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Screen Time Tracking/Management

In my “What Happened in 2018” post I wrote this: And the usage of screen time management apps, like Screentime on iOS, is surging. We know we are addicted to tech, we don’t want to be, and we are working on getting sober. I wrote that based mostly on anecdotal data but we have been looking for better data and have not found it. So Dani and I worked on a survey that she ran last week and we got these results from a survey of 1,000 adults in the US using Google Surveys: 24% use an app ...
Tags: Google, Instagram, Uncategorized, US, Trends, Dani


Apple is selling the iPhone SE again, its smallest, cheapest, and arguably best phone

Apple is quietly selling the iPhone SE via the clearance section of its site, starting at $249. The 4-inch iPhone packs the guts of an iPhone 6S into the body of a smaller iPhone 5S. The device was discontinued in September 2018 but was hugely popular among Apple cognoscenti. If you're still mourning the iPhone SE, Apple's last small iPhone, then good news.  Apple has quietly resumed selling the compact phone on the clearance section of its website, where deals on products occasionally pop up...
Tags: Apple, UK, US, Trends


Action not words needed over biggest public health failure of our time: pneumonia | Larry Elliott

Global elite at Davos 2019 must do more than talk about real-world problemsDavos this year will be like Hamlet without the prince. Donald Trump was all set to be the star of the show for the second year running but has decided that giving a keynote address to a hall full of billionaires is politically problematical at a time when the US government is shut down.Emmanuel Macron is giving the World Economic Forum a miss for similar reasons. If you have been dubbed the president of the rich the last...
Tags: Health, Europe, Business, US, Economics, World news, Davos, Theresa May, Hamlet, Donald Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Larry Elliott, Davos 2019


TechCrunch Conversations: Direct listings

Last April, Spotify surprised Wall Street bankers by choosing to go public through a direct listing process rather than through a traditional IPO. Instead of issuing new shares, the company simply sold existing shares held by insiders, employees and investors directly to the market – bypassing the roadshow process and avoiding at least some of Wall Street’s fees. That pattens is set to continue in 2019 as Silicon Valley darlings Slack and Airbnb take the direct listing approach. Have we reach...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Spotify, NYC, Finance, Government, Ipo, Funding, US, Tech, Banking, Policy, Netflix, Pandora, Zynga, Credit Suisse


Rocket carrying US spy satellite blasts off from Vandenberg

A United Launch Alliance rocket carrying a secret spy satellite for the National Reconnaissance Office blasted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 19. The launch, which went according to plan, could be seen for miles from the Lompoc-area launch site due to crystal clear skies. “Just watched the #vandenberg rocket launch with the hubs…and actually got him to sing #rocketman with me when it lifted off. Seriously, this is going to be good day,” wrote Twitter user ...
Tags: Twitter, Business, California, US, Sport, Soccer, Delta, Pasadena, Ula, Aerospace, Delta Iv Heavy, United Launch Alliance, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg, National Reconnaissance Office, Lompoc


Boeing started a trade dispute with Canada, but Airbus and Alabama ended up being the winners

Airbus broke ground on its new Airbus A220 assembly plant in Mobile, Alabama. The construction of the Mobile plant is the latest chapter in a trade complaint filed by Boeing against Canada's Bombardier.  The new $300 million-plant will assemble aircraft destined for the A220's North American customers such as Delta, and JetBlue. This week, a brand new $300 million Airbus jetliner assembly plant broke ground in Mobile, Alabama and it's the culmination of a trade dispute Boeing launched with Ca...
Tags: Facebook, US, Alabama, Trends, Atlanta, Canada, Delta, Airbus, Tsa, Montreal, Quebec, Boeing, United, Jetblue, Business Insider, Bombardier


China Offers to Buy $1 Trillion from USA to Fix Trade and Give US a China Funded Stimulus

China has offered to buy more than $1 trillion in additional imports over six years, shrinking its $323 billion trade surplus with the U.S. to zero by 2024. Global investors are increasingly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Usa, China, US, Innovation


Prices Ending in .99 Help Online Merchants Sell More, Study Finds

As a business, how you price the products and services you offer will in great part dictate the long-term success of your company. The simple act of pricing something with .00 or .99 can have a considerable impact on the purchasing decision of your customers. A new report from Stripe titled “The Effect of left-digit bias” looks at how merchants may be leaving money on the table because of the wrong online pricing strategy. As a matter of fact, 70% of the merchants in the report were possibly gu...
Tags: US, Sales, Stripe, Eli Ginzberg, Ginzberg


US says Congo's 20 days without internet '20 days too many'

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United States ambassador to Congo says 20 days without internet in the country are "20 days too many" and that access cut off just after the disputed presidential election "needs to be restored now."Ambassador... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, Ap, United States, Congo, Johannesburg


Popular travel app hands out Trump-shaped stress balls to anyone who books a trip to Mexico

Travel app TRVL is offering Trump-shaped stress balls to travelers heading to Mexico, as a reward for those visiting in spite of damaging rhetoric from the US president. The item looks about how you’d expect: a recreation of the President’s head in squishy foam form. The company has 1,000 balls to give away, and they’re available to any traveler who books a trip to Mexico via TRVL’s site or app. For those who don’t know, TRVL is (as the name implies) a booking and travel app that allows anyone t...
Tags: Startups, Mexico, US, Insider, Trump, Trvl


Products made of threatened African wildlife sold at US expo

WASHINGTON (AP) — Photos and video taken by an animal welfare activists at a recent trophy hunting convention show an array of products crafted from the body parts of threatened big-game animals, including boots, chaps, belts and... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Washington, US, Ap


Netflix says its new price hike won't kill growth, but data suggest $15 per month could be a much bigger problem (NFLX)

Netflix rolled out its biggest price hike ever this week, raising its most popular US plan from $11 to $13 per month. Wall Street is bullish that the streaming service will be able to effectively manage the price increase, and Netflix's projections for first-quarter subscriber growth suggest it won't have a huge negative effect. New survey data suggest, however, that Netflix might start to run into trouble at $15 per month. In general, customers begin threatening to cancel a service because o...
Tags: Hbo, Wall Street, US, Trends, Netflix, Ubs, Hbo Now, Rbc, Stifel, NFLX, SurveyMonkey Audience, Bird Box


How major US stock indexes fared Friday

Stocks in the U.S. and Europe jumped Friday as renewed hopes for progress in trade talks between the U.S. and China helped the markets finish the week with another strong gain.On Friday:The S&P 500 index leaped 34.75 points, or... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Europe, Business, China, US


Everyone who's telling you that Tesla is influencing the rest of the auto industry is completely wrong (TSLA)

Tesla is routinely considered to be influencing the traditional auto industry. Tesla has exerted some influence, but it has been relatively modest in the grand scheme of things. Auto executives are too busy dealing with real business problems to worry about Tesla — and if Tesla did become truly influential, the traditional industry could quickly develop and sell millions of electric vehicles. If you follow Tesla and the company's endless flurry of news, non-news, rumor, innuendo, and Twitteri...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Elon Musk, California, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Ford, Gm, Tokyo, Chevy, Electric, Nissan, Detroit, Cadillac


Tesla says it will cut 7% of its workforce in an attempt to make an affordable car

Tesla will cut 7 per cent of its workforce as it tries to lower prices and break out of the niche-car market to produce an electric vehicle that more people can afford.Tesla's cheapest model right now is the US$44,000 ($65,212)... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, Tesla


Nexit Ventures adds new partner to team

Finland and Silicon Valley-based Nexit Ventures has appointed Markku Mäkeläinen as a new partner. Previously, he worked at Facebook. PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ –Nexit Ventures, a venture capital company focused on digital disruption, has appointed Markku Mäkeläinen as a new partner. He joins Nexit at an exciting time, as the company targets for an even more central role in the fast-growing Nordic startup market. Mäkeläinen will focus on Nexit’s new investments and scali...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Usa, Washington, US, San Francisco, Trends, People, Austin, United States, Finland, Silicon Valley, Helsinki, Baltics, Nordics, San Francisco California


Netflix says its new price hike won't kill growth, but data suggests $15 per month could be a much bigger problem (NFLX)

Netflix rolled out its biggest price hike ever this week, raising its most popular US plan from $11 to $13 per month. Wall Street is bullish that the streamer will be able to effectively manage the price increase, and Netflix's projections for Q1 subscriber growth suggest it won't have a huge negative effect. New survey data suggests, however, that Netflix might start to run into trouble at $15 per month. In general, customers begin threatening to cancel a service because of increasing prices...
Tags: Hbo, Wall Street, US, Trends, Netflix, Ubs, Hbo Now, Rbc, Stifel, NFLX, SurveyMonkey Audience, Bird Box


A survey found that Amazon Prime membership is soaring to new heights — but one trend should worry the company (AMZN)

More than 100 million people have access to Amazon Prime benefits as of December 31, according to a Consumer Intelligence Research Partners survey. The survey found that membership growth has been slowing over the last year, however, and more customers are opting for monthly payments over annual. Amazon's Prime membership program continues to reach a larger percentage of the US population. More than 100 million people have access to Amazon Prime benefits as of December 31, according to a Cons...
Tags: Amazon, US, Trends, Amazon Prime, Zara, Jeff Bezos, Jpmorgan, Bezos, Levin, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, AMZN, CIRP, Josh Lowitz, Mike Levin


Tesla was right to lay off 7% of its employees as big expenses loom, experts say (TSLA)

Tesla is laying off 7% of its employees, CEO Elon Musk said on Friday in an email to employees, the second round of cuts the automaker has made in less than a year. The layoffs were the right move for a company that has major expenses ahead as it prepares to build a new factory and introduce a range of new vehicles, said David Whiston, an automotive analyst at Morningstar, and Michael Ramsey, an automotive analyst at Gartner. "I think that this shows that finally, the company or Elon … recogni...
Tags: Elon Musk, California, Wall Street, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Shanghai, Gartner, TSLA, Tsa, Musk, Elon, Morningstar, Ramsey, Michael Ramsey


One of the most negative Netflix analysts on Wall Street explains what would make him change his tune (NFLX)

Wedbush has one of the most bearish outlooks on Netflix of any Wall Street shop. But after the company's earnings on Thursday, the firm's analysts lifted their price target and said they would reconsider their "underperform" rating should Netflix's cash burn stabilize. One of those analysts told Business Insider he would reconsider his rating and price target if Netflix were to aggressively reverse its cash burn. " That would get me to a $256 price target, and I’d reconsider upgrading to Neutr...
Tags: Beyonce, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, Hulu, Wedbush, NFLX, Michael Pachter, Pachter


Here's how Main Street retailers can use technology to save their businesses

When it comes to brick-and-mortar retailers using technology to improve their businesses, the US lags far behind the rest of the world. Outlined below are several examples of how those retailers can implement technology in order to stay afloat. The U.S. maintains its leading edge in many industries of the future. But when it comes to tech-infused retail, the rest of the world is outpacing the U.S., digitalizing stores in huge swaths while America stands still. Why it matters:   Wealthy retai...
Tags: Amazon, New York, Cook, Microsoft, China, Israel, US, America, Trends, Walmart, United States, Shanghai, Alibaba, Las Vegas, Kroger, National Retail Federation


Here's why Google Fi is set to gain US subscriptions

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Apps and Platforms Briefing subscribers hours before appearing on Business Insider. To be the first to know, please click here. Google lifted the lid on two new updates to its mobile service, Google Fi, in a concerted effort to grow its subscriber base: It plans to enable richer messaging via RCS and faster 4G LTE coverage abroad in 33 countries. Fi is Google’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service that offers phone plans that u...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Motorola, US, Samsung, Trends, Mms, Vpn, Lg, Mvno, Pixel, T Mobile, Google Fi, RCS, Business Insider Intelligence, Business Insider Intelligence Apps


Banksy's latest creation, which depicts a kid licking ash out of the air, just sold for more than $129,000 — but that wasn't the highest offer

Celebrated street artist Banksy's latest work, called "Season's Greetings," was painted on the side of a garage in Port Talbot, Wales days before Christmas. The garage owner just sold the art for more than 100,000 pounds ($129,000). He didn't sell to the highest bidder though; instead he sold to a buyer who promised to leave the work in the town for at least two years.  From one side of the building, the image appears to show a child licking snowflakes out of the air. But turn the corner, and ...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Wales, US, Trends, Bbc, Who, Epa, Banksy, Michael Sheen, Reuters, Port Talbot, Lewis, World Health Organization WHO, Owen, Humphries


Tesla's layoffs mean the company's lead on electric vehicles could be ending, one Wall Street analyst says (TSLA)

Tesla is laying off about 3,000 workers, the company announced Friday morning. Shares dropped as much as 7% following the news as investors questioned what the restructuring meant for the stock. Morgan Stanley said the move could be a sign Tesla's US market-share lead could be peaking, while an analyst at Wedbush said investors had "more questions than answers." News on Friday that Tesla planned to lay off about 3,000 workers seemed to heighten investor worries that demand could be shrinking ...
Tags: Elon Musk, California, US, Trends, Tesla, Ford, TSLA, Chrysler, Nissan, Morgan Stanley, Detroit, Jonas, Musk, Cadillac, Geely, Wedbush


It's a fintech frenzy — top venture pros spill why the $11 billion party won't end anytime soon

Venture-capital firms invested $11 billion into fintech companies in 2018, the highest figure in eight years. Venture investors don't expect the fintech frenzy to slow down any time soon, despite stock market volatility and economic uncertainty in the US.  It's never been a hotter time to be a fintech company looking to raise cash.  Venture capital firms poured $11 billion into fintech firms in 2018, the most in eight years, according to a combined report by PwC and CB Insights. Funding surge...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Pwc, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Goldberg, Venture, Mark Goldberg, Edison Partners, Chris Sugden, Sugden, Angela Strange, CB Insights Funding


It's a fin-tech frenzy — top venture pros spill why the $11 billion party won't end anytime soon

Venture capital firms invested $11 billion into fin-tech companies in 2018, the highest figure in eight years. Venture investors don't expect the fin-tech frenzy to slow down any time soon, despite stock market volatility and economic uncertainty in the US.  It's never been a hotter time to be a fin-tech company looking to raise cash.  Venture capital firms poured $11 billion into fin-tech firms in 2018, the most in eight years, according to a combined report by PwC and CB Insights. Funding s...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Pwc, Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, Goldberg, Venture, Mark Goldberg, Edison Partners, Chris Sugden, Sugden, Angela Strange, CB Insights Funding


ShapeShift forced to ‘help’ police with 60 cryptocurrency inquiries last year

Prominent cryptocurrency exchange service ShapeShift has disclosed the number of times it been forced to give up information about its users to international authorities. In a blog post, ShapeShift revealed it has “assisted” law enforcement agencies with 60 different inquires last year, 30 percent of which came from the United States. A significant number of enquiries made by authorities from Germany, the UK, and France were also recorded. The FBI and the SEC were noted as the most common US age...
Tags: Startups, UK, France, Germany, US, Fbi, United States, SEC, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, ShapeShift, Hard Fork


US stocks rise again to build on four-week rally

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising again Friday morning as the market wraps up another strong week with big gains for technology and industrial companies, while banks rose after more of them posted strong fourth-quarter reports.... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, New York, US, Ap


Official: US to lift Cyprus arms embargo in security boost

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus' foreign minister says he's optimistic that the U.S. will soon start lifting a decades-old arms embargo because Washington acknowledges the island nation's contribution to bolstering stability and security... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, Washington, US, Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus AP


Lime hits million-ride milestone in NZ, boss open to e-scooter tax

Lime timeline • Jan 2017: Founded in San Francisco by Toby Sun and Brad Bao• March 2017: Sun & Bao raise US$12m from Netscape founder Marc Andreessen• June 2017: First service launched, in Greensboro, North Carolina,... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Business, US, San Francisco, Nz, Marc Andreessen, Greensboro North Carolina, Netscape, Toby Sun, Brad Bao, Sun Bao



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