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Editorial: Our ballot endorsements are done, now please go vote

Click here for a complete list of our election recommendations. This is an election like none before. Not just the presidential race, but also the way we are voting in California and the makeup of the ballot. Chalk it up to the pandemic and to an accelerated state push for local government elections by district to increase minority representation. For three months now, we’ve been interviewing candidates and reviewing ballot proposals to bring you what is now a list of recommendations for 166 races and measures. We’re done. We didn’t get to as many as we would have liked. We never do. But this year was harder than ever. There were more contested races than in the past; fewer incumbents coasted to reelection without opposition. The surge in district elections meant that for many local ag...

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Steven Pesavento quit his 9-to-5 career to pursue real-estate investing full time. Here’s how he went from a no-experience tech-head to having flipped over 200 properties in a few years time.

Summary List PlacementSimilar to the many aspiring real-estate investors that came before him, Steven Pesavento — the founder of VonFinch Capital and host of "The Investor Mindset" podcast — suffered from a pervasive feeling of skepticism. And who could blame him? He had no experience, was strapped for cash, and when it came to connections that could help further his journey along, he came up empty-handed as well. But that initial hesitancy only lasted so long.  "Finally, I took action and jumped into real estate from the perspective of becoming a flipper," he told Business Insider. "But it took me quite a long time from that moment of deciding, 'hey, this is something I want to do,' to believing that I could actually do it." He continued: "The thing that really solidified me actually ta...

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Kanye West bought Kim Kardashian a talking hologram of her late father Robert Kardashian. The hologram called West the ‘most genius man in the whole world.’

Summary List PlacementMusician Kanye West bought wife Kim Kardashian West a hologram of her late father, lawyer Robert Kardashian, to celebrate her birthday. The hologram, made in part using "deepfake" tech, spoke about Kardashian West's childhood, before saying: "I am so proud of the woman you have become." It also said she married "the most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world, Kanye West." For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. ✨🤍 It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion. pic.twitter.com/jD6pHo17KC — Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2020 Production company Kaleida made the hologram using a gauze it calls "Holonet." This contains real...

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This pitch deck helped Australian tech unicorn Canva on its journey to a massive $6 billion valuation

Summary List Placement Australian design unicorn Canva recently raised $60 million in fundraising – doubling its valuation to a massive $6 billion.  The Sydney-based startup – known as the design platform for non-designers – boasts more than 30 million users in businesses and schools around the world.  Canva has faced skepticism from some investors who want to see the profit margins to accompany its ballooning valuation. We got an exclusive look at the first pitch deck Canva used on the road to becoming a tech unicorn.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Canva, the Australian tech unicorn, recently raised $60 million in a fundraising round backed by Sequoia Capital, Bond, and General Catalyst – and doubled its valuation in the process.  The Sydney-based startup, dubbe...

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In our opinion: The integrity of the election is not in danger in Utah

Millie Wetterberg places her ballot into an official ballot drop box at the Salt Lake County Offices in Salt Lake City on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News The system is orderly, allows for all contingencies and should instill confidence in anyone who submits a ballot this year The Pew Research Center released a poll several weeks ago that found 61% of people in the five states that regularly conduct elections by mail expected voting this year to be easy. We can’t speak for any other state, but in Utah, which is one of those five, the percentage ought to be much higher. We were given a tour this week of the ballot processing and counting center in Salt Lake County. Not every county in the state has the sophisticated equipment we saw, but then Salt Lake County ha

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Model and Vlogger Amanda Cerny Asks The Internet: ‘Should I Make An OnlyFans?’

Presented by VersusGame OnlyFans hosts paywalled photos and videos from all manner of enterprising celebrities, spanning from former adult film star Mia Khalifa to rapper Cardi B and supermodel Kendall Jenner.  But model, vlogger and fitness influencer Amanda Cerny may be the first to let her massive social media fan base decide whether she becomes a creator on the subscription-based content platform.   Cerny boasts has more than 45 million followers combined across YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, and the Internet celebrity is asking them all to weigh in on her racy OnlyFans proposition via VersusGame.  "I have a fun game and a serious question for you: Should I make an OnlyFans? " Cerny asks in the video above. "You can Vote 'Yas, Queen' or 'No, don't do it you innocent soul,' but don...

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Global shares lurch towards biggest one-month drop since March as COVID cases explode; earnings rattle Apple, Facebook and Amazon

Summary List PlacementGlobal shares fell on Friday, on course for their worst monthly slide since March, after worldwide daily cases of COVID-19 topped half a million and as investor caution mounted, just days ahead of an uncertain US presidential election. US stock futures fell between 0.6-0.7%, with futures on the technology-heavy Nasdaq 100 showing the largest decline, down 1%, following a slew of quarterly earnings the previous day from some of the index's mega-caps, including Apple, Facebook and Google parent Alphabet. On the European markets, Stoxx 600 was down 0.2%, with declines in retail and healthcare shares acting as the biggest drags on the overall index, while travel and leisure and oil stocks -- some of this month's worst laggards -- remained in the black.  National lockdow...

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Maestro Dobel Launches Limited Edition 50 Cristalino Tequila

Maestro Dobel just released a particularly complex "50 Cristalino" tequila to celebrate company founder Juan Dobel's 50th birthday.  For the uninformed, "Cristalino" describes tequilas that have had all color completely removed without sacrificing complexity. Maestro Dobel actually spearheaded the category with the launch of its flagship Diamente expression in 2008. Despite having the appearance of a blanco, Cristalino 50 is a rich extra anejo blend that's crafted from 100 percent Blue Weber agave, distilled twice in copper stills, and aged in oak casks sourced from Eastern Europe and the United States.  The resulting spirit varied and complex, with an initial notes of fruit that give way to spice and conclude with Maestro Dobel's characteristically smooth finish. See the the official tas...

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[FREE SLIDE DECK] Accelerator Snapshot: Wells Fargo

Summary List PlacementA number of major banks have launched fintech accelerator programs in recent years, likely in response to the need to introduce new digital financial services. In accelerator programs, banks provide startups with access to mentorship, development resources, and sometimes funding opportunities. In return, banks can leverage the innovative solutions that fintech startups offer to support their own digital transformation efforts and remain competitive. In 2014, US-based bank Wells Fargo, which spends billions of dollars on technology initiatives annually, launched the Wells Fargo Startup Accelerator. In this Accelerator Snapshot, Insider Intelligence details the goals, operations, and notable participants of Wells Fargo's accelerator program. This exclusive report can b

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49ers at Seahawks: Five keys to winning in cadence-friendly, crowd-free Seattle

Seattle’s CenturyLink Field is the NFC West’s ultimate battleground. Playoff fates are often determined there amid Richter-scale vibrations from the Seahawks fans’ “12th Man” screams. The 49ers secured a No. 1 playoff seed there in last December’s regular-season finale, utilizing a goal-line tackle to stun and silence Seattle’s crowd. Sunday, the 49ers return, but the fans will not. That guarantees a visit unlike any other since the stadium opened in 2002, when the Seahawks converged within the 49ers’ division. Seattle (5-1) is in first place. The defending NFC champion 49ers (4-3) are in last, but they’re coming on strong with a two-game win streak. Coach Kyle Shanahan said it’s “way too early” to look at playoff posturing. “That’s stuff that I leave for my wife and for friends and for pe

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Hennessey Performance Announces 750-HP Ford Bronco With Supercharged V8

Hennessey Performance never takes long to promise pumped-up editions of new production cars—its 1,200-hp build of the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray was announced just months after the mid-engined American supe debuted in 2019. So when Ford revealed the V8-less engine lineup for the revamped Bronco, it was only a matter of time before the Texas tuner came back with a limited edition.  Three months, to be exact. Hennessey is making 24 "Velociraptor" two-/four-door Broncos with 750-horsepower 5.0-liter Coyote V8s and a 3.0-liter supercharger systems. Ford's 10-speed automatic transmission will be retained, but we assume that it'll be beefed up to handle the 440 hp increase over Ford's stock twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6's output. Other requisite mechanical mods include new fuel injec...

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Dear Abby: I’m OK with my wife dallying with a woman, but should I be?

Married couple’s love life remains great even as she invites friend over for ‘innocent’ intimacy. DEAR ABBY: My fiancee and I are in our early 50s. We dated for two years and have been engaged for three months. She’s a wonderful lady, and I can’t imagine life without her. I knew she was bi-curious a year ago when she told me one of her married female co-workers was flirting with her and she kind of enjoyed it. Since then, their relationship has grown, and they get together every couple of weeks for intimacy in our home. They have even asked me to join them, which I haven’t done yet. My fiancee insists she isn’t a lesbian or bisexual and what she and her friend are doing is innocent fun, but I’m not so sure. So far, I haven’t made an issue of it and go to bed at my usual time when her fr

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Walmart Plus, Walmart’s Amazon Prime competitor, is available now for $98 a year – here’s what the subscription delivers

 Summary List Placement Walmart+, the company's Amazon Prime competitor, launched on September 15.  The annual Walmart+ subscription price costs $98 per year compared to Amazon's $119 per year Prime subscription. You can also pay $13 per month. The service includes same-day delivery of over 160,000 in-store items like groceries and general merchandise, a Scan & Go feature that lets you pay for items with the Walmart mobile app while you shop at physical Walmart stores, as well as a five-cent discount on fuel at Walmart and Murphy gas stations. For shoppers looking to shop during Black Friday, a free trial may come in handy during Walmart's extended sale.  Read everything you need to know about the Walmart+ shopping subscription service here and see how Walmart+ vs. Amazon Prime shake

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The White House considered tapping Elon Musk for a celebrity COVID-19 PSA, despite the billionaire repeatedly sharing virus misinformation

Summary List PlacementTech billionaire Elon Musk was on a list of celebrities the White House considered for COVID-19 public-service announcement campaign, as revealed in documents obtained by the House Oversight Committee and given to Politico. Musk's name appeared on a 34-page US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) document called "PSA celebrity tracker" dated October 23. The document lists 274 celebrities under consideration for the campaign, including big names like Beyoncé, George Clooney, and Morgan Freeman. Alongside each name are notes about the celebrity's political affiliations and the demographic they're likely to appeal to. Elon Musk is the only CEO to make the list, and his notes mark him as "pending answer." Under the notes about his political affiliation, the doc...

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