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    trump davos ceo dinner

    • 134 American CEOs were survey last week during the Yale CEO Summit in New York.
    • The event was off-the-record, but The New York Times got access to the results of the survey. 
    • At the top of the CEO's list of worries? President Donald Trump. Check out the full list: 

    SEE ALSO: Trump's trade war with China is the biggest threat to the US economy in 2019, and it's making economists the most worried they've been in years

    1. Donald Trump

    Almost 90% of CEOs surveyed said the president's negotiating style has cost the country the trust of its allies, while three in four CEOs said they often have to apologize to their foreign business partners for the president's behavior. Three-quarters of CEOs also said they feel the president isn't leading effectively on national security. 



    2. The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou — and Trump's potential intervention.

    While over three-quarters of CEOs said it was appropriate for Canada to arrest Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese tech company Huawei, only one in five believe President Trump should intervene in the case (Reuters reported last week that Trump might intervene on Wanzhou's behalf "if it's good for trade"). Less than half of those surveyed said the arrest could affect their future travel plans and 60% said Huawei's situation could affect trade tensions. 



    3. A recession caused by political instability.

    Half of respondents fear the U.S. could wind up in a recession by the end of the year.

    Why?

    67% blamed political instability in the nation and trade negotiations. 



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    best cotton sheets

    • We tested dozens of cotton sheets to find the best ones you can buy in a variety of weaves and price points.
    • At the perfect intersection of comfort and value, our pick for best cotton sheets are the 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets from L.L. Bean.
    • Crisp, cool, and soft to the touch, they make bedtime an affordable luxury.

    Nothing beats the feeling of sliding into a freshly-made bed. Sheets that are breathable and soft to the touch can make the difference between a great night’s sleep and tossing and turning. Cotton is the go-to natural fiber for sheets, a classic material that naturally pulls moisture from your body and feels comfortable against your skin, and it works for all four seasons.

    To find the best cotton sheets out there, we scanned buyer reviews and testing results from textile pros, then we put the short list of sheets to put to the test (sleeping on them) to pull together our picks for the best cotton bed sheets you can buy. 

    Choosing the right cotton sheets for you generally comes down to personal preference, and knowing whether you’re a lover of percale or sateen is a good starting point. The real key is to test the sheets yourself. Sleep in them a few nights, launder them, and repeat. Online-only companies that sell sheets have made generous return policies part of the process to give you the out if you find you don’t like a set of pricey sheets.

    Some brands offer other benefits, like deeper pockets (those elastic corners) to accommodate a taller mattress, extra-wide top sheets, or different finishing details that you may find that you like. 

    Here are the best cotton sheets you can buy:

    Updated on 12/17/2018 by Kylie Joyner: Added Saatva Dream's organic cotton sheet set after testing. Updated prices and formatting.

    Read on in the slides below to check out our top picks for the best cotton sheets.

    SEE ALSO: The best mattresses for side sleepers

    The best cotton sheets overall

    Why you'll love them: The 280-thread-count Pima Cotton Percale Sheets from L.L. Bean are crisp, cool, and soft to the touch at a lower price than comparable sheets.

    L.L. Bean's moderately-priced pima cotton sheets receive consistently stellar reviews from buyers and professional testers alike. In fact, they topped our list when we compared sheets of various materials as well.

    Made from 100% pima cotton in a percale weave, these sheets feel crisp and clean, but also softer than some other percale sheets. The sheets do well after washing, coming out soft and unwrinkled, and reviewers like the 15-inch pocket, which works with standard 10-inch-deep mattresses without moving out of position.

    In our testing, these sheets had a soft hand feel right out of the packaging and they were cool and soft to sleep on. Repeat buyers comment that the sheets get even softer after washing. L.L. Bean's sheets have been the Wirecutter’s top pick for cotton sheets three years running, both for comfort and for the reasonable pricing

    L.L. Bean used a classic hemstitch detail on the flat sheets and the set is available in eight soft colors. You can choose between twin, full, queen, and king sizes. L.L. Bean offers a generous return policy, so you can get a 100% refund if you return them within one year. That way, you can feel comfortable testing them out with little risk.

    Pros: Smooth, crisp feel, durability, reasonable price

    Cons: Only fit mattresses up to 15 inches thick, no bright colors

    Buy the 280-Thread-Count Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set at L.L. Bean for $109 (Twin), $129 (Full), $149 (Queen), or $169 (King)



    The best sateen sheets

    Why you'll love them: The Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set is buttery-soft, and the price tag is more affordable than comparable sheets.

    Brooklinen’s Luxe Core Sheet set is buttery-soft from the moment you open the packaging. The brand was launched on Kickstarter in 2014 by husband-and-wife team Vicki and Rich Fulop, and Brooklinen has gained a cult following in the industry for its luxurious and affordable bedding.

    The sheets are an ongoing favorite here at Business Insider. Our editors have used the sheets for years and insist that they get even softer with age. Brooklinen's sheets are also a top pick from Good Housekeeping’s textile labs, which found the sheets to be strong and pill-resistant with multiple washings. 

    Made of 100% long-staple cotton in a rich sateen weave, the fabric is Oeko-Tex certified and free of harmful chemicals. Heavier and softer than Brooklinen's classic line, the Luxe sheets feel smooth and cozy. These sheets are a premium offering that comes at a more affordable price than comparable luxury sheets, which can cost as much as $300 to 400.

    More than 6,000 buyers love the sheets, consistently calling them “comfortable” and impressive, especially for the price in their reviews. When I tested them, Brooklinen's sheets lived up to all the hype. It felt amazing to slip into them on a chilly night! The pillowcases have a pocket to keep them in place, which is a feature I love for tidiness.

    Available in twelve neutral-toned colors and simple patterns, these sheets will work in just about any space. They’re available in twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king sizes. And Brooklinen offers a 60-day no-questions-asked return policy, so you can feel confident in a sight-unseen purchase.

    Pros: Super soft, lots of color and pattern options,

    Cons: Shorter mattress depth

    Buy the Luxe Core Sheet Set at Brooklinen for $129 (Twin/Twin XL), $149 (Full/Queen), $159 (King/CA King)



    The best cotton sheets on a budget

    Why you'll love them: The Threshold Performance Sheet Set is way cheaper than most brands without losing out on comfort.

    At a fraction of the price of other sateen sheets, the Threshold Performance Sheet Sets are a bargain price for 100% cotton sheets that don't sacrifice comfort. The 16-inch deep pocket on the fitted sheet has two layers of elastic to create a patented “stretch and fit to hold” performance that keeps the fitted sheet in place for mattresses of various depths.

    These sheets are also Oeko-Tex certified to be free of harmful chemicals. Target sells the sheets in 21 solid colors, so they're a great option for people who like to coordinate sheets to their decor. To the touch, the Threshold sheets feel crisper than other sateen sheets, making them a good compromise for couples with different sleep preferences.

    These sheets can be returned in-store or online for up to a year after purchase, though you may have trouble if the packaging is opened. They are available in twin, full, queen, and king sizes. Threshold's sheets are also the top budget pick at the Wirecutter, where testers found the sheets to be just as durable as pricier brands, but slightly more wrinkle-prone and less breathable.

    Pros: Available in 21 colors, well-priced, 16-inch pocket depth

    Cons: Slightly less soft and breathable than other brands

    Buy the Threshold Performance Sheet Set at Target for $29.99 (Twin), $44.99 (Full), $49.99 (Queen), or $59.99 (King)



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    Archaeological artifacts are seen outside the tomb of Khufu-Imhat, at the Saqqara area near its necropolis, in Giza, Egypt November 10, 2018.

    • A 4,400-year-old tomb has been discovered in Saqqara, Egypt.
    • The tomb was made for a royal purification priest named "Wahtye," and its walls have pictures depicting his family and various activities.
    • One official called it "the most beautiful tomb discovered this year."  

    Egypt announced Saturday the discovery of a private tomb belonging to a senior official from the 5th dynasty of the pharaohs, which ruled roughly 4,400 years ago.

    Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani announced the find at the site of the tomb in Saqqara, just west of Cairo, calling the discovery, saying it was "exceptionally well preserved." 

    See inside the ancient find Minister al-Anani called "the most beautiful tomb discovered this year." 

    The tomb was opened to cameramen and visitors over the weekend in the latest push for press and tourist attention to the country's historical wonders.



    The tomb was discovered in Saqqara, which is also home to the famed Step Pyramid.



    Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and the head of the excavation mission, said the mission discovered the tomb's purpose for the royal purification priest named "Wahtye" by deciphering hieroglyphics engraved on the entrance.



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    Montenegro

    •  Couples are looking for more off-the-beaten-path destinations when it comes to honeymoon planning.
    • Outdoor lovers will be blown away by trips to places like Lapland, Patagonia, or Mongolia.
    • For a restful beachfront honeymoon check out Seychelles, the Azores, or Islamorada.

    As exciting as getting married may be, chances are engaged couples are most looking forward to the honeymoon — aside from spending the rest of their lives together, of course.

    That first time you go away as a married couple is a special experience that many will say is once in a lifetime. Which is why you don't want to head to just any locale. According to Mary Cecchini, founder of the boutique travel agency Living Big Travel,couples are looking for off-the-beaten-path destinations.

    "I'm seeing couples looking for longer and more complex honeymoons," Cecchini says. "They're wanting a diverse range of experiences in one trip — beach time, city time, road-trips, backcountry hiking, and itineraries that take them to multiple countries."

    To help start off your search here are 13 underrated honeymoon destinations to help make the memories that will last a lifetime.

    Experience the great outdoors in Banff, Canada.

    Outdoors-y couples will be blown away by the Banff region of Alberta. This small resort town is located right between two massive peaks of the Rocky Mountains, which makes the scenery here more than just picturesque.

    In the summer, couples can spend time outdoors hiking, swimming, camping, and boating while winter honeymooners can enjoy world-class skiing and chalet style relaxation. And if you're looking to splurge, stay at the famous Fairmount Banff Springs, a landmark hotel in the area, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  



    Snuggle up under the Northern Lights in Lapland, Finland.

    What better way to spend your first trip as a married couple than cuddling up under the northern lights?

    Lapland, which is located in northern Finland, is a winter wonderland majority of the year and is also a place for rest and relaxation. The Northern Lights are visible for about 200 nights of the year and places like The Artic Treehouse Hotel are a perfect place for viewing this natural wonder.



    Explore natural beauty in the Azores, Portugal.

    Dramatic landscapes, natural beauty, and plenty of adventure; the nine islands of the Azores archipelago off the coast of Portugal are some of the most beautiful and untouched in the world.

    Even if you're not the outdoorsy type, a honeymoon to the Azores should include hiking and exploring. The islands are just too beautiful to pass that up. From the natural hot springs at Ponta da Ferraria, to the fishing village on São Miguel Island, the largest in the archipelago, these breathtaking volcanic islands are a sight to be seen.



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    bryant park holiday market

    • I visited an iconic New York City holiday market to see if it lived up to the hype.
    • The Bank of America Winter Village is at Bryant Park in Midtown Manhattan, a short walk from Times Square.
    • I expected it to be overcrowded with tourists, filled with cheesy souvenir shops, and completely overrated. 
    • But it was actually a lovely NYC holiday experience and I think everyone should visit.

     

    I had low expectations going to the Bryant Park Winter Village, a holiday market in New York City.

    It's in Midtown Manhattan, a short walk from Times Square, and it's on top of five subway lines, so I was sure it would be packed with people.

    The market, which opened on October 27 this year, includes more than 170 holiday pop-up shops, an ice skating rink, and a heated lodge with food and a cocktail bar. There are also various eateries mixed in with the boutiques.

    Read more: Disappointing photos show what iconic New York City attractions really look like during the holidays

    To my surprise, the market was actually far from overcrowded. Even when it got busier as the evening wore on, I could always walk freely and I never felt like I was being surrounded by too many people. The atmosphere was calm yet festive, the shops sold artisanal wares from all over the world rather than just cheap tourist souvenirs, and everybody just genuinely seemed to be having a lovely time.

    Here's what the market is actually like, and why I suggest any New York City local or visitor should give it a visit.

    SEE ALSO: I went to a Veuve Clicquot holiday pop-up where you can drink $16 cocktails inside a rooftop 'snow globe,' and it seemed to be 100% made for Instagram

    DON'T MISS: A private jet company is letting rich people celebrate New Year's Eve twice by flying them around the world in a Gulfstream G550 for $250,000

    Bryant Park is in Midtown Manhattan, a short walk from Times Square.



    I got there a little after 4 p.m. on a weekday in mid-December, just as it was starting to get dark.



    The sidewalks surrounding the park were busy with wandering tourists and with locals leaving work. You can access five subway lines at the park, so the area always gets busy around rush hour.



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    Harry Potter Cookie Baking kit

    It's hard to imagine someone not being a "Harry Potter" fan, save for You-Know-Who himself. But for that one slightly obsessed friend who has a Deathly Hallows tattoo, is a total wiz at "Harry Potter" trivia, and has re-read the books multiple times, the term "fan" probably doesn't even begin to cover it. 

    If they have yet to receive their Hogwarts letter, the next best thing they could get for the holidays might just be one of these gifts. We rounded up something fun for every type of muggle and wizard, from the ones who just love the movies (aka the muggles) to the die-hards who can tell you the answer to what you'd get if you added powdered root of asphodel to an infusion of wormwood (the wizards). Happy Christmas, everyone!

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    SEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides, in one place

    DON'T MISS: 27 creative and unexpected gifts for 'Star Wars' fans of all ages

    A set of socks any house elf would love to receive

    Harry Potter Ankle Socks Pack, available from Amazon, $15.95

    I hope you’ll be buying these for every house elf you know. S.P.E.W. thanks you for your generosity.



    An illustrated collection of the "Harry Potter" books to make reading them again feel like a new experience

    Harry Potter The Illustrated Collection (Books 1-3), available from Amazon, $71.99

    Perfect for Potterhead parents, this collection of illustrated books is a child’s perfect introduction to the series. Parents can read aloud while children marvel at the gorgeous illustrations as they too fall in love with images of Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, Buckbeak, and Dobby. But this boxed set isn’t just for kids. It’s the perfect gift for someone who would love to see their beloved universe interpreted in a new way in full color.



    A Hedwig jar for your Honeyduke sweets

    Harry Potter Hedwig Cookie Jar, available at Williams Sonoma, $69.95

    Pay homage to this true hero of the Second Wizarding War by giving her a prominent place in the home in the form of this cookie jar. It’s the least we can do to honor her great sacrifice. And it’s a great place to store the cookies they made with their new Harry Potter cookie cutters.



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    kylie jenner pregnant

    You can say plenty of things about the Kardashian-Jenner family (and people do), but one thing you cannot call them is "boring."

    2018 was no different. Calabasas' first family gave us scandalous behavior, big reveals, and sensational social media posts that captured the internet's attention for days, weeks, or even months at a time.

    INSIDER picked the 19 wildest moments and ranked them in order of shock value.

    19. Kim Kardashian West was accused of cultural appropriation after she filmed herself with "Bo Derek braids."

    Considering this is far from the first time Kim Kardashian West has been accused of cultural appropriation, the January controversy surrounding her "Bo Derek braids" ranks at the bottom of the family's capacity for shock value.

    In fact, Kim went on to sport Fulani braids again on the red carpet at the MTV Movie & TV Awards in June.

    After receiving more backlash, she explained that she likes to wear braids because her daughter North likes when they match hairstyles, but didn't exactly apologize.



    18. Kendall Jenner discussed her sexuality in an interview that many described as tone-deaf.

    Kendall Jenner addressed rumors about her sexuality in an interview for Vogue's April cover story, but not everyone was thrilled with the model's wording.

    "I don't think I have a bisexual or gay bone in my body, but I don't know! Who knows?! I'm all down for experience — not against it whatsoever — but I've never been there before," she told Vogue.

    The 23-year-old model went on to reference her tomboyish style and "male energy."

    "I don't want to say that wrong, because I'm not transgender or anything. But I have a tough energy. I move differently," she said. "But to answer your question: I'm not gay. I have literally nothing to hide. I would never hide something like that."

    Many people expressed confusion about Jenner's wording — particularly about her comment that she's "down for experience."Others mocked the article itself as well as Jenner's tone-deaf response, including People reporter Dave Quinn, who sarcastically called her "brave" for "coming out as straight."



    17. Kim made a perfume bottle using a mold of her own nude body

    People had a lot of thoughts when Kim unveiled the bottle for her fragrance KKW Body in April, which was shaped from a mold of her naked body.

    The promotional pictures — especially a full frontal nude photo — naturallydivided the internet as some praised the mom-of-three for embracing her body while others shamed her.



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    • Film critics and audiences can have very different reactions to films.
    • Many 2018 movies were adored by reviewers but not loved by normal viewers.
    • These are some of the more divisive films of the year.

    Some films are adored by critics but don't get the same warm reception from regular viewers. What makes a great movie can vary greatly between professional film reviewers and the average moviegoer. No matter how many cinema hours you logged this year, you may have missed a few of these critically-acclaimed gems.

    Here are the 15 most underrated movies of 2018 that film reviewers loved, based on comparing the critic and audience ratings reported onRotten Tomatoes.

    "The Old Man & The Gun" is a drama that critics loved more than audiences.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92% critics rating; 64% audience rating.

    Synopsis: The true story of Forrest Tucker, a man who escaped San Quentin prison at the age of 70 and went on to orchestrate a series of dramatic heists that captured the public's attention and baffled law enforcement.

    What critics said:"Loose-limbed, rascally and Texan to its bones, 'The Old Man & the Gun' is a throwback to an era when making beautifully understated crime comedies was the peak of Hollywood's ambition (before all the spandex took over)."— Time Out



    Cinematic drama "Sweet Country" definitely satisfied reviewers.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95% critics rating; 66% audience rating.

    Synopsis: An Aboriginal man from Australia's Northern Territory is accused of murder and flees his home after killing a white war veteran in self-defense. When a gang is assembled to hunt down the killer, new details come to light about the circumstances of the crime.

    What critics said:"Uncompromising, deliberate, and eerily beautiful, director Warwick Thornton's rugged Australian Western puts a new spin on an old story."— The Seattle Times



    "Madeline's Madeline" is an experimental drama that critics raved about.

    Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87% critics rating; 54% audience rating.

    Synopsis: When a young girl joins a prestigious physical theater troupe, her troubled family life begins to bleed into her performance and causes tension with her mother.

    What critics said:"One of the best films of the year, if also one of the hardest to initially get your head around."— The Boston Globe



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    Stephen Miller

    • White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller is on the front lines as President Donald Trump's administration butts heads with Democratic lawmakers over Trump's wishes for a $5-billion border wall.
    • Miller was previously identified as the driving force behind the Trump administration's controversial immigration policies. 
    • At 32 years old, he has been a rising star on the far right for years, making headlines because of his polarizing demeanor and statements long before his time in the administration. 

    White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has once again emerged on the front lines as President Donald Trump's administration butts heads with Democratic lawmakers over Trump's wishes for a $5-billion wall along the US-Mexico border.

    Miller was previously identified as the driving force behind the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that separated immigrant children from their families at the southern border.

    At 32 years old, he has been a rising star on the far right for years, often making headlines because of his polarizing demeanor and statements long before The New York Times reported June 16 that he was the origin of the controversial policy.

    One of the few remaining staffers from Trump's 2016 campaign, Miller also writes the president's biggest speeches, including Trump's first State of the Union address.

    His hard-line positions and knack for policy have made him a force to be reckoned with. But before Miller became a major figure in the Trump administration, he was an outspoken, conservative activist in high school and college who worked on congressional campaigns.

    Here's how Miller became Trump's right-hand policy man:

    SEE ALSO: Stephen Miller had to be escorted off CNN's set after his interview with Jake Tapper went off the rails

    DON'T MISS: A far-right darling in the White House was the one who convinced Trump the US should separate parents from their children at the border

    Stephen Miller was born in Santa Monica, California, on August 23, 1985, to a Jewish family whose ancestors fled persecution in what is now Belarus. His family was liberal-leaning, but Miller says he became a stalwart conservative at an early age.

    Source: The Hollywood Reporter



    In 2002, at age 16, Miller wrote in a letter to the editor that "Osama Bin Laden would feel very welcome at Santa Monica High School" because of the student body's anti-war attitude after 9/11. Soon enough, Miller began appearing on conservative talk radio in the Los Angeles area.

    Sources: The LookOutUnivision, Politico Magazine



    A video emerged in 2017 of his giving a student-government campaign speech at Santa Monica High in which he argued that students shouldn't have to pick up their own trash because there are "plenty of janitors who are paid to do it" for them. The audience quickly booed him off the stage.

    Sources: The Washington Post, Politico Magazine



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    Vanity Fair Oprah Reese

    • Editing photos is commonplace today, with everyone from Kim Kardashian to regular people using photo editing apps to alter their appearance.
    • But where there's Photoshop there are Photoshop fails: from Instagram selfies to on the covers of famous magazines.
    • At least 11 photos caused a ruckus on the internet in 2018 for being alleged "Photoshop fails." In other words, the editing was a little too easy to spot.
    • You be the judge if these "mistakes" were just tricks of the light, or an attempt to change someone's appearance.


    Photoshop is ubiquitous today, whether you're aware of it or not.

    While by now it's a given that magazine covers and celebrities do some editing, it has seeped into popular culture in the form of editing apps on phones.

    But whether it's a big-name magazine, a famous celebrity, or a regular person fine-tuning their Instagram selfie, sometimes the editing goes a little too far.

    We've rounded up some of our favorite Photoshop fails— or alleged fails, because often the perpetrator won't admit to altering images.

    Keep scrolling to see who might be getting a little help from editing software.

    In September 2018, a French art school was caught Photoshopping their students to appear more diverse.

    This year, the Émile Cohl art school in Lyon, France, was caught editing their photos to make their student population seem more diverse ahead of a planned opening of a new American branch. Specifically, three students were edited to appear as people of color, and two black students were inserted into the photo.

    A former student posted both images on Twitter in a now-deleted tweet, which proceeded to go viral. The school was forced to issue an apology, with the school's assistant director Emmanuel Perrier telling CNN that an American communication company "decided on its own to darken the skin of some students to add diversity. The communication campaign was made from the US."



    Both Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt were Photoshopped in promotional images for their upcoming movie "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood."

    Due to a mistake by Sony, the wrong promotional images for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" were uploaded to their publicity site in August — anyone who opened the photos in Photoshop were able to see their edit history. And that history revealed that the studio had tightened both Pitt and DiCaprio's chins, and nixed a few of 54-year-old Pitt's wrinkles.

    Sony claimed full responsibility and claimed that both actors had no knowledge of the edits — the correct images were quickly uploaded. But the snafu proves that not only women in Hollywood are held to unrealistic beauty standards.



    Kourtney Kardashian's arm all but disappeared in an ad for Calvin Klein, but the brand claimed it was just bad lighting.

    Kourtney's forearm appears superhumanly thin in this August 2018 ad for Calvin Klein.

    However, the brand disputed this in a statement to INSIDER: "As you'll see from the high-res version of the image, there are no issues with Kourtney's arm. However, the light is hitting it, which makes it slightly less defined. Unfortunately, when the image is posted to social media in a lower-resolution format, the shape of her arm loses its definition, creating the effect which social media users have commented on."

    This didn't stop the internet from having a field day.



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    Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S10 could deliver significant updates in design and features to the South Korean smartphone manufacturer's flagship line of premium smartphones.

    At least, that's what the rumors are suggesting. Even Samsung's mobile-business leader, DJ Koh, has chimed in to hype up the next Galaxy S smartphone. 

    If the rumors are accurate, we should expect a pretty significant overhaul in the Galaxy S10 lineup that could see the adoption of new technologies, next-gen specs, and a more modern design. The rumors paint a futuristic vision of the Galaxy S10's looks.

    Check out the leaks and rumors about the Galaxy S10, with a little visual help from a video render made in collaboration with popular, and often spot-on, gadgets leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, known best as @OnLeaks on Twitter

    SEE ALSO: 5 new Google gadgets that leaked ahead of the company's big October event

    There will be three models of the Galaxy S10.

    Samsung is supposedly planning to offer three variants of the Galaxy S10, according to technology analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has accurately predicted elements of new Apple iPhones, as well as various subsequent leaks and rumors.

    Kuo believes one model will have a 5.8-inch display, another will have a 6.1-inch display, and the third will have a 6.4-inch display. 

    A recent Bloomberg report suggests that one of the models will be a more budget-friendly version of the Galaxy S10 that won't come with the curved edges, but rather a more traditional flat display. A rumor featured in Gizmodo suggests that the "budget" Galaxy S10 will be called the "Galaxy S10 Lite."

    There's talk of a fourth Galaxy S10 model in the premium category that was certified in Russia, but its only extra feature appears to be dual-sim support.



    One of the Galaxy S10 variants will support the new 5G network.

    The larger Galaxy S10 Plus model could come in two variations, one of which could have 5G support, XDA Developers reported, citing information it found in the code of an upcoming software update for the Galaxy S9 Plus.

    Bloomberg's report suggests the Galaxy S10 models will be compatible with Verizon's 5G network, but it isn't clear exactly which models it was referring to, whether it's the two higher-end models, or even all three variants.

    5G is a new wireless standard that promises extremely fast data speeds and potentially less congestion than today's 4G LTE standard. That means 5G data speeds could still be fast even during times of peak data traffic.

    So far, however, 5G availability is extremely limited and hasn't been fully deployed by most carriers. If a 5G model is released, it'll only fulfill its potential in a few cities where 5G is starting to roll out.



    Rumors are suggesting that the Galaxy S10 will have a front-facing fingerprint scanner underneath the display.

    A front-facing fingerprint scanner embedded underneath the display is perhaps the most hotly anticipated feature that could come to the Galaxy S10 — and the rumor mill says it's well on its way.

    So far, the OnePlus 6T is the only phone in the US that has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Elsewhere in Asia and Europe, some phones from Chinese manufacturers — including Vivo, Xiaomi, Oppo, and Huawei — have in-display fingerprint sensors, too.

    One of the latest rumors is that embedded fingerprint sensors will come standard on two of the upcoming Galaxy S10 models, according to The Investor, as well as a more recent Bloomberg report. 

    It's also said that Samsung's in-display fingerprint sensor uses ultrasonic technology rather than the optical technology that the OnePlus 6T uses. Apparently, ultrasonic fingerprint sensors offer better reliability and accuracy. 

    Samsung is still deciding whether or not the lower-end Galaxy S10 model with a supposedly flat display will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor, according to Bloomberg. The Investor suggests it could have a regular fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone. The rumor lines up with Kuo's earlier predictions.



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    • A new report prepared for the Senate highlights the thousands of Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts created by the Russian firm Internet Research Agency, which has been charged with interference in the 2016 campaign. 
    • The report, which will be made public on Monday but was shared online by the Washington Post, found that the IRA had engaged with millions of American voters through millions of tweets and thousands of Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube posts.   
    • The report found that the threat posed by the IRA persists. 

    SEE ALSO: Here's what we know about the 17 known investigations into Trump, his campaign, and Russia

    Blacktivist

    The report found that the IRA targeted African-Americans extensively. The IRA efforts "appear to have been focused on developing Black audiences and recruiting Black Americans as assets."

    One of these accounts, the popular "Blacktivist" Facebook page, gathered 1.4 million reactions from viewers. It was popular among African-American activists and used racial issues — particularly police violence — to stoke outrage among viewers. In some cases, it also encouraged African-American voters to stay home and not vote. 



    Being Patriotic

    "Being Patriotic" is another Facebook page found to belong to IRA. The page, which shared conservative memes and articles, gathered more than 6,312,000 likes. 

    While it was active, the page shared memes featuring the faces of many of the 2016 presidential candidates. It also encouraged armed insurrection at times, according to the report. 



    Stop A.I.

    "STOP A.I."— A.I. referring to Alien Invaders — was another of IRA's main Facebook accounts. The profile received 773,305 comments, the most out of all of the agency's 81 Facebook pages. It posted right-wing conservative articles and memes. 



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    • Holiday baking doesn't have to be an insurmountable or expensive task.
    • Here, author Sarah Wells lists five tips that can help your holiday baking while saving you time and money.

     

    As December creeps to a close, you may suddenly find yourself inundated with holiday party invitations, work get-togethers, and family gatherings – usually all run potluck-style.

    Sure, you could bring a bottle of wine or pre-packaged cheese plate, but why not take the last chance of 2018 to whip out your baking skills?

    And if the mere thought of watching your yule log go uneaten on the communal table in favor of superior baked goods leaves you panicked, I can guarantee your treats will shine just as brightly as the rest with these few simple tips and tricks.

    1. Plan ahead

    Like any great plan of attack, a truly successful sweet table spread must be planned in advance. Before even choosing your recipes, one of the most important things to consider is how many treats you'll need to crank out.

    If you're serving a more intimate get together, then maybe something like a gingerbread cake or a yule log (which both serve roughly 10 to 12 people) would be a good option. But if you're serving a family reunion or an office-wide party, mixing up a recipe like sugar or gingerbread cookies (which usually make about 20 to 30 per recipe) might be a better option.

    An added benefit of high-yield cookie recipes is that they can stay chilled in your fridge for a few weeks – ready to defrost and roll out whenever you are.



    2. Doubled recipes are twice as nice

    Another time-saving tip is to consider how many different treats you can create from just one basic recipe. For example, you make one batch of sugar cookie dough, split it in two, and flavor one with chocolate and one with peppermint. Roll out flat both sheets, place one on top of the other and re-roll tightly into a log. When cut, you'll have delicious chocolate-peppermint pinwheels.

    For another multi-purpose recipe, try making a double batch of a basic spice cake. You can frost one half and save the other to turn into festive cake pops. All you'll need to do is crumble the cake, combine with a few generous spoonfuls of buttercream, shape the dough around lollipop sticks and place in the fridge to set. After that, the cake pops can be dipped in melted chocolate and decorated.



    3. Look for sales

    Around the holidays you're likely to see baking essentials like flour and both granulated and powdered sugar go on sale. If you know you'll be baking for a big group or that you'll need to make a lot of frosting for your creations, this is a great time to stock-up! Not only that but your stock pile might just come in handy when you get a sweet craving come mid-January.



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    Gifts for host

    The holidays are in full swing, which means you probably already have too ugly Christmas sweater parties and family gatherings to think about. While you're busy shopping for holiday gifts, you may want to consider getting something for all the hosts that'll be making you feel welcome in their homes this season. 

    At a bare minimum, a host gift is a small but generous way to say "Thank you for having me." At its full potential, it's a way to make someone feel valued and recognized for all the time and effort they've spent to give you a wonderful and warm place to be. These host gifts are ones they'll remember and enjoy even after the party is over — once they're over the stress of cleanup (for which your voluntary help is probably the best host gift of all).

    Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days' time, so don't stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    SEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides, in one place

    SEE ALSO: 15 thoughtful gifts for book lovers to satisfy the bookworm on your list

    A trio of chai tea that made it onto Oprah's Favorite Things list

    Vahdam Chai Tea Trio, available on Amazon, $19.99

    This tea trio made Oprah's Favorite Things list for 2018, so if it's good enough for her, it's good enough for your host. We've actually tried some of Vahdam's teas and were particularly impressed by its beautiful packaging.



    A wine tote and a nice bottle to go with it

    Draper James X Crate & Barrel Cheers Wine Tote, available at Crate & Barrel or Draper James, $12.97

    Wine is a classic host gift, but sometimes it doesn't quite feel like enough. But wrap a bottle in this sweet tote from Reese Witherspoon's brand Draper James and Crate & Barrel and you've got a perfectly complete gift for your party host. 

    And if you're looking for an easy way to order wine online for the holidays, we've got you covered with this list.



    A never-fail candle from one of our favorite new startups

    Gilded Holiday Candles, available at Otherland, from $38

    Otherland's candles offer the most beautiful unboxing and gifting experience. They're both a joy to give and a joy to get. You can choose candles from the newest limited-edition collection called Gilded Holiday, or go for the company's five base candles that are carried year-round.

    Read our full review of Otherland candles here.



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    Leslie Moonves, former CEO and Chairman of CBS Corporation who left the company in September after a wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations, will not receive any of his $120 million severance, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

    Investigators concluded that CBS had grounds to terminate Mr. Moonves for violating company policies and intentionally not cooperating with the investigation, the CBS board of directors said in a statement obtained by the Journal. 

    Lawyers for the network previously said Moonves should not receive his severance because he "destroyed evidence and misled investigators" as he faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations, according to the New York Times

    The departure of Moonves from the company came after a report by The New Yorker detailing accusations against the media executive from six women. This followed CBS hiring multiple law firms to launch an investigation against Moonves in August, after six other women accused Moonves of sexual misconduct or harassment. Moonves has denied the allegations against him.

    Moonves was one of the highest-paid CEOs in the US, thanks to a compensation package of cash, restricted shares and stock options worth $57 million in 2014, Forbes reported. He's worth an estimated $700 million.

    CNBC had previously reported that the board was considering giving him a $100 million exit package, but CBS said in a statement that any severance benefits would be pending the results of an independent investigation. 

    Here's how Moonves made his $700 fortune.

    SEE ALSO: Les Moonves, CEO of CBS, is out after 6 more women accused him of sexual harassment, assault

    Moonves worked as an actor in the 1970s, with small roles in TV series including "Gemini Man" in 1976 and "The Six Million Dollar Man" in 1977.

    Source: IMDb



    He went on to take over Lorimar Television in 1989, which then merged with Warner Bros. Television.

    Source: CNN Money



    In the early 1990s, Moonves developed hit TV shows including "ER" and "Friends" as president of Warner Bros.

    Source: Money



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    • Royals usually follow a strict protocol that dictates their behavior, from what they eat to how they sit.
    • But, as in 2018, they've been known to deviate from the rules.
    • Meghan Markle hugged a fan, for instance, despite royal protocol to keep some distance.

    Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken. And when it comes to strict rules of royal protocol, even Queen Elizabeth herself has been known to brush them aside, calling them "rubbish."

    Here are 10 times that members of the royal family broke their own protocol this year.

    Royals aren't supposed to give autographs, but Markle signed a 10-year-old girl's notebook.

    Royals aren't supposed to sign autographs for security reasons: that way their signatures can't be forged. That didn't stop Markle from signing 10-year-old Caitlin Clark's autograph book with a heart and smiley face.

    Clark told HELLO! magazine that Markle misspelled her name and wrote "Hi Kaitlin," but that she didn't mind.

    "I don't really care," she said. "My heart is still racing. I've never got a royal autograph before. This is going to make everyone jealous."



    Royals usually stick to more formal greetings, but Markle is a hugger.

    Embracing royals is usually off-limits for both security reasons and out of respect for their positions. But Markle goes right in for hugs.

    At an event for International Women's Day, People reports that when 10-year-old Sophia Richards told Prince Harry she wants to be an actress, he brought her over to meet Markle, who hugged her.

    "Meghan told me that I can achieve whatever I want to achieve. And Meghan said she would like to see me on TV when I become an actress," Richards told People. "It was a dream come true. I will never forget this day."



    Princess Eugenie says she "got in trouble" after taking a picture in an off-limits part of Buckingham Palace.

    Members of the royal family don't have their own personal social media accounts. Instead, they share photos through Kensington Palace's official pages. The exception to that rule is Princess Eugenie, the queen's granddaughter and ninth in line for the throne, who has Instagram.

    During the Trooping the Colour parade in June, Eugenie snapped a photo of her father, Prince Andrew, standing in Buckingham Palace.

    "A wonderful and proud day celebrating Her Majesty's birthday and @hrhthedukeofyork for his first Trooping the Colour as Colonel of the Grenadier Guards. #troopingthecolour," she captioned the photo.

    She told British Vogue that she was later chastised by palace officials for breaking royal protocol by sharing the photo.

    It couldn't have gotten her in too much trouble because it's still up on her Instagram.



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    The average person spends roughly a third of their life sleeping. Whether or not they're getting quality sleep is a different story.

    If you can't quite figure out gifts your friends and family will actually use while they're awake, giving them something that will improve their quality of sleep is a priceless alternative.

    From simple items like cozy flannel sheets, travel pillows, and soothing herbal teas to special items like cell-repairing sheets and sleepwear, sleep-tracking smart mattresses, and sleep sound machines, the possibilities are in great abundance.

    Whether you're shopping for a hard worker who could use some rest or someone who could be a professional napper, you'll find the sleep-aiding gift they've been dreaming of here. Most of these items are available for expedited shipping or will arrive within a few days.

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    A pillow for sleeping on planes, trains, and anywhere else you can get a nap in

    Ostrich Pillow Original, available in two colors on Amazon, $84.99

    Though it looks pretty ridiculous, the Ostrich Pillow creates a personal space to make sleeping outside of your bed more comfortable. Whether sleeping on an airplane or under a desk during their lunch break, they'll be able to peacefully catch some Z's.



    Comfortable Bluetooth sleeping headphones

    AcousticSheep Wireless Bluetooth Sleep Headphones, available on Amazon, $99.95

    Sleeping with normal headphones can be uncomfortable, and they'll likely come out in the middle of the night anyway. The AcousticSheep Bluetooth Sleep Headphones feature a wide headband design so the wearer can comfortably fall asleep listening to music or white noise.

     



    A machine that plays soothing white noise and nature sounds

    Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine, available on Amazon, $82 (Originally $89.98) [You save $7.98]

    The Sound+Sleep sound machine has the ability to play 30 sounds from different types of environments. With options like fireplace, waterfall, white noise, meditation, brook, rainfall, train, city, meadow, and ocean, everyone can find a sound that'll put them to sleep.



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    Most of us listen to music in some capacity and can say we like it.

    But there are the people who just listen casually to whatever happens to be on the radio, and then there are the people who spend hours carefully curating playlists, filling their calendars with concerts to attend, and even playing music themselves.

    This gift guide is for the latter group, who argue that they don't just like music, they love it. 

    To fuel their passion, you can gift something that elevates the listening experience, teaches them something new about music, or puts them right in front of their favorite singer. 

    Shop these 17 gifts for music lovers below. 

    Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

    SEE ALSO: All of Insider Picks' holiday gift guides, in one place

    A diagram of famous guitars

    A Visual Compendium of Guitars 18"x 24" Print, $30, available at Pop Chart

    Can they identify all the guitars held by famous rockers in this eye-catching print? They'll find the musical companions of  Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Kurt Cobain, and Joan Jett, among many other iconic musicians. 



    A limited-edition Taylor Swift instant camera

    Fujifilm Taylor Swift Limited Edition Instax Film Camera with Square Instant Film Bundle, $199.95, available at Amazon

    This camera design is inspired by Taylor Swift's "Reputation" album and has the singer written all over it (literally — it features her autograph on both the back of the camera and the borders of the prints). The die-hard fan in your life can bring the portable camera to all their concerts to immortalize the experience. 



    A vinyl record membership

    3-month Gift Membership, $99, available at Vinyl Me, Please

    Vinyl record owners experience no greater joy than when they get to add to their collection and play a new record for the first time. Your recipient will choose from three different types of tracks each month and will also receive extra goodies in each package. The three-month membership includes one bonus record. 



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    • Hedge fund managers struggled through 2018, as market volatility and fee pressure cut into returns and profits. 
    • The top funds to watch in 2019 are a mix of well-known veterans, up-and-coming start-ups and star traders ready to set out on their own. 

    Through the first half of 2018, hedge funds were getting along pretty well. The year did not finish on the same note. 

    The third quarter was the first three-month stretch where fund closures outpaced launches in more than a year, and market volatility in October and November wiped out many managers' marginal gains for the year.

    We talked to top hedge fund consultants, recruiters, lawyers and investors for their picks about the managers they'll be watching next year. 

    They include well-known names like Point72's Steven Cohen and AQR's Cliff Asness, but also lesser known managers who are distinguishing themselves in other ways with unique strategies. 

    Here they are. 

     

    Point72 Asset Management

    Point72 founder Steve Cohen was back to managing outside investor money this year after a two-year ban he received in a government crackdown on insider trading that focused on his old hedge fund firm, SAC Capital. 

    Cohen, famously known for winning just about any trade he makes, was not immune to the performance struggles that afflicted others in his industry, reportedly finishing flat for the year through November. His firm currently manages around $13 billion, including Cohen's own personal fortune. 

    His multi-strategy firm, with sub-units running different styles of funds, will still be a big-time draw for both investors and analysts,  said Jason Schulman, a partner at recruiting firm Long Ridge Partners. Investors at single-manager firms are starting to sour on the reliance of one single strategy or manager to produce returns, Schulman said, pushing them from funds mimicking Julian Robertson's Tiger Capital Management to platforms like Cohen's. 

    “Money and investment professionals will flow to larger and more stable platforms,” Schulman said. His firm is starting to get people to return their calls that had ignored them “for six, 12, even 18 months.”

    Point72 is ready to grow. The manager's new New York office in Hudson Yards is set to open in early 2019 and is 20% bigger than the combined space at its two Manhattan offices, both on Madison Avenue. 



    Voleon Capital

    The biggest fund founded with machine-learning techniques as the firm's core strategy is, asset-wise, nowhere close to threatening the biggest old-school stock-pickers.

    But this new type of fund — which is attracting “gamers, hackers and people who have never played in the space before,” according to Protege Partners chief investment officer Michael Weinberg — is pushing quants and old-school traders alike re-evaluate how they are getting and using data.

    The biggest fund in the space is $2 billion Voleon Capital Management, which was founded in 2007 by Michael Kharitonov, who has a Ph.D. in computer science, and Jon McAuliffe, who has a Ph.D. in statistics. Instead of "having humans look at individual events within the marketplace," the firm's algorithms look at "persistent effects across large swaths of data," the firm's website reads. 

    And performance has, reportedly, been solid, posting annualized returns of roughly 10% since the fund first started trading in 2008 through 2017, despite losing money the first two years.



    Kirkoswald Capital Partners

    Greg Coffey is beating the United Kingdom to the punch with his own Brexit, as the former star trader at GLG Partners is moving his trading desk for his hedge fund Kirkoswald Capital to New York at the beginning of 2019.

    The Australian fund manager retired in 2012 at the age of 41 to spend time with his family before launching Kirkoswald this year. The trader, who was once named the "Wizard of Oz" because of his trading success and Australian heritage, is reportedly concerned with London's role as a financial powerhouse post-Brexit. His concerns echo those of Brexit critics as well as other hedge fund managers like Citadel's Ken Griffin, who said "London’s days as the epicenter of financial markets, for the time being, are now in its past" in November.

    Coffey has been confident in his abilities to raise outside capital and generate solid returns, reportedly telling investors in October that he managed $500 million and expected it to double by the end of 2018. Another investor presentation said the firm has the capacity to manage $2 billion. Through the end of October, Coffey's flagship macro fund was reportedly up 6.2% the first six months of the year. 



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    Shopper's Special NYC subway

    The New York City subway system is one of the most fascinating curiosities in a city full of mysteries. Miles of underground track shrouded in darkness, littered with abandoned stations and secret passageways — it's a common object of desire for the urban explorers among us.

    And, occasionally, New York City acknowledges the delightful mystery surrounding its 24-hour transportation system. The annual "Holiday Nostalgia" train line, seen above, is a perfect example of this.

    The train line, consisting of eight vintage New York subway cars from several different eras, runs for a few weekends each year — from the Sunday after Thanksgiving to the end of the year, only on Sundays. It costs the same $2.75 as any subway ride.

    So what'd we do? We got on the train and took a ride, of course! This is what it's like.

    SEE ALSO: New York City subway cars are cleaned by hand — and it takes one person 3 and a half hours to do it

    I got on at the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan — when I snapped these photos in 2016, the train ran between the Second Avenue stop in Manhattan and the Queens Plaza stop in Queens.

    In 2018, the holiday train is running on the F line starting at the 2nd Av station, and via the A/C/D line from the 125th St station. It makes a handful of stops at major stations along the way — like Columbus Circle and Herald Square — "as an ode to the holiday shopping season,"



    As you can see from 2016's schedule, the train ran throughout the day starting at 10 a.m. and concluding at about 5 p.m. It's similar in 2018, but there are a few changes.

    The schedule is slightly different for 2018. According to the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the train "will depart from 2nd Avenue on the F line in Lower Manhattan and run along 6th Avenue in Manhattan to 47th-50th/Rockefeller Center before heading up the Central Park West line, where the train will stop at 59th St – Columbus Circle before making its way up to 125th St on the A/C/D lines in Harlem."



    Even though we arrived at 12:30, there were already a bunch of people waiting — some were clearly tourists; others were clearly New Yorkers.



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