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People in Silicon Valley are losing their minds after a famous investor said its culture is bad for startups

Sam Altman, one of the most powerful people in the startup world, says that the debate around political correctness in San Francisco is bad for startups and smart people. His blog post on the topic drew heated reactions from both people who agreed with him as well as people who believe his ideas are dangerous. 

If Y Combinator president Sam Altman wanted to start a furious debate with his latest blog post, he certainly succeeded. 

In a post on his blog, he argued that the climate of political correctness in San Francisco and Silicon Valley is "very bad for startups," and that it was easier to express controversial ideas in China than it is in California.

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A startup that helps you book urgent care appointments that’s backed by Bill Gurley is going national

Solv, a startup that connects people to same-day urgent care appointments much like how OpenTable helps people book reservations at restaurants, is going national. The hope is that by booking an appointment online with an urgent care center that's nearby, patients won't have to spend so long waiting to be seen.  Solv originally launched in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but has expanded national by partnering with NextCare, which operates more than 135 urgent care centers around the US.

A startup that works to connect people with same-day urgent care visits is going national. 

Solv, which got its start in April 2017 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, helps book appointments at urgent care centers and also helps patients check in online. On Friday, the company said it's working with NextCare, one of the nation's largest urgent care providers, to help patients book appointments at its more than 135 centers. 


The most obvious conversation topic at your office holiday party should be avoided at all costs

•Business Insider spoke to experts who stressed the importance of avoiding work-related talk at the holiday party.

• They said the holiday party is an opportunity to allow everyone to relax and unwind.

• If you're looking for other things to talk about, try researching your coworkers' LinkedIn accounts.

Office holiday parties are a great time to unwind and have fun with your colleagues.

It's important to remember that you're still at work, though. It goes without saying that extremely controversial or inappropriate topics are best avoided. But one of the worst subjects you can tackle probably also one of the most boring.

According to many of the professionals


Former Facebook exec: I take back what I said about Facebook 'destroying how society works' — kinda

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya said during a recent talk at Stanford that he feels guilty about what social media has done to society. His former employer, Facebook, pushed back on the assertion that social media has a negative impact on society. Palihapitiya took to his Facebook page on Thursday night to walk back some of his statements about Facebook and add more context to his remarks.

The former Facebook executive who recently criticized social media for "destroying how society works" is now walking back some of his criticisms after Facebook issued a rebuke.

"I genuinely believe that Facebook is a force for good in the world, so I’d like to expand on my comments before we break for the holidays,"


Watch a Delaware-size iceberg break off Antarctica and float away in an incredible new animation

Satellites that continuously photograph Antarctica recorded a Delaware-size iceberg breaking off in July. A glaciologist has animated nine months-worth of photos from space into a short animation. The animation shows iceberg A-68 — the third-largest in human history — breaking off and floating away from the Larsen C ice shelf.

In July, a huge crack in Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf calved the third-largest iceberg in recorded history.

The scale of the giant ice block, dubbed A-68, is truly awesome: roughly the area of Delaware, the mass of 5.6 Mount Everests, and voluminous enough to fill Lake Erie more than twice.


Bollywood superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Akshay Kumar: Women speaking up about sexual misconduct is overdue

In interviews with Business Insider, Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, and Twinkle Khanna say that a hushed culture of sexual misconduct exists throughout India's entertainment industry. Allegations against Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein have encouraged other women to detail reports of sexual misconduct. Women in Bollywood are cautious to speak up, but some are starting to tell stories of sexual misconduct. 

Hollywood has been roiling with claims of sexual misconduct ever since


This could be our clearest look yet at Microsoft's ultramobile, Courier-like Surface device (MSFT)

Microsoft has long been rumoured to be working on an ultramobile Surface device with phone capabilities. Rumours earlier last month suggested that the company was looking at its own cancelled, decade-old "Courier" project to take inspiration for the new product's form factor. A new patent filed by the company's engineers suggests that this could indeed be the direction the forthcoming Surface might be heading in.

A new patent filed by Microsoft earlier this week may be giving us our best look yet at the company's long-rumoured ultramobile device, the often-dubbed "Surface Phone."

The patent,


'The Last Jedi' is a super-sized 'Star Wars' movie that will make you laugh and cry

"The Last Jedi" is a powerful "Star Wars" movie because it breaks all the usual sequel rules. Writer-director Rian Johnson has created a story that is worthy of the saga, but also has the feel of a powerful standalone movie.

If you are wondering why director Rian Johnson has been handed the keys to the “Star Wars” franchise, and been allowed to create a whole new trilogy, look no further than what he’s accomplished in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”


A photo from the CEO of Goldman Sachs is fueling Twitter takeover chatter (TWTR)

Twitter's stock surged as much as 7.3% on Thursday after Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein tweeted a picture of himself at the company's headquarters. Goldman had reportedly advised Twitter in takeover discussions with Disney last year, and the tweet fueled speculation that a deal could be in the works. Meanwhile, short sellers are scaling back bearish bets on Twitter.

Traders are piling back onto the Twitter bandwagon.

The company's stock surged as much as 7.3% on Thursday, closing at its highest level in 14 months, after Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein tweeted a picture of himself with Jack Dorsey at Twitter's offices in San Francisco.


The Fox deal paves the way for Disney to become a dominant streaming player (DIS)

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