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The White House is prepping for a single weather event that could cost $2 trillion in damage

To our electronic way of life, the sun is a formidable foe, and the White House is taking protective action against it.

On October 29, the White House's National Science and Technology Council released its strategic plan to prepare for an extreme weather event in space that could destroy satellites, spacecraft, and vital telecommunications systems.

Many of these electrical systems depend on one another, which is a recipe for disaster.

"These critical infrastructures make up a diverse, complex, interdependent system of systems in which a failure of one could cascade to another," the NSTC reported in its plan.

A $2 trillion gamble

Every second, the sun shoots bursts of charged subatomic particles, in the form of solar wind, into space at speeds of 1 million mph.

One part of Amazon's business is leading 'the biggest technology shift of our time'

Amazon has been branching out into a variety of new enterprises, including drones and physical stores. But, according to Deutsche Bank, there's one part of the company that's outpacing the rest.

DB's Karl Keirstead and Ross Sandler heaped praise on the cloud-computing division, Amazon Web Services, in a note detailing the future of the technology.

After calling public cloud infrastructure the "most disruptive trend impacting the technology industry today," the analysts highlighted AWS' business and its leader, Andrew Jassy.

Old people are finally going crazy for social media

If you thought old people don't "get" social media, you may want to think again.

According to a report by Pew Research Center last month, 35% of all adults aged 65 and older said they're on social media. That's more than triple what was reported in 2010, when only 11% said they were social media users.

That still vastly lags behind young adults (ages 18 to 29), who said 90% are on social media, but it's a dramatic improvement from 2005, when only 2% of adults 65 and over said they used social media of any form.

The report didn't explain why the sudden jump was happening, but some of the reasons it cited in its previous reports include: reconnecting with old friends, reaching out for chronic disease support, and simply a way to bridge generational gaps.


Getting sick in China might've been the best thing to happen to this startup founder (GS)

Sometimes, an entrepreneur's 'eureka!' moment comes at the worst possible time. 

This is one of those stories.

The entrepreneur is Ryan Frankel. His startup is VerbalizeIt, a translation business. 

First, Frankel's backstory: he spent about three years working at Goldman Sachs on a variety of tasks on both private equity and venture capital deals across sectors including healthcare, consumer services and alternative energy, to name a few. 

In 2010, Frankel left Goldman Sachs and returned to school at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, and – like a lot of graduate students – took advantage of the free time.  

Pharma CEO Martin Shkreli says a new price for Daraprim could be here by Christmas — but it'll be only a 'modest' decrease

Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli has confirmed a New York Times report saying the price of Daraprim, the drug whose price increased dramatically after Turing bought it, would go down by the end of the year. He said, however, that the decrease would be "modest."

A Times article first published Tuesday reported that a price decrease for Daraprim would be on the order of 10%. But Shkreli told Business Insider in an interview by phone on Wednesday that that number was taken out of context from an interview this week with HIV activist Josh Robbins.

Toyota's $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows it wants to become a software maker

Toyota wants to be more than just the world's largest automaker — and its $1 billion investment in Silicon Valley shows its ambition to turn itself into one of the world's largest software developers.

On Friday, Toyota announced that it would be investing $1 billion over the next five years to build Toyota Research Institute, a new company based in Silicon Valley, near Stanford University, focused on artifical intelligence and robotics. 


Scientists discover why Mars is losing a disturbing amount of atmosphere every second

Mars used to look a lot like Earth, scientists suspect.

But something happened 3.7 billion years ago that severely changed the Red Planet's climate and, over time, left the surface dry, desolate, and frozen — a lifeless shell of its former self.

For years, planetary scientists have wondered where all the surface water and atmospheric carbon dioxide — important for possible plant growth — went.

Now, their questions are one step closer to being answered thanks to NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission, which recently completed one year in orbit around Mars.

A startup that's going after Uber will pay back your surge-price receipts for you

One of the more annoying parts of using Uber is surge pricing, its dynamic pricing feature that kicks in when demand is high.

During times of high demand — on weekend nights, on holidays, or during bad weather — Uber enacts surge pricing, which charges a multiplier on every fare during busy times. Uber says that by raising its prices, it encourages its supply — drivers — to get out on the road to keep up with increased demand.  

Gett, a startup that's been trying to take on Uber with aggressive advertising campaigns, no surge pricing, and low flat fares, says it has a new way to lure in Uber customers.

Snapchat is closing the gap on Facebook in video with a reported 6 billion daily video views to Facebook's 8 billion (FB)

Snapchat is generating 6 billion video views on its app every day, according to the Financial Times.

That number has tripled since May, the FT's Tim Bradshaw reported, citing people close to the company.

Snapchat confirmed the view count, but declined further comment, according to the report. Business Insider has also contacted Snapchat for comment and we'll update this article if we hear back.

In September, International Business Times reported Snapchat was drawing in 4 billion video views a day.

I tried the colourful £80 smartwatch for children that doubles as a GPS tracker

There are lots of different smartwatches you can buy. The Apple Watch is probably the best-known smartwatch out there. I bought one but stopped wearing it after several months. So I've been curious to see what other smartwatches are available. 

British company Moochies has launched its own range of smartwatches, but there's a big difference: They're for children.

Moochies watches are designed to allow parents to easily call their children and track their location using a companion app. It's a neat idea, so I asked for a review unit and strapped it to myself.

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