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These 10 countries are the most welcoming places in the world for expats

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Moving to a new country can be exciting, but settling down and finding new friends can also be daunting.

That's why InterNations, the world's largest network for expats, 13,000 people from 166 countries for their insights on moving to new places. 

The final ranking is based on how friendly locals are to expats, how easy new arrivals find it to make local friends, and how much people want to stay in their new home forever.

Scroll down to see what these countries are.

10. Canada — where 27% of expat respondents said they were mainly friends with locals. A French expat called Canadians "open-minded, tolerant, and benevolent."



9. Vietnam — more than half of the expats here said they plan to stay in the country for up to five years. Most expats living here said it was easy to settle down in the country, and described locals as welcoming.



8. Colombia — expats here are most likely to be mainly friends with locals. An expat from the US said Colombians were "open, warm, and friendly," and a Dutch national said they were "always willing to help."



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ASOS is now the most desirable company to work for in the UK — here's who else made LinkedIn's list of top employers

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  • ASOS just became the most desirable company to work for in the UK, according to a LinkedIn study.
  • The company had a strong sales performance in 2017, increased its headcount by 30%, and is looking to hire 1,00 new employees this year.It was closely followed by the BBC.
  • You can see the full top 20 list below.


Online retailer ASOS has been named the most popular company to work for in the UK for the first time, according to LinkedIn's annual Top Companies list.

The study looked at which organisations Brits would most like to work for based on "the billions of actions taken by LinkedIn members" across four main pillars: Interest in the company, engagement with the company’s employees, job demand, and employee retention.

The analysis was only run on companies with over 500 employees.

ASOS took the top spot partly thanks to its strong performance in 2017 — in the last four months sales were up 30% — and its increased headcount, which also went up by 30% last year. The company looking to hire 1,000 more people in 2018.

Employees also enjoy "long service awards" which vary depending on how long they spend at the company. The awards can range from getting a product on the site named after them to a financial reward or extra time off each year.

"Our ASOSers live and breathe our values of authenticity, creativity, and bravery in everything they do," said Holly Middlemiss, Talent Brand & Engagement Partner at ASOS.

"It’s equally important for us to reflect these through our employer brand, bringing to life our unique culture internally and externally. At ASOS we do things not just to simply tick a box — rather, we genuinely care, we want to do the right thing and see the value in doing so.

"You spend a majority of your life at work, so why shouldn’t it be with a company you love, where you believe you’re making a positive difference and feel truly valued?"

Despite its gender pay gap issues, ASOS was closely followed by BBC in second place, in part thanks to the number of awards it won last year — it took home a record number of BAFTAs in 2017.

Some 13 of the top 20 were newcomers to the list this year, including Apple, JP Morgan, and McKinsey & Company.

Here's who made the top 20:

  1. ASOS
  2. BBC
  3. McKinsey & Company
  4. Richemont
  5. Kering
  6. JP Morgan & Chase
  7. Amazon
  8. EY
  9. HSBC
  10. The Boston Consulting Group
  11. Selfridges Group
  12. Apple
  13. Barclays
  14. L’Oréal
  15. Vodafone
  16. Goldman Sachs
  17. Facebook
  18. Lloyds banking group
  19. Accenture
  20. Salesforce

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Research suggests psychopaths might be able to understand other people's feelings after all — but only when it benefits them

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  • Psychopaths are known to be completely devoid of empathy.
  • However, a new study suggests they might be able to understand how other people are feeling after all.
  • Unlike most other people, psychopaths aren't in tune with others automatically.
  • Instead, they can switch it on when they see the personal advantage.


Having a close relationship with someone with dark tetrad personality traits — narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sadism — is tough to say the least. As well as being selfish, they appear to be devoid of empathy for anyone around them, including their closest family members.

Psychopaths in particular exhibit a complete disregard for others. At the same time they can be very charming, easily working their way up to positions of power through their callous nature and skills in manipulating people around them.

This has been something of a paradox for psychologists — why would people who seemingly have no interest in anyone else's feelings have the ability to be so in tune with the intentions and thoughts of others?

Researchers at Yale University may have come up with an answer in a new study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Psychopaths have typically been thought of as lacking in social awareness, but the results of the new study suggest they may simply not automatically empathise with those around them. If given good enough reason, they are likely to pick up on social cues as well as anyone else.

"Psychopaths can be extremely manipulative, which requires understanding of another's thoughts," said Arielle Baskin-Sommers, a psychology professor and and senior author of the study. "But if they understand the thought of others, why do they inflict so much harm?"

In the study, the team were given permission to study inmates at maximum security prisons in Connecticut. Participants were assessed on the psychopathy scale, then were asked to play a computer game where they played either from their own perspective of that of an avatar dressed as a prisoner.

In general, people find it difficult to ignore the perspective of the avatar, because most of us are able to pick up on subtle social cues, the researchers noted. Eye-rolling and yawning, for example, are difficult to ignore.

Psychopaths aren't so in tune with other people, so the researchers asked them to deliberately think of the avatar's perspective. The results showed that prisoners who scored highly on the psychopathic scale did have the ability to consider the avatar's point of view during the game.

The researchers concluded that psychopaths can, in fact, consider the thoughts of others, but only when there is a specific goal they want to accomplish — such as winning a game, or climbing up the ranks of a company.

The goal for further research is to better understand how a psychopath's mind works. One day, the researchers said, they could even help psychopaths consider people around them in every day life, not just when it's for their own advantage.

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We took a scientific look at whether non-fat or full-fat foods are worse for you — here's the verdict

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  • Fat can play a key role in a balanced diet: it keeps people full and energized and helps their bodies absorb more vitamins and minerals. 
  • Some recent research suggests that eating dairy fats may help stave off obesity. 
  • But certain fats (especially trans fat) should be avoided.
  • Moderation is key — nutrition experts say focusing too much on specific nutrients misses the main point of healthy eating. 

Fat has taken turns as both a villain and a hero for healthy eaters.

In the 1990s, the US Department of Agriculture put fats and oils with sweets at the top of its food pyramid, suggesting Americans should generally avoid them. But more recent research revealed that telling Americans not to consume fat, while paying less attention to their intake of sugar and processed carbohydrates, steered waistlines in the wrong direction.

Fat is a stable source of energy, and, unlike sugar, it won't necessarily make you fat. It keeps people full and helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals. Plus, it helps nerves and cells stay healthy. There’s some evidence that certain fats may even keep us from getting fat: recently, full-fat dairy products were found to potentially help prevent obesity.

But fat's recent reputation boost has created some confusion for consumers. Is it alright to put cream in your coffee and fill the fridge with butter and other full-fat products? 

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Unfortunately, there's no one-fat-fits-all answer to that question, and more conclusive research on dairy is needed. But when you're choosing which foods to buy at the store, here are the important points to know:

Dairy fat isn't inherently good or bad for you

Many nutrition experts agree that focusing on specific fat, calorie, or protein numbers instead of prioritizing whole foods and healthy eating patterns can miss the larger point of nutrition science. 

Dairy fat isn't inherently good or bad, but it can serve an important function in a balanced diet. Fatty foods take longer to break down inside your stomach, so products with some natural fat will likely keep you full for longer.

Yale nutrition expert David Katz said that when people ask him whether they should pick low-fat versus non-fat products, he gives a shrug.

"My preferred answer is: Who cares?" Katz told Knowable Magazine last year. "The fat amount doesn’t seem to make a difference. What really matters: Are the foods wholesome, are they arranged sensibly, and is there a balance? You can achieve all of that with high- or low-fat intakes."

Registered dietitian Sharon Palmer, author of "The Plant-Powered Diet," told Business Insider that recent scientific findings on the benefits of fat aren't a good reason to throw caution to the wind. Palmer said people should not overindulge in rich dairy treats, especially any with added syrups or sugar. 

"Research on dairy fat has gotten people confused, and they think that it’s 'better' to eat these indulgent dairy products," Palmer said in an email. "Excess calories lead to weight gain, which leads to health problems. We must keep this in mind."  

Still, a 2015 review of 53 studies found that among more than 68,000 dieters, those who tried low-fat diets weren't as good at keeping weight off for periods longer than a year. The researchers warned, however, that their findings did not indicate that adding fat into your diet is the answer to lasting weight maintenance. 

"We need to look beyond the ratios of calories from fat, carbs, and protein to a discussion of healthy eating patterns, whole foods, and portion sizes," author Dierdre Tobias said when the meta-study came out

As is the case with most types of food, not all fats are created equal

Here's what the latest research shows:

  • You're probably eating more than enough fat, but it may not be the best kind for your body. A 2016 Pew Research Center study showed that Americans have almost doubled the amount of fat and oil in their diets since the 1970s. In fact, we're eating more of almost every kind of food these days, with the notable exceptions of healthy veggies and eggs.
  • Trans fats are hyper-processed oils that should be avoided. Solid-state vegetable oils are laboratory-heated to prevent spoilage (they often show up in nutrition labels as "partially hydrogenated oil"). These types of fats were once commonly used in deep-fryer oils, margarines, and packaged foods from frozen pizzas to cookies. But manufacturers are starting to avoid them, since trans fats raise our bad LDL cholesterol levels while lowering the good kind of HDL cholesterol. Researchers estimated that during the heyday of trans fats in the 1990s, they led to roughly 50,000 preventable deaths every year in the US. The FDA is in the process of rolling out a ban: companies have until June 18, 2018 to stop using trans fats.
  • It's good to limit saturated fats from things like red meat, coconut oil, and cheese. Some cardiologists have suggested that saturated fat isn't the artery clogger it was once thought to be, but research suggests most people are still better off nibbling limited doses of these foods. 
  • There are some very good fats out there. Avocados, nuts, fish, and olive oils all have high levels of monounsaturated fats, which can actively lower your cholesterol. They're also staples of the Mediterranean diet, which is increasingly touted as one of the best for staying healthy. 
  • "Everything in moderation" is still good advice. According to Palmer: "We must keep in mind that fat is very concentrated. Just one tablespoon of oil provides about 120 calories." Those calories can add up quickly and contribute to weight gain if you're not mindful of portion sizes, she said. 
  • It's fine to have fat in your diet as long as you don't use it as an excuse to eat sugar. "If you really love a higher-fat yogurt and you have a healthy weight, then I think you can easily fit this in a healthful, balanced diet," Palmer said. "But you might want to keep an eye on sugar levels, which we should be limiting."

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Finding a healthy, balanced diet is key

The best fats come from whole, nutrient-rich foods, and are just one part of a sustainable healthy diet. Most researchers agree that the trick to good eating can't be summed up as an eat-this-not-that rule. 

Instead, science suggests that your best bet is to eat a variety of fiber-rich veggies, digestion-aiding whole grains, and, yes, some fats. 

Study after study has revealed the benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which encourages eating fatty fish like salmon as well as nuts, olive oil, beans, lots of vegetables, and lean proteins. 

Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra said in a BMJ podcast last year that adopting a Mediterranean diet that's high in fat and low in refined carbs is part of a 3-pronged health approach that's “more powerful than any drug.”

The other two components: a solid daily dose of movement or exercise, and keeping your stress in check.

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We just got a big indication that 'Deadpool 2' is going to be better than the record-breaking original

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  • A recent test screening of "Deadpool 2" scored a 98 out of 100, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
  • That's better than the original's 91 score.
  • That movie went on to earn over $783 million worldwide.


Fans of "Deadpool" just got a major indication that its sequel could live up to the massive hype surrounding it.

The movie has had three test screenings leading up to its release by 20th Century Fox on May 18, and each screening scored better than the previous one, with the final one hitting a 98 score out of 100, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original movie's best test score was a 91 before going on to break box-office records when it opened in 2016 and earned over $783 million worldwide.

According to THR, the first test screening of "Deadpool 2" scored a 91 then a second one had a 97 score. After six days of reshoots last month — three days fewer than the original movie — a final test screening was done in Dallas on two screens simultaneously showing separate cuts. One cut scored a 94 and the other a 98, according to the trade. Fox will be going with the cut that scored a 98.

Studios do test screenings for virtually every movie they release. Often the CGI is not completed and the score isn't final. Audiences are recruited in rural areas of the country to participate and sign documents promising to not reveal anything they've seen. After watching the movie the audience is asked to rate the movie by filling out comment cards with boxes marked "excellent," "very good," "good," "fair," or "poor."

"Deadpool 2" will continue the adventures of the Marvel character Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds), and will add characters Cable (Josh Brolin) and Domino (Zazie Beetz).

Here's the latest trailer:

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The actors who have appeared in the most Wes Anderson films — from Bill Murray to Owen Wilson

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You don't have to be a film critic to recognize one essential part of Wes Anderson's highly stylized way of filmmaking: He consistently dips into a recurring pool of actors.

In "The Grand Budapest Hotel" alone, a dozen cast members had been in at least one of Anderson's other films.

And the upcoming "Isle of Dogs" is no different. But in addition to classic players like Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum, and Edward Norton, the Texan auteur's newest stop-motion movie also features some new collaborators, including Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, and Courtney B. Vance.

Anderson's troupe is growing, but which actors have been featured most?

Here are the 15 actors who have been in the most Anderson films, ranked by how many they have appeared in:

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Huston hasn't been in an Anderson film since 2007's "The Darjeeling Limited" and she's sorely missed. Her hushed tone and dry delivery are a perfect vehicle for Anderson's unique dialogue.

Featured in: "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou," "The Darjeeling Limited"

Best role: There's not much competition here. Huston is just sheer perfection as Etheline Tenenbaum in "The Royal Tenenbaums."



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Swinton has been in Anderson's latest three films and hopefully will continue.

Featured in: "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Isle of Dogs"

Best role: What role isn't Swinton's best? Really there's no wrong choice here.



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Like Swinton, Norton joined Anderson's troupe back in 2012 for "Moonrise Kingdom" and has played a key part ever since. And thank goodness for that.

Featured in: "Moonrise Kingdom," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Isle of Dogs"

Best role: Norton is beyond charming as Inspector Henckels in "The Grand Budapest Hotel," but it seems like he's just made to be Scout Master Ward in "Moonrise Kingdom."



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12 science-backed reasons you should spend more time outside

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  • There's good reason to think spending time in forests, hiking in mountains, and just spending time outside has huge health benefits.
  • Studies have shown that walking in the woods can improve everything from blood pressure to mental health to cancer risk.
  • So go spend some time "forest-bathing" and improve your health.

Many people spend workdays indoors under fluorescent lights and in front of computers, then return home to bask in the glow of television screens.

But spending too much time inside isn't good for us. And nature is beneficial — maybe essential — for human health. Psychologists and health researchers are finding more and more science-backed reasons we should spend time outside.

In her book, "The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative," journalist Florence Williams writes that she started investigating the health benefits of nature after moving from the mountainous terrain of Boulder, Colorado, to what she describes as "the anti-Arcadia that is the nation's capital" — Washington, DC.

"I felt disoriented, overwhelmed, depressed," she wrote. "My mind had trouble focusing. I couldn't finish thoughts. I couldn't make decisions and I wasn't keen to get out of bed."

We don't all need to live in a place as stunning as Boulder — and most of us can't get live anywhere too remote for smartphones or internet access. 

But we do need to spend time in natural environments. That could be beautiful hiking trails or even just a nice park. Walk in the forest, play in the snow, swim in a river. Do whatever you can to expose yourself to the natural world around you.

Here's why it's so important.

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It could improve your short term memory.

Several studies show that nature walks have memory-promoting effects that other walks don't.

In one study, University of Michigan students were given a brief memory test, then divided into two groups. One group took a walk around an arboretum, and the other took a walk down a city street. When the participants returned and did the test again, those who had walked among trees did almost 20% percent better than the first time. The ones who had taken in city sights instead did not consistently improve.

similar study on depressed individuals found that walks in nature boosted working memory much more than walks in urban environments.



It has a de-stressing effect.

Something about being outdoors changes the physical expression of stress in the body.

One study found that students sent into the forest for two nights had lower levels of cortisol — a hormone often used as a marker for stress — than those who spent that time in the city.

In another study, researchers found a decrease in both heart rate and levels of cortisol in subjects in the forest when compared to those in the city. "Stressful states can be relieved by forest therapy," they concluded. 

Among office workers, even the view of nature out a window is associated with lower stress and higher job satisfaction.



Spending time outside reduces inflammation.

When inflammation goes into overdrive, it's associated in varying degrees with a wide range of ills including autoimmune disorders, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, and cancer. Spending time in nature may be one way to help keep it in check.

In one study, students who spent time in the forest had lower levels of inflammation than those who spent time in the city. In another, elderly patients who had been sent on a weeklong trip into the forest showed reduced signs of inflammation as well as some indications that the woodsy jaunt had a positive effect on their hypertension.



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Jim Carrey slams Mark Zuckerberg in a new portrait: 'Who are you sharing your life with? #regulatefacebook'

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  • The actor Jim Carrey slammed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a new portrait on Tuesday.
  • Facebook has faced a torrent of backlash since reports over the weekend described how the data firm Cambridge Analytica illicitly obtained the private information of 50 million Facebook users.
  • Carrey first parodied Zuckerberg in February, when the actor announced that he was dumping his Facebook stock and deleting his Facebook page, saying the social network "profited" from Russia's interference in US elections.

The actor Jim Carrey's latest in a series of controversial portraits finds him once again taking aim at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

In February, Carrey tweeted a portrait of Zuckerberg with an announcement that he was dumping his Facebook stock and deleting his Facebook page, saying the social network "profited" from Russia's interference in US elections.

Facebook and its executives have faced a torrent of backlash since reports over the weekend described how the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, improperly harvested private information from 50 million Facebook users.

On Tuesday, Carrey tweeted a black-and-white portrait of Zuckerberg beside an upside-down like button and a quote that was part of a leaked instant-messenger exchange Business Insider published in 2010.

Carrey added, "Who are you sharing your life with?" and the hashtag #RegulateFacebook.

After tweeting a similar portrait of Zuckerberg in February, Carrey sent a statement to Business Insider elaborating on his position:

"For a long time America enjoyed a geographical advantage in the world with oceans on both sides to protect it. Now, social media has created cyber-bridges over which those who do not have our best interest in mind can cross, and we are allowing it. No wall is going to protect us from that.

"We must encourage more oversight by the owners of these social media platforms. This easy access has to be more responsibly handled. What we need now are activist investors to send a message that responsible oversight is needed. What the world needs now is capitalism with a conscience."

Zuckerberg, who has not spoken publicly since the reports of the data mishandling, is set to break his silence on the Cambridge Analytica scandal soon.

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Costco has a special deal for the military — here's how to get early access to the store (COST)

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  • Costco is opening early for members of the military at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. 
  • The fine print: not every Costco warehouse is participating, and shoppers need to preregister or bring a Military ID to participate. 
  • Active-duty members of the military, veterans, and their families are all included — as long as they have a Costco membership.


Costco locations across the US are opening an hour early for active duty members of the military, veterans, and their families this weekend. 

On Saturday, March 24, 117 Costco warehouses are holding a "Military Hour," which some locations are calling "Costco Hero Hour." Warehouses will open at 8 a.m., an hour before their normal opening times, to allow current and former members of the armed forces to shop before the crowds arrive at the popular retailer. 

The bulk retailer is additionally offering a new membership deal for people in the military who are not currently Costco members. To participate, all shoppers must be Costco members. 

To visit a Costco early for Military Hour, shoppers need to either have a Military ID or pre-register for the event online

Additionally, not every Costco location will be holding "Military Hour." You can see a list of the 117 locations hosting Military Hours here

While some people were disappointed that their local Costco warehouses were not participating in the promotion, many are celebrating Costco's decision to hold Military Hour on social media. 

"Just another plus for COSTCO honoring our sons and daughters who are willing to die for our country and us," one person wrote on Costco's Facebook page.

Other people are hoping the Military Hour becomes a more regular event.

"Would also be great if Costco had a couple shopping days a month for those of us that get stressed in crowded and noisy stores ... I can only handle so much!" wrote another.

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The story behind Netflix's new docuseries about a 'sex cult' that committed the largest bioterror attack in US history

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Netflix's latest docuseries, "Wild Wild Country," depicts the scandals surrounding a "crazy sex cult" that in 1984 committed the largest bioterror attack in US history. 

The series traces the controversial history of the Indian mystic Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and the spiritual movement he founded in Mumbai in 1970.

In 1981, Rajneesh fled political resistance in India and led his thousands of followers ("Rajneeshees") to construct a utopian city in the desert of Wasco County, Oregon.

When the new, expansive commune came into conflict with local ranchers and the Oregon government, many shades of trouble ensued. 

The following is a brief history of the Rajneeshee movement and its controversies, as depicted in Netflix's "Wild Wild Country" through six hour-long episodes of archival footage and interviews: 

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In 1970, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, also known as Osho, founded a spiritual movement and commune in Mumbai, India. His teachings — which featured "an odd mix of capitalism, meditation, ethnic and dirty jokes, and open sexuality" — earned him an international following and reputation as a "sex guru."

Source: Slate



In the early 1980s, Rajneesh faced increasing pressure from Indian authorities over his group's sexual rituals and controversial practices. In 1981, he fled the country and gathered around two thousand of his followers to establish a utopian city on a 64,000-acre plot of land in Wasco County, Oregon.

Source: Oregon Live



The utopian commune, called Rajneeshpuram, immediately came into conflict with the small enclave of ranchers residing in the nearby town of Antelope.

"They're invading," an Oregonian says in footage from the series. “Maybe not with bullets, but with money and, um, immoral sex."

 



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How to find out if your Netflix has been hacked — and easily fix it in under 5 minutes (NFLX)

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piper orange is new blackIf you have noticed some shows popping up in your Netflix watch history unexpectedly, there's a chance someone might have hacked your account. And it's more common than you might think.

In fact, while putting together this story, I spoke to a colleague of mine who had noticed some suspicious viewing activity of the TV show "Arrow" on her Netflix, and we figured out her account had been compromised.

Netflix lets multiple people use an account at the same time, and this feature is great when it allows you to mooch off a friend’s account without inconveniencing them.

But one problem with this policy is that it has inadvertently created a black market for “access” to stolen Netflix accounts. A report by McAfee Labs in 2015 revealed that you could buy access to Netflix accounts in “Dark Web” marketplaces, which can only be accessed using a special internet browser called TOR that hides your computer's digital footprint, known as an IP address.

Hackers in these marketplaces were selling lifetime access to Netflix accounts for as little as $0.50. While some of these accounts are likely purchased with stolen credit card information, others used hacked login information, Raj Samani, the CTO of Intel Security, told Tech Insider. And sometimes hackers don't even sell the stolen accounts, but rather, just dump the login credentials on the internet for people to use.

Luckily, there's an easy ways to check if you've been hacked, and fix it.

Here's how: 

SEE ALSO: Cable companies still have one big weapon against Netflix — and they're starting to use it

First, log into your Netflix and go to the "Your Account" section.



Then check your viewing activity.



If you see some suspicious activity there, you can check out your recent account access. Note that since your viewing activity can be modified (you can "x" out certain things), if you think your Netflix has been hacked, go to recent account access even if there isn't unusual viewing.



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We visited a Toys R Us store that's about to shut down — and it was a grim glimpse of the chain's future

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  • Toys R Us, which filed its liquidation papers last week, will close or sell all 735 of its US stores.
  • In late January, the company announced plans to close 170 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores.
  • We went to a Toys R Us store in Yonkers, New York, that was part of that initial round of store closings. Overall, the store was a sad vision of what's to come as Toys R Us closes locations.

Toys R Us will close or sell all its US stores after it filed a motion last week to liquidate its US business. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in September.

In January, the company announced plans to close 170 Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores, many of which have already started going-out-of-business clearance sales.

Toys R Us' liquidation includes a plan to close or sell all 735 of its remaining stores, but sales aren't set to begin until Thursday in at least some locations.

To see what a Toys R Us store looks like amid the company's demise, we visited one in Yonkers, New York, that was part of the earlier round of Toys R Us closures. This is what we found.

SEE ALSO: We visited a Babies R Us store that's about to shut down — and it was a mess

The Toys R Us I went to in Yonkers, New York, was on the list of store closures announced in January. It will close soon.



But when I walked in, there were no obvious signs of this. It looked well-stocked, and we didn't see any clearance tags at first.



As I continued walking through the store, I realized how wrong my first impression was. The shelves only looked stocked because everything was spread out and pushed to the front. Small sale signs were next to nearly every item.



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Tesla shareholders just approved a $2.6 billion stock option plan for Elon Musk — here's how he spends his $20 billion fortune

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  • Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has a net worth around $20.1 billion.
  • Musk said in January he will not receive any form of payment or compensation until Tesla reaches $100 billion in market cap.
  • On March 21, Tesla shareholders approved a plan awarding Musk $2.6 billion in stock options that will vest as the company hits key milestones over the next decade.

 

Elon Musk may be the world's richest rocket scientist.

The 46-year-old CEO of Tesla and SpaceX and cofounder of OpenAI has said he won't be happy until we've escaped Earth and colonized Mars. Luckily, he has the mind and the money to make it happen.

Despite a massive net worth hovering around $20.1 billion, Musk has never taken a paycheck from Tesla, refusing his $56,000 minimum salary every year.

On Wednesday, Tesla shareholders approved a plan awarding Musk $2.6 billion in stock options, reports CNBC, which will vest in 12 tranches, or portions, as the company hits key milestones over the next decade. The $2.6 billion amount is at current stock value. U.S. News notes that if Musk meets the goals and the stock value rises during that time period, it "could net him more than $50 billion."

In January, Tesla announced it would pay Musk nothing for the next 10 years — no salary, bonus, or stock — until the company reaches a $100 billion market cap. If and when that happens, Musk could potentially overtake Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos as the richest person in the world.

A notorious workaholic, Musk doesn't spend cash on lavish vacations or expensive hobbies. Instead, the entrepreneur spends most of his time at the office or in factories, retreating to one of his four Los Angeles mansions at the end of the day.

Scroll through to find out what we know about how Musk, a father of five, amassed his fortune and how he spends it.

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As a child growing up in South Africa, Musk taught himself to code. By the time he was 12, he sold the source code for his first video game for $500.

Source: MONEY



Just before his 18th birthday, Musk moved to Canada and worked a series of hard labor jobs, including shoveling grain, cutting logs, and eventually cleaning out the boiler room in a lumber mill for $18 an hour — an impressive wage in 1989.

Sources: MONEY, Esquire Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future



Musk got a pay cut to $14 an hour when he started a summer internship alongside his brother, Kimbal, at the Bank of Nova Scotia after cold-calling — and impressing — a top executive there.

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The power players at Disney who could succeed Bob Iger as CEO

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If you've been following Disney for the last few years, you might be under the impression that CEO Bob Iger will rule the company until the end of time.

Iger's tenure at Disney has been lengthened on multiple occasions, and his most recent contract extension takes him through December 2021. This means he'll be able to make sure the Fox assets Disney is buying for $52.4 billion integrate into the company, and set out a path for Disney's streaming future as it battles Netflix.

But eventually Iger will have to retire, and the succession plan at Disney is far from clear.

In 2016, Disney COO Thomas Staggs, who was widely considered to be Iger's heir apparent, left the company unexpectedly when it became clear that he wasn't going to get the top job. Since then no obvious successor has been anointed by Iger, at least publicly.

Some industry insiders and analysts have speculated that either Disney will look outside the company for a new CEO when Iger retires, or look to the personnel coming over from Fox.

"It buys [the board] time," Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser said of Iger's contract extension in December. "I don't think they were satisfied that they had a successor inside of Disney, so there's time either to find outside talent or to assess if James Murdoch or someone from the Fox organization is an appropriate successor."

But when Disney announced a strategic reorganization last week, talk of potential internal candidates started again. The chatter has focused around three men: Kevin Mayer, Bob Chapek, and James Pitaro (though he's considered much more of an outside shot).

All three have taken on big new responsibilities recently, with Mayer leading Disney's bet on a Netflix-like future, Chapek adding consumer products to his workload, and Pitaro moving to become the new head of ESPN.

Here's a breakdown of what these three have done so far in their Disney careers, and why they might have a chance to take over for Iger as chief executive:

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Kevin Mayer — Disney chairman of direct-to-consumer and international

Kevin Mayer, 55, was named chairman of Disney's direct-to-consumer businesses last week — a role that will include overseeing the streaming services that ESPN and Disney are set to launch this spring and in 2019, respectively. 

Mayer previously led corporate strategy at Disney since 2005. He oversaw and advised Bob Iger in the company's acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, as well as its pending acquisition of 20th Century Fox, the largest in Disney's history. 

Iger has now given Mayer the pivotal task of leading Disney's shift from traditional TV to on-demand services, which multipleoutlets have pointed to as setting up Mayer to be a potential successor to Iger. 

"Wall Street likes Kevin," Needham & Co analyst Laura Martin told Bloomberg of Mayer's promotion this week. "He's proven himself to be a visionary, of not being afraid of taking risk. Giving him these assets is a worthy experiment."

Mayer is also currently in charge of Disney's investment in the Hulu streaming service, its international TV networks, and program and advertising sales for ABC and ESPN. 

In a statement announcing Mayer's promotion on Wednesday, Iger called Mayer "a proven leader who has played a critical role in bringing together the collection of creative and technological assets that will allow Disney to offer unparalleled entertainment experiences in a direct-to-consumer future."



Bob Chapek — Disney chairman of parks, experiences, and consumer products

Disney chairman of theme parks Bob Chapek, 57, added Disney's consumer products line to his purview last week. As with Mayer, Chapek's promotion has outletshighlighting him as a potential successor to Iger. 

Chapek has worked at Disney for 24 years, in leadership roles that ranged from film distribution to home-video entertainment. He also previously served as president of Disney's consumer products line, which he now oversees as chairman. 

Chapek has earned praise for delivering "steady returns" in heading the company's theme parks division since February 2015. He oversaw the opening of the Shanghai Disneyland park in 2016, which Disney has said is on track to be the most profitable Disney park globally. 

Disney also noted in its year-end fiscal report last year that Chapek's parks division was among the only four major Disney divisions that posted an increase in sales and profit.

In a statement announcing Chapek's promotion on Wednesday, Bob Iger called Chapek the "perfect leader" to run the combined parks and products team, given his "impressive record of success at both."



James Pitaro — ESPN president and cochair of Disney Media Networks

Disney recently named company executive James Pitaro as the new president of ESPN and cochair of Disney Media Networks, reporting directly to Bob Iger. 

Pitaro had previously chaired Disney's consumer products and interactive media divisions since 2016. He was also formerly a vice president and head of Yahoo! Media.

Sources told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that Pitaro is also in consideration to replace Bob Iger as CEO, but that he is considered a "longer shot" than both Mayer and Chapek. 

Pitaro joined ESPN, a top asset for Disney, as cord-cutting has significantly narrowed the sports-media company's subscriber base. But Iger sees him as the right person to lead ESPN as the company adapts to the digital world.

"Jimmy forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and media, and his vast experience and keen perspective will be invaluable in taking ESPN into the future," Iger said in a statement announcing Pitaro's new role.

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg also praised Pitaro's promotion, saying that her late husband Dave Goldberg called Pitaro "one of the strongest strategists and managers he knew."



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You can climb a 'book mountain' in this gigantic library in China

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This library is a book lover's dream come true. The Tianjin Binhai Library, Tianjin, China. 33,700 square meters. Five levels. Enough shelf space for 1.2 million books.

It was completed by Dutch architecture firm MVRDV and local architects from the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute. It's nicknamed "The Eye".

Winy Maas, Co-founder of MVRDV: "The angles and curves are meant to stimulate different uses of the space, such as reading, walking, meeting and discussing. Together they form the 'eye' of the building: to see and be seen."

There's a giant globe in the center of the library. It has an auditorium hidden inside. The climbable shelving acts as a book mountain. But there's a catch ... not all of the books are real.

You can find a lot of books in other reading spaces beyond the main atrium space. There are sections geared for children and education.

The library has become a tourist hot spot since opening in 2017. It begs for the perfect Instagram photo.

 

 

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How to use Lipsi, the new anonymous messaging app that's climbing the App Store charts

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A new anonymous messaging app is quickly climbing to the top of the App Store. 

Lipsi, available for iPhones (and soon Android phones), lets you send and receive messages without revealing your identity. You can also post a link to your Lipsi account on Instagram or Snapchat account to get people to give you anonymous feedback or compliments.

What makes Lipsi unique is that it's location-based, which means anyone within a 100-yard radius can send you an anonymous message. 

Lipsi officially launched about six months ago, but it has recently started climbing the App Store's top free apps chart. Right now, it's the 16th most-popular free app, beating out apps like Twitter and Pinterest. 

Here's how to use Lipsi:

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Lipsi is a location-based anonymous messaging app, which means you can chat with people nearby without revealing your identity.



Lipsi's 23-year-old founder, Matthew Segal, told the Vancouver Sun that he came up with the idea after routinely bumping into a girl he was interested in, but not being brave enough to talk to her.

Source: Vancouver Sun



Segal told the Sun that he sees Lipsi being used for more than just dating or hooking up, though.

In Lipsi's video advertisement for the app, it shows people using it to compliment someone you see in real life, or alert them if they lost or dropped something. 

According to the Sun, Lipsi is geared toward people age 15 to 25, who are in high school or college.



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There's a 'club' in midtown Manhattan where tired office workers pay $10 to take a 30-minute nap

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  • New York City now boasts Nap York, a new facility in midtown Manhattan where you can pay $10 to rent a nap pod for 30 minutes.
  • Napping has myriad psychological and physiological benefits, like increasing energy and boosting cognitive function.
  • But not all workplaces are open to the idea of employees sleeping in the middle of the day.


The city itself may never sleep, but its inhabitants are getting drowsy.

A 24-hour "club" for napping recently opened in midtown New York.

At Nap York, in addition to napping, patrons can visit the cafe, the yoga studio, or the lounge (for working, not sleeping). A 30-minute stay in a nap pod runs $10 — and you can book the pod for as long as you'd like.

Time Out New York reports that Nap York is filled with greenery and soft lighting to create an atmosphere of extreme tranquility.

Stacy Veloric, Nap York's director of marketing, told Business Insider that since Nap York opened in February, 1,000 people have visited. The majority of nappers are local employees, she said, but they also attract commuters whose buses and trains are delayed (Nap York is near two transit hubs: Penn Station and Port Authority).

If you'd feel guilty about ducking out of work for an hour to catch up on sleep, we get it. As psychologist Ron Friedman previously told Business Insider, the American workplace isn't exactly pro-napping.

"Particularly in American culture, we like to believe that productivity is a function of effort, and that if we work hard we'll produce."

But, he added, "The reality is that we have a biological need for rest no different or less important than our need for food or water."

Napping during the workday may become more common over time

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Business Insider's Rachel Gillett reported on a growing body of research on the restorative power of even a short nap. Studies have found that a half-hour nap can increase energy, boost cognitive function, and help with emotional control.

In fact, Arianna Huffington — founder of HuffPost and Thrive Global and an outspoken proponent of sleep, told Gillett that she predicts nap rooms will soon be "as universal as conference rooms" in offices.

And, as Business Insider's Melia Robinson reported, WeWork cofounder Miguel McKelvey said he's open to the idea of nap pods in coworking spaces.

Veloric said most Nap York patrons stay for about an hour — though according to the Mayo Clinic, if you sleep for longer than 30 minutes, you risk waking up feeling groggy. Some people, she added, use the pods for meditating.

Nap York places a high priority on cleanliness: They use Airweave mattresses, which are washable and keep out bedbugs; plus they change the pillowcases and blankets after every use.

Demand for naps has been higher than expected, Veloric said. Right now there are seven nap pods available; by mid-April there will be 30.

The company also offers a shuttle service that picks up passengers from red-eye flights and brings them to Nap York before it's time to check into their hotel.

"The tide is changing," Veloric said. "People are really starting to focus on self-care and on wellness. And people are understanding it's OK to take that break and to focus on yourself if you're exhausted."

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Here are the 15 best airports in the world

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  • Skytrax released its annual list of the best airports in the world at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Singapore's Changi International Airport took the top spot for the sixth year in a row.
  • Airports from Asia swept the top five spots.
  • No US airport placed in the top 25.

The consumer-aviation website Skytrax held its annual World Airport Awards ceremony on Wednesday at the Passenger Terminal Expo in Stockholm, Sweden.

For the sixth consecutive year, Singapore Changi International Airport took home the crown as the world's best airport. The facility is one of Southeast Asia's largest transit hubs and is a major cog in the city-state's bustling economy.

Airports from Asia dominated the top of the Skytrax rankings, sweeping the first five spots. European airports also performed well, with four in the top 10. Only one North American airport made it into the top 15. No US Airports made it into the top 25 with Denver International being the highest-ranked at 29. 

The Skytrax annual rankings are based on the impressions of nearly 14 million flyers from over 100 countries. More than 550 airports were included in the survey, which covers 39 service and performance parameters, including facility comfort, the location of bathrooms, and the language skills of the airport staff.

Here's a closer look at the other airports that made it to the top of the prestigious Skytrax list:

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15. Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE)

Yearly passengers: 34 million

Previous rank: 21

Why it's awesome: Located just outside of the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, Taoyuan International is the largest airport in Taiwan. The airport is the home base for both China Airlines and EVA Air.

Skytrax reviewers praised the airport for its polite service, clean environment, and speedy immigration lines. Taoyuan was also once home to Taiwan's aviation museum, but the museum was shut down earlier this year to make way for further airport expansion.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2014, provided by Taoyuan International Airport.



14. Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Yearly passengers: 22.3 million

Previous rank: 13

Why it's great: Vancouver takes home the prize as the top-ranked airport in North America for the eighth year in a row, and for good reason. Customer reviewers on Skytrax cited YVR's friendly staff, high level of organization, and easy access to downtown Vancouver as some of the best things about the airport.

Vancouver International also boasts a floatplane terminal, as well as a sizable collection of art from the Pacific Northwest.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figures are for 2016, provided by Vancouver International Airport.



13. Kansai International Airport (KIX)

Yearly passengers: 25.2 million

Previous rank: 12

Why it's awesome: Located on an artificial island in the Osaka Bay, Kansai International is a major hub for ANA and Japan Airlines.

Reviewers on Skytrax praised Kansai for its modern architecture, clean facilities, and helpful staff. The airport also boasts a Sky View observation deck that affords passengers spectacular views of incoming and outgoing flights.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2016, provided by Kansai International Airport.



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Amnesty International says Twitter doesn't respect women’s human rights — and it’s projecting giant examples of abusive tweets on Twitter’s headquarters to prove it (TWTR)

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  • Amnesty International has launched a #ToxicTwitter campaign to accompany a newly-released report detailing Twitter's failure to create an environment  that respects women's human rights.
  • As part of the campaign, Amnesty projected images of real abusive tweets received by women on the Twitter platform.
  • The campaign launch coincides with the ever-growing #MeToo and #TimesUp movements that combats sexual harassment and assault.


Amnesty International, the human rights watchdog, has singled out Twitter for turning a blind eye to rampant harassment and abuse of women on its platform. 

The organization released a 77-page report on Tuesday titled #ToxicTwitter: Violence and abuse against women online," that details the results of a 16-month long investigation into the online abuse suffered by women on Twitter. 

The report, which represents the first time Amnesty International has focused on a particular social media service, argues that Twitter fails to respect women's basic rights because of its "inadequate and ineffective response to violence and abuse." 

"Despite repeated promises to clean up the platform, many women are logging onto Twitter to find death threats, rape threats and racist or homophobic slurs littering their feeds," Azmina Dhrodia, a technology and human rights researcher at Amnesty International writes in the report. 

To call attention to the issue, Amnesty International projected images of some of the abusive tweets endured by women onto the outside of Twitter's San Francisco headquarters. 

The abundance of abusive, often overtly racist and misogynistic, content on Twitter has been a longstanding problem that the company has struggled to control. Last year, Twitter suspended the accounts of several white supremacists and people affiliated with hate groups. But critics say the company, which once prided itself on its extreme free speech bona fides, continues to be too lax when it comes to fighting abusive content. 

"Twitter cannot credibly claim to be on women’s side"

The report is based on interviews with both women and non-gender binary Twitter users in the US and the UK who claim Twitter did not take their accounts of abuse seriously. Amnesty's says this has caused women to change how they use the social media platform, which can result in them quitting posting altogether. It also outlines various steps it believes Twitter should take to address the issue.

Twitter refutes Amnesty International's findings.

In a statement given to Business Insider, Vijaya Gadde, Legal, Policy, and Trust and Safety Lead, said "the assertion that Twitter is consciously un-engaged with human rights issues is an unfair representation not just of the facts, but of the ethos of our dedicated teams, and the core mission of the company."

Twitter, which has roughly 330 million users, has a reporting system in place on the website for users to utilize when they encounter abuse. The company says it has made more than 30 policy changes in the last 16 months to combat hateful conduct.

Amnesty International's report references Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's appeal earlier this month specifying the company's determination to remain accountable and to improve the platform's "conversational health."

Despite Twitter's efforts, Amnesty International maintains that there are still big improvements to be made.

“Twitter’s recent initiatives shows that it wants to be a part of this change, but women who’ve experienced abuse on the platform simply aren’t buying it," said Dhrodia. "Without taking further concrete steps to effectively identify and account for violence and abuse against women on its platform, Twitter cannot credibly claim to be on women’s side.”

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What Americans spend on car insurance in every state, ranked from lowest to highest

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  • If you own a car, purchasing car insurance is inevitable.
  • On average, Americans spend $125 a month, or $1,503 for an annual rate, on car insurance.
  • Various factors can go into the pricing of car insurance including geographical location — making every state's average cost sightly different.
  • Drivers in Michigan spend the most on car insurance, while those in its neighboring state Ohio pay the least.

 

If you own and operate a vehicle, car insurance is a necessary purchase. On average, Americans spend $125 a month, or $1,503 for an annual rate, on car insurance, according to a study done by ValuePenguin.

Car insurance it not a one-size-fits all purchase. The price of car insurance can vary greatly depending on a number of factors including age, gender, marital status, driving record, years of driving experience, credit history, the type of car you drive, your claims history, and more.

ValuePenguin noted that annual car insurance premiums have been on the rise in a majority of states. In 2014, it was reported that the average annual cost of car insurance was $907.38.

ValuePenguin found out the latest average car insurance rates in each state for both monthly and annual payments.

Below, we've broken down the list and ranked the states from lowest to highest in terms of the average amount spent on car insurance. The ranking is based on each state's monthly average, and annual rates for each state are also listed.

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51. Ohio: $77 a month

Average monthly rate: $77

Average annual rate: $926

 



50. Maine: $80 a month

Average monthly rate: $80

Average annual rate: $964



49. New Hampshire: $82 a month

Average monthly rate: $82

Average annual rate: $983



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