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Nintendo has already sold 10 million Switch consoles just 9 months after launch

Nintendo's latest game console, the Switch, is a major success. Since launching in March, over 10 million units have already sold according to Nintendo. A steady cadence of major game releases and a simple concept helped make the Switch such a success. Nintendo is back on top. After a major misstep ...

Check out the hidden bedrooms on board Boeing's 787 Dreamliner

Qantas took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in October. Before Qantas flew the Dreamliner back to Australia, Business Insider got the chance to tour the plane. As part of the tour, we got access to the Dreamliner's crew rest compartments. They are hidden compartments where pilots and ...

AOL's former head of video has raised money to build a Facebook-plus-Yelp-plus-Tinder for immigrants

Homeis aspires to build a social network for immigrants. The startup,  founded by former AOL video chief Ran Harnevo, has raised $4 million in seed funding. The plan is to tap into the explosion of transient populations in cities across the globe. Ran Harnevo sold his startup 5min to AOL back ...

Paralysed rats walk again after breakthrough surgery using stem cells from a human's mouth

Scientists have healed a rat's severed spinal cord. Stem cells from a human’s mouth were used in the process. Researchers hope to test the pioneering surgery on humans in the future. Seeing a rat scurry by would send many people running away screaming, but researchers at Israel's Technion ...

Microsoft's Julie Larsen-Green is joining $2.5 billion startup Qualtrics

Julie Larson-Green left Microsoft in November after a 25-year career there that spanned working on everything from Windows to Microsoft Office to Surface devices and has landed at Qualtrics. Larson-Green is taking on the role of Chief Experience Officer for Qualtrics, a startup valued at $2.5 ...

Google is launching 3 new experimental apps on both Android and the iPhone

Google is launching a new research project to develop so-called "appsperiments." Appsperiments are new apps that use some of Google's experimental technologies. The company is releasing three new apps today, on both Android and Apple's iOS. Google is launching three new experimental apps, named ...

Theresa May is being advised to fine Facebook, Google, and Twitter over their abusive content

Facebook, Google, Twitter, and other web firms are likely to face new sanctions in the UK about hosting abusive content on their platforms. The government's ethics committee will recommend that prime minister Theresa May sues the web giants if they can't delete abusive posts in time, according to ...

Here's why 'man flu' might actually be real, according to one professor

"Man flu" is real, according to an article in the British Medical Journal. A professor in Canada argued that male immune systems are inherently weaker than female ones. This could lead to increased susceptibility to bad bouts of flu. Man flu is apparently real — and the cure is lying on the ...

This 3-year-old Instagram star has a £2,800 cubby house complete with a grand piano, flat screen TV, and crystal chandelier — take a look inside

Designer toddler Millie-Belle Diamond's Instagram account has nearly 160,000 followers. She apparently gets sent free designer gear by brands and is paid up to AUD $250 a post to share photos of her wearing it. Her latest toy is a souped up AUD $5,000 cubby house, "Palace MBD," complete with ...

8 common things you should never do when you're trying to get a good sleep, according to an expert — and what to do instead

Sleep is something we are too willing to compromise on. Poor sleep can be bad for our physical health and our minds. Sometimes the things we try to do to get a better night's sleep aren't actually helping us. Here are some of the mistakes we are making and how to rectify them. Poor sleep makes us ...

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died just after 1 a.m. local time at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the San Francisco Examiner reports. “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg ...

GOLDMAN SACHS: Bitcoin hasn't taken a bite out of demand for gold

Gold demand is not being impacted by rising bitcoin prices, Goldman Sachs' Jeffrey Currie argues. Some analysts have suggested that gold prices — which have dropped significantly in recent months — are falling because of bitcoin. However "there is no evidence of a mass exodus from gold," ...

BlackRock exec on bitcoin: 'We are seeing bubble-like valuations'

BlackRock Asian executive says bitcoin "isn’t a financial asset like we would trade." Comments come after the launch of first bitcoin futures on Sunday. LONDON — BlackRock has become the latest financial services company to express caution over bitcoin. Bloomberg reported that Belinda ...

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Apple confirmed its pending acquisition of British music recognition startup Shazam. A spokesman said Shazam would combine with Apple Music. 2. A former Facebook executive said social networks were "destroying" how society works. ...

Peter Thiel is betting on magic mushrooms to treat depression — and he's not the only one

A for-profit company that Peter Thiel invests in has plans to start clinical trials of magic mushrooms for depression within the first three months of 2018. Psychedelics appear to disrupt the brain's activity patterns in a positive and life-changing way. Several research institutions are studying ...

MORGAN STANLEY: 3 things could slow red-hot FAANG stocks in 2018

FAANG stocks could be a victim of their own success in 2018, says Morgan Stanley. The outperformance of the tech-focused group could leave it vulnerable to some trend reversals that could weigh on performance, according to the firm. All good things must come to an end. Which is why Morgan Stanley ...

SEC head Jay Clayton weighs in on cryptocurrency mania

SEC chairman Jay Clayton weighed in on the crypto-mania sweeping Wall Street in a statement Monday. Clayton warned investors about threats associated with cryptocurrencies and ICOs, a crypto-based fundraising method. Jay Clayton, the chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Committee, weighed in ...

No one used to call Okta's CEO before trying to squash his business — now Amazon and Google give him a heads-up and that's 'progress'

What does it feel like when all four of the largest cloud providers decide they want to compete with you? Okta Todd McKinnon says when you are tiny, they ignore you. When you are bigger, you get a courtesy call first. In some ways, the tech industry is like a small town, where everyone who's anyone ...

This is how Navy SEALs swim out of a submerged submarine

We saw a compartment on the USS John Warner called a "lockout trunk." Lockout trunks are used as an escape hatch for the crew and to get SEALs off the ship. During our recent tour of the USS John Warner nuclear-powered submarine, we got a chance to see a small compartment known as a "lockout trunk." ...

Litecoin is surging after Bitcoin futures launch

Litecoin, the fifth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, has gained more than 25% in value over the last 24 hours, reaching an intra-day high of $195.66 per coin. The gains come the day after Cboe Global Markets, a a Chicago-based exchange operator, launched trading of Bitcoin futures ...

How hard it is to get a job at the 25 best places to work in America

• Glassdoor published its list breaking down the best companies of 2018. • If you want to land a job at one of these organizations, you're going to have to bring your A game to the interview. • Using data from Glassdoor, Business Insider took a look at what it's like to interview at ...

A blockchain tech company raised $42.5 million in 2 weeks — in 'one of the easiest fundraising processes ever'

BitGo, a blockchain technology company, closed a $42.5 million fundraising round. The company, which provides technology for institutional investors to dive into the cryptocurrency market, said the fundraise took just 2 weeks. BitGo, a US-based blockchain technology company, raised $42.5 ...

Lyft is adding a benefit offered by Chipotle and Taco Bell to give its drivers discounts on classes

Lyft is adding Guild Education as a benefit to its drivers in the US, the company announced Monday. Drivers have access to a free education mentor, and can access online classes from a variety of universities and schools at a discounted rate. It's a unique employee benefit in the gig-economy, where ...

Why having a traditional roast for Christmas dinner isn't always the best idea, according to the biggest star from this season's 'Great British Bake Off'

Liam Charles won over "The Great British Bake Off" judges earlier this year with his distinctive flavour combinations and conceptual bakes. Business Insider spoke to Charles about cooking at Christmas. The baker said that Christmas "is the time to eat whatever you want" — even if that's burgers ...

This Instagram makeup artist just realised that her fiancé photobombed her in a childhood picture before they ever met

The fiancé of this Instagram makeup artist spotted himself in the background her childhood family photo. The photo was taken 10 years ago before the couple had ever met when both families were vacationing on the same beach. When we think about spending the rest of our lives with someone, we're ...

The scientific reasons we give our partners pet names — and what they could say about your relationship

If you use pet names, it might be because your mother used them with you. Research shows that using cute nicknames is a sign your relationship is strong. However, it's important to make sure your partner is okay with the cutesy names, as some people really hate them. Insisting on using terms like ...

Facebook and Twitter could reportedly be fined up to £20 million if they don't tackle online bullying

Social media firms like Facebook and Twitter could face fines of up to £20 million if they fail to tackle cyber bullying on their platforms, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday. Digital Minister Matt Hancock reportedly announced new powers on Sunday that will force some of America's ...

Uber will have to wait until April 2018 to appeal the loss of its London licence

London's transport regulator decided not to renew Uber's licence to operate in the capital in September. Uber is appealing the decision, and can continue to operate in London in the meantime. In an initial hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court, a judge said Uber can start appealing on April 30 ...

South Korea has reportedly banned bitcoin futures

South Korea has banned securities firms from handling bitcoin futures. Exchange operator Cboe launched first bitcoin futures on Sunday night. Huge demand for the product crashed Cboe's website and sent prices jumping. LONDON — South Korean officials have reportedly banned local finance firms ...

Someone in the UK watched 'Bee Movie' 357 times in 2017

One anonymous Netflix user watched the DreamWorks film "Bee Movie" almost once a day for a year. Yes, really. We all fall victim to a day on the sofa in front of Netflix every now and again. But one unidentified Netflix subscriber caused a buzz when they took a movie binge to the next level. In ...

10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! Here is the tech news you need to know this Monday. 1. The launch of bitcoin futures, which allows traders to bet on the future price of the cryptocurrency, sent the price shooting up $1,000. Bitcoin futures went live on Chicago exchange group Cboe on Sunday night. 2. Apple has ...

Bitcoin futures launch sends bitcoin up $1,000

Bitcoin futures went live on Cboe Global Markets, the Chicago-exchange group, Sunday night. Liquidity on the market was thin and Cboe's website crashed. The price of bitcoin soared by more than $1,000 after the market went live. Bitcoin futures went live on Cboe Global Markets, the Chicago-based ...

How Mark Zuckerberg runs Facebook, the best place to work in America

• Business Insider took a look inside the daily routine of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. • Facebook is now the most desirable place to work, according to Glassdoor — and Zuckerberg is popular with reviewers, too. • His typical schedule includes exercise, family time, ...

THE BLOCKCHAIN IN THE IoT REPORT: How distributed ledgers enhance the IoT through better visibility and create trust

This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here. Blockchain isn't just for bankers anymore. Most of the buzz around the distributed ledger has focused on its uses in finance, where it ...

The $500 OnePlus 5T is my favorite Android phone of the year, and it's even better after comparing its camera against the $850 Pixel 2 XL

I'm a big fan of the OnePlus 5T.  It offers incredible performance, unbelievable value, an understated modern design, and now I truly know that it takes great photos after comparing its camera with the best camera on any smartphone, the Pixel 2 XL. It's true that the Pixel 2 XL takes slightly ...

Why airlines pay to fly over other countries

Airlines pay a fee to fly over other countries. They're called overflight fees. Just as countries have rights to their land, they have rights to the air above them. Most countries "rent" that airspace to foreign airlines, allowing them to fly through it. Some countries also provide air traffic ...

The FCC plans to repeal net neutrality this week — and it could ruin the internet

The FCC will vote to repeal its net neutrality rules on December 14. The outcome is a foregone conclusion. The repeal of the rules likely won't mean broadband providers will block your access to Google or slow Netflix so it's unwatchable. But the move likely will mean the providers will charge ...

Bitcoin futures are about to go live, and they could change the game for cryptocurrencies

Cboe Global Markets' bitcoin futures product launches Sunday. The product will allow investors to bet on the coin's future price and could open the door to wider-participation in the market by retail investor and institutions. We've answered all of your possible questions about bitcoin futures and ...

Bitcoin wallet provider Blockchain had half a million new sign-ups in a week

Digital wallet provider Blockchain signed up half a million new customers in one week. It now has 20 million wallets worldwide. The surge in sign-ups comes after a wild week for bitcoin that has seen the price rise 40%. LONDON — Blockchain, the world's biggest provider of bitcoin wallets, saw ...

YouTube superstar Alfie Deyes is preparing to launch a new venture to collaborate with startups

Alfie Deyes is hugely popular on YouTube, building up a following of 5.4 million subscribers over the last decade with videos of his day-to-day life. Deyes earns an estimated £500,000-to-£1 million annually from advertising, plus book and merchandising sales, and income from his ...

A day in the life of an executive at Facebook, the best place to work in America

Business Insider interviewed Facebook's vice president of product design, Julie Zhuo, about how she spends her days at the tech company. She broke down her daily routine from her early-morning workout to spending time with her family in the evening. Zhuo also discussed the strategies she uses to get ...

Netflix's holiday movie 'A Christmas Prince' is good dumb fun — but its portrayal of journalism is outrageous

Netflix's "A Christmas Prince" is the streaming service's attempt at a Christmas movie like those you see on Lifetime and Hallmark. It is silly, but fun. The most absurd aspect is the way journalists are portrayed, so we pointed out all the times when the protagonist violates the most basic ethical ...

11 wild predictions Elon Musk has made about the future

Killer robots, electric jets, and living on Mars. These are just a few of the things that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says the future holds. Here's a look at some of his boldest predictions about what's to come. SEE ALSO: Everything Tesla wants to accomplish by 2020 All forms of transport will ...

The 'electronic privacy case of the century' is now in court, and it could redefine your right to privacy

The Supreme Court is re-examining American rights to digital privacy in a case that has been described as the most important electronic privacy case of the 21st century. The court's ruling, which takes place in June, will determine whether or not law enforcement must acquire warrants when accessing ...

Polar bears aren't actually white, and sometimes they can turn green

Polar bears aren't actually white. Their color is determined by the lighting and climate of their surroundings. Following is a transcript of the video. Polar bears aren't actually white.Turns out, they can come in all sorts of colors: yellow, gray, orange, and even green. That's because polar bear ...

The richest people in the world pay everyone from nannies to chefs to keep their household running smoothly — and it can cost millions of dollars a year

Whether you run a company or a household, time is often your most valuable resource. For those who can afford to, hiring help — from assistants to nannies to chauffeurs — can make life a lot easier. Business Insider spoke with David Youdovin, the founder and CEO of Hire Society, a ...

A Tesla-SpaceX merger would be the deal of the decade

A Morgan Stanley analyst and Tesla bull teased a merger with SpaceX. Tesla wouldn't gain any meaningful synergies from a tie-up, but its business would become more complicated. CEO Elon Musk would avoid the hassles of having to run two high-pressure public companies. Last year, Tesla merged with ...

Amazon customers are furious that some holiday orders are delayed — and it reveals a glaring limitation of Prime membership

Some Amazon Prime members are voicing frustrations that their orders are not shipping immediately.  Prime benefits entitle members to two-day shipping, but the time it takes for packages to ship can vary. This misunderstanding has led to some blowback from customers, as the sheer volume of orders ...

Why people don't work on their cars anymore

A publisher of repair manuals reports that owners are discouraged by plastic engine covers. The CEO provides some amusing alternative uses for the covers. Covers can be removed without voiding a car's warranty. You can still purchase guides to fixing your car, and Haynes Manuals will be happy to ...

Not enough people know about this amazing way to buy an iPhone X

The iPhone X is an extremely expensive device, costing £999 or more if you buy it outright. Most people end up paying much more than this by committing to two-year contracts with their mobile carriers. There's a better value way of avoiding these costs and buying an iPhone X directly from ...