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The 9 brands Republicans think do the most good for the world

Many companies say they have goals beyond making money — including work on systemic social, environmental, and economic problems.

The World Value Index, a report from brand consultancy Enso, reveals which companies Americans believe are actually making an impact.

Enso asked 3,000 consumers about the top 150 brands in the US, including Google, Coca-Cola, and Nike. A portion of these participants were people who identify as or lean Republican.

The company found that ideological divides are playing out in brand preference. In Enso's survey, 53% of Republicans (compared to 35% of Democrats and 41% of the general population) said they "trust business leaders to do what is right."

Uber will finally let its drivers accept tips
Posted June 20, 2017 1:32 PM
Uber will finally let its drivers accept tips

Uber drivers in Seattle, Minneapolis, and Houston can now accept tips via the company's app, and more drivers will be able to accept tips soon, as the troubled ride-sharing company moves to mend fences with customers and partners. 

Uber announced its new tipping feature via an e-mail sent Tuesday. It's one of eight changes the company is making in June to kick off an initiative Uber is calling its "180 Days of Change". The initial steps in that effort represent an attempt to make "meaningful changes and improvements" to driving for the company, Uber said.

Suburban fast food joints may be dying — here's what could replace them

Mega-chains like McDonald's, KFC, and Dairy Queen, have dominated the fast food industry for decades. From the suburbs to the cities, fast food restaurants are everywhere.

But in recent years, Americans have become increasingly interested in fast-casual food. The percentage sales growth of legacy fast food chains has nearly flat-lined since 1999, according to The Washington Post. Meanwhile, fast casual sales skyrocketed by 550% from 1999 to 2014, and they're expected to reach $66.9 billion by 2020.

Fast-casual restaurants, like

Mesmerizing maps show the global flow of refugees over the last 15 years

President Trump's administration has made repeated claims that their proposed immigration bans are meant to stop the flow of refugees across US borders.

In honor of World Refugee Day, observed on June 20, we're looking at what that flow actually looks like compared to the rest of the world.

Earth TimeLapse, an interactive platform created by Carnegie Mellon University and Robert Muggah, global security expert and research director at the Igarapé Institute, details over a 16-year span from 2000 to 2015 where migrants are leaving and arriving.

Data comes from the

A major update to the Nintendo Switch just launched — here are all the changes

The Nintendo Switch just got its first major update since launch. 

The update, dubbed "3.0.0," is mostly about adding so-called "quality of life" features. What this means for the average user is Nintendo added a bunch of little conveniences that were missing. What kind of conveniences?

"Find paired controllers within communication range by activating the vibration feature," is one of particular interest — this enables you to find missing Joy-Con gamepads by telling them to vibrate wherever they may be. 

That's a pretty important feature considering how small the Joy-Con are, and considering that children/teens tend to be primary users of Nintendo's consoles — exactly the right demographic for misplaced video game controllers.

What you need to know in advertising today
Posted June 20, 2017 0:32 AM
What you need to know in advertising today

In March, asset manager State Street — and advertising agency McCann New York — put a bronze statue of a defiant girl in front of Wall Street’s iconic charging bull statue.

On Monday, Fearless Girl swept the Cannes Lions, picking up the Grand Prix in the Glass, PR and Outdoor Lions categories at advertising’s biggest annual festival. 

Business Insider asked five female advertising execs to weigh in on what made Fearless Girl much more than a marketing gimmick. Here's why, three months later, people are still talking about the Wall Street statue.

In other news:

17 of the best perks you get with an Amazon Prime membership (AMZN)

As a member of Amazon Prime, you get a convenient and well-publicized perk: free two-day shipping on almost any item on Amazon. 

But the $99-per-year membership actually gets you a lot more than expedited shipping. In fact, signing up for Prime unlocks features like Amazon's vast library of music, movies, television, and books, one-hour restaurant delivery, and unlimited cloud storage for your photos. 

Here are 17 of the coolest benefits of Amazon Prime. 

1. Free two-day shipping

Most things you buy on Amazon are eligible for free two-day shipping, but there are a few exceptions:

- Some items that are fulfilled by Amazon Marketplace sellers

- Magazine subscriptions

- Personalized gift cards

The 'Wonder Woman' cinematographer explains how he pulled off its most miraculous scene

As “Wonder Woman” continues to be a box-office juggernaut, more people are celebrating the moments that stand out from the movie, and one favorite is the “No Man’s Land” scene.

It’s the moment when Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) reveals herself as Wonder Woman. Pinned down in the frontlines of World War I, she climbs out of a trench to single-handedly take on an entire platoon of German soldiers. Standing in the middle of “No Man’s Land,” a battlefield given the name because no man has been able to cross it before, Wonder Woman takes on all the enemy firepower, allowing Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and the other allied forces to sneak across the terrain and take out the German forces.


New details about the fatal Tesla Autopilot accident reveal the driver's last minutes (TSLA)

More details about the fatal Tesla Autopilot accident that occurred in May 2016 were released on Monday. 

The National Transportation Safety Board Office of Public Affairs (NTSB) began its investigation into the accident in July of last year. And while the investigation is still underway, the agency decided to publish about 500 pages of the data it had collected about the Autopilot accident online. The data includes technical reports, transcripts, and images related to the incident. 

Here are some of the new details included in the report.  

There was no evidence that Joshua Brown, the driver of the Model S, was using his mobile phone or another...

The 'Orange Is the New Black' leak started with a computer running Windows 7 and a $50,000 bitcoin ransom

The hack that led to the April leak of unreleased episodes of "Orange Is the New Black" happened because an audio post-production business called Larson Studios had a computer on its network still running Windows 7.

The hack was carried out in December by a person — or persons — called The Dark Overlord, who stole “dozens of titles from major studios such as Netflix, ABC, CBS, and Disney,” Variety reported.

Over the next few months, The Dark Overlord extorted $50,000 in bitcoin from Larson Studios, before turning around and trying to ransom the networks (like Netflix), and then releasing titles when they presumably wouldn’t pay up.