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    Who is Tenshin Nasukawa and what is Rizin

    • Floyd Mayweather has announced his comeback.
    • The American boxer, unbeaten in 50 professional bouts, has struck a deal with the mixed martial arts firm Rizin.
    • Mayweather will compete against a fighter half his age, the undefeated kickboxer and mixed martial artist Tenshin Nasukawa.
    • The show takes place at the 37,000-capacity Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 31.
    • Here's everything you need to know.

    Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to fight once again.

    The American boxer, unbeaten in 50 professional bouts, has been linked with a rematch against Manny Pacquiao as well as a boxing rules contest against the UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia.

    But Mayweather stunned the fight game by attending a press conference on Sunday where it was announced he will fight 20-year-old kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin 14.

    Here's everything you need to know about Tenshin Nasukawa, Rizin, and the shock fight scheduled to take place at the 37,000-capacity Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan on December 31.

    I know the UFC, but what is Rizin?

    Rizin Fighting Federation is a young mixed martial arts firm in Japan. It was set up by Nobuyuki Sakakibara, the former president of Pride Fighting Championship in 2015, and has organised 15 shows to date.

    Rizin has focused on "Grand Prix" events where athletes are drawn into a knockout-style bracket, where the winner stays on to compete in another fight, sometimes on the same night, until a last-man standing — the grand prix winner — is eventually declared.

    However, a lot of shows follow the more traditional format of a set number of individual fights, fought between two combatants. Its next show, called "Rizin 14 — Saitama," is one of those events — and Mayweather will headline it.

    Prominent Rizin athletes includes the Brazillian jiu-jitsu hall-of-fame member Gabrielle Garcia, the former DREAM and ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki, and the former PRIDE heavyweight king Fedor Emilianenko, considered the greatest heavyweight in mixed martial arts history.

    But a show featuring Mayweather tops anything Rizin has ever accomplished before — not least because they have managed to lure the unbeaten prizefighter to Japan, but because they now have a show that will be watched around the world, on one of the biggest fight nights in Asia.

    Fight promoter Sakakibara confirmed the event on Twitter. He said: "Imagine these two fighting each other on NYE in the RIZIN ring!"

    Tickets for the Saitama show on New Year's Even will range between $70 and $250 and will be "sold out fast,"according to Bruno Massami, the MMA news editor of the Brazilian media company Gazeta Esportiva.

    Who is Tenshin Nasukawa and is he any good?

    Tenshin Nasukawa was not even born when Floyd Mayweather made his debut as a professional boxer in 1996. Nasukawa, born two years later in 1998, is 20 years old and half the age of Mayweather, who turns 42 in February 2019.

    Despite Nasukawa's age, he remains one of the best up-and-coming talents in Asian mixed martial arts. He fought 104 amateur fights by the age of 18, winning an incredible 99 times. As a pro, he has entered 27 kickboxing bouts, winning all, 20 of them by knockout. He has also won every single one of his four mixed martial arts fights.

    Nasukawa, just like Mayweather, is used to winning. But that's not all. "He’s young, very strong, very fast, and he’s undefeated," Mayweather said, according to MMAFighting.com. "It’s obvious he’s doing something right to be where he’s at. So I’m proud of him."

    On being offered a fight against Mayweather, the BBC reports that Nasukawa was surprised. "It was a surprise offer but I accepted without hesitation. It's the biggest moment in my life and I want to be the man who changes history. I'll do that with these fists, with one punch… just watch."

    Will the fight be MMA rules or boxing rules?

    Right now, that is unclear.

    What is clear is that there is a very noticeable height and weight difference between the 5-foot-8 Mayweather, who tends to compete around the 147-pound to 154-pound weight category, and 5-foot-5 Nasukawa, who last fought in the flyweight (57kg/125 pound) division as recently as September 30.

    "As far as the rule set and the weight and the rules, we still have some work cut out for us,"Rizin boss Sakikibara said, according to MMAJunkie.com. "But it will be a great fight that everybody will be so excited to see. I’m so happy that Mr. Nasukawa accepted this offer in a flash."

    The BBC also reported that according to Mayweather, the weight division and the rules and regulations would all be discussed "within the next couple of weeks."

    However, John Morgan, the lead reporter for MMAJunkie.com, tweeted that the fight could be restricted to "three, three-minute rounds."

    Morgan said: "Pure hearsay at this point, but I was told from a reliable source that the current plan for Mayweather on NYE isn’t MMA, but specific rules not known yet. However, it would be an exhibition of three three-minute rounds."

    Massami, meanwhile, expects a "standup bout with kicks."

    A variation of a kickboxing bout could be what materialises, as Mayweather himself said the bout is "special" and he would be "giving the people something they've never seen before,"according to a statement via Kevin Iole on Yahoo Sports.

    Should I care about this fight?

    Floyd Mayweather

    Probably.

    If it's an actual fight, it could be interesting. Mayweather, boxing's biggest ever pay-per-view attraction, has never ventured outside of his sport, so if the rules include one kick, let alone all permitted kicks in kickboxing, then Mayweather enters unchartered territory against an undefeated Japanese fighter, in Japan, who is half his age.

    But there are many unknowns. If ever you read the words "exhibition fight" then you can safely presume that means "glorified spar"— which is not worth a box office fee.

    And Iole believes it could be even weirder than an exhibition fight. "We don’t know if it’s a real fight or something scripted like pro wrestling,"he said.

    Regardless, Mayweather has made a cameo appearance at a pro wrestling event before when he found a way to "win" against the Big Show, a huge man who is 16 inches taller than he is, at WrestleMania XXIV in 2008.

    That event still generated over one million PPV buys.

    No matter what the rules of this fight are, or if this is even a fight at all, one thing is for sure — Mayweather will make money and will be headline news the next day.

    How much money will Mayweather earn?

    Mayweather, as he will tell you himself, is a billionaire and became boxing's first billion-dollar fighter, according to Forbes.

    It is therefore unlikely that Mayweather would get out of bed, let alone fight, for a considerable sum of money.

    "Bank on this: Mayweather is going to be paid, and handsomely,"Iole said on Yahoo Sports. "No one said how much Mayweather will make, but you can bet he wouldn’t have taken the bout had he not been guaranteed a nine-figure paycheck."

    What this means is simple. Mayweather could be looking at another $100 million paycheck.

    SEE ALSO: Floyd Mayweather makes shocking announcement, will make MMA debut against undefeated Japanese kickboxer

    DON'T MISS: Floyd Mayweather's team met UFC boss Dana White in Los Angeles to discuss Khabib Nurmagomedov, and it could result in a 2-fight deal

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    Luis Bracamontes, center, stares at the ceiling as the verdicts are read for the murder of two law enforcement officers, in Sacramento Superior Court Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Bracamontes was found guilty of shooting Sacramento County sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver in 2014, then killing Placer County sheriff's Detective Michael Davis Jr. hours later.

    • After a backlash, NBC is pulling an ad it aired during "Sunday Night Football," and Fox News is removing it as well.
    • CNN had deemed the ad too racist to air.
    • The 30-second ad, approved by President Donald Trump, attempted to connect an undocumented immigrant convicted of killing two police officers with the so-called migrant caravan, though there is no connection.

    NBC is pulling an ad it aired over the weekend from its networks following a backlash.

    The 30-second ad, approved by President Donald Trump, aired during the "Sunday Night Football" game between the New England Patriots and the Green Bay Packers.

    "After further review we recognize the insensitive nature of the ad and have decided to cease airing it across our properties as soon as possible," an NBC spokesman told Business Insider.

    Fox News has also pulled the ad. "Upon further review, Fox News pulled the ad yesterday and it will not appear on either Fox News Channel or Fox Business Network," Marianne Gambelli, the president of Fox's ad sales, said in a statement to Business Insider.

    CNN previously deemed the ad too racist to air, issuing a statement on Twitter on Saturday: "CNN has made it abundantly clear in its editorial coverage that this ad is racist. When presented with an opportunity to be paid to take a version of this ad, we declined. Those are the facts."

    The primetime ad attempted to draw a connection between Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented Mexican immigrant who was convicted of killing two Sacramento deputies in 2014, and the so-called migrant caravan now traveling up through Mexico toward the US border. There is no known connection.

    Besides "Sunday Night Football," the ad also aired on MSNBC, Fox News, and Fox Business, according to the analyst Rich Greenfield, who cited figures from iSpot.tv. MSNBC aired the ad three times, Fox News ran it six times, and Fox Business ran it eight times, according to Greenfield.

    NBC quickly drew the ire of some in Hollywood who noted the difference in NBC's and CNN's treatment of the ad.

    "So @nbc and @Comcast aired that racist Trump caravan commercial during the football game," the director Judd Apatow tweeted on Sunday night. "Who made that decision? How did they decide it was ok? I am disgusted that you would air that after @cnn refused to air it because it is explicitly racist. Shame on you. @NBCNews."

    The actress Debra Messing, who is starring in NBC's revival of "Will & Grace," also condemned the ad in a tweet, saying to fans of the show: "I want you to know that I am ashamed that my network aired this disgusting racist ad. It is the antithesis of everything I personally believe in, and what, I believe, our show is all about."

    A 53-second version of the ad was released on Trump's Twitter account last week accompanied with the words "It is outrageous what the Democrats are doing to our Country. Vote Republican now!"

    Trump has frequently used the migrant caravan, a group of several thousand Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty in their home countries, as a talking point to stoke fears about immigration in the US. The caravan is hundreds of miles from the border.

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    Victoria's Secret fashion show nyc 2015

    The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is always one of the most highly anticipated fashion events of the year.

    This year's show is less than a month away and the brand has been fairly tight-lipped about what to expect. However, what has been revealed suggests that this is going to be just as grand as previous shows. 

    Last year's show was highly eventful, with model Ming Xi taking a graceful tumble while others like Kendall Jenner had to skip the runway altogether.

    As the Victoria's Secret Angels and models prepare to strut their wings down the runway once again, here's everything you need to know about the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show so far.

    The show will make it's grand return to New York City on November 8.

    This is the first time the show has returned to New York City since 2015, after spending 2016 in Paris, France, and 2017 in Shanghai, China.



    Though it takes place on November 8, the show won't air until December 2 on ABC.

    It airs at 10 p.m. EST and has been officially titled the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special." This is the first time ABC has aired the show since 2001, with CBS airing it in the years following.



    Elsa Hosk will be wearing the coveted Fantasy Bra this year.

    According to People, the $1 million 2018 Dream Angels Fantasy Bra features over 2,100 Swarovski diamonds and took over 930 hours to create.

    Hosk revealed a look at the bra while spilling some beauty secrets on Vogue.



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    Tua Tagovailoa

    Even though the College Football Playoff committee ranks 25 teams each week, there are only 10 schools that still have a legit shot to be in college football's final four.

    Two more playoff contenders and two other teams on life support were effectively eliminated from contention this weekend, with Kentucky, LSU, Penn State, and Utah all suffering losses they won't be able to overcome. Meanwhile, three teams look like locks for the playoff if they win their remaining games and several teams are in a position to claim the final spot.

    Below, we ranked the 10 remaining contenders based on who has the best chances to make the playoff.

    10. UCF

    Record:  8-0

    Last week's result: Beat Temple, 52-40

    Last week's playoff ranking: 12

    Key games remaining: Navy and Cincinnati at home and USF on the road.

    One thing to know: UCF is still alive, but barely. There just wasn't enough support in the first playoff ranking, and their only hope is a lot of losses ahead of them.



    9. West Virginia

    Record:  7-1

    Last week's result: Beat Texas, 42-41

    Last week's playoff ranking: 13

    Key games remaining: TCU, at Oklahoma State, and home against Oklahoma.

    One thing to know: WVU has a shot to beat Oklahoma in back-to-back games if they meet in the Big 12 title game. That might not be enough, but it would put them in the conversation.



    8. Washington State

    Record:  8-1

    Last week's result: Beat Cal, 19-13

    Last week's playoff ranking: 8

    Key games remaining: Washington at home.

    One thing to know:Washington State was one of the big winners in the first playoff ranking, coming in ahead of Ohio State and higher than most expected. But they also took a hit when Utah lost to Arizona State. That was Wazzu's last hope for adding an impressive win against a highly ranked team in the Pac-12 title game.



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    bohemian rhapsody

    The Queen biopic "Bohemian Rhapsody," starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, rocked the box office over the weekend with a $50 million debut. 

    It beat expectations, which placed it in the $35-40 million range, and grossed another $72.5 million internationally. But it's not the biggest music biopic opening of all time.

    Films that portray the lives of music legends are a dime a dozen, but only a few have become box-office success stories, including "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the NWA biopic, "Straight Outta Compton."

    Below are the six music biopics with the biggest opening weekends ever:

    SEE ALSO: Rami Malek practiced singing with a fake set of Freddie Mercury teeth every night to prepare for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' before the film was even greenlit

    6. "Notorious" (2009)

    Adjusted opening weekend: $25,113,700

    Original opening weekend: $20,497,596

    Adjusted domestic gross: $45,140,900

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 51%

    Description:"'Notorious' is the story of Christopher Wallace who, through raw talent and sheer determination, transforms himself from a Brooklyn street hustler to become the greatest rapper of all time, The Notorious B.I.G. This story charts his meteoric rise to fame and his refusal to succumb to expectation. Produced by Voletta Wallace (BIG's mother), Wayne Barrowman and Mark Pitts (BIG's managers), Notorious challenges us all to redefine our notion of what is 'The American Dream.'"



    5. "All Eyez On Me" (2017)

    Adjusted opening weekend: $26,996,600

    Original opening weekend: $26,435,354

    Adjusted domestic gross: $45,885,300

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 16%

    Description:"Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars as the legendary Tupac Shakur in this powerful, true, and untold story of the rapper, actor, poet, and activist —from his early days in New York City to his evolution into a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his untimely death at the age of twenty-five. 'All Eyez on Me' also stars Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, and Danai Gurira."



    4. "Ray" (2004)

    Adjusted opening weekend: $29,494,900

    Original opening weekend: $20,039,730

    Adjusted domestic gross: $110,683,100

    Rotten Tomatoes score: 80%

    Description:"Jamie Foxx stars as the one-of-a-kind innovator of soul, Ray Charles, who overcame impossible odds and humble beginnings to become an extraordinary music legend."



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    pittsburgh mayor bill peduto

    • Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto said he quickly ended a call with President Donald Trump when all the president wanted to talk about was the death penalty.
    • He said Trump called him as he was still on his way to the scene of the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue.
    • Capital punishment doesn't deter crimes, according to numerous studies.
    • Peduto also linked the attack to Trump's incendiary rhetoric about the migrant caravan weeks away from the United States border.

    Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto said President Donald Trump wanted to talk about only one thing after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting on October 27: the death penalty.

    Minutes after news of the shooting, as law enforcement officials raced to the synagogue, Trump called Peduto. After offering his thoughts and prayers, Trump insisted on discussing harsher death penalty legislation to deter mass shooters.

    Peduto quickly ended the conversation to focus on handling the emergency and mourning the dead, he told the Washington Post.

    "I'm literally standing two blocks from 11 bodies right now. Really?" Peduto said. [Talking about capital punishment wasn't] going to bring them back or deter what had just happened... I ended the conversation pretty quickly after that."

    Trump tweeted a demand Capital punishment does not deter murder or any other crimes, according to numerous studies.

    donald melania trump pittsburgh

    The death penalty is legal but rare in the state of Pennsylvania; the state hasn't executed anyone since 1999. Federal Justice Department officials are seeking the death penalty for Robert Bowder, who was charged with killing 11 people in the synagogue shooting.

    Peduto is from a neighborhood near Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill area, less than a mile from where the shooting took place. He represented the district on Pittsburgh's city council for 12 years before becoming mayor in 2014. He told The Washington Post that he had personal connections to family members of people killed in the shooting.

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    The Democratic mayor linked the antisemitic attack to Trump's apocalyptic rhetoric about the migrant caravan weeks away from America's border.

    "This obviously was somebody whose decision to kill Jewish people was based on what he was reading, with news of migrants who are trying to escape the hell they are in and potentially on their way to the United States," he told The Washington Post. "And somehow that story has become butchered into a story of an invading army and then that story being manipulated that it’s the Jews that are doing it and they’re financing it... Then this guy wakes up on a Saturday morning armed to the gills with bullets and guns to kill as many Jewish people as he possibly can."

    Read more:Here's exactly how the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting unfolded.

    Peduto has been at loggerheads with the president over policy before. When Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2017, he announced he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." Peduto said his city would continue to follow the agreement anyway.

    "As the Mayor of Pittsburgh, I can assure you that we will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future,"he tweeted.

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    iPad Pro

    The first wave of reviews of Apple's iPad Pro reviews published on Monday, and so far, they're mixed.

    It seems as though Apple's powerful new tablet, which starts at $799, is a beautifully designed device with futuristic new features like USB-C charging and Face ID, but it's not quite a total replacement for your laptop just yet. 

    Most reviewers noted that the iPad Pro is an incredibly fast and powerful device, but lacks a few essentials — like a full desktop web browser or the ability to connect a mouse — that would make the iPad Pro more like a PC.

    Check out a few snippets of iPad Pro reviews from the Washington Post, CNET, Mashable, Wired, The Verge, TechCrunch, iMoreThe Wall Street Journal, Tech Radar, and Engadget:

    SEE ALSO: The iPhone XS has a few new camera tricks hiding under the hood — here's what they do

    Design

    Mashable:"There’s no question the new iPad Pros, with their spankin’ boxier design and slimmer bezels, are beautiful slabs of glass."

    The Verge:"Instead of rounded corners and soft shapes, the iPad Pro is all hard corners and flat sides, with massive, asymmetrical antenna lines on the back and a huge camera bump. Most people I showed our space gray review unit to thought it looked cool, but I think it’s kind of brutal looking — almost like a reference design."

    TechCrunch:"The camera bump on the back does not cause the iPad to wobble if you lay it flat on a counter and draw. There’s a basic tripod effect that makes it just fine to scribble on, for those who were worried about that."

    iMore:"What's gone is the 3.5mm headphone jack. Yeah, deleting the bezel also deleted the jack that was previously cased inside. Pushing the LCD and LED backlight so close to the edge, and making it as thin as they did, left zero room for a big old plug. Unlike with iPhone 7, where Apple included a 3.5mm adapter in the box to ease the transition, no such accommodation has been made for iPad." 



    Display

    Wired:"The Liquid Retina LCD displays are huge, stretching 11 or nearly 13 inches, depending on which model you choose. They’re gorgeous and packed with pixels."

    Mashable:"The display itself is arguably Apple’s best LCD in a device ever, even better than the iPhone XR’s screen in my opinion. While it lacks any kind of 3D Touch pressure sensitivity or Haptic Touch vibrational feedback, the Liquid Retina display is still stunning from all viewing angles."



    Apple Pencil

    Washington Post: "The $130 Apple Pencil stylus, available since the original, also joined in the makeover. An artist friend, who drew me a quick illustration on the new Pro with an app called Procreate, raved about its increased responsiveness. The bigger news for me is that the Pencil magnetically snaps to one side of the squared-off iPad Pro edge for storage and charging, giving me more of a fighting chance to not lose it."

    TechCrunch:"Drawing and sketching with the new Pencil is lovely, and remains a completely stand-out experience that blows away even dedicated devices like the Wacom Cintiq and remains a far cut above the stylus experience in the Surface Pro devices."

    Mashable:"There is one bad piece of news: The first-gen Apple Pencil doesn’t work with the new iPad Pros and the new Apple Pencil won’t work with older iPad Pros."



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    deep fried turkey

    Whether your oven is filled to the brim with turkey or it's woefully small, sometimes baking and roasting isn't an option on Thanksgiving.

    Thankfully, there are plenty of Thanksgiving staples or updated versions of the classics that don't require any oven space at all. Even the precious turkey can stay out of that fateful appliance on November 22.

    Keep scrolling to see the easiest foods you can whip up this Thanksgiving — no oven required. 

    While your oven is full, you can leave soup simmering on the stove.

    As part of INSIDER's ongoing taste test series, we've tried the best canned chicken noodle soups. Any of these would be perfect to whip up on Thanksgiving.

    If you're not really into chicken soup, you can also check out these soups that will keep you warm during the cold weather.



    If you want to use your oven for something other than the turkey, you could use a deep-fryer.

    Deep-frying a turkey is still serious business — one that can end in a fiery disaster. Here's the best way to fry your turkey.



    You could also use a slow cooker for your bird, freeing up oven space.

    Even though slow cookers have been getting a rough go of it recently, it's still a great tool to utilize on Turkey Day.

    Here are recipes for slow cooking your turkey.



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    1957 Chevrolet Bel Air 161655

    • Car models may span generations, but their design is constantly evolving, with new innovations by certain trailblazing vehicles paving the way for changes to occur in both form and style. 
    • More than anything, cars are a reflection of culture and the national zeitgeist. 
    • Every year has had a new car emerge which added its own flair to the auto industry. 
    • Here are the coolest cars from each year between 1950 through 2018.

    No decade of car design is ever the same. Models may span generations, but their design is constantly evolving, with new innovations by certain trailblazing vehicles paving the way for changes to occur in both form and style. 

    Over time, specific brands differentiate themselves from the competition, usually with a new vision of what a car can look like and how it can improve the driving experience. Think about the effect of the 1980 Audi Quattro, as it pioneered four-wheel-drive and its boxy shape paved the way for a new modernity to emerge in automotive bodies. 

    More than anything, cars are a reflection of culture and the national zeitgeist. For example, the BMC Mini, which defined 1960s British pop-culture, or to the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am, arguably the greatest "muscle car" ever made by an American automaker. 

    Going one step further, watch how your mind is immediately brought back to the 1980s when you take one look at the DeLorean DMC-12 and the Ferrari F-40. Simply put, cars are capstone statements for their times. 

    Similarly, cars can also point to changing consumer patterns and emerging societal trends. For instance, the 2010s were an era when plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt and all-electric vehicles like Tesla's Model X appeared in the market, demonstrating a new eco-conscious shift as the ramifications from climate change became an increasingly prominent force in our lives. 

    Every year a new car has emerged which added its own flair to the auto industry. 

    For those seeking to go on a time-travel odyssey, take a look below at nearly 70 years of automotive history, as we profile the coolest cars from each year between 1950 through 2019. 

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    1950: Volkswagen Bus — A car that transcends decades, the VW Bus was the world's first minivan.

    Source: Auto.How Stuff Works



    1951: Land Rover Defender Series I — The original Land Rover Defender was born in Britain as a response to the popularity of Jeeps in the United Kingdom

    Source: Car and Driver



    1952: Ford F-Series OG —This first edition Ford F-Series is the ancestor of the best-selling vehicle in modern American history, the Ford F-150.

    Source: Ford



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    Life in Dhaka and the Buriganga river

    • More than 19.5 million people live in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.
    • It is the most densely populated city in the country spanning 300 kilometers — about 186 miles. That's more than 23,234 people per square kilometer, just over half a square mile.
    • It is reported that 2,000 people move to Dhaka every day.
    • Out of 164.7 million Bangladeshi, one in four live below the poverty line. Over 3 million people are estimated to live in the slums of Dhaka alone.

    Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, is the most crowded city in the world.

    More than 19.5 million people live in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. It is the most densely populated city in the country spanning 300 kilometers— about 186 miles. That's more than 23,234 people per square kilometer, just over half a square mile.

    It is reported that 2,000 people move to Dhaka every day. More than 26% of Bangladeshi who flock to Dhaka leave their home cities due to natural disasters and climate change, according to Habitat for Humanity.

    Read more:Staggering photos show what daily life in the most crowded cities in the world is really like

    Daily life in Dhaka revolves around the local markets. Many laborers work alongside the Buriganga river, which flows through Dhaka and is heavily polluted with human and factory waste.

    Out of 164.7 million Bangladeshi, one in four live below the poverty line. As of 2016, an estimated 3.5 million people live in the slums of Dhaka. 

    Below, see what life is like in the most crowded city in the world:

    SEE ALSO: Staggering photos show what daily life in the most crowded cities in the world is really like

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    Dhaka is the largest and most densely populated city in Bangladesh.

    Source: World Population Review, World Population Review



    More than 19.5 million people live within 300 kilometers — about 186 miles.

    Source: World Population Review



    That's 23,234 people per square kilometer, which is just over half a square mile.

    Source: World Population Review



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    UPS

    • Target, Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy are all offering free shipping this holiday season, but shoppers should read the fine print.
    • Retailers are unleashing perks to get customers to choose them over competitors.
    • Much of this year's holiday sales growth is predicted to come from online shopping.

    The holidays are almost here, and so is peak shopping season.

    Retailers often take the gloves off around the holidays, supercharging their online offerings with perks like free shipping and hot deals to get customers to shop with them over a competitor. It all adds up to more quick and free shipping than ever.

    We compared the shipping offerings from four of the most popular online shopping destinations to see which one is offering the best options, all else being equal.

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    Some stores, like Walmart, have not announced any changes to their shipping policies for the holidays.

    Walmart will still offer free two-day shipping with any order of $35 or more, a policy it enacted in early 2017. That's the highest order requirement among the major players. Walmart recently announced an expansion to the number of items that it offers for free two-day shipping. The offer now includes items from select third-party marketplace sellers.

    Read more: Best Buy is making a bold move to capture a piece of over $10 billion in sales up for grabs

    AmazonBest Buy Target are offering special promotions this holiday season.

    Amazon announced on Monday it will offer free shipping for all customers, without a minimum-order requirement.  The promo is only good for its super-saver shipping — the slowest guaranteed time — which is good for five to eight days from the time of shipment.

    Amazon Prime members will still get their two-day shipping guarantee, but as usual, the membership requires customers first spend $119 for an annual subscription or $12.99 for a monthly one.

    Best Buy is offering free shipping all season long, but it is not guaranteeing that customers will receive their packages in a set number of days. Customers will get a delivery date based on what they're ordering and where they're located. The promotion is valid through December 25.

    Target has stepped it up this year, however, offering by far the best free shipping perk through the holidays. Not only is shipping completely free from November 1 until December 22 for all orders, with no minimum requirement, but the store is also guaranteeing that packages will arrive two days after shipment.

    It makes sense that retailers are pulling out all the stops to own the holiday season online.

    Most of this year's sales growth is likely to come from online purchases. Forrester Research is predicting 14% sales growth online but only 1.7% growth in stores. Analysts estimated that Amazon took nearly half of all online retail sales in 2017, and that it will account for even more this year.

    Forrester estimates that online holiday sales will account for more than 32% of all online sales for the year.

    SEE ALSO: Data reveals Amazon has banned more than 5,700 of its top reviewers in the last 2 years as it increasingly cracks down on review abuse

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    Sonos Hay collaboration

    • Sonos has collaborated with the Danish design company Hay to release its One speaker in five limited edition colors. 
    • We called the One the "ultimate smart speaker for music lovers" last year because of its audio quality and how well it worked with Amazon's Alexa.
    • The speaker has since been updated to work with AirPlay 2, Apple's new audio standard, which makes it even smarter. An update that brings the Google Assistant to the One is planned for 2019.
    • The One is a great gift idea for the music lover in your life, especially if they take aesthetics seriously. These colors cost an extra $20 over the standard black and white One and are only available while supplies last.

    Sonos has collaborated with a Danish design firm called HAY to release its One speaker in five limited edition colors: yellow, green, light gray, pink, and red.

    The One was originally released in black and white in 2017, and was the first Sonos speaker to be built with Amazon's Alexa inside. The marriage of Amazon's smart assistant with Sonos' great-sounding speaker was so successful I called it the "ultimate smart speaker for music lovers"in my review, and I stand by that.

    Hay may not be as well known in the US, but the design firm has collaborated with many well-established companies (including Ikea) to bring its minimalist, modern design sense to America. Although they work the same way as the original One, the colors compliment the speaker's design really well. They just look more fun.

    Read More:Sonos has designed a $400 soundbar that harnesses the smarts of Amazon Alexa — I tried it, and it's worth every penny

    Over the past year Sonos has updated the One's software to make it way better. The biggest change is that it now supports AirPlay 2, Apple's proprietary audio standard, which lets you play music from your iPhone, iPad, or Mac without using Sonos' app. This works for music from your local library and Apple Music. 

    Sonos One HAY

    Sonos has promised that Google's Assistant is coming to the speaker via a free software update in 2019, which means you'll be able to stream music from YouTube Premium using your voice. The Google Assistant will also be able to access other Google services, like Google Calendar, so you'll be able to check your schedule by asking the One. 

    Having Alexa, the Google Assistant, and AirPlay 2 support in a single speaker makes the One unique in a world where most smart speakers only work with one. These smart features are all a bonus on top of a really great-sounding speaker, whose audio quality has constantly impressed me over the past year.

    If you've started working on your holiday shopping early, and have an music lover on your list who wants a cool-looking speaker, this is the perfect gift. But keep in mind these Sonos One speakers are $20 more expensive than the black and white colors, and will only be available for a limited time, so you may not want to wait to scoop one up. 

    Sonos One Limited Edition, $229.99, available at Sonos

    SEE ALSO: The best smart speaker you can buy: Amazon Echo vs. Google Home vs. Sonos One

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    The moat outside the Tower of London was lit up with 10,000 torches Sunday night, in a dazzling display to honor those killed in World War I.

    The moving ceremony will continue every night through November 11, which marks Remembrance Day in the UK — the anniversary of the end of the Great War.

    This year marks 100 years since the war's end, so Tower of London officials wanted to mark the event with a grand display.

    Here are 16 more incredible more photos from the event.

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    The event started at dusk Sunday night, with a bugler playing "The Last Post," a song that is traditionally played at military funerals.

    Source: CNN



    From there, a Yeoman Warder brought a flame down from the tower to the moat in order to light the approximately 10,000 torches.

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    Yeoman Warders, also known as Beefeaters, are the tower's guards. In addition to guarding the tower and the Crown Jewels, they give tours of the castle.

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    MacBook Air Keyboard 2018

    • Apple's latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops physically disconnect their own microphones when users close their lids.
    • It helps prevent eavesdroppers from using software-based attacks, like the FruitFly malware, to activate the microphone when you think the computer is asleep with the lid closed. 
    • It's a step forward, but it's not a complete solution for microphone-based security.

    Apple's latest MacBook Air and 2018 MacBook Pros physically disconnect their own microphones when you close the lid, preventing eavesdropping hackers from listening in to conversations when you think the computer is in sleep mode with the lid closed.

    It's Apple's "T2" security chip that the company includes in its latest lineup of MacBook Air and MacBook Pros that physically disconnects the microphones when the lid is closed. With a physical disconnection, software-based attacks like the FruitFly malware can't enable the microphone. 

    The cameras on the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pros aren't disconnected, however, as the "field of view is completely obstructed when the lid is closed," Apple says in its T2 security chip documentation

    Physically disconnecting the microphone when a laptop's lid is closed is a good step towards better security, but it doesn't remove the risk of eavesdropping when the laptop's lid is open when it's being used, or even when it's gone to sleep with the lid open. There's no way to physically disconnect the microphone when a Mac laptop's lid is open, but some Mac apps like Oversight can at least notify you if your microphone has been enabled without your knowledge.

    For total security against microphone-based malware, Apple would need to add some kind of physical switch to its laptops. Perhaps the company can take inspiration from its own iPhone's notification silent-switch, which switches the iPhone to vibrate-only mode. Adding that kind of a switch to a laptop would provide the best level of control and security since users could physically switch off the microphone for peace of mind (regardless of whether or not they're actualy using the laptop) and simply turn the mic back on when they need it.

    SEE ALSO: It's easier to plug Google's Pixel 3 smartphones into Apple's latest laptops than it is to plug in an iPhone

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    Sprite Attn: ad

    • Attn: has made ads for IBM, Freeform, and Everytown for Gun Safety in recent weeks ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections.
    • Some of the ads are branded with Attn:'s logo but the publisher is also experimenting with white-labeled content for brands like Sprite.
    • Taking a stand can backfire for brands (think Pepsi and Starbucks) but Attn: says that its advocacy background can help brands find the right messaging.


    Sprite's newest ad campaign is less of a commercial than it is a public service announcement to vote.

    The campaign is called "Get vocal" and encourages consumers to record and upload a video of themselves freestyling about an issue they care about. Clips are then pulled into a microsite and distributed through social media. Some of the user-uploaded videos wade into some heavy political territory.

    "Police killing all my people, so I gotta take a knee like I’m Colin," raps Izze the Producer.

    In another uploaded video from rapper J. Latelle, the clip starts by saying, "We got a president who always lies to us."

    It's the kind of work that a few years ago may have been deemed too risky for brands to weigh in on. But as more brands increasingly wade into political-oriented issues, Sprite and others are hoping to connect with younger consumers.

    Behind the scenes of the campaign is digital publisher Attn:, which has used its roots in civic engagement and massive audience of young consumers to crank out a handful of voting and cause-related campaigns for brands leading up to Tuesday's elections.

    Read more: Here's how startup Attn: averages a whopping 3.8 million views per video on Facebook

    "Being apolitical or non-issue driven is no longer an option with millennial and Gen Z consumers," Attn: CEO Matthew Segal told Business Insider. "Brands now know that they need to take a position or stand for something — or at the very least stand for civic engagement in the year 2018."

    Brands are pushing people to the polls

    A number of brands have dived into hot-button issues over the past few years, some of which have been more successful (like Nike and Patagonia) than others (like Starbucks and Pepsi).

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    Ahead of the midterms, a coalition of 150 companies have poured money into encouraging consumers to vote and tweaking their policies to allow employees time off to vote.

    Brands are trying to make sense of what they should say

    Attn: created the microsite for Sprite's campaign and stitched together some of the clips into videos that are being distributed on the brand's social channels. Fashion-geared social media platform VFiles sourced some of the talent for Sprite's campaign.

    Attn: is also promoting Sprite’s campaign with videos that are posted on Attn:’s Facebook page.

    In addition to Sprite, Attn: has also worked with IBM, Freeform, and Everytown for Gun Safety on voting-related campaigns over the past few months.

    Similar to its editorial content, the branded content aims to break down complex issues into easy-to-understand videos. Before co-founding Attn:, Segal ran the voter empowerment organization Ourtime.org.

    For IBM, Attn: created a two-minute Facebook clip titled "Why your vote may be at risk this November" to explain misinformation and voting schemes.

    And for FreeForm, the two media companies created a series of PSAs with talent from both companies that are airing on TV and social media. The PSAs focus on a stat the the average voter waited in line for 11 minutes to vote during the 2016 presidential election and compares the amount of time that people spend scrolling through Instagram.

    Attn: is making white-labeled content for brands

    Both the FreeForm and IBM campaigns use Attn:'s audience for distribution.

    But the Sprite campaign is a bit different. Attn:'s logo isn't splashed on the videos, nor is it distributed across the publisher's network of social platforms. Instead, it's an example of white-label work that the publisher is taking on for brands that's based around insights instead of relying on its audience.

    "A lot of our partners obviously want our audience and distribution, but I think where we have a lot of value to add that can certainly rival some ad agencies so to speak," Segal said. "I think brands not only know that we know how to produce spots for social media but also know that we have a finger on the pulse on how young people feel and how to best make these topics digestible."

    Taryn Crouthers, head of brand partnerships at Attn:, said that about half of the company's work with brands on corporate social responsibility campaigns come from brainstorming together as opposed to issuing requests for proposals.

    "Brands are coming to Attn: because they value the fact that we understand how to talk and speak about these complex issues in a way that's both entertaining but also informative," she said.

    Attn: is also paying to make its own voting-themed editorial content, including videos with former President Barack Obama and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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    best american express card

    • Although the credit card and rewards space has become a bit crowded, American Express remains a popular and prestigious company, offering compelling and competitive products.

    • The Platinum Card® from American Express is the best product offered, with generous benefits, valuable perks, and solid rewards that more than make up for its high annual fee.

    • For example, I got more than $2,000 of value from the card my first year.

    American Express offers credit and charge card products for just about every lifestyle need. Although American Express is famous for its travel connections and premium experiential offerings, it also offers credit and charge card products with other advantages. Whether you're looking for cash back, frequent flyer miles, travel insurance, purchase protections, extra points on groceries, access to airport lounges, or more.

    If you're looking for the best Amex card for you, here are the ones you should consider.

    Keep in mind that, unless it's otherwise noted in the card description, we're focusing on benefits, perks, and rewards that make these cards great options, not things like interest rates and late fees, which can far outweigh the value of any rewards.

    When you're working to earn credit-card rewards, it's important to practice financial discipline, like paying your balances off in full each month, making payments on time, and not spending more than you can afford to pay back — or spending more than you would otherwise. Basically, with a few rare exceptions, you should treat your credit card like a debit card.

    Here are our top picks for the best Amex cards:

    Updated on 11/05/2018 by David Slotnick: Added information on the Gold Card.

    Read on in the slides below to see which Amex card is right for you.

    SEE ALSO: The best credit card rewards, bonuses, and perks

    The best Amex overall

    Why you'll love it: The Platinum Card offers incredibly valuable benefits, perks, and rewards, and is a must-have for any frequent traveler.

    Welcome offer: 60,000 points (after spending $5,000 in the first three months)

    At $550, the Platinum Card has one of the highest annual fees of any mainstream card. However, as long as you're willing to float it up front, you can get way more value back from the card — for instance, I got more than $2,000 in value from it during my first year.

    The Platinum Card earns American Express Membership Rewards. These points can be redeemed for travel, merchandise, or more. However, the best option is to transfer them to a frequent flyer partner.

    The card offers 5x points per dollar spent on flights booked directly with the airline, as well as flights and pre-paid hotels booked through Amex Travel. It earns 1x point on everything else. It also offers up to $200 in Uber credits each cardmember year, as well as $200 in airline credits each calendar year — if you open the card mid-year, it's possible to earn that twice in your first cardmember year.

    The card comes with a number of perks, including access to more than 1,200 airport lounges within the Priority Pass network, as well as Delta Sky Clubs and proprietary American Express Centurion Lounges. It also offers complimentary gold elite status with Marriott, Starwood, and Hilton hotels, as well as up to $100 per year in shopping credits at Saks Fifth Avenue.

    The annual fee may turn a lot of people off from this card, but if you can get past that, the return it offers is tough to beat.

    Pros: Valuable perks, useful benefits, possible to get outsized value

    Cons: High annual fee — even though you can make it back, and more, you'll still have to float that at first

    Click here to learn more about the Platinum Card from Insider Picks' partner: The Points Guy.



    The best AmEx for dining rewards

    Why you'll love it: The Amex Gold Card has a lower annual fee than the Platinum Card, but it offers stellar rewards on dining and groceries and solid benefits. 

    Welcome offer: 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend $2,000 in the first three months. Until January 9: Get up 20% back at US restaurants within the first three months, up to $100 total.

    This October, American Express launched a massive reboot of its Premier Rewards Gold card, or "PRG," rebranding it as the American Express Gold Card, releasing a new metal design and limited-edition rose gold version, and totally overhauling the rewards and benefits on the card. Because that wasn't quite enough, AmEx also launched a fairly unique new welcome bonus.

    Right now, this is arguably the best card available for food, unless you're only interested in cash back, rather than potentially more valuable rewards points, and unless you find yourself abroad at restaurants often.

    The new Gold Card earns 4x points at US restaurants and on up to $25,000 per year at US supermarkets (and 1x point after that), 3x points on flights booked directly with the airline, and 1x point on everything else. Based on the fact that you can easily redeem Membership Rewards points for more than 1¢ of value each, that makes this the highest-earning card for everything food-related.

    Like the old PRG, the Gold Card offers a $100 airline fee credit each calendar year, and adds up to $120 of dining credits — split into $10 each month — at Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth's Steak House, or participating Shake Shack locations.

    New card members — those who haven't previously had the Premier Rewards Gold — can earn a welcome bonus of 25,000 points when they spend $2,000 in the first three months. Additionally, those who apply before January 9 can get 20% back on all US restaurant charges — up to $100 total — in the form of a statement credit.

    While it's difficult to assign an exact value to Membership Rewards points, The Points Guy subjectively estimates each point as worth 1.9¢. That makes the welcome bonus worth $575 — $475 for the points, and up to $100 back from restaurants. Even without factoring in the annual credit benefits, that's more than enough to make up for the card's $250 annual fee.

    Check out our full review for more details.

    Keep in mind that it's possible to be targeted for a higher welcome bonus.

    Pros: Stellar rewards on dining and groceries, useful benefits, lower annual fee than the Platinum Card.

    Cons: Relatively high annual fee compared to some other cards.

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    The best Amex for families

    Why you'll love it: The EveryDay Preferred earns bonus points at US grocery stores and gas stations, making it a strong product for families and others who spend a lot in these categories.

    Welcome offer: 15,000 points (after spending $1,000 in the first three months)

    The EveryDay Preferred is a strong option for anyone looking for a Membership Rewards card, but who's not interested in a premium card like the Platinum or PRG. It also has a strong points-earning scheme and a lower annual fee of $95.

    The card earns 3x points per dollar spent at US supermarkets (up to $6,000 each year — 1x point per dollar after that), 2x points at US gas stations, and 1x point on everything else. You can also get 2x points on reservations made through Amex Travel.

    Best of all, if you make 30 or more purchases in a billing period, you'll earn a 50% bonus. That means that those little $3 and $4 charges for things like coffee or a snack can help you get a ton of points quickly.

    The card also offers a 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers for the first 12 months, before switching to a variable 14.74–24.74% APR. If you have a big purchase coming up and want some time to pay it off, but don't want to pay interest fees, this is a great option.

    Pros: Low annual fee, strong rewards structure, earns valuable points, 50% bonus when you make at least 30 transactions in a billing period

    Cons: Relatively low welcome offer

    Click here to learn more about the Amex EveryDay Preferred.



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    Seth Bernstein AB

    • AB's chief executive officer said new funds that offer cheaper fees if they don't beat the market could entice individual investors to try actively-managed strategies again.
    • The active space has seen billions of outflows, as investors favor cheap ETFs.

    AB, a $550 billion manager, is betting it can win back individual investors who have abandoned active products, such as mutual funds, in favor of lower-fee passive funds.

    The New York-based manager's solution is a hybrid model of the strategies, one that the industry may be slow to replicate, said AB's CEO. 

    "We need to provide an inducement for clients to try active again," AB CEO Seth Bernstein said at Monday's Bank of America Merrill Lynch Future of Financials conference. "They want to see better alignment of interests with the manager and end results."

    Managers including AB and Allianz Global Investors have launched these hybrid funds, which charge fluctuating fees based on performance, in the last year to compete with low-cost index funds and exchange-traded funds. These passive products charge much lower fees than their mutual fund counterparts and have largely outperformed active strategies, leading investors to abandon them en masse. 

    Active funds saw $58.8 billion of outflows in the year ending September 30, while passive funds drew in $510.1 billion over the same time, according to Morningstar research. 

    Earlier this year, New York-based AB launched six products under the FlexFee Funds umbrella. The actively-managed strategy sees fees change based on one-year performance: when a fund underperforms a benchmark, investors pay low fees akin to those of an exchange-traded fund. After outperformance, fees increase, up to a cap. 

    Bernstein said that managers of such fulcrum funds sacrifice some performance fees compared to managing purely active products, a hurdle for investment managers considering the strategy. 

    "I for one am not really surprised by the industry’s resistance to doing it," he said. "It’s hard to predict where it’s going. I think it makes sense for us, though."

    Other managers in the space include Allianz, which launched a suite of products in December. At least 10 managers are considering the strategy, according to an executive who has met with interested companies. Would-be managers are monitoring inflows to current fulcrum funds before launching their own, the source said. 

    "It’s going to take time," Bernstein said on Monday. "We’ve been really consistent in saying this is a multi-year rollout for us."

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    Parth Detroja

    • Author Parth Detroja predicts that Amazon will acquire Lyft in the next 18 months. 
    • The deal would benefit both companies, says Detroja: Amazon could use Lyft's network of drivers to corner last-mile delivery, and Lyft could tap into Amazon's vast subscriber base to open new markets.
    • A deal between the two companies would also have a direct hit on Uber's valuation, Detroja suggests. 

    Author and  Facebook product manager Parth Detroja has made a bold prediction: in the next 18 months, Amazon will buy Lyft, the ride-share company that's reportedly planning to go public in 2019. According to Detroja, who co-authored a book on key business strategies in tech called Swipe to Unlock, a better move for Lyft's business would be an acquisition by Amazon. 

    The deal would benefit both companies by solving their key pain points, says Detroja: Amazon's signature subscriber offering of two-day shipping is costly and difficult to execute, and Lyft has yet to make significant progress entering international markets.

    (Read More:A researcher rode more than 5,000 miles with Uber and Lyft and discovered the biggest differences between the two ride-hailing giants)

    If Amazon acquired Lyft, the company could utilize drivers' trunks to make deliveries when they aren't picking up riders. In turn, Lyft could compete on a global stage against Uber by tapping into Amazon's rapidly growing international Prime-subscriber base.

    How Amazon's last-mile delivery pains could be relieved

    "If you look at ridesharing, the fundamental problem is that it's incredibly difficult to open a new market because you need a steady base of both drivers and passengers for the service to work," said Detroja. "The costs to do that are insane." 

    With a Lyft acquisition by Amazon, Detroja suggests that the shopping giant could offer Prime subscribers discounted rides — which could possibly open new markets for the ride-share company over night. In turn, Lyft could acquire new drivers by offering better pay than its biggest rival, Uber, by utilizing the empty space in drivers' trunks to courier Amazon packages to Prime subscribers.

    Amazon has already looked into acquiring a driver base that would corner last-mile food delivery, Detroja points out. In September, the Telegraph reported that Amazon engaged in early-stage acquisition talks with European courier service Deliveroo twice in recent months. 

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    "The logistics of Amazon's last-mile food delivery are so expensive," said Detroja. "There's also gaps with ridesharing. What if Lyft drivers had food or items in their trunk that they could deliver along passenger pick-up routes?" 

    Detroja admits that there are a few obvious snafus with this theory that would still need to be sorted out: a trunk full of packages would pose as a problem to passengers traveling with luggage, and a deluge of riders might cause issues ensuring timely package delivery.

    "Of course there's intricacies here that would need to be sorted out," he said.

    He continued: "As Amazon grows in established markets, what they're trying to do is outspend and out-offer their competitors. For instance, free two-day shipping wasn't even a thing until Amazon pioneered it — they're forcing everyone's hands."

    Uber's valuation might suffer as a result  

    Detroja also points out that if Lyft and Amazon teamed up together, they'd be formidable contenders against Uber.

    "Uber and Lyft have tried to engage in a price war, but their prices will always be in within 5% of each other," he said. "If they tried to compete for better prices forever, it would be a race to zero. But if Amazon owned Lyft, they could pass on savings to the consumer. It's the same strategy Amazon used to offer people video and music services."

    Additionally, with a Lyft acquisition, Amazon would acquire yet another interesting asset, Detroja notes: Lyft's self-driving technology, which highlights an area that Amazon has expressed growing interest in over the past year.

    If Amazon acquired Lyft, Detroja predicts that it would have a direct effect on Uber's multi-billion dollar valuation. "I think Uber's valuation would be cut substantially," said Detroja. And, if the acquisition took place before Uber's IPO — which, like Lyft, is reportedly expected to take place in 2019 — Detroja said that the company might have to scramble to come up with a new valuation prior to going public as a result of competing directly with Amazon. "Uber would take a huge hit in market share over night," said Detroja. 

    SEE ALSO: The meteoric rise of Uber and Lyft may have spurred a deadly outcome, according to new research

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    Since you don't have all day to scour the web for noteworthy sales and discounts, we rounded up the best bargains for you to shop in one convenient place.

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    Whether you're looking for a new pair of running sneakers or shoes you can wear everyday, Adidas has something for you. Check out their sale section to find great deals on classics like the Superstars and new apparel styles like these athletic joggers. It's a great sale to check out if you're looking to treat yourself to some new clothes or shoes, or if you're searching for the right gift for someone on your list.  

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    If your New Year's resolution was ever something along the lines of "drink more water," you know how much of a struggle proper hydration can be.

    Leading a busy life can sometimes turn even simple stuff like drinking enough water into a daily challenge. As a result, you might be walking around with a mild case of dehydration without even realizing it.

    Here are a few subtle signs that you're dehydrated that you might be missing.

     

    You catch every cold that goes around the office.

    A weak immune system can be a sign that your diet and hydration need work, according to Harvard Medical School.

    Though skipping your usual glass of water with lunch probably won't result in an immediate case of the flu, letting your body become chronically dehydratedcan leave you susceptible to common bugs like the cold.



    You're always reaching for lip balm.

    Constantly rummaging around in your pockets or purse for lip balm? According to Healthine, chapped lips are a subtle sign of dehydration. Try supplementing your lip balm regimen with plenty of water to keep your pout soft and supple.



    You have bad breath.

    Dehydration can cause dryness all over your body, including inside your mouth.

    According to WebMD, saliva production slows when you're dehydrated. Because spit actually has antibacterial properties, not having enough can cause an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. This in turn can lead to stinky breath.



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