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This San Francisco bar is a gamer's paradise

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Sitting in the glow of a television monitor, two young gamers compete against each other in "Super Smash Bros. 4." Beads of sweat form on the strangers' brows, and their grips tighten on their bulky GameCube controllers.

As Luigi annihilates Toon Link, knocking him off-screen in clever and fatal attack moves, the players make small talk. It is a bar, after all.

Every Tuesday and Thursday night, roughly 450 people crowd into a loft-like bar in San Francisco's SoMa District for "SF Game Night." Hosted by Showdown, an alternative entertainment production company, the semiweekly event rallies local gamers of all skill levels to come together for casual and competitive play and strengthen the city's gaming community.

I recently attended a SF Game Night to see why gamers flock here instead of staying on their couches to unwind with some video games.

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After paying a $5 cover, bar-goers enter the "Bring Your Own Games" zone. Players sit around tables piled high with board games and trading card games, many of which were supplied by the local gaming store Gamescape. They cradle gaming-themed cocktails, like the "Power Up," a mix of Michter's Rye, orange ginger syrup, bitters, and wine-soaked cherry.

Games of "Cards Against Humanity," "Magic: The Gathering," and "Chinatown" (pictured above) are underway. Like pickup games on a basketball court, they were started spontaneously by a group of players who didn't know one another before settling at the table.

In a far corner of the room, "Rock Band" players supply an energetic soundtrack.

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The main room hums with the electric sounds of an arcade and beer-pong balls bouncing on the floor (yes, there's something for everyone here). Regulars who have been coming since SF Game Night began in February 2014 mix with total newbies who hesitantly tagged along with friends.

The men outnumber the women about 10 to 1, which is not unusual in the gaming industry. The players all look to be in their 20s and 30s.

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In one area, two players at a time compete in "Ultra Street Fighter IV," which is broadcast through Showdown's Twitch channel online and projected on massive screens hanging overhead. Only the best players volunteer to play on the stream, as it is watched by up to 10,000 people at once. No pressure.

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Under the halo of the projection screens, players sit close on couches and in chairs with controllers in hand. Many bring them from home.

There's a "Super Smash Bros. 4" tournament every Tuesday, and every Thursday they play "Ultra Street Fighter IV." Recently as many as 70 gamers have entered the bracket, paying a buy-in of $5. The grand prize winner takes 70% of the pool; second place, 20%; third place, 10%.

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Peter Hawrylow III, who goes by his gamertag "Rice," has placed in four of the last six "Super Smash Bros. 4" tournaments. The 21-year-old student says he takes home between $50 and $70 a week from SF Game Night. He has no desire to go professional though.

"I love playing the game, but I don't want it to be a job," Hawrylow says. "I just want to come here and play to have fun. That's why we're all here."

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When CJ Scaduto cofounded Showdown years ago, he had this kind of customer in mind.

Growing up, he says, he drove his parents crazy by playing Xbox Live in the living room. The games were loud and obnoxious. He would later ask himself, "Why aren't we watching [video-game play] in a bar like a baseball or football game? So we can be loud and obnoxious there."

He scrounged up every console he owned and began approaching bars, promising to bring customers if the bar played live streams of gameplay on the TVs. Scaduto eventually partnered with the Folsom Street Foundry, where SF Game Night found a permanent home.

Scaduto lights up when he talks about his customers. He describes them as a bunch of cool, passionate guys looking for something to do after work that doesn't involve getting hammered and hitting on chicks.

"They believe in an alternative night of entertainment," Scaduto says. "Our goal is to create what we coined 'an extension of your living room.'"

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Business Insider's Retail vertical is looking for a reporter in our Manhattan office. 

If you're interested in all the things people spend money on, you might be the ideal candidate. Common brands we cover include McDonald's, Wal-Mart, Amazon, Victoria's Secret, Chipotle, and more. 

From testing the latest item at Taco Bell to covering the death of shopping malls, this job offers a unique opportunity to explore consumer culture.  

We're looking for the following: 

  • Excellent writing skills
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  • Journalism background
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A model tells us what it was like to walk in Kanye West's bizarre fashion show

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Everyone has been weighing in on Kanye West's Adidas collaboration show at New York Fashion Week.

But what about the models themselves. What was it like to wear the clothes?

Devan Mayfield, who walked the runway at modeling West's line, spoke with Business Insider about her experience with the show.

According to her, here's what happened:

Mayfield said she found out about the casting call last minute. When she showed up, casting directors immediately pulled her to the front. She went inside and immediately started photographing the show's looks.

"It felt like a dream to be working with fellow artists, creators, and revolutionaries. I was very inspired and carry the energy from those moments with me today," she said "I was a part of Kanye’s army."

West was already there when Mayfield arrived. In fact, he was at all the castings, fittings, and rehearsals.

"When I arrived for hair and makeup on the day of the show, he was already there," she said. "Kanye was very involved."

Mayfield said she loved wearing the clothing in the show, which made her feel both "sexy and comfortable."

"The nude body suit felt like another layer of skin the way it was hugging my body," she said "I felt empowered."

Kanye Fashion ShowSome fashion critics speculated the models were guided to look "bored" and yawn periodically, but Mayfield says that's not true.

"We were guided to remain present," she said, adding that the expressions the models used were "natural and meditative."

Mayfield said, since West's show was more of a cohesive performance art than most runway shows, the models walking the show understood that they were giving a performance.

"You could see our souls on our faces," she said.

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This $49 million penthouse would be the most expensive condo ever sold in San Francisco

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A 14,000-square-foot penthouse apartment in San Francisco's yet-to-be-completed Lumina property has just been listed for a jaw-dropping $49 million.

If sold for the listing price, it would be a record for San Francisco. The most expensive condo ever sold in the city was the St. Regis penthouse, which went for $28 million in 2011.

The duplex penthouse takes up the 41st and 42nd floors of the taller of Lumina's two towers, which are currently under construction in the city's South of Market neighborhood.

Gregg Lynn of Sotheby's International Realty has the listing

"This property is located right in the epicenter of the tech world," Lynn said to Business Insider. "It's very possible that a tech luminary would be interested in this penthouse. We're expecting that." 

Lumina's two buildings will have a total of 656 units, starting in the $2 million range. About 200 units are already under contract, though the first residents won't move into their new homes until at least the end of 2015. Lynn says the penthouse will be available by the summer of 2016. 

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The $49 million penthouse will have 20-foot ceilings, two kitchens, and 360-degree views of the Bay from terraces totaling 1,200 square feet of space.

Lynn adds that the property has already drawn significant interest, mostly from "locals with a deep interest in South of Market."

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"It would definitely appeal to someone who has a lifestyle that's commensurate with this apartment, who does a lot of hosting or corporate events," Lynn said. "Plus there's that sense of grandeur."

There will be five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, and two partial baths. The condo was designed by Bernardo Fort-Brescia of Arquitectonica

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All of that glass makes for an amazing view any time of day. 

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 The building itself will also have some amazing amenities, like a 7,000-square-foot fitness center, lap pool, music rooms, and multiple lounges.

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Tom Brokaw's 'The Greatest Generation' is an incredible collection of stories about those who grew up during WWII

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soldiers, 1940s, library of congressIn "The Greatest Generation," Tom Brokaw writes about the generation who grew up during the Great Depression and the Second World War.

"It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced," Brokaw writes. "At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific."

Brokaw doesn't claim that they were the perfect generation (he highlights their delayed responses to racism and women's rights), but he does admire how their actions shaped the post-WWII landscape in the US.

"They have so many stories to tell, stories that in many cases they have never told before, because in a deep sense they didn't think that what they were doing was special, because everyone else was doing it to," he writes.

"The Greatest Generation" by Tom Brokaw — available for paperback $12.99, and Kindle $10.99.

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Louis Vuitton is now a 'brand for secretaries' in China

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China's elite have become too savvy for Louis Vuitton, which has exploded in popularity in the middle class.

"I don't see anybody carrying a Gucci or Louis Vuitton bag," Sara Jane Ho, the founder of the elite Chinese etiquette school Institute Sarita, told Business Insider. "My clients are sophisticated. My students are the people who were buying an Hermes bag 10 years ago and holding themselves to higher standards."

As HSBC managing director Ewan Rambourg explains in "The Bling Dynasty: Why the Reign of Chinese Luxury Shoppers Has Only Just Begun," Louis Vuitton has been a big deal in China since around 2003, when sales peaked in Japan. While Japan's elite were less concerned about the brand hitting the mainstream, however, China's elite have a different attitude toward luxury.

"Japanese people used to purchase luxury products to fit in whereas Chinese are buying the goods to stand out," Rambourg writes, paraphrasing Swarovski executive Francis Belin.

Now China's very high-end consumers are abandoning the label for even more expensive brands or bespoke goods. A typical Chinese luxury shopper, he claims, might think, "I can't buy Vuitton, I've seen it too much, it's a brand for secretaries."

"Louis Vuitton has become too ordinary," a billionaire woman told China Market Research Group managing director Shaun Rein in 2011. "Everyone has it. You see it in every restaurant in Beijing. I prefer Chanel or Bottega Veneta now. They are more exclusive."

It hasn't helped that there are so many counterfeit Louis Vuitton handbags in China and around the world.

A vendor holds three fake Louis Vuitton wallets while waiting for customers in famous Xiangyang Market in Shanghai, China.

Second-hand luxury handbags are displayed at a Milan Station outlet in Hong Kong.

Louis Vuitton sells plenty of goods in China, but now the core consumers include young office workers with spending money who save up to buy the status symbol. This isn't necessarily a bad thing given that China's middle class may be the biggest growth market there isThe challenge will be holding onto those core consumers while also trying to win back the richest customers.

To succeed, Louis Vuitton may need to move away from its monogrammed, label-heavy image and become a more nuanced luxury company.

"Wealthy Chinese want to make a statement about their social status and what they wear, but they're getting a little more subtle," Hansi Men, an investment immigration lawyer at Streit & Su law firm, told Business Insider. "They want you to know it's Louis Vuitton, but they don't like the big characters on their shirt. They still want you to know that it's Louis Vuitton without really knowing."

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21 glorious, vintage photographs of NASA's glory days

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Space exploration's golden age was arguably at its very start, when ambition was boundless and progress came in great strides.

A massive collection of vintage photos from this era went up for auction on February 26 at London's Bloomsbury Auction.

The nearly 700 photographs — original prints, not reproductions — come from the collection of a single European collector.

The auction lasted nearly ten hours and brought in a total of £489,440, (or more than $755,500) from more than 300 bidders.

Here are 21 of them, in chronological order, starting in 1946 with the first image of Earth from space.

On October 24, 1946, mankind got its first photograph taken from outer space, at an altitude of 65 miles. A camera attached to a V-2 Rocket, a product of German engineering during World War II, was set up to snap a photo every second and a half. The rocket crashed back to Earth, its film roll kept safe by a steel casing.



Ed White was the first American astronaut to take a spacewalk, on June 3 1965. A cosmonaut (as Soviet space explorers are called) by the name of Alexei Leonov beat him to it by almost three months — though Leonov had a brush with death to do so, as he was forced to let oxygen out of his suit before reentering his spacecraft. Spacewalks are an important part of an astronaut's toolkit, who exit their vessels in order to make repairs on the outside.



Another shot of Ed White's historic spacewalk. "You looked like you were in your mother’s womb," White's copilot James McDivitt later told him.

Source: Bloomsbury Auctions



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The 5 best duffel bags for all types of athletes [up to 42% off]

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Different athletes need different gym bags.

We put together a list of five great on-sale options depending on what you're looking for.

Whether you're a heavy-duty athlete, a golfer, or just need something for your weekly trek to the gym — we've got it here.


Adidas Golf duffel bag

gym bag men AdidasIf you're a golf person, here's the duffel bag for you. 

The bag comes with four pockets, including a dry/wet storage compartment. 

The dark green color gives the bag a slightly more sophisticated feel compared to your average neon-colored gym bag.

Price: $59.99$34.99[42% off]


Adidas Scorch Team duffel bag

gym bag menThe Scorch Team duffel bag is what you'll want for day-long athletic events or tournaments.

Plus, on one end of the bag there's a separate and ventilated wet/dry compartment, which will keep your things nice and fresh.

Price: $65.00$45.76[30% off]


Adidas Climaproof Menace duffel bag

gym bag men AdidasThe Climaproof Menace is the best option for casual gym goers. It's locker-sized and has 5 separate compartments to keep you things together neatly.

The base of the bag is water resistant, which means that your things won't get gross after sitting on the gym floor.

Price: $85.00$69.99[18% off]


Adidas Team Wheel bag

gym bag men adidasIf you need something that's way more durable than your average gym bag, then the Team Wheel is what you want.

Price: $150.00$109.15[27% 0ff]


Under Armour Women's Escape Duffel

gym bag men adidasThis Under Armour duffel is lined with pockets, which makes it easier to separate dirty clothes and shoes from your clean things.

Additionally, it comes with a clear, removable pouch that can be used for makeup and other toiletries.

Price: $49.99 $38.44 [23% off]


 

 

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25 incredible pictures of Dubai from above

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Dubai spares no expense when making its cityscape the most jaw-dropping in the world.

In the 2000s, the emirate dropped nearly $600 billion into constructing the world's tallest tower, biggest man-made island, and most luxurious hotel, among other architectural feats.

These aerial photos of Dubai capture the city's elegance and ambition.

Dubai is a city of superlatives. Located in the United Arab Emirates, the ritzy metropolis is home to some of the tallest, biggest, and most luxurious structures in the world.



These dazzling photos of Dubai, taken from the sky, show off the city's architectural feats.



The Burj Al Arab, the fourth-tallest hotel in the world, dominates the Dubai skyline.



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31 stunning photos from Sony's World Photography Awards

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Sony and the World Photography Organization have announced the shortlist for the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards in the Professional, Open, and Youth categories.

The 2015 competition saw more than 173,000 entries this year, making it the most successful year in the awards' eight-year history.

Those in the professional categories are competing for a $25,000 prize and the title of Photographer of the Year.

The winners of this year's awards will be revealed in April at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala.

OPEN: A shoal of black-tip reef sharks patrol the coast of the Seychelles, an island off the coast of Africa.



A man performs a "bomb" dive into the ocean. Photographer Antony Crossfield made the image to show how one could create "fiction" in digital photography.



These pelicans live at Port Vincent in South Australia. They have become accustomed to waiting for fish offal for food.



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WWE put on its best show ever — and it wasn't even televised

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The WWE made a high-profile pit stop on the Road to Wrestlemania Friday night when it invaded Madison Square Garden for what is known as a "house show."

A house show is a live WWE event that isn't broadcast on television. The performers provide entertainment solely for those who happen to be "in the house."

And last night's show serves as proof that sometimes the best WWE events aren't the ones you see on TV. Unhindered by commercial breaks and taped segments, WWE house shows give the performers a chance to take their time and show off their true range of talents.

Last night, the MSG crowd saw that range of talent and a whole lot more, brother.

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The highlight of the night was an elaborate tribute to Hulk Hogan, who was honored by a cavalcade of pro-wrestling legends. Famed WWE manager Jimmy Hart (a.k.a. "The Mouth of the South") kicked off the proceedings, followed by an appearance by two of Hogan's most famous associates from his days in the New World Order faction: Scott Hall and Kevin Nash.

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But before they could continue, the Garden shook with the strains of "Also Sprach Zarathustra," which meant that the "Nature Boy" Ric Flair was in the house. For the rest of the night, you couldn't go more than a few seconds without hearing a fan yell out "Woooooooo," which is Flair's famous catchphrase.

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After Flair delivered an emotional tribute to Hulk Hogan, Triple H emerged with a Madison Square Garden executive who, after being savagely booed, announced that the Garden would honor Hogan's legacy by installing an honorary banner in the rafters.

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I speculated that one of the bad guys, otherwise known as "heels," might interrupt the ceremony and disrespect Hogan and company, but the segment remained completely free of scripted angles. Even Triple H, who currently performs as one of the company's top heels, broke character and showed genuine appreciation for Hogan. This is what's known as a "shoot," which occurs when performers break character.

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However, the "shooting" ended with the Hulk Hogan tribute. The rest of the night was filled with exciting matches featuring the roster's A-list talent. Top draws like John Cena, Randy Orton, Bray Wyatt, and Seth Rollins filled the card, which entertained the crowd for more than three hours.

Speaking of Rollins, I'd previously assumed that we might see "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart at the event. Rollins and Stewart are embroiled in a kayfabe feud, but alas he did not show. However, Stewart did suggest he might be in attendance at the next taping of "Monday Night Raw" this Monday in Newark, New Jersey.

Superstars like Chris Jericho have often vocalized their preference for house shows over televised events because of the freedom the performers have to try out more exciting maneuvers and "high spots" without the time constraints of live TV.

Last night provided hard evidence as to why the performers feel this way. TV tapings may have more prestige and visibility, but house shows are almost always guaranteed to be more fun.

Here's the full card from the event:

Bad News Barrett defeated Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler in a triple threat match for the Intercontinental Championship.

Tag Team Champions Tyson Kidd and Cesaro defeated New Day.

Divas Champion Nikki Bella defeated Paige.

Chris Jericho defeated Luke Harper.

John Cena defeated US Champion Rusev via disqualification.

R-Truth defeated Fandango.

Randy Orton defeated Bray Wyatt.

In the main event, Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns defeated Seth Rollins and Kane.

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Here's what we saw at 'Whisky Live' — a big New York City fair for whisky lovers

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Whiskey is taking off in America. So it's no surprise that New York City's annual Whisky Live expo, hosted by Whisky Magazine, was a huge hit this year.

"New York is actually the biggest and most significant whiskey city in the world," event organizer Dave Sweet told Business Insider.

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The fair, which took place at Pier 60 on Wednesday, featured 80 different brands, distillers, and local bars, which poured more than 300 whiskey expressions. About 1,200 people turned up and the crowd was a mix: suits and ties vs. plaid shirts and hipster beards; amateurs looking to learn about the spirit and whiskey aficionados hoping to taste the next level.

A big theme this year was local craft and flavored whiskies whether maple-flavored varieties from Vermont or honey-infused blends from the Catskills.

"Craft whiskey is enjoying a huge upswing in popularity," said Sweet. "There used to be a very limited number of whiskeys that people were aware of, whether it be bourbon or scotch or Irish. Now you have this huge range, and a lot of different flavor profiles."

He said more and more industry experts are starting to take craft whiskeys seriously, especially now that many have been around for a few years and have had a chance to mature.

Of course, the established names were at Whisky Live too, as well as a ton of master distillers and legendary brand ambassadors.

The fair was held at Chelsea Pier and kicked off with dinner and live jazz music.



Some of the booths had really fun displays, like Monkey 47's.



Brooklyn distillers 'Breuckelen Distilling' got creative with their display.



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Why Target forgot its formula for success

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alex from target memeAt one of Target's shops in downtown Chicago, one recent weekend, customers congregated in the electronics department and the area that sells towels and bedding. Upstairs, the women's clothes department was almost deserted. A quick examination of its stock revealed why: dowdy dresses, garish sweaters and jackets that any reasonably fashion-conscious woman under 60 would surely spurn.

For many shoppers, Target no longer hits the spot. In its annual results this week it admitted that the cost of retreating from a disastrous foray into Canada, and of closing underperforming shops in America, would be a whopping $5.1 billion.

It is an astonishing reversal of fortune. A decade ago Target had such a chic image that people called it "Tar-zhay" with a faux French accent. The Minneapolis-based discounter thrived after reinventing itself as a seller of designer-label clothing at affordable prices. It teamed up with designers such as Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler and Zac Posen, and attracted young, predominantly female shoppers with higher disposable incomes than those who usually go to discounters.

But in 2011 Target's growth began to slow, and margins to shrink. Its designer lines had seemingly lost their sparkle, and the rest of its clothing range never was that impressive. The squeeze on Americans' real incomes did not help, but it struggled to keep up with the rise of "fast-fashion" retailers such as Uniqlo and Zara.

Dissatisfied with its online sales, which it had been outsourcing to Amazon since 2001, Target took direct control of them, launching a slick new website. But by then its rivals were ahead of it in e-commerce. Target also expanded its food offering, hoping to coax shoppers to visit more often--and buy a higher-margin item such as a sweater even if they had only popped in for some milk. Great theory; didn't work in practice. "They became too focused on food and consumables, and lost their Tar-zhay cachet," says Brian Yarbrough of Edward Jones, an investment firm.

Things got far worse in 2013. During the pre-Christmas shopping season, the company suffered a massive hacking attack that compromised credit-card and other details of up to 70m customers. Shoppers deserted its stores, and profits plunged.

target canada Meanwhile Target's newly launched Canadian operations began bleeding money. "The Canadian debacle was a symptom of a broader set of problems," says Sarah Kaplan, professor of management at the University of Toronto. Target seems to have stopped listening to its shoppers. The American executives it put in charge of the shops in Canada did not understand that Canadians tend to shop "off the flyer": special-offer leaflets are the most effective way to tempt them into a store.

Last May Gregg Steinhafel, the chief executive, was shown the door. His successor, Brian Cornell, was horrified to find, on an unannounced visit to some of the Canadian shops, that they were deserted on the Saturday before Christmas. He concluded that all 133 stores north of the border must shut. Target's first international expansion had ended in defeat.

Target's share price has recovered sharply in recent months, as confidence has grown that Mr Cornell can turn it around. But there is much to be done. David Schick of Stifel, a stockbroker, says it needs to go back to "differentiated discount", which means offering a selection of desirable items--a trendy handbag, say, or a novelty watch--which no rival is selling. The food department needs a facelift too, says David Strasser of Janney Montgomery Scott, a financial-services firm. He thinks Target should try to be more like Trader Joe's, a thriving own-label supermarket chain that is part of Aldi, a German discount-grocery giant.

Target also needs to catch up with its more successful peers in becoming an "omni-channel" retailer, offering customers a seamless choice of how to shop: in stores, on internet browsers or on smartphone apps. It has only recently begun to switch its emphasis from huge, out-of-town stores towards smaller, more central ones that provide a "click-and-collect" service for online and smartphone orders.

Mr Cornell has made a good start, but it is far from certain that Target can return to its glory days in the home market. As for venturing abroad again, it would face so many nimble and successfully globalised rivals that its chances would be slim.

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Just looking at these tiny shoebox apartments in Hong Kong will make you claustrophobic

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Hong Kong has a problem. With its population growing steadily, it doesn't have enough space to house the 7.2 million people in its 31 square miles.

But where the government sees a major issue, realtors see dollars. Because of demand, they can charge high rents for tiny spaces, charging up to HK$90, or $11.60 USD, per square foot.

And the spaces are getting smaller. People are living in apartments stacked with wooden boxes, known as "coffin houses," and sleeping in cages about the size of rabbit hutches.

The photos of these spaces are extreme and expose the harsh realities of a city with the highest levels of inequality in the developed world.

(Captions by Reuters and Christian Storm)

Because of China's massive population, there is a shortage of housing. Because of demand, realtors can charge astronomical prices for minuscule spaces, like the 80-square-foot apartment of Michelle Wong, a single mother, which she rents for $387.



Li Rong, 37, sits on a bed in her 35-square-foot subdivided apartment, with just enough room for a bunk bed and small TV, on the fifth floor of an old industrial building in Hong Kong. Li and people like her live in some of the priciest real estate per square foot in the world.



Most of these apartments are subdivided, meaning one unit intended for single occupants has been instead divided into multiple living spaces and rented individually.



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The 15 best buildings of the year, according to London Design Museum

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The London Design museum has picked out its favorite buildings of the past year.

From the new Louis Vuitton museum in Paris to the specular arched Markthal Rotterdam food market — not to mention some stunning examples of green architecture like Sydney's One Central Park, these are some of the most beautiful buildings ever built.

These 15 stunning structures truly represent the best of the best.

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (London School of Economics), London

Architects: O'Donnell + Tuomey



Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Architects: Emre Arolat Architects



Arena do Morro, Natal, Brazil

Architects: Herzog and De Meuron



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