The AmEx Business Platinum’s annual fee is increasing to $595 a year — we break down whether it’s still worth the cost

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network. The Points Guy The annual fee for the Business Platinum® Card from American Express is going up from $ 450 to $ 595 per year. New benefits include credits at WeWork and Dell and increased […]

Alphabet chairman admits that Google will have to break its core values if it wants to launch a search engine in China

Bloomberg The chairman of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has said that anybody who does business in China “compromises some of their core values.” Google is working on plans to return to the Chinese market with a censored search engine after an eight-year hiatus. John Hennessy said Google needs to balance ethical compromises with the possibility […]

City break: A first-class Port of call

Portsmouth harbour and city (Image: Getty Images/Juice Images RF) UK seaside spots, Portsmouth has never relied on tourism to support its economy, having also been a busy port for centuries. As such, it hasn’t had to reinvent itself or become weary, competing with package holidays abroad. Its energy is as shipshape and bristling with purpose […]

Escape at Dannemora Review: A Superb Cast Elevates a Standard Prison Break

We’ve seen plenty of prison breaks on TV and in movies over the years. (Heck, we even had a whole show called Prison Break… and it ran for five seasons!) So as yet another entry in a well-worn genre, Showtime’s true-crime limited series Escape at Dannemora — premiering this Sunday at 10/9c; I’ve seen six […]

Weight of History: 65yo ‘fascist’ suffers leg break attempting to vandalize anti-fascist monument

In a glorious example of swift justice, a 65-year-old man has been hospitalized after a botched attempt to topple a monument of Yugoslav anti-fascist martyr Rade Končar caused the statue to fall on him and break his leg. The shattered limb isn’t the only punishment the man will receive for the act of “savage vandalism,” […]

Ars on your lunch break: Losing my drone religion

Enlarge / Chris Anderson (left) doing drone stuff. (credit: Chris Anderson & 3D Robotics / WikiMedia Commons) This week, we’re serializing another episode of the After On Podcast here on Ars. Our guest was the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine for twelve years—until he did something quite unusual for an editor and started a high-profile, venture-backed […]

Dems Break Their Fundraising Record — and Bag a 96.6 Percent Chance of Retaking the House

Like a rolling thunder, the fundraising reports delivered a loud statement for Democratic House contenders: Sharice Davids in Kansas with $ 2.7 million, Lauren Underwood in Illinois had $ 1.9 million, Leslie Cockburn in Virginia with $ 2.4 million, and on and on. The wide campaign cash advantage means Democrats now have a 96.6 percent […]

Ars on your lunch break: Theaterwide biotoxic and chemical warfare

Enlarge / “Mr. McKittrick, after very careful consideration, sir, I’ve come to the conclusion that your new defense system sucks.” (credit: MGM/UA) Today we’re presenting the fourth and final installment of my conversation with the outspoken author, podcaster, philosopher, and recovering neuroscientist Sam Harris. Please check out parts one, two, and three if you missed […]

WATCH moment armed robbers break into lottery shop in Brazil, use 25 hostages as human shields

Several balaclava-clad, gun-wielding attackers used as many as 25 hostages as human shields to make their way out after a failed raid on a lottery shop in Brazil. The terrifying moment was caught on camera. The tense stand-off occurred after five armed robbers, wearing black balaclavas, tried to raid a lottery shop in the city […]