents talked peace - a situation he described as "talking and fighting."
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will impose targeted sanctions on 14 Venezuelan officials, adding to its previous moves to put pressure on President Nicolas Maduro`s government, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Tesla stock price consumer reports


Tesla surged more than 3% Wednesday after a second test by Consumer Reports found the company fixed issues the magazine previously found with the Model 3.

Last week, the Model 3 failed to receive the Consumer Reports` recommendation because of "big flaws," including long-stopping distances in the emergency braking test and "difficult to use controls." In the first test, the Model 3`s distance from 60 miles-per-hour to a complete stop was 152 feet — seven more than a Ford F-150 truck. But after a software update from Tesla, that distance was cut by 19 feet to 133.

"I’ve been at CR for 19 years and tested more than 1,000 cars," Jake Fisher, director of auto testing at Consumer Reports, said. "And I’ve never seen a car that could improve its track performance with an over-the-air update."

Consumer Reports also said Tesla appeared to be making some changes to its control interface, something it`s able to do thanks to the large touchscreen. The magazine previously said the controls could be difficult to use while driving and could lead to distraction and accidents.

Tesla is currently struggling to make enough Model 3 cars to keep up with demand and turn a profit, something CEO Elon Musk has repeatedly said will happen this year. Bloomberg estimates the company is churning out 1,489 Model 3`s per week — less than half Tesla`s goal of 5,000 per week. Over the weekend, Tesla flew in six planes full of robots and manufacturing equipment from Europe to speed up battery production. 

Shares of Tesla have had a choppy start to 2018. The stock is down 11% this year as a downgrade by the credit-rating agency Moody`splunging bond prices, and a string of AutoPilot crashes have made headlines.

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The long wait is over: There`s a brand new Pokémon game available on Nintendo`s Switch right now.

Pokémon Quest

Admittedly, "Pokémon Quest" may not have been the Pokémon game that Nintendo Switch owners were expecting. 

Given that Nintendo already announced that a "core" Pokémon game is coming to the Nintendo Switch, it was a major surprise on Tuesday night when the Japanese game giant announced three new Pokémon games

To be clear, those three new games are in addition to the still-in-development core game (that`s now expected in the second half of 2019). That game, whenever it launches, is expected to usher in the first new "generation" of Pokémon since "Pokémon Sun & Moon" came out in late 2016.

Meanwhile, the first game of the newly-announced bunch, "Pokémon Quest," is already available on the Nintendo Switch. Later this year, we`re getting "Pokémon: Let`s Go," a remake of 1999`s "Pokémon Yellow." In true series fashion, "Let`s Go Pokémon" will come in two different versions, starring mascot monsters Pikachu and Eevee.

Here`s everything we know about Pokémon`s huge future on Nintendo`s wildly popular Switch:

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Nintendo has four Pokémon games headed to the Switch, with the first available right now.

In an event in Tokyo this week, The Pokémon Company revealed a trio of new Pokémon games headed to the wildly popular Nintendo Switch.

-"Pokémon Quest" (available now, for free)
-"Pokémon: Let`s Go, Pikachu!" and "Pokémon: Let`s Go, Eevee!" (available on November 16, for 60 each)

The fourth game — an unnamed "core" Pokémon game, first announced last year — is currently in development. It`s scheduled for launch in the second half of 2019. 



The first game to launch, "Pokémon Quest," isn`t a typical Pokémon game. But it is pretty good!

In "Pokémon Quest," players cultivate a home base of wild Pokémon with which to take on hordes of enemy Pokémon in various — you guessed it! — quests

Well, that`s not entirely accurate. There are indeed quests in the game, but the main thrust of it is leveling up your group of fighting Pokémon by winning battles and collecting loot. Since the game is "free to start," there are options built in to buy in-game currency with real money, which can then be used for virtual items in the game.

That said, in the time I spent with "Pokémon Quest" this morning, I have mostly positive things to say. It`s certainly not a traditional Pokémon game, but it sure is immediately fun. Battles are simple at first, but ramp up in difficulty quickly; you`ll need tactical thinking if you want to win consistently. 

It looks and plays like a good mobile game, which makes sense — "Pokémon Quest" is headed to iPhone and Android in June.



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CAIRO – 30 May 2018: Egypt`s state security prosecutor on Wednesday ordered four Egyptian officials detained for four days for questioning on suspicion of taking bribes from commodities trading firms, a judicial source said.

State news agency MENA reported on Tuesday the officials had been arrested.

They include the chairman of the state Food Industries Holding Company (FIHC), a supply ministry adviser responsible for coordination with parliament, a supply ministry spokesman and an official in the FIHC chairman`s office, MENA said.

FIHC, a state buyer that has historically handled a broad sweep of commodities, tendering locally and internationally for staples like vegetable oils and sugar, has in recent years seen its role reduced in favour of state grain-buyer GASC.

Egypt is the world`s largest importer of wheat and a major buyer of staples like corn and vegetable oils.

iPhone X

  • Apple released iOS 11.4, a software update that includes a long-promised feature: Messages in iCloud.
  • The new feature automatically saves and updates your iMessage history to your iCloud account, which means it`s synced across all your Apple devices.
  • But there`s on drawback: if you don`t pay for iCloud storage, adding your iMessage history may eat up your storage space. 

With the release of iOS 11.4, Apple has finally made the major change to iMessage it promised nearly a year ago. 

The software update — which is now available for iPhones and iPads — includes a new feature called Messages in iCloud. And while it might not sound particularly thrilling, Messages in iCloud is a game-changing feature for iMessage users. 

In the past, iMessage conversations have been stored entirely on your device — a long-standing issue for people who like to switch between messaging on their iPhone and messaging on their MacBook or iPad.

With Messages on iCloud enabled, your conversations will look the same no matter what device you`re viewing them on. And when you delete a photo or entire conversation, those changes will carry over everywhere. 

Plus, when you go to set up a new device, your message history will be stored in your iCloud account and can be accessed on your new iPhone or iPad. 

When Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi introduced the change at WWDC last June, he noted one other benefit: quicker iPhone backups.

"With your messages in the cloud, we only need to keep your most recent messages cached on the device," Federighi said at the time. "That makes for smaller and faster backups."

One key factor to consider before switching it on

While Messages in iCloud is convenient for people with multiple devices and lots of iCloud storage space, there`s a group of Apple customers who may not want to switch this feature on: those who don`t pay for iCloud storage.

iOS 11 iMessage

Apple provides a free 5 GB of storage to everyone with an iCloud account. For a lot of people, that space fills up quickly, forcing them to purchase one of Apple`s iCloud storage plans. To be fair, this isn`t a major expense — 50 GB of storage costs only 1 per month in the US. 

If you`re not excited to pony up for additional storage, though, adding your entire iMessage history to your iCloud account may force you into upgrading your plan.

Apple hasn`t said how much space the new feature will take up, likely because it varies from person to person. Factors like the number of devices you use or the size of your message history could affect how much it eats into your iCloud storage, so it`s worth weighing your options before activating the new feature. 

But for those who already pay for space, or those who just want to give it a try, Messages on iCloud is easy to set up.

Here`s how to turn it on: 

  • On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update to ensure you have the latest version of iOS, called iOS 11.4.
  • Still in Settings, tap your own name, then click on iCloud.
  • Scroll down under "Apps using iCloud" until you see Messages. Toggle it on. 
  • On your Mac, open Messages.
  • In the menu bar at the top of the screen, click on Messages > Preferences > Accounts 
  • Look for the option that says "Enable Messages in iCloud" and toggle it on.

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Amazon delivery driver

  • Some Amazon product listings have thousands of reviews that describe a product that`s completely different from the one that`s for sale. 
  • According to Buzzfeed, some sellers are changing listings to advertise a different product from the one it was originally created for, taking advantage of the good reviews the particular item has built up. 
  • This practice is prohibited by Amazon`s terms of service for sellers.

The reviews are in, and they`re incredible: over 6,200 reviews, averaging 4.2 stars.

"Yet another triumph for the great Jane Austen!" reads one review.  

"I really believe that Ms. Austen`s talent truly shines in this book," reads another.

The only problem: the product page these reviews are appearing on is not a compilation of 19th-century novels of English literature, but a music theory textbook called "The Musician`s Guide to Theory and Analysis (Second Edition)." The author is not Jane Austen, but Jane Piper Clendinning. The item being sold and the reviews describing it do not match whatsoever.

How the page got to be like that is a bit of a mystery. An Amazon spokesperson did not immediately return Business Insider`s request for comment. 

According to Buzzfeed, this isn`t a random glitch, but instead an effort on the part of sellers who try to take advantage of Amazon`s reviews system to reach more customers. Essentially, these sellers will hijack an existing listing that has gone dormant, update the photo and description to be something new, and all of a sudden this new product looks like it`s been on the site for years with thousands of trusted reviews, Buzzfeed reported.

Most customers don`t bother to read the reviews, which would describe a different product, instead just checking how many stars an item has earned. Highly rated items appear higher in search results, as the equity the listing has built up from selling for so long makes it a trusted result in Amazon`s system.

Some of the examples of mixed-up product pages even have an Amazon`s Choice tag.

To be clear, doing this violates Amazon`s reviews policy, and sellers who change the appearance of product pages in such a way risk being barred from the service.

"Sellers who do not follow these guidelines will be subject to the removal of their selling privileges and/or listings," an Amazon spokesperson told Buzzfeed. 

It`s not the only way sellers try to trick unwitting shoppers, violating Amazon`s terms of service in the process. Some sellers have tacked on thousands of dollars of unwarranted shipping charges, which is also against Amazon`s terms.

SEE ALSO: Amazon is making it harder and harder to quit Prime

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Practice Babies

As the medical and scientific revolutions felt new wind in their sails at the end of World War I, America’s confidence in science and research grew. At the height of this craze, even the age-old tradition of motherhood became something that was taught at a University, leading to the use of practice babies.

As part of many universities’ Home Economics Departments—programs meant to teach women how to efficiently run a household—practice babies allowed young women to hone their skills at parenting infants. From 1920 to 1970, 50 colleges from around the country would borrow babies out of orphanages as no-contest volunteers.

Babies were named by the universities, with Cornell giving the surname Domecon (Domestic Economics) to all of its children, and the University of Illinois naming children after the buildings they were placed in.

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In some programs, babies were rented out for a few weeks, but in others, dozens of women would take turns with each baby. A toddler might be put to bed by one “mom” only to be woken up by another. Strict schedules had to be kept, ensuring that everyone had their turn, and when the children had grown up past their usefulness, they were returned to the orphanages.

As young women were taught the finances of a residence and the chemistry of cooking, so too were they instructed in the caring for of children. In the short term, practice babies benefited from the extra food and care. Many orphans were acquired as young as possible and were often malnourished. The care of a dozen amateur mothers provided ample attention, but in retrospect, researchers worry how this might have affected their ability to form attachments.

Despite their worry, no one knows the fates of these children. To date, no studies have followed up on the lives of the Domecons or the rest of the practice babies.

Source: The Dystopian Program Of Practice Babies

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Amazon

As the most valuable retailer in the United States and one of the most valuable public companies in the world,  Amazon is home to some high-paying careers. 

We compiled the top 11 highest paying jobs at Amazon, based on current and former employee reports on Glassdoor.com. If you`re in the market for a new job and want to give this huge retailer a shot, check this list out beforehand.

11. Brand specialist

Average salary: 61,112

A brand specialist works in the marketing team, and focuses on customer interaction and company image. 



10. Business analyst

Average salary: 73,221

A business analyst keeps an eye on company and industry data to help facilitate company decisions. 



9. Software engineer I

Average salary: 99,444

A software engineer works with coders, programmers, and software design teams. Amazon has tiers within certain positions (generally from 1-3), with a 1 being a person with the least amount of experience and a 3 being a person with many years of experience. 



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mary meeker

Each year, legendary internet stock analyst-turned-investor Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers puts together a presentation on the state of the web.

The report, now in its 23rd year, compiles and crunches data from a wide range of sources and provides insights into the biggest trends in digital.

Meeker launched the 2018 edition of the Internet Trends Report at Vox Media`s Code Conference on Wednesday, and we have republished it here in full.

While last year focused on interactive games and online advertising, this year’s presentation delves into data and personalization, e-commerce innovation, and China’s rising intensity and leadership in internet-related markets.

Here`s what`s happening on the internet in 2018:

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  • Honor, a senior home care startup that wants to use technology to better care for seniors in their homes, has changed the way it`s doing business. 
  • Honor switched up its business model in late 2017 to start working with home care agencies to staff their practices — rather than compete with them for clients. "They’re really good at being deep in communities," CEO Seth Sternberg told Business Insider.
  • To date, Honor has raised 115 million from backers including Andreessen Horowitz and Thrive Capital. 

Home care startup Honor is no longer looking to disrupt the healthcare world in the same way that Uber redefined the taxi industry.

After learning that upending the existing home care world would be more difficult than it had imagined, Honor is crafting a new strategy. The company is now working with established home care agencies by supplying them with technology and employees to take care of their senior clients. It`d be like if a rideshare startup were to supply existing taxi companies with drivers and an app for customers to use.

Honor is part of the multi-billion-dollar home care industry, one that`s growing as the elderly population booms in the US. The idea is that having an extra hand at home could help otherwise healthy elderly people stay independent for longer, and hopefully out of the hospital

Honor helps out on the non-medical end of things, supplying care professionals that can assist elderly clients with daily chores, transport to a doctor`s appointment, grocery shopping, or other activities that are part of daily life, while streamlining the process using technology. 

As Honor got its start, it went head-to-head in competition with the established senior care agencies that were in each of the cities Honor branched into. 

"There`s no customer we don`t compete for. We compete for every single customer," Honor CEO Seth Sternberg told Business Insider in August 2016. The system of agencies, Sternberg said at the time, was historically "fragmented." 

But late last year, Honor started working with the agencies it once sought to be in competition with.

Instead of competing to recruit elderly clients to use Honor instead of another local agency, agencies have started to use Honor`s technology and staffing capabilities to send out care professionals to the clients they manage. 

"They’re really good at being deep in communities," Sternberg told Business Insider. Healthcare — from the pharmacy to the doctor`s office to the hospital — is a local experience, and that extends to home care as well. Because home care agencies are already embedded into local communities, Honor doesn`t have to replicate that work or compete against them. Now, the company can just plug itself in, handling a lot of the logistics that are similar from agency to agency. 

In May, Honor raised an additional 50 million in a round led by South African tech firm Naspers Ventures to build out its "Care Network," the group of home care agencies that use Honor. To date, Honor`s raised 115 million.

How home care agencies use Honor

Working with the home care agency and through Honor`s technology (housed in an app and online), Honor lines clients up with a "Care Pro" (the home care professional) who`s a good fit and has the right expertise to help out that elderly client. Through the app, family members can schedule times when they need a Care Pro to stop by, add details, and monitor to make sure the visit actually happened.

That way, the Care Pros, the seniors receiving care, the agency that linked the seniors to the Care Pros, and their loved ones are all connected through Honor`s app. 

Now that it`s working with agencies, most of that process stays the same, but the agencies set up the clients. Honor takes on a lot of the administrative tasks, which has been a big help to Laurie Miller, who runs Apple Care and Companion in Dallas, Texas and started working with Honor at the end of 2017. Miller started her agency with her mother in 2006. Over the last decade, she`s seen the home care industry go through some big changes.

"It`s like night and day," she said. Recruiting care professionals has gotten more competitive as her small business goes up against not just other home care clinics but nursing homes and other professions.

Because of that competition, Miller would often quadruple shift interview appointments, hoping even one candidate would show. Now, Honor employs the Care Pros that work with Miller`s clients. 

Not having to recruit gives Miller more time to grow the business, she said, especially because she can bring on additional care professionals as needed. 

Miller also used to rely on an on-call cell phone that clients could ring if they needed care. Miller and other Apple employees would take turns bringing the phone home overnight and would grapple with finding someone available at an odd hour of the night. 

Now that she`s using Honor, clients can call the startup instead. 

Honor has set up shop in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It has also expanded to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to see how the company could fare in a less densely populated area. So far, it`s been easier than other places, Sternberg said, in part because there`s less traffic for Care Pros to get caught in on the way to a visit. 

Shaking up the senior home care industry has had some growing pains beyond Honor. In February 2017 Homehero, a startup with 20 million in funding, shut down its home care business and pivoted to a healthcare venture. Hometeam, a New York-based home healthcare startup, in May hired a new CEO as part of its push to work more closely with health plans including Medicare and Medicaid.

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Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer

  • Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said he`s seen a major cultural shift within the company in the month since the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
  • After the scandal, in which a data analytics company improperly obtained information on as many as 87 million Facebook users and used it for election ad targeting, many consumers were critical of Facebook`s approach. Schroepfer himself was subject to questioning from UK lawmakers.
  • Employees have a much "sharper, more pessimistic view, on everything in the company," when it comes to product development, security, and content review, he said at the Code Conference.

Facebook employees have a "much sharper, more pessimistic view on everything in the company" than they did this time last year, according to CTO Mike Schroepfer.

"Top to bottom [it`s] not just what are all the great things that can happen, but what are all the ways that people can abuse this? What are all the theoretical ways this could happen?"Schroepfer said in an on-stage interview with Recode`s Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka at the annual Code Conference

Schroepfer was referring to the aftermath of Facebook`s tumultuous year — where concerns over user privacy and its role in spreading misinformation put the social network under the spotlight. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where a data analysis firm improperly obtained information on as many as 87 million Facebook users, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Schroepfer himself were  subject to questioning from lawmakers in the United States and UK.

In the months since, Schroepfer says employees have started looking at things differently, by becoming more wary of what the tools they create are capable of before they`re deployed rather than relying on doing damage control after.

"I mean it`s the biggest cultural shift I`ve ever seen in the ten years I`ve been there," Schroepfer said. And it`s apparently seeping into everything that Facebook does, including product changes and development, policy changes, security, and content review. 

"I think the the days in tech of just `hey I built these tools, I`m not responsible for what happens with them,` are sort of over."

 

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  • Walmart announced on Wednesday that it will offer low-cost college education to part-time, full-time, and salaried employees at three universities, all of which have online programs for working adults.
  • Employees will pay just 1 a day, which works out to about 75 per semester.
  • The catch is that employees must study business or supply-chain management.
  • The new initiative will likely benefit Walmart more than it will cost the company.

On Wednesday, Walmart announced that it will offer low-cost college education to its 1.4 million part-time, full-time, and salaried workers at Walmart and Sam`s Club.

Employees will pay just a dollar a day, which works out to about 75 per semester. The retail giant is partnering with the University of Florida in Gainesville; Brandman University in Irvine, California; and Bellevue University in Bellevue, Nebraska. All three are nonprofit universities that have online programs for working adults.

While the initiative may sound too good to be true, there is a catch: The employees must study business or supply-chain management, and have worked at Walmart for at least 90 days.

According to a statement from Walmart, offering college classes to employees is part of its attempt to improve retention rates and engagement at work. If an employee leaves the company before they earn their degree, they can continue their studies on their own without the financial assistance from Walmart.

Other companies have made similar investments in higher education for employees. Starbucks provides workers a full ride to Arizona State University for undergraduate degrees in over 60 subjects, and Chipotle Mexican Grill gives its employees up to 5,250 in annual tuition assistance.

This is not the first time Walmart has partially picked up the tab for its employees` college classes. In 2010, it partnered with American Public University to offer online courses that counted toward a bachelor`s or master`s degree, but the company agreed to only cover up to 15% of tuition.

A Walmart spokesperson told The Washington Post that the company doesn`t know how much it will end up spending on the new program, but it expects that as many as 68,000 employees will sign up in the first five years. 

Annual tuition and fees at the three schools range from 7,365 at Bellevue University to 28,658 for out-of-state students at the University of Florida, according to US News & World Report. That means that if 68,000 employees enroll by the end of 2023, Walmart may shell out anywhere from 500.8 million to 1.9 billion annually (not counting the 1 a day employees would pay back) by that time.

The program will likely benefit Walmart much more than it will cost the company. Since 2015, Walmart has already invested 2.7 billion in training, education, and higher wages. Investing in employee education could allow managers to fill the gaps in their workers` professional skills, so the company may need to spend less on these things in the future.

This rationale is true for other large companies, which also already pour a lot of money (more than 164 billion annually, according to a recent employer survey) into employee training. As The Atlantic notes, that`s about 15 billion less than what the federal government and states spend on higher education combined.

"We know there [are] a lot of benefits from a business perspective," Drew Holler, vice president of people innovation for Walmart US, said on a call with reporters. "We know we`re going to see an influx of applications."

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  • Scottish addiction treatment center Castle Craig Hospital has launched a program geared to help people who are addicted to buying and selling cryptocurrencies online.
  • In its online guide, the hospital describes the addictive behavior as similar to that of other online addictions, and offers practical advice as well as longterm therapeutic treatments.

Since bitcoin first appeared nearly a decade ago, cryptocurrencies have transformed internet culture. Online, crypto traders and blockchain enthusiasts eagerly swap anecdotes regarding market speculation and upcoming token offerings, and the crypto culture has spilled out into the world at large as well, inspiring thousands of summits, meet-up groups, and conferences worldwide.

But there`s a downside to that cryptocurrency culture that a rural Scottish hospital is hoping to address: Cryptocurrency trading addiction. 

Castle Craig Hospital, a treatment center that offers programs to treat alcohol, drug, and behavioral addictions is now offering a cryptocurrency addiction program among its offerings for gambling addictions.

According to the hospital`s website, the program focuses on people whose cryptocurrency trading habits have become problematic. 

"Cryptocurrency addiction is a behavioural addiction, similar to gambling addiction, and disrupts or damages personal, family relationships and recreational pursuits," the site reads.

The hospital suggests that the addiction is most common in young men, who make up the demographic majority of online traders, and that the behavior is a form of evasion that can potentially lead to total bankruptcy. As treatment, the hospital recommends cognitive behavioral therapy or a 12-step program.

Read Castle Craig Hospital`s full treatment protocol here.

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A Russian journalist and Kremlin critic, reported to have been shot dead in Ukraine, has appeared alive at a news conference and declared that his murder was faked by Ukrainian security services to foil an assassination plot against him.
A Russian journalist and Kremlin critic, reported to have been shot dead in Ukraine, has appeared alive at a news conference.
ANKARA (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Wednesday denied media reports that a deal had been reached between the United States and Turkey on a three-step plan for withdrawing the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia from Syria`s Manbij.
GAZA (Reuters) - The Israel-Gaza border fell quiet on Wednesday under a de facto ceasefire after the most intense flare-up of hostilities between Palestinian militants and Israel since a 2014 war.

Photo by Chris Pizzello, Associated Press

Famed Shakira is not performing in Tel Aviv this summer contrarily to various media reports which affirmed that the Colombian pop singer was holding a concert in July.

Live Nation, the US-based entertainment company that is responsible of promoting her tours and promoting shows in Israel, tweeted on Monday that Shakira’s appearance in Tel Aviv was false throughout.

“The media has incorrectly reported that Shakira will be performing in Tel Aviv this summer,” Live Nation wrote.

The media has incorrectly reported that Shakira will be performing in Tel Aviv this summer. While no dates this summer will work, Shakira and Live Nation hope to bring a show to her fans in Israel in the future.

— Live Nation (@LiveNation) May 28, 2018

Although no Israeli production company officially released tickets for sale for Shakira’s concert, Israel Hayom reported that the artist was on the verge of signing the deal in April, followed by a report from earlier this month released by Channel 2 which reconfirmed her scheduled appearance in Tel Aviv.

Since then, the BDS movement and other pro-Palestine activists launched a  campaign calling on Shakira to not perform in the reported concert. They sent Shakira a letter in which they stressed on violence which occurred in Gaza in the last month, with a particular mention of the opening of the U.S embassy and the arrest of the Palestinian teen, Ahed Tamimi.

“We ask you not to “la la la” to the system of injustice that is denying them their human rights and very dreams,” stated the letter in the end.

As multiple international artists have previously declined attending the Tel Aviv International Film Festival in solidarity with Palestinians, the news that the Colombian artist, whose father is Lebanese, will not be holding her concert  in Israel created a wave of rejoicing and celebration amongst the BDS  (the movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) supporters.

We welcome news that Shakira will not be performing in Tel Aviv, dashing Israel’s hopes to use her name to art-wash its latest massacre in Gaza. Artists, especially UN Goodwill Ambassadors, have a moral duty not to be complicit in covering up human rights violations & apartheid. pic.twitter.com/Mbhnvm609f

— PACBI (@PACBI) May 29, 2018

Shakira’s fans replied to the PACBI’S official statement with joy as they thanked the international artist for “standing on the right side of history” as one tweet mentions.

BDS supporters also thanked her for responding to their continuous demands on social media for her to cancel her performance: “thank you Shakira for standing against the massacre of innocent civilians” another tweet stated.

Three cheers for Shakira – and all the other artists, singers, entertainers etc who have decided not to support the Israeli regime and its illegal settlement in `occupied` territory and collective punishment of the people of Gaza for the actions of Hamas militants

— pigreen (@pigreen1) May 29, 2018

Shakira is holding a concert in Lebanon on the 11th of July which would have been disputed had she performed in Tel Aviv. The concert in Lebanon which will be part of the Cedars International Festival is to host 14,000 of her fans from all over the Middle East. With her highly praised decision, Shakira is not the only artist to not be performing in Israel; similarly, the New Zealand artist Lorde, who has previously canceled a concert in Israel, joins a growing number of artists supporting Palestinians and boycotting Israel.

 

RIGA (Reuters) - A corporate lawyer who worked on managing the winding-down of insolvent companies was shot dead in the Latvian capital early on Wednesday in what police said appeared to be a killing linked to organized crime.
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Piraye Beim Celmatix

  • Piraye Yurttas Beim founded a New York-based startup called Celmatix that brings data science and genetics to fertility.
  • Her company is the only successful startup of its kind.
  • Beim explained that in order to succeed where others failed, Celmatix did a few things that are considered unconventional in the startup world.


When Piraye Yurttas Beim considers the fact that her data-driven fertility startup doesn`t have a single competitor, she doesn`t feel light and free. 

"It`s a huge burden," Beim, whose genetics and reproduction startup Celmatix is the only company of its kind, told Business Insider.

There are plenty of Silicon Valley-style approaches to fertility — bracelets can track your fertile window using data on your temperature and menstrual cycles, and some healthcare benefit providers help cover the cost of procedures like egg freezing and in-vitro fertilization. But no other company looks at the role genetics plays in your chances of conceiving.

Celmatix does this with a spit-in-a-tube genetics testing kit called Fertilome, which looks at the traits that impact your chances of getting pregnant. The company also offers a complementary data analytics platform called Polaris, which is designed to help clinicians track your reproduction journey.

Since being founded nearly nine years ago, Celmatix has managed to raise 60 million in startup funding and interact with more than 90,000 patients through its data platform.

Not only are there no other companies doing what Beim is doing; there are nearly no leading startups of any kind led by women. Last year, all-female startup teams got just 2% of all venture capital investment dollars. At the same time, teams that were men-only got roughly 80%.

But Beim believes Celmatix followed some fundamental protocols that allowed her company to succeed. 

Prioritizing basic science and leaning into government regulation

Fertilome_Box_BlueTo emerge as a leader in the field, Celmatix did two things that might be considered unconventional in the startup universe.

First, they emphasized the traditional scientific process, publishing dozens of peer-reviewed papers in recognized scientific journals.

The company maintains a large scientific advisory board of what Beim calls "heavy hitters" — people with decades of experience in the field that lend insight into which new technologies or research the company should consider in its approach.

That nine-member board is key to all of Celmatix`s efforts. The advisors keep an eye out for the lastest technological advancements, help evaluate the company`s existing efforts, and oversee the peer-reviewed research that informs those approaches.

"And the end of the day, it`s about moving the knowledge base forward," Beim said.

Second, Celmatix has embraced government regulation, which many existing scientific startups have instead encountered as a major road block. The team rolled out their laboratory-grade genetics-testing facility in a state with some of the most stringent oversight in the country: New York.

"We started in the hardest state we could have," Beim said.

New York is characterized by rigorous lab-approval criteria, but Celmatix elected to begin its genetics-testing efforts in the state as a means of validating their test`s methodology. As a clinical-grade lab, the facility where Celmatix`s tests are processed is posed to offer doctors and patients medically verified insight into their health and their chances of conceiving.

And unlike most startups on either the East or West Coast, women make up the majority of Celmatix`s team of staff and leadership. Beim said all of those women share the belief that "if we`re not doing this, no one else will."

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Fallout 76

  • A new entry in the long-running "Fallout" series was announced on Wednesday morning, and it`s called "Fallout 76."
  • The game involves the inhabitants of Vault 76, one of the nuclear fallout shelters that`s appeared in previous "Fallout" games.
  • "Fallout 76" is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It`s being made by Bethesda Game Studios, the team that created "Fallout 4" and "Skyrim."


"Fallout 76" is the next entry in the long-running, beloved "Fallout" video game series. 

It`s coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and it`s being developed by the same renowned studio that created "Fallout 3," "Fallout 4," and "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim."

Aside from that information, and a brief teaser trailer, little is known about "Fallout 76." Kotaku reports that it`s "an online game of some sort," but there`s no official information just yet.

A lot can be inferred from the trailer, the handful of screenshots we`ve got so far, and previous mentions of Vault 76 in the "Fallout" series.

Fallout 76

Like previous games in the post-apocalyptic series, "Fallout 76" revolves around the inhabitants of one particular nuclear fallout shelter: Vault 76.

The vault has a notorious history in "Fallout" series lore, having been mentioned in both "Fallout 3" and "Fallout 4." Specifically, Vault 76 is referred to as a "control" vault — one of the small group of nuclear fallout shelters that weren`t subject to social experimentation. It`s said to contain 500 inhabitants, and was opened on July 4, 2076, on the Tricentennial of the US Declaration of Independence. 

The song in the teaser — "Take Me Home, Country Roads" — points to the vault`s likely location, in West Virginia:

"Almost heaven, West Virginia; Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River"

A brief clip is shown on a television, seemingly from the inauguration of the vault. "When the fighting has stopped, and the fallout has settled," a speaker says, "You must rebuild."

Notably, there`s no fighting or weaponry in the teaser. Not a supermutant or mininuke to be found! Instead, it focuses on domestic life inside the vault.

Only a single human is shown — this gentleman here:

Fallout 76

The brief tour of the vault we`re given in the trailer shows a seemingly normal existence, with birthday parties and sports, albeit one free of any actual human inhabitants. More information is expected on "Fallout 76" in a few weeks at the annual video game trade show, E3 2018.

Check out the full trailer right here in the meantime:

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handmaids tale hulu

  • 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch said about 50% of Hulu`s subscribers pay 4 extra to eliminate ads from the service.
  • This is a huge shift from late 2015, when former Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said the "vast majority" of users chose to keep the ad-supported version.
  • This shows how much Netflix and on-demand culture has influenced consumer distaste for ads.


For years, many TV folks who rely on advertising have privately worried that Netflix — and the on-demand, binge-watching culture that has come with it — was causing consumers to develop a disgust for ads.

On Tuesday evening at the Code Conference, we got another data point from a Hulu co-owner that suggests this is absolutely true: about half of Hulu’s 20 million subscribers choose to pay extra for the ad-free version.

“It’s very popular,” 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch said of Hulu’s ad-free tier, which costs 11.99 per month (4 more than the 7.99 ad-supported tier). “I think it’s about even,” he said of the amount of subscribers who choose each version.

This is a huge change from when Hulu introduced the ad-free tier back in 2015. At the time, former Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins positioned it as a way to give a minority of users the choice to remove ads because their complaints were “too much of a negative” for the brand.

“Almost overnight, the complaints about advertising on the limited-commercials plan plummeted," Hopkins said in late 2015. Mission accomplished from that perspective. But Hopkins described the ad-free version as more of a niche offering from Hulu than a fundamental change. He said the “vast majority of customers” had chosen the ad-supported version, “which is what we thought would happen.”

The idea was that if you made people understand that they were choosing to save money and watch ads, they would be happier — but they would still choose ads. That clearly isn’t the case anymore, with ~50% of the user opting to pay more to kill the ads.

What else has changed in that time? Netflix solidified itself as a dominant player in the TV ecosystem that wields major power and has tons of influence on how the public consumes television shows.

Welcome to the Netflix world.

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kevin costner yellowstoneAs the summer TV season gets underway, some highly anticipated new shows are premiering next month.

To find out which shows audiences are anticipating the most, the TV tracking app TV Time analyzed data from its 2.1 million global users to see which upcoming TV shows viewers had followed the most frequently on its app.

The list includes series like the Kevin Costner-led drama "Yellowstone" from the Paramount Network, and "Marvel`s Cloak & Dagger" from Freeform.

Here are the 5 new TV shows that viewers are anticipating the most in June, according to TV Time:

SEE ALSO: The 5 most anticipated TV shows returning in June, from "Glow" to "Shooter"

5. "American Woman" — Premieres June 7 on Paramount Network

Summary: "Inspired by the upbringing of co-executive producer and Real Housewife of Beverly Hills Kyle Richards, this series follows an unconventional mom named Bonnie (Alicia Silverstone) struggling to raise her daughters with the help of her two best friends Kathleen (Mena Suvari) and Diana (Jennifer Bartels) as they discover their own brand of independence amid the rise of second-wave feminism in the 1970s."



4. "Dietland" — Premieres June 4 on AMC

Summary: "A wickedly funny and extraordinarily timed satire about Plum Kettle, a ghostwriter for the editor of one of New York’s hottest fashion magazines."



3. "Are You Human Too?" — Premieres June 4 on KBS TV2

Summary: "Can you actually protect a robot? Nam Shin is a son from a family who runs a large company. After an unexpected accident, he falls into a coma. His mother Oh Ro Ra is an authority on brain science and artificial intelligence. She creates an android named Nam Shin III which looks like just like her son Nam Shin."



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