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Bumble won't make you log in with Facebook anymore after the Cambridge Analytica scandal


Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe

  • If you want to create a Bumble account, you no longer need a Facebook account.
  • The move comes in response to users criticizing Facebook for its handling of user data and protecting privacy.

Did you delete your Facebook? That's no problem for potential Bumble users.

The dating app announced Monday it will allow users to create a Bumble profile without linking their Facebook account. Instead, users can register and log into Bumble with a phone number. In a statement, the company says the phone number registration "bypasses Facebook and any other third party altogether." 

The move comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, which has prompted increased scrutiny of not only how much data third-party apps, like Bumble, can collect from Facebook, but also how much Facebook itself knows about its users.

“Many of our users and prospective users have asked for a way to register for Bumble without linking their Facebook account, and we are excited to roll out this feature to our users starting today,” said Jessica Collins, product marketing manager at Bumble, in a statement to Business Insider.

Tinder and OkCupid already allow new users to register with a phone number, but still, the majority of users register with a Facebook account, which helps verify that users are who they say they are.

Since Bumble has nixed the Facebook login requirement, the app will encourage users who sign up with a phone number to verify their accounts for safety. An account is "verified" after a person at Bumble reviews a selfie of the person who owns the account to see if it matches other photos used in their profile.

This isn't the first time Bumble has changed a feature in the app in response to national debate. After the shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School, the app in March banned photos that include guns or other dangerous weapons like knives.

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Inside the career of Fox News host Sean Hannity, who was once fired from a college radio station and now advises Trump


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  • Sean Hannity is one of the biggest stars on Fox News.
  • The Fox New host is also the previously unnamed third client of US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
  • After getting his start in radio, Hannity was brought on to co-host a program on Fox News.
  • He's now one of the most prominent and polarizing conservative voices out there.

Sean Hannity isn't just commenting on the news at the moment — he is the news.

The Fox News star was the mysterious third client of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, several news outlets reported Monday.

It's not the first time the close relationship between the political pundit and the president sparked controversy. In 2016, Hannity told the New York Times, "I never claimed to be a journalist" in response to questions about his role advising Trump.

Hannity may argue that he's not a journalist, but his media career has been something to behold.

The former college radio host is one of the last remaining members of the original 1996 Fox News lineup, the New York Times reports. And Hannity is now considered one of the president's closest unofficial media advisers.

Here's a look back at Hannity's career:

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Born to a family-court officer and a corrections officer, Sean Hannity grew up in Nassau County and was the youngest of four siblings. Growing up, Hannity told The New York Times, "I just wasn't that interested in school. It bored me to tears."

Source: The New York Times

After high school, Hannity attended New York University, Adelphi University, and UC Santa Barbara for a time. He dropped out of all three. In 2005, Liberty University chancellor Jerry Falwell awarded the Fox News host an honorary degree.

Source: The Washington Post, Liberty University

Hannity's first radio gig came about at UC Santa Barbara's college station in 1989. He was sacked after less than a year for telling an LGBTQ caller that he felt sorry for her child and that he thought that anyone who "believes homosexuality is just a normal lifestyle has been brainwashed," according to the New York Times.

Source: The New York Times

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Inside the 'storybook' marriage of Barbara and George HW Bush — who have been married longer than any first couple, and still say 'I love you' every night


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On Sunday, news broke that former first lady Barbara Bush is in "failing health" and is now focusing on comfort care at home.

The 92-year-old is battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure, and has been hospitalized several times over the last year.

Bush, who resided in the White House for four years while her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, served as Commander in Chief, has been married to the 41st president of the United States for 73 years.

Described as a true love story, here is an inside look at the longest marriage in US presidential history:

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Barbara Pierce and George Bush met at a dance over Christmas vacation in 1942. She was 17 and he was 18, and Barbara claims that George was the first boy she ever kissed.

Source: Associated Press

After dating for a year and a half, the two became engaged and planned to get married before George went off to serve in World War II as a Navy pilot. He famously named three of his Navy planes after her, and the two shared love letters while he was away.

On January 6, 1945, the couple married at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York while George was on leave from war. He was 20 and she was 19.

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Disturbing before-and-after images show what major US cities could look like in the year 2100


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The world's sea levels are rising at faster and faster rates as waters warm and ice sheets melt.

Researchers led by Steve Nerem, a professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, looked at satellite data dating back to 1993 to track sea-level rise.

Their findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that sea levels aren't just rising, but that the rate has been accelerating over the past 25 years.

Even small increases can have huge consequences, experts on climate say. If the worst climate-change predictions come true, coastal US cities from New York to New Orleans will be devastated by flooding and greater exposure to storm surges by 2100.

The research group Climate Central has created a plug-in for Google Earth to illustrate how catastrophic an "extreme" sea-level-rise scenario would be if the flooding happened today, based on projections in a 2017 report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

You can install the plug-in and see what might become of major US cities.

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In a worst-case scenario, flooding caused by polar melting and ice-sheet collapses could cause a sea-level rise of 10 to 12 feet by 2100, NOAA reported in January 2017.

Here's Washington, DC, today, with the Potomac River running through it.

And here's what Washington, DC, might look like in 2100, as seen on Climate Central's plug-in for Google Earth. Rising sea levels could cause the river to overflow.

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You could sleep better if you're nice to your work colleagues — or worse if you aren't


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  • Being pleasant to people at work has a number of benefits.
  • Another to add to the list is it can make you sleep better.
  • New research has shown that people stress about their work behaviour when they are at home in bed.
  • If they do this often, it can lead to insomnia.

Some people are fortunate enough to call their colleagues their friends. Others aren't so lucky.

Whatever your situation, it makes sense to be nice to the people you work with, because it means they're more likely to help you out. Also, it makes the working day more enjoyable.

According to new research, published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, behaving well at work also has another surprising benefit — it can help you sleep better.

Researchers from the University of Iowa asked 600 workers in the US and China about their workplace behaviour and sleep quality in three studies.

In two of the studies, the employees reported their counterproductive work behaviours over ten work days, such as inappropriate behaviour, anger, aggression, gossiping, and blaming others. They also reported how they felt when off work and how well they slept.

Results showed how being more counterproductive at work made people think about work in the evening, which could lead to insomnia.

In the third study, employees had to recall how they behaved at work in the past. Those who were asked to think back to bad behaviour had more trouble falling asleep than those who reminisced about more routine things.

Overall, the researchers concluded that acting badly at work significantly affected participants' thoughts in the evening, which in turn caused problems sleeping.

"After people engage in bad workplace behaviors, they come to realise such bad deeds threaten their positive moral self-image, which creates stress," said Zhenyu Yuan, a management and organisations doctoral student at UI, and lead researcher of the study. "As a result, they may keep ruminating over their stress from work, and thus have trouble falling and staying asleep at night."

He added that managers could help reduce counterproductive behaviours of their staff, as employees who don't get enough sleep are less engaged, less productive, and have an increased risk of getting injured.

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The 25 worst superhero movies of all time, ranked from bad to unwatchable


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Marvel's "Avengers: Infinity War" is on the horizon and the anticipation for the most ambitious crossover event in history is sky-high.

But not all superhero movies are preceded by so much excitement and many are followed by extreme disappointment.

Business Insider compiled a list of the most infamous superhero movies that have the unfortunate distinction of being the worst in the genre (which has also generated a lot of great movies, including this year's "Black Panther").

Many of these movies are remembered not for how they elevated the form, but for how they practically destroyed their respective franchises ("Batman & Robin" ring any bells?).

Below are the 25 worst superhero movies of all time, ranked by how awful they are:

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25. "Spider-Man 3" (2007)

Directed by Sam Raimi

Raimi's first two "Spider-Man" movies are two of the best superhero movies ever made. So what happened? Well, Raimi didn't get to make the movie he wanted to. As with so many superhero movies, the studio inserted itself into the film's making a little too much, insisting that the villain Venom be in the movie, which already had two villains that Raimi wanted to work with — the Sandman and Harry Osborn (who becomes the second Green Goblin after his father's death in the first film). Raimi's trilogy had been working toward Harry's eventual transformation, and Sandman played to Raimi's interests and strengths as a horror filmmaker. Venom being shoehorned into the film was a recipe for disaster, and resulted in a cluttered plot including one of the worst scenes in superhero movie history, in which Peter Parker dances in a jazz club to make Mary Jane jealous and creeps out everyone in the process.


24. "Justice League" (2017)

Directed by Zack Snyder

Okay, I probably enjoyed "Justice League" more than most, but in the grand scheme of things, it is not a good movie, and will be remembered as an utter failure. It ended its entire domestic theatrical box-office run with just under $230 million. By comparison, "Black Panther" made over that in its opening weekend. Box office isn't everything, but for a movie that was supposed to be DC and WB's answer to Marvel's "The Avengers," it is a devastating disappointment, and just goes to show that audiences are not attracted to the DC Extended Universe's "throw everything at the wall and see what sticks" way of making movies. 

23. "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012)

Directed by Marc Webb

As pun-inspired as hiring Webb to direct a Spider-Man movie was, the fact that Sony rebooted the character just five years after "Spider-Man 3" was no laughing matter. It proved to be a major waste of time, basically re-telling the hero's origin story that we had already seen done better. This time, Andrew Garfield was cast in the title role, and his chemistry with Emma Stone is the best part of the film. But "The Amazing Spider-Man" felt like the wrong reboot at the wrong time.

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The most exciting city in every state — and the most boring one you can probably skip



Debates about "best" and "worst" cities elicit strong feelings. It's a tricky issue because such debates are largely subjective.

So Business Insider attempted to use data to definitively prove which are the most exciting and most boring cities in every state across America.

To do that, we took counts of the number of establishments for 66 different types of businesses — like breweries, art dealers, and museums — that can make a city more "interesting." We sourced data from the Census Bureau's 2015 County Business Patterns program and picked the metro areas with the highest and lowest count of these businesses for our interesting and boring cities.

For example, the New York City metro area has 62 breweries, 762 art dealers, and 305 museums, based on federal data. That ended up being the "most exciting" city in New York. Elmira, the "most boring" city in New York, has two breweries, zero art dealers, and four museums. Of course, this means that bigger cities tended to rank better as "exciting" cities, but that is a trend for most lists of this nature.

The list below breaks out cities by each of the 381 Metropolitan Statistical Areas recognized by the federal government. You will see that some of the metro areas span more than one state (e.g. New York City includes Jersey City and Newark, New Jersey). We have made it clear in the slides below which metro areas span more than one state.

And two states — Rhode Island and Vermont — are not included in the list because they don't have at least two metro areas as defined by the federal government.

Read below to see the most exciting and most boring city in every state in America.

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Most Exciting

Birmingham, Hoover, Alabama

Population: 1,144,857

Most Boring

Gadsden, Alabama

Population: 102,873


Most Exciting

Anchorage, Alaska

Population: 399,432

Most Boring

Fairbanks, Alaska

Population: 99,639


Most Exciting

Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Arizona

Population: 4,567,857

Most Boring

Sierra Vista-Douglas, Arizona

Population: 126,395

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Kids at every income level reveal their favorite toys


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  • A project from the Gapminder Foundation photographs families around the world to give a glimpse into their lives.
  • This slideshow contains families who make $45 a month to those making more than $3,000 a month.

If you want to understand the world, look at how people live. Toys are a good place to start.

Dollar Street, a project from the Gapminder Foundation, went into hundreds of homes at different income levels around the world to photograph people’s possessions. The photographs provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of hundreds of families. The difference in income is striking. Yet there are a number of similarities between people of vastly different income levels, too.

"It's striking to see how similar our lives are," Gapminder co-founder Anna Rosling Rönnlund told Business Insider. "It makes the world less scary to see that most people struggle with everyday business most of the time and they are not so exotic and it's not so scary."

Below, check out some favorite toys around the world.

Gus Lubin contributed to a previous version of this story.

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In an Indian home living on $29/month per adult, the favorite toy is a plastic bottle.

In an Ivorian home (Cote d'Ivoire) living on $61/month per adult, the favorite toy is a shoe.

In a Burundian home living on $29/month per adult, the favorite toy is dried maize.

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25 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world


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Whether you want to launch an empire or become the best in your field, who better to consult than those who have achieved the peak of professional and financial success?

That's why we've rounded up 25 books by self-made billionaires. From the business insights of Bill Gates to the leadership lessons of Richard Branson, the wisdom collected in these pages extends far beyond the classroom.

Learn how these masters of industry achieved the impossible, in their own words.

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'The Virgin Way' by Richard Branson

Although Branson confesses he's never read a book on leadership, his nearly 50-year entrepreneurial career has taught him a thing or two about building a business.

In "The Virgin Way," the billionaire founder of Virgin Group offers lessons on management and entrepreneurialism, including the importance of listening to others and hiring the right people. Branson is honest about his successes as well as his failures, such as underestimating Coke's influence when he tried to launch Virgin Cola in the 1990s.

Overall, the book is a compelling glimpse into the life of someone who's never shied away from a challenge.

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'Onward' by Howard Schultz

After resigning as Starbucks CEO in 2000, Schultz returned to the post in 2008, just as the company was struggling through a financial crisis. "Onward" details how the billionaire brought the global coffee chain back to life.

Readers will learn how Schultz made tough decisions — like temporarily shutting down more than 7,000 US stores — in order to help Starbucks grow without neglecting its core values.

They'll learn, too, about Schultz as a person, as he weaves together his unique business strategy with anecdotes about growing up in Brooklyn, New York. It's an honest and passionate recounting that will inspire entrepreneurs and everyone else to be brave in the face of adversity.

Find it here »

'How to Win at the Sport of Business' by Mark Cuban

In "How to Win at the Sport of Business," Dallas Mavericks owner and "Shark Tank" investor Cuban fleshes out his best insights on entrepreneurialism from his personal blog.

He writes candidly about how he progressed from sleeping on his friends' couches in his 20s to owning his own company and becoming a multibillionaire. It's a story of commitment and perseverance — Cuban writes that even though he didn't know much about computers, he beat his competition because he spent so much time learning about the software his company sold. 

Find it here »

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Here's how much Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding is expected to cost


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  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are getting married at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, on May 19.
  • Kensington Palace will cover the cost of the royal wedding, an expense traditionally taken on by the bride's family.
  • The royal wedding is expected to cost in excess of $45 million (£32 million), most of which is allotted for security.


The average cost of a wedding for couples in the US and the UK is around $34,000 (£23,700).

Five figures is a huge expense for a one-day affair. That is, unless you're ultra-rich — and especially if you're royalty rich.

Next month, the world will bear witness to the most anticipated royal wedding in years. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to be married on May 19 at St. George's Chapel, in Windsor, and will begin a carriage procession immediately after the ceremony. Their reception will take place later on the grounds of Windsor Castle.

Kensington Palace will cover the cost of the wedding, an expense traditionally taken on by the bride's family.

The case was the same for Kate Middleton and Prince William's 2011 royal wedding— the only item Middleton paid for was her six-figure Alexander McQueen dress. Their total wedding celebration cost $34 million (£23.7 million).

Markle and Prince Harry's wedding will reportedly cost in excess of $45.8 million (£32 million), according to Bride Book's estimation.

The venue is the biggest part of a typical wedding budget for couples in the US and the UK, taking up nearly half of the entire wedding cost. Access to St. George's Chapel — and St. George's Great Hall, where the wedding reception will take place — is free of charge for Markle and Prince Harry. Transportation is also free, thanks to the Queen's fleet of Rolls-Royces, Daimlers, and Bentleys.

The greatest cost for the royal couple? Security. Protecting Markle and Prince Harry, plus thousands of guests and onlookers, will run Kensington Palace a whopping $43 million (£30 million), estimates Bride Book. That includes the cost of snipers, undercover police, military technology, and security drones. The bulk of Kate Middleton and Prince William's wedding budget similarly went to security costs. 

Otherwise, Markle and Prince Harry's total wedding spend, including food, cakes, entertainment, wardrobe, and the honeymoon, amounts to about $2.8 million.

Below, check out Bride Book's breakdown of what the royal wedding will cost.

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Food and drinks — $686,000 (£479,000). Catering is needed for both the formal lunch reception and the dinner reception for friends and family. Top-shelf champagne, wine, and whiskey will likely come from the Royal Palace cellars. The Royal Family’s favorite champagne, Bollinger, goes for nearly $115 (£80) a bottle; that's approximately $195,000 (£136,000) spent on champagne alone.

Source: Bride Book

Wedding dress — $430,000 (£300,000). The rumor mill is working overtime when it comes to Markle's dress, which will reportedly have a six-figure price tag and be paid for by the bride herself. A fashion icon in the making, Markle is expected to go with a traditional design and unique detail.


Marquee — $500,000 (£350,000). Even though Markle and Prince Harry are using St. George's Chapel free of charge, they'll need a large event tent to host guests on the grounds after the immediate reception in St. George's Great Hall.

Source: Bride Book

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H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 are locked in an arms race for customers — and there could be big consequences


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  • Fast-fashion retailers such as Zara, H&M, and Forever 21 are facing increasing pressure to speed up their supply chains to compete with online stores for customers. 
  • Prioritizing speed can mean fewer checks and balances. It's one of the reasons that clothing with potentially offensive slogans or images can sometimes slip through the gaps.
  • Both H&M and Zara have introduced new systems to prevent these incidents from happening. 

The race to bring a product from the design board to stores and online has intensified in recent years.

The former pioneers of fast fashion seem like dinosaurs in today's world as newer online companies such as ASOS, Boohoo, and Misguided swoop in and cut their supply-chain processes down to as little as a weekLast week, UK-based retailer ASOS said it would be investing more in technology and logistics to be able to continue staying ahead of the curve. Similarly, a supply-chain overhaul is at the forefront of H&M's 2018 strategy. 

But while getting the hottest trends into stores as quickly as possible may be a top priority, it's also leaving fast-fashion retailers vulnerable to error. 

Prioritizing speed means fewer checks and balances, Adheer Bahulkar, a retail expert at the consulting firm A. T. Kearney, told the New York Times.

"When you have two hours to approve a line versus two months, things go unnoticed," he said.

In January, H&M came under fire for using an image of a young black boy to advertise a hoodie that bore the words "coolest monkey in the jungle" on the front. Singer The Weeknd, who had a collection with H&M, tweeted that he would be cutting his ties with the company. 

"Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore," he tweeted at the time. 

H&M apologized and later removed the item from its website.

"We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken, and we also regret the actual print. We have removed the image from all our channels and the sweater is no longer for sale in our stores. We will also look into our internal routines to avoid such situations in the future. We will continue the discussion with the Weeknd and his team separately," H&M said in a statement to Business Insider.

While these incidents are still rare relative to how many products are churned out by fast-fashion retailers, they are not infrequent

Zara shirt

Zara has come under fire several times for creating potentially offensive products in the past. In 2014, many said that one of its t-shirts resembled a Holocaust prisoner uniform. 

"Zara doesn't want to bore the customer. The customer loves new things," Howard Davidowitz, chairman of retail industry consultancy Davidowitz & Associates, told Fortune in 2014. "When you're in that kind of environment, some crazy things slip through."

Retailers are now coming up with new ways to prevent these incidents from happening but rarely say that the pressure of fast-fashion production cycles is to blame. 

According to the New York Times, Zara's precautions include an algorithm that scans its designs for potentially offensive features. The retailer has also hired a committee of diversity officers and made diversity and inclusion training mandatory for all employees. 

H&M has taken similar steps recently. In the wake of the hoodie saga, it appointed a diversity and inclusion team that includes employees from different departments of the company. 

Annie Wu, the company's global leader for diversity and inclusiveness, explained in an interview conducted by H&M that the mistake with the hoodie came down to the retailer being too centralized — rather than a lack of checks and balances. 

"We must admit that there is some truth in the fact that we have maybe been too centralized and that we need to challenge ourselves in an open and constructive way to get everyone, everywhere to be more culturally sensitive, racially aware, and more critical of how the outside world might see what we do," Wu said.

"We have a very diverse workforce and we have always thought about ourselves as being a leader in this area," she added.

H&M did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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SLOW BURN: The 13 movies that took the longest time to make $100 million at the box office


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Most record-setting blockbuster films reach nine-figure grosses by getting off to a hot start, as Marvel's "Black Panther" did at the start of this year.

But many other films, like Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction," have instead raked in money on a slow burn. 

To find out which movies took the most time to reach the nine-figure mark at the domestic box office, we turned to Box Office Mojo for its ranking on the subject.

Here are the 13 movies that took the longest to reach $100 million at the US box office, ranked by the number of days they took:

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13. "Die Hard: With A Vengeance" (1995) — 143 days

Days to $100 million: 143

Domestic gross: $100,012,499

Global gross: $366,101,666

12. "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" (2002) — 148 days

Days to $100 million: 148

Domestic gross: $241,438,208

Global gross: $368,744,044

11. "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989) — 150 days

Days to $100 million: 150

Domestic gross: $106,593,296

Global gross: $145,793,296

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How to write the perfect email subject line for job hunting


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With an estimated 269 billion business emails sent every day, it's harder than ever to get yours noticed.

And since email is often the first point of contact for job seekers and hiring managers, the subject line can make all the difference.

It not only communicates who you are and what you want but also can be a marketing tool that shows off your qualifications and helps you stand out.

So how do you motivate a reader to click on your email and give you their time?

Depending on the context, career and communication experts offer the following advice that job seekers should bear in mind when crafting their job-search subject lines.

Here's how to write the perfect subject line for your next job search, complete with some examples:

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Keep it short

A typical inbox reveals about 60 characters of an email's subject line, while a mobile phone shows just 25 to 30 characters, said Amanda Augustine, career expert at TopResume.

With such limited space, eliminate any unnecessary words like "hello" and "thanks," and get right to the point in about six to eight words.

Example: Human Resources Assistant Application

Place the most important words at the beginning

A whopping 50% of emails are now read on mobile phones, said Dmitri Leonov, a VP at email management service SaneBox.

Since you don't know how much of the subject line hiring managers would be able to see from their smartphones, it's important to put the most important information at the beginning of the subject line. Otherwise, compelling details could get cut off.

Example: Marketing Manager with 8 Years of Experience

Be clear and specific

Recruiters spend just six seconds reviewing a resume, said Augustine, so they likely spend even less time scanning a job seeker's email.

The subject line should communicate exactly who you are and what you're looking for without a recruiter needing to open the email.

Don't use a vague subject line like "résumé for opening," and instead specify which opening you're applying for.

Example: John Smith Following Up on Sales Position

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11 potentially cancer-causing things you might use every day


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Cancer-linked substances are everywhere.

Sometimes it can feel downright unavoidable: Californians now have to read cancer warnings as they sip their morning coffees, and the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer keeps a running tally of things that definitely cause cancer, seem to cause cancer, and might cause cancer. 

All cancer is a result of damage or genetic mutations in our DNA. It fundamentally affects the way cells grow and divide, changing them in perverse ways. Those toxic, rapidly multiplying cells then grow into unruly tumors, and can spread far and wide through the body. 

Some cases of cancer are out of our control, determined by genetic defects and predispositions passed down from one generation to the next, or spurred by genetic changes we undergo through our lifetime. 

Products like cigarettes are clear cancer-causers, while other consumables like grilled meats may up your chances of getting cancer by just a tiny fraction. Coffee has recently been vilified in California because it contains a cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide, but a growing body of research suggests that a daily dose of brew may do your body more good than harm.  

The truth is, just about every compound out there could possibly, maybe, one day contribute to cancer. Still, there are some products that scientists are starting to sense we should monitor more closely.

Here's what we know.

SEE ALSO: A study of more than 100,000 people has found that one food group is closely linked with cancer

Birth control

Going on birth control is a mixed bag when it comes to cancer.

While it may increase a woman's risk for developing breast and cervical cancers, studies suggest it might also lower the chances of developing endometrial, ovarian, or colorectal cancers.


Scientists now know that eating too much sweet stuff can not only lead to diabetes, it can also actively damage your cells and up your odds of developing cancer.

But that's not all.

New research suggests that sugar may fuel tumor growth in the body, because cancer loves to use sugar as fuel. 

"The hyperactive sugar consumption of cancerous cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth" Belgian molecular biologist Johan Thevelein said when his latest study was released in 2017. Scientists say the groundbreaking research gives us a better understanding of how sugar and cancer interact, and could one day help create targeted diet strategies for patients.


Some plastics

Plastics can be dangerous, especially when they leach chemicals out through scratches or cracks in a container. 

BPA is a synthetic estrogen that's been used in many plastics and resins since the 1960s. And it's a known endocrine disruptor, which means it messes with the natural balance of hormones in our bodies. BPA resins can be used inside products like metal food cans as sealants, while polycarbonate BPA plastics can include water bottles and food storage containers. BPA even shows up on the shiny side of receipt paper, to stabilize the ink.

While many plastic manufacturers have started labeling their products as "BPA-free," there's still a lot of the breast and prostate cancer-causing stuff around.


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A powerful drug derived from marijuana is on the cusp of federal approval



  • An experimental cannabis-derived drug faces a key vote on Thursday, when a group of scientists convened by the Food and Drug Administration will decide on its safety and effectiveness.
  • The vote will play a key role in the FDA's final approval decision, which is scheduled for June.
  • The drug, called Epidiolex, is made by GW Pharmaceuticals and is designed to treat two rare forms of epilepsy.

An experimental drug derived from cannabis to treat epilepsy is on the brink of becoming the first of its kind to win US government approval.

On Thursday, a panel of outside experts convened by the Food and Drug Administration will vote on the drug's safety and effectiveness. Their recommendation will play a key role in the FDA's approval decision for the drug, which is made by GW Pharmaceuticals.

If the FDA gives final approval — a decision is expected in June — the new drug would be sold under the name Epidiolex as a syrup. It would be the first drug whose active ingredient is cannabidiol, the compound in marijuana thought to be responsible for many of its therapeutic effects. Cannabidiol doesn't contain THC, marijuana's main psychoactive ingredient, and is not linked with euphoria or the drug's characteristic high.

CBD appears to help reduce seizures, at least in two of the hardest-to-treat forms of epilepsy, known as Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome. That's according to two large clinical trials that the FDA considered on Tuesday, two days ahead of the vote. Based on those results, the scientists on the panel concluded that GW's submission "appears to support approval."

While Epidiolex would be the first cannabidiol-based drug to land FDA approval, the agency has already given the green light to other drugs that contain a lab-made version of THC. Currently sold under brand names Marinol and Syndros, the drugs are designed to treat some negative side effects of chemotherapy and AIDS, such as nausea, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

GW Pharma's long road to FDA approval

Epidiolex 100mg Carton Bottle (unenhanced) (0074c) (j10)Because GW Pharmaceuticals was able to show that its product addresses a critical need, it was able to apply for a designation to fast-track the Food and Drug Administration's often protracted approval process.

One clinical trial of the drug looked at its effects in 225 young people with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. The researchers split the study participants into groups and gave them either a high dose of the drug, a low dose, or a placebo for 14 weeks. The results were presented at an American Academy of Neurology meeting last year, and showed that participants in the high-dose group saw their seizure occurrence drop by 42%. Those given the low dose saw a decrease of roughly 37%. By comparison, those given the placebo only saw a 17% reduction in seizure occurrence.

The second trial, the results of which were published in May 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine, looked at 120 children with Dravet syndrome. Half were given the drug and half received a placebo. Forty-three percent of the participants given the drug saw their seizures reduced by half, and 5% stopped having seizures entirely. The group given the placebo saw barely any improvement.

The FDA vote and the future of cannabis-derived drugs

In its public meeting on Thursday, a panel of outside scientists convened by the FDA will decide if Epidiolex is safe and effective. Their vote is a recommendation that will be considered when the final decision on whether or not to approve the drug is made later this summer.

Epidiolex would be designed to treat only two types of epilepsy, so FDA approval would mean the drug would be prescribed for a small group of patients. But medical professionals could technically prescribe it "off-label" for other conditions as well. (The anesthetic ketamine, for example, may currently be prescribed this way for some hard-to-treat forms of depression.)

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, epilepsy affects more than 4.3 million Americans. Although GW Pharma's current drug only focuses on two rare types of the condition, the company has said that it is exploring treatments for various other forms of epilepsy as well. If this initial drug gets the green light, that approval will likely galvanize new research into other marijuana-based drugs.

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Despite failing health, 92-year-old Barbara Bush is alert, talking and enjoying bourbon


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  • Former First Lady Barbara Bush is alert, having conversations, and enjoying bourbon despite her failing health.
  • She has COPD, which makes it harder for her to breathe, and congestive heart failure.
  • Bush decided to forgo any more medical treatment and seek "comfort care" at home, surrounded by family.

Former first lady Barbara Bush appears to be doing well at home despite her failing health.

Monday night, Bush was alert and was having conversations — along with a glass of bourbon — despite her COPD making it difficult for her to breathe, a source close to the family told Jenna Gibson of CBS News.

A family spokesman said on Sunday that Bush is in "failing health" and will not seek additional medical treatment.

After a number of recent hospitalizations and consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old chose not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care.

"It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others," family spokesman Jim McGrath said in the statement. "She is surrounded by a family she adores, and appreciates the many kind messages and especially the prayers she is receiving."

Along with COPD, Bush is battling congestive heart failure and has also been treated for a thyroid condition known as Graves' disease since she lived in the White House.

Bush was first lady from 1989 to 1993 while her husband, George H.W. Bush, was the 41st president. She has been a fixture of American politics and the Bush dynasty for decades.

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Beyoncé's Coachella set was the most-viewed live performance on YouTube in the festival's history


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  • Beyoncé's Coachella set became the most-viewed live performance on YouTube in the festival's history, with 458,000 simultaneous global viewers at its peak, YouTube said in a release.
  • The first weekend of Coachella also drew a record 41 million live viewers on the site from 232 countries, making it the most-viewed live music festival in YouTube's history.
  • Beyoncé was joined in her Coachella set by over 100 singers, dancers, and musicians, including guest appearances from her former Destiny's Child band members, her sister Solange Knowles, and her husband Jay-Z.
  • The 105-minute set blew up on Twitter, as it was taking place, with the hashtag "#Beychella." 
  • Beyoncé was previously set to perform at Coachella last year before she had to cancel the set due to her pregnancy. 

Beyoncé's headlining performance at Coachella over the weekend made history the moment she took the stage (as she became the first black woman to headline the festival), but she also notched another milestone in the process. 

Beyoncé's 105-minute set on Saturday was the most-viewed live performance on YouTube in Coachella's history, with 458,000 simultaneous global viewers at its peak, the video site said in a release. 

The first weekend of Coachella drew also drew a record 41 million live viewers on the site from 232 countries, making it the most-viewed live music festival in YouTube's history.

Beyoncé was joined in her Coachella set by over 100 singers, dancers, and musicians, including guest appearances from her former Destiny's Child band members, her sister Solange Knowles, and her husband Jay-Z.

The set blew up on Twitter and social media, as it was taking place, with the hashtag "#Beychella." 

Beyoncé was previously set to perform at Coachella last year before she had to cancel the set due to her pregnancy. 

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MoviePass' auditor says there's 'substantial doubt' about its ability to stay in business — as it reports a $150.8 million loss (HMNY)


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  • MoviePass' owner, Helios & Matheson Analytics, has filed its 10-K to the SEC and reported a loss of $150.8 million last year.
  • The company's independent auditor states in the filing that it has "substantial doubt" about its ability to stay in business.
  • Helios & Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth emphasized that $110 million of the $150 million loss is non-cash.


Ever since MoviePass drastically cut its price last summer, people in the movie industry have wondered how it will stay afloat financially. Its auditors have the same question.

MoviePass owner, Helios & Matheson Analytics, faces "substantial doubt" about its ability stay in business — as the company continues to burn through cash — its auditor said on Tuesday in the company's long-awaited annual report. 

The auditor, Rosenberg Rich Baker Berman & Co., wrote that the company had "suffered recurring losses from operations and negative cash flows from operating activities," adding that this gives it "substantial doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern."

Shares of Helios & Matheson were lower on Tuesday after earlier rising as much as 10%. The annual report filing had been delayed, concerning some analysts.

Helios & Matheson CEO Ted Farnsworth downplayed the significance of the "going concern" warning to Business Insider, saying such a warning was in "pretty much most" 10-K filings when a company is running at a loss. "If they don't raise money, they could go out of business," he continued.

Such statements, though, aren't triggered by a company's profits or losses. Instead, they reflect the auditor's view on how viable a company is in the year forward. 

MoviePass has warned investors that it needs to be able to raise funds to continue growing. "Our ability to continue as a going concern will be determined by our ability to obtain additional funding in the short term to enable us to continue the development and integration of our MoviePass business," it says in the report.

Since MoviePass dropped its subscription price to $9.95 a month last summer, which allows members to see one movie per day in theaters, it has shaken up the industry. It has attracted millions of new subscribers, but many have questioned how it will continue to sustain itself financially given that it's paying most theaters full price for movie tickets.

The company recently told Variety that MoviePass CEO Mitch Lowe and Farnsworth had, since last summer, together raised $280 million and secured a $375 million line of credit to fund the business.

Continuing to spend

Helios & Matheson reported a loss of $150.8 million for last year, "primarily due to the acquisition of MoviePass," according to the filing. That's compared with a loss of $7.4 million in 2016. 

Farnsworth emphasized to Business Insider that the $150.8 million wasn't an entire cash loss for the company.

"Out of the $150 million, basically $110 million is all non-cash — derivative accounting," Farnsworth told Business Insider Tuesday. "The gross loss is only $10 million cash."

MoviePass is continuing to spend. The company acquired Moviefone from Verizon in early April, reportedly paying Verizon $23 million for the movie-ticket site — $1 million in cash and a mix of Helios & Matheson stock and warrants worth about $22 million.

Farnsworth said he will continue to fund MoviePass through Helios & Matheson and that the plan is to use Moviefone as an ad sales source for MoviePass.

"I'm the biggest fan because I see what's going on from the inside and what Mitch is creating here," he said.

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25 high-paying jobs for creative thinkers


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  • Creative jobs can be lucrative.
  • The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) lists jobs that require creative thinking.
  • They found plenty of high-paying jobs for out-of-the-box thinkers in the world of art and science

Creative jobs are out there. You just have to know where to look.

Business Insider combed through the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database that compiles detailed information on hundreds of jobs, and looked at salary data on the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website to find positions that place high importance on "thinking creatively" and pay an average annual salary of over $50,000.

O*NET calculates how important "developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions" is in any job, assigning each a score between one and 100.

There are several jobs that place high importance on creative thinking skills — coming up with new and original ideas, projects, or products — where you can earn an average salary upwards of $50,000.

Here are a number of high-paying positions with a "creative thinking" importance level of 93 or higher:

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Music composer or arranger

Average annual salary: $50,590

Creative-thinking importance level: 97

What they do: Music composers or arrangers write and transcribe original scores.

Projected growth through 2026: 5% to 9%

Interior designer

Average annual salary: $51,500

Creative-thinking importance level: 97

What they do: Interior designers plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings.

Projected growth through 2026: 2% to 4%

Set and exhibit designer

Average annual salary: $53,090

Creative-thinking importance level: 97

What they do: Set and exhibit designers design movie, theater, and television sets as well as special exhibits.

Projected growth through 2026: 10% to 14%

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7 signs someone is in love with you — even if it doesn't seem like it


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  • Sometimes, it’s tough to tell if someone is in love with you.
  • However, some relationship experts believe that there are ways to tell if someone has stronger feelings than you may realize.
  • With a bit of detective work, you can look for behaviors that indicate that a person secretly loves you.


Sometimes, a person right in front of you may be in love with you, but you don’t realize it. Perhaps you’re friends who hang out a lot and you even tell others that nothing’s going on — you’re “just friends.” However, little do you know that the person isharboring secret feelings for you.

Or maybe you are dating, but get mixed signals from them — though they’re not saying “I love you,” they are showing you through their subtle actions. Yes, they rescued you when you got stranded in the middle of the freeway when you ran out of gas, but isn’t that what friends do?

To get the scoop, Business Insider spoke to two relationship experts, includingDr. Suzana E. Flores, clinical psychologist and author of “Facehooked: How Facebook Affects Our Emotions, Relationships, and Lives.” “While there is no guaranteed way to knowif a person is truly in love with you, there are a few signs someone can show to reveal how they really feel,” Dr. Flores told Business Insider.

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1. They have fun with you even if the task at hand is not fun, per se

The saying, "It’s not what you do, but who you're with" is popular for a reason — because it's true. Pay attention to the person who's always there for you, even when the task at hand is not outwardly a fun one, like helping you move. "A sign someone may be in love with you includes their ability to have fun with you even during mundane tasks," Dr. Flores said. "If they are happy to see you, no matter what the two of you are doing, it may be love."

Kailen Rosenberg, elite matchmaker and founder of The Lodge Social Club, a dating application with a three-step vetting process that launched earlier this month, agrees. "The person will often go the 'extra mile' to help you with something — a project, a need, an errand, etc.," she told Business Insider. "Bottom line, they want to be near you, thought of by you, and assist you."

2. They look at you ... a lot

The next time you’re with the person in question, note how often they look at you. Harvard psychologist Zick Rubin found a correlation between eye contact and love. In his study, couples deeply in love look at one another 75% of the time while talking, while people engaged in conversation only look at each other about 30-60% of the time.

"When someone is in love with you, they will stare at your eyes more directly and for a longer period of time; they want to be completely present with you," Dr. Flores said. "This is why it's so important to interact with a love interest in person versus just through digital connection — we need to connect emotionally through eye contact."

3. They pay more attention to you

Everyone is busy, right? But people also make time for things — and others — that are important to them. “Someone may be in love when they begin to focus a lot of their attention on you, especially in one-on-one settings,” Dr. Flores said. Rosenberg agrees. “They’re just like the boy on the playground who used to pull your hair or tease you when you were a kid,” she said.

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