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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Business News, Updates

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7 bombs struck an Iraqi joint military base housing US soldiers, wounding 4

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 10:38 AM PST

balad air baseMaya Alleruzzo/AP

At least four Iraqi soldiers were wounded on Sunday in a rocket attack on the Balad airbase in northern Iraq, according to Reuters

The outlet reported that the Iraqi military said in a statement that the base, which also houses US personnel, was targeted by eight Katyusha rockets that were fired from about 50 miles (80 km) north of Baghdad. According to the report, seven of those rockets hit the base's runway. 

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Prince William said he and Harry are 'separate entities' following his brother and Meghan Markle's plans to 'step back' from royal life, according to a friend

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 10:01 AM PST

Prince Harry Prince WilliamWPA Pool/Getty

Prince William has spoken to a friend about his feelings toward Prince Harry following the announcement that he and Meghan Markle are planning to "step back" as senior members of the royal family, according to The Sunday Times.

The Times reported that Prince William said to a friend: "I've put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can't do that anymore; we're separate entities."

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FREE SLIDE DECK: The Future of Fintech

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 10:01 AM PST

Digital disruption is affecting every aspect of the fintech industry. Over the past five years, fintech has established itself as a fundamental part of the global financial services ecosystem.

Fintech startups have raised, and continue to raise, billions of dollars annually. At the same time, incumbent financial institutions are getting in on the act, and using fintech to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving financial services landscape. So what's next?

Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has the answer in our brand new exclusive slide deck The Future of Fintech. In this deck, we explore what's next for fintech, how it will reach new heights, and the developments that will help it get there.

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Laura Dern leaned into her odd relationship with Baby Yoda, suggesting to Stephen Colbert that the two are dating

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 09:42 AM PST

Laura Dern; Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images, Lucasfilm

  • Actress Laura Dern furthered speculation about her relationship to Baby Yoda while on "The Late Show" with Stephen Colbert Saturday night.
  • Colbert asked about her meme-worthy quote from December that she had seen the creature from "The Mandalorian" at an NBA basketball game.
  • Dern jokingly replied that she didn't want to start a frenzy at the time, but said Baby Yoda was actually her new boyfriend.
  • "He's a 50-year-old baby, so I mean it's not inappropriate," she said.
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"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert confronted actress Laura Dern about her mysterious, headline-worthy Baby Yoda sighting – at an NBA game, of all places. 

Back in December, Dern was stopped on the red carpet at the Gotham Awards and said, bizarrely, that she had seen Baby Yoda that day at a basketball game. 

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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THE EVOLUTION OF THE US NEOBANK MARKET: Why the US digital-only banking space may finally be poised for the spotlight (GS, JPM)

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 09:32 AM PST

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What is a neobank? Total Funding for Major European and US NeobanksBusiness Insider Intelligence

Neobanks, digital-only banks that aren't saddled by traditional banking technology and costly networks of physical branches, have been working to redefine retail banking in major markets around the world.

Top neobanks in the US & EU

The top neobanks in the US and EU include:

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4 ways to spend $100 today to be richer by this time next year

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 09:30 AM PST

work meeting happyThomas Barwick/DigitalVision/Getty

  • The start of a new year is the perfect time to set new financial goals.
  • An increasing net worth is a good sign of progress, and that might be easier to accomplish than you think.  
  • Saving regularly in a high-yield savings account, increasing your retirement contribution, and opening a brokerage account can all boost your wealth.
  • Read more personal finance coverage.

If you're starting 2020 with high hopes for your money, consider this: Building wealth is about making incremental progress, day after day, year after year.

Big wins — like getting a raise — are wonderful, but small wins — like choosing the right investment or savings account — are even better, because you have total control. The seemingly tiny habits you start and decisions you make today determine where you'll be in the future.

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Nancy Pelosi responded to Trump's latest Twitter insult, saying 'every knock from him is a boost'

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 09:29 AM PST

nancy pelosiWin McNamee/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi brushed off President Donald Trump's online insults as he took off on another Twitter tear amid developments in the impeachment inquiry. 

Pelosi appeared on ABC's "This Week" and host George Stephanopoulos asked her about Trump's Sunday morning tweet that called her "Crazy Nancy" and requested Stephanopoulos press her on the evidence presented in the House Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.

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Jeff Bezos announces Amazon is donating $690,000 to help the country recover from the devastating brushfires

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 09:19 AM PST

Australia bushfiresREUTERS/Tracey Nearmy

  • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced in a Saturday evening Instagram post that the tech company will donate $1 million Australian dollars (or about $690, 000 USD) to help Australia recover from a series of bushfires that have ravaged the country in recent weeks.
  • The infernos have claimed over 25 million acres of Australian land, and killed nearly 1 billion animals since they began in late December, according to some estimates.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Jeff Bezos wants Amazon to do its part in helping Australia recover from a series of bushfires that have ravaged the country in recent weeks.

Bezos said in a Saturday evening Instagram post that Amazon would be donating $1 million Australian dollars (roughly $690, 000 USD) in "needed provisions and services" to help Australia recover from the devastating fires.

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'1917' dethrones 'Rise of Skywalker' at the box office with an impressive $36.5 million weekend (CMCSA)

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 09:00 AM PST

1917 movie UniversalUniversal

  • "1917" won the domestic box office this weekend with an estimated $36.5 million take.
  • The World War I drama dethroned "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," which had been number one for the last three weeks.
  • Interest in "1917" increased after the movie had a surprise best drama win at the Golden Globes last weekend.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

We like to make fun of the Golden Globes. With awards given out by a voting body of around 90 people, it's easy to take shots when it comes to its relevancy during award season. But one thing we can't dispute is the award show can be a huge marketing tool, and that was evident this weekend with "1917."

Universal's World War I drama from director Sam Mendes ("Skyfall"), that is told in stle that resembles the look of having continuous shot (in reality there were multiple shots), won the Globes' top prize, best motion picture — drama, last Sunday and that catapulted it to must-see-status this weekend.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Posted: 12 Jan 2020 09:00 AM PST

Young stars at the edge of the Milky Way appear to have come from 2 nearby galaxies. That means a galactic collision could happen sooner than predicted.

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:44 AM PST

Portion of Large Magellanic Cloud    Hubble Telescope

A future galactic collision is already causing new stars to form at the edge of the Milky Way, astronomers say.

The farthest reaches of our galaxy contain its oldest stars. So astronomers were surprised when they recently found a cluster of thousands of young stars at the edge of the Milky Way. 

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Megyn Kelly watched 'Bombshell' with former Fox News journalists and shared what the movie got right and wrong

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:36 AM PST

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  • Megyn Kelly shared a YouTube video on Thursday that shows her watching "Bombshell" with former Fox News employees and her husband.
  • "Bombshell" tells the story of Kelly, along with former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson, and other women who came forward with sexual harassment allegations that led to the downfall of Fox's then-CEO, Roger Ailes.
  • After screening the movie, Kelly led a discussion where she and former Fox News journalists who had also come forward with allegations of sexual harassment victims reflected on the movie's accuracy and the emotions that came with watch it.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Megyn Kelly responded to the movie "Bombshell," sharing what the film got right and wrong about her story, as well as stories of women who were victims of sexual harrasment at Fox News.

"Bombshell" opened in theaters in December 2019 and is based on the story of sexual harrasment allegations at Fox News that led to the downfall of Fox's then-CEO, Roger Ailes. Gretchen Carlson (played by Nicole Kidman), filed a lawsuit against Ailes, claiming he had sexually harassed her. After news spread of Carlson's lawsuit, Kelly (played by Charlize Theron), along with several other Fox News employees who were victims of Ailes' harassment, came forward with their stories.

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TaxSlayer's $0 plan is for anyone with simple taxes and includes free federal and state returns

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:36 AM PST

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  • TaxSlayer is a tax preparation company that offers four plans: Simply Free, Classic, Premium, and Self-Employed. It's a solid option for Tax Day 2020.
  • TaxSlayer's Simply Free plan is just that — free. You can file simple federal and state returns for $0.
  • It can be difficult to skip around on the website and to access certain customer service features, making TaxSlayer a good option for people who are already comfortable with the e-filing process.
  • Use TaxSlayer to file your simple state and federal returns for free »

Filing your taxes can be a bit like your first trip to the gym — you don't want to spend the money, you aren't sure how everything works, and you keep putting it off. But if you use the right equipment, the process isn't as terrible as you expected.

TaxSlayer is a tax preparation company for people filing their taxes online from home. But does it include the right equipment for your tax needs?

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3 mistakes not to make with your retirement savings, from people who have already retired

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:30 AM PST

Dirk CottonCourtesy Dirk Cotton

Saving for retirement isn't always smooth sailing. 

In Business Insider's Real Retirement series, retirees share their best advice on retirement, what worked for them, and sometimes, what didn't work for them.

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The final test of Trump's domination of the GOP will have nothing to do with his reelection

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:23 AM PST

Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.Mark Wilson/Getty Images

  • In just a few years, President Donald Trump has managed to reshape the Republican Party.
  • Now a number of his acolytes, such as his son Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, and Trump loyalist Rep. Matt Gaetz, are flirting with runs to seek higher office.
  • Whether these Trump followers are successful in advancing their political careers is the final test of Trump's influence over the GOP.
  • Michael Gordon is a longtime Democratic strategist, a former spokesperson for the Justice Department, and the principal for the strategic-communications firm Group Gordon.
  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Corey Lewandowski, President Donald Trump's belligerent former campaign manager, recently decided against a US Senate run. That's good news for the civil-minded among us who respect a free press.

Lewandowski was famous for his rhetorical — and sometimes literal — pugilism, if you watched his chaotic congressional testimony or saw his altercations with a reporter and protesters. His campaign would've been Trump 2.0 but on a smaller scale.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he didn't see specific evidence Iran was plotting to strike 4 US embassies

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:19 AM PST

President Donald Trump, left, sits with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, during a full honors welcoming ceremony for Esper at the Pentagon, Thursday, July 25, 2019, in Washington.AP Photo/Alex Brandon

  • Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he "didn't see" specific evidence that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, as President Donald Trump has claimed.
  • Esper said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he "shared" the view that there was an existing threat against US embassies, as they represent "the most prominent display of American presence in a country." 
  • Trump made the "four embassies" claim as he was experiencing increasing pressure from Democratic and Republican congressional lawmakers who have pressed for further evidence into the administration's thinking behind the attack.
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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper doubled down on President Donald Trump's claim of an imminent threat on multiple embassies that reportedly informed his decision to order the killing of former Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Esper said on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that he "didn't see" specific evidence that Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies, as Trump told Fox News in an interview Friday, but did believe there was a possibility for such attacks.

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50 photos that prove golden hour is the most beautiful time of day

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:05 AM PST

'The soul of Kyoto' by @patriciasoon (Malaysia)@patriciasoon/Agora

  • Agora, a free photography app, has revealed the top 50 finalists of its Golden Hour 2020 contest.
  • Each photo in the contest shows a different setting around the world during "golden hour," or the time when the sky glows as the result of a sunset.
  • More than 19,000 global photographers submitted their work for the contest.
  • The winner will be awarded on February 6 with "a jackpot of credits," which allows them to enter more photos into Agora contests.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

"Abandoned house" by Manel Subirats

Manel Subirats/Agora

Subirats' photo was taken in Delta del Llobregat, Spain, while the sky was pink and purple. A winding bridge is the focal point, leading viewers' eyes to an abandoned home in the background.



"Alone" by Kashif Qaiser

Kashif Qaiser/Agora

While in Pakistan, Qaiser captured a person walking across orange sand dunes amid a yellow sky.



"Calm and clear" by @moodfella

@moodfella/Agora

This nominated photo was taken in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, according to a post on the photographer's Instagram page. It shows a quaint home alongside water, trees, and fog.




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An emergency nuclear alert about a mysterious 'incident' terrified Canadians, but the notification was sent out by accident

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:00 AM PST

A photo taken at the Pickering B Nuclear Generating Station; A screenshot of the emergency push notification accidentally sent to Canadians.Richard Lautens/Toronto Star via Getty Images, Twitter/@AB_CANADAR

  • Canadians near the city of Pickering in Ontario received a terrifying push alert about an 'incident' at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station on Sunday – but the emergency notification was sent by mistake.
  • The alert appears to have been sent throughout the Province of Ontario and specifically alerted people within 10 kilometers of the station.
  • It said emergency staff were responding to the 'incident,' but that there had been "NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station" and that people nearby did not need to take action at the time.
  • Later, some people who had received the first alert received a second one that said there was no active nuclear situation and that the first push had been an accident.
  • The City of Pickering confirmed that the initial alert had been a mistake on Twitter, and the mayor of Pickering tweeted that he was "demanding that a full investigation take place."
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Candians throughout the Province of Ontario received an emergency push alert early Sunday morning about a nuclear "incident" in the city of Pickering, 30 minutes outside Toronto.

The alert said it applied to people within 10 kilometers of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, and while it said "NO abnormal release of radioactivity from the station," people who got the notificiation were terrified – until at least some got a second notification more than an hour later that it had been a mistake.

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The Top 10 Trends in Digital Media 2019 (AMZN, GOOGL, FB)

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 08:00 AM PST

Top 10 Trends digital mediaBusiness Insider Intelligence

2019 will be a year of opportunities and challenges in the world of digital media.

The digital duopoly of Google and Facebook will face unprecedented regulatory scrutiny, as Amazon muscles its way into the digital ad space.

Meanwhile, pay-TV companies will continue to struggle as cord-cutting accelerates and TV consumption shifts to digital, and millennials and Gen Z will drive explosive growth in eSports.

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Ravens cornerback offered a brutal analysis of his team after a stunning playoff loss to the Titans

Posted: 12 Jan 2020 07:56 AM PST

marlon humphreyNick Wass/AP Images

  • Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey called the Ravens chokers and losers after a stunning, 28-12 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
  • The Ravens were the best team in football during the regular season and favorites to make the Super Bowl.
  • Though other members of the Ravens were disappointed, few were as harsh in their analysis of the loss as Humphrey.
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The Tennessee Titans pulled off a huge, 28-12 upset over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday to advance to the AFC Championship.

The Ravens were not just the favorites to win the game — they were the best team in football, finishing the year with a 14-2 record, and were considered the favorites to win the Super Bowl.

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