Comcast and Fox are looking to acquire ad-supported streaming video services Vudu and Tubi

This story was delivered to Business Insider Intelligence Digital Media Briefing subscribers earlier this morning. To check to see if you already have access to Insider Intelligence through your company, click here. Both Comcast and Fox Corp. are each reportedly in talks to acquire different ad-supported streaming video services: respectively, Walmart-owned Vudu and Tubi, per The Wall Street Journal. Fox could reportedly spend as much as $500 million for Tubi. The Comcast-Vudu talks may not result in a deal, per sources to the Journal, but it’s clear that Comcast is exploring an AVOD acquisition: In December, Comcast was reportedly in advanced talks to buy a separate AVOD service, Xumo. If… Read More

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Bernie Sanders just unveiled how he’ll pay for his biggest plans, from Medicare for All to erasing student debt

Sanders released a list on Monday evening outlining how he’d pay for his largest campaign plans, ranging from Medicare for All, the Green New Deal and student debt erasure. But the released document doesn’t fully match his own estimates of how much some of his proposals could cost, including Medicare for All. In a recent interview on CBS News, Sanders said the plan would cost $30 trillion over a decade. But the list released by the campaign identifies only $17.5 trillion in new federal spending. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Sen. Bernie Sanders released a list on Monday evening outlining how he’d pay for his biggest plans, including… Read More

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Chinese cities are rolling out disinfectant tunnels and spray trucks to ward off the coronavirus — but experts don’t think it will work

The coronavirus outbreak has driven a demand for medical disinfectants in China. Chinese cities have set up ‘disinfection tunnels’ and dispatched spray trucks to help sanitize streets, buildings, and even people. The demand has sent workers into overdrive — but experts say the sterilization techniques might not actually work. View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook. Following is a transcript of an episode of Business Insider Today. Watch the full episode here. This machine can supposedly disinfect people in seconds — and many are using it to combat the coronavirus. But experts aren’t so sure it actually works. The sterilizing system installed in the Chinese city of Chongqing… Read More

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Swarms of locusts have destroyed 170,000 acres of crops in East Africa — and local farmers are nearly helpless to stop it

Locust swarms are wiping out crops in East Africa, where millions of people already struggle to obtain healthy food. A swarm can eat enough food in one day to feed 34 million people. Farmers in Kenya, Ethiopia, and other countries have resorted to setting fires and making noise in attempts to ward off locusts. The UN is calling for $76 million in aid to the region to combat the plague. View more episodes of Business Insider Today on Facebook. Following is a transcript of an episode of Business Insider Today. Watch the full episode here. Locusts have huge appetites. One of these insects can eat its own weight in food… Read More

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2 tech founders are selling their $13 million home outside San Francisco that was custom built into the side of a mountain in 2015

A married couple of tech founders are selling their Marin County home for $13 million, Bloomberg reported. Andrea Chavez and Daniel Putterman together cofounded the pet-tracking company Pawscout. Planning and building the house took five years, which is longer than the couple have currently lived in the house. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Sometimes the perfect home doesn’t exist, so you have to build it. That’s what tech exec couple Andrea Chavez and Daniel Putterman decided to do, leaving San Francisco for Marin County, Bloomberg reported. The couple cofounded Pawscout, a pet-tagging company that they now oversee together; Chavez serves as CEO while Putterman has the title of… Read More

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The 3 biggest mistakes to avoid as a small business owner, according to people who’ve made them but came out the other side unscathed

Only half of small businesses survive the first five years and beyond, the US Small Business Administration found in 2018. There are common mistakes to avoid to keep your company viable, these entrepreneurs who overcame them said. Don’t be afraid to spend on things that’ll support your business, like outsourcing tasks outside of your wheelhouse and keeping up with new technology. Also, remember to trust in yourself — you’re the primary investor in your company’s success. Click here for more BI Prime stories. You’ve no doubt heard some version of grim statistics for the new business survival rate. 2018 data from the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy revealed… Read More

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Hidden Figures’ Taraji P. Henson Honors NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson After Her Death

” Taraji P. Henson is paying her respects to Katherine Johnson, the late NASA mathematician the actress was “honored” to play on-screen in 2016’s Hidden Figures. Following Monday’s news that Johnson had died at the age of 101, Henson shared a black-and-white photograph of the numbers mastermind working at her desk, flashing a big smile. “Thank you QUEEN #KatherineJohnson for sharing your intelligence, poise, grace and beauty with the world!” Henson, 49, began her heartfelt caption. “Because of your hard work little girls EVERYWHERE can dream as big as the MOON!!! Your legacy will live on FORVER (sp.) AND EVER!!! You ran so we could fly!!!” The actress went on… Read More

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This no-pull dog harness transforms walks from stressful to relaxed — here’s how it works and why I recommend it if you struggle with leash-pulling

If you struggle with leash-pulling, the Balance Harness can transform walks with your dog from stressful to relaxed. The harness fits snugly, which minimizes the problematic chafing and pulling that can occur with other no-pull harnesses. It comes in seven colors, five sizes, and is easy to adjust and put on. Dog trainers and owners, alike, have found the Balance so effective for leash-pulling that we named it the top pick in our guide to the best no-pull dog harnesses. For dogs that don’t pull on the leash, check out the best dog harnesses for dogs of all sizes or with different needs. Bowie was strong. Just past puppyhood and… Read More

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Nio, the Tesla of China, surges 35% after confirming talks for $1.4 billion in government funding (NIO)

Nio, one of Tesla’s main competitors in China, announced Tuesday it is in talks with the government of Hefei for more than $1.42 billion in funding for expansion in the city. Shares of Nio surged as much as 35% on the news. Nio will share further details in the next few months, according to a Reuters report. The agreement with Hefei is part of the city’s plans to combat coronavirus and support the economy, according to CNBC. Watch Nio trade live on Markets Insider. on Business Insider. One of Tesla’s main competitors in China is a step closer to securing funding for additional plants in the region. Shares of Nio… Read More

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