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Pete Davidson and Colin Jost paid $280,100 for a decommissioned Staten Island ferry and plan to turn it into a floating comedy club

The Staten Island ferry takes passengers between lower Manhattan and Staten Island.Melia Robinson/BI "Saturday Night Live" stars Pete Davidson and Colin Jost just won an auction for a ferry boat. They paid $280,100 for the John F. Kennedy, a decommissioned Staten Island ferry boat.  The plan is to turn it into a floating comedy club, the duo's real estate partner told the New York Post.  "Saturday Night Live" stars Pete Davidson and Colin Jost just bought a boat.Together with Manhattan re...
Tags: Transportation, New York Post, Comedy, Entertainment, Trends, Boat, Boats, Manhattan, Italia, John F Kennedy, Staten Island, Pete Davidson, Davidson, Jost, Colin Jost, Staten Island Ferry




I went to a 'rave' in the 'metaverse.' It felt like I was playing a game without anything to do.

The author's randomized avatar inside of the "Decentraland" rave.Decentraland Ever since Facebook changed its name to "Meta," hype around the "metaverse" has exploded. One potential example was demonstrated on Thursday morning in a live "metaverse rave." I walked around the virtual world for a bit, but found that experience wasn't very participatory. What is "the metaverse?" Is it a 3D, photorealistic world like the one from "The Matrix?" Maybe it's more like the digitized version...
Tags: Facebook, Entertainment, Trends, Concert, Norway, Travis Scott, Rave, NFT, Melgaard, Ben Gilbert, NFTS, Tech Insider, Fortnite, Metaverse, Decentraland, The Metaverse


Microsoft's $68.7 billion Activision acquisition is crucial for the company to expand its 'metaverse' plans — here's what that means

Microsoft's CEO of Xbox, Phil Spencer, who led the talks to buy Activision.Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP On Tuesday, Microsoft announced plans to buy "Call of Duty" publisher Activision for nearly $70 billion in cash. It's the most expensive video game acquisition of all time. Beyond intellectual property and talent, Microsoft said the acquisition "will provide building blocks for the metaverse." Of the many reasons that Microsoft is willing to lavish nearly $70 billion on the purchase of...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Satya Nadella, Trends, Blizzard, Ben Thompson, Stratechery, Xbox, M&a, Acquisition, Activision Blizzard, Activision


Microsoft is quietly bringing in billions from its Netflix-like Game Pass service as subscribers top 25 million

Xbox Microsoft's subscription gaming service, Xbox Game Pass, has over 25 million subscribers. At a minimum of $10 per month, Microsoft is bringing in a quarter billion dollars every month. If subscriber numbers stay flat, Microsoft is on track to bring in approximately $4 billion on Game Pass in 2022. Microsoft's video game subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, has hit another milestone: It now has over 25 million monthly subscribers.That's 7 million more monthly subscribers than...
Tags: Gaming, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Pc, Netflix, Revenue, Xbox, Activision Blizzard, Activision, Phil Spencer, ZeniMax Media, Wolfenstein, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider


Read the email Microsoft Gaming's CEO sent staff about its $68 billion purchase of Activision

Microsoft Xbox head Phil SpencerGetty Images/Kevork Djansezian Phil Spencer, Microsoft Gaming's new CEO, wrote an email to staff about the company's $68 billion Activision deal. The exec, who was previously head of Xbox, called the deal "incredibly exciting." Spencer also said the deal will likely close later this year "pending regulatory approval." Microsoft announced plans to buy Activision, the gaming giant behind the popular "Call of Duty" franchise, for a whopping $68 billion on ...
Tags: Gaming, News, Microsoft, Trends, Xbox, Activision Blizzard, Chris, Activision, Microsoft Xbox, Spencer, Phil, Bobby Kotick, Chris Capossela, Phil Spencer, Satya, Ben Gilbert


Activision CEO Bobby Kotick will reportedly leave the company after Microsoft acquisition closes

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick.Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick Microsoft is buying "Call of Duty" publisher Activision in a $68.7 billion all-cash deal. As part of the deal, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick is reportedly out. Microsoft said Kotick would remain in his position after the deal closes and report to Xbox lead Phil Spencer. Microsoft is buying Activision, the major video game publisher behind the "Call of Duty" franchise, in an all-cash deal valued at around $68.7 billion.It's Mic...
Tags: Gaming, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Satya Nadella, Trends, Xbox, Call Of Duty, Wall Street Journal, Activision Blizzard, Activision, Bobby Kotick, Phil Spencer, Kotick, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider




Microsoft to buy embattled 'Call of Duty' publisher Activision in $68 billion bailout

Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Microsoft is buying "Call of Duty" publisher Activision. Microsoft is paying $68.7 billion in cash for the game company. Activision owns Blizzard and King, and Microsoft will acquire those companies in the deal. Microsoft is buying Activision, the major video game publisher behind the "Call of Duty" franchise, in an all-cash deal valued at around $68.7 billion.It's Microsoft's largest ever acquisition, and the larges...
Tags: Gaming, News, Microsoft, Video Games, California, Satya Nadella, Trends, Netflix, Zynga, Xbox, Tencent, Call Of Duty, Bethesda Softworks, Activision, Sony Microsoft, Bobby Kotick


Microsoft to buy embattled 'Call of Duty' publisher Activision for $68 billion

Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Microsoft is buying "Call of Duty" publisher Activision. Microsoft is paying $68.7 billion in cash for the game company. Activision owns Blizzard and King, and Microsoft will acquire those companies in the deal. Microsoft is buying Activision, the major video game publisher behind the "Call of Duty" franchise, in an all-cash deal valued at around $68.7 billion.It's Microsoft's largest ever acquisition, and the larges...
Tags: Gaming, News, Microsoft, Video Games, California, Satya Nadella, Trends, Netflix, Zynga, Xbox, Tencent, Call Of Duty, Bethesda Softworks, Activision, Sony Microsoft, Bobby Kotick


Microsoft is buying 'Call of Duty' publisher Activision for nearly $70 billion

Microsoft's head of Xbox, Phil Spencer.Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Microsoft is buying "Call of Duty" publisher Activision. Microsoft is paying nearly $70 billion in cash for the game company. Activision owns Blizzard and King, and Microsoft will acquire those companies as well in the deal. Microsoft is buying Activision, the major video game publisher behind the "Call of Duty" franchise, in a deal valued at nearly $70 billion.It's the largest video game acquisition in history, and Micr...
Tags: Gaming, News, Microsoft, Video Games, Satya Nadella, Trends, Netflix, Xbox, Call Of Duty, Activision, Bobby Kotick, Phil Spencer, Kotick, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Activision Microsoft


Yes, your company can still require you to be vaccinated despite the Supreme Court's ruling

The federal government has provided COVID-19 relief in several forms, including free vaccines and economic programs.Reuters The Supreme Court Thursday rejected the White House's vaccine-or-test mandate for large employers. Despite the ruling, employers are still legally able to mandate COVID-19 vaccinations for employees. The federal rule would've required certain companies to mandate vaccines or regular testing. The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the Biden administration's...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Montana, White House, New York City, Trends, Tennessee, Biden, EEOC, Reuters The Supreme Court, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC, Epstein Becker Green, Ben Gilbert, Nathaniel Glasser, Arkansas Florida, COVID


Bill Gates says 'COVID can be treated more like seasonal flu' after Omicron surge peaks

Billionaire Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates attends the World Leaders' Summit "Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment" session on day three of COP26 on November 02, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. COP26 is the 2021 climate summit in Glasgow.Ian Forsyth/Getty Images Billionaire philantrophist Bill Gates sees a potential end to the COVID-19 pandemic. With cases spiking due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the pandemic may be transitioning to an endemic. After Omicron ...
Tags: Health, Science, News, Microsoft, Cdc, US, Trends, Bill Gates, Glasgow, Flu, Anthony Fauci, Gates, University of Edinburgh, Fauci, Glasgow Scotland, Ben Gilbert


The latest game to go viral is a surprisingly simple, yet wildly difficult, word puzzler called Wordle — here's how to play

An image of the game Wordle from January 3, 2022. The game's solution changes daily.Josh Wardle Wordle is the first big game of 2022, and it's a free game that exists only on a website. The viral puzzle game has exploded in popularity, with over 2 million players last weekend. Wordle is simple to learn, but surprisingly difficult to master — the perfect combination. Have you been seeing strange messages on social media? A bunch of colorful blocks, then a message with a fraction? If so...
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Puzzles, Wordle, Puzzle games, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Josh Wardle, Word puzzle, Wordle Wardle, Josh Wardle Wordle


A major promise of 'the metaverse' is the ability to take stuff from one video game to another. Game makers say that's an unrealistic fantasy.

"Spider-Man" is one of the most recent licensed "skins" to appear in "Fortnite."Epic Games One major promise of "the metaverse" is that your digital life will be yours, free from major tech platforms. A key example of this is in-game purchases, such as character skins in "Fortnite," moving from game to game. Game developers say that's a fantasy that will never happen. In the near future, when the "metaverse" becomes real, all the costumes you bought for your avatar in "Fortnite" will seam...
Tags: Skins, Gaming, Facebook, Video Games, Entertainment, Marvel, Disney, Trends, Minecraft, Meta, Blockchain, Linkin Park, Epic Games, Spider Man, McDonald, Mike Shinoda


The gaming giant behind 'Grand Theft Auto' is buying Zynga in a nearly $13 billion deal

Rockstar Games The gaming giant behind "Grand Theft Auto" is buying Zynga, a major mobile gaming company. The deal is valued at $12.7 billion in cash and stock, Take-Two said on Monday. Zynga will produce mobile versions of hits like "GTA" and "Red Dead Redemption." The massive video game publisher behind "Grand Theft Auto" and "Red Dead Redemption" announced plans on Monday to acquire the mobile game maker Zynga in a deal worth $12.7 billionTake-Two Interactive said its cash-and-stock deal f...
Tags: Gaming, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Zynga, Nba, Harry Potter, Grand Theft Auto 5, Rockstar Games, FarmVille, Strauss Zelnick, Ben Gilbert, Words With Friends, Tech Insider, Frank Gibeau, Take-Two


Mark Zuckerberg is creating a future that looks like a worse version of the world we already have

Facebook cofounder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Meta In late October, Facebook made a huge announcement: It was changing the company name to "Meta." The reason, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was to refocus the company around "the metaverse." The vision he presented is a worse version of a reality we already have. Late last October, Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a huge announcement: Going forward, the company would be known as "Meta." That parent company would still encom...
Tags: Apple, Gaming, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Video Games, Entertainment, La, Trends, Analysis, Vr, Virtual Reality, Oculus Vr, Ar, Meta, Ubisoft, Facetime


Calling workers 'unskilled' reveals a major misconception about labor

Jesus Hellin/Europa Press via Getty Images New York City's new mayor, Eric Adams, said this week that service workers "don't have the academic skills to sit in the corner office." His statement is based on a common misconception about the workforce. The terms "skilled" and "unskilled" are offensively applied to different parts of the labor market. On his second day as mayor of New York City, Eric Adams made an appeal to office-based businesses: He pushed for companies to demand their ...
Tags: Work, Politics, Labor, NYC, Office, New York City, America, Trends, Analysis, Retail, Manhattan, Offices, Eric Adams, Adams, Dunkin Donuts, Dunkin


Facebook reportedly killed its political moderation task force in the weeks leading up to the January 6 insurrection

Facebook cofounder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke at Georgetown University in October 2019.Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images Facebook reportedly created a task force to police increasingly "toxic" political groups before the 2020 election. That task force was dissolved weeks before the attempted insurrection on January 6, a new report said. As a result, Facebook groups were overwhelmed with posts questioning the validity of the election. In the approximately two months between the...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, Myanmar, Meta, Groups, Biden, Georgetown University, US Capitol, Ben Gilbert, Andrew Caballero Reynolds, Getty Images Facebook


The latest game to go viral is a surprisingly simple, yet wildly difficult, word puzzler called 'Wordle'

An image of the game "Wordle" from January 3, 2022. The game's solution changes daily.Josh Wardle Colorful emoji blocks with cryptic messages have been appearing on social media. The messages are from a viral puzzle game, named "Wordle," which has exploded in popularity. "Wordle" is simple to learn, but surprisingly difficult — the perfect combination. Have you been seeing strange messages on social media? A bunch of colorful blocks, then a message with a fraction? If so, you're follo...
Tags: Gaming, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Puzzles, Wordle, Puzzle games, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Josh Wardle, Word puzzle, Wordle Wardle


Tesla is recalling nearly 500,000 cars due to hoods that could fly open while driving and faulty backup cameras

A Tesla Model S, post-crash, in a test environment.Screenshot via IIHS Tesla is recalling nearly 500,000 cars, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said this month. Over 119,000 cars could have an issue where the hood opens while driving. The other recall is due to an issue with the rear camera. Tesla will fix both for free, the NHTSA said. Nearly 500,000 Tesla cars are being recalled, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced this month.Of the two recalls iss...
Tags: Transportation, Elon Musk, Cars, Trends, Tesla, Cameras, Recall, Model S, Hood, Tesla Model S, Nhtsa, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tesla Model, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Frunk


After the Facebook whistleblower came forward, the company reportedly tried to discredit her reputation among politicians

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.AP In October, a former Facebook employee leaked a trove of documents detailing potential issues at the company. Facebook lobbyists attempted to smear her reputation among politicians in Washington, the Wall Street Journal reports.  Those efforts appear to have been at least partially effective. In October, former Facebook employee-t...
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A California video game giant was ordered to pay $100 million in a gender discrimination suit, more than 10x what it originally agreed to pay

Los Angeles-based Riot Games.Riot Games The gaming giant behind "League of Legends" will pay $100 million in a gender discrimination lawsuit. The settlement is ten times larger than the previously agreed upon amount. Riot acknowledged in late 2018 that its work culture had fostered sexual harassment and misogyny. The Los Angeles-based video game giant behind "League of Legends" is set to pay out $100 million to settle a lawsuit, pending court approval.The $100 million settlement from Riot Gam...
Tags: Gaming, Gender, Lawsuit, News, Video Games, Entertainment, California, Los Angeles, Trends, Tencent, Ubisoft, League Of Legends, Gender Discrimination, Activision, Riot Games, Riot


Microsoft's Xbox is beating the PlayStation 5 this holiday season for 3 key reasons

The $300 Xbox Series S.Microsoft In November, the biggest sales month of the year for the video game business, Xbox beat PlayStation. Unlike Sony's PlayStation 5, Microsoft's Xbox Series S is widely available to buy — and less expensive. Microsoft is also making a strong argument with games like "Halo Infinite" and "Forza Horizon 5." The $300 Xbox Series S console just outsold Sony's wildly popular PlayStation 5 during the critical holiday sales month of November.There's a goo...
Tags: Amazon, Gaming, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, NPD Group, Nintendo Entertainment System, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Game Pass, Notably Microsoft


A new video game project pulled in over $55 million in less than 1 week entirely through NFT sales of virtual land

A single plot of virtual land in the upcoming game "Legacy" sold for 242.368 ETH, which is worth $972,102.06 USD as of December 17, 2021.22 Cans/Gala Games An upcoming game from an acclaimed game maker just made over $55 million in sales of NFTs. The NFTs are tied to virtual land in a game that's described as a "blockchain business sim." The least expensive houses in the game costs nearly $3,300, and one land plot sold for nearly $1 million. Despite having no players, and not being avail...
Tags: Gaming, London, Video Games, Entertainment, Trends, Blockchain, NFT, Legacy, Ben Gilbert, NFTS, Tech Insider, Peter Molyneux, 22 Cans, Gala Games


Amazon created 599 million pounds of plastic packaging waste in 2020, 23.5 million pounds of which ended up in the world's oceans, watchdog report says

Ben Gilbert/Insider Amazon produced just shy of 600 million pounds of plastic waste in 2020, a new Oceana report said. An estimated 23.5 million pounds of that plastic ended up in the world's oceans, according to the report. Amazon disputed the report and said it's off by "more than 300%." In 2020, as more Americans than ever turned to Amazon amid COVID lockdowns, the company subsequently created more plastic plastic packaging waste than ever: 599 million pounds in total, according to...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Environment, Trends, Pollution, Oceans, Plastic, Oceana, Sinopec, Garbage, Plastic Waste, Ben Gilbert, Regardless Amazon, Tech Insider, Insider Amazon, ExxonMobil Dow Chemical


Wine and liquor prices are increasing just in time for the holidays

Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images ImagesJeff Greenberg/Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Wine and liquor is more expensive now than a year ago.  The reason, like so many other recent retail price hikes, is the ongoing supply chain crisis. "Get your spirits while you can because prices are going to have to go up," one industry insider told the LA Times. Wine and liquor prices are rising, and they're likely to increase as the holiday season continues.That&#...
Tags: Trends, United States, Los Angeles Times, Distillers, Ryan Friesen, US Labor Department, Ben Gilbert, Friesen, Getty Images Wine, LA Times Wine, California Artisanal Distillers Guild, LA Times Those


Nintendo's Switch and Microsoft's Xbox outsold the PlayStation 5 during the year's most important sales month

Nintendo In November, the biggest sales month of the year for the video game business, Nintendo and Xbox dominated. The reason boils down to supply: Nintendo Switch and Microsoft's Xbox consoles are actually available to buy. Sony's PlayStation 5, meanwhile, continues to be very hard to find. Going all the way back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the holiday season is the most critical time of year for video game companies.In particular, November is the big month for sa...
Tags: Gaming, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Ebay, Trends, Playstation, Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, NPD Group, Nintendo Entertainment System, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 5


Why everything from Netflix to Nintendo goes offline when Amazon's servers have issues

Noah Berger/Getty Images Amazon's web-hosting subsidiary, Amazon Web Services, had major issues this week. The outage had widespread ripple effects on a variety of services hosted by Amazon, from Netflix to Tinder. It was the latest example of how much of the modern internet is dependent on a single company: Amazon. Amazon's web-hosting subsidiary, Amazon Web Services, suffered a major outage on Tuesday morning.For some folks, Alexa devices going down was the red flag. For others, it ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Cloud, Microsoft, Tinder, Cloud Computing, Virginia, US, Trends, Netflix, Nintendo, Aws, Mcdonald's, Jeff Bezos, Amazon Web Services, Alexa


Microsoft offered to bring top Xbox games like 'Halo' to iPhone if Apple would loosen its App Store rules, court docs reveal

Apple CEO Tim Cook.Getty Apple's App Store doesn't allow video game streaming services like Microsoft's Xbox Game Pass. Microsoft offered to bring major first-party games, like "Halo," to the iPhone for access, court documents show. Apple refused the offer, Microsoft said, and Game Pass only works through the iPhone's web browser. Last year, as Microsoft was gearing up to turn its wildly popular Xbox Game Pass service into the world's first "Netflix for gaming" service, it...
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Microsoft, Video Games, Entertainment, Halo, Trends, Netflix, Tim Cook, Xbox, App Store, Apple App Store, Phil Spencer, App Store Apple, Ben Gilbert, Tech Insider