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John Oliver released a parody of a children's book that Mike Pence published to challenge 'his hostility to LGBT rights'

John Oliver announced on Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight" that he'd published a parody of a children's book that the family of Vice President Mike Pence released on Monday.  The episode skewered Pence's conservative views, including "his hostility to LGBT rights." While Pence's book depicts a "day in the life" of the Vice President's White House pet rabbit, Oliver's book is instead about a "Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny."

On Sunday's episode of "Last Week Tonight," John Oliver announced that he'd published a parody of the children's book the family of Vice President Mike Pence released on Monday about Pence's pet rabbit. 

THE US SMART HOME MARKET REPORT: Systems, apps, and devices leading to home automation

This is a preview of a research report from BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service. To learn more about BI Intelligence, click here.

The US smart home market has still yet to meet the expectations many observers had in the early part of this decade.

The same issues BI Intelligence first identified back in 2015 still plague the space — persistently high prices, technological fragmentation, and consumers' lack of a perceived benefit from the devices.

'HQ Trivia' disappears from Apple's App Store following contested $25,000 game

"HQ Trivia" is suddenly missing from Apple's App Store, and it's not clear why. On Sunday evening, there was no winner of a big $25,000 prize game. As the game was finishing out, the last few players were kicked from the game for reportedly violating the game's terms of service.

On Sunday night, as a $25,000 prize game of "HQ Trivia" came to a close, the winner-to-be was kicked from the game. There was no winner — no happy story of a young teacher suddenly flush with cash.

There was just this relatively bland statement on the "HQ Trivia" Twitter feed soon afterward, which explained to players what happened. "HQ moderators kick players that violate HQ’s Terms of Service and Contest Rules. For more information, please refer to our Terms of Service here:,"

Everyone is talking about Cambridge Analytica, the Trump-linked data firm that harvested 50 million Facebook profiles — here’s what’s going on

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica have been implicated in a massive data breach. Personal data from 50 million profiles is at stake, a former employee warned. The details can be hard to follow, so Business Insider has broken down what's going on.

Facebook and data analytics company Cambridge Analytica (CA) are in hot water after a whistleblower revealed that CA harvested data from 50 million Facebook users without their knowledge or consent.

Former employee Christopher Wylie went public with the story over the weekend for an extensive, densely-reported article in Britain's Observer newspaper.

The revelations have since led to British, EU, and US authorities to launch investigations into Facebook and CA — but the details can be pretty tough to keep a hold of. Here's what's going on:

What did Cambridge Analy...

The Marine Corps' wants a 'mega drone' that can take off vertically and is armed to the teeth

The US Marine Corps wants a massive drone that can take off vertically from ships and carry a massive amount of ordinance. The proposed drone would be roughly the same size as the MQ-9 Reaper, and be used for numerous operations, including escort, early warning, reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and air support. Multiple companies are already in the process of making concepts for the drone, which the Marine Corps wants by 2034.

The Marine Corps recently released a list of desired specifications for their future drone system, known as the Marine Air Ground Task Force Unmanned Aircraft System-Expeditionary, or MUX.

The requirements,

What you need to know in advertising today
Posted March 19, 2018 0:32 AM
What you need to know in advertising today

Facebook announced on Friday that Cambridge Analytica, the data-analysis firm that played an important role in Donald Trump's online strategy during the 2016 US election, has been suspended from the social-media platform for mishandling user data.

"Given the public prominence of this organization, we want to take a moment to explain how we came to this decision and why," Facebook VP and deputy general counsel Paul Grewal said in a press release on Friday night.

Grewal noted that another company, Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL), was also suspended. By booting the companies from its platform "pending further information," Facebook will no longer allow them to buy ads or manage their pages.

To read more about why the controversial data-analysis firm was suspended,

Apple won't quit until it owns every important part of the iPhone (AAPL)

Apple is building its own screens, according to a report in Bloomberg.  It's the latest sign that Apple wants to own all the core technologies that go into its products. Apple already designs its own processors, programming languages, and GPUs. 

Apple is executing on a years-long strategy to own all the core technologies that go into its products.

If it's successful, it could mean that Apple could have a major advantage over Samsung and other Android phone makers: features they can't copy. 

The latest project that Apple is striking out on may be its biggest yet — it wants to design and build its own screen, according to a new report from Bloomberg

9 characters who could die in 'Avengers: Infinity War,' ranked by how likely they are to meet their end

The new "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer teases dark times for the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the entire universe. That means the possibility of casualties is high.

While it might be difficult to imagine some of our favorite characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe reaching the end of the line, the arrival of Thanos to Earth doesn't promise a bright future for many characters — and the prospects of survival are much worse for some than for others. 

The MCU doesn't like to kill off major characters, but that doesn't mean characters haven't met their end. And the stakes are much higher than they've ever been for the heroes in "Avengers: Infinity War."

I drove a $40,000 Buick Regal Station wagon for a week to see how it compared to a family SUV — here's the verdict (GM)

Buick has expanded its lineup with a wagon. The Regal TourX is a capable family hauler that has way more style than an SUV. Performance and tech are also strong points.

I grew up in a Buick station wagon — an Estate wagon, to be precise. It was the large-and-in-charge suburban family hauler before SUV sent wagons into near-extinction, leaving surviving examples to be gently nurtured by car writers with a thing for sedan handling and decent cargo capacity.

One can still find wagons for sale, even as full-size SUVs and compact crossovers dominate the US markets. The Subaru Outback will probably never vanish from this realm, and Volvo's V90 is a nice, big wagon that we enjoyed when we tested it last year. The Volvo V60 Cross Country and Audi Allroad are also in the fight.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly explains how seeing planet Earth from space changed his perspective on life

Retired NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent 340 days in space aboard the International Space Station in 2015-2016, a trip that changed his DNA by 7%. He told us that his space career also changed his perspective on life, making him more empathetic. He wants more people to experience the life-changing effects of visiting space.

NASA revealed in March that after his year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA changed by a full 7%.

But when