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This is raw footage from the North Las Vegas site of Faraday Future's planned manufacturing facility, taken January 15, 2017.

The main factory is expected to go up about 30 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip. Faraday touts the vacant acreage as "phase 1" of the project, promising the next phases would begin "very soon."


Original author: Bryan Logan
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jack dorsey twitter ceo squareTwitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Square, the payments company headed up by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, has finally hit the UK.

Square lets independent traders take card payments through its reader: A physical, square device which plugs into a smartphone or tablet and costs £39.

There's also the Square app for processing payments, sales data, and digital receipts. The company takes a 1.75% cut of in-person transactions, or a 2.5% cut of transactions made over the phone.

Square has been quietly trialling the UK market since at least July 2016, with partners including the Piano Bar in London's Soho, florists Flower Girl London, and Curators Coffee. The service is already available in the US, Canada, Japan, and Australia.

Payments company SquareSquare's card reader.Square

The main challenge for Square will be the competition. Swedish rival iZettle raised $63 million (£50 million) at the beginning of this year to fund acquisitions and expansion. Its card reader starts at £35. PayPal also offers a plug-in chip-and-pin reader, starting from £45.

Square is targeting the 5.4 million small businesses it says still aren't taking card payments in the UK.

The company has yet to report a profit, though it did narrow its losses last year. In its fourth quarter results, it posted a loss of $15.2 million (£12 million), up from a loss of $80.5 million (£64 million) the prior year, according to its financial filings. Revenue was up to $451 million, from $439 million the prior year, and the company processed $49.7 billion in payments through 2016.

"We founded Square to empower small businesses with tools to accept all forms of payments and to make a sale anytime, anywhere," Dorsey said in a statement. "We look forward to working alongside the millions of entrepreneurs and thriving independent, small and medium-sized businesses across the UK, especially those who do not yet take card payments."

Original author: Shona Ghosh
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Amazon announced on Tuesday that it has agreed to acquire Dubai-based online retailer Souq.com.

The acquisition represents Amazon's first move into serving the Middle East region, which is home to over 200 million people.

The value of the deal was not disclosed but Souq.com was valued at around $1 billion (£800 million) in its last funding round.

Several publications reported that the deal was coming last week. TechCrunch cited sources saying the deal was worth $650 million (£517 million).

Amazon said that it expects the acquisition to close by the end of 2017.

Russ Grandinetti, senior vice president of Amazon's international consumer business, said in a statement: "Amazon and SOUQ.com share the same DNA – we're both driven by customers, invention, and long-term thinking.

"SOUQ.com pioneered e-commerce in the Middle East, creating a great shopping experience for their customers. We're looking forward to both learning from and supporting them with Amazon technology and global resources. And together, we'll work hard to provide the best possible service for millions of customers in the Middle East."

Souq.com's cofounder, Syrian-born entrepreneur Ronaldo Mouchawar, added: "By becoming part of the Amazon family, we'll be able to vastly expand our delivery capabilities and customer selection much faster, as well as continue Amazon's great track record of empowering sellers."

Souq is the largest online retail platform in the Arab world, according to CNBC.

(Reporting by Alexander Cornwell; Editing by Greg Mahlich)

Original author: Sam Shead and Reuters
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One of DeepMind's investors allegedly joked that they should have killed artificial intelligence (AI) guru Demis Hassabis while they had the chance, according to a long read on stopping the AI apocalypse in Vanity Fair on Sunday.

Together with an army of neuroscientists and computer programmers, Hassabis is looking to create forms of superintelligence that can learn and think for themselves.

Some, including Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, believe that these superintelligences could pose a threat to humanity if they decide that humans are no longer necessary. They could also find cures for cancer and reduce the world's energy consumption. No one really knows.

Despite that, one unknown investor is alleged to have joked that they should have "shot Hassabis on the spot" after they had a meeting with him. At least, that's what Peter Thiel reportedly told Vanity Fair's Maureen Dowd.

Thiel "told me a story about an investor in DeepMind who joked as he left a meeting that he ought to shoot Hassabis on the spot, because it was the last chance to save the human race," Dowd wrote in her piece.

Hassabis is confident that scientists will develop superintelligences at some point but he's less clear on the time frame that this will happen in. It could be within the next few decades or it could take more than 100 years. He's also made it clear that he wants it to happen.

Shane Legg, who cofounded DeepMind (now owned by Google parent company Alphabet), has also admitted he has concerns about advanced forms of technology. He said in an interview in 2014: "I think human extinction will probably occur, and technology will likely play a part in this."

Last October, Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom said that DeepMind is winning the race to develop human-level AI. The company, which employs approximately 400 people in King's Cross, is perhaps best known for developing an AI agent that defeated the world champion of the ancient Chinese board, Go. However, it's also applying its AI to other areas, including healthcare and energy management.

Once human-level AI is developed, many in the field believe that machines will quickly go on and develop forms of superintelligence.

"I think it partly depends on the architecture that end up delivering human-level AI," said Hassabis earlier this year. "So the kind of neuroscience inspired AI that we seem to be building at the moment, that needs to be trained and have experience and other things to gain knowledge. It may be in the order of a few years, possibly even a decade."

DeepMind did not immediately respond to Business Insider's request for comment.

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LONDON — The long wait is over: Google Home is finally launching in the UK.

On Tuesday morning, Google announced at an event in central London that it is releasing Google Home, its AI-powered smart speaker, in Britain.

The device was first unveiled in October 2016, but it was initially only available to buy in the US.

Google Home is a speaker infused with Google Assistant, Google's AI virtual assistant. It's controlled by voice commands, and can play music, provide updates on news and weather, tell the user about their schedule, set timers, and more. (Google Assistant is also available in some Android smartphones, and is being ported into more and more devices.)

It goes on sale on April 6 from Google's website and other retailers, for £129.

Virtual assistants are a hot area in tech right now. Competing with the Google Home, Amazon has Echo, its own smart speaker. In Business Insider's review of the Google Home, published in November 2016, my colleague Steve Kovach called the device "better than the Echo":

"Google introduced a new version of itself at its big product launch event last month. It's finally getting serious about hardware in order to push its excellent ecosystem of services forward. The Pixel phone was a great start, and Home is a thoughtful way to make Assistant even more accessible.

"Home may be a brand new category of gadget, but Assistant is so smart and works so well that it's like experiencing a bit of the future right now. It's one of those rare products you didn't even know you needed."

More to follow...

Get the latest Google stock price here.

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An UberEATS food delivery courier rides his bike in London, Britain September 7, 2016. Picture taken September 7, 2016. To match FOOD-DELIVERY/ A self-employed UberEATS food delivery courier rides his bike in London, Britain September 7, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Uber is expanding its food delivery business, UberEats, to 40 more towns and cities across the UK as it looks to try and catch up with London rival Deliveroo.

The expansion will be complete by the end of 2017, Uber said. 

UberEats launched in the UK last year, beginning operations in London, before expanding to Birmingham and Manchester.

Jambu Palaniappan, regional general manager of UberEats EMEA business saidin a statement: "In less than a year over a million people have downloaded the UberEats app in the UK. It's clear from the response we've seen in London, Manchester and Birmingham that there's huge appetite from people to order food at the touch of a button from their favourite local restaurants.

"We're really excited about the future of the business which is why we’re investing heavily in an ambitious plan to launch the app in at least 40 towns and cities in the UK by the end of the year."

New UK cities that UberEats will be expanding to include Nottingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, and Liverpool, according to The Financial Times. The service is also available in other countries, including Sweden, the Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, and South Africa.

In the UK, UberEats has partnered with over 2,000 restaurants including Chilango, Patty & Bun, Leon, PAUL, Ping Pong, Itsu, and Tossed.

Deliveroo, the biggest rival to UberEats in the UK, has been operating in the country since 2013.

Dan Warne, managing director for UK & Ireland at Deliveroo, told Business Insider last May that Deliveroo was in 38 towns and cities, adding that Deliveroo would expand to 30-40 more towns and cities by the end of 2016. Deliveroo did not immediately respond to Business Insider when we asked for an update on how the expansion had gone.

There's little between UberEats, Deliveroo, and Amazon's food delivery option, Amazon Restaurants. They all allow you to order food from restaurants that don't typically deliver, meaning it's often slightly higher quality than your average takeaway.

In a bid to build up a loyal user base, Deliveroo launched a premium option earlier this year called Deliveroo Plus. It costs £89 a year and essentially allows people to get food delivered for free.

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David Pemsel GuardianThe Guardian CEO David Pemsel.The Guardian

The Guardian is preparing to file a lawsuit against ad tech company Rubicon Project, alleging the ad tech vendor did not disclose fees it levied on advertisers looking to buy the newspaper's online ad inventory, sources told Business Insider.

The Guardian is due to file its legal papers at the UK High Court's Chancery Division, Business Insider understands.

A Guardian spokesperson confirmed the matter with Business Insider: "We can confirm that we have commenced proceedings against Rubicon Project for the recovery of non-disclosed buyer fees in relation of Guardian inventory."

Rubicon Project did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Business Insider understands the amount The Guardian is looking to recuperate from the supply-side platform (SSP) spreads back over a number of years, but is only in the single-digit millions. Nevertheless, no matter what the outcome, the legal dispute will likely shed more light on the complicated nature of the online ad buying ecosystem.

SSPs enable publishers to sell their online ads through automated technologies, which is meant to be more efficient than getting a direct sales team to sell each slot individually.

The technology connects publishers' advertising inventory to multiple ad exchanges and demand-side platforms (DSPs — automated technology ad buyers use to target specific users across a range of websites), opening up their ads to a large range of potential buyers who bid in an online auction for the available slots in the milliseconds it takes for a web page to load.

Publishers pay SSPs a fee for their technology. Ad buyers also pay a fee to the SSP in order to take part in the auction.

Publishers can demand in their contracts that the SSP discloses how much it is charging those buyers to participate in the auctions for their inventory. But many don't — or sometimes the wording in the contracts is not explicit — so lots of publishers simply receive the net ad rate (after the buyer fee has been taken off) that their SSP pays them, without knowing exactly how much the ad buyers actually paid in total. It's also tricky because SSPs charge different DSPs different fees, which can fluctuate according to circumstances.

Last year, The Guardian conducted a test where it bought its own ad inventory on open ad exchanges so it could get a sense of how much of the money put into the ad tech ecosystem made it back to the publisher.

In the worst case scenario, The Guardian found that for every £1 spent on its inventory, just 30p actually made it to The Guardian, as MediaTel reported in October. 

Back then, The Guardian's chief revenue officer Hamish Nicklin said: "There are so many different players taking a little cut here, a little cut there — and sometimes a very big cut. A lot of the money that [advertisers] think they are giving to premium publishers is not actually getting to us."

Rubicon Project's share price has dropped almost 70% over the past year as the company reported a series of weak results after admitting it had been slow to jump on the latest trend in ad tech: header bidding.

Earlier this month, Rubicon Project hired ad tech veteran Michael Barrett as its CEO, replacing founder Frank Addante, who has moved to the chairman position. In an interview with Business Insider shortly after the management changes were announced, Addante explained the company is now "refocused and reinvigorated" around the focus of being "the largest independent global advertising exchange." Barrett also denied the rumor that the company is setting itself up for a sale.

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BERLIN — Siemens remains committed to Britain despite the economic uncertainty caused by Brexit, according to Juergen Maier, the UK CEO of the German engineering giant.

Maier said that Siemens, which employs 15,000 people across the UK, will push ahead with plans to invest €1 billion (£860 million) into startups across London (and Berlin) that are focusing on areas such as artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality.

"We are ever more interested in investing in startup tech companies, particularly in the field of industrial digitisations," said Maier, adding that the investments will be made through Siemens' Next 47 initiative.

"Brexit causes uncertainty but we believe London and Britain will remain open for business," said Maier. "We will continue to invest there."

Maier made his comments at WeWork in Berlin on Monday during a trade mission event organised by London & Partners, the Mayor of London's promotional agency.

Siemens is the latest multinational to insist its operations in Britain, and especially London, will not be affected by the EU referendum vote on June 23. Elsewhere, Google has put forward a £1 billion investment plan for a new headquarters in King’s Cross, Facebook is adding an additional 500 jobs to its office in London, and Apple revealed its plans for new headquarters in Battersea.

Earlier this year, Snap, the parent company of Snapchat, announced it will open an international hub in London, while Amazon announced the creation of thousands of new jobs and the opening of a new London HQ in 2017.

Maier added: "I think it's important to remain calm and get on with our business. I can tell you that's what we're doing."

Siemens is behind a number of major engineering projects in Britain. In London, for example, it has developed the congestion charge system, as well as the signalling system on London Underground's Victoria Line. It is also behind the London Array Wind Farm, which generates 20% of London's total energy, according to Maier.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who pulled out of the Berlin trade mission due to the Westminster attack, said in a statement: "London is the world's greatest commercial centre but retaining our place at the top is always tough.

"This commitment by Siemens helps send the message loud and clear that London remains open to talent, investment and ideas. Our connections on the continent have never been more important and, regardless of Brexit, we will continue to work closely together to our mutual benefit."

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Emma Watson Belle Beauty and the Beast Disney finalDisney, which recently released its "Beauty and the Beast" remake, was third on the list.DisneyThe luxury watch brand Rolex is the most reputable company in the world, according to the Reputation Institute's annual rankings.

The Reputation Institute ranks companies according to the public's perception of their success in seven areas: products and services, innovation, workplace, governance, citizenship, leadership, and performance.

The Swiss watchmaker topped the list in North America and Asia, while Lego came first in Europe and the Middle East, while Google was top in Latin America.

To compile the rankings, the Reputation Institute collected more than 240,000 ratings from 15 countries.

Scroll below to see the top 10

10. Adidas. RepTrack Points: 77.3

10. Adidas. RepTrack Points: 77.3
Adidas brought out the classics for the launch of its new model, the NMD.Brad Barket/Getty Images

2016 proved to be a good year for the German sportswear company, which beat earnings expectations to report net income of more than $1 billion.

The year was the first in its 2020 strategic plan, which put in place by CEO Kasper Rorsted, who wants the company to boost ecommerce sales, increase efficiency, and focus on company culture.

Adidas launched collaborations with celebrities including Kanye West, Pharrell, and Rita Ora to boost awareness of its brand.

7. Sony. RepTrack points: 77.7.

Sony successfully got rid of its underperforming VAIO computer brand last year to focus on its more successful products.

2016 saw the launch of its virtual reality headset for the Playstation gaming console, where it owns over 50% of the market. Unknown to many, Sony is also the company making the camera sensors for a number of leading smartphones, including the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S7.

Its Sony Motion Pictures division had strong box office hits in 2016 with the relaunch of the "Ghostbusters" franchise and" The Angry Birds Movie."

Its Sony Music division has artists like Beyonce, A$AP Rocky, and Calvin Harris among its roster.

6. Bosch. RepTrack points: 78.1.

6. Bosch. RepTrack points: 78.1.
Bosch used a Tesla to demo its own autonomous driving software.Bosch

German engineering and electronics company Bosch used 2016 to solidify its positions in Internet of Things and software.

In October 2016 the company demoed its autonomous driving software and hardware and also announced it would be building its own cloud computing offering to compete with Amazon and Google.

5. Google. RepTrack points: 78.2.

5. Google. RepTrack points: 78.2.

Google's RepTrak score went up but it still dropped down from its third-place spot in the rankings in 2015.

2016 was the first full year since the launch of the new parent company Alphabet. It was also the year the tech company announced its new Pixel phone line and its voice-controlled speaker Home, which aims to bring artificial intelligence to the masses.

Alphabet also made a push into VR with the launch of its Daydream headset.

4. Canon. RepTrack points: 78.3.

4. Canon. RepTrack points: 78.3.
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Canon was awarded nearly 4,000 patents in 2016, coming in third behind IBM and Samsung.

The world's biggest maker of cameras and printers grew through acquisitions in 2016, such as its $6.5 billion purchase of Toshiba's medical division.

3. The Walt Disney Company. RepTrak points: 79.2.

3. The Walt Disney Company. RepTrak points: 79.2.
Walt Disney CEO Bob IgerJae C. Hong / AP

Disney slipped down a spot in the 2016 rankings but its reputation score grew by a full point.

2016 was the year the company started to see the fruits from the acquisition of the "Star Wars" franchise with "The Force Awakens" continuing its box office tear into January and the release of "Rogue One" in December, which went on to gross over $1 billion at the box office. The company recently revealed it had enough "Star Wars" films to run all the way into 2030.

It also announced it was extending the contract of its CEO Bob Iger until 2019.

Original author: Julien Rath
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If you need a reason to skip that trip to the farmer's market, this might be it.

A new study has debunked a commonly-held belief that the fresh, colorful fruits and veggies in the produce section are better for you than their frozen (often much cheaper) counterparts.

The paper, published last month in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, finds that frozen fruits and vegetables are, in many cases, more nutritious because fresh produce loses vitamins when left sitting in the fridge, even after just a few days.

For their study, the paper's authors tried to replicate how most people buy, store, and eat their fruits and veggies. Over two years, they measured the nutritional content of three types of produce: fresh, frozen, and "fresh-stored" (purchased fresh and stored in the refrigerator for five days). The items they examined were broccoli, cauliflower, corn, green beans, peas, spinach, blueberries, and strawberries.

The researchers compared the concentrations of three key nutrients in the fruits and vegetables: vitamin C, vitamin A, and folate. These nutrients are water-soluble and sensitive to heat, so they made good candidates to study when comparing frozen, fresh, and refrigerated foods.

Surprisingly, frozen fruits and veggies consistently outperformed "fresh-stored" ones in tests of these nutrients.

"The findings of this study do not support the common belief of consumers that fresh food has significantly greater nutritional value than its frozen counterpart," the authors write.

While fresh produce typically contains the highest amounts of nutrients at harvest, these nutrients start to degrade as soon as the foods are picked, packed, and assembled on produce displays. By the time we get them home and retrieve them from our refrigerators, many of these nutrients have fallen to levels lower than those seen in frozen produce, which are chilled almost as soon as they're picked from the fields.

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When it comes to vitamin C, for example, fresh vegetables typically contain higher amounts than frozen or canned veggies, a study in the journal Food Chemistry found. But nutrients break down fast — a study in the journal Proceedings of the American Society of Horticultural Science found that green peas lost 52% of their wet weight in the first 24-48 hours after picking.

Another analysis, done roughly a decade ago by food scientists at the University of California Davis, came to a similar conclusion as the latest paper. "Depending on the commodity, freezing ... may preserve nutrient value," the authors wrote, adding, "exclusive recommendations of fresh produce ignore the nutrient benefits of ... frozen products."

One takeaway here is that buying fruits and veggies and eating them immediately is probably your best bet, since the nutrients inside won't have had too much time to degrade since harvesting. In most cases, however, the nutritional content of fresh and frozen produce is so similar that it won't make a meaningful difference for your health to prioritize one or the other. And in some cases — especially when we store food in the fridge for a while — frozen produce wins altogether.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos robotTwitter/JeffBezosLooks like Amazon's invite-only MARS conference in Palm Springs is now an annual tradition. Last week, Amazon threw another event, according to photographer Ric Miller, who lives next to the hotel where the event took place and took some photos for us.

MARS stands for Machine learning, home Automation, Robotics and Space exploration.

Miller, an IT consultant who has worked for companies like Stanford School of Medicine, got wind of the event when he saw a Blue Origin rocket sticking up over the hotel's hedge. He immediately recognized what it was and who it belonged to.

But the event wasn't exactly a secret. People were tweeting out various pictures, mostly of the robots.

According to someone who works for the upscale Parker Hotel, in Palm Springs, the conference lasted three days and Amazon booked out the whole resort.

Amazon held MARS 2016 a year ago at the same locale, where 130 invitees from tech and Hollywood showed up. The event included a fireside chat with author Dan Brown and director Ron Howard. 

Here's what we could see of this year's conference.

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The people that actually assemble Apple products like the iPhone don't actually work for Apple — the Cupertino giant contracts with manufacturing companies like Foxconn and Pegatron to do it for them.

And since those companies are based in Asia, which have different labor standards than the US, it's a constant battle for Apple to ensure that its products are built ethically and to its standards.

Apple said on Monday that it performed 705 checks on its various manufacturing facilities in 2016, and found 22 core violations of labor and human rights, including bonded labor violations, falsification of working hours, and harassment violations. 

The report issued on Monday is Apple's 11th annual report looking at its supply chain. Although the company has faced criticism for working conditions in the past, the company has also been praised for its annual reports and its efforts to increase its supply chain transparency by groups such as Greenpeace. 2016 was the best year for Apple in terms of improvements in the supply chain, according to Paula Pyers, Apple's senior director of supply chain social responsibility, in an interview with Buzzfeed News

One of the 22 core labor violations Apple found in 2016 was for an underage worker, who was "a 15½-year-old" at the time of the discovery. The legal working age in China is 16. 

Apple required the supplier that hired the child worker to "continue paying their wages while also providing an educational opportunity" and provide him "safe passage" home.

When the underage worker turns 16, the factory this person worked at will be required to provide a job offer, Apple said. 

"There’s absolutely no excuse for anyone under legal working age to be in our supply chain," Apple said in the report. Apple's 705 checks covered 1.2 million workers, according to the report. 

"All supplier core violations are escalated directly to senior management at Apple and the supplier, and are required to be addressed immediately," Apple writes. 

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Apple's official underage labor policy lists 15 as the minimum age to build Apple products, unless there's a law in the local region with a higher minimum age. According to the policy, Apple's suppliers should match photo IDs to worker's faces, verify workers' ages through local government offices or online, and inspect their facilities periodically.

Sometimes, supplier employees see Apple as a force that is able to put pressure on the manufacturer to improve working conditions, according to an open letter from an worker at an Apple supplier published by China Labor Watch, an activist group.

Often, violations like these happen without Apple knowing, which is why the company routinely drops in and checks their facilities, performing about two of these checks per day total during 2016. But there are a lot of factories working on Apple products, so while 705 checks, up from 574 last year, sounds like a lot, it could be higher. 

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You can say "it’s not a sport" all you want, but competitive video gaming — also known as eSports — is a thing, and, as this chart from Statista shows, it’s only expected to get bigger.

In its latest eSports market report, market researcher Newzoo thinks eSports at large will make $696 million in revenue in 2017, with its total audience — be it hardcore fans or those who just watch the bigger game championships — reaching 385 million. By 2020, Newzoo projects, those will reach $1.48 billion and 589 million, respectively. (That revenue figure doesn’t include money made from eSports-related gambling, either.)

That’d still fall well behind major sports leagues like the NFL and NBA, and the relative inscrutability of, say, “League of Legends” — the most popular competitive video game in the world — still makes it harder for newcomers to get into. Plus, while sports media titans like ESPN has stopped ignoring the trend, some of their forays into gaming haven’t been popular.

But eSports’ fans are overwhelmingly young and online, media and tech giants are increasingly dipping their toes in the sport, and more and more game developers are building their titles to have eSports-friendly features. Put it all together, and these sort of expectations may not be unreasonable.

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The role includes finding and pitching ideas for videos, as well as researching, writing, and producing scripts.

The producer will work closely with video editors, but does not need to have video-editing experience. We're looking for an ambitious reporter who can find and chase great stories, and relay them to our audience in a compelling way. We seek out self-starters and people who are enthusiastic about collaborating with video producers, social media editors, and other team members.

Video topics include: strategy, retail, politics, news, transportation, explainers and business stories.

Here's a brief look at BI Video's growing catalog and the types of stories you'd be expected to write.

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samsung galaxy s8 invitationSamsungSamsung's big Galaxy S8 event on March 29th is fast approaching, and we're excited to see how the company will follow up on one of the best smartphones of 2016, the Galaxy S7.

We've heard a bunch of rumors surrounding the Galaxy S8 by this point, so we went ahead and rounded up the most credible leaks and rumors in one place, cutting out the rumors that seem like a long shot.

Check out what we think Samsung has in store for us with the Galaxy S8:  


So what does it look like? This is allegedly the Galaxy S8.

So what does it look like? This is allegedly the Galaxy S8.
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Prolific gadget leaker Evan Blass revealed apparent press photos of the Galaxy S8, showing the device in different angles and colors.

It'll have narrower borders than previous Galaxy S phones.

According to Bloomberg, the Galaxy S8 phones will have narrower borders than the Galaxy S7 phones. A slew of photo and video leaks, like Blass' photo leak in the first rumor of this list, appear to support this rumor, too.

The display will have rounded corners instead of sharp corners.

The display will have rounded corners instead of sharp corners.

Two YouTube videos allegedly show Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone with rounded corners instead of the sharp corners we've seen on previous Galaxy S smartphones.

Samsung's own press invitation for the Galaxy S8 launch event alludes to the rounded corners, too.

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The recently announced LG G6 has similarly rounded corners. LG claims they help make the screen more durable against cracks, and they match the rounded corners of the phone's design. 

There will be two models with different screen sizes.

There will be two models with different screen sizes.
Antonio Villas-Boas/Tech Insider

We expect Samsung to release two differently sized models of the Galaxy S8, just like it did with the Galaxy S7.

To further fuel our own speculation, Korean news site The Investor, citing local news outlet The Bell, claimed in a report that Samsung will come out with two models of the Galaxy S8 with different screen sizes. The larger model is said to be called the Galaxy S8 "Plus."


The two Galaxy S8 models will have bigger screens than the Galaxy S7 phones.

The two Galaxy S8 models will have bigger screens than the Galaxy S7 phones.
Twitter/Evan Blass

Also according to The Bell (via The Investor), Samsung is apparently planning on making the Galaxy S8's screen larger than the Galaxy S7 phones.

It claims the regular Galaxy S8 will have a 5.7-inch screen, and the larger model will have a 6.2-inch screen. 

To compare, the regular Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch screen and the Galaxy S7 Edge clocks in at 5.7 inches.

Both Galaxy S8 models might have curved screens.

Sources to the Korea Herald and Venture Beat claim both Galaxy S8 models will have curved screens, and there won't be a flat-screened model like the regular Galaxy S7.

Both new models will be fairly large.

Both new models will be fairly large.

Gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, better known from his Twitter handle @OnLeaks, posted an image on Twitter that compares the rumored size of the Galaxy S8 against other popular smartphones.

From the looks of it, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will be larger than their predecessors, and fairly large overall. 

The home button will be a little different.

The home button will be a little different.

The Galaxy S8 might not have a physical home button.

The home button may be embedded underneath the front glass panel, according to a leak posted on Chinese social media site, Weibo. If so, it could look and work similarly to the new home button on Xiaomi's new Mi 5s smartphones (pictured above).

That means it could react to touch rather than using a mechanical button you need to physically press down. 

The fingerprint scanner will be on the back of the phones.

The fingerprint scanner will be on the back of the phones.

short video was posted on Slashleaks' YouTube channel that shows the Galaxy S8's fingerprint scanner located on the back of the phone. 

Samsung has traditionally put the fingerprint scanner on the home button of previous Galaxy S smartphones.

Samsung is ditching the Android buttons that are normally found on the bottom border of Galaxy S smartphones.

Leaked photos from an unproven source supposedly show the upcoming Galaxy S8 with the "back" Android function button — which takes you a step back within an app — located on the bottom of the display instead of on the bottom border where Samsung usually places them. 

A more recent YouTube video leak reinforces this rumor.

It means that Samsung could ditch the capacitive touch buttons it uses for Android's function buttons, including the back and multitasking functions, and replace them with on-screen buttons, like most Android smartphones have.

The front-facing camera could potentially be the best out of any smartphone.

The front-facing camera could potentially be the best out of any smartphone.
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According to ET News, Samsung will add the Galaxy S7's incredibly fast auto-focus feature to the front camera of the Galaxy S8. 

If so, it means no tapping on faces to make sure the camera focuses correctly. That means you can take faster selfies, and they'll be better photos overall.

They will have powerful processors.

They will have powerful processors.
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According to Forbes, the Galaxy S8 will use a new chip from Qualcomm called the Snapdragon 835. Certain models destined for certain countries could use a version of Samsung's own Exynos chip.

Apparently, other smartphone makers like LG were unable to obtain the Snapdragon 835 because Samsung placed such large orders of the chips for the Galaxy S8.

The Galaxy S8 will come with an AI voice assistant that's similar to Siri.

The Galaxy S8 will come with an AI voice assistant that's similar to Siri.

Samsung itself confirmed that its smart voice assistant, called Bixby, will feature in the Galaxy S8. In its announcement, Samsung claims that Bixby will let you control everything on your phone and Bixby-powered apps with your voice. 

The new AI assistant "Bixby" could use the Galaxy S8's camera for search results.

The new AI assistant
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One rumor from SamMobile that Samsung didn't specifically mention in its Bixby announcement is that the virtual assistant will have its own set of eyes by tapping into the phone's camera.

Instead of asking Bixby about something, you could potentially show it what you want to search for with the S8's camera. It's an interesting prospect, as neither Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant are tied into any cameras or camera technology.

There are conflicting rumors about the headphone jack.

There are conflicting rumors about the headphone jack.
The iPhone 7 Plus (left) sans headphone jack, and the Galaxy S7 (right) with it.Darren Weaver

On one hand, SamMobile claims the Galaxy S8 won't come with a headphone jack. On the other, leaks of case designs, allegedly for the Galaxy S8, suggest that it will feature a headphone jack.

It's a tough one to call, even when we're so close to the Galaxy S8's launch. So far, only the iPhone, Motorola Moto Z, and HTC's U Ultra phones have ditched headphone jacks to a mixed reception.

We're inclined to think that Samsung will keep the headphone jack on the Galaxy S8.

Yes, there are benefits to ditching the headphone jack, like forcing people to go wireless (which is a good thing). At the same time, it potentially means buying new wireless headphones or using a dongle adapter for your old wired headphones, which isn't ideal.

It'll likely use USB-C instead of microUSB.

It'll likely use USB-C instead of microUSB.
USB-C on the LG V20.Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider

Samsung released the Galaxy Note 7 with USB-C, which could indicate that the company is transitioning from microUSB to USB-C, at least with its flagship devices.

USB-C is the new standard that is slowly replacing microUSB for charging and data transfers. It can charge mobile devices faster than regular microUSB (without Quick Charge technology), but it can also be used to transfer data and stream video to external monitors as well.

It's expected to come with the same features that made the Galaxy S7 one the best smartphones of 2016.

It's expected to come with the same features that made the Galaxy S7 one the best smartphones of 2016.
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While this is speculation that's not based on rumors, we're expecting that Samsung will include the water resistance that helped make the Galaxy S7 one of the best smartphones of 2016.

We're also expecting the Galaxy S8 to come with an excellent camera.

We're also expecting the Galaxy S8 to come with an excellent camera.
Rafi Letzter/Tech Insider

Again, this is pure speculation, but we'd be surprised if Samsung deviates too far from the Galaxy S7's camera, which is considered one of the best cameras you can find on a smartphone. 

The Galaxy S7's camera even beat the newer iPhone 7's camera in our tests.

You might be able to connect the Galaxy S8 to a monitor to use it like a computer.

You might be able to connect the Galaxy S8 to a monitor to use it like a computer.
Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile Continuum in action.Microsoft

There's talk about the Galaxy S8 coming with a feature that's similar to Microsoft's Continuum, which lets you plug in a Windows Phone to a monitor to use a light version of Windows 10 with a keyboard and mouse. The first hints of this came from allaboutwindowsphone.com, where the concept was seen during a Samsung presentation.

If the Galaxy S8 really does support USB-C, the ability to connect the phone to an external monitor could be a very real possibility.

You'll be able to unlock it with your eyes and your face.

You'll be able to unlock it with your eyes and your face.
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According to ET News, Samsung will include an eye scanner in the Galaxy S8 similar to the one found in the Galaxy Note 7.

Another report from The Korea Economic Daily also claims that the Galaxy S8 will have a facial recognition feature to unlock the phone, too. Apparently, it will be so fast-acting that it'll unlock your phone in 0.01 seconds, according to South Korean news outlet, The Investor.

With the Galaxy Note 7, the eye scanner allowed you to unlock your phone as well as certain apps and folders, for extra security. 

It'll be announced in March.

It'll be announced in March.

Samsung sent out press invitations for an event on March 29 in New York City, where there's little doubt that the company will announce the Galaxy S8. We'll be at the event, which starts at 11am ET on Wednesday, so make sure to tune into BI.

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Elon Musk has launched a company dedicated to linking human brains with computers, The Wall Street Journal's Rolfe Winkler reported Monday.

Internal sources told The Journal that the company, called Neuralink, was developing "neural lace" technology that would allow people to communicate directly with machines without going through a physical interface. Neuralink was registered as a medical-research company in California in July.

Neural lace involves implanting electrodes in the brain so people could upload or download their thoughts to or from a computer, according to the report. The product could allow humans to achieve higher levels of cognitive function.

Tesla declined to comment on the veracity of The Journal's report.

Musk has expressed his interest in neural lace technology before. Musk first described the potential product at Vox Media's Code Conference in 2016, saying it would allow humans to achieve symbiosis with machines.

He said neural lace could prevent a person from becoming a "house cat" to artificial intelligence.

"The solution that seems maybe the best is to have an AI layer," Musk said at the Vox Code Conference. "A third, digital layer that could work symbiotically."

Musk said on Twitter in January that he was preparing for an announcement regarding neural lace.

Facebook is also exploring similar technology through Building 8, its secretive hardware division. The group is developing noninvasive brain-computer interface technology that would allow people to communicate with external hardware devices.

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Musk is attempting to set up safety standards for artificial intelligence through his nonprofit, OpenAI, which he founded with Y Combinator's Sam Altman in 2015. OpenAI's mission is to "advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a whole."

But Neuralink's first products could involve using implants to treat disorders like epilepsy or major depression, according to The Journal.

Researchers at universities like the University of California and Duke are also developing brain-computer interface technology that would allow people with paraplegia to walk again.

Musk also plans to launch the Boring Company, a venture dedicated to building an underground network of tunnels to reduce traffic.

Read the full Wall Street Journal report »

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