Facebook’s Stories feature is becoming a quiet hit, and could help reverse a troubling trend for the social network (FB)

The number of people using Facebook’s Stories feature is steadily increasing, according to new data from Cowen. This trend could will likely help boost the average time users spend on Facebook — a figure that has been in decline for years. In doing so it could help rejuvenate Facebook after two years of constant scandals. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Facebook’s Stories product is becoming a quiet hit. People’s usage of the ephemeral sharing feature, which lets you share photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours, has been steadily climbing upwards over the past year, and could help reverse a problematic trend the social network has faced… Read More

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The viral app that makes you look old with shocking precision may be quietly keeping all your data — but so is Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and everything else you’re already using

FaceApp has exploded in popularity in the last week, largely due to its ability to make users look old with eerie precision. Celebrities, influencers, and tens of millions of other people are suddenly using the app — and in the process, those users are allowing FaceApp to access their photo libraries and camera. The app is facing scrutiny from critics and politicians, who say people should be wary of its origins in Russia. This may be true, but it’s missing a much bigger point: If you’re using Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, or many other services, you’ve already given over access to much, much more of your data. Visit Business Insider’s… Read More

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uBiome just added 2 board members who specialize in restructuring as the troubled poop-testing startup grapples with its future

Troubled microbiome-testing company uBiome just added two new board members who specialize in restructuring troubled companies. Founded in 2012, uBiome raised $105 million from investors on the promise of exploring the “forgotten organ” that is the microbiome. In April the FBI raided uBiome’s headquarters, reportedly related to the company’s billing practices. As recently as April, the startup had six board members. That number dwindled down to one amid a string of resignations, including the company’s two cofounders. The new board members are Spencer Wells, a partner at Drivetrain Advisors, and Jan Baker, a retired partner at Latham & Watkins. Click here for more BI Prime stories. The troubled poop-testing firm… Read More

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Jon Stewart calls Mike Lee a ‘liar’ as Utah senator explains why he held up 9/11 fund

FILE – Entertainer and activist Jon Stewart lends his support to firefighters, first responders and survivors of the September 11 terror attacks at a hearing by the House Judiciary Committee as it considers permanent authorization of the Victim Compensation Fund, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. J. Scott Applewhite, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed two conservative senators — calling Utah Sen. Mike Lee a “liar” — for holding up legislation to reauthorize a fund that compensates 9/11 victims. Stewart, former host of “The Daily Show,” told Fox News that …read more Source:: Deseret News – Utah News       

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Barclays surveyed more than 400 investors about their biggest market fear — and a clear majority cited Trump’s global trade war

A Barclays survey of more than 400 investors showed widespread fear of how President Trump’s global trade war could affect markets. The survey follows Trump reigniting threats of increased tariffs against Chinese goods and a possible new conflict with France over a tax against US tech companies. Those surveyed were in less agreement over the current economic cycle, with investors split nearly 50-50 on whether the cycle is ending or simply in a rough patch. Visit the Markets Insider homepage for more stories. A Barclays survey of more than 400 investors revealed a widespread fear of a global trade war, with nearly 60% of those surveyed calling it the biggest… Read More

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Fortnite players can now earn loot from watching YouTube videos

Fortnite and YouTube exist hand-in-hand, and now Epic Games is rolling out a new feature that gives players free cosmetics for watching matches on YouTube. The new initiative is called “Drops,” and allows players to receive special Fortnite cosmetics when they link their YouTube and Epic Games account to watch certain Fortnite events. Epic has done similar things in the past on Twitch. Considering how popular Fortnite content is on YouTube, the partnership makes a lot of sense — especially ahead of the Fortnite World Cup next week. The event is expected to draw millions of viewers as top players compete for a collected prize pool of $30 million —… Read More

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An Illinois woman tracked down the family who used to live in her home after getting a postcard that was sent to them from Hong Kong in 1993

Kim Draper recently received a postcard that was sent to her home from Hong Kong in 1993. The postcard was written by a former tenant at the house in Springfield, Illinois. Draper has since learned that the postcard was written by a father was who was living overseas at the time. She connected with the man’s son, and plans to give the postcard to the family in person. Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more stories. An Illinois woman who recently found a postcard from 1993 in her mailbox has tracked down the man who sent it to his children more than two decades ago. Kim Draper’s story about the mysterious Hong… Read More

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Ben Higgins is Confused by All the Hannah Brown Sex Stuff

Ben Higgins says he has a few questions for Hannah Brown. And they all center around two rather important topics: 1. Religion. 2. Sex. We’ve suddenly got your attention, don’t we? During a podcast discussion on Tuesday with Bachelor Nation’s Courtney Robertson, Higgins honed in on how open Brown has been during this season of The Bachelorette about the pair of subject cited above. She has talked often about both her faith and, to be frank, her f-cking. We’re not being crass here. Hannah literally told the camera that she “f-cked” one of her suitors in a windmill. Twice. “One thing that I think Hannah is doing that is a… Read More

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