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Zego picks up £6M Series A led by Balderton for its gig economy worker insurance

Zego, the London-based startup that appears to have spotted a gaping insurance hole in the so-called gig economy, has raised £6 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Balderton Capital, with participation from existing backers, including LocalGlobe and unnamed angel investors in the insurance sector. Show More Summary

An MIT psychologist who studies how tech infiltrates our brains reveals her own tech habits

Sherry Turkle is an MIT psychologist who has been studying human relationships to technology for several decades. As smartphones and devices become harder to resist, Turkle said she's made a conscious effort to use them only when necessary. She...Show More Summary

'This is not TV': A growing number of advertisers feel duped by YouTube (GOOGL)

Google created Google Preferred as a way for advertisers to run ads in the top content on YouTube. But advertisers have found lots of problematic content in the Preferred lineup. As more ad buyers dig into what's really for sale through...Show More Summary

Microsoft Bing has the best Black Friday shopping site we've ever seen (MSFT)

Microsoft Bing has a truly useful repository of Black Friday ads from retailers all over the country. Another handy Black Friday resource is SlickDeals, a community of frugal shoppers that helps you figure out which are actually theShow More Summary

The queen of England is a cannibal and Finland doesn't exist — these are the 12 craziest conspiracy theories on the internet

Welcome to the internet, where incredulity and paranoia loom large. Here, you'll find no shortage of theories expounding on the non-existence of celebrities and detailed analysis on the many ways in which we've been lied to by the government...Show More Summary

How Bill Gates makes and spends his billions

With a net worth of approximately $8 9 billion, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest men in the world. If he spent $1 million a day, it'd take him 245 years to spend his fortune. Here's how he made all that cash. In 1975, Gates co-founded Microsoft. Show More Summary

These 15-year-old twins are the reigning queens of Musical.ly, the Generation Z app that was just bought for ~$1 billion

Lisa and Lena Mantler, 15-year-old twins from Germany, have one of the fastest-growing fan bases on the internet. You've probably never heard of them, but the teen in your life has. The girls are the reigning queens of Musical.ly, the social-media app of choice for Generation Z. Show More Summary

The Rock released a tough-love motivational app — and using it to wake up earlier for a week made me acknowledge a difficult truth about goals

The Rock created a motivational alarm clock called 'The Rock Clock' as part of a larger initiative called 'Project Rock.' I used it for five days to help me wake up an hour earlier. In the app, you can set a project, a deadline, andShow More Summary

Supersonic flights could return soon

Supersonic commercial flights may return soon. Boom Supersonic says that it has received 76 pre-orders for its Boom XB-1. Questions remain about the prohibitive pricing and regulations that have made supersonic flight difficult. Since...Show More Summary

What happens when a bird flies into a plane engine

What happens if a bird flies into a plane engine? The event is called a bird strike. Each year, bird strikes cost US airlines an estimated $1.2 billion. Only part of those costs are from actual damage. The rest comes from flight delays and cancellations. A bird strike can disable a plane's engine. Show More Summary

This is the phone Android users should get if they like the iPhone X's design

No matter how good the iPhone X looks, it still won't pull away the staunchest of Android users. For some Android fans, making the jump to the iPhone's iOS operating system just isn't an option, no matter how much thicker the bezelsShow More Summary

In Britain, billionaires can buy the silence of the judiciary

Last week, British news media were temporarily banned from reporting an unproven allegation of rape involving a well-known tech billionaire. British courts frequently grant injunctions that censor stories and the individuals involved. These...Show More Summary

Some Instacart workers to strike over pay that can be as low as $1 per hour

Stoppage to last Sunday and Monday, but its impact seems unlikely to be broadly felt.

How an unpaid UK researcher saved the Japanese seaweed industry

After crops failed, botanist Kathleen Drew-Baker realized that nori wasn't what it seemed.

This procedure could help treat severe asthma

Bronchial thermoplasty could one day be used to treat severe asthma. The process involves putting a flexible tube in a patient's nose or mouth, and using a heatable electrode array to help decrease the amount of excess muscle tissue restricting air flow. Here's how it would all work. Join the conversation about this story »

Americans work less than ever before but still feel like there's no free time — and there's a simple explanation

The number of hours Americans work has gone down over the last several decades, according to data from the OECD, while leisure time has gone up. But that's hardly the perception for many working people. How come? The psychologist Adam...Show More Summary

This $40 million robotic 'plantscraper' will feed over 5,000 people per year

By 2050, the world's population is expected to swell to 9.6 billion, with around 66% living in urban areas. This projection is leaving many cities wondering how they will feed all those people. A Swedish food-tech company called Plantagon...Show More Summary

7 medical benefits of marijuana

Medical marijuana has been legalized in 23 states, including the District of Columbia and Guam. Researchers have shown many of its benefits, yet federal law still prohibits it as a medical treatment. Original reporting by Kevin Loria. Jennifer Welsh contributed to an earlier version of this video. Join the conversation about this story »

The main differences between Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin summed up

Advil, Tylenol, Aleve, and Aspirin. These over-the-counter drugs are essential to our daily body pains. But are we really using the right one for a headache? Follow Tech Insider: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Vast archive from Pentagon intel gathering operation left open on Amazon

Trove included more than 1.8 billion posts spanning eight years, many from US people.

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