June 2016

Why San Francisco is so important to Airbnb
June 28, 2016

On Monday, Airbnb filed suit against the city of San Francisco to stop a new law that would require Airbnb to remove any property whose owners had not registered with the city.

San Francisco is Airbnb's hometown, but it's important for another reason, too. As this chart from Statista shows, San Francisco has the highest proportion of Airbnb listings per 1,000 inhabitants of any city in the United States, by a wide margin. If it suddenly had to remove a large proportion of those listings, that would be a blow to its business. It would also set a precedent that other cities might feel compelled to follow.

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People love that hauntingly beautiful song from the Game of Thrones season finale so much that streams jumped 5,827% on Spotify
June 28, 2016

One of best parts of the truly satisfying Game of Thrones season finale was the hauntingly beautiful song that played throughout the opening.

The song, called “Light of the Seven,” was created by Ramin Djawadi, the Grammy-nominated composer who heads up the music for Game of Thrones.

And people were blown away by it if Spotify data is any indication. The song has been available on the Game of Thrones Season 6 soundtrack since June 24, but Spotify tells Business Insider the track saw a 5,827% increase in streams after the finale.

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And stream the playlist of music from season six:

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The 12 video games you shouldn’t miss this summer
June 28, 2016

Let's be honest: The sun is trying to kill you. Me too! It's coming for all of us, really.

But there's good news too! One simple trick for avoiding the sun's murderous rays is to stay inside and play all the great video games coming out this summer. To that end, we've gathered a dozen of what look to be the best games arriving in this year's hottest months right here. We've ordered them by their respective release dates.
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“Mirror's Edge Catalyst”

There are hundreds of first-person games. 99% of those games are shooters, where your first-person view is that of a gun, maybe a hand, and a wide array of enemies with which to employ said gun on. It's a formula that's been done to death, but “Mirror's Edge” pushes back on it in the best way possible.

Rather than a gun, you're a human being employing fancy acrobatics to escape (and occasionally disarm/stun) enemies, many of which are wi..

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Millennials are hooked to their mobile devices and publishers are taking advantage (FB, GOOG, GOOGL)
June 28, 2016

Millennials are hooked to their mobile devices, spending more time than ever connected to smartphone screens. Mobile devices have become the go-to platform for consuming digital media.

BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has developed a free report that examines how both traditional and digital publishers are adjusting their strategies in the face of rapidly increasing mobile media consumption.

Today, it can be yours for free. As an added bonus, you will gain immediate access to the team’s exclusive FREE newsletter, BI Intelligence Daily.

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How different networking standards are competing to connect the Internet of Things
June 3, 2016

The Internet of Things (IoT) — a vast network of connected devices — is set to become the world’s largest device market over the next decade, potentially creating trillions of dollars in economic value. However, without a reliable and secure network connection, these devices will fail to deliver that value. Device owners can choose between a number of established and emerging networking technologies to connect their IoT devices and collect data from them for analysis.

BI Intelligence’s new IoT Networks Report examines these different networking technologies, their pros and cons, and how well they are positioned for future growth in the IoT market. We also outline how different networks are best suited for connecting specific types of IoT devices, including connected cars, drones, smart home devices, and wearables.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

The need for interoperability — the ability for different devices to share data with each other — is driving the development of new net..

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The 10 most important things in the world right now
June 3, 2016

Hello! Here's what you need to know on Friday.

1. Hillary Clinton delivered one of her strongest arguments yet against Donald Trump. Clinton roasted her likely presidential opponent in a lengthy speech on foreign policy on Thursday.

2. Pop music superstar Prince died of an opioid overdose, the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office confirmed Thursday. The cause of death is listed as “self-administered fentanyl.”

3. The man who killed a University of California at Los Angeles engineering professor before killing himself has been identified as Mainak Sarkar. Sarkar is also believed to have killed a woman in Minnesota.

4. Starbucks made a huge step to take over the tea business, partnering with Anheuser-Busch InBev to launch a Teavana ready-to-drink tea in the US.

5. Peruvian presidential candidates Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski are virtually tied ahead of Sunday's election, according to a new poll.

6. United Airlines announced a major overhaul of its internatio..

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Capital One’s UK boss says technology is creating an ‘amazing historical moment’
June 3, 2016

Credit card company Capital One is trying to tap into the Britain's booming fintech scene, amid what its international CEO calls an “amazing historical moment” that is seeing not just the reinvention of finance but also society.

The 25-year-old company is moving into a new office in the new White Collar Factory on top of London's so-called “Silicon Roundabout” that will be home to 200 new engineering and design staff. The credit card provider also recently launched its “Growth Labs” initiative, an accelerator programme for early-stage start-up and high-growth companies.

“We’ve got to confront — even as companies as new and growth-focused as we are, 25 years post-founding and 20 years post-IPO — just how dramatically and radically the digital revolution is changing the world,” Chris Newkirk tells Business Insider. Newkirk is head of international at Capital One, charged with overseeing the company's UK and Canadian businesses.

When it started up in the US in 1994, Capi..

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The New Front In Cybersecurity: How to prevent hackers from taking down critical infrastructure
June 3, 2016

On December 23, 2015, hackers took down the power grid in a region of Western Ukraine, triggering the first blackout ever caused by a cyber attack. This attack was part of a broader trend, as hackers are increasingly exploring ways to target critical infrastructure like power grids, transportation systems, hydroelectric dams, and chemical plants.

Few cyber attacks against critical infrastructure have had the level of success and sophistication as the attack in Ukraine though. The attackers spent months laying groundwork before storming the power grid’s control systems on the day of the blackout. Experts say that other hackers could leverage some of the same tools and tactics used in the attack to target control systems for other critical infrastructure targets.

These control systems are increasingly being connected to the internet as part of the growing adoption of the Internet of Things among enterprises in utilities and other sectors. However, these systems have often been in place..

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