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Mexico, US boffins used technique 'for the first time' with ground-based radio 'scopes to spot exoplanet Astronomers discovered an exoplanet for the first time using the astrometry technique with ground-based radio telescopes, according to fresh research published in The Astronomical Journal on Tuesday.…
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Amazon is hosting its big ad conference, called AdCon 2020, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, according to the event's website. This is the second time Amazon is hosting AdCon. The move shows Amazon is likely planning to make AdCon an annual event as its ad business has grown in size and influence in recent years. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Amazon's big ad conference that debuted last year is coming back for the second time. AdCon 2020, which is the name of this year's confab, will be held for two days on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, according to the official website of the event. On the website, Amazon said this year's conference will be held virtually because of COVID-19. The invite-only event will feature top Amazon ad executives and "thousands of advertisers and partners," according to the website. "Join thousands of advertisers and partners to hear inspiring keynotes, attend educational breakout sessions, and engage with experts," the website said. "Gain exclusive advertiser insights, trends analysis, product deep dives, and networking opportunities to help you grow your business." The move shows Amazon is likely planning to make AdCon an annual event as its advertising business has grown big enough to warrant its own conference. Amazon's cloud unit, Amazon Web Services, started re:Invent in 2012 and now attracts over 40,000 attendees every year. Amazon's representative didn't respond to a request for comment. Amazon ad business, which makes money by charging sellers and brands to promote their products on its site, recorded $4.2 billion in sales in its most recent quarter, up 41% from the year-ago period. According to eMarketer, Amazon is expected to own 9.5% of the US digital market this year, behind only Google and Facebook, which control a combined 53% of the market.  Last year's inaugural event was small in scale, with only a few hundred brands and agencies in attendance. It was invite-only as well, but didn't have a website of its own. The event included case studies from brands like the mattress company Tuft & Needle, and a keynote speech by Paul Kotas, SVP of Amazon Advertising. The website for this year's event comes very little details. The deadline for signing up is Sept. 28, but the agenda has not been uploaded. Still, it encourages people to register as "something new" will be shared, according to the FAQ page. "Whether you are new to Amazon Advertising or an experienced user, you will learn something new at AdCon," it said.SEE ALSO: This chart shows Amazon's one-day shipping has significantly rebounded, but many sellers still face long delays getting their own shipments to warehouses Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
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Photo by Michael Reaves / Getty Images The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the California home of YouTube star Jake Paul this morning, according to TMZ and CBSLA. Agents removed several objects that looked like firearms from Paul’s home, ABC7 reported. The bureau is investigating “allegations of criminal acts” surrounding an incident at an Arizona mall in May, a spokesperson for the FBI’s Phoenix office told The Verge. A second location, in Las Vegas, Nevada, was also raided today in connection with the investigation. TMZ says the home is owned by Arman Izadi, a friend of Paul who was also connected to the incident at the mall. Police in Scottsdale, Arizona previously called the incident in the mall a “riot.” The FBI appears to have taken over the investigation into... Continue reading…
VC experts talked about how COVID-19 is changing the venture capital industry on Wednesday in an online panel discussion hosted by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. The economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic has led firms to put less money into small, risky startups, and direct more towards established, stable companies. Such strategies run the risk of eventually drying up the pipeline of new ideas that VC firms at every stage of the funding process rely on. But it can be hard for firms to focus on smaller startups when so many resources are already wrapped up in larger portfolio companies. The loss of traditional meetings has led VCs to find new ways of building trust with founders, like socially distanced gatherings and increased background checks. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Industry experts got frank about the current state of venture investing amidst COVID-19 during a panel discussion Wednesday hosted by PitchBook and the National Venture Capital Association. Cameron Stanfill of PitchBook, Jennifer Friel Goldstein of Silicon Valley Bank, and Matthew Lee of Certent fielded questions and talked about how the economic fallout of the pandemic has reshaped traditional funding patterns. As uncertainty grips Silicon Valley, investors have increasingly put less money into small, risky startups and directed more towards larger companies with longer track records. Goldstein acknowledged that might be bad for innovation long-term, but said she had faith in the ability of founders to find new sources of cash — possibly from other private investors. "Innovators still start companies," Goldstein said, "so the sources of capital may start to look a little different." Still, Goldstein acknowledged that the venture capital industry as a whole could suffer later if interest in earlier stage ventures dries up significantly now. "I would expect that some of the later stage funds eventually are going to need to deal with their own pipeline and supply concerns," Goldstein said. "If everybody is only investing in late-stage, there are not going to be interesting mid-stage companies for them to invest in." But the lure of a safe bet is understandable during economically uncertain times, Stanfill said.  "The late-stage companies in VCs' portfolios are likely where they have a lot of value, still wrapped up in companies like that," Stanfill said. "And so making sure those companies are healthy, are raising extra capital to extend their runway, make sure they're going to come through this crisis stronger than ever — that's one reason you're seeing a lot of deals come that way." The panel also noted that the social isolation of COVID-19 has forced a change in the way venture capitalists build relationships, at a time when they can rarely rely on their usual face-to-face meetings to make gut calls on founders.  "VCs needed to start to innovate, to think about, 'how am I going to get over this historic need to meet someone in person to get a good sense of who they are?'" Goldstein said. "And we started to see the introduction of the socially distanced walk, the cocktail hour, a cooking class with these potential entrepreneurs." That same need for trust has also driven a rise in background checks and reference checks, Goldstein said.SEE ALSO: Big venture capital firms benefited most from a record fundraising pace in the first half of 2020, but smaller VC firms may face a tough second half, a Silicon Valley Bank report says Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
MOOC Market size and to estimate forecast numbers for key regions covered in the report along with classified and well recognized Types and end-use industry.Few of the major competitors currently working in the MOOC market are Pluralsight LLC, Coursera Inc., edX Inc., iversity, Udacity Inc., LinkedIn, FutureLearn, NovoEd, Udemy Inc., MOOC-CN Information Technology (Beijing) Co Ltd., Alison, Edmodo, Brain4ce Education Solutions Pvt.Ltd., Federica Weblearning, INTELLIPAAT.COM, Jigsaw Academy Education Pvt Ltd., Kadenze Inc., Khan Academy, Linkstreet Learning, Miríadax, My Mooc, Simplilearn Solutions, Skillshare Inc., and WizIQ Inc.Global MOOC market is expected to witness significant growth in the forecast period of 2019-2026, growing at a CAGR of 40.55%.MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), can be described as the online courses that have an open education platform and can reach an unlimited amount of participants.It contains the videos of traditional forms of lectures with complete course materials and promotes community interactions between the learners and the professionals.Get FREE Sample Report + All Related Graphs & Charts @ Drivers:Growing need for cheaper and able to reach a broader student base learning platforms is expected to drive the market growthEasier way of learning and wider reach of e-learning is also expected to drive the market growthMarket Restraints:Lower completion rate and degree earning as compared to the traditional form of learning is expected to restrain the market growthAbsence of personalized path of learning system and guidance is also expected to restrain the market growthTable of Contents:-MOOC Market OverviewCompany ProfilesGlobal MOOC Market Competition, by PlayersGlobal MOOC Market Size by RegionsNorth America MOOC Revenue by CountriesEurope MOOC Revenue by CountriesAsia-Pacific MOOC Revenue by CountriesSouth America MOOC Revenue by CountriesThe Middle East and Africa Revenue MOOC by CountriesGlobal MOOC Market Segment by TypeGlobal MOOC Market Segment by ApplicationResearch Findings and ConclusionAppendixGlobal MOOC market is highly fragmented and the major players have used various strategies such as new product launches, expansions, agreements, joint ventures, partnerships, acquisitions, and others to increase their footprints in this market.The report includes market shares of MOOC market for global, Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and South America.FREE Table of Contents Is Available @ of the key questions answered in this report:– Detailed Overview of MOOC market will help deliver clients and businesses making strategies.– Influencing factors that thriving demand and latest trend running in the market– What trends, challenges and barriers will impact the development and sizing of MOOC Market?– SWOT Analysis of each defined key players along with its profile and Porter’s five forces tool mechanism to compliment the same.– What growth momentum or acceleration market carries during the forecast period?– What would be the market share of key countries like United States, France, Germany, UK, China, and Australia & Japan etc.?– Which region may tap highest market share in coming era?– What focused approach and constraints are holding the MOOC market tight?Thanks for reading this article; you can also get individual chapter wise section or region wise report version like North America, LATAM, West Europe, MENA Countries, Southeast Asia or Asia Pacific.About Us:Data Bridge Market Research set forth itself as an unconventional and neoteric Market research and consulting firm with unparalleled level of resilience and integrated approaches.
Karyotyping Market and display market sizing trend by revenue & volume (if applicable), current growth factors, facts, expert opinions and industry validated market development data.The countries covered in the market report are U.S., Canada and Mexico in North America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe in Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific in the Asia-Pacific, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Rest of Middle East and Africa as a part of Middle East & Africa, Brazil, Argentina and Rest of South America as part of South America.Karyotyping market is expected to account to USD 329.66 Million by 2027 expanding at a rate of 5.3% in the forecast period of 2020 to 2027.Get FREE Sample Report + All Related Graphs & Charts @ market is segmented on the basis of type, application, product and end user.Each individual segment’s growth is analyzed and these insights are subsequently considered before providing you with the market overview which can help you in understanding and identification of your core applications in the broad market.By Type (Spectral Karyotyping, Virtual Karyotyping), Application (Genetic Disorders, Oncology, Personalized Medicine, Others), Product (Instruments, Consumables, Software & Services), End User (Clinical & Research Laboratories, Hospitals & Pathology Laboratories, Academic Research Institutes, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology Companies, Others), Country (U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Rest of South America, Germany, France, U.K., Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Rest of Europe, China, Japan, India, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Rest of Asia-Pacific, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, South Africa, Egypt, Israel, Rest of Middle East and Africa)Table of Contents:-Karyotyping Market OverviewCompany ProfilesGlobal Karyotyping Market Competition, by PlayersGlobal Karyotyping Market Size by RegionsNorth America Karyotyping Revenue by CountriesEurope Karyotyping Revenue by CountriesAsia-Pacific Karyotyping Revenue by CountriesSouth America Karyotyping Revenue by CountriesThe Middle East and Africa Revenue Karyotyping by CountriesGlobal Karyotyping Market Segment by TypeGlobal Karyotyping Market Segment by ApplicationResearch Findings and ConclusionAppendixFREE Table of Contents Is Available @ order to better analyze value chain/ supply chain of the Industry, a lot of attention given to backward & forward Integration– Karyotyping Manufacturers– Karyotyping Distributors/Traders/Wholesalers– Karyotyping Sub-component Manufacturers– Industry Association– Downstream VendorsHighlights of the worldwide Cloud Robotics Market Report:Imperative alteration of the market dynamicsBroad-gauge analysis of the parent marketMarket share studyEstimate the role of business growth and advancementCurrent, historic, and future research in terms of importance and volumeMain strategies of the foremost important playersReasons to access this Report:Get to know opportunities and plan strategies by having a strong understanding of the investment opportunities in the Karyotyping MarketFacilitate decision-making based on strong historic and forecast dataDevelop strategies based on the latest reports.Identification of key parameter driving investment opportunities in the Karyotyping MarketIdentify key partners and business development avenuesRespond to your competitors' business structure, strategy and prospectsIdentify key strengths and weaknesses of important market participantsPosition yourself to gain the maximum advantage of the industry's growth potentialThanks for reading this article; you can also get individual chapter wise section or region wise report version like North America, LATAM, West Europe, MENA Countries, Southeast Asia or Asia Pacific.Buy now @ Us:Data Bridge Market Research set forth itself as an unconventional and neoteric Market research and consulting firm with unparalleled level of resilience and integrated approaches.We are determined to unearth the best market opportunities and foster efficient information for your business to thrive in the marketContact:Data Bridge Market ResearchTel: +1-888-387-2818Email: [email protected] 
Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook has removed a post posted by President Donald Trump’s account for violations of its misinformation policy, the company confirmed to The Verge. The video posted was of a Trump interview with Fox News’ Fox & Friends program, in which the president claimed children are “almost immune” to COVID-19, which is false. The interview also included Trump saying COVID-19 “is going to go away,” and that his view is that “schools should open” because “this it will go away like things go away.” A recent study conduced by infectious disease experts at Children’s Hospital of Chicago found that children younger than five can carry the virus at levels far higher than adults, although there is still debate over whether children can pass COVID-19 to... Continue reading…
It’s starting to seem like Etsy only sells two kinds of products: masks, and everything else. The handmade and vintage product marketplace just released its Q2 earnings report, and the company says it helped sell $346 million worth of homemade masks during the pandemic, accounting for 14 percent of all sales across small sellers on the platform. 4 million people came to Etsy for masks alone, buying nothing else, and 112,000 different sellers made money by selling those homemade masks on the platform. If “masks” were listed as their own product category in Etsy’s financial results, they’d rank third on the entire site: they’re not quite as big as the $740 million worth of home goods or the $362 million worth of jewelry... Continue reading…
CASHDROP founder Ruben Flores-Martinez said the hopelessness he experienced as a young undocumented immigrant later helped motivate the creation of CASHDROP, a mobile commerce app that lets users quickly set up personal storefronts with their phones. On Tuesday the company announced completing a $2.7 million seed round led by Harlem Capital, with participation from investors including Founder Collective and Behance creator Scott Belsky. Flores-Martinez is hoping his dead-simple app can find a place among big competitors like Wix and Shopify. The inspiration for CASHDROP came from two things: an unanswered need among small business owners for a user-friendly platform, and a weekly flea market that used to set up shop outside Flores-Martinez's childhood home in Guadalajara, Mexico. After graduating high school in Wisconsin, without a clear future due to his undocumented status, Flores-Martinez taught himself to code using YouTube tutorials. Flores-Martinez said the despair and uncertainty he felt as a young adult have become motivators as he tries to succeed as a Latino in the notoriously non-diverse world of venture capital. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. One key factor makes it difficult for undocumented immigrants to have a sense of community, according to CASHDROP CEO Rubin Flores-Martinez. "It's fear," Flores-Martinez told Business Insider. "One hundred percent. You don't want to trust anybody. You don't trust anybody." Flores-Martinez said the stress and isolation of his undocumented teenagerhood became powerful motivators for him to achieve as an adult. That eventually lead him to create CASHDROP, a mobile commerce app designed to let small business owners create digital storefronts from their phones in minutes. On Tuesday, CASHDROP announced the completion of a $2.7 million seed round led by Harlem Capital, which was joined by other investors including Founder Collective, Long Journey Ventures, and M25. Founder Collective and Behance creator Scott Belsky also participated in the round. CASHDROP is entering a crowded space. Big names like Shopify, Wix, and Squarespace already help business owners design websites and facilitate online sales and shipping. But Flores-Martinez, who used to build online storefronts using some of those services, believes there's room in the market for CASHDROP's dead simple design. He said small businesses needed a more user-friendly app. "The inspiration for it was, I started seeing so many people on Instagram trying to run a business on Venmo." Flores-Martinez said. "Like 'Hey, DM me for sizes,' or 'DM me for availability, and then Cash App me or Venmo me the money.' It was interesting that people try to hack this solution together when there's already incumbents in place." The other inspiration for CASHDROP was a flea market that Flores-Martinez said would assemble itself outside his childhood home in Guadalajara, Mexico every Saturday.  "So you have merchants from all over the city that would come and build these little tents with sticks and rags," Flores-Martinez said. "And then they would basically launch a business, and that was all of the infrastructure they needed." But Flores-Martinez's path from the flea market to founding CASHDROP was long and often difficult. He moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at 13 as an undocumented immigrant.  "Both of my parents were advanced chemical engineers, but there was no opportunity," Flores said. "So they came to America to work low-end jobs." Flores-Martinez fell in love with computer science in high school and dreamed of pursuing a PhD. That path would have started with college. "But I couldn't actually go to school because I was undocumented," Flores said. "It was one of those moments where everything just gets pulled from under you and you're kind of left in purgatory. Ultimately, I'm a child— I'm a 17, 18-year-old kid with no prospects anymore over a decision that ultimately wasn't mine." Flores-Martinez's way out was coding. His girlfriend at the time attended a local public university. Flores-Martinez bought himself a laptop. "When my girlfriend at the time would go to class, I would borrow her ID and would go to the cafeteria, to the library," Flores said. "And I just started teaching myself how to code on YouTube." Coding became the springboard for the rest of Flores-Martinez's life. He started picking up gigs building websites, apps, and digital storefronts. In 2014 he gained US citizenship, which he described as a "pivotal moment" in the furthering of his ambitions. The next year he founded Sugr, an app that used AI to give users customized restaurant recommendations. The app shut down in July 2019, but Flores bounced back by coming up with the idea for CASHDROP "on a whim." Flores-Martinez said the idea that he's a "minority within a minority" is motivating for him. "I'm an entrepreneur, venture-backed, in a world where less than one percent of all VC capital goes to Black and Latino founders," Flores said. "That, ultimately, is what drives me to where we're going. How do you inspire that 17-year-old version of myself, sitting hopeless in a chair, thinking this is the end of the road? How do we inspire them to keep trying, keep pushing? Become somebody."Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
Container development promises unprecedented portability and scalability in the cloud using tools like Kubernetes. In addition, DevOps development and cultural practices increase business value and responsiveness. However, there are many questions to consider before starting your first container development project: What operating system should we use? Should we build or buy a production-ready Kubernetes platform? […]
Facebook took down a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policies against misinformation, the company confirmed. Trump posted a video of his interview with Fox News where he falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" from COVID-19, which CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan captured before it was removed from Facebook. "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider. Facebook said this is the first time it has completely taken down a post by Trump for pushing coronavirus misinformation, according to The New York Times' reporter Davey Alba. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. For the first time, Facebook has completely removed a post by President Donald Trump for violating its policies against COVID-19 misinformation. Trump posted a video Wednesday of his interview with Fox News, which CNN reporter Donie O'Sullivan captured in a screenshot before it was removed from the platform, where he falsely claimed that children are "almost immune" from the disease. "They have much stronger immunes system than [adults]," Trump said in the video, which he also tweeted. "This video includes false claims that a group of people is immune from COVID-19 which is a violation of our policies around harmful COVID misinformation," a Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider. A growing body of research suggests that children can transmit COVID-19 like anyone else, though researchers believe their infection rates are often underreported because they are frequently asymptomatic and have been largely excluded from clinical trials. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2020 Facebook has previously applied fact-check labels to Trump's misleading posts about mail-in voting and taken down his campaign ads containing Nazi symbols. But this marks the first time the company has removed a post for violating its policies against coronavirus misinformation, according to The New York Times' reporter Davey Alba. Facebook has faced growing pressure in recent months to take stronger stances against misinformation and hate speech on its platform. CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the company's decision not to take down controversial posts by Trump earlier this year suggesting violence against demonstrators in Minnesota protesting the death of George Floyd.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
Microsoft is taking advantage of a controversy created by Google last month to push its own new competing open source cloud technology. Last month, Google ticked off IBM and many others in the open source community over a popular open source project known as Istio.  Developers had been looking forward to the project being turned over to a vendor-independent organization run by the Linux Foundation.  Instead, Google created an odd new entity and turned the project over to that org. So on Wednesday, Microsoft announced its own new competitor to Istio and said it has already asked the Linux-run org to take control of it.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The controversy Google kicked up last month — where it angered IBM and others in the open source community over its handling of a popular open source project called Istio — was apparently too juicy for Microsoft to resist.  To briefly recap the controversy: In 2017 when Istio was a young project, Google promised to transfer responsibility for it to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, an independent organization run by the Linux Foundation. But in June, it created an unusual new organization and transferred the project to that entity instead, angering many in the open source community. On Wednesday, Microsoft waded in by offering its own competitor to Istio called Open Service Mesh. Microsoft also promised to do what Google refused to do: Turn the project over to CNCF.  "We believe an open source, openly governed, standards-compliant service mesh is important for the community," the company told Business Insider in a statement.  Free software is lucrative for cloud providers Open source projects are the communal property of the tech world, software anyone can use for free or modify. As they grow popular dozens of major companies and thousands of programmers may contribute to them. They still need leadership: Someone has to decide which contributions get included in the main project and which do not. And, although the software is free, as they become popular they gain tremendous commercial value. In the cloud world, cloud providers will offer these open-source software projects as services that their customers pay fees to use. Organizations like the CNCF exist to ensure no one vendor has undue control over important open-source projects — so they can't manipulate them to benefit their commercial interests at the expense of others. Google itself helped establish CNCF a few years ago for another popular cloud open source cloud technology it created called Kubernetes. Open sourcing its technology puts Google between a rock and a hard place. It is hoping to rise to the top of the cloud wars by creating new cloud tools. However, it's watched as two of its most popular projects — Kubernetes and Tensorflow — become popular, key services on competitors' clouds, particularly on Amazon Web Services. Then, last month, after Istio had grown in popularity to the point where big names in the industry had contributed to it, including IBM/Red Hat, Cisco and others, Google did something unexpected. It created an odd new organization, one dedicated just to dealing with open-source project trademarks (controlling the use of a brand name or logo), and not handling the total management of the project. It then transferred Istio (and a couple of its other projects) to that new organization.  Some people praised the new organization. Others said Google's move reflected badly on the Linux Foundation, which they accused of becoming a political landmine where vendors with the deepest pockets can buy influence. "New leadership at Google and Google Cloud are having second thoughts about turning over the fruits of their work to foundations that they eventually lose control over," wrote developer Alan Shimel on But, as we previously reported, many others were angry at Google, pointing out that the the Linux Foundation — as well as other established open source foundations — are already equipped to handle trademarks and logo use. Major Istio contributor IBM wrote a public blog post condemning Google's move, as did a famous programmer who now works for Oracle's cloud. What Istio is and why Microsoft's move matters  Istio is a "mesh service," which is software tool that helps developers run "microservices." Microservices give developers a way to build cloud apps in tiny modular pieces, rather than in one big block of code. A "mesh service" then connects microservices together so they can function as one app. Even before Microsoft jumped in, there were other competitors to Istio. But Istio was holding a golden spot thanks to the big names using and working on it — assured to do so, in part, by the assumption it would one day go to the CNCF. Thanks to Google's decision, some of those big names are now jumping ship. When a top member of CNCF spoke out against Google's decision, he implied that the Linux Foundation would throw its considerable weight behind a competing project. Enter Microsoft, and Open Mesh Service, stage left. Gabe Monroy, a Microsoft partner program manager — and a CNCF board member — told TechCrunch that Open Mesh Service is gunning to be dethrone Istio by being easier to use, and that Microsoft is also "not interested" in contributing to Istio, deflating Google's project even more. (Microsoft isn't and never has been an official contributor to the Istio project.) "The truth is that customers are not having a great time with Istio in the wild today," Monroy told TechCrunch. "I think even folks who are deep in that community will acknowledge that and that's really the reason why we're not interested in contributing to that ecosystem at the moment." Now read: Google has ticked off IBM, Oracle, and many in the open-source community by launching an odd new open-source organization If Microsoft buys TikTok, it could be bad news for Google Cloud Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Swayze Valentine is the only female treating fighters' cuts and bruises inside the UFC octagon
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Rackspace Technology went public on Wednesday, and its stock fell nearly 22% over the course of the day. Rackspace, founded in 1998, was actually already a public company until taken private in a $4.3 billion equity deal in 2016. It started as a competitor to Amazon Web Services, until pivoting to helping customers make better use of their AWS infrastructure. Now, Rackspace works with Amazon, Microsoft, and Google, and helps customers with using multiple clouds. Rackspace CEO Kevin Jones says this is a major opportunity because cloud demand is growing during the coronavirus pandemic. "I'm not worried about the stock price today. We're really focused on the long run," Jones said. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Shares in Rackspace Technology fell just shy of 22% on Wednesday, its first day of trading on its second time out as a public company. But Rackspace CEO Kevin Jones says that regardless of what happened on Wall Street, the company has a major opportunity ahead of it as cloud demand only skyrockets during the coronavirus pandemic. Rackspace began its existence in 1998 as a traditional web hosting company, eventually growing into one of the first direct competitors against Amazon Web Services, the retailer's cloud computing platform. It didn't take long for AWS to come to dominate the market, however, at the expense of Rackspace's business. Rackspace ultimately pivoted away from directly competing with AWS and towards providing services to help customers make the most of it. Ultimately, amid plenty of competitive pressure, Rackspace was taken private in a $4.3 billion deal led by private equity firm Apollo Global Management. Fast forward to this year, and Rackspace filed for an IPO last month ahead of Wednesday's second debut on the markets. What's different this time, Jones says, is that Rackspace isn't going to even try to compete with leading clouds AWS, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud. Instead, it partners with them, with a little help from friends like VMware. Rackspace's biggest focus is now helping customers take advantages from all three of the major mega-cloud vendors. "We're just excited to reach this milestone, excited to be in public markets," Jones told Business Insider. "Today is day 1. We're not focused on today's stock price, and focused on the resting value over the long term. We're focused on multi-cloud. We're right in the middle of a tectonic shift. I'm not worried about the stock price today. We're really focused on the long run." The right time to go public The company's IPO plans were delayed, thanks to the onset of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Still, Jones says, the current situation hasn't created a negative impact at Rackspace — quite the opposite, he says, as demand is up, and so is the productivity of employees now working from home. These dynamics made this a good time to go public, Jones suggests. "We had a lot of momentum before the pandemic and we saw sales accelerate during it," Jones said. "It gave us more confidence in the resilience of the business. We decided this would be the right time. Now as we look into the future, we're off to a great start. We see lots of opportunity." Still, Rackspace may have some work to do to convince investors of that opportunity: As TechCrunch's Alex Wilhelm noted when the company first filed for this second IPO, while Rackspace generates significant revenue, its SEC filings also show that it holds a lot of debt and shows uneven growth rates. Rackspace's plans as a public company Now that Rackspace has gone public, it plans to focus on continued revenue growth, global expansion, and helping companies work with multiple clouds and artificial intelligence, Jones said.  What's more, Jones says that Rackspace has benefitted from the growth seen by AWS and Microsoft, both partners to the company. As more customers turn to Amazon or Microsoft for their own clouds, that just means more demand for Rackspace's services.  "The market was already in the middle of a tectonic shift to multi-cloud," Jones said. "We're still slammed with demands of customers that want to save money because of the pandemic. Cloud helps them do that. A lot of customers have to change their business model. Maybe their business model isn't working as well. Cloud is the best way to do that." While Rackspace previously competed with AWS, it's going "all in" on selling professional services for AWS and hopes to become the biggest provider filling that need. Late last year, Rackspace acquired the AWS consulting company Onica. Read more: Rackspace used to try to compete with Amazon's cloud. Now it's going 'all in' on Amazon Web Services with the acquisition of a consulting company. Rackspace plans to look at other deals with companies that help customers with using multiple clouds. Already, Jones says he's seeing business with Microsoft and Google Cloud services accelerate dramatically, which reinforces the notion that it's on the right path.  "The Onica acquisition has been spectacular," Jones said. "It has been an absolute grand slam home run. Essentially we're exceeding every financial metric and every objective set out when we acquired the company." Got a tip? Contact this reporter via email at [email protected], Signal at 646.376.6106, Telegram at @rosaliechan, or Twitter DM at @rosaliechan17. (PR pitches by email only, please.) 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At its virtual Unpacked event today, Samsung officially announced the Galaxy Z Fold 2, the successor to its beleaguered first folding phone. Unfortunately, the company only revealed a few key details about the hardware and stated a more thorough reveal would arrive on September 1. Still, it’s enough to whet our appetites. Samsung is clearly addressing some of the biggest complaints about the original. The device now includes a much larger exterior display, sized at 6.2-inches rather than the awkwardly small and skinny 4.6-inch display on the original; this means you can use it more like a normal flagship phone with… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Samsung
  Sling is one of the most affordable cord-cutting services on the market, offering two packages —  Orange and Blue — with 30+ live channels starting at $30 a month or combined for $45 a month. Orange offers the Disney Channel and ESPN, while Blue offers a slate of Fox channels, NBC, Bravo, and Discovery. Both Orange and Blue offer CNN, TBS, Food Network, and BBC America. You can also add on multi-channel packages, like Sports Extras, Kids Extras, or News Extras, starting at $5 a month. Premium add-ons, like Showtime, Starz, and Epix, are also available for an additional monthly charge.  If you're new to Sling TV, you can receive a free three-day trial when you sign up. Here's a complete breakdown of the channels offered on each Sling package.    If you're hoping to get the most bang for your buck once you cut the cord with your cable subscription, Sling is one of the most affordable live streaming services on the market. You can read our full Sling TV review here. The service has two packages with over 30 channels starting at just $30 a month. Though you may make some compromises in the user interface department — it's not as pretty or as intuitive as some other streaming services out there — the amount of channels offered is just as good as its competitors. But Sling's website makes it a bit difficult to compare services and ensure you'll be getting the channels you're after, so we've broken down exactly what you'll get with each package and all the add-ons you can include to enhance your channel offerings. Updated on 8/5/2020 by Steven Cohen: Revised details for Sling's current free trial offer. Added Kartoon Channel! to premium add-ons. Added a link to our Sling TV review.  The two main packages — Sling Orange and Sling Blue — offer 30+ channels for $30 a month, or $45 combined Sling's two main offerings are Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each available to stream for $30 a month. For the most part, the channels largely overlap between the two, but there are a few key differences that might cause you to choose one over the other. Disney and ESPN are included with Sling Orange. You don't get them with Sling Blue, but in their place, you'll get a slate of Fox-owned channels including FX, Fox Sports 1, National Geographic, Bravo, TLC, and Discovery. Blue also comes with NBC and its local affiliates, but only if you live in select markets — more on that later. The channels that overlap on both Orange and Blue include standouts like Food Network, Lifetime, CNN, and the History Channel. If you're keeping up with the newest season of "American Horror Story" on FX, but you absolutely can't live without "SportsCenter" on ESPN, you might want to combine the two packages for $45 a month, giving you access to all 50+ channels Sling offers over the two services. Sling Orange doesn't offer any local channels at all, so if you're hoping to catch your local nightly news, Sling Blue is the way to go. Blue offers local channels from NBC and Fox, but only in select cities. If you live in any of the following Designated Market Areas, you'll have access to both your local NBC and Fox affiliates: New York; Philadelphia; Chicago; Washington, DC; Dallas/ Ft. Worth; Los Angeles; and San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose. For a full list of markets supported by each station, check out the Sling website.  If you live outside any of the supported regions and you're really attached to your locals, you'll have to find another way to access those networks. Sling actually offers a solution for this via a special bundle it provides with an antenna and an AirTV 2. This bundle is available for new subscribers who prepay for three months of Sling service. The antenna allows you to pick up local channels via over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts. The AirTV 2 then allows you to integrate those channels with the Sling app on several supported devices. There are plenty of add-ons starting at $5 a month if you're looking for specific genres or channels If you want to further enhance your channel selection, Sling offers a slate of genre-based add-ons starting at $5 a month. Each add-on, like Kids Extras, Sports Extras, and Lifestyle Extras, offers a mini-bundle of channels for an additional charge. Sling offers seven of these mini-bundles, which they'll package together and throw in 50 hours of DVR service for just $20 a month, a $20 savings compared to buying them separately. Though HBO is no longer offered, there are still several premium add-ons you may want to tack onto your service. For $10 a month, you'll get a slate of nine Showtime channels — perfect if you want to stay up to date with the new season of "The L Word: Generation Q." Sling also offers a Starz package for $9 a month and an EPIX package for $5 a month. If you're using Sling a la carte, the monthly charges per add-on can increase your rates pretty quickly, but if you're happy with its baseline Orange or Blue offerings, Sling is incredibly cost-efficient.   See below for a full breakdown of all Sling's channel offerings and add-ons, and click here to sign up and start streaming live TV. Sling Orange Sling Blue Both Orange and Blue Sports add-ons Comedy add-ons Kids add-ons News add-ons Lifestyle add-ons Hollywood add-ons Heartland add-ons Showtime add-ons Epix add-ons Starz add-ons Other premium add-ons Sling Orange Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: Disney Channel ESPN ESPN2 ESPN3 Freeform MotorTrend A&E  TNT AMC HGTV CNN TBS Comedy Central History Channel IFC Food Network BBC America Investigation Discovery Travel Channel Cartoon Network EPIX Drive-In Lifetime Viceland AXS TV Fuse  Newsy Bloomberg Television Cheddar Local Now Comet  Stadium Sling Blue The following channels are included: USA AMC Bravo Discovery Channel FOX NBC FX TLC NBC Sports Network MSNBC Fox News Channel Fox Sports 1 Nick Jr. SYFY National Geographic BET truTV E! Paramount Network A&E  TNT HGTV CNN TBS Comedy Central History Channel IFC Food Network BBC America HLN Investigation Discovery Travel Channel Cartoon Network Epix Drive-In Lifetime Viceland AXS TV Fuse  Newsy Bloomberg Television Cheddar Local Now Comet Stadium Both Orange and Blue The following channels are shared between the Orange and Blue plans: A&E TNT AMC HGTV CNN TBS Comedy Central History Channel IFC Food Network BBC America Investigation Discovery Travel Channel Cartoon Network EPIX Drive-In Viceland AXS TV Fuse Newsy Bloomberg Television Cheddar Comet Stadium Sports add-ons ($10/month if Blue; $10/month if Orange) The following channels are included with Sling Orange: ACC Network  ACC Network Extra Longhorn Network  ESPNU ESPNews SEC Network  SEC Network+  MLB Network MLB Network Strike Zone Tennis Channel NBA TV Pac-12 NHL Network beIN Sports Outside Television The Following channels are included with Sling Blue: FS2  Golf Channel Olympic Channel  MLB Network MLB Network Strike Zone Tennis Channel NBA TV Pac-12 NHL Network beIN Sports Outside Television Big Ten Network (coming to Sling ahead of the 2020 college football season) Comedy add-ons ($5/month if Blue; $5/month if Orange) Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: CMT GSN Logo MTV MTV2 Revolt TV Land Paramount Network (already included in Sling Blue base channels) truTV (already included in Sling Blue base channels) Kids add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: Disney Junior (not included if you have Sling Blue)  Disney XD (not included if you have Sling Blue)  Nick Jr. (already included in Sling Blue base channels) NickToons TeenNick Boomerang BabyTV duckTV News add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: CNBC (not included with Sling Orange)  Fox Business (not included with Sling Orange)  NDTV 24x7 (not included with Sling Orange) HLN (already included in Sling Blue base plan) NewsMax Science Channel BBC World News Weather Nation Euronews News18 RT America CGTN Law & Crime Network Lifestyle add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: Oxygen (not included if you have Sling Orange) BET (already included in Sling Blue base channels) Cooking Channel DIY FYI Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Hallmark Channel Hallmark Drama Lifetime Movies VH1 WE TV  Z Living HD Hollywood add-ons ($5/month) Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: FXX (not included if you have Sling Orange)  FXM (not included if you have Sling Orange)  Cinemoi HDNet Movies REELZ SundanceTV Turner Classic movies Heartland add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: Nat Geo Wild (not included if you have Sling Orange)  World Fishing Network RIDE TV Sportsman Channel American Heroes Channel Destination America Outdoor Channel RFD-TV PixL The Cowboy Channel Pursuit Great American Country Showtime add-ons ($10/month) The following channels are included: SHOWTIME SHOWTIME 2 SHOWTIME Beyond SHOWTIME Extreme SHOWTIME Family Zone SHOWTIME Next SHOWTIME Showcase SHOWTIME West SHOWTIME Women EPIX add-ons ($5/month) The following channels are included: EPIX EPIX 2 EPIX Hits STARZ add-ons ($9/month) Sign up for Sling here The following channels are included: STARZ STARZ Comedy STARZ Edge STARZ Encore STARZ Kids and Family STARZ West Other premium add-ons (monthly price varies) The following channels are included: NBA League Pass: ($28.99/month) NBC Team Pass: ($17.99/month) CuriosityStream: ($3/month) UP Faith & Family: ($5/month) Hopster: ($5/month) PANTAYA: ($6/month) Stingray Karaoke: ($7/month) Dove Channel: ($5/month) Outside TV Features: ($5/month) Docurama: ($5/month) CONtv: ($5/month) Here TV: ($8/month) Cinefest: ($5/month) Cinemoi: ($3/month) Comedy Dynamics: ($5/month) DOGTV: ($5/month) Hallmark Movies Now: ($6/month) Grokker: ($7/month) The Country Network Plus: ($3/month) Magnolia Selects: ($5/month) Warrior & Gangers: ($3/month) Monsters & Nightmares: ($3/month) Kartoon Channel!: ($4/month) Stingray Qello: ($8/month) Dox: ($3/month) Echoboom Sports: ($6/month) Hi-YAH!: ($3/month) Lion Mountain TV: ($3/month) VSiN: ($4/month)
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Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for August 6. I'm Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] Today's news: Disney Plus hits a new milestone but trails behind Netflix's revenue, salary data for top agency roles, and marketers weigh in on Microsoft's potential TikTok acquisition. Disney Plus' audience growth has wildly exceeded expectations but it brings in less than half the revenue Netflix does per subscriber Disney Plus hit 60 million subscribers nine months since launching, a milestone that executives originally thought wouldn't happen until 2024. However, Disney Plus' subscribers generate significantly less revenue per paying subscriber than rival Netflix. During the June quarter, Disney Plus' average revenue per paying subscriber was $4.62 while Netflix averages $10.80. Disney Plus' average revenue per user was also dragged down last quarter by its price point in India. Read the full story here. Top ad industry salaries, revealed: How much the biggest holding companies including WPP, Publicis, and Omnicom pay employees, from junior account directors to global creative leads Patrick Coffee dug into the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification's 2019 disclosure data to find out how much top roles are paid at the five largest ad holding companies: WPP, Publicis, Omnicom, IPG, and Dentsu. According to the data, a chief creative officer at WPP makes between $830,000 to $880,000 a year while a chief strategy officer at Omnicom makes between $300,000 to $500,000. The data looks at all foreign workers applying for both permanent green card visas and temporary H-1B, H1B1, and E-3 visas. It does not include every type of visa, pay rates for US-born employees, or compensation beyond base salaries. Read the full story here. Marketers warily continue to spend on TikTok but some are building escape clauses into their contracts because of the political uncertainty Dan Whateley and I looked at how agencies are reacting to Microsoft's reported acquisition of TikTok. Marketers said that they are not stopping ad spend but are reworking contracts with the possibility of moving spend to other platforms. Lyle Stevens, CEO of the influencer-marketing platform Mavrck, said that marketers are unlikely to cut ad budgets in the near term but could pull budgets if TikTok's ownership is not resolved by the time of the US elections and holiday season.  Microsoft has a mixed history with its advertising business and sold off most of it to AOL in 2015. However, an acquisition of TikTok could give the app some credibility with ad buyers, said Brendan Gahan, partner and chief social officer at ad agency Mekanism. Read the full story here. More stories we're reading: A YouTube creator explains Amazon's efforts to become a major player in the influencer business, from affiliate commissions to livestreaming (Business Insider) Houseplant sales are booming and so are 'Plantfluencers,' the social-media creators sharing plant tips, products, and content (Business Insider) The face of department stores is radically changing, and could soon look more like a warehouse than a boutique (Business Insider) As advertising plummets in Q2, NYT's total digital revenue exceeds print (AdExchanger) 'A significant uptick in deal flow': Why Europe is becoming a hotbed of ad tech innovation (Digiday) Thanks for reading and see you tomorrow! You can reach me in the meantime at [email protected] and subscribe to this daily email here. — LaurenJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why you don't see brilliantly blue fireworks
California's labor commissioner announced Wednesday that her office is suing Uber and Lyft, claiming the companies are stealing wages from drivers by "willfully misclassifying" them as contractors instead of employees. The suit alleges that Uber and Lyft have failed to pay drivers minimum wage, sick pay, unemployment, and other benefits guaranteed to employees under state law. AB-5, California's hotly debated gig economy law, created stricter requirements for companies seeking to designate workers as independent contractors. California's agency that oversees ride-hailing companies ruled that drivers are employees under the law, but the companies have refused to reclassify drivers, and the issue is now at the center of multiple lawsuits. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The heated legal battle between California and ride-hail giants Uber and Lyft ratcheted up another notch this week with the state's labor commissioner announcing that she plans to take the companies to court over their classification of drivers. Commissioner Lilia Garcia-Brower's office said in a press release Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit against the companies, arguing that they are "committing wage theft by willfully misclassifying drivers as independent contractors instead of employees." In a letter to Uber and Lyft drivers alerting them to the lawsuit, Garcia-Brower's office said that it's seeking to force the companies to reclassify drivers as employees and reimburse them for wages and other benefits that they would be entitled to as employees under state law. That list includes a wide variety of payments that Uber and Lyft have historically not paid to drivers, such as minimum wages based on time drivers spend using the app (not just driving passengers), overtime, sick pay, and business expenses. "The vast majority of California drivers want to work independently, and we've already made significant changes to our app to ensure that remains the case under state law," an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider, adding that the company hasn't been served with the lawsuit yet and therefore hasn't been able to review its specific claims. A Lyft spokesperson told Business Insider: "The state labor agency has botched thousands of claims. They know they don't have the ability to process these claims, so they sent them into a legal abyss, where they know it will take years to resolve them." California's landmark gig work law, AB-5, which went into effect this year, raised the bar companies must clear in order to consider workers as independent contractors, spurring a major battle between regulators and Uber and Lyft over whether drivers meet that bar. California's Public Utilities Commission, the agency responsible for overseeing ride-hail companies, dealt a significant blow to the companies earlier this year when it ruled in June that drivers are considered employees under AB-5. In May, a group of attorneys general from the state — in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego — also sued Uber and Lyft over the issue. Uber and Lyft have previously argued that AB-5 doesn't apply to them and have aggressively defended their classification of drivers by claiming that drivers prefer to work as contractors. Unlike their employee counterparts, contractors aren't guaranteed certain benefits like as healthcare and paid sick leave, and Uber and Lyft aren't bound by certain labor regulations around minimum wage payments or required pay payroll taxes for those workers, which feed into programs like unemployment insurance. Driver advocacy group Rideshare Drivers United, which has been rounding up driver wage theft accusations, claimed that Uber and Lyft owe more than $1.3 billion in payments to drivers in California. The debate over what wages and benefits gig economy companies should be on the hook for (versus workers or taxpayers) has intensified in recent months as more states and cities start cracking down on companies like Uber and Lyft. Massachusetts filed a similar lawsuit last month, while New York city imposed the country's first minimum wage for ride-hail drivers and Seattle has sought to do the same.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The rise and fall of Donald Trump's $365 million airline
SpaceX returned two NASA astronauts to Earth on Sunday after flying them to the International Space Station. The mission, called Demo-2, flew the first crewed US spacecraft since the end of NASA's space shuttle program in 2011. SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship is a product of NASA's Commercial Crew program, a partnership between the space agency and private companies. Boeing is also building a spaceship as part of the program, but SpaceX's progressed faster. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. SpaceX and NASA celebrated a major milestone on Sunday: the completion of the world's first crewed commercial spaceflight. The company's Crew Dragon spaceship carried two NASA astronauts into orbit and docked to the space station two months ago, then returned on Sunday in a fiery plunge through Earth's atmosphere. The mission, called Demo-2, was the last major test before NASA certifies the Crew Dragon to carry more people into space. "This day heralds a new age of space exploration," Elon Musk, SpaceX's CEO, said during a NASA TV broadcast after the splashdown, adding, "I'm not very religious, but I prayed for this one." Since NASA ended its space-shuttle program in 2011, the agency has relied exclusively on Russia to ferry its astronauts to and from orbit in Soyuz spacecraft. But those seats have gotten increasingly expensive, and the world's space agencies have had no alternative for launching and returning astronauts, even when technical glitches have arisen. That's what spurred NASA to launch its Commercial Crew program, which was designed to facilitate the development of new American-made spacecraft. The program put private firms in competition for billions of dollars' worth of government contracts. SpaceX and Boeing came out on top, and SpaceX's spaceship passed its tests and became ready for astronauts first. Here's how NASA came to rely on the two companies to resurrect American spaceflight.SEE ALSO: 27 epic images show how SpaceX made history by flying NASA astronauts to and from the space station DON'T MISS: Telescope video captured SpaceX's Crew Dragon spaceship attached to space station, 250 miles above Earth NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken are now the first people ever to fly in a commercial spacecraft. Both men are spaceflight veterans and were deeply involved in SpaceX's efforts to design its Crew Dragon spaceship. "This has been a quite an odyssey the last five, six, seven, eight years," Hurley said during a NASA live broadcast after the recent landing. "To be where we are now — the first crewed flight of Dragon — is just unbelievable." Crew Dragon launched into space with the two astronauts inside atop a Falcon 9 rocket on May 30. The mission, called Demo-2, was a demonstrate meant to show that the launch system and spaceship could safely transport people. The next day, the capsule docked to the International Space Station, where it stayed for two months. Aboard the space station, Behnken and Hurley conducted science experiments, routine maintenance, and a couple of spacewalks. On Saturday, Behnken and Hurley climbed back into the capsule, which they'd named Endeavour, and undocked from the space station. The next day, they survived a fiery plunge back to Earth. "It felt like we were inside of an animal," Behnken said in a briefing on Tuesday. Parachutes slowed the fall, and Endeavour landed in the Gulf of Mexico at 2:48 p.m. ET on Sunday, off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. Recovery teams helped the astronauts out of the capsule and gave them a medical check. The men were fine but found it difficult to stand; that's normal for ISS astronauts, since their bodies become accustomed to floating in space. Prior to the Demo-2 mission, the last US rocket-and-spaceship system to carry astronauts to and from space was Atlantis, NASA's last space shuttle. It launched and landed in July 2011. After 135 shuttle missions, NASA retired the program so it could direct funds towards long-term missions to the moon and, eventually, Mars. Since then, NASA has relied on Russia's Soyuz system to ferry its astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Soyuz has been the only human-rated spacecraft that can ferry people to and from the $150 billion, football-field-size orbiting laboratory.  Russia has nearly quadrupled its prices for NASA over a decade. In 2008, a single round-trip flight for a NASA astronaut cost about $22 million; by 2018, that price had soared to about $81 million. As of late last year the price is about $85 million, according to CNN. Additionally, two recent incidents raised concerns about the reliability and safety of Soyuz rockets. In August 2018, a Soyuz began leaking air into space while attached to the space station. A small hole was found and investigated by cosmonauts. Russian authorities think the hole came from a manufacturing accident with a drill that was hastily covered up. Then that October, a Soyuz rocket failed during launch. The space capsule, which was carrying one American and one Russian, automatically jettisoned away, and they walked away uninjured. Despite these issues, the world's space agencies had no other options for getting their astronauts to and from the space station. NASA's Commercial Crew Program has been developing alternative launch systems since 2010. The competition asked private companies to build new astronaut-ready spacecraft. Once the program is complete, the agency will have doled out more than $8 billion in awards and contracts over about a decade. "We don't want to purchase, own, and operate the hardware the way we used to. We want to be one customer of many customers in a very robust commercial marketplace in low-Earth orbit," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said ahead of the Demo-2 landing. From dozens of hopefuls, two contenders made it through the competition: SpaceX and Boeing. Both of their spacecraft are designed to fly up to seven passengers to and from Earth's orbit. SpaceX, which Musk founded in 2002, designed the Crew Dragon, a 14,000-pound spaceship that's made to be reusable. The vehicle is SpaceX's biggest spaceflight achievement yet, but it's just the beginning of Musk's ambitions. "This is hopefully the first step on a journey towards civilization on Mars, of life becoming multiplanetary, a base on the moon, and expanding beyond Earth," he told reporters after the Demo-2 launch. Boeing, a century-old aerospace company, created the CST-100 Starliner, also a reusable capsule. It's made to land back on Earth using airbags, rather than splashing into the ocean. Before Boeing launches astronauts on the the CST-100 Starliner, it will re-do an uncrewed flight test, since the first attempt unearthed critical issues. In total, NASA selected nine astronauts to fly the Boeing and SpaceX spaceships on the demonstration missions and first official crewed missions. The group includes former space-shuttle flyers, ex-military test pilots, rookies, and — critically — four astronauts (including Behnken and Hurley) who'd been testing and providing feedback on the commercial ships for years. Before humans could fly in the new spacecraft, NASA required a robust series of test flights and demonstrations. In one such test, the Crew Dragon flew to the space station without a crew in March 2019 — making it the first commercial vehicle to ever do so. In that mission, called Demo-1, the spaceship launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, then linked up to the International Space Station for five days. The only passengers were a crash-test dummy named Ripley, 400 pounds of cargo, and a fuzzy toy Earth. Officials declared the test a complete success after the capsule splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida. Bridenstine described the successful mission as "the dawn of a new era in American human spaceflight, and really in spaceflight for the entire world." But later demos hit snags. SpaceX did not pass an April 2019 test that simulated a parachute failure. The test was meant to examine what would happen if one parachute didn't deploy during a flight. SpaceX tried to simulate the situation, leaving only three parachutes to break the fall. Unfortunately, the other parachutes didn't properly deploy, either. However, the Crew Dragon parachutes eventually received approval after undergoing 27 rounds of testing. They performed as planned when Behnken and Hurley landed. William Gerstenmaier, NASA's associate administrator for human exploration and operations at the time, told Spaceflight Now that similar problems arose during Boeing's parachute tests. That same month, a Crew Dragon capsule exploded during a test-firing on the ground. NASA and SpaceX both welcomed the surprise failure. The mysterious explosion occurred as the capsule fired the large engines designed to help it escape a failing rocket. "Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test," SpaceX said on the day of the failure. Kathy Lueders, who managed the Commercial Crew Program and now leads NASA's Human Spaceflight Office, called the explosion "a huge gift for us" in terms of making the ship safer to fly. Boeing launched its Starliner capsule toward the space station for the first time in December 2019. Nobody was inside — just a mannequin named Rosie. There was also some food, Christmas presents, and other cargo for astronauts aboard the space station. But the Starliner suffered a major glitch with a clock about 31 minutes after launch, causing it to veer off-course. To save the uncrewed ship from total failure, Boeing skipped its docking with the space station — the main objective of the mission — and used the remaining propellant to stabilize the capsule's orbit and get it home. On its early return to Earth, the capsule relied on impact-absorbing airbags to land safely in the desert. A NASA safety panel revealed in February that the Starliner had also suffered a second software issue, which ground controllers patched in the middle of the test flight. Boeing and NASA officials said the error could have caused a collision between two units of the spacecraft: the crew module and the service module. The error prompted NASA to launch a larger investigation into Boeing's coding and culture.   NASA and Boeing have decided to re-do that uncrewed mission before the company launches its first astronauts. The re-do is planned for October or November, according to The Washington Post, but officials have declined to offer a timeline for the Starliner's first astronaut flight. Before they could carry people, both spaceships also had to prove they can jettison astronauts to safety in the unlikely event of a rocket-launch failure. Such failures have happened to both the Space Shuttle and Soyuz systems, so having an escape plan is essential. Boeing passed the ground test of the Starliner's abort system in November 2019. The capsule rocketed nearly a mile into the air, then parachuted back to the ground. The entire flight lasted 1.5 minutes. SpaceX demonstrated its escape system in January, by turning off one of its Falcon 9 rockets mid-flight while a Crew Dragon was perched on top. The rocket was traveling at around twice the speed of sound when SpaceX shut it down. At that moment, the Crew Dragon detached, fired its own thrusters, and sped away from the soon-to-explode rocket. The ship landed in the ocean under four giant parachutes. "It went as well as one could possibly expect," Musk said of the escape-system demonstration.     Overall, the Commercial Crew program has run years past its deadline. Boeing and SpaceX were supposed to have their systems certified by 2017, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. "Most of us are just way past ready for this to happen. It has taken a lot longer than anybody thought," Wayne Hale, a retired NASA space-shuttle program manager, told Business Insider in January. Eventually, a round-trip seat on the Crew Dragon is expected to cost about $55 million. A seat on Starliner will cost about $90 million. NASA has contracted six round-trip flights on Crew Dragon. Behnken's wife, Megan McArthur, will pilot the second one. "What we did for Bob, I think we can do an even better job for Megan," SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said after the Demo-2 splashdown. NASA also plans to open the space station to tourists for $35,000 per night. Last year NASA announced it would allow two private astronauts per year to stay up to 30 days each on the space station.   Holly Secon contributed reporting. Do you have a story or inside information to share about the spaceflight industry? Send Dave Mosher an email at [email protected] or a Twitter direct message at @davemosher. More secure communication options are listed here.
Swedish e-scooter startup Voi has been picked to run an exclusive e-scooter trial in Cambridge and nearby Peterborough.  Business Insider also understands that the startup has been successful in its bid for Northamptonshire, another step towards winning over the rapidly changing UK scooter market.  The UK recently opened up trials for e-scooters — previously banned from streets — to keep people off public transport during the COVID-19 pandemic. Operators have rushed to take advantage. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Swedish scooter startup Voi has made its first steps into the lucrative UK market after it was exclusively awarded an e-scooter trial for Cambridgeshire.  Voi was picked from a group of 20 e-scooter operators vying to operate in the cities of Cambridge and nearby Peterborough. The trial will run for a year. Business Insider understands the Swedish startup, founded in 2018, has also been successful in its bid to operate in Northamptonshire — another step towards winning over the rapidly changing UK scooter market. The company will be keen to win as many markets as possible after losing out in lucrative tenders for Paris and Lyon.  Founded in 2018, the startup is now live in more than 45 cities in 11 countries, and recently raised a fresh $30 million funding round to expand into the UK. It claims revenues grow fifty-fold during 2019, while it increased headcount from 31 at the end of 2018 to 409 staff by the end of 2019.  "Having been picked from 20 world class e-scooter operators to serve Cambridge and Peterborugh exclusively shows just how serious Voi is in paving the way for truly safe, accessible and sustainable e-scooter operations in the UK," Voi CEO Fredrik Hjelm told Business Insider. "The UK with its 50 city trials, will be the largest e scooter market in Europe and we plan to be the leading operator." Although rental scooters have become a common sight in many European cities, traffic laws and vehicle restrictions previously stopped scooter companies from launching fully in the UK. During the coronavirus pandemic the UK government adopted new rules to allow rental scooters to use the road and cycle lanes. It set a speed limit of 15 mph, and said riders would not need to wear a helmet by law. US operator Lime recently won a trial in Milton Keynes, while other operators like Amsterdam-based Dott have won approval from the UK's Department for Transport. Other companies interested in the UK market include Spin, Tier, Bird, and Neuron.  European scooter companies have raised significantly less than their Silicon Valley rivals but are confident of coming out on top. US firms such Bird and Lime have benefited from huge tranches of venture capital funding, raising $623 million and $935 million respectively, per Crunchbase data.SEE ALSO: Uber-backed scooter startup Lime and European competitors Tier and Dott have won Paris' competitive e-scooter tender, a leaked email shows Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
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An electric scooter startup is rolling out a subscription service that will allow users to pay a monthly or annual fee to use and hold onto the same e-scooter. For $39 a month plus a one-time $50 setup fee, you can rent an Unagi's Model One scooter instead of sharing street e-scooters with other users as is typical with scooter startups. Unagi cofounder David Hyman told Business Insider that the subscription concept has been in the works for a while, but the "timing is good" during the no-touch climate of the pandemic. The concept could be a solution in the ride-sharing world as customers increasingly are skittish to use a micro-mobility vehicle after another person has already used it. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Unagi, a San Francisco Bay Area-based electric scooter startup, will let you pay a monthly fee to hang onto the same scooter, a service that could solve a problem in the ride-sharing industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company now offers two subscription plans as part of its Unagi All-Access service. The first is a pay-as-you-go $39-a-month plan and the second is a $408 annual subscription, which amounts to a $34 monthly fee. There's a one-time $50 setup fee for both plans, and insurance is included for if your scooter is stolen or damaged. However, there's an $85 deductible for a replacement scooter. Customers who purchase the subscription will receive the company's Model One dual-motor scooter, which is priced at $990 to buy. A single motor vehicle is available for $840, though it's not apart of the subscription model. It has about 15 miles to a charge and takes about 5 hours to charge. Unagi cofounder David Hyman told Business Insider that there are added perks of owning or renting one through a subscription vs accessing it only on the street, like not having to worry about the batteries running dead. "Having one in your possession, when it's lightweight and portable, far exceeds a street scooter," Hyman said. According to the company website, a team member will deliver your scooter to you for free within 24 hours after purchasing a subscription. The monthly payment service will roll out in Los Angeles as well as New York, a market that recently made it legal for electric scooters to operate on public streets. Unagi plans to roll out in more cities eventually. Hyman said Unagi's subscription concept has been in the works since mid-2019, but "the timing is good" with the hypersensitivity to touch that has become a cultural mainstay during the pandemic. The health crisis has dealt a blow to the ride-sharing world — some people are less inclined to share a ride with a stranger or use a scooter or bike that had previously been used by someone else. Hyman also said the company's scooter sales have surged in recent months. "Before COVID, we were selling hundreds of scooters a month, and now we're selling thousands," Hyman said. Unagi isn't the first e-scooter startup to test a subscription service. As The Verge notes, Bird did so in mid-2019, but Hyman said the issue with Bird's plan was that it used the scooters that were designed to live on the street in its subscription model, which made "no sense at all." "It was an afterthought and not really a focused effort," Hyman said. Unagi was founded in 2018 and, according to its Crunchbase profile, "aims to liberate people from the tyranny of transportation frustrations." The startup has raised $3.2 million in funding from investors, including Menlo Ventures. As for the startup's name, Hyman said it is indeed in reference to the freshwater Japanese eel. The team settled on it while mulling over potential names that are associated with electricity.SEE ALSO: Why a $685 e-scooter was my best quarantine purchase Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: The rise and fall of Donald Trump's $365 million airline