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Jennelle Eliana

  • Van life traveler Jennelle Eliana Long gained 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube within a month of posting her first video, after YouTube recommended her videos to its users. 
  • She told Business Insider that she wasn`t prepared to get so many views at once, and her popularity has come with some downsides.
  • Her second video, titled "How I Shower Living in a Van," has amassed 12 million views in two weeks. 
  • There has been a general rise in interest around sustainable living on YouTube and Long isn`t the first in this genre to have a video be picked up and recommended by the platform.
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories.

Solo van traveler Jennelle Eliana Long won the YouTube lottery. Her channel "Jennelle Eliana" accumulated 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube within one month of posting her first video. 

The 20-year-old has become a YouTube phenomenon, gaining massive interest online, with dozens of explainer videos breaking down the possibilities of how she did it and forums on Reddit dedicated to her success. People want to know, who is "Jennelle Eliana" and how did this all happen?

The simple explanation is that YouTube`s algorithm picked up her first two videos and recommended them to its users, which is the likely cause of her instant success. But Long is also a beneficiary of a rise in interest in sustainable living on YouTube generally.

Long spoke with Business Insider about the rapid growth of her YouTube channel and Instagram page, and her reaction to the frenzy. 

The magic of YouTube`s algorithm

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Long started her YouTube channel as a way to document and share her nomadic van life adventures. She lives in a self-converted 1995 GMC Vandura Explorer Limited with her pet snake, Alfredo

She posted her first two YouTube videos within two weeks of each other and instead of waiting, logged off social media and went "off the grid," exploring places like Big Sur, California in her van.

It wasn`t until friends began messaging her that she found out how many people had watched those first two videos and subscribed.

"People were like `ya know your videos are picking up?` and I was like, `yeah I know, I have 20,000 subscribers, it`s insane!`" Long told Business Insider, who then logged onto YouTube to discover that her channel had rapidly gained 1 million subscribers.

She admitted that she was just as confused as everyone else, and watched some of the videos on YouTube explaining theories as to why this happened.

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YouTube`s algorithm picks up videos with high engagement and recommends them to users. All three of Long`s videos were picked up by YouTube and shared across the platform.

There has been a general rise in interest around sustainable living on YouTube. Videos on sustainable living have doubled this year, with some of the top categories being Van Life/Tiny Home, minimalism, and zero waste, a YouTube spokesperson told Business Insider. 

Van life vloggers Eamon & Bec have several popular "Van Life" videos on their channel, with the two most popular amassing 3.2 million views. YouTube creator Joana Ceddia experienced similar success with her channel, after YouTube recommended two of her videos. From September to October 2018, her subscriber count grew from 500 to more than 1 million

`I was not prepared for this,` Long shared with her followers in her latest YouTube video. 

Jennelle Eliana

Long uploaded her first YouTube video on June 26. She had been attempting to start a YouTube channel for a year so decided to take a month off from work to focus getting it done, sharing the news with her 4,000 (now 250,000) followers on her Instagram page @jennelle.eliana.

"I was really happy with the little community that I built," she said about her Instagram followers.

But then her following started to blow up.

"I was not prepared for this," Long said in her latest video titled, "WHY DO I LIVE IN A VAN (Q&A)." She took a two-week "break" after posting her first two videos and needed to take a step back from social media for her mental and physical health, she said. 

"I had a moment after my second video where I was definitely overwhelmed, and didn`t know how to handle the hate, or what to post next," She told Business Insider.  

Her latest video, uploaded on July 26, was No. 3 on YouTube`s trending page shortly after she posted it. 

"I think my video was under Chris Brown`s music video – just me casually filming a Q&A with my font facing camera and no mic," Long said. "It`s really exciting but I`m also like, maybe I should put in a little bit more effort?"

In the comments section of that video, people pointed out that  the audio quality wasn`t as good, she said. 

"I didn`t expect that video to do well, so I felt kind of bad," Long said. "I feel like now that my platform is big, it does put a little bit of pressure on me to make content that is purposeful."

Her big platform has also led to concerns about her safety. 

Along with YouTuber burnout, many creators like Mr. Beast and David Dobrik have spoken openly about the struggles they`ve faced with personal security. Long said while she was visiting family this week, a stranger pulled into her parents driveway, asking for her.

"Before that happened, my dad was just lecturing me because he doesn`t think I should drive my van anymore because people will recognize me," she said. 

Debunking conspiracies 

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Long films and edits everything on her iPhone X, she said. She uses the 29.99 LumaFusion app, a tripod, and a microphone.

"There have been a lot of conspiracies that I have a whole team behind me, but I literally just film and edit on my phone," she said.

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  • The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones are well designed, comfortable, and offer a nice, bass-heavy sound.
  • The headphones are on sale for up to 120 off their normal price from Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.
  • The deal is available for a limited time, so if you`re interested we recommend taking advantage of it soon.

If you`re in the market for a great pair of headphones, then it`s worth considering Beats` Solo3 Wireless headphones — especially since they`re on sale for up to 120 off their normal price of 300. You can take advantage of the deal at Walmart, Best Buy, and Amazon.

It`s also worth noting that educators, students, and their parents can get a pair of Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones free from the Apple Store when they buy select MacBook models. Here are all the details about Apple`s Education Discount.

The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones have a lot to offer. They connect to your listening device wirelessly via Bluetooth, which is far more convenient than a wired connection. The headphones are also super well designed, and they`re available in a range of colors, so you should be able to find a pair that fits with your style.

The sound quality of the Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones is solid. These headphones offer plenty of bass, a well-tuned mid-range, and decent clarity in the high-end. Sometimes, Beats headphones get a bad rap because they don`t sound natural, but anyone who likes a lot of bass in their music will really enjoy these headphones.

We don`t know how long the deals will run on each of the retailers` websites, so if you want to pick up a pair of Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones for much less than their normal price, you should act quickly.

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Archaeologists working in a desolate and remote area of the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan have made a remarkable discovery.

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Hi! Welcome to the Advertising and Media Insider newsletter, where we round up the most interesting stories we covered this past week, ICYMI.

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It`s a more compact than usual newsletter this week as I chase down some stories. As busy as everyone is, I know you`ll appreciate the brevity!

First, as T-Mobile and Sprint move closer to a merger, my colleague Lauren Johnson explored the year-long efforts by their rival AT&T to build an advertising powerhouse.

Here`s what she learned about AT&T`s Xandr unit`s first year:

  • Advertisers say Xandr is ahead in the race to own addressable TV advertising.
  • Xandr has boosted its tools that help advertisers target digital and TV ads and has built a marketplace of premium publishers, and has been taking around a pitch deck to show its offerings.
  • A Xandr VP insisted that it`s "not the next walled garden," countering some advertisers` concerns.

Meanwhile, it`s earnings season, and the biggest tech companies we follow seem to be immune to scandal at least so far — but there are headwinds on the horizon. The big takeaways from our coverage:

  • Facebook`s growth is slowing, and while it`s betting on Stories as its next breakout ad format, it`s not pulling in as much revenue as its feed ads are.
  • Amazon, seen by advertisers as the best candidate to challenge Facebook and Google`s dominance, is gaining traction with advertisers, but its ad growth rate has slowed over the past year.
  • Google said that YouTube remains its cash cow, even though reports have suggested that YouTube`s dominance in internet video is eroding.

Elsewhere, the more platforms grow, the more they look the same, as this Snap scoop from Tanya Dua shows:

Snap is secretly testing dynamic product ads that retarget consumers as it races to compete with Facebook and Pinterest for e-commerce dollars
Snap is testing targeted ads that are similar to the ones already sold by Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Meantime, I did some digging into the factors behind reports that Refinery29 and Vice Media may combine.

Refinery29 is in talks to combine with Vice Media. Sources say its finances are so tight it needs to do a deal soon.
One nuance I think often gets lost in the coverage of these richly funded companies that aren`t profitable is that they aren`t failures — they`re just meant to be smaller companies than their investors might have expected or hoped for.

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How the CEO of buzzy TV-measurement firm Data Plus Math made a fortune from fighting Facebook and Google and sold the company for 150 million

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A projection of cyber code on a hooded man is pictured in this illustration picture taken on May 13,  2017. Capitalizing on spying tools believed to have been developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, hackers staged a cyber assault with a self-spreading malware that has infected tens of thousands of computers in nearly 100 countries. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

  • Capital One was recently the victim of a data breach that put the personal information of 106 million people at risk.
  • A former Amazon employee is alleged to have taken advantage of a "misconfigured firewall" to steal information from a Capital One server running in the Amazon Web Services cloud. 
  • Companies like Capital One may not always be able to prevent hackers from breaking in. 
  • But by encrypting your data, keeping tabs on what exactly is going on across your network, and making sure that only the right people have access to the right information, companies can guard against the very worst of it, experts say.
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories. 

Capital One is the latest major corporation to fall victim to a data breach, as it revealed on Monday that an intruder gained access to personal information in an incident that puts 106 million customers at risk. 

A former Amazon employee is said to have obtained sensitive Capital One customer data stored on Amazon Web Services, the retailer`s massively popular cloud computing service. Federal prosecutors say that the alleged intruder, Paige Thompson, was able to gain access to information like names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth, and the social security numbers of 140,000 customers and bank account numbers of 80,000 customers.

Companies might not always be able to get ahead of hackers and other bad guys, who are always finding new ways and means to exploit security vulnerabilities and flaws. But experts say there are measures that can be taken to spot intruders quickly and ensure that sensitive data doesn`t fall into the wrong hands. 

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Shared responsibility

Among the most important lessons is recognizing that while the data was stored in Amazon Web Services, that doesn`t mean it was Amazon`s fault, according to Ameesh Divatia, co-founder and CEO of data protection firm Baffle. 

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In short, Amazon Web Services rents functionally unlimited supercomputing power to anybody with a credit card, from individual developers up to behemoths like Capital One. According to the criminal complaint against Thompson, Amazon`s cloud storage itself was never directly breached — rather, she took advantage of a "firewall misconfiguration" in how Capital One set up its cloud infrastructure to steal customers` information.

Divatia says this speaks to a common misconception held by customers of AWS and other major cloud platforms: That Amazon will handle everything. Rather, Divatia says, remember that the burden of actually locking down the data stored in that cloud largely belongs to the customer. 

"Step one in terms of mitigating these issues is [to] get out of this false sense of security that cloud users have, that Amazon will take care of it," says Divatia. 

Preventing malicious actors from stealing personal data involves more than just keeping attackers out of the servers that contain sensitive information, though. It`s also about ensuring that if criminals do find a way in, the data is sufficiently safeguarded and effectively useless to them.

That involves encrypting data at all stages, whether it`s in the customer`s own servers or in the cloud, says Divatia. Capital One said in a press release that it encrypts its data as standard operating practice, but that in this case, the unauthorized user was able to decrypt it.



Watch your perimeter

Avoiding breaches like this also entails putting in multiple types of security systems at the perimeter, endpoint, and network level, says Michael Rezek, vice president of cybersecurity strategy and business development at analytics firm Accedian.

He used the analogy of running security for a bank as an analogy for how these techniques work.

When protecting a bank, you`d probably use three methods to secure it: monitoring the entrance to know who`s entering and exiting the building (perimeter security), keeping track of critical assets like ATMs, cash registers, and safes (endpoint security), and using video surveillance to monitor what`s happening inside the bank (network security).

Those last two points of protection are particularly important, he says, in a scenario like the Capital One breach, where the intruder was able to exploit a security flaw to gain entry into the system. Having endpoint and network security in place means being able to track what the hacker did once they got in and keeping tabs on what they might have stolen. 

 



Know your audience

An important way companies can spot trespassers earlier is by having a firm grasp on who has access to critical user data in the first place.

"Knowing that this user over time maybe never visits a critical assets server . . . you learn that`s kind of a normal behavior," Rezek said."And then all of a sudden one day you see this anomaly where he goes to a critical assets server and he spends time connected to it."

For example, if an intruder just dumped a bunch of data from the servers, that should raise a red flag, says Divatia. That`s because applications typically process data rather than dumping it, which could have been a sign that abnormal activity was occurring. 

It may be impossible to prevent intruders from entering in the first place. But what companies can learn from the Capital One breach is to always be prepared for what happens once they do get inside.

 "You cannot keep the bad guys out," said Divatia. "You assume that the house will get broken into, but what they steal doesn`t mean anything."  



CAIRO – 30 July 2019: Khaled Salah, Editor-in-Chief of private Youm7 newspaper has personally responded to baseless sexual accusations that was circulated by pro-Muslim Brotherhood platforms against him.

Some believe that the Facebook administration has become biased to the anti-Egyptian state groups, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist since late in 2013.

Salah faced lately a smear campaign based on fabricated and false information and circulated by platforms close to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, the campaign was not barred despite containing harsh, violent language and being reported.

Mohamed Nasser, TV presenter in Mekameleen channel, known for destructive remarks against the Egyptian regime, in favor of a pro-MB agenda, displayed a police report revealing sexual abuses against a detainee named Khaled Salah Mostafa Abu Lamona.

The report was republished by Alaa Mubarak, son of former President Hosni Mubarak who was forced to step down amid angry protests in 2011. Alaa Mubarak has been recently issuing hostile remarks against some symbols of the regime as well.

Alaa`s post was deleted after a short period for unknown reasons so far, while some assert that the Facebook Administration removed it for being fake news aiming at damaging the reputation of an individual without a proof.

In a Twitter post, the chief editor, has photographed his personal passport, showing his full name as Khaled Mohamed Salah Hassanen Ateya, a totally different name from that mentioned by the report that has not been so far verified.

أقسم بالله انتوا بقرطب اللي يفبرك يظبط الاسم صحاسمي أهو يا عبيط منك ليه معاكوا جواز السفر نفسهمش اللي انتوا حاطينه عشان لو حبيتوا تعدلوا الفبركة الهبلة دياعملوها صح طيب يخرب بيت الجهل😂😂وبعدين هو اليوم السابع كان موجود سنة ١٩٩٩ 😂خرفان خرفان خرفان😂مش هنوقف فضحكم أبداً pic.twitter.com/7Jxrow90AZ

— Khaled Salah (@Youm7Khaled) July 28, 2019


The chief editor also published an obviously separate report that seemingly attempted to prove that Khaled Salah Abu Lamoona and Khaled Salah Ateya are the same person, claiming that Abu Lamona works as a news editor in Youm7 Newspaper. The report was dated 1999 as shown.

However, the report seems definitely fake as Youm7 newspaper has been founded in 2008

"I swear by Allah (God) you are [as dumb as] cows," Khaled Salah said, addressing those who have made the report. "If you want to fabricate [a story] put a correct name."

"Did Youm7 exist in 1999?! [Your are such sheep, sheep, sheep," Salah said, obviously referring to the Muslim Brotherhood group." The MB followers have been called by those against the group as "sheep" because they are huge in number, blindly follow the orders of their leaders, and can be controlled by their guides as easily as herds, according to the anti-group parties.

"I [vow to] never stop exposing you," Salah added.




Khaled Salah is the editor-in-chief and father of Egyptian influential daily Youm7; the paper was twice selected by Forbes Middle East as having the most effective news website in the Middle East.

Khaled Salah
Khaled Salah, editor-in-chief of influential daily Youm7


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U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would visit Poland, which is hosting events later this year in Warsaw to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Nazi invasion of the country during World War Two.

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  • If you have a bootable USB drive, you can boot your Windows 10 computer from the USB drive.
  • The easiest way to boot from USB is to open the Advanced Startup Options by holding the Shift key when you choose the Restart option in the Start menu.
  • If your Windows 10 computer isn`t booting from the USB drive, you may need to tweak the BIOS (basic input/output system) settings. 
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories.

In the old days, people commonly booted their computer from CDs and even floppy disks, but those days are long gone. 

Now, if you need to troubleshoot your PC, boot from a different version of the operating system, or install a Windows upgrade, it`s frequently done by booting from a USB drive. 

Windows 10 has made booting from USB very easy to do. All you need is a USB memory drive that has a bootable version of Windows, and to follow a few simple steps.

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How to boot from USB using Windows 10

1. Make sure your computer is on and the Windows desktop is running. 

2. Insert the bootable USB drive into an open USB port on your computer.

3. Click the Start button and then click the Power icon so you can see the Shutdown options. 

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4. Press and hold the Shift key, then click "Restart."

5. Your computer will shut down, and when it restarts, you`ll see the Advanced Startup Options screen. Choose "Use a device."

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6. Choose the USB device that you want to boot from, and your computer will then restart using your USB drive.

How to boot from USB using your Windows computer`s startup system

If the Windows 10 boot method doesn`t work, it might be because your PC`s BIOS (basic input/output system) doesn`t support it. You can still boot from the USB drive, though you will need to tweak the BIOS settings. 

Unfortunately, every BIOS screen is configured differently, so you will need to explore the options for yourself. 

1. Shut off your computer. 

2. Turn it back on and press the key indicated briefly on the startup screen to enter your BIOS Setup. It`s usually Escape, F1, F2, F8, F11, or F12. If no such screen appears, your BIOS may be set to "fast boot" mode, so you will need to experiment with different keys at bootup, before the Windows screen appears. For more information, you should consult the documentation that came with your PC

3. In the boot menu, look for the boot order controls and move the USB drive to the top of the list.

4. Save your settings and restart the computer with the USB key installed.

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  • If you`ve ever worried that your food delivery seemed slightly eaten, those worries have just been confirmed: 28% of delivery drivers said they had taken food from a delivery, according to a new survey from US Foods.
  • The survey canvassed nearly 500 delivery drivers who had worked for one of the big four delivery apps: UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates.
  • Still, many drivers are resisting the temptation: Over 50% of delivery drivers say they are "tempted" by the smell of the food they`re delivering, but most don`t act on that impulse.
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories.

Ever ordered a large fries with your burger on UberEats, but when you open the bag to dig in the fries feel a little less-than-large? 

Turns out, there`s a worryingly good chance that some of that fries were gobbled up on the way to your door by the delivery person: 28% of delivery drivers said they had taken food from delivery orders in a newly published survey by US Foods.

The survey specifically canvassed delivery drivers who had worked at one of the primary delivery apps — UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates. Just shy of 500 drivers responded.

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Perhaps more important: Over 50% of drivers also said they were "tempted" by delivery food at one point or another.

That just 28% of drivers gave in to that temptation at one point — or at least admitted to giving in to that temptation in a survey — means that far more meals were delievered untouched than vice versa.

As you might expect, the corresponding survey of delivery service users demonstrated how upset people would be if they knew their delivery meal was being dipped into en route. On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 representing "no big deal" and 10 representing "absolutely unacceptable," the average response was 8.4/10.

In short, people would be pretty mad to learn how often their delivery meals were getting nibbled at before delivery — not exactly a shocking revelation, but an unfortunate one nonetheless given the frequency of food pilfering.

For even more on the world of food delivery, from tipping standards to what delivery drivers most dislike about their jobs, check out the full survey from US Foods right here.

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A World War II Submarine Detector

A terror of the seas, the German U-boat struck fear into the hearts of Navies and ocean liners all over the world. Though early submarines could only perform brief underwater missions to strike ships from below, by the time World War II engulfed the Pacific, the high-seas game of cat-and-mouse had become far more deadly.

Underwater sound detection systems had gotten their start in 1917 Britain. Thrown into anti-submarine testing, the American version—SONAR—was quickly adopted by ships in order to sniff out subs. Suspecting a submarine to be in the vicinity and pinpointing them for a counter-attack, however, had great disparity. Aiming a torpedo at a hidden submarine required immense precision.

bathythermograph

At the time, sonar readings could be thrown off by variances in depth and water temperature. Thankfully, a secondary sensor was able to fill in the variables. The bathythermograph was a torpedo-shaped device strung behind ships via cable. Operators normally had access to a small shack at the aft of the ship, and manned a winch attached to the device. In rough weather, this area would often be totally covered by waves. If the equipment was deployed, someone would have to man the cables, risking being swept away by turgid water. Because the design hadn’t been well tested, leaving the winch unattended would result in it unwinding until the bathythermograph was lost. Onlookers would often see technicians disappear from sight behind the waves.

bathythermograph

Though it was attached to the ship with a cable, the bathythermograph required purely manual readings. To check depth and temperature, technicians would load an oil-covered slide into the torpedo-shaped housing, let it loose, then reel it back in to take a reading.

As these sensors advanced, submarines themselves would eventually make use of them. With bathythermographs mounted to their sides, submarines became capable of attacking ships without ever making visual contact.

Source: When Sonar Wasn’t Enough: The Bathythermograph

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If you haven`t gotten the promotion you were hoping for, don`t fret. There`s still just enough time to get the new title, perks, and pay.

Ramit Sethi, author and founder of iwillteachyoutoberich.com, wrote that it can take just three to six months to establish yourself as a top performer in the company.

Read more: 5 habits keeping you from getting a promotion — and 5 things you can do today to change them

By keeping an open dialogue with your managers about your ambitions and excelling at your goals, you`ll be in a prime position for a promotion.  

Here is your 30-step plan on how to get a promotion: 

SEE ALSO: 11 tips to help you move on from a job rejection

DON`T MISS: 5 habits keeping you from getting a promotion — and 5 things you can do today to change them

First, understand that you can`t get promoted just because you`ve been there for a while.

The fact that you put in a few years at a certain company doesn`t mean you`re automatically eligible for a promotion. You`ll need to show that you add value to the company.

"After a certain amount of time, employees just expect a promotion, but they don`t stop to think if they really are effective," wrote Thuy Sindell and Milo Sindell, the principals of Skyline Group, in Entrepreneur.

 



Put office politics aside and take responsibility for your own career growth.

The number one reason holding you back from a promotion is blaming other people, says Marc Cenedella, founder and CEO of Ladders job search. Getting a promotion in a matter of months will require effort, and likely a change in your current habits.

Bringing yourself to change your mindset might be a difficult step, but an imperative one as you begin to seek a promotion. 

"As a professional and an adult looking to get ahead in their life, you have to conquer yourself and just stop doing it," Cenedella said.



Instead, demonstrate that you deserve a promotion by being a leader today.

Owning your projects is a key way to show you`re already a leader.

Show your bosses that you`re able to lead and inspire your coworkers by being able to independently come up with and complete major and minor projects.

"Organizations place a premium on individuals who follow through on tasks," Kyle Wong of Pixlee told The Muse. "If you can prove that you can consistently own projects from start to finish, you will not only get promoted, but you`ll also make yourself indispensable."



Figure out what needs improvement in the company, and address it.

Solving the problems that others shy away from is a great way to quickly get promoted, James Caan, CEO of private-equity firm Hamilton Bradshaw, wrote in a LinkedIn post.

Look at where the inefficiencies or problems in your company are, Caan wrote. Then, focus your efforts on improving those areas.

"Every manager is impressed by self-starters, and somebody who takes the initiative in areas where the business may be weak is putting themselves high up the list for a promotion," Caan wrote.



Some top executives suggest acting like you already have the promotion — and the responsibilities it comes with.

Libby Leffler, a former Facebook executive and current vice president at SoFi, got ahead by working for the job she wanted. That meant taking on challenges and responsibilities that come from a higher role, instead of just settling for doing what you`re told every day. 

"Why don`t you start doing that role today? Not tomorrow, not a month from now. If that`s the role that you really want, start doing it," Leffler told Business Insider`s Shana Lebowitz



Consider learning some new skills.

Some upper-level roles require that candidates have certain skills that their subordinates don`t have, Cenedella said. Figure out what those are and learn them, whether through an online course or through building your soft skills



Become a calming office presence.

"The people who typically get promoted keep their cool under stress," Nicole Munoz of Start Ranking Now told The Muse. "When an issue arises, they want to solve it and work to avoid future problems by learning from their mistakes."



Try dressing up a little.

Some studies indicate that a simple outfit change can boost your confidence and lead you to professional success. Other research finds employees wearing suits and blazers were more productive. That`s why some experts say everyone — from interns to managers — should come to work dressed like a CEO.

"People who wear that kind of clothing feel more powerful," Michael L. Slepian, an assistant professor of organizational behavior at Columbia Business School, told the Wall Street Journal. "When you feel more powerful, you don`t have to focus on the details."



And start showing up a little earlier, too.

Cenedella says some companies take people who show up early as serious contenders for a promotion. Research from the University of Washington found supervisors rate employees who come in late as being lower performers, even if they work the same number of hours as their peers. 



Avoid getting bogged down by daily tasks.

While you should complete your basic tasks, avoid getting caught up in the constant influx of emails, projects, and meetings, career coach Anna Cosic told Business Insider.

This is reactive work, and a Harvard Business School study said that should be kept to only 40% of your day.

"At the end of the day, you may get a lot done, but you haven`t done anything that stands out or impresses the people around you," Cosic told Business Insider.



Delegate or eliminate what`s not clearly important.

There`s a chance that many of those draining duties aren`t really important, Business Insider`s Shana Lebowitz reported.

Take stock of how you spend your time and what tasks feel most boring. You might be able to remove those from your daily duties, or at least reduce them significantly.

Then, you can focus on strategic, high-level decisions that show your capability for a leadership role.



Indicate that you can take on more.

Don`t be that person running around in a panic, answering emails at 3 am and looking ready to have a breakdown at any moment. 

If you look like you`re flailing, you won`t be noticed as a candidate for a promotion, Cosic said. 

"If you don`t give the impression that you can take on a lot more, you probably can`t — and won`t," Cosic told Business Insider. "You need to project the impression that you are not at full capacity, while still over delivering on your goals."



Don`t engage in office politics.

Even if they beat their goals and drive revenue, most managers would be cautious to promote a rabble-rouser or someone who isn`t trustworthy.

"While it`s important to understand the balance of office politics, individuals who are able to rise above the temptations stand out for management roles," Souny West of CHiC Capital told The Muse



Research what opportunities are out there, and meet the key players in those areas.

When you`re considering your short-term future, it`s important to know the trends in your company and across the industry.

"Leaders need to know the business inside and out," the Sindells wrote. "They need to understand the company vision, mission and strategy, and with this broader picture in mind identify what the company is doing well and what can be improved."

Understand where your company is growing and what steps you can take to be part of those new growth areas, Cosic said. Meet the people who are involved for coffee or lunch to learn more about those opportunities. 



Immerse yourself in company culture.

Get involved in your company through building relationships outside your team, workplace strategist Erica Keswin says. She suggests joining employee resource groups for women or minorities, or attending other company outings.

Showing you`re a team player and "broadening your reach within an organization" helps showcase your company loyalty, Keswin told Business Insider.

 

 



At least once a week, promote yourself to the higher-ups.

Making your accomplishments known should be at least a weekly practice, Cosic told Business Insider.

Notify your boss every time you complete an important deliverable or solve a major customer issue, or if you excel at any other important metric. It might seem aggressive, but your bosses might not otherwise know that you`re moving the company forward.

"A lot of people do amazing work every single day, but it goes unrecognized," Cosic told Business Insider. 



Set up a casual meeting with your boss to show your interest.

You should be having regular conversations with your boss about your ambition and interest in larger opportunities.

Otherwise, opportunities for promotions or new projects may arise without your knowing.

"You can be the most talented and professional person in the world, but if the people at the top think that you are happy where you are, they may overlook you when there are promotions available," Caan wrote on LinkedIn. 

"Of course, you don`t want to seem overly competitive or pushy, but good managers will always have an interest in what your personal goals are — so don`t be afraid to explain them."



After talking with your boss, give yourself three to six months to become known as a top performer.

Don`t expect to be qualified for a promotion just after a few weeks of kicking butt, Sethi wrote.

After you`ve had the initial conversation with your boss about opportunities for new responsibilities, become a top performer in the following three to six months. Then make your plan for the big ask.



Understand that preparation is key.

You might think that just doing a good job is the only requirement to getting a promotion, but you`ll also have to present your case in a convincing, galvanizing way.

"You want to make the conversation flow as smoothly as possible," Sethi wrote. "The discussion should be mutually beneficial so your boss sees the tremendous value you`ve delivered."



Understand the goals that you need to accomplish.

Before you try to demonstrate that you can be a leader, you need to make sure that you`re meeting the basic standards of your current role. 

Career strategist Miriam Salpeter previously told Business Insider that it`s important to have goals that you can use to measure your success. Make sure you and your supervisor both understand how success looks in your organization and what is expected.

If your employer does not make this clear, it is up to you to identify these targets and pursue these goals.



Prepare a case based on how you`ve quantifiably exceeded your goals.

Find the numbers that prove your contribution to the workplace, model and businesswoman Tyra Banks previously told Business Insider.

"You need to sit there and talk about your value. Talk about what you have done that has increased revenues, increased engagement," Banks said in a Business Insider video .

That data should comprise the bulk of your promotion conversation because it`s hard proof of how valuable you are to the company — and how you`re ready for something even bigger.

"People should have that information ready when they go into that meeting with their boss," Salemi previously told Business Insider. "It shouldn`t be spontaneous. It should be really well-thought, intentional, and planned."



Stuck? These questions might remind you of your worth.

Sethi wrote that you should review the following questions while preparing your case for a promotion: 

  • Have you delivered specific results? Which ones? Estimate how much they were worth.
  • Has your communication improved? How so?
  • Are you more efficient than before? How do you know?
  • Do you know the business better? How does this translate to the company`s bottom line?
  • Have you developed new skills? What kind?


Set up another meeting to discuss the promotion.

"Schedule a convenient, relaxed time for your manager and you to sit down, uninterrupted," Taylor previously told Business Insider . "Approach the subject diplomatically, with an upbeat, positive demeanor."



Practice what you want to say beforehand.

You have proof of your continued success within the company and an understanding of where the industry is headed. You`re almost ready to present your case.

Now, practice with a trusted mentor, Paul McDonald, senior executive director at global staffing firm Robert Half , previously told Business Insider.

"A great mentor gives feedback not just on what you say, but also on how you say it," McDonald said. "Tone of voice, facial reaction, defensiveness, frustration can all hinder a negotiation. Practice the discussion until it`s free of emotion and nerves."



Explore the data of how you`ve exceeded.

"You should always link individual performance to departmental goals, and then to overall company goals and how what you`ve done directly impacted each," Ochstein previously told Business Insider.

Don`t spare any detail in how you`ve benefited the company. Your boss might not know all of the finer points, Salpeter told Business Insider.

"If you are working harder and contributing more, it`s up to you to be sure people know about it," Salpeter said.

"Do not assume people with authority to provide a raise (or promotion) fully understand your work unless you are making a consistent effort to ensure you are advancing forward with your goals and that they are tracked."



Deliver with confidence.

The tips you think of for a job interview — confidence, energy, positivity — carry over here.

"You have to sell yourself, just like it`s a job interview," Clare Moore, a content marketing manager at HR company MHR, previously told Business Insider.

Fran Hauser, media executive, startup investor, and author of the book "The Myth of the Nice Girl," wrote for Business Insider that you need to maintain strong eye contact, have good posture, and avoid filler words like "um."

Keep energy high and be positive, showing that you love your job and you`re passionate.

"The delivery of your message matters," Hauser wrote. "If you sound like you`re not sure about whether you deserve a raise, it may raise doubts for the person across the table. It will also tip them off that it`s easy for them to say no."



If you get turned down, ask what you need to do to improve.

If you get a "no," don`t get defensive. Ask why not and what you can do to improve.

"Get as much specific feedback as possible so you can figure out what steps you need to take to get to the next level," Hauser wrote.



Keep an open dialogue.

Ideally, you should be having regular, open conversations with your boss about your future at the company.

If this conversation didn`t result in a promotion, schedule a talk with your boss a few months down the road to check in again and see if you`re improving toward a new title.

"Talk about what you want with your boss," Toni Thompson, vice president of people and talent at The Muse, previously told Business Insider. "Make sure that they know what salary you want eventually and the title you want or more opportunities that you want."



No improvement in sight? Consider moving on.

If it`s clear that your company has no room for you at the upper echelons, don`t hesitate to look elsewhere.

"If you are at a stage where you have been with the same company for a while and are seeing no progress, then the best way to move up the ladder is to find a new company," Caan wrote.

"Allowing yourself to get stale is never a good option, and although leaving a job can be tough, it may be a necessity."



Got the promotion? Don`t forget to follow up over email.

Congrats! Now it`s time to make a paper trail so you can delineate out your exact raise, title, new duties, and other logistics. 

Mention your excitement to continue making great contributions to the company. Spell out all changes to your compensation package and duties and when they will take effect.



instagram app

Instagram is undoubtedly the best social media platform for photography lovers. 

The app lets you post photos and videos on a feed and share your life with your followers, an activity that more than 1 billion people around the world participate in every month. 

It`s also a great way to catalogue your favorite memories, from birthdays and anniversaries to special meals or trips abroad. 

But what if  you post something on Instagram that you didn`t mean to, or decide later that you no longer want a post to appear on your account? 

It`s possible to delete an Instagram post in just a few simple steps. You can also archive posts instead of deleting them so that they`re visible to you and no one else. 

Here`s how to do both on your iPhone or Android

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How to delete an Instagram post

1. Locate the Instagram icon on your iPhone or Android`s home screen and tap to open. 

2. In the bottom right-hand corner of your screen, tap your profile icon.

3. On your Instagram profile page, tap the photo you wish to delete. 

4. On the photo page, tap the three dots in the upper right corner of your screen, just to the right of your username above the photo. This will launch a menu of options. 

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5. Tap Delete at the top of the menu to delete the photo. You will be asked to confirm in a pop-up window. Tap Delete again to permanently remove the photo from your feed. 

How to archive an Instagram post

1. Open Instagram by locating the app`s icon on your phone`s home screen. 

2. Tap the profile icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen. 

3. Tap the photo from your Instagram feed that you wish to archive. 

4. Launch the settings menu by tapping the three horizontal dots to the right of your username at the top of the screen. 

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5. Tap Archive to archive the photo and remove it from your timeline. 

Note that you can view archived posts at any time by tapping the three vertically stacked lines in the upper right-hand corner of your profile page and tapping Archive. 

Use the drop-down Archive menu at the top of your screen to choose between archived posts and Stories. 

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You can always un-archive posts by tapping on a post, clicking the three-dot menu at the top right of the post, and selecting "Show on profile." This will return the post to your profile page and make it visible to your followers once again, along with the comments and likes the post accrued prior to your archiving it. 

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CAIRO – 30 July 2019: In the very first minutes of the launch of the seventh edition of the National Youth Conference at the New Administrative Capital, the broadcaster Shaimaa el-Kordy made a stunning performance presenting the opening ceremony of the forum that kicked off Tuesday.

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Hijab-wearing Kordy announced the beginning of the 7th National Youth Conference attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and more than 1,500 Egyptian youths from different society levels - TV Screenshot


In a tactful manner and remarkable decorum, hijab-wearing Kordy captured the attention of the audience and followers of the forum. The two-day conference was inaugurated Tuesday by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and is attended by more than 1,500 Egyptian youths from different society levels.

ON TV channel presenter, Kordy, made her first TV appearance in 2013 on radio; she gained audience admire for her good literary Arabic, and correct pronunciation.

There has been a decades-long ban on veiled female news presenters to go on air on Egyptian state television; it was lifted following the 25 January Revolution. Fatma Nabil became the first woman to present news wearing a hijab in 2012. Few female broadcasters went on air before that time, but used to present religious-content TV programs.

Before her graduation in the Faculty of Mass Communication in 2013, Kordy received training at the Iraqi TV Channel El-Hadath. She was then an intern with El-Diaa TV Channel. She then joined Dream TV Channel for several months. Kordy is currently working with ON TV channel, and she was chosen for her talent and experience to present the opening ceremony of the 7th National Youth Conference.

President Abdel Fatah al Sisi announced Tuesday inaugurating the 7th edition of the National Youth Conference at the New Administrative Capital (NAC). Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represent university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.

Following the opening session, two Egyptian State Model sessions will be held. On the second and last day, the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) will celebrate the graduation of the first African youth class encompassing citizens from 29 African states.
CAIRO – 30 July 2019: Khaled Salah, Editor-in-Chief of private Youm7 newspaper has personally responded to baseless sexual accusations that was circulated by pro-Muslim Brotherhood platforms against him. However Facebook has deleted the post of Salah without giving justification.

Some believe that the Facebook administration has become biased to the anti-Egyptian state groups, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist since late in 2013.

Salah faced lately a smear campaign based on fabricated and false information and circulated by platforms close to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, the campaign was not barred despite containing harsh, violent language and being reported.

Jennelle Eliana

  • YouTube sensation Jennelle Eliana Long gained 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube within a month of posting her first video and told Business Insider that she is now starting to be be recognized by those she doesn`t know, sometimes with unwelcome consequences. 
  • A stranger showed up to where Long was visiting recently and asked to see her, Long said.
  • The incident led her to question whether she should be thinking about her own personal security with her newly acquired online success.
  • Other popular influencers with massive followings online have shared their personal security concerns.
  • YouTube stars like The Dolan Twins and Mr. Beast have warned fans on Twitter not to show up to their houses.  
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One of the downsides of a YouTube influencer`s quick rise to fame is a sudden need for increased personal security. And YouTube sensation Jennelle Eliana Long has experienced this firsthand.

Long accumulated 1.5 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, "Jennelle Eliana," within one month of posting her first video. She recently spoke to Business Insider about her channel`s growth and said it has caused strangers to recognize her and the self-converted 1995 GMC Vandura Explorer Limited that she lives in. 

While she was visiting family recently, a stranger pulled into her parents` driveway, asking for her, she said. 

"Before that happened, my dad was just lecturing me because he doesn`t think I should drive my van anymore because people will recognize me," she said.

The 20-year-old started her channel as a way to share her nomadic van life adventures, mostly around the California area.

Long isn`t the only popular influencer to have concerns about safety.

Many other top creators, like Jimmy S. Donaldson, who has 22 million subscribers on YouTube and goes by Mr. Beast online, and the popular YouTube twins Ethan and Grayson Dolan, who have 10 million subscribers, have spoken openly about the struggles they`ve faced with personal security.

On July 21, Ethan Dolan tweeted, "Hate to say this again but don`t come to our house or the cops will be called. No ones home should be invaded."

Donaldson replied to the tweet writing, "This is starting to become a big issue for me as well. It`s creepy as hell."

Hate to say this again but don’t come to our house or the cops will be called. No ones home should be invaded.

— Ethan Dolan (@EthanDolan) July 21, 2019

 

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SUN VALLEY, ID - JULY 12: Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, attends the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 12, 2019 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Every July, some of the world`s most wealthy and powerful businesspeople from the media, finance, and technology spheres converge at the Sun Valley Resort for the exclusive weeklong conference.

Wall Street has muted expectations for Apple`s latest earnings report.

The electronics giant is slated to announce its fiscal third quarter results after the market closes on Tuesday. On average, the analysts polled by Bloomberg expect Apple to report that its profit fell from the year-earlier period on flat sales.

Apple has been struggling with a slump in demand in China that analysts attribute to both the high costs of its phones and to growing economic nationalism among Chinese consumers. In the first half of its current fiscal year, Apple saw sales in its greater China region, which includes Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as the Chinese mainland, fall by more than 20%.

Here`s what analysts are expecting and how those forecasts compare with Apple`s year-earlier results:

  • Q3 Revenue: 53.4 billion. In the same period a year ago, the company posted sales of 53.3 billion.
  • Q3 earnings per share (GAAP): 2.10. In its third quarter last year, Apple earned 2.34 a share.
  • Q4 Revenue: 61 billion. Last year, Apple saw sales of 62.9 billion in its fourth quarter.
  • Q4 EPS: 2.69. The iPhone maker earned 2.91 a share in the same period of 2018.

In afternoon trading leading up to Apple`s report, its shares were little changed. In recent trading, its stock price was up 7 cents, or less than 1%, to 209.75.

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Jennelle Eliana

  • Van life traveler Jennelle Eliana Long gained 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube within a month of posting her first video, after YouTube recommended her videos to its users. 
  • She told Business Insider that she wasn`t prepared to get so many views at once, and her popularity has come with some downsides.
  • Her second video, titled "How I Shower Living in a Van," has amassed 12 million views in two weeks. 
  • There has been a general rise in interest around sustainable living on YouTube and Long isn`t the first in this genre to have a video be picked up and recommended by the platform.
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Solo van traveler Jennelle Eliana Long won the YouTube lottery. Her channel "Jennelle Eliana" accumulated 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube within one month of posting her first video. 

The 20-year-old has become a YouTube phenomenon, gaining massive interest online, with dozens of explainer videos breaking down the possibilities of how she did it and forums on Reddit dedicated to her success. People want to know, who is "Jennelle Eliana" and how did this all happen?

The simple explanation is that YouTube`s algorithm picked up her first two videos and recommended them to its users, which is the likely cause of her instant success. But Long is also a beneficiary of a rise in interest in sustainable living on YouTube generally.

Long spoke with Business Insider about the rapid growth of her YouTube channel and Instagram page, and her reaction to the frenzy. 

The magic of YouTube`s algorithm

Jennelle Eliana

Long started her YouTube channel as a way to document and share her nomadic van life adventures. She lives in a self-converted 1995 GMC Vandura Explorer Limited with her pet snake, Alfredo

She posted her first two YouTube videos within two weeks of each other and instead of waiting, logged off social media and went "off the grid," exploring places like Big Sur, California in her van.

It wasn`t until friends began messaging her that she found out how many people had watched those first two videos and subscribed.

"People were like `ya know your videos are picking up?` and I was like, `yeah I know, I have 20,000 subscribers, it`s insane!`" Long told Business Insider, who then logged onto YouTube to discover that her channel had rapidly gained 1 million subscribers.

She admitted that she was just as confused as everyone else, and watched some of the videos on YouTube explaining theories as to why this happened.

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YouTube`s algorithm picks up videos with high engagement and recommends them to users. All three of Long`s videos were picked up by YouTube and shared across the platform.

There has been a general rise in interest around sustainable living on YouTube. Videos on sustainable living have doubled this year, with some of the top categories being Van Life/Tiny Home, minimalism, and zero waste, a YouTube spokesperson told Business Insider. 

Van life vloggers Eamon & Bec have several popular "Van Life" videos on their channel, with the two most popular amassing 3.2 million views. YouTube creator Joana Ceddia experienced similar success with her channel, after YouTube recommended two of her videos. From September to October 2018, her subscriber count grew from 500 to more than 1 million

`I was not prepared for this,` Long shared with her followers in her latest YouTube video. 

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Long uploaded her first YouTube video on June 26. She had been attempting to start a YouTube channel for a year so decided to take a month off from work to focus getting it done, sharing the news with her 4,000 (now 250,000) followers on her Instagram page @jennelle.eliana.

"I was really happy with the little community that I built," she said about her Instagram followers.

But then her following started to blow up.

"I was not prepared for this," Long said in her latest video titled, "WHY DO I LIVE IN A VAN (Q&A)." She took a two-week "break" after posting her first two videos and needed to take a step back from social media for her mental and physical health, she said. 

"I had a moment after my second video where I was definitely overwhelmed, and didn`t know how to handle the hate, or what to post next," She told Business Insider.  

Her latest video, uploaded on July 26, was No. 3 on YouTube`s trending page shortly after she posted it. 

"I think my video was under Chris Brown`s music video – just me casually filming a Q&A with my font facing camera and no mic," Long said. "It`s really exciting but I`m also like, maybe I should put in a little bit more effort?"

In the comments section of that video, people pointed out that  the audio quality wasn`t as good, she said. 

"I didn`t expect that video to do well, so I felt kind of bad," Long said. "I feel like now that my platform is big, it does put a little bit of pressure on me to make content that is purposeful."

Her big platform has also led to concerns about her safety. 

Along with YouTuber burnout, many creators like Mr. Beast and David Dobrik have spoken openly about the struggles they`ve faced with personal security. Long said while she was visiting family this week, a stranger pulled into her parents driveway, asking for her.

"Before that happened, my dad was just lecturing me because he doesn`t think I should drive my van anymore because people will recognize me," she said. 

Debunking conspiracies 

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Long films and edits everything on her iPhone X, she said. She uses the 29.99 LumaFusion app, a tripod, and a microphone.

"There have been a lot of conspiracies that I have a whole team behind me, but I literally just film and edit on my phone," she said.

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  • LSE is in talks to acquire data provider Refinitiv, and industry experts suggest that FactSet makes sense as exchanges` next focus for a deal. 
  • Acquisitions have proved a viable way for trading venues to add data that they can then sell on to clients. 
  • Of the five large data providers, experts say FactSet appears most likely to be snapped up next: it is public, has a manageable price tag, and could be easily merged into an exchange.
  • ICE would be the most likely exchange to look to strike a data deal because of its size and acquisitive nature, experts suggested. 
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On Saturday, the London Stock Exchange Group confirmed reports it`s in talks to acquire Refinitiv, the financial data company behind Eikon terminals that`s owned by Blackstone and Thomson Reuters.

The deal, valued at approximately 27 billion, highlights trading venues` desire to move beyond trading and clearing into the profitable business of selling data

That has industry watchers speculating about which data company might be bought next, as exchanges look to quench clients` seemingly endless thirst for financial data while also generating new streams of revenue for themselves. The verdict, according to consultants and executives: FactSet.

M&A has proven a viable route for exchanges looking to add more data. In 2015, Intercontinental Exchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, shelled out 5.2 billion for Interactive Data. New York-based rival Nasdaq purchased data provider eVestment for 700 million in 2017. That deal was followed by its purchase of alternative-data company Quandl for an undisclosed amount in late 2018 as the exchange looked to tap into Wall Street`s interest in unique data sets

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But when it comes to large data providers like Refinitiv, exchanges` options are limited. Rachel Carpenter, founder and CEO of Intrinio, a startup that offers a la carte access to data, told Business Insider that five companies control roughly 75% of the market in financial data. In addition to Refinitiv, there is market leader Bloomberg, along with S&P Global, FactSet, and Morningstar. 

Of the group, Carpenter said FactSet seems the most likely candidate to be acquired next. Dan Connell, managing director for market structure and technology at Greenwich Associates, came to a similar conclusion.

"If someone said to me, who would be the most likely, then [FactSet] would come to mind," Connell told Business Insider. "Just because of the public nature of the organization, the standalone nature of the organization, and the fact that it has been such a high-quality business."

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A spokesperson for FactSet declined to comment. 

In many ways, what makes FactSet such a viable option is a process of elimination. Bloomberg is privately held and seems unlikely to be sold anytime soon. S&P Global, while public, is also a stretch due to its potential price tag. The company had a market cap of nearly 60 billion as of Tuesday. Meanwhile, FactSet, which is also public, had a market cap of about 10.6 billion.  

As for Morningstar, it`s the smallest of the group with a market cap around 6.5 billion but more of a niche player, as its focus sits more with mutual funds as opposed to broader financial data, according to Carpenter.

That`s not to say FactSet`s only value is due to its availability. Carpenter pointed to its Open:FactSet Marketplace, which is part of the company`s push into focusing more on APIs. With Wall Street`s increased use of data, APIs have taken center stage as they help facilitate the process of tapping into various feeds.

That type of work would make the company a good fit at most exchanges, potentially allowing it to merge easier than some of the larger providers. 

"FactSet is probably the most innovative," Carpenter said. "They are doing things that I think would catch the eye of an exchange and be pretty complimentary."

Octavio Marenzi, CEO of consultancy Opimas, told Business Insider another benefit FactSet brings is its expertise in analytical tools that could prove useful for exchanges.

"I think FactSet would be a perfect candidate for an exchange to acquire ... The exchanges provide a lot of the raw, underlying data. What makes sense to do is provide sort of value-added services on top of that data," Marenzi said. "That is sort of moving up the food chain."

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As for which exchange would be interested in buying FactSet, or any data provider, one name was referred to by Carpenter, Connell, and Marenzi: ICE. The exchange operator`s large size and acquisitive nature makes it a top candidate.  In 2016, ICE reportedly attempted to buy the LSE

"They have an insane history. [ICE CEO] Jeff Sprecher has been buying exchanges left and right, all over the place," Carpenter said. "I think a shoe-in is ICE to start looking for another data play." 

A spokesperson for ICE declined to comment.

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To be sure, exchanges aren`t exactly struggling. Since 2012, they`ve enjoyed a 12% increase in revenue annually and in 2018 trading venues made nearly 30 billion in revenue globally. 

And while Connell agrees exchanges are likely to continue looking for more deals for companies related to data and content, he doesn`t see any making a rash decision after hearing of the potential LSE-Refinitiv deal. 

"I don`t think any of those organizations are the type that are reactionary that say, `Oh geez, we need to do something to stay competitive so let`s go out and start looking,`" Connell said. 

But there is no doubt exchanges feel some pressure. A recent report from Opimas suggested exchanges eye-popping returns won`t continue unless they add revenue streams

Exchange fees, particularly those around market data, have come under fire in recent years. The issue reached a boiling point earlier this year when Nasdaq, NYSE and Cboe Group all filed lawsuits against the Securities and Exchange Commission, one of their regulators, over a proposed pilot that would analyze their pricing models for transaction fees and rebates.  

"They`ll be tempted to try and expand out into other data areas while the going is still good," Marenzi said. "The exchanges are afraid that sort of revenue is going to come under great pressure and greater scrutiny, so they`ll probably be extra keen to diversify in terms of the data business."

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UPS

  • UPS has a new navigation system for its 60,000 drivers.
  • UPSNav makes delivery drivers` lives easier, but it also has the potential to cut up to 15 million a year in spending, Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer, told Business Insider.
  • The new system follows UPS`s massive tech build-up in recent years, which also includes a push into drone delivery and automated package facilities.
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UPS hasn`t been shy about technology investments in recent years. The delivery titan is investing millions to increase its package-sortation capacity by seven-fold from 2017 to 2020, thanks to a number of new or refurbished automated sort facilities. That equates to about 400,000 additional parcels sorted per hour.

And UPS is also diving into drone deliveries of medical supplies and samples. It`s making five to 10 drone deliveries around WakeMed`s medical campus in Raleigh, North Carolina — cutting the transit time to move life-saving materials from up to 30 minutes to just over three minutes. 

Those investments have been in flashy tech sectors like automation and drones — as well as the more seemingly mundane. In an interview last week with Business Insider, Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer, highlighted one new tool that`s saving the package giant millions: a new navigation system custom-built for its drivers.

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UPS drivers make an average of 120 stops per day, so optimizing their routes is key to saving the company money. Less driving means less money spent on gas and fixing vehicles. It also means more time delivering packages and less time stuck in traffic.

In total, UPS can save up to 15 million per year if each driver could shave a mile off their route every day. Some drivers cover up to 200 miles in a single day. 

It`s not the first time UPS has dialed in on the mundanities of driver activity to save serious cash. In the early 2010s, UPS homed in on left turns. Now, just 10% of turns are left turns, a move the company claims helps them move 350,000 more packages a year.

Read more: UPS just beat out Amazon, FedEx, and Uber to make America`s first revenue-generating drone delivery

When it comes to day-to-day navigation, UPS drivers have used "tribal knowledge," Perez said. But the best route is always changing due to traffic, construction, weather, and a host of other headaches. 

Commercial mapping apps were also commonly used, but they aren`t ideal either. "If you plug in the address to the New York Stock Exchange, that tool will just drop you off at the front of the building," Perez said. "But in the case of UPS, that`s not useful for us. We need to know where drivers need to go to make pickups and deliveries."

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As of late 2018, some 20,000 UPS drivers have been transitioning to a tool called UPSNav. By the end of 2019, up to 50,000 drivers will use UPS`s proprietary app. (Not all 60,000 UPS drivers need the system, Perez said. Drivers who work in dense urban areas might park their truck on one block for the whole day, but those in rural or suburban areas might need a full day of directions.)

It`s an update to a six-year-old technology called On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION). ORION provided drivers with the optimal organization of which stops they had to make.

UPSNav now provides turn-by-turn navigation based on information available at the beginning of the day, and soon it will also update throughout the day with changes based on traffic. 

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UPS developed the solution in-house with support from third-party products, the names of which UPS did not share.   The company also relied on its own drivers to create the tool.

"Although I`m a technologist, and I believe in the value of technology in our company, I can tell you that technology works best at UPS when we compliment the drivers` vast knowledge with the technology that we give them," Perez said.

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  • Refinery29 is in talks to combine with Vice Media as its financial situation gets increasingly tight, according to a report and sources close to the companies.
  • A merger could help the two big venture-backed but money-losing digital media companies get to profitability.
  • Refinery29 has been in a tight financial situation and urgently seeking to find a merger partner, knowledgeable sources said.
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Refinery29 is reportedly in talks to combine with Vice Media as its financial situation gets tighter — and it could leave a third digital media company, Group Nine Media, without a merger partner.

A Wall Street Journal report and sources close to the companies said a deal was in the works. Such deals are complicated and a merger may end up not happening. 

Read more: Group Nine Media is shaking up its sales leadership to jumpstart its revenue

There`s been lots of speculation about mergers between venture-funded digital media outlets over the past few months, as several of them have experienced slowing growth with Google and Facebook increasingly dominating digital advertising. Many VC-backed media companies have failed to maintain investors` growth expectations, leading some to sell, lay off staff, or shut down.

Women-aimed Refinery29 started in 2005 and has raised 125 million from investors including WPP, Turner and Scripps. Refinery29 has been in a tight financial situation and urgently seeking to find a merger partner, according to three people with direct knowledge of the company`s finances.

Sources said variously that at one point this year, the company was on track to either break even or run out of money by the end of the year. Refinery29`s revenue, at 100 million last year, has been growing but slowly, said a knowledgeable source. The company has been diversifying its revenue with live events and licensing its video to streaming platforms.

Reps from both companies wouldn`t comment for this story.

Both companies raised debt this year

Driving a potential merger is that both Refinery29 and Vice Media aren`t profitable yet. Both laid off 10% of their workforce in the past year and both have raised debt this year, Vice Media raising 250 million earlier this year and Refinery29 raising 8 million. Insiders say companies often raise debt as a last resort when they can`t get anyone to give them more capital.

For its part, Vice Media, started in 1994, has reportedly raised 1.4 billion in funding. 

Vice Media`s revenue was reportedly flat at about 625 million in 2018 versus 2017, and leadership said in November that the company was on track to be profitable in its next fiscal year. Vice Media has been focusing on adapting its web properties to film, TV production, and branded content.

A merger of the two companies could bring a few benefits, according to insiders familiar with both companies. Refinery29 has a mostly female audience that would complement Vice Media`s male-leaning audience. Refinery29 has live events, a digital media ad business, and ad-friendly editorial content that could complement Vice Media`s agency and video business and edgy editorial content that many advertisers want to steer clear of.

The cynical view is that combining with Refinery29 would give a reputational boost to Vice Media, whose image has been tarnished by #MeToo problems. It`s trying to improve its workplace culture after reports of mistreatment of and hostility to women at the company — but because of that problematic history, a merger also might put off Refinery29 employees.

WPP is a backer of both companies

Another factor is WPP. The ad agency holding company giant is an investor in both media companies, and as such, WPP has insight into each company`s internal workings. When two money-losing companies combine, a logical outcome is to combine in a stock deal where no money changes hands, M&A insiders said. That enables all parties involved to save face because they won`t have to state a valuation for either company and therefore can avoid acknowledging that the companies aren`t worth what they once thought they were, insiders said.

Of course, if the deal goes through, that would mean no deal for another millennial-aimed, VC-backed media company, Group Nine Media. Earlier this year, three sources close to the companies told Business Insider those two companies were in merger talks. Group Nine, which is backed by Discovery Communications, declined to comment.

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CAIRO - 30 July 2019: President Abdel Fatah al Sisi announced Tuesday inaugurating the 7th edition of the National Youth Conference at the New Administrative Capital (NAC).

During a short speech at the opening ceremony, Sisi thanked the Egyptians for all the achievements that took place in Egypt during the past five years, affirming that none of it would have been achieved except for the Egyptians` patience.

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Sisi announced that the conference aims at achieving a safe and stable future for the Egyptians through discussions and dialogue.

Nearly 1,500 youth participants from all 27 governorates attended at the conference. The participants will represents university students, political parties, the Presidential Leadership Program (PLP), along with other outstanding youth in different fields, and youth who registered online.


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The event will run for two days and will be attended by President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. The event is typically attended by ministers, public figures, media people, African ambassadors, and Egyptian senior officials.

Following the opening session, two Egyptian State Model sessions will be held. On the second and last day, the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) will celebrate the graduation of the first African youth class encompassing citizens from 29 African states.

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Later on, the first conference of “Dignified Life” initiative, aimed at the eradication of poverty, will take place. Before the closing session, “Ask the President” session will be held.

The sixth National youth Conference was held on July 28, 2018 in Cairo University, and was attended by up to 3,000 young people. The theme was human development and education reforms.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Hero

  • "The Hero" from Dragon Quest is the newest downloadable character to arrive in "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate." He`ll arrive during the evening of Tuesday, July 30 with game update 4.0.
  • "Dragon Quest" is a legendary series of role-playing games, rivaling "Final Fantasy" in both age and international popularity. "The Hero" represents the protagonists from multiple Dragon Quest games.
  • With designs by "Dragon Ball" creator Akira Toriyama, the "Dragon Quest" heroes have distinct looks but share the same move set. They different heroes will be included as selectable costumes, similar to Bowser Jr. and the Koopa Kids.
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"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" is getting a brand-new character from one of Japan`s most popular gaming franchises. "The Hero" will represent the main character from multiple "Dragon Quest" games and will be one of the most unique "Super Smash Bros." characters to date.

Hero arrives in "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" equipped with a sword and shield, and wielding familiar Dragon Quest spells like "Frizz," "Zap" and "Woosh." The character comes with alternate character designs that represent the main characters from several games in the Dragon Quest series. M

uch like Bowser Jr. and the Koopa Kids, players will be able to choose between the protagonists of "Dragon Quest XI," "Dragon Quest VIII," "Dragon Quest III," and "Dragon Quest IV."

The Hero will have more moves than any other character thanks to his wide variety of spells. Players can use his B-button special attacks to cast more than a dozen different spells, but some will only be available at random. He`ll need to manage his MP bar to ensure he has mana too, otherwise his spells are unavailable. 

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While the early "Dragon Quest" games struggled to find an audience in America due to issues with imports and translations, the series is wildly celebrated for helping kick start an entire genre of turn-based roleplaying games in Japan. The "Dragon Quest" characters are designed by "Dragon Ball" creator Akira Toriyama, whose distinct art style has also influenced generations of animators and video game developers.

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Players who purchase The Hero will also unlock a new stage, Yggdrasil`s Altar, which features the great mythical tree from many Dragon Quest games. The stage is full of moving platforms, which fly through different locales that Dragon Quest fans might recognize, and even features some iconic slime monsters from the series in the background. The stage will also include orchestrated music tracks from classic Dragon Quest titles.

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Nintendo revealed The Hero as the next "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" character during a presentation at E3, the biggest gaming event of the year, in June. He`s the second of six characters included in the "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" fighter pass. The third character is Banjo-Kazooie, who is scheduled to join the roster this fall. Joker from "Persona 5" was added to Smash in April.

Each downloadable character in "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" can be purchased individually for 5.99 and comes with a distinct stage based on their game. The full fighter pass costs 25 and includes all six downloadable characters and stages. The Hero will be added to the game with "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate" update 4.0 on July 30. Check out the full reveal trailer for The Hero from "Dragon Quest" below:

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Yancey Spruill and Bill Sorenson

  • On Tuesday, developer cloud company DigitalOcean announced it has appointed Yancey Spruill as its new CEO, with Bill Sorenson as its new CFO.
  • Spruill, who previously was the COO and CFO at SendGrid, and Sorenson, who has previously served as CFO of EnerNOC, have both led companies through their respective IPOs.
  • These new appointments come just over a year after outgoing DigitalOcean CEO Mark Templeton began in the role. He officially announced his departure in May, citing personal reasons.
  • New CEO Spruill says that he wants to hunker down and stay focused on making DigitalOcean a sustainable, profitable company — and while he won`t commit to an IPO or another exit, he does say that DigitalOcean will need more capital to achieve its goals.
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DigitalOcean, an upstart cloud rival to Amazon Web Services that`s popular with developers, is getting a new CEO — a little over a year after the last one first arrived.

In May, outgoing DigitalOcean CEO Mark Templeton announced that he would step down, citing personal reasons, though he stayed on to assist with the search for a replacement.

On Tuesday, DigitalOcean announced that this search is complete, with Yancey Spruill poised to step in as the new chief executive, effective August 13th. That same day, DigitalOcean will get another new top exec, too, with Bill Sorenson tapped as its new CFO. 

"When I look at the core DNA of DigitalOcean and the passion we have for the developer community, the opportunity to help them is very powerful for me," Spruill told Business Insider. "When you look at what the company has at its core, they obsess about the customer. They figure out how to satisfy the customer. That`s exciting for me to grow the next phase of the business."

Most recently, Spruill was the COO and CFO at SendGrid, which was recently acquired by Twilio in February for about 3 billion. Spruill guided SendGrid through its 2017 IPO, and then through its sale earlier this year. Prior to that, he led the company DigitalGlobe to an IPO in 2009 as its CFO. DigitalGlobe has since been acquired by Maxar Technologies.

As for Sorenson, his last job was CFO of the energy technology company EnerNOC, which is now Enel X.  And previously, Sorenson also served as CFO of Qlik, which he led through its IPO in 2010. Qlik was since acquired by Thoma Bravo in 2016.

Spruill says that while Templeton`s run at the company was short, he has been integral to creating some clarity around DigitalOcean`s business strategy, as well as making key additions to the leadership team, like CTO Barry Cooks. DigitalOcean now has an annual recurring revenue of 250 million, thanks to its audience of 500,000 customers and 4 million developers. 

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"Frankly, creating a succession plan and executing on that are incredible contributions," Spruill said "We are incredibly grateful for him being at the company over the last year and a half."

The new CEO`s goals

Spruill says his experiences at SendGrid are "parallel" to what he will do at DigitalOcean. SendGrid creates developer-focused email applications. Likewise, while companies like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, and Google also provide cloud services, DigitalOcean sets itself apart by appealing to developers. 

He plans to invest in the company`s go-to-market strategy, technology, and the people to help it grow. He says over the next several months, the leadership team will work together to figure out what the company`s key areas of focus will be.

"There`s so much in terms of hearing from our customers and hearing from our employees," Spruill said. "We`re sort of weaving that into a mosaic of where we want to go and where we want to prioritize. That will sort of inform what we do want to change."

Spruill says he doesn`t have specific plans for an IPO or exit yet, but he hopes to help the company execute on a strategy that leads to profitable growth. Regardless, Spruill says, DigitalOcean will need more investment to realize its ambitions — on top of the almost 200 million it`s already raised from investors like Andreessen Horowitz and IA Ventures.  

"We will need capital along the way to realize our execution path," Spruill said. "The form of what that is, and how it takes shape over time, we`ll have more to say about that as time comes."

`Go big or stay home`

For his part, new CFO Sorenson is replacing Steve Senneff, who left DigitalOcean in March to pursue another opportunity as president and CFO of Remedy Partners. Sorenson says that he was attracted to the role because DigitalOcean is poised for explosive success. 

"Everyone is really excited about the opportunity, so it`s not like everyone will sit there and twiddle their thumbs," Sorenson said. "I had a big birthday a couple years ago, and the T-shirt said, `Go big or stay home.` That`s the feeling here at DigitalOcean. I`m looking forward to indeed going big."

Sorenson says that in particular, DigitalOcean was looking for someone with more experience in international markets, as more than half of its revenue comes from overseas. In his previous roles, Sorenson himself has worked in companies that operated in many of those markets.

Now, he looks forward to a "big opportunity" at DigitalOcean and working with people who will go after it, as well as serving the developer community.

`Too many shiny objects`

Spruill acknowledges that since much of the leadership team has seen so many new additions in the past year, employees may initially be worried about how this will change the company. To address that, he plans to focus on transparency and earning trust from employees. Spruill also hopes that employees will look at DigitalOcean as a place to grow in their professional careers. 

"As a new person, I don`t shy away from the fact that that creates anxiety," Spruill said. "Change management is critical at the business scale. This is a big change management effort for us to bring in new leaders to the business...We will have to be mindful of how we communicate."

He adds that one challenge will be "not focusing on too many shiny objects," and staying focused on the execution of his strategy. 

"At this organization`s scale, the ability to focus on more than a handful of things at any given time becomes a challenge," Spruill said. "It`s really just the discipline of managing and the fact that we`re adding so many people, and we`re adding products."

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One thing you might have noticed while driving or walking around Cairo is the abundance of flower markets across the city.

In almost every district, there are street sellers with a pretty diverse flower collection, perfect for those looking to brighten up their garden, flower collection, or wanting to gift someone a flower pot on a special occasion.

And while street sellers offer a variety of flowers for sale, many flower shops specialize more in flower design. Flower shops not only offer rare plant collections, but also offer to decorate events, rooms, spaces and provide additional services such as delivery and wrapping.

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Not only is Flower Power one of Cairo’s fanciest flower shops, but it is also the first flower design store in the city that boasts more than 30 years of experience in the industry.

Flower Power was founded by Malak Taher in 1986, comprising three stores in Cairo located in Mohandeseen, New Cairo and 6 October, as well as an online store where you can buy a variety of roses and orchids. The shop soon became known for decorating weddings as well as hotels.

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Founded by Injy Teymour, Fleurinjy is located in Maadi. The store is known for its intricate bouquet designs and gift baskets that are accompanied by chocolates, balloons, bears and candles.

Fleurinjy is also Egypt’s first flower school that teaches flower design over the course of five weeks. According to their website, participants “will get to know all about flower names, life prolonging techniques for flowers and achieve tips & tricks for flower arranging; it’s fun & meditating.”

Bellissimo Flower Boutique

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Also located in Maadi near Midan Degla and Road 206, Bellissimo Flower Boutique is part of Bellissimo event planning business, which specializes in event planning services “from researching themes and reserving venues to designing invitations, handling catering and decor setup, complete with furniture, lighting sound and AV,” their Facebook page reads.

The boutique is also home to some of the rarest flowers in the market as well as handmade scented candles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Uber

  • You may want to delete your Uber account if you no longer require the service.
  • Uber allows you to book rides easily, but it also stores your credit card and location data.
  • Deleting your account is a good option if you don`t want Uber to have your data readily accessible anymore.
  • You can delete your Uber account easily through the mobile app for iPhone or Android.
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Uber has made getting from Point A to Point B easier than ever. In more than 80 countries worldwide, you can schedule a ride with an Uber driver with just a few taps in the app on your phone.

However, not everyone loves Uber. The company has had its fair share of criticism and controversies, and you may decide that you no longer want to use the app, or have an active account with Uber at all. 

Luckily, deleting your account only takes a few minutes. Here`s how to do it through Uber`s mobile app, on iPhone or Android.

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How to delete your Uber account

1. Locate the Uber icon on your phone`s home screen and tap to open the app. 

2. In the upper left-hand corner of your screen, tap the three horizontally stacked lines to reveal a list of menu options. 

3. Towards the bottom of the menu, tap the Settings option. 

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4. Scroll down until you see the Privacy settings option, which appears under the Family heading, and tap to open.

5. In the Privacy settings menu, look for the Delete your account option at the bottom of the screen. This appears in red text to differentiate it from the rest of the screen. 

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6. Next, you`ll be asked to verify your identity by re-entering your Uber account password. Enter this and press Verify at the bottom of your screen. 

7. You will then be taken to a screen which confirms that your account will be deactivated immediately. It will take 30 days for the account to be deleted entirely from the Uber servers, which gives you a chance to reactivate it, should you change your mind. Tap continue to proceed with deletion.

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8. Uber will prompt you to select why you want to delete your account from a list of options. Choose the one that applies to you. 

9. One more screen will ask if you`re sure you want to delete your account. Tap the Delete option at the bottom right of the screen to delete your account. A message will then appear letting you know that your account has been deleted. 

Again, it will take 30 days for your account to be fully deleted. If you log in during that time, your account will be reactivated, with all your data intact.

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2019 RAM 1500 Longhorn

  • In the past few years, I`ve driven all the major full-size pickup trucks sold in the US: the Ford F-150, the Chevy Silverado, the RAM 1500, and the Toyota Tundra.
  • Of these pickups, the Ford, Chevy, and RAM are either all new or redesigned in the past five years; the Toyota is a bit long in the tooth but is due for an update.
  • Here`s a rundown of the best features of these four full-size pickup trucks.
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In the USA, we sure do love pickup trucks. Especially full-size pickups, which are at the heart of the market.

Since 2014, Ford, Chevy, and RAM — the Big Three of pickup brands — have each redesigned their bread-and-butter (Meat and potatoes?) truck.

I`ve driven them all, but I`ve also checked out the Toyota Tundra, a solid pickup that sells outside the top three, and that hasn`t been revamped for a while.

These are all pretty good trucks, and for this roundup, I`ve highlighted some of their best features (by the way, I skipped towing because all four trucks can tow weight that`s within the expectations of this class).

 

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Here`s the F-150, which I tested right after Ford redesigned the iconic pickup in 2015, to use more lightweight aluminum in the construction; Ford has since updated the vehicle. The price for this one was around 50,000.

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A big question about the redesigned F-150 was whether an aluminum bed would be as strong as steel. In my testing, the bed performed fine.



The tailgate in the F-150 has a very useful retractable step.



The F-150s styling is also a plus. This pickup just looks like it can get the job done.



Perhaps the best feature of the F-150 is how popular it is. The pickup has long been the best-selling vehicle in the US.



Of course, if the F-150 isn`t high-performance enough for you, there`s always the mighty Raptor, the race-car version of the the pickup.



The all-new 2019 Silverado! Price was 57,000.

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The LTZ Crew Cab I tested came with a short bed, but a larger box is available. For me, this box is exactly the right size for everyday duty.



How`s this for cool? The Silverado still had a column shifter!



The Silverado could be outfitted with a 2.7-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, a 4.3-liter V6, a 5.3-liter V8, a 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder diesel — or, in the case of my tester, a 6.2-liter V8. Me, I`ll take the V8.



The Chevy infotainment system was the best of all the four trucks here. Plus, you can use Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.



The back seats are a bench design, but plenty roomy. Adults would be comfortable.



Here`s the new 2019 RAM 1500. Price? 68,500, in Crew Cab Laramie "Longhorn" edition trim.

Read about how the RAM 1500 stacked up against the Chevy Silverado »



The power tailgate can be activated using the key fob.



RAM is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, whose uConnect infotainment system is well-executed, but not praised often enough. The screen on the RAM 1500 is huge.



A mild hybrid "eTorque" system is coupled to the Hemi 5.7-liter V8, making a total of 395 horsepower with 410 foot-pounds of torque. The 0-60 time is about 6 seconds. Fuel economy is OK: 17 mpg city/22 highway/19 combined.



The RAM 1500`s calling card has always been its four-wheel independent suspension, which contributes to a smooth ride. Skeptics argue that the lack of a hardtail rear suspension — the other full-sizers have leaf-spring suspensions — means that the RAM 1500 suffers from a potential point of failure. But happy customers don`t seem to care.



The RAM 1500 I tested had by far the most luxurious and comfortable interior.



Finally, the stalwart Toyota Tundra, which is due for an update. It stickered at 53,000.

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I tested the 1794 Edition. The 1794 backstory is intricate: The oldest cattle ranch in Texas, near San Antonio, dates to that year. The property is where Toyota built its US pickup-truck factory.



The Toyota had the second-nicest interior of the full-size pickups I`ve tested, behind the RAM 1500.



Yep, the bed handled a hefty load of stuff with ease. To be honest, the beds were notable features on all these pickups. Only the Ford F-150`s came without a spray-on bedliner.



Gotta love a good old-fashioned ignition key! Crank `er up!



The Tundra, although in need of an update, still has a roomy and comfortable back seat that grown-ups should adore.



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warren buffett

  • If you`re successful, you probably know you are what you read.
  • Many of the most successful people in politics and business read insatiably — think Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, and even Donald Trump.
  • We`ve compiled some of their favorite news outlets and resources to get them ready for the day ahead.
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Successful people know they are what they read.

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, for example, spends 80% of his day reading. And President Trump is reported to be an "insatiable" consumer of news, getting up at 6 a.m. to watch TV and then read print newspapers like the New York Post, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, according to Business Insider. He also reads conservative outlet Breitbart, according to the Associated Press.

So what is the first source that highly influential people check when they wake up?

Here are the resources leaders across industries use to sustain their morning reading habits.

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Warren Buffett starts his days with an assortment of national and local news

The billionaire investor tells CNBC he reads the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, USA Today, the Omaha World-Herald, and the American Banker in the mornings.

That`s a hefty list to get through.



US President Donald Trump prefers print to online media.

The US president has never been much of a bibliophile.

Despite not reading books regularly, President Trump gets his news the old-fashioned way: print media. According to Politico, his staff collects articles from newspapers ranging from the New York Post to the New York Times, and even prints out stories for him to read. President Trump likes to underline, star, and circle anything he reads.

To submit an article to the president, aides must run it through his staff secretary`s office. If the article is approved, it gets added to a folder of other news stories, usually an inch or two thick.

Despite this, aides manage to sneak articles his way in case they won`t be approved, despite former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly`s attempts to shut down those unofficial channels.

No matter what Trump reads, it`s often about himself. Reuters has reported that, when it comes to briefings, aides include the president`s name as much as possible, "because he keeps reading if he`s mentioned."



Mark Zuckerberg, unsurprisingly, starts his day on Facebook.

In a Facebook Live session with Jerry Seinfeld, the Facebook cofounder and CEO tells the comedian that the very first thing he does in the morning, even before he gets out of bed to use the bathroom or puts in his contact lenses, is check his phone.

He says that he starts by looking at Facebook — "I like to know what`s going on in the world" — and then checks his messages on Messenger and What`sApp. "On a good, calm day it`ll probably take no more than a few minutes," he tells Seinfeld.



Jeffrey Immelt reads his papers in a very particular fashion.

"I typically read the Wall Street Journal, from the center section out," the former CEO told Fast Company. "Then I`ll go to the Financial Times and scan the FTIndex and the second section. I`ll read the New York Times business page and throw the rest away. I look at USA Today, the sports section first, business page second, and life third. I`ll turn to Page Six of the New York Post and then a little bit on business."



Bill Gates reads the national papers and gets a daily news digest.

The Microsoft cofounder gets a daily news digest with a wide array of topics, and he gets alerts for stories on Berkshire Hathaway, where he sits on the board of directors. Gates also reads the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Economist cover-to-cover, according to an interview with Fox Business.



Jonah Peretti reads the business or sports section of the New York Times on his morning commute.

The Buzzfeed founder and CEO wakes up around 8:30 a.m. and heads into the office with the sports or business section of the New York Times, he tells The Wire. He also takes New York Magazine. (Subscriptions to the New Yorker and Economist fell by the wayside after he had twins.)

Still, like many younger leaders, the principle way he discovers information is through Twitter and Facebook.



Kara Goldin wakes up early to check email.

Hint Water`s founder and CEO considers her morning a critical part of her day and devotes the wee hours of the morning to checking her email and schedule.

She says she heads straight to her inbox at 5:30 a.m. because "doing this gives me a clear understanding of what the next 12 hours are going to look like and what my priorities are once I get to the office."



Howard Schultz has kept his morning-reading routine intact for 25 years.

In 2006, the Starbucks executive chairman told CNNMoney that he gets up between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., makes coffee, and then picks up three newspapers: the Seattle Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times. The habit must work, because he`s stuck with it for more than two decades.



Richard Branson rises at 5 a.m. to get a head start on his reading.

"I find the period of quiet, before most of the world logs on, to be great time to catch up on news and reply to emails," the Virgin Group founder writes in a post on Virgin.com. "These early hours give me the opportunity to start each day with a fresh and organized slate."



Kat Cole logs into social media first thing.

Cole, the group president of FOCUS Brands, the parent company of brands like Auntie Anne`s, Carvel, and Cinnabon, wakes up every morning at 5 a.m. and checks her calendar, all of her major social media platforms, news sites, blogs, emails, and any other messages that may have come in overnight.

"I`m looking for relevant news, urgent business and team needs, updates from startups I invest in, or anything awesome to get my brain going and know what`s going on in the world," she says.



Kevin O`Leary catches up on business news during his morning workout.

The "Shark Tank" investor writes that he wakes up every morning at 5:45 a.m., checks the Asian and European bond markets, and watches business television for 45 minutes while he works out. He then spends another hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m reading the latest business news.

"Knowledge is power," O`Leary says, "and it`s important to have a 360-degree view of the financial climate all over the world."



Gary Vaynerchuk devotes most of his attention to Twitter.

"I start my day by consuming quite a lot of information," the entrepreneur and social-media guru writes.

He reads TechMeme, the email newsletter MediaREDEF, Business Insider, ESPN, and Nuzzel, an aggregator of headlines and links that his network is sharing.

Next he heads to Twitter, where he spends "a significant amount of my morning responding to people and starting conversations."

Lastly, he checks Instagram to see what his friends are up to.



Disney CEO Bob Iger wakes up super early to read.

Disney CEO Bob Iger wakes up painfully early to read and exercise, according to Inc.

He gets up at 4:30 a.m., reads newspapers, checks his email, and surfs the web for a bit, he told The New York Times in a 2009 interview.

Alison Griswold, Max Nisen, and Jenna Goudreau contributed to an earlier version of this article.



Honda Civic

  • Passenger cars have been losing out to SUVs and pickups in a US market that has seen four straight years of booming sales.
  • But Honda, long a passenger-car sales leader in the US, hasn`t given up on sedans.
  • Honda`s commitment to vehicles such as the top-selling Civic is stronger that ever, as the company stressed in a presentation shared with Business Insider.
  • Visit Business Insider`s homepage for more stories.

The passenger car is dead! We`ve entered the era of the SUV and pickup truck!

You hear this all the time if you pay attention to sales trends in the US auto market. A few years back, the late Sergio Marchionne, then CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said aloud what everybody was thinking: a "structural shift" is underway, with traditional four-doors losing out to a new wave of crossover SUVs and pickup trucks. 

Soon, other major auto executives began to echo Marchionne`s thinking. Ford followed FCA`s lead by winding down its US car portfolio, and General Motors started to acknowledge the pressure, too. Modern crossovers — hybrids of cars and SUVs — don`t require the tradeoffs in comfort and fuel economy that plagued SUVs in the 1990s.

But at least one manufacturer isn`t prepared to bail on passenger cars: Honda.

Read more: I drove a 29,000 Honda Insight hybrid to see how it stacks up against the mighty Toyota Prius — here`s what I discovered

And Honda isn`t backing away from touting its passenger-car leadership ("passenger car" is an industry term for vehicles that aren`t SUVs. crossovers, pickups). 

The company shared a presentation with Business Insider in which it detailed its strength in this allegedly flagging segment. The company holds a nearly 18% share of the US passenger car market, with its Civic model doing the heavy lifting.

Can`t beat the Honda Civic

Honda Presentation 1

Basing its analysis on retail consumer sales (versus wholesale data to dealers), Honda noted that Civic has been both the top-selling passenger car in America for the past three years and has outsold every SUV and crossover in the market, save the Toyota RAV4 — and Honda`s own compact crossover, the CR-V. (The data excluded full-size pickups, which typically dominate overall vehicle sales in the US.)

When Marchionne was outlining his views on passenger cars in the US, he pointed out that Honda and Toyota could be the only automakers capable of building sustainable businesses with sedans. His comments were essentially strategic: for FCA to maximize profits, it needed to organize its manufacturing footprint to favor SUVs and pickups, and to spend accordingly to promote those vehicles. Bolstering passenger-car sales would undermine that objective.

Passenger cars are, on balance, less profitable than SUVs and pickups. However, Honda has been able to close the gap by selling Civics and Accords in volume, for decades (automakers don`t disclose profit margins on individual vehicles, but mass-market sedans typically bring in less than 10%). Honda in particular is also well-known for holding the line on pricing at dealerships, declining to discount models by offering big incentives.

Read more: Tesla`s business is a mess — but it`s actually not that much different from every other car company

Honda isn`t resting on its success

2017 Honda CRV

Although crossovers such as the CR-V and RAV-4 increasingly become popular first vehicles for younger buyers, cars like the Civic can still be had for around 20,000 new. And Honda said that from 2016-2018, Civic saw 400,000 repeat buyers, making its owners difficult for other brands to "conquest," in industry parlance. Honda also boasts the highest stats for first-time buyers: 14% choose the brand.

The combination of price, reliability, and fuel-economy has always been major pluses for Civic buyers and have encouraged them to stick with the model in the same way that some luxury consumers have developed near-lifelong commitments to the BMW 3-Series. That loyalty has added up to 11.5 million Civic sales since 1973, according to Honda.

A closer look at Honda`s data indicates that while the car maker`s commitment to passenger cars is significant, the business itself required considerable attention, as Honda`s strength in the market is based on years of disciplined execution and cultivation of owner satisfaction. 

The bottom line is that Honda dealers know how to sell cars in the same way that Ford dealers can sell pickup trucks. Honda`s data, drawn from retail sales, proves the importance of dealers is maintaining existing customer relationships and starting new ones, with younger millennial and Gen Z buyers.

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capital one

Capital One revealed a major data breach on Monday afternoon.

Over 100 million people had their personal information taken, ranging from Social Security to bank account numbers and names. If you applied for a Capital One credit card at any point "from 2005 through early 2019, there`s a good chance you`ve been affected.

But how to find out for sure? Here`s what we`ve got so far:

SEE ALSO: Capital One says it was hit with data breach, affecting tens of millions of credit card applications

First and foremost, here`s a comprehensive list of what Capital One says was lost in the data breach:

According to Capital One, the breach "affected approximately 100 million individuals in the United States and approximately 6 million in Canada." Moreover, the primary targets of the hack were, "consumers and small businesses as of the time they applied for one of our credit card products from 2005 through early 2019."

More plainly, that means if you applied for a Capital One credit card at any point in the 14 years between 2005 and 2019, you are likely an impacted party.

What data was taken in those instances? "Names, addresses, zip codes/postal codes, phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and self-reported income."

And that`s not all: "About 140,000 Social Security numbers" from credit card customers were taken, "about 80,000 linked bank account numbers" from secured credit card customers, and a whopping 1 million Social Insurance Numbers were stolen from Canadian credit card customers.

It is, in short, a huge mess.



So, how to know if you`ve been impacted? There`s a few things to do. 1. Wait patiently for Capital One to tell you whether or not you`ve been impacted by the data breach.

After announcing the data breach on Monday, Capital One said it would, "notify affected individuals through a variety of channels."

Moreover, the company is offering, "free credit monitoring and identity protection available to everyone affected."

It is unclear if any of the 100 million-plus affected individuals have been notified — as of publishing, none of the Capital One customers in our newsroom had received any correspondence. Representatives for the company didn`t respond to repeated requests for comment.

The company has yet to send a general notification to customers about the hack — the only way to learn about it was through social media and news reports.

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2. Freeze your credit!

In the worst-case scenario in a data breach like this, your Social Security number and personal information could be used for identity theft. In a slightly less awful possibility, your credit card could be used to buy things against your will. And in an even less awful possibility, you may see an increase in attempted "phishing" attacks via email and/or phone — more spam emails, and more robocalls, essentially.

There is, at the very least, one solid option for protecting against the worst scenario: A credit freeze.

Check out our full instructions right here for freezing credit with the various credit score agencies.



3. Stay vigilant! Monitor your credit card bill, and report any potentially fraudulent activity to Capital One.

At the bare minimum, there`s one very easy security protection you can enact: Pay attention to your credit card bill and your bank statements!

If you see something show up that looks out of place, call your credit card company/banking institution. 

Notably, Capital One says that "no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were compromised" in the breach, "and over 99 percent of Social Security numbers were not compromised." Which is to say that it`s unlikely you`ll suddenly encounter fraudulent transactions on your credit card or in your bank account — but it sure doesn`t hurt to pay slightly closer attention.



4. Consider an identify theft protection service.

Between the massive Equifax data breach of 2017 and the massive Capital One data breach this week, it`s been a bad few years for keeping personal data secure.

If it`s freaking you out, that`s totally understandable. Perhaps it`s time to consider enrolling in an identity theft protection service.

Both Equifax and Capital One are offering free identity theft protection to the hundreds of millions of people affected in their respective breaches, but you may want to shop around and decide which of the many different identity theft prevention services is right for you.



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