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AMD EPYC Rome Specs Leak: From 8 Cores Up to 64 Cores

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Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) listing reveals AMD's next-generation EPYC Rome processor lineup with core counts and TDP.

Netflix made a list of the best TVs for using its app — here's which ones made the cut (NFLX)

Business Insider SAI - 1 hodina 9 min zpět

Netflix thinks some TVs are better than others to run its apps and watch the videos it offers.

Indeed, the company has been making recommendations since 2015 with its "Netflix Recommended TV" program.

For 2019, Netflix-selected TVs must include five of Netflix's own seven criteria, which include:

  • Instant On (when a TV turns on instantly and apps are ready to use right away)
  • Fast app launch
  • A Netflix shortcut button on the remote
  • The Netflix app is easy to find from the TV's main menu
  • The TV updates itself and its apps in the background so that the Netflix app shows the latest content
  • Displays the Netflix app in high resolution
  • The TV comes with the latest version of the Netflix app.

The TV brands that made it on Netflix's list includes models from Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn't make it clear which brand or model abides by which criteria. 

Interestingly enough, however, Netflix admits that a good Netflix TV is also good for other apps, too. Things like fast app launches are great for other video streaming services you might like, for example. 

If you're looking for a new TV and you're a Netflix super-fan, you could take a look at which models Netflix recommends. But for what it's worth, I use a TV that isn't on this list and I have no issues with the Netflix app or the Netflix experience in general.

Check out the TVs Netflix recommends:

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Most of Samsung's QLED TVs, including the new 8K resolution model. They can cost between $700 and $70,000.

A lot of Samsung's QLED TV models made the cut, including:

  • Q900R
  • Q90R
  • Q80R/Q85R 
  • Q70R 
  • Q60R

Samsung's RU8000 starts at $650 and can cost as much as $2,700.

Samsung's "The Frame" costs between $1,200 and $2,500.

Samsung's Serif TV is meant to provide a more "elegant" viewing experience.

Sony's Bravia OLED A9G (AG9 in Europe) starts at $2,800 and goes up to $7,000.

The Sony X85G series and X95G series (XG85 and XG95 in Europe) range between $950 and $5,000.

There are three Panasonic models that made the cut: Viera GX700, GX800, and GX900 (which is not available in the US).

Want to get rid of Facebook for good? Here's how to do it. (FB)

Business Insider SAI - 1 hodina 20 min zpět

In late 2018, the hashtag #DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter as users deleted their Facebook accounts en masse.

The trend came as a result of a report that revealed that data from over 50 million Facebook users was used to target voters and influence the 2016 US presidential election, as well as the 2016 "Brexit" referendum. 

In 2019, even prominent politicians like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are exiting the world's largest social media service.

Of course, keeping your Facebook account is easy and doesn't require any change. Deleting your account, however, isn't as straightforward. If you've made the choice to delete Facebook, here's how to do it:

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There are two options: Deactivate your account or delete your account. They are not the same.

Are you trying to remove all your information from Facebook or are you just trying to hide it? That's the question at the heart of your two choices here.

Here's the difference:

Deactivation means you can log back in whenever you want and everything will return as you left it. Your page will disappear for as long as your account remains deactivated. Friends can't see it, and you'll seemingly disappear from Facebook. BUT! Should you ever choose to return to Facebook, you can simply log back in.

Deletion means what it sounds like: You're straight up deleting everything you've ever put on Facebook. This does not include messages sent through Facebook Messenger, but does include literally everything else (from your profile information to wall posts). You've got a short window of time between choosing deletion and everything actually being deleted; if you sign in within a few days, you can still cancel the deletion process.

Here's Facebook's official language on deletion: "It may take up to 90 days from the beginning of the deletion process to delete all of the things you've posted, like your photos, status updates or other data stored in backup systems. While we are deleting this information, it is inaccessible to other people using Facebook."

Deactivating your account is much easier, but doesn't actually delete your information from Facebook's servers.

As someone who recently deactivated his Facebook account, I can attest to how quickly this process goes — it's just a few minutes. I also liked the peace of mind of being able to recover my Facebook information should I ever choose to rejoin.

That said, beware: Deactivating your Facebook account does not delete your information from Facebook's servers. It's hidden from other users, unavailable to the public, but it continues to live on in Facebook's vast digital-storage vaults. If you're ever interested in revisiting the photos you posted to Facebook way back when, or getting back in touch with that long-lost friend, you may want to deactivate your Facebook page instead of outright deleting it.

That said: If you're trying to make sure your data doesn't get scraped in the future, the best way to ensure that is to request that Facebook delete it.

ONE LAST WARNING: You should probably download all your Facebook information before deleting your account.

Facebook will put together all your Facebook information and give it to you as a download if you request it. It's an archive request, basically.

There's a simple process for requesting this data that must be done before deletion:

1. Log in to your Facebook account.

2. Click the top right of your account and select the Settings option.

3. In Settings, click the "Download a copy of your Facebook data" option in the General Account Settings area.

4. Await your archive by email.

That's it!

Here's how to delete your account:

Ready to do this thing? The process is relatively simple:

1. Log in to Facebook.

2. Go to your settings.

3. Click "Edit" next to "Manage account."

4. Click "Request account deletion."

3. Follow the instructions.

And that's it! You've deleted Facebook.

(You can also do it by just clicking here, on Facebook's "Delete My Account" page.)

As a reminder: You still have a few days to undo the process, and up to 90 days before your information is permanently removed from Facebook's servers.

Twitter has ended a test to make revenue from publishers’ websites, and it highlights Google’s grip on programmatic advertising

Business Insider SAI - 1 hodina 30 min zpět

  • Twitter has shut down a 1-year-old program, Twitter Timeline Ads, that served ads on publishers' websites.
  • Publishers including The Street and Advance Local have experimented with the revenue-share program, which placed ads in Twitter Timelines that are embedded in the publishers' sites. 
  • Twitter faces big competition in programmatic advertising from Google, and its program was a test of its ability to muscle into that business.
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Twitter has shut down a 1-year-old programmatic advertising program, Twitter Timeline Ads, that helped publishers squeeze out revenue from their tweets.

The beta program placed Promoted Tweet ads into the strings of tweets called Timelines that publishers embed in their websites.

Twitter has not pushed as aggressively into programmatic advertising as Google and other ad tech players have, and the program was a test of its ability to muscle into programmatic advertising. Twitter owns ad-tech firm MoPub, which helps app developers manage their ad inventory, but most of its revenue comes from ads served on its own site and app.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed that the test shut down at the end of May and that the company is no longer pitching publishers on it.

Twitter has stiff competition in programmatic advertising

Twitter faces tough competition from Google, which is deeply embedded into how programmatic ads are sold, served and managed by publishers and advertisers through its Google Marketing Platform service.

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One of Twitter's other challenges is that few publishers pull tweet feeds into their websites. While smaller publishers — think blogs and local news stations — still plug Timelines into their websites, anecdotally, the feature has lost traction in the past few years as publishers have moved to distribute content across social platforms.

According to Twitter, local and small US publishers like The Street and Advance Local — which owns sites like AL.com, OregonLive.com and Syracuse.com — started testing Timeline Ads in September. Business Insider requested comment from The Street and Advance Local.

Twitter promised publishers that the program would deliver revenue on competitive terms and an alternative revenue source to Facebook and Google. Publishers that participated in the Twitter Timelines program kept 50% of revenue, which is comparable to Facebook Watch and YouTube's 55% revenue-share programs with publishers.

Ad-tech companies OpenX and Sizmek helped Twitter sell and serve the ads in the beta program and encouraged publishers to adhere to the digital advertising industry's ads.txt initiative that is backed by the IAB Tech lab in order to participate. According to a landing page for the program that has since been deleted, Twitter planned to slot ads within the first and second tweet that appeared within Timelines. All told, the top 20 tweets in a Timeline could be monetized, Twitter said.

"We are continuing to evolve and iterate the ways in which we can work with publishers to help them generate revenue through unique real-time content monetization opportunities, on and off platform," a Twitter spokesperson said in September when the program went live with The Street.

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How to create a custom timeline in Google Docs using the 'Drawing' tool, for work presentations and more

Business Insider SAI - 1 hodina 32 min zpět

If you need to make a timeline graphic for a work or school presentation, but you don't want to download anything or pay to create it, you're in luck: There is a way to use Google Docs to get it done.

Creating a timeline from scratch will require a bit of time and effort on your end (so if you think you may need it again, saving a plain version of your timeline can save time later on).

And in case you're worried about having level lines, don't: The "Drawing" tool on Google Docs provides a lot of support in that respect, including guidelines that help ensure everything is properly spaced out.

Here's everything you need to know to make your timeline on Google Docs:

How to make a timeline on Google Docs using the 'Drawing' tool

1. Open a new Google Doc on your computer.

2. Go to "File" (in the toolbar toward the top of the screen) and select "Page setup."

3. Change the page orientation to "Landscape."

4. Go to "Insert" (located in the top toolbar), hover over "Drawing" and click "+ New" (a new window will pop up over your doc.) Don't worry if your line isn't centered along the y-axis, you can always drag it up or down after you've created your line.

5. Click the down carrot next to the "Line" button in the top toolbar of the pop-up and select "Arrow."

6. Starting at either end, click and drag the line across the pop-up, horizontally (you'll know it's level if the left-side axis doesn't show more than one line, you can also use the grayed-out grid background to ensure it's straight).

7. In the top toolbar, click on the red arrow (it will be facing the opposite direction as the one that's already on your drawing canvas) labeled "Line start," and click any option in the dropdown menu. It will automatically add the arrow you've picked to that other end so both ends have arrows.

8. Optional: You can make the line larger by going to the "line weight" tool (it looks like three lines of different thicknesses) and selecting a larger pixel weight.

9. Click the "Text box" tool (it's a "T" surrounded by a box) and click and drag a box above or below the line to start creating timeline entries. You can then drag the text box left or right, as needed.

10. Copy that first text box using keyboard shortcuts (these will depend on your computer) to keep your entries uniform (a red guideline will help you reposition it so that everything is properly aligned).

11. Go back up the toolbar and select the down carrot, then click on "Line" and create a vertical line that ends on the main timeline (again, use the guidelines in the ruler section to make sure it's straight).

12. Click the text-box tool and make a box at the end of that line.

13. Select both the line and text box, then use your computer's keyboard shortcuts to copy and paste. This will duplicate the format for each subsequent entry — but you may wish to change the length of each vertical line so that each point's text has more space.

14. After you've finished adding your entries, click "Save and Close" — this will add it to your Google Doc.

You can also insert photos into your timeline by clicking the "Picture" tool and uploading your photo or artwork.

If you aren't sure if everything is properly centered, you can turn on additional guidelines by going up to "Actions" and then turning on the vertical and horizontal guide lines, which are located under "Guides."

If you see an issue after you've already added your timeline to the doc, don't worry: You can update it by simply clicking on the timeline you've drawn and then hitting "Edit."

Quick alternatives for making a timeline

Making a timeline in Google Docs can take quite a bit of time. So if you're looking for a shortcut, there are downloadable templates and add-ons that can speed up the process. Here are a few worth checking out:

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The US government has leaked the names of child abuse victims by failing to hide Facebook account IDs in court documents (FB)

Business Insider SAI - 1 hodina 49 min zpět

  • Facebook ID numbers that can be used to identify child abuse victims have been left exposed in public federal court documents, Forbes reports.
  • The documents identified victims by their initials and Facebook account IDs, which Forbes was able to easily use to find the Facebook accounts and identify the minors.
  • The Justice Department did not respond to a request for comment, and the court documents are reportedly still unsealed.
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The US government has been inadvertently revealing the names of child abuse victims by failing to conceal their Facebook account IDs.

The ID numbers for Facebook accounts belonging to minors have been publicly available in unsealed federal court documents, Forbes reports. Forbes was able to take these ID numbers — used along with initials to identify the victims in child abuse documents — and plug each one into a web address after "facebook.com/" to easily find out the identities of the minors.

These documents are from federal court cases and investigations involving FBI investigations launched after Facebook tipped off police about incidents happening on the platform that involved minors. In one of the cases, a Nebraska man was charged with child pornography after private chats on Facebook revealed he discussed "graphic" sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl, Forbes reports.

The Justice Department has not responded to a request for comment from Forbes or Business Insider. The documents Forbes references in its article remain unsealed, the publication says.

This isn't the first time identifying information has been left exposed in public documents, a part-time consultant for court filings database Pacer told Forbes.

"It's a problem that unfortunately occurs with too much regularity," Seamus Hughes told Forbes. "DOJ must take seriously their responsibility to redact the victim's personal information."

In the DOJ's "Justice Manual," which outlines policies US attorneys should abide by, there's a specific section devoted to protecting the identity of child victims and witnesses. Under law, involved parties are required to "keep all documents that disclose the name or any other information concerning a child in a secure place to which no person who does not have reason to know their contents has access."

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Kano PC Lets Kids Build Their Own Windows Laptop

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Kano partnered with Microsoft on Kano PC, a laptop that children assemble themselves, in an effort to introduce students to computer science.

Amazon will start sharing some delivery drivers' names and photos with customers (AMZN)

Business Insider SAI - 1 hodina 51 min zpět

  • Starting this month, Amazon will provide customers with the first name and photograph of delivery drivers carrying their packages, the company confirmed to Business Insider.
  • The notification will also show the location of the driver on a map through Amazon's Map Tracking feature.
  • The details will be displayed similarly to how Uber and Lyft share driver information.
  • The change will impact only Amazon Flex drivers, who work as independent contractors and deliver packages using their own vehicles.
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Amazon is planning to start sharing more details with customers about their delivery drivers, similar to how Uber and Lyft displays drivers' information.

Starting this month, Amazon will provide customers with the first name and photograph of Amazon Flex delivery drivers carrying their packages, the company confirmed to Business Insider.

The identifying information will be shared with customers once a driver is within 10 stops of their delivery address. The notification will also show the location of the driver on a map through Amazon's Map Tracking feature.

"Some customers like to know as many details as possible for their deliveries and we are constantly looking for more ways to help them," an Amazon spokeswoman told Business Insider.

The change will impact only Amazon Flex drivers, who work as independent contractors and deliver packages using their own vehicles. It's possible that Amazon could later extend it to other drivers, as well, such as those working for third-party contractors — which Amazon calls Delivery Service Partners.

Read more: Amazon demands selfies from delivery drivers to combat fraud

"We're always looking for ways to improve customer and driver experiences," a spokeswoman said.

In a recent message to Amazon Flex Drivers announcing the change, the company said that sharing identifying information about drivers "helps customers prepare for your arrival to ensure a successful delivery."

Amazon also recently started requiring its drivers to snap selfies on the road to verify their identities.

These selfies are not the photos that will be shared with customers. Customers will instead receive drivers' Amazon Flex account photo.

If you're an Amazon delivery driver, contact this reporter at hpeterson@businessinsider.com.

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The richest man in Hong Kong is funding an entire college class' tuition for up to 5 years — here's his incredible rags-to-riches life story

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  • Hong Kong's wealthiest man, Li Ka-shing, announced June 16 that he would fund up to 5 years of tuition for Shantou University's incoming class.
  • Li is the 28th-richest person in the world and has an estimated net worth of $30.3 billion, according to Forbes.
  • Often called "Superman," he has an incredible "rags-to-riches" story that saw him go from being impoverished in southern China to building a conglomerate that spans across 50 countries and 323,000 employees.
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Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing announced June 16 that he would fund up to 5 years of tuition for Shantou University's incoming class.

Before he retired in 2018, Li ran CK Hutchison Holdings and CK Asset Holdings, the two massive conglomerates that he built in Asia's most famous rags-to-riches story. Li now focuses on his charitable foundation, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, and has pledged one-third of his wealth to philanthropy. 

While he is no longer the richest man in Asia, the 91-year-old still ranks as the 28th-richest person in the world and has a current estimated net worth of $30.3 billion.

Often called "Superman" and Asia's answer to Warren Buffet by the media, Li has an incredible and inspiring life story. He went from dropping out of school as a child to support his family to becoming the first person of Chinese origin to buy one of the British-built Hong Kong companies that dominated the city since its colonial days. 

Christi Danner contributed reporting to an earlier version of this story.

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Li Ka-shing was saddled with financial responsibility from a young age. After his family fled to Hong Kong from southern China during WWII, his father died of tuberculosis. He had to leave school before the age of 16 to work in a plastics factory.

Source: Business Insider

For almost four years during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong, he sent 90% of his pay to his mother. Li worked hard from a young age, often working 16 hours a day, seven days a week, a pace that he says he continues to keep up even at 89 years old.

Source: Forbes

Li eventually became the factory's top salesman and was promoted to be the factory manager at 18.

Source: Forbes

Li showed promise as a leader and visionary when he opened his first factory in 1950, at the age of 22. The factory, Cheung Kong Industries, manufactured all kinds of plastic, but was particularly popular for its plastic flowers. He anticipated that plastics would become a booming industry, and he was right.

Source: Business Insider

Li attributes the success of Cheung Kong, which he started with only about $50,000, to a willingness to learn the latest industry trends. “The correlation between knowledge and business as the key to success is closer than ever," he said.

Source: The TelegraphEvan Carmichael

Though Li dropped out of school at a young age and never received a university degree, he has always been a voracious reader and attributes much of his success to his ability to learn independently. For instance, he completed Cheung Kong's accounting books in the company's first year himself with no accounting experience — he simply taught himself from textbooks.

Source: Forbes

Along with knowledge and industry insight, Li considers loyalty and reputation to be keys to success. In a 2006 interview with Forbes, he said, “Anytime I say ‘yes’ to someone, it is a contract.”

Source: Forbes

In 1956, he once turned down an offer that would have given him an extra 30% profit on a sale (and allowed him to expand his factory) because he had already made a verbal agreement with another buyer. He still carries this principle of loyalty today, even when it means losing money.

Source: Forbes

Like many famous investors, Li often bought when others sold. When riots inspired by Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution broke out in Hong Kong in 1967, Li invested in the city's property as prices tanked.

Source: Bloomberg

In 1969, Hasbro commissioned Li Ka-shing's Hong Kong plastics factory to make G.I. Joe dolls for export to the United States.

Source: Forbes

Li scored a major victory in 1979 when he bought control of Hutchison Whampoa from the bank HSBC Holdings. Li negotiated to buy Hutchison shares for less than half of their value and, in doing so, became the first person of Chinese origin to own one of the British-controlled companies that dominated Hong Kong since the 1800s.

Source: Bloomberg News

Though he is known mainly as a property developer, Li’s companies control 70% of port traffic and most electric utilities and telecommunications in Hong Kong. He also owns a majority stake in Husky Energy, a Canadian company. Li distributes his wealth and power across different industries and geographic areas, showing that he is unafraid to learn and experiment in new arenas.

Source: Business Insider

Li enjoys spending his "mad money" on these investments rather than on material things. He consciously makes an effort to be perceived as materially modest. He wore a $50 Citizen electric wristwatch for years before moving to an equally cheap Seiko. In recent years, he upgraded to a $400 Citizen Eco Watch due to its battery life and durability.

Source: Business Insider

Li suffered a personal tragedy when his wife, Chong Yuet-ming, died of an aneurysm at the age of 55 on January 1, 1990. Her grave was later vandalized by tomb raiders.

Source: Forbes

In 1996, his eldest son Victor was kidnapped by infamous Chinese mobster "Big Spender" Cheung Tze-keung. Li reportedly paid a $127.5 million ransom. Chinese authorities eventually caught and executed Cheung.

Source: Bloomberg

One of Li's biggest successes came in 1999 when he sold mobile phone company Orange to German conglomerate Mannesmann AG for a $15 billion profit.

Li arranges his holdings strategically to ensure his security despite the state of the economy. He anticipates economic highs and lows. “I do not get overly optimistic when the market is good, nor overly pessimistic when the market is down,” he said.

Source: Forbes

Though he has many holdings, the thriftiness that was necessary during Li’s childhood has carried over into his current career. His no-debt policy means that his companies operate using as little debt as possible, and Li himself purchases all of his real estate using capital, in order to maintain zero personal debt.

Source: Forbes

Li’s good financial habits have given him the freedom to treat investment in technology as a "high-stakes hobby," through Horizons Ventures Ltd. His longtime friend, Solina Chau, runs the tech fund.

Source: Forbes

But Li isn't entirely frugal. He owns a palatial residence in Hong Kong's Deep Water Bay — where even a four-bedroom family house can set you back £13 million (more than $16 million).

Source: South China Morning Post

Li was one of the first big investors in Facebook and Spotify and also invested in a startup that aims to replace eggs with a plant substitute. Li only invests in technology that he sees as "disruptive" and will make his holdings more cutting-edge. This is consistent with his constant innovation in his businesses.

Source: Business Insider, Forbes

Perhaps one of the most important factors that has contributed to Li's success is the passion he feels for his work. In 2010, he told Forbes, "The most important enjoyment for me is to work hard and make more profit."

Source: Business Insider, Forbes

In 2012, Li announced that he would hand off Cheung Kong to his eldest son Victor Li, while providing cash to help his second son Richard develop his own businesses. He did not announce when he would retire at the time.

Source: Reuters

It hasn't all been smooth sailing for Li's company. It was embroiled in a dock strike in 2013 and has been vilified by unions. In this picture, the characters on this protester's mask mean "monster" or "evil."

Source: Reuters

But in 2018, Li announced that he would be retiring to focus on his charitable foundation, which he has called his "third son." He has said that he hopes that as Asia becomes more wealthy, others will follow his lead in philanthropy. He has pledged to give away one-third of his $30.3 billion fortune.

Source: Business Insider

In June 2019, The Li Ka Shing Foundation announced that it will cover the tuition of Shantou University's incoming class for up to five years as a part of an ongoing initiative to make higher education more accessible in China.

Source: The Li Ka Shing Foundation

Intel Not Outsourcing 14nm Rocket Lake CPU Production to Samsung

Tom's Hardware - 1 hodina 58 min zpět
Sources close to the matter confirm that recent reports that Samsung will produce Intel's 14nm Rocket Lake CPUs are false.

Alamo Drafthouse says its first Los Angeles location will open in July and gives more details about its upcoming subscription plan

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  • Movie-theater chain Alamo Drafthouse will launch its first Los Angeles location in early July, the company said Wednesday.
  • Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles will be a 12-screen location featuring a bar and video store where moviegoers can get free rentals of Blu-rays and DVDs.
  • Alamo Season Pass, the chain's movie-ticket subscription program that is currently offered at select locations in beta form, will also be offered at the location.
  • The company confirmed that when the Season Pass goes live across its nearly 40 locations, it will be a one movie per-day plan.
  • Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League told Business Insider earlier this year that Alamo Season Pass will launch by the end of the year and will cost $20 in most regions.
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On Wednesday, Austin-based theater chain Alamo Drafthouse announced it will launch its first Los Angeles theater in early July. 

Alamo Drafthouse Los Angeles will be located at The Bloc, an open-air urban property in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The 12-screen location will feature a bar in the lobby and kitchen so — like at all the other nearly 40 Drafthouses across the country — moviegoers will be able to eat and drink while watching newly released blockbusters, indie fare, and hard-to-find repertory offerings.

The Los Angeles theater will also be the latest in the chain to offer moviegoers the chance to take part in its movie-ticket subscription program, Alamo Season Pass. The service is currently in beta form and only available at select locations (others include Yonkers, New York and Raleigh, North Carolina). But Drafthouse noted that once the program is available across all its locations, members will be able to see one movie a day, along with being able to reserve seats in advance and other perks. 

Read more: Alamo Drafthouse CEO details his strategy for the upcoming Manhattan and Los Angeles movie theaters he's opening this year

Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO Tim League told Business Insider earlier in the year that Alamo Season Pass will launch across all locations by the end of the year and will cost $20 a month in most regions.

The Los Angeles location will also feature a video store. Called Video Vortex, it will offer Blu-rays and DVDs for free rental.  

The completion of the Los Angeles location has been seven years in the making for League. The company is also planning to open a Manhattan location by the end of the year.

"After SO MANY years of planning and development, to be opening in Los Angeles with such a strong team of movie-lovers at the helm is absolutely thrilling," League said in the release.

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A sex-toy company is accusing New York's MTA of sexism and censorship after it rejected proposed ads

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  • Dame, a sex-toy company founded by women, has filed a lawsuit against New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
  • The company says the agency is using a double standard in rejecting its ads while allowing other sexually based ads.
  • The MTA says its policies were made very clear from the beginning.
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Dame, a company that makes "female-friendly" sex toys, has filed a lawsuit against New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, alleging sexism and censorship at the state agency after it rejected its proposed advertisements.

In the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday, Dame's founder, Alexandra Fine, said the agency, which operates all commuter rail, subway, and bus service in New York, was initially receptive to its design pitches and worked with it on its first drafts in September.

By October, the MTA's vendor that handles advertising said the agency had no objections to the updated proposals, Dame claimed in court filings. But shortly after, the representative changed course, saying the MTA was rejecting the ads because they "entangle the MTA experience with the ad messaging."

That didn't sit right with Dame, given how rampant other sex-filled ads are in the system, even ones that reference trains and buses, according to the suit.

"Although the MTA has previously welcomed advertisements that celebrate human sexuality and openly discuss sexual health and function—not to mention advertisements that use sexual imagery or explicit text to sell consumer goods—the MTA excluded Dame from this vibrant public discourse and denied Dame coveted advertising space," the lawsuit reads.

"Unable to justify this arbitrary and unlawful decision, the MTA cited only a bogus interpretation of its own advertising regulations ginned up for the sole purpose of quashing Dame's proposed images."

The MTA has not yet been served with the suit in an official capacity, and Maxwell Young, the agency's chief external affairs officer, offered the following comment:

"We have not been served with this lawsuit and cannot comment on it directly, but their public statements are clearly inaccurate as the MTA's advertising is in no way gender-based or viewpoint discriminatory. The MTA's FAQs about its advertising policy clearly states that advertisements for sex toys or devices for any gender are not permitted, and advertising for FDA approved medication - for either gender - is permitted. In its proprietary capacity as the operator of a transit system used by all New Yorkers, the MTA is constitutionally entitled to draw reasonable content-based distinctions between different types of advertisements and to consider its diverse customers. We intend to vigorously defend this lawsuit and will be represented by the preeminent First Amendment lawyer Victor Kovner and his colleagues."

A spokesperson for Outfront, the vendor contracted by the MTA to handle advertising, declined to comment.

"Vibrators are regularly prescribed by doctors as a drug-free, affordable solution for low-libido, arousal disorders, and sexual function issues for those recovering from abuse, cancer, and more," Dame said on a site for its campaign. "If vibrator companies can't advertise, those people won't know what options are available to them."

It's not the first time advertising has caused controversy at the MTA. In 2016, the agency banned anti-Muslim ads from the Southern Poverty Law Center-designated hate group the American Freedom law Center, which the group vowed to fight in court.

You can read the full lawsuit below:

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Why Amazon doesn't offer a 'price match' policy on the products it sells, according to the company

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  • Unlike some major brick-and-mortar retailers, Amazon does not "price match" on the items it sells.  
  • Amazon formerly offered price-protection guarantees, refunding the difference between the price paid and a new, lower rate if the price dropped, but it ended this service in 2016.
  • Amazon's free shipping with a Prime membership and constantly fluctuating prices still make many products cheaper than those bought in stores or from other online retailers, even if Amazon's pricing can't be guaranteed as the cheapest.
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If you're looking to have a product "price matched" to ensure you get the lowest possible rate offered by any retailer, you'll have to look somewhere other than Amazon, though the site can often have the lowest price on items. 

Soon enough, you'll have to look somewhere other than Walmart, too, for price matching: while Amazon has never offered a price matching policy, Walmart has done so for years, but announced the coming end of the program earlier this year.

Why Amazon doesn't offer a 'price match' policy

Amazon often has the lowest prices on products, but they don't offer a low-price guarantee. The notable thing about Amazon is that their prices are constantly changing for several reasons, and often for a consumer's benefit. 

"Customers expect to find low prices in our store and our dedicated teams work hard to find and offer them the best prices, every day. Our prices change so that we can meet or beat the lowest competitive price from other retailers for our customers," an Amazon spokesperson told Business Insider.

As the company constantly crunches data to determine the ideal price point of a product, in relation to competitive retail prices and the stock of items, the price of a given item may change as often as every ten minutes. There's also the factor that selling partners on Amazon set their own prices. All of this can result in the often odd pricing you'll see on the site, like $19.81 or $195.43.

Despite its lack of a direct price-matching policy, Amazon's fluctuating prices continue to make it a price leader for customers, especially among online retailers. A 2018 report from Profitero, an eCommerce analytics company, showed that Amazon's prices were on average "13% less expensive than other major online retailers in the US."

Even if you take the time to cross-reference product pricing at Amazon against, say, Target, Walmart, and Home Depot, Amazon may well drop the price of that baby monitor or camping stove you bought just ten minutes ago.

In the past, Amazon did offer a "price-protection" guarantee refunding you the difference between the price you paid for a product and a new lower rate, but it ended that policy in 2016. Today, you just have to roll the dice on an Amazon purchase, hoping you're getting the best price.

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6 things we're still wondering about Libra, Facebook's new cryptocurrency coming in 2020 (FB)

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  • Facebook on Tuesday announced the launch of its forthcoming cryptocurrency, Libra, and subsidiary financial service, Calibra.
  • The service isn't launching until 2020, and there are still a few unanswered questions. 
  • Facebook hasn't clarified how old you have to be to use Libra, whether it will integrate with Facebook's existing Messenger payments, and how it got the name "Libra." 
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On Tuesday, Facebook announced the 2020 launch of a new cryptocurrency: Libra.

Facebook teamed up with a slew of multinational companies to launch the currency, which will by monitored by an independent non-profit called the Libra Association when it launches in 2020. Facebook also created a new subsidiary, an app called Calibra, that will let uses send and receive the currency. 

Lawmakers have already expressed alarm over Libra: Bruno le Marie, France's finance minister, rejected the potential for Libra to turn into its own "sovereign currency." And late Tuesday, Democratic congresswoman and House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters called for Facebook to pause its plans until regulators can look into the new cryptocurrency. 

With Libra still a year out from launch, there are plenty of major questions being raised about the new service. For instance, we don't know yet how Facebook plans to comply with each country's rules for governing financial transactions; we also don't know if Facebook and its other Libra partners will offer any kind of protections for consumers. 

Apart from some of the larger financial questions about Libra, here are six other things we're still wondering about the new cryptocurrency: 

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How involved will Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook be in Libra?

The Libra Association will oversee Libra Blockchain and manage Libra's reserve to assure the stability of the cyptocurrency's value. 

The organization is composed of founding companies of the cryptocurrency, each of which contributed about $10 million. According to the Financial Times, members include PayPal, Vodafone, Lyft, Uber, Mastercard, Visa, and Spotify — the association does not include Amazon, Google, Apple, or any banks. 

The Libra Association is meant to be an independent non-profit, and Zuckerberg and Facebook won't have any more voting power in the organization than any other company. However, Calibra's "Customer Commitment" outlines the following: 

"Facebook teams played a key role in the creation of the Libra Association and the Libra Blockchain, working with the other Founding Members. While final decision-making authority rests with the association, Facebook is expected to maintain a leadership role through 2019 ... Once the Libra network launches, Facebook, and its affiliates, will have the same commitments, privileges, and financial obligations as any other Founding Member. As one member among many, Facebook's role in governance of the association will be equal to that of its peers."

Facebook is similarly involved with Libra itself. Facebook may be excluding itself from Libra's marketing — the Libra website doesn't mention Facebook, and it has different branding than Facebook or its other subsidiaries — but its engineers are contributing significantly to the cryptocurrency's open-source codebase. 

How do we know Facebook won't have access to information you share with Calibra?

Facebook is emphasizing the security of Libra, which is built on a sort of blockchain, as well as Calibra's status as a subsidiary, which should assure that it is regulated and that financial data is kept separate from Facebook. 

Facebook's press release specifies that, with the exception of "limited cases," Calibra "will not share account information or financial data with Facebook or any third party without customer consent." Examples of limited cases when data could be shared include suspected criminal activity or fraud.

Despite these attempts to reassure potential Libra users, privacy issues are still on folks' minds, given privacy breeches at Facebook over the past two years, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

How will Libra roll out to grocers and convenience stores so people can convert real money into cryptocurrency?

We can expect to see real-world cash exchanges for Libra, beyond the Calibra digital wallet. This could look like going to a grocery store or convenience store and adding to your Libra balance there, like topping off a pay-as-you-go phone plan.

But, how exactly this exchange will go down, whether there will be any limits on cash exchanges, and what types of stores and chains specifically will be willing to partner with Libra, are yet to be announced. 

Will there be any age minimum to sign up?

Facebook users can only use person-to-person payments in Messenger if they are at least 18 years old. There's no word yet on whether Libra will institute a user age minimum, although Libra's website does say users will need a government-issued ID to sign up. 

How will Calibra be different from Facebook's existing payments service, or will they be integrated?

Calibra is the Facebook subsidiary that can manage Libra transactions. It will release a digital wallet on Messenger, WhatsApp, and as a standalone app. 

Facebook already has a payments function that it launched within Messenger in 2015. Like Venmo, the service allows users to connect PayPal or a debit card to their account and then send or request money from friends. 

Bloomberg reports that Facebook's "payments and other service" revenue comprised under 2% of 2018 total sales. 

It's not clear whether Facebook plans to integrate the Calibra digital wallet and existing payments system, given that they both will work over Messenger. 

Why is it called Libra?

What about "Libra" makes it a good name for a new cryptocurrency? Facebook hasn't said, so we turned to astrology to gain some insight. 

"Libra is the partnership sign, so they're all about the people in their lives and trying to keep their relationships balanced," New York-based astrologer Alice Bell told Business Insider. 

Bell explained that as the ruler of the seventh house, Libra oversees close relationships — in business, romance, and friendship — and likes to keep the peace in those relationships. Bell also points to the symbol for Libra: two scales. In considering relationships and balance, the exchange of money between two people can factor in. 

Ultimately, Bell thinks Libra is a fitting sign for a cryptocurrency. 

"Taurus is the sign associated with money and finances, so if I was going to do something financial, I'd think of that first," Bell said. "But since (payment) is between two people, I think Libra would make the most sense out of all of them."

If Facebook really wanted to be on-brand, it would launch its cryptocurrency during Libra season in 2020, which is from September 23 to October 23.

The top 8 TV shows that fans of HBO's 'Big Little Lies' are watching

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With the second season of HBO's hit drama series "Big Little Lies" underway, you might be looking for other similar shows to jump into, or be curious what other TV shows its fans are watching.

Streaming guide Reelgood provided Business Insider with a list of TV shows that "Big Little Lies" fans are also watching based on data from its users. The shows include Hulu's Emmy-winning dystopian drama "The Handmaid's Tale" and BBC's thriller "Killing Eve."

Below are eight TV shows to watch if you love "Big Little Lies," and where you can easily stream them:

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"The Sinner" (USA)

Series run: Two seasons, 2017-present

Where to stream: Season 1 is available on Netflix; first three episodes of season 2 are available on the USA website after signing in through your TV provider

Description: "In new episodes of The Sinner, Detective Harry Ambrose returns back to his hometown in rural New York to assess an unsettling and heart wrenching crime -- parents murdered by their 11-year-old son with no apparent motive. As Ambrose realizes there's nothing ordinary about the boy or where he came from, the investigation pulls him into the hidden darkness of his hometown. He's pitted against those who'll stop at nothing to protect its secrets -- and the mysterious Vera who proves to be a complicated, enigmatic piece to this haunting puzzle." (Season 2)

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 93%

What critics said: "Some of the storytelling feels less refined than last year ... but the cast is again strong enough that The Sinner could again be an addictive summer distraction right when we need it." — RogerEbert.com (Season 2)

"Sharp Objects" (HBO)

Series run: One season limited series, 2018

Where to stream: HBO Go (with a HBO cable subscription) or HBO Now (standalone streaming service)

Description: "Based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn ('Gone Girl,' 'Dark Places'), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 92%

What critics said: "Sharp Objects is bleak by design. It offers little relief. It is sweaty and slow, with the sensory inputs — like all that sound — turned up until the walls and weather close in." — NPR

"Dead To Me" (Netflix)

Series run: One season and renewed for season 2, 2019-present

Where to stream: Netflix

Description: "A hotheaded widow searching for the hit-and-run driver who mowed down her husband befriends an eccentric optimist who isn't quite what she seems."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 87%

What critics said: "As simple as it sounds, 'Dead to Me' knows exactly what it is and exactly who its characters aren't." — San Francisco Chronicle

"Killing Eve" (BBC America)

Series run: Two seasons, 2018-present

Where to stream: First season is available on Hulu

Description: "Killing Eve is the story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act: Eve, an MI6 operative, and Villanelle, the beautiful, psychopathic assassin that she has been tasked to find."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 94%

What critics said: "New spin for a new season, but the black heart of 'Killing Eve' remains intact." — Newsday (Season 2)

"The Affair" (Showtime)

Series run: Five seasons, 2014-2019 (the fifth and final season premieres in August)

Where to stream: The Showtime website or app

Description: "At once deeply observed and intriguingly elusive, The Affair explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship. Noah is a New York City schoolteacher and budding novelist with a wife of twenty years and four children. Alison is a young waitress and wife from Montauk at the end of Long Island, trying to piece her life back together in the wake of a tragedy. The provocative drama unfolds separately from multiple perspectives, using the distinct memory biases of each character to tell the story."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 85%

What critics said: "Growth happens, here and there, but there's always another emotional crisis just around the corner ... Which is exactly what draws us back to 'The Affair.'" — New York Times (Season 4)

"The Handmaid's Tale" (Hulu)

Series run: Three seasons, 2017-present

Where to stream: Hulu

Description: "A woman forced into sexual servitude struggles to survive in a terrifying, totalitarian society."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 89%

What critics said: "What's obvious about 'The Handmaid's Tale' works wonders. What's more opaque can create problems." — Indiewire (Season 3)

"The Good Wife" (CBS)

Series run: Seven seasons, 2009-2016

Where to stream: CBS All Access, Amazon Prime Video

Description: "The drama stars Julianna Margulies as Alicia Florrick, a disgraced wife who returns to work as a lawyer after her husband, Peter Florrick, is imprisoned following a scandal. After starting her own firm and finding success as a litigator alongside her colleagues Diane Lockhart and Cary Agos, Peter's trusted advisor, Eli Gold, convinces Alicia to run for State's Attorney, the position once infamously held by her husband."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 96%

What critics said: "Now armed with cool intelligence, a weathered savvy, and the kind of controlled ruthlessness that the past six years have built in her, Alicia is an even more interesting underdog than before." — Daily Beast (Season 7)

"The Killing" (AMC)

Series run: Four seasons, 2011-2014

Where to stream: Amazon Prime Video

Description: ""From the network that brought you Mad Men, and The Walking Dead, comes an addictive crime drama with dark twists. The Killing tracks the murder of a Seattle teenager and the gripping investigation it sparks."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 71%

What critics said: "Just in time for its end, The Killing became the show that it promised to be." — AV Club (Season 4)


AR IN SOCIAL MEDIA: How immersive experiences drive sales, improve customer engagement, and boost awareness (FB, SNAP)

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Augmented reality's (AR's) ability to link our digital and physical worlds is transforming the way brands engage with consumers on social media. Digital titans Snapchat and Facebook are monetizing consumers' love for AR with ads and branded experiences, opening the door for brands to use a new means of creativity and immersive storytelling to reach consumers in a way they appreciate and respond to.

While the use of AR in social media is still in early stages, the immersive technology is already becoming impossible for brands to ignore. This fun, memorable, and convenient way to merge a brand into consumers' lives is catalyzing the way brands escalate converted sales, drive consumer engagement, and lift brand awareness.

With AR ads expected to generate over $13 billion in revenue by 2022, and, as a result, account for over 12% of all mobile ad revenue by that year, it's crucial brands map out their AR strategies now to secure an early-mover advantage. 

In the AR in Social Media Report, Business Insider Intelligence dives into the growing social media AR ecosystem; explores why brands should integrate AR into their ads and branded experiences; outlines how brands are benefiting from embracing this new, immersive form of content delivery; and probes what's ahead for the space.

The companies mentioned in this report are: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, Snapchat, and WhatsApp.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • The number of mobile AR users is expected to have grown 100% year-over-year (YoY) in 2018 to pass 1 billion, and social media is quickly becoming consumers' go-to channel for mobile AR experiences. 
  • Consumers' viral acceptance of AR in social media underscores why brands need to embrace the technology to enhance their social strategies, and it's already proving to be an effective channel for engaging consumers and expanding their reach.
  • There are three clear goals brands are striving to achieve when implementing AR in their social media strategies: escalate converted sales and downloads, drive consumer engagement, and lift brand awareness. 
  • Additionally, there are numerous indications that the technology will improve in the near future, which will play a chief role in driving brands' AR usage within social media. 

In full, the report:

  • Sizes mobile AR adoption in social media and identifies the factors driving uptake among both consumers and brands. 
  • Details how brands stand to benefit from leveraging AR in social media and offers an inside look into how it has played a role in helping brands achieve their goals. 
  • Provides an overview of a trends that will heighten the social media AR experience and supercharge the opportunity for brands in the years to come. 

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A Facebook content moderator died after suffering a heart attack while on the job, according to a new report detailing harsh working conditions (FB)

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  • A Facebook content moderator died last year after suffering a heart attack while on the job, according to a new report from The Verge.
  • The report details the harsh working conditions at a Facebook contractor facility operated by Cognizant in Tampa Florida, in which employee breaks are closely monitored and the office is poorly kept.
  • It's the latest of several investigations into the mental trauma and demanding work environment that Facebook's content moderators are subjected to.
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A man who worked as a Facebook content moderator died last year after suffering a heart attack while on the job, according to a blistering new report by The Verge on Wednesday which details the working conditions at the social media giant's Tampa, Florida, moderation site.

The man, a former Coast Guard lieutenant commander named Keith Utley, worked the overnight shift at the facility, which is operated by contractor Cognizant. On March 9, 2018, co-workers noticed something was wrong when Utley began to slide out of his chair and they began performing CPR on him, according to the report.

A defibrillator was not available at the office, and Utley was pronounced dead shortly after paramedics rushed him to a hospital. He had suffered a heart attack and was 42 years old, leaving behind a wife and two daughters, the report says. While the report says that Utley was under a lot of stress at work, it does not link the heart attack to his working conditions.

According to the American Heart Association, an American will have a heart attack roughly every 40 seconds. And The Verge was not able to obtain additional information about Utley's health leading up to the heart attack or the specific circumstances surrounding his death. 

Like many of the contractors tasked with moderating Facebook content, Utley was often exposed to graphic content depicting violent and hateful acts, as the report details. Utley was also under tremendous stress since the Tampa office is Facebook's worst-performing moderation site in North America, according to The Verge. 

"Cognizant strives to create a safe and empowering workplace for its more than 40,000 employees in the US and their colleagues around the world," Cognizant said in a comment to Business Insider. "Like any large employer, Cognizant routinely and professionally responds to and addresses general workplace and personnel issues in its facilities. Our Tampa facility is no different. Cognizant works hard to ensure a safe, clean, and supportive work environment for all of our associates."

Those overseeing the facility did not tell employees about Utley's death at first and also told managers not to discuss it with their workers, The Verge reports citing conversations with current and former employees. 

Low pay and limited bathroom breaks

The piece underscores the troublesome working conditions that those who purge Facebook of violent and toxic content are exposed to, building on a previous report from The Verge published in February that focused on the mental trauma Facebook's contracted content moderators experience. 

"We work with our content review partners to provide a level of support and compensation that leads the industry," a Facebook spokesperson said in a comment to Business Insider. "There will inevitably be employee challenges or dissatisfaction that call our commitment to this work and our partners' employees into question. When the circumstances warrant action on the part of management, we make sure it happens." 

"Our thoughts go out to Keith Utley's family, friends and everyone who worked with him. We go to great lengths to support the people that do this important work, and take any reports that we might not be doing enough incredibly seriously," Facebook said.

Beyond the potential mental trauma Facebook's content moderators risk enduring on the job, employees at the Tampa facility have described a harsh work environment in which break times are closely monitored and the building's facilities are poorly kept.

The Verge's report says employees are paid as little as $28,800 a year and are allotted two 15-minute breaks, a 30-minute lunch break, and nine minutes for "wellness" time each day. Cognizant workers are also required to use personal time when they feel ill and must log their bathroom breaks, which has resulted in at least one worker vomiting at her desk in a trash can, according to The Verge. The company recently announced it would raise its base wage for contractors to more accurately reflect the local costs of living. 

Business Insider's Rob Price reported similar treatment at a Facebook contractor facility managed by Accenture in Austin, Texas, which enforces rules that prevent employees from being able to freely use their phones and impose restrictions on when they can take breaks. The Guardian also reported in December that Facebook subcontractors seeking better working conditions were given an ultimatum to accept the company's counter offer or leave their jobs. 

Facebook's Arun Chandra spoke to The Verge about how the social networking giant plans to improve such conditions for its content moderation contractors. The firm held a summit attended by 200 leaders from contractor facilities around the world and plans to launch a new audit program later this year. Chris Harrison from Facebook's global resiliency team also told the publication that he wants the company to take "psychological fitness" into account when hiring in the future.

Facebook also offers support to all content reviewers, including the opportunity to talk to trained practitioners, and is looking into building new technical tools to limit exposure to graphic material. This could include, for example, filters that blur out some content. 

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Facebook's facing a firestorm of controversy. Here's what we know about what's going on inside the social media giant right now. (FB)

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  • Facebook has had a tumultuous few years. 
  • There have been bright spots, like the growth of Instagram, and big new initiatives, like its pivot to privacy and its new cryptocurrency, Libra.
  • There have also been plenty of challenges, with calls to break the company up, and investors at one stage wondering if COO Sheryl Sandberg might leave the company
  • Business Insider has covered all of the drama, and has pulled together all of our recent reporting on what's going on inside of Facebook below. You can read it all by subscribing to BI Prime.

Here's what we know about what's going on inside of Facebook right now, from its so-called "pivot to privacy," to the secretive projects it's working on:

New projects Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg Working at Facebook Pivot to privacy Facebook's relationship with advertisers Facebook Audience Network Facebook Watch Facebook Messenger Facebook Portal Instagram Facebook's political efforts Alumni

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A guide to iPhone overheating: Why your iPhone can get excessively hot, and how to fix it

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  • If you're wondering why your iPhone is getting hot, it may be a sign that your iPhone is in need of repairs.
  • It's not uncommon for an iPhone to grow warm to the touch, and a warm phone is not necessarily a sign of a problem.
  • An iPhone that grows consistently or excessively hot may indicate an issue that needs to be addressed so your phone doesn't suffer damage.
  • A hot iPhone could indicate issues with either its software or hardware, and in the case of the latter, you will need to have the phone assessed by a professional.
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Last summer, I started having problems with my iPhone 6. Apps were running slowly, the camera sometimes refused to take pictures, and the phone grew excessively hot at random. Also about this same time, a little discolored spot appeared near the bottom of the screen.

When the sluggish performance and frequent heat finally annoyed me into action, I took my iPhone to an Apple store and had it checked out at the Genius Bar. It took the Apple employee about ten seconds to issue a diagnosis: a faulty battery was to blame for all the many ills.

I got a replacement phone and got on with my life, now back up to speed and without my phone heating up my pocket all the time.

Why an iPhone can get hot, and how to fix it

If your iPhone regularly feels hot to the touch, you may well have a battery issue, too. Or it could be some other hardware issue.

If your iPhone gets hot based on damaged or malfunctioning hardware, you will need to get it repaired or replaced; make the call after an appointment with a pro, and note that Genius Bar appointments are free. (Though, of course, actual repairs are not.)

Keep in mind that an iPhone simply growing warm isn't a concern. Unlike computers, iPhones have no fans to cool them down, instead dispersing heat out through their metal frames.

A hot phone, on the other hand, is an issue; it's a sign of an already faulty device or one very much at risk of damage caused by excessive temperatures. And alongside faulty hardware may be faulty software… or user behavior that merits some change.

If your phone has recently begun overheating, consider uninstalling apps you got shortly before you noticed the heat issues; they may be corrupted and straining your iOS system.

If that doesn't work, you can try backup your phone to iCloud and then do a factory reset. For info on that, check out our article, "How to reset an iPhone to its factory settings."

Still no luck? Head to the Apple store.

And if you need to cool down your phone to avoid damage, remove the case, unplug the charger, and turn the device off. Then put it somewhere cool that's out of direct sunlight, but never blast cooled air at the phone, as cooling it too rapidly can create condensation that might damage or destroy the iPhone. (FYI, don't use the fridge or freezer, either.)

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