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Twitter says Trump's taunting North Korea with a 'nuclear button' does not violate its terms of service

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  • Twitter responded to a new round of complaints about President Donald Trump’s tweets on North Korea Tuesday.
  • Users on the social-media platform called out Trump’s musings about a so-called nuclear button on his desk.
  • Trump was responding to new rhetoric from the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who on New Year’s Day claimed that he had a “nuclear button” while implying he was prepared to strike the US.

Twitter said that President Donald Trump’s latest provocative tweets toward the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un do not violate its terms of service.

The social-media platform was responding to complaints and inquiries on Tuesday night following Trump’s tweets in which he claimed he had a “nuclear button” that is “bigger and more powerful” than Kim Jong Un’s.

Trump was responding to claims the North Korean leader made on New Year’s Day, in which Kim said, “The entire United States is within range of our nuclear weapons, and a nuclear button is always on my desk. This is reality, not a threat.”

The president’s tweets caused some alarm and prompted some Twitter users to make a show of reporting the tweets directly to Twiter and its CEO, Jack Dorsey. A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement Tuesday night that Trump’s North Korea tweets do not amount to a “specific threat,” and thus do not warrant disciplinary action.

The spokesperson pointed to Twitter’s policy on violent threats and glorification of violence: “You may not make specific threats of violence or wish for the serious physical harm, death, or disease of an individual or group of people,” the rule states.

It is not the first time the question has been raised about whether Trump’s Twitter account should be — or can be — suspended. As noted by Business Insider’s Steve Kovach last month, Twitter’s new abuse policy seemingly exempts Trump from punishment on the platform.

The rule states: “This policy does not apply to military or government entities and we will consider exceptions for groups that are currently engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution.”

But that explanation apparently did not stop people from taking their gripes directly to Twitter. Images surfaced late Tuesday night appearing to show the text, “Ban @realDonaldTrump,” and “@jack is #complicit” projected onto the facade of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco.

SEE ALSO: TRUMP TO NORTH KOREA: My ‘nuclear button’ is bigger than yours

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DIGITAL ENGAGEMENT AND THE CONNECTED CAR: How cars are transforming into digital platforms and opening an entirely new channel for service providers

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Media consumption is at a saturation point. After rising for much of the last decade, total digital time spent has been nearly static since the start of 2015. As a result, it’s increasingly difficult for content producers to win over minutes of consumers’ time.

One platform, though, is poised to move the needle and provide a new avenue to boost digital time spent: the connected car. Consumers will spend more time in cars that offer a range of connectivity options, giving them the chance to use the services they know and love in the car.

The key question for service providers is how to take advantage of the connected car by integrating their services into this growing platform.

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we provide a roadmap for service providers looking to offer their services in the car. We analyze media consumption and overall digital time spent trends, and then forecast the growth of the connected car market in relation to the digital time opportunity. Finally, we propose potential routes that service providers can take to get into connected cars and ride-hailing vehicles.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • Digital time spent has become nearly static; however, people are spending more time in cars every year, and the growth of connected cars will likely turn these extra minutes into digital time.
  • Getting services into the car is more complicated than ever before, and will require service providers to take different approaches to integration.
  • The introduction of autonomous vehicles and the growth of ride-hailing services in the coming years will completely change what people can do in cars, which will alter the requirements for digital services in these developing platforms.

In full, the report:

  • Analyzes trends in digital time spent and the growth of connected cars.
  • Explains the connected-car ecosystem, where service providers fit in, and what relationships they need to succeed in the space.
  • Provides a detailed explanation of the future of connected cars, which will expand media consumption and offer new e-commerce and payments opportunities.

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Content moderators for tech giants like Facebook and YouTube reveal what it's like to sift through some of the most disturbing material on the internet

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  • People who are hired to sift through online postings that have been flagged on platforms like Facebook and YouTube say the job takes a tremendous psychological toll.
  • The moderators are frequently tasked with watching disturbing video and images of child sexual abuse, violence, animal cruelty, and more.
  • One former moderator described the role as “watching the content of deranged psychos … who don’t have a conscience.”

A legion of temporary employees who are tasked with moderating content on platforms like Facebook and YouTube say they were unprepared for the emotional and psychological toll the job would take.

The content moderators are hired to sift through online posts, including pictures and video that were flagged as inappropriate. Several of those employees shared their experiences in a Wall Street Journal report published Wednesday night.

Moderators said they watched images of war victims who had been “gutted,” and “child soldiers engaged in killings.” A former moderator who worked at Facebook recalled watching video of a cat thrown into a microwave, The Journal reported.

Shaka Tafari, who moderated content on the Whisper messaging app, said he was “alarmed” by the number of messages that contained references to rape, or included images of bestiality and animal abuse.

“I was watching the content of deranged psychos in the woods somewhere who don’t have a conscience for the texture or feel of human connection,” Tafari told The Journal.

Tech giants oversee thousands of content moderators — jobs that are typically staffed through temporary employment agencies and have a high turnover rate due to the nature of the work. But that turnover could also be attributed to the emotional stress of the role, according to former employees interviewed by The Journal.

Some of those people claimed they had few tools to deal with the aftereffects of a job that required them to consume some of the most depraved material on the internet. Content moderators at Facebook and Microsoft are offered various avenues for psychological counseling, The Journal reported, but some of the employees said it was not enough. Moderators typically left the job within a year or less.

Content moderation became a hot-button issue on Facebook in particular this year after the fallout from the 2016 US election, when it was revealed that Russia leveraged the platform to execute influence campaigns that boosted then-candidate Donald Trump and disparaged his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Though Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg initially balked at the notion, the social-media platform later admitted that Russia-based operatives published some 80,000 posts on the platform over a two-year period.

The matter gained heightened urgency this week when The Washington Post reported that Russia’s election-influence efforts would likely continue, as officials recently warned that digital platforms are still vulnerable to such misuse.

SEE ALSO: Mueller is reportedly zeroing in on the Trump campaign’s data operation — and the RNC

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Video captures a 3-car crash as a SpaceX rocket flies over California

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  • Dashcam video captured a three-car crash as a SpaceX rocket was flying over Southern California.
  • Cars appeared to be slowing down to watch the Falcon 9 rocket that launched on Friday night.
  • That SpaceX mission captivated people all over the region, and even prompted some emergency calls from people who were unaware of the scheduled launch.

Three cars collided on a Southern California freeway as a SpaceX rocket soared over the region Friday night. Video from a dashboard camera captured the crash, which happened on the westbound Interstate 10 in the city of Banning, about 90 miles east of Los Angeles.

A man and some children inside the vehicle that captured the video can be heard talking about the rocket when traffic began to slow down. A white Toyota Corolla in the left lane then gets rear-ended by a minivan, pushing that Corolla into a Toyota RAV4 SUV.

SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying a collection of 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit. The payload was destined for a constellation of communications satellites owned by Iridium Communications. SpaceX conducted a similar launch for the same company in June.

The launch caused widespread confusion in Southern California and even prompted some emergency calls from people who were unaware of the scheduled launch.

Watch the crash below (starting at the 1:13 mark):

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SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch baffled people with an eerie light show in the sky above Southern California

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SpaceX launched its Falcon 9 rocket on Friday night, creating a dazzling display in the sky above Southern California, and baffling some people who had no idea what was happening.

Watch some of the reactions from the ground:

“What did I just witness,” one man asked:

“It must be a comet.”

“Are we about to die?”

Sharing one Twitter user’s video, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk jokingly offered his own theory: “Nuclear alien UFO from North Korea.”

The confusion prompted emergency calls in the city of Riverside, about 55 miles east of Los Angeles, where the Riverside Fire Department sent out fire engines after receiving calls of “something exploding in the sky,” The Daily Breeze reported.

SpaceX launched this Falcon 9 mission from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base, carrying a collection of 10 satellites into low-Earth orbit. The payload is destined for a constellation of communications satellites owned by Iridium Communications. SpaceX conducted a similar launch for the same company in June.

Earlier on Friday, Musk offered photographic proof of a claim he made earlier this month — that he would launch his 2008 Tesla Roadster to Mars orbit in 2018. Musk, who also owns Tesla, shared a striking photo of the Roadster perched inside the carbon fiber fairing of a Falcon Heavy rocket.

“Test flights of new rockets usually contain mass simulators in the form of concrete or steel blocks. That seemed extremely boring,” Musk wrote in his Instagram post.

Dave Mosher contributed to this report.

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A local Washington state reporter shot video from inside the Amtrak train before it derailed

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  • A local reporter in Washington state managed to capture video aboard the Amtrak 501 train, around 10 minutes before it derailed, killing at least six people Monday morning.
  • The cause of the crash is under investigation.

A local reporter for local NBC affiliate KING 5 News captured video footage aboard the Amtrak train that derailed in DuPont, Washington, on Monday.

“I shot this video on board the #Amtrak501 in the 6 o clock hour this morning,” Alex Rozier said on Twitter. “We got off after shooting the video. This specific car on the train derailed minutes after we shot this video.”

“In the 7 o clock hour that same train derailed, Rozier continued. “We got off 10 minutes before the crash.”

In the video, Rozier is seen on the train that eventually derailed at around 7:40 a.m., killing at least three people and sending at least 100 people to the hospital, according to the Associated Press.

In another video, Rozier pans a camera to Jim, a photographer, and asks, “What do you think?”

Jim replies: “Smooth ride.”

“TV news crews often get pulled from one story to go to the next breaker. This time it may have saved @AlexRozierK5 and @King5unit9’s lives,” tweeted KING 5 News reporter Elisa Hahn.

The train was making its first trip on a new route from Seattle in 6:00 a.m. to Portland about 3 1/2 hours later, the Associated Press said. It was the first time the public used a new bypass built on an existing rail line along the highway from Tacoma, Washington to DuPont, near where the train derailed.

Seventy-seven passengers and seven crew members were aboard when it derailed, pulling 13 cars from the tracks. National Transportation Safety Board investigators were looking at the scene to determine the cause.

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THE AUTONOMOUS TRUCKING REPORT: How self-driving technology is disrupting the way goods are delivered and creating opportunities for retailers and shipping firms

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Trucking is set to transform radically in the coming years, with innovative technologies enabling trucks to take over more and more driving responsibilities, saving time and money for operators and businesses that rely on shipping.

Autonomous trucks are being tested on roads around the world, and systems from startups like Peloton and Embark could make their way into commercial trucks as soon as next year. Fleets will be able to leverage autonomous technologies to cut costs and gain a critical edge over competitors.

But to start planning for, and to eventually implement, those technologies, companies need to know what sorts of systems will be ready and when, and what regulatory hurdles will need to be overcome to get autonomous trucks on the road. 

In a new report from BI Intelligence, we provide an early glimpse into the emerging autonomous trucking market. First, we look at the trucking market as it stands today, offering a basic profile of the industry and highlighting a number of the challenges and issues it faces. Then, we go through the three waves of autonomous technology that are set to upend the industry — platooning, semi-autonomous systems, and fully autonomous trucks — looking at who is making strides in each of these areas, when the technology can be expected to start making an impact, and what companies can do to get ahead of the curve.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • Advanced and autonomous technology will enable operators and shipping firms to eradicate some of the challenges that have long plagued them. Trucks will take over more and more driving responsibilities, saving time and money for operators and businesses that rely on shipping.
  • The impact of autonomous technologies on the trucking industry will come in three major waves: platooning or fuel-saving vehicle convoys, semi-autonomous highway control systems, and fully autonomous trucks.
  • Change to the trucking industry will be gradual but inexorable. Companies with foresight can start to make long-term plans to account for the ways that autonomous technologies will change how goods and products move from place to place.

In full, the report:

  • Analyzes the development of autonomous trucking technology.
  • Explains the waves in which advanced and autonomous technologies will start to impact the trucking industry, providing detailed explanations of how a company can take advantage of the disruptive technology transforming logistics at each stage.
  • Profiles the efforts of the companies that are at the forefront of new technology in trucking, looking at what they’re working on and when their efforts could start to impact the market.

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Oscar Health is making a big bet on personalized care that people traditionally spend as much as $40,000 on

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  • Oscar Health, the $2.7 billion health insurance startup, wants to have all of its members using concierge medical care in 2018.
  • The plan to create ‘Concierge for All’ relies on teams of doctors and other healthcare professionals who work with Oscar to help you navigate everything from insurance benefits to questions about your health.
  • It’s something people often spend tens of thousands of dollars on every year in addition to their traditional insurance. 

Oscar Health, the health insurance startup, is giving all of its members access to a team of healthcare professionals they can turn to for help navigating their healthcare.

The service is what’s known as concierge care, and it might seem like a foreign concept to most Americans who struggle navigating the often complex and frustrating healthcare market. But such personalized care often comes at a high cost. Some ’boutique’ or high-end concierge services can cost as much as $40,000 a year per family, on top of the insurance premiums that family pays.

Oscar is trying to change that. The $2.7 billion health-insurance startup is making a big push to make concierge care the centerpiece of their members’ healthcare experience, with all its members using it. 

Here’s how it works

  • Oscar members are assigned a personalized concierge team of one nurse and three clinicians with specialized knowledge of the patient’s local healthcare networks. The idea is that teams with localized knowledge will be better informed when making recommendations and referrals.
  • Those healthcare professionals can answer any questions you have about your insurance benefits, or about that strange bump on your neck, help the member get a prescription or a referral to a specialist. 
  • While Oscar members don’t physically meet with their teams, they can contact them over the phone or through secure messaging on the company’s mobile app.
  • Concierge doctors will also be able to initiate contact with their patients with the help of clinical dashboards, which collect claims records and other data about the patients’ medical history to give doctors more context on a person’s health than what they might otherwise learn from electronic health records.  


“One of the things that we are able to do because we have a lot of data is to flag to care teams the defective conditions that members may have in our clinical dashboard and say ‘hey, you really should go in and see a doctor. We think you might have something and you should get some medication for it,'” Chelsea Cooper, Oscar’s Senior Vice President of Member & Strategy Operations, told Business Insider. “And that’s something we’re able to do because we’re a tech company.”

Since launching its concierge services in full earlier this year, Oscar says 70% of its roughly 90,000 members have interacted with a concierge team, although those who engaged had an average of only three interactions. The company says concierge care has even helped its members save money on out-of-network costs. 

Now Oscar is trying to universalize the service with a “Concierge for All” campaign to encourage 100% of its members to start using it next year. 

“We think healthcare is very personal and that these changes really matter,” Cooper said. “You want to know the [concierge team] so that you can trust them and take their recommendations about which doctor to go to and whether you should go to the ER or an urgent care facility. We try to build that connection.” 

Surviving as the market shifts

concierge healthcareThe future of American healthcare has taken on new dimensions over the last year as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress attempt to repeal Obamacare. But Oscar keeps pushing forward.

Earlier this year, Oscar announced it would start offering health insurance plans alongside the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio for the first time. In 2018, it plans to expand coverage from three states to six. 

Despite its optimism, Oscar is not immune to the financial challenges of the turbulent healthcare market. 

Last month, Oscar reported a $96 million third quarter loss across the three states where it currently sells coverage, according to Forbes. Although it was an improvement from the same quarter in 2016, it was in line with a continuing losses the company has experienced since its founding in 2012. 

But Oscar’s chief technology officer Alan Warren told Business Insider in June that such challenges, including the political debate over healthcare in Washington, will ultimately do little to deter the company from carrying out its mission. When the Trump administration slashed Obamacare advertising funding by 90% earlier this year, for example, Oscar ratcheted up its own advertising campaign in New York just in time for the most recent open enrollment period, which ends on Friday. 

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Betting against bitcoin is about to get a lot more expensive

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  • The cost of shorting bitcoin could skyrocket once futures trading starts on Sunday, says S3 Partners.
  • The ultra-volatile cryptocurrency has seen massive fluctuations in recent days, and making bets on either side of it is about to get more expensive.

If you think bitcoin has gotten out of hand, now is the time to make your wagers against the surging cryptocurrency.

New short positions on bitcoin are being charged an 18.5% fee right now. But that could swell to over 50% and possibly even approach 100% by the time Cboe Global Markets launches bitcoin futures trading on Sunday, according to financial analytics firm S3 Partners.

However, those who elect to short bitcoin should do so at their own peril, because the start of futures trading will also make it easier and safer for speculators to bet on further increases. Either way, transacting bitcoin is about to get more expensive for everyone involved, says S3.

“Both sides will be paying a premium in order to ride the bitcoin roller coaster once the CBOE futures start trading,” Ihor Dusaniwsky, S3’s managing director of predictive analytics wrote in a client note.

For context, the shorting method being analyzed by S3 involves the Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust, which is currently the only active exchange-traded fund whose performance is directly tied to the cryptocurrency’s market price. But it may not be the only game in town for long, as ETFs backed by the Winklevoss twins and SolidX Partners may get a boost in their quest for regulatory approval once futures trading is live.

Anyone investing in bitcoin will have to contend with a great deal of volatility. Since December 5, the digital coin’s price surged from just below $12,000 a coin to more than $17,000 at its peak. And in between, the cryptocurrency experienced intraday swings that created and erased billions of dollars of value in a matter of minutes.

Ultimately, if you think those rapid fluctuations will start being more pronounced to the downside, it’s best to make your wagers now, before the price of transacting gets too steep.

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The team behind one of 2016's best games just announced a gorgeous new project

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  • In 2016, a game named “Firewatch” was a breakout hit.
  • On Thursday night, the team behind “Firewatch” revealed a new game named “In the Valley of Gods.”
  • It’s not planned for release until 2019.

A gorgeous new game was revealed on Thursday evening — it’s called “In the Valley of Gods,” and it’s the second project from the small team behind 2016’s breakout hit “Firewatch.”

The game follows two female explorers as they document a trip through ancient Egyptian tombs in the 1920s, “uncovering treasure and treachery in pursuit of a discovery that could bring you fame and fortune—or leave you for dead, buried beneath the sands.” Campo Santo, the developers, describe the game as a “first-person adventure.”

In the Valley of Gods

“In the Valley of Gods” isn’t a direct sequel to “Firewatch,” but it’s a bit of a spiritual successor. “‘In the Valley of Gods’ is in no way related to ‘Firewatch,’ but if you enjoy well-told and well-acted dynamic video game stories, or you just really liked ‘Firewatch,’ this game is for you,” the game’s FAQ says.

There’s no release date for “In the Valley of Gods” just yet, but it’s planned for launch at some point in 2019 on PC, Mac, and potentially various home game consoles — that’s still up in the air.

Check out the full trailer right here:

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