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The 25 best cities for job seekers right now


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Looking to make a big career move?

Consider heading to one of the best cities in the country for job seekers.

To find these cities, job site Glassdoor scored major US cities out of five, rounded scores to the nearest tenth, and ranked accordingly.

Each Glassdoor city score is based on hiring opportunities available there according to Glassdoor and US Census data; Zillow data on housing affordability; and job satisfaction based on Glassdoor reviews.

Here are the best cities for finding a job at the moment, according to Glassdoor:

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25. Dallas-Fort Worth

Glassdoor City Score: 4.0

Number of job openings: 249,235

Median base salary: $49,000

Median home value: $211,000

24. Charlotte

Glassdoor City Score: 4.0

Number of job openings: 78,285

Median base salary: $45,000

Median home value: $174,800

23. Chicago

Glassdoor City Score: 4.0

Number of job openings: 332,546

Median base salary: $50,000

Median home value: $211,200

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Furious attendees of the 'Fyre Festival of NYC food events' say they shelled out $75 for cold pizza — and now a state inquiry has begun



Furious attendees say they paid up to $75 for cold slices at a pizza festival held in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday. 

Prior to what Gothamist has now dubbed "the Fyre Festival of NYC food events," attendees were promised a "day long celebration of the dough, cheese, tasty sauces and delicious toppings."

Instead, those who attended the New York Pizza Festival say they were treated to tiny portion sizes, cold pies, and not nearly enough food to justify the ticket price. They say they also waited an hour to actually get into the parking lot where it was being held.

One person on Facebook described the pizza slices as "smaller than sample size."

The event was supposed to take place over two sessions: one at 3 p.m. and the other at 7 p.m.

The event invite doesn't mention any specific pizza vendors in its description: 

New York City makes the best pizza in the country, we are delighted to present an eclectic tasting of the best pizza in NYC?! Heck, we will conduct an anonymous vote to settle the NYC styled Pizza against Chicago Deep Dish pizza wars!

The reality was a lot more disorganized than advertised, according to photos posted by attendees. Many people have compared the pizza event to the disastrous Fyre Festival, a weekend that was supposed to be packed with luxury and music performances on Great Exuma in the Bahamas, but that ultimately collapsed before it began.

Entrance started at about $40 for general admission and topped out at $75 for VIP tickets, which also included perks like beer and permission to skip the line.

Attendees created a Facebook group called "Pizza Festival Scam Victims," where attendees commiserated about their experience. "This was a rotten scam," one post reads. "People who arrived early said there were about 5 pies cut into micro slices of really bad pizza."

On Facebook, Aputumpu, the group that organized the event, promised a makeup tasting for an undisclosed date. The group had also planned a "Hamburger Festival" for the exact same time and place, but attendees report that no burgers were on hand.

When Business Insider reached out to Aputumpu for comment, we received an automated response: "Untimely delivery of food delayed the fun experiences we all looked forward to this past weekend. A make-up tasting will be announced shortly. Thanks for your patience. Team Pizza Fest!"

The New York Attorney General's office has said they are "concerned about the online complaints." According to Gothamist, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an inquiry into the festival and its alleged organizer, Ishmael Osekre.

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The company that makes 'the world's most comfortable shoes' just opened its first store in NYC — here's what it looks like


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Allbirds has landed in New York City.

The Silicon Valley-based startup is opening a concept store in the city's Soho neighborhood. The store will be a place to buy and test the company's signature shoes, which it has called "the world's most comfortable."

There will be ample seating room in the new store to try on shoes, and a human-size hamster wheel will even let customers test how they feel under pressure, according to a press release announcing the opening.

The 1,450-square-foot store will sell an exclusive color of the brand's Wool Runner shoe that's "inspired by the skyline of everyone’s favorite sleepless city." The shoe is a midnight blue color called Starry Night.

Allbirds will also be selling shoe laces inspired by the colors of the NYC subway.

The company recently closed a $17.5 million round of venture funding led by investment firm Tiger Global. Allbirds said it would primarily use the money for building new stores like this one, creating new materials for shoes, and taking the company global. The sneakers caught on as the shoe du jour in Silicon Valley in 2016, and fans have praised their comfort and accessible price.

See below for more pictures of the new store, which is scheduled to open on September 14 at 68 Prince Street in New York City.

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The shoe features exposed brick and warm woods, with plenty of places to try on sneakers.

Shoes in all of Allbirds' available colors are hung on the walls.

Allbirds is also selling a unique version of its Wool Runner that will be exclusive to the new store: a midnight blue number called Starry Night.

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A 58-story skyscraper in San Francisco is tilting and sinking — and residents say their multimillion-dollar condos are 'nearly worthless'


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Bad news keeps piling up at the "leaning tower" of San Francisco.

Millennium Tower is a luxury residential high-rise that has sunk 17 inches and tilted 14 inches since it was completed in 2008. Though an inspection by the city showed it's safe to occupy, the building's wealthy residents take no solace. The value of their multimillion-dollar condos has tumbled $320,000 on average.

Here's what we know about the fate of Millennium Tower.

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Millennium Tower rises 58 stories above San Francisco's Financial District.

The city's fourth-tallest skyscraper contains over 400 multimillion-dollar condo units. It soars 645 feet, providing residents with panoramic views of the Bay Area.

Source: Emporis

Completed in 2008, Millennium Tower includes top-notch amenities, including a pool, fitness center, wine cellar and tasting room, movie theater, and concierge service.

Source: Millennium Tower

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Cities are in a vicious, $5 billion battle over Amazon's headquarters — here's why they're crazy (AMZN)


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  • Amazon is planning a new headquarters as big as its Seattle flagship.
  • Boston and Chicago are among cities reportedly vying for the chance to host Amazon.
  • But a recent column highlights some of the drawbacks for local cities of opening the giant HQ.

Cities across America are vying to be chosen as the site of a second Amazon headquarters, but the opportunity also comes with some drawbacks.

Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik writes that Amazon is taking advantage of the local communities that are putting together bids — which will presumably include generous tax incentives — for a planned $5 billion, 50,000-job facility.

"The company's approach is arrogant, naive and more than a teensy bit cynical," Hiltzik writes. "Rather than be offered bribes to move its headquarters into a community, Amazon should be made to pay for the privilege."

Hiltzik also points out that existing local businesses will face consequences for hosting Amazon.

"Communities that boast of relatively modest costs of living and reasonable labor costs as come-ons should recognize that Amazon's arrival will push up land values, and therefore the cost of housing and office space, and produce upward pressure on wages," Hiltzik writes. "That's good for workers, not so much for existing employers."

Amazon's headquarters in Seattle has certainly caused some tension, with some local residents calling the effects on traffic and housing prices "Amageddon."

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Analysis by the software and traffic-data company Inrix found that Seattle drivers on average spent 55 hours stuck in traffic in 2016, placing Seattle among the 10 worst US cities for congestion, Business Insider's Madeline Stone reported in April.

The city-focused news website CityLab reported in 2015 that there was also a slight gender disparity in Seattle — about 1,068 single men for every 1,000 single women.

Rents have also increased, reaching an average in downtown Seattle of $42.08 a square foot, compared with $39.79 in 2015 and $31.38 in 2009. Rising rents could pose a challenge to small businesses and young startups searching for office space.

Bloomberg reported that Boston was the frontrunner for the new headquarters, a claim Amazon subsequently denied. Cities like Chicago and Denver are also reportedly in the running.

But hosting Amazon may not be all it's cracked up to be in the long term.

Madeline Stone contributed to this story.

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Ex-Googlers raised millions for a startup that replaces mom-and-pop stores with vending machines, and people are losing it



A new startup launched by two former Google employees aims to replace the corner store — but city dwellers on Twitter don't seem too happy about that.

The idea behind the startup, called Bodega after New Yorkers' preferred term for the local convenience store, is to place interactive pantry boxes full of nonperishable goods in convenient spots so you can just grab and go without making the trip all the way to the corner.

The founders, Paul McDonald and Ashwath Rajan, first talked about the concept in a profile in Fast Company.

The startup has raised venture capital from notable investors like Josh Kopelman at First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures' Kirsten Green, and Homebrew's Hunter Walk. According to a story by TechCrunch, the total amount raised was $2.5 million.

An app unlocks the box, and camera sensors see what you take to charge you accordingly. The startup has been testing the concept in locations like gyms, apartment lobbies, and offices. The idea is to flood the world with Bodega boxes so that one is "always 100 feet away from you," McDonald told Fast Company. For now, it's launching with 50 locations on the West Coast.

Criticism of the idea came swiftly. The thought of Bodega the startup threatening real bodegas made people uncomfortable.

As Elizabeth Segran writes in Fast Company, "The major downside to this concept — should it take off — is that it would put a lot of mom-and-pop stores out of business."


Many on Twitter said the idea was similar to an already readily available technology: regular old vending machines. Many struggled to see the difference between the two, as vending machines at places like airports are omnipresent and sell all manner of objects.

Others took issue with the name. "Bodega" is a Spanish term that roughly translates to cellar, storehouse, or warehouse, but it has come into modern parlance to refer to corner stores usually owned or run by immigrants in large American cities. When asked whether the use of that term might be offensive to some, McDonald, the startup's CEO, said he wasn't worried.

"I'm not particularly concerned about it," McDonald told Fast Company. "We did surveys in the Latin American community to understand if they felt the name was a misappropriation of that term or had negative connotations, and 97% said 'no.' It's a simple name, and I think it works."

People criticized the concept on Twitter:

McDonald did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment.

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A Florida grocery chain with a cult following is selling Hurricane Irma-themed cakes



As Hurricane Irmarocked Florida, many people evacuated the area, concerned for their homes, businesses, and loved ones. 

However, in the face of disaster, some cake makers at regional grocery chain Publix took a more light-hearted approach. 

Over the last week, customers of the Lakeland, Florida-based grocer have been posting photos of Hurricane Irma-themed cakes spotted at stores. 

Some designs were artistic reproductions of the storm: 

#publix #publixcake #publixcakes #publixbakery #877 hurricane Irma cookie cake and brownie bites.

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Others had a more direct message: "Go away Irma."

One Publix reportedly delivered groceries and a "weather it out" cake to first responders in Jacksonville, Florida.

Now that residents are returning to Florida, at least one Publix is baking some new cakes to celebrate.

Most Floridians seem to see the cakes as a much-appreciated chance to laugh in the face of a hurricane. 

It probably helps that Publix is a Florida institution. One Twitter user went as far as making a tongue-in-cheek joke comparing the Publix sign to the American flag — battered, but standing tall after Irma's fury. 

Publix didn't immediately respond to Business Insider's inquiry regarding the grocery chain's policy on hurricane-themed cakes. We will update the post if we get more information on the cakes — including where interested customers can buy one.  

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La Croix has a mysterious ingredient that has made it a huge hit — here's what it really is


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La Croix lovers know that the sparkling water's "natural essences" make the beverage special. 

But, few people know what these "essences" are or what the phrase "naturally essenced" — which appears on most cans of La Croix — really means. 

The Wall Street Journal dug into the phenomenon of these flavors, which La Croix refuses to demystify.

"Essence is actually a clear, concentrated natural chemical that's been used for decades in products as varied as gravy, ice pops, coffee, shampoo and even insecticide, according to industry executives and scientists," the Journal reported. 

Essence is created by heating items such as fruit and vegetable skins, rinds, and remnants at high temperatures, producing vapors. These vapors are condensed and then sold by the barrel. 

& we’ll all float on alright 🎶✨ (📸:@amkacinski)

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La Croix did not confirm or deny the Journal's interpretation.

"The flavors are derived from the natural essence oils extracted from the named fruit used in each of our LaCroix flavors," the La Croix website reads. "There are no sugars or artificial ingredients contained in, nor added to, these extracted flavors." 

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The 15 best private high schools in America


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Even in the elite world of private high schools, not all academies are created equal. Some shine a notch above the rest.

Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, released its newest rankings of the best private high schools in the country.

The ranking looked at nearly 3,500 private high schools across the US, rating a number of factors including SAT and ACT scores, graduation rate, school culture and diversity, and college enrollment. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

Below Business Insider has included each school's location, annual tuition, and, because each school scored incredibly high on Niche's metrics, the category where the private school scored lowest.

Read on below to see the 15 best private schools in America:


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Marriott sent a boat to rescue guests trapped on St. Thomas, but had to leave many other tourists stranded


hurricane irma st thomasHurricane Irma and its 185-mph winds brought damage to much of the Caribbean late last week. 

St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands was one of many islands to suffer significant damage from the historic storm.

"St. Thomas and St. John are pretty devastated," Rep. Stacey Plaskett, the Virgin Islands' delegate to Congress, told USA TODAY. The island's only hospital was crippled, and its airport was forced to close.

On Friday, it seemed that the already-battered island might have to brace for impact from another storm, Hurricane Jose, which would eventually turn to avoid the area. 

According to the Washington Post, Marriott International chartered a large boat to rescue people who had been left behind on the island. But, it turns out, only people who had been staying at one of Marriott's properties would be allowed to board the boat, which was heading to Puerto Rico. 

The rule was reportedly enforced on the dock in St. Thomas, meaning that many tourists were left behind on Friday. Eyewitnesses said they could see that many seats were available onboard.

Tim Sheldon, president of the Caribbean and Latin America for Marriott International, told Forbes that about 35 people were left on the dock because their names did not appear on the passenger manifest, which had detailed information on each guest as required by local authorities.

Professional storm chaser Cody Howard told the Washington Post: "It was really hard to see people with kids and elderly people who don't have anywhere to stay get turned away by this boat … For some people, that was the only [glimmer] of hope. After the boat left, they just felt hopeless and helpless."

There are three Marriott hotels on St. Thomas: The Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, Marriott's Frenchman's Cove, and The Ritz-Carlton.

Marriott provided this statement to Business Insider:

On Friday, Marriott was able to secure a ferry to transport about 600 of our guests from St. Thomas to Puerto Rico. These were guests who had to stay behind after the airport closed in advance of Hurricane Irma. The ferry departed St. Thomas Friday, September 8, with the Marriott guests onboard. 

There were a number of additional people gathered at the dock who were not our guests who also expressed a desire to leave St. Thomas. We very much wanted to assist these other travelers to Puerto Rico, however, the Marriott team on-the-ground was told they had no authorization to board additional passengers who were not on the manifest. This was enforced by dock security.

With Hurricane Jose on a path to St. Thomas, the ferry had a tight window to pick up passengers and safely depart. As a company, Marriott places a priority on the safety and security of our guests, but we also have a long tradition of looking out for the greater community. In this case, we weren’t able to help and as grateful as we are that we were able to transport our guests, we are saddened that we were not able to do the same for more people. We continue to work with local authorities in St. Thomas to help support the relief efforts there.

Three US Navy vessels were sent to provide aid to the US Virgin Islands, and at least 1,900 people had been evacuated, according to a statement released by the Pentagon on Monday. Royal Caribbean also announced Sunday that it would be sending cruise ships to rescue people on St. Thomas and St. Martin.

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Most of the world's best places for coffee will be gone by 2050


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Coffee is in trouble.

According to a new study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the world's largest coffee-producing regions could shrink by as much as 88% by 2050 as a result of climate change. The study is the first of its kind to look at how bees — key coffee crop pollinators — will be impacted by a warmer planet.

Bees are the unsung heroes of our global food system, responsible for pollinating as many as two-thirds of the crops we eat. Without them, our farms would falter.

As the planet warms, both bees and coffee crops will respond by moving to more suitable climates when they can. Often, those more suitable areas are uphill, where elevation protects them from excessive heat.

But in countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, and Venezuela, that isn't an option. These regions "are less mountainous, so that coffee and bees have fewer options to move uphill," Taylor Ricketts, the director of the University of Vermont's Gund Institute for Environment and a co-author of the recent study, told Business Insider.

coffeeIn these areas, coffee crops and bees will suffer as the viable land for growing the valuable crop is diminished by warmer temperatures. Based on their models, the researchers estimate these regions could see a reduction of anywhere from three-quarters to 88% of their total area over the next three decades. That's a roughly 60% greater decline than previously estimated.

This may be because past models failed to account for the importance of bees.

Many of the most valuable crops on Earth — from apples and avocados to onions and grapefruit — rely on bees and other pollinators.

"Pollinating bees are worth real money to the farmer," said Ricketts. "They are an input to the crop, just like water or labor."

Some estimates suggest that coffee crop yields rise by as much as 20% when local bee populations are flourishing. Coffee beans also tend to be more uniform when the crops are well-pollinated.

Still, not all regions will face dire consequences as the planet warms. Countries with sizable mountain ranges, like Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Guatemala may actually benefit slightly from warmer temperatures.

"In these countries, there are some areas where the situation is predicted to actually improve for both coffee and bees," Ricketts said.

Overall, the harms that will result from climate change still outweigh the benefits, according to the latest study. Even in areas where mountains offer some protection from global warming, the average diversity of bee populations is expected to dip about 15% according to the study, putting future populations at risk.

"In general, there is more bad news than good," said Ricketts.

This has big implications beyond a slightly pricier latte.

"Coffee is grown by roughly 25 million farmers in more than 60 tropical countries worldwide. In all, probably 100 million people are involved in its production, most of them rural and poor," said Ricketts. "Climate change threatens the primary livelihoods of millions of people."

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A lot more diseases could be sexually transmitted than we thought


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After a team of British researchers found bits of Zika virus lingering in the semen of men whose symptoms had cleared months before, they began to wonder: What other viruses hide out in unsuspecting parts of the body?

At least 27, according to a report published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These include viruses that have been at the center of recent epidemics, like Ebola and Marburg, as well as viruses like mumps and adenovirus, which can cause a version of the common cold.

"This really raises the question of what is the definition of an STD," Fenyong Liu, a professor in the division of infectious diseases at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health who was not involved with the new report, told Business Insider.

The viruses appear to take advantage of one of the body's key protective mechanisms, a phenomenon known as immune privilege. Certain parts of the body, like the eyes, are essentially no-fly zones for the immune system's defense armies. They are shielded from inflammation to protect more critical functions like vision. Similarly, it's believed that some reproductive organs may be immune privileged to protect sperm or eggs.

But this immune privilege may also serve as a foothold for a disease-causing virus like Ebola or Marburg, which the new study finds can remain in human semen for surprisingly long stretches of time. Here, the immune system can't touch them.

ebola virus cellTypically in the event of a viral outbreak, physicians and public health experts urge people to stay away from anyone who is infected for several weeks, paying particular attention to things like saliva and blood. The new study suggests this may not be enough. In some cases, viruses can persist for as many as 565 days in semen, meaning that an infected person could theoretically remain contagious for up to several months after they come down with one of the viruses.

"Clinicians and researchers need to consider the possibility that traditionally ‘non-sexually transmitted’ viruses can persist in semen, and this therefore raises the possibility of sexual transmission," Alex Salam, the lead author on the paper and a clinician and clinical researcher for the United Kingdom Public Health Rapid Support Team, told Business Insider.

Although the researchers found pieces of the genetic material of these viruses, including Lassa fever, Epstein-Barr, and varicella zoster (the virus that causes the chicken pox), that doesn't necessarily mean that the virus could be transmitted sexually. To find out if that is the case, they'll need more research.

In the past, it was unclear how several viruses on the list could spread. BK virus, for example, was thought to spread from person to person through respiratory fluids or urine, but the new study suggests that it can also be passed on through semen.

"This should raise people's awareness that even though they might contract a respiratory illness or something that effects the lungs, it could potentially be spread through an entirely different part of the body like the semen," said Liu.

To come up with their list, researchers combed the scientific literature and found nearly 4,000 published papers that documented evidence of viruses whose genetic material had ended up in semen.

In addition to the 27 viruses they found, the researchers also discovered the genetic material of several other viruses, such as dengue, SARS, and smallpox, in human testes. There isn't enough evidence yet to say if these viruses would also be present in semen, however.

Lots of questions about the viruses remain. The most pressing is whether or not they could all be sexually transmitted to a new host. The researchers also want to know how long the viruses remain in semen and in what concentrations, as well as how their presence might impact sperm and male fertility more broadly.

"This brings up more questions than it answers — and that's fascinating," Liu said.

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Organizers of 'The Fyre Festival of NYC food events' say they will give refunds to attendees who say they were served tiny slices of cold pizza



Attendees who paid up to $75 for a Pizza Festival in Brooklyn that allegedly did not deliver on the goods can breathe easy.

Organizer Ishmael Osekre said in a Facebook post that festivalgoers will receive a refund for the price they paid for the ticket. 

"After careful deliberation, and much back and forth about our customer's best interest, we have agreed on REFUNDING ALL TICKETS from the pizza and burger festivals," the post reads.

Osekre told Gothamist he didn't know when the funds would be released back to ticket buyers, as ticket-selling website Eventbrite did not release the funds to him yet.

Festivalgoers complained on social media about what Gothamist dubbed "the Fyre Festival of NYC food events." Attendees were promised a "day long celebration of the dough, cheese, tasty sauces and delicious toppings," but they say they experienced anything but that. 

Instead, those who attended the New York Pizza Festival say they were treated to tiny portion sizes, cold pies, and not nearly enough food to justify the ticket price. They say they also waited an hour to actually get into the parking lot where it was being held.

Osekre said in an interview with Gothamist that he did not think the event lived up to expectations. He said he had planned on deliveries of pizza to supplement on-site ovens and pizza-making that had "pulled out at the last minute," but the deliveries were "delayed."

The organizers of the pizza festival originally stated that a redo of the pizza festival would happen, but that's not likely to happen after refunds are issued.

"I'm not going to be planning a pizza festival," Osekre told Gothamist.

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Go inside the Silicon Valley home that Yahoo's first CEO is selling for $19.4 million


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A beautiful home owned by former Yahoo CEO Tim Koogle has hit the market for $19.4 million.

Koogle and his wife, Pam Scott, have owned the 12-acre property in Los Altos, California, since 2003, when they bought it for about $8 million, according to Bloomberg. 

The renovated, midcentury house has four bedrooms, four-and-a-half baths, a detached four-car garage, a guesthouse, and a terrace.

Koogle said that his home has played host to a series of influential talks and presentations from people in his business network, including Elon Musk in the beginning days of Tesla.

Koogle was the CEO of Yahoo from 1995 to 2001. He was on the company's board of directors until 2003.

While the couple has many warm memories at this house, they also own at least six other properties. For this reason, Koogle and his wife decided it was in their best interest to downsize.

Richard Williamson of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing.

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The colorful home was originally built in 1955 and has since undergone renovations.

The decor is modern with bright yellow touches throughout the house.

The home has several living spaces, including one outdoors for enjoying the warm, California air.

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It's just a matter of time until people-pleasers snap — and it's a lot funnier in the movies than in real life


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There's a played-out plot line in the teen-movie genre: A nerd and/or straight-A student finally tires of obeying the rules and cuts loose in a night of misadventure. They roll up to their first ever party or fess up to their supercool crush, and when we're not cringing, we're cheering them on: Go for it, Sara! YOLO!

It's the sort of behavior that Gretchen Rubin labels "obliger rebellion," except in real life, it's generally not that funny — and it rarely ends with an awkward smooch.

Rubin has written multiple books about human behavior; her latest is "The Four Tendencies," in which she divides people into four categories based on how they form habits. There are upholders, questioners, rebels, and — the most populous category — obligers. (You can take Rubin's quiz to find out which tendency you fall into.)

Obligers typically find it easier to meet other people's expectations than their own. As in: They know it's important to exercise, but they only work out when they've got a friend waiting for them at spin class. They leave work early when they've got to pick up the kids from school, but not when they'd simply like to get a massage.

Obligers also run the risk of eventual rebellion, Rubin says — after weeks, months, or years of yielding to other people's demands, they snap.

Rubin visited the Business Insider office in September and explained how obliger rebellion works:

"Sometimes it's small and funny, like, 'I'm not going to answer your emails for two weeks because you've been asking too much of me!'

"Or, sometimes it's like, 'I'm going to divorce you'; I'm going to end a 20-year friendship'; 'I'm going to walk out on this job, even though I'm a very valuable employee, because you people are dead to me. I'm going to go to the competitor.'"

Rubin went on: "It's meant to be the emergency rip cord that gets them out of the situation that has become insupportable because they feel exploited, or they feel taken advantage of, or they feel like they're not being heard."

Rubin said obligers often describe their rebellion using "the metaphor of explosions, boiling over, things bursting; it's not a controlled resistance."

If you're working with an obliger — or in a relationship with one — it's important not to overload them with expectations and demands. Keep in mind that they might be inclined to meet all of them, even at the expense of not taking care of themselves.

That said, if you're an obliger, you can't always rely on other people to look out for you.

Simply knowing that obliger rebellion happens can help you look for the signs of burnout and resentment that Rubin cited. It can help to do a regular check-in with yourself and see whether other people's needs are starting to obscure your own.

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'Bodega' startup forced to apologize after furious criticism of its name



Bodega, a new startup with plans to replace the corner store with eight-foot cabinets full of essentials, went under fire today on social media.

Many users criticized the startup on Twitter, claiming that the name was appropriative and that the company's apparent mission to replace small mom-and-pop businesses was concerning.

Now, in a Medium post titled "So, about our name...", CEO and cofounder Paul McDonald wrote that the social media criticism was "far beyond what we ever imagined."

McDonald also said that there "was a risk" of the name "being interpreted as misappropriation."

He added: "We apologize to anyone we've offended ... We intended only admiration."

Bodegas and corner stores are close to the hearts of many city dwellers, and many people tweeted passionate defenses of them. McDonald says it was never his intention to put local stores out of business.

"Challenging the urban corner store is not and has never been our goal," McDonald wrote. "[They] offer an integral human connection to their patrons that our automated storefronts never will."

Instead, McDonald says that Bodega is designed to put tiny automated stores where there is currently little or no retail offerings, like apartment lobbies, gyms, and college dormitories. 

"Like NYC's bodegas, we want to build a shopping experience that stands for convenience and ubiquity for people who don't have easy access to a corner store," he wrote.

The idea is to place interactive pantry boxes full of nonperishable goods in convenient spots so you can just grab and go. An app unlocks the box, and camera sensors see what you take to charge you accordingly.

Both McDonald and his cofounder, Ashwath Rajan, are former Googlers. The startup has raised venture capital from notable investors like Josh Kopelman at First Round Capital, Forerunner Ventures' Kirsten Green, and Homebrew's Hunter Walk. According to a story by TechCrunch, the total amount raised was $2.5 million.

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An exercise physiologist reveals the mistake many runners make — and it has nothing to do with legs or feet


Heather Milton, exercise physiologist at NYU Langone Health, reveals the biggest mistake many runners make. Following is a transcript of the video.

To maximize the amount of energy you are using when you are walking or running on an incline or not, is to maintain good upper-body form and that includes keeping your core engaged throughout the entire exercise as well as maintaining good arm-form. 

So you're moving in a hand-to-pocket position with your arms moving forward and back.

If you are swinging your arms, a lot of people tend to either keep their arms up really tight or let them go out to the side so we want to make sure that your arms are moving in the direction that you want to be going, whether or not you are on a treadmill or outside, and your hands swing down to about your hip level and come back up, so your elbow stays at a 90° and you are just swinging forward and back.

The hand-to-pocket position can improve your stability of the upper-body as well as help you to continue to maximize the amount of whole-body exercise you are doing when you are running rather than holding on if you are on a treadmill. 

When you see runners that have more of what we call cross-body position of their arms, that generally is an indication of decreased activation or maybe even weakness of the core musculature.

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Trump just committed the single most unforgivable men's suiting sin



On Wednesday, during a meeting with Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Trump did the unthinkable: he wore black pants with a navy blazer.

Cue the sirens. 

Now, Trump is no stranger to poor dress. The man tapes his tie together with Scotch tape, wears his tie too long, and most of his suits are just begging to be tailored.

But he's never gone this far before.

While it should go without saying, wearing a mismatched suit is bad. Though wearing blue and black together used to be more vilified than it is now, suits still can't be worn as separates. Even dark navy colors are super obvious when paired with black. On a suit, the only option is to wear the two pieces the way they were designed to be worn: together.

Wearing them separately makes them both look like orphans, and it distracts the eye. I can't believe I even had to spend this many paragraphs explaining it. It's so evident.

It's possible that Trump did get dressed in a hurry and couldn't find his black jacket, so he just grabbed his navy. It's possible that it was an honest mistake, and that he just didn't realize before he walked out to his meeting that he had picked up the wrong jacket.

It's also possible he didn't even know it was a mistake and thought it would go unnoticed. After all, a man that spends that much time on his hair wouldn't knowingly make such a mistake.

For man that has been in the public eye and wearing suits for decades, the mistake is unforgivable.

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Here's our predictions of who will win big at the Emmys — and who deserves to


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The Emmys air on Sunday night.

There were so many great performances this year on so many great shows that among the nominees, it's difficult to decide who should win. 

But it's easier to figure out who will win, based on precedent and overall buzz.

For example, "The Handmaid's Tale" is a a critic favorite in the outstanding drama, outstanding lead actress, and outstanding supporting actress categories, but it will likely lose to NBC's massive commercial and critical hit, "This Is Us."

We put together a list of our Emmy predictions, along with who we think should win. So if you're excited to see the best contenders among all the nominees this year, look no further. 

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Here's our list of who will win the Emmys, and who should:

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"Better Call Saul"

"The Crown"

"The Handmaid's Tale"

"House of Cards"

"Stranger Things"

"This Is Us"


WILL WIN: "This Is Us"

SHOULD WIN: "The Handmaid's Tale"

"The Handmaid's Tale" is relevant, impeccably acted, and visionary, from the directing to the costumes to the music. Despite its upsetting setting, the show finds some humor and light in the darkness. This well-made modern interpretation of the classic novel shows how book adaptations work in the television format. It's also completely changed the game in proving that Hulu is some serious competition for Netflix, Amazon, and all the networks now. 

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Motel 6 is under fire after admitting that locations regularly called ICE to report undocumented immigrants staying there


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Motel 6 is in hot water after journalists discovered that at least two Arizona locations were calling ICE to report guests that employees believed to be undocumented immigrants.

At least 20 people have been arrested by US Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents at two Phoenix area Motel 6s, the Phoenix New Times reported Wednesday. According to motel guests and employees, workers would call ICE to report checked-in customers who were believed to be undocumented immigrants. 

"We send a report every morning to ICE — all the names of everybody that comes in," one front-desk clerk told the Phoenix New Times. "Every morning at about 5 o'clock, we do the audit and we push a button and it sends it to ICE."

Motel 6 spokesperson Raiza Rehkoff told Business Insider that the practice "was implemented at the local level without the knowledge of senior management."

"When we became aware of it last week, it was discontinued," Rehkoff said in an email.

The backlash against Motel 6 was swift after the Phoenix New Times' story was released. 

"Frankly I only would stay at your establishment by necessity but after reading this I'd rather sleep in my car," one person commented on Motel 6's Facebook page on Wednesday. 

"What an invasion of privacy," wrote another. "If you're an innocent businessperson and US citizen who travels to Phoenix then drives home north on a regular basis, you're probably on ICE's radar now, for no good reason, except for nosy creeps at Motel 6." 

On Twitter, the ACLU asked Motel 6: "What policies are you putting in place to ensure that your staff don't report guests to ICE, in the future?" 

When Business Insider posed a similar question to the Motel 6 spokesperson, Rehkoff said that the company is "currently investigating and will provide more information shortly."

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