Child porn runs rampant on big tech platforms despite detection and prevention methods, according to New York Times investigation

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:34

  • A new investigation by The New York Times found that the internet's largest tech platforms are failing to effectively shut down the giant portions of online child sexual abuse material.
  • Massive inconsistencies across tech companies and platforms in addressing the material leave gaping holes that pedophiles and criminals easily exploit.
  • The online population of abusive content is growing and can remain online undetected, and children are often blocked from getting photos and videos of their abuse taken down, even long after their abusers are caught. 
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A new investigation by The New York Times found that the internet's largest tech platforms are failing to effectively shut down the giant portions of online child sexual abuse material found in search engines, social networks, and cloud storage.

The Times previously reported a record 45 million photos and videos were flagged last year after a widespread commitment by the tech industry to detect such material. However, massive inconsistencies across tech companies and platforms in addressing the material leave gaping holes that pedophiles and criminals, like traffickers, easily exploit.

With pedophiles meeting on various chat apps and sharing images on cloud storage, tech companies are struggling to effectively shut down the sharing of material across the board, meaning that the online population of abusive content is growing and can remain online undetected, and children are blocked from getting photos and videos of their abuse taken down.

Two sisters told the Times that 10 years after their father recorded abusing them and posted it online, they live in fear long after he went to jail as photos and videos of them were found in over 130 previous child sexual abuse investigations.

The Times reports that Amazon does not look for such imagery, Apple similarly doesn't scan its cloud storage or its encrypted messaging app. Dropbox, Google, and Microsoft products "scan for illegal images, but only when someone shares them, not when they are uploaded."

Facebook is ahead of other platforms, as the Times reports its thorough scans account "for over 90% of the imagery flagged by tech companies last year," but it's not using all available databases to detect the material and when Facebook Messenger is eventually be encrypted, detection will be impossible.

The Times used a program that searched Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Yahoo with three dozen terms related to child sexual abuse. The images it found were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Canadian Center for Child Protection, before being flagged to Microsoft.

The tech giant told the Times that it "uncovered a flaw in its scanning practices," and would re-examine its process, but the Times program kept finding more, which a spokesman for Microsoft attributed to the nature of the problem being a "moving target."

Federal prosecutors announced last month that they had dismantled what they called the world's "largest dark web child porn marketplace," which featured more than 200,000 videos showing sexual abuse of children, toddlers, and infants. The site operated on the dark web, a protective section of the internet that can only be accessed via a Tor browser.

Similar cases of law enforcement victories do result in arrests and the shuttering of horrific websites, but only seem to scratch the surface of the massive online pedophile population.

Criminal cases mentioned by the Times show that criminals often discuss in online forums and chats groups how to exploit vulnerabilities in search engines and other platforms, even studying cases in which people have been caught with explicit material and developing online manuals to avoid getting caught.

To report online child sexual abuse or find resources for those in need of help, contact the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

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Sesame Street marks 50th anniversary

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 18:18
The puppet-filled children's show is celebrating its golden jubilee.
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Don Cherry: Commentator faces backlash over poppy comments

BBC News - World - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:52
Canadian ice hockey commentator Don Cherry accused immigrants of not wearing Remembrance Day poppies.
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'Midway' $17.5 million opening weekend box office win marks lowest November champ in 20 years

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:35

  • Lionsgate's "Midway" gets the surprise box office win this weekend, taking in $17.5 million.
  • However, it's the lowest opening weekend win for a November release since 1999's "The Bone Collector."
  • Warner Bros.' "Doctor Sleep" opened below expectations, bringing in only $14.1 million.
  • Universal's comedy "Last Christmas" brought in $11.6 million.
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It was a historically bad weekend at the domestic box office, as the winning figure was so low you had to go all the way back to a Denzel Washington/Angelina Jolie thriller from decades ago to find a comparison.

Lionsgate's World War II movie "Midway" blew past its $12 million industry projection to win the weekend box office with an estimated $17.5 million. However, with a $100 million budget, it will need to put in more work for a profit to be made for its financiers (Lionsgate only picked up the movie's US and UK rights). 

The movie beat out Warner Bros.' "The Shining" sequel, "Doctor Sleep," which only brought in $14.1 million on 3,855 screens to come in second place. Projections had the movie bringing in around $25 million, but it turned out no one wanted to sit through a two-and-a-half-hour horror a week after Halloween.

The "Midway" win is the lowest opening weekend win for a November release since 1999's "The Bone Collector," which had a $16.7 million opening to win the November 5, 1999 weekend.

Historically, November is the time of year at the movie theaters where you have a mix of action tent poles and art house titles vying for awards consideration. So it's not like audiences avoid this time of year, especially Veterans Day weekend. In that past, this holiday weekend has seen the launch of big titles like "The Grinch" last year (which had a $67.5 million opening and went on to earn over $500 million worldwide), and "Skyfall" in 2012 ($88.3 million and took in over $1 billion worldwide).

So why was this weekend a crash and burn for the industry?

As we already noted, the release for "Doctor Sleep" is a puzzling one, as it opened after Halloween. By this weekend, everyone was done with scary movies. Warner Bros. likely wanted to stay clear of Paramount opening "Terminator: Dark Fate" last week. But it turned out that wouldn't have been a factor. "Dark Fate" has in no way lived up to the hype. After the weak $29 million opening last weekend, it followed that with a $10.8 million performance this weekend.

That's two wide releases from major studios not holding its weight.

Universal is thinking long game with an early November release of "Last Christmas," its holiday rom-com. The movie came in third place with a $11.6 million opening. Modestly budgeted (around $25 million), it will make its money back quicker than the above titles, but it's another title this weekend audiences weren't flocking to.

And Paramount's John Cena family comedy "Playing with Fire" took in a respectable $12.8 million, but in no way can help the studio rebound from "Dark Fate."

The box office should rebound next weekend with Sony opening "Charlie's Angels" and Disney/Fox releasing "Ford v Ferrari," but there isn't going to be a "Joker"-sized hit until "Frozen II" takes over the multiplex on November 22.

Box office highlights:
  • Amazon Studios' "Honey Boy" had an impressive $72,000 per-screen average on four screens in its first weekend in theaters.
  • "Jojo Rabbit" expanded to over 800 screens this weekend and took in $3.9 million. The Fox Searchlight title has brought in $9.1 million in four weeks.


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Iraq protests: Medics say they are being targeted

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:12
The Iraqi Human Rights Commission says four medics have been killed in Baghdad since anti-government protests began on October 1.
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Apple Card is facing a formal investigation by Wall Street regulators over gender discrimination allegations made in a viral tweet

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:10

  • A viral tweet has prompted a formal investigation of the newly launched Apple Card for alleged gender discrimination in the way it sets and determines credit limits. 
  • Web programmer and author David Heinemeier Hansson shared on Twitter that he was offered 20 times the credit limit of his wife, and when he confronted customer service representatives, they were dismissive of the issue. 
  • In response, a Wall Street regulator is opening a probe into Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s algorithmic practices around the Apple Card, Bloomberg reported.
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A viral tweet thread has prompted a formal investigation into alleged gender discrimination in the Apple Card's credit limit algorithm.

Apple's new credit card, which operates almost entirely from the iPhone's Wallet app, officially launched in September to significant fanfare. However, on Thursday, web programmer and author David Heinemeier Hansson shared a series of tweets detailing how he was offered 20 times the credit limit of his wife, despite filing joint tax returns and determining she has a higher credit score.

The @AppleCard is such a fucking sexist program. My wife and I filed joint tax returns, live in a community-property state, and have been married for a long time. Yet Apple’s black box algorithm thinks I deserve 20x the credit limit she does. No appeals work.

— DHH (@dhh) November 7, 2019


After contacting customer service, Hannsson said representatives insisted it was the result of an elusive algorithm and insinuated there was an issue with her application.

The tweets — the first of which currently has more than 12,000 likes and 5,000 retweets — have since garnered the attention of notable figures including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, who shared he had a similar experience when he applied with his wife. 

The same thing happened to us. I got 10x the credit limit. We have no separate bank or credit card accounts or any separate assets. Hard to get to a human for a correction though. It's big tech in 2019.

— Steve Wozniak (@stevewoz) November 10, 2019


In response, a Wall Street regulator is formally launching an investigation in Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s algorithmic practices around the Apple Card, Bloomberg reported.

"The department will be conducting an investigation to determine whether New York law was violated and ensure all consumers are treated equally regardless of sex," a spokesman for Linda Lacewell, the superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, told Bloomberg. "Any algorithm, that intentionally or not results in discriminatory treatment of women or any other protected class of people violates New York law."

However, in a statement, Goldman has denied discriminatory practices in determining and setting credit limits. 

"As with any other individual credit card, your application is evaluated independently," Goldman spokesman Andrew Williams said in a statement posted to Twitter on Sunday night. 

"In all cases, we have not and will not make decisions based on factors like gender." 

We wanted to address some recent questions regarding the #AppleCard credit decision process. pic.twitter.com/TNZJTUZv36

— GS Bank Support (@gsbanksupport) November 11, 2019


Williams issued a similar statement to Bloomberg: "Our credit decisions are based on a customer's creditworthiness and not on factors like gender, race, age, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law."

Hannson said on Twitter that consumers deserve more insight into the credit limit process, and companies like Goldman should delineate its methodologies. 

"It should be the law that credit assessments produce an accessible dossier detailing the inputs into the algorithm, provide a fair chance to correct faulty inputs, and explain plainly why difference apply," Hansson wrote in a tweet. "We need transparency and fairness."


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Apple's 'sexist' credit card investigated by US regulator

BBC News - World - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:10
Goldman Sachs bank, which operates Apple Card, discriminates between men and women, it is claimed.
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Hong Kong protesters vandalise malls, subway station

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:08
Running battles between police and protesters in New Territories on the 24th weekend of anti-government movement.
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Tunisia's Ennahdha party to name parliament speaker

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 17:02
Announcement comes as the new Parliament convenes on Wednesday for first time.
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Iran begins constructing second nuclear reactor at Bushehr plant

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:55
New reactor - and a third planned to be built - will each add more than 1,000 megawatts to Iran's power grid.
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The top 9 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:45

  • Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services.
  • Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" is gained on the competition this week while Hulu's "Castle Rock" remained steady.
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The critically acclaimed final season of Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" surged audience demand this week.

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider with a list of the nine most in-demand TV shows on streaming services. The data is based on "demand expressions," Parrot Analytics' globally standardized TV demand measurement unit. Audience demand reflects the desire, engagement, and viewership weighted by importance, so a stream or download is a higher expression of demand than a "like" or comment on social media, for instance.

Below are this week's nine most popular original shows on Netflix and other streaming services:

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9. "Big Mouth" (Netflix)

Average demand expressions: 23,366,656

Description: "Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in this edgy comedy from real-life pals Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 100%

What critics said: "Middle schoolers exploring their sexuality is still the driving force of Big Mouth ... But the show has expanded to follow other equally challenging teen issues." — The Verge (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered on Netflix October 4.

8. "Good Omens" (Amazon Prime Video)

Average demand expressions: 24,148,323

Description: "Aziraphale and Crowley, of Heaven and Hell respectively, have grown rather fond of the Earth. So it's terrible news that it's about to end. The armies of Good and Evil are amassing. The Four Horsemen are ready to ride. Everything is going according to the Divine Plan … except that someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist. Can our heroes find him and stop Armageddon before it's too late?"

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 83%

What critics said: "With an engaging cast, a wonderful sense of style, and a story that feels both timeless and tailor-made to today, Good Omens crafts a very binge-worthy fantasy tale that audiences will likely fall in love with." — Comicbook.com

Season 1 premiered on Prime Video May 31.

7. "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" (Hulu)

Average demand expressions: 25,544,921

Description: "Wu-Tang: An American Saga is inspired by 'The Wu-Tang Manual' and 'Tao of Wu', and based on the true story of the Wu-Tang Clan. Set in early '90s New York at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the show tracks the Clan's formation, a vision of Bobby Diggs, aka The RZA, who strives to unite a dozen young, black men that are torn between music and crime but eventually rise to become the unlikeliest of American success stories."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 80%

What critics said: "It's powerful seeing the world Wu-Tang Clan grew out of and how success was their only salvation." — CNet

The limited series premiered on Hulu October 9.

6. "Lucifer" (Netflix)

Average demand expressions: 26,716,561

Description: "Bored with being the Lord of Hell, the devil relocates to Los Angeles, where he opens a nightclub and forms a connection with a homicide detective."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 4): 100%

What critics said: "There's also about 10 more minutes per episode. But the added time doesn't drag things down. There's more time for jokes and for the season's rich plot lines." — Washington Post (season 4)

Season 4 premiered on Netflix May 8.

5. "The Boys" (Amazon Prime Video)

Average demand expressions: 27,367,292

Description: "'The Boys' is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It's the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about 'The Seven,' and their formidable Vought backing."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 1): 83%

What critics said: "The Boys is an expert deconstruction of superhero stories, with an appropriately wintery view of institutional power, be it corporate, governmental, religious, or caped." — The New York Times (Season 1)

Season 1 premiered July 26 on Amazon Prime Video.

4. "Castle Rock" (Hulu)

Average demand expressions: 31,641,125

Description: "Misery has arrived. Lizzy Caplan plays a young Annie Wilkes from Stephen King's MISERY. In season two of this psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King's best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King's literary career: Cujo, The Dark Half, IT and Needful Things, as well as novella The Body and numerous short stories such as Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption, are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 89%

What critics said: "Castle Rock's second season gets a welcome fresh coat of creative paint with the addition of Lizzy Caplan's engaging performance as Misery's Annie Wilkes." — IGN (season 2)

Season 4 premiered on Hulu October 23.

3. "BoJack Horseman" (Netflix)

Average demand expressions: 33,834,462

Description: "Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the '90s, 20 years later. He's a curmudgeon with a heart of ... not quite gold...but something like gold. Copper?"

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 6): 100%

What critics said: "Season 6 has a steady, startling throughline: BoJack is trying." — Indiewire (season 6)

Season 6 premiered on Netflix October 25.

2. "Titans" (DC Universe)

Average demand expressions: 51,048,337

Description: "'Titans' follows young heroes from across the DC Universe as they come of age and find belonging in a gritty take on the classic Teen Titans franchise. Dick Grayson and Rachel Roth, a special young girl possessed by a strange darkness, get embroiled in a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth. Joining them along the way are the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy. Together they become a surrogate family and team of heroes."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 2): 81%

What critics said: "Bruce, Deathstroke, and Rose so far form an impressive trio of new characters that breathe life into the show. They seem to be well cast, and open up the story up to many possible new plot-lines." — Forbes (Season 2)

Season 2 premiered on DC Universe September 6.

1. "Stranger Things" (Netflix)

Average demand expressions: 85,406,611

Description: "When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments."

Rotten Tomatoes critic score (Season 3): 90%

What critics said: "Season three has done away with such high stakes. At no point does anything feel very much out of anyone's control." — National Review (Season 3)

Season 3 premiered July 4 on Netflix.

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Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive, 35-year-old Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:24

  • Zhang Yiming built a $16.2 billion fortune after founding ByteDance, the Chinese software developer behind TikTok.
  • Despite being the 13th-wealthiest person in China, Zhang is extremely private and little is known about his personal life.
  • TikTok's growing influence in the US has raised questions from US regulators.
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The widespread popularity of TikTok has not just created a new generation of social media stars, it's also created a social media billionaire.

Zhang Yiming, the 35-year-old software engineer who founded the app's parent company, now has a net worth of $16.2 billion, Forbes estimates. Despite being the 13th-wealthiest person in China as ranked by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Zhang is extremely private and little is known about his personal life.

Keep reading to learn everything we know about Zhang Yiming.

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Zhang, 35, lives in Beijing, China.

Zhang was born in 1983 in China's Fujian province, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Zhang's parents worked as civil servants, Bloomberg reported.

His name is based on a Chinese proverb about "surprising everyone with a first attempt," according to the South China Morning Post.

He married his college sweetheart.

Zhang graduated from Nankai University in 2005, where he started off studying microelectronics before switching his major to software engineering, the South China Morning Post reported.

The couple does not have any children, according to the South China Morning Post.

Zhang's first job out of college was at a digital travel booking startup called Kuxun.

"I was one of first employees. And I was an ordinary engineer at the beginning, but in the second year, I was in charge of about 40 to 50 people responsible for back-end technology and other tasks related to products," Zhang told ByteDance employees, according to the South China Morning Post.

Zhang credits that job for teaching him sales skills that he later used to grow ByteDance.

"I remember that at the end of 2007, I went to meet the client with the sales director," Zhang said, according to the Post. "This experience let me know what sales are good sales. When I established Toutiao and recruited staff, these examples helped me a lot."

Zhang also worked at Microsoft before founding ByteDance, the South China Morning Post reported.

Zhang founded TikTok's parent company in 2012.

The company is now worth $75 billion, according to Pitchbook, making it the most valuable privately held company in the world.

The company owns several social networking apps that operate within China, Business Insider previously reported. The company released a WeChat rival called FlipChat, and a video-messaging app called Duoshan in 2019.

Zhang and ByteDance's first product was a news aggregator app called Toutiao.

Zhang wanted to create a news platform whose results were powered by artificial intelligence, separate from China's search engine Baidu, Business Insider's Paige Leskin previously reported.

"We push information, not by queries, by news recommendations," Zhang told Bloomberg in 2017.

Despite its focus on news, Zhang told Bloomberg's Lulu Yilun Chen and Mark Bergen in 2017 that ByteDance does not have any journalists on its staff like many other social networks.

"The most important thing is that we are not a news business," Zhang told Bloomberg. "We are more like a search business or a social media platform. We are doing very innovative work. We are not a copycat of a U.S. company, both in product and technology."

Zhang launched ByteDance's most successful app — TikTok — under the name 'Douyin' in September 2016.

TikTok is now the No. 1 non-gaming iOS app in the U.S, Business Insider reported in September. TikTok is one of the most popular social networks among American teens and has been downloaded more than 1 billion times.

TikTok still goes by the name 'Douyin' in China, Business Insider previously reported. 

Zhang makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well.

"For a very long time, I was merely watching TikTok videos without making any of them myself, because it's a product mainly for young people," Zhang said, according to the South China Morning Post. "But later on we made it compulsory for all management team members to make their own TikTok videos, and they must win a certain number of 'likes'. Otherwise, they have to do push-ups. It was a big step for me."

Zhang's leadership style is "soft-spoken yet charismatic, logical yet passionate, young yet wise," according to Time Magazine's Kai-Fu Lee.

TikTok's global reach makes Zhang's life "much more interesting."

Zhang wants the app to continue to grow abroad, saying that he hopes his ByteDance will be "as borderless as Google," according to the South China Morning Post.

"We must work harder, we must also be more perfectionist," Zhang said, according to the Post. "Just like there was an international division of labour in the industrial age, in today's information age there's also an international division of labour. Chinese entrepreneurs must also improve their own capabilities as they go global," he said.

However, TikTok's growing influence in the US has raised questions from US regulators.

TikTok agreed in February to pay a $5.7 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission over allegations the app illegally collected personal information from children under age 13 without parental consent, in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, Business Insider previously reported.

The billionaire attributes his success to his work ethic.

Zhang learned the value of pursuing excellence while still in his first job at Kuxun, he told ByteDance employees, according to the South China Morning Post.

"At that time, I was responsible for the technology, but when the product had problems, and I would actively participate in the discussion of [the] product plan," Zhang said, according to the South China Morning Post. "A lot of people say this is not what I should be doing. But I want to say: your sense of responsibility and your desire to do things well, will drive you to do more things and to gain experience."

Zhang's fortune is growing rapidly: He made over $12 billion in 2018 alone.

The majority of Zhang's fortune comes from his 24% stake in ByteDance, according to Forbes.

Forbes first declared Zhang a billionaire in March 2018, estimating that Zhang was worth $4 billion. The magazine now estimates his net worth at $16.2 billion.

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These are the 10 sports cars that have the best resale value 5 years after purchase

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:18

The automotive research firm iSeeCars.com has compiled a list of 10 sports cars that have the best resale value due to their low depreciation rates.

The average depreciation of cars over their first five years is 49.6%, according to the firm. For sports cars, it's 48%. However, these 10 cars depreciate between 47.2% to 37.2%. 

The cars on this list — with the exception of the two Porsche 911s and the Nissan GT-R — have an MSRP under $40,000.

 "Because of the relative affordability of these vehicles in the sports car segment, they don't depreciate as steeply as their six-figure counterparts," iSeeCars CEO Phong Ly said in a statement.

"These are also popular sports car models, so there is a high demand for them in the used car marketplace."

iSeeCars.com analyzed the prices of over 6.9 million new cars for the study, which also includes pickup trucks, SUVS, and noncategorized cars from the 2014 model year also sold that year. These prices were compared to more than 800,000 used cars from the same model year sold between January to October 2019. The "used" prices were adjusted 7.9% for inflation.

Keep scrolling to see which sports cars depreciate the least:

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10. Mazda MX-5 Miata: 47.2%. Difference: $15,307.

9. Nissan 370Z: 46.7%. Difference: $17,988.

8. Chevrolet Camaro: 45.8%. Difference: $15,765.

7. Subaru BRZ: 45.0%. Difference: $13,905.

6. Dodge Challenger: 44.4%. Difference: $15,337.

5. Ford Mustang: 44.4%. Difference: $14,252.

4. Porsche 911 (Convertible): 42.0%. Difference: $61,430.

3. Subaru Impreza WRX: 40.0%. Difference: $13,659.

2. Nissan GT-R: 39.4%. Difference: $44,476.

1. Porsche 911 (Coupe): 37.2%. Difference: $53,595.

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Kem Sokha: Cambodian opposition leader freed from house arrest

BBC News - World - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:12
Kem Sokha, who is still banned from politics, had been locked up in jail or house arrest since 2017.
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Russia's Napoleon scholar confesses to dismembering young lover

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:11
Oleg Sokolov was reportedly drunk and fell into a river as he tried to dispose of severed body parts.
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Jordan reclaims borderlands as Israel ties under strain

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:11
Amid mounting domestic public pressure last year, Jordan's king said he would not renew land deal with Israel.
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Jordan ends border enclaves land lease for Israeli farmers

BBC News - World - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:05
King Abdullah's decision not to extend the lease is seen as a sign of worsening ties with Israel.
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These 3 subtle changes in Apple's latest iPhone update have made my life way easier (AAPL)

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 16:04

  • Apple released the iOS 13 software update for iPhones in September.
  • The update had some improvements that received a lot of buzz, including a long-awaited dark mode and an updated Photos app.
  • After using iOS 13 for about 2 months, three features in particular — headphone audio levels, an update to Tweets sent through Messages, and better screenshots — have proven surprisingly useful.
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Apple released iOS 13 for iPhones in mid-September. Some criticized the software as buggy out of the gate, but I haven't had any major issues, and the minor follow-up updates worked well for me. 

The new software took some getting used to, but over time I noticed some minor features that were slowly making my life easier. I hadn't even thought of them before updating, after using them I couldn't go back.

Here are 3 of my favorite minor updates in iOS 13.

1. Headphone Audio Levels in the Health app lets you look at your average levels over time.

I don't normally use the Health app, but I had it open the other day and noticed that it tracks audio levels from headphones.

You can compare your own levels in the past. Just open Health, and select "browse" in the lower right corner. Then, tap "hearing."

Apple also puts the number in context for you. This is newly useful to me, because I find myself constantly turning up the volume on my AirPods in the subway and other loud places, and I don't want to do longterm damage.

2. Tweets can now show multiple images in iMessage.

This update is so minor I had to double check that it hadn't been released earlier, but it makes sending tweets much better, especially if the joke or context is in the second picture.

3. Screenshots (which I used for this story) got a commonsense upgrade as well.

Now, you have the option to screenshot, or get an image of the full page. This isn't a game-changer, but it definitely makes sharing articles and photos easier.

If you haven't updated to iOS 13 yet, simply back up your phone and then head over to the Settings app, navigate to General, then Software Update, and follow the steps.

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Deadly Cyclone Bulbul weakens over Bangladesh

Al Jazeera - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:51
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CVS and Walmart are betting they can change how Americans get healthcare. Here’s why that should worry hospitals.

Businessinsider - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:37

  • Retailers like Walmart and CVS are pushing deep into healthcare, betting they can boost sales and offer more convenient healthcare. 
  • The retailers stand to win out on the big percentage of Americans that don't have a go-to doctor, potentially threatening health system's future revenues. 
  • Here's why that should make health systems nervous. 
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The way Americans go to the doctor is changing. 

Options promising convenient care at all hours have popped up at drugstores and strip malls across the country. They promise American consumers the same easy experience navigating the healthcare system that they get shopping on Amazon.

Take CVS Health and Walmart. Over the past year, the biggest pharmacy chain and the dominant US retailer have both pushed deeper into providing healthcare, revealing plans for new health clinics.

The inroads from the retailers, as well as urgent care clinics that can provide a broader array of health services, are forcing major hospitals to rethink how they appeal to patients. Of course, retailers like CVS and Walmart aren't likely to offer surgeries or overnight stays. 

But medical centers used to be able to rely on their reputations for providing cutting edge medical treatments and top quality care to drawn in patients. As Americans are increasingly able to get health needs taken care of at clinics, it threatens to make them less loyal to big health systems, which could threaten those systems' profits.

"This does represent the beginning of competition at the top of the funnel. which will in the long term hurt health systems," Tom Charland, the CEO of Merchant Medicine, a consulting firm that tracks retail clinics, told Business Insider.

Where CVS and Walmart could gain on health systems

Historically, clinics in stores like CVS and Walmart have employed nurse practitioners or physicians' assistants who offer a fairly limited range of services, like checkups, shots, and care for coughs and colds.

Now, though, one of the ways retailers stand to gain ground from health systems is by expanding the types of care they provide. One area they're focused on is managing the care of patients living with chronic conditions.  

In February, shortly after the completion of its merger with health insurer Aetna, CVS began setting up its HealthHub stores, which have an increased focus on health services, including a wellness center and more chronic care management for people with diseases like diabetes.

By the end of 2021, the company plans to turn 1,500 pharmacies into locations that can provide an array of healthcare services.

Walmart in September opened a "prototype" health center in northern Georgia, offering primary care, dental, lab testing and counseling services at lower prices. For instance, a primary care visit costs $40, while a dental visit costs $25. Sean Slovenski, Walmart's president of health and wellness, told Business Insider in September that Walmart could quickly become the largest provider of basic healthcare in the region.

Both CVS and Walmart say they want to work with existing health systems, and that they'll refer patients to those partners for some more complex or ongoing care needs. Walmart is partnering with other healthcare firms to offer some of the services in its stores.

"Health systems have to be more innovative and forward looking, or they stand to lose what they would historically, they would say is 'These are our patients, This is our community, This is where we're investing."  Todd Latz, the CEO of urgent care chain GoHealth, which partners with health systems, said in an interview on the sidelines of the HLTH conference in Las Vegas in October. "That's all true. But you can have that taken away from you."

Delivering care at CVS's HealthHubs

In a recent interview with Business Insider, CVS CEO Larry Merlo recounted a story that he said illustrates how the company's HealthHubs can help people with chronic diseases.

He told us about an instance in which a patient came to the CVS MinuteClinic at a HealthHub more than two years after being diagnosed with diabetes. The patient hadn't been back to see a primary care doctor since, and when the nurse practitioner at the MinuteClinic took a blood test to get a better picture of the patient's disease, it showed the situation was serious.

From the MinuteClinic, CVS linked the person back up with their primary care doctor, who could help the patient manage their diabetes on an ongoing basis. Merlo also pointed out that about 50% of the patients who visit MinuteClinics don't have a go-to primary care provider.

"There is an important complementary role that we can play to ensure that those care plans are in fact being followed," Merlo said. "We're confident that executing the strategy will make a difference in the health of those we're serving and in doing so reduce overall healthcare costs."

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As an insurer, CVS stands to benefit from managing the care of those living with chronic conditions. If the HealthHubs help Aetna decrease the amount it spends on healthcare for its members, by better managing chronic conditions like heart disease or diabetes, for instance, that would result in higher profits for the company.

Some analysts have said that CVS should go deeper into healthcare to wring more benefits from operating the clinics.

"We believe the value is in having primary care at retail taking full medical risk for patients and having greater convenience and ability to manage chronics," Bernstein analyst Lance Wilkes wrote in a note Wednesday. "Management comments that HealthHubs are not a replacement for PCPs, and that they are Nurse Practitioner focused, which is not aggressive enough in our opinion."

What health systems are doing instead to compete

Going toe-to-toe with retailers by opening competing clinics might not be the way forward for hospitals. The business is expensive to run and often loses money, Charland said, and health systems run into the issue of competing against themselves for providers. 

Walgreens, the second-biggest operator of retail clinics in the US, is shrinking its footprint. The company said in October that it's closing more than 150 clinics and plans to work with health-system partners to run about 200 others.

Walmart and CVS are both in the early stages of rolling out their new clinic strategies. Walmart for its part has taken a number of stabs at building clinics in the past without much success. While the company has announced plans in the past to have as many as 2,000 clinics, it currently has about 20 clinics over three states. 

"Everybody is still trying to figure out the whole concept of a retailer participating in what I would call traditional healthcare," Charland told Business Insider in September.

There are a number of ways health systems are working to compete with retailers and make sure they own their relationships with patients. 

Health systems have been betting heavily on urgent care as a way to capture more of the first patient interactions as both a less-expensive alternative to emergency rooms and a way to gain referrals. GoHealth, for instance, collaborates with health systems in each area that it operates. In New York, it partners with Northwell Health, the largest health system in the state. It has about 135 urgent care clinics around the US. 

Health systems are also working with some newer entrants. For instance, One Medical, a primary care service that comes with a $200 annual fee, has been partnering with health systems in different geographies. The idea is to offer services that go beyond primary care but can often be done by a primary-care doctor, as well as give One Medical users access to the larger health system.

Then there's the decision to hire tech talent and try to disrupt yourself before anyone else can do it, a method West-Coast based health system Providence St. Joseph Health is deploying. Providence has upgrade the health system's technology, partnered with tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon to design health clinics, and made it easier to schedule appointments.

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