14 things you didn’t know about the history of beer

You probably don’t think about it every time you crack open a cold one, but beer is one of the oldest bedrocks of human civilization, brewed all over the world for longer than recorded history. From the Agricultural Revolution to the American Revolution, beer has been around to quench the thirsts of virtually all classes of all societies. Here are some facts you may not have known about the history of beer. Beer dates back to ancient Mesopotamia, and held an important dietary role. Archaeologists have dated the practice of beer brewing as far back as 3500 to 3100 BCE, in what is today Iran. It’s believed to have been… Read More

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How a master networker convinced execs, Olympians, and Nobel laureates to come to his house, cook him dinner, wash the dishes — and like it

Behavioral scientist Jon Levy has hosted more than 150 dinner parties for high-profile guests in his New York City apartment. The catch: Guests cannot discuss their careers until they sit to eat. In eight years, Levy has formed a community of influential people who use their influence to support nonprofits and social justice causes as a result of the dinners. In a TED Salon talk, he said he got people to come by creating something novel, and then convincing people to put in the effort that builds trust. You don’t need a large following to influence others. In eight years, behavioral scientist Job Levy has hosted over 150 dinners for… Read More

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16 restaurant chains you once loved that you’ll never be able to eat at again

Before McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King were on every corner, there were chains like Burger Chef and Henry’s Hamburgers. But not every chain can last forever. Many chains that once had hundreds of locations don’t exist anymore. See some of the biggest restaurant chains that have closed for good. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Burger King weren’t always the fast-food giants they are now. Before today’s massive chains took over, there was Burger Chef, Pup ‘n’ Taco, and Henry’s Hamburgers. Some chains were just regional, like the West Coast-based VIP’s diner, and others had thousands of locations nationwide. But like brick-and-mortar stores, not every restaurant can survive in the long… Read More

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You can now send stickers to your friends in WhatsApp

It’s hard to believe that WhatsApp hasn’t had stickers until now, but the messaging app is finally rolling them out. The company announced in a blog post today that the stickers will be coming to iOS and Android in the coming weeks, though some users are reporting that the new update already brings the functionality. Stickers are accessible through the new sticker icon in the text input field, which will open up a menu of stickers. Like its parent company Facebook’s sticker system, you have to first download the sticker pack you want before you can use it. For now, the stickers are created by WhatsApp designers along with a… Read More

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Officials find 2 more suspicious packages reportedly intended for Sen. Cory Booker and the former Director of National Intelligence

An 11th possible explosive device, addressed to Sen. Cory Booker, has been intercepted at a Florida mail sorting facility, the FBI said Friday morning. The news broke as the NYPD started investigating another suspicious package in midtown Manhattan, reportedly intended for former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Two more suspicious packages are under investigation Friday morning, allegedly intended for New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. The FBI confirmed in a tweet around 8:45 a.m. that a suspicious package addressed to Sen. Booker, was intercepted at a mail facility in Florida. NBC News reports that the package, addressed to an address in Camden,… Read More

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‘Every rockstar needs a break’: Here’s what Wall Street is saying about Amazon’s disappointing guidance (AMZN)

Amazon on Thursday posted third-quarter earnings that beat on profits but missed on sales. Shares are now under pressure, as investors worry about its softer-than-anticipated revenue forecast for the coming holiday season. The tech giant earned $5.75 a share, well above the $3.11 expected by Wall Street analysts. But the company’s $56.6 billion sales fell short of the $57.1 billion that was anticipated. More disappointingly, the retailer said it will generate $3 to $5.54 earnings per share on $66.5 billion to $72.5 billion sales. Analysts were expecting $5.79 profits per share out of $73.8 billion revenues. The retailer remains confident in its business. “We’re not slowing down – Amazon Business… Read More

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27 great apps you should download first for your new iPhone XR (AAPL)

You’ve managed to get your hands on a new iPhone XR or iPhone XS, and now you want cool apps to run on it. The Tech Insider staff picked some of our favorite apps that show off the power of Apple’s new phones. The list is focused on lesser-known software that we use and love; if you’re looking for the most commonly downloaded apps — think Facebook, Snapchat, Google Maps — Apple publishes a list. Let’s check them out: Citizen lets you see if there are emergencies or crimes nearby. Citizen is a free app. Moment helps you track screen time. Apple has built-in tools, but a lot of people… Read More

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What you need to know in advertising today

Advertisers want Snap to give them more attention and they’re betting on two new hires for help. Snap announced on Wednesday that it would replace outgoing chief strategy officer Imran Khan with two positions. Jeremi Gorman is joining Snap as chief business officer from Amazon and will oversee “global business solutions, global online sales, customer operations, and business marketing,” according to a memo CEO Evan Spiegel sent to employees. Jared Grusd, formerly CEO of The Huffington Post, is also joining as chief strategy officer. The new hire announcement came a day before Snap’s third-quarter earnings. The company reported 186 million daily active users, which is up 5% year-over-year but down… Read More

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The Verge holiday 2018 gaming guide

The end of the year is busy for a lot of reasons, but it’s especially busy if you’re a fan of video games. With the impending holiday shopping rush, it’s the best chance for developers and publishers to get their games in front of a potentially huge audience of shoppers. This means that from September on, it can feel like a constant deluge of new game releases. 2018 is no different. Things started out strong with a slick new version of Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4, and the momentum has only continued. Huge franchises like Pokémon, Fallout, and Red Dead Redemption are making a return, while indie games like Donut… Read More

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