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    Salesforce brings in billions of dollars in revenue each year from its subscription software subscriptions. But the $98 billion cloud company is also a big investor in other tech companies — and it seems especially fond of pouring money in to other public companies that sell software to businesses. 

    And those investments add up. As of August, Salesforce owned $1.2 billion worth of equity in other companies — both public and private — according to a company filing. That's up from $1.02 billion in April.

    In a separate filing published Tuesday, Salesforce revealed the size and scope of its biggest holdings. All together, the company's five largest public investments account for $505 million — just short of half the value of its entire portfolio. That's up from the $452 million in public investments Salesforce reported in June.

    These are Salesforce's five biggest investments in publicly traded companies:

    This story was updated from an original version published on August 13, 2018.

    SEE ALSO: What you need to know about Keith Block, the ex-Oracle exec who Wall Street says got a 'well-deserved' promotion to co-CEO of Salesforce

    Domo — $1.7 million

    Domo, a data visualization software company, went public in June, under a cloud of cynicism from analysts and pundits over the company and its financial prospects. Now, Domo is valued on the public markets at $413 million — almost one-fifth of the $2 billion private valuation at which it had last raised venture capital funding.

    None of that has seemed to deter Salesforce, which owns 80,647 shares in Domo. Though that investment was worth $2.2 million in August, that had dipped to just $1.7 million in November. It's Salesforce's fifth-largest public investment, according to the filing. 


    SurveyMonkey — $55.5 million

    Salesforce owns 3,464,912 shares in SurveyMonkey, the online survey software company which went public in September. Altogether, that investment was worth $55.5 million, as of November. That makes SurveyMonkey Salesforce's fourth-largest public investment.

    Though Salesforce primarily makes its investments when companies are still private, it did not report on the size of its SurveyMonkey investment until after the smaller company held its IPO.

    Twilio — $76.6 million

    Salesforce is a big investor in Twilio, the cloud communication company that went public in 2016. Twilio stock is on something of a bull run: It's now trading at about $84 a share — up from about $26 this time last year. 

    Salesforce owns 888,517 shares in the company, for a total investment valued at $76.6 million — up from $49.775 million in August. That makes Twilio its third-largest investment. 

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    Adding protein to your diet doesn't have to be a difficult challenge nowadays, especially since there are tons of fortified foods available which ensure you meet your daily recommended amount. And there are tons of foods that naturally and surprisingly boast a big protein content, meaning you won't have to rely on consuming protein bars and shakes all the time if you are looking to up your intake.

    To help you determine which foods pack a heavy protein punch, we spoke to some nutritionists on the subject. Below are some foods they definitely recommend adding to your grocery list.

    Beef jerky is an easy and high-protein snack to eat on the go.

    "Beef jerky contains roughly 30 to 40 grams of protein [per 100 grams] (the recommended amount is 48 grams per day)," said Frida Harju-Westman, an in-house nutritionist at health app Lifesum.

    Harju-Westman explained that beef jerky is also a good addition to your work or gym bag as she suggested it's an easy snack that can provide a quick hit of protein after exercise. She advised, however, reading your labels carefully, as different brands contain different levels of protein, as well as additives such as sugar and salt, which should be avoided.

    Tuna beats out other fish when it comes to protein content.

    "With roughly 25 grams per 100 grams of the fish, tuna is one of the fish foods that contain the most protein," Harju-Westman said. In addition, tuna is also low on unhealthy fats, contains melatonin that can help you sleep better, and omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your heart, she added.

    Quark is a type of cheese that's high in protein.

    "Quark is a complete protein, which means that it contains all the essential amino acids that your body needs," Harju-Westman said.

    The protein in quark is divided into two varieties, whey and casein, depending on how it is made, she said, and approximately 100 grams of quark will contain approximately 12 grams of protein. In addition to its impressive protein content, quark also contains high levels of calcium, vitamin A and vitamin B, all of which contribute to healthier bones, skin, and even improve eyesight, she added.

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    We’re hiring a VP of Subscription Marketing to aggressively grow subscriptions and lead our marketing team from our New York office. Insider Inc.’s subscriptions team is passionate about producing research products that help industry leaders transform their organizations using emerging digital technologies, along with premium business news in finance, markets, enterprise, and tech.


    Job overview

    Insider Inc. is an organization of doers from the top on down. We’re looking for someone who is a fountain of good ideas, moves fast, and loves to experiment, build, and iterate. It’s a role for someone with at least 7 years of email marketing experience, who is deeply curious about what compels people to take action and who has the technical and data chops to test their theories, build a strategy, and drive results.

    As a team leader you’ll be responsible for our developing our marketing strategy, driving subscriptions, optimization, and engagement through email campaigns, maintaining relationships with technology vendors, forming new partnerships, and managing our marketing team. The VP of Subscription Marketing will also collaborate with stakeholders responsible for email across Insider.



    • Build the vision and growth strategy of digital subscription marketing at Insider. Meet aggressive free and paid subscription signup goals to support individual / consumer business, as well as qualification and lead generation for enterprise business. Iterate quickly, generate new ideas, and double-down on winners.

    • Optimize and execute on email. Develop and execute email campaigns to meet engagement, lead generation, and conversion goals. Optimize email campaigns and engagement. Delight our readers and subscribers.

    • Develop a friction-free marketing funnel. From emails to landing pages to sign-ups to product/content delivery, make it a frictionless experience for our readers. Dive into audience data to make campaigns even better and remove sources of friction from our conversion process to create hassle-free sign ups across channels.

    • Lead and train a high-performing team of digitally-savvy marketers to support the strategic goals of the business.

    • Stay up to date on the newest digital tools and tactics in digital marketing. Review, recommend, and manage tools, services, and vendors. Evaluate, hire, and develop relationships with existing and new platforms, partners and vendors.



    • 7+ years in marketing with an exceptional digital and email marketing background

    • Top-notch organizational skills and attention to detail

    • Goal-oriented, data-driven, and errs on the side of action

    • Technical expertise in digital analytics tools (Google Analytics, Adobe Analytics, ComScore etc.)

    • Ability to closely manage timelines on concurrent campaigns supporting diverse business goals

    • Up-to-date on industry developments and competitors and active in the media community

    • Excellent technical implementation skills in HTML, email CRM platforms, etc.

    • Solid experience managing a team of dedicated marketing professionals

    • Hands on experience with paid digital campaigns (PPC, display, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and managing budgets, overseeing vendors, platforms


    If this sounds like a great job for you, please apply online and include a cover letter highlighting why you’d be a good fit for the role

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    Michael Avenatti

    • Star attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on accusations of domestic violence, multiple news outlets reported on Wednesday, citing Los Angeles police.
    • Avenatti represents the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who has been involved in an ongoing legal dispute over a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with President Donald Trump.
    • The lawyer has recently stoked rumors of the a 2020 presidential run.

    Attorney Michael Avenatti was arrested on accusations of domestic violence, multiple news outlets reported on Wednesday, citing Los Angeles police.

    TMZ first reported the news.

    Avenatti represents the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, who has been involved in an ongoing legal dispute over a 2016 nondisclosure agreement with President Donald Trump.

    The lawyer has recently stoked rumors of the a 2020 presidential run.

    This story is developing. Refresh this page for updates.

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    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.


    For some, the countdown to Christmas starts the year before on December 26, while others wait until the fall to get out their wreaths and trees. Whatever your style, we can all agree that we appreciate the holiday cheer that lingers in the air after Thanksgiving. Whether your idea of welcoming the holiday season is something along the lines of listening to Mariah Carey's Christmas album on repeat or baking gingerbread men with your family (or both), there's nothing more festive than adding some holiday decor to your home.

    With Christmas around the corner, it's a great time to pick up some little decorations to get your space in the holiday spirit. You don't need to spend a fortune on expensive Christmas lights and antique figurines to add that much needed merriment to your home — there are plenty of retailers with great, inexpensive options for Christmas decorations. Luckily, we scoured the web and curated a list of cheap, cute Christmas decorations to get your home in the holiday spirit this season — so you can spend your money on the important stuff. Consider it our gift to you. 

    Check out our list of 23 cheap Christmas decorations under $25, below:

    Looking for gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    An adorable snowman you can keep inside

    7-Inch Walter Snowman Plush Figurine, $19.99, available at Wayfair

    Christmas-themed photo booth props for a fun holiday party activity

    PartyGraphix Christmas Photo Booth Props, $12.95 (set of 15), available at Amazon

    Festive, Fair Isle stockings to hang by the fireplace

    Wondershop Knit Fair Isle Stocking, $13, available at Target

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    This is a preview of a research report from Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about Business Insider Intelligence, click here.

    Edge computing solutions are key tools that help companies grapple with rising data volumes across industries. These types of solutions are critical in allowing companies to gain more control over the data their IoT devices create and in reducing their reliance on (and the costs of) cloud computing.

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    These systems are becoming more sought-after — 40% of companies that provide IoT solutions reported that edge computing came up more in discussion with customers in 2017 than the year before, according to Business Insider Intelligence’s 2017 Global IoT Executive Survey. But companies need to know whether they should look into edge computing solutions, and what in particular they can hope to gain from shifting data processing and analysis from the cloud to the edge.

    There are three particular types of problems that edge computing solutions are helping to combat across industries:

    • Security issues. Edge computing can limit the exposure of critical data by minimizing how often it’s transmitted. Further, they pre-process data, so there’s less data to secure overall.
    • Access issues. These systems help to provide live insights regardless of whether there’s a network connection available, greatly expanding where companies and organizations can use connected devices and the data they generate.
    • Transmission efficiency. Edge computing solutions process data where it’s created so less needs to be sent to the cloud, leading to lower cloud storage requirements and reduced transmission cost.

    In this report, Business Insider Intelligence examines how edge computing is reducing companies' reliance on cloud computing in three key industries: healthcare, telecommunications, and the automotive space. We explore how these systems mitigate issues in each sector by helping to efficiently process growing troves of data, expanding the potential realms of IoT solutions a company can offer, and bringing enhanced computing capability to remote and mobile platforms.

    Here are some key takeaways from the report:

    • In healthcare, companies and organizations are using edge computing to improve telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities.
    • For telecommunications companies, edge computing is helping to reduce network congestion and enabling a shift toward the IoT platform market.
    • And in the automotive space, edge computing systems are enabling companies to increase the capabilities of connected cars and trucks and approach autonomy.

    In full, the report:

    • Explores the key advantages edge computing solutions can provide.
    • Highlights the circumstances when companies should look into edge systems.
    • Identifies key vendors and partners in specific industries while showcasing case studies of successful edge computing programs.

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    • The Golden State Warriors dynasty appears to be hanging in the balance after Kevin Durant and Draymond Green got into a heated exchange that saw Green criticize Durant's handling of his impending free agency.
    • According to one report, some Warriors teammates agreed with Green's assessment that Durant has invited more speculation and cast a cloud over the season by not shutting down free agency talk.
    • Durant has signed the same "1+1" contract structure that LeBron James used with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the short-term commitments appear to be at the center of the Warriors' tension.

    Kevin Durant and Draymond Green's on-court spat, which turned into an explicit and intense exchange about Durant's impending free agency, is threatening to tear the Golden State Warriors apart.

    After Durant criticized Green for his late-game decision-making during an overtime loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, Green unleashed a tirade on Durant, reportedly calling him a "b----" and questioning Durant's handling of his free agency.

    The Warriors suspended Green for one game on Tuesday, saying Green crossed a line. While many teammates agreed that Green went too far, according to The Athletic's Marcus Thompson, some felt Green's criticisms of Durant weren't off-base.

    "Durant's free agency has been a low-key issue with the players. It registered as a small irritation. The burden of talking about it, reading about it, hearing about it, grew heavier in Year 3 of the Durant Experience...

    "According to several in the locker room, Durant could have ended this by just saying how much he loves playing with the Warriors and his teammates and leave it at that, even if he departs in the offseason. They are all prepared for him to leave so they just want the cloud hanging over them to go away. Another option would be to reject all questions about free agency and force the media to focus on this season, a way of protecting his teammates.

    "Durant has said he doesn't want to lead anybody on. But Green is part of a contingent that believes Durant has a hand in creating the hype about his free agency, a tangential focus that detracts from their mission of winning a third straight title."

    Since joining the Warriors, Durant has taken two "1+1" contracts — one year, then a second-year player option. This is the same type of deal LeBron James took with the Cleveland Cavaliers in his second stint. For him, the deals served two purposes:

    1. To maximize his earnings. When a player joins a new team, it takes three years before that team has that player's full "Bird rights." At that point, they can re-sign him to a longer, pricier deal than anyone else in the NBA. 

    2. To apply pressure to the Cavs. With the threat of James leaving each season, the Cavs had to be perpetually in "win now" mode and making moves to maximize their chances.

    Durant is doing the same thing, and he's part of a tiny set of NBA players who could afford to do it. If possible, players like to lock in long contracts for the security that comes with them. James and Durant are some of the only players who could play on one-year deals and know that teams would still sign them to max contracts, even in the event of a significant injury.

    Curiously, though, Durant hasn't been maximizing his earnings as James has. He took less money last offseason to help the team re-sign players like Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. If Durant had taken his full max, the Warriors wouldn't have had the money to re-sign them.

    Read more: Kevin Durant gave up $10 million for the upcoming season, and it could quietly be the most consequential move of the NBA offseason

    Instead, Durant's contracts seem to be about keeping his flexibility. Even while helping the Warriors win two titles, winning Finals MVP both times, and finding the higher level of basketball and culture that he craved, Durant has left his future open. There's a sense in the NBA world that the Warriors are still Stephen Curry's team, even with the added boost of dominance that Durant has brought along.

    kevin durantThere have been hints of uneasiness about the relationship with Durant since he arrived. It took Curry two seasons to learn how to play with Durant (before his recent groin injury, he had figured it out in dominant fashion this year). Last year, Steve Kerr told ESPN's Zach Lowe that he had a crucial, sit-down talk with Durant during the middle of the season because he felt Durant "drifting."

    After winning the championship, Warriors GM Bob Myers publicly ribbed Durant, saying that Durant couldn't have any contract he wants, adding that only Curry could. Some felt it was an awkward moment.

    Read more: The Warriors baffled the NBA world with several awkward comments about Kevin Durant's next contract

    And now, as Thompson and others have reported, as Durant heads into free agency this summer, the questions about where he may go are hovering above the team.

    Though James invited the speculation with the Cavs with his contract structure, last season, on the verge of free agency (the first when people thought he might indeed leave), James shut down all talk until the end of the season. As Thompson noted, Durant has not done that, and it's rubbing some teammates the wrong way.

    Most expect that Green and Durant will patch things up and the season will go on. The Warriors are talented enough to survive a rift, even if there are lingering hurt feelings. But as the season goes on, even if Durant were to shut down questions about his future, his free agency will still be approaching, and speculation will continue.

    SEE ALSO: The 76ers trade for Jimmy Butler is a 'high risk, high reward' gamble that could change the course of the franchise

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    money cashIn 2008, I lost my job under some of the worst circumstances. Not only was the US in the middle of an economic recession, but I was also three months pregnant with my first child. What I was lacking in income I was forced to make up for in creativity.

    By making a few changes to my spending habits and saying goodbye to a few unnecessary expenses, I was able to pay my bills and even put aside a few dollars for a rainy day.

    Here are some easy ways to save money even when finances are tight.

    Have fun for free.

    Not having a lot of disposable income doesn't have to mean you can't have fun. You can still enjoy museums, galleries, and music in your city.

    Keep track of the free and "pay as you wish" days at your favorite local cultural institutions. A quick online search can give you access to all of the free entertainment options in your area.

    Keep the change.

    Dig deep into your pockets and between the seats of your car to collect those random coins. And, start emptying the coins you find in your wallet at the end of the day into a jar. 

    The money you save can be used for a vacation, holiday gifts, or an emergency fund.


    Invest in a budgeting app.

    If you're having trouble keeping track of your finances, budgeting apps are a great way to keep all of your financial transactions in one convenient place — your phone. 

    Apps like Mint and PocketGuard are free to use and they allow you to link accounts and credit cards in order to keep track of your spending and help you to stick to a budget. They'll even send you alerts when you've spent too much.

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    Several common types of diseases and illnesses can be genetically passed along when you are born. 

    Genetic disorders occur when a person inherits a flawed piece of DNA. These diseases and illnesses get passed down from parent to child when there is a mutation within one or both copies of a gene.

    Genetic disorders are among the most common types of inherited diseases and illnesses. These ailments vary from person to person and are dependent on your genetic background. Because of that, people of different races can be more susceptible to certain diseases and illnesses than others.

    Here are 10 diseases and illnesses that can be hereditary.

    Cystic fibrosis gets passed down if both parents are carriers.

    Cystic fibrosis happens when both parents each pass on a defective Cystic fibrosis gene. If a person only has one copy of the faulty gene, he or she is considered a carrier of cystic fibrosis. The disease progresses over time, bringing on severe lung infections and impacting a person's ability to breathe, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

    People with Jewish ancestry have a higher chance of getting Crohn's disease.

    If you have Jewish ancestors, you are at an increased risk of developing Crohn's disease, according to the National Human Genome Institute. This disease is known for causing your bowel tract to swell and become inflamed. It can cause blockages, sores, ulcers, and general discomfort in the stomach and anus. It is estimated that about 20% of people who have Crohn's disease also have a blood relative with the illness.

    One copy of the altered gene associated with Huntington’s disease is enough to cause the disorder.

    Huntington disease impacts the brain and causes sporadic movements, emotional issues, and a decrease in cognitive function. The fatal disease usually shows up during in your 30s or 40s but is inherited at birth. A person acquires the disease when a copy of the impacted gene is passed along by one parent, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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