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Samsung might be using its new Galaxy A8 smartphone as a testbed for a rumored Galaxy S9 feature

Samsung shared details about its new Galaxy A8 smartphones, which both include a dual-lens setup for their front-facing cameras. Next year's Samsung flagship, the Galaxy S9 smartphone, is rumored to have a similar front-facing camera setup. Adding a second lens to the front-facing camera could enable Portrait Mode selfies, which you can currently take on Apple and Google's flagship phones but not Samsung's.


Samsung’s recently-announced mid-range smartphones, the Galaxy A8 and A8+, include a feature that's also expected in next year's Samsung flagship phone, the rumored Galaxy S9.


Elon Musk accidentally posted his phone number on Twitter, reaching out to a Facebook exec (FB, TSLA)

Elon Musk accidentally tweeted his phone number to his 16.7 million followers. It looks like the number was for an iPhone, given that it works with Apple iMessage. He was apparently trying to send it to John Carmack, the chief technology officer of Facebook's Oculus virtual reality subsidiary.

Looks like Elon Musk is going to have to change his phone number.

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO posted his phone number on Twitter. The tweet was directed at John Carmack, the chief technology officer of Oculus, Facebook's virtual reality subsidiary, but Musk posted it so that anyone could see it.

The tweet was swiftly deleted, but not before it was noticed by many of Musk's 16.7 million Twitter followers. 

While Business Insider isn't going to share the number, it does indeed appear to be Musk's personal phone — it registers as ready for Apple iMessage.

We drove a $250,000 Ferrari 488 and an $80,000 Corvette Z06 to see which we liked better — and the winner was clear

The Ferrari 488 GTB is the Italian carmaker's top-dog supercar. The Corvette Z06, with its mighty engine and bold design, is a supercar in the eyes of many. The 'Vette costs more than $100,000 less, but the Ferrari remains king of the hill.

Fresh off a battle between the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS and the Ford Mustang — won by the 'Stang — we decided to revisit the world of unlikely face-offs between European and American legends.

Next up: the Ferrari 488 GTB against the Corvette Z06. Italy versus the USA. Maranello versus Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Again, on its face, this is a preposterous comparison: the dashing red mid-engine Ferrari, tipping the price scales at $250,000 to start, against the stonking front-engine 'Vette, with a base of about $80,000.

Magic Leap released 5 seconds of video showing its highly anticipated augmented reality software

Magic Leap showed off a 5-second video of a music app it developed with Icelandic rock band Sigur Ros.  The video is colorful and beautiful, but Magic Leap's hardware is not shown. Magic Leap has not announced when it will release its first product, which is a pair of smartglasses said to cost between $1,000 and $1,500. 

Magic Leap is an unusual startup.

It has mountains of money, raising $1.9 billion in funding from investors including Google, Alibaba, and Singapore's Temasek Holdings. It's based in Florida, not California. And it hasn't released a product yet — nobody's even seen the company's product without signing a lengthy non-disclosure agreement. 

The first bill to examine 'algorithmic bias' in government agencies has just passed in New York City

New York City has passed the algorithmic accountability bill, which will assign a task force to examine the way that city government agencies use algorithms. Algorithmic bias is a critical issue in the justice system, which often relies on algorithmic risk assessments to inform criminal sentencing in federal court. The bill is the first of its kind to be passed in the nation, and will attempt to provide transparency in the way that the government uses algorithms. 


New York City has unanimously passed a bill that will attempt to provide transparency to the way that city government agencies use algorithms.

It's the first bill examining algorithmic bias to be passed in the country, and could spell out increased scrutiny in the government's use of algorithms nationwide.

Inside WeWork's WeLive, where millennials squeeze into tiny apartments to take advantage of perks like Sunday dinner, daily happy hours, and morning yoga

WeWork, the $20 billion coworking startup, recently expanded into co-living with its dorm-like WeLive apartments that offer communal facilities and daily activities. Reviews have been mixed, so we tested WeLive Wall Street for ourselves. Our experience was mostly pleasant, but we felt the rent was high. Many WeLive tenants said the price was a good value when you factor in amenities, activities, and the community.

The sharing economy keeps getting cozier.

WeWork, the coworking powerhouse that grew into a $20 billion startup by leasing chic, millennial-friendly office space to startups and Fortune 500 companies alike, is betting you'll be willing to share more than just your workspace with strangers.

Last year, WeWork

This life-saving technology was not available on the derailed Amtrak train

Amtrak Cascades train 501 derailed near DuPont, Washington on Monday. The train was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone. The train was not equipped with positive train control. PTC technology can automatically slow down trains traveling at too high a speed.

On Monday, Amtrak Cascades train 501 derailed near DuPont, Washington. The incident resulted in the deaths of three passengers and the shut down of the southbound lanes of Interstate 5.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, onboard data showed the train traveling at 80 mph at the time of the derailment; 50 mph above the 30 mph speed limit.

It's a tragic incident that could have possibly been prevented with the help of a safety system called positive train control (PTC).

Inside the Palo Alto 'Facebook House' where Mark Zuckerberg lived, that's now a Mecca for aspiring-entrepreneurs

In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg and the early Facebook team moved into a five-bed house in Palo Alto, California. It was run like a "frat house," and would later be made famous by the 2010 film "The Social Network." Today it's a haven for budding entrepreneurs and business students, and Business Insider got a look inside.

Before Facebook was a $500 billion behemoth with 2 billion users and the power to reshape society, it was just another scrappy startup.

Founded in the halls of Harvard, the Facebook founders moved west to Palo Alto, Calif. in the summer of 2004 — a relocation that was made famous by the 2010 film "The Social Network."

The oldest known fossils show life on Earth began more than 3.5 billion years ago — and indicate life in the universe may be common

A new analysis of the oldest known microbial fossils revealed that several diverse types of organisms existed more than 3.4 billion years ago. The finding indicates that life first evolved on Earth long before that. If life existed in so many forms that early in Earth's history, it suggests a higher likelihood that life has evolved elsewhere, too. "If the conditions are right, it looks like life in the universe should be widespread," said one of the authors who led the study.

The mysterious story of how life on Earth began just became a bit clearer, thanks to a new analysis of the oldest known fossil microorganisms.

Findings from that analysis indicate that diverse life existed on our planet far before many scientists thought it was possible. That means it might have been easier for life to evolve than they realized, which would increase the likelihood that life is widespread throughout the universe.

A cryptocurrency hedge fund has delivered a 24,000% return over the past 4 years

 Pantera Capital's bitcoin fund has delivered a 24,004% return for investors since its launch in 2013.  The blockchain-focused hedge fund was among the first to invest in the nascent digital coin market.


Bitcoin's more than 13,000% return since its inception can't hold a candle to Pantera Capital.

The investing firm's Pantera Bitcoin Fund has delivered a 24,004% return for investors since its launch in 2013, according to a report by Nathaniel Popper at The New York Times.

"A significant portion of the gains have come this year, thanks to the skyrocketing price of an individual bitcoin, which hit $19,000 on Monday," Popper reported Tuesday.