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    • Kevin Durant and Draymond Green's on-court spat on Monday has become a potentially franchise-altering incident for the Golden State Warriors.
    • After Durant yelled at Green for his end-of-game decision-making, Green chewed out Durant, calling him a "b----" and saying he's made the season about himself with his impending free agency.
    • The Warriors suspended Green one game for the incident, and Durant on Tuesday said he and Green had not made up yet.
    • According to one report, some players agreed with Greens' assessment of Durant's handling of his free agency, but many thought Green went too far.
    • There's potential for the rift to linger between Durant and Green and Green and Warriors management as the season goes on.


    Few could have predicted that a dispute over an end-of-game decision by Draymond Green could be the turning point in the Golden State Warriors dynasty, but one day later, things are uglier than ever with the reigning champions.

    On Monday, Green turned the ball over while trying to dribble full-court in the final seconds of regulation, with the Warriors tied with the Los Angeles Clippers. As the Warriors returned to the bench to prepare for overtime, Kevin Durant clapped angrily at Green, yelling at him to get him the ball for the final shot.

    Once on the bench, Green appeared to berate Durant, and teammates stepped in-between them as Green shouted at Durant throughout the break. The Warriors would go on to lose in overtime.

    After the game, reports indicated that things were worse than they appeared. ESPN reported that the dispute carried over into the locker room in one of the most intense exchanges of the Warriors dynasty. The Athletic later reported that the exchange included Green making an over-the-line comment about Durant's impending free agency. ESPN reported on Tuesday that despite the intense exchange in the locker room, it never threatened to get physical.

    Read more:Kevin Durant and Draymond Green's spat reportedly carried over into an intense locker-room dispute that centered on Durant's impending free agency

    After details leaked out, the Warriors suspended Green for their Tuesday game against the Atlanta Hawks, which they won, 110-103.

    Teammates fight and argue all the time, but from the sounds of it, this has the potential to be a franchise-altering dispute.

    The Athletic's Marcus Thompson divulged more details on Wednesday, reporting that after Durant told Green to get him the ball on Monday, Green went off on Durant. According to Thomspon, Green repeatedly called Durant a "b----" and then attacked Durant for how he's handled his impending free agency, leaving the door open to the idea that he might leave after the season.

    Via Thompson:

    "According to multiple sources, Green then went on to make it clear he’s been making plays for years. He reminded Durant the Warriors were winning before Durant showed up so he wouldn’t stand for Durant talking to him as if he were a scrub. Green accused Durant of making the whole season about him even though he was going to leave after this season. Green let out his frustrations about how Durant has handled free agency — keeping his options open and keeping the story alive, consuming the Warriors and their season with talk of what Durant will do next."

    Earlier in the season, Durant told The Los Angeles Times' Dan Woike that he felt free agency was a topic that was off-limits, even among teammates.

    "That's business. We don't get into anyone else's business," Durant told Woike. "There's money involved in that stuff. Everything is involved, your life is involved, free agency, a new contract. I don't think guys overstep those boundaries when it comes to that. We don't even play around about that because we're so locked in on the season."

    According to Thompson, Green expected to be punished for his actions but didn't expect a suspension, which cost him over $120,000. Green and head coach Steve Kerr infamously got into a heated dispute that required both men to be separated in 2016, and Green was only fined. Green thought that dispute was worse than Monday night's with Durant, according to Thompson.

    Thompson also reported that while many people on the Warriors thought Green's tirade went too far, some even thought there was some truth in his criticism's of Durant. Thompson reported that Green spoke with Kerr and Warriors GM Bob Myers after the dispute and reiterated his stance that Durant's free agency has become a distraction. Stephen Curry also reportedly met with Green after the incident and Green told Curry the same thing.

    After Tuesday's game, Durant was tight-lipped about the situation. When asked if he and Green had made up, he said, "Nah." When asked if Green had crossed a line, Durant said he would keep things "in-house" and said he was sure he and Green would make up at some point, citing the long season ahead.

    The Warriors will rebound from the incident. They remain the most talented team by a long stretch, and they've shown this year that they all have a new comfort level on the court.

    But as Thompson noted, there are ramifications to everything that unfolded. Green and Durant will make amends, but it's worth wondering how much Green's words will linger with Durant.

    Meanwhile, management took the side of Durant by suspending Green. Green is two years away from free agency, and it's possible that the issue could affect his feelings for the team, even though he has said he wants to re-sign with the Warriors.

    The Warriors also have to protect against a scenario where both Durant and Green want out. Trading Durant would probably be a non-starter for the Warriors unless they're sure Durant is leaving at the end of the season. But what if keeping Durant hinges on his relationship with Green? The Warriors could theoretically be backed into a corner, but that's only if the issue lingers.

    The Warriors' win-loss record likely won't be affected by this issue, but even some insiders wonder if it's something that could eat at the team. Thompson reported that some players already suspected Durant was leaving after the season. Durant's departure would break up this Warriors dynasty and knock them down a peg. If they fail to win the championship this year, this spat could prove to be a pivotal moment in the team's history.

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    • The North Face is making its popular ThermoBall jacket in recycled materials now.
    • You can buy the ThermoBall Eco ($199 - $220) as early as November 14, 2018 in six colors and two styles.
    • The ThermoBall line is best-known for its no-compromise jackets that have the lightweight warmth and compressibility of down jackets, but the wet-weather performance of synthetics. It's especially good for hiking.

    If you haven’t heard, The North Face is going “green” with ThermoBall — one of the company’s largest lines.

    ThermoBall is the line that hosts much of the company’s famously lightweight, super warm outdoors gear, but the first product to actually go eco-friendly is the ThermoBall jacket ($199-$220) — an award-winning lightweight down-alternative coat. 

    If the name ThermoBall sounds familiar, it’s because the line gained a lot of fanfare for its synthetic insulation. The round synthetic fiber clusters trap heat within small air pockets like down. This way, you get both the lightweight warmth and compressibility of down jackets with the wet-weather performance of synthetics. According to the company, Kansas State University showed the ThermoBall has the warmth equivalent to 600 fill goose down.

    The ThermoBall Eco jacket is essentially the same as the original, except that it’s made from recycled polyester fabric and recycled Primaloft insulation made from plastic bottles diverted from landfills. And, like all gear from The North Face, it comes with a generous lifetime guarantee. 

    As of November 2018, ThermoBall Eco can be picked up in stores and online, though not yet at outdoor retailers like REI. You can find it on the site right now for both women and men, in either an adult hoodie or full-zip version in six colors.

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    The recycling trend is one we’re glad to see. Since nothing new is really as eco-friendly as not-new materials, recycled fabrics are a great compromise — they allow for innovative new styles with less toll on the environment, and, eventually, on us. Companies like Everlane, with its recycled outerwear, Girlfriend Collective, with leggings made from fishing nets, and Reformation, now offering a 70% recycled cashmere line, are just a few other examples. It’s a particularly popular trend in the outdoor industry, calling to mind REI and Patagonia’s many eco-initiatives and newcomers with strong social missions like Cotopaxi.

    The North Face says it already offsets the environmental impact of shipping to its customers around the world, but reintroducing one of their most popular lines in recycled materials will pack more of a punch. The North Face estimates that material production and manufacturing — in other words, the making of their clothes — accounts for 60-80% of the company’s total environmental impact. It’s a natural next step for any company attempting sustainable change at scale.

    And it’s not really new. The North Face started using recycled fibers across core products like the ever-popular Denali jackets as early as 1996, as well as in its reaction and Glacier lines. In 2018, it launched an entire Bottle Source collection made from plastic bottles cleaned out of national parks.

    The new ThermoBall Eco is just its latest step towards phasing in recycled materials to its production line. And it's a good choice — the ThermoBall garnered such fanfare before for its no-compromise mix of the warmth and compactness of down and the all-weather wearability of synthetics, and while the company (and supporters of more eco-friendly practices) hopes the new Eco version will do well this winter, it's probably how good the jacket is that'll drive people to pick the ThermoBall. A smaller environmental impact is just a big bonus.

    Shop the ThermoBall Eco at The North Face in six colors and two styles, $199 - $220

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    • Kate Middleton recently debuted a new outfit and a re-wore an old favorite.
    • She wore a new $1,413 dress by Alessandra Richards for Prince Charles' birthday photographs. 
    • Middleton then re-wore a custom Eponine London design for an engagement in London.

    While Kate Middleton frequently debuts new outfits during her public appearance, she's also known to re-wear some of her favorite ensembles. The duchess did both this week as she wore a brand-new dress before turning to her existing wardrobe for a classic look.

    On Tuesday, the royal family shared two new photos in celebration of Prince Charles' 70th birthday. Though the royal children seemed to steal the spotlight in the photos taken by Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson, Middleton also debuted a new dress for the occasion. 

    And a second picture (maybe my favourite!). Happy Birthday to the Prince of Wales! 70 tomorrow! I’ve travelled all over the world photographing the Prince of Wales for the last 15 years from Durbars in Nigeria to the Galápagos Islands, Pakistan, Japan and many more as well as well as covering numerous domestic Royal Engagements so I was delighted to have been asked to take these official portraits of The Prince surrounded by his family to celebrate the important milestone of his 70th Birthday. It was particularly special to capture such an informal and relaxed family portrait over a fun afternoon in the gardens of Clarence House. #princecharles70 #princeofwales @clarencehouse @gettyimages

    A post shared by Chris Jackson (@chrisjacksongetty) on Nov 13, 2018 at 2:03pm PST on

    Read more:The royal family shared 2 new official photos of Prince Charles with his children and grandkids

    According to style blog What Kate Wore, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a $1,413 pleated dress by Alessandra Richards. The navy blue midi dress features a polka-dot design, long sleeves, and a contrasting white collar. 

    The dress previously made an appearance on "Suits" actress Abigail Spencer during Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's wedding in May. 

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    On Wednesday, the Duchess of Cambridge visited Rotherham, UK, to attend the opening of the McLaren Automotive Composites Technology Centre. She re-wore a bespoke blue design by Eponine London's 2016 winter/autumn collection.

    Read more:35 stunning looks Kate Middleton repeats again and again

    The dress features a pleated skirt and belted waist, which she paired with matching heels and a clutch.

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    Middleton previously wore the dress during a visit to the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in January 2017. She completed the look with matching $735 Mallory heels by Rupert Sanderson.

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    The duchess also previously re-wore a coat dress that coordinated with her sister-in-law Markle's ensemble during a Remembrance Day service on Sunday, so it looks like she still has a penchant for the occasional outfit repeat.

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    CarPlay Corvette

    • Chevrolet now produces four different versions of the seventh-generation Corvette, as well as hardtop, targa, and convertible options.
    • I've driven 'em all: the Stingray, the Grand Sport, the Z06, and the ZR1.
    • My personal favorite is the Grand Sport.

    The Chevrolet Corvette has been in production since 1953. Now on its seventh generation, I like to remind myself that it was the first truly stunning car I ever got a ride in.

    It was back in the 1970s, at my grandparents' farm in Ohio. A car-nut friend of the theirs paid a visit — in his 1967 Vette. "Want a ride?" he asked me. He didn't have to ask twice. I still sometimes dream about the thick rumble of the engine and the heavy click of the gearshift.

    Thusly influenced, I've made Corvette-driving something of a distinct sub-genre of my car-reviewing here at Business Insider. If we ge a shot as testing a Vette, I don't have to be asked twice. 

    The seventh-generation of the Corvette is likely the last of its kind: massive V8 engine up front, sending power to the rear wheels. Chevy is expected to make gen eight a mid-engine machine, similar to what Ferrari and McLaren offer in their supercars.

    With that in mind, I thought I round up the current Vette stable and run through the lineup's virtues. The bottom line is that Corvette combines insane performance with a great price better than anybody in the car business.

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    1. Chevy Corvette Stingray: We'll start with the "base" Stingray — Business Insider's first-ever Car of the Year, in 2014. We enjoyed both the seven-speed manual and the eight-speed automatic. Pictured here is the convertible.

    Read all about the Stingray.



    The engine is a mighty 6.2-liter V8, making 640 horsepower. The price is a near-ridiculous $55,400 to start.



    Besides naming the seventh-generation Vette our Car of the Year in 2014, it was also the first environment in which I sampled Apple CarPlay.



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    Forget penthouse views and rooftop pools. The ultra-wealthy are shelling out up to $500,000 for an unexpected amenity: luxurious panic rooms complete with flat-screen TVs, high-end décor, and even bars.

    "Panic rooms have become more popular, particularly in London, especially with international clients from the Middle East and Russia, where they are prevalent," Richard Westell, commercial sales manager for Safe and Bolt Co. and Opulent Safes, companies that make and install safes, vaults, and panic rooms, told Mansion Global. "These people want to replicate what they have in their other houses."

    In New York City, some members of the urban elite have built panic rooms into opulent homes such as an $88 million Upper East Side mansion that the New York Times called an "urban fortress." Internationally, Business Insider Australia reported in February 2018 that American billionaire Peter Thiel was building a panic room into his $4.8 million house in New Zealand.

    Of course, safety is still paramount in these fancy safe rooms, which are made of blast-proof and bulletproof material. But some have decorated their panic rooms to look like a 1920s speakeasy and or a Ralph Lauren catalog, as Chris Cosban, the owner of New York-based Covert Interiors, which makes luxury panic rooms for the elite of New York City and the Hamptons, told Mansion Global.

    These luxurious panic rooms cost between $50,000 and $550,000 for the basic armored room, and more for the furnishings and décor, according to Mansion Global.

    Interest in luxe panic rooms has spiked as mass shootings become more and more prevalent, said Chris Acevedo of Panic Room USA, a panic room firm based in Parkland, Florida.

    "The volume of our business increases commiserate to the increase in gun violence," he told the site.

    After decreasing for years, homicides and suicides that involve guns have been on the rise, according to recent data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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    • Fox News announced Wednesday it is supporting CNN in the network's lawsuit against the Trump administration's revocation of White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials.
    • The announcement was a stunning move for the cable news network whose on-air personalities have often criticized both CNN and Acosta.
    • Fox News president Jay Wallace accused the Trump administration of weaponizing press credentials, and criticized both President Donald Trump and the media for adopting a "growing antagonistic tone" at recent press conferences.

    Fox News has thrown its support behind CNN's lawsuit against the Trump administration to win back White House correspondent Jim Acosta's press credentials, in a stunning move for the cable news network whose on-air personalities have often criticized both CNN and Acosta.

    Fox News president Jay Wallace said in a statement that the company will file an amicus brief — also known as a friend-of-the-court brief — with the US District Court in support of CNN.

    Wallace also accused the Trump administration of weaponizing the press passes by depriving a CNN journalist of one.

    "FOX News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter's press credential," Wallace said in his statement. "While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access, and open exchanges for the American people."

    In a statement Wednesday morning, CNN thanked Fox News for its support.

    'Reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions'

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    A number of other media outlets have also filed amicus briefs in support of CNN, including the Associated Press, Bloomberg, First Look Media, Gannett, NBC, The New York Times, Politico, USA Today, and The Washington Post, according to the Times.

    In a joint statement on Wednesday, the news outlets said it was "imperative" that reporters have access to the president and not be "barred for arbitrary reasons."

    "Whether the news of the day concerns national security, the economy, or the environment, reporters covering the White House must remain free to ask questions," the statement said. "Our news organizations support the fundamental constitutional right to question this President, or any President."

    CNN filed its complaint on Tuesday, arguing that revoking Acosta's press pass would violate his First Amendment rights to a free press, and his Fifth Amendment right to due process.

    "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials," the complaint said.

    Read more: CNN filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the Trump administration for revoking Jim Acosta's press pass

    The Trump administration responded to the suit on Wednesday arguing that the First Amendment doesn't grant Acosta the right to enter the White House, and that the Trump administration has "broad discretion" to revoke press credentials.

    The dispute over Acosta's press pass came after a combative exchange between Acosta and President Donald Trump at a press conference last week.

    After arguing about Acosta's question on the migrant caravan traveling to the US, Trump called Acosta a "rude, terrible person."

    A White House intern eventually attempted to grab the microphone from Acosta's hand, though he twisted away from her and held on.

    Read Fox News' full statement below:

    "FOX News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter's press credential.

    "We intend to file an amicus brief with the U.S. District Court. Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized.

    "While we don't condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people."

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    • The military's border support mission is expected to involve over 7,000 active-duty troops from across the country.
    • The mission has received intense scrutiny from critics who question its legality, necessity and implications.
    • A report from The New York Times sheds light on what troops are doing along the border while they wait for the caravan to arrive.
    • Soldiers are spending their days performing mindless tasks, are living without electricity or access to dining facilities, and without a mission to guide them, are facing low levels of morale.

    The US military's border support mission has sparked ceaseless debate, with critics questioning aspects of the mission's legality, necessity and both short- and long-term implications. 

    The Department of Defense has yet to disclose an overall cost estimate of the deployment, which is expected to involve over 7,000 active-duty troops from across the country.

    Read more:Trump is sending thousands of troops to the border with Mexico — here's everything we know so far

    With the main migrant caravan still hundreds of miles from the closest point on the US-Mexico border, it remains unclear just how long troops will be deployed there.  The New York Times reported they may have to wait until at least Thanksgiving to return home, and while the deployed troops were careful not to discuss politics with reporters, the prospect of spending another holiday away from home for the mundane missions along the border is very likely to dampen their spirits.

    According to the Times, that is not the only blow to troop morale.

    Photos taken from Base Camp Donna in Texas show soldiers playing cards and football, resting on cots and eating MREs. The camp appears almost desolate. 

    There is no dining facility on base, and showers were installed shortly before the report's publication on Saturday. Electricity is scarce, according to the Times, and used only to power "lights and communication gear"— making it harder for soldiers to charge their cellphone and personal electronics. Soldiers' tents are not fitted with electricity nor air conditioning, despite reports of heat exhaustion.

    The Times likens the atmosphere to the early years in Afghanistan. And while it would be irresponsible to compare the situation along the border with the global war on terror, Rep. Anthony G. Brown, Maryland Democrat and Iraq war veteran, took the time to point out at least one key difference: In Afghanistan, soldiers have a mission.

    Brown said that even on holidays, that mission — a sense of purpose — helps troops maintain morale. Along the border, it seems, that purpose is missing.

    While some of the troops spend their days constructing barbed wire fences, others are just trying to make their bases livable, according to the Times. Many are performing the same tasks as previously deployed National Guard units.

    Read more:Trump sent thousands of US troops to the border, but they're in the dark about what to do when the migrant caravans arrive

    "When you send a soldier on a dubious mission, with no military value, over Thanksgiving, it doesn't help morale at all," Brown told the Times. 

    Mark T. Esper, secretary of the Army, has defended the deployments, arguing that border support is not a waste of time or military resources.

    "We all recognize that one of the many missions of the military is defense of the homeland and security of our borders," he told the Times.

    Outside the fences, the "invasion" President Donald Trump sent them to defend against — the caravan of migrant families fleeing from violence — inches forward, still some hundreds of miles in the distance.

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    The third quarter was a tough one in the tech business.

    Scandalsabounded. Many companies saw their sales growth slow or user numbers falter. Stocks that once seemed to defy gravity, got knocked down. And the president of the United States made a sport out of publicly attacking many companies and executives in the industry. 

    Whether at startups or public companies, tech executives were challenged to show their mettle. Some provided a steady hand at the wheel or a reaped the rewards of a prescient plan of action; others reeled, took cover or acted out. Some were hapless victims of circumstance; others suffered from self-inflicted damage. 

    Here are some of the notable winners and loser in the third quarter:

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    WINNER: Kelly Bennett, Netflix's chief marketing officer

    As the head of Netflix's marketing efforts, it's Kelly Bennett's responsibility to get consumers excited about the company's shows and movies and to convince more people to sign up. He seems to have done a spectacular job in the third quarter. Netflix added nearly 7 million subscribers in the period, which was about 2 million more than Wall Street was expecting.

    That surge helped the company post a profit that blew through analysts' projections, which boosted Netflix's shares as much as 15% immediately after the report.

    But Netflix saw the benefits of Bennett's marketing efforts elsewhere. Thanks in part to his promotions, the company earned 23 Emmy awards in September, tying HBO for the most of any network.



    LOSER: Luca Maestri, Apple's chief financial officer

    If another company had sold fewer of its products than Wall Street was expecting, the management team might talk about how it would increase marketing, cut prices or revamp products to rekindle sales. Not Apple.

    After the company sold fewer iPhones than analysts had expected in its fiscal first quarter, CFO Luca Maestri announced on Apple's earnings call that he would solve the problem by no longer releasing unit sales numbers for its smartphone or any other products.

    Maestri rationalized the decision by saying that unit sales weren't really "representative" of the the strength of Apple's business. But he didn't offer to replace that information with other data that might be more representative.

    The net effect: Apple shareholders will know less about their company. Investors — already unhappy with the disappointing sales numbers and a weaker-than-expected outlook for the fourth quarter — expressed their displeasure that Maestri was curtailing their information by sending Apple's shares even lower than they were before the announcement.



    WINNER: Bob Swan, Intel's interim CEO

    When Brian Krzanich was forced out suddenly in June as Intel's CEO, the company handed the reins — at least for the time being — to Bob Swan. In his first full quarter running the company, Swan, who also serves as the chipmaker's chief financial officer, showed he could provide a steady hand.

    Intel's third quarter revenue and profit both topped Wall Street's expectations, and it offered better-than-expected guidance for the fourth quarter to boot. Investors cheered, sending Intel's stock up 6% after the report. Not bad for an interim CEO.



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    • Microsoft has been building itself up as a serious competitor in the PC hardware business, and so far it's been doing a pretty great job.
    • The Surface Pro 6 is the latest and greatest in the company's Surface Pro line, but does it really live up to the name?
    • We tested out the tablet and were impressed with the impressive specs, including a strong core processor and a lot of storage space, though we think the design could still be updated to include a USB-C port or two.

    Microsoft has been slowly but surely building itself up as a serious competitor in the PC hardware business, and so far it's been doing a pretty great job. Recent products include the likes of the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2, which we recently reviewed, as well as the Surface Go.

    It all started, however, with the original Microsoft Surface Pro, which was arguably the first product that showed the world Microsoft could truly compete in hardware. These days, Microsoft is up to the Surface Pro 6, the latest and greatest in the Surface Pro line. But does the new Surface Pro 6 live up to the Surface Pro name? We put it to the test to find out.

    As with any new product, the first thing you'll notice about the new Surface Pro is its design, and it's a great-looking device — but not all that different-looking compared to previous iterations of the Surface Pro. In fact, if you put the Surface Pro 6 next to the Surface Pro 5, or even the Surface Pro 4, you'd be hard-pressed telling them apart — save for the fact that this time around there's a Matte Black color option.

    On the front of the device, you'll find the 12.3-inch touchscreen, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with support for Windows Hello. On the left side, there's a headphone jack, while the right side is where you'll find the full-sized USB port, mini DisplayPort, and Surface Connect charging port. On the top, there's the power button and volume rocker. Then, on the back, there's the kickstand. Despite what it may look like in photos, the kickstand is very sturdy and infinitely adjustable — so you don't have to live with using the device in one of two positions, like you do using the iPad with Apple's keyboard covers. Like other tablet kickstand-style devices, the Surface Pro 6 isn't overly comfortable to use like a laptop with the Type Cover on your lap — so if you intend on buying the Type Cover, we recommend sticking with a table of some kind.

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    The only thing we might have changed about the Surface Pro 6 design is that it would have been nice to include a USB-C port or two.

    Apple has run full-force into adopting USB-C— causing some outrage. We get that Microsoft is positioning itself as a kind of anti-Apple by not forcing users to adopt dongles for older accessories, but USB-C is still the future, and not adding a USB-C port immediately dates the Surface Pro 6.

    As mentioned, the display on the Surface Pro 6 comes in at 12.3-inches, and it has a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 — and it's beautiful. Sure, it's pretty much the same as the display on last year's Surface Pro 5, but that doesn't take away from the fact that colors were vibrant and bright, making the Surface Pro 6 a great choice for those who appreciate a great display. The display is excellent when it comes to touch features too. We found it to be accurate and responsive to touch, and while you might want to use the Surface Pro Type Cover for some situations — like writing tech reviews — many will find using the on-screen keyboard and touch controls perfectly adequate for what they need this device for.

    Under the hood, the Surface Pro 6 is an impressive beast for the form factor that it takes.

    The base model includes an 8th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. From there, options range up to an Intel Core i7 with 16GB of RAM and a full 1TB of storage. Of course, with those specs you'll have to pay $2,299, but it's an option if you want it.

    We found that our model, which was the base model with a 256GB hard drive, was more than capable enough of handling any day-to-day task, and could get us through a full day of work, plus some video-watching and other entertainment, perfectly fine. Of course, if you expect to use the Surface Pro 6 for more intensive tasks, like any video or audio editing, then it's worth upgrading.

    Beyond shelling out the cash for the tablet itself, there's some extra money you might want to spend — on the Microsoft Type Cover, which comes at $130, and the Microsoft Surface Pen, which costs $100. Those are expensive accessories. Sure, they're not quite as pricey as Apple's options, but they're expensive nonetheless.

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    Now, this isn't a review of the Surface Pro's accessories, but we can offer a few details.

    In general, we found the Surface Pro 6's Type Cover to offer a nice, tactile typing experience — which was perfect for longer typing sessions. The touchpad was also nice, and while it could have been a bit larger, it worked perfectly fine. The Type Cover is only available in black if you want to pay the $130, though if you're willing to shell out $160 you can get a Platinum, Cobalt Blue, or Burgandy model too.

    The Surface Pro Pen is pretty nice too. Now, take this with a grain of salt considering the fact that this tech reviewer isn't much of an artist, but the Surface Pro Pen generally felt nice and reacted well to our strokes. It has 4,096 levels of pressure, which is nice, though it would have been nice if it had a little more gesture control, like the new second-generation Apple Pencil.

    Ultimately, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is an excellent device, and a great option for Windows fans who want to continue their experience in a more portable and tactile format. We do recommend the Type Cover to those who type a lot, but if you don't then you may not need to factor it into the cost.

    But the question remains — is there a better option in this price range?

    Well, that depends.

    For Windows 10 fans, the Surface Pro line is still the best way to experience the hybrid tablet design that has taken off over the past few years, but we still wish Microsoft would update the design a little, even if just to include more modern ports.

    For those not married to Windows 10 and who don't mind using a mobile operating system, the new iPad Pro range is definitely something to consider, especially given the fact that it has a USB-C port and arguably better stylus. iPad aside, however, there's still nothing that can truly challenge the Surface Pro 6 in this segment — so if you like Windows 10, and want a hybrid, this is the way to go.

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    • With the Rutgers Scarlet Knights' 73-44 win over the Central Connecticut Blue Devils Tuesday, head coach C. Vivian Stringer became the sixth coach in Division I basketball — and the first African American coach — to earn 1,000 wins in her career.
    • Stringer was the first head coach in NCAA women's basketball history to lead teams from three different schools to the Final Four, including Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, the University of Iowa in 1993, and Cheyney State College in 1982.
    • The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame coach received praise from some big names in the world of basketball after reaching the milestone Tuesday night.


    With the Rutgers Scarlet Knights' 73-44 win over the Central Connecticut Blue Devils Tuesday, head coach C. Vivian Stringer became the sixth Division I basketball coach — and the first African American — to earn 1,000 wins in her career.

    This was not Stringer's first time making history. The Women's Basketball Hall of Fame coach was also the first head coach in NCAA women's basketball history to lead teams from three different schools to the Final Four, including Rutgers in 2000 and 2007, the University of Iowa in 1993, and Cheyney State College in 1982. With a 1,000-420 career record, Stringer joins legendary coaches Pat Summit of Tennessee, Geno Auriemma of Connecticut, Tara VanDerveer of Stanford, Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina, and Mike Krzyzewski of Duke in the elusive 1,000-win club.

    "It doesn't cement anything, but that it's a lot of games," Stringer said, per Brigitte Williams James of the New York Post. "It means people have trusted me to coach their teams, the young ladies have given me and my staff a chance. They believe in me. I thank God for that."

    Some of the biggest names in the world of basketball congratulated Stringer on the major accomplishment Tuesday night, including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal, and all of the other living members of the 1,000-win club:

    Some fellow Rutgers coaches expressed their admiration for their colleague:

    USWNT star Carli Lloyd also got in on the action:

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy was at the Rutgers Athletic Center for the historic feat:

    And, last but not least, Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to send some praise Stringer's way:

     

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    • On the last episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” the Kardashian family found out about the video that claims to show Tristan Thompson making out with another woman days before Khloe Kardashian went into labor.
    • In a new clip from Sunday’s upcoming episode, Kim Kardashian faced Tristan for the first time in the delivery room.
    • Although it was awkward between them, Kim remained civil.

    Fans have been wondering how "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" would handle the reported Tristan Thompson cheating scandal, and now, the show is finally tackling what went down between him and Khloe Kardashian last April. In a new clip from Sunday night’s episode of "KUWTK,"Kim Kardashian reacts to seeing Tristan for the first time after seeing the video. 

    On the November 3 episode of "KUWTK," everyone in the family saw the video that surfaced that claims to show Tristan making out with a woman just before Khloe went into labor. Before flying out to Cleveland, Kim, Kourtney, and family friend Malika Haqq made a plan to be polite to Tristan without being too friendly when they saw him. And now, seeing the clip, it seems like Kim stuck with that plan.

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    In the sneak peek, Khloe is in a hospital room about to give birth, surrounded by her friends, family, and Tristan. When Kim arrived, she greeted everyone in the room with a hug except for Tristan — instead, she made a throat-slitting gesture and stuck her tongue out at him behind his back.

    Finally, Khloe said, "are you going to say hi to each other or no?" which led to Kim and Tristan awkwardly engaging in a side hug.

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    "The vibe in the room is calm. I thought there’d be way more tension," Kim said in her talking head interview. "As much as I want to go off, I just don’t think it’s the time, so I’m gonna keep it cute. I don’t have to have a lot of interaction, I just have to be there for her."

    Meanwhile, Khloe was put on oxygen in order to keep the baby’s levels up, and Tristan sat beside her in her hospital bed while the rest of the family hung out (and Kris Jenner danced around the room).

    Khloe Tristan

    "I’m really excited to have everyone there, but oh my god, I’m getting that much closer to actually giving birth," Khloe said.

    "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on E!.

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    The CEO of Victoria's Secret Lingerie is leaving the company, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. 

    Jan Singer, who has been with the company for two years, previously hailed from Nike and more recently Spanx, where she served as CEO for over a year. Sources familiar with the matter told both Bloomberg and CNBC that Singer resigned from her position. 

    Victoria's Secret did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

    The news comes at a difficult time for the brand, which has struggled in recent years. Once considered to be the kingpin of the US lingerie market, it has lost market share to more body-positive brands, such as American Eagle's Aerie, which has seen explosive growth in recent years.

     

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    • Some research suggests e-cigarette use may have troubling health effects, including a higher risk of heart attack. 
    • In 2015, one study found some flavored vape vapors contain a chemical that's been linked to a condition called "popcorn lung."
    • It's a disease in which the airways become obstructed, and it once happened to a group of workers at a microwave popcorn factory.
    • There's still no definitive evidence that vaping causes popcorn lung, but some experts have called for more research into the potential connection. 

     

    As part of a push to minimize e-cigarette use among teens, Silicon Valley start-up Juul announced on Tuesday that it will temporarily pull flavored e-cigarette pods from retail stores throughout the US.

    "As of this morning, we stopped accepting retail orders for our Mango, Fruit, Creme, and Cucumber Juul pods to the over 90,000 retail stores that sell our product, including traditional tobacco retailers (e.g., convenience stores) and specialty vape shops," Juul CEO Kevin Burns said in a statement.

    The flavors will return to stores once they agree to adopt the company's new age restrictions and a stronger system to ensure customers are at least 21, Business Insider reported.

    The move has been approved by many scientists and public health experts amid growing concerns that e-cigarette flavors make the products especially appealing to young people.

    "E-cigs have become an almost ubiquitous — and dangerous — trend among teens," FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement in September. "The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we're seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end."

    A pamphlet released by the US Surgeon General's office outlines a number of possible health risks tied to e-cigarette use. One of those possible risks, the pamphlet says, is exposure to a flavoring chemical called diacetyl, which has been linked to a condition called "popcorn lung."

    The scary-sounding disease was the subject of a flurry of online articles back in 2016, according to Snopes, some of which claimed that e-cigarettes caused popcorn lung. But those claims were exaggerated, and experts say we need more research on the potential relationship between vaping and popcorn lung. 

    Here's what to know about the condition.  

    "Popcorn lung" is a nickname for a condition called Bronchiolitis obliterans

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    Bronchiolitis obliterans (BO) affects the bronchioles, which are the lung's smallest airways, according to the National Institutes of Health Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center. In people who have the condition, the bronchioles can become inflamed and damaged, causing scarring that blocks the airways. The symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, and fatigue or wheezing even in the absence of a cold or asthma.

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health describes BO as "a serious lung disease that is irreversible."

    It's also known by the nickname "popcorn lung" because, in 2000, the condition appeared in a group of workers at a microwave popcorn factory who inhaled artificial butter flavor. An investigation concluded that there was a link between the extent of the workers' airway damage and their exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used in artificial butter flavoring. (Afterward, many popcorn makers promised to phase out the chemical from their flavorings, the Associated Press reported in 2007.)

    One study found diacetyl — a chemical linked to popcorn lung — in the vapor of flavored e-cigs

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    Much of the discussion surrounding a potential link between e-cigarettes and popcorn lung appears to trace back to a 2015 study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

    In the study, researchers tested the vapor of 51 flavored e-cigarettes and detected diacetyl in 39 of them

    It's important to note that the study did not prove that vaping causes popcorn lung. It only showed that some flavored e-cig vapors contain this chemical. The authors of the paper wrote that their results indicated a need for more research.

    "Because of the associations between diacetyl and bronchiolitis obliterans ... urgent action is recommended to further evaluate the extent of this new exposure to diacetyl and related flavoring compounds in e-cigarettes," they wrote. 

    Read more: The FDA is preparing to crack down on e-cigs like the Juul — here's why vaping is so dangerous

    Right now, according to the non-profit Cancer Research UK, there's still "no good evidence" that vaping causes popcorn lung and there have been no reported cases of popcorn lung in e-cigarette users. A 2017 paper in the journal Toxicology also said that, so far, there are no reported cases of the condition from flavored e-cigarettes.

    But the authors of that 2017 paper also echoed the need for additional study in this area. 

    "Further research is needed to determine the short- and long-term health consequences of e-cigarettes including risk from diacetyl and similar flavoring constituents," they wrote. 

    There are other reasons why vaping may be dangerous

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    For now, any potential link between popcorn lung and e-cigarettes remains unclear. But there are other ways that vaping may harm health.

    E-cigarettes do expose users to fewer harmful chemicals than burned cigarettes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and much of the available evidence suggests vaping is somewhat healthier than breathing in burned tobacco, as Business Insider has reported. There is also some limited evidence that vaping may help people quit smoking regular cigarettes. 

    But additional recent research suggests that vaping may have its own troubling health effects. 

    In on study, researchers analyzed popular brands of e-cigs (not including Juul) and found some of the same toxic metals (like lead) in these devices that would normally be found in regular cigarettes, Business Insider reported. And in another study, scientists concluded there was evidence linking daily vaping to a higher risk of heart attack.

    Most e-cigs also contain nicotine, the addictive chemical also found in cigarettes and other tobacco products. Nicotine can harm the developing teen brain, particularly the parts that control attention, learning, mood, impulse control, according to the CDC. 

     For now, the agency says, using any tobacco product, including e-cigs, is "unsafe for young people."

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    Although we don't know much about our expanding and potentially infinite universe, what we have found so far is a mix of awe-inspiring, terrifying, and downright weird.

    Here are a few space oddities that you had no idea existed.

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    There's a giant space cloud that might smell like rum.

    Space cloud Sagittarius B2 is a vast cloud of dust and gas at the center of our galaxy. The cloud is largely composed of ethyl formate, which is the molecule that gives rum its unique aroma and provides raspberries with their fruity taste.

    So if you were to float through Sagittarius B2, you might be surrounded by the aroma of rum and the taste of raspberries.



    Scientists have found a planet that might be made of solid diamond.

    In 2017, an international research team of astronomers discovered what may bea planet made of solid diamond.

    Pulsars are tiny, dead neutron stars that are only around 12.4 miles (20 kilometers) in diameter and spin hundreds of times a second while emitting beams of radiation.

    This planet is paired with pulsar PSR J1719-1438 and scientists think it is entirely made of carbon so dense that it must be crystalline, meaning a large part of the world would be diamond. Incredibly, the planet "orbits its star every two hours and 10 minutes, has slightly more mass than Jupiter but is 20 times as dense," according to Reuters. 



    There's also a planet that's made completely of ice – but it's on fire.

    Gliese 436b is a bit of a paradox. The faraway exoplanet is made mostly out of ice. But strangely, this ice appears to be on fire.

    The surface of Gliese 436b is a searing 822 degrees Fahrenheit (439 degrees Celsius), but the planet's icy landscape stays frozen due to the immense gravitational force exerted by the planet's core. This force keeps the ice much denser than the ice we're familiar with here on Earth and is thought to even compress any water vapor that might evaporate.



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    • Apple slid into a bear market Wednesday, down 20% from its October peak.
    • In August, the tech giant became the first US company with a $1 trillion valuation.
    • Shares have been hit hard after the company reported underwhelming iPhone sales and suppliers warned of a slowdown in the smartphone market.
    • Watch Apple trade live.

    Apple slid into a bear market, down 20% from its October peak. The stock topped out at $233.47 on October 3 and was near $187 on Wednesday.

    The tech giant in August became the first US company with a $1 trillion valuation as shares raced to a record high. It saw its market value top out at $1.12 trillion in early October, before a stock-market sell-off ravaged the tech sector.

    In November, Apple reported underwhelming iPhone sales and said its holiday quarter would be on the low end of expectations. It also said it would stop reporting unit sales for iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

    But that was just the start of the recent worries for Apple shareholders. Earlier this week, a handful of Apple suppliers cut their outlooks, suggesting weaker smartphone demand ahead.

    On Monday, Lumentum, the main supplier of the Face ID technology in Apple's latest generation of iPhones, cut its outlook after one of its biggest customers — it did not say which — reduced a shipment request. Then, on Tuesday, Qorvo, an iPhone radio-frequency chip supplier, lowered its guidance over what it said was a drop in demand for flagship smartphones. A handful of other iPhone suppliers, such as the screen maker Japan Display and the British chipmaker IQE, also slashed their forecasts this week. None of the companies specifically named Apple as the culprit.

    Analysts up and down Wall Street have been downgrading the stock and cutting their price targets in response to the recent developments.

    "We see growing risk of even softer iPhone unit demand, with downside in China, India and other emerging markets, where Apple may need to start considering lower price points," the Guggenheim analyst Mark Cihra said in a note sent out to clients on Wednesday. He downgraded Apple to "neutral" and removed his prior $245 price target.

    That followed similar comments out Tuesday from Goldman Sachs, which said "end demand for new iPhone models is deteriorating."

    Apple was up 13.6% this year through Tuesday.

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    Some people are content to learn only up until they've obtained a college degree or completed education for a specific trade. But learning shouldn't stop at a certain age or even career level. In today's fast-moving digital world, it's important to continually commit to expanding your knowledge base to get further in your current career — or explore a completely different one.

    Luckily, learning these new skills is as convenient as having access to a computer. Udemy, an online learning platform, offers 80,000 courses — starting at $9.99 for a Black Friday sale— taught by expert instructors across a variety of subject areas. Here are some to look into if you want to get ahead.

    1. Web development

    Being able to design and create websites, along with the back-end technical aspects, is an invaluable skill. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean pay for web developers in 2017 was $74,110 annually and $35.63 an hour, but salaries at the top end of the scale can go as high as $122,320. And the number of jobs is expected to grow by 15% (faster than the average) between 2017 and 2026. Udemy's courses in Web development include programming languages such as HTML 5, CSS 3, Javascript, MySQL, and more. 

    2. Digital marketing

    Digital marketing can encompass everything from SEO and email marketing to social media strategy and analytics. And all of these tactics are important for making a business successful. In fact, according to a recent survey, 61% of marketers say improving SEO and growing their organic presence is their top inbound marketing priority. This is just one of the many skills you'll learn in Udemy's digital marketing course. Other topics include driving traffic and sales with YouTube; increasing Twitter followers; and getting likes on Facebook without paying for advertising.

    3. Artificial intelligence

    Over the past few years, artificial intelligence has officially hit the mainstream, with everything from smartphones to digital assistants incorporating the technology. That ubiquity has resulted in more job opportunities in this area: Since 2013, the number of US jobs requiring AI skills has grown 4.5 times. But understanding AI means combining data science, machine learning, and deep learning to create AI for real-world applications. Udemy offers several courses in this area — ranging from beginner skills to advanced classes in which you'll learn how to build an AI.

    4. Data science

    Glassdoor recently cited data scientist as the best job in America — and with good reason as it has an average base salary of $139,840. There are so many different skills under the data science umbrella — from programming to statistics and math to data visualization — that for those who choose to study it, the possibilities are endless. Udemy's classes in data science run from basic to advanced and cover the highs and lows of a career in this field, including corrupt data, anomalies, and irregularities. This gives students the best training and most accurate picture of this career.

    5. Photoshop

    Even if you're not a professional designer or photographer, knowing how to use Photoshop is a valuable skill to have. Most jobs require employees to make a presentation at some point, and it helps for them to be well designed and incorporate dynamic images. From a Photoshop crash course to a masterclass, Udemy offers options for all skill levels. But no matter which you choose to take, you'll be taking a step toward impressive presentations. 

    6. Media training

    Media training is most useful for executives and others who are routinely interviewed by print, online, and TV journalists. But learning how to articulate a thought clearly and concisely is a skill that can transfer to anyone who wants to communicate effectively. That can mean giving a presentation at work or making a sales pitch to a potential client. Udemy's qualified instructors for media training will help you look and sound your best — whether in front of an audience of millions or a group of 10.

    And what's good about Udemy is that its courses are offered in a variety of skill levels. For example, aspiring digital marketers can take a 101 class that covers the basics, and programmers can take advanced courses in Python and e-gaming. So, whether it's digital marketing or data science, it's always a good time to keep learning — and Udemy's sitewide sales make it easy to do so. 

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    • The Bay Area is saturated with tech companies like Twitter and DropBox, but it wasn’t always that way.
    • The inclusive San Francisco was once home to an eclectic group of dreamers, unconventionals, and creatives.
    • But in the last two decades, tech companies have taken over, diminishing the rich culture and causing Bay Area real estate prices to soar.
    • Here’s how tech companies are ruining the Bay Area.

     

    When I moved to San Francisco in 1987, the inclusive City by the Bay was home to artists, dreamers, queers, and weirdos. I made friends, got a job, and learned never to call the city “Frisco.” In San Francisco, the unconventional fit in. I felt right at home.

    A little more than a decade later, my Bay Area home started to change. Tech companies and their employees began to run roughshod over San Francisco and the East Bay. Real estate prices soared, and the eclectic Bay Area culture that I love started to disappear.

    Poets and revolutionaries have been pushed to the margins while tech companies turn the Bay Area from a magnet for all types of creative thinkers into a mecca for just one thing: tech. Here’s how tech companies are ruining San Francisco.

    SEE ALSO: The income needed to afford a median-priced home in every San Francisco Bay Area county

    1. Tech crashed San Francisco’s party and won’t leave

    I did a very informal survey of friends and neighbors, including people who work in tech, on the industry’s role in the Bay Area. The first thing everyone mentioned was housing prices.

    A myriad of factors have pushed up the price of Bay Area real estate, and a Starbucks salary can’t compete with a tech paycheck in a when it comes to the competitive rental market. And forget about buying a home: the median San Francisco home price is $1.61 million, according to Curbed.

    A friend of mine once commented that San Francisco is a city of rich people with no one to pour their lattes. Many people, including me, have decamped to the cheaper East Bay or places further afield.

    Even lovely, funky, spirited Oakland is not immune to the housing crunch. As San Francisco has grown more crowded and unaffordable, a flood of tech workers has brought high prices to Oakland buyers and renters as well, according to Zillow.

    The Bay Area is no longer a place where a young person can live a bohemian life rich in ideas but short on cash. If this housing trend keeps up, young poets will no longer congregate at City Lights Books or split a tiramisu at Caffe Greco. And that’s a loss for the Bay Area.



    2. Life in a petri dish

    Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook with the motto, “Move fast and break things.” Many tech startups take this as their guiding premise, asking forgiveness rather than permission. But when the thing they break by moving fast is the physical infrastructure — the streets where we all live — it’s not funny anymore.

    With increasing frequency, Bay Area residents find ourselves subjected to yet another startup ready to make our lives better, whether we like it or not. One of the latest uninvited tech innovation to hit Bay Area streets is scooter sharing.

    Startups like Lime and Bird think they’re solving the problem of getting commuters the last mile between their public transit stops and their destinations. But Bay Area residents and governments don’t appreciate the scooters that suddenly are littering their sidewalks.

    On a recent day in San Francisco, protesters blocked tech buses with piles of electric scooters, as Business Insider previously reported. San Francisco has sent cease and desist letters to the scooter companies, but the behemoth of tech seems likely to roll over residents once again. And they wonder why we don’t like them.



    3. The ill-advised building boom

    You may have heard that the Bay Area is prone to earthquakes. Apparently, this news hasn’t reached the geniuses transforming the San Francisco skyline with skyscrapers like the Salesforce Tower, now the tallest building in the city. As the New York Times recently reported, these giants present a big risk in a city with a history of hard shakes.

    Adding to the danger is the fact that much of downtown San Francisco was built on a landfill (mapping the locations of the abandoned Gold Rush ships that were paved over in the process is a favorite SF pastime).

    I have to admit a certain amount of schadenfreude when I heard that the ritzy Millennium Tower, with its condos that sold for millions, started to sink and tip sideways in the 10 years after it was built.



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    By now, the name Mary-Claire King and her groundbreaking scientific accomplishment with the BRCA1 gene should resonate with many. Although testing began over 20 years ago, it has only been within the last few years that has expanded its impact and become widespread. But what exactly is the BRCA test (Breast Cancer test)?

    According to the Mayo Clinic, the BRCA test is a blood test that uses DNA analysis to identify harmful changes in one of the two breast cancer susceptibility genes (BRCA1 and BRCA2). Those who have inherited those genes have a higher risk than most at getting breast and ovarian cancer.

    Even though the test has two decades worth of information tagged to it, there are still plenty of people who have not heard of it. And, for those that have heard of it, there are many more misinterpretations of what the test does, what it means, and who should get it.

    If you're one of the two people mentioned above, here are a few debunked myths — and a bit of information — about the BRCA test that you'll want to keep handy.

    Myth: The test will tell you if you'll get cancer.

    Although taking the BRCA test may lead you to believe that it will tell you whether or not you'll get cancer, Dr. Talya Miron-Shatz — social psychologist, co-founder and CEO of Cure My Way and Buddy & Soul — told INSIDER that unfortunately, it won't.

    "One main way in which women got it wrong about BRCA were when they didn't realize what the presence of the gene means," she said. "It dramatically raises the chances of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer, but a third of the women we studied told us it's 'very important' for them that the test would tell them with certainty whether or not they would develop the cancer. Obviously, no such certainty exists."



    Myth: The test will tell you what to do if you have the gene.

    Though we'd like to think that the BRCA test is similar to a career aptitude test and will tell us what we should do if it is discovered that we have the gene, that's not really the purpose of the test. And according to Dr. Miron-Shatz, that assumption is more common than you think.

    "Likewise, a third of the women said it was very important for them that the test would tell them what to do if they have the gene," said Miron-Shatz. "Obviously, no test can do that. In fact, no healthcare professional would tell you what to do either — especially in a condition like breast cancer, where the medical outcomes of frequent testing or preventive mastectomy are very similar."

    Read more:How Angelina Jolie's mutant gene can cause cancer



    Myth: There's no need to worry about breast cancer if you test negative.

    Dr. Constance Chen— board-certified plastic surgeon and breast reconstruction specialist — told INSIDER that a misinterpretation that many women have about the BRCA test is that they're completely safe if they test negative. It's completely untrue though.

    "Over 90% of women who develop breast cancer do not have hereditary breast cancer," Chen said. "Instead, over 90% of women who develop breast cancer have no family history and are BRCA-negative but they develop breast cancer due to spontaneous mutations and environmental factors. At the end of the day, the biggest risk factor for breast cancer is having breasts."



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    • The ChevyCamaro SS is a classic V8-powered American muscle car.
    • What it adds to the old-school muscle-car experience is some dandy new automotive technology and connectivity, as well as sportier handling. 
    • My $52,000 test car came with a wild Hot Wheels extra package, along with a few other options, bringing the price up from $42,000 — an insane bargain for this much power and performance.


    The Chevy Camaro has a bad reputation, but it's good bad. In other words, it lives on the belief that it's a powerful, unrefined, old-school muscle car, and that the quality is a badge of honor. 

    But that doesn't mean the Camaro can't evolve. And it has. The 2018 Camaro SS2 that I tested earlier this year can handle going around corners as effectively as many European sports cars. But it can also vaporize the asphalt in a straight line. The best of both worlds.

    Even better, the Camaro SS is a massive bargain the levels of power and performance it delivers. The unadorned version of the car is $42,000. That's spectacular. And even with a bunch of extras, my tester tipped the cost scales at just a few grand north of $50,000. Speed doesn't have to destroy your bank account.

    The current generation of the Camaro has been around since 2016, after the car was fully reimagined in 2010. These days, sports cars aren't as popular as they once were, but muscle cars continue to have their fans. They've always adored the combination of all-American-ness and uncomplicated power. Stomp that gas pedal and express your core values.

    So does that 2018 Camaro SS live up to that reputation? Read on to find out.

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    Behold! The mighty mullet-mobile, in all it's "Crush" orange, black-racing-striped, Hot Wheels-package glory! That'll be $5,000.



    "The Chevrolet Performance design studio is full of designers who were inspired by Hot Wheels," Tom Peters, director of Exterior Design for Chevrolet Performance Cars, said when this very special Camaro was unveiled.



    "The Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition captures that passion, turning childhood fantasy into reality," Peters added.



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