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The director of 'Valerian' used his film school students to pull off an insane 18-minute action scene

If there's one thing Luc Besson is known for, it's creating incredible images on screen that we've rarely, if ever, seen before. 

"The Fifth Element" director has done that once more with his new movie, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," which hits theaters July 21. But Besson's vision at the idea phase can be confusing to those around him, including his crew. And that's exactly what happened when he attempted to explain to them the incredible 18-minute action sequence he wanted to do in the beginning of the movie, in which a vast dessert is actually a giant intergalactic market.

“After I wrote the sequence, I explained it to the crew for an hour,” Besson told Entertainment Weekly. “They were smiling, but I could see on their faces that they didn’t understand a thing.”


One of the biggest dark web drug marketplaces went down, causing chaos for customers

AlphaBay, a dark web marketplace that sells drugs and guns, has gone offline — sparking fear amongst its users that it is an "exit scam" stealing their funds.

However, a staff member has denied that the team behind the site has done a runner, writing on Reddit: "Will be back online soon. Servers under update."

Dark web marketplaces, accessible only via anonymising software Tor, let unscrupulous vendors sell almost anything — and are notorious for scams and fraud.

In March 2015, Evolution suddenly shut down in an apparent exit scam, stealing $12 million-worth of digital currency bitcoin that it was holding in escrow for vendors.


Uber is stopping its main service in Finland as its war with regulators continues

Uber will "pause" its main service in Finland as it waits for local regulators to remove taxi licence permit quotas and fare restrictions.

The San Francisco headquartered company announced in a blog post on Thursday that it will suspend its UberPop service in Helsinki, the only Finnish city that it operates in, until next year.

UberPop allows any driver to sign up and offer unlicensed taxi trips providing their car meets certain criteria. But Finnish law dictates that all Uber drivers have a licence. As a result, UberPop has proved problematic in Helsinki.

A number of drivers in Helsinki have signed up to become UberPop drivers without holding a valid permit. Some of those that have been caught have been ordered to give up their earnings, with


Nokia is partnering with Zeiss to feature high end cameras in its future smartphones

HMD Global, the Finnish startup which has licensed and revived the Nokia brand over the past year, struck a deal with German optical manufacturer Zeiss to work together on smartphone cameras, the BBC reports.

Nokia had partnered with Zeiss in the past, before selling its smartphone division to Microsoft in 2013. The two companies produced some of the highest rated mobile cameras at the time, such as the Nokia 808 PureView's in 2012, and are now looking to replicate that success.

The BBC reports that Zeiss will help the Finnish company to develop the camera "in all Nokia smartphones in the future," although the German house did not have a hand in building the optics for Nokia's N3, N5 and N6, which go on sale next week.


Some of the UK's hottest fintech firms are currently down, including Monzo and Revolut

LONDON — A number of UK fintech startups encountered technical issues on Thursday, warning customers that their payments may not go through.

App-only banks and firms including Monzo, Revolut, Loot, and Curve have all run into problems due to a supplier that provides some of their underlying technology.

It's not yet clear when the issue will be fixed, and Business Insider will update this post as more info comes in.

Monzo, which does not operate any physical branches, currently offers its customers a pre-paid debit card, and plans to launch a current account.  "Please take another card with you today — the Monzo card is currently being declined," it warned in a push notification.

"As you may have noticed, card payments, top ups and transfers have not been fully functional since 7:45 this morning. One of our suppliers is having issues and investigating as a high priority." (


The venture firm that backed Farfetch and Deliveroo has raised £115 million for a new fund

A London-based venture capital firm which has backed some of the city's biggest successes, including Deliveroo and Farfetch, has raised $150 million (£115 million) for its second fund.

Felix Capital Partners will use the fund to invest in European and US startups, according to Bloomberg.

Founder Frédéric Court said the fund had been oversubscribed in excess of $200 million, and claimed Brexit hadn't impacted the fundraising process. Most of the funding came from institutional investors, though Court wouldn't name any.


Just Eat is hiring ex-Moneysupermarket.com boss Peter Plumb as its new CEO

Food delivery service Just Eat has announced that it plans to appoint Peter Plumb, the former boss of price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com, as its new CEO.

On September 18, Plumb will replace Paul Harrison, the company's interim CEO. Harrison will then continue in his permanent role as chief financial officer.

"I'm delighted to be joining Just Eat at such an exciting time," said Plumb in a statement. "The talented team has built an innovative service into a truly international platform with clear leadership positions in many markets around the world. I look forward to working with the Just Eat family of employees and restaurant owners to help more people around the world enjoy the food they love, wherever they are and whenever they want."


RANKED: The 11 best video games of 2017 so far

Having just crested the half-year mark of 2017, it's the perfect time to play the best games of 2017. It's been quite a year already!

Somewhere in between exploring the massive, adventure-filled world of "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild," and the massive, adventure-filled world of "Horizon Zero Dawn," it became clear that 2017 was shaping up to be one of the best years in the history of video games.

Before we look ahead to the second half of 2017, let's look back on all the excellent games that have already arrived this year. Here are the best video games of 2017 (so far), ranked:

11. "Persona 5"

Twitter let a celebrity with millions of followers post revenge porn for 30 minutes before it was taken down (TWTR, FB)

Twitter allowed a celebrity with a verified account and over 7 million followers to distribute revenge porn on the social network for roughly 30 minutes before the explicit photos were removed.

On Wednesday, Rob Kardashian's verified Twitter account posted nude, body-shaming photos he said were of his ex-girlfriend Blac Chyna. He first posted the photos on his Instagram account but later tweeted them when he claimed his Instagram was shut down.

While the three photos he shared were removed after roughly 30 minutes, Kardashian's Twitter account and his tweets referencing the photos are still online. His Instagram account appears to be suspended.


The Acura NSX changed ours minds about the limits of supercars

Let's cut right to the chase.

I was never a fan of the first-generation Acura NSX. In fact, I could rightly be called a critic of the car, introduced in 1990 and produced until 2005. I thought it was boring. A guy who lived down the street from me in Los Angeles owned one and parked it on front of his house. I never once paused to look at it.

Yes, I know the car was a designed by the legendary Pininfarnia. Didn't matter. I didn't care.

But the NSX had its fans, and plenty of them. So after a hiatus, Honda (Acura's parent company) completely rethought the NSX and rolled out a second-generation of the car. I saw it for the first time at the 2015 New York auto show. My reaction was "Meh." 

Later, I saw different versions of the new NSX. More meh. Images of the interior began circulating. Meh.

Then Acura kindly let us borrow the NSX for a few days.

Oh. My. God. 


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