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Whole Foods customers say produce quality has tanked since Amazon's takeover

Whole Foods shoppers complained about finding bruised, discolored, tasteless, and rotten produce in stores across the US. Shoppers also cited persistent out-of-stock issues. Many customers are blaming the problems on Amazon, which acquired Whole Foods in a $13.7 billion deal in August. "Price reductions are appreciated but not at the expense of reliable quality," one customer said. Whole Foods told Business Insider that it has made no recent changes that would affect the quality or availability of its produce.

Shoppers across the US are claiming that the quality of Whole Foods' produce has tanked since it was acquired by Amazon, and some say they're abandoning the grocery chain as a result.


One of the world's biggest video game services, Steam, has stopped accepting bitcoin because it's so volatile

Steam is one of the most popular gaming services in the world, with 67 million monthly active players, putting it head-to-head with Sony's PlayStation Network. Steam, owned by Valve Corporation, sells PC games through an online store. It has just canned support for bitcoin payments because the cryptocurrency is too volatile. Valve engineer Kurtis Chinn said this meant transaction fees for customers buying games went up and down too quickly as bitcoin fluctuated in value. Steam first began accepting bitcoin in April 2016.

Hugely popular gaming store Steam has stopped accepting payments for games in bitcoin because the cryptocurrency is too volatile.


GM is launching a feature that allows people to shop while driving (GM)

General Motors is launching Marketplace, a platform that will allow drivers to shop for goods and services from Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and other businesses while driving. The 2017 and later models of Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC cars with compatible features will receive the update. GM has designed the platform to minimize actions that will distract drivers from the road.

General Motors has introduced an interface that will allow drivers to shop while driving. The platform is called Marketplace, and GM is adding it to its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles for their 2017 and later models with compatible features, according to the company's website. Drivers will not need to purchase a data plan to receive the update.


Instagram updates its Stories feature, copying Snapchat again (FB)

Instagram updated its Stories feature on Tuesday. The app will now automatically save users' Stories to their archive page. A new Highlights area will allow users to tout particular Stories on their profile pages.

Instagram is ramping up its battle with Snapchat.

Facebook's photo sharing app on Tuesday added two new capabilities to its Stories feature, one a direct copy of a recent feature in Snap. With the new capabilities, Instagram users will be able to more easily keep and continue to display their older Stories.

One of the updates is a feature that will automatically archive users' Stories after they expire. Previously, you could only use the archive feature to manually save photo and video posts, but not Stories.


The world is engulfed in a 'learning crisis' — but it's not too late to save students

The United Nations has declared that the world is suffering from a "learning crisis." Although students are physically going to school, a quarter of a billion aren't learning anything. In a recent TED talk, Tunisian politician and education expert Amel Karboul offers ways to solve the crisis.

In 2014, the United Nations put the state of global education in bleak perspective: Some 250 million students weren't learning anything in school, a report found, despite those kids having received several years of education.

These ineffective systems were leading to a reported waste of $129 billion.

Almost four years later, the problem is ongoing. As the original authors noted, the world is engulfed in a "learning crisis," in which kids physically show up to classrooms but don't absorb anything that can help them achieve in their later years.

The learning c...

Wall Street analyst predicts Apple will launch a supersized iPhone X next year (AAPL)

Apple will launch three new iPhone models in 2018, Nomura analysts predict. The analysts believe Apple is preparing a 6.5-inch iPhone like the iPhone X but with a bigger OLED screen. Apple will also launch a successor to the iPhone X with a 5.8-inch OLED screen, the analysts write. The third, lower-cost model could feature an edge-to-edge LCD screen and TrueDepth facial recognition and could be priced between $650 and $900.

 

Apple could release three new iPhone models in 2018, according to a note distributed to investors on Monday by Nomura analysts. 

Several of the predictions line up with a forecast from renowned KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued last month


Elon Musk says only 50,000 Boring Company hats will be sold making the cap a limited edition

Elon Musk said only 50,000 hats bearing the name of the Boring Company will be produced. The hats are available for $20 on the Boring Company's website. The Boring Company was founded by Musk to dig a series of underground tunnels in Los Angeles that could one day relieve traffic congestion.

Elon Musk said on Sunday that only 50,000 hats bearing the name of the Boring Company will be produced.

The company was founded by Musk to dig a series of underground tunnels in Los Angeles that could one day relieve traffic congestion.

To preserve the transcendent majesty & specialness of The Boring Company cap, we are capping cap orders at 50,000 caps. Almost there ... https://t.co/YqjEQAfy3u

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2017 ...

Anaplan looked like another troubled unicorn — but it's back on track with a new $1.4 billion valuation

Anaplan has raised $60 million in a new funding round that pushes its valuation to $1.4 billion, up from $1.1 billion. The new funding marks a keystone moment for first-time CEO Frank Calderoni, a well-known Silicon Valley executive who formerly served as chief financial officer at Cisco and Red Hat. The funding also indicates the company is heading in the right direction after a prolonged transition period between CEOs last year.

Anaplan, the unicorn startup taking on SAP and Oracle with its cloud-based financial planning software, appears to have resumed its rise.

The company just closed a $60 million funding round from existing investors. The round brings Anaplan's valuation to $1.41 billion.


Microsoft's Silicon Valley campus is getting a major upgrade — see what it will be like (MSFT)

Microsoft announced Tuesday it's broken ground on a major renovation of its Mountain View campus. The project will increase workspace at the campus by 35%. The modernization effort will focus on sustainability and connecting employees with the outdoors. 

Microsoft is giving its Silicon Valley campus a major makeover.

The company announced Tuesday it has begun a renovation of its 32-acre campus in Mountain View, California, just north of San Jose. Microsoft will be adding office space on the campus. But the modernization project will also focus on sustainability and improving employee access to outdoors spaces – a point Microsoft also emphasizes at its main campus in Redmond, Washington.


Instagram isn't just for kids anymore — brands and businesses are flocking to it (FB)

Instagram is already attracting the kids. Now it's become the hip place for businesses too. The number of companies that have created profiles on Instagram is surging, as we can see in this chart from Statista. Meanwhile, the number of companies that are advertising on Facebook's photo-sharing service has doubled in just six months.

Individual Instagram users are taking advantage of businesses' adoption of the service. They're increasingly using Instagram to connect with their favorite brands, offer feedback on products, and, of course, complain. Indeed, 80% of Instagram users voluntarily connect with business accounts, Marne Levine, Instagram's chief operating officer, said recently.