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Steve Ballmer Goes Nuts At Preseason Game

businessinsider.com — For those who have seen new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer's speeches, this is not going to be a surprise. But for those who are not familiar with the antics of Ballmer, this season is going to be quite a shock.

Peter Thiel On Progress

businessinsider.com — Peter Thiel, the eccentric billionaire investor, had a conversation with Glenn Beck, the eccentric multi-media mogul. During the conversation Thiel said the following, which is a bit odd: I think one of the ... you know, the countercultural in the 60s was the hippies. You know, we landed on the moon in July of 1969.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @Dan_Rowinski: Somebody stop this guy … RT @SAI: Peter Thiel: Progress ended in 1969 when "the hippies took over the country." read.bi/ZOJIhu

Oct 23, 2014

RT @hblodget: PETER THIEL: Progress ended after we landed on the moon and “hippies took over the country” businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-on… @jyarow

Oct 23, 2014

PETER THIEL: Progress ended after we landed on the moon and “hippies took over the country” businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-on… @jyarow

Oct 23, 2014

You really have to wonder about Thiel's idea that progress ended in 1969. businessinsider.com/peter-thiel-on… via @sai

Oct 23, 2014

o_O RT @SAI: Peter Thiel: Progress ended in 1969 when "the hippies took over the country." read.bi/ZOJIhu

Scuttlebutt: Microsoft Was Once Very Close To Buying LinkedIn For A Couple Billion Dollars

businessinsider.com — Here's some fun scuttlebutt we heard this week. In the years before LinkedIn's 2011 IPO, Microsoft entered into talks to buy LinkedIn several times. At one point the deal was close to happening for around $500 million. Microsoft's last offer, in the months before LinkedIn's IPO, was somewhere close to $2 billion.
Oct 23, 2014

I know @nichcarlson’s title is Chief Correspondent, but it seems like that’s missing a “Scuttlebutt” in the middle businessinsider.com/scuttlebutt-mi…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @SAI: Scuttlebutt: Microsoft was close to buying LinkedIn for $2 billion in the months before it IPO'd. read.bi/ZOP6RB

Oct 23, 2014

Scuttlebutt: Microsoft was close to buying LinkedIn for $2 billion in the months before it IPO'd. read.bi/ZOP6RB

Initial Jobless Claims, Oct 23

businessinsider.com — The latest report on weekly initial jobless claims is set for release at the bottom of the hour. Expectations are for claims to rise some from last week, to 281,000 from 264,000. Last week's number was the lowest reading for the indicator since the week of April 15, 2000.

Senior US Officials Describe The 'Big Disconnect' In Obama's ISIS Strategy

businessinsider.com — Senior U.S. officials have provided new details of President Obama's plan to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in Syria, along with ideas as to why the strategy is fundamentally flawed. Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post reports that the Syrian opposition force to be recruited, vetted, and trained by the U.S.
Oct 23, 2014

“Senior US officials describe the 'big disconnect' in Obama's #ISIS strategy read.bi/ZOFM0e pic.twitter.com/bgKSc2wQDJ

Oct 23, 2014

RT @bi_politics: Senior US officials describe the 'big disconnect' in Obama's ISIS strategy read.bi/ZOFM0e pic.twitter.com/5kZYUr21H7

Oct 23, 2014

RT @BI_Defense: Senior US officials describe the 'big disconnect' in Obama's ISIS strategy read.bi/ZOFM0e pic.twitter.com/qWdLtr43t2

Highest-Paying Work From Home Jobs

businessinsider.com — Working from home doesn't mean sitting around in your pajamas all day and having to struggle to make ends meet. In fact, some companies will pay their telecommuters six figures to work from the comfort of their own home.

Caterpillar: Growing Middle Class Great For Sales

businessinsider.com — Caterpillar announced earnings this morning and demolished Q3 expectations. It also released an earnings video that was mostly a greatest-hits montage of their most impressive machines, so you may be surprised to learn that there was also some stuff in it about the tractor business!

Google Artificial Intelligence Hires

businessinsider.com — Google just upped its bid to get to the forefront of artificial intelligence research through the acqui-hire of two British AI companies and a subsequent partnership with Oxford University. Earlier this year, Google bought the artificial technology company DeepMind for $400 million, and now it's welcoming the seven founders of Dark Blue Labs and Vision Factory to that team.
Oct 23, 2014

Google just made a bunch of hires to tackle artificial intelligence read.bi/1rrsUU3

Oct 23, 2014

UmbrellaSkynet Corp. RT @businessinsider Google is building a strong team to tackle artificial intelligence read.bi/ZOMoLQ

Chiquita Shares Surge After Takeover Offer

businessinsider.com — Chiquita shares are surging after the company received an increased takeover offer from Cutrale-Safra. In pre-market trade on Thursday, shares of Chiquita were up nearly 8% after Cutrale-Safra offered to acquire the company for $14.50 per share.

Caterpillar Q3 Earnings Video

By Sam Ro
businessinsider.com — Caterpillar announced Q3 earnings that smashed expectations. As a global supplier of construction and mining equipment, Caterpillar is a pretty good bellwether of the global economy. The company's earnings announcement was accompanied by a 10-minute YouTube video in which executive discuss the financial results, long-term outlook, and initiatives within the company.
Oct 23, 2014

I have no idea what CAT said in its earnings video because TRACTORS! read.bi/ZOKcE9 pic.twitter.com/Rz0zRfk61i

Oct 23, 2014

RT @clusterstock: Caterpillar's earnings video is endless clips of tractors doing awesome stuff read.bi/ZOKcE9 pic.twitter.com/SAVnpGJkso

Marissa Mayer Yahoo Earnings Call

businessinsider.com — After taking a beating from loud, critical shareholders, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer used last night's earnings call to offer up a spirited defense of her decisions as CEO. In her prepared remarks, Mayer addressed, almost on a point-by-point basis, criticisms of her performance.
Oct 22, 2014

2,000 people have left Yahoo (read: been dismissed) due to performance issues: businessinsider.com/marissa-mayer-…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @carney: what happens to BI w/o @thestalwart. rT: “@jyarow: Kinda weird we have a topless photo of Marissa on the site. businessinsider.com/marissa-mayer-…

Oct 22, 2014

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Publicis Groupe Q3 Results

businessinsider.com — Maurice Lévy the CEO of advertising agency holding group Publicis Groupe, just admitted his company's lousy results in the last quarter were his own personal fault: He was distracted by the doomed, $35 billion merger with Omnicom that would have created the world's biggest agency network but collapsed in May.
Oct 23, 2014

Publicis CEO admits earnings statement contains 'Pure Rhetoric'; lousy results are his fault for being distracted read.bi/1owJt6h

Facebook US 2014 Marketing Campaign

businessinsider.com — Facebook is launching an advertising campaign in the US, across TV, outdoor, cinema and online on Sunday that is aiming to get Americans to use its standalone app Messenger in more creative ways. The TV spot, created by ad agency Wieden + Kennedy is far less weird than its bizarre - and widely-ridiculed - 2012 "Chairs are like Facebook" effort.
Oct 23, 2014

Facebook is launching a new TV ad in the US, and thankfully it’s nowhere near as weird as the last one read.bi/1owxNQX

Oct 23, 2014

Facebook Is Launching A New TV Ad And Thankfully It’s Nowhere Near As Weird As The Last One businessinsider.com/facebook-us-20… via @BI_Advertising

We Went LARPing - Business Insider

businessinsider.com — Live-action role-playing (or LARPing) was born on the fringes of American pop culture, a descendant of much-maligned hobbies like Dungeons and Dragons and other table games. In LARPing, players spend their weekend dressing up in costumes, adopting elaborate personae, and inhabiting a complex imagined world.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @JHWeissmann: You know, it's easy to make fun of LARPers, but they seem to be enjoying their weekends more than most businessinsider.com/we-went-larpin…

Oct 22, 2014

You know, it's easy to make fun of LARPers, but they seem to be enjoying their weekends more than most businessinsider.com/we-went-larpin…

Market Update, October 23

businessinsider.com — Stocks are surging on Thursday with each of the major stock indexes up nearly 1%. In early trade on Thursday, the Dow was up 210 points, or 1.3%, the S&P 500 was up 21 points, or 1%, and the Nasdaq was up 48 points, or 1.1%.

Video: Ted Cruz's Godfather Imitation

businessinsider.com — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is looking at running for president in 2016, is apparently a huge fan of "The Godfather." At the end of an interview on Bloomberg's "With All Due Respect" on Wednesday, Cruz was asked to either explain which character was "the most compelling" in the movie series or do his best "Godfather" imitation.
Oct 23, 2014

#2016 RT @businessinsider Watch Ted Cruz do his best imitation from "The Godfather" read.bi/ZOLsHr

How Google's New Email App Might Affect Advertisers

businessinsider.com — Google just announced a new app called "Inbox" that has the potential to transform the way we email. But it also looks like it's going to seriously annoy advertisers as a result. One of the key features of the Google Now-like app is "Bundles."
Oct 23, 2014

Google's new Inbox app is going to seriously annoy advertisers read.bi/ZOKJ9k