In-Tenta created a sustainable modular hotel suite that can be shipped and dropped into place using a flatbed truck or shipping container and a crane. The N-240 includes a bedroom with panoramic windows, bathroom, and kitchen, although the kitchen can be swapped for a living room. The 7.87-foot wide unit starts at $30,000. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Spain-based architecture and design firm In-Tenta created a sustainable modular hotel suite, the N-240, that can be shipped and dropped into place using a flatbed truck or shipping container and a crane. The micro-living unit is a part of In-Tenta's collection of different "drop box" modular hotel and home suites that can be easily transported, placed into its location, and assembled. Despite the collection's various exterior appearances and designs, the tiny living units were all created with a cohesive theme of "micro-architecture", easy moving, and friendliness to the environment in mind. It can even be placed on a metal stand to decrease the amoount of land it uses. According to In-Tenta, the collection's N-240 modular unit was built specifically to address rising eco-tourism demands filled with travelers who would rather stay in sustainable and comfortable Instagram-friendly suites than the standard hotel. SEE ALSO: This $115,949 loft-style tiny home on wheels has a living room that doubles as an office — see inside The N-240 hotel suite is 2.4 meters, about 8 feet, wide and can come in several colors. However, the unit does not have to sit on an elevated platform in order to be used, and can instead be placed directly on the ground. This micro-size allows it to be moved on a trailer or shipping container … … and can be "dropped" into its designated place by using a crane. This particular hotel suite pictured below is located at a resort near Barcelona in the Santa Maria de Palautordera village. The decision to implement the modular suite came after the owner of the property decided to expand the number of available guest rooms in an "innovative and sustainable" way. The N-240 was then moved from the manufacturing facility to the property on a flatbed truck, and was installed in two hours with the help of several people and a crane. The interior of the N-240 is like any normal hotel suite with its kitchen, bathroom, and bed platform that can fit a double bed ... ... although the one pictured below has a living room instead of a kitchen, and a queen, instead of a double, bed. The bedroom wall has a large pane of glass, givings guests a panoramic view of the outdoors. Despite the small space, In-Tenta included an outdoor terrace and storage shelves by the bed. Because the N-240 is semi-customizable, clients can alter the layout to fit their needs. For example, the N-240 suite in Spain pictured below has a cement and wood entry door, but the original layout uses a glass door instead. And instead of a shower, there’s a bathtub. The N-240's wooden frame is made of "renewable and sustainable" materials, according to In-Tenta … … and accompanies an exterior made of either cement and wood composite panels or natural wood cladding. The cement and wood panels are waterproof, easy to maintain, and don't easily degrade, according to its maker. Drop Box N-240 comes in three sizes, with the largest accommodating up to four people. The units start at $30,000 and can be sent to North America from In-Tenta's location in Spain.
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The ad business has been hurting for influencers in recent months as brands have cut marketing budgets to save on costs during the coronavirus pandemic. But the creator industry isn't disappearing and many have shifted their focus to alternative revenue streams. There are many ways social-media influencers make money, ranging from sponsorships and direct YouTube ad revenue to selling consumer products. Business Insider is hosting a webinar with YouTube stars Shelby Church (1.5 million subscribers), Ruby Asabor (176,000 subscribers), and Katy Bellotte (477,000 subscribers) on how they have adapted their businesses during the pandemic and the ways creators are earning a living in 2020.  Sign up for the event below which will take place for BI subscribers on August 5 at 11 a.m. ET.  The ad business has been hurting for influencers in recent months as brands have cut marketing budgets to save on costs and avoid appearing tone-deaf during the coronavirus pandemic. But the influencer economy isn't going away. Many creators have shifted their focus to alternative revenue streams that have allowed them to continue to earn a living, showing how much the influencer business has expanded in recent years. Interested in how social-media influencers are making money and what ways they have adapted their businesses during the pandemic?  Join Business Insider on Wednesday, August 5 at 11 a.m. ET, when BI reporter Amanda Perelli will speak with digital creators Shelby Church (1.5 million YouTube subscribers), Ruby Asabor (176,000 subscribers) and Katy Bellotte (477,000 subscribers) on the state of the influencer economy in 2020. They'll discuss earning money on YouTube, Instagram, and podcasting; how their businesses have been impacted by the pandemic; and how they have built their online audiences.   Sign up for the event here. SEE ALSO: The influencer economy hasn't been destroyed by the advertising meltdown, as creators make money from merch, subscriptions, and even personalized shout-outs Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
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Paying close attention to your YouTube titles and thumbnails is critical if you want people to click on them, according to Ben Sullins, who makes videos about Tesla and electric vehicles. Sullins' strategy is to create an 'information gap' by posing a question the viewer wants answered. Sullins has over 200,000 subscribers, and his videos have received over 38 million views. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Scrolling through YouTube can be overwhelming. Even if you know you're looking for a workout routine or investing tips, the sheer number of options makes it tricky to choose what to watch. Just as tricky: Figuring out how to get viewers to click on your video, among a sea of alternatives.  Ben Sullins, who makes videos about Tesla and electric vehicles, pays careful attention to the titles and thumbnails on his videos to make sure viewers don't scroll past them. "It almost should be, you have an idea for a video, and you figure out the title and the thumbnail first before anything, before you shoot the video, before you script the video," Sullins said in an interview with Business Insider. His strategy is to create an "information gap" by raising a question, either directly or by suggestion, in a way that makes the view want to learn more. Titles for recent videos include "Fixing Model Y Dumbest Flaw for $12" and "Choosing Our Favorite Tesla After Owning All 4." The thumbnail, Sullins said, should amplify the curiosity the title creates. His photos sometimes feature him making an exaggerated expression and text set against a red background. "The opposite of what you would consider a beautiful photo is what works well on YouTube," he said. Once a viewer clicks on your video, it's important that you deliver on your premise and keep them hooked; the longer people watch your videos, the more YouTube will share them. To keep the viewer's interest, Sullins uses a technique familiar to playwrights and screenwriters: the three-act structure. His videos begin by setting up his topic, creating a conflict, then resolving that conflict. Doing so makes the viewer more likely to become emotionally invested in the video, even if its topic is far from typical Hollywood fare. "These storytelling techniques work because they play to our evolutionary heartstrings," he said. And they have helped Sullins build a subscriber base of over 200,000 people and amass over 38 million views for his videos since he started his channel in 2013. "Focusing on that information gap — trying to entice people to click in and learn more — and then delivering in a way that's going to keep them engaged," he said, are "the keys to success that not a lot of new creators think of." Read more: A YouTuber whose Tesla channel has over 30 million views says 2 key signs show you're ready to quit your day job and make videos full time 15 YouTube stars reveal the most money they've made from a single video The top influencer-marketing metrics on Instagram that brands are tracking to measure success, from saves to comment sentiment Meet the team helping TikTok star Dixie D'Amelio launch a music career without a major record label SEE ALSO: How to back up your Microsoft OneNote data to your PC manually, or set timed automatic updates Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
Lena Dunham has detailed her excruciating experience with coronavirus.The Girls star and creator revealed she fell ill with Covid-19 in mid-March, telling of how her body “simply revolted” after contracting the virus. The US actor explained how she suffers from a chronic disease that affects the joints and skin, and said she was initially unable to distinguish the pain from her existing illness.However, Lena said the pain was soon joined by an “impossible, crushing fatigue”, as well as a fever.“Suddenly my body simply… revolted,” she wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram. “The nerves in my feet burned and muscles wouldn’t seem to do their job. My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises.“I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell. A hacking cough, like a metronome keeping time. Inability to breathe after simple tasks like getting a glass of water. Random red rashes.“A pounding headache right between my eyes. It felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then had my wires rerouted into the wrong inputs. This went on for 21 days … that blended together like a rave gone wrong.” View this post on InstagramA post shared by Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) on Jul 31, 2020 at 12:04pm PDTLena said she was fortunate to have a doctor on hand to offer regular advice, meaning she never had to go to hospital. She was forced to isolate, describing the experience as intensely lonely.After a month, Lena said she tested negative for Covid-19 but the symptoms did not fade.Her hands and feet were swollen, she suffered from severe fatigue and a constant migraine. Her arthritis flared and she had “weirder symptoms that I’ll keep to myself”.Lena said she had been reluctant to speak out and did not want to “unnecessarily add my voice to a noisy landscape on such a challenging topic”, but felt compelled to do so after “seeing the carelessness with which so many in the United States are treating social distancing, jogging without masks and parties on Instagram”. She also urged people to “take the appropriate measures to protect yourself and your neighbours”.Lena is the latest famous name to speak out about her experience with the virus, with the likes of Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Idris Elba having previously contracted Covid-19. READ MORE: Mel Gibson ‘Doing Great’ After Being Hospitalised With Coronavirus Idris Elba Describes Traumatic Impact Coronavirus Diagnosis Had On His Mental Health Tom Hanks Felt Like ‘Canary In The Coal Mine’ After High-Profile Covid-19 Diagnosis
Wednesday's highly-anticipated antitrust hearing featuring Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Apple CEO Tim Cook has officially come and gone. Now, Congress will consider the testimonies delivered during the hearing as well as other meetings and hearings made in the last year as part of its investigation into online competition. Lawmakers will also take into account hundreds of thousands of internal company emails, memos, and other documents submitted to Congress as part of the investigation. Congress will release a report outlining its findings of the investigation in the coming weeks. The report could be another step toward eventually creating new antitrust laws, or revising the original ones, that would better apply to 21st-century big tech and could more efficiently keep the industry in check. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Wednesday's nearly six-hour tech antitrust hearing was quite a spectacle. Republican lawmakers used the opportunity to question the execs on anticonservative bias they say is prevalent on the online platforms. One of them, Rep. Jim Jordan, asked the CEOs for their opinion on cancel culture. Some subcommittee members mispronounced Google CEO Sundar Pichai's name incorrectly (peek-eye.) Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos forgot to unmute himself before talking at one point and took a snack break or two.  Though highly-anticipated and star studded, Wednesday's Big Tech hearing was just one part of an ongoing congressional investigation into competition in the digital market. And some of the most striking revelations so far come not from the CEO questioning, but from the hundreds of thousands of internal company emails and other documents gathered by Congress. As Business Insider has reported, the unguarded discussions among company leaders in the emails reveal a pattern of cutthroat actions to snuff out or leapfrog emerging rivals.  Now it's up to the members of Congress to roll up their sleeves and — taking into account the trove of emails, the CEO's answers at Wednesday's hearing, and the hundreds of hours of other meetings and hearings — reach an agreement about what kind of ground rules are preprepared for the new breed of corporate juggernauts that control powerful and borderless digital platforms. The antitrust subcommittee is expected to release a report of its investigation in the coming weeks. The end goal is to create new laws, or approve revisions to the original century-old ones, that are better tailored to 21st-century tech companies. The laws as they stand now aren't updated to apply to modern tech business. For example, US anticompetitive laws have to show that consumers are being harmed, and that's more difficult to do in big tech than in other industries in the past, like oil. As Rep. David Cicilline, the chair of the House Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee, said in his closing statements Wednesday, "This hearing has made one fact clear to me: These companies as they exist today have monopoly power. Some need to be broken up, all need to be regulated and held accountable." But blanket regulation may not be feasible, since each of the four companies present different concerns with regards to competition. Amazon is primarily being investigated over claims that it gives special treatment to its own brands over third-party sellers. Google is under scrutiny for its dominance in digital ads. Facebook is in the spotlight for acquiring would-be competitors like WhatsApp and Instagram. And lawmakers are looking into Apple's App Store commission rates and whether or not they hurt developers. So Congress would not only have to lay the groundwork for better antitrust regulation in the tech world but design it in a way that encompasses a broad scope of anticompetitive business practices. That won't be easy, but the hearing and the antitrust subcommittee's upcoming report is a step in that direction.SEE ALSO: A surfaced email shows Apple striking a 2016 deal with Amazon, offering a 15% App Store fee instead of 30% so that the Prime Video app would launch on iPhones Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
  Welcome to Wall Street Insider, where we take you behind the scenes of the finance team's biggest scoops and deep dives from the past week.  If you aren't yet a subscriber to Wall Street Insider, you can sign up here. With coronavirus cases still spiking in areas throughout the country and the US this week reporting a record second-quarter GDP slump, there's a growing concern among borrowers and private-equity firms that cash raised in the spring won't be enough to ride out the economic fallout. And Houlihan Lokey, Wall Street's top adviser to distressed companies, has changed up its outlook: Instead of the sharp but quick downturn the firm initially anticipated, it's now predicting a deeper, prolonged crisis that pushes many more firms to bankruptcy. "This pandemic is not a short-term blip, and it's going to be something much longer and probably more damaging to the economy," Houlihan CEO Scott Beiser said on an earnings call this week. And as Alex Morrell writes, companies that piled on debt in the early stages of the pandemic may have set themselves up to struggle as the crisis drags on.  Read the full story here:  A veteran restructuring banker warns that a corporate debt binge may result in a years-long economic nightmare Keep reading for a look at 24 quant power players; WeWork's new strategy to fill space; must-know financial adviser recruiters; and an interview with Betterment's president of retail that sheds light on how the robo is thinking about the Robinhood effect.  Have a great weekend, Meredith  What's next for Carlyle Kewsong Lee became sole CEO of The Carlyle Group last week after two-and-a-half years running the $221 billion private-equity firm alongside Glenn Youngkin. Casey Sullivan and Meghan Morris spoke with 20 people who have worked with him, and they painted a picture of a change agent who is unafraid to challenge conventional thinking. During his seven years at Carlyle, he's already wound down underperforming strategies, revamped pay for some execs, and built up new businesses. Read the full story here: Meet Kewsong Lee, the private-equity exec who's now running the show solo at Carlyle. 20 insiders lay out why the move signals a big transformation at the firm. Must-know financial adviser recruiters Financial adviser moves in the wealth-management industry haven't slowed during the pandemic — recruiters and consultants say it's just the opposite. "When you look at the numbers, it's really during tougher times that we see the most movement," one San Diego, California-based recruiter said. Rebecca Ungarino rounded up nine US-based recruiters who are at the center of all the action.  Read the full story here: These are 9 top recruiters financial advisors should know right now if they're looking to make a move Quant power players Quants have gone from a niche practice to a dominant player: the largest and most important hedge funds in the world are heavily influenced by, or completely committed to, computer-run strategies.  But a growing group of experts have been calling for more machine-learning techniques to be incorporated in a move away from the models that made so many people successful. And 2020 has not been kind to quants, as the volatility caused by the pandemic earlier in the year slammed many systematic funds that couldn't keep up. Bradley Saacks took a look at long-time players, under-the-radar heavy-hitters, and entrepreneurial founders with serious pedigrees who will be guiding quant investing into its next phase. Read the full story here: The 24 quant power players driving the future of hedge funds, from well-known billionaire founders to under-the-radar data chiefs Betterment eyes ways to tap the retail-trading frenzy In an interview with Rebecca Ungarino and Dan DeFrancesco, Betterment president of retail Mike Reust offered a window into how the robo-adviser is thinking about the recent self-directed trading mania. Betterment is not trying to launch a "Robinhood clone," Reust said. But it is looking for ways to tap into the retail trading surge with more tailored options and examining the "psychology and the human side of it," he said.  Read the full story here: Roboadviser Betterment is looking for ways into the do-it-yourself trading boom dominated by Robinhood, like adding more customization for users WeWork hires big brokers to fill space Faced with large vacancies in its sprawling portfolio of office spaces, WeWork has turned to major commercial real-estate brokerage companies to help it fill millions of square feet. As Dan Geiger reports, the move to hire outside firms is a turnabout for the flexible-workspace company that comes as the pandemic has battered the country's office market and stalled leasing activity. Read the full story here: WeWork is embracing big brokerage firms to help it fill space it gobbled up in NYC and Los Angeles. It's a key pivot for the coworking giant as leasing demand slows. On the move Cubist, the quant unit of Steve Cohen's Point72, has hired Denis Dancanet as its new head. Dancanet spent a combined two decades at Morgan Stanley and the quant fund PDT, which he left in 2016. Since then, he founded a startup called Jetoptera that hopes to make flying cars and was the head of research at Theorem, a Y Combinator-backed data-science startup focused on the loan market Careers Government-focused consulting firm Booz Allen is hiring and gearing up for M&A, even as competitors cut costs and stay out of growth mode Meet the 20-year-old founder of @WallStreetConfessions, an Instagram account that's become an open forum to discuss the dark side of finance and gathered followers including the CEO of Jefferies Headhunters lay out what bonus season could look like this year for Wall Street traders 3 ways law school graduates can stay on top of their game if their new jobs as associates have been delayed or canceled Private equity Blackstone just hired an Amazon Web Services exec who helped the cloud giant do M&A. It's the latest sign that big private-equity firms are muscling in on specialty tech investors' turf. Real estate JCPenney has hired brokers to sell off 163 locations across the US as the department-store chain slashes its footprint and tries to emerge from bankruptcy A flexible leasing company — think Classpass for apartments — is expanding to cities like Denver and Atlanta after building a C-suite with former WeWork and Airbnb execs SL Green is looking to sell a $1.1 billion Amazon-anchored building to buy back its shares. Here's a look at its strategy to defend its share price as the office market tanks. IBM is on the hunt for a massive Manhattan space, showing that worries about the death of the big-city office may be overblown Hedge funds and investing Anthony Scaramucci's flagship fund is getting hit with a huge wave of redemptions. He explained why investors are pulling up to $900 million and where he's finding new money. Billionaire Ray Dalio's Bridgewater is having a really bad year. Inside the layoffs, lawsuits, and double-digit losses at the world's largest hedge fund. Here are the 8 'long-lasting implications' of the pandemic hedge-fund billionaire Seth Klarman lays out to investors in a new letter Billionaire Cliff Asness says that going through value-investing hell has only made him more confident — and shares the advice he'd give his younger self Fintech and startups Affirm is reportedly eyeing an IPO that could value it at $10 billion. Here's how the buy now, pay later fintech became one of the breakout stars of 2020. OpenSpace, a startup that applies AI to managing building sites, used this pitchdeck to nab $15 million. Here's a look at its vision to be the 'telemedicine of construction.' Legal Doubling down on diversity can help law firms land big clients like Microsoft. Industry experts give 2 key steps to making firms more inclusive. 4 Schulte Roth partners who rep lenders like Cerberus and Sixth Street Partners are moving to Proskauer after a dispute over firm leadership Top VCs say these 9 legal tech startups are poised to take off as clients pressure law firms on costs Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Here's what it's like to travel during the coronavirus outbreak
You’re reading our series Summer’s Not Cancelled, celebrating summer in this new normal. From rediscovering nature and cherishing time with friends and family to virtual festivals and unforgettable staycations – summer’s still here, it’s just different. Is there any better feeling than dipping your toes into the cool, refreshing waters of the pool? After a sticky train or car journey submerging your entire body (head and shoulders, too) feels like a luxurious treat – how we’ve missed it.It’s been a while, but now that many (but not all) lidos have reopened to the public: it’s time to put on your cossie, roll up your towel and pick up your suncream. We’re going swimming.From Yorkshire to Brighton, these are the best outdoor pools in the UK that’ll guarantee you the best of British summertime. 1. Jubilee Pool, PenzanceWant a swim that overlooks the picturesque coastline of Cornwall? Then Penzance’s Jubilee Pool is the answer. The largest seawater lido in the country boasts magnificent Art Deco architecture and Cubist-style changing rooms dating back to its opening in 1935, the pool has recently been restored and is now grander than ever with more streamlined swimming lanes. For those who’d prefer to sit on the sidelines and watch there’s also a licensed café for adults, a toddler’s pool set within the main swimming area, and a giant inflatable for kids to play on. Advance booking required. There are five hourly swim sessions between 10am - 4pm. Tickets cost £4.25 for adults, while children cost £3.00. Visit the website for more information. 2. Hathersage Swimming Pool, Peak District  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Hathersage Swimming Pool (@hathersageswimmingpool) on Oct 3, 2018 at 3:20am PDTSwim with the beautiful surrounding views of the Peak District at Hathersage Swimming Pool. At home in a quaint village, the pool has been around since the 1930s and the pool is heated to 28C all year – bringing joy to outdoor swimmers and visiting families for years to come. The adjoining cafe is ready to refuel you afterwards, but if you fancy bringing your own snacks or picnic there is a lawned seating area with breathtaking views of the surrounding hills. Rest assured, the pool has recently undergone recent renovations which includes the installation of a new circulation and filter system. Advanced booking required. Hourly swim sessions between 7am-7pm. Half-hour swim sessions for members only. Tickets cost £7 for adults, while children cost £4. Visit the website for more information. 3. Ilkley Pool and Lido, Yorkshire  View this post on InstagramA post shared by Jodie Bennett (@runtrijodie) on Jun 20, 2019 at 10:03pm PDT With the famous moorland providing a beautiful backdrop, Ilkley Lido is certainly a pool with a view and it’s no surprise that this lido is known as one of the best outdoor pools in the North of England. The main pool is freshwater and unheated, when the weather turns there’s an indoor heated pool too. Sadly, the lido is currently undergoing repair work until end of August, but the indoor pools are open from July 25. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there are plenty of places to enjoy a bite to eat. Take a seat at the lido’s popular Art Deco style café, or set up a picnic on the lawns. Advanced booking required. Outdoor lido closed, but indoor pool open. Tickets cost £4.80 for adults, while children cost £2.50. Visit the website for more information.4. Shap Swimming Pool, Cumbria View this post on InstagramA post shared by Shap open swimming pool (@shapopenswimmingpool) on Feb 28, 2020 at 2:39pm PSTThis beautiful open-air swimming pool is one of the most visited outdoor pools in the UK and with good reason. It’s 900 ft above sea level and this Lake District wonder is the highest heated pool in the entire country. Swim in the 20-metre pool or enjoy the smaller paddling pool which is perfect for little ones. Since the 1980s, it’s been run by a team of amazing volunteers and they’ve kept the open-air pool around for generations to come but also run a small shop for refreshments and make sure the picnic tables and benches are up to standard for amazing family days out. Bad news: Shap Swimming Pool has confirmed it’s not going to be opened this year, but will be planning to reopen next year bigger and better than ever. Closed for 2020. Visit the website for more information. 5. Gourock Outdoor Pool, Renfrewshire View this post on InstagramA post shared by Grant Hutchison (@grabbit) on Aug 9, 2018 at 12:50am PDTVisit Scotland’s oldest lido - Gourock Outdoor Pool. Whether you want to be daring on the diving boards or take in the beautiful views of the River Clyde, there’s endless fun to be had. As an alternative to swimming, popular aqua classes are held here too, and the newly refurbished gym offers a contemporary and modern space to exercise. And the coolest thing? You can visit the pool at night for a midnight swim under the stars, the perfect activity for a warm summer evening. Scotland’s First Minister has said pools in Scotland will not be able to reopen before July 31, so keep your eyes peeled for more details on reopening. Advanced booking required. Tickets cost £4.50 for adults, while children cost £3.90. Family Swim available. Visit the website for more information. 6. Stonehaven Open Air Pool, Aberdeen View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sharon Crowther (@wordsbysharoncrowther) on Jul 7, 2019 at 3:35pm PDTThe epic Olympic-size pool uses filtered seawater directly from Stonehaven Bay and is heated to a toasty 29 degrees for your swimming pleasure. It’s funded by the local community group and thanks to its 1930s listed Art Deco features it looks something straight out of a Wes Anderson set. There’s an amazing paddling pool for under 8s, quiet swims, learner swimming lanes and even midnight swims where you can swim beneath the stars to disco music. Hard luck, they’ve confirmed it won’t be open for this year’s season, but get your swimming cossie ready for 2021. Closed for 2020. Visit the website for more information. 7. Tinside Lido, Plymouth This iconic Grade II listed Art Deco semi-circle 50m wide pool makes for an incredible swim with even better views overlooking The Sound, one of Plymouth’s most popular bays. From small fishing boats to huge ferries, enjoy watching a vast array of boats glide into the harbour as you relax by the pool. The three fancy fountains and regular inflatable fun sessions make this saltwater pool a great day out for the kids this summer. While the children have fun, you can soak up the sun on the terrace and look out onto the sparkling sea. Bonus points where you can visit the lido by night, and watch a film at one of the many open-air cinema events hosted at the pool. No news yet on its reopening but on their website it says they are currently liaising with local authority partners.Advanced booking required. Tickets cost £4.50 for adults, while children cost £3.50. Family tickets are available. Visit the website for more information. 8. Saltdean Lido, BrightonDive right into ‘The Seventh Wonder of the English Seaside’, as described by English Heritage. The Saltdean Lido is a beautiful coastal spot that was originally constructed in the 1930s with an iconic new Hollywood Modernist design. After years of neglect, it’s been reopened since 2017 and offers an outdoor and indoor pool, as well as badminton facilities, a bar, and a cafe. Keep your eyes peeled for reopening news, they’re currently working within the government approved guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable swim sesh. Currently closed. Visit the website for more information and reopening details. 9. Nantwich Outdoor Brine Pool, Cheshire View this post on InstagramA post shared by Jonjo Wood (@jonjowood) on Jun 17, 2017 at 4:17am PDTExperience the salt on your skin as you swim in one of the last few remaining heated brine pools in the UK. Be warned, the lanes are a little longer than coming in at 30-metres rather than the typical 25-metres and they’re suited for confident adult swimmers, as you’ll be swimming away from a wall and out of your depth. For those wanting to swim inside at one of the two indoor swimming pools or junior swimmers wanting to hop in the learner pools, you’ll have to wait a little longer as they won’t be open until September. Rest assured, there’ll be no bumping into anyone else as there are only 21 swimmers per session. Advanced booking required. Opened weekdays Monday-Friday from 7.45am-2.45pm for hourly swim slots. Tickets cost £5.50 for adults and £4.50 for members. Visit the website for more information 10. Sandford Parks Lido, Cheltenham View this post on InstagramA post shared by Sandford Parks Lido (@sandfordparkslido) on Jan 8, 2020 at 9:45am PST Another one for the serious swimmers. This amazing 50-metre pool within the gardens of Sandford Park in the Cotswolds was built in the 1930s. It’s home to a 50-metre Olympic sized main pool, as well as smaller family-friendly pool, a paddling pool and a few slides that are all heated within the season. Keep in mind when you visit that the changing rooms, showers and lockers will be closed, but toilets are accessible, so if you fancy a dip be sure to arrive ‘beach ready’ and bring minimal belongings with you.Advanced booking required. Opened weekdays Monday-Sunday from 6.30am-6.30pm. Tickets cost £7 for adults. Visit the website for more information. Related... Can We Go Swimming Now – And If So, How And Where? As Gyms Reopen, 7 Worries That May Be On Your Mind The Danger Of Open Water And Wild Swimming – And Tips For Staying Safe
There are different social media sites that allow you to build a network and provide a platform for friends, family and others.Along with this, it also allows to chat with other users with the help of messaging service without worrying about the geological boundaries.Nowadays, there are most of the businesses also that are interested in marketing their products on these social media platforms like instagram and whatsapp.So as a startup, it is a good way to start a business having your own social media platform.Whatsapp and Instagram are now on trend and there are more than 80% of users using this platform.It is a good opportunity for a startup business to go with the whatsapp clone or instagram clone to start with.Understanding Whatsapp Clone & Instagram CloneWhatsapp Clone:The term whatsapp clone can be defined as an application that is similar to Whatsapp.It consists of the similar features like invite contacts, chatting, video call, audio call, sharing location, pictures, audio, video etc.Instagram Clone:Due to the growth of the trend of photo sharing there is a huge demand for photo sharing apps like instagram.
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The emerging advancement of technology has definitely made our lives smooth or complicated.Technology does not make or life complicated but it has definitely had adverse impacts on our health.But technology also renders the alternative to reduce the adverse impacts, the fitness apps is one of them.There are several fitness mobile apps out there which not only help in boosting your fitness level but also for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.Read More at : Us onAppsinvo | Behance | Facebook | Instagram  | Linkedin | Dribbble | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest | Flickr
Facebook is taking another stab at stealing some video viewing hours from YouTube by launching official music videos in the US. Starting this weekend, users will be able to watch videos from some of their favorite artists across genres. For that, the company has patterned with some major record labels including Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, Merlin, BMG, Kobalt, as well as many across the independent music community, and publishers. Facebook had already tested out official music videos in India and Thailand through partnerships with local labels. Those partnerships also helped the platform with music for certain Facebook and Instagram… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
Lollapalooza moved online this year, and the music festival kicked off in an appropriately online way: with the debut of a new music video from virtual creator Miquela. The video is an entirely CG affair, created remotely, for the single “Hard Feelings.” It depicts Miquela and a dance crew on the back of a flatbed track, as they twist their way through a desert landscape that slowly morphs into something more surreal. For the uninitiated, Miquela is essentially a digital avatar that started out as a CG influencer on Instagram and has since expanded into the world of music, releasing several singles and music videos since 2017. She’s part of a burgeoning field of digital influencers. According to Nicole de Ayora, CCO of Brud, the company... Continue reading…
U.S. Marshals Service If you’re pining for the innocent days of 2017, when the biggest screw-up was the music festival meltdown known as Fyre Festival, you’re in luck: you can now own a piece of merch from the disaster. The US Marshals Service is hosting an online auction for 126 items, including shirts, bracelets, tokens, and hats. The proceeds will go to a fund for the victims of the fraudulent fest, the Marshals Service says, and the auction runs through August 13th. Some items already have multiple bids, like a hoodie that’s going for $130. Now, let’s revisit 2017 for a moment, a welcome reprieve from 2020, truly. Fyre Festival was supposed to be a “once-in-a-lifetime” luxury musical festival in the Bahamas that took place in April and May 2017. People... Continue reading…
Notifications are vital to get information and updates about what is going on in your social media.However, if you do not know how to handle and adjust your notifications, neither enabling them nor disabling them would help.Suppose you don’t want to see the messages from a particular person, but still want to be updated about their life.Though these are defaults, they are controllable.If you don’t want to see notifications of any particular activity, you can mute them.Controlling NotificationsStart by tapping on your profile icon that appears at the bottom-left corner of your app, and then click on the three horizontal lines, which is the menu from the top-right side.In case you want all your Instagram notifications to stop as you find them intrusive in any way, then mute all notifications by clicking on the Pause All option to turn it blue.
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When you’ve exhausted the classic gifts like socks and smellies, buying presents for your dad can be tricky. But even when we’re out of inspiration, we can honestly say we’ve never considered gifting him a ball trimmer instead. The same cannot be said, however, for Cruz Beckham. The Beckhams’ youngest son, 15, bought dad David a special gift to smoothen those famous ‘golden balls’. David posted a snap of a Balls trimmer on his Instagram Stories, along with the caption: “Things my son buys all us Beckham boys. Thanks @CruzBeckham.”On their website, the Balls brand promises their products deliver “beautiful, shining balls”, but thankfully David stopped short of telling us if his gift lived up to its reputation. In non-pubic-hair Beckham news, the family recently celebrated the engagement of Brooklyn’s engagement to girlfriend Nicola Peltz. Victoria and David’s eldest son announced the news in a post on Instagram earlier this month. He revealed he’d popped the question to the US actor and heiress two weeks prior, sharing a photo along with the caption: “I am the luckiest man in the world. I promise to be the best husband and the best daddy one day. I love you baby.”READ MORE: Brooklyn Beckham And Girlfriend Nicola Peltz Announce Engagement David And Victoria: A Love Story The Beckhams Treat Fans To Some Amazing Candid Family Photos In Honour Of Wedding Anniversary
Thankfully Pinterest is there to help.Sources :- Instagram & Pinterest , 2020-antivirus  Pinterest has over 320 million monthly active users worldwide, where nearly one-third of the users are from the US.Over 71% of global Pinterest users are female, and 52% are millennials.Statistics said around 47% of Pinners log into the Pinterest website specifically to shop, and it is four times more effective in generating sales as compared to other social platforms.Pinterest is an excellent medium for brands and businesses or even influencers to reach more consumers.Pinterest statistics suggest that the website captures an average of 14.2 minutes of customer’s attention per session.
Every day almost 10,000 products launch in the market but only 5 percent of them actually get success.The major drawback behind it is the paucity of the checklist that is unable to cover all the major essential points.Therefore it makes it essential to work towards the checklist of the SaaS product development.As a mobile app development company, we clearly understand the importance of a checklist in a better way.Therefore, to give you a brief detail about it, in today’s blog we will discuss SaaS products and the points that are essential in the checklist.Read More at : Us onAppsinvo | Behance | Facebook | Instagram  | Linkedin | Dribbble | Twitter | Tumblr | Pinterest | Flickr
Documents made public Wednesday as part of a Congressional antitrust hearing give insight into the concerns of tech's most powerful CEOs leading up to game-changing acquisitions. Amazon, Facebook and Google all made big purchases of startups whose technology, the documents reveal, their teams found to be lacking. Instead, the deals got done because the companies feared losing market share or wanted a leg up in a new sector.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. If you're looking to sell your tech startups to one of the big tech giants, an intimidating reputation will take you further than good technology.  Market position, "land grabs," and winning were all top considerations for the CEOs at Amazon, Facebook and Google ahead of major acquisitions, according to emails and instant messages made public on Wednesday as part of Congressional hearing over possible anticompetitive practices in tech. The documents give unique insight into the thought processes of these powerful (and often rash) men on the eve of big purchases, which over time have proven to completely rewrite the technology landscape. Ultimately, the messages show, none of these companies made their most high-profile acquisitions because of the quality of the technology. Google, which acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in October 2006, considered the video streaming website a threat because it meant people were searching for things away from, the documents show. Ultimately, its product was less important to Google than its position as a top video startup. In one email, Peter Chane, who founded and oversaw Google Video, said that YouTube's "systems wouldn't be valuable to us" and described its content quality as "worse than ours." But Google's Jeff Huber defended the talks and wrote that at the very least, opening M&A talks would raise the price tag for Google's competitor Yahoo if it wanted to acquire YouTube itself. Plus, Huber said, YouTube was located a quick drive away from Google in Palo Alto. It might seem like an arbitrary advantage, but it sure worked out for YouTube.  Perhaps the most insecure emailer was Amazon, which spent months trying to "undercut" before acquiring its parent company Quidsi for $545 million in November 2010. Emails show extensive deliberations, referred to as the "Plan to Win," which addressed Amazon's internal strategy to price match and "meet or beat"'s order time cut off of 6 p.m. (The plan also required Amazon to fix a bug on its website: a widget that gave shoppers to option to browse "used" diapers.)   In 2017, Amazon shuttered its Quidsi properties altogether. In other words, its plan was a success. Bezos was absent from the emails, but played a more active role fretting over market dominance in documents surrounding Amazon's acquisition of doorbell camera startup Ring for $1 billion in March 2018.  "To be clear, my view here is that we're buying market position — not technology. And that market position and momentum is highly valuable," Bezos wrote to Amazon Vice President Dave Limp on December 15, 2017, according to the documents. Others on Bezos's team made clear that Ring didn't have much to offer that Amazon couldn't build itself. "They don't have any interesting hardware secret sauce either in IP, manufacturing process, or people," vice president Robert Stites wrote to Limp on November 1, 2017, in an email arguing against the deal. "I'm not inclined unless our intent is to just benchmark pricing."  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a similar attitude leading up to its acquisition of Instagram for $1 billion in April 2012. Instagram, then a small but growing photo-sharing app, came into Zuckerberg's line of sight as he fretted over how long users spent on Facebook's mobile app, according to the documents. Every second spent on Instagram's app was a second not spent looking at Facebook. "Instagram is eating our lunch. We should have owned this space but we're losing quite badly," an unnamed Facebooker wrote in a redacted IM transcript from January 2012. "Not losing strategic position in photos is worth a lot of money," Mike Shroepfer, Facebook's technology chief, wrote to Zuckerberg on March 9, 2012, ahead of the deal. Once the acquisition went through, Zuckerberg was more direct about his reason for buying Instagram: it was stiff competition. "One thing about startups though is you can often acquire them," Zuckerberg wrote on April 9, 2012 One email of particular interest during the hearing on Wednesday came from Facebook's chief financial officer, David Wehner, in a February 2014 thread about Facebook's $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition earlier that month.  "A big concern expressed it that we're going to spend 5-10% of our market cap every couple of years to shore up our position," Wehner wrote in defense of the deal. "I hate the word 'land grab' but I think that is the best convincing argument and we should own that. ... We are being aggressive about seizing that opportunity as it is transforming the communications landscape." (Apple CEO Tim Cook was also part of the hearing, though the company's M&A history was not a big concern for lawmakers.) Consolidation is nothing new in the land of tech, and in many cases strategic acquirers get lauded for the wisdom behind deals that increase their power and eliminate risk. But not every acquisition is about dominance or eliminating obstacles.  When the $194 billion enterprise tech giant SAP acquired Qualtrics for $8 million in 2018, SAP added a top-of-the-line market research and data analysis product to its offerings. If SAP saw market research as its only growth opportunity, that would be one thing. But the point of the acquisition wasn't to make SAP the market leader in that sector. It was to give SAP more ground in its competition against Oracle and Microsoft to dominate in cloud software more broadly. Then there are deals like Cisco's May acquisition of ThousandEyes, a network security startup whose technology Cisco plans to tie into its existing products. Cisco bought the company because it made more sense than developing its own tool that could do the same thing. This is all to say: it's possible for a large tech company to acquire a startup for reasons other than fear of the underdog. But if these messages from executives at Facebook, Amazon, and Google show anything, it's that making tech's mega giants feel insecure is a great way to go from startup founder to multi-millionaire. SEE ALSO: When colleagues accused Mark Zuckerberg's personal security chief of racism and harassment, the family said there was no evidence. In sworn declarations, 3 workers said otherwise. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was among the powerful tech executives who testified Wednesday in front of lawmakers regarding their companies' potential antitrust violations. During the hearing, never-before-seen messages were made public detailing why the cofounders of Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, felt compelled to sell their app to Facebook in 2012. Systrom and early Instagram investor Matt Cohler discussed what to tell Zuckerberg about the photo app's future plans. In the text exchange, Systrom expresses concern about sending Zuckerberg into "destroy mode" if he turned down an acquisition offer, and being unable to "escape the wrath of Mark." Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Never-before-seen text messages from 2012 show just how careful Instagram cofounders felt they needed to be in dealing with the "wrath" of Mark Zuckerberg in the months before Facebook acquired the photo-sharing app for $1 billion. A text exchange between Instagram cofounder Kevin Systrom and early investor Matt Cohler, then a partner at Benchmark, show the two strategizing how much to disclose to Zuckerberg about the photo-sharing app's future plans, and the cofounders' decision whether to get acquired or continue on independently. In the text conversation, Systrom voices his concerns to Cohler about possibly sending Zuckerberg into "destroy mode" or encountering "the wrath of Mark" if the Instagram cofounders were to rebuff Facebook's interest in buying the app. The text messages were made public Wednesday as Zuckerberg — as well as the CEOs of Apple, Google, and Amazon — appeared in front of the House Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee to answer lawmakers' questions about any potential violations of antitrust regulations. The exchange between Systrom and Cohler was just one of a trove of documents the House subcommittee made public during Wednesday's hearing to demonstrate possible anticompetitive practices by the four big US tech companies. Although Facebook's purchases of Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 weren't challenged at the time, lawmakers at Wednesday's hearing heavily scrutinized the acquisitions. Some representatives argued that Facebook's app acquisitions and clones of other platforms' features — like Snapchat's Stories and, most recently, TikTok — were evidence of monopolistic or anticompetitive behavior. The committee also published several email threads and online chat logs showing conversations that took place among Zuckerberg and various Facebook executives and employees to demonstrate the company's mindset during Instagram's $1 billion acquisition. By the start of 2012, Facebook was touting that its company comprised 95% of the social media market. However, Instagram was rapidly threatening that lead: In March 2012, Instagram's average daily users was growing at a rate of more than 1,700% week-over-week and 9.2 million percent month-over-month, according to documents published Wednesday. In emails Zuckerberg sent in 2012, the CEO calls Instagram a "threat," and reasons that buying Instagram would be a way to successfully "neutralize" its success. Zuckerberg told colleagues that Instagram "can hurt us meaningfully without becoming a huge business," and that acquiring Instagram would be "buying" time for the company. But Zuckerberg's plans to take on Instagram didn't come as a surprise to the app's cofounders, as is apparent by the text exchange between Systrom and Cohler. Systrom said he feared turning down an acquisition offer from Facebook would send Zuckerberg into "destroy mode" — a concern that Cohler affirmed. "Mark doesn't react emotionally, he reacts based on competition," Systrom later writes to Cohler. "Bottom line I don't think we'll ever escape the wrath of [M]ark. It just depends how long we avoid it." Just two months after this conversation took place, Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion in April 2012. In response to questions from Rep. Jerry Nadler at Wednesday's hearing, Zuckerberg acknowledged the company viewed Instagram "as a competitor and a complement to our services" in 2012. The chair of the big tech hearing, Rep. David Cicilline, later told Axios that Zuckerberg's testimony proved Facebook displayed "classic monopoly behavior" and should be broke up. However, Zuckerberg also reasoned that Facebook had simply "adapted features" from competitors in response to lawmakers' grilling about whether it cloned competitors' products in order to maintain its social media dominance. Zuckerberg also argued that Facebook still faces competition from platforms like YouTube and TikTok. The Facebook CEO also disagreed with lawmakers' characterization that his conversations with Facebook executives regarding acquisition targets were viewed as a threat "in any way."SEE ALSO: Facebook, Google, and the US government all have their own reasons to make you believe that TikTok is unsafe and scary — and they're all self-serving Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
The creators of a short-form video app called Triller filed a lawsuit Wednsday against TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance. In the lawsuit, Triller alleges TikTok is infringing on its patent, approved in 2017, for the video-editing, sountrack-adding software made notable by TikTok. TikTok currently faces an uncertain future in the US, as the Trump administration weighs banning the app due to its ties to China. TikTok's US users and creators have started planning for a future without the app, and some popular TikTok influencers recently moved to Triller. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The short-form video app Triller is suing the company behind the social-media juggernaut TikTok, alleging that the viral app is pirating Triller's patented technology to use audio tracks to edit multiple videos together.  Triller claims that it had patented the video format back in 2017 that has been made famous by TikTok, and that the app as it stands today continues to violate Triller's US trademark. Lawyers representing Triller are asking for damages, as well as the court to file an injunction against ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, to prevent further alleged infringement of Triller's patent. The patent infringement complaint, first reported by The Wrap, was filed Wednesday in US District Court for the Western Division of Texas. Although ByteDance is located in China, TikTok operates globally and maintains offices in Austin, Texas. The patent Triller is referencing was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office back in 2015, the year Triller was founded. The patent, approved in 2017, covers "systems and methods for creating music videos synchronized with an audio track."  In a statement provided to Business Insider, Triller CEO Mike Lu claims TikTok paid some creators to "actually not post on Triller," a move he called "neither ethical nor legal." Lu also said Triller plans to add an alleged antitrust violation to the complaint. "If every 200B company could just pay their customers to not join a startup competitor, entrepreneurship in America would die and no new companies could ever exist," Lu said in the statement. Representatives for TikTok did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment. A representative for Triller said TikTok has not yet responded to the lawsuit. The lawsuit comes as TikTok faces increased scrutiny around its ties to China, and the amount of access and influence the foreign government has over user data and content moderation. Just earlier this month, President Donald Trump publicly said he's considering banning the app in the US due to these concerns. TikTok has been a dominant force in the short-form video-sharing space and has amassed more than 2 billion downloads globally. But TikTok's uncertain future in the US has already led creators and users to panic. In recent weeks, tech companies have taken advantage of the chaos to lure the app's loyal US following — estimated around 80 million strong — to their rival platforms. Triller is among those competing apps that have already seen user interest and download numbers spike. Just earlier this week, Triller got a boost when a group of prominent TikTok stars with a combined following of nearly 50 million followers announced they were taking their talents to the rival Los Angeles-based app. One of the TikTok influencers, Josh Richards, told the Los Angeles Times he was migrating to Triller "given my responsibility to protect and lead my followers and other influencers" after hearing the US government voice concerns about TikTok's ties to China. Triller was founded back in 2015 as a music video-editing tool. The app reports around 64 million active users a month. According to figures provided to the Times by app-analytics firm Sensor Tower, Triller has just 130 million downloads compared with TikTok's 2.3 billion globally. However, TikTok's roots can be traced back to 2014, when short-form video-making app was founded in the US. The app hit to the No. 1 spot in the US App Store in the summer of 2015, and was purchased by ByteDance in late 2017 in a deal valued at $1 billion. ByteDance shut down a year later, merging it into the TikTok platform in markets outside of China. You can view Triller's lawsuit in full below: Triller v TikTok (PDF) Triller v TikTok (Text)   Read more: Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app that US officials are threatening to ban due to its ties to China Instagram has reportedly offered cash to high-profile TikTok users to lure them to its new short-form video service, Reels 'We are not the enemy': TikTok CEO slams Facebook for attacking the Chinese company and launching 'copycat' product Short-form video app Triller has hired 18-year-old TikTok star Josh Richards as its chief strategy officer and an investor says it's looking to raise $250 million in new funding Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge The surge in Facebook usage during early shelter-in-place orders in the United States was not just a blip. Daily users of Facebook increased 12 percent year over year, to 1.79 billion. Monthly usage across its family of apps, which also include Instagram and WhatsApp, rose 14 percent, to 3.14 billion. And Facebook’s mostly ad-based based business rose along with them: the company’s revenue was up 11 percent year over year, to $18.69 billion. “We’re glad to be able to provide small businesses the tools they need to grow and be successful online during these challenging times,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement. “And we’re proud that people can rely on our services to stay connected when they can’t always be together in... Continue reading…
While there are many close friendships among tech CEOs in Silicon Valley, there are plenty of feuds, too.  Some appear to be friendly rivalries — like Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison — but others have become more contentious.  Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg, for example, have been openly feuding for years, while Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have made digs at each other over outer space.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for rivalries.  In a place where world-changing ideas are born and billions of dollars are at stake, it's only natural that rivalries develop between Silicon Valley's power players, ranging from friendly sparring to pointed critiques.  While some feuds, like the one between Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff and Oracle founder Larry Ellison, appear to be born out of a close friendship and mutual respect, others — like the one between Mark Zuckerberg and Evan Spiegel — started over a spurned acquisition offer.  Here are some of the long-standing feuds, friendly or otherwise, between some of the world's most powerful execs.SEE ALSO: Billionaire tech mogul Larry Ellison has said he's 'close friends' with Elon Musk. Here are six other tech exec friendships that have thrived in the competitive world of Silicon Valley. Elon Musk and Bill Gates Elon Musk and Bill Gates don't appear to have a warm relationship, at least if their comments about each other over the last six months are any indication.  Things heated up in February when Gates said during an interview with YouTuber Marques Brownlee that while Tesla has helped drive innovation and adoption of electric vehicles, he didn't buy a Tesla when making a recent vehicle purchase — he bought a Porsche Taycan.  In response, Musk tweeted that his conversations with Gates have always been "underwhelming."  Then, in July, Gates said in an interview on CNBC's "Squawk Box" that Musk's comments about COVID-19 are "outrageous," as Musk has frequently downplayed the severity of the virus and questioned how the US has handled its coronavirus response.  "Elon's positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments," Gates said. "He's not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he's allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn't confuse areas he's not involved in too much." Musk took to Twitter a few days later to taunt Gates, tweeting, "Billy G is not my lover" and "The rumor that Bill Gates & I are lovers is completely untrue." Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk aren't competitors in any earthly pursuits, but they're bitter rivals when it comes to outer space.  Bezos founded his rocket company, Blue Origin, in 2000, while Musk founded SpaceX in 2002. Two years later, the pair met for dinner, and even then, things were getting testy. "I actually did my best to give good advice, which he largely ignored," Musk said after the meeting. In 2013, their rivalry heated up when SpaceX tried to get exclusive use of a NASA launch pad and Blue Origin (along with SpaceX rival United Launch Alliance) filed a formal protest with the government. Musk called it a "phony blocking tactic" and SpaceX eventually won the right to take over the pad. Months later, the two companies got into a patent battle, and soon after, Bezos and Musk took their feud public, trading barbs on Twitter. Once, when the BBC asked Musk about Bezos, he responded, "Jeff who?" For his part, Bezos has frequently criticized the idea of colonizing Mars — a main goal of SpaceX — describing the idea as "un-motivating." In May 2019, Musk jabbed at Bezos again, calling him a copycat for Amazon's plan to launch internet-beaming satellites. And last week, Musk repeated the claim, tweeting that Bezos is a copycat after Amazon acquired self-driving-taxi company Zoox for a reported $1.2 billion.  In July 2020, Musk made yet another dig at Bezos' space ambitions. In an interview with The New York Times' Maureen Dowd, took the opportunity to comment on Blue Origin, appearing to imply that Jeff Bezos is too old and Blue Origin too slow to ever make real progress.   "The rate of progress is too slow and the amount of years he has left is not enough, but I'm still glad he's doing what he's doing with Blue Origin," Musk said.  Kevin Systrom and Jack Dorsey Instagram founder Kevin Systrom and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey started out as close friends, but had a falling out around the time Instagram sold to Facebook.   According to the book "No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram" by Sarah Frier, the pair met when they were early employees at Odeo, the audio and video site created by eventual Twitter cofounders Ev Williams and Noah Glass. Dorsey expected to dislike Systrom when he joined as a summer intern in the mid-2000s, but the pair ended up bonding over photography and expensive coffee.  Systrom and Dorsey stayed in touch even after Systrom got a full-time job at Google. Systrom was an early proponent of Twitter (then known as Twttr) and when he started working on Burbn, the precursor to Instagram, he reached out to Dorsey for guidance. Dorsey ended up becoming an early investor, putting in $25,000. When Burbn pivoted to Instagram, Dorsey became one of the app's biggest fans, cross-posting his Instagrams to Twitter and helping the app go viral soon after it launched. Dorsey eventually attempted to buy Instagram, but Systrom declined, saying he wanted to make Instagram too expensive to be acquired, according to Frier.  The Dorsey-Systrom relationship appeared to have soured in 2012, when Dorsey found out that Instagram had signed a deal to be acquired by Facebook, Twitter's biggest rival. According to Frier, Dorsey was hurt that Systrom hadn't called him first to discuss the deal, or to negotiate one with Twitter instead. Dorsey hasn't posted to his Instagram account since April 9, 2012, when he snapped a photo of an unusually empty San Francisco city bus — according to Frier, it was taken the morning he found out Instagram had sold. While Systrom had been quiet on Twitter for the last few years, he's recently begun using the platform again, and the pair even recently had a pleasant tweet exchange. Marc Benioff and Larry Ellison Oracle founder Larry Ellison and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff met when Benioff began working at Oracle when he was 23. He was a star early on, earning a "rookie of the year" award that same year and becoming Oracle's youngest VP by age 26. He spent 13 years at Oracle, during which he became a trusted lieutenant to Ellison.  Benioff began working on Salesforce with Ellison's blessing, and Ellison became an investor, putting in $2 million early on.  But since then, the duo has publicly feuded on multiple occasions. In 2000, Oracle launched software that directly competed with Salesforce. Benioff asked Ellison to resign from Salesforce's board, and Ellison refused (he eventually left the board, but Benioff let him keep his stock and options). Over the years, Benioff and Ellison have sparred off and on: Ellison once mocked Salesforce, calling it an "itty bitty application" that's dependent on Oracle, while Benioff has called Oracle a "false cloud." And in 2011, Ellison ordered that Benioff be removed from the speaker lineup of Oracle's OpenWorld conference, which Benioff said was because Oracle was afraid he'd give a better speech.  But throughout it all, Benioff has described Ellison as his mentor. "There is no one I've learned more from than Larry Ellison," Benioff said in 2013. Tim Cook and Mark Zuckerberg There is no love lost between Apple CEO Tim Cook and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The two moguls have traded insults over the years, beginning as early as 2014, when Cook said in an interview that "when an online service is free, you're not the customer. You're the product." Shortly after, Zuckerberg appeared noticeably tense in an interview with Time when the subject of Cook's comments came up, saying, "'What, you think because you're paying Apple that you're somehow in alignment with them? If you were in alignment with them, then they'd make their products a lot cheaper!'" But the tension between Cook and Zuckerberg came to a head in the aftermath of Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which private Facebook user data was stolen from 50 million users. In 2018, Recode's Kara Swisher asked Cook what he would do if he was in Zuckerberg's shoes, to which he responded: "What would I do? I wouldn't be in this situation." Zuckerberg was reportedly so incensed by Cook's comments that he asked executives to switch to Android phones. In a company blog post in 2018, Facebook confirmed the feud between the two execs: "Tim Cook has consistently criticized our business model and Mark has been equally clear he disagrees." Steve Jobs and Bill Gates In the early days of Apple and Microsoft, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates got along — Microsoft made software for the Apple II computer, and Gates was a frequent guest in Cupertino, where Apple is headquartered.  But the tides started to turn in the early '80s, when Jobs flew up to Microsoft's headquarters in Washington to try to convince Gates to make software for the Macintosh computer. Gates later described it as "a weird seduction visit" and said he felt like Jobs was saying "I don't need you, but I might let you be involved." Still, they remained relatively friendly until 1985, when Microsoft launched the first version of Windows and Jobs accused him of ripping off the Macintosh.  "They just ripped us off completely, because Gates has no shame," Jobs later told his biographer, Walter Isaacson, to which Gates replied: "If he believes that, he really has entered into one of his own reality distortion fields." The duo traded barbs for years, with Jobs calling Gates boring and Gates calling Jobs "weirdly flawed as a human being." Tensions remained high even after Microsoft invested in Apple to keep it afloat, with both Gates and Jobs insulting each other and their companies' products time and time again.  Still, they clearly respected and admired each other, despite their animosity. When Jobs died in 2011, Gates said: "I respect Steve, we got to work together. We spurred each other on, even as competitors. None of [what he said] bothers me at all." Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Zuckerberg have never seemed particularly chummy, but the rivalry between the two execs seems to have grown worse in the last few years.  Facebook has come under fire during the last several months over its decision not to fact-check political ads. In response, Dorsey announced last October that Twitter was suspending political advertising altogether, saying "political message reach should be earned, not bought." Dorsey also said at an event that month that Zuckerberg's argument that Facebook is an advocate for free speech "a major gap and flaw in the substance he was getting across," and that "there's some amount of revisionist history in all his storytelling." For his part, Zuckerberg hasn't been shy about criticizing Twitter, saying in an all hands that "Twitter can't do as good of a job as we can," according to leaked audio obtained by The Verge. In December, Dorsey unfollowed Zuckerberg on Twitter.  Larry Ellison and Bill Gates Gates and Ellison may have patched things up these days, but back in the late '90s and early 2000s, they were enemies.  While it seems like there's no real bad blood currently between the two, there definitely appears to have been a touchy relationship between the them throughout the '90s, mostly defined by Ellison trying to outdo Gates.  "He's utterly obsessed with trying to beat Bill Gates," former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold once told Vanity Fair. "I mean, the guy's got six billion bucks. You'd think he wouldn't be so dramatically obsessed that one guy in the Northwest is more successful. [With Larry] it's just a mania." Their animosity partly stemmed from Ellison's close friendship with Steve Jobs, a frequent opponent of Gates. But things took a more serious turn in 2000 when Microsoft was being investigated by the federal government over antitrust violations. At the time, several groups were openly supportive of Microsoft, and Ellison suspected they were being funded by Microsoft itself. He hired private investigators to in an attempt to out Microsoft and help out the feds.  Eventually, Microsoft lost the suit, and Gates stepped down as Microsoft CEO.  Evan Spiegel and Mark Zuckerberg Snap CEO Evan Spiegel and Mark Zuckerberg seemed to get off on the wrong foot right from the start, beginning with what may have been a Spiegel brush-off in 2012.  Snap had reportedly turned down an acquisition offer from Facebook on three separate occasions.  Spiegel and Zuckerberg haven't been friendly since. Facebook has mimicked many of Snapchat's features over the years — both on its own app and its subsidiary, Instagram — and the CEOs have made jabs at each other in public. In 2018, after Facebook cloned yet another Snapchat feature, Stories, Spiegel said: "We would really appreciate it if they copied our data protection practices also," a dig at Facebook's various privacy scandals. Steve Jobs and Michael Dell In 1997, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell was asked for his opinion on Apple, which, at the time, was in dire straits. He responded that he'd "shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." That comment irritated Steve Jobs, who told his team in response: "The world doesn't need another Dell or HP. It doesn't need another manufacturer of plain, beige, boring PCs. If that's all we're going to do, then we should really pack up now." At an Apple keynote shortly after, Jobs said Dell's comments were "rude" and told him that Apple was coming for him.  Dell later softened his comments, saying that he was trying to make clear that he wasn't for hire.  But Dell rankled Jobs enough that, in January 2006, Jobs sent around this memo to the entire company: "Team, it turned out that Michael Dell wasn't perfect at predicting the future. Based on today's stock market close, Apple is worth more than Dell. Stocks go up and down, and things may be different tomorrow, but I thought it was worth a moment of reflection today." Mark Zuckerberg and Kevin Systrom Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram founder Kevin Systrom used to get along well — so well that Zuckerberg bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012. But in the intervening years, the relationship between the two executives seemingly fell apart. When asked why he left, Systrom said, "no one ever leaves a job because everything's awesome." According to an April 2019 piece from Wired's Nick Thompson and Fred Vogelstein, Systrom and cofounder Mike Krieger left because of increasing tensions with Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg reportedly became increasingly controlling, banning Systrom from doing magazine profiles without approval, taking away Facebook tools that helped Instagram grow, testing location-tracking while Systrom was out on paternity leave, and adding a new button to Instagram that Systrom detested. 
Wednesday's tech antitrust hearing was a grueling six-hour event in which House committee members grilled Jeff Bezos, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai about their companies' market power.  Cook, Apple's CEO, received what seemed like the fewest questions, but he was asked about the App Store and how Apple treats app developers.  Zuckerberg was probed on Facebook's acquisition strategy and whether it bought companies like Instagram to "neutralize" a competitor.  Pichai, who is CEO of Google-parent Alphabet, received what seemed like the most questions from the committee on matters ranging from perceived conservative censorship to Google's search dominance.  Bezos had perhaps the most surprising admission of the day when he admitted Amazon may have violated its own policies when it comes to third-party seller data and its private-label business.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Four of tech's most high-profile leaders spend nearly six hours on Wednesday being grilled before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee.  The hearing allowed subcommittee chair Rep. David Cicilline to compel Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, to answer questions on their companies' acquisition strategies, data collection tactics, advertising methods, and behavior toward consumers and third-party vendors that use their platforms. The hearing also opened up the floor to questions unrelated to antitrust. Several members of the committee grilled executives like Zuckerberg and Pichai over what they see as conservative censorship on their platforms, and Cook and Bezos were questioned on topics like cancel culture and charitable donations through their platforms.  Wednesday's hearing was the first time Bezos testified before Congress and the first time all four major tech CEOs testified alongside each other. The subcommittee said it would use the testimonies it gathered Wednesday to complete its year-long investigation into whether Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google engaged in anticompetitive practices. But if you didn't sit through all six hours of testimony, here's what you need to know about how each CEO was questioned Wednesday's hearing. Tim Cook was scrutinized over Apple's treatment of app developers Cook was largely left alone for a significant portion of the hearing. When he was questioned, Cook was mostly asked about the App Store, and whether Apple applies rules differently to different developers. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia, told Cook the committee's investigation had found that "the rules are made up as you go, they are arbitrarily interpreted and enforced, and are subject to change whenever Apple sees fit to change." Cook denied that's the case, saying the company treats every developer the same.  "We have open and transparent rules, it's a rigorous process," Cook said. "Because we care so deeply about privacy and security and quality we do look at every app before it goes on. But those rules apply evenly to everyone." When Johnson asked whether Apple would ever raise App Store commission fees, Cook replied that doing so would push developers to other app stores. "It's so competitive I would describe it as a street fight for market share," Cook said. Cook also denied assertions that the company would retaliate against developers who complained about Apple's policies, saying that "it's strongly against our company culture" to bully or retaliate against people.  Mark Zuckerberg was pushed on Facebook's acquisition tactics and its treatment of rivals Zuckerberg, along with Pichai, seemed to face the brunt of the committee's questioning. Lawmakers devoted a significant amount of time to how Facebook treats rivals in the social media space. Rep. Pramila Jayapal questioned Zuckerberg on whether the company's competitive strategy includes outright copying features from rivals, and Zuckerberg admitted that Facebook has "certainly adapted features" from other companies. Lawmakers also grilled Zuckerberg on whether Facebook had ever threatened to clone a rival's product in an attempt to acquire it, like in the case of Snapchat and Instagram, and whether he saw the acquisition as a means to "neutralize" a competitor, which Zuckerberg denied. "It was clear that this was a space that we were going to compete in one way or another," Zuckerberg said about Instagram. "I don't view those conversations as a threat in any way." Elsewhere in the hearing, Zuckerberg addressed what some lawmakers viewed as conservative censorship on the platform. Zuckerberg defended Facebook's content moderation policies and said he would investigate complaints of bias among moderators.  "We want to make sure that anything we do reflects the values of the company that we'll give everyone a voice," Zuckerberg said.  Sundar Pichai faced accusations that Google abuses its search prowess to identify competition and crush it Like Facebook, Pichai had to defend Google over assertions from GOP lawmakers that its platform is inherently biased against conservatives, that it actively attempted to help Hillary Clinton get elected in 2016, and that it's censoring information about an unproven treatment for the coronavirus a malaria drug called hydroxychloroquine. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, Democrat of Pennsylvania, described several of these notions as "fringe conspiracy theories."  But Pichai faced a tougher line of questioning when it came to Google's power over its competitors — Cicilline pointed to Yelp, specifically, as a competitor that Google has wielded unfair power over by threatening to delist Yelp in search results. Cicilline questioned Pichai over what the committee sees as a conflict of interest: that Google search results will frequently point users to other Google products, like YouTube, over competitors. Pichai denied that search results favor Google products. "We have always focused on providing users with the most relevant information," Pichai said. Pichai was also questioned over Google's relationship with China — he initially told the committee he didn't have "first-hand knowledge" of China stealing information from Google, though it was one of the main reasons Google pulled out of China. (Pichai later corrected this statement.) Jeff Bezos was grilled on Amazon's relationship with third-party sellers Bezos wasn't questioned for a significant portion of the hearing after what was likely a technical issue. But lawmakers quickly piled on the questions for Bezos on multiple aspects of the company's business, particularly its relationship with third-party sellers. In perhaps the most revelatory moment of the hearing, Bezos told the committee that he couldn't guarantee Amazon had never violated its own policies when it comes using trend data about third-party sellers to dictate Amazon's private-label products.  Amazon was accused of using its size to bully and harass third-party vendors, and that sellers have no other choice but to work with Amazon because "it's the only game in town," according to Cicilline.  Bezos didn't deny that that type of behavior had taken place, but stopped short of admitting any wrongdoing on Amazon's part.  "It does not seem like the correct way to treat her," Bezos said about comments from a third-party seller who said she'd been crushed by Amazon. "I don't understand what's going on in that anecdote. I do not think that's systematically what's going on."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Leslie Odom, Jr.'s $500,000 gamble that led to a starring role in 'Hamilton'