Chains like Chipotle and Starbucks are adopting a gourmet French cooking method — here’s why (SBUX)

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The sous vide cooking method is sweeping the restaurant industry. Now, Starbucks is getting on board. 

On Thursday, the coffee chain announced that it would be debuting Sous Vide Egg Bites on Tuesday. The snacks, which resemble clementine-sized eggy blobs, come in two varieties: bacon and Gruyere, and egg white with Monterey Jack and roasted red pepper. 

Starbucks has been working on a new bread-free egg dish for three years. Much of that time was spent attempting to figure out the best preparation method to produce a texturally-pleasing item that could be cooked primarily off-site. The solution was sous vide. 

Sous vide is a French cooking technique in which food is vacuum-sealed, then slow-cooked in hot water. It’s a preparation method that allows food to cook at a steady temperature and maintain moisture.  

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While sous vide may sound fancy, it’s a beneficial cooking method for restaurant chains because it makes it easy to prepare food off-site, which cuts down on work for employees and helps avoid health risks associated with uncooked meat.

Chipotle began pre-cooking pork and steak before it arrived at restaurants using sous vide after the chain’s E. coli scandal as part of the company’s new safety regulations. Panera has been cooking turkey and beef using sous vide since at least 2012, working with Cuisine Solutions — the same company that is preparing Starbucks’ Sous Vide Egg Bites. 

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THE APP MONETIZATION REPORT: How developers can navigate the engagement crisis and tap into the $102 billion app opportunity

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App developers long considered the “pay once and play” model — in which users pay up front an app and aren’t prompted to make in-app purchases — the best way to generate revenue. But as more “free-to-download” apps entered the market, users increasingly opted for these experiences. These apps offer microtransactions for in-app goods and services, and in-app ads.

As the app ecosystem expands further, it will become increasingly challenging for developers to compete in a crowded market. Overall, global gross app revenue will double to reach $102 billion by 2020, according to recent projections by App Annie. As a result, app monetization strategies need to shift at least as quickly as consumer trends and preferences in order for developers to capture a piece of this growing market.

A new report from BI Intelligence explores the top app monetization strategies under user- and advertising-paid approaches, and the growing combination of both. We will also look at emerging trends that could help developers navigate the fiercely competitive app ecosystem, and address the potential barriers that developers will have to overcome to reap the benefits of the multi-billion dollar market.

Here are some of the key takeaways: 

  • The app ecosystem is expanding quickly, and it’s becoming increasingly challenging for app developers to compete in a crowded market. 
  • To capture a piece of the growing market, app developers must adapt their strategies at least as quickly as consumer trends and preferences change. 
  • Developers can choose a user-paid or an advertising-paid approach to monetizing their apps. Different monetization strategies work best with different apps.
  • There are a number of widespread challenges that developers must contend with both before and after they enter the app market.  

In full, the report:

  • Provides key factors driving the expected growth of global app revenue
  • Evaluates the top app monetization strategies
  • Looks at emerging trends to help developers navigate the app ecosystem
  • Explains the challenges that developers face to compete in the app market
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Trump may ask Republican lawmakers to fund a US-Mexico border wall

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The incoming Trump administration may seek help from Congress to pay for a wall along the US-Mexico border, according to Republican lawmakers cited by Politico and CNN on Thursday.

Such a move would break Trump’s pledge that Mexico would pay for the wall, which was central to the president-elect’s campaign.

The reports said Trump and House Republicans were developing plans to fund the border wall using taxpayer money through a 2006 law enacted by President George W. Bush that provided for over 700 miles of barriers along the southern US border.

CNN cited House Republican officials who said the plan could be taken up as early as April.

The proposed border wall — and Trump’s assertion that Mexico would pay for it — was one of his principal campaign pledges. Trump had also suggested the US might foot the bill and seek reimbursement from Mexico.

Trump flew to Mexico in August for talks with President Enrique Peña Nieto, but the affair generated some fallout afterward when the two publicly disagreed about that wall payment.

On his return to the US, Trump claimed he and Peña Nieto never discussed the matter. Peña Nieto immediately fired back in Spanish: “I repeat what I told you personally, Mr. Trump: Mexico will never pay for a wall.”

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Nissan will use artificial intelligence tech from NASA to drive cars

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On Thursday, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn confirmed that a new generation Leaf electric car is in the works along with several key developments in autonomous driving technology.

Ghosn made these announcements during his keynote speech at CES 2017.

Here are a few of the highlights. 

First, Ghosn confirmed that a second generation Leaf electric car is indeed on the way and will arrive in “the near future.”

However, few details regarding to next gen Leaf was revealed. Which means they haven’t told us how much it will cost or how much range it will have. However, we do know that the new Leaf will be equipped with Nissan’s ProPilot autonomous driving technology. The camera-based ProPilot system is designed to allow the company’s cars to function autonomously in certain highway driving conditions. 

In addition, Nissan announced the launch of its new Seamless Autonomous Mobility (SAM) system. Derived from NASA-sourced technology, SAM utilizes artificial intelligence to determine if human intervention is required.

Nissan Leaf CES SAMIn effect, SAM is smart enough to know that it’s not smart enough to fully comprehend certain situations. But, instead of turning to the occupants for guidance, SAM relays information from its LIDAR, cameras, radar to a human “mobility manager” who is then able to instruction the car. 

According to Nissan, SAM is able to use each interaction it has with city streets as a learning opportunity. As a result, the longer SAM is on the road, the less instances it will require human intervention. Nissan based the SAM technology on NASA’s Visual Environment for Remote Exploration (VERVE) software. It’s a system NASA uses to manage interplanetary robots. 

Nissan believes that SAM could one day be a benefit for the everyone from individuals car owners to mass transport systems. 

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Evernote shuts another international office as it tries to centralize operations

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Evernote is continuing its plans to scale back its international offices as it moves to centralize its operations. The company recently shut down its office in Seoul, South Korea, and downsized its teams in Tokyo, Japan, Business Insider has learned. Earlier this year it had also quietly let go some of its members of its Latin America teams. 

Evernote spokesperson Greg Chiemingo said that the changes have had no real impact on the employee headcount overall, which is around 320 employees globally. The small South Korean office, which focused on customer support, employed only 2 staffers. Those jobs are being moved to Tokyo and Austin as part of the centralization. Evernote is also eliminating 3 jobs from its Tokyo office.

Evernote still maintains offices around the globe, including its international headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, and it’s looking to hire more engineers in its offices in Silicon Valley and a new location in San Diego. 

“This is a change in the way and locations where we staff,” Chiemingo told Business Insider. “We still feel like we have global representation. Up to 80% of our users are outside the US.”

The recent cuts come 18 months after Evernote’s more drastic layoffs in September 2015. The company laid off 13% of its global employees and closed three other international offices shortly after its CEO Chris O’Neill took the helm. O’Neill has been shepherding the company through a period of turmoil as it looks to cut costs and get back on a path to profitability. The company says it’s now in its best financial shape ever and that its number of paying subscribers is growing about 40 percent each year.

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The fight to defund Planned Parenthood has very little to do with abortions

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In a one-two punch, House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Thursday that Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood when they try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

Thursday morning, Planned Parenthood launched a national campaign focused on keeping Republicans in Congress from gutting the healthcare law, and from passing legislation to “defund” the organization.

While politicians have popularized the term “defunding” when talking about stripping federal funds for Planned Parenthood, the group’s political communications director, Erica Sackin, said this is misleading.

“There’s no line item in the budget for Planned Parenthood,” Sackin told Business Insider. “We’re not funded through the federal budget bill.”

Planned Parenthood health centers serve 2.5 million people each year, nearly two-thirds of whom rely on public programs like Medicaid to pay for their care. When lawmakers pass bills to “defund” the organization, (as many states have), those patients then have to pay for healthcare at Planned Parenthood out of pocket.

But the Hyde Amendment already makes it illegal to use Medicaid to pay for an abortion except in the case of rape, incest, or if the mother’s health is endangered. Congress first passed the law in 1977, four years after the Supreme Court ruled women have a constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade.

So while it may seem as if “defunding” Planned Parenthood is a way to prevent abortions, Sackin said, “it’s going to affect people who don’t have anywhere else to go” get care like cancer screenings.

According to Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report, only 3% of the organization’s services are abortions. Most people are getting birth control or STD tests at Planned Parenthood clinics:

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The ‘defunding’ fight intensifies

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The Obamacare battle on the Hill ramped up Tuesday, when the new Congress took over, with Republicans making their case for repealing and replacing the ACA and Democrats arguing to save it.

If Republicans scrap the law, 47 million women could lose the guaranteed access to birth control without a co-pay that Obamacare provides.

But that’s just part of the fight.

The GOP party platform outlines its firm stance against abortion, Trump has said he wants to appoint Supreme Court justices to overturn Roe v. Wade, and Pence has enacted some of the strictest legislation against abortion in the country as the governor of Indiana.

Kelley Robinson, the deputy national organizing director for Planned Parenthood, said one in five women will visit the organization in their lifetimes, and that defunding it would be a “national health disaster.”

“The outpouring of need is so, so clear,” Robinson told Business Insider. “People need access to Planned Parenthood. We’re a part of their community, and we’re a critical provider of health care.”

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