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THE CONVERSATIONAL COMMERCE REPORT: Chatbots' impact on the payments ecosystem and how merchants can capitalize on them

BI Intelligence 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. To keep pace with the ongoing shift toward e- and m-commerce, retailers are turning to chat apps, where smartphone users spend considerable time each day. One way they’ve been accessing consumers on […]

The 10 best automatic watches you can buy for under $500 right now

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.  @jomashop on Instagram As much of a fashion statement watches can be, a dead watch is no good. Rather than having to continuously replace the battery in your timepiece, buying an […]

Tax-avoidance schemes are being offered up to the wealthy like vacation packages

Offshore account packages being offered up like vacation packagesScreenshot via international-formations.com Tax avoidance schemes are being offered up to the wealthy like holiday packages. The number of companies offering these packages appears to have risen, and the trend was noticed within last year’s Paradise Papers. These packages allow third-party companies to profit off tax havens […]

Microsoft execs say in 20 years we'll all have digital assistants that will be our alter egos — and we need to set ground rules while we still can

Microsoft president Brad Smith and EVP of AI and Research Harry Shum want to democratize artificial intelligence.Microsoft Corp. Microsoft president Brad Smith and EVP of AI and research Harry Shum have coauthored a new book about AI called “The Future Computed.” Smith and Shum told Business Insider that Microsoft is in a position to lead […]

The US explains why it created a new Kurdish-dominated force in Syria at the risk of Turkey's wrath

Arab and Kurdish fighters with the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), pose for a picture as they prepare to move to the front line to battle against the Islamic State militants, in Raqqa, northeast Syria on July 22, 2017.AP Photo/Hussein Malla The US-led coalition has set up a Kurdish-dominated “Border Security Force” in Syria. The […]

This company's elegantly simple watches work with all sorts of styles and dress codes — and none cost over $300

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Kapten & Son Kapten & Son’s elegantly simple watches work with all sorts of styles and dress codes. The company’s clear pricing structure makes the purchase process easy. The priciest watch […]

House Republicans just released their plan to avoid a disastrous government shutdown

House Speaker Paul RyanYuri Gripas/Reuters House Republicans rolled out their bill to avoid a government shutdown and fund the government for around a month. The funding extension will push back the deadline for a shutdown from January 19 to February 16. The bill will also include extras like funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program […]

Four Houston Rockets players reportedly 'breached' the Clippers' locker room after a contentious game

Blake Griffin and Trevor Ariza had several heated exchanges on Monday.Mark J. Terrill/AP Four Houston Rockets players reportedly sneaked through a back corridor into the Los Angeles Clippers locker room to confront the Clippers after a chippy game. The Clippers were reportedly stunned to see the Rockets appear in their locker room, presumably led by […]

North Korea was preparing for the Olympics long before Kim Jong Un said he wanted to send a delegation

North Korean ice hockey players.Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images North Korea was preparing its delegation for the Olympics well before Kim Jon Un announced his desire to partake in the Winter Games. North Korea was already going through the process of selecting its cheer squad before the end of 2017. But Kim only publicly announced the country’s […]

A new study found that 700 Amazon employees in Ohio are on food stamps

Getty/Scott Olson A study by Policy Matters Ohio found that 700 Amazon workers in the state received food stamps benefits. It’s likely most of those receiving the benefits are part-time workers at Amazon’s large warehouses in Columbus. As Amazon grows, so does its impact on local economies. A new study by Policy Matters Ohio — […]