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  1. Kathmandu, Nepal | @safaljiwan Kathmandu is not a glamorous city, but for the many visitors who flock here, that’s a good thing. It’s chaos at its best — dusty streets crowded with traffic in front of ornamental temples, and winding alleys that lead to thriving markets and packed squares. Nepal’s majestic natural landscape is often the draw, but in the heart of its capital city lies a vibrant culture worth exploring. NOTE: As of January 2019, Everest Base Camp is closed to tourists. "One of the most spectacular sights of Kathmandu is the enormous Bodnath stupa. Soak in the magical atmosphere of this holy temple while watching the believers walking around it murmuring prayers. Special tip: Admire the view and the colorful prayer flags blowing in the wind from one of the rooftop cafés." - Melanie's Discovery Can anything beat a good plate of dumplings? While in town, try a plate of momo dumplings served with tomato-based achar from one of the many dumpling huts lining the streets. Thamel Momo Hut is a particular recommendation. For a traditional Nepalese meal, head to OR2K where you’ll sit cross-legged on cushions, or Fusion Himalaya which serves up delicious yet affordable entrees like dahl bot and curry. Like most tourist centers, Kathmandu is not without its nice resorts, and you can find a Hyatt and a Radisson if you want something familiar. But if you want something a little more local yet still luxurious, the dreamy Dwarika’s Hotel or the grand Hotel Yak and Yeti are perfect. Staying on a budget? Try Maya Boutique Lodge. Of course, getting out of the city opens the door to more options, so don’t count out the villages surrounding Kathmandu, where you can find some great accommodations in more peaceful locales. #nepaltravel | @hannahrmac Layer Up "Be aware that during wintertime it can get quite chilly in Kathmandu. And the bad news is there is no heating in restaurants or Airbnbs. Maybe if you’re lucky there is one gas stove to (not) heat up the whole room. So always put an extra layer on." – @goodmorningworldblog
  2. The quick version: Apple is expected to launch its original content and streaming video services today. The long(er) version Sorry to break it to you, but this isn’t exactly the Apple vs. Netflix pay-per-view you ordered. This is Apple vs. every other third party selling video subscription services. Netflix has carved a name for itself creating bingeworthy original content (that’ll cost $15 billion this year). But for all the star power Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston bring to Cupertino, Apple’s original content is more like the cherry on top of the sundae. The sundae—at least for now: using Reese & Co. to get users on the platform, then selling those users subscriptions to premium services like HBO, Showtime, and more, all while taking a cut. It could work. Apple’s already got more than 1 billion devices across the globe (compared to Netflix’s 139 million subscribers worldwide). In the biz they call that owning the pipes. You’re looking at the Amazon model Since its 2015 launch, Amazon Prime Channels has capitalized on existing customer relationships. It’s a lot easier to click “purchase now” on a 12-month HBO deal when Amazon already has your billing info on file. One crazy stat: The Diffusion Group estimated Amazon was responsible a year ago for 55% of all standalone video subscriptions. So what makes Apple’s different? According to Recode, Apple is expected to create a new storefront on the upcoming service that will streamline buying TV subscription apps. Instead of scrolling through streaming apps in a crowded App Store, all your shows will be in one convenient spot. Plus, Apple is widely expected to offer its own bundles of premium services like Showtime, HBO, and Starz to its 1.4 billion users at lower price points than you’d pay for each individually. Who’s notably sitting out the bundle? You might’ve figured it out by now...Netflix.
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    Subscription Fatigue

    In the U.S., there are 300+ over-the-top video options. And the average U.S. consumer has to remember their ex’s passwords for three video streaming services, per Deloitte research. The biggest players include—inhale now— Netflix CBS All Access Hulu Amazon Prime Video YouTube Premium HBO Showtime Apple Disney WarnerMedia NBCUniversal It’s getting to be a bit much. 47% of U.S. consumers are frustrated by the number of services required to watch what they want, Deloitte found. “Consumers want choice—but only up to a point...We may be entering a time of subscription fatigue,” Deloitte Vice Chairman Kevin Westcott said. Seems like an opportunity for larger players to “reaggregate” these services in a way that creates a better experience for the consumer, Variety suggests. We may have reached peak subscription service with the NY Mets’s new “Netflix-style subscription deal.” The $39/month service allows fans to download standing-room-only tickets on their smartphones...right up until the start of the game.
  4. Volvo said it expects margins on electric vehicles to match those of traditional combustion engine models by 2025.
  5. Starbucks (+0.35%) is testing out compostable and recyclable cups. And you thought StrawGate was the last of it.
  6. The EU fined Google $1.7 billion for abusing its dominant position in the online ad market.
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    AirPods

    Apple (+0.87%) launched a new generation of AirPods with optional wireless charging, longer talk time, and hands-free Siri access.
  8. Facebook (+0.39%) stored hundreds of millions of users’ passwords as plain text on an internal database tens of thousands of employees could access. It said it will alert users who've been affected.
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    Mt. Everest

    Logistics of climbing Mt. Everest.
  10. @The Librarian @TrueTomHarley You can just look that the bottom of the page and click on "Theme" Both are still supported.
  11. Survivor's guilt? It must have been a heavy weight for her to bear to say the least.

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