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CUBAN: 'I was dumb enough to think I would be able to talk people out of voting for Donald Trump'

Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban recently laid out on his blog how he believes President-elect Donald Trump utilized the mainstream media to pull off a huge upset and win the election. Cuban added he was "dumb" for thinking he could convince people to not vote for the bombastic real-estate magnate.

In a post published earlier this month on Blog Maverick, Cuban said the Trump campaign was "a lot smarter and able to rally" mainstream media "haters" and turn them into Trump "believers and voters" in key states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

It came as a result of many people distrusting the mainstream media, Cuban said.


This is the most important month so far in the Apple Watch's life (AAPL)

The next month of sales will be critical for the future of Apple's newest major product, the Apple Watch.

Analysts and Apple executives will be looking at the device's sales during the all-important holiday period — and December in particular, the core of the holiday shopping season, will be crunch time for Apple's category-leading smartwatch. 

Apple needs to reverse a declining trend: In the second year that the Apple Watch has been on sale, it has seen big annual declines.

In the third quarter of 2016, Apple shipped 1.1 million watches, according to an estimate from IDC. That was down 71.6% from the same time in 2015, where Apple shipped 3.9 million Apple Watches, according to the same researcher. 


10 things in tech you need to know today (AAPL, HPE, FB, GOOG, AMZN)

Good morning! Here's the technology news you need to know this Thursday.

1. Skyscanner is being bought for £1.4 billion. It was sold to Ctrip.com, a Chinese online travel company.

2. Donald Trump says he talked to Apple CEO Tim Cook about a "very large tax cut". Trump, several times during his campaign, threatened Apple specifically with taxes on imports from China, where Apple's products are manufactured.

3. Meg Whitman likes Donald Trump's plans to chop taxes on offshore cash. She said it would be "helpful" to Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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The 10 most important things in the world right now
Posted November 24, 2016 0:31 AM
The 10 most important things in the world right now

Hello! Here's what you need to know on Thursday.

1. President-elect Donald Trump has been publicly cautioned against choosing Mitt Romney as his secretary of state. Trump's closest supporters say the 2012 Republican presidential candidate would not be loyal to him while serving in the nation's top diplomatic post.

2. The European Parliament has urged the EU to fight back against Russian "disinformation and propaganda warfare." Putin said the move is an "obvious degradation of how democracy is understood in Western society."

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Stores are starting to play Christmas music earlier and earlier — here are the artists that rule the holiday season

If you've already begun to hear Christmas music pop up in retail stores this year, you aren't alone.

The start date for Christmas music season has been pushed back over the years, according to Magnus Rydén, who heads up content for Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand, a startup that provides music for businesses.

Rydén says a few years ago, the season began in earnest the first week of December, but now some businesses are rolling out the Christmas tunes even before Thanksgiving.


6 tricks the smartest business travellers know
Posted November 23, 2016 5:28 PM
6 tricks the smartest business travellers know

The modern business traveller needs to be both organised and super tech savvy for maximum productivity and efficiency gains. From choosing the right place to stay to packing smartly and being switched on at the airport, the most experienced business travellers never miss a trick. 

Booking.com for Business suggests some of the best travel hacks to help you travel smarter and enjoy stays in the simplest and most rewarding way.

 1. Be an accomodation guru

The last thing you need on a business trip is to arrive at an apartment, villa or hotel without Wi-Fi, or be stuck in the middle of a hectic hen-do when you’re trying to prepare for an important presentation. That’s why it's worth finding a destination that has been recommended by other business travellers. 


An ex-Googler and a veteran VC are raising a £60 million UK startup fund (GOOG)

A former Google employee and a veteran tech investor are planning to raise a £60 million UK startup fund.

Martyn Holman, an ex-salesperson at Google, and Nic Brisbourne, who has been investing in tech companies for over 15 years, plan to start raising the fund at the start of 2017, with the view to closing it by the end of the year.

The fund, to be raised from limited partners (LPs) primarily in the UK and Silicon Valley, will be used to back 48 startups over the next five years, the duo told Business Insider on Wednesday.

Launched in 2014, Forward Partners invests between £250,000 and £750,000 in each startup that it backs. To date, it has raised £21 million to invest in UK tech companies. 


Google Maps now tells consumers how busy stores are in real time (GOOG, GOOGL)

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Microsoft is finally bringing Solitaire to the iPhone (AAPL, MSFT, GOOG, GOOGL)

Microsoft Solitaire, the game that hundreds of millions of people have killed time with on Windows computers, is now available for iPhones and Android phones.

This is not a drill. 

The game is free and available to download under the prosaic name "Microsoft Solitaire Collection." The app includes five different Solitaire games, including the classic Klondike game.

The app also includes Spider, and Freecell, which have been traditionally bundled with Windows computers in the past.

The app also includes two new games called Pyramid and TriPeaks.

Users can pay $1.99 to remove ads on the app and unlock other features. 


I've taken AncestryDNA and 23andMe genetics tests — here's what I tell people when they ask me which one is best

I've sent my spit off for more genetics tests than I can count.

Each one I've tried so far has offered a different experience, a different approach to how they present the data, or what information they provide — whether it's my great-grand relative or how much Neanderthal DNA I have. 

Every so often someone asks me which test I would recommend.

Genetic testing companies have proprietary sets of data and different ways they analyze the data, which can also play a role in decision-making, but to me it all boils down to one question: What do you want to get out of the test? 

Let's take the two direct-to-consumer ones I've tried out: AncestryDNA and 23andMe. 

23andMe

23andMe currently offers two versions of its tests:

The $199 version, which comes with both the health and ancestry components. The $99 version, which will just have the ancestry test.