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Nov. 14 2016 1:32 PM

More Than 400 Million User Accounts Exposed After Hookup Site AdultFriendFinder Is Hacked

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Friend Finder Networks, the company behind adult dating site AdultFriendFinder has been hit with a massive hack — exposing more than 400 million user accounts.

The news comes via LeakedSource, a site that monitors data breaches, which has obtained a copy of the stolen user accounts.

Nov. 7 2016 3:40 PM

The New Gmail App Lets You Quickly Unsend Emails

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Gmail for iPhone got a big refresh Monday, putting it on par with the Android version of the app.

But the biggest new feature is the ability to "unsend" emails shortly after you send them.

Nov. 4 2016 1:24 PM

Netflix Is Coming to Cable Boxes

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Netflix is coming to your cable box.

Earlier this year, Comcast and Netflix announced a deal that would put Netflix on millions of X1 cable boxes in the U.S. Now the companies have confirmed that this will happen next week (though one tipster said Netflix had already arrived on his X1 box).

"X1 customers with Netflix subscriptions will be able to easily browse and access over the internet the extensive online collection of Netflix TV shows and movies alongside the live, on demand, DVR and web programming included with their Xfinity TV subscription," the companies wrote in a statement.

Why is this a big deal?

Nov. 2 2016 5:00 PM

Microsoft Just Launched a Work-Chat App to Compete With Slack

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The worst-kept secret in tech is out of the bag: After months of leaks and speculation, Microsoft has officially launched Microsoft Teams, a new work-chat app for its Office 365 suite across PCs, smartphones, and tablets.

Microsoft Teams is a direct competitor with Slack, the $3.8 billion Silicon Valley darling that Bill Gates reportedly talked Microsoft out of buying for $8 billion. It's available in a preview program today, officially launching to everybody in 2017.

 

Oct. 31 2016 3:58 PM

Apple Is Getting Rid of the MacBook’s Iconic Startup Chime

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Apple is killing off one of its most iconic features: its startup chime.

The \ company is removing the distinctive noise that Macs make when they boot up, starting with the new MacBook Pro announced last week.

The change was first spotted by Pingie.com, which tested out one of the new laptops and confirmed that the noise was no longer made.

And a FAQ page that mentions the chime (referred to as the "startup sound") for older MacBook models makes no mention of it for the new laptop.

Apple has used startup chimes in its Mac computers since the 1980s, settling on the most recent chime with the iMac G3, released in 1998. But now it is finally being retired.

An Apple representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the change has most likely been made because of the way the new MacBook Pro turns on. It doesn't come with a power button, instead turning on whenever it is opened (as long as it is charged)—so there's no need for a noise to indicate to the user that it is booting up.

Oct. 31 2016 1:02 PM

You Can Now Text Your Turkey Dilemmas to the Butterball Help Line

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For the first time ever, struggling Thanksgiving hosts can contact Butterball's iconic help line via text with questions about preparing turkey.

Butterball, which sells roughly 1 billion pounds of the bird a year, has been helping people cook turkey since 1981 when it began hosting a help line you could call. This is the first year you'll be able to contact the help line by sending a text message to 1-800-BUTTERBALL. The text line will be open 24/7 from November 17 through November 24.

 

Oct. 30 2016 8:29 AM

Some MLB Owners Are Laying Down Serious Cash This Campaign Cycle

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Major League Baseball owners have made nearly $3 million in political contributions during the 2016 campaign cycle—and a handful have accounted for nearly all of that total. According to a new study from the Center for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, no ownership group is more politically engaged at the donor level than the Ricketts family, who happen to own the Chicago Cubs—currently battling the Cleveland Indians for the World Series title.

And the family—which has a member, Peter Ricketts, serving as the Republican governor of Nebraska—has a huge ideological divide.

Oct. 29 2016 8:21 AM

The U.S. Military Sure Loves Jack Daniel’s

According to Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett, the U.S. military buys the most of the brand’s premium Single Barrel whiskey in the world.

The price tag for an entire barrel of this whiskey, approximately 250 bottles, swings from $9,000 to $12,000 since no two whiskey barrels have the same volume. Single Barrel whiskey was first sold in 1997 and was such a success that the distillery created the “By the Barrel” program a year later.

“Over the entire span of when the program has existed, the U.S. military is the largest purchaser. It has been represented by base exchanges, individual units, as well as other on-base military entities like officers’ clubs,” Arnett told Business Insider.

Oct. 28 2016 12:41 PM

The NFL’s Ratings Are Down. Are Sales of Pizza and Wings Dropping, Too?

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NFL viewership is falling, and restaurant chains like Buffalo Wild Wings and Papa John's should be worried.

Pro-football viewership is down 11% this year. Viewership is down by double-digit percentages for all of the NFL's prime-time spots, consisting of football on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights, according to Sports Illustrated.

For chains that rely on football fans either watching games in their restaurants or ordering takeout to watch at home, this decline could mean a slump in sales.

Oct. 26 2016 4:53 PM

Chipotle Gave Up on Its Southeast Asian Chain. Will Its New Burger Chain Boost Its Struggling Business?

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One day after reporting disappointing quarterly sales, Chipotle announced that it was a day away from opening the first location of its new burger concept, Tasty Made.

The new eatery will open in Lancaster, Ohio, on Thursday, Oct. 27, Chipotle said in a statement. It will serve just four items: burgers, fries, shakes, and sodas.

"We bring Chipotle’s commitment to better quality ingredients, a focused menu, fast service and customized orders to Tasty Made," Steve Ells, founder and co-CEO of Chipotle, said in a statement.

The location attempts to capture the speed of the fast-food industry, while following in the footsteps of other better-burger concepts like Shake Shack and Smashburger. Burgers will be grilled-to-order and never frozen, and made with beef raised without antibiotics or added hormones.

"Each order is sent to an advanced queuing system that uses heads-up visual cues so that the team can cook and serve the food very quickly," said Ells. "This is in stark contrast to typical fast food burger chains where frozen burger patties are usually cooked ahead of time and held until later, at which time they are assembled."

Here's what appears to be a photo of a meal at Tasty Made. The cup resembles the cups served at Chipotle restaurants.

#cheatday #tastymade

A photo posted by Hondre Dawan McNeil (@martian_status) on

While Chipotle has not yet revealed photos of the new location, people in Lancaster have tracked its building progress on social media:

All finished with the concrete in front. Looks amazing! #concretepros #tastymade #itsalmosttime

A photo posted by Chase (@cbutcher06) on

Photos reveal a restaurant styled similar to an old-school fast-food joint, complete with a drive-thru.

Here it is! #tastymade #comingsoon #oct27th #lancasterohio

A photo posted by Chase (@cbutcher06) on

"Early fast food burger restaurants generally had focused menus," Chipotle founder Steve Ells said in July. "We think there’s great strength in that original fast food model and wanted to create a restaurant built around that. Making only burgers, fries and shakes with really great ingredients, we think we can appeal to peoples’ timeless love of burgers, but in a way that is consistent with our long-term vision."

On Tuesday, Chipotle reported that it will not invest further in growing and developing its Asian restaurant chain ShopHouse. Instead, the company is doubling down on Tasty Made and its build-your-own-pizza concept Pizzeria Locale.

Chipotle is looking for new concepts to boost sales as the chain continues to deal with the consequences of an E. coli outbreak that affected restaurants in 14 states one year ago. In the third quarter, sales at stores open at least a year dropped 21.9%, the company said Tuesday.

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