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Scientists have discovered a new link between sugar and tumor growth

There's more bad news for sugar lovers.

After nine years of research, molecular biologists in Belgium have discovered that sugars stimulate tumor growth.

Their results, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications, help explain a puzzle oncologists have encountered for decades — and may offer some new, diet-based cancer-fighting solutions.


Google's parent company is creating an entire high-tech neighborhood in Toronto — here's what it could look like

On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs — the urban innovation unit of Google parent company Alphabet — announced that it will design a high-tech neighborhood on Toronto's waterfront.

Exact design plans are still unclear, but the company has released preliminary renderings of what it imagines the 12-acre district, called Quayside, could look like.

The city of Toronto and Sidewalk Labs call the larger project "Sidewalk Toronto."

Technology will be a big part of the masterplan, Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff said at a press conference on Tuesday.


Amazon's TV and movie boss has resigned after being accused of sexual harassment

Roy Price, the head of Amazon Studios, resigned from his position on Tuesday, according to CNN's Brian Stelter. His resignation comes after a producer working for Amazon alleged he sexually harassed her.

According to CNN, Albert Cheng, who took over Price's position after he was suspended last week, will continue as the interim head of Amazon Studios.

Isa Hackett, a producer on Amazon's "The Man in the High Castle" — and the daughter of author Philip K. Dick, whose work the show is based on — told The Hollywood Reporter that Price sexually harassed her in 2015.

"You will love my d---," Price said, according to Hackett.


Former Ford CEO Mark Fields will join private-equity group TPG Capital (F)

Fields will become a Senior Advisor at TPG Capital, a private equity firm. The former Ford CEO will work in TPG's industrials group. TPG has over $73 billion under management.

Mark Fields, the former CEO of Ford who was ousted earlier this year after 28 years at the automaker, will join TPG Capital as a Senior Advisor, Business Insider has learned.

TPG is a private-equity and alternative asset giant with over $73 billion in assets under management and was started as the Texas Pacific Group in 1992 by David Bonderman, James Coulter, and William S. Price III. TPG has grown substantially from its first offices in Northern California to locations worldwide. Over the decades, it has invested in numerous companies and participated in high-profile leveraged buyouts.


Planets and moons are now part of Google Maps — here are 6 incredible worlds you must explore

A few years ago, Google gave people the ability to freely explore objects in space — but that experience was mostly locked up in Google Earth, the company's 3D-mapping software.

This week, however, the company announced that far-out destinations can now be summoned directly in web browsers through a new feature of Google Maps called "Planets."

Fortunately the name is a misnomer, since there are also moons, dwarf planets, and even the International Space Station to explore.


This epic presentation forecasts the future of tech and media

Augmented reality is a nascent industry, but it will eventually become a $70 billion business, according to top business consultant Michael Wolf.

That's just one of numerous predictions Wolf has for the future of the tech and media industries. He's also bullish on smart speakers and digital assistants such as Siri. 

Every year, Wolf puts together a slide presentation highlighting his forecasts. Wolf's consulting firm, Activate, released his latest presentation at the Wall Street Journal's D.Live conference in Laguna Beach, California, on Tuesday.

Wolf has a long history in tech and media, having served as a board member of Yahoo, managing partner at consulting powerhouse McKinsey, and chief operating officer of MTV networks.

You can go through Wolf's entire 140 presentation below:


Secrets to scaling a startup, from the cofounder who expanded Lyft to more than 600 cities

If you're planning to take a Lyft ride this New Year's, look out for a 30-something driver named John.

That's John Zimmer, by the way, cofounder and president of the $7.5 billion ride-hailing service.

On an episode of Business Insider's podcast, "Success! How I Did It," Zimmer told Business Insider US editor-in-chief Alyson Shontell that he and his cofounder, Logan Green, make a point of driving for Lyft on occasion.

Zimmer does it every New Year's; more recently, he said, he's committed to driving every month.

"It's been really helpful to be close to our product," Zimmer said. Driving for Lyft — and using it daily as a passenger — is one of his secrets for scaling his company, which he founded in 2012 and which now exists in more than 600 cities.

 

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The city of Chicago has fired 2 security officers involved in dragging a man off a United flight (UAL)

Chicago's Department of Aviation has fired two of three officers involved in dragging David Dao, 69, off a United Airlines plane in April.

The investigation was conducted by the Office of Inspector General and found that the security officers mishandled the situation. It also found that the sergeant removed facts from the employee report about the incident, The Chicago Tribune reported.

The Department of Aviation ultimately fired the officer who "improperly escalated the incident" and the sergeant who tampered with the incident write-up, according to the report.


I tried Microsoft's $1499 new MacBook Pro rival, and it was awesome (MSFT)

Microsoft just unveiled the Surface Book 2, a premium laptop that will go head-to-head with Apple's MacBook Pro this holiday shopping season. 

The Surface Book 2 comes with some big claims: Microsoft says it gets 17 hours battery life (at least, if you're watching streaming video in the Microsoft Edge browser), and that it's twice as powerful as the most recent model MacBook Pro. 

I got to go hands-on with the Surface Book 2 at a preview event in San Francisco last week. And while it's hard to assess the reality of those lofty claims in just a few minutes, I can say that the Surface Book 2 is an impressive machine. 


An AI startup founder is teaming up with a former hostage negotiator to help businesses boost their sales

It sounds like the set up to a joke: a former FBI hostage negotiator and a founder of an artificial intelligence startup walk into a room ...

In this case, though, it's no joke, but the basis for a lecture series. Sponsored by AI startup Node and targeted at sales and marketing executives and managers, the series is designed to help companies understand how they can boost their business by combining AI with the emotional intelligence possessed by their human workforce. 

"We're going to marry AI with emotional intelligence and we are going to smash through barriers really fast," said Chris Voss, the CEO of Black Swan group, who is teaming up with Node founder Falon Fatemi to put on the lecture series, which kicked off with a half-day event Tuesday in San Francisco.   

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