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Amazon has a ton of gaming deals happening today — here are the ones most worth your time

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Amazon has rolled out "12 Days of Deals" to deliver discounts on items from one category per day until December 13. Today's deals are all about gaming with a focus on PC hardware and accessories. Among the deals, you'll find a $70 discount on the

Netflix says 'The Christmas Chronicles' is Kurt Russell's biggest movie ever

Netflix's content boss, Ted Sarandos, said Monday that "The Christmas Chronicles," starring Kurt Russell, had 20 million views in its first week.  "If every one of those was a movie ticket purchase, that's a $200 million opening week," he said.  We don't know how many of those were repeat viewings, however.

 

Netflix doesn't release viewership numbers, but claimed "The Christmas Chronicles" is the biggest movie of Kurt Russell's career.

Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos discussed the movie, which debuted last month, at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference on Monday. It stars Russell as a "savvy, straight-talking" Santa Claus who teams up with young siblings to save Christmas after the pair crash his sleigh.


'People in their 20s really never used dating apps until Tinder:' Match Group CEO talks about the changing dating scene at IGNITION 2018

Match Group CEO Mandy Ginsberg was interviewed Monday at Business Insider's IGNITION 2018, where she discussed the changing scene of online dating and the tech industry's "bro culture." Companies under Match Group include Tinder, Hinge, and Plenty of Fish, online dating platforms that Ginsberg said are helping the company transform dating. Ginsberg has taken steps within her own company to ensure she's treating women equally to men in the male-dominated tech industry.

Meet the two-year-old Silicon Valley startup that beat Amazon to creating the world's largest fully autonomous drone delivery system (AMZN)

At Business Insider's Ignition conference on Monday, Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo says the company he helped co-found two years ago has already created the world's largest fully autonomous delivery system.  Instead of consumer products, however, Zipline has focused on humanitarian needs, delivering medical supplies to rural communities around the world. To start, the company has set up a distribution center in Rwanda where autonomous airplanes take off to deliver over 36 different blood types to hospitals in hard to reach places. "We don't think the exciting potential for that technology is delivering burritos or pizza. We think the exciting potential for that technology is providing universal access to health care to every human on the planet," Rinaudo said. 

Uber's new rates are designed to make driver payout more consistent, but some say it has decreased their earnings

Uber recently changed its pay structure in some cities to prioritize trip time over distance driven.  The company says the new structure will help drivers to better estimate their earnings from a given trip and help keep their cut consistent. Still, some drivers posting on social media said that the structure has hurt their earnings and that the changes have made it more difficult to make money on long-distance trips. 

A new Uber pay structure that prioritizes time over distance as they pertain to driver earnings has some drivers frustrated with the company.

Last week, the ride-hailing giant shifted the payout rates for drivers in about 14 cities,


The Asus ZenBook Pro is an absolute beast — but it's an expensive laptop that isn't for everyone

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The Asus ZenBook Pro is an absolute beast — but it's an expensive beast that isn't for everyone. If you're a gamer or video editor looking to get a laptop that can handle some more intense processing, then this may well be the computer for you. In place of a touchpad, you'll find a touch-sensitive display, which can be used as a touchpad the majority of the time, but then can perform extra functions when...

Amazon reportedly just took one step closer to automating Whole Foods stores, and it reveals a road map for the future of shopping (AMZN)

Amazon is reportedly working on adapting its Amazon Go automated store technology to larger-format stores, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The most natural fit for an application of this expanded technology would be Amazon's own grocery-store chain, Whole Foods. This new use case greatly expands the use of Amazon Go's "just-walk-out" technology and realizes a future that retail has been gradually inching toward for years now.

Amazon is constantly looking for quicker ways to get customers to part with their money. 

After all, that's the main goal of the technology used in the company's cashierless


I played all the biggest games in 2018, from 'Spider-Man' to 'Red Dead Redemption 2' — and a 'Tetris' game was the best by a mile

Of all the blockbuster spectacles and indie darlings I played in 2018, one unexpected game was the best by far: "Tetris Effect." More than just a modern reimagining of a classic game, "Tetris Effect" is a breath of fresh air for the "Tetris" franchise. Despite the age of the source of material, "Tetris Effect" is the best game I played in 2018 — a year that featured blockbusters like "God of War," "Spider-Man," and "Red Dead Redemption 2."

Sorry, "Call of Duty!" So long, "Red Dead Redemption 2!" I can't stop playing "Tetris Effect," and thinking about it, and evangelizing it.

There's a simple reason for that: "Tetris Effect" is the best game I played in 2018.

Better than


Amazon briefly becomes the world's most-valuable publicly traded company (AAPL, AMZN)

Amazon briefly surpassed Apple as the world's most-valuable publicly traded company. It passed Apple on Monday with a market value of about $865 billion. Watch Amazon and Apple trade live.


The man who predicted Amazon would buy Whole Foods expects the tech giant will soon be the world's fastest growing healthcare company

New York University marketing professor Scott Galloway has been known for his predictions when it comes to Amazon — first predicting it would acquire Whole Foods and more recently calling which cities Amazon would pick as its headquarters.  At Business Insider's IGNITION 2018 conference, Galloway said he thinks soon Amazon will be the "fastest growing healthcare company in the world." He's far less bullish on Facebook. "No one's going to tell Facebook about their diabetes or STDs," Galloway said.

It was only a matter of time before tech giants got interested in health, because the industry is massive and ripe for disruption.

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