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Facial recognition is only the beginning: What to expect next from biometrics on your phone

AppleWith the introduction of the iPhone X, Apple shined a new spotlight on a decades-old technology that has never worked well on the phone: facial recognition for things like unlocking and paying with the device. It’s a big bet, but one that may very well pay off—and pave the way for ...

A Wisconsin bill proposes letting people ban themselves from buying guns

Joe Raedle/Getty ImagesLegislation set to be introduced in Wisconsin would let residents ban themselves from purchasing new guns for up to two decades. The aim of the voluntary “no-buy list” would be to cut firearm suicides, which remain stubbornly high in rural states. Under the ...

Google acquires HTC team in $1.1 billion agreement to beef up hardware division

Ramin Talaie/StringerGoogle has signed a $1.1 billion dollar cooperation agreement with HTC, the technology company said in a statement on Thursday, after trading of HTC shares were halted on Taiwan's stock exchange before the announcement. The move, first rumored earlier this month and then ...

Chinese universities restricting admissions for North Korean students amid nuclear crisis

ReutersSome Chinese universities are restricting the admission of North Korean students and even blacklisting their scholarship applications as the nuclear weapons crisis escalates on the Korean peninsula, according to several college enrollment officers. One recruitment official at a university in ...

Mine shutdowns in Africa could lead to a global Platinum shortage

Thomson ReutersThe South African mining industry got more bad news this week, with sources saying major platinum producer Lonmin has been threatened with a possible shutdown of its mines, after being cited by regulators for non-compliance in its local social programs. But elsewhere, the news for ...

California rewrites the GOP's climate playbook

GristFor the past decade, Democrats hoping to pass a big climate law have played Charlie Brown to the Republicans’ Lucy. Despite the GOP making it clear it has no intention of holding the ball for a global warming kick, the left routinely convinces itself that their counterparts will kneel ...

Top senator says there are likely 'a lot more' fake Facebook accounts tied to Russia

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite There are likely "a lot more" fake Facebook accounts affiliated with Russia than what the company has so far disclosed, the vice chairman of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, Mark Warner, said on Wednesday. Warner, who is helping lead the committee's investigation ...

Lindsey Graham implores colleague to back his GOP health bill 'for Arizona'

WASHINGTON — In an overheard phone call Wednesday, Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham leaned on a fellow senator to back his GOP health care bill despite “all its imperfections.” Graham called the “Obamacare” repeal bill he co-authored a “historic opportunity” ...

Tesla is reportedly working with AMD to develop AI chips for self-driving cars

Reuters Electric carmaker Tesla is working with Advanced Micro Devices to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter. AMD spin-off GlobalFoundries Inc Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said his company is working ...

Americans don't grasp the magnitude of the looming pension tsunami that may hit us within 10 years

Total unfunded liabilities in state and local pensions have roughly quintupled in the last decade. Mauldin Economics via Federal Reserve and Bloomberg You read that right—not doubled, tripled, or quadrupled—quintupled. That’s nice when it happens on a slot machine, not so nice when ...

Chipotle killed chorizo for all the wrong reasons

Thomson ReutersThe push for chorizo to be the protein savior for Chipotle Mexican Grill has come to shove. The burrito roller confirmed to CNBC on Monday that it's getting rid of the savory pork-and-chicken sausage. Quick-service eateries shake up their menus all of the time. Taco Bell fans don't ...

Comics captured America's growing ambivalence toward the Vietnam War

Marvel ComicsIn America’s imagination, the Vietnam War is not so much celebrated as it is assiduously contemplated. This inward-looking approach is reflected in films like “The Deer Hunter” and “Apocalypse Now,” best-selling novels and popular memoirs that dwell on the ...

Trump's rally in Phoenix, Arizona, reportedly cost the city $450,000

Ralph Freso/Getty ImagesPresident Trump's campaign rally in Phoenix last month cost the city more than $450,000, according to a report. Trump delivered a wide-ranging, 76-minute long speech at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in August, despite calls from Phoenix Mayor Greg ...

Here are the early business pursuits of Bezos, Buffett, and other legends

KMTV Omaha/Jeremy Harris Lipschultz/YouTubeThey say everyone has to start somewhere. And for legends like Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Estée Lauder, and Richard Branson – well, they got into the money-making game early. From hawking golf balls to bootstrapping student magazines, many of ...

8 myths about sugar that you need to stop believing

Laliv Gal/Wikimedia Commons The INSIDER Summary: INSIDER has rounded up some of the most pervasive myths and misconceptions about sugar. For example, sugar does not cause cavities; acid does. There's no such thing as a sugar rush — no, extra candy does not make your kid hyper. We've seen the ...

20 fast food salads, ranked by calories

Marcus F/Yelp The INSIDER Summary: Some fast food salads are as caloric as burgers, or even more so. We chose 20 salads from seven popular fast food chains and ranked them based on calories. Arby's roast turkey farmhouse salad had 230 calories, the fewest of all the salads. Wendy's spicy Caesar ...

Colombia is standing its ground in a war of words with the US over an explosion of cocaine production

Thomson Reuters Amid heated discord between the United States and Colombia regarding surging drug production in the South American country, Colombian officials are making it clear that they are not buckling under US pressure to harden the country's new, less draconian anti-narcotic strategies. In ...

Uber's exodus continues: Here are all the high-ranking execs who left the troubled company this year

It's been a year of turmoil for Uber, as the company has careened from one crises to another. Since February, when Susan Fowler released her now infamous blog post, the ride-hailing company has lost a deep bench of its top executives — each leaving the company for different reasons. Uber now ...

These are the 7 countries that want to cut fossil fuel-based cars

Clean energy on wheels In the past couple of years, the clean energy revolution has steadily been gaining ground. Aside from transitioning to cleaner, renewable energy sources, a number of countries are also bent on keeping their roads clean by banning combustion engine vehicles. With the ...

Meteorologists had a major clue that Hurricane Maria would be devastating — and it just reappeared

A bull's-eye touched down on the island of Dominica on Monday evening. As of Wednesday at 7 p.m. PT, that eye has re-emerged — this time between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Tweet Embed:https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/910636175530053632Hurricane #Maria appears to be back in ...

The US is still the leader in requesting data on Twitter users, but other countries are catching up

When it comes to requesting data on Twitter users, the US remains the leader among governments around the world. But other countries are quickly catching up. According to the latest transparency report from Twitter, information requests by the US fell to 2,111 in the first half of this year. That ...

Turkish state media boasts about its Russian-made missile system's ability to shoot down US planes

Thomson Reuters Turkey finalized its purchase of the Russian-made S-400 surface-to-air missile system earlier this month. The acquisition has stirred concern in other NATO countries since it was first reported several months ago, and the sale comes at time of increased tensions between Ankara and ...

Amazon is making noise in pharma these days — here's what it could all mean

REUTERS/Rick WilkingAn investment bank's report that Amazon is tip-toeing around the pharmacy space sent Wall Street scrambling to understand CEO Jeff Bezos' next move. Analysts at Leerink Partners wrote that Amazon may be in discussions with mid-sized pharmacy benefit managers "in an effort to get ...

Bill Gates on if he regrets Control-Alt-Delete: 'You can't go back and change the small things in your life without putting the other things at risk'

Microsoft ArchiveBill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder and the world's richest man, is not usually one to look back. Indeed, his first and most famous book to date was titled "The Road Ahead." So it's no surprise that Gates had a philosophical answer when pressed at a Bloomberg event today on whether ...

Albertsons has acquired meal kit startup Plated

PlatedSept 20 - Albertsons Companies Inc. has acquired meal kit startup Plated to transform the food experience for consumers. Plated, which delivers meal ingredients to customers in a subscription model, will continue to operate as a distinct consumer brand with its own leadership team led by ...

Apple can patch bugs, but its biggest Apple Watch problem can't be fixed

ReutersApple's new Watch made lots of headlines on Wednesday — but for all the wrong reasons. The latest version of the company's wrist-worn gadget — the Apple Watch Series 3 with LTE — was found to have an embarrassing glitch. It turns out that the watch's LTE cellular ...

Here's why US missile defense probably won't protect us from a North Korea attack

KCNA via REUTERSThe prospect that North Korea could fire missiles at its enemies has shed light on ways potential targets could defend themselves. And when it comes to missiles, some say the best defense is more missiles. Ballistic missile defense seems like a natural antidote, and though these ...

The best and worst foods for you at Trader Joe's

Andriy Blokhin/ShutterstockThere is so much to love about Trader Joe’s. The well-known supermarket chain carefully selects the products they sell and often sells items in sizes that make sense for small families or single people. Trader Joe’s also carries a wide variety of organic and ...

Trump's threat to 'totally destroy' North Korea is straight out of the 'madman' playbook

Thomson Reuters President Donald Trump blasted North Korea's government in a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, threatening to "totally destroy" the recalcitrant nation and calling its leader, Kim Jong Un, "rocket man." While many observers say Trump's speech was unprecedented ...

Tropical Storm Jose is bringing dangerous surf, rip currents, and wind to the East Coast

National Hurricane Center Tropical Storm Jose is slowly meandering off the East Coast of the US and expected to bring heavy rain, dangerous surf, and tropical storm-force winds to southern New England Wednesday night. Jose was downgraded to a tropical storm Tuesday night and continues to affect much ...

Meet the all-star team of lawyers Robert Mueller has assembled for the Trump-Russia investigation

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images As the investigation into ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russian officials reportedly plows ahead at a breakneck pace, special counsel Robert Mueller has quietly assembled a formidable team of investigators whose resumés offer a glimpse into ...

Paul Manafort reportedly offered 'private briefings' about the Trump campaign to a Putin ally

AP Photo/Matt RourkePresident Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort offered to provide "private briefings" about the campaign to Russian billionaire and ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Oleg Deripaska, in an email on July 7, 2016, according to The Washington Post. The email ...

TRUMP: I assumed when I won, I would 'sit down at my desk and there would be a healthcare bill'

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday praised the latest attempt from Senate Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, yet chided his party for a delayed and tedious process that has plagued his administration in its early months. Trump commended the ...

Apple just made a big change to iMessage — here's how to use it

AppleWhen you downloaded iOS 11, you may have noticed something new inside iMessage: a strip of app icons at the bottom of the screen. The icons, called an app drawer, include a brand-new GIFs button, quick access to the App Store, the ability to send songs via Apple Music, and more. The new app ...

Emma Stone shares a drawing of her anxiety and touches on an important topic

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP The INSIDER Summary: Emma Stone opened up about her experience with anxiety and therapy during an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The actress shared a drawing she created as a child depicting both her and her anxiety. She drew her anxiety as a, "little ...

We just got our clearest sign yet that Trump can work with Democrats and lose virtually no support

Kevin Lamarque/ReutersPresident Donald Trump's base seems to be totally fine with him making recent overtures to Democrats, a Monmouth University poll showed Wednesday. Respondents overwhelmingly said that Trump's dealings with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy ...

Here are the potential winners and losers of the latest Republican healthcare bill

Jacquelyn Martin/AP ImagesAs the timeline for the latest Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare comes into view, there is a scramble to understand the implications of a bill that wss only introduced seven days ago. Among the effects would be a shift of spending in federal healthcare ...

MAPPED: The world's unicorn companies

Unicorns are private companies and startups valued at over $1 billion. As access to technology, crowdsourced funds, and venture capital became more accessible over the last decade, here are the top ten unicorns that disrupted entire industries and retained private ownership during growth. With ...

The biggest winners and losers of a wild NBA offseason

David J. Phillip/APThe NBA truly has become a 12-month league. Following an exciting, but somewhat disappointing NBA Finals rematch, the league did not slow down, as it launched into one of the wildest offseasons in recent memory. This offseason saw big names like Paul George, Chris Paul, Kyrie ...

Trump makes his debut at ceremonies for new US citizens

Lucy NicholsonFor the first eight months of Donald Trump's presidency, new U.S. citizens did not receive the customary presidential welcome at their naturalization ceremonies. That changed this week, as immigration officials rolled out a video in which Trump welcomes new citizens into "the American ...

4 signs your relationship is built to last, according to a therapist

The INSIDER Summary: INSIDER asked a relationship expert the signs that you and your partner are fit to stay together. Trust, support, accountability, and physical love are all important aspects of a long-lasting relationship. No one can know if you'll last for sure, but these are a good hint. When ...

Hurricane Maria knocked out power to 100% of Puerto Rico and is now moving through the Caribbean

National Hurricane Center Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico Wednesday morning as a powerful Category 4 storm with 155-mph winds, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maria hit the island of Dominica at 9:15 p.m. ET on Monday as a Category 5 storm — the first in history there ...

10 of the best brown dress shoes guys can buy right now

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. When you're first starting your career, there are 12 essentials to creating a well-rounded professional wardrobe. While you won't need ...

Chrysler sells the only hybrid minivan in the US — and it's seriously impressive

Matthew DeBord/BI PROS: Suave styling; scads of space for people, pets, and stuff; robust drivetrain, fuel economy, sneaky good Uconnect infotainment system. CONS: Apart from being a minivan, none really. Lacks an onboard vacuum cleaner in hybrid trim and doesn't have all-wheel-drive. In minivan ...

Ryan Phillippe has responded to his ex-girlfriend's claim that he threw her down a flight of stairs and abused drugs

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Ryan Phillippe's ex-girlfriend Elsie Rose Hewitt alleged that the actor physically abused her while they were still together, the Los Angeles Times reported on Tuesday. And now Phillippe has responded. Hewitt filed a lawsuit Monday in the Los Angeles County Superior ...

How to protect yourself from Equifax scams

Reuters / Brendan McDermidOK, this had to happen. It’s not a surprise. It’s just a fact of life. We live in a world of scammers, and when there is a crisis, for them, there’s opportunity. There are scams and frauds to take advantage of any crisis, its victims, and people trying to ...

Trump's nominees cast doubt on the future of employment protections for LGBT workers

Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images It's unclear whether the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission will continue to hold its previous stance that a landmark federal law protects LGBT workers. During a hearing with the US Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Tuesday, US President Donald ...

Here's what you need to know about TBH, the anonymous app teens helped get to the top of the App Store

TbhMost apps that let you message people anonymously head down a similar path: Users take advantage of the anonymous features to spew racism, threats, and bullying. A new app called TBH is hoping to change that — and it just reached the top of the App Store's free apps chart. TBH, which is an ...

Tesla is reportedly working on its own chip to power self-driving cars

Ben Macmahon/AAP ImageTesla is taking steps to decrease its reliance on Nvidia, which has supplied the electric automaker with the graphic processing units powering Tesla's Autopilot and future self-driving system. Tesla is developing its own chip to power its self-driving cars, CNBC's Jordan Novet ...

Critics call college rankings 'a joke' — here's why every list has a different No.1

Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images College rankings are ubiquitous as the school year starts. U.S. News & World Report, Niche, and Times Higher Education all released rankings in September. The proliferation of these rankings have led some to revolt against the concept of neatly bucketing schools on ...