Minister Margot James quits to block Boris Johnson from shutting down parliament to force a no-deal Brexit

UK Digital Minister Margot James has resigned from the government to vote to block a no-deal Brexit. Parliament approved a motion on Thursday which would prevent Boris Johnson from shutting down parliament to force a no-deal exit from the EU if he becomes prime minister next week. Six Cabinet ministers abstained from the vote, meaning Theresa May could be forced to sack them too. LONDON — A UK government minister has resigned in order to vote to prevent Boris Johnson from forcing through a no-deal Brexit. Margot James, minister for digital and creative industries, quit her role on Thursday afternoon to rebel against the government whip and support the Northern… Read More

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Trump slammed the ‘radical left’ for boycotts and said ‘two can play that game.’ Here are 21 companies he has targeted, including Apple, Google, and Nordstrom.

President Donald Trump has targeted more than a dozen companies including AT&T, Boeing, Facebook, Merck, Nordstrom, T-Mobile, Toyota, and Twitter. He has accused Amazon of abusing its relationship with the US Postal Service, called for boycotts of Macy’s and Apple, blasted General Motors for closing a plant in Ohio, and alleged that Google was rigging its search results against him. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. President Donald Trump said last week that the “radical left” is using boycotts to “hurt their enemy.” But “two can play that game,” the president warned on Twitter. Indeed, Trump has targeted a number of companies during his time in office and while… Read More

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EA announces Plants vs. Zombies 3

Today EA officially announced that the next main Plants vs. Zombies game is in the works. We don’t know much else about Plants vs. Zombies 3, but the game is currently in a pre-alpha state on Android, and you can register to play it early on Google Play right now. The first Plants vs. Zombies launched back in 2009, blending a whimsical sense of humor with absolutely engrossing strategy gameplay. It started out as a PC game, but eventually migrated to consoles and mobile devices afterwards. A sequel followed in 2013, which made the controversial shift to a free-to-play structure. (Series creator George Fan was also not involved with the… Read More

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17 products and services we bought based on glowing reviews from our coworkers

As a collective, the Insider Picks team reviews a ton of products — home goods, food, clothing, and cool new services are just a few of the categories we test. At the end of the day, we’re just as much consumers as our readers. So, it’s only natural that when we need to buy new products for ourselves, we turn to the experts: each other. Keeping reading for 17 of the products and services we’ve purchased after reading our coworkers’ reviews: A Leesa mattress Leesa Mattress, $845 for a Queen, available at Leesa The original review: I slept on a memory foam mattress from popular online startup Leesa — and… Read More

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This startup just got $17 million to take on Peloton. Here’s why its founder thinks there’s a big opportunity in the home fitness market.

Moawia Eldeeb is relaunching his fitness technology startup to focus on serving at-home users. His company, now called Pivot, previously offered a kind of smart mirror that served as a virtual trainer in gyms. This fall, the company will launch a new device for consumers that will stream live workouts to them and track them as they do weight and interval training. Pivot just got $17 million in series A funding to launch its product. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Moawia Eldeeb didn’t set out to take on Peloton. An entrepreneur with a passion for fitness and a background in computer vision technology, Eldeep just wanted to help… Read More

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How to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing

Courtesy NASA July 20, 2019 at 4:17:40PM ET marks exactly fifty years from when the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle touched down on the Moon. There are going to be events and activities galore to celebrate the anniversary, honor the historic achievement, and explore how the space program is preparing for the future. There are way too many events to include them all here. What follows are some of the highlights, including where you can get more information about these, and other, events around the country. The People’s Moon A mock-up of The People’s Moon exhibit in Times Square.The People’s Moon in Times Square, New York City If you’re artistically inclined,… Read More

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Finally, A (Nearly) All-Natural Acne Treatment That Actually Works

From the moment we get our first zit (welcome!), we’re taught that the best — and perhaps only — way to deal with breakouts is without a shred of mercy. We scour our faces with abrasive pads soaked in alcohol and benzoyl peroxide, scrub at our skin like it’s an uneven wooden surface in need of sanding, and dab on thick white creams that bleach pillowcases and leave dry, peeling red spots where our skin used to be. That’s what our pores deserve when they go and do us dirty like that, right? Imagine telling your pre-teen self that treating your acne doesn’t have to feel like corporal punishment. (Well,… Read More

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Jeff Bezos says space travel is essential because we are ‘in the process of destroying this planet’

Jeff Bezos said humanity needs space travel if we want to continue to have a “thriving civilization” because we are “destroying this planet.” Bezos doesn’t believe humans should abandon Earth in favor of another planet, but rather we could use space as a resource. Bezos has taken this line in the past, in contrast to fellow tech mogul and space-exploration CEO Elon Musk. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Jeff Bezos has said that humans need space travel because we’re “destroying this planet.” However, he doesn’t mean humanity will have to evacuate a dying Earth, but rather we could outsource our more destructive behaviors to space. Speaking to CBS… Read More

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The 10 best places in the US for first-time homebuyers to invest in real estate right now

First-time homebuyers are more likely than veteran homebuyers to go over their budgets, according to Zillow. A spring 2019 study by Zillow revealed the 10 best metros for first-time homebuyers. Turns out, four of the best places to invest in real estate in the US right now are in Florida. Reports indicate that major markets in the southern and western regions of the country have been growing in popularity since 2017. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The US housing market can seem highly competitive and saturated with unaffordable homes — especially for homebuyers looking to close on a house for the first time. According to Zillow, first-time homebuyers… Read More

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Here’s what the average person spends on their commute annually in every state

Commuting costs vary from state to state depending on what adults spend on both gasoline and transportation services. Depending on the state, adults in the US can spend as low as $2,000 or as high as $5,000 annually on transportation. Additionally, different states have different percentages for workers who drive, use public transportation, and other means to get to work each day. Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Americans know that commuting is costly. Annual transportation spending in the United States costs workers thousands each year. Depending on the state, adults in the US can spend as little as $2,000 or as much as $5,000 annually on transportation. Many of these… Read More

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