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You can play (most of) the games on our "Best of E3" list right now for free on PC, Xbox.
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Phillip Willis 2021-02-05
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A good coat will keep your dog warm and dry. These are the best dog snow jackets for all shapes and sizes, as recommended by dog walkers.
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Phillip Willis 2020-10-23
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Welcome to Insider Cannabis, where we're bringing you an inside look at the deals, trends, and personalities driving the multibillion-dollar cannabis boom.
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Phillip Willis 2019-10-18
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Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.

As Schopenhauer used to say: Yolo!

We closed the day, October 17 2019, at a price of $8,103.

That’s a minor 0.69 percent increase in 24 hours, or $56.

We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $145,853,994,298.

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Phillip Willis 2021-05-04
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The pair will still collaborate on their charitable organization, but said they "no longer believe we can grow together as a couple."
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Phillip Willis 2021-01-14
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Much of the trade show’s flashy tech will never hit store shelves, but here are a few gadgets that are already available.
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Phillip Willis 2020-08-18
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Here’s a list of several shows that embrace the absurd, reveling in their own ridiculousness instead of trying to be grounded.
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Phillip Willis 2019-08-12
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Allied Esports Entertainment, the creator of esports venues and live events for both video games and poker, has gone public in a transaction with Black Ridge Acquisition Corp.

Under the deal, Black Ridge — a public shell company created to acquire another firm — has acquired Allied Esports International and WPT Enterprises, and the resulting company will rename itself Allied Esports Entertainment.

Allied Esports Entertainment is known for creating the Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, and it is also known for its World Poker Tour events.

For Allied Esports Entertainment, this is a quick way to raise money and go public in a transaction that is similar to a reverse merger.

In this case, Black Ridge shareholders formed a public company to acquire another company in what is known as a “special acquisition.” Black Ridge merged with Allied Esports International and WPT, and the resulting company is called Allied Esports Entertainment, or AESE.

Black Ridge shareholders approved the transaction on August 9, and the company is now trading on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AESE.

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Phillip Willis 2021-04-11
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When Florida passed a bill that would ban nonconsensual pornography, only two lawmakers voted against it. One of them was Rep. Matt Gaetz.
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Phillip Willis 2021-01-03
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Don't know what to watch on Amazon tonight? Let's round up some of its best gems.
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Phillip Willis 2020-08-10
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The Grounded difficulty setting from The Last of Us will return
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Phillip Willis 2019-07-25
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Iceland's plastic-free packaging trials have not gone down as well with its customers as it would have liked, and the supermarket is bringing back plastic.

While shoppers may say they want plastic-free produce, the reality is very different, with Iceland saying that it's had to bring back the plastic packaging to its bananas over the summer because the little paper sash draped around the bunches just wasn't doing the trick.

That's the equivalent of around 10 million plastic bags a year that are making a comeback.

Apparently, Iceland's rogue bananas ended up shrinking and rotting without the plastic keeping them in check.

Earlier this year, the supermarket also did away with a plastic-free produce trial it was running in Liverpool following a dip in sales of 20 per cent.

Not to be deterred, the naked bananas are back this week in a 20-store trial, and Iceland is also giving the plastic-free greengrocer a second try in another trial across 30 stores later this year.

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Phillip Willis 2021-03-26
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And the messy divorce case that's helping Manhattan prosecutors with Trump's finances.
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Phillip Willis 2020-12-29
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For Savant smart home control, there is simply no better remote.
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Phillip Willis 2020-07-31
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nasa astronauts doug hurley bob robert behnken spacesuits launch complex 39a spacex demo2 demo 2 crew dragon test flight dress rehearsal may 23 2020 EYvN3ynVcAETZUx

  • SpaceX launched NASA astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time on May 30. Now it's poised to bring them home.
  • The launch kicked off the first-ever human flight in a commercial spacecraft, and marked the first time an American-made vehicle has launched humans from US soil in nearly a decade.
  • If successful, the mission could resurrect the US's human spaceflight capabilities and open a new era of commercial space exploration.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

NASA and SpaceX are in the middle of making spaceflight history.

On May 30, Elon Musk's rocket company launched its first astronauts — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — under NASA's oversight (and with its funding). The next day, its Crew Dragon spaceship delivered Behnken and Hurley to the International Space Station.

Before that, the United States hadn't launched humans into space from American soil since 2011, when the last space shuttle made its final voyage into orbit.

For the nine years in between, NASA relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to and from the space station. But that has become increasingly expensive and limited US access to the $150 billion orbiting laboratory.

Reliance on a single launch system has also raised a larger problem for any country looking to put astronauts into orbit: When Soyuz systems have issues — like a mysterious leak or a rocket failure that forces an emergency landing — space agencies have had nowhere else to turn.

That could all be about to change. If weather, hardware, and other factors cooperate, the Crew Dragon will complete its test mission, called Demo-2, on Sunday and bring Behnken and Hurley back to Earth.

spacex crew dragon spaceship falcon 9 rocket demo2 demo 2 mission launchpad lc39a kennedy space center ksc may 23 2020 elon musk twitter EYzhy0AU8AAJxRa

Success would resurrect the US's ability to launch people into space. It would also mark SpaceX's first mission with passengers in the company's 18-year history.

"This is the culmination of a dream," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told "CBS This Morning" ahead of the mission's launch in May. "This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal. If you'd asked me when starting SpaceX if this would happen, I'd be like, 1% chance, 0.1% chance."

A successful culmination to Demo-2 would also make it the first crewed commercial spaceflight mission ever, opening a new era of space exploration.

You can watch the astronauts' return live here.

'American astronauts on American rockets from American soil'

nasa astronauts doug hurley bob robert behnken spacesuits launch complex 39a spacex demo2 demo 2 crew dragon test flight dress rehearsal may 23 2020 KSC 20200523 PH KLS03_0011_orig

Russia has used its spaceflight monopoly to charge more and more per round-trip ticket for each NASA astronaut. The cost has risen from about $21 million in 2008 (before the shuttle was retired) to more than $90 million per seat on a planned flight for October.

A seat on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, meanwhile, is projected to cost $55 million, according to NASA's inspector general. While Soyuz can carry only three people at a time, the Crew Dragon can seat seven.

That's one reason NASA began funding SpaceX and its competitor, Boeing, to develop human-ready spacecraft in 2010. The effort, called the Commercial Crew Program, is three years past its original deadline.

aboard crew dragon

In addition to giving NASA better access to the space station, having a spacecraft and launch system in the US would enable the agency to use the space station's microgravity environment to conduct more science experiments — in pharmaceuticals, materials science, astronomy, medicine, and more.

Other countries would benefit from a commercial US option, too, since they could turn to either SpaceX or Soyuz depending on their needs.

"The International Space Station is a critical capability for the United States of America. Having access to it is also critical," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said during a briefing on May 1. "We are moving forward very rapidly with this program that is so important to our nation and, in fact, to the entire world."

Demo-2 brings SpaceX one step closer to the moon and Mars

mars human exploration

SpaceX has big plans. Musk dreams of flying people around the moon and later landing on the lunar surface, then moving on to establish Martian cities and put a million settlers on the red planet.

SpaceX also plans to fly space tourists. In February, the company announced that it had sold four seats through a spaceflight tourism company called Space Adventures. Then in March, news broke that Axiom Space — led in part by a former ISS mission manager at NASA — had also signed a deal with SpaceX.

Even Tom Cruise intends to fly aboard Crew Dragon so he can film a new action movie on the space station.

NASA shares some of Musk's ambitions (sending humans back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars) but there are a lot of steps along the way. Sending astronauts to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon was the first big milestone.

But the mission won't be considered a success until it returns Hurley and Behnken to Earth.

"We're going to stay hungry until Bob and Doug come home," Kathy Lueders, who manages the Commercial Crew Program for NASA, said in a briefing before the launch. "Our teams are scouring and thinking of every single risk that's out there, and we've worked our butt off to buy down the ones we know of, and we'll continue to look — and continue to buy them down — until we bring them home."

Do you have a story or inside information to share about the spaceflight industry? Send Dave Mosher an email at [email protected] or a Twitter direct message at @davemosher. More secure communication options are listed here.

SEE ALSO: Meet Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, 2 'badass' astronauts, engineers, and dads who are poised to make history for SpaceX, NASA and the world

DON'T MISS: Elon Musk's biggest worry about SpaceX's first astronaut mission isn't the rocket launch — it's the spaceship's return to Earth

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Why NASA spacesuits are so expensive

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Phillip Willis 2019-07-24
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A new security feature rolling out on Tinder will help to protect LBGTQ+ users who travel to dozens of nations, which still criminalize same-sex acts or relationships.

As part of the update, users who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer on the app will no longer automatically appear on Tinder when they arrive in an oppressive state.

This feature, which Tinder dubs the Traveler Alert, relies on your phone’s network connection to determine its location.

From there it will give users the choice to keep their location private.

If users opt-in to make their profile public again, Tinder will hide their sexual orientation or gender identity from their profile to safeguard the information from law enforcement and others who may target them, the company said.

“The purpose of this is to protect users who could be persecuted for their identity in these countries,” a spokesperson said.

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Phillip Willis 2021-06-16
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You can play (most of) the games on our "Best of E3" list right now for free on PC, Xbox.
Phillip Willis 2021-04-11
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When Florida passed a bill that would ban nonconsensual pornography, only two lawmakers voted against it. One of them was Rep. Matt Gaetz.
Phillip Willis 2021-02-05
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A good coat will keep your dog warm and dry. These are the best dog snow jackets for all shapes and sizes, as recommended by dog walkers.
Phillip Willis 2021-01-03
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Don't know what to watch on Amazon tonight? Let's round up some of its best gems.
Phillip Willis 2020-10-23
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Welcome to Insider Cannabis, where we're bringing you an inside look at the deals, trends, and personalities driving the multibillion-dollar cannabis boom.
Phillip Willis 2020-08-10
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The Grounded difficulty setting from The Last of Us will return
Phillip Willis 2019-10-18
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Welcome to another edition of Bitcoin Today, where I, Satoshi Nakaboto, tell you what’s been going on with Bitcoin in the past 24 hours.

As Schopenhauer used to say: Yolo!

We closed the day, October 17 2019, at a price of $8,103.

That’s a minor 0.69 percent increase in 24 hours, or $56.

We’re still 59 percent below Bitcoin‘s all-time high of $20,089 (December 17 2017).

Bitcoin’s market cap ended the day at $145,853,994,298.

Phillip Willis 2019-07-25
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Iceland's plastic-free packaging trials have not gone down as well with its customers as it would have liked, and the supermarket is bringing back plastic.

While shoppers may say they want plastic-free produce, the reality is very different, with Iceland saying that it's had to bring back the plastic packaging to its bananas over the summer because the little paper sash draped around the bunches just wasn't doing the trick.

That's the equivalent of around 10 million plastic bags a year that are making a comeback.

Apparently, Iceland's rogue bananas ended up shrinking and rotting without the plastic keeping them in check.

Earlier this year, the supermarket also did away with a plastic-free produce trial it was running in Liverpool following a dip in sales of 20 per cent.

Not to be deterred, the naked bananas are back this week in a 20-store trial, and Iceland is also giving the plastic-free greengrocer a second try in another trial across 30 stores later this year.

Phillip Willis 2021-05-04
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The pair will still collaborate on their charitable organization, but said they "no longer believe we can grow together as a couple."
Phillip Willis 2021-03-26
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And the messy divorce case that's helping Manhattan prosecutors with Trump's finances.
Phillip Willis 2021-01-14
img
Much of the trade show’s flashy tech will never hit store shelves, but here are a few gadgets that are already available.
Phillip Willis 2020-12-29
img
For Savant smart home control, there is simply no better remote.
Phillip Willis 2020-08-18
img
Here’s a list of several shows that embrace the absurd, reveling in their own ridiculousness instead of trying to be grounded.
Phillip Willis 2020-07-31
img

nasa astronauts doug hurley bob robert behnken spacesuits launch complex 39a spacex demo2 demo 2 crew dragon test flight dress rehearsal may 23 2020 EYvN3ynVcAETZUx

  • SpaceX launched NASA astronauts to the International Space Station for the first time on May 30. Now it's poised to bring them home.
  • The launch kicked off the first-ever human flight in a commercial spacecraft, and marked the first time an American-made vehicle has launched humans from US soil in nearly a decade.
  • If successful, the mission could resurrect the US's human spaceflight capabilities and open a new era of commercial space exploration.
  • Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.

NASA and SpaceX are in the middle of making spaceflight history.

On May 30, Elon Musk's rocket company launched its first astronauts — Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley — under NASA's oversight (and with its funding). The next day, its Crew Dragon spaceship delivered Behnken and Hurley to the International Space Station.

Before that, the United States hadn't launched humans into space from American soil since 2011, when the last space shuttle made its final voyage into orbit.

For the nine years in between, NASA relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry its astronauts to and from the space station. But that has become increasingly expensive and limited US access to the $150 billion orbiting laboratory.

Reliance on a single launch system has also raised a larger problem for any country looking to put astronauts into orbit: When Soyuz systems have issues — like a mysterious leak or a rocket failure that forces an emergency landing — space agencies have had nowhere else to turn.

That could all be about to change. If weather, hardware, and other factors cooperate, the Crew Dragon will complete its test mission, called Demo-2, on Sunday and bring Behnken and Hurley back to Earth.

spacex crew dragon spaceship falcon 9 rocket demo2 demo 2 mission launchpad lc39a kennedy space center ksc may 23 2020 elon musk twitter EYzhy0AU8AAJxRa

Success would resurrect the US's ability to launch people into space. It would also mark SpaceX's first mission with passengers in the company's 18-year history.

"This is the culmination of a dream," SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told "CBS This Morning" ahead of the mission's launch in May. "This is a dream come true. In fact, it feels surreal. If you'd asked me when starting SpaceX if this would happen, I'd be like, 1% chance, 0.1% chance."

A successful culmination to Demo-2 would also make it the first crewed commercial spaceflight mission ever, opening a new era of space exploration.

You can watch the astronauts' return live here.

'American astronauts on American rockets from American soil'

nasa astronauts doug hurley bob robert behnken spacesuits launch complex 39a spacex demo2 demo 2 crew dragon test flight dress rehearsal may 23 2020 KSC 20200523 PH KLS03_0011_orig

Russia has used its spaceflight monopoly to charge more and more per round-trip ticket for each NASA astronaut. The cost has risen from about $21 million in 2008 (before the shuttle was retired) to more than $90 million per seat on a planned flight for October.

A seat on SpaceX's Crew Dragon, meanwhile, is projected to cost $55 million, according to NASA's inspector general. While Soyuz can carry only three people at a time, the Crew Dragon can seat seven.

That's one reason NASA began funding SpaceX and its competitor, Boeing, to develop human-ready spacecraft in 2010. The effort, called the Commercial Crew Program, is three years past its original deadline.

aboard crew dragon

In addition to giving NASA better access to the space station, having a spacecraft and launch system in the US would enable the agency to use the space station's microgravity environment to conduct more science experiments — in pharmaceuticals, materials science, astronomy, medicine, and more.

Other countries would benefit from a commercial US option, too, since they could turn to either SpaceX or Soyuz depending on their needs.

"The International Space Station is a critical capability for the United States of America. Having access to it is also critical," Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, said during a briefing on May 1. "We are moving forward very rapidly with this program that is so important to our nation and, in fact, to the entire world."

Demo-2 brings SpaceX one step closer to the moon and Mars

mars human exploration

SpaceX has big plans. Musk dreams of flying people around the moon and later landing on the lunar surface, then moving on to establish Martian cities and put a million settlers on the red planet.

SpaceX also plans to fly space tourists. In February, the company announced that it had sold four seats through a spaceflight tourism company called Space Adventures. Then in March, news broke that Axiom Space — led in part by a former ISS mission manager at NASA — had also signed a deal with SpaceX.

Even Tom Cruise intends to fly aboard Crew Dragon so he can film a new action movie on the space station.

NASA shares some of Musk's ambitions (sending humans back to the moon and, eventually, to Mars) but there are a lot of steps along the way. Sending astronauts to the space station aboard the Crew Dragon was the first big milestone.

But the mission won't be considered a success until it returns Hurley and Behnken to Earth.

"We're going to stay hungry until Bob and Doug come home," Kathy Lueders, who manages the Commercial Crew Program for NASA, said in a briefing before the launch. "Our teams are scouring and thinking of every single risk that's out there, and we've worked our butt off to buy down the ones we know of, and we'll continue to look — and continue to buy them down — until we bring them home."

Do you have a story or inside information to share about the spaceflight industry? Send Dave Mosher an email at [email protected] or a Twitter direct message at @davemosher. More secure communication options are listed here.

SEE ALSO: Meet Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, 2 'badass' astronauts, engineers, and dads who are poised to make history for SpaceX, NASA and the world

DON'T MISS: Elon Musk's biggest worry about SpaceX's first astronaut mission isn't the rocket launch — it's the spaceship's return to Earth

Join the conversation about this story »

NOW WATCH: Why NASA spacesuits are so expensive

Phillip Willis 2019-08-12
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Allied Esports Entertainment, the creator of esports venues and live events for both video games and poker, has gone public in a transaction with Black Ridge Acquisition Corp.

Under the deal, Black Ridge — a public shell company created to acquire another firm — has acquired Allied Esports International and WPT Enterprises, and the resulting company will rename itself Allied Esports Entertainment.

Allied Esports Entertainment is known for creating the Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel with MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, and it is also known for its World Poker Tour events.

For Allied Esports Entertainment, this is a quick way to raise money and go public in a transaction that is similar to a reverse merger.

In this case, Black Ridge shareholders formed a public company to acquire another company in what is known as a “special acquisition.” Black Ridge merged with Allied Esports International and WPT, and the resulting company is called Allied Esports Entertainment, or AESE.

Black Ridge shareholders approved the transaction on August 9, and the company is now trading on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol AESE.

Phillip Willis 2019-07-24
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A new security feature rolling out on Tinder will help to protect LBGTQ+ users who travel to dozens of nations, which still criminalize same-sex acts or relationships.

As part of the update, users who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer on the app will no longer automatically appear on Tinder when they arrive in an oppressive state.

This feature, which Tinder dubs the Traveler Alert, relies on your phone’s network connection to determine its location.

From there it will give users the choice to keep their location private.

If users opt-in to make their profile public again, Tinder will hide their sexual orientation or gender identity from their profile to safeguard the information from law enforcement and others who may target them, the company said.

“The purpose of this is to protect users who could be persecuted for their identity in these countries,” a spokesperson said.