Apple doesn't have Black Friday deals for iPhones — but here are the stores that do

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Apple doesn’t usually host its own Black Friday deals for iPhones, but stores that sell iPhones do.

For the most part, Black Friday iPhone “discounts” from stores like Target and Walmart come in the form of a store gift card that you can use at the store itself. Meanwhile, BestBuy offers a direct discount off certain iPhones, but the direct discount isn’t as high as the gift cards you’d get at other stores. 

You’ll have to figure out for yourself whether you shop often enough at certain stores to make gift cards worth it, or whether you’d simply take the smaller direct discount.

Alternatively, there’s always Apple’s Refurbished iPhone Store, where you can get discounts of used iPhones that have been refurbished by Apple itself.

Check out the 2018 Black Friday deals for iPhone:

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Andrew Cuomo claims media is bashing the Amazon HQ2 deal because they compete with the Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post

andrew cuomoNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during an announcement at The Moynihan Train Hall in New York City, U.S., August 17, 2017.Reuters/Brendan McDermid

  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released an op-ed Monday defending the state’s deal to lure Amazon’s HQ2 to New York City.
  • The state gave more than than $1.5 billion in tax incentives to Amazon, a move that was widely criticized.
  • Cuomo said negative coverage of the HQ2 deal came in part because media companies compete with The Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday suggested that part of the the backlash to Amazon’s selection of New York City as one of its HQ2 cities came because other media organizations compete with the Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post.

Cuomo, who famously joked that he would change his name to Amazon Cuomo if Amazon came to New York, released an op-ed on Monday defending the more than $1.5 billion in tax incentives that the state of New York and New York City gave to the online retail giant.

Part of the reason the media has been so quick to critique the deal, Cuomo claimed in the self-published op-ed, was that the companies compete with the Post.

This transaction is a lightning rod for the political rhetoric on both extremes,” Cuomo wrote. “The extreme conservatives and the socialists both now vehemently oppose ‘incentives’ for Amazon, which is one of the most profitable companies in the country. Compounding the situation, Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post and Amazon and is a competitor to many interests currently involved in the discussion.”

Amid frequent attacks from President Donald Trump on the pair, Amazon and The Washington Post have reiterated that the companies operate independently. 

Cuomo also dubbed as hypocrites media companies ranging from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation — which owns the New York Post and Fox News — to the New York Times for criticizing the deal. He said those companies also accepted tax incentives from New York for expansions.

“I am sure that as these entities have now been highly critical of the concept of ‘tax payer subsidies’ we will see Rupert Murdoch, the Times, Warner Media/CNN rebate the incentives they have been receiving, refuse them in the future, and will remain in New York,” Cuomo said. “Once we receive their rebates it will more than compensate for the Amazon benefit!”

Read moreNew Yorkers are making lots of doomsday predictions about Amazon’s HQ2. Here are all the things that could make it a disaster.

Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio worked extensively to try and convince Amazon to come to the city, offering tax incentives and other perks to convince the company to bring approximately 25,000 jobs.

A wide array of media organizations have come out against the deal or expressed serious skepticism. The critiques have ranged from the Wall Street Journal editorial board to the New York Times board — and even local outlets in other corners of New York.

In addition, many New York City residents and New York politicians have expressed concerns about HQ2’s effect on the city’s public transportation and other services.

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NASA will dig for signs of alien life in Mars' Jezero Crater — the landing site for its 2020 rover

nasa mars 2020 rover landing site jezero craterNASA will attempt to land its Mars 2020 nuclear-powered rover in Jezero Crater (center).NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/JHU-APL

  • NASA has picked a landing site for its upcoming Mars 2020 rover.
  • The space agency will try to land its nuclear-powered robot in Jezero Crater, a giant impact near the Martian equator.
  • Jezero Crater was a water-rich area billions of years ago on Mars, and it might still hide signs of alien life such as microbes.
  • NASA hopes to dig up and store Martian soil samples — for the first time in human history — for a future launch back to Earth.

NASA has announced where it plans to land the Mars 2020 rover and dig for signs of alien life in the red planet’s soil.

The car-size robot is expected to land inside the 28-mile-diameter Jezero Crater, an ancient impact site located just north of the Martian equator. It was one of more than 60 sites that NASA eyed during years of consideration.

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover is made from a backup of the Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August 2012 and has roamed the red planet on nuclear power ever since. But the new six-wheeled robot will come with vital upgrades to its wheels and — most importantly — be equipped to “collect rock and soil samples and store them in a cache on the planet’s surface,” the agency said in a press release.

This canister of soil and rocks, if successfully stashed, will be the critical first leg of an unprecedented, multi-mission effort to collect and launch the first sample of Mars back to Earth, where scientists would be able to analyze it in detail.

“The landing site in Jezero Crater offers geologically rich terrain, with landforms reaching as far back as 3.6 billion years old, that could potentially answer important questions in planetary evolution and astrobiology,” Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s associate administrator, said in the release. “Getting samples from this unique area will revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life.”

mars 2020 rover arm sample drill illustration nasa jpl caltech PIA22111An illustration of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover exploring the Martian surface.NASA/JPL-Caltech

NASA expects to launch the Mars 2020 rover in July or August of 2020, which means the robot would arrive on Mars in April or May of 2021.

Like Curiosity, NASA plans to use a death-defying “sky crane” system to plunk the 2,315-lb robot on the Martian surface.

Jezero was named in 2007 after a town in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it means “lake” in several Slavic languages.

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Seeking nominations for the rising stars of Madison Avenue

We’re seeking nominations for Business Insider’s list of the rising stars of Madison Avenue. We want to hear from you.

Please submit your ideas via this survey.

These rising stars are shaking things up on Madison Avenue, facing the challenges of modern advertising head-on, and innovating on a daily basis.

They are pioneers when it comes to developing breakthrough campaigns, figuring out new ways of melding data and marketing, crafting new ways to creatively reach consumers, and generally turning traditional advertising on its head.

They should be young changemakers who are pushing the envelope at their own agencies, and have the potential to be future leaders in the industry.

Criteria and methodology

Each year, Business Insider has put out a call for the 30 most creative people in advertising who are under 30.

This year, we are reformulating the list — broadening the criteria to include rising talent in departments beyond creative, while also increasing the age limit to 35.

The ranking will be determined by factors including the nominee’s role and responsibilities, the effect the nominee has had on his/her ad agency, and how his or her efforts have impacted agency performance.

Check out last year’s ranking here.

Again, please submit your nominations here. Please include as much detail as to why each individual deserves to be recognized.

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018.

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Apple's new MacBook Air is a revelation, and I'm glad I bought it — even though it's too expensive (AAPL)

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Apple’s latest flagship laptop — the 2018 MacBook Air — is a gorgeous, powerful, sleek device that feels like the truest expression of the Air line. 

It’s absurdly thin, but it packs in a gorgeous, 13-inch “Retina” display. It’s got a smaller frame than ever before, yet it’s got the largest trackpad on any MacBook. Even the keyboard is brand new.

After nearly two weeks with Apple’s brand new MacBook Air, I’m convinced: It’s worth the high price tag. 

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14 Google Black Friday deals to shop before November 23 — including the Google Home and Nest Thermostat

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Google Home You can find the original Google Home for just $79 this Black Friday.Google

  • Black Friday is fast approaching, and so too are some of the best deals to be had from Google.
  • Whether you’re looking to bring Google Assistant into your home or upgrade your thermostat with some help from Nest, the Google family has your family covered.
  • Deals start November 21 and run through November 28, so you’ll want to act fast.
  • To potentially save more on Black Friday, you can visit Business Insider Coupons to find up-to-date promo codes for a range of online stores.

Nothing says celebrating the holidays quite like celebrating consumerism, and here to help you do just that is Google.

The tech giant is offering a number of deals on some of its most popular pieces of hardware, so after the turkey (and your family) has been stuffed and all the pie has been eaten, you can move on to the real star of the show — the shopping.

Beginning November 21, Google-owned Nest will be offering steep discounts on its entire range of products, including its smart cameras, smart doorbells, and of course, its original learning thermostat.

And then, beginning November 22, Google will be putting its Home line on sale, with savings on the Google Home Hub, the Google Home Mini, the original Google Home, as well as its Chromecasts.


Nest has come a long way since it was naught but an independent startup making smart thermostats. After being acquired by Google in 2014, the company has been busy at work producing a larger lineup of smart home products, and now, you can buy both indoor and outdoor cameras, a smart doorbell, a smoke and carbon dioxide alarm, and of course, a clever little thermostat from the brand.

From November 21 to November 28, all of Nest’s offerings will be on sale from not only the Google Store, but also The Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowes, Target and Walmart. The Nest Cam Indoor will be discounted $70 to just $129, while the Nest Cam Outdoor will be $50 off for $149.

Then, there’s the Nest Learning Thermostat, which will be $70 less than usual at $179, and the cheaper, newer Nest Thermostat E will be discounted by $30 to $139. The Nest Hello, the company’s smart doorbell, will be $50 off for $179. Finally, the smoke and carbon monoxide detector, fondly known as the Nest Protect, will be $99, $20 off its list price.

We’ve been big fans of Nest products at Business Insider for years, and both their smart thermostat and their home security system frequently top our list of best options for your home. With prices discounted for Black Friday, this is probably the best time for you to take the plunge.

Starting November 21:

Google Home

google home miniThe Google Home Mini will be just $25 this Black Friday.Best Buy

If you’re looking for another way to make your home smarter, you may consider introducing a smart assistant to the mix.

Google Assistant can be found inside a number of the company’s smart speakers, all of which are on sale between November 22 and November 26. The Google Home Hub, the newest of the connected devices, is getting a pretty significant 33% discount, down to just $99 at the Google Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart. Alternatively, all four of these retailers will also be selling the Google Home Mini for half off — just $25. Another great deal can be found in the form of the original Google Home, which will be heavily discounted to $79, also available from the Google Store, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.

With the purchase of a Google Home, you’ll also receive an extended three-month trial of the new YouTube Music Premium service, which would otherwise set you back $10 a month.

If you’re looking for additional entertainment, you could check out the Chromecast, which allows you to stream movies, shows, and more straight to your television for just $25. The souped-up version, the Chromecast Ultra, will be $20 off for just $49. The Ultra, unlike the standard Chromecast, provides fast 4K Ultra HD, and HDR content, for the true movie buffs in your life.

On the other hand, Google also has audiophiles covered with its Chromecast Audio, which will be nearly 60% off for just $15. This device, however, will be available only from the Google Store, Best Buy and Walmart.

Finally, Google is offering a few bundled deals, like the Google Smart Light Starter Kit. This package comes complete with a Google Home Mini and GE’s C-Life lightbulb, which promises to save the planet and your wallet with its energy efficiency. This bundle will set you back $31, down from $55. Alternatively, you could opt for purchase the Google Home Mini and Chromecast as a set for $45, which is admittedly a slightly less impressive deal (if you were to buy the two separately, you’d pay only $5 more). Still, a deal is a deal, and it’s clear that Google is offering more than enough to go around this holiday season.

Starting November 22:

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Mark Zuckerberg's new wartime leadership style is opening up bitter divisions at Facebook

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  • Mark Zuckerberg is running Facebook like the company is at war, according to reports.
  • He is being more aggressive in tackling existential threats and is quicker to call out mistakes and attach blame.
  • But the new leadership style is creating unprecedented turmoil, The Wall Street Journal said.

Mark Zuckerberg is acting like Facebook is at war, but it’s creating unprecedented turmoil within his own ranks.

According to two reports, the 34-year-old billionaire has changed his leadership style to a battle footing after Facebook was dragged into a sequence of scandals, including election meddling and data breaches.

The Wall Street Journal said Zuckerberg told a meeting of 50 top Facebook executives in June that Facebook is under siege and he plans to run the company accordingly.

Sources told the newspaper that he is pressing executives to “make progress faster” on big issues, including securing the company’s future growth and making Facebook safe for users.

Read more: Mark Zuckerberg’s spectacular failure of leadership shows why some Facebook investors are desperate to fire him

But the more aggressive style is proving unpopular, the Journal said, and is partly to blame for a rash of senior departures in recent months.

This includes Instagram founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, who the Journal said were set against Zuckerberg’s plans to boost ad targetting by sharing location data on Instagram users with Facebook.

Zuckerberg’s change of tone has even created tensions with his closest ally: COO Sheryl Sandberg. He blamed her for the Cambridge Analytica debacle, leaving her rattled and fearing for her job, the Journal said.

Zuckerberg throws press team under a bus

Now, members of Facebook’s press team feel like they have been hit by the Zuckerberg express, according to NBC News media reporter Dylan Byers.

During a call with journalists last week, Zuckerberg very publically blamed the communications division for hiring PR firm Definers Public Affairs to smear Facebook’s critics.

And according to Byers, Zuckerberg thinks there are bigger problems with Facebook’s comms team. In his Byers Market newsletter, he said Zuckerberg’s belief is that Facebook’s bad publicity stems from a bungled press strategy and sensational media coverage.

But the press team is shocked at being thrown under a bus. “It’s total arrogance,” one of the sources told Byers. “Everyone is pissed.”

Business Insider has contacted Facebook for comment. Both Zuckerberg and Sandberg said they did not know about the Definers deal, but the latter accepted responsibility for it.

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Google is offering its best deal of the holidays before Black Friday even begins

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  • Google is offering its best deal of the holiday season before Black Friday even begins: Buy one Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL and get the second phone at up to 50% off. 
  • This deal ends on Wednesday, November 21. 
  • Immediately after the “BOGO” discount ends, Google will offer $150 off the Pixel 3 and $200 off the Pixel 3X.
  • Other Black Friday deals from Google include discounts on the Google Home Hub, Pixelbook, and 3rd Generation Nest Thermostat. 

This year, Google is letting online shoppers get a head start on the holiday shopping rush. 

Before Black Friday even begins, Google is offering its best deal of the season: Buy one Pixel 3 or Pixel 3 XL and get the second phone at up to 50% off. 

Veteran shoppers better know this deal as “BOGO 50%.” Depending on which Pixel phone you choose, the savings are anywhere between $350 and $450. 

This deal ends on Wednesday, November 21, before the Thanksgiving Turkey is served. 

Pixel seekers who miss out on this early deal will still have an opportunity for savings. Immediately after the “BOGO” deal ends, Google will offer $150 off the Pixel 3 and $200 off the Pixel 3X. That deal lasts through November 25. 

Some other Black Friday Google deals to consider are: 

  • Google Home Hub for $99 (original  price $149) 
  • Google Home Mini for $25 (original price $49) 
  • Pixelbook for $699 (original price $999) 
  • 3rd Generation Nest Thermostat for $179 (original price $249) 

These deals will be available when you buy directly online from Google and at major retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Walmart. 

Read more: Here are the most over-the-top gifts on Neiman Marcus’ guide for billionaires

A complete list of Google’s holiday deals can be found here

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How the directors of 'Ralph Breaks the Internet' explored the toxic parts of being online without losing the Disney fun

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  • Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet” directors Rich Moore and Phil Johnston told Business Insider how they delved into the love/hate relationship people have with the internet.
  • “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is the sequel to the 2012 movie, “Wreck-It Ralph.”
  • This is not the first time Moore and Johnston have explored a serious social issue in a movie. They were behind the Oscar-winning “Zootopia,” which looked at racism.

Wreck-It Ralph has just gone viral.

Well, not in real life, but in “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (opening November 21), the sequel to Disney’s 2012 animated movie that’s named after the villain of the fictional Fix-It Felix Jr. 1980s arcade game.

This time Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) is inside the internet to help his best friend, and fellow arcade character, Vanellope (Sarah Silverman), get a steering wheel off eBay to fix her game. To pay for it, Ralph learns if he just films himself doing a bunch of dumb things and posts them online, millions will watch and he’ll make money. His videos are so successful Ralph becomes the latest internet hit while also earning some coin.

But as anyone who has been online knows, internet popularity usually leads to a lot of anguish, and Ralph learns that firsthand when he stumbles across the comments section.

Ralph stares at a long wall of comments about himself and reads as it quickly goes from positive, to negative, to down right hurtful.

It’s the latest exploration by Disney of a cultural issue its audience experiences (or at the very least, knows about). And it should come as no surprise that the people behind this are the same ones who did “Zootopia.”

Rich Moore and Phil Johnston teamed as directors on “Ralph Breaks the Internet” after Moore took sole directing duties for “Wreck-It Ralph” in 2012 and Johnston wrote the screenplay. Moore was also one of the directors on the Oscar-winning “Zootopia,” which was written by Johnston, and got a lot of attention for one of the movie’s main themes: looking at racism and bigotry through the lens of an animal metropolis where all different species must get along.

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The two admitted they didn’t set out to make “Ralph Breaks the Internet” so they could shed a light on how we all treat each other on the internet. It just kind of happened through the years of trying to figure out what they wanted to do for a sequel.

“When the movie came out in 2012, I always thought, ‘God, it would be great to work with everyone together again,’ but there was no idea for a story,” Moore told Business Insider. “I would say a year after it opened we seriously said, ‘What could a second chapter be about?’”

Read more: “Creed II” escapes a sequel slump with thrilling fight scenes and a gripping performance by Michael B. Jordan

One idea was to put Ralph in a modern gaming system and see what kind of trouble he could get into. But then came the idea of Ralph discovering what a WiFi modem is and eventually becoming so jealous of the internet that he would set out to destroy it.

“For many months, that was our movie,” Moore said of Ralph intentionally destroying the entire internet.

“But it’s not something we wanted to root for, we love the internet,” Johnston said. “So we changed it to him inadvertently ruining it.”

Yet, what would cause Ralph to break the internet by mistake? That’s where the filmmakers decided to explore how people treat each other online.

Using what they did on “Zootopia” — mixing a fun caper with a serious issue — along with delving deeper into the friendship of Ralph and Vanellope than the first movie, they explore how toxic the internet can be.

Outside of the comment thread that Ralph comes across, annoying pop-up ads and the “dark web” are also negative elements of the web that are featured in the movie.

The trick though is never preach to the audience.

Phil Johnston Rich Moore Alberto E Rodriguez Getty(L-R) “Ralph Breaks the Internet” directors Phil Johnston and Rich Moore.Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty

“Dealing with heavy issues, serious issues, we never want to tell an audience how they should live their lives or what they should do,” Moore said. “Our feeling is it’s always better to watch a character experience the things that we do and then show how that character rises above it. What steps they took to be an authentic human being.”

“Ralph at his core is an insecure guy,” Johnston said. “Ultimately, the movie is about him overcoming that insecurity in order to be a better friend and better person, [and] the internet is a great place to test that stuff.”

At the end of the day, Moore and Johnston want audiences to be entertained when they go to see “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and not feel like they are suddenly sitting in a sociology class, but as they proved with “Zootopia” that there’s room for social commentary in Disney movies.

“This is something where we thought it’s really worth taking a look, but it’s not our job to say the internet is good or bad,” Johnston said. “It just is.”

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