To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.On Thursday, popular workplace chat app Slack went public via a direct listing.Cannon explained that a direct listing made the most sense for Slack's leadership team because they valued innovation and transparency, and she thinks more companies may follow Slack's lead.When Index Ventures signed on to Slack's $160 million Series E funding round in 2015, the popular workplace chat app was already one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley.But on Thursday it also became one of the hottest startups in a new category: a directly listed public company.Read More: The amazing life of Stewart Butterfield, the CEO leading Slack to a potential $15.7 billion valuation when it goes public today
Apple’s latest AirPods are back in stock on Amazon.The second-generation AirPods offer a version that includes a case that supports Qi wireless charging, always-on Siri, and better Bluetooth connectivity.You can order the wireless charging case version now with a $19 discount And with Prime Day 2019 in the horizon, be sure to check our Apple deals from Amazon page for other great discounts.Amazon will ship your AirPods in one to two days, and we recommend ordering fast, as the sale price may expire or stock may run out before the day ends.If you want a cheaper option with the wired charging case, you’ll have to purchase the version with that case included, currently at $159 Although out of stock, you can still pre-order it to have it shipped once it comes back in stock on June 28.Our tests found that AirPods offer about five hours of listening time before requiring a recharge.
To read the full article, simply click here to claim your deal and get access to all exclusive Business Insider PRIME content.After 13 years apart, CBS is preparing a bid to buy its sister company, Viacom, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.A combined CBS-Viacom wouldn't have the global footing of Netflix or the brand power of Disney.The companies, together, could reach a wider audience, build a broader catalog, and have more negotiating power with the help of Viacom's Pluto TV.Where CBS fits into the streaming warsCBS has largely been overlooked in the streaming wars this past year as legacy media giants Disney, WarnerMedia, and NBCUniversal prepare new streaming services that could pose threats to incumbents Netflix and Amazon.
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- June 18, 2019 -- Results from a study of nearly 60,000 individuals suggest those at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease due to family history may demonstrate changes in memory performance as early as their 20s.The study results suggest that the family history effect is particularly pronounced among men, as well as those with lower educational attainment, diabetes, and carriers of a common genetic change in APOE, a gene long associated with Alzheimer's disease risk.While family history has previously been associated with the risk of Alzheimer's, this is the first study of its kind, and in these numbers, that indicates this risk can be detected up to four decades before the typical age of onset.The study looked at 59,571 MindCrowd participants aged 18-85, and the effect of family history was shown across every age group, up until age 65."In this study we show that family history is associated with reduced paired-associate learning performance as many as four decades before the typical onset of Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Matt Huentelman, TGen Professor of Neurogenomics, and the study's senior authorBecause there is no cure or proven way of slowing progressive memory-loss among those with Alzheimer's, early indicators of the disease can help those at risk to focus on ways to help stave off dementia.
You can now play "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," the new game co-developed by the creator of "Pokémon Go."Muggles, witches, and wizards alike can finally play "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," the new game co-developed by Niantic — best known as the creators of "Pokémon Go."I was already on board with "Harry Potter: Wizards Unite," thanks to the time I got with an earlier version of the game back in March.And then, there will be those Potterheads, young and old, who come to this game fresh.The catch is that some Foundables require you to rescue them multiple times before they're added to the registry.Luna Lovegood here, for instance, needs to found and rescued four times.
By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing“How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series.Every single week we highlight a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader in our own version of How I Work” questions.This week I’m excited to feature Nick Hart, senior enterprise customer success manager for Outreach.Nick is highly involved in the Seattle business community, including as co-organizer of TedX Seattle and on the leadership team of the American Association of Inside Sales Professionals (AA-ISP) Seattle chapter.First thing you do when you come into work?
Within the last couple of years, there have been cyberattacks in the United States against the electoral system, the financial industry, the power grid, and hospitals.Despite these events, the US government is simply not doing enough to combat the burgeoning threat of cybercrime.Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson removed the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues, which had served as an important diplomatic arm for US cyber diplomatic efforts.All this leads me to conclude that for the president and his administration, cybersecurity is simply not a priority.As a result, Congress has been left to its own devices to enact a comprehensive strategy that aims to identify, stop, and punish malicious cyber actors.However, less than 14 percent of these 226 bills—and only two of the 10 bills signed into law—imposed consequences on malicious actors or built up efforts to counter cybercrime.
Researchers from multiple security firms largely agree that Turla was behind breaches of the US Department of Defense in 2008, and more recently the German Foreign Office and France’s military.Turla, Symantec believes, conducted a hostile takeover of an attack platform belonging to a competing hacking group called OilRig, which researchers at FireEye and other firms have linked to the Iranian government.Symantec suspects Turla then used the hijacked network to attack a Middle Eastern government OilRig had already penetrated.Not only would the breach of OilRig be an unprecedented hacking coup, it would also promise to make the already formidable job of attribution—the term given by researchers for using forensic evidence found in malware and servers to pin a hack on a specific group or nation—considerably harder.“The fact that we’ve seen one advanced group taking over the infrastructure of another nation-backed group changes a lot of policy discussions that are going on, because it complicates attribution,” Jonathan Wrolstad, principal cyber intelligence analyst in Symantec’s Managed Adversary and Threat Intelligence group, told Ars.Turla is also known as Snake, and Symantec calls it Waterbug.
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), NTUC Income, and LumenLab, MetLife’s Asia innovation center, announced a collaboration to apply blockchain technology to automate the life insurance claim process for bereaved families.Developed by LumenLab, the “Lifechain” technology will enable SPH to encrypt and share verification data from obituary placements, which are used by NTUC Income to start the insurance claim process.The companies plan to pilot the technology this month, targeting 1,000 randomly selected policyholders.During the pilot, Lifechain will be introduced to family members of the deceased who place obituaries on The Straits Times.With their consent, the National Registration Identity Card of the deceased will be submitted into Lifechain as hashed data to trigger a search for a matching insurance policy.SPH will then inform the family if a match is found, while Lifechain will send a notification to NTUC Income to start the claim process.
China’s WeDoctor shelves overseas listing over data concerns – Financial TimesWhat happened: Tencent-backed WeDoctor, an online medical platform that connects patients and doctors, is considering listing on Shanghai’s new Nasdaq-style equity board, according to sources cited by the Financial Times.The company was initially seeking an overseas initial public offering but backpedaled due to increasingly strict data sovereignty laws in China.Data-heavy companies, especially those involved in healthcare, worry that overseas listings may result in greater disclosure requirements and scrutiny.Why important: China’s data rules call for personal data to be held domestically.Financial Times sources claim that companies listed overseas are concerned about greater risk of data leaks to other nations.
What happened: The government of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Thursday announced it granted five Chinese self-driving companies 24 licenses to drive autonomous test cars on designated streets.Self-driving startup WeRide secured 20 of them, with the other four licenses granted to Pony.ai, AutoX, DeepBlue, and state-owned Guangzhou Automobile Group.Founded in Silicon Valley in April 2017 by Baidu ex-SVP Wang Jin, Guangzhou-based WeRide says its vehicles have so far travelled 500,000 kilometers (310,690 miles) in China and the US combined.Why it’s important: The holder of the second largest number of licenses in the country, WeRide has become one of the major challengers to Baidu.The search giant was granted 51 licenses nationwide and reported 140,000 kilometers traveled last year in China’s first road test report.To date, four major Chinese cities have allowed testing of self-driving vehicles on designated roads; Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen granted their first permits in early 2018.
Girlgaze wants to pave the way for companies to hire female-identifying and nonbinary creative talent from all corners of the globe, launching a digital jobs platform with 200,000 potential employees in 62 countries.At the very least, brands, agencies and other employers won’t be able to fall back on the old excuse that they don’t know where to look for diverse photographers and artists, according to Girlgaze founder and CEO Amanda de Cadenet, who announced The Girlgaze Network at Cannes on Thursday during a panel called “Smashing Beauty Stereotypes” with Unilever’s Sophie Galvani, TV megaproducer Shonda Rhimes and Getty Images exec Rebecca Swift.Girlgaze founder and CEO Amanda de CadenetCalling it “a platform aimed at closing the gender gap one job at a time,” de Cadenet said the network can solve “the pipeline challenge that many companies are faced with.”During a beta test this spring, the network was the conduit for 550 paid jobs, generating more than $1 million for its participants—much of it from a single employer, Unilever’s Dove.The Girlgaze Network wants to further scale its service via tech that can pair creatives and employers through “non-biased browsing,” de Cadenet said.
Game for Peace expected to bring in nearly $1b by year’s end – Gameindustry.bizWhat happened: Tencent’s “PUBG Mobile” replacement in China, “Game for Peace,” is projected to gross $1 billion by the end of 2019, Gameindustry.biz reported, citing a recent report from game market research firm Niko Partners.According to the report, the game is likely to include monetization strategies similar to those in “PUBG Mobile,” which has generated approximately $400 million in revenue in overseas markets since it launched in February 2018.“Game for Peace” officially replaced its predecessor in China on May 8.Why it’s important: “Game for Peace” has already shown strong monetization capabilities, earning $70 million in May, according to mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.Different from “PUBG Mobile,” “Game for Peace” was approved by China’s game regulator before launch and could monetize immediately by selling in-game cosmetic items.
A slew of Chinese fintech and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending platforms are looking to more lenient markets in Southeast Asia (SEA), following a prolonged industry crackdown in China that has left the sector reeling.Southeast Asia is home to credit-hungry consumers who are typically left underserved as a result of limited access to loans and regulations that lack clarity.“China’s P2P lending industry has gotten much more strictly regulated,” Johan Uddman, fintech consulting partner at Shanghai-based think tank Den Digitala Draken, told TechNode.In early June, Indian daily newspaper the Economic Times reported that Chinese fintech companies, including WeShare, 9F Group, and CashBUS, are exploring investment opportunities in the country’s burgeoning online lending sector, particularly in the P2P lending space.The Indian market, like China, is credit-starved, said Bhuvan Rustagi, co-founder & chief operating officer of Delhi-based P2P lending platform Lendbox.Meanwhile, a lack of access to formal financial services has necessitated the rise of informal lending platforms.
Apple tablets have always been on top of the game since its inception.Despite the rise of various competitors, iPads still rule the tablet market.If you’ve been thinking of grabbing one, you may want to take advantage of Amazon’s 5% discount on this 12.9-inch Apple iPad Pro Though you could also wait until Amazon Prime Day rolls around in case the deals are better.Normally listed at $999, a nice $124 off brings the price of the tablet down to $875.That may still seem expensive, but it’s still rare to find a good deal on Apple iPad Pro.Though admittedly, there are quite a few Apple deals going on right now, including the latest 11-inch iPad Pro for just $699.
Doctor Strange may have said that they are at the endgame, but for Marvel Studios that is hardly the case.Although it has almost been two months since the final Avengers film (that we know so far) premiered, it will surprisingly return to the big screen for a short while.Not just for those who haven’t seen the film yet but for those willing to pay and sit for three hours again just to catch the new post-credits scenes.Marvel Studios has become both famous and notorious for its mid-credits and post-credits scenes.Those have been praised and lambasted for what is basically marketing for the next film.Regardless, moviegoers have expected such things from Marve movies that they were both shocked and disappointed at Endgame’s lack of a single one.
Actor Nathan Fillion won fans over not only as space smuggler Captain Malcolm Reynolds in Joss Whedon's sci-fi western TV series Firefly and movie Serenity, but as crime writer Richard Castle in the murder-mystery TV series Castle.Now fans want to honor the Canadian-born actor by naming a new park building in Edmonton, Alberta, the Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion.Fan Lauren Hunter started the Change.org petition to get enough signatures to convince Edmonton city officials to name a new park after the actor."The City of Edmonton is turning downtown parking lots into a new Central Park that doesn't have a name yet," Hunter posted on the petition page."To honor great Edmontonian actor Nathan Fillion, we propose we build a small building on this park, and call it "The Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion."Fans have been leaving encouraging comments on the petition to make the Nathan Fillion Civilian Pavilion a reality.
Instead of “bubble,” they’ll use words like “frothy” or “dynamic.”Next, when it’s clear that the bubble is about to pop (or already has), everyone starts talking about a “capital winter,” a very apt metaphor that quickly becomes a cliche.Finally, once the macroeconomics stars realign, the entire cycle begins again—with nothing really learned except the old adages of “make hay while the sun shines,” “it’s not that bad,” and “fail fast.”Looking at this phenomenon, I was struck by how little the public is aware of where VCs themselves get money.State-backed guidance funds are becoming pickier about who they work with, while non-government backers are also concerned more with cash flow and less with rate of return.Local governments scramble to figure out what the real priorities are and then how to show results to their bosses.
Amazon Prime Day 2019 is almost here, with the date having been leaked as July 15 — but it’s worth thinking about things that you might be interested in buying right now.In other words, if you’re in the market for a smartphone, Prime Day 2019 is an excellent time to buy.Plenty of smartphone models are likely to get discounted on Amazon Prime Day — from iPhones to Android devices.Discounts will likely extend across a range of price ranges, too — so whether you’re looking for a flagship-tier device or something more budget-friendly, Prime Day may well be the perfect shopping event for you.Prime Day may be on its way, but if you find the perfect deal on the perfect phone now, there’s no reason to wait.What smartphone deals can we expect from Prime Day 2019
Long before Facebook formally announced its new cryptocurrency, Libra, lawmakers were uneasy about the company’s ambitions to reach into the financial lives of its users.The fears centered on privacy, given Facebook’s prior breaches of trust, and how the company would handle that financial data.On Tuesday, officials awoke to a far more daunting prospect: a rival to the global financial system, privately controlled by a consortium of powerful companies.The concerns run the gamut, suggesting the regulatory headaches ahead for Facebook as it tries to execute its Libra vision.Regulators in Europe are worried that Libra could become a systemic risk to the global financial system and rival central banks; a member of the US Congress called for Facebook to halt development until it answers questions about privacy; officials elsewhere have expressed fears that any cryptocurrency may help users evade global sanctions or launder money.The association will oversee the Libra currency, backed by real money, as well as the blockchain platform that allows Libra to be sent around the world.