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THE BLOCKCHAIN IN BANKING REPORT: The future of blockchain solutions and technologies
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:03:00 +0000   

Why EMEA Banks are exploring BlockchainBI Intelligence

Nearly every global bank is experimenting with blockchain technology as they try to unleash the cost savings and operational efficiencies it promises to deliver. 

Banks are exploring the technology in a number of ways, including through partnerships with fintechs, membership in global consortia, and via the building of their own in-house solutions. 

In this report, BI Intelligence outlines why and in what ways banks are exploring blockchain technology, provides details on three major banks' blockchain efforts based on in-depth interviews, and highlights other notable blockchain-based experiments underway by global banks. It also discusses the likely trends that will emerge in the technology over the next several years, and the factors that will be critical to the success of banks implementing blockchain-based solutions.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report:

  • Most banks are exploring the use of blockchain technology in order to streamline processes and cut costs. However, they are also looking to leverage additional advantages, including increased competitiveness with fintechs, and the ability to use the technology to create new business models. 
  • Banks are starting to narrow their focus, and are increasingly honing in on tangible use cases for blockchain technology that solve real problems faced by their businesses. 
  • Regulators are taking an increased interest in blockchain technology, and they're working alongside major banks to develop regulatory frameworks. 
  • Blockchain-based solutions will start to emerge in different areas of financial services. The most successful solutions will solve specific problems for banks and attract a large enough network to create widespread benefits. 

 In full, the report:

  • Outlines banks' experiments with blockchain technology. 
  • Details blockchain projects at three major banks — UBS, Credit Suisse, and Banco Santander — based on in-depth interviews. 
  • Discusses the likely trends that will emerge in the technology over the next several years.
  • Highlights the factors that will be critical to the success of banks implementing blockchain-based solutions.

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Food startup Eatsa sued for not making kiosks accessible to blind - Reuters
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:02:00 +0000   


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Trump's reputation as a dealmaker is on the line with the GOP's troubled Obamacare replacement bill
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:03:29 +0000   
Trump ran for president as a "dealmaker," but he might be doubting himself with the upcoming GOP replacement bill.
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ESPN's Stephen A Smith got into an epic shouting match with Lavar Ball over Michael Jordan
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:43:00 +0000   


LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA's Lonzo Ball, has proven over and over that he is not short on confidence in either himself or any of his three basketball-playing sons. That swagger reached epic proportions Thursday during a segment on ESPN's "First Take."

Host Stephen A. Smith challenged Ball on his recent comments that he could have beaten Michael Jordan one-on-one in his prime. 

Ball wouldn't back down, saying "[Jordan] would need help. He's too small." 

This got Smith even more fired up than usual and Ball was up to the task. The two traded verbal punches like Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. For each Smith exclamation, Ball just upped the ante, saying Lonzo is better than Stephen Curry and that he would have an impact on the Lakers similar to Magic Johnson.

While there was no winner in this debate, one thing was clear: Stephen A. Smith finally met his match and we are the real winners for having this to watch.

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The fintech ecosystem explained
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:01:00 +0000   


We’ve entered the most profound era of change for financial services companies since the 1970s brought us index mutual funds, discount brokers and ATMs.

No firm is immune from the coming disruption and every company must have a strategy to harness the powerful advantages of the new fintech revolution.

The battle already underway will create surprising winners and stunned losers among some of the most powerful names in the financial world: The most contentious conflicts (and partnerships) will be between startups that are completely reengineering decades-old practices, traditional power players who are furiously trying to adapt with their own innovations, and total disruption of established technology & processes:

  • Traditional Retail Banks vs. Online-Only Banks: Traditional retail banks provide a valuable service, but online-only banks can offer many of the same services with higher rates and lower fees

  • Traditional Lenders vs. Peer-to-Peer Marketplaces: P2P lending marketplaces are growing much faster than traditional lenders—only time will tell if the banks strategy of creating their own small loan networks will be successful

  • Traditional Asset Managers vs. Robo-Advisors: Robo-advisors like Betterment offer lower fees, lower minimums and solid returns to investors, but the much larger traditional asset managers are creating their own robo-products while providing the kind of handholding that high net worth clients are willing to pay handsomely for.

As you can see, this very fluid environment is creating winners and losers before your eyes…and it’s also creating the potential for new cost savings or growth opportunities for both you and your company.

After months of researching and reporting this important trend, Sarah Kocianski, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has put together an essential report on the fintech ecosystem that explains the new landscape, identifies the ripest areas for disruption, and highlights the some of the most exciting new companies. These new players have the potential to become the next Visa, Paypal or Charles Schwab because they have the potential to transform important areas of the financial services industry like:

  • Retail banking

  • Lending and Financing

  • Payments and Transfers
Wealth and Asset Management

  • Markets and Exchanges

  • Insurance

  • Blockchain Transactions

If you work in any of these sectors, it’s important for you to understand how the fintech revolution will change your business and possibly even your career. And if you’re employed in any part of the digital economy, you’ll want to know how you can exploit these new technologies to make your employer more efficient, flexible and profitable.

Fintech Ecosystem Diagram 2016BII

Among the big picture insights you'll get from The Fintech Ecosystem ReportThe Emerging Technologies and Firms Driving Change in Financial Services and How Legacy Players Can Navigate The Disruption:

  • Fintech investment continues to grow. After landing at $19 billion in total in 2015, global fintech funding had already reached $15 billion by mid-August 2016.
  • The areas of fintech attracting media and investor attention are changing. Insurtech, robo-advisors, and digital-only banks are only a few of the segments making waves. B2B fintechs are also playing an increasingly prominent role in the ecosystem. 
  • It's not all good news for fintechs. Major hurdles, including customer acquisition and profitability, remain. As a result, many are becoming more willing to enter partnerships and adjust their business models. 
  • Incumbents are enacting strategies to ensure they remain relevant. Many financial firms have woken up to the threat posed by fintechs and are implementing innovation strategies to stave off disruption. The majority of these strategies involve some interaction with fintech firms. 
  • The relationship between incumbents and fintechs continues to evolve. Fintechs are no longer viewed exclusively as a threat, nor can they be ignored. They are increasingly viewed as partners, but that narrative alone is too simple — in reality, a more nuanced connection is taking hold. 

This exclusive report also:

  • Assesses the state of the fintech industry. 
  • Gives details on the drivers of its growth. 
  • Explains which areas of fintech are gaining traction. 
  • Outlines the range of current and potential models for fintech and incumbent interaction. 

The Fintech Ecosystem ReportThe Emerging Technologies and Firms Driving Change in Financial Services and How Legacy Players Can Navigate The Disruption is how you get the full story on the fintech revolution.

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Another person has died on a for-profit prison transport
Fri, 24 Mar 2017 02:01:00 +0000   
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Former Homeland Security chief: ’Trump talks about winning — right now, Putin is winning'
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Tom Ridge said partisan squabbling among US lawmakers is playing right into Putin's hands.
Theo Epstein on being named world's top leader: 'I can't even get my dog to stop peeing in the house'
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Theo Epstein said being named Fortune's No. 1 World Leader is "patently ridiculous," citing his own lack of success in dog training.
Twitter is exploring a new way to make money from its most active users
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Saudi Arabia is in 'serious discussions' with the NYSE in what could be the biggest IPO ever
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TRUMP ISSUES ULTIMATUM: Pass this bill or Obamacare stays
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Devin Nunes is walking back his statement that Trump said "somewhat" vindicated his shocking wiretapping allegations.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to NYC schools: 'We're not allowing ICE agents in the building'
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GOP lawmakers slammed Obamacare for Medicare cuts — but Trumpcare doesn't undo them
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The eSports competitive video gaming market continues to grow revenues & attract investors
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 23:02:00 +0000   

eSports Advertising and SponsorshipsBII

What is eSports? History & Rise of Video Game Tournaments

Years ago, eSports was a community of video gamers who would gather at conventions to play Counter Strike, Call of Duty, or League of Legends.

These multiplayer video game competitions would determine League of Legends champions, the greatest shooters in Call of Duty, the cream of the crop of Street Fighter players, the elite Dota 2 competitors, and more.

But today, as the history of eSports continue to unfold, media giants such as ESPN and Turner are broadcasting eSports tournaments and competitions. And in 2014, Amazon acquired Twitch, the live streaming video platform that has been and continues to be the leader in online gaming broadcasts. And YouTube also wanted to jump on the live streaming gaming community with the creation of YouTube Gaming.

eSports Market Growth Booming

To put in perspective how big eSports is becoming, a Google search for "lol" does not produce "laughing out loud" as the top result. Instead, it points to League of Legends, one of the most popular competitive games in existence. The game has spawned a worldwide community called the League of Legends Championship Series, more commonly known as LCS or LOL eSports.

What started as friends gathering in each other's homes to host LAN parties and play into the night has become an official network of pro gaming tournaments and leagues with legitimate teams, some of which are even sponsored and have international reach. Organizations such as Denial, AHQ, and MLG have multiple eSports leagues.

And to really understand the scope of all this, consider that the prize pool for the latest Dota 2 tournament was more than $20 million.

Websites even exist for eSports live scores to let people track the competitions in real time if they are unable to watch. There are even fantasy eSports leagues similar to fantasy football, along with the large and growing scene of eSports betting and gambling.

So it's understandable why traditional media companies would want to capitalize on this growing trend just before it floods into the mainstream. Approximately 300 million people worldwide tune in to eSports today, and that number is growing rapidly. By 2020, that number will be closer to 500 million.

eSports Industry Analysis - The Future of the Competitive Gaming Market

Financial institutions are starting to take notice. Goldman Sachs valued eSports at $500 million in 2016 and expects the market will grow at 22% annually compounded over the next three years into a more than $1 billion opportunity.

And industry statistics are already backing this valuation and demonstrating the potential for massive earnings. To illustrate the market value, market growth, and potential earnings for eSports, consider Swedish media company Modern Times Group's $87 million acquisition of Turtle Entertainment, the holding company for ESL. YouTube has made its biggest eSports investment to date by signing a multiyear broadcasting deal with Faceit to stream the latter's Esports Championship Series. And the NBA will launch its own eSports league in 2018.

Of course, as with any growing phenomenon, the question becomes: How do advertisers capitalize? This is especially tricky for eSports because of its audience demographics, which is young, passionate, male-dominated, and digital-first. They live online and on social media, are avid ad-blockers, and don't watch traditional TV or respond to conventional advertising.

So what will the future of eSports look like? How high can it climb? Could it reach the mainstream popularity of baseball or football? How will advertisers be able to reach an audience that does its best to shield itself from advertising?

Robert Elder, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled an unparalleled report on the eSports ecosystem that dissects the growing market for competitive gaming. This comprehensive, industry-defining report contains more than 30 charts and figures that forecast audience growth, average revenue per user, and revenue growth.

Companies and organizations mentioned in the report include: NFL, NBA, English Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, Ligue 1, Ligue de Football, Twitch, Amazon, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Electronic Arts, EA Sports, Valve, Riot Games, Activision Blizzard, ESL, Turtle Entertainment, Dreamhack, Modern Times Group, Turner Broadcasting, TBS Network, Vivendi, Canal Plus, Dailymotion, Disney, BAMTech, Intel, Coca Cola, Red Bull, HTC, Mikonet

Here are some eSports industry facts and statistics from the report:

  • eSports is a still nascent industry filled with commercial opportunity.
  • There are a variety of revenue streams that companies can tap into.
  • The market is presently undervalued and has significant room to grow.
  • The dynamism of this market distinguishes it from traditional sports.
  • The audience is high-value and global, and its numbers are rising.
  • Brands can prosper in eSports by following the appropriate game plan.
  • Game publishers approach their Esport ecosystems in different ways.  
  • Successful esport games are comprised of the same basic ingredients.
  • Digital streaming platforms are spearheading the popularity of eSports.
  • Legacy media are investing into eSports, and seeing encouraging results.
  • Traditional sports franchises have a clear opportunity to seize in eSports.
  • Virtual and augmented reality firms also stand to benefit from eSports.  

In full, the report illuminates the business of eSports from four angles:

  • The gaming nucleus of eSports, including an overview of popular esport genres and games; the influence of game publishers, and the spectrum of strategies they adopt toward their respective esport scenes; the role of eSports event producers and the tournaments they operate.
  • The eSports audience profile, its size, global reach, and demographic, psychographic, and behavioral attributes; the underlying factors driving its growth; why they are an attractive target for brands and broadcasters; and the significant audience and commercial crossover with traditional sports.
  • eSports media broadcasters, including digital avant-garde like Twitch and YouTube, newer digital entrants like Facebook and traditional media outlets like Turner’s TBS Network, ESPN, and Canal Plus; their strategies and successes in this space; and the virtual reality opportunity.
  • eSports market economics, with a market sizing, growth forecasts, and regional analyses; an evaluation of the eSports spectacle and its revenue generators, some of which are idiosyncratic to this industry; strategic planning for brand marketers, with case studies; and an exploration of the infinite dynamism and immense potential of the eSports economy.

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THE IoT 101 REPORT: Your essential guide to the Internet of Things
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:01:00 +0000   


You’ve likely heard the phrase Internet of Things, or IoT, at some point if you have been following any tech news in the last several years.

But at the same time, you might be scratching your head figuring out what it is or what it means past a flashy buzzword.

Simply put, the IoT refers to the connection of devices (other than typical fare such as computers and smartphones) to the Internet. Cars, refrigerators, juicers, wine racks, heart monitors, ovens, watches, and more are all candidates for connection.

A new report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, called IoT 101: The Essential Guide to the Internet of Things, outlines the basics of the IoT and what this next wave of technology means to the everyday individual. The report dives into key IoT terms, predictions and trends for the IoT in the next five years, the industries that the IoT will affect the most, and the biggest challenges facing the IoT.

Here are the key takeaways from the report:

  • The IoT will surge into the mainstream by the end of this decade to include 24 billion devices. This would mean that approximately four IoT connected devices would exist for every human being on the planet.
  • Governments and companies will invest billions of dollars into IoT devices in the next few years. And that investment will pay off by generating trillions of dollars by 2025.
  • The IoT will profoundly transform daily life for governments, consumers, and businesses. These changes will occur in transportation, agriculture, utilities, smart cities, and more.
  • There are dozens of companies with their hands in the IoT space, and more will soon join them. The list includes Apple, Cisco, Microsoft, Fitbit, IBM, Google, Amazon, and more.

In full, the report:

  • Reveals the best IoT companies in which to invest.
  • Explains why system integration is the biggest challenge to those in the IoT space.
  • Details the biggest security and privacy issues that the IoT creates.
  • Dives into the 5 Stages of the IoT and explains why many companies have yet to fulfill the IoT's true potential.

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Ruport Murdoch reportedly sold $125 million in Theranos stock for just $1 (NWSA)
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:54:31 +0000   
Rupert Murdoch sold his shares from Theranos, and it could give the media mogul a nice tax writeoff.
A shocking new study just disproved the 130-year-old theory about where dinosaurs came from
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:53:35 +0000   
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It looks like the writing is on the wall for traditional TV
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:47:57 +0000   
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It is looking more and more like Johnny Manziel will soon be back in the NFL
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:46:00 +0000   

Johnny ManzielJason Miller/Getty

Johnny Manziel might be nearing a return to the NFL and according to one report, that return could happen soon and possibly with the New Orleans Saints.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Manziel met with Saints head coach Sean Payton during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. The pair reportedly discussed a return to the NFL.

"Sources: #Saints coach Sean Payton & Johnny Manziel were spotted together Super Bowl week, at breakfast. They discussed a return to football," Rapoport wrote on Twitter.

Earlier this month, Rapoport reported that there is "legitimate interest" in Manziel coming from NFL teams.

"There is some real interest," Rapoport said on the NFL Network. "There is some legitimate interest in Johnny Manziel, real, legitimate interest in Johnny Manziel. I would not be surprised if he is in the NFL in 2017."

While we don't know how strong the interest is from the Saints or whether a signing has any inevitability, Rapoport went on to note that the matchup "makes sense."

"Johnny Manziel has kept a low-profile as he trains for a return," Rapoport wrote. "Payton appears to have taken an interest in him. The Saints still need a backup QB. Payton could make the most of Manziel’s talent. Drew Brees would be a perfect mentor. A lot makes sense.

Of course, Manziel will need to convince teams that he has cleaned up his life. Rapoport says there is a good reason to believe he has. As Rapoport previously noted, the agent who fired Manziel as a client is once again representing the former Browns quarterback. This suggests that the agent was convinced that Manziel was on the right track.

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The CBO score for the updated version of 'Trumpcare' is out, and it's even worse than the original
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:41:38 +0000   
The new score from the Congressional Budget Office on the American Health Care Act showed 24 million Americans will still go without coverage under the bill.
There could be a $3 trillion shift in investing, and it poses a huge problem for mutual funds
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:40:00 +0000   
A report out March 17 by Morgan Stanley and Oliver Wyman indicates that the environment for ETFs is even better than originally thought.
30% of all Internet users will ad block by 2018
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:33:39 +0000   

Ad Blocking in USeMarketer

Ad blocking has grown far beyond a mere niche phenomenon into standard practice for many savvy Internet users.

eMarketer, the leading research firm for marketing in a digital world, estimates that about 25% of U.S. Internet users were employing ad blockers as of the end of 2016. But the practice remains skewed toward desktop/laptop computers and is less common on smartphones.

In an earlier media era, ad blocking consisted of going off to the bathroom when commercials came onto the TV screen. In the digital era, it is a bit more complicated: Consumers deploy technological means of blocking ads, while advertisers and publishers try to block the blockers.

This growing usage of ad blockers is leading to new challenges for anyone who needs to get their product in front of the eyeballs of readers and viewers.

eMarketer has put together the leading report on ad blocking that analyzes data from the company's latest estimates and forecast on ad blocking in the U.S. It shows that the practice is much more common via desktops/laptops than smartphones, and that it is concentrated among younger internet users.

Here are some key takeaways from the report:

  • The percentage of people using ad blockers is growing at a significant rate, though blocking established much of its presence earlier in the decade. eMarketer expects three in 10 internet users will be using blockers by the end of 2018.
  • Desktops/laptops—rather than smartphones—are the main venue for ad blocking. The proportion of desktop/laptop internet users who deploy blockers is more than twice as large as the proportion of smartphone users who do so. (However, as noted below, our definition of ad blocking excludes some smartphone actions that can have the effect of screening out ads a user might otherwise receive, even though this does not fall into the technical category of ad blocking.)
  • Unsurprisingly, younger people are more likely than their elders to use ad blockers. But the younger also conduct much of their digital activity on smartphones (where ad blocking is less feasible), which likely limits the amount of blocking that occurs in their typical digital day.
  • Ad blocking is still in a volatile stage, and it is possible that some sudden advance in technology could greatly alter the rate of blocker adoption by consumers.

The report also contains eight detailed charts that break down eMarketer's updated ad blocking forecast, quantify the population of ad blocking users, analyze the devices on which ad blocking is most prevalent, and points out some demographic wrinkles.

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Commercials during NFL games are on the rise and now Roger Goodell wants to change how they are shown
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:33:00 +0000   

On Wednesday, Roger Goodell wrote an open letter to NFL fans saying the league was taking steps to improve the pace and flow of games. On Thursday he went into even more detail, with one of those changes being how commercials are incorporated into the television broadcasts. 

While Goodell doesn't want to reduce the number of commercials, he says the number of actual commercial breaks has become overbearing and will be reduced while the number of commercials in each break will be increased.

The reason the number of breaks has become a problem appears to be because the number of commercials the networks are trying to shove into the three-hour broadcast has steadily risen in recent years. After sitting steady at about 64 commercials during an average game, that number has steadily risen to more than 69 per game in just the last six years.

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Its precision for photo editing makes it one of the best iPad accessories I own.
Trump met with truckers to push 'Trumpcare' — and Twitter is going crazy over the photos
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Donald Trump loves trucks, and the Internet is loving the photos. Donald Trump welcomed members of American Trucking Associations to the White House.
Oil has been defying economic theory
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Michigan's legendary Fab 5 team
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This lingerie startup surveyed thousands of women to create the best-fitting bra on the market
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:05:00 +0000   
Bras have existed for centuries, but ThirdLove is finally giving them the modern makeover they deserve by making them more comfortable for every woman.
'I call it the triple-headed monster': A 27-year-old realtor and landlord explains her favorite strategy for making money in real estate
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The top 5 predictions for the future of digital
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:04:00 +0000   

Henry Blodget  IGNITION 2016 Future of DigitalMicahel Seto/Business Insider

The future of digital is rapidly transforming right before our very eyes.

Digital is inheriting the earth, and the generational shift is in full force as millennials and Gen X grow older and smartphones, computers, and tablets become the go-to options for media consumption.

But the rise of digital won't just affect news. Advertising and television will also face major disruption in the coming years.

For the past seven years, IGNITION, Business Insider’s flagship conference, has collected the best minds in media and technology to share what they see as the future. Through unscripted interviews, cutting-edge demos, and insights from industry pioneers, attendees learn what key trends to be aware of and what they need to do to stay ahead.

Henry Blodget opened the latest sold-out IGNITION conference with a presentation entitled The Future of Digital: The Next Big Thing. And he should know...Blodget is co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Business Insider, one of the most-read business and tech news sites in the world with more than 80 million visitors a month worldwide.

The presentation was put together with the help of the team at BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service.

In the presentation, Blodget details where the future of digital is likely headed.

Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • Digital media consumption is growing. Everything else is shrinking.
  • Digital advertising is growing. Everything else is flat.
  • It's Google, Facebook, and then everyone else.
  • Traditional TV has passed its peak, but TV won't die.
  • The next big thing isn't smartwatches or glasses or even virtual reality.
  • And much more.

To get your copy of this FREE slide deck, simply click here.

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The NCAA issued a grim warning to North Carolina on the anniversary of its 'bathroom law'
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Shaquille O'Neal recants his stance on the Earth being flat: 'I'm joking, you idiots'
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Dozens of California communities are seeing patterns of lead poisoning that rival Flint
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Tillerson: 'Only a matter of time before' ISIS' founder meets his demise
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The human mind is hardwired to worry — here’s how the philosophy of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius can help you overcome it
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'Sleep with one eye open': Schools in Honduras are caught in the no-man's land of gang turf battles
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:43:00 +0000   
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A sex expert reveals 3 things that will help you have better sex
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GameStop tanks after missing on sales and signaling it will close some stores this year (GME)
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The player to watch in the Florida and Wisconsin Sweet 16 matchup is the smallest guy on the court at 6 feet tall
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 20:37:00 +0000   
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Egg freezing for fertility is surging in popularity — here's why
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A Fed official warns that another real estate bubble could collapse financial stability
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Meet the puppies that are trained by the military to find bombs on the battlefield
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There's about to be a solar 'boom' in India and companies are lining up to profit
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Here's what it takes to get into America's best business schools
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The BBC dad gave another interview from his office — but he remembered to lock the door this time
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US officials warn that North Korea will test another missile soon
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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:37:00 +0000   
The US legal marijuana industry is expected to survive the Trump presidency, according to new market research.
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The father of a child with autism whom Trump's Supreme Court nominee ruled against urged senators not to confirm him
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Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:07:36 +0000   
Republicans may have to delay their vote on the American Health Care Act, which was expected on Thursday.
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Immersive video is the future of digital advertising
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:01:00 +0000   

360 videoScreenshot / YouTube

The digital ad space is murky, and it's becoming increasingly clear that users aren't seeing as many ads thanks to ad-blocking technology.

And even when they do see ads, more than 60% of users say they find them annoying and intrusive.

Furthermore, people have been shifting to mobile as their primary media consumption device in the last three years, while ad spend lagged. In short, the industry is reactive rather than proactive. As a result, U.S. digital ad revenue has become Google and Facebook, followed by everyone else.

But immersive video through virtual and augmented reality could change all that.

For the past seven years, IGNITION, Business Insider’s flagship conference, has collected the best minds in media and technology to share what they see as the future. Through unscripted interviews, cutting-edge demos, and insights from industry pioneers, attendees learn what key trends to be aware of and what they need to do to stay ahead.

At this year's IGNITION, Dylan Mortensen, senior research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, presented You Missed Mobile - Don't Miss Immersive Video, which describes how new financial technology is disrupting relationships with consumers, regulators, and legacy players.

To get your copy of this FREE slide deck, simply click here.

The US Navy has a severe 'missile gap' with China and Russia — here's how it can beat them anyway
Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:00:00 +0000   
Lockheed Martin's Chris Mang told reporters that "defense is good" but "offense is better — people don’t shoot back when they go away."


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