Google exec reveals how its cloud is helping retailers to keep their sites from crashing on their biggest shopping days of the year

Google Cloud is teaming up with retailers to improve their e-commerce businesses and prevent website outages on high-traffic shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Business Insider spoke with Carrie Tharp, Google’s vice president of retail, about where retailers are going wrong when it comes to digital growth and ways they can use cloud-based technologies to streamline operations. “Something as simple as a tiny recommendation engine in a workflow could create a hiccup that then impacts the rest of the website,” Tharp said. “Every time I’ve personally had an outage, it’s related to something that could have been shut off and not affected transactions in any way.” Visit Business… Read More

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What’s behind a new training push at Merrill Lynch; Blackstone CEO Steven Schwarzman talks succession planning; JPMorgan wants more UX experts

Hello readers! Training may be a relatively behind-the-scenes process for the big-name companies we cover, but it’s a critical part of how firms stay competitive. It also happened to be a running theme in many of our stories this week. Rebecca Ungarino spoke with Merrill Lynch head Andy Sieg, who explained how Bank of America’s massive wealth arm is opening up more development resources to its 6,500 client associates. That also highlights the evolving roles for full-fledged financial advisers, with the job changing from stock-picker to all-encompassing planner working on a team. CAs help financial advisers out with things like client inquiries on a transactions, or seeing a client through… Read More

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41 game-changing products under $100 that will make your life easier

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make your life easier or more convenient. Insider compiled a list of items under $100 that are total game-changers. The list includes household products like blackout curtains and satin pillowcases, as well as clever tools like electronic lint rollers and noise-canceling headphones. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. A handheld shower head, like this one from AquaDance, can help you clean those hard-to-reach places without strain. You can buy a high-pressure shower head for $16.99 here. You could finally get a good night’s rest if you invest in a quality sleep mask. You can buy a Slip eye mask for… Read More

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I carried a purse with hidden magnets that let me swap the covers, and it felt like wearing a brand-new bag every day

Riley Versa is a New York-based company that has set out to prove “one bag really can have it all.” Founder Melissa Gottesman, 29, designed purses with hidden magnets so you can easily swap out the cover on the same bag. I tried a few purses from the collection — including the Riley, which can be worn as a crossbody, shoulder bag, or clutch — and experimented with different covers. I found it super easy to change the covers, and loved using the bag while traveling as well. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. What if you could wear just one purse with every single outfit, transforming it from a… Read More

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The little-known VC firm behind Visa’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid is celebrating its third exit in 2 years. Here’s how NewView Capital is rewriting the rules of late-stage investing.

Ravi Viswanathan started NewView Capital in 2018 after leading enterprise investing at top Silicon Valley VC firm NEA for nearly 15 years. As a registered investment advisor, NewView Capital is able to take large stakes in late-stage companies via growth equity or traditional capital, unlike traditional VC firms. Visa’s $5.3 billion acquisition of Plaid, a NewView portfolio company, is Viswanathan’s third massive exit since starting the firm. NewView also invested in Acquia, a cloud services software company acquired by Vista Equity for $1 billion in September, and Scout, a procurement software company acquired by Workday for $540 million in November. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Not every company… Read More

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The history of Amtrak’s new Acela trains, which will likely be delayed beyond their 2021 estimated date

Amtrak’s Acela 21 project aims to have new trainsets running between Boston and Washington D.C. by 2021. Earlier this week, Amtrak showed off the exteriors of the first of its new trains. A new report from the railroad’s inspector general predicted that management weaknesses could cause delays in the new trains’ rollout beyond the expected date. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Amtrak’s new Acela trainsets will be sleek, with lower energy usage and more inviting interiors But none of that matters if passengers can’t ride them. New trains from the $2.1 billion Acela 21 project are supposed to be up and running by 2021, but a new report… Read More

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China has put 33 million people on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak. An urban planner says there’s no way to seal off a city.

At least 12 Chinese cities have been put on lockdown as a deadly coronavirus spreads across the country. The virus has killed 41 people and infected nearly 1,300. It has spread to at least 10 countries outside China, including France, Australia, and the US. The city where the virus originated — Wuhan, China — has been quarantined since Thursday. An urban planner said there’s no way to completely seal off a city, but shutting down transportation significantly reduces the chances that people will leave. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Most urban planners don’t design a city with the idea of sealing it off. Many advocate for the opposite:… Read More

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NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope is retiring after 16 years of incredible infrared imaging. It revealed nebulas and galaxies as we’d never seen before.

One of NASA’s most powerful space telescopes, the Spitzer Space Telescope, is retiring at the end of this month after 16 years. Spitzer measures infrared light, which allows it to see through clouds of gas and dust in space. The telescope has generated some of the most awe-inspiring images that we have of nebulas and galaxies, and led to many groundbreaking discoveries. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. One of NASA’s most powerful space telescopes is retiring at the end of this month, after an illustrious 16-year career. The Spitzer Space Telescope launched nearly 16 years ago with a profound mission: “to provide a unique, infrared view of the… Read More

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NASA is hiring someone to help figure out how to get Mars rocks back to Earth — and the position pays at least $182,000

NASA is looking to hire a director for its Mars Sample Return program, which aims to bring rocks and soil from the red planet back to Earth for study. The first part of that work — the launch of the 2020 Mars rover — is planned for July. NASA is offering a salary of up to $188,066 for the role. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. NASA is looking to fill an intriguing new role: The space agency needs someone to direct a mission to get the first rocks from Mars back to Earth. Formally, the job is director of the Mars Sample Return (MSR) program, which aims to… Read More

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The controversial Nike Vaporfly may be banned professionally, joining a growing list of infamous sneakers that fetch hundreds online

The Nike Vaporfly sneaker is likely to be banned by World Athletics, which oversees international running events, in the next few weeks. Other sneakers have caused a similar uproar in the past for various reasons. A pair of Air Jordan 1s were famously banned in 1984 by the NBA because of their flashy color. StockX, the leading resale marketplace, shared a list of some other controversial sneakers that have gone down in history for their drama. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. There is no controversial sneaker hall of fame. But if there was, the Nike Vaporfly would certainly deserve an induction. The running shoe has caused an uproar… Read More

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