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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced the discovery of a chemical found in grapefruit peels that can effectively repel bloodthirsty insects like ticks and mosquitos. The agency has big plans for this compound, which it has registered with the Environmental Protection Agency for use in insect repellants and insecticides. What’s so special about this chemical? … Continue reading
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Not all billionaires join the three comma club at the same age. Bill Gates may be richer than Mark Zuckerberg, but the Facebook CEO became a billionaire when he was nearly a decade younger. Oprah Winfrey became a billionaire at age 49. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. When Bill Gates became a billionaire in 1987 at 31, he was the youngest person to ever join the three comma club. In 2008, Mark Zuckerberg took that title when he reached billionaire status at 23.  But not all of today's wealthiest entrepreneurs saw such success at a young age: Larry Ellison was 42 when he made his first million and 49 when his net worth reached the billions. Using an analysis of the Forbes' 2020 Billionaires List by British sports betting firm OLBG, we've broken out the ages at which Gates, Zuckerberg, Ellison, and 11 more of the world's richest people became billionaires. Here they are, listed in order from oldest to youngest at the time they reached billionaire status.SEE ALSO: How old 17 self-made billionaires were when they made their first million DON'T MISS: Meet the billionaire Trump megadonors who have founded some of America's biggest chains, from Home Depot to Ashley Furniture Warren Buffett: 56 Today's estimated net worth: $79.7 billion The investing legend and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway became a self-made billionaire in 1986 at age 56, Business Insider previously reported. His net worth passed $1 billion after Berkshire Hathaway sold class-A shares for the first time.  George Lucas: 52 Today's estimated net worth: $5.7 billion Lucas may be the brains behind two of the most well-known film franchises of our time, but he made most of his money by selling his production studio Lucasfilm to Disney for $4.05 billion in cash and stock in 2012, according to Bloomberg. He first became a self-made billionaire in 1996 at 52. Carlos Slim: 51 Today's estimated net worth: $51.2 billion The Telecom magnate became a self-made billionaire in 1991 at 51. Real-estate investments contributed to Slim's fortune. In 2015, he was the second-richest person in the world. Larry Ellison: 49 Today's estimated net worth: $71.4 billion The founder of Oracle became a self-made billionaire in 1993 at 49, Business Insider previously reported. Since stepping down as Oracle's CEO in 2014, Ellison has earned a reputation as a jet-setting, yacht-racing playboy.  Oprah Winfrey: 49 Today's estimated net worth: $2.5 billion The media mogul and queen of daytime television became a self-made billionaire in 2003 at 49, per Forbes. Winfrey's media empire led her to become the first Black female billionaire in history, Business Insider previously reported. Meg Whitman: 42 Today's estimated net worth: $5.1 billion The former eBay and Hewlett-Packard CEO and current Quibi CEO became a self-made billionaire in 1998 at 42. Whitman's net worth exceeded $1 billion after she took eBay public, per Forbes. Sir Richard Branson: 41 Today's estimated net worth: $4.6 billion Britain's high-profile billionaire earned his first billion in 1991 at 41, per Forbes. The Virgin Group founder became a self-made billionaire thanks to the success of his many companies — he has overseen approximately 500. Elon Musk: 41 Today's estimated net worth: $68 billion The cofounder of PayPal and Tesla Motors and founder of SpaceX reached self-made billionaire status in 2012 at 41 as the value of Tesla's stock soared, per Forbes. Mark Cuban: 40 Today's estimated net worth: $4.2 billion The "Shark Tank" investor and Dallas Mavericks owner became a self-made billionaire in 1998 at 40, per Forbes. Selling his first company, Micro Solutions, made Cuban a millionaire — selling his second company, Broadcast.com, made him a billionaire. Jeff Bezos: 35 Today's estimated net worth: $188.1 billion Amazon's founder and CEO became a self-made billionaire in 1999 at 35, when the value in Bezos' Amazon shares catapulted him from millionaire to billionaire status. Bezos, now 56, later became the world's first centibillionaire, Business Insider previously reported. Bill Gates: 31 Today's estimated net worth: $113.5 billion The Microsoft cofounder and noted philanthropist, now 64, became a self-made billionaire in 1987 at 31. When the value in Gates' shares surpassed $1 billion, he became the youngest billionaire ever at the time, Business Insider previously reported.  Larry Page: 30 Today's estimated net worth: $66.8 billion Google's cofounder, now 47, joined the three comma club in 2004 at age 30, when the company's IPO sent Page's net worth over $1 billion for the first time. Evan Spiegel: 25 Today's estimated net worth: $4.5 billion The Snapchat cofounder and CEO became a billionaire in 2015 at 25, when the value in Spiegel's Snapchat shares reached $1 billion, making him one of the youngest self-made billionaires. Spiegel is now 30, per Forbes. Mark Zuckerberg: 23 Today's estimated net worth: $99.6 billion The Facebook cofounder and CEO became a billionaire at age 23 after the social network's IPO in 2008, making Zuckerberg the youngest self-made billionaire in history at the time.
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Tips to free up cloud storage space without having to pay Apple, Google or anyone else even more money.
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(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) Researchers from Columbia Engineering and the University of Pittsburgh have developed a sensitive and specific early warning system for predicting necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants before the life-threatening intestinal disease occurs. The prototype predicts NEC accurately and early, using stool microbiome features combined with clinical and demographic information. 'The lessons we've learned from our new technique could well translate to other genetic or proteomic datasets and inspire new machine learning algorithms for healthcare datasets.'
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft’s President Trump-fueled negotiations to acquire TikTok continue to become more complicated — and conflicting information keeps leaking out. On Thursday, the Financial Times reported that Microsoft wants to buy all of TikTok, not just the portion of it that operates in the US and a few other countries. It’s unclear how serious that expanded interest is, though. The talks are described as “preliminary,” and Business Insider has a source saying the report is “completely false.” Neither of the reports cite people willing to talk about the deal on the record, though, adding to the confusion about how this deal might play out. Microsoft declined to comment. Last Sunday, Microsoft said it was pursuing a deal to buy TikTok’s presence... Continue reading…
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The prices of the products start as low as Rs 6,000 going all the way up to Rs 25,000.
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(U.S. Army Research Laboratory) Human facial expressions could be one of the keys in building trust between Soldiers and autonomous agents.
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The coronavirus decimated the retail industry's ability to gather data on their customers, including their purchasing habits. Not having that kind of data can hamper a retailer's ability to plan out inventory or marketing campaigns.  But as more consumers pivot to digital channels amid the outbreak, video and audio may become the richest stream of information available to help companies better gain insight into their customers.  AI-backed analytics firm Medallia is poised to capitalize on that trend with a string of recent acquisitions.  "People are beginning to wake up to the connective tissue that is customer and employee feedback," CEO Leslie Stretch told Business Insider.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It's hard out there for a retailer.  The industry was one of the most impacted by the sudden impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic — which forced many stores to close nearly overnight, even as they immediately pivoted to the online shopping models that became their only way to reach customers.  Some of the most devastating effects of the pandemic on the industry happened behind the scenes, however. The outbreak significantly impacted the ability for retailers to gather data to predict future shopping habits — an important tool that informs which and how many products they should keep in stock. With consumer shopping habits changing so quickly, retailers were left without the information they needed to see if the trends were long-term or just a blip. And with many stores still closed and in-person shopping still recovering, companies have to rely on historic data to power the artificial intelligence-backed analytics tools that help them make those important decisions around inventory, promotions, and other critical operational and marketing efforts.  But that older data is quickly becoming useless as a prediction tool, and businesses are scrambling to figure out how to replace it. The answer for the industry may be found in voice, video, and other information gathered from digital channels, according to Medallia CEO Leslie Stretch.  Digital is "now 100% of their business and they hadn't implemented effective feedback mechanisms to capture the voice of their customers," he told Business Insider. "People are beginning to wake up to the connective tissue that is customer and employee feedback." With a market cap of roughly $4.3 billion, Medallia helps clients like Macy's, Sephora, and Marriott by bringing in information from those channels and organizing it to help them gain better insight into their customers. And it doesn't just focus on retail. Among other applications, Medallia's offerings can be used to help insurance companies improve customer interactions with its agents by analyzing online chats or voice calls.  Stretch called feedback data — like social media posts or customer service call logs — the "big, misunderstood gold mine of information" and critical to companies trying to build a "digital twin" of their customers, referring to the concept of distilling an individual consumer's behavior into a slew of data points that can be analyzed.  "People are searching for tools, techniques, and technology to create and build out that dynamic, animated picture of the customer so that they can understand the customer in the absence of their traditional methods," he said.  That's where Medallia believes that it is poised to shine. The company uses proprietary AI technology to gather that information from a slew of sources. And with a string of recent acquisitions, it believes that it's now able to capitalize on the big shift towards digital. Analyzing video and audio data streams  Now, Medallia is able to add audio and video to the existing feedback data it already analyzes, creating the opportunity for " tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or millions" more touchpoints, according to Stretch — particularly as the pandemic accelerates usage of voice and video channels.  Say a customer is talking to a customer service agent over the phone. A system from Voci Technologies — which Medallia acquired in April — can immediately translate that to text that can then be analyzed. When that is combined with thousands of other similar calls, companies can begin to extrapolate trends that can be used to inform decision-making.  Voice data "tends to be richer and it tends to be denser. You get 10-to-15-to-20 times more information on a simple text interaction," he added.  And now, as more people flock to online chat services like Zoom, there's an immense opportunity to analyze those streams to extract information like a customer or employees facial emotion or physical movements. Using technology from LivingLens, a company that Medallia purchased in February, that data can be used to create a more powerful profile of that person. But it's use cases go beyond just the consumer landscape. Insurance companies and other firms could use it to remotely analyze or inspect a property in order to build a new policy. Airbnb, for example, is an existing customer of LivingLens.  "We're looking for all kinds of rich data that could inform us about the state of mind, the frame of mind of the consumer, or hone in on the key words, the things that they're saying, and their expressions too," said Stretch. SEE ALSO: A top exec at Softbank-backed robotics startup Brain Corp says the pandemic has made customers 'less afraid of the impact of robots' as they help workers clean and restock shelves at stores like Walmart and Kroger Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: July 15 is Tax Day — here's what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
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Musk knows the upcoming electric pickup is unconventional, but if it flunks, he said Tesla will just build something more traditional.
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More work needs to be done to protect consumers due to apparent weaknesses in credit and debit card technology.
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In day 2 of the restarted NBA season, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Dončić, James Harden and Jayson Tatum get back on the court.
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Goodbye, Laminated Book of Dreams.
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Garmin has finally spoken about the Connect outage that it's suffered over the last few days
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Make sure that your Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive data is protected—while still being easy for you to access.
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Public gyms, whether they’re ones available to an entire community or more limited like the ones in apartment complexes and on university campuses, are full of bacteria. This is expected given the large number of people who visit public gyms daily, as well as the generally warm and humid environment in these buildings. A new study warns that some of … Continue reading
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Tribit's new FlyBuds 3 true wireless earbuds list for $39 but you can save up to $11 at Amazon.
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Tom Conrad/Twitter One of the biggest complaints Quibi received upon its initial launch was subscribers being unable to screenshot what they were watching and share it with the world. For a mobile-first streaming service, it seemed like a bit of an oversight. Now, Quibi has introduced screenshot capabilities, but it’s not as easy as holding down the right buttons on your iPhone. Quibi built its own screenshot tool inside the app that subscribers must use to get the image they want instead of the blacked out photo that would appear in their photos folder otherwise. To use it, users have to touch and hold the screen until a pop-up menu appears. There’s an option to take a screenshot, and sliding your finger over to that option will produce the screenshot... Continue reading…
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Fiat Chrysler has an exclusive deal to use Alphabet's Waymo autonomous driving technology for its commercial vehicles. FCA also plans to use the self-driving tech across its brands.
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Listen to our weekly podcast Am I Making You Uncomfortable? about women’s health, bodies and private lives. Available on Spotify, Apple, Audioboom and wherever you listen to your podcasts.“I liken the experience to being a duck or a swan,” says Helen, 41, who is based in Leicester. “Appearing graceful above but paddling like mad to stay afloat underneath. People often question me when I say I struggle with social anxiety, because of how I appear.”Social anxiety – defined as experiencing extreme fear or anxiety triggered by social situations – is one of the most common anxiety disorders, according to NICE. Yet it is also largely misunderstood. Myths surrounding the condition persist, including the idea that sufferers are shy, or simply unsociable. To set the record straight, we talk about the topic in the latest episode of Am I Making You Uncomfortable?, HuffPost UK’s weekly podcast. My ability to make decisions disappears and I can become disorientated."Helen, 41Helen, who chose not to share her surname, experiences social anxiety before and after events, but rarely experiences symptoms during them. “I come across as confident and together, but instead I am drowning,” she says.She often experiences panic attacks before events where she can’t control her breathing and heart rate increases. Anxiety about an upcoming event sometimes leads to self-harm. “My ability to make decisions disappears and I can become disorientated and angry with myself at these times – hence the self harm,”  she says. “These periods tend to be followed by self-loathing and large amounts of regret.”Helen is a primary school teacher and finds her social anxiety is triggered in situations where she has to meet new people, making parents’ evening extremely difficult. READ MORE: Why We Envy People We Haven't Seen Since School “Situations where I have to speak to people I don’t know, such as servers at restaurants, are also triggering,” she says. “Anytime where I have to communicate with new people in general causes me anxiety – even down to emailing someone I haven’t contacted before.”After a social occasion, Helen’s anxiety causes her to spend time analysing her interactions with others, while “flashbacks of awkward moments” often lead to sleepless nights. Sophie Nightingale, 26 and based in Leeds, says social anxiety “feels like there isn’t enough air in the room”.“It’s like you’re sat on the edge looking in, with everyone thinking you’re out of place,” she says. “I start to crave fresh air, space and silence while also having an overwhelming feeling that I’m just not a nice person and that I don’t fit in.”Sophie has only recognised her anxiety for what it is this year, after reading more about the condition and hearing others share their experiences. “I just used to think I got this weird feeling sometimes and that I didn’t fit in,” she explains. Her social anxiety is most frequently triggered when she’s in social situations with people she doesn’t know particularly well – such as a friend’s birthday party –  where she feels “a pressure to perform [and] to be liked”. “My stomach cramps and I can’t eat or drink, which adds to the worry of what other people there might think of me,” she says. “I start to question, why am I not more funny? Why don’t I look like them? How can they make conversation so easily?”There’s a sensation of things moving very quickly."Marcus, 41For Marcus Reeves, 41 and based in south London, social anxiety manifests itself by making him become “fixated” on the situation that he “can’t escape”.  “There’s a sensation of things moving very quickly and being in your head rather than present in your body,” he says. “If I feel challenged I can quickly get quite tearful which then makes me feel even more self-conscious.“There’s a sense of wanting to flee, go home and shut out the world, but if you follow that path there’s a very real feeling of being left out and shame for letting people down.”Marcus recognised his social anxiety a few years ago, when he noticed he’d been having an increasing urge to cancel plans last minute.  “A friend asked why I didn’t want to go to an event and I said ‘I guess I’m just worried that I don’t know who’ll be there’ and I realised that was an element of feeling out of control of the situation,” he says. “I had stopped drinking and realised that like many people I’d been using alcohol to deal with challenging situations since my teenage years.” Now, he finds his anxiety is triggered by groups of people, crowds and places with loud music.“Ironically up until the pandemic I was working as a performer, which seems contradictory to having social anxiety,” he adds. “But the processes of performances are usually quite structured and although it’s a medium that’s sometimes unpredictable, there is at least the illusion of control.” Everyone will have different coping mechanisms for dealing with social anxiety. Sophie has found that the only tactic that reduces her symptoms is going outside for some fresh air by herself, or with a close friend who she trusts  to help her control her breathing. Helen takes medication for her anxiety and engages in therapy with a psychotherapist. She also finds the ‘SOS meditation’ sessions on the Headspace app useful when panic feels imminent.READ MORE: What Dating With Anxiety Taught Me About Love “But what helps most of all is talking to my friends and realising the anxiety I feel is quite often similar to that experienced by others but it just manifests itself differently,” she says. “It helps having a group of friends who I can dissect events with and also laugh at any of my socially awkward moments that would otherwise keep me awake at night.” Marcus tends to wear headphones so he can listen to upbeat music or podcasts as a distraction in crowded places. He also previously did a course of cognitive behavioural therapy, which he says helped “a  great deal”.  “It can help you at least understand what’s going on and work towards minimising the thoughts that can trap you,” he says. “I’ve had to accept that some situations are not enjoyable for me, but reframing can sometimes help. ”If you think you may be experiencing social anxiety, speak to your GP who can direct you to the treatment and support available.  Useful websites and helplinesMind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393.Samaritans offers a listening service which is open 24 hours a day, on 116 123 (UK and ROI - this number is FREE to call and will not appear on your phone bill).CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) offer a helpline open 5pm-midnight, 365 days a year, on 0800 58 58 58, and a webchat service.The Mix is a free support service for people under 25. Call 0808 808 4994 or email [email protected] Mental Illness offers practical help through its advice line which can be reached on 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday 10am-4pm). More info can be found on rethink.org.READ MORE: Am I Making You Uncomfortable? – Introducing Our New Weekly Podcast Struggling With Panic Attacks? People Reveal The Techniques That Help Them Through Why We Need To Talk About Social Anxiety Disorder
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By the end of the century, they might only be living in one area of Canada.
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The Super Mario franchise is turning 35 years old this year, and while there have been rumors that Nintendo will remaster a number of classic Mario games for the Switch, this anniversary serves up the opportunity for plenty of Super Mario-themed toys and products. LEGO already got the ball moving with its Super Mario and NES sets, which will all … Continue reading
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Chinese tech giants have invested in India for years, pumping billions in to the county's startups. Now, India’s popularity comes with a price tag.
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Unlike most smartphone makers, OnePlus has more or less stopped desperately trying to stop leaks from happening. Instead, it has actually embraced that Internet culture and makes its own teasing, trading secrecy for hype. It has so far worked in its favor and it may have gotten even bolder. So bold that, just a week before its official debut, company … Continue reading
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British inventor Richard Browning smashed his own world record Thursday for fastest speed in a body-controlled, jet-engine-powered, wind-guided suit, traveling at 85.06 mph (136.891 kph) over England's Brighton Pier."I'm really pleased with today I've done 75 mph before kind of privately in testing," Browning said after setting the record."I had hopes that we could get into the 70s here, on the day, in the conditions that were going to be whatever they were going to be, but to go, then, even 10 miles an hour even faster than I'd ever been before -- couldn't be happier."Browning is the founder of Gravity Industries, which makes the suits.He set the previous world record at 32.02 mph (51.53 kph).He said the suit has changed completely since he set the last record, and that it now is "entirely 3D-printed, lighter, stronger and much smarter," and that it gives the flyer the ability to fine-tune the power level mid-flight.
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Tesloop, a shuttle service based in California, found out by pushing Tesla electric cars to the breaking point.That makes these cars among the highest-mileage Teslas on the road — and shows what issues crop up after hard use.Cars can accumulate 17,000 miles a month, and sometimes need to be charged twice a day, according to Quartz.While the sample size is small, it’s a rare opportunity to evaluate high-mileage Tesla electric cars, Quartz noted.The good news is that every vehicles Tesloop has purchased except one, which was retired after a collision with a drunk driver, is still running.None of the cars have “died of old age,” Tesloop founder Haydn Sonnad said in an interview with Quartz.
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