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Friday, January 17, 2020

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Joe Biden slams Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook for having too much power: 'I've never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he's a real problem' (FB)

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:37 AM PST

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden makes a foreign policy statement, in New York, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)Associated Press

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden slammed Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over misinformation on the platform and privacy concerns.
  • "I've never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he's a real problem," Biden said in an interview with The New York Times editorial board published Friday.
  • Biden called for the repeal of internet laws that shield Facebook and other platforms from being held accountable for the content of users' posts.
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When asked about his thoughts on Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, former Vice President Joe Biden didn't pull any punches.

"I've never been a fan of Facebook," Biden told The New York Times editorial board in an interview published Friday. "I've never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he's a real problem. ... He knows better."

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The best online deals and sales happening now

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:33 AM PST

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We rounded up the 10 best sales and deals happening online today, with savings on Samsung Galaxy Buds, Brooklyn Bedding, travel on, Tempurpedic Breeze 2.0 models, and more.

Deals in this story are subject to change throughout the day. The prices listed reflect the deal at the time of publication. For even more deals and savings across the web, check out Business Insider Coupons.

The best sales and deals happening today at a glance:

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1. Save $30 on the Samsung Galaxy Buds from B&H

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy Buds from B&H for $99.99 (originally $129.99) [You save $30]

If you're team Android and have been wanting to try the fairly new Samsung Galaxy Buds, you can save $30 now from B&H while supplies last. The Galaxy Buds offer quality audio for casual listening, the gym, or a busy commute. While they aren't the highest caliber, they certainly do a great job for the price point.

Read more about the Galaxy Buds and other true wireless earbuds here.

2. Save 25% sitewide at Brooklyn Bedding

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Shop the Brooklyn Bedding MLK sale

Brooklyn Bedding is a one-stop shop for all things sleep. In one place you'll be able to find mattresses, pillows, mattress protectors, sheets, and more. Now through January 20, save 25% sitewide using the promo code "MILK25" at checkout.

Read our full reviews on the Brooklyn Bedding Plank mattress, Aurora mattress, and weighted blanket.

3. Save 20% on your early 2020 stay through

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If your 2020 New Year's resolution was to travel more, now is the best time to book a stay. Now through January 20, save 20% on your stay in select U.S. cities, but note that you must travel before March 31.

Check out our travel reviews for inspiration.

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The best bed sheets

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:32 AM PST

  • Few would deny that at the end of a long, hard day, sliding into a comfortable bed outfitted with soft, smooth sheets that pamper your skin is one of life's greatest pleasures.
  • After reviewing dozens of contenders for the best sheets, our top pick is the 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets from L.L. Bean.
  • If you're looking to further increase your bed's comfort, check out our guide to the best pillows.

To get the best sleep possible, we invest in the best mattresses and pillows that our budgets allow. But the journey to dreamland doesn't just stop there: You need quality bed linens too. Because why buy an expensive mattress only to ruin the experience with inferior bedding?

Besides, we spend nearly a third of our lifespan sleeping on our beds, so why wouldn't you want the best sheets possible? Not only do you want something soft and comfortable, but you also want something that's durable and can hold up to washes. So we've made it easy for you: We checked out all the top buying websites, listened to opinions from bed sheet buyers, and tested sheets ourselves to compile our list of the best bed sheet sets you can buy.

Here are the best sheets for your bed:

Updated on 1/17/2019 by Jen Gushue: Updated prices, links, and formatting. 

A note on thread count and weave


Thread count: Higher isn't always better

When it's time to buy sheets, many people simply assume that the higher the thread count, the better, and make their choice based on this feature alone. While it's true that thread count (a measurement of how many threads run vertically and horizontally in one square inch of fabric) is important, it turns out that there's another factor that plays a bigger part in sheet comfort: type of fabric.

In fact, according to Consumer Reports, there's no reason to pay extra for sheets with a thread count over 400, but it is worth your while to spend a little more on sheets made from the best kinds of cotton: Pima, Egyptian, or Supima. These long-fiber cottons weave into the softest, most comfortable sheets.

What about weave?

Weave is also important when it comes to choosing sheets you'll love. There are two basic weaves: percale and sateen.

  • Percale sheets have the same number of combed, tightly woven threads running horizontally and vertically. If you prefer sheets with a slightly crisp, cool feel, this is the weave to choose. Percale sheets are durable and strong, standing up to repeated washing even in hot water. Look for a thread count between 200 and 400 for lightweight sheets, or 400 to 600 if you prefer more weight.
  • Sateen sheets (not the same as satin, which is a fabric, not a weave) have more threads running vertically than horizontally, creating fabric with a slight sheen and a very soft, silky feel. Sateen sheets are generally more delicate than percale bedding, and more likely to pill or come apart in the wash. Still, if you crave the silkiest feel against your skin, this is the weave for you. Thread counts between 300 and 600 are the sweet spot for softness and strength.

The best sheets overall

L.L. Bean

L.L.Bean's wonderfully smooth 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets are durable, comfortable, and just the right weight to give you sweet dreams all year round.

Woven from 100% Pima cotton for the smoothest, softest, make-you-want-to-wiggle feel, L.L.Bean struck gold with its highly rated percale sheet set. As with all percale sheets, these have just a bit of a "crisp" finish, which feels nice and cool against your skin. They are the perfect weight for summer, and unless you live in a very cold climate or prefer to switch to heavier winter sheets, they are cozy enough for the colder months with the addition of a heavier blanket or comforter.

When you toss them in your washing machine and dryer, the sheets come out fresh, unwrinkled, and ready to coax you into the land of Nod. Sized to fit over mattresses up to 15-inches thick, these cotton sheets won't slip or slide as you sleep, and they hold firm to the mattress. They are available in seven basic colors, although alas, no brights. There are a few prints, as well.

L.L.Bean shoppers praise these sheets for their refusal to pill, long life, and wrinkle resistance. Quite a few customers commented that they have purchased several sets of the L.L.Bean sheets, and a common remark was, "These are the only sheets I'll buy."

We chose these sheets as our top pick in our guide to the best cotton sheets. In our testing, these sheets had a soft feel right out of the packaging and they were cool and soft to sleep on. Though L.L.Bean recently discontinued its famous lifetime guarantee, your purchase is still covered for a year, so if you find you're dissatisfied you can return the sheets for any reason.

And we're not the only ones who think the sheets are great. Wirecutter has chosen the L.L.Bean 280-thread-count Percale Sheets as its number one choice six years running, saying these sheets offer a "superior cool feel at a great price." 

Consumer Search is another review website that picked the L.L.Bean sheets as its top pick, saying the sheets are "ideal for lovers of crisp, 'old-school' cotton sheets." The reviewer did comment that some buyers felt the sheets were a bit too rough, although they do get softer the more they are washed.

Pros: Smooth, crisp feel, durability, reasonable price

Cons: Only fit mattresses up to 15 inches thick, no bright colors, few prints

The best luxury sheets


If you take your sleep comfort seriously, the pampering touch and good looks of Brooklinen's Luxe Sheets will have you sleeping like a baby.

Started as a Kickstarter project in 2014, Brooklinen has quickly soared to the heights of success, due to its reasonable prices for high-quality bedding. Luxe Sheets start with the best long-fiber cotton, which is woven into single-ply yarn for the finest, yet softest threads. This also means that the finished thread count of 480 is the true number; many other manufacturers weave lower quality, three-ply yarn into their sheets, then use this trick to inflate their thread count.

Brooklinen's Luxe Collection is a sateen weave, with a soft-as-the-clouds feel. Because sateen is woven more tightly than percale, you'll find these sheets cozy and warm, with a soothingly "heavy" feel that many sleepers love. In fact, Ellen Hoffman, the Director of Content Strategy for the Insider Picks team, has been sleeping on these sheets for more than three years, and reports that they are "hands down the best sheets I've ever put on my bed."

She washes her Brooklinen sheets every two weeks and hasn't experienced a degradation in quality; in fact, she says they've softened with time and, thankfully, don't hold on to stains. Her white sheet set has not yellowed after frequent washings either. Overall, Ellen's sheets are in great condition (no rips or tears, no stains, etc.) after years of use, which is comforting to hear given their higher price. 

The softness of these sheets increases every time they are washed. As a bonus, the sheets' wrinkle-resistance improves with each wash, as well. And, by the way, you can do that washing in your machine, then either line-dry your bedding or use your dryer on low heat.

The buzz doesn't stop there. Brooklinen has received positive press all over the web, with InStyle saying, "In order to design beautiful, affordable, and ridiculously comfortable sheets, Brooklinen co-founders Rich and Vicki simply focus on quality and manufacturing responsibly." Vogue writes, "the allure of this brand is certainly its technique and use of long-staple Egyptian cotton, which produces sheets and comforters that are softer than most."

Brooklinen currently offers the Luxe Sheets in seven solid colors, along with patterns like stripes and grids. It also frequently releases limited-editor colors and patterns. You can even mix and match colors or patterns within a sheet set, which is definitely a unique perk. The sheets fit mattresses up to 15 inches thick, so be sure to measure before ordering.

Pros: Super soft, high quality, mix-and-match sheet sets

Cons: Expensive, best if line-dried

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Some at FBI reportedly agreed with Tim Cook that Apple offered plenty of help during investigation into terrorist's iPhone, contradicting Attorney General Barr (AAPL)

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:30 AM PST

Attorney General William Barr speaks to reporters at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, to announce results of an investigation of the shootings at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida. On Dec. 6, 2019, 21-year-old Saudi Air Force officer, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, opened fire at the naval base in Pensacola, killing three U.S. sailors and injuring eight other people. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)Associated Press

  • On Monday, Attorney General William Barr slammed Apple, saying that the company had not provided "substantive assistance" in helping the FBI gain access to an iPhone belonging to the gunman who killed three people at a Navy air base in Florida last month.
  • But Apple pushed back against these comments, saying that it had provided "gigabytes" of data as part of the investigation.
  • Some at the FBI agree with Apple, according to a new report in The Wall Street Journal. Sources at the agency told The Journal they were "stunned" by the attorney general's comments because they believed Apple had already provided "ample assistance" in the Bureau's investigation.
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On Monday, Attorney General Barr said Apple had not provided any "substantive assistance" with unlocking two iPhones belonging to a Saudi shooter who killed three people at Navy base in Florida last month. Now, a new report from The Wall Street Journal suggests that some in the Federal Bureau of Investigation disagree with those remarks.

Some officials within the bureau were surprised at Barr's words because they felt that Apple had provided adequate help with the investigation, the Journal reports. Another concern among some agents is that the push for Apple to create a backdoor that would enable access to private data stored on iPhones could also sour the bureau's relationship with the tech giant, the report also says. 

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17 surprising things you never knew about 'Breaking Bad'

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:28 AM PST

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  • AMC's "Breaking Bad" is a hit TV series that continues to be popular with fans.
  • Love for the show has resurfaced since the announcement of the upcoming film sequel, "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," which will debut on Netflix on October 11. 
  • From how the show's production affected the city of Albuquerque to behind-the-scenes insights from the cast and crew, there are many things fans may be surprised to find out about the series. 
  • Warning: This post contains spoilers for "Breaking Bad." 
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

AMC's "Breaking Bad" (2008-2013) is a legendary series that continues to be popular with fans both old and new.

It skyrocketed lead actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul to superstardom, sparked a majorly successful spin-off, "Better Call Saul," and even spurred a new film sequel called "El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie," which is currently streaming on Netflix. 

In honor of the show's anniversary, here are some surprising, fun facts that fans may not know about the hit series "Breaking Bad." 

The show wasn't originally supposed to be filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but there were financial incentives to do so.


In an interview with Slant Magazine, the show's creator Vince Gilligan said he had originally planned for "Breaking Bad" to be set in Riverside, California.

However, Sony approached him with the idea of moving it to New Mexico due to financial incentives. 

"They said New Mexico has a tax rebate for film and television production, and it's a pretty substantial one," Gilligan recalled in the interview.

"And really, it's a hard [carrot] to turn down ... and so New Mexico very quickly became the place we decided to shoot our show for strictly financial reasons. We wanted our limited production budget to go that much farther," he added. 

"Breaking Bad" ended up helping Albuquerque become quite famous — and it helped boost the city's economy and tourism business.

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It wasn't just the show that saw benefits from choosing New Mexico as the shooting location. The city itself saw dividends that are paying out to this day. 

The show's now-infamous shooting locations also continue to be a major draw for tourists from all over the world, and local business owners are taking advantage of the "Breaking Bad" hype. 

Rebel Donuts in Albuquerque creates "Blue Sky" donuts modeled after Jesse and Walt's blue meth.

 The Candy Lady, the local candy shop that originally created the prop "meth" rock candy for the show, still sells "blue meth" rock candy alongside tons of show-related merchandise.

A home that was used as a shooting location for the show has been turned into a "Breaking Bad"-themed Airbnb. Local souvenir shops sell "blue meth" bath salts, "Breaking Bad" T-shirts, and much more. 

There's even a website dedicated to listing every single known filming location in Albuquerque, making it easy for travelers to plan their "Breaking Bad" sightseeing trips.

Top sites include Walter White's house, Saul's office, and a restaurant that served as the set for villain Gustavo Fring's Los Pollos Hermanos.  

The real-life owners of the house that Walter White lived in on the show are not happy about how popular the show made their home.


The filming location for Walter White's house in "Breaking Bad" became a tourism must-see in Albuquerque. But for the current occupants, the sensation around their home became so frustrating they ended up building a fence around it. 

In 2017, the home's owner Joanne Quintana told KOB4 News in Albuquerque that the number of visitors to her home was ridiculous and that she lost count of how many people would come to take a photo each week.

She also said that tourists would do things like take rocks from her landscaping, get demanding about their photos, and even toss pizzas on the roof just like Walter White did in the now-iconic moment from the show. 

Quintana said she had a 6-foot-tall wrought-iron fence installed in 2017, but told KOB4 that during construction she still had fans climbing the fence to get their photo.

That said, the house is someone's actual home — not a movie set — so you'll want to skip it if you choose to visit "Breaking Bad" filming locations. 

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Kanye West is bringing his Sunday Service choir to a prayer rally that's hosting anti-LGBTQ crusaders

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:25 AM PST

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  • Rapper Kanye West is bringing his Sunday Service to a prayer rally in Arizona that also will also include several prominent anti-LGBTQ crusaders, most notably Lou Engle.
  • The rapper has drawn swift criticism for joining the speakers at the pulpit.
  • The event that anticipates a crowd of 50,000 believes it will spark "a massive [spiritual]awakening for this nation and the world."
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The newly saved Kanye West has brought his mysterious "Sunday Service" tradition to churchgoers across the country, performing with a gospel choir to join in praise and worship.

This weekend, he's taking the event to possibly its biggest gig yet: a 10-hour prayer rally called Awaken 2020, which is being billed as the "first epic evangelical stadium event of the decade."

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Watch the steamy new trailer for Hulu's 'Normal People,' based on the bestselling novel by Sally Rooney

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:25 AM PST

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  • The trailer for the BBC and Hulu's new series "Normal People" was released on Friday.
  • It features lots of steamy moments and heavy breathing. 
  • "Normal People" is adapted from Sally Rooney's bestselling novel of the same name.
  • The plot is about students Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal) as they begin a secret romance in high school that continues into college and well after.
  • The new BBC trailer is intense, and shows snippets from various parts of Marianne and Connell's relationship as they fight, make out, and have lots of sex. 
  • A voiceover from Marianne reveals that they have since broken up, but she still wonders if she and Connell can ever be friends again. 
  • A separate trailer was also released by Hulu, but it doesn't feature as many steamy moments as the BBC version. 
  • "Normal People" will premiere in spring 2020 on Hulu. 
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The Jonas Brothers' 'What a Man Gotta Do' music video is packed with hidden references. Here's every detail you may have missed.

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:24 AM PST

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  • The Jonas Brothers released a new song called "What a Man Gotta Do" and shared an accompanying music video that has nods to three classic films: "Grease," "Say Anything," and "Risky Business." 
  • Siblings Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas were also joined by their wives: Priyanka Chopra Jonas (who tied the knot with Nick in 2018), Sophie Turner (who wed Joe in 2019), and Danielle Jonas (who's been married to Kevin since 2009).
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The Jonas Brothers paid homage to some of the most popular '70s and '80s movies in their new music video for the track "What a Man Gotta Do."

The band — comprising the siblings Nick JonasJoe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas — teamed up again with their wives: Priyanka Chopra Jonas (who tied the knot with Nick in 2018), Sophie Turner (who wed Joe in 2019), and Danielle Jonas (who's been married to Kevin since 2009).

The video was also heavily inspired by "Grease," "Say Anything," and "Risky Business."

Here are all the details, references, and Easter eggs you might have missed.

Nick Jonas kicked off the music video with an homage to "Risky Business," by sliding into the frame and mouthing the words to "What a Man Gotta Do."

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He wore sunglasses, a button-down shirt, underwear, and socks as he danced.

It was quite similar to the iconic scene done by Tom Cruise in the 1983 movie.

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In "Risky Business," Cruise played a teenager named Joel who went wild when his parents left him home alone. The actor famously lip-synched to Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock and Roll."

Rather than dancing home alone, Nick was joined by Chopra Jonas, who also recreated the slide across the floor.

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She had an epic hair flip, too.  

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A Delta plane slid off an icy taxiway in Kansas City — here's what happened

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:21 AM PST

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  • A Delta Air Lines aircraft slid off an icy taxiway Friday morning with its front wheel impacting the grass.
  • The aircraft was taxiing to be de-iced in preparation for departure when the incident occurred. 
  • Five commercial airline flights departed from the airport that morning, according to flight-tracking website Flight Aware, before the airport was shut down due to icy conditions. 
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A Delta Air Lines aircraft at Kansas City International Airport early Friday morning slid off of a taxiway as it was preparing for departure, the company said.

A spokesperson for the airline confirmed that the aircraft was getting ready for a flight to Detroit and taxiing to an area where de-icing fluid would be applied when its front wheel slid into the grass adjacent to the taxiway.

"In preparation for departure, the nosegear of Delta flight 1114 exited the taxiway," a Delta spokesperson said. "We apologize to our customers for the delay and inconvenience and are working to re-accomodate them."


Freezing rain was impacting the area, the National Weather Service reported, around the time of the incident. 

Shortly after the incident, the entire airport was closed due to the icy conditions, a spokesperson for the airport said. The airport reopened later in the morning but was once again closed as the weather continued.

No injuries were reported among the 129 people on board Delta Air Lines flight 1114, who were transported back to the terminal on buses.

The aircraft involved was an Airbus A319 aircraft, one of the aircraft that Delta uses for short and medium-haul flights.

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It had been first delivered to Northwest Airlines in 2000.

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The Airbus had arrived from Detroit the night prior and was planning on heading to Austin tomorrow, according to FlightRadar24 data, as its next flight.

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Interior design startup Modsy uses 3D models to let you see furniture in your space before you buy it — here's how it helped me make the most of my small apartment

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:18 AM PST


  • Modsy is a service that makes 3D models of the rooms you want to decorate based on pictures you send and its basic dimensions.
  • The company's interior designers will create two versions of the room, decorated with furniture from popular home stores that you can actually buy through Modsy, and which match your tastes and budget specifically. 
  • For as low as $49 (but typically $199), you'll get two draft designs of your space, plus two updates from your designer and communication with them via email.
  • For $129 (typically $299), you'll get more features, like one-on-one time with a designer via email or phone and unlimited rounds of updates to your two original drafts.
  • I've used Modsy for my last two apartments, and I recommend it to anyone who can comfortably afford the service. You can see what my bedroom redesign process was like with Modsy.
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If you've ever bought a piece of furniture online and realized only after the setup that it either didn't fit the space physically or aesthetically, you can already name at least one time when you would have benefited from a service like Modsy.

Modsy is an online company that lets you upload photos and dimensions of any room and then creates a 3D model, complete with recommendations from an interior designer on how to fill it using furniture from popular home-decor and furniture stores. If you've already got a nightstand or bed frame, you can pay $15 and Modsy will make a 3D model of it as well, so you truly never have to wonder about what something will look like once put together. You also don't need to crawl around your house with a tape measurer. 

The furniture the Modsy designers use is all chosen to fit your preferences. If you're not sure if you like "traditional" or "urban" design, as I wasn't, or if your style has changed over the years, as mine had, there's a quiz you can take to help identify what you like.

Once you get your designs, you can then buy anything from your model at a discount through Modsy, which matches the lowest advertised price on the day you place your order, including any applicable sales and promotions. So, you could save on top of sales at other retailers and potentially pay for the service itself with the discount.

There are four pricing options, with most shoppers probably deciding between the first three. The Luxe option will be the closest resemblance to traditionally hiring an interior designer for your home.

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My experience with Modsy

I've used Modsy twice — once immediately after college, and again for the apartment I moved into immediately after that one. In my experience, the value is definitely worth the price. The 3D designs are extremely helpful and also allow me to be more creative with my space.

The first time I used Modsy, I was moving to a new place after college and wanted to take furniture shopping more seriously, but didn't have a natural gift for interior design. I could appreciate when things looked put-together, and I knew what I liked, but being on the other side of things is never easy, particularly with the visualization (which Modsy takes care of for me). Not being able to imagine all of the furniture, light fixtures, and rugs together also had me buying more basic furniture simply so that I would know it would go together. Modsy allowed me more freedom and creativity. 

The second time around, it helped me find a way to blend my past taste (mid-century modern) and furniture with my new taste (eclectic). It also helped me become better at visualizing the possibilities elsewhere in my home, even without using Modsy again on those areas.

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In terms of price, I find the unlimited drafts with a designer help justify the higher price of the premium option. If you're indecisive, it's probably worth splurging. If you're only looking for a few tweaks, you can get by with the cheaper tier. 

Even if you can't afford all the items Modsy uses to fill your space (although they do customize the selection to your budget), it's still a great way to get ideas from experts at an affordable price. I pay a lot in rent so that I can enjoy where I live, and I felt like Modsy was a valuable tool as an extension of that. It helped me make the most out of my apartment and made sure I did so without wasting money on furniture I would later hate.

If you're moving and don't have the mind of an interior designer but want to love your space, I can't recommend the service highly enough.

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Keep reading for a full breakdown of what it's like to use Modsy.

Getting started


To begin, head to the Modsy homepage and click "start your project" to begin the questionnaire. 

Select which room they'll be creating a 3D model of for you.


And select what the reason for the redesign is.


If you're moving and looking to completely revamp your space, or just want to update your living room, Modsy will be able to help.

Sign up to get a 3D model of your own home decorating project here.

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There are 3 daily habits of geniuses that can make you smarter — and they only take an hour

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:17 AM PST

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  • We often use genius to imply someone was born great.
  • Natural talent exists, but most people we consider geniuses still worked daily and put in considerable effort.
  • Reflecting for 10 minutes, reading for 20, and focusing for 30 minutes a day can help you get smarter.
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The word "genius" is one of the most misused terms in history.

While it's often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.

We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius — and we should — but it's about time we stopped assuming that those things arise from talent or inborn giftedness alone.

In fact, more and more research is showing that while talent is indeed responsible for some extraordinary results, most accomplishments generally result from a combination of practice, habit, and mindset.

Van Gogh was a genius. Mozart was a genius. Marie Curie was a genius.

That said, basing those assertions on their natural talent is not only plain wrong but it also cheapens the daily work and effort that it took for whatever talent they did or didn't have to manifest to the degree that it did.

Genius is naturally context-dependent, and it takes more than just the few steps that any article on the internet is likely to highlight, but general intelligence and creativity can be improved pretty easily by anyone.

In fact, all it really takes is an hour a day.

Reflect for 10 minutes a day

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How often do you ask yourself why you do what you do?

This isn't just regarding the tasks on your daily to-do list, and nor is the answer as simple as "because it pays the bills" or "it's my passion." Those are good places to start, but really, what's the point?

What about the world is it that excites you? What do you not like about it?

How much of your ideal life are you living? If a lot, what could go wrong?

These just scratch the surface, but deep, contemplative questions force you to go further than most people ever do when they're daydreaming or casually dosing off, and they teach you to think with clarity.

There is also a reward in that there is usually a lot of joy that comes from figuring out things that will benefit you for a long time to come — and, more often than not — you make your life a bit easier in the process.

You can learn a lot from the ideas you put into your mind from the external world, but you can arguably learn even more by breaking down and better making sense of the things that are already roaming around in your head.

Ask yourself one hard question every day, and take time to ponder it.

Read for 20 minutes a day

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Taking time to read online is a great way to keep up and get ahead.

The internet has a lot of good hiding in some of its corners, and there are many great minds that are sharing worthy content with the world.

That said, there is something magical about books that can't be quite replicated, and it comes from the depth that they're able to portray.

An article like this may engage you, and you may even learn something new and valuable  —  and I hope people keep reading them  —  but it can't quite do the job of absorbing you like a good story or some detailed research might.

Reading is also as much about the tangents of thoughts that arise in your own mind as it is about whatever the writer is trying to tell you, and that's where the brain does the real work of sharpening itself.

If you were to read for 20 minutes, or about 15 pages of a book, every day, then by the end of the year, you'd have completed between 15 to 20 books.

In my experience, it isn't an exaggeration to say that a single book at the right time can completely change your life. With just a 20-minute commitment, you're giving yourself up to 20 opportunities a year to do so.

That's a greater return on time and money invested than any other activity.

Focus for 30 minutes a day

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Arguably the greatest teacher in the world is the process of mastery.

When you put your brain and body together and dedicate yourself to something, you give yourself a window of opportunity to refine your mind in a way that thinking and reading alone can't compete with.

It's natural to think that when a musician is focused on practicing a tune or when an artist is absorbed in the painting process that they're honing their craft and reaping the rewards of their practice in their specific domain.

It actually goes further than that. In states of deep focus, when we're being challenged and pushed by an activity, we're honing our general mental machinery, too. We're refining our ability to internalize information, and this process presents an intellectual edge that easily transfers over.

Learning to learn is one of the most important qualities required in a fast-changing world, and it comes from the ability to intensely focus on something that pushes you to ask more of yourself.

Whether it's a hobby or a personal project, it's worth dedicating even just half an hour a day to getting a little better at it in a tangible and measurable way.

It'll not only make you more fulfilled, but it'll also improve your mind.

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Dispensed: Verily's big debut, Oscar's health insurance bet, and what else you missed at the biggest healthcare conference of the year

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:15 AM PST

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Welcome to our annual post-J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference edition of Dispensed, which is coming to you from a coffee shop in LA. I can use all the caffeine I can get after this week, and I'm looking forward to spending the weekend exploring the city and soaking up as much sun as I can before getting back to NYC next week.

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BarkBox is arguably the most popular pet subscription box — I tried it and can see why dogs and their owners love it

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:13 AM PST

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  • BarkBox is a subscription box filled with dog toys and treats. Since 2012, the popular boxes have been shipped to more than 2 million dogs.
  • Prices range from $22 to $29 per month, and each box includes exclusive toys, all-natural treats, and a chew — all curated around specific themes like Snowbound Hounds and Chewrassic Park.
  • From now through January 20, BarkBox will double the offerings in your first box when you sign up for a 6- or 12-month plan. New subscribers to their Super Chewer Box will get a free toy and treats with 6- or 12-month plans.
  • I tested it with my dog Archie who will chew on or play with just about anything, so I'm not surprised he loved the BarkBox toys so much. I'm pleased with their quality and durability.
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From groceries and prepared meals to clothing and beauty products, there is a monthly subscription service for everything — including dog toys. 

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The CEO of the electric-car startup Byton says the company's M-Byte SUV will have more advanced tech than a Tesla

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:10 AM PST

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  • The electric-vehicle startup Byton wants to set itself apart from other car brands by focusing on technology.
  • The company's M-Byte electric SUV will have a 48-inch dashboard screen, a touchpad on its steering wheel, voice and gesture-control features, and the ability to receive over-the-air software updates.
  • While Tesla has been a leader in automotive technology, Byton CEO Daniel Kirchert believes the company's vehicles will take Tesla's innovations to the next level.
  • Byton also hopes to avoid Tesla's financial and manufacturing issues.
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Of the first generation of electric-vehicle startups, all but Tesla have faltered in some way or another — and some of them shut down entirely. Now, new challengers are hoping they can replicate Tesla's success.

Tesla has been the electric-vehicle sales leader in the US by a wide margin in recent years, and is expanding globally with its newly opened factory in China and another one planned for Germany. Startups will have to persuade shoppers to choose them over a more proven electric-vehicle brand that has earned rave reviews from customers.

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THE DIGITAL BANKING ECOSYSTEM: These are the key players, biggest shifts, and trends driving short- and long-term growth in one of the world's largest industries

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:03 AM PST

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The banking industry is in the grips of an identity crisis. Leaders of the world's largest banks — such as Citi, BBVA, and Goldman Sachs — have begun describing themselves as technology companies with banking licenses.

However, this description is still aspirational. Executing the vision will require billions of dollars in investments, the restructuring of teams, a reimagining of the entire banking technology stack, and the adoption of a far more customer-centric business view. 

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11 actors who say they don't watch their own movies

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:02 AM PST

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  • Despite having celebrated careers and winning countless awards, many celebrities can't stand the idea of watching themselves on-screen. 
  • Some actors who don't watch their own films include Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Jesse Eisenberg, and Julianne Moore. 
  • Others, like Adam Driver and Joaquin Phoenix, say they've only seen a couple of their projects. 
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Although actors make a career out of being watched, not all of them enjoy seeing themselves on-screen. 

Here are 11 actors who say they don't watch their own movies.

Adam Driver typically doesn't watch his own work, but he made an exception for "Star Wars."

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In a 2019 interview with Seth Meyers, "Star Wars" star Adam Driver said that he has never been a fan of watching his own movies. 

"I'm used to doing plays. I came from a theater background, so it never really equated to me … like why would I want to watch that? So long as I know what it feels like … that's good enough for me," Driver said. 

Even though he doesn't really watch his own work, the actor made an exception for the final film in the "Star Wars" Skywalker saga since he's such a big fan of the franchise.

Plus, he wanted to see how the final film looked with the addition of CGI since he shot most of his scenes on a green screen. 

"You're standing in front of the screen and they're like, 'Trust us. Your lightsaber is working … There's space behind you. It looks really cool,'" he explained. 

Tom Hanks said he believes watching himself in movies is a "horrible mistake."

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Although he's been in some of Hollywood's most iconic films, Tom Hanks told ABC News in 2016 that he doesn't watch much of his past work, including hits like "Forrest Gump," "Philadelphia," and "Cast Away" — which all scored him Academy Award nominations for best actor. 

He said he doesn't watch his own flicks because he thinks doing so is a "horrible mistake." 

"Because you never learn what to do. You only sort of learn what not to do. The thing about looking at the old movies is that they don't change," he explained. 


Reese Witherspoon said she "would spiral into a state of self-hate" if she watched her own movies.

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During a 2010 interview with the Daily Express, Academy Award-winner Reese Witherspoon said she refuses to watch her past work and sometimes she even forgets about scenes she was in. 

"I have absolute amnesia about every movie I have ever made," she said. "I won't watch them because if I did I would spiral into a state of self-hate." 

Witherspoon went on to say that she has caught glimpses of her work and felt strange about it afterward. 

She added, "I sometimes catch the odd clip of something. I look at it and think, 'I have absolutely no memory of that.' It's really weird."

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The WNBA has a new in-season tournament and it may be an early sign of what's to come in the NBA

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:02 AM PST

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  • The WNBA is introducing a midseason tournament as part of its historic eight-year CBA announced this week
  • The NBA could look to the WNBA's new Commissioner's Cup as a model for its own in-season tournament, which ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe report is in the works.
  • For both leagues, a midseason tournament would help increase fan engagement and, ideally, increase ratings early in the season.
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The WNBA announced a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement this week that features a significant increase in player salaries, ensures maternity leave for players no matter their team, and improves marketing and travel across the league.

While many of the additions to the CBA were both historic and unprecedented, arguably the most unique and interesting component of the deal is the Commissioner's Cup — an in-season, 10-game tournament culminating in a special championship game for a "special prize pool."

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A bride and groom had a cake made entirely out of cheese at their wedding

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 10:02 AM PST

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  • Alexandra Crisham and Dylan Johnson had a wedding cake made entirely out of cheese at their October 2019 nuptials.
  • The cake was made up of four different types of cheese, and they served it alongside a charcuterie board and wings.
  • The couple also had doughnuts during their reception to ensure their guests got to eat something sweet.
  • "You and your partners opinions are the only ones that matter when it comes to your day," Crisham told Insider of the attitude she thinks is best for wedding planning.
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Alexandra Crisham and Dylan Johnson have been together for nearly six years.

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The couple met at a work event.

"I didn't want to bother her, but I kept finding myself just standing near her," Johnson told Insider of his now-wife.

"I wanted to ask her out but since she was working, I didn't want to make her uncomfortable or be inappropriate. I went to the coat check to grab my coat and leave, put my coat on, and thought, 'What do I have to lose? I'm going back in there.'"

At the same time, Crisham decided to connect with Johnson too. "Some girls I was working with saw him following me around and convinced me to chat, so I decided to find him and get his number," she said.

"I went back in and it turns out she was also looking for me, so we exchanged numbers," Johnson said.

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"We grabbed dinner a few days later and moved in together within a few months," Crisham told Insider. "Almost six years later, we got hitched!"

The Massachusetts-based couple got married at a barn in October.

Neither Crisham nor Johnson like sweets, so they decided to have a wedding cake made entirely of cheese.

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"Neither of us like cake, and we are both obsessed with cheese," Chrisham told Insider.

"It seemed like the logical thing to do!"

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Inside the making of Netflix's Aaron Hernandez doc series, from new revelations to jailhouse tapes

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 09:57 AM PST


  • The director of Netflix's "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez," Geno McDermott, spoke to Business Insider about the making of the documentary series and the process of getting interviews and footage.
  • McDermott talked about being unsure if Hernandez was behind the gun for all the murders he was charged with.
  • McDermott shared his thoughts on future docs about Hernandez and working with Netflix.
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Netflix's latest documentary sensation is the three-part "Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez" (now available on the site), which is a gripping look at the former NFL star who, while being a fan favorite playing tight end for the New England Patriots, was also linked to three murders.

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Chilling video showing a man smashing glass displays in a Bloomingdale's store highlights a disturbing reality facing retail workers every day

Posted: 17 Jan 2020 09:54 AM PST

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  • A video of a man destroying a counter in a Norwalk, Connecticut, Bloomingdale's store on Monday night has gone viral.
  • The video was taken on a cellphone by witness Saul Medina in a Bloomingdale's store in the SoNo Collection mall.
  • A suspect was arrested shortly after the incident, Norwalk police announced via Twitter.
  • The incident is another example of the dangerous situations retail workers face across the county.
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Sometimes, working retail can be dangerous.

A video of a man destroying counters in a Connecticut Bloomingdale's store on Monday is going viral, highlighting another instance of a store becoming a setting of violence. The video shows a man violently destroying counters and display stations in the Bloomingdale's cosmetics department in the SoNo Collection mall in Norwalk, Connecticut. 

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