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    europea

    With so many meccas of dining around the world, you could travel endlessly searching for the best restaurants.

    Our friends at Trip Advisor recently announced the winners of their first annual Travelers' Choice Restaurants Awards, honoring the best restaurants around the world, based on millions of traveler reviews and opinions.

    Restaurants in Paris, New York City, London, Las Vegas, San Fransisco, Seattle, Rome, and more were honored.

    Le Gavroche, London

    43 Upper Brook St., Marble Arch, London W1K 7QR, England

    "The 8 course 'menu exceptionenel" with matching wines is simply stunning. So many amazing dishes ............ and the cheeseboard is to die for. Fabulous experience and can't wait to go back when the bank balance allows. Worth every penny." --TripAdvisor reviewer



    Girl & The Goat, Chicago

    809 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

    "Friday evening and all's well in this packed, vibrant home to truly original food design, served with good manners, its owner-chef serving large portions of good management practices as well as excellent meals. Vivid memories, all good."--TripAdvisor reviewer



    Le Cirque (Bellagio), Las Vegas

    3600 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV

    "We had a special set menu for our party in a private room, the service was superb, my glass was magically filled all the time!"--TripAdvisor reviewer



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    michele bachmann debate

    Seconds after the Supreme Court read its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, lawmakers, reporters and political groups on both sides took to Twitter to voice their triumph or outrage over the decision. 

    Before anyone held an interview on the decision, Twitter shows the best unedited reactions to the Supreme Court's landmark decision. 

    In fact, some lawmakers even got the ruling wrong. Following incorrect reports from CNN and Fox News, Rep. Justin Amash accidentally tweeted about the Supreme Court overturning Obamacare, and said it was a "big win," even though the Republican argued to repeal the health care law

    Patrick Gaspard, Director of Democratic National Committee



    Andrea Saul, Romney for President Press Secretary



    Sarah Palin, former Alaska governor



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    modbook pro 13

    Say hello to the ModBook Pro

    The ModBook Pro is a 13.3-inch Mac-based, tablet computer. It will run a full version of Mac OS X Mountain Lion. But don't worry, the tablet can also run Windows.

    The tablet supports up to a 2.9GHz processor (read: very powerful) and its maker ModBook claims that this is the world's most powerful and largest-screen tablet computer.

    The Modbook Pro's specs are impressive:

    • 2.5GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor or 2.9 GHz dual core Intel Core i7 processor
    • up to 16GB of RAM
    • 2.5-inch SATA hard drive, up to 1TB HDD or up to 960GB SSD
    • 8x SuperDrive with DVD Burner
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000 chipset
    • 802.11n WiFi
    • Bluetooth 4.0
    • 63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery and a 60W MagSafe poweradapter
    • one Gigabit Ethernet port
    • one USB 3.0 port
    • one Thuderbolt port
    • one SDXC card slot
    • one audio line in/out

    Wow. 

    There is no word on pricing but we're guessing this monster won't be cheap. The ModBook Pro ships early this fall.

    Keep reading to check out more pictures of the most powerful tablet computer.

    From these photos the ModBook Pro doesn't look that thick.



    Running a full version of Mac OS X Mountain Lion



    The ModBook Pro lets your run your machine in either OS X or Windows



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    Hearst estate

    After just two months on the market, someone has snapped up the gorgeous 4.3 acre Hamptons estate of the late John Hearst, the grandson of William "Don't call me Charles Foster Kane" Hearst, Curbed reports.

    The 9,700 square foot home sits on over 4.3 acres in Bridgehampton horse country and it overlooks polo fields, a golf course and the Atlantic Ocean.

    The house features 7 bedrooms, 10.5 baths and it has wrap-around porches perfect for looking at the gorgeous Hamptons scenery. 

    Sotheby's Homes listed the estate for $4,995,000.  It's unclear who the buyer is and how much the estate sold for.  

    It's definitely a dream home and we're going to take a photo tour now.  

    The home sits on 4.3 acres in Bridgehampton horse country. There are views of polo fields, the Atlantic Golf Course and the ocean.



    Here's the front view of the home.



    Here's another angle.



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    ian bremmer

    Today everyone is getting their news and information from Twitter. At Business Insider, it's how we get a lot of our story ideas.

    But figuring out exactly who to follow is a tough task. So we've put together a guide of some of the most influential thought leaders in the world who tweet.

    Our criteria was simply this: that these people are respected voices in their fields — whether it be neuroscience, economics, business or journalism — and that they have developed a following for their insightful commentary on Twitter.

    Jad Abumrad, host and creator, Radiolab

    Handle: @Jadabumrad

    Abumrad has 2 million follows on air, and fewer on Twitter, but he's worth listening to. He'll give you quirky musings on science, technology and the world around us.

     



    Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief, Wired

    Handle: @chr1sa

    If you are a fan of Wired, you've got to follow Anderson. The guy is brimming with intel about the hottest gadgets and weirdest science research. 



    Dan Ariely, professor, Duke University

    Handle: @danariely

    One of the most popular behavioral economists tweets about far-ranging issues like why we lie, and what psychological factors led to corruption on Wall Street.



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    hawaii lady pretty

    This is part of our GREAT DEBATE feature 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?'

    For the third year in a row, Hawaii has topped the list of the happiest states in America, according to the annual poll by Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, with a score of 70.2.

    Hawaii ranked the highest in the nationwide survey in emotional health (how likely a resident was to say they smiled or laughed a lot yesterday, or whether they had a daily stress or worry) and in healthy behaviors (exercising, not smoking and eating healthily).

    Of course Hawaii has spectacular beaches, awe-inspiring waterfalls, and perfect waves just begging to be surfed, but there's more to it than that. Beyond the incredible surroundings, Hawaiians find true bliss in the calm of everyday life.

    Aloha Hawaii!

    Click here to see why Hawaiians are so happy >

    MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →

    61.4 percent of Hawaiians exercise frequently.

    Source: Gallup State of the States.

    MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →



    Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) was invented in Hawaii in the 1960s. Today it's one of the fastest-growing water sports in the world.

    MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →



    People love the active, outdoor lifestyle. And the weather's nice year-round: the average daytime temperature is 75˚-85˚F.

    MORE: 'Where Will Americans Be Living In 20 Years?' at The Great Debate →



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    darrell issa

    While CNN and Fox News misreported the breaking Supreme Court news on the health care ruling, Republicans took to celebrating a little too early.

    The Sunlight Foundation saves politicians' deleted tweets, a project called Politwoops

    In the rush to declare a winner over the health care reform debate, these lawmakers jumped the gun and tweeted too early. 

    Rep. Darrell Issa was one of the several politicians who retweeted a positive response to what he likely thought was an overturned decision on the Affordable Care Act. He promptly deleted the tweet within minutes.

    Rep. Justin Amash's mistake still lives.



    Rep. Darrell Issa, of California, retweeted Amash.



    Rep. Buck McKeon, California



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    coincident indexes 2012

    After months of strong economic activity around the country, the most recent release of state coincident indexes from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York indicates that economic activity may be slowing once more across the country.

    The coincident indexes take into account unemployment, employment, manufacturing hours, and wages.

    A stunning series of coincident indexes maps shows how the U.S. economy tanked, recovered, slowed, and recovered once more. But after months of growth, the last map suggests that this growth trend might not be continuing so fast.

    Check out these maps of economic activity, where red shows GDP decline while blue or green show gain.

    January 2005



    February 2005



    March 2005



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    CareerBuilder

    There's a lot of hype out there about the best tech places to work forGoogle, Apple and Facebook are well-known dream work places.

    But what about the lesser-known companies with smart, driven colleagues, sweet perks and endless room for growth and mentorship?

    To find out, we turned to Glassdoor.com for a list of the 25 best companies to work for right now.

    The list is based on an annual ranking determined by anonymous inputs from employees. For any tie breakers, we used the CEO approval rating — and sometimes previous ranking — to find the winner.

    25. Procter & Gamble

    Company rating: 3.7

    CEO approval: Bob McDonald, 91%

    2011 ranking: #25

    PRO: "Highly talented and dedicated coworkers. Everyone is willing and able to take on huge responsibilities/workloads and work long hours. Great company values...respectful and fair to everyone. Great job security and stability through good economies and bad. Excellent training and development not only for your career, but for you life, too. Excellent healthcare and retirement benefits. P&G believes 'the interests of the company and employee are inseparable' and it shows."

    CON: "Not a place for people who want an easy 9-5 job. Must be willing to take personal sacrifices for the good of the team. Requires patience with a time-consuming process for agreeing on decisions, and tolerance of difficult Corporate requirements. Tough competition for promotions."

    For any tie breakers, we used the CEO approval rating to find the winner.

    Source: Glassdoor



    24. Wayfair (formerly CSN Stores)

    Company rating: 3.8

    CEO approval rating: Niraj Shah, 76%

    2011 ranking: #18

    PRO: "Wayfair has a fast-paced, ever changing environment that thrives on the 'go-get-em' mentality. People who work hard, are motivated, and want to learn are definitely rewarded. There are so many opportunities here to grow & develop yourself and your career here, but like anything else it’s totally up to the individual to take advantage of these opportunities."

    CON: "Salary comes up a frequently as a con. And while I agree that we may be on the lower end of market value, I think it's important to realize that we work amazing hours (9-6), have great benefits, and entry level employees have 16 paid vacation days. This is basically unheard of anywhere else. I would, however, agree that the bonus structure should be more rewarding/inciting."

    For any tie breakers, we used the CEO approval rating to find the winner.

    Source: Glassdoor



    23. Costco Wholesale

    Company rating: 3.8

    CEO approval rating: Craig Jelinek, 86%

    2011 ranking: #19

    PRO: "Amazing pay. The company is formed well with a lot of care towards their employees and customers. Since the system is developed well, you fall in love with Costco and the Mission and you inevitably work your best because your heart actually in it!"

    CON: Because Costco tries to promote people from within the company"many incompetent people get selected to be a leader. Many people are not fit to lead a busy store such as this. Some of the management is really corrupt too. They can act fake etc. But as long as you do your job and get paid well, nothing else really matters."

    For any tie breakers, we used the CEO approval rating to find the winner.

    Source: Glassdoor



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    Pills

    This and last year were big years for the so called "patent cliff", where drug makers started to face generic competition on some of their biggest money makers.This included some of the biggest drugs in history, including Lipitor and Plavix.

    Chasing blockbusters is dangerous. AstraZeneca, which has focused on such drugs, recently saw its CEO depart as earnings plunged.

    Only a fraction of drugs succeed,  but a look at how much a blockbuster is worth makes it clear why companies continue to chase them. 

    Here are some of the key facts:

    • The top 20 drugs in the United States accounted for $319.9 billion in sales in 2011. 
    • The most lucrative drugs of the top ten were those that attempt to prevent heart disease, followed by those that treat depression.
    • AstraZeneca has the most drugs in the top ten with three, followed by Bristol-Myers Squibb with two.
    • Four of the top ten drugs have recently lost patent protection in the United States, with another joining later this year.

    Lipitor - $7.7 billion

    Company:
    Pfizer

    US sales in 2011:
    $7.7 billion

    What does it do: 
    Lipitor (atorvastatin) lowers LDLs or "bad cholesterol", reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

    Important dates:
    Approved December, 1996. US patent expired November, 2011.  

    The future: 
    Pfizer made an effort to keep up sales against generics by aggressively advertising the drug even after the patent expired.. It quietly halted the effort earlier this year. Lipitor sales plunged 42 percent in the first quarter this year. 

    Sources: IMS Health, PfizerUS Patent Office



    Plavix - $6.8 billion

    Company: 
    Bristol-Myers Squibb/Sanofi Aventis

    US Sales in 2011: 
    $6.8 billion

    What does it do: 
    Plavix (clopidogrel) is an anti platelet agent used to prevent clots, helping prevent heart attacks and strokes.  

    Important dates: 
    Approved November, 1997. US patent expired May, 2012.  

    The future: 
    Several generic versions of the drug were approved on May 17th and are now on sale. Both Bristol Myers Squibb and Sanofi have aggressively pursued acquisitions and new research to make up for the loss of their biggest money maker. 

    Sources: IMS Health, US Patent OfficeReuters



    Nexium - $6.2 billion

    Company: 
    AstraZeneca

    US Sales in 2011:
    $6.2 billion

    What does it do: 
    Nexium (esomeprazole) treats acid reflux disease by reducing the amount of acid in the stomach.  

    Important dates: 
    Approved March, 2000. US patent expires May, 2014.  

    The future: 
    Generic drugmaker Teva won't enter the US market until 2014, but there is already generic competition in Europe. Declining sales have significantly impacted earnings.  

    Sources: IMS HealthUS Patent Office



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    Google I/O 2012

    San Francisco's Moscone Center is ground zero for big tech announcements. Apple had its annual conference for developers just last week; now it's Google's turn.

    The events have decidedly different vibes. Apple is locked down and hush-hush; Google is friendlier to the press and more open in general. But both share something in common: mobs of developers hankering to get an edge, learn something new, and walk away with some great free stuff.

    The main stage for the keynote was insane. Check the Googley lighting in primary colors.



    Google cofounder Sergey Brin was the surprise star of the show.



    That's Business Insider's own Matt Rosoff and Steve Kovach hard at work liveblogging.



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    trading desk

    A month or so ago, we asked you about your second home looks like — your trading desk.

    We know that you spend hours squinting in front of monitors coming up with ideas and making decisions, so the place has to feel comfortable. It has to give you energy.

    It has to be awesome in its own special way.

    You guys responded by sending us pictures of your own personal Think Tanks. And sure enough, though they were all different in many ways, there were some pretty cool desks in there.

    With this kind of thing, the devil is in the details. Now check out the desks.

    This cluster of monitors is totally home made and we love it!



    Simple, clean set up. News on the side. Good call.



    This is a VERY clean desk.



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    fox news frontpage obamacareJournalists finally got what they've been waiting months for when the Supreme Court handed down its historic health care ruling.

    Now see how the top news outlets broke what is undoubtedly the story of the year.

    Aside from CNN falsely reporting the mandate was struck down, a majority of the media was on the ball.

    From The New York Times to Fox News, check out some gripping headlines from media big guns.







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    Bernard Arnault LVHM

    It's been a big year for art collecting, with major works sold and multiple auction records shattered.

    These collectors, who were just named in the top 10 of ARTNews' annual list of the 200 biggest collectors in the world, are truly at the top of their game.

    We're taking a closer look at the collections of the top 10 (in alphabetical order). See the complete list at ARTNews.

    Hélène and Bernard Arnault

    Who are they? Arnault is the head of LVMH, the largest luxury goods conglomerate in the world. He's worth an estimated $41 billion. Hélène, his wife, is a pianist.

    What's in his collection? Until 2003, Arnault was the owner of art auction house Phillips de Pury & Company, and LVMH has long been a patron of the arts. Arnault is personally known for his contemporary collection, which includes pieces by Picasso, Yves Klein, Henry Moore and Andy Warhol.

    LVMH is currently building a Gehry-designed art museum in Paris.



    Debra and Leon Black

    Who are they? Leon Black, the founder of Apollo Global Management, is worth an estimated $3.5 billion. His wife Debra is a Broadway producer.

    What's in their collection? In 2005, Black reportedly paid $27 million for Constantin Brancusi's "Bird in Space," at the time a record for a sculpture.

    He sits on the board of trustees for the Museum of Modern Art and in March donated $48 million to Dartmouth, his alma mater, for the construction of a visual arts center.



    Edythe L. and Eli Broad

    Who are they? Broad is the founder of both SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home. He is a major philanthropist whose foundations have assets of over $2 billion.

    What's in their collection? Last year they broke ground on The Broad, a Los Angeles museum intended to house their vast collection.

    They own works by around 200 artists, including Jeff Koons, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Cindy Sherman and Joseph Beuys.



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    OxiClean Billy Mays

    Billy Mays, America’s favorite infomercial star, died three years ago today.

    He began his career selling the WashMatik, a car-washing brush that siphoned water through the bristles without electricity.

    He moved from that to the Ultimate Chopper, and some of his other products not featured here include The Ding King (dent and ding repair kit), Turbo Tiger (a hand-held minivac), Grip Wrench (an adjustable strap wrench), Green Now (fertilizer), and something called the EZ Crunch Bowl, which promised to be “A new way to eat breakfast cereal.”

    Here are the rest of the products he pitched over the next 12 years, in no particular order.

    Click here to see every product Billy Mays pitched >

    More From Mental_Floss:

    Every Item Inside Nickelodeon’s 1992 Time Capsule

    5 Amazing Stories of Messages in Bottles

    Andrew Jackson’s Big Block of Cheese

    Why Does Bottled Water Have an Expiration Date?

    Orange Glo: This was Billy’s break-out pitch. He sold 6,000 units in 11 minutes (at $18 each) on the Home Shopping Network. He became HSN’s go-to sales guy immediately afterward.



    Awesome Auger



    Big City Slider Station: The best line of his entire canon, surely: “No more squishin’ and squashin’, flippin’ and floppin’!”

    DON'T MISS: 10 Shocking Secrets Of Flight Attendants



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    di fara pizza brooklyn slices

    Ask a New Yorker about their favorite pizza place and be prepared to start World War III.

    In New York, the best pizza place is one of the most hotly debated topics. New Yorkers love their pizza, and when they decide that a pizzeria is the best, then that means that it is the best.

    So which is really the best pizzeria in New York City?

    Fortunately, our friends at Zagat helped us make the decision a little easier by choosing the Top 8 Pizzerias in New York City, in honor of Pizza Week.

    The pizzerias on this list are mostly in Brooklyn and Manhattan (there's one in Staten Island), and they serve everything from authentic Neapolitan style pizzas to veggie-loaded artisanal pies to good old-fashioned New York-style slices.

    Did your favorite spot make the list?

    #8 Franny's

    295 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn

    This Prospect Heights neighborhood hotspot serves authentic, wood-fired pizza topped with fresh, high-quality ingredients.

    The only downside is that the joint is so popular that it gets pretty crowded, so prepare for a wait.



    #7 Numero 28

    196 Spring St.

    While the craze for bubbly Neapolitan-style pizza is sweeping the city, this SoHo pizza joint moves away from that trend with its take-out weigh-by-the-slice Roman-style pizza.

    Like in Roma, they cut their pizza with scissors to give customers exactly the amount they want.



    #6 Keste Pizza e Vino

    271 Bleecker St.

    The chewy, thin Neapolitan-style pizza served at this West Village spot regularly makes the top of nearly every "best pizza" list in New York.

    The place is small and the lines can be monstrous, so be prepared to wait--but it's worth it.



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    Google logo giant Android

    This is a modified version of a presentation from Business Insider Intelligence. Subscribers can download a PowerPoint or PDF version of the presentation with many more charts, plus the Excel spreadsheets used to create the charts. Sign up for a free trial here.

    Google's Android platform has been on a tear since 2010. In that time, its global smartphone market share has risen from the single digits to just over 50 percent.

    However, clouds are gathering -- platform fragmentation and lower spend by users are frustrating  developers, Google's purchase of Motorola is making hardware partners nervous, and Apple is gaining market share in the U.S. Meanwhile, Microsoft is stepping up its tablet ambitions as well.

    This presentation highlights Android's market opportunity, its position in the market, and its weaknesses as a platform, and how Google's mobile announcements at the recent I/O conference play into the landscape.

    Last year, smartphone sales outstripped PC sales for the first time. Mobile will soon be the dominant mode of computing.



    Smartphone sales are just starting to make a significant impact as a percentage of global mobile phone sales. So the upside is huge.



    Android is winning the race globally, accounting for more than 50 percent of the market as of Q1 2012.



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    rihanna battleship

    Google just announced several new devices and services at its annual I/O conference.

    Many are direct competitors with products from Apple, Microsoft, and other Silicon Valley giants.

    One Google executive even called out Microsoft at one point.

    Amazon's Kindle Fire

    Google's Nexus 7 tablet feels like a Kindle competitor because of the heavy focus on the user's experience of content. It's really competing with all tablets—the iPad, the Surface, etc.—but it seems like Google has set its sights on the Fire.



    Apple TV

    On Wednesday Google introduced the Nexus Q, which is a small gray orb that streams your Google Play content to your TV. It works similarly to Apple TV, but we're skeptical it can compete at triple the price.



    HopStop and other transit apps

    Google's new Jelly Bean search will give you bus and train routes as well as their departure and arrival times. This is bad news for third-party apps like HopStop, which provide the same service.



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    google drive

    Google Drive, the Dropbox-like cloud storage service, is now live for iPhone and iPad.

    The app lets you store photos, documents, etc. to your Google account and integrates nicely with Google Docs. It also includes offline search, which is super handy if you don't have a connection.

    Even better, Drive can search the contents of documents for specific keywords. With built-in photo recognition, you don't even need to search a file name, just the object you took a photo of.

    We took the app for a spin so you can see everything it can do.

    Tap to open.



    The welcome screen. Sign in with your Google account.



    This is the first screen you see after logging in. All your documents are listed here.



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    mosquito sculpture

    You can go to MoMA or The Louvre, but sometimes you'll find great art where you wouldn't expect to find much of anything.

    Such is the case in Western Siberia, where scientists hoping to create an eco-tourism route stumbled across a giant mosquito sculpture on a gas company's property in Noyabrsk, Russia.

    The sculpture is by Valery Chaliy, who built it on a property in Noyabrsk, Russia owned by gas firm Gazprom — one of the five largest energy producers in Russia

    Source: Laughing Squid and Gazprom



    Noyabrsk, Russia lies in the oil fields of Western Siberia. The town has a population of 100,000. It was founded as a work settlement in the 1970s.

    Source: The Huffington Post



    The mosquito is about 16 feet tall at its apex, according to the photographer

    Source: Live Journal



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